SWC Life

Passion week

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.”  Read more

What if?

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?

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“Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up, Lord

Come and quench this thirsting of my soul

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.

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Come and go with me…

“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!

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.


A Call to Prayer

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (KJV)

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;

First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, 2 for [a]kings First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This [kind of praying] is good and acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (AMP)

If there was ever a time to “call the watchman” it is now.  We have our precious Pastor ministering in some very dark places.  We know that he is a “sent one” and has Gods authority to minister to all that He encounters, however, we have the privilege of being His back up in prayer.   His schedule is booked heavily with pastoral conferences and street ministry.  “ Father, we plead the Blood of Jesus Christ over Pastor and the team as they bring the Word of Life and Freedom to those in bondage. Give  strength and wisdom for those who are ministering to such deep need.  We pray for encouragement and courage for hearts who are beginning their personal walk with you, Jesus.  Father we know we have no real understanding of the darkness they face but we do know that you are LIGHT AND  LIFE.  Pastor Chris and the team are sent to penetrate the darkness  and proclaim your authority and power.  Encourage, strengthen and refresh  them.

Here at home, the need for prayer is so vital.  God has allowed President Trump to hold this place of power and authority.  Pray for peace and freedom from oppression both foreign and domestic.   The Church must answer the challenge to support  in prayer those in all positions of authority.  Father, we pray for wisdom and courage for each one, may they seek you for help and listen. Holy Spirit, protect and guide those who hold this overwhelming responsibility to govern this Country under God.

Our God is an awesome God, He reigns with power and might.


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