Archive for June, 2011


A miracle

Last Wednesday (we changed our during-the-week meeting to Wednesday, as the rest of the Southern US shuts down then anyway), we decided to do a series of blog posts about miracles that have happened to people in our small body of believers.  Just off the top of our heads, we were able to think of five or six stories to share.  Here is mine:

When I was around 18-years-old, I started having problems with my TMJ.  That’s temporomandibular joint for those of you fortunate enough not to know.  In layman’s terms, my jaw was clicking and popping just about every time I opened my mouth to a certain point.  I would also experience extreme swelling to the point where I couldn’t chew because my teeth wouldn’t meet.  This would happen in spells off and on from the time I was 18 until about five years ago.

We were at the House2House National House Church Conference in Dallas, TX.  One of the speakers was a man named Frank Gray, from the Y.E.S. Ministries team.  He was speaking about healing, something that I claimed to believe in, but didn’t really focus on very much.  As an exercise, he had us pair up and pray for each other if any healing was needed.  A lady even younger than I was prayed for me during that meeting that all my problems with my jaw would be healed and that I wouldn’t suffer from it anymore.  At that point, I was not having any particular problems with it anyway, so I didn’t think about it again.  A few months later, we were talking about that meeting as a group, and I realized that I hadn’t had any pain or swelling since that prayer.  I was astounded that God had healed something that was wrong with me, while I had very little faith that he would actually do it.  In the last 5 years, I’ve had zero problems with my TMJ, and can attribute that to the love and healing power of my Father in heaven.

At a more recent house church conference, I spoke again with the girl who had prayed for me (I wish I could remember her name).  She was happy but unsurprised that God had healed me.  This kind of faith moves mountains.

There will be several more posts like this in the next couple of weeks (get me those stories, Church!), and I pray that they strengthen the faith of everyone who reads them.

Fathers’ Day

Happy Fathers’ Day, everyone!  A young lady in our church wrote a blog post especially for today that I would like to share.  I left it exactly as she wrote it, completely from the heart.

Father’s day can be a hard time for young kids and adults. Because some fathers aren’t around for their kids they probably don’t have a need to celebrate father’s day, But they do .I have a cousin who felt left out for years because her older brother has a relationship with his father. This will be her first year to celebrate it, (her mother is getting married) she will have a dad this year to celebrate with. She had a father to celebrate with before and that is her heavenly father he would be happy to fill that place in her heart that was so important and he will do it for anyone who asks. By him being your father you can make a difference on father’s day. You can go out and work for the lord and people about your father, God in heaven. Even if you have an earthly father you can still go out and celebrate with your heavenly I plan to try and do that if at all possible. Thank God for being our father especially the ones who really need one. So this father’s days go out and make a difference, and if your children don’t have a father celebrate father’s day with God!

 

The Church in Action

I (April) wanted to share a little bit about my church peeps being awesome.

Here’s the background:
My husband is a full-time high-school band director and he’s in the National Guard, so he has to be gone a lot. He’s about to come home from a two-week long military training. It’s always hard to be away from your spouse, but it’s especially hard for me right now because I’m currently a stay-at-home-mom and we have an 18-month-old son and a 2-year-old son (he’s almost 3). My family all live at least four hours away.

So…
In the last two weeks, my church friends have helped clean my house twice, cooked me dinner, fixed my air-conditioner, mowed my lawn, baby-sat, dog-sat (so I could go visit family) and kept me company. And a lot of this help was given without me even having to ask. It’s difficult (and a little embarrassing) to accept so much help, but I know I’ve needed it.

I don’t often speak in absolutes, but this is what every church should be like. This is what Jesus Christ wants for his Body. He wants us to love each other and to put that love into action. If we are living in the love of Jesus, that love will overflow into loving action toward others. I thank God for my church.

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Global Day of Prayer

This Sunday, June 12th, will be filled with prayer from all over the world. Think of it: 24 hours of different voices continually raised to God in praises and petitions. What an exciting time to add your voice to the chorus of languages speaking with and listening to God. There is not a local push to get people engaged or gathered. This is a totally self-initiated day of prayer for us. Think about how you can participate. For more information click here.

Other prayer resources:

24-7 Prayer International

24-7 Prayer USA

Pray! Magazine

Pray Kids!

Mark Virkler’s Four Keys to Hearing God’s Voice

Here is John White talking about How to Listen to God:

Abandon! Call to Worship

“‘Sing, O childless woman! Break forth into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem, even though you never gave birth to a child. For the woman who could bear no children now has more than all the other women,” says the Lord. ‘Enlarge your house; build an addition; spread out your home! For you will soon be bursting at the seams. Your descendants will take over other nations and live in their cities.” – Isaiah 54.1-3

We have a problem. We have created a nice little house church for ourselves. It was not intentional. We have read and fed and bled together.  We have prayed and we have tried.  But we have no children…yet. We tried to help others know Jesus and gather together like we do but so far we have been unsuccessful. We have no offspring. We are barren.

I believe God is about to change that fact. I believe the God is calling us to a time of worship because we are about to reproduce. We are about to see the Spirit poured out on us. In preparation, we need to worship. Worship loudly and worship joyfully! Worship will precede reproduction. Then our houses will be filled to overflowing by who God brings. We are on the edge of a might river flow of the Spirit of God. Prepare to be amazed by His gracious, abundant generosity. Worship Loudly and with Abandon!

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