Category: Body life

Healing Power – Part I

I am so excited by what God showed me today that I wanted to tell you all about it.  It seemed to me that the best way was to post it here.First a little background:

1)   Last night at during our gathering we discussed in depth the healing that God promised the group, the theology of it all, and the emotions it brought.

2)   I read the Daily Office from the Common Book of Prayer for my Bible reading everyday.  Today’s readings were spot on!

Please read these two passages FIRST (before continuing):

 2 Kings 5.1-19 and 1 Corinthians 4.8-21

I knew I was in for something special today when I read the first passage.  It tells the story of a famous general that was loved by his king but had leprosy.  He needed healing and went to Israel on the advice of a slave girl to get healed.  He took a letter of introduction from his king to the king of Israel.  The king of Israel was distraught.  He could not heal the general.  But God had a man in Israel who could play a role in the general’s healing.  That man was Elisha, a prophet of God in a country who hated prophets of God. The story ends when the general is healed by God and returns home.

The second passage is a church leader, Paul, writing to a church he started to correct some issues they had.  Paul is warning the people who came later and disrupted the church.  He said that he would return and then the church would see whom God approved of leading them, the persuasive new people or the one God used from the start to grow these people into a community of faith.  Paul says there is one distinction that will settle the argument once-and-for-all.  One very exciting thing that separates the pretenders from the overcomers!

These two passages seem unrelated.  They are from vastly different periods in history.  They are separated by at least 1,500 years.  However, when put in the context of our meeting and read back-to-back a crystal clear message appears; a message of hope for those who need healing.

I will continue this in another post Healing Power Part II. I will explain how these two stories are connected and what that might mean for us as a group dependent upon God for our healing.

Karaoke Night!

We had a great time last night at Dino’s Main Street Cafe!

Les started us off with a little “Feliz Navidad.”

Rebekah continued with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”  Rebekah told us about a blessing she had this week in the form of extra money to pay her bills.  Praise God!

I had a little fun singing Queen’s “Somebody to Love.”   Anyone who complains that I put a bad picture of them on the blog, remember that I posted this one of myself!

April regaled us with a rousing rendition of “Sleigh Ride!”

Brittney sang a delightful “What Child is This.”

April and I (and Neo) sang a way too high version of  “O Holy Night.”

Brittney and Ali harmonized “Silent Night.”

David, Jeremy, Les, Adam, Marty, and Nathan sang the Beatles’ “Come Together.”

Brandon and Mark showed up about halfway through.  Awwwwwwwww.

After Adam and I left, Brittney did an a cappella “First Noel” which I’m told was pretty awesome.   And Jeremy sang “India Arie” which I’ve never heard before but I’m sure was quite excellent.

All in all, we had a great time!

A new verse for an old song

This is my first time to post on this blog. It’s kinda scary.

We encourage all of our church members to write new songs, rewrite old songs or add new verses to good songs.  It is an amazing experience to be a part of a church that has their own worship songs. It’s bonding. And it allows our worship to flow out of our own experiences as individuals  and as a church. So, with that in mind, Bonnie encouraged me to blog about a verse that I added to the doxology, Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.

The original song is :

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

I added:

Praise Jesus, who is in our midst.
Praise Him, who is our righteousness.
Praise Him, who bore away our sin.
Who lives above and dwells within.

As we’ve gotten to know Jesus more and more, the idea of writing worship songs has become less scary. The more I know about Him, the more worship I have for Him and the more ideas I have for worship songs. I wrote this verse because the fact of Jesus being in our midst, when we gather in His name, has been really important to me lately. Praise Jesus for being in us and in our midst!

New song

April suggested that I post the words to the song I was inspired to write a couple of weeks ago.  This sprung from what God was teaching us about praying His will back to Him.

Father, as we’re on our knees,
Counting everything we need,
In Jesus’ Name we pray,
That all our prayers made in the flesh
Would burn away with no regrets.
Father, lead us in Your way.

Lord, make Your will our will.
Make our purposes as one.
Weave our hearts together
that we might glorify Your Son.

Father, change what’s in our hearts.
Your will inhabits every part.
You face is all we see.
And in the age of discontent
Let those of us whom You have sent
Know You are all we need.

I would still like to have a bridge for the song, but I haven’t really come up with anything.  I encourage everyone in the group to be open to God’s inspiration in songwriting.  You don’t have to have a music degree or to be able to read music.  You could add verses to a familiar hymn or praise song.  You could take a secular tune and put sacred words to it.  Or you could be inspired to write something completely original.  I think we would be thrilled to see our group’s songbooks filled with songs written by our family.

A newcomer’s observations

We met Shannon and her daughter walking around the neighborhood and invited her to our meetings. She  has been coming to our house church for about 3 weeks now and she wanted to share what it has meant to her:

  1. Gathering with fellow believers in this intimate setting has revealed to me the unity that is in Christ–there aren’t any separations with the body. It has been amazing to me that those things that I have learned through the Holy Spirit, and during my own personal bible studies, are the same things this group has been taught as well–by the Holy Spirit! Christ never meant for the church to be separated by doctrine!
  2. I have observed that if there are any unrighteous attitudes, words, deeds, evil intentions or motives–they will be revealed, and handled in a Christ-like manner with love. The church is unshakable. I am fully confident that Satan could not go in and have his way!
  3. I love the family atmosphere! It’s real and genuine. I know that if there is a need, it’s going to be met. It is so refreshing to gather with fellow believers who truly love and want to serve God.
  4. My soul leaves completely satisfied!
  5. When I enter into the work week, I am reminded even more that I AM the Church. I have been more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. I have even began to feel something that I haven’t felt in a long time:I’m falling back in love with Jesus! I find myself going to bed thinking about Him, I wake up thinking about Him! And I’m lovin it!

We love you Shannon! And we are so glad that you and your family are a part of our little (yet big) expression of the Body of Christ.

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