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Maranatha! Come Lord, Come!

Luke 2:9

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Life ChangeDo you have any idea why we celebrate Advent – or don’t? Advent is more than the period of time that begins with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and runs through Christmas Eve. It is more than merely a time of awaiting the coming of the baby Jesus in the manger. In the fourth century when they began to celebrate Advent – it was also a time of remembering and waiting on the Lord’s return.

Have you ever heard the term Maranatha? It is an Aramaic term that literally means – Come Lord, Come – and was often used to invite our Lord’s return. I have used it for years on this blog page and in my e-mails (at times). Continue reading

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The Glory of God

Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

IMG_0301OK – revival is almost over for the summer of 2015. We have one last service – Sunday at 11 am (one service – combined worship). I hope you can attend. It should be an exciting time of worship and celebration of an excellent week of revival.

Revival this summer has been a great blessing to me. I hope it was to those who attended as well. Our next revival will be February 7-10 in 2016 – our third annual Pre-Lenten Revival. I’m working on a guest speaker that will bring God’s word to us.

Revival is all about an intense time of hearing God’s word through music – testimony – prayers – and the reading and proclaiming of God’s word. We hope that those who attended felt closer to God as the services come to an end this summer.

Today’s passage says – The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Not only do the heavens declare the glory of God – but we did as well this week during revival. Some of the prayer concerns – lifting our hearts to God – some of the praises and testimonies – and some of the times at the cross – really lifted my spirit and helped to bring me into God’s presence. Each team had a uniqueness about them and each helped to bring us into the presence of God. Continue reading

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