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If Prayer is a Conversation, Why Do I Do All the Talking?

Our street evangelism ministry was failing. For the third week, no one showed up for the weekend outreach, and in the dim glow of the streetlights, I asked God to continue his work. A few months later, Jeff and I had dinner. The next summer we started praying for Lansing, MI. once a week in his basement. Eight months later, after training and consulting our pastors, we…


Added by Timothy Burns on November 1, 2014 at 1:36am — 2 Comments


In the 15th century, Martin Luther wanted to renew genuine worship. For centuries monks had kept the scriptures and sacred music locked away in monasteries. But after printing press put the Gutenberg bible back in the hands of the common man in the 1450’s, Luther worked to put worship back in the hands, and minds of the common man to fuel the revival that swept…


Added by Timothy Burns on February 10, 2013 at 10:41pm — 3 Comments

Revival, God's way

A quick study of the history of revivals since the days of John Wesley through America’s Second Great Awakening, and into Billy Graham, and Dwight Moody in America reveals that at the core of these preachers’ message was a call to live a life separate and different from the world around us. Two favorite Bible verses that come to mind are Jesus is prayer in John 15 where…


Added by Timothy Burns on January 1, 2013 at 9:39pm — 1 Comment

Passion, Purpose, Power and Prayer

I’ve watched the influence of the church ebb and flow for the past 30 years, and I have to confess that in most cases, the message and energy behind a movement was much more impressive than the fruit it created. Maybe my expectations are high, but based on the time, money, energy, promotion and presentations strategy that’s flowed into the public arena in the name of…


Added by Timothy Burns on December 15, 2012 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Praying for Revival

I don’t like blogs. I write content for half a dozen blogs on a regular basis, but I have to confess I only tolerate these 21st century publishing platforms. The source of my displeasure is that an ideal blog post, so I’m told, is 400 to 600 words, just enough space to make an unsubstantiated claim, or spout some cultural cliché. Like seeing and smelling the…


Added by Timothy Burns on December 2, 2012 at 10:46pm — 3 Comments

Who am I Praying for?

The men’s ministry in our church recently held a daylong event, and I had the privilege of being part of the prayer team. As the guys gathered in the gym surrounded by camo-netting, motorcycles and 4x4 ATV’s,  I was welcomed into the church's prayer chapel by the presence of God’s Spirit. I expected to fight with my roaming mind to stay focused on…


Added by Timothy Burns on November 29, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Does God have to Tell Me to Pray?

I listened to a conversation between pastors John Piper and Rick Warren recently. From their theological towers, one can barely see the other’s camp on the edge of the horizon. Piper, a died in the wool Calvinist, wanted to talk with “whosoever will can come” Warren about Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life. While the two could have staked out their own territory…


Added by Timothy Burns on November 4, 2012 at 11:42pm — 1 Comment

The next 33 Years

Today was my church's 33rd anniversary celebration, and I think it was a sign of God’s pleasure over us and his joy that 33 people were baptized on Saturday and Sunday between the three services. During the 9:15 service, a few prayer warriors met in the our Lighthouse prayer chapel and interceded through the early morning service, and for the next 33 years. We prayed for our church’s…


Added by Timothy Burns on October 7, 2012 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Am I Praying for my Agenda or His?

As a Christ-follower, I have a laundry list of things, important things on my prayer list. Children, finances, job issues, friends going through tough times – I can go on. God I need this. God, I want you do that. I don't know about you, but when I pray this way, focusing on my laundry list, my prayers seem like they bounce off a brass ceiling, and fall to the ground around…


Added by Timothy Burns on October 3, 2012 at 1:32am — 1 Comment

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody

For two years, a handful of members at my church have gathered for prayer in our Lighthouse Prayer Chapel during at least one weekend service. Every weekend, we lay down our own agenda and life’s general busyness, and pursue one thing. We ask God to be increasingly present and powerful in Kentwood Community Church (KCC). ministries and services. We ask Him to reveal Himself,…


Added by Timothy Burns on September 3, 2012 at 2:56am — No Comments

Finding Answers to my Prayers

In Ps 24, a young King David asks, and then answers a question burning on the young king's heart. 

Who may climb the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the LORD’s blessing and have a right relationship with God…

Added by Timothy Burns on June 7, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Grand Central Station, Rush Hour and Prayer

Ever traveled through a major city, and had the opportunity to see a one of the nations' “Grand Central Stations”? Chicago's is called Union Station, as is the transportation center in Kansas City, St. Louis and Los Angeles and Washington DC. Each of these are modeled after the architectural wonder in New York, the majestic Grand Central Station. Built in 1871, Grand…


Added by Timothy Burns on May 22, 2012 at 10:53pm — No Comments

"For the World is Hollow, and I've Touched the Sky"

I have a secret to confess. It's been over 30 years, and I have to come out of the closet – or at least out from behind the couch. I was 6 years old, and one night after my mom herded me off to bed, I crept back down the stairs, and hid behind the couch in our family room. Just out of her line of site, like a moth to a flame I was pulled into one of 1966's most innovative TV…


Added by Timothy Burns on May 2, 2012 at 10:35am — No Comments

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