Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
Most people who are spiritually sensitive at all, agree that American needs another Great Awakening like ones we have experienced on several occasions in the past. America was born in the wake of the first Great Awakening, which keep us from falling into the same malaise of debauchery and destruction that France experienced during their revolution.
America weathered the war between the states in the wake of the second Great Awakening, which was reflected in the many stories of unexpected kindness that occurred between even bitter enemies in those days.
I believe America was poised for another Great Awakening in the early 70s and 80s. We had just come out of the debacle of the 60s, the Jesus Movement was underway, and the strongest evangelical voices the country had ever known were sounding from radio and television as well as prominent pulpits though out the county.
But just before real repentance and revival could come, we derailed it with an endless stream of very public scandals within the church and when the Salt looses its savor, it becomes good for nothing but to be trampled under foot – which is pretty much where we find ourselves today.
The one common denominator in every Great Awakening has been that it begins with a return to the authority of Scripture and a passion for prayer and the souls of men. If this generation continues to assign the Scriptures to the ash-heap of irrelevance, the nation has little hope no matter who is leading it. But if we will return to Book and believe and obey it, another Great Awakening could be just around the corner.
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