Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Excerpts From Welsh Revival


By TonguesPrayerWarrior

"REVIVAL IS a community saturated with God," said Duncan Campbell. And so it was in Wales. Reports speak of "an overwhelming sense of God's presence and holiness at homes, at work, in shops," even in the pubs!

Powerful conviction of sin follows. "Many lay flat on the ground in an agony of conviction." Some people "fell in a heap and cried out pitifully and loudly for mercy."

Conviction triggers off intense prayer and repentance towards God, but also confession and restitution towards man: "The most remarkable confessions of sin, confessions that must be costly," church members and officers publicly confessing hidden sin in their hearts. This results in long-standing debts being paid, stolen goods returned, church and family feuds healed and enemies reconciled.

Once sin has been dealt with, the presence of God releases "an overwhelming outburst of praise." A meeting "continued for eight hours with scenes of wild jubilation."

Worship, praise, prayer, Bible reading, witnessing - these become the Christian's whole life. Meetings couldn't be closed and went on all night. Men came in their work clothes with their next day's lunch packed. Prayer meetings were held in mines, trams and businesses. Shops sold out of Bibles.

Great numbers of people accept Christ: "70,000 in two months, 85,000 in five, and more than 100,000 in half a year." By the end of the Revival, 90 per cent of the people of Wales were attending church.

So the nation is changed. Its values become Christian. In some Welsh districts drunkenness halved, pubs went bankrupt, police had nothing to do, magistrates had no cases to try.

And because "righteousness exalteth a nation," prosperity often follows, not least because of honesty in business and work done "as unto the Lord." Strikes were settled. In one, the now-converted trouble-maker asked if he could go back to work. Managers reported their men both better workers and more regular attenders.

Working people took their aged parents home from the workhouse. But do Revivals last? Dr. Edwin Orr says the Welsh Revival was maintained until 1914 and its converts were "The choicest segment of church life, even in the 1930s."

Who wouldn't want this? A tenth of the population newly converted and still going strong 25 years on!

Churches crammed to capacity! Crime greatly diminished! Social problems solved! What Christian would dare to criticise such a wonderful work of God?

Many! A feature of all Revivals is strong criticism from leading Christians...

Monday, March 16, 2020

Believers Can Overcome Sicknesses And Diseases By Faith


By John G. Lake

Now watch the action of the law of life.

Faith belongs to the law of life. Faith is the very opposite of fear. Faith has the opposite effect in spirit, and soul, and body.

Faith causes the spirit of man to become confident. It causes the mind of man to become restful, and positive.

A positive mind repels disease. Consequently, the emanation of the Spirit destroys disease germs.

And because we were in contact with the Spirit of life, I and a little Dutch fellow with me went out and buried many of the people who had died from the bubonic plague.

We went into the homes and carried them out, dug the graves and put them in. Sometimes we would put three or four in one grave.

We never took the disease. Why?

Because of the knowledge that the law of life in Christ Jesus protects us. That law was working.

Because of the fact that a man by that action of his will, puts himself purposely in contact with God, faith takes possession of his heart, and the condition of his nature is changed.

Instead of being fearful, he is full of faith. Instead of being absorbent and drawing everything to himself, his spirit repels sickness and disease.

The Spirit of Christ Jesus flows through the whole being, and emanates through the hands, the heart, and from every pore of the body.

During that great plague that I mentioned, they sent a government ship with supplies and corps of doctors. One of the doctors sent for me, and said, “What have you been using to protect yourself?

Our corps has this preventative and that, which we use as protection, but we concluded that if a man could stay on the ground as you have and keep ministering to the sick and burying the dead, you must have a secret.

What is it?”

I answered, “Brother that is the ‘law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.’ I believe that just as long as I keep my soul in contact with the living God so that His Spirit is flowing into my soul and body, that no germ will ever attach itself to me, for the Spirit of God will kill it.”

He asked, “Don’t you think that you had better use our preventatives?”

I replied, “No, but doctor I think that you would like to experiment with me.

If you will go over to one of these dead people and take the foam that comes out of their lungs after death, then put it under the microscope you will see masses of living germs.

You will find they are alive until a reasonable time after a man is dead. You can fill my hand with them and I will keep it under the microscope, and instead of these germs remaining alive, they will die instantly.”

They tried it and found it was true. They questioned, “What is that?” I replied, “That is ‘the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.’ When a man’s spirit and a man’s body are filled with the blessed presence of God, it oozes out of the pores of your flesh and kills the germs.”

