Monthly Archives: April 2011

IHOP (not pancakes) – Kansas City 1.1 (revised)

Sweet Anna and I arrived in KC last night. We are here primarily to be here for the wedding of our dear friend Arden to her beloved Paul. But we came early to learn about what God is doing here in Kansas City. I’ll be tweeting from different things we attend. We are here to sit in God’s lap. Tweets will roll down the right column… More blog posts I’m sure to come cuz I’ve been curious about the Lord’s work here for a while.

One very important question about the whole Prayer Room movement is the biblical basis. When one follows the singers and musicians in the time of Israel through 2 Chronicles one discovers that David set in place a tradition of praise to God. Paul tells us to pray without ceasing and so the 24/7 movement of musicians lifting up praises and leaders and people lifting up prayers strategically for the world is both biblical and important. As I watch these young people using their musical talents (which are pretty amazing) I can imagine worshipers in the presence of the Ark doing the same. Thanks be to God!

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just heard some amazing news!

Jesus isn’t dead!!!

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early in the morning

Here in the ‘ville, sunrise is at about 06.25 on Resurrection Day. When you arise and see the sun for the first time, say a prayer of thanks that the Son rose from the grave, from the dead, in his body, in a state of glorious victory…

Luke 24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

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suffering

Click here to read an old post that I put up about suffering.

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changing our minds

Yesterday’s post was pretty broad. This morning while reading the Gospels, I was reminded of the thoroughness with which Jesus discussed the need of changing the mind.

Mark 7:14-23… And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Some months ago, I was thinking about Jesus reminding us of the Shema and the fact that he included the mind… I posed this question (or something like this)… Lord what about my thoughts are not honoring to you?

It is the Gospel which changes the mind; with this, I understand the natural state and it causes me to pray the ancient prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour, have mercy on me, the sinner.”

I know I cannot change my mind, but I am glad that He will, the blessing of the Gospel. I can’t, but He will…

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour, have mercy on me, the sinner.”

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The Gospel does not rest

This morning as I was praying about life and mission, I began thinking about how the Gospel changes and then influences life.

I am thinking about how the Gospel changes our hearts and intentions (Rom. 12.1-2, Heb. 4.12), then our thoughts (2 Cor. 10.5), and from there our life (Mark 10.17-27, 2 Cor. 4.16).

It is in this manner that God uses the Gospel to change and use our lives and then our words. It is with this new and ever growing Gospel heart/mindset that we can interact with our culture/world to speak into said culture/world (2 Cor. 2.14-17).

If we seek Him (Matt. 6.33) and abide/remain/dwell in Him (John 15), we can impact our world as He works on us and through from our changed heart/life.

But first we must submit and remain submissive. The Good News does the rest and does not rest.

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