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Carl Lentz  "..things that make you smile..what numbers to dial.."

This post goes out to anybody feeling discouraged.. you're gonna make it! Don't forget "where to go and who to call"..sometimes, you gotta sing even when you have gotta worship even if you mix up a few words! This name my son is singing about, still brings peace when you can't find it anywhere keep on, keepin' on! You're doing better than you think you are! #facts #occupyallstreets also.. shout out to @brookeligertwood .. Roman has loved you, for a LONG TIME.. haha.. duet in the future!

Today!! Is the day I get to thank God for allowing me the honor of being married to @lauralentz for 14 YEARS! She is the best part of my life...our lives have changed a lot..But this smile, captured 15 years ago, has never I reflect? 4 things about marriage after 14 years of trial, error, wins, losses and A LOT of adventure..
1.)marriage is simple. But simple doesn't mean easy.. simply love, respect and honor how you want to be loved, respected and honored..can't live by the "silver rule" and expect gold in return!
2.)marriage is a choice. If you are still under the illusion that love is a feeling, feel this: it's not! It's a choice. Nobody "falls out of love." They choose to stop loving. Nobody falls out of a marriage. They choose to stay in it. Your wedding day vows are actually just daily choices disguised with overpriced cake and a DJ...a wedding is one day. Marriage is every day!
3.)marriage is war! Not against your spouse, but against your selfish nature. Every day THAT dies a little, is a day our marriage LIVES, a little more..
4.)marriage is "HOT".. should you choose to feed that fire! If a fire is losing heat, all you have to do is throw some new things on it, and it will burn again.. this particular fire? Has to be guarded, has to be cultivated and needs constant attention.. my wife needs warmth. I want to eliminate the need for her to have to visit any other fires, ever, by making sure "it's hot at home.." I'll leave that right there..
Lausie JAYNE? Thanks for being the easiest, most gracious person on earth, to be married too... you love Jesus more than me. Thank you for that. I can't pursue you, without pursuing Him...I love you, and I'm just getting to know you..I don't deserve you, but I sure am glad I get to do this life with you..Love you, girl... #callme #getatme #deangelo #forevermylady #cincodeLAURA #14

A sad day in NYC as a friend to many, @gregmarius1 passed away. He helped so many in the inner city, chose life over death for a very long time.. using basketball as a bridge..came to @hillsongnyc for as long as I can remember and allowed us to be the first and only church ever, to have a team in the iconic Harlem @ebcruckerpark "THE RUCKER"...the birth of the Hillsong Hustlers..that summer we put out a team w/ an all NBA starting 5, including KD, Kent BAZE, D LEE, JAY WILL, SCOTTY MACHADO, C. Smith..Greg told me "I'm glad it was our church that put the best team out there tonight.. that's how it should be.." I will miss Greg, and I'm reminded AGAIN to withhold no kind words, release all grudges and hug whenever possible.. this life vanishes too quickly.. #occupyallstreets love to @hannibal_ebc for introducing me long ago to this man.. love you.

My friend @cthagod has released his book "BLACK PRIVILEGE: OPPORTUNITIES COME TO THOSE WHO CREATE IT".. available now!! I'm inspired by his passion to speak OUT, when cultural pressure is causing many people to hold things IN..the added bonus of his genius title, is that my son asked what black privilege is...which opened up a conversation about what WHITE privilege is. These are conversations that need to happen! I am a believer that conversation is a leading conduit for CHANGE.. in all things! Thanks for stirring it up, CHARLAMAGNE..disclaimer: this book has "colorful language"...but in this black and white world? A little color never hurt anybody... #occupyallstreets #churchinthewild #readmore ALSO.. I only know two people from MONKS CORNER SOUTH CAROLINA... @cthagod and @stevenfurtick ... that place produces some serious legends! Somebody bottle the water... #sunstandstill #unqualified

EASTER!! A truly special day..When you find out what Jesus did, and who He did it FOR? The only reasonable response is to try to do everything you can, to help others see who He is.. Easter disclaimer: don't ask God to use you "as a bridge" if you are gonna complain that people walk all over you.. that, is the whole idea! The "message" is more important than the position, of the "messengers.." #aproblemcalledEASTER ... you are invited!! Sunday @hillsongnyc....
MANHATTAN: Hammerstein Ballroom 9/11/1/4/6/8.. NEW JERSEY: Wellmont theatre 9/11am... HILLSONG BOSTON: NEXT EASTER.. HILLSONG CONNECTICUT: NEXT EASTER ...
HILLSONGNYC BROOKLYN: NEXT EASTER... #occupyallstreets #churchinthewild #welcomehome #easterbunnyisstillcoolwithme

