Thursday, July 27, 2006

"Lord, help me ... love them anyway!"

Turn this into a prayer by adding "Lord, help me ... love them anyway!"


Bishop Able Muzore tells of a critical period in his life when he had been asked by his people to lead the African National Council. He knew that all previous leaders in Rhodesia who criticized government policies as unjust to black Rhodesians either had been deported from the country, put in a restricted camp, or killed. He struggled with his decision and prayed – as he had never prayed before. He did not want to be killed, deported, or placed in a restricted camp, yet his people were calling him to lead them. As he struggled with his decision, a friend handed him this poem:

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered –
love them anyway!
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives –
do good anyway!
If you are successful you will win false friends and true enemies –
succeed anyway!
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow –
do good anyway!
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable –
be honest and frank anyway!
The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down
by the smallest people with the smallest minds –
think big anyway!
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs –
fight for some underdog anyway!
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight –
build anyway!
People really need help but may attack you if you help them –
help people anyway!
Give the world the best you’ve got and you’ll get kicked in the teeth –
give the world the best you’ve got anyway!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Monday Morning Devotions

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Beating the Pastoral Blues
by Pete Scazzerohttp://lists.christianitytoday.com/t/4537165/100730/117960/0/

I was finally honest with myself:
I hated the ministry.



I was tired of the lies, the pretending, the guilt, the expectations.
I wanted out.

I'm sorry, God, I prayed. I gave it my best shot. I tried to do it in your power. It didn't work.


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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

For You & Your Prayer Support Team

Burned out? Redefine success in ministry
by David Stark

You weren't meant to do all of the ministry in your church alone. God's plan for your church is for you - as the pastor - to be the administer and for your people to be the ministers. According to author David Stark, that revelation just might be the key to overcoming pastoral burnout===>Click headline to access complete article . . .



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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Many Pastors Fail to Take Prayer Seriously

Taking the power of prayer seriously

by Ken Walker

Dutch Sheets has seen the power of prayer. Whether he is praying on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, in airports, or at his church, he has witnessed his prayers make a difference.

"When I came to a revelation and believed deep in my heart that my prayers could make a difference and mattered, it changed my world," says the author of the new book, "Authority in Prayer."

That is the revelation Sheets is looking to pass on to other church leaders who offer only a quick "thank you, Lord" before passing the offering plate, and do not engage their churches in serious prayer.

The Colorado Springs minister says many pastors fail to guide their congregations into ongoing intercession because they don’t believe it works. Sheets thinks the idea that God is sovereign can be taken to such a theological extreme that some people reason that God will act regardless of prayer===>Click headline to access complete article . . .


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Monday, July 10, 2006

The Transforming Power of Prayer

The Transforming Power of Prayer
Deepening Your Friendship with God
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by James Houston
published by NavPress, Colorado Springs, Colorado 1996

For many years, prayer was probably the weakest dimension in my life as a Christian.
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Praying for Your Spouse?

Pastors' wives tell of sharing joy in the midst of life's battles

By Tammi Reed Ledbetter

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)

. . .
in a survey of those present at last year's session, 53 percent of SBC pastors' wives claim to have suffered from depression since entering the ministry.

While more than 94 percent believe there is extra pressure in being married to a minister, two-thirds said they felt ill-equipped for ministry and three-fourths have seriously considered leaving the ministry at some time
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Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Pastor as Prayer Champion

By Phil Miglioratti

As a former senior pastor and a current national prayer mobilizer, I’ve had opportunity to interact with many pastors and prayer leaders. I have experienced that one of the goals of many churches is to enable its lay people to minister. That’s certainly biblical. But often the senior minister will abdicate his responsibility to those who are given leadership in a certain area.

Many ministries flourish under lay leadership. Prayer, however, has a little different dynamic. A good prayer leader can oversee and develop a great deal, and can be an invaluable asset to a church. But prayer will grow far more quickly if the senior pastor stays involved.

Pastors have a lot to supervise! But pastor, if we are in agreement with Acts 6, the early church leaders focused on two things: the Word and prayer. Your church will only grow in prayer as you take an interest in it. You do not need to lead everything, but you should show your congregation that prayer is important to you.

Let me suggest a few ways you can maintain responsibility by becoming a better prayer champion.

A prayer champion practices prayer. Talking with the Lord is a personal, daily experience (1 Thess. 5:17). Develop a hunger for learning about prayer and connecting with God. Don’t let prayerlessness operate in your life. Perhaps you need to take a prayer retreat. Read books such as Deepening Your Conversation with God by Ben Patterson.

A prayer champion promotes prayer. Be an advocate. Challenge your members to make prayer a priority in their lives and to come to corporate prayer times. Cast a vision to become a house of prayer with your leadership. Recruit potential prayer leaders and equip them with resources, workshops and conferences. Present a yearly teaching series on personal and corporate prayer.

A prayer champion participates in prayer. Be visible and verbal in the prayer life of the congregation. Practice 1 Cor. 11:1: “follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.” If you want to see corporate prayer increase, regularly participate in prayer meetings, either by facilitating or merely taking a seat in the circle. Allow people to pray for you. Many pastors have a team of men and women who shield him or her through ongoing prayer. More and more pastors also demonstrate their personal participation by joining a Pastors’ Prayer Group.

A prayer champion provides a variety of prayer opportunities. A one-size-fits-all approach seldom works even for a small congregation. Work with your prayer team to develop ways members can connect. Introduce a prayer room, a prayer chain, have a concert of prayer. Plan a prayer retreat for leadership and ministry teams. Encourage Prayer-during-the-Worship Service Teams. The place of prayer needs many doors and windows to encourage optimum participation.

A prayer ministry team of laypeople is a vital cog in growing prayer in your church. But every congregation needs a pastor prayer champion—a man or woman of God who leads the charge into and out from the prayer closet. If you refocus your efforts in the prayer arena, you will see positive results in every aspect of ministry. Just as the early church leaders pulled back from other things they were doing—perhaps it’s time to refocus your energies as well.

Just as Pastor Rick Crocker’s church and ministry reached a new level when he refocused and made prayer foundational in his life, yours will too.

--Rev. Phil Miglioratti is the director of the National Pastors' Prayer Network, the managing editor of The Praying Pastor e-magazine and the facilitator of CPLN===>Click headline to find out about the resources fo the Church Prayer Leader's Network


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Monday, July 03, 2006

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Silence and Solitude Donald Whitney 129
The Influence Tim Grissom 91
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Devotions and Devotion Nancy Leigh DeMoss 128
The Morning Hour Andrew Murray 314
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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Trouble Praying?

Hindrances to Effective Prayer

“This effort to discover the reasons for our leanness in prayer is intended not to discourage praying, but to find the causes underlying our ineffectual prayers and remove them. There is no virtue in continuing grimly to pray on when there are factors present that make our prayers of no effect. We should pray on, but we must pray aright, or our prayers will continue to be fruitless.” A. W. Tozer

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Next Time You Pray for Your Flock...

For me, the Lord sat me down and for three years I didn't pastor at all. All I did was read and study the Gospels. It was this focused refining that became the substructure in everything the Lord has me doing today. God reduced me from being a professional minister to a disciple of Jesus Christ, a true follower of Jesus as He is revealed in the Gospel in word and deed.

But this training in the words of Christ is exactly what has been omitted from so many of our churches and seminaries. We make our converts more into the image of our denomination, rather than conformed to the image of Christ.

Francis Frangipane

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