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When I was thirsty…

October 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

I have, in the last 37 years, had the pleasure of attending, being associated with or speaking/leading in many kinds of churches. I have been in liturgical high churches, charismatic, pentecostal, ones that speak in tongues, ones that don’t, those that have bands and those that think music is wrong, ones that don’t allow food or coffee in the church and those that eat popcorn and serve lattes, ones that center around communion and others that never do it… You name it and I have seen it.

There is something I want to point out though…
The father LOVES ALL THE FLAVORS of His bride. Even if we as Christians decide which flavors are holier than others (which quite frankly is judging on non-essentials), the Father sees us all on level ground and ALL His children.

So what then marks us as “mature” Christians?

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1

Simply this: How you do Sunday means NOTHING if you are not LOVING people recklessly Mon-Sat.
You are a clanging cymbal and God wants His bride to sound like a band that is in tune!

In the end Jesus will say “when I was thirsty did you give me drink… when I was naked did you give me clothes… when i was in trouble did you come to my aid?”

He will NOT say “when you DID church did you….”

Don’t just go to church… try something radical and BE THE CHURCH!


Tonight I had the privilege of attending a service in Providence, RI called “ONE EVENT”. I heard about this event through a few brothers in christ that I know on Facebook, but have never met in person and they were both spearheading this with their churches. Andrew Mook from Sanctuary church and Jason Lee from Renaissance church along with pastors from a few other providence churches came together to meet, pray, and worship. They came together in unity to seek the face of God and to fight for their city.

If you have ever read my blog this heart should sound familiar. Not only is this something I think about daily and try to work towards in my own community/ministry, but it is the heart of God to see His body united.

We walked in and were greeted by some pretty cool/hip looking kids that made this prematurely bald worship pastor feel wicked old. Behind us was a mass of people piling into the building. There was something here that I don’t see very often in Newport area.


Let that sink in for a second because it is key. They came in with expectation and you could see it on the peoples faces. Worship was great and so were the times of prayer. Nothing insane happened. Nobody rose from the dead. Nothing out of the ordinary to the naked eye. But for a guy who has been in ministry for 17 years and plowing through cement within the context of unity in the body there was something clearly out of the ordinary.

This group of people truly were there for the city. Every agenda, every theological difference, worship style, ethnicity, and cultural background was put aside for this time. There was a sense of purpose that I have not seen in the RI body of christ in a long time. There was an awareness that 5 churches being present in a building regardless of what they do is powerful in the spiritual realm. There was an expectation that the prayers would shake up the principalities in the area.

I have seen this hunger before in my area of RI and have seen the ebb and flow. We spend a ton of time praying for the church and for revival to happen. This body prayed that God would move in any way He chose and that they would be willing and repentant participants in His story.

They concluded with communion. There is nothing that unites the Church more than the cross.

Recently in our 1Prayer unity nights we have begun to do a very similar format.

I am blessed to have been able to have seen the Lord tonight. God is moving in providence. God is stirring up His people and calling them back to Him.

Monday night we have our own UNITY event in newport. I pray we continue to walk in expectation that God wants to do something amazing. I pray that the apathy that has enslaved our churches gets released.

I pray that our friends in Providence that are seeing God set the captives free intercede for their brothers and sisters in Newport County and the same way we are for them.

To God be the Glory.

Let end with this:

Unified diversity
Functioning as one body
Every part encouraged by the other
No one independent of another
You’re irreplaceable, indispensable
You’re incredible, incredible

Beautiful bride
Body of Christ
One flesh abiding
Strong and unifying
Fighting ends in forgiveness
Unite and fight all division
Beautiful bride

Strengthen your arms now
Train your fingers for battle
Urgency’s here now

Burn Your White flag!

