Monday, May 19, 2008

Still In Nashville

Hey beautiful bloggers,

Thanks for all the great comments about Sunday. And thanks to the givers who stepped up...things are much, much better. God is good.

Today was amazing and I'll tell you all about it when we get back home. We're still in Nashville, and may not even get back tonight...I don't know...but one way or another, I definitely won't have time to write anything.

But feel free to continue to post your thoughts because I love hearing from you.

More later.

Peace.

15 comments:

Teezy313 said...

Hey Bish!

Praying for you and P.Deb as well as Dottie Rambo's entire family...

Teezy

What's new BITN fam?

Cliff Hancock said...

I celebrate His goodness

I have a bit of history in Conyers.

At 4 years old I lived in Willow Creek subdivision right after my father left my mom. I lived there in the back of the cul-de-sac. In the house to the immediate left of me lived an aspiring missionary by the name of Dr. Mark Rutland. He was busy founding the Trinity Foundation but still found time to take a 4 year old with no dad around to some Braves games and some picnics.

I guess even then a gift I didn’t know I had set me before great men.

What I then saw as abandonment I now see as His perfect Fatherhood

I remember when the big purple sign was erected over I-20. My step mom owned a hair salon in Conyers, “HAIRPORT EAST” As a young tweener teener I would hang out there at the shop attempting to bust a move on the shampoo girls. I remember the shock that sign put every one in.

I was so sure it was the end of the world.

What I then saw as the end of the world, I now see was the beginning of being delivered from all fear.

Conyers will always represent to me His thoughtfulness.

I sometimes wonder if one of the little 5 year olds I coach in tee ball will one day see where the kindness of God placed me in there life at a difficult time.

Perhaps the Church we are building there in Eatonton is scheduled to cure the pent up fears of some young man with a call.

Perhaps we are already someone’s miracle and are unaware.

I am convinced that we are vitally placed where we are.

I am convinced that we are vitally connected to those already in our lives and perhaps can’t comprehend our significance to their destiny and their significance to ours.

The Kingdom is truly at hand.

I celebrate a God who plans so far ahead.
I celebrate the Holy Spirit who I am truly learning to trust.

I love the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus” When at the end all of those who he poured his life in to forming were suddenly assembled. He then led them in his Opus bringing in each instrument at the perfect time.

We are HIS Opus; it’s all connected.

Pastor Cliff

dgm2007 said...

hey so i just finished listening to an old tape dec 8 2002.. really good message titled "my time is at hand!" u referenced Dottie Rambo's song "the taste of the lamb" strange that I was listening to that today. I was de-cluttering my room and the energy of ur voice was so motivating.. Really good stuff. Strange how stuff finds you when you need it.. PEACE LOVE AND GOOD STUFF.
ps hey teezy was that you in the raincoat this past sunday.. nice touch.. i was like thats gots to be teezy.. and i got a pic wiht Dennis.. how do i change my profile or whatnot?

Kettly said...

To Bishop and Pastor Debye,

First and foremost, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate you both on a job well done.
Before, I came to CITN, I was broken. Broken spiritually and mentally, after moving in to Georgia, my sisters brought me to their church (Atlanta Church of Christ) which I started to attend with them. But every time I’d attended the Church I came out the same way I went in. After finding CITN, I believe I’ve found a whole new world in the spiritual realm. I’ve found a brand new world of Revelation of the words of God. I’ve grown a lot physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Thanks Mom and Paw, for after three years of becoming your adoptive Daughter in the spiritual world my life has truly changed.
Today, it’s a privilege for me, to celebrate three of those twenty three years of ministry with you two. I pray the Lord will continues to use you both extraordinary to do His will on this earth.
So, Dear MOM and PAW,GO OUT CHANGE THE WORLD!

The way the Father wants you to:

Matt. 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believed and is baptized shall be saved; but he believed not shall be dammed.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
And they went forth, and preached every where the Lord working with signs following. Amen. Mark 16:15-20


PS. Turn on the TV to channel 11 there was a show about Dottie Rambo. I saw Reba and Donny McGuire, singing to her. It’s a beautiful show.

May God bless you both with another twenty three years? God bless you both,
Love, Kettly

mayam said...

Bishop and Pastor Debye:
Have a safe return to your loving CITN and BITN family!

God is truly too much...He is so good. This is just the beginning...

Rest easy,
mayam

Teezy313 said...

