Monday, November 19, 2012

What are we waiting for?

I was recently given a very insightful excerpt by Henri Nouwen about waiting. With Advent coming up, I thought now was the perfect time so share! But essentially, we all go through times of personal advent throughout our lives besides during the month of December. And in yet another way, our life is one big Advent, waiting for the 2nd coming of Jesus. So I guess any time is a good time to be reminded of these truths about waiting...
Here's the excerpt:
Waiting For God by Henri Nouwen
Waiting is not a very popular attitude. Waiting is not something that people think about with great sympathy. In fact, most people consider waiting a waste of time. Perhaps this is because the culture in which we live is basically saying, “Get going! Do something! Show you are able to make a difference! Don’t just sit there and wait!” For many people, waiting is an awful desert between where they are and where they want to go. And people do not like such a place. They want to get out of it by doing something…

It impresses me, therefore, that all the figures who appear in the first pages of Luke’s Gospel are waiting. Elizabeth and Zechariah are waiting. Mary is waiting. Simeon and Anna, who were there at the temple when Jesus was brought in, are waiting. The whole opening of the good news is filled with waiting people. And right at the beginning all those people in someway or another hear the words, “Do not be afraid. I have something good to say to you.” These words set the tone and the context. Now Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary, Simeon and Anna are waiting for something new and good to happen to them…

Waiting, as we see it in the people on the first pages of the Gospel, is waiting with a sense of promise. “Zechariah,…your wife Elizabeth is to bear you a son.” “Mary,…Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son” (Luke 1:13, 31). People who wait have received a promise that allows them to wait. They have received something that is at work in them, like a seed that has started to grow. This is very important. We can only really wait if what we are waiting for has already begun for us. So waiting is never a movement from nothing to something. It is always a movement from something to something more. Zechariah, Mary, and Elizabeth were living with a promise that nurtured them, that fed them, and that made them able to stay where they were…

Second, waiting is active. Most of us think of waiting as something very passive, a hopeless state determined by events totally out of our hands…But there is none of this passivity in scripture. Those who are waiting are waiting very actively. They know that what they are waiting for is growing from the ground on which they are standing…Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it…

Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes already present what we are waiting for. We wait during Advent for the birth of Jesus. We wait after Easter for the coming of the Spirit, and after the ascension of Jesus we wait for his coming again in glory. We are always waiting, but it is awaiting in the conviction that we have already seen God’s footsteps.Waiting for God is an active, alert - yes, joyful -waiting. As we wait we remember him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember him we create a community ready to welcome him when he comes.

Nouwen's encouragement for active waiting reminds me of Jer. 29:4-14 . The Lord tells His people to not just passively wait around while they are in exile to be brought back to the Promised Land. He tells them to get active! Build houses. Settle down. Plant gardens. Have children. Seek prosperity. Pray for this place!

I think the Lord wants us all to do the same things while we wait for His return. Our world is very broken and life is tough. Until Christ's return, in many ways, it will only continue to get tougher. But we have the greatest promise from God that we can always cling to. As Nouwen says, this Promise can nurture us, feed us, and make us able to stay where we are!

So as you go into the December Advent for Christmas, as you go through your personal advent, and as you wait for the 2nd coming Jesus, may you actively wait (one way could be by praying at HOME! :) and rejoice in the faithfulness of our God that you can cling to His promises and confidently trust Him that they will come true!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

"Foolish" Trust

We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the divine guidance of God being exhibited through child-like people who were "foolish" enough to trust God's wisdom and His supernatural equipment. -Oswald Chambers

Take this moment to ask God who you truly put your trust in. If you had to choose between trusting a really "smart" and logical person or trusting God, who would you really choose? Our minds know what the answer should be, but what do our hearts really do?

Trust is an essential aspect to any kind of relationship. A daughter trusts her Daddy to catch her. Parents trust (or should) trust their teenage son to make good choices. Students trust their teachers to teach well. Employers trust their employees to do their work. Wives trust their husbands to love and protect them. Husbands trust their wives to respect and support them.

You can't have much of a relationship with out trust. Or if you do have any kind of relationship, it's certainly not going to grow if you don't learn to trust more.

See what I'm getting at here? We absolutely need to trust in the Lord with ALL our hearts and never, ever count only on our own understanding of things. In every single thing we do, we need to seek His ways, acknowledge His perfect wisdom and understanding, and know that WHEN we do this, He WILL make our paths straight--He will guide us with perfect leadership.

