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28 February 2009

Campus (North) America


I think too often, University campus's are an island to themselves in their cities. Cities rely on schools and schools rely on cities. Too often they use each other without really BLESSING and really caring about each other.

Could you imagine students across North America so enraptured by the presence of God that they are moved into action, blessing EVEN the city they're studying in? LEARNING to transform... while LEARNING their trade.



I can picture this. The City of God Dream in Brantford includes Laurier, Nipissing, and Mohawk. March 29th to April 5th... 24/7 prayer returns at the Freedom House City Center right in the heart of the campuses. What if students, churches, prayer ministries and business began praying together? I can picture this.

A midnight think

Have a million thoughts rolling through my mind tonight. Sleep can't fit into a smorgasbord that size. Prayer, strategy, leadership, mass evangelism, youth, money, vans, world domination, criticism, preaching, church growth... shoot. Who could ever sleep if it wasn't for a wife who says, "Dave... you need to worship".

And she was (and always is) right. Man I loves me some Darrell Evans worship tunes.



It's scientifically proven that the best part of script to read out loud is...

Psalm 27 Of David.

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.

3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.

4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.

He's the stronghold in my life. Yes sir. Whom shall I fear?

27 February 2009

Prayer was 2.0 before Facebook


Over the next couple of days, along with the rest of the 24/7 Prayer National Leadership Team (and you if you're a blogger), we're going to be blogging about something we already blog about (only more often)... 24/7 Prayer in Canada. After spending a couple of years somewhat underground, we believe that God has loosed our "movement" into public action again. In this time... for a reason.

It's a very viral kind of prayer. It was web 2.0 before Facebook was. But then again, so was Christianity. It just spreads... because it's just RIGHT. Praying around the clock seems ludicrous on the surface. But there is something almost subversive and intoxicating about REALLY seeking the face of God for your city. When you're in the middle of a week of non-stop prayer, surrounded by a group who all want an audience with a living God, each adding what they've personally been given to use, to see a city TRANSFORMED... it's powerful.

It's powerful in the moment... but it's far more than that. Because it spreads.

  • It spreads in you. Touching God personally changes us to be more like Him
  • It spreads to others. Unexpected people (given the chance to just talk with God in their own voice) will catch the dream. God's dream.
  • It spreads to your city. Funny thing is, prayer works. When you ask God for your city... He hears and starts fires.
Theologians and skeptics will say that it's naive. But we pray... lots...because prayer works. Trust me on this one, people rarely refuse prayer. And God never will. Want proof that 24/7 Prayer is viral? What started as a few punk dreamers praying back in 2000... RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT has 90 groups praying around the earth!

24 7 Australia (AU)
40 days of pray (US)
Aarhus Valgmenighed (DK)
American Indian College (US)
Amherst Christian Fellowship (US)
Appalachian State Prayer (US)
Apple of Earth (US)
Belfast Aldersgate House (IE)
Book of John (US)
Center City Church (US)
CHHOP (US)
Chinese house church (IN)
Christ (UG)
City Gate Lancaster (US)
Cork Haven Centre (IE)
CSULB Prayer Team (US)
daily prayer request (IN)
Dublin Trinity College (IE)
Dunlaoire (IE)
Elim Pentecostal Church Coventry (UK)
ESI (US)
Faith (US)
Faith Prayer Chain (US)
Family (UK)
From the Mustard Seed (US)
Fuel the Movement (SG)
Galway (IE)
Gods Friends (US)
Grandkids (US)
Greater Toledo House of Prayer (US)
Habitation of Praise (US)
Homestead House of Prayer (US)
Hopkinsville House Of Prayer (US)
House of Hope (SD)
IHOP Atlanta (US)
IHOP Clearwater (US)
IHOP Cleveland (US)
International Prayer And Intercession Room (ZA)
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (US)
ISU Wesley Foundation (US)
Joshua House of Prayer (US)
JosiahHOP (US)
Kibworth Christians Together (UK)
Kingdom Life Ministries (US)
KPC Youth (UG)
LivingStone House of Prayer (US)
lonesomedoves (US)
Manila prays (PH)
Massiah (US)
Millersville Prayer Warriors (US)
Minnesota The Upper Room in Dinkytown at University of MN (US)
Missionaries of Prayer (US)
Moose Jaw Prayer (CA)
my self (CA)
New Town UMC Youth (US)
North West Breakthrough (UK)
Onething Prayer Centre (NZ)
Onkaparinga Combined Churches (AU)
Orlando House Of Prayer (US)
ORPHANAGE (IN)
Pray Amarillo HOP (US)
Prayer Fast International Ministries (US)
Prayer for the City of Oulu (FI)
Prayer group (US)
Project 7 (AU)
RJM (US)
Roots Cafe (US)
Sahdev (AU)
shalyn (US)
SHF Youth (US)
SHOP (SD)
Signs and Wonders House of Prayer (US)
St Mark and St Shenoda Church (EG)
Stellenberg Kerk (ZA)
stphillipsandstjames (UK)
Tasmania Division (AU)
The Oasis of Tampa Bay (US)
The Prayer Room (US)
the storehouse (US)
The Tribe (US)
Touching the Nations (PH)
UAM BCM (US)
University of Northern Colorado (US)
UT Arlington UTA 24 7 Prayer Site (US)
UW Madison Prayer 09 (US)
Wings of Fiith Prayer group (IN)
YFC Bray (IE)
ymm (IN)
YOU ARE NOT ALONE (US)
zhanghuike (NZ)


And that's just who has registered at 24-7prayer.com.
Canada is coming alive again online at 24-7prayer.ca
We'll be blogging and sharing stories and video at 24-7prayer.ca over the next little while as we stir up and share what God's doing across the country!
We want to touch base with the groups who have been praying too! If you are one or know one, shoot me an email davec@24-7prayer.ca , leave a blog link, tell your story, find us on twitter here, or hook up to our facebook group here.

As the 2.0 world gets filled up with stories and dreams about what a nation, changed by prayer... don't forget to share someone else's story



Aaaanndd go!

26 February 2009

She

She's a rumor and tease.
She's a flirt and a sleaze.
She a whore and slut with a gurgling gut.

She sees what She sees with Eve's hoggish lusty eyes.
Perversely rubbing up against the nearest thing that bares the faintest resemblance of good.
Anything to get Her off.
He stands besides Her wondering why.

