Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Ministry at Bethel Church, Redding, California
Our visit to the Sozo session
was completed by 3:00 pm and the Friday evening service was not scheduled to
begin until 7:00.
My daughter and I decided to
get something to eat and then visit the house of prayer on the church campus.
Standing alone on a beautiful
knoll was the Modern looking house of prayer.Inside we viewed many young adults kneeling or laying on the carpeted
floor.Some appeared to be sleeping
rolled in a sleeping bag.The atmosphere
was peaceful, but we did not stay.
of prayer is a centralized prayer room where worship and prayer are offered to
God day and night in our city(Redding, CA).Our prayer and worship sets consist in some
devotional worship times, corporate intercession times, and corporate times
ofmeditation on the Word of God. Our
prayer sets are all characterized by antiphonal singing, in which prayer and
singing are intermingled with the Word of God in prophetic interaction. The
prayer room is open for anyone to participate during corporate prayer times.
All sets are lead by The Watch staff or by worshippers from various churches in
The hour was now 5:00 pm and
Judie wanted me to see the church campus on the other side of the parking lot.
As we walked closer to the
church we could see many people congregated outside and at a snack area where
you could purchase coffee, sandwiches and snacks.
Through a door we entered
where the evening service was to be held in two hours.
Already almost every seat in
the auditorium was taken or saved.A
band was playing music as they practiced for the service.
It was already a Full House.
“Perhaps we should find a
seat and relax,” my daughter suggested.Two
seats together on the back row called our names and we claimed them.
As the time for the service
neared, there was standing room only, and an announcement was made about an
overflow room with direct TV.
The service began on time with
lively music and worship choruses, drawing the people into the presence of the
Around 8:30 pm missionary Heidi
Baker came to the pulpit and ministered for about an hour.She then dismissed those who had to leave and
about 100 people departed leaving around 1000 still in their seats.Rev Baker called those forward who desired to
receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and many went to the front.
She knew there was not enough
room at the alter for all to come, so she urged the congregation to seek the
Lord in their seats, or kneel if they were able.
The tangible presence of the
Lord was touching many as they worshiped Jesus.
Around 11:00 pm my daughter
and I moved closer to the front, but many young people were lying on the floor
and there was no room for us to enter.
We decided to go to our hotel
as we intended to return by 8:00 am in the morning to the Healing Rooms.