The Moral Failing of Carl Lentz

I come to you with a heavy heart tonight. I have learned about the recent accusations made toward one of Hillsong Church’s former pastors, Carl Lentz. Apparently, this man was fired by Hillsong’s lead pastor, Brian Houston, after “leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures” (source). Laura Lentz, his wife, was also on Hillsong staff and was fired.

This tugs on my heart so much. Moral failure and disobedience toward Christ has now deeply hurt Lentz’ family, as well as his church family. Guys, the world is coming to an end; things will only get more and more dark. But instead of gossiping and shaming Lentz for his sins, we need to be lifting up this man and his family—who are supposed to be the most important people in his life.

We need to be lifting up this man and his family.

My heart is heavy, but I know that we can give this to Christ. Please pray with me for this man and his family.

“Dear Lord Jesus,
It hurts my heart to see such destruction happen after such a moral failing. It reminds us that we MUST stay close to You as the world gets darker and darker, its morality becoming darker and darker by the minute. Please bring Carl and Laura closer to You through this experience, and repair the wreckage that has been done. Heal his family, Jesus, and bring about restoration where the enemy meant death and destruction. We give this family to You now.
In Your Precious Name we pray,
Amen.”

Let’s continue to pray over Hillsong, the Houston family, and everyone involved in this ministry. May Jesus uncover all that is in the dark, and bring all sin and evil to light, as only He can do.


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus Christ died for all people, to forgive the world’s sins (1 John 2:2). Learn more about His completely free offering of salvation and eternal life here.

The Day of the Girl Child 2020

Today, October 11th, is the day of the Girl child. When I think of the remaining Chibok girls—as well as all of the evils that go on in this word toward girls—my heart is stirred to be an advocate and to shine light on everything they are going through.

Jesus Himself spent time with women as his disciples, such as Mary Magdalene. He also rose up for the equality of women in His Kingdom (Galatians 3:28). He took the women charged for a adultery and kept her from being killed. Women are obviously very important to Christ.

Would you, with me, pray over these girls, and share this to anyone you know to bring attention to the girls?

“Dear Jesus,
All people—including young women—are made in Your Sight. We pray now, Lord Jesus, that You would bring to justice all the evil done to girls. You have raised us up to fight for them, to advocate for them, and most importantly, to pray for them. Help us to do what You say in Proverbs: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9). We lift these women to You; show us good places to donate our time and money to, so that we may help in a practical way.
In Your Name we pray,
Amen.”

If you want to help the Chibok girls and those in Chibok in general, God led me to create a sort of database of nonprofits that help those who need it. To give to Christian organizations for the betterment of women, click here.

There are many ways, both spiritually and practically, to support the girl child. Thank you for all you do!!


Do you know Jesus?

The girl child, and women in general, are precious to Jesus. Learn more about Jesus, and His Mission, here.

9/11… 19 years later

I was in first grade when my mom picked me up early from school.
Airplanes had hit two towers, she said, buckling me in.

That was 19 years ago, and I have had friends who lost their family members that day. Terrorists ripped away fathers, mothers, friends, and loved ones. Although it was almost 20 years ago, I still remember not understanding, being so young. But I understand now. Hatred and darkness ran rampant as smoke billowed into the sky, threatening to overthrow America as we knew it. But it didn’t.

Thankfully, the police, firefighters, and EMTs rushed to the scene and put their lives on the line to save those trapped in rubble.

Today, please pray for those who lost so much on 9/11. Pray for an America that was as united on 9/11 as it was in 2001. Pray for those first responders. Some wounds have healed, and some have not. May Jesus comfort those who lost so much that day. ❤

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Do you know Jesus?

Jesus knew what it was to mourn, and He offers comfort and love. Learn more about Him here.

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Please pray for those who were forever hurt by terrorists on 9/11 and for the first responders at the scene of 9/11. (find the prayer sheet here).

Thank you for your prayers.

Don’t Give Up: A Poem

356 Nigerian soldiers have opted out of being a soldier, citing “loss of interest” as their reason. Many more have simply abandoned their duties, throwing away their military uniforms and running off. This poem is written to those men and women who are tempted to leave the Nigerian army when they seemingly needed the most. Please pray that these men and women would not give up in the face of such extreme adversity as Boko Haram and other militant groups (source). May Jesus be their inspiration, as He did all that He did for the joy set before Him: saving us.


You feel done,
finished,
and all you want to do is cry.

You’ve never faced anything
like this before.
They’re coming at you from all sides
and your life is in danger,
as evidenced by your heavy breathing
and scrapes and bruises.

Your friends have abandoned the cause,
took off their military garb
and walked off…

And now you want to, as well.white box (2).jpg

This is the breaking point.
Please, my friend,
don’t break
under the pressure.
Don’t let tears
muddle your sight of the situation,
nor your pounding heartbeat scare you into running away.

What will you do?
You have a choice,
you have a voice.
All I am asking is this:

Don’t. Give. Up.

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(c) 2020 Annalee Hoover


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus did not quit His Mission in the face of death– dying for you and I. Learn more about His mission and why He died for us, here.


Please pray for…

  • The Nigerian military. That their morale would increase, even as new enemies try to shoot it down.
  • Those living in areas of unrest. For their safety.
  • For an end to the Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen insurgencies.

Celebrating Juneteenth!

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As you celebrate America’s national recognition of the liberation of slaves, please think of and pray for those still held in bondage all over the world, especially in Nigeria.

Thank you!!!


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus is the Savior of every person that will call on His Name. Learn more about Him, and just how He saves us, here.