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    Friday, May 06, 2005  
Take the nation, shake the world

This week at Hillsong there's this AOG conference with the theme "Take the nation, shake the world." Delegates are from all over the world and they're pastors of large congregations.

I had been wanting to go to this conference, but it's over 200 dollars for the registration... so I only go to the night meetings which are free, plus the Thursday morning combined Hillsong women and conference.

It's been so good. Some teachings in churches are like milk, some are like solid food, but this conference is like the bony meat, tough to eat but they're so yummy.

Monday night it was Steve Penny, and his message was about perspective. God can give us a vision, but the way we look at it, the way we interprete it can bring dramatically different response and results. Like in Jeremiah, you can see your vision as a sprouting branch, or a boiling pot. Or you can be like the story of Elisha sending the servant to look at the cloud. You can see the sky as dry as anything, or you can see God's promise beyond the clear sky.

Tuesday night it was Alan Davies. His story was when the Israelites heard the Lord's call to go out to fight, they did, but first time, 22,000 were cut down. They failed. The second time they went into the fight again, and 18,000 were cut down. And then they went up the third time, and they won. So the message was sometimes you heard God's call, and you did all you can, you didn't sin, you did your best, yet you fail. You hurt, you want to give up and stop. But the command is, get up and do it again! He mentioned some examples, like he invested 30,000 dollars trying to set up a church, but in a year it crumbled down, nobody wanted to listen to him. Then he managed to raise money to send a missionary to overseas, and that guy ended up in jail. A lot of the pastors have tried all they could, but failed. But definately, they can still feel that their dreams haven't released them yet. So the theme was, just get up and do it again, but with the willingness to change.

I didn't go on Wednesday night, as it was Peter's birthday so we went out for dinner. Brian Houston spoke about purpose from psalm 23, out of the series he's doing at the moment in church on Sundays.

Thursday morning's message was by Paul Weaver about seeing beyond the impossibilities. Like Mary, when she heard the angel's word to her, she couldn't figure out in her natural mind how she can conceive a baby without the natural procedure. But God is bigger than the impossibilities in our natural logic, and He'll make a way where there seems to be no way.

Thursday night it was Tommy Barnett, sharing his journey of his dream centre. He has a 16 story building that had become a shelter for the lost sinners, among which are the prostitutes, gangs, gays, lesbians, drug addicts...etc. And their lives are changed. He encouraged everyone to pursue the dreams, and to catch the annointing and flow of the duplication power.

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