[shoulders] SHOULDER TO SHOULDER #319 ---- 1/19/04

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From: "Bob Tolliver" <lifeunlimited@...>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 22:16:11 +0200
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  SHOULDER TO SHOULDER #319 ---- 1/19/04

  Title:  "Starting Blocks, Weights, and Hurdles ---- Help or Hindrance?"

  My Dear Friend:

  As I begin my second attempt to write you (the first one simply disappeared from the screen!), I am both exhausted and excited.  Exhausted from more than a week of knit-picky harrassments and hindrances from the enemy, and exhausted from an incredibly successful and exhilirating day of God-blessed ministry yesterday.  Excited in knowing that all the attacks and resitance from the panic-driven enemy is to no avail, and excited in even greater assurance that the wonderful seed of God's Word that has been planted in recent weeks and months will absolutely bear fruit in due season.

  Services a week ago were spectacular; yesterday's were even greater.  The high attendance of a week ago was that much or more, even without the team of 15 students from the Christian university in America.  And, the sense of joy and expectancy in the hearts of the people was clear.  You could see it on their faces and you could hear it in their singing and their praying.

  Last week I wrote you about God's promise to "do a new thing".  Almost everyone in our services is in agreement that the indicators are there that God is indeed about to do something extraordinary.  Yesterday I began a series on what I believe is the starting point for us here ---- developing a personal lifestyle and a corporate ministry of authoritative strategic prayer.  I preached on "The Priority Of Prayer" from I Timothy 2:1-6 and Matthew 11:5-15.   The first text is Paul's familiar exhortation to Timothy that "first of all . . . . prayer".  Matthew's passage is that of Jesus' disciples asking Him to teach them to pray, followed by in instructional model prayer.

  Even in our leadership team meeting following services, the unanimous affirmation was that this is exactly what we need.  I passed out about 50 forms to fill out indicating a variety of options for prayer, with a place to indicate their willingness to participate.  Already more than 15 were filled out and returned, and I expect many more next week.  

  So, it is clear to me that God is indeed preparing us for that "new thing", whatever it is.  I believe it is going to be a spiritual moving in the church that results in launching a number of ministries we have been waiting to start, in partnering us with other Great Commission Christians, in liberating us into new levels of genuine worship, and in shaping us into a mobile and mobilized team of aggressive and courageous church planters and evangelizers.  I wish you could have seen the faces of some of our university students, and hear the comments of a number of our church leaders and other members.  It was as if they had just heard what they had longed for but had never fully understood what it was until yesterday.

  So, God is truly good.  I praise Him for His validating presence.

  Bob Tolliver -- Psalm 2:8
  Copyright January, 2004
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  May I Recommend . . . .

  If you have a heart for God and would like to be encouraged in your life and ministry, 
      and you have a burden for your church, your community, and the world, 
      then you may want to receive . . .
  www.cnsnews.com for daily world news without a liberal, godless bias.
  www.worldprayerteam.org ---- A world-wide network for praying together.
  www.watchword.org ---- excellent resources on revival, prayer, missions.
  www.waymakers.org ---- resources on prayer, evangelism, etc.
  www.operationiraqcare.org ---- To adopt and pray for a special historic city in Iraq.
  http://www.nppn.org ---- "National Pastors' Prayer Network" newsletter.  ~  
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  Usprayercenter@... ---- U. S. World Prayer Center.
  www.cityreaching.com ---- City Reaching/City Impact Roundtable.
  fridayfax-subscribe@... ---- Wolfgang Simpson's "Friday Fax" from New Zealand.
  www.LifeAction.org ---- "Life Action Outreach".
  www.revivalcsa.co.za ---- "Bulletin On Revival" by Francois Carr in South Africa.
  www.yifa.org ---- "Youth Interceding For America".
  www.missionamerica.org ---- "Mission America" .
  www.lighthousemovement.com ---- "The Lighthouse Movement". Click on "Lighthouses".

  Other Great Resources Are:
  www.biblemaster.com for great Bible resources and downloads.
  www.e-sword.net (one of the best free download Bible study site I've ever seen!)
  http://associate.com/camsoc/ctt/"Christian Communications Toolkit" (using internet wisely) 
  http://www.associate.com/camsoc/crop/software.html#freewin. Free software or shareware listings, 
  www.ccmag.com.  "Christian Computing Magazine", 
  ccmag-subscribe@....  CCMag discussion newsletter, 
  http://www.christiangraphicdesign.com/premierinfo.htm  Thousands of Free Christian graphics.

  Online Resources on Ukraine are . . . .

  Secular News on Kiev and Ukraine will give you interesting views at . . .