We enjoyed a very good day in our church yesterday. I will do my best to limit my musings to a short list, it may be difficult because so many good things took place yesterday. As for my musings …
-We began our Revival/Renewal services yesterday morning. We have been anticipating this for many months and have been praying for it in earnest for several weeks.
-There was a great spirit in both services yesterday.
-We had a very good beginning to our Revival services. Our attendance was good in the morning and it was well above my expectations for the evening service. That is especially encouraging because we do not have regular Sunday evening services.
-Most of my pastor’s prayer group (from 5 different denominations) gathered an hour before our evening service and prayed over the sanctuary and with our special speaker. It was a powerful and encouraging time of prayer. I love this group of pastors and their heart for our community. It is always encouraging when pastors from different groups not only play well together but pray together and more importantly pray for each other and the different congregations.
-We appear to finally be past our winter weather. The 10 day forecast has the high above 50 each day. We were in the high 40’s on Sunday and the sun was shining. I am confident that helped people’s attitudes.
-We have several people who have rearranged their schedules, including some work schedules, so that they could attend and serve during our revival services. With that type of commitment and desire good things are bound to take place.
-Our prayer for revival is not just for our church, but we are praying that revival sweeps through our church and flows through our city and region. God is still God and he can certainly do it if we will respond in obedience to his leading.
-We had a few technical glitches, but it wouldn’t be a Sunday for us if we didn’t have a few of those. The glitches did nothing to dampen the spirit.
-Last night our altars were lined with people praying for a compassionate spirit and passion to share Christ in our community. They were praying for family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who do not know Jesus as their personal Savior. There were many tears as people were crying out for others and that they would have the courage to witness.
-I was encouraged in my spirit with our services and my prayer has been that revival would begin in me. I am not lobbing prayers at others without praying for my own attitudes.
-My wife did an outstanding job of putting together the music and leading us in worship yesterday. Her spirit is wonderful as she worships and leads us to worship. She has invested many hours in praying and planning for these special services. I am a blessed man.
-We have services scheduled for tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in us and through us.
-I am more convinced than ever that God is up to something good in Canton.
Here’s hoping that you are encouraged today and that you will find someone to encourage. If you are near Canton, Illinois join us for the remaining revival services. I know that you will challenged and encouraged.