Saturday, May 24, 2008

Saturday, 5/24 - Saturday, 5/31

Hey bloggers…I’m going to post here for the whole week because I’m not taking my laptop to the Middle East. Here’s the day by day information so that you can keep up with us, and can know how to agree in prayer with us for each day…

Saturday, May 24____________________

Today is Judah’s graduation...he is graduating from Eastside High School in Covington, and the commencement exercises for his school will be held this morning at Church In The Now (the final one of three held at CITN this week). It just seems like yesterday that Debye and I were sitting at a restaurant with John and Jane Conyers, talking about how they and we were trying to have a baby, and, literally, in just a matter of days from the time of that conversation, Debye was pregnant with Judah, and Jane was pregnant with Aaron. Now it’s 2008, and Aaron graduated last night from Rockdale High School, and his commencement was also held at CITN. Back then the ministry was housed in an old, converted grocery store, and at the time we wouldn’t have even imagined that our church (then called Word of Faith Christian Center) would one day be called Church In The Now, and would sit on 43 acres on I-20. It nearly seems surreal to think that we had those babies that we talked about that night in Shoney’s restaurant, and now those babies are young men, graduating from High School in a building that, at that time, we wouldn’t have known would or even could exist. But, really, on some level, I always saw a picture of today’s events in my spirit. For years I carried an image of a church like CITN in my inner man, and then along the way, I developed an inner picture of a property that could house that ministry. I even had a picture of Judah in my spirit…long before he was born I visualized a tall, young man who looked like Debye (because I wanted her to have a family member that looked like her), with long, blond hair, who sang and played the piano under the anointing. Judah’s Senior Class voted for him to sing a song at today’s graduation, and when he does, I will see the manifestation of a picture within a picture within a picture…the young man I saw, playing a song in the building I saw, which is the home of the ministry that I saw. Amazing. After his graduation we will have lunch with the whole family, and then Debye and I have to head to the airport. Agree with us today for a safe flight.

Sunday, May 25____________________

Today I have a great word for you. Even though I left the country several hours ago, I will be ministering at CITN today through new, very cool technology. Judah will also be ministering with me, as he emcees the service, and leads worship with Bliss (the Mix’s worship band). I didn’t want to have to leave so quickly after his graduation yesterday…wanted to stay and spend the whole day with him, but it couldn’t be worked out…so it would really mean a lot to me, and would make me feel better about having to be away today, for you all to come out and support him ITB. And please don’t forget to give. The church requires a lot to function. On top of the bills, staff payroll, utilities, taxes, mortgage, insurance, etc., I need to send some support to Safehouse, and to Bishop Tommy Smith in the Philippines (I received an honorarium from speaking in Washington last week, and sent it straight to him), and we are completely underwriting the meetings in Uganda, on top of everything that needs to be taken care of here. If everyone just does their part, we’ll be OK…and that goes for the hundreds and hundreds of households who stream every week. If just all the regular streamers supported the church, we would have more than enough. So whether you are ITB or ITS today, PLEASE DO YOUR PART! And tell me what you think about the new technology. It’s going to be an awesome service! At the same time, Debye and I will be arriving in Jerusalem, and attending the orientation for the Interfaith Summit on Peace in the Middle East, and meeting the Ambassadors for Peace from Israel and Palestine. Agree with us today for a wonderful outpouring of the Spirit at CITN, for all of our financial needs to be met, and for us to have favor with the people here in the Middle East.

Monday, May 26____________________

Today we are in Jerusalem. We begin the day with Interfaith Prayer and Fellowship (the theme of the summit is “Bringing the Family of Faiths Together for Peace”). We have the first MEPI Plenary Session on Historical Perspectives. Then we will go sightseeing in the Old City of Jerusalem, visiting the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount Scopus, the Western (or Wailing) Wall, Church of the Ascension of Christ, the Tomb of Mary, the house of the Upper Room, the Tomb of David, and the Basilica of the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion. After dinner we will walk the Stations of the Cross, and visit the 700 year old home of an Ambassador for Peace in the heart of the Old City. Agree with us today for open communication and understanding.

Tuesday, May 27____________________

Today we are in Jerusalem. Once again we begin the day with Interfaith Prayer and Fellowship. Then we attend Plenary Session II – “Abrahamic Faiths: from Coexistence to One Family Under God”. After lunch we will have Plenary Session III – “Israeli Perspective and Roundtable Discussion”…Then it will be time for dinner and then we will have more fellowship with the internationals. Agree with us today for the formation of covenant, and for a manifestation of the anointing.

Wednesday, May 28____________________

Today we are in Jerusalem. Again we begin the day with Interfaith Prayer and Fellowship. After breakfast we leave for Ramallah. Once we are there, we will attend Plenary Session IV – “Palestinian Perspective and Roundtable Discussions”. Afterwards we will tour Ramallah…I WILL ALSO BE MINISTERING TONIGHT AT CITN VIA STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY!…I have a great word for you about the Fruit of the Spirit, and you’re going to love it! Agree with us today for protection as we travel in Palestine, and for open doors of ministry.

Thursday, May 29____________________

Today we are in Ramallah. As we did in Jerusalem, we begin the day with Interfaith Prayer and Fellowship. Then we attend the Closing Session: “Strategies for Peace – Non-violent Social Change.” I’ll be ministering some time today, and we’ll also be touring the Dead Sea. Agree with us today for favor on the ministry, and for the making of peace.

Friday, May 30____________________

Today we begin the day in Ramallah, and then spend some free time, sightseeing on our own with some of our pastor friends. Later in the day we leave for the airport in Tel Aviv to fly all night. Agree with us today for a safe flight.

Saturday, May 31

Today we return home! Agree with us today for a prosperous culmination of the trip.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.
(Psalms 122:6 - NKJV)

P.S. Check out the new info on the ICCC site. Go to the CITN site and under "About Us", go to "Staff and Care Pastors", and under my picture click on the link for ICCC.


DoubleBack Alley said...

Dearest Sahib,

GodSpeed on your journey to the Middle East. You are at the epicenter of the world and its need for peace. I pray a brooding, Holy Spirit manifestation from within.
You were meant to be there.
You were created for this moment.
You have been equipped for this time.
You have the knowledge of the flow of the universe as you are in the fulcrum of change that teeters from impossible to possible.
Go do that voodoo that you do so welllll.

Paint your painting in vivid colors.

Ain’t God Good?

Kettly said...

Good Morning Bishop & P.Debye;

First I would like to congratulate you both for a job well done. Judah, if I may say is a Minster of his own. With his own; personal calling from the Lord. Again congratulations.

God does not give His gifts to be played with, when they are not required. But they are active and ready when the need arises, for those who will put their trust in Him. You, too, have been gifted by God for a purpose (Rom. 12:6-8) Stir up the gift that He has put in you! (2 tim.1:6) Use it, nurture it, and thank Him for it! And you’ll see the growth, progress, and consequent ministry that flow in and through your life. (1Tim.4:15)

1 Timothy 4:12, 14: Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in Spirit, in faith, in purity.

(14) Do not neglect the gift that is in you.

Father God, I pray that no one will despise Judah for being young. May they be an example for Judah, in word, in conduct, in love, in Spirit, and in faith?


Saturday May 24, 2008 ____ Lord, I pray that You would understand how intimately You know them. You know when they will sit down and rise up, You understand their thoughts, comprehend their path and their lying down. You are acquainted with all their ways. (Psalm. 139:1-3)___ Show them Your ways, O Lord; teach them in Your paths. Lead them in Your truth and teach them, for You are the God of their salvation (psalm 25:4, 5)

SUNDAY MAY 25, 2008 ____ Lord, I pray that they would delight in Your law and that they would meditate on it, pondering it Day and Night (Psalm. 1:2)

MONDAY MAY 26, 2008 _____ Father God, You have taught them from their youth; and to this day they declare Your wondrous works. Now also let them declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come. (Psalm 71:17, 18)

TUESDAY MAY 27, 2008 ____ Father God, let Your glory be above all ISREAL.____ Father God, they will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; they will sing praise to You among the Nations. For Your Mercy reaches unto heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. (Psalm. 57:9-11)

WEDNESDAY MAY 28, 2008 _____ Lord God, give them understanding to know that Your are their hiding place. You will preserve them from trouble and surround them with songs of deliverance. (Psalm.32:7)_____ Be a refuge for them O Lord, a refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm.9:9)_____ O Father keep them as the apple of Your eye; hide them under the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who oppress them and from their deadly enemies who surround them. (Psalm 17:8, 9)

THURSDAY MAY 29, 2008 _____ You’re Lord God, are a sun and shield. You will give grace and glory; no good thing will You withhold from them. Because they walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, they are blessed they trust in You! (Psalm 84:11, 12)____ O Lord, let Your Mercy be upon them just as they hope in You. (Psalm 33:22)_____ I pray Father, that they will delight themselves in You and that You would give them the desires of their heart ( Psalm 37:4)____ Happy are they who have the God of God of Jacob for their help: May they put their hope in You, Lord, for You are their God. (Psalm 146:5)


FRIDAY MAY 30, 2008 ____ Praise the Lord! May they sing a new song to You, Lord? And may they praise You in the assembly of the saints (Psalm 147:1____ Our Father in heaven. Hallowed be Your name . Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it in heaven. Give them this day their daily bread. And forgive them their debts, as they forgive their debtors. And do not lead them into temptation, but deliver them from the evil one. For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)
I love you very much!

ABUNDANCE:__ Is God's supply.for both of you. Welcome Home! Hope Your was the Trip. Bring any good for me.(laugh)If you do I thank you.If you don't that's ok too
Praise God,for your safe return.

Anonymous said...

Bishop and Debye,
As I sit here and try to think of something to send you off with; I can only think of what I wrote last night. It was such a strong word in my spirit then and still is today. Blessings, grace, and anointing on and around you both this week; my prayers are with you.