He'll take Her into His bed again.
And He'll do it again.
And again.
Again...

Is He a fool?
Is She worth it?
In fact She's the very hope of glory.
When She's with Him, heaven drips down.
And nobody will talk about his woman that way.



Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness.
Ephesians 5

25 February 2009

Barack Obama is now following me on Twitter


This seems unlikely.

What's the best website you know of that nobody else knows?


Some stats say that there are near 200 million websites on Al Gore's Internet.

I know about 8 of them.

So my question to you is:

What's the best website you know of that nobody else knows?

News, Blogs, Comics, Social Networking thingy... whatever.

24 February 2009

Only the ends of the earth?

"We live in an amazing amazing world and it's wasted on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots that don't care"
Louis CK

You've got to check out this fantastic 4 minutes from comedian Louis CK on Conan O'Brien. It's more than a "In my day we walked 5 miles in the snow" bit. I think it hits on a very important issue... and it's darn funny too.



This subtly venomous attitude that he masterfully communicated is a step up from being unthankful. I think it's even a step up from selfishness. The loss of awe can rot and stunt you. It's the antithesis of the "Boomdiada... isn't the world amazing" concept that both inspires us upward and humbles us to our knees in reverence.

Every time I use Skype, I feel like I'm on the Jetsons. 5 years ago (in the technological dark ages) I chatted with Krissy on MSN while I was at an Internet cafe on an island in the South China Sea overlooking a coral reef... while she sat at our desk in Brantford. I almost couldn't believe it was happening.

The times we live in, are COMPLETELY unlike any other time in history. We really should stop and recognize the significance more often. Think a bit bigger. We can be anywhere within a day or talk to anyone instantly. Before Jesus was taken to heaven in Acts 1:9, He said in verse 8:

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."


And a stunned small group were left with an impossibly daunting task and a mandate that assured them that their net mending days were pretty much done. "Only the end of the earth? We should have that taken care of by Wednesday afternoon... just in time for our midweek programs!"

But they were passionate people who believed in the spirit behind Pete Greig's "The Vision" words, "My distant hope is His 3D"

Fast forward if you will. These are the days that without really even using faith, we could easily strategize how His mobile army of millions could infiltrate "the ends of the earth". It's not really a stretch. We've got the tools, the maps, and the numbers. We even know how the story ends.

So you'd think we'd be up and at it. But since it's our "normal", without intentional submission and chosen reliance on what isn't seen (faith) it's VERY easy to miss the unique mantle that has been given to our generation. On our own we quickly slip into using God's tools of war as playthings... because of a lack of awe and reverence.

I don't want this generation to be known as "the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots that don't care".

Louis CK is right that we live in an amazing world.
What will you do with your freedom?

23 February 2009

Best lines from the weekend


Three days together talking about the deep things and laughing at the little ones, always means some great lines.

"You're Neat"

God to a 24/7er

"It's such a one way marriage with God. He's so always committed to us and we're so always uncommitted to Him"
My new friend Nate from Regina


"It's very YouTube. You haven't actually seen it but you feel connected to it"
My new friend Aaron from Vancouver about the viral nature of 24/7 Prayer


"Never mix spiritual gifts... like the laying on of tongues."
That one was awesome.

"We must have passionate patience"
My new friend Andy from Calgary


"Pray your personality"
Brian Beattie


Person #1: Did you see the movie Step Brothers?
Pe
rson #2: Nope... did you like it?
Person #1:
I don't remember


But maybe the best words of wisdom from the weekend came from Mrs. Annie Taylor in 1901. We took the elevator under Niagara Falls so those who are accustomed to only seeing miles and miles of wheat could see the rushing water from below. Of course... being winter... it was frozen. But there was a very funny plaque telling the story of Annie Taylor, the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

After it was done, this is what she said...

My Gorgeous Family

It was a long but wonderful weekend hanging out with some amazing new friends from the 24/7 Prayer Movement. I'm excited to soon head again down this Revolutionary Road of round the clock prayer in Brantford again as we follow God's leading about seeing entire CITIES transformed!

I LOVE talking about city transformation. But not as much as I love these people... they are my tribe.

They are gorgeous... and they're mine. OK theoretically God's if you want to get all spiritual on me but come on now...

21 February 2009

I like em all

Remember this old joke?

The heretic

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said, "Stop! Don't do it!" "Why shouldn't I?" he said. I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!" He said, "Like what?" I said, "Well, are you religious or atheist?" He said, "Religious." I said, "Me too! Are your Christian or Buddhist?" He said, "Christian." I said, "Me too!

Are you Catholic or Protestant?" He said, "Protestant." I said, Me too! Are your Episcopalian or Baptist? He said, "Baptist!" I said, "Wow! Me too! Are your Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord? He said, Baptist Church of God!" I said, "Me too! Are your Original Baptist Church of God or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?" He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God!" I said, "Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915?" He said, "Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915!"

I said, "Die, heretic scum!" and pushed him off.


Our world is filled with fascinating people. The last couple of days I've hung out with Punk Monks, Salvation Army Jokers, Holy Ghosties, Shakers and Bakers, Vision casters, Mary's, Martha's, Indies, Lifers... and everything in between. Truth is that we're all various concoctions of all of them. And I love them all. More and more I love them all.

A while back, I decided that I wanted to be intentional about not being a slave to any certain church's culture beast. And we all have one that lurks over our shoulder, telling us that there IS a way things ARE TO BE DONE. And truthfully... church's kinda need it. At Freedom House, from the beginning, we were intentional about creating the culture of our house. BUT...

I want to be able to hang with, and be able to function in any stream. Really. I want to be able to give or take anything that's interchangeable (which is nearly everything but Jesus). It only happens by making ourselves slaves to our call and putting other's before us. It takes being intentional. And it unveils such a colorful tapestry to our eyes when we do it.


And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God
Psalm 64: 9

I buy this. I don't want to be a "there's sucker born any minute" pie in the sky guy... but the source is trustworthy. We can come together and let our streams flow as one river... ALL men SHALL see and fear and put their trust in our Lord. So we'd better change, because I'm ready to experience the good stuff.

I like 'em all.

