Spring Revival – Sat. April, 21 – Wed. April 25

“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”  Psalm 85:6

Genuine revivals cannot be scheduled. That does not mean that we cannot hold revival services in hopes that God would do a special work in our lives and in the life of our church. We have scheduled services for Saturday, April 21 – Wednesday, April 25 which we pray and hope God will use as a catalyst for revival in our lives individually as believers and corporately as a church. Here are ways that you can prepare for revival.

  1. Pray – The only way revival will be ignited in our hearts, our families, and our church, is if we PRAY. Pray that God will stiryour heart. Yes, we need to pray for one another, but revival starts with me. We need to pray for ourselves as David did:“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts,” (Psalm 139:23). Pray that God will strip away indifference, apathy, bitterness, and any other sin that is hindering your following after Christ.
  2. Plan – Sunday and Wednesday evening services are normal at Bible Baptist Church, but Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday services are not. Plan on attending the revival services. This will require some advance planning, and, yes, this may mean some inconvenience. It will be worth it. Plan on quick meals. Plan on being a little tired. Plan on doing homework a little later than normal. Plan on missing some TV shows you really enjoy. If you do not plan how you will make it to these services, they may be over before your realize it. Don’t just plan on attennding, but plan how you’ll attend, and plan on bringing someone with you!

Pray, not only for the services and the speaker, but for your own heart. Make plans to attend, how you’ll attend, and with whom you’ll attend. Do these things and you will prepare your heart for revival. 

Here again is the revival service schedule:

  • Saturday at 5 pm there will be a meal in the FLC, followed by the first service at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary.
  • Sunday at 11 am and 6:00 pm
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7:00 pm
Our guest speaker will be Bro. Ron Thomas, who pastors the Rodgers BaptistChurch in Garland, TX, which is the home church of me and my family. We invite anyone and everyone to our special services. We hope that you will join us.

 


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Those ties which naught can sever,
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Forever and forever. (James G. Small)
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