The Lord Reigns
Let the Earth Rejoice
His name is established in the heavens
Fills the earth
As the waters cover the sea
Today, I declare
The testimony of the Lord
To the nations
Jehovah is my God
Jesus is my Saviour
I know who I am in Christ
I am an Ambassador for Christ
I am Salt to the earth
I am Light to the world
I am a City set on a hill
I cannot be hidden
I will not be cast aside
The Lord my God
Has planted me
Like a tree by the waters
My roots are deep
My branches are wide
My fruits are marvelous
I am blessed beyond measure
Therefore, I will bless the name of the Lord
From generation to generation
Though darkness may cover the earth
My light has come
The glory of the Lord is risen upon me
Yes, the glory of the Lord is risen upon me
In Jesus’ name, Amen
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I would like to give glory to God by writing about the Lord’s goodness and mercy.
The past few years I went through alot trials and temptations but nothing of it could be compared to what I experienced one morning. I woke up lying in bed, I had this strange feeling in my head. Lying there trying to figure out what this could be, because I never felt this way before. It was like I was going stark mad, like I could run through a wall because of the kind of oppression I felt. I tried my best to get my kids ready for school and by the help of the Lord I manage to take them to school. When I got home, I couldn’t stand it anymore, I broke out it tears before the Lord, asking Him to heal me of this. Immediately I felt Something touching the inside of my head, and the oppression left instantly. I was and am so happy for what the Lord has done and is still doing in my life. Praise His wonderful name.
“Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds?” (Matthew 6:26 TEV)
Is there such a thing as coincidence? The way you answer that question will affect the way you give thanks this week. If the blessing you receive is just an accident, you can be glad. But can you be grateful?
If you understand that any blessing comes from God, then you can be grateful to him as well as the people he sends to bless you. Our ability to see God’s hand in the blessings we receive deepens our faith because we not only see him active in our circumstances; we also see him providing for our needs.
Let me give you an example. Several years ago, I realized one morning that I didn’t have enough money to make my next mortgage payment. No doubt, in this economy, you can relate. I’d been laid off twice by companies forced into bankruptcy. I’d gone through my savings, drained my retirement accounts, and, along the way, I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.
I’d applied for several jobs and had always been a highly productive worker, but my confidence was collapsing, and, because of the bipolar, I wasn’t sure if I could handle a standard 40-hour-a-week job.
That morning I talked to God about my circumstances. Oh, who am I kidding? I yelled at God about my circumstances (I’m so glad he allows that)! I was tired of the financial pressure. I reminded God I had two graduate degrees and 25 years experience; I deserved better than a minimum wage job.
After I vented my anger, I quieted down and said, “God, I don’t know what to do, but I’m looking to you. I haven’t got a clue. I’ll do whatever you want, God. You’re in charge.”
I sat down on the couch and in a conversation with my Heavenly Father, I said, “You know, I really liked ministering with Rick Warren at Saddleback. And that’s the kind of job I need right now, because they would allow me to work around my (bipolar) energy levels. Do you think you can find something like that for me to do?”
A few days later, the phone rang. It was one of the unsung heroes at Saddleback Church, David Chrzan, who serves as chief of staff.
He said, “Jon, we have a staff member leaving, and I wanted to see if you could help us with an online ministry.”
Was that a coincidence or was it God, the Great Engineer, at work?
If you believe the answer to my prayer above was not a coincidence but from God, why would he do any less for you?
What are some circumstances in your life that you once called coincidence but you now see as blessings from God?
by Jon Walker
20 But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! 21 You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
24 Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”
25 So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.