Consider a woman who was raised by a demanding father who was impossible to please. No matter how hard she tried, she was always faced with his disapproving stare and disappointed countenance. When confronted with Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God…will take great delight in you…He will rejoice over you with singing,” this woman has …

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Imagine yourself in your house or in a place you have stayed often.  How do you dwell in that place? You “sit down” and remain there.  Though you may not always literally sit, you stay inside the house and as long as you are in the house you are “dwelling there.” Then obviously, when you …

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Many years I’ve been writing songs, but only recently have I been sharing them and regularly doing them in worship.  Fall of 2014 I had my first song studio recorded, For Your Glory.  January 2016 it was put on the first IHOP-Atlanta HOUSES, Vol. 1 album. Only after a journey of ditching my pride as …

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Have you ever played the numbers game? I mean, whatever party, event, or meeting you’ve attended and sat there with your internal calculator waiting for the moment when the number of people you first envisioned coming finally show up? 5 people at the gathering? 10 people at the dinner? 20 in your “small group”? (Guys let’s …

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Many Christians have a negative reaction to the concept of meditation.  Because eastern religions and the New Age movement have embraced meditation, many believers assume that all meditation is ungodly, evil, and dangerous.  Is such a belief consistent with what the Bible teaches, or is this a case of throwing out the baby with the …

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In thinking about Jesus and thinking about America, it’s hitting me hard how un-American Jesus actually is. Even the statement that Jesus is un-American strikes many people as irreverent or rebellious. I assure you I am in no way being irreverent or rebellious. I am an American citizen thankful for where I’ve grown up, the …

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I’ve heard way too many Facebook posts begin with “I don’t usually talk about politics BUT…” followed by a short dissertation giving someone’s pent-up political polemics and emotional outrage being unleashed seeking the approval of their Facebook crew. I’ve seen my fair share of opinions, rants, gossip, slander and yet also honest concerns and questionings. …

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Recently, I was encouraged by the power God has entrusted to His people through the gift of intercession.  This came during a two hour intercession set that we do weekly at IHOP Atlanta on Tuesdays 4-6PM. We were praying for God to release understanding of the gospel to people as the kingdom of God is …

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You shall not take the name of The Lord your God in vain, for The Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. -Exodus 20:7 I’ve always assumed the command to not take the name of God in vain meant to not say the words, “God” or “Jesus” or any other …

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Why Do I Sing?

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People sing for many different reasons. Some sing due to a desire for fame. Some sing because they are told they must. Some sing because they have no other options. It may seem rudimentary, but as I thought about all the reasons people sing, the question arose in my heart. Why do I sing? In …

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