Monday, December 31, 2007

A Month on the Road

We've been on the road for what seems like an eternity now. We left Charlotte on December 11, and we still have another week to go. We arrived in Kansas City yesterday evening. The Call KC is today. Between 15-20,000 have gathered here for this day-a pretty great way to end 2007 and ring in 2008.

Next week I will be participating in a leadership summit for the Luke 18 Project hosted by IHOP. We'll be staying here in KC through January 5.

It's snowing today. It was 80˙ when we left Charlotte. [sigh]

Friday, December 21, 2007

I Forgot My Swimming Trunks

There’s nothing quite like spending Christmas on the beach soaking up the sun with a cool drink in my hand. Spent the morning collecting sea shells with Gracie. "Why yes son, I will help you build a sand castle...
< /dreamsequence >

Welcome to Indiana in the winter. Slush, grey skies and green bean casserole. The snowman is from the storm that blew through last weekend. He’s gone now. Two golf ball sized memorials remain in my mother’s muddy yard that’s too soggy now for outdoor joyness.

The kids are learning the fun of searching four local network TV stations received through rabbit ear antenna technology. It’s like playing charades in a foreign language that nobody speaks. C’mon, there’s no “I” in team!

The boys mounted an archeological dig in one of mom’s closets and found some old toys from my childhood. Does anybody remember Micronauts? How about Shogun Warriors? 30 years later, boys are still fascinated by giant robots. I sure hope that 30 years from now we finally have real giant robots that fight each other in major metropolitan areas with rockets and lasers coming out of their chest and fingers.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Small World

I haven't had much to say concerning the shootings in Colorado on Sunday. I've mostly just been praying. This feels like it hits so close to home.

  • The shooters parents attend a prayer meeting every Friday night at my friends house in Denver.
  • A close friend is family friends with the security guard at New Life that killed the shooter.
  • A former student did her DTS training at the YWAM base that was attacked in Denver. Some friends knew the staff members that were killed.
  • A friend knew the two teenage sisters that were killed at New Life Church.
Please pray for all the families that have been directly impacted by this event, especially that of the shooter Matthew Murray. Please pray also that it would be more than a passing news item and that it would prick the conscience of the Church and nation. America is in crisis on so many fronts. There has never been a more critical time for national repentance.

80 to 10 in 16 hours

Yea, it has been 80˚ here in Charlotte for the last two days. We leave this evening to drive right into the center of the ice storm blanketing the Midwest.

The National Weather Service posted ice and winter storm warnings Tuesday for parts of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.

About an inch of ice was expected over parts of Iowa, followed by up to 5 inches of sleet and snow. "It's a pretty good ice-maker," said Frank Boksa, a weather service forecaster.

We’re doing a conference in Davenport, IA this week to mobilize prayer for the coming caucus. Iowa voters will be the first in the nation to go to the polls on January 3rd. In spite of some candidates downplaying the role of Iowa in the process, every presidential hopeful and their brother is stumping the ice covered farmland right now.

Please pray for the Bound4LIFE team as we drive through some pretty nasty weather in the next few days. Pray for protection on the road and alertness for the drivers.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

As I Was Saying...

Nuff said.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Angry Friends & Family Provoke Belated Photos

OK OK. Here they are.

Monday, October 22, 2007

My Work Here is Done

Chuck Norris Endorses Mike Huckabee for President

This means that there will be one of the following outcomes or a combination of one with number 3.

  1. America experiences another Great Awakening and bans abortion.
  2. God judges America and ends abortion one way or another.
  3. Chuck just roundhouse kicks everything into eternity starting now.

As far as the elections go I think it’s safe to say that this one is pretty much over. No need for caucuses, primaries or cumbersome elections. Thanks Mr. Norris.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

From the lips of... Sean Hannity?

