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Foiled Again!

International House of PrayerTo all you IHOP denizens who have subscribed to CBB in hopes of cashing in on FREE food during my visit (May 26 – June 3) in the spirit of the famed “Cheesesteak Challenge” –

We’re gonna need some creativity to make this work.

Perhaps a member of the Sanhedrin could figure a solution.
The IHOP started as 10 trailers smacked together

You can read about the original challenge and my first visit to the firetrap glorious “IHOP 1.0” in 2002 in this post. Basically it rocked, except that no one wanted to talk much due to a 40 day fast from food, meetings, conversations, and other legitimate forms of recreation as I recall. I thought that was fairly cool and intense and understood the premise of what they were up to “in the grace of God”. To foster goodwill and friendship upon my arrival, I announced a Special Dispensation of a Culinary Challenge.

“Problem”:

It seems that I’m yet again arriving just in time for another 40 day fast (I hate when that happens 🙂 ). If I read my special bulletin correctly,

“We will be launching this [40 day] fast with a worldwide simulcast on God TV on May 26.”Lou Engle

Well golly if that ain’t the day the good folks at Southwest drop me off in KCMO. I find sometimes that Lou’s communications are sometimes contradicting, and sure enough, earlier in the bulletin it describes the fast commencing May 28 in the evening, which is Monday night.

So I need some counsel here. I’m too lazy to track back 40 days from 7/7/7 on my calendar, and even if I did, my accounting will pale against whatever the official dates are.

Question: Can we figure out a way to make this work? There are 2 possibilities:

  1. IF the fast starts on Monday pm, the Challenge will occur before Monday evening, which works fine – The Challenge is ON!
  2. If it starts upon my arrival Saturday pm on the 26th, the challenge would likely consist of a trip to the local juicing bar or a pathetic cup of steaming brown liquid. I do not expect such an offer to tantalize any savvy CBB reader. This original Challenge is much too grand to work even under “Daniel fast” guidelines!steakjoint.jpg

However I can all but guarantee that if any of you came to Philly, there would not be any fasting mandate whatsoever to prohibit the gluttony and dullness of spirit that comes from a cheesesteak. If there were, I am sure this city would not be leading the nation in murder rates.

OK, so please somebody find out the scoop here. I don’t want to encourage anyone to stumble over food here, so before further Challenge announcements, I need proof of the correct dates.

Anyone with an acceptable suggestion that would appeal to people within the cultural bounds, let me know!

Thank you, 10am PrayerSlot persons!

I’m on board with the Global Bridegroom Fast after a 2 month hiatus.  I didn’t even attempt this in December, and last month was New Year’s, so I wimped out for that too.

Whoever was on the 10am and 2 pm slots especially today was hitting the spot! I have the luxury of dialing into the webcast during work courtesy of the minimized Windows Media player, and hooked into those slots, which really made it tough to sit still in my seat and work like all the other good employees.

Really thankful to have a group of people with a structure for regular spiritual disciplines that I can connect to in a virtual way.

February 1: The CHALLENGE is on!

Today is Day 1 of the Cheesesteak Challenge. Prior cheesesteak postings HERE

The Cheesesteak Challenge

I’ve noticed a few things about Philly.

1. Largest city in the country (6 million in metro, 1.5 in city limits) withOUT a house of prayer.

2. Other than a handful of indiginous locals, not too many people on the national prayer/prophetic/worship scene pass through here.

3. A lot of locals really do care about the city and are moving in from the suburbs, waiting for God’s strategy.

It is in this spirit that I have created the Challenge.

*** If you are an intercessory missionary (20 or more hrs/wk) and in the area for a visit during February, I want to meet you!

*** Leave a comment, and I will buy you a cheesesteak when you visit.

*** If you know of someone who would fit this description and enjoy such an experience, forward this post.

*** If you are a likeminded local with a history of prayer & getting things done toward this end, let me know as well!

*** I will figure out a way to accomodate vegans who qualify for the Challenge.