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The Dancing Preacher

  • You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 WEB

    I had to get back to church early that afternoon because I was in the band and we needed to rehearse for the evening service. There was an evangelist from out of state visiting our church that day and when I got there, I unlocked the church door because I was the first to arrive, walked in and saw the strangest sight ever.

    While everyone else had left after the morning service, he stayed behind, put on his headphones and began to worship God. When I opened the church door, he was dancing and spinning around the church with his arms in the air like King David (2Samuel 6:14, 1Chronicles 15:29). His eyes were closed, his head phones were blasting praise, and he was lost in openly worshiping God.

    Not wanting to embarrass or startle him, I slowly brought up the lights. When he saw me, he gave a quick wave and continued dancing as if I were not even there. He was certainly not embarrassed to have been caught worshiping the Lord, nor did he want to stop just yet.

    When he spoke, he was one of the most anointed men that I have ever met. Every word of his message burned into your heart and you could hear God speaking through him. Revival followed him wherever he went, and at times what began as a one night meeting would last three weeks. That was twenty years ago and when I saw him again recently, he was still on fire for the Lord. He keeps the fire burning.

    That day I saw that even though I was serving in the praise team, had been through seminary, and thought I knew a lot about God, there were levels of knowing Jesus that I had not yet experienced in my life. There was an intimacy to be had, to be sought after, just as King David had with God. It is still obtainable today, but you have to really want it.

    God promises that you will seek Him and find Him, when you search for Him with all of your heart. All of it, not part of it. I am still seeking Him myself and pray that you do as well. Knowing God intimately is the greatest reward this life has to offer, and one day I would love to be as free as the dancing preacher.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I want more of You in my life. Consume me Lord, shake me up, break me out, set me free to serve You with my whole heart. I don't know what I need to do, but You do, and I give You permission to make it happen, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

     

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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Hum great read-inspirational. what I needed!!!!

April 21
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

Wow, i want some of that!!!!!!!! Amen, amen!

April 21
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Aaaaaaamen!!!

April 21
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you for this prayer today, Pastor Dion. Perfect for my day! Lord, I give You permission to consume me, shake me up, and live Your will in Your service this day.

April 21
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Cathy <3!

April 21
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Wonderful,  consume me Lord!  Thank you Jesus. 

April 21
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, consume me, shake me up,I want All of you!!!

April 21
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

April 21
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen 

April 21
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

I never tire of this devo! Love, love, love it! 

April 21
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen!

April 21
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Carol  Pady
Carol Pady

Amen! I will continue to seek Him everyday that I breathe. I cannot know Him well enough. my Lord, my King, my Savior, my Friend, Jesus, how I crave to know Him better.

April 21
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Dion, I have to ask, was his name Frank?

April 21
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Yep...

April 21
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

April 21
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

My desire is to know Him more, and to never be ashamed to praise Him!

April 21
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Suzie Teter-Fisher
Suzie Teter-Fisher

What was his name?

April 21
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Suzie, his name is Frank Seamster. Here is a video of him I found, in case you'd like to see him :): https://youtu.be/1AOF8FSv03Y.

April 21
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen. The Word is Spirit.

April 21
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Marilyn DeJongh
Marilyn DeJongh

I need Him so much more and will keep praying for that.  It seems I'm stalled a bit these days and want that closeness with Him, that makes my life so much better

April 21
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I lift up Marilyn to you and pray that you please burn through all that is keeping her from drawing closer to you, that you grant her wisdom in what her part may be, and that you re-light the fire that she once had, in the name of Jesus, amen!

April 21
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Praise the Lord!! I remember the time when I was at work and the song "I can only Imagine" came on the secular radio station!! I was so happy to hear that and I started singing and praising God right there in the restaurant!! Of course the other girls were whispering and pointing fingers but I felt so happy that a Christian song was being played on a secular station and that I was blessed at work!! :)

April 21
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Ha, that is great, Audry! One of the restaurants we go to sometimes is a Christian-owned place and the busboy is a good singer who sings Christian hymms and such as they cleans tables. People like him so much that they have mentioned him in their Yelp ratings :).

April 21
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Cool!

April 23
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Amen,glory be to the Lord.

April 21
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

WOW!! What a wonderful confirmation for me.  I am a dancer when worshipping God. I usually call my exercise walking My worshipping and talking with the Lord. I have music and sermons on an old mp player. I have tape on it to hold the battery in lol.. People who see me walking and dancing probably kinda wonder if Im crazy...because I don't stop no matter who sees. Just the last few weeks I have been able to go to church.....I seem to have a gift of movements with hands and arms when the Spirit just flows through me. I don't know what to call it but it's like signings as Im describing the words in songs. I usually sit about 5 rows back but last few weeks no seats so on 2nd row. Our lead singer asked that I continue staying up front because that's what they want. ..for others to be free to express themselves during worshipping.  I smiled at him and told him.You ain't seen nothing yet...that don't be surprised when you see me dancing throughout the church. Im so grateful for this postng today.Got really excited when so title. May the Lord Bless and keep you all today. Get up and dance.

April 21
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That sounds wonderful, Rebecca, and the folks at yoru church must feel the same :)! One of my favorite things at one of our past churches used to be a person who would do all of the songs in sign language, signing along with the lyrics. It really added to the time, and I learned a bit, too :)!

April 21
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus. 

April 21
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father I want more of You in my life. Consume me Lord, shake me up, break me out, set me free to serve You with my whole heart. I don't know what I need to do, but You do, and I give You permission to make it happen, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

Thank you for the devotion today Pastor Dion. <3 

April 22
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I want more of You in my life. Consume me Lord, shake me up, break me out, set me free to serve You with my whole heart. I don't know what I need to do, but You do, and I give You permission to make it happen, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

April 22
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen

April 22
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father I want more of you in my life. Consume me Lord, shake me up Lord, break me out, Set Me Free to serve you with my whole heart. I don't know what I need to do, but you do, and I give you permission to make it happen, in the name of Jesus Christ I prayAmen!!

April 23