This past Thursday night Dr. David Jeremiah came to town. I have been looking forward to this event for months now and what a blessing it was!
Dr. Jeremiah is the Senior Pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church in the San Diego area of California. He is a gifted teacher, author and speaker and my Sweet Hubby and I enjoyed watching his televised "Turning Point" every week. I still do...
Here is a snippet of what he delivered Thursday evening:
Dr. David Jeremiah at The Ted, 9/24/09
The focus of Dr. Jeremiah's talk was how we should be living as we wait for the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
- We are to watch vigilantly!
- We are to war valiantly!
- We are to walk virtuously and...
- We are to wait victoriously!
He spoke of salvation...
PRESENT salvation ~ I am being saved (from the power of sin)
FUTURE salvation ~ I will be saved (from the presence of sin)
He spoke of sin and how the Bible tells us to RUN from four things:
- youthful lusts
- sexual immorality
The one is foul, the one is blessed.
The one I love, the one I hate;
The one I feed will dominate.
He advised us to "Pray to God, but row away from the rocks!" In other words, avoid the things we know will hurt us! Rely on God for our strength in all things, but especially when we are being tempted!
I could have listened to his counsel for days and days...the event was "sold out" (even though the tickets were free) and there was literally standing room only. I arrived early and was so thankful I did...as the time to begin drew near they announced that traffic was backed up for 20 minutes in all directions! Dr. Jeremiah graciously extended the worship music to allow as many to arrive as possible! Hallelujah!!
The evening kicked off with wonderful praise and worship music led by Charles Billingsley who currently leads worship at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia as well as Joi Bolling from Shadow Mountain Community Church. We were introduced to a new song - written by Liberty University student Travis Doucette. It's a beautiful song based on the first chapter of Colossians...and it's today's Music Monday feature. I wish I had a better video to offer, but it's new...so please bear with this one!
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation." Colossians 1:15
God of the Ages ~ Charles Billingsley
And here's one that Joi sang...
Through the Fire ~ Joi Bowling
What a voice! Dr. Jeremiah said she is working on a CD - that's one I'll buy for sure!
I wish I could have packed you all up and taken you with me...it was quite a night.
"And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed."