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Lord, send revival in mighty flood-tide;
Send streams of blessing to sweep far and wide.
Send them engulfing like waves of the sea;
Sweep through our lowlands and work mightily.

Send the outpourings of God’s Holy rain
Send mighty cloud-bursts again and again
Strike holy lightning at home and abroad;
Speak in your thunder, O Spirit of God!

Fill all our churches with rivers of pow’r
Flood man’s embankments in this holy hour!
Sweep away rubbish and all the debris;
Sweep all the hindrances out to the sea.

Things long unmoved by our normal smooth way
You can remove by Your flood-tide’s full sway.
Unsightly jumble that littered each side
Sweep to obliv’on by Your holy tide

Lord, send revival to flood all around;
Flood by Your blessing all low parched ground.
Sweep on in power; oh, sweep, mighty flood!
Sweep in all fullness, O river of God!


Dr. Wesley Duewel from "More God More Power"

 
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Ian Johnson
 
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I am reminded of a story I heard some time ago of a missionary family who laboured in a certain field (Because it is an Islamic country I will not name it) for over 25 years they toiled for seemingly no fruit, then the whole family was martyred and that seemed to be that, But 70 years on in that village there has recently been an amazing outpouring of Miraculous glory. Jesus has transformed the village; the Church was born out of the dust it seems! Could it be that this family did dig a well and now it’s been found again?

 
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Bruce Goodrich was being initiated into the cadet corps at Texas A & M University. One night, Bruce was forced to run until he dropped -- but he never got up. Bruce Goodrich died before he even entered college.

A short time after the tragedy, Bruce’s father wrote this letter to the administration, faculty, student body, and the corps of cadets: "I would like to take this opportunity to express the appreciation of my family for the great outpouring of concern and sympathy from Texas A & M University and the college community over the loss of our son Bruce. We were deeply touched by the tribute paid to him in the battalion. We were particularly pleased to note that his Christian witness did not go unnoticed during his brief time on campus."

Mr. Goodrich went on: "I hope it will be some comfort to know that we harbor no ill will in the matter. We know our God makes no mistakes. Bruce had an appointment with his Lord and is now secure in his celestial home. When the question is asked, ’Why did this happen?’ perhaps one answer will be, ’So that many will consider where they will spend eternity.’"

Our Daily Bread, March 22, 1994.

 
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Ed Sasnett
 
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Imagine that you have a big house and lots of land. Imagine further that a refugee shows up at the door asking if he might camp out in your backyard for a while. You are moved with compassion and grant him permission. A little later he asks if some relatives, who are also homeless, might also come and live on your property. What are you to do? How can you turn them away? So again you say yes. But then more come and more come. Soon there are hundreds. What have you gotten yourself into; you begin to wonder?

Something like that happened to a 22-year-old German nobleman in 1722. His name was Niklaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf. His estate was in East Germany. He was heir to one of Europe’s leading royal families. As you might expect his neighbors were not too pleased with the “riff-raff” that was finding asylum on his property. It began with ten in December 1722 and by late 1726 it was over 300. The place was known as “Herrnhut” meaning “The Lord’s Watch.” It soon turned into a small city of grateful and motivated Christian craftsmen and laypeople.

That crowded refugee estate became in time the most dynamic and strategic missionary launching pad since the early church. A deep outpouring of the Holy Spirit came on the community in August 1727. They organized a 24-hour prayer chain. At least two people were at prayer every hour of the day. This prayer meeting would last over 100 years. They became known by the nickname “God’s Happy People.”

Anthony, a former slave, came to speak at Herrnhut of the deplorable conditions of the slaves in the West Indies. The night he spoke, two of their young men could not sleep as they struggled with a sense that God was moving their hearts to offer themselves to go and minister to the slaves. When they were told that perhaps the only way they could do this was to become slaves...

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Daniel DeVilder
 
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“remember”

Because of what Christ has done for me, and as his disciple, God’s own child, I am to let the peace of Christ RULE in my heart.

I was CALLED to PEACE. YOU were CALLED to PEACE.

And we find that in Pennsylvania, these people, that many in the world would describe at best “different” or “odd,” and at worst, would ridicule them for their uniqueness (dress, customs), these people with whom we find ourselves SEPARATED from, these people have now invoked our amazement at the LOVE they show, that flows from their CONVICTION of PEACE. PEACE that they themselves know in the Lord.

Since the shooting,

• not only have members of the Amish community attended the funeral of the killer in support of his wife and two little children, but they
• have said they forgive Charles Carl Roberts IV

They REMEMBERED,

and the walls of HOSTILITY were broken down.

THEY REMEMBERED, and the two have become one.

His (the shooter’s) wife, who herself is reportedly an active Christian, active in her church, hosting women’s groups at her house (EVEN as her husband was tormented in soul and angry and hostile toward God)

responded to this outpouring of these “odd” Amish by writing this to them.

"Please know that our hearts have been broken by all that has happened," Marie Roberts wrote. "We are filled with sorrow for all of our Amish neighbors whom we have loved and continue to love."

"Your love for our family has helped to provide the healing we so desperately need," she wrote.

"Gifts you’ve given have touched our hearts in a way no words can describe. ...

