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Wilt Thou Not Revive Us Again?

The Pastors Pen Logo smallDear Church Family,

When we say we need Revival, what are we saying? We are saying that we need an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit producing extraordinary results……. The re-entry of Christ’s manifest presence. We need Christ showing up in an extraordinarily powerful new way, to significantly overthrow the status quo and establish the claims of His kingdom afresh in our individual lives and in our church. Because, we must remember that the church will never be anymore revived than we the people are.

We must also remember that to pray for revival is to invite war between the Spirit and the Devil. Satan does not want us to experience revival. Do You? If we want to experience revival then there are some sacrifices we must make to have a true heaven sent revival, Conditions we must meet. We find those conditions in 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

“If” indicates a condition. There is a “if” to revival. Revival is something that is definitely needed. It is something that I believe God desires to give to us……yet there is a “if” to it! There are conditions that must be met before God’s holiness will allow him to send us revival! God doesn’t just send revival because we need it, but because we desire it!

Do you have a desire for revival in your personal life? Is there a desire burning in your heart for revival to come to our church? Would you like to see, and feel the winds of revival blowing across our nation?

Then we must respond to God’s “if”.

We must be willing to meet the condition…….to pay the price!

What are these conditions? Well first of all the God’s people must respond. Second, Pride must be removed. Pride is a great hindrance to revival! Third, Prayers must be offered. Have you been praying that God would send revival and help you to meet His conditions for revival that Revival might fall from heaven? Fourth, we must pursue His Face. This phrase is found only twice in scripture….in our text today, and in Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. We once sought the face of God! We wanted his presence, his power, his blessing! But for too long now we’ve been seeking to please ourselves, and to make a name for us! Oh……isn’t it time folks that we sought the face of God! Though he will never leave us nor forsake us, sometimes we forsake him, and go our own way. And Fifth, we must repent and turn from our sins. Then revival can come.

Have you thought and prayed about what kind of revival we need? I have. I think we need and Real and Lasting, Old Fashioned Doctrine enriching, call back to Personal Godliness that impacts our Domestic lives at home and in our community.

“One of the things we desperately need is a spiritual renewal in this country. We need a spiritual revival in America, we need revival at the top of the hill, Henards Chapel Baptist Church. Pray!

“Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy People may rejoice in Thee? Show us Thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us Thy salvation.” (Ps. 85:6-7) Was the prayer of God’s people, past. Let it be our prayer as well today. Reformation only changes the outward; revival changes the inward.

When revival comes to a people, as it did to England in the days of the Wesleys and to Wales in the days of Evan Roberts, it changes national morality. There is a new surge in church attendance. Drunkenness, immorality, crime, dishonesty are curbed. Integrity is restored to national character. Employers become more considerate; employees become more industrious and dependable. We need to cry out for revival!

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? This was a plea for the spiritual awakening of God’s people, a petition that God would restore their hearts with renewed devotion toward him. If God would revive them, they would rejoice again. But, conversely, there can be no true rejoicing without spiritual revival.

In Christian Love and With Many Prayers,

Pastor Rick Signature

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MAY EASTER REVIVE YOUR HEART!

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Dear Church Family,

Jesus said, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. John 11:25-26

Nations, communities and churches are blessed to the degree that they honor God and his laws. Christians are God’s salt and light that influences nations to honor Him. If God’s people do not keep the fires of vital faith burning, the Bible, the Declaration and the Constitution are ignored by the powers and people. This Passion Week and Resurrection Sunday let us pray for our nation, that our countrymen will be revived by the same power that raised Jesus from the dead! While Finney’s name is better known, many historians point to the ministry of an obscure Kentucky pastor, James McGready, as being used of God as a catalyst for the Second Great Awakening.

Easter is a time to celebrate because Jesus is alive! In his sermon, “The Earthquake of Easter,” Jeff Schreve states “We want the truth of the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead to shake us and to affect us and to make a difference in our lives this day, that would affect us this day and all the rest of our days.”

When Jesus died on the cross, there was an earthquake. God wanted to awaken us to let us know that something big was coming. In today’s society, God still wants to remind us that Jesus has risen because Easter should not just be a time to receive candy in an Easter basket.

