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May 9th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

One Prayer Pastors: Dino Rizzo

To close out the week, we have Dino Rizzo from Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

dino.jpgWhat are some of the great things God is doing in your church?
We are experiencing the joy of launching two new campuses in two months – one is in Swaziland, Africa (our second campus in Africa), and the other is here in Baton Rouge. A seventy-year-old Baptist church has graciously given us a 100,000 square-foot facility including a great auditorium and a huge dormitory/outreach facility that is located in the middle of Baton Rouge’s inner city. We’ve been serving and reaching out to this part of our city for a long time, but now we have a phenomenal place to work out of right there in the community.

I believe that what we are experiencing is what Proverbs 11:24 says: “The world of the generous gets larger and larger.” The people of Healing Place Church have been so extremely generous, caring and loving and serving people in so many ways. And I believe that when people live in the principle that we are blessed to be a blessing, God will entrust more into their stewardship. He’ll keep giving to people He can trust to give it away.

That’s what we’re experiencing right now. And I assure you, it is all by His grace, because we simply don’t have the ability on our own to do what He’s doing though Healing Place Church. And this way, He gets all the glory and that’s how it oughtta be.

Why are you excited about participating in One Prayer?
One thing we’re really excited about is the way One Prayer is using technology that is available today – redeeming it for the use of the Kingdom.

But the real exciting thing about One Prayer is that we believe in the power of unified passion. Jesus taught that when we come together, there is multiplied strength. We have always believed that we can get a lot more done for the Kingdom through the power of partnering together with others - like a LifeChurch.tv and the hundreds of other churches joining in One Prayer.

This is such a God-idea – to make us what He intended us to be – creative, passionate, dangerous, and extremely generous. It has His mark all over it because He loves it when we are one.

What is your one prayer for the Church that you will be teaching on?
“God, make us extremely generous.”

God is the model of extreme generosity, and it is manifest in Jesus. And now it is our turn to take our place as followers of Christ to be extremely generous by giving. When the church is generous, it is alive. So our prayer is that God would help us to be extremely generous, so we can be extremely alive.

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May 8th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

One Prayer Pastors: Steven Furtick

Today, we invited Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in Indian Trail, NC to talk about One Prayer.

Don’t forget, the deadline to submit messages is this Monday, May 12. We have added some additional video resources (roll-in, etc.) to help you in your production.

furtick1.jpgWhat are some of the great things God is doing in your church?
The most exciting thing God has done at Elevation Church in recent days was on Easter Sunday. We saw over 500 people accept Jesus Christ in our worship experiences. Along with that, He is providing some pretty exciting opportunities for campus expansion in the fall. But that’s top secret. If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

Why are you excited about participating in One Prayer?
First of all, I believe Pastor Craig is a visionary for this generation of church leaders. I’m behind him in everything God puts in his heart to do. But secondly, I think the idea is just brilliant. We are alive at the most exciting time in human history to advance the gospel. With all the technology at our disposal, it would be an unpardonable sin to fail to leverage that in our generation for the unity of the body of Christ. Not only will Elevation be exposed to world class teachers and preachers, but we’ll be a part of a historic opportunity to stand in unity for Jesus. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

What is your one prayer for the church?
I’ll be teaching “Make Us Audacious.” I’m really going to encourage churches to grab hold of the vision that God has given the leadership of the church and to stand behind it with boldness and tenacity. I hope that the message
will encourage church leaders to pray big prayers and take big risks and to stretch their faith for the glory of God.

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May 7th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

One Prayer Pastors: Greg Surratt

We caught wind that Greg and his team from Seacoast Church (one church with multiple locations in the east) were wrapping up their One Prayer message yesterday.

(Don’t forget — the deadline for submitting messages is next Monday, May 12!)

We asked Greg to share his heart about One Prayer.

gregsurratt_06.jpgWhat are some of the great things God is doing in your church?
God is continuing to give us opportunities to reach more people for Christ, which is encouraging to me as we celebrate our 20th year as a church. This month, we will open our 13th campus and will be using an “all-video” model. This will be our first campus with video worship elements. It’s an experiment that we have wanted to try for a while as it broadens the ability to open campuses in smaller more rural communities. God is also using our study of the book of Luke to really help people become fully-devoted to Him. We have been a largely “topical” church for 19 years, but over the last year I have found that studying a book of the Bible for a concentrated time has really been beneficial to our teaching team as well as our church. We kicked off the new year by joining LifeChurch.tv (via video) and had Craig Groeschel teach on the Authority of the Bible.

Why are you excited about participating in One Prayer?
The multi-site video approach has really changed a lot about how church is done. It has broken down barriers to growth and I think it has been a good thing for the body of Christ. However, one thing that has concerned me is that there could be some unhealthy competitive juices flowing as we see another church as an “opponent” that may could come into “my town”. I think that One Prayer will help in some ways to squash that as we remember that we are all on the same team, serving the same God and using the same resources as effectively as possible to reach more people. I am also just pumped to get to have some of the speakers come to Seacoast for free!!!

What is your one prayer for the Church that you will be teaching on?
“Lord make us obedient.” I’m going to look at the story of Peter’s miserable fishing trip in Luke 5 and what it took for him to come to “but because you say so” obedience. God used a “no fish moment” in his life to teach him the rewards of passionate obedience. I hope it will help all of us to recognize those moments in our lives and make the right call.

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May 6th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

One Prayer Pastors: Wayne Cordeiro

pw.jpgThis week, I’d like to highlight a couple of pastors who are participating in One Prayer. Today we’ll meet Pastor Wayne Cordeiro from New Hope Christian Fellowship in Oahu, Hawaii.

What are some of the great things God is doing in your church?
God’s hand of revival has been on the church for twelve years. We saw over 250 first-time decisions this month so far, and last weekend we baptized 203 in water. There is a culture of joy and servanthood. Especially in the area of reading the Bible and journaling daily, there is an expectancy in the air.

web-1.jpgWhy are you excited about participating in One Prayer?
One Prayer communicates that we are one Church, and that the leaders involved are willing to be friends, accountability partners, and fellow learners along the route to equipping the saints. It also gives one message to the Church that will allow for many voices to say one thing. I love it!!

web.jpgWhat is your one prayer for the Church that you will be teaching on?
The title of my message, coming from Hawaii, is called “Make Us Wise.” If there’s anything we need in a changing society of optional morals and beliefs, we are offered several worldviews to adopt as our own. Wisdom will be what distinguishes the precious from the worthless, the right from the wrong, the temporal from the eternal.

Make us wise.

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