Category Archives: Philadelphia Prayer

24 Event this Friday & Saturday!

Come one come all to the PA Statewide 24!

I am currently securing a 2nd mortgage to finance a Cheesesteak Challenge for 2 very special intercessory families – that’s 9 cheesesteaks. Hopefully we have a bunch of pictures and stuff of this joyful occasion.

Cheesesteak Challenge: A Scriptural Defense

Cheesesteak ChallengeSeveral of us from the Philly area went out yonder (6 hours yonder) to near the Ohio state line in order to join with 6 other Houses Of Prayer in PA. Special thanks to Dennis and Ralph at the Altar HOP in Meadville for pulling off something unpredented in recent history around here.

We had ourselves a blast, what with all our declarations, proclamations, and other utterances. At one point our generous team even had an altar call of sorts for anyone who would like to try to beat the living tar out of the timpani in the front and obliterate the worship band’s rhythmic cohesion in the process.

Yet at one point in the weekend, my disciples came unto me saying something like, “why dost thou offerest the cheesesteak challenge, whilst Jamie’s disciples fast?” And verily I did speak, saying the same:

Did not our Lord speak, saying that we shouldst use our mammon to make ourselves friends amongst the heathen? So that they might find the truth and have eternal rewards?

And should I not use my resources to recognize and reward those, yea those even in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who do not cease to pray night and day for the harvest?

And is not the Cheesesteak a principality over our city? And are not those who partake of its gluttonies in need of deeper soul food? Are not its proprietors and workers themselves members of an Unreached People Group?

Yet I was somewhat reviled at first, until I was able to find said passage in Luke 16:9.

I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

Now, it DID take me a few minutes to find the scripture, without being distracted by taunts and false lifelines (“maybe it’s in Hezekiah 2:14!” “have you tried Isaiah 67?”) but in the end the scripture was proclaimed, and my detractors were silenced.

And then we all discovered the local Steak & Shake, which almost none of us had ever seen before.

EFV ’07 Part 5: Live Free… or Pray Hard

In the middle of vacation the women of the family get together and craft doilies, needlepoint, play dolls, have spontaneous fashion shows, and get their faces and toenails painted.

Bruce WillisThe men of the family go out and see ACTION MOVIES. This year we selected “Live Free or Die Hard” starring tough guy Bruce Willis.

WARNING: SPOILER BEYOND THIS POINT

This movie features Bruce Willis singlehandedly foiling a terrorist plot and mentoring/fathering a young computer geek who cannot go 5 hours without eating something. In fact the wimp was begging for katsup packets halfway through the film. The enemy was a disgruntled Homeland Security guy who was trying to screw up our traffic system and bankrupt SSI funds.

Other action sequences feature Bruce Willis:

  • Preventing a 18 wheeler from jacknifingGood aim, Bruce Willis!
  • Outrunning a collapsing freeway
  • Driving an SUV down an elevator shaft
  • Launching a car off the toll booth to attack an enemy helicopter
  • Jumping out of that car to avoid perishing with said helicopter
  • Surfing down the wing of an F-15 jet onto the concrete below
  • Surviving an evening in Camden

My beef with all this stuff is that we somehow think we are immune to terrorism and so we pay $10 bucks to see the Capitol exploding, traffic lights malfunctioning, east coast power failure, and massive disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Just couldn’t shake this, and when it happens for real the question is “how could a loving God allow this to happen”.

Anybody want to learn how to pray effectively now? That way you will have some wisdom and peace when all hell is breaking out, even if you aren’t as tough as Bruce Willis.

Unofficial “The Call” in Philly this Friday

Anybody who took part in The Call Nashville via attendance or active webcast participation is welcome to join a handful of us this Friday night, 7-10pm – location TBD soon. Informal worship, prayer, impartation, and fasting is what’s on the menu.

good ole philadelphiaWe have got to bring the “seal of Love” to the “City of Love” and build each other up. We have got to stick together from now on!  I can feel the impact of Saturday getting more elusive already, but we can cultivate this thing locally. Struggles that I have had for decades have been winnable this week. Something happened on Saturday and I am not gonna let this wear off!

The Griping Ends, Effective Immediately!

 

Thank YouThanks for whomever just prayed for Philly! I’ll shut up about this now!

And whomever just prayed for “east coast cities”. This rocks!!!

Philadelphia is a Formerly Pro-Choice City

Apparently 5 of the 9 councilpersons voting for the “pro-choice resolution” have turned tail and jumped onto a 13-4 majority that chose to rescind that declaration. You can read into this all you want in terms of prophetic significance for the country. Apparently there IS a church around here and they DO care about something, and they are not as “tolerant” as I thought. So I am encouraged. Had to find out from Tony Perkins and the Family Council. This news was not played up in the local media.

How Close This Came to Failing…

Regarding Philadelphia’s city council decision to celebrate itself as a “Pro-Choice City”:

The proclamation came very close to failing. As the roll was called, Councilman Frank DiCicco paused for several moments, clearly agonizing over how to vote, before finally saying “aye.”

[so this guy didn’t even have his mind made up beforehand???]

Rigali’s [diocese of Philadelphia’s Bishop] letter called the “pro-choice” designation a “shameful label.”

“Philadelphia is experiencing homicide at a record rate; now is not the time to affirm the false choice of procured abortion,” his letter said.

