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Stories of Revival (Holy Chaos) - Bob Jennings

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    I suppose you can call it revival,
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    but it was a move of the Spirit anyway.
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    It wasn't really any historic revival.
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    But as we think of, you know, where cities were
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    swept into the Kingdom overnight,
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    that type of thing.
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    One of the most outstanding things in my mind
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    was up there with Keith McCloud for 8 months
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    I believe it was,
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    and we made it a practice to meet
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    for open-ended prayer every day
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    if not twice a day.
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    And there was about four of us.
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    And so it was just sort of a log cabin
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    Bible school type of thing.
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    It was just a matter of meeting every day
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    for preaching and prayer,
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    that's all it was.
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    So, in the middle of that time,
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    Keith had accepted an invitation
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    to hold meetings at a big
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    evangelical Mennonite church.
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    And so we began to pray regularly
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    for those meetings that were coming up.
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    I suppose we prayed for maybe four months
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    every day.
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    And the meetings began in Wymark, Saskatchewan.
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    God came in power in the very first meeting.
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    I mean, the very first meeting
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    God was there in power.
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    People were weeping, people were coming to the front.
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    He never gave any altar call;
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    he didn't believe in an altar call,
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    but people, they couldn't take it,
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    and they could not keep their seats,
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    they got up and they went to the front,
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    and they were confessing their sins.
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    And every night, as I recall,
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    there was probably 20, 30, 40 people
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    up front there doing business with God.
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    Every night the meetings lasted
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    till 1 or 2 or 3 o'clock
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    with people asking for help.
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    They were in distress of soul.
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    I remember one young girl,
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    she was about 12 years old.
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    It was ten minutes before she could even talk.
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    She was under such deep conviction.
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    And so we got to bed at like 4 o'clock
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    every night.
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    And sometimes people couldn't even wait
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    until the sermon was over.
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    They were crying out under
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    conviction of sin
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    and he would have to stop preaching
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    and ask the pastor to take them
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    to the basement.
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    I remember one fellow, he was under
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    such conviction of sin, it was like
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    he was just screaming,
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    and as the pastor took him to the basement,
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    you could hear him crying down there
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    like an animal going to the slaughter.
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    And so it was a very powerful time.
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    People were starting to come from many miles away.
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    The report was spreading.
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    I know Keith McCloud said if he had any
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    regrets at the end of that time,
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    it was that he didn't continue the meetings longer.
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    And so at the end of the time,
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    it was estimated that half of the church;
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    there were probably three or four hundred people attending;
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    half of the church either had a fresh
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    or a new meeting with God.
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    Brother McCloud said that
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    every night it was like he could hardly wait
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    to get into the pulpit.
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    He was full of unvented wine.
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    God just gave him such authority,
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    such clarity, such utterance,
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    such an ability to magnify Christ.
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    It was like when he was done with his sermon,
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    every tree in the forest was chopped down
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    except one. Just one was left standing.
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    He just cleaned the slate.
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    Knocked down every idol.
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    Routed every sin.
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    Christ alone was left standing.
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    I remember one time, one woman,
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    right in the middle of the sermon,
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    she was under such conviction
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    she just stood up and called out
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    across the aisle and asked somebody else
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    for forgiveness in the middle of the sermon.
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    It was holy chaos.
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    One time, another remarkable thing,
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    about a half a year after I was converted,
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    and I was converted when I was a member
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    of a fraternity at Iowa State.
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    So about a half a year after I was converted,
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    this company that I was working for,
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    they were going to have a regional meeting
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    back in the town where I had gone to college.
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    So I thought maybe this would be an opportunity
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    to organize a Gospel meeting for my fraternity brothers.
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    This fellow who was friendly with me,
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    he set up this meeting for a Gospel meeting
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    after the supper in the living room.
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    And probably about 40 guys gathered in there.
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    And another older Christian by the name of
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    Vader Zudtke from Northeast Iowa,
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    he came down, and also my brother was there
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    and another fellow.
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    So anyway, here Vader was sharing the Gospel
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    with these fraternity brothers,
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    and God began to settle in.
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    And what was designed to be a 40 minute meeting
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    in that living room floor
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    guys sitting around,
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    it turned out to be, as I recall,
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    about 7 hours before we were done that night.
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    One fellow sitting there just came under conviction
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    and began to weep and cry out
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    in front of all of these fraternity brothers
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    calling on the Lord.
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    There was conversations going on up in the rooms.
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    People would leave - some had to go leave
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    for wrestling practice at 8:00 type of thing,
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    and here when they got done with
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    wrestling practice, they came back in
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    and sat down again.
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    Couldn't get away.
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    One fellow came in and heard what was going on,
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    and he was pretty huffy,
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    you know what's going on in there?
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    And he came in blowing smoke,
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    and it wasn't about two minutes before Vader had
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    had his Bible open and this guy was
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    just eating out of his hand.
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    Another guy came in, a former roommate of mine,
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    I said, "Hey Wayne, come on in the living room here,
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    we're having a Gospel meeting."
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    And he mocked and said I don't need that
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    such and such.
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    And you know what, it was about a year later,
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    and I heard that this guy had
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    committed suicide.
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    His girlfriend left him,
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    and he put the shotgun to the roof of his mouth.
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    Maybe a couple years after I was converted,
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    I began to see the narrowness
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    of the narrow way,
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    and I began to wonder,
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    Am I really in or not?
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    And I was sharing this with an older Christian
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    and he began to share some Bible verses with me
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    whereby I could evaluate myself,
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    and I remember God just deeply whispering
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    to my soul: That's enough.
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    That's enough, Bob. Don't question it anymore.
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    You are Mine.
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    And it was not long after that,
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    where I was in a meeting one night,
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    and a missionary was back from Italy,
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    and he was sharing about the Fatherhood of God.
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    God's Fatherhood, His tender care as a Father.
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    And God settled in.
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    I don't know if anybody else felt it like I did.
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    But it was, for me, special.
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    And I was just being melted, melted, melted,
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    as he was talking.
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    And after the meeting, probably three fourths
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    of the church congregation had left,
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    there were just a few of us
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    hanging around talking about the things of God,
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    and this older saint, he came up to me,
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    and shared a truth with me.
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    And my heart - I just was flooded
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    with the love of God right there.
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    This fellow, he says, men, let's gather for prayer.
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    We had a time of prayer in the back of that church building.
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    And I don't remember anything ever like it
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    before or since, where all I could say was
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    Abba, Father.
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    At the top of my voice.
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    It was just the most special time for me
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    that I've ever had.
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    I think that's the Spirit bearing witness
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    with our spirit that we are children.
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Stories of Revival (Holy Chaos) - Bob Jennings
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