Sunday, October 18, 2009

Amazing Night!

Greetings friends. This past Friday evening was truly one of the most amazing night's that I have had the privilege of being a part of. We praised the King of kings! We worshiped the Lord of lord's! If that would have been all there was, it would have been enough. However, our loving Father graced us with His presence in such a tender, yet powerful way. He brought restoration! He brought healing!

We purposefully set aside a time within the event to minister to God's children, the "Bride of Christ". What happened was more than I could have ever hoped for. Not only was the aisle filled with people seeking healing prayers, the band also took time to minister to each other. No matter what our plans were, GOD'S PLANS WERE MORE IMPORTANT...and we knew and respected that. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

As most of you know, I don't shy away from using technology in worship. This past Friday night may have been the best use of technology ever. If you're not familiar with Skype, it's a simple video chat program that allows you to see & talk to people all over the world at no cost to you. With that in mind, I have a dear friend in Arkansas that has recently been going through some serious medical issues. I really felt like it would be a great opportunity to have her enter into the evening with us. So, after several failed attempts to get audio, we discovered that the mute button was pushed, fixed that, & we were off. There may be no more powerful words of encouragement than hers as to the power that this Night of Worship displayed. With her permission, here are a few excerpts from her e-mails that night & the following morning.

"Oh, my gosh! It was just incredible!"

"The lighting and graphics were amazing, and the voices blended so beautifully!"

"I thought it was awesome how Steve talked about Jesus’ triumphal entry and said, “It’s loud uncomfortable worship that brings him praise.“ What a great encouragement for everyone to worship freely!"

"it was a healing service, too! I can’t tell you what THAT meant to me!"

"When you did “Here in Your Presence” and “Revelation Song” and “We Cry Out” all in a row, I was just SLAIN! I kept thinking, “OK, now please please do “Healer,“ too, and you did!"

"Mark, the woman who was on your immediately left most of the night had a mean jump! I’m a little jealous! Sigh! In heaven…" - HA HA HA. Not sure who this was, but goodonya!

"if you hadn’t told me that guy was Samoan, I would have sworn he was Israel Houghton! What a perfect ending! “Everywhere That I Go” will go on my iPod tomorrow!" - Go Basa!

"I really thought I was going to watch tonight to enjoy the music and intercede in prayer. Little did I know how much serious ministry I would receive! I loved it when Steve talked about Elijah praying for rain and sending his servant to check the sky six times before he saw the cloud the size of a man’s hand the seventh time. I have felt so beaten down with this liver thing for over two months but I think I turned a corner tonight! It really expanded my faith a lot. I don’t care how many CT scans I have to take, I believe God is healing me and this season will soon be over!"

...The following morning

"I'm a different person today. I didn't even know I was under so much spiritual oppression until I got up this morning and IT WAS GONE! Thank you soooooooooo much for last night!"

So, if you played any role in putting on this event...BE ENCOURAGED! If you were able to be there and worship with the body that night...BE ENCOURAGED! If you weren't able to make it, thank the Lord for what he is doing here at FCC &...


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