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Churches and Truth

August 12, 2019 | 1 Comment

What to Expect? Churches and truth should be what we expect! Yet, when churches present the truth they tend to be criticized because their ministers upset people when they preach about the sinfulness of man and the inflexible standards of the Bible. Once I had a long conversation with a fellow counselor about the value of “deeper life” conferences, in which the details of the ideal Christian life are discussed. He felt very strongly against this type of conference. He believed it did irreparable damage because after such a conference a wave of very upset people came to him. That they could not attain perfection greatly disturbed them. People have often turned to me as a counselor because their pastor has upset them. Having listened to him preach about sin, they feel guilty and inadequate. As they relate the details of their stories, it invariably turns out that they are guilty and inadequate. They were much happier people before they began attending church, studying the Bible, and facing the truth. Therefore, could it not be reasonable to conclude that their problems were caused by what they heard and read? To remove the cause would seem to relieve the person’s anxiety. […] Read More

Solid Foundations for Difficult Times

June 24, 2019 | 1 Comment

A Standard for Life We need solid foundations if we are to survive difficult times. If you are to construct a safe building, you must make sure you have the right materials and the right tools to have a solid foundation. There has never been a time in life in which the people of God needed a more focused attention given to the Word of God so that they have a sound foundation. If you don’t have the right message, a misappropriation of truth can be offered from a range of sincere individuals to outright deceivers–without detection! But, thankfully, there is a standard that helps us hold fast to the Truth. Paul wrote to Timothy about the need for sound doctrine. Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:13) In chapter 1 of 2 Timothy, Paul writes of how one can “hold on to” sound doctrine. In chapter 2 he urges Timothy to “teach sound doctrine.” In chapter 3 he urges Timothy to “abide in sound doctrine” and in chapter 4 he urges Timothy to “preach sound doctrine.” Paul is exhorting a young minister to […] Read More

Significance for Christ

February 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Significance for Christ is what believers live for. But what difference can your life really make? Does your life really count? It certainly does! God never wastes anything! God created you for His purposes and your life really can and does make a difference. Many however, do not seem to have an accurate view of whom God works in and through to bring revival and renewal to their family, friends, and culture. Revival leaders through the years began as unknown, unidentified, unnamed, unacknowledged, unattested, unavowed, unclaimed, uncredited, undesignated, and unsigned. Just who were these people before God invaded their lives and caused them to lead out in significant works for Him? Were they bankers, pastors, musicians, lawyers, farmers, or teachers? Were they popular, well-respected, educated, or publishable? Were they poor, uneducated, under challenged, looked down upon, or shunned? The answer is yes. God used all kinds of people to accomplish His purposes in bringing revival to families, villages, towns, cities, and even nations. Variety and Yet Unity Variety is the picture we see in all of God’s creation. Each person is uniquely different and each can be uniquely gifted and used by God. The power needed to affect others is not from […] Read More


July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Victory comes in many forms. Some people simple want to win a battle so they can be known as the victor. Others want victory that relieves the tensions of life. But, the real key to victory is for God to be known to others through what He does in your life. Are you slow to anger? Are you quick to respond in defiance? Is there any Godly discretion in your life? Are you looking for recognition? Are you looking for approval or are you satisfied to walk in service to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be approved by Him? Let the following be a challenge to personal renewal. The following was printed and handed out during Boston’s Awakening of 1909 under guidance of Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman: original–source unknown. Given to me by Devin Bell during our doctoral residency at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you smile inwardly, glorying in the insult or the oversight–That is Victory! —(John 13:26-30; 2 Timothy 4:16-18) When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your taste offended, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you take it all in […] Read More

God’s Amazing Work!

July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

God’s amazing work happens in many unnoticed ways–at least unnoticed in the beginning of a story. An amazing testimony is found in a book titled, Measure Your Life by Wesley Duewel. Duewel tells the story of a man named Stephen Grellat who walked very closely with God and obeyed the Lord even when he did not understand all of the details or circumstances surrounding God’s direction. One day God’s Spirit urged Grellat to go preach in a heavily forested area of America. When he arrived at the location where God had instructed him to go, all the little shanties were empty for all of the loggers had left. Can you imagine what must have been going through this man’s mind? What would you have done? Duewel shares that, “He was so sure that he was sent by God that he went into an empty shanty and preached to the bare walls the sermon that God had placed upon his heart. He then returned to his home. He could never understand why God would send him to preach to an empty shanty.” Years later, in England, as Mr. Grellat was walking across London Bridge, God gave him a glimpse of how […] Read More

