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Rend the Heavens and Come Down

When Pastor Ray went to a camp meeting as a little boy, he saw a banner that said, “No more business as usual.” But it wasn't true. The camp meeting went on like it always had. There was no revival. So why wasn't there a change? Simply, the pride of the Christians blocked revival. Instead...

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God’s Stronghold

The phone lines jammed in this broadcast as listeners recognized their need for prayer. Pastor Ray's explanation of Psalm 27 and Psalm 84 illustrates our need to pray first for our own salvation and then for others' salvation. In this, God promises to be our stronghold. God's stronghold is both a place of protection from...

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What Makes God Angry? (2009)

Do you know what makes God angry? You may say, “Sin,” and that's true. One specific sin that makes God angry is gossip. For example, when Moses married a woman of color from Ethiopia, his siblings Miriam and Aaron began to speak evil against him. As a result, Miriam was struck with leprosy for seven...

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Dressed in Rags

John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress illustrates both conversion and revival. For the main character Christian, the first step of salvation was to recognize that he was dressed in rags. His family and neighbors thought he'd lost his mind. But Christian began to weep and tremble as he read and believed the Bible. He saw that he...

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Wake Up!

Many Christians admit, “We need revival.” But then, they become defensive when confronted about their sin. However, confrontation of sin is the first stage of revival. Why? Because revival presupposes sin and backsliding in the church. So in the first stage of revival, a preacher calls Christians to repentance and holiness. Next, he or she...