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Rivers of Revival: How to Prepare for a Fresh Encounter with God
by Elmer Towns
Neil T. Anderson
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Choosing the Twelve
“It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Facing Confrontation as a Senior Pastor
The board meeting was not going as I hoped it would. Anybody who had a modicum of discernment could sense the tension in the air. Then one of the old charter members of the church said, “Well people are saying...”
Before he could continue, I asked, “Who’s saying that, Jim?”
“Well, I would rather not say,” he answered.
“Then I would rather not hear,” I responded, “because it makes all the difference in the world who is saying it.” I knew he was the only one saying it, so he withdrew the statement. This was another frustrating moment of subtle intimidation and game playing with the leaders of the church.
Having served as a campus pastor, youth pastor and associate pastor, this was my first role as a senior pastor at a church. I knew within three months after arriving that I was headed for a power struggle and I did not want it. I always saw myself as a peacemaker, not a fighter, and I especially did not want to fight my own board. On the other hand, I was not easily intimidated and I was not afraid of confrontation. So I called Jim and asked if I could stop by his home. He agreed.
I told Jim I did not feel good about our relationship and asked if I had done something to offend him. He assured me I had not, but I knew nothing was resolved, so I asked if he would meet with me once a week to share any concerns he had about me and my ministry. I encouraged him to be totally honest with me in private rather than to share any concerns he had about my ministry at board meetings.
I can’t tell you how much I hated those weekly board meetings. Every Monday morning was a sparring match and it went on for six months. I can say in my own heart that I had no motive to change or correct Jim. I only wanted to establish a legitimate Christian relationship with him. It was not to be. I thought I could get along with anyone, but I learned the hard way that you can’t have a meaningful relationship with someone if that person does not want it.
A Renewal of the Inner Self
In the middle of that six-month ordeal, I requested permission from the church board to organize a tour to Israel and offered to use my vacation time. Jim was against it. “I know how these things work; if he can get enough to go with him, he can go free, and that is like giving him a bonus.”
Not wanting to create any more tension on the board, I withdrew my request and used my vacation time to go with another group. It proved to be one of the greatest spiritual highs of my life. If nothing else, it ended my Monday morning breakfasts!
As the tour guide led us through the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane, I knew why I was there. This beautiful mosaic structure, situated outside the Eastern Gate of the old walled city at the base of the Mount of Olives, enshrines the rock where they believe Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42, NIV). I went back to that place of supreme resolution by myself the next day. By the grace of God, I knew in my heart that I was in a special place at a special time of my life. This was where the real battle was fought and won. The mockery of a trial and the death march to the Cross would follow, but that was only dutifully following through on the decision Jesus had made, painful as it was.
In the throes of eternal agony, Jesus voluntarily chose to take the sins of the world upon Himself. This went way beyond textbook learning for me. I sensed a renewing in my inner self to the purpose of the Cross and the message of forgiveness. I was rejoicing in my own cleansing, but I also realized in a way I had never known before that I needed to forgive as I had been forgiven. Jesus had to take all the sins of the world upon Himself and all He was asking me to do was to take the sin of one man upon myself. I said to myself, I can do that. I will do that!
Shape Up or I Ship Out
I went home a different person and the atmosphere of our first board meeting seemed to be much better. Not having me to pick on anymore, Jim went after my youth pastor. That did it! I don’t know about you, but I can take a lot more criticism personally than I can watch innocent people such as my youth pastor take. During the December board meeting I took my stand. I told the board they had to do something about Jim or I was resigning. As far as I was concerned, our relationship was a sham, a disgrace to Christianity and I was not going to have any part in it anymore. I was a young pastor, and looking back I realize it was bad timing right before Christmas.
The board met without Jim and me, and three weeks later I received a letter. “We have arranged a meeting for the two of you to ask each other for forgiveness and then we can continue with our building plans.” I was shocked and disappointed.
