Sunday, May 27
From Allen – The first time I heard “Almighty God” was at the 2018 Passion Conference in Atlanta. This conference was designed specifically for college students, and there were roughly 30,000 people in attendance. It is impossible not to be moved by that many people singing “Almighty God, forever You reign, we worship You, for even the grave You overcome”. This is such a wonderfully grounded lyric to sing congregationally. We read in 1 Chronicles 16:23-24 to “Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” We declare His glory and marvelous deeds clearly in this very song. The chorus continues saying “We magnify, your people rejoice with hands held high, forever we sing You overcome.” It just keeps getting better and better doesn’t it!? Psalm 34:2-3 beautifully sings “My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” This song swings back and forth between that chorus and verses that prepare the congregation for the praise they are about to sing. These verses are a reminder of the sacrifices that were made for us. “With a crown of thorns, the veil was torn for me.” Because of the pain He gave for us, we are able to have a close an intimate relationship with our creator. The song goes into a hauntingly quiet bridge which simply repeats, “Your people cry, Holy.” He is indeed holy, worthy of all praise, and so with one voice we sing out “Almighty God, forever You reign.”
From Mark – “In this time of desperation, when all we know is doubt and fear…”. The beginning line of We Believe is an acute description of our day. Jesus himself warned us in Matthew 24 of the days coming to an end. Then He said, “but do not fear”. What?! This world is seemingly going crazy! How are we to respond to the hostility and death? To the uncertainty and calamity? To the hatred and unfettered evil? He told us himself, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world,” John 16:33. We have but one defense. The Gospel. As the church, we must remain a steady ship in this world of fear and doubt. We must declare with boldness, “We believe in God the Father, we believe in Jesus Christ, we believe in the Holy Spirit, and He’s given us new life”. And He can do the same for you. He can do the same for your unbelieving neighbor or family member. He can bring your marriage back together. He can heal your broken heart. Jesus is our only hope. Let’s declare this morning in one gigantic choir, singing for all the world to hear, “WE BELIEVE”!
Worshipping the reigning God in a world that so desperately needs to hear His voice. Lift up these truths this Sunday in a glorious, united voice! Declare that our God reigns, He is Almighty, and we believe He is the Savior of the World!
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Mark and Allen