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It was the tenth revival of its kind at Asbury and was held in the same chapel in which the 1970 revival occurred. Oddly enough, even Christians cannot agree on the nature of this event. It seems very simple to us here at College Prayer. God poured out His Spirit on a regular Chapel service. "This was not a regularly planned event with slick marketing" says a speaker at the meeting during a segment of the chapel service which was live streamed over the internet. See here: LIVE from Asbury University's Spiritual Revival - YouTube. ... A news source says:
"University leaders say the phenomenon started when some students stayed late after a chapel service on Feb. 8 to continue singing and praying — and didn’t leave. Then other students joined them over several days that stretched into a week, and then another week.
Zeke Atha, a student at Asbury, said he lingered at the chapel service for an extra moment to reflect and then went to class as usual. When class finished, he was surprised to still hear singing coming from the chapel."
“So, I went back up. It was surreal,” he said in a documentary by Sojourner Films, a Christian film company. “The peace that was in the room was unexplainable. A couple buddies and I just went to run around to the different classrooms and barged in on classes and said, ‘Revival is happening.’”
By the time university leaders concluded the gathering, an estimated 50,000 students and visitors had come to the campus to pray, said Kevin Brown, Asbury’s president. The outpouring attracted students from more than 260 colleges and universities, many drawn by social media livestreams and posts. Similar prayer services cropped up at other Christian universities, including Lee University in Tennessee, Cedarville University in Ohio and Samford University in Alabama. ...
As the chapel filled with strangers, administrators set a staggered schedule where some prayer services were reserved for high school and college students. Students were also given first dibs on some of the chapel seating during services open to the public. ...
Faculty members were given leeway to decide if they wanted to excuse students from class. Some students bounced back and forth between classes and the chapel, while others stayed there day and night, with permission from instructors.
Just what is a revival? Although some criticized the revival for not having a focus on social justice or racial issues, the focus was not on other people's issues but on God himself and letting go of yourself and your resentments. Revivals are for doing business with God, forgiving others and getting things straight. The focus is entirely inwards on a personal moral inventory and upwards. It is not a critique of what other people are doing wrong. “God is sovereign,” Dwight McKissic, senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arkansas, tweeted. “He sends awakening wherever He chooses. The Asbury Revival currently underway in Wilmore, Ky. should not be criticized on the basis of the people or racial group that’s in the majority there.” Source [https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2023/03/02/asbury-revival-comes-close]
Sadly, the critics are missing the point, and also missing God's peace and presence in their push for pet agendas. Just give it a rest will you? Try to get along, grow up, and stop criticizing each other. You can't criticize other and be in a spirit of forgiveness at the same time. Sigh. Revivals have a certain recipe to them. See 'Revival Radio TV' here for more info on revivals: Revival Radio TV on Vimeo (vimeopro.com)
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