Fascinate Conference, July 12–15, 2011 at the Kansas City Convention Center
Our annual Fascinate conference for high school students is coming up in three weeks, July 12–15. There is still time to register and we would love for you to join us. Why not bring your youth group out to join us in downtown Kansas City!
Fascinate is geared towards teenagers, but all are welcome.The conference focuses on themes that help us grow in intimacy with God, to live in wholehearted abandonment to Jesus, and to bring His love and power to a broken world, that our lives, our campuses,
and our cities might be transformed.
Worship leaders: Kim Walker-Smith of Jesus Culture, alongside several of our own IHOP–KC worship leaders, including Misty Edwards, Cory Asbury, Matt Gilman, and Jaye Thomas.
Speakers: Mike Bickle, Lou Engle, Allen Hood, David Sliker, Corey Russell, and others.
Registration: Only $45.
Accommodation: We have negotiated special room rates with our partner hotels within walking distance of the convention center.
Find out more: IHOP.org/Fascinate
Coach Bill McCartney at Forerunner Christian Fellowship, Saturday, June 11
He is the former head football coach of the University of Colorado, and also founded The Road to Jerusalem ministry, which has a mission to encourage Gentile believers to love and serve the Messianic Jewish community.
Coach McCartney will speak at our Saturday night Forerunner Christian Fellowship service on June 11 at 6:00pm. Join us live via the free webstream.
Love Is Kind, Not Nice
God is love. God is kind, not nice. He would much rather offend us with tough truth now, so that we walk in the light, than see us destroyed in our delusion.
When Jesus speaks words that cut to our heart, He is usually speaking on a different level than the level at which we are hearing. We try to interpret His words based on what we see and know. He is speaking based on what He sees and knows.
Consider the rich young ruler who asked Jesus how he might be complete in righteousness. He was obeying the commandments of God, but he must have felt distance between his heart and Christ’s. Why else would he ask such a question? Scripture tells us that “looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him,” but His answer was devastating! “‘One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me,’” He said (Mk. 10:21).
Immediately we think, “Jesus, really? Why? Isn’t this guy keeping all the commandments? Your answer is so extreme!” We argue, trying to interpret His words based on what we see and know.
But Jesus is speaking based on what He sees and knows. Luke recounted that “at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property” (Mk. 10:22). Jesus knew the young man’s heart was entwined with love for possessions, and that desire for material gain had such sway over his soul that he was deceived.
What Jesus may ask you or me to leave behind may be different. But Jesus never asks us to give something up without offering something better in exchange. He invited this young man to gain possessions which would never be destroyed!
So we have a choice: we can argue with Him based on what we see and know, or, we can humble ourselves and ask Him to tell us what He sees and knows.
We’ve all argued. It’s a very natural, human response. The prophets did it. We do it. The Lord is familiar with our struggle to comprehend His way of thinking. He listens as we spout off arguments. Then He waits to see if we will listen. Will we be quiet, and ask Him to tell us what He sees and knows? Will we let Him define the terms, reveal our motives, break in with light?
I see myself in my four-year-old daughter. She displays the struggles of my own soul in vivid color. She strains to understand why certain rules or disciplines are in place. To her way of thinking, the world would be a lot better place if I as her mother would just leave off. But I see some things she doesn’t see. Likewise, I struggle to grasp God’s goodness in His disciplines. When I struggle, I have not grasped the severity of my sin and where it would take me if He left me to grow in it.
Jesus triumphantly rejoices over budding virtues in my heart as though they were mature plants. He also points out the seedlings of wickedness in my heart in a tone I’d only expect if He were looking at evil when it is full-grown! It’s not that He’s not patient. He is—so much more patient than any of us—but He sees what is in our hearts, and He knows where those things will take us. “Nothing crooked” comes from His mouth (Prov. 8:8). He does not exaggerate to make a point. Neither does He minimize truth to lessen its sting. The Bible teaches that “faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Prov. 27:6). God is our true friend.
