By LJ Harry
This service lived up to its name. You only know it by its
first name. But the service's full name is "Inspirational
Anointed Challenging Life-Altering Tear Jerking Emotion Evoking
Service". But its closest friends just call it inspirational.
What preceded the service is what fueled the service. As
Cyvonne Davy led scores of attendees in intense, focused prayer for
global and local revival. This spirit of prayer provided a
fertile atmosphere for the Trimbles to open the service with
T.F. Tenney, Anthony Mangun, and Mickey Mangun spoke concerning
our rich and wondrous heritage. They spoke of such pioneers
like William Booth Clibborn and Clyde Haney. Just to name a
few. Then, they turned the clock ahead and spotlight on our
present pioneers and heroes. Heroes who planted churches like
the Huntleys, the Statens, the Stirnemanns, and many others.
They reminded us that today is built on yesterday and tomorrow
will be built on what we build today.
Following this dramatic presentation of past and present heroes,
one of the finest heroes the United Pentecostal Church knows stepped
to the pulpit to speak to the Conference. An 81 James Kilgore
spoke of days when Pentecost was unpopular, even wanted. He
spoke of days when our preachers were ridiculed and beaten for
preaching the Acts 2:38 message.
But despite being knocked down, these preachers got back up and
preached again. Many who persecuted them were so touched by
their determination, that they came to the Lord and were saved.
Kilgore challenged us all to live our lives with that kind of
burden. He said "you may be able to outpreach me, but you will
never outburden me."
He also made us a promise. A promise of revival. He
promised if we would preach 7 messages in a row on Calvary, the name
of Jesus, and the blood of Jesus, that we would have revival in our
churches. In fact, he said if we focused on preaching Jesus in
this manner and didn't have revival, that he would fast and pray for
us until we did. That's just how much he believes in it.
he closed his message, Kilgore called all of us to repent of our
pride and our unconcern with godly things. Throughout his
message, there was a cross that lay on the altar. But as
repentant people came to the altar, many of them gathered around the
cross and raised it. Taking the words of the old hymn
literally, they "clung to the old rugged cross."
As the service and music faded to a finish, some of the attendees
left through the lower level. Some left through the middle
concourse level. But for all those who came to be touched by
God, all left inspired.
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