“What’s shameful is to equate reproductive rights with homicide,” said Dayle Steinberg, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

[hmm…]

Planned Parenthood helped Brown draft the resolution, and Steinberg applauded Brown for having the “courage to introduce something that shouldn’t be controversial but is.”

[did you catch that? this is what is so deceptive about living on the east coast – these subtle insinuations that I should be ashamed of my convictions]

“We are certain that this resolution is reflective of the opinions of a majority of Philadelphians,” Steinberg said.

[but you have IMPOSED YOUR MORALITY upon ALL Philadelphians]

Once the resolution was approved, Philadelphia joined the ranks of a small group of mostly liberal California cities that have made similar proclamations, including Berkeley, Santa Cruz and West Hollywood.

[SF has yet to enact this resolution? what about Vegas or NYC?]

Source

Who is there in this city that can let me know that stuff like this is being considered in ADVANCE? I’d rather be proactive and less “intolerant” in my retroactive angst. Plus, the Bible tells us that we need to be praying for our leaders instead of just blogging about them… If this was NOT a life and death issue, I might be a bit more civil in my postings.

Philadelphia is a “Pro-Choice City”

The stuff I hear when I’m waking up to the news.

Apparently the only people in an uproar about this is the local Diocese of Philadelphia.

Who’s minding the store in Philly? This resolution passed 9 to 8. Had I any clue this was happening, I would have come just short of harassing my council[person]. This resolution was proposed to a councilperson by Planned Parenthood, a civil and tolerant organization by some accounts.

Anyone think the homicide rate will stay under 400 this year?

OUR RESPONSE

Obviously I’m not encouraged by this. We have 3 responses –

#1 – I will call this the “Angry Religious Pennsylvania Response”

Otherwise known as the “Handwringer”. In this response, we follow my frustrated direction of this post and just start letting all sorts of negative thoughts and words pass out of our mouths. We damn all of the people involved in this vote that we disagree with and we appeal to God based on our frustration and our disagreement with this vote. For some reason (tax and crime rates perhaps) many of those in this group live in the country or the suburbs rather than right in the city limits (where they have a small vote).

#2 – Tolerant East Coast Urbanite Response –

This is the “Whatever will be, will be” response. If you are a Philadelphian you might not even have a problem or disagree with any of this vote for that matter… But let’s say you didn’t want your leaders making an official declaration on your behalf. Well what can you do? God must’ve allowed it, after all He is “sovereign”. Just go about your day and think about the Sermon on the Mount and social justice (the kind that serves the poor who are outside the womb) and somehow it will all work out in the end [From what I understand, Calvin was not a hyper-calvinist, and travailed in much prayer for his world]. Many of this group may live in the city out of a compassion for the needs, but may be blinded to their ability to respond to some of these larger political issues.

#3 – Loving, Intolerant, Respectful Response

This response has finally been showing up on the radar. The “loving, respectful” part is for our 9 councilperson majority and for the verse that says that we must respect and pray for our leaders, who have been set up by God. It’s also for the people that are in favor of this resolution and the lobbyists at Planned Parenthood. People have dignity and we are supposed to bless those we are at serious odds with and treat them well.

There is another realm where a lack of tolerance is called for. Is it possible for us to pray in a loving but intolerant manner for a changing of the heart of this city back to “brotherly love” and back to the God of William Penn. Why did Daniel pray a prayer in chapter 9 that identifies with the people he disagreed with (“Lord, WE have sinned”)? By the way we also live according to the Sermon on the Mount and also do all we can to serve the poor and continue the social justice end, rather than ignoring these huge needs.

Let’s go with Door #3. Here’s a group doing just that in DC.

Prayer at Independence Hall

This was last month during the National Day of Prayer. My friends were rocking out in front of Independence Hall before the event started. Notice the giant mound of dirt. Several cool details to come in a future post. For now, here is a video of it. Great song by Don Potter to boot.

Behold, the Challenge Draweth Nigh

Free FoodIHOP residents, be on the lookout because some free food is around the corner for you!

The Challenge will consist of a free lunch at a location of your choice. I will put this up for a vote. But the voting booth is not yet open!

FoodYou must wait for the appointed time, which will be closer to next week and my appearing next Sunday. If you will, this will be my “second coming” to the original IHOP, for you students of eschatology. (I just spelled eschatology on the first try and the red underline has not appeared… did I actually spell it correctly?!?). My original visitation to IHOP was back in 2002, in a humble series of singlewide trailers and weird poofy carpets that tripped you if you hurried too much.

The challenge will be open to the first 3 responders in the comments. But that’s not all: Winner #1 gets to bring along a friend / spouse / significant other of their choice. So there will be 5 of us to enjoy a lunch. This winning lunch will occur Monday, May 28. You will have plenty of digestion time before the 40 day fast begins! I think I have a 2 hour window per the JoCo retreat schedule. If someone can verify the JoCo schedule that would be great!

Also the winners must arrange the transportation since I will be carless all week. I will also warn the winners in advance to be prepared to hear my recruitment schpiel for intercessors to move out here to Philadelphia where there is no functioning HOP but once a month.

So this Challenge shall come as a thief – be watchful, and subscribe to the CBB, preferably with a feed reader – because the contest will be over in the blink of an eye!