The Messengers la Casa de Cultura Pitesti (Miercuri 18 iunie) Turneul din Romania 2014

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VEZI AICI PAGINA PRINCIPALA si datele turneului-

Filmare Ion Paul 

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Gandul meu spre Tine zboara Tata Ceresc
N-am cuvinte indeajuns sa iti multumesc
Eu mi-am pus numai in Tine increderea
Fa ce vrei Doamne cu viata mea

Pentru fiecare clipa vreau sa-Ti multumesc
Pentru fiecare zi din viata te slavesc
Si in fiecare clipa Doamne eu iti cant
Esti tot ce am mai scump pe pamant

Ma inchin cu multumire in fata Ta
Chiar daca nu imi darui tot ce as vrea
Daca voia mea nu este si planul Tau
Ma dezleg de tot ce-mi doresc eu

Iubirea Ta imi umple inima
Nu mai este loc de altceva in viata mea
Iubirea Ta, vreau sa raman in ea
S-o traiesc deplin, Tie ma inchin

Versuri Gabi Ilut via ResurseCrestine.Ro

Cel care s-a dat pe Sine

1. Dac-asculţi de Dumnezeu eşti binecuvîntat de El
Omule, aici pe-acest pământ
Crucea Lui de la Calvar, răspândeşte milă, har
Şi iertare da oricui, oricând.

R: Cel care S-a dat pe Sine
Ca să moară pentru tine
E Isus Hristos din Nazaret
Astăzi în a Lui iubire
Îţi oferă mântuire
Omule ce-asculţi, fii înţelept !

2. Lumea de ar fi a ta, ce folos tu ai avea,
Dacă sufletul pierdut ţi-ar fi ?
Viaţa trece ca un vis, te-ai gândit la paradis
Sau la Iadul veşnic din abis ?

3. Într-o zi şi eu am spus: „Te urmez Doamne Isus!”
De atunci El viaţa mi-a schimbat
De Isus nu mă despart, El îmi este cel mai drag
În poartă cerului m-aşteaptă-n prag

Inima mea tânjeşte după curţile Tale

Inima mea tânjeşte după curţile tale
Sufletul meu suspină după-al Tău locaş
Mi se topesc oasele de dor după Tine
Iar ochii-mi plâng neîncetat

Privesc spre Locul Sfânt
Ca să-Ţi văd puterea şi slava
Chem bunătatea Ta peste viaţa mea
Aştept în tăcere răspunsul Tau, Doamne
Vino, nu-ntârzia!

Te voi binecuvânta dar toată viaţa mea
Şi în numele Tău voi ridica mâinile
Lauda Ta va fi mereu în gura mea
Te iubesc, o, Domnul meu.

Dă grajdul tău pe cerul Său

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Radio Ciresarii – “Doamne, Doamne… unde sunt adevărații credincioși?” Pe Facebook?

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“Doamne, Doamne…”

Cineva afirma de curând “Sunt înconjurat de activiști necredincioși și de credincioși inactivi. Unde sunt adevărații credincioși?”

“Pe Facebook” am strigat eu…”pun umărul la nevoile celor din jur dând share la poză pe peretele personal (deținut de Facebook); nici nu îți poți imagina câtă compasiune se degajă printr-un click pe “share”. Câtă încărcătură emoțională se transmite printr-un “Like”. De parcă cel nenorocit se încălzește cu Likeurile primite de la “prietenii” virtuali! Cel nenorocit ne aduce aminte ce spune fratele Domnului Isus: Iacov 2:1516 VDC “Dacă un frate sau o soră sînt goi și lipsiți de hrana de toate zilele și unul dintre voi le zice: Duceți-vă în pace, încălziți-vă și săturați-vă, fără să le dea cele trebuincioase trupului, la ce i-ar folosi?” Dați “Like” dacă sunteți de acord.

Avea dreptate amicul nostru, adevărații credincioși nu mai sunt așa de activi în cele care contează. Sunt activi în Media Socială, postează versete (cu referință cu tot), maxime, cuvinte celebre. Sunt la fel de activi și în biserică: postează în timpul rugăciunii și în timpul predicii (un “friend” avea nevoie urgentă de un Like la ultimul autoportret realizat cu telefonul mobil).

