Chester (1864)

CHESTER. - On Lord's-day, Feb. 21st., Robert Barlow and Henry Moorhouse preached three times in the Lecture Hall, Bridge-street, and the presence of the Lord was felt by the believers present. In the afternoon the anxious were invited into the vestry, and many distressed on account of their sin were soon crying out for mercy. Prayer was offered, and the distressed ones were told of the finished work of a risen Christ - of Him who had put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. While we were singing a man jumped up and shouted out, "I do believe it, glory to Him who died. He  then told us he was a gambler; and, taking sixpence out of his pocket, said he had that for gambling; "but," he added, "take it towards your chapel." He then pulled out his betting-book, and in the presence of us all thrust it into the fire and burnt it. Another young man pulled out of his pocket a lot of plays and said, "I believe these are keeping me away from Christ and I'll burn them," which he did in the presence of us all. To Him whose grace is sufficient to save the vilest be all the praise and glory. We summoned a prayer meeting at six o'clock and before that time more than 200 were present and before a quarter past six the place was densely crowded. No children were admitted.  Moorhouse spoke of Jesus, who died for all, and many were sobbing under the power of the gospel. Robert Barlow followed with much power and many were impressed with the word. A meeting for anxious ones was commenced, and soon the platform was covered with such. The policeman, who was sent to keep away the crowd was the first to profess to know his sins forgiven by faith in a risen Christ. The meeting was continued until half-past ten when more had professed Christ as their Saviour. We retired with much regret, as we could have stayed all night. Such a day we have seldom seen at Chester, and we ask prayer for many who went home anxious, and for our brothers Barlow and Moorhouse, that God will give them strength and grace for the work to which He has called them.

"The Revival," March 10th, 1864.


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