How To Use "Jesus’ Prayer From A to Z"
PERSONAL - In your own devotional time,
meditate on and delve
into this prayer of our Lord, making it
your own; asking the
Lord to challenge and change any
attitude or practice that is
delaying its answer in your own
life. (4 Weeks)
SMALL GROUP - Invite two or three others
to join you in praying
through this book over breakfast
before work, or on your lunch
hour, including a believer from
beyond your normal fellowship.
S. S. CLASS
or HOME GROUP - Take 2 letters per week to read
discuss the questions, write responses, look up
scriptures and make life applications to family,
community and world missions. (13 Weeks)
WHOLE CHURCH -
Enlist the entire congregation in following
a time of focused prayer and study on this
revelation of our
Lord's heart-cry; how making His prayer our
own will help
usher in greater harmony in our homes, in our
church, and in
our functioning as the Body of Christ to make
the Gospel of
Christ known to unreached peoples here and around
(29 Days, including a 5 Sunday Sermon Series) - Ask
plan by e-mail:
PRAY the prayer!
SHARE the prayer!
LIVE the prayer!
Jesus’ Prayer From A to Z
Acknowledgments / Credits
The first credit for
this book goes to the One who awakened me at 4 o’clock in the
morning with the burning desire to create a devotional book on
Jesus’ prayer - from A to Z - with the letters corresponding to
the contributing authors’ names. Additional credit goes
to the contributing writers below who willingly responded to the
invitation to participate. They come from coast to coast (plus
one from New Zealand); ranging in age from the 30’s to over 90!
They are seasoned ministers, college presidents and professors,
authors, editors, missions and ministries leaders who have a
heart for the unity for which our Lord prayed.
Dr. Alan -
Longmont, CO - Lead
Minister, Rocky Mountain Christian Church, Niwot (near Boulder).
Graduate of Milligan College (B.A.); Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary (M.Div); Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min
- Church Growth). 2007 NACC President. He and wife Linda have
three children and are obnoxiously proud grandparents of three.
Dr. Russell - Indianapolis, IN
- The late Pastor Emeritus, E. 91st Christian Church, where he served
since 1951, went home to be with our Lord
November 10, 2007,
great honors for a lifetime dedicated to the one family of
God that includes all believers. Please read, "Being
One in the Spirit", Russ's beautiful essay and prayer
for Christian unity contributed to this A to Z book. Veteran of WW II; graduate of Ohio University
(B.Sc.), Christian Theological Seminary (M.Div); honorary D.D.
from Milligan College. 1975 NACC President. He and late wife
Marian (dec. ’04) are survived by 2 children, and 4 grandchildren.
Dr. James L. - Hillsboro, OH - Retired U.S. Military
Chaplain (Navy and Air Force). Native of Winston-Salem, NC.
Graduate of Cincinnati Bible Seminary, Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary and Xavier University (Ed.D). Taught at St.
Petersburg Theological Seminary and
Florida Christian College.
He and wife Christine have three children and seven
Dr. John - Fullerton, CA - President, Hope International
University since 2003.
NACC Board of Stewards Chairman, Past President, Dallas Christian College.
Graduate of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary (Master),
Western Illinois U. (Master), East Tennessee State (Doctorate),
Seoul Christian University (Honorary Doctorate). He and wife
Jane have two children and five grandchildren.
Dr. David L. - Knoxville, TN - Past President, Johnson Bible
College (1969-2007). Graduate of Johnson Bible College (A.B. ;
M.Th), and University of Tennessee (B.S.; Ph.D). Has
served churches and missionaries in 22 countries. 1984 NACC
President. President of the Association for Biblical Higher
Education. Author of Hebrews,
(a Bible study). He and wife Margaret have three children.
