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Fire blazes from heaven, and a stone altar erupts in flame. So begins a spiritual awakening, the kindling of a revival fire still burning today. Beginning with Elijah and God's tremendous one-day revival of Israel, Wesley Duewel tells stories of revivals spanning the globe from America to China to Africa, all brought by obedience and heartfelt prayer. He illustrates how God has used revival fire through the centuries to revive the church and reveal the glorious presence of the ...
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Fire blazes from heaven, and a stone altar erupts in flame. So begins a spiritual awakening, the kindling of a revival fire still burning today. Beginning with Elijah and God's tremendous one-day revival of Israel, Wesley Duewel tells stories of revivals spanning the globe from America to China to Africa, all brought by obedience and heartfelt prayer. He illustrates how God has used revival fire through the centuries to revive the church and reveal the glorious presence of the Holy Spirit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310877097
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 729,096
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Wesley Duewel has given himself to the cause of missions for more than 70 years.  Following ministry in India for nearly 25 years, he served as president of OMS International and is now President Emeritus. Dr. Duewel has a deep love for the Word of God. He has read the entire Bible through nearly 200 times. People around the world have appreciated his biblical insight with more than two million copies of his books in print in over 50 languages. Continuing his active life-long ministry  at 96, he teaches a senior adult Sunday School class and enjoys sharing his testimony to God’s faithfulness.  He carries a deep concern for the unevangelized millions and a constant emphasis upon prayer as the key to revival.


 

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CHAPTER ONE

The God Who Blesses

It is God's nature to bless. He created us to be blessed by Him. The outpouring of God's Spirit upon a person, group, or area is one of God's greatest ways to bless. This book is all about such blessing. God poured out His Spirit in special abundance in Old Testament days from time to time and again in New Testament times. Throughout the history of His church, God has continued to do so in all parts of the world.

What shall we call these special times of blessing? Some like the term spiritual awakening. Others prefer to use the word revival. Sometimes it has been termed spiritual renewal or the outpouring of the Spirit. Perhaps the briefest and most time-honored term is simply revival. So this book is about God's grace, giving revival to His people.

VARIETIES OF REVIVAL

Sometimes God has given personal revival to a hungry-hearted, deeply devoted Christian. What a blessed experience of spiritual refreshment and new manifestations of God's grace and power this brings! It is always an experience to be remembered and cherished. Are you really hungry for personal or widespread revival? God is eager to come to you in grace and power.

Sometimes God gives revival to a local church or group of people. At times a whole community is blessed and changed by revival. On a few occasions an entire region or even a whole nation has become spiritually awakened and morally transformed by a widespread outpouring of God's Spirit in revival.

At times revival has lasted only a day or two. Yet God has been so powerfully present for that brief time that more spiritual transformation has resulted than from months and years of ordinary Christian life and witness. At other times revival has lasted for months.

GOD COORDINATES REVIVAL

In times of regional or nationwide revival, God's Spirit has worked in one church after another and in one community after another. These times of revival visitation by the Holy Spirit sometimes have begun almost simultaneously in various churches in a city or community, or sometimes in various cities of a given nation, and on occasion have even begun almost simultaneously in different parts of the world. I will describe such. Only God can plan that kind of coordinated divine working.

It is almost as if God's spiritual fire from heaven has touched down like a powerful tornado of blessing and leaped from place to place. All these divine manifestations have been marked by an unusually widespread awareness of God's presence, God's mercy, and God's transforming power in the lives of people.

God is infinitely original in His working. In no two places are the accounts of revival the same in their details. God's mighty work of salvation has transformed the most hopeless situations and the most spiritually damaged people. The more widespread any revival movement becomes, the more transforming are the moral effects in the areas where God's holy fire has burned.

REVIVALS OVER THE CENTURIES

God visited Israel with times of revival during the Old Testament period. He visited the early church with revival, and then over the centuries He has come again and again in revival to bless His people. In the early years of this century (1905-10), revival fires burned. God sent powerful awakening to Wales and many places in England, Scotland, Ireland, the United States, India, Korea, Manchuria, China, Japan, Australia, Madagascar, Norway, and in parts of South America and the Caribbean islands. In the middle of this century, God sent revival to some of the American Christian colleges and sent revival outpouring on some of the Hebrides islands.

Will revival sweep across our nation again? Do we need revival today? Revivals are the sovereign working of God, but they are always related to the obedience of God's people. Are you and I willing to prepare the way of the Lord by prayer, fasting, and obedience?

SPIRITUAL HUNGER

The purpose of this book is to thrill you with true accounts of how God has worked in powerful blessing over the centuries and around the world. May God increase our spiritual hunger to see Him bless our churches again with great spiritual renewal. May He bless our nation again with mighty spiritual awakenings.

God is the God of revival. Until Jesus comes again, "times of refreshing may come from the Lord" (Acts 3: 19). Will you read these true accounts of revival and ask God to increase your spiritual hunger for God to visit us in grace again? Will you make intercession for world revival and world harvest a part of your daily fellowship with Jesus? He is even now interceding for us (Rom. 8: 34; Heb. 7: 25). Will you join Him in petitioning for a new, mighty spiritual awakening? Lord, send Your fire again!

