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America's Coming Revival
Nov. 20, 2007 - By George Thomas tells the story of the beginning of America's "Second Great Awakening." Spiritual conditions had degenerated in the late 1700's to a level similar to our own. Read this article for encouragement that we too might see a revival in our time. Thomas writes:
- Some 200 years after the Second Great Awakening, many whose spiritual heritage dates back to that great move of God, say the same call is going out today. For America to turn back to God, reclaim her spiritual heritage, and transform a new generation of Americans.
- Source: CBN
Young, Restless, and Ready for Revival
Dec. 28, 2007 - Author and speaker Becky Tirabassi gives numerous examples of a growing desire on the part of students and young adults for personal revival. In addition to her own experience, seeing hundreds of collegians humble themselves in public confession, she points to other events that are encouraging.
She also documents prayer movements by The International House of Prayer and Campus America. She believes that the younger generation has started what Finney called "a new beginning of obedience to God."
- Last July, during an event named The Call, more than 70,000 students, young adults, parents, and ministers from all over the country met in Nashville to pray for 12 hours in a solemn assembly of confession and prayer for our nation.
- Source: Christianity Today
Jesus 'Everything' Skit Draws Millions
Nov. 13, 2007 - The "Lifehouse Everything Skit," performed by Mission Baltimore with music by Lifehouse has been seen by thousands of people and has attracted nearly 6 million views on GodTube and YouTube.
- Source: CBN
Who will answer the call?
Sept. 17, 2007 - Participating in the memorial service for Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. James C. Dobson lamented the fact that we have recently lost so many conservative Christian leaders.
He wonders if leaders from the younger generation will rise up to defend the rights of the unborn child, and the aged. Will they fight for the institution of marriage, and stand against the dangers and the evils of both heterosexual and homosexual promiscuity? God surely must be calling them to the battle. Will they heed the call?
- In the past few years, we've lost Dr. Bill Bright, Dr. Adrian Rogers, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Dr. Ted Engstrom, Mrs. Ruth Bell Graham, and now, Dr. Kennedy.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Glocal Church Ministry
Sept. 17, 2007 - Bob Roberts and Northwood Church in Keller, Texas have planted more than 100 churches, and he now has a vision for sending lay people to other nations where they can use their skills and education to serve other people. Their work will result in opportunities for evangelism too.
- Source: Building Church Leaders
'Jesus Revolution' Hits Thailand
July 9, 2007 - A Filipino youth movement called "Jesus Revolution" has begun work in the Chang Mai area of Thailand and seems to be making an impact on that nation for Christ.
Just As We Were
Is mass evangelism dead?
July 6, 2007 - A poll of Christianity Today's major contributors suggests that "crusade" evangelism is waning in the U.S., but still strong in the developing world.
- Source:Christianity Today
Amazing Grace Movie -'Wilberforce' creators hope movie spurs action
Feb. 23, 2007 - "Amazing Grace," the new movie from Walden Media, tells the inspiring story of William Wilberforce, the reformer, politician, and evangelist who brought about the end of slavery in Great Britain. The story also involves John Newton, the converted slave trader who wrote "Amazing Grace." Wilberforce spent his early teens in the church where Newton was the priest.
- Tempted to quit parliament for a holier calling, he sought advice from Newton, who urged him to use his post to help the helpless. His many causes also included prison reform, child labor and animal rights.
- Amazing Grace: Wilberforce's Guiding Principles - CBN
- Real Christianity: A Paraphrase in Modern English of a Practical View ofthe Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians - Book by William Wilberforce
- Life-changing Faith on Display in "Amazing Grace" - Crosswalk
- Wilberforce: Fighting the Slave Trade - Christian History/ Christianity Today
- On a Justice Mission - Fighting slavery today - Christian History/ Christianity Today
Evangelical teens rally in S.F.
Mar. 27, 2006 - Teen Mania's "Battle Cry for a Generation," led by Ron Luce, attracted more than 25,000 evangelical Christian youth to a two-day counter-revolution meeting to encourage Christian activism and opposition to the dangers teens face today.
San Franciso drafted an official city condemnation against the rally.
- The villains, Luce said, range from the promiscuity and "sexualization" of young people on MTV and the popular online meeting hub MySpace.com to a corporate culture that spends millions trying to woo the under-21 crowd.
- Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Jan. 7, 2006 - Navy Chaplain Lt. Gordon James Klingenschmitt will break his 18 day fast today. He had been protesting the military restriction against praying "in Jesus' name." Has been given permission to mention Jesus in his prayers and to do so while wearing his uniform in public. He will still not be allowed to pray this way at events where enlisted people are required to attend.
