Praying in the New Year With Movies?

Praying in the New Year With Movies?

Yes, as bizarre as that sounds. Join us as we Pray in the New Year during the 6 days after Christmas Day:

December 26: Movie . . . Godfather II


December 27: Movie . . . Indiana Jones


December 28: Movie . . . The Santa ClausE


December 29: Movie . . . Blazing Saddles


December 30: Movie . . . City Slickers


December 31: Movie . . . The Great Escape


Back in 2012 I had the opportunity to introduce these to a radio show I was doing. Everyone that heard them had fun, and, learned a little about prayer. I hope you will too.




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Conference Call Praying

Conference Call Praying


My Dear Pray-ers,


Lets Talk about Conference Call Praying:

You may see how LONGGGGGGGGG this post is and not want to read it in its entirety. So, look at the bullet points below, and go to the one/s you want (then come back later and read the rest of them). But take a moment to scan them and choose your focus:

  • I Want to Participate
  • What is a Prayer Conference Call
  • How Are They Organized
  • Are There Some Fun Insights
  • Tell Me About Family Growth
  • Who is Bro. Bill
  • Testimonials
  • Our Facebook Page

I Want to Participate


Let’s start here, with the Men’s calls or the Women’s calls.

We also have prayer conference calls specifically for Pastors, National of Prayer, etc.

Have you considered praying for your county? We can help you with that.

Call me and we can discuss (404) 606-2322

What is a Prayer Conference Call

Basically, Conference Call Praying is akin to the Old Fashioned Cottage Prayer Meetings.
– People gathering to pray, who have like minded burdens.

Many of you know my prayer partner, Don Harrington, who is now in heaven. He and I started these, so we could encourage others into prayer, who wanted to pray, but needed a little, “nudge.”

We became a pair of “Nudgers.” But I’ll be honest with you, in the early days of this ministry, there were LOTS OF CALLS, I just didn’t want to get on. The only reason I did, was because I knew Don would be on the call and I didn’t want him on the call alone.

Back then we worked up to about 30 calls per week, now the number is closer to 55.

I often told Don I wanted him to have an influence for 20 years on these calls.

And you know what? He will.

How Are They Organized

Our prayer times are “loosely” organized into:

– Praising the Lord
– Praying for Family, and
– Praying for our church/ministry

But sometimes the organization changes.
This 1 minute video shows you how it changed.
– Praising the Lord!
– I define the difference in Praising and Thanking as, “Praising is Him centered whereas Thanking is me centered.”

Can you imagine an entire 15 minutes Praising God? It was, and still is, phenomenal!

Every, repeat, EVERY Prayer Conference Call is different!

Are There Some Fun Insights

Fun and Incredible Insights!

Listening to people pray gives us the opportunity pick up phrases we’ve never heard before, some are funny, and some are profound:

– Plow one row at a time
– Some people read faster than others
– Thank You Lord for people lifting my burdens, sometimes they are so heavy I cannot lift them myself
– Prayer is like taking out the garbage. . .you know when you haven’t
– We do not seek Him for His will, because it may not be ours
– Prayer is not for God to fix your wants, remember, He already has you where He wants
– We pray to God for revival, and to plow, and to plant, and to weed. . .but isn’t that our job
– If you want to learn to pray, get around people who pray
– Why praise? Because, if you know who He is, you’ll know what He does
– God doesn’t need your advice
– We are so immersed in God’s grace, we shallowly understand His mercy

Tell Me About Family Growth

And believe me, our family is now larger.

The other thing that I find fascinating is how our family has grown. And when I say, “our” I mean not only my prayer partner and I. But the people on the calls too!

It’s the most amazing thing to me, not only are the different calls with different people, well, different, but often the calls from week-to-week with the same people are different. It is incredibly exciting!

Please take the time to read the article where I am a bit transparent and talk about how this “family meeting” or “family reunion,” as it was called, helped me get a sense of what it will be like to meet Jesus. It completely surprised me! To read my post you can click on the photo above or CLICK HERE.

Who is Brother Bill

I have no idea!

But since we were speaking of family, let me tell you what I do know about him.

First, he has been in heaven for several years.

Second, I met him through our Monday, Wednesday, Friday Men’s Conference Calls. In fact, we all got to know Bill through these calls. We all miss him and we often pray that the Lord would re-hear Bill’s prayers, his prayers for his family, for his friends, for his pastor and for his church.

But let me tell you the rest of the story.

None of us had ever met Bill!

Somehow he got onto our calls.

Do you see what that means? It means the FIRST-TIME we will see Bill face-to-face, will be alongside Christ when we cross over Jordan.


Conference Call Prayer Testimonials.

These have come from pastors, housewives, old folks, young folks, everyone:
– Divine Dynamic
– To Pray with and FOR Others is Wonderful
– Praying with other pastors helps me rest in the Lord
– Priceless
– I look forward to the call
– I was scared, but after a few calls I began to pray
– Wow
– Incredibly grateful for the impact on our ministry
– These prayer calls are a life-line to our souls

The testimonials above are but snippets.  CLICK HERE for their word-for-word comments.

Our Facebook Page

Conference Call Praying Facebook Page

We have a Facebook page dedicated to Conference Call Praying. Admittedly, we haven’t used it much, but we need to start using it again.

Join us.

Not-so-surprisingly, it is found at: “Common Thread Ministries – Conference Call Praying” CLICKING HERE should get you to the page as well as clicking on the photo above.




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Calling God A Liar

Calling God A Liar

I’m almost scared to even write that title.

Here is the video that accompanies this post. Tell me what you think.

