Reclaiming and Praying Imprecatory Prayers

5 messages by Brent Bradley


Here are the links to the 5 messages. Each message runs 45 minutes or less. A song and benediction at the end of each have been left in for optional edification.



Here are some optional emails containing comments about the subject:

From: T Cook
To: Eric Mendez
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: Este Sabado! / This Saturday! Sign up for food.

...

Glad God worked in your life [on your short-term mission trip] in Cuba. Will try to dig out that imprecatory psalm message. (We DO need to pray appropriately for the horrible evils in Cuba. Wish I had listened to the message in '99 when I first acquired it.) May take awhile, if still on cassette... not enough resources here, but eventually can get to storage to pull out deck & tape.

~TLC


From: T Cook
To: Eric Mendez
Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2007 9:17 PM
Subject: Messages about imprecatory prayers

Eric,

I found those messages about imprecatory prayers, and they were not still stuck on cassetted buried in boxes at Beth's storage; they have been in digital files at Dave's here all along! Had to extract them from an old storage format, slightly edit, then convert to mp3. I've uploaded them so you can download them. They're great!

Click on each link below and follow the instructions given...

1996-02-18 (Psa. 109.1-13) Reclaiming Imprecatory Prayers.mp3
Link: http://download.yousendit.com/4DEB6D237DB79E83
1996-02-25 (Psa. 109.1-5) Who May Pray Imprecatory Prayers(q).mp3
Link: http://download.yousendit.com/FF622D6C15920F88

I've already heard the first one, and it's great; very sobering and uplifting; God is magnified.

The guy is Brent Bradley, pastor of a PCA Presbyterian church in Kingsport, TN. I was privileged to be able borrow a bunch of great messages preached there.

Sincerely,
Tom Cook
(407) 671-1224
tcmullet @ cfl.rr.com


From: T Cook
To: Eric Mendez
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 1:19 PM
Subject: Messages about imprecatory prayers & your Cuban burden

Eric,

I've heard the 2nd message; very sobering; very encouraging. When I think of the deep burden you feel for the Cuban believers and people, I suspect you might feel an additional burden to get these messages into the hands of some contacts that you know. Give a listen and pray about it. This is holy and serious stuff, possibly affecting the future of the the Cuban church and maybe even the entire nation. Let me know how you feel.

~TLC


From: T Cook
To: Todd Twining
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 10:50 PM
Subject: Fw: Messages about imprecatory prayers & your Cuban burden

Todd, [...the pastor who led the short-term mission trip to Cuba]

Please read my two notes to Eric [above], then my note here.

You probably know of the HG [home group] meeting in which Eric shared the deep ways he was touched by God during the Cuba trip. I said to him afterwards that its been years since I've thought about oppressive regimes. In part because of the 1990s fall of USSR, but also because my own life has been "in the wilderness" [and thereby distracted] since about '91 and especially this last year. But Eric's multi-faceted story was very stirring to all of us, and to me in particular. It reminded me of my reformed heritage of the last 20 years, and that I still have not heard some messages I had acquired from a church in TN that I had connections with during the 90s. Two of the messages specificly dealt with the place of imprecatory prayers. As you know, I've listened to them and feel they very likely would inspire and encourage folks like you and Eric who went on the trip. Therefore I wanted to give you the chance to hear them also. If you ever get the chance to hear them, you *may* wish to share them either with others in the Cuba-trip group or possibly with the other pastors. I leave that up to you.

~TLC


I later discovered that there were FIVE, not two messages in the series. ...TC

From: Tom Cook
To: Robert Barnes (work)
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 10:47 AM
Subject: _____ and the possibility of hosting

Robert,

I'm a bit closer to my 9-year-old dream of having the Proverbs messages by Brent Bradley available to download. ...