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Joyous Revival Predicted to Shake New England
Dec. 30, 2005 - A number of ministries in New England are experiencing what they hope is the beginning of a great revival in their area. Paul Taylor from the Northeast Prayer Center lists a number of encouraging movements that may lead to a full-blown revival. David Manuel, who co-authored "The Light and the Glory," said, "All of the great revivals...the awakenings...that have swept America and gone around the world, seemed to begin in New England." Today New England is considered the most spiritually dead area of the nation.
An interesting new twist is the fact that many passionate missionaries from other countries are targeting the New England area and are having a big impact on the churches there.
- A couple of years ago, Maneul said, God put it on his heart to team up with Christian radio station owner Alex Canavan, and begin a wide-open time of prayer every week at Tremont Temple in the heart of downtown Boston -- the first church to racially integrate in America, and the church where the most famous revivalists preached.
Billy Graham Begins Last Crusade
June 25, 2005 - Billy Graham began what he said would be his last U.S. Crusade in a park
in New York. A crowd of more than 60,000 people gave him a standing ovation as he began.
The evangelist is in poor health, suffering from fluid on the brain, prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease.
- Graham has preached to more than 210 million people in 185 countries. He has been sought out by U.S. presidents and leaders worldwide and, more than any other religious figure, has come to represent the American evangelical movement.
Evangelicals In America
Feb. 7, 2005 - Time Magazine explores the rise of the influence of evangelicalism in our country, especially in the light of the Presidential Elections. It lists 25 top leaders in the movement.
- Source:Time Magazine
- Who's Driving This Thing? - Christianity Today
'Emboldened' Christians Celebrate Christmas
Dec. 15, 2004 - Many American Christians are actively engaged in "putting Christ Back into Christmas." Some are campaigning to remind schools of their legal and historical right to mention the true meaning of the season. Others are boycotting stores that ban the use of "Merry Christmas," or denying the Salvation Army's presence during the season.
- Source:News Max
The power of prayer
Dec. 20, 2004 - Prayer is a vital fact of life in America.
- Indeed, a recent Roper poll found that nearly half of all Americans said that they pray or meditate every day--far more than those who regularly participate in religious services.
- Source:U.S. News and World Report (Story no longer online)
There is a God, leading atheist concludes
Dec. 9, 2004 - Antony Flew, a British philosophy professor, and famous athiest, now says that scientific evidence, especially the complexity of DNA, has convinced him to believe in God, though he does not yet embrace the Biblical concept of God. Flew, who is 81 is the son of a Methodist pastor. He became an athiest at age 15, and has been a leading voice for that philosophy over the years.
- Flew said he was best labeled a deist, like Thomas Jefferson, whose God was not actively involved in people’s lives.
- Craig Hazen, Director of the Apologetics Department at Biola University, has just announced that the January 2005 issue of their journal, Philosophia Christi will include an interview of Flew by Dr. Gary Habermas. The ex-athiest admits that he was influenced by the debates and discussions of Intelligent Design scientists and philosophers.
- Thinking Straighter - Christianity Today
Spiritual Awakening in Los Angeles
Nov. 19, 2004 - Billy Graham returns for his seventh, and likely last evangelistic crusade in the Greater Los Angeles region. It draws from the area's multi-cultural and multi-racial backgrounds. Graham became well known in 1949 where he held meetings nightly for two months in a giant tent at Washington and Hill streets. Billy Graham said,
- So many of us have been praying that God would move mightily in this time and that it would be the beginning of a spiritual awakening.
- Source:Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Story no longer online)
Blogger Predicts Revival via Web
Nov. 3, 2004 - Tim Bednar, a former youth pastor and now church planter in Minneapolis explains that blogs (short for "weblogs") may bring about great spiritual growth. Blogs are like daily journal entries, but are meant to be read by others. People who post these blogs usually read what others are writing as well. Bednar's website is e-church.com. There may be 10 million bloggers by the end of the year.
- Source:Christianity Today
Religion 'very important' to most Americans
June 25, 2004 - A new Gallup poll shows that 60% of Americans say religion is "very important" to them in daily life.
- ... a steadfast figure that has remained virtually unchanged in the past decade, according to Gallup. Twenty-six percent said religion was "fairly" important, while just 15 percent said it didn't matter.
- Source:Washington Times (Story no longer online)
Do evangelical Protestant fathers really know best?
June 18, 2004 - University of Virginia sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox analyzed data from three large surveys. His results indicate that evangelical fathers experience greater family involvement and less domestic violence than any other category. Wilcox explains that evangelicals are more involved with their children because their beliefs are at odds with popular culture.
