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We will gather at the Barrett home on Sunday, August 4th, beginning at 10am.  We continue to experience wonderful times of fellowship and tremendous encouragement when we gather!  Please feel free to invite others to join us if you feel to do so by the leading of the Lord.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, August 4th:)

Also, you can listen to any of the audio messages given in our gatherings which are posted on this site, both immediately below and in the right hand section of the homepage or in the Media Resources drop down menu on the home page by clicking on the message title.  These resources are provided to be a help to the body of Christ.  Please feel free to encourage others to utilize the resources we make available on our site.

CRITICISM, A CRITICAL SPIRIT, OFFENSE & GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY
on 4/3/16
by Michael Barrett

ENTERING AND EXITING
on 3/6/16
by Michael Barrett

THE WEAPON OF QUIETNESS
on 2/7/16
by Michael Barrett

IMMEDIATELY
on 1/3/16
by Michael Barrett

THE BOUNDARIES OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
on 5/3/15
by Dan Crawford

THE DUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
on 4/5/15
by Michael Barrett

RESURRECTION AND THE TELEIOS MAN
on 10/5/14
by Michael Barrett

A CITY WITHOUT WALLS
on 8/10/14
by Michael Barrett

A CULTURE OF ONENESS
on 7/13/14
by Michael Barrett

EMPOWERED AND ENABLED
on 4/6/14
by Michael Barrett

WHAT'S IN A NAME
on 2/02/14
by Michael Barrett


2013 - 2014
on 1/05/14
by Michael Barrett

A YEAR IN REVIEW
on 12/08/13
by Michael Barrett

CHRIST FORMED
IN YOU

on 11/03/13
by Michael Barrett

WHAT IS GOD TEACHING YOU IN THIS SEASON and WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION
on 10/06/13
by Michael Barrett

Through The Lattice

     By Michael Barrett  

Song of Songs 2:9 "My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, showing himself through the lattice."

Recently the Lord has been speaking to me through the above passage. The lover of the Song of Songs here is representative of the Lord Jesus. The maid, of course, is a picture of the Bride of Christ, the called out people of God. I want to focus on two particular aspects of the referenced verse. The two areas I wish to review are: 1) "he standeth behind our wall" and 2) "showing himself through the lattice."

"He standeth behind our wall." What an interesting phrase. Thinking again about this being an allegory wherein the lover represents the Lord Jesus, this verse says He (Jesus) is "standing behind our wall." A wall is obviously part of a structure-a house. Our lives, I believe, are this house. The walls of "our house", our life, are put in place in order to protect us from that which is potentially dangerous or harmful. The walls keep out all that isn't supposed to get in. However, the walls also keep out the good as well as the bad. The walls of our lives are built of such a wide variety of materials that we could not possibly think to list them all. Think about the material of the walls as the experiences of our entire life. Also, the material in the walls will include the experiences of our parents, teachers, mentors, leaders, etc.

In the natural, houses are built out of a wide variety of materials. The materials vary for many different reasons. For instance, in North America, brick, stucco, concrete, wood and metal are the most common building materials used to build a wall, or a house. In other parts of the world, however, the materials used could be clay, straw, ice, tree bark, and on and on we could continue to list the variety of materials. In many cases, the material used is what ever happens to be the most common to that particular area. We could say, also, that custom often dictates the materials used in the building. Just as we observe the variety of materials used in a natural building, the same is true often in the building of our lives. Geography, custom, ethnicity, and many other reasons often dictate the way our lives are put together. Many times the background of life that we bring into the Kingdom of God only serves to skew or distort how we are able to see the Lord.

The scripture goes on to say, "showing himself through the lattice." Through the lattice is equally as interesting a phrase as "he standeth behind our wall." These two phrases are basically saying the same thing. A lattice is a piece of material made up of many small strips or slats, which are criss-crossed to form the entire piece. Again, the analogy here is that Jesus is revealing himself to us through the lattice of our cumulative experiences. It has been said, "we don't see the world as it is, but we see the world as we are." This idea of the Lord being revealed to us through the lattice of our history, our experiences, is indeed thought provoking. The lattice of our life is comprised of experiences, good and bad. For the believer, it is also comprised of doctrine, theology and religious tradition, again, good or bad, accurate or inaccurate.

Suffering The Loss Of All Things

In Philippians 3:8, Paul states that He voluntarily suffered the loss of all things in order to win Christ. Now it is important to understand that coming up to this statement about suffering the loss of all things, that Paul gives a comprehensive review of his life in the flesh. Paul then goes on to say that his goal was to be "found in" Jesus, to know Him, to experience a daily power which comes through resurrection power and to ultimately experience the resurrection of the dead.

