Try the “Whitney method’ to avoid b-o-r-i-n-g prayers


Books on prayer can go from the ridiculously thick to the sublimely thin—from the 600 pages of one of my favorites, E.M. Bounds on Prayer, to the currently issued 96 pages of Donald S.


Church Turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 6: The Role of Fire and the Spirit cont.)

In this research blog we continue to explore my premise that Christians become truly motivated by a fire which burns down their building or when the fire of the Holy Spirit ignites the members. The Holy Spirit has many roles to play. Often in life we want the Holy Spirit ...
August 18, 2015   Jim Farrer

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 4: Intercessors and the Bible)

Importance of intercessors Even if churches use the most popular and helpful turnaround methods, their efforts may not all be blessed by the Lord. We seldom realize when our apparent successes might be the result of following idols or having “walked according to the flesh.” (II Corinthians 10:2) Thus we ...
July 20, 2015   Jim Farrer

Pastor-friend “Gabe” comments on the headlines of the day

Headline: Baylor University drops ban on ‘homosexual acts [Chron/Benjamin Wermund/July 7, 2015; subsequent Washington Post article July 9] Gabe: As always, they have to answer the question: Is it sin?  Their obvious answer is no and thus they have no reason to ban it nor should anybody act surprised or ...
July 10, 2015   Ronald Keener

Iranian Christians in jail for their faith

Elam Ministries has published a list of Iranian Christians who are in jail because of their witness to Jesus Christ; an estimated 90 Christians were being held in jail in Iran in June 2015.
July 09, 2015  

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 3: The role of prayer cont.)

When a friend discovered that I was writing on prayer, she remarked that I should have checked with her first. She continued, “Avid Scrabble players will recall that when you rearrange the letters in the word “Presbyterian” you get “best in prayer.” I don’t know what my acquaintance might decipher ...
July 07, 2015   Jim Farrer

The church: the center of healing

Recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, have awakened us to the fact that our culture, our nation, and our communities are in need of healing and understanding. I was moved to hear that the nine shooting victims at Mother Emanuel AME Church were diverse in age, social status, and educational ...
June 25, 2015   Parnell Lovelace, Jr.

Prayer Meeting Protocol

In the days when the church schedule offered the weekly trifecta of Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and mid-week prayer, a guilt-ridden saying was floating around that went something like this:  “People that love the church attend Sunday morning; People that love the pastor attend Sunday evening; But people that love ...
May 06, 2015   Phil Wood

3 thoughts about getting over time

It has been said that “Over time, you get over time.”    A life in ministry is just like any other. When you are young you have nothing but time, middle-aged, you never have enough, and when you are old, time is precious and then finally runs out.   You ...
April 08, 2015   Doug Lawrence

10 significant quotes from a well respected church whisperer

True confession! I am an unabashed admirer of Adam Hamilton. Not only did he lead a mere 17 people to become the 17,000 member Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, he’s a churchman with a true compass about what it means to nourish seekers and believers simultaneously.   Brief ...
March 28, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Joni Eareckson Tada: Do not lose heart!

"I want you to join me in desperately needing Jesus," says Joni at the North American Christian Convention. "Join me in fixing your eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is only temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
March 27, 2015  
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Silent, aloud, alone, in groups or meetings – prayer is conversation with God. Asking God for help, praising him, repenting for sin, listening for his direction, yielding to his will, and seeking his revelation in the Bible are all a part of prayer.