Wednesday, October 21, 2009
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.
—2 Chronicles 16:9
About 40 years ago there was a guy named Charles, known by his friends as Chuck. Chuck, who felt called to teach God's Word in an understandable way, became the pastor of a little church in Orange County, California known as Calvary Chapel.
Meanwhile, the counterculture movement was in full swing. Chuck looked at the hippies and, for the most part, really didn't want much to do with them. But his wife Kay had a real heart for the hippie kids, and she prayed for them. Years later, I discovered that I had hung around in Chuck and Kay's neighborhood, and whenever my friends and I walked by their home, they would pray for us. I was an unbeliever at the time and didn't realize that someone was praying for me.
Kay wanted to reach hippie kids, and Chuck was intrigued by them. So one day their daughter brought home a living, breathing hippie. This hippie was a Christian who talked about how God was reaching his friends, and they were coming to faith. So Chuck wanted to open up Calvary Chapel to the hippies and told his board of elders what he desired to do. They said, "No way. We just put in new carpet. And these kids, they don't take baths." So the next Sunday morning, Chuck was at the front door of the church with a basin of water and a rag, ready to wash all the kids' feet so they could come to church.
The kids started coming in, and what happened there became part of what we call the Jesus Movement, a modern revival. The impact of it continues to this day. It was a significant revival that altered American history. All because people were willing to overcome their personal prejudice and say, "Yes, Lord!"
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