Just met with a team of young guys, most almost fresh out of Christian college, & Christians all their lives. We talked about the Goodness Revolution in the context of them moving into & living in the neighborhood The Justice Project is targeting. They're pretty excited about the possibility of living, loving, & serving in 'the hood'. Becoming the 'go-to' guys for the impromptu needs of the residents. But their hands, by their own admission, are still pretty clean. I look forward to watching them get their hands dirty as they live out life as Isaiah 58 apprentices via The Justice Project.
I recently offered a 24-7 ministry position to the guy that head's up The Healing Rooms of Charlotte. There's a lot here for him to do with regard to his real passion which, as it turns out, isn't healing, but rather seeing unity among spiritual leadership & helping people come into the manifested presence of God for communion with The Holy. Still, with his experience, he'll also be holding healing ministry training classes here... of course.
had an incident with road rage yesterday. apparently crossed in front of someone too fast. to say that they were enrage would be putting it mildly. they begin tailing me down the highway. riding my bumper & following me off the exit. i decided to pull over in a well peopled area. this person pulled in behind me blocking any exit. that's ok. i did not want an exit. i wanted an opportunity. the person barreled out of their car shouting obscenities as their daughter sat in the car trembling. i got out of my car as well. walked right up to them - letting them vent & blow off steam. outside i was calm. inside i was deciding. deciding whether to let some rage of my own be conceived or whether to let it ride - take the high road. it was a moment of true temptation. when there was finally one brief brake in the obscenities & threats, i asked one simple question. "do you know why I pulled over, got out of my car, & came to you? more obscenities ensued. i asked again. "why?" the enraged driver stated. "to apologize, i said. told the driver it wasn't intentional rudeness. it was that i did not see their car in time. told the driver i felt they were owed an apology not for crossing over too fast, but for causing them to be enraged & in such a bad mood on such a fine day. like air being let out from a balloon, the driver's rage began to subside & they simply got back in their car & drove off. i turned on the radio - a news story comes on speaking of a recent road rage incident resulting in the death of the two people involved. yeah, i say out loud. i get how that can happen. i know the abyss one stands at the rim of with a lust to dive in headlong.
Been experiencing great success regarding answered prayers. Especially when praying for someone's healing. I love doing it... Listening to the person's story & pain while inwardly listening for God's voice to counsel & point me in the right direction so that my prayers hit the right target. Then.. the momentary wrestling with doubt & faith & me in the middle having to deliberately choose one or the other. Finally... the big leap of faith as I open my mouth to stay the words while pressing my hand on the person before me. Then.. the momentary wrestling with doubt & faith & me in the middle having to deliberately choose one or the other. Again, I side with faith. Side with it like one sides with a parachute while departing a plane in midair. "Hey... the pain is gone", they say in utter surprise. "Well of course it is", I respond, still high on the spiritual adrenaline from the leap of faith I just took. When I walk away & the adrenaline has subsided, I reflect back over the situation & smack my head in amazement that it worked.
The night star rises along with all the challenges that kicking at darkness can bring, & I find my self protect mechanisms kicking on in an autopilot response to the new hurdles & swinging blades. I could walk right on through ignoring them, putting on more protection to numb myself against them, or I could turn & face them each & every one like David did that Goliath. You can pretty much guess which road I've decided to take. A-pak starts this Thursday & already God is going out ahead of it to meet with the attendees, just as He did when A-pak began many years ago. 24-7 prayer week is going powerfully for many & the prayer room looks as if people's hearts have exploded in it. Now I get stopped in coffee houses to be told about encounters both there & in the area of justice as a result of 24-7 spinning out words sent to change hearts & shift lifestyles.
in a one block radius of 24-7, drug dealers stand on most of the corners. kids really. but drug dealers all the same. they stand in small clusters peering into passing cars looking for recognition & customers. they're brazen & bold in this vice which funds their lifestyle in ways they think regular joe jobs can't. it's quick & easy money. risky too. but that's part of the adventure for them - i've seen these kids as a danger & a nuisance - avoiding any eye contact with any of them. during this morning's talk with God, i started to see em different. oh, they're still drug dealers... but they are more than that too. and the more i see them through my Father's eyes, the stronger the compelling to know them, to serve them, to... no matter what comes of this desire conceived in me, i know this.. that it all begins with, well, meeting them. so.. this weekend, i'll don my torn up jeans & cleanest t-shirt, walk over ask about who they are - not about what they do, but who they are. here i'm reminded of something i worte in an earlier post; " light really is more stunning & strikingly beautiful when it dares to shine in the thick black of darkness. this weekend i'll continue putting God & that theory to the test.
The sacred launch of The Justice Project was a great success as just under 100 people filled the City Church space with heart shifting worship alongside the sounds of strategy coming forth & of individuals taking their servant vows, lighting the candles of hope & faith, & signing up to serve Optimist Park in prayer during the upcoming 24-7 week of nonstop prayer. The only thing that could have improved it was to have heard Rob Dolby give his rally call earlier rather than at the end. Kudos to every Justice Project Caption who spoke, & also to every member of the team who helped prepare the site. It did not go off without a hitch, but it sure went off with a bang! Whew, what a great night! Afterwards my friend Dana & I went out for a beer & some late-night debrief. Good company. Wonderful gal.
Living & dying daily to know God intimately - And in radical obedience & kamikazi servanthood, to carry out His life's work. ________
Having all these words be more than just words as I soul-press, excuses-crucify, life-surrender & present my body to embody the message of my friend Jesus.