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Revival

Never give up praying for spiritual awakening. Jesus taught that we should always pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). Let’s follow the example of others who prayed until revival came. In the spring of 1904 a young Welshman named Evan Roberts was repeatedly awakened to pray from 1:00 to 5:00 a.m. By November a powerful spiritual awakening was spreading through Wales.

God worked through the testimony of a young new believer named Florrie Evans. When Pastor Joseph Evans asked for testimonies, Florrie arose and with a trembling voice said, “I love Jesus with all my heart.” God used this to melt the hearts of many others.

The London Times reported remarkable changes that took place in the public spirit. For example, in Swansea people who had left their parents in the “workhouse” came to take them out. Entire congregations were on their knees in prayer and for the first time there was not a single case of drunkenness at the Swansea County Petty Sessions. The Bible Society saw orders for Scriptures multiply to three times more than the previous year. At Bangor University revival fires were spreading in January, 1905.  There were only a third or a fourth of the students attending some of the classes…Beginning with a spontaneous outburst of praise and prayer among the men students, the movement spread . . at a united prayer meeting…some broke down sobbing.

David Lloyd George, who later became British Prime Minister, saw one of his political rallies taken over by the Welsh revival. On January 11th, 1905 he said the Welsh revival gave hope “that at the next election Wales would declare with no uncertain sound against the corruption in high places which handed over the destiny of the people to the terrible brewing interest…”

The Times reported on January 16th, 1905 that At Glyn-Neath a feud had existed for the past ten or twelve years between the two Independent Chapels, but during the past week united services have been held in both chapels, and the ministers have shaken hands before the congregations.  The fires of spiritual awakening crossed the ocean.

In 1904 Atlanta newspapers reported an amazing revival of prayer sweeping the city. On November 2nd the Supreme Court of Georgia closed so people could attend prayer meetings:stores, factories, offices and even saloons followed suit. For two hours at midday all Denver was held in a spell . . The marts of trade were deserted between noon and two o’clock this afternoon, the Denver Post reported 1n January, 1905. One Kentucky pastor died of overwork after receiving 1,000 new members in 2 months.  Out of a population of 50,000 only 50 unconverted adults remained in Atlantic City!

Revival came to north China in 1932 in answer to several years of prayer. At one point, Norwegian missionary, Maria Monsen, wondered what good her praying could do. She longed to see God’s river of life flood spiritually dry China. Then she realized that the mighty Yangtze River began when tiny drops of rain came together in the top of the mountains. Maria sought a prayer partner to join her in claiming the promise “that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” (Mt. 18:19). When she finally found someone she exclaimed, “The awakening has begun! Two of us have agreed!” The rain drops of revival prayer were coming together.

In November of 1930 Maria announced, “A great revival is coming soon and it will begin in the North China Mission.” She was convinced that the missionaries had fulfilled the conditions for revival found in 2 Chron 7:14.  In 1932 about forty Christians were meeting in a town in North China for prayer four times a day beginning at 5:00 a.m. Believers were convicted of sin. Two men repented of hating each other. Love was strong and deep. Joy abounded. When revival came more people were born again than in any previous year in North China. One missionary estimated that 3,000 people came to Christ in his town. Pastors, missionaries, and Bible women experienced a deeper Christian life than they had ever known before.

A spirit of prayer was poured out on the church. People loved to pray. Many times prayer meetings lasted 2 or 3 hours. Prayers were short, fervent, and sometimes tearful. Children’s prayers led to the salvation of their parents and teachers.

In 1936 revival fires broke out on the campus of Wheaton College, Chicago. A senior named Don Hillis arose in chapel to voice a plea for revival. Students responded with an all-day prayer meeting on Saturday. Both faculty and students confessed sin and made things right with one another.

The Wheaton campus was touched again in 1943 following a message on confession of sin during special services. The captain of the cross-country team arose to confess that he had violated college policy by leading his team in a Sunday race. Pride, criticism, and cheating were confessed by other students. Lunch and dinner slipped by unnoticed while the meeting continued into the evening service.

“Stop the bus!” a member of the Wheaton College Glee Club shouted. The Glee Club was touring in Florida in 1950. A revival that had broken out on the campus in Illinois had touched this student hundreds of miles away. He confessed he had broken the rules and other students began to turn to God.

