American preachers coming to Bradenton for national revival
HERALD STAFF REPORT
MANATEE -- Pastors and evangelists from Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and Florida are coming to Bradenton for the annual four-day revival service at Bradenton Gospel Tabernacle, 1218 Seventh Ave. E., starting at 7:30 p.m. August 27-30.
BGT Pastor John Paul Marlow calls it a revival for America.
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"America needs healing," Marlow said. "Jesus is the healer and people need healing in their bodies and souls."
Inside the square-building, the congregation will worship and rejoice with America's gospel singer Marla Conrad and powerful and inspiring preaching from several renowned evangelists, Marlow said.
Marlow, a preacher and Bradenton native, is in his 64th year working as minister of the Gospel. At 81, he continues preaching four times a week and traveling as far as Africa, Kenya and Central America "working for Jesus," he says.
A high energy level is typical of the church, said Michael Koerner, BGT member, although he says the revival is more spirit-filled than most services.
Revival attendees will be able to surrender their needs to God, Marlow said.
"He always listens," Marlow said. "God can use anyone who is willing to be a vessel. Who are we to say it cannot be done through me?"
Marlow said he has witnessed firsthand the miraculous works of Jesus Christ from the swamps of the Okeechobee River to the deserts of Chile.
"God's spirit is here. He is here to make his spirit known," Marlow said.
After every message, Marlow invites people to come to the front of the room to pray and refocus their lives on God. Marlow and other pastors usually encourage people attending the revival to press into God and they pray over attendees asking for physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
"People may expect a miracle at this revival," said Marlow.
This free revival is open to the public. There will be 7:30 p.m. services each night plus services at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday