When you ask folks their memories of the ’70s, many think of Watergate, bell-bottom pants, The Brady Bunch, and Disco Fever. But, somewhat surprisingly, it was also a time of spiritual awakening!
As we deal with the problems of our current age, it can be helpful to look back on what God has done in our past. If those of us who lived through the 1970s will recall what God did in our own lives during that time, and then relate His workings to the younger generations, they too can learn the transforming power of God (Judges 2:10).
Some of us were around in the late 1960s when sex, drugs, and rebellion impacted college campuses and so many urban areas.
As the chaos grew, God’s people began to cry out to Him in desperation. The result, in the late 60s and early 70s, was a burst of spiritual revival in America, often called the “Jesus Movement.”
While some of this activity was undoubtedly more emotion than substance, God was still at work, and thousands were genuinely converted to Christ. As part of this movement, many of us college students joyously spent our spring vacations sharing our faith ...
Pastors and church leaders, are we truly praying as we should for revival to take place in our members’ lives?
Years ago as a young pastor, I was reading a small, classical work on prayer entitled The Kneeling Christian. The author, who describes himself simply as the Unknown Christian, related a personal experience he had while visiting a missionary in India, sometime near the beginning of the twentieth century.
The story revolves around a small band of young girls, Hindu famine orphans who had been gloriously converted to Christianity under the leadership of Pandita Ramabai. Having received a “spirit of ...
Matt’s eyes remained fixed on me. I felt my face flush slightly, and a series of justifications raced through my mind.
I had given years to catalyzing spiritual vitality in my ministry vocation. I counseled and pastored people every day. Why was he singling me out?
But Matt wouldn’t let me off the hook until I answered his question. “Del, when and how long do you pray?”
I had never been asked that pointed of a question related to prayer. Bible study, small groups, moral accountability, church attendance, service—all had been emphasized. But a life of prayer ...
As a high school student in Wheaton, Illinois, in the mid-60s, I knew of the president of Wheaton College, V. Raymond Edman, who had been in that role since 1941. I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Edman preach on occasion and was touched by his genuineness and humility. I also was impressed with the beauty of the newly built chapel on campus, named after him to honor his long and successful career there.
But I didn’t know until very recently what Paul Harvey might call “the rest of the story” concerning Dr. Edman’s life. About a month ...
One of the most pathetic figures in the Bible is King Solomon. His life, begun with incredible promise, ended with incredible grief. Overwhelmingly blessed on the outside, his soul increasingly languished.
I believe there is a lesson in Solomon’s life for American Christians that I pray we heed. Consider how much God favored this man:
- We are told of the newborn Solomon, “Because the LORD loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah,” which means “loved by the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:25 NIV).
- Of all David’s sons, God chose Solomon, the son ...
If left to ourselves, our most common motivations are selfish. We generally want what we want for us.
Only Christ’s redemption changes our passions. But even as His followers, we can slip into self-centered desires.
We find ourselves on the best ground when we are lifted higher ... when God purifies our motives to the point that we are not living for our interests but for His ... when our praying is in sync with His heart.
When the nation of Israel was under siege by her enemies, the psalmist pled with God to intervene, but notice why he ...
In their book Prayer Altars: A Strategy That Is Changing Nations, authors John Mulinde and Mark Daniel recount God’s amazing work in Mulinde’s nation of Uganda. They tell how believers there, faced with great persecution and an out-of-control AIDS epidemic, invited the presence of Christ and pushed back evil in their land through building altars of prayer.
Recalling times when Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon, Elijah, and others built altars to the Lord, the book encourages us to do a similar thing in our day—to create spaces in our world to worship God and seek His presence ...
One of the greatest struggles of the Christian life is the challenge to develop an undivided heart.
We come to Christ for salvation because our hearts have served others gods, and the results have been disastrous. We need what God and God alone can provide.
In the Beginning
In the infant days of our salvation, we bask in our new Lord. We turn to Him incessantly and rely on Him exclusively.
But Satan is enraged at this affection. His great goal is to lure us away.
He comes in a variety of forms and temptations, just as he did to ...
Last week, we read how the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ronnie Floyd, is calling all those associated with his large denomination to seek, through prayer and action, another Great Awakening in America.
Today, we want to highlight two other calls for extraordinary prayer for revival and spiritual awakening from ministries we partner with.
Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., has their annual Call2Fall event. As they describe it on their website, “The Call2Fall is nothing fancy. No slick program. No big production. Just setting aside a definite time during worship on June 29, 2014, when ...