Great, I thought, sweep it under the carpet and we can trip over it later! I did go to the meeting and I did ask Jim to forgive me for not loving him—because I truly did not love him. I didn’t like the fact that I didn’t love him, in fact I felt sick about it, but I could not back down from my earlier stand. The board had not focused on the real issue, so I decided to resign.
I then got the flu. It was not the horrendous kind, but I decided I should not subject the church to my illness. Our denominational leader spoke in my place and then joined us for dinner at our home that Sunday. He was pleased by the progress in our church. We had doubled in size and had plans to build new facilities at a new location God had given to us. Then I told him of my plans to resign. He was shocked and disagreed with my decision, but I had made up my mind to go ahead.
I stayed home for two days to make sure I had recovered from the flu, and Wednesday morning I wrote my resignation letter. By Wednesday evening, my temperature was 103.5 and I totally lost my voice. I have never been so sick before or since. It does not take a genius to recognize that God was displeased with my decision. I did not resign that next Sunday, not because I was too sick, but because I still did not have a voice to speak.
Being flat on my back, I had nowhere to look but up. I was reading through the Gospel of Mark, and I came to the following passage (8:22-25):
- And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Him,
and entreated Him to touch him. And taking the blind man by the
hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes,
and laying His hands upon him, He asked him, “Do you see anything?”
And he looked up and said, “I see men, for I see them like trees, walking
about.” Then again He laid His hands upon his eyes; and he looked
intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly.
I got the message. I was seeing Jim as though he were a tree. He was an obstacle in my path. He was blocking my goal. Oh no, he wasn’t. I was! God used that man more than any other man on planet Earth to make me the pastor God wanted me to be. The Lord has a way of putting obstacles in our paths that we cannot handle in any human way. We make plans in our own minds for the future. We think we know where we want to go and how we are going to get there. Then God comes along and plops a tree right in our paths and says, “There, what are you going to do about that?” The flesh is quick to answer, “Get me a chain saw!”
Life is a little bit like playing golf. At least occasionally we would like a 360-degree tee box. There we can strike the ball as hard as we can and splatter it anywhere. But we would never become good golfers playing on such a course. The harder the golf course the better the player. Narrow, tight and demanding courses drive off lesser golfers, but the good golfers like the challenge. Their game improves with every obstacle. So should ours.
I cried out in my heart, Lord, I don’t love that man, but I know You do and I want to. But there is nothing within me to love him except for You, so You are going to have to touch me. And God did!
An Unexpected Revival Based on Mark 8:22-25
After two weeks of recovery, I was finally able to preach again. Speaking in a husky voice, I preached about that passage in Mark 8:22-25. I told the congregation there are three kinds of people in this world.
First, there are those who are blind. Satan “has blinded the minds of the unbelieving” (2 Cor. 4:4). They need you and me to take their hands and lead them to Jesus.
Second, there are those who see people as though they were trees. We compare our leaves with one another and scratch each other with our branches. But we are not trees. We are children of God, created in His image.
Third, there are people who see clearly. They have been touched by God. I confessed to them my own independence and pledged my love to them. I gave an invitation that morning and I do not even remember why. I was not prepared for what happened next.
People throughout the auditorium came forward. The front of the church did not have enough room to accommodate them all, so the doors were opened and the people spilled out onto the lawn. The organist and pianist could not play any longer because of the tears rolling down their cheeks. People were reaching across the aisles, asking forgiveness of each other. I had not even talked about that! Only about 15 people were still seated. Would you care to guess who one of them was? To my knowledge, the man never did change. Maybe he did not need to, but I did. I was never the same again. Nobody can explain what happened that morning apart from the grace of God.
Three Valuable Lessons Learned
I stayed at the church until our new buildings were completed; then God called me to teach at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. I wish I had known then how to preserve the fruit of that revival, but I did learn several lessons I hope I shall never forget.
