Friday, April 28, 2006

Invisible Children

I'm in. Are you? If you want to go, holla at me. This event and the awareness it brings will be worth sleeping on the ground. As Jim Wallis said,"Faith is always personal, but never PRIVATE." We must act.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

My Heart Is Full

This week my home church, Scottsdale Bible, hosted a festival for all of its "workers" and it was fantastic. Luis Palau, a famous Argentine evangelist (and prophet if you ask me), was at the church and just simply "brought it". It was such an honoring event and awareness was manifest throughout the congregation. To quote one of my fellow workers, "My heart is full." Very few times in my life I have experienced a feeling like this, but this was one of those times. Thank you Lord.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


How I know my calling:
Whenever I look at a globe anymore,
I cannot help but cry.

Monday, April 17, 2006

"Rejoice." --Jesus

I thought about countless things I could write today, but thanks to my friend Lynch, this would be best: Thank you Lord Jesus.

"Truly this was the Son of God." Matt. 27:54

Friday, April 14, 2006

A Night At Kingdom Hall

I told people I knew that I was going. I got blank stares. I got the "why" questions. I even had people respond like I was going to a strip club or something. It is amazing to see and hear the different reactions my news received.

His name is Richard. It was the usual "fight or flight" mechanism that swept over me. I had five seconds before he and his buddy would knock on my door. I could answer or I could let then just walk away and add to their 98% rejection rate as I would later find out is their percentage of rejection. I answered. A relationship was formed. He first went into his evangelism like I was someone who never had heard of the Bible. It was great, until he saw my Bible laying on my couch. I offered him a seat to his surprise, along with a drink. He was shocked. Frankly, it is what Jesus would have done I feel, so I let the Spirit guide me this day. It was great. We talked for over an hour, mostly about the doctrine of the Trinity. He left and promised to return after I ensured him that I would like to dialogue more about this.

Richard was back next week. This time we talked about holidays and the such, since Jehovah's Witness do not celebrate Christmas, birthdays, etc...It was another time of great interaction. He asked me if I would go to the celebration of the Lord's Supper with him and his family Wednesday. I promised him I would be there, much to his delight.

Wednesday night was an eye-opening time. I got to hear the message they proclaim. I got to watch interaction of everyone. But most of all, my relationship with Richard progressed even further. You see, people do not understand why I would go this. Its simple. For the same reason I would want my non-Christian friends to say "yes" to me when I invite them to church. I don't want to be a hypocrite. I want to meet people where they are at. I want to be in their world...Paul seemed ok with this approach. How else are we going to reach them?

Monday, April 10, 2006

Holy Ground

The Memorial Union. Better known as the MU to students at ASU, it is the location that thousands make their way through on campus each day. On this Palm Sunday at 6am it is vacant. In fact, there are only a few people I see on the campus grounds all morning...well...except for those praying for ASU. As I walked into Danforth Chapel on site I am somewhat surprised to see 5 people engaged in Spirit-filled worship and prayer. I mean, it is 6am on a Sunday morning at ASU and these students care and love their campus so much that they sacrifice sleep and many other things to lift up their campus to God.

For a week straight not one minute of one hour was missed. Continual prayer and worship never ceased. I met wonderful people. Prophets....Saints....Sinners.... People like Chris who was one of the visionaries for this movement coming to Tempe. Amber Z. and Cindi whose contagious smiles and spirits were uplifting. Shawn, an amazing man who held down many of the 1am or 3am shifts. Remarkable.

As I sat at home last night I couldn't shake the obvious yearning to go back to ASU and continue doing this. This movement has radically changed my life and my soul. God met me at ASU...a place that I don't even go to school anymore....a place that up to this week I never thought I would step foot on again. My prayer is that '24-7 prayer' catches fire all around this world. Thank you Father God. ,

Saturday, April 08, 2006

124 Hours Down, 44 To Go

The 24-7 prayer movement at Arizona State University has been amazing. I have been able to spend many hours down at the school this past week and have witnessed the ramifications of bringing this type of Spirit to a campus ranked #3 on Playboy's party schools list.

Most of my time there has been spent alone as I hold down a prayer bloc or two. Sometimes it is hard to focus. After all, thousands of students are pouring by the prayer area throughout the day. Sororities and Fraternity's gear up for "A" week and situate themselves within shouting distance of our area. Music blares as a rocker screams out mild profanity to the delight of onlookers. Nevertheless, God is there. Right there, in the midst of all this chaos. He meets me there as I lift up prayer for ASU and whatever else is on my heart.

50,000+ students, faculty, employees, etc. have been lifted up to God for about 124 hours straight now. Some crazy stuff has happened in this time. We will continue through Palm Sunday. I cannot wait to share more with you, so keep a close ear.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Exclusive Photo: Whale That Ate Jonah Found!

Well, not really...but, two fish on one line isn't bad for a guy from the suburbs of Scottsdale. Deep sea fishing was a blast, I highly recommend it.