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I Have a Dream

January 20th, 2011 2 comments

One of my life verses, Psalm 37:4, highlights the importance of cultivating a heart that is alive and filled with holy desires. It reads, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (NLT)

As we make God the Supreme Object of our delight, our hearts begin to be transformed. The wounds, hurts and disappointments of the past are healed and washed away by our Father’s loving touch. As we grow in our love for Him we become more consumed with who He is and with what He is concerned about. Our desires become His desires. Our hearts begin to be filled with His dreams for filling the earth with His glory (Habakkuk 2:4). Healthy hearts have holy dreams and holy dreams change the world.

Consider the life of the great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His famous speech, “I Have a Dream,” shared his vision for an America where his four children would one day “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” This dream galvanized the hearts of a racially divided America and produced a movement committed to ending the curse of racism. None of this would have happened without a clearly articulated dream spoken from the lips of a human being. Dreams matter.

Building the Ship @ Sea

February 11th, 2010 No comments

Each time I head out on a missions trip I make sure I am well armed with an abundance of life-changing reading material. I especially enjoy reading the biographies of those who dreamed with Jesus and left a lasting mark on the world.

On my recent journey to India, I took along a great book by Trevor Yaxley called, William & Catherine, the Life and Legacy of the Booths founders of the Salvation Army. Wow! A must read for those looking for some fresh inspiration.

I loved what I read about their style of ministry. In describing many of the radical initiatives that were started, Booth said, “We had to build the ship while we were at sea, and not only build the ship but master the laws of navigation.”

Have you figured out the truth that in the Kingdom, God often calls people to do things they have never done before! Booth not only had to build while at sea; he also had to learn the art of sailing! While planning and preparation are always desirable, at times the Lord simply wants us to set sail. This helps us to avoid what as been called “paralysis analysis.” Sometimes we over analyze the dream. We are so familiar with all of the needs and challenges that we never actually do anything. The Lord wants us to obey first and then rely upon Him for the details and provision we need while in route. This keeps us in the role of the needy recipient and Him planted securely in the Captain’s seat. We get a supernatural life filled with answered prayers and He gets the glory!

So what is God asking of you? Pick up the anchors and set sail. The dream will take shape as the wind of the Spirit fills your sails.

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iMAGINE

February 10th, 2010 No comments

Hello Everyone!

I’m writing again from Hyderabad, India. We just spent an amazing week ministering to pastors in some of the more remote parts of the Region. These are pastors who cannot afford a bus ticket to Hyderabad. They were so blessed that we came to them! Can’t wait to show you some of the photos and video footage. God was doing awesome stuff! Thanks for your ongoing prayers!

In a couple of weeks we’ll be hosting a one-day leadership summit for our lifeGROUP and ministry leaders which we are calling iMAGINE. Our focus is on capturing and harnessing the power we have as sons and daughters to dream with our Father. For all the dads who may be reading, please don’t be a dream killer in your family. Be a dream fulfiller. God loves it when we allow Him to drop crazy, outlandish ideas and visions into our hearts. My prayer is that our Living Stones family would be a tribe of dreamers!

When you join our family you become a shareholder in the corporate vision which God has called us to. In addition, each of us has been given a unique dream that is tied to our calling. We need to continue to work hard at creating a church culture where people know that “the skies the limit” with God. Verbalize your vision with people who are committed to your success. Go ahead, iMAGINE!