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Cape Town Recap 1: Your last thought before you die

Most of us on the South African Airways flight from Johannesburg to Dulles (Washington DC) were from the Congress. A camaraderie bustled between us. I sat next to Andrew who works with businessmen. We had a great conversation, enjoyed dinner, then landed in Dakar, Senegal to refuel. Airborne again, we chatted a bit, then both went to sleep as it was late-late-late.

Suddenly the plane dropped wildly, my stomach lurching in the process. People around me gasped. For a split second I thought we’d experienced turbulence but in the next moment, the plane’s nose dipped violently, eliciting more gasps and…

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Your job is to love me

At communion tonight at the close of the Cape Town 2010 congress, I again gave my writing career/ministry to Jesus. I told Him to take it all, to do what He wanted, to receive it as an offering.

He reminded me, “Your job is to love Me.”

And then He whispered this verse to me: “However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

We ended the congress as we started, singing Crown Him with Many Crowns. I can’t describe it. But…

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What do Word Gifts do?

It may seem like a very small thing, but when I listened to Vaughan Roberts of England, he said a little phrase that stirred me way deep inside.

“Word gifts,” he said. (more…)

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Pictures of my day with Aldyth around the cape

What a blessing this day off has been. My new friend Aldyth drove me around the cape. We got to see breathtaking views, an ostrich, a seal, each other, a cute cafe (where you see the sign), the waterfront, the protea plant (yellow flower), the world cup stadium, and so much more. Click on the images to see the full scope. A huge thanks to Aldyth for blessing me with a sweet guided tour and amazing food.

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God keeps me$$ing with me

So I sat next to a man from Croatia at dinner. He is a lawyer and also runs a house church movement. And he has a wife and children. He and his friend were utterly delightful and very funny. After eating our dinners, we moved to several subjects, the last of which was money.

“I know I’m not living right,” he said, “when I wake up and my first thought is what I have to do.” He shook his head. “It should be Jesus, not tasks.” (more…)

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Persecution & Stunning Beauty

Tonight at Cape Town, we learned about the persecuted church. That our Chinese brothers and sisters were not there made me cry. We stood and prayed, indicating that our empty seats were for them. They have a seat at the table. They sent us convicting scriptures, and a song whose words spoke of the love of God for China. Doug Birdsall said having the Chinese believers with us was “our fondest hope.” (more…)

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Crown Him with Many Crowns

As I write this, three African men finished praying in French. It was beautiful hearing French again, particularly in prayer.

I am already overwhelmed. (more…)

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I arrived

I am so tired and worn out, but have had great conversations with about ten people so far. I will have wifi at the convention where I hope to blog from, but none in the hotel (except to pay an arm and a leg.) I know this sounds petty, but I won’t have a hair dryer while I’m here. I’m not sure what to do about that. I need to sleep soon, then wake up early for all day meetings. Please pray for stamina. I’m utterly exhausted, but expectant. Jesus, be near. Help me not concentrate on what I…

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Journey to Cape Town 2010: I’m off.

“For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12, NAS).

Amen!

I’m off and running. Lots of travel. Lack of sleep. A new adventure. I’m reminded of this other verse from Isaiah 43:18-19:

“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will…

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The Road to Cape Town: The Privilege of Passion

I’ve been reading a book that’s pestered me. It’s a Christian living book, probably selling well. In it, the author talks about only doing what you want to do, focusing on passion, shying away from that which isn’t genuinely fulfilling. As I’ve bothered over this, I remember my friend Paul in Ghana who is struggling to pay his bills, who spent ten years of his life (and is probably in that season again) not knowing where his next meal is.

My point? It’s a privilege to pursue passion. It’s not…

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