And take comfort that this isn't something you just need to work harder at on your own. Jesus would LOVE to help you out on this. Ask Him right now and every day from here on out that He teaches you to trust Him more. But be prepared! This is opening up the door for Jesus to bring things into your life that may not make much sense at first. But He's teaching you to acknowledge HIM in it, not other "smart & logical" people.

Ask God to make you "foolish" enough to trust His wisdom and His supernatural equipment. Ask Him to give you child-like faith.

Here's a prayer-song about trust to get you started. :)
I Trust You by Justin Frederick

Friday, October 5, 2012

HOME is pleased to present 
"From Hate to Love" 
Walid Shoebat, A former PLO Terrorist who now Loves Israel.
In 1978 Walid Shoebat was sent with a bomb on a mission to kill Jews.
Today he is speaking out in their defense.
In “A Study on Islam in the Bible”,
Walid speaks to American on the grave dangers of Islam, which are grossly underplayed by both our media and our political leaders.

Date:   Saturday, October 20th 2012,
Time: 9:AM - 4:30PM
Place:   House Of Mission and Equipping (HOME)
101 19th Street, SW Sioux Center, IA
(Behind HyVee & Culvers)

$20 Registration Fee
*******Pre-registration required @  (see link below flyer)***********
********Please car-pool as parking is limited*********
Also, no child care will provided and lunch will be on your own

Contact:  (712) 202 4144

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shout Out for...

But don't stop reading this just because you're a guy.
Journaling is NOT just for girls.
I believe it is an important spiritual discipline for ANYONE! Even if you're not a good writer--it doesn't matter at all. You and God are the only one who reads the journal, right? God doesn't care if you're eloquent. He just wants your heart. :)

So hear me out on this...what exactly kind of journaling am I talking about? Well check out Psalm 107.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! 
His faithful love endures forever.
Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! 
Tell others He has redeemed you from your enemies.

Those are the first two verses. After that, the author goes on to list instance after specific instance that the Lord was good to them, that His faithful love was with them, that He redeemed them!

I encourage you to do the same thing! Go over your day, your past week, month, or year. Ask the Spirit to help you remember any and every specific instance that God was being good to you, faithfully loving you, and redeeming you. WHATEVER comes to mind, write it down. Even if it sounds silly, write it anyway. :)

It's kinda like writing your own Psalm 107! Maybe you're not necessarily telling others what God has done. (Not yet anyway.) But you're reminding yourself! And that's super important too. Because we are very fast-paced people who unfortunately are too busy moving forward that we can't take time to sit back and reflect on the past.

And something really cool happens in our hearts when we really, REALLY reflect on what the Lord has done specifically for us. We come to realize that He really does see us! Collectively and as individuals. He really, really cares about each and every one of our hearts: our hopes and fears and desires and concerns--everything! When we come to understand that more, we can't help but love Him even more. God created us in His image--with a desire to love and be loved. When we realize what God is doing each and every day to pursue our hearts and draw us to Him, the only response we can give is to love Him more! Amazing, huh??
Told ya it's really cool! :)

The last verse says "Those who are WISE will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord." NIV versions says "ponder" Whatever word you want to use, make journaling the newest spiritual discipline in your life!

Be wise. Record the instances that God is showing His goodness, love, and redemption SPECIFICALLY to you. Ponder, reflect, consider what that means about the Lord. :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Siouxland Prayer Alliance

We have an EXCELLENT way to start off your Saturday morning!
This coming Saturday, September 8th, from 8:00-10:00am, the Siouxland Prayer Alliance will be at HOME. This prayer alliance started with a woman named Shawn Lohry and a group of ten or so people have been traveling around the region for the past 10+ years. Their business is prayer--particularly intercession. We are BLESSED for them to stop here in Sioux Center!
These prayer warriors will be be lifting up prayers for HOME, for Sioux Center, and for the surrounding region, and they would love to pray with YOU as well.
If you feel the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart to join us on Saturday, we ask you to accept the invitation! If you haven't noticed by now, God has been doing some incredible things around here and we want to ask Him for more. Will you join us?? :)

Friday, August 31, 2012


Tomorrow (Saturday) night is another Ignite Service! 
Join us at 6:30pm (or whenever you can come) for some worship, fellowship, and learning.

