Every Tribe and Language and People Will Worship
There is a health update at the end of this message.
ARADHNA IS WORSHIP: The Institute for Christian Worship
presents ARADHNA (worship music from North India and Nepal)
on September 29, 2009, in Louisville. Please see
and share this information widely.
Shame on us for so often forgetting that Christ's bride, His precious church, extends throughout time and around the world. Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a short collection of Scripture passages that remind us that we have brothers and sisters in the faith who live differently, worship differently, and will one day join us around the throne of God in the glorious refrains of "Worthy is the Lamb!" To help you see the emphasis, I have capitalized certain words in these verses.
EVERY TRIBE AND LANGUAGE AND PEOPLE WILL WORSHIP
PSALM 22:27-28 (NIV)
ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
will remember and turn to the LORD,
and ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE NATIONS
will bow down before him,
for dominion belongs to the LORD
and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.
PSALM 86:9-10 (NIV)
ALL THE NATIONS you have made
will come and worship before you, O Lord;
they will bring glory to your name.
For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
you alone are God.
MATTHEW 28:18-20 (NIV)
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of ALL NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
GALATIANS 3:8 (NIV)
The Scripture foresaw that God would justify THE GENTILES by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "ALL NATIONS will be blessed through you."
REVELATION 5:9-14 (NIV)
And they sang a new song:
"You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from EVERY TRIBE and LANGUAGE and PEOPLE and NATION.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth."
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. In a loud voice they sang:
"Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!"
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:
"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!"
The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.
REVELATION 7:9-10 (NIV)
After this I looked and there before me was a GREAT MULTITUDE that no one could count, from EVERY NATION, TRIBE, PEOPLE and LANGUAGE, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
"Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb."
REVELATION 15:4 (NIV)
Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. ALL NATIONS will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed."
ARADHNA IS WORSHIP (www.aradhnamusic.com)
If you live anywhere near Louisville, Kentucky, I hope you will consider joining us at the seminary on September 29 for a visit from Aradhna, a Christian worship band that performs music from North India and Nepal. It will be a full day, with worship leadership at chapel (10:00am), an 11:30am lecture, and an evening concert at 7:30pm (More information at http://tinyurl.com/AradhnaAtSBTS). Please share this information widely.
HEALTH UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST
FOR CHIP STAM, RECOVERING CANCER PATIENT
Dear Praying Friends,
There is a longer journal entry at www.caringbridge.org/visit/carlstam . This report is largely the same as last week's
The most recent PET/CT scan was on September 11, and we saw the doctor for the follow-up visit on Friday, September 18.
TEST RESULTS: The vast majority of the Lymphoma is gone--perhaps all of it. There are two small (very small) areas of concern that showed up on the scans. Each is about one half inch in size. One is on a rib, and one is on a hard-to-access lymph node. These could be nothing, or they could be the beginning of trouble. The only thing to do is to watch them and study what they do. The doctors will step up the schedule for the next PET/CT scan; it will be in early November--in two months rather than three. Then they will know more, including whether there is a need for more treatment.
This is not the news for which we have been hoping and praying. Nevertheless, it is much better to hear this realistic caution rather than a jolly report of some kind that fails to address a real concern.
I trust that you will join with us in praying for clarity in the report as they compare this last scan with the next one (November). Pray, too, that the Lord will be gracious to allow my body to be cancer free when this season of tests is over.
The Lord has been very faithful and continues to give us grace to be patient and know His peace. We trust our sovereign God in all of this--even in this difficult time of waiting. The uncertainty gives us a time of testing (double meaning intended, as in James 1:2-4).
In the meantime, I am feeling about 85% myself. I am teaching a somewhat reduced schedule at the seminary and leading in a mostly normal fashion at our church. My hair fell out on June 10 when I was in the hospital (over three months ago). There is now a soft covering of fuzz---maybe 1/4 inch in length. This is a sure sign that the chemo drugs are still lingering in my system. I am not worried a bit about the hair situation. And, yes, I am still taking naps.
We are so thankful for your friendship, interest, and faithful prayers to our merciful God.
In His care,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Ministries
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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