Encourage0gram April 18, 2019
Today is national “high five” day. After he hit a home run, Los Angeles Dodger’s star outfielder Dusty Baker slapped the hand of Glen Burke his teammate as he entered the dugout. It was the last day of the season and Baker had just hit his thirtieth homer of the season. The Dodgers had four players hit thirty or more home runs that year. Burke raised his hand in celebration and Dusty just reached high to slap it. It was just that spontaneous and exuberant. The high five has become a favorite way to greet and celebrate ever since that fateful day. I often share a “high five” with my grandchildren. Don’t we enjoy the moment of celebration in this way? Yes, we do.
Let me share some “high five” worthy observations for today.
- I want to celebrate my mother’s birthday today! She is such a blessing to me and she has become a blessing to many here at FCC.
- I give a “high five” to our faithful staff. They work tirelessly to serve Jesus among us. Let me add more celebration for our elders, deacons, worship team members, Sunday School and Awana volunteers, ushers, Men and Women’s ministry leaders, greeters, prayer warriors . . . . the list seems to never end! Thank you for each individual in this Body of believers who give of their time, talents and treasures to Jesus!
- The biggest, best celebration is for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is worthy of ALL praise, majesty, honor and glory! In heaven today, the unending celebration continues:
NIV Revelation 4:8-11
Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,' who was, and is, and is to come." 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."
NIV Revelation 5:8-14
And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God's people. 9 And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth." 11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" 13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" 14 The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.
As we prepare our hearts for tomorrow’s remembrance of “Good Friday” and Sunday’s celebration of Jesus’ resurrection – pray back to Him these songs of praise in Revelation 4 and 5. What a mighty, loving God we serve!
HAPPY “HIGH FIVE” DAY!
I look forward to seeing you this week at FCC!
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,