prayer dynamics

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Rev. Jarrod Cooper

PRAYING MINISTER – MINISTRY

One of the most powerful experiences of my life occurred when someone challenged me to prioritize prayer in my life. When I embraced prayer in my college years, not only did it change my life, it also became formative for everything in my life.

PRAYER IS BUILT UPON THE WORD OF GOD

Prayer is built on the Word of God. This prevents us from getting out of balance or off into theological error. Sometimes people think those who practice prayer are intellectual midgets or theologically inferior. Great prayer warriors base their praying on God’s Word, the surest truth in this world.

The most highly intelligent and theologically astute should be the greatest prayer warriors on the face of the earth. They should realize the Bible is God’s Word and authority on all things, praying with deep belief in God and His power.

PRAYER IS FAITH

Prayer is a declaration of my faith in God. I go to Him in prayer because of who He is and what He can do. I believe God is able to do anything with anyone, anywhere. Pastor, God can do this with you where you are right now.

Because praying is faith in God, we should lead our churches to have a deep belief in the power of prayer. At times, the announcements in church get more time and priority than prayer. This is not the way it should be. Our people should know that whatever they face in life, the church will be there to pray through their challenges and problems. Why? Praying is faith!

PRAYER WITH OTHERS

Nothing is more powerful than when we pray with other people. Each pastor and Christian leader should model this in every way. In my role as the current President of the Southern Baptist Convention, I am calling for pastors, laypeople, and churches to join many others in praying for the next Great Awakening in America and for the world to be reached for Christ.

Will you join this prayer movement? No great movement of God ever occurs that is not first preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people. We need a mighty spiritual movement in our nation, beginning with us personally and in our churches collectively.

This is a fabulous opportunity to pray with others for the next Great Awakening and to reach the world for Christ. Please join us and invite others to do the same for God’s glory.

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points to ponder

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Rev. E. Anderson

SANCTIFICATION

O Lord, make the bad people good and the good people nice.

Prayer of a young girL.

A saint is someone whose life makes it easier to believe in God.

William Barclay

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful, you say. Yes, to be sure, but He does what is still more wonderful: He makes saints out of sinners.   Soren Kierkegaard

A walloping great congregation is fine, and fun, but what most communities really need is a couple of saints.

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pastor’s weekly meditation

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Rev Ian Williams

BUILD

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We need to build our lives according to a Godly pattern, not the pattern of this world. God has a grand design for your house to be transformed, not conforming to this world but being transformed by being constantly renewed. You are the salt and light of the world so let your light shine!

Don’t conform to the world’s pattern but devote yourself to teaching, meeting together, prayer and breaking bread.

Help to build a house of peace, speak peace into your house and in turn experience the blessing of peace. Allow God to reconcile you and be reconciled with others.

Build your altar as a place of encounter. Let God burn up the things in your life that need to be sacrificed. Learn forgiveness as a regular habit.

Build a throne of worship to Almighty God. Our King is sovereign and He beckons His bride, the church, who He is devoted to.

Build a spacious place, welcoming to all, regardless of ‘label’. Be more inclusive not exclusive. Enlarge the place of your tent.

Build a house that builds people. Edify one another, make time for one another, cheer each other on, remember you are the church, made up of living stones.

Build bridges to span the gap of indifference. Really care for people. Look out for the vulnerable. Thank you Lord for all that you have allowed us to be a part of and allow us to build for the next chapter of our journey with You.
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past illustrious men and ministries

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Rev. John Wimber – 1934 -1997

John Richard Wimber (February 25, 1934 – November 17, 1997) was a musician, charismatic pastor and one of the founding leaders of the Vineyard Movement, a neocharismatic Evangelical Christian denomination which began in the USA and has now spread to many countries world-wide.

LIFE AND MINISTRY

John Richard Wimber was the son of Basil Wimber and Genevieve Estelynn (Martin) Wimber. Some say he was born in Kirksville, Missouri, while others say he was born in Peoria, Illinois. California death records say he was born in Missouri.

He was raised in a non-religious family, but converted to evangelical Christianity in May 1963. He had previously been the keyboard player in the band The Paramours.

Some have attributed the formation of the band The Righteous Brothers to Wimber (then known as Johnny Wimber) since he was the one who brought Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley together for the band The Paramours in 1962. In the following years he attended a Quaker church in Yorba Linda, California. During this time, he led hundreds of others to convert to Christianity. By 1970, he was leading 11 different Bible study groups that involved more than 500 people.

