The songs this morning remind us that no mater what is happening here on earth God is still Lord of all. He was, since the beginning of time and always will be – so we need not fear. It is this truth we must hold onto and reflect to the world through this uncertain time.
God has the power to change us; individuals, families and communities. When we are open to Him amazing things can happen. Let us ask Him to move amongst us now so that the world can see His love through us.
The desire for the world to know God should burn in us like a fire and should be reflected in the way we live – what we chase and what we hold on to. What does the world sees when they look at us?
The inspiration for this hymn is the story of Jacob fleeing from his brother. While in the wilderness he had a dream where he saw angels going up and down a ladder to heaven. The old Testament says, ” ‘then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.”
As the Deer
Marty Nystrom’s roommate at CFNI was a vibrant Christian who challenged Marty to go on a fast, thinking it would help him recover his joy. Marty took up the challenge, and on the nineteenth day of the fast, he found himself sitting at the piano in a room of the school, trying to write a song. He was simply playing chord progressions when he noticed a Bible on the music stand of the piano, open to Psalm 42. His eyes fell on the first verse of that chapter. After reading the verse he began to sing its message, right off the page. He wrote the first verse and the chorus of a song, practically straight through. The entire song was completed in a matter of minutes.
Because He Lives I Can Face Tomorrow
Shortly after baby was born, both Bill and Gloria Gaither remembered that the power of the blessed Holy Spirit seemed to come to their aid. Christ’s resurrection, in all of its power and affirmation in their lives, revitalized their thinking. To Gloria, it was life conquering death in their daily activities. Joy once again dominated the fearful circumstances of the day.
This week we’re taking a look at another story which happened shortly after Jesus came back to life. You can read it in – John 21.
Peter and the Big Breakfast
This story highlights Jesus’ love and forgiveness which are joyfully celebrated in two of our songs – So Great is Jesus’ Love and Your Love. Jesus also calls Peter to follow him (again) – a task that would ultimately be very costly for Peter. Yet Peter loves Jesus and chooses to follow him no matter what.
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me, has been popular in our English congregation lately. I think Peter might have related to it as well. It highlights what Jesus has done for us on the cross, and what Jesus continues to do in our lives as we follow him, no matter what challenges we face.