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A U.S. Lutheran bishop tells of visiting a parish church in California and finding a stirring red and orange banner on the wall. “Come Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!” it declared in words printed under a picture of a fire burning. The bishop was also interested in the sign directly underneath the banner which said: “Fire extinguisher.” So much for that parish’s commitment to spiritual renewal.

How can revival take place when the church is dead and there is no voice to speak life into them? Such is the state of affairs of the churches today. Are there any people who will stand in the gap and not only pray but act on God’s behalf to revive and resurrect the church?

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