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July 26th, 2014

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Nathanael Flock
A Word to Musicians, Artists, and Singers
Nathanael Flock
January 15th, 2012


“Do you really think this is going to work, Asaph?”
Ethan carefully inspected the robes now draped over him like curtains covering a window.
“Of course, Ethan,” Asaph replied with a smile. “These aren’t imitation garments - these are real robes from the priests of Baal. This is exactly what they wear!”
Asaph adjusted the covering on his head and examined his relative, Heman. “Do you have any doubts, Heman?”
Heman shook his head and fastened the cord around his waist. “None here. I’m ready to go. I’m really looking forward to hearing what the priests of Baal are writing. I hear they have really skilled musicians and song-writers. Their sounds are really unique. We can definitely get some good ideas to take back to the ark of the Lord.”
“Alright, then - let’s go!” Asaph exclaimed and led the other two singers into the temple of Baal.

Asaph, Ethan, and Heman hurried in the wide entrance to the temple, and found a vacant row of stairs off to the side of the ornate pillars that lined the center of the cavernous hall. They climbed the stairs, quite enamored with the columns of the sanctuary. The enormous pillars made the sons of Anak look like children - ominously filling the temple in dramatic rows. The three singers from the tabernacle of David hid behind one of the pillars and pulled out parchment and quills. There they sat, listening to the music offered to Baal, and took detailed notes. As skilled singers and musicians, they were able scribe much of the melodies and rhythms they heard. They would at times lean back against the pillar, with eyes closed, and savor the music being offered to Baal.

After hours passed, they hid the parchments in the borrowed robes of Baal, and scurried out the wide gate at the front of the temple. They began to laugh and share their favorite parts of the covert mission. As they journeyed back to Jerusalem, they sang the melodies that they had scribed, adding words about the God of Israel. “I think king David is going to love our new songs,” Ethan said with a smile. “I can’t wait to go back and get more!”

From what we know in the Scriptures, this narrative is completely inaccurate. It couldn’t be further from the truth. The tabernacle of David was the studio in which many of the psalms of the Bible were written. David was a man who despised irreverent mixture. He knew the God of Israel was holy, and could not be praised in the same manner that the idols of the nations were. After reading the life of David, the psalms, and the passages about the tabernacle, the narrative even seems preposterous! Though the story is ridiculous in light of historical truth, it is unfortunately reminiscent to what is happening in modern times.

Brothers and sisters: culture is being shaped by music and entertainment, and we do not combat the sway of the age by looking to the lost for inspiration. I feel the Lord is pleading with this generation to “Come out and be separate” (2 Corinthians 6:17)! The darkness can only appeal to what is carnal, and defile what God can use for good. Let us not fill our ears, eyes, and bodies with what is not authored by the Spirit of God. Let us hide ourselves in the secret place and put our ears and eyes to heaven for divine inspiration, that His kingdom may advance mightily through consecrated and pure vessels!

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7/27/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
7/27/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
7/27/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
Healing Rooms
8/3/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

If you are wrestling with physical sickness, a chronic disease, a painful injury, or a heavy emotional burden, then there is good news for you. God's Word says that He is exceedingly kind and loves to heal (Psalm 103:1-5). During His earthly ministry, Jesus healed all who came to Him (Matthew 4:24). God has promised that the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick (James 5:15). Therefore, we want to stand with you in prayer and faith, believing God to perform a healing work in your life.

Our Healing Rooms will be held from 3:45 - 4:45 pm on Sunday evenings weekly.

Appointments for personal ministry can be made starting at 3:30 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis. This personal time of ministry will typically last 20 minutes with one of our Healing Rooms ministry teams.

Prophecy Rooms
8/3/2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm

At IHOP Atlanta, we desire to encourage and strengthen believers through the prophetic ministry. We have prophecy teams that are trained to hear the heart of the Lord for people and to minister His words of encouragement, edification, and exhortation (1 Cor 14:3). It is our prayer that believers will be strengthened in their faith and have a clearer understanding of how God feels and thinks about them after receiving ministry in the prophecy rooms. If you desire to encounter God's love for you in practical way, we encourage you to sign up for a ministry time in our prophecy rooms.

The prophecy rooms are open on Sundays from 3:45-4:45 PM. Appointments can be made 15 minutes prior. They are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments typically last 10 minutes and are recorded for your convenience.

Encounter Service
8/3/2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Each service incorporates prophetic worship, Biblical teaching, prayer, and ministry times. Each service is geared to call individuals to a depth of the knowledge of God, intimacy with Jesus, urgency for the hour, and the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle. Through proclamation and impartation, each service is focused on providing a place for encounter with God for the individual, as well as generating a shift in the spiritual atmosphere over the city of Atlanta. Immediately following the service, there is an Information meeting for anyone desiring more information regarding IHOP Atlanta.
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