In 1974 he became the Founding Director of the Department of Church Growth at the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth, which was founded by the Fuller Theological Seminary and the Fuller Evangelistic Association. He directed the department until 1978. In this time a House Church began to form in his home. This group began to embrace some of the beliefs of the Charismatic movement. This resulted in a split with the Quaker church that this group belonged to.

Wimber pastored this new church, which would later become known as the Anaheim Vineyard Christian Fellowship, from 1977 to 1994. Eventually, it outgrew his home and began to meet elsewhere. After initially joining Calvary Chapel, the church had some differences with the Calvary Chapel leadership, relating mainly to the practice of spiritual gifts, his rejection of traditional Dispensationalism, and his embrace of Kingdom theology. As a result, they left Calvary Chapel to join a small group of churches started by Kenn Gulliksen, known as Vineyard Christian Fellowships, which became an international Vineyard Movement.

The Vineyard Movement is rooted in both historic evangelicalism and the charismatic renewal. Due to this duality, the movement uses the term Empowered Evangelicals (a term coined by Rich Nathan and Ken Wilson in their book of the same name) to reflect their roots in traditional evangelicalism as opposed to classical Pentecostalism. Members also sometimes describe themselves as the “radical middle” between evangelicals and Pentecostals, which is a reference to the book The Quest for the Radical Middle, a historical survey of the Vineyard by Bill Jackson.

A particular emphasis of the Vineyard Movement was church planting. One of Wimber’s many catchphrases – intended to capture theological and practical ideas in easy to remember sound bites – was that “church planting is the best form of evangelism”. Both during his lifetime and since his death the Vineyard Movement has established thousands of churches across the USA and internationally.

Wimber became a well-known speaker at international charismatic conferences with a focus on what he called “Power Evangelism” and healing through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is important to note that, while considered by many to be a charismatic teacher, Wimber himself (along with the leaders of the Vineyard Movement) repeatedly rejected the charismatic label as applying to their teachings.

Wimber strongly espoused Kingdom theology, and this approach to the charismatic differed from many of his peers and predecessors. Wimber’s embrace of this new approach led a friend, C. Peter Wagner, to coin the phrase, “The Third Wave of the Holy Spirit” to describe the concept he taught (and to avoid some current labels with their negative connotations). The Third Wave differed from classic Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement, foremost, in their approach to speaking in tongues. Whereas the previous groups had emphasized the gift of tongues as the only evidence for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Wimber and those he influenced emphasized that this was just one of the many spiritual gifts taught in the Bible. This teaching revolutionized what was a major theological stumbling block to some mainstream Evangelicals, the demonstration of “signs and wonders” expressed in the present-day world in a form alleged to be alike to those of the days of the First Century Apostles. Wimber held influence with a number of them, most famously Jack Deere, C. Peter Wagner, and Wayne Grudem. Gordon-Conwell missiologist J. Christy Wilson also mentions Wimber in his book More to be Desired than Gold.

Wimber also differed from contemporaries in his rejection of the Word of Faith movement, and the associated doctrines and showiness. The pursuit of authenticity was core to Wimber’s idea of church, and this was reflected in the worship as well.

BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT

Wimber tentatively held to a modified evangelical view on baptism of the Holy Spirit that says it happens at conversion but that there is an experiential aspect (e.g. speaking in tongues) that may not be manifested or released until a later date. Wimber says:

‘…I want you to keep in mind that I’m still in the process of changing, I’m going to share with you my viewpoint today, I may change it in 2 weeks or in 2 years, I don’t know… I’m just not sure I’ve yet fully worked out a scenario that I can live with long term. But here are my best thoughts on the subject… From time to time we will have a valid experience with an invalid label. At this time my perception is that that is what has occurred with the issue of the baptism of the Holy Spirit… At this point in time I have come full circle from an evangelical theology of filling of the Spirit, through an experience and a theology that embraced what we would call classic Pentecostal… now I’ve come back to a place where I think I started theologically, but I’ve added a dimension of experience.

‘My perception is that every born-again Christian can manifest any gift that he wants to, because with the coming of the Holy Spirit you have the Source of all gift’.

Wimber’s teaching influenced many Christians, both inside and out of the Vineyard movement. One of the key foundations of his teaching was intimacy with God, rather than religious habit and discipline. Another characteristic is in the area of teaching, which emphasized preaching extensively from the gospels and using Jesus as the model for Christian believers. Wimber also had a deep desire to be active in helping the poor.

