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How Natural is Praise?

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Over the past few days of calling drive the two teams have been meeting together for daily devo time with our program director, Paul. The topic has been prayer, and it has already been quite convicting. Recently we have been discussing the basis on which we pray and how, according to Tim Keller, there are basically two types of relationships one can have with God through prayer: a business relationship and a family relationship.


A person in a business relationship with God treats prayer as the means to an exchange of goods. The "goods" in this case would be the good works by the one praying and in return answered prayer by God. As long as that prayer is answered then everything is good in the relationship, but when that prayer isn't answered then the relationship collapses. However, the person in a family relationship with God approaches Him as a Father. They realize their position with God as beloved, adopted children, and they know "their Father knows what they need before they ask Him (Matt 6:8)."  This amazing adoption compels the person in a family relationship with God to praise and worship Him as their Father. In fact, Keller argues that the only way to fully adore God is through "family prayer."


We ended the discussion with the simple question, "How natural is praise for you?" You see, the person with a business relationship with God can easily sit down for 30 minutes and only make requests to God, but they find it difficult to sit down and praise God for 30 minutes. This was very convicting to me and many people in the group.


So I wanted to leave you with the same question: how natural is praise for you? Do you feel that you are in a true family relationship with your Heavenly Father or are you in more of a business relationship with Him? And if it's the latter, what are you going to do about it?


-14:22


And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'" -Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭7-13‬

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End of Fall Tour:

His Work Continues.

The past 5 weeks of Fall Tour have really flown by. It’s officially our first full day back in Willmar! Both teams have reunited and are preparing for the next couple weeks of our winter support raising campaign. Tour has ended for this year and though it was absolutely amazing, I must say that it was equally exhausting for me. I’ve been looking forward to the rejuvenation of our upcoming Christmas break as well spending time with my friends and family. While I was meditating in Scripture this morning, I was led to Psalms 51. In that study, three verses really stood out to me. 

 

“Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me” v. 10

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me, then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you” vv 12-13. 

 

In reflecting on this chapter, I was reminded of my own selfishness and lack of trust. I asked The Lord to reveal the impurities of my heart and was convicted of my own weak and wavering spirit. How can a steadfast spirit be renewed in me? How can joy be restored to me and how can I be sustained by a more willing spirit? Who can I teach?? How can I take this lesson back home? 

 

I’m reminded that, even though tour is over, our work for God’s Kingdom is not yet complete. I’m reminded that, through Christ alone, I can become slower to anger, slower to judge, slower to take offense, but quicker to love, and quicker to see people the way Jesus sees us all. 

 

As an encouragement to my fellow full-timers, and all those who are reading this now, I pray that we can all continue to seek purity, that we may not become content with a spirit of ambivalence, but that we instead be willing and joyful to proclaim (to ALL who’ll hear it) how God’s love changes us daily. 


Love,  Kirsten

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    Sarah Wiesner (guitar)

    Victor Zou (sound tech)


     

     

     

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    Faith Wirajsilp (vocals)

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    Travis Kapcia (drums)

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    Alexa Palacios - Keys 

     

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    Aaron Swan - Bass

     

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    Danial Shen - Drums

     

     

     

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    James Lau - Keys

     

    Hannah Haugen - Vocals

     

    Kaitlin Sheppard - Vocals

     

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    Victoria Lamb - Drums

     

    Edmund Ma - Vocals

     

    Ethan Erickson - Guitar

     

     

     

     

     

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    Paul "PQ" Quiram - Team Leader / Sound Tech 

         

    Michelle Chiu - Co Leader / Vocals

     

    Hosea Mak - Keys

     

    Kellie Hedberg - Keys

     

    Wendy Vides - Vocals

     

    Anthony Cozza - Guitar

     

    Kimberly Zeinstra - Guitar

     

    John Darrah - Bass

     

    Esther Leung - Drums

     

    Dennis Shem - Guitar

     

    Marcus Hilding - Vocals

     

     

     

     

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    Eva Prokhorova - Team Leader       

     

    Aaron Price - Co Leader

     

    Angela Luk - Vocals

     

    Barry Huang - Bass

     

    Joshua Shaw - Vocals

     

    Josen Liu - Sound Tech

     

    Nick Weaver - Drums

     

    Chanelle Tseng - Keys

     

    Victoria Lai - Guitar

     

    Becca Bowers - Vocals

     

    Henry Yen - Guitar

     

    Elisabeth Lopez - Vocals

     

    Herman Woo - Guitar

     

     

     

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