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Events tested speaker's faith

Posted: January 31, 2012 - 4:59pm  |  Updated: February 8, 2012 - 10:08am

 

Even though her father is a famous preacher, Anne Graham Lotz had to make her own decision about faith.

“Just because you are Billy Graham’s daughter doesn’t mean you are a Christian. I had to make my own commitment,” said Lotz, who spoke Jan. 24 at First Baptist Church of North Augusta for the Just Give Me Jesus kickoff celebration.

And there came a point in her life where her faith needed a revival.

Her three children were all married within eight months, and her son was diagnosed with cancer. Her mother was in the hospital several times with serious conditions. Hurricane Fran hit her own family hard, and her husband’s dental office burned.

Lotz was overwhelmed.

“I said, ‘I don’t want to escape with drugs or alcohol. I don’t want to quit what I’m doing. I’m not even asking for a miracle. Just give me Jesus,’” said Lotz, who will return in September to conduct a two-day Just Give Me Jesus revival at the James Brown Arena in Augusta.

The Jan. 24 meeting had several components. Lotz talked a little bit about herself and the Just Give Me Jesus revival, and organizers talked about how it came to be during the past several years.

The rest of the meeting, however, was a church service with congregational singing and preaching by Lotz.

Lotz’s message for the evening underscored the need for personal and corporate revival. She took her message from Matthew 24, where Jesus talked about his return and the signs of the times.

“I believe with all my heart this generation is the last,” she said. “I believe it is time to wake up God’s people.”

And with the days growing shorter, Jesus told his disciples that they should be doing three things until he returned. They should watch, work and walk.

“We need to be busy about the Father’s business,” said Lotz.

She likened these days to the days of Noah and the flood and told the women gathered to build an ark, a safe refuge from the perilous times ahead. She called Jesus that ark.

“Jesus is the answer,” she said.

The Jan. 24 meeting also gave those attending the opportunity to become involved and volunteer in the September revival.

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