Blog Posts by Tim Kerr

Pastors, Devote Yourselves to the Word and Prayer (Part 3)

Tim Kerr

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.  (Colossians 4:12)

It appears that Epaphras planted the church at Colossae (Colossians 1:7). Part prophet and part priest in his ministry, he spoke to others on God’s behalf and spoke to God on their behalf.…

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Pastors, Devote Yourselves to the Word and Prayer (Part 2)

Tim Kerr

Intercession is not a ministry done from a place of strength and competence, but always as a desperate sinner praying for fellow desperate sinners. We identify with those we pray for because we are just like them.

And yet if we don't pray for ourselves (or even pray at all), how shall we even know how to effectively pray for others?

Consider an ordinary house lamp: we can furiously flip…

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Pastors, Devote Yourselves to the Word and Prayer (Part 1)

Tim Kerr

In his profoundly helpful book Wisdom Words, pastor Harold Burchett teaches us that praying is a lot like breathing. In order to have the strength to continue breathing, one needs to breathe. So also the strength to pray comes from praying. Now if personal prayer is breathing for oneself, then intercession is like breathing for others.

In any church there are several people barely breathing spiritually. Yes, we can…

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