The teaching will be on prophesying. If you're around, you really don't wanna miss this! Check out 1 Corinthians 12-14. Do you find it somewhat ironic that one of the most quoted/preached on/memorized chapters in the Bible (The Love chapter) is squished between two chapters about prophesying and other spiritual gifts? Why do we miss this??

Possibly because the word prophesying in itself is a bit...weird. The root-word reminds me a prophet which makes me think of the Old Testament and the prophecies written in there. Many of those prophets were speaking of the future and definitely not all good things. Which logically, you would think prophesying is about fortune-telling with a spiritual twist or something, yes? It's a lot easier to talk about or preach on love than it is about fortune-telling!

But Paul puts it pretty plainly for us in 1 Corinthians 14:3. "But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them." 

Sounds pretty great, huh? I mean, who doesn't want to be strengthened and encouraged and comforted? No matter where we are in our walk with God--mountain, valley, or somewhere in between--I believe everyone appreciates it.  
I know I do! 

Even if this word "prophesying" still makes you feel a little uncomfortable, I invite you to come to HOME tomorrow night anyway. Believe the Truth that God wants to help YOU in your walk with Him. He wants to provide you with strength and encouragement and comfort. See you tomorrow night!! It's gonna be a good time! :) 

If you can't make it Saturday night, check out the HOME website & sign up for prophecy on the 1st-3rd Monday nights. Here!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Boldly Entering

So we've all heard the story of Jesus' death & resurrection, yes? Do you remember the part about the curtain in the Temple being torn in two? Do you realize what that actually means?! Check out Hebrews 10.

Verse 19 is awesome: "And so,(AKA-because of what was said in the previous 18 verses) dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus."

Read that verse again. And again. Let that Truth sink deep into your being. Jesus sacrificed for our sins & made us HOLY once & for all. This is not just so that we can get into heaven some day. This is a vital Truth for our life right now. We are not Old Testament Jews who need to have priests offer day and night sacrifices for our sins, who are living in constant guilt, and who can't talk with God. Christ is our perfect High Priest! He made it possible for us to have a RELATIONSHIP with our Heavenly Father again. He made it possible for us to go into the MOST HOLY PLACE and talk with and listen to our Creator and unconditional Lover. 

And verse 22 says: "Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water."

Satan would love to try to convince you that you are not worthy of being in God's presence. He would love for you to keep your guilty conscience. He would love for you to stay as far away from Him as possible. 

It's been over 2000 years since Hebrews was written, and people are still living under the lie that we are guilty & unworthy of coming into God's presence. All of us hard-workers want to DO something in order to earn God's acceptance. But that's not grace. We need to accept Christ's perfect sacrifice one and for all. The author of Hebrews here is pretty straight-forward here. And I think it best to listen to him instead. :)

Can you relate??
Of course, God's Presence can be encountered anywhere, but we would LOVE for you to join us at HOME. While you're there, here's a few things you could do for starters:
  • Ask Christ's Holy Spirit to help you recognize when Satan is lying to you about your unworthiness in God's sight. 
  • Ask Him to help you accept His grace fully--to surrender your desire to do something to earn His presence. 
  • Ask Him to help you understand the Truth that you can BOLDLY ENTER into God's presence. (Just so you know, bold by definition means requiring or exhibiting courage and bravery. Because there's nothing to be afraid of. God DELIGHTS in you!) 
  • Ask Him to teach you how to go right into His presence with a SINCERE heart that FULLY TRUSTS Him. 
Our wonderful, loving Father will never force you go come into His Presence, but what a joy for both you and Him when you do come. So come (boldly)--He's been waiting for YOU! :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Prayer Boards

On the west wall of our Prayer Room, we have added prayer request boards and prayer guides!

If you have a prayer request--no matter how big or small--we would love to join in prayer for you! We have two boards for two categories: Community (Prayer for something/someone local) and World (prayer for something/someone NOT local) Maybe you're wondering what exactly is the point of a prayer request--can't you simply pray the prayers on your own? Are the prayers more important to God if more people pray them? I don't think it works that way, but I DO know that God LOVES community & relationships. He loves it when His people come and join together in unity. Presenting prayer requests to each other and praying with and for one another allows us to humble ourselves, set aside our differences, and come before His throne as the Body of Christ.

