Blog Archive - January 2008
The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.
As many of you know, I've been playing keyboard at IHOP with Marcus Meier and Tim Reimherr (also known as Merchant Band outside of IHOP) since the fall of 2005. Before playing with Marcus and Tim, I played with Todd Ganovski, who has been serving the vision of a house of prayer in Nashville since 2005.
Marcus and Tim's team has woken up way too early and traveled to so many regional onething conferences, played at countless Sunday services, gone deep in singing the Song of Solomon, and have been wrecked by the drama of the cross of Christ. After being on the team for over 2 and a half years, I've formed friendships with these guys that are just the beginning of the beginning of what the Lord has in store for us for eternity. Sadly, seasons of life shift and change - but one thing can be certain - the Lord's leadership of our lives is perfect.
Jesus makes things easy so that anyone, regardless of position, culture, race, age, or education can pursue Him. But for our fallen, darkened hearts, simplicity is often our worst enemy. The Lord moves through principles of such simplicity that very few actually walk them out with consistency. It’s one of these simple principles that is often neglected that I want to talk about briefly. Paul writes:
“…be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”
(Ephesians 5:18-21 NKJV)
He’s giving us a huge tip-off to the primary ways we release the spirit of God on our hearts. We all want to feel His presence and power on our hearts more and more. Paul is saying that if we do these things repetitively, we are increasingly filled with the Spirit at the heart level. I want to mostly address the first point Paul makes. He says “do you want a heart that’s tender, clean, washed, and receptive to the presence of God? It’s so simple. Sing.”
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! In addition to my continuing home renovations (the kitchen is just about done, and my roommates’ bathroom is about 85% complete), I had some friends visit for the onething conference and the Luke18 prayer summit here. Following their visit, we had our monthly 3-day fast and solemn assembly. And at the end of the fast I took off for a week visit to the warm land of Arizona.
It was my first trip to the deep southwest. It is really amazing to see how much the landscape varies from one part of the country to another. I had never actually seen any kind of cactus up close until my visit. And I guess they are bigger than I always thought they were. But even after seeing them, I am still sure I would not want to fall into one of them.
I went to Arizona to visit a family I have known since 2003. I designed and maintain their business website, Dental Elite (free plug for you, Paul). The Zajas (pronounced “z-eye-iss”) family and I connected because we attended the same church when I lived in NH. They have two sons and daughter that are around my age. One of them has already graduated from Arizona State University, and the other two are not far behind. My trip to Arizona was not only to help them with their business and website, but to visit with them and spend long overdue time with them.
Now normally any time away from IHOP, whether for a ministry or support raising trip, is a time of “pouring out” for me unto those I am speaking with or ministering to. But this trip to Arizona for me was out of the ordinary. I felt like I “poured out” but through so many people, prayer meetings, and situations I felt “poured into”. I didn’t want to leave – not just because it was sunny and 65 degrees there, but because I believe I genuinely connected with the Lord’s heart for the city of Tempe and the greater Phoenix area.
So much to say and so little time today... So perhaps an update in the next few days.
My brief week trip to Arizona was amazing. Other than being sunny and 70 the whole time, it was perhaps the most refreshing, invigorating, and spiritually strengthening trip away from IHOP that I have ever been on. Let me tell you, God is up to something at Arizona State University. We've got to sow into that place with our prayers!
Definitely more on this later on...
Here's something that really made the week amazing as well:
Can't beat a fresh IN-N-OUT double double animal style. Kudos if you can guess what else I ordered off their "secret menu". Hint - it is a drink.
It's 2008 and the onething conference is over, but the fun at the Hawkins home still continues! I have several guests and friends from across the nation packing out my house for the next few days. A few of them are staying longer for the Luke18 Project leadership summit and the rest of them are hanging around to spend a few extra days in the prayer room.
The conference was awesome. The highlight for me (as in previous years) was the conference prayer room. Our worship team played the Sunday 10am set and sang through Philippians 2:5-11, highlighting the deity and humanity of Jesus. The room was 80% full and connected with us the whole set. What struck me in a new way once again is that the One from eternity past, dwelling in unapproachable light, took on flesh for our advantage and our gain and will reign on the earth forever and ever. It's our glory to search out this truth that Paul in 1 Timothy 3:16 calls a "great mystery"!
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.”
(1Tim 3:16 NKJV)
There's a lot that will be happening here and with me over the next couple of weeks... So definitely look for more updates later on. In addition, I'll be posting some new photos and teachings from the conference for your encouragement.
Did you catch any part of the conference or TheCall on GodTV? What was the highlight for you?