Author Archives: Pastor Darvin

Don’t Give Up: Pray

It is better to pray over the Bible than to brood over the self.—P.T. Forsyth Luke 18:1 (NIV) Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Elesha Hodge, comp., Today’s Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, … Continue reading

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Concise, powerful prayer

Never use a gallon of words to express a spoonful of thought.—Anonymous Matthew 6:7 (NIV) 7  And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Elesha Hodge, comp., Today’s Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, … Continue reading

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Prayerful for Everything

Careful for nothing, prayerful for everything, thankful for anything.—Dwight L. Moody 1 Chronicles 16:11 (NIV)  Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Elesha Hodge, comp., Today’s Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “PRAYER”.

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Prayer missiles

Prayer is the wall of faith: her arms and missiles against the foe who keeps watch over us on all sides. And, so never we walk unarmed. —Tertullian, On Prayer 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV) The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have … Continue reading

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Be able to give a blessing

“Prayer is not simply to get things from God, but to make those things holy which already have been received from Him. It is not merely to get a blessing, but also to be able to give a blessing.”—E. M. Bounds Luke 1:74-75 (NIV) 74  to rescue us from the … Continue reading

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What shall I do?

A day of prayer should answer two questions: “Who are you, Lord?” and “What shall I do?”—Lorne Sanny Isaiah 55:6 (NIV) Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Elesha Hodge, comp., Today’s Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), … Continue reading

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Finding out about prayer

Doctoral student at Princeton, 1952: “What is there left in the world for original dissertation research?”   Visiting lecturer Albert Einstein: “Find out about prayer. Somebody must find out about prayer.” —Unknown, Leadership, Vol. 4, no. 1. Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of … Continue reading

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Trials should not be a surprise

1 Peter 4:12 (NIV) Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. Those who make comfort the great subject of their preaching seem to mistake the end of their ministry. Holiness is the great end. There must be … Continue reading

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Stay the course, run the race

2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Revelation 2:3 (NIV) You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. It is not up to you to complete the work, nor are you at … Continue reading

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Time with God

Psalm 84:10 (NIV) Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. One hour with God infinitely exceeds all the pleasures and delights of this lower world.—David Brainerd Today’s … Continue reading

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