|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Fresh wind, Fresh Fire”
Our Bible verse for today: “And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be … and pray to the Lord for it: for in its peace you will have peace.” Jeremiah 29:7 (NKJV)
Our thought for today: “Be the blessing”
Have you seen the music video “The New York Blessing”? If not, I encourage you to pause here and Google it. It’s less than five minutes long and trust me, you will be glad you took the time to watch it. I ended my sermon with it this past Sunday at Oak Hill Baptist Church and everyone was in agreement that it was a powerful, uplifting, and convicting experience.
The video is a joint effort of 100 New York area churches. They came together to sing words of blessing and peace, joy and encouragement, over their city as the people of their community continue to struggle with all the hardships emanating from the pandemic, the economic collapse, and the racial tensions all going on right now. People are hurting – they’re scared, they’re desperate, and many are angry. These 100 churches decided to rise up together to be a voice of peace and unity, reminding people that God is present and powerful and working right there in the middle of all the heartache and chaos. And, He wants to bless them. God wants people to find comfort and strength in Him. That’s what the video is about. I encourage you to watch it.
But the message isn’t just for New York City. It’s for all people in all places – in every city and town and neighborhood across our land. And that act of ministry – being the messengers of peace and reconciliation, spreading words of hope and joy – that’s not just a message for those 100 churches to share in their community. Theirs is an example the rest of us need to follow as we seek to minister to our own communities. We don’t necessarily have to get together with other churches to produce a music video, but we do have to be the messengers of peace, speaking words of hope and encouragement on behalf of our Lord to people who need to be blessed.
As you watch the video one thing that will stand out to you is that the singers and musicians are red, yellow, black, and white. They are Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Jewish Christians. They come from mainline churches, evangelical churches, and non-denominational churches. This was the people of God coming together in the name of God to draw people to God.
If you’re looking for a little fresh wind in your sails and some fresh fire in your soul, I encourage you to watch the video. Then go out into your community and do the same – bless people in the name of Jesus.
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