Thursday, February 11, 2010

Becoming a House of Prayer

Because of the fact that I am not always able to cover all of the prayer ministry training content in my seminars, I've decided to prepare a series of video clips to help seminar participants fill in the gaps.  Here is the first of those videos--an introduction ("Biblical Foundations") to my "Becoming a House of Prayer" series:

Becoming a House of Prayer: Biblical Foundations from Randy Turpin on Vimeo.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Pray for Prayer

When it comes to local church prayer ministry development, I really do believe in Spirit-led goal-setting and Spirit-enabled planning. However, let us be careful to take heed to these words from Douglas Small:

"Pray. Don't talk about it. Do it.

"Pray before you plan. Pray before you do anything else. Above all, let prayer lead the way in developing a prayer ministry. Tarry in prayer.

"The flesh will want to plan it into being. The Spirit will want to pray it into being.

"Pray for prayer--a spirit of intercession. Pray for pray-ers--an army of prayer warriors.... Pray for God's unique design for the prayer ministry of your church."

(Source: P. Douglas Small in Prayer the Heartbeat of the Church, pp. 75-76.)

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Psalm 23 Paraphrased

In the late 1990s after returning from Israel, I wrote and preached a sermon entitled, "The Lord Our Shepherd." It was based on insights that our study tour instructor had shared concerning sheep and shepherds in the Middle East.

Working on that sermon transformed my understanding of the Lord's care for His people.  (I think that it also helped me to be a better pastor.)

That messaged concluded with a paraphrase of Psalm 23 based on my expanded interpretation of the passage.  By request, I am making my paraphrase of the passage available here as a PDF Download.