1 House of Prayer - LAUS DEO

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January 29, 2013

The story of worship is timeless. Like Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, worship has no beginning and no end. Worship has existed before man’s arrival on the scene and it will exist eternally (Rev. 7:9-12). Since we are living on Earth with a system of linear time, we will begin our story in Genesis.

In Genesis 4, we get our first glimpse into worship. Abel offered an acceptable sacrifice of the first born of his flock. “Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering” (Gen. 4:4-5 KJV). God respected Abel’s offering because Abel did not hestitate to offer his best before God. Cain had a chance to repent, but became angry and bitter, even to the point of murdering his brother, Abel (Gen. 4:8 KJV).

God expects our best and He modeled this true worship when He sent his only begotten Son to die on a cross for our sins. Jesus died for our sins because He loves us and He desires a love relationship with us, His children (John 3:16, KJV). “Jesus’ statement is the best definition of worship. Our Lord called His definition the greatest commandment.” “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength”1 (Mark 12:30 KJV).

God created man in His image for the very purpose of relationship. Because God is infinitely great, He requires worship. “Deep inside the heart of man, he created a desire
for worship. Absolutely nothing would ever satisfy humans but worship of the living Lord.”2

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1Elmer L. Towns and Vernon M. Whaley, Worship through the Ages: How the Great Awakenings Shape Evangelical Worship (Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2012), 4.
2Ibid., 11.

Excepts from “I Will Sing to the Lord” by Laurie Sterling Copyright 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC-yHnqttAU

1 year 6 months ago (Edited)

A beautiful post Laurie. I have spent the Day packing things at my apartment. So they can be moved out and repairs can begin. Most of the things I am packing are dishes and I would rather pack them myself than have the construction crew pack them.
As I read the post, I wondered how often is the worship part of prayer buried in all our petitions. Even though God is pleased with our petitions.
I will be with you in spirit tonight

1 year 6 months ago

Laus Deo
Your sentiment towards the worship of the Lord brings peace to my soul and joy to my heart.
Thank you members of Laus Deo for being here for me more times than you would ever imagine.
God is pleased with the spirit of love which lives here and has created an oasis for those who hunger and thirst to praise God.

1 year 6 months ago

Barbara, I am praying for you in all of this. I know that it is hard to be uprooted. Any ideas of when you can return? We are all praying for you.

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1 year 6 months ago

Laurie Thank you for your prayers. I can feel them in the extra physical strength That I have. I have no idea when I can move back to the apartment as my adjuster said the neighborhood is a mini disaster area. I noted that one cafe down the street was closed for repairs. Restoration crews are have their hands full. . However today we experienced a rapid warming trend. I will be with you in spirit tonight.

1 year 6 months ago

"God respected Abel’s offering because Abel did not hestitate to offer his best before God."

What Yah considers the very best we have to offer, is total obedience to His word. Cain gave of the very best vegetables from his garden, (Gen 4:2-3) While his brother Able gave of the first from his flock of sheep (Gen 4:4). The offering Yah required was a perfect animal blood sacrifice, not perfect vegetables.

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1 year 6 months ago (Edited)

Thank you Lourie for leading us tonight. Our Creator God is the Alpha and Omega and ALL in between. He is everything. There is nothing I can name that was not created by Him. Laurie I doubt if I will be here because I have been going to bed before 10. I think my age has caught up with me.
Love you all and God Bless Maggie aka Mom

1 year 6 months ago

Amen, Barbara. I'm glad you are feeling better physically. God will make a way for you.

1 year 6 months ago

I to love the worship song "Here I Am To Worship," which leaves no question as to who it is worshiping and lifting up in praise! Amen!

I join in agreement with prayer for our sister: Barbara Ann, and the trials she is going through. And I say going "through," because with Yeshua help there is no way she is ever going to be left behind. Yah's blessings, shalom!

1 year 6 months ago (Edited)

Yeshua Friend, thank you for your input. In the Old Testament, God did require an animal sacrifice for sins, but in His wonderful mercy, gave Cain a chance to repent. Cain, in his pride, decided that it didn't matter if it was pleasing to God. He sought to please himself and in his pride, jealousy, anger and rage, he murdered Abel, his brother. God later sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as the perfect sacrifice for sin.

