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"Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?" Psalm 85:6

Revival Men     By Horatious Bonar
They were men of faith. They ploughed and sowed in hope. They might sometimes go forth weeping, bearing precious seed, yet these were the tears of sorrow and compassion, not of despair; they knew that in due season they should reap if they fainted not, that their labor in the Lord would not be in vain, and that before long they would return bringing their sheaves with them.

The Great Awakening    
It was in Oxford University that the new life first appeared, but if we search deeply we shall find its hidden spring in the heart of a praying mother. In truth, revival is largely the story of praying mothers. Susannah Wesley, wife of the Rector of Epworth, is one of the great women of the Church, and her devoted indomitable spirit had deep and abiding influence upon the founder of Methodism.

Revival Terminology in History     By Richard Owen Roberts
Various movements of the Spirit of God have been described as: "An Awakening," "A Religious Awakening," "The Awakening that Must Come," and "The Awakening and Conversion of Many." What precious truth is portrayed in each of these terms, but especially in the last!

What Kind of REVIVAL Do We Need?     By Andrew Murray
What was the great evangelistic revival in England through Whitefield and Wesley but this? They had together at Oxford been members of the "Holy Club". With their whole heart they had sought deliverance from the guilt of sin, but also from the power of sin. When their eyes were opened to see how faith can claim the whole Christ in all fullness, they found the key to the preaching which was so mightily effectual for the salvation of men.

Brainerd And The Indian Revival    
Turning from the white church, taking his life in his hands, he set out again for the Indian wigwams. This was the decisive moment in his life. Had he settled amongst the good folk of East Hampton, he would in all probability have regained his health and discharged a faithful ministry. But we should never then have heard of David Brainerd. He deliberately cut short his days, but in the brief remnant of life that remained to him, he accomplished a glorious work and unlocked a spring of heroic inspiration for generations to come.

Conditions For Revival     By J. Edwin Orr
We walk into the garden during the winter season, and there we see the old oak tree...leafless. There it has stood, for several months, a sorry sight---a few withered leaves hanging on empty branches as if in self-pity. To all outward appearances, it is dead. But come back again with me next month and I will show you a wondrous thing---little buds of beautiful, delicate green pushing their way upwards towards the light of a springtime sun, breaking through the relics of their winter prison. Soon the tree is in the glory of its leafy splendour. It is a seasonal marvel, this renewal of spring, when all that seemed dead becomes alive before our wondering eyes. What has happened ? There has come about a revival of the old tree.

Have We No Tears for Revival?     By Leonard Ravenhill
The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church, grieved at the blindness of the Church, grieved at the corruption in the Church, grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil. He is embarrassed that the Church folks no longer cry in their despair before a devil-ridden, sin-mad society, "Why could we not cast him out?"

What a Revival of Religion is     By Charles Grandison Finney
There is so little principle in the church, so little firmness and stability of purpose, that unless they are greatly excited, they will not obey God. They have so little knowledge, and their principles are so weak, that unless they are excited, they will go back from the path of duty, and do nothing to promote the glory of God. The state of the world is still such, and probably will be till the millennium is fully come, that religion must be mainly promoted by these excitements. How long and how often has the experiment been tried, to bring the church to act steadily for God, without these periodical excitements!

The Seeds of Revival     By Frank Bartlemen
Bartleman paid careful attention to each step the Holy Spirit took in preparing God's people for revival. In fact he wrote more about the Church's preparation for revival than he did about the actual revival. As Bartleman watched and prayed, he was able to accurately trace the Spirit's preliminary movements among the churches in Los Angeles. It is these kinds of observations that make Frank Bartleman's writings so rich and prophetic for our needy generation. Undeniably, revival is a miraculous work of God, BUT true revival never comes apart from the preparation and the participation of a remnant of God's people.

Revivals Under Finney    
"Just at this point the whole question of gospel salvation opened to my mind in a manner most marvellous to me at the time. I think I then saw, as clearly as I ever have in my life, the reality and fullness of the atonement of Christ. I saw that his was a finished work, and that instead of having or needing any righteousness of my own to recommend me to God, I had to submit myself to the righteousness of God through Christ."

Revivals under Whitefield    
"The difference between the church and the world was vanishing away. Church discipline was neglected, and a growing laxness of morals was invading the churches. And yet never, perhaps, had the expectation of reaching heaven at last been more general, or more confident. Occasional revivals had interrupted this downward progress, and the preaching of sound doctrine had retarded it in many places, but the hold of truth on the conscience of men was sadly diminished. The young were abandoning themselves to frivolity, and to amusements of dangerous tendency."

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