You know this morning as the worship team came to rehearse I look behind me and along side of me and was overwhelmed with the team that God has put together. They are talented musicians and singers! They are team players, they get the vision…but most of all, they love God so much that each week that give up countless hours to rehearse and prepare for the Audience on One!
I also know they are real! They live real lives with real problems, pains, struggles and hurts. And we are on a journey together, myself included in that!!!! So when we sing a song like “A Little More Jesus” we can relate to it…as Jake said this morning we are human. All on a journey…but do not think you will ever complete that journey! It is ongoing!
I say that because as I challenged us all this morning in the worship moment that we all have a responsibility from the great commission…we all have a responsibility to connect people to Jesus Christ! It’s a mix of what we all sang about today! Getting strength from God and taking a risk with others!
I dream of a church where we all look behind us and along side of us as we strive to connect people to Jesus Christ and build His kingdom!
“Reaching out Your Hand
As Your people call”
“I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms”
“Precious God into Your arms
Without blame I come
Your blood has saved us all”
“There’s a place
Where mercy reigns
And never dies”
“There is no shadow
Of turning with Thee”
Words of truth, words of hope, words of wisdom, words of strength…just when you think you have had more than you can take these words give you courage to move on.
WE ALL NEED A LITTLE MORE JESUS!
“So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
An when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus You’re my hope and stay”
Those words just keep going through my head! You know some times it truly does feel like we do “feel our way through the darkness” don’t we! And its like we cry out to God “I WANT TO SEE YOU GOD!!!!”
As we walk with the Lord the journey is not always easy, we make our way through what we think is darkness not knowing exactly where we are going or where He is taking us! But we do know this one thing, that with our eyes focused on Him, His grace abounds, He is sovereign, and HE WILL NOT FAIL US!
He has helped in the past, He will help now, and He will help in the future! We must have hope, we must persevere!!!!!
Well summer is drawing to a close and I have to say it has been a summer that was very different than what I had expected. I anticipated it to be very HOT, I anticipated to have a lot of time to plan and prepare for the fall season, I looked forward to spend a little more time with my family. Well the summer wasn’t hot, God had other plans for me rather than preparing for the fall like I wanted to, and I really didn’t get the time to spend with my family like I wanted to. But I truly believe with all my heart God is in it!
This summer we sought so desperately after God to show us what is the next step for FBC. We were given an answer…we are about “Connecting People Jesus”…our dream for FBC! There was no down time for any of the staff the summer of 2014 and what affirmed we were on the right path that God wanted us to be on there was no down time for satan’s attacks.
This being so fresh in my mind and finding myself in the midst of this battle it highly influenced my worship set this morning. Starting out with the opening song by Journey “Don’t Stop Believen’”…we cannot stop believing…there are people in our lives who need that connection to Jesus…even people who may have been attending this church for some time!
So honestly weary I also believe that there are many of you out who are weary too and dreams get dashed so easily when you are in that weary state. We need during those time to cry out to God to “Awake My Soul”, seeking in His Word and finding the encouragement that only HE can give. Vision only He can give…and when HE gives it “God is Able”, because frankly when it comes to vision and dreams they can be scary and seem almost impossible…they can also make you weary especially when satan attacks!
But we have to remember we have a victorious KING JESUS! So can I challenge you to not run from God’s leading, but run towards it not matter how hard, no matter how scary, no matter how weary it makes you!
I want to reminder you of my last blog when I explained one of the interpretations behind the opening song: “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay is what we opened up the service with this morning! Now I do my best to try to watch the video, look at the lyrics and find the meaning to the opening songs that we sing. This morning song was co-written by Chris Martin. In looking on line I found this interpretation: “The lead singer was raised in an Evangelistic Christian family. He strayed away from Christianity when he left home, but stated his growing closer to God. The song is about Christ, how He lights up our paths, similar to the verse "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". "I don't care if you tear me apart", might be referring to people and human beings who are against you. He doesn't care, because God is "a Sky Full of Stars" and "a Heavenly view". Another person wrote this: “Psalms 19:1 says, "The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship." Romans 1:19-20, "They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing him." Now I know that we really do not know the meaning of such songs unless you hear it from the writer themselves, but I find it to be interesting if indeed he has a history of faith in God that the lyrics have a sense of soul searching and truth shining through about God. As I listen to Pastor Mike’s sermon today I loved Romans 12:1 (the Message)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and waling –around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God.
“Fix you attention on God.” God really used His Spirit to put the set together to follow along with that theme for sure. Luanne and the team opened up with “A Little More Jesus”, which if we read those words we can all relate to for sure! We often become “so well adjust to [our] culture” that we struggle constantly in our relationship being consistent with what the Lord wants for our life! We have to remember thought that Christ has won the victory! The beginning of the song “Victors” crown presents a sobering thought “You are always fighting for us”…when we get so caught up in our culture, no matter what He is still fighting for us! God wins the ultimate battle and what better way to proclaim that then in the song “How Great Thou Art” a classic that rallies us all to remember the greatness of our God! From there our worship set moved us to worship the greatness of our God to culminate to “Build Your Kingdom Here”.
We have to not allow our culture to grab us…WE HAVE TO ALLOW GOD TO GRAB US! What is our ultimate vision and goal? It is to see people come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior!!! Just some things for all of us to thing about!!!