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JoanM
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 Strange thoughts upon hearing the Featured Sermon: Can we have Revival?

I remember hearing somewhere that in the not too distant past Toronto, the city, was called “Toronto the Good” as a consequence of God moving through there. A few months ago I read the Autobiography of Oswald J. Smith, so it was good to hear his voice and this message “Can we have revival?”

There is one thing in this message that I cannot shake thoughts of: his report that [b]all over the city there were found small pieces of paper with the words GET RIGHT WITH GOD printed on both sides[/b]. Now I freely share the gospel but have never, in the standard manner, passed out tracks. Do you think they would arrest a quiet, little old lady, dressed in her Sunday best, that left small pieces of paper (?littering?) everywhere she went (footprints). I find that 45 “GET RIGHT WITH GOD” fit on standard sheet of paper (3 col/15 rows). This morning I awoke with the thoughts, “Coming soon.” and “Coming to a theater near you.” and other such things for the other side. Is it possible that a theater in Atlanta will be closed to movies but given over for preaching?

How I wish I lived in Atlanta! People need to be prepared. There is so much happening there very soon (remember the street evangelism preceding the conference?). I just may send a shoebox full of these to the Lilburn church.

And why not Scotland? With the way God is leading me to pray for Scotland, “Coming soon to a pub near you,” seems more fitting.

OK, I can calm down but the thoughts of this still fill me with Joy. Maybe street preachers are too.


 2008/9/28 11:15Profile
sojourner7
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 Re: Strange thoughts upon hearing the Featured Sermon: Can we have Revival?

Joan, can you remember the phrase "Perhaps Today"
and the lapel pins when people felt challenged
to live with passion and purpose for the LORD
Jesus could return today ??


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 2008/9/28 11:56Profile
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 Re: A strange sense of urgency

I was probably in a weed-filled desert at that time.

But I certainly know why you thought of that “[u]Perhaps Today[/u].” I thought the same thing when “[u]Coming soon[/u]” occurred to me. And then there is the sense of urgency. Periodically after I pray (including revival and the conferences) and I am quiet and still before Him, I hear echoes of His Word that He brought to my mind to pray. Then it occurs to me I may well be asking for the Lord’s return. It’s like sometimes I can’t tell the difference. You would have to be a dead man to not recognize the bold acceleration of waves of wickedness. This is the first year I have been able to understand how even the elect could be deceived.

The Autobiography was “The Story of my Life.” rescued from the back room of an estate sale. It is woven from dairy entries. The early years are wonderfully encouraging to anyone bursting to share Christ and struggling to find God’s will in his or her life (deep in the woods preaching to Indians and “gangs of low-down men,” the Turtle Creek revival, shots fired as meetings concluded, etc). And this early twenty-year-old writes: “Sick and discouraged. My life seems so useless, so worthless. My dreams of service have never yet come true. Will I ever find God’s place for me? I am doing so little, so little.”

How we need to pray. There is a great relationship between prayer and faith. Will He find faith?


 2008/9/28 15:34Profile
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GET RIGHT WITH GOD.

It will make sense clearly to every single person who reads it. I think it is a effective statement for both sides of a sheet of paper and might go ahead and do this in my area here in regina. We need to realize heaven and hell are in the mix.

much recommended:

The Damnation of Hell - Part 1
https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/visit.php?lid=15351

The Damnation of Hell - Part 2
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https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/visit.php?lid=15349

The Damnation of Hell - Part 2 (voice only)
https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/visit.php?lid=15350


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 2008/9/28 19:07Profile
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Yes, there is an urgency in the Heart and Voice
of God like never before. Soon the days of His
gracious invitation to come to the cross for
salvation will end and the time for judgment
and His kingdom will come. We need to watch,
wait, and pray we be found ready in that Day
of the LORD!!