- Often, parents attempt to shield their children from mainstream culture, which they view as corrupt, by closely monitoring them and involving them in family and church activities.
- Source:USA Today
- A Few Good Men: America's Fatherhood Crisis - CBN
Rowland sees 'explosion of faith' in country
Feb. 29, 2004 - Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland praised Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ," saying that it was unbelievable and breathtaking.
- "I think there is an explosion of faith taking place in our country," he told reporters. "And it is an explosion of faith because evil is everywhere."
- Source:Newsday.com (Story no longer online)
Johnny Cash's Song of Redemption
Oct. 21, 2003 - Must Read: Ted Olsen's account of how "the coolest man in the music industry became that way while singing about Jesus and the Cross."
- Source:Christianity Today
A Tidal Wave of Christianity
Oct. 1, 2003 - Dr. Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of History and Religious Studies at Penn State University, and author of the acclaimed book, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, says that there is a tidal wave of Christian conversions taking place. In just 20 years, two-thirds of all Christians will live in Africa, Latin America or Asia.
"The scale of Christian growth is almost unimaginable," said .
- Jenkins shocked and probably panicked some of America's political and media elite with his [book]... Jenkins argues the greatest movement of the past century was not communism or capitalism. Do the math and the winner is spirit-filled Christianity...
Philip Yancey: Hinting at God
Aug. 28, 2003 - Philip Yancey, author of such profound books as Where is God When It Hurts? What's So Amazing About Grace?, and The Jesus I Never Knew, has a new thought-provoking book coming in September. Rumors of Another World is written to help "borderlanders" find that God really does exist and is relevant. He describes borderlanders:
- The borderlanders are people who are kind of caught in the middle. They think there must be another world out there. There probably is a God, but they are either turned off by the church or wounded by the church or wary of the church for whatever reason.
- Source:CBN (Story no longer online)
Push Has Come To Shove
Aug. 26, 2003 - This cover article from World Magazine's Aug. 30 issue explains that the current crisis over whether or not the 2.5-ton Ten Commandments display must be removed from the Alabama Judicial Building, is just the beginning of a serious and much-needed debate about the place of such displays from public places. It is obvious that earlier legislators and justices had no problem with them, since they can be found all over Washington D.C. and state capitals. Now Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has restarted a vital national debate on the subject, and there is sure to be much said on all sides of the matter before it is settled, probably by the Supreme Court.
- Source:World Magazine (Story no longer online)
Justice Moore suspended
Aug. 23, 2003 - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended yesterday by a judicial ethics panel for refusing to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building rotunda. He has 30 days to respond, but is expected to give his response early next week.
- Meanwhile, Moore's supporters said they were willing to endure the heat and additional arrests to keep the monument inside, according to the Mobile Register. Twenty-two people were arrested Wednesday afternoon.
Moore Vows to Continue Fight for Ten Commandments
Aug. 22, 2003 - Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an initial request to review the case, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has vowed to issue a formal appeal to the high court.
Meanwhile, Moore's eight associate justices of the Alabama Supreme Court agreed to have the judicial building manager remove the monument.
- "Very soon, we will file a petition for writ of certiorari before the United States Supreme Court to resolve clearly our inalienable rights to acknowledge God under the First Amendment."
- Moore Vows to Fight to Acknowledge God - Fox
Defiant chief justice vows to keep Ten Commandments monument
Aug. 15, 2003 - Six days before a court-ordered deadline to remove a monument with the Ten Commandments, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he has no intention of removing it, and will take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Moore considers the Ten Commandments the moral foundation of American Law, and says that to remove them would be to dismantle the legal system of his state.
- "The question is not whether I will remove the monument," Moore added. "It is not a question of whether I will disobey or obey a court order. The real question is whether or not I will deny the God that created us."
- Will The Bible Be Banned In America? - Hal Lindsey - WorldNetDaily
Worldwide prayer urged on 03-03-03
- Feb. 27, 2003 - The World Prayer Team network in Colorado Springs, and many other Christian organizations, have sent out an appeal for Churches and individual Christians to pray for at least three minutes at precisely 3:33 p.m., local time on Monday, 03-03-03. WPT president, Ted Haggard says that the numerical sequence reminds Christians of the trinity.
The suggested focus of the prayer is for peace and/or protection in the conflict with Iraq.
- Haggard also said that Jeremiah 33:3 had been highlighted as "our call to action, 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'"
ACLU fails to remove 10 Commandments
- Jan. 23, 2003 - A trial court in Kentucky dismissed a case brought by the ACLU to remove the 10 Commandments from the Mercer County courthouse. The judge said that the display ...
