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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Forty Years

Today, Barbara and I celebrate our 4oth wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe – forty years. She says at least 35 happy ones! And she is considering staying another year. That really is hard to believe. Yesterday, we conducted a prayer impact Sunday at Calvary Assembly of God east of St. Paul. It was…

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Praying With the Whole Body!

The pivotal issue in prayer, many say, is not posture or position, not words or rituals – it is attitude. Biblical prayer refuses to fit into a form. True Christian prayer is free. Some argue that “posture, language, place or time – none of these trifles matter.” They do not matter in the sense that…

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The Effect of Speech on Water Crystals

Dr. Masaru Emoto is controversial. The doctor has completed research on the effect of words on water crystals! He believes words change things. He has used spoken words, written words, pictures and even music. Here is how he goes about his research. Using samples of frozen water from the same source, vials are coded and…

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The “Bless My Children” Prayer

The rabbis had a way of teaching prayer, called “Index Praying.” It consisted of a series of prayer phrases that would be memorized. A pause between each phrase would allow each individual to spontaneously expand the prayer, to personalize it and make it their own. The genuis of such an approach is that it provides…

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A Personal Plea for Prayer!

Have you ever sat in a room and listened to the conversation and asked yourself, “What am I doing here? How did I get into this room?” In recent days, I have found myself in a number of meetings asking myself that question. Today, it happened again. This afternoon, I met with representatives of the…

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