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Title: If a church appears dead
Post by: Richard OFfill on June 22, 2017, 05:26:35 PM
If a church appears to be dead, it is because in that church prayer has died. 

It has been said there are three kinds of churches. 
1) There is the church in which there is an opening prayer, a pastoral prayer, a prayer for the offering, and of course the benediction. 
2) Then there is the church that has a prayer ministries department. 
3) The third kind of church is a living church where everything that happens in every phase of church life is bathed in prayer.

What are your thoughts? How would this work?
Title: Re: If a church appears dead
Post by: newbie on June 29, 2017, 09:44:13 AM
If a church appears to be dead, it is because in that church prayer has died. 

It has been said there are three kinds of churches. 
1) There is the church in which there is an opening prayer, a pastoral prayer, a prayer for the offering, and of course the benediction. 
2) Then there is the church that has a prayer ministries department. 
3) The third kind of church is a living church where everything that happens in every phase of church life is bathed in prayer.

What are your thoughts? How would this work?
amen
Title: Re: If a church appears dead
Post by: Ed Sutton on June 30, 2017, 07:52:27 PM
If they all prayed from the heart, not by wrote.  If they all prayed Morning, noon, evening from the heart and during the waking day and night and sought to cooperate with those prayers all through the day, would not this be being bathed in prayer?    They would be united with God like Enoch.

 (pray* enoch thus = 32 pub hits ) {AH 212.4},  {AG 239.5},   {GW92 237.1} ,  {GW 254.2}  ,   {PP 85.3-87.2}

Here's a novel idea - I want to research Enoch's prayer life with his follow up and walking in harmony with those prayers & try it out.    I am not Enoch-like by nature; so what have I got to loose ?
Title: Re: If a church appears dead
Post by: Ed Sutton on January 06, 2018, 05:29:21 PM
Update:

( how Enoch =  59 published hits )

#1.   
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CTr - Christ Triumphant (1999) [Gender Neutral - See FOREWORD]
Chapter 2—The Conflict Before The Flood
 - How Did Enoch Walk

"Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psalm 119:18. {CTr 43.1}

Could your eyes be opened, you would see not only good angels who are trying to impress hearts, but you would see also evil angels who are seeking to make of none effect the message of truth God has in mercy sent. {CTr 43.2}

While we are in this world we are not safe unless our petitions are continually ascending to the God of heaven that He will keep us unspotted from the corruptions of the world. Our Saviour has told us what would be in these last days. Iniquity will abound, but the souls that are open to the influence of the Spirit of God will receive strength to withstand the corruptions of this degenerate age. {CTr 43.3}

Enoch walked with God three hundred years previous to his translation to heaven, and the state of the world was not then more favorable for the perfection of Christian character than it is today. And how did Enoch walk with God? He educated his mind and heart to ever feel that he was in the presence of God, and when in perplexity his prayers would ascend to God to keep him. He refused to take any course that would offend his God. He kept the Lord continually before him. He would pray, “Teach me Thy way, that I may not err. What is Thy pleasure concerning me? What shall I do to honor Thee, my God?”. . . {CTr 43.4}

We want to pray with David, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Many close their eyes lest they shall see the truth. They do not want to see the defects in their life and character, and they are disturbed if you mention anything about God’s law. In this they show that they have a human standard of their own, that their will is not the will of God. We want that you should not be deceived by Satan, the first great adversary of God’s law. We want to bear in mind that God’s law is the only standard by which He will judge us. . . . {CTr 43.5}

In the beginning God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” But sin has almost obliterated the moral image of God in human beings. Jesus came down to our world that He might give us a living example, that we might know how to live and how to keep the way of the Lord. He was the image of the Father. His beautiful and spotless character is before us as an example for us to imitate. We must study and copy and follow Jesus Christ, then we shall bring His loveliness and beauty into our character. In doing this we are standing before God through faith, winning back by conflict with the powers of darkness the power of self-control, the love of God that Adam lost.—Manuscript 6a, 1886 (Sermons and Talks, vol. 1, pp. 31-34). {CTr 43.6}


Title: Re: If a church appears dead
Post by: newbie on January 06, 2018, 06:15:20 PM
I read in SOP that when a clearer understanding of revelation comes, there will be a revival in the churches.
Title: Re: If a church appears dead
Post by: Ed Sutton on January 07, 2018, 10:32:03 AM
A handout being prepared for Sabbath School - part-1

Being connected with and advancing with Jesus as SDA’s on His upward path

O that the young might realize that they may be as precious plants in the Lord's garden. . . . Let the delicate tendrils of the affections twine about Jesus, to receive nourishment from Him; and instead of creeping upon the earth, turn the face toward the Sun of Righteousness, that you may catch divine rays of light. Day by day grow up into His likeness, and become a partaker of His divine nature, that you may at last be found perfect in the paradise of God....  {FLB 221.3} 

     Rivet the soul to the eternal Rock; for in Christ alone there will be safety.  {FLB 221.4} 

