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September 2016

Don’t get sidetracked – newsletter from Sharon

img_8460We’ve just received Sharon Campbell’s latest newsletter, direct from IHOP in Kansas City…
 
Dear Friends and family,
 
So I made it back for another year and once again we are hitting the ground running, two weeks into the fall semester and this week YWAM leaders from around the globe are joining us here in Kansas City for their annual gathering while us at the International House of Prayer support them in service, attending their events and praying for them for the entire week night and day.
 
Thursday night before the event started I had a dream, there was creaking on the stairs, in my dream I woke up and the pictures on the wall were crooked and outside the road had split apart… I told a friend the next day who said that I should write it down but I just thought it was my overactive imagination. The next morning at 7:02am I woke up to the sound of creaking on the stairs, the whole house began to vibrate so I tried to get dressed thinking I was going to run to the basement. Then a few seconds later and it stopped. Oklahoma had an earthquake that was 5.6 in magnitude that was felt in surrounding states including ours.  24 hours later and we are hosting this significant gathering of people who love Jesus with all their hearts through missions and prayer.
 
Loren Cunningham the leader of YWAM is saying that he wants to give Jesus a birthday present for Christmas 2020 when the bible will have been translated into every language on the earth. Christians realize the significance of this.  We must find intimacy with God whatever it costs us! We already have it through Christ but sometimes relationships and circumstances can cloud the path into his presence. So I am sure this is not a new message but this is what I felt the Lord was saying to me this morning through the picture of Israel’s exodus.
 
‘To take you deeper into intimacy with Me is sometimes an uncomfortable journey… you have to come out of Egypt (what is familiar) and go through the wilderness (withdrawal from other comforts) before you reach the promised land (abiding and staying in communion with our heavenly Dad).’ This is the purpose of our years on earth. Abraham’s Dad, Terah, was seventy when he took Abraham and his grandson Lot and their families and left for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and it seems they felt inclined to stay there. Abraham was seventy five when he heard the Lord’s invitation to “go to a land that I will show you” so they set out on the same journey that Abraham’s Dad embarked on but didn’t complete. We have communion with our Father already through putting our trust in his son but sometimes there are things that get in the way, past disappointments or worshipping other things which are not bad in themselves but take the place of that first relationship with Him.  The message is don’t get sidetracked and take to heart Philippians 2:14 because to have Jesus is the best prize that we can know for ourselves and make available for others.
 
Love Sharon xxx

Restoration – Kathy Lee

restorationKathy brought us an interesting message this morning, reminding us that when God restores his people into relationship with him, he does not just put them back how he intended them to be, but puts them in a better position than would ever have been possible! Click below to listen to the message.

 

 

 

Be still

repentRichard brought us a great message yesterday, reminding us that it is often only when we take time to be still and study God’s word that we really hear from Him. To listen to the message please click below.