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  • Passing Prayer Forward

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, Revival Praying, by OneCry Participant.
    April 2, 2014

    A few months ago, God placed on my heart a burden for revival, in the church where I pastor and in my city. As I was praying, God gave me a very unusual idea.

    I began to pray for Christians who were not members of my church to come to our campus and pray for us and our revival services. I asked that these people not attend the services, but be in a prayer room seeking God, asking Him to revive our church and send spiritual awakening to Benton, Arkansas.

    As I was praying for this, God allowed me to ...

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  • The Judgment of God

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    March 31, 2014

    We have a weak and limited view of God. Because our relationship with Him is often driven only by our personal concerns, we forget that He is the God who moves nations.

    “He has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all” (Psalm 103:19 NASB). While God is “intimately acquainted with all our ways” (Psalm 139:3), He is also overseeing all of human history.

    God’s Judgments

    In His rule, God’s judgments play an essential role. Like pain to the human body, God’s judging hand can rest on a man, a family ...

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  • What Will It Take? (part 3)

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    March 4, 2014

    In the last two articles, we have looked at Jonathan Edwards’ amazing call to the church in his day:

    An Humble Attempt to Promote
    Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People
    in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion
    and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth


    Edwards’ observations and call were not just for his generation. The principles he related are biblical and timeless. And it is amazing how they are exactly what we need to hear right now. We need …

    Explicit Agreement and Visible Union, which we explained in the previous articles. But all of ...

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  • What Will It Take? (part 2)

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Feb. 18, 2014

    As we mentioned in Part 1, in 1747 Jonathan Edwards wrote an amazing booklet that captured the heart of what God was saying to the churches in his day. It was a theological statement about what is necessary to join with God in His reviving work, and the title of the treatise said it all:

    An Humble Attempt to Promote
    Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People
    in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion
    and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth


    Edwards’ observations and call were not just for his generation. The principles he related ...

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  • What Will It Take to See the Next Great Awakening?

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Jan. 27, 2014

    (Part One of Three)

    In 1747, Jonathan Edwards, wrote an amazing booklet that captured the heart of what God was saying to the churches in his day. It was a theological statement about what is necessary to join with God in His reviving work, and the title of the treatise said it all:

    An Humble Attempt to Promote
    Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People
    in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion
    and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth


    Edwards’ observations and call were not just for his generation. The principles he relates are biblical ...

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  • What Will It Take?

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Dec. 31, 2013

    There is not a serious Christian who doesn’t long for the kinds of results that we read about in Acts 2 and in the ministry of Paul and the early days of the church. People were being added daily to the church.

    There was such generosity that there was no more need among its thousands of followers (Acts 4:34-35). Even in the midst of persecution, there was joy and boldness; everyone was telling everyone about Christ. And the gospel spread with dizzying speed.

    This is a far cry from what we know in most of our churches ... and ...

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  • How Will You Approach God Today?

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Dec. 17, 2013

    It’s an easily forgotten truth. In fact, it is one of the primary truths that is recovered during seasons of revival and spiritual awakening.

    There are only two ways to approach God. These are seen in the two differences by which every single religion in the world can be categorized.

    The World’s Religious Way



    Christianity stands alone. Every other religion—Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Animism, false “Christianity” (which is not biblical Christianity), etc.—can be lumped into a single category. They all teach that you are made right with God by what you DO—by your own good works ...

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  • Questions That Lead to Personal Revival

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Nov. 26, 2013

    As a leader, the greatest way to help others to a revived life is to live there myself!

    This does not happen automatically. In fact, the pull of the world, flesh, and devil are so strong that we can easily slide into sin and find ourselves in deep need of personal reviving.

    In Ephesians, Paul reminds us of our incredible blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1–3) and then calls us to walk worthy of that high calling (Ephesians 4–6). He sums some of this up in Ephesians 5:15-21 with some direct admonitions.

    To walk with Christ in these ...

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  • The Superlative Ability of God

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Bill Elliff.
    Nov. 12, 2013

    God is able to make all grace abound to you,
    so that always having all sufficiency in everything,
    you may have an abundance for every good deed.
    (2 Corinthians 9:8 NASB)

    Believing in God’s ability is always the great struggle in the Christian life. “I know that God exists and has saved me, but I don’t know if He can do __________ [this thing that is right before me now].”

    This doubt paralyzes us. It throws us off from the next step of obedience. It shrinks our prayers. It limits our faith. And, since God has often ...

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  • Should We Pray for Revival, Pentecost, and More of the Spirit?

    Posted in Pastors & Churches, by Brian Hedges.
    Oct. 25, 2013

    Should Christians pray for revival, a repeated Pentecost, and more of the Holy Spirit?

    The Anglican pastor and hymn writer Augustus Toplady, best known as the author of “Rock of Ages,” thought so. Among his many hymns and poems are a selection of poetic prayers specifically addressed to the Holy Spirit.

    For example, in one of his poems, he asks to be baptized with the Holy Ghost and to experience a personal Pentecost.

    Baptize me with the Holy Ghost
    Make this the day of Pentecost
    Wherein my soul may prove
    Thy spirit’s sweet renewing power
    And shew me, in ...

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