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So You Think America is Too Far Gone? Consider the Island of Skye in the 19th Century

In “The Skye Revivals” we read, “As the 19th century dawned another historian described religious conditions on the island in the following terms:  ‘Druidism, Romanism, and Protestantism, each contributed an element of the grotesque superstition that went under the name of religion. The island was peopled by witches, fairies, and ghosts: darkness covered the land and gross darkness the people. Drunken and riotous excesses abounded. These were practiced in connection with the most sacred events. At funerals great quantities of ardent sprits were consumed before lifting the body. The most outrageous orgies were indulged in: bagpipes were played, songs sung, filthy tales and jests recounted.’”1

We are tempted to think that our society is unredeemable…Not so. The wickedness on the Island of Skye should stand as a testimony of what God can do with a corrupt society, “None could be found in all the parish, whose life had conformity to the word of God. None showed so much submission as to pray in their families; and it was said, that only two men prayed privately. And these two men were far from being serious Christians, although they were elders in the church.”2

1 Steve Taylor, The Skye Revivals (Chichester, England: New Wine Press, 2003), 15-16.
2 Steve Taylor, The Skye Revivals (Chichester, England: New Wine Press, 2003), 16

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One Way to Evangelize Your Island

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I love the stories of The Skye Revivals in Scotland, where there were various outpourings of the Holy Spirit. The churches were full and the transformations were real. But how did they start? A humble man by the name of John Fharquarson was sent to the Island of Skye (see image above) to simply go house to house and read Scripture. There were hardly any Bibles on the entire island at the time. James Haldane sent him out under the auspices of the “Society for the Propagation of the Gospel at Home” as “a scripture reader amongst the poor and uneducated Highlanders.”

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Malawi Update

Malawi Team

We’ve just finished our weeklong conference on Marriage and the weekend conference on the Gospel in Blantyre Malawi. We had a high number of students, the overwhelming majority were young men. God seems to be drawing young men to Mala and the church here. On Saturday there were perhaps 15 young men who came to the conference, who seemed to be converted from a Catholic university. I had a number of conversations that indicated that God was working in significant ways in their lives. It is very clear that the ministry of Paul Washer has been enormously influential in their conversions and re-orientations to reformed theology. Everywhere I go in the world and I meet young men, Paul is mentioned. During the conference on the Gospel, we were asked questions about tongues and other charismatic oriented questions, since most of them exist in a place where charismania has taken over the whole landscape and even the mainline denominations have realized that this is where the action is and have added charismatic services to their offerings, alongside their more traditional services. I feel that the Lord may have used us this weekend to stimulate some rethinking on these issues.

Yesterday Jason Dohm and I spoke at Antioch Baptist on the fear of the Lord, while Mike Davenport and Victor Maxson spoke at two different churches nearby here in the city. Deborah also met with the women to speak with them about biblical womanhood.

Jason Dohm and I were on a national secular TV station that happens to have a real Christian talk show host. He heard us preach in 2012 at the mens conference here in Blantyre. How we ended up on the show was that someone in Washington State posted on Facebook that we were going to be in Malawi, the talk show host’s daughter who was in Italy, saw the post and informed her father saying, “you need to get them on your show.” He contacted Mala and we did two half hour shows, one on marriage and the other on the Gospel.

 Today, Monday and also on Tuesday we will be doing a pastors conference here in Blantyre. On Wednesday, we will fly to Johannesburg to speak at a church there that evening, and then we fly home on Thursday evening from Johannesburg arriving home on Friday morning the 12th.

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The Seven Characteristics of Highly Evangelistic Christians

Here is a wonderful summary of the kind of people we ought to be – The Seven Characteristics of Highly Evangelistic Christians.

For over twenty years I have been researching and studying churches, primarily those in North America. I had the joy of serving as senior pastor in four churches where God blessed with evangelistic growth. I have written over twenty books about the church in America.

I am not giving you my credentials to impress you, but simply to share that my life’s passion has been leading and learning about evangelistic churches. At this point in my life and ministry, however, I realize that I have not given sufficient attention to one of the primary characteristics of evangelistic churches. (more…)

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Abortion Clinic Chronicles: Letters for Life from Little Ones

As we continue to gather as families at the local abortion clinic, it’s been a challenge to find ways to incorporate our younger children in the outreach we’re engaged in. However, a recent past week marked one of first times an entire family came prepared, each with a special gift to give.