When most children think about Easter, they think about a lot of things.

EasterEggsSome children like to color Easter eggs and have Easter egg hunts.

Some children think about getting a gigantic chocolate Easter bunny or candy in their Easter baskets on Easter Sunday morning.

Then of course, there’s the Easter bunny.

Spring break at schools are usually around Easter.

Some children think about Spring and how they get to play outside more. Still other children’s parents always buy them a new outfit they can wear to church on Easter.

Some families only go to church on Easter.

All these things make us think about Easter. But the most important thing to think about on Easter is that Jesus died for our sins. Three days later, on Easter Sunday, He rose again so we can be with Him forever on Earth and later in Heaven.

He did this so we can be close to God. That’s the best part about Easter.EmptyTomb

Easter is proof of Jesus’ deity. His resurrection validates everything He did and said. It showed the world that He was and is God. The message of that resurrection is that since Jesus has risen from the dead that all of mankind can be forgiven. Even as Christians, if we have sinned and strayed from the righteous path, Jesus will still forgive and restore us. He is capable of making us into new creations in His image. He is capable of bringing Revival to our hearts.

LETS TAKE TIME AND PRAY FOR A GOD SEND REVIVAL,,

In Christian Love and With Many Prayers,

Pastor Rick Signature

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WE NEED REVIVAL!

The Pastors Pen Logo smallDear Church Family,

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Hope you have had a blessed week and are looking forward to a great last week before Easter. I always get excited about Easter time. Hope you are planning to attend worship and bring somebody with you.

I read something this week that disturbed me. Does that ever happen to you? Well what I read shook me to my core because it so drastically affects so many other areas of our Christian life. Did you know that 58% of “Christians” see the Holy Spirit as just a symbol and not real? A recent Barna study showed that over half professing Christians believe the Holy Spirit is just a symbol and DO NOT SEE Him as a living Entity, let alone the Third Part of the Trinity. No wonder we seem to be powerless in the church today. No wonder we see so little need for Revival. What has happened to us? This discovery shakes me and lets me realize just how desperately we need revival. There will always be something that keeps now from being a good time for Revival until God’s people realize how desperately we need Revival! And church, We Need Revival!!! Pleas begin now, if you have not already, to pray for and plan to attend the revival services set for April 27th – 30th. Please pray for Pastor Lester Morelock as he studies and prepares to bring a word from God. Bring lost friends and relatives. Brother Lester is very evangelistic and God’s hand seems to be on his ministry.

This past Wednesday night I shared a devotional entitles We Need Revival! I shared some signs we need revival and I came across some more. These may be painful to read because we may see ourselves. Where we do, it is not ours to get mad, but to repent and pray Lord Send Us A Revival!

  1. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN CHURCH DINNERS ARE BETTER ATTENDED THAN PRAYER MEETINGS.
  2. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE DO NOT LOVE HIM AS WE ONCE DID.
  3. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE WOULD RATHER WATCH TV THAN READ THE BIBLE AND PRAY.
  4. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE SELDOM THINK THOUGHTS OF ETERNITY.
  5. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE MAKE LITTLE EFFORT TO WITNESS TO THE LOST SINNER.
  6. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE HAVE TIME FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS BUT NOT FOR BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER.
  7. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN OUR CHRISTIANITY IS JOYLESS AND DRY.
  8. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN OUR HEARTS OUR ARE COLD AND ARE EYES ARE DRY.
  9. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE ARE BORED WITH WORSHIP.
  10. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN BELIEVERS CAN BE AT ODDS WITH EACH OTHER AND NOT FEEL COMPELLED TO PURSUE RECONCILIATION.
  11. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE AREN”T EXERCISING FAITH AND BELIEVING GOD FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE.
  12. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN THE FIRE HAS GONE OUT IN OUR HEARTS, OUR MARRIGES, AND THE CHURCH.
  13. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN THE FAMILY IS NOT PRAYING TOGETTER.
  14. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN OUR SINGING IS HALF-HEARTED AND OUR WORSHIP IS LIFELESS.
  15. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN PEOPLE HAVE TO BE BEGGED TO GIVE AND TO SERVE IN THE CHURCH.
  16. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE KNOW THE TRUTH IN OUR HEADS THAT WE ARE NOT PRACTICING IN OUR LIVES.
  17. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE WOULD RATHER MAKE MONEY THAN GIVE MONEY.
  18. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN PEOPLE HAVE TO BE ENTERTAINED TO BR DRAWN TO CHURCH.
  19. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE ARE UNMOVED BY THE FACT OVER 2.5BILLION PEOPLE IN THE WORLD HAVE NEVER HEARD THE NAME OF JESUS.
  20. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN CHURCH SERVICES ARE PREDICTABLE AND BUSINESS AS USUAL.
  21. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE AREN”T SEEING REGULAR EVIDENCE OF THE SUPERNATURAL POWER OF GOD.
  22. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR CHILDREN”s EDUCATION AND THEIR ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES THAN ABOUT THE CONDITION OF THEIR SOULS.
  23. WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN WE DON”T LONG FOR THE FELLOWSHIP OF GOD”S PEOPLE.