As always I am looking forward to worshiping with Judah. And also with you via high tech whatever. I know it will be awesome!

Bishop Jim and Pastor Debye,
I do not believe peace will ever be brought to the world on a national or political level. Real peace only exists in the heart. The only hope that the world has for peace is to change the hearts of mankind. This can only be accomplished through the work of the Spirit of Christ. Which our Bishop and Pastor Debye are bringing with them to the meetings that He who only can bring peace to the hearts of men can do His work. Their presence there is the presence of Christ; and He will do a work through them that neither them nor any man can completely understand. And though I do not understand the intricacy of His functioning through them; I trust Him. God who cannot lie has promised that there will be the reconciliation of not only the world but the entirety of creation and even the heavenly realm. And this He said would come through The Christ; of Whom we are the body. The working mechanism that He functions through in this earth in a mysterious and mystical way. I do not fully understand, but I trust Him to fulfill that which He has begun. I do not understand all the complexities of the problems; but I trust his unseen hand of peace and love for all at work in the glove of humanity.
There will be peace on earth and good will toward men for a savior who is Christ The LORD has come which shall be Good News of great Joy for all mankind. And so it shall be.

God bless you Bishop Jim and Pastor Debye as you go and return in love, peace and safety. May the Grace of God and the Power of the Spirit and the Love of Christ be with you both.

You will continue in my heart, mind and prayers.


Anonymous said...

Bishop and Pastor Debye,

You are central to our prayers and meditations as we at CITN continue to grow in faith and works that present a picture of being alive and well to the world that views us. Holy Spirit flows as an outpouring into and out of the ministry you have fathered here at CITN. That same Spirit is ever present with you and the company of people you are with. The people on all sides of the issues in the middle east, that you contact, have been waiting to recieve you as a Word from the God that brings peace. You have their favor and their understanding of what you communicate will be like that of someone who not only speaks their language but one who knows them intimately on an individual basis.
This is done by you because of the anointing of the same Spirit that speaks to every person in their own tongue and in their inner being. A covenant that will last beyond your long life on this earth will be made as solid as the strongest of foundations upon which to build lasting peace.

Ya'll will be safe going out and coming in. Upon your return to 'tha land of grits' you will be met with glad tidings of good news that will satisfy your soul concerning your investments in your calling.

Anonymous said...

Peace & Safety On Your Trip.
My prayers are with you.

Congrads Judah !!!

Holly Thurmond said...

Bishop and Pastor Debye:

What an exciting week! Congratulations Judah!
I pray that your whole day today is met with much favor. I thank God that you do not feel rushed. I pray that you are able to enjoy Judah's Graduation, every single moment of that inner picture unfolding before your eyes. I pray that you thoroughly enjoy the celebration afterwards with your family. I thank God for getting you to the airport in plenty of time and that you board the plane with no problems. As you begin this journey, I believe that the Holy Spirit has gone ahead of you and prepared the way. Your flight will take off safely and will remain safe throughout the landing at your destination. No weapon formed against you shall prosper! Your steps are ordered of the Lord. Great and mighty things will take place this week. I thank God for the unthinkable, crazy favor that you will have on a daily basis, in every area that you go in, with every person that you make contact with. Everyday will be a beautiful day in many different ways and not just from the physical eye. OMG!! God is doing a mighty thing. Taste and see that the Lord is Good! Great! Excellent! All that you need. Go in Peace. Go in Love. Be Blessed.

Holly T.

linda said...

Grace and peace to you Bishop and Pastor Debye, I pray that everything you touch on this trip is ordained by God, I pray that you have favor with God and man and that everything just flows.
Congrats Judah!


Anonymous said...

A prayer, to omnipotent blessing upon Zion! My varification word is tobuz.

Blessed are the feet of those who bring good news.

May the sons of Abraham recieve the blessing of the knowledge of their kinship as children of the most high God.

I see that the government was on the shoulders of the God/man Jesus who carried that burden and was forever established as the greatest of all Judiciaries.

As the cries of the people to the Governor are heard so are they truly judged and the mandate given to the Sons to carry out the mission of conciliating those who think themselves hopelessly lost by reconciling their soul to the Love that they know from the deepest memories of their heart.

The true Zion is made of all who recognize themselves as children that are provided for by an all powerful loving God. This has been the truth from before the first formation of any organization of any religion.

May the peace that reigns within the heart become the outward expression of humanities effort to follow the lead of the Governor.

Continued blesing from anon at 747

G8TRGRL said...

Bishop and Pastor Debye, from AYITN for the week... quite profound... who'da thunk it?

May 24th... GET BUSY!! (as if... graduations, round the world flights aren't enough!)

May 25th...SHINING LIGHT! (on us here, through some totally cool, technological, NOW way, and on those you will meet there)

May 26th...GET REAL! (your first meeting and taking in with all senses the touchable, tangible roots of our faith... woo hoo for Jesus!)

May 27th... PERFECT PEACE! (peace, fellowship, peace, intermingling, peace, meeting of the minds and souls, more peace...)

May 28th...GRADUATION DAY! (Palestine, graduating into a new level of understanding...)

May 29th..JOYFUL NOISE! (you will bring that and more to those who hear your voice of peace, hope and love)

May 30th...YOU'RE SPECIAL! (well, you just ARE)

May 31st...HEART TRANSPLANT! (returning to home, with your heart overflowing with experiences to share with us all)

...Will miss this blog, but perhaps we can keep up the flow on the church blog?!

... ditto on what everyone else has expressed for you and the journey!


Cliff Hancock said...

His Intercession for your week:

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them

John 17:22
Father, the glory which You gave Me I have given Bishop and Pastor Debye

they are one just as We are one:

I in them, and You in Me; they are perfect.......


Where I Am they are also


I agree with you in all things.

The FULL potential of this trip will be realized.


Anonymous said...

Dear Bishop and Pastor Debye,
I asked the Lord to give me a word to both of you and opened up to Psalm 124 through 129. After reading them, it appears that all of the "songs of degrees" are for you. Pasting a few here:

Psalm 124
Praise for Rescue from Enemies.
A Song of Ascents, of David.
1"Had it not been the LORD who was on our side," Let Israel now say,
2"Had it not been the LORD who was on our side When men rose up against us,
3Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us;
4Then the waters would have engulfed us,The stream would have swept over our soul;
5Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul."
6Blessed be the LORD, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth.
7Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper;
The snare is broken and we have escaped.
8Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 125
The LORD Surrounds His People.
A Song of Ascents.
1 Those who trust in the LORD
Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous, So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good And to those who are upright in their hearts.
5 But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, The LORD will lead them away with the doers of iniquity
Peace be upon Israel .

Psalm 126
Thanksgiving for Return from Captivity.
A Song of Ascents.
1 When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
3 The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.
4 Restore our captivity, O LORD,As the streams in the South.
5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
6 He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 128
Blessedness of the Fear of the LORD.
A Song of Ascents.
1 How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways.
2 When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands,
You will be happy and it will be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house,
Your children like olive plants Around your table.
4 Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the LORD.
5 The LORD bless you from Zion,
And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
6 Indeed, may you see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel!

It's ALL God!

Anonymous said...

We just watched Judah's graduation. Congratulations Judah!

Have a great trip, Bishop and Pastor Debye. Lou, Leslie and I have been to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and the biblical sites you mentioned in your blog. Looking at your itinerary brings back great memories. See you when you get back.

Pastor Henry Smith

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...


It was awesome to see you minister to your graduating class. What a blessed young man you are and you are a blessing to those who know you as well. Now just behave and don't party down too much while Mom and Dad are gone, as if that could happen. You have made all of your CITN family proud of you.

Hey g8trgrl, that was some marvelous insight you shared from AYITN. Wish I had thought of that!

Agreement with all and especially dba, kettly, rev. dennis caldwell, laura, holly thurmond, linda, cliff hancock and anon for the most prosperous of journeys.

Johnny Brumlow

mayam said...

Bishop and Pastor Debye:
I know that you will speak beautiful words, encourage minds to open and sing to the Glory of God as conduits of peace and reconciliation in the middle east.

I pray that your words and your actions will ripple from the east to the north, south and west...that bit by bit the impact of your presence permeates the global atmosphere, so that the sweetness, and the mercy, and the power, and the goodness, and the authority of God is felt worldwide.

Take the agreement of CITN with you. We bless you in the Name of the Lord and celebrate in a HUGE BLOG SHOUT-OUT this day that you will have favor, realize supernatural successes and have a safe return home.

Travel light, believe large and, Rest easy,

mayam said...

CONGRATULATIONS....I pray God will continue to birth words, songs and strategies in you...think BIG, Love much, Laugh often, and...

Rock Steady,
Love, mayam

Mystic said...

What a time to be alive! The power and strength of God crackles through the air...His HOLY arm is bare and BUFF! There is NONE like Him! The excitement, the wonder, His majesty...what an AWESOME God we serve!

Go in Peace, in Safety, and in Love...His Spirit goes before you to prepare the way and His goodness and mercy follow you as our fervent prayers avail much in support of you, your travels, and your well as for this process and all involved.

Looking forward to good news on ALL fronts upon your return. Abundant blessings and FAVOR beyond all imaginations!

Blessings Blog Fam and remember...see y'all here next week...same bat time...same bat channel!

G8TRGRL said...

Blog family and Bishop,

... an odd, perhaps coincidence here... I was just checking the flight status of my Mr. Wonderful's arrival this evening from L.A to Atlanta, and notice that his flight is the first leg of a flight to TEL AVIV!!? If ya'll are flying Delta...know that it has been covered in prayer and angels will be encamped around it from it's origination in L.A today!! :o)

Mystic said...

Congrats, Judah and Aaron and to all our CITN grads! What a wonderful and lasting impression you will all make on this world! Your life is Unwritten and we support you all as you go and write it, live it, and do it all OUT LOUD! Kudos!

