Tommy Bates Ministries

Our Turn to Shine

Read Hebrews 12:1-2

God has called us to be the light in a world full of darkness. There’s a revival coming. He is awakening our spirit because the time is near. It’s our turn to take hold of this calling!

Our country has a rich history of powerful movements of the Spirit. During the turn of the 20th century, a preacher named Billy Sunday lead over 300,000 people to salvation. He preached with dynamic fire about separation from the world and sanctification unto God. Also, against the culture of the time, he fought for women’s suffrage and child labor laws. He also preached racial equality.

There was also William Seymour, an African American preacher with a hunger for God. While attending a Bible college in Texas, the Jim Crow laws forbid William to sit in the classroom with white students. Sitting outside the door of that classroom, he was baptized in the Holy Ghost and began speaking in unknown tongues! Accepting an invitation to preach in California, William began a revival which lasted years and is known as the Asuza Street Revival. It took the Gospel all the way through Asia!

Aimee Semple McPherson heard the prophecy of Joel, and received the power of the Holy Spirit. She traveled the US preaching four messages: Jesus saves, heals, baptizes in the Holy Ghost and is coming back again! She made her way to Los Angeles during the Great Depression, and built the largest church in the USA, debt free. Aimee ran four services on Sundays and raised more money to help the poor and needy than the US government. All because of this mighty outpouring of the Holy Ghost!

Maria Woodworth-Etter also received that power. As she was preaching at a revival, she began preaching in Mandarin Chinese, a language she did not know. This went on for three days. Many Chinese immigrants came to hear the mysteries of God in their language. They told their families back in China, and the underground church there began to bloom!

God is pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh! You can expect evidence of speaking in unknown tongues, angelic visitations, and displays of the supernatural power of God! The torch has been passed from generation to generation, and now to the final generation. We must grab the torch and run with everything that’s within us! We must lay aside every weight and sin and run this race with patience, so don’t let what’s going on in the world stop you from grabbing it and doing what God has called you to do!

We’re praying for y’all and we love you! We’re saving you a seat at Community Family Church!

Pastor Tom

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