Fire on the Altar
The weekend of March 2-4, 2012 was a very busy weekend for both me and my church family; however, the weekend actually began February 29, 2012 with the Phillips, Craig, and Dean 21st anniversary and cd release concert on Wednesday evening. With the release of their new album, Breathe In, PCD has proven once again that they have what it takes to wow the crowds and pack the house for Jesus; however, there was more to this weekend than simply enjoying great music, something was broken and the atmosphere shifted.
Thursday morning March 1, 2012, PromiseLand Church hosted a meeting which proved to be one of the best meetings of its kind that I had ever attended, the speaker, Dr. Larson, spoke about the upcoming transfer of wealth from the world to the Body of Christ. The wealth that he spoke of was not just economic, it was a wealth of information and ideas; however, he also stated that we as believers have to truly accept and act upon the gifts and ideas that God has given us, a great idea is worth nothing if it only remains a great idea. We as the Body of Christ must begin to act as one, united for the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must remove the walls of separation, and begin to share the Word and the Love of Christ to the Utter Most Parts of the World as Jesus himself has commanded, and we must learn to step out on Faith knowing and believing that God will provide that which we need.
Thursday continued with the International Night of Praise, a night in which individuals and groups from around the world came together to sing, dance, speak, and pray together as one. Although there was at times a lack of understanding, there was never a failure to communicate our Love for God and His Love for us. The presence of God was there in the building and just seeing how others worship and praise God, albeit sometimes very different, was a Blessing to everyone who was present that evening. Throughout the week’s events leading up the Fire on the Altar and Fifty Hours of Praise weekend, the Spirit of Unity was quite evident as people; followers of Christ set aside whatever differences between them to worship the one true God.
Heading into Friday, the atmosphere began to change, there was a charge of anticipation and excitement about what was about to happen, Fire on the Alter and the Temple of David resurrected in one weekend here on Earth.
I Chronicles 16:4 And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:
I Chronicles 21:26 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering
I Chronicles 23:5 Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.
I Kings 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
I Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
I Kings 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
Fire on the Altar, Fifty Hours of Praise, what a wonderful experience, the Power of God was present, lives were changed and miracles where witnessed. Hour after hour, band after band, and prayer after prayer, God moved upon His people; however, that was only the beginning. Throughout the FOA event, there were many people coming in and out of the church, there were visitors from all around Texas, the US, and the world. Pastor Rocha flew in from Brazil, Pastor Wilson came in from Italy, and Pastor Hersch traversed from the desserts of Arizona. There were many groups from other areas as well, and in order to meet the needs of so many visitors, the church body had to come together as one, young and old alike. The success of the FOA was a testament of just how the members of PromiseLand Church came together to ensure that everything worked smoothly. New members worked with more established members to patrol the campus, clean the restrooms, and make sure the atmosphere was just right, while others spent their own money to make sure that everyone involved had lunch, dinner, and breakfast, the Body of Christ really came together, this is what I have been feeling all year, Unity in the Body, not just at my church, but throughout Christianity as a whole, if you ask me what was the best moment, I would have to say that looking across the crowd and seeing so many different people from different backgrounds, denominations, and economic conditions praising God together, that is what is all about; One Christ, One Body, One Baptism, all together.
Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
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