Saturday March 31

Titus 2:13-14 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Belonging to a house church is a vital part of our life at St. Luke’s (Anglican), and we belong to a wonderful one.  We meet on Friday nights and normally begin with a good meal.  While technically a potluck, it’s consistently wonderful.  Better still are the friends who comprise the group.  What a weekly opportunity for fellowship, worship, Bible study, prayer and building relationships!  Last night we (as a group) did something a bit different.

When we came together we didn’t share a meal, nor was there a time of Bible study.  The entire evening was devoted to worship and prayer.  It went back and forth – we’d sing, then pray, then sing some more and pray some more.  What a wonderful and special time it was.  I so enjoy the music and one of the group is gifted at the piano and enhancing our prayer times with the music.

For over 2½ hours the worship and prayer just flowed wonderfully.  What an uplifting time!  A key focus last night was praying for the ‘walls’ or barriers in each of our lives to be broken down.  There are areas of difficulty that we each deal with and we prayed in concert for one another to become free from those ‘walls’.  Jesus is our Lord and deliverer and we all want our lives to glorify Him more.

One of the songs played as background while we were praying particularly blessed me.  The song was Refiner’s Fire by Brian Doerksen.  He has written so many anointed songs and this one really spoke to me last night.  Here are the lyrics and a link to a video where you can worship with Brian singing this song:

Purify my heart
Let me be as gold and precious silver
Purify my heart
Let me be as gold, pure gold

Refiner’s fire
My heart’s one desire
Is to be holy
Set apart for You, Lord
I choose to be holy
Set apart for You, my Master
Ready to do Your will

Purify my heart
Cleanse me from within
And make me holy
Purify my heart
Cleanse me from my sin
Deep within

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week.  This song is a beautiful start to such a special week.

Refiner’s Fire by Brian Doerksen   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y8zP34AhuU

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Six years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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1 Response to Saturday March 31

  1. Annaliese says:

    I do not think that I have ever heard that song before; what beautiful lyrics! Thank you for sharing!

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