Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
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…Continue
Added by David Young on March 20, 2019 at 7:26pm — No Comments
Added by Merton J. Hershberger on March 20, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 19, 2019 at 7:34pm — No Comments
A good friend focused my attention on Isaiah 60:1-2 as a word from the Lord for the New Year: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” …Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 14, 2019 at 2:50pm — No Comments
When I was born, the hospital in Temple, Texas had a show window where they placed their idea of the best-looking baby to be born that day/week. Partly because someone thought I was that baby, and partly because my mother was a registered nurse in the same hospital, I spent a full week in the show window. Of course, I don’t remember it, but I was reminded of it many times through the years. Last week I walked through the new-born section of a local hospital. One cannot do that without also…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on March 10, 2019 at 3:01pm — No Comments
Several months ago I wrote a blog post that was primarily on Jeremiah 29:11. I was reacting to something I heard said from the pulpit. The preacher said we could not take this as a promise if we were not Israelites being sent into exile. I took exception to this in my blog, showing that this verse has universal application. But in this post I want to apply this truth to Scripture as a whole. Look with me at something Jesus said in Matthew…Continue
Added by David Young on March 4, 2019 at 1:23pm — No Comments
Added by Merton J. Hershberger on March 3, 2019 at 9:12pm — No Comments
Dear friends in Christ,
March is the time we focus on Government and the Military. Every month we dedicate articles, research and prayer strategies for the spheres of influence in our society.
During the month of April we are praying for the sphere of Business - Trade and Finance. Should you wish to include your prayer requests in the April newsltter, please send them to us by the 15th March.
Check the website for more information…Continue
Added by Lilian Marie Schmid on March 2, 2019 at 2:37am — No Comments
More will follow from other nations as well.
We recently commenced a research to find out the challenges that are being encountered within the Spheres of Influence in cities and regions across the world. We asked people “What are the Challenges that are affecting the Spheres of Influence in your city, in your region, in your nation?”
Added by Lilian Marie Schmid on March 2, 2019 at 2:35am — No Comments
What is the wedding garment in the parable in Matthew 22:12? In the parable recorded in the first verses of Matthew 22, when those who would not come to the king's wedding feast were destroyed, the servants were sent out to bring anyone they found, good or bad, to the wedding feast. But when the king came in to see his guests he found one without a wedding garment. “Friend,” he said, “how did you get in here without a wedding garment?” And there was nothing…Continue
Added by David Young on March 1, 2019 at 2:25pm — No Comments
We face two dangers whenever we talk about prayer. We can make prayer seem so difficult that only the “super-Christians” can pray effectively while the rest of us just muddle along. Sometimes the stories we tell about saints who spent hours on their knees crying out to God end up discouraging us because we’re busy and tired and the kids are wearing us out and our job is a hassle and life feels like a burden, so even if Luther prayed two hours every morning,…Continue
Added by Ray Pritchard on February 28, 2019 at 2:41pm — No Comments
In 2 Timothy Paul gives us a marvelous example of integral hope in his life. Paul's life even at that difficult end was still buoyed by a higher purpose. 2 Timothy 4:1,2 reads,
“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…Continue
I have a confession. Growing up, it seemed the preachers always used at least one Hebrew or Greek word in every sermon to help clarify or explain the biblical text. This was good. It was helpful. I appreciated it. But I also assumed if I didn’t understand a word or phrase in the worship service, it must be Hebrew or Greek. So, my youthful observation led me to assume the word “Amen” was either Hebrew or Greek for “Sit down.” Every time someone ended a prayer with the word “Amen” we all sat…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on February 24, 2019 at 3:17pm — No Comments
Become an ABC Prayer Champion
Always Be Creative
When we are introduced to God in Genesis, God is creating something awesome and beautiful with a creative potential of its own.
When we gather people to worship God's attributes or wonder about God's word, to work with God…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on February 24, 2019 at 2:50pm — No Comments
According to Christianity Today, the United Methodist Church's General Session this weekend will be determining the church's stance on LGBT/gender issues. At stake are questions like whether to ordain LGBT ministers, whether to perform gay marriages, etc. (1)
The stakes are high in all of this, and there are believers on many sides in this issue. Words like "love" and "grace" get tossed around a lot, with definitions being assumed and never really spelled out (if you don't…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 24, 2019 at 2:20pm — No Comments
Observations on Three Mega-Firings
For me, this past year has been the best of times and the worst of times.
The best? I’m a Great Commission-meets-Great Commandment guy who is radically blessed by a collaboration of nearly one thousand…Continue
Early in my life, I felt my prayers were too general for my family, I asked God to give me wisdom and insight on how I could pray more intentionally. I discovered praying God’s Word was a great resource to help me to pray not only for my grandchildren and their parents but also for myself.
When I pray according to God’s Word, I am in line with His will, enabling me to pray with confidence, direction, power, and wisdom according to Hebrews 4:12, “The Word of God is full…Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on February 18, 2019 at 8:05pm — No Comments
Last week I wrote about Jesus praying when His soul was troubled. In John 12:27 Jesus said something crucial about life in Him. His words were, “For this purpose.” Few things are as crucial in coping with life as getting a firm grip on the purpose of God. All hope must be bound together with purpose. The higher your purpose the more substantial your hope.
Added by David Young on February 18, 2019 at 1:24pm — No Comments
I watched a message from David Jeremiah today on the question of "Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers?" He covered all the typical answers - cherished sin, praying with wrong motives, praying outside God's will, lack of faith, etc. Nothing he said was scripturally wrong, but I confess that I have difficulty with the hidden premise behind this approach to prayer.
The premise seems to be that prayer is a means to get what we want from God. And if we remove all the obstacles,…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 17, 2019 at 9:11pm — No Comments
We #Pray to #God for #Revival.
Then #Expect Him to
#Plow, #Plant, and #Water too.
But isn't that OUR #Job?
Added by Mark S Mirza on February 16, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments