Resources relating to Jesus the Messiah, His Deity and full equality with the Father, His birth, life, death, and resurrection.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on September 2, 2010

Take a second and remember what it was like when you finally were able to call yourself a teenager. Remember how awesome it felt to be able to include yourself in the “cool” class of people? Go back even further and ponder what it was like for your parents to see your birth. What excitement and joy filled their hearts? Now go back even further to the moment your grandparents were born. Keep going back. Further. Further. Go all the way back to Jesus. Isaiah. Jeremiah. Solomon. David. Abraham. Adam. Every one of those men had a beginning.

Now, go back even...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on August 17, 2010

As Christians, the cross of our Lord Jesus is rightfully the most considered aspect of our faith. So much has been written on the work of the cross, the beauty of the cross, and the wisdom of the cross. However, I’ve been realizing that I have severely neglected “the other side of the coin” when it comes to preaching and teaching about the cross. Not only does the work of Christ on the cross redeem us to God, but the cross demands a response from us as it beckons our flesh into its revulsion and contempt. His cross is an invitation for us into our cross – into the “...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on August 12, 2010

In the last post in this short series, I spoke about knowing the details of the story of the cross of Jesus, and how the first barrier in growing in intimacy with Him related to the cross is simply our ignorance. Most Christians know the details of their favorite movie more than they know the details of Christ’s most precious memories as He walked the earth. This very fact is provoking if we truly believe that Christ is our life, our all, and our exceedingly great reward...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on August 12, 2010

In my last post, I expressed some of my personal lament for my unfamiliarity with the most memorable events to the Lord Jesus as He walked the earth. The most precious moments that come to His mind often are probably those of His arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Many Christians can recount the details of their favorite movie with more precision than they can the most precious memories of the Lord. If you’re as pained as I am by that fact, you may be asking “well,...

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Posted on July 5, 2010

The word “glory” fills the conversation, writing, prayer, and preaching of many in the Charismatic and Evangelical world today. We claim to be seeking for God to “release His glory” on people or places or for Him to “show us His glory”. It has become such an ambiguous term that can mean almost anything, and we seek Him so earnestly for it as if He has yet to actually show it to us in fullness.

What are we really seeking? I fear we have made it more complicated than it was ever meant to be.

In contrast to the confused Charismatic understanding of “glory”, the Bible’s...

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Posted on June 4, 2010

A lot of musicians in the church these days are talking more and more about “prophetic” music. The very nature of a prophetic musician or singer is one who prophesies. What is prophecy? We’ve made it out to be an ethereal thing that only select few “super saints” can operate in, and that it is a gift that is rarely given. But Revelation 19:10 debunks this misunderstanding by saying that all true prophecy simply manifests itself in declaration of the identity, heart, emotions, will, and desires of Jesus. Just as prophetic preaching is instructive and provokes us to...

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By Stephen Venable Posted on May 4, 2010

In this teaching, IHOPU instructor Stephen Venable lays out the biblical reasons for a crescendo of worship and prayer at the end of the age. He describes how God has chosen to reveal His unique identity to the whole world, resulting in incessant, perpetual adoration of Jesus the Messiah as God Himself. In other words, the Lord is orchestrating a global worship movement that will culminate with the worship of God on earth as it is in heaven.

The fact that the concept of a global worship movement is often met with such indifference reveals how deeply disconnected we are from God’...

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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 February 20, 2010

So often we show up to our Sunday church service, sing the songs, enjoy the teaching and the fellowship, and then go about the rest of our day when church is over. We perhaps spend some time reading the Bible during the week, and attend the Wednesday night prayer meeting. On the busy highway of life, we'll take a brief exit to refuel, only to get right back on afterwards and keep driving towards a dream we can often times never fully articulate.

In the midst of this highway of life rises one distinguishing feature that should cause us to take the next exit, find directions to a...

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Posted on December 24, 2009

“Anyone contemplating the life of Jesus needs to be newly and more deeply aware every day that something scandalous has occurred: that God, in His absolute being, has resolved to manifest Himself in a human life. He must be scandalized by this, he must feel his mind reeling, the very ground giving way beneath his feet; he must at least experience that ‘ecstasy’ of non-comprehension which transported Jesus’ contemporaries (Mark 2:12; Mark 5:42; Mark 6:51).”
- Prayer by Hans Urs von Balthasar, p.159.

It’s Christmas time yet again in our world. While the...

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