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James 5:7 Therefore be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.
Any pastor who’s ever preached on a Sunday morning has seen this face many times. “Just get it over with,” seems to be the implied emotion. When people are impatient there is a desire to adapt the message, streamline the doctrine, compromise the core values. This is exactly what has happened in every persuasion of religious doctrine. When the doctrine and preaching are new and fresh the enthusiasm is great. In the second and third generations of most Christian denominations that come on the scene there is an impatience and a frustration. “Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt. (or not)”
Almost any revival effort worth its salt will be a hearkening back to the original, Biblical core values and doctrines which were from the earliest days the raison d’etre of that particular group. Consider if you will the retreat lately from even the idea or revival. James P. Finney, renowned evangelist of the Nineteenth Century wrote in his Lectures on Revival of the absolute necessity of periodic revival. Our faithful view of the work of Jesus is not in any way linear, rather it rises, and falls based upon our circumstances, health, world and local events, and personal economies. What will you do to promote a return to the core truths of the Bible?