Hannity interviewed James Dobson Monday night and discussed the recent stand to create a potential third minority candidate. Sounds ubsurd given the probable outcome, but I was especially blessed to hear Dobson simply declare that he was a man of principle. (video)

Where does that leave us? In a precarious position at the very least. Concluding the segment was the following dialogue:

DOBSON: Sean, this is a matter for prayer. I'm sure you agree with that.
HANNITY: I pray every day, and I absolutely agree. Prayer and fasting, that's all the help I need.

What did he just say? Did he just say "prayer and fasting?" Truer words were never spoken.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Revival on College Campuses

OK, maybe not revival, but definitely enlightenment.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Also available today

Officially released today corresponding with the opening of this session of the High Court. This was featured on the front page of the Washington Post on Saturday. Thomas describes the democrats that opposed his confirmation in 1991 as “single-issue zealots” referring to abortion.

Today's Quote

“Secularism, materialism and the intrusive presence of things have put out the light in our souls and turned us into a generation of zombies. We cover our deep ignorance with words, but we are ashamed to wonder, we are afraid to whisper ‘mystery.’”
A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, 1961

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Remember What You Saw

These are the words on the outside of the national Holocaust Museum. I took the Bound4LIFE team there yesterday. I’m in DC this week in preparation for the opening of the Supreme Court on Monday. We didn’t make it all the way through the memorial; that would be one long emotionally exhausting day. We did get through the first chronological part covering Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and anti-semitism.

One of the first phases of the coming genocide struck me as eerily familiar. It was called “Operation T4.” It was Hitler’s early attempt to move the morals of the masses. It involved the systematic execution and termination of disabled people and the physically and mentally handicapped for the purpose of racial cleansing. Ovens burned bright and filled quiet streets with the smell of smoke as physicans cooperated with the regime in what was termed “mercy killings.” Communities remained silent but unsettled as the collective conscience was sang a lullaby with the lyrics “They're better off this way and so are we.”

Ultimately, clergy and ordinary folk raised enough of a moral outcry that the official “Operation T4” was stopped. However, it was merely the name that ceased. The executions continued under different orders, and the moral outcry was dulled.

Yes, it all sounds rather familiar and current.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

In Tallahassee...

I'm in Tallahassee, FL this weekend teaching and helping to kick off Bound4LIFE Tallahassee. These guys rock! The room was packed last night, and we had 75 intercessors on the Wall today. We're working with the amazing group of fireballs that is IHOP Tallahassee.

That right. I typed the word “Tallahassee” four times. Make that five.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Planned Parenthood's Recent Hypocrisy

This article is a must-read in light of all the negative national media attention they're receiving.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Shroud Is Being Lifted

This is the same thing that happened on Selma Bridge when the skirt of injustice was blown up for the whole world to see.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

E.T. Go Home

Monday, September 03, 2007

Brownback in My Clubhouse

Senator Brownback visited our neighborhood this evening, and there was a great turnout. Maybe a couple hundred people turned out to meet and hear the Senator as he stumped South Carolina for the presidential bid. It was great to see everyone coming together for something like this on Labor Day. There were people there from Morningstar Fellowship Church, ZHOP, The Cause, All Nations Church, other local churches and of course Bound4LIFE.

Afterward, the whole group and the Senator walked around the lake with candles from the neighborhood clubhouse to The Cause Prayer Room.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

“such as”

Proud to be a South Carolinan.

nuff said.

Monday, August 27, 2007

In Need of a Good Spiritual Cleansing

A friend from Florida just called to tell me he was giving me a passenger van. When you do what I do, that’s really great news.

The story: He was at a private auction for a business guy that went belly up. As he was walking out he heard the autioneer calling “Gimme one thousand one thousand, five hundred five hundred gimme five hundred, two fifty two fifty two fifty somebody gimme two fifty...” Just then God spoke to him and said “Buy it.” He didn’t even know what it was, but he turned around and held up his placard. Turned out to be a 15 passenger van which he had no need for. He won the bid and called to ask if I wanted it. No catch!