Mystic said...

Ok...just one more...Happy Memorial Day CITN...and to all those men and women who are serving or have served in the US Armed Forces...THANK YOU! We love and appreciate you ALL!

Blessings Blog Fam!

Avatar said...

Congratulations, Judah! You're up to bat and we've got tickets to see you hit it out of the park!

Bishop and Pastor Debye,
Everything is possible.
God is with you.
We are with you.
I speak supernatural rest to you and favor all around, up and through!


Avatar said...

I guess this will be the only message of agreement that will get posted. The others will be here waiting.

19:15 GMT

Agreeing for a safe flight

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Hey bloggers...a little after 7 PM...just landed at JFK for 2 hour layover...never posted from a Blackberry,but wanted to thank you for the great comments...I already feel your prayers...I'll be on until around 830 - 9 if you want to post something. Shalom.

Anonymous said...

Bishop and Pastor Debye,
You are definitely in our prayers. May the peace that passes understanding be with you both this week and those you come in contact with. We love you guys,
Pastor Tim and Debbie

Teezy313 said...

-A safe trip to Bish and P.Deb!(Peace in the Middle East!!!)
-Congrats Judah (J.Swill), Aaron (A-Con), and the CITN Class of 2008!!
-Can't wait for tomorrow and Wednesday...
-BITN's gonna be wierd not hearing from you guys for a minute...blesisngs, mpeace, prosperity, and luvluvLUV to you all!!!


Anonymous said...

You are about to walk on some awesome dirt!

Soil tester

Avatar said...

Teezy 'n other Bloggers--see you on the CITN site!

FYI for figuring out Israel time: add seven hours. It's 3:33am right now.

Bishop and Pastor Debye--Take LOTS of pictures! The historians will thank you--(smile)! And Curtis too.

Anonymous said...

Get a small container and fill it with some dirt from where you might feel lead to fill it, while you are in Israel. When you get back, pour the dirt into the pond.

Soil tester

Anonymous said...

For Sunday
We walk by faith and not by sight.
With Jesus EVERYTHING will work out All Right.

Avatar said...

Adding my agreement for a wonderful outpouring of the Spirit at CITN, for all of our financial needs to be met, and for us (ALL) to have favor with the people there in the Middle East.

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

HEY, we're here...great flight...all is well...just streamed the end of the service...I can get messages, so you can continue to to go...

Anonymous said...

Bishop, we feel you too and we get it! The word today was very sobering and rhema and bore witness with our spirits. Judah did good and truly is a minister of the gospel. Pastor Scott is always so relevant and the fellowship was sweet!

Light and Salt!

Anonymous said...

Glad you caught the end of the service streaming but you really need to be ITB to appreciate yourself. That probably would cause a warp in the time space continuum though because on a very real spiritual level you were actually in the room.

The admonition to take in strangers is right on time and so germane to where the world is in its development now.

I used to think that only Christians were strange but it is clear to me that all of humanity are strangers in a strange land.

That word that we have all been enjoying from the view of your gift to reveal what is in the heart is literally sweeping the world through your gifts and others like you.

It is my pleasure to do the same vicariously through you and carry the ability sharpened by your metal with me to testify with my own toungue and life to others on a daily basis.

I have not ever been more filled with joy to be a part of something like CITN. I know many others feel the same.

The production you did without an audiance was amazing. The response of the people was just as if you were in the room. Those of us who appreciate the mystery of spiritual life know that you were.

Continue with the Ghost. That is the reality the world awaits.

Johnny B

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everybody,
Just a note: good to here from you over there Bishop; may Christ Spirit work through all you say and do.

The service was great!

Judah… I loved “Jesus Freak” that’s one of my favorites. The worship format was refreshing and exciting. You are a natural.

Pastor Scott, you did a great job.

Bishop, the message was revelatory and inspirational as usual; but more so today. I will have more to say after I soak it all in. You really gave me a different slant on the word “stranger”……………

Lasting Peace,

nancy said...

Shalom, Bishop and Pastor Debye! Greetings to you in yisra'el!!
May you walk in peace as the Holy Spirit leads you
I'm learning my first Hebrew today to get ready to go to Israel in the near future....
My neice Angela just got a job in Jerusalem teaching first grade!!! She will be teaching ambassadors children in her class. I just finished teaching first grade this year and LORD willing...I will get to go visit her new class!

Prayers for your (nesi'a tova )-safe journey!


Mystic said...

So glad you will be able to post and keep us updated from time to time. As has been stated, service was wonderful and went off without a hitch (IMHO). I'm also glad that you can feel our prayers...those aren't mere humans encircling and surrounding you both...Elisha's servant saw them filling the hillsides as warriors and chariots of fire...what do they look like to you?

Again I say...what a great day to be alive...what a great day to know TRUTH...what a great day to be a part of CITN!! Halal to Jah!!

Also...I hope you don't mind's just for a chuckle and to remind us that we are, indeed, all "strangers":

A Poem
I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights nor its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp--
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics, and the trash...

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.

Herb, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged GOD, 'What's the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here?
There must be some mistake.

'And why's everyone so quiet?
Please give me a clue.'
'Hush,' said He, 'they're all in shock.
No one thought that they'd see you.'

Blessings Blog Fam!

Kettly said...

Dear Bishop,

I was a little sad, because I thought I needed to wait a whole week before I could let you know what an awesome messages you delivered this morning.
Thank you so much for caring about us. With all that you have to do to get prepare, you still find time for us in your busy schedules, to give us the words.
You gave me a lot to meditate on today. As Christians, are we going to open our doors to let Jesus in; even if He show up in the form of a brother, a sister, or even a homeless person in need of a shelter?

Judah did a very good job worshiping the Lord today; he handled the people very well, and kept them interesting in the flow.


Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the assembly of saints.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.

Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let the sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two- edge sword in their hand,
Good Night and God Bless You Both

Anonymous said...

Just a few scriptures pertaining to the sermon today:

Our people have worshiped on this mountain for a long time. But you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem." Jesus said, "Believe me, woman. A time is coming when you will not worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know. Salvation comes from the Jews. "But a new time is coming. In fact, it is already here. True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. They are the kind of worshipers the Father is looking for. "God is spirit. His worshipers must worship him in spirit and in truth." The woman said, "I know that Messiah is coming." (He is called Christ.) "When he comes, he will explain everything to us." Then Jesus said, "I, the one speaking to you, am he."
(Joh 4:20-26 NIrV)

Mat 25:35 I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger. And you invited me in.

Exo 23:9 "Do not beat an outsider down. You yourselves know how it feels to be outsiders. Remember, you were outsiders in Egypt.

Lev 19:33 "'Suppose an outsider lives with you in your land. Then do not treat him badly.
Lev 19:34 Treat him as if he were one of your own people. Love him as you love yourself. Remember that all of you were outsiders in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

Num 15:15 The community is to have the same rules for you and for the foreigner residing among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the foreigner shall be the same before the LORD:
Num 15:16 The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigner residing among you.'"

Act 17:22 Then Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus. He said, "Men of Athens! I see that you are very religious in every way.
Act 17:23 As I walked around, I looked carefully at the things you worship. I even found an altar with TO AN UNKNOWN GOD written on it. Now I am going to tell you about this 'unknown god' that you worship.
Act 17:28 "In him we live and move and exist.' As some of your own poets have also said, 'We are his children.'
Act 17:29 "Yes, we are God's children.

Rom 14:1 Accept those whose faith is weak. Don't judge them where you have differences of opinion.
Rom 14:4 Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

Jas 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge. He is the One who is able to save life or destroy it. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

1Co 4:5 So don't judge anything before the appointed time. Wait until the Lord returns. He will bring to light what is hidden in the dark. He will show the real reasons why people do what they do. At that time each person will receive praise from God.

Rev 22:17 The Holy Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" Let those who hear say, "Come!" Anyone who is thirsty should come. Anyone who wants to take the free gift of the water of life should do so.


Anonymous said...

My veri word is icyvzcb. That witnessed to me concerning an answer to Bishop's request for clear communication. I see the Holy Spirit saying, I carry your vision w/zealous communication Bishop. That sounded a little cheezy to my mind and that is why my spirit won the day to go ahead and tell you that our spirits are one with the Holy Spirit who transports the power generated by our oneness to the hearer that is desparate to hear the voice of the most high God.

Single mindedness of obedient children with the Guiding Spirit to release what they have learned from the Holy Teacher has been responsible for our progress thus far and that is the pattern to follow for the establishment of true peace.

Pastor Calwell was the first this morning to be in agreement with the Living Word and added the touch of scripture for confirmation. G8trgrl has laid out an excellent agreement with AYITN. Mystic has spoken clear agreement with oneness being the key player to open the door of dialog that is understandable. Pastor Cliff spoke of the Spirit's influence as the Righteous Judge that rules from the heart. This is what will cause humanity to interact in good will.
It is easy to see the sweetness of Holy Spirit's mothering side through Kettly. All the others too, each one making their intent of oneness known and the many who are just silently doing what is given them to do by pouring their heart out interceeding for this ministry to prosper, have added our agreement for the stranger to be welcomed into our knowledge of peace and good will with no condition for their conversion to our communities way of worshiping God.

Every contribution adds to the sum of the whole but reciprocity of good will among humankind is the synergy that fuels the engines of progress. Given the continued fire and water of Holy Spirit, those engines will run smooth and cool for endless days.

Anonymous said...

Good Day Friends,

I have been asking myself some questions inspired by the thought of WWJD.
Some would see this as an oversimplification of the subjects at hand; maybe, maybe not.

Who would Jesus Love?

Who would Jesus forgive?

Who would Jesus reject?

Who would Jesus cast out?

Who would Jesus burn?

Who would Jesus torture?

Who would Jesus bomb?

Who would Jesus be; according to scripture?

