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Revival in Hawaii

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Titus Coan was one of the greatest missionaries who ever lived. Here is an excerpt from a longer document found at

Revival in Hawaii

Titus Coan, nearly sixty years ago, in 1835, began his memorable mission on the shore belt of Hawaii. He soon began to use the native tongue, and within the year made his first tour of the island. He was a relative of Nettleton and had been a co-labourer with Finney, and had learned what arrows are best for a preacher’s quiver, and how to use his bow. His whole being was full of spiritual energy and unction, and, on his first tour, multitudes flocked to hear, and many seemed pricked in their hearts. The multitudes thronged him and followed him, and like his Master, he had no leisure, so much as to eat; and once he preached three times before he had a chance to breakfast. He was wont to make four or five tours a year, and saw tokens of interest, that impressed him with so strange a sense of the presence of God, that he said little about them and scarcely understood, himself. He could only say, “It was wonderful!” He went about, like Jeremiah, with the fire of the Lord in his bones; weary with forbearing, he could not stay.

In 1837, the slumbering fires broke out. Nearly the whole population became an audience, and those who could not come to the services were brought on their beds or on the backs of others. Mr. Coan found himself ministering to fifteen thousand people, scattered along the hundred miles of coast. He longed to be able to fly, that he might get over the ground, or to be able to multiply himself twentyfold, to reach the multitudes who fainted for spiritual food.

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An entire page is dedicated to Titus Coan.

On Confession

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

“Confess your faults, one to another.” James 5:15

“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17

In studying revival I have found confession was often a continuing ingredient of ALL genuine revival movements.

One of the great revivalists of Christian history, Jonathan Goforth, made confession a central part of his efforts. And God blessed his efforts and marvelous revivals swept China and Korea. Later, wanting to bring revival to his own country Canada, and seeking to use the same methods that had been so blessed in Asia, he met resistance and was eventually thwarted, something which gave him much sadness in later life.

What does it mean to confess? Does it mean to share everything ever done with anyone present? Are there some things that should only be confessed to another individual, some to a larger group, and some ONLY to God?

From what I’ve studied, confession is absolutely necessary to a vibrant Christian life, but confession should be made in a particular way, in the appropriate setting, and to the appropriate people. Failure to do so brings reproach upon God, opens the way for greater temptation, tempts others to do the same thing, give Satan opportunity to cause mischief, and generally works against the desired outcome.

Below are links to articles that I have placed on from a variety of authors who speak clearly on the subject of confession. I begin with Jonathan Goforth for he actively used confession in all of his meetings.

I hope you will read and be blessed as I have been blessed.

Jonathan Goforth: By My Spirit “Appropriate True Confession”
Charles Finney: “On Confession and Being Cleansed From Sin”
Andrew Murray: The New Life “Confession of Sin”
J. C. Ryle “Do You Confess”
Ellen White: “The Duty of Confession”
Ellen White: Steps to Christ “True Confession”
Ellen White: “Erroneous Ideas of Confession”

If you want to read more on this subject, I strongly recommend Goforth’s By My Spirit, his recounting of revival work in Korea.

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The World Is Ripe For Revival

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Every once in awhile I stumble across wonderful resources in the most unexpected places. Probably one of the most helpful books I ever found, was purchased for 25 cents from a church sale in Chicago. The book that most impacted by minstry was found for $1 in a Canadian used bookstore. I am grateful that God somehow brings these precious treasures to my attention.

The same was true of the sermon by H. M. S. Richards Sr. entitled: The World Is Ripe For Revival. I was staying with Joe and Celia, dear Maori friends who live near Auckland, NZ. Since I have an interest in things of the past, I looked through Joe’s books and came upon one with old sermons. Wow, what a treasure trove. It gave me a new appreciation for the church back in the 1950s, and Pastor Richards in particular.

By the way, I once gave Pastor Richards a ride home from a Holiday Inn in South Bend, IN, to the school I was attending. We only spent 30 minutes together, but I can still remember some portions of that conversation as if it happened yesterday, and I can still see him coming out of the motel and what he was wearing. He made quite an impression on me!

Richards gave this sermon in the 1950s at a conference in San Francisco, but instead of it coming across as dated, I immediately sensed the Spirit saying, “This is what is needed now!”

Because the conference was intended for pastors, you will find his remarks are especially directed to pastors. However, the message is true for all of us.

Here are few paragraphs to encourage you to take the time to read the sermon for yourself:

I do not believe that the greatest need of the Advent Movement today is a cultured ministry. I believe in culture. But, my friends, culture brought Greece, Rome, and Germany to ruin. Culture has never saved a single soul in this world. Our greatest need today is not an educated ministry. I believe in education, but our greatest need today is a born-again spirit.

Later in the sermon…

There are too many of us today, I am sure, piling up the wood and kindling. We pile it all up, just right, exactly correct. But, oh, that God might set us on fire! We need the fire. Someone says, Well, you have to be careful about emotionalism. Not in our church! Not now! You know, and I know, that some churches are so cold that you could skate down the center aisle. You know that. But why is it? It is our fault-it is my fault; it is your fault. I believe that when we are on fire little churches that are getting smaller every year-fifteen members this year, fourteen next, nine next-dying off-are going to begin to grow. They are going to catch fire. And those people who have been watching are going to come with us when they see the Lord is with us, putting away the idols, kindling the fire on the altar, and great congregations meeting to seek God.

