Friday: This morning I am zipping over to Seattle to be with my friends at City On a Hill Church. This will be my third visit with them. My primary contact there is Yuri, the worship pastor. He’s holding a worship weekend, and I’m blessed to be part of it. The senior pastor is from Russia, and I was with him in Russia when he pastored there. Now he’s relocated to the USA, and the church he pastors in Auburn is very strong, with multiple campuses. The mother church in Auburn holds its services in Russian, with English translation I think. This particular event will be in English, and those needing translation into Russian will use headsets. I’m scheduled to speak today at 2:30 pm (immediately upon arrival), Saturday evening, and Sunday morning at their English congregation in Bellevue, WA.
Also, we just received this week sample copies of the Arabic translations of COVENANT WITH MY EYES and DEALING WITH THE REJECTION AND PRAISE OF MAN. Both books look great! Our publisher is based in Cairo. Please join us in prayer, for the Lord’s blessing to be upon their publishing ministry, and for the books to be a huge blessing in the Arabic reading world.
Friday: This afternoon’s workshop went very well. I spoke on Job, how he was a worshiper, and how worship played a significant role in his story. It’s been a long time since I’ve talked about Job’s story, and it was sweet for me to do so again, and fresh in a new way.
Sunday afternoon: Saturday evening I had a change of message. So I worked on Saturday to prepare for the change. I spoke on “Word-based Worship,” using the Scriptures to deepen our worship. At the close of the message I went out on a limb and decided to close with a “practice session.” I coached everyone to get their Bible out, we put a Scripture on the screen for those who didn’t have one, and then engaged in worship using the Scriptures before us. We sang psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Something like that is risky, and we waded into the pool slowly and carefully. But at some point the Holy Spirit moved in, and it became a very rich time in the presence of the Lord. Folks ended up staying for quite a while, just soaking in the Lord’s presence.
This morning (Sunday) I spoke at one of the 5 campuses of City on a Hill. They have a campus that meets in a theater in Bellevue at 10:30 a.m., all English. My host, Yuri, serves as that campus pastor. They were gracious to give me more time than usual for the message, knowing I was going to speak on “a covenant with my eyes.” The message ended up going longer than their service normally goes, I think. I sensed the Lord’s grace on the message. It's ironically interesting that the Lord should lead me to speak on that topic in a theater.