Where would Jesus go?

Who would Jesus hang out with?

Who would Jesus fight?

When would Jesus loose control?

What would make Jesus angry?

What would Jesus bring?

Who would Jesus except?

Who would Jesus search for?

What did Jesus do?

Just some musings of a mad man,
P Dennis

Mystic said...

Anon...and you got all that from your word ver! See? That's another reason I LOVE hangin' out here. Y'all make me feel like I'm one of the cool, smart kids in the class!

Anon...that was profound, thank you. I'm so glad to be a part of the synergy here where the engine is totally run by The Ghost's fire and about green fuels!

And I'm sure we all again lift up our Bishop and Pastor Debye, their safety, peace, and purpose for this day/week...let us not grow weary in well doing and pray without ceasing in the Spirit and with the understanding.

Rev. Dennis...Muse away madman ;)

Happy Memorial Day and Thank You Again (can't say it enough) to all those that have been or are in the Armed Forces! We salute you!

Blessings Blog Fam!

Mystic said...

Bishop...hope to hear from you again soon...I'm sure it's even better than I'm envisioning.

Safety, Peace, and FAVOR!

Avatar said...

Daytime is nighttime--we're here, we're there. Cool and weird. This MUST be working something in us!

Favor is still strong in my spirit too but I also add agreement today for open communication and understanding.

Bishop’s comment Sunday, "whether in the body or out", and the perspectives that that implies has stayed with me. Unlike watching a dvd of the service, being ITB receiving a message given before it was given was surreally real as well as spiritually real. Some ways of “being in church” are challenged—laugh and clap quick! And yet there were “amens”, “that was good, Bishop” “say that!”

So we didn’t have your reactions, Bishop, but we had each other’s. It was like we understood something that we didn’t understand. Sur-real. Johnny, your comment helps understanding in part--“The Holy Spirit transports the power generated by our oneness”.

Confirmation that you were streaming, Bishop, added power and opens up so many avenues of thought—the past is now—the future is now—one in the Spirit. It also gives me a more tangible understanding of God WATCHING to enjoy my reaction to His word [something He has already spoken]. I want to keep that vision for my time in the Logos. Very, very cool. Marvelous “stay with me forever” gift. THANKS!!

"You really have to be ITB to appreciate you." That was funny Johnny! and it also helps me hear God say "see yourself with My eyes". Thanks to you, too.

Anonon26@807--“each one making their intent of oneness known”—your list speaks volumes to me about eyes that can see oneness. Thanks to you, also.

Bliss, Judah, Pastor Scott—loyal servants. What a joy it was to be led by you.

Armed Forces servants, here and crossed over. I promise to wisely use the freedom you have purchased.

Anonymous said...


Don’t get me wrong, I know this is Memorial Day and I do honor those that have fought to give me the freedom to write what I just wrote. I know I would not have this freedom without their sacrifice and I am very thankful. I also am thankful and proud of all those that are serving out country at this time. I realize that they are doing a necessary and honorable job. I am proud to be an American and all that we stand for.

I do not have all the answers. And I know that these are very hard questions. I struggle within myself as I ask myself these questions. The only peace I can find is that I know the one who has the answers. So I trust Him to answer them in His own time and His own way. Nevertheless the questions remain and continually haunt my innermost being.

Real Peace,

Avatar said...

Hey, Dennis. In the interest of clear communication (smile), I was just honoring the Armed Forces, not responding to your questions.

An insider observation: I KNOW U.S. servicemembers ask the same questions. Though there are extremist exceptions, as with other powerful groups, the prevailing desire in any U.S. military unit is "peace". Strength under control.

Shalom. Salaam.
We're on the same page, brother.

Anonymous said...

As David danced in Jehovah's sight, I will dance with all my might before the King of Kings.

I will sing, I will dance, I will rejoice in the Lord my God.

When I think of what He's done for me, when I think of how He set me free, I want to dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance all night.

Ps 30:11- "You have turned my mourning into dancing..."

You have given me the oil of gladness, the garment of praise instead of mourning, a shining crown instead of ashes and glory in the face of despair.

When the Spirit of the Lord moves in this place I will dance like David danced...


So glad you & Pastor Debye had a great flight, have been praying & praising much for you. I love you both. It's a new day of restoration, Zion is restored in truth & life, the praises of God's people are within her, they're worshipping their God with all their might.

Great word yesterday! There are no strangers, only family. Everyone was awesome, Judah, Pastor Scott- what a testimony he has & all.
Never been to Israel but would love to go some day; hope your days are highly productive & full there.
I lay in Zion, for a foundation of stone...a tried stone, a precious cornerstone...
Open up your hearts and rejoice before Him, for the King is your God...

How blessed upon the mountains are the feet of them which bring good news...

You who bring good news come with clouds full of rain, bringing life and vitality and a healing word; you save and rescue as one with a great light in great darkness, bringing ointment for the wounds of those barely alive and a hope for those in caves of despair.

Great joy and peace be upon you both from the Father, Son and Spirit in whom there is no shadow!


Anonymous said...

zziuuYes-thanks to those that have and are serving this country in the will be a great day when it is no longer a necessity! Have been watching some of the "Carrier" programs on PBS and Ken Burns' "World War Two" program, always deep, touching and tearful.

When forced to face our own death, we are confronted with who we are, good or bad, there is no getting around it. God will bring us to those "rock and hard places" in life one way or another to show us who we are- not for our destruction, but for our instruction. Thank God the Rock is always on one side of that equation!!

Ps- met some first timers from Nigeria in the parking lot strangers!!
We are the world...
been thinking of so many songs is a good day!

Love to all,


pss- turning 54 tomorrow( feel like I'm 20), was born in '54 and never realized that 27 + 27 is also 54(may 27th)!! Cool
Car 54 Where Are You? Remember that one Bishop? Might be a couple of years before your time! :)

Anonymous said...

For Monday

How cool you get to see all those sights. Take lots of pictures.
Have Fun

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Hey bloggers...just have a quick minute to check in...everything is beyond amazing, among other things, we prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane...visited Gehenna (it's not on fire any more)...had an outpouring of Holy Spirit in the Upper Room...Mt of Olives...Church of the much much more to tell you when we get back...God is real and wonderful...going into some dangerous areas tomorrow (West Bank, etc.), but we have no fear...thanks for your comments here and on the CITN blog...
love you all very, very much...HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!!!

Avatar said...

17:38 25May,Conyers--
00:38 26May,Jerusalem
Agreeing NOW for the formation of covenant and for a manifestation of the anointing.

Anonymous said...

Good to hear your voice Bish.

All is well the I am is with you!

Anonymous said...

This may not make the post in time but shout out to those who have laid it down for me. My Dad was WWII, my brother and brother in law was Vietnam but it does not matter because all that have laid it down are the greatest of friends that anyone can have.

I remember all people that have laid it down for the peace of people like me and say that in the name of Jesus, who laid it down for all, you and your family are eternally blessed.

Avatar said...

That last time/date reference s/b
17:38 26May,Conyers--
00:38 27May,Jerusalem
Good thing time is not in MY hands.

Which reminds me of a great kids movie--The Phantom Tollbooth. Anybody else a fan?

Mystic said...

OMG! Praying in The Garden...involvement in a fresh outpouring in the Upper Room...the Mount of Olives, Church of the Nativity and even Gehenna (for some reason, I'm kind of glad to know it's not on fire anymore) and now being on your way to THE West's nearly too much to comprehend...all I want to do is to pray in "tongues of men and of angels" and agree...HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!

You have walked in HIS footsteps (always ordered) all your to be tracing HIS literal steps and moving into this greater dimension...a place from which real and important change can come...I just can't say it enough...what a great day to be alive and to be a part of CITN/BITN!

You are fervently, enthusiastically, and energetically supported in thoughts, in prayer, and in praise! Glory To God in the Highest! Clap Your Hands All Ye's time to Praise Him!

Special Blessings Bishop and P. Debye! You go in Protection, in Peace, in Power and; most importantly, you go in the midst of His Perfect well as with our full support. HE keeps you in ALL your ways...

Blessings Blog Fam!

Erik said...

Hello Family,

Bishop, the message Sunday – salted and lit beautifully – Thank you.

We see others as strange when we see ourselves as strange. As we have our own peace, we see the beauty that has always existed in others. When we receive the beauty of God in us, we reveal the exquisite nature of God in each other. We reject only as we choose to reject ourselves. Receive, receive, receive. This soul, this community, this world.

To forgive is to Love, To Love is to have God’s light shining through us. To Believe, to trust God, Allah, Yaweh, To have Faith. To retain covenant with God, to agree we do not eat, internalize, make the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil part of us. We do not accept the evil of mistrusting God, but actively apply the Fruit of The Tree of Life. We digest that fruit, it is what runs through us. We overcome the darkness of shame, fear, mistrust with the light of mercy, peace, forgiveness ( we lie or blame only when we do not trust the receiver of our words) ‘That woman You gave me told me to eat’ , and then ‘The serpent convinced me’ – in that I did not trust You, and trusted myself instead. The Cain – ‘I will kill the one who brings something different to You’ – I do not believe You will honor me, so I will kill who is different, and make You love me. I only destroy that which seems different to me because I do not trust You.

All are part of the same family, from the same loins of The Word of G-d. When we each speak to another, it is also God speaking to Godself. God unveiled within us has always been here, and we unveil God when we trust God. We unveil with faith in God, we veil with mistrust of God.

All do trust God now, all do believe and each unveils God within us now.

thatsme said...

Good Morning all :-)

Bishop Jim & Pastor Debye,
May our Lord continue to bless and keep both safe. May the Holy Spirit fill both and truly make yall a light unto the world.
May you both receive the desires of your hearts. Amen

I love modern technology ... when it works ...and it worked wonderfully on Sunday!! Thanks to all who made it possible. Bishop, it was great to have you ITB. Thank you for your message. The worship was wonderful ... it all was good!!

