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Thank you immensely for your prayer and the work you are doing to help so many. Enclosed is a check for $25.00 to assist with some of your expenses. God bless you richly!!!! Nancy A. (North Carolina)
My brothers and sisters in China
are under the gun, strong, and
I find your website very
informational, and refer to it every day.
Visit daily. At times there are things I would like to share with
my friends, some on Facebook and others are not. Would find
it very helpful if a link was placed on every page to share your
message with others.
I am very intrigued to find
It is actually twice now I have randomly come across your
website. I have always been so drawn to monastic living and to find a
born again monasticism is great. I always believed I would end up Buddhist,
but I learned the hard way why Jesus
is the only truth. After all the different spiritualities I tried, Jesus
is the only one who ever did me any good, and within a year or so of
calling to Him, the damage the occult and new age did over many years
has been all but undone. Praise Him!!
Greetings in Jesus;
To explain, many years ago during a difficult time in ministry I
found the book “Celebration of Discipline.” From there it became
my path in a noisy world to be still and know God more deeply even
though by nature I enjoy people and as a Baptist pastor I know that
activity and noise is usually preferable to silence. However, it has
been a rich and rewarding time over these many years.
Then, a year ago I stumbled across the idea of neo-monasticism.
This morning as I researched articles on the net, imagine my joy
to find a prayer movement for evangelicals devoted to the core
areas of my interest. I immediately forwarded your link to my prayer
group of pastors who meets every Monday afternoon. Together we
So, please add me to your email list.
My thanks for calling us back to our common roots.
Every joy from Nova Scotia, Canada which has as its Scottish roots the motto,
100,000 welcomes! Pastor Quincy C. (Nova Scotia, Canada)
I am with You every day in unceasing prayer and eternal Spirit. It's been an awesome, Spirit-filled, very blessed year since I joined the Order.
Yours in Him, in Peace and all Goodness, always,
My name is Ash and I recently stumbled upon your site and have become very intrigued by it. I have some questions concerning your beliefs and practices that I could not find answers to on the website, which although very informative, was somewhat difficult to navigate.
I have been a born-again believer
for the past 14 years but was raised in Baptist
and non-denominational churches my whole life. I attended a small
Bible college and have a Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministries with
minors in youth ministry and Biblical studies. I just wanted to
give you a bit of my background so you had an idea of where I am coming
However, I have always been led to believe that the repetitious sayings are very impersonal and become something you say without thinking that does not come from your heart. I was wondering how you feel regarding this and if there is the propensity for the liturgy to become mundane, how one would counteract it.
I know for me personally, I can repeat something I've memorized while my mind is completely somewhere else. Even while singing some of my favorite worship songs, my thoughts will stray from the holy.
I know that this form of
worship service is not required but is something your specific group has
chosen to practice. ...Anyhow, thank you for your time and consideration, and I hope to hear
back from you soon.
Reply from The Prayer Foundation ™: You are correct that in praying something memorized (as with singing a song) one can do so while one's mind is wandering. This does not mean that we should not sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs! (see: Colossians 3:16).
Monk Preston goes into the specifics of (and practices for) avoiding this problem on our web page How to Pray the Psalms, and how praying the Psalms makes our personal prayers the opposite of boring, or tedious, which solely extemporaneous prayers can also easily become.
As you say, it is our "heart attitude" which is most important, in either case. "Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart." (I Samuel 16:7)
If we experience this distraction in our private prayer, we simply start over, or at least from where our mind has wandered. Your mind will wander less if you pray aloud, but this is not always possible.
We have found it to be truly a joy to daily pray (or simultaneously sing and pray) The Lord's Prayer, Psalm 4, Psalm 5, Psalm 23, Psalm 117, Psalm 134 (Monk Preston has written of the woman who was so happy that he got her to memorize Psalm 23 --- she said that the Lord kept bringing it to her thoughts throughout the day), The Nicene Creed, St. Patrick's Breastplate Prayer, St. Francis' "Lord make me an instrument of your peace."
There is no repetition involved, we only pray them once each per day. If you mean repetition from day to day, well, we generally eat earthly bread (meals) every day, also --in fact three times a day (or more)! Eating never seems to "get old!"
Of course, we also add our own extemporaneous prayers to those we have memorized every time that we pray.
As Athanasius wrote, when we pray the Psalms, God is speaking to us even as we are speaking to him, and we make our own the words we pray. When we pray a Psalm we will come to a verse that speaks directly to a concern we are having, but in a way better than we ourself could express it. After all, we are neither David, nor the Holy Spirit! (see: Athanasius: Praying the Psalms for additional helpful information).
The argument that you (and we, also) had been taught against memorizing and praying the Psalms (and any other "written prayers"), if made similarly against singing any memorized or "written" songs, clearly illustrates how invalid and in fact outright silly an argument it actually is. Imagine what a song service would be like where only songs composed on the spot ("from the heart") were allowed to be sung!
Christ and the Apostles memorized Psalms and prayed them (in fact Christ quoted from the Psalms more than from any other book of the Bible), as did the early Church, most of whom could not afford the extremely expensive scrolls of Scripture and memorized some of what they heard in Church, and that which other Christians could help them learn.
We have read that no Bishop was ordained to that position in the first 300 years of Christianity who had not memorized the entire Psalter. If this was not 100% true in every case, we see that it was at least commonly practiced.
As you have correctly pointed out, we do not require the use of our Worship Service by anyone else. For ourselves, however, it is indeed a joy to participate in weekly, totally from the heart -- we have been observing it for many years now with no boredom.
Monk Preston and his wife use bits and pieces of it at random in their daily 15 min. of together married couple prayer time. In fact, he often goes through the entire Service during the day in thought on his own. Today, on an hour and a half drive back from skiing at a ski resort, he and his wife, Monk Linda, used part of the time to pray out loud together our entire Worship Service (Liturgy).
I have enjoyed using your website - it is informative and interesting. Thank you. I do have one issue with your site for which I seeking your feedback. You state the following on your page regarding Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
"Many of the more theologically liberal clergy simply donned the brown uniforms and began preaching from Mein Kampf." (Source: William Schirer, "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich".)
You also state that many of the more conservative priests left the Nazi church, implying that conservative theologians avoided the error of Nazism.
First, I think it is a recurring error to associate conservatism - or liberalism - with Christianity. Christianity is a separate divine way from the ways of man.
As you must know from Holy Scripture, Jesus criticized the Pharisees (conservatives) as well as the Sadducees (liberals) of his day and said that their holiness was insufficient to save them. As for equating theological liberalism with error and theological conservatism with 'the straight and narrow,' history does not support your equation.
