This is part 1 of a two part sermon I’m preaching at UHOP on the topic of evangelism. My main verse is Acts 1:8, which is the table of contents for the rest of the book of Acts. I’ve been studying the book of Acts most of the year and God has really been stirring me with it. I see His healing power (Acts 5!) and the effective preaching of the Word.
Called to Be Witnesses – Part 1
You have to listen to this teaching on Jesus the Healer! Bethany taught on this in May of this year. She mostly taught from the story of blind Bartimaeus. She walks through the story of how Jesus related to this blind man and how this blind man approached Jesus for healing.
The end of the story is that Jesus asks him, “What can I do for you?” Jesus hears this man, draws near to him after decades of blindness, and asks how he can serve him.
Our prayer community has been pursuing God’s healing power and His healing heart all year now. Jesus has been changing our paradigms about healing for the better.
The teaching starts 9:00minutes into the recording.
Jesus the Servant Healer
This is a 2 part series I did at UHOP this summer on experiencing more of God’s heart and presence in the Word of God. In March of this year, the Lord gave me the impression that we needed to teach people how to “eat the Word of God” so they could experience the life of God. It has been my experience over the past 10 years that many believers don’t ever, or very often, experience great tenderness in their bible reading times. In this series I talk about the parable of the sower and the seed from Mark 4/Matthew 13, how Jesus calls us to “hear” his word, which is referring to spiritual ears. He then talks about different kinds of hearts/soils we can cultivate in our inner life and who dramatically different the results are for each person. Jesus said that there was an extreme difference of experience of the Word in believers, even in the last category of good soils. Some bear 30, 60 or 100 fold fruitfulness in their hearts based on the heart that they cultivate in the Word of God.
I am convinced that is is every single person’s inheritance in the Lord to have their hearts moved when they read the bible, I think to the point of tears, on a daily or weekly basis. It is our inheritance to have our minds filled with fascination and wonder as we read His Word. It is our inheritance to have our emotions moving as we read and to have them filled with hope, joy, peace and the experience of the love of God.
The secret to getting a tender heart in the Word is to read bible books you can understand and to slowly pray those truths/bible phrases back to God in our quiet times. I discourage people from only reading the One Year Bible or only using a devotional book as their time with God. I say this because it doesn’t easily facilitate slow, repetitive dialogue with Jesus over His words to us. I encourage reading and journaling (writing down your prayers and thoughts from verses) through one book of the Bible at at time and researching commentaries to understand the books of the Bible we read. For example, right now I’m going slowly through Ephesians 1. I googled the background information of the book and some general information about the content, then as I’m reading I research words I don’t fully understand or ones I want more verses and information on. I did this for the word “forgiveness”. The sites I found gave me tons of verses on forgiveness, some definitions and some Old Testament history to the word. All of these things informed my conversation with the Lord on the topic of forgiveness.
I want to leave you with this question. In Mark 4, what does it look like to bear 30 fold fruit in your heart in the Word? What would it look like on a weekly basis to bear 100 fold fruit in your heart in the Word? Let’s pursue a high vision for experiencing God in the Word
Experiencing the Life of God in the Word – Part 1
Experiencing the Life of God in the Word – Part 2
For about a year now, since Moravia turned 1, we have been letting her play different instruments at UHOP on our off times. We would sit her on our lap and let her play piano and make noises in the microphone, strum the electric guitar when it was in Jeff’s hands or play the drums on somebody’s lap.
This week she did something new. I put her on the keyboard stool and she started playing and pretend singing like she’s never done before. Then she told me to go to my guitar station, so I could play music with her. This would be the normal set up of musicians she would see on a normal weekday at UHOP when she comes.
We named her Moravia because we felt there was a worship calling over her life, which has been fun to invest in at home and at UHOP. We are praying that she could play any instrument her heart desires and that her heart would overflow in the place of worship.
Finney is growing up so fast! He will be 9 weeks old this weekend.
Moravia has been learning all kinds of prayers this summer. It’s so crazy how much little kids can learn at this age. All of her prayers have actions to them, so she really gets into them. This video shows her praying 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 as a prayer and saying the names of all her grandparents.
The picture below is a link to a sermon I preached a few weeks ago at a church in Sioux Falls. If you have been tracking with us recently, you know that we have been contending for healing and connecting with healing ministries in town. This church is the church that is hosting a healing ministry on the streets of downtown Sioux Falls.
This sermon is about the heart of Jesus the Bridegroom. I talked about about He is joyful, gentle, passionate and desires partnership with us. I spent more time highlighting the issue of shame and how God breaks that stronghold with the revelation of His enjoyment of our lives in our weaknesses.