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Jamie Burns Pridgen
Contemplating the Incarnation
Jamie Burns Pridgen
December 8th, 2010

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us... (John 1:14)   I've recently been marveling at the Incarnation all over again.  All for love God gave His only Son.  All for love Jesus wrapped Himself in garments of flesh, laying aside the glory of His divinity, in order to join Himself to humanity, taking on our form, in order to bring us back to the Father.  Through the Incarnation, God, the Supreme Potentate of the Universe, came near to us, His people.  He settled it once and for all that we were not made to live at a distance, but to be forever joined to Him in love and partnership.  The thing that I have been struck with in this season is the manner in which God came.  In his book,   The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ, St. Alphonsus Liguori writes, "When the Son of God became man for our sake, He could have come on earth as an adult man from the first moment of His human existence.  But the sight of little children draws us with an especial attraction to love them, Jesus chose to make His first appearance on earth as a little infant...“God wished to be born as a little baby,” wrote Saint Peter of Chrysologus, “in order that he might teach us to love and not to fear Him."

It would've been humiliating enough for the Uncreated Ruler of the Universe to come as a mere earthly king, a religious leader, or a wealthy aristocrat.  However, God chose none of those things.  He came in the most humiliating and most vulnerable way possible.  He came as an embryo, floating in the amniotic fluid of a teenage girl.  Have you considered Him this way lately?  God as a fetus.  Jesus was born to an unwed, teenage mother in a smelly barn.  He was first welcomed to the earth by livestock and later by some uneducated shepherds and a few astrologers from the east.  He was raised in a blue-collar home and considered by many to be a bastard child. The humanity of Jesus can tend to make us feel uncomfortable.  It is much easier to keep Him in our nice, little box of divinity, never contemplating on how much like us He actually became.  Through His appearing, we can be sure of this, our God is near.  He is touchable, reachable, approachable.  The fact that God came as a baby testifies of this.

I recently had a baby girl and I'm learning so much.  When I am out in public with my baby, strangers who never would have approached me before, now come over to me and make small talk.  Babies break down social barriers.  When people see me pushing her stroller, they stop what they are doing for a moment and smile as we walk by.  Babies bring joy.  As a new mom, I squirm as everyone wants to see her, get in her face and talk to her, touch her, hold her, and kiss her.  I'm thinking, "Ewww, germs..." but my baby doesn't seem to mind.  She just looks at each one with her big eyes, welcoming them without saying a word.  Babies are so friendly and inviting.  They never intimidate anyone with their presence.  No one ever hesitates to approach a baby for fear of being rejected.  Babies are approachable.  It seems second nature for the stranger to reach out and touch the baby, much to the mom's distaste.  Babies are touchable.  The choice God made to come to earth as a baby was not a flippant decision.  In so doing, He was making a huge statement! When God came as a baby, He was inviting us all to draw near to Him, to reach out and touch Him, to lay aside all inhibitions and fears and make our way to the manger to gaze upon Him.  Though He's not a baby in a manger anymore, some things never change...He is still the approachable God, longing for us to draw near to Him without fear.

In this season, let us draw near and join in the mystery of Bethlehem's manger where God became close enough and small enough to wrap our minds around.  Let us celebrate the generosity, humility, and approachability of God! My prayer is that we would all press pause on the busyness of life, make our way back to the manger and there stand in awe of a God so humble. Let us marvel at God's kindness, weep over His love towards mankind, and be filled with hope as we realize that because He became like us a way has been made for us to become like Him!

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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.
Global Bridegroom Fast
8/4/2014 to 8/6/2014
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
8/10/2014 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
8/10/2014 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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