Lord we come to you to night in celebration. Not because we are forced to, or out of obligation, but because we want to, we really want to be joined together in your presence. We thank you our Friend, Guide, Host for inviting us to your table. I imagine walking up to a beautiful gate, all around are bright flowers, and tall grasses gently bowing down before you as you stir up the wind. I see butterflies of all colors, shapes, species dipping in and out of the flowers that lace the walkway to your entrance. I hear the birds sing and the small animals stir as we approach. All are rejoicing as they are in your presence. They are as you designed them. I imagine you glorious, standing proud, a huge smile on your face, your hands outstretched as we approach. All of us. We come from different earthly place, locations, cultures, all of us, from the 4 cardinal directions, and corners of the world to sit at table with you and hear your ancestral tales that are our current truths. As we enter into the gate we see before us a great harvest. You have set the table before us. You made everything to your liking, and we are your guest. WE in turn accept your bounty, harvest and gifts that you prepared special for each of us. Lord we come to you in this moment with great joy and anticipation. Roaring wind, heavenly light, powerful king, royalty bright. We pray for our brothers and sisters in the middle east who are unable to see you, those around the world who are not able to experience this freedom, the freedom to share and declare you as their Lord and Savior. We pray for the many who have sought to oppress others in the name of money and power. Lord we pray for all those who are punished for not, those who are persecuted in their own homes, who long for a loving embrace. Protect our children and our unborn. Our spirit cries out in morning over all those who are denied the right to know you and to share their testimony of faith. Thank you friend and blessed host. We call upon your name and thank you for this glorious celebration! Let us all join together in this glorious celebration!
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Sunday, August 4, 2013
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves
but are not rich in what matters to God.”
You cannot be greedy if you are hungry, that is what I once heard, you cannot be greedy if you are hungry. You cannot take it with you. You cannot buy your way into heaven. It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle then for a rich man to make it into heaven without first accepting the Lord our God as the Lord and Savior. How quickly we become caught up in counting our portion and our lot. How quickly we lose sight of the reality that we do not know the day, the hour, the moment. Yet, we cling on to false gods, and we worship the idols that we believe we create at our own hands. Many watch their savings accounts build up, and grow and grow, yet they ignore those starving and struggling in their own families. We see it all the time. The Lord reminds us that at any moment He may call upon us to give it up, to admit that it is not ours, but, a gift generously given to one. Just like one maybe is the maker of music, but, without someone to share that music, it is useless, like sounding brass, it has no purpose. You see music requires more than one. Prayer requires more than one. Some maybe are gifted with the ability to transfer information and are rich with an understanding of wordsmithing, yet, if there is no one capable of reading what is being communicated, it is yet another sound unheard. The one who can read the word and understand is the one who gives the greatest value to the writer.
Be Encouraged, share that which you have and you will receive in return the greatest harvest ever known to you.
Be Awakened, feel the presence that is found in sharing that which you have, for your heart will come alive.
Be Focused, notice God moving in your live, for then you will dance a freedom dance
Be Restored, he will take upon His shoulders your burden and you will feel the beauty of the world become illuminated in your soul. He will mend all of your brokenness. Mending all the cracks as he is the potter.
Be Inspired, allow the music to fill you to the brim and you will experience an outpouring that will flood and wash away, cleansing you and renewing you
Be Transformed, allow for the beauty of all that is good, and rich, and true to flood you and reveal to you and all around you that you are born again in Christ.