Had an excellent time this morning with the Intro to IHOPKC class. The Holy Spirit helped in the delivery, overcame my weakness having a cold right now, and ministered the word in a personal and meaningful way. And it blessed me, too!
Friday: This morning I am zipping over to Seattle to be with my friends at City On a Hill Church. This will be my third visit with them. My primary contact there is Yuri, the worship pastor. He’s holding a worship weekend, and I’m blessed to be part of it. The senior pastor is from Russia, and I was with him in Russia when he pastored there. Now he’s relocated to the USA, and the church he pastors in Auburn is very strong, with multiple campuses. The mother church in Auburn holds its services in Russian, with English translation I think. This particular event will be in English, and those needing translation into Russian will use headsets. I’m scheduled to speak today at 2:30 pm (immediately upon arrival), Saturday evening, and Sunday morning at their English congregation in Bellevue, WA.
Also, we just received this week sample copies of the Arabic translations of COVENANT WITH MY EYES and DEALING WITH THE REJECTION AND PRAISE OF MAN. Both books look great! Our publisher is based in Cairo. Please join us in prayer, for the Lord’s blessing to be upon their publishing ministry, and for the books to be a huge blessing in the Arabic reading world.
Friday: This afternoon’s workshop went very well. I spoke on Job, how he was a worshiper, and how worship played a significant role in his story. It’s been a long time since I’ve talked about Job’s story, and it was sweet for me to do so again, and fresh in a new way.
Sunday afternoon: Saturday evening I had a change of message. So I worked on Saturday to prepare for the change. I spoke on “Word-based Worship,” using the Scriptures to deepen our worship. At the close of the message I went out on a limb and decided to close with a “practice session.” I coached everyone to get their Bible out, we put a Scripture on the screen for those who didn’t have one, and then engaged in worship using the Scriptures before us. We sang psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Something like that is risky, and we waded into the pool slowly and carefully. But at some point the Holy Spirit moved in, and it became a very rich time in the presence of the Lord. Folks ended up staying for quite a while, just soaking in the Lord’s presence.
This morning (Sunday) I spoke at one of the 5 campuses of City on a Hill. They have a campus that meets in a theater in Bellevue at 10:30 a.m., all English. My host, Yuri, serves as that campus pastor. They were gracious to give me more time than usual for the message, knowing I was going to speak on “a covenant with my eyes.” The message ended up going longer than their service normally goes, I think. I sensed the Lord’s grace on the message. It's ironically interesting that the Lord should lead me to speak on that topic in a theater.
Wednesday: I had a great time today at IHOPKC. Three internships all wanted me to come and speak, and as it turned out, they were all able to converge and meet at the same time and place. So I spoke to the Intro to IHOPKC group, the Onething Internship, and the Simeons. Had a great time with them!
Sunday 5:45 pm: This morning I spoke at the three services of Church of the Living God. For this part of the country, this is considered a large church with roughly 500 adults in attendance. I had 25 minutes per service which I think I managed to stretch to 30 minutes, so pared down a message, and shared from my heart. The Lord’s grace was richly with us and there seemed to be strong edification of the saints. My heart is full of gratefulness to God and love for His family.
Saturday 5:00 pm: Just a quick report from Church of the Living God in Manchester, CT. Had a great day today at the Elim Regional leaders gathering. Most of the folks I met were my first time, but I did enjoy reconnecting with a few folks that I’ve known over the years, even though I didn’t recognize them at first. Sweet fellowship. And they received me very openly and warmly in the sharing of the word. A couple brothers from the Elim head office were also present, so I enjoyed great fellowship with Chris Ball and Joe & Joann Jansen. There’s always special warmth for me when I’m with my Elim family.
Tuesday morning: Today I’m flying to Manchester NH, and then by car to Nashua, NH. This is a return visit for me to Gate City Church (Paul Berube). He holds an annual leadership conference this time of year, and it’s been a few years since I’ve ministered at this event, so I’m looking forward to this return. Just tremendous people. And sometimes when I’m there I’m able to reconnect with my friends, Joe & Debi Lopes. RT Kendall is also ministering, I met him at this event several years ago, and look forward to reconnecting.
My speaking slots are Wednesday 11 a.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. Around 100-120 leaders typically gather for this event, some from other nations with whom Paul has connections.
Wednesday 5:00 pm: Powerful session this morning. Amazing grace. It was sweet both for me and for everyone else too. Close to 100 leaders are gathered, with around 14 nations represented, a quality group of leaders and saints.
Thursday 9:00 pm: Had another wonderful session this morning in Nashua, the exchange of much affection, and the sense of meaningful times in the Lord’s presence. Afterwards I got a rental car, and have driven myself here to Hartford/Manchester.
I’m here for the Elim Fellowship New England Regional Conference that is hosted here in Manchester, CT by pastor Dave Mullen. Around 50-70 Elim credential holders and leaders are expected to gather for the one-day event on Saturday. I’m scheduled to speak twice on Saturday. And then I’m staying over to minister in Dave’s church on Sunday morning here in Manchester, CT. Church of the Living God. Dave is a pillar in this region, having served here for decades, and this church is a lampstand church in the area. I’m looking forward to privilege of being with them for the first time.
Saturday: Greetings from Sulphur, LA. Turns out I had to fly here last night in order to be here for the Saturday service because flights to Lake Charles LA are few and far between. So I’m hanging in Sulphur today, preparing for two services — tonight and tomorrow morning. This is my first time to Victory Worship Center. I met the pastors this summer because they attended an event in Dallas where I ministered. Great people! I’m looking forward to being with them! My host, pastor Jodi, was recently handed the baton by his father. His father is still in the congregation, I believe, but has given the reins to his son. Sounds like wisdom.
Saturday 9:30 pm: Tonight’s gathering was mostly from the sponsoring church, but several other churches were also represented in the group. There was an excellent spirit in the midst, and an atmosphere in which it was very easy to minister. They came hungry, and I believe left with a deposit from heaven.
Sunday 4:15 pm: Greetings from Lake Charles airport, where I’m waiting for Security to open. Had a marvelous time this morning with this church family. This church is a lighthouse and lamp stand in this region, and it’s a privilege to sow into the great soil here. Strong anointing, strong release of grace through the word and the Spirit. My heart and family just got larger, smile.