Thru the Bible Radio
The teacher is Dr J Vernon McGee. Every day a new program is conveniently available on demand via streamed audio. On weekdays, travel a segment of the five-year journey through the entire Bible. On Saturdays an interesting question and answer program is presented. On Sundays, an inspiring sermon is given. If you happen to miss one, you can catch up later via the three-week archive at the site. In addition, they have added a fifteen-minute ‘Best of McGee’ teaching program on weekdays which is also archived.
This is a wonderful way to get grounded in the entire Word of God on a systematic basis through sound, expository, Christ-centered teaching. Even though Dr McGee has been with the Lord for over a decade, the scope of his ministry is still growing and the programs are currently broadcast in over 85 languages worldwide. One can even listen in twelve different foreign languages online.
The Brooklyn Tabernacle
The Brooklyn Tabernacle does not have streamed audio as does TTB, but you can click on the TAPE SERIES tab and subscribe to the ‘This Week At The Brooklyn Tabernacle Audio Tape Series’. These contain recordings of Pastor Cymbala’s sermons that are unsurpassed in terms of inspirational value. They also contain great music and testimonies of the grace of God. And the use of cassette media makes it easy to share with others. At the site you can also submit prayer requests, or order music and books.
None but the Hungry Heart
This is the online version of a collection of quotations by many authors such as Andrew Murray, T. Austin-Sparks, and John Darby. It presents ‘the deep things of God’ -- extremely valuable teaching on the facts of our union with the Lord Jesus Christ. The editor of this anthology was Miles Stanford. Here is a small sample.
"And as it was with Christ, so it must be with us. As we yield ourselves to be united with Him in the likeness of His death, we can share with Him in the glory and power of the life of the Spirit. To know what the Holy Spirit means, implies the knowing of what death means. The Cross and the Spirit are inseparable. The soul that understands that the death to self is in Christ the gate to true life, is in the right way to learn what and who the Holy Spirit is." -A.M. "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25).
"Many believers appear to think that when once they have claimed Christ's death in the fellowship of the Cross, and have counted themselves crucified with Him, they may now consider it as past and done with. They do not as yet understand that it is in the crucified Christ, and in the fellowship of His death, that they are to abide daily and unceasingly. The fellowship of the Cross is to be the life of a daily walk -- His taking the form of a servant, His humbling Himself and becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross; this mind that was in the Lord Jesus is to be the disposition that marks our daily life." "Have this mind [attitude] in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5,ASV).
Christian Online Books
This is not a blanket endorsement of all the books listed here, but is included because many are very good and I have been blessed so much by those on prayer by E M Bounds which are available here. I actually prefer the hardcopy version entitled ‘E M Bounds on Prayer‘ published by Whitaker House, however. It is nicely edited, very readable, and complete, but the online Bounds books listed and available here are free.
Open Doors with Brother Andrew
The suffering of our brethren all around the world at the hands of communists and Muslims is incredible, and to a great degree swept under the carpet by the media. It is critical for the facts to be known and published. Brother Andrew’s ministry is one of several that is doing that important work. They also assist the persecuted Church in material and spiritual ways. [Heb 13:3] ‘Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.’
Trans World Radio
With so many countries closed to missionaries, or with severe restrictions on evangelism and worship, radio is perhaps the best means of getting the Word of God out to those without the gospel, and to believers who are hungry to know more of God’s truth. TWR, as well as other broadcasting companies such as FEBC and HCJB, are doing a tremendous work in accomplishing this great task. They deserve our prayer and financial support. The Thru the Bible programs mentioned above often read letters from listeners in distant lands that receive programs aired over TWR. They express their interest in and appreciation for the broadcasts, and in many cases tell of wonderful conversion experiences. [Mat 28:19] ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations...’.
Global Recordings Network
I discovered this faithful ministry as I worked my way through Patrick Johnstone’s awesome prayer guide, ‘Operation World’. Over and over I saw references to GRN and their ministry which for 60 years has recorded and distributed Gospel messages in over 5000 languages and dialects. Here is an excerpt from their web site:
A friend of mine says that my Dad “saved his life” by leading him to Christ. But isn’t that always the case? The world is a sinking “Titanic,” and there are multitudes below deck that are going down with her.
But there is a huge difference. Because on this “Titanic” there is a Savior — a Life Boat — that is ADEQUATE for all the passengers. Many have decided not to accept His offer, but “below deck” are multitudes who have not been told either what is happening or that there is a way out. And they are trapped behind locked gates of superstition, poverty and the greed and malice of others. There is still time to save them, but it will require that every Christian find his place and contribute his time, energy, and resources to the project.
While well-off Christians build their own houses and churches with nine-plus dollars out of every ten, and play endless games with nine hours out of every ten, millions of people are dying without the knowledge of Christ.