Have a great day :-)
God Bless All,

peacemaker said...

"...going into some dangerous places...but we have no fear" Well said. You've already visited hell and saw it was nothing more than a tourist attraction, what else is there to fear.
Besides, the energy of your intent has already reached the places your feet haven't walked. Those of other ideas will not see you or your company as a threat, but as peacemakers. You will be celebrated as such.

Please wish; As sala'amu alaikum (peace be unto you) to all our Muslim friends.

Much Love,

Anonymous said...

It is only the eyes of faith that can see the circumstances that are God's "anonymous" miracles.

"elle" said...

Hey everyone :)

Bish & Debye,
Been praying for you since before you left. Can't wait to hear about your trip via streaming, blog, whatever. Unfortunately, I missed last Sunday. Out-of-town for a quickie holiday trip and didn't take the computer. But as technologically unsound as I am, technology never ceases to amaze me. Cool that you could 'be there.'

Blog-mates, have a great day today... sure is a pretty one here!

Anonymous said...

Bishop & Pastor Debye,

Thinking of you and praying for a great time.

When you go to the Dead Sea, hope you can get into the water. It is absolutely amazing. Tell me what spiritual significance you get from it: the lowest point below
Sea level in the world, Jordan River flows into it. It contains mostly salt and many life sustaining minerals. You practically cannot drown in it, even if you cannot swim; it holds you up! The water has the power to hold you up and sustain your life. It is said to have significant healing power. The black mud is wonderful to bathe in. It is said to be the location of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

I know in my spirit there is a significant spiritual message that ties all this together, but I have not gotten the clear picture, yet.

Maybe God will give you the total revelation and you can tie it all together for me.

Enjoy and be blessed!

May flower

Anonymous said...

I found the full quote. There's a subtle difference that seems important enough to re-post.

Only the eye of faith can see the circumstances that God uses to perform His "anonymous" miracles.

Pamela T. said...

Hi everyone, its an awesome day, Bishop and Pastor Debbye we are so proud of you two, and we are so blessed to be under your spiritual guidance. I know his angels will guide and protect you thru this historical moment in time. The Holy Spirit will give you everything you need to be successful. Love, Peace, Reconciliation. It is so much bigger than we can imagine, and I am so excited to be a part of this thru you two awesome loving people.
Sunday Service was Awesome, thank for taking the time to give us such a powerful word, and Judah Rocked as usual. Judah and Jonah are gifts from Heaven, in that you give my son someone to look up to that is hip and young. Good Role models are hard to come by. Thanks Pastor Scott for all you do, thanks for reminding us that we should let others know that some things we do maybe seen insignificant at the time, but its impact on others may be beyond measure. What if you did not come back after that first visit? Thanks for sharing that. I love you guys. May the Holy Spirit guide and cover your trip. I look forward to hear

Mystic said...

Quoting PM: "You've already visited hell and saw it was nothing more than a tourist attraction, what else is there to fear."

I LOVE IT! Thank you, PM! That was great as was the rest of your post! Thanks also to Erik and Richard and Anon and Elle and Pamela're all awesome today and every day!

Bishop, we know by faith today was fabulous...agreeing in prayer for another GREAT day tomorrow! Continued peace, safety, success, and favor!

Blessings Blog Fam!

Erik said...

Hello ,

What a gorgeous day it is! Bishop I bet it is a hoot today for you, Pastor Debye and everyone there.

The Christ, is ‘The one who is anointed’. We all know this was not the last name of the specific entity we call Jesus. Point is that the experience we have with ‘The Christ’ – (those of us who use that language and reference) is beyond any name or definition, or description we can come up with. The experience of connecting with God within us unveils the Joy, Peace, and Love that we are surrounded and infused with. Experiencing what we call the Holy Spirit in each moment we perceive. This exists regardless of the words, descriptions, names, identifiers we use. There is absolutely no requirement for anyone of our brothers and sisters to use the language, display, expression of this that we do. The experience is known in the heart and soul, which only God knows.

We enjoy the sharing of this experience of what we call The Christ with all those that may never use the description ‘The Christ’ or ever whisper the name Jesus. In our vernacular, we say ‘All will bow down to and confess that The Christ is Lord’. That is already happening. What The Christ is has little to do with the letters formed in this order and everything to do with the experience each person has with God, The Spirit of God, that which cannot fully defined or described, only experienced. And we each only have a part, since what we call The Christ is all that we can perceive. Praise God!!! We ARE in the time of the appearing, it is all around us and through us. It IS unveiled. The ‘I’ in ‘I am the way’ is that one, Faithful and True, with names no one knows, and all names we think we know. It is true in all space, and in the spaces between the space. ALL have already chosen life.

Some still choose to perceive guilt, bitterness, shame, fear, darkness (mistrust of God) within them. It is permissible, however, it lacks benefit.

Anonymous said...

I hope you had time to float in the dead sea. I am told, although not yet have experienced, that it is exhilerating and gives a feeling of new life to the skin.

There was much good acomplished in the kingdom today.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Johnny B

Avatar said...

Wednesday, 03:33 in Jerusalem
Traveling after breakfast to Ramallah

Agreeing today for protection as "we" travel in Palestine, and for open doors of ministry.

Shalom - Salaam

Erik said...

Hey All,

Something just popped in, and in talking about it, seemed it may be something for somebody here, or someone you know.

So often, we have this great, genuine, revelation of The Christ in our lives. We change, and believe that ‘thing’ (habit, addiction, attitude, anger, self doubt, ) maybe as the high settles down, is back, in some way. Ohhhhhhhhhh Noooooooooooooooo !!! ‘ Am I a fraud?!’ How can this be, my revelation was real !!!

We ask, God, take this away –‘My Grace is sufficient’ . Holy Spirit purge this awful thing, ‘My Grace is sufficient’ . I am ashamed, I do what I do not want (sound familiar) ‘My Grace is sufficient’. Make me an Angel –‘My Grace is sufficient’.

Yes, best case scenario, we choose to cast all upon Elohim and keep our focus there. However, God never turns Her back, He never trashes us. His Grace is sufficient. So, tomorrow, we do it a little less, or 2 months find ourselves in the middle of it. Or some days ‘it’ is as distant as our well spent childhood, and others here and now. ‘How does that happen?’ In all times, we are blessed, Her Grace is ALWAYS sufficient. If we battle, within ourselves, He is moderating. Yes, change as you can. Forgive yourself, and remember He always has you covered, He is not shocked, disappointed, or second guessing you, me , all. If you, we digress, Her/His Grace is always sufficient. Enough to cover and lift us up on Eagle’s wings with no limit.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Larry! So, you are born in May, too.

The western world is beautiful in May and so are the people born in May! Right?

The rest of you are ok, too.

It's great to be alive.

May flower

Teezy313 said...

-Hey Avatar...
LOVED THAT MOVIE!! Had to read a portion of the book back in elementary school!

-Bish and P.Deb....
Praying that all is well with you! can't wait till you guys get back!


Anonymous said...

Good Evening Blog Family,
I have had a very busy but good day today. Love reading all the post you all rock!.......... Erik that’s some heavy stuff I’m with ya ………….Bishop and Debye I feel the Spirit is ministering through you in a way that has not been allowed in those circles before. Something is shaking……………..I pray angels all around you on your journey.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Larry
Hope it's a great one

Hey Everyone else

Bishop & Pastor Debye
Safety & Peace To you
Have Fun & Take Loads Of Pictures.

Anonymous said...

Hi all you wonderful people! I just get blessed and inspired on a regular basis here as well as getting to taste of the wonderful cup of His anointing that everyone is drinking from just flows thru the screen. My life has been renewed and and refreshed here. Thank you all esp Bishop and Pastor Debye! I can only imagine what you're experiencing right now walking where Jesus actually walked and being instruments to bring the message in the current, modern NOW to Gods chosen nation! God BLESS and GodSpeed!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks also to you Erik for the word in due season! God loves you all and you're each special to Him in a unique way that only YOU can be! Sweet sleep and rest! Goodnite.

Kettly said...

Hi Everyone,
Bishop and P.Debye

Monday Fritz, Me and Pastor Ben went to the Stone Mountains Parks to see the laser show. Very beautiful and interesting, they were celebrate twenty fives years since they been in services to the community. Very Beautiful show, if I may say so myself.


God is the source of everything. God gives meaning to everything. We are spiritually blind unless we sense our hopelessness and surrender entirely to the fact of His sovereignty-God is ruler over all.
It went on to say that: Our greatest sin before God may be our refusal to acknowledge the Lord’s hand in our existence, to be grateful for it, and to appreciate it fully. If you and I do not recognize our origin, and the One responsible for our existence, everything else in life is shrouded in darkness and ignorance- then we are blind.

Jesus Christ + anything= nothing;
Jesus Christ + nothing= everything
Similare Stated:

Jesus + anything = spiritual blindness;
Jesus + nothing = 20/20 spiritual vision.

Until we understand that it is in our hopelessness that we find God, and in our weakness that we draw near to Him, and until we refuse to trust ourselves, we will remain spiritually blind. And in that blindness we are unable to receive God’s divine life, and we are doomed to living outside His sovereign plan for our lives here on earth and for eternity.

To Bishop and Pastor Debye,



Peace,joy, gladness,always

Teezy313 said...



Anonymous said...


peacemaker said...


Good stuff as always.
I love the He/She reference to God. That is the true meaning of the name: Elohim.
There is a song I would like for you to hear (if you haven't already ) called "I Saw God the Other Day", by Victor Wooten. This guy is an awesome jazz artist and one &*%$ of a bassist, but a very spiritual man also.
Go to Click on the link to the Palmystery site and click on the title to the above song. You can scroll down to where there is a link to the video. Your Plural reference to God reminded me of this. I think you, and also others here, will like his message.
If you have an Ipod, you can find the song there also.


