Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Radiance International House of Prayer: Hollywood, CA

So, three months ago, I sat down with the my friend Sharon Ngai (Co-Founder of the Radiance International House of Prayer) to try and work out some dates to come and lead worship at one of their Sunday night worship events.  We found that July 28 would be the first Sunday evening I had open.

Fast-forward to this Sunday morning.  I had just finished leading worship at my church, HRock Church, and was putting things away backstage before I went to sit down in the service.  I received a text from my wife letting me know that our friends Lou and Terez Engle were going to be at Radiance in the same service that I was leading worship at.  COME ON!!  GOD IS GOOD!  But we also are aware of other things that we have been praying for in terms of direction and new seasons and what not, so Lou and Terez being at the House of Prayer we were going to be ministering at is seen as more than mere coincidence.  We have a tremendous heart for Hollywood, and for the wonderful and often times broken people who will do anything to have a moment in fame.  More on than in another blog.

So, after the conclusion of our church, we met with a dear lady we love so much for lunch, and then drove down to Radiance House of Prayer to rehearse for the worship that night.  Rehearsal turned into worship almost immediately.  One of the people I mentor, who is also in my band, Davide Honorat, also went with us.  We had a blast with these guys down there.  They are so hungry to see God do miracles in Hollywood!  They go from hours of praying for Hollywood, to hitting the streets of Hollywood looking or anyone willing or open to the Good News about Jesus.  They have already led "Batman" to the Lord.  If you are local, and know Hollywood Blvd., you know who I mean.  Anyway, we worshipped the Lord for a good 90 minutes or so, and we then felt the Lord transition to Lou.

Lou began to share the history of The Call, which was started out of our church at HRock, where Lou and Terez were two of our pastors.  But, as Lou shared, there is more to the story than that.  He said he got the download from the Lord when he was asked to come and speak in 1994 or so at a Taiwanese prayer meeting in LA.  He never got to speak because the crowd was so busy praying, they didn't remember that they had a speaker.  Lou said he was all upset because he didn't get to speak, but then the Lord prompted him to take note of the level of intercession he saw before him.  He was called at that moment to new levels of prayer in his life.  He said it was that moment that made him realize his passion, and what really moves mountains; PRAYER!

He exhorted us all to remember that the mountain God chose for His holy presence, Zion, was the smaller of the two mountains there.  As we looked out the window at the huge mountain that wears and displays the mighty Hollywood sign, Lou spoke that years ago, as his prayer team was praying for Hollywood, one of the intercessors saw one of the "L"s float out of the word, and move in the air over to Mount Wilson.  The L became part of the word "Wilson" to make the words "Will" and "Son".  The  new words were, "Holywood" the "Will" of the "Son".  God is going to redeem the city, redeem the calling, redeem the anointing of the city of Hollywood with true, citywide purity, the likes the world has never seen before.  With movies about Jesus, and about God coming out this year (I saw this prophetically on my deer stand last December), Hollywood is about to unleash a new wave of revival, and I am not sure if they even know it; or maybe our prayers are effecting those who are deciding what movies are coming out next.  It is for this reason he said, that HE AND TEREZ ARE MOVING BACK TO LOS ANGELES!  COME ON!  We were all so encouraged.

Rebekah and I were so encouraged for this reason.  We left Atlanta, Georgia in 2003 to move to Los Angeles, California because the Lord said that He was going to use us in the greatest revival known to man.  Revival, awakening, and city-wide transformation.  We are starting to see signs that this IS going to happen!!  More to come as we see things unfold.  Please be praying for us because we are sensing some new things God may be calling us into in the future, and we are asking for confirmation ten times over.  It would truly be what we believe we were called to Los Angeles to do.  We will share more as we can, but we so appreciate all of your prayers and support for us and our ministry at Raised2walk.

God bless you!


The view from Radiance International House of Prayer
My Radiance team, my David (right) and I opening Heaven
Our worship was so passionate!  I LOVE THESE GUYS!
We broke from worship into a war dance!

