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The Gathering in Denver

April 19, 2015

We Must Go

Tim Hughes – God Of Justice

God of Justice, Savior to all

Came to rescue the weak and the poor

Chose to serve and not be served

Jesus, You have called us. Freely we’ve received

Now freely we will give

We must go, live to feed the hungry

Stand beside the broken, we must go

Stepping forward, keep us from just singing

Move us into action, we must go

To act justly everyday, loving mercy in every way

Walking humbly before You God

You have shown us what You require

Freely we’ve received

Now freely we will give

Fill us up and send us out!

Mark 5:5  (NIV)

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man

5 They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.  2 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

6 When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7 He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” 10 And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the impure spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. 15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis  how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

John 9:4 NIV

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

Acts 10:38

how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

John 9:4 NIV

As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

John 6:27  NIV

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

Colossians 1:23 MSG

21-23 You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one.

 

 

1 Peter 1:6-7

I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

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The Gathering in Denver

April 12, 2015

Gathering to Worship

What is Worship?

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  1. To adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration.
  2. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
  3. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission; as a lover.
  4. To perform acts of adoration.
  5. To perform religious service.
  6. Chiefly and eminently, the act of paying divine honors to the Supreme Being; or the reverence and homage paid to him in religious exercises, consisting in adoration, confession, prayer, thanksgiving and the like.

Lucifer created and anointed Ezekiel 28: 13-19                  

  1. You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone–red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone, blue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper, blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald–all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created. 14. I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire. 15. “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you.
  2. Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. 17. Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings.
    18. You defiled your sanctuaries with your many sins and your dishonest trade. So I brought fire out from within you, and it consumed you. I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. 19. All who knew you are appalled at your fate. You have come to a terrible end, and you will exist no more.”

Lucifer Created and anointed

Before the creation of man, we see the angelic creation praising and worshipping God (Job 38:7). While the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

In Ezekiel 28:13-19, we see that God created and anointed Lucifer, the Messianic Cherub to minister praise in heaven. He was adorned in all and had everything and according to Ezekiel 28:13, God equipped him with some serious pipes!

He was given the power to bring worship on God with his voice. The Bible calls them pipes referring to his voice and was every instrument. If every instrument in all the world was playing in harmony, there’d be nothing like him. Not even your best worship songs combined could compete.

He was so big, powerful, wonderful and good looking that even Michael the archangel was afraid to say anything to him. He got a big head and started listening to his own voice. He had it all but wanted the very thing that belonged to God alone. He coveted God’s praise and worship and adoration. His pride caused him to make a run at the third heaven in attempt to be seated in the midst of God’s praise.

Coveting God’s glory and the praises of God’s creation to be worshipped as the king is the central motive behind the fall of Lucifer. He wanted to be God and to take the glory that only God deserves.

God cast him out of heaven!!

When was Satan cast out of heaven like LIGHTNING and made to FALL to earth?

Luke 10:18 Jesus stated he personally witnessed this momentous event which occurred with all the quickness and power of lightning. He Stated “ I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.  Satan was literally ejected from God’s throne long before what happened in Genesis 1:2 took place. Satan’s revolt took place when he was on the earth. Our Maker states, in Isaiah 14, that he planned to ASCEND to the third heaven where his throne resided (meaning he was not already there!). And what would our Father’s adversary DO once he arrived at the very center of all power and authority? He would mount on all-out assault, with his army of demonic followers, to FORCIBLY take control of God’s throne so that he could rule everything!

(Isaiah 14:13 – 14)!  You said in your heart, “ I will ascend to the heavens: I will raise my throne above the stars of god; I will sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly, on the utmost heights of mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the most high.”

In the Old Testament worship is portrayed as
an act of homage anddevotion to God.
It always took place at certain times and places.
Jerusalem was the center of Jewish worship.
(John 4:20) Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
Some have suggested that to worship in spirit
and truth is simply to have the right attitude before God.

Is that true?    Psalm 51:10 states “ Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

The above statement regarding worship occurring only in certain places and at certain times, hardly does justice to the context of the passage and the choice of words. It means much more than that. Jesus was stating that the time had come when there would no longer be any special place or time for worship. Since God is a Spirit and is omnipresent (and He was about to pour His Spirit upon all believers), He can be worshiped anywhere and anytime. Thus true worship comes from the heart, and is tempered by the state of your heart!

