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By Megan Briggs

George Floyd Ave

The Karukus, an interracial couple living in Minneapolis, hope that what started as a tragedy would transform into a global revival. Charles is the senior pastor of International Outreach Church in Burnsville, Minnesota. He and Lindsey have been setting up an outdoor service each evening this week as people travel to the George Floyd Memorial.

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During this time of riots and a pandemic (we almost forgot we were in one), let’s live by these words…

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

~ St. Patrick

MASS REVIVAL BREAKS OUT ACROSS TENNESSEE: “THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME AND TOOK CONTROL”

Lord we pray revival will break out across the U.S.

Revival is taking place in Tennessee as churches from various denominations have partnered together in prayer and fasting.

East Rogersville Baptist Church located in Rogersville has been the launching pad for this move of God.

It’s a part of Awaken Tennessee, the 30-day initiative for prayer and fasting, kicked off Jan. 26 and will run through Feb. 23.

Pastors are reporting their services are exploding with revival services as a result of the Holy Spirit showing up and taking over. . .

“3,100 Awaken Tennessee Prayer Packets have been distributed across East Tennessee to 220 churches who are joining in the 30 days of prayer and fasting. Another 800+ churches are joining from Middle and West Tennessee. That’s a total of over 1,000 churches in Tennessee fasting and praying in unity,” Livesay continued.

“Many churches are only giving one packet per family where both the husband and wife have committed to pray, which means well over 100,000 Tennesseans could be involved in prayer during February. Prayer is always the foundation for revival,” he added.

“This rally is not about our church or any particular denomination, but it is our effort to join the concentrated prayer effort across the state for true revival in our churches that precipitates an awakening in our communities, state, and nation,” Butler said when the initiative began. “There are exponential results as you bring multiplied groups together to pray.”

The Awaken Tennessee is a city-wide movement of prayer and fasting focused on unifying the church to strategically pray for and bless the city, one person at a time.

Dove Award-winning singer/songwriters Terry and Barbi Franklin came to Rogersville to lead worship services for the revival. As a result, the former members of the Gaither Vocal Band were also invited to lead worship for the follow-up services.

The church pastor described for the newspaper how this past Sunday how “The Holy Spirit came and took control.”

“From the first worship song, people began to flood the altar for prayer and continued to do so for restoration and to receive Christ. We haven’t manipulated our people. They came expectant and God simply showed up,” Butler said.

The Franklins say they will help as long as they are needed. It’s something that they’ve been praying about for many years.

We’ve been longing to see America’s churches become houses of prayer again and revived in their first love for Jesus,” the pair said.

John Avant, president of Life Action Ministries, told the paper he hasn’t seen an outpouring of the Holy Spirit like this since 1995 when a revival broke out simultaneously in five churches in Brownwood, Texas.

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Awakening Australia (Photo: Facebook)

News Nov 22, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

“Awakening Australia”, Bringing Revival To A Massive Mission Field

“Awakening Australia”, a mission to reach thousands of Australians with the gospel, brought powerful revival to the predominantly atheist country this week. The event featured powerhouses of faith like Bethel Music, Todd White, Heidi Baker, Jake Hamilton, Daniel Kolenda, Bill Johnson, Awakening Music, Jeremy Riddle, Lindy Conant, Nick Vujicic, and many more. 

The weekend-long event was organized by Ben Fitzgerald, leader of Awakening Europe and former Bethel staff member. Awakening Australia staff spent the weekend preaching the gospel, leading people to Christ, baptizing them, and commissioning them to share what they’d just learned with other Australians. 

“Hundreds were born of God as they responded to Jesus tonight There is truly something remarkable happening in Australia!! There is an Awakening, a sound in God’s people here that will shake the nation,” Fitzgerald posted on Facebook. 

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Nov 08, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall

“We have never had any such thing in history as a prayerless revival,” said pastor Greg Laurie in a powerful, encouraging contribution to Faithwire. Pastor Laurie reminds all readers, whether they’re rejoicing or lamenting after this week’s midterm election, that it is people committed to prayer, not elected officials, who can save America.

“We look at the problems in our world and in our nation today, and we might point at different individuals. But let’s notice where God points when a nation breaks down spiritually and morally,” Laurie encourages the reader. He refers to 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land…”

“God is saying, ‘It is my people. If my people would live as they ought to live, it would impact a nation. My people need to humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways,’” Laurie explains.

“We must pray,” he continues, “but there also must be repentance from all known sin. We need to turn from our wicked ways. All the prayer in the world won’t make any difference if we have unconfessed sin in our lives.”

“God promises that if we will pray and turn from our wicked ways and humble ourselves, he will heal us,” Laurie adds. “That applies to a broken family. That applies to a church. And that applies to a nation.” What a promise!

Laurie concludes, telling us that God wants to send revival, but we must participate.

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“I was enabled to lie at Jesus’ feet and to wash them with the tears of contrition. No pleasure I have ever found in the Christian life is superior to this.”

~ Edward Payson

While some celebrities “shout” their abortions, actor Corbin Bernsen said the abortion of his unborn child was nothing to be proud of

Known for his roles in “L.A. Law,” “Psych” and numerous other hit shows, Bernsen said the “worst day of his life” was the day when he and his wife had their unborn child aborted, according to The Christian Post.

Now a devout Christian, Bernsen shared the story this week during the National Religious Broadcasters Christian Media Convention in Florida.

“My wife and I had our first child, we were madly in love as I am today, and loving it. ‘L.A. Law’ was happening and I was like, ‘Let’s have another baby,’” he told the crowd. “She had just quit her career as an actress and [was] loving the whole family thing.”

Everything changed with their second child. Initially, Bernsen said they were excitedly preparing a nursery and going to checkups. Then, not long after finding out they were having a son, the doctors gave them some bad news.

“We go in for our last trimester checkup and the doctor looks at us and he says, ‘We have a little problem, the amniotic fluid is not forming, the kidneys of the baby are disappearing,’” he remembered.

“A couple days later, we return and he says, ‘I’m going to give you some very bad news. I’m not God and I can’t tell you for sure but I’m 99.99-and-a-tenth percent this baby would not make it to term and even worse — Amanda (my wife) there’s a danger to your health,’” Bernsen continued.

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May the Lord send revival to His church in 2017!

Bryan

 

What is Maundy Thursday?

Posted on Mar 24, 2016

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I belong to a liturgical church. We divide each year into liturgical seasons. This week we spend three days in transition from the season of Lent into the season of Easter.

Today, the first of those three days, is called Maundy Thursday. Even people who know it is called Maundy Thursday do not necessarily know what that means. The word “Maundy” comes from the same roots as the words “mandatory” or “mandate.” Today is Maundy Thursday because we celebrate one of the great mandates of our tradition.

Our understanding of Maundy Thursday comes from the meal many people know as the Last Supper. It grows from the roots of Christianity planted in the Jewish community.

Before observing their Seder meal, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. This was a demonstration of servant leadership. Everyone was worthy to be served. No one was left out. This act of servant leadership, an expression of love, gives us an example to follow. We remember, and we practice following that example.

We are real people. We do not always behave as well as we like, and sometimes we outright fail. Today we remember, we reflect, and we begin again. Even if we have failed every day all year, or longer, we start again today.

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