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The Cycle of Revival

The Cycle of Revival

“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love” (Robert Robinson, 1758). The hymn writer captured in a sentence what is universally true of man. Our humanity is weak, the devil is strong, and the world pulls us relentlessly away from God. Even those who have come into a relationship with Christ still wander at times.

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Leah’s “Yes to God” Story

Leah’s “Yes to God” Story

In January of 2018, my family received news that my dad’s cancer was most likely terminal. This was really hard news to receive, but we went forward, praying and seeking different treatment methods. As my dad’s treatments continued, his cancer continued to spread, and I knew that this was my “yes to God” moment. I was going to learn to say yes to loving my dad, and loving him well.

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How to Advance the Work of God During a Confusing Pandemic

How to Advance the Work of God During a Confusing Pandemic

Every pastor and spiritual leader I know is experiencing waves of discouragement and confusion during this COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders lead. They want to move the ball forward and get things done. Spiritual leaders want to see the kingdom advance. No true man or woman of God wants to just survive. To get by. To merely tread water. To see the work of God slowed or even stopped.

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Do You Care About the Kachins?

Do You Care About the Kachins?

If the news of Coronavirus and chaos in our streets has you down, consider this—you could be a Kachin. On July 2, over 160 people in Kachin State in Myanmar were killed when a 200-foot-tall mountain of mud taken from the local jade mine gave way and buried them alive. Why were they there taking such unimaginable risk when they knew that these landslides happen regularly?

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The God Who Meets With Us

The God Who Meets With Us

One of the great mysteries of God is that He meets with us. This has happened since the beginning of time, as God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day in the Garden He had created for them. Until they chose to go their own way, they enjoyed unhindered, intimate communion with Him.

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What Can I Do?

What Can I Do?

Really, what can I do? I’m just a sixty-year-old white woman feeling inadequate to change anything in our world. My emotions these past months have ranged from extreme sadness to anger to utter hopelessness.

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NOW Is the Time!

NOW Is the Time!

Have you noticed how many people are posting on social media things like, “Can we just fast-forward to 2021?” I get that feeling, and I’ll bet you do too. But actually, it runs contrary to God’s way of thinking and working in the world.

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How Should We Deal with Our National Tragedy?

How Should We Deal with Our National Tragedy?

The last months have been filled with countless opinions of how we should view and respond to our national (and international) tragedy. Health and government officials have interpreted for us the nature of the problem and the potential solutions. We have been fixated on these daily reports, and we have been directed by men’s opinions and best ideas. All of this may be good and helpful. But where is the divine voice? Are we hearing God’s opinion of these days and turning to Him for divine solutions?

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The Divine Pronoun

The Divine Pronoun

We are most often the central subject of our thoughts and conversation. This preoccupation indicates a self-observed life, which is our greatest problem. Worried about what people think of who we are, what we look like, and what we’ve done, we unconsciously place the “I” in the forefront.

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Four Things to Do About Racism and Riots

Four Things to Do About Racism and Riots

In 1996 I began to pastor New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. The population around our church was significantly black, but our church was not. I embarked on a journey to see that change. It was not an easy task. As our church became more diverse, I began to encounter opposition I had never experienced before. Our family even received death threats! At one point I was so discouraged and angry that I went to my friend and mentor Crawford Loritts and asked for his advice.

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Reopen or Re-start Church?

Reopen or Re-start Church?

Revival must change our hearts AND our actions. A global pandemic … racism, hatred, killing … our nation on fire … And the Supreme Court has allowed government authority to have over churches. Churches are not seen as essential now because they have not acted essentially in the past. We don’t really need churches to reopen. We need them to restart—different than they used to be.

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God’s Willingness to Hear

God’s Willingness to Hear

The loss of hearing is debilitating. Our ears are one of the primary gates that give us the ability to know and respond to everything. The eyes, the nose, the mouth all aid us, as well as the sense of touch. But hearing is foundational. There are different levels of hearing. We hear thousands of sounds every day with no response. Our minds are conditioned to tune much of this out. We’ve labeled it “background noise.”

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