Where is our heart right now???  Is it ready in season and out of season to worship the Lord?

Worship is not a matter of outward action but a spirit-to-spirit
devotion to God. We worship from our spirits but there is always an outward response.

To worship in spirit and in truth means to sincerely worship the true God through Jesus Christ from our inner beings. Worship is the occupation of the heart, not with its needs, or even its blessings, but filling it with God himself.

“Feeling the presence of God”

Worship cannot be separated from our service. Everything we do ought to be for God’s glory. That is true worship. This can be done in our service to God and others, in our time of devotion and giving (Tithes and offerings).

(Philippians 4:18), I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

  • Totally absent from the Bible is any indication that believers can physically feel God’s presence. What some people feel is their response to an increased awareness of God’s ever indwelling presence, oftentimes in the form of “goose bumps”. Surely one does not need to be a spiritual giant to experience that.
  • Others perform acts of worship as a religious duty once a week. True worshipers worship God with tlife and seek to glorify Him in all they do.
  • Everyday life is an act of worship. Are we making it worthy?
  • What can we do to make it better?

The Heart of worship

Psalm 139:12-14  (NIV)

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;  the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well

True worship “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  JN 4:24

Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.

Romans 12:1 “[ A Living Sacrifice]

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Hebrews 12:28 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,”.

ACTS of worship… Make it personal!

Acts of concern for others’ well being.

(Romans 14:8), If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Caring for one another

We should love one another as acts of worship and obedience unto God. By this do we honor adore and worship God.

  • 1 Timothy 5:4 “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God”.
  • James 3:17 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
  • Hebrews 13:1 “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters”.

Congregational Worship

  • David and his men praised God with dancing, singing and musical instruments. The basic principle is that God is to be praised with whatever means we have. There are no rules that say praise must follow certain guidelines or has to happen any certain way!
  • The proper attitude in worship is recognizing that God is the sole object of our worship, and thus can be practiced by exercising that attitude in all we do.

 

Psalms 150: Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Worshipping together

Psalm 96:1-3 “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”

Our corporate prayer for today:

“Lord, I choose to praise and worship You today. You know how to break through the difficulties in my life. I choose not to be overwhelmed with circumstances, but instead I choose to behold your beauty and greatness. I choose to say blessed be Your name. You are my victorious God. I will praise Your name and proclaim Your salvation day after day. I will declare Your glory among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among all peoples (Psalm 96:1-3). I will sing to the Lord a new song.   

Psalms 63:3-4 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Psalms 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Psalm 25:10 “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant”.

The Path

Zechariah 9:9  (NKJV)

The Coming King

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.

Luke 19:28-44 (CEV)

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

28 When Jesus had finished saying all this, he went on toward Jerusalem. 29 As he was getting near Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples on ahead. 30 He told them, “Go into the next village, where you will find a young donkey that has never been ridden. Untie the donkey and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks why you are doing that, just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 They went off and found everything just as Jesus had said. 33 While they were untying the donkey, its owners asked, “Why are you doing that?”

34 They answered, “The Lord needs it.”

35 Then they led the donkey to Jesus. They put some of their clothes on its back and helped Jesus get on. 36 And as he rode along, the people spread clothes on the road in front of him. 37 When Jesus was starting down the Mount of Olives, his large crowd of disciples were happy and praised God because of all the miracles they had seen. 38 They shouted,

“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!

Peace in heaven and glory to God.”

39 Some Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, make your disciples stop shouting!”

40 But Jesus answered, “If they keep quiet, these stones will start shouting.”

41 When Jesus came closer and could see Jerusalem, he cried 42 and said:

It is too bad that today your people don’t know what will bring them peace! Now it is hidden from them. 43 Jerusalem, the time will come when your enemies will build walls around you to attack you. Armies will surround you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will level you to the ground and kill your people. Not one stone in your buildings will be left on top of another. This will happen because you did not see that God had come to save you.

