But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 18 September 2017 12:59

2017 National Symphony of Prayer for Revival

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A “symphony of prayer” involves God’s people coming together to “agree” (lit. symphonize) regarding that for which they “ask” (Matt. 18:18-20). This symphony of prayer is specifically to pray for revival and another great awakening. To prepare our...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:46

Q#27 Another Gospel: The Role of Repentance

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Q. Follow up to the question about how salvation is articulated and do we associate with those of differing views (see Q&A #24 Another Gospel). You did a very good job explaining the real issue: faith in Christ not ourselves. I really appreciated your explanation, however, could you deal with...

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:32

9/11: The Call for Divine Aid

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9/11 is both a date to reflect on a national crisis as well as an emergency number to remind us to call on God in times of crisis. Since September 11, 2001, intercession for our nation and especially for another great awakening has definitely increased. In fact, groups of intercessors and prayer...

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 23:01

Q#26 Soul and Spirit

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Q. What is the difference between soul and spirit?

Trandafir

A. Hello Trandafir,

Thank you for asking this pertinent question. Theologians have debated this question for years. In my first collage course I was taught there is no difference between soul and spirit, that man is material (body) and...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 09:32

North Korea: Revival Turf

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The early twentieth century saw seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord all around the world. From 1901 to 1913 at least 57 nations experienced the reviving and awakening presence of God. Perhaps most notable was the Welsh revival of 1904-1905. But many nations were blessed including...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:08

Q#25 Extending Grace to Others

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Q. In your article on grace (see Q#23 The Meaning of Grace) you said we can “extend grace to others.” Can you give some practical examples?

Thank you,Janet

A. Hello Janet,

Thank you for bringing this thought to the forefront. In the article on the meaning of grace, we concluded with this...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 09:54

Walking on the Storm

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The country is focused on the incredible damage being inflicted on southeastern Texas right now by Hurricane Harvey—and rightly so. A Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour, Harvey has brought unprecedented and catastrophic flooding. This is a powerful storm. We pray for...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 20:50

Q#24 Another Gospel

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Q. How do you determine when views about the gospel are a heretical view of the gospel in the sense of Galatians 1:6-9? By this, I have in view primarily the various views about the nature of faith and of repentance or the nature of assurance. This is such critical importance given the popularity of...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 10:00

2017 CLC Report

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imageWe thank the Lord for what He has done at the 2017 Christ Life Conference! Watch “2017 CLC Report” below. More details coming soon!

John Van Gelderen
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About This Blog

Hello, I’m John Van Gelderen.I am an evangelist and the president of Revival...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:31

Q #23 The Meaning of Grace

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Q. I have been meditating on the word grace.  I have heard it explained as undeserved kindness, or the power of God to do the will of God.  Could you explain grace, is gracious part of it?

Joyce

A. Hello Joyce,

Great question! Both thoughts you mentioned are involved in grace. Twenty-two years...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 10:14

The Rain of the Spirit

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One of the great imageries of the outpouring of the Spirit of God in revival is rain—a deluge of rain. The Psalmist says, “He shall come down like rain … as showers that water the earth” (Psalm 72:6). God Himself says dramatically, “Drop down, ye heavens, from...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:04

Q#22 Parental Authority and Adult Children

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Q. Hi,

I just read your Revival Focus blogpost on pastoral authority (see Leading versus Lording: An Examination of the Extent of “Pastoral Authority”) and had a question about it. Your post hit a topic that has been extremely frontal in my thinking lately. It seems anyone in an...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 01:09

Why the Christ Life Conference?

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Many valuable conferences offer a variety of help. When so many good conferences vie for attention, why the Christ Life Conference?

The primary answer is the focus is always on experiencing Jesus! While sub-themes provide specific application each year, the main theme provides the main...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 23:02

Q#21 Discernment in Times of Blessing

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Q. It seems like many “fundamental” churches lack the manifest presence of God in our services. I have been blessed to have experienced God’s felt presence in prayer meetings before, and it is truly the most fulfilling experience. But when I sought to learn more, I found...

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Often I hear people refer to “pastoral authority”? Is this a legitimate terminology? Is it a correct concept? Is it right to connect the word authority with the word pastoral?

It depends on how you define it—like the world, no; like the New Testament, yes. “Feed the flock of...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 23:58

Q#20 Prayer and Intercession

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Q. What is the difference between being a prayer warrior and being an intercessor, if there is one? 

C_____

A. Hello C_____,

Thanks for your very valid question. Often intercessors are called prayer warriors. But technically intercessory prayer is a subset of the broader category of prayer.

Prayer...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 11:20

Christ Life Conference Overview

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The 2017 Christ life Conference is a spiritual clinic where we allow the Word and the Spirit to diagnose our need and point us to the cure in Jesus. This year we are considering the vital connection between personal revival and the greater movements of the Spirit. To do so we have several series in...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 18:44

Q#19 Fruit in John 15

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Q. Brother John,

What do you believe are/is the “fruit” in John 15:2-5? Is it works? Is it the “fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5?

Shawn

A. Hello Shawn,

This is a question many ponder. I believe the safest answer may be found by focusing on the context right in John 15.

Explicitl...

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Several years ago my son wanted to earn some money when we came home for the holidays. A giant walnut tree dominates our backyard. So, being a city boy who doesn’t know country living, I offered my son 25 cents for every walnut he picked up—thinking there were no more than 50-100...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 10:49

Q#18 Secret Believers?

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What is involved in humbling oneself to receive salvation?  Would Christ save one who is not willing to publicly confess Christ and be baptized?

A______

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Hello A______ ,

Thank you for your question. It points up what is germane as to the condition for salvation.

Salvation is by grace through...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 23:37

Three Reasons Evangelists Still Exist

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Some challenge the existence of the evangelist, and therefore, the legitimacy of their ministry today. But this minimization seems to be more from prejudice or misinformation than anything substantive. Let’s consider three reasons the gift of the evangelist still exists today.

1. The Precision...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:41

Q#17 Faith and Repentance for Believers

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I appreciate your explanation of faith and repentance. I had never considered the idea that faith for salvation and repentance of sin are two sides of the same coin. That raised a question regarding a believer who sins. Is there a two-sided coin of belief and repentance for him? I ask because in...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 01:53

Why Churches Still Need Evangelists

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Why do churches still need evangelists? This question is akin to asking, “Why do people with physical issues still need specialists?” Of course, the answer is—they specialize! When you need eye care, you don’t go to a general practitioner; you go to an eye doctor. If you...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:30

Q#16 Holiness and Assurance

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In reference to assurance, Hebrews 12:14 speaks of actively pursuing holiness. Would you say that this pursuit of holiness is based on one’s position in Christ’s holiness and if so, one who is not in pursuit of holiness has never encountered the living Christ for salvation? ...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:11

Law and Grace

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In my own revival journey, I began to use the terminology of grace and the Spirit-filled life, but my focus was still on “It’s gotta look like this….” This is ultimately a law-focus. Further in my journey the Lord opened my eyes not only to Jesus as the source of life...

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