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Too often, Christians wait for some extraordinary move of the Spirit to correct all their spiritual ills.
Although such a revival is possible, it is not the way God ordinarily grows His church.
In The Essential Means of Grace, Paul Washer considers the three prominent gifts God provided for growth in godliness: the Scriptures, prayer, and participation in the life and ministry of the local church. Our desire for the extraordinary should never lead us to neglect the ordinary. Rather, let us devote ourselves to these ordinary means of grace in dependence upon the Spirit for an extraordinary conformity and usefulness to Christ.
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Paul Washer ministered as a missionary in Peru for ten years, during which time he founded the HeartCry Missionary Society to support Peruvian church planters. Paul now serves as one of the laborers with the HeartCry Missionary Society (www.heartcrymissionary.com). He and his wife Charo have four children: Ian, Evan, Rowan, and Bronwyn.
“Every page of this book found a warm echo in my heart. Briefly and clearly, directly and forcefully, earnestly and winsomely, God’s appointed way of real and sustained spiritual vitality is set forth. The testimony of my Bible, of my experience, and of my conscience, is that Paul Washer has put his finger on the simple remedies for so many of our spiritual maladies. I need these reminders for the good of my soul; I want them for the good of the souls of the people whom I love, and for the glory of God in His church. I believe that you need them and should want them too.” — Jeremy Walker, pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church