Focus 40

Calling the Church to 40 days of Prayer and Fasting Leading up to Easter.

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Some Practical Tips for Starting A Small Group

One of the most popular additions to the Focus 40 materials in 2013 was the small group study. Focus 40 2014's four-week "Extreme Living" study was developed by Church of God writers centering on the…Continue

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Started by Mary Burch Nichols Feb 11.

Resource - Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends...

I am thankful for this book I got yesterday - Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well  by Randy Newman, 2011.Available in paperback @…Continue

Started by Kay Watts Apr 6, 2012.

Blanketing Focus 40 with Love - A Local Church Focus 40 Story 1 Reply

March 29, 2012By Carl StagnerLast year, Feathersburg Church of God in Campbellsville, Kentucky, got so much out of the Focus 40 experience that they kept on fasting and expressing a deep desire to…Continue

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Started by Carl Stagner. Last reply by Sam Bruce Mar 31, 2012.

Article about a church's Focus 40 plans...and how they're kicking off with a Valentine's outreach! 1 Reply

Hallmarks of a Valentine’s OutreachFebruary 10, 2012By Carl StagnerValentine’s Day isn’t just a holiday to boost sales for Hallmark. It’s more than an excuse to buy a lavish bouquet of flowers for…Continue

Started by Carl Stagner. Last reply by Mary Burch Nichols Mar 1, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Allison on March 5, 2012 at 9:28am

Had dinner last night with Steve and Nancy Starks, who pastor First Church of God in South Haven, MI, and Steve shared his burden for reaching people already in the pews on Sunday morning. "So much of the time, I've prayed for people who no longer attend church," he said. "Lately, the Lord has laid on my heart people who do come to worship, but haven't really committed their lives to the Lord." As Jesus told his first disciples, "Look around you. The fields are already white unto harvest!"

Comment by Sam Bruce on March 5, 2012 at 12:43am

Mike, thanks for posting the Fasting Wall Video. That's exciting. Great job! Do the volunteers just put their names on the bricks or do they add other information? I'm trying to get my facts straight! :-)


Comment by Brian Smith on March 4, 2012 at 3:24pm

Had the privilege to see another disciple added to the Kingdom today! The First Church of God in Tallmadge, Ohio had the Journeymen Quartet in for the worship service this morning, and the Holy Spirit used them in a powerful way. Praise the Lord!

Comment by Mary Burch Nichols on March 1, 2012 at 11:39am

I was having that same thought.  What are we doing to get ready for 25,000 new believers?  So cool when the Holy Spirit has people who are many miles apart on the same wavelength!

Comment by Michael L Smith on March 1, 2012 at 11:30am

What happens if God answers our prayers?  It is an important question and one which I felt convicted of a couple of years ago.  If your church or region does in fact experience some portion of 25,000 people coming to Christ, are you prepared for them?  The Holy Spirit spoke to me a few years ago when I was praying for lost people.  He asked me, "What if I answered your prayer -- what then?"  I realized that I was prepared to disciple one or two people.  I was prepared to do follow-up on any given Sunday if one or two people responded.  But if a dozen got saved, if 50 got saved, then I would not be ready.  We started working to develop follow-up materials and volunteers and a plan to respond if God moved according to our prayers.  I wonder how many of our churches who are fasting and praying for lost people, really believe that God will answer their prayers?  If so, shouldn't they be ready for it?

Comment by Mary Burch Nichols on March 1, 2012 at 11:20am

That's really cool, Michael.  Great idea.

Comment by Michael L Smith on March 1, 2012 at 11:15am

Comment by Michael L Smith on March 1, 2012 at 10:32am

Sam.  Thanks for the kind words.  We have another Fasting Wall.  I am going to try and upload one of our video announcements about the wall.

Comment by Scott L. Planck on March 1, 2012 at 12:50am

PTL!  24,999 to go? 

I preached Sunday, "Go Ahead - LEAP for Jesus this year!"  and a person accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior tonight.  God's answering prayers and we are LEAPING and expecting Him to do Greater things!

Comment by Mary Ann Martinez on February 18, 2012 at 5:48pm

Melissa, thank you for that great idea! There's only 24 questions; can you post the rest? I will like to translate them to Spanish for our church members and our Facebook/Twitter pages.


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