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…

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,…

A National Passover

We pick up with the story of Hezekiah. Next, he called for a national Passover (2 Chronicles 30:26), something that had not happened for at least 150 years. He sent messengers – evangelists, in a sense – all over the countryside with the invitation to join in the revival at the newly opened national worship…

A National Renewal Strategy

Our nation needs revival and renewal. What if we applied Hezekiah’s strategy for our own nation? FIRST – The Priestly/Pastoral Leaders:  The first call has to be for the priesthood, the spiritual leaders, to consecrate themselves. The King ordered the priests to get right with God, to rid their lives of anything that would be…

Hope from Judah’s Past

When my son was much younger, he pointed out something and remarked with a gleam in his eye, “That’s bad!” I responded, “No, that’s good!” He shook his head, “Dad, you don’t understand – that’s bad, that’s ‘dudeish’ bad.” I remember saying, “I don’t know about the ‘dudeish’ part, but I do know that’s ‘good’…

Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 4

“…and turn…” The fruit of prayer is action. Humility is a starting place – but words are not enough. Now resolve must be demonstrated by transformed actions. ‘We’ must turn. Young’s Translation says ‘turn back.’ We are approaching some cataclysmic point. Thus we model righteousness and restraint, hoping the nation will follow. ‘We the people’…