Every so often, you hear of someone finding something valuable in a home, yard, or even an old car that has set in a barn for several decades. They call that a Barn Find. I found something you may have not known was there, which very well could change your life. I call these, Chapter Finds.
This past week we looked back to the day,
September 11, 2001, fatefully called “911”, with tears in our hearts and eyes.
Greetings to all our Heritage Family and friends,
During the Corona Virus Plandemic, I felt prompted to keep our connection fresh with a weekly letter. Connection with you is very important, and each week it has been my privilege to send you a pastoral love letter so that you would know I am thinking and praying for you.
What is important to remember about Noah is that he was able to stay afloat when the whole world was in liquidation. God can hold us together as sure as He did Noah. I think it is time to recognize that what we are facing has not taken God by surprise. What is it that God may want to see happening in your life when the world, for the most part, is paralyzed with fear?
I had you on my mind this morning and whispered a prayer for you as the sun came up over the Tri-State. In those quiet moments of the morning a song began to play over and over in my mind and heart. “I’m a child of the king,” and then it expanded to, “We are the child of The King.” Do you remember or have you ever heard, the words of this song?
I’M A CHILD OF THE KING
“Once I was clothed in the rags of my sin Wretched and poor, lost and lonely within;
But with wondrous compassion the King of all kings
In pity and love took me under His wing.
Now I'm a child with a heavenly home
My holy Father has made me his own.
I am cleansed by his blood, and I'm clothed in his love,
And someday I'll sing with the angels above.
Oh yes, oh yes, I'm a child of the King
His royal blood now flows in my veins.
And I who was wretched and poor now can sing
Praise God Praise God I'm a child of the King.”
Don’t you think it is amazing how the words of a song can lift your spirits and brighten your day? I love it when the spirit of worship comes upon me unexpectedly and my mind transcends the moment. I am sure that there are times when we like David of old would say, “Oh! That I had wings like a dove that I could fly away and be at rest”, Psalms 55:6. You know, of course, that you have a love for peace? It is our love for peace that causes us to long for it when we find the world pressing in on us, as David did.
God, however, has done us one better under the New Covenant. First, we have the Prince of Peace living on the inside of us. Second, we have the Holy Spirit residing within and on us. The Dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit from the days of the Ark of the Covenant to the moment the Dove lit on Jesus’ shoulder at the baptism in the Jordan River. David had a dilemma that he felt was too difficult to face. It was the slanderous tongue of men. It is interesting to me that the dove that Noah sent out could not rest until he returned to the ark. Think of it, even the Dove of old found no rest till it returned to her ark, and today, with all that is going on in the world, we can find our rest in Jesus.
I am praying this over the church and my friends today:
- Holy Spirit, I ask you to fall upon us like you did on Ezekiel - Ezekiel 11:5.
- I ask you to rest upon us like you did Elisha - 2 Kings 2:9,15.
- I ask you to clothe us as you did Gideon and Zechariah - Judges 6:34/ 2 Chronicles 24:20.
- I ask you to move on us like you did Samson - Judges 13:25.
- Lord, I ask you to give us another spirit like you did for Joseph - Genesis 41: 38-40.
- May he come upon you today like He came upon King David - 1 Samuel 16:13.
AS A CHILD OF THE KING, YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPECT GOD TO DO IT.
I BELIEVE IN YOU! WE LOVE YOU AND LIVE TO SERVE YOU.!
Your loving pastors,
Cleddie and GayNell
Reading a portion of the book of Micah the other day I discovered he observed the same dilemma that the world is facing today. I never thought about it before running across this synopsis of the circumstances Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, was facing in his day.
This is a military term, and in every generation, it is relevant to the given hour. You may have seen the photograph of an empty church building that read, ”They are not missing, they are simply deployed.” A few years ago I was in California when a phone call was made to a man in the congregation. He had just finished his last assignment and was retiring from the branch of service he was in.
Have you been thinking along the same lines that I have found Cleddie thinking on lately? There are many ways that social scientists are defining the church today. It is interesting that history has a way of repeating itself, and in the past when the church lost its moral influence it was because it had once again begun to court the world. Theologians unanimously call this “spiritual adultery”. The strong words of the scripture in regard to the church are ignored and rarely ever mentioned. The term, adulterous, is a sad commentary on what the relationship with Christ and His Church should be. In the book of Revelation, we see a word picture of the church leaving its first love.