Sarkozy and Cyrus

A year ago at this time, when France was between the two rounds of its most recent presidential election, Samuel Rhein said this, “Either Sarkozy or Royale needs to be a Cyrus in God’s hands at this time.” Recently, on Martin Scott’s blog, I posted a resume of the new “Mediterranean Union” proposed by Nicholas Sarkozy during his election campaign. Just now, I’m listening to a two-part teaching by Mike Bickle about “The Cyrus Anointing.”

This teaching was given in the context of IHOP’s “Joseph Company” marketplace-ministry. Mike is speaking mostly in a context of business leaders with respect to the Cyrus Anointing, though he does place it in a larger perspective as well. He probably wasn’t primarily thinking, however, about leaders of countries. Well, I was thinking about Samuel Rhein’s call to intercessors to pray for the next president to become like “Cyrus in God’s hands.” Consequently, when one sees what is proposed by the Mediterranean Union, the call for Nicholas Sarkozy to be like Cyrus and listens to this teaching, there are all sorts of interesting possibilities. Most importantly, however, I think that this is a call for intercessors to birth the purposes of God during this hour of history.

So, whether you listen to this specifically with respect to Sarkozy or just to understand the Cyrus anointing in the end times, I commend to you an excellent resource in these teachings to fuel your intercession.

The Cyrus Anointing – Part 1 (mp3 – 25MB)

The Cyrus Anointing – Part 2 (mp3 – 31MB)

Reliving Acts

This year I’ve been reading my Bible a bit differently. Taking a challenge I heard from a Mike Bickle teaching once, I’ve read “10 chapters a day” in the New Testament, which effectively takes you through the New Testament in 1 month. I’ve since re-divided that into “10 pages a day” because not all “10 chapters” are created equally!!! 😀

I’m coming toward the end of this year of reading in this way and I’m anxious to try the same sort of thing on other parts of the Bible. This has been very rewarding to do this for one year. It’s brought me a lot of revelation and new perspectives on things. I recommend it.

Having said that, there are certainly parts that I come up on and am not too anxious to read again. God is faithful though and continues to speak to me even in parts that become tedious for me to read. Sometimes however, we still need a fresh perspective from somewhere else to help us get past our mental blocks in reading certain passages.

For me one of those “certain passages” was different parts of the book of Acts, and in particular from when Paul goes on trial until the end. Well, I’ve found some help in the form of a teaching from NT Wright. During a recent visit to Asbury Seminary, NT Wright gave a number of excellent messages (more posts to come!) of which one was an overview of the book of Acts.

Wright has a way of injecting life into passages with perspectives that one has not really considered and an historical context that sheds an altogether different light on things you’ve read over and over.

So, after too much ado 🙄 enjoy this teaching on The Book of Acts by NT Wright (mp3 – 29MB)

Martin Scott – Changing the World, One Gate at a Time

Martin Scott, a key prophetic voice from the UK has been instrumental in the shaping of my theological growth in the last 6-7 years or so. I’ve had the privilege on a few different very brief occasions to work with him in the UK, but mostly in France. His is a catalytic calling. He’s called to be a catalyst in different geographic contexts. Currently that has included the UK, continental Europe and North and South America principally. He has the gift to challenge and stimulate in such a way that individuals and corporate expressions of the Body of Christ begin to walk out more fully what their identity is (i.e. he’s not interested in people serving his vision), but in connection with what God is doing on a more global basis. Additionally, he’s one of the few people (in my opinion) from the UK/Europe in the Body of Christ who speak with clarity/objectivity with respect to the United States. I find this very refreshing and appreciate him all the more because of it.

Lately, he’s been investing in the development of his web site, especially his blog. It is becoming a very effective tool for expression and exchange and I highly recommend it to you (especially the blog):

In the podcast part of his blog, he has a message that he gave a few months ago in Orangevale, California (he’s had quite an investment and impact in California). It’s main themes are that:

  • The faith that we steward individually and corporately has as its main goal, the transformation of this present world and
  • That what God is “up to” right now is strategically positioning the Body of Christ into the “gates” of our societies in order to be agents of the manifestation of God’s Kingdom in the world

Martin typically throws out a thought-provoking statement and then moves on quickly to another one! So don’t be surprised if you keep coming back and listening to this again to reflect on something you didn’t get the first time. In fact I encourage you to do that. I think I’m on my 3rd or 4th listening to this message right now!

Spiritual Violence and an understanding of John the Baptist

I’m excited to make this teaching by Mike Bickle available. I feel that it lays a key foundation conceptually, if not in practical detail, of how the Christian life is supposed to work. It can re-orient our western way of approaching Jesus and spirituality. It is also very important in how we position our hearts for the future that awaits us, and the future that we shape with our lives.

