‘Our Culture’s Going to Be Changed’: Massive Revival at Asbury Captivates World, No Signs of Slowing Down

The nation is captivated by the stunning revival breaking out at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, as students, faculty, and people from outside the Christian campus flock to the school’s chapel to participate in a multi-day revival.


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A revival has begun at Asbury University (Photo: Asbury University)

Revival Underway at Asbury University in Kentucky: ‘The Holy Spirit Was Tangible in the Room’

From singing to sermons and overt praise for Jesus, the worship service, which started Feb. 8, hasn’t stopped. Day and night, students and professors are passionately worshipping Christ.

“Right now, I think we’ve reached over 120 hours of nonstop worship, praise, confession, testimony, Scripture, reading — you name it,” Alexandra Presta, a senior at Asbury University, told CBN’s Faithwire on Monday.

It’s a scene that has left Presta, who also serves as editor of the student-run website The Asbury Collegian, in awe. She has been writing about what she experienced after attending what she thought was a typical chapel service last Wednesday.

But that service was like none other, resulting in a situation she called absolutely “incredible.”

Watch Presta tell this extraordinary story of revival:

“I was in chapel on Wednesday, and it was an ordinary chapel service … we have them three times a week,” Presta said. “But then…people just kept worshiping afterwards. It was a small group of students.”

She recalled being initially surprised by those hanging back in the chapel and decided she, too, would stay, citing a prompting from the Lord.

“I did feel like the Holy Spirit … nudged me to go back,” Presta said. “And then I did, and then I ended up staying like the rest of the evening and then came back every day afterwards.”

Presta isn’t alone, as the Kentucky revival shows no signs of slowing down. She believes the nonstop prayer service — which she said wasn’t planned — is all the work of the Holy Spirit.

“The Holy Spirit chose to just fall down and touch our hearts,” she said. “This is purely God moving and keeping people here and bringing more [who are] continuing to cross state lines and even across the country now; it’s absolutely insane.”

She shared how the Christian revival at Asbury is transforming the campus community as a whole and individual hearts and minds, including her own.

“For me, to see us worshiping … no matter what grade we’re in, no matter if we’re an athlete or not, or whatever major we are,” Presta said. “The fact that we are all coming together and serving God first and foremost, but then also allowing ourselves to take it in and just be there for each other has been really impactful for me.”

She said the campus will continue the revival so long as the Holy Spirit urges them to do so. Presta also said she believes the Kentucky revival will make a massive impact for the Lord.

“We know that our culture’s going to be changed by this,” Presta said. “As long as the Holy Spirit tells us to keep going … then we’re gonna keep going.”

The Asbury senior said she has heard from people from as far away as Brazil and Italy, calling the sweeping attention the revival has received “mind-blowing.”

This isn’t the first time the campus has experienced a revival. A separate event in February 1970 saw more than 144 hours of praise and worship and made a massive splash in the headlines.

“On Feb. 3, 1970, Dean Custer B. Reynolds, scheduled to speak in chapel, felt led to invite persons to give personal testimony instead,” a description reads. “Many on campus had been praying for spiritual renewal and were now in an expectant mood. Soon there was a large group waiting in line to speak.”

Some of the same people are attending this revival.

“There’s actually like a lot of people who were in attendance in the 1970s [who] have been here,” Presta said.

Be sure to pray for the students and faculty experiencing this revival — and for the people worldwide who are positively impacted.

Billy Hallowell


Our Daily Bread — Juror Number 8

Bible in a Year:

Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.

Exodus 23:2

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Exodus 23:1–9

“One man is dead. Another man’s life is at stake,” says the judge somberly in the classic 1957 film 12 Angry Men. The evidence against the young suspect appears overwhelming. But during deliberations, it’s the brokenness of the jury that’s exposed. One of the twelve—juror number 8—votes “not guilty.” A heated debate ensues, in which the lone juror is mocked as he points out discrepancies in the testimony. Emotions escalate, and the jury members’ own murderous and prejudicial tendencies come to light. One by one, the jurors switch their votes to not guilty.