As I learn to listen to Him, I echo the prayer of the psalmist: “Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; it is oil upon the head; do not let my head refuse it” (Ps. 141:5). I will count such wounds as favor, Lord, not rejection. For You discipline those You love (Prov. 3:12; NIV).
All Scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are in the NASB.
Joseph Company Conference
Great change is occurring in the nations. We see the early shakings of the Lord, yet at the same time He is speaking with clarity, pouring out His power and transforming areas of some cities and nations. Today, God is equipping modern-day Josephs, Daniels, and Nehemiahs—forerunners who will help to establish His transforming presence in the marketplace and in every sphere of society.
In the days of Joseph there was a worldwide famine. God raised up Joseph as the second wealthiest man in the earth in his generation and trained him as a skillful businessman. Joseph was trained in the Word and tested in the fire, becoming a man of humility who understood God’s strategies, much like the sons of Issachar, “who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do” (1 Chr. 12:32).
The Holy Spirit is raising up forerunners in the marketplace who are cultivating a life of prayer, intimacy with Jesus, and prophetic insight into God’s strategies. Gone are the days of the marketplace being viewed as secular and devoid of God’s presence or purposes. It is the great mission field for which God is raising up His servants to express the kingdom.
Join us as we discern God’s strategies for this hour in our nation, as we grow in prayer and learn to flow in the prophetic.
Elijah Revolution, May 26–28 in Los Angeles, California
Great shaking, trouble, and glory is coming soon to our nation. Yet in the midst of the great darkness that is threatening America, the Lord is stirring the hearts of teenagers all across the world to join with a revolution of holiness happening right now, flowing from intimacy with God, empowering them to stand against the powers of this evil hour. Why? So that Jesus would be exalted to first place in their cities, their schools, and their local churches, impacting their generation in preparation for the days to come. For such a time as this the Holy Spirit is raising up a company of young people to be pillars of righteousness and prophetic witnesses, calling the hearts of men to return to their Creator.
Elijah Revolution is a new ministry working in partnership with TheCall, Luke18 Project, and IHOP–KC, launching teen conferences and high school campus initiatives, calling teenagers to a life of wholehearted devotion to Jesus and radical commitment to God, in the spirit of a Nazirite.
Our first Elijah Revolution conference is May 26–28 in Los Angeles, California.
Worship leaders include
Jake Hamilton, Cory Asbury, Laura Hackett, Catherine Mullins, and more.
Lou Engle, David Sliker, Corey Russell, and Erica Greve.
Angelus Temple Hispanic Church
1115 Lemoyne St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
IHOP–KC News Video
IHOP-KC News April 2011 Final Exit
Final Exit April 2011 IHOP-KC News
Over several weekends in March and April, IHOP–KC took part in a presentation of Final Exit, an extreme reality drama, to preach the gospel in our local community, where 257 people gave their lives to the Lord. In this video, Jono Hall reports on the event, showing short clips from the drama and interviewing Hal Linhardt of IHOP–KC’s evangelism department, and John Neel, executive producer of Final Exit.
David Pawson at the International House of Prayer of Kansas City May 13–20, 2011
David Pawson will be joining us May 13–15, 2011, for the Israel and the Church in the End Times conference. David is widely considered to be one of the world’s finest Bible expositors and prophetic preachers. He has preached for over sixty years in England and around the world. He is the author of multiple best-selling books and preaches boldly in his uncompromising declaration of biblical truths.
David’s teaching often addresses deep and complex theological, end-time issues related to God’s love in the midst of human suffering. His teaching on the book of Revelation and the second coming is unique in its depth of understanding. David also has compelling understanding of Israel, the Holocaust, and its relevance to the end times.
In addition to being the main speaker at the conference, David will stay at IHOP–KC May 16–20 to teach a series of free teaching seminars. He will teach a new series entitled The Uniqueness of Christ: The Wonders of HiStory, covering the conception and birth, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, return, and judgment of Jesus. David will also speak on the topics of grace, divorce and remarriage, and salvation. You won’t want to miss this unique, in-depth series. Below is a full schedule of David’s teaching.