Dr. Alger -
Turner, OR - Retired Professor, Pacific Christian College, where
he served from 1968. Earned degrees: B.Th.; B.D.; M.A.; D.Rel.
numerous teaching books, including One Father, One
Family. Even in retirement he spends months each year
teaching for South Seas Christian Ministries. He intentionally
worships with churches from all three streams of the Restoration
Dr. Leroy - Corinth, TX - Retired Professor and Church
Historian. Earned degrees from Abilene Christian, Princeton
(M.Th.), Harvard (Ph.D). Author of
The Stone-Campbell Movement.
Editor of Restoration
Review (40 years), and Once More With Love
newsletter. For a treasure trove of back issues, go to:
He and his wife Ouida have two children and one grandchild.
Dr. Marshall W. - Worthington,
OH - Publishing Committee Chariman for Standard Publishing;
Retired Senior Minister, Worthington Christian Church 1981-2009.
Earned degrees from Milligan College (A.B.; B.D.), Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min). Author of
articles and lessons published by Standard. 1995 NACC President.
He and wife Judy have 2 sons and 5 grandsons.
Dr. Ken - Newburgh, IN - Senior
Pastor, Crossroads Christian Church.
www.crossroadschristian.com Formerly President of Ozark
Christian College for 27 years. Earned degrees from Lincoln
Christian College and Seminary (B.A.; M.Div.). Honorary D.D.
from Milligan College. Contributing writer for College Press,
Christian Standard and
The Lookout. 1992 NACC President.
He and wife Kaylene have three children, ten grandchildren.
Lyndsay - Kirwee, New Zealand -
Past President and General Secretary, World Convention
(Christian - Churches of Christ - Disciples). He and wife
Lorraine made a concerted effort to establish and maintain ties
with the various streams of this very loose-knit,
organization-shy family of faith, determining a presence in more
than 160 countries (now more than 180)! See
Victor - Joplin, MO -
Founder/President, POEM (Peace On Earth Ministries). Editor,
One Body quarterly, and The Knowlesletter. Graduate
of Midwestern School of Evangelism, plus post-graduate degrees
(B.Th.; M.S.L.). Local ministries in IA, NE, MN, OR and MO.
Author of numerous articles and books, including
Christ. Go to:
He and wife Evelyn have six children.
Dr. Marshall - Aledo, TX -
Chancellor, Past President, Milligan College,
www.milligan.edu TN (1982-1997).
Native of NC. Educated at Milligan College (B.A.), Butler U.
(M.A.), Christian Theological Seminary (M.Div). Three honorary
doctorates: Midwest C.C., Kentucky C.C., and Milligan. 1971 NACC
President. Author of Genuine Ministers and
Introduction To the Restoration Ideal. He and wife Jean have
Dr. Ben - St. Charles, MO -
Minister-at-Large, Harvester Christian Church
www.harvesterchristian.org. Educated at
Johnson Bible College and Lincoln Christian College. Honored
with the D.D. by Pacific Christian College. His
Principles of Church Growth video series is rooted in the
real life of growing Eastside Christian, Fullerton, CA from 185
to 3000, and Harvester Christian from 200 to 3300. 1978 NACC
President. He and his wife Pat have five children.
Dr. Ziden L. - Joplin, MO -
Founder/Executive Director Emeritus, Good News Productions
www.gnpi.org Begun while a missionary in Zimbabwe (1961-1976),
culturally appropriate visual media, working with
Christians in over 100 countries for evangelism and leadership
training. Ozark Christian College (B.Th). Milligan (D.D.). He
and wife Helen have three children, six grandchildren.
Dr. Ronald L. - Moberly, MO -
President, Central Christian College of the Bible.
www.cccb.edu Educated at
Kentucky Christian University (B.A.), Cincinnati Christian
University (M.A.; M.R.E.), Bethel Theological Seminary (D.Min.).
Besides ministries in local churches and para-church
organizations, he has served as Professor and Academic Dean at
St. Louis C. C. He and wife Patti have two daughters, four
Mary Ellen - Eugene, OR -
Pastor, Winema Christian Church,
former Associate Professor, Christian Ministry, Northwest Christian
College. Graduate of Great Lakes Christian College (B.R.E.),
Emmanuel School of Religion (M.A.; M.Div.), Princeton
Theological Seminary (Th.M). Served with TCM, Vienna, Austria;
First Christian Church, Greeneville, TN; and Puget Sound
Christian College. Married to Ron Pereira (say Peh-RARE-ah).
