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I have been praying for some time that God would break in on Catholic Charismatic fellowships in Poland. Iwona will be attending the 25th anniversary of a fellowship that she helped start called Hallelujah. The anniversary will take place October 4-11 in Wroclaw, Poland. If the funds come in, I would like our whole family to make the trip. I am praying that a fresh wind of renewal and revival would spread through the nation of Poland. That they would be a living example of what one of there own, John Paul ll, told the world to do.
A page taken from Hallelujah's journal taken over two decades ago of some of the leaders. I put a yellow border around Iwona.
Center of Wroclaw, Poland
John Paul ll, in 2000, called all parishes to become schools of prayer and places where "training in holiness" is given.
Our Christian communities must become genuine "schools" of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly "falls in love"... It would be wrong to think that ordinary Christians can be content with a shallow prayer that is unable to fill their whole life.
He also cites several reasons why this turn to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. Besides the fact that it is quite simply part and parcel of the Gospel message, he points out that the supportive culture of "Christendom" has virtually disappeared and that Christian life today has to be lived deeply, or else it may not be possible to live it at all.
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.
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…
home-cooked food lovers,
late night talkers,
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…
I am reading during this 40-day fast a book by Ralph Martin called “The Fulfillment of All Desire”
YOU MUST READ IT
This is not a book only for those who think that they are called to a “life of prayer” (by the way, how else can we communicate and fellowship with God Himself?). It is not only for those who recognize an intercessory role as their primary function within the body of Christ. It’s not only for those who identify themselves as Catholic, Evangelical, Charismatic, Mystic, or Emergent church.
It’s for those who:
- desire to acknowledge that there is a depth to the knowledge of God, which we, in our “instant society” are lacking profoundly
- those who are experiencing hunger for God
- those who love challenges
- those who believe that inspiration of the past generations can be valuable
- those who want to go deeper in understanding the ways to reach their Creator
- those who need biblical proof that all of these mystics are right
- don’t understand why things are happening, when they laid down their whole lives to Jesus
- those who struggle with prayer life
- those who are tired of seven-points-to-successful-prayer
- those who are searching for the ancient truths spoken in a modern language
- those who love God Himself above everything else, who burned the bridges, who know that there is nothing else to come back to, but are apprehensive of stepping into the unknown
- those who want to become saints ( and I am quite serious about that one)
If you were struggling while reading “Fire within” by T. Dubay, this is “easier to read” version for the same subject - prayer.
You will be messed up for some time, possibly for life…
You will discover (if you don’t know yet) that the whole body of Christ should be grateful to the Catholics for their wisdom…
You will wonder why no one told you these things before, and how come all of it is in the Bible…
You will discover something about yourself that someone else already knew hundreds years ago…
You will feel that you are a part of something bigger…
I will be quoting from this book during the fast to provoke you to buy it, read it, and live it! I hope you enjoy it as I do.
This evening, I took my daughter to a ballet and met up with Lou Engle and his wife, Threz, there. The ballet was performed by Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre from Kansas City, MO. It was so powerful that we all cried. I shot footage of the performance to make a promo video for the school. When I'm finished editing it, I will put the clip on my blog. They will be touring in Europe later this summer.