My Experience with IHOPKC

My Experience with IHOPKC

My name is Johnny Youssef and I am 29-years old. I moved to Kansas City to be a part of the International House of Prayer back in January 2009 when I attended a six-month internship called “onething”. I served at IHOPKC in some capacity for over 6 years. One of my roles was being the District Pastor for the Young Adults at the church. I wanted to share my story and experiences for several reasons; The main reason I decided to write this is because I have been asked numerous times from friends and relatives on my experience, especially after moving away, and I wanted to shed light on it. I pray that my writing will bring clarity and encouragement to you.

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An Open Letter To White People

An Open Letter To White People

There has been a rapid increase of racial tension in our nation. Whether it’s the recent police shootings, Rachel Dolezal scandal, Ben Affleck’s ancestors controversy, or San Francisco’s policy that does not turn illegal immigrants to federal officials which lead to the death of a young woman by a criminal, we can all agree that the tension is high. Even pop culture has been vocal about those tensions with MTV’s new documentary “White People”. This is what each white person should know and non-white person should consider:

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The 3 Things I learned From The Death Of A Loved One

The 3 Things I learned From The Death Of A Loved One

I am writing this 20,000 feet in the sky as I am on a plane heading back to see my family. Unfortunately, I am on my way to my grandma’s funeral. Her death has deeply affected me these past few days. Just two weeks ago, I was sitting with her having a conversation while she was completely conscious. I have been thinking about grief and what I can learn from losing a loved one. Here are three lessons that the death of a loved one is teaching me:

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3 Fascinating Lessons To Learn From The “Pokémon Go” Phenomenon

3 Fascinating Lessons To Learn From The “Pokémon Go” Phenomenon

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook stating that I didn’t care to know about the new app “Pokémon Go” game. 12-hours later, I found myself downloading the app after a friend convinced me to get it while he was taking me to the airport to catch a flight. Once I arrived at the airport, I downloaded the app and few hours later, I landed in Kansas City and with very little sleep, I found myself walking around the city with friends playing the game. I was fascinated by how, in just few days, a game on a phone had the power to get millions to join and be worth billions of dollars. So, I looked up some scientific research and I asked several players, “why do you like it?” Here are 3 fascinating lessons to learn from the “Pokémon Go” phenomenon:

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Why You Should Stop Taking And Talking About The Myers-Briggs (And Other Personality Tests)

Why You Should Stop Taking And Talking About The Myers-Briggs (And Other Personality Tests)

The Myers-Briggs is one of the most used and trusted personality tests out there. Recently, social media has been flooded with posts and blogs discussing the different personality types. Even though personality tests can be helpful in learning about yourself and others, tests like that are causing confusion and damage. You should seriously consider not discussing personality types if it will cause one of the following results:

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The (Only) 3 Responses Christians Should Have For The Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

The (Only) 3 Responses Christians Should Have For The Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

Yesterday marked a historical day in the United States where the  U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Just minutes after the decision, social media was flooded with millions of posts. My Facebook feed has never been so eclectic; Many Christians are expressing their frustrations and concerns and many other Christians are celebrating the news. If an Atheist looks at my feed, they would probably say something like “Christians are bipolar” or “You guys don’t even know what you believe in”; and I don’t blame them. After some thoughts, I believe those are the 3 right responses Christians should have:

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How I Traveled to 5 Countries for $941.39

How I Traveled to 5 Countries for $941.39

I have always wanted to travel to Europe but the biggest discouragement was being told that traveling is expensive. Few years ago, I did my research and discovered that the biggest myth that will stop you from traveling is that it is expensive. I was able to travel to 5 countries (Ireland, England, Spain, Italy, France) for two weeks and the total I spent for flights, housing, food, and everything else was $941.39. Below are the steps I took, if you follow them, you can travel to almost anywhere very affordably:

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5 Simple Steps to Become a Better Public Speaker

5 Simple Steps to Become a Better Public Speaker

Traditionally, public speaking was only for a few select. It was for television hosts, pastors, event speakers and others who worked their way to earn it. However, there has been a greater demand and expectations on more people to publicly speak. In addition, the internet has created a platform for anyone to be a public speaker. More local entrepreneurs are being invited to share their experiences at startup meetings, more employees are expected to give presentations on regular basis, and church goers are asked to share their stories on videos or at events. Public speaking has always been uncomfortable for me but it was necessary due to my heavy involvement in real estate and a church ministry. I have had the opportunity to speak at city council meetings, neighborhood meetings, church services, and television interviews. Through trial and error, following the steps below have tremendously improved my public speaking skills and made me more comfortable doing it. They are a list of 5 “P’s” that I go over before any speaking engagements:

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7 Habits Christians In Ministry Need To Quit

7 Habits Christians In Ministry Need To Quit

People in full-time ministry have transformed most of our lives in a direct or indirect way. Whether it was your youth pastor that took you out to coffee weekly or a stranger in the mission field that inspired you to help the poor through social media. A lot of good things happen because of those who choose to give their lives to serve others and make a positive impact. Unfortunately, being in full-time ministry has its disadvantages. Below are a list of negative habits that Christians can fall into, especially those in full-time ministry:

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