20 February 2009

In cur sun-down perambulations of late


I have a print hanging in my den of the first game of organized baseball in 1846 at Elysian Fields, that I bought at little shop in Cooperstown New York. A month after that game was played, a very young Walt Whitman wrote in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

"In cur sun-down perambulations of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base', a certain game of ball. We wish such sights were more common among us.

Enjoy life a little. Let us go forth a while and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms. The game of ball is glorious."

Whitman fell in love with baseball in it's infancy. He wrote extensively about it's social and physical handsomeness. Miners, masons, machinists and mechanics in motion on brilliant green grass. He said, "America's game: has the snap, go, fling of the American atmosphere."

Baseball lends itself to the pen
Metaphor
Poetry
Lore

As I read about Alex Rodriquez's quickly unraveling lies built upon lies, I can't help but think about Ray Kinsella's exchange with Shoeless Joe Jackson in the Field of Dreams adaption of WP Kinsella's "Shoeless Joe". Shoeless Joe Jackson has just hit baseballs for the first time in decades. Not unlike the sad drama playing out today, Joe had what he loved yanked away from him after giving into greed.

Ray: Bet it's good to be playing again
Shoeless Joe: I did love this game. I'd have played for food money. It was the game... The sounds, the smells. Did you ever hold a ball or a glove to your face?
Ray: Yeah.
Shoeless Joe: I used to love travelling on the trains from town to town. The hotels... brass spittoons in the lobbies, brass beds in the rooms. It was the crowd, rising to their feet when the ball was hit deep. Shoot, I'd play for nothing.


I wonder if Alex, Sammy, Mac, Raffy, Rocket... will have a moment like this one day and remember why they played the game as boys in tiny corn-fed towns and unknown Caribbean fields.

When I first heard Ray Liotta's question about holding a glove to my face, I remembered the afternoon naps I used to take with my baseball glove over my face. Just so I could smell it.

One of the most vivid images in my mind's eye is that of the large oak tree just past the left field fence of the ballpark I played night games at. The tree was just beyond the light post so the cool night shadows contrasted the glancing artificial light rays... making the dusk river-dew shimmer. I used to look at the tree, close my eyes and reopen them... trying to capture the image of perfection for eternity.

"Have either of you spent any time in an empty ballpark? There's something both eerie and holy about it... A ballpark at night is more like a church than a church"
WP Kinsella


I used to enjoy doing baseball pools with my friends. I still do one, but it's more about my friends than the pool. Keeping track of the stats of the players doesn't interest me much any more, but I would watch a baseball game every night if I could. In fact I'd much sooner watch than play. Because baseball in itself is beautiful.

I like to think that, just maybe, I can see what Walt Whitman saw in his cur sun-down perambulations... back when the game of ball was glorious.

19 February 2009

Saddam good Dorito


For many moons, Doritos have been steeped in awesome-sauce. Now they've come up with a GREAT advertising campaign to boot. It's called, "Become the Doritos Guru". You just buy a bag of mystery flavored Doritos that looks like this.

Then you name the new flavor and come up with the advertising campaign for it. The winner gets 25,000$ and 1% of future sales of your flavor. Great idea Senior Dorito!

So I eats me a Dorito...
And thinks to myself...
What was this sweet twangy nacho with a subtle twist of understated heat destined to be called?
Then it came to me.
I present to you...

SADDAM GOOD DORITO



It's perfect. Remember when the former dictator of Iraq was imprisoned in the USA? According to his prison guard,

"He liked to snack on Cheetos, until someone brought him a bag of Doritos, which he took silently into a corner and ate in a hurry.

Reports were that Saddam could down a large bag of Doritos in 10 minutes. Wow! Now that's a man who loves him some sweet hot Dorito action. And just imagine the star power that Saddam Hussain could bring to this campaign! Who is more recognizable than Saddam?

There is the slight issue of his mortality... but not to worry. There are MANY lookalikes around America looking for work in these tough economic times.

I feel... deep inside of me... that this was MEANT to be.
www.doritosguru.ca




18 February 2009

Random Act of Kindness Night

I took my youth group at Freedom House out on the street tonight... giving away free lightbulbs to the apartments in the downtown... in Jesus name.



Servant Evangelism and Random Acts of Kindness are powerful things. I LOVE them more and more. Giving and serving are like all access passes into dark places.

24/7 Prayer in Canada

I'm looking forward to this weekend as the National Leadership team of 24/7 Prayer in Canada is getting together in Niagara on the Lake to dream and scheme. Strategic prayer meetings are my favorite kind of prayer meetings. Muhaha...

I love listening to what God is saying... then discerning His plans and strategies.
These days, I really believe that:

God WANTS cities that will be harbors of HIS glory. Cities filled with a spiritual mosaic of people who will pray without ceasing for "His Kingdom come". People who will allow God to dream His dream through them. People who with give and serve prophetically to see holistic spiritual climate change in our nation.

HOLISTIC:
  • Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts
  • Concerned with wholes rather than analysis or separation into part


This is a big weekend in Canada, as "The Cry" let's er loose in St. Johns. The historical foundation point in Canada, filled with prophets and passionates crying out "prepare ye the way of Lord!" It's a neat God co-incidence (or as Brian says, "the luck of the Lord") that we're meeting the same weekend.

Here's the thing I LOVE about 24/7 Prayer. It's about EVERYONE. Everyone having the same voice. One voice with many flavors. It's about people finding their own unique "Boomdiada" and

  • Praying with it
  • Worshiping with it
  • Serving with it
  • Making disciples with it

It's a recipe that very easily CAN be embraced by THE Church in a city. Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate... coming together under the banner of Neapolitan Ice Cream/Jesus. It's been an absolute in any truly significant move of God that actually effected an entire city. The believers coming together and being in unity. I love it when God moves in a room... a sanctuary... an arena. But the thing that makes me dream... is God moving EVERYWHERE man can step foot in a city, because his people are there to share Him... who IS good.

The Vision... inspires me more every time I hear it.

17 February 2009

Wolfe and Montcalm DON'T ride again?

I understand that most Canadian kids didn't have a history and geography teacher as a father.
I understand that most Canadian kids road trips didn't consist of identifying drumlins and touring historical landmarks. I understand that most Canadian kids evenings weren't spent watching Jeopardy, playing chess, discussing Pierre Burton's "The Last Spike" and the formation of our country.

