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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day of Prayer and Fasting - Recap Video

DOPF: Recap from Call On Jesus on Vimeo.

Chip's Story

Many of you were as moved by the video of Chip's story we showed in church and have asked to see it again. God still performs miracles! Do you believe?

Chip's Story (Re-edit) from Call On Jesus on Vimeo.

Friday, October 22, 2010

More Pictures from Day of Prayer and Fasting

My Thoughts on Day of Prayer and Fasting

My heart and soul are still overwhelmed by the spirit and presence of God that I experienced this past Monday. Even bad weather and poor parking could not dampen what God had in store for those who gathered for an entire day of prayer. Despite obstacles, GOD WON THE DAY!!

We started and ended the day with worship, and without question, worship sets the tone and prepares our hearts for God's powerful anointing. Our worship team, led by Michael North, is a team of talented, yet humble, servants that simply allow God to work through them in music and song. Seeing 1000+ people all worshipping and singing at the top of their lungs and with the fullness of their hearts is an experience unlike no other.

Then we prayed. The people prayed. We prayed in small clusters. We prayed at the open mic. We prayed at the wall. We prayed in the parking lot, the offices, the stage, the hall walls and in the FLC.

We prayed standing. We prayed on our knees. We prayed on our face. We prayed with heads bowed and with hands raised.

We prayed for our nation, our city, our state, our governing officials. We prayed for our President, our congress, our Mayor and our Governor.

We prayed for our families, our marriages, our children and our employees.

We prayed for our health, our jobs, our finances and our ministries.

We prayed for our missions, our fellow workers around the world. We prayed for Asia and Africa. We prayed for India and Europe. We prayed for Europe and America. We prayed for the world. Did you see the FLC? The missions department did an incredible job preparing a place where we could see the world.

We prayed that God would provide miracles upon miracles so that we might build a new 3500 seat worship facility.

And then, the church prayed for their Pastor. I wept like a baby. It was unplanned, and I was unprepared for the emotion of an entire church praying for me. I want to say thank you for all who participated, who fasted, who took time to come to the house of God to seek God's face.

I think of the one verse in I Kings 18:36 where Solomon was praying, and he said these words, "Give attention to your servant's prayer and his pleas for mercy, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, 'my Name shall be there,' so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place."

Those who gathered felt and experienced the presence of God. It is my prayer that we at Shepherd would truly become a PRAYING CHURCH. May we continue in His presence by staying on our knees, humbly asking for His love and mercy. May HIS name be made known in this city and may His eyes be upon us "Day and Night."

Friday, October 08, 2010

70,000 Churches and 3.5 million people!

This post is from Dave Ferguson who is doing more for church planting than anyone I know. I only wish he lived in California. This was HIS post on his blog. I wouldn't read his blog on a regular basis unless you want to be challenged to make a difference in the world.
That was a teaser....

Here's what he posted today...

When I looked at my calendar on my iPhone on Wednesday morning it said that I had a 1:30 pm appointment with "Sam from India." I had to ask my assistant Pat, "Who is this and what does he want?" She explained as best she could, but I had no idea that who I was about to meet would be one of the most memorable appointments in a long time. When Samuel Stephens and his son Danny showed up you would never have guessed how God has used them. Both were very unassuming and I felt like I had to pull out of them the amazing things that they have seen God do through their ministry, the India Gospel League.

It was Sam's father that founded the India Gospel League and when Sam took it over in 1992 it had grown to 200 churches. Now, 18 years later under Sam's leadership there are 70,000 churches and more than 3.5 million people that are being reached. Wow!

Here are a few take-aways I had from our conversation together:

Every church has a goal to reproduce at least one new church per year.
Every church planter was in a network that meets monthly.
Every network provides training and accountability for meeting their goal of reproducing.
This was an appointment that I will not soon forget!