Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Uncommon Prayer ~ New Year Focus

Note>>> Use this list as a prayer gude or template for a Pray-In-The-New-Year gathering . . .

1. Taliban takes Korean short-term mission team hostage, killing two
Afghanistan's resurgent Taliban used the team of 23 short-term workers from Saemmul Presbyterian Church as a bargaining chip, pressuring the South Korean government into a reported ransom payment and a promise to withdraw its 200 troops in the country. Bae Hyeong-gyu and Shim Seongmin were killed before the negotiation was completed. Our coverage

2. Atheism tops the bestseller charts
Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens may be unhappy about the continuing "God delusion," but they can't be too displeased with their royalty checks. Our coverage

3. Presidential campaigns start early, with some faith surprises
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama spoke easily of their faith, while Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson all stumbled in appeals to Christian voters. Our coverage

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Uncommon Prayer ~ Christmas Gifts

>>>Note: Use the following scripture and 10 "gifts" as a format for prayer focused on Christmas . . .

Cyber-Daily-Devotion
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Christian-Cyber-Ministries participant David Beal from Kimbolton, Ohio has generously contributed to support today’s C-DD. Thank you – PTL! pb

Scripture: Romans 12:6a
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us” NIV

Following are ten gifts for Christmas as compiled by Pastor Bill that actually pay you back by exercising them.
  • Gift 10 – Affection - A huge Hug
  • Gift 9 – Favor ----- A special favor
  • Gift 8 – Game --- A complete game
  • Gift 7 – Laughter --- 30 minutes of fun
  • Gift 6 – Prayer --- Prayer request of your choice
  • Gift 5 – Compliment ---One special compliment
  • Gift 3 – Listening --- One-half hour of undivided attention listening
  • Gift 4 – Disposition --- A Cheerful Disposition for not less than one hour
  • Gift 2 – Note --- No more than one full page and not less than twenty five words

And the number one gift for Christmas that actually pays you back by exercising it as compiled by Pastor Bill.

Gift 1 – Forgiveness --- Forgive all past hurts

Prayer: Father thank you for helping me abundantly exercise these 10 gifts this Christmas season. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

Copyright (c) 2007 - Pastor Bill – Christian-Cyber-Ministries - All Rights Reserved

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Fire Up Your People!

Conferences Can Fire Up Your People

CPLN Speakers Are Available

CPLN

As a prayer leader, I am sure you are always looking for ways to encourage, train and fire up your people in prayer. With 2008 around the corner, why not plan a conference or prayer weekend? The CPLN has gifted speakers among our staff and representatives who can have an impact on your congregation. The costs may be less than you think.

The CPLN also looks for a few partnering churches each year who will host a regional event. This will cost a church slightly more than bringing in a single speaker, but the event positions the host as a regional church that seeks to bless its community.

To be selected a church must be able to seat at least 350 and have break out space for workshops. The church pays CPLN $2,000 plus lunches for its people who attend. In exchange, we bring in two keynote speakers, plus some workshop presenters. The church's people can come free to the event; we make the rest of our needed income from selling registrations regionally.

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Jonathan Graf

Jon Graf is the president of CPLN and the founder of Pray! magazine. His heart for the average believer in the pew who struggles to connect with God in prayer causes his Learning to Pray with Faith and Purpose seminars (content from his book The Power of Personal Prayer) to impact churches powerfully. His content comes out of his own struggle and growth in prayer, and his, warm, come-alongside attitude helps connect him with anyone in the audience.

He still has a few spring dates open, but has a number of available weekends next summer and fall. Click here for more information.
Ginny Kisling

Ginny Kisling is our Western Regional Director and resides in San Jose, CA where for eight years she was a prayer leader in a local church.. Her heart is to see everyone involved in prayer in the local church. A gifted communicator, Ginny currently takes bookings mostly in Central and Northern California. Click here to email her for information.
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Phil Miglioratti, our network facilitator and ambassador at large has a big heart to see praying churches. He especially likes to see churches involved in prayer evangelism--taking prayer and people out of the seats, and putting them in the streets. He also has a strong passion for city-reaching, and works as a city reaching facilitator for Mission America Coalition. Click here for more information.