But come on now...

If you even WENT to school in Canada, you know about the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Even if you don't know what it is... you HAVE heard of it right? Now I understand that you may not have taken a trip to Quebec to see the battlefield or had a painting of the death of Wolfe hanging in your family room (like I did) but come on... we ALL know it was an important moment for Canada right?

So why the hooch are they canceling a 250th anniversary celebration of the battle this summer?? The official answer is because the separatists are mad. They say, it's an "insulting reminder of their ancestors" and it's "federalist propaganda". They threatened violence (always a mature move) and the organizers bailed.

But... but but but...
It happened.
It molded what is now the Canada you live in (but are trying to separate from).
Not that I GET the dress up and reenact battles thing but... but but but....
It's history. It happened. Sorry bout that.
Actually no I'm not.

I like French culture. English speaking Canada SHOULD have more respect for our fellow countrymen. But this is what I really dislike about separatism. I think it's a travesty that a separatist political party (and it's supporting grass roots radicals) have this much pull in a country. The worst part of it, is that because of it... it creates unnecessary National animosity towards the unique culture that they are fighting to have recognized and honored. It's very short sighted and it's logic is folly. And even that aside, in the "pick your battles" department, threatening violence over a 250th anniversary of one of the only well-known Canadian historical happenings... might be a TOUCH on the "stupide" side.

New Look

Krissy was out tonight... and it sucks going to bed with no Krissy there. So I've changed my blog look. Like it? It's not totally up and going yet. But it's something new to play with!

16 February 2009

Ain't no Nimrod gonna steal my Boomdiada


I preached yesterday about Nimrod and the Tower of Babel. My Dad used to called people Nimrod's. I loved the word then, and I still love it today. Say it with me... Nimrod. Awesome.

Nimrod's grandpa was Noah. He was also the 3rd in the line of those who "ruined it for everyone". First there was Eve. She REALLY ruined it for everyone and loosed sin into the world. Then there was everyone from Cain and Abel until the time of Noah. They sucked at life so bad that God had to wipe out the population of the planet and gave the earth their one mulligan.

That was nice of Him.

The mandate that rested on Noah and his kids, was to do it right. Nimrod didn't do a great job really. He was the first "great man" of the post flood world. He planted cities... including Babylon (and eventually Nineveh). Speculation is that he was actually one of the results of the Man/Nephilim sexual escapades talked about in Genesis 6. It's also likely that he was the original Baal (of Baal worship fame). Nimrod thought a lot of himself and decided to build the tower of Babel in Genesis 11. What a Nimrod eh?

So here's where he "ruined it for everyone". Everyone in the world spoke one language. We GOT each other. We were in unity. And decided to use that unity to glorify ourselves... via Nimrod.

6-9 God took one look and said, "One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they'll come up with next—they'll stop at nothing! Come, we'll go down and garble their speech so they won't understand each other." Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city.


Really? So THIS is why we don't GET each other these days? This was God's plan? Misunderstanding between languages, cultures, giftings, denominations, brothers, colours... have seemingly created immense chaos in our world from Babylon to Brantford.

There must be an answer. And I think THIS is it (in a metaphorical sense at least).



Isn't that awesome? The world and the people in it are pretty Boomdiada aren't they? The harmony and unity IN differences are absolutely beautiful.

It's pretty clear that our differences aren't going to ever disappear. Even in Revelation when we see pictures of heaven, it talks about "every tribe, every tongue, and every nation" all praising God. There is something spectacularly powerful about coming together and dancing together... using the dance we've been given.

And I think it's for "such a time as this". Our personal passions, or "Boomidiada" as we've been calling at Freedom House these days, (because of the awesome Discovery Channel commercial) are tickets into the corners of the world where people who need Jesus wait in-lock for someone with a key to come and free them.

On today's Elijah list, Bobby Connor wrote, "These are defining decisive days of transformation and change. No one will remain neutral - there is no middle ground. This is the year you will make great advance or fall far behind in the Kingdom of God." And I agree with this.

For a long time, the church has been S0 consumed with ourselves. And it's not healthy. It's what caused Eve to eat the fruit. It's what caused sin in action to force God into the flood, and motivated Nimrod to build a tower... for HIS own name and renown. But ain't no Nimrod gonna steal my Boomdiada!!!! THE Revolution that is afoot in the church these days, is the long-standing reality (that for some reason we're JUST getting) that we're ALL called and anointed as ministers, missionaries, prophets, and carrier of the Holy Spirit and subsequently, FREEDOM! And we all need each other to make this thing happen. Keep it down, but there are A LOT of humans on this planet. And we're all stunningly different.

I need you and your Boomdiada passions... and you need mine.

When God "confused" people's speech in Babylon... could it have been that he actually had a plan? A plan to set up a mass mobilization of a last days, "fields are white", really gonna do this thing army with the tools to get into EVERYWHERE and EVERYTHING?

What great days to be alive.
Boomdiada.



15 February 2009

Frazzled

Frazzled
/ˈfræzəled/
Spelled Pronunciation [fraz-uhled]
1. to wear to threads or shreds; fray.
2. to weary; tire out: Those six eight-year-olds frazzled me.
–noun


Yes.
The word of the day is... "frazzled".
I actually like definition number 2.
Only replace "those six eight-year-olds" with... "those 4 kids under 6".
Frazzled.

And now for no reason a haiku about... "frazzled"

"Screaming through breakfast
Why is your food on the floor?
Jesus take the wheel"

This has been... frazzled.
Brought to you by the makers of Tylenol.
Amen.

14 February 2009

I feel so "trendy" I almost wanna punch myself


I'm sitting in a fair trade coffee shop, on a white lap, with ear buds on, "working" on what I'm speaking about tomorrow. Honestly? I'm such a man for all seasons. Yokel show one night and yuppie land the next? Shoot.

By the way, tomorrow I'm preaching about... "Hey Nimrod... stop ruining my Boomdiada!" Should be fun.

Overcoming fear... since Satan makes paper towel

This is an excellent and very funny essay on overcoming a childhood of church-induced fear by my friend Matthew

13 February 2009

Goin Honky Tonkin

This morning, I woke knowing that today was a day that I never thought would happen. Today, I add another item to the "Things I said I'd never do but did" list. That list now includes:

1. Burying the dead / Coffin surfing.
2. Eat at McDonald's again.
3. Wear black shoes willingly.
4. Change the channel to Dora the Explorer during a Redskins game.

