"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 is the blog verse for here

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Worship On Weds. (WOW)

"Walk in the Promise"
Jeremy Riddle, and Bethel Music

I first saw and heard this with Spanish subtitles and I wanted to share that one but it's not available to embed so I chose this one with English. As I listened over and over to this, the Spirit moved and deeply touched me (also the beautiful music and words). I hope that as you walk in His Promise, He will move in you and minister to you, right where you are, with just what you need and you can join and lift Him up as He falls afresh on you ... with HOPE in His wings (this is what I sense the most in this song) Hope in His Promises - Healing in His wings. Oh, how we need this, oh, how this world needs this HOPE 

"Our souls wait in silence, in rest and in quiet for You, Spirit
In trust and dependence we walk in the promise of You, coming
With hope and healing in Your wings, with fire and with wind
You fall on us again

Our souls wait in silence, in rest and in quiet for You, Spirit
In trust and dependence we walk in the promise of You, coming
With hope and healing in Your wings, with fire and with wind
You fall on us again

Here we are waiting for this house to be shaken
For the boldness to carry Your name to the nations
Your signs and Your wonders to go now before us
For the weight of Your glory to rest as we lift You up
We lift You up, we lift You up, we lift You up

Woah woah woah... (We lift You up)

We lift You up ...
We lift You up, higher higher "
Deuteronomy 26:8

It'll be interesting to see what
365 Promises 
shares for today

{Monday shared Jeremiah 30:17; Tues. #203 Habakkuk 3:19}


Sunday, July 20, 2014

HOPE ... from the book of RUTH~3

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Ruth 3:1-18
 Hope in Petition
I realize that the 1st one of this series of sermons of HOPE from the book of RUTH, I shared an awful lot from the notes of Damascus Road Church and hopefully it was enough to whet your appetite and join me as well as to follow the link over to their site for more. All this is to guide or lead you further toward HOPE and connect you to their series rather than bits and pieces from me (highly unqualified, yet enthusiastically hopeful in learning from other sources that I cite), which means I will be sharing less of theirs and maybe adding more of my personal reflection from what I gather from there throughout the week, now that I've shared the sermon link and all.

{these are the section headers we learn about in this one}
... HOPE and Risk ... HOPE and Petition
... HOPE in timing ...
... HOPE in love ...

I love this closing quote from DRC!
{which actually should be at the end of this post}

... "The love of God motivates us toward a love FOR God. And a love FOR God moves us to live radically, give generously, and love graciously." 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

"No Hope and Inaction

While a little hope is a powerful thing, someone without hope is often paralyzed. (emphasis mine)
At the end of chapter 2, Naomi was hopeless. She felt everything, including God, was against her. Her bitterness blinded her to the graces that were all around her, including Ruth and what we learn are several kinsman redeemers that live in the city. Her hopelessness led her to a depression that prevented her from dreaming, planning, or doing anything. After the death of her sons, while in Moab, she worked the fields. At the beginning of chapter two, it almost sounds like she can barely get out of bed to do anything beyond mustering enough energy to allow Ruth to go glean. Without a little hope you easily become a victim, and victims never see beyond the moment. 
But without hope for the future, without a vision for what could be, without dreams, there is no action. There is only management of the day to day and a survivalist mentality that is unpleasant, uninspiring, and uneventful. All we need is a little light, a little dream, a little hope.
A Little Hope and Action
We can see what a little hope does to Naomi—it transforms her. She begins to make elaborate plans to get Ruth married. She again identifies Boaz as their relative, identifying his role as a Kinsman Redeemer. Built into the law of God is hope for those who lose everything. Basically, a blood relative known as a kinsman redeemer was to step in to rescue in certain situations (probably explained to Ruth): ... property, slavery, execution, restitution, lawsuit, young widow, old widow "(explained in the sermon with much more info)

HOPE: the book of RUTH 
sermon series

 ... HOPE and Petition ...

Ruth declares: ..."I want your protection, your love, your life-long commitment. Her HOPE in Boaz is so great because Ruth realizes, without his redemption, she essentially has nothing." 

This is what our HOPE in Jesus is supposed to look like. When know you have BIG NEED, you have BIG HOPE—that is all you have. But when you know the BIGNESS of the REDEEMER—you have BIG FAITH-FILLED petitions.

C.S. Lewis in his sermon entitled "The Weight of Glory" says: "If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong but too weak. We are halfhearted creatures fooling about with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mudpies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."Sam Ford, Damascus Road Church

From the picture painted by this love story,
how does God relate to us? and
how should we relate to God?

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