Needed – Another Great Awakening

In the last hundred years, we have had significant national spiritual moments, short of a Great Awakening. In the 1940’s and ‘50’s we experienced the signs and wonders revival. In that same era, Billy Graham became a national phenomenon. After two years of traveling as a speaker for the Youth for Christ organization, Billy Graham…

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Call to Solemn Assembly

Twenty years ago in a number of movements – the Church of God, the Southern Baptists, the United Methodists, the Assembly of God and others, there was a call to Solemn Assembly. Manuals were produced. Solemn Assemblies were conducted in congregations and by denominational leaders. Some of these events involved thousands – 39,000 clergy in…

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Hope for a New Generation

Before Hezekiah’s reign, his father, Ahaz, had introduced pagan practices, indeed, he had proliferated them. They were a part of his national policy strategy. Suddenly, the people of God were out and pagans were in; the good folks were bad, and bad folks were in charge. Godliness was taboo, too narrow, too confining, too old-fashioned,…

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Exercise for the New Year

We grow strong in the areas in which we exercise! If we exercise thanksgiving, we grow in gratitude. When we embrace the discipline of prayer, we grow in prayer, and intensify our sensitivity to God’s presence. When we give, a heart of generosity grows within us. When we love, we become more loving. When we…

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Out of Gas

A PERSONAL STORY A number of years ago, while serving on the State Council for the Church of God in California, I drove to Sacramento for a board meeting. I was near empty when I pulled into the office parking lot. The meeting was scheduled to last until supper, but instead, it ran past ten…

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An Island of Joy

North Platte, Nebraska is a relatively sleepy little mid-western town with a population of only some 20,000. It sits just north of I-80. It isn’t Lincoln or Omaha. Few today would know its significance. In the days before the interstate, North Platte was big. It was a railroad town. During WWII, it seemed that half…

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