Anonymous said...

In agreement for safety and favor to continue with you throughout your journey. Powerful presence of peace resting over Ramallah will rain through you and your company of good will ambassadors today.

Belated happy b-day to Larry.

Erik's message was on time and target for my soul.

Blessing to all on wonderful Wednesday,

Johnny B

Water Walker said...

Happy Day Larry, it never is really late for someone like you. You have such a way of making everyone around you feel blessed and loved and so we celebrate your life because you are a very important part of this body and so we bless you, beloved.

And Bishop yes, we agree with you for protection, the angel of the Lord, encamp around about you to keep you in all your ways. We pray for all of God's warring angels and ministering angels to go before you. Every place your (and Pastor Debye's) feet tread, you have dominion and power. As you continue to bind truth and mercy around your neck you have favor with God and men. So we agree for open doors that no man can shut. WE agree, in the name of Jesus that you are a world changer and you were predestined for such a time as this.

You are blessed coming in and blessed going out. No weapon formed against you shall prosper and you shall live and not die but declare the works of the Lord. We send a cyber-hug to you and God's peace that is beyond your understanding. Go and do great things and we will continue to lift you up, you spiritual pioneer!

WE love you!
Water Walker

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Hey beautiful people...just have a minute...the experience in Ramallah was life-changing...ministered to officials in the PLO and had lunch with them...they took us to the tomb of Yasser Arafat, which is right on the compound where he lived and died...have so much to tell you...major paradigm shifts happening...Spirit of God is moving...lots of revelation...can't go into it now, but I wanted you to know that all is well, and thanks for praying...
not only have we been protected (soldiers searched our tour bus at Palestinian check point), but we are in a major flow of favor...

Got to go...

Peace to all...

Anonymous said...

Only way I could think this morning when I tried to start writing was in tongues so I tried to write it down before I wrote this. I have never tried this before but then we are in a new move and working of the Holy Spirit in a new age. Maybe it will help someone or is something someone needed to read or could understand from the Spirit. I am always open to new revelation, and a round peg in a square hole that’s how I came to where I am.

Tana makonniea actorimnia leekinrmkay sayumora efinoraha icnoasiah inlrma ki ki condorabiah ifiah imora pealay no essay inmmooe iah ino ickniaa ifnora ima knee ifnor mian exlemiea………..

Praise God!

DoubleBack Alley said...

Sahib and all Now Bloggers,

Please lift my friend Karen Faehr up today. Her father is having cancer surgery today. All is well in the Spirit realm, but this is an especially hard time for Karen as she lost her mom a few months ago to cancer as well.

It seems as attacks come, the search for the truth deepens. Please help me to find the "is" in this. Bless you all.

Hope the Holy Land is all you hoped it would be Sahib. My wife and I plan on making that trip in the near future.

Is is the word.

Ain't God Good?

Kettly said...

I apologize! For the missed quotes, in Psalm 46:1, 2. What I wanted to say is this: O God, You are their refuge and strength, a very pleasant help in times of trouble. Therefore may they Not Fear, even though the earth be removed and the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.

And I will add Psalm 27:1-3 to keep up with my prayers for you two.

When the wicked came against you
To eat up your flesh,
Your enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
Though an army may encamp against you,
Though war rise against you,

From My Morning Devotional:

The Lord is good a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.

He cares for the two of you. The eyes of Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man, woman that trusted in Him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

Peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

It says in the book of (Matt. 18:20): “Where two or three, or more are gathered together in My Name, there Am I in the Midst of them.”
As for “Doors to Open.” They already are. Because the request’s be KNOWN, TO GOD.
Let Today, be a Day that ALL of US be in “Agreement”for one another!


Iris said...

Dear Bloggers and Bloggets...

Today for me is a day of meditation… Thoughtfulness… Pondering… Asking the Holy Spirit to speak… Needing a word… Clearing of the mind… I need to hear Him…

Then as I was doing so much needed spring cleaning… I came across a book that I once read and loved… Funny what things one can find of old when we cleaning those cluttered places that… Hmmm… maybe its kind of like that in the Spirit… When we do spring cleaning of our souls… removing the clutter… we can find, and reflect on things the Holy Spirit has spoken to us, and without the confusion of the clutter we can now act on those spoken words…

So I opened my book and in it was a word spoken to me long ago… but so timely for today… And for all who read

“By My Spirit I am speaking to My people”…(all who inhabit the universe)…”You shall sing of My glory as you hear My voice…As you rejoice, you will behold My countenance… You will bring an offering of praise, and I shall bless you out of the riches of My heart… You will have a full portion even now…

Be prepared for Me… For I will come to you in a blinding splendor…Look above your present circumstances and absorb the revelation of heaven…

Abundantly I have blessed you… Keep your heart free and your mind stayed upon Me… The Great Revelation is unfolding, and the ushering in of My Kingdom has already been… You have been prepared … I have already engraved on your heart the truth that is vital for this hour…

Be encouraged for you stand in the threshold of a new day… Although this may seem new and strange to you… know that I am God… You have heard the showers… but I am sending a mighty down pour… Your hungry hearts will receive My fullness and My glory...and begin to walk in the power I have already given you…

Those who are scoffers and doubters will find themselves swept away on the swilling tide of the out pouring of My Spirit…They will rejoice as the doctrinal disputation and barriers of tradition are washed away in the flood of My Spirit…

By prophecies… by signs and wonders… by many diverse miracles… and by healings… I will reaffirm the veracity of My Word and bring the message of the Gospel of Redemption to many who would otherwise never come…

Your eyes will see like never witnessed before in the history of the human race, the vastness of the Kingdom NOW… Look around you… Look in you… It is here… Your victory is secured”


Anonymous said...

Bishop of our souls,
you certainly ministered to mine tonight. These things were what I really needed to hear right now. Galatians for me is the most comforting book in the new testament when we come to that point that we all do and say “I just cant do this”……..right! I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about walking in the Sspirit (not a typo, means God’s and mine). As I have been, the Spirit has been, I believe prompting me to get out of my comfort zone with all my personal little regulations that I have set for myself to follow “so everything will be OK”. You know like my daily “grocery list of prayers” that I have to say just right. My well if I “just don’t do that” it will be OK ideas. Or I have to be sure and “do this like this” so I can feel good about that. Oh I don’t need the biblical law to tell me what to do and not do and how to do it. After I came to the truth that I am not under that law anymore as a means of righteousness; my flesh/sinful nature conveniently made up its own little set of do’s and don’ts so the flesh/sinful nature could gratified by it own puny efforts to produce its own righteousness. It is a fleshly satisfaction in self-effort righteousness (filthy rags) that actually blocks the conscience from realizing the need for the Holy Spirit which can bring you into walking in a Spirit produced true righteousness that totally blows the fleshly counterfeit away.

It sounds very simple, but it really is hard to let go of our own self-control and completely surrender to Holy Ghost Control. It really is paradoxical that the very thing that you were struggling to do in your own power to do and couldn’t. Is the very thing that the Holy Spirits power enables you to do seemingly without effort.

Yes I needed reminded, thank you Holy Spirit, and thank you Bishop for surrendering for this message.


Anonymous said...

Your anointing will flow like honey as you minister in Ramallah.

Their souls will be satisfied that they have heard the voice of a man who knows the Spirit of God on an intimate level.

Holy Spirit will say something that you have not yet thought of to say and that will delight all including you, it will probably be humerous.

Can't wait to hear about your enlightened paradigm experience.

Continue in our Love.

Ebony said...

Bishop and Pastor Debye, I'm adding my "Amen" and agreement to the favor and blessings that have already been sent up for you. I was concerned about some of the places you were going, but sometimes "taking the kingdom by force" doesn't always mean a physical fight, but being willing to go into what others would consider "hostile territory" (although, with the Holy Spirit in tow it's not that hostile at all-gotta embrace the stranger like you said) so I'm already thanking God for your safe return and the wonderful report you will have for us when you get back.
To the BITN family, if i could ask you to keep the Hewell family in your prayers. Their oldest son Jake was a student at Cousins passed away Suddenly Saturday night. I had the pleasure of teaching him and he was a wonderful young man, the kind you wish you had a classroom full of and while I know to be absent with the body is to be present with the Lord, no parent ever wants to bury a child. So lift up their family and his friends that they will find comfort during this difficult time.

Donald said...

This is going to be a bit lengthy so I guess turn about is fair play, huh Dennis?
Hearing about the trip to Israel is exciting, even enviable. If I wasn't so outright holy, I would probably be jealous.
I'm looking forward to hearing more about it when you get back.
I have a sister-in-law who is constantly digging around on the internet. Bless her heart, she really needs to get a job or something, but I guess as long as my brother keeps pulling down the six digits she doesn't really have a reason to work. But anyway, she is constantly emailing me crap that I have absolutely no need for such as 20% off coupons for Kotex or discount coupons to some restaurant that is 500 miles away.
Today she actually sent me something that I really liked and had not seen before. Of course I'm not going to include the part that was attached to the end of the email which stated that if I did not forward it to 10 other people that I would burn in hell forever or would get hit by a train on the way to work tomorrow morning. Oh well, here it is:

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, " Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Water Walker said...

Hi Ebony, we will pray and I can't imagine burying one of my children although I do know there is an appointed time to be be born and an appointed time to die. I send my condolescences. WE will remember the Hewell family in our prayers and share this with the other intercessors I know!

Donald, I truly enjoyed the carrot, egg and coffee story. I do want the Lord to be pleased at the end of my day and in particularly at the end of my life. I can't say I really want them to cry, they probably will. But I want them to rejoice with me knowing that I finally get to sit at Jesus feet and maybe get to ask him these earthly questions I long to have answers to!

Maybe just sitting at His feet will be sufficient. I believe it will!

love,Water Walker

Anonymous said...