February 5, 2013 — Leave a comment


At our 1Prayer meetings in Newport RI we have been battling for 4 years now in prayer and worship for our community at the same time watching the Bride of Christ fragment week by week. Churches rise and fall by transferring congregations to each other. The lighthouse is not a city on the hill but instead a representation of something historical and with no lifegiving relevance. The church continues to tell the pillar of fire to follow US instead of us getting in line behind GOD. This is not isolated to our area either. Many of my friends around the country are dealing with this as well.

We need to repent of our dis-unity.
We need to repent of our isolation.
We need to seek transformation. YES!!
But it starts with the bride.

We can’t even begin to tackle apathy in the community when we are not willing to tackle apathy in the Bride.
We can’t begin to fight depression in our city when we are not praying for the JOY of the Lord to return to our Churches.

I keep hearing people say “the battle belongs to the Lord”. I know there is biblical truth to it but that line is NOT an excuse to no longer fight. It is our orders to march behind Him in battle.

One of my least favorite songs these days is “White Flag” by Christ Tomlin. While i know the lyrics are meant to portray that the battle belongs to the Lord and we need to surrender all I can hear is:
“We’re laying down our weapons now. We raise our white flags. We surrender all to you”

We do need to surrender to God and let Him use us, but guess what… He will use us as His instruments of peace. He will use us as His weapons of warfare against principalities and rulers in spiritual realms.

Let me suggest something other than living in a happy land of gumdrops where the church is no longer ruffling the feathers of satan.

Joel 3:10 says “Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.”

This is not the time to lay our weapons down. It is time to fight, but we have to make sure we are fighting the right thing. The ONLY thing that unites the bride is Jesus. We need to be fighting to spread the word to all the believers that JESUS  is ALIVE… That ASLAN is roaring in our communities calling the armies out of the caves to join together as different tribes under the banner of the ONE TRUE GOD!


berlinI have had the privilege of being involved with many church unity “movements”. In reality we should not even call it a movements because some how that connotes that it is almost out of the norm of what the church should be. Sadly Unity is something very foreign to us in an age where approximately 41,000 Christian denominations exist.

I am part of the leadership in RI of something we call “1Prayer”. Yes I am fully aware that the term was stolen, but who is going to come to RI to challenge me. For the last 3.5 years 3-7 churches in this small area of the US have been meeting together to pray for revival and change in the spiritual climate in our area. We have seen amazing highs and some spectacular lows. 4 months ago we saw that God wanted us to rebuild our foundation so we put a halt to our monthly corporate worship and prayer gatherings and met with leaders and intercessors only. Confusion and chaos took hold of our first meeting and while it seemed we accomplished something in reality we gave more fuel to disunity. During a debrief about the meeting we were led to the word in Joshua 5. We believed that God wanted us to follow this and begin in repentance followed by consecration  communion and waiting on the Lord to hear His will.

The next month we did just that. We came and repented of our lack, pride, kingdom building, disunity and so many other things. 20 leaders from 4 churches spent an hour repenting that evening of putting our agendas before God’s and Strongholds were broken. 20 leaders from 4 churches consecrated their lives to the work of the Kingdom together and the demons shuttered. 20 leaders from 4 churches stood around the Lords table and broke bread in remembrance and in an act of re-MEMBERING the body of Christ. Barriers crumbled. Something significant that day happened. You can liken it to the crumbling of the Berlin wall. East on one side and west on the other. Church A on one side and church B on the other.

The next month we spent 2 hours waiting on the Lord and worshiping Him for His greatness and yet something felt odd to me. I prayed about it a lot and God gave me a picture.

The greatest battle the church can fight is to be UNITED with one another and THEN link arms against the spiritual principalities of our area. It starts with repentance and being united with communion because ultimately we must start with humility end end with Jesus. When we do this Walls will crumble and strongholds will be broken, but the battle is not over.

