Repentance must always begin in the house of God. Doubtless the best place for it to start is with those of us who preach. Let us examine some errors of preaching that stand in the way of revival. Preaching That is Man-Centered. All of us, by our very natures, are lovers of self more than lovers of God, and lovers of sin more than lovers of righteousness. True gospel preaching exposes the wickedness
Challenging the Prevailing Spirit of Unbelief I stood in a church service last night and listened to the testimonies of brokenhearted saints sharing how God had met their hearts in a fresh way. It was thrilling. Openness led to brokenness. Brokenness led to oneness. People were praying, weeping, sharing, getting right with one another, and rejoicing. After the meeting a little boy came and told me
Bringing the Bridegroom Back The marriage proposal had been accepted. The date for the wedding had been set. Invitations had been mailed and there was great anticipation as the day for the wedding ceremony drew near. A full dress rehearsal took place the night before. Finally, the long-awaited day had arrived. Especially stunning was the bride in her beautiful, new dress. Everything was in place.
Help In Dealing With Difficulties Dealing with difficulties has never been my strong suit. Therefore the Apostle’s words astound me, “We glory in tribulations; knowing tribulation worketh patience.” The extraordinary pressures that result from following Christ were his delight. Paul had a victorious perspective, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in...
A Problem Nearer Home Than You Think On the way home after church a father noticed his child was whimpering and crying. The father spoke to his child, “Son, what is wrong?” The little boy replied, “The pastor said every child should be raised in a Christian home. But Dad, I WANT TO STAY WITH YOU AND MOM!” Isn’t it amazing how children have an uncanny ability to perceive the human heart? What do you
The Equipment for Prayer Huge amounts of money are spent each year to recruit young people to show up at the flagpole of their local schools for prayer. The rage some years ago was to get Christians to pray on the steps of their State Capitol buildings. I recall the lament of one who had been involved in the national prayer movement because the major media gave no coverage to their event. Now the