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What if . . . 9/9/15

There has been a song that has captured my attention as I’ve listened to it on the radio a number of times over the last several months.  It is called “Blessings” and it is sung by Laura Story.  I’ve included a link to youtube at the bottom of this email that has the song with the lyrics and would encourage you to click on the link and listen to it.

The reason the song has captured my attention so is that it asks the question, “what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?”

I have to admit to you that it has bothered me for quite some time that we measure whether or not God has heard our prayers by “if we get the answers that we hoped for.”  We don’t feel like God has heard us or has answered our prayers if the outcome is less than or different than we had hoped or prayed for.  I’m going to write out the words to this song and I want to invite you this morning to look over them, then I invite you to click on the link and listen to the song and then remind yourself that this world is not our home.  By the way, the emphasis in bold below is mine.

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace; comfort for family, protection while we sleep.  We pray for healing, for prosperity; we pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering.  All the while, You hear each spoken need, yet love is way too much to give us lesser things . . .

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops, what if Your healing comes through tears, what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?  What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear; and we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near – we doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love, as if every promise from Your Word is not enough . . . All the while you hear each desperate plea and long that we’d have faith to believe . . .

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops, what if Your healing comes through tears, what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?  What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us, when darkness seems to win; we know the pain reminds this heart that this is not, this is not our home . . . it’s not our home.

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops, what if Your healing comes through tears, what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?  What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?  And what if trials of this life . . . the rain, the storms, the hardest nights, are Your mercies in disguise?

I end with this prayer – “Lord, please help me to listen to you in every circumstance, in every problem, in every heartache and in every trouble, because WHAT IF those trials are Your mercies in disguise and I miss it because all I can focus on is me?”

I love you,

Rick

Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday September 9 – We have our regular activities tonight beginning with dinner at 5:00.  At 6:00 we invite anyone who is hungry to pray, to learn more about prayer, to seek God’s heart to join us in the sanctuary as we journey into the school of prayer.

Saturday September 12 – Run for the B.E.A.C.H. – This 18th Annual 5K Run/Walk raises awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Education, Awareness, Cure & Hope (B.E.A.C.H.).  All proceeds go to defray mammogram costs and expenses for people in Lincoln County.  Cheyenne Heltzel is putting together a team of folks who would like to participate.  The team with the biggest number of members will receive a Dessert Party sponsored by The Buttery.  If you would like to be part of this team the cost is a simple entry fee of $20.  ALL monies go to help defray mammogram costs so the cause is worthy.  And you don’t have to walk or run in the 5K, just pay your entry fee and if your team wins the contest you’ll be invited to a free dessert party.  You CAN’T beat a deal like that and everyone who pays the entry fee gets a t-shirt as well!  You can contact Cheyenne at 575 315-4147 or by email at cheyheltcel@aol.com.

Sunday September 13 – This Sunday morning we are beginning a journey through the eyes of an eyewitness – a man who was there when Jesus walked on the earth and saw so many things up close and personal.  We are going to begin a journey through the books of 1st, 2nd and 3rd John.  He writes to us about relationships – a vertical relationship and horizontal relationships.  Join us in either of the morning services at 8:45 and 10:30.  We also have our Hispanic service at 4:00.



And God Wondered . . . 9/2/15

I read a verse this morning that is one that I haven’t seen or remembered in a long, long time.  It is convicting.  It is Isaiah 59:16 and I’m going to copy it down here from a couple of different versions for you.

“And He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no one to intercede.” NASB

“He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene.”  NIV

“And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor.”  KJV

Look at that once more – God was “astonished . . .” “appalled . . .” He “wondered that there was no intercessor.”

One writer said, “God wondered.  This is a very striking thought!  The very boldness of the idea ought surely to arrest the attention of every earnest Christian man, woman and child. . . . if we are willing to consider the matter carefully, we shall discover it to be one of the greatest possible importance to every believer on the Lord Jesus Christ.  Nothing else is so momentous—so vital—to our spiritual welfare.”  The Kneeling Christian by An Unknown Christian

Another writer, “The Lord saw that there was no one to help and showed himself driven to astonishment and consternation that there was no intercessor, no one to stand against all the sin and evil, no one to defend the godly in Israel.”  The Complete Biblical Library:  Isaiah

I have heard it in many different ways and said in many different settings and circumstances, but it is the same message over and over and over and over, “everything depends upon prayer.”  It is the greatest weapon that we have in our fight against the enemy.  It is, many times, the only thing we can do, especially when it comes to people that we love and care for and yet don’t know what we can do.  It is our link to God that can never be broken, except by us and our refusal to use it; it is the source of power that opens up our lives to whatever it is that God wants to do, and yet, we do not pray.

I want to challenge you to pray.  This isn’t a call to make you feel guilty or to shame you into something that you “ought to do,” “should be doing” or “have to do.”  This is a call to pray.

Every Wednesday evening we are taking the time to meet together in the sanctuary at 6:00 p.m. and we are doing a little study on prayer and talking about prayer, but most of all we are praying.  I don’t, we don’t have it down “pat,” we are simply trying to learn together.  What I know though is that when we pray we have access directly to God and that is powerful, on every level that you can even think of.  So I want to invite you to join us tonight for prayer at 6:00 in the sanctuary.

I love you,

Rick

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Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday August 26 – No teen or children’s activities at the church tonight but we will have dinner at 5:00 for anyone who wants to join us.  At 6:00 we invite anyone who is hungry to pray, to learn more about prayer, to seek God’s heart to join us in the sanctuary as we journey into the school of prayer.

Saturday September 5 – Chelsea Hutchison and Kendal Wilson have invited us all to share in the celebration of their joy as they become husband and wife.  The wedding will take place out at Ranchman’s Camp at 3:00 p.m. and all are invited.  If you are going the families would love to be able to have an R.S.V.P. from you by calling 575 258-9488.

 Sunday September 6 – This Labor Day weekend we are looking forward to what God has to say to us as we come together to worship, listen to Him and seek Him.  Join us in either of the morning services at 8:45 and 10:30 or in the afternoon Hispanic service at 4:00.

Saturday September 12 – Run for the B.E.A.C.H. – This 18th Annual 5K Run/Walk raises awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Education, Awareness, Cure & Hope (B.E.A.C.H.).  All proceeds go to defray mammogram costs and expenses for people in Lincoln County.  Cheyenne Heltzel is putting together a team of folks who would like to participate.  The team with the biggest number of members will receive a Dessert Party sponsored by The Buttery.  If you would like to be part of this team the cost is a simple entry fee of $20.  ALL monies go to help defray mammogram costs so the cause is worthy.  And you don’t have to walk or run in the 5K, just pay your entry fee and if your team wins the contest you’ll be invited to a free dessert party.  You CAN’T beat a deal like that and everyone who pays the entry fee gets a t-shirt as well!  You can contact Cheyenne at 575 315-4147 or by email at cheyheltcel@aol.com.