Please don't believe the lie that your prayer request isn't important enough--anything that is on your heart is worth lifting up to the Father. Consider it that you're doing US a favor by allowing us to unite as a community to pray for you. You're helping us build up the Body of Christ!

So please come to HOME to add your requests to the board. (If you don't make it in very often, you can also e-mail us your prayer request and we will get it on the board for you!) While you're there, you can check out other requests that are on the board AND you can grab a prayer guide that will help you in prayer & intimacy with Jesus. Our Father is so kind to us to give us His Word that TELLS us what to pray for. These guides highlight different verses throughout the Bible that we can pray back to God. Check out a few of the posts below for more about prayer. (A Delightful Promise & Pray Ten Times More )

Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Being an Overcomer

       This coming Saturday, our Ignite Service will be about overcoming fear and pride. Do you have fear & pride in your life? Maybe at a quick glance, most of us don't seem to have these. We aren't cowering in a corner out of fear and we aren't prancing around proudly with our noses stuck in the air. Yeah, we're just common people...
       But sorry to say, it's not that easy. You're going to have to look a little deeper. Why? Because like it or not, we have a fierce Enemy fighting against us and telling us lies. And he isn't called the Great Deceiver for no reason. He deceives us by convincing us to be scared of things we shouldn't be. He deceives us by telling us we're good enough to go through life on our own. You have to realize that these ideas aren't obvious in our lives. They've been implanted in our minds by the most kniving guy ever. And if you want to find more freedom in Christ--and I think we ALL do, then it's going to require some serious help.
        I encourage you to take some time in the next few days to sit down and talk with the Lord to ask Him to reveal some things for you. He would  LOVE to help you out! Ask Him to reveal the fear and the pride you have in your life. How is Jesus asking you to trust Him more and surrender your apprehensions? What areas are Jesus showing you that you actually think you will be okay to handle on your own?
       Tell Him that you want to live completely free in Him and that you want to be more aware of the lies the Enemy is trying to use against you. Ask Him to give you truth and righteousness and the gospel of peace and faith and salvation and the Word of God! (Sound familiar?? Eph. 6:10-17)
       And PLEASE come to HOME this Saturday, August 4th, at 6:30pm for a time of fellowship, worship, and learning how to be an overcomer! Hope to see you there! :) Remember--ALL are welcome!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Delightful Promise!

God LOVES when His people participate in His Kingdom work. Yes, He can do it all by Himself, but He earnestly desires for YOU to take part. BECAUSE He loves us so much, He won't do what we are fully capabale of doing ourselves (with His Holy Spirit dwelling inside us, of course!) He knows this is not so comfortable at first. But He also knows what is best for us (better than we do!) And a perfectly loving Father always does what is best for His children. So I say that we believe that Truth and accept His invitation to WHOLEHEARTEDLY take part in His Kingdom work.

HOME is a place to take part in the Kingdom work of interceding prayer. Do you fully believe the Truth that YOUR specific prayers are important and necessary?? That they ARE heard and they DELIGHT God's heart? Praying is not just something we should do because the Bible says so. We pray because it delights God's heart!

Think about this way--if a wife talks to her husband only because she needs something from him or because it's what a good wife does, she will talk to him for a while, but eventually may very well lose heart. If she talks to him because she knows how much he delights in hearing her voice and talking with her, she will continue to talk to him day in and day out. Even in times of trial or when she doesn't feel his delight, she can persevere through by remembering that Truth. Sometimes she might talk to him only because she needs something or because she feels like she should, but eventually the Truth that he delights in her will come through again. Do you believe this is true that your Bridegroom delights in YOU as well? Ask God to reveal more of this truth to you. He'd LOVE to help you understand.

