Friday, June 10, 2005

Sword Drill

Hebrews 4:12: For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart!

It's a game played by youth groups and children's churches.
Some main line groups have official competitions with ribbons and trophies.

We always added a twist, seeing how soon the contestants could discover the theme.

Here's an example.
Find these verses. The first one to stand and read gets a point. Five points for discovering the theme.

Isaiah 32:2
Psalm 19:14
Matt 7:24
Isaiah 28:16
Romans 9:33

How many more verses can you find that would go with the theme?

There is a rock here that can be seen for miles.
The map and guide books call it Shiprock.
The people of the land call it The Rock With Wings

Psalm 61 could have been written for this place:
"Hear my cry, O God;
attend unto my prayer,
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee,
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
for thou hast been a shelter for me
and a strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in thy tabernacle forever:
I will trust in the covert of thy wings...

The very first worship team we were a part of used to sing
"Jesus is the Rock and He rolls my blues away!"
And how many saints gone by have song "Rock of Ages"
Now we raise our voices in a new song,
"Your my Rock and my Redeemer, you're the reason that I sing!"

It is times like these, when we find ourselves in the midst of a storm, that we find our refuge in the shelter of the Great Rock, on whom is built our hope and our faith. The people, the dine', our brothers and sisters here in Shiprock, seem to understand this concept on a deeper level than most.

We have a name that means something out here. And we have a vision.
We partner as individuals with other churches, ministries. We labor in other men's fields. We find rest in God alone who is our rock and our salvation (Psalm 62), and we wait for the "go ahead" to begin the work the LORD has set for us to do as Gateway of the Rock.
How long Lord? How Long?

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