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
Foreword
Introduction
1. The God Who Blesses
2. When Fire Really Fell
3. Revival: Blessing or Judgment?
4. Renewal Under Father and Son
5. Hezekiah: Never Too Late
6. A Monk’s Revival
7. The Great Awakening Dawns
8. George Whitefield: Ablaze for God
9. Whitefield’s Continued Ministry
10. Wesley the Revivalist
11. The Revivals of Methodism
12. Revival Fires Follow Finney
13. Revival Fire Spreads to Central New York
14. Cities Ablaze
15. Oberlin and Beyond
16. Revival Prayer Ignites Revival Fire
17. God’s Glory Over Land and Sea
18. Across the Sea to Ulster
19. The Belfast Connection
20. The Irish Year of Grace
21. The 1859 Prayer Revival in Wales
22. Revival Fires in South Africa
23. Prayer Preparation
24. The Vision of Evan Roberts
25. Songs of Revival in South Wales
26. The Spreading Flame
27. 1901–10: The Revival Decade
28. Harvest in America
29. Revival at Ramabai’s Mukti
30. Prayer Transforms Central and Northern India
31. A Year of Blessing for Southern India
32. Revival in Andhra State
33. Mighty Waves of Revival in Northeast India
34. Korean Presbyterian Pentecost
35. Goforth and the North China Revival
36. The Great Chinese Harvest
37. Revival Fires in Africa
38. The Shantung Revival
39. The East Africa Revival
40. The Revival in the Hebrides
41. Revival Fire on Campuses
42. The Spirit Comes to Asbury
43. The 1970 Asbury Revival
44. Revival Is Coming
Appendix A: Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Appendix B: Additional Revival Movements
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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First Chapter

CHAPTER ONE
The God Who Blesses
It is God's nature to bless. He created us to be blessed by Him. The outpouring of God's Spirit upon a person, group, or area is one of God's greatest ways to bless. This book is all about such blessing. God poured out His Spirit in special abundance in Old Testament days from time to time and again in New Testament times. Throughout the history of His church, God has continued to do so in all parts of the world.
What shall we call these special times of blessing? Some like the term spiritual awakening. Others prefer to use the word revival. Sometimes it has been termed spiritual renewal or the outpouring of the Spirit. Perhaps the briefest and most time-honored term is simply revival. So this book is about God's grace, giving revival to His people.
VARIETIES OF REVIVAL
Sometimes God has given personal revival to a hungry-hearted, deeply devoted Christian. What a blessed experience of spiritual refreshment and new manifestations of God's grace and power this brings! It is always an experience to be remembered and cherished. Are you really hungry for personal or widespread revival? God is eager to come to you in grace and power.
Sometimes God gives revival to a local church or group of people. At times a whole community is blessed and changed by revival. On a few occasions an entire region or even a whole nation has become spiritually awakened and morally transformed by a widespread outpouring of God's Spirit in revival.
At times revival has lasted only a day or two. Yet God has been so powerfully present for that brief time that more spiritual transformation has resulted than from months and years of ordinary Christian life and witness. At other times revival has lasted for months.
GOD COORDINATES REVIVAL
In times of regional or nationwide revival, God's Spirit has worked in one church after another and in one community after another. These times of revival visitation by the Holy Spirit sometimes have begun almost simultaneously in various churches in a city or community, or sometimes in various cities of a given nation, and on occasion have even begun almost simultaneously in different parts of the world. I will describe such. Only God can plan that kind of coordinated divine working.
It is almost as if God's spiritual fire from heaven has touched down like a powerful tornado of blessing and leaped from place to place. All these divine manifestations have been marked by an unusually widespread awareness of God's presence, God's mercy, and God's transforming power in the lives of people.
God is infinitely original in His working. In no two places are the accounts of revival the same in their details. God's mighty work of salvation has transformed the most hopeless situations and the most spiritually damaged people. The more widespread any revival movement becomes, the more transforming are the moral effects in the areas where God's holy fire has burned.
REVIVALS OVER THE CENTURIES
God visited Israel with times of revival during the Old Testament period. He visited the early church with revival, and then over the centuries He has come again and again in revival to bless His people. In the early years of this century (1905--10), revival fires burned. God sent powerful awakening to Wales and many places in England, Scotland, Ireland, the United States, India, Korea, Manchuria, China, Japan, Australia, Madagascar, Norway, and in parts of South America and the Caribbean islands. In the middle of this century, God sent revival to some of the American Christian colleges and sent revival outpouring on some of the Hebrides islands.
Will revival sweep across our nation again? Do we need revival today? Revivals are the sovereign working of God, but they are always related to the obedience of God's people. Are you and I willing to prepare the way of the Lord by prayer, fasting, and obedience?
SPIRITUAL HUNGER
The purpose of this book is to thrill you with true accounts of how God has worked in powerful blessing over the centuries and around the world. May God increase our spiritual hunger to see Him bless our churches again with great spiritual renewal. May He bless our nation again with mighty spiritual awakenings.
God is the God of revival. Until Jesus comes again, 'times of refreshing may come from the Lord' (Acts 3:19). Will you read these true accounts of revival and ask God to increase your spiritual hunger for God to visit us in grace again? Will you make intercession for world revival and world harvest a part of your daily fellowship with Jesus? He is even now interceding for us (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25). Will you join Him in petitioning for a new, mighty spiritual awakening? Lord, send Your fire again!
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