Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gathering Again!

Instead of me writing this blog this week, I am posting a message one of my sons, Tim Kearney, sent to me in an email.  I believe his message sums up how the people of The Rock have positioned themselves during this month long sabbath rest.  During July, each family or individual positioned themselves not in a building we call the church, but in their own homes as ministers unto each other.  As July comes to an end and we rejoice over what Yahweh did in each person, we look forward to with excitement our gathering again on August first.  Here is Tim's message:

"We, a congregation. A body of people joined in belief-- each with our own unique identities, our own nuanced interests, our own close-knit relationships and our own deepest yearnings and passions.  We have gone forth, dispersed on purpose. As parts of the whole we have seared as beacons of The Kingdom at work in everyday life, without the crutch of routine or pageantry seen across this land.  Now our time for being dispersed is almost up. We are a people strengthened and rested in our Father, sure of our identities which have been put to the test of living...and I'm excited.

I can't wait to join you all once again, Family!"

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Harvest of our Obedience

Wow! Here we are at the start of July 2010 and we have entered again into the Sabbath month for The Rock Church. During this time, we as a house do not meet in a building constructed to be a "church." Instead, every family gathers in their own home to minister to one another and share what Yahweh has done and is doing in them. Every family needs to be led, and the head of each family needs to take their place and be the father God has purposed them to be. Fathers lead their family and/or themselves during this time into the place of rest intended for them. As we take the time to rest the "land" of The Rock and our lives, Yahweh is raining on that same "land" by Holy Spirit, preparing it and causing it to become its most fertile. No offering is received at The Rock during this time of rest. Only the tithe, which belongs to Yahweh, is received. The offering which is above and beyond the tithe, is seed. That seed is being stored up in each family's home to be sowed when we return in August. The ground will be awaiting the planting of seed and the harvest will be great to those who believe. The lives of many will be changed by their obedience to the "word of the house," while some, because of fear and doubt, will only be a witness to what Yahweh is doing in others.
In the Old Testament the priest would receive an offering of firstfruits following the Sabbath and wave that offering before the Lord while blessing the people. This is a now word to us. We are honoring the Lord with our time, ministry, families, and finances and we look forward to what will soon be the HARVEST OF OUR OBEDIENCE!