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Revival Blog
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Posting again . . . and on discipleship
OK, for a long time I've been basically neglecting the site, the blog, and the board. I'm going to try not to from now on. It is a bit difficult because so far we haven't received much traffic at all; thus there's not much incentive to update and post new things. But, I guess, the more I work on this, the more I update it, the more I stick with it, and the more I get the word out, the more people are going to come to Extreme Revival. I pray that is the case.

This summer has been a hectic one for me, surprise surprise. Next week, from August 1-6, I'll finish it up by going to church camp in Talihina, Oklahoma. It's going to be fun, but I am grateful for this week of rest preceding it.

In some areas the drive for revival seems to be regressing (for our church), and in other areas it seems to be progressing well. After our Mission Trip to Memphis on July 11-16, those of our youth group that went came back with a renewed fire for evangelism. Which is awesome, in my opinion, because revival won't survive very long without evangelism.

No question, witnessing is a key ingredient to revival, but I've come to realize that we need to major on another crucial area: discipleship. Yes, it's awesome to go out and share the Gospel and see people come to Christ, but Christ doesn't just call us to evangelize, He also calls us to make disciples. Evangelism is just half the battle. We need to disciple the new converts, to equip them by giving them all the knowledge and wisdom they need to sustain the fire for Christ that has been planted in their souls.

In Matthew 28:19-20, commonly known as the Great Commission, Jesus told His disciples, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

When teaching these verses, we like to emphasize the word "go" in verse 19, but in fact, in the Greek, the emphasis is on the phrase "make disciples". Christ doesn't just want converts, He wants disciples, who can then go out and make more disciples. Discipleship is clearly, perhaps not THE key, but one of the main keys to seeing revival spread.

God bless.

Posted by Luke Hobbs at 10:38 AM CDT
Monday, May 2, 2005
What's Standing in Revival's Way
Well, after a short sabbatical, I'm back on this website, blog, and board! Speaking of board, check it out at http://p097.ezboard.com/bextremerevival.

My topic for today's blog is, what standing in the way of revival?

First, before I get into trouble, I'd better admit that the idea is not original; I actually borrowed it from my friend, Josh McKay. With that, knowing that he doesn't care whether I use his idea or not, and also knowing that ideas can't be copyrighted, I'll begin.

So what is standing between us and revival?

The most simple answer is a big fat ME. That's right. You, me, and everybody else. Nothing is standing between us and revival except us. Once we understand that, we can get out of the way and go from hindering God to helping Him.

But how does that happen, you ask? Seems like it's easier said than done. The apostle Paul provides us the answer in Romans 12:1-2, two absolutely awesome verses:

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- His good, pleasing and perfect will."

You can preach a ton of sermons from those verses, and lots of preachers have. I'll probably talk about them again in a future blog and elaborate on them. But for our purposes, the main gist is that in order to get out of God's way and see revival happen, we have to surrender ourselves to God completely. ". . . offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God . . ."

Oswald Chambers points out that the act of surrendering ourselves to God is perhaps the hardest thing we will ever do, but once we do it, we find that the life God has for us is infinitely better than any life we can live by ourselves.

The point of surrender is crucial for the Christian, and it's crucial for seeing revival happen. Until we surrender our entire lives to God, laying our everything on the altar to Him, we won't see any real spiritual change in the world around us.

Are you willing to surrender everything to God? Your thoughts, your decisions, your words, your actions, your hopes, your fears, everything? It's definitely not a decision that can be made lightly. But when we give in to God, He will reward us with an abundant life -- and in this country, with a mighty revival.

God bless.

Posted by Luke Hobbs at 9:07 PM CDT
Monday, April 18, 2005
Extreme Revival is go
That's right, the Extreme Revival website is now officially up! http://extremerevival.tripod.com Praise God! It's not perfect yet, and obviously there's still more to be added, but I think it's a great start!

Still to come is the Extreme Revival Messageboard, which I hope to have set up in the next day or two. Stay tuned for that.

Revival is coming. We'll have a lot more to say about that in the near future in this blog. In the meantime, check out the articles on the website. May God continue to bless, and may He continue to bring revival!

Posted by Luke Hobbs at 10:57 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, April 18, 2005 10:59 PM CDT
Sunday, April 17, 2005
ER Website Coming Soon
Yeah, it seems kind of weird to be writing this when I don't even have the Extreme Revival website up. But trust me, it's coming soon! I've been working on it extensively over the past week, and I'm really excited about getting it published. It's very close. I still have to work on one more section, but it's almost ready for Web publication.

OK, so in my last blog, you heard a little bit about why I'm doing all this. But you may still be wondering, "If you want to see revival happen, why are you using a website? a blog? a messageboard?"

Well, I believe the Internet is a powerful tool. It is a tool that has been underused by Christians. The Internet gives us all kinds of opportunities to share Christ and distribute material to other Christians, yet so many great Christian ministries completely miss out on this.

It is my prayer that this site, this blog, and this board will grow and flourish beyond my wildest dreams. And most of all, that God will use them in the lives of those who access them, to bring a true revival and awakening into the United States of America.

Posted by Luke Hobbs at 11:04 PM CDT
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Welcome to Revival Blog
Hello, my name is Luke Hobbs, and welcome to my Revival Blog. This blog is designed as a part of the Extreme Revival website, found at http://extremerevival.tripod.com.

Why have I started this blog, you ask? I suppose it is the hottest thing on the Web, starting one, that is. But my main purpose in starting this blog is to encourage my fellow Extreme Revivalists out there as we change our nation spiritually (and thus every other way).

What will I talk about in this blog? Whatever I feel like. (smile) Seriously, I'll talk about whatever I'm thinking about, whatever's pressing me. I'll talk about issues that matter to me, especially Christian issues and current events.

Why should you read this blog? Well, I'm hoping that as I continue to post and you continue to read, you'll find a reason to keep reading it time after time. God bless, and God bless America.

"If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14

Go God!

Posted by Luke Hobbs at 10:52 PM CDT

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