Matthew 27:37-39 (NCV)

37 They put a sign above Jesus’ head with a charge against him. It said: this is jesus, the king of the jews. 38 Two robbers were crucified beside Jesus, one on the right and the other on the left. 39 People walked by and insulted Jesus and shook their heads,

1 John 2:6The Voice (VOICE)

anyone who says, “I live in intimacy with Him,” should walk the path Jesus walked.

Where were they?

The healed, the rescued, the saved, the 5000 that were fed, the blind that could see, the lame that could walk, the lepers, the people in the boat when Jesus walked on water. Where were they?

John 19

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

1 John 2:6The Voice (VOICE)

anyone who says, “I live in intimacy with Him,” should walk the path Jesus walked.

The Walk
Matt 16:24

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Proverbs 4:18-19 (NIV)

18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,

shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.

My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.

Matthew 15:11 (NIV)

What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

John 11-15 (MSG)

“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

Hebrews 12:2 NIV

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Revelation 19:11-16  (VOICE)

11 I looked up and saw that heaven had opened. Suddenly, a white horse appeared. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and with righteousness He exercises judgment and wages war. 12 His eyes burn like a flaming fire, and on His head are many crowns. His name was written before the creation of the world, and no one knew it except He Himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name He was known by is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, outfitted in fine linen, white and pure, were following behind Him on white steeds.  16 And there on His robe and on His thigh was written His name: King of kings and Lord of lords.

Everything Is Different

Shane & Shane

Who am I to know Your glory?

Who am I to recognize your voice calling out?

How could I be in Your story?

God who was and is and is to come who is One?

I was dead in my sin

You came in

yeah

You made a way when there was no way

You covered heaviness with garments of praise

You wrote a song and You’re singing it over me

I feel a dead heart beating now

This revelation makes me wanna shout (HEY!)

that Jesus has been sent

and everything is different.

You turn ashes into beauty

You are for me, not against me now

You found me somehow

You turn mourning into dancing

You turn weeping into a joyful noise

Oh rejoice!

What manner of love that You would call us sons and daughters?

We cry “Abba! Father!”

Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia

I will never be the same.

Jesus has been sent and everything is different.

Isaiah 43:18-25

Don’t revel only in the past,
or spend all your time recounting the victories of days gone by.
19     Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
Waters will flow where there had been none.

Waters will flow where there had been none.

20     Wild animals in the fields will honor Me;

the wild dogs and surly birds will join in.

There will be water enough for My chosen people,

trickling springs and clear streams running through the desert.

21     My people, the ones whom I chose and created for My own,

will sing My praise.

22     In truth, you never really called upon me, did you, Jacob, My people?

So how then could you be tired of Me, Israel, My own?

23     You didn’t present Me with sheep for burnt offerings

or acknowledge Me in sacrifices.

I didn’t tire you by demanding so many gifts of offerings and incense.

24     No sweet cane, no money or glorious excess have you given to Me.

You didn’t even try to satisfy Me with the fat of your sacrifices.

Instead, you tired Me with your sins—bloodshed and lies, crimes and offenses;

you wore Me down with all your belligerence and faults.

25     So let’s get this clear: it’s for My own sake that I save you.

I am He who wipes the slate clean and erases your wrongdoing.

I will not call to mind your sins anymore.

Ephesians 4:21-31

21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

The Healing at the Pool

5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

The Authority of the Son

16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

If you have all the answers you are unfit to have faith

He Knows

Posted: March 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

HE KNOWS March 9, 2015

I will never leave you or forsake you…” Hebrews 13:5

He knows when we are weak,

He knows when we are strong.

He knows when we are right,

And He knows when we are wrong.

He sees when we have joy,

Or when we’re lost, and searching for a friend.

He brings us joy and happiness,

In Him, we always have a friend.

Because…Jesus is ALWAYS there!

By: Nicole Shapiro

Ps 139:1-4
1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 
4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. 

The God Who Knows

Ex 2:23-25
Exodus 2:23-25 (NLT)

Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.

God Hears!

God Remembers!

God Sees!