And today's entry... GO TO A COUNTRY CONCERT. Tonight for Unvalentines Day (who's definition I'm stretching a little this year) I'm taking my wife to see Brad Paisley in concert. I'll be honest. I couldn't name you 1 song he sings. But every time I hear a DJ say, "that was Brad Paisley" I think... "That was pretty good". And honest moment #2... I got the tickets for free. But WE ARE going!

My policy used to be "I'd rather be on fire than listen to country music". I mean... I hear bad things about being on fire, but I stood by my comparison. I have no idea if there is a governmentally legislated chemical change that happens when you turn 30, but the day of my milestone birthday a couple of years ago, I was flipping by a country station and stopped. Listened. And I kinda dug it. It was (and is) inexplicable.

Thinking about it this morning, the image of Harlan Pepper singing Hank William's "Honky Tonkin" from Best in Show rolled through the not too deep parts of my subconscious. Nah... I won't be worried until I start listing my favorite nuts.

Neither of us are big country "fans" per say, and this fact bugs my sister, who is, to no end that we have free tickets to the big show in town. She thinks we'll just make fun of it. Nah... I think it will be fun. There will be no Stetson on my head, spurs on my heels or Yee Haw's coming from my lips... but I'm gonna have an increasingly free, strong, beautiful and FUN girl on my arm.

I have more fun hanging with my wife than at any point in our 13 year relationship. Being able to sit and laugh at / appreciate whatever interesting situation we find ourselves in, is a wonderful thing to experience. Not everything in life is serious. Being able to just play together with your buddy, your partner, your lover... just playing together. I love it.

12 February 2009

You Googled WHAT and found me?

It's time to take a look at the dumbest, funniest, most ironic, weirdest things that wing nuts around the universe searched Google for... and somehow found my blog.

"messing with your children's minds on facebook"

With status's like, "Daddy just cashed in his son's education fund... LAKERS TICKETS!!!!"? Or repeatedly tagging pictures of the the deer you shot on the hunting weekend as your kids? That kind of thing?

"Slogan for anorexia"

How about... "Mmmm... ribs!"
Or ... "It's all the ice cubes you can eat!"

"proverbs in beer advertisements"

I believe it was Socrates that first burped the word "Bud" in the voice of frog.

"manute bol hockey"

While this would be extremely funny, I'm afraid that it could never happen... you see. Sudanese people don't play... wait... huh? It what?

"hope deferred makes the soul suck"

I realize that we're all very caught up in hip new Bible Translations but please...


"find information on native dance in kenya with monkey skins dress"

If you find out anything more, please let me know. I had to buy a monkey skin dress as a bridesmaid last summer and I've YET to find a good place to wear it out since.

"willow creek my king is'

Yoda meets Bill Hybels

"this obama dude is not my savior"
"obama and revelation webdings"

I'm just happy that the conspiracy theorist dimwits have someone new to decode wingdings over. Poor wingdings. I guess they really should have made the clear choice not hide warnings of immanent terror in their font before the axis of evil got to it.


"Ravi Zacharias joke on pastor snake"

RAVI!!! what the??? Is that a snake??? Ya scared the bejesus out of me!!! Apologize to me. See... see because he's an apologist... see... because...

"jesus baptism nude"

Really now. He wore a denominationally issued purple robe with a glowing yellow cross hand-stitched on the front before being dunked in the chlorine tank. Then the congregation sang, "Like a mighty Sea". It was rousing.

"pictures of crack houses in detroit"

I don't have any on me... but I'll bet there will be many kittens in them.

"veggie tales black and white pictures"

Ah yes, artsy pictures of Archibald and Jr singing the Sebu song. Or a film noir shot of Qwerty in action.

"most beautiful armpits of girls"

This is a tough one. I'm going to go out on a limb and say...
  1. Bea Arthur
  2. Cloris Leachman
  3. Velma from Scooby Doo
  4. Mrs. Butterworth
  5. Margaret Thatcher
Here are a few honorable mentions:

bee, seahorse, monkey
obama inauguration out of legos
spectacles, testicles, wallet, watch+mocking phrase
chris friel scuba diving documentary
weird barbie
the fattest david in the universe
rude jesus lightswitch
should your spouse be friends with your employees on facebook
pictures of the fatest horse in the world
making a bigear high sensitive microphone
graffiti astro van

11 February 2009

The Internet... Porn cave or Temple?


According to the Telegraph in the UK, here is how a teenager's Internet time breaks down:

  • 31 hours a week online
  • two hours a week looking at pornography
  • three and a half hours communicating with friends on MSN (Facebook)
  • two hours on YouTube and in chat rooms
  • Just over an hour is devoted to looking up cosmetic surgery procedures
  • an hour and a half is spent on family planning and pregnancy websites
  • one hour 35 minutes is spent investigating diets and weight loss.
  • at least three hours a week spent searching for information for homework

I remember when ICQ became popular many many many years ago. It was before me and Krissy even had a computer (we didn't get one until 2001 or 2002), but we spent quite a bit of time over at the house of the couple with whom we did youth ministry. And after youth group ended at night, the kids all went home and jumped on ICQ. And so would we. It became an extension of the night. They started chatting with each other about what had just happened... who they liked... who they HATED. Not being a "computer guy", I was amazed at the amount of exposition that took place... chatting on a computer after church.

I remember going to ministry seminars about how to use this new culture... about it's pluses and pitfalls. But in 2009... technology is not novel or a fad anymore. It's just simply a major part of how we interact in our world. It's A (if not THE) method of learning and communicating. And there are still pluses and pitfalls.

But what you can't argue... is it's staying presence. And we need to be right there in the mix of the conversation. Being a Jew to the Jew and a Greek to the Greek. I'm not really concerned that brother hymnal thinks that Satan's machines are tainting the temple. His grand kids live in that machine. And they're either going to watch porn for hours, type foul text gibberish to people who will drag them down, and find out how to get boob jobs... or they could find a friend with an encouraging word... right there in their "secret place". A place that could either be a porn cave... or a temple, depending on the next click.