Here’s the funny part. The unfortunate business guy was a former band manager and concert promoter. He created the bands Backstreet Boys and ’N Sync. This is the van he used to haul them around before they got big.

Pictured above are A.J., Kevin, Brian, Nick and Howie. OK, now you know I had to Wikipedia that junk to tell which one was which. Good grief, I can only imagine the comments now.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Neighborhood Mischief or Word from God

Some artistic heart must have just been aching for expression which I can totally appreciate. Someone finally defaced the water tower in our quiet little neighborhood. I knew it couldn't remain irresistible forever. I mean, c’mon. It's basically a gigantic blank canvas. If someone else didn't do it, I probably would have done it myself. At least no one has to climb up there to defend their sister’s honor.

For what it’s worth I couldn’t agree with their sentiments more.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Up for Grabs?

I had been seeing this book recently, and the title certainly captured my imagination. I haven't been an in-depth student of Graham, but I've studied the historical circumstances surrounding the inception of his ministry- Graham, Bill Bright and others erupted on the scene at about the same time due to fasting.

I had been thinking about this book entertaining wild thoughts of what it must have been like to be personal friends with 11 Presidents. I've always admired Graham's ministry from afar. I can think of no other public figure that has walked with such purity, humility and sincerity. He has managed to remain above reproach which is saying a lot.

I'm reading this book now, and I feel like I'm supposed to read it now. On Saturday I was walking through Barnes & Noble, and I passed the sale table and saw it sitting there. It had been popping up in front of me on several occasions gripping me each time I saw it. This time was no different, and I picked it up and began to thumb through it. Everyone knows that Graham is well on in years and that old age has brought expected health challenges for him. He doesn't travel anymore. The crusades are in the past–part of the memories of a life well lived. His own admission is that "I don't have much longer." I couldn't help but think as I flipped through the pages that his mantile is about to pass.

At that exact moment my phone beeped. It was a text message from a close friend of mine Steve Hickey. I almost couldn't believe it. The message read:

“This Preacher and the Presidents book is very important. Do you have one yet? His governmental influence mantle is soon to pass.”

Needless to say, I bought the book, and I'm hoping to glean something valuable from its pages.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Starving Artist

OK, not quite starving. A better title may have been "The Unmotivated Blogger."

Things have been pretty busy for the last month or so. Since theCall Nashville on 07.07.07, I've been building a small team to mobilize Bound4LIFE around the country. It has been fruitful as many new chapters have started as a result. Thanks to Ian, Monica, Rhonda, Katie, Craig and of course my lovely wife Kim.

At the beginning of August God led us on a remarkable journey to Iowa. I spoke at the Key of David annual prayer conference for the Heartland House of Prayer in Council Bluffs, IA on 8/4. Then our team led a state-wide prayer tour focusing on the seven abortion clinics there. We hit six cities in six days–Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Bettendorf, Iowa City (2 clinics), Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. We then ended our tour at the state capitol on Friday 8/10. One of our key prayer targets was that the abortion issue would be driven like a wedge into the 2008 Presidential elections. The following day, 8/11, Iowa held its Straw Poll. The results had Mitt Romney finishing first, Mike Huckabee finishing second and Sam Brownback finishing third.

I recently published the Bound4LIFE Field Guide. Basically, it's all the vision and experience of the last two and half years condensed into a practical "how to" book. We're really excited about it, and it's proving to be a valuable mobilization tool. Right now we're having it translated into Spanish because we feel the Lord is leading us to work with the Hispanic community (I really wish I hadn't taken two years of French in high school). It's also being translated into Dutch as we have a group in Holland wanting to start Bound4LIFE Amsterdam.

On a more personal note we're praying through some financial struggles right now. Since Lou Engle asked us to take over as directors of Bound4LIFE in January, we haven't been under the financial cover of the larger ministry. We have great momentum and exposure, but in many ways it feels like the painful early days of beginning a start-up operation. We pursuing several directions right now to build a strong support base to fuel what we feel God is doing in the nation right now.

