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10. Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's Personal Letters


Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's Personal Letters, number 10

Today at midday, I gave the Bible study for the Spanish program, “The Church and the Last Things”, speaking from Revelation 12. I came across verses 9-10 about Satan, who deceives the whole world and is the accuser of the brethren. After the disciples were brought before Jerusalem’s leaders, they prayed, not that they would escape persecution, but that they would speak the Word with Holy Spirit boldness. I spent a good deal of time, expounding on the world and its leaders being under satanic deception and how Satan has and is convincing the nations that God’s people are dangerous, deceived and destructive. Therefore we can expect persecution in the future. It is not hard for me to imagine being taken to court and having these radio programs used as evidence against me!

Then, I take out one of Len’s letters and smile at his absolute brashness and lack of political correctness. He mentioned names and organizations freely in his criticism. In fact, I feel constrained to omit some. No, I didn’t always agree with him, but I always thanked God for such a fearless one, who could not be silenced nor evade the consequences of the powerful declaration of truth. Read and profit!

John Piper on Prophecy


Here is a third short interview with John Piper concerning another supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit. What he shares is very close to what I have experienced in my life and ministry. Again, this is a gift to be coveted, it is profitable to the individual and to the church. Often, the Holy Spirit gives it without the person that He uses being conscious that it is happening. He doesn't have to say, "Thus says the Lord!" Piper also kindly exposes "prophecy" that is questionable, if not false.
What Is the Gift of Prophecy in the New Covenant?

John Piper on Healing and Exorcism


John Piper is a Baptist pastor. He is not party to a view commonly held in our day that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is received automatically upon conversion. He also does not entertain the dispensational doctrine that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit were only for apostolic times. Not only so, but Piper is not indifferent to such things, but follows the instruction of the Apostle Paul to desire earnestly spiritual gifts. However, he states his views kindly, wisely, and with a wonderfully balanced approach, that tolerates no "funny business" or fanaticism. Please, listen carefully!

What Is the Gift of Healing?

Have You Exorcized a Demon?

A Smile in Adversity



by Raquel Ehmer

I was born in Cacahuatepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, where my parents were missionaries. I was the fourth child, following three boys. After me three more girls were born and another boy. We were brought up in the ways of God. I am so thankful to have had parents, who taught us early about Him.

I was still young (six-years-old), when I realized that I was a sinner and needed a Savior. I remember, I was playing outside under a big tree. My older brother, Steve, told me that if the tree would fall on me and kill me, I would go to hell, because Jesus hadn’t saved me. That shook me up and I didn’t feel like playing anymore. I wandered around our yard, pondering what I should do. I finally went to find Mom. She took me into Dad’s study, where she explained to me that everyone was a sinner and needed to be saved. When she asked me if I wanted to pray to Jesus to ask Him to save me and live in my heart, I became excited. I was very happy after praying. I wasn’t afraid of trees falling on me anymore, because Jesus had saved me!

9. Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's Personal Letters


Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's Personal Letters, number 9

 Here are two letters from 1990. We had been in Germany for four years. Ravenhill continued to send us books overseas. He, in conjunction with David Wilkerson, had printed two journals containing valuable articles from a variety of writers and he sent those to us. Leonard was acquainted with the God of fire, as were so many of the preachers of by-gone days. How often de we hear about this today? We have put people deeply to sleep by presenting them a God of love… the main problem is that we have another breed of love in mind, when we speak of it. It is human love, which people can “relate to”, but it doesn’t transform the heart. Ravenhill felt that such preachers were traitorous to the Christ of the Bible and that Christians in general were more in love with the world, than with God.

June 18, 1990: Precious friends, Today I am entering my 84th year. Goodness and mercy have followed me. Praise Him. Herewith another helpful book. Next month we will mail you Volume I or II volume books. They weigh 1 ½ pounds each. Two will come by sea mailed June 26-28 plus 30. I am supposed to speak at KC Civic Center seating 10,000 people, preachers from every state and 20 other countries will be there. My health is not too good – voice breaks and so He must endue. The prophetic burns in me. Moses saw bush aflame, Jeremiah word as fire, Isaiah burning lips, etc. ‘Visions’ are fashionable in USA right now. Angels, heaven, eternal bliss – none of eternal hell, ‘Where their worm dieth not.’ We have more parrots than prophets in our pulpits. Alas, Christ can now say, ‘I was wounded in the house of my friends.’ We pray, ‘O that thou wouldst rend the heavens.’ God says, ‘Rend your hearts… seat of affections.’ Love of sport, love of entertainment, love of leisure, love of food, love of fellowship. I am convinced this world system is guided by men with depraved intellect, who would annihilate humanity to gain power…

Old Christians


Old Christians

 I admit that I am old and being old, I follow the tendency of old people to criticize modern ways and things and sing the praises of the old times, when things were “better”. I still remember listening to these ancient people in my youth and sometimes their criticisms were unjust and their memory of the olden days was not accurate. Not everything is good because it is old and not everything new is bad. But even in my youth I knew enough to respect and appreciate the old preachers, who expounded biblical values. I remember sitting in the front pew to hear them.

However, I see that there are many people, who call themselves Christians, who are not like that. They don’t want to sing the old hymns and they don’t like to listen to preaching about old Christian morals and principles. One young man, who visited our home in Germany said, “I know legalistic Christians, who think that they can’t go to dances.” Well, I am one of them, because in my day young people were taught that mixed dancing excited your passions and, even if that was not true, it certainly provided nothing for the new man, created in Christ Jesus. Today, Christians think that they can rejoice in all the world’s entertainment and also rejoice in Christ.

8. Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's personal Letters


Quotes from Leonard Ravenhill's personal Letters, Number 8

I do not remember to what two books Ravenhill refers in the following letter, although I’m quite sure that we still have them. He often sent books along with his letters, enriching our personal library. We brought most of them with us over the Atlantic and some were sent after we came to Germany, in spite of the cost of overseas shipping. Sometimes, for out-of-print books, he sent whole volumes printed on a copying machine. What an effort the man made to equip God’s people with valuable material! He cared… he was burdened.

He noticed that people are experts in self-justification. Would to God that we were experts in truth, honest and open to correction and repentance! How many big-time preachers fall and how few fully repent!  

Oct. 22: We recently obtained these books. I have the publisher’s permission to quote the whole of the chapter on Hell in my hoped-for book on the Judgment Seat. Your opinion, please, on both books. The quotations on R T Kendall are awful. Jimmy Swaggart says in his love letters to his readers: Some men break down physically or mentally or morally, but he did not break down spiritually. His was some other way! Woe!

Blessings on your son in Russia! O to read of an awakening there…

A Pictorial


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  I was raised in a Christian home by parents, who were totally dedicated to Christ and his church. My father taught me a walk of faith and to move in the Spirit. In 1964, I left my job, wishes, plans and ambitions to serve my Lord, working with the youth in my dad’s meetings, traveling with various evangelists and singing. In 1965, I went to Mexico and there, Margaret and I met and were married. Following are photos that illustrate a little about how God has worked in different people in different parts of the world.

  We began to work in a town called Mancuernas, Oaxaca, Mexico, and this lady and her husband were some of the first converts. One day, she came to our house, asking that I speak to her father, who was dying of cancer. I had the privilege of leading him to the Lord. Not long afterwards, just before he died, with many relatives and family around his bed as witnesses, he exclaimed, "I see the glory of God! Can't you see it! That's where I'm going!" This lady's nephew has been pastor in Mancuernas for more than 35 years. We were in Mexico until 1979.