Bring Your Prayer Team to Us Take a Retreat Together
Some of the best insights come when people are away from the busyness of every day life. Have you ever considered the possibility of taking your prayer team on a retreat?

The CPLN has access to a prayer retreat center--run by JoLyn and Jon Graf--and we would love to host you. In fact if you planned your retreat at a time when Jon was home (usually during the week), he would be happy consult with your group at very reduced rates.

Two cabins and a prayer chapel on 65 acres with a beautiful 4.5 acre lake in western Indiana make for a wonderful place to connect with God. Click here for more information.


Our CPLN repsresentatives are not officially on staff with CPLN, but have hearts for the local church and their visions are similar to ours as they focus on helping to build churches into houses of prayer..
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Dennis and Betty Jo Conner, our Southwestern Reps regularly team with churches both in weekend events and long term relationship to help grow houses of prayer that are kingdom churches. Click here for more information.
John and Kerry Shuey

John and Kerry Shuey, our Northeastern Reps reside in central Pennsylvania. Their ministry takes them around the world, but their heart for the church and intercession make them effective in helping local churches grow prayer ministry. Click here for more information.

A prayer emphasis weekend can have a huge impact on a local church. It can be life-changing for many people if done well. Not only can the CPLN help facilitate this, but our parent ministry, Harvest Prayer Ministries also has a collection of speakers available for prayer weekends. Click here for infomation.

And, if you haven't checked it out, remember that the password protected section of our website has a speakers' bureau. These are not CPLN speakers, but are people who we respect that also do prayer weekends around the country. Click here for information.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

RESOURCE ~ Acts 29 Offers Strategic Training


"Acts 29: Fifty Days to Invite the Holy Spirit" by Terry Teykl


I just finished reading Acts 29: Fifty Days of Prayer to Invite the Holy Spirit by Dr. Terry Teykl [Prayer Point Press, 1999]. The premise of this short (but oh-so-powerful) book is that Christians can use a combination of prayer and the Bible (specifically the chapter of Acts) as a tool to bring about redemption (i.e., “radical giving”, “healing”, “astounding community life”, “compassion” for those who are “hurting, confused and unlovable”) to a city.


Although this sounds like what the Bible and prayer together are supposed to do, as Christians we often forget the true and beautiful power of prayer and the Holy Spirit. This book is about reclaiming that power: “reading the testimonies of how the Holy Spirit moved so dramatically in lives and cities [in Acts],” and “simply asking the Spirit to do the same things in and through our congregation.”


The book starts with some short chapters describing the concept of praying through Acts, and then ends with ten small devotional chapters. Each devotional chapter begins with a reference to some verses in Acts and then expands on those verses with ways in which we can apply those verses to our lives today.


Anyone who embarks on this spirit-filled journey will read, learn and pray about corporate prayer, public schools, government officials, brokenness, honor, faith, compassion, and so much more.


My husband and I just moved to a new city and began attending a new church. I wanted to immediately march into the pastor’s office, book in hand, and say, “This is what our church and city need. Let’s do it.” But I’m waiting until I become a bigger part of their community. As soon as that happens, I pray that our church – and other churches in the city and around the nation – will use this valuable tool, which is designed to lay “aside personal agendas” to “see how the Kingdom can be advanced.” Dr. Teykl provides great examples of astounding answers to prayers that he’s seen when churches start on this journey. But I’ll hold off on details about these miracles since I hope and pray you’ll read the book too because any ministry would benefit from using prayer to “release [the Holy Spirit] to work in us and in our church and city.”


