onething 09 recap
onething 09 recap
It’s hard to believe that the KC onething conference is over and another year has passed. Paco and I were walking into Bartle Hall the day before the conference started agreeing together that it had seemed like we were just there only a few months ago.
For those of you who were able to watch the onething conference via the free webcast, I hope you were blessed, encouraged, challenged, and provoked to pursue Jesus and give Him the preeminence in your life in a new way.
There were over 20,000 in attendance at this year’s conference and for many, it was a life-changing 4 days. The Lord in His kindness broke in and set many free from wrong paradigms, self-hatred, a spirit of fear, a religious spirit, depression, suicide, and anxiety, bringing joy and freedom, a greater love for the Word, and a passion for souls. Many experienced physical healing and manifestations of power and of the wine of His presence. The worship from Cory Asbury, Misty Edwards, Matt Gilman, and others was faith-filled and anointed. Our (Justin Rizzo’s team) set on Tuesday morning was great!
All of the conference teachings were knit together in a common theme, centered around the supremacy of Christ, His purposes, His desire, and His heart to heal and deliver. Wes Martin spoke on the centrality of prayer and the identity of the church as a praying people before Jesus returns. Corey Russell spoke on the passion and desire of Jesus towards us from His prayer in John 14-17, and how the knowledge of His love will stabilize our hearts in the midst of a shaking world. Misty Edwards examined the ultimate purpose of our life and powerfully explained that it must be centered around the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The highlight of the conference for many was Loren Cunningham’s talk. Loren is the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), recognized by many as the premier statesman and father of the modern-day missions movement. Celebrating 50 years in 2010, YWAM has 25,000 full-time staff worldwide. Loren felt stirred to come to the conference just a few weeks prior to it because of the Lord’s current emphasis on the convergence of the missions movement and the prayer movement. Loren and his friend Mark Anderson challenged the conference attendees to an even greater abandonment to the spread of the gospel to the nations of the earth.
The highlight of the conference for me personally was the afternoon teaching sessions with Mike Bickle. Mike spoke on several topics, including the first commandment, the false justice movement arising today, and the need to grow in friendship with Christ so that we can remain loyal to Him in the coming days. I’ll be addressing some of these issues in future blog posts.
The onething conference is completely archived and downloadable, so if you missed the conference or even missed just a single session, you can listen or watch on this site:
Check out photos from the conference on IHOP’s Flickr page here:
The worship set I played keys on can be watched here.
Did you attend the conference? What was the highlight for you? Do you have any testimonies to share? Leave a comment and let me know!