So you want to intercede, but maybe aren't sure what to pray? An excellent way you can intercede is by praying into the promises that God gives us throughout the Bible. The Old Testament prophets list promise after promise of what is on its way for God's people. (Check out Isaiah & Joel & Hosea & name it!) And don't stop there--it's all over the New Testament, too. Throughout His Word, God is telling us what to pray for His people so we can pray it back to Him. This isn't taking the easy way out by not coming up with your own prayers or something. God made it easy for us in order to shame the wordly "wise." Check out 1 Cor. 1:18-31. Isn't that kind of Him?? :) Just believe the Truths that the Bridegroom desires for His Bride and tell Him that you want those promises to come!!.
      For example...Isaiah 62. This is a prayer for all God's people everywhere. This is a prayer for you individually, for your family, for Sioux Center, for Iowa, for the USA, and for the world! Tell God that you want to believe His promises in Isaiah 62 more. That you want ALL His people to understand His promises more. Remind yourself again and again that "the Lord delights in you and will claim you as His Bride!" (vs. 4-5) Repeat it in your mind until it sinks deep into your heart. Until you KNOW & understand it rather than just know about it.
       Notice what follows in vs. 6&7? YOU are part of the watchmen that pray to the Lord! "Give the Lord no rest until He complete His work!" AKA--Don't stop praying back these promises until they come true. And you won't stop (vs. 7) when you understand that the Lord delights in you (vs. 4) It goes in that order for a reason. :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pray Ten Times More!!

      On Saturday night, Bret Engelkes gave a teaching on prayer for our IGNITE service. For those of you who missed it, he gave some excellent, practical ideas for how we can pray. One of his suggestions was to have a prayer list, saying that you will pray ten times more than without one. They simply help add structure to your prayers and ensure that you don't forget anyone or anything during your prayer time!
      The one Bret went through was called the T-R-U-S-T prayer. If you click the link you'll find condensed versions of that one along with another one called FELLOWSHIP. If you desire a deeper connection with Christ, these are an excellent place to start. Both of the lists have a sermon to go with them providing further instructions. The sermon links are under the lists.

If you feel the Holy Spirit knocking on your heart, telling you that He wants deeper intimacy with you, NOW is the time to start. Please don't wait--accept His invitation.  I encourage you to print this off and put it in your Bible to use each morning in your time with God. You won't ever regret it. I promise! :)

Here's the link!! Prayer List

Monday, July 2, 2012


I don't know if you've noticed that we're in a bit of a drought. We need some rain!!
Here's an idea: Whenever you ask for some natural rain to pour down in this area, you can ask for some spiritual rain, too!
Take a look at Psalm 63:1-5...try praying the words back to God as a prayer for yourself, your family & friends, the people of Sioux Center, Northwest Iowa, the United States and beyond!

"O God, You are our God; 
    May we earnestly search for You!
May our souls thirst for You;
    May our whole bodies long for You
in this parched and weary land 
     where there is no water.
May we see you in Your sanctuary
     and gaze upon Your power and glory
Let us always remember that Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
      how we praise You!
May we praise You as long as we live,
      lifting up our hands to You in prayer.
May You satisfy us more than the richest feast.
      We will praise You with songs of joy."

Don't stop here! Check out some other Psalms or Apostolic Prayers and pray-read those, too. Don't know what Apostolic Prayers are? Basically they're prayers throughout the New Testament that apostles prayed for the Body of Christ. HOME has a list of them in the Prayer Room on the West wall. Come check 'em out!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

IGNITE Service!

Mark your calendars for next Saturday, July 7th at 6:30pm! There will be another IGNITE service at HOME. In fact, for those of you who don't know already, you can mark your calendar for every first Saturday of the month.
What is the IGNITE service? Well, it's not a church service, nor is it intended to be. It's a time for anyone and everyone who wants to spend more time connecting with God's heart. It's a time to connect with others in the community through worship, prayer, and learning together. We know you probably do this on Sundays too, but we want to make it clear that we're not trying to replace your church. It's just some BONUS time! :) But these people that come are from all walks of life, so that means YOU are definitely welcome. Don't let the Enemy try to convince you otherwise. We would LOVE to have you join us.

This time, the teaching will be on PRAYER. I don't know if you've noticed, but Jesus taught about prayer in the Gospels quite a bit. (Check out Luke 11 for example.) The fact that it's taught tells me that prayer isn't necessarily something that we naturally know how to do. Sure we know how to talk to others so we can talk to God, but I'm continuously discovering that prayer is SO much more than that.
Curious what else prayer entails besides talking to God? Come learn with us!
Saturday. July 7. 6:30pm.
ALL are welcome & wanted. Seriously. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Father's Day Reflections...

