Posts Tagged ‘Leonard Ravenhill’

“Is it less than blasphemy to sing songs on Sunday such as

“All that thrills my soul is Jesus”

but spend hours a week at ball parks or

before a T.V. trying to ‘get a kick’ out of life?”

– Leonard Ravenhill, from his book Meat for Men

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Paul Wood Finch (Sr.) was born 1/27/1910 in Kentucky.  On 6/11/1935 he married Georgia Johnson.  God blessed him with an international ministry: evangelizing Ireland for three years, preaching his way up the continent of Africa mission station to station, leading Holy Land tours, and crossing the Atlantic 40 times.  He shared the platform with Leonard Ravenhill, the late Ian Paisley, and on one occasion preached to James Edwin Orr (who wrote “Search Me O God”).  Finch wrote Revival Messages, and The World’s Greatest Need.  Bro Finch change his old body for a new one 7/8/2003 (1:40 AM) at Holland, MI.

Personal note – I met Bro. Finch in May of ’65, we taught together (him experienced, me, a freshman teacher) at Hobe ‘67-70, and I had him at least three times for meetings when I pastored.  I’ve known several who came from extremely rigid religious backgrounds – many went to the left, not knowing where to stop, not Bro Finch.  He was a balanced man who preached a livable Holiness Message and Lived It!


Finch Quotes:

Sadducees, the liberals of the New Testament, Pharisees the legalistic ones of the New Testament.

Legalist – a carnal man trying to do right.

The good is the enemy of the best (may not be his originally, but he is who I heard say it).

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“Though swordless, these soldiers of Christ fought the might of imperial Rome and won…

Unlettered they unblushingly declared the whole counsel of God and eventually staggered the intellectual Greeks.”

– Leonard Ravenhill from his book Meat for Men

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“The church used to be a lightning bolt,

now it’s a cruise ship.

We are not marching to Zion –

we are sailing there with ease.

In the apostolic church it says they were all amazed –

and now in our churches everybody wants to be amused.

The church began in the upper room with a bunch of men agonizing, and

it’s ending in the supper room with a bunch of people organizing.

We mistake rattle for revival, and commotion for creation, and action for unction. “

– Leonard Ravenhill, as quoted in Survivalblog.com

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Glimpses of  Greatness

Was he married?

 Who was he, really?

 Who were his contemporaries?

 What was he like out of the pulpit?

 What about his prayer life?

 Where was he born?

 Where did his travels take him?

 When did she teach?

 When did he write that?

 Why did she have that impact?

 Why was he so successful?

 What about his sense of humor?

 Glimpses of Greatness can answer some of the above and can tell you a bit more.  It is Edgar Bryan’s attempt to share personal insights in the lives of fifty-four (54) people he has personally heard and/or knew.

1.   Earl Adams

2.   Leroy (Mrs) Adams

3.   J. Wesley Adock

4.   V. O.  Agan

5.   E. B. Annabel

6.   Duncan Campbell

7.   Ray Chamberlain

8.   John W. Colwell

9.   T. W. Comadoll

10. Millard Downing

11. Wilfred Edwards

12. H. L. Ferguson

13. Paul W. Finch

14. R. G. Flexon

15. Dempsy W. Fossit

16. C. Ponder Frederick

17. Geraldine French

18. H. Robb French      

19. Glenn Griffith

20. Vance Havner

21. George Hawthorne

22. Steve D. Herron

23. Jack Holcom

24. Andrew Johnson

25. John F. Kennedy

26. Bert King

27. O. L. King

28. Jerry H. Lawson

29. August Luelf

30. E. G.  Marsh

31. I. Parker Maxey

32. Thurman McCoy

33. Warren C. McIntire

34. Henry Morris

35. Nettie Peabody

36. Leonard Ravenhill

37. Remus Rehfeldt

38. Rufus Reisdorph

39. Marguerite Reiss

40. Harry Shreve

41. Oswald J. Smith

42. William Steen         

43. Harry Straight

44. J. D. Sumner

45. J. Percy Trueblood

46. George B. Vernon, Jr

47. J. D. Webb, Sr.

48. Mom White

49. C. B. Widmeyer

50. Leslie D. Wilcox

51. Howard Williams

52. Jimmy Willis

53. Richard Wurmbrandt

54. Alvin (Mrs) York

 Find out how to get YOUR copy of Glimpses of Greatness.  PLACE “Glimpses of Greatness” on the subject line when you email. eabryan1@aol.com

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Perhaps we should get near Patrick Henry’s language this way: “Is life’s span so dear and are home comforts so engrossing as to be purchased with my unfaithfulness and dry-eyed prayerlessness? At the final bar of God, shall the perishing millions accuse me of materialism coated with a few Scripture verses?

“Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take; but as for me, GIVE ME REVIVAL in my soul, in my church and in my nation—or GIVE ME DEATH.”

                          –  Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship Inc, 1959), 166.

Leonard Ravenhill died this date, 11/27/1994.  He was born June 18, 1907, at Leeds, Yorkshire, England.  He married Martha, an Irish nurse, in 1939 and twenty yeares later the Ravenhills moved to the United States eventually making their home in Texas.

He penned some books among which are Why Revival Tarries (1959), Meat for Men (1961).  Heard him preach twice and was introduced to him either by the late Steve D. Herron or by the late Paul W. Finch in the late 60’s.

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