Can You See Me?

Posted on 03/03/2019 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS
by Edward Mote

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
but wholly lean on Jesus' name

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand
all other ground is sinking sand

When darkness veils His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand
all other ground is sinking sand

When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Clothed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne!

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand
all other ground is sinking sand


REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS
by Anonymous
addition lyrics by Benjamin Faust

Rejoice in the Lord always
and again I say rejoice!
Rejoice in the Lord always
and again I say rejoice!

Rejoice, rejoice
and again I say rejoice!
Rejoice, rejoice
and again I say rejoice!

This is the day that the Lord has made
I will rejoice and be glad today
In His Presence is the fullness of His Joy complete
so I come and I lay my troubles and cares at the Master's feet

Not height, not depth, not the shadow of death
can ever separate me from how He Loves me with
His Joy that's overflowing as it's bubbling up
Rejoicing is the wine of God that's filling my cup


FAIREST LORD JESUS
lyrics by Munster Gesangbuch
music by Schlesische Volkslieder

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.


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Father God, thank You for drawing us into this place. Thank You for giving me these words to speak. I ask that what I say will resonate with someone. I pray this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Please be seated.

Today I am going to share a fireside chat called Can You See Me? This fireside chat will talk about not only God seeing us, but also others seeing us. More importantly, I hope it shows you how you see God and others. So here we go.

Let's start with how God sees us. I think of the song Jesus Loves Me when I think of how God sees me. He loves us. He sees us as special, precious in His sight. The song His Eye is on the Sparrow, also shows how precious we are to Him.

(sing parts of the songs)

God sees us as who we really are. He knows we are dust. He knows we sin. He loves us. He wants us to love Him enough to obey Him.

What about how others see us? Do we show our hearts enough for them to see us? Do we wear a mask, hiding behind a barrier so that others can not see our true selves? Do we hide so we don't get hurt?

Sometimes we have to risk something in order to open up to people. We have to be willing to show our true selves so that we can be free to be ourselves.
How do you see God? Is He a loving Father? An angry Father? Is He a compassionate Being? Or a cruel Master? Does He care or is He a tyrant? How do you see Him?

Can you go to God when you are in need or do you feel like He won't listen? Do you believe that He can't see you? He overlooks your circumstance so He has to not know, not care, and He, of course, can't see. He can't see what is happening and so why would He care? Or if He cares, why is He being ignorant or ignoring your situation? The pain is so great and yet, He is not seeing it. He has not taken to away yet.




So, your mind goes on a tangent. God does not care about you. He does not see you. He is weak. He can't possibly fix all of this. He wants you to fail. He wants you to be in pain and He wants you to never be happy.

All these things our minds make up so that we can believe that God is all these negative things. Sure, it may be Satan that tells us these things. It could be anything really. Whatever the case, these negative things get into our minds and we believe them. So much so that we start to doubt God and the way we see Him changes.

What about other people? How do we see them? Do we see them AS people? I mean, as human beings. People that live and breathe. People who bleed red if pricked by a needle. People who laugh, cry, smile, frown. People who have light skin. People who have dark skin. People who talk differently. People who are people.

How do we see them? Do we see them the way God does?

If I could make a suggestion. I suggest that we all look at people as simply that. As people. There aren't that many differences. I like the differences. I like meeting new people. I like seeing how God made others. I like seeing people as people.

No matter how you see God, you see others, God sees you, or others see you remember that our views are only that. Our views.
I want to see others with the eyes of God. I want to be able to see them how God sees them so that His love shines through me when I am interacting with them.

I have many stories about what I call God moments. Moments where it seemed as if God orchestrated the meeting between me and someone else. Sometimes it was more than one other person. I want to share a story with you.

When we lived in Virginia, I would take the bus to the children's museum. On the bus, I met a young man. He had Down's Syndrome. Sometimes I couldn't understand what he said, but most of the time I could. I listened very closely. He worked at Burger King and when he saw me, we would talk. I believe his name was David, which is my father's name. I am not sure how we got to talking, but I know this. He was a person. He breathed the air. He smiled. He talked. He lived. He loved. I saw him and he saw me.

David showed me that no matter who a person is...they are a person. Big. Small. Short. Tall. Fat. Thin. Boy. Girl. Man. Woman. All are people.

My challenge to you is to go out and meet people. Even just one new person for the rest of the year or the rest of your life. Sometimes just one person can make a difference.

I know David made a difference in me. I can still picture his smile. I can still hear his voice.
What about you? How do you see people? Can you see me? Can I see you? Let's go and find out, my friends.

If you would like, you can contact me through SL or almcyberchurch.org and we can become friends. I like meeting new people. Let's see each other as God see us.

Today's altar call is asking God to help us see others as He sees them. We want Him to show us how to love as He loves.

If you need prayer or ministry, please contact one of us on the ministry team here in Second Life or if you happen to be outside of Second Life, go to almcyberchurch.org and click the pastors' offices there. Leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

You are free to leave whenever you need to do so.

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

God bless you all this week.
May He show His love to you and allow you to see how He sees the people of this world.

Go in His peace that passes all understanding.