Don Thurman

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

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This month I want to consider a request which is included in the model prayer our Lord gave to His disciples as found in Matthew 6:11, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

I have heard some say that we should not pray for material needs, but this verse confirms to us that our God is concerned about our physical and material needs as well as our spiritual needs. In fact, we read in Matthew 6:32 that “your Heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things,” referring to the things we need for our earthly lives—things that every human being has need of. The apostle Paul explains that our “God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

So while the spiritual needs we have are more important than our physical and material needs, our loving Heavenly Father not only knows [click to continue…]


Effectual Fervent Prayer

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The “effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).

Little can be accomplished in the work of the Kingdom of God without prayer. Much can be accomplished if we are faithful in calling upon our living Lord.

Praise Reports:

  • We praise the Lord for answering prayer for brother Tim Woodard, who is our newest member of the IHA Board and has been greatly afflicted but is now improving.
  • We are also glad to hear that board Member Larry Smith, has also survived a [click to continue…]


Blessing God for What He Has Done

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The Psalmist exhorts us to “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.  For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations.” (Psalm 100:4,5)

How true these words are, and how appropriate as we reflect upon the Lord's blessing upon our wonderful Camp Meeting this summer!

  • Let us give Him thanks and praise for the wonderful attendance on the first night and the blessing of His presence in our midst throughout the week in every session.
  • Our children's meetings, under the ministry of the McKay family, challenged our children to know and serve the Lord in our blessed land, as children do in less fortunate circumstances than we have in our land of the free.
  • We also give thanks for [click to continue…]


“This is the week!”

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This is the month! This is the week! In just a few days the 135th Iowa Holiness Association camp meeting begins with the Saturday night concert at 6:30 PM with the Emmaus Road Quartet. We have many wonderful promises from the Word as we intercede for another wonderful week of the special visitation of the Holy Spirit as we gather in Jesus’ name.

  • Philippians 4:19 reminds us that our Lord is able to supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
  • It is not God’s will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
  • It is God’s desire that [click to continue…]


“I Will Do It!”

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As our 2013 IHA Camp Meeting quickly approaches (June 9-14—only 35 days away!), let us give ourselves to concentrated prayer each day for the Camp during this month of May. Let us set each Tuesday noon as a special time of prayer and fasting as the Lord leads us. Let us remember each worker:

  • President Brady Hunter
  • Evangelist Gary Henecke
  • Worship leader Larry Dodds
  • Accompanist Rosemary Smith
  • Children’s workers Cyril and Jan McKay
  • The youth committee, including missionaries Steve and Kelly Solheim, who will provide the devotional messages for the youth
  • Camp Bible teacher Jim Kerwin [click to continue…]


Latest Call to Prayer

by Jim Kerwin on April 3, 2013

Pray for One Another

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I am reminded of James 5:16 which reads in part  “…Pray one for another…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  This is one of several places in the Word we are exhorted to pray for one another.  Let us also begin to spend special time as the Lord leads us in times of private and corporate prayer for our week of Camp Meeting this June 9-14.  Let us pray that the message of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14) will be proclaimed with power and anointing of the blessed Holy Spirit.  Pray espcially for our workers:


January 2013 Call to Prayer

by Jim Kerwin on January 20, 2013

Praying in the Father's Will

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My wife and I have the privilege to be in California at our daughter’s home during the winter months, and while here we attend the Fresno First Church of the Nazarene. In the Tuesday morning Bible Study, we were discussing Romans 8:29, a verse which assures us that when we do not know what to pray for, the precious, all-knowing Holy Spirit will intercede for us, so that our prayers will always be in the will of the Father.

During our discussion of this important truth that we are to pray in the will of our Heavenly Father, Pastor Chuck Bullock shared a real-life example. He said an evangelist friend of his was suffering from a severe case of hemorrhoids. The evangelist stayed overnight at a friend’s house, and his host said that he would like to pray for his guest before they retired for the night. The host prayed, “Father, unless You have some other plan, would You please heal my brother?” The evangelist was instantly [click to continue…]


December 2012 Call to Prayer

by Jim Kerwin on December 21, 2012

The Ministry of Prayer

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The Word of the Lord in Ezekiel 22:30,31 continues to bear strongly on my mind and heart as I think about our ministry of prayer.

The text reads “‘I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall; and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.  So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with My fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done,' declares the Sovereign Lord.”

The mystery of prayer suggested by this passage is this: Why would our all-powerful, all-knowing triune God include us, His finite creatures, in His great plan of redeeming rebellious man?  But this is exactly what He does as He reaches out in His love and compassion to save all men, and desires that not one be lost and perish eternally.

He calls us to “stand in the gap,” the gap between Him and rebellious man, that He might extend His mercy to each one. What a privilege and power our prayers of intercession will make as God's redeeming grace reaches out to lost and darkened mankind! And to think His grace will meet the need of mankind to be delivered from ALL sin, not only wrong and destructive deeds in thought, word and action, but also to be delivered from the cause and source of these manifestations — the carnal mind, and inherited sinfulness, which is the main problem of sin in our lives!

This makes the ministry of prayer even more significant than ever.  Let us as holiness people be the ones God is looking for, those who will stand in the gap and build that wall of His mercy around the lost and dying in our world today!