Hey dgm2007...

To change your profile pic sign in here and click on your user name (dgm2007) then after that click on edit my profile..everything else should be self explanatory i think....

thnx for the shout!

TEEZY

Erik said...

(music starting, think ‘Riders on the Storm’ – The Doors),

Hey Bloggers in the Now… The Spirit’s on the bow…. The current’s all around…. Into this blog were drawn ….

Sunday’s service – the mess that is really in perfect order from the perspective of The Holy Spirit. What seems out of our order to us, is an artist, with the perfect model, canvas, dance to choreograph, or threads to weave, or instrument to play – bringing the full expression of each medium we are to its bloom. The ‘mess’ is simply beyond our comfort zone, but fully within us, expressed in trust of something exceedingly ….

I was blessed with being able to witness a beautiful ‘mess’ this weekend as a multitude of desires, expectations, histories, hopes, struggles, mixed with absolute beauty, blessing, expression, and love. Those who determined the direction applied the most wonderful inclusion, acceptance, grace, love, mercy – the whole point of what we call The Gospel was expressed. The Holy Spirit had blended all of these lives, to produce a bounty of variety - sharp, soft, sweet, spicy, roses and thorns, all exquisite – lives that mixed struggle, falling, aplomb, excellence, pendulums of lives that swung several times from one extreme to another across many people- the combination of all touched, sings in the Davidic praise that has no bound.

The cornerstone the builders reject, (forgiveness, mercy, Namaste, love, edifying each other, acceptance, ) is used for the divine buildings we continue to bloom into each time we true ourselves with that Cornerstone.

mayam said...

5/20/08
Good Morning Bishop and Bloggers!

I just came out of a brief prayer time with the repeat of a message received several times the past two weeks: "AS ONE".

...knowing the talents that have been poured into me, it is upon me (IHS)to find ways today to channel these gifts into something for God.

Rest Easy,
mayam

linda said...

Good Morning Bishop and bloggers!

Hey Teezy, I saw you Sunday morning, it is fun to watch you praise the Lord!!

Bishop, hope you and Pastor Debye enjoy Nashville, I know that your being there is a comfort to Pastors Donnie and Rheba.
Sunday's sermon is still resonating in my spirit, I just keeping having a picture of the "after" of a big storm. The sun is so bright and clear and the earth smells so clean and pristine, God says I took away the stuff and it was sooo messy, but today is a new day and my mercy is new every morning, go do something with it, and now that the "stuff" that was so important to me is gone, I look at Him and say ok, sorry it took me so long.

Love yall more than words can say

Linda :0)

tracy said...

Even when you are away your anointing is here, today's Year in the NOW....the 91st Psalm, Oh my God- the 91st Psalm. He who dwells in the place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust" v 4 He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge: His faithfulness will be your shield....v7 a thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, BUT IT WILL NOT COME NEAR YOU!!! Man, was that on time! We love you and Pastor Debye and say that you will leave your mark wherever you go, everyone who comes into contact with you will taste and see that the Lord is good. And if we haven't said it yet Happy 23rd.

DoubleBack Alley said...

Sahib,

Have no history with the Rambos' other than your obvious care and love for them. I know the feeling of losing a (grand) parent and can empathize with the void left in the wake of their passing. Peace to the family and knowledge of the increase to the universe courtesy of Ms. Rambo’s passing.

Are there any plans for a festive 4th of July at your church? I would imagine that you guys really throw down and celebrate the nation’s birth and independence. She doesn’t look a day over 200.

Couldn’t get a connection Sunday, but courtesy of the bloggers, I understand that congratulations are in order to all of the new pastors that were installed. By the way, battlefield armaments are known as installations, so get ready. Try to fight for the universe instead of fighting against anything in this realm. “We wrestle not….” doesn’t really refer to evil, rather, it refers to contending as Jacob did over the matter of a birth rite.

Sounds like all went well at the celebration, in Washington, and in Nashville. Have a bountiful day full of what the Universe has in store for you.

Don’t forget to count the stars.

Ain’t God Good?

Anonymous said...

