Our church has been blessed with a wonderful spiritual heritage! Our church has had two Senior Pastors in the past forty nine years. Both of our Pastors were the product of the spirit and power of a spiritual awakening.
Ralph Sexton, Sr., was saved in 1937 in a revival being conducted in a tent in downtown Asheville. The evangelist, William McBernie, was preaching about the return of Christ. His message was the fact Jesus was coming and that we should be ready! One of the signs of Christ’s return was that Europe was in turmoil and unrest and that there was no home for the world’s Jews. Dr. McBernie said, “Soon the Jews will come from around the world to await the Messiah, in Jerusalem!”
Ten years later that prophecy was fulfilled when the UN drafted a resolution for the people of Israel to have an official nation. I was born that same year, 1947, when Israel was in her birth pangs of deliverance. A few months later, in May 1948, Israel became a nation.
Seven years later, a young evangelist was preaching a tent revival here in Western North Carolina. That night in the power of spirit of revival, my young heart was gripped by the convicting power of God. I called upon the Lord and He saved my soul.
The man preaching in the revival was my dad! The same man that had been saved in a revival 17 years earlier.
The common ground for both salvations and the later call to ministry was the spirit of prayer, a spiritual need or desire, a sense of urgency, and the fire of revival.
It is the power of God we need, not the power of man! Please God, revive us again!
On Wednesday night at 6:30p.m. our church met to pray. We are praying here at church today. Every day this week, we will open the church at 8:00a.m. for prayer. You can come by any time to pray for revival in our lives, our families, our friends, and for God to REVIVE US AGAIN as a church. “WILT THOU NOT REVIVE US AGAIN…” Psalm 85:6
You are loved,
Pastor and Muzette