Prayer Emphasis Week 2014

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Prayer, Shiloh Events | 4 comments

This has been Prayer Emphasis Week at the Shiloh Church. Our simple goal is to begin our year in prayer, submitting to God’s will and depending upon power. And it has been a great week! In past years, we have prepared prayer guides with specific targets to pray for each day. And we had a daily prayer meeting at noon to pray together. But we have done something different this year. On Sunday, members wrote prayer requests on cards and...

Read More

Overcoming Hindrances to Effective Prayer

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Prayer | 2 comments

There are two primary reasons why you should pray. The first is obedience to duty. That is, we should pray because the word of God commands us to pray. Period. The second reason why you should pray is more pragmatic: Prayer works! God answers prayer. It pleases God to meet the needs of his children through the means of believing prayer. But while answered prayer is one of the great motivations to pray; unanswered prayer can discourage your...

Read More

A Note of Thanks and Request for Continued Prayer

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Family, Prayer, Shiloh | 0 comments

This has been a difficult week in the life of the Shiloh Church Family. Last week, one of our faithful and beloved pastors, Mike Rodgers, suddenly transitioned from earth to glory. Pastor Rodgers’ passing has left our entire congregation with heavy hearts. Mike was a man of God, a loving shepherd, and a spiritual mentor to many in our church. He is already missed. But we are strengthened by the gospel that he preached to us and the hope...

Read More

A Prayer Request for an Important Deadline

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Prayer, Writing | 8 comments

Today is a pretty special day for me. I signed contracts this morning to publish my first book. It has been my prayer to write a work for publication for many years. In fact, this blog was initially started to give me practice in writing. The Lord has graciously opened the door for me to write a book to be published. And the Lord held it open! But I need your prayers. My deadline for submitting the completed manuscript is October 15. I have...

Read More

Praying Psalm 127

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in Prayer, Psalms, Quotations | 0 comments

Eternal and almighty God, who by thy providence dost conduct and govern all creatures in this world, suffer us not to enterprise anything but what is agreeable to thy will and pleasure, that we, altogether discontented with ourselves, may wholly depend upon thy blessing; and that our only care may be that thou mayest be glorified in us and our posterity, through Jesus Christ, thy Son. Amen. - Prayers on the Psalms: From the Scottish Psalter of...

Read More

Why I Pray Before I Preach

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Prayer, Preaching | 7 comments

I preached my first sermon at the age of eleven. The first thing I did when I stood up was to pray. No one instructed me to do this. My father never prayed when he stood to preach. And none of the preachers I heard regularly or looked up to prayed at the beginning of the sermons. For some reason, I did. I remember a seasoned pastor advising me, “If you haven’t prayed before you stand up to preach, it’s too late. And if you have already prayed,...

Read More