Jim - Mulberry Grove, IL -
Youth Minister/Managing Director, Bond Christian Service Camp.
1995 graduate of St. Louis Christian College. Has served local
churches as Youth Minister and Associate Minister of Fellowship
and Discipleship. Married to his college sweetheart, Kara Joy,
they have three children.
Dr. Dudley - Porter Ranch, CA -
Senior Pastor, Shepherd of the Hills Church
www.theshepherd.org (10,000 members;
eight daughter and satellite campuses. Third generation
preacher; graduate of Ozark Christian College (B.A. Church
Growth), Pacific Christian College (M.A.), honored by St.
Charles University (D.D.). He and his wife Renae have three
Dr. Sam - Cincinnati, OH -
Christian Standard (25 years). Educated at
Ozark Christian College (B.A.), Cincinnati Bible Seminary (Th.B;
M.Div). Two honorary D.D. from K.C.C. and Milligan. Authored
How To Be An Effective Church Leader and (his latest)
Simply Christians. He continues his
ministry of writing and
speaking from home. He and wife Gwen have two sons, Dave and
Jeff, and six grandchildren.
Dean - Okemos, MI -
Founder/Director, Intentional Impact Living.
iimin.org University of
Michigan (B.A.; M.A.). Dean left General Motors to pursue Campus
Ministry full-time, beginning campus ministries where there were
none, across the USA, and also internationally. Dean also
specializes in leading prayer journeys and training leaders in
developing intimacy with God. He and wife Bonnie have two
children and one grandchild.
Dr. Robin W. - Bel Air, MD -
Former Dean, Eastern Christian College; Professor, University of
Delaware. www.udel.edu Two degrees from Cincinnati Christian University, plus Ph.D from Case Western Reserve U. Thirty years of service in
Christian colleges and churches in KY, IN, OH and MD. He and
wife Linda are members of Mountain Christian Church, Joppa, MD.
www.mountainchristian.org They have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Guthrie - Florrisant, MO -
President, St. Louis Christian College.
www.slcconline.edu Educated at Lincoln
Christian College (B.A.), Kentucky Christian College (M.Min),
Anderson University (M.Div.), Emmanuel School of Religion (D.Min).
Authored The Christian Minister’s Manual, (Standard),
Growing More and More, and God, Answer Me, Please! (WinLyn
Books). He and wife Barbara, have 3 children, 7 grandchildren.
Dr. C. Robert - Johnson City,
Chancellor, Emmanuel School of Religion.
at Midwest Christian College (B.A.), Fort Hays State College
(M.S.), University of Nebraska (Ph.D.). Served congregations in
OK, KS, NC, plus Milligan College (1961-1980) and Springdale
College, Birmingham, England (1980-1991). President of World
Convention (2004-2008). Parents w/ Bonnie of two adult children.
Brother - Mystery writer - Can
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to: Fellowship of John 17:21 - Box 353 - Granville, OH 43023.
Right or wrong, we’ll send you a CD of one of the best sermons
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even send your $5. back! Everyone’s a winner!
Robert - Ft. Wayne, IN (and
Bradenton, FL) - Retired Pastor, Broadway Christian Church, Ft.
Wayne. Founder of Prayer-A-Gram Foundation & Ministries, a
ministry of prayer and encouragement to church leaders.
Bob and wife Marilyn have been married over 53 years and have
two married children.
Dr. Walter D. - Lincoln, IL -
Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, Lincoln
Christian College and Seminary.
www.lincolnchristian.edu Graduate of Atlanta Christian
College (B.A.), Lincoln Christian Seminary (M.Div.), and
Michigan State University (Ph.D.). He and wife Carolyn have two
grown children and six grandchildren.