Posts about anything relating to prayer and worship.

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Posted on December 31, 2017

Lord Jesus, you are that promised "seed" from Genesis 3, you are the Christ, that long-expected king from David's line as you promised to him in 2 Samuel 7, you are that prophet like Moses that will turn Israel back to the Lord their God, and you are Adonai, the very God of Israel made flesh.

As another year passes and I slowly succumb to your curse on humanity to return to the dust from which you made us, give me still more wisdom and understanding of the bigger story that my little life is a part of. Would you give me grace to be faithful to you through the joy and pain, the...

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Posted on May 1, 2012

My worship team at IHOP has been playing this song by David Brymer a lot lately. I'm grateful for this simple song of devotion to Jesus.

Around His throne of glory in Heaven right now, ceaseless worship happens solely because of who He is. No angel has ever had a disease healed or financial need met. Though we rightfully thank and worship Jesus for those things when they happen with us, the worship of Heaven must be the anchor for our worship here on the earth. When all our needs are met and Jesus' long-awaited reign of righteousness has dawned, will He not still be...

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Posted on January 30, 2012

Sin, Satan, culture, and even a well-meaning church have all challenged the biblical understanding of God as a tender Father, sovereign King, passionate Bridegroom, and jealous Judge. We’ve believed lies to one extent or another, which has caused us to approach prayer like we would approach a vending machine. Our quantity of prayer and zeal in prayer become two sides of the coin we insert into the vending machine called “God”. Almost automatically, we believe when we press the right combination of buttons by praying with the right scriptures and fasting a large number of days, God is...

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Posted on March 23, 2010

On Sunday, the United States Congress passed a bill that allows federal funds to be used for abortions. President Obama will sign that bill into law today. Many look at this new reform as a severe blow to the long-time efforts of lobbyists, activists, and the pro-life movement in America. Some in the church of Jesus are also very discouraged, as many have been contending in prayer for righteous leaders, the ending of abortion, and the reversal of the “death decree” to babies in the womb for years.

While this is certainly disappointing news to me, it is not surprising nor does it...

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Posted on January 5, 2010

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...

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Posted on November 7, 2009

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!

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Posted on October 24, 2009

It is good to be back in Kansas City! Our flight home was uneventful, but on the way back several of us began to feel feverish and sick to our stomach. We probably ate something contaminated in Egypt that our Western stomachs have not acclimated to like Egyptian stomachs have. I seem to be better today after several days of fever and the toilet being my best friend, however things are still not quite right with my intestines… The doctor told me I will probably be fine but to call him back if things got worse. But so many of you have been praying, and I believe I am getting healthy...

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Posted on October 20, 2009

Today began with a trip to several old Coptic churches in Cairo, including the first church formed by the Apostle Mark in coming to Egypt around 40AD. It’s truly amazing to be so close to some of the places where the founding fathers of our faith and even Jesus Himself were. Egypt has such a rich Christian heritage, and I am confident that the Lord is going to bring all of His promises to pass (see Isaiah 19) related to the nation!

Our next stop was at the "cave church", located in a large amphitheater carved out of a massive rock face. The story of how this church was formed is...

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Posted on October 19, 2009

After leaving the camp fairly early, we drove to the Monastery of St. Macarius, also in Wadi Al-Natrun. It was founded in 360 A.D. by St. Macarius the Egyptian, who was spiritual father to many monks. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this monastery is that relics of John the Baptist and Elisha were said to be found below the northern wall of the monastery’s main church during renovations in the early 1970’s. John the Baptist was the greatest man born of a woman according to Jesus, so if we did indeed see where some of his relics were held, that would be crazy. Some of the...

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Posted on October 18, 2009

Today was the last day of the conference at the venue in Wadi at am 8,000 seat soccer stadium out in the middle of the desert. And when I say desert, I mean desert. For those of you from the southwest US, It’s not quite like the Arizona desert – it’s a lot more sandy and there is much less vegetation. There’s a small lush green area in the middle of the complex, but outside of that it’s pure desert sand. It’s been a hot last several days too, with temperatures reaching near 100. Tomorrow we’ll be heading to Cairo and spending the rest of our time in Egypt there.

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