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Vision and Revelation from Jane Hansen Hoyt

A Precious Heritage

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You have given me the heritage of those who fear, revere and honor Your name.  Psalm 61:5

This month, on April 2nd, I gave thanks, once again, for a life changing event that continues to have an effect even today.  Let me share…

April 2, 1922, was the day long ago when my father gave his life to Christ in the midst of a revival that had come to Belfast, Northern Ireland. My dad’s family had been an active part of their Presbyterian church. Yet, when William P. Nicholson, nicknamed “the Tornado of the Pulpit” came to Belfast to preach his fiery message, “it was as though I had never heard the Gospel before,” my father remarked. 

In the early 1920s, Northern Ireland passed through a period of great strife and bloodshed. There were times of great apprehension and despair. Fear gripped the hearts of many and even spread to the churches. 

William Nicholson was a man of prayer, often spending hours and hours in communion with God. From the prayer closet he mounted the pulpit endued with power from Heaven.

He was a fearless individual who had a burning zeal to see God’s people rise in the power of the Kingdom and become all-out for God. Two favorite themes of his messages were “God’s love” and “God’s hell.” He preached the love of God with great warmth and tenderness, but for those who might reject the message of good news, he offered the only alternative, God’s hell. He preached on every aspect of hell with such zeal and passion that his hearers claimed to be able to almost smell the burning sulphur. 

My father was working in the nearby Harland & Wolff shipyard, when revival came to Belfast. He would tell of leaving the shipyard and going directly to the evening services at his church, so fascinated was he by the fiery Irish evangelist, Reverend  Nicholson.   

As the service went on, Reverend Nicholson, in his zeal and boldness, had no patience for the formality of the church. He would invite, no urge, his listeners to stand to their feet and shout out with a loud voice, “I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior.”  Years later, preaching from his own pulpit, my father would still weep as he told of the night he stood to proclaim his decision for Christ. 

The hunger for God grew within his heart. He was a student of the Word.  He was a powerful preacher, greatly anointed by the Holy Spirit. I can remember many times at the end of a Sunday morning service, after listening to his message, feeling that I couldn’t move from my seat. He delivered the Word with such a riveting effect. It created a hunger in my own heart to know God as he knew God.  That hunger remains to this day. The desire for more…more revelation, more insight, more of the Holy Spirit, more of God, to overtake my life in increased ways.  It never leaves me.  It has only increased through the years. 

You have given me the heritage of those who fear, revere and honor Your name, speaks of a precious heritage. Heritage speaks of something that is, “handed down, or transmitted by, or acquired from, a predecessor." While we understand that salvation is not inherited, but is every individual’s personal decision, I believe that hunger for the things of God can be encouraged. “To transmit” means to convey from one person to another, to hand down, to cause or to allow to spread.

I am so thankful for my heritage and for the hunger that was transmitted. It began with the preaching of a fiery, bold Irishman, who touched the life of my father in such a way that it continues yet today through me, my children, and grandchildren.

My prayer is for that kind of zeal in preaching to return to the church, and for that kind of fearless, bold description of “God’s Love,” and “God’s Hell” to overtake us, effecting and transmitting everyone in our path. 

Will Aglow allow the Holy Spirit to blow a new fire in our midst?

My response is YES!  COME HOLY SPIRIT!! 

Jane Hansen Hoyt
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Jane Hansen Hoyt
President/CEO
Aglow International
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Comments (12)

  1. Theresa

Moving from heritage into legacy means we can leave behind more than what we ever had. Advancing the Kingdom one generation at a time. Thank you fro Aglow.

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  1. Jane Lau

Yes! Come Holy Spirit and blow a new Jubilee fire amongst and in Aglow - Even so, and especially so, Come!

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  1. Genendal Fratantuono

Jane's wonderful heritage is reflected in her life and message. I pray I will leave a legacy worthy of hearing the Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

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  1. Sylvia Scheibel

It's amazing how the Lord brings people
To himself

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  1. Diane

Wonderfully encouraging message, Jane! Thanks for sharing your heritage...one that is clearly evident in your children and grandchildren. For those who may not have had such a spiritual heritage, the Lord would encourage you, YOU are the...

Wonderfully encouraging message, Jane! Thanks for sharing your heritage...one that is clearly evident in your children and grandchildren. For those who may not have had such a spiritual heritage, the Lord would encourage you, YOU are the beginning of that heritage for your family!

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  1. Sara Deskiewicz

Jane as always you inspire and I have so appreciated your leadership over these years. Truly God placed you as President of Aglow for such a time as this. You stand as a General leading and motivating your "troops" to action physically and...

Jane as always you inspire and I have so appreciated your leadership over these years. Truly God placed you as President of Aglow for such a time as this. You stand as a General leading and motivating your "troops" to action physically and spiritually as we press in to hear directly from the Commander in Chief, our Heavenly Father. Thank you sharing about your father and his impact on your faith and hunger. It reminded of a song by Jenn Johnson of Bethel entitled "In Over My Head(Crash Over Me)" below is link for the lyrics and you can find it on YouTube. The Lord bless you and keep and make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you and grant you His Peace. https://genius.com/Bethel-music-in-over-my-head-crash-over-me-lyrics https://youtu.be/qv3-TDdD1pM

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  1. Martha C Johnson

Also, we need to release the Power of Holy Spirit ! He lives in us, that is why He said He would never leave us or forsake us!
Let the Power flow and change lives....that is the way Yeshua did it ! To God be the Glory ...

Also, we need to release the Power of Holy Spirit ! He lives in us, that is why He said He would never leave us or forsake us!
Let the Power flow and change lives....that is the way Yeshua did it ! To God be the Glory great things He has done... and is doing ! As we allow Him...........

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  1. Dianne Ridddick

Jane,
May this same hunger for the word and work of God and the Holy Spirit overtake me; as I am here where God has placed me in this remote Alaskan village, Nanwalek, to interpret for one 13 year old girl. Your article encourages me to continue...

Jane,
May this same hunger for the word and work of God and the Holy Spirit overtake me; as I am here where God has placed me in this remote Alaskan village, Nanwalek, to interpret for one 13 year old girl. Your article encourages me to continue to hunger and seek after God. Be blessed in your work and continue to share in your blogs. They bless all who read them, me especially.

In His Service
Dianne Riddick
Your Conference ASL Interpreter

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  1. Nancy McGuirk

What a wonderful testimony, Jane. It should encourage us all that our good decisions can impact our family for generations to come.

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I loved your blog A Precious Heritage. My mother loved Ireland and had many friends in Belfast. But even more relevant --I will join you in prayer to see this fire awaken the Church. That Aglow will allow it and even more fan the embers. "Blaze...

I loved your blog A Precious Heritage. My mother loved Ireland and had many friends in Belfast. But even more relevant --I will join you in prayer to see this fire awaken the Church. That Aglow will allow it and even more fan the embers. "Blaze Spirit blaze , set our hearts on fire".

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