God's Second Wind
Drawing on the experience of Baylor University students who launched the youth revival movement in the 1940s, Pennington-Russell called modern Baptists to abandon themselves to God's call.
The story of the youth revival movement is chronicled in a new book written by the late Bruce McIver, titled "Riding the Wind of God."
The leaders of that movement were "the most unlikely assortment you could imagine," Pennington-Russell said.
"All they had was a deep, delirious love for Jesus."
In John's Gospel we encounter a Pharisee by the name of Nicodemus going to Jesus for spiritual advice. He was a member of the Sanhedrin, which may be why he came at night, unobserved by those critical of Jesus.
Nicodemus was a man committed to studying and obeying the Law. He respectfully addresses Jesus as a teacher from God, though Jesus was more than just another teacher. Nicodemus was impressed with Jesus, and more open-minded than most of the religious leaders of the day.
He acknowledged the Source of Jesus' power, even though he was aware that Jesus had not received any formal religious training.
Jesus gave us the answer in his metaphor of the wind .The wind blows where it wills. And it is the wind of God
In the Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek "wind" and "spirit" is the same word. To be born of the wind of God is not about you making yourself a better you. It is allowing God to do the remaking. It is God's Spirit, not ours, that inflates our sails and gives new birth.
The disciples knew all about the wind. They knew that when the wind was right they could sail across the Sea of Galilee faster than any rower could row by human strength alone.
Most people are concerned about the wind. Wind is great for flying kites or sailing on Lake Washington. Wind causes problems for golfers who slice and hook; it hardens the snow for skiers; and it makes it difficult for fisherman to cross the bar or makes them seas ...
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