Monday, September 1, 2014
REMEMBER the HERO's
I am not your distant American cousin! But by the grace of God, I'm your brother, who is interested with you in our Father's work for His children.' Living out the TRUTH: 2 Corinthians 10:12 'For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.' During gigantic urban revivals in 1875 and 1876, the Chicago-shoe-salesman-turned-religious-evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody set the northern United States ablaze with the fires of a great religious awakening. Over two million Americans of all Protestant affiliations attended his meetings in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, New York City, and Chicago. Although his popularity had been unrivalled, DL Moody worried about his campaign that would begin in Boston in 1877. To carry the day, he knew that he would need the help of "the New England women." Frances E Willard, a school teacher from New York. (Frances born Sept 28, 1939 and lived until Feb 17, 1998) Before Frances died at the age of 58 she preached with Moody on several different occasions. "What a power they would be," Moody claimed. Knowing that Frances was fully surrenedered and endowed by the Holy Spirit, Moody sought out Frances to preach with him. When the two met, the evangelist asked, "Will you go with me to Boston and help in the women's meetings?" After considering the invitation for several days, Willard agreed to join him. She did more than merely minister to women, however. On one occasion, as she recounted later, "Mr. Moody placed my name upon his program" to "literally preach" to men and women. Francis Willard wondered aloud if the sight of a woman preaching would shock the audience and asked Dwight "Brother Moody, perhaps you will hinder the work among these conservatives." Responding, Moody "laughed in his cheery way, and declared that 'it was just what they needed.'" From her home office, her den, Frances Willard rallied support for important reform movements including woman's suffrage, women's economic and religious rights, prison reforms, education reforms and labor reforms. She was a well-read author and public speaker, Willard captivated the imaginations and mobilized the sentiments of countless women. Although the most prominent female leader during these revivals, Francis Willard was not the only woman to work alongside Moody. Quaker Sarah F. Smiley of Philadelphia, Maria T. Hale Gordon of Boston, and temperance leader Mary C. Johnson of Brooklyn also led meetings and addressed large crowds of women and men. Today God is using Anne Graham Lotz, Billy's shy daughter in a mighty way. Her book and workshops on "Just Give Me Jesus" has deepend the faith of men and women around the globe. One journalist recognized that a bevy of women "unnamed in the press but known of God, whose service has been of the first order" have played key roles during the spiritual awakenings since revivals began. "The record of the revival," a writer reported, "so far as human effort is concerned, we must give due credit of women's significant part."MY HEROS OF THE FAITH: Billy Graham on TV. Charles Stanley on TV. Anne Graham Lotz "Pursuing More of Jesus" Beth Moore "A Heart Like His" Christy Vogel led a woman's group at Santa Cruz Bible Church. Christy became Barbara Alley's sponsor and led her through the 12 steps of surrender to Christ in the Celebrate Recovery Program 1997. In the year 2000 Barbara became a Co-Dependency group leader for Quail Lakes. Carol Robinson and her husband hosted an in home bible study and became prayer partners. In Sept 2000 Anne Graham Lotz book "VISION OF HIS GLORY" DVD series through the book of Revelations. Barbara hosted a Progressive Dining on His Word Party while leading people through Anne's teaching. 2001 Pastor Marc Maffucci prayed for the City of Stockton on Sept 11, 2001 and has faithfully fed Barbara with his study and teachings.