Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Love Deeply

Written by Bunni Pounds

Within the Body of Christ - we have two choices - will we love deeply like Jesus or back away in fear?

In these last days when people are more broken, more insecure, more in need of acceptance and compassion than ever, will we be the ones who run away from relationships or bring them near?

God has been speaking to us as the Body a lot about being sons and daughters in the last few years - but the question being asked now is - how will those sons and daughters respond to each other within the family of God? Will we love each other deeply?

This is the question I was asked last night by God as I sat in a chair being sung over at a worship service - Are you still willing to love? Are you willing to continue to love deeply like the spiritual mother that you are?

I was sitting at the Christ for the Nations Institute auditorium last night remembering the dreams that I had for my life twenty-two years ago when I graduated from that Bible school.

In 1994 - I wanted to be used by God, I want to go to the nations, I wanted to be a giver, I wanted to be a radical worshipper, and I wanted to make an impact on people's lives.

As I sat there last night in 2016 - I realized that I am deeply fulfilled - I am being used within our church, my business, my community, and my family. I get the privilege to go to the nations and will be going more in the years to come. Our family is in a great place almost debt free completely - even our house - and we love to give. I still love to sit at the piano and sing to thirty people or sing in front of hundreds my love songs and worship songs to Jesus. Even in the midst of my hectic work and career, Jesus has been faithful to continue to draw me back to him week after week, month after month, and year after year. He keeps me focused. Tim and I are making an impact - though there are days where we wonder where the fruit is.

Last night I was reminded that if we are faithful to the seed that God puts in us - that it will bear fruit.

My "problem" this year is that all my "fruit" is leaving me. I am having a hard time with it to be honest! When you love people deeply - like your son (who runs off to Romania - after I took him there), your spiritual parents (who left for Israel), your best friends (in Jerusalem, South Dakota, and other places), your worship partner and dear friend - and God calls them to another location - it is difficult. I am struggling! Let me be honest.

Yesterday, I cried and cried feeling quite selfish at moments and heartbroken in other moments.

But then He spoke - the voice of the Lord broke through the noise of the pain and spoke this to me.

Are you willing to LOVE?
Are you willing to continue to love deeply?
Are you willing to still be a spiritual mother?
Will you sign up again to shepherd and love unconditionally?

To love deeply hurts.
It can be lonely sometimes.
When you sow your life into others - it is eternal.
Are you willing to sow into eternity?
When you sow your love, your tears, your prayers into others - it is worth it!

When you love deeply - the love that you have given away becomes crowns at My feet.
When you walk the narrow road that FEW are willing to walk, you will be fulfilled and are giving Me so much glory.

It is easier for people to not love.
It is easier to remain distant - to not be transparent with people.
It is easier to not fully give them your heart, but when you do are stealing from them what I have given You.
I have given you My deep love to be given away.
Will you steal My love from them?
I am a giving God and I have made you a giving person.
I gave my ALL. Remember My sacrifices.
I left my father and mother - I left the people that I loved. I laid down My life.
Do you want to really be like Me and walk like Me?

Continue to LOVE deeply.
Continue to give ALL.
Give your love away freely.
It is how I love.
I love deeply.
I need you to love like I love. 
Don't stop.  - JESUS

Enough said.

What choice do I have but to LOVE deeply?

It is who I am. I am in Him. God is LOVE.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Woe to Me If I do not Preach the Gospel - Romania #2

By Bunni Pounds

"Yes, woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For it I do this willingly, I have a reward......" (1 Corinthians 9)

As we arrived back to the United States from a life changing trip to Romania, I have been meditating on the beauty of Jesus and how the simplicity of His story transforms people's lives. 

To be able to preach this incredible good news around the world is the greatest privilege on earth. I might work in politics, event planning, and fundraising but at the core of my being - I am a minister of the gospel of Jesus and I am so thankful that God allows me to walk out my calling to love people, teach and preach the Word of God, and to pray and give into the harvest fields. 

On Thursday night after four days of loving on students, seeing our team lead worship, teach, encourage, and exhort - I was able to teach through the message I have lived in the last three years out of John 17 - the High Priestly prayer of Jesus. For about an hour, I went through it in sections as I poured out Jesus' longing and passion for us and my own desire to "be where He is". 

The eyes in the room were alive with revelation as God opened our eyes again to His desire for us. We gazed at Him with the eyes of our hearts and His glory filled the room. It was thick - so thick. No one needed a human vessel to touch them because Jesus was touching us. He was beautiful.

One of the older students told me afterwards that as I knelt on the floor and we waited on God that He saw a vision of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all gathered together and they had this giant scroll of history in front of them and they unrolled it in front of us and we saw for the first time the WHY behind the suffering and pain on this earth. We saw Jesus walking beside people with tears running down His face as He walked us through our own stories and our own pains and the way He walked us through it all. 

