Monday, June 30, 2008

Sweetness!

Sweetness!

The sweetness of fellowship with our Lord is so very precious. It is awesome, majestic, healing, renewing etc... all of those things and more, but the remembrance of the Friday Fellowship of Psalm 19 this past Friday -- is just Sweet!

The worship was precious, then then Spirit began to teach us that we have been given the righteousness of Christ Jesus. The title of the message was "Wake up to Righteousness" from 1 Corinthians 15:34 KJV. I used the KJV simply because it said what the Greek says here. The context is that by waking up to righteousness (becoming aware of it, receiving it and its power in our lives) we will be empowered to live lives that are full of peace, love and goodness! The righteousness He gives is not something we work for in any way, but simply a gift that He is more than pleased to give to all who receive Him. Our lives are empowered by His righteous nature to reflect the love and goodness of Himself.

Passages highlighted were: 1 Corinthians 1:30; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:13-19; and the main scripture was 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. A CD is available. Just go to www.psalm19ministries.org and call the office (10-4 M-F) for instructions. (We will soon have the ability to order on-line, but for now we need you to call - sorry for any inconvenience, but I think you would really enjoy the CD).

After the service, there was such richness in the fellowship together that our facility was not closed until near 11:30 pm. We had such sweetness in our hearts about the Lord's gift to us and it was clearly empowering us to fellowship together much more deeply. Nothing here was shallow. Awesome -- truly awesome!

He is so good to do for us all needed for "life and godliness." (2 Peter 1:3) "...their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness." (Titus 1:1 TNIV)

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Bride Yearning


The following prose was written by one of my very bright and insightful students, Tina Hook. She and her husband are part of the Psalm 19 Staff and she regularly shares prose with me the Lord has inspired through her. I wanted to share this with you -- with her permission, of course. (The photo is from the collection Diane Hernandez took during a recent retreat's quiet time, again used by permission).



A bride yearning
Dressed in white
Hair gleaming down back
Unfettered, glistening
Curling down around
Feet upon the ground

Upon her head the bridegroom
Has set a circlet of pure gold 
Above her heart sapphires gleam
Upon her feet sandals of silver

Her face shines
showing the glory
Of the love within her
Raised in yearning
Chin tipped
Focus above

Upon the bridegroom
Who has come
To fetch her to His heart

His hands pierced 
Raised to embrace her face
In loving caress
Eyes of fire looking
Burning with intensity
Upon the face of His beloved

She decked in white
Drenched in oil
Running off the hem of her gown
To be ignited by His love
Always burning
Never consumed
In refining
Not destruction

Love shines
From burning eyes
Upon the head of His bride

Waiting, ready, prepared
And preparing for the return 
Of the King.

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Day Away

What an absolute wonderful day in our Lord's presence we had last Wednesday at Stella Maris Retreat Center in Skaneateles, NY. The house is a house of prayer, so very suited to embrace us and allow us very special time with our Lord Jesus Christ.

The photo is of my daughter leading us in worship with a small portion of the crowd showing. Lauren is a very special young woman with a heart very sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. (She is in full-time ministry in her church). If one looks closely, my husband is also seen to the left in front of the window on the keyboard. What blessings the Lord gives to me to work with my family in the ministry. It is a total joy to me. 

These retreat days are rich in worship, Word, and fellowship. There were prayers for healing and we had the delightful presence of Dr. Margaret Nikol and her anointing through her violin. She graciously played with our ensemble during the worship and then later for our offering. How very precious. 

We allowed the Lord Jesus to unfold Himself out of the Song of Songs 4-5 + some other parts of that beautiful book. It was a delightful time in Him. 

This past week-end I was in Nazareth, PA with Living Waters Fellowship for a special teaching Conference. The Lord gave me three words for the three times I would speak: Cleansed; Empowered; Released. He was ever so faithful -- always is. 

I am now busy getting the text-book ready for the coming Institute course on the Book of Hebrews. I will be teaching that this fall. 

Prayers are always appreciated.