Creștinii au evadat în lumea virtuală unde toate sunt așa cum visează ei, unde un Like = îmi pasă și apoi navighează satisfăcuți spre slide-uri mai vesele.

“Sunt în biserică” am strigat eu din nou. “La naftalină. Se sfințesc prin metoda separării de lume. Arată cu degetul spre tot ce e rău, mai ales spre oameni, în timp ce lumea și lucrurile din lume sunt mediul în care ,,se descurcă și ei cum pot.” Isus a spus că într-o zi vor veni mulți și vor zice “Doamne Doamne, n-am făcut noi…”

Avem formalişti în biserică, oameni cu propria agendă, interesați de formă nu de conținut, ghidați de încredințări nu de principii, care țin la tradiții moștenite în loc să tânjească după călăuzire și ungere proaspătă de la Duhul Sfânt și din Cuvânt.

Avem legalişti în biserică. Oameni care uneori sunt mai buni decât vameșii iar alteori vameșii sunt mai răi decât ei. Aceștia nu au nevoie de har!

Avem mistici în biserică. Oameni care funcționează pe experiențe emoționale. Aceștia aleargă mereu acolo unde simt ceva. Inima rea și înșelătoare este busola care-i duce mereu spre noi senzații.

Avem activiști. Zeloși! Mereu implicați în toate și mereu nemulțumiți că nu se face destul. Ocupați cu toate ca Marta. Dar nu cu Isus.

Avem bisericoşi. Oameni care au învățat limbajul bisericesc. Conversațiile cu ei sunt ca o lectură a Scripturilor în limba slavonă! Dacă nu știi slavonă, înțelegi ce spun. Cei care au devenit experți în mânuirea Cuvântului, dar care nu se lasă mânuiți de Cuvânt.

Avem psihologişti în biserică. Oameni care aleargă la Isus ca la cel mai bun terapeut. Oameni care vor să fie vindecați. Mereu vor să-şi îmbunătățească viața, citesc tot ce promit bunăstarea Eului,  propria vindecare: Your best life now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. Isus nu este un terapeut, ci este singurul Mântuitor! Ai nevoie de Mântuitor!

În economia lui Dumnezeu, “a fi” este mai important decât “a face”. Mai întâi trebuie “să fii” și, apoi, din ceea ce ești va rezulta activitatea ta. (Ioan 15:58)

Îi avem și pe aceia care sunt prieteni cu biserica așa cum am eu 438 de friends de pe Facebook. Uza, cel familiarizat cu biserica, care vine la programe, la studiul Bibliei, obișnuit cu prezența Duhului Sfânt, cu predica, cu momentul chemării la altar.

Dragul meu, Isus nu vine să-şi ia prietena, ci Isus vine să își ia Mireasa! Cu Isus nu preteneşti…cu Isus te logodeşti în vederea căsătoriei.

Isus confirmă toată activitatea celor care strigă “Doamne Doamne”, însă în final sunt evaluați după ceea ce au fost, nu după ceea ce au făcut. În economia lui Dumnezeu, “a fi” este mai important decât “a face”. Mai întâi trebuie “să fii” și, apoi, din ceea ce ești va rezulta activitatea ta. (Ioan 15:58)

O viață roditoare vă doresc!

Sebastian P.

Articol preluat de la RadioCiresarii.ro

O prinţesă valoroasă

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Cu multumiri lui Ion Paul pentru linkul catre Ramona Scurtu!

Ramona Scurtu: De prea multe ori ti-ai spus ca tu nu poti. E momentul sa spui: STOP. Fiindca tu poti mai mult si esti mai mult. Trebuie sa-ti spun ca esti destula. Cine te are pe tine, are atat de mult incat sa fie fericit si atat de putin incat sa poata spune: Multumesc.

Esti frumoasa, indiferent de cat de mult sau de putin te incadrezi in sabloanele societatii. Nu trebuie sa te priezi pe un tipar, ci trebuie sa fi tu, in toata splendoarea ta. Tu stii sa iubesti. Simplul fapt ca le zambesti celorlalti si ca le dai o mana de ajutor arata acest lucru. Iubirea nu cere fapte mari, ci isi doreste sa fie construita din lucruri micute.

Esti mai valoroasa decat cel mai scump obiect de arta de pe pamant. Valoarea ta e demnitatea si respectul care-l ai fata de tine.

