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February 2019 Blog Posts (20)

Boiling Prayers

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,…


Added by Ray Pritchard on February 28, 2019 at 3:41pm — 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…


Added by David Young on February 25, 2019 at 6:28pm — 1 Comment

Don't Say Amen!

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…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on February 24, 2019 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Become an ABC Prayer Champion

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 3:50pm — No Comments

Prayers God Loves to Answer: Praying for the Church (pt. 1)

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…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 24, 2019 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Observations on Three Mega-Firings

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…


Added by Phil Miglioratti on February 22, 2019 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

How to I learned to Pray for my Grandchildren

 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…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on February 18, 2019 at 9:05pm — 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.

I recently…


Added by David Young on February 18, 2019 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Prayers God Loves to Answer

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,…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on February 17, 2019 at 10:11pm — 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 7:00am — No Comments

Families have a tremendous need for prayer

Why should we pray for our families?

Cultural pressures are increasing on our grandchildren and their parents. However, grandparents can help the next generation navigate these cultural issues. Just as Esther stood in the gap for her people, the Jews, when they were threatened, physically, we can stand in the gap with prayer for our families as the enemy threatens their spiritual lives.  …


Added by Lillian A. Penner on February 14, 2019 at 3:54pm — No Comments


How do you pray when your soul is troubled? In John 12:27,28 Jesus said His soul was troubled.

First, it is important to see that having a troubled soul is not necessarily sin. Jesus' soul was troubled. In fact, having a troubled soul may indicate spiritual sensitivity. It certainly did in the life of Jesus. His disciples couldn't see anything to be troubled about on that day. But look at these verses and see how…


Added by David Young on February 14, 2019 at 12:49pm — 2 Comments

Dutch Sheets' prayer for the church in America

Father, focus Your beautiful bride on the Son. May we recognize the season we are in and make ourselves ready to ride this massive wave of awakening. The church must look, sound and act differently. It must look like Jesus, sound like Jesus and act like Jesus. We must put aside doctrinal arguments and historical traditions and get back to the basics of the Word. We must work together and waste no time. Give Christians, pastors and leaders fresh strategies to lead their congregations in…


Added by Malva Birch on February 10, 2019 at 9:25am — No Comments


Difficulties are not for God to fix WHAT YOU WANT.

Remember, He has you WHERE HE WANTS.

Join us at…


Added by Mark S Mirza on February 9, 2019 at 8:18pm — No Comments

It's Time for a New Reformation

October 31, 2017 was 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg. Barbara and I were in Berlin for a meeting of several hundred global leaders there to mark that date. It was my privilege to lead morning prayer sessions at that gathering. We then made our way to Wittenberg and to Castle Church for the 500th year celebration. The church was packed and the moment was unforgettable.

From Wittenberg, Barbara and I drove to Herrnhut, Germany.…


Added by P. Douglas Small on February 6, 2019 at 10:25am — 1 Comment


Do you use profanity in your writing? Frankly, I have been alarmed lately at the amount of profanity I have found in books and motion pictures. I won't argue with you, at least at this point, if you tell me that I should not be reading those books or watching those movies. For now I just want to deal with the phenomenon. First, while all of these words represent bitterness and rebellion, there are actually at least four separate categories of…


Added by David Young on February 5, 2019 at 4:16pm — 1 Comment

God Wants an Intimate Relationship with you

Isn't it exciting to have your precious grandchild come running into your arms with hugs and kisses? Your six-year-old granddaughter calling to tell you she lost her first tooth and the tooth fairy is coming to her house, or your seven-year-old grandson thrilled to tell you how many goals he made in his soccer game. I spent a day with my two youngest…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on February 4, 2019 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Prayer of the Meek

The Prayer of the Meek by S. I. McMillan MD. (1963)

Lord, keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject.

Release Me From the craving to straighten out everyone's affairs.…


Added by Mark S Mirza on February 2, 2019 at 7:22pm — No Comments


Do you know why we DO NOT seek His will?

Because we DO NOT trust Him to give us our will



Added by Mark S Mirza on February 2, 2019 at 7:33am — No Comments

PTAP: Francis to Visit UAE

Pope Francis will be visiting the UAE from February 3 to 5, 2019. This is the pope's first visit to the Arabian Peninsula. The Pope's visit coincides with the visit of the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Dr Ahmad Al Tayeb, where the two prominent religious figures will hold a historic meeting to launch a global humanitarian message to consolidate the values of tolerance and brotherhood, coexistence…

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on February 1, 2019 at 7:14pm — No Comments

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