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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If you lead worship in a team setting, here are six helpful tips that will set your team as well as yourself up for success in the eyes of the Lord… which is what ultimately matters. Preparation – Take time to know your musical material (music and instrument), team members and the type of setting …

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Recently, I’ve been feeling a little blue and lost in this current season. Kyle and I are expecting our first child in June and while we are head over heels excited, pregnancy has been hard for me. I had this idea that pregnancy would be the happiest time in my life, all rainbows and butterflies. …

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By “Us”, I mean all of us who name the name of Christ; us, the Bride, the Church. Consumer Christianity is KILLING US. You understand consumerism. America is made up of consumers. Companies make stuff and we consume it. That’s the cycle of economics which is based upon the law of supply and demand. Demand …

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I’m not sure if that title got your attention. But I’m assuming it was either the bluntness of the word “lame” or the alliteration of “Confessions” & “Christian”. But righteousness isn’t usually a crowd pleaser. For most of my Christian existence, righteousness had been forever fixated in the chasms of mind as just another one …

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Is Jesus God?- Part 2

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In the previous blog in this series, we looked at Jesus’ own claims to be God.  In this installment, we will look at those in the New Testament who proclaim Jesus to be God. After the Crucifixion, Thomas, upon seeing the resurrected Jesus, calls Him God: Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; …

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