I will come to You in prayer I will seek Your face I will stand within the gap There will I intercede
For every time I pray I move the hand of God My prayer does the things My hands cannot do For every time I pray The mountains are removed The paths are made straight And nations turn to you.
I am weak and helpless Lord You, my strength shall be Guide me with Your gracious hand There will my victory be.
GOD WILL MAKE A WAY (Don Moen)
God will make a way, Where there seems to be no way He works in ways we cannot see He will make a way for me He will be my guide Hold me closely to His side With love and strength for each new day He will make a way, He will make a way.
By a roadway in the wilderness, He'll lead me And rivers in the desert will I see Heaven and earth will fade But His Word will still remain He will do something new today.
God will make a way, Where there seems to be no way He works in ways we cannot see He will make a way for me He will be my guide Hold me closely to His side With love and strength for each new day He will make a way, He will make a way
ABOVE ALL (Michael W. Smith)
Above all powers above all kings Above all nature and all created things Above all wisdom and all the ways of man You were here before the world began
Above all kingdoms above all thrones Above all wonders the world has ever known Above all wealth and treasures of the earth There's no way to measure what You're worth
Crucified laid behind the stone You lived to die rejected and alone Like a Rose trampled on the ground You took the fall and thought of me Above all
HE (Richard Mullen)
He can turn the tides And calm the angry sea. He alone decides Who writes a symphony.
He lights ev'ry star That makes our darkness bright. He keeps watch all through Each long and lonely night.
He still finds the time To hear a child's first prayer. Saint or sinner call And always find Him there.
Though it makes him sad To see the way we live, He'll always say, "I forgive."
He can grant a wish Or make a dream come true. He can paint the clouds And turn the gray to blue.
He alone knows where To find the rainbow's end. He alone can see What lies beyond the bend.
He can touch a tree And turn the leaves to gold. He knows every lie That you and I have told.
The virtue of forgiveness ran through my ears three times in a row over the past weekend: (1) At a Mandarin Fellowship group sharing on Friday, the leader quoted from a U.S. survey that one of the top three ways to gain happiness is to forgive. Another way is to be altruistic, i.e. having unselfish interest in the welfare of others. I don't quite remember the third way. It has something to do with being religious.
(2) At my Team of Love group sharing on Saturday, the air suddenly smelled apologetic. There were public apology for wrong attitudes, followed by hugs of forgiveness. I could literally 'hear' the release of built-up inner pressure through uttering of the three magic words "I am sorry".
(3) During the Sunday sermon, a visiting preacher quoted from Phil 4:19: "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Though the message was mission focused, it dawned on me that as we forgive one another in Christ Jesus, our heavenly Father is glorified AND He will richly meet all our needs, including the healing of our hurt emotion and lifting of low self-esteem.
My take home lesson : there is always healing joy through forgiveness in Christ Jesus.
I propose this slogan for our upcoming Badminton League as part of our long-term vision to outreach to unbelievers : FAIR, FUN, FRIENDSHIP, and FELLOWSHIP. God will certainly smile if we Christians and unbelievers act and play on the court as a happy FAMILY.
I just got off from my very first band practice of a Praise team - with keyboard, base guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, vocalists, etc. It was an eye-opening experience for me, because I've never played guitar in a band, nor have I jammed music with so many people at the same time.
God created music not only for us to praise Him, but also our own enjoyment and satisfaction. The joy of being able to hear other instruments while playing mine on the guitar is indescribable. You need to be there yourself to feel it. In a word, it is very very 'JEN' (非常'正').
May God be pleased as everyone in the Grand Praise team does his/her best to exalt and praise Him. Amen!
I remember long time ago I read a novel for my freshman English class titled "Displaced Person". These two words have stuck in my mind for a long time. Recently, I learned from the cover story of "Westways" - AAA magazine - that a person by the name Will Rogers (he was supposedly a famous rich cowboy with an Indian heritage back in the early 1900s) had once said, "I never met a person I didn't like."
These eight words also stuck in my mind as I pondered my new year resolution in 2007. I have been blessed by my CSAF small group this year in that everyone has tried to support one another in love. How I wish that Will Rogers' motto continues to live on among us that no one (whether belivers or unbelievers) will be left displaced or disliked. May we work harder to appreciate one another. In God's eyes, no one is of absolute zero value, and everyone is eternally priceless.