Prepare The Way

Posted on 03/20/2016 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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Please pray for Amy, Tiffany & Suann who have joined with me in Spiritual warfare for Samantha. satan is not giving up and we're under attack.
-StacyAnne Homewood


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LORD YOU'VE BEEN SO GOOD

VERSE ONE
Lord, you've been so good to me
you gave me sight when I was blind
You showed me light I could not see
you brought me truth I could not find

Lord, you've been so good to me
you paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord you've been so good to me!

CHORUS
And so I praise you in the morning
and I praise you in the night
For you are my Salvation
you are my guiding light
So I give you my everything
I just can't give you less
When you sent your Son to love me
you gave me your best!

VERSE TWO
Lord, you've been so good to me
you set my feet on solid ground
You rescued my life from the grave
when no other help could be found

Lord, you've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love you gave so freely
Lord, you've been so good to me!

(CHORUS)

BRIDGE
Lord you've been so good to me
Lord you've been so good to me (better than I deserve)
Lord you've been so good to me
you paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord you've been so good to me

Lord you've been so good to me
Lord you've been so good to me (you're good all the time)
Lord you've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love you gave so freely
Lord you've been so good to me

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You gave me your best!
You gave me your best!

Lord, you've been so good to me.


THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU

There is none like You
No one else can touch my heart like You do
I could search for all eternity long
And find there is none like You

Your mercy flows like a river wide
And healing comes from Your hands
Suffering children are safe in Your arms
There is none like You


JESUS NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES

Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us.
Blessed Redeemer, Living word


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I'm not sure how long this fireside chat will be, but I hope and pray it at least gets you pondering.

I titled it "Prepare The Way." I'll be talking about preparing the way of the Lord.

In the New Testament, John the baptist prepared the way for Jesus. Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell his story of one calling in the desert "prepare the way of the Lord."

Even before John was born, the Old Testament told of the coming of Messiah and how the people prepared for His arrival.
Sadly, when Messiah came many weren't prepared and they missed Him. Those who knew the scriptures that spoke of Messiah missed the signs of His coming. They saw Him in the flesh and yet rejected Him.

Today is Palm Sunday, the remembrance of the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people laid palm branches and their coats on the pathway. They shouted His praises. In essence, they prepared the way for the Lord of lords and King of all kings.

Less than a week later, this same Jesus would be arrested, brutally beaten almost to death, and hung on a cross.

Of course the story doesn't end there. Next week is Resurrection Day! The day we celebrate Jesus' rising from the dead.
Before He leaves earth, Jesus tells His followers He was going to prepare a place for them. He was getting ready for an eternity with them.

In John chapter 14 verses 1-6, it says "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know."

5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"

6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."


Jesus promises He is preparing a place for us and He would come back. We, in turn, should prepare the way for Jesus' second coming! Do you remember what happened with the ten virgins?

There were five wise virgins and five foolish virgins. The wise ones were prepared. The foolish not so much.

When the bridegroom came, only the wise virgins were ready. The foolish virgins were unprepared. This parable/story reminds us of how important being prepared is.

Are you prepared for Jesus' second coming?

Do you have all your ducks in a row as the saying goes?

Do you have enough oil?

Are you doing your part in the preparations?

Are you sending out the call to prepare the way of the Lord?

Think carefully of your answers. This is not the time to joke around.

Eternity is on the line.


For the altar call, I want you take some time to search your heart. Pray. Seek God's face. Ask Him to ready your heart. To help you prepare for Jesus' return.

And as you prepare the way for the Lord keep praying for those who are lost and need to be found by The Great Shepherd.

If you need prayer or ministry and are in Second Life, instant message on of us on the ministry team and we will help you in any way we can. If you are outside of Second Life, go to almcyberchurch.org and click on the Pastors' offices to contact us. We will answer your request as soon as we can.

If you need to go, please do so reverantly.

After this time at the altar, we will meet together in the room up the stairs to your left for some fellowship. All are welcome to come join us there.

May God bless you this week. May He equip you to prepare the way for the coming of Messiah, Emmanuel, the one Who was, Who is and Who is to come!

Go in peace!
Prepare the Way!