Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Going Forth!

ww-goingforthBlinding, Blazing FORTH!

Stunning in the morning sky

Peeking over the distant mountains

The sun going forth at the break of day

Shafts of glowing rays

Streaming outward

Dispelling the darkness of night

Inching its course upward

Bit by bit

Slipping briefly behind a wispy cloud

Hidden MOMENTARILY BEYOND THE SILVER LINING

Then BURSTING forth once again

In radiance and splendor

In vibrant colors and subtle hues

Reaching ever outward

Sunshine advancing

Touching the peaks of adjacent mountains

Streaming into the valleys

Setting everything aglow in golden light

Bringing warmth

Providing light

Giving life

An extension of god’s radiance and glory

Before our eyes

Throughout generations

according to God’s perfect plan

The sun will rise tomorrow AT GOD’S WILL!

Day upon day

Fulfilling God’s purpose

As it goes forth in splendor!

And so it is with EACH life!

A going Forth!

From the instance of OUR birth

THROUGHOUT childhood

A going forth, ever-maturing

Into adulthood

Inching upward in growth

Year upon year

Learning, growing, maturing

Bit by bit

Reaching ever outward

Becoming independent and grown-up

Trying new things As a young adult

Setting new goals, down different pathways

Touching others with OUR smile

Impacting the world

Making choices along the way

DECISIONS, BOTH GOOD AND SOMETIMES UNWISE

With perhaps a cloud or two darkening OUR way

Hopefully overcoming CHALLENGES

Shining brightly in the face OF CIRCUMSTANCES

Making OUR life matter!

Before God, OUR maker

Being an extension of the one who loves US

Following in christ’s footsteps

Going forth

In his wisdom and strength

STAYING IN THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD

DAILY Dependent upon Christ to lead US

In all that WE do and say

According to his perfect plan for OUR life

FULFILLING HIS PURPOSE

AS WE GO FORTH INTO LIFE!

OR SO IT SHOULD BE!

BUT

WITHOUT THE GUIDING LIGHT

OF CHRIST, OUR SAVIOR

OUR GOING FORTH IS FOR NAUGHT

FOR CHRIST

BRINGS LIFE AND LIGHT

TO ALL WHO BELIEVE IN HIM

MAY OUR DESIRE BE TO follow in obedience

GOING FORTH

IN THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT!

SCRIPTURES:

· PSALM 139 ALL – …O LORD, YOU HAVE SEARCHED ME AND YOU KNOW ME. …WHERE CAN I GO FROM YOUR SPIRIT? …FOR YOU CREATED MY INMOST BEING; YOU KNIT ME TOGETHER IN MY MOTHER’S WOMB. …LEAD ME IN THE WAY EVERLASTING.
· PROVERBS 4:10-27 – …I GUIDE YOU IN THE WAY OF WISDOM AND LEAD YOU ALONG STRAIGHT PATHS…THE PATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS LIKE THE FIRST GLEAM OF DAWN, SHINING EVER BRIGHTER TIL THE FULL LIGHT OF DAY.
· Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for You,” Declares the lord, “plans to prosper You and not to harm you, plans to give you Hope and a future.” · MATTHEW 28:18-20 – THEREFORE GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATION,…
· JOHN 8:12 – …(Jesus) he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
· EPHESIANS 4:1-16 – …I URGE YOU TO LIVE A LIFE WORTHY OF THE CALLING YOU HAVE RECEIVED. …WE WILL IN ALL THINGS GROW UP INTO HIM WHO IS THE HEAD, THAT IS CHRIST.
· II peter 1:3 – his divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Written September 13, 2013 by MADELINE BEBER

LORD…HELP ME TO GO FORTH IN YOUR POWER FOLLOWING CLOSE TO YOU.

Written IN HONOR OF MY GRANDSON, BRANDON, ON HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY.

 

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