Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  Sorry for the late blog post; we had a few developments in Adam’s job situation today, so it was a pretty full day for us.

Last night we sat down to a dinner of velveeta nacho bake, mexican chicken soup, broccoli, rice and cheese, and homemade root beer!  We checked in with each other and had good fellowship.

Janee expounded on her testimony from Thursday’s blog post with us, talking about some of the stages she went through in coming to the realization that this life is all about Jesus.  There are many things that we as a church can focus on that can take the focus off of Christ.  A focus on the Old Testament law, the Holy Spirit, spiritual giftings, the End Times, and the quest for knowledge are a few examples.  While these can be good things to study, a focus on anything other than Christ leads us away from where He wants to be, in the middle of His will.  We talked about ways that we can purposely focus on Christ, and Adam suggested looking at the names of Christ in scripture.  We read and discussed Isaiah 9:

2[b] The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,[c]
a light will shine.
3 You will enlarge the nation of Israel,
and its people will rejoice.
They will rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest
and like warriors dividing the plunder.
4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery
and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.
You will break the oppressor’s rod,
just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
5 The boots of the warrior
and the uniforms bloodstained by war
will all be burned.
They will be fuel for the fire.6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor,[d] Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!

We talked about the names of Christ in this passage, and that the even though the passage is talking about the Son, he is referred to as the Father, God, and the Counselor (which is a normal name for the Holy Spirit).  He is the Prince of Peace and the Wonderful Counselor, but He is also the Mighty God and Everlasting Father.

We prayed a lot.  And for a lot of things.

I mentioned (in relation to our prayer) the second verse of Standing on the Promises.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail
By the living word of God I shall prevail!
Standing on the promises of God!

We talked about the word of God being the sword in the armor of God, and how that word is not just the Bible, but every word that comes from God.  He’s not finished talking to us!  Amos 3:7 says:

Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything
until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets. (NLT)

He wants to tell us His plans!

We turned our discussion to war in the Old Testament and what possible reasons God might have for ordering the slaughter of groups of people.  We did have some ideas, but we don’t have all the answers.    What do you think?

After this, we talked about how in most people’s “salvation stories” there is a point when that person has an epiphany of humility.  A point when they realize, “I’m not good” or “I’m not worthy.”  This is the point when we can admit that we need Jesus to change us.  We must realize that we are in darkness and that we need the “Light of the World” to save us.

Time flew by in this meeting and it was soon time to disperse.

Stay tuned for an extra special Valentine’s Day post!