Contend for the Promise.

[Read Genesis 32 for context.]

There is a promise from God for Your life.

You may not know it. You may not have a big concept of who God is right now. But I’m telling you, there is a promise on Your life, and it’s straight from the Most High God.

But it’s not going to fall into your lap; you’re going to have to fight for it. The fight of your life.

The ONLY way you’re going to get the promise is after going through THIS thing first.

Jacob had a promise on his life; a promise that God would make his descendants numerous. Yet, he faced possible death at the hand of his brother Esau. So he cried out to God, “please don’t forget what you promised!”

The answer: a wrestling match with who some translations call a “man” or “an angel of the Lord”. They wrestled all night long, even after the man uses one single finger to pop Jacob’s hipbone right out of the socket; even still the fight persists.

To the point that this man says, “let me go! The day is breaking!”

Note Jacob’s response: “I won’t let go until you bless me!”

I believe Jacob knew this “man” was an angel or the Lord Himself, because only a person higher than oneself had the authority to ‘bless’ a person. In any case, because he was willing to fight all night long, even through excruciating pain, to receive the promise God had promised, the Lord deemed him eligible to receive and, right then and there, declared him “Israel.”

We give up too easily because we aren’t seeing what we’re supposed to see. Don’t give up. Don’t stop. Don’t let your expectation dry up. Don’t stop believing God for encounters. Don’t stop believing for revival. Bring it back to God and remind Him of His promise. He might test you to see how bad you want it. Are you willing to engage in the fight of your life to get it?

Contend for the promise. It’s yours, but how bad do you want it?


Presence Night – Deeper Fellowship Church. WOW.

I took the featured image picture from my phone in the moments before the service, or ‘River’ started. The anticipation in the air was thick, even after about a 1.25 hour wait outside.

My wife and I visited Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida this weekend. It was not our first time…actually our third. But it was our first time visiting for Presence Night. I’d been looking forward to this for at least a year.

Things started off with strong prayer and exhortation and the atmosphere was so ripe with expectation and desire for God…WOW. I have rarely experienced such a thing in corporate worship, but it resonates with me deeply in a way that only God seekers would understand.

Worship @ Deeper Fellowship Church

Worship was about 5 or 6 songs total…God centered and energetic. I’d venture to say that EVERYONE participated…yet again, a rarity in my opinion. Instead of a ‘going through the motions’ type of thing, it really felt like our worship was accomplishing something. I am sure that it was. Worship leader Trinity and the praise team WENT…IN…oh my goodness. Each song was telling of the very longings of my own heart, and were sung with a passion and a realness that made it easy to join in and give a more hearted effort myself.

In the midst of, and after, worship, Pastor William McDowell, Pastor Caleb, and Pastor Theo were just flowing in the Spirit…what an amazing thing to behold. As they admonished us to pray and receive, rather than spectating, they laid hands on people and prayed as they were led, at times in a coordinated fashion that was, without a doubt coordinated by the Holy Spirit.

There were several occasions where there were ‘waves’, in which it was clear that God was moving…not just at the altar, but throughout the entire room. Pastor McDowell kept reminding us that we could all have it if we would only receive. I absolutely LIVE for moments like this.

Though I did not experience a dramatic encounter that night, my life was GREATLY impacted and I am SURE that my spirit received an impartation, and I was blessed just to see revival in ACTION. Without a doubt, I am compelled to take this culture of revival into my own home. Though I wish I could be at Deeper Fellowship Church every week, I at least know that I can and MUST have this culture in my own home.

And I will.

Thank you Pastor McDowell, Pastor Caleb, Pastor Theo, Trinity and the praise team, the musicians, and all the hungry people at DFC who have showed me that there is a greater move of God to be seen on the earth.

We’ll be back. A LOT. Part 2 – Deeper Fellowship Church

Revival is a concept I have studied for the past 12 years. And it has become apparent to me that the Body of Christ is in need of it. Badly. The Bible makes it clear that we cannot truly reach our true potential as believers in Christ without the supernatural, dynamic power of His Holy Spirit. Otherwise, our programs, services, and attempts at outreach are mostly fleshly efforts at best.

