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      Richard Owen Roberts is the President and a founding Director of International Awakening Ministries. A native of Schenectady, New York, Mr. Roberts prepared for the ministry at Gordon College, Whitworth College and Fuller Theological Seminary. He has pastored churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California. During the years he served the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference as Minister-at-Large, he was instrumental in the formation of two churches in the Albany capitol district: the Bethlehem Community Church of Delmar, New York, and the Clifton Park Community Church in Clifton Park, New York.

      Since 1975, Mr Roberts and his family have lived in the Wheaton, Illinois, area. He worked with the Billy Graham Association and Wheaton College in the formation of the Billy Graham Center Library. His own private collection of some 9,000 volumes relating to movements of religious revival provides the nucleus of the Graham Center Library.

      From his youth, Mr. Roberts has been a student of spiritual awakenings. He has authored, edited and/or published numerous volumes relating to revival and revivalism.

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      When the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah confirming his ordination as a prophet to the nations, he modestly hesitated, saying, "Ah, Lord God! Behold I cannot speak; for I am a child." But the Lord who calls and equips told him in no uncertain terms, "Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command

Cycles of Revival
      A very easy way to come to grips with the biblical teaching on revival is to approach it from the standpoint of cycles of history. In your imagination, picture a very long line that begins with the creation of man in the book of Genesis and continues on until the end of the present age, sometimes in our unknown future. Let us call this imaginar

Important Questions
      When revival comes, it will be a fragile blessing, a blessing that will need to be handled with great care. Failure to rightly handle this blessing from God has often, in the past, kept revival from producing its highest and best possible results. In a very lovely sense, the nature of revival is all eyes on God. If the attention turns to you or t

Preaching That Hinders Revival
      Repentance must always begin in the house of God. Doubtless the best place for it to start is with those who preach. Let us examine some errors of preaching that stand in the way of revival. Preaching That is Man-Centered. All of us, by our very own natures, are lovers of self more than lovers of righteousness. True gospel preaching expos

Repentance From Dead Works
      The biblical demand for repentance is in two separate and distinct areas: repentance from sin and, repentance from dead works. You say, "I have repented!" Have you repented of all your sins? You say, "I have repented!" Have you repented of all your dead works? In summarizing the wonderful difference between the Old Covenant and the New Co

Revival Terminology in History
      A number of years ago in a book entitled Revival, I gave the following definition of that term: "Revival is an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit producing extraordinary results." While that phrase conveys the fundamental concept of revival, over the intervening years I have come to the conviction that one single word describes revival better

Solemn Assembly
      THE SOLEMN ASSEMBLY The Sad Fact Most professing Christians have never heard of a Solemn Assembly. Of the relatively small number who have, a substantial portion consider it as merely an Old Testament practice of no particular relevance today. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE BIBLICAL BA

The Effectual Revival Prayer of Moses
      Have you ever made a careful systematic study of all the prayers of the Bible and of all the teaching on prayer that the scriptures contain? Such a labor has the potential of dramatic, powerful good. I am in the process of just such a study. I began my labor by quickly going through the entire Bible and marking every passage pertaining to prayer. (

Twelve Articles of Explicit Agreement
      y the mercy of God I have been a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ since my early youth. Over the years of my earthly pilgrimage I have known what it is like to climb great spiritual mountains and how it feels to fall into chasms of blackness. I have had long seasons of great Christian joy and intense moments of utter despair. For protracted period

Where Judgment Must Begin
      Edited from a message delivered at the "Heart-Cry for Revival" Conference near Asheville, North Carolina, April 9-12, 2002 We live in a unique time, a confusing time. We live in a time when it is almost impossible to tell the true Church from the professing church. There has never been a time in the past when there were literally millions o

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