The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

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In just a few short hours I'll be on one of the world-famous Southwest jets to the Orlando area for March's regional onething conference.

Shawn and some of the team arrived earlier today and claim the weather is absolutely beautiful.

I'm anticipating an awesome weekend. Justin Rizzo and Matt Gilman will be leading worship and Dwayne Roberts and Wes Martin will be speaking. It's been a while since I've traveled with onething, and I'm really looking forward to it!

I'll be playing keys with Justin on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. I'm stoked that Jordan, our electric player on our team in IHOP, will be there too.

If you'll be at the conference, come and say hello!

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Prayer is one of the most foolish things (in the eyes of the world, anyways) that we can give our time and energy to. What is it about closing our eyes and talking to an invisible God that He enjoys so much? It often times seems so dry, so weak, and an utter waste. But in His absolute wisdom, the Lord gave us some mind-blowing promises if we would give ourselves to the place of prayer.

Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24 NKJV)

Jesus says boldly "Pray, because it is designed to increase the fullness of your joy".

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

This post not very well developed but rather a collection of some random thoughts, which I probably will add to later on... I’ve been in discussion with some friends lately and we’ve been really struck by how necessary the revelation of God as our Father is to the body of Christ today. It really is the central revelation of Jesus’ ministry and purpose in coming to the earth. The extravagant expression of love that Christ demonstrated on the cross even points back to the heart of the Father who is longing for a family to spend eternity with. Even above the revelation of Jesus as the bridegroom God, we must understand the revelation of God as our Father.

The “Abba” (Romans 8:15) revelation touches the deepest needs of every human, because it answers the very question about why we were created. We were made to be longed for and enjoyed by our Father. Our lives are broken and unsettled until we know this embrace of our heavenly Father. Human intimacy will never truly satisfy our spirit at the deepest level. Even the revelation of Jesus as the bridegroom God alone will not fully satisfy our spirit. We must know that God our Father enjoys us in our weakness and immaturity.

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