God Knows!
Pharaoh’s instructions to persecute the chosen people

  • To enslave the Israelites, setting ruthless taskmasters over them
  • For the midwives to kill all their baby boys at the time of birth
  • After that fails, to throw all baby boys into the Nile

God Hears

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears. (34:17)

God Remembers

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.”

But God replies:

Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:14-16a)

Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,

“I will never fail you.

I will never abandon you.”

God Sees

The Psalmi94:7:

“The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive.”

Psalm 33:13 (NT)

The LORD looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race.

Hebrews 4:13

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

God Knows Your Sufferings

Then the LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings (Ex 3:7 ESV)

God Knows Your Future

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jesus Knows
Hebrews 2:18 (MSG)

16-18 It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.
Our Call to Know

Philippians 3:10 (NIV)

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,

The Temptations

1 John 2:16 NIV

For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.

  1. Don’t let your desires obstruct your mission
  2. People notice what you desire

Titus 2:12  say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

  1. Don’t idolize the red carpet

Conclusions

He Hears!

He Remembers!

He Sees!

He Knows!

Jesus Knows Me This I Love!

The Veil March 1, 2015

Posted: March 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

Only In Christ the Veil is Taken Away

2 Corinthians 3:12-18

12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

The Veil of Modesty

Genesis 24:65-67

65 “Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?” Rebekah asked the servant.

And he replied, “It is my master’s son!” So she covered her face with her veil. 66 Then the servant told Isaac the whole story.

67 And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her very much, and she was a special comfort to him after the loss of his mother.

To Become the Bride you Must Remove the Veil
The Veil of Shame

13 A messenger came and told David, “The hearts of the people of Israel are with Absalom.”

14 Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”

23 The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the wilderness.

30 But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.

32 When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head.

Isaiah 29:15The Voice (VOICE)

Oh, it’ll be bad for those of you who conceal your thoughts from the Eternal,

who do your deeds in the dark and say:

“Who sees us? Who knows what we are doing?”

The Veil of Religion

2 Corinthians 3:13 The Voice (VOICE)

13 We do not act like Moses who covered his face with a veil so the children of Israel would not stare as the glory of God faded from his face.

The Veil is Removed

2 Cor. 3:14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:50-51a).

Acts 17:24

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,

Luke 13:34 (NLT)

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. 35 And now, look, your house is abandoned. And you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Hebrews 4:14-16The Voice (VOICE)

Since we have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God who has passed through the heavens from death into new life with God, let us hold tightly to our faith. 15 For Jesus is not some high priest who has no sympathy for our weaknesses and flaws. He has already been tested in every way that we are tested; but He emerged victorious, without failing God. 16 So let us step boldly to the throne of grace, where we can find mercy and grace to help when we need it most.

Take Off The Veil
2 Cor. 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

The Veil Does not Change How God Sees You

SO…IS THIS HOW IT ENDS? Feb. 27, 2015

FEBRUARY 26, 2015THE GATHERING JOURNAL

“…Well done, my good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of the Lord.  Matthew 25:21

Yard sales are one of my favorite pass-times!

Feeling blessed that we had happened upon an estate sale, my husband and I hurriedly found a parking space, and dashed inside.  It was a huge old mansion filled with priceless artwork, antiques, and expensive jewelry.  At one point, the grandeur of the place overtook me, and I stood in awe taking in all the wealth lying within the walls; but only for an instant, for I was ready to look for treasures.  Then…it hit me, and I began to cry.  As the tears streamed down my face, one woman approached me and asked if I was related to the deceased of the estate.  I assured her that I was only a shopper…just like her.  Unable to explain the tears, she quickly moved on to the next room, eyeing me curiously as she went as though I was somehow deranged.

I began to look for my husband, and finally found him in an upstairs room.  He too had a sad countenance.  I quietly took his arm and said, “I need to leave now…”  He nodded in agreement, as we headed out the door.  We were empty-handed.

We sat in total silence until we reached the driveway of our home.  “I’m sorry!” I sobbed.  “I know there were a lot of nice things there, but I couldn’t bear the thought of bringing anything home…”  He felt the same way.

How sad that someone would work hard their whole life only to have strangers come in and go through their beloved things…even down to their clothes, dishes, canned goods and groceries in the pantry!  It was like vultures had descended to devour; picking through things, pushing, grabbing.  It was pathetic to realize how greedy we humans can be at times.