Lutheran pastor pastor Friedrich Coch, of Dresden, supported the Nazis and was a conservative. Monsignor Josef Tizo of Slovakia signed off on about 100,00 Slovak Jews who were shipped to Auschwitz. Hans and Sophie Scholl of the White Rose resistance group were liberal Christians, who died defying Nazism in the name of Christ.
We are Christians first - adding adjectives - liberal Christian or conservative Christian adulterates what alone, by Grace, is divinely sufficient. We are saved by Christ - not 'liberal Christ' or 'conservative Christ'. Don't you agree?
I am curious as to your response.
Your brother in Christ, (Name Witheld by Us)
Reply from The Prayer Foundation ™: Thank you for your kind encouragement concerning our website!
It was Schirer's book which made the point about the clergy, and of course you are correct that there were exceptions on both sides. Theologically liberal clergy often claim Bonhoeffer also, pointing out that he seemed to hold more theologically liberal views earlier in his life.
Evangelicals see him becoming more conservative theologically after meeting his Mennonite friend, attending a black Gospel Church in Harlem, and studying under Reinhold Niebuhr. We see no contradiction between these views -- they are both true, if one simply looks at the timeline.
If you are referring to political conservatism and liberalism, we are not doing so, and agree with you that the Bible fits completely in neither category. We ourselves feel that it is generally conservative morally and generally socially liberal (pro help for the poor, for example). Economically it is (in our opinion) neither; it seems to us to be saying to keep only what you need and give the rest away for God.
The "pastiche" of Holy Scripture comprising the Nicene Creed has been accepted as the summation of required Christian orthodoxy since 381 A.D. (the doctrines contained in it are themselves accepted even by orthodox Christian communions that reject all Creeds on principle) and was itself a summation of the earlier "Rule of Faith" mentioned by Irenaus and other Church Fathers as going back to the Apostles themselves (see our web pages: Nicene Creed, Scripture Basis, and What All Christians Believe in Common.)
Rejection of any of such "essential" (to one's Christian orthodoxy, "orthodoxia", or Right Belief) Biblical doctrines found within the text of the Nicene Creed, such as the doctrines of the Trinity, Deity of Christ, Virgin Birth, 2nd Coming of Christ, etc. places one outside the pale of Christian orthodoxy, and has done so, for the past 2,000 years.
One may indeed have repented and received Christ, but if one rejects one or more of these "essential" (to one's Christian orthodoxy) doctrines, he (or she) is not teaching Apostolic Christianity, but rather a denial of it: false theological error, heretical opinions.
We do indeed agree that a Christian is saved by Christ by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). We do not judge (we are indeed quite unable to) whether someone has truly received Christ; is truly a Christian. Only Christ can ultimately know those who are His.
And it is also true that, on the other hand, if one holds to all of the orthodox teachings found in the Scripture portions comprising the Nicene Creed, but has not truly repented and received Christ, we fail to see how that individual can be considered to be a Christian ("...the devils also believe, and tremble" -James 2:19).
The Bible teaches that not only are we able to, but that we are in fact required to discern whether someone is within or without the pale of Christian orthodoxy, and is teaching error (see: I John 4:1; II John 1:1).
Thank you for the neat website. Carmen (Puerto Rico)
Dear Prayer Foundation,
Thank you for the reply to my survey. I really do like your site. And I too, am working on studying the Church Fathers as well as just general philosophy and theology. St. Thomas Aquinas has been my distant teacher, you could say. But, I do feel the call to pray more and be more "Monkish." Well, thank you for your ministry and I do hope to meet with you one day.
Yours in Christ,
Barney C. (Minnesota)
Thank you for
providing so much inspirational material at your site. I have really
enjoyed exploring my faith with the articles I have found here. I
especially enjoyed the Celtic
pages which have armed me with good information that I have been
able to use to witness with to some of my
fellow Scotsmen in NC. God bless your work for the Gospel
of Jesus Christ for which we are not ashamed. Be encouraged as I
have been encouraged by you all. Thank
Thank you for providing so much inspirational material at your site. I have really enjoyed exploring my faith with the articles I have found here. I especially enjoyed the Celtic pages which have armed me with good information that I have been able to use to witness with to some of my fellow Scotsmen in NC. God bless your work for the Gospel of Jesus Christ for which we are not ashamed. Be encouraged as I have been encouraged by you all. Thank You. DanielA. (North Carolina)
I have just discovered your website, and was really blessed by it. I have been wanting to implement some version of prayer throughout the day into my life, as just a spiritual discipline, and having studied Church History quite a bit in the past, I wanted to base it on some structure like the Benedictine offices, only simpler. But I like your simple “Threefold Daily Prayers” summary, of Morning, Noon, and Evening. Thanks so much, and thank you for putting together your website and ministry. I look forward to further exploring the wealth of prayer resources you have on your site. I’m glad I found my way there, and intend to come back often. Again, blessings in the significant work you are doing. Durwin K.
Greetings in the name of our Lord most High to Monk Preston,
Monk Linda and all other monks in Portland.
We are doing good here, baby Hannah is 2 months old now. Thanks to all the monks and family of the Foundation who prayed for Hannah's safe birth. We could feel God's hand and the waves of prayers by the faithful.
Thanks and Regards,
Monk Justin (Wellington, New Zealand)
I’ve been reading your
webpage for a week now. I like it. I know there has to be Christians
like myself...someone who prays an
hour a day (minimum) as I do.
I’ve found some books
that have been helpful... Recently I
spent some time with some Catholics
who meditate but I found that they had practices concerning Mary
that I don’t have in common with them. I am not a Catholic.
What am I? A fifty-one
year old married female Christian who became born-again 28 years ago. I
read the Bible cover to cover every year, most years. I have studied
parts of the Bible thoroughly using the Precept Upon Precept method of
inductive study. I have a prayer life that is too personal to share here
in email but it’s very important to me. I seem to have been called to
intercessory prayer if that helps to explain.
Labels aren’t important
and I don’t think I fit any label very easily. Maybe that is partly
why I don’t have a denominational alliance. I am a very committed
Christian and my faith and my walk with the Lord is the most important
thing in my life. I’ve been zealous (or serious, dedicated) for the
entire 28 years. I am surrounded by liberal
I too have a dedication to solitude and quiet which is crucial to prayer and meditation and contemplation and Bible reading. I am a wife and mother as well as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
My doctrines are Grace
based, not works based. If you love Jesus you will obey His
commandments—John 14:15. Obedience is love based, not the means to
salvation. J. Vernon McGee
and I have much in common theologically and I noticed that your website
also endorsed his work.
