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    "Revival and change are almost synonymous terms and both

    clearly cut across traditionalism. There is no way true revival can

    occur without major changes disrupting and reordering the life of

    the Church... God is no traditionalist. While God is orderly, He is

    always fresh and vital. If a church can run according to forms and

    traditions of men, it will run without the presence and power of God...

    Is it any wonder the love of tradition is an enemy to revival? Revival

    and new life go hand in hand "

    - Richard Owen Roberts


    "I believe there is one thing for which God is very angry with our

    land, and for which His Holy Spirit is so little among us, and that

    is the neglect of united prayer; the appointed means of bringing

    down the Holy Spirit." - Brownlow North


    "From the day of Pentecost, there has been not one great spiritual

    awakening in any land which has not begun in a union of prayer,

    though only among two or three. And no such outward, upward

    movement has continued after such prayer meetings have

    declined."

    - A. T. Pierson


    "There is no question that God works, often powerfully, in the old

    structures. But it is inevitable that those very structures put

    serious limitations on His working. It is all too easy for the ground

    gained to be lost, for the situation to revert, and for the whole

    process to need repeating within a short space of time. Take the

    1950, Lewis Awakening. Though confined to certain Presbyterian

    churches in the Outer Hebrides, this was a powerful movement of

    the Spirit that deeply affected those communities at the time.

    Many found faith in Christ, and some of these are now in full-time

    service. But the fact remains that in less than a decade you could

    visit those very churches where God had worked so powerfully and

    never suspect that they had ever tasted revival. Without a change

    of structure it is virtually Impossible to conserve the fruits of revival."

    - Arthur Wallis


    "If our GOAL is Revival, we will be quite unbalanced when it comes.

    If our goal is God, we will be able to walk with Him calmly and

    steadfastly through years of waiting and through the joys and

    victories of a season of refreshing. Christ crucified and risen is not

    only the Door, and the Way, but the End also. It is our personal

    relationship to Him which counts more than anything else. Oh, the

    need for men and women who know their God! The Church of

    Christ will only arise militant, triumphant, an 'exceeding great

    army', when individuals get rightly related to God."

    - Nancy B. Morris


    "Perhaps the greatest barrier to revival on a large scale is the fact

    that we are too interested in a great display. We want an

    exhibition; God is looking for a man who will throw himself entirely

    on God. Whenever self-effort, self-glory, self-seeking or self-

    promotion enters into the work of revival, then God leaves us to

    ourselves."

    - Ted S. Rendall


    "The disappearance of the 'prayer meeting' from the life of many

    churches is something which occasions widespread regret, even

    among many who would not normally attend. Indeed, the prayer

    meeting in which the laity participated freely is a legacy from the

    1859 (Ulster) Revival...These prayer meetings were not in many

    cases in existence before the revival set in. The very establishment

    of them in the first instance, was an evidence that it was spring-

    time again in the Church of Christ, and the restoration of them

    today would be for her reviving once more." - John T. Carson


    "I am tired of hearing the words 'I can't'. Jeremiah said, 'I am a

    child'; but the Lord didn't pat him on the back and say, Jeremiah,

    that is very good, I like that in you; your humility is beautiful.' Oh

    no! God didn't want any such mock humility. He reproved and

    rebuked it. I do not like the humility that is too humble to do as it

    is bid. When my children are too humble to do as they are bid, I

    pretty soon find a way to make them. I say, 'Go and do it!' The

    Lord wants us to 'go and do it'." - Catherine Booth


    "All practical power over sin and over men depends on maintaining

    closet communion. Those who abide in the secret place with God

    show themselves mighty to conquer evil, and strong to work and

    to war for God. They are seers who read His secrets; they know

    His will; they are the meek whom He guides in judgment and

    teaches His way. They are His prophets who speak for Him to

    others, and even forecast things to come. They watch the signs

    of the times and discern His tokens and read His signals."

    - A. T. Pierson
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