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The Moravian Mission Machine

Revival, by its very definition, implies something is brought to life that was once sleeping or dead. Throughout history, God has repeatedly sent revival to awaken His church from sleepy self-indulgence to an active, world-changing force. It is interesting how history repeats itself, and it becomes apparent that we will never “arrive” at any destination on this earth in which we will outgrow our need for this continual, life-changing phenomenon we call revival. The church lives or dies in direct proportion to the measure in which it operates under this Holy Spirit anointing. In Acts 2 and 4 when revival came at Pentecost, it didn’t just usher in great feelings; it was the birth of the church—a gathered, called-out people.

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Men Wanted!

Men of thought, men of action. Men who are not for sale. Men who are honest to the heart’s core. Men who will condemn wrong in friend or foe, in themselves as well as others. Men whose consciences are as steady as the needle of the pole. Men who will stand for right if the heavens totter and the earth reels. Men who can tell the truth, and look the world and the devil right in the eye. Men who neither stagger nor flinch. Men who are quick at figures. Men who can have courage without whistling for it, and joy without shouting to bring it. Men through whom the current of everlasting life runs deep and still and strong. Men too large for certain limits, and too strong for sectarian bands. Men who know their message and tell it. Men who know duty and do it. Men who know their place and fill it. Men who mind their own business. Men who will not lie. Men who are not too lazy to work, nor too proud to be poor. When in office, in the workshop, in the counting room, in the bank … in every place of trust and responsibility. When we can have such men as these, we shall have a Christian civilization—the highest and best the world ever saw. —Taken from McGuffey Reader

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The Preachers Confess!

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Re. 2:5.


In 1651 the Church of Scotland drew up what they called an “humble acknowledgment of the sins of the ministry.” While we at The Heartbeat of the Remnant have little confidence in a State Church that is in allegiance with the civil government, we also know that any person or church can experience revival if they will humble themselves and repent of sin in their life. It is impossible to know just how serious the ministers took this document, but the mere fact that they were willing to publish it is a sign that there was at least some desire for revival. Whether we are an ordained minister or not, this confession should stimulate us to look at our heart. The following points are extracts, not the entire document.

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How Shall We Preach?

There are two types of preaching coming from pulpits, stemming from differing views of what constitutes the Gospel message. The one is often referred to as being “spiritual” and the other as “legalistic.” Although they should complement each other, they are often seen as contradicting one another. To make it as clear and simple as the Holy Spirit enables me to make it, please consider the following description of the two.

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How Shall We Preach?

There are two types of preaching coming from pulpits, stemming from differing views of what constitutes the Gospel message. The one is often referred to as being “spiritual” and the other as “legalistic.” Although they should complement each other, they are often seen as contradicting one another. To make it as clear and simple as the Holy Spirit enables me to make it, please consider the following description of the two. The so-called spiritual view assumes that if our preaching is Spirit-empowered, and composed of prayer-saturated, Christ-centeredness, it will not be necessary to name things that pertain to righteous and holy living, and that we must trust the Holy Spirit to do that for us. If any specific applications are made of what is holy or sinful, it is labeled as legalistic. Even though the applications are based on New Testament principles, it is seen as departing from grace and reverting to law for righteousness. The other view likewise emphasizes total dependence upon God, the need for prayer, and the imperative of preaching Christ and Him crucified. In contrast, however, these also believe that Spirit-led preaching includes making clear what identifies with Bible principles of holiness and, on the other hand, what identifies with the world, the flesh, and the devil. The Spirit-led preacher is not fearful of being labeled legalistic, but he is fearful of depreciating the Word of God by not making proper applications to life. He trusts the Holy Spirit to bring effective conviction to both the principles and their applications. He is a proper requirement for true spiritual ministration of the Word. Paul spelled out many applications along with the principles. (See 1 Corinthians 6:1-8; and chapters 7 and 8, as well as numerous other places). Churches in Holmes and Wayne County, Ohio, witnessed a very effective demonstration of spelling out proper applications in 1951-56. George Brunk was used of God to bring sweeping revival at that time. We were given to see the positive side of what many call legalism today. Brother George preached the Word of God vigorously and profoundly. He made applications and named things in a way that all who heard could understand clearly what obedience to the principle required of them. People repented with visible evidences. Restitutions were made. Worldly and sinful items were burned. There were testimonies of deliverance from tobacco, liquor, immorality, foul language, bitterness, worldly dress, jewelry, and so on. Sinners were testified to and invited to come to Christ and the church. There was no room for abstract conversions without exterior evidence, as is too often the case. Store owners threw their tobacco out and quit selling it. Women wore their veilings during the week, not only when they went to church. The Word of God grew mightily and prevailed. An entire sermon was preached on the evils of television. There was no blushing about making applications of Bible principles against this tool so effectively used for evil mind control. Many ministers testified in the tent meetings about Sunday morning confession and testimony services in their churches taking up all the time, so that they didn’t get to preach. I mention this so that we may be bold to make applications and name things that need to be named. Let us not be intimidated by the fear of being labeled as legalists. Those who operate in the misty indefiniteness of superspirituality and its claims of pietistic excellence, have yet to prove the validity of their view. Of course, as in all our preaching, we must guard against extremes, with a godly, Spirit-led sense of moderation and balance. We need straightforward preaching of the Word in a commanding Christ-centered way, making appropriate, well-defined applications. Things that obviously pertain to the sinful, fleshly, worldly life of lust and pride need to be exposed. That which identifies with holiness, godliness, and righteousness needs to be promoted. Having done our duty we must still trust the Holy Spirit to bring conviction unto repentance with visible evidence, to the glory of God. Some visiting evangelists refrain from this type of preaching, reasoning that they should just preach the Gospel. This leaves the making of applications entirely for the home ministers. This unwittingly leaves the impression that the Gospel is distinct from its practical applications to life. That tends to undermine the efforts of the home ministerial team to keep biblical order in the church. But when evangelists and pastors all speak basically the same message (1 Co. 1:10), the church is edified and strengthened. In summary, then, the first manner of preaching is essentially pietistic in its content. Its message is confined to the inward aspect of the Christian faith which, of course, is essential. But that alone ends in a certain incompleteness, without addressing also the exterior responses of the faith. “Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.” Ja. 2:18 When the inward aspect of faith does not bring our outward responses into proper balance, our faith is in question and our testimony is empty. Unknown to far too many of our people, this was one of the basic distinctions between our Anabaptist heritage and mainline Protestants. Where Bible principles are taught without brotherly agreement on how they should be applied to life, there is always a predictable result, well-proven by history: there will be drifting toward the lifestyle of acculturated churches, and of the nonprofessing world as well. So we must preach the Word of God “as they that must give account” (Hebrews 13:17), with an urgency that commands unto “the obedience of faith.” Ro. 16:26 Even as Paul instructed Titus, “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” Ti. 2:15 ~ Originally published in “Calvary Messenger,” November 1993
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Christian Traditions

Traditions: Are they good or bad?

One doesn’t have to look far to find a dead tradition. They lie around churches like the old tombstones of a church burial ground: rotting, crumbling, and yet too memory-filled to just dump over the hill somewhere.

But what about live traditions? Like faithful apple trees in the graveyard fencerow that bear fruit with the regularity of a ... tradition, they bless souls time and time again.

How do you turn a crumbling tombstone into a live apple tree? At this point my analogy sort of breaks down ...Yet for some people, those old, dead, dry traditions can never be revived: they HAVE to go! They have experienced traditions for years—dead, dry, hollow, and starting to stink—and they KNOW that church life never prospers if it is clogged with the tombstones of centuries gone by.

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Love Left Behind

The church at Ephesus had many good works, they had much knowledge, but they had left the first love. How do we leave our first love? It seems we too easily get the idea we’ve lost our first love and don’t know how to find it. The way it really happens is we choose what will be our first love. It’s not lost; but left. Not forgotten, but forsaken.

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Face the Battle Singing!


Jehoshaphat was in sore distress. What to do!? The Ammonites, the Moabites, and the people of Mount Seir had ganged together against the children of Israel. 2 Chronicles 20:3 reads: “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord …” They took this confrontation seriously. Jehoshaphat went into the house of the Lord, before the new court, to plead with God for His help. Had not God said that if evil should come upon them and they came into the sanctuary and called on Him for help that He would help them?

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Preaching with Passion

FireIN THE TRUE SERMON there must always be passion. Our Lord’s testimony concerning John, His forerunner, was this: “He was a burning and a shining light” (John 5:35). It is one thing to shine; it is quite another to burn as well.

Half the sermons today—may I be forgiven if I am cruel—are failing because they lack the note of passion. A man was formerly said to “handle his text.” If he handles his text he cannot preach at all. But when his text handles him, when it grips and masters and possesses him, and in experience he is responsive to the thing he is declaring, having conviction of the supremacy of truth and experience of the power of truth, I think that must create passion.I am not arguing for mere excitement.

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