From Holiness, to jubilation, from intimacy to times of proclamation

Lou Engle drops wisdom bombs all night, and then prophesies so powerfully over "HOLYWOOD"!

Giving the Kingdom Away @ Youth With A Mission Nashville, TN

This past week was EPIC, but it started as an epic struggle.  As soon as I arrived to this base, I immediately endured what I later was able to understand to be a strong atmosphere of apathy and lethargy.  It was so thick.  It had completely changed some people I knew from this base.  I saw these people before as they lived in Kona, and then how they were when I arrived at the base, and they were completely different.  Subdued…like their passion had been sucked away from them.  This was week 4 in this school, yet I felt no prophecy, no spirit of worship, no identity, no victory in the air.  I felt…religion.  No person in the school was on fire, nor connected it seemed to why they were there in the first place.  They were learning about things, for sure, but they were not living the things they were learning about.  

PSALM 100:4
I came to speak on the Character of a Worship Leader, but never got to the teaching, because they would have just written it down and it would have meant nothing, because the listener was not ready.  Jesus was not in the room, and it was evident.  SO, we clashed and I invited Holy Spirit to the class, to the room, and let Him work; and we worshiped, and worshiped more.  I brought them through Psalm 100:4, which says we enter the gates in thanksgiving, and in the courts in praise, how we have to choose a personal heart of thanksgiving, something as small as a seed, but if it is our true personal thanksgiving to God, He can work with that.  Most in the room began to have an utter reality that they do not know God, yet they know all about Him.  Many knew God, but it was a memory from a while ago when they used to seek Him.  I encountered a relationship deprived group of people.  I heard stories later how they used to know Jesus, and be close, but a lapse in judgement here, and fall in sin there catapulted them into such shame and condemnation, and they have been on their own every since.  

We had a morning where Holy Spirit told me to share on the old man/new man paradigm.  Long story short, the Kingdom of Heaven was invited, the Kingdom of Heaven showed up, and the realm of apathy, lethargy, and outright indifference gave way to sons and daughters discovering Ephesians 1:17-20.  Basically, they discovered who God is, who they are, and what they are gonna do together in this life.  They discovered they are loved.  There is nothing they have to do perfectly to win His love.  They have to believe and receive they are loved by almighty God.  They also discovered that they never knew life on the God side of the cross.  See, we need a Savior on the old man side of the Cross, and He is always our Savior.  But on the God side, or the Kingdom side of the cross, we need Christ as LORD.  This is where religion comes in the way, because religion always has man as the head, not Christ as Lord.  We seek, we listen, and we obey on the Kingdom side of the cross.  So, I drew a line in the middle of the room, and asked everyone to start on what I called the old man side of the cross, choose whether or not they want to give their entire lives to Jesus, Lord and Savior, all the way, and cross the line to enter a brand new life in the Kingdom.  See, Jesus didn't just save us from hell, a life of sin, and separation from God relationally, He also saved us to LIFE!  Life with Him, intimacy, true sonship, true identity, the kind everyone on the old man side of the cross are still searching for.  Several students could not cross.  This was the defining moment in the week.  So, we began to walk together through why they couldn't cross over.  

END RESULT: 5 salvations, 13 deliverances, and one heck of a thursday night worship party!!  

