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It is 12:24am…

5/6ths of the klampert family stayed awake for the ball drop.

I am about to go to sleep and can’t quite because I am just floored about how the year has gone.
My wife, Kelly, said to me “It’s been a week already since Christmas…It went too quick!”.
What I find amazing about that statement is that the year seems to have gone by even quicker.

This was an amazing year for our family. The kids are growing up fast and getting so smart. We have our great times and we have our challenges like every family, but at the end of the day We have four of the coolest kids on the planet.

We had the opportunity to minister at a great church this year and I had the wonderful pleasure of pastoring in worship some amazing people.

God gave me a personal retreat where I could be with friends in the mountains and worship. This led to the production of a very raw, live worship album.

This summer, I had the privilege of seeing God move prophetically through friends in the band “the brothers mcclurg” at the church I was working at. Even more amazing God made it very clear that He is ready to shake the foundations of our area and he healed a man who could barely walk that night.
Miracle after miracle. Strongholds were broken and broken were made whole. Our God has been good this year.

The changes came swiftly after. I stepped down from my role at the church and our family followed God’s leading to head into prayer and seek God’s heart and call with surrender and with no personal agenda.

God birthed in myself and 3 other families to start a new church in Newport County. He gave us a call and a vision. God followed that with a name; Ember Church. He made it clear that we would pastor the church together as 4 co-pastors. I will blog on this more later, but it has taught me so much about submission and surrender.

So much has changed this past year. So much pain and confusion. So much Joy and victory. Much is uncertain about the next year, but i know it is well with my soul.

I am praying 2014 is a year not of resolution, but instead a year of restitution and a year of revolution.
I pray God binds my family together even more strongly this year.
I pray God makes my marriage bulletproof.
I pray God helps us instill the fruit of the spirit in our kids.
I pray for my co-pastors that He would do the same for them.
I pray for an awakening in our city.
I pray for dreams and visions.
I pray that I can be used as God’s instrument.
I pray that Ember Church grows from the lost finding Jesus.
I pray the other churches around us overflow with people seeking hope.
I pray we see revival in the Church and that God would breathe on these dry bones.
I pray for miracles and that the glory of God would flood our city!

“It’s time for heaven to invade, and all the earth to shake
It’s time for the miraculous. It’s time for dreams to be unleashed
And every curse to cease. I know nothing is impossible”
-Daniel Bashta

If you are a Christian you were called to be a missionary. You were called and commissioned to preach the Gospel and spread the good news and then disciple people. Sometimes we take it for granted. Sometimes we are intentional about it and sometimes God brings a person into our life that He wants us to plant seeds into.

I was recently talking to a youth pastor in CT as he was telling me how difficult it is working with the youth because you don’t always see the fruit of your labor. People seem to go from being on fire for God to hating everything about Him as we minister to them. It can be rough. I told him about a kid I used to work with in 1994 who was a mess. He had substance abuse issues, violence issues and a lack of respect for God. He was one of those kids that never seemed like he would turn around. We parted ways when I moved from NY to PA and I never knew what God was doing there. Did my seeds fall on good soil? Was it my responsibility?

Last year I got a friend request on facebook. It was that kid. He was now married, turned his life around and works with other kids who were like him. How awesome is that! Not only is it cool that God did a great work in him, but It is amazing that I was able to see the change 15 years later. God burned him into my heart…

4 years ago I ran a youth service called “ignite.” It was a pretty edgy service and we welcomed anybody in no matter how they were. It was an exciting time. It was a seed planting time and I had no clue what God was doing because when it ended it almost felt like it had never started.

There were 3 girls who attended that service. All 3 were hurting and broken. They needed a real encounter with God and we prayed hard for them. I could not shake thinking about them and I still can’t. I don’t want to divulge too much about them or their lives, but I do want to say how great God is.

God burned these 3 girls into my heart…

2 years after ignite ended I got an email from one of the girls who was now in college. She told me she found God again, was attending a great church, and was leading worship with a young adult group. She asked me if I remembered her. Of course I did.

Another girl who I prayed for all the time had a rough home and struggled finding her identity in Christ. We didn’t talk much after the service, but God was working. When she got pregnant she called me scared to death and wanted to discuss her “options.” God moved. The baby was born and while life is tough still she now knows the love God has for her far surpasses the love she feels for her newborn son.

The last girl has also had a tough life. Misunderstood, used and mistreated. She is strong, but needs Christ. I can’t ever get her out of my head because I know God wants to save her from her life. I have not seen her in 3 years. Last night she walked into a multichurch prayer meeting I co-lead with my bro Adam. Adam was speaking on God’s goodness at the time and I realized once again that God burned these 3 girls into my brain (heart) because he HAS begun a new work in them and He WILL be faithful to complete it.

