Raoul’s Two Cents: February 17, 2023
Miracle at Asbury
WARNING: For obvious reasons, today’s edition has spiritual content. Move on down if you are only here for the jokes.
IT’S HAPPENING NOW
In case you haven’t heard, there’s an ongoing miracle at the Asbury University in Kentucky right this very minute. Thousands are rededicating their lives to God. Just do a search for Asbury Revival 2023 and you’ll see a whole lot of articles not covered by the main stream media. You should go if you are near the area. If not, there are other revivals sprouting out in other churches. Even if you are a doubter, go and check it out for yourself. When the Holy Spirit moves, no power on earth can stop it.
I asked my ol’ missionary buddy Ed about revivals. And he shared what happened to him some 40 years ago. Ed witnessed a revival first-hand. Along with thousands of other believers, he wept in his seat shamed by his arrogance and he spoke and encouraged the crowd on the 2nd day. Here is what he remembered.
1979 REVIVAL IN CANADA
In the fall of 1979, there was a spiritual tsunami at the Prayer Bible Institute in Three Hills Alberta, Canada. He said it started at 10 am.The speaker was supposed to deliver a prepared message but instead was moved to come clean with his shortcomings. A friend of his joined him on stage and they broke down hugging each other realizing how prideful they were. Pretty soon, others came on stage and they too humbled themselves and repented for their failures. Even after the prayer time was over, they all knew there was a magnificent force moving the events of the day and classes were postponed to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work. This lasted for 5 days. There was no leader … no one orchestrating the movement — there was just prayers and heavenly worship coming from broken human vessels deep in remorse.
Ed said revivals are for believers — for believers to reignite the flickering light — and they tend to be geographical. During the1904 revival in the shipping region of Wales, England, boatloads of people would come from all over to experience the phenomenon. Some were experiencing the movement even on board their ship. People had no clue what was going on but they knew it was good and powerful. One thing too about revivals (according to Ed): they don’t last long. Like sea waves, it peters out … but the effects can last for the rest of peoples’ lives. The revival changed the course of Ed’s life.
In our crazy world full of illogical and unbelievable political and social events it is comforting to know that the “Spirit” is moving to remind us of what is real, what is important and who is really in charge. He moves without permission, without hesitation and without favoritism. Like the wind, we cannot see the Holy Spirit but we know He is there. We can feel His presence and are brought down on our knees at His awesome power. Praise God for whom all blessings flow.
Revival — what a beautiful thing! TGIF people!
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.’ — Acts 2: 1-4
Quotes of the Week
Joke of the Week
Thanks to Ed of Makati, Philippines
Videos of the Week
Thanks to Noel of Quezon City, Philippines who shared this TED video explaining why some people live longer than others.
The Mercy Me band singing: “I can only imagine.“
Have you ever wondered what it would be like when you’re face to face with Almighty God? Will you be able to stand? Able to even speak? Will you sing Hallelujiah? I can only imagine.
Thanks to Art of Sierra Madre, CA.
Thanks to Maling of New Manila, Philippines
Thanks to Tom of Pasadena, CA
I found these
My good friend (and jokester) Terry and I came up with these.