Your compassion has reached beyond our family, beyond our community, and is changing our world, and for this we sincerely thank you." (cited from an AP story)

"We know there are many hard days ahead for all the families who lost loved ones, and so we will continue to put our hope and trust in the God of all comfort, as we all seek to rebuild our lives," she wrote.

The Amish remembered.

Marie Roberts remembered.

We can remember:


13 have been brought near
14 who has made the two one
15 create in himself one new man
16 in this one body to reconcile both of them to God
18 through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

[this illustration was from an AP story, and I am not sure, since I didn’t buy it, if it can be used. I don’t understand the legalities. But if it can be used, it should be, it is pretty powerful]

 
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There is a story of a young man who came to D.L. Moody’s church and for six weeks preached revival from the single text of John 3:16. After seeing the great number of people saved and being himself moved, Moody said, “Heretofore I had been preaching on the [judgment, the wrath, the perdition and damnation, and the penalty for sin] side of the cross. But after that young man began to preach for six weeks on John 3:16, I began to preach to preach on the other side, the Calvary side, the love of God side, the grace and mercy of God side. I began to preach on the outpouring of the Spirit of grace side of the cross.”

Criswell, W.A. Ephesians: An Exposition by W.A. Criswell. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. 1974. 155.

 
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Bruce Goodrich was being initiated into the cadet corps at Texas A & M University. One night, Bruce was forced to run until he dropped -- but he never got up. Bruce Goodrich died before he even entered college.
A short time after the tragedy, Bruce’s father wrote this letter to the administration, faculty, student body, and the corps of cadets: "I would like to take this opportunity to express the appreciation of my family for the great outpouring of concern and sympathy from Texas A & M University and the college community over the loss of our son Bruce. We were deeply touched by the tribute paid to him in the battalion. We were particularly pleased to note that his Christian witness did not go unnoticed during his brief time on campus."
Mr. Goodrich went on: "I hope it will be some comfort to know that we harbor no ill will in the matter. We know our God makes no mistakes. Bruce had an appointment with his Lord and is now secure in his celestial home. When the question is asked, ’Why did this happen?’ perhaps one answer will be, ’So that many will consider where they will spend eternity.’"

 
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Many here have heard of a man named Bobby Knight. He’s a famous college basketball coach. Bobby Knight is given to what commentaries on the Old Testament refer to as "ebullitions of wrath." Maybe you’ve seen some of Bobby’s ebullitions on display in television news clips: Coach Knight hurling a molded plastic chair the length of a basketball court; Coach Knight, displeased, putting a straight-arm Darth Vader chokehold on one of his own players. Time and again the question has been asked, “Does this guy need a course in anger management?” I think we know the answer to that one.

And at Texas Tech, where Knight is presently the coach, his sudden outpouring of emotion has reached a new level. Texas Tech chancellor David Smith said he was complimenting Bob Knight when the coach came "charging up behind me furious with fists clenched," during a public confrontation at, of all places, an upscale grocery store.

Chancellor Smith said, "I expressed…that despite some tough losses I especially wanted to commend him on how he handled the last few weeks and in particular the student section at the University of Texas game." "His demeanor…changed drastically. With a red face his response was curt and angry as he responded, ’I always handle things well, and have always handled things well.’ "

Compare Knights track record with an amazing story I read by a sportswriter at the retirement of a university baseball team’s head coach. This coach, while winning ...

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John Wesley writes of his time: "Almost as soon as I was gone, two or three began to take their imaginations for impressions from God. Meantime, a flood of reproach came upon me almost from every quarter. Be not alarmed that Satan sows tares among the wheat of Christ.

"It has ever been so, especially on any remarkable outpouring of the Spirit; and ever will be until the devil is chained for a thousand years. Till then he will always ape, and endeavor to counteract the work of the Spirit of Christ.

But John Wesley himself once prayed, after the revival had about died out for the time, "Oh, Lord, send us the old revival, without the defects; but if this cannot be, send it--with all its defects. We must have the revival."

It doesn’t have to be that way. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 
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Just over a year ago, Kerry Packer died. You’ve probably all heard of him. Richest man in Australia, he was. When he died there were memorial services, TV specials, an outpouring of praise for this “Great Australian”. Now I’m not going to compare Packer to an Adolf Hitler, but he was like many ultra-rich people – he did what he needed to to get to the top and stay there. He never paid his fair share of tax. He smoked and drank heavily. He had a foul mouth and a violent temper. His biographer Paul Barry said “his god was money and he worshipped devoutly” He had been ill on and off for some time. Several years ago he had a serious health scare where his heart stopped for several minutes before he was resuscitated. And when he had recovered he spoke to the media and said “when I died there was nothing there. There is no God, and there is no heaven.” This is what he said, word for word, in answer to a question: “I’ve been to the other side, and let me tell you son: there’s nothing ***** there!”
The wicked in Psalm 73 are people who oppress the poor and scoff at God. “How can God know”, they say. “Does the Most High have knowledge?” And yet people fawn all over them, like the media did when Packer died.
Asaph finds out what will really happen to people like that. They are on a slippery slope, they are going to be swept away to destruction.

 
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