“THE CHURCH IS NOT THE BUILDING.” A catchy Covid-19 banner hung in front of the campus of one of our city’s larger church facilities. Another Charlotte congregation, with a towering mega facility, once stenciled this reminder over every exterior door handle— “IT’S WHAT IS INSIDE THAT COUNTS.”
Prayer meetings and prayer services are some of the least attended services in many churches and ministries. There are probably a number of reasons why that is the case, but I believe that we often enter prayer not expecting God to answer our prayer. Such was the case for me recently.
Happy Fourth of July? It has been 244 years, but this year does not seem so happy. It is not a usual Fourth of July with fireworks, parades, beach trips, BBQs, and vacations. Instead, it has been lockdown since March and 125,000 coronavirus deaths. It has been protests, riots, looting, and takeovers in some cities. We are a nation currently fearful, angry, and grieving.
The Hebrides Revival of 1949 caught fire out of a prayer meeting in a barn, saturated by the impassioned prayers of Peggie and Christine Smith and sparked by deep personal conviction of sin and repentance. In the days that followed, the Smith sisters asked their minister Rev. MacKay to invite a Scottish preacher Rev. Duncan Campbell to the isle of Lewis
Could God do something mighty in a small obscure village in the Scottish island chain known as the Hebrides? About 70 years ago, on an island named Lewis in a village called Barvas, God showed up, and His powerful presence rippled through the region to re-awaken a slumbering church.
We become worshipers when we recognize how great God is. It seems to be a fitting response from a human perspective contemplating the eternal God that one would respond with Praise. Indeed, David responds with praise in verses 13-18. David uses this wonderful illustration of God’s creative power in making man to illustrate God’s great knowledge. These verses are some of my favorites in the Scripture. Within these verses we see that God made us perfectly and precisely.
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