When God gave His instructions to the new nation of Israel, He insisted on honest courage. “When you give testimony in a lawsuit,” God said, “do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd” (Exodus 23:2). Interestingly, the court was neither to “show favoritism to a poor person” (v. 3) nor to “deny justice to your poor people” (v. 6). God, the righteous judge, desires our integrity in all our proceedings.  

In 12 Angry Men, the second juror to vote “not guilty” said of the first, “It’s not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others.” Yet that’s what God requires. Juror number 8 saw the real evidence, as well as the humanity of the individual on trial. With the gentle guidance of His Holy Spirit, we too can stand for God’s truth and speak for the powerless.

By:  Tim Gustafson

Reflect & Pray

What tempts you to go along with the crowd? Where is God calling you to stand for truth and justice?

Father, help us show Your love to the world as we stand for Your truth.


Grace to You; John MacArthur – God Knows Everything

 “Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:5).

God knows everything, and so He knows our sin.

Our time in history has been called “the Information Age.” Computers work around the clock storing the glut of information from all branches of knowledge. And this flood of data is growing bigger all the time. Without the help of advanced technology, we could process and interpret only a tiny fraction of it.

In contrast, God is omniscient; He knows everything. Our Scripture for today says, “His understanding is infinite.” Isaiah asks, “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge, and informed Him of the way of understanding?” (40:13-14). The answer to all those questions is, “No one.”

Since His knowledge is infinite, God never learns anything, nor does He forget anything. When you pray, you’re not telling God something He doesn’t know. He merely chooses to work through our prayers.

God knows every detail of our lives. Jesus says, “The very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Luke 12:7). God doesn’t have to count them because He intrinsically knows how many there are. He also knows all our thoughts (Isa. 66:18). David says, “Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, Thou dost know it all” (Ps. 139:4). In that same psalm, David goes on to say, “Even the darkness is not dark to Thee” (v. 12). You can’t hide anything from the knowledge of God.

God’s omniscience should be a deterrent to our sinning. Think about some of the wrongs you did as a child when your parents weren’t around. You never would have done those things in front of them because you didn’t want to be punished. And you might have gotten away with a few things. But “God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil” (Eccles. 12:14). Even though the eternal penalty for sin has been paid by Christ, God still disciplines us when we sin (Heb. 12:5-11). Is there anything in your life you would be ashamed about if God knew? If so, repent, because He does know!

Suggestions for Prayer

Praise God for His infinite knowledge.

For Further Study

Read David’s praise for God’s omniscience in Psalm 139:1-6. What specific areas of God’s knowledge does he mention?

From Strength for Today by John MacArthur 


Joyce Meyer – Loving God’s Word

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

— Proverbs 4:20-22 (NIV)

God’s Words are life to us, and they bring healing to every area of our life, including our inner life (soul). His Word is actually medicine for a wounded soul. Just as there are different types of medicines available for various disease and wounds of the physical body, God’s Word is medicine that heals our minds, emotions, wills, attitudes, consciences, and behaviors. It has a positive effect on our joy, peace, and confidence. It can cure fear, insecurity, and negativity.

Just as we get a prescription from the doctor and patiently take our medicine as often as we are supposed to, and get it refilled when we need to, we should look at God’s Word in the same way. For example, if we are fearful, there are countless scriptures that will help us deal with fear, or if we are worried or anxious, we may turn to Scripture and find help. I am convinced that we do not have a problem for which God’s Word doesn’t have an answer.

Bible study may sound daunting to you, and if so, I recommend that you either join a Bible study group in which the scripture is being explained or find a pastor or Bible teacher who is very practical in their teaching and makes God’s Word applicable to your everyday life. Don’t simply say, “I try to read the Bible and I don’t understand it.” Be determined to find a way to understand it and begin by asking the Holy Spirit to help you learn something each time you open the Scripture to read it. After more than 40 years I still do that each morning when I study. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher.