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1 year 6 months ago

Maggie, I will miss you, but I hope you get some rest. Miss talking to you and I will try to call my Mom soon!

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1 year 6 months ago

Sister: Laurie, understand that the only laws Yeshua eliminated, or as some prefer "did away with." Were the laws of sacrifices and ritualistic offerings,(religiosity) Yeshua in no manor ever intended for us to disregard the "Ten Commandments," or the moral laws. Mat 5:17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

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1 year 6 months ago (Edited)

Yeshua Friend, Amen to your sound doctrine! Thank the Lord for His mercies which are new each day.

1 year 6 months ago

Before we begin earnestly praying for our nation and one another at 10:00 CST, let's read Ephesians 6:10-20 out loud prayerfully. I have also included the footnotes, from the 1599 Genevan Bible, which I am enjoying immensely!

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1 year 6 months ago

"It is so important to always come back to the cross. It may not be possible in every worship song, but we should always share the gospel message. That is what it's all about."

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1 year 6 months ago (Edited)

Thank you Yeshua Friend! You're preaching to the choir! Amen and amen!

1 year 6 months ago

I thought that this song was perfect for tonight! Yeshua Friend, it would be nice if God's name was in every song! He made it all, after all!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_...

1 year 6 months ago

Father, we ask You to hear our prayers tonight for all of us here and those that can't be present tonight. Please help Barbara to get back into her apartment soon or provide her a new one. Help her get her insurance company to pay for the damage. Hear our prayers for our nation, Father. You are our nation's only hope. Let revival fall if it be Your will. In Jesus' Holy Name we pray. Amen.

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1 year 6 months ago

My prayer is for those who have laid down their armour and can no longer defend against shepherds who would lead their flocks to slaughter.
Lord give us strength.
And for those who have retired from the constant struggle and who wish to be led out to pasture, search deeply for your innermost strength and allow the Holy Spirit to reengage your passions in defense of God's battle plan.

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1 year 6 months ago

William, that was simply beautiful. Thank you so much for that anointed prayer which was directly from the Holy Spirit. I thank God for you that you have joined us here. I am in full agreement with every word. How eloquently you stated our needs to the Father. Amen and amen!

1 year 6 months ago

Lately it has been heavily on my mind that too many Christians are misunderstanding Romans 13 and think that we must submit to evil tyrants. The Geneva Bible is the Bible that our Founding Fathers read and it does mention tyranny, which the KJV does not. I have heard rumors and watched YouTube videos about the government training clergy in disaster situations to go in a tell the victims that they should submit because Romans 13 says so.

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1 year 6 months ago

It is the highlight of my life to be one with all of you here.
I love you.
Thank you for being friends who care and pray for each other.
Often times when you feel there is no where else to turn, we find ourselves here in community with our Lord.
Praise God for this place in this moment of time.

1 year 6 months ago

William, we love you, too and welcome you. I haven't been here very often lately, but it is always wonderful when I can be here. We are all one big family in Christ.

Yeshua Friend, I didn't see any funny faces tonight! : / ^

1 year 6 months ago

Well, I am going to say goodnight. Much love to my family in Christ!

1 year 6 months ago

Tyranny exists when man is able to replace God's law with man's law. We see this happening all over the world, especially here in America, where common law is ignored and American rule of law is ridiculed by our very own government representatives.
As a nation, our federal government has caused us to become dead before the Lord, as we are no longer permitted to obey our conscience or the demands of God's Holy Spirit.

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1 year 6 months ago

"You're preaching to the choir!" Sister: Laurie, didn't you know, that is what I do the best; because then the ACLU (Anti Christian Litigation Union) never gets any bad reports about me! {¦꞉3)›

And I love the "Names of God" song to.

"Lately it has been heavily on my mind that too many Christians are misunderstanding Romans 13 and think that we must submit to evil tyrants. I need to do more research on this," Sister: Laurie, I posted this awhile back:

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