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PTAP: Arabian Ramadan - Pray Through Colossians

Ramadan 2019 starts this year on May 5 or May 6 depending where you are in the world. 

Click below to download PTAP's 30 Day Ramadan 2019 prayer guide in PDF form.  This is a guide to help you pray for the Arabian Peninsula in particular.  So let's unite our hearts in prayer during the 30 days of Ramadan for God to build his church in the AP!…


Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 29, 2019 at 7:50am — No Comments

A Prayer-Shaped Disciple

“The Prayer-Shaped Disciple” - It’s the name of the textbook I wrote for use in Seminary classes on prayer. It is also the name of the seminar I lead occasionally in churches. I led such a seminar in a church in west Texas earlier this month and will lead one in a church in Oklahoma next month. It is often the title of a sermon series I preach where I serve as Interim Pastor. To be shaped in the image of Jesus is to be prayer-shaped. He prayed at his baptism, He prayed from His cross, and He…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on April 27, 2019 at 10:25am — No Comments



When I was a boy, our pastor was Dr. Max Stanfield. That may not mean anything to you if you are not from Oklahoma, and now, if you are not really old. Dr. Max died in the dark ages when I was 13. But he was a marvellous preacher, and a wonderful pastor. He had been a college football player, and a collegiate champion debater. Above all else, I remember Max as a consummate storyteller. He used to tell…


Added by David Young on April 26, 2019 at 4:42pm — 2 Comments


I am writing a novel right now. And I have a certain perspective on the process. According to Jerry Jenkins, who wrote the Left Behind Series, and actually several other experienced authors, there are basically two kinds of fiction writers. Some are out-liners. There is an integrity to this kind of writing. And in fact, this includes writers, like Davis Bunn and others whose writings I love.

But I am not an…


Added by David Young on April 22, 2019 at 12:32pm — No Comments


It is important for us to know that Jesus chose to be crucified on Passover. He could have chosen any day of the year. He could have chosen any of the Jewish holy days. He could have chosen the feast of Tabernacles, celebrating the miracles of His grace. He could have chosen the solemn Day of Atonement. But He chose the most comprehensive of celebrations, Passover.

For some time He had actually been telling His…


Added by David Young on April 21, 2019 at 7:32pm — No Comments

Thoughts to Enhance Your Resurrection Celebration Day

Quotes to Enrich Your Easter were posted by Craig Lounsbrough, M. Div., LPC at The quotes were shared with me by Phil Miglioratti. I would like to share the points The Lord Showed me from these quotes and, where relevant, to what He specifically Led me.…


Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on April 20, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Teach Us To Pray

If you want to #learn to #PRAY.

Get around #PeopleWhoPRAY.


Added by Mark S Mirza on April 20, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments


Every week when I was a pastor, I did what I called walking my sermons. Although this depends on the Biblical foundations I wrote about last week, I believe it is the most valuable advice I can give preachers.

The sermon is an oral event. It is what Marshall McLuhan called a hot medium of communication. I would argue that you should not write out a sermon, and then try to memorize it, trying to translate from…


Added by David Young on April 15, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Pray for open doors and opportunities for the harvest

Prayer Requests - April 15, 2019

Pray for many to gain access to the Word. Pray they will be irresistibly drawn to read and their eyes and ears will be open to the truth and the Father's love. Ask for someone to come alongside them who can help explain the way to salvation and answer their questions.

Women in prisons are coming to believe in the Lord. Pray for continued opportunities for provision of…

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 14, 2019 at 3:11pm — No Comments


What I am teaching in these blog posts is expository or direct Biblical preaching. I believe there is a place for topical preaching and apologetic, or subject teaching. But I believe you will find great power in sharing what God has to say to people in His word.





Added by David Young on April 8, 2019 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Where is it?

I had been in and out of prayer this morning.  Then I was Given this to think about.

Humans are made up of the physical and the spiritual.  The physical part we can readily see.  The spiritual we can only see manifestations thereof.

So where, exactly, is the spiritual located inside the human body?  The heart?  The brain?  I couldn’t figure it out.

My best guess is that the spiritual in a human body is where the “brain bone” is connected to the “heart bone.”

Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on April 8, 2019 at 11:33am — No Comments



Paul's admonition to Timothy is still appropriate.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.…


Added by David Young on April 4, 2019 at 3:57pm — 1 Comment



It is interesting how we rank sins. My nephew has noted that different Christian denominations rank sins differently. He said divorce is about at the top in the denomination we belong to. But he told me a story of a similar church in a different denomination that was considering making someone he knew a deacon. They never questioned his divorce, but they would not ordain him, if…


Added by David Young on March 31, 2019 at 11:41am — No Comments

Prayers God Loves to Answer: Praying for the Church (pt. 4)

Holding to the truth

Today is a day of confusion regarding truth, and that confusion has invaded the church.  Confusion reigns where the church fails to hold firmly on to the Word of God.


The letter to the church at Pergamum starts this way:  "These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword." (Revelation 2:12)  This double-edged sword is the word of God, which comes out of Jesus' mouth…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 28, 2019 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Prayers God Loves to Answer: Praying for the Church (pt. 3)

Perhaps no area of our walk with God is more challenged by our culture today than the area of sexuality.  Having strayed from the truth of God's word, as a society we no longer even know how to define gender.  More and more, our culture reflects Paul's warning to the Romans:

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 24, 2019 at 4:58pm — No Comments


This week my personal devotions are in Matthew 24. And I have been struck by a number of things that Jesus said in this chapter about the last days. I am aware that what I am writing may be disturbing to some of us. And that is not my intent. God is in control no matter what we face in these times. I have joked in the past that in 1 Thessalonians 4:18 where Paul says, “Comfort one another with these words,” we misread it, “Scare the life out of one another…


Added by David Young on March 22, 2019 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Resources for Intentional Grandparenting

A Grandparent’s Challenge

I received the special gift of grandparenting as I approached my midlife season. It was exciting to become a grandparent! However, I learned that along with this gift came a sacred trust to imprint another generation with the message of God’s faithfulness. Reflecting on my new responsibility, I realized my prayers were too general and vague and I became frustrated with how I was praying for my grandchildren.…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 21, 2019 at 11:50am — No Comments


Most of us think there is very little hope for mankind in the law of God. And if you think of keeping the law in your own efforts as your self-salvation project, it is indeed absolutely hopeless. However the law of God was not given to bring Salvation. It shows us God's standards of right and wrong. And when we come to it with a transformed heart, it shows us how we are able to please God who has done everything to save us. And the law helps us break free from…


Added by David Young on March 20, 2019 at 7:26pm — No Comments

PTAP: Students and Bedouin

Alex and Adam study in the same university, and they have both become believers in Jesus in recent years. Their meeting one another could be a source of great encouragement in the midst of an overwhelmingly Muslim culture. Please pray that…

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on March 20, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Prayers God Loves to Answer: Praying for the Church (pt. 2)

A civil worker in Kentucky loses her job for refusal to issue a license for a gay marriage due to her religious convictions.  A baker on Colorado is sued for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, again due to religious convictions.  Celebrities who are believers get criticized for positions taken by their pastors on controversial topics.  Long-standing mottos like "In God We Trust" get challenged.


All around us, the church is challenged and squeezed by a culture that…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 19, 2019 at 7:34pm — No Comments

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