Freedom

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Mark 5:1-20 Imagine putting yourself in the place of this demon-possessed man. You’re an outcast of society who is feared and hated. You are so tormented by the voices of demons that you are suicidal and the only way to find any measure of relief from their sadistic oppression is to mutilate your body and try to mask the mental, emotional and spiritual pain with physical pain. You are so overcome with sorrow and rage and every manner of wicked {Read More}

Brain Dump #1

IHOPU Student Awakening

Sometimes I just need to dump out the various things swirling around in my mind and heart, so I now give you my first “Brain Dump” and perhaps it will become the first of many – we’ll see. His mercies are new every morning Rayah’s had a lot of gas issues lately and cries A LOT.  This can really wear a person down.  I had my first meltdown of tears yesterday since I became a mommy of two.  I was {Read More}

Weep Between the Porch and the Altar – Part 3

Welcome to the third and final part of this series! I would encourage you to read Part 1 and Part 2 to get the background and setup for this concluding piece. However, to briefly recap… In Parts 1 & 2, we are introduced to the verse in Matthew 23 where Jesus says to the Pharisees, “upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah {Read More}

Relentless

For the last year, a small group of us have been studying the book of Song of Songs as part of our devotional lives, but also as a part of our worship team as we have been singing and praying the passages at our house of prayer. Believe it or not, it’s taken us a year just to make it to the end of chapter 2!! But we were never in any rush and have been quite content to linger {Read More}

The Great Canadian Wish List

The Great Canadian Wish List CBC News has started a group on Facebook called “The Great Canadian Wish List” where anybody can make a wish for Canada, invite their friends to support it & then on July 1st, the top results will be reported about on CBC TV, CBC Radio, CBC Newsworld and online at cbc.ca/wish. Their hope is to provoke discussion and the free expression of ideas and they have certainly succeeded, as the debates and arguments abound regarding {Read More}

Turning & Resisting

Return to Me There is a key portion of scripture in Joel 2 in which the Lord says, “…return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” The prophet continues on to say, “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity…Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly…” (vs. 12-17) There is far too {Read More}

He Deserves Better

The other day, I had been reading about how Jesus was our scapegoat and how He carried the weight of our sin for us. I didn’t think too much of it at the time, but then later that night I rented a movie… Now, I’m pretty sure that Holy Spirit prompted me to walk away and I think I knew that I shouldn’t have watched it – but I ignored His small voice and watched it anyway, naively hoping it {Read More}