I was reminded of the scripture that says, we came into the world naked, and we will leave the same way.  If we know Jesus as our Savior, we need to remember to lay up treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust can’t corrupt and thieves can’t break in and steal.  Those treasures are eternal.  No estate sales there!  No one picking through your belongings.  They are yours…forever, given by the Master to His good and faithful servant!

By: Anita Mondragon

Feb. 15 – True Love

Posted: February 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

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True Love

1 John 4:16

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love.

Romans 12:9-13 The Voice

9 Love others well, and don’t hide behind a mask; love authentically. Despise evil; pursue what is good as if your life depends on it. 10 Live in true devotion to one another, loving each other as sisters and brothers. Be first to honor others by putting them first. 11 Do not slack in your faithfulness and hard work. Let your spirit be on fire, bubbling up and boiling over, as you serve the Lord. 12 Do not forget to rejoice, for hope is always just around the corner. Hold up through the hard times that are coming, and devote yourselves to prayer. 13 Share what you have with the saints, so they lack nothing; take every opportunity to open your life and home to others.

 

Brokenness is the true sacrifice

Psalms 51:17

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Psalm 34:18 (NLT)

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;

he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

A Broken Nation

Zechariah 12:10 “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died. 11 The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the great mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo.

12 “All Israel will mourn, each clan by itself, and with the husbands separate from their wives. The clan of David will mourn alone, as will the clan of Nathan, 13 the clan of Levi, and the clan of Shimei. 14 Each of the surviving clans from Judah will mourn separately, and with the husbands separate from their wives.

Jesus Broken for Us

23 I passed on to you the tradition the Lord gave to me: On the same night the Lord Jesus was betrayed, He took the bread in His hands; 24 and after giving thanks to God, He broke it and said, “This is My body, broken for you. Keep doing this so that you and all who come after will have a vivid reminder of Me.”

Isaiah 53 The Voice (VOICE)

53 Indeed, who would ever believe it?

Who would possibly accept what we’ve been told?[a]

Who has witnessed the awesome power and plan of the Eternal in action?[b]

2 Out of emptiness he came, like a tender shoot from rock-hard ground.

He didn’t look like anything or anyone of consequence—

he had no physical beauty to attract our attention.

3 So he was despised and forsaken by men,

this man of suffering, grief’s patient friend.

As if he was a person to avoid, we looked the other way;

he was despised, forsaken, and we took no notice of him.

4 Yet it was our suffering he carried,

our pain[c] and distress, our sick-to-the-soul-ness.

We just figured that God had rejected him,

that God was the reason he hurt so badly.

5 But he was hurt because of us; he suffered so.

Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him.

He endured the breaking that made us whole.

The injuries he suffered became our healing.

 

Mark Hall on “Broken Together”

“Marriage is tough. We bring a lot of fairytales to the picture when it comes to marriage. We bring them to the altar with us thinking: ‘This is going to be perfect. We don’t have to be apart. We can just wake up together every morning and no one is going to have morning breath. We’re not going to have any problems.’ And then the problems hit and you don’t know where to file those into your picture. . . The idea I’m trying to say is: ‘Can you lay down who you thought I was and love the ‘me’ that is? Can we take this from where we are now and realize that I can’t be that person?’ Only God is going to be able to make this work and broken people can be broken together. To me, it’s probably the most important song on the record.”

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“Broken Together”

What do you think about when you look at me

I know were not the fairytale you dreamed we’d be

You wore the veil, you walked the aisle, you took my hand

And we dove into a mystery

 

How I wish we could go back to simpler times

Before all our scars and all our secrets were in the light

Now on this hallowed ground, we’ve drawn the battle lines

Will we make it through the night

 

It’s going to take much more than promises this time

Only God can change our minds

 

Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete

Could we just be broken together

If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine

Could healing still be spoken and save us

The only way we’ll last forever is broken together

 

How it must have been so lonely by my side

We were building kingdoms and chasing dreams and left love behind

I’m praying God will help our broken hearts align

And we won’t give up the fight