I don't have the proverbs messages ready, but I do have 5 messages he gave from Psalm 109 on the subject of imprecatory prayers. This has come up twice (in my own heart) at Metro. First time was this summer as Todd (worship leader) and Eric M. (HG leader) came back from Cuba reporting of the amazing works of God's grace there amidst terrible oppression. 2nd was a few weeks ago as the church showed excerpts from a DVD on the persecuted church in China. In both cases, my heart was saying we need to go beyond praying for God to be with the victims; we need to pray imprecatory prayers against the wicked leaders. It spurred me to check if I had digitized Brent's messages thereon. I *had*. And I had 'em with me! (Not in storage.) Trouble is when I upload them to yousendit.com to share with someone, they have to be motivated to download within 7 days to get 'em before they expire.

I have a few non-Bradley MP3 files on my own site. Can we go forward with getting the Bradley (PCA) messages to _____? Then I can post links to them, both in emails to friends and on my own site when I get something meaningful up.

Thanks, Robert.

Sincerely,
Tom Cook
(407) 671-1224
TomCook @ TomsGoodFiles.com


From: Tom Cook
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 1:52 PM
To: Ra M.
Subject: Fw: ______ & the possibility of hosting

Ra,

...

...As I said to Robert, I want to provide links on my own tiny website as well as links in emails to friends. Each message is about 6MB in MP3. The five I have now are a series on Imprecatory Prayers from Psalm 109. The Proverbs series I don't have yet, but will number about 168 messages, all with similar audio and MP3 file characteristics to the five I have now. I got special permission to borrow the cassettes the last time I was in Kingsport TN in 1998, and spent much time digitizing them to a good quality sound card at 22khz sampling rate. They also said I could share the messages anyway I saw fit. I've been able to preserve them on CD-R through the years, and 2 years ago, transfered the files (compressed via the Shorten utility) to DVD-R. I plan to expand them back to .wav and master them as I have the Imprecatory series already.

...I've never had a website, but am shortly hoping to start building one (a friend recommended Google Page Creator). I *have* figured out how to upload files (small qty) to my own site TomsGoodFiles.com (hosted by GoDaddy), and create emailable hyperlinks to them. This lets you know how "green" I am at this web stuff.

...

Sincerely,
Tom Cook

P.S. From 1991 to 1998 I visited Kingsport TN each fall to videotape a conference hosted by 3 churches there including Brent Bradley's. I'd stay around til Monday and hear the message by Brent on Sunday night. From '92 to '97 it was always on Proverbs and great. I've been a strong fan of Proverbs since Bill Gothard changed my life in so many ways in the '70s and *he* promoted frequent reading of Proverbs. Most of these messages on Proverbs I have not heard yet. (Btw, Brent is a Gothard alumnus too.) But when I master them to MP3, I look forward to all that spiritual meat I've been looking forward to all these years.


From: Tom Cook (via Roadrunner)
To: Danny Jones ; Benny Phillips ; Mike Nash ; Chip Chew ; Jesse Phillips
Cc: George Pyros ; Daniel Howell ; Kyle Luther ; Virginia Knowles ;
John Stemberger ; Eric Mendez ; Jennifer Lightfoot
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 10:42 AM
Subject: For the persecuted church

Dear Metro Life Pastors,

In light of the upcoming focus next Sunday on the persecuted church, I'm reminded of some messages like precious jewels that were spoken a decade ago about a topic that the modern church has greatly neglected in dealing with persecution; Imprecatory Prayers. Hardly anyone believes in them, and certainly noone dares pray them. But exactly what are they, who may pray them, why, when, etc.??? Pastor Brent Bradley, of a PCA Presbyterian church in Tennessee, abundantly addresses these questions from a thoroughly reformed perspective. I've been priveleged to have them in my possession, and now that I've listened to them, I heartily recommend them to give us a better edge on the severely missing dimension in dealing with our persecuted brethren. I have them on my website, and I urge you to download them and give a listen. (I will do that again myself soon.)

Just last night while at the Pyros' prayer meeting (don't know why I didn't think of it sooner), it occurred to me that the election season provides abundant opportunity for application of this issue, too.