If this video doesn’t scare you away, you may be interested in some others. CLICK HERE to see the list of Prayer Basics videos. Nearly all are 2 to 3 minutes each.

Recently I posted the idea of BLAMING GOD regarding politics. CLICK HERE for it.



Blame God

Blame God

Blame God?

YES! Blame God. It’s the Politics of Romans 13:1

Are you Crazy?

Did you see those thunderbolts?

Surely people have been zapped for less than that! 

If you have followed any of my political posts, I hope you see that the last thing I want to do is alienate a Christian Republican or a Christian Democrat.

And yes, I’ve heard you. Many of you think that a Christian “other-party” is oxymoronic.

I’ve also heard this, “How in the world could this person have voted for that person!?!?”

I will confess to you.

I never think like that. And here’s why.

It’s not because I’m some holy guy. No! My question is a lot bigger than, “How in the world could this person have voted for that person!?!?”

You see I know that Romans 13:1 is true.

So, my question is, “How could God have put that person into office!?!?”

Of course, if Romans 13:1 is not true then I can start blaming people.

But until somebody shows me Romans 13:1 is not true, I guess, all I can do, is blame God.











Politics In The Church

Politics In The Church

And I’m NOT talking about 2 deacons being grumpy at the pastor!

Before I even write on politics we must have a proper understanding of God’s role in government.

Jesus Christ. . . the Ruler of the kings of the earth. . . Revelation 1:5

This verse and many others like it make one thing very clear.
God is the One who is in control.

If you ask me why bad and terrible things happen, I confess that I will hide behind Isaiah 55:8 & 9.

So that prompts the next question:
If God is truly in control, then what is our interaction with the devil, the evil one?
I will discipline myself to NOT talk about how Spiritual Warfare has been so blatantly “marketed.” If you are interested in my short post on that subject, CLICK HERE.

Our interaction with the evil one though, is much more narrow than HE WANTS you to think. And the location of our battle with him is NOT OUT YONDER, but rather, in our minds (2 Corinthians 10:5).

The devil is messing with our minds, folks:
And one of the proofs that he is successful, is the division in the Body of Christ.

But let me speak out of the other side of my mouth. MANY OF US DO NOT NEED THE DEVIL. We are divisive all on our own.

Friends, we are the problem. Not the world!

I have put together a BIPARTISAN VOTERS PRAYER GUIDE to help us. You can download it as a .PDF by CLICKING HERE. It comes from a BRILLIANT sermon from 1656, and it is a MUST-READ for 2020.

These daily prayers can be found on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

There is a Political Disconnect in Our Churches, and it is not complicated:
We are letting OUR POLITICS DIRECT OUR THINKING instead of the word of God.

So, like last week’s post on RACISM, (CLICK HERE for last week’s post) let me give you a few anecdotes centered around three ways of handling POLITICS IN THE CHURCH:

The Right Way
The Wrong Way
The Typical Way


With whom are you struggling? Before you answer, look at Ephesians 6:12a, For our battle is not against flesh and blood. . . The people on the other side of the aisle ARE NOT YOUR ENEMY.

I’ll never forget the pastor friend of mine who led a weekly prayer meeting and used to pray against the president EVERY SINGLE WEEK, until one day he read Romans 13:1, Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God.

The next week he said, ” God put this president in office. He is not my enemy, regardless of whether I agree with him or not.” And so he started praying differently for him.


Praying for the death of a president, from Psalm 109:8 or ANY SCRIPTURAL PASSAGE is wrong, but unfortunately it is not uncommon. And in the last ten years I have seen this way too often. Let me tell you JUST ONE of the things that is wrong with that kind of a prayer.

Besides Roman 13:1 above, you have verse 2 following, which says, So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.

But you say to yourself, “Okay, but I’m not so mean as to pray death to anyone, Mark.”

Well, try this:
When I say to you that GOD’S TENT is big enough to handle people that baptize differently than you, how quickly do you agree?

Probably very quickly.

When I say to you that GOD’S TENT is big enough to handle people that pray differently than you, how quickly do you agree?

Again, probably very quickly, right?

Now consider those two time frames above. How quickly did you agree?

Here’s the money question:
When I say to you that GOD’S TENT is big enough to handle people that VOTE differently than you, do you agree just as quickly?

Most people do not. They agree, but not very quickly.


Let me ask you, “Are your political prayers selfish or selfless?”

Selfish Prayers are the typical way we handle politics. Let me give you an example. 1 Timothy 2:2 says, [Pray] for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

And you probably say, “Well, what’s wrong with that, Mark?”

Here’s why I call it selfish. We pray that God would, “Put the right people in office so that we can live a tranquil and quiet life, free of problems.”

Friends, the PROBLEM with that prayer is that it DOES NOT WORK in countries like Syria, Iran, etc. And that kind of a prayer is CONTRARY to God’s will, if His plans are to discipline us, as a church.

Now, let me be the first to tell you, that I do not know God’s mind. I do not know His plans.

But friends, as I look around I find myself PRAYING OFTEN that God would show us mercy.

Friends, the meaning behind 1 Timothy 2:2 above, is that it is our praying, communing with the Father, that brings you a tranquil and quiet life. The tranquility and quiet do not come BECAUSE OF the results, but IN SPITE OF the results.

That is the evil one’s distortion and deception, and the reason I claim that the battle is in our minds, not out yonder!

Remember who was leading Rome when Paul wrote most of his letters. It was Nero, whom we are told by tradition, would eventually cut off Paul’s head (sorry for the visual).

Let me end with a quote from Ronnie Floyd. (Email on 10/10/2018)
A divided church cannot call a divided nation to unity. 

CLICK HERE for the BiPartison Voter Prayer Guide.


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