One of the things that helped me a lot was reading good Bible-based books in any area in which I needed help. I read books on rejection, shame, guilt, fear, worry, and emotional healing. Learn to study in the areas where you need help rather than just randomly opening the Bible and reading something in order to check your Bible reading off your list for the day.

Wounded, dysfunctional people have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to go into treatment centers, or for professional counseling. Let me quickly add that both may be very good. But sometimes those same people won’t pay $25 for a Bible-based book from a Christian author or a small fee to attend a Christian conference that could be life-changing for them.

If you are serious about having a wounded soul healed, then you will need to develop a love for God’s Word. See it for what it is! It is not merely words in black ink on white pages. It is life, healing, strength, courage, and anything else you need.

Prayer of the Day: Father, I thank You that Your Word is my strength and that it is a good medicine for my spirit, soul and body. Thank You for being my Teacher. Help me to relax and enjoy the life Jesus died to give me, amen.


Truth for Life; Alistair Begg –Growing in Boldness

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Philippians 1:12-14

What must have looked like a tragedy turned out to be just the opposite.

When the Philippian church learned that Paul had been imprisoned in Rome, they were surely greatly concerned. Some may have even panicked, worrying that the gospel’s influence would decline because its great teacher and apologist was shut away, unable to travel. It was a disaster for the gospel—wasn’t it?

Paul himself had a radically different perspective on his imprisonment. Underpinning all that he wrote was an unshakable confidence in God’s providence, for, as he wrote to the church in Rome, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Understanding that he had been placed in prison according to God’s plan (Philippians 1:16), Paul was able to be an optimistic prisoner and a joyful servant, looking to the well-being of the church and not to his own predicament.

For Paul, it was imperative for the church to understand that his imprisonment was not hindering the gospel but furthering it. Being a prisoner was simply another opportunity to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. What had happened had “really served to advance the gospel.” Roman soldiers were unlikely to seek out a converted Jew who was gathering crowds with his preaching—yet God wanted His good news to reach them. He therefore prepared a different method of ministry and sent Paul to them, albeit in chains. As a result, the good news spread among the entire guard and even went on to break into the very household of the Roman emperor himself. And the news of Paul’s success in turn emboldened other believers. As they realized that God was able to provide for Paul in his circumstance, they grew in their trust that God could provide for them in their own circumstances. And so they became “much more bold to speak the word without fear.”

Perhaps we, too, need the confidence that comes from remembering that God is in control. We tend to assume that circumstances have to be right if we’re going to be effective Christians. But God’s thinking is different from ours. He’s not waiting for the circumstances to be right. He’s committed to using His people for His glory, even when the circumstances appear less than ideal. And He’s able to use those circumstances to further the cause of the gospel.

We would do well to spend less time trying to change our circumstances and more time growing in boldness and speaking the word without fear. We would do well to consider how we might be in danger of using our circumstances as an excuse not to speak rather than as an opportunity to do so. Perhaps then the good news of Jesus Christ will spread through us in some strange and wonderful way, just as it did through Paul.


Acts 8:1-8

Topics: Courage Gospel Jesus Christ

Devotional material is taken from the Truth For Life daily devotional by Alistair Begg


Kids4Truth Clubs Daily Devotional – God Loves the Truth

“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)

Does God ever lie? No, He cannot lie. He is a God of truth and does not sin, so He never says anything that is not true. Everything in His Word is absolutely true.

God wants us to tell the truth, too. Have you ever told a lie? Sometimes we plan ahead of time to tell a lie, maybe to cover a mistake we’ve made. Maybe your little brother rubs a whole can of red Play-Doh into the carpet because you weren’t paying attention when you were babysitting him, so you decide that when your mom gets home, you’ll tell her that it happened when you had to go answer the phone.

Other times, lies just sort of slip out when we’re under pressure. Maybe your dad asks if you fed the dog, and you say you did – even though you didn’t – because you’re in the middle of a video game and don’t want to stop.

