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God of this City – The Church

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14

God is God of the Church.  I’ve written earlier, here, about how much the Lord love His bride, His church, His city on this earth.   But the Lord’s love is not blind.  He sees our humanity, arrogance, love of the world and lack of brotherly love.  And then…He sees Jesus.  He sees His church washed in the blood of the Lamb, clothed in white garments..redeemed.  He cherishes the church and like a happy, anxious groom, is breathless with anticipation to see His bride walk down the aisle towards Him.

Is this the church we see?  Or, like the world, are our eyes so clouded by all the faults and glaring flaws, that our relationship with Jesus is hindered?  

God is still God of this City, the Church.  With all her present problems, the Lord still knows what He is doing.  He is completing a work which began before time, a work of great diligence, requiring perfect patience and grace. 

When you look at your own local church, ask the Lord for new eyes, to see as He sees. To see through eyes of patient grace.  And love.  Ask to see what Jesus saw, when He became sin for us, so that we, the Church, might become the righteousness of God.

He is still God of this City.

“For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City.”

Below are a few links of things the Lord is doing in our local church/city.  Let us pray for our local churches, that they will be cities on a hill, and His light in the surrounding darkness.  And, now and then, may the Lord grant us a glimpse of that glorious wedding day to come as we worship Him!   I can’t wait!!

http://andyfalleur.typepad.com/go_for_a_coffee/2010/09/satur.html

http://jonjuane.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-church-is-growing.html 

http://saulgood.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/jericho-road/

 

God of This City – The Song

“And they will call you the city of the Lord!”  Isaiah 60:14

“And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.”  Revelation 21:24

We are the city of the Lord…and He is Lord of our city!   The following song by Chris Tomlin can take on many meanings;  it can apply to the geographical city in which we live, the spiritual city He has made us to be in Christ, and the eternal city to come, the place He has prepared for us.

For “Part One”, I simply want to give you another song of worship!  More thoughts on this will follow later this week!  I uploaded this in the Blue Music Box so you can listen, worship and sing to the Lord!  Blessings to all of you! 

 

God of This City
by Chris Tomlin

You’re the God of this City
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are

You’re the Light in this darkness
You’re the Hope to the hopeless
You’re the Peace to the restless
You are

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater thing have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here

There is no one like our god
There is no one like our God

Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this City
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here.

 

Billy Graham’s Birthday!

“You are the light of the world….Let you light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14, 16

Billy Graham is living proof of this verse.  He’s allowed the light of Christ to shine through him to the world, bringing many to a personal relationship with Jesus and glorifying the Father in heaven.  Dr. Graham turns 90 on November 7th, and we have a privileged opportunity to shine some light back to him as a gift.  The short video below by Franklin Graham explains how, or you can click HERE, to write a birthday note of thanks to one the world’s greatest evangelists and most humble of servants

Light and Darkness

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:5 (RSV)

“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, and the light around me will be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day.  Darkness and light are alike to You.”  Psalm 139:11-12

Sometimes I’ve overwhelmed by the darkness, less so literally than spiritually.  Sometimes I can barely read the little one-liner news headlines that greet me when I start my computer.  Even news from well-meaning, Christian sources calling us to pray, can often create more discouragement or despair in me, than hope and prayer.  Everything in me longs to either hide from or stop the tide of corruption, immorality, death, and other dark news. 

The Lord calls me, us, to return the Light, the truth, God’s Word–while it is yet Today. 

“For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” II Cor.4:6

“..pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star arises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:19

Creation speaks of the glory of the light.  In the dark, colour is indistinguishable, suspicion is aroused, and fear is pronounced.  The minute the sun begins to rise, colour and clarity are revealed.  Lilias Trotter described the transformation of the landscape as she watched an alpine sunrise overtake the night:

“One hears of the light chasing the darkness–but I never saw it done before.  It was literally hunted and driven down due west by the sunrise, into this great bay of sky between the Matterhorn and the Obere Gabelhorn.  When I went to keep watch in the front of the house at quarter to five, the sky was still soft lavender blue.  Then came from the zenith a flush of violet, sweeping the blue down to the snow of the skyline–and that was chased down by mauve, and the mauve by dim rose colour, and the rose by apricot.  Then the peak of the Matterhorn flamed up in brilliant rose and madder–and the day has come!”

C.H Spurgeon shares a similar triumph of light:

“When the Holy Spirit give us us spiritual light and opens our eyes to behold “the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” then we also behold sin in its true colours and ourselves in our real position.  We see the Most Holy God as He reveals Himself, the plan of mercy as He offers it, and the world to come as the Word describes it.

Spiritual light has many beams and prismatic colour, but whether they are knowledge, joy, holiness or life, they are divinely good.  If the (physical) light received is thus good, what must the essential Light be, and how glorious must the place where He reveals Himself be! 

O Lord, since light is so good, give us more of it, and more of Yourself, the true Light…..O Lord Jesus, be our Light throughout the whole of this day, for Your light is the light of men.”

Just as the sunrise gloriously overtakes the darkness of the night, let’s allow the Son of God to fill our hearts each morning with His new mercies, His beauty, His grace.  Until we come to the land where “there shall be no night” (Rev 21:25), we need to open wide the shutters of our minds to the brilliant beams of His Word and Holy Spirit, Who will flood us with unfailing encouragement, promise, and hope! 

“Thou dost make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy!”  Psalm 65:8