During the service right after this student saw this vision (though I didn't know about it at the time), I started singing prophetically on the microphone about the beautiful face of Jesus and the healing of our hearts from pain. I then spoke that God was opening our eyes to see the pain of history, even our own personal histories through His eyes of love. We sat there humbly before Him in a presence that I can't even describe. It was one of the highlights of my trip because I knew Jesus was awakening people's hearts and that many had never seen Him quite like this before. I pray that night yields much fruit when it comes to intimacy with Jesus in the hearts of everyone in that room.

About 3 weeks before we left for Romania, I found out that Ronald Wolthuis was inviting us to come to spend a few days in Reghen with his ministry to the Gypsies and that he wanted me to preach Sunday morning at his gypsy church.  I was so humbled by the invitation but it caused me to press in even more to Jesus for His love for people. 

When Ronald visited our house a few years ago in the US, he told me and Tim stories of guest speakers who had preached at his church and how the gypsies could sense that the person preaching didn't really love them. When that happened, they would get on their phones or even worse pick up and leave. The fear of not being genuine and not fully loving these people was in my thoughts every day and I sought God and asked Him to give me a word just for these beautiful people. 

I have always struggled to truly understand the deep pain in people's hearts when it comes to abuse, fatherlessness, or horrible injustices.  I have never experienced any of that - having a wonderful father, a family who protected me, and a country who has given me great freedom and opportunity -  but when I started examining my own life I realized at some level (much smaller in comparison to them) I had felt rejection from leaders, I had walked through betrayal, and  I had been looked over for a job or a promotion. In the natural, I couldn't possibly understand the rejections that the gypsy people experienced even by their own governments and families but Jesus knew their pains. 

The beautiful story of the cruxification kept coming up in my heart and mind and I kept meditating on all the pain that Jesus experienced - rejection by His community leaders, betrayal by one of His best friends for money,  and the shame and humiliation of being stripped naked and hung on a cross. 

Jesus knew their pains. He understood their heart cries.

As we toured the mud gypsy homes on Saturday, saw the little children running around with no shoes and no supervision, and saw the mounds of trash built up because the government wouldn't  provide them any trash receptacles, I felt the compassion of Jesus and I kept hearing Him say in my ears- I understand this pain - I have enough compassion for the both of us. 

When I looked around in the auditorium of the beautiful Gypsy people, I saw Jesus' face loving them, telling them that He understood their pain, and that one day He would wipe away every tear from their eyes;  but in the mean time He wuld walk with them and love them in the midst of their circumstances. 

So that is what I preached and tried to communicate......and their eyes were glued to mine as from the stage I laid out Jesus' love in detail. It was one of the greatest privileges of my life. 

I gave the call at the end of the message that if this was the first time they were seeing into His beautiful face and seeing His love for them and that if they wanted to follow Him for the rest of your life, I asked them to stand up. 

One young man in the front stood up boldly, visibly impacted by the love of God. It was an honor to lead him to Jesus that day and tell him that God knew all the bad things that he had done but he was being cleansed in that moment by the greatest cleansing agent in the world - the blood of Jesus. 

When I think about what makes my heart sing and gives me the greatest sense of purpose in my life - I go back to my original calling when I was 18 years old - to preach and teach the Word of God. 

At age 41, I am finally at the place where I don't care where I go, who I know, or what I am doing as long as I am able to be myself and share the Word. This is what makes my eyes sparkle and my heart sing. 

Whether I am sharing with a Member of Congress or a young Gypsy man in Romania - woe to me if I am not able to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this is my true fulfillment in life and my greatest reward. 

Everything we do is birthed out of what we see as our callings in life. As I go into 2016 - even as I am starting a new company, raising up leaders, and helping people in the political world - my heart is in one direction - to disciple the nations, to be salt and light, and in every opportunity that is given to me - to preach the beautiful gospel of Jesus from the hallways of the Capitol, the streets of Austin, or the gypsy villages of Romania.  

What is your calling? What makes your heart sing? What motivates you to get up in the morning? Is it a God inspired idea? 

Then don't be afraid to step out and live it out in 2016. Preach the gospel through your life. 


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Three Years - Who We Really Are (Romania Blog #1)

By Bunni Pounds
Three years ago when I came to Romania, I was a different person than I am today. Today I am bolder, more confident, and walking in more authority than I was then. I love people a little deeper, endure a little longer, and pray a little harder, but one thing I know - much of what is manifesting in my life now has been birthed out of what I have learned here in this place- Romania.