First, the unconditional love, acceptance and forgiveness of God is the primary message of the Church. Our message is Christ, and Him crucified for our sins and resurrected so that we may have eternal life. “For woe is me if I do not preach the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:16). True revival results in repentance and reconciliation. We will know if someone has made it right with God because the person will seek to reconcile with his or her brothers and sisters.
Second, we can’t preach the good news and be the bad news. We are to love (see John 13:34), accept (see Rom. 15:7) and forgive (see Eph. 4:32) as we have been loved, accepted and forgiven by God. In every way we are to be like Christ. We are living witnesses of the resurrected life of Christ within us. Our message is, “Repent from our sins and believe in God,” but our ministry is reconciliation (see 2 Cor. 5:18). We are ambassadors for Christ. May God help us to represent Him well, and may He keep us from scandal that only brings shame to His name.
Third, God is fully capable of cleaning His own fish. It is not within our power to fix anyone. God is the One who convicts us of sins. He alone can save us and set us free. Everything that happened in our church that morning can be credited only to God. If I would have had my way, I would have resigned and I would probably be out of ministry to this day. I am thankful God struck me down. I have always wanted God to touch all of us the way He did that morning in every ministry I have had, and I am sure you feel the same way. No amount of giftedness, talent, education or personal perseverance could pull it off, though. The one thing He wanted of me was brokenness and even that He orchestrated. Then He could work through me. “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 4:6).
Somehow I never quite got that message from my seminary education. Not that the need for brokenness and dependency upon God wasn’t taught; it probably was. Like many other lessons of life, though, they must be caught. The truth has to be incarnated, not intellectually analyzed. It has to transform our lives, not tickle our fancy and be intellectually discussed among the educated, while the world is going to hell.
Leaning on God, Not Intellectualism
Having five earned degrees, including two doctorates, I can say I believe in higher education, but there are subtle risks such as intellectual arrogance and the pride of possessing titles and degrees. There is also the risk of reducing our walk with God down to an intellectual exercise. We could never learn so much that we would no longer need God. The opposite should be true. The more we are liberated by the truth, the more we should know how dependent upon Him we must be. The greatest danger comes when we put our confidence in our own resources, programs and strategies instead of in Him. Leaning on our own understanding instead of acknowledging Him in all our ways (see Prov. 3:5,6) is probably what turned seventeenth and eighteenth-century seminaries into liberal Ivy League schools.
This is certainly not a new problem that has arisen in Western civilization in the latter half of the twentieth century. The apostle Paul was a zealous intellectual, but in his theological correctness he actually opposed the work of God until the Lord struck him down. Moses was no good for God in Pharaoh’s court; Chuck Colson was no good for God in the White House; and I was no good for God as long I attempted to serve God in my own strength while hanging on to my pride and self-confidence.
Jesus did not exactly choose the intellectually elite to be His followers even when they requested it. A scribe came to Jesus and said, “‘Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head’” (Matt. 8:19,20).
Contrast that rejection of a learned scribe to the Lord’s choice of a tax gatherer in Matthew 9. The context is important as always. Chapter 9 begins with Jesus saying to a paralytic, “Take courage, My son, your sins are forgiven” (v. 2). Such a statement only brought charges of blasphemy from the scribes. Jesus responded (vv. 4-8):
- “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say,
‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, and walk’? But in order that
you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive
sins”—then He said to the paralytic—“Rise, take up your bed and go
home.” And he rose, and went home. But when the multitudes saw
this, they were filled with awe, and glorified God, who had given such
authority to men.
The people were awestruck, but many if not most went home morally the same. The same phenomena can and does happen today. People traveled from around the world to experience the Toronto blessing. Witness what happens when people report appearances of Mary, or when pictures or statues of her supposedly begin to weep. It becomes national news and people flock to the scene.
