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Impulse Prayer

“Always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with a text. I would make an absolute law of this – always obey such an impulse. Where does it come from? It is the work of the Holy Spirit (Phil 2:12-13). This often leads to some of the most remarkable experiences in the life of the minister. So never resist, never postpone it, never push it aside because you are busy. Give yourself to it, yield to it; and you will find not only that you have not been wasting time with respect to the matter with which you are dealing but that actually it has helped you greatly in that respect. You will experience an ease and a facility in understanding what you were reading, in thinking, in ordering matter for a sermon, in writing, in everything which is quite astonishing. Such a call to prayer must never be regarded as a distraction; always respond to it immediately, and thank God if it happens to you frequently.”   Martyn Lloyd-Jones  (Preaching & Preachers, 170-171)

Finally, someone tells the truth about working in a church ;)

Oh my, this is so funny.  Dripping with sardonic cynicism, a bit of gallows humor to ease the difficulty of the greatest calling on the planet.

Marble’s Monday Menagerie 05.14.2012

A few posts which caught my attention~~

Small churches and their leaders still matter.

What quality in a leader do you think is most important?  Is it this one?

A well balanced life requires more than incessant Bible studies.

Oh to be an introvert in church.

For my archaeology friends.

A life giving perspective on the decisions we make.  The comments on this one may be just as good as the article.

The travesty of the flesh, the upcoming Olympics, and the greed associated with both.

Inward pointing arrows

Tom Rainer nails it again with a great post on what an inward focused church looks like.  Woe to the church which turns into a social club.  Not what the Great Commission was intended to look like.

He says there are more items which could be added to it.  I would add a #11 No Generous Giving to those Outside the Church.

What would you add to the list?

Read the comments.  Very insightful on the state of some churches around us and the trap some pastors think they are in.  Sad.

It is the Power of God that changes Lives

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.  Romans 1:16

There is no difficulty that cannot be defeated.  There is no victory that cannot be achieved, if you believe in the power of God!  Unknown

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  1 Corinthians 1:18

Christianity takes for granted the absence of any self-help and offers a power which is nothing less than the power of God.  AW Tozer

Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”  Matt 22:29

Giving into fear alters God’s best plan for your life.  So use the power of God‘s Word to do what He wants you to do…even if you have to do it afraid!  The rewards are great.  Joyce Meyer

Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens.  Psalm 68:34

Never underestimate the power of prayer, faith and love and above all, never underestimate the power of God to see you through!  Unknown

So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.  2 Timothy 1:8

I felt the power of God as I’d never felt it before.  James Irwin

in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;   2 Corinthians 6:7

Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God.  Arnold Toynbee