Archive for February, 2011

A prayerful declaration for your campus or school from my brother Ryan Gunnarson:
Set us ablaze Lord!
This is your campus!
Baptize this place with your mercy.
Rain down your love on this place.
Rise up leaders young and old to war on your behalf.
Rise up oh sleepers!
Rise up oh those who are numb!
Rise up you prayer warriors!
God raise up people who have a zeal for your name,
A greater zeal for your face
A greater zeal for your love
Hahahahahaha a greater zeal for your glory
God come! God come! Holy and precious creator have mercy on this place!
God humble the proud.
… shake the unshaken.
… confound the wise.
… awaken the apathetic.
… satisfy the hungry
… nourish the desperate
… bring joy to the oppressed
…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
… contagious joy that changes a city like Phillip.
Come Lord!
Come with a sword ready to take out the enemy.
God bring truth back to this campus.
Like you breathed into Adam and breathed life into the disciples… God breathe life into these deflated lungs. Breathe life into these dry and weary bodies. God breathe life into these lost and dead souls.
Show us how to live unabandoned
… worship indigified
… pray unceasingly
… follow your direction
… walk boldly and righteously for your name
So I pray Lord…
Mass of dry bones AWAKEN in your name. Awaken the dead Lord.
I pray for power in your name.
I pray for authority in your name.
Help us to understand your never ceasing love for this place God.
Teach us how to join you in this war for lost souls.
Teach us how to fight on our knees.
Raise up bold leaders who will settle for nothing less than your kingdom coming to this place God.
I speak courage over the student body to preach the gospel and use words when necessary.
Raise up radical Johns, radical Peters, radical Phillips who aren’t ashamed of the good news. Boys and girls, professors and students, coaches and players…
More of you God.
Consume this place I ask Lord.
Send your fire that cleanses, your fire that purifies, your fire that changes people.
Raise up a generation that seeks you first, themselves second.
A selfless movement of lovers.
Break our heart for what breaks yours
Break our heart for the lost and the poor
We ask… you answer and open the door
Fill us up… give us more
Awaken us Lord
Breathe life into the walking dead, the diseased Horde
God make us alive in Christ
Give me life. I want a life filled with passion
A life never bored
A life where I live by the TRUTH, live by the sword
Give me a passion to read your word. Live your word. Be your word
… in scripture out Jesus
… in Grace out joy
… in fire out passion
Let your eyes be my eyes
Your mouth be my mouth
Your hands be my hands
Your feet my feet
Your love my love
Your heart cry my heart cry
Your prayers my prayers
Your freedom my freedom
Your breath my breath.
Your heartbeat my heartbeat…
Finish what you started.
Fulfill your promise God.
Revival is coming.
The fire is coming.
The joy is coming.
The army is awakening…
GOD IS COMING!
The day of the Lord is upon us.
Prepare ye the way of the Lord.
He is coming with jealous love in His heart and righteous fire in His eyes.
Make this campus yours Lord.
Make these hearts yours Lord.
Consume us God.
Make us yours…
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

-RG-
January 17th, 2011
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I love and pray for everyone who reads this, that you may endure the race set before you. I pray through grace you are strengthened to love one another in the fullness that Christ has loved us. That you will truly find those that sharpen you, as iron sharpens iron. That Joy and peace abound in your life and strengthen your mind, soul, and spirit. Therefore you may truly live out the two great commandments given to us by our saviour! Amen.

 

I have grown up in the church, and with believers, and still am today in fellowship with many in Christ. Something that I have seen is arguments, quarrels, divisions among God’s people that last and never get settled. It breaks my heart, and I can’t help but wonder is this the family God wants? Is this inevitable between believers? Does it always have to be this way? I don’t believe so, we have been given instructions on how we are supposed be as a body, as a family. What I see does not align with God’s word. I would like to share what He says in His Word in hopes that He will have the family He longs for.

