Monday, June 2, 2008

Monday Meditations

First of all, I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom who turns 70 years old today...Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!

(Proverbs 31:28-31 - The Message)

Secondly, I have some pictures from Israel to share with you, but I need to get them downsized first. I'll post them ASAP. To those of you from around the world who went with us on the MEPI trip and are sending me e-mail, I am very happy to hear from you, and I want you to feel free to post something here on my blog...

Third, there's a DVD from Dottie Rambo's homegoing service available from the River at Music City if you're interested...

For some reason I didn't get much feedback from the services yesterday, so I'm curious to know what you thought about them. And thanks to those of you who received Debye's word about giving and responded to it...

And to all of the artists who contributed to the Arts Festival, I want to say that your stuff is really cool. I've looked at all of it, and I'm very impressed with everything that I've seen.

Finally, for those of you who are going through some big-time challenges right now, check out today's AYITN about Kingdom Violence. It will build your faith...

Stay strong...

Have a gret day...

24 comments:

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Donald, I had to repost the article because it was still under yesterday's date



Donald said...

Bishop the service was phenomenal as always. As I listened to you talk about some of your experiences I couldn't help but be a bit torn to think about how religion has divided so many people for so long. Then your analogy about snake venom being used as an antidote for a snake bite was encouraging. Religion may certainly be the reason for so many woes in the world, but surely there is some way that it can be used as a cure if enough people get to talking and acting.
I didn't have time to discuss anything about the service earlier because my son has been home for awhile between semesters and since today was his last day home for awhile we spent some time together (horse playing, frisbee golf, etc.)
And as usual I watched his F150 go to the end of the street and stop then turn and go out of sight. At that point Her Majesty and I went back inside and boohooed for an unspecified amount of time.
A word of wisdom to all you parents of young kids. Spend every available second with your kids because they will be gone before you know it. I spent as much time as a human could possibly spend with his kids and it still seems like it went by too fast.
Now that he is back at school and my daughter is away doing the white water rafting thing maybe we can get up to Conyers soon. We miss it.

June 2, 2008 12:34 AM

Ebony said...

Have you ever eaten a meal so good (or so much of a meal) that you couldn't find the words to describe it? All you could do at the moment was savor in feeling full and later compliment the chef? Yesterday's service was like that. So much was said and it was all good, I think they're too full to talk. The raves will come, just give everyone time to digest. Happy Birthday Pastor Darlene!!!

Rev. Dennis Caldwell said...

Bishop,
It was good to see and hear you and Debye today back here at home. I feel a very close connection with you. The message was great as always and Debye you are very powerfully anointed to speak and you should do so more often. I mean even the announcements are anointed when you speak them. I totally agree with you about giving and supporting CITN; I don’t think anyone should be offended or surprised. On that same note the word you gave on our financial prosperity was awesome; I’m hanging on to that one.

Happy birthday Mom Swilley! I pray that the favor of the Lord will continue to rest upon you for many happy years to come.

Bishop your word today was very enlightening, I could hear your heart crying out for an answer, for a way to bring reconciliation to the Middle East and world peace as well. That is the heart of the Spirit of God speaking through you as an instrument of peace. The children of God will be called peacemakers. Not because they are trying to be peacemakers. They just are peacemakers; as an apple tree doesn’t try to produce apples it just does because it is an apple tree. So the children of the God of peace produce peace wherever they go. I say that because from what I heard today the Spirit was definitely working miracles every day through you and Debye. I don’t believe any follower of Christ Jesus has ever been given that kind of favor in those circles before; and that was the Spirit that went before you, surrounded you and lead you all the way. I am proud to be associated with you and all you are doing.

I can really relate to what you said about the Spirit being like heaviness upon you; I have felt that many times. I also thought it was interesting that when I plugged “spirit upon” into the search engine on one of my bible study programs all I could get with those two words together were two scriptures:

Lk. 4:18 were Jesus was sent out by the Holy Ghost, to preach the Gospel………

Then the next time those two words were together was Acts 1:8 were Jesus was sending the disciples out by the Holy Ghost to preach the Gospel………

Then later in Acts Peter spoke of the Holy Spirit being poured out on ALL flesh…….

I think I see a pattern………

Peace,
Dennis

Rev. Dennis Caldwell said...