My "secret place", where I read my Bible and pray, is now in front of my laptop on Biblegateway.com. Really. It let's me write out my thoughts... cross reference scripture... do word studies... read commenaties... see how The Message says it. I love it. And having God drop a friend into my heart and emailing them a word of encourgement is a quick, easy process. I love it.

There actually are some cool things about Internet chatting. I remember reading that John Lennon and Yoko Ono used to fight by telephone. Even in separate rooms in the house on the phone. It allowed each of them to keep their cool and get to the heart of issues so that they could be resolved. Internet chatting can be like that. People often tell you more about what's really going on when they don't have to look you in the face. Now...

... this is really only effective if you ALSO have a real life relationship with that person so that you can't just bail on a discussion and retreat into the porn cave when things get tough. It's truly amazing to me that Barack Obama is the first American president who will have a computer and use email. Honestly. It's not so much that the president will have much time for facebooking the constituents... but it's just the understanding of how people think, learn and speak.

Go into ALL the world and preach the gospel, making disciples includes the Internet these days like it or not. 31 hours a week is more than a whole day... and I'd hazard a guess that it's a perspectively highly influential day.

10 February 2009

She's the most sexy to me when she...

Man... I have years and little notes and random bits and pieces of scribblings to weed my way through as I'm plugging away at this book. I just opened an old file that I hadn't opened in a couple years titled "She's the most sexy to me when she..."

This is what I wrote:

a) Wants me
b) Flopping around on the floor like a mackerel in the Holy Ghost... which to God is "A".

Ha ha ha... funny but still true today. I find that when my wife is close to God... she's even more attractive to me. I'm one blessed Big Eared Dork to have a wife who loves God more than she loves me.

I'm the 476,156,782nd richest person on earth


According to Globalrichlist.com... I'm the 476,156,782nd richest person on earth.

If I made just a few thousand a year more... I'd double my ranking. It's a thought provoking website run by CARE, an international humanitarian organization. These number are not a cliche. They are a call to responsibility.

$8 could buy you 15 organic apples OR 25 fruit trees for farmers in Honduras to grow and sell fruit at their local market.

$30 could buy you an ER DVD Boxset OR a First Aid kit for a village in Haiti.

$73 could buy you a new mobile phone OR a new mobile health clinic to care for AIDS orphans in Uganda.

$2400 could buy you a second generation High Definition TV OR schooling for an entire generation of school children in an Angolan village.

DID YOU KNOW..?

The world's 225 richest people now have a combined wealth of $1 trillion. That's equal to the combined annual income of the world's 2.5 billion poorest people


There is NOTHING wrong with wealth. I'd like to have more of it so I can have the opportunity to give even more of it away in strategic ways that will change the world. Money is not the root of all evil. The love of it is. To whom much is given, much is required.

9 February 2009

I think JP Ricciardi should be tested for steriods... or crack

Wow. JP Ricciardi is cuckoo bananas. This is today's article on the Toronto Blue Jays website called "Jays head to spring optimistic for 2009General manager Ricciardi says his club could surprise in AL East"

Honestly... let's look at this delusional tripe.

"We've got guys in place that are proven players. I wouldn't say that we're rebuilding, I just think they have to be what they are. I think we could surprise some people."

OK...

A) Not rebuilding. Well that's right... since the team is still pretty much old, overpaid... and underachieving.
B) Have to be what they are... Really? You want that?
C) Surprise people? Really? Who? The people who think the Jays have a chance... like you?

"It's kind of a shootout in Spring Training," said Ricciardi, whose club was the only team not to sign a Major League free agent this offseason. "We'll see who pitches well enough to maybe take the job."

Yeah... pretty much rotation spots 2-5 are open. So here's the shootout roster

Matt Clement - Scrapheap Hopeful.
Mike Maroth- Major League baseball record holder for most losses in a season
Ken Takahashi- Ken is a 39 year old moderately successful, left handed Japanese, wash up.
Jesse Litsch- Here's hopin for a .500 year. Just sayin that he got sent to the minors last year and couldn't take the #5 spot.
David Purcey- Had 2 great games. Fingers crossed. But don't cross them too hard OK?
Casey Janssen- Was a great reliever 2 years ago. I'll bet he gets a spot.
Scott Richmond- Really? Well... he's... ummm... Canadian
Brett Cecil, Brad Mills and Ricky Romero- The not yet or never will be readies. Cecil's got a shot... but don't get your hopes TOO high.
Brian Burres- Baltimore scrap heap pickup. Nuf said.

So good luck shootin' out there boys.

"I think we're going to be better offensively," Ricciardi said. "From the start of Spring Training, we'll address some of the things that maybe we haven't done in the past. I'm hoping we're a better club offensively."

What in the sweet merciful craps does that mean??? What have you NOT done in the last 7 years of sucking? Like batting practice? Lemon Lime Gatorade? "Special" Sunflower seeds? Funny how his own BS meter went off between the beginning and end of this quote. He went from "thinking" they'll be better offensively to "hoping" it.

I'm a pretty optimistic Jays fan most years. I love cheering for my team in the spring and summer. I miss cheering for them in the fall. I think that this year... I'm gonna watch some more Cubs games.

7 February 2009

Up North


We're so far north that we passed more snowmobiles on the road than cars on the way in. But I love that this camp Magnetawan has wireless internet. It's supposed to be 7 degrees in Brantford tomorrow. Ummm... not so much here.

Youth Retreats are fun though. I started them off light while a little fluffy story about juju men in Ghana trying to blow poison darts into the feet of students, but it not being successful on Christians because of the blood of Jesus. Yep... nice bedtime story!

It's fun because I'm doing the youth retreat for the youth group of a girl who I went to elementary school and high school with. We didn't know each other super-well but now as adults, we share a love for the same Jesus. It's wonderful. Seeing teenagers GET the whole Jesus thing is such a great feeling. Especially as an adult who has already chosen. We go through trials and ups and downs... but our choice is made. It's in the teenage years where choices are made. As an adult, we wish it was a magic button we could just press for the teens we grow to love. I wish I had one.

The youth who I've led over the last 13 years, have blessed me, surprised me, broken my heart, pissed me off... and also blown my mind. Some that used to struggle are now some of my closest friends and ministry partners! And some who I was sure GOT IT... bailed. Aborted mission. And it still bugs me today.