Never really thought I would want to be a coffee bean. Just call me Maxwell house from now on. I want to be good to the last drop. Especially when they turn up the heat.

I answered your post on my blog.


Sweepea said...

Bishop, you asked for feedback on the Word that you gave in such a high tech way this evening at CITN. It was right on for me! I was moping this morning thinking maybe I shoud get a regular job due to the insecurity of being in a 'sales' setting. "Maybe I'm not cut out to be an entrepreneur" I thought. I don't like doing cold calls, I'm not making the money I should, wah wah wah...

Within a very few minutes of my pity party, my work partner called to tell me our client had contacted her for a very large meeting that will pay a very nice commission for both of us- and I realized the Spirit is in control of every aspect of my life, and things turned around just that fast! I had to apologize to Him immediately for my lack of faith, and tonight at church I said a big AMEN to everything you shared with us. Thank you thank you - as always.

Avatar said...

Thursday, 29May
Adding agreement today for FAVOR on the ministry, and for the making of peace.

Shalom - Salaam

There is a gentle calmness to the speaking of those words today. Interesting.

Hey ALL,
May the blessing that you each are to me be multiplied back to you 100-fold!
Also adding agreement for the prayer requests and Tyler, P.Scott. [Holy Spirit, translate for me if I'm remembering his name incorrectly]

Hey, Donald! Where ya been?
Anybody know where izumijoy took off to?

Cool, Teezy. I didn't even know there WAS a book. Orchestrating the sunrise is a favorite scene for me, though its hard to pick just one.

I guess we're all waiting like kids for Christmas morning. Visions our heads.

Bishop and Pastor Debye, may your natural rest be multiplied to a supernatural high.

Erik said...


Bishop, all I can say is ‘Of course’! Favor, paradigm shifts, life changing, moving Spirit, - revelation. Exciting and no surprise. HS laid it all out. Of course.

The service Sunday completely dovetailed with tonight’s service. Sunday was a sigh of gratitude for the message- straight, unequivocal. Tonight, brilliantly clear, the finest crystal. Excellent touch with the blessing of the Spirit real time. That shared the light between us all. Thank You.

Anonymous said...

Bishop and company, we continue in our spiritual intercession for you. I woke several times last night and each time consciously prayed for you all. I had a wonderful night of rest and believe that rest is what will be given to a previously restless part of the world as a result of your work. You and your group will also come home refreshed better than if you had taken vacation in your favorite places.

Donald, that was a powerful word you gave. It is forever established in my mind as the parable of the coffeee bean and that also pleases my spirit. It will be meditated on and shared with others.

Ebony, our agreement is with you for the Hewell family. This is a situation that no one wants to even imagine for themself. Holy Spirit, speak comfort to the Hewell's throughout their process of grief, amen.

Pastor Scott, thank you for your excellence and including us in Tyler's victorious life. Our agreement is unified with your request. Holy Spirit deliver healing and complete wholeness to Tyler out of the heavenly depository of Love.

Avatar, I agree with you on all points and also miss izumijoy.

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Hey bloggers...all is well...just baptized many people in the Jordan River...about to preach on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount...much dialogue with very important Palestinian leaders this morning...lots of favor...thanks for praying...

Avatar said...

I feel so small. Not insignificant. Just small, in the presence of your Greatness, Dear Lord!

Wow, Bishop and Pastor Debye. Wow.

And, OF COURSE [shout out Erik], How Great Is Our God just started playing! Of course.

Donald said...

WOW! Instant chill bumps when I pictured those things happening Bishop.

Nancy said...

Bishop and Pastor Debye,
Where the river flows, everything will live...Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing."
Let the river run today! Awake the nations.

I love this scripture and believe it is a NOW word...

Ezekiel 47 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)

Ezekiel 47
The River From the Temple
1 The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was flowing from the south side.
3 As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits [a] and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4 He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. 5 He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. 6 He asked me, "Son of man, do you see this?"
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7 When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8 He said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, [b] where it enters the Sea. [c] When it empties into the Sea, [d] the water there becomes fresh. 9 Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. 10 Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Great Sea. [e] 11 But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. 12 Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing."

Jennifer Westray said...

Bishop & Pastor Debye,

I pray and lift the both of you up as I know your week long journey to the middle east is nearly over and has been a very busy and maybe taxing endeavor.

I really enjoyed last night's word. It certainly was a rhema word for me. I have been going through a tremendous financial hardship that has only worsened by the economy's state. I am a single mom so I really have been struggling and going through and feeling as of late, as if I've been praying on deaf ears. I have maintained my faith but I have felt myself begin to falter because of recent happenings. I thank you for last night's word as it solidified the foundation in which I stand.

I know sometimes we all falter and need reinforcement as sometimes faith just doesn't seem like enough whent he 'human' side of you with all the worries kicks in and nothing is happening as fast as we'd like it to.

Thank you Bishop - that reinforcement gave me the strength to continue along my way.

God Speed to you and Debye. Love you both


"elle" said...

Morning gang!

Donald, that was GREAT. Think I'm gonna post it on MySpace.

Avatar, it's definitely APB time for Izumi! Perhaps you could call the authorities since Bish is OOT.

Izumi, WHERE ARE YOU?!? Miss your whimsical insights... c'mon girl!

Praying for the needs as I read your various posts. God is BIG!!!

Finishing up my last piece to bring to the art festival, so I'll see whomever is involved tomorrow night at set-up. If any of you bloggers are involved, let me know.
I'm sure Bish will be filled to the point of combustion on Sunday. Would like to stick around for it, but can't. Will definitely be streaming! And will be ITB the last Wed. night in June to pick up the artwork, so hope to see some of you revelators then.

((cyber hugs))

Anonymous said...

Wow! Bishop!
I don’t know how the Holy Spirit worked that stuff in! I got so excited when I read your last post……baptized many people in the Jordan River...about to preach on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount...that’s just too cool. God….The Lord Jesus……The Christ…….The Angels…….and my prayers are with you…..

Psa 5:12 NIV For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Psa 90:17 NIV May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands.

Pro 3:3-4 NIV Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. (4) Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.


Water Walker said...

Bishop, we decree that you or Pastor D will never be the same or CITN or BITN or NOW ministries or anything you have to do with in the natural because of what the Holy Spirit doing in the spirit realm!

God is with you and our prayers are being heard by the most hight God! WE love you and Pastor Debye so much, so go again today and change the world!

love, Water Walker

Iris said...

Dear Bishop, Pastor Debye, and my fellow Bloggers,

Wow! Wow! Wow! No words to articulate what I feel in the depths of my soul… All I can say is WOW it is great to be alive… It is a honor to be connected to this ministry… To experience the vastness of His limitlessness… We are blessed… Thanks for letting us enjoy this trip with you in the Spirit…

Both Sunday’s and last nights service was absolutely amazing… Thank you for speaking into the future (through modern technology) which is our now for such a timely word…

Learning to live at the center of His love, and letting Him BE in me, and through me… Letting the voice within me answer the voice from without… and minister to the people we connect with to weave a tapestry of relationships where love is what holds the treads together… It is all about love being and love doing… it is love loving…otherwise love is just a concept and not reality… His love through us… His grace through us just has to BE….

Loving all of you…

vaughn said...

Good Morning Donald,

Do I need special permission to use the Coffee Bean Parable in my blog. I loved that! Let me know if I can use it or is there someone I need to go through? Thanks, it was so endearing!

VaughEvan author of
Garden of Yve

Pamela T. said...

Bishop this is incredible. WE shall feel the shift all the way over here. As we see others thru Christ eyes, love them as Christ does, they will see Christ in us thru the revelation of the Holy Spirit. God Bless you and Debbye, your obedience will bless and change many (nations) lives for good. When people say I am only me, what can God do thru me? It is those who are a willing vessel that his miracles are realized in the natural. You two give me hope, strengthen my faith, and I am filled with excitement of the journey God has for us all. Love Pamela T.

Pamela T. said...

This is daily devotional I received today, that goes with the flow and our walk in the Spirit.
One of the Twelve
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Thursday, May 29 2008

"And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again." - 2 Corinthians 5:15
It is believed that there were about 5,000 believers during the time of Christ. Among those believers, it was thought there were three types. The largest number of believers were those who came to Jesus for salvation. They served Him little beyond coming to Him to receive salvation. A much smaller number, say 500, actually followed Him and served Him. Then, there were the disciples. These were those who identified with Jesus. They lived the life that Jesus lived. Each of these ultimately died in difficult circumstances. They experienced the hardships, the miracles, and the fellowship with God in human form.
If you had to say which group best represented your life, which one would you fall into - the 5,000 who simply believed, the 500 who followed and sought to implement what they were learning from the Savior, or the 12 who identified completely with the life and mission of the Savior? Jesus has called each of us to identify with Him completely. "This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did" (1 Jn. 2:5b-6).
Pray that God will allow you to walk as Jesus did. Experience His power and love in your life today so that others will see the hope that lies in you.

Donald said...

Vaughn if there's any copyright rules on it I'm not aware of it.

DoubleBack Alley said...

Sahib and All:

Great news; my friend Karen's dad (Dan) made it through the surgery and is recuperating well. It looks like all the cancer was cornered and goblled up by faith.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

Ain't God Good?

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all for B'day wishes!

Bishop- Doing so much your head is swimming? LOL Sounds like you're fitting several years worth of travels into a week! Amazing!
Continued blessings to you & P. Debye as you go from glory to glory.
Doubleback- glad to hear the great news! Will continue to pray.
Put my daughter on a plane to Ark. to see her grandparents on mom's side, so pray for her to have a blessed time.
Missed service last night as we went to see "Dream Theater" & several other bands play at Tabernacle- had tickets for three months was great but honestly I would rather have been at church! Did get pics with the band after the show & got to talk to some neat people & talk to a homeless guy that wandered by.

