A young doctor once told me about attending a symposium of Christian physicians. He said they raised the question, “What is the difference between a Christian doctor and a doctor who is not a believer?” Their conclusion was simply that a Christian doctor prays for his patients.
I can think of a number of spiritual gifts and spiritual fruit that God might use through a Christian physician. And I suspect some doctors who are not necessarily… Continue
Added by David Young on June 6, 2017 at 7:32pm —
During the first week of Ramadan, many in the Arabian Peninsula gather together with family members to break fast and feast in the evening, provide food to the poor, and pray special tarawih prayers. Pray that as their bodies hunger and thirst, that God will show them Jesus who promised, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will not hunger, and he who believes in me will never thirst" (John 6:35). As they give alms to the poor, pray that they will come to know Jesus who… Continue
Added by Merton J. Hershberger on June 1, 2017 at 7:36am —
Today I want to share a guest blog written by my friend Alexandria who desperately needed a praying grandparent. Please read it all the way through. You will
see the urgency for grandparents to cover their grandchildren with prayer. It is an understatement to say that for some people life can be so horrendously painful. Feeling as though they spend all or most of your energies fighting to survive the battles that sap your strength.
My life has felt like that… Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on May 30, 2017 at 10:04pm —
Added by Kevin Senapatiratne on May 18, 2017 at 11:16am —
10 DANGEROUS MYTHS ABOUT THE PERSECUTED CHURCH April 24, 2017 by Brian Orme in Advocacy
Myths can be dangerous. False narratives… Continue
Added by Malva Birch on May 11, 2017 at 9:39am —
A 300 year old church in Massachusetts faced a major challenge. Its ‘young people’ were in their ‘60’s. Their annual budget was $15,000. Most neighbors who passed the drab building with a drive-in congregation thought the church was closed. The neighborhood was now an Italian and Jewish enclave unlike the congregation of forty people with no Jews and one Italian. The church had no bridge to the community and no presence in its neighborhood. It was seen as having no value by… Continue
Added by P. Douglas Small on May 4, 2017 at 8:53am —
Hear Us…Forgive us…Heal us! For the Glory of Your Great Name
We worship You, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are the living God of our nation’s founding fathers: George Washington, John Adams, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Patrick…
Added by Malva Birch on May 4, 2017 at 7:29am —
Prayers for America with Dr. Dave Butts
With just a few days until we observe the 66th Annual National Day of Prayer, the chairman of our board, Dr. Dave Butts shares a few thoughts on ...Prayers for America …
Added by Malva Birch on May 4, 2017 at 7:24am —
I t’s time for grandparent warriors to raise a shout and carry the light of Christ to our grandchildren. It’s time we utilize the greatest weapon in our arsenal; it’s time we exercise the Power of Prayer!
Grandparents are in a spiritual battle for the lives of the next generation; however, the… Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on April 27, 2017 at 11:46am —
The priests in the Old Testament were assigned, as were the Levites, to cities. They were required to live there. Priestly ministry was never confined exclusively to the temple. Priests were not to become other worldly. Ray Bakke, sociologist and missiologist, says that twenty-five types of urban ministry can be found in the historical books of the Old Testament, and they were carried on by the priests. They were agents of health care, there to eradicate plagues and to certify cleanliness… Continue
Added by P. Douglas Small on April 19, 2017 at 12:03pm —
Morning by Morning, April 14 - "Good" Friday -- Through Rejection to…
Added by Tommy Hays on April 14, 2017 at 10:00am —
Easter weekend is a big weekend for the church. It is not so much that we don’t have the opportunity to celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive all year long. When I was in high school I was at a church summer camp where God was at work. I walked around and randomly said, “Jesus is alive.” I wanted to remind people that no matter the miracle they were experiencing it doesn’t compare to the miracle that Jesus is alive. But one of the great things about Easter… Continue
Added by Kevin Senapatiratne on April 13, 2017 at 11:04am —
As our attention is drawn this month to the passion of the Christ, I’ve been reflecting on our Savior’s final words spoken from the cross. By all accounts, Jesus didn’t do a lot of talking. He was almost silent during those painful hours as He hung suspended between earth and heaven. These significant “Seven Last Words,” as they’ve come to be identified, provide a window into Jesus’ soul.
The cruel torture of crucifixion would have virtually pressed…
Added by Kay Horner on April 13, 2017 at 12:40pm —
One urban pastor used the following procedure with new members. He asked, “How did you come to Christ?” It was not the church to which he wanted to connect them, as much as to Christ Himself. He wanted to hear their ‘Jesus’ story! He asked a second questions, “What were the circumstances that led to your faith in Christ?” He wanted them to think through the events that brought them to Christ – to see His guiding and pervasive hand in their lives. Third, he asked about their most enjoyable… Continue
Added by P. Douglas Small on April 6, 2017 at 9:53am —
Some thoughts on the Day of the Crucifixion of Jesus
Psalm 31:5: Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
This Psalms prophetically contains the words that Christ spoke on… Continue
Added by Lewis Turner on April 1, 2017 at 7:49am —
What are the barriers to our fulfillment of the Great Commission?
- A lack of organized prayer for the city.
- The absence of congregational missional training.
- The lack of vision or a burden for the lost.
- The rural mentality, even of city churches.
- The failure to steward witnessing opportunities – an almost total lack of evangelism consciousness.
- The disconnect of Christians from non-Christians – the insulation of believers into…
Added by P. Douglas Small on March 24, 2017 at 12:17pm —
Let’s have some fun today. What locations could we pray more? Where are some places that would have a big impact on our life? How much do you pray in each of these locations?
Two points for the shower. First the bookends of our days, getting ready for the day or bed, are great times for more prayer. As we prepare our… Continue
Added by Kevin Senapatiratne on March 21, 2017 at 11:28am —
I have a passion to intentionally praying for my grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their parents. I feel God wants me to share my passion with other grandparents, which encouraged me to write the book, Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren. The book… Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 17, 2017 at 4:33pm —
“Might we not set ourselves to learn silence, stillness, and solitude? It will not be easy to come by. It must be arranged. The Lord Jesus, available to people much of the time, left them, sometimes a great while before day, to go up to the hills. He could commune in solitude with His Father. Job, enduring his friends’ tiresome lectures and accusations, was very much alone in the ash heap, but it was there that he came to know God as never before. When Paul received God’s…
Added by Debbie Przybylski on March 10, 2017 at 5:02pm —
In a culture where the individual is everything, a congregational prayer meeting is perceived simply, as a lot of individuals in the same room praying. Sadly, we are blind to the critical importance of corporate prayer. We fail to see the difference between the individual’s right and privilege of prayer, not to diminish its value or power, and corporate prayer, from the office of the church.
Eugene Peterson lamented,
The single most widespread American misunderstanding… Continue
Added by P. Douglas Small on March 9, 2017 at 11:06am —