Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Checking In

Hey bloggers,

We're back, and I'll post something tonight after I get back from the Faith Academy graduation at CITN.

In the meantime, go to www.tennessean.com (Nashville's newspaper), and click on "Remembering Dottie".

Check back later.

8 comments:

mayam said...

Bishop,
How compassionate of God to arrange for you to attend the Homegoing Celebration of Dottie Rambo...and for your's to be one of the voices of remembrance of her life, sound and faith.

I look forward to your post tonight.

Rest easy,
mayam

linda said...

Bishop,
glad you all made it back

Linda

linda said...

Bishop
I just went to the link for the newspaper,
It looked like it was a beautiful service. I grew up in a southern gospel household, Dottie Rambo's name was up there with the great ones like, The Happy Goodmans, the Spear Family, the McCameys, the Florida Boys. I don't know if you ever watched the Gospel Jubilee or not but that was the only thing that our television could be turned to on Sunday mornings.
The choir of the church looked like one of the Bill Gaither videos.
We will continue to lift up Donnie and Rheba and the rest of their family.

Peace,
Linda :0)

Dennis Caldwell said...

Hey cyber siblings,
Not like me to go this long without posting I know. I have been trying to catch up on all the post. This blog is such a blessing; we can all still fellowship and visit no matter the no matter how far apart we are geographically. I think God must have created blogs for this purpose. I think He said “LET THERE BE BLOGS” and blogs were; and the fellowship of the family of God grew from a local area to a global network. That’s in the first chapter of the 1st book of blogs.

Vaughn….sorry do tardy on getting back to you. My blog is http://not1lost.blogspot.com/ you can go to my web site by clicking on my picture and going to my profile or just go to www.competerestorationinchrist.org


AYITN #5 Today really spoke to me; I have read it over and over today.

Today I will rejoice in the realization that MY EGO DOES NOT HAVE TO BE DESTROYED IN ORDER FOR ME TO BE HUMBLE, SERVILE, OR ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST. As the Holy Spirit sanctifies my ego for God's purposes, I am able to bring my self-image into perspective, AS HE LIBERATES ME TO BE MYSELF AND TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF

DEFINITION OF “EGO” THE CONSCIOUS MIND
[N] YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS OF YOUR OWN IDENTITY

SYNONYMS: EGOTISM, SELF, SELF-IMPORTANCE

#5 yelled at me this morning; the Holy Spirit knew I needed to hear this today. I was already hearing the spirit of negativity speaking to me saying “Reverend” huh “Pastor” REALLY; just who do you think you are now. I have always had problems with inferiority so this spirit of destruction knew right where to strike. But this word in the now really lifted me out of the muck of self-degradation real quick. Thank you so much Bishop for these timely words. And reminded me that I am……..

GOD’S MASTERPIECE!

"For we are His workmanship . . . ." (Ephesians 2:10)

Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I know who I am in Christ, and that God has designed me to be who I am – just as I am. Because I was pre-destined to function in the Kingdom of God, I will direct all my efforts today toward accomplishing what is important and necessary for His purposes in the earth. He chose me in Him before the foundation of the world, so I will not disappoint Him today by living beneath my potential for greatness.


Today I will make my life count by doing something that will make the world a better place in which to live. I was not born by accident, so I will search for that thing that needs to be done – that thing that I am supposed to do – that person who is waiting for me to help them find their way – and I will make it happen in my own unique way.


Today I will remember that I have a personal destiny that only I can fulfill, so I do not need to compete with anyone but myself, compare myself to anyone else, or complain about what I do not have within me. I am complete in the One who knew me before He formed me in the womb!


Today I will rest in the knowledge that my personality is God-given, acknowledging my strengths and accepting my weaknesses. As I recognize my own limitations, I will be able to rely on people who are developed in other areas and, ultimately, will be able to trust the Greater One Who is in me to share His supernatural strength.


Today I will rejoice in the realization that my ego does not have to be destroyed in order for me to be humble, servile, or able to demonstrate the character of Christ. As the Holy Spirit sanctifies my ego for God's purposes, I am able to bring my self-image into perspective, as He liberates me to be myself and to believe in myself.


Today I will rise above spiritual warfare, knowing that the enemy only attempts to attack me in an effort to distract me from my unique assignment. This information will enable me to remain focused and centered today, as I keep my eyes on the Water-Walker Who ever lives to make intercession for me!


Today I will walk in the peace that only comes from the process of becoming the person that I was created to be. My life will be fulfilled by this today, and today I will live in the now!


Father, help me to live my life like I am Your work of art today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Peace,
Dennis

Dennis Caldwell said...

"sorry do tardy " what the heck does that mean?...I said to myself as I read back over my post. I think I ment "sorry to be so tardy"

LOL :-)
Dennis

nancy said...

Bishop,
It's so amazing how we are all connected..
Dottie inspired you, you inspire us, we inspire others
I love the cross------Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
At the end of the day when you think back over it all
Love never fails...

Nancy~

Iris said...

Hi my beautiful blog fam…

It has been a while since I have been able to post. I have checked in daily to keep up, but have had to walk through this week slowly step by step as I have been involved in the home going of two very special people in my life. I am strong, and the joy of the Lord is truly my strength. And I can truly say that this week I have experienced God. I have seen Him and He IS…

It has been an amazing week and weekend… I have experienced every emotion possible to a human. I have cried, had compassion, loved, felt the unity of the body, seen things restored, seen bridges mended, laughed so hard my gut hurt, and so much more. But most of all through death I have witnessed life. In death I have seen God. Not understanding all of the whys, but knowing God is. I have once again have witnessed His Majesty in all of His glory.

Reflecting back on the lives that are now in another realm, seeing how they had touched lives in ways no one but them could touch. Their steps were ordered. Their callings secured and fulfilled. I can truly say that without their lives here on this earth this world would not be how we see it now. (Remembering the scene in “It’s a wonderful life” when George Bailey sees what it would have been like if he hadn’t been alive.) So many lives affected. So much of God felt. These were definitely pillars of the faith. And in their own right stood for what they believe. Their beliefs were not all the truths we embrace, but I can attest that they loved God with all of their heart. They both had their rollercoaster’s in life. But in each high and each low they stood and proclaimed the love of God. And through them I have seen Him.

It is time to live life full throttle. My life has to count. People have to see God living in me and forever moving through me to them. I have to live knowing that I have been called to this time on planet earth by no one less then God Himself. He has called me to reveal His Majesty. He lives in me to make Himself known. He came 2000 years ago to be touchable, and He lives in me and us once again to be tangible, felt and experienced. The prayer for my life – without apologies is… as the Holy Spirit blows through me, and whispers the secret of the universe, people will walk away saying that they have been a eyewitnesses of His Majesty. The blurriness of a desert mirage will be focused, and the reality that God is here and longs to commune with them is His desire. They will have seen Him. They will have felt Him and become addicted and consumed with the desire to see and want more of Him.

My desire is that they will witness His majesty through me, just as I have though you all and especially through the lives of the resent home-going of two people who have deeply touched my life, and shown me God.

Iris

Bishop and Pastor Debye… If you ever need another blond moment… I will always be happy to give you directions to anywhere you need to go.

vaughn said...

Rev Dennis, I think it was a hoot, to be honest with you! I just thought it was a slang expression that natives to Arkansas understood and you felt so kindred with a current Georgia peach, original from the big apple - so I say it is all good!

"sorry do tardy" - good stuff

In His love,
Vaughn