Today my family and I are in Chicago. We are awaiting our return flight to Fairbanks. None of us are overly excited about being tourists. If we could change our flights we would leave today.

Click below for a link to one of my favorite Christmas Traditions.  The Innkeeper by John Piper.

http://burning4eternity.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/the-innkeeper-a-christmas-tradition/

This was my birthday dinner 2009. I shot a moose and we had a moose roast cooked over a fire.

Over the past several weeks many people, myself included have expressed interest in fasting.  the International House of Prayer has some excellent resources beginning with the book Rewards of Fasting.  Below you will find links to this information.  I believe now, more than ever it is important for Christians to fast.  Fasting is a discipline we as Christians MUST do regularly.  It is a lifestyle and not an option.  Period.

Rewards of Fasting
http://ihop.org/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=1000010083

Statement of Fasting
http://ihop.org/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=1000011224

Fasting Guidelines

http://ihop.org/Publisher/File.aspx?ID=1000011223

Lovesick Heart of the Fasted Lifestyle Msg.

http://media.ihop.org.s3.amazonaws.com/14469e85-e587-4e1c-bcab-381613151a73.mp3

Here is a poem that was read this Sunday at church.  May the Lord speak to and provoke you through it.  Author unknown:

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit’s power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made…I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean in His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And, when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me….my banner will be clear!

THE APOSTOLIC WOUND by Allen Hood

Please download the message above an listen to it.  This was given by Allen Hood in October of 2005.  Rachel and I were attending he Onething Leadership Summit and checking out IHOP-KC for the first time ever.  This message was as incredible then as it is now.  In many ways, my life has come full circle back to this message.

Take a listen, and leave a comment.

PS.  If anyone knows how to upload files better than this cheesy way I used, PLEASE email me or let me know.  I am a rookie at this stuff.


 

BH

 

I have to give credit for the B.O.H. which stands for Band of Heroes, to a group of men that met regularly to pray over each other and their families. We sought to go deep in god and spur each other on in a deeper relationship with Jesus. The “General” of the group was/is Nathan Stogsdill, a man I aspire to be like, and a man that is after God’s own heart. I miss you brother!

In a book I am reading, I came across a line that pierced my heart instantly.

    “Be bold. Cowardice keeps man double minded, hesitating between two worlds. True faith abandons one opinion for the other. Hesitation is the death of faith.”

In my reading of the Word the past several weeks, I keep being reminded of a couple passages they are:

Ephesians 5:12-17

“12For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:
   “Wake up, O sleeper,
      rise from the dead,
   and Christ will shine on you
.”

 15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

 

Malachi 4:5-6

“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers…”

So how does all of this tie together?

As men in the house of God, our homes, and our community, we need to have the FAITH to hold each other accountable in all areas of life. The faith to speak boldly as the Lord leads and to move out/into what His good and pleasing will is for our lives individually and corporately.

Across the Body of Christ, and even here in our church and town, men are dying spiritually. There are many reasons why, but largely it is from division and being conquered by the enemy. It is time to WAKE UP, O Sleeper, and take back what is ours. The time has come to draw a line in the sand and decree that THIS SPOT is as close as darkness creeps in around us. We must make the MOST of every opportunity the Lord gives us, because the days are evil. The consequences of inaction are too severe. So how/what do we do?

We make a covenant. We raise the bar of excellence in our lives and help those around us do the same.

We Fast-starting small, not seeking God’s hand, but His face. Asking for wisdom and revelation in our lives, for our leaders, for our bosses etc.

We Pray-joining in prayer meetings like the one Wednesday night. Prayer is the key!

We Read the Word-Sharing what the Holy Spirit tells us to groups like these and cell. It edifies the body!

We Cover Each Other’s Back and Families in DAILY focused prayer. This is a battle, we cannot succeed alone.

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