The Romanian Prayer Room

Prayer is everything. Dependence on God is everything. What I learned in a Romanian prayer room three years ago is even more solidified in my heart today - nothing will change our nation, our leaders, or our government but prayer. For those of us who work in the middle of government- we understand a little more clearer that all men lack wisdom unless God gives it to them. The problems of our nation are so large and the solutions needed are so gigantic that apart from God's intervention, they will not get solved, but God.... That is the only answer. But God has a plan and His plan is worked out through His people. We are His praying people. 

Today in a Romanian prayer room, thirty of us petitioned God for this nation, for the power of communism that still has its roots in the government system to fail, and for God to raise up the godly and the upright who fear Him to places of authority. We prayed for a shaking and for everything to fall that wasn't in line with His will. We knelt on our knees with our palms out in unity and did the most important thing we can do - we sought the Living God for this city and this nation. 

The Body of Christ are the ones who are called to pray, to ask, to petition, and to change things around us. When we walk into a room the atmosphere changes because the Almighty God of the Universe walks in with us. We are the ones who are really in charge concerning the integrity of our nation.  We are the ones with the true power - we have been called by His name, we are His.

Love is Never Wasted

When we plant seeds of love and acceptance into the hearts of people, those are never wasted moments. We have to rest knowing that conversations, hugs, or prophetic words produce so much in the heart of people who are hungry for Jesus. We just have to pray that our words fall on good soil. 

This Bible school in Cluj is such good soil. These young people are so passionate for change, revelation, and true life. it is beautiful the effects of five minute words, prayers, and hugs.

I have had several people say the words "when you were here last time, you changed my life." Of course I have no power to change anyone's life - but Jesus does through me. Jesus is the rock star! He puts His love in our hearts as His people to love others with His eternal love. 

The love that I feel for these kids is supernatural. It is so overwhelming. I can see who God has created for them to be. I can see their tender hearts toward God and it makes me want to propel them into the future with power. Love like this is never wasted- it is a gift to cherish. I want to continue to love deeply and I have been renewed in this vision already while I have been here. Love is worth giving away.

The Prophetic is a Gift to Be Treasured

Paul said for us to desire to prophecy. Already on this trip, I am thankful for this prophetic gift in my life that gets stirred up by love. I operate in it here as well in the US but something powerful happens when the compassion of Jesus moves. I see things, I can feel people's hearts and see them the way God sees them, and I have words for people from time to time. When I come here this gift in me goes into overdrive. I see so clearly the hearts of people and the love of the Father for them. It blows my mind. 

Tonight I ministered to many people, a young man who I knew was called to be an intercessory and a trumpet for this nation. He had such a tender heart toward God. Afterwards I found out that his sister was one of the worship leaders. He is a precious soul. 
I couldn't keep my heart from going out to one young man with a bushy beard, a humble spirit, and burning eyes. I just kept seeing him like Matthew the tax collector leaving all to follow Jesus and never looking back. I saw how much he loved God and God's pleasure for his heart. I saw his love was so deep that he was going to be able to reach hard people that no one wanted to reach or go to. 

He wept with the sweetest little tears running down his face as I told him all of these things in his heart. The tears fell into his straggly beard and I loved him even more. He then told me his story that he had just gotten born again less than two years ago, that his family didn't know God, and that he never doubted the love of God. He had been captured by the burning eyes of love from Jesus. He felt called to reach people in prisons or addicts.

It is powerful when God speaks words of affirmation over people through the prophetic. His love touches their hearts because they have a revelation that He sees them and He knows them. It is beautiful and we as prophetic people get to experience God's pleasure on us as vessels of His love poured out. It is priceless!

I ministered to a young girl who I told by the Spirit that God was so pleased with her compassionate heart and that He was going to teach her how to communicate her heart to others so they would understand. I then told her that I saw her loving "the least of these" like orphans. She told me after she cried that she just got a job and that she is a fundraiser in social services helping raise money for orphans. She had felt like she couldn't do the job but after this word she was encouraged that God was empowering her.

Another woman, I prophesied to her about how smart she was and how she was a giver. Found out that she was an accountant for a major company and that she had been so encouraged by my message the night before on God putting people into the marketplace strategically. God is so good! 

I love the prophetic and to be used by God. The cool thing is that God loves it even more. He loves to surprise people and lavish them with His love. I am thankful that He sees people through me and causes my eyes to be open to them. I want to operate in this love gift more and more specially in my own home town. It is time to know again who I am.

Romania is a special place. These leaders are special people here but the same God who is here is with us as well in the United States. 

Wherever you are right now know that your prayers are powerful, love is never wasted and He sees you clearly today. 