     A union with Christ by living faith is enduring; every other union must perish.... But this union costs us something.... There must be a painful work of detachment, as well as a work of attachment. Pride, selfishness, vanity, worldliness--sin in all its forms--must be overcome, if we would enter into a union with Christ. The reason why many find the Christian life so deplorably hard, why they are so fickle, so variable, is, they try to attach themselves to Christ without detaching themselves from these cherished idols.  {FLB 221.5}
 
     Will we accept the condition laid down in His Word--separation from the world? . . . Our consecration to God must be a living principle, interwoven with the life, and leading to self-denial and self-sacrifice. It must underlie all our thoughts, and be the spring of every action. This will elevate us above the world, and separate us from its polluting influence. {FLB 221.6}

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23. {FLB 222.1} 

     As a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7. Many thoughts make up the unwritten history of a single day; and these thoughts have much to do with the formation of character. Our thoughts are to be strictly guarded; for one impure thought makes a deep impression on the soul. An evil thought leaves an evil impress on the mind. If the thoughts are pure and holy, the man is better for having cherished them. By them the spiritual pulse is quickened, and the power for doing good is increased. And as one drop of rain prepares the way for another in moistening the earth, so one good thought prepares the way for another.  {FLB 222.2} 

     Wrong habits of thought, when once accepted, become a despotic power that fastens the mind as in a grasp of steel.  {FLB 222.3} 

     The thoughts are not to be allowed to run riot. They must be restrained, brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Let them be placed upon holy things. Then, through the grace of Christ, they will be pure and true. We need a constant sense of the ennobling power of pure thoughts. The only security for any soul is right thinking.  {FLB 222.4} < ed’s note ( search words Christ mind ) study 2nd Corinthians 10:1-6; Romans 15:6; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Philippians 1:27; Philippians 2:5; 1 Peter 1:13; 1 Peter 4:1 - stewardship of our senses and mind. >

  part-2 later 
Title: Re: If a church appears dead
Post by: Ed Sutton on January 26, 2018, 07:54:58 PM
Quoting Newbie
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I read in SOP that when a clearer understanding of revelation comes, there will be a revival in the churches.

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Let us give more time to the study of the Bible. We do not understand the Word as we should. The book of Revelation opens with an injunction to us to understand the instruction that it contains. "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy," God declares, "and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand." When we as a people understand what this books means to us, there will be seen among us a great revival. We do not understand fully the lessons that it teaches, notwithstanding the injunction given us to search and study it.  {FLB 345.4} {TM 113.2} {4MR 287.1} 

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   A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer.--1SM 121 (1887).  {LDE 189.1} 

   A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer. When churches are revived, it is because some individual seeks earnestly for the blessing of God. He hungers and thirsts after God, and asks in faith, and receives accordingly. He goes to work in earnest, feeling his great dependence upon the Lord, and souls are aroused to seek for a like blessing, and a season of refreshing falls upon the hearts of men.  {HM, November 1, 1890 par. 28}   

Why I languish and my home Church languishes -
God pours - but because we are unprepared to receive it - remain dry sponges.   6 things SOP says I am to do.

1. seeks earnestly for the blessing of God

2. He hungers and thirsts after God,

3. and asks in faith, and receives accordingly.

4.  He goes to work in earnest, feeling his great dependence upon the Lord,

5.   and souls are aroused to seek for a like blessing,

6.  and a season of refreshing falls upon the hearts of men


What specifically is the first part of #4 "going to work in earnest" talking about ?

search turns up - 
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When churches are revived, it is because some individual seeks earnestly for the blessing of God. He hungers and thirsts after God, and asks in faith, and receives accordingly. He goes to work in earnest, feeling his great dependence upon the Lord, and souls are aroused to seek for a like blessing, and a season of refreshing falls on the hearts of men. The extensive work will not be neglected. The larger plans will be laid at the right time; but personal, individual effort and interest for your friends and neighbors, will accomplish much more than can be estimated. It is for the want of this kind of labor that souls for whom Christ died are perishing.  {ChS 121.1}

Door to door soul winning - people you know, Christ's methods . 


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....but personal, individual effort and interest for your friends and neighbors, will accomplish much more than can be estimated. It is for the want of this kind of labor that souls for whom Christ died, are perishing. One soul is of infinite value; for Calvary speaks its worth. One soul, won to the Saviour, will be instrumental in winning others, and there will be an ever-increasing result of blessing and salvation. Your work may accomplish more real good than the more extensive meetings, if they lack in personal effort. When both are combined, with the blessing of God, a more perfect and thorough work may be wrought; but if we can have but one part done, let it be the individual labor of opening the Scriptures in households, making personal appeals, and talking familiarly with the members of the family, not about things of little importance, but of the great themes of redemption. Let them see that your heart is burdened for the salvation of souls.  {GW92 337.1-.2}
     Those who have been most successful in winning souls, were men and women who did not pride themselves in their ability, but who went in humility and faith, and the power of God worked with their efforts in convicting and converting the hearts of those to whom they appealed. Jesus did this very work. ......{GW92 337.2}