How They Prayed in the Upper Room
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How They Prayed in the Upper Room

How did the 120 pray in the upper room? The book of Acts doesn’t say much. But, Catherine Booth’s stunning sermon, “Filled with the Spirit,” gives key insights. Notably, the disciples met several indispensable conditions in the upper room. These conditions apply equally to us today. First, the 120 went through deep self-abasement. Second, they...

Real Love in the Church
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Real Love in the Church

Love is one of the most common topics in Christian teaching today. Often, this love is reduced to tolerating sin, and in some cases, abuse. But what is real, Christian love in the church? Primarily, this love is an identification with Christian brothers and sisters as part of oneself. For example, if I love my...

Bring My People Out of Egypt
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Bring My People Out of Egypt

In the new covenant, God calls every Christian to be a “Moses.” We’re to bring his people out of Egypt, meaning, out of the slavery of sin and the world. However, to bring sinners out of the world requires just as much divine power as liberating the Hebrew nation from slavery required. God’s promises to...

Moses’ Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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Moses’ Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Moses, adopted by Pharoah’s daughter, was next in line to be king over Egypt. However, he chose to leave Egypt behind to deliver the people of God from slavery. But, he did not wait on God for power to do so. Moses’ attempt to deliver the Hebrews by killing the Egyptian parallels the attempts of...

Be Filled with the Spirit
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Be Filled with the Spirit

God commands every Christian to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). This filling includes a spirit of prayer, a heavenly mindset, radical self-denial, and great usefulness to God. However, many professing Christians live without the Holy Spirit. Pastor Ray and Alexandra draw from Charles Finney’s lecture, “On Being Filled with the Spirit,” to show...

Enter a Covenant with God for Revival
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Enter a Covenant with God for Revival

God is a covenant-keeping God. So, if we’re in covenant with God, he must keep his side of the covenant if we keep our side. In the Bible, God provides covenants for revival. One of these is 2 Chronicles 7:14. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and...

Supernatural Features of Revival
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Supernatural Features of Revival

Several supernatural features mark every revival. The first manifestation of God is an awareness of his holiness and presence. This produces terrible conviction of sin. Third, sinners literally yell, tremble, fall, and sometimes go unconscious because of the great distress from this conviction. These manifestations preview the Day of Judgment. Then, in fear of God,...

This Is Revival!
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This Is Revival!

A powerful revival swept through the Hebrides in 1949-1952. Bars closed because all their patrons were converted. Magistrates had no court cases to hear, because all the criminals got right with God. So many were eager to pay off old debts that the post offices ran out of money orders. At sea, in homes, at...

Vignettes on the Holy Spirit Baptism
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Vignettes on the Holy Spirit Baptism

Several dense, juicy vignettes illustrate life after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. These vignettes help us see how conversion isn’t enough. In the new birth alone, we fall far short of the full depth of Christian experience and usefulness. Secondly, they help us understand what we’re praying for. These vignettes are taken from...

Teach Us to Pray
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Teach Us to Pray

When the disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray,” Jesus shared not only how to pray, but what to pray for. First, we’re to pray on behalf of others: the church, the lost, the persecuted, and individuals. Second, we’re to pray for the Holy Spirit as an indwelling Person who brings Pentecost, revival power. This...