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The Power of Praise (6 of 6)
Series: The Jesus Diaries
OPEN: Bill Crockett tells of the time he was delivering a motivational lecture to a group of young Navy men. "I spoke in great detail about why I joined the military and how much it meant to me. Finishing my story, I pointed at a sharp looking sailor out in the audience and asked him why he decided to go to sea."
"Well, Chief," he said, "my old man's a farmer. And when he put lights on the tractor, I knew it was time to leave the farm."
APPLY: That sailor knew how to read his future. He knew his future because watched his dad. And what his dad did revealed to him his future and the decisions he had to make.
I. It's interesting - that when Revelation begins talking about future things, the 1st thing it focuses on - is the Father
Look at Revelation 4:1-4 "After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this. At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads."
So, Jesus tells John he's about to see "what must take place after this..."
BUT, instead of the horrendous pictures of War and Famine and Pestilence that people often associate with Revelation... instead, we find ourselves in God's throne room witnessing an awesome worship service - filled with strange sights and sounds
• lightning and thunder and rumblings in the distance
• beautiful colors
• unusual creatures
• And an inspiring example of how to praise God
As I looked at this passage I sudden ...
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