Something I’ve Never Done Before

Growing up, our parents would often send us to camp or on field trips with disposable, single-use cameras. I remember the excitement of waiting for the film to be developed and ready for pick up!

As I prepared a message from Hebrews 11 this Sunday (6/14), “Something I’ve Never Done Before,” part of a series called Incredible Faith, I reflected on the power of remembering that pictures provide us…

I took a walk down Memory Lane with a photo album, I dug out of a storage bin.

As a kid, I think I looked so longingly toward getting those pictures developed, because they allowed me to remember and to retell the stories!

What are some family pictures that are most meaningful to you and your loved ones?

What memories do you plan to hold onto, as long as you live? Are there any that you hope to retell in eternity?

As a kid, I think I looked so longingly toward getting pictures developed, because they allowed me to remember and to retell the stories!

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Prayer as a Way of Life: Pray & Pray With…

It was a sweet blessing to host this Groups Connection Coaching Huddle with Darnell Robinson of the Milwaukee House of Prayer.

This conversation about the power of prayer strikes me as so relevant to this moment in history! Especially at times like these, it’s essential that we develop a prayerfully dependent way of life and learn to be led by Holy Spirit.

Especially at times like these, it’s essential that we develop a prayerfully dependent way of life and learn to be led by Holy Spirit.

I was struck by Darnell and Donna’s teachable, humble hearts and their obedience to Jesus, even when it cost them…

What stands out most to you? How are you developing rhythms of personal and corporate prayer in this unique season?

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Our Father Loves Online Church

It wouldn’t be helpful to anyone involved to go into all the details of where the content of this post originated and how it came to us.  In a rough sketch, it was intercepted on the dark web.  If it wasn’t for a friend who works in cyber security, we probably would’ve never stumbled upon this.

Our friend felt that these posts were important enough, even potentially helpful, for us to be aware of that he passed them on

I am issuing this immediate bulletin, because I feel my voice is essential to the current conversation about online church.

I have been forwarded posts, read memos within our organization, and tuned in to external chatter, which suggest that some are fearful of this trend.  Others wonder how it can be most effectively used to capitalize on our cause.

I would suggest that we undertake a massive promotion of the idea that church attendance has grown in this period of pandemonium, when so many have taken to the internet for live streaming or posting their services.

Church attendance has risen as much as 50% in the first few weeks of this current crisis.  This calls for much jubilation!

And who are you?

Before I get into the rationale for my argument to follow.  I would like to briefly remind those, who may be reading my words with a degree of skepticism, of my exemplary track record.  

Though like many, I’m currently working from home, I have consulted and coached some of the most productive and influential minds in our enterprise.  Many with large teams and sweeping networks have looked to me for perspective and training for decades, if not longer.

Drawing from the deep well of my vast years of experience, I coach you, dear apprentice, to cheer on the trend toward digital church.

Without getting into the weeds on any theories—conspiracy or documented—related to the origin of the economic and social season we find ourselves in, I commend to you online church.

Hannah and Harold go to church…

Picture this: Hannah and Harold have to get out of bed, brush their teeth, dress their kids, and drive somewhere, all the while, doing their best to avoid tearing one another to pieces in the process.  It goes without saying; this requires significant effort.  

Fast forward to the present.  Not only do they remain in their pajamas, their kids likely sleep in.  They exude the most energy making their morning cup of Joe themselves.  They might have personally invested some by checking their email to access a link or connecting their television or streaming device of choice.

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Consider this powerful thought.  People, given to religion or seeking a semi-regular hit of social connectivity, can be consumers at an even deeper level now.

They can get their dose of the Ghost in the morning, or anytime throughout the week as fits their schedule, while otherwise doing whatever they want.

When self-professed believers gather in one place, there is always the concern they will agree in prayer or inadvertently cross-pollinate in such a way that they spur one another on toward so-called love or good deeds.

This must be avoided at all costs.

Of course, spin stories like mine above (about the pjs) to positive tones.

It has become so much simpler to join us for worship online from the comfort of your home! You don’t even have to get dressed or travel anywhere!

Little do they know their worship may have shifted from our Enemy to the online experience itself.  And worship of self is simply a cleverly-designed mask for the true worship our Father Below seeks.

If your peabrain hasn’t followed me thus far, permit me to summarize:

  1. Accessing online church requires less personal investment than ever for people to scratch their religious itch.
  2. The spiritual dangers associated with assembling together have all but been neutralized.
  3. Self-focus and self-worship are often inspired, directly or unintentionally, through these online performances. 