- "clearly has a legitimate secular purpose of, including but not limited to, acknowledging the historical influence of the Commandments on the development of this country's laws."
An Inspiring Christmas Message From President Bush
- Dec. 25, 2002 - Part of the President's message is copied here. See the whole document, including a beautiful picture of the President and First Lady.
- During Christmas, we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As God's only Son, Jesus came to Earth and gave His life so that we may live. His actions and His words remind us that service to others is central to our lives and that sacrifice and unconditional love must guide us and inspire us to lead lives of compassion, mercy, and justice.
- Source: The White House
A Christian Dynasty
- All in the family - As Billy Graham steps down, will his kids shape the future of American evangelicalism?
- Dec, 2002 - At 84, Billy Graham has been the undisputed leader of evangelicals for 50 years. During that time he has delivered the Gospel to 210 million people in over 180 countries. Now his children have emerged as leaders also.
- Anne Graham Lotz, 54, is the second of three daughters, and Franklin Graham, 50, is the elder of two sons of the aging icon of evangelical Protestantism. And as much as they owe to their father's legacy, both are emerging from his shadow and making their own way in Christian ministry.
- Source:U.S. News and World Report - Cover Story
ACLU loses 10 Commandment fight
- Aug. 23, 2002 - The ACLU lost a suit in Lexington, Kentucky, to have the 10 Commandments removed from a historical diplay in the Mercer County courthouse. Francis J. Manion, senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, explained:
- "The First Amendment was never intended to remove all mention of God or religion from the public square," said Manion. "The Supreme Court and many other courts have long recognized the foundational role of the Ten Commandments in the development of our legal system."
God in the Workplace: A Labor of Love
- Aug. 20, 2002 - Some say there is an explosion of spirituality in the workplace in America. One issue of Fortune Magazine ...
- Source:Religion News (Story no longer online)
'Wild' Men's Movement Leader: 'No More Mr. Nice Guy'
- Aug. 20, 2002 - One-time actor John Eldredge has a growing waiting list for the self-discovery seminars based on his popular "Wild at Heart" book.
- Source:Absolute News (Story no longer online)
3.8 Million Have Now Taken Alpha Course in Last Six Years
- June 11, 2002 - The Alpha Course, designed to answer basic questions of unchurched people, is gaining momentum around the world, and especially in California!
- Source:Religion Today
Nationally Broadcast Concert of Prayer to Unite Nation
- May 2, 2002 - A National Day of Prayer telecast will be aired on May 2 from Washington D.C. at 8 pm Eastern time and 5 pm Western time.
- Special guests include Bill and Vonette Bright, Luis Palau, Jim and Shirley Dobson, U.S. Senate Chaplain Lloyd Ogilvie, Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., and more. Dove Award winning singer/songwriter Nicole C. Mullen and Don Moen and Lenny LeBlanc of Integrity Music will lead worship.
- Source:Crosswalk (Story no longer online)
Christian Websites are the fastest-growing!
- Apr. 25, 2002 - In the BBC article, Religion proves a draw on net, it is noted that March was a very big month for religious websites in the U.S. Traffic to Christian sites was nearly double what it was six months ago.
- Internet measurement firm Jupiter Media Metrix found that sites dedicated to religion were the fastest growing in the United States during March.
- Source:BBC From Jupiter Media report
Some Good News For A Change!
- Mar. 2, 2002
- Famous atheist's son now campaigning for prayer in public schools
- William Murray, son of the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the athiest who succeeded in having prayer banned in public schools, is now a Christian minister. He is campaigning to have prayer returned to the schools.
- Residents Strike Back After ACLU Suit
- The American Civil Liberties Union won a suit to have Franklinton, Louisiana, officials remove four signs from public property. The signs said, "Jesus Is Lord Over Franklinton." In response, the town's 4000 people have posted over 1000 signs in yards and businesses. The most popular one is, "Jesus is Lord Over All."
- 'Shock-Rock' Pioneer Now 'Dedicated to Follow Christ'
- Rock Singer, Alice Cooper, accepted Christ years ago, when alcoholism threatened to destroy his marriage. He and his wife attended a church, heard a "hellfire preacher," and decided he didn't want to go to hell. He has continued as a rock singer, but removed the songs with bad lyrics. He witnesses to other rock musicians, but doesn't want to become a 'celebrity' believer.
- Cooper ... answers his critics: " 'I was one thing at one time, and I'm something new. I'm a new creature now. Don't judge Alice by what he used to be. Praise God for what I am now.'"
- Sources:Montana Standard, Fox, Charisma
- (Stories no longer online)
Kurt Warner On Love, Life and God
- Feb. 2, 2002 - Superbowl star Kurt Warner, and his wife Brenda, talk about their wonderful relationship and Kurt's passion for God.