He strongly emphasized signs and wonders (aka “Doin’ the Stuff”), the priesthood of every believer and that every Christian has the ability to prophesy and heal the sick. While this is not a new concept, Wimber was a key figure in the introduction of the concept that praying for the sick (or anything else) shouldn’t be saved for special healing services, but should take place at every Church service, and out on the streets (by every believer). As a result, many churches have prayer time after the sermon. The Vineyard worship style has also had a wide influence on the church.

Wimber’s teaching has had a significant influence on other Charismatic leaders, such as Mike Bickle, Terry Virgo, Randy Clark, John Arnott, Bill Johnson, John Paul Jackson, Sandy Millar, David Pytches and Sam Storms. In 2007 Sam Storms wrote an article commemorating Wimber 10 years after his death.

Wimber’s theology and methods have been challenged by cessationist Christians. Their criticism focuses mainly on his embrace of Kingdom theology. Critics also argue that Wimber’s emphasis on dramatic proofs of spiritual power show a lack of reliance on the Bible, and instead rely on practices derived from New Age philosophy and humanistic psychology.

Critical considerations of Wimber’s work and approaches to evangelism can be found online.

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minute message

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Rev. E. Anderson

A LEGACY TO LEAVE

‘a good man leaves an inheritance…’ Proverbs 13:22 NIV

PAUL PROBABLY didn’t leave any money or property when he died, but he did leave a legacy—a superior one! His legacy was his writings, those he won to Christ, those he mentored and his enduring influence. Every day your life touches other lives in unseen ways.

You don’t have to know someone personally in order to experience the blessing of their legacy. Like walking into an empty room and catching a whiff of someone’s perfume, your impact can continue to be felt long alter you’re gone.

Usually we associate legacies with dying and we don’t particularly like the topic. Or we assume that since our legacy won’t be revealed for years, we don’t need to start investing in it now. In some cases, we feel like we’ve little or no control over what we leave behind anyway. Not so: ‘A good man leaves an inheritance.’

What will yours be? More importantly, what‘s it going to cost you? Since the best gifts aren’t always handed down in your will, why not try for something more meaningful—something that points to who you were. It’s one thing to measure success by the money in your bank account, the size of your property holdings, and the value of your stocks portfolio. It’s entirely another tn measure it by intangibles like being a faithful marriage partner, raising great kids, building God’s kingdom and leaving your light burning brightly when you go. All great legacies come with a price tag. To move beyond mediocrity, you must ‘Invest every day in the accounts of those who follow you!

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minor prophets

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Rev. E. Anderson

AN ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM

Habakkuk 2

God’s servant was in difficulty and dilemma because of the inexplicable. He voices the fact that he will sit back until he hears from God with regard to his major problem – v1. He must have sensed in his spirit that the Lord would answer him with regard to the matter of the inexplicable, and He did! The Lord was not in difficulty on the issue and could put the matter clear and straight -w2, 3. It would be simple, easy to put down and read and certain of fulfilment. It would be a sound statement of divine principle that required a constant putting into practice and it was and is of an unchanging order: “The just shall live by his faith” – v4. This truly sums up how life has to be lived: righteously and believingly and is of an unchanging order.

1/. THE RIGHTEOUS ARE OF A HUMBLE DISPOSITION – v4

The proud and the arrogant have no time for God because they are full of themselves. Life and everything revolves around their own person and works. The Lord does not get a look in on life at all because their world revolves inwardly and completely around their own being. Everything has to stem from and return back in their direction and this is a real problem – the sin of pride. Sin has inverted man and made all turn inward and so the wrong principle operates. But the humble reject this worldly and evil spirit and ideology.

2/. THE RIGHTEOUS ARE COMMITTED TO RIGHTEOUSNESS – v4

They are made righteous by faith and live a life of righteousness by the same divine principle. There is a complete rejection of the evil dynamic of sin and pride and a divine spirit and drive of pure trust that seeks the ways and paths of righteousness. It has knowledge of what is right and wrong and chooses what is right according to the standards of God. There is unquestioning love and faith.

