Thursday afternoon: This morning’s session on the Secret Place was graced of the Lord, and I was so blessed for the privilege of sharing with students and campus leaders.
Tuesday afternoon: This morning’s session at Intro to IHOPKC was strong in the Holy Spirit. I spoke on the Luke 18 parable of the persistent widow and the Lord put fresh grace upon it. So good for me, too.
Sunday 2:00 pm: Greetings from Rochester airport, where I’m about to board for LaGuardia and then home. Had a blast this morning worshiping with the saints at Church of Love Faith. Very easy to engage in worship, their worship ministry makes it uber easy to connect with the Lord. The Lord graced me to speak from Heb 12, on the Father’s chastening love in our lives. At the close the altar filled with folks expressing their heart response to the Lord. It’s such a delight to minister to such responsive and engaged believers. Hope to do it again soon!
Saturday 8 pm: We’re back from today’s 5 pm meeting. The Lord graced me to speak on the cross. The group was tiny, about 20 folks, and so there never was any kind “room momentum” or “group synergy,” so I just went straight ahead anyways and preached as though 1000 people and Jesus were in the room. I love the cross!
Friday: Today I’m flying to Rochester, NY, to be with my hosts, Ron & Valery Sykes, and the ministry they have lined up for me for the weekend. Here’s what Ron has arranged:
My host, Ron, provides leadership to the Saturday church, and is on the pastoral staff of the Sunday church, leading right now in the areas of children and youth. Plus he’s an exceptional musician and worship leader. Our connection is through our mutual IHOPKC affiliation. He and his wife served on staff at IHOPKC for several years before returning to Rochester earlier this year—the city of their roots. They’re just fantastic people.
Friday 6:00 pm: I’m now at my place of lodging, with Jay and Laurel Lynn. If you’re interested, here’s a bit of some back story. When my brother Sheldon was a student at Elim (early 70s), he attended a church in Rochester called Covenant Church, Paul Garlington pastor. He was very enthusiastic about the church, and took me there once. Turns out I’m lodged in the home of the guy who was the primary drummer of that church back in those days. His first question to me, upon collecting me at the airport was, am I related to Sheldon? He did some recording (drumming) with Sheldon’s Elim choir way on back. Some years later, that church collapsed. My host church this weekend, colfc.org, is one of the city churches that has taken over where Covenant Church left off. This has been Jay and Laurel’s home church for 17 years now.
Saturday 1:30 pm: Today’s worship forum was marvelous. Strong sense of the Lord’s presence. The panelists on the forum did an amazing job, such excellent insight and help for everyone. I spoke on an eye covenant. At the close, a worship team spontaneously came up (whoever felt to do so), and I anointed with oil the eyes of those who desired that anointing of the Holy Spirit. Which ended up being the whole room, smile. Then they just hung out and worshiped — they were still going when I left with my hosts an hour after the closing. (I left to honor my hosts, and also to prepare for this afternoon’s 5:00 pm service.) The Lord honored our gathering with His presence and I think everyone was edified and renewed. I was.
Thursday: Tonight I spoke to a group of Korean believers at IHOPKC on the secret place. The Lord graced the message in a strong way, I believe there was strong edification and impartation. I love equipping the people of God to become self-feeders.
Saturday: Today I have a direct flight to Chicago, in preparation for ministry tomorrow morning at Salem Baptist Church on Chicago’s south side. I ministered at this church back in March, at a Wednesday midweek service — on that occasion I was asked to speak on worship for a Wednesday series they were doing on worship. I spoke on the cross as the center of all worship. Afterwards, they wanted to work the calendar to find a Sunday when I could return, and this is the Sunday we found.
This church has an astonishing facility in terms of seating capacity (their site says it holds 10,000), and it’s built in Chicago’s most crime-ridden zip code. Truly a light set on a hill. I was told they run 4000 people on Sunday mornings, but even if they are half that number, it’s a strong church in this part of the city. If you’re interested, you can visit sbcoc.org.
Sunday afternoon: Had a grand time this morning with the saints at Salem Baptist. Black churches tend to be more interactive and expressive, and so they expressed their connection with the message with clapping and amens. Which is way more fun, in my opinion.