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 Send The Fire

Last week on KELB, we had an excellent interview with Lieutenant LeAnna Marion of the Salvation Army.

The founder of the Salvation Army was William Booth.

Pastor Lindell Cooley explains, in the following lines, the heart-felt passion and purpose that drove such a man as William Booth:

"At the end of the eighteen hundreds there was a man who looked upon the moral and spiritual decay of the world and the church and realized that something radical needed to happen to bring his world back to God. His name was William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army. With this realization came fervent prayer and through prayer the lyrics to this song. ‘Oh God of burning, cleansing flame, Send The Fire. Your blood-bought gift today we claim, Send The Fire. To burn up every trace of sin, to bring the light and glory in, the revolution now begins, Send The Fire today.' Even now these words have as much meaning as they did when they were first written. People have lost their sense of moral urgency and spiritual fervency and only the fire of God can burn away deception and cause the light of Jesus to be seen."

Send The Fire!
By General William Booth

God of Elijah, hear the cry!
Send the fire!
Oh, make us fit to live or die!
Send the fire!
To burn up every trace of sin,
To bring the light and glory in,
The revolution now begin,
Send the fire!

Thou Christ of burning, cleansing flame,
Send the fire!
Thy blood-bought gift today we claim,
Send the fire!
Look down and see this waiting host,
Give us the promised Holy Ghost,
We want another Pentecost,
Send the fire!

’Tis fire we need, for fire we plead,
Send the fire!
The fire will meet our ev’ry need,
Send the fire!
For strength to ever do the right,
For grace to conquer in the fight,
For power to walk the world in white,
Send the fire!

To make our weak hearts strong and brave,
Send the fire!
To live a dying world to save;
Send the fire!
Oh, see us on the altar lay
Our lives, our all, this very day;
To crown the offering now, we pray
Send the fire!


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