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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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Current Gleanings from Zechariah

I’ve been studying Zechariah lately and really enjoying it.  Although at first glance, all the prophetic imagery can look kind of intimidating, it’s a wonderful book that gives us some amazing glances into the heart of God. (By the way, if you want to study Zechariah some time, I would definitely recommend this commentary.)

I’m in chapter four right now, and tonight I read a verse that I am very familiar with, but have obviously not given sufficient time to it yet. “For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth” (Zechariah 4:10).

Now, I’ve heard the first part of that verse a lot. Correction: I’ve heard something similar to the first part of that verse a lot. Generally it takes the form of, “Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.” That’s a great application, and ultimately, I believe it’s the point God is making. But rarely is it ever paired with the rest of the verse — and that makes all the difference. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Word of Life Meeting 11

Today’s meeting was so much fun! We were discussing the end of chapter 6, still on the topic of Jesus being fully God and fully Man.

This is a statement that can quickly put our little Western mindsets on tilt. We want so badly to make it make sense and to line up with our limited ability to understand. However, I love Oden’s comment that only things that are dead can be dissected. Jesus is quite alive (praise the Lord), so trying to scrutinize Him with our logical methods is an exercise in futility.

History has more than proved this to be the case. Even church fathers, who approach Christology with a heart of faith, struggle to find language to discuss it. Classic theology is full of admittedly flawed analogies and painstakingly worded creeds to try and clarify exactly what it is we do and do not know. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Daniel 3 – God is Able to Deliver

I love this chapter. You’ll probably hear me say that a lot in reference to the book of Daniel, but I can’t help it. This is a great book. Daniel 3 is one of those stories that we need to reclaim from our mental flannel-graphs and take seriously again. This is amazing.

To begin with, I have to notice the irony of this setup. In chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar has a dream about a gigantic statue with a head of gold that gets ground into powder by a supernatural boulder. The dream terrifies him so badly that he can’t sleep. So what’s his response? “Hmm, I think I’ll go build a gigantic gold statue.” Nebuchadnezzar was a brilliant man, but this is definitely one of the stupider moves of his political career. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Reality Check

So, I was working on my newsletter recently (which, by the way, if you would like to receive one of these from me every month or two, fill out the contact form here). I’m preparing my annual onething recap newsletter. Due to the sheer size and busyness of the conference, this always ends up being a four-pager, as opposed to my normal two-page update. This means it requires a little different layout, and my standard features all move around a bit.

So instead of just being able to plug in my normal “About Amanda” section, I had to rewrite it. I figured it was about time. My secondary job titles have morphed a lot since last time I updated that section.

I began writing basics about who I am and what I do. I found myself writing about how I help lead prayer… in the prayer room… and that means all over the internet… and all over global TV…

Yipes. When did that happen?

Okay, so it’s been happening for months now. But still. Sometimes it is so easy to forget what’s really going on. I’m just me. My friends are still just my friends. We still show up to the prayer room from midnight to six a.m. and we pray. Sometimes it feels glorious, sometimes it feels dry. Sometimes we don’t want to leave the prayer room, and sometimes we don’t particularly feel like showing up. But we keep showing up — it’s been more than four years for me and more than eight years for IHOP-KC in general.

At one level, things are very different. There are a ton more people in the NightWatch than there were when I first got here. My Fire in the Night track was the biggest one IHOP-KC had hosted to date… and now it looks laughably small next to the number of folks we’ve got coming now. Oh yeah, and the cameras sprouting out of the walls and ceiling, broadcasting 24/7 prayer across the earth. That’s pretty different too.

Yet really, at the same time, nothing fundamental has changed. We still show up, night and day, rain or shine, and we lift up worship and prayer to the Lord from a little remodeled shopping center in Kansas City. No matter how global we get, the most important audience we have is still the “audience of One”. The Lord’s heart is no more with us than it was when we were a handful of people gathered in a trailer with bubbly green carpet and a rough sound system. Every prayer, every song — eight years worth of it — has carried real weight and import before His throne. He doesn’t take us more seriously now that we have a nice stage and cameras. His affections are no greater towards us now that we have visible momentum. Prayer is still really simple, and God is still really responsive to the cries of those who love Him.

I don’t want to take for granted the ways God has been growing us. What is happening around here is significant, and leading the nations in prayer is an awesome responsibility that I don’t want to approach lightly. But it so encourages my heart to know that, no matter what happens, my mission and my audience never changes. There is only One whose approval I need to seek, and His heart is for me in a massive way from the very beginning.

I love what I do.

 

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