I went to a revival with my friend, Danny and his wife. It was my second night. The preacher was from North Carolina.
The first night's takewaway was "You may be the only Bible some people ever read, so act like you are a Christian". OK, now that's a revival topic, cause its hard to do all of the time. But framing it up like that makes it a challenge, not an impossibility. His illustration was his impatience with a dry cleaner.
I remebered a passage from Steven Covey's 7 Habits book about a person annoyed by children running up and down the ailse of a train they were on, wondering why the mother wouldn't control them. When the angry passenger finally confronted her to control them, she looked up and said, "I'm sorry, I didn't realize. Their Father just passed away and I'm afraid I don't know what to do for them". CONVICTED/IMPROVED.
OK, so I'm hooked, so I wanted to see the second night.
He started by talking about the these are times no one has faced before, prophesied by Paul. And that the problem was "Us". Our weakness in doing what was right. He started talking about a professor from UGA who had attended previously and since then, starting a session where the faculty could tell their stories of faith. They had toured the campus. He said he wouldn't be surprised that when Jesus comes back, he started at the University of Georgia. It was all I could do to keep from shouting "Go Dawgs", because so many things were connected for me at the moment.
I've been to revivals before, and truthfully, they were pointed at the weak. This revival seemed to be more pointed at making good people stronger. Revival. I noticed that when the good are strengthened, the weak get saved and made stronger at greater number, because I'm a statistician at heart.
I'm ending the night with this song for you, and again, CONVICTED/IMPROVED.
2 Timothy 3
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
A Final Charge to Timothy
10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.