3/. THE RIGHTEOUS REST THEIR LIVES AND CAUSE IN GOD – v4

There is a movement away from simply asking the Lord for answers all the time and it knows there will be occasions when all naturally will be inexplicable but there will always be a calm confidence in God. There is an awareness God is Father and knows what he is doing – John 13:7; 114, 6. The spiritual conflict factor is over and there is a quiet confidence expressed to and in the Lord.

4/. THE RIGHTEOUS SEE THE RESULT OF SIN – vv5-19

This section deals with the utter parade of wickedness and makes known the fact it receives its just deserts. All who practice evil will reap its fruit inevitably and the righteous sense it. It is a dominant conviction of life and preserves from sin.

5/. THE RIGHTEOUSNESS KNOW THE WORD OF THE LORD – v20

Two things dictate their inward frame (1) The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. (2) The Lord sits in His holy Temple. The Righteous One will be justified before all and so will the righteous.

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messages by rick warren

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Rev. Rick Warren

STAND FIRM ON GOD’S TRUTH. NOT ANOTHER’S OPINION

“It’s is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you.” (Proverbs 29:25a GNB).

It’s difficult to take a stand for God’s truth when you are overly concerned with what people think about you. When we worry about what other people think, we let them control us. We waste a lot of time and energy trying to figure out what other people want us to be. Then, we waste a lot of time and energy trying to become like that rather than just being what God made us to be.

Worrying about what other people think is dangerous because we’re more likely to cave in to criticism. It means we don’t always do the right thing; instead, we do the thing that everybody wants us to do. And what everybody wants to do is often the opposite of what God’s truth compels you to do.

We’re also in danger of missing God’s best. We’re so worried about what other people want us to do that we can’t stop to think about what God wants us to do.

Fact #1: You cannot please everybody. Even God can’t please everybody. One person prays for it to rain; another prays for it to be sunny. In the Super Bowl, both teams are praying that they will win. Who is God going to answer? God can’t please everybody. Only a fool would try to do what even God can’t do. You can’t please everybody.

Fact #2: It’s not necessary to please everybody. There is a myth that says you must be loved and approved by everybody in order to be happy. That’s just not true. You don’t have to please everybody in order to be happy in life.

Fact #3: Rejection will not ruin your life. It hurts, sure. It’s not fun. It’s uncomfortable. But rejection will not ruin your life unless you let it.

Quit trying to please everybody! Remember that nobody can make you feel inferior unless you give him or her permission.

The Apostle Paul says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 TEV) This means we can think like this: “God likes me, and I like me; if you don’t like me, then you have a problem. If God likes me, who cares that everybody doesn’t approve of everything I do?”

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Remember, nothing you ever do will make God love you less. Nothing you ever do will make God love you more. He loves you completely right now. That kind of confidence boost should give you the courage you need to take a stand.

 

TALK ABOUT IT

 

Who have you been trying to please?

 

How has your concern with pleasing this person kept you from standing up for what you know is true?

messages of note

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Rev. Grayson Jones

YOU DO IT

Quite recently I was listening to a leadership talk and the speaker said: ‘If the Board decided to sack you and bring in a new leader what would he do differently?’ Then he said: ‘Why then can’t you walk outside your building and walk back in and do it yourself, now?’   What a great thought!   Isn’t it strange that often we can all see what needs to be done in someone else’s church or with someone else’s team, but we look at our situation and think it’s too late. But is it? Could it be that God is asking each one of us today to take a brand new look at what we are doing, the way we are doing it and the people we are doing it with and allow ourselves the opportunity to do it differently? Why is it that someone else has to come and do what we know needs to happen, simply because we feel unable or are unwilling to do it ourselves? I know that some reading this may feel that you are not the one to bring the change as you are ready to retire or you know God is calling you into something new. But for many reading this maybe God wants to challenge you afresh.   Here are two good reasons I think God wants to use you to bring the needed changes in your situation:

HE HAS APPOINTED YOU TO DO IT

If you are a leader who has been called by God then you have been appointed to lead people into the kingdom activities and lifestyle that Jesus speaks about in His word. You have been appointed by God to help see lives changed, communities transformed and the church increase. God appointed you to be an agent of change and transformation to your church and community and to do that means we have to be willing to bring the changes God commands. If you are a leader you have been appointed By God to lead!