Suppose on the other hand, my soul had been under the law of death, and I were in fear and darkness? The very opposite would have been the result. The result would have been that my body would have absorbed the germs, these would have generated disease and I would have died.

You who are sick, put yourself in contact with God’s law of life. Read His Word with the view of enlightening your heart so that you will be able to look up with more confidence and believe Him.

Pray that the Spirit of God will come into your soul, take possession of your body, and its power will make you well.

That is the exercise of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

"The Law of Gravity states that, anything that goes up must surely come down whilst the Law of Aerodynamics states states that, it is possible that something can go up and remain there. The Law of Aerodynamics has always been present but it was found out as true only when it was discovered and put in use personally.

In the same way, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has always been there, but only when we believe it against sicknesses and diseases, the law of sin and death which states that all humans can die any moment because of external influence from sin, sicknesses and diseases is withheld and suddenly the realization that being in constant touch with God from our spirit to His Spirit can suddenly make it possible for us to become immune to virus, plagues, sicknesses and diseases to remain hale and healthy for the Glory of God in spite of the law of sin and death operating all around us.

Just as the Scripture states and confirms the stated truth by saying, 'A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.' Faith and fear cannot go together, one flees the scene when the other is present because they are eternal enemies who cannot coexist at the same time and same place. Have faith in God and His Word to have constant communication with God, and fear will flee and you will stay healthy in a supernatural way with the Law of the spirit of life operating in your personal life for the Glory of God by superseding the law of the sin and death which works in all humans." — Abraham Israel  

The Sacrifice That Touched The Heart Of China

All across China, people are talking about Dr Li Wen Liang. He was the doctor who discovered the novel coronavirus and in the early morning of 7 Feb, 2.58am, he was promoted into glory and went home to be with our Father in heaven.

Back in December last year, he was arrested for being a whistle blower 'spreading rumors' about a mysterious pneumonia like virus. This morning we found out he was infact a fellow brother in Christ. Our hearts are deeply moved by his sacrificial choice to spread awareness about the virus despite the risks he faced, especially to his reputation and to his own health.

He continued to care for patients up until he was infected himself. What a legacy to leave behind of what it means to be like Jesus to those hurting in a time of crisis.

He chose to be an example of Immanuel, 'God with us' to the people of Wuhan.

Can you imagine the joy he must have felt as he entered into eternity and heard the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant"?

So today, please pray for his family, especially his wife who is also infected and 8 months pregnant with their second child. May God heal them supernaturally n give them grace, peace, strength and comfort during this time.

Dr Li Wen Liang penned a deeply touching Chinese poem below of how he would miss his family, his beloved Wuhan n quoted 2 Tim 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.


"The Hero Who Told The Truth"

Here is a captivating, heart-touching Chinese poem I've tried to translate into English. It was written in memory of Mr Li Wenliang, a Christian doctor and whistleblower who died from the coronavirus himself after being punished for issuing the first warning about the deadly coronavirus outbreak.


"I don't want to be a hero.
I still have my parents,
And my children,
And my pregnant wife who's about to give birth,
And many of my patients in the ward.
Though my integrity cannot be exchanged for the goodness of others,
Despite my loss and confusion,
I should proceed anyway.
Who let me choose this country and this family?
How many grievances do I have?
When this battle is over,
I will look up to the sky,
With tears like rain."


"I don't want to be a hero.
But as a doctor,
I cannot just see this unknown virus
Hurting my peers
And so many innocent people.
Though they are dying,
They are always looking at me in their eyes,
With their hope of life."


“Who would have ever realised that I was going to die?
My soul is in heaven,
Looking at the white bed,
On which lies my own body,
With the same familiar face.
Where are my parents?
And my dear wife,
The lady I once had a hard time chasing?"


"There is a light in the sky!
At the end of that light is the heaven that people often talk about.
But I'd rather not go there.
I'd rather go back to my hometown in Wuhan.
I have my new house there,
For which I still have to pay off the loan every month.
How can I give up?
How can I give up?
For my parents without their son,
How sad must it be?
For my sweetheart without her husband,
How can she face the vicissitudes in her future?"


"I am already gone.
I see them taking my body,
Putting it into a bag,
With which lie many compatriots
Gone like me,
Being pushed into the fire in the hearth
At dawn."


"Goodbye, my dear ones.
Farewell, Wuhan, my hometown.
Hopefully, after the disaster,
You'll remember someone once
Tried to let you know the truth as soon as possible.
Hopefully, after the disaster,
You'll learn what it means to be righteous.
No more good people
Should suffer from endless fear,
And helpless sadness."


"I have fought the good fight.
I have finished the race.
I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness."
2 Timothy 4:7, Holy Bible

Much Love and Blessings....

