Student CPx Baptisms…

As promised, here is the video from the Baptisms that took place at Student CPx in Vegas. They are powerful. Please feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments section.

Other videos from CPx will be posted throughout the next few weeks. Stay tuned for teachings from Neil Cole, Brian Orme, Pam Arlund, Erik Fish, and more…

Something Clicked…

Something clicked with the students at CPx this past weekend. A lot took place, in fact, there’s too much for me to even begin to blog about. To be honest, I had a LONG blog post written about something I feel sums the entire weekend up. I began the weekend with a teaching on The Great Commission. The things we hoped for the students to gain  were not only evident in the training, but in the events of the weekend  itself.

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Again, I attempted to put words to the power of what happened this weekend, but due to a glitch in wordpress my draft was lost never to be found again. I was upset about it. Then I walked downstairs and watched some of the video footage from the weekend. Peace swept over me as I realized that my words could do NO justice to what took place. I am in the process of getting these videos ready for all to see. I believe they are worth the wait. I hope that you will stay tuned for one video in particular. We have most of the sessions recorded, but I plan on posting this particular video asap. It needs no words to accompany it, however I will probably add my two cents at the end…you know me. =)

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I hope you will be anxiously waiting to view this video, and be inspired by what you see. I know with much confidence that I am not building anything up to be more than it is in reality. My life, and the lives of others have been forever changed by what we saw take place. Stay tuned…

Laying the Foundation…

We kicked off Student CPx last night. A lot has happened since then. We have also been trying to capture everything on video. It’s been difficult as there are many tracks going on simultaneously. I will most certainly post and share what we have once things calm down and I get a chance to edit. I promise you will eat this stuff up. Here are some highlights I shared last night to lay a foundation for the weekend:

1) Release from a performance mindset – “We don’t perform to earn God’s approval, we respond and obey because we already have His approval.”

2) We believe that the Lord is bringing together a marriage of the Apostolic and the Prophetic. We need one another. The Apostolic need to learn to slow down and pray. The prophetic need to get out of the prayer room and DO IT. The Lord is marrying the two so we can help, and learn from one another.

3) I received a prophetic word from the Lord that we will see 10 new communities of faith birthed in Las Vegas over the next year. Partially as a result of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit over Las Vegas during CPx.

4) THE GREAT COMMISSION: As a filter that we run everything through not only this weekend but when we go home. There’s an interesting order…”I have given you authority”….”GO MAKE DISCIPLES”…”I am with you always”. The command is to go make disciples because we have authority and power in the Holy Spirit that lives within us. Everything must START here. The GC does NOT say to plant churches (“simple” or…NOT simple))…it does not command to start prayer rooms, or ministries, or programs. It simply says to go and MAKE DISCIPLES. I submitted to the students that if we start there that ALL Of that other stuff will naturally fall into place as a result of a life transformed by the Gospel.

5) CPx is not about us as individuals. This is not the next cool, hip, Christian thing to do. It’s not even about us AT ALL. It’s about the kingdom. We have it backwards. We get distracted thinking that it’s about us, OUR walk with God, OUR simple church, OUR ministry, OUR quiet time, etc. WOW.

“The enemy has taken this beautiful faith that tells us to DIE to ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Jesus (Great Commission), tricked us and SEDUCED us into thinking that at the end of the day it’s STILL ABOUT US!?”

It’s NOT about us! I challenged the students that if they came to CPx wanting to recieve something to shift their mindset to one of “what do I have to offer/give to this movement of the Spirit, while trusting that God will naturally meet all my needs along the way as I go and obey this pursuit of the kingdom.”

6) We are attempting to create a sense of Spiritual Family among those with a vision to make disciples in order to see the great commission fulfilled, and new communities of faith birthed.

-Along with that we are attempting to raise up Spiritual Fathers and Mothers to mentor young people as they pursue these visions that do not seem to be extremely popular among many of our current Christian leaders.

7) You are not here to learn from experts who have it all figured out. You ALL bring something unique and different to the table that we all have to learn from. Everyone must posture their heart as a student and a teacher this weekend.

I’d love to hear any thoughts or feedback you may have. More to come…the weekend has been incredible, and the students empowered. It’s not over yet…

Stay Tuned…

As many of you know Intentional Gatherings Vegas will be hosting a training on UNLV’s campus called “Student CPx”. Some of you will be joining us from as far away as Boston, and even Asia! I wanted to let those of you who will not be attending know that I will do my best to be posting little snippets of stuff throughout the weekend from the training.

The purpose of this weekend is not to gather a bunch of people together so we can all “have our fancies tickled”, learn from “the experts”, and go home all puffed up only to have it result in very little action. Our (All Nations, I.G., CCN, Student Church Movements) desire for Student CPx is to create a nationwide sense of Spiritual Family among like-minded people who are pursuing the multiplication of disciples. Therefore, resulting in new communities of faith being birthed, with hopes of a real life Church Planting Movement in America. None of us have it figured out, but we all have different experiences to share as we have pursued this vision from the Lord. Many of you have heard from the Lord to pursue this vision, and desire become better equipped. We hope that everyone returning from Student CPx over the summer, and everyone who is new will leave more equipped, empowered, and affirmed to move forward with confidence in their calling to make disciples.

I hope that those of you who will not be in Vegas this weekend will be blessed by some of the things I will share, and continue to be blessed as more information/videos/stories/pictures are posted from the weekend. Stay Tuned…

Daddy’s Little Girl!

Yep, you read it right. Morgan and I are having a baby girl in July! We have had a weird feeling all along that we were having a girl, not to mention several “prophetic words” spoken that it would be so. (Thanks Leslie! I mean…Lollie!=) We did several “gender prediction” tests and they all pointed towards the absence of man parts. We went in Tuesday for our second ultrasound at 16 weeks…

(The top picture is her little foot)

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(This is a beautiful profile shot…look at her little nose!)

I know what you’re thinking: “It’s too soon to be able to tell the sex, and it could change”. (At least that’s what I have been saying) However, our ultrasound technician, who happens to be a good friend, assured us that there is NO way we are having a boy. She pointed out three little lines in between the babies thighs, and explained that these are her “girl parts”. We were told not base it off the absence of “man parts”, but the presence of these three folds of skin.

(The bottom picture is a picture of her thighs, and bum pressed up against the belly. There are three little white lines in between the thighs…GIRL PARTS=)

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Anyhow, if it’s wrong then we’ll have freakin’ awesome little baby boy. We are so excited to be parents, and appreciate all of your prayers as we prepare to raise this baby to be a little disciple of Christ.

Sums It All Up…

This two minute video pretty much sums up what I hope to spend the rest of my life doing. The sad thing is that i’ve spent the last 2 years complicating this very simple pursuit, and allowing that to be a source of conflict among other believers. I’m done with that. I feel a lovely peace knowing that I am called to do nothing more, and nothing less than what is illustrated below. Enjoy.

Thoughts…?