Francis Chan in Great Form

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Don’t know if some people in the UK will know Francis Chan – if you don’t I would highly recommend him to you.
I saw this link to a short video of him on a blog and thought you might find it interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA_uwWPE6lQ&feature=player_embedded

If I could manage the technology side of this I would have posted the whole video from YouTube directly here – but I am still reading and trying to wok out just how to do that – sorry.

Uyghur Christian Prisoner Sees Wife and Children for the First Time in Years

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I love my brothers and sisters in the persecuted church. Read this story here and cried and prayed. Please at least do the latter.

Persecution Blog 30/04/2010 00:26 Stacy L. Harp China Aid Christian Action

This is bittersweet news from our friends at China Aid. We rejoice with our brother for being able to see his family for 15 minutes, but we know he must be having a hard time, as his family are, after such an emotional visit. Please join me in praying for this precious family today, and if you’d like to write to Alim, click here and see the information at China Aid.

XINJIANG—Separated by the glass wall, Gulinuer and Alimujiang’s two sons stared at their father for the first time in over two years. On April 20, under international pressure thanks to years of legal advocacy and raising public awareness, the Xinjiang Kashgar Prison authorities allowed the Uyghur Christian prisoner to meet with his wife, children, mother, and sister for a brief 15 minute conversation—the first personal contact the family has had with Alim since he was first detained in January 2008.

Alim’s mother was extremely emotional. She encouraged her son to be strong, and Alimujiang in turn comforted her. His spirit seemed strong, and he encouraged his wife and children, “Be strong and take heart! I know that this is God’s training for me.”

Alim’s 10-year-old son expressed mixed emotions during the visit. He was thankful to see his father after two years and three months of separation, but was greatly discouraged that his father was still stuck “in that place,” unable to return home with them. Gulinuer has watched her son pray for Alimujiang every night, asking God to deliver him from prison and bring him home. Despite the pain, she remains thankful that her son’s faith is strong.

Alim’s lawyers, Dr. Li Baiguang and Liu Peifu, were barred from meeting with him only days before the family visit, even after gaining authorization from the Xinjiang Bureau of Prison Management. Gulinuer contacted the lawyers immediately after learning they would be granted a visit, but after nearly a week of work in Xinjiang, the lawyers were already at the airport en route to Beijing.

Dr. Li Baiguang views Alim’s case as one of the worst cases of religious persecution in the last 20 years. Disappointed by the Xinjiang Supreme Courts rejection of Alim’s appeal filed in January, the legal team now plans to appeal to the Beijing Supreme Court..

At last someone who knows about preaching

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Above, John Wesley, preacher extraordinary.

I saw this quote here. The first part is from James Henley Thornwell, of whom I have never heard. The second part from D. Martyn Lloyd Jones, who I most certainly have heard of. It reminded me of Bob Gordon, one of the best preachers I have had the pleasure of hearing, who would frequently move a congregation in the power of an anointed word and come away asking, “Was that ok?”.

…..from one of the greatest preachers of the nineteenth century, James Henley Thornwell:

“It is a great matter to understand what it is to be a preacher, and how preaching should be done. Effective sermons are the offspring of study, of discipline, of prayer, and especially of the unction of the Holy Ghost… My own performances in this way fill me with disgust. I have never made, much less preached, a sermon in my life, and I begin to despair of ever being able to do so.”

Distrust in oneself must mark the preacher. The most-used preachers in the church have always been those who say, ‘No-one knows how to preach.’ A self-confident preacher ought to be a contradiction in terms.

Brash Bonsall – Revival

Rev H Brash Bronsall, was the highly respected Principal of the Birmingham Bible Institute. In the Winter [not sure which year – Ed.] issue of the College Magazine Gateway, he wrote,

We as a College are poised in preparation for the Revival which God showed me fifty years ago He was going to send to this country. In this Revival, He has revealed, it is not so much religious people that will be converted but leaders in industry, professional life, political life, and experts. These will be people who have never darkened a church door and have not the scintilla of an idea of what Christ really is. To such He will be revealed. Revival means God coming to a community face-to-face when the hearts of hardest rock will flow down like lava, and men will be called to be God’s servants to the ends of the earth. They will come to this, and every available college, demanding instant training.

Len Moules – Revival

Len Moules – just before his death in 1978, this former secretary of the World Evangelisation Crusade (founded by C.T. Studd), and one of the most experienced and trusted missionary statesmen of our day, wrote,

“Of the 210 countries which constitute the world scene, the stirrings of revival have now touched well over 700 countries since 1960. Behind the Iron and Bamboo curtains the Spirit of God is moving significantly. This is but the beginning. God will pour His Spirit out on all flesh. We shall see the Spirit poured out upon the Muslims, and Issac will be more important than Ishmael, and Jesus as Saviour rather than their own prophet. The Buddhists under the Spirit’s touch will find Jesus to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. The four-fold way and eight-fold path will yield to the one above all others. Upon Confucian thought and the dark and light principles will come the revelation of Jesus who said, I am the light of the world. What exciting days! Be ready, be praying, be expectant and thankful for revival that is at our door. Hallelujah!”

Spirit and Word

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Anyone who heard Bob Gordon speak in the 4-5 years before his death would be familiar with his recounting of one particular prophetic word of Smith Wigglesworth regarding the conjoining of Spirit and Word. Bob felt a particular call to the word below, which was given just weeks before Smith Wigglesworth’s own death in 1947. In the coming weeks we will publish material prepared by Bob as he preached and taught on this movement.

(Smith Wigglesworth was an amazing and enigmatic man of God who was one of the Pentecostal pioneers of the 20th century – read more about him here).

“A week before his death, Wigglesworth prophesied again during a week long crusade. This time, he foretold a second move of the Spirit. The first move would bring the restoration of the gifts of the Spirit; the second would bring a revival of emphasis on the Word of God.

He said “When these two moves of the Spirit combine, we shall see the greatest move the Church of Jesus Christ has ever seen.”

Smith Wigglesworth
(A Man Who Walked With God; George Stormont)