Practically speaking (in a theological sense) it also can help us make sense of Matthew 11 and John the Baptist…an often enigmatic figure in scripture…but who is, as you will see, of supreme importance to us in this generation of human history as a sign and an example.

I know this is all vague language, but you really need to listen to this to “get it” in my opinion.

Click here for the teaching (15Mb) (recorded during the 2007 Passion For Jesus Conference at IHOP)

An active priesthood…

This entry is for more than one audio teaching, but as I heard this first one listed, it struck me that the others were hugely complementary. All the teachings together, I believe, create a powerful package that we need to get a hold of.

The first teaching is by Gary Wiens. Gary is currently on staff at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City where, I gather, most of his involvement is in teaching. He is an excellent teacher…which is really a hidden way of say that I like him a lot! As with any of these teaching, your mileage may vary!

This teaching is entitled, “The Priests of the Kingdom.” (mp3 – 24.7Mb) This teaching lays down very clearly the duty of the Christian on earth using the paradigm of a “priesthood.” I’ve always found this paradigm to be rich with meaning and this teaching is the best I’ve ever heard to sum it all up….worth listening to several times.

The second teaching is by Dr. David Van Koevering. Dr. Koevering may be best known in the world as one of the early driving forces (invention/innovation/promotion) behind the Moog Synthesizer. He is a quantum physicist and inventor with a big focus in the area of the physics of sound. As a worship musician, this interests me very much. As you’ll discover, his teaching style is a bit eccentric but bear with it…the material is powerful and he can be fun to listen to.

This teaching is entitled, “Your Words Can (And Do) Change Other People’s Environment!.” (mp3 – 16.9Mb) This teaching begins to build on the previous one by giving one practical domain in which we can exercise the authority of our priesthood…our words.

The last teaching is in two parts and was given by Sam Matthews on two successive evenings recently at our church here in France. So, the teaching is in English with French translation. The beginning of the first teaching contains about 8 minutes of introduction given by our pastor. This is all in French. Do not fret…the English does come!

This teaching is entitled, “The blessing is in the name.” Part 1 – mp3 – 43Mb, Part2 – mp3 – 33.6Mb This teaching, again, builds on the one by Dr. Van Koevering and by Gary Wiens. It gets specific about what words to use to change things. In this teaching, Sam talks about using the names of God and how the specific blessing that comes from a specific character trait of God is contained in the name of God that expresses that character trait. Furthermore, we can, and should, use the names of the Lord to bless people and situations in very specific ways so that the manifestation of God’s attributes for any given situation come into action.

All three speakers are very different in their style and these teachings are not at all connected one with another. They simply struck me as being a very complementary set that I believe will change a lot of things in our lives if we can really get a hold of the truths and apply them (still working on it for myself!).

Big doings in our new digs…

Our church in Guebwiller, France recently moved into a larger facility. It was mostly unfinished when we acquired it. We rushed to make it “tolerable” in December 2007 for a visiting speaker…lots of moving…cleaning…setup…etc. Then it was obvious that the dust from the unfinished floors, walls and ceiling would soon kill us or our equipment and we (ambitiously) wanted to host the 2008 French Christian Education conference “Mathurin Cordier” in the new building in February.

So, we re-moved and re-setup in our old facility and started a manic rush of finish work (almost all of it done by the church and most by a handful of faithful, talented and insanely hard-working people). Well, we got “done” (enough) in time for the conference these last few days and with a fantastic team effort and a smiling Heavenly Father, we had a wonderful weekend together.

I was up in our sound booth (wow, a real-live raised platform for the sound people now!!!) on Sunday morning where we combined the last session of the conference with the Sunday morning service. Surveying the jam-packed room (good-sized for a French church!), I took this little 1-minute video of the worship with my digital camera…(don’t expect any high-quality stuff!) You can get at least an idea of what it looks like:

8Mb avi video of worship time during the conference

Mike Bickle – The Magnet of Meekness

This is an excellent 2-part (the 2nd part is somewhat repetitive) series that flows well with many of the themes and topics covered by Mike Bickle and IHOP. It speaks of the way the meekness, exhibited in our life, attracts the attention of God. Mike emphasizes that God spoke it to him first…i.e. he’s preaching it but knows that he still needs to live it more…like all of us! 🙂

One of the reasons, however, that I’m posting it has to do with the application that is not mentioned – a corporate application for the United States.

It’s fairly obvious that the United States is big on independence. One side effect of this emphasis is that we receive most teachings as applying to us as individuals and a corporate application simply doesn’t occur to us.

So, as you listen to this, listen for yourself of course, but also take the points as referring to God speaking to your nation. If you’re an American, you’ll realize quickly (I think) that following this teaching would prove to be extremely radical…would that we did!

The Magnet of Meekness – Part 1 (30MB)

The Magnet of Meekness – Part 2 (26MB)