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Thoughts on IHOP-KC’s 10th Anniversary

Before I get started, let it be known that you can download notes, MP3s, and watch videos from the celebration for free on IHOP’s website. Go to it.

IHOP’s September anniversary is always an exciting season for me. Firstly, September marks the anniversary of my arrival here in Kansas City. I was an intern with Fire in the Night who had zero intention of staying longer than three months. That was six years ago. I’m still here, still on a nocturnal schedule, and very glad of it.  Secondly, my birthday lands smack on the IHOP official anniversary. Combine those factors with the overall corporate sense of remembrance, and I always find myself looking back at how the Lord has led me and what is yet to come. It’s quite the personal milestone each year.

In no particular order, here are the things that are on my heart on the back end of this time of celebration: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2009 in Intercession, Night Watch

 

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Noah, Daniel, and Job

Pop quiz: What do these three biblical figures have in common?

Answer: According to the Word, they are the most likely candidates to save an unrepentant city from the wrath of God. According to the Word, they are also solidly incapable of doing it.

Before we wave this off as an intriguing (if morbid) bit of biblical trivia, we need to see what the prophet Ezekiel had to say about this trio.

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Posted by on August 25, 2009 in Ezekiel

 

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Don’t Get Mad… Get Hungry

Okay, so it doesn’t rhyme. But I think it’s fitting advice for believers at this particular juncture in history.

I have seen a number of blog posts, email chains, websites, and the like, that are expressing anger against President Obama. The ones that have specifically come to my attention have been written by Christians. On one hand, I understand where this is coming from. After all, the reasons I chose not to vote for our current president are the same reasons most people are mad at him right now. It’s good to be passionate about important issues and to take a firm stand for what is right. But on the other hand, I can’t help but feeling that our anger is not actually furthering righteousness. At all. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2009 in Intercession, Revival

 

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The Moral Dilemma of a Society That Devalues Life

A few weeks ago, a young woman in Florida went to have an abortion. Through the malpractice of the doctor, the baby was born alive at twenty-three weeks. One of the owners of the clinic (who, by the way, does not have a medical license) scooped up the little girl with all the afterbirth, placed her into a biohazard bag and threw her away. This has understandably generated outrage from the pro-life camp. Thankfully, the response from the pro-choice camp has also been negative. Such a situation should not have happened. The doctor responsible will likely be stripped of his license. But thus enters the moral dilemma.

A baby born at twenty-three weeks has a “slim but legitimate” chance of survival. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2009 in Intercession

 

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Contending for the Faith: What It Is and Isn’t

I received an email today, forwarded by a friend from a grass-roots-y, activist-y web group. I want to start by saying that I think it is good for Christians to be actively involved in giving voice to the direction of our nation. One of the perks of our present political structure is that we have a bigger open door (in the natural, anyway) to speak into our government than most people through history have ever dreamed. It’s good to care about the state of our country and it’s good to stand for what we believe.

With all that said, this email made me sad.

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Posted by on January 16, 2009 in Intercession

 

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Takeaway Points from onething

In the post-conference aftermath as I’m crashed on my couch and fighting off a cold, I’ve been musing over the past few days. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts with you all. In no particular order, they are: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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See you at Bartle Hall

The onething conference begins today… plan on this blog being relatively silent for the next few days. Although, of course, saying that, who knows but that I’ll suddenly be prolifically inspired? We shall see.

At any rate, if you are in Kansas City, swing by the Welcome Center and say hi. If you are not in Kansas City, webstream the conference. It’s free.

 

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How to Respond to Terrifying Beauty

The other day, I was watching a few web clips of a team of storm chasers. This crew was made of mostly young people, all very excited about their job — part science, part road trip, mostly adrenaline rush. In this one particular clip, they were driving towards an enormous storm that all sensible people were fleeing from, and they were whooping and hollering like it was a football game. At one point, they stopped the van and stood outside, watching the swirling, green wall cloud that was all but ready to drop a twister. It was massive, brooding, and vicious, almost seeming to dare the young meteorologists, “Go on, make my day”. An awed silence fell over the group. One of the storm chasers began marveling over how beautiful it was — the colors, the rotation, and the lightning punctuating it all — and from my vantage point in the safety of my room, it was easy to see what he was talking about. You could tell that this was why he got into the job. He absolutely loved staring at big, raging thunderstorms.

In a subsequent clip, though, it was a different story.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Persistent Prayer: it’s worth it.

Two days ago, I was meeting with a couple of friends of mine to study the book of Daniel. We’re taking our time and going through the book chapter by chapter, and we had gotten up to chapter 10.

One of the things we noticed is that Daniel was fasting and mourning for “three full weeks” (Dan 10:2). Daniel, who was by now a very mature saint, over eighty years old, had been foregoing any pleasant food or personal care for twenty-one days. Despite being a well-respected ruler, and having access to any amount of pleasure he liked, he mourned for twenty-one days. While the text doesn’t explicitly say what he was mourning for, he was most likely distressed over the current condition of his people.

For three solid weeks, this eighty-something year old man gave himself to fasting, prayer, and mourning. The kicker is that during those three solid weeks, he had no answer from heaven. Nothing. Zip. Later in the chapter, the story comes out that the messenger angel had been spending the whole time hacking his way through the principality over Persia. From the moment Daniel began praying, an answer had been sent forth — but it took three weeks of spiritual warfare to get the message through.

I don’t know how that all works, but I can imagine being in Daniel’s shoes for those three weeks. The last time he gave himself in a uniquely focused way to praying for Israel, he received an angelic visitation and a profound revelation of things to come (chapter 9). This time, there was nothing. No word from heaven. As far as we know, there was not even a warm fuzzy feeling. Day after day passed. He probably craved some good food and a nice long bath. He had no way of knowing that an angel was fighting at that very moment to get through to him. He did not know that the angelic activity which was set off because of his prayer would shift the course of history, ultimately bringing down Persia and making the way for the rise of Greece. All he knew was that he was mourning, and heaven was silent. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Meeting 14

So if you’re keeping track with the meeting numbers, obviously I’ve skipped a few weeks. But by the grace of God, we’re back on track now…

The last couple of times we met, we discussed chapter 9, which covers Jesus’ offices. The offices of Christ might also be called something like “job descriptions” or “functions”; they show the unique ways in which Jesus is qualified and equipped to do what He does. These have been set into three basic categories: Prophet, Priest, and King.

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