Stories to Tell

Posted on 03/11/2018 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

AUDIO: dialup - broadband - podcast

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

*** listen to the audio for introduction and prayer ***


Public Prayer Requests:

----


*******

Please click one of the offering plates in Second Life or at http://almcyberchurch.org, and give as the Lord leads.

*******


EVEN THE MOUNTAINS
by Benjamin R. Faust

We praise you Lord because you're worthy
You are Lord and King of the earth and sky
Let us lift you up and declare your glory
Let us lift our hands and our voices high

Even the mountains praise your name
the rocks and the stones cry Holy!
Whoever seeks for your face
will never be the same
Let your kingdom come
in Jesus' name

I'm an instrument, I am only a vessel
Help me open up to receive your love
Let us put to death thoughts of opposition
Let me step aside and point the world to above


JOY UNSPEAKABLE
by Barney Elliott Warren

I have found His grace is all complete,
He supplieth every need;
While I sit and learn at Jesus' feet,
I am free, yes, free indeed.

I have found the pleasure I once craved,
It is joy and peace within;
What a wondrous blessing, I am saved
From the awful gulf of sin.

I have found that hope so bright and clear,
Living in the realm of grace;
Oh, the Savior's presence is so near,
I can see His smiling face.

I have found the joy no tongue can tell,
How its waves of glory roll;
It is like a great o'erflowing well,
Springing up within my soul.

CHORUS:
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Full of glory, full of glory;
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory,
Oh, the half has never yet been told.


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


*** Choose your connection speed and listen to the audio to hear the introduction. ***


Heavenly Father, Thank You for being here with us. Thank You for giving us songs to sing in worship to You. Thank You that we can also worship You in our hearing Your Word. I ask that all that is done here in this place will bring You glory. I pray this in Jesus; name, Amen.

Today I;m doing a fireside chat that I titled Stories To Tell. We all have a story to tell. I mean, we love to tell stories. We want people to know what is going on in our lives and so we tell them. Sometimes we tell more than we should or sometimes we tell not enough. But, there is a story that is even more important than the story of our lives.

There;s a hymn I love to sing that talks about that. The hymn is called "I Love To Tell The Story." I;m going to sing some of it now.

I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory,
Of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know ;tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.

I love to tell the story,
;Twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story
of Jesus and His love.

This story that the hymn talks about is the story of Jesus. The story that we know of how Jesus came to be, how His ministry came to be, how He died for all and then rose from the dead. The story of how we became part of His story. We all became a part of the story of Jesus when we accepted Him and He became Lord and Savior of our lives.

What is your story? It will be different than mine. It will be all yours. That;s why it is important to tell it.

We must love to tell the story about Jesus, the story that changed not only the world, but us as well.

God sent an angel to a small town to a young maiden who did not even know what would happen when she accepted the mission and the miracle that was told to her.

God sent His Son to earth in the form of a little baby, who grew and became a man that would change everything. He spoke such strong words. He did amazing things. He changed the course of history. He changed the world. He changed you. He changed me.

His three year ministry came to an end with Him dying on a cross. Sin was defeated when He rose from the dead.

Do you understand why it is so important to tell the story? To tell your story?

Who knows...maybe you will change someone;s life. Maybe you already have.

(sing hymn again)

In the days to come, I want you to share your story of how God changed your life. I want you to post it on facebook if you like. I want you to write it down somewhere. But not because I am telling you to do it, but because you believe that your story is so important that you must share it. I believe it is.

Please join me. Join me in praying for us all to have courage to share our stories. Join me in praying for the story of Jesus to reach the lost.

If you need prayer or ministry, please message one of us on the ministry team and we will help you in any way we can.

If you would like to send a message to the pastors, please go to almcyberchurch.org and click on the pastors; offices. Leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

After this time at the altar, we will have a time of fellowship in the room up the stair to your left. All are welcome to attend.

You are free to leave whenever you need to do so, but I encourage you to stay for the fellowship time if you can.

May God Bless you this week.
May He Who is the Author of the Best Story of all Time write His love upon Your heart.