We have all lied about something, and sometimes we don’t take those lies seriously. Lying is sin. In fact, the Bible even says that God hates lying. In Proverbs 6, God lists six things He hates. Only one sin is listed twice in that list: lying! God wants us to tell the truth. When we tell a lie, we need to confess our sin to God, and then we need to confess our sin to the person we lied to and tell the truth instead.

God is Truth, and He hates lies.

My Response:
» Have I been telling the truth? Do I need to confess a lie – to God and to the person I lied to?

Denison Forum – Three reasons going to church lowers “deaths of despair”

Here’s news for the day after Valentine’s Day: crows mate for life. So do geese, whooping cranes, beavers, bald eagles, seahorses, coyotes, and termites. (Did you know that termites mate? Do you care?)

Some evolutionists aren’t surprised. According to author Christopher Kukk, biologists from Charles Darwin to E. O. Wilson believe that “cooperation has been more important than competition in humanity’s evolutionary success.” Kukk adds, “Compassion is the reason for both the human race’s survival and its ability to continue to thrive as a species.”

You don’t have to be an evolutionist to agree that God made us for compassionate community. This exhortation is just one biblical example: “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24–25).

Note the phrase “not neglecting to meet together.” What happens when we disobey?

How our “starving souls” will be “eternally filled”

According to Harvard University, regularly attending religious services is associated with lower risks of “deaths of despair” related to suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning. A new study agrees, noting that the increase in “deaths of despair” in the early 1990s was preceded by a decline in religious participation.

Writing for Christianity Today, Hillsdale College professor Adam Carrington offers three reasons why.

First, without the community of the church, we lack full communion with God.

Christ reveals his presence when we gather in his name (Matthew 18:20). We experience him more fully when his word is preached, he is glorified in worship, and he is experienced through the ordinances or sacraments of the church.

Second, Carrington notes, without the church, we lack full knowledge of God.

From the early Christians who “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching” (Acts 2:42), to the Bereans who “examined the Scriptures every day” together (Acts 17:11 NIV), to churches who teach God’s word to each other today, we grow in our faith when we grow together.

Third, without the church, we lose authentic, restored human community.

When Christ restores us to himself in salvation, he restores us to each other as members of his body. We are now to serve those in need together as we serve our Lord (Matthew 25:40).

Carrington concludes: “In the end, a healthy church community encourages those in despair with the hope of final glory. Then our starving souls will be finally and eternally filled at the wedding supper of the Lamb depicted in Revelation. All tears will be wiped away, and death will be no more—and despair itself will be cast into hell.”

Why people are coming to Asbury

The ongoing revival at Asbury University we discussed yesterday is a case in point.

Every Great Awakening in American history began in Christian community. In fact, the familiar 2 Chronicles 7:14 text so often associated with revival begins, “If my people who are called by my name . . . .” Only then does it call us to humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways so that he might “hear from heaven” and “forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Jesus’ first followers experienced the miracle of Pentecost when “they were all together in one place” (Acts 2:1). Those who would experience a similar move of the Spirit must be united in community as well.

There is a reason people have been coming to Asbury from far and wide to join together in their auditorium for collective worship and prayer. Rather than calling his people into solitary spirituality, the Lord is calling them closer to himself and thus to each other.

If you and I would join and advance such a transforming movement of God’s Spirit, we must do so in community as well.

Taking a coal from the fire

Here’s the problem: Satan loves to isolate God’s people because he knows the power of unity in God’s Spirit. Western culture from ancient Greece to today has joined the conspiracy, claiming with Protagoras (490–420 BC) that “man is the measure of all things.” Note the singular, “man,” rather than the plural, “men.”

Capitalism depends on consumption and thus conditions us to be consumers. Social media measures success by popularity and makes people a means to the end of our “likes” and “follows.” Relativism defines truth as personal and makes us the arbiter of our own identity and reality.

Take a live coal from the fire and it goes out. Put a dead coal in the fire and it comes to life.