Definitely want to be the coffee bean! Ha!



Mystic said...

"There is a force in the universe that makes things happen...and all you have to do is get in touch with it. Stop thinking...let things happen...and Be the Ball."
Ty Webb (Chevy Chase), Caddyshack

I say to you all Be The BEAN! Seriously! Thanks so much for sharing the Parable of the Bean...As you see, it has changed many lives here.

Just stopped in to say hello to everyone and thank everyone for their posts. I know that blurking while it is the "new black" it is also not the preferred practice here...but on those rare occasions when some of us do blurk for whatever personal is still wonderful to come in, do a blurk by and absorb all the wit and wisdom needed for myself for the day and then blurk out thank you to all of you who post such deep, thought-provoking comments...they are always a word in season for someone...myself included.

Our Bishop...preaching again in the literal footprints of Jesus and dialoguing with PLO and other high-ranking individuals...always speaking truth to power. We are so very proud of you and of Pastor Debye as well as of all those willing to discuss these subjects. What a "Day" to be hooked up to CITN!

Thank you, Bish, for taking the time to prepare these services for us prior to your departure--it's been really great...really God as has your entire trip. We are still lifting you all in prayer but the excitement is building because we know you will be back very soon. Not only have we missed you both and await your return to CITN but the excitement builds each time you post a small snippet of new paradigms and successes...since change is the only way to keep up with God and to keep moving with the cloud, then I say, "Lord, Paradigm Shifts all 'round...let us hear with our spirit what you are speaking to us."

With high anticipation and air that crackles with the sparks of expectancy, we await your triumphal return CITN. Your "deep" is already calling to us and our "deep" already kindled and banked in the aforementioned anticipation awaits the word(s) that will stoke the fires into infernos...into THE Consuming Fire! Burn Me Lord! glad to hear about your friend's father...thank God...Larry...Happy Bday! And Izumi/Joy...Please come back are sorely missed.

Wordver: nkurjj...that's wordver for courage as everyone knows the "n" is silent...Peace!

Blessings Blog Fam!

G8TRGRL said...

Hi Blog Fam,

Can I say, I AM SO GLAD TO BE HOME! Left Mon. for FL for my brother's memorial service on Tuesday-- got in late last night... I swear, I had blogdrawals... bless my parents and their dial up... it was too painful to even try to get online! The service was terrific... such an outpouring of love for my brother! My sister-in-law did the coolest thing for us. She presented us with sterling silver pendants (mine, my Mom's and his daughters all of a dove.) Sealed inside of them are some of his remains... So he is only a touch away. I have never heard of it before... a cool way to remember someone special. Thank you again to whoever posted "The Station" essay... I used it at the end of my remembrance of my brother. I am still having to pray myself through the lack of "positivity" i faced while I was there....whew... like I said, good to be back home on many levels.

O.K.... being the bean... coffee was an issue while I was away. This is an ongoing situation. When my parents visit, they complain how strong my coffee is. When I visit them, it is literally like drinking hot water with half and half, it is so weak. Did you know that there is a specific science/coffee to water ratio to make a great cup of coffee?! (Thank you Alton Brown of Food Network for the enlightenment) If you use too little coffee, there is too much water and it literally draws the acidity out of the grounds b/c too much water is brewing around too little grounds. The 2 tbsp/cup ratio may seem like too much, but think of the water swirling around the grounds, only brewing the good stuff out of it!! So, don't skimp on your beans! Be the good stuff... not bitter and afraid to use too much of what you have...

Loved catching up on what everyone has contributed this week thus far... and greatly anticipating the diary recount of the BIG trip!

Favor, blessings to all...

Anonymous said...


Izumi/JOY said...


Flying by to say, "hey". Enjoying family visits (recent reunion) and other sundry projects.

Have blurked periodically to stay in the loop. Thanks for the nods.

Peace & safety to all.

Donald said...

Alton Brown is a trip g8trgrl. That's what happens when you cross a scientist with a cook.
Your folks wouldn't make it trying to drink coffee in New Orleans. Their coffee has little chunks of lighterd floating around in it. I don't expect you city slickers to know what lighterd is.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:50 AM

Incredible... true paradigm shift.

Soil tester

Anonymous said...

Hey All,
Just got a minuet. Im doing some work on my web site and writing an article on the sovereignty of God vs. free will.

Blessings and prayers for you Bishop Jim & Pastor Debye on your flight home. It will be good to see you Sunday and Hear all about the trip, cant wait.


Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Hey bloggers...we're at the Tel Aviv airpot...leaving in a couple of was best yet...spent a good bit of time at Golgotha and the Garden Tomb...very to see the orginal book of Isaiah from the Dead Sea was still on display from last week when Bush was here because he requested to see it, so we got to benefit from his visit...thanks, W...went to Pool of Bethesda...birthplace of Mary...

I'm not going to discuss any more of the political stuff online for security reasons...but let me just say that this nation (these nations) need a lot of prayer...this trip was a "trip"...more about that later...

I can't wait to see you all, but it's going to take some days to process all that I have seen and done here, so please be patient with the giving of details...

I've learned a lot this week, and I've gone through some doubt I've been in the will of God/my destiny, but some of it has been very heavy and potentially dangerous in the natural...

But it's all good...thanks for praying for us, it really made a difference...

Love you all...see you in a few hours...


Avatar said...

Hi izumijoy! Good to "see" you!

16:50 Conyers
23:50 TelAviv

Bishop and Pastor Debye, agreeing for your safe flight!

"Going to take some days to process all that I have seen and done here"--very cool. I imagine the connections you will make from your spirit by the Spirit will be great gifts, for us and for you, for months to come. It's always a joy to be allowed to see a revelation arrive during your teaching and I'm sensing that will happen a LOT! Let the river run...

Water Walker said...

Bishop, we got your back in the spirit and we the spirit...but it is all God!

We decree that you have an awesome, safe, protected, secure the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Jesus name!

WE will pray for you until you land in let us know!

It's all God!
Water Walker

Anonymous said...

You are in our prayers daily Bishop! Benny Hinn had on an old program of Kathryn Kuhlman last night with the backdrop of Jerusalem & talked about the return of the King of Kings. She certainly revered the Lord! Adoration!
My friend in Tel Aviv sends me newsletters about the goings on there, a mixed bag of great miracles & great tragedy on a daily basis. Definitely like living in the bear cage!
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper them that love her.
Amidst great chaos there can be found the deep peace of God but we must LEAN HARD on Him, trust Him with ALL our heart. KNOW that He is God and reckon our old self dead, see ourselves alive to God in Christ. Very challenging in the whirlwind! But what are whirlwinds for if not to get us closer to Him?

Blessings & peace to all,


Erik said...


Good evening all bloggers.

This bloginthenow community is vital, nourishing, advancing, and brought together (all who are in anyway connected for ANY reason) to facilitate this manifestation. It has always been in reach.

Bishop, Pastor Debye, your family and CITN staff, and CITN body (‘here’ and ‘there’ – here is there, just without the ‘T’) , blessed, favored, covered ,protected, specifically designed, on time. We stand in The River. We receive the coals, the scrolls, we embrace and delight in all of creation, and celebrate the entire family of humanity God chose to purposely create, loving ALL as much as God loves any one. Selecting each individual specifically. God is, was, and will be. Like Daniels dream, the kingdoms that were, The kingdoms that are, and The Kingdom that always is / will be -- have been part of the process always. One to another, all used as vital in The Kingdom. What is transformed, has already been, We walk in the Spirit, each step is given as each step is taken. We are Church in the Now !

Anonymous said...

Jeremiah 33-6-11 - 6 'Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.
7 I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before.
8 I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me.
9 Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.'
10 "This is what the LORD says: 'You say about this place, "It is a desolate waste, without men or animals." Yet in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted, inhabited by neither men nor animals, there will be heard once more
11 the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying,
Give thanks to the LORD Almighty,
for the LORD is good;
his love endures forever."
For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,' says the LORD.

Bishop & Pastor Debye, praying for your safe return! PEACE~

Water Walker said...

Bishop, your sons and daughters await your safe passage! We decree your seamless arrival to Covington...

Water Walker

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Everyone,
This is the day the Lord has made and I am going to rejoice and be glad in it.

Welcome home Bishop Jim and Pastor Debye. Its been good traveling with you.

Everyone have a great day! I mean it, just do it!


Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Hey bloggers,

We're home...can't wait to see everyone tomorrow...I have a great word for you...thanks again for covering us in prayer all last week...

Love you all...

Anonymous said...

Hey Bishop & Pastor Debye

Welcome Home

Man Do we have a lot of talented artist or what. Seen a lot of the artwork and all I can say is WOW.

Art Festival starts tomorrow YEA!!!

See Ya Tomorrow

Lisa said...

Welcome home!!!!! Looking forward to service tommorrow~

peacemaker said...

Welcome back to a parallel reality.

Knew the trip would be significant and life say the very least.
Can't wait to hear about it all.

This is a pinnacle moment in the evolution and history of you, your ministry, and the role of CITN at large.

Peace to you and Debye as you make the transition back.

Much Love

Kettly said...

Dear Bishop and P.Debye,

I am so glad you guys are home.I Praise and thank God for your safe return.
Unfortunately,P.Ben and I
will not be able to make it for service tomorrow because we are out of town.
But,we'll be there for BDB. on wednesday June the 4th.
Anyway, have a GREAT,GREAT, SERVICE TOMORROW. May the be with both of you.
To My Bloggers Family,
Isn't it, great to have our spiritual Parents back home,
with us? I wonder what kinds of stuffs they bring back for us. Dont't you?
Maybe,some souvenirs or some wonderful words straight form the Mother Land.(Holy Land)Either way we Bless to have them in our lives in such a time as this.
Fritz and I love You both very much.Thank You both for bringing Peace & Love to us.we need that badly here.
Love Kettly