I wanted to share enough to let you know that my desire for like-minded people is very strong and it is highly possible that by finding all of you that I may have found some people who are similar to myself.
you for your time. I appreciate it 1000% and even more so now that
I understand how much time you are dedicating to this work.
grievous how many dangers you face
in so many aspects of your work.
in so many aspects of your work.I do appreciate the time it took to write to me and I have already added you and your ministry to my prayer list.
spend a lot of time at your website and I now understand that it is your
ministry so I will continue to be on there.
fervently pray the Lord Jesus
Christ’s many blessings and protections for you and all of
Thank you most sincerely, Catherine L. (Tacoma, Washington)
How Found: Google -
Canticle of Brother Sun.
How Found: Googled George
Meuller - one of my heroes, wanted to show a friend a picture of
of Site? In my opinion I am
impressed about everything.
If you train Christians to become
leaders and bring changes in our
Liked Least: None.
Like to See: Leadership
training and Pastoral materials that we can download. Born-again? Yes.
Preparing to teach on Mueller's
prayer life led me to your site. Impression
of Site? WOW.
Liked Best: The depth of
Liked Least: Silly, but the
blue capital letters in your headings.
...charts for praying the Hours and reading the scriptures...I haven't found any resource like yours anywhere. Thank you, and God's blessings on your work for Him. Pastor Ed R.
Praise the Lord, Monk Preston!
Greetings in the name of our Lord Most High to you and all the Monks in Portland.
My name is Justin and I am writing to you from Wellington, New Zealand.
While I was a student in Vienna, Austria, I had been in touch with the ministry and identified myself as a monk in my heart and joined The Prayer Foundation ™. I arranged regular Local Chapter meetings at my place (in Vienna) which were posted on the website.
At present as I am in New Zealand, I would like to update my details and inform you of the Local Chapter being organised here...small gatherings of believers and seekers have been organised at my place. We have people coming in for an evening tea and we pray and watch Christian DVDs that help us to grow more in Christ, concluded by worship and prayers.
Monk Justin: 41A Daniell Street; Owen Street; Newtown; Wellington, New Zealand. Times may be confirmed by calling: +64 2102986860.
The Lord has been doing wonderful things in my life; I have been married two years now and we are expecting a baby in May. My wife is born again from the Orthodox Church.
I personally try and observe The Seven Hours of Prayer whenever possible.
The Lord has given a burden in my heart to share the Good News in Wellington through Gospel tracts. Please pray that I give the right tract to the right person and that the Lord move their heart towards the truth.
Thank you for the prayers and encouragement given through the Foundation
I will try to keep in touch more often, as I consider that would be an encouragement and guidance for my monastic life.
Thanks and regards,
Monk Justin (Wellington, New Zealand)
I was inspired in prayer this evening to research becoming a monk, a lifelong calling of mine, which was regretfully unachievable in my foundation faith, Catholicism. I was delighted tonight to find your Order immediately on my first search.
I have been a practicing minister for my entire life, and was formally ordained in April 1999, synchronistically one month after the foundation of your Order. I feel totally in alignment with the values and commitments of The Prayer Foundation ™, and have been faithfully praying and serving as inspired by the Holy Spirit for my entire life.
...there is no doubt that I am "already a Monk in my Heart!"
It is my desire to join the Order in this way, and contribute to your work financially as much as I am able in retirement, and every moment joining you in prayer.
May you be blessed abundantly for the loving service to all, for the work of your Hearts, Hands, Souls, and Spirits. Thank you ever so much for the invitation of a lifetime!
I already practice my faith in the same way as the Order, tho the structure is somewhat different only in terms of the times of the day that I pray the same prayers. I started today practicing those prayers at the times the Order does, and I am so honored and so blessed to have found you all. You are Anam Cara, my Soul Friends.
I have sent a hand-written thank you note with financial support to become a member of the Order. There is no greater joy than to have found you, through the Holy Spirit, and feel that my life has come 360 degrees in the practice of my Christian Faith, to join your work and continue to pray unceasingly with you.
Tina B. (Delaware)
Greetings my Beloved Brother
and Sister in Christ!
Dear Monk Preston,
It's been awhile since I communicated with you. ...I have stayed close to the Lord and continued to follow The Prayer Foundation ™ site and our practices... I spent more time this evening reading and re-reading through The Prayer Foundation ™ website - I really love it and what you are doing.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Monk Karen (New Jersey)
Thank you very much!
3/30/10________________________________Dear Friends at The Prayer Foundation ™:
I am a 55 year old, ordained Assemblies of God minister who has been considering becoming a monk through The Prayer Foundation ™ for quite some time. I am also looking at going through a two year Spiritual Formation program beginning this fall to become a certified Spiritual Director. I have a consistent prayer life, read the Bible daily and fast weekly.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Richest blessings to you,
Hello, my name is Nathan and I
am unable to ignore God's call any longer.
I have been wrestling with it for over two years, but there's just no
escaping it. I live in San Diego and I want to talk with someone
about becoming a monk and
starting an order of the Knights of Prayer ™,
here in San Diego. I'm currently in my third year at seminary
where I'll earn a master's in marriage and family therapy, as well as
extensive training in scripture, theology, hermenutics, and
ministry. Please keep my calling and my ministry in your prayers.
Thank you. I have no call from the Lord Jesus Christ to be on your list as a monk. I am so happy you are encouraging people to preach the Gospel of Christ. Yours sincerely, N.T.W. Henry De S. (Scotland, U.K.)
Greetings, Knights of Prayer ™ Thank you so much for this ministry! Going through the monastic training is energizing my prayer ministry very much. Especially singing St Patrick's Breastplate first thing every morning, establishes a foundation of peace and powerful connection to God. Amen. I have it almost completely "by heart." Blessings abundantly, :) Monk Heidi (Utah) P.S. Love the new stuff on the website!
...I am grateful for your website and everything your
ministry is doing. It has helped me a lot in my walk with the
Greetings, I have recently been viewing your website and find it quite wonderful. I am a non-denominational born again Christian woman. I rely on the Word to get me through the day -- like the Monks I try to live in the now and enjoy the special little moments of life instead of living for what will be down the line. As you know that is not always possible -- but as the Bible says, what’s impossible with man is possible with God. So I continue to study and continue to be taught by the Word. I have lots of family obligations, take care of my mom, work full time, and am an artist; so my life is quite hectic.
I have become fascinated by the monastic way of life the last several years. I have a wonderful chanting tape and book about an order of Monks. The Hours of praying the daily life and the serenity of their life. With the pressures of my life living in the “natural," peace is not easy to attain -- but I do have some little moments of serenity, and study many peace scriptures. I praise God for that.