Investing in youth is SO important. It's such a crucial time in life that can suck so badly. I think that youth leaders do it mostly... for the same reason we as Christians sacrifice anything... because we know God is real and we can sense that his will is that NONE would perish... and we know that we're His hands and feet.

6 February 2009

Quoth the Hippo


"Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering."
Saint Augustine of Hippo

Remember Laminin?
Really. Honestly. It's beautiful.



Laminin is my favorite cell adhesion molecule. Hands down

5 February 2009

Coffee Shop musings

I'm sitting in Williams in the Market Square, getting ready for a youth retreat I get to do this weekend up near Algonquin Park. One of the things I'm going to ask this weekend is, "What is the most beautiful thing you've ever seen or heard"?

Me... it was Paul Simon singing with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. So I'm sitting here listening to their beautiful sounds on "Jogli" as I put the finishing touches on my weak, man faulty powerpoint shows that fail so miserably to capture the majesty of heaven.

African music makes me hurt for the spiritual barrenness of Canada and reminds me that I'm not home here. It echos in my spirit. Makes me LONG. Makes me want more than our culture and it's flesh-candy can give.

African culture doesn't do it either. I tried... I loved it... and it was closer. But African music makes me long for my REAL home. HOME home. Where we'll sing and dance as one. Where we don't have to fight the corrupt. Where peace lives and freedom reigns. Where the fight has been won and gatorade has been dumped.

I get counter-culture glimpses of heaven in my "weirdo" reactions and feelings. Like, seeing teenagers get the idea to give away lightbulbs to people in dark apartments... exciting me to the point where it's worth more than what it's gonna cost to buy the lightbulbs.

I believe in prosperity... live by day to day by financial faith... and it's well with my soul.

I want my kids to be completely free to roam about the earth. I hope they do dangerous, radical things that require abandon.

Scattered thoughts... but honestly, we shouldn't be satisfied with what we have or what we can achieve with our own planning skills. Back to work...

I love Jesus but I drink a little

4 February 2009

25 Random Things About Me

OK I've been "tagged" enough on Facebook... I'll do this Random Thing thing.

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to "notes' under tab on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)


1. I've gotten so used to Diet pop that I can't drink anything that's not Diet anymore. Sure it's got chemicals... but Krissy tells me it's zero points on Weight Watchers... AND it further cuts my chances of ever having more kids!

2. Speaking of Diet Coke... I also was once "coerced" into calling Coca Cola over and over and over to complain when they changed the flavor years ago. Then one day a truck pulled into my driveway and unloaded a case of The New Diet Coke, for each time I called to complain. It was MANY cases of bad pop that my Mom made me drink.

3. When I got haircuts as a kid, my Mom would be so nervous that they'd cut my big ear with the scissors that she'd offer to hold it down during the haircut. Haircuts were fun times. Yep... fun times.

4. When my public school had a PA Days... I'd walk over to the Catholic School across the park and moon them.

5. I think people should suck it up and work harder more often.

6. I think what most people get tattoos of are dumb. Yeah... that butterfly with your boyfriend's initials will look pretty kickin' when you're 50.

7. A friend once served me a pizza that (secretly) had cat as a topping. He said it was chicken. It tasted like chicken. But it meowed. Hmm...

8. My wife and I kissed on the first date. It lasted through the entire credits to Field of Dreams. It was good. Then I married her and it got even better :)

9. The day I turned 30, was the first time I ever enjoyed listening to country music.

10. I order the biggest hamburger on the menu about 80% of the time at restaurants.

11. It bothers me when Christians don't go to church.

12. I always want to be older than I am.

13. I see the world like a big Risk game board... and I picture myself strategizing where the armies should be to conquer it.

14. I'm a terrible financial planner.

15. I find no topic too awkward to have an honest discussion about.

16. I don't watch many movies that aren't documentaries anymore. The only movies that are creative and have good writing are full of cusses and boobies.

17. My dream car must only have two things. One: it can hold everyone in my family. Two: it works. Here's hopin'... one day... fingers crossed...

18. Krissy once tried to convinced me that I was going deaf. I was convinced she just needed to speak up. So I went to an audiologist to get tested. My hearing came back perfect so I asked him to write her a note saying to "Dear Mrs. Carrol... It is my professional opinion that you need to talk louder".

19. My ideal evening is being at home just with my wife watching baseball.

20. I think the world will look drastically different in 5 years.

21. I believe hair to be "ever rotational" but actually wish that everyone was hairless. Then getting ready would be very quick and easy... and since we're all hairless, nobody would look dumb. And just imagine how much quicker we'd all be able to swim... or sprint.

22. I think that Van Halen's "Jump" would be an amazing song if instead of every time they played the 80's keyboard... they just let Eddie rip solos.

23. I wish that me, my brother, and my sister all lived on the same street. I think that the 3 of us are pretty cool people.

24. I have what the kids call "A staring problem". When I'm in a group of people with my wife... I can't take my eyes off her. I often think, "If this was the first time I'd met her... I'd still wanna go home with THAT girl".

25. I haven't doubted that Jesus is with me for a single second in 13 years.

3 February 2009

Ever been convicted by a Movie Trailer?

Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movies. Bill Murray at his best. It's high concept, sharp script... and Bill Murray. I woke up this morning feeling as if I was listening to the Punksatony DJ's squeal "Rise and shine campers, get on your booties because it's cold outside" over the back end of I got you Babe.

Over time, the term "Groundhog Day" has worked it's way into common speech... in fact in the military, the term means, "Referring to unpleasant, unchanging, repetitive situations" and what soldiers call everyday in Iraq!

For me today, the day after Groundhog... feels like Groundhog day again. Life (from 6am until 6pm 6pm at least) is very similar for me day after day after day these days. I'm not a guy who likes routine, and not unlike Bill Murray... I've tried a number of ways to get out of Groundhog Day. So I YouTubed the movie's trailer this morning, looking for a few laughs and maybe a little empathy from a fictional character.




"He's living this day till he gets it right".

Ever been convicted by a movie trailer?

In my mind... I have "far more important things to do" than to do than to be where God has me (living the same seemingly "pointless" day on a loop). How do I know it's God? Because every time I ask God, I hear Him (in the voice of Hal from 2001 A Space Odyssey) saying, "What are you doing Dave?". My mind and body want out of Punksatony... but Jesus said in John 3:6

"Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit."


