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A Prayer Passage for my Pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. As I pray for my Pastor this month, I am led to Paul’s second letter to the church at Thessalonica, where he prays that “God will consider you worthy of His calling” (2 Thessalonians 1:11, HCSB). This “calling” began at conversion (according to 1 Thessalonians 4:7) and continued through a life of service. The “calling” was the first link in a chain that terminated in glory, thus it is used to denote the whole Christian life. Within this “calling,” some…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on October 9, 2021 at 11:13am — No Comments

PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT

When I was still pastoring, I occasionally told my people, “The most important things I ever tell you, you already know.” This is especially true of what I have to say to you who are living in this day. Jesus warned us that great difficulties are going to come upon us.

In the first verses of John 16 Jesus said,

“I have said all…

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Added by David Young on October 7, 2021 at 8:24pm — 1 Comment

The Folly of Egocentricity

                                                                       black hole - Hubble Telescope image 

                                                  



                They think the whole world revolves around them! 

                                      
EZEKIEL…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 13, 2021 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

A Benediction for Today

According to Wikipedia, a benediction “is a short invocation for divine help, blessing, and guidance.” From the earliest, Christians adopted benedictions into their worship, particularly at the end of a service. Such benedictions have been regularly practiced ever since. Perhaps the best known biblical benediction is the one at the end of the tiny book of Jude, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on September 12, 2021 at 9:39am — No Comments

Free book offer: Christ Is All!

"No one can be robbed of his delights whose joy is Christ. Eternal is his gladness who rejoices in an eternal good."
—Augustine of Hippo (354–430), printed on page 32 of Words Old and New: or, Gems From the Christian Authorship of All Ages, by Horatius Bonar…
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Added by Salvatore Anthony Luiso on August 28, 2021 at 3:30am — No Comments

Praying for Afghanistan

 

 

Dear all,

We are meeting on zoom on Thursday night 9pm Sydney time, only for 45 min to 1 hr. Let me know if you wish to join us to email you the zoom link

 

Prayer focus

Taliban is only a symptom but we are going to pray over all the tribes in Afghanistan and bind the strongman in every tribe (Muslim or not)…

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Added by Lilian Schmid on August 17, 2021 at 11:02pm — 1 Comment

Asking God to Hear Our Prayer

Do we have to ask God to hear our prayer, or does He automatically hear? When Nehemiah was preparing to go before the King to request permission to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls of the city, he prayed, “O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant” (Nehemiah 1:11). Furthermore, Daniel prayed, “Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications” (Daniel 9:17). Finally, David prayed, “Incline Your ear to me, and hear my…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on July 19, 2021 at 9:33am — No Comments

PTAP: Hajj - Day 1

Hajj 2021 - Day 1

Sacred Act 1: Ihram (cleaning, preparation day

Pilgrims must enter into the state of Ihram (purity) which involves ritual washing and then wearing white, plain garments. These garments indicate that all pilgrims are equal. Following this cleansing, pilgrims are officially on the Hajj. As they cross the pilgrimage boundary, the men will shout the Talbiyah, a Muslim prayer: “Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here…

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Added by Merton J. Hershberger on July 17, 2021 at 8:06pm — No Comments

A Prayer that Hasn’t Changed

I have been compiling a collection of prayer quotes from lesser-known authors. As I was preparing to donate my collection of five hundred books on prayer to the Southwestern Baptist Seminary Library, I got to wondering who all these authors were. A few were recognizable, but most were unknown, at least to me. I decided to scan all the books before releasing them, to see what I, or some previous owner, had underlined or highlighted, thus my collection of quotes. One of my favorite quotes is…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 23, 2021 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

A message for Grandmothers on Mother's Day

 

"I have been reminded of your sincere faith,

which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice?

