June 2016 Newsletter
“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out ‘Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’” – Matthew 14:29:31
There are times when being practical is really an excuse for not stepping out in faith. When Jesus called Peter onto the water, it didn’t seem practical. When He called the rich young ruler to sell everything, it wasn’t practical. Sometimes the Lord calls us to do crazy things that put us in positions where there is no plan B. Either the Lord shows up or we fail. Either He breaks through or we look like fools. Those are the times when God shows up in incredible ways. He loves faith and He loves when His children take risks that require Him to breakthrough.
Loretta and I have been asking what it looks like to truly live the gospel in America. In a culture that places so much emphasis on safety and comfort, how should a Christian live? Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with a savings account, insurance, or house alarms. But maybe we should step out of our comfort zones more so that God can work through us. We could give that bonus money to the poor instead of spending it on ourselves. We could take a break from our busy schedules to prophesy over the attendant in the grocery store. We could invite the “least of these” over for dinner one night. These simple acts of faith are magnets for the activity of God. For some, stepping out in faith could mean moving to another country or preaching the gospel in the streets to the homeless. For others, it could be starting a bible study or discipling someone. No matter what faith looks like, we want to do more of it! Stepping out of the boat is one of the best ways to grow in our relationship with Jesus.
One new thing Loretta & I are stepping out in is leading worship again. Starting this upcoming Tuesday, we’ll be leading worship on Tuesday nights throughout the summer at a church called “Christ Triumph”. From 6-8pm, people around the city will gather to worship the Lord, receive healing prayer, and grow in prophetic ministry. We’re excited to lead worship at a local church in the area. Along with this, we’re still committed to something we mentioned in our last newsletter. Loretta & I want to give a prophetic word to someone at least once a week. Though it may seem small, the more we step out of our comfort zones the more normal it will become.
Here at the IHOPKC mission’s base, summer is usually filled with kids and teenagers. The base will be hosting hundreds of kids for our annual summer camps and conferences. It’s always fun seeing kids praying in the prayer room. They’re more than cute prayers too. Most of those kids have authority as they pray for healing and deliverance. If they see someone in a wheelchair or someone who needs healing, watch out! Loretta and I are still getting ready for our own kiddo as well. We’re preparing a little nursery and reading up on baby books. Our last prenatal appointment was yesterday and both her and the baby are doing well. She hasn’t thrown up once and has almost no morning sickness, for which we’re very grateful. Our next big appointment will be in early July when we find out whether it’s a boy or a girl. We’ll be sure to tell you!