Signs and wonders will certainly attest the presence of the supernatural, but it does not necessarily mean repentance will follow. The deceptive works of false prophets and teachers will also be accompanied by signs and wonders, especially in the last days (see Matt. 24:24; 2 Thess. 2:9). That is why John warned, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
One person did change, however, and that was Levi, and the Lord invited this tax collector to follow Him (Matt. 9:9-13):
- And as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man, called Matthew,
sitting in the tax office; and He said to him, “Follow Me!” And he rose,
and followed Him. And it happened that as He was reclining at the
table in the house, behold many tax-gatherers and sinners came and
were dining with Jesus and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw
this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the
tax-gatherers and sinners?” But when He heard this, He said, “It is not
those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But
go and learn what this means, ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’
for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Why did the Lord choose Matthew and not the scribe, and why did Jesus dine with sinners? Your answer to those two questions will reveal your heart for ministry. We really do not know why the Lord did not choose the scribe, but we do know that the eye of the Lord is singular and it looks upon the heart. Saying that He had no creaturely comforts or a place to call home revealed something about this scribe. Like the rich young ruler, the scribe’s security was probably in his own possessions, strength and resources. Like the multitudes, he was probably caught up with the results of the Lord’s ministry rather than the cause. We can’t judge the scribe because we really don’t know the condition of his heart, but God knew and did not invite him to come along.
We do know, however, that Matthew changed. If he was greedy, he no longer was. If he oppressed the poor, he no longer did. If he added to the burdens of the people, he was ready to leave everything and follow the only One who removed the burdens. If he kept exact accounts of people’s debts, he was now committed to the only One who forgave debts. Matthew changed in the inner man. Jesus saw a repentant heart that was sick of religious hypocrisy and moral decadence. Obviously, his social status and academic achievements were not the qualifiers. What did qualify him to be one of the Twelve? How do we measure readiness for ministry? Who would Jesus choose today?
Why Did Jesus Dine with Sinners?
Why did Jesus dine with sinners? I believe the answer is threefold.
Help the Hurting
First, Jesus said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick” (Matt. 9:12). Jesus was saying in essence, “I’m the Great Physician; where would you expect to find a physician if not among the sick?” Jesus never isolated Himself from hurting humanity, and neither should we.
When I graduated from seminary, I was looking forward to being the captain of the Gospel Ship. We would sail off into the eternal sunset, rescuing people from the watery abyss. We would have Bible classes, clubs for the kiddies and sports for the athletically inclined (for the purpose of outreach, of course). Everybody would love one another.
Off I sailed on my first assignment, and it wasn’t long before I noticed a dark ship sailing alongside. On that ship were people who had all kinds of problems. They were struggling with alcohol, sex, drugs and abuse of every conceivable kind. I suddenly realized I was on the wrong ship. God had called me to be the captain of the Dark Ship. Through a series of life-transforming events, I became that captain—and to my surprise I discovered that it was the same ship!
Behind every closed door lies a human tragedy or triumph in process. Who or what determines the outcome? Only an encounter with God or the lack of it will determine the ultimate destiny of a fallen humanity. I believe the credibility of the Church is at stake. Is Jesus the answer for the depravity of man, and does the truth of God’s Word set people free? I have never been more convinced than I am now that the answer is a resounding yes! The Church has the keys to the Kingdom. We have to search the Scriptures for an adequate answer to the needs of those who desperately need the healing presence of the Great Physician.
If you don’t know how the presence of Christ and the truth of His Word sets captives free, then find out. You do not have to be a brilliant person, because you have a brilliant God who is infinite in love, mercy and grace. There is no unsolvable problem for an omniscient God. There is no created power comparable to an omnipotent Creator. There is no place where an omnipresent God is not there. He is bigger than any one person’s problems and much bigger than the collective totality of all our unresolved conflicts. Nobody can remain unaffected by the gospel. We just have to be willing to dine with the sinners and show hurting people how their problems can be resolved in Christ. Paul says the Church of the living God is “the pillar and support of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). No lasting answers are found in programs designed by humans or in secular counseling centers. People need Christ, and He comes packaged inside those who are the children of God.
