Movement News & Conversation

  • The Invasion We Need

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Sept. 24, 2014

    In the most glorious invasions on earth, there are seasons when God makes Himself known on a nationwide level. We call these revivals when they descend on the church and renew sleeping believers, and awakenings when they bring lost, blinded men and women to life.

    Our Recent Past

    In the first 150 years of America’s existence, we experienced such movements every 30–50 years. The First Great Awakening, the Second Great Awakening, the Prayer Revival of 1857–1858, and the worldwide impact of the Welsh Revival of 1904–1905 ushered millions into the kingdom in a matter of months ...

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  • Bringing Revival to Inner-City Youth! (Part 2)

    Posted in Radical Obedience, Revival Stories, by Randy Hekman.
    Sept. 24, 2014

    This is the second of two audio interviews with Pastor Alton Hardy of Urban Hope Community Church in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama.

    Last week we were introduced to Pastor Hardy and his challenging work with inner-city youth. This week you are in store for a treat as you hear about the power of God and His gospel to transform lives that, humanly speaking, are hopeless.

    How otherwise can you explain the fact that young urban youth, raised without fathers in the home, products of generational welfare and poverty, are themselves becoming gainfully employed, forsaking the welfare mindset, and seeking ...

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  • Bringing Revival to Inner-City Youth! (Part 1)

    Posted in Radical Obedience, Revival Stories, by Randy Hekman.
    Sept. 12, 2014

    Below is the first of two audio interviews with Pastor Alton Hardy of Urban Hope Community Church in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama.

    With 72 percent of black children born to women who are not married, and with most urban youth growing up without fathers in the home, is there any hope for the young men and women raised in this environment? Humanly speaking, the answer is no.

    But there are no circumstances so bleak that the gospel of Jesus Christ cannot redeem and restore!

    In these two programs, you will hear an amazing account of how God is using ...

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  • Mobilizing City Prayer

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Sept. 9, 2014

    Several years ago in our city, we wanted to mobilize people for prayer related to a citywide event. Instead of making an “all-call” announcement to the churches, we realized that every church had intercessors. And real intercessors love to pray. We also realized that if we could capitalize on this catalytic moment, it might be used to spark some ongoing, unified, citywide intercession.

    Calling Out the Intercessors

    We asked the pastors and their administrators to give us the names of every intercessor in their church. This was understandable, because we were all participating in the meetings together, so it was ...

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  • Revival Fire Breaks Out

    Posted in Revival Praying, by Marcia Hekman.
    Sept. 9, 2014

    If you are desirous of stoking your faith about the prospects of revival in your church and community, I encourage you to do what continues to inspire me: reflect on how the Canadian Revival broke out forty-three years ago.

    It all started with the bold leadership of humble Pastor Bill McLeod in a small church of about 175 members in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Bill, eager to have his people sharing their faith, trained them in evangelism and then told them to show up on a specific day to reach out to their neighbors. But when the day came, only two ...

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  • Does God REALLY Judge Nations? (Part Two)

    Posted in Revival Praying, by Laine Johnson.
    Sept. 2, 2014

    Last week, Randy Hekman raised this question, and I daresay that most who read it immediately answered “yes” in their hearts.

    You see, over the past four years, as I’ve had opportunity to minister the Word in many churches around the nation, I have asked the question, “Do you believe that our nation is under some degree of judgment from God?”

    No matter what region in America I am, or what Christian denomination the person I am asking the question is, 90% of the time the answer coming back is “yes.”

    But I don’t stop with that question ...

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  • Pray for Chicago

    Posted in Movement Updates, by OneCry Team.
    Sept. 2, 2014

    Our friends in Chicago are asking us to join them in prayer for that beleaguered city, particularly to pray against the violence that has plagued it, and to pray for the unity of Christ’s followers there.

    To bring attention to their needs, a group called PrayChicago has scheduled an event for this Friday, September 5:

    The City of Chicago faces an epidemic of violence. But, at this critical time, the Body of Christ is coming together!

    Join followers of Jesus from across the city as we gather in unity at Daley Plaza on September 5th from 11:30 ...

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  • Does God REALLY Judge Nations?

    Posted in Personal Revival, Revival Praying, by Randy Hekman.
    Aug. 27, 2014

    Any person who has sincerely followed Christ for any length of time has experienced His love though painful discipline. “The Lord reproves [disciplines] him whom he loves” (Proverbs 3:12 ESV).

    Families and churches who disobey God can likewise experience His chastisements. Since its founding forty-three years ago, OneCry’s parent organization, Life Action Ministries, has seen this reality numerous times. The good news is that when families and churches sincerely repent and seek forgiveness from the Lord and those they have wronged, He responds in mercy and blessing.

    But what about nations? You cannot read the prophets of the ...

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  • Prayer 101

    Posted in Revival Praying, by Randy Hekman.
    Aug. 19, 2014

    While I have been praying for decades, in many ways I really haven’t understood the amazing power of prayer. I am so grateful that God continues to patiently teach me about this gift that I fear many other followers of Christ likewise neglect due to ignorance.

    A big part of my confusion was understanding precisely how prayer “works.”

    What I mean is this: Since God knows what we need before we ask, why do we need to ask? I previously resolved this question for myself in thinking that, because He loves us so much, He wants heart-to-heart interaction with ...

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  • The Personalness of National Revival

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Aug. 19, 2014

    If you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God,
    being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today,
    the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
    (Deuteronomy 28:1 ESV)

    The entire book of Deuteronomy is one long, final sermon from God’s leader, Moses. It is summed up simply:

    God loves you and has chosen and called you out by extraordinary grace and purpose. Obey Him, and do not forget or turn aside. If you obey, there is blessing. If you do not, there is a curse ...

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