I had this vision of God smashing a fence in front of me. There it lay in splinters on the ground. I rejoiced at how great He is and reveled in the fact that this fence is now in pieces in front of me. I stood there week after week rejoicing that this is broken and never step over the debris. Then I notice while I am standing there that the enemy has returned with his “carpenter” minions and they begin to rebuild the broken fence…

Once again I find myself having to pray and fight for that stronghold to be broken, because I chose to be excited about the now and never once decided to be intentional about stepping over the debris to forward move PAST the rubble.

This can apply to ones life and anything a person is struggling with. If you find healing and never move FORWARD the enemy will come back and put that wall back up.

In the case of unity if the berlin wall came down, everybody rejoiced but nobody from the west or east crossed over then there is still division. If the church finds those walls come down and they dont actively pursue, relationships, worship, prayer and community with each other then not only are they letting the enemy rebuild that wall they are helping him. They are handing Satan the bricks.

“if we work with that church then I wont be able to build MY church” (here satan… here is a brick of pride)
“if we help the homeless that sunday with the other church we might not get an offering” (Here you go satan.. this brick of fear should do nicely)

We need to actively pray and fight for strongholds to be broken in our homes, lives, churches and in the body of Christ. When God smashes that wall make sure to step over the debris and act. Fight to make sure that wall stays rubble and that it can be counted as a wall that fell along your journey. Make sure it is now in the distance behind you instead of in front of you.

New England has recieved the moniker “The preachers graveyard”. It is a very broken area of the US and it is continually amazing to see how little people seem to care.

Well it’s no secret to those who read my blog that I and others have been working really hard to change the idea in this community that the church can’t come together.

It started with a few pastors meeting and praying and the excalated to 6 of them and all the youth pastors meeting separatly. These are regular meetings monthly with the expressed purpose of praying and talking about unity.

We have as leaders noticed something as of late though. We are all dealing with similar issues and we are being attacked spiritually on the same “plane”.

Now I already made a note about how at my church Lifepath Church we decided to postpone the youth ministry for the summer. After a meeting with the local Youth pastors we realized they were wrestling with the same issues and decisions and we all committed to a summer of prayer together.

The pastors also committed to monthly gatherings for the congregations , going from church to church, for 6 months. We came up with the not so over used, but highly effective name 1Prayer.

Fast forward to last night.

Let me preface this real quick. Inviting people to pray is almost like asking people to go to the dentist. It’s uncomfortable and scares the crap out of people so people don’t go. Most churches prayer meetings are small and full of just women.

Last night we had our first 1Prayer meeting at Graceway Church of Christ. 8 Churches were represented. In RI where I am the churches are not huge. Between 6 churches we have around 1000 members total. This first multichurch prayer meeting had an attendance of well over 100 people.

I need to make the readers of my blog realize how insane that is. Aquidneck Island where I live before last year may just have been the mecca for all things disunity. Church hopping and sheep-stealing became an epidemic and fear within the churches grew to a level that is just sad to think about.

God has been speaking something new to the church. Something new that may sound surprisingly old.


Last night at prayer pastors got up and repented before the congregations for holding back the move of God because of thier own bitterness and fear. Many tears were shed and walls were broken down.

We realized he have to fight for EACH OTHERS LAND. Not just our own. So we united as one church lifted the pastor and the church that we were in. And the Holy spirit shook the place like I have never seen in a multichurch meeting.

There was an overall sense that This night WILL go down in history as the catalyst of change in New England.

I will end with this… If you are a Christian in RI (and everywhere) and you are not moving forward. You are sitting on your hands. Jesus is calling you to rise up, to show up and to join the Army of the Lord.

Misty Edwards song says somthing that we need to hear during this time:

I can hear the rythm of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah
Cause He’s doin a new thing, so we’re singin a new song

He’s not a baby in a manger anymore
He’s not a broken man on a cross
He didn’t stay, in the grave
And He’s not stayin in heaven forever

People get ready, Jesus is comin’

Once again I’m gonna shake everything that can be shaken
Once again I’m gonna break everything that can be broken

Are you ready, are you ready for this?