The Church at Prayer

We learn to pray by praying. It is more caught than taught. Nothing can replace being in the middle of a passionate prayer meeting. Listening to others pray, blending our voices with theirs, being infected with their passion, sharing their burden for the lost – we catch the spirit of prayer. Like taking coals of…

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How to Start a Prayer Ministry

Over the past several weeks we have discussed the marks of an effective personal prayer life. This is the first of ‘four dimensions’ of prayer ministry. There are four critical components that, like cogwheels, interact with one another, yet each is separate and distinct. These four prayer concentrations of your prayer effort are: Personal, home-based,…

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A Healthy Prayer Life

I had been involved in ministry for over 25 years when I admitted to God that I didn’t understand prayer. Involved in the prayer summit movement, I spent days at retreat centers with pastors of almost every denomination. We prayed morning, noon and night. We encountered God. I was immeasurably enriched and forever changed. I…

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Praying with Your Children

In honor of Mother’s Day, this blog post reflects on the importance of not just praying for your children, but with your children as well. Parents who love the Lord openly create an infectious environment. Kids ‘catch’ the faith. Intentional teaching is essential, but it is the incidental inculcation of values that is even more…

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Every Man a Missionary

Most of us are trapped in what Paul Hiebert calls “cultural frames.” Doctors live in hospitals and medical settings, teachers in schools, bankers in banks, business people in shops, pastors in churches. These social enclaves create their own sub-languages. They give birth to membered associations, networks, anticipated roles and hierarchies, and economic-power structures. They share…

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Concern for the City

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…

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