School Update

I am presently very well. I have good friends and a great God. I have been forgiven much, and so I love much.

I’m enjoying this new school quite a bit. We have 27 amazing students from all over the world who have come to worship and grow as leaders. I have two particular students who I am walking closely with and they are two of the most hungry men of God I’ve ever known. I have never been more assured that a single three month school would bring more breakthrough in personal lives than I am with these two.

Already in the school I have witnessed landmark moments in peoples lives. We spent one week learning about intimacy in worship and another on freedom and healing. Men and women of God have been released to seek after relationship with God before any other thing. They have been called to live a life of fulness in beautiful freedom from wounds and hurts of the past. We have been awakened to the high calling of the royal priesthood in the Kingdom of God. We are pursuing Him as a class with everything we have and He is responding by opening us to understand great things about Him at an accelerated pace.

With 3 weeks already in the past, this school will surely go by fast. But I am convinced that there are many glorious things to come from our Father in the next 8 weeks.

Please pray:

  • That our whole school would continue to seek God first and not let any thing take our attention
  • That the lessons learned and freedom gained in the last few weeks would be permanent
  • That as staff, we would grow in servant leadership. We must serve and lay down our lives to see others built up. This is the way of the Kingdom.
  • That as a man, I would be built up in selfless love. First for the Lord, second for my fiancée, and third for our students

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Beach day with the Elevate School of Worship 2013

Beach day with the Elevate School of Worship 2013


Staff Training, Round Two!

About three weeks ago, I returned to Kona after an amazing summer. Life has been pretty relaxed since returning. The last three weeks have been the conclusion to my Summer of Adventure. It was a great time to relax, reflect on the summer, explore the island, and prepare my heart for the coming season.

Today, we officially started preparation for the Elevate School of Worship 2013. It’s my second time staffing and I’m looking forward to it very much. The school officially starts on 26th and it’s going to be a very busy 3 weeks preparing for that day. For the next two weeks we have staff training, where our staff group will be preparing ourselves and taking care of logistics. We have an incredible staff crew of 5 couples, 3 single guys, and 3 single girls.

I am in charge of academics for the school, so it’s my responsibility to define homework, book reports, and grading standards. I’m so excited for this opportunity. We are going to read the whole book of Psalms and some incredible books on worship next quarter. Staff and students alike, I believe we will all grow in our knowledge and understanding of scripture; as well as love for the Lord and depth of understanding about worship through these assignments.

If you would, please pray for us in the next few weeks

  • That we would be focused and willing to work hard
  • That we would be perfectly unified, having the mind of Christ
  • That we would be fully prepared for the arrival of students

Last, here are some pictures from my adventures around the island recently!

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That's me!

That’s me!

The amazing and beautiful Kelly

The amazing and beautiful Kelly

The sunsets here are beautiful

The sunsets here are breathtaking

Paying attention to the little things

Paying attention to the little things

Daily Death & Resurrection

Luke 9:23 ESV And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

I love learning the hard way. By life experience and practical application, timeless truths can become life-changing realities.

Recently, I asked God to make me more dependent on Him. I’ve become convinced that one of His favorite attributes in a child is dependence. That constant knowledge that I can’t do it on my own and that I am completely in need of Him. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I don’t know exactly what I expected. I knew I would have to grow, but I wasn’t sure what that would look like. But then I started to feel worse. I watched my own heart as my attitude deteriorated, my patience went down, and my physical tiredness increased. What happened?

I became dependent. I am dependent.

I’ve always been dependent. Not one day since the beginning of time could I or the human race survive without God’s supernatural intervention. But something about that prayer forced it to become real. It came to the front of my consciousness. I was learning the hard way. Not by someone telling me that dependence was good, but by actually needing it to make it through my days.

It’s been a hard week, but it’s been a good week. My own strength deteriorated, I am more consciously aware of His presence and His care. I’m growing in appreciation for every little moment we get together where I am made whole in His perfect love.

I like Luke 9:23. It sounds morbid at first but I find that it’s life giving. Every moment that I deny myself and choose the ways and love of Jesus, I am refreshed and filled. I feel I’ve already crossed a point of no return. I am His. My life is dedicated to following Him where He leads. I’ve put myself in a permanent dependent state and I’m feeling it more and more.

So I grow in my dependence. And I grow to be more like Jesus. Not able to live without the presence and guidance of my Father.

John 5:19 ESV So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.