Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pentecostals - Apostolic- The Azusa Street Revival

Los Angeles was ripe for revival in the spring of 1906! Christians throughout the city were praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The previous summer, a Holiness group hungered for a revival during their camp meeting. One of the speakers warned if they didn't "dig in" God was going to pass them by and "raise up a people who would."

F. B. Meyer, the English "Keswick" preacher had ministered in Los Angeles in 1905. He spoke to large crowds about revival. Meyer had just visited the revival in Wales and spoke warmly of the outpouring.

Frank Bartleman, a Holiness evangelist was literally filling the city with gospel literature. Bartleman, excited about the revival in Wales, was distributing a tract by G. Campbell Morgan and The Great Revival in Wales by S. B. Shaw. (Shaw's book is available on our ministry web site. Click the title.) Bartleman had also written Evan Roberts to get instructions on how to experience a move of God in Los Angeles. Roberts wrote back, "Congregate the people who are willing to make a total surrender. Pray and wait. Believe God's promises. Hold daily meetings. May God bless you is my earnest prayer."

Joseph Smale, pastor of First Baptist Church was not content to read about the Welsh revival, he traveled to Wales and met Evan Roberts. On his return, he started daily prayer meetings at First Baptist. For fifteen weeks, they conducted revival services under the theme "Pentecost has not yet come, but it is coming." Unfortunately, pressure from the official board led to the end of the meeting and the resignation of Smale. It did not put an end to the hunger.

Many others were crying out to God for revival, including Julia Hutchins, a black preacher. Hutchins had been a member of Los Angeles' Second Baptist Church. Because she was teaching sanctification as a second work of grace, the Baptist church dismissed her and eight other families. This little group met in various locations including a tent. Despite the hardships the fledgling congregation endured, they did not lose their hunger for revival. Several from the group met regularly for prayer and worship at the home of Richard and Ruth Asbery at 214 Bonnie Brae Street.

These faithful saints were asking God to send an evangelist to spark the flame in their church. When Neely Terry, one of the members visited Houston, Texas, she felt she met the "Man of God" they needed in Los Angeles. God answered their prayer when William Seymour made the long train trip to California. Now, click this line to continue the Azusa Street story by reading the William J. Seymour biography page.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Porn Addictions Worse Than Drug Addictions

If The Church Does Not Overcome This Porn Addiction There Will Be No Revival

In a world awash in porn, more and more men fall prey to hell’s master plan, where intimacy is destroyed in the false pursuit of intensity and the prize for real masculinity is forfeited for fleeting pain-pleasure. According to recent studies, 68% of men in church and 54% of pastors view pornography. Boys between 11-17 years old are its most avid users. The numbers are staggering but a reality in most churches around the world. “There is NO hope of revival in the church today unless men are helped to get free with biblical answers that actually work.” – Dr. Ted Roberts

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Why Are We Seeing So Much Hell On Earth

The world is spiralling out of control and the conflicts are intensifying but with a 2016 U.S. elections building up people are carefully watching the direction that planet will be steered.