Tag: revival

  • Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit (Matthew 5:3)

    Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit (Matthew 5:3)

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).

  • New Reformation or Personal Reformation

    New Reformation or Personal Reformation

    Perhaps the Church does not need a New Reformation. The problems within the church are problems with human nature. New church structures will not eradicate them. Rethinking theology may actually multiply them. Each of us, as individual believers in Christ, need our own personal New Reformation. We need to daily recommit ourselves to saying “yes” to God and “no” to our own preconceived notions and preferences.

  • New Reformation or Right Teaching?

    New Reformation or Right Teaching?

    Is it time for a New Reformation? From time to time, a Christian preacher or teacher (perhaps claiming the authority of an apostle or prophet) will claim that the church has grown so lukewarm or apostate that we need a new reformation.

  • Modern-Day Elijahs I: The Person God Calls

    In a chapter title in his classic book, Why Revival Tarries, Leonard Ravenhill asked, “Where are the Elijahs of God?” The question is a slight twist on the prophet Elisha’s question, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” (2 Kings 2:14). Ravenhill observed that, although God has not changed and is still on the throne, the church fails to have a powerful impact because there are few godly men of Elijah’s character.

  • National Transformation

    Many Christians have looked at 2 Chronicles 7:14 as the solution to our problems. It is, but we have to understand the passage and act on it. Posting it on a car’s bumper sticker, so your unfriendly neighborhood tailgater gets the message, is not the solution. We must use it as a pattern for revival. That will begin with personal renewal, then renewal within the church, before we can hope for revival in our nation