Sunday, April 20, 2014

With All I Am



Romans 12:1 encourages us to worship the One who truly loves us by offering ourselves to Him as 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." (NIV)
Years ago, I came across the Hillsong worship song "With All I Am." In many ways, this song is an expression of Romans 12:1.

Then last week I ran across a YouTube video version of "With All I Am" by "Mine is Jesus" that transported me into the presence of God in a very powerful way. So I'm sharing it with you. May this song unite your heart with the One whose sacrificial death we commemorate on Easter Day. 

He is worthy of all I am!


WITH ALL I AM 
Lyrics & Music by Reuben Morgan
Worship Leader - Darlene Zschech
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right corner to view video in full screen mode


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

La brisa que no avisa


Padre, quiero oír Tu dulce voz. Pero a veces Tu eres como la brisa que no avisa. Y mi corazón vela por Ti y yo te espero. Espíritu de Dios ven a mi vida como la lluvia que tardó ...




Vuelve a llamar ... que listo estoy. Por favor, vuelve a tocar mi corazón. La verdad es que este jardín de intimidad se marchita si Tu no estás. Entonces Señor Jesús, vuelve a llamar porque quiero escuchar Tu dulce voz. Es un secreto entre los dos la intimidad entre Tu y yo.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Restlessness


 Are you restless? 

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”  
     ~ St Augustine of Hippo

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” 
 
      ~ Blaise Pascal

Listen to this song by Audrey Assad and allow Him to fill your heart . 

He is the Only One who can fill your vacuum and enable you to find real rest.
 
I AM RESTLESS  ~ By Audrey Assad

LYRICS to "I AM RESTLESS"


"You dwell in the songs that we are singing
Rising to the heavens, rising to Your heart, Your heart
Our praises filling up the spaces
In between our frailty and everything you are
You are the keeper of my heart

And I am restless, I'm restless
'Til I rest in You, 'til I rest in You
I am restless, I'm restless
'Til I rest in You, 'til I rest in You
Oh God, I wanna rest in You

Oh, speak now for my soul is listening
Say that You have saved me, whisper in the dark, the dark
'Cause I know You're more than my salvation
Without You I am hopeless, tell me who You are

You are the keeper of my heart
You are the keeper of my heart

And I am restless, I'm restless
'Til I rest in You, 'til I rest in You
I am restless, I'm restless
'Til I rest in You, 'til I rest in You

I wanna rest in You

Still my heart, hold me close
Let me hear a still small voice
Let it grow, let it rise
Into a shout, into a cry

Still my heart, hold me close
And let me hear a still small voice
And let it grow, let it rise
Into a shout, into a cry

And I am restless, I'm restless
'Til I rest in You, let me rest in You
And I am restless, so restless
'Til I rest in You, 'til I rest in You
Oh God, let me rest in You."

Songwriters
Audrey Assad & Matt Maher










If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me, and let him drink. As the Hebrew Scripture promises in Isaiah 44:3 and 58:11, the one who trusts and believes in Me ... ‘Out of his innermost vacuum rivers of Living Water will flow.’ Now He said this concerning the Holy Spirit. (Paraphrase of John 8:37-39).
 
Download this song from iTunes, Amazon.com or your favorite music downloading service.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

May Colorado Springs Listening & Healing Prayer Seminar


Monday (1 to 6 pm) and Tuesday (9 to 5:30 pm) 
May 19 - 20, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
      

Where?     Woodmen Valley Chapel 
                     290 E Woodmen Road
                     Room 107 – Worship Center

Who?        Anticipating 50 to 100 people 

How?        Registration and additional info 
                    Email Diane


Cost?        $50 per person / $95 per couple / $30 for alumni

The People Resources Team (PRT) of The Navigators will be presenting a Listening and Inner Healing Prayer Seminar on May 19 and 20 hosted by the Woodmen Valley Chapel. Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

The gospel of Luke tells us of how Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah 61 in beginning His ministry on earth: 
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” 
A big part of the mission of the Messiah is to bring healing to the broken places in our hearts and to set us free in areas where we're being held captive.

Do you have places of brokenness in your heart or areas of life where you don’t sense you are fully free? Or would you like to be able to help friends and loved ones who struggle in these areas? 

The seminar provides a framework of teaching, time alone with God, training in how to facilitate this ministry with others, and opportunities to share your life and experiences with others. The teaching is multifaceted and includes music, film clips, worship, and opportunities to get your questions answered. 

Be sure to reserve your place by taking the time to register today!


 


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weakness and Vulnerability


I felt so foolish yesterday for not knowing what to say to Bill on the phone. He was hurting and I felt so inadequate to help him. I feel like I’ve been wasting so much time watching TV and not been seeking You. Please forgive me for not walking more closely with You and for missing the opportunity You gave me on the phone.

I want to listen to You this morning. I desperately need You, Your closeness, perspective, direction … the sense that You are living Your life deep within me. When I speak, I yearn for You to help me to know what to say and how to say it.

But as for me, being near to You oh God is my greatest good. You are my only True Refuge and the One I yearn to be deeply united with. I wait on You and You alone.

