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Leonard Ravenhill (1907 - 1994)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Leonard Ravenhill in text and pdf format. A revivalist and man of God who sought God's will above all else. He was a man of prayer who practiced what he preached. He wrote the book: 'Why Revival Tarries' which has become a classic on revival. His prophetic edge and burden made him to be respected by some and disliked by others. Yet he stayed true to God's call on his life prayed and pleading for true heaven sent revival.
"Those who know of Leonard Ravenhill recognize in him the religious specialist, the man sent from God to battle the priests of Baal on their own mountain top, to shame the careless priest at the altar, to face the false prophet, and to warn the people who are being led astray by him. " - Tozer | "Leonard Ravenhill was one of the few men I have ever known who was a true prophet." - David Wilkerson
Are we willing to drink His cup?
Luke chapter12, verses 49 and 50.
I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
Ive been going to meetings for over seventy ... read more
Be Angry and Sin Not
If you attend church at all, you will undoubtedly hear a thousand sermons on "Be filled with the Spirit" (Eph. 5:18) for every one sermon you hear preached on "Be ye angry, and sin not" (Eph.4:26). This is a command! It is not a defense for a bad temp ... read more
Billy Nicholson - The Irish Whitefield
In the year 1900 a "massed band" of four people marched out-of-step down the main street of Bangor in Northern Ireland. The two members with uniforms were Salvation Army lassies; the other two were young men. One of these men had a mind keen as a razor ... read more
Branded for Christ
In a certain sense, all men are strangers to one another. Even friends do not really know each other. To know a man, one must know all the influences of heredity and environment, as well as his countless moral choices that have fashioned him into wh ... read more
Christ Magnified in My Body 1
Phillipians 1:20, "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body..."
I used to think that in the second letter to the Cori ... read more
Christ Magnified in My Body 2
You can have a blast from Hell and not be moved, if youre in the will of God. Theyll hurt. How can you get victory if theres no battle? He said "We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. What are you conquering?
Charles Wesley has a h ... read more
Faith Laughs at Impossibilities
Peter in prison! What a jolt!
We are too far removed from the actual scene to catch the atmosphere of dismay the Christians of that day felt.
Peter had moved from Pentecost to prison, from jeers to spears. He was guarded by sixteen soldiers. One won ... read more
George Fox - The unshakable Shaker
"The most remarkable incident in modern history perhaps is not the Diet of Worms, still less the battle of Austerlitz or Peterloo, or any other battle.
"The most remarkable incident is passed over carelessly by most historians and treated with some ... read more
IN 1762 John Wesley made his second invasion of the City of Galway in Ireland. Unknown to him, snug in his cradle in a corner of the same country lay a baby boy who when Wesley had ceased his labors would be beginning a ministry scarcely less effective an ... read more
Peep with me through the window of history and see the eighteenth century cluttered with genius.
That pompous dandy we see over there is Beau Nash, famed as the master of ceremonies of the fashion courts in Bath. (Later John Wesley will puncture his pr ... read more
George Willet - A man after God's own heart
When this presbytery was held, outside the memory of most of us, the church in Cumberland was troubled and in crisis. "The love of many [had waxed] cold." Defections had occurred. Some of the masters in her Israel had withdrawn, carrying off weight and ... read more
It is Finished
"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar He said,
'It is finished' and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost."
I said last week that I'd attempt to talk to you on the three most important words, I believe, in history ... read more
John the Baptist and the Fire of God 1
We are going to look into the Gospel as recorded by Luke and the third chapter.
I suppose most of us can quote John 3:16 without looking at it. How many of us can quote Luke 3:16? Its the other side of the coin, it should be as well kno ... read more
John the Baptist and the Fire of God 2
Youve heard me say this and I say it again, I am scared that when I get to the judgment seat and there are a billion people looking on me that God will say to me, "Son I had many things to tell you, but you couldnt bear them. You werent grown up enoug ... read more
Remember the tale of the four blind Ethiopians who overtook an elephant? The groping men started to explain what they had encountered:
"Oh!" said the first. "We are on the brink of a well. I have caught the rope hanging over the rim of it." Thus sp ... read more
Jonathan Edwards, 1703 - 1758, achieved greatness as an American preacher-evangelist, principal of a college, mystic, and revivalist.
"Jonathan Edwards is not only the greatest of all American theologians and philosophers but the greatest of our pre-1 ... read more
More than Conquerors - Romans 8
Romans Chapter 8. Read verse 37: "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."
This 8th chapter, as many of you know, begins a new section in this wonderful epistle to the Romans.
The 7th chapter is a cha ... read more
Luke 7:36 - 47 "...whom little is forgiven... loveth little."
I might suggest that this was the most exciting day in the life of this man, Simon the Pharisee. He had managed to get the most amazing man in history into his home.
