Archive for November, 2011

Just for a change of pace, I’m going to write this in a question-answer interview format. Hope it blesses you!

Where did you disappear to and why?

Many people have asked me why I seemingly abandoned my Facebook, Twitter or this blog. The reason is simple: Heart healing. Last spring quarter at Ohio State we got to be a part of some big things God was doing.

  • Our worship nights every friday were drawing in people of the street, including drunks and random families. Jesus was healing many people physically, spiritually and emotionally. The web stream was viewed by nearly 1,000 people overall and people were getting healed behind their computer screens.
  • I was invited to speak at the National Day of Prayer. It was such a great opportunity to share with leaders from every denomination all the things God was doing on campus (salvations, healing, etc.) and give a word on what I felt the Lord was speaking to the Church for this season. This one event opened the doors to unity and we now have friendships and support from across the Bride, from Catholics to Pentecostals.
  • Our campus group FIRE was starting to make a mark on campus and people were starting to hear about us. We were on track to start a full-fledged campus ministry that I’m sure would’ve have been successful.
All great things, but what does any of that matter if my heart isn’t right? I felt like the biggest hypocrite because I was telling people of Jesus’ Love, yet I didn’t understand it myself. Never in my life have I been under such demonic attack. There were times I’d actually see demons following me. Most of my time was spent in isolation. Throughout sleepless nights I slumped into depression and even staying in the Word wasn’t helping me. Sounds heretical, right?

The problem was I was seeking more knowledge of God without letting Him deal with the brokenness already in my heart. I also wasn’t cultivating deeper relationships with my Church*, when heart healing comes from being in the presence of God and in family type community.



Why do we need heart healing?

Heart healing is more than just surrendering yourself to Christ. Often we think that when we give our life to Jesus everything is automatically dealt with and it’s time to start in ministry. The problem with this idea is that the evidence points the opposite way. We are seeing an orphaned Church of broken people that are seeking the blessings of God without knowing His Love. “Famous” Christian leaders, men and women of God, are falling into homosexuality, molesting children, stealing money from their churches or getting caught committing adultery. Why? Our value has been on callings** and not character. We see the Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12) as a more important than the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25) when Love is one of the fruits and Love is everything (1 Corinthians 13, 1 John 4:7-21)!

Something a very wise man told me a few months back that blew my mind: “God doesn’t care about your calling and Jesus didn’t die for your ministry. He doesn’t need you to accomplish anything because He can speak it and it will happen. He cares for you HEART. Jesus died for your HEART. That’s all that matters.”
The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Ministry must flow out of a whole heart. Whole hearts can help make hearts whole. Hurt people hurt people.



What’s the greatest lesson you learned this summer?

This summer I learned the importance of a whole heart. Do you want to be successful in life, family, marriage, ministry, etc.? Let the Holy Spirit heal your heart. Ask Him to show you any place of brokenness within your heart and invite Him to bring the healing. If you are dealing with repeated sin, ask Him what in your hearts causing the sin. Sin is merely a symptom to the deeper heart issue. Sin is not the problem, it’s a sign of the problem. There’s nothing like the freedom you’ll feel when your hearts been made whole!


What’s the plan now?

The plan now is simply to Love. Our simple church here in Columbus, OH is focusing on Loving God, Loving our families, Loving one another, and Loving everyone we come in contact with. It’s been incredible to watch God slowly bring healing to each of our families as we Love and pray for them. Also, we are passionate about seeing healing, both heart and physical. God has told us that we are to act as a rehabilitation center for hurting people, believer or unbeliever. There has been a beautiful denominational alignment happening and we’ve been able to see everything from Catholic to Pentecostal come together under the peace of the Holy Spirit and the centrality of Jesus Christ.

Please keep us in your prayers.

*The group of people you follow Jesus with throughout the week as a lifestyle, not just a weekly meeting.
**Graces or anointings depending on denomination

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To God Be All The Glory!

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