Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed to you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until time for restoring all things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. (Acts 3:19-21 ESV)
I was elated during yesterday’s church sermon. This past weekend, we visited our college boy, I mean…young man. He has two favorite churches and when deciding upon one, he mentioned hearing they had a new pastor. Now, this was good news to us parents who were concerned with comments heard last time. At the end of spring semester, he told congregation, tithing was not necessary- red flag! God says, test me in this. Tithing is necessary. We easily found a great parking spot in a very crowded area. As we eased into our seats, the power of The Holy Spirit was permeating.
When a song is placed on our hearts during the week, and sung during worship, I’m simply amazed. It’s like being handed a phone, having a direct conversation with God. I’ve been enamored with Hillsong’s Who You Say I am, so many parts to grasp: In my father’s house, there’s a place for me, I’m a child of God- yes I am, His grace runs deep, Jesus died for me…Who the Son sets free, oh, is free indeed. I am chosen. You are for me, not against me, I am who You say, I am. It’s a powerful song. And as each song is sung, people were drawn into God’s presence. I was thinking…wow, they really must have a new pastor.
And when the pastor stepped up, it was the very same one. I could sense in a different state of mind, more humbled, dress was more fatherly than in the past, and sermon was amazing…even telling his congregation…we had to grow up…GROW UP magnified in my thoughts. Wow! My home church has been on fire with sermons, desiring spiritual babies to mature. Now, for a second week, a church in College Station, Texas…with a message to grow up. It’s like Christmas morning!
The most critical point, was the pastor’s prayer near the end. He prayed God to remove selfishness and pride from his heart. What if every pastor/church leader prayed this prayer…and then every believer? God can do so much through a repented heart. Truly, yesterday’s worship was a time of refreshing from God’s presence. All prophets spoke long ago, will come to pass. Dear friends, we have lots to do for the church to be ready. I’m grateful to see this pastor, turning back to God’s infallible Word. This is what we all must do…