6.9-13 (Lord’s Prayer)
declared (Baal’s death)
of the gods/prophets
for rain … not Baal’s new life, but God’s grace
that he hears, things he sees – that no one else hears or sees. It is what
distinguishes the “prayer of faith” and what ushers in the gift of the Spirit.
now, rain is coming
now, ahead of the storm
dominate the present by means of the future
on the promise
often, however, we live in fear, often afraid of failure
rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
search fraught with rejection anxiety – rain is coming!
of man in flood, praying for God to deliver him
Almighty looking for a sign
the SHAPE of human hand a sign of the work of God
testimonies … sign, the church in good hands
… a sign that we are open to the emerging face of the ch
year’s high school graduates:
mission trip this summer to the Czech Republic
Habitat for Humanity team
the SIZE of human hand a sign
of paying attention to small things
the focus of obsessives, but the focus of the grateful
for doing the dishes
Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. (NIV)
things, human things, small things.
an explicit connection, but a resonance
as a metaphor in the prophets for the Spirit
LORD your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has
poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before.
praise the name of the LORD your God
all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall
dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female
slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit.
times looking to the sky
weeks from Passover (cross) to Pentecost (Spirit)
days (10?) from Ascension to Pentecost
laying on of hands
“The Holy Spirit work within
thirst for God, and a prayer that God delights to answer
created; and you renew the face of the ground.