- Source:CBN (Story no longer online)
Billy Graham To Be Knighted
- Dec. 7, 2001 - Billy Graham, who has spoken to more than 210 million people in almost 200 countries during his 60 year career, will be made an honorary knight by the Queen of England.
- Billy Graham is to have the title bestowed upon him in Washington, D.C., by Sir Christopher Meyer, the British ambassador.
- Source:Maranatha Christian Journal (Story no longer online)
Have We No Tears For Revival?
- Nov. 27, 2001 - Leonard Ravenhill's article explores the problem of a church that has never really experienced revival, and doesn't know what it is missing.
- Source:CBN (Story no longer online)
Paul Harvey healed for 'rest of the story'
- Nov. 27, 2001 - Paul Harvey has his voice back after months of silence. He says that the break-through came when he learned to pray as Jesus did: "Thy will be done."
National Day Of
Reconciliation- Tuesday, Dec. 4
- Nov. 21, 2001 - Concurrent resolutions by the House of Representatives and the Senate have been passed, setting aside a day of reconcilliation.
Churches are urged to observe the day as well.
- "Concurrent Resolution -- Providing for a National Day of Reconciliation.
- "Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That on a day of reconciliation selected jointly by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate, and with the Chaplain of the House of Representatives and the Chaplain of the Senate in attendance -- (1) two Houses of the Congress shall assemble in the Hall of the House of Representatives; and (2) during this assembly, the Members of the two Houses may gather to humbly seek the blessings of Providence for forgiveness, reconciliation, unity, and charity for all people of the United States, thereby assisting the Nation to realize its potential as the champion of hope, the vindicator of the defenseless, and the guardian of freedom
- Source:Maranatha Christian Journal (Story no longer online)
Salvation Army overrules same-sex ruling
- Nov. 14, 2001 - Last Week, Salvation Army's Western Terrirory decided to comply with a City of San Francisco policy that would require them to offer domestic partner benefits to Salvation Army employees of the organization, even homosexual employees. Concerned Christians objected to the decision. Now the organization's Commissioner Conference has overrulled the decision.
- The new policy establishes a national protocol stating that the organization would only extend health benefits to an employee, his or her spouse, and their children.
The words of President Abraham Lincoln written on March 30, 1863:
- "It is the duty of nations, as well as of men to own their dependence on the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon...And insomuch as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?...Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us…It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness."
Christian music a hitt
- July 10, 2000 - Writer Andy Butcher reports on this week''s cover story from Newsweek Magazine. The article, entitled "Jesus Rocks! Christian Entertainment Makes a Joyful Noise," says that Christian music is "now the hottest genre in the entire music industry." Together with Christian movies, like "Left Behind," the Christian entertainment industry is now a $3 billion per year business.
Supreme Court Lets Stand Alabama Prayer Law
- June 20, 2001 - A 1993 Alabama law that permits "student-initiated religious speech," including prayers, at school events such as graduations, reached the supreme court after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it was constitutional. The Supreme Court without comment or dissent allowed the lower court ruling to stand.
- Source: Maranatha Christian Journal (Story no longer online)
Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Religious Group
- June 13, 2001 - On Monday the Supreme Court ruled that a Christian Children's Club (Good News Club) had the same right to use a school building in New York - after school hours - that other groups would have. If the school allows other groups to rent its facilities, it can not ban Christian groups.
- Source: ReligionToday (Story no longer online)
"In God We Trust" - Every Classroom In America
- May 16, 2001 - From: AFA President Donald E. Wildmon
- The Mississippi legislature has passed a bill authorizing the posting of our national motto in every classroom in the state. A private printing company has offered to print the posters for free. It is hoped that other states will take similar action.
- The ACLU is opposed to the action, but previous court rulings have blocked them from success in this area.
- Source: Prophezine - from American Family Association (Story no longer online)
- See also:
Is It Legal To Display The National Motto In Public Buildings?
The Changing Face of the Church
- Apr. 2001 - Christianity, already the largest religion, is enjoying an explosion of growth in Africa and Asia.
- In 1900, the beginning of what American Protestants
christened as “the Christian Century,” 80 percent of Christians
were either Europeans or North Americans. Today 60 percent are
citizens of the “Two-Thirds World”—Africa, Asia and Latin
America. “The center of Christianity has shifted southward,” says
Andrew Walls, an expert in the history of Christian missions, at the
University of Edinburgh, Scotland. “The events that are shaping
21st-century Christianity are taking place in Africa and Asia.”
- Source: MSNBC- Newsweek
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