Since viewing your site and printing off the The Seven (Historical) Hours of Prayer, I have become more attuned to praying without ceasing -- I have also been praying the Seven Hours of Prayer and have found myself thinking about God and praying a lot more during the day. I check the time of day and begin to pray at those times.
I have not yet
finished viewing all there is to see on your site but what I have seen
has been a blessing to me. I am praying that I can use this
information to continue witnessing
and be a blessing on my job. I sometimes use my art to
witness with words of encouragement. I really felt like you were
talking to me when you said many out there already are Monks
in their heart…I know I am one.
I am sorry to be so
wordy -- but your site has me all jazzed up.
Today while researching online I came
across your site. I am very blessed by your work and direction.
My husband and I were for 30 years Evangelical
Charismatics. We converted to Catholic
around 4 years ago after discovering the beauty of the ancient Church
Fathers and the beauty of liturgical
worship. My husband for 8 years headed the Christian
Coalition for the state of Alabama and I directed a pro-life work in
Montgomery Alabama for 18 years. We have for decades been
committed to the unity
of Christ’s body both in prayer and work.
my husband left the Christian Coalition 3 years ago, we moved to
a 40 acre farm in rural Alabama. Our dream is that someday a
monastery be located on or near our property…so God Bless your work.
we moved down here we turned off TV (we do not have a TV). Because
of this we have like you discovered the buried treasures of Christian
movies. I am going to paste your recommendations into our
Netflix Q. We watch movies on our computer.
an era of mindless entertainment I am glad to see you point people to
entertainment that actually contains nutrition.
P.S.: This is the students of Horizon Christian High!!!!!!!!!!!! Please come to our class and tell us about yourself, we would very much appreciate it. You are the coolest monk we have ever heard of. We are truly interested in what you have to say. Please bring your shields, and robes!! They are tight. Thanks, bye!
Liked Best: Everything. This is one
of the better websites I have seen.
Brother Preston and Sister
Google search for persecuted
Liked Best: The information
Liked Least: Nothing I
What could be improved? I
think it is easy to navigate and there is so much information, I don't
see that it needs improving.
I have been interested in the
monastic life ever since I visited the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1997.
I have a Master's degree in Christian
Ministry and Leadership. I have looked at your
website from time to time, and I will do so again. I definitely want to move into
being a monk. I have been discouraged by many who have said
1. there is no such thing;
2. You can't be a monk unless you are Catholic
and not a
Found your website
I used to be Catholic
and left the Catholic church years ago and came to the Lord. My
heart has always been Franciscan
and I have checked, but I cannot become a Third Order Secular Franciscan
- only an affliate - because I am no longer Catholic.
I have been exploring the
website for several days.
I feel drawn to the evangelical
monastic life. The evangelical
church has hurt itself by turning its back on forms of faith expressed
in some church
Most churches are unaware of the godly
saints that have gone before them. It is sad that the
examples of these faith-filled brothers and sisters have been
We have the Old Testament prophets, the Apostles, and then...a
gap. The true story of St.
Patrick always makes me wonder, what does God ask of me?
Grace and peace to you all through the love of Christ our Lord. I greet and thank you for your support, prayers and concern for the entire community of African Enterprise ministry.
May our heavenly Father continue to bless you all according to His precious promises.
We look forward to hearing from you. In Christ's Service, Pastor Stephen Lungu International Team leader African Enterprise
I read with interest your observations about the early forms of the cross on stone in Ireland and Scotland, especially the free standing gray stone cross with the circle around the cross.
There is one of these free standing crosses in the sanctuary of the Church of Scotland in Kirkinner, Galloway, between Wigton and Whithorn. I saw it there while we were on pilgrimage, and worshipped with the congregation on a Sunday morning back in 2004. We had locating that church as a possible "thin place" because my great grandparents had been married in that church in 1854, just before they emigrated to Elgin, Illinois. Also, Peter's mother, Janet had been sprinkled with water as on infant in 1800, when the present church house was quite new.
Anyway, there is the stone cross, apparently turned up in some farmer's field, cleaned up, and set in a concrete base as a reminder of the great host of witnesses who have gone before us. I had thought that it was an English cross, possibly of a monk, who was part of a band fleeing from the Norse invasions. I know that Cuthbert's followers had finally left Lindisfarne about 890 and wandered in what is today northwest England and SW Scotland (Kirkcudbright being marked by Cuthbert's name).
But I guess you are saying that these freestanding crosses with knotwork on the slab were Celtic in origin, and the predecessors of the massive Scripture crosses that can be seen in Ireland. I appreciate and praise God for your website. We are praying at fixed hours in a prayer garden behind our house that used to be a 24 foot in ground swimming pool.
Now in our late 70s, we are finally retiring from pastoral ministry at the end of this calendar year, to give fuller attention to our relationship with God in Christ, while remaining active in the church apart from professional pastoral or clerical concerns. In the words of our denomination's 300th anniversary slogan, we are yours, Surrendered to God, Transformed in Christ and Empowered by the Spirit. Jim and Letha M. (Kentucky)
I would like to thank you for your ministry.
It has been a great encouragement to me in times of despair as well as
for my spiritual growth. I am a Baptist minister in Arkansas and I
often turn to your websight for information and encouragement. I
hope to be able to become a postulant monk soon. Keep up the great
work that God has called you to.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
My name is Samuel. I am a prison minister and live in Maine. I thought that it was a good thing to write and to inform you that I will pray with you and for you. Thank you for the mission that you are blessed with. God has given to you a gift that is lacking in this day and age. God's grace be upon you. May His peace overshadow your hearts and the unity of faith be ever present in your walk.
IHS, Rev. Samuel L. (Maine) Hancock County Prison Ministries
Your website was quite helpful and enlightening to me. Please accept this contribution as part of my tithe for the month of December. Peace be with you all, Susanne (Rome, Italy)
I am from Brazil. Nowadays I am part of Catholic Charismatic Renewal. A famous priest here always performs the Saint Patrick Breastplate Prayer.
Due to this, every morning I have performed this prayer and I am spreading this so beautifully written God poetry.
I have a great admiration for Saint Patrick, his life and mission.
I am asking God to bless your Monks' Monastery with His Holy Spirit. For me was a surprise to know a Non-Catholic Monastery.
Peace and All Good,
I suppose (I'm sure) God had a hand in it.
Liked Best: That I am now a Prayer
Warrior, and will actually get to someday be
a Lay Monk.
Monks in Jesus,
I am Nisha from I strongly believe that we all Christians are God’s children. Jesus asked all of us to become
His disciples. This is my view.
