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Halfway Covenant: Urgent Words for Apoca...

Edited by Robert V. Rakestraw (August 17, 2016) How far should we go to keep church attenders happy, and keep them coming and giving? [Editor’s note: The “Great Awakening” was a series of revivals in the American colonies from 1725 to 1760. The earliest was in the Raritan Valley of north-central New Jersey. The selection […]

On My Father’s Tombstone: Urgent Words f

Edited by Robert V. Rakestraw (August 1, 2016)   When does hope spring from your father’s grave? Would you speak to a group while standing on your father’s tombstone? [John Wesley’s Journal, June 5, 1742.] “I rode for Epworth, [England, my city of birth, where my father was the Church of England pastor for decades]. […]

James the Just: Urgent Words for Apocaly...

Edited by Robert V. Rakestraw (7-18-16) Why did Jesus allow his younger brother, with whom he grew up in Nazareth for almost 30 years, to be beaten to death? “But the Jews . . . turned themselves against James, the brother of the Lord, [the leader of the Jerusalem church, in A.D. 62] . . […]

A Story for Tears: Urgent Words for Apoc...

Edited by Robert V. Rakestraw There come to most of us weak or wicked moments, when we are apt to regard our more brilliant brethren as our enemies. We forget that we are members one of another, and that we need each other. What a story for tears is that which Dr. Alexander Whyte has […]

Rushing Mighty Wind: Urgent Words for Ap...

Edited by Robert V. Rakestraw (6-10-2016) “After much heart searching, a group of missionaries and a handful of spiritually-minded church leaders [in what was then the Belgian Congo] accepted responsibility to plead with God and believe for revival …. [For months they prayed, . . . conscious of the urgent need of the church for […]

Wesley’s Chair: Urgent Word for Apocalyp

Edited by Robert V. Rakestraw (5/ 24 /2016) “We came to Bolton about five in the evening. [It was Oct. 18, 1749, in England.] We had no sooner entered the main street than we perceived [that] the lions at Rochdale [where we had just preached] were lambs in comparison of those at Bolton. Such rage […]

Hearing God: Urgent Words for Apocalypti...

Edited by Robert V. Rakestraw “The angel [in 1 Kings 19] did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable; he told Elijah to do the most ordinary thing, viz., ‘Arise and eat.’ The ministrations of God come over and over again in the most commonplace manner possible. […]

Martyrdom: Urgent Words for Apocalyptic ...

Edited by Robert V. Rakestraw (3-14-2016) “So it was not unprepared that John and Betty [Stam] met the sudden, unexpected attack of the Red forces that captured the city of Tsingteh [China] on December 6, [1934]. … It was early morning. Betty was bathing little Helen—[not quite three months old]—when the first messenger came, telling […]

Sandwiches and Sermons: Urgent Words for...

Edited by Robert V. Rakestraw (3-28-2016) “It was the church anniversary …. I had taken part in the solemn services of the Sunday, and had been asked to speak at the tea-meeting on the Monday. I drew aside to collect my thoughts. But my thoughts politely, [yet] firmly, declined to be collected. …. What relation […]

Crucifixion: Urgent Words for Apocalypti...

Edited by Robert V. Rakestraw, PhD (3/7/16) “Those in the apocalyptic school of biblical interpretation, if you want to call it that, share a common commitment to a worldview, which Jesus apparently had, in which there are three active agencies—God, human beings, and the Enemy. . . . “Jesus comes knowing the entire world is […]