I charge you to avoid fixating on the online element itself.  There are some, hosting online gatherings in dangerous ways, which focus people on helping one another and looking outward to creatively do damage to our cause in their communities.  Of course, these factions must be opposed at all costs.

However, this scenario is rare.  Most church leaders are so focused on and exhausted by orchestrating the online experience itself, they have no capacity left to create space for our Enemy and his priorities.

Make people busy or exhausted.  Keep them distracted or discouraged.  Pit them against one another.  Pull from our toolbox of most used, best loved, timeless strategies.

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Metrics, Analytics, & Merry-go-rounds

While they are forming consumers at a higher level, we must let religious leaders think they’re winning.

Don’t fear.  The religious establishment has chosen the wrong metrics yet again, so let them veer off on their newest tangent.  It will lead to our ultimate success, not theirs.

Keep them inept with internet analytics, so they’ll be convinced they’re gaining more attenders when they don’t even know how to read their own stats properly.

Bind them so fast to their own merry-go-round, they’ll never ever think to ask dangerous questions like: are online attenders applying or sharing what they’re hearing?

This is to our great advantage.  Most of the “growth” that’s being celebrated by voices online is coming from smaller churches, amazed at their increased reach.  This is also often the population with the greatest lack of acumen and capacity to process the data about online engagement.

Bind them so fast to their own merry-go-round, they’ll never ever think to ask dangerous questions like: are online attenders applying or sharing what they’re hearing?

Doublespeak & Doubt

There’s also a delightful doublespeak taking place among church leaders reporting and at times competing over online attendance.  Few have stopped to ask: what does your hosting platform vs. mine actually count as a view?  

And what does it matter!  We couldn’t care less ourselves!

In fact, we are delighted that these conversations and infighting about online engagement fall hopelessly short of advancing our Enemy’s kingdom priorities. 

I want you to encourage the self-doubt and hidden pride in some megachurch leaders, which has led them to keep silent about their concerns and discouragement over how few are truly participating in their services online.

As my final statement and the nail in the proverbial coffin, at risk of sounding like I am merely name-dropping, I wholeheartedly state that we must focus our firepower on fueling the current trend toward defining “church” as a user-friendly, consumer, isolated, passive, digital experience.  Truly, I tell you, our Father Below loves online church.

Ever Yours, a True Luminary in My Field,

Preptor Sophresh,

Distinguished Former Department Head, Messenger of Light Inc.

(Currently on a furlough of undefined length. Seeking contract work. References available upon request.)

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Never underestimate the power released when these two meet…

Where do you look to for strength as you journey through this life?

If like me you’re learning the art of practicing powerful prayer, what is it that gives your prayers power and effectiveness (James 5:16)?

In Praying God’s Word, we looked at lies we believe about prayer and how to pray the promises of God…

Never underestimate the power released when these two meet… prayer and God’s Word are truly a match made in Heaven!

Never underestimate the power released when these two meet… Prayer and God’s Word are truly a match made in Heaven!


What lies have you believed about prayer? What principles and practices of prayer have been most helpful in your life?

A fresh outpouring

It’s Pentecost Sunday, and now more than ever, we need a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit to bring peace to our cities, comfort to our hearts, and healing to our land.

Together, let’s pray…

“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14
I shared this message on getting to know the wonderful Person of the Holy Spirit on Feb. 23, 2020.

Now more than ever, we need a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit to bring peace to our cities, comfort to our hearts, and healing to our land.

I pray you will encounter His love, peace, and power today as you hear these words…

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I’m giving thanks…

As families prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day tomorrow, I’m giving thanks for a few things tonight…

~For a dynamite mom who shines so brightly in this world and loves and prays for our family so faithfully
~For a grandmother, in Heaven, who encouraged me as a child to keep writing stories (see the video below for more of this story…)
~For a creative sister who helped edit this video 😎
Through tomorrow morning, The Other Side of the Fence 🐑 is on sale for $4.99 as part of a Kindle Countdown to Mother’s Day Deal!

Who and how are you celebrating this weekend?

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The Other Side of the Fence: Boundaries & Healing the Wounds of our Past

As a part of a message in 2016, I shared the first public reading of The Other Side of the Fence 🐑 (shortly after it was written and illustrated).