I strongly believe that we all Christians are God’s children. Jesus asked all of us to become
His disciples. This is my view.
Greetings in Christ's Name,
Thanks for your and Monk Linda's ministry. Thank you for the beautiful certificate... I have a website, forgivenchristians.org, and was wondering if it would be alright to direct my readers to The Prayer Foundation ™ website (which I could get lost in due to the richness of the content). Also, I am ordering new business cards for my ministry, and ask your permission to add "K.P.M.O." (Knights of Prayer Monastic Order) to my name. I don't want to be presumptuous, yet am proud to have affiliation with your order.
What I love about The Prayer Foundation ™ is it encourages me to develop spiritually. My soul invariably finds rest when I enter your website.
Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time on your website, and found myself lost in the depth and breadth of it. If mine can develop into a quarter of the information you minister to others, I will consider it a huge success.
There's sometimes in my life when I spend hours chasing information, trying to be better equipped to minister to others. Then there's a point when I need to listen to God telling me to "Be still, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10). That's when I go to your website, find my Bible reading for the day, and find rest.
It's at the place of prayer I realize all my efforts and good intentions are amusing to our Father. The Chilean earthquake reminds me of the power of prayer. One event affected the entire Pacific Ocean. So it is with intimate prayer...one sincere prayer answered by our Lord is more powerful than all the work I can accomplish.
Again, thank you for your ministry, and I look forward to both supporting it and expanding the knowledge of your website.
In Christ, always,
Monk Joe (California) forgivenchristians.org
I did not hear, just found it.
Monk Preston and Monk Linda, What an answer to prayer to find the Knights of Prayer ™! Of course God's timing is perfect. To be directed to your website immediately following a time of prayer and fasting for specific direction and purpose was just another example of prayer answered.
Words cannot express the deep sense of joy of having an impossible prayer answered. Many times in my life those closest to me have said I had the heart of a monk...alas, being a born again Christian, married with children, and a woman, also made it impossible to follow the calling of my heart.
Thank you for following the calling of your heart that allowed mine to be fulfilled also. Blessings, Kelly (Eugene, Oregon)
Please enroll me as a Lay Monk and send me the Certificate & Card. Thank you for your inspiring website. It gives me great comfort and helps me establish a deeper relationship with my Lord and Savior. Thanks and God bless, Pastor Joseph S. (Camarillo, California)
Hello! I have just discovered your website and am looking forward to learning more about it. It looks great!
I am interested in Lectio Divina, praying the Hours, and the schedule for daily Scripture reading. Thanks!
I especially like your order's emphasis on the core doctrines that are basic to all orthodox believers no matter what denominational connection they might have. I think that's very healthy.
I have shared your home page link with my pastor. He just finished a series of Sunday school lessons on Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God, so I included your link to that too (we are nondenominational evangelical, and we share your emphasis on core doctrines and broad outlook.)
Have a great day!
Bob S. (Tennesee)
How Found: Searched
How Found: Google
search for Virtual Monasteries.
After finding your website, I recommited myself to the Lord, I prayed the prayer, and am starting to pray the hours with you. I admit I had been lax, but this website has given me a fresh perspective. I would like to study the monastic life, and become a part of your community of lay monks. God bless you for all your work for the Lord. I am also going to start having a worship service on Sundays using yours. I feel like I have just taken a lot of weight off of my shoulders, and all my worries will soon disappear. Thank you so much.
I am a
pastor of an Evangelical
you so much for your ministry. Thank you and God Bless!
Wonderful website! I've been blessed visiting your website a number of times in the recent weeks. I particularly like the book and film recommendations. Also, being of Irish heritage, I'm intrigued by your emphasis on Celtic. This is an area I would love to spend more time studying.
I already have the Lutheran Liturgical Prayer Brotherhood CD of mp3s. They have a very nice Protestant prayer book, useful for praying the hours. After evaluation, you may consider including them on your links page: http://www.llpb.us/.
I also want to thank you for including Wycliffe Bible Translators on your links page. I am a translation advisor serving with SIL in Papua New Guinea, translating the NT and some OT materials into the Bariai language. Praise God, he has blessed this work and helped us greatly in these past 16 years!
Many blessings in Christ for the New Year.
Steve G. (Papua New Guinea)
I just came upon your Prayer Foundation by chance. I sent in the survey form last evening saying I was happy and delighted to read some of your website and your Liturgy of the Hours is excellent. I say the Liturgy of Hours Morning , @Noon and Evening and at times Bedtime. I became a Professed Benedictine Camaldolese Oblate Hermit or Solitary as I cannot live in a Monastery, or be a Consecrated Hermit because I am a married woman...I am delighted that your Ministry is that of prayer for the whole world as well as yourselves.
I love your Daily Liturgy of the Hours and am going to pray it for a change...I know your Daily Prayer Schedule will fit me well. ...I am passionate about people developing a deeper relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ as He is our beginning and our end and our endless desire for Him, so I will keep in touch with your prayer site as long as you don't mind my being Catholic. I would take on your studies, but I have mine to do still for about another 2 years. Please pray for me and I will include you in my daily prayers along with your Prayer Chain and Requests for prayer.
So it is a wonderful vocation you have been given and The Prayer Foundation, the Monks, the Virtual Chapel and so much more I have to read will help me in my present studies I am sure. I was wondering about buying a Prayer Book, but I see it is all up on the Computer screen and this makes it so easy.
God's peace, love and Blessings be with you always,
Greetings from Australia,
Sharon K. (Australia)
To the Monks at The Prayer
I am currently going to seminary...Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (Southern Baptist), but I have really contemplated becoming a monk. I was trying to see on your website if you had some sort of a..."day in the life" type of page. I have been doing a ton of research in trying to find a Protestant monastery, but it seems those are only myths within Protestantism. I am not sure if I share your affinity for Celtic traditions, but I was wondering if you could give me more information or if you could tell me of any other Protestant monasteries around the world.
Larry G. (Mill Valley, California)
Hello and greetings in the name
of the Lord!
I was learning from Christian website. I
fortunately entered into your website. I have study much from
there. I am a man who like praying and I have a prayer ministry.
I pray that this Christmas season brings you closer to our Savior.
May you have a blessed and wonderful year.
Dia dhuit (Blessings of God be with you),
Mike & Daryl Ann
Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Shaji K. (Kuwait - originally from Kerala, India)
& Monk Linda -
I absolutely love this web site. Among other things, I count on seeing Brother Juniper every day...
Thank you and God bless you all.
