A gathering from hither and yon' of saints-the church-His Body
Eagerness to hear
Awe of God ------Attentiveness to hear His instructions
“What does the Lord require of me?”
Seeking to put God’s Kingdom first
God IS alive!------God is MOVING!-------GOD IS AWESOME in this place and all over the world!
Expectancy to see God at work in our sphere of influence and join in!
To confirm His calling
in our lives
in our times.
in our times.
This was the celebration rightly called MISSIONS FEST!
It could hardly have been in greater contrast to the atmosphere of the ‘fertile plain’ we’d just glimpsed, the strip of imitation ‘life’ we caught a glimpse of on our recent trip to Las Vegas.
Crowds flock there too. Conventions gather.
But there is no glory, only transient glamour.
No music of heaven, only noise—the incessant drone of casino din (ding,ding,ding,ding,ding,ding…)
The smoky haze of worship misdirected yields no purpose that energizes
Only drained countenance, weary of life,
Bored to death with pushing buttons,
watching outcomes in vain.
Hope dulled by disappointment
Despair settling on shoulders, dismal
Passion is here traded for lust—
No kingdom to live for, die for, celebrate
But my own.
Greed, lust, appetite for more,
Turns to gluttonous disillusionment.
Stuffed but not satisfied.
Spent but nothing gained.
Entertained, titillated, and wowed senseless.
This is the ‘life’ of the fertile plain.
Abraham chose differently. Moses too.
Both willing to deny the pleasures of sin for a season in order to stake their lot in future glory.
The world will pass away and the lusts thereof
But he who does the will of God will live forever.(IJn.2:17)
In His right hand are pleasures forevermore.(Ps.16:11)
An inheritance that neither spoils nor fades, kept in heaven for you who……..through faith and patience inherit the promises…(I Pet.1:5)(Heb.6:12)
Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.(Mt.6:33)
And I consider, “What does the Lord require of me?”
To do justly
To love mercy
To walk humbly with my God(Micah 6:8)
All the days of my life
And then to dwell in His House forever
In unending awe
At what He has done.
God, you are amazing!
"Declare His glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
and He is to be held in awe above all gods!" (I Chron.16:24,25)