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Stream of Praise

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I  used to wonder why I enjoy singing praises to God so much and recently I realized that worship songs not only show me the mightiness of God, but that they lift my spirit up and give me joy, which is an important aspect to my emotional growth.

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Recently, the Stream of Praise worship team was in town for a praise and worship celebration; and it was a real treat to attend their lively and worship-filled concert.

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The singers as well as the instrumentalists were so passionate in worshiping and pointing us all to the wonder of God; I was blessed in the wonderment of awe!

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Together with the children, we used our voices  as a stream of praise to Jesus who is the River of Joy and the Anchor of our souls!

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At the concert, the children received a little gift to remind them of who Jesus is and why we sing and dance for Him.

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A big “thank you” goes to certain “moh” who is such a “life-saver” for coming up with brilliant idea in a short time and creating 500 little goodie bags until 2 o’clock in the morning; Her labor of love will surely not go in vain!

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May this sugary treat and the spontaneous songs of praise to Jesus from the children’s hearts and lips be never ending, like a stream that flows effortlessly. Praise be to the Lord. Yay!

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O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

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You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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The Wailing Wall

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Usually when I pray alone, I like to write my prayer thoughts on paper rather than praying out loud; I find that this method of praying is freeing and helps me express my inner emotions more easily.

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When I visited the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem years ago, I could hear the gigantic cream colored wall crying out loud: I noticed that many people were leaning against the wall praying in solitude, while others reciting scriptures and meditating on the Words of God.

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It was moving to see individuals creating a sacred space for themselves and pouring their hearts out to God in the midst of the huge crowd.

Paper and pens were available for people to write down their wishes to God and place them into the wall.

Since it is a popular practice to place prayer notes between the crevices of the wall, I joined the company and did just that.

As the years went by, I often wondered if the prayer that I put on the ancient wall was still there…

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This year I had the chance to revisit the religious site and I learned that the note I placed years ago was long gone. It had been collected and buried among the millions of prayer wishes at the nearby Mount of Olives.

Apparently the notes are being cleared at least twice a year: once in the Spring (before the Passover) and again in the Autumn (before the Jewish new year of Rosh Hassanah).

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One of the reasons for this is that thousands of pilgrims come during these Jewish High Holiday seasons to pray, so the Rabbi in charge of the site and his cleaning crews clear the wall to make space for new prayers and wishes, including mine!

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I know that whether or not I leave my prayer wishes in the cracks of the Wailing Wall, or wherever I may be, my prayers are heard by God from on high, and I await His comfort and guidance.

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You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
Psalm 30:11,12 (NIV)

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Happy Easter! Easter celebration points us to the unfathomable God who has raised Jesus from the death.

This Easter Sunday, we focused on The Great “I AM” sayings of Jesus; Instead of stuffing the slip of bible verse into the “empty easter egg” as object lesson, we used the “fortune cookies”, which we named it “blessing cookies”.

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After enjoying the cookie, each child recited to each other the “I Am” verse that they received in the cookie; then they placed the slip of the bible verse at the various stations, giving them a better grasp of who the Resurrected Christ personally meant to them.

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I AM the Bread of Life, whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)

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I AM the Light of the world,whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

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I AM the Gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)

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I AM the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

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I AM the Resurrection and the Life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. (John 11:25)

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I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

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Jesus said to Thomas:“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

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If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.(Romans 10:9)

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The Voices of Good Friday

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10,000 Reasons

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You’re rich in love
And You’re slow to anger
Your name is great
And Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness
I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons
For my heart to find…

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During this new year season, we asked the children what were some of the reasons they praise God and how have they find the movement of God in their every day life, and these are what they shared:

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And this inspiration of sharing on the wall was taken from:

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I am most alive when I am outdoors; I feel more happy… more free… and more me!

A group suggested to go hiking at Mount Baker National Forest; my heart… uttered with unspeakable joy!

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On the day we headed to Mount Baker, the weather was exceptionally cooperative – not too hot and not too cold – a perfect day for a hike with a bit of autumnal breeze in the air to cool us along the way.

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The amazing view up here was phenomenal — Everywhere we turned our eyes feasted on a bonanza of snow-capped mountains, vast valleys and glacier lakes.

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The delightful folk song “Happy Wanderer” always rings in my ears whenever I hike:

“I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track,
and as I go I love to sing with my knapsack on my back…”

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At times, these beautifully breathtaking views made me felt like I was in the movie scene from “The Sound of Music” where Julie Andrew roamed the open space on the mountain high and burst into: “The hills are alive with the sound of music…”.

The splendid scenery we pleasantly experienced under the clear blue sky was indeed lively!

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The mesmerizing looming snow-covered Mount Baker and the towering jagged Mount Shuksan;

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the blossoming alpine flowers that grow wild and free on the meadow that we stumbled across;

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and the glistening emerald glacier lakes; — all proclaiming the splendor of their majestic Creator.

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Their delightful echo, from the mountains to the valleys, must have caused many happy wanderers to slow down, admire the breathtaking nature, and be in wonder of who this great Creator might be.

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“…Oh, may I go a-wandering until the day I die!
Oh, may I always laugh and sing, beneath God’s clear blue sky!”

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Jehovah Jireh

Jehovah Jireh  or  Adonai Y’reh in Hebrew means “The Lord Provides” – 上帝必定供應‏

This particular character of God was declared when Abraham and his son Isaac encountered God at Mount Moriah (Genesis 22).

On the mountain, when his beloved son asked Abraham where was the sacrificial lamb, Father Abraham replied the Lord will see to it and provide, Adonai Y’reh. (22:14)

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Abraham came down from the mountain
Holding God’s promise and plan
Believing the Words of the Father
Would cover the sins of the Land

God will provide — Adonai Y’reh
The required price of the Great I AM!
A son whom he loved — to be given away
But saved through the blood of a ram.

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Moses came down from the mountain
Tablets of stone in his hands
The Words to instruct His people
To cover the sins of the land

God will provide – Adonai Y’reh
The required price of the Great I AM!
One of the flock – to be given away
Saved through the blood of a lamb

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of a lamb
Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of a lamb

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Yeshua came down from the mountain
Blood on His feet and His hands
The only begotten of the Father
To cover the sins of the land.

God has provided — Adonai Y’reh
Yeshua – the required price He paid!
A Son whom God loved, was given away
We are saved through the blood of the Lamb*

*Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of the Lamb
Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed through the blood of the Lamb

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Songwriters by Patrick/Christine Lumbroso

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