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Entitlement Precludes Justice. Always.

I’ve been thinking and praying about Haiti a lot since the earthquake about a month ago. I was recently alerted to this article explaining the present housing situation for those who lost their homes. Click through to see full details, but I’ll summarize: The international aid community had originally been planning to give tents to tide these families over until more permanent shelters could be erected. That plan, however, has been deemed too expensive, so in lieu of tents, the Haitian homeless will receive… tarps. As in, the plastic blanket kind of tarps. As in the, “Here’s a plastic blanket; have fun through hurricane season” kind of tarps.

Basically all because it’s too expensive.

Now, I’d believe it if I was told that there are other reasons that shaped the decision to scrap the tent plans. The optimist in me really hopes that it didn’t simply boil down to the bottom dollar. Of course it is crucial to get something to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. But I cannot fathom why it seems okay, at any level, to stick people outside with nothing but a tarp and feel like we did them much of a favor. Sure, a tarp is better than no tarp, but a tarp is just barely a step up from nothing at all.

I then thought about how victims of hurricane Katrina were relocated into not just tents, but trailer homes. I wondered what the news reaction would have been if FEMA had tried to make our U.S. citizens tough things out in un-air-conditioned, electricity-less tents — much more so if they would have handed them a sheet of plastic with a shrug and advice to get creative with how to stay dry under it.

I’m pretty sure the media would have had a heyday with that one.

So what’s the difference? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 16, 2010 in justice


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King David: Putting His Money where His Mouth and Heart Are

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament lately, and I’m nearing the end of 1 Chronicles. Now, I’ll admit, this is a hard book. Among those who have tried such things, it is ranked right up there with Leviticus and Numbers as one of the prime killers of the “Read the Bible in a Year” plan. There are tons of geneaologies in this book, which, I’m sure I’ll appreciate one day when I’ve actually gotten a better grasp on biblical history, but for now, it just kind of runs into a blurry list of names I can’t confidently pronounce.

Before I accidently say something stupid against the Holy Writ, let me clarify: The reason I said the above is to say, don’t count out the hard books. Yes, 1 Chronicles is not an easy read, but there are little gems sprinkled all throughout it. And I’m sure the more I grow in the Lord, the more of them I will spot and appreciate.

The one that’s particularly grabbed my attention is towards the very end of the book, where King David puts his money where his mouth is. Or, more accurately, where his heart is, as we shall see. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on June 30, 2009 in Bible, Heart Stuff


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There’s that Smell Again!

…And it’s not a pleasant one. Why, I do believe it’s the spirit of this age reeking again.

Allow me to share my story.

A few days ago, I took a vacation day to recover from my crazy-packed-schedule-admin-ness. I hadn’t had a day off in about a month, and it seemed like time to take one. So I found myself with a free day, an untouched gift card from Christmas, and a friend’s wedding coming up this weekend. Seemed like a perfect time to invest in a new dress. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on March 6, 2009 in Life Happens...


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Loving, Giving, Saving

There is a critical truth that many Christians can quote, but not nearly as many actually think about. It’s easily dismissed as “that thing we learned in Sunday School,” considered so elementary that it’s now trivial. Sometimes we even roll our eyes at it, because it’s showing up on yet another cheesy bumper sticker or sandwich-board sign. But in reality, it is one of the deepest, most profound revelations in Scripture.

I’m speaking, of course, of John 3:16.

I’ve been meditating through the book of John for our Christology Bible study, and have been stuck on John 3:16 for a little while. Here on Christmas Eve, it only seems appropriate to take some time and write about it. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, God giving us His only Son, I’ve loved looking at what that entails and what it says about His heart. What I’m about to share with you is only a little bit of what I’ve been journaling in the prayer room — I definitely encourage you to take this verse and run with it on your own, and see how it hits your heart.

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Shameless Plug

The close of another year is fast coming upon us. It’s a great time to stop and take stock of what has taken place in 2007 and what yet lies ahead. I am grateful beyond words for the faithfulness of the Lord in sustaining me in this work for the past months and years. When I arrived in September of 2003 as an intern, I never would have thought that in four short years I would have joined a worship team, graduated ministry school, and served in leadership in the NightWatch. It’s a challenging role physically, emotionally and logistically, but God has provided faithfully in every area of need. For myself, not to mention the nearly 500 full-time staff members here, each continued year of service is a testimony of the His kindness towards us.

As I look towards 2008, I am working on gathering a team of people who are willing to stand with me as I serve the Lord in prayer through the night. You can join in the global prayer movement, even if you can’t stay up all night or spend hours in the prayer room each day. I am in continual need of a team of people who are willing to stand with me in prayer, as well as supporting me financially.

If you’ve been tracking with me for a while on this blog, and enjoy reading it, I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider supporting me. Whether you wish to become a regular intercessor, do a one-time gift, or are led to become a monthly supporter, I really appreciate your response. Every word of encouragement and every contribution blesses me incredibly, and is critical to my continued ministry here at IHOP. Before January 31st of this year, any support checks made out to IHOP-KC are tax deductible on your 2007 tax returns. If you would like to send a check to me, email me and I will let you know how you can do that. If you want a fast, easy (non tax-deductible) way to donate, feel free to click the PayPal link in the right margin and the money goes directly to me.

Also, I really want to hear from you on how I can serve you in prayer. Please never hesitate to contact me: is the best way. Or, you can go to the page “About Amanda” at any time. It’s a permanent, easy way to contact me. You can also check it out for more information about what I do at IHOP and the vision for 24/7 prayer.

Blessings all! We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

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Posted by on October 10, 2007 in Night Watch


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