Bishop,
I forgot to mention that what you said about the snake venom curing the snake bite really changed the way I looked at religion. After leaving the traditional church’s’ way of belief I had taken a pretty hard stand against “religion” but after hearing what you said today I can see it in a different light. But it is one of those things that I am going to have to let soak in for a while and let the Spirit speak to me. I can see, and I know there is truth all over that word; I feel a strong anointing on it. But it is a new paradigm for my spiritual mind. I will have to become more accustomed to it before I can fully articulate exactly what I am seeing. But it is good oh yeah it is good.

Peace,
Dennis

Kettly said...

Happy Birthday Mother Swilley,
(Job 22:21-22)
“Submit to God and be at Peace with Him;
In this way prosperity will come to you.

22- Accept instruction from His Mouth
And lay up His words in your heart.

Dear Mother Swilley,

Since the time you’ve ministered to us, that Saturday at the “REAL WOMAN!” I new there was something different about you. You were not the typical Pastor’s wife or just Mother to a Bishop. You are, your own natural woman, who just happens to be a Pastor’s wife and Mother to a son who just happens to be a Bishop.
That day you’ve given me something that I can put in the bank. To be redeemed anytime. When I know I’m following the right instruction. By simply, “submit to Him, and be at peace with Him.” Ever since, you teach me/ us that, how to pray this simple prayer, by “ accepting God instructed word from His mouth, and lay His words in my heart, things started to change in my life. Both physically and spiritually.
So, Mother the word says: Laugh with those who laugh, cries with those who cries, celebrate with those who celebrates. Today I am celebrating this wonderful Day with you.
I pray a blessing over you. May God keep you young at heart always? May you celebrate another 70 years!
Once again thank you for being born. Because if you did not we will not have been bless with our very own Bishop Swilley.
I thank God for you, and I thank Him for Bishop.

MONDAY MEDITATION:
ONE CHURCH, ONE FAITH.
LOOKING UP, LOOK AHEAD, LOOK, AND LOOK AGAIN!
PSALM 121:1-2---I lift up my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from?
2- My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Again I will Look up, Look Ahead, and Look again)
THAT’S MY MONDAY MEDITATION ON PSALM 121:1-2
Peace and Love, Kettly

Anonymous said...

I only caught the latter part of streamin' yesterday, and have pondered this thought since. I wonder how much of what we think we believe about what we believe is in reality, our imagination? I think sometimes also that when we first came to Christ, when we heard someone say what they believed, is what then we believed, not by our own study, but because we thought they knew more than we did. Just a ponder.



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Anonymous said...

Yep - I agree yesterday was a full plate. The Spirit which resides in me was connected to and receiving of all that was imparted - to the point that applause and joyful response even seemed inappropriate at that time. I receive, I agree and I am in Christ with all of you as we all embark on the greater things still to be done.
We have been called to do the impossible. We have been called to do something that has never been done. We do not take this calling lightly. To whom much is given, much is required and we proceed with honor and reverence to You and Your divine order. No words seem adequate to express our gratitude and our knowing that You have prepared us for this day. Thank you for the anointing on our lives. Thank you for the ease in which we will fulfill our collective and intertwined destinies. Hallelujah and Amen!

mayam said...

Happy Birthday "MOM" Swilley (Pastor Darlene)!!!

I Speak unimaginable prosperity in all areas of your life today and throughout the decades to follow.
Think Stevie Wonder: "Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday..."

Bishop:
In person or online, you are in a NOW flow...on fire. Since it was necessary for me to stream the morning service, I decided to push/submit aggressively to connect more intimately with the worship in order to share the corporate blessings of experiencing the Holy presence...I so wanted to be there to hear the fresh message from your trip to Israel. But I must say, the power of the words spoken (and written in your blog- thank you!) and the glory of things revealed to you that were shared during the service helped me to realize that there are times when we must draw things out of each other by the pure heart and the spirit whether face to face or from afar.

I reiterate...I receive. I receive. I receive. In the Name of Jesus.

I thank you for your words, your anointed humor and your obedience.

My Sweet Lord:
Thank You for ordering Bishop's and Pastor Debye's steps and for laying the blessings on so thick.

Bishop:
Sometimes a pause is evidence of a complete delivery...of powerful things being pondered by hearers...being digested and transformed into life forces.

With sincere love to all,
Rest easy,
mayam

tracy said...

Yesterday was an awesome service. You guys were used mightily in Israel-favor & flow!! The word about the millionaires...put our name in the hat for that one. Also Happy Birthday to your beautiful and anointed mom. Last but not least the Year in the Now for today, the violent take it by force. Woke up this morning and knew we had already slain the bear and the lion, my rocks are in my pocket and I am ready to go. We have came thru everything else we have went thru stronger and better for it, whatever you are going thru today you will come out on the other side, keep those rocks handy.

