Churches That Pray!

When Jim Cymbala became pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, the first Sunday there were 15 people in attendance and a grand total of $85.00 in the morning offering toward a mortgage payment of $232.00 plus utilities and other bills. The building was small. The walls needed painting. The windows were dingy and the floor was…

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Ideas For Praying With Your Children

1. Pray at every meal – make thanksgiving a habit. And let the children pray. 2. During the course of your meal, ask your kids about their day – What happened in your world? Use their anxieties as cues for prayer. 3. Pray at bedtime. Include a bed-time Bible story. That daily habit is a…

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Creating a Circle of Prayer for the Pastor

Recruit Prayer Partners for the Pastor. It is inadequate to say “the whole church is praying for the pastor.” Get commitments. Have the prayer partners take a day of the week or one day a month (anniversary or birthday date, 23rd, i.e.). Make a calendar of who is praying on any day. Distribute a weekly…

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Level of Committment to a Prayer Ministry

Prayer is included in the institutional mission statement and core values. The consideration in engaging the pastor was not just on his preaching, but on his personal commitment to prayer. Prayer is a part of the pastor’s job description. Leadership meetings are marked by extended seasons of prayer. There is a regular – not less…

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Discerning Prayer!

There is a wonderful old story of a group of blind men who had each found a different part of the same elephant. “What is it?” one cried to another. “A tree,” said the one who had taken hold of the elephant’s leg. “No, a rope,” said the one who had his tail. Each had…

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Ten Ways to Deepen Communion With God

Here are ten ways to deepen your communion with God: Sit quietly. Enjoy the very real sense of His presence. Let him lead. Don’t rush the moment. Let his peace renew your soul. Listen. Listen deeply. Tune your soul to His stillness. Listen to the rumblings of your own soul, and let God quiet your…

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A Tribute to Bob Frazier

Robert Frazier was such a gifted pastor. He died suddenly last Monday. No warning. He and some friends were on a trip together in Florida. Ruth, his wife was with family in North Dakota. She must have come through Charlotte airport a few hours before me as I returned that day from a conference in…

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