Friday, October 26, 2007
Remembering God's work of creation and God's work of spiritual re-creation (Gen. 2:2-3; Ex. 20:8-11; Acts 20:7).
Experiencing the worshipful rest that characterizes Heaven (Heb. 4:9-11).
Setting apart one day each week just for God's enjoyment (Col. 2:16-17).
Trusting that God will provide seven days benefit for six days labor (Jer. 17:21-22, 24-25, 27; Mk. 2:27).
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
- Adding--" . . . That day there were added about 3000 souls" (v41).
- Learning--"They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching" (v42).
- Uniting--"They were continually devoting themselves . . . to fellowship" (v42).
- Remembering--"They were continually devoting themselves . . . to the breaking of bread" (v42).
- Praying--"They were continually devoting themselves . . . to prayer" (v42).
- Feeling--"Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe" (v43).
- Seeing--" . . . Many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles" (v43).
- Sharing--"And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common" (v44-45).
- Worshipping--"Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple . . . " (v46).
- Eating--" . . . and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart" (v46).
- Praising--"Day by day . . . they were . . . praising God" (v47).
- Influencing--"and having favor with all the people" (v47).
- Growing--"And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved" (v47).
Friday, October 19, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
With this dream fresh on my heart, I entered into a time of study in the Word. I began with Psalm 69 which happens to be a Psalm of deliverance. My Old Testament reading was in Isaiah 51 which begins with these words, "Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance--all who seek the Lord." Verse 7 says, "Do not be afraid of people's scorn or their slanderous talk". Verse 12 promises, "I, even I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?" I was overcome with emotion as I considered verse 16, "I have put my words in your mouth and hidden you safely within my hand". I can't describe to you how comforted and accepted I felt as I pondered the Word of God to me.
As many of you know, I make it a habit to pray using a series of colored beads, each of which is a call to a different focus of prayer. The first bead that I randomly (God chooses) chose was the blue bead--representing the prayer of deliverance. Years ago, I assigned the color blue to the prayer of deliverance in large part because of Psalm 69:1-2, "Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can't find a foothold to stand on. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me." Blue represents the deep waters from which we all need deliverance. My first prayer following the dream was a spiritual 911 call. Praise God for His leadership in my life!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
We hosted a "Love and Respect" marriage conference this past weekend at Cornerstone. Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is a fantastic communicator with some fresh insights into marriage. Check out the clip and then stop by the Love and Respect website at www.loveandrespect.com. By the way, he is really funny!