Living in True Rest

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“There are not enough hours in the day.” “There is not enough time.” Familiar sounding phrases? What drives our assumed need for constant activity, leaving what seems a deficit in time? Or our lack of activity, living in laziness? What drives you? You may be surprised as you ponder. I lean toward constant activity. I …

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You Are Clean

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John 13:1-18 Satisfied, eleven men rest. With full stomachs, all seems well. One man has no rest; heart raging, feet shuffling. Satan is in the room. Jesus, unintimidated, rises. His garments fall away by His own initiative. Knowing He has superior power, He reaches for a towel, girding Himself. In the absence of voices, the …

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Peace, Be Still

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Mark 4:35-41 It had been a long day of ministry. Evening had come. The light gradually diminished over the horizon. “Let us cross over to the other side,” Jesus said. Leaving the multitude the disciples brought Jesus into a boat as he was, ready to sleep. The calm waters of the sea began to move. …

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If you haven’t heard yet, IHOP Atlanta is offering free tuition to our internships this fall. That’s right, FREE! Your meals and housing are on your own, but the tuition (normally $1000) is waived. So for real, why are we doing this? Great question! Someone joked with me recently about having an education policy similar …

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The weather outside was absolutely beautiful. It was sunny and warm, but not uncomfortably hot, which led me to take a few moments to capture its beauty and absorb some much needed vitamin D. As I laid outside, basking the son’s glow, I felt the Lord tenderly whisper, “I want you to soak in the …

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He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psa 91:1). Would you like a place of permanent safety and security? Would you like a place of permanent and consistent provision, forgiveness, protection and deliverance? This is available to you in the Most High, in …

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What does it mean to you that Jesus is alive? How does His aliveness impact you today? As I consider these questions, I am struck with a desire to know the answers in a deeper way.  I know that He’s alive. I know that Jesus is the pinnacle of all Creation, the highest Being, and …

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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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