IN CLOSING,, WHY DO WE NEED REVIVAL,,
A. IN ORDER TO INCREASE OUR ZEAL FOR THE LORD.
B. IN ORDER TO INCREASE OUR JOY.
C. IN ORDER TO INCREASE OUR PRAISE AND WORSHIP FOR THE LORD.
D. IN ORDER TO INCREASE OUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.
E. IN ORDER TO INCREASE OUR SACRIFICIAL GIVING.

PS 85:6 WILT THOU NOT REVIVE US AGAIN: THAT THEY PEOPLE MAY REJOICE IN THE.
LETS TAKE TIME AND PRAY FOR A GOD SENT REVIVAL,

In Christian Love and With Many Prayers,

Pastor Rick Signature

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Refreshing Active Bible Study!

The Pastors Pen Logo smallDear Church Family,

I want to share a word from God’s Word that has spoken to my heart this week. I hope it is encouragement to your heart as well. The verse is Acts 3:19 (KJV) 19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; We need a time of refreshing as a church body. I have been praying for REVIVAL since early last Fall. My heart was grieved when we did not have revival meetings last fall. I have been seeking God’s face ever since and looking for God’s leadership in the man to come our way with a word from God. I have spoken with several. This week God confirmed His man for the hour. Brother Lester Morelock will be returning to share refreshing and challenging word from the Lord! Our Revival time is set for April 27th through April 30th. Please free up your calendar and make whatever sacrifice necessary to join us in this time of refreshing.

As you begin now to pray and prepare your heart for REVIAL, the study of God’s Word will be vitally important. So if I may I would like to share with you some tips for studying the Bible. We need more than just simple reading of the Word. We need a reading of the Word that leads to action. So, here are some tips that lead to Active Bible Study!

As you read His Word, God will often use verses and passages to prompt you to action. You’ll see where you’ve fallen short of His standards, a prayer to cry out, or a promise to claim. Here are five ways to respond to what you’re reading.

Praise
There are thousands of reasons to praise God each day. And the more you read the Bible, the more reasons you’ll find. When you read about His grace, don’t miss the opportunity to praise Him for it.

Promises
God makes many promises in the Bible to those who follow Jesus. Each time you come across a promise, be sure to highlight it or write it down. That way, when you face difficult trials, you’ll have God’s promises right at hand.

Reflection
Sometimes, we just need to stop and reflect on what the Bible teaches and how we’re living our lives. Are we living the life Christ called us to? Are we straying into the errors that Scripture points out? What does this passage say about who God is?

Correction
In the letter James wrote, he explains an important aspect of reading Scripture: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (1:22). God’s Word helps us see the areas where we need to make a course correction.

Prayer
Quite a bit of God’s Word is dedicated to prayer. Whenever you run across a passage that cries to God, let that passage be your prayer, too. Even passages that aren’t explicitly prayers can lend themselves to your conversation with God.

Whatever you do, just be sure to make reading the Bible more than a spectator sport. Respond to the words through confession, praise, believing promises, reflection, correction, and prayer.

In Christian Love and With Many Prayers,

Pastor Rick Signature

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