Im excited about this!!! TONIGHT on @owntv 10pm...@realjohngray & @grayceeme premier their new show, #TheBookofJohnGray... CHECK IT OUT! Before you know it, shows like this, that are full of amazing content, funny, positive and potentially life changing .. will be normal! But as it stands now, it's a rare and much needed intervention in the toxic world of television and culture... I love this couple, I'm proud of their bold stand about who Jesus is and I hope you check it out!! TONIGHT... #iwouldsayhesmytwinbuteverybodystolemyjoke #ebonyandivoryoriginals #johnisagiantskittle #occupyallstreets #especiallyhollywood #churchinthewild

One of the best ways to check the health of your soul, is to make sure the right things can still make you smile. Immediately! Our world is full of pain right now, but I'm thankful for Jesus.. we get to hold on to His promises, in the middle of it all... If you have never heard the gospel, if you struggle to smile in a season of pain, I'll see you @hillsongnyc .. your invited! We have 9 million services across this Easter weekend starting the words of my guy @kirkfranklin "some might ask the question, why do we sing.." I would love to give you that answer... see you soon!! #occupyallstreets #aproblemcalledeaster @becauseofthem thanks for this epic picture of JOY... shout out to @common for always being uncommon.. #churchinthewild #sameasiteverwas #watchthistentimesinarow

LOVE these two legends...and speaking of love...A wise man named Paul once said..."Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others,
isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end. Love never dies." If somebody says they "love you" but you don't SEE THESE THINGS? Gaurd your heart! If you have experienced love like this? Best thing you can ever do, is share it w/ as many people as you can... another wise man named Christopher Wallace said "spread love, it's the Brooklyn way.." May it be OUR way, day by day.. #occupyallstreets #aviatorsmountup #longerthetrafficlongerthecaption

This amazing person really touched my heart yesterday!! To hear him share his testimony boldly, how he has "overcome a few obstacles" and how he skates to pay honor to his friends that have passed away...inspires me to have more faith! I do believe I would be fast friends with absolute legend. Shout out to @martysmithespn for interviewing these athletes with the dignity and respect they are due... #occupyallstreets

THREE SPECIAL PEOPLE!! @lauralentz (the love of my life) and I are blessed to know this couple. @stevenfurtick @hollyfurtick are humble, passionate and they point people to Jesus. ALWAYS. We had the the chance to see their new worship album #thereisacloud recording @elevationchurch LIVE. It was special, and so is this album! It's out now, it will be a do your SOUL a favor and check it out!! #occupyallstreets #THEREISACLOUD

I love @hillsongnyc .. it's an honor to be a part of it, and I'm excited to be preaching at as many services as I can Tomm! This photo is one that represents a phrase you often hear at our church: the local church is not built on the talents of few, but the sacrifice of many. That includes literally thousands of amazing stories of faithful people who love Jesus and give all they have to serve others. It's one thing to pray or blog or "opine" about "revival" and what churches should be doing! That's easy. It's another thing to actually build a church in the middle of one.. it takes special people!! They dont quit when it's hard. Dont point fingers when it's time to take responsibility..worship when they don't feel like it...people who won't leave NYC they way they found it... and I'm CONSTANTLY inspired to press on w/ ppl like that! These two here, making cupcakes for our street teams to hand out? Meet Sondy, an amazing volunteer leader from South Africa with Imke, who is bravely battling cancer as I write this... her entire family is a blessing to our church, week in/week out and they serve and love others despite a very hard season of life to push through.. may we all occupy all streets, like these two!! Much love to church teams everywhere, doing what they can to reach who they's worth it!!#cantstopwontstop #churchinthewild #turnyourCLOCKSBACK #seeyousunday

I realize there is an insta flood of insta preaching and I love that! This is different though..because our @hillsongnyc creative gurus are hilarious and @therealmikeq is a quiet genius... MY POINT was that anything that God deems special? Will have a standard and boundary attached to it.. otherwise what is EXCEPTIONAL becomes COMMON...standards are not burdens! They are you @hillsongnyc ... shout out to @kanekeatinge for "always giving me props". Shout out to @coryfridayrobinson who once told me "Carl I'm BLACK. And I LOVE IT." #had2BEthere #occupyallstreets

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