Monday, January 25, 2010

Weekly Prayer Tips

Every week in my email inbox I receive a "Weekly Prayer Tip" from the National Day of Prayer Task Force.  Each prayer tip includes a scripture and a suggested prayer related to the selected scripture. Thus far, I have found every one of these "tips" very relevant and on target--even anointed.

I always encourage pray-ers to get their leading for prayer directly from the Spirit and the Word.  However, when we understand that God's will is often discerned best through a shared process involving others, then we can appreciate the possibility that direction for prayer may also come as God works through others--such as the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

To sign up for "Weekly Prayer Tips," go to http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Prayer-Saturated Church

One of the central themes in my prayer ministry seminars and the online prayer ministries course that I teach at the seminary has to do with cultivating a culture of prayer in the local church.

Until I am able to publish on the subject, here is a resource that comes very close to where my heart is on the matter:  Cheryl Sacks', The Prayer-Saturated Church.

For several years I have been using Sacks' text in the online Developing Congregational Prayer Ministries course that I teach at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. Even months after completing the course, students report the ongoing impact that The Prayer-Saturated Church has made on their lives and ministries.

The book may be ordered here through our JRT Books and Resources.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Prayer Focus: Rapid Spread of the Good News


While reading 2 Thessalonians 3:1 this morning, I was reminded that it is okay to pray for the rapid spread of the Good News (a.k.a., the Gospel). In fact, Paul requested that believers would pray for him--"that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored."

In most areas of life, our desire for things to happen quickly is probably not so virtuous; rather, it is indicative of our impatience.

Not so with Good News. The Good News is life-giving; it saves the perishing. Its propagation is driven both by joy and a sense of urgency.

Please take a moment to pray for the rapid spread of the message of the Lord, and that this message be honored by its hearers.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pray for Haiti

On Tuesday I had just arrived at the Minneapolis airport after conducting the Minnesota prayer gathering with the Church of God. There it was on every flat screen: the earthquake in Haiti.

My friends, let us pray for God's mercy to be showered over that nation. May an anointed compassion arise in us; may we intercede fervently; and may we respond obediently to the Holy Spirit's leading.

For a Church of God report related to this disaster, go to http://bit.ly/58g5ne.


Sunday, January 03, 2010

January Ministry Events

Dr. Turpin will be ministering at the following events in the month of January:
AM Service (Jan. 10)
Solid Rock Church of God
Grand Rapids, MN
Solemn Assembly (Jan. 10-12)
Minnesota Church of God
PM Service (Jan. 17)
Hopewell Church of God
Cleveland, TN
PCG Facilitators Consultation (Jan. 19)
Tennessee and North Georgia Facilitators
Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Cleveland, TN
New Student Orientation Retreat (Jan. 20-22)
Cohutta Springs Conference Center
Crandall, GA