Esti mai mult suflet decat trup, de aceea iti spun: Cu cat vei arata mai putin din trupul tau, cu atat ti se va vedea sufletul mai tare.

Esti capabila, iar daca vrei, poti muta chiar si muntii. Ai o multime de talente care te fac deosebita. Vocea ta, felul tau de a scrie, stilul tau oratoric, felul in care tu te comporti cu ceilalti, si chiar felul in care pictezi. Talentele tale te fac sa fi altfel.

Tu, draga mea, esti o floare. De ce crezi ca vin oamenii atat de des la tine? Pentru ca ai un parfum foarte rar intalnit. De aceea, te sfatuiesc sa mergi in toata lumea si sa imprastii parfumul bucuriei tale.

Nu esti defecta si nici nu te-ai nascut in secolul gresit. Esti exact acolo unde trebuie sa fii. Tu esti aici ca sa faci diferenta intr-o lume care-si doreste sa fie la fel.

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Esti puternica, iar inima ta primeste toate loviturile cu fruntea in sus. Nu conteaza daca-ti mai scapa vreo lacrima din cand in cand pentru ca lacrimile sunt de cele mai multe ori semnul invingatorilor. Ai un potential imens. Tot ce iti propui poti sa duci pana la capat. Tu ai fost creata ca sa fii o biruitoare.

Esti o incurajare. Toate bataliile pe care le-ai dus pana acum, felul in care ai actionat i-a determinat pe altii sa mearga mai departe. O parte din lume traieste fiindca tu ai stiut cum sa traiesti.

Rugaciunea ta te inalta deasupra pamantului. Rugaciunea ta poate sa sperie furtunile, sa dea la o parte valurile, si mai mult de atat, sa inmulteasca binecuvantarile. Rugaciunea ta poate sa transforme viata.

Tu esti importanta. Nu trebuie sa incerci sa cuceresti inimile tuturor oamenilor, pentru ca vei ramane dezamagita. Bucura-te ca ai reusit sa-I cuceresti inima lui Dumnezeu.

Draga mea, esti minunata, extraordinara, superba si nespus de frumoasa. Oricine si-ar dori sa aiba o persoana ca tine langa el. Pentru tine ar lupta o armata intreaga, doar ca sa-ti castige inima. Te rog, nu te da pe putin, fiindca tu valorezi extrem de mult. Esti o adevarata printesa, dar nu ca toate celelalte, ci esti printesa cerului.

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Un prinţ demn

Cu multumiri lui Ion Paul pentru acest link!

Ramona Scurtu: De prea multe ori, ceea ce spun ceilalti despre tine  incepe sa te defineasca. Tu nu esti suma vorbelor spuse de altii, ci esti, de fapt, produsul faptelor tale care te ridica deasupra altora. Tu esti demn de respect, dar respectul nu se cerseste, ci se castiga.

Tu ai fost creat cu un scop precis, sa fi om intre oameni si sa arati ca dincolo de toate cineva poate sa faca diferenta.  Esti chemat sa fi preot in casa ta. Imi vei spune ca nu ai o casa care sa-ti apartina, dar eu iti spun ca ai o inima. Pazeste-ti inima, ingrijeste-te de ea si dedica-i din timpul tau.

Tu esti definitia puterii atunci cand vine vorba de  forta. Insa adevarata putere iese la iveala atunci cand poti sa spui DA sau NU. Cand stai pe loc, chiar daca ti-ar placea sa mergi mai departe, echilibrul tau reuseste sa influenteze in bine balanta lumii. Faptul ca iti stii locul face traficul mai fluid, iar condusul prin viata n-a fost niciodata usor.

Esti capabil sa iubesti, sa pretuiesti, sa schimbi, sa influentezi, sa traiesti, sa ierti, sa daruiesti, sa intelegi, si sa asculti. Esti romantic, chiar daca nu crezi asta. Romantismul are multe forme: de la trimisul scrisorilor prin posta sau cumpararea unui buchet de flori pana la ati face timp sa asculti  si ca sa stergi lacrimile care au fost tinute poate prea mult in suflet.