HE HAS ANOINTED YOU TO DO IT

Not only does God appoint his leaders, but he also anoints his leaders. You may look at your situation and in the natural you can’t see how you can do anything to change it. But the Bible encourages us that as leaders we are not to be people who rely on our ability and skill, but on the power of the Holy Spirit that has been given to each one of us. 1 John 2:20 says this to each one us But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. Note what John says here. We are not wanting, waiting or working for the anointing, but we have an anointing. It’s time to stand in that anointing and bring the needed changes to what God has called us to lead.   Often we can talk about setting things up for the next person and building a platform for others to build on which is all good and well. But sometimes we say this because we are unwilling to do what it takes to bring the changes needed to create the breakthrough in God. Perhaps for you today God is not asking you to build a platform or set things up for the next person, but just wants to say to you,  YOU DO IT!   Bless you heaps,

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meet the christian ministers

DAREN AND KAREN ANDERSON

Rev. Dudley and Karen Anderson

Dudley Anderson was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He became a Christian at the age of 9 and served as youth leader for a small Baptist church near Johannesburg during his teens. After graduating from Bible College in 1990, God opened the way for Dudley to branch into Christian radio. As a musician and worship leader he developed a heart for Christian music, which became the main thrust of his radio work in South Africa. In 1996 God called Dudley and his family to the United Kingdom where he now works as a freelance radio presenter and pastors a church in Worcestershire. Dudley is married to Karen-Leigh and has two children, Kerryn and Ryan.

RADIO

Before moving to the UK, Dudley worked for a national radio station, called Radio Pulpit and a community station called, Impact Radio in Pretoria, South Africa. From 1998 to 2005 he was heard across Africa as he served God as a radio presenter for The Voice-Africa, an international radio ministry based in the English West Midlands. Since 2005 he has been producing various programme content for independent Christian radio stations. Currently he produces and presents for UCB UK from midnight to 5.00am every Saturday and Sunday.

Dudley also runs a voice over company called, Dudley Anderson Voice Productionwhich specialises in voice overs for Christian and church productions.

WORSHIP LEADING

Dudley began playing guitar at the age of 14 when he began leading the singing for his Baptist youth group and school Student Christian Association. Gradually he became more accomplished on his instrument and discovered a God given ability of being able to lead people into a place of deep experience of God though praise and worship. By the early 1980’s he was headed up the worship ministry for an Assemblies of God church in Pretoria, South Africa. Gradually Dudley gained more experience in this ministry and, as God opened opportunities for him to meet other leading worship leaders, he progressively gained more experience until he was appointed music director for a large church near Johannesburg. Leading two worship bands, he gained valuable experience in the performing arts ministries, worship leading and worship and team management.

Dudley has published articles on contemporary praise and worship and has interviewed several well known worship leaders such as Martin Smith, Noel Richards and Darlene Zschech for his radio programmes. He has helped develop local church worship teams and coached a number of worship leaders.

Cornerstone Family Church is a local Assemblies of God house group church based in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, England. As a Word & Spirit based church, Cornerstone aims to bring a message of faith, hope and love to its community through the preaching of the whole Word of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. CfC offers inspired worship, sound Bible teaching and great fellowship.

Cornerstone Family Church also strives to work with other local like-minded Spirit & Word based local churches in an endeavour to expand the kingdom of God, nationwide. CfC, like any Bible based church, does not view itself as an island and therefore, cannot exist alone. God has called this church to play its part in building his kingdom and not only its own little castle.

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living devotions

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Rev. E. Anderson

LIVING IN HARMONY

Taken from Senior Life Ministries

Early on in his life, the famous American photographer Ansel Adams showed quite a bit of promise as a classical pianist. One evening at a party, however, Adams played a rather interesting rendition of Chopin’s Nocturne in F Major

He recalled, “In some strange way, my right hand started off in F-sharp major while my left hand behaved well in F major. I could not bring them together. I went through the entire nocturne with the hands separated by a half-step.”   The next day, a friend of Adams gave him a very honest review of his performance. “Ansel,” he said, “You never missed a wrong note!”   Oftentimes in life, we can feel like things just aren’t harmonizing the way they should. We go to church and we play one key, but then we go home and play another. It’s like we can’t get the spiritual life and the practical life to sync up!   The truth is there’s always going to be a degree of discord between what we preach and what we practice. But as we work out our salvation daily, that discord becomes smaller and smaller.   Seek a life of harmony, each day striving by God’s power to practice what you preach. When you start playing the spiritual and the practical in the same key, your life will become a beautiful masterpiece testifying to God’s greatness!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray and ask God to help you bring your spiritual life and daily life together in harmony.

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