Jean (Tucson, Arizona)
Love the site; its so full of information...I am in
Afghanistan getting ready to come home...I help with the youth ministry
back home and it was suggested to go to your site. I am very
interested in the Knights of Prayer...I will be digging deeper to
find more out on your site about it...until we speak (email) again, be
with Him and I pray for all your ministries and anything unspoken.
Dear Monk Preston & Monk Linda,
Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord!
We are writting you on behalf of The Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches. We have kept up with you and the ministry over the years and have been greatly blessed by your love for Christ and the Church.
We are especially blessed by the way you are encouraging people to know the Lord and grow in his Grace and Love.
We should have written a long time ago to tell you we appreciate you including the CEEC in your history of Protestant Monasticism. We have many people who have continued to pursue an evangelical monastic life.
This week beginning October 21st, 2009 the CEEC Bishops are meeting in Synod and we thought it would be nice if we could read a letter of greeting and prayer to the Synod, from The Prayer Foundation ™. This would also give us a nice way of exposing more people to your web site.
Other fellow "monastics" have been kind to do so, we have included one example from Ray Simpson from Lindisfarne.
The Bishops of the CEEC.
Dear Brothers in Christ, Greetings and prayers for your gathering in synod October 21- 24th from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Cradle of Christianity for English-speaking people.
Thank you for the ways you co-operate with God’s stirrings in our world and also for remaining human. As you seek to discern your core values and build God-given foundations into a new generation of leaders, know that we resonate with you, for we, too, are seeking to do just that.
As I begin to hand on my Guardian’s duties I have moved to a new home named White House. Those early missionary founders Martin of Tours and Ninian of Britain established White Houses that formed the praying, hospitable heart of mission networks. Smaller white houses of prayer and sacrament became the hub of Christian outreach in many parts of what is now Scotland. The names of successors whom Ninian appointed are known. These formed one family, or dispersed community, who looked to The White House in Galloway as their mother house.
I have no sense that God wants me to control things, but I do hear these words: ‘Foundations, foundations, foundations.’ That is why, for several years I have poured my life experience into the writing of daily reflections and spiritual exercises on our Way of Life which is published this month as Waymarks for the Journey. We are also preparing a Foundations Course, but even more important than these will be building foundations through relationships.
Our members in Norway and other lands seek to build foundations by re-connecting with the early desert fathers and mothers, and re-living the journey from the sinful Ego to the True Self in God, to be stripped of everything until there is nothing left but love. Do not strive to make things happen: allow God to lead you into the deep touching places.
It is a crucial and a costly time, but it is God’s time. So, dear brothers, be real, go deep, laugh, cry and journey through cross-cultural but cross-centered exchange into the lasting fruits of resurrection. There will always be a welcome here at our Retreat House, The Open Gate, and in our prayers.
Your brother in Christ,
Greetings, and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, beloved in the Lord, dearest brothers and fellow-servants of Christ,
We here in God's beautiful Pacific Northwest, at The Prayer Foundation ™ Headquarters in Vancouver, Washington, and with our 200-some Knights of Prayer Monks ™ around the world, stand with you in prayer as you meet in Synod October 21-24. Over 1,700 of our Prayer Warriors from 43 Countries are praying for you all, and moment-by-moment lifting up your fellowship in their dedicated prayer times around the clock on our 24-Hr. Prayerchain, that the Lord may be with you, with your spirits.
"...the restoration of the church will surely come only from a new type of monasticism which has nothing in common with the old but a complete lack of compromise in a life lived in accordance with the Sermon on the Mount in the discipleship of Christ. I think it is time to gather people together to do this...'"
We offer our Interdenominational website to you, that it may hopefully be of benefit to some: over 1,000 webpages of prayer teaching and resources from all Christian Communions of all ages - Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant.
We encourage yourselves along with ourselves in remembrance of "the main and plain" teachings of Holy Scripture. The four areas of Right Belief, Right Life, Right Witness and Right Ministry.
Orthodoxy: for the Apostles handed down in the Rule of Faith what was compiled by the entire Church into the Symbol of our Faith, the Nicene Creed. Orthozoe: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Purity of life. Orthomartus: words and life in balance, "in spirit and in truth". When either is neglected, our witness is marred. Orthodiakonia: What would the Lord have me to do today? And to saturate our lives in the Two Devotions: the Word of God, and Prayer.
The monk, The Venerable Bede, writing in his masterwork: The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, said this of the Celtic Missionary Monk, Aidan:
"He cultivated peace and love, purity and humility; he was above anger and greed, and despised pride and conceit; he set himself to keep and teach the laws of God, and was diligent in study and in prayer...I greatly admire all these things about Aidan."
Pax et Bonum to you all,
Co-Founders: The Prayer Foundation Knights of Prayer Monks ™
October 21st, 2009
Monk Preston, Monk Linda,
May the Lord bless your day and ministry.
Dear Monk Preston and Monk
Reply from The Prayer Foundation Knights of Prayer ™: We have had guests play guitar or accompany traditional Hymns with harmonica or whatever instrument they offered to bring.
We sing several
portions of our Interdenominational Worship
We believe that this verse
covers the use of: the Book of Psalms,
Christian Hymns, and even modern "Choruses".
look askance at the modern use of "choruses" solely, as
lacking the instructional doctrinal content found in the classic hymns,
and, of course, also in the Biblical Psalms.
Dear Prayer Foundation ™,
I have visited your website for the first time today...
I currently live and work in Africa, Uganda.
The Peace of the Lord Be with you all.
I am a temporal profess Brother and saw your order on the Internet and was interested in the life. I wish to be friendly brother to your community...I am of age 25 years and I am a high school Graduate in Cameroon.
Hoping to read from you and your community. Extend my greetings to your community.
Mbinglo A. (Cameroon)
I recently discovered your website and have found it to be very encouraging and a wonderful resource. So much of the content resounds with my spirit and I am very grateful.
I believe that your work and ministry is God-honoring, joyful and full of grace.
Yours most sincerely in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Pam B., staff
First Presbyterian Church
I am very interested in affiliating with a monastic order so that I might deepen my relationship with Christ, and live His will more fully. While I once belonged to the Roman Rite, my family and I now worship at an Anglican Parish that blends evangelical worship with Anglo-Catholic sacramental theology and liturgy. While I typically identify more with the Anglo-Catholic side of the aisle, so to speak, I wholeheartedly agreed with everything in your Statement of Faith. Alas, most Anglican orders in the U.S. are Episcopalian, and are succumbing to the heresy that plagues that Church. I suppose you could say I take a very "Dominican" view of my faith - I am deeply interested and involved in theological and philosophical speculation, but want to live those studies out concretely by serving my community. Would someone such as myself feel at home with the Knights of Prayer? God Bless, Shawn S. Veritas Lux Mea
Reply from The Prayer Foundation ™: Perhaps only yourself can ultimately decide whether you would feel at home in our Order---we certainly do not see any reason why you wouldn't. You should begin with prayer. Pray for guidance in this matter.
