Friday 5:45 pm: Greetings from my Oakland CA hotel, I will be collected in 30 minutes to be taken to tonight’s meeting at Shiloh Christian Church. Tonight I’m speaking on “secrets of the secret place” at their request. They are using the book extensively in their training school, and so tonight I’m coming alongside to give them a push, smile.
Saturday 10:30 a.m.: Last night’s meetings was totally delightful for me. The worship ministry at Shiloh is fabulous, so heartfelt and engaged and inspiring. The Lord enabled me to speak on “a Scripture-centric secret place,” and I closed with Prov. 26:20, “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out”. The wood is the word. To keep the fire in our hearts alive, we must gather wood every day—the wood of the word. At the close we had a sweet time of singing and praying together from Ps. 119.
Sunday 8:00 pm: Greetings from Salt Lake City, I’m on my way home. What a great church! So full of energy and the Holy Spirit. The church is about as strong as it’s ever been, having regained momentum after the change of pastors, and it feels like a powder keg ready to explode. The Lord enabled me to speak on the power of perspective, and the response of the congregation was sincere as they reached out to the Lord for Him to anoint their eyes to see. Both services were full with the second especially packed, and people spilling into the overflow area. They are located in a residential area of Oakland, and people fill up the streets for blocks around on Sunday morning with their cars. Parking is just non-existent in such a compact, high-cost neighborhood. What is to be done? Join in prayer for the Lord to show them what to do next, to enlarge their tent for the harvest. I was stunned at how many people raised their hands as first-time guests in second service. They’ve got to do something.