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Matthew 17: 1-9, Pastor Marvin G Spence

There are times in everyone's life when we need to leave the valley: full of wearying complaints, constant concerns, distractions, emotional fatigue, unanswered faith question and make the effort to share a mountain-top experience with the Lord. The disciples, (James, John and Peter) received divine confirmation when Jesus was transfigured that the Son of God was the Messiah. Moses and Elijah presence was affirmation that the resurrection was real. When we separate ourselves from the daily routine, retreat to a quiet place to pray (elders refer to it as their prayer closet), reflect on God's grace in our lives, we begin to see our faith walk with a clearer vision. We personally understand the meaning behind hymns "How Great is My God, I'll Fly Away and Is My Living in Vain?" This transformative mountain-top experience encourages us to stay the course and energizes us to share the good news that we are part of the Lord's salvation plan for others. We can experience several mountain-top experiences if we are willing and unafraid to "look toward the hills from whence cometh my help (Psalms 121:1).

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