The Goodness of God

Sometimes God shows up in the ways we least expect. Sylvan, Wesley and I were walking down the sidewalk of a tired downtown neighborhood in Wausau, Wisconsin. We needed to drive to the next church for lunch and were only fifty yards from our vehicle, when a dog suddenly darted across the lawn at us, barking with teeth bared. His owner, Peggy, shouted from the front porch, hollering at her dog to come back. The dog’s aggressive pursuit deescalated to investigative sniffs not a moment too...

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reviveWISCONSIN :: Before We’ve Begun

reviveWISCONSIN has officially kicked off here in Wausau, Wisconsin! But before we’ve even hit the streets of central Wisconsin with the local Church, God’s hand has already been at work in fun ways. As the Time to Revive team completed final preparations for the outreach week, two of our team members filled the mobile baptismal tank with fresh water and headed north from Dallas with high expectations. “Honk or call for FREE baptisms,” read three signs scribbled on neon green poster...

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reviveTX :: A Wedding to Remember

Walking into the sanctuary at Freedom Church (the reviveTX host church in the yellow region) last Wednesday evening, people could tell there was something different in the air: a sense of excitement, of celebration, of new beginnings…of joy. The stage was decorated with red and white flowers. Candles flickered softly. This was not going to be an ordinary reviveTX service, that much was immediately clear. Tonight, reviveTX was throwing a wedding! This story of redemption and new beginnings...

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From Darkness to Light

William was in a bad place when he walked through the doors of Freedom Church last week, the yellow region host church for reviveTX. He had hit rock bottom. Physically his body was wearing the effects of years upon years of drug abuse. His shoulders hunched inward and his dirty clothes hung off his stick and bones frame. He hadn’t eaten or slept in over 65 hours. His eyes were hollow, sunken and blank. Unbelievably blank. He was still hopped up on ice (the purest form of crystal meth), and...

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Before We Even Ask

Late Monday afternoon, I followed my phone’s GPS to an impressive stone shopping center on Colleyville Blvd. I scanned the black awnings until I found the shop I was looking for and made a run for it amidst the darkening clouds, blowing winds and imminent rainfall. As I walked into Machelle’s Boutique, I was immediately struck by a feeling of peace. The unique women’s clothing and accessory shop is spacious and light, expertly arranged and elegant. Not a store I would generally step...

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Teaching Others Who Will Teach Others Also

  "The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” - 2 Timothy 2:2 One of the marks of reviveTX has been the Gospel’s impact in the DFW marketplace. 92% of Jesus’ public appearances occurred in a marketplace context1, and reviveTX is following that same pattern, taking the Good News out to where the people are. Many business leaders here in the Metroplex are seeing the special...

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Town & Country Bingo

Cathy Anderson is a pastor. I can’t tell you the name of the church she shepherds because it isn't officially a recognized church. Cathy owns and operates, of all things, a bingo hall. The Town and Country Bingo Hall is a humble store front of approximately 5,000 square feet. Inside is a counter where people purchase their bingo cards, a concession stand that serves great hamburgers and nachos, and a walled off area where patrons can have a smoke every once in a while (or constantly...

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reviveTX :: No Junior Holy Spirit

“There is NO Junior Holy Spirit!” This is a common phrase shared often at Time to Revive, and it has become a powerful theme for reviveTX as the YOUTH are stepping up, sharing their faith and making huge impacts for the Kingdom across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Just last week, 128 students, on their own and with parents’ permission, requested excused absences due to religious activity so they could join reviveTX teams in the yellow region. Their excitement and passion to hit the...

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Not Only the Gospel

“The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” - Proverbs 20:5 The first time we ended up at the Budget Suites in The Colony (a suburb north of Dallas), we hadn’t planned to be there. Earlier that day, we had visited The Colony Police Department (TCPD) to pray with the officers. When we asked how we could pray for them, their answer was simple: the Budget Suites. In the midst of an affluent area (with less than 3% of The Colony’s...

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reviveTX: Fling Wide the Gates

“Fling wide the gates, open the ancient doors, and the great king will come in.” - Psalm 24:7 The gates are flinging wide here in Dallas-Fort Worth; unbelievable doors are being opened, and the King of Glory is coming in! Since reviveTX began, we have witnessed door after door be opened to the Gospel of Jesus Christ: doors to countless schools, businesses and municipal spheres. reviveTX teams in 10 different regions across Dallas-Fort Worth are seeing favor like we’ve never...

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