We were so blessed at our April Lampstand to have Bill Jolley come to lead us in worship. He brought along two other musicians, Jamin Rathbun and Jason Pierce. They led us in an awesome time of worship in which the Lord was highlighting Isaiah 9 and 10, “The anointing that breaks the yoke.” I felt like the Lord was speaking this during worship and there was a sense of the Lord bringing breakthrough as we sang and even clapped and lifted our eyes to Him. We read from Psalm 107 (He breaks in two the bars of iron and burst our bonds apart…) and Psalm 45 (He is anointed with gladness above His companions…). Lyndsey Jolley also shared an impression that He is our resurrection life and we sing our way back to the resurrection!
Matthew shared from the word about Shepherds after God’s heart. We finished our series on Revelation and the “Beauty Realm” in March and felt like the Lord was leading us to begin looking at Jesus as our Shepherd. We will be using a book by Phillip Keller called, “A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm.” But, as we began this new direction, Matthew gave an overview of the idea of “end-time Shepherds” and how God will raise up people who will lead and care for His people in a way that is in agreement with His heart as The Good Shepherd. You can check out this link to a blog he wrote on this subject here to find out more about this topic. (God's Shepherds)
We feel that focusing on this aspect of who Jesus is fits into our Lampstand message of getting fuel. If we are called to be those who shepherd after His heart then we must be people who are fueling ourselves with who He is so that we have something to share with those He gives us to care for.
Matthew or Julie Wine