God’s promise is still true. If we seek Him with all our heart, we shall surely find Him ready to pour the riches of His grace and love into the lives of His people (Jer 29:13).

 

Pastor’s Corner

Sietske Postma had just finished her training to become an elementary school teacher when the Nazi army invaded her country of Holland. Sietske lived in a small country village with her father, Djoerd, a woodworker, and her younger brother.

Though they were not politically active, the family was shocked by those in their town who viewed Nazi control as a desirable thing and even more shocked by those who enlisted in the German army or became supporters of the Nazi party.

Initially, the Germans interfered little in the lives of the people of Holland. As the war continued, though, the Nazis instituted their cruel program of Jewish identification, deportation, and eventual extermination.

One day when the Postma family walked through the entrance to their little country town, they found a sign had been posted which read “DOGS AND JEWS FORBIDDEN.”

Word quickly spread that anyone who attempted to stand in the way of the Nazis’ efforts to eliminate the Jews would suffer the same fate as the Jews.

Devout Christians, Sietske and her family prayed fervently for God to intervene in the situation.

On a crisp March evening in 1943, the pastor of a local church paid the Postma family a visit. After tea and sweets were served and small talk was made, the pastor’s face became serious. “I want to tell you the real reason for my stopping by tonight,” he said in a sober, hushed tone.

The three faces of the Postma family stared in puzzlement.

“I was wondering if you would consider taking in someone,” he said slowly.

That someone, of course, was a Jew. A person to be hidden from, not only snooping Gestapo agents, but even from the Postmas’ neighbours. A person to be fed, clothed, entertained—but never revealed. A person whose mere presence in the home could result in a trip to the gas chamber or a bullet to the head.

The Postmas knew that saying yes to this request would change their family forever. They knew they would have to live with caution, subterfuge, anxiety, and even terror as the Postma house would certainly be searched more than once by Nazi soldiers.

Without hesitation Djoerd Postma said, “Yes.”

“How about a Jewish girl?” the pastor asked.

Djoerd looked at his daughter, Sietske, who quickly replied, “Yes!”

The Postmas never felt it was their pastor asking them to risk their lives, but that it was the voice of God.

Because they said yes, 22-year-old Nurit Hegt lived with them until the fall of Germany in 1945. Because they said yes, Nurit, the only surviving member of her family, grew to adulthood and eventually moved to Israel, where she married and raised a family.

Because the Postmas said yes, Tree E-37 was planted in their memory on the Avenue of Righteousness in the city of Jerusalem.

What is God calling you to do? Are you willing to say yes? It may cost you your friends. It may cost you some popularity. It may cost you things you value highly. It may cost you your life.

 But when you say yes to God, you can be assured that your life will take on new meaning and purpose. And you will not be alone. When Jesus gave His disciples His great commission to go and make disciples, He told them, “Surely I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). He did not spare them from persecution or death, but He enabled them to change the course of history. Because they said yes, we have the good news that leads to eternal life.

 The Christian life is more than willingness to do what Jesus asks us to do-it is costly obedience. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24).

Can you say yes to that?

Rae

Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday little Johnny listened as his Sunday school teacher told the class that the lesson would be about the meaning of Easter. “Can anyone tell the Easter story?” she asked. When no one volunteered to speak, she called on Frank.

“Umm, I don’t think I know,” Frank said. The teacher reassured him that was okay and moved on to Betty.

“I don’t know how to tell it,” she responded.world-cross-shadow

Finally, little Johnny decided to raise his hand. He said he would tell the Easter story. The teacher was pleasantly surprised at his willingness, since he was usually the class clown.

“On Easter,” said Johnny, “Jesus and his disciples were eating the Jewish Passover at the Last Supper, but later Jesus was deceived and turned over to the Romans by one of his disciples. He was accused of teaching he was the Messiah and when he confessed it, the Romans made him wear a crown of thorns, took him to be crucified, and he was hung on a cross with nails through his hands and feet. He said ‘It is finished’ which means ‘Debt paid in full’ and died. He was definitely dead because the water was separated from his blood when they stabbed his side. So they buried him in a nearby cave on Friday which was sealed off by a large boulder.”

“Very good, Johnny!” the teacher gasped excitedly. “And what else happened that we celebrate on Easter?”

Johnny thought for a moment before continuing. “Now, on Easter Sunday each year, we move the boulder aside so that Jesus can come out. And if he sees his shadow, then we know there will be six more weeks of winter!”

