by J. Gerald Harris

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Revival in a Bone Yard (2 of 5)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Ezekiel 37:1-14

It would be difficult for the average suburban church- going American family to ever experience a genuine life-changing spiritual revival. The American family of the 90's is maxed out commitment wise. Every ounce of energy, every moment of time, every dollar of income, and every modicum of ability is basically committed to the hilt.

The typical suburbanite is an industrious person. There are people in the subdivision where we live who leave home at 6 o'clock in the morning and come dragging in at 7 or 8 o'clock in the evening. The work load being carried by those engaged by corporate America is tremendously demanding.

The average American is definitely materialistic. The quest for things is becoming a matter of increasing importance. Most folks in our society spend the first half of their lives trying to accumulate "things," and the last half of their lives trying to keep people from taking those "things" away. Even in Sunday worship it's very difficult for the thoroughly modern American to sing, "All to Jesus I surrender; all to Him I freely give."

But not only are the American people an industrious people and a materialistic people, but a recreational people. I must admit that I enjoy recreational activities as much as the next person. But there seems to be a preoccupation with sports and recreation in our land. Those who do not participate seem to enjoy being spectators.

Several years ago I was making phone calls on a Saturday afternoon to invite some chronic absentees back to church. One lady proceeded to give me a long list of her ailments which had apparently immobilized her for months and reduced her to an invalid status. At least that was the impression she gave me on the telephone. That same night I went to see my boys play softball. They needed an umpire to call balls and strikes and I was conscripted for the job. In the second inning I called a boy out on a close play ...

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