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A Prayer that We May Listen

Calling for fire in a military context requires confidence that that the headquarters being called for assistance can and will provide what is needed. It also requires caution. The caller must communicate accurately the nature of the request, the correct … Continue reading

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A Prayer that Our Love Will Renew Hope

I’ve witnessed Christians working together to glorify God and to serve others this week. This morning, about sixteen members of our congregation welcomed over seventy families who needed food and helped meet their needs at our monthly Food Pantry. Tomorrow, … Continue reading

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A Prayer to God who Delights in Setting Right What Has Gone Wrong

In Psalm 35, a victim of betrayal and injustice calls for fire in militaristic fashion. He pleads for God to fight against his opponents. He cries out for God to put on his armor, “Take hold of shield and buckler … Continue reading

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Call for Fire Seminar’s Third Anniversary! Thank you!

Three eventful years have passed since I began writing “Call for Fire Seminar.” Exciting events have occurred: Travel overseas and to several states for ministry, a new preaching ministry, and a promotion in my chaplaincy work. Moments of sorrow have … Continue reading

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God’s Response to a Cry for Help

“7 When the people of Israel cried out to the Lord on account of the Midianites, 8 the Lord sent a prophet to the people of Israel. And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: … Continue reading

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Renewing Hope

On this first day of a new year, I return to “Call for Fire Seminar” after a break of several months. Several other ministry and personal concerns commanded my attention. As I began preaching for a local church in a … Continue reading

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A Prayer During the Storm

I enjoyed an intense time of study and fellowship this past week. I spent most days (all day) in an intensive residence period with a small group of preachers from across the country examining the Exposition of Luke. Preachers from … Continue reading

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Praying with Reverence

“Because of the multitude of oppressions people cry out; they call for help because of the arm of the mighty. But none says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches us more than the … Continue reading

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Prayer for Those Who Seek Healthy Relationships

For several weeks, I have read blogs and other articles that anticipated the release of a movie called “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The impression I gained from what I read, even in articles that had a somewhat positive approach to … Continue reading

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Prayer When Grief Challenges Faith

The prayer of Psalm 143 spoke for me today. As I read it, its words echoed the pain in my soul. Like the Psalmist, I have felt crushed by events in my life. The most recent, and most painful, is … Continue reading

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