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Best. Sermon. EVER.

I’m working on a post on Genesis 1-3 right now, to continue the series on exegesis of passages pertaining to women’s role in ministry. Hopefully that will be out in a day or two.

In the meantime, I want to highlight what is perhaps the clearest, most inspiring, all-around gripping sermon on night and day prayer I have ever heard. I’ve heard a lot of them in the past seven years. All of them have been really, really good. And I’m not exaggerating about this one.

Stephen Venable rocked FCF this Sunday with his message. Download the mp3 by clicking here. Get the notes (Word Document) by clicking here. Or go directly to IHOP-KC’s website and watch the video archive here. I was at the 6:00pm service. It rocked.

Go. Listen. Watch. Read. Get inspired to pray and worship more. And then do it more.

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Posted by on April 27, 2010 in Intercession, Intimacy with God

 

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1 Corinthians 14 – “Let Your Women Keep Silent”

Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.

This is one of the passages that is used as a deal-clincher in the debate about women in ministry. As we see, Paul clearly is saying that women should not be the speakers in church.

Or at least, that’s what he is “clearly saying” if we only read one verse and stop. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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One Person

In the past few days, I’ve been fascinated to think of Jesus as one Person. At first, that sounds like a pretty inane thing to be fascinated by. After all, everyone else I know is only one person apiece, and that doesn’t strike me as the least bit exciting. However, I’ve been thinking about this as it pertains to Jesus’ incarnation.

In Christology, it can be said that there are four main pillars of truth concerning who Jesus is and what His nature is like. They are:

  1. Jesus is fully God
  2. Jesus is fully Man
  3. Jesus has two distinct natures
  4. Jesus is one, unconfused Person

(In fact, if you’ve been reading this blog for a super long time — and have an exceptional memory — you might notice that we’ve discussed these points before.)

So what is the significance of Jesus being one Person? Why put so much emphasis on something that seems so self-evident? Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Quick update, more silence

Things have been in full throttle to onething09 around here, which, in part, explains my blog silence. I’m hoping to get my weekly posts back in gear come January.

I just wanted to drop a couple of quick updates before the craziness hits tomorrow — kind of a “What’s up” as well as a “What’s on my heart”:

  • If by some phenomenally small chance you read this blog, but don’t also keep up with IHOP-KC local news, please keep the Loux family in your prayers. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please click over to their blog and read about. And seriously, also pray about giving to them at this time (info on the right side of their blog).
  • I fully expect this conference to be amazing. I expect the Lord to show up in powerful ways and touch many hearts. Please pray that He delivers many from depression, condemnation, self-hatred, and fear, that they may be free on the inside to give 100% to the Lord in confident love and obedience.
  • Especially coming, as it does, right after Christmas, I feel a tremendous burden for our conference attendees to become firmly convinced in the identity and nature of Jesus. There is so much deception in the media today concerning who Jesus is, what He’s like, and how He saves us. I believe this onething09 will be a line in the sand for many, where they have the opportunity to break agreement with the lies of the spirit of this age. I believe many will be awakened to the importance of knowing Christ and Him crucified — Christ, the wisdom of God and power of God, whom the rulers of this age could not comprehend.
  • At onething09, I will be at the eSchool booth most days in the afternoons and evenings. If you read this blog, stop in and say hi! And maybe sign up for a course or two! (Insider information: we have some reduced prices for onething09 attendees. Rock on.)
  • A lot of us at IHOP-KC have been battling various rounds of “the crud” since — oh, I don’t know — October, maybe. Please pray for us, especially as many of us give super long hours to working at the conference, that we would be strengthened and healthy.
  • If you can’t come to Kansas City this year, let Kansas City come to you (so to speak). Go to www.ihop.org and look for the banners advertising onething09 for streaming and notes.
  • Starting in January, the IHOP-KC webstream will be free. Yes, completely free. Meaning you can hop on the internet and watch the prayer room at any time. Pretty awesome.
  • Speaking of free, and of awesome, Mike Bickle has a new website up with all kinds of resources — sermons, podcasts, study notes, transcriptions and more — all for free. Check it: mikebickle.org

I think that’s it for now — but I hope you had a great Christmas, and hope you get to join us either locally or online for onething09.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2009 in Life Happens...

 

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When Unprofitable Servants are Served

If you read this blog, I imagine you have been keeping up with the awakening meetings taking place at IHOP-KC. If by some remarkable chance you haven’t heard, the Holy Spirit has been moving on us (especially on our student body) in an unusual way lately. You can watch live meetings Wednesday-Sunday, starting at 6pm (Central), as well as watch some amazing archives and testimonies, at www.ihop.org/watch.

You can read the explanation of what is going on at the IHOP website. Plus, you can go read a couple of great posts by Zack Hensley and Randy Bohlender  with some further thoughts on the meetings. As I consider what has already been said, along with what could be said, and how much I’m still trying to get my own bearings on things right now, it is hard to decide how to write about this. At one level, I have to say something — we are having healings, deliverances, and salvations breaking out after all — but at another level, what can I say? (Except for: “Seriously folks, if you haven’t tuned in to any of it yet, get on www.ihop.org/watch sometime this Wed-Sunday.”)

This has something to do with the pronounced lack of blog posts so far this month.

Yet as I was reading through the book of Luke recently, I was struck with two passages that exactly speak to what I’ve been feeling about this season of awakening. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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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 »

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

 

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Ark! Ark! Ark!

Great. First she drops off the face of the earth for two weeks, now she comes back talking like a seal.

Okay, so let me introduce this post with three points:

1) Schedule-wise, this has been one of my most insane months ever. I apologize for the lack of posting (which, for the record, I was about to call “postage”. Then I realized that meant something else).

2) I will finish writing my thoughts on my previous post (yes, I have in fact started). Hopefully that will be done soon.

3) “Ark”, although it is an effective seal noise, actually means something else in this context. I invite you to read on. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2009 in Bible, Intimacy with God, Knowledge of God

 

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