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September 2014 Blog Posts (30)

Heart Responsed--how do they affecdt our concept of God?

Heart Considerations –do they affect our responses with others?


Tonight, my wife and I watched an episode of the Walton’s.  It was an interesting story.  The father was offered a very nice price for their land and the story showed him looking at all…


Added by Lewis Turner on September 29, 2014 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Rating the President

“I know that when things don’t go well they like to blame the Presidents, and that is one of the things which Presidents are paid for.” (John F. Kennedy)


According to the Gallup Poll, President Barack Obama’s job approval rating reached its high point (67%) in January 2009, and its low point (38%) September 2nd 2014. His most recent weekly average (September 15-21) was 43%.


Gallup historical comparisons indicate the average for U.S.…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 29, 2014 at 12:46pm — 1 Comment

Serenity or Courage?

The quote hung on my wall as a teen-ager. I would not know much about the author until Seminary days when his name was prominent on reading lists. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference,” so wrote Reinhold Niebuhr in his Serenity Prayer. American theologian, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 years, Niebuhr offered me my first motto. Over the years I would learn…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on September 29, 2014 at 7:33am — No Comments

Why Individual Prayer Types Matter for City-wide Prayer

“The will of the one who sent us is that we be the one who was sent. What we do is meant to be lived out of the context of discovering and becoming the person we are.” (Robert Benson, Between the Dreaming and the Coming True)

Mount Nittany is the highest place in our city. When I look across the valley from up there, I see homes, businesses, and schools; I see bars, streets, and stadiums; and I see cars on the highway and planes in the sky. And I wonder about…


Added by Chris Heinz on September 26, 2014 at 9:32am — No Comments

Are You Sowing Seeds of Prayer?

During this autumn season, I am reminded of my childhood, growing up on a wheat farm in Oklahoma. In the summer after the wheat harvest, my father would prepare the soil for the next year’s harvest and in the autumn, he would sow the wheat seed. Throughout the winter months, we would wait for the rains to water the seed, fertilize and wait for it to come up and watch it…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on September 25, 2014 at 4:31pm — No Comments


What do you have to do that wastes your time and strains your patience? Can you pray in that time? For 40+ years I have enjoyed shopping with my wife. I like being with her. However, we made a compromise early on. I would walk along behind her with a book. I used the…


Added by David Young on September 25, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Living by the Book

“The Bible holds up before us ideals that are within sight of the weakest and the lowliest, and yet so high that the best and the noblest are kept with their faces turned ever upward. It carries the call of the Saviour to the remotest corners of the earth; on its pages are written the assurances of the present and our hopes for the future.” (William Jennings Bryan)

God’s manuscript convicts our conscience. With an invisible hand, God wrote the terms of His covenant with…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 24, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Terrorism, Truth, and Trust

“Though this world with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. Let goods and kindred go, This mortal life also; The body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still; His kingdom is forever.” (Martin Luther)


This morning, before President Obama departed for a meeting at the United Nations, he spoke concerning the initial attacks on ISIS in Syria. A coalition of five Arab nations joined the…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 23, 2014 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Second Free “Back to School”EBook Offer

Many requested the Free Back to School eBook I offered a few weeks ago. School has been in session for a month or more, however I would still like to send you the “Back to School” eBook that I offered several weeks a go. Just subscribe to my blog or request it in an email at  I will be happy to send it to you.

This eBook will give you Effective Ways to Pray for your grandchildren in school. We inhabit a fallen,…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on September 22, 2014 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Pouring Out Your Heart in Lament to God

“It seems to me that we do not need to be taught how to lament since we have so many models in Scripture. What we need is simply the assurance that it’s okay to lament. We all carry deep within ourselves a pressurized reservoir of tears. It takes only the right key at the right time to unlock them. In God’s perfect time, these tears can be released to form a healing flood. That’s the beauty and the mystery of the prayer of lament.” Michael…


Added by Debbie Przybylski on September 19, 2014 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Our Authority in Intercession

“This is a kairos time for God’s people to understand authority, for authority is the key to power. This is a time for us to deal with the spirit of fear that has imbedded itself into the heart of the church. The spirit of fear creates an unsound mind, it weakens power, and it negates love. God has given us an awesome responsibility.” Chuck…


Added by Debbie Przybylski on September 19, 2014 at 6:34pm — 1 Comment

What is Your Passion as a Grandparent?

