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Whenever I am preaching at church or youth I always begin by praying God, what do you want your people to know?   How can I encourage them the most?  What is the end in mind?  So I always begin with an objective, something that I am pointing to, something that you’ll walk away knowing and walk away going, yeah I can do that!

Today as you read this, I want you to walk away knowing that as Christians we are made for more than just breathing.  We are called to partner with God to see incredible change here on earth and to see peoples lives affected by how we live and who we are.  Not only that, but we have been given the Holy Spirit, God Himself, to live within us to equip and empower us.

When I was fairly newly saved a guy who prayed for me at a youth group meeting said he felt God wanted me to go home and read Acts 29.

Now you may have just gone through the files of your mind and thought, wait a minute…. there is no Acts 29.  Acts finishes, albeit somewhat suddenly and with the hint of a comma in Acts 28. Read the rest of this entry »

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I became a christian at an easter camp when I was 16.  The speaker did what we call an altar call, asking that if anyone wants to give their life to Jesus to come forward.  At first I was like kinda nervous and I knew I wanted to but also it felt really scary to do that in front of everyone.  Anyway I did it, I went forward and they prayed and I prayed and I met Jesus, for real.  I knew that I was clean and forgiven and had a new start and was a child of God.  I knew I had crossed a line, that a minute before I was NOT a Christian but then after that I WAS a Christian.  And then the unexpected happened.  I felt God.  I felt warm and peaceful and these strong emotional feelings and waves and waves of what I can only label as love and as the presence of God.  I did not expect that.  I didn’t know that could happen!  I opened my eyes and said WHAT IS THAT!!!! And the person praying for me said that is the Holy Spirit!

The Holy Spirit is a real person who came to reside within Jesus Christ’s true followers after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven.

Some people think that The Holy Spirit is just a force, a wind, a presence, a power.  But The Holy Spirit is a real person just as Father God is real and Jesus the Son is real, The Holy Spirit is a real person.

John 14:16-18  “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

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We can’t spread life and revival without being filled with HIS LIFE and HIS REVIVAL. There are no words or works that can ever replace the POWER and MIGHT that mark the life of a person filled with the Holy Spirit. We can try to duplicate it, but all attempts will come up empty and feel like old religion. It’s easier to play a part than to actually be filled with Him. It’s easier to control a situation than to risk being broken. It’s easier to whine about what we think we deserve than to surrender what we think we need. But how we know Him is how we share Him and expose others to Him. We have to stop trying to imitate and recreate what only HE can do. We are His unique creation. He is ready to do something new, in fact he has already started…we just have to be willing to let go and believe that what He has for us is eons more extravagant than anything we could ever try to do ourselves. ~ The Fearless Experiement / Lindsay McPhail

It’s been a while since I’ve posted – sorry!

I had a stint in hospital and have been busy with work related stuff.   Life.

Time in hospital made me stop.  You’re stuck in a bed, its noisy and unfamiliar.  Time to stop is an invitation to draw close to God.  It is a time for worship and prayer.  A time for just being.  We are not human doings but human beings and for me hospital time is a very big reminder that doing is not my mandate but being a child of God is.  Relationship is more important than doing.  My identity is not what I do but WHOSE I am and who I am.

This song was my anthem. Let me become more aware of your goodness, let your presence come. Let me see you more. Let me draw close.

 

I feel it in my bones, You’re about to move
I feel it in the wind, You’re about to ride in
You said that You would pour Your spirit out
You said that You would fall on sons and daughters

So like the rain, come and drench us in love
Let Your glory rush in like a flood

We are fixed on this one thing
To know Your goodness and see Your glory
We’re transformed by this one thing
To know Your presence and see Your beauty

I can see it now, Your kingdom come
I can hear it now, the sounds of heaven
You said that if we ask, we’ll receive
We are asking for the greater measure

So like the rain, come and drench us in love
Let Your power rush in like a flood

We are fixed on this one thing
To know Your goodness and see Your glory
We’re transformed by this one thing
To know Your presence and see Your beauty

Come and blow on through
Spirit move, we’re ready for You to
Come and blow on through
Come and do what only You can do

The atmosphere is changing now
For the spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the spirit of the Lord is here

Overflow in this place
Fill our hearts with your love
Your love surround us
You’re the reason we came
To encounter your love
Your love surround us

Spirit of God fall fresh on us
We need your presence
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
Here as in heaven

A miracle can happen now
For the spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the spirit of the Lord is here

 

 

Awaken my soul God, towards you.

That I may love you as you deserve, that I may honour you, that I may live for you.

Help me to see you, that I may seek you.

We can’t spread life and revival without being filled with HIS LIFE and HIS REVIVAL. There are no words or works that can ever replace the POWER and MIGHT that mark the life of a person filled with the Holy Spirit. We can try to duplicate it, but all attempts will come up empty and feel like old religion. It’s easier to play a part than to actually be filled with Him. It’s easier to control a situation than to risk being broken. It’s easier to whine about what we think we deserve than to surrender what we think we need. But how we know Him is how we share Him and expose others to Him. We have to stop trying to imitate and recreate what only HE can do. We are His unique creation. He is ready to do something new, in fact he has already started…we just have to be willing to let go and believe that what He has for us is eons more extravagant than anything we could ever try to do ourselves. ~ The Fearless Experiement

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Last night I had my first night at HKC youth….  I officially start in January and so wanted to make the most of seeing what happens now and how things click together.   I felt incredibly priv’d to be at what turned out to be an incredibly special night.  Many young people felt the presence of God for the first time and it took me back to my own youth group days when I first got saved and knew that God loved me.  This is why I said “yes”.  This is it.  This is the real deal.  This is what life is about.

*  photo is me speaking at youth camp last weekend

I’m so thankful for the grace and power of God that He so lavishly pours upon us.

I am just a jar of clay so that the all surpassing power is of God, not myself.

I live to know Him, and make Him known.  That is my mission.  My heart.

God dwells within me.

It is my heart that I live to know Him and demonstrate His reality and grace and goodness to those around me, in every which way.  Doesnt the world so need to know that Jesus is real and that He loves them?  Words sometimes are not enough.  I believe in the power of the spoken gospel, gospel conversations but I believe we have to also live it and be it and shine it!  We have to step out and make real that hope and power God has given us.   The Holy Spirit doesnt dwell within us to make us feel nice and happy (though He does) but He lives within us to empower us to be witnesses.   Let’s step out and see God step in!

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