Celebrating Life

Posted on 10/27/2013 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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DAYS OF ELIJAH

These are the days of Elijah,
Declaring the word of the Lord:
And these are the days of Your servant Moses,
Righteousness being restored.
And though these are days of great trial,
Of famine and darkness and sword,
Still, we are the voice in the desert crying
'Prepare ye the way of the Lord!'

Behold He comes riding on the clouds,
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call;
Lift your voice, it's the year of jubilee,
And out of Zion's hill salvation comes.

These are the days of Ezekiel,
The dry bones becoming as flesh;
And these are the days of Your servant David,
Rebuilding a temple of praise.
These are the days of the harvest,
The fields are as white in Your world,
And we are the labourers in Your vineyard,
Declaring the word of the Lord!

There's no God like Jehovah.
There's no God like Jehovah!


MY REDEEMER LIVES

I know He rescued my soul
His blood has covered my sin
I believe
I believe

My shame He’s taken away
My pain is healed in His name
I believe
I believe

I’ll raise a banner
Cause my Lord has conquered the grave
My redeemer lives
My redeemer lives

You lift my burden
I’ll rise with You
I’m dancing on this mountain top
To see Your Kingdom come


IN YOUR PRESENCE

Father I am waiting,
I need to hear from You.
To know that You're approving
of what I say and do.

Cause nothing really satisfies
like when You speak my name.
So tell me that You'll never leave
and everything will be okay.

In Your presence, all fear is gone,
in Your presence.
In Your presence, is where I belong,
in Your presence.

Father I'm returning
the things I used to do.
Cause somewhere on the journey
I think I lost hold of the truth.

But nothing really satisfies
like when You speak my name.
So tell me that You'll never leave
and everything will be okay.

In Your presence, all fear is gone, )
in Your presence. )
In Your presence, is where I belong, )
in Your presence. ) 2x


KNOWING YOU

All I once held dear, built my life upon
All this world reveres, and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now, compared to this

Knowing you, Jesus
Knowing you, there is no greater thing
You're my all, you're the best
You're my joy, my righteousness
And I love you, Lord

Now my heart's desire is to know you more
To be found in you and known as yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All-surpassing gift of righteousness

Oh, to know the power of your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like you in your death, my Lord
So with you to live and never die



*** the following is only the outline for the introduction; for the whole service, listen to the audio ***

Today we're going to do something different. First, I'd like for us to take a moment to consider the things we celebrate. Thursday is Halloween. People all over the world will be celebrating fear and death, and many of them will make those things look cute. Some people will watch horror movies or tell ghost stories around a camp fire.

But let's remember what the Bible says in 2nd Timothy 1:7: "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

When someone dies, they leave their body behind, and it returns to dust. But the person who wore that body isn't dead. Those who walked with God will go to Paradise, while those who rejected God's gift of forgiveness and eternal life will go to Hadees. These two places are where those whose bodies have died wait for the judgment.

Halloween, to put it very simply, celebrates Hadees. And that's not something we should celebrate or think of as cute or fun.

Well today, we're not going to try to convince anyone they shouldn't have anything to do with celebrating a holiday that glorifies fear and death. Instead of talking about what we SHOULDN'T do, let's talk today about what we SHOULD do.

Philippians 4:8 says this:

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things."

So what should we celebrate? Life. Truth. Nobility. Purity. Things that are lovely and virtuous. Things that are of a good report and are worthy of praise.

And this is the challenge: This Thursday, instead of taking part in a holidy that celebrates fear and death, what can you celebrate? How can you celebrate life? And this is where you come in. Take a few moments to consider what you will do Thursday, and all this week, to celebrate the things mentioned in Philippians 4:8.