Elizabeth Exley

Phone: 703-283-9786

Email: elizabethwiley@hotmail.com

Ministry: I’m currently working on my PhD in health policy, serve with a refugee ministry at our new church (Revolution) in Kansas City and an elder ministry, and run a couple of blogs (www.heartlandinnovators.org and www.revolutioninjesusland.org) with my husband.


===>Click here to access information on the Acts 29 video training resource . . .

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Uncommon Prayer ~ Video Reveals the Hidden Power of Prayer



Click the headline to access a video of a drama spot (7:21) that reveals what happens when an individual prays in desperation ... Applicable to what can happen when your group prays on behalf of others who cannot yet pray for themselves ... Use just before a segment on praying for lost and hurting persons ... Post comments on how your group responded ...


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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Your Leader Needs Your Prayers


Dr. Dan's Monday Morning Memo: Leading . . . in the Need of Prayer

In my book, The Prayer-Shaped Disciple, I list three reasons why ministers need a prayer support team: (1) leaders have a greater responsibility than followers, (2) spiritual leaders are more frequent victims of spiritual conflict, (3) because of their greater visibility, Satan loves to discredit leaders and damage their ministry. I want to challenge you to pray daily for your pastor and other ministers who have influence on your life. In recent weeks I have heard more stories than I care to count, of ministers in desperate need of prayer support – staring at monumental decisions, under heavy stress, burdened by family challenges, weighed down by physical health issues, facing church division, and some facing issues that weren’t even on the radar five years ago.

James 5:16 instructs us to “pray for one another.” Very few “one anothers” in your life need your prayer support more than your pastor or spiritual leader. Would you pause right now and pray for your pastor/spiritual leader?

Then would you please pray for me, asking that my Monday Morning Memos would be so Holy Spirit directed that, whatever the subject matter, they would minister to you, week by week?

If you’d like to join the Disciple All Nations Prayer Team, just send an e-mail to discipleallnations@pobox.com and give me your name and e-mail address. You will receive, via e-mail, my monthly prayer reports/praises/requests as well as any in-between information of significance. Also, newly added to the home page is a bibliography of books on prayer. Click below to go to the Disciple All Nations home page. (Post a comment to this Memo by clicking HERE) Enjoy and may reflecting on these thoughts help get your week off to a great start! I'd love for you to leave a comment at the bottom of the blog entry and visit the Disciple All Nations website: Click HERE to go to the Disciple All Nations Home Page.Click HERE to read the latest prayer requests from missionaries in Europe.Click HERE to read previously posted Monday Morning Memos.

Monday morning blessings,
Dr. Dan CrawfordPresidentDisciple All Nations, Inc.
http://DiscipleAllNations.org
P.S. Feel free to read our Blog,"Dr. Dan's Monday Morning Memo" anytime at: http://discipleallnations.org/blog
Disciple All Nations, Inc.4388 Rota CircleFort Worth, Texas 76133

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Hope-Filled Guide Turns Stale, Inward Focused Prayers Outward



Seek God for the City 2008
Helping Christians pray with biblical hope for their communities.

High hope, low hype, and centered on Christ's glory.

Get a look at the latest edition of Seek God for the City. The newly-crafted prayers and crisp look will help your people pray for friends and neighbors with vibrant prayers ablaze with biblical hope.

Lead your people to step into a forty-day adventure of praying the desires of God with vivid, relevant prayers from the promises of scripture. The 64-page booklet is a proven tool that unites and guides whole churches in persistent prayer for spiritual awakening throughout their communities.

It’s timed to guide prayer through the forty days leading to Palm Sunday, February 6 through March 16, 2008. A children's companion version and a Spanish translation will soon be available at no cost online.

We are offering a complimentary review copy to leaders in recognized positions of pastoral or prayer leadership. Call our office at 800-264-5214 to request a review copy.

It's affordable. For as little as $1.20 each, the significant quantity discounts make it possible to equip many in your church or community. ($3 single copy price.)

It is very convenient to view a sample page or place an order on line. For more information please visit us at www.waymakers.org

Take a look at your calendar. Seek God for the City comes earlier next year. It is not too soon to order copies now.

