The Rescue

Posted on 07/16/2017 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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A REASON TO REJOICE
by Benjamin R. Faust

I have a reason to rejoice
I have a reason to clap my hands
I have a reason to lift my voice
and sing praises to the great I Am

I have a reason to move my feet
and take the Gospel into the street
I have a reason to lose my will
and let Jesus take full control

For you have set my feet to dancin'
You have filled my heart with joy
You have freed me from my passions
and filled me with the Holy Ghost

You have set my heart on fire
Fill my soul with your desire
and Melt me Lord 'til
only you remain!


YOUR WORD IS A LAMP
by Benjamin R. Faust

Your Word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path
Your Word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path

No longer do we walk in darkness
No longer do we walk in darkness
No longer do we walk in darkness

For you have called us out of darkness
into your marvelous light
We turn our backs on what is wrong
and choose to do what's right

Your blood is flowing through my veins
to cleanse until all that remains
Is clay that's molded
through the pains of life

Your Spirit blows into these bones
to claim this temple as its home
And starts a fire
that soon becomes a blaze


WITH ALL THAT I AM
by Benjamin R. Faust

I praise you Lord
I praise you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I praise you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I praise you with all that I am
Yes I praise you with all that I am

I'll serve you Lord
I'll serve you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I'll serve you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I'll serve you with all that I am
Yes I'll serve you with all that I am

I love you Lord and
I'll love you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I love you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I love you with all that I am
Yes I love you with all that I am


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Father God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Healing of our every ill, Light in a dark place, You who are bigger than our situation, You who love us more than we could ever know, thank You for being with us in this place. I ask for You to guide my fingers as they type and to guide my tongue as it speaks. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

Please be seated.

Hello, my friends. I am here again to share a fireside chat. This one I have no title for as of yet. I may come up with on before the end though. We will continue on as it is.

I may not have a title, but I DO have an idea. I'm going to start us off my telling a story. It's a story that most of us know. Just listen and you will understand.

I will say this though...some of you are still having this story happen to you. You need to be rescued. The Only One who can help is God. Just listen...here we go.

In a cold, dark place, far from anywhere, you are trapped. It is damp and you can tell you are going to be ill. There is no food and very little water. Your throat is dry. Your stomach has long since stopped protesting. There is no light at all. None. You can hear voices. Eternal voices.

They say things like “You are ugly.” “You can never get out.” “You will be here forever.” “No one will save you.” The voices repeat these and other things over and over and over until you know every single word by heart.

You wonder what kind of place this is and how to escape. But the voices keep telling you there is no escape. No one will come for you.

There was a time when you tried to escape, but you were captured again. They beat you and locked you away again. The voices cursed you.

What was this place called? It seemed never ending. Could it be hell? And if it wasn't, you knew it was really close.

Why are you here? A new voice asked.

The other voices quickly tried to cover the new voice up, but it persisted. The new voice spoke softly and tenderly. It said your name. Your name! Unlike the other voices from before it knew your name.

Then, a bright light appeared. It illuminated to darkness. “Follow me,” a voice form the light said.

You followed it. You were free. You stepped out into the clear, clean air and breathed deeply.

“Be free. Be free,” voices sang all around you.

The trees swayed and the birds chirped. It was as if all of creation was celebrating your freedom, your release from the prison.

Then the same soft and tender voice spoke, “I loved the whole world and gave My Son Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of mankind. He took your place. My love for you overshadowed what you have done. Come to me. I will clean you from your sin and make you white as snow.”

I stood in amazement.

Again the soft and tender voice spoke “I have always loved you. I want you to know I rescued you not just from sin, but also from yourself. You are free. Allow yourself to bloom, to grow, to fly, and to dance. I will give you fullness of joy. I shall be your Prince of Peace, your Wonderful God, your Counselor. I will be everything to you. I am able to do these things. Let me show you.”

You nod your head. “I will follow.”

“The rescue mission has been a success. Hallelujah!”

There is much rejoicing in heaven when one is rescued from the darkness!

Come my friends. God is wanting to rescue you from the darkness. Maybe you aren't in darkness, but you have listened to the voices that are not of God. He wants to free you!

The altar call today is this. Today come before God with a humble heart and an open mind. Allow Him to rescue you. Allow Him to free you. Allow Him to love you!

And in so doing, you will be able to open yourself up to God and others. There is no better place to be than where God is. Allow Him to show you His love. Allow Him to be the Light in your darkness.

Please don't stay in the darkness. It is not somewhere you truly want to be. It will overtake you. Allow God to break the darkness around you and even in you.

Father God, thank you for being the Light in this dark world. I ask that You would break the darkness around and in us. Don't allow us to leave here before we do some major work to remove the darkness from our lives. Bring the Light oh God! Illuminate the dark places. Renew our lives and restore our hearts. Wash us anew. Bring us to life, Oh God! May we always have a song in our hearts and praise on our lips! Shine on us, oh Lord. We cry freedom! Freedom from the darkness. Yes Lord, freedom! Freedom reign in this place! Showers of rain...healing rain...grace and mercy Lord, we need grace and mercy. Thank you Lord for your love. Yes Lord...(continue in praise and worship?)

If you need prayer of ministry, instant message one of us on the ministry team. If you would like to contact the pastors', go to almcyberchurch.org and click on the pastors' office there.

After this time at the altar, you are all invited to come fellowship with us in the room up the stairs to you left.

If you need to leave, you are free to do so.

May God Bless you all this week.
May you remember Light has overcome darkness. You are free indeed!