A House of Prayer for all ethnic groups based on the highest ground in Dallas. We are a blend of regional ministries contending together in ceaseless worship and prayer for reformation and revival in America.
Sunday Fellowship | 10:30 am
Come encounter the presence of the Lord with a loving community of believers.. Expect to be strengthened and equipped to function as Jesus Christ’s ambassador in the earth.
Prophetic prayer ministries arise in critical moments of history
when all the world is astir with change. Praying people initiate transition. Spiritual
revolutions turn with them. All over our nation, strong centers of prayer are emerging.
We are merely one of them. If your heart is burning for revival, you will find a welcome
…he had this testimony that he pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5
The godly servant/leader is known by this basic qualifying mark: he or she walks with God. He seeks the daily pleasure of His company. The walk with God never ceases to fascinate.
Enoch is the very first person in Bible history tagged with this honorable mark. His daily walk “pleased God.” Obviously the walk pleased Enoch as well. He walked right into eternity without going through death.
Adam had once known the pleasure of God’s company. This fellowship was the very purpose of his created existence. But Adam frittered away that privilege. Perhaps he took it for granted. Generations later Enoch recovered the lost companionship with the Lord. How did he find this lost fellowship?
Enoch’s name itself gives us a clue. Nomenclature was important to the ancient patriarchal people. They tended to name their offspring belatedly, after some childhood trait which might be observed. Therefore the parents of Enoch eventually gave him the name Chanowk (Hebrew for narrowed down, as in being selected). Enoch’s name comes from the same root meaning as the term Hanukkah. We know that this Jewish festival of lights recalls dedication and consecration. Both chanowk and hanukka stem from chanuk, a word which is defined as initiating, dedicating, disciplining, as in training. Could it be that Enoch’s character is no mystery? Evidently he was a dedicated man of single-minded passion. He was committed to walking the walk with God.
His walk with the Lord was akin to the Emmaus Road travelers, Cleopas and his companion, who unwittingly walked and talked with the resurrected Christ whom they thought to be an out of town stranger. Yet when he departed their eventide meal, they said to one another: “Did not our heart burn within us while he talked with us in the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32
This “burning heart” is a qualifying mark of the godly person. May God, by His Holy Spirit, breathe into us a burning heart, on fire for the presence of the Lord. Our part is to walk on with a single-minded passion and yearning for God.
“But you, O man of God, flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.> More...
...” -1 Timothy 6:11
“Mark the blameless man.” -Psalm 37:37
We live in a time in which fakes abound. The genuine article is rare. A registered trademark on a crafted product is meant to protect its value. But cheap “knock offs”—copies made to look like the high quality product, proliferate. Buyer beware. Caveat emptor!
I once bought a $5.00 “Rolex” from a street vendor in Belgium. Later I saw the same cheap copy for sale by a street peddler in New York’s Times Square. The price had gone up to $20.00.
What constitutes the real? United States Treasury agents study only genuine bills in their endless pursuit of counterfeiters. They can easily spot bogus bills as “funny money.” The copy never measures up to the same standards as the well-crafted original design.
We often use a Biblical term “man or woman of God.” What do we mean when we use this term? What qualifies one to be so called?
In this blog series, I will draw upon the many heroes of the Bible, both well known and unknown, to point out those distinctive qualifying marks. These are examples in whom the mark of a Godly ethic was a natural part of their lives. They qualify as a pattern for us today in an age of false look-alikes.
Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus."e">Matthew 1:24-25
"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery." Paul in Ephesians 5:31-32
Christmas season comes with countless displays of the beautiful crèche showing the Nativity scene with the Holy Family: Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus. Advent statuary will adorn church lawns and fill lighted windows. Artistic renderings of the Holy Family will adorn millions of Christmas cards. This serves to remind us that Christmas is primarily about family.
In fact, the great Redemption theme of the Bible is centered in the union of a man and a woman. Christ is born of the seed of Abraham. Jesus is the authentic Son of David, although conceived by the Holy Spirit. The opening recitative of Handel’s “Messiah” quotes Isaiah’s prophecy, “Behold a virgin shall conceive…” A wedding in Cana of Galilee is the site where Jesus’ ministry of miracles begins. The marriage theme runs like a thread from the Garden of Genesis to Revelation’s Wedding Supper of the Lamb.
Marriage was in its origins founded upon covenant. In Jewish law, betrothal involved a formal, binding contract, oaths given before a company of witnesses. However, the betrothed abstained from sexual relations (and the woman remained in her father’s house) until the actual wedding ceremony. Legitimate, intimate love was reserved for marriage alone.
From the beginning, it was God’s divine plan to bring forth the Messiah through the human family. (See Genesis 3:15) God seeks a holy offspring. (Malachi 2:15) That is why marriage is important. According to Paul, not everyone needs to be married to find fulfillment in life. But he held marriage in high esteem as a great mystery in God’s plan for the church.
In our time the sacred wedding ritual has degenerated into an event. A dramatic production. A photo op moment. You name it. If you can imagine it, then do it. Whatever happened to that happy but serious moment of a man and a woman standing at the church altar exchanging vows in the company of witnesses? That is no longer “cool.” This too is indicative of what has happened to the simplicity of Christmas. Today it is a commercial, plastic Santa Claus season, politically correct, void of all that is sacred and divine. Drained of all true meaning.
Still, I have hope at Christmas because I see a new generation coming which longs for values—values they have not known. They grew up in split, dysfunctional, and blended families. But now they want something more. We can offer them the everlasting Good News of Christ.
Let us be like the Wise Men and seek Him. He will be found of us. Beyond the temporal tinsel, Christ is there.