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Great Awakening Revival, George Whitefield and Benjamin Franklin via American Minute

by Bill Federer
Seven times he preached in America, to crowds sometimes over 25,000.He spread the Great Awakening Revival, which helped unite the Colonies prior to the Revolutionary War.

Ben Franklin wrote in hisAutobiography that his voice could be heard almost a mile away:

“He preached one evening from the top of the Court-house steps… Streets were filled with his hearers…

I had the curiosity to learn how far he could be heard by retiring backwards down the street…and found his voice distinct till I came near Front-street.”

This was Evangelist George Whitefield. Ben Franklin continued his description:

“Multitudes of all denominations attended his sermons…

It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants.

From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk thro’ the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street.”

Sarah Edwards, the wife of Jonathan Edwards, wrote to her brother in New Haven concerning the effects George Whitefield’s ministry:

“It is wonderful to see what a spell he casts over an audience by proclaiming the simplest truths of the Bible…

Our mechanics shut up their shops, and the day laborers throw down their tools to go and hear him preach, and few return unaffected.”

George Whitefield had attended Oxford with John and Charles Wesley, who began the Methodist movement.

In 1733, when he was converted, George Whitefield exclaimed:

“Joy-joy unspeakable-joy that’s full of, big with glory!”

When Whitefield confronted the established churches, doors were closed to him, so he resorted to preaching out-of-doors. Crowds grew so large that no church could hold the number of people.

Ben Franklin helped finance the building of an auditorium in Philadelphia for Whitefield to preach in, which was latter donated as the first building of the University of Pennsylvania.

A bronze statue of George Whitefield is on the University’s campus.

The Great Awakening Revival resulted in the founding of Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers and Columbia Universities.

Franklin printed Whitefield’s journal and sermons, which helped spread his popularity.

In one sermon, George Whitefield proclaimed:

“Never rest until you can say, ‘the Lord our righteousness.’ Who knows but the Lord may have mercy, nay, abundantly pardon you?

Beg of God to give you faith; and if the Lord give you that, you will by it receive Christ, with his righteousness, and his all…

None, none can tell, but those happy souls who have experienced it with what demonstration of the Spirit this conviction comes…”

George Whitefield continued:

“Oh, how amiable, as well as all sufficient, does the blessed Jesus now appear! With what new eyes does the soul now see the Lord its righteousness! Brethren, it is unutterable…

Those who live godly in Christ, may not so much be said to live, as Christ to live in them….They are led by the Spirit as a child is led by the hand of its father…

They hear, know, and obey his voice….Being born again in God they habitually live to, and daily walk with God.”

George Whitefield’s influence was so profound, that when there was a threatened war with Spain and France, Ben Franklin drafted and printed a General Fast for Pennsylvania, December 12, 1747:

“As the calamities of a bloody War, in which our Nation is now engaged, seem every Year more nearly to approach us…there is just reason to fear that unless we humble ourselves before the Lord & amend our Ways, we may be chastised with yet heavier Judgments.

We have, therefore, thought fit…to appoint…the seventh Day of January next, to be observed throughout this Province as a Day of Fasting & Prayer, exhorting all…to join with one accord in the most humble & fervent Supplications;

That Almighty God would mercifully interpose and still the Rage of War among the Nations & put a stop to the effusion of Christian Blood…”

In 1752, George Whitefield wrote to Benjamin Franklin, who had invented the lightning rod:

“My Dear Doctor….I find that you grow more and more famous in the learned world.”

In 1764, George Whitefield received a letter from Benjamin Franklin, in which Franklin ended with the salutation:

“Your frequently repeated Wishes and Prayers for my Eternal as well as temporal Happiness are very obliging. I can only thank you for them, and offer you mine in return.”

In 1769, George Whitefield wrote Benjamin Franklin on the night before his last trip to America. In this last surviving letter, Whitefield shares his desire that both he and Franklin would:

“Be in that happy number of those who is the midst of the tremendous final blaze shall cry Amen.”