On yet an even more personal note I'd also like to ask for your help. Missionary support is vital for our family to sustain this work. We are so thankful that we've been enabled to chase down this dream for over two years now. We feel like we're in a critical breakthrough season to see this vision move forward. If you're reading this, would you prayerfully consider joining us in raising up a massive prayer movement in America and abroad? There's a few ways available to give:
1. There's a PayPal link up at the top right that will process a donation immediately.
2. You can drop something in the mail to:
Matt & Kim Lockett
5023 Weber Court
Fort Mill, SC 29715
3. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible gift, make your check payable to "Bound4LIFE," and indicate on the memo line "Donation for Locketts."
Mail to:
5023 Weber Court
Fort Mill, SC 29715

Thanks to everyone for your help and support. It is much appreciated.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Which is worse?

To make no blog entry at all or simply to put something that says nothing?

Never has so little been said with so many words.

Forgive me.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Diagram 1b- Fisheriferious Omnivorous

The teeth of this species of Fisher are akin to the shark and are not attached to the jaw, but embedded in the flesh. In this particular species, they are constantly replaced throughout the Fisher's life. All Fishers have multiple rows of teeth along the edges of their upper and lower jaws (see diagram). New teeth grow continuously in a groove just inside the mouth and move forward from inside the mouth on a “conveyor belt” formed by the skin in which they are anchored.

In some Fishers, rows of teeth are replaced every 8–10 days, while in other species they could last several months. The lower teeth are primarily used for holding prey, while the upper ones are used for cutting into it. The teeth range from thin, needle-like teeth for gripping pizza to large, flat teeth adapted for crushing gobstoppers.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

In Nashville

We just arrived in Nashville today. The city is electric to say the least. You can feel it just walking down the street. I heard this morning that 71,000 people are currently registered for the event. Lou recently spoke at a large gathering in Alabama and asked this question:

“How many of you are going to the Call?”
> Nearly 100% of the room raised their hands.
“Now, how many of you are registered for the event?”
> Only about 25% of the room kept their hands up.

What if 250,000 people showed up on 07.07.07 to cry out for America and return to the Lord? LP Stadium will only hold about 80,000 people. We're putting jumbotrons on the east and west sides of the stadium. There could be well over 100,000 people that won't be able to get inside. The revival will literally be spilling over into the streets!

I have great expectation in my heart for what the Lord will accomplish on Saturday. Lord, rend the heavens and come down.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Up Close and Personal with a Stump

Here's some follow up shots of the previously mentioned tree that was removed. Special thanks to Tiffani, Kayla, Lydia and Grant.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Axe Is Already at the Root (Lk 3:9)

During the past week something seemingly insignificant occurred in front of the Supreme Court. Most will make nothing of it. But could it be a picture of something else that’s coming soon?

The picture to the left shows two large trees that are directly in front of the Court (from overhead it looks like only one). The one on the north side was cut down because they discovered that the roots had died. They attribute the death to the recent replacement of the sidewalk where we’ve been standing to pray daily since Oct ’04 (shown by the red line).

The roots directly beneath our feet died and now a tree that once stood tall has suddenly been removed. Could God be doing the same thing with a Supreme Court Judge (see “Random Thoughts”)? Time will tell.

Ezekiel 17:24
All the trees of the field will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. “I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.”

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Monday, June 25, 2007

45 Year Anniversary

On June 25, 1962 the following 22-word prayer was removed from the public school system.

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country.”

I pray that once again a new generation of young people will usher prayer back into their schools. What if students all over the nation began to pray a new 22-word prayer in unity? A prayer of repentance, humility and longing.

“Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America.”

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Why didn't they have these when I was a kid?

