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How You Can Be God’s History-Maker for Your City

"God seeks intercessors. He longs to dispense larger blessings. He longs to reveal His power and glory as God, His saving love, and more abundantly. He seeks intercessors in larger numbers, in greater power, to prepare the way of the Lord." Andrew Murray



Did you realize that if you are involved in intercession, you are working with God to determine the future? Certain things in history will happen through our…

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Added by Debbie Przybylski on May 20, 2018 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Prayer Opens Heaven

What is the result of prayer? Does it make the pray-er feel better? Yes, but it does more than that. Does it fulfill biblical instructions? Yes, but it does more than that. Does it follow the model of Jesus? Yes, but it does more than that. Prayer opens heaven. Jesus lived with an open heaven. At His baptism, “When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened” (Luke 3:21). In the midst of His ministry, Jesus…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 6, 2018 at 4:28pm — 1 Comment

MEASURING THE CHURCH

How do you measure the church? Do you measure it by the beauty and size of the building? Do you measure it by the number of programs and activities? Do you measure it by the number of people who attend or the size of the offerings gathered?

In Revelation 11 John was told to do some measuring. And I think his measurements tell us something about measuring the church.…

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Added by David Young on May 5, 2018 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Especially for Grandmothers for Mother's Day

If Timothy’s grandmother Lois had not been faithful in passing on her faith to her daughter Eunice and grandson Timothy we would not have the books, I and II Timothy in the Bible today. Their example is an excellent generational example of the importance of passing on the faith to future generations. Lois is our forerunner who modeled grand mothering for us.

Isn’t it interesting that nowhere in the Bible does it say that the church has the primary…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 3, 2018 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Make Love Your Aim

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give…

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Added by John I Snyder on April 23, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Are Grandparents' Day of Prayer and National Grandparents the same?

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 a special day. This commemoration honored grandparents,…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on April 20, 2018 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Have you Heard about the Day of Prayer for Grandchildren?

The Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) recognizes the desperate moral and spiritual climate our grandchildren must navigate in a world hostile to truth. Satan has launched an aggressive attack on all fronts using media, technology, education, social influences, and…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 23, 2018 at 5:19pm — No Comments

THE ANCHOR OF THE SOUL

For some time I have been planning to write a book on our hope in Christ. So I have decided to give you a foretaste in a regular blog. I am calling this new blog, “THE ANCHOR OF THE SOUL." 



Have you ever been in the storm from Acts 27? I did not ask if you have read it, although I recommend that you read it. I am asking if your life has been besieged by such a storm. 

It began with a gentle southerly breeze promising that the troubled seas were…

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Added by David Young on March 16, 2018 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Not Sure You'll Make It to Tomorrow?

Are you going through a storm right now? Something so difficult or traumatic that you aren't sure you'll make it to tomorrow?

Don't give up hope.

It often takes a storm to get our minds off our own plans and ways and onto God's greater plan—to realize there's a purpose for our life that is…

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Added by John I Snyder on March 15, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Missionary Conference--Prayer based

On March 11, 2018, my church had a Missionary Conference, which was coordinated by our church's Missions Committee. I am on that committee, and can say that everyone working made this conference possible. The whole committee worked very hard. The conference was a blessing to the whole church.

I believe that the following was extremely important to the success of this Missionary Conference:  One member of the committee was not able to…

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Added by Lewis Turner on March 12, 2018 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Day 1 Prayer: Hasten the Day

"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God." -- 2 Peter…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 1, 2018 at 7:37am — 1 Comment

PTAP: Tenacious Faith and Persistent Prayer

A Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying out after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on February 26, 2018 at 8:37am — No Comments

YOU WRITE WHAT YOU ARE

Jesus said it in Matthew Chapter 7. “You can't grow grapes from thorn bushes.” This applies to every area of our lives from running a marathon to raising your children. And it especially applies to writing which is the fruit of your soul. I remember reading something Baxter Black wrote on how he began writing poetry. He told about writing a poem with a religious theme for an English class in college. He got the paperback with the words writ large and in red…

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Added by David Young on February 20, 2018 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

Is your life painting a picture of grace?

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”—Hebrews 4:12 (NIV).

Focused on beginning a new column, I was startled when movement outside my office window distracted me. One, two...no, three deer were running through my yard headed to the wooded ravine behind my house. With white tails pointed upward, the three…

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Added by Carol Round on February 5, 2018 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL

On the day of Pentecost Peter stood up in the midst of all the people and declared to them the gospel. In Acts 2:22 he described Jesus as,

“A man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know”

Don’t you think that was a strange way for Peter to say that. Wouldn’t you have simply said, Jesus…

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Added by David Young on February 3, 2018 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

Faith in the Fire: Suffering in All Kinds of Ways

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. -1 Peter 1:6-7

Peter was writing to believers who were suffering in all kinds of ways. They lived in the midst of some of the greatest miracles and revelations of…

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Added by John I Snyder on February 3, 2018 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Day 1 Prayer: Bearing Fruit in Prayer

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. -- John 15:7-8

 

Books about prayer promises are popular. "Ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." Who wouldn't buy into that?

 

But like all promises in the Bible, this one has a context - and the context of this promise is fruitfulness. Six times in…

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Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 1, 2018 at 9:15pm — 1 Comment

The God of Peace

What do all of these bullets below have in common?

  • You need direction
  • Someone near you needs direction in their life
  • You are confused
  • You have no peace

ANSWER: The God of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33) has the answer.

Lack of Peace is an Answer

And remember that…

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Added by Mark S Mirza on February 2, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Mark’s Secret Mathematical Prayer Formula



Click the formula above to go directly to the link. Or cut and paste the following:…

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Added by Mark S Mirza on January 23, 2018 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Praying for Planters

I first met Jim Essian when he played 3rd base for the Fort Worth Cats minor league baseball team and I worked with the team Chaplain. I next met him years later as he was starting a church in downtown Fort Worth. Many church plants don’t make it seven years, but many are not started by guys who hustle on every play, don’t mind getting their uniform dirty, and play every game to win. In seven years, Jim’s church plant has baptized over 200 people, planted another church down the road,…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 21, 2018 at 6:21pm — No Comments

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