Franklin wrote to George Whitefield:

“I sometimes wish you and I were jointly employed by the Crown to settle a colony on the Ohio…a strong body of religious and industrious people!…

Might it not greatly facilitate the introduction of pure religion among the heathen, if we could, by such a colony, show them a better sample of Christians than they commonly see in our Indian traders?”

George Whitefield died SEPTEMBER 30, 1770. As he was dying, he declared:

“How willing I would ever live to preach Christ! But I die to be with Him!”

George Whitefield had declared:

“Would you have peace with God? Away, then, to God through Jesus Christ, who has purchased peace; the Lord Jesus has shed his heart’s blood for this.

He died for this; he rose again for this; he ascended into the highest heaven, and is now interceding at the right hand of God.”

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Enter into His Rest

Hebrews 4:1-13

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

4 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in thisplace again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

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Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Galatians 1:6-12

King James Version (KJV)

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Let him be Accursed

Galatians 1:6-12

King James Version (KJV)

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Proverbs 19- Lord, Why is this Happening? by Shane Idleman

Thought for the Day

“Do you believe that He would send those men out to preach the gospel to every creature unless He wanted every creature to be saved? Do you believe He would tell them to preach it to people without giving people the power to accept it? Do you believe the God of heaven is mocking men by offering them His gospel and not giving them the power to take hold of it? Do you believe He will not give men power to accept this salvation as a gift? Man might do that, but God never mocks me. And when He says “Preach the gospel to every creature,” every creature can be saved if he will.” D.L. Moody

The Impossibility of the Christian Life – Part 2 – Paul Washer

Christians Are Not Debtors to the Flesh – Tim Conway (Romans 8:12)

Jesus Christ as Noah’s Ark – Matt Haney

Stir the Urgency

Kerry Mauldin is a wonderful missionary and minister that is a frequent quest minister at our church. He is located in Northwest Ark and spends most of his time building churches and ministering in India. He always has a powerful message. He had a bad fall last week and broke his leg and arm and yet is still working hard at getting the message out. His email below is reprinted with his permission. Please read the wonderful message that he shares. Thank you and God bless!

