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“When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”” Genesis‬ 28:16-18

I’ve had incredible experiences in worship where it seemed all of Heaven came pouring in, the air too thick to breathe. Years ago, in one of these moments I stumbled upon this passage above. There were no better words to describe the moment I was experiencing. I’ve used these verses to help define my own personal encounters in His presence. 

Jacob was outside under the stars sleeping on a stone. He said, “This is the House of God.” It had nothing to do with windows, walls, or doors. There were no stained-glass windows or high-tech media screens. There was just an open-heaven with Angels going up and coming down, and a doorway from the natural into the supernatural. 

This is the first time The House of God is mentioned in scripture. By definition, it was a place where the heavens were open, with angelic activity. May that be our experience at Dwell Church. We are thrilled to be in our own building dedicated as a Place of Presence, but what makes Dwell Church The House of God is the open heavens above us and the angelic activity surrounding us. 


I wrote a song several years ago that helps define this. The verse is about Jacob and his perspective:

Wandering heart
Searching for promise
Fast asleep under the stars
Had a dream
The heavens were open
Could this be the house of God
Surely the Lord is here
Here in this place, as we worship


The bridge provides description of these glory-encounters:

I have found the gate of Heaven
I can see an open door
I can hear my Father calling come
The atmosphere is breaking open
Young and old
Rich and poor
Everyone will see Your Kingdom come


Prayer: Father, may it be said again and again about Dwell Church, “Surely the Lord is here in this place; this is none other than the House of God, the Gate of Heaven.”

David Binion