My passion is to intentionally pray my grandchildren will love Jesus and follow Him wholeheartedly.

Christian Grandparenting Network has a passion to encourage and equip grandparents to pray for their grandchildren. 

Our mission is to challenge grandparents around the world to intentionally and regularly come together to pray, interceding for their grandchildren, children and communities. In the Pray! Magazine, Arlyn Lawrence writes, “Intercession is one of the ways…


Added by Lillian A. Penner on September 18, 2014 at 1:20pm — No Comments


I want to return today to a crucial facet of prayer that I have written about before. I want to encourage you to develop the habit of praying for people everywhere you are. You can pray for people you see in the bank or the grocery store. You can pray for people you meet as you walk down the street or even as you are stuck in traffic.

Of course the first question that arises about this is “What do I pray for total strangers?” I have given people guides that they can use to get…


Added by David Young on September 18, 2014 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Dealing with the Devil

“We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents.” (Mark Twain)


Our archenemy would love to make our life hell on earth. But when we hear the lion’s roar ringing in our ears, we can order him to get out of our face.


Struggling with sin will convince us that we need supernatural help if we’re ever going to vacate Satan’s death trap. We are a combination of opposites,a mixture of good and evil.…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 18, 2014 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

From Wimpy Prayers to Bold Praying

Most weeks, I type out a note to encourage and embolden fellow Christians to pray and go deeper in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

This week, I offer to you a recording of Prayer Leader David Butts titled, From Wimpy Prayers to Bold Praying.  It runs around 35 minutes in duration, but I promise you that your faith will be challenged and encouraged as you listen.

If you feel "stuck" in your prayer life; like your prayers seem ineffective or…


Added by Rob Griepentrog on September 17, 2014 at 12:11pm — No Comments

That Time I Drove Into A Ditch

I’ve done some stupid things while visiting my in-laws.

The first time I met Jean and Jeannine, I broke their door, their vacuum cleaner, and dropped their camera in the snow. That night I asked Jean for Colette’s hand in marriage. He answered, “I think you should wait longer.” (By longer, I think he meant forever). Sorry Jean.

At my in-laws house, I’ve caused false 911 calls, fallen off motorcycles, and gotten sick on bike rides, but this one tops them all.

At a recent…


Added by Chris Heinz on September 17, 2014 at 6:37am — No Comments

Praying for Bright, Shiny Faces

Bright, Shiny Faces Surely some of you remember the children’s song we used to sing first thing in the mornings: “Good morning to you, Good morning to you, We’re all in our places With bright, shiny faces, Good morning to you.” I had no strong feelings either way about the song, but I remember wondering if my face was really shining? Then I began to hear phrases like, “Her face was radiant (radiant: sending out light; shining or glowing brightly) and, “He was beaming (beaming: shining…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on September 14, 2014 at 8:04pm — No Comments


I have been among those who complain about the notion of the mouthing of a “sinner’s prayer” as the means to salvation. I wrote a track a few years ago entitled The primary message of Jesus. It was based on the fact that Jesus called people to repent and become disciples. I am not sure we should not quote verses like 2 Timothy 3:12 to people as we present Christ to them. It reads.…


Added by David Young on September 11, 2014 at 12:48pm — 1 Comment

The Mistake Pastors Make About Prayer

I’ve been around churches, ministries, and Christian conferences for most of my life, and I’ve had many awesome leaders in that time. One quality was pretty consistent among my leaders—dedication to prayer. They wanted to pray and they wanted us to pray. For that, I’m grateful.

However, there’s one fundamental mistake many of them made about prayer—they challenged us to pray without training us how to pray. And during certain seasons, they called us to pray even…


Added by Chris Heinz on September 10, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Present-tense God

“Every situation—nay, every moment—is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.” (Goethe)


God will always be who He has always been. God is far more than a long ago, far away historical force that used to work in human lives. He is the God of the living, not the dead. When we are troubled, He is our present help. He does not showcase miracles in dusty museums—He is our Contemporary. Every day, we celebrate His…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on September 10, 2014 at 10:51am — No Comments

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