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Last night was unusual and extraordinary.

Monday, I received an email reminding me that I was scheduled to speak Wednesday night at the Glasgow University Christian Union (like Campus Crusade in the USA).  I reopened all my old emails and read through the passage in Ephesians they were requesting.

I would not have chosen to speak on that particular passage as it has difficult content and addresses sin issue after sin issue.  But the leadership assigned it to me and it seemed like this is what God wanted.

Seeing the topics that had to be addressed, I invited some people from our church to come with me and be available to pray with people afterward.  The timing could not have been more perfect.  This past weekend, at our retreat, Barry and Mary Kissell had been teaching us how to pray for each other.

Now, I was a bit nervous for two reasons.  I knew the topic was going to be hard, and I also knew what needed to happen after the message was out of the ordinary.  But I felt the Spirit saying, “Do this.” So we did.

I called people to be lights on their university campus by NO LONGER living like the unbelievers do (Eph 4:17).  In that passage Paul confronts what we talk about (gossip, lying, course joking…), not sinning in our anger, forgiving those who have sinned against us, drunkenness, and sexual immorality.  Basically it was a call to holiness.

After preaching, I lead people through confession and repentance prayers, recommitting their lives to Jesus and his ways.  If anyone felt completely stuck or trapped in a sin, or were struggling with unforgiveness, I invited them over to be prayed with.

I figured since they hadn’t done this before only a few would be brave enough to go for prayer, but the response was overwhelming.  God’s Spirit had moved in a powerful way and brought about deep conviction of sin and a real desire to get right with God.  You can’t manufacture this stuff.  God was moving and his people were repenting and responding.  A truly powerful night.  It felt like the beginnings of a wee revival.

May God continue to reawaken His people in Glasgow and in Scotland!

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