Have our spiritual enemy and our secularized culture been isolating your soul? Being identified with a denomination or even a local church is not enough. The question is: Are you engaged in intentional community within the body of Christ?

We are commanded to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2).

Whose burdens are you bearing today?

Who is bearing yours?

Denison Forum

Hagee Ministries; John Hagee –  Daily Devotion

Psalm 119:11

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

Have you ever heard something that was so profound that you immediately knew it was important? And you told yourself, “I will never forget what I just heard.” Then on your way to the car, you ask yourself, “What did he just say?” The mind has a way of taking information in and doesn’t necessarily forget it or lose it; it just can’t remember where it placed it.

David said, “I’m not going to hide God’s Word in the filing cabinets of my mind. I’m going to hide His Word in my heart.” We need to place His Word as a treasure into our heart so that when life becomes overwhelming, we can open the treasure chest and receive what we need. When we’re in a hopeless situation, we will remember God’s Word because it’s our source of hope. When we don’t have the strength to carry on, we will reach into God’s Word because it will give us the power to take the next step. When the world around us is saturated in fear and afraid to move, we will go to the treasure of God’s Word and find courage because we know that we are more than a conqueror through Christ.

Today’s Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you His peace. May you have the faith today to put your hand in the hand of God and reach your divine destiny, for no good thing will He withhold from you who diligently seek Him. He can make a way where there seems to be no way, and God will not fail you. Go with that blessing and celebrate with joy, Amen.

Today’s Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Exodus 39:1-40:38

New Testament 

Mark 1:1-28

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 35:1-16

Proverbs 9:11-12


Turning Point; David Jeremiah – Take a Breath

Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.
Psalm 4:4

 Recommended Reading: Romans 12:17-21

The list of circumstances in life in which we may be tempted to anger is endless. And because those events happen frequently, it pays to be prepared. How should we respond when we feel anger rising up? The timeless advice of “Take a breath; count to ten” could have easily had its origin in Psalm 4:4.

David wrote Psalm 4 in response to an unknown circumstance in his life—something he called “distress” (verse 1). He seems to have been persecuted by a group he called “sons of men” (verse 2)—a generic term, but at least suggesting a “relationship” matter. And in verse 4 he seems to pen advice to himself (or others in similar circumstances): Do not sin by lashing out or retaliating. Instead, step back and meditate on what has happened; be still when you are tempted to say or do something you will surely regret. Jesus took it a step further: Instead of retaliating, “do good to those who hate you” (Matthew 5:44).

When anger rises, let it be a motivation not to sin. Step back, consider, and pray for understanding and guidance and for a way to replace harm with goodness.

Anger is just one letter short of danger.


Harvest Ministries; Greg Laurie – Not Slow. Patient.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 

—2 Peter 3:9


2 Peter 3:9 

When I became a Christian in the early 1970s, everyone was talking about the return of Jesus. We were praying, “Lord, come back!” I’m sure that everyone who has come to Christ since the 1970s is glad that God didn’t answer that prayer.

The first-century church had a job to do, and so do we. Jesus said, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7–8 NLT).

Jesus gave this statement in response to a question from the disciples: “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” (verse 6 NLT). Many of the people, including the disciples, had a misguided notion about Jesus. They thought that as Messiah, Jesus came to establish the kingdom of God on earth at that time.

That’s why it seemed like a mistake when Jesus was crucified. So they were saying, “Okay, Lord, we’re so glad that You’re alive again. Are You going to establish the kingdom now?”

In effect Jesus told them, “I’m not going to establish My earthly kingdom right now. That’s coming later. Stop focusing on when I’m returning and instead focus on what you are to do until I return.”

We, too, need to focus on what we’re supposed to be doing while we await Christ’s return. Bible prophecy should not inflate our brains; it should enlarge our hearts. And if we really understand what Bible prophecy is about, then it should cause us to want to live godly lives.

Jesus’ words in Acts 1:7–8 were not exclusively for first-century believers. We are still called to tell people about Jesus everywhere.