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16 entries from September 2014

Random - Rosh Hashanah

It’s Wednesday and time for another post. Yikes. I haven’t had time to respond to all of the dreams that were posted in the comments on the September 23rd post. Please be patient with me as I want to post a reply comment to every one of them. So today, I am only leaving you with a few random thoughts to consider. On Friday, I’m expecting our Lord to whisper again as He often does on the Day of Atonement. Here is my randomness and in no particular order: I do NOT believe in a name it and claim it gospel. What I do believe is God places gifts and dreams in each of us. Satan steals our gifts and dreams and in this season of Rosh Hashanah we are silencing the lies and reclaiming what God has given us. (BTW, no one has complained to me about me teaching... Read more →

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What Does This High Holy Day Mean To Believers Today?

Gang, The Dream Lists are arriving and I know more are on the way. In my head I saw these lists as I prayed over them and placed them before the Lord. They became shimmering with gold dust as they were anointed with power and the purposes of God. I am taking these lists with me and Dineen and I will pray over them and then have them with us at the Open Heavens Conference. It is our goal to ask Bill Johnson to lay hands upon them for anointing. How cool is that. We will see if Jesus works that out for us. But it’s neither me nor Bill who will dust them with glory. It is Jesus. He sees your heart and your yearning to serve His Kingdom. So let’s say that simple yes and let Jesus loose on this world through our hands and hearts. Woo Hoo!!... Read more →

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This is Your Divine Destiny. Don't Give It To The devil!

The Ugly Word for 2014 Part I The Key to Powerful Prayer Part II Dream Big! Part III Lynn here! I have some crazy but good stuff to share. Here we go! I believed a lie about my creativity. On my dream list for this fall I have penned a sacred dream that is precious to my heart. And over the last nine months the devil has done everything to destroy that dream. I became so overwhelmed by the lies of the enemy and spiritual warfare that I handed over my authority over this dream to the lie and it was taken from me. It pains me to even type these words. Most of the time I believe and live in God’s truth and have been living there for a long time. So to realize that I allowed the devil to steal truth from me, and even worse I believed... Read more →

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Dream BIG! Don't Miss This Chance To Dream With God

Rosh Hashanah 2014 begins in the evening of Wednesday, September 24 and ends in the evening of Friday, September 26. Do You Dream? I know we all dream when we sleep. However, it is rare that I remember my dreams. I know that God speaks, even today, through our dream life. And many of you have an active night life *grin*. (Acts 2:17) For many believers, because they are so busy during the day, they rarely sit quietly before God and listen, so it’s only at night, when we are still that we are positioned to hear the still small voice of God. (1 Kings 19:11) But for me I can’t seem to recall my dreams very often. So what is really cool about that is that God wakes me up on occasion. Today as we move into the “New Year” I want to share what I heard God whisper... Read more →

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Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World

Hi SUMites. Dineen is heading off to the conference, so I'm holding down the fort this week. I decided to take her posting day this Wednesday. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown and I have a few words to share that I'm convinced the Father is whispering. It's a holy moment and I have a little assignment for you too that we are going to watch God move upon. See you Wednesday. For today, if you are raising children..... NO! I mean, if you are in front of a screen.... WATCH this video. The average American child, age eight to eighteen, spends more than seven hours a day looking at a video game, computer, cell phone, or television. By the age of seven, a child will have spent one full year of twenty-four-hour days watching a media screen. In this digital age, children seem to be interacting more with technology than... Read more →

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Spiritual Warfare Through Worship

This series started with Worship is More Than a Song, then moved into talking about Intimacy Through Worship, Living a Lifestyle of Worship and Unity Through Worship. Today, we will touch on an area I have lived very personally and hear God calling us to worship to defeat the enemy. And as I have had the pleasure of hearing Lynn say many a time, how like God to use the very thing the enemy wants most to defeat him. She is so right. Because that is who Lucifer was. He worshipped before God. (I’ve heard said that he was even in charge of worship. Perhaps he was the very first “worship leader.”) Then his hunger to be like God and thus worshiped like Him ended his career in a blaze of lighting that cast him to the earth (Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 14:12-15, Luke 10:18). And he’s been fighting to get... Read more →

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The Key To Powerful Prayer

Leaving 5,774 behind. Rosh Hashanah 2014. Part Deux Part I I’ve learned a lot about the power of prayer this past year. My friends, this little word prayer becomes mundane in its over use in our culture. Prayer: entreaty, appeal, plea, request, desire, hope, wish, supplication, imploration, petition, invocation, meditation, contemplation, chant, petition… It’s all of these. Truly. Mostly, for me, it’s a little girl who talks with her Dad. There are days when I’m sitting in the pain of words spoken to me which should have never been birthed, that I’m a little girl, sitting on the lap of my Papa, tears dripping on His sleeve. There are other days I’m a warrior Princess, clothed in righteousness, authority, and power when I literally command the devils out of people and cast them into the Abyss. There are seasons I have prayed for employment for my husband, my son, my... Read more →

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Unity Through Worship

My friends, I have so loved reading your comments on this worship series. You have shared your hearts and prayers. I have found myself inspired many times by what you share, have even prayed your words! And I know other have too. We started this series with discussing Worship is More Than a Song, then moved into talking about Intimacy Through Worship and Living a Lifestyle of Worship. Today we will talk about unity through worship. First, I want to share my first taste of corporate worship… Anticipation buzzed in the air and the low rumble of voices. The stadium was packed. Thousands of believers stood ready and waiting to hear Third Day. Though I’d attended concerts before, this was my first Christian concert. Third Day came out, the music started, and soon, to my utter amazement, I stood, arms up like many there, not just singing to songs but... Read more →

