Faith Brethren and Invisible Choirs

Acts 16:25 

 

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

 

 

It was pretty unconventional for Paul and Silas to be praying and singing praises to God in prison. After all, they had just received a beating prior to be thrown in the slammer, and physically, they were probably in a lot of pain. Perhaps they wondered why God would allow them to be thrown into prison for doing something good; casting a demon out of a young lady. Nevertheless, although they weren’t in a nice church building with comfortable pews and talented musicians, they began through their discomfort to praise God. God responded to their worship in a marvelous way. An earthquake came, and all the prison doors flew open. The jailer, seeing that all the prisoners could get away, and knowing that he would lose his job and be dead meat himself, took out his sword and was ready to take his life. Paul, seeing what was about to happen shouted out to the man not to harm himself, assuring him that none of the prisoners had fled. The jailer, in fear and trembling, then falls down and asks what he must do to be saved. Paul and Silas share the Word of God with this man, and we see him and his whole family getting baptized! You just never know what God will do when you begin to praise Him. Marvelous things can happen to you, and others will be affected also.

This past weekend, we were able to go up to Oregon to be with Pastor Joe Savala and his family. Brother Savala is straight as an arrow when it comes to preaching and teaching Biblical doctrine, yet I have seen him on occasion approach some things in a way that most would consider “unconventional.”  How many people do you know that will go up to empty chairs in their churches, stick out their hand and say, “Well praise the Lord, brother/sister! It’s so good to see you today.” Silly you might say, but perhaps someone will be inspired to pray and invite others to the house of God so that those seats will be filled. 

Sunday evening we had an awesome move of God. The pastor announced that the choir was going to sing. This church is smaller and does not have enough people for a choir.(at least, not yet) The “choir” was actually a CD of a very good, lively, worshipful choir. People began to worship, and the spirit of God began to minister in that service. Here are a few pictures from Sunday night.

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Cassie and Alex with his mom, praying at the altar.

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Two good men of this church praying with young Alex.

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Pastor Savala with his daughter – praying, weeping and worshipping together. This is priceless to me!

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The best part of all – Alex received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, speaking in other tongues!

 

I’m thankful for the wonderful things God did this weekend. While we were away, there was also a young girl named Jocelyn that received the Holy Ghost in our Thursday night service. Praise God!

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7 thoughts on “Faith Brethren and Invisible Choirs

  1. I have believed the true report! Sounds like it was a good time in the Lord. Also, I heard about Jocelyn! How neat is that?!

    Hi Tom. Yes, it is very neat! I’m thankful for what the Lord is doing.

  2. There is no telling what God will do if you believe! Beautiful! Very touching photo of the pastor and his daughter praying together. I’ve attended a smaller church most of my Christian life, and God has moved just as mightily even though those attending were few.

    Hi Sis. Yes, it was a very moving service. There is something extra special about children responding to the presence of God. I just love seeing that.

  3. Hi Carol. It’s so awesome when we just step back and let God be God. Sounds like an incredible time in Oregon.

    I was just thinking about CRs daughter Madison. She’s only 7 years old but loves Jesus so much that it touches all who are around her. (And she drives the JWs crazy whenever they stop by. One time she just started reading a tract to them. COOL!) The Lord has done an incredible work in this family over the past 18 months.

    It’s amazing; I was so hungry for fellowship with saints who were completely committed to the Lord. When I couldn’t seem to find any, the Lord brought CR into the household of faith. He is heavenly minded in a way that few seem to strive for; at least in my neck of the woods. Our conversations instantly enter the realm of heavenly things and tend to become quite lengthy.

    Thanks for the good report from Oregon. Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

    Hi Timbob. Yes, we had a wonderful time in Oregon. The pastor we preached for last week was actually up this way and preached for another pastor friend of ours who lives about an hour away. We went to the service, and it was awesome. I didn’t know if we were going to have preaching, because the spirit of God was really moving during the worship service, with lots of shouting, dancing, aisle running and praising God. We did have preaching too, and it was very anointed. Glad you have someone close by such as CR with which to have fellowship. We can gain so much strength just being with people of like precious faith. Hope you have a great week in Jesus.

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