Posts Tagged ‘Carlos Whittaker’


I try to pray for our President and the leaders that lead this nation as much as I can. I love seeing pictures of these Easter prayer breakfasts when over 100+ Christian leaders are invited to the White House. Most of the leaders that are usually there are Godly people who have influenced me throughout my own personal journey. Carlos Whittaker led this morning’s breakfast with Nothing but the Blood. I love this picture he sent out with President Obama next to him as he sang some worship songs. I pray for God’s presence in Washington and for wisdom for our leaders to know what’s right and the courage to do it.

Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord  – B. Graham

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Carlos Whittaker brought a lot of energy to PhoenixONE tonight. I love corporate worship and singing in unison with the body of Christ. I’ve seen Carlos many times at Catalyst and he has an amazing heart for the Lord. Justin Anderson taught a great message from Mark 8 about how Peter rebukes Jesus for mentioning his own death on the cross. Peter says this for his own personal gain and Jesus in turn rebukes him with the famous “Get behind me Satan” quote. He then says to him and the crowd “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Basically, what path will we take?

Justin brought up a study from a book called Soul Searching by Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton that that surveys 3,000 teenagers. This landmark study on the faith lives of American teenagers reveals that while a majority identify with a religious congregation, many adolescents subscribe to a watered-down belief system that the authors call Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.

  1. A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.
  2. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
  3. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
  4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
  5. Good people go to heaven when they die.

Basically, people generally choose ‘the easy path’. We choose a path for our own personal happiness, not holiness. We invest ours lives in our own personal gain and our sense of entitlement. Jesus warns us of this life for ourselves and that there are consequences for not choosing this path for our righteousness. I thought Justin picked a great topic for this age group (and for this culture in general).

Afterwards they played this awesome video of a girl who found Christ on her own. In my Islam class, I have been studying about Muslims who have been finding Christ through their dreams. This makes me want to reach out more to people.

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