Lord Jesus, in Your All Powerful Name I command all the other voices to be silent and not interfere. I desire to hear from You, the One True voice, this morning. What is Your anointed,... life-giving,... renewing,... refreshing, and transformational Word for me this morning? Bring Your word to Your servant in spite of my many faults and weaknesses.

I come to you, my son, despite your imperfections. I am the High Priest who is touched by the feeling of your infirmities. For My word to you is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of your soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow. My word is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of your heart. In fact there is no creature that is hidden from My sight, but all things are open and laid bare to My eyes, the One who has called you to belong to Me.

I am your great High Priest who has passed into the heavens. Yes, I Am Jesus the Son of God. Hold fast to your confession of faith and to the grace by faith relationship of love you have with Me. My son, always remember that you do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with each and every one of your weaknesses. Truth is, I Myself have been tempted in all the things that you struggle with. The difference is that I am without sin. So draw near to Me and My Throne of Grace with confidence, so that You may receive the mercy and grace you need to help you in all your times of need. 

You are Mine! You belong to Me and I will never let you go. You have My word on it!

Thank You Jesus for taking the time to commune with me

A VIDEO SONG ABOUT WEAKNESS

Sunday, March 23, 2014

God’s Riches Amidst Incredible Poverty


Nearly half of Nicaragua’s population of six million lives below the poverty line.  Our team visited an isolated area off of the main highway known as Las Banderas (The Flags) twice. On Sunday we conducted a worship service and on Wednesday a "Design for Discipleship" Bible study. Most of the makeshift homes in this neighborhood had dirt floors with no running water or electricity.  But the residents were rich in faith and love. Here is a picture of the children who attended Sunday school.

The bulk of our week long investment in Nicaragua was leading two back to back couples conferences for 50 Nicaraguan Pastors and their wives under the sponsorship and on the campus of "Chosen Children's Ministries" in the province of Masaya. The first part of both two-day gatherings consisted in teaching these couples all about the Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

Most who attended had never been exposed to this teaching. We heard comments like, "I never knew my spouse's love language was Receiving Gifts, or Words of Affirmation, etc." You could see a visible glow of love on the faces of most of the couples as the learned how to better love their mate. They were also eager to introduce this material in the various churches they represented.

The second part of both conferences was teaching and training the couples in Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer. Several wives received deep healing from abuses they were subjected to as little girls. Extending forgiveness to people who had hurt them in the past was also something that many of the men shared. 

I teamed with one of the women on our team and prayed with a wife who was in deep captivity to resentment and bitterness due to the severe abuse of her step father. She was notably withdrawn, visibly depressed, and said she was awakened each night by horrific nightmares. When we first talked to her she said she could never forgive this person for what he had done to her. 

After she told us her story, we asked her if she would be willing to listen to God with us about what had happened. She agreed to pray with us. At one point as we were praying she related that Jesus told her He wanted her to forgive her abuser. I asked her if she was willing to do what Jesus requested. Through many tears, she shook her head in affirmation. She prayed and not only forgave her step father but also asked God to forgive her for holding onto this bitterness for more than 15 years. It was such a privilege to be a part of the transformation of this woman's heart.

By the end of our time together her face was glowing and her depression had lifted. She said she believed this was the beginning of a whole new chapter in her life

Thank you for your prayers and for all that God did during this important week in Nicaragua.  
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes! – Ephesians 3:20-21 The Message

I CAN HEAR YOUR VOICE


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Healing the Broken & Setting Captives Free


Saturday morning, March 14, 2014

The excitement is mounting. A small team of Navigators take off today for Nicaragua on a week long mission trip to help 60 Nicaraguan Pastors and their wives. Other team members will be helping these couples in their marital communication by taking them through the Five Love Languages material.

The Mission of the Messiah was first prophesied in 600 BC by Isaiah when he wrote that the Chosen One was coming to bring good news to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, and set captives free. As if this wasn't enough, he also said that the these freed and healed ones would go on to rebuild the ancient ruins, raise up the former devastations, and repair the ruined cities. (Isaiah 61:1-4) Jesus claimed He was the One Isaiah wrote about in Luke 4:18-19. As you know from previous communications, God has allowed me to experience His healing freedom and called me to carry His healing ministry to His people in the cities across the US and to the broken people of our hurting world.

So after the Five Love Languages teaching, I'll be spending a day and a half training the first 30 Pastors and their spouses' in listening and inner-healing prayer. After a day off to catch our breath, we'll do a second training for the 30 remaining couples. Our Nav team members will co-labor in this training and be available to meet with people one-to-one. Our goal in this facet of the conference will be three-fold:
  1. Help the Pastors and wives in their own healing and freedom from wounds of the past,
  2. Train them to facilitate this ministry with people in their families, congregations & neighborhoods,
  3. See this ministry multiply throughout this war torn country and touch many lives.

I want to invite you to pray and ask the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to meet us in a very special way during our week in Nicaragua by working deeply in each heart. Ask that He would heal and equip the 60 pastoral couples and multiply His healing freedom throughout this country of six million for the praise of His glory.

SET ME FREE by Casting Crowns
A powerful video song @ the mission of Jesus