Do You Really Want Revival?

What a joy it was to have the opportunity to preach in (7) seven states (5,000+ road miles) during our last major road trip which included most of September and October.  It sure was good to be in our home church and hear our pastor, Bro. Dave Delaney.  He is one of a couple dozen young preachers we have had the opportunity to serve with  that are committed to the fundamentals of the faith, the King James Bible, the local church and soul winning.  I am truly excited about the future of our movement.  God is sharpening some new instruments that will be used to accomplish great things for His glory if he delays His return.  The future is as bright as the promises of God.

Wylie Texas – Lighthouse Baptist Church – Pastor Dr. James Rasbeary  

Upon leaving the greater Atlanta area we headed to Wylie, Texas a city just outside of Dallas.  God gave us a wonderful revival meeting with full altars nightly.  I found Bro. Rasbeary to be a genuine Christian that has built a solid foundation for a growing soul winning church.  Nancy and I fell in love with the Rasbeary family.  They are doing a great job of rearing their children.  Bro. Rasbeary has a balanced ministry.  He planted the church 12 years ago.  While I was there he arranged for me to speak at two area Bible colleges.  One morning we spent time investigating the ministry of J. Frank Norris.  It was enlightening and motivating.  I am looking forward to being with them again September 16-18, 2013.  Bro. Rasbeary is a prolific writer.  I suggest you check his web site for information.

Orlando Florida – Orlando Baptist Temple – Pastor Dr. Russell Riggs

When we left Wylie, Texas we were bound for a return trip to Orlando, Florida.  What a tremendous time we had with Bro. Riggs and family.  Another tremendous work going forward for Christ.  Located in an inner city type of area I felt very much at home.  God gave us good results at the invitation time.  The fellowship and commitment of the church is amazing.  Bro. Riggs has taken a very difficult situation by most peoples standards and turned it into a great opportunity.  A mark of the churches love and confidence for their pastor was demonstrated in their presenting him with a beautiful new truck.  Bro. Riggs is also principle of their Christian day school and leads many other ministries.  When in the Orlando area check them out.

Southaven Mississippi – Clearview Baptist – Pastor Cory Knepshield

From Orlando we headed North to Southaven, Mississippi to be with Pastor Cory Knepshield and the fine folks at Clearview Baptist Church.  We have been truly blessed in the revivals we have conducted this year in that in every case the pastors family has been 1st class.  Bro. Knepshield’s family is no exception.  I love it when the pastors have strong family values.  God has blessed the church with great facilities and Bro. Knepshield has been developing numerous ministries.  There is a genuine burden for the lost and a desire to reach their community for Christ.  As a small town that is part of the greater Memphis metro area the church under Bro. Knepshield’s capable leadership has an opportunity to get the Gospel to thousands.

CONCLUSION – Do You Really Want Revival?

I believe the only hope for America is Heaven sent revival.  I believe we face Revival or Ruin.  The problem seems to be that most of God’s people would like to see revival but are not willing to pay the personal price to have revival.  Will you join me in praying for revival and then give your self anew to God.  A revived Christian will be a Christian with a passion for souls.  Our nation has become one of the largest most needy and extremely wicked nations on the planet.  Bible revival is our only hope.  We can’t sit idly by and pray for the rapture.  We must “watch and pray”… “run with patience” but run… “work for the night is coming”… Come on fellow Christians.  Let’s believe God for the boldness to raise up a nation of Believers that are unashamed to be politically incorrect.  Let’s reach out to the lost with the love and compassion of the Saviour.  I’m not talking about sympathy.  I’m talking about urgency.  I’m talking about obedience.  I’m talking about our children and grand children.  DO YOU REALLY WANT REVIVAL?  

GOD GIVES OPEN DOORS MARANATHA BAPTIST CHURCH

5 DAYS AT MARANATHAImage

 Bill & Mona Dumpert / Mark & Lori Wilkerson / Lonnie & Nancy Mattingly

Last week Nancy and I had the opportunity to spend five wonderful days in Rantoul, IL in revival meeting at Maranatha Baptist Church.  What a meeting we had as Maranatha celebrated their 34th Anniversary on this past Sunday.

Bro. Mark Wilkerson who has been Pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church for six years did a great job of planning a memorable day.  One of the highlights was to bring in a former pastor, Bro. Bill Dumpert who preached the morning service.  The congregation was deeply moved by his powerful preaching on “Amazed and Afraid” from Mark 10:32-34.  There were many wonderful memories of the days of struggle and victory that they had together.

Pastor Wilkerson taught the Sunday School hour from several passages in Proverbs on the subject of “Walking in Wisdom.”  I had the joy of preaching the evening service. i also preached the evening services Wednesday through Saturday.  God gave us souls saved and full altars.

I believe that Maranatha Baptist Church has a great open door to the city of Rantuel and the surrounding areas.  There were 5 pastors that visited the various week night services along with some of their members.  The spirit was great.  The members responded with many commitments to reach the lost.  I’m praying that real Heaven sent revival will break out in the weeks ahead as the folks fulfill the commitments that were made.  Nancy and I joined with several church members in outreach.  We were able to spend a couple of hours on Saturday knocking doors, passing out fliers and finding several good prospects for the church.  Pray that these efforts will continue.  If they do I am sure that Maranatha will see much fruit.

My closing message was GOD IS GIVING US AN OPEN DOOR

Here is a brief partial outline… It will preach.

Revelation 3:7-13 The Church at Philadelphia… The Revival Church

God Gave them an OPEN DOOR ..

Revelation 3:7-13 The Church at Philadelphia… The Revival Church

V. 8 GIVES 3 SIMPLE REASONS WHY GOD OPENED A DOOR FOR THEM…..

They had a testimony of a church that works… but that is not enough. Lots of churches are working hard today but few are having any symptoms of revival.  Consider the following.

1. THEY HAD LITTLE STRENGTH – It is not what we do for God that has eternal significance.  It is what God does through us.  Only what God does will last forever.  2 Corinthians 9:12

2. THEY KEPT HIS WORD –   Psalms 119:89, 2 Timothy 3:15-17 God’s Word is our authority and guide in our service to Him.  Our methods should never be unscriptural.  Our theology should not be man made.  Many people believe in God but they don’t believe God.  The Bible is our final word of authority in all matters of faith and practice.

3. THEY DID NOT DENY HIS NAME – We are not ashamed of the name of Jesus.  Let’s lift Him up. His name has become politically incorrect but it is still Biblically correct.  Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 4:12

I trust that these three simple thoughts will be a challenge to you and a help in teaching and preaching motivation to others to go through the open doors of opportunity that God has given to us.  I am sure that as you study and meditate on these verses that God will give you many other thoughts and applications.

AGAPE BAPTIST CHURCH, BOARDING SCHOOL AND RANCH

This week we are at Agape Baptist.  What a ministry and what an opportunity.  Next week I will give you an update on the work here.  Pray for me as I will be preaching 6 or 7 times.

Nancy and I are having a wonderful time being in a variety of precious ministries.  We have visited with so many friends and met so many new friends.  God has been good.  We miss Shawnee Baptist Church and our pastor preaching to us.  We are able to catch them from time to time live streaming at http://www.shawneebaptist.org  you should check them out.Bro. David Delaney has a huge task and is doing a great job.  Shawnee Baptist College has college days this week end and will do so in conjunction with “THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE.”  It may not be too late to call and 1participate. 502-775-8431