So Father’s Day has come and gone.What was/is your earthly father like?
Maybe this is an easy question for you to answer. Or maybe it brings feelings of grief or frustration or disappointment or even hatred.
Whatever feelings this question brings, I hope the reflection of it can eventually bring you around and point you to your heavenly Father.
Because He is the ultimate Father. And He’s always worth celebrating!
Why so? Well, I'm glad you asked because I would love to give you some Father-like attributes of God! :o)
{And I took the time to link all the verses to BibleGateway NLT version, so you should take the time to check them out!}
  • He loves & cares for you more than you will ever comprehend! (Eph 3:18-19)
  • He loves to GENEROUSLY give. (Luke 12:32 & Matt.7:11)
  • He is PROUD of who you are and who you are becoming! (Zeph. 3:17)
  • He is always thinking about you. ALWAYS. (Psalm139:17-18)
  • He wants to PROTECT you from harm and heartache. (Psalm18:30)
  • And He will HEAL you when you are hurting. (Jer. 3:22)
  • But He will also DISCIPLINE you in order to keep you from further pain. (Hebrews 12:6)
  • He loves to talk WITH (not just listen to) you about anything and everything. (Psalm 27:8)
  • He loves to TEACH you. (Psalm 143:10)
  • He loves child-like faith. Think of a 3 year old running and jumping into her daddy’s arms, 100% confident that he will catch her. (Luke18:16

How has God been a Father to YOU? Leave some comments if you so please! :o)

Come to HOME to reflect on this ultimate Father we have! Then stick around for some worship! (Check out the calendar for when there is live worship if you want.)
While you’re there talking WITH your Father, you could ask Him for a few things…And since we already covered that God LOVES to give to those who ask, here’s a few suggestions of what you could ask for:
  • Ask Him to reveal more of His Father-like attributes to you…and any other attributes as well.
  • Ask Him to reveal and fill the empty holes in your heart that your earthly father left open or that you’re trying to fill with something or person that just can't satisfy.
  • Ask Him to give you a child-like faith that is 100% confident He will catch you when you surrender.
  • If you’re a father, ask Him to help you become an even better father that points your children (& others) right to Him.
  • If you’re a mother, ask Him to strengthen your husband to be that kind of father, and ask Him to strengthen you to walk alongside your husband—supporting him every step of the way. 
Regardless of how this past Father's Day was for you, I hope that your next one will be full of joy, celebration, and delighting in your heavenly Father. And that you can thank God for what He taught you through your earthly father--whether that be mostly good or mostly bad. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Heart of the Father

"It's not about numbers". You hear this so often, but yet we all like to see crowds in church or at events. Why? Each of us view success a little bit based on numbers. If something is well attended, it was successful. But do numbers matter? No. And yes. 
         All through the Bible there are stories of people joining together in prayer. In Esther 4 Esther asks Mordecai to "gather together all the Jews" to fast (and probably pray) on her behalf. In Matthew 26 Jesus' disciples go with Him to the garden of Gathsemane and He tells them to "watch and pray". Acts 1 talks about the disciples, along with others, joining "together constantly in prayer" (vs 14) and Holy Spirit showing up in a big way. And Revelation 5:8 tells of the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders who are gathered around the Throne, "falling down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints". There seems to be something about multiple people joining together in prayer over an issue or topic. It's the same reason we ask others to pray for things going on in our lives. It's about people coming together in unity over an issue. Being one as the body of Christ. As someone said once "When one of my daughters comes and asks me for something, I admit, it can be easy to say no. But when both of them come to me as a united front, asking for something together, it's much harder to say no!" It can be the same with God. He LOVES to see His children joining together in unity and praying. And He's waiting for us to do so! Isaiah 30:18-19 says "Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!". Matthew 7:9-11 says "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!".  And Psalm 2:8 "Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession".
     Is it about numbers? Maybe. But it is about unity.
     Let's join together in prayer and touch the Father's heart.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A time to come HOME

H.O.M.E. has recently come to completion, and with nearly 200 seats in our Prayer Room, there is plenty of room for you to come find a spot, get comfortable, and sit before the Lord. Many have already found the joy of sitting at HOME with their Father, talking with Him and hearing what He has to say. How He loves to spend time with His children! He longs to have a relationship with us! Oh, that we would be like Mary and sit at His feet and listen to His every word. 
Whether at home or at HOME may we be diligent in seeking our Father.

"One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple." Psalm 27:4

Is it time for you to come HOME?