I hope you will not only read his sermon, but that you will then join me in praying for revival as well. And, if you are seeking more resources on revival, look for them at

For now, however, by all means READ the sermon and tell others to go and find it too. Here is where you will find the sermon: The World Is Ripe For Revival!

Prayer and Revival

Monday, October 1st, 2007

J. Edwin Orr begins an article on Revival and Prayer by reminding, using the words of A. T. Pierson:

There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.

He goes on to share what God has done through, using his words, concerted, united, sustained prayer.

What he shares is wonderfully exciting and inspiring. Note the following regarding one revival:

In September 1857, a man of prayer, Jeremiah Lanphier, started a businessmen’s prayer meeting in the upper room of the Dutch Reformed Church Consistory Building in Manhattan. In response to his advertisement, only six people out of a population of a million showed up. But the following week there were fourteen, and then twentythree when it was decided to meet everyday for prayer. By late winter they were filling the Dutch Reformed Church, then the Methodist Church on John Street, then Trinity Episcopal Church on Broadway at Wall Street. In February and March of 1858, every church and public hall in down town New York was filled.

Horace Greeley, the famous editor, sent a reporter with horse and buggy racing round the prayer meetings to see how many men were praying. In one hour he could get to only twelve meetings, but he counted 6,100 men attending.

Then a landslide of prayer began, which overflowed to the churches in the evenings. People began to be converted, ten thousand a week in New York City alone. The movement spread throughout New England, the church bells bringing people to prayer at eight in the morning, twelve noon, and six in the evening. The revival raced up the Hudson and down the Mohawk, where the Baptists, for example, had so many people to baptise that they went down to the river, cut a big hole in the ice, and baptised them in the cold water. When Baptists do that they are really on fire!

This all came through what Orr calls extraordinary prayer:

What do we mean by extraordinary prayer? We share ordinary prayer in regular worship services, before meals, and the like. But when people are found getting up at six in the morning to pray, or having a half night of prayer until midnight, or giving up their lunch time to pray at noonday prayer meetings, that is extraordinary prayer. It must be united and concerted.

Sometime back we all prayed for Global Rain. I know we were blessed and I was leading such meetings in Christchurch, NZ at the time, but I don’t think we obtained the results we hoped for–not fully at least, nor could such results been obtained only praying during that time–it takes more than just a week of praying.

Be inspired in reading all of Orr’s article by reading prayer and revival.

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Isa. 41:17, 18 “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”

Many are convicted that revival is sorely needed. Many of us participated in the ten day seeking for Global Rain. While in Christchurch NZ a group from a local Pentecostal church came to my meetings partially because they were also seeking revival over a ten day period. Just today I came across this gathering in Canton, OH in October ( This event is being put on by Greg Gordon who also runs the mega semonindex site where many sermons are available. It is interesting that Greg specifically mentions the conference being non-denominational, not about money, that no “big bands” are coming etc., and that each speaker is coming on his own basis.

In the years prior to 1844 when God was afoot in the land in a particular way and many had been independently led to believe that Jesus was returning soon, and were simultaneously preparing their lives, and preaching the message of that hour, in many cases without having compared notes, God worked in a great way. I wonder if the same thing isn’t happening again in our day?

Many of us prayed, and have been praying since, for revival. Perhaps you know the acronym PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens)! I think we need to keep praying until something happens.

For Elijah in his day, it meant obeying as God slowly developed circumstances that could bring revival. It meant risking his life in going to Ahab, then returning to Ahab. It meant trusting God to do countless miracles along the way. It meant praying until the fire came down-a good spiritual event, but also praying until the desired rain came. Please don’t misunderstand me, but it seems like we’ve been having lots of Mt. Carmel experiences, and there has been much activity and sacrifice going on, but I don’t think we’ve seen the fire yet, and the rain has certainly NOT come!

Where are the men and women who are willing to sacrifice themselves for God at this time? Where are the people who realize that God’s battles are won on their knees? Where are the people who will live in a distinctive and bright and shining way regardless of what others are saying or doing?

I think God is afoot in the land. Please join me in PUSHing until the desired rain is poured down!

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Spreading PURE Christianity

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

The following of Tozer was sent to me and is worthy of reading on our knees!

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “Which,” He said, “you have heard from Me.” —Acts 1:4

The task of the church is twofold: to spread Christianity throughout the world and to make sure that the Christianity she spreads is the pure New Testament kind…. Christianity will always reproduce itself after its kind. A worldly- minded, unspiritual church, when she crosses the ocean to give her witness to peoples of other tongues and other cultures, is sure to bring forth on other shores a Christianity much like her own….

The popular notion that the first obligation of the church is to spread the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth is false. Her first obligation is to be spiritually worthy to spread it. Our Lord said “Go ye,” but He also said, “Tarry ye,” and the tarrying had to come before the going. Had the disciples gone forth as missionaries before the day of Pentecost it would have been an overwhelming spiritual disaster, for they could have done no more than make converts after their likeness, and this would have altered for the worse the whole history of the Western world and had consequences throughout the ages to come. Tozer, Of God and Men, 35-37.