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YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT IT IN THE FOLLOWING LINK: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/business/china-coronavirus-doctor-death.html

Friday, January 24, 2020

India And The World Knew His Missionary Exploits For Jesus Only After His Death!

Graham Staines The Meek Who Became A Mighty Testimony

Graham Stuart Staines (1941 – 23 January 1999) was an Australian Christian missionary, who along with his two sons, Philip (aged 10) and Timothy (aged 6), were burnt to death by a gang who claimed themselves as local members of a Hindu fundamentalist group named Bajrang Dal while sleeping in their station wagon in the village of Manoharpur-Keonjhar, a district of Odisha in India, on 23 January 1999. In 2003, Bajrang Dal activist Ravinder Kumar Pal was convicted of leading the gang that murdered Graham Staines and his sons and was sentenced to life in prison.

Before his death Graham Staines had been working in Odisha since 1965 as part of an evangelical missionary organisation named Mayurbhanj caring for people who had leprosy and looking after the tribal people in the area who lived in abject poverty. However, some Hindu groups alleged that during this time he had lured or forcibly coerced many Hindus into believing in the Christian faith. The Wadhwa Commission found that although some tribals had been baptised at the camps, there was no evidence of forced conversions. Staines's widow Gladys also denies forced conversions ever happened. Gladys continued to live and work in India caring for those who were poor and were affected by leprosy until she returned home to her native country of Australia in 2004. In 2005, she was awarded the fourth highest honor a civilian can receive in India, the Padma Shree, in recognition for her work in Odisha. In 2016, she received the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice.

Early life and early career

Graham Staines was born in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Palmwoods located within the state of Queensland in Australia. As an adult he decided to visit India for the first time in 1965 by joining the Evangelical Missionary Society of Mayurbhanj (EMSM), and work in the remote tribal area of Odisha state, which had a long history of active Christian missionary style work. He took over the management of the Mission at Baripada in 1983 after helping to establish the Mayurbhanj Leprosy Home as a registered society in 1982.

Personal life

Graham Staines met his wife of 16 years, Gladys, in June of 1981, while they worked together taking care of leprosy patients on the mission field. Not too long after that they decided to get married, in 1983; they worked together until his death. Together they had three children: a daughter, Esther, and two sons, Philip and Timothy. During the course of his work Staines had managed to assist in the translation of part of the Holy Christian Bible into the language of the Ho people of India, which included his crosschecking the work with the entire manuscript of the New Testament, though it is largely believed his main focus was on his ministry to the lepers. It was reported that he could speak the Odia language fluently, and was popular among the patients whom he had managed to cure. In addition to this it also reported that he used to teach people how to make mats and baskets out of rope, sabai grass (Eulaliopsis binata) and tree leaves.

Death and reaction

On the night of 22 January 1999, Graham Staines had attended a jungle camp in Manoharpur, which was an annual gathering for Christians in the area to congregate for a conference and discuss their beliefs in a social setting. The village where the camp was located was right on the border between the tribal villages of Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar, which is located within the district of Odisha. He was travelling to the village of Kendujhar with his sons, who were on a break from their schooling in the hill city of Ooty in southern India, when they decided to take a break from the journey towards the jungle camp, and elected to spend the night in Manoharpur, sleeping in the vehicle due to the severe cold at the time. His wife and daughter did not accompany them on the journey, having decided to remain behind in the town and municipality of Baripada.

According to reports at the time, a mob of about fifty people, armed with axes and other implements, attacked the vehicle while Staines and his sons were fast asleep, and set the station wagon alight, trapping them inside and burning them to death.

It is reported that Staines and his sons had awakened and apparently tried to escape, but were prevented from doing so by the angry mob of vigilantes.

The murders were widely condemned by religious and civic leaders of the time, along with politicians and journalists. The US-based Human Rights Watch group accused the Indian government of failing to prevent violence against Christians, and for exploiting the sectarian tensions that existed at the time for their own political gain. The then-Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee, a leader of the BJP, condemned the "ghastly attack," and called for swift action in catching the killers. Published reports stated that the church leaders alleged the attacks were carried out at the behest of hard-line Hindu organizations seeking revenge for what they perceived to be forced conversions of the tribal poor into Christianity. Dara Singh, who was convicted of the murders, was treated as a hero by the hard-line Hindus and reportedly protected by some villagers. In an interview with the Hindustan Times, one of the accused killers, Mahendra Hembram, stated that the killers "were provoked by the 'corruption of tribal culture' by the missionaries, who they claimed fed villagers beef, and gave the women brassieres and sanitary towels."

