Happy Monday Friends! I hope you heeded my advice and watched Elevation Church‘s live broadcast yesterday. As I accurately predicted, the Worship Team brought an unprecedented intensity as they celebrated the release of what can arguably be considered as their greatest worship album ever recorded. Graves into Gardens, an album that EW originally thought was finished producing back in January, highlighted by the guitar banging vocals of Mr. Brandon Lake (who brought the house down yesterday with his live performance of the Graves into Gardens track). While the rest of the album is filled with soulful melodies and refreshing lyrics of hope and peace, Pastor Steven Furtick teamed up with Christian Worship’s most powerful husband and wife (Cody Carnes and Kari Jobe) combo to write and record The Blessing. Which they released at the beginning of March to pray a blessing over the entire world. Then the week of Easter, Pastor Furtick and Chris Brown wrote, recorded, and produced the song that has become an instant hit in this current crisis. Be sure, on any given Sunday, EW will be performing RATTLE! for the foreseeable future, and with good reason. It is the sound of this season. God is speaking dry bones into armies. God shouts LIVE! LIVE! LIVE! I do hope you caught the Worship yesterday because it was a true experience. Below is another of their amazing songs off this album.
Looking at EW’s YouTube channel, I see that they are premiering two of the songs they filmed during the service from this weekend, so I look forward to sharing that with y’all tomorrow. In the meantime, here is another truly prophetic word from Pastor Furtick: Focus on the Fruit. Focus on the good that is coming out of this global crisis. It’s crazy to think about it, but a lot of the distractions I urge America to stop consuming in the book Common Sense Reborn, are exactly many of the distractions that have been cancelled due to COVID. Of course, some of the greatest distractions, those caused by “social” websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the like have gained even more pull over people’s lives due to the quarantine. I had gone almost four months without opening FB or Instagram, after vowing to stay off social media for all of 2020, but I caved in and found myself scrolling through feeds of other people’s lives and wasting my own. This storm is about to pass, your moments of opportunity are quickly coming to an end, don’t waste this season to rotten fruit. READ THE BIBLE! And watch this word:
42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)
The verses you just read above are the story of the first Christian “church.” Small groups meeting every day, breaking bread together to enjoy fellowship, talk about the goodness of God, and spread joy amongst themselves. They sold property and possessions to be able to give to those in need. What a glorious beginning to Christ’s church! And somehow, in the last two thousand years, we have lost sight of this being the goal of the church: small groups, outreach, and growth. Now we just go to church every Sunday as a ritualistic check-the-box for our salvation. Well, Jesus never wanted His church to be ritualistic. He wanted it real and revolutionary. That’s where we have to return Christ’s Church to when America opens back up. We have to start a revival that returns the church to its glorious beginning. Back to the basics: meeting with each other, forming small action teams, getting out in the community, and bringing in more and more believers as they see the church in action like never before.
Reading plan: Acts 4
Deeper reading plan: Ezra 7, 8
Prayer and meditation: Pray for the sick, pray for the lost and their loved ones. Pray for redemption for this lost world. Pray for a reviving rattle to shake COVID off this planet. And continue to pray for all those in medical professions, grocery stores, supply chain operators, first responders, and the amazing teachers still doing all they can to teach the students they love so much.
Fitness challenge: Calisthenics day. We are going to reset and do seven different exercises for just fourteen reps, one round. Google the exercises to learn the proper procedure
- Hand-release Push-up
- Jumping squats
- Diamond push-ups
- Supine Bicycle (4-count)
- Pistol squats (7 each leg)
- Burpees (as many as you can, but 14 is the goal)