Johnny got a little bit confused about the Easter story!

How would you tell the Easter Story? According to Scripture, the Resurrection of Christ is the centrepiece of our faith. There are many people who believe in Jesus – who believe that he died on the Cross for our sins – but who have a hard time believing in the Resurrection. Paul clearly teaches that without a risen Christ, we have no Gospel at all. Unless you believe in the risen Christ, our religion is pointless. But because he was raised from the dead, we will also be raised to eternal life. Now that’s good news! (1 Corinthians 15:13-14)

 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

He is Risen!  Happy Easter!

 

Rae

 

Pastor’s Corner ~ March ’15

Many years ago a rich man had a servant whose job was to carry water each day from a distant stream to his master’s house.

The servant carried the water in two large pots, each of which hung from opposite ends of a pole he carried across his neck. One pot was in perfect condition and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream. The other pot had a crack in it, though, and always arrived at the master’s house half full.

For two years the servant delivered only one and a half pots of water to his master’s house each day. The undamaged pot was proud of itself. It had been made to carry water without leaking, and it did the job perfectly. The cracked pot, on the other hand, felt ashamed. It was miserable knowing it was not able to accomplish what it had been made to do. Still, it did the best it could, even if it was only half of what the perfect pot could do.

Finally the cracked pot spoke to the servant one day by the stream. ìI need to apologise to you, the pot said, For two years now, I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value for your efforts.

The servant simply said, when we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.

As they made their way back to the house, the cracked pot saw the gorgeous wildflowers beside the path and was cheered a little by their beauty.

When they reached the house, the servant said to the cracked pot, Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path? I’ve always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day when we walked back from the stream, you watered them. For two years I’ve been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. If you weren’t just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.logo 1

Each of us has our own unique flaws. You might say we’re all a bunch of crackpots. But if we will allow him to, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His table.

In God’s great economy, nothing goes to waste. The Lord knows what your shortcomings are, and He will use them to His own advantage and to your advantage, as well. He’ll throw some flower seeds in your path and give you a chance to water them along the way.

Don’t be ashamed or afraid of your flaws. Instead, celebrate them and remember that God has always used imperfect people to accomplish His perfect will. Paul wrote, If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness (2 Corinthians 11:30). Paul had quite a few flaws, which he freely acknowledged, but God still used him in a mighty way.

He can use you as well!

Blessings,

Rae

Pastor’s Corner – Jan 15

Our verse for 2015 as a fellowship is…

 “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” ~ Ephesians 3:20

As believers and as a local Church as we stand at the beginning of 2015 we should have GREAT EXPECTATIONS because we have a GREAT GOD: a God who is able. If you have not got your fridge magnet yet please ask for one.

One of God’s names tells us that He is able to do whatever He pleases, a name fist revealed to Abraham. He had promised to make Abraham the Father of a great nation, and naturally Abraham needed a son in order for that promise to come true. He thought Hagar’s child, Ishmael, was to be that son, but God told him that Sarah would bear a son named Isaac through whom the promise would be fulfilled. The whole idea was preposterous. Abraham was ninety nine years old and Sarah was ninety, and humanly speaking there was no possible way they could have a son. But God helped them to believe it by the way he introduced Himself that day: Genesis 17:3 “Now when Abraham was ninety nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him: ‘I am God almighty; walk before me and be blameless.’”

El-Shaddai is God Almighty, the God who can do anything He wants to do. He is almighty, all-powerful. That name is used 47 more times in the Old Testament and never of anyone but God. It has a New Testament equivalent, used ten times, which means literally “to hold all things in one’s power.”

Throughout the Bible we are told over and over again of God’s omnipotence:

  • He is the Lord strong and mighty (Psalm 24:8)
  • Power belongs to him (Psalm 62:11)
  • Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength (Psalm 147:5)
  • He is able (Eph 3:20)

Do you believe that today? Most of us have had disillusioning experiences with people who have promised more than they have been able to deliver. Consequently, we have a tendency to transfer our scepticism to God. Does He really care? Is He really in control? Does He really have the power to bring good out of adversity? Is He really able?