I am not the person I was three years ago and I am not the person I will be three years from now. All I know is that I can't wait another three years to come back here. When we move and obey God, we feel His pleasure and His presence. This is life eternal that we know Him and walk with Him.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Prayer Today at the National Day of Prayer

Prayer given by Bunni Pounds at the National Day of Prayer in Garland

Father God –

Today we pause together as One Body in Christ to seek you for our city, our state, and our nation.  As our key scripture this year says – we pray these words back to You - Hear the cry and the prayer that your servants are praying in your presence this day. We are in desperate need of you in our lives individually and collectively in this city and in America. To think that we can do anything without prayer is just pride and self-reliance speaking, so we want to start first by acknowledging our need for You in our lives and the lives of our families. We need you!

Today for just an hour, we pause and acknowledge our utter need for Your movement in our lives. This city can’t function without Your power. Everything that we have or are able to accomplish is because of Your grace upon our lives. We honor Your Name today and speak the name of Jesus over our city – Garland.


God, we want to thank you for your protection over our citizens and our law enforcement officers this last Sunday. Thank you for the brave men and women who stand throughout this city watching out for us and protecting us. We ask today for your divine power to be with them. We ask today for your hand of protection over our police officers, our fire fighters, our emergency personnel, and our military. We thank you for the call of God upon their lives to do what they do and we stand with them today asking for your favor, wisdom, and power to be with them every day and every hour.

We pray against this move of terrorism and violence in our nation. We know nothing can change the lives of people controlled by evil except your intervention in their lives, so we pray for a mighty move of salvation, revelation, and repentance over every person who would desire to do us harm in this city and around our nation. Change hearts and minds today by YOUR POWER.   Deliver us from EVIL. 

As Psalm 144 says, You, God, are our loving kindness and our fortress, our high tower and our deliverer, our shield and the One in whom we take refuge, You subdue the people.
You are our TRUE SAFETY.  We run into You for our safety today – into Your love, into your protection, and into your stability.
Drive FEAR out of this city, we pray. We will not be a city that lives in FEAR, but a city that leans on You for our courage and our strength.

We pray the first few verses of Psalms 91 over our city.
That He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. We will say of the Lord, “He is our refuge and our fortress; Our God, in Him we will trust.”
God – we also take one more moment to stand in prayer for the people of Israel. You said to pray for the peace of Jerusalem that we would prosper as we lift them up before your throne. Jesus, You wept over your people as you looked over the city and desired to gather them like a mother hen gathers her chicks. Your love for the Jewish people consumes your heart even now as you stand as the great Intercessor at the right hand of the Father, so we pray for Israel – this miracle nation and her people. It is a miracle that in only 1948 the Jewish people finally had a place to call HOME, so we pray for safety, security, and peace for this land as they are surrounded on every side and even within by enemies who seek to destroy them. We pray for these Israeli families, their young people going into the IDF, and their political leaders. We pray for you to move all across Israel with the revelation of who You are. We pray for their hearts to be enlightened and their eyes to be open to the great Prince of Peace, their Messiah, Jesus. We pray for our nation – America – to continue to stand strong and to continue to stand with our most important ally in the world – Israel.
Again Father – we are in desperate need of your intervention in our nation and our lives. We yield to the work that you want to do here IN us today, in our city, and in our nation. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servants are praying in your presence this day.
In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Why Christians Should Support Israel

By Mike Lambert

1. Israel is the only social democracy in the Middle East.

2. Israel supports freedom of religion for Jews, Moslems, and Christians.

3. Israel protects the holy sites of all three religions - the dome of the rock is controlled by Moslems.

4. Israel is an American military ally in the Middle East.

5. As Christians, we want the blessings of God.

Genesis 12:3 says, "And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curse thee; and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed."

6. We owe gratitude to this nation for our faith. Paul recorded in Romans 15:27 - for if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.

What has Israel given to Christians?

a) The Sacred Scriptures - Old and New Covenant
b) The Prophets
c) The Patriarchs
d) Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Christ of Nazareth
e) The Apostles

7. Jesus was a JEW. Jesus never denied His Jewishness. He was born Jewish. He was circumcised on the eighth day in keeping with Jewish tradition. He had his Bar Mitzvah on his 13th birthday. He kept the law of Moses. He wore the prayer shawl Moses commanded all Jewish men to wear. He died on a cross with an inscription over His head reading "King of the Jews!"

8. We, as Christians, are commanded to pray "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee." (Psalm 122:6)

9. Israel was created by an act of God. The royal land grant that was given to Abraham and his seed through Israel and Jacob with an everlasting and unconditional covenant. (Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-18, 15:1-21, 17:4-8, 22:15-18, 26:1-5 and Psalm 89:28-37).

If you would like to know more about Israel and the biblical response for Christians - we would love for you to come to our full day seminar on the topic on June 27th.