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Ron Duvall 10 April 2013

A WORD FROM THE PASTOR

David Jeremiah writes: After the War of Independence, the influence of Christianity

waned. According to historian J. Edwin Orr, "In the wake of the American Revolution

came a disastrous setback for evangelical Christianity." The typical student at Harvard was

atheist, says Orr. "Students of Williams College conducted a mock celebration of Holy

Communion. When the dean of Princeton opened the chapel Bible to read, a pack of playing

cards fell out...Christians were so unpopular they met in secret and kept their minutes

in code. The radical leader of deist students led a mob in burning the Bible... The last two

decades of the 18th century were the darkest period spiritually and morally in the history

of American Christianity." Then God sent another revival--the Second Great Awakening. It

swept across the frontier, turned Ivy League schools upside down, and launched a new

generation into global ministry. It's true to say the Western world is only now shaking off

the effects of the Second Great Awakening. Lord, do it again! The fires of revival can be

kindled and will be set aflame when God’s people become serious. Those who desire revival

are to patiently persevere through the valley of the shadow of death and patiently continue

to live in the light anticipating the time of refreshing that comes from the Lord. In

2 Chronicles 7:14 we are told that when, “my people who are called by My name humble

themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear

from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” D.A. Carson writes, “People do

not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward

godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward

compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we

drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control

and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking

we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have

been liberated.” Revival can happen, but we need to want it to happen. Are you ready for

revival to happen? Let’s make this revival one we talk about for years to come. It is my

prayer that we are making preparations for our revival May 19th — 22nd.

May God Richly Bless you

Bro Ron

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