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Hazen Stevens
Commencement: So much potential...
Hazen Stevens
June 7th, 2007

Yesterday I participated in my graduation commencement ceremony at Emory University. It was a strange consummation to the "bizarre in between" that I have been living in for the past six months. It was a commencement that was fittingly disjunct, and therefore fully in step with God's process in my life over the past six months. I graduated from Emory in December, and have been full time in the House of Prayer since then, so this particular graduation ceremony - five months out of step with my reality - was in a way a climax and entirely anti-climactic. God told me I needed to go - so there I was. We all lined up alphabetically, black gowns, caps, 07' tassels. I graduated from the Business School at Emory, most everyone I talked to yesterday is going to work for financial firms in New York. I was a consulting and venture management concentration, and from the outside looking in it may seem that I could have gone a very different route than the direction I have taken. It must seem to some that I must have burned out in school or gotten too "into my religion".

To family and friends the explanation of what I am doing after graduation is admittedly a little befuddling, as we talk over Merlot and Smoked Salmon at a Buckhead restaurant, they nod and smile politely. Maybe wondering where a child with seemingly "so much potential may" have gone wrong. To them the idea of talking to God all day seems a little silly, which I can't blame them I thought it was silly at first - at least until He started to talk back.

So as I observe the confusion of my family, the calls for the "betterment of humanity" from commencement speakers, and the dollar signs in the eyes of my peers - I consider, why did I choose to be where I am?

After the ceremony I return to the House of Prayer, tired from feeling the weight of "so much potential". There I ask my Father what he thinks. "Dad what do you think about the decisions I have made?" He answers in the way only he can, with a fresh wind of his Spirit as sweet to my soul as a sincere smile and a pat on the back. I am so grateful to not have to worry about fulfilling any of "my own potential". I am so thankful that to simply accept His love in all of life's circumstances, will be both the challenge and fulfillment of all of my life's potential.

So I sit in the room, I talk to Him, He whispers back. I feel his pleasure and pride over me, not because I have done anything particularly good, but because I am just with Him and He likes me, a lot. So I praise Him that even though others (I myself included) maybe confused at times about the choices i have made, He never is. He knows my way, so I will lean on him the best I can.

Where do I plan to go with what I have chosen? Hopefully, deeper in love.

Calendar

Global Bridegroom Fast
9/1/2014 to 9/3/2014
The Global Bridegroom Fast is a monthly, solemn assembly of believers all over the globe in unified holy abandonment to Jesus for three days. We are calling believers worldwide to join together in unified prayer and fasting for revival motivated by experiencing love for Jesus. This is not simply an event, but a new lifestyle in the grace of God. Anyone in any place can participate in the Global Bridegroom Fast. At IHOP Atlanta, we set aside these three days as corporate fasting days for anyone who wants to participate.
Healing Rooms
9/7/2014 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
9/7/2014 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
9/7/2014 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
9/14/2014 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
9/14/2014 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.

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