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But by MY Spirit…

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord.” Zechariah 4:6

How often have you silently repeated the words of Zechariah 4:6 as you have busily worked to bring some blessing to your part of God’s vineyard? Ever wonder if maybe Zechariah heard the message wrong? Of course not on the latter, but there is an awful lot of work going on in human strength that seems awfully taxing if it really is supposed to be God’s power working!

Perhaps Austin Sparks was on to something when he said the following:

“The real spiritual growth of the Church, and the development and expansion of what is of God, will depend entirely upon the measure of Divine Life present. This is God’s method; for all purposes, that is His method. There is a very great deal produced in the work of God that is no life. It is nothing of the sort. It is enthusiasm; it is zest; it is interest; it is strong emotion and feeling and overflow of natural spirits worked up, drawn out, fed and ministered to. It goes by its own momentum, and it has to be kept going from the outside — you have to give it more and more and more. God’s method is inward — His own life — and when He gets a way for His own life, there is no need for any of these externals at all; the thing just goes on.” Austin Sparks (I’ve added the italics)

Perhaps it might do us good to ask from time to time, is what I’m doing being blessed through the direct presence of Christ—is this allowing the manifestation of His life—or is it just something that I’m doing in my own strength?

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Speaking of Revival…

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Another name worth knowing when it comes to revival is Duncan Campbell. A Scottish preacher who became converted through the Faith Mission in 1913, he later participated in the revivals that swept through the Scottish Hebrides. He speaks without ambiguity about what it takes to experience revival. I think you will agree that his words are as needed in our day as they were in his. I have just added two of his sermons as MP3s to my site.

Here are the links to the MP3 sermons by Campbell:

Duncan Campbell: Repairing the Wall MP3 Revival Sermon

Duncan Campbell: God’s Answer to the Cry of Unbelief MP3 Revival Sermon

Be sure to read the book and sermon on revival as well, at

The Perils of the More Abundant Life

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

The perils of the more abundant life is an often considered subject by Christian authors. Charles Finney refers to perils when speaking on revival, and Charles Trumbull and the “Unknown Christian” speak of perils in their books. They are wise, for there are surely many perils which emerge in the course of one’s journey to the celestial city. I have just posted a sermon by Charles Trumbull on the perils, from a six part series on victory which he gave in Princeton, NJ. I think you will find his thoughts helpful. Note the following paragraph:

“In the truly Victorious Life, the Christian believer, having put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6: 11), moves forward under the protection of the shield of faith, wherewith he is able to quench all the fiery darts of the Evil One (v. 16). God’s Word is absolute on the completeness of the victory that is the experience of every child of God who trusts that victory wholly to Christ. It is not a once-for-all victory; it is a moment-by-moment victory, enjoyed each moment only in the present, but enjoyed completely in that present moment as the believer “looks away” from all else “unto Jesus,” the author and perfecter of our faith (Heb. 12: 2). But what a perilous life it is! Satan hates it; for it is an incarnate advertisement of the sufficiency of his Conqueror, Jesus Christ. Therefore to trust Christ for complete victory is to be moved up into the front line trench of the Christian warfare; and front line trenches are perilous places when the attack is on. There is no life in the world so perilous as the Victorious Life. Neither is there a life so safe. Where the onslaughts of the Adversary are the most terrific, the grace of the Captain of our salvation is the most effectively demonstrated.”

You can find the rest of the sermon at

Revival & Experiencing the Fullness of the Spirit

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I am speaking on revival and the reception of the Holy Spirit these days in Christchurch New Zealand. Of course revival is all about the Holy Spirit and a return to God that changes everything-and people pray and do many things to receive the Holy Spirit. In the Moravian’s case, in a moment, “all self-love, all self-will, and all disobedience disappeared” when the Holy Spirit came on August 13, 1727! Wow. I want that new experience for myself. I hope you do too. But how do we obtain it? We find the following very insightful thoughts in James McConkey’s 3-Fold Secret of the Holy Spirit (available on What do you think?

““The question is have you YIELDED? Bought with a price, and not your own, have you taken your hands off your own life and consecrated it wholly, unflinchingly, eternally to the Lord Jesus Christyour, to be His loving bond-slave forever? It is not now a question of His fullness; that is limitless. It is a question of YOUR receptiveness, your surrender. Is He worthy of trust, of absolute trust? Then how child-like will you trust Him? How absolutely will you yield to Him? With what self-abandonment will you throw yourself upon Him? How far up toward the height of His perfect surrender will you climb? He will meet you where you meet Him. The only limit to His fullness is that which you impose in the limitation of your surrender. The more absolutely, sweepingly, irrevocably you yield yourself, time, talents, possessions, plans, hopes, aspirations, purposes, yea all to Jesus Christ, vouching yourself His loving bond-slave to do and suffer His will, the more you shall know the blessed fullness of His Spirit. You may have all the fullness you will make room for. James McConkey

I hope you will join me in seeking the fullness of the Spirit!