Revival! A People Saturated with God

September 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

Edwin Orr, one of our greatest authorities on the subject of revival, reported having seen two churches in a town in America both advertising revival meetings. One displayed a board saying, “Revival here every Monday night,” while the other promised: “Revival here every night except Monday!” If nothing else, that reminds us how loosely the word has been used. In America it has often been used in place of the word mission or campaign. It is something a church arranges, men organize, and God may or may not bless it. Revival swallows up all other words as the shark swallows the shrimp. So, historically, what does the word revival refer to? The church historian James Buchanan defined revival as “the imparting of life to those who are dead, and the imparting of health to those who are dying.” But that does not take us far enough. Jonathan Edwards, who saw revival in his church in America 250 years ago, explained it as “God’s major means of extending his kingdom,” and more recently Edwin Orr defined these outpourings of the Spirit as a “movement of the Holy Spirit bringing about a revival of New Testament Christianity in the church of Christ […] Read More

A Decade of Revival—1900-1910

December 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Author: J. Edwin Orr Summary: Kerry L. Skinner The Timing of the Movement Why did it occur when it occured? Within ten years, the awful slaughter of World War I had started, and a gentler way of life passed into the twilight of history. Arnold Toynbee, reminiscing, recalled the trauma of the time, when half his classmates died in battle. Chapman’s biographer stated in review: “God in gracious providence was reaping a spiritual harvest before He permitted the outburst of revolutionary forces…The harvest is gathered before the field is doomed to death.” it did not begin with the Welsh Revival of 1904–05. Beginnings in Prayer The first manifestation of phenomenal revival occurred simultaneously among Boer prisoners of war in places ten thousand miles apart, as far away as Bermuda and Ceylon. An Awakening began in 1900 in the churches of Japan that had long suffered from a period of “retarded growth….It would have been impossible four years later, when the Japanese became involved in momentous war with the Russian Empire.” The Welsh Revival of 1904 The Welsh Revival was the farthest-reaching of all the movements of the Awakening, for it affected the whole of the evangelical cause in India, Korea […] Read More

J. Edwin Orr, Notes on the Beginnings of the Mid-Twentieth Century Awakening

December 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

(London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1952), pp. 160-211 Reviewed by: Kerry L. Skinner The Movement Among Ministers Two hundred years ago, the labors of the Irish evangelists William and Gilbert Tennent gave rise to a great revival in American Presbyterianism, out of which issued Princeton. Gesswein brought in Dr. J. Edwin Orr as the principal speaker, though Dr. Harold Ockenga of Boston played an important part in the ministry too. Matthew Henry once said: “When God intends great mercy for His people, He first of all sets them a-praying.” The Movement Among Students At the March 1949 Pacific Palisades Conference, the Editor’s two friends, Bill Dunlap and Jack Franck, received a rather vague invitation to come to Minneapolis to witness a predicted revival of religion on a college campus. …the Lord answered prayer for the meetings at Bethel College. Dr. Orr set aside the whole spring for a campaign in the colleges of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The meetings began in quiet, unemotional ‘evidential evangelism’ on atheism, agnosticism, and the Christian faith. Dr. Henry C. Wingblade reported: Dr. Orr made it clear that private sin should be privately confessed and public sin publicly confessed. The most unusual feature of this […] Read More

Campus Aflame: A History of Evangelical Awakenings in Collegiate Communities

December 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Author: J. Edwin Orr Reviewed by: Kerry L. Skinner The Evangelical Heritage This book deals with evangelical Christianity, not Roman Catholic or others such groups. Some today consider the Christian college, with students numbered in the thousands, an unwelcome remnant of the past. It is wise to recall that in the United States, as in other countries, there was a time when all higher education, not to mention elementary education, consisted of such Christian colleges. The Christian college has no need to apologize for its existence. It was the pioneer. A Puritan Londoner, the Reverend John Harvard, who bequeathed 779 pounds, 17 shilling, and 2 pence toward the pious work of building a college, established in 1636 and named for its patron. The Evangelical Revival Pietism was a new movement that began in the late part of the seventeenth century. Pietism sought a more personal knowledge of God. Philip Jacob Spener published a work which called for reform in the church. August Herman Francke, one of his students, and introduced the principle of academic freedom. Because of this influence of pietism, “within forty years, the Society had opened two thousand schools with forty thousand scholars enrolled.” The revival that began […] Read More

Eight Keys to Biblical Revival

December 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

Author: Lewis Drummond Reviewed by: Kerry L. Skinner Introduction and Prologue: As 1860 was ushered in, the Fortune, Garrick, and Sadler Wells theaters of London opened their door for Sunday evangelistic services. During the revival one million new members entered the ranks of the British churches. But the question still surfaces: What actually takes place, in principle and in final results, during revival times? Perhaps even more important, what produces a great awakening? James Burns in his classic work Revivals, Their Laws and leaders points us in the right direction They hold that revival occurs among the people of God as they repent and spiritual vitality is restored. Then, they tell us, spiritual awakening sweeps the general community and many are converted. Of course, such a distinction can be properly made; however, most works on the phenomenon use the two terms interchangeably. At the same time, it certainly is the case that God first awakens His own saints and restores and renews them before significant change occurs in the community. Burns’ Principles of Spiritual Awakenings The Principle of the Fullness of Time The Principle of the Emergence of the Prophet The Law of Progress in Spiritual Matters Spirituality superceding materialism […] Read More

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