Who cares. I get to play with Transformers now with my boys.
Typical conversation around the house
Son: “Dad, can you transform this for me?”
Dad: “Yes son. Yes I can.”
Son: “You’re a cool Dad.”
Dad: “Yes son. I know.”

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Random Thoughts

I'd like to make some comments about some seemingly unrelated people. In recent not-so-surprising statements, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed to have pushed the "countdown button" for the destruction of Israel. He also threatened that the ocean of surrounding Islamic nations would uproot Israel from the land. This comes as no surprise from someone that has promised to erase the nation of Israel from the map.

United States Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens have recently reinforced their stance that they have no intention of stepping down from the court. Their seats currently represent the most liberal of the High Court’s opinions and activism from the bench.

What do these people have in common? They’re judges and kings, princes and leaders that have raised a defiant fist to the sky and claimed control of the future. All personal judgement aside, this is a distinct mark of someone that has aligned themself on the wrong side of God. The prophet Daniel saw a vision of spiritual events where "horns" were exalted in defiance of God. “He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws.” (Dan 7:25) While this passage speaks specifically of a time yet to come, it reveals this key motivation of the spiritual forces at work. The goal is to manipulate and control time and the laws. What is God’s response to that?

Psalm 75: 1-7
1 We give thanks to you, O God,
we give thanks, for your Name is near;
men tell of your wonderful deeds.
You say, "I choose the appointed time;
it is I who judge uprightly.
When the earth and all its people quake,
it is I who hold its pillars firm.
To the arrogant I say, 'Boast no more,'
and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horns.
Do not lift your horns against heaven;
do not speak with outstretched neck.' "
No one from the east or the west
or from the desert can exalt a man.
But it is God who judges:
He brings one down, he exalts another.

Time is in God’s hands alone. Daniel, a man who reigned in a Godless land, watched world leaders come and go over and over again. He gave praise to the Lord and said in 2: 20-22:

20 "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers:
You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
you have made known to us the dream of the king."

The message is clear. There is already a King of Kings that sits on Zion, the hill above all hills. He says, “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way.” (Ps 2: 6, 10-12)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Lightning Strikes

Watch Mit and John take a couple steps away from Rudy.


Today is the day we “cross over.”

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Say What?

A young man in our group here that's deaf was healed in a prayer set yesterday. He can hear now.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pondering this today

Numbers 35:33-34
"Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it. Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the LORD, dwell among the Israelites.

Hebrews 12:22-24
"But you have come... to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel."

Titans vs. Giants

On 07.07.07 The Call will be gathering in Titans Stadium. On the same day Al Gore is gathering in Giants Stadium for S.O.S. (Save Our Selves).

Itsn't it interesting that both seek to change the atmosphere?

Without a doubt we are in need of salvation. I guess the root question stems from whether you think you can save yourself or whether God is better at it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Call Nashville 07.07.07 Promo Video

See you there.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

When Bad Videos Happen to Bad Songs

Don't you dare NOT watch the whole thing like you're not a closet Journey fan.

Friday, April 27, 2007

New Word: Quadricentennial

We just landed on the shores of Virginia Beach this evening... so to speak. We're here for a celebration to commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the first settlers arriving here on April 26, 1607. Those first people humbly spent 3 days in prayer and fasting aboard their ship anchored in Chesapeake Bay before going ashore. They built a wooden cross, and their first order of business on the beach was to plant it and pray. On Sunday morning we will join with countless others to once again plant crosses on that beach. Lou will be speaking tomorrow morning along with many of our other friends throughout the weekend.

