Monday, October 5, 2015
It's The Last Monday Of The Week!!!
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
To my truck driving buddy somewhere in the lower 48:
I hope this Monday morning finds you in good health and good spirit's. Know you and your wife were missed this weekend. I fully understand the demands that are on you. I pray safety on you and her as you both journey about this week. Know that you both are missed and loved. You are in our prayers and are very much a vital part of our family at VRC.
It was another good weekend.
It was another opportunity to see the ongoing work that God started at the first of the year. To watch each week as God brings through our door "One".
One person in need. Funny part in all of this, is that sometimes the "One" doesn't even fully know they have a need. But at some point during the evening, hearts are uncovered and God begins to work. This has been going on each week since the first meeting of 2015. This past weekend was no different. The "One" showed up and received from God.
We try to hold our meetings loosely and, at times, they appear to be random and spontaneous. In some ways they are. We're simply trying to hear what the Holy Spirit is telling us to do. Scary part in this is that sometimes we get it right...........sometimes not so right. But we keep trying to hear God's directives and move on them.
Spent time, when the meeting started, explaining what worship is really all about and how we approach a time of corporate worship as a group. I try to the explanation as simple as possible, and leave it to the group to each worship as God leads them. That means that some will stand and participate...some will sit in their chairs and observe....others will stand and raise their hands. From time to time, my wife will be stirred to come up on the stage and share from her heart. Last Saturday, during the song "All Who Are Thirsty, she came up and began to talk about the phrase in the lyrics "Deep cries out to deep". The deepest needs we have, when we point that need to Jesus, He will come and address it. He will come with healing and restoration. This was the door way for the "One" to begin to experience God's healing presence. A young woman had joined us for the first time, and one of our core leaders had spoken to her and engaged her in conversation. As my wife shared, this young woman began to weep.
The weeping continued through the message,and as we moved into a time of communion, this young woman came forward to receive. She did so weeping. She received prayer at the end of the service and left us full of hope and a sense that she can push forward with her life. In talking with her after the meeting, she explained that she came to get her court card stamped, but was leaving with an entirely different outlook on life. Thank you, God. You did good!
So we will gather again this coming Saturday to see what God wants to do, and to see who will be the next "one" that God comes to. Can't wait, but I guess I'll have to. Have a good week.....And please....don't take any wooden turkeys.
God on you...
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