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My soul is provoked

This morning, I directed the media at IHOP while Lou Engle shared his testimony and some dreams about the next TheCall meeting in San Diego this November 1st. I was so provoked, I couldn't help but cry and pray. He petitioned us to go on a 40-day fast for the state of California starting September 24. When I returned home, I listened to a Delirious? album named "The Mission Bell". Their song named "Take Off My Shoes" really ministered to me. I am amazed why Jesus would want to wash my feet.

Take Off My Shoes

I’ll take off my shoes, I’m coming in, Untie this rope, I’m staying with him, Love of my life, I’ll live and die, Just for the moments for my king and I.

Why did you call, why did you wait, For someone so guilty, someone so fake. There are no words for my beautiful song, Now I’m in the arms of my beautiful one. Hold me, blow all the pride from my bones, with your fire. Hold me, breathe on this heart made of stone, keep it pure. Hold me, saviour of heaven and earth, King forever. Hold me, love of my life lead me on, Through the fire, lead me on...

I’ll take off this crown and fall at your feet, The secret of joy are the moments we meet. How could a man with all of your fame, Pull me from darkness and call me by name.

So hold me today, as I carry your cross, Into the desert to find who is lost. Look at my hands, they’re still full of faith, God keep them clean till we finish the race.

Written by Delirious? ©2005 Curious? Music UK

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Worship Symposium with Poles

We’ve had five Poles staying in our YWAM style looking basement for two weeks. They came for IHOP's Worship Symposium. The seminar was awesome. Dr Terri Terry blew our minds away. The participants came from all over the world, mostly from Korea, Russia and Poland. Iwona (my Polish bride) translated 2-3 sessions a day, simultaneously… which is always quite challenging.

Polish landscape

But the highlights from these two weeks were from us being able to spend some time with our Polish friends. I realized again, how different the Eastern European soul is from the Western counterpart. They are so…

relationship oriented,

home-cooked food lovers,

late night talkers,

tea drinkers,

down to earth practical, but also unapologetically romantic,

strongly opinionated, critical, but instantly mesmerized by suddenly spotted beauty,

painfully realistic, but captivated by melancholic poetry…

and many other things…

Wroclaw

City Hall in Wroclaw, Poland

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Four Injured in IHOP Shooting

Several hours ago, I was drinking coffee with my IHOP-KC (International House of Prayer in Kansas City) media team inside the IHOP (International House of Pancakes) restaurant in Grandview, MO when we heard many rounds of gun fire outside. Everyone in the restaurant ducked in panic. Within seconds, four people were shot outside. Before the shooting happened, over 30 cars speedily flooded the parking lot and over 100 teens jumped out. The commotion looked like an agitated beehive. About 20 feet from our table, a dozen teenagers started shouting that their friend was hit. He was laying on the ground. I jumped up to see what happened. He was shot in his back through his liver and they were trying to apply pressure to stop the bleeding. The glass at the entrance was busted and over 50 empty 8mm, 9mm and 45. caliber shell casings littered the parking lot. It looked like a war zone. All the victims were taken to hospitals. Two are in serious condition and one has life-threatening injuries.

Click photo above for the video footage.

Thank God He protected us because we were sitting at the front window where everything happened.

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The Purity Covenant: Seven Personal Commitments

My fasting team (Holy Club) at IHOP have made a covenant requiring seven personal commitments to purity. Here they are. I would recommend you find a group of trusted friends that would wholly pursue going after purity together with you.

Confess your trespasses to one another…that you may be healed. (James 5:16)

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Commitment #1: I commit to refuse to participate in conversations that promote or joke about immorality. If I do speak in this way, I will confess to those I was conversing with that I sinned.

Commitment #2: For men and women: I commit to wear modest clothing that in no way promotes sensuality. I will “occasionally” ask a godly believer who does not dress the same way I do, if my clothing is too revealing (too tight, too short, etc.).

Commitment #3: I commit to confess each time I view pornography or have any sexual contact with someone (not my spouse) to the same trusted friend (who embraces this covenant).

I commit to register with the technology of choice that promotes the wisdom and safety of accountability whether or not I struggle with pornography.

Accountability Software: These programs track your internet activity and send an email to the accountability partner that you choose. If you uninstall the software it triggers a report to your partner. www.covenanteyes.com ($7.99 per month, if you enter the promo code: "accountability" you receive a 50% discount; www.x3watch.com (Free); www.integrity.com (free); www.accountable2you.com (free).

Web Filtering Software: Programs that block sexual content www.integrity.com ($49.95); www.bsafehome.com ($49.95); www.intego.com (For Mac’s); www.cyberpatrol.com (39.95).

Commitment #4: I commit to hold any confession of my friend’s failure in strict confidentiality. If I do speak it to another then I commit to tell it to the one who confessed their sin to me. The one who breaks confidence should confess also to the one to whom he broke the confidence.

Commitment #5: If I “repeatedly” stumble in immorality, I will show the fruit of repentance by going with my friend to confess to the leadership and then accept the boundaries they give me.

Commitment #6: I commit to share with the leadership if my friend “repeatedly” stumbles in immorality. I will first tell my friend before sharing with a leader to convince him to go with me. I refuse to yield to “unsanctified mercy” that allows sin to increase in my friend’s life.

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. If he will not hear, take with you one or two more…If he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. (Matthew 18:15-17)

Commitment #7: For leaders: I commit to follow through on the process of bringing those who ‘continue’ in immorality to the appropriate discipline without offering “unsanctified mercy”.

Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all… (1 Timothy 5:20, NAS)

We will not bring public shame to anyone who repents. We hope to never expose one’s sin publicly. There are many levels of discipline that do not require personal exposure.

Above all things have fervent love…for love will cover a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8 )

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