Esti un om care asteapta in tacere, dar care vei fi rasplatit in vazul lumii. Ai dreptul sa te simti important fiindca esti. Esti parte din planul minunat a lui Dumnezeu si El se foloseste de tine ca sa ajunga la inimile celorlalti prin ceea ce faci: fie ca esti pictor, scriitor, inginer, arhitect, sudor, fotograf, zidar, militar, tamplar, pastor, jurnalist, sau preot, tu esti o influenta in domeniul tau. Tu esti sensibil. Atunci cand plangi, lacrimile tale nu arata slabiciune, ci arata implicare. Lacrimile unui barbat sunt ca un curcubeu dupa o ploaie torentiala. Lacrimile tale arata ca inima iti este treaza.

Esti frumos, dar asta nu inseamna ca trebuie sa pui mai mult pret pe trup decat pe suflet. Trupul e important si e cartea de vizita cu care iesi in lume. De aceea, ai grija de tine. Sufletul in schimb este meseria pe care o ai trecuta pe cartea de vizita. Daca nu o faci cum trebuie, atunci oamenii nu vor mai apela la serviciile tale. De aceea, invata sa-ti stabilesti prioritatile.

Gelozia este piperul de o relatie, fie ea de orice fel, daca pui prea mult piper, ajungi sa stranuti. Daca pui prea putin, nu o sa aiba gust bun. Asa ca, fii inteligent si pune exact atat piper cat trebuie, fiindca altfel risti sa strici tot ce ai construit intr-o viata.

Tu esti barbat. Nu vreau de loc sa te asemeni cu mine care sunt femeie. Vreau sa fiu total altfel  fiindca de cele mai multe ori iubirile se nasc atunci cand exista diferente. Diferentele nu ne despart, ci ne apropie.  Fii barbat.

Dragul meu, in simplitatea ta esti cel mai complex om pe care-l cunosc. Esti usor de iubit, minunat, cu simtul umorului si un erou in devenire. Esti un adevarat print. Calitatea ta de print nu e data de faptul ca ai sau nu o printesa care te asteapta acasa. Printul e print cand e demn de imparatie. Iar tu esti demn, printule!

 

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Look at the book – John Piper will be launching an initiative inspired by the legacy he wants to leave

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5PIPER12xx.jpgThis September, John Piper will be launching an initiative inspired by the legacy he wants to leave. Look at the Book is a new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 5–10 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. You will hear John’s voice and watch his pen underline, circle, make connections, and scribble notes — all to help you learn to read God’s word for yourself. His goal is to help you not only see what he sees, but where he sees it and how he found it. For more information go to desiringgod.org/blog/posts/no-book-like-the-bible

Voice: John Piper
Written by: Marshall Segal and John Piper
Production: Stefan Green
Direction: Jorge R. Canedo Estrada
Design and Animation: Phil Borst, Joe Dunlap
Music and Sound Design: John Poon

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

John Piper: There is no book like the Bible. The story begins with the making of the universe. Everything we see and hear and  smell and touch and taste, and everything  our satellites are just beginning to find in space, it explains what went wrong with our world, how calamity , disease and conflict, every sorrow came into our lives. And how it will all end. In the Bible, we meet God, the one who made all things, planned all things, reigns over all things, and who is saving for Himself a people  of every tongue, and tribe and nation on earth. History’s best plot lines are found in the pages of this book. Miracles, political intrigue, natural disasters, war, brokenness and need. Grace, rescue, victory, great acts of love. It’s like a lost city of gold- rediscovered and explored and treasured. A treasure hunt that never ends, and yet, rewards you at every step. The more you find, the more you are able to find. And it’s all from the mouth of God Himself.

You may think, Wait, I’ve read the Bible. You’re making it sound more interesting and exciting then it really is. I don’t think so. In fact, I think we can only ever begin to how amazing this book really is. But first, we need to learn to look. LOOK AT THE BOOK is an ongoing series of short videos  and what you see is the text, not the teacher. In each lesson, you and I will pull our chairs together, up in front of the Bible and you’ll watch while I try to plunder  every line for all it’s worth: pressing in, underlining, circling, drawing connections, making notes. Together, we will look and look and look  until we see the treasure that’s really there. We want you to see the treasures  of the Bible for yourself. And, as you do, we pray that you learn to love and obey and enjoy the God of the Bible as never before. We really believe  you’ll see things you never thought you would, as you look at the BOOK.

Look at the Book from Desiring God on Vimeo.

Tim Keller and D A Carson on When They Experienced Revival

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Tim Keller and Don Carson have experienced revival firsthand. Watch them share their experiences in a brand-new roundtable video.

