November 2014 Book Giveaway

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“Revival is not something that God does firstly among the unconverted, but among His people. Revival simply means New Life, and that implies that there is already Life there, but that the Life has ebbed. The unconverted do not need revival, for there is not any life there to revive. They need vival. It is the Christians who need revival. But that presupposes that there has been a declension. You only revive that which has grown weak. And they only are candidates for revival who are prepared to confess that there has been a declension in their lives. . . . The world has lost its faith, because the Church has lost its fire.

These words, penned by the British author Roy Hession in 1950, still ring true today. Hession was radically changed in 1947 after hearing a series of messages from people within the East Africa Revival Movement. Since that time, Hession dedicated himself to the spreading of the Gospel message of surrender, repentance, grace, love, and dependency. The Calvary Road was the first book he wrote in an attempt to put the message of repentance and revival into words. Though he died in 1992, his ten books continue to teach the Church what the attitude of a believer is, their position in Christ, and what it means to have revival in one’s life, home, church, and world.

If you are looking for a short read on revival and what Jesus longs to do in your life, this book is one you won’t want to skip over. Though be warned, it is not easy to read with its pointed and piercing words – such as: “to be broken is the beginning of Revival. It is painful, it is humiliating, but it is the only way.”

I want to give away 5 copies of The Calvary Road this month and its easy to win one.

Interested in a copy?

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3 Reasons Why Scripture is Important to Your Growth and Maturity in Christ

Discipleship-Scripture

We all know it is important to read the Bible – but do we recognize that it is absolutely essential to our growth and maturity as Christians?

Our involvement in the Word of God is a spiritual barometer that determines if we are thriving or dying in our spiritual life.

Here are three reasons why Scripture is central to discipleship and our growth in Christ:

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The Secret to Greater Intimacy and Satisfaction in Your Christian Life

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Andrew Murray once said:

You will ask me, are you satisfied? Have you got all you want? God forbid. With the deepest feeling of my soul I can say that I am satisfied with Jesus now; but there is also the consciousness of how much fuller the revelation can be of the exceeding abundance of His grace. Let us never hesitate to say, “This is only the beginning.”

This is only the beginning.

How many times in the Christian life do we progress in our spiritual lives, grow in our intimacy with Jesus, find that we are doing “better” than nearly everyone else around us, and therefore get comfortable?

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Advancing Upon Our Knees

Advancing Upon Our Knees (Prayer)

When was the last time you truly spent time on your knees praying for something? Not the quick little prayer uttered before  meal or the “good night prayer” offered before your head hits the pillow. When was the last time you spent time in a real labor of prayer?

The church today is marked by prayerlessness and I wonder if it is because we have forgotten that prayer is actually powerful and effective. It moves mountains, changes nations, and transforms cultures. In short, prayer is powerful.

And yet, if our prayer lives were examined, any onlooker would likely conclude the opposite – they would discover something that is nonexistent or lacking any vigor, passion, or belief.

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A Timelapse Video of Norway … that will make you want to praise God and take a vacation

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In Psalm 19:1 it reads: “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” Isn’t it an incredible thought that creation is declaring something? Creation doesn’t sit idly by, it is actively participating in the purpose and plan of God. Psalm 97:6 also says that the “heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.”

We discover in Romans that God’s invisible attributes are clearly seen through creation (see Romans 1:20) and that creation is groaning with anticipation for the restoration at the end of time (see Romans 8).

I came across this video the other day of a time-lapse of Norway. I have seen pictures of Norway’s beautiful fjords (inlets of water set against steep mountain cliffs – see the picture above) but this video was breathtaking. It caused me to ponder the Psalms (creation singing forth praise) and realize that even this beauty is longing to see its restoration (made even better and more beautiful).

Take a couple moments and be captivated by God’s handiwork. But be warned, watching this video may cause you call a travel agent and book tickets for next summer.

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