Posted by: Ed | September 22, 2009

ELIJAH MIRACLE STORY & The Weekend that Was

INTENSE: If I had to pick one word to describe this weekend for me at Journey this would have to be it.

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THE MESSAGE was on a part of the “Elijah Cycle” that is full of emotion. It’s about the death of someone’s child. Yes, God raise him from the dead through Elijah, but if you enter into the story as the scripture intends, you can’t help but feel the pathos. The point of the message was that we are a part of & in need of God’s miracles in our own lives. Even as Nancy Regas read the story (it was a marvelous example of interpreting the scripture in the very reading of it – she had a keen grasp of the story & brought out the meaning as she read) the narrative seemed to grab your heart.
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DIANA HARSHMAN’S MY JOURNEY – The story of the miracle her family experienced in their son’s life was such a great parallel with the text & the message. I’ll let you in on a slightly embarrassing secret: as I was sitting there listening, I had to consciously say to myself, “Pull it together, Ed. Pull it TOGHETHER!” The prayer meeting we had for their son was one of the most powerful I’ve been a part of. _DSF1608 copy

GOD LANDING ON THE WORSHIP – I love it when this happens. I also am fascinated by how “not-controllable” this is. J did a great job of sensing what was going on.
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PRAYER & THEN PRAYER, DID I MENTION PRAYER – It seemed like the message, last week’s message & the momentum from last week’s God works all stirred up some people’s need for prayer in a big way. We had people lined up down the aisles & across the front as our awesome ASPT (after service prayer team) prayed with person after person. I didn’t get out of the building for about an hour after the service ended. I walked away thinking several things:
– We have a lot of need, acute needs.
– There are some great people in our ASPT – we need more!
– It’s hard to see people hurting
– I want more faith

SELAH – Our worship & prayer gathering called Selah, kind of picked up where the morning left off. Lots of needs & lots of prayer. It is such a beautiful sight to see the body of Christ serving & ministering to each other.

SURF THERAPY. The week leading up to the weekend was utterly full and to be honest, stressful. So it was cool to surf with some good friends on Saturday. It was pretty crowded but the waves weren’t bad & having your boys out there kind of multiplies the fun.

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Responses

  1. I gotta say Ed it is our priviledge to pray for the Body at Journey Community Church and I believe as we stretch out hands and arms over the people coming forward that God is breathing Life into them just like in the days of Elijah. I have no doubts that God uses ordinary people like myself to answer prayer, heal and give the encouraging gift of prayer. For some that means the difference between excepting what the world has to dish out and receiving from the God of Elijah.

    I find it interesting that he stretched himself out three times and Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day.

    I believe we give up to easily in these days. Imagine if the widow had given up after the first try because nothing happened, or the second she would have missed out on one of the most incredible miracles – a life raised from the dead!

    God wants to demonstrate His Love and Power in our meeting for His glory and namesake. God is Greater than Baal and Jezebel and Ahab. The unholy trinity. We can learn a lot from the widows of the Bible and about being persistent until God Happens in Our Lives, church and nation. Let’s keep at it until God comes!

    Just my thoughts…

  2. Man, I want more faith too. I think that’s a great prayer in and of itself.

  3. Great thoughts, both of you.

    Ed

  4. A wise person once told me, if you want to get to know me, you have give me your time and follow my agenda. You have to be humble because I give no time to proud people or bitter people or jealous people. I will always be kind to you because that is my nature. They were true to their word. They could always see where I was unable to see, people who wore masks and had false character. Who do you hang out with? To really get to know someone, you have to spend time with them. Travel with them, live with them, work with them and listen to them. Eliajh was a man who had a nature just like ours. I believe what made him different was the fact that he spent time with God, listened to him and then did what he was asked to do. It is a no brainer, you have to spend time with someone to get to know them’ The 24 hr prayer at JCC is like getting an appointment to spend time with the Most High God. Having an open door an appointment to speak to, hear from and get to know the power of his presence. How many people could turn down such an appointment? Everyone who hasn’t made one. Just a thought.

  5. I would like be in contact with you, my e-mail is
    charliz.flores@hotmail.com
    We are here in Aguascalientes, Mexico.


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