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 2008/9/28 19:40Profile
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I must say after church in the "ends of paper" stack (scrap that gets recycled or sometimes cut up for notes) there were individual sheets of slightly stiff multi-colored paper AND three envelops, slightly damaged. I just could not resist using the copy machine. [b]They look beautiful!!! The words: so beautiful[/b]. I cannot resist this Joy. Do people that pass out tracks always feel this Joy? They should talk about it. I’ve been to churches where they have Bible verses posted on the inside of bathroom doors.

If someone has the address for a supporting church in Greenock it would help (pm). Do they even do street evangelism in Scotland? Sigh. I am so ignorant. I could send a copy of the first post to explain the odd package, or not.

Listening to your recommendation Greg, though my heart already breaks.

{Edit: SURELY THERE ARE SONS STILL LEFT IN SCOTLAND)

 2008/9/28 21:06Profile









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Hi Joan

there are sons still left in Scotland :) In the town of Greenock they have , in the town center, what is called a "healing room." Anyone can come in and get prayer. Also, they have started a new thing whereby "street pastors," go out at night and assist in disputes and so on.(often help the police) www.streetpastors.org.uk Apparently the crime is down where they have street Pastors. They are ideetified by armbands I believe......Frank

 2008/9/29 0:22
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Get Right with God.

Well I can't speak for anyone else but I am from Scotland and I know God.

Know as I was contemplating what to post on here. I thought about the church and christianity and the need to get right with God. For example take these street pastors whats the difference between them and the salvation army. Appolus don't be offended here just using them as an example as you mentioned them on this post.

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As the Salvation Army grew rapidly in the late 1800s, it generated opposition in England. Opponents, grouped under the name of the Skeleton Army, disrupted Salvation Army meetings and gatherings, the usual tactics being the throwing of rocks, rats, and tar, and physical assaults on members of The Salvation Army. Much of this was led by publicans who were losing business due to the Army's opposition to alcohol and targeting of the frequenters of saloons and public houses.

Taken from Wikipedia



Know we see these so called street pastor where the opposition to them. There is none because they are not a threat to the Kingdom of Darkness they are not preaching the gospel of the Kingdom.

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There will spring up in the Christian Church and round about it, a body of faithless men who profess to have faith—ungodly men who will unite with the saints—men having the form of
godliness but denying the power.

C. H. SPURGEON JUNE 2, 1889,



The church is powerless right know why because it's not Holy. That's the difference between the Salvation army of old and the street pastors of today. We come up with our plans and hope God blesses them. What about giving up all our plans and surrendering to God and his will.

We must get right with God........

Don't worry about Scotland Joan when God moves in my Nation and to the rest of the World it will be different but we must get right with God.

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Coming soon to a pub near you



Amen Joan Amen


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 2008/9/29 11:51Profile
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Great site. It was good to get to know the sons in Scotland more. “Sons in Scotland” is a personal phrase to me, something out of prayer. No disrespect to daughters. But don't you kinda Love them? I mean really? Maybe it is because we are praying for them. They are strange though.

Yes, I am thinking God could definitely saturate that "healing room" in Revival (they pray) and maybe I could see it. Thank you for showing me this. I pray for the Sons in Scotland. It’s like a question that hurts, heart to heart. “Are there no more sons in Scotland?” There must be. There just must. If I could, I would put that on every billboard over there and I don’t even know what it would mean to them. Sigh. Maybe it is to wake up the heart of God in them. Calming down now.

 2008/9/29 12:20Profile
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Well I can't speak for anyone else but I am from Scotland and I know God.


Let someone else say this, brother. Since in your next breath you injudiciously criticize other men without knowing first their hearts and motives, you [i]do[/i] manage to speak for others:
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these so called street pastor



This is not becoming, and actually goes to belie your own self-assessment.
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That's the difference between the Salvation army of old and the street pastors of today. We come up with our plans and hope God blesses them.


This is quite the unfair generalization. You speak as though all street preachers today fall into this category, which isn't true. Are there not genuine preachers in Scotland to herald the gospel on the streets?


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