Florida Revival Media and Highlights

April 30, 2008

The Media is getting highly involved in this revival.

The Florida Revival media outbreak has been unprecedented. Between the Youtube.com user Swiftfiresharnael and Channel 10 News visiting, the message from Lakeland, Florida is that Revival is happening in Florida.

No matter what you may think of revival, Todd Bentley, or moves like this, one thing you cannot deny is that God is getting some major media play.

One of the media highlights of the evening was that a reporter with Channel 10 News came to the Lakeland Center to cover the Florida Revival story. She came up to the stage to testify that she came to the event sick with nausea. While in the bathroom, she heard Todd Bentley pray for healing and was immediately healed.

She then said that she had to run because she was going to cover the story on the 11 o’clock news! Again, no matter what you think of the people involved, Todd Bentley, Stephen Strader, their churches (Ignited Church in Lakeland, Florida and Fresh Fire Ministries in Canada), or even people in Polk County; God is doing something new.

Other highlights from the revival were:

  • Visiting preacher Bobby Conner preached
  • I got photos of a elderly woman being healed
  • They went until 1 a.m., praying for every single person who wanted to (6,000+!)
  • I was standing there as a girl received a healing with her ears
Having been brought up under evangelist Terry Kruse, who served Augustine Alcala and Bob Jones, I was used to healing services. The means may be unconventional, but hey! When did Jesus move conventionally?!
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Florida Revival The Lakeland Center

April 29, 2008

Who would have thought that bringing the Florida Revival and Healing Outpouring to the Lakeland Center would work?!

Why would I say that?

On Sunday night, the revival was running ~3,000 people at the Auburndale Life Church in Auburndale, Florida. Even though they turned away hundreds of people, were you ask me if we should move to The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida, seating 8,000 people, I would have said ‘absolutely not.’

Why? Because the fact that a) most people will not come out on a Monday night and b) what if all 3,000 people show up and the arena still looks empty?

Well, I went. I got in, barely.

The Lakeland Center was PACKED to the ceiling. Every seat was filled. Every parking spot was taken up.

You NEED to check this event out.

I really believe that it has nothing to do with the people on the stage, but the hearts of the people are hungry for a move.

Check out www.god.tv. I will be down there tonight again. Tomorrow I will be posting hotel locations if any of you are visiting.

Have a great night!


Holy Roller! – Revival in Lakeland, Florida

April 28, 2008

“Smoke filled the room!”

This was one of the powerful headlines written by Stephen Strader, the pastor of Ignited Church in Lakeland, Florida (where I am at) about the revival going on through his church.

Ignited Church recently brought in evangelist Todd Bently. Apparently, revival has broken out and is still rocking.

Upon returning from a trip to California, we found this charismatic movement still going. Having been brought up in the ministry under evangelist Terry Kruse, I was used to revival.

So, me and a few friends went to check it out. (This was about 2 weeks ago.) Then, it was running about 500+ people. The crowd was charged, but we got in with no problem.

It was a service like any other revival meeting. My only critique at the time was how cartoonish the leaders were. Healings and testimonies not withstanding, it all felt kinda “old-hat”. Been there. Done that.

The worship was amazing. The claims of healings were as inflamed as ever. The offering plate was passed as consistent as ever. We were definitely intrigued at the level of faith the people were exhibiting (based primarily on the testimonies going on around us, not necessarily in the altars), but we left around 11 p.m. when they started anointing the prayer cloths with olive oil.

A personal friend who went later testified that her knees were healed. And, 2 weeks later, the revival had jumped to 3,000 people and moved to a church that could hold the people.

Being the chasers of God that we were, my mentor, Terry Kruse and his wife Donna Kruse, booked a room to come and check it out. There was only 1 hotel room left in the whole city, so the revival was still selling out hotels!

Well, we got there early because reports were that there was a line. And a line there was! We waited from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

(Side Note: I PRAY that the people leading this revival read this. Here is my question: why on EARTH is it necessary to keep people waiting outside? If you open up the doors at 4:30 or 5, the people who wait all day would get their seats like they would if they waited outside. If you just open the doors early, there would be no line and no one would get trampled anyway. And the people you turn away, you could turn away hours earlier.

Can you help me understand this? I can’t think of another reason other than getting people to have mild levels of heat stroke so that they are calm as hindu cows when they get into revival.)

But I digress.

Well, we ended up 3 people from the door, when they locked us out and sent us packing. Terry and Donna and I got turned away.

(Side Note #2: How do you turn people away from revival? Why not just put speaker system outside? If people would wait in the sun for 2 hours, they would certainly wait around to hear the word of the Lord. What the heck?)

The last update we have had is that the revival is moving to The Lakeland Center. The seating is for 8,000, and the line should be INDOORS. This is a bonus.

Terry and Donna are set to come back in two weeks. I will try to go tonight and see how it is on a Monday night.