A pastor’s wife was sharing with me her concern about those in their church who were struggling with homosexuality. Some members of the church were leading the political charge to enact laws against such behavior. Although she believed that the Bible clearly condemned homosexuality, she also believed the church was setting up an adversarial relationship with this segment of society. Consequently, the liberating message of Christ would no longer be available to them.
She sensed a definite leading of the Lord to voluntarily work with the one Christian group that was trying to help those who were in bondage to sexual strongholds. Then she found out that the ministry was a closed group. In other words, she had to be one of them to attend. Suddenly she became very self-conscious about her short hair and the fact that she was wearing slacks. Maybe I ought to let my hair grow out, and wear a dress, or they will think I am one of them, she reasoned. Then the Lord grabbed her heart: Dear child, that is what I did.
Have you ever read anywhere in the Gospels where Jesus said in effect, “Listen people, let’s get one thing straight. I am not one of you. I’m God!” It is so absent that we have to diligently search the Gospels for any declarative statement that He was the Son of God. He took upon Himself the form of a man and dwelt among us. He identified with us but He did not identify with our sin. He let His character and His work reveal who He was. The Jews asked, “‘How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered them, ‘I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these bear witness of Me’” (John 10:24,25).
Like the Lord, the pastor’s wife chose to identify with those in the group (but not their sin), and within three months she was their spokesperson and within six months her husband was chairman of their work. Today they are setting captives free. People struggling with homosexuality are not the problem, but they have a problem, and we have an answer in Christ.
Second, Jesus dined with sinners because compassion was His nature. In Matthew 9:13, He quotes from Hosea 6:6: “For I delight in loyalty [compassion] rather than sacrifice.” Compassion is the Hebrew word hesed, which is used 250 times in the Old Testament and is usually translated as lovingkindness. It means loyal, steadfast or faithful love and usually carries the idea of a love relationship of those who belong together. It is the essential nature of God on which communion, deliverance, enlightenment, guidance, forgiveness, hope, praise and preservation are all based. God sits on the throne of compassionate people. Compassion may be the one essential prerequisite of those who minister to the casualties of the Fall.
Jesus was moved by compassion:
- And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they
were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd. Then He
said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His
harvest” (Matt. 9:36-38).
And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, “I feel compassion for the multitude, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way” (15:32).
They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” And moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him (20:33,34).
Why did Jesus exhort us to pray for laborers, feed the five thousand and open the eyes of the blind? Because He was moved with compassion. He cared. People do not care how much we know until they know how much we care. Jesus did not come to feed and heal people. He came to die for our sins and to give us eternal life. He requested those He touched not to report what He had done for them. He knew it would only shorten the time of His earthly ministry. Once the word was out that He could heal them, every hungry and sick person in town would demand His time and attention. It would distract from His primary purpose for coming.
So why did He do it? To prove He was the Messiah? There is no question that it did authenticate His ministry. Jesus said, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father” ( John 10:37,38). His ministry was attested to us “with miracles and wonders” (Acts 2:22), but Satan is also capable of displaying signs and wonders.
I believe Jesus healed the blind and fed the five thousand because it was His nature to do it. He was moved by compassion. In many passages no other reason was given for what He did, and none is needed. Because compassion was His nature, to do anything less in response to the needs of others would be contrary to who He really was. It was totally within His nature to do it, and it should be ours, too, “Because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts” (Rom. 5:5). John writes, “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:16,17).
How do we teach compassion? Can a person graduate from a good seminary without compassion? Many do! Can a born-again Christian sit under the teaching of God’s Word for years and not grow in compassion? Many do! I am convinced that the major problem with Christian education is that we have the wrong goal. We have made knowledge or doctrine an end in itself. If we do that, we will distort the very purpose for which good teaching and doctrine were intended.