In her affidavit before the Commission on the death of her husband and two sons, Gladys Staines stated:

"The Lord God is always with me to guide me and to help me try to accomplish the work of Graham, but I sometimes wonder why Graham was killed, and what also made his assassins behave in such a brutal manner on the night of the 22nd/23rd of January 1999."

"It is far from my mind to punish the persons who were responsible for the death of my husband Graham and my two children. But it is my desire and hope that they would repent and be reformed."

The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story, a film that is based on his killing, was released in 2019.

Supreme Court of India judgement

A trial (sessions) court in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha (then named Orissa), sentenced the convicted ringleader of the mob, Dara Singh, to death by hanging for killing Staines and his two sons. In 2005, the Orissa High Court commuted the sentence to life imprisonment. The Supreme Court upheld the High Court decision on 21 January 2011.

"In the case on hand, though Graham Staines and his two minor sons were burnt to death while they were sleeping inside a station wagon at Manoharpur, the intention was to teach a lesson to Graham Staines about his religious activities, namely, converting poor tribals to Christianity," the court said. The Court stated, "Our concept of secularism is that the State will have no religion. The State shall treat all religions and religious groups equally and with equal respect without in any manner interfering with their individual right of religion, faith and worship." Yet, while condemning (even voluntary) religious conversions, the Court also said, "It is undisputed that there is no justification for interfering in someone's belief by way of 'use of force', provocation, conversion, incitement or upon a flawed premise that one religion is better than the other". Dismissing the Central Bureau of Investigation's plea for death penalty to Singh, a Bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B. S. Chauhan endorsed the Orissa High Court's finding that his crime did not fall under the rarest of rare category. In its 76-page judgment, the court came out strongly against the practice of conversion.

However, four days later, on 25 January 2011, the Supreme Court of India, in a rare move, expunged its own comments with regards to conversions from its verdict. This was perhaps done due to severe criticism from the media. Leading editors, media groups and civil society members from across the country signed a statement taking strong exception to the Supreme Court's observation that the killing of Graham Staines and his two minor children was intended to teach the Australian missionary a lesson for preaching and practising conversion.

Article Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Staines#Early_life_and_early_career


Monday, December 9, 2019

The Great Late Lion Heart Of Africa

The Divine Leading Of His Spirit To Young Reinhard Bonnke Which Made Him Receive The Mighty Mantle Of Healing And Take It All Over Africa!

In January 1962, a young exchange student studying at the Bible College of Wales in Swansea, was on his way home, when he decided to take an unguided sightseeing tour of London. As he walked, he came across a house with a nameplate on the front that said “George Jeffreys”. He wondered if it could be the “great George Jeffreys who had founded the Elim Pentecostal churches in Ireland and England” and whom he had read so much about.

This is how he told the rest of the story:

“There I rang the bell. A lady opened the door. ‘Pardon my intrusion, ma’am. Does George Jeffreys live here who was the famous firebrand evangelist I have heard so much about?’ ‘Yes, he does’.

‘May I see him?’

‘No. Under no circumstances.’

She had hardly said no when I heard a deep voice from within the house say, ‘Let the young man come in.’

...I stepped forward, took his hand and introduced myself. I told him I had a call of God on my life to be an evangelist and to preach the gospel in Africa. That I had been to college in Swansea (Bible College in Wales) and was now returning to Germany.

What happened next was extraordinary. All of a sudden, he took me by my shoulders and fell to his knees, pulling me to the floor with him. He placed his hands on my head and began to bless me as a father blesses a son, as Abraham blessed Isaac, who blessed Jacob, and on and on.

The room seemed to light up with the glory of God as he poured out his prayer over me.

I do not remember the words with which he blessed me, but I do remember their effect. My body felt electrified, tingling with divine energy. After about half an hour he finished.

I stood up and helped him to his feet. He seemed very frail. We said goodbye.

The lady came and escorted me away. He could hardly stand. Nor could I, for different reasons.” That young man went on to become one of the greatest healing evangelists of his generation. His name was Reinhard Bonnke.

When Bonnke’s train arrived at the station of his parents town, his dad , who came to pick him up, told him that Jeffreys had just died. This morning I learned that Reinhard Bonnke has left this earth and is now with Jeffreys in heaven. I bet that is a joyful reunion.

Reinhard Bonnke was known as the "Billy Graham of Africa."

For six decades, this renowned German-born evangelist crisscrossed the African continent telling people about the love of Jesus Christ.

