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THE MINISTRY OF RESTORATION
This morning I want to continue our thought about restoration, The Ministry Of Restoration. We've been talking about restoring the people of God, restoring that brother who's fallen, lifting up that person who needs encouragement, who may
have dropped out of the church or dropped out of active service for the Lord. We've talked about being restored from bitterness that keeps us so many times from having the joy of the Lord.
We've talked about how restoration works with us individually and personally in our own lives.
This morning I want to talk about the restoration of the church, corporately, the restoration of the body of Christ and we call it revival. It was the heart cry of the Prophet Joel and it's also the heart cry of your pastor this morning.
This message will be an expression of what I feel in my own heart about the desire of God and the plan of God for our church.
Joel 2:12 -- 18 "Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning.
(13) And rend your heart and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
(14) Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God?
(15) Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
(16) Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
(17) Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say ...
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