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The Ugly Word for 2014

Hi SUMers! So, ahem, yep..... Authentic post and a challenge for the New Year. Yes, you read that right...The New Year. I PRAY you are set on a new path in the next few weeks…. Join me on Mondays and Fridays until Yom Kippur for we are on the edge of our seat, waiting for the King to set things in motion… Let’s get started, Many of you participated in our annual week of fasting as we kicked off 2014. If you are new to our community, you are in for a profound experience in January as we fast together and listen to the Lord’s voice. You will be amazed. Anyhoo, I know at the beginning of the year many of you, ask God for a word, a single word, for the year during this time of prayer and fasting (Dineen always receives a word for her year). Well, I... Read more →

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Powerful Teaching from Kris Vallotton

My friends, I want to share two very powerful teaching sermons by Kris Vallotton with you (I will continue the worship series on Wednesday). These are so powerful and anointed, I'm sure. And I don't you to miss the chance to listen to them (not sure how long the links will be available). Kris Valotton’s Steps to Successful Living in the Kingdom, Part 1 Kris Valotton’s Steps to Successful Living in the Kingdom, Part 2 There are two of them and I recommend you listen to them both. If you find you can only do one, then listen to part two. Kris outlines five areas of successful living in the kingdom: Be present Be thankful Have a big YES! Persevere Be humble I found myself deeply convicted by the first one, about being present. I am definitely guilty of this one and am now commited to following the Holy Spirit's... Read more →

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Throw Back Friday?

Gang, Lynn here. I'm STILL feeling under the weather. On the couch again today. Ugh!!!!! Not feeling up to writing much so I want to ask a couple of questions. I hope to be in my office later today to join the conversation. Q1: How do you deal with prayer at meal times? Q2: How do you model prayer to your children? I recently heard some interesting teaching about the blessing over our food. What do you know about blessing our meals that you can share? Let's share what has worked in our spiritually mismatched homes. Perhaps your life experience will profoundly help another SUMite reader. See you in the comments. Hugs, Lynn Read more →

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Living a Lifestyle of Worship

D ear friends, our worship series continues! Past week we talked about Worship is More Than a Song (several of you picked up right away to my reference to the song!) and Intimacy Through Worship. Today we’ll discuss a lifestyle of worship. And as excited as I am to share this with you, I am even more excited about reading your comments as you share how you worship Abba Father, Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit in your daily living. I love this quote from Kris Vallotton: “Praise is response to God’s character.” Amen? Amen! As I’ve shared before, I start every morning with time with God. I love this part of my day and very much need this time with Him. One morning as I sat again on my porch and praising God for His creation, a hummingbird flew to the feeder. My praises went to Him for creating... Read more →

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SUMite -Brie Testimony

Hi SUMites, What follows is an email from SUMite, Brie Gutierrez. Brie's story is one of God's faithfulness and the beauty of the body of Christ. WE LOVE THIS SUM FAMILY. We love you too Brie. Lynn & Dineen From Brie: Hello my beloved mentors, I hope you are both well. Thank you for always leading and encouraging us SUMites through our journey. I always find I read the blog at just the right moment and it always speaks to my heart. I wanted to share the video my church (30k people) will see this weekend. It's a story of how Gods people come together for one another. Thanks for praying for me in the hospital - I WILL never forget that. Those prayers by Gods people pulled Julian out of a dangerous place and gave him life. BRIE GOD STORY from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale on Vimeo. How funny... Read more →

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Intimacy Through Worship

My friends, your comments on Wednesday's post, Worship is More Than a Song, were amazing! You all had such great things to share about what worship means to you. Some of you even shared links to articles you had written on this very subject. I absolutely love seeing things like this, because it shows our Great God's hand moving in synchronicity through His children to bring His loving plans and purposes into place for us individually and the body of Christ. And what blows me away is that God doesn’t need our help, but by His great love and delight in us, He chooses to work His plans out through His children. I love this line from Amanda’s post on her blog: "True worship is a kaleidoscope of every color in the spectrum that combine to make one shining, brilliant white!” And this one from our very own Heather Passuello’s... Read more →

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An Escape Clause?

Hello SUMites, My friends, I missed you while I was roaming the Rocky Mountains and all over the state of Colorado. What a crazy trip. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long, long time. I hope to share some of the many photos on my Facebook page soon. But I’m back in my office and I am refreshed and charged up. Let’s jump right into this study again. We are going to discuss a very interesting verse, its interpretation and implications. Are you ready??? But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. —1 Corinthians 7:15 So let’s get our head back into our discussion of this passage. Remember the Apostle Paul is writing to the church in Corinth in reply to some of their questions. Many members of the... Read more →

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Worship is More Than a Song

My friends, few weeks ago I asked Abba for a better understanding of what worship means to Him. If we look at worship from a worldly perspective, we can easily attribute human needs and behaviors, like ego and self centeredness to God, which is completely opposite of His selfless and merciful character. So I asked Abba to help me understand, and now I sense Him moving me to share what I'm learning with you. And as I began writing what I thought would be a single post, a series emerged. I should have know that was coming considering the way He’s showing me things lately. LOL! Let me say that I believe we are being called to a higher expectation of worship as God’s children than we have in the past. There are multiple reasons for this and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you and hearing your thoughts... Read more →

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