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Try to remember one or two of the most meaningful worship times you have ever experienced. As I look back over my almost 54 years of attending church, revival meetings, retreats, and the like, two things stand out (aside from the moment I surrendered my life to Jesus).

The first found me sitting in a seminary classroom (of all places). My Old Testament (and later Hebrew) professor, David Garland, was in the habit of starting each class session with prayer. Unlike other instructors who might call on a student to lead us in prayer, Dr. Garland always voiced the prayer himself. Each day of class we would settle into our seats, and he would call us to prayer. Most of his prayers were fairly generic, but in their generalities the words spoken would, more often than not, address the specific high and low points of every student in class. In a one-minute public prayer, Dr. Garland could lift you to the throne of God and deposit you at the feet of the Master to revel in worship even as you got down to the business of dissecting the Scripture for academic purposes.

In a totally different setting, I found myself worshiping with about 800 teenagers at youth camp one year. The music was inspiring and uplifting at the first worship time on Monday of the week of camp. Following the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the camp preacher stood up, and instead of preaching a magnificent, relevant sermon from one of Jesus’s parables, he had us sing one more song and go to the cabins. The atmosphere of worship prevailed throughout the week, and by the time he offered an opportunity for response on Wednesday evening, scores of teens and volunteer sponsors were committing and re-committing their hearts and lives to Jesus.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. —James 4:10

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FLightShineSlideirst Baptist Church of Mulberry Grove will be partnering with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, Texas) to hold its annual Spring Revival. As part of the “Revive This Nation” program of the seminary, Mr. Jacob Oladipupo, a student from Nigeria, will be preaching.

Leading music for this year’s

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Mr. Jacob Oladipupo

revival will be Bro. Ray Barnes, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church of Odin, IL. Pastor Barnes also sings with the gospel group “The Misfits.”

 

The theme for this year’s revival is “Let Your Light Shine focusing on Matthew 5:16. Services will be held Sunday through Wednesday, March 13-16, 2016. Sunday services will be in the morning at 10:45, and evening at 6:00. Weekday services will be each evening, Monday-Wednesday, at 6:30. Please join us and bring your friends to this exciting week of gospel preaching and singing.

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Revive This Nation Spring Revival

First Baptist Church of Mulberry Grove will be partnering with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, Texas) to hold its annual Spring Revival. As part of the “Revive This Nation” program of the seminary, Mr. Jacob Oladipupo, a student from Nigeria, will be preaching.

Leading music for this year’s revival will be Bro. Ray Barnes, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church of Odin, IL. Pastor Barnes also sings with the gospel group “The Misfits.”

The theme for this year’s revival is “Let Your Light Shine focusing on Matthew 5:16. Services will be held Sunday through Wednesday, March 13-16, 2016. Sunday services will be in the morning at 10:45, and evening at 6:00. Weekday services will be each evening, Monday-Wednesday, at 6:30. Please join us and bring your friends to this exciting week of gospel preaching and singing.

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” – Jesus, Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:16)