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Spirits versus Spirit

The authority of Scripture commands, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess [dissipation]; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). Many today in the Christian realm seem to be re-thinking the matter of drinking alcoholic beverages. Re-thinking is not...

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Let Go and Let God

“Let go and let God.” Is this language to be embraced or shunned? Saints of God from the past gladly used this phrase. Today, some disdain it. It seems there is great misunderstanding. That some may use this terminology carelessly or inaccurately is possible, although...

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Bless the Lord!

The psalmist said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1). “I will bless the Lord.” Usually we think in terms of the Lord blessing us—and God knows how much we need it. But the inference here speaks of us...

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Second Blessing or Second Rest

Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).  Most agree this is a beautiful invitation to salvation. This is the “first rest.” But then Jesus continues, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am...

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Lifting Up Holy Hands

In my journey with the Lord there have many times, whether individually or in a corporate gathering, where I have been stirred to raise my hands to God in either prayer or praise. In earlier years if I was in a corporate setting, I either did this during prayer—so no...

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The Necessity of Hunger

God satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness (Psalm 107:9). My father used to say that hunger is a major key to growing spiritually. When we think of the physical analogy, this really makes sense. Hungry people eat, and nourished people...

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Prayer First, Then Revival

In the 1920s God blessed the Lisu people of western China with an awakening movement bringing hundreds of families to Christ. Churches sprang up in the path of the awakening. The instrument God used was James O. Fraser, and the vital intercessors were Frazer's mother...

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Announcing Evangelist Will Geiseman

An evangelist is one whom God has called and gifted to specialize in the “evangel”—the Gospel! The Gospel includes justification by grace through faith in Christ alone and sanctification by grace through faith in the same Jesus. The former is the Gospel to sinners and...

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Sinless Perfection Versus Sinless Provision

Is sinless perfection possible this side of heaven? I wish it was! I wish I could believe it. If it is, sadly my experience does not match. However, the Scripture says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). But...

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2017 CLC Report

We thank the Lord for what He has done at the 2017 Christ Life Conference! Watch "2017 CLC Report" below. More details coming soon!   Hello, I’m John Van Gelderen. I am an evangelist and the president of Revival Focus Ministries, an...

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The Rain of the Spirit

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 above,...

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Why the Christ Life Conference?

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...

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Christ Life Conference Overview

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...

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Three Reasons Evangelists Still Exist

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...

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Why Churches Still Need Evangelists

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...

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Law and Grace

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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Honoring the Holy Spirit as God

Several years ago in a question and answer time on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, a leading deacon of a church said tongue-in-cheek, yet with a real degree of honesty, “I thought the Fundamentalists had the Father and the Son, but the Charismatics had the Holy...

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The Overcoming Positive of the Spirit

Sometimes we get things backwards in our minds. This can apply to scriptural emphasis. When this occurs it hinders our spiritual progress. For example the Scripture says, “The works of the flesh are manifest…But the fruit of the Spirit is…” (Gal. 5:19-23). The list of...

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Eight Marks of True Holiness

Holiness is accessing the person of holiness—Christ in you—to live His holy life through you. This occurs as you walk in the Spirit, taking the provision of Christ's life to obey His will. When you do, “the fruit of the Spirit is love” (Gal. 5:22). Amazing! The...

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Seven Marks of Counterfeit Holiness

In a recent post we addressed the error of counterfeit holiness (see The Error of Counterfeit Holiness). The major error is in focusing primarily on applications of holiness instead of the person of holiness—the Holy One. Although there are many, following are seven...

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National Day of Prayer: 8 Ways to Pray

The liberal agenda has been taking its toll on America for decades. Now in the wake of the recent election, the liberal left has been exposing the venom of hate and violence that is underneath the veneer of their so-called toleration. Through all this exposure, the...

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The Error of Counterfeit Holiness

The Scripture upholds true godliness and holiness with statements like “Godliness is profitable unto all things” (I Tim. 4:8), and warns against the counterfeit, with statements like “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2...

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Divine Life

Is your life animated by divine life, or is it merely human? Galatians 5:19 speaks of the “works of the flesh,” but in contrast verse 22 speaks of “the fruit of the Spirit.” The inspired text does not say the “works” of the Spirit, but rather the “fruit” of the...

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Christ Life Conference Invitation

Little fires ignite big fires. This is true in the physical realm and the spiritual realm. Large revival fires get printed in books, but every large revival fire was preceded by a smaller revival fire, or fires. Personal revival often spreads to others. Then,...

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The Fruit, Not Fruits, of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” Galatians 5:22-23 The fruit of the Spirit is a “singular plurality” or we might say a “collective singular.” These descriptions are apparent...

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The Value of Q&A Venues

Have you ever caught a glimpse of a truth that seemed to have potential bless you, but there was a question mark about a detail? And this nagging question seemed to hinder you from being impacted in a greater way? Getting the answer to that question is like a key that...

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New Revival Blog!

God's reviving presence is still the answer! This is true for the longing heart—the heart that knows there is more to the Christian life than what it is presently experiencing. This is also true for the longing church—the church that knows that without the manifest...

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