Person of Peace - part 1

June 11 2015

Anil is an ECC trainer in northern India. Shortly after Anil married Samita, they were returning home by train from a worship service in another town. Sitting in a crowded compartment together, Anil was advising Samita on the proper way to sing worship songs. Although Anil was singing softly, a man sitting close to them said, “What is that you are singing? It is beautiful!” Immediately, Anil saw an opportunity to share the Gospel. He told the man about Jesus, and then he and Samita sang several Hindi praise songs.

The man asked, “Where do you live?” When Anil told him, the man exclaimed, “That is only a few kilometers from my home. You must come and tell us more about Jesus!” They exchanged phone numbers and Anil promised to visit.

The next day was Monday, the usual day of rest for ECC workers, and Anil and Samita were enjoying the day at home. Anil’s cell phone rang. It was the man from the train. “Where are you?” he asked. “We are all here waiting for you.” Anil apologized and promised to visit the next day.

On Tuesday, Anil and Samita walked to the man’s village. He was waiting for them on the road to escort them to his home. As they passed an old woman sitting by the road, the man told her, “Auntie, come to my home. You must hear this.” As the group was about to enter the house, the man saw several men working in a nearby field. He walked over to them and said, “Stop what you are doing and come to my house. These people have something you need to hear!”

For the next few hours, Anil and Samita shared the Gospel through word and song. The man and his family all believed in Jesus Christ and formed the nucleus of a new house church.

Tags: india, worship, salvation,

​Worship Encounters God

March 4 2015

“Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10

Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling. Zechariah 2:13

What draws you to worship? What draws you to pray? I remember a business trip I took once to Scottsdale, AZ, where I had about three days of down time. My bride, Kathy, was able to accompany me. We decided to make the four-hour drive to visit the Grand Canyon and to spend the night there.

We had read about the Grand Canyon; we had seen pictures; we had talked about this awesome wonder, but the fact is, we had not yet experienced it. This was our chance. The entire drive was filled with expectancy as we talked about what we might see and do. We were excited because we expected an actual encounter.

And we were not disappointed. As we approached the rim and gazed out over the expansive depths, the myriad of colors, the complete vastness of this wonder of God’s creation we responded in silent awe. Of course, we would talk about it later, but at the time, silence seemed the only appropriate response to what we were experiencing. Not only would our words have been inadequate, but any attempt at words would have been a rude affront to what the majesty of this place demanded of us.

The next day, as we prepared to leave, I wondered if those who worked here day after day ever grew complacent to what surrounded them. Or did they find new wonder as they approached day after day? Do we approach God each day, expecting to discover something new about him, something we have never before seen that results in a newfound sense of reverence and awe? Do we expect to encounter his presence?

Dick Eastman writes, “Worship provides an opportunity to encounter God in all his fullness firsthand.” He points out that this worship is essential to powerful intercession and describes worship as “pure, passionate adoration and fear of God.”

Is this how Jesus taught us to approach God? We declare him both as “Abba, Daddy” and “holy” at the same time in the first sentence of the Lord’s Prayer. Eastman explains that this fear is not the shrinking fear that John experienced when all abandoned Jesus after his arrest, but rather, the holy fear expressed in Revelation 1:17 when he encountered Jesus in all his glory and fell at his feet as if dead. He describes this fear as an “astonished reverence, breathless adoration, awesome fascination, and lofty admiration” all at once.

Eastman concludes that this is an appropriate time for silence! And not only is it appropriate, but our worshipful silence in his presence is linked to the nations coming to know him. David declares:

“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 46:10

And Zechariah writes:

“Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling” Zechariah 2:13

In this context, Zechariah is writing about the “Day of the Lord,” and this command for silence is the conclusion to the nations coming to the Lord in response to the worship of Israel!

“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord. And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And the Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.”Zechariah 2:10-12

By David Runge, Director of OMS World Intercessors team

Tags: grand canyon, worship, silence, awe, prayer, be still

From Tree to Tree

April 2 2013

From Tree to Tree

Life is changing for the Pannabeckers. David and I are in the partnership-raising phase of a new ministry with One Mission Society based in Greenwood, Indiana. When we are fully funded, active ministry can begin. At this point, we are praying and sharing our story with anyone who will listen.

David is stepping into the newly created position of international worship consultant for Every Community for Christ, the church-planting branch of One Mission Society. I use my administrative and organizational skills to assist David and look forward to working with the Dynamic Women in Missions team of OMS.

You may be thinking, “Why in the world are you doing this, especially at this stage in your lives?” Read on, and I’ll attempt to shed some light on a good question.

As millions of new believers are coming into God’s kingdom at an astounding rate, Every Community for Christ leaders have identified an urgent need for training material to guide these new Christians into a solid understanding of biblical worship.

What should happen when believers gather to worship in the name of Jesus? Many international worshipping communities meet in homes and have virtually no resources, so this is a discussion about substance, not style!      Go to their blog to Read More.


Tags: worship, dynamic service, God's provisionlife change