Pastor’s message on Sunday was so encouraging and very memorable, (especially the ladder illustration). When Michael Anderson came to support Pastor on the top of the ladder, there was a huge sigh of relief and the added illustration was very meaningful . (When reaching out in Hope, take someone with you, maybe a Prayer Partner) Hope now has a fresh meaning for me. It had seemed to me to be a prelude to faith, but now it’s like what generates the move toward living active faith. Hope no longer feels “the least” in the trinity of Faith, Hope and Love to me.
What I am sharing this week comes from Graham Cooke’s book, Beholding and Becoming.
For me it’s difficult to see the pain and suffering that Jesus experienced, but there is precious insight to be revealed in His sorrow and pain.
Graham writes, “Worship is a multifaceted thing , there many different frequencies; Thanksgiving, Adoration, High Praise, Warfare praise, and Lamentations. Lamentations is the most powerful form of worship, but we rarely talk about it. God loves lamentations because it is the only worship that we can do in the absolute reality of where we are. We cannot hide anything in lamentation, and God doesn’t ask us to. In our lives, there are times when our situation is inescapable. A loved one dies; our grief is powerful and absolute. We cannot put our issue and feelings aside.”
What if the prayer I have been praying doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere?
What if I asked someone else to pray for my request, someone who may have been in this same position and is more aware of God’s interest and involvement?
What if my prayers for someone else gave me hope and faith for my own needs?
What if more than one of us prayed for the same thing, would it have greater effect?
What if I’m not sure that I am praying according to God’s will?
“Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up, Lord
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole”
Thirst is an indication that you need water, and one of the symptoms of dehydration. Other symptoms can be dizziness, confusion, and weakness. Of course, the cure is to drink water.
“Come and go with me to my Fathers’ house.” Remember that old song? With this new series Pastor is teaching on Heaven, I remember how we use to sing about heaven and meeting our relatives on that beautiful shore. I think as we get closer to the return of our wonderful Lord Jesus we should get excited about discovering what He has prepared for us to enjoy with Him and all those who call on Him; Lord Jesus, Master, Savior, King of Kings, Lord of Lord, Lamb of God,
Beloved ….It’s an abiding truth that when you “turn your eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face, the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
As we think about our Heavenly Home and realize that we are designed for ‘glory” and the beauty and perfection of Heaven, we can understand why we are uncomfortable with all the discord, ugly behavior and condition of some of our surroundings. The Lord knows firsthand and understands about all that we encounter, because He experienced it all when He walked among us. However, “Because He lives, we can face tomorrow, “ with joy and great expectations.
As we learn more about what the Bible says about Heaven, it gives us great hope and information to share with friends and family. We all know we are going somewhere when we die, but where? Thank you Jesus, You have prepared a place for us more beautiful and more exciting than anything we could even imagine. No more fluffy clouds and harps, but incredible beauty, and a totally fulfilling existence. God’s family living in harmony, enjoying fellowship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit and all the rest of His incredible creation.
Thank you Lord, for all the new people last Sunday. Let’s keep praying and inviting.
Oh, for Heaven Sakes!
As a child I heard this a lot and have yet to figure out what it meant. I guessed it was frustration because of something I did wrong or didn’t do. Now, I wonder if they even knew what they were expressing.
Heaven is a subject we are fascinated with but don’t really know a lot about. It’s a very important subject because it has to do with our eternal life. Like most people we saw pictures of clouded and angles and we wondered and thought “lovely but boring. Have you ever had someone ask “will my pet go to heaven”, or will I know my family in heaven? “ Did you know how to answer them?
Heaven is where we all believe we will be going, so why don’t we know more about it? Good question. Pastor Chris will be teaching us what the Bible tells us about our heavenly home. The enemy I believe works overtime to keep us from the revelation of God’s perfect provision. God’s original creation was pretty spectacular and I think our next habitation will be beyond our imagination, as it reflects His love and personal concern for each one of His blood bought children.
This subject of Heaven is one that everyone is interested and a wonderful opportunity to invite people to come to hear what Pastor will be sharing. Also there are the three home groups that will be gathering to give opportunity for people to ask question and share on a more personal level .
Kinworthy Group SWC Campus
Damante Group 56th Street and Greenway area
Stultz Group Tempe (cross streets Scottsdale Rd and McDowell)
(Please see contact the church office for address details)
Let’s continue to pray for Pastor Chris as he finishes his ministry in India and travels his 22 hour trip home.