I remember on one occasion at the age of 18, God called me to serve for three months with Operation Mobilisation in Russia, during my holidays from University. As it got closer to the time to go I began to get more anxious about what lay ahead. I felt out of my depth and doubted that God could use me.Picture1

It was at this time when I received a letter from a friend. I still have the letter and it inspired me and confirmed to me afresh that God was able. Part of it said: “Rae, God has called you. He will equip you.” And then quoting Scripture it said: “Do not be afraid, only believing. For He is able.”

There is a song that we sometimes sing that confirms this wonderful truth:

  • He is able, more than able, to accomplish what concerns me today.
  • He is able, more than able to handle anything that comes my way.
  • He is able, more than able, to do much more than I could ever dream.
  • He is able, more than able, to make me what he wants me to be.

So this year let us remember that He is able, more than able. Ephesians 3:20 HE IS ABLE to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask, think or imagine.

This year, as William Carey once said, let us as a fellowship of believers in Lossie Baptist Church…

 “Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God.”

Blessings,

Rae

New Chaplaincy…

The Pastor has recently been appointed Chaplain to Lossiemouth FC. They play in the Scottish Highland League. footballThis is a great opportunity to build links with the community through being intentionally relational. Alex Ferguson, the ex Manchester United manager describes the benefits of Chaplaincy: “Chaplains can be of help to all sorts of people involved with sport, when crisis, need, or difficulty comes. I commend the idea of sports chaplaincy and the work of Sports Chaplaincy to you.”

Pray for the Pastor as he takes up this role. If you would like to find out more information about Sports Chaplaincy check out their website at www.sportschaplaincy.org.uk

If you would like to find out more about Lossie Fc check out their website at www.lossiemouthfc.co.uk

Dohohoi Trip ~ 25th July-3rd August

content14_clip_image026In a few days time a group of our young people are going to the GLIA Centre of Hope in Romania.  This is their page, this is their story…

For more details on the Centre for Hope and the work they do…click here

 

Day one – about 60 children at 10:00 and more trickling in. Temperature 30C+ ……

We have had a brilliant first day of our holiday club in the GLIA centre of hope, Dorohoi.

Around 70 children attended and we told Bible Stories, the kids sang songs, played games and completed crafts.  The holiday club is called ‘Nava aventura’ which means ship adventure.  Today’s theme was sea of choice and we looked at the story of Jesus healing the leper.

The children were very excited To find out more about the story and take part in the days activities.

In the afternoon, some played football, other made loom bands and some had their faces and nails painted.  Some of the team visited some of the locals and experienced something of the extreme poverty that they face on a day to day basis.

The weather has been extremely warm and we are all sweating.  It is great fun but very tiring.

Day two – Tuesday – about 33-35C this morning. about 70 children again.

Today we had 70 kids come along to “Nava aventura” and we were happy to see new faces from some of the surrounding villages.  Children are picked up (the more the merrier) with heaps of kids being crammed in for a lift to the club. We are improving our Romanian by the day as the children are always keen to teach us. They are having heaps of fun and enjoy the scottish sweets on offer if they recite the memory verse! Todays craft was making a fishing game and the kids loved playing with them in the afternoon.

Each day a few of the team are taken out to visit some of the people that are cared for by Glia. When they return they are humbled and moved by what they saw. And it is an experience that they will never forget.

We are now heading off to bed – all shattered from the heat and the days activities!

We are all looking forward to seeing what God has planned for tomorrow 🙂

Day three  ~ very hot again but numbers keeping up (60-70). Team a bit tired today.

The weather continues to be very warm.  We are now beginning to enjoy the shade.

We are very aware of God’s presence as we serve Him here in Dorohoi.  The children’s club continues to go well and in the last couple of days we have told the children the stories of blind Bartimaeus and Zaccheaus.  We have had the opportunity to tell them about how much Jesus loves each one of them.  The children very much enjoy the singing and praise, particularly they love the song, ‘Our God is a Great big God‘.

There were 75 children at the club today Day four;  We have done various different crafts with them including bracelets, colouring in and making crosses.  They very much enjoy this, even the teenagers.  This afternoon we played various games with them.

Some of the team have again been out visiting some of the families that GLIA help.  This has been very challenging and has impacted them greatly.  It is hard to put into words. The team are well settled and have built great relationships with the centre staff and with the children.

Mark and Matt have built a bunk bed and will be fitting it tomorrow.

Please pray for wisdom, energy and a continued anointing upon each and every member of the team.

To God be the Glory

La revedere

Rae