“Continuing instant in prayer (Rom. 12:12). The Greek is a
metaphor taken from hunting dogs that never give over the game
till they have their prey.” – Thomas Brooks

“How hard is it sometimes to get leave of hearts to seek God!
Jesus Christ went more willingly to the cross than we do to the
throne of grace.” – Thomas Watson

“I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.”
 – J. H. Jowett

“Many have an idyllic and sweet idea of revival. And they pray to
this end. But our prayer should be to expose sin and lies, first in
our own hearts and then in the churches. To pray for a great
conviction of sin and that man would crumble and surrender at the
terrifying presence of a Holy God. Then they would find the sweet,
rapturous joy of being at peace with their God!… Do you still want
revival? We must pray and PREACH to this end. If we are silent
or silenced, many in the churches will perish.” – Jeri Woods.

“To the church, a revival means humiliation, a bitter knowledge of
unworthiness and an open and humiliating confession of sin on
the part of her ministers and people. It is not easy and glorious
the thing many think it to be… it accuses them of sin, it tells them
they are dead, it calls them to awake, to renounce the world and
to follow Christ.”
– James Burns, ‘Revival, Their Laws, and Leaders’.

“Some people become tired at the end of ten minutes or half an
hour of prayer. What will they do when they have to spend Eternity
in the presence of God? We must begin the habit here and
become used to being with God.” – Sundar Singh

“There is no power like that of prevailing prayer, of Abraham,
pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night,
Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow,
David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in the sweat of
blood… always there is the cost of passion unto blood. Such
prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It
brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings
God.” – Samuel Chadwick

“Oh brother, pray; in spite of Satan, pray; spend hours in prayer;
rather neglect friends than not pray; rather fast, and lose breakfast,
dinner, tea, and supper – and sleep too – than not pray. And we
must not talk about prayer, we must pray in right earnest. The
Lord is near. He comes softly while the virgins slumber.”
 – Andrew A. Bonar

“A man can not lead others where he is not willing to go himself.
Therefore, beware of the prayerless church leader who no longer
readily admits his own need for more of the person and power of
Jesus Christ. Only a seeking, praying heart can truly encourage
spiritual HUNGER in others!” – David Smithers

Church Humor

Bible Characters We Should Cancel

Something incredible has happened in the last few years. We finally reached the pinnacle of human enlightenment and moral perfection!

Of course, there are still benighted holdouts. Fortunately, we possess the steely resolve required to smoke them out, subject them to public humiliation via social media and, ideally, get them fired from their jobs. It’s for their own good, really.

From our lofty perch we’ve also been able to scan back through history and proclaim which historical figures don’t measure up. Now it’s time to do it with the Bible. There are tons of characters crying out for cancellation, and not just the baddies.

Think of King David. As Tyler Huckabee wrote of Israel’s famous king: “ok wow … unfollowing now. Was a big fan of his music but was not aware that he’d sent Uriah to the battle where he knew he would be killed.”

I would add that he was very mean to giants as well. Since being extremely tall is a disability of sorts, that’s tantamount to ableism. Cancelled.

Then there’s Ezekiel. He delivered blistering critiques of Israel, which is fine. But it’s the language he used that I find problematic. He repeatedly accused them of playing “the whore” and being unfaithful to God. I don’t even know where to start, with the flagrant “slut-shaming” or the fact that the technical term is “sex worker.” Ugh. Cancelled.

Now don’t even get me started on the patriarchs.

Drew Dyck Drew Dyck

Contributing Editor

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