I have read about the ‘great revivals of old’, and they have always inspired me. But a church that has hugely inspired me for the past 3 years is Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida.

Pastored by William McDowell, the culture of this church screams revival. Manifestations of the power of God are commonplace there. Last I heard, they’d experienced over 150+ documented miracles within the last year or so. Miracles. Things that many of us dream to see in our lifetime; they’ve seen within a short period of time.

But not without sacrifice. I am a witness to this; having visited twice. Each service (or ‘river’, as they term them) starts with a long line of people hungry for God standing outside the front door. Praise and worship does not follow the modern day, ‘church in an hour’ format that many churches do these days. It is truly a laborious, yet uplifting experience. And total service times usually go ‘UNTIL’…in an effort to allow the Holy Spirit to do everything He intends. Though totally unconventional, the methodology of this church is undoubtedly reaping a harvest…this is truly a sowing church.

The podcasts have changed…my…life. PERIOD. They have fueled my pursuit of God in such a specific way that it’s almost scary. Access them easily by clicking here. Part 1

revival – restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc., – revival (definition)

Until 2003, my definition of revival was a 3-5 night series of church services in which the choir would sing, a traveling preacher would deliver sermons, and a special offering was taken.

After 2003, my definition of revival would grow to become MUCH, much more.

Long story short…I had an encounter with God.

I won’t go into the details now, but it changed my life forever. I had been a ‘by the book’ Christian and was proud of it, but all of that went out of the window after my encounter.

This is resonating with someone right now.

You love the Lord. You even like your church. But you’ve become disillusioned. Church services have become routine; you leave the same way you entered. Not that you want to…it just…happens.

You want to know the God you keep singing about; hearing sermons about; praying to.

You don’t crave the material things. You don’t want a nicer car. You don’t feel the driving desire to pray for millions of dollars.

You crave MORE of Him.

If that’s you, comment below. Let’s start a discussion. Let’s go deeper together.

Pure Imagination

As most of you probably know, Gene Wilder, a beloved and renowned actor known for such movies as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles, passed away at the age of 83 on August 29th. Although I have only seen a couple of his movies, I have been a fan since I was considerably young…his distinct mannerisms on camera were genius in my opinion.

I wrote a song to commemorate his life from my point of view, and to cast light on our amazing, big God who somehow creates and distributes to us all these individual and unique talents.

[This is stream only. I claim no copyright for the sample contained herein, and this song will never be for sale, download, or commercial distribution.]


God is Real.

By now, you probably know that I make music about my relationship with God. It doesn’t always sound like politically correct evangelism, but I’m unapologetic about that because I believe it’s impossible to encourage someone else to have a relationship with God, through Christ, without a personal relationship with Him.

With that, I just want to share an abridged version of a story of an experience I had with God some years ago that changed my life forever.

Long story short, I was 19 and attending a conference with my dad, brother, and several men from my church. Up until that point, I was what you might call a ‘follow all the rules’ type of guy. I did as was told because I liked staying out of trouble. I knew all of the bible stories and could regurgitate information at request. I was active at my church.

But one particular night of the conference, during a time of prayer, the presence of God consumed me. It was REAL. It was tangible. It was overwhelming. It was HEAVY. It was warm and intense. It felt so good. It wasn’t emotion, but I did respond emotionally because of how it felt.

Most of all, it totally changed my life.

For that reason, I no longer go to church because it’s ‘right’…I go to church to seek more of God. The Bible is no longer just a book of good morals. It’s a living, breathing document.

Once you find out that God is real, it changes EVERYTHING. Don’t knock Him until you try Him. Take it from me.

It’s not worth it to do the ‘Christian’ thing just to feel good about yourself or to please someone else. When I tell you there is more to it, I PROMISE you, there is MORE.

He’s real.