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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Prepare for Rain

Michael Catt's book, Prepare for Rain: The Story of a Church that Believed God for the Impossible, should be required reading for all pastors and interested laymen. He does a great job explaining the ministry at Sherwood Baptist Church. The book tells a little about the movie, Facing the Gaints. This is where part of the title of the book comes (the first quote below is from the book, but taken frm the movie). I've only included a few quotes from the book, but please do not think any less of the book, it is excellent!

GrantI heard a story about two farmers who desperately needed nrain. Both of them prayed for rain, but only one of them went out and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain? Well, the one who prepared his fields for it. Which one are you? God will send the rain when He is ready. You need to prepare your fields to receive it. p. 11

Revival comes by agonizing, not organizing. p. 160

Revival is a divine interruption. I long for something to happen that is not on our planned-out, pre-arranged calendars. In 1975 I heard James Baker Cauthen say, "We're so organized and planned out that if the Holy Spirit left we could run for ten years and never know He was gone." We don't have time to seek God because we have to sell the latest product.p. 160

Un fortunately, the circumstances will rarely be completely favorable for believing God. We're forced to believe in darkness, crisis, tragedy, grief, suffering and uncertainty. Have you ever considered the following:
  • Alexander the Great conquered the world by his thirtieth birthday but never went to college.
  • Shakespeare was one of the greatest writers in history, but he didn't know to type.
  • Knute Rockne, a legendary coach at Notre Dame, never won an NCCA championship.
  • The twelve disciples never had a best-selling book or renowned religious talk show.
  • Paul was never voted TIME Magazine's "Man of the Year."
  • Martin Luther was considered a heretic by his peers.
  • John B unyan wrote Pilgrim's Progress in prison.
  • A church in Albany, Georgia, made a movie! pp. 168-169

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