I am the bread of life. John 6:48 (NIV) …as he is, so are we in this world. 1 John 4:17 (NKJV) Revival is on our hearts and minds. Over the past several weeks we have looked at farming as a framework for revival. The desire for revival leads through a sequence and a season.…

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And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest. Luke 8:15 (NLT) A successful harvest was a time for celebration. Farming is hard work, especially so before the days of air-conditioned cultivation and harvesting machines. Farming is also…

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“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. Mark 4:3 (NIV) We are looking at farming as a model for revival. We began last time by focusing on the first step, “Preparing the Ground.” To receive a harvest (revival) there are steps to be taken. When I was a boy, my aunt and uncle…

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This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns.” Jeremiah 4:3 (NLT) The ancient world was primarily agrarian and so many of the allusions and illustrations of spiritual life in the Bible are to be…

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As the time approached when Jesus was to be taken up into heaven, he determined to go to Jerusalem. Luke 9:51 (CEB) It is Easter week, and we are familiar with the sequence of events: The Last Supper, the garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal by Judas, the trial and torture, the crucifixion, and ultimately, the…

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“Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Jeremiah 29:5 (NLT) God’s people were now in exile. It was demonstrably their own fault. They were unfaithful to God. Babylon was God’s instrument to bring correction to his people. 70 years, the span of a lifetime, was the decree. Would…

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“A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.” Luke 6:43–44 (NLT) Nobody knows for sure just how many species of fruit there are in the world, but…

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…I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. Jude 3 (NIV) Marlon Brando won an Oscar for his portrayal of dockworker Terry Malloy in the 1954 film “On the Waterfront.” Malloy had been an up-and-coming boxer before he was coerced…

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Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Psalm 85:6 (NIV) “The only reason we don’t have revival is because we are willing to live without it.” — Leonard Ravenhill Observing contemporary culture and even the church, it would be hard to reach any other conclusion than this: “We Need…

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For David, after he had served God’s purpose in his own generation, died… Acts 13:36 (NET) It was once said that our lives consist of the dash between the 2 dates on our tombstone. In light of eternity, it is a short time and it reminds me of these lines from the poem by C.…

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Stand firm, and you will win life. Luke 21:19 (NIV) Airport trams and trains can make me nervous. I usually travel with a carry-on rolling suitcase and a backpack. When I board, I look for something to hold onto because when the tram starts or stops, it can be a challenge to maintain balance, but…

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Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:17 (NIV) The ancient world knew nothing of presidential elections, electronic voting machines, or mail-in ballots. Emperors and rulers rose to power, many times through treachery, betrayal, or deceit (“Et tu, Brute?”[i]). The apostle Peter wrote these words…

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“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.” (Romans 12:2, J. B. Phillips-New Testament in…

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Habakkuk was a prophet who would understand our present day and age. He lived during a time of international crisis and national corruption. His book of 3 short chapters is unlike those of other prophets who primarily spoke to people about God. Habakkuk, on the other hand, spoke to God about people. You might say…

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And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy…

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“I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out, and I am just as ready to fight now as I was then. So give me the mountain country the LORD promised me that day long ago.”  Joshua 14:11–12a (NCV) By my definition and probably by any reasonable definition, Caleb…

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A time to remember and a time to forget is not explicitly mentioned in Ecclesiastes 3, the passage which tells us that there is a time for everything. Nevertheless, the Scriptures have a great deal to tell us about the significance of remembering and forgetting. What may be surprising though, is that some of the…

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Star

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light. On those living in a pitch-dark land, light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2 (CEB)   Everyone at one time or another has had the experience of being in a darkened room, either awake or asleep when suddenly, bright lights are turned on. This disruption to the…

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Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of…

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Should we be weeping

  If you people won’t listen, I’ll go off by myself and weep over you, Weep because of your stubborn arrogance, bitter, bitter tears, Rivers of tears from my eyes, because God’s sheep will end up in exile. Jeremiah 13:16–17 (The Message) The Preacher in Ecclesiastes lets us know that there is: A time to…

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