March 26, 2010
This Wednesday evening at 5:30, I walked in to our regular prayer meeting in the Lighthouse. Dan Reed was reading to the group from Psalm 62:11, “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving.” We took a few minutes to talk about God’s strength and love before we began to pray. As our prayer time continued, Sarita Menon came in and joined us. When we finished praying, Sarita said that the Lord had put a Scripture on her heart. She quoted Psalm 62:11 to us.
There are thousands of Scriptures in the Bible. It really got my attention when I realized that both Dan and Sarita had the same scripture on their hearts. The Lord is strong and the Lord is loving. I want to be strong when strength is necessary; and I want to be loving at all times. We all face decisions that require strength and love. These are not mutually exclusive, but complementary attributes of the Lord given to each of us.
This week I am working on my Easter sermon and Lance will bring us a special Palm Sunday message called “Hosanna in the Highest” from Matthew 21:1-11. I hope you will be in prayer for our services and come ready to engage in worship with your whole heart.
March 11, 2010
I had my sermon all finished yesterday afternoon, which is earlier than normal for me. Then last night the Lord gave me a dream about a supernatural experience; so I’m back at work today on a revised message for Sunday called “Lessons from the Supernatural” from Mark 5:21-43.
There are two miracles described in this passage. This week we are going to look at the crisis of Jarius. Jarius’ daughter was dying, so in desperation he went to appeal to Jesus to come to his house and heal her.
Crises come to each of us at different times in life. What happens to us in these circumstances shapes our lives, our faith and our future.
Kristina and I took a hike this week to look at the wildflowers blooming in the desert. As we walked, we began talking about some of the experiences that have been the highlights of our lives. Besides special family memories, some of the most significant experiences of my life have been supernatural encounters with the Lord. I want to welcome the ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life as well as in Living Streams.
This Sunday, as we gather to worship, I hope we will encounter the Lord and see truths that will help us understand the supernatural work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit can take our futile efforts, or our crisis, and transform the situation into a blessing we can celebrate for a lifetime.