What Has God Done? (Your Testimony!)

Posted on 01/06/2008 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

AUDIO: dialup - broadband - podcast

TRANSCRIPT: (may not contain everything found in the audio above)

Welcome to ALM CyberChurch, and welcome to 2008! If you're a first-time visitor, we want to invite you to make yourself at home in worship with us today, and be sure to click the welcome sign in the foyer before you leave, and pick up some gifts from us on the table.

Let's jump right into things with prayer. Let's all stand to our feet and welcome the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Spirit of God, you are welcome in this place! We have come here to fellowship with you, and to seek a closer, more intimate walk with Jesus.

We also ask that you be with those who may or may not be here who have requested that we pray for their needs.

We pray for Eve's best friend Sohrab, who believes Jesus is only one of many ways to God, and stand in agreement with Eve that you take him off his track like you did Paul. Hover over him, Holy Spirit, and remove the blinders from his eyes. May he see Jesus for who he really is, and may he surrender everything to the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

We pray for Ruth and her mother, who are battling the forces of witchcraft in their neighborhood. We ask that you raise up those who would cover them with prayer, and those who would war in the spirit with them. We also ask that you would help Ruth reach her goal of losing 100 pounds, and that you would bring healing to her mother's  knees, in Jesus' name.

We pray for Cora, who says she has developed a life-threatening allergy to chocolate, even the smell of it. We ask that you protect her, and bring her healing.

And Lord, we pray for this service, that you would have your way here today. May we not confine or limit what we allow you to do here, but may we recognize what is of you and let you have free reign over us today.

And it's in Jesus' name we pray.

Amen.


Click the pulpit for a notecard, and let's worship God with song.

PRINCE OF PEACE

You are holy (You are holy)
You are mighty (You are mighty)
You are worthy (You are worthy)
Worthy of praise (Worthy of praise)

I will follow (I will follow)
I will listen (I will listen)
I will love You (I will love you)
All of my days (All of my days)

I will sing to (You are Lord of Lords)
And worship (You are King of kings)
The King who (You are mighty God)
Is worthy (Lord of everything)
I will love and (You're Emannuel)
Adore You (You're the Great I am)
And I will bow down (You're my Prince of peace)
before You (Who is the Lamb)
I will sing to (You're my living God)
And worship (You're my saving grace)
The King who (You will reign forever)
Is worthy (You are ancient of days)
I will love and (You are alpha, omega)
Adore You (beginning and end)
And I will bow down (You're my Savior, Messiah)
Before You (Redeemer and friend)
You're my Prince of Peace
And I will live my life for You
(Repeat above 2x)


LORD PREPARE ME

Lord, prepare me
To be a sanctuary
Pure and holy
Tried and true
With thanksgiving
I'll be a living
Sanctuary 
For You


WORTHY IS THE LAMB

Thank you for the cross, Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace

Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious

High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb


Lord, thank you for your sweet presence with us here today. May we continue to worship you, remaining aware of your presence, as we praise you today by declaring the great things you've done in, through, for, and around us.

Thank you Jesus.

Amen.


You can be seated.


Today, instead of a bringing a message, I'd like to open up the mic to YOU. A lot of things have happened in 2007, and I'm sure you've had both blessings and trials this past year. And if we take just a few moments to think about it, we'll all see that God has done things in us, through us, for us, and around us.

And this is today's theme, the things that God has done in you, through you, for you, and around you.

We're going to do this through voice, so I'll give you quick instructions for enabling and using voice. If you'd like to share but don't have access to a microphone, you'll have the opportunity to do so. For the sake of consistency and the podcast, we'll hear from those with a microphone first.

Here are the steps to enable voice so you can hear the rest of this service, and hopefully so you can share what you've seen God do in 2007.

First, hold down the Control key and press P, for preferences.

Along the left side of the preferences box, click the Voice Chat tab.

Near the top you'll see a check box that says "Enable Voice." Make sure this is checked.

Click Apply, then click OK.

You should now have voice activated. If you need to turn up the volume once we switch to voice, there is a volume slider at the bottom right of your window.

If you still have a problem hearing people, it may be helpful to just move closer to the front, or use your camera controls to zoom in to the person speaking. You can also click the small button with the conversation bubble icons immediately to the left of the Talk button to pull up a list of people with voice enabled, and you can turn individual speakers up or down there.

If you don't have headphones, please make sure you do NOT have an orange outline around the Talk button while you're not talking. You can toggle this by clicking the lock icon on the left part of the Talk button.

If you have any difficulties, please respect the ones speaking and don't ask for help in public chat. Instead, you can instant message someone on the staff or ministry team, and we'll be glad to help you.

One final thing you need to know is that this is a public service, and it will be posted on our website and via our podcast. The typed testimonies will NOT be included in the podcast, but the spoken ones WILL.

If you want to share what you've seen God do, please either stand up or instant message me, and I will call on you one at a time.

And now we're going to switch from the audio stream to voice. If you're hanging outside the church somewhere, you'll need to come inside to hear the rest of the service.