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Prayer-Driven Preaching

Effective preaching must be preceded by effectual praying. Occasionally, the King James Version of the Bible still has a better choice of words than more modern translations. That’s why I prefer the KJV for James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Assuming the righteous status of the preacher, effectual praying produces effective preaching. It matters little whether the sermon is categorized as textual, expository, topical, or the currently popular term,…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 4, 2019 at 9:15am — No Comments

Are Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day the Same?

Guest blog Written by Sherry Schuman

Grandparents Day of Prayer and National Grandparents Day are similar but not the same. To understand their similarities and differences, we need to examine both, starting with National Grandparents Day.

National Grandparents Day

After a three-year battle that began in 1970, West Virginia housewife Marian McQuade convinced her state Congress to commemorate grandparents with…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 2, 2019 at 11:56am — No Comments

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!…

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

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!…

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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…

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

STORYTELLING

STORYTELLING

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…

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

FINDING THE STORY

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…

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

HE CHOSE THE PASSOVER

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…

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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 www.craiglpc.com/quotes-enrich-easter/. 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.…



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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

WALKING YOUR SERMON

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…

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

2 THE FOUNDATION OF BIBLICAL PREACHING

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.

THE SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

AND

BIBLICAL BEDROCK…

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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

BIBLICAL PREACHING

INTRODUCTION

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.…

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

THE SERIOUSNESS OF HYPOCRISY

THE SERIOUSNESS OF HYPOCRISY

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…

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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…

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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…

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

SEE THAT YOU. . .

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…

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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.…

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

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