Israel and the Church in the End Times Conference
David Pawson will teach two sessions each morning, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Free Teaching Seminars
Monday, May 16, through Thursday, May 19
10:00am – The Uniqueness of Christ: The Wonders of HiStory
7:00pm – Various topics, including grace, divorce and remarriage, and salvation
Friday, May 20
10:00am – The Uniqueness of Christ: The Wonders of HiStory
6:00pm – David Pawson preaching at Encounter God Service
No registration necessary. All are welcome.
All events take place at:
Forerunner Christian Fellowship
12444 Grandview Road
Grandview, MO 64030
A New IHOP–KC Training Program: ACTS, July 2011
Antioch Center for Training and Sending Launches July 10, 2011
The Antioch Center for Training and Sending (ACTS) is a nine-month training program designed to equip and send young, pioneering leaders as cross-cultural intercessory missionaries to plant worship-based prayer furnaces in the hardest and darkest places of the earth. This program is especially designed for singers, musicians, worship leaders, and intercessors who have a heart for missions, worship, and prayer.
Beginning with a three-month module of lecture training at IHOP–KC in Kansas City, participants are trained in missions, prayer, and worship as they grow in the knowledge of God and His Word. The program then continues with a three-month international outreach to regions throughout the 10/40 Window, including the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. During the international outreach, participants will work with local leaders to plant worship-based prayer furnaces throughout the region and to train other young adults in a culture of prayer and a life of mission.
The first ACTS program begins July 10, 2011. The application deadline for this program is May 31, 2011, but we encourage you to submit your application as soon as you make a decision to participate in ACTS, as enrollment is very limited due to the nature of the program.
For more information about ACTS or to apply online, visit www.ACTSschool.com.
Passion for Jesus Conferences London/Berlin Postponed
The Passion for Jesus and Pastors & Leaders conferences, which were due to take place in May 2011, have been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope to reschedule these events in the future.
All registrants for the London events will be refunded by the International House of Prayer. Registrants for Berlin events should contact firstname.lastname@example.org regarding registration refunds.
Praying the Psalms: Psalm 23 – Feasting on God
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
This beloved psalm beautifully relates David’s experience before God and his confession before his enemies. As a statement of faith and acknowledgment of dependency, this psalm can be our own confession of God’s faithfulness, our desire to agree with His ways, and our commitment to resist Satan’s lies about our lives.
We agree with God’s ways when we see Him as our shepherd. He is the one who leads, guides, and protects us, both when we feel as though we are resting in abundance and when we feel fear in times of danger and distress. He prepares a table, a feast for us in the midst of opposition. To feast on God’s table is to connect with God through praying the Word, and by communing with His indwelling Spirit. When we do this, we see our situation, circumstances, and enemies differently. They seem small and temporary instead of powerful and permanent. When we constantly dwell on our circumstances, we are tempted to feast on anxiety and worry. However, if we focus on God and His promises, we can feast on His goodness and mercy because we see their evidence in our lives.
We are prone to be spiritually bored and emotionally bound if we do not feast in God’s presence. A heart vibrant in God is satisfied, and filled with peace instead of with annoyance and fear. David knew God would provide an overflowing portion. Green pastures speak of abundant provision, while still waters represent peace and refreshment. The blessings extolled in this psalm are for any who make the Lord leader of their lives. This is why David referred to God as “my” shepherd (Ps. 23:1); it was a personal revelation to David. God made Himself known to him as an intimate guardian, ready to provide for all of David’s needs. God responds to our hunger by filling our souls with goodness (Psalm 107:9).
In relating to the Lord as our shepherd, we are placing our trust in His name – in other words, in His nature and character. Because He is jealous for His name (Isa. 48:11, 52:6), we know He will surely cause us to thrive. He will lead us in paths of righteousness for His own glory and honor. This is our confidence during periods of blessing and in times of testing. The shepherd’s rod is a symbol of protection from danger. The shepherd’s staff represents His ability to direct us through each season we experience. Feasting on God gives us strength for every season, every trial, and every circumstance. His Presence makes all the difference.