From  Kerry Mauldin @ Mauldin Ministries

I just recieved this report from Govinda Reddy today.  He is  faithful  to walk in the villages with us these 17 years until a scooter accident last year when he broke his hip and right leg.  Now he is stirring the urgency in spite of a huge test…
I am 8 days past the bike accident and broken right leg and arm.  I can use my right hand some now and being very careful with the leg….always on the bed or couch and tedious ride in between.
There is time to spend quality time with the Lord.  He poured in my heart the book of Amos.  There are so many pictures in the Word of the USA, as with Isreal, God blessed us with His blessing to fulfill His covenant and to bring every heart to Him and God will use us to accomplish…  But we have taken His blessing and trampled on His plan to use USA–each of us.   The church is not effective and we have no real heart for God, but a day will soon come:
Amos 8:11 Behold the daydays come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord;
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, and they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.
We as a nation have become Biblical illiterate.  We do not know His truths or His promises.  We must dig in, get our hearts filled, share His truth and show His love!!
As you read Govinda Reddy’s note, imagine the simple villages, many challenges, but determination….
 Remember to pray for these Christians….
Please Note ::- Greetings to all the elders in the Majestic name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ … Sir I am Evangelist K.C. Govind Reddy continuing in the Lord’s Service under your guidance and once again reporting you after a prolonged break of 8 months which I had to take due to my health condition … Sir 8 months ago I met with an accident which made me bed ridden – since then I had been Praying with tears to God for my health – the pain in my leg didn’t allowed me to go out of my house and Preach , so during this period but I use to keep Praying on bed for the Church and the Preaching Ministry …. When I heard about Rev.Kerry Sir and his team’s visit to India in the month of February I regained my lost confidence and restarted to continue in the Lord’s Service no matter what come may … Slowly I started moving out and Preach Word to whomever I was sent to – few people use to visit me and hear the Word from me when I was at home – God Blessed me and gave me strength to share His Word even when I was laying on the bed …Praise God !!! Sir, I am glad to share with you that God is Healing me from my injury and hereafter I shall resume sending my monthly reports to share my Testimony of Preaching with God’s given new strength ….
16 , 17 & 18. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Fri , Sat , Sunday ) :-  These three days I was admitted at Kurnool hospital – Scanning and X-ray tests were conducted … shared God’s Word with other patients there – Prayed for Madhelette and Kittu – on Sunday , I went to attend a local Church there and worshiped the Lord who gave me strength to Praise His name in my weakness – some medicines are prescribed to me which I am taking regularly … please Pray for my health…
19. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Monday ) :-  At Karrimadella , a believer named Boyya Lakshmi Devi was suffering from snake bite – immediately went to attend her wound and helped her with first aid …. Prayed for her and strengthened her Faith with God’s Word … she slowly recovered and was Healed ….
20. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Tuesday ) :-  Preached Gospel to a youngster whose a non believer named Madhu – he was spending in fasting in his idol worshiping …. Preached about the Real Savior and Prayed for his conversion of Faith towards the Real God…
21. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Wednesday ) :-   Attended a Prayer meeting held in Sammanna’s house at Pessarwai gudem … shared God’s message with them and Prayed for their family….
22. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Thursday ) :-   Went to Beemawaram to Preach among the non believers living there… met washer men namely Nadipenna and Lingamma – Preached to them referring to the Scriptures from Mark 5th Chapter – Prayed for their Salvation…
23. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Friday ) :-  Visited Saremma and Dhanamma’s families at Karrimadella – Prayed for their domestic needs and peace in their families…
24. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Saturday ) :-  Few people have come to attend the Prayer meeting held at our place …. Preached to them about the Creator’s wonderful greatness and joined in chain Prayers with the people gathered – Prayed for their building Faith and for Rev. Kerry Sir and his Ministry…
25. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Sunday ) :-  Sunday Service was conducted at Lingapuram – in the evening , along with Joesph visited few houses of our Church members and Prayed for their families…
26. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Monday ) :-   Along with Bro. David went to Abbulapuram to visit the house of the  members who were Baptized by Rev. Kerry Sir … discussed with them about Salvation bands and explained to them its importance and meaning …. all theses members are regularly coming to attend Prayer Services and are gradually strengthening in Faith….
27. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Tuesday ) :-   Gathered members at Karrimadella and Preached to them about the  ” importance of Word to the World ” … everyone attentively listened to the Word and Worshiped the Lord’s name … Prayed for the elders, Ministry and for our Church development…
28. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Wednesday ) :-  At Balanagamma’s house conducted a Prayer meeting where many non believers have come to  attend and hear the Word …. Preached to them about Christ’s Holy Sacrifice on the Cross – Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection … they all listened attentively … Prayed for their Salvation…
29. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Thursday ) :-   Went to Devallapuram and conducted a Prayer meeting at Ranga Reddy’s house – many women gathered there – Preached to them referring to Acts of Apostles – and Prayed for their Salvation ….
30 & 31. Mar. ‘ 12 ( Fri & Saturday ) :-  Church members of Karrimadella and Lingapuram were invited by Deva Raju Church of Ramapuram for its inauguration … many believers and Evangelists were invited to grace the occasion – non believers too took part in the celebration … we all rejoiced in the Lord’s name for all His Blessings bestowed over this new Church and its members … many have come forward and requested to Pray for them personally – a little handicapped girl named Jaya lakshmi have shared her Testimony of meeting Rev.Kerry Sir … we Praised and Worshiped the Almighty’s name and thanked for giving us an opportunity to join and together glorify His wonderful name  … .reddyovinda c.

                                                                                                Yours in Christ,

                                                                                           Evangelist –  K.C.Govinda Reddy


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