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What’s on my playlist?

Okay, so the title for this post is a little misleading.  I’m not actually going to tell you what’s on my playlist, other than saying I really can’t get enough of everything from Luciano Pavarotti‘s operatic awesomeness to Parov Stelar‘s crazy electroswing (samples), from Wavedude and Josiah Kramer‘s explorations into worship dubstep that I know are gonna blast church sanctuaries one day to the haunting and exotic sound of the Alash Ensemble, from The Tallest Man on Earth and Doug Burr‘s down-to-earth folk that speaks straight to my heart to the music of Tommy Emmanuel, who can somehow do on a guitar things no man with only ten fingers should be able to do.  (Hmmm… I feel kinda guilty that no Hillsong, Jesus Culture, or IHOP musicians appeared on that quick list… but… sucks to be them.)

But I’m not gonna talk about that.

I want to share some of the places I go to for great messages of biblical truth that will strengthen you, challenge you, and confront the laziness, timidity, faithlessness, and selfishness in you.  In no particular order, I offer you my top ten places for preaching that’ll strengthen your inner man (Ephesians 3:16), in both Romanian and English.

cstone milw1) Cornerstone Church Milwaukee (English) – Michael Fisher, the leader of Cornerstone Churches International and a man who has imparted much into my own life, is currently pastoring our local congregation of young radicals at UW Milwaukee along with a team of Jesus-loving world-changers.  Anything from this group is sure to challenge you to live with boldness, walking in the power and freedom of the gospel.  Michael’s got an anointing to raise up and send forth leaders who will change the world for the glory of Jesus, so get ready for some Holy Spirit impartation.  You can check out the latest sermons at their podcast, or you can do what I do, and dig through all the old messages here.  Currently, I’m working through Michael Fisher’s “Our Genetic Code” series.  It’s awesome!

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Bringing Risky Back – Sent As Sheep Among Wolves

I spent about ten years living and ministering in a small town in southern Wisconsin.  A number of the families in our church body were raising farm animals.  One family had goats.

Not once (in all my years in that fellowship) did I ever hear that family express worry over what would happen to the poor coyotes and mountain lions if one curious little goat managed to escape the pen.

Because we all know full well the fate that would await such an adventurous little guy:  coyote food.

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In Matthew 10:16, Jesus gathers together his disciples to give them an encouraging word about his calling on their lives.  So, what does he tell them?  How he will always be with them?  How he has given them every place they set their feet?  How a thousand may fall at their side, ten thousand at their right hand, but it won’t come near them?  How power will come on them and they’ll be witnesses to the outermost parts of the earth?  How he loves them so jealously?

No, he tells them simply, “Look, I’m sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.”

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OneThing Conference

As the end of the calendar year approaches, I’ve been finding myself missing one thing (ha ha, no pun intended) more than any other:  the OneThing conference put on by the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.

Although I did not attend this conference every year, it had certainly become a regular part of my life.  Not everything is perfect, but I’ve been fed, challenged, encouraged, and strengthened through their ministry, and I’ll definitely be missing it this year.

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Enjoy live worship 24/7

Lately, I’ve been getting much strength from the guys over at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.  They aren’t great at everything, but they excel in worship.  If your devotional life needs a kick-start, I definitely recommend heading over there to use their free resources.

Ephesians 3:16 reads, “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man…”

If you need some strengthening in your “inner man”, I highly recommend checking out their live webstream.  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, they’ve got teams leading worship and intercession.  And they broadcast it for all of us to enjoy anywhere we can get online!  🙂  You really can’t go wrong there.

So grab your Bible, turn off your cell phone, and head over to the 24/7 prayer room.  Let the Holy Spirit strengthen you in your inner man.

When the Bible has Lost its Flavor

A couple days ago, I realized the Bible had become dry and flavorless to me. I was reading it most mornings, but I read it to get it over with, to do my religious duty. I left the same way I had come, without having encountered the Living Water.

I’m sure you’ve gone through times like that in your walk with God. Sometimes, it’s simply the regular cycle of revelation (God reveals something amazing) and contemplation (we take time to think about it). Other times, it’s due to sin in your life that blocks God’s grace. Other times, God is intentionally drawing you into a desert time in order to draw you deeper, just as he drew his own beloved Son (Mark 1:11-12). Sometimes, the word loses its savor because you’re simply in too much of a hurry or you’re distracted.

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Revival Pizzas and Sewage Salads

Tonight at the men’s group, we listened to a message  George Otis, Jr, gave at a recent IHOP (not to be confused with the pancake place) service.  (I know I posted about this back here a few weeks ago, but it’s worth mentioning again.)  If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure you do.  It’s awesome!  For faster internet connections (a.k.a. not my laptop), you can watch the video; otherwise the audio is also available.  (Feel free to skip the first chunk of it; he doesn’t really get going until the last 30-40 minutes of the message.)

Since I don’t want to just re-post an ad for George Otis, Jr, here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“It’s like this.  If you wanna learn to fly, the first thing you wanna ask your instructor in the seat next to you is, ‘Have you ever gotten a plane off the ground before?’  And if the answer is, ‘No,’ my advice is for you to get out of the cockpit at that point.”

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Before Kony 2012

“We haven’t been called to make our communities better.  We’ve been called to transform them.”  -George Otis, Jr.

You might remember George Otis, Jr., as the guy with the funny sweater and big glasses from the “Transformations” videos.  If you’re like me, you figured there wasn’t much to him.

Boy, was I in for a surprise when I head him speak last night at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.  This guy’s got some power when he preaches!  If you missed his powerful message about transforming communities, keep an eye on the archives at IHOP (http://www.ihop.org/weekendservices/archives/).

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