AZUSA NOW

AZUSA NOW

Prayer. Love. Unity. This is the biggest thing happening in L.A. this year. It will change church history. It will literally change the world.
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This Saturday on April 9th at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Azusa Now will be happening!

April 9th, 2016, is the 110th anniversary of the Azusa Street revival that swept the nation in 1906.

The first Azusa Street revival, lead by African-American pastor William Seymour, started off as a small church meeting on Azusa Street in downtown Los Angeles.


During this time in history, racial conflicts ensued - but God used Seymour to “wash the color away,” bringing together blacks, whites, and hispanics in “love, unity, and prayer.” The movement lasted for 10 years, and this moment birthed the Pentecostal movement, producing the fastest-growing form of Christianity in the world today and spurring on many other renewal moments across the nation and world.

Seymour prophesied that “100 years later, the Holy Spirit would be poured out again, except it would be even stronger.”

110 years later, a man named Lou Engle, a well-known charismatic Christian leader, planned and organized Azusa Now.

This event is apart of The Call movement.

Lou Engle started The Call 16 years ago when in September 2000, he led over 400,000 young people in prayer and revival at a mall in Washington D.C.

This ignited Engle’s dream to unite Christians all over the country so that their lives can be transformed.

Engle so desperately wants to see this happen because he believes that “only a united church will heal a united nation.” His vision is to see all ages, races, and Christian denominations coming together in order to pray for change and call on God for a fresh new revival to sweep the nation.

Engle really went out on a limb of faith to make Azusa Now possible. He believed in God's vision for this event so much so that he even sold his house in order to provide part of the funds needed to make this event possible.

This may seem crazy to some, but Engle did this because he was inspired by the story Jesus told in Matthew 13. In this story, a man sold all he had in order to buy a field because he knew that a very precious treasure was hidden there - and he knew that the treasure was far more valuable than everything he owned. In the same way, Engle greatly treasures the transformation of thousands of souls - and he was willing to sell all he had in order to make that possible.

Engle said, “Can you believe with us that denominations will unite, that the races could come together, that God could make us one, as the antidote to the terrific division in our day? Could you believe with us for stadium Christianity where signs and wonders are breaking out and mass evangelism explodes across our country - the Third Great Awakening?”

This vision is so great because it is so clear that our country - and the whole world - needs to be awakened. People need to open their eyes to the fact that there is so much brokenness in our society and only God can be the one to fix that.

“In the midst of the worldwide upheaval of Islamic terror, political confusion, racial tension, and the great moral slide in America we believe that the color line can be washed away in the blood of Jesus and the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit could be unleashed as it was at Azusa Street in 1906,” Engle stated.

Maybe you think that change at this point is impossible. But change is inevitable when there are so many people coming together, believing, praying, and having the faith that God will do a new work in our generation. How beautiful is that? As Engle said, “Though darkness covers the earth, the Glory of the Lord rises upon us.”

Because of the sacrifices of so many people to make this event possible, tickets are free for anyone to attend!

At this event, it is projected that over 120,000 people will be attending, meaning that it will get crowded! People can start arriving as early as 7 a.m. The event will last until 10:30 p.m. The event is 15 hours long, and if I can encourage you - stay for the whole event!

This is a beautiful and rare opportunity to be united with thousands of other members of the body of Christ and pray for the revival and the change that we so desperately need. You will witness miracles, healings, and have the chance to participate in complete and utter worship! Bethel Church’s worship team will be there during the entire duration of the event.

To register and get more general information about the event, see here: http://www.thecall.com/azusa

To watch the promotional video for Azusa Now, click here:

Cover Image Credit: www.thecall.com

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Notre Dame Cathedral–Such A Loss Of History And Beauty, But What A Gift It Was To Experience It

Reid shares her story as she is saddened for Paris and the church.

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After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

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Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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