One of the keys to knowing the Lord in reality is to be willing to suffer to loss of anything and everything that stands in the way of truly knowing Him. Paul had so much tradition that had to go. He had so much theology that had to go. He had so much history that had to go. All of this, good and bad, had to go in order for Paul to continue into more and accurate revelation of the Lord. The initial encounter of Acts 9 on the Damascus road was just the hook that positioned Paul for God's grace and the wonderful revelation of Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah. However, after the initial revelation, there was so much more revelation for Paul. In order for Paul to receive the more that the Lord had for him, it was necessary for him to suffer the loss of all things.

Paul had to give up the wall and the lattice that stood between him and more clear revelation of the Lord Jesus. Paul's history, his theology, his religious tradition had to go before he would be able to see the Lord in a clear way.

The Kingdom Of God Is At Hand

The same truth that opened more revelation of the Lord for Paul is true for us today. The wall and the lattice must go! I believe that the invitation of the Father in this is, "Let go of what you have, and I will give you what I want you to have." Let go of the history, let go of the tradition, let go of the theology. Let go of all that obscures and distorts a true and accurate revelation of the Lord and His Kingdom. Ask the Lord right now to teach you His ways! Let go of the wall and the lattice and watch as the Lord gives you more revelation than you have ever seen before. The Kingdom of God is as close as your hand. Jesus wants to reveal Himself to us in an unprecedented way. Aren't you tired of having old bread and stale wine? It's time for fresh bread and new wine from the Lord. Give up what you have had and the Father will fill you with fresh vision, purpose and joy. You will be filled with more revelation than you ever dreamed possible. May the Lord make His face shine upon you in Jesus' name.  

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RECENT MESSAGES

WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG
on 7/7/19
by Michael Barrett


THE GENESIS FACE
on 6/2/19
by Michael Barrett

CREATION'S EXPECTATION AND GOD'S PROVISION
on 5/5/19
by Michael Barrett

SEAMLESS FELLOWSHIP
on 4/7/19
by Michael Barrett

JESUS - YOUR KINSMAN REDEEMER
on 3/3/19
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

INHERITANCE - DOCTRINE & EXPERIENCE
on 2/3/19
by Michael Barrett

AN ANSWER FOR YOUR MIND
on 1/6/19
by Michael Barrett

A SON, A HOUSE, A NATION
on 12/2/18
by Michael Barrett

A SEASON OF AWAKENING
on 11/4/18
by Michael Barrett

BROKENNESS, HUMILITY AND PRIDE
on 10/7/18
by Michael Barrett

PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING
on 9/2/18
by Michael Barrett

DAN FOX: A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT
MICHAEL BARRETT: PROPHETIC WORD
on 8/5/18

THE EYES, WHICH EYES AND SEEING AS GOD SEES
on 7/1/18
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

THE OIL OF GLADNESS
on 6/3/18
by Michael Barrett

THE HOUSE AND THE PRIESTHOOD
on 2/4/18
by Michael Barrett

EYES ALL AROUND
on 1/7/18
by Michael Barrett
   (click here for companion notes)

THE KINGDOM OF GOD - A KINGDOM OF ORDER
on 12/3/17
by Michael Barrett

APPROACHING THE GOD OF GLORY
on 11/5/17
by Dan Fox

CROSS OVER AND OCCUPY
on 8/6/17
by Michael Barrett

ANNOUNCING A CHANGE OF SEASON
on 7/2/17
by Michael Barrett

PERSPECTIVE - GAINING GOD'S VIEW (includes discussion)
on 6/4/17
by Michael Barrett


ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER
on 5/7/17
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

SEAMLESS FELLOWSHIP
on 4/2/17
by Michael Barrett


THE ISSUE OF SOURCE
on 3/5/17
by Norman Moreau and Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

AMBASSADORIAL REPRESENTATION
on 2/5/17
by Michael Barrett
  (
click here for companion notes)

ROYAL BIRTHRIGHT OR A BOWL OF STEW
on 1/1/17
by Michael Barrett
  (
click here for companion notes)

BUILDING GOD'S WAY (Spanish)
on 12/4/16
by Javier Lopez

THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
on 11/6/16
by Michael Barrett
  (
click here for companion notes)

DESTINED TO FAIL (Pt. 1)
on 9/1/16
by Michael Barrett


THE CRITICAL KEY OF SPIRITUAL HEARING
on 7/31/16
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

LOVE - IF AND IS
on 6/5/16
by Michael Barrett

A TIME & A SEASON

on 5/1/16
by Michael Barrett

*other messages may be found on the "Media Resources" tab at the center top of this page

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