International House of Prayer Presents – Fascinate – A Four Day Conference, July 12-15

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   7/12/2011

The conference is taking place at the Kansas City Convention Center, but it is also available to the entire world live via internet stream.

This years’ conference is expecting more than 20,000 people from all over the world.

I love the word they use for this conference – fascinate – because the more you study the Lord, who He is and what He has done, the more you become fascinated with Him. 

No one is like Him. No one even compares to Him in the entire universe.  The Lord is brilliance in his creation and his plan to reconcile all things to himself (2 Corinthians 5:18) and when you think about the depth of His love for us and what he did for us - all you can do is stand in awe of him (Ecclesiastes 5:7).

The Fascinate conference starts at 2:00pm today, July 12th.  Here is the website and live internet stream.

The schedule includes worship at 10:00am (accept today), 2:00pm and 7:30pm each day, followed by teaching.  The teachers include Corey Russel, Mike Bickle, David Sliker, Allen Hood, Misky Edwards, Wes Martin, Shelly Hundley, Brian Kim and Lou Engle.

God is the most fascinating person there is.

Like most people, I am full of questions. When I want to understand something, I buy a book and read about it. When I want to understand someone, I read their book(s) and if they haven’t written any books then I ask them what their favorite books are and read them. 

But I have come to realize that people are pretty easy to figure out and can be very predictable once you understand them.  People are simple minded and are usually focused on a few teachings and a few experiences that they base all their decisions upon.

God, on the other hand, is complex in nature and disturbingly hard to figure out. For example, I have read hundreds of interesting books, but none that compare to the bible. How did God write the most intriguing book in the world with 44 different authors over a period of 1500 years?

How did He weave together the history of the world from beginning to end? And why did he do it the way that he did?  What was He thinking when He decided to do it this way?  I want to understand God and the more we read about His ways the more we become driven to understand Him. 

I realize that His ways are higher than ours and His thoughts are higher than ours, but that’s exactly what drives us to get to want to know Him more.  How could He send His only son to die for our sins?  (John 3:16). And why did He do it that way?  Why does He love us so much?  When reading the answers to this questions, sometimes all we can do is stand is awe of Him as others have done, “…we stand in awe of Him...” (Ecclesiastes 5:7).

One taste of the goodness of the Lord and we are forever captivated by him. "Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." - (Psalm 34:8).  And the more we pursue Him, the more He pursues us – “draw close to God, and He will draw close to you” (James 4:8)

This state of ‘endless fascination’ is shared by all of creation including everything in heaven and earth. Everything that exists yearns (Romans 8:19) to know God and to be loved by Him. He is the greatest treasure in all of eternity.

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