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Final Service: Prophesying and Praying for SP Founding Pastors and Spiritual Parents Sam & Lisa Song

This past weekend rocked me in such a necessary way. There is nothing quite like God blowing the roof off your expectations. Everyone of us needs a good blasting by his love in such a way that our spiritual lid is lifted beyond anything we have ever experienced.

When we arrived in Hong Kong I was awed by the hospitality of Solomon’s Porch Hong Kong. Family. This is what we are, from all different nations, backgrounds, vocations, and upbringings. It is so amazing to see a body of believers from all different nations, directed by God each in their own unique way, to become a powerful house in Hong Kong. It was beautiful and powerful to see God expanding the influence of their house to Singapore and Mainland China.

The church is not meant to be a building full of passionate believers, but a global movement of relentless love manifesting the powerful, reconciling heart of a great and glorious God. Solomon’s Porch is a testament to the heart of God to build his house, not as a four-walled structure, but as a living, thriving, working, and empowered people.  Read More

We Choose To Remember: Memorial Day

Memorial DayYesterday, Monday, May 27, 2014, “Memorial Day,” was such a beautiful day for me. My wife, my teenage boy, and our two precious puppies went to my brother’s house and had a blast. We had a bbq, I made some bomb quacamole, and we swam the day away in his pool with my siblings, parents, nieces, nephews and friends.

Then, about half way through the bqq my eldest brother, who bravely served and continues to our country in the military, approached his ipod music station, slowly lowered the volume and began to speak with great authority and sincere conviction. His words pierced my heart and were a sobering reminder of the power of remembering. Read More

Do You Keep A Record of Wrongs or Rights?

“Do you keep a record of wrongs or rights?”record of wrongs

Yesterday I had a great time eating lunch with one of my good friends Robin Viray and we were sharing about how easy it is to become offended by someone. Offense is so common in relationships. And, no relationship is exempt from offense. It happens in families, marriages, friendships, at churches, between bosses and employees, and between coworkers.

People get offended for all types of things: how someone looked at them, something someone said, something someone did or didn’t do. And, what is just as common as offense is the record of wrong, the list you keep in your head and heart with a file for each person you know. It’s almost as if you have a file cabinet in our heart and when offense happens you pull out the file and add to the list the wrong the person committed. Read More

Do You Have The Heart?

sumo1Do you have the heart?

I love games that come down to heart. You know the games I’m talking about right? Where both teams are equally tired, both have given it their all and both are battling relentlessly to the very end. I especially love watching an underdog arise from the ashes, fight tooth and nail to the very end, and with every ounce of energy push through to overcome the favored seed.

When you’re watching these kind of situations you can tell it comes down to heart, it comes down to digging deep. But the thing is, if your well does not run deep it’s going to be evident for all to see. Read More

Emotionally Spent: When You Have Nothing To Give

LoveTank-1Husbands, have you ever felt emotionally tapped? I’m talking about being in a place where you know your wife needs your affection, emotional support, or words of loving affirmation, but you feel like you have nothing.

This happened to me the other day. It’s not always fun.

My wife was struggling a bit and really needed my encouragement. But, as she was asking for encouragement I realized that I too needed encouragement at the moment. We were both physically exhausted. We both just got off work and it was a 13 hour day for me. At the moment I felt emotional spent. She was looking for a deposit into her emotional bank account, but I felt as if I didn’t have any funds to transfer. Read More

Surrender Does Not Mean You Do Nothing

Whit FlagSurrender. What a scary word in our day and culture. So many run from such words because of how it makes them “feel” and the questions it surfaces.

Surrender makes you a loser right? Surrender means you’re weak or incapable of victorious achievement doesn’t it? If you surrender it means you don’t have to do anything right, just sit back and let God do all the work.

If you surrender it means you’re not in control and to not be in control is far too unpredictable. You’re not going to give your control to someone or something else. Not being in control is scary, why would you put yourself in that situation?

These are very real questions and very real feelings, but they are often not true. Just because something is real, does not mean it is true. Read More

Wherever You Are, Be Fully There

eye to eyeWhat do you look for most in a loving relationship? I’m not talking about a surface level relationship with some ‘associate.’ I’m talking about a deeply loving, faithful, heart fully engaged type of relationship. Are you looking for affirming words, loving touches, gifts, money, or security?

When I asked my youth this question they got pretty deep. They shared how they are looking for: loyalty, affirming words, consistency, sincere affection, and trust. These are some pretty solid answers, especially coming from teenagers. How about coming from you? What does your heart long for in a relationship? Read More

Relationships Are Work… And Worth It

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Relationships are work, they are an investment. This means they take time to build, effort to grow, and protection to thrive.

It’s funny how we look at our jobs, schooling, a career, or the pursuit of a dream as needing intentional effort, but assume our relationships will just happen. No healthy, thriving relationship just happens, it is invested in. Read More

You Can’t Do Everything

Businessman sinking in heap of documentsHave you ever felt overwhelmed thinking about all the things you could be, should be, or are not doing? Isn’t it one of the most oppressive feelings to be weighed down by?

Let me set you free right now. You can’t do everything. And, you are not meant too!

I know it’s hard to embrace. You look at your life and your mind swirls with all the things you can be doing right now or later. You look at your schedule trying to find out how you can squeeze the most out of every second of your 24 hour gift from God. You constantly wish you had more hours in a day, but you know very well if you did you would fill those hours with a bunch of others activities.

You feel busy, but not productive. You feel tired active, but not effective. You feel tired, but not accomplished.  Read More

You Are Not Everyone Else

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As long as you try to be someone else you will be miserable.

There is nothing wrong with looking at the lives of others and admiring where they are, upholding their characteristics, or affirming their achievements. But, the minute you allow thoughts of comparison to overtake you the shadow of self destruction will seek to overtake you. You were never meant to be them and they were never meant to be you. Read More