Steve Hawthorne, Director
WayMakers
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

RESORUCE ~ Radio Spots to Help Groups Pray for Lost Persons

Note >>> Download one or more of the previously broadcast radio spots from the Lighthouse Report ... Use as an introduction to an evening or a segment of prayer ...

The Lighthouse Report


MP3 1-MIN 2-MIN PRAYING WITH PURPOSE

What does it mean to pray with purpose? Well, there’s an answer to that as Eddie Smith joins Steve Douglass on The Lighthouse Report!

MP3 1-MIN 2-MIN HELLO, GOD
How would you explain prayer to someone? Well, host Steve Douglass has some advice about that…coming up on today’s Lighthouse Report.

Michael LeahyMP3 1-MIN 2-MIN ZEALOUS LIGHT
When we allow sin to be a giant in our lives, it affects how we pray, care, and share. Coming up on today’s Lighthouse Report, Michael Leahy (shown on right) talks about overcoming his battle with the giant of pornography.

MP3 1-MIN 2-MIN LOVING COMMUNITIES
It’s about Loving Your Communities to Christ! People are praying, caring and sharing! Host Steve Douglass and his special guest have an update of some results on today’s Lighthouse Report.

Kay ArthurMP3 1-MIN 2-MIN OUR FATHER
How do you connect with God? Coming up on today’s Lighthouse Report, Bible teacher Kay Arthur (shown on left) joins Steve Douglass with some insight on connecting to Our Father in prayer.

MP3 1-MIN 2-MIN TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY
God is always faithful to provide witnessing opportunities when we ask for them! And on today’s Lighthouse Report, host Steve Douglass shares some ways he shares his faith in Jesus Christ with others.



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Monday, December 03, 2007

Praying with Beads. Beads?

Praying with Beads: Daily Prayers for the Christian Year
Nan Lewis Doerr, Virginia Stem Owens

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I am as surprised as you are to see this book posted here. Growing up in a Bible Church, anything that sounded other-than-conservative-Protestant was strictly off limits! So it was with some hesitancy that I began to work my way through this small 81 page book.

I discovered both a daily prayer guide that followed the "Christian Year" calendar (the seasons of Advent, Lent, Pentecost, etc.) and a brief nine page introduction that demystified (or should I say de-Mary-ified) the use of beads in praying.

The authors trace their use throughout the epochs of Church history, demonstrating they are simply a practical means of remembering and rehearsing scriptural prayers - "aids to devotion ... like stained glass windows."

If praying the daily prayers, following the seasons of the Church Year or utilizing a practical tool to help you reflect and focus is not your normal discipline, this book will be a very helpful introduction to one method you may incorporate or customize for your personal life of praying.

Phil @ The Prayer Leader Blog

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

God On Mute: Unanswered Prayer

At the apex of the 24-7 prayer movement that has swept through the world and inspired a new generation of seekers, Pete Greig boldly steps into the dark world of unanswered prayer in “God on Mute: Engaging the Silence of Unanswered Prayer”. His unique perspective of being the recipient of constant worldwide reports of God’s answers to worldwide prayer and yet living through his wife’s own ongoing, violent epileptic responses from brain surgery causes a crisis of faith that forces him to search for truth and trust amidst the bombardment of hopelessness.

The book is actually two books in one. Greig first explores the numerous reasons listed throughout the Word why prayers are hindered or rendered useless. It is a primer on holiness and focus. Using Holy Week as foundation, the second part of the book explores the similarities between Christ’s Passion and our lives. Though we know there will be a glorious Resurrection Sunday, the silence of Holy Saturday is the reality that most people live in now. Yet, instead of misery, Greig encourages us to embrace this season with wonderful examples and reminders of the faithfulness of Almighty.

It’s not an easy read, but the discipline of confronting the subject of unanswered prayer is a refreshing, welcome support to stand, when you’ve done all to stand.

Kyle Thompson

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