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 I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" I said, "Sovereign Lord, you alone know." Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!'

Ezekiel 37:2b-4

In case you missed it, I wanted to give you a glimpse of how the amazing power of the Holy Spirit moved among those who participated in the revival last month.  The preachers each night were outstanding!  God used each messenger to open the way for people to receive what David cried out for in Psalm 63:1,  "O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water."  All in attendance, including me, walked away each night overflowing with the joy of the Lord!

One of the quotes which stuck with me was shared by Rev. Hornberger, the pastor of Atonement Church.  On the second night of revival he said, "Revival is all about you and your relationship with Jesus Christ."  He went on to say revival is different from renewal and restoration.  Using the examples of a driver's license and a library card, he stated that both can be renewed but not revived.  In order for something to be revived it has to be dead.  This is what the Ezekiel scripture is alluding to.  God showed Ezekiel a vision of what looked like a hopeless cause.  But Ezekiel was wise enough to know what looks dead to us isn't hopeless to God.

Lastly, Rev. Hornberger declared, "Revival has come; you don't need to pray for it.  We've got to live it out.  Since we are still in the season of Easter and living our lives as resurrected people, my question to us is, "Now what?"

Now we open our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit afresh!  It is with the help of the Holy Spirit that we are empowered to be witnesses of the Risen Savior.

Now we open our eyes to see the various signs of resurrection taking place all around us.  These signs can be observed in the beauty of the spring time—a time in which plants that appeared to be dead are coming back to life!

Now we open our ears to hear the voice of God calling us by name and telling us "Come alive," for things that appeared to be dead in your life are being resurrected.  Can you see them?  Can you name them?

Now, perhaps more than ever before, it is time to challenge ourselves to rediscover God's plan for our lives.

Now, God is telling us "Arise!  The problems and the evil we face in this world do not have the last word."  Can you hear him?

Now it is time to rise up in faith and to share the Good News and to serve our Risen Savior, both with our words and our deeds.

Now it is time to live with a victorious spirit in spite of the ups and downs of life—for the Risen Lord promised that he would never leave us alone.  As he promised, the Holy Spirit is with us today, even while you read this messenger!

Blessings,

Pastor Carolyn 

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