Lisa said...

The service yesterday was absolutly wonderful. You confirmed several things for me in the spirit. Visions I have seen the last months and year. With the confirmation though has brought the attacks and they have been doozey whoppers, but being in the midst of them I know that I am in covenant with you. Ideas and creativity have been flowing ever since the service yesterday morning. The walls I have built are tumbling down and I can see so clearly now. Fri night I had a vision of you in front of the city of Jeruselum and it was in a bubble floating above the earth. There was so much more but, that is all I can share right now.
P. Debye, Thank you for your word yesterday. This is the year of New Beginings and I am so tired of struggling to do what I am called to do. So no more of the same year over and over again. I see the future God has and I choose to be what God has called me to be and live in the abundance he has promised. He did not call us to adopt these children to struggle with every medical bill and adoption expense and to be buried in debt to do his will. He did not give these children to us and bring them out of extreme hopelessness to struggle and sacrifice to help another have hope. Thank you for bringing out that word. Sorry I got on a tangent. I am standing on the Word and Believing in BIG Miracles to manifest and come forth NOW!!!! The future Is NOW. I agree and call it forth!!!!!!!

lhollow27 said...

I was on vacation, but I streamed yesterday. I could tell that you were full and the pieces that you were able to share were enough to make anyone listening to the words stop to think and absorb what was spoken. The emotion that I'm still feeling from yesterday's sermon is hard to describe with an adjective. I loved the venom analogy but I wonder how that can get communicated or expressed so that "others" can understand it. To us it just seems so simple, and I can't fathom why it's so hard for religious people to change their paradigms. I guess because I'm spoiled and it comes natural for me to "change my mind" when ever their is revelation revealed by our Bishop. I thought it was extremely ironic that when you were able to read the scroll it was based on the scripture that many years ago you wrote a song about. "The Annointing"- Dan Shives covered it, and I swear every time i hear that scripture, I hear you singing that song. Would it be possible for you to sing that song Sunday? When my sis who was ITB came to my house for Sunday dinner yesterday, she said the same thing....I WISH BISHOP WOULD HAVE BROKE OUT IN HIS SONG. :) No one sings it like Bishop!

Love to all and I've missed reading the blog. I had a bad connection. I can't wait to be at a finacial level to take on a big one! BTW- work is going well, funny how you come through the fire without the smell of smoke. I never doubted it for a minute.
IT SHALL BE DONE!-lhollow

Rev. Dennis Caldwell said...

Good morning blessed bloggers,
Just a word of exhortation I have on my mind this morning. In our efforts to bring about world peace we should not forget to utilize the most powerful tool we have; that is our prayers and especially in the Spirit. I would encourage everyone to pray for THE WORLD; all the people and especially the leaders. This may seem odd at first if we are only used to praying for our personal sphere of life. We need to get outside our individual mind set in our prayers and begin to pray BIG prayers even if it seems silly or insignificant. The world is changed from the inside out. First the heart is changed then the external world is changed. Whatever is in the heart will effect the decisions that come out the mouth. With this in mind we should remember that only the Spirit of Christ can change a heart. We have this Holy Spirit of Christ working in us to bring about the salvation of the world as the children of God – peacemakers in the earth. Saviors sent out with the message and Spirit of reconciliation not only for our small realm of life but our influence can reach around the globe to all the nations through the power of the Holy Spirit initiated and sent forth through our obedience to pray for the nations to be saved. What an awesome responsibility.

1Ti 2:1-7 Modern KJV. FIRST OF ALL, THEN, I EXHORT that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made FOR ALL MEN, (2) for kings and ALL WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (4) who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (5) For God is one, and there is one Mediator of God and of men, the Man Christ Jesus, (6) who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (7) To this I am ordained a preacher and an apostle (I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie), a teacher of THE NATIONS, in faith and truth.

Peace,
Dennis

dgm2007 said...

wow theres so much to say. i prepared for your return. and brought a friend who was so hungry the night before we talked about our faith walk and i must say we pulled outta that service and came back for communion in between we watched the new narnia.. it was a blessed weekend and i am just walking on water right now..im really just in silence after sunday we left not saying a word but knowing god was with u in us and on us.. ive been prophesying like a nut and cant wait for real women everytime she gets the mic i cry and am so wrapped in the spirit.. but every service ive cried.. i cant stop crying its weird but eh.. and Bish ur trip means so much to me i cant describe it...Real Women cant wait....

linda said...