In addition to listening to these, I urge you to forward this to whomever you think would like to know more of the counsel of God on this matter.

http://TomsGoodFiles.com/1996-02-18.Reclaiming-Imprecatory-Prayers.Ps109.1-13.mp3
http://TomsGoodFiles.com/1996-02-25.Who-May-Pray-Imprecatory-Prayers.Ps109.1-5.mp3
http://TomsGoodFiles.com/1996-03-10.Clothed-with-Cursing.Ps109.16-18.mp3
http://TomsGoodFiles.com/1996-03-17.Imprecatory-Petitions.Ps109.6-8.mp3
http://TomsGoodFiles.com/1996-03-31.Woes-of-a-Wicked-Family.Ps109.9-13.mp3

Sincerely,
Tom Cook
(407) 671-1224
TomCook @ TomsGoodFiles.com


From: Tom Cook (via Roadrunner)
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 2:07 PM
To: Jesse Phillips
Subject: Re: Not read: For the persecuted church

You once told me that "imprecatory prayers" was something that (possibly) peaked your interest a little. So am a little surprised you deleted this without reading. Guess that means you won't be listening to any of those downloads. In a way, I don't blame you; I wish he had covered it in 2 or 3 messages, not 5. If you change your mind and want to hear any, let me know and I'll send the links again. If you're wanting someone else to hear them for you, I know that Daniel Howell, who has opportunity to hear lots of messages via MP3, had gotten them and plans to listen soon. --TC


From: Jesse Phillips
To: Tom Cook (via Roadrunner)
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:13 PM
Subject: RE: Not read: For the persecuted church

Tom,

So, what do you think about praying for president elect Obama? Do you think praying imprecatory prayers should be prayed over the president? I've been thinking about this a lot and would be interested in your thoughts on the matter.

JESSEPHILLIPS
Metro Life Church


From: Tom Cook (via Roadrunner)
To: Jesse Phillips
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: Not read: For the persecuted church

Can I wait til life is normal; that is I'm out of school, in a job, have a wife and 2.5 kids, and no mortgage? (Ha, ha.) Well, life is so unstable for me that I still haven't re-listened to those 5 messages yet. Shucks, I haven't finished reading your "politics" articles yet. (Sorry.) But they ARE something I'm going to do, not toss out as some may.

So I really can't answer that question, yet. Probably "no", but am really not sure. The church has neglected these truths, and that includes me. I do know that Paul (to Timothy) said to pray for those in authority for peaceful lives, etc. Talk to Eric M. and ask him about the prayer I prayed to close the last HG meeting. (He will remember what I prayed MUCH better than I.) Maybe that will convey where I am now.

... These messages are from a PCA pastor who is very reformed in everything. This shows in numerous ways in his preaching, no matter what the topic. I thought these messages on Imprecatory would be good not only to shed light on the subject, but also to get a taste of more thoroughly reformed thinking and preaching. Once the taste is tasted, maybe you all will hunger for more than you have now.


From: Tom Cook (via Roadrunner)
To: Jesse Phillips
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2008 5:34 PM
Subject: Fw: Not read: For the persecuted church (addendum)

Jesse,

Something I forgot to add...

After I hear Brent Bradley's messages again, I may be able to respond to your question. If YOU hear them, then YOU'LL probably be able to derive your own answer. Hey... let's have a race... who gets through them first! We could let each other know when reaching end of each of messages. Maybe you'll be ahead of me thru the 1st 3, then maybe I'll catch up and pass you on the 4th. Maybe I'll have a rare 5-hour marathon and beat you before you start! Or maybe we can just encourage each other along the way.

--TC

[So far, neither one of us has finished (or re-finished) the series. I think we've both gotten caught up in various endeavors. I know Jesse is attempting to spearhead Christians' involvement in fighting Obama's health care reform, in addition to all his other responsibilities as a pastoral intern. I have been consumed w/school and barely surviving, as my 9/2009 letter elsewhere on this site will tell. ...TC]