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9/11: The Call for Divine Aid

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,...

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North Korea: Revival Turf

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...

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Walking on the Storm

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...

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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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