Having a daughter now has made me pray harder for these girls because I want for them what my princess has. A family in Christ that is in love and has no condemnation.

Are there any people that God has burned into your heart? Anybody you just can’t shake out of your mind?

Are you In-Tune?

June 28, 2011 — 1 Comment

In 1995 I was sent to Kiev, Ukraine, with YWAM, as a missionary. In our first week there we found an apartment to move into for our stay. It was customary to have the church leader come over and pray over the new home or space. It can be compared to what we do in the US called a house-warming or house-blessing. We decided to invite the assistant pastor, of the church we were working with, over for dinner.

That night as we were preparing a typical meal of eggs, potatoes and ham there was a knock at the door.

It was the assistant pastor.

“Come on in” we said after a brief hug.

He stepped in and instantly froze. We were surprised of course by the abrupt interruption. He didn’t move and judging from his blank stare seemed to be engrossed in thought. The he looked at us.

He said in Ukrainian…”something is wrong here”.

He slowly walked into the apartment and towards the bedroom. He then proceeded to get on his hands and knees and reach under the bed. When his hand came back out again we were amazed to find him holding an occult book of some sort.

I was floored. Actually my whole team was.

I was at a loss for words and in awe of the power of the Holy Spirit.

How could he do this? Was this man was so in tune with the Holy Spirit that he could sense when things were not of God in a room

This story is a perfect example of how vital it is to stay connected with the Holy Spirit.

In 2 Corinthians 13:14, it says:
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all, amen.”

Staying connected with the Holy Spirit also gives us a third party. A tuning fork if you will for life that keeps Christians united to the same key. This is the importance of Christian Community. If the same Holy Spirit that leads me leads you as well we can walk together in agreement.

Getting in tune with the Spirit is a daily process. A few steps to this are:

Identity – getting rid of your old identity and finding your identity in Christ

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Prayer – Continuous prayer and putting God’s will first in your life

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Sacrifice – setting aside your own life

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8

Listening – too often we pray and never listen to God speaking or answering. Distractions can get overwhelming and it is simple to say “be still” rather than to actually be still.  The Spirit can help quiet the noise.

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

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Questions to ponder:

How in-tune to the Spirit are you these days?

Have you ever been able to hear from the Spirit like the assistant pastor could?

Which of the 4 steps do you need to work on and why?

An excerpt from a book I am writing with Adam Fagan-Kela and Jack Osteen

I find the words contentment and restlessness to be very difficult to distinguish between.

The definitions are:

contentment: Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied. (lack of contentment would be of course wanting more than you have or not satisfied)

Restlessness: characterized by or showing inability to remain at rest: arestless mood; unquiet or uneasy, as a person, the mind, or the heart.

What I find odd is that we as Christians throw the word “contentment” around quite flippantly. It has become this “buzz” word that is vague to most people. What does it mean to be content in the Lord? If we go with the definition doesn’t that really suggest that we should be just happy with what we have and not really interested in wanting more. We are satisfied with what we have been given and it’s good enough for me.

I have given a lot of thought to this lately. I think ultimately we need to be content in God and thats it. I think placing too much stake in contentment for anything else either sets us up for disappointment or paralyzes us from being creative or forging ahead with dreams.

That’s where the word restless comes into play. Sometimes we find ourselves in life no longer content with what or where things are going. No longer satisfied with our location, money, church, job, etc. So we go back and pray that God would help us with our lack of contentment.

This is a good thing because we do want to drill into our heads that everything is but a vapor and in the end God is sovereign. It is also a bad thing, because sometimes it is not a lack of contentment that is the issue it is restlessness. Sometimes God is tugging at our hearts to dream, to move, to change, to create.

I don’t think it is easy to decipher the difference if it is lack of contentment or God making us restless. That is where prayer and fasting come into play.

We as christians need to make sure we are deciphering between the two as we move through our daily lives because God could be tugging at our hearts and itching to do big things thru us and we in turn could be stifling His great work because we are too concerned that our lack of contentment is a sure sign we are no longer relying on God.

Be still and know…it is a verse about clear cut clarity. Make sure you seek it out.

 

 

An internet friend and accomplice in my music ministry sent me an urgent message at like 2 AM this morning.

please pray. my mom is in critical condition on life support. in the cardiac care unit of one of the best hospitals in the world.”

So PLEASE PRAY for JUSTLORI.

I will let you know more as I hear it.