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HE HAS RISEN INDEED!
Father, please send spiritual revival on the day that your people celebrate the bodily resurrection of your Son, Jesus from the dead. May churches across America and around the world truly experience the power and the joy of the resurrection as they proclaim that “HE IS RISEN!” Awaken your church and send revival Lord!
In Jesus name, Amen!
by KEVIN DEYOUNG
Like millions of Christians around the world, we will have a Maundy Thursday service tonight. If you’ve never heard the term, it’s not Monday-Thursday (which always confused me as a kid), but Maundy Thursday, as in Mandatum Thursday. Mandatum is the Latin word for “command” or “mandate”, and the day is called Maundy Thursday because on the night before his death Jesus gave his disciples a new command. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).
At first it seems strange that Christ would call this a new command. After all, the Old Testament instructed God’s people to love their neighbors and Christ himself summarized the law as love for God and love for others. So what’s new about love? What makes the command new is that because of Jesus’ passion there is a new standard, a new example of love.
There was never any love like the dying love of Jesus. It is tender and sweet (13:33). It serves (13:2-17). It loves even unto death (13:1). Jesus had nothing to gain from us by loving us. There was nothing in us to draw us to him. But he loved us still, while we were yet sinners. At the Last Supper, in the garden, at his betrayal, facing the Jewish leaders, before Pontius Pilate, being scourged, carrying his cross, being nailed to the wood, breathing his dying breath, forsaken by God-he loved us.
To the end.
Love shone best and brightest at Calvary.
God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. They outlive the lives of those who uttered them.
— SUNDAY, MARCH 25TH, 2012 —
A respected pro-family organization announced this week a boycott of Starbucks coffee. The group, which supports legal protection for traditional marriage, launched the “Dump Starbucks” campaign after a national board meeting in which the Seattle-based coffee company mentioned support for same-sex marriage as a core value of the company. Some Christians are wondering whether we ought to join in the boycott. I say no.
It’s not that I’m saying a boycott in and of itself is always evil or wrong. It’s just that, in this case (and in many like it) a boycott exposes us to all of our worst tendencies. Christians are tempted, again and again, to fight like the devil to please the Lord.
A boycott is a display of power, particularly of economic power. The boycott shows a corporation (or government or service provider) that the aggrieved party can hurt the company, by depriving it of revenue. The boycott, if it’s successful, eventually causes the powers-that-be to yield, conceding that they need the money of the boycott participants more than they need whatever cause they were supporting. It is a contest of who has more buying power, and thus is of more value to the company.
We lose that argument.
 So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.
 Your righteousness, O God,
reaches the high heavens.
You who have done great things,
O God, who is like you?
 You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
you will bring me up again.
(Psalm 71:18-20 ESV)
Father, the American Church is in great need of spiritual revival. On the first Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem in order to pay the price for our sins on the cross. On that day, Jesus wept over the sins of the people of the city. May we wept over our own sins and for the sins of the church. Come Lord Jesus Come!
Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them: show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability… Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.
If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. You will never exhaust the subject. It is continually being renewed. People who have no secrets from each other never want for subjects of conversation. They do not weigh their words, for there is nothing to be held back; neither do they seek for something to say. They talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration they say just what they think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God!
~ Francois Fenelon (1651-1715), Spiritual Letters of Archbishop Fenelon
If we persist in describing human efforts as revival and continue to think in terms of “annual revival meetings,” believing that the good work we are doing for God is revival, then we must content ourselves with far less than God is willing and able to give.
If, on the other hand, we can realize that revival is truly God at work in a most unusual fashion,then our entire being can be stirred with longings and supplications to see just such an outpouring of God’s mighty power in our own day.