Your fellow Intercessor,

Don Thurman


November 2012 Call to Prayer

by Jim Kerwin on November 3, 2012

Prayer—A Divine Mystery

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[From a clipping in my files, written by an unknown author.  It is a challenge to me to give myself to prayer with a deeper dimension, and I trust it will be a challenge to others as well.]

Has it ever occurred to you that the design of prayer in the divine economy is a fantastic mystery? Why should there be a system or plan of prayer at all? Is not God almighty and self-sufficient? Could He possibly need any help outside of Himself? Self-sufficiency is one of the attributes of God. Does He need anything that man or any other of His creatures can supply?  Could not He who spoke the worlds into existence and Who upholds them by that same word accomplish His purposes without the help of puny man?

Then why did He divise the plan of prayer?  Why and how did He become “dependent” upon the intercession of men? Why can He do nothing [click to continue…]


October 2012 Call to Prayer

by Jim Kerwin on October 10, 2012

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As I write my article on prayer for the IHA Web page, I have just experienced a special financial blessing from the Lord, and I am impressed to challenge all of us in the IHA family with this question: Are we expecting too little from our majestic Lord concerning the ministry of IHA?

As I consider that question, I am reminded of the Ephesian passage that says, “Now unto Him that is  able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). What comes to mind immediately after that is how God granted more to Solomon than he had asked for, as we read in 1 Kings 3:13: “And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor…”  And the recepient of those added blessings has written, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).

As one of the great holiness teachers of our day has said, “If the message of entire sanctification is correct (and it is), let us proclaim and promote it with all that is within us; if not, let us abandon it.” (Richard S. Taylor)

So let us offer the fervent prayer of a righteous people for the effective ministry of the IHA in the sanctification of believers from every corner of our state and beyond, from every church regardless of name and affiliation, from every race and nationality, from the young and the old. “Without holiness no man will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).  Holiness is for everyone who will believe!

Rev. Don Thurman

A Postscript from Jim Kerwin [click to continue…]


I've asked Brother Don Thurman to continue writing his IHA Calls to Prayer because the IHA's overall ministry, as well as its next camp meeting, is only as effective as our work before the Throne of Grace.


We will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the Word.
Acts 6:4

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Our text reminds us of the commitment and priority to prayer and the ministry of the Word of our Lord which the early Fathers practiced and must be our practice as we carry on the work of the Lord in our day. The practice of prayer and the ministry of the Word must not be separated, but kept together. And this is especially true as we engage in intercessory prayer. As we pray for others, let us not only lift their needs to the throne of grace from which their needs may be met, but let us hear the Word of the Lord for them as we lift their need to the Lord. And that will not only guide us in what we pray for them but as we have opportunity we can share that Word with them.

May we be faithful in giving ourselves to prayer and the ministry of His Word.


This Week's Call to Prayer from Rev. Don Thurman

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As we gather for our IHA Prayer Meeting this Tuesday, May 1,2012, let us especially focus on two basic but very important requests which are the primary purposes of our Camp:

  1. 2 Peter 3:9 reminds us that “The Lord is…not willing that any should perish, but that all may come to repentance.” Let us especially remember those who are lost without Christ and/or those who are backslidden who will be in the services, that they will experience the beginning of holiness in their hearts and lives.
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:3,7 says, “For this is the will of God even your sanctification…” and “For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” And Hebrews 12:14 says, “Without [click to continue…]


A Call to Prayer

by Jim Kerwin on April 23, 2012

A Call to Prayer from Rev. Don Thurman

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Rev. Don Thurman, IHA Board Member

As we look forward to our 2012 Camp Meeting, June 10-15, just 48 days from today, I am writing this Call to Prayer for another “time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). Let us set aside each Tuesday as a day of prayer for the Camp Meeting. If possible let us gather in small groups and let us claim the promise of our Lord that if we will agree in prayer we will have what we ask of the Father (Matthew 18:19). If it is not possible for us to gather with a group for prayer, let us take time each Tuesday as our schedule permits to intercede for the Camp.

Let us ask in faith for the anointing of the precious Holy Spirit upon all the workers: Evangelist, Rev. Hal Daigre; the Bible Teacher, Rev. Esther Brown; the Worship Leader, Rev. Larry Dodds; the Children’s Workers, Rev. Cyril and Jan McKay and family; the Young People’s Evangelist Rev. Del Rittgers and family; and the World Gospel Missionaries Leroy and Sandy Anderson.

Let us pray for many to [click to continue…]


June 10th Is Bearing Down on Us

The 2012 Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meeting will be on us before we know it, and we're continuing to upgrade the website, especially “behind the scenes.”  Here's the latest:

Are you getting ready spiritually? Are you praying for a harvest?

  • There is a new Iowa Holiness Association YouTube channel, which Steve Shafer will begin to populate with evening-meeting videos he recorded on his professional equipment last year.  We could see the first of these as early as this coming Saturday.
  • Approval is pending from for a listing in Google Places, as well as permission to move the Google Maps “marker” for the Iowa Holiness Association.  Once approval is received, that will mean that all Google Maps will put an IHA marker right on the tabernacle in Google Maps satellite view.


The Pieces Are Coming Together

by Jim Kerwin April 11, 2012

Behind the Scenes Progress We’ve made some progress in the last 24 hours: Most of our “About Us” information is in place. The menu system has been expanded and enhanced. I’ve installed a plug-in that makes our website “smartphone friendly.”  (Try accessing from your Android or iPhone and give me some feedback.) Kevin Klucas tells […]

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