That Faithful Witness in the Sky On the heels of being given the dream for his life, Joseph immediately entered into a pit of despair. Literally, a pit. In Genesis 37, after receiving his promise and dream, Joseph is betrayed by his brothers, stripped of his robe, and left for dead in a pit awaiting the arrival of a ravenous beast looking for a feast. Sounds prosperous, palatable, and promising, right? Actually no, it’s the exact opposite of what Joe had been promised just a few verses before. So how do we explain this? I’ve heard it said that “p-i-t” stands for “prophet-in-training”. It seems to be a way of God to give a promise, and then He will allow circumstances to arise in life to test our motives, our obedience, and form us into the image of Jesus more and more so that when the promise comes to pass,…Continue Reading
Dreams Tyler Connell
Joyful Birth unto Opposition We’ve all been given desires, dreams, and promises. In the moment of the epiphany, a sense of ecstasy and joy shroud the hope of the new-found future. Suddenly, anything becomes possible for us. The world is at our finger-tips. Our emotions are saturated with the thought that my life actually has a discoverable, divine-purpose. Whether, it’s the desire or promise of a particular calling, relationship, entrepreneurial venture, or creative expression, we feel invincible, unstoppable. Morning has dawned and night is no more. Or so we think… In Genesis 37, we see Joseph, experience this moment of excitement. So much so that he KNEW he had to share it with those closest to him. Of course his own older brothers would be excited for him, right? “5Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.6 He said to them, “Listen to…Continue Reading
The Creator Revealed in Nature
God, in His infinite wisdom created a world where it’s physical nature reflects the shadow of His endless beauty. I am convinced that it is the single most effective tool to bring mankind back to the eternal longing, the eternal question and ultimately the eternal answer. In Romans, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Paul tells us that “..since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse…” (Romans 1:20) In the place of waiting on God, in peace, in the quiet, where no social network is a distraction and no busy to-do’s flash their lights; you’ll find God again. Creation was set in order as a divine plumb-line for mankind. Inviting us back to the eternal pleasures that can only be found in the whisper of the wind,…Continue Reading
System or Movement
As an individual in occupational ministry, I’ve noticed a trap that I’ve personally fallen prey to and witnessed many other “full-time ministers” become subject to. A substituting transaction occurs from a vibrant and free personal relationship with Jesus in favor of an organizational system or formula. The system often confines us to what we can and cannot do and whether intentionally or not, it can often sympathize with the sacred and secular divide that society holds. Out of a growing, vibrant, personal, relationship with Jesus, we are often led to our greatest areas of creative influence and impact. But the system, by nature, can stifle and control that impact. Out of a growing, vibrant, personal, relationship with Jesus, we are often led to our greatest areas of creative influence and impact. William Wilberforce, for example, concluded it would be a personal and societal injustice to have resigned his position as…Continue Reading
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Sometimes in our quest for the future, our quest for calling, and our quest of planning and scheming; we forget to see the one, the need, in front of us. We often times pray for revival, and use words, and dare I say buy into fluffy “feel good” hype about the subject of revival, but when a need, an uncomfortable need, is placed in front of us, many of us (including myself) would rather go to the meeting; enjoy songs, maybe even receive “Holy Spirit chills” and talk about revival and the nations to ease our consciences when an orphaned world is at our door step waiting to be loved. He reconciled us to God, releasing the Spirit of adoption upon our lives thereby making us sons and daughters of the Father. Thankfully there is a man named Jesus, who paid the highest price and walked down death’s alley, so we…Continue Reading
Anchor Love - Art by Calvin Hanson
Heart Inspiration Behind the Song The heart of this song was birthed out of a spontaneous intercession and worship time in Herrnhut, Germany. A group of missionaries were crying out in prayer for the salvation of souls in Western Europe and a returning to the love of the Father. In a world wrecked with the injustices of abuse, rejection and pain, an entire generation is searching endlessly for a green pasture, a place of rest, an anchor for their weary souls. The only place of rest is found in a Man, the Man of love, Jesus, for God is love and Jesus is God. As we began to prophesy in the place of prayer singing, “Let Love be your anchor!”, we felt a tangible shift in the heavenly realms and were confident and full of expectant faith that the fruition of our prayer would be a tangible reaping of souls for…Continue Reading