If you were a mom driving into the clinic this past week, you would have received handrawn notes and pictures from 7-year-old girls, saying, “I am adopted. I pray that you would keep your baby.” “Please don’t go in that place. We love you.”; and “A baby is in your belly. It is alive.”

Though the clinic is removed from the road, every car coming through that entrance passes an army of little children with their arms extended, offering their letters.

These are “Letters 4 Life” – many of which are written by children whom God has spared from the horror of abortion and placed into Christ-centered families.

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Abortion Clinic Chronicles – They Got Back in the Car and Left

Worldwide, we have killed 1.2 billion children through the hands of abortionists – a huge percentage considering the world population is now around 6.8 billion today. Voices must be raised, for we cannot forget or let the world forget what we are doing. Innocent blood is on all our hands. Innocent blood always cries out, and human voices should always be raised in solidarity with that innocent blood. That is why I am grateful that each week people from our church go out to plead for the lives of unborn babies in front of our local abortion clinic. They lift up their voices to cry out for the innocent. I know that their time, prayers, anguish, labors, preaching, and pleading often seems to be in vain. But occasionally God gives glimpses into the fruit of their labors.

A past Saturday, a girl was brought to the abortion clinic by three of her friends. They all got out of the car and stood beside it talking for quite a while. The counselors from our church were calling to them inviting them to come and talk while the preacher was preaching the Word and the Gospel over the loud speakers. They listened to the preaching and continued to engage in very energetic conversation. The preacher kept preaching about how children are a blessing from the Lord and how God had knit that child together in her womb. The counselors kept calling out and beckoning to them to come and talk personally. After about 20 minutes, the three friends suddenly started clapping. We stood there wondering what was going on.

Then, they hugged and all got back into the car. As they drove up the driveway where our counselors were standing, they stopped and explained that the three of them had been trying to talk the girl out of the abortion all morning to no avail. But, the preaching had changed her heart. On that day, God used many voices to save one tiny life.

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White Unto Harvest: Some Reflections

Now having some time to reflect on the White Unto Harvest conference I attended last weekend, I thought a few written thoughts were in order. But let me say that it was one of the best, most God-honoring, and motivating conferences I’ve ever attended. My friend Elder Scott Brown and the whole NCFIC team (www.ncfic.org) really outdid themselves to the glory of God.  My family and those with me all felt very welcomed.  And that is maybe an understatement; it felt like family! There was such a kindred spirit, a tender, holy, passionate feel to the whole thing…it was awesome!


Elder Scott Brown and Me at the Burnings in the Soul Luncheon

Anyhow…here are some random thoughts and reflections on the conference in no particular order…. (more…)

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The Problem with Modern Day Evangelism

In modern day evangelism, this precious doctrine [of regeneration] has been reduced to nothing more than a human decision to raise one’s hand, walk an aisle, or pray a “sinner’s prayer.” As a result, the majority of Americans believe that they’ve been “born again” (i.e., regenerated) even though their thoughts, words, and deeds are a continual contradiction to the nature and will of God.

– Paul Washer

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Help Spread the Word – Four Weeks Until White Unto Harvest

Hello friends, we are just four weeks away from the White Unto Harvest conference. Below is a two-minute promotional video clip we put together specifically for our friends to share around the Internet to get the word out. Would you consider sharing the video below with your friends, your community, and your fellow church members? (Please see below.)

 

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Do We Even Need to Evangelize? Calvin Weighs In

Left to ourselves, we might conclude that belief in predestination would destroy personal evangelism. Thankfully, the Bible does not leave that option open – “How will they hear without a preacher?” Neither will Calvin leave us that option. John Calvin’s most thorough exposition of predestination is found in his book, Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God. In that book, he wrote:

Since we do not know who belongs to the number of the predestined and who does not, it befits us so to feel as to wish that all be saved. So it will come about that, whoever we come across, we shall study to make him a sharer of peace…even severe rebuke will be administered like medicine, lest they should perish or cause others to perish. But it will be for God to make it effective in those whom He foreknew and predestined. – John Calvin, Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, trans by J.K.S. Reid (London, James Clarke & Co., 1961), 138.

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Paul Washer and Scott Brown Discuss Explaining the Gospel to an Unconverted Person

How Family-Integrated Churches Are Equipped to Share the Gospel

The Comprehensive Nature of the Great Commission

The Love of God Compels Us to Evangelize

Evangelistic Fathers Earnest for the Advancement of the Kingdom of God

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