I am quite sure Sim ... read more
Our Chart and Compass for this Year
Without a qualified guide, no mountain climber would attempt such an ambitious enterprise as the conquest of Mt. Everest. Before he reaches the upper areas of the Himalayas, which are shrouded in mists and blizzards, and have concealed crevices, he must c ... read more
Paralysis of Preoccupation
Caesar Augustus was having trouble with his tax income. Prices were high and armies of occupation, plus each soldier's need of a special bonus for danger money, kept the treasury low. Caesar needed cash!
This could be part of the trouble that furrowed ... read more
Lord Montgomery, that unpredictable British field Marshall, said recently that England went into the Second World War equipped to fight the First World War. This was a polite way of saying that in World War II England was way behind the times in battle eq ... read more
Pentecost at Any Cost
Some simpleton, trying to fill in the Grand Canyon with a shovel, would evoke gales of laughter and would suffer scorn and unbearable vituperation. No man will ever fill in that hole - not even with any army of bulldozers (never mind a one-man shovel oper ... read more
Picture of a Prophet
The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men.
Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, "No man can be fully accepted until he is totally rejected." The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these exp ... read more
Prayer: The Gospel of Prayer
The Gospel Of Prayer
There's nothing more transfiguring than prayer. People often ask, "Why do you insist on prayer so much?" The answer is very simple - because Jesus did. You could change the title of the Gospel according to St. Luke to the Gos ... read more
Revival Series - Lecture #1
Revival......another definition would be to recover, repair or restore.
Hosea 10:12 says: "Sow to yourself in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord till He come and reign righteousness upon you."
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Richard Baxter of Kidderminster
Scriptuaral pedigree is fascinating: "Isaac begat Jacob; Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs. . . ." No less intriguing is evangelical pedigree: "Walter Craddock begat Richard Baxter; Richard Baxter, through his fiery preaching and writings, begat a mult ... read more
The Judgment Seat of Christ
"For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ."
-Romans 14:10 KJV
I want to tell you a story about when I was a young boy going to school. You know, I didn't mind school too much, but in those days I was very envious of the school ... read more
The Power of His Resurrection
Philippians the third chapter and verse ten: "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;"
There are obviously four statements in this verse:
First, "that ... read more
The Taming of the Tongue
Until recently, we were pretty much in the dark about the human body. But then came the X-ray with its peeping eye...a marvelous instrument which has saved us much human misery. It was able to show us the human heart, but it couldn't show us the soul or ... read more
Today's Sleeping Giant
Solemnly and slowly, with his index finger extended, Napoleon Bonaparte outlined a great stretch of country on a map of the world. "There," he growled, "is a sleeping giant. Let him sleep! If he wakes, he will shake the world." That sleeping giant was ... read more
The Cinderella of the Church today is the prayer meeting. This handmaid of the Lord is unloved and unwooed because she is not dripping with pearls of intellectualism, nor glamorous with the silks of philosophy, neither is she enchanting with the tiara of ... read more
We Wrestle Not!
We are slackers, and as far as I can discern, at the
judgment seat of Christ there will be no medals for
slackers. Dear reader, do you and I realize that we
are just one heartbeat from a fixed state of reward,
be it o ... read more
Weeping between the porch and the altar Part 1
I'm not really going to preach a sermon this morning, but I want to have a launching pad... Joel 1:13 "Gird yourselves, and lament ye priests, howl ye ministers of the altar. Come, lay all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God. For the meat offerin ... read more
Weeping between the porch and the altar Part 2
In the city of Leeds, where I lived in England, the revival came. It came because there was a little man there, he was unlettered, he had no degree, but boy, did he have a burning heart. And he labored, and he had three breakdowns, not mentally, but physi ... read more
What do I Still Lack?
What percentage of responsibility for my spiritual maturity is the Lord's, and how much of it is mine? To say that I alone am responsible for my soul's development is conceit. To say that all the responsibility is the Lord's is impudence.
I fi ... read more
What is your vision?
From Leonard Ravenhills last meeting, a prayer meeting for ministers at Calvary Commission. Sept. 14, 1994.
We are going to look at what Paul had to say about ministry, in 2 Corinthians 6:3-8
Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry may not ... read more
Who's Touching the Ark?
In the second book of Samuel, chapter six, we read from verse one:
"Again David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
"And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up fr ... read more
Your Day in Court
"For we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ."
In a very brief and very brilliant biography of a famous English preacher, one of the greatest preachers that ever preached ... read more
Zeal - Love Ablaze!
Enoch had prophesied, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones." If Jesus had entered history like that, or had come on a dark night over Jerusalem in a blazing chariot of fire (like Elijah went up to heaven), then the clamor ... read more