Carson: The reformed folk have some heritage of revival. It’s not quite the same as  charismatic sort and it’s not the same sort as the Finney sort, but there’s a heritage of it. What kind of experiences of revival have you known  personally, or glimpsed close up or from afar?

Keller: In my case, when I became a Christian, 1970, in a campus fellowship at a college in Central Pennsylvania, the campus fellowship went from about  5-10 people at the weekly meeting, to over 100 – 150 people in about a period of a year. When we went off to the central Pennsylvania Inter Varsity Conference which is basically the chapters of Central Pennsylvania, university campuses would send send a few people. Generally, most of them had 5-10 people. And 3-4 would come to the conference. I remember that the same year, Bucknell, which is where I went, the same year that chapter grew enormously; it happened all around Central Pennsylvania. This was before social media. There was no way to coordinate it. And we’re trying to figure out what happened. We also found out  in 1970, there was an awakening of sorts on college campuses of Christian colleges, like Asbury College. There was a renaissance of campus ministry in many many places. When I went to Gordon Cromwell, I took a course with Richard Lovelace ‘The History of Awakenings’ and I realized -and Richard is a reformed theologian, he favored Jonathan Edwards revival, that it’s a gift of God, it’s centered on the preaching of the Gospel, it’s something that we can be receptive of, but we just can’t create. It’s not just something that you can meet the conditions, push the right buttons… And I realized when I read that, that that’s what I had experienced. And so, I’ve actually been a proponent of that  chastened reformed understanding of revival, not one that puts all the emphasis on emotion, not one that puts all the emphasis on human nature, ever since.

Carson: 1970, I was unaware that that was the date for you, because 1970 means something to me. At that time I was pastor of a church in Western Canada. And in Saskatchewan, which is one of our prairie provinces  there were some Bible evangelistic meetings by a pair of preachers called the Sotero twins. And they started preaching and in this church, people started getting converted confessing their sins, returning things they had stolen to the stores. The crowds packed in, more people getting converted, the crime rate went down after a few weeks. It was one of these things that you read about in older stories. Gradually, it spread out across the country. By the time it reached Vancouver, which is where I was, it had more elements of phoniness and people were beginning to domesticate it. But there was no doubt, I was crossing the country a couple of times those days and there was no doubt, you touched down and saw some of those things going on . It was a singular movement of the Lord.

And at the same time that was going on, there were other things going on in English speaking circles in French Canada. In other words, it’s almost a scattered around North America thing in 1970.

Keller:  I’ve heard that, but actually I hadn’t heard as much until this minute. And it’s intriguing that similar things were happening in the States that same year. Some years ago, I talked to a leader in Jews for Jesus, who told me that almost all of the founding members of the Jews for Jesus converted in 1970. There was just a group of people who became Christians  out of Jewish background, who then decided ‘we need to reach out to our own folk’. And that goes along with the history of awakenings, they’re not humanly coordinated. But there are human connections sometime. Some people hear and they start to pray because they’ve heard of something happening in some other place and they come under conviction that we need to be asking God for His power. And so, there is a human connection. There’s no media campaign, there was no marketing campaign, there was no group of people that got together and said, „Now, you’re gonna do promotion, and you’re gonna do this, and we’re gonna have a conference.” It didn’t happen that way.

Carson: It didn’t happen, and when it did begin to happen, it killed it; that is to say, at least in Canada. A couple of the big expansions in the new area, some minister or other who had been powerfully affected by this and then he goes to  another area and just gives his testimony of what the Lord had done and it breaks out again. The danger came, then, when somebody else said, „Okay, we’d like you to fly to another place again and do it,” and it’s beginning to be domesticated. It’s being packaged. And then, you get some of the tears and all that, but it just begins to feel phony.

Keller: Interesting, because under Dr. Lovelace, we had to read Edwards. Edwards had some 4 major books on revival- one called ‘Thoughts on revival’, which is not as well known. But, one of the things he deals with is that there always seems to be, especially as time goes on, a layer of phoniness, a layer of false experience. You do have people that are attracted to … some people just want the attention. And there’s a fair number- I remember, one of the things that Edwards says often happens is certain people would be attracted and perhaps at first they would have a genuine experience, but because their experience was so spectacular, they were often promoted into positions of leadership too quickly and it actually did go to their head. They very often couldn’t give good theological leadership. It’s remarkably insightful  how revivals go bad. But his whole idea was that that doesn’t destroy the credibility of the actual revival. It’s almost inevitable that strange fire gets mixed in  with the good stuff.