Paul says, “The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Tim. 1:5). It is scary to think students could graduate from a good seminary purely on the basis of answering most (not even all) the questions right. They could do that and not even be Christians. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” ( John 13:35).
Called to Save Sinners
Third, Jesus dined with sinners because He “did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matt. 9:13). If you were called to sell vacuum cleaners, you would have a hard time fulfilling your purpose if you only hung around those who already owned vacuum cleaners. You could set up a nice store to sell vacuum cleaners, hoping that all those who needed one would come in to buy one. The problem is that most would have never heard there was such a thing as a vacuum cleaner. You could go door-to-door and sell vacuum cleaners, but that would take a lot of effort and the people probably would not buy one anyway. Let them go without vacuum cleaners— they do not deserve any! Neither did we deserve God’s grace and mercy!
Bringing the gospel to the ends of the earth and to all nations is not mandated for the purpose of others having access to our modern Western-world conveniences. The primary purpose is not to improve the quality of their physical existence. These people are spiritually dead and they need the Lord or they will face eternity in hell without Him. The field is white unto harvest. Do you believe it? Who cares? That is just the point: who does?
Evangelism Through Compassion
When I first became a Christian, I did care and so do most new believers. I started a Bible study at the company where I worked as an aerospace engineer. It was exciting. I saw secret-service Christians come out of the woodwork, and fellow engineers come to Christ. Two years later I was called into full-time ministry, which required attending seminary. For the first time in my life I enjoyed school. I thought I would never again darken the halls of an educational institution after engineering school, but now I could not get enough seminary education. I thoroughly enjoyed the Christian fellowship, including the chapel meetings. Everything was new and exciting, but I lost touch with those outside the family of God. The only friends or acquaintances I had in my first two years of full-time Christian service were believers.
I do not remember the events leading up to the day I realized I had no burden for the lost. Evangelism was not a part of my ministry, and frankly I could not have cared less. Of course, I would sell people a vacuum cleaner if they came to my store. I even made a token effort to tell others how to sell them, but nobody did. I knew Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost, but that truth had somehow fallen off the back burner and I knew it. I was concerned only for those who came to church, and I was “hired” by the church to do that. I had lost touch with hurting humanity, probably because I had lost my first love.
At the time, I was an associate pastor in a large church that boasted 2,000 in attendance. Visitation consisted of begging members to go once a month to call on visitors to the church. Twenty members usually went, half of which I wished had not gone! Almost all our growth was a result of transfers from other churches because our excellent programs attracted Christians.
A year later, I was leading a school of evangelism, which met three nights a week and had more than a hundred people in attendance. The attendees had to pay for their own materials and commit to at least 24 weeks. As a result of their commitment, we were winning at least 10 people a week to Christ. We discovered that the field was ripe unto harvest. The only thing keeping us from bearing fruit was the lack of compassionate laborers.
The change began in me when I specifically asked the Lord to give me a heart of compassion for the lost. I wanted to see the world through His eyes, not mine. It was one of the most emotional days of my life. I had never wept for the lost, but I did that day. The Lord takes our prayers seriously, especially if we ask Him to make our hearts like His. I committed myself to never let evangelism take a backseat again. In no way can we expect God’s blessings on our ministries without taking seriously the Great Commission.
If we are going to make sure the Great Commission is fulfilled in our lifetime, we must have revival to change our hearts from our self-centered and self-sufficient ways. I do not want to be judgmental or condemning of the Church. By the grace of God, I have come to love the Church and the people who comprise it. I have devoted my life to help the children of God, their marriages and their ministries realize their freedom in Christ. Although revival is generally considered to be heaven sent and divinely powerful, we have a part to play as well. If we can get our people, their marriages and their ministries alive and free in Christ by resolving their personal and spiritual conflicts through genuine repentance, then we can come together and reach this world for Christ. Do you believe it? If the Lord asked you to leave everything and follow Him, would you do it?
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