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November 2016 Blog Posts (22)

Of Oil-Men & Widows

A local Arab Muslim man works on the oil rigs with Western colleagues who use profanity and delight in a far-from-Christian lifestyle. Yet because they are Westerners, he believes them to be Christians. He had some English lessons with a genuine Christian believer (also Western) whose life was quite a contrast in a good way. Please pray for the LORD to provide a continued Christian witness into this man's life, and for…

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on November 30, 2016 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Boaz's Guide to Holiday Giving

“The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter in law. “He has not stopped showing His goodness to the…

Added by Deborah Perkins on November 30, 2016 at 2:11pm — No Comments


know Thanksgiving is over. Most of us have already unpacked Christmas decorations, and begun preparations for the biggest holiday of the year. But I would like to suggest that we hold on to the Thanksgiving holiday a little longer. In fact, I think we should continue to celebrate it 365 days a year.

Let me draw your attention to a Scripture passage that is so rich that all of you are familiar with it. Philippians 4:6 reads,…


Added by David Young on November 27, 2016 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

Five Finger Prayer

Added by David Brazzeal on November 23, 2016 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Are You Thankful for Prayer?

The majority of the world lives without the hope offered by Christ. The open door to God’s throne is a unique post-resurrection-ascension-enthronement Christian notion and unique privilege. That we can pray, pour out our souls to a God who cares, is an incredible privilege. That we get answers from God is beyond incredible. Sadly, prayer is now seen as passé. It is the most under-utilized privilege afforded believers. The average American Christian prays only four minutes a day. God leaves…


Added by P. Douglas Small on November 22, 2016 at 10:17am — No Comments


Are you praying for the impossible? I begin my daily devotionals by going over key verses through which God has spoken to me. After each verse I have several long term prayer requests. Under one of those verses I have this prayer.

I want to wait prayerfully for You to accomplish what is absolutely impossible in human strength.

I pray for God to help me trust Him for the impossible. But I don't want to pray for just…


Added by David Young on November 22, 2016 at 12:16am — 1 Comment

Testimony of Thanks

The Testimony of Thanks


1 Chronicles 16:8-13, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad. Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually. Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth, O seed of Israel…


Added by Kathy Branzell on November 21, 2016 at 9:27am — 1 Comment

PTAP: People are Hungry for Truth

Pray for one who has become a believer while in prison. Pray that enthusiastic attempts to share this newfound faith will be met with favor and response and that nothing will suppress the message. 

It is very difficult for locals to obtain a copy of the Word. Nonetheless, a local woman…

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on November 16, 2016 at 8:49am — No Comments

A Post-Election prayer

Father, we acknowledge that the hearts of presidents, kings, and all leaders are in your hands.  You are the one who brings people into positions of leadership and you are the one who moves them out of these positions.  The times of nations are in your hands also.  You are sovereign over all.

Lord, what we see in our country disturbs us - the division, the self-centeredness, the moral drift, the challenges to the very foundations on which this country was built.  We see the…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 16, 2016 at 8:40am — No Comments


Are you familiar with the Old Testament principle of gleaning? It is stated in Leviticus 23:22.

"When you reap the harvest of your land, you are not to reap all the way to the edge of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the foreign resident; I am the Lord your God."

Landowners, even poor farmers were commanded to take less profit to help the poor and the stranger. The Old…


Added by David Young on November 15, 2016 at 5:08pm — No Comments

A Sacred Trust

My father used to have a “personal proverb” he lived by, a saying I heard him repeat many times when I was young. He said: “Keep your expectations low. Don’t trust anybody, and you’ll never be disappointed.” 

To my little ears, this seemed like a pretty good formula for success; after all, who has not been betrayed or…


Added by Deborah Perkins on November 15, 2016 at 3:21pm — No Comments

A Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Father, we stand with our brothers and sisters around the world who are undergoing persecution today for their faith.  We remember them before you, and plead for your mercy on them and your intervention in their circumstances.

Strengthen the faith of those who are suffering in various ways for their faith, Lord.  Draw near to them, and draw them near to you in prayer.  As they seek you in prayer, grant them your peace and a sense of your presence and provision.  Protect…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 13, 2016 at 10:46am — No Comments

From Voting to Veterans

From Voting to Veterans: Thanking Those Who Fight for Our Freedom

Psalm 18:1-6, "I love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies. The cords of death encompassed me, And the torrents of ungodliness terrified me. The cords of Sheol surrounded me;…


Added by Kathy Branzell on November 11, 2016 at 8:52pm — No Comments

PTAP: November Prayer Focus: Ibri, Oman

Ibri is the capital of Al-Dhahirah governate in Oman.  For centuries, it has been a strategic crossroad between Oman and the other Gulf States.  It is located at a nearly equal distance from Muscat, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. Being midway between Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman, and the strategic Al Ain/Buraimi Oasis, Ibri has a long history of being a trade route for Bedouin caravans that would find water and shelter in its oases and numerous wadis…

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on November 10, 2016 at 9:27am — No Comments

An Election Prayer

Father, on the eve of our elections, we come to you in gratitude and supplication.  Thank you, Lord, for a country that has free elections and for the widespread ability to participate in those elections.  Thank you for the candidates and for all who have worked so hard on this campaign.  And thank you for the prayer you have raised up from your church concerning this election.

Please protect the integrity of our elections tomorrow.  In each voting place, clear the way for all who are…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 7, 2016 at 9:50pm — No Comments

The Change Challenge

The Change Challenge

   Well here we are; election week has finally arrived. While millions of votes have already been cast in pre-voting opportunities the decision is yet to be made. As millions more Americans head to the election sites on Tuesday we are blessed to exercise the privilege we have as Americans to choose our leaders from local to national offices. It is really an amazing thing when you think about it. So many countries have their leaders chosen…


Added by Kathy Branzell on November 7, 2016 at 9:38am — No Comments


Last week in my other blog,, I wrote about the complexity of the issue of abortion. Like many social problems its roots are deeper than its legality. I did not mention that the law acts as a teacher and does play a part in changing the thinking of society. But it is also important to note that we are facing spiritual strongholds that must be brought down to make radical changes in our…


Added by David Young on November 6, 2016 at 7:40pm — No Comments

The Strength and Power of Prayer

“God’s purpose may be thwarted or it may be accomplished depending, to one degree or another, on the obedience of His people and their willingness to use the weapons of spiritual warfare that He has provided. God is powerful enough to win any battle, but He has designed things so that the release of His power at a given moment of time often is contingent upon the decisions and the actions of His people. A principle weapon of spiritual warfare is prayer. Not just routine or…


Added by Debbie Przybylski on November 4, 2016 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Pray.Network Spotlight: 2016 Midwest Prayer Conference (pt. 2)

This edition of Spotlight covers the Midwest Prayer Conference held at Worthington Christian Church in Columbus Ohio on October 21-22.  For coverage of the pre-conference held on October 21, see the previous Spotlight.


After a time of extended worship, Dave Butts kicked off the 2016 edition of the Midwest Prayer Conference with a session on…


Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on November 3, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Power of Encouragement

Encouragement is a rare commodity. Strife and division abound in today’s culture, so much so that it seems things have never been worse. Even within the church, we find sharp divisions between believers over politics, doctrine, gifts, and personalities. Despite our call to love one another,…


Added by Deborah Perkins on November 2, 2016 at 9:08pm — No Comments

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