Featuring Pastor Richie & Hevyn Allen, Hope City Worship
Worship is not about singing a song, it's about reaching out to God, connecting with the words, and then connecting that to the people. It's not just making a joyful noise, it's feeling the joy.
— Hevyn Allen
Anytime I'm leading worship, I've always seen my role to be a bridge. A conduit from God to the congregation. And it reminds me to make sure that the conduit is clean because whatever flows through picks up what is in the conduit.
— Richie Allen
Featuring Cory Wheeler, Wife, Mom & Creative Spirit
When we are pursuing our dreams, we can get caught up in the lights of the world. And sometimes it takes hitting rock bottom to be able to take a step back and say, “What do I need to do to find true happiness?”
— Cory Wheeler
Featuring Denzel Johnson, Stage & Screen Actor
You're not in competition with anyone. It's just you. You bring something so unique to the role that maybe the next guy didn't.
— Denzel Johnson
I hear my call. I understand that there is a great plan for my life. I want to execute now, have answers now, get your reward now. But, I am being asked to wait. For how long, I don't know.
I expected to be afraid of the leap, but it is the standing still that has caused so much panic. While others seem to speed by, I progress at a snail's pace, or, even worse, not at all. Doubt begins its steady creep into my mind and fears of insignificance attempt to make themselves comfortable.
What if I am not called?
What if this is a mistake?
Am I not good enough?
Did God forget about me?
Are they right?
Have I failed before I started?
Dear God, I come to you with the sword of truth ready to slay the spirit of doubt. When you declare a promise, you come through. You are not a man like me. I lie. You speak life. I can hold fast to your word when the anxieties of the wait rise up.
You have not forgotten me. You are just allowing the fullness of your work to be finished.
I pray James 1:2-4, when I lose patience.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything.
I pray Hebrews 10:35-36 when my confidence wains.
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord.
Remember the great reward it brings you!
Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will.
Then you will receive all that he has promised.
I pray Isaiah 58:11, when I feel like I can't go another step.
The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
And, I pray Psalms 119:114-117, when the attacks come.
You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.
Get out of my life, you evil-minded people, for I intend to obey the commands of my God.
Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live! Do not let my hope be crushed.
Sustain me, and I will be rescued; then I will meditate continually on your decrees.
I pray these scriptures so that I may feel peace as I stand.
The wait is as important as the push. Send your angels to watch over my heart, so I do not lose hope. Send your holy spirit to whisper words of encouragement, so I do not get weary. Send your living word to impart wisdom, so I don't stray.
This too shall pass. The answers will come. The path will be made clear. Until then, I will seek you and wait.
Featuring Samantha Royer, Marketing Strategist
Walk by faith and not by sight. So even though you can't see it, you still have to actually walk. It doesn't say sit in faith or think about it in faith. Do the one thing that you can do today, and don't overthink it. — Samantha Royer
Featuring Ashley Penny, Marketing Strategist & Founder of TravelherCo
Christians need to step up! We need to be out there doing the things God has called us to do, and we don't need to be afraid of stepping out and talking about our faith...
Featuring Ashley Lewis, Singer & Writer
If you allow them to be, your rock-bottom moments can really be a garden for many things to grow.
Holy Spirit, please locate the origin of my feeling(s)/thought(s) of (insert the negative feeling or thought that you want to resolve).
Take each and every level, layer, area and aspect of my being to this origin. Analyze and resolve it perfectly, with Your truth.
Come through all generations of time & eternity, healing every incident and its appendages based on the origin.
Do it according to Your will, God, until I'm at the present, filled with light and truth, Your peace and love, forgiveness of myself for my incorrect perceptions, forgiveness of every person, place, circumstance, and events which contributed to these feeling(s)/thought(s).
With total forgiveness and unconditional love, I allow every physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual problem, and inappropriate behavior based on the negative origin recorded in my DNA, to transform.
I choose to be (insert a description of your new vision of self).
I choose to feel (insert a description of how you want to feel about yourself and your life).
I am (insert a description of who you know God has made you to be).
It is done. It is healed. It is accomplished now!
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for coming to my aid and helping me attain the full measure of my creation. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I love and praise You, God, from whom all blessings, healing, health, and wholeness flow.
This prayer originally appeared in the mobile app Healing Feelings.
Featuring: Cherise and Keith Luter
Love is what God wants from me, from all of us, and faith isn’t based on righteous certainty. It’s based on knowing nothing, and being okay with the vulnerable space that places us in.
It is that space that connects us all.
See the original article, What Being a Christian Means to Me: Don’t Worry About the Rules; Just Love on my blog. The link to Huffington Post Religion is there too.
by Javetta Allen
You rise early in the morning, set up a pristine space at a cute little wooden table,
throw in your favorite cup of tea or coffee, your favorite bible with the flawless,
crispy pages, and VOILA! You are now ready to meet with the Lord.
This is the Holy Grail combo deal of spiritual disciplines that a person can get in one
sitting. It usually involves Bible reading, reflection, prayer, journaling, solitude,
and—you guessed it—quiet. We are taught that it’s best to do it first thing in the
morning before you get your day started because then and only then will you be
ready to face the world.
Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? But let’s be honest: most of us are not meeting with
the Lord like this everyday.
Featuring Javetta Allen, Storyteller & Educator
When you have purpose, it's the tie that binds your whole life together and everything just begins to flow.
Don't hate me for suggesting you give away your amazing gifts and talents for free. I promise there is a method to my madness.
I recently had the honor of hearing the great graphic artists Paula Scher speak at an AIGA event. During her talk, she poured out hard-learned lessons, industry commentary, and well honed advice gleaned over her 40-year career.
We were all eating up every word, until she she said, "You should work for free." An audible gasp could be heard in the auditorium when the slide came up. "How could the queen of design, my heroine of typography say such a thing?," was all I could think.
Featuring Caleb McKnight, Filmmaker & Actor
One of my favorite things about being a director is that you have the opportunity to give people the confidence they don’t have...I try to instill the confidence that was instilled in me into others. — Caleb
This will get messy. But, I got you. - God #verseinanutshell
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5 NLT
Featuring Hope Carter, Music Industry Writer and Blogger & GJ Bordallo, Video Producer
"My peace is priceless" -- Hope
"Yes, I'm good at creating content ... I think I am being presented with these [opportunities] to be the light and rekindle people's fire." — GJ