Christy Kennard

What? Pray? March 18, 2012

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One of my favorite things about being married to a pastor is learning from him every week!  If there is one thing my husband does not lack it is passion!  That boy has more heart than I could hope for!

This week he was teaching on prayer.  No really.  Not just the typical message about how we should pray, but a message about how we MUST pray!  He passed these boards around the entire room having everyone write out something that they needed prayer for.  Then he did the most uncomfortable thing I have ever seen.  He asked everyone in the room to find a partner and actually pray for them.  Out loud!

I was sitting in the back of the room and you could see people squirming in their seats. He took a few minutes to encourage them and talk to them about what prayer was before he set his clock for 2 minutes.  That’s it!  2 minutes.

To be honest  I wasn’t sure if people would actually pray, but they did.  To my amazement I saw people facing each other all over the room really praying.  Sure they might have wet their pants in the process but they did it!

The point of the lesson was not to make these people feel uncomfortable.  The point was that if we really want to see God do something in our lives, we have to SEEK Him.  We have to have a relationship with him where simply talking to him comes naturally. In the Bible we see Elijah call for a drought lasting 3 1/2 years  and Joshua pleading with God to make the sun stand still…….through prayer. Then we read verses like this one:

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent [passionate, boiling]  prayer of a righteous man avails [benefits] much.”  James 5:16

I have so much to learn about prayer.  I long to have a prayer life that I feel is effective and powerful.  I want my prayers to be boiling with passion!

 

My Evolving Playlist August 7, 2011

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Most of you would throw my iPod across the room if it were handed to you in the middle of a workout, I seriously have 7 songs on it.  The rest of the space is taken up with sermons from pastors all across the country.  I am not some spiritual superwoman, I just don’t enjoy music that much.  When I am exercising I would rather listen to someone pound the pulpit than strum the guitar!

 

As a result, worshipping God through song has always been a little difficult for me.  I may clap along or sing the words, but I rarely allow it to go much deeper than that.  It is not that I don’t like the lyrics, I just never really thought it was that big of a deal. 

 

Until this week.

 

I was sitting at the table with my kids and we read Psalm 100:

 

 “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 
  Worship the LORD with gladness;
   come before him with joyful songs. 
Know that the LORD is God.
   It is he who made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name. 
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.” 

 

I was talking to my kids about how we are supposed to sing songs in worship to God when that still small voice cut right through my heart.  “Do you do this, Christy?”  I tried to ignore it but it ate at me all day long.  The honest answer is that I don’t.  I worship the Lord through the consuming of His word no problem, but to open my heart and joyfully sing the name of the Lord…..rarely happens! 

 

The next day, I committed to setting my excuses aside and popped in a worship CD in the car.  I intentionally chose to listen to worship music rather than preaching as I cooked dinner this week, and when I went to church last night I determined in my heart that I would enter his gates and sing with thanksgiving.  As tears ran down my cheeks I worshipped God in a way that I had let slide over the last few years.

 

I have a long way to go, and much to learn!  But I am grateful that He is not done with me yet…………

 

CHURCH OR BROADWAY??? June 10, 2010

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I have only been on this earth for 33 years, but  I am AMAZED at how much technology has changed our world.  I spoke with my husbands great-grandmother a few years ago and we were talking about how much it has changed the way we live our lives.  This woman was born in 1906 and watched the world change dramatically.  She went from outhouses, cars and telegrams to indoor plumbing, mass transportation and internet…talk about transformation!   Most of us would not want to live back in the early 20th century, we enjoy life’s conveniences and praise the people who invent things that make our life easier and more exciting.

Recently I got into a conversation with someone who was complaining about the church and how much it has changed over the years.  He argued that churches now days are all about putting on a big production.  To a certain degree he is right.  My church for example has cool backgrounds, huge screens and flashy lights.  Gone are the days where you walk in, sit in a pew, pull out the hymnal and dress to impress.  These are not the only changes we have seen; people no longer go to church because they are obligated to go, businesses don’t shut down simply because it is Sunday, and our society has strayed far away from biblical principles.  As a result of these things the church has been forced to change!  Some might argue that they do it because they are concerned about their bottom line, but I disagree.  I think that churches have changed because they are passionate about their message and that they will do whatever it takes to reach the masses.  If you have good news to share, you will do go the extra mile to make sure that people hear it!  Technology is everywhere!  People are used to things flashing in front of their eyes and information being at their fingertips instantly.  If the church doesn’t represent Christ in a way that is relevant to people, they will not see their need for Him.  Just because church may be more “entertaining” doesn’t mean the truth presented has changed.  Turning the lights down and reading worship songs from a screen doesn’t alter the life-changing truth of scripture. 

Many people like the serene, traditional ways and I am certainly not saying that there is anything wrong with that.  As long as the message of Jesus is being presented I don’t think it matters if it is from a man in a long robe standing behind a wooden pulpit or a tattooed man in jeans walking all over the stage.