2023: A Year of Stories Like No Other
Extremes made 2023 a year of stories like no other. On the one hand: the depths of evil. On the other hand: revival.
The good news stories and devotionals under the Faith Content tab are the ones we share at Think Eternity. From the Asbury Revival during two weeks in February to the “Jesus Revolution” baptism of 4,500 people at Pirates Cove in Newport Beach, California, on July 8, God stories were (and still are) abundant.
As we remember 2023, let us pray that 2024 will be an unprecedented time for followers of Jesus Christ to reflect Him onto the world as our first love.
But this I have against you, that you have forsaken your first love. (Revelation 2:4)
Asbury Revival: Personal Reflections
By Robby Gallaty
A small group of us arrived at Asbury University on February 15, at 10:30 AM, exactly seven days from when the revival began. One-hundred sixty-eight hours to be exact. The school is no stranger to visitations from God. The first one recorded happened at the turn of the 20th century with the most recent on February 3, 1970.
Wilmore, Kentucky is like any small, rural college town. The backcountry roads from the interstate to the campus created an atmosphere for our time with God. One of the guys with me said, “The school is in the middle of nowhere surrounded by farmland and open fields as far as the eye can see.” It reminded me of how Jesus developed his disciples away from the hustle and bustle of big towns like Jericho and Jerusalem and opted for the countryside in anonymity and obscurity.
As I walked across the lawn toward the chapel, I noticed the crowds filing into two lines. At this point, hundreds and hundreds of people formed a circle that started at the steps and connected at the street. I wondered if we would be allowed in with the first wave. No one was able to enter the chapel until the students finished their weekly service at 11:30 AM. …
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