Killing the Internet

The Internet was built on the idea of freely proliferated information and knowledge. The government wants to put an end to that TODAY with the passing of PIPA and SOPA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Dear PCNAK 2012 Youth Leaders

Dear 2012 PCNAK Coordinators,

The 2011 PCNAK was an incredible blessing for those that attended the meetings. Absolutely amazing move of the Spirit. Let’s keep that going for 2012. Don’t be so constricted by time and pleasantries and politics and honoring this pastor and that pastor. Let’s just focus on what will truly bless the Lord.

We don’t need a big show with crazy lights and 12 of the greatest speakers in the world. We don’t need to see which of the 36 bands with current YouTube videos has the best worship set.

So what if your uncle’s pastor’s wife’s sister’s nephew’s cousin’s brother’s father-in-law’s grandson’s babysitter is upset they didn’t get their time on stage? Are you really going to let one man’s feelings and emotions affect the move of the Holy Spirit?

We don’t want the stiff-necked, old-fashioned convention style meetings that we grew up loathing. We either fell asleep, got yelled at for talking, or just chilled in the lobby. Why would using that same model be any more effective today? Einstein had a word for this: insanity.

Take this weekends Jesus Culture Awakening Conference in Chicago as a model. Watching it online it is simply amazing. Go watch one of the services at http://www.awakening2011.com. Just worship and the word. No song and dance routine. No smoke and mirrors. Just a real simple meeting, with truth, power, and anointing.

This is what we want for PCNAK.

Sincerely,
Benjamin “Bear” Cherian

P.S. Can I get an “Amen!”?

When leading worship

I was working on a project tonight with some music playing in the background and my mind wandered to our worship team at church. Most are young and still growing spiritually. I consider it a blessing to be able to pour into them what has been poured into me, but it can be frustrating at times. As I thought about some recent discussions I had with a few of them, I felt compelled to write an email to them. Below is what I wrote, and I felt it needed to be shared.
When you sing or play, as we lead the church into worship together, be confident in the words that are being sung.
Understand that this is truth being spoken into every ear that hears, every mind that listens and every heart that it reaches.
Take a moment and forget what you have practiced.
Forget the melody.
Forget the harmony.
Forget the chords.
Forget the rhythm.
Seek the truth in the song.
Get lost in it.
Let the Spirit lead you to sing a new song, one that has been given to you and no one else.
Let Him lead you to play a new chord, one that you have never practiced.
Let His presence define a new rhythm, one that has not been heard before.
What He does in that moment is unique to what He is doing at that time.
It cannot be mimicked, cannot be duplicated.
But if you seek Him and His truth, and you will find it and it will be new and refreshing.