Let the Fire Fall
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Luke 24:49; Acts 2
April 26, 2009
During a war, a man sent his friend a letter who was serving in the Army. In the letter, he asked, "Jack, how are you getting along?" He wrote, "Jess, there's nothing wrong with me that a discharge from the Army won't fix!"
He wanted to get out of the Army. He had been in for two years, away from his wife and family and he wanted to get back home! That was all that mattered to him. He had only one problem: to get out of the Army and home.
THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU THAT THE FIRE OF GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT WON'T FIX, AND CAN'T FIX
A U.S. Lutheran bishop tells of visiting a parish church in California and finding a stirring red and orange banner on the wall. "Come Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!" it declared in words printed under a picture of a fire burning. The bishop was also interested in the sign directly underneath the banner which said: "Fire extinguisher!"
Mark Terry: "We have the best materials, media and methods, but we lack spiritual power. Christians of the apostolic era had none of our advantages; they didn't even have the New Testament. Still, they turned the Roman Empire upside down. What good does any of these things do if we do not impact our communities by the power of God?"
Spurgeon said, "There is no church, however good as it is, which might not be better; and there are many churches sunken so low that they have abundant need, if they would prevent spiritual death, to cry aloud, 'Lord, revive us!' These are the doctrines which the Holy Ghost will revive in the midst of the land when He worketh mightily: redemption, regeneration, remission. Yet, above all, we want a revival, if we would promote the glory of God. The proper object of a Christian's life is God's glory. The Church was made on purpose to glorify God; but it is only a revived Church that brings glory to His name."
A crumbling old church building needed remodeling, so, during his sermo ...
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