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Turn Our Eyes Upon You

View from Downtown Las Vegas Container Park

View from Downtown Las Vegas Container Park

Lord God, we come here today and pray that You will remove the blinders from our eyes and ears so that Your truth can be revealed to us.   Thank You for “the miracle that something so small and seemingly worthless as printed words, written 2000 years ago, would utterly and completely change our lives. “ (Emily Timbol)  Let Your word reverberate in this room and in our hearts so that the truth of the Gospel would resonate in our lives beyond these walls.   Tune our hearts to be in line with You because Your love inspires us.  Don’t let us be numb to this life or to each other.  Open our eyes to see that there is a child of God deep inside all of us and that child will be the one who will see You face to face.  In a world that gets it wrong so many times, we have You, Lord, and You get us. You understand us because You created us.   You heal our wounds and You take our place at the cross so that we can be free to share our lives and our stories to all for the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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The same love

Chalk Art on New Song Church's Parking Lot

Chalk Art on New Song Church’s Parking Lot

We are here and we are smiling because there is nothing that can compare to the time spent in the presence of the One true God.   So open the doors of this place and our hearts by revealing Your truth for our lives because we are ready for You but You have always been ready for us.  We can’t ignore what makes us human with all that we had to go through and will have to go through.   Just remind us today that You do not sleep, You do not grow weary and Your light of hope never fades.  Everything else goes away but we are never alone because Your love remains.  Teach us to have that same love for one another by choosing to accept each other rather than just tolerating each other. Help us to go beyond the polite conversations so that we can see the details that the Creator has set in each and every one of us.  Please be patient with us because we are still learning that we are all children of God and that our differences pale in comparison to the gospel truth that we are all sinners and saints who are redeemed by the Son of God who lives and reigns in our hearts now and forever.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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Print Your Word on our hearts

from New Song Church's parking lot street art

from New Song Church’s parking lot street art

Lord God, breathe into us new life today and lift our eyes off of the daily rubble so that we can magnify You in this place.   Whatever circumstances we are in (financial, emotional, spiritual, or personal), take us to the place that is the presence of Jesus Christ.  Don’t let shame or guilt stop us from experiencing Your grace and salvation. Just make Your presence known and print Your word on our hearts.   Take away any doubt of our worth because the cross at Calvary shows the cost of Your love for all of us, and by taking Your first steps on this earth You changed our history forever.    Help us to see Your greatness.  Help us to hear Your word.  And help us to live Your love.  For “no matter what comes, we will always taste victory through Him who loved us.  For (we) have every confidence that nothing – not death, life…the present, the future…nor any created thing – can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39).

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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The Love of God

Front of Container Park, Las Vegas

Front of Container Park, Las Vegas

Lord God, “because You are our help, we sing in the shadow of Your wings.   We cling to You as You hold and shield us from the many challenges of this life (Paraphrase of Psalm 63:7).”   Let our hearts echo Your grace, love and forgiveness.   Just bring us back into the love story that is Jesus Christ: The story that towers over the wreckage of time.   Remind us of who we are and where we came from, so that we can just be a child of God and experience Your presence.  We have all acted out and we have all questioned and doubted You, but You have never given up on us.  You are there for every wound, tear and trial that comes our way.  Brings us back to the basics…the core values of our faith in Christ so that even if the world does not want us, the cross tells us that God does. And when the pages close on this life, may our faith be the purest expression of the One and His love for the many.  Let the love of God be revealed to all.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

If not now, then when?

From Northwest Community Church UCC in Las Vegas, NV

From Northwest Community Church UCC in Las Vegas, NV

Holy One, Emmanuel, God with Us…We come into Your presence today with prayers for those who matter most to us.  We seek guidance, comfort and hope in an upside down world that needs You to turn it right side up.   Today millions of voices and thoughts race past us but we need to hear only one.  We need to hear the Word of God speak truth into our lives.  The truth that is the sacrifice of the cross and the joy of the resurrection of Jesus Christ separated us from our transgressions.  And as we confront the reality of Jesus, in our lives today, we need to understand that we are not defined by our sins or mistakes.  We are defined in Christ as children of the most-high God.   Let’s give thanks to Him because we don’t know how many more tomorrows we have, but we do know that we are citizens of heaven and not products of this world.   So let’s do something special…let’s do something great, right now, for God and His Kingdom here on earth because if we don’t plant the seeds of faith in Christ, so that others will know of the good news, then who will?  If not now, then when will we start to just give what we have been given?  We have been grace-sufficient for every obstacle in this life.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2014 in Conversations with God

 

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