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In most traditions, the word Spirit means breath or wind. Our word for Spirit is derived from the Latin – Spiritus, which means breath. For the Greeks, the word Spirit is known as Pneuma, a term which also means breath. The Hebrew word Ruah is synonymous with wind. The Hebrew name for Lord is Yahweh which is derived from the root Hebrew word HWY, which also means wind or breath.

The consistency in these different terms in not coincidental. To know the Spirit is to know the breath of God. This breath of God is written about in the New Testament which describes the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost:

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
~ Acts 2:1-2

The Holy Spirit has often been described as a powerful wind. A wind that transforms us, overwhelms us, takes our breath away, yet at the same time gives us our breath.

The power touches me
The power helps us see
The power holds my hand
The power drives me crazy
And it won’t take long to understand
Just how amazed I am
~ Amy Grant

This week, may you come to know afresh the power of the Holy Spirit, the wind that fills your sails and moves you to new horizons. May you be filled with the breath of God and know that He is so close to you, closer than your own breath. May you know this power in your life today.

The Power

You caught my breathimage
My life to win
You took my breath
As I pressed in

You fanned the flame
Blew me apart
Like a hurricane
Within my heart

You overwhelm me
My Strong Tower
I am surrounded
Within your power

Breath in me
Fan the fire
Relentless love
Power of my power

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God the Father is the first person of the Trinity, which also includes his Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. You knew that right?

Christians believe there is one God who exists in three Persons. This mystery of the faith cannot be understood by the human mind but is a key doctrine of Christianity. While the word Trinity does not appear in the Bible, several episodes include the simultaneous appearance of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, such as the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:16-17).

We find many names for God in the Bible. Jesus urged us to think of God as our loving father and went a step further by calling him Abba, an Aramaic word roughly translated as “Daddy,” to show us how intimate our relationship with him is.

God the Father is the perfect example for all earthly fathers. He is holy, just and fair, but his most outstanding quality is love

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8, NIV)

Do you have an intimate relationship with Father God? The Father designed us with the emotional and spiritual capacity to have a loving, personal relationship with Him.

King David knew how to have an intimate relationship with theimage God. Although he was far from perfect, David had learned that only the Father’s love could satisfy his heart’s deepest longings (Ps. 63:3). The king passionately sought God through prayer, repentance, and obedience. From his example, you and I can learn how to enjoy closeness with the Father.

May you this week relearn what it means to have a relationship with Father God. May you be still, know that He is God, and hear from Him this week. May you have a vision of How Father God sees you. Will you share your story?

My Father God

Father God
I’ve seen you before
In your heavenly armour
Standing guard in the doorway
Of my heart as I
Carelessly left it wide open

Father God
I feel your immovable presence
As you block those who would
Seek to rob, kill and destroy
They seek but will not find
As you stride forward and stand
On the bridge of certain doom
For they shall not pass

Father God
Show me your face
That I might see the One
Who protects and defends
My heart – my good heart
I long to see your glory
Like Moses did

Father God
Behind the sealed door of my heart
In your room high in the castle
While you lay down your sword and
Take off your steel plated helmet
I remove my shoes
As I am on holy ground

Father God
You replace your helmet with an old gold crown
And we sit at your table
Heart to heart, soul to soul
A banquet laid before us – just us

Father God
You my great Father, I your true Son
And in that exact moment our eyes meet
In your presence I Am
Transformed in the blink of Your eye
Through a Sacred Exchange
Into the Beautiful Mystery

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Churchianity

Sometimes it’s important to get back to basics.  Sometimes it’s important to de-clutter.  Sometimes it’s important to leave behind things to find things.  I’ve been thinking lately how church can get in the way of finding Jesus.  Lately I’ve been thinking that some churches just really put roadblocks in the way of discovering who Jesus is and what this actually means for those that want to follow him. I read a book last year called Mere Churchianity that explores this idea.  Here’s a summary of what the book is about:

Have you left the church in search of Jesus? Studies show that one in four young adults claim no formal religious affiliation, and church leaders have long known that this generation is largely missing on Sunday morning. Hundreds of thousands of “church leavers” have had a mentor and pastor, however, in Michael Spencer, known to blog readers as the Internet Monk. Spencer guided a vast online congregation in its search for a more honest and more immediate practice of Christian faith. Spencer discovered the truth that church officials often miss, which is that many who leave the church do so in an attempt to find Jesus. For years on his blog Spencer showed de-churched readers how to practice their faith without the distractions of religious institutions. Sadly, he died in 2010. But now that his last message is available in Mere Churchianity, you can benefit from the biblical wisdom and compassionate teaching that always have been hallmarks of his ministry. With Mere Churchianity, Spencer’s writing will continue to point the disenchanted and dispossessed to a Jesus-shaped spirituality. And along the way, his teachings show how you can find others who will go with you on the journey. (Source: Amazon.com)

I’m going through a season at the moment of being disenchanted with church.  I know it’s important to get together with fellow believers, but sometimes church just really still gets in the way, especially when it just becomes all about the speaker,  the music, and the coffee. I’m not advocating that people should stop going to church, but what would it mean if church stopped being a place and started being a way of doing things, a way of life?  After all, Jesus didn’t go to church?
So what do you think?  What’s your definition of church?  How do you church?


Churchianity

The church is one stagnation,
Its music is obscure.
It longs to heal the nation,
But it can’t find the cure.

The cross is forgotten silver,
Its steeple is too high
And the problems to its answers,
Will keep the church at night.

Perhaps church is not a building,
Maybe its walls are just our lives.
The good, the bad, the ugly,
And all we are to do is try.

To love God with every fibre of our heart
To pray until we weep.
To worship with our searching soul,
Maybe then we’ll find what we seek.

Maybe in our eternal wandering,
We’ll reach the final goal.
Then unity will bind us,
So God might make us whole.

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