Racial Healing

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For the last several months on Tuesday mornings we’ve been praying for racial reconciliation at IHOP Atlanta. A recent Tuesday was no different as the young man leading the prayer meeting began to cry out to God, “Lord I ask that You end racism in Atlanta. Bring racial unity and racial healing. We’re asking, God, …

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Donkey Trails

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The sun beat down on rocky barren mountains. That was all I could see out of that tinted van window. The man in the front passenger’s seat was talking, and I was only hearing half of the words he said… something about how when they built these roads, they followed donkey paths because donkeys seem …

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“In his book Reaching Out, Henri Nouwen proposes that a healthy spiritual life includes three significant features—three legs of a stool upon which everything else rests. They include study of (especially, but not limited to) the Bible; prayer; and community. I encourage you to reflect seriously on the depth of your activity in each of …

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In the cultural shifts of faith and religion, we are in a season where young  Americans are less likely to attend church services than they have at any time in recent history. I have had conversations with believers, young and old, who state that they don’t need church to be with God, and that they …

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Authentic Community

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I love the church of Jesus Christ and desire that we would walk in the fullness of the stature of Jesus Christ. There are many weaknesses and much immaturity in the church today, however, as there was 2,000 years ago (Revelation 2-3). We as the church, are constantly in a battle to overcome these weaknesses …

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Recently, a friend asked how I deal with anxiety concerning the issues of life. Immediately, a phrase came to my mind that I have sensed from the Lord in the past: “The only thing that stands between you and your transformation in Me is what you choose to do with your thoughts.” So I answered …

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Lasting Peace

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You are not alone and you do not have to figure out life on your own. Take time in solitude to meditate on this truth, and I trust you will discover a deep comfort you have yet to experience. This comfort and freedom from fear is available for those who abide in Jesus. He calls …

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Accessing Grace

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Imagine you are at the base of a large mountain with two options for traversing it to the land beyond. One way provides certain defeat and the other, inevitable failure. Knowing this, most would say that they would opt for the victory plan. Maybe they would, but my guess is otherwise based on the story …

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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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