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Richard Owen RobertsSOLEMN ASSEMBLY

by Richard Owen Roberts

The Sad Fact
Most professing Christians have never heard of a Solemn Assembly. Of the relatively small number who have, a substantial portion consider it as merely an Old Testament practice of no particular relevance today.

There are not less than twelve revival movements in the Old Testament. While each of these revivals is very different from the others, there are at least four factors preceding each revival which they all hold in common.

A Tragic Declension.
Every revival of the Old Testament is preceded by a period of moral and spiritual decline among the people of God. As illustrations of this problem, consider that preceding the revival of Exodus 32-33, the decline included the building of the golden calf and its worship, while the revival under David was preceded by a period of more than six decades in which the Ark of the Covenant of God was out of its rightful place in Jerusalem.

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Solemn Assembly in Ventura County, California 2002 — A Case Study

by Gerald Christian Nordskog

Shortly after 9/11/01, the Lord began to work on my heart about the country’s need for repentance. I began reading some of Richard Owens Roberts' and Coalition on Revival (COR) materials. The burden got heavier during the autumn as I continued to pray about it. I asked for prayer and got confirmation (through Jackie Yockey’s High Adventure Ministries holiday event to honor founder George Otis [now deceased]). My wife Gail and I discussed it at our home (our annual Christmas-New Years' party with close personal friends) and prayed over it, and it was again confirmed to immediately pursue a genuine Solemn Assembly.

Quickly, with a few friends, we formed the sponsoring group “Ventura County Council of Pastors & Leaders” (similar to the Coalition On Revival's Northern and Southern California groups from the ‘80s-‘90s). The small initial steering committee (now the elders of Trinity Home Church) set a name for our event: “Solemn Assembly Summit and Celebration — Seeking God for Ventura County 2002.”

Since we had many Christian contacts in our county, from years of chairing the National Day of Prayer (and other events) in Ventura, after setting goals and a plan, we began contacting ministry leaders throughout our county to participate. As of first of January we set an aggressive date of Saturday March 23. Basically, we had less than 90 days to organize, publicize and implement the Solemn Assembly. The urgency of the day after 9/11 and the Lord’s overwhelming burden on my heart said to do it soon and before Passion week.

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"Dr. Jay Grimstead founder and director Coalition on Revival (COR), Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI), and the International Church Council (ICC), seeks ten Regional Coordinators and one State Coordinator for each state to plan, promote, and realize Solemn Assemblies everywhere in America. Go to the Solemn Assembly Committee Website at

Also please visit the Website for the Coalition on Revival here.

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The Book that Made AmericaTHE FEAR OF GOD
A FORGOTTEN DOCTRINE (Expanded Second Edition)
by Dr. Arnold L. Frank

In "The Fear of God", Frank sets out to revitalize a doctrine that in times past – from the Biblical era to the founding of America – has empowered and emboldened Christians to lead lives that distinguished them among their peers as godly, and productive.

    228 pages
    Price: $16.95

131 Christians Everyone Should Know131 Christians Everyone Should Know
by William J. Federer

131 Christians Everyone Should Know
is a book every Christian should own. This easy read provides short, insightful, historical snapshots of theologians, martyrs, rulers, activists, musicians, reformers, and more, who shook their world.

Notable figures featured span the generations, vary in age and gender, and include such champions as Dante, C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, Oswald Chambers, Dwight L. Moody, and Martin Luther. You can learn a lot from these Christian heroes. A look at their lives will inspire you - no matter what age-to greater faithfulness.

Paperback, 384 pages
Price $17.00

One Nation Under GodCREATED FOR WORK
by Bob Schultz

All young men should be on the road to developing a healthy attitude toward work. Honest productive work is the backbone of strong families and blessed nations.

Bob Schultz's previous book, Boyhood and Beyond, addressed essential issues related to godly character as boys transition into manhood. In Created for Work he applies his engaging homespun wisdom, with stories from real life, to teach young men (and boys) what it means to be good workers.

Questions at the end of each chapter.
Paperback, 181 pages
PRICE $10.00

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