 

  • My first point I will make is this. You are made unique there is no one like you, meaning there will be differences between you and someone else. Those differences aren’t bad! God gave us different roles and gifts to use.  We see this in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 if you want the reference. It’s true together we make up the body yet we are different, and at the same time meant to be unified! The hand has its job and the foot has its own. Different tasks, same body. You shouldn’t expect the foot or hand to work if you cut them off from the body, do you? Each member is different, but necessary.

 

  • Most divisions come from disagreements or quarrels. It may be that someone is sinning in your group. If so, Matthew 18:15-19 tells us how to deal with that.  If someone sins and boasts while claiming to be  believer, then we should depart from their company (1 Corinthians 5:11). Although that is not the problems I see most with in the family. It is over many things, including the Bible and beliefs over them. I think if that’s the case one is wrong, or maybe even both are in the argument! The Bible doesn’t settle for gray areas or luke warm ways. At the moment though that is besides the point. I’m just saying, though there may be disagreements confront the person. Don’t slander them! There may not be an agreement at the end, but there can still be unity in the fact we have same goal, the same Father, the same inheritance. “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels” (2 Timothy 2:23) So if there is problems approach each other and talk about it. Do it with love though; harsh words stir up anger (Proverbs 15:1).

 

  • My final point is Love. Romans 5:10 says “For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” That basically means if God sent His son to die for us and save us when we were unclean, how much more will he save us now that we are! That is awesome! In the same way though, if we are supposed to bless those who curse us and love our enemies, than how much more are we supposed to love our brothers and sisters in Christ? John 13:34-35 says “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Basically Jesus tells us people will know we are His disciples by our love for each other. So tell me, does your relationship with all your brothers and sisters in Christ show others you are His disciple? Think about it. I encourage you to also read 1 John 4:7-21 as well. Verse 21 specifically says “And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” We have been commanded to love one another, it is not a suggestion. In the end of our lives here we will be asked if we learned to love? What makes us think we have learned to everyone or anyone, if we can’t love our own brothers and sisters in Christ? Let’s learn to love each other as a family, talk to each other let no quarrels or disagreements hinder Love.

I just pray that we all learn to love each other, and live to be the family our Father desires.

Ephesians 4:3: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

 

This is written by my brother in Christ and best friend, Nicholas Hawthorne:

I am writing this because God brought this subject to mind recently, and I really don’t know why. I just felt like I needed to write this. Honestly, if you are reading the you probably do love Jesus and we know Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” So if you feel something from this note, I hope it is just the Holy Spirit’s conviction and that you are set free from this spirit. Nevertheless, I will write:

I have noticed this spirit some call religion, some legalism has a big stronghold on many people today. Although I see its affects much differently then most. When you think of someone bound by this you think of someone who follows all these rules; they believe that will get them to heaven. Self-righteousness can often come with this mentality. Unfortunately, there is another side to this spirit. I see many people who take the name of Christ, and don’t want to be bound by religion/legalism, so to show that they aren’t they do things that break God’s heart. It seems like the same spirit to me, both these paths lead people away from God. Some people don’t want to strive for rules or deal with self-righteous people, at the same time people don’t want to see that God’s people are the same as the world. Neither is a true representation of grace either. Grace is sufficient, it is not something that is won by us, it is freely given and freely received. As a result of grace we have the ability to be something we could not before, Holy! We are called to be Holy as He is Holy (1 Peter 1:15) through Grace, not in the same place as before!

I have been afraid before when I saw people sinning and wanted to speak up, or tell what I believe, because I was afraid I would be called legalistic or religious. That doesn’t matter though because I don’t live my life with sin in dominion over me because I am not under the law, but under grace! (Romans 6:14) As a result i don’t do what the world does. In the end legalism/religion have nothing to do with what you do. That is the problem with it. People strive for grace, and do works to try and get it, at the same People won’t live consecrated lifestyles in fear of being religious/legalistic!!! Would you call Samuel religious though, or John the Baptist legalistic because of their nazarite vows? I don’t think so. How bout Jesus, He followed the law just like the Pharisees… but it wasn’t about the law!! It was their hearts, they were proud!!! At the same time being consecrated, living Holy, speaking truth is not religious or legalistic, but something we were made to do through Grace!!!

-Nicholas James Hawthorne

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