"Revival services again, Preacher?" Yes! This is the third of seven revivals we are having this year. Evangelist Scott Pauley will be with us Sunday morning through Tuesday night. The thought or theme of revival ought to be on our hearts and minds often as God's children. I find this to be true: What I think about, I pray about. If it does not affect me enough to think about it, it usually does not affect me enough to pray about it.

The great revival of the Bible is found in the book of the Acts of the church. He, God, sent the Holy Ghost to empower His followers for the sake of His name being given to all the world. Acts 1:14 states, "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren." Verse 24 says, "And they prayed, ..." Prayer was essential to the program. May we realize the importance of prayer. "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place." (Acts 2:1). I see an anticipation and unity necessary from God's people for the empowering of the Holy Ghost.

As we prepare for our revival services this coming week, may I encourage you to do three things:

1. Search your own heart and ask God to work in you specifically for whatever He might want to do to receive glory through you.

Psalm 139:23: "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:"

Psalm 26:2: "Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart."

Proverbs 17:3: "The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts."

2. Ask God to send revival to His church, our church, for His sake.

1 Samuel 12:22: "For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people."

Psalm 79:9: "Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake."

Acts 9:16: "For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake."

3. Be here for each service to ensure the unity and oneness needed for Him to send us revival.

Acts 1:14: These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren."

Acts 2:1: "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place."

Acts 4:32: "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common."

I look forward to receiving what God has for us these three days set aside for what we refer to as revival. May the Lord revive us, His people, His church, in these upcoming days!

pastor

Written by Dr. Bill Duttry
April 25, 2018