Randy Stonehill a Spiritual Legacy

As a brand-new Christian in 1983, I was finding my way in the world and learning to trust the compass of the Holy Spirit as God directed me to other Christ-Followers who shared my love for Jesus.  It was these friends who introduced me to the Jesus Music that had been born out of the 70’s Christian Music scene.  I had grown up loving the music of the Beatles, James Taylor, Jim Croce, and Cat Stevens; great music that had shaped my life up to this point.  Read more…



God Is Doing a New Thing

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Behold I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up! Do you not perceive it? – Isaiah 43:19

The imperative of following God’s leadership is Experiencing God.

It is important for us to recognize how the lord is working.

Because in the last days we will see the evidence of his spirit guiding us into His perfect will.

It is important for us to stay grounded in the word of God.

I believe in the rhema word of God. That is where God will speak to us at just the right time and in just the right place for “such a time as this.”

But I also believe that any rhema word of God, that we receive, will be grounded in the written word of God, the supreme revelation from God himself that he gave by inspiration to the writers of the bible….

One of the most popular teachings to come to us in several decades is Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God. It got the Christian community’s

attention with a well thought out God given message for our time.

I have actually lived by the principles he taught, since I heard him teach it while attending seminary over 30 years ago.

The realities he spoke of are:
  • God is always at work….He never stops working.
  • Find out where god is working, and join him is his work.
  • God works through his followers… He still chooses to use humans.
  • To get the job done… there is always a crisis of belief.
  • To really join God in what He is doing means we have to make djustments.

 

Now let me read how the dictionary defines, “Experience”.

As a noun: Practical contact with and observation of facts or events.

As a verb: To encounter, participate in, be emotionally moved, learn by.

So when we say experience God, we must ask:

  • Are we having practical contact?
  • Are we observing the facts?
  • Are we encountering, participating in, being emotionally moved by, and learning by…

 GOD?

We have lots of commands in the bible regarding how we are to relate to God.

  • We are commanded to love him….with all our heart….
  • We are commanded to obey him….
  • We are commanded to trust him….

In 1 Peter 2:17 we are told to fear God. This is a reverent fear.

But the bible really does not instruct us to experience him.

Our feelings really should not be the deciding factor on whether God is at work or not, because if His timing is different than ours and we dont get a “feel good ” experience about what we are involved in, that does not mean that we are not right in the middle of God’s plan. We could very well be at the very junction of that crisis of belief that is actually necessary to….OBEY what God is saying, so that the thing that God is doing, takes place.

So I have changed my way of thinking….

When I speak of “experiencing God” I really mean participating with God.

This makes me focus on my obedience.

See there is a possibility that people can do things for God and not even have God as a part of their life.

We see something that needs to be done… we work at it… we get a good feeling that we have accomplished something… and not one time have we said or even thought to ask God about what HE thinks.

The things we do should be based on participating with God, not on working for God.

Some the greatest things that God ever allowed me learn came from a crisis of belief:

  • Salvation
  • Redemption
  • Grace
  • Mercy

These things literally set me free from the bondage of guilt, and shame and made me realize that even in my disobedience God wasn’t finished with me yet.

God says “There is no reason to be discouraged, or to be cautious, or to wonder, I’ve got all it takes to accomplish everything I want done.”

There’s no way we can out dream God.

We don’t stop working or dreaming, because what is happening doesn’t look like it did before.

We must stop looking in the past, for our future.

Old preachers say, “Oh for the days of D.L. Moody!”, “Oh could we just long for the revivals we had in the past?”, “Could we just do what we did before, and ask God to bless?”

Not really having any faith that what He is really trying to do is a new thing.

Whoever has ears to hear; let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:22
~ Pastor Rick


Branson in the Branch March 29th

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Join us this Sunday March 29th at 10:45am for Branson in the Branch.

Featuring: Made by Mercy and The Hendrix Trio. You will have fun in church again as we bring back our Southern Gospel, Branson Style music to Farmers Branch, TX. We will turn our Sunday Celebration Worship service into a Branson Theater for our 5th Sunday Sing!

Admission is free.