Jasmine Rene's Moment 

After our time of celebration and worship came to a close, I decided to take everyone out for a celebration dinner: at 11:00 PM!  HAHA!  So, we decided on Steak N Shake.  We brought Jesus with us, because we are learning how to keep Him present-tense with us at all times.  Our waitress kept coming over to see us, and felt very drawn to us.  I felt in my spirit that she didn't know Jesus, and Holy Spirit began to speak to me about her situation and where she was in life.  Michael McClanahan, the School of Worship Director, came right out and asked her, "Jazzy, (name on her name tag) do you know Jesus?"  BAM!  Adda boy!  Michael, I am so proud of you!  She said, No, I don't."  He said, "Well, would you like to, because we do know Him."  So we invited her over to our table.  She sat down with us, and Vinny started us off by sharing with Jazzy (Jasmine Rene) what God had done to kill religion in his life this week.  He was electric!  I love that guy!  Then, Jackie shared of how far the Lord had taken her in her walk with Him, then Erin, then, Gabrielle, then Michael, then Anthony, and on and on.  
Then I began to share how God is after her with all the love she has been looking for and never found.  I explained to here that I saw a huge whole filled with wounds from results of trying to fill that whole with other things, and people.  They all failed her. But Jesus was designed to be in that whole in her heart, and her heart was designed to be filled with His love for her.  The presence of God was STUPID!!  LOL!  Incredibly thick.  I began to prophecy over her life, and she agreed that the things I was sharing with her was exactly where she was.  She gave her life to Jesus that night, and we all partied more!!  Gabrielle, one of the students then asked her if she knew what her name, Rene, meant.  She did not.  So Gabrielle shared with Jasmine Rene that "Rene" means "Born Again"!  PERFECT!  Then, the lights went out in the restaurant.  YEP.  The thunderstorm all around us knocked it out.  We spent another hour at least watching the most beautiful lightening storm, sharing with her, and listening to her story, and we found out that she is due in court this Thursday because she got caught with drugs!  So, I told her that the school will all be there to support her.  That is tomorrow.  They will all be there with her.  She is going to see God's hand of mercy on her.  She couldn't believe it! 

She is now planning to do her Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission, and she has dedicated her life to Christ!  And each student who was filled with religion just two days before, led her right to the Jesus they each just met.  Everyone shared their personal hearts, from their relationship, from their love for Christ with her.  I was so blessed to watch this unfold!  

It was a battle of a week, it went toe to toe, and Jesus won.  Even though it was week 4, the Lord shared with me the day I arrived, that it was their week number 1.  Pray for these guys.  They are awesome, and they are now chasing God, not religion.  Hallelujah!!

The core crew in the SOW in YWAM Nashville, Michael and Annie McClanahan Directors

Took the gang to Steak & Shake to celebrate Jesus being awesome

This is Jasmine Rene Steak & Shake waitress.  Day one of her new life in Christ

We are learning who we are, and what we can do!

Burning lies, letting go of wounds

Burning lies

This is Vinny, stupid prophetic, and free from religion

Burning lies, from ashes to beauty!! (Isa. 61:1-4)

Shaynee from Norway, even her feet prophecy, and she can dance!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Worship night at Coast Christian Fellowship

Sunday night, July 1, 2012 Rebekah and I brought the band down with us to lead worship for a service called "IDK", which stands for "I Don't Know"! Meaning, tonight is a service we have designed where we have no idea where God is going to take us as we worship Him. Kenny, start singing! I LOVE IT!! We had a blast. We just went after His presence, just loving on Him with song and heart. His presence hit us in that place like an ocean wave. It was almost instant during a song we were singing, I think it was Set My Heart On Fire or something, when the Lord opened Heaven. We cold feel as if the top of the church just ripped off, and all we sensed was heaven pouring down over us. What an experience. It even hushed the audience to a place of stillness. Like a blanket of peace, when the Lord is so present like this, there is nothing that your heart needs to or even can say at that point. You are in the inner chambers with Him, and all you can do in that moment is rest. His presence is everything. It generates peace, it delivers unbelief, it heals bitterness towards people, it opens eyes to new perspectives, it awakens dormant faith, it revives hope, it raises our heads and hearts to things above,over the things of this earth. His presence compels every and all initiatives we could ever do for Him, but in His timing, motivated by obedience to Him, and by His love for others. All from rest.

He is the BEST!!! He is better than any idea we could ever have about doing anything for Him! Purpose that does not come from His presence is usually interwoven with vanity. Purpose born in His presence has enough grace, favor, mercy,and power to carry itself out, because it comes from Him. Nothing that comes from the mouth of God will return to Him void.  He is looking for obedient sons and daughters who are laid down lovers of His presence and of His person.  He wants to pour Himself into us and to manifest His power and love through us, in that all might come to know Him as their Father who just wants His kids back in His arms!