A Nationwide Call for Spiritual Awakening

Radical Obedience

02
Apr

Will God Hear Your Prayers?

Your answer to that question determines everything about you. If you believe God answers prayer, you will pray often and experience all the benefits of that arrangement with Him. But if for some reason you think that prayer is meaningless—a mere shout into the wind—you will never […]

30
Oct

Living Honestly with God, Self, and Others

As a Christian seeking personal revival, you have an enemy in this ongoing struggle with deception. Jesus called him “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Pastor Bill Elliff observes: [The devil] has successfully taught us that lying will produce some benefit. . . . […]

19
Sep

Being Honest With God About Our Sin

Confession of our sin is a very important exercise. It should happen every day, because we sin every day. But there is great confusion about real confession.  Biblical confession is not doing good works to get God to approve of us. It is also not a light, […]

12
Sep

The Price of Intimacy with God

Pursuing God There are certain things God plans to do that are not conditioned upon any response from man—steps He plans to take regardless of our responses. But there are many things He promises to us that are completely conditional. One of these is seeing and experiencing […]

14
Aug

How Humility Set Me Free

I was a demanding husband and father. I was convinced that I was in good spiritual condition but felt that my family members had significant spiritual needs. I think the reason their “problems” bothered me was because they made me look bad. After all, I was well […]

18
Jul

Would Hosea’s Message Preach Today?

God sent Hosea to prophesy to the nation of Israel. Though they were God’s chosen people, the nation was in a sad state of spiritual and moral decline. For years they had enjoyed God’s blessings—material bounty, military strength, peaceful relations with neighboring nations—yet they still turned away […]

25
Jun

7 Steps to Building a “Seeking God” Culture

It takes consistent, diligent work to seek God wholeheartedly. The prophet exhorted King Asa, “Take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV). For King Asa, working hard to seek God meant ridding the land of idols, repairing […]

10
Jun

How Much Do You Pray?

Matt’s eyes remained fixed on me. I felt my face flush slightly, and a series of justifications raced through my mind. I had given years to catalyzing spiritual vitality in my ministry vocation. I counseled and pastored people every day. Why was he singling me out? But […]

05
Jun

Here’s what happened when we started praying two hours every day.

I work for Christian Union, a collegiate ministry that focuses on America’s Ivy League institutions, where many of the world’s top business and government influencers are trained. Our staff consists of godly men and women, most of whom have seminary degrees and have previously ministered as pastors […]

04
Apr

The Travail That Preceded Spiritual Awakening

In 1927 my grandad, A. P. Elliff, went to be the pastor of First Baptist Church in Lavaca, Arkansas. Lavaca was a small farming community outside Ft. Smith, with just a few hundred people in the entire town. Grandad and his wife, Sue, and two children (one […]

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