Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mobilizing People For Prayer

Mobilizing People For Prayer — God is a loving Father who listens at a moments notice and always answers as quickly. The field of prayer is so vast that it would be difficult to catalog all the varieties of prayer, the rules of prayer and the methods of prayer known to Christian people. But prayer works; we must believe that. Richard Foster in his book Celebration of Discipline said, "We are working with God to determine the future. Certain things will happen in history if we pray rightly." Remember the scripture from James: Elijah prayed that it would not rain, and it didn't; then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. James' presumption is that history would have been different if Elijah had not prayed. So what does it take to help us as individuals have a superior lifestyle of prayer? Let me list four rules.

1. The first rule is praying with faith. "This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us" (1 John 5:14). The more certain we are that what we are praying for is God's will, the more faith we can have.

2. The second rule of prayer is praying with a pure heart. We must constantly be on guard that the motives behind our prayers are the right motives. "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures" (James 4:3).

3. The third rule of prayer is praying with power. All spiritual power we have comes through God's Word and the Holy Spirit. "If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone?" and then He immediately adds: "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (Matthew 7:9-11).

4. The fourth rule of prayer is praying with persistence. Praying about something just one time is not enough; we must pray for it again and again before we see the answer we are expecting. The persistent widow in Luke 18 is a great example of how each of us need to continue to pray persistently and fervently.


Friday, January 8, 2016

More Blessed to Give!

No Need to Preach the Long Sermon

Monday, October 26, 2015

Hard Questions

How Could a Loving God Command?
by Jim Baird



Is The Bible Reliable?
Jeremie Beller



Why Is There a Hell?
by Jim Baird



Why Would God Allow Slavery?
Jeremie Beller



Does The Bible Really Condemn Homosexuality?
by Jim Baird



Did Jesus Really Have to Die on a Cross?
by Jeremie Beller



Friday, October 23, 2015

Links to my other blogs

I continue to work on and add to each one of these to keep them active and up to date. Constantly adding my old material and adding fresh content.

Title: Click on the title below to go to blog Brief description of each blog
Off-The-Church-Walls Humor blog
Real Life Quotes Growing Quote collection.
Real Life Enrichment Practical information for everyday life.
Parable Inspiring devotional illustrations
Preacher Points Place for sermon outlines and resources
Kevin Rayner's Ministry to God @ The Edmond Church of Christ Many current resources currently being used at the Edmond Church of Christ
Edmond Oklahoma SAM's Information for helping Seniors
Rayner Resources Hub for my information online
Magnify Jesus A look at the Christ's life and teachings
Christ's Church Reflecting on the followers of Christ
Real Life Conversion How lives are changed by Christ
Oaks of Righteousness Where to focus on becoming more fully devoted followers of Christ
"Overtime Church" More challenging thoughts for the disciple that is most serious about Jesus. Theology for the night owl, weekend worker, or Bible student who wants to learn more.
Kevin's Komment Online commentary and resources to better understand scripture.
Real Life Servant Maker For the Christian growing with a Christ-like servant attitude toward others.
Becoming Great Neighbors Encouragement to love and serve your neighbor
Edmond Church of ChristHospitality Helping each Christian become more hospitable.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Memory

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Abundance

Spiritual Abundance

An uneducated man, on his conversion, wished to learn to read, so that he might read the Bible for himself.  He started, and made such good progress that he soon began to read the New Testament through.  A Christian friend, meeting him one day, asked how far he had got in his reading.  He replied that he was now reading in Romans.  "And how do you get on with that?" was the question.  "Well," answered the man, "there is a great deal I can't quite understand, but whenever I come to a 'therefore,' I get a blessing."  He could not comprehend all of those great arguments, but Paul always sums up with a "therefore," containing the sum and substance of his theme, which even the simplest by faith, will have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1).