I am persuaded, now lives in you also" (II Timothy 1:5 NIV)

If Timothy's grandmother Lois had not…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 5, 2021 at 7:56pm — No Comments

HONORING THE INTERCESSORS

The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts we consider less honorable, we treat with greater honor. …

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Added by Deborah Perkins on April 26, 2021 at 3:32pm — 1 Comment

Just Listen

I know of people who don’t pray because they say they don’t know how. They fear saying the wrong things to God. While I do not have that specific problem in prayer, I do understand, and I have some advice. It comes from the minor prophet, Zephaniah. “Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; for the day of the Lord is at hand” (Zephaniah 1:7). Rather than say you can’t pray, why not simply acknowledge God’s presence and then listen. Admit that prayer is not just you talking to God, but…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on April 3, 2021 at 11:56am — No Comments

PRAYING FOR LOVE

I fear the greatest reason for the hostility being expressed in politics, social media and nearly every area of society is the absence of love. We who know the Lord and believe the Bible can know…

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Added by David Young on April 1, 2021 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

THE DANGER OF FALSEHOOD

God's people need to learn to fear and hate lies.

We live in days of great deception. Believers need to know how seriously God takes falsehood and deception. We seem to think some little lies are okay. They are not. It no longer seems to be a big deal to post a list of things on social media about a politician or public figure you fear or dislike, some of which you cannot verify.…

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Added by David Young on March 19, 2021 at 1:33pm — 1 Comment

The Reconquista – The Beginning

Christian Nationalism #5  

The Reconquista – The Beginning

 

I am old enough, and have been a part of the Evangelical world for long enough, that I am now struggling with understanding what exactly (or even in-exactly) is an “Evangelical.”  In an earlier post I gave a short overview of the history of Evangelical social engagement starting with the 1940’s.  The difference between early 20th century Fundamentalism and mid-20th century…

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Added by Ken Oliver on March 15, 2021 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Teaching from a Prayer Bench

I first saw one in a friend’s “Prayer Room” (a middle bedroom of his house), then I saw another one in a colleague’s office. How unique, I thought.  So, I searched until I found my own Prayer Bench and fit it into my Seminary office. I had long believed, and then taught, the discipline of place, in private prayer.  After all, Jesus repeatedly went to specific places to pray (Mark 1:35; Luke 22:39-40). Among other subjects, I kept my…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on March 7, 2021 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

Five Principles for Discerning the News - con'd

Christian Nationalism #4

Five Principles for Discerning the News - cont'd

(Principles 3 – 5)

In my early blog post, I talked about the first two principles.  Now I will continue with #3,#4, and #5.

  1. The enemy is never a monolith.

One of the myths that exist in any situation of conflict is the over-estimation of the opponent.  I remember some years ago when…

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Added by Ken Oliver on February 23, 2021 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

God, Me and Prayer

Dave Butts "Prayer Strategy for Ministry" resonated strongly with me, as does Nehemiah's prayer life.

https://praynetwork.ning.com/forum/topics/nppn-prayer-strategy-for-ministry

I also liked Phil Miglioratti's thought…

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Added by Steve Hackett on February 18, 2021 at 12:49am — 1 Comment

Five Principles for Discerning The News - Part 1

Christian Nationalism #4

Five Principles for Discerning the News

(Principles 1 – 2)

 

I recall a meeting with a community organizer many years ago.  On her wall was a framed Hagar The Horrible cartoon.  The caption said: “Allies come and go, but a good Enemy will last a life-time.”  I remember that because in the world of political organizing you need a good enemy.  However, what is pragmatic for politics is…

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Added by Ken Oliver on February 11, 2021 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Christian Nationalism Part 3 - The Lie

The Lie

In my previous post, I said that I would talk about next steps to restore a Christ-centered orthodoxy to Evangelical Christianity and rid us of the scourge of Christian nationalism.  This is the first step – we must confront the loss of truth.  

In Ephesians, Paul admonishes us to speak the truth in love.  This has two parts: 1) a commitment to truth, and 2) a commitment to love.  Following this guide, I want to say that I love Evangelicals.  They are…

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Added by Ken Oliver on February 3, 2021 at 8:52pm — 1 Comment

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