From Texas to Washington revival continues

Acts 2:17 “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;

Important Takeaways:

  • ‘The Lord Is Not Slowing Down’: Revival Flames Spread in Texas and Alabama
  • The flames from the Asbury Awakening are still burning as reports of revival come from the campuses of secular universities, high schools, and churches across the country.
  • As CBN News reported in late February, one of those places where the Holy Spirit has been felt is Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • “The Lord is not slowing down,” Inspire wrote. “Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Texas.”
  • Meanwhile, the outpouring continues 679 miles away at Highlands College in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • “REVIVAL in high schools!! A high school in Washington and a middle school in Tennessee having a move of God.  It keeps spreading ️Thank you Lord. America needs this!” the user wrote.

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Alleged site of Christ’s baptism named World Heritage Site

The purported baptism site of Jesus Christ has been named a World Heritage Site.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) originally announced the decision last summer, saying it would add the Bethany Beyond the Jordan site on the east bank of the Jordan River — also known as Al-Maghtas — to its list of significant locations. The Vatican’s Fides News Agency reported it became official earlier this week.

Matthew 3 tells the story of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River, which forms part of the modern-day boundary between Israel and Jordan. However, there had been some dispute over whether the baptism actually occurred on the river’s west bank or east bank.

UNESCO says Bethany Beyond the Jordan is “believed to be” the place of Jesus’ baptism, and also includes churches, chapels and a monastery dating to the Roman and Byzantine empires.

In an advisory report to UNESCO, the International Council on Monuments and Sites wrote “historical structures associated with the baptism of Jesus” sit on the west bank, but most churches stage pilgrimages to Bethany Beyond the Jordan “as the likely baptism site as a result of the wilderness character, described as the setting of the baptism, which seems lacking on the opposite banks.”

The council wrote “the large majority of Christians” consider Bethany Beyond the Jordan as the baptism site, and while it couldn’t verify that the location was the actual place where Jesus was baptized, the site still held “immense religious importance” to believers.

UNESCO has named 1,031 World Heritage Sites, either for cultural or natural significance. Other locations include the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu and the Grand Canyon National Park.

“Real Housewives Of Orange County” Star Gets Baptized

Tamra Judge, one of the stars of the TV show “Real Housewives of Orange County”, has accepted Christ and been baptized.

She is proclaiming forgiveness for her ex-husband after a messy divorce and child custody battle.  She said during her baptism ceremony that she hopes they will be able to grow into a peaceful relationship for the benefit of their children.

She came to Christ after a friend invited her to church.

“I was never baptized as a kid, and I was never brought up in church and I haven’t raised my kids in the church, it was something that was very foreign to me,” she shared. “When I was going through everything I was going through, I was at work one day and this woman came up to me at my studio — she goes ‘would you like to go to church with me?’ and I said ‘yes.'”

“So I took my kids to church and [my husband] Eddie went with me and my life just kind of changed, it was very powerful. And I think that with religion and accepting the Lord into your life and your heart, it’s a personal journey.”

People who had watched the show over the years have been critical of Judge, saying that her conversion isn’t real and just for the show.

“I got baptized on the show and [Bravo] has been using that for all their commercials so I talked with my pastor about it and he said ‘listen, being on a reality show and showing this, you’re probably going to get a lot of negative feedback,'” Judge recalled. “And I said ‘I know; I don’t know if I want to do it, because there could be a lot of negative about it and people can say she’s just doing that because she had a bad year last year.’”

“I think in the past six months I’ve felt like a new person, but it’s just one of those things where I wanted to make it right with the Lord and I knew the journey I was on. I’m not saying like, I’m perfect and I’m not saying I’m at church every single Sunday. I try to go every Sunday, I’m joining a Bible study … as you know, your mindset changes [after being baptized].”

Megachurch Baptizes 2,335 During Sunday Service

In one day, over 2,300 people followed Jesus Christ into baptism at a South Carolina megachurch.

NewSpring Church announced via social media that 2,335 people were baptized at 10 different locations during their Sunday morning services.   However, lead pastor Perry Noble said that despite the big overall number, it still comes down to the individual.

“Over and over again His people are called to celebrate who God is and what He has done,” Noble said. “As His church, we should refuse to be silent when He has been so good … every number has a name, every name has a story and every story matters to God.”

Noble said that baptism is the first day and individual officially goes public as a follower of Jesus Christ and as His representative on Earth.  The church notes on their website that reading the Bible and studying the teachings of Jesus makes it easier to hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance in daily life.

The pastor also noted that their goal is not to be a huge church but to get thousands saved so they can join other churches and expand their reach and effectiveness for Christ.

“We want all churches to be thousands strong because of the potential the church has,” Noble said.

South Carolina Church Baptizes Over 700 At Church Camp

A church camp hosted by a South Carolina church ended up with a massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit that lead hundreds of youths to be baptized.

The summer camp of NewSpring church, which is called “The Gauntlet”, held baptisms for 733 teenagers in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The event is in its 9th year and had over 3,000 middle and high school students for four days of experiencing God and developing fellowship with their peers.

“The thing that sets the Gauntlet apart is relationships,” NewSpring spokeswoman Suzanne Swift told The Christian Post on Monday. “Culture offers a lot, but the hope we have in Jesus coupled with the community that students build at the Gauntlet is what makes it different. Once students experience hope in Jesus they tell everyone about it.”

Pastor Perry Noble said that of the 733 who were baptized, 240 of them were teenagers who accepted Christ for the first time.

The church was quick to note they do not require the teens to be members of their church to be baptized, only to have accepted Christ as their Savior.  They encourage all the teens to be involved in a local church in their home communities.

Texas Governor Baptized

Texas Governor Rick Perry was baptized in a private ceremony last month.

The announcement of the governor’s baptism was released after the ceremony as a way to keep the event for members of his family and his church.

“Governor Perry has a deep and abiding faith in God,” Perry spokesman Felix Browne said in a statement.  “Like many people of faith, the governor wished to reaffirm his commitment in a way that holds great personal meaning.”

The governor had previously told reporters that he was baptized as a child in the Methodist church where they only sprinkle water on infants.  He had never been baptized through immersion as Christ had been baptized.

Perry was baptized in Little Rock Creek near Independence, Texas.  The spot was the same location where Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas, had been baptized.

The Texas governor has been outspoken in his faith in Christ during his time in office and has repeatedly mentioned Jesus in speeches around the state and nation.