Blog Archive - November 2009
The archives of The Sun Will Rise, organized by month.
I was talking with a friend this morning about a passage I’m sure many of us know well:
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:4-7 NKJV)
How do we “abide” or “remain” in Jesus? It’s something so much easier than we’ve perhaps believed it to be.
“Abiding” in Christ is not some ethereal, high plane of being that we ascend to after years of grueling spiritual abandonment and sacrifice. The enemy has tried to convince us otherwise, but it is not something reserved for a select few monks or nuns, nor is it something that can only be had by the “really spiritual people” through some special means of prayer.
This weekend's onething conference was held in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. It was my first visit to the Tar Heel state. The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area is home to 5 or 6 major college campuses, including common household names like Duke University and UNC. One of the major reasons onething wanted to come to this area was to strengthen the prayer movement on the local campuses. I'm sure there were young adults in attendance from all of the area campuses. The estimate I've heard was that somewhere around 1500 young adults were in attendance for the evening sessions!
We opened the conference on Friday night with Justin Rizzo leading worship and Corey Russell speaking. Justin led the room into God's presence through some familiar and some new songs, and most of them engaged with the Lord right from the start. Corey called the attendees into having a focus and fascination with the Eternal One, not with the temporal pleasures that defile the heart. He was used mightily by God and people were set free of their addictions, habitual sins, and demons of self-hatred and comparison.
Saturday morning's session was led by Justin and Corey again. Both the worship and the teaching were a natural follow-up to the Friday night session, and we all felt that the Lord wanted to "fill the vacuum" that was left in the hearts of the attendees the previous night. Corey's message was mainly focused on John 17:26 and the God of desire. After calling them to a higher vision the previous night, Corey spoke on the One who could bring them into the satisfaction and longing they were made for - Jesus Christ.
After returning from Egypt with just a short week and a half at home , I'll be on the road again this weekend - this time, we are heading to Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina for the last regional onething conference of 2009 before the year-end Kansas City conference at the end of December.
If you haven't seen the photos and updates yet from onething Egypt, be sure to check them out here. The Lord moved powerfully and so many hearts and lives were changed!
This weekend, Justin Rizzo and Matt Gilman will be leading worship and Corey Russell and Dwayne Roberts will be speaking. There are about 1200 people registered for the conference this weekend. If you're going to be in Raleigh/Durham at the conference, make sure you come and say hello! The conference is being held at the King's Park International Church in Durham, with sessions on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 9am, 2pm, and 7pm.
Be watching my blog and photos page for updates from the conference. I'd really appreciate your prayers, both for the team and for the young people attending the conference. We're expecting God to do mighty things in their hearts!
Musicians are always looking for sources of inspiration for creativity in their music. In the world, creativity with music is seen as the way to obtain more money, honor, and fame. And unfortunately in the church today, creativity means much of the same. However, I believe the Lord wants to release a new level of creativity to those who call upon His name – not so that they can draw attention to themselves, but so that the music that they play will draw others into being consumed with the glory and beauty of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I believe that there is a measure of creativity that can only be touched by those that are intimate friends with their Creator.
Adam, the first man, reflected God’s creative nature in such a deep way in that He allowed him to name all of the animals. From that time forward, a bear was called “bear” and a lion was a “lion” because Adam named it in an exercise of creativity.
“Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.”
(Genesis 2:19 NKJV)
God could have named the animals and birds and every living creature Himself, but He chose to give that privilege to Adam. Adam was constantly being pushed to be creative as he dwelt in a garden with the Creator. The Lord gave Adam an opportunity to express that creativity with so much dignity in allowing him to name all of the animals.