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I wanted you guys to take a few minutes to get to know 6:22 Ministries.   Matthew Lilley, the founder of 6:22, was one of the “kids” at a youth camp I served at years ago and has now become  a man of God who inspires and challenges me in my walk with Christ. He, his wife, and the 6:22 family have been such tremendous friends and supporters of Lisa and I and Higher Place Ministries over the years.  The 6:22 story is one that ignites my heart and stirs my soul to pursue God’s heart with abandon.  It is a story of students who not only had a passion to worship and serve God, but actually took it to the next step.  So many of us at various times get stirrings from God, but we don’t pursue them beyond that point and we miss the amazing favor of God.

Today 6:22 Ministries facilitates weekly worship gatherings, times of prayer and fasting, outreach to the ECU Campus, internships, and support of many missions and ministries.  It is amazing when we desire God’s will and then are actually hungry enough to step out and do it.  What was a vision for to see undignified worshippers has become a growing reality in Greenville, NC.  It all began with a young man who received a vision from God for students to become undignified worshippers and was willing to take God at His word.

Check out their website and ready their story at

I would encourage you to pray for them, support them, attend at Friday night, and certainly buy their music!

The Explainable

“We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God” ~ from “Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit” by Francis Chan

Last Sunday at our church, Liberty Christian Fellowship, we had student Sunday.  It wasn’t a time where our student pastor gave a sermon or the kids sang a song for the offertory.  The students conducted the entire service.  They greeted, ushered, did the children’s message, led the worship, and gave the message.  What’s so amazing about that?  Other than in this day and age to have passionate, anointed, and bold students being leaders for the body, which is powerful in itself, there is a supernatural move among these students.  They are having mid week bible studies in addition to their main meeting each week, 3 to be exact and about to start a 4th, that are having 15 and 20 students show up for some of them.  They are proclaiming the gospel in their schools.  They are creating a “culture of honor” in the youth group where they choose to do things that put others first.  Each month they load the whole gang up to visit at a local rest home and their attendance on that night is almost the same as their other meetings.  It’s not all hype and games.  They are digging deep in study and serving hard.

Why am I going on and on about our student ministry?  Is it that our student pastor is just that good?  No. (He does do a great job, however)  The answer is, it is un-explainable outside the movement of the Holy Spirit.  Only God transforms hearts.  Only God can move these students in mass to run counter their culture even when it means losing friends and missing out on some of what the rest of the culture is engaged in.  It is only something God can do.  The youth leaders have been faithful, desperate in prayer for the move of God, proclaimed and taught the Word to these guys, and been active in their lives relationally.  That’s our end of the bargin, but only God could be producing the ridiculous fruit that we see.

That quote from Francis Chan really hit me hard.  So much, in our western churchy lives can be explained by human effort and money.  We can create inviting atmospheres that tug on peoples emotions in our services.  We can follow up and keep tabs on folks in our databases, social networking, and fancy marketing.  We can sound great with our sound systems, great musicians, and trained communicators.  All of those things can grow our churches and draw people to our programs.  But only God can change our hearts.  Only He can take us from what were and are and conform us into the image of His Son.  We need to be desperate for His Spirit to move and be active in our lives.  We must not get trapped into feeling like we’re getting in done because of our church services.  None of it makes a difference without His Spirit.

I will be obedient to what He has called me to and I’m hungry for the unexplainable.  I want what only He can do.  He wants my heart and I want His.

Nothing We Could Do Propels Us To Do

Here is a powerful quote by Martin Luther mentioned by Timothy Keller in the forward to “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” by Eric Metaxas.

Luther so persistently expounded, “We are saved by faith alone, not by faith which is alone.”  That is, we are saved, not by anything we do, but by grace.  Yet if we have truly understood and believed the gospel,it will change what we do and how we live.

There is nothing we could do to earn our salvation.  It is a free gift from God to all who confess and believe.  However, we have in our society cheapened that grace at times in our behavior.  We do find many in our churches (myself being one at times) who profess Christ but live no differently before we met Him save for church attendance and vocabulary.  If we have seen Him, if we have encountered Him, if we have truly embraced this Gospel, it should be working a radical transformation in the way we live.  As Paul tells Timothy, “… in speech, love, life and purity.”

Road Trip and Update

It has been a week or two since we’ve posted much.  It’s been quite overwhelming settling in to this new season the Lord has placed us in.  The spring is shaping up to be a powerful time of ministry, recording, and grand adventures.  Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted.

We just returned yesterday from a multi-purpose road trip back to Delaware.  Lisa had to take our daughter, Victoria, for an Orthodontist appointment in Lewes, DE.  I needed to pick up some items that were left in Milton, DE from our move (I also got to crash the worship team practice at Eagle’s Nest on Thursday night, it was awesome worshipping with the gang!).  We were able to visit some of our Delaware friends and meet with Pastor Bob Weed.  Finally, we had a student ministry training engagement in Wilmington, DE.  It was so refreshing to hit the road again for a bit.  It’s amazing how our perspective can change when we step out of where we are and interrupt the routine.  Lisa and I had the chance to minister to more than 60 student leaders and see God show up in power.  It really was an incredible time.

I think my prayer right now is for us to pay attention.  It is so easy for ministry to become familiar.  I know how to prepare a worship set.  I know how to organize for church ministry.  I know how to prepare a talk and share with a group.  This weekend really kept us on our toes.  It can become so routine and comfortable that we become less dependent on Jesus as our source.  Then we begin to miss His move.  What has been refreshing for us over the last several weeks through this past weekend was that we’ve been out of our normal element, learning a new culture in the OBX, leading some ministry exercises for a group that we knew it would be a stretch for them at the student leader training event, and figuring out God’s directions for the church here.  We’ve had to really focus to hear God’s voice, make intentional choices in faith, and pray for boldness.  I want to pay attention.  I don’t want to be so used to how “it” goes that I miss the leadings, promptings, and direction from the Holy Spirit.  I want to do the hard things.  God is really moving in some tangibly powerful ways here and I don’t want to miss it.

We are excited and are feeling a refreshed sense of vision.  The kids are doing great.  Victoria has turned into quite the evangelist in her new school situation!  Joseph is plugging right in, Olivia is a cute little mess, Lisa is feeling great and we’ve been able to have some really powerful times of worship together.

Thanks for the prayers and support!  It’s going to be an exciting season!

Come and be with us at The Boiler Room with Jonathan Helser on February 11th!

Much Love

The Hobbses

Higher Place Songs for Download

We put some of our songs together for you guys at the following link for free download.  It’s just some of our ruff and raw worship.  We love all of you and are so thankful for your support and prayers.  We are looking forward to 2011 and all of the new things the Lord has in store.  We believe that this is a year of “divine pursuit”.  Download, share, worship, have fun!