I SALUTE EVERY ONE THAT WAS ORDAINED ON SUNDAY BY BISHOP AND I PRAY FRESH FIRE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ANNOINTING UPON YOUR LIVES FOR THE TASK AHEAD. THE WHOLE PROCESS REMINDED ME OF MY ORDINATION TO MINISTY WORK AND I CRIED LIKE PASTOR SCOTS WIFE.
MY SPECIAL CONGRATULATION GOES TO PASTOR BEN FROM UGANDA, AFRICA. ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE OCEAN HE HAS COME TO THIS GREAT HOUSE TO BE ORDAINED IN THE "NOW MINISTRIES" OF BISHOP. THERE IS NO DISTANT IN THE SPIRIT AND GOD HAS DONE IT TO TEACH US TO EMBRACE ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE FROM EVERY TONGUE,TRIBE,CULTURE, GENDA AND RACE. I BLESS GOD FOR BISHOP AS HE OFFERED HIS RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSIP TO PASTOR BEN. MY PRAYER FOR THIS WONDERFUL UNION IS FOR A CONTINUED TOTAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITN AND PASTOR BEN AND THAT UGANDA WILL BE OUR BASE FOR INTERRNATIONAL OUTREACH MINSITRY WORK. IT IS TIME TO STEP OUT BEYOND OUR FAMILIAR GROUND TO UNFAMILIAR GROUND TOUCHING LIVES FOR JESUS. GOD HAS JUST OPENED A WAY TO DO JUST THAT. I KNOW WE HAVE NEEDS IN THE HOUSE HERE AT CITN BUT I BELIEVE IN HELPING OTHER PEOPLE'S NEED OURS WILL BE MET. THE WIDOW IN THE BIBLE DID NOT HAVE MUCH TO EAT WITH HER SON EXCPT FLOUR AND A JAR OF OIL, YET ELIJAH DEMANDED THAT SHE FEEDS HIM FIRST. WHEN SHE DID, HER LACK WAS GONE[1kings 17; 7-16] LET US BE SENSITVE TO THIS FACT. IF WE ARE FAITHFUL IN NOURSHING THIS NEW MINSTRIES ESPECAILLY UGANDA AIDS PROJECT GOD WILL ADD TO US. I WORN MY AFRICA OUTFIT ON THIS ORDINATION TO SUPPORT PASTOR BEN BECAUSE HIS UGANDA FAMILY COULD NOT COME AND IF THIS ORDINATION WAS TO TAKE PLACE IN UGANDA,THE CHURCH WILL BE PACKED WITH PEOPLE, DRESSED IN ALL TYPES OF AFRCAN CLOTHING WITH WONDERFUL DISPLAY OF HEAD TIE. I INVITED AN AFRICAN FRIEND TO CHURCH FROM JUBILEE CHURCH AND TOLD HER TO DRESS AFRICAN FOR THE ORDINATION SO THAT PQSTOR BEN WILL FILL OUR SUPPORT FROM CITN.I ALSO THANK KETTLY AND HER HUSBAND FOR HOSTING PASTOR BEN IN THEIR HOUSE. FINALLY BISHOP'S MESSAGE WAS WONDERFUL WITH GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR YET POWERFUL AND FULL OF REVELATION AND INSIGHT. I USED TO TELL MY FRIEND HOW FUNNY BISHOP IS AND THE KIND OF JOKE HE CRCAKS AND YESTERDAY MY FRIEND SAW EXACTLY THAT. GOD IS GOOD AND HIS MERCIES IS FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING.LOVE, MERCY.

lhollow27 said...

Good Afternoon BITN'ers!
I don't have a whole lot to say other than my new job @ATC kicks so much tail! I don't think it's by mistake that we all have been brought to CITN/BITN. There is something profound that I believe is being stirred up. I'm still praying about my part and what I can do for the WWW and CITN since by location I can't be in Conyers as frequently as I would like to be. I do however feel like I need to contribute more to the ministry because I believe in it with all of my heart. That's funny that Teezy put on the raincoat...lol My 8 year old was wrapped up in mine causing a distraction to everyone around because she couldn't get out of it. :(
I'm going to google to see what I can pull up about Dotti. Nashville is BEAUTIFUL so while you are there for one thing, I hope you can enjoy the beautiful sights and land that makes up the Country Music Hall Of Fame!
hola, lhollow

tracy said...

Post continued...v.4 He will cover you with his feathers. So David comes home from work today and says "what is that on your shirt?" and I will be darned if it's not a FEATHER. How weird and cool is that?! Not a feather duster feather, not a feather found anywhere in my car or house just a random freaking feather. Not random at ALL. God is a trip!

Phil Hoover, Chicago said...

Great blog.....and I'll visit often.