Insight: A.W. Tozer and the “Prayer of a Minor Prophet”

Aiden Wilson Tozer was 23 years old when he was called to pastor a new church in Clarksburg, West Virginia. On August 18, 1920 at a campground a few miles outside Cleveland, Ohio, leaders of the Christian and Missionary Alliance scheduled an ordination service. After the formal ceremony and laying on of hands, Tozer was …

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Insight: Oswald Chambers On Worship

This message was given at the Bible Training College in London (February-June 1915), where Chambers was teaching a course called Missionary Matters. Guest lecturers included well-known missionaries and evangelical leaders, such as C.T Studd. Chambers did not know that the school would close in a few months because of Great Britain's involvement in World War I, or that …

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“Pray like this…”

My Father Unseen, but always seeing me Your name... let it be deeply revered by all Your kingdom... let it come, Your ruling Presence Your will... let it be fully expressed on earth in my circumstances as it is in heaven where Your will is unopposed Today Here are my needs, I leave them all …

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Kingdom Praying

Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. -- Matthew 6:10 In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus included prayer as a priority topic for His disciples. Emphasizing that our most intimate interactions with God should be done secretly (Matthew 6:4, 6, 18), Jesus pauses to give shape and …

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8 Reasons Why We Need Revival

Twenty-five years later, the experience remains vivid. The Lord still whispers the lyrics of that time across my heart, "this is My church". Church as He intends it to be. It was an ordinary church retreat, until He touched us with His presence. Five hours later, we were closer to each other. We were closer …

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Unexpected Directions

"Lord… am I getting this right? I am about to speak to a group of people and you are changing the message?" On May 22, 2011, I was driving to Monticello, Arkansas to speak in the morning services at First Baptist Church, where I had been serving as interim pastor for over a year. Each …

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Junk Mail Faith

In 1984, Gail and I were serving in Southern California as missionaries with the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board (HMB). Living in a small apartment in West Hollywood, we were working alongside veteran missionaries Bob and Glenda Tremaine, nurturing the small First Baptist Church of Beverly Hills congregation, and laying the groundwork for new churches to …

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Pray Hard, Live Hard

On August 2, 1745, David Brainerd penned the following words in his diary after 28 discouraging months of serving as an early colonial missionary to native Americans in New England:"I began to entertain serious thoughts of giving up my mission. I do not know that my hopes respecting the conversion of the Indians were ever …

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