Carson: It’s one of the things that the devil is certainly going to try to do. And the little bit that I have seen on what I have read on the Welsh revival makes me resolve that if the Lord in mercy ever puts me anywhere near one of those hints, my first priorities will be to have as little to do with media as possible. And second, to funnel as much of this energy as possible in good preaching and systematic teaching of the Word of God, rather than endless recounting of experience. Becauase then there’s the danger of chasing the experience, rather than the Lord and the Gospel. You start by preaching the Gospel, then you get the experience and then you start chasing the experience. And that becomes an idol. And then, pretty soon it gets detached from Scripture and God help us then.

Keller: I think Dr. Lovelace gave me this definition. He said, „There is a review of revival that defines it as the extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit. And I remember I was taught  that the reformed understanding of revival  is an intensification of the ordinary operations of the Holy Spirit. And the ordinary operations are: conviction of sin, conversion, the giving of assurance, sanctifying us and turning us into more holy men and women. And actually, this is the dynamic, because I actually did see it about 6 or 7 months when Redeemer started. Not the moment Redeemer started, but there was a period between ’90 and ’91 that savored of what I experienced  when I was in college. New Christians have a lot of non-Christian friends. All of their greatest friendships are the people that really open their hearts to non-Christians. So when a new Christian, a person really gets converted, it has an enormous impact on people who know them. Secondly, when a sleepy Christian who has been inconsistent, sort of wakes up, that is also part of revival. They grasp the Gospel in a new way, they get in a sense on the heart, Edwards would say, of what they’ve always believed  about who they are in Christ. When a sleepy Christian wakes up, they become more humble, because they’re more convicted of sin, and also more confident, because they’re less concerned about what people think about them. And that makes you a potent evangelist. Because if you’re humbler, you’re not arrogant and off putting. If you’re more courageous, then you’re more willing to open your mouth. And I remember that because I had a very small number of sleepy Christians that kind of woke up upon the preaching of the word,  in 1990, and a certain number of new believers that Redeemer grew to almost 1,000 people in about 2 years in the middle of Manhattan, at a time when people were leaving the people because there was a recession and there was a high crime. And I look back on that and I say, „How did that happen? There were revival dynamics. It’s just automatic  that when a sleepy Christian wakes up, he becomes a better evangelist. And a new Christian is a great evangelist. And it was remarkable for about a year, when I just saw lots of people become Christians. It was a revival.

Carson: And you can’t organize that  with a set of criteria, you meet the criteria and you turn it on.

Keller: It wasn’t a campaign .

Carson: It comes from God, it’s  a gracious gift. But the point is: God can do it again.

Keller: Yes, and I think the Gospel Coalition, that could be one of the main ways in which we help our churches see that this understanding of revival is definitely something that we should be seeking God for. Essentially, it starts with prayer, but it’s also sought by – I think, Dr. Lloyd-Jones used to say, „In the Bible, you  build an altar and you ask God to send down the fire. He’s not gonna send down the fire if you don’t build the altar. But if you build the altar, you have to wait for Him.” He would say, „You seek revival by building the altar. It’s up to God to what degree He’s going to empower it. But, i would say it’s the faithful preaching of the Gospel, it’s extraordinary prayer, it’s leaders who model a renewed life. They’re walking little models of renewal. Very often, it’s a few converts who are willing to open their mouths to other people. And sometimes the fire comes down in big ways, small ways. But, you create the altar. That’s how Lloyd-Jones would put it. But you have to ask God to send down the power.

Carson: And even when we’re building the altar, we confess that our very desire to do so stems from God who works in us both to will and to do good works for His good pleasure.

Keller: Usually, revivals start well and after a while it’s not for that, it’s for the power and the glitz. So, it’s difficult; it’s one of the reasons why revivals don’t seem to last. It’s because of our sin. But, we still should be asking for them and seeking them.

Carson: Amen!

Keller and Carson on When They Experienced Revival from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Ravi Zacharias & Billy Graham Ministries Keynote Address at Wheaton College – Making Sense: Art and the Gospel

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