The bride came down the aisle and when she reached the altar, the groom was standing there with his golf bag and clubs at his side. She said, "What are your golf clubs doing here?" He looked her right in the eye and said, "This isn't going to take all day, is it?"
“For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” II Timothy 3:2-5
Sometimes we just don’t make the effort. We look around and we know something is wrong. Life is not what I thought it would be. Family life is getting me down, not lifting me up. Church is not like “it used to be.” We want to find something or someone to blame, but sometimes we just need to look in the mirror. Charles G. Finney once offered a list to help determine when a church needs a revival. The list from his revival lectures is timeless. He believed revivals are needed when these conditions prevail:
-Lack of Love – when there is a lack of brotherly love among believers, then Revival is needed.
-Disunity and Division – When there are dissensions and jealousies and evil speakings among believers…-Worldliness – When there is a worldly spirit in the church….
-Sin in the church – When the church finds its members falling into gross scandalous sins..
-Controversy and disagreement – When there is a spirit of controversy in the church….
-Wickedness controls society – When the wicked triumph over the churches and revile them….
-Sinners are careless – When sinners are careless and stupid … then Revival is needed.
Let’s join together in praying for revival in our lives, our families, our church, our community and nation.