This is my first time to Virginia Beach. It's beautiful here. I would like to get over to Jamestown before we leave.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Today is a Good Day

Yes. It is a great day indeed. I'm glad I got to be here in DC, in front of the Court, when this ruling came down.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

4 Days in DC

Please pray for me as I am in DC for four days to pray and attend some meetings. On Wednesday morning I'll be meeting with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council along with a handful of youth leaders from around the country. The team has been developed to explore ways to bridge the gap between this youth generation and the public policy being decided in this day. The goal is to mobilize young people to become active voices (both in heaven and on earth) in determining the kind of government they and their children will live under for decades to come. I brought a team up with me from our base in SC. The consensus is that it's good to be back home.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Fetal Position on HOUSE

I have not seen this episode myself (thanks to no TV), but I received an email from a friend that this show took an unpopular life-afirming stand last week. In the episode "Fetal Position" on Fox's House the show featured a story about a woman faced with aborting her baby to save her own life. Different measures are taken in order to save both lives.

I'm not a regular watcher of this show, and I've heard that they've argued the case for abortion in other episodes, but this video clip is well worth watching. The scene is a virtual re-enactment of the inutero surgery performed on Samuel Armas, whose spina bifida was repaired by doctors at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Samuel's extended hand grasping the surgeon's finger was captured in Michael Clancy's famous photo.

Warning: The video does feature a surgical situation, and blood and tissue are visible up close.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Separated at Birth?

OK OK, like 12 people have come up to me in the last week to tell me that I look just like King Leonidas in the movie 300. If anything, I'd say he looks like me.

Frankly, I don't see the resemblance.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Great Moments in Logo Design

What does the logo in the background look like to you?

Monday, February 26, 2007

Friday, February 23, 2007

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Why We Can't Live Without YouTube

The Religious Right's Era Is Over

“We are poised on the edge of what might become a revival that will bring about big changes in the world. Historically, social reform often requires spiritual revival. And that's what church historians always say about real revival — that it changes things in the society, not just in people's inner lives. I believe that what we are seeing now may be the beginning of a new revival — a revival for justice.”

from the Time magazine article “The Religious Right's Era Is Over.”

William Wilberforce, the great abolitionist of Britain, said “Almighty God has set before me two great objectives- the abolition of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.” One did not trump the other. Rather, the two complemented each other. True revival reforms not only the individual heart but also the world around it. In 1797, Wilberforce published his book “A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes in this Country with Real Christianity” (see Great Moments in Book Titles of the 18th Century- kidding). We know it today as “A Practical View of Christianity,” and it’s as relevant as it ever was 200 years ago. That book rocked a nation and served as a catalyst to spark the Second Great Awakening.

I believe God has much to say in this day concerning social reform and injustice. I also believe we need to cry out for the books to be written and the messages to go forth that will carry the movements that will reshape our world. Paint the pictures that will declare the communiqué of justice.

I once heard it said that the richest places on earth are not the oil fields of the Middle East or the diamond mines of Africa, but it’s the silent graveyards around us filled with all the unwritten books and unsung songs that lay buried as treasures never to be discovered.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Britney Spears Takes Nazirite Vow?

Uh... probably not. Why do we care about this? Honestly, I think cleaning my refrigerator is more interesting than this. Although she might fit in nicely down here at the base with this look.

Friday, February 16, 2007

My Loss Is My Gain

Sitting in the house of prayer this morning, I'm completely overwhelmed by this realization– my utter loss is my total gain.

Philippians 3:7-9
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

Whatever hold this world has on me is nothing more than trash to be discarded. “Circumcise me again God. Show me some more flesh that I don't need.”

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Please pray for me. I'll be heading to Grand Rapids, MI tomorrow to speak at a gathering of youth pastors. I'll also be meeting to discuss and brainstorm key mobilization efforts for America's youth in the next two years.