David McMullen, missionary serving in Mexico
This is a site pretty much focusing on a single book. I mentioned this remarkable prayer guide above in connection with GRN. It also called my attention to the importance of the TWR ministry cited above as well. You have to see this massive compilation of statistics to appreciate the labor that went into it. The best thing about it in my opinion is the way it can open up one’s vision to the need for world missions. It had a revolutionary effect on me, at least.
The latest edition was published in 2001 and is therefore quite up to date. The following article was extracted from the 1993 edition.
PRAYER AND WORLD EVANGELIZATION
How often have you seen a wall-plaque with the words Prayer Changes Things? All believers readily give mental and verbal assent to this, but do we really believe it? What a difference there would be in our personal and corporate prayer life if we did. What a difference in the world too!
There is some confusion among believers about prayer. Is prayer just an act of obedience to a Sovereign God, or do we change his mind as did the importunate widow pleading her cause to the unjust judge? Unless we are utterly convinced of its essentiality and efficacy, we will never make prayer our central ministry as God intended.
Prayer is fundamental in the Kingdom of God. It is not an optional extra, nor is it a last resort when all other methods have failed. Prayerlessness is a sin (1 Samuel 12:23); without prayer God's plan for the world cannot be achieved. We do not just pray for the work; prayer is the work! Prayer lifts Christian activities from the realm of human effort to the divine. Someone made the statement When man works, man works; when man prays, God works. Through prayer we become co-workers with the Lord God Almighty. We move from time into eternity, sharing in the eternal counsels of God. Would that we could grasp the significance of the ministry of intercession! Some unusual Scriptures can help us.
In Revelation 5: 1-8:5 there is the magnificent mystery of the opening of the seven seals. Whether their primary application is future, past or present is not relevant here, but certain principles are of abiding significance and can be applied today.
- Only the Lamb could open the seals. All the earth-shaking, awesome forces unleashed on the world shown in the opening of the earlier six seals of Revelation 6 and 7 are released by the Lord Jesus Christ. He reigns today. He is in the control room of the universe. He is the only Ultimate Cause; all the sins of man and machinations of Satan ultimately have to enhance the glory and kingdom of our Savior. This is true of our world today in wars, famines, earthquakes or the evil that apparently has the ascendancy. All God's actions are just and loving. We have become too enemy-conscious, and can overdo the spiritual warfare aspect of intercession. We need to be more God-conscious, so that we can laugh the laugh of faith knowing that we have power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). He has already lost control because of Calvary where the Lamb was slain. What confidence and rest of heart this gives us as we face a world in turmoil and in such spiritual need.
- Only through the prayers of the saints will God's purposes be carried out (Revelation 5:8 and 8: 1-5). The seventh seal, the final one, is unusual! Why was there silence in heaven for half an hour? It was not just for dramatic effect, or the silence before the storm. It was because God would not act until his people prayed. Once their prayers had risen to the throne, God poured out the fire from the altar upon the earth. The fire of the Spirit comes in answer to prayer (Acts 1 :4, 2: 1-8), but so does the fire of judgement. James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven on the Samaritans (Luke 9:54), but in rebuking them Jesus did not deny they could. How the Saviour longed to kindle that fire (Luke l2:49)! We now have that awesome authority as we pray in the Spirit! Let us use it.
As intercessors what power we wield! We reign in life with the Lord Jesus. He has raised us up to share his throne and his authority. From that vantage point we rejoice even as the earth-bound cry out their woes (Revelation 12: 12). We have authority over Satan to thwart his plans, pull down his strongholds, release his captives. Our prayers change our world, open closed doors, make resistant people receptive, put down and raise up leaders and extend the kingdom of our Lord Jesus.
That fire we pray down mobilizes his Church, calls out labourers, empowers them for the ministry and brings in the missing disciples from peoples not yet represented before his throne (Revelation 7:9-10).
Is it any wonder the enemy would do all he can to distract or dismay us from commitment to intercession? Let us mobilize prayer! We can tip the scales of history. Christians can be the controlling factor in the unfolding drama of today's world. Let us not allow ourselves to be chased around by the enemy, but let us go up at once and take the kingdoms of this world for Jesus (Numbers 13:30; Daniel 7: 18). He is delighted to give them to us (Daniel 7:22, 27; Luke 12:32).
In practical terms may these truths make our prayer lives as individuals and in prayer meetings outward-looking, Satan-shaking, captive-releasing, kingdom-taking, revival-giving, Christ-glorifying power channels for God!
Operation World is written to provide fuel for such prayer meetings. May fire from the altar fall on every place and people named in this volume.
Prayer not only changes things, situations and people. It also changes those who pray. Be open to all that God may say to you as an individual or as a church. You may have the privilege of becoming the answer to your own prayers. In Matthew 9:35-38 Jesus challenged his disciples to pray for laborers to be thrust out into the harvest. At the beginning of the next chapter they themselves were called to go. My prayer is that many of you may be changed through praying through this book -- and many go as witnesses to those who have never heard of the Lord Jesus Christ.