Row Hosts

Russell,
 
I think I told you that your system of Row Hosts has really taken a toll on
us for these Prophecy Meetings because it takes so many people out of the
general work force.  And it�s true that we have gotten more people involved
because of the row hosts.  But I for one will be forever sold on the concept
because of what happened last night.
 
In the 2nd service, when you gave that call for people to accept Jesus and
come forward, I was praying for people that I knew needed to accept you. 
The first person to stand up and go forward was followed by my son Â? a row
host.  All of a sudden, I quit praying for the people (kind of) and started
praying for my son to be the person that would lead this man to Christ. 
What would it do to my 13 year old son to lead someone to Christ Â? it would
change his life forever!  What would it do to that older gentleman to see a
13 year old kid knowing more about the Bible and Jesus than he did!  Wow! 
 
After the meeting broke, I got distracted and was talking to various people
who I hope will go forward next time you have an altar call.  One of the
seminary students grabbed me and pointed to my son Â? open Bible, by himself,
with that man, leading him to Christ and leading him in the sinnerÂ?s
prayer.  I cannot tell you how much that meant to me.  I can�t begin to tell
you how it�s moving me now as I write this.  Wow!  I am in awe at what God
can do.
 
So, I want to thank you for allowing him to go through the training and to
go through the process to become a row host.  He knew this opportunity might
come.  After the first meeting and the call, he re-wrote some of the
scriptures on his hand, and they kept sweating off!  I�m sure he wasn�t the
smoothest, nor the most profound, but I want to thank you for allowing him
to have that opportunity.  I will be forever grateful for the impact that
will have on his life.
 
Thanks for making a Difference!

rog

God’s compassion

9/10/2004 7:04 AM
Title: GOD’S COMPASSION ON US SAVES US

S: “Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed,” for his
compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your
faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

O: I began reading Lamentations this morning and thought, “I’m tired of this
kind of stuff. Whining, complaining and in general it read like there was
nothing wrong wit the people, but a whole lot of wondering about what was
going on with God. But then I read this verse and it struck me. Jeremiah,
the weeping prophet, is surely very understanding about why all these
calamities have happened to the people of Israel and Judah. He’s also very
clear on the mercy and grace of God. If it wasn’t for that, he says,
everyone would be consumed.

A couple of verses down from there, he says this:
“It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone
in silence, for the LORD has laid it on him. Let him bury his face in the
dust – there may yet be hope. Let him offer his cheek to one who would
strike him, and let him be filled with disgrace. For men are not cast off
by the LORD forever.so great is his unfailing love.” Lamentations 3:27-31

Jeremiah is simply trying to say – take what God gives you, because he’s
trying to teach you his love and teach you his life and teach you to walk
with him.

A: Right now it’s feeling like a hard time, but not because of God’s
punishment, it’s just hard because of the amount of time we’re working and
the amount of struggles we’re having to get everything ready for the
meetings which begin tonight. But in this passage, I hear – no matter what
the struggles you face, lean on God – he is full of compassion and will hear
your words and will help you. In this passage I hear that whatever
struggles you face, that’s okay, because God is in charge and with these
things he’s refining your character and refining your walk with him.

P: Lord, I am not facing life like Jeremiah faced. I probably never will
face the things he’s had to face. But I know you’ve carried me through your
struggles. I know you’ve carried me through your trials. I know you’ve
carried me and held me close to you. I know you will carry me always.

I see Jeremiah expressing this same thing, Lord. You carried him, you
carried your people through the hard times, and you will carry me, my family
and my church. Thank you, Lord, for not consuming us, for not giving up on
us completely.

I am amazed, Lord, at the way you continue to go through the Bible and say
things like, “I give up on you forever.” “You are no longer my people and
never will be.” “I will destroy every one of you.” But no sooner do you
get those words out of your mouth and you say, “But a remnant will remain.
“A small number will remain.”

Lord, watch over us and keep us as part of the remnant. Keep us in
obedience to you. Lord, I pray for the Holy Spirit. I pray for the Holy
Spirit to guide us. I pray for the Holy Spirit to lead us. I ask you to
come and fill me with your power and your will. Please, Lord, make us like
you. Please fill us with the Holy Spirit.

the 144,000 and me!

9/9/2004 6:12 AM
Title: THE 144,000 (CHARACTERISTICS)

S: “No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been
redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with
women, for the kept themselves pure. They follow the lamb wherever he goes.
They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the
Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.” Revelation
14:3-5

O: There’s a big list to stack up against here.
1. Not defiled with women
2. Kept themselves pure
3. Follow the Lamb wherever he goes
4. Purchased from men
5. First fruits to God
6. No lie
7. Blameless

I know there is much discussion about whether they are symbolic or literal.
And I know that the Jehovah’s Witnesses believed at one time that would be
the total number of people who would be saved (or at least I think they
believed that).

A: To me, this goes beyond the mere symbolism or literal debate. I
think this is about a target that I am to shoot for. In other words,
wouldn’t it be great if all of these things could be said about me? I don’t
think they can be in every aspect right now. Do I follow Jesus wherever he
wants to take me? Am I blameless? Am I always pure?

I don’t mean that this is some list I must somehow legalistically follow.
Rather, I see this as a target that God is continually leading me to. More
and more I’ve been struck that although I do NOT have a part to play in my
salvation (other than making a choice), I DO have a part to play in my
sanctification. That’s a big $10 word for character development. God, I
believe, wants to see us grow more and more like him. I know that he wants
to see us listen to him, follow him, and become blameless like him.

P: Lord, I pray for the Holy Spirit. I ask you into my heart. I
believe you’ve had me on a journey towards greater obedience, greater
following, and greater trust for some time. I believe I’m not there yet –
I’m still a man in need of a Savior. I ask forgiveness. I’m a sinner. I’m
not blameless.

Lord, I want to be pure in heart – blessed are the pure in heart for they
will see God – I want to see your face, Lord. I want to be blameless.
David says, how does a young man keep his way pure – by meditating on you
words, your law. Lord, I ask you into my heart. I have read your word this
morning. I’ve read your desires for my heart. I’ve listened to you. I
want to be like you. Please come into my heart and fill me with the Holy
Spirit.

Tomorrow night is the opening of the Prophecy Explosion, Lord. You know
that, of course, but I want to pray for my neighbors, for my friends, for
people who’ve been invited. I want to pray for this tri-city area. I pray
you will come and lead people to hear about your word. I pray you will open
doors for people to find a relationship with Jesus Christ. I ask you to be
in charge, Lord.

I pray fro the details of manpower to come and fill us up with people to
serve, Lord. I pray you will give us the people we need to serve in the
areas that are still short.

Lord, come into our hearts and help us to listen to you. I love you.