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Remembering Manley Beasley

by Ron Owens

Manley Beasley Man of Faith, Instrument of Revival Looking back across church history you observe that God sometimes delights to use folk whom most people would consider “least likely to succeed” in order to showcase His wisdom and greatness. Such was the conclusion of many who knew the boy, Manley Beasley. For one thing, he […]

LIVING FAITH

by Ron Owens

LIVING FAITH “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is the substance of what you are looking for before it has even arrived. God says it, that settles it, so go act upon it and you’ll have a faith that’s alive. To get in […]

Music Matters

by Ron Owens

Have you ever thought what the world would be like without music? I’ve been looking back over the decades to those days when we were constantly on the road and have been reading notes from one particular trip on which I was particularly aware of the importance of music at every stage of the journey. […]

The Throne Is Occupied

by Ron

THE THRONE IS OCCUPIED “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the One who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian…” (Revelation 4:2) You sit enthroned above the earth, you reign in majesty. You’ll judge with justice and in might throughout […]

Patience

by Ron

PATIENCE: Not my strongest virtue. And you? The following word I recently read by Henri J. M. Nouwen was a reminder to me that, after all, as we read in Galatians 5:22, one of the fruits of the Spirit is patience. “Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over […]

Give Me Summer Weather in My Heart

by Ron

Puritan Prayer: ‘Give me Summer Weather in my Heart” Heavenly Father, My faith is in Thee, -my expectation is from Thee, -my love goes out toward Thee. -I believe Thee, -I rely on Thy promises, I trust Thy providence. I do not need signs and wonders to believe, for Thy Word is sure truth. I […]

LORD, DO IT AGAIN

by Ron

BEHIND THE SONG LORD, DO IT AGAIN “Revival is God’s work in the lives of His people that transforms them into what He has called them to be. It is the returning to spiritual vitality of someone who has become stale, dormant and dry.” The year was 1988 and the event was the National Conference […]

GOD, ALL SUFFICIENT

by Ron

GOD, ALL SUFFICIENT (A paraphrase of a Puritan’s prayer for 2017) O Lord of Grace 2017 is before me and in my weakness, I look to you for strength. If I venture forth alone I will stumble and fall, but on my Beloved’s arms I am as firm as the eternal hills. If left to […]

Full Surrender

by Ron

Far above the mountain peaks of history, Reaching from what’s been to what shall be Stands the cross, the symbol of Redemption Where Christ Jesus died for you and me. On that cross He purchased my salvation; From that cross the blood of God’s own Son Flowed in mighty power for my cleansing, For a […]

In the Fullness of Time

by Ron

IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME In the fullness of time God poured Himself into flesh and blood, visiting the earth as a man, walking among us— a King in disguise, the Creator among His creatures. While the Jews were waiting for a Messiah triumphantly riding on a white horse, who would deliver them from the […]