Our Order excludes only those who do not agree with our Statement of Faith (essentially the doctrines of The Nicene Creed).
You could also begin with as much of our Daily Prayer: Praying the Hours as you feel led to do, and again also with our "Growing In Christ" Monastic Training Course.
In addition to this, we recommend just reading through our website. If you read (for example) ten pages per day, it would take you over three months to read through our entire website! There is posted on it much more prayer instruction than any one person would or even could practice, but this is because one thing will be of benefit for one person, and another will benefit another (and some may be of benefit at different or particular times of the individual's life).
I am so sorry that a site that is dedicated to Christ has to twist history and spend so much of their writings belittling the Catholic Faith while using their own Church Fathers against them. You are highjacking the Catholic Church Fathers solely to justify your beliefs that can not stand in real truth. May the Lord and the Holy spirit help you to see what your doing. If your faith were truly God centered, you would not have to feel the need to discredit a Faith (the true faith) and would just preach the word of God. I could not believe your lies about Thomas a Kempis:
I would like you to prove this with undisputable facts. I am sure you can't and I probably will not get a reply from you. May our Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on you! (Email Unsigned)
Reply from The Prayer Foundation ™: We do not belittle the Roman Catholic Church on our website---we are an Interdenominational Christian ministry; including Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant Christians among our volunteers. All hold to the same essential basic Christian teachings as found in the Nicene Creed (see our webpage: What All Christians Believe in Common: Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, & Protestant).
The Church Fathers are the common heritage of all Christians.
It should come as no news to most Roman Catholics that there were problems in the lives of some of those in the Church hierarchy during the Middle Ages.
One can also find posted on our website that some Lutherans and other early Protestants persecuted Anabaptists. That the Anglican Church persecuted the Puritans. That the Puritans (called Pilgrims in America) persecuted Quakers (Friends). It is truly not a very pretty picture---but it is what actually happened in history.
Even St. Francis and the first few Franciscans were suspect at first. In Franco Zefirelli's fine Film, Brother Son, Sister Moon, the Bishop's assistant, when trying to get Francis in to see Pope Innocent III, tells Francis how close he is to being burned as a heretic (the Hierarchy thought Francis sounded like, and might therefore be, a Waldensian).
When the Church later changed the Franciscan Order after St. Francis' death, the original followers of St. Francis ("The Spirituals") who wanted to remain living as they had done in the beginning, were also told to conform to the new changes or be burned as heretics. Read any Roman Catholic History of St. Francis; we have reviewed one such (the best one, in our opinion): St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography, by Omer Englebert (published by Franciscan Herald Press).
The Brethren of the Common Life began under Gerard Groote as a loosely structured, home lay "renewal" movement. But as it grew to comprise hundreds of houses, it drew the negative attention of the clergy, whose lives Groote was denouncing as being decadent and evil. Groote's only intention was to purify the Catholic faith, and its followers' morality.
The Church hierarchy at this time, however, was suspicious of any movement not authorised and under the auspices of the Church; that they felt could lead to, or fall into heresy. The penalty for heresy at that time was being burned at the stake.
The Church required as proof of the Brethren of the Common Life's orthodoxy, that they enter into the established structure of the Church (in this case, the Augustinian and Franciscan Orders---the men becoming Augustinian Monks in 1394---and the women becoming "Third Order" Franciscans).
Wikipedia: "Brethren of the Common Life": "A small band of followers attached themselves to Groote and became his fellow-workers, thus becoming the first "Brethren of the Common Life" (Dutch: Broeders des gemeenen levens). The reformer was opposed by the clergy whose lives he denounced in his preaching as decadent and evil, but his zeal for purifying the Catholic faith and the morality of its followers won many to his cause."
"The Word Made Flesh" by Margaret Ruth Miles (2005), P. 201: "...the sisters and brothers were forced to abandon the freeform communities intended by their founder. To escape the charges of heresy that threatened religious groups whose social and religious loyalties were unclear to outsiders, they affiliated with recognized religious orders."
My heart is warm again and I am feeling happier. It has been 7 years since (my traumatic experience) and I truly feel life is returning, and that I am beginning to be in the world again and not in a pit. Thank you. I would love to visit your Foundation one day. Much love in Christ, Victoria
I am interested in your community. It is something I've been looking for, for many years.
I am an ordained Presbyterian minister who was asked to leave because of my belief in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit, and my stand on Baptism. That was many years ago. Since then I have volunteered actively in the Nazarene Church.
I...have lived alone now for about twenty years.
I am retired and follow a regular schedule of daily prayer and Bible reading.
For quite some time God has been moving on my heart to find a few Christian brothers and form a monastery. To show you my ignorance, I did not know there were any in existence, especially you right here in Oregon. All I want is to spend time in prayer, study and possibly some writing. I have just finished commentaries on John and Mark. All I want is to humbly proclaim the Word of God. I am so very much interested in your community.
Robert I. (Salem, Oregon)
I am pretty sure that you have good intentions, but
your ideas are rather messed, up unless you want to pretend to be 300 AD
Comment from The Prayer Foundation ™: We do indeed feel that we are not worthy even to unloose the sandals of the Christians of 300 A.D. We are not pretending to be them, but we do desire to also hold to the basic essential doctrines of the historic Christian faith which they held (see our webpages: The Nicene Creed;The Nicene Creed: Scripture Basis; Our Statement of Faith).
1. Our Green Monastic Habit was designed by us to be distinct of, and to uniquely represent our own Monastic Order. It is not similar to any of the Benedictine Habits. It is similar in cut to the Reformed Cistercian (Trappist: which is Black on White), as is also that of the Franciscan Friars of EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network: theirs is Brown on Brown---there is no one "universal" Franciscan style of Habit). The many different Franciscan Orders in the Roman Catholic Church each have their own distinctly styled Habits unique to their own Orders. And of course this is also true of the several Anglican Franciscan Orders.
2. "Nun" is a term meaning "female religious", or "female monastic".
Someone we greatly admire, Fr. John Michael Talbot, founder of "The Little Portion" Franciscan Community (Roman Catholic), also has adopted and uses the term "Monks" for its female monastics. Since Pope Benedict XVI is fine with this, and since you seem to be of the Roman Catholic persuasion, your "difference of opinion" (which you are certainly entitled to) seems to be actually with Pope Benedict XVI, rather than with us.
