Why Do You Ask God to Send Revival?

Del Fehnsenfeld got it right: "Prayer for revival is a natural overflow of resurrection hope. The logic goes like this: the Bible is the story of how God is working in history to make everything new. Jesus is the central figure in the story. He dealt decisively with what is wrong with us and with the world on the cross, and proved it by rising from the dead and then pouring out his Spirit. And since the story ends with everything being put right or “summed up” in Jesus Eph. 1:9-10, we know that G … [Read more...]

Receive an impartation from the Holy Spirit this weekend through Jack Hayford. Watch this trailer for more information.

We actually do have a few more places available for THIS SATURDAY's 300 conference. Coming to us is Jack Hayford who is well known internationally for the level of anointing or "unction" that he has spent decades living in the good of (see my previous post on why we are excited that he is coming).If you intend to come with an open heart, willing to receive from God, and to learn from a seasoned leader, I encourage you to clear your diary and snap up one of the few remaining tickets and come. … [Read more...]

Faith and Feelings Part Eight – High affections are to be desired

Jonathan Edward's great work Religious Affections was introduced to us in yesterday's quote.  In my mind there is probably no better book written to help us to grasp this vital subject (other than the Bible itself of course!)  We should by now be beginning to understand one of the most fascinating paradoxes, our feelings are meant to be a massive part of our Christian experience, and yet they are not always to be relied upon. This quote is vintage Edwards: Some are ready to condemn all high a … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo meets Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Terry was prompted by the release of several new recordings of the Doctor's preaching to blog about two times he met with Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It makes compelling reading.  He quoted the doctor as telling the young reformed charismatic,"the greatest sin of the evangelical church is telling God what He could not do."Terry also spoke about a powerful moment when the Doctor had been preaching: On another deeply memorable night at the Chapel, he started his sermon in Acts but was drawn into … [Read more...]

Why your church doesn’t feel like family

Mark Driscoll is at his very best in the following clip. Ever wondered how family and mission entwine, especially in a growing church where you don't know anyone? Ever wished for more intimacy and a greater relational feel in your church? Ever felt neglected and rejected in your church? Ever felt like your church was not your home? Watch this clip and be prepared to be blown away. I love the way he begins: Family is a category of relationship that the world knows nothing about. What's better … [Read more...]

Pascal's experience of God: something many modern Christians miss entirely

One fascinating thing that I quote in Raised With Christ is J. I. Packer's assertion that Puritans were very unlike Christians today in that they liked to talk about their experiences of God. Today I want to share with you the record of a remarkable experience of God had by Pascal. The following quote is a translation of a document found sewn into his clothing after his death. The original French can be found at the link below.The quote that follows is credited by John Piper with having … [Read more...]

Send A Resurrection, O Lord!

Forerunner Foundations has posted the following, prompted by chapter 12 of Raised With Christ. Not everyone makes the connection between resurrection and revival, but I am convinced they are strongly associated. Here is how the post explains it: By definition, a revival is a resurrection.We can think of this life-giving miracle on two levels. First, individuals need to be revived. This happens as we are connected to the life-giving power of our risen Lord through the ministry of His Holy … [Read more...]

How A Prayer Meeting Changed Britain

My Friend, Lex quotes Wesley as follows:‘Mon. Jan. 1, 1739 – Mr. Hall, Kinchin, Ingham, Whitefield, Hutchins, and my brother Charles, were present at out love-feast in Fetter Lane, with about sixty of our brethren.‘About three in the morning, as we were continuing instant in prayer, the power of God came mightily upon us, insomuch that many cried our for exceeding joy, and many fell to the ground.‘As soon as we were recovered a little from that awe and amazement at the presence of his Majesty, we … [Read more...]

Revival On The Isle Of Lewis

I have quoted this before, but feel stirred today to quote it again. Listening to this recording of a man who ministered during the last significant revival in the British Isles stirred me when I first heard it a couple of years ago. It is guaranteed to stir you too. Wake us up O Lord!"One evening, an old woman 84 years of age and blind, had a vision. Now don't ask me to explain this vision because I cannot, but strange things happen when God begins to move. This dear old lady in the vision saw … [Read more...]

Adrian's Story Part Two – Receiving the Holy Spirit

This is continued from part one of my story, which I shared last week.I wonder if my father thought that what had happened the night I said I wanted to become a Christian had been real. I was so young; could I really understand it? Could this short conversation which ended in me praying really make such a difference to me? Could it be true that I had accepted Christ at such a young age?I do remember being in no doubt about it the next morning when I had an argument with a member of my family. … [Read more...]