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- File Size : 854 KB
- Publication Date : September 6, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 442 pages
- Publisher : Jawbone Digital (September 6, 2011)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005LPEHKS
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #234,339 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I came across this, The Azusa Papers (kindle book) (and some others) based on the first hand reports of the Azusa Street Revival, on Amazon. There were a few things that stood out to me about this book that encouraged me to purchase it, besides the ninety-nine cent price tag. First this book was a collection of the newsletters that were printed, released and sent out during the climax of the meetings. This collection features the newsletters from Rev. William Seymour, who was one of the leading instruments used in the revival.
William Seymour was an African American Pastor, who was heavily influenced by the Holiness Movement during his time in Bible School. He was born in Louisiana defined by the same utter poverty that found many black families in the decades after the Civil War, as the south scrambled to reconstruct. William studied the Bible in Texas and found himself moving to Los Angeles to serve the call of the Lord. He found a run down building in the Los Angeles area, on a road called Azusa Street.
Seymour held services and renewal meetings in this old building that once had been an AME church and at one time apartments. He could only do what he could to preach the truth about the Kingdom of God, as he understood it. His work was known as the Apostolic Faith Mission. Somewhere along the way, God showed up in these humble meetings and allowed his Holy Spirit to break through in some people's lives. Some say, this is where the American Pentecostal movement got it's start, mainly because it's widely accepted that Charles Harrison Manson was touched by the Holy Spirit at one of these meetings, and would later form the Pentecostal movement denomination, Church of God in Christ. These meetings began in 1906 and ended somewhere to sometime in 1915.
Though church history, as widely ignored this movement and the role of William Seymour and the `things' that happened at the revivals, we find that this is one of the largest scales of racial reconciliation, as blacks, whites and others gathered together under one church roof. The Kingdom of God was no less radical in his calling of people during the Azusa Street Revival than he was in the gathering days of the churches of Acts. Their biggest threats and onslaught of rebuke came from protestant churches and denominations who questioned their orthodoxy, practices and the `outrageous' things that were happening in their meetings. However, church history cannot ignore the sheer amounts of people touched during these revivals and as God used the Holy Spirit to pour out the Kingdom of God and draw people to know their creator. Evangelicals from all over the United States and world came to see investigate what was happening and to pursue after God. By 1905, God had rolled up his sleeves and evangelicals were being challenged and convicted by what they saw in these meetings and brought a piece of the revival and their understandings of it, back home to their churches and began to pray for and incorporate it's ideals. The way in which it spread to churches across America and impact them, is the significance of this movement that we overlook.
To help testify, teach and proclaim the Kingdom of God and debrief their meetings, Seymour began sending out a newsletter that eventually was going to over 50,000 individuals. He called his newsletter, The Apostolic Faith. This collection of the papers, shows Seymour's heart and plays first hand witness to the names, faces and teachings of the early days of the revival. I know many people who still oppose this style of ministry, will question some practices of the revivals towards the last days, but I truly believe it's start was one of God and his kingdom. These papers humbly portray the heart and love for God and others that Seymour and his church held in their hearts.
If you're interested in seeing revival and renewal happen again. So am I. Look no further than some proof and testimonies of how it happened before. It won't happen because of church planting, but church plants will be a result. I was deeply moved, convicted and encouraged to pursue further into the Kingdom of God as I read the many healings, signs and wonders of God demonstrating his love for us and as I read the testimony of the power these things had in making peoples paths straight and bringing them to God.
Read this book, then let's do the stuff!
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Dawn Kurtz, author of the Christian novel: Secret of the Mexican Doll
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In a small building in Los Angeles, the holy spirit came upon believers and Pentecost hhappened again. Hyperbole? When I first read about Azusa. Stree, I wondered. Then I tracked down the paper, apostolic faith papers, and sat back in amazement. Too mention one miracle, healing of tb of the bone, several times.
You can search for reproductions on the net, well worth the effort, you can get them all in one easy read here. If you truly want to be amazed by god, read on.
* KJV* For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Great testimonies of Holy Spirit transforming people to bring them closer to God.