3. It does not seem to us that we are "playing a game" when one of us street-preaches in Mexico and a soldier puts a shotgun to our head, ordering us to leave; or when one of us tries to aid fellow Christians in China, and later learns that they were followed and arrested for speaking to us (again, you are certainly entitled to your own opinion on this).
Your comment that we should join a "real" monastery (...by this you mean a Roman Catholic monastery?) is unintentionally extremely ironic. In the beginning days of St. Francis' preaching ministry (a uniquely new form of religious life at that time) the townspeople of Assisi threw garbage and rocks at him, and asked him why he didn't just go join a monastery and become a monk (and quit bothering them with the witness of his words and his life).
Perhaps you are not aware that Roman Catholic monasteries do not allow those who are not Roman Catholics to take monastic vows as full-time Monks.
Clarification of terms: It is often confusing to Evangelical Protestants (and vice versa) that Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics have often used the term "born again" in reference to Baptism. When most (though not all) Evangelical Protestants use the term "born again", they generally are not referring to Baptism at all, but rather are meaning by it what most Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics mean when they instead use the (universally accepted) term: "conversion experience".
An Eastern Orthodox view of the necessity of personal conversion to Christ: "Repentance is the essence of this whole venture; of what it means to be an Orthodox Christian. I'm talking about each and every person... We are all converts. Christianity only exists as a Church of converts. Being born into it can be very wonderful... But, you still have to accept it. You still have to make a conscious choice. You still have to enter into that process of inner conversion. Because the word repentance also means conversion." -His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah; Leader of the OCA (Orthodox Church in America); from his 2009 Speech in Miami Lakes, Florida, "Preparing for Great Lent".
Dear Monk Preston and Monk Linda,
I would like to subscribe to your E-mail newsletter.
I think your website and all that you stand for is fantastic. This is what I have been looking for, for many years now, but being an evangelical born again believer I could not find anything to satisfy the longings of my heart.
I have desired for so long to be so close to God that I would be aware of His presence every moment of the day.
I can not thank you enough for all that you have done for me in creating The Prayer Foundation ™ website.
I drove out to the countryside at 6am the other morning to do my daily prayers, I felt so close to God as I looked out on a beautiful sunrise, that I was reduced to tears of joy and gratitude as I marvelled at the wonders of His creation.
Yours in Him,
Malcolm S. (England)
Original Email:) I have been doing a lot of study in the
Bible, and have come to the conclusion that I must obey the gospel.
Comment from The Prayer Foundation ™: Gospel just means "good news"---the good news about Christ: Christ came down from Heaven; Christ died for our sins; Christ rose from the dead---and you either have Him (as your personal Lord and Saviour) or you don't. You don't need any formula or particular prayer. Just sincere repentance and belief: "He that has the Son has life..." -I John 5:12
Our webpage: Plan of Salvation is composed of a collection of scripture texts relating to Salvation. Do you mean to say that Holy Scripture is "false teaching"? We believe it to be God's Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Your claim to have heard so many different "plans of salvation" we find to be disingenuous---in forty years of Christian study, we have never heard of any other "plan of salvation" than that taught by the Apostles in the Holy Scriptures: Repent; and believe in Jesus Christ.
Perhaps you are referring to the various organizations who reject belief in basic Biblical teachings (summarized in the Nicene Creed: such as that of the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, The Virgin Birth, Eternal Judgement, Heaven and Hell, and and so forth) like the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons---or to other religions, like Hinduism and Buddhism---but you do not actually seem to be referring to these groups.
therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted
out." -Acts 3:19
It is true that Christ commands all Christians to be baptised. However, baptism is not essential for salvation (consider the thief on the cross: "And Jesus said unto him, Truly I say unto you, today you shall be with me in paradise." -Luke 23:43).
Baptism is not even a part of the Gospel according to the Apostle Paul (and the Holy Spirit!): "I thank God that I baptized none of you...For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel." -I Corinthians 1:14,17
For a more complete discussion of this subject, see our webpage: Open Letter On Baptism.
(The Response to Our Comments:) It is obvious...you don't want to see the whole truth of the scriptures.
With your obvious perversion of concepts and the scriptures, which are distorted in a horrible way, there is no reason for me to lovingly correct the error your group is promoting.
You really need to consider what you are saying about the thief on the cross... ...I pray that you will seek the truth from God's word, instead of repeating error that has been going on since the time of Jesus.
(Name Withheld by Us)
Response Comment from The Prayer Foundation ™: We cannot "consider what we are saying" about the thief on the cross, because we did not say anything about the thief on the cross---we merely quoted to you what our Lord said about him in the Holy Spirit inspired Holy Scriptures. Your disageement is not with us, but with what Christ said in Luke 23:43, and what the Apostle Paul (whom we also merely quoted) taught regarding the relationship of the Gospel and Baptism in I Corinthians 1:14,17.
Thank you for saying that we are teaching the Scriptures as they have been taught from the time of Jesus. This is indeed our hope and goal. As you may already know, it is called the "one holy universal (catholic) and apostolic faith" in the ancient historic Creeds.
"We have learned the plan of our salvation from no one else other than from those through whom the gospel has come down to us. For they did at one time proclaim the gospel in public. And at a later period, by the will of God, they handed the gospel down to us in the Scriptures --- to be ' the ground and pillar of our faith.' " -Irenaeus of Lyon (written Ca. 175-185 A.D. in "Against Heresies")
5/12/09_______________________________I am a Christian, and want to grow in prayer and intimacy with the Lord. I currently am serving in my local church Body as the leader of our prayer ministry. I am intrigued by your website, and have spent quite awhile reading your pages. I believe your disciplines could help me mature in Christ, and am considering applying to join the monastic order. Most of the content on your site really glorifies God, and is completely Biblical, and I was blessed to read it.
I think it is great that you leave the non-essentials out of requirements for your membership... Your website is literally one of the most uplifting, godly websites I have ever read, even among the more heavily publicized and heavily funded ones.
Grace and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ,
Shelley (Indianapolis, Indiana)
"Live one surrendered day at a time...eyes to the east, hands to the cross, feet to the path." -Beth Moore
May the Lord give you Peace!
Happy Resurrection day to you and yours. May the power and the glory of Christ's resurrection be yours today and forever.
Blessings, Rev. Br. Joe P., C.J.
haven’t visited in awhile, and was just delighted today to find
updated material and more features. Thank
I appreciate your website and daily readings.
I am so blessed to have found your website. I am a home schooling mom to four children and have always been interested in set times of prayer. I feel that it would bless and anchor my days to have other times of prayer and meeting with the Lord besides just the morning.
Grace & Peace,
Glory to Jesus Christ! GLORY
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