'Glory to God': Reinhard Bonnke Reports 845,875 People Accept Christ in Nigeria
Affectionately known as 'God's General' Bonnke spent a remarkable 60 of his 79 years preaching the gospel.

He would often say that his life's mission was to plunder hell to populate heaven.

He said, "Jesus did not call us to deliver sermons, he called us to deliver people and I believe this is what happens in our crusades." In a television interview on a Christian Television in 1986 he said, "I am not decorating prisons cells, I'm setting the captives free."

Bonnke gave his life to Christ at the age of nine. During a interview with him in 2010, Bonnke said he heard the call from the Lord to the African mission field early on in life. When asked why he felt the urge to preach in Africa.

He said, "Because it is my calling, it is very specific and personal," Bonnke said. "God spoke to me as a kid that I would preach the gospel in Africa."

Bonnke was 24 years old when he moved his wife Anni, and their baby son, to the tiny African nation of Lesotho.

The couple spent seven years working there as missionaries. He said it wasn't easy, but it was during those difficult years that he started praying to see more souls saved across the African continent.

Dr. Corne Bekker, dean of the School of Divinity at Regent University and a native of South Africa, attended several of Bonnke's crusade meetings.

Bekker told, "He said very early on he heard this voice that said, 'Africa shall be saved' and to the end of his life, he never stopped believing that this was indeed the voice of the God."

God gave Bonnke a vision of a continent washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.

He started holding gospel meetings in a yellow tent that could hold just 800 people, but soon outgrew it and needed a bigger one.

"There would be a wonderful time of worship, he would preach the gospel, very simple gospel of Jesus Christ, and then he would give an invitation for people to come forward, and people in their thousands, sometimes, hundreds of thousands of people, would come forward and dedicate their lives unto the Lord," Bekker recalled.

In 1974, Bonnke founded Christ for All Nations with the goal of reaching Africa with the gospel. He ditched the tent and started crisscrossing the continent holding open-air crusades.

At one such rally in Lagos, Nigeria held in 2000, more than 6 million people came out to hear him preach.

During his last appearance on CBN's The 700 Club in 2018, Bonnke told host Pat Robertson how the Lord had touched so many people's lives over the 5-day event.

"But the last day, in one service, over one million people got saved and completed their decision card so, you know, that gave me faith for the rest of the world. If Jesus can save a million in a meeting, it will take less than one year to get America saved," Bonnke declared enthusiastically.

Bonnke has always insisted that such remarkable numbers were only possible through the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Bonnke further told , "We need the Great Commission and we have the Holy Spirit. If we have only the Great Commission and only the Holy Spirit, we have power without purpose or purpose without power. It is a package deal."

Dr. Bekker says his crusades were often accompanied by miraculous healings.

"Many of these miracles would be spontaneous. People that were not able to walk, could walk; People that were blind could see and the deaf could hear."

Bekker believes Bonnke's 60 years of evangelistic efforts have transformed the continent, and said, "I had the opportunity to go to a number of these crusades and would meet people over and over again that 10, 15, 20 years after the crusade was still following Christ."

All told, Christ for All Nations says from the start of Bonnke's ministry in 1967 to this day, more than 79 million people have made the decision to follow Christ in Africa and other parts of the world. Around Nov 8-12, 2017, in Lagos, Nigeria he held a 'Farewell Gospel Crusade' and highlighted it as a landmark 'Passing The Torch' meeting to highlight the passing of the baton to the next generation through the rising successor of him in Daniel Kolenda.

Tributes have been pouring in since his passing, including from Nigeria's Muslim President Muhammadu Buhari who called Bonnke's death a "great loss to Nigeria, Africa and the entire world."

Bonnke leaves behind his wife Anni, three children and eight grandchildren.

Bonnke's bet of a joyful reunion with the great late God's General George Jeffreys has happened already I believe, as this young man Reinhard Bonnke who went on to become of the greatest renowned German Pentecostal evangelist as we have seen above, has died at the age of 79. Principally known for his gospel missions throughout Africa, Bonnke passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

The announcement of his demise was published on his Facebook page. “It is with sorrow that the Bonnke Family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke.

“He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019. “For the past 60 years he has preached the glorious Gospel of Jesus throughout the entire world. We want to thank you on behalf of him and our family, for your kind love and unwavering support, which enabled him to preach the matchless message of salvation to countless people,” part of the statement read.

MAY GOD COMFORT THE CHURCH, HIS FAMILY MEMBERS AND ALL THOSE WHO WERE INSPIRED BY THIS MAN OF GOD! It is indeed a irreparable loss to the whole body of Christ without doubt and to me personally.