Wednesday, August 22, 2007

In the Presence of God

Last night I had the most amazing experience. I was on my way to city ministry function. I had to drive an hour to get to the place that I had to be. The clouds were building and the sun was straining to shine out and around the clouds. I had my mind on the mission that I had to do in the evening. (we were making calls to try to get group cordinators for the upcomming Weekend To Remember conference.) So I was praying about that. I had the radio on and was listening to my favorite christian radio station. I was singing the songs and driving along. All of the sudden the streams of light came pouring from the clouds and the radio station started to play "praise you in the Storm" by Casting Crowns. I was so moved and filled with the spirit of God. I nearly wept as it swept through me. I felt so much at peace. I pulled off the road and just take in the moment. It was awesome! I love it when God does that..... It is so GOOD to be a child of the king. :)

"Praise You In This Storm"

I was sure by now

That You would have reached down

And wiped our tears awayStepped in and saved the day

But once again, I say "Amen",

and it's still raining

As the thunder rollsI barely hear

Your whisper through the rain"I'm with you"

And as Your mercy falls

I raise my hands and praise the God who gives

And takes awayI'll praise You in this stormA

nd I will lift my handsFor You are who You are

No matter where I amEvery tear I've cried

You hold in Your handYou never left my side

And though my heart is tornI will praise You in this storm

I remember whenI stumbled in the wind

You heard my cry

You raised me up again

My strength is almost gone

How can I carry onIf I can't find You

As the thunder rolls

I barely hear You whisper through the rain"I'm with you"

And as Your mercy falls

I raise my hands and praise the God who gives

And takes awayI lift my eyes unto the hills

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LordThe Maker of Heaven and Earth

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sermon Notes

As We mature in our walk with Christ, there are certain things we must do in order to grow. Today I took notes during church and wanted to share what I took home today. I love our pastor! He is such a good teacher.....

There are 6 topics.

1) Keep the Laws of the Lord.
Psalms 119 verses 1-8
1 [a] Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.

3 They do nothing wrong;
they walk in his ways.

4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.

5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!

6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.

7 I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.

8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.

2)Stay in Prayer

Luke 18 verse 1

The Parable of the Persistent Widow
1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

3)Praise and worship = Know that God is GOD!
and his word is true

Ephesians 5
1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

4) Fellowship with other christians = for encouragment and to be an encouragement to others.
Hebrew 10 verses 24 and 25
24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

5)Learn to Give
*we live in a society of takers. The focus is ME, Me, ME. god wants us to have a heart of GIVING and Love your Enemies

Luke 6 verses 27-31

27"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.

6) Evangelisim

Matthew 28 verses 16-20

16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

May you be blessed today and have a peaceful day of rest.
Serving Him with Gladness in my heart!