Consuming Fire

At St. Alban’s yesterday, instead of the normal Bible study, we had a special service praising God, remembering Jesus and praying. During the service, we sung many hymns including my favorite "Amazing Grace", as well as being introduced to a new one.

The new song is called "Consuming Fire" and it was written by Tim Hughes. I have to say, the lyrics are beautiful, check it out:

There must be more than this,
O breath of God come breathe within,
There must be more than this,
Spirit of God we wait for You.

Fill us anew we pray,
Fill us anew we pray.

Consuming fire fan into flame,
A passion for Your Name,
Spirit of God (would you) fall in this place,
Lord have Your way,
Lord have Your way with us.

Come like a rushing wind,
Clothe us with power from on high,
Now set the captives free,
Leave us abandoned to Your praise.

Lord let Your glory fall,
Lord let Your glory fall.

Consuming fire fan into flame,
A passion for Your Name,
Spirit of God (would you) fall in this place,
Lord have Your way,
Lord have Your way...

Consuming fire fan into flame,
A passion for Your Name,
Spirit of God fall in this place,
Lord have Your way,
Lord have Your way with us.

Come like a rushing wind,
Clothe us with power from on high,
Now set the captives free,
Leave us abandoned to Your praise.

Lord let Your glory fall,
Lord let Your glory fall!

Consuming fire fan into flame,
A passion for Your Name,
Spirit of God (would you) fall in this place,
Lord have Your way,
Lord have Your way!

Consuming fire fan into flame,
A passion for Your Name,
Spirit of God (would you) fall in this place,
Lord have Your way,
Lord have Your way with us.

Stir it up in our hearts Lord,
Stir it up in our hearts Lord,
Stir it up in our hearts,
A passion for Your Name!
[Repeat until end]

And here is the song:

St. Alban’s Church’s new website

St. Alban's logo

For those who don’t know, I normally go to church on Sundays and I usually go to St. Alban’s for the evening service. Well, St. Alban’s had recently updated its website with a whole new look along with a bunch of new and extra stuff like sermon mp3 downloads and blogs by the pastors.

Go check it out for yourself:
http://www.stalbanslindfield.com.au

Oh, and for those of you who would like to subscribe to the pastors’ RSS feeds, here is the link:
http://www.stalbanslindfield.com.au/createrssfeed.action?types=blogpost&sort=modified&showContent=true&showDiff=true&title=St+Albans&labelString=&rssType=rss1&maxResults=100&timeSpan=300

Amazing Grace

This is such an amazing song – only recently had I been able to really connect with the lyrics.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved,
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

My chains are gone, I've been set free,
My God, my saviour has ransomed me,
And like a flood his mercy reigns,
Unending love, amazing grace.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures,
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

My chains are gone, I've been set free,
My God, my saviour has ransomed me,
And like a flood his mercy reigns,
Unending love, amazing grace.
[repeat]

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine,
But God who called me here below
Will be forever mine,
Will be forever mine,
You are forever mine.

I have to admit, every time I sing this song in a church service, my eyes always fill up with tears – because what is in the song is simply so wonderfully true.

Here is the song performed by the author, Chris Tomlin:

The parable of traffic cones

The story below was from the sermon this morning and it deeply moved me. Please give it a careful read and maybe you will find it helpful too.

I read this story a couple of days ago although it’s not actually recent. "On 12 December 1984 dense fog shrouded the M25 near London. The hazard warning lights were on, but were ignored by most drivers. At 6.15 am, a truck carrying huge rolls of paper was involved in an accident, and within minutes the carriageway was engulfed in carnage. Dozens of cars were wrecked. Ten people were killed. A police patrol car was soon on the scene, and two policemen ran back up the motorway to stop oncoming traffic.

They waved their arms and shouted as loud as they could, but most drivers took no notice and raced on towards the disaster that awaited them. The policemen then picked up traffic cones and flung them at the cars’ windscreens in a desperate attempt to warn drivers of the danger. One policeman told how tears streamed down his face as car after car went by and he waited for the sickening sound of impact as they hit the growing mass of wreckage further down the road."

Is God throwing down any traffic cones at our windscreens? Is He sitting back and laughing as men and women run towards Hell or is He down on the road in the fog throwing some traffic cones?

The good news is there are traffic cones being thrown. There is a way out if you want it. if you don’t want it, God will honor that. He won’t force you to come into Heaven.

There will come a day when God will say to the people who hate Him, "Ok, you can have what you asked for – you can live without me."

But those people will experience punishment – they will live with their horrifically increasing sinfulness for ever and ever. They will experience death and destruction – they will be unrenewed, incomplete and ruined forever. They will experience separation – every good and lovely blessing that comes from God (which is everything good) will no longer be a part of their lives, eternally.