And He said to them, "It is written,'My house shall be called a house of prayer,’…”
Matthew 21:13 NKJV

Monday, June 28, 2010

Have you ever wanted more passion in your praying?

Pastor Larry Booth
Our Father's House
June 28, 2010

One of the best inspirations I’ve ever found to dial up my own passion for the things of the LORD is to see HIS passion at work!!!

Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘I am zealous for Zion with great zeal; with great fervor I am zealous for her.’ (Zechariah 8:2)

GOD gets excited about things!!! The very language used in this text of the Bible speaks of white hot passion and zeal. The word for zeal literally means “to turn red in the face”. Imagine that…GOD gets so excited about Zion and about the city of Jerusalem that HE gets red in the face talking about it.

This is the same zeal that HE has for us. We hear it in HIS cry for Adam in the Garden of Eden. We hear it when Jesus cries out on the last day of the great feast and asks if any one is thirsty. We hear it in the last great invitation of the Bible in Revelation 22:17, And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

So…the next time you’re a little low on passion for the things of GOD, ask HIM to give you a download of HIS zeal.

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Bad Day for Jesus

Pastor Tony Hauck, COTRM
June 7, 2010

What would you think if I began by telling you that three people we prayed for this Sunday got miraculously healed? Would you consider that a good service? Well, no one got healed this Sunday that I know of, probably like most Sundays in most churches. And that leads to my point. I was reading in Mark and two verses stood out to me.

Mark 6:5-6 "Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching."

I thought, we’d be ecstatic if a few sick people got healed. Do you know what that means? It means a bad day for Jesus is still more than most of our expectations. Does Jesus marvel at our unbelief?

So then Jesus went about the villages teaching. I guess that’s all He could do, since He could do no mighty works. I wonder if that’s why the church is so full of teaching and so lacking in power. Maybe that’s all we have faith for.

Well I don’t want to settle for just good teachings. I’m determined to stir myself up, raise my expectations, press in, and connect with the Jesus I read about in the New Testament.
Who’s with me?