Saturday, February 14, 2009

House of Worship

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. “ John 4:23-24

At the last House of Worship, I was really blessed when a young man from the music band told us the serious health problem his sister faces. Despite the fact that he had just learned about this the day before, he glorified God by worshiping and thanking Him. This fact blessed me so much because it reminded me what God says in his Word: that we should glorify Him through the difficulties as well as when things are going as we want. When He is our shelter, we can face and handle every difficulty and attack from the enemy.

I was extremely blessed by the last weekend’s House of Worship.
The sweet presence of the Lord was evident as people’s hearts were touched by what was shared and by the music that was presented to the Lord as an offering.
I was especially encouraged by the time that we spent together as a team before the gathering. We had a wonderful time of sharing from the Word and then two team members shared about the journey the Lord is leading them on at this particular time in their lives.
During the program we heard a report from the team that went on a missions trip to Uganda last summer. They shared about the experiences on their trip and encouraged their peers to go with them next summer. For years HM has been trying to get Greeks interested in missions and now, all of a sudden, we have Greeks telling their peers to go. Praise the Lord for this wonderful new development!
I was also greatly encouraged after the event, when I was able to share HM’s vision of internet radio with several Greek men and women. For the first time in a long time, young Greeks are expressing a real desire to be part of such a ministry. Please pray for dedicated young people who will commit to working towards this new, very important, ministry.

House of Worship: Let it Rain…
On Sunday afternoon, January 25, 2009, I made my way downtown to the Hall for our special House of Worship event. As I was walking, I put my slick coat and umbrella to good use and hummed the song “Let it Rain” to myself for obvious reasons. This chorus became very meaningful to me as the day continued on.
There was fervent prayer for the new, out of the ordinary timing for a House of Worship gathering. Help your children know that worship is all of life, God. Let an awesome sense of communion and fellowship rain down on your family of believers.
There were passionate prayers of healing for a dear sister who recently learned of her cancer diagnosis. Let your healing power rain down on your daughter, Lord God, so that her healthy life will bring glory to Your Name.
There was a variety of music offered up by those You have blessed with amazing talent, God. Let the beautiful melodies reign in our hearts all week long, uniting and harmonizing our souls together with a sense of peace found only in You.
There were servant hands and feet moving all over the place to help set up, serve food, clean up, and ensure the highest quality of musical sound. Dear God, let your pleasure in the selfless work of your children rain down a sense of joy in their hearts for the opportunity to be blessed in giving of themselves.
Thank you, God, for letting it rain – for opening the floodgates of heaven and pouring out your love, mercy, joy and peace on the hearts of your children. Now open the floodgates of heaven over all of Greece, Lord, and let your life-giving truth reign in every heart.

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