My prayer is that this will be a major inroad for Bound4LIFE in Michigan. By the way, does anyone know where Berea, MI is? (trick question)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Correction to my previous post. The Nashville signpost image is not from "Oh, the Places You'll Go." It's from another one called "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

This wouldn't be the first time I got confused or tongue-tied with a Seuss story.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I laughed out loud as I was walking through Barnes & Noble and saw this. It was hanging on the wall over the children's section. I had to snag the moment with my camera phone or else no one would believe me. It's an image clipped from the pages of Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

This may be a little "inside" for a lot of you, but it's particularly meaningful for me. On 7/7/07 we've rented the Titan's Stadium in Nashville, TN. We're launching The Call with the anticipation of 100,000 people gathering there for a day of solemn assembly- a day of repentance, prayer and fasting. At the gathering we'll be sharing the LIFE message with one unique twist. We believe God has given us a beutiful gift in the story "Horton Hears A Who" which was first published in 1954. The moral repeated throughout the book is "a person's a person no matter how small." We learned that a major theatrical release of this story is planned for the spring of 2008 starring Jim Carrey. Could it be God's timing to trumpet the message of life right before the '08 elections?

This little snapshot serves as a signpost and reminder of where I'm heading. See you there.

Monday, January 29, 2007

My Friend Patti

Here is a link to a great article about my friend Patti Giebink. A former abortion doctor for Planned Parenthood, she has become a Christian and is now speaking out for LIFE. It's an amazing testimony of God's love, but she is putting a lot of distance between her and that former life. Not only is she a volunteer youth leader for her church, but she also makes medical missionary trips to India and Pakistan. Please pray that God raises Patti up in humility and gives her a voice to the nation. I count myself privileged to know her.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Heaven's Kiss or a Statistical Phenomenon?

I spent the weekend in DC with our team from Fort Mill. We all gathered on the national Mall on Monday for the annual March For Life. So I'll let you all decide whether this was an intimate nod from the Lord or simply a ridiculous coincidence.

Meet Rhonda. She's a former student of mine from Denver, CO. Last Fall she joined our weird little company here in Fort Mill as an apprentice and promptly got wrecked on being an intercessor for America. She traveled to DC with us for the March and joined with over 100,000 other demonstrators on the streets of Capitol Hill. Not only did the media single her out among thousands and thousands to be photographed, but then her picture was featured in her hometown newspaper, The Denver Post.

I've made my decision which one I think it is. I love you Rhonda. You just keep being as radical as you want to be, you Gadite.

By the way, The Washington Post noted in their report on the event that the majority of the protesters were teenagers. Something's shifting.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

In living...4D

This article was featured on the Drudge Report today. Absolutely amazing. It talks about how 4D ultrasounds have enabled scientists and doctors to study developing babies. It even mentions how twins interact with each other in the womb.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Familiar Faces

Tonight was incredible. The DC team arrived today as well as friends that have been scattered around the country for a couple months. It suddenly hit me like a Mac truck just how much I miss living in community. We had a little family reunion of sorts tonight at our house as we gathered and caught up on everyone's lives.

Everyone is here for the conference we're hosting for the next four days. We'll have our dear friends Carey and Amy Hofer from Sioux Falls, SD staying with us and also Patti Giebink from Chamberlain, SD. Several of our friends from our former church in Indiana are traveling down for the weekend also. This is one of those sweet moments in time when all your streams converge. What a blessing.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A Remnant

“I must confess equally boldly that my own solid hopes for the well-being of my country depend, not so much on her navies and armies, nor on the wisdom of her rulers, nor on the spirit of her people, as on the persuasion that she still contains many who love and obey the Gospel of Christ. I believe that their prayers may yet prevail.”
–William Wilberforce

1 Kings 19:18

Monday, January 01, 2007

Nightline Again

I just found out that ABCnews Nightline has aired the JHOP segment once again this week in a year-end review concerning religion. You can view a portion of the segment at ABCNews Nightline's online webcast. Click on the "Video" link, then "Nightline". It was in November of 2005 that the piece originally was broadcast. It was pulled out again this time as part of a report on young people combating temptation.

I'm completely blown away by the timing of this. Here we are calling for radical Nazirite consecration in the area of sexual purity and calling the Church to repent in mass at The Call. What a kiss from heaven.

God's no where near being done with America.