We can't make life decisions based on our flesh. Flesh is weak and easily manipulated. It's to be put under submission to the spirit. When you let your flesh rule... you get flesh results. Life means more than that to me, than to let it be governed by surface whims and fleshy feelings.

In Groundhog Day, Bill Murray's character went through seasons shock, denial, mockery, fun, abandon, manipulation, honest, lies during his stay in repeating eternity. But he eventually DID get it right. He found the way to be kind, appreciative and real in even the most bizarre of circumstance. It changed him... and the world around him that needed to be changed too. I know my Groundhog Day season isn't going to last forever... but I really should dig deeper and learn the lessons God has for me today.

So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6: 31-34

2 February 2009

The BIG game

Did you know that you're not allowed to (as an advertiser) say the word "Superbowl" in your ad unless you're an official sponsor? So if you were Big Daddy's Crab Shack, and you had a Superbowl Party to plug, you'd have to call it THE BIG GAME. Well, actually you could call it a Superbowl Party if you'd like a threatening piece of mail on fancy NFL letterhead.

But that's OK... it is THE BIG GAME. Jennifer Hudson's American anthem was BIG. Bruce Springsteen doing halftime was BIG (come on... the boss can still rock Glory Days man), Kurt Warner's passing stats were BIG!

Have you ever hear Christians talking about having BIG Dreams? You start nodding and smiling, and they say again... "NO REALLY... God has BIG things in mind!" I think often, we're assuming that God want US specifically to be THE BIG GAME incarnate. We start picturing Billy Graham crusades, prophesying over the United Nations... leading Osama Bin Laden to Jesus in a highly rated You Tube extravaganza.

More and more... I'm getting the "spidey-sense" that THE BIG THING that the thing God has put in each of our hearts IS unity among the personally free body of Christ, thus releasing the commanded blessing of God. At that point, people all description are released to infiltrate every area of society...releasing the Kingdom of God one by one, by one, by one... AS one.

I want to share with you what Rick Joyner posted today on the Elijah List. I found it to be an excellent bit of teaching about church unity.

Rick Joyner: "The Gift of Helps is a Powerful Ministry that will Bring Unity in the Church"

We have been addressing the power of unity and how the Church must come into this unity to accomplish her purpose in these times. This year we are going to see great bridges of trust and fellowship being built between many churches, denominations, and individual Christians who have been greatly divided before. This will release unprecedented power.

One reason there has been so much division in the Church is because we have tried to unify around too much. The nation of Israel was only required to be in unity on two basic matters—worship and warfare. They were to worship Jehovah together in the manner and place He had prescribed, and they were to always be ready to mobilize and defend any of the other tribes that were attacked.

If the Church would live by this same wisdom, her power, authority, size, wealth, and impact would multiply quickly. When we discuss being in unity about worship, we need to steer clear of the nuances that the Lord has given us liberty in, such as the style of music. However, we do need to be in unity about Who we worship and how complying with the Biblical standards and teachings on morality, integrity, and other basics that should be common to all Christians.

The Moravians stated the following: "In the basics there must be unity. In the other matters there must be liberty, and in all things there must be charity."

Ministry Gift of Helps

As far as warfare is concerned, as Christians we should always be ready to mobilize with other Believers to defend any of our brothers or sisters, or other churches, who are attacked. Presently, this is quite rare, but the times that I have seen it happen have resulted in a bonding together of Believers in a special, powerful, and lasting way.

I was shown years ago that the ministry gift of "helps" would be one of the most powerful ministries to bring about the unity of the Church. I had always thought of this as being the service of those who cut the grass or washed the dishes at the church, but the Lord showed me that this ministry was much more than that; it was a foundation that all of the other ministries were built on.

The Holy Spirit is called "the Helper," and the true ministry of helps is very basic to the nature of the Holy Spirit. When one is drowning and calls out for help, the one who responds to save him has the ministry of helps. The ones who respond to help defend others who are under attack are those with the true ministry of helps.

His Heart for Restoration

Years ago, I had a dream in which one of my children was in a sewage ditch, covered in filth, and not only would no one help him, but he seemed to be despised by the whole world because of his condition. Then in my dream, a man came along, helped my child out of the ditch, cleaned him up, and restored him so that my child was free and able to walk again.

There is no way that I can describe the appreciation I felt for this person who helped my child. I felt like giving him everything I had, and I would have done anything in the world I could for him. Then I heard the voice of the Lord in this dream say, "Jim Bakker is My child. Will you help him?"

At the time, Jim Bakker was possibly one of the most despised people on the planet, even by Christians. If you read some of the mail he was receiving from Christians while in prison, you would think that Christians especially despised him. God loved him, and God was hurting because of the way one of His kids was hurting. I did not know Jim, had never watched the PTL program, except for a few minutes occasionally, and had only casually followed his trial and imprisonment.

However, I immediately resolved to help Jim in any way that I could. I don't think I did much to help him, and I must honestly say that I sincerely think I have benefited much more from our relationship than he has. Even more than that, God's favor came upon me in a way that I had never experienced before.

It was for this same reason that when the situation with Todd Bentley happened and I was asked to help restore him, I did not hesitate. I was warned by some that helping Jim Bakker would cost me and my ministry very dearly, and it may have with some, but the favor of God is worth much more than the favor of all men. I know Todd has asked what I expect to get out of helping him, wondering why I would want to when it seems the whole Church is mad at him, but the dream the Lord gave me over twenty years ago is still as real to me right now as when I first woke up after having it.

I'm not here to build a ministry—I'm here to do God's will, but I also know the Church will never be trusted by God or men until we have His heart for restoration. When the world sinned, turned away from Him, and fell into terrible debauchery, the Lord did not condemn it—He came and gave His own life to save it. Those who have His heart will do the same for those in trouble.

True Christians are in basic unity about worship, and when we start to respond to help defend our brothers and sisters who are attacked, our unity will grow very fast. We also need to respond and mobilize to help those who fall into transgression because that is basic Christianity—doing what our Savior did for us.

Rick Joyner
MorningStar Ministries


When we choose to be more like this... we'll be playing a pretty BIG GAME... seeing pretty BIG THINGS happen... and we'll have a very BIG CHURCH... because it will be about everyone... not just ME.

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