Concerns With Praying

“Preacher, keep your knees on the ground & your eyes on the throne.” ~Leonard Ravenhill

My friends, I have been hanging around Pentecostal/Charismatic churches since 1979. It wasn’t until about 10 years ago, that it seemed the only ones who were praying in the churches were women. They are still the strongest prayers! Oh, don’t get me wrong, they should be praying, but so should men! Our churches should never allow the women do all of the praying, while the men run the churches!

I guess the point I want to make is that men who don’t pray, have no right to lead any church! (In fact, they shouldn’t be husbands or fathers, either. But that is another message). Our leadership should be earned by spiritual worth!

The original leaders instructed the church to, “choose seven men who are respected and wise and filled with God’s Spirit. We will put them in charge of these things” (Acts 6:3). Huh? “Respected and wise and filled with God’s Spirit? The only way we can become “wise and filled with God’s Spirit,” is if we spend time on our knees! Leadership always requires vision, and where are they going to gain any vision? From hours spent in the presence of our Father in humble and fervent prayer!

Leonard Ravenhill taught,

“No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying.”

Everything else being equal, a woman who prays will know the will of God for the church far better than a man who doesn’t pray! What is true for a church, is true for our families.

I am not advocating that we turn the churches over to the women, per se, but that whoever is guiding the direction our churches, must possess the proper spiritual qualifications for leadership. Just being good looking, or fashionable, or entertaining, or charming is not enough! As Ravenhill continued, “We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters!” If we fail here, we fail everywhere! We need our leaders to be people who spend more time in prayer than they spend in front of their TV!

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Finding Treasures

If you are not going to spend your time diligently seeking wisdom from the Scripture, you will never understand it! Even if you are one of those who tries to memorize it without applying it to your lives, are missing the treasure that comes from the Word of God! Continue reading

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Jesus Loves You!

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His Life is NOW!

My friends, Paul prayed, “May God reveal to you, not just the past greatness of Christ but his present greatness.”

Ah, but you are wondering where I found that, right? Well, right here where Paul prayed: Continue reading

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Who Is The Holy Spirit?

The last few days, my wife and I traveled to Kalamazoo (MI. About 120 miles away) to spend time with my mom, and it is such a great delight to see her, but oh, Man! It is such a delight to return to my laptop after four days! (I believe I was suffering withdrawal!). But, being back home, surrounded by my books and in front of my laptop, I began to prepare a message and as I began to pray about what I was going to write, it made me think about the Holy Spirit! As I was thinking about Him, I have been concerned with a re-emergence of some misunderstanding about the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

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Be Encouraged!

It was odd, but I sensed someone (or several of you) needed to be encouraged! I have no idea what is going on in your life, but that doesn’t matter. What is important is that the Lord reminded me of several verses that He wanted me to share with you: Continue reading

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Following Solomon’s Counsel

I used to Pastor a group at Western Michigan University, and since I was ministering to college students, I asked my pastor if I should read secular books or not. He thought about it a moment and said, “You know, there is an old saying that goes, ‘A bee can find nectar in the weed as well as in the flower.’ so yeah, I think you should. ” That was excellent counsel because it ended up being very helpful. Continue reading

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