4 years later… we’re excited to share it’s now available on Amazon! This week as part of a Kindle Countdown Deal (it’s $3.99 today)…

We’d love to hear your thoughts as you read it and interact with this message! 📚

What life lessons have you learned through disregarding boundaries?

In what ways have healthy boundaries protected you from what might’ve been on The Other Side of the Fence?

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The Rejected Lamb

This life lesson about the Shepherd and the rejected lamb brought me to tears…

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! 🐑

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📖 We’d love to hear from you as you read it! 📖



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Healing & Wholeness in the Scriptures

Isaiah 53, especially verses 4-6, is the foundation of my understanding of healing. 

Isaiah prophetically describes the torture and crucifixion Jesus would go through for our forgiveness and healing.  This passage speaks about emotional restoration (v. 4, for our griefs and sorrows), spiritual restoration (v. 5, for our transgressions and iniquities), and physical restoration (v. 5, for our healing); ultimately, His purpose in all this restoration is to draw lost sheep back to Himself (v. 6).

Some claim that Isaiah 53 is only speaking about spiritual healing.  However, in Matthew 8:14-17, Jesus physically heals Peter’s mother-in-law, who was sick in bed with a fever.  He also casts out demons and heals all those who are ill.  Matthew, inspired by the Holy Spirit, states these physical healings and deliverances were to fulfill what was prophesied in Isaiah 53 (Matt. 8:17).

In 1 Peter 2:21-25, Peter summarizes the teachings of Isaiah 53 for New Testament believers. 1 Peter 2:22 seems to reference Isaiah 53:9, and 1 Peter 2:25 parallels Isaiah 53:6.  Peter, under the Spirit’s inspiration, explains that Jesus’ work on the cross heals us from sin and all its effects in our lives (1 Pet. 2:24).  When we return to the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls there is true wholeness available for every area of life (physical, emotional, and spiritual).

The “I AM” statements of the LORD reveal to us aspects of His nature and His character, who He is and what we can trust Him to do.  In Exodus 15:26, He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”  This promise was given to the nation of Israel.  However, we learn the principle that the LORD is Healer for His people.  He says that part of His nature and character is to heal from physical disease.  As believers in Jesus, we see from His ministry and the teachings of the New Testament that our Messiah, who is God in the flesh, is still “the LORD who heals” us.

We know from Isaiah 53 that healing is available to all and from Exodus 15 that it’s part of the LORD’s character to heal us.  But do we know that He wants to heal everyone always?

1 Timothy 2:3-4 and 2 Peter 3:9 explain that God wants all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, not wanting any to perish but to come to repentance.  But what is salvation?  According to Isaiah 53, the salvation that Jesus paid for on the cross is needed because of our turning away from the LORD, our breaking of His Law, our sin.  Salvation is from sin and all its effects in this broken world.   Salvation is restoration to wholeness: spiritual, emotional, and physical.

And yet, many of us can point to an experience of on-going brokenness in our lives or to a seemingly unanswered prayer.  This may be part of the tension we feel in this world between the “already” and the “not yet” aspects of Christ’s kingdom, which is here and coming (Matthew 12:28, Luke 17:21, John 18:36).

In Romans 8:18-25, the Holy Spirit says through Paul that all creation groans to be set free from the effects of sin on this world (v. 22).  One day, Jesus will restore all creation when He sets up His Kingdom on earth with His throne in Jerusalem (Isaiah 25:6-8; Revelation 21:1-5).  Until that day, followers of Jesus are commanded to preach His good news and teach others to obey everything that He taught (Matthew 28:19-20).

He also commanded a group of seventy believers, sent out two by two in Luke 10, to heal the sick and cast out demons in His Name (vv. 1-12, 19-20).  These commands were given to not just the twelve first apostles but to the seventy who represented all the followers of Jesus.  According to Romans 8:19, the whole creation waits for the children of God to be revealed, to rise up, and to share the good news of Jesus and minister restoration (spiritual, emotional, and physical), which has been made available by our crucified and risen Savior to all who will believe. 

Let’s live and pray boldly according to His promises and leave the results in the hands of our mighty and gracious God.

Disciple Making Movement Resources

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  1. Discovery questions: to use with a group of friends/family to help us understand, apply, and share any passage of Scripture together
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  3. Discovery story sets: with various lists of Scripture passages to use over time to discover what God has to say about life on a few important themes

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