Good Morning Bishop and Bloggers
It is good to be back on this side of the waters. I have been in a country where internet access was sparse if available at all. Going away always make me appreciate America more.

Bishop your word yesterday was rhema to me. As always the word that comes to mind when I leave the service is "stupefied" I have no words to express how sitting under your leadership makes me feel. It always takes me a day or two to just digest what I heard and apply it to my life. Needless to say, I heard, I received and now it is up to me to walk in it.
Pastor Debye, you are wonderful, your words are life to me

Happy Birthday Mom Swilley, you are beautiful and you look GOOD!!

I'd better go and try to get some work done
Love
Linda :0)

peacemaker said...

Tracy...
You've got this writing thing down.
I love the way you translate your vast wisdom into an analogy we not only "get" but can "see" as well. You're a blessing to this whole blog community.
Health, Peace, Wisdom, Prosperity, Revelation, and Success belongs to you and ALL your family.

C.S. Lewis said "Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature." If we think miracles are normal, then we will expect them. And expecting them is the surest way to receive them.
Miracles are coming...
Get ready to receive...and receive with joy!!
I believe this whole cyber-community will be in agreement with me.

Peace and Much Love
PM

Anonymous said...

Wow!

First off happy birthday Darlene and as Billy Crystal used to say, "You look marvelous"! It was nice talking to you last night.

Bishop-so happy to have you & P. Deb back ITB! LOved P. Debye's exhortation on giving and loved yours on the outrageous blessings coming!
When dealing with the Middle East and all its incendiaries, all you can do is walk in the spirit. In the flesh if you try to "figure it out", it is an unsolveable puzzle.
I used to work at a Lebanese restaurant and even the family members would threaten to kill each other over a CARD GAME!! Realized that culturally there was a lot of explosiveness under the skin. But, on the other hand, they treated me like family and cried when I left.
Was so hungry for the Lord yesterday that my soul was truly crying out, panting for Him, wanting Him, needing Him. You know how that cold glass of water is just devoured after hot work in the sun! God! God! God! MY SOUL THIRSTS FOR YOU!!!...that feeling.
I found Him waiting at the Altar, I capitalize Altar because this is not a physical place it is a spiritual place, ANY place where we meet Him. At one point He showed me the parting of the Red Sea and said "Is anything too difficult for me?" No, Lord, it is not.

Donald- I know what you mean about your kids! You just love them so much and enjoy their company so much that when the time comes to part it is such "sweet sorrow"! I too determined early on to spend as much time with my daughter as possible, playing on her level throughout the years, from reading to coloring books, to playing in the dirt, Barbies, "tag"("come get me" we called it!) and now on to boys, proms & colleges. It has all been a fulfilling joy!

Kettly- miss you & looking forward to your return! Love you!

Dennis- loved your analogy of the apple tree and how it doesn't have to "try" to produce apples, they just come from its nature! So true!

Blessings to all & joy!

Larry

Pamela T. said...

I do not have a computer on weekends, so this is my first time to check in. Bishop, the service was so sweet and Spirit filled, it spoke to my soul. I am blessed and honored to be a part of something so big. I so proud to be under Bishop’s and Pastor Debbye’s spiritual teaching via the Holy Spirit.
I praised Debbye for speaking what some might think as a uncomfortable message, and I even mentioned that to friends that I felt that is important to be said, and was glad that she said what she said. I believe and felt that it was also spoken in Love for this ministry and the members of our church. In the past when there have been hints of any financial issues I want to cry at the thought of not having the best place in the world to come and worship and be totally accepted for who I am, as I am. Sometimes we must be nudged or reminded of what we should or are capable of doing by others in authority or influence.
Communion service was so anointed and how blessed we are to be able to celebrate who we are in Christ with no worries of persecution or destruction as in other places in the world.
Bishop and Pastor Debbye thank you for being out of the box, and walking in the Spirit reaching out and going places where God not Man has asked you to go. I love you guys, Pamela

Pamela T. said...

Happy Birthday Mrs. Swilley. You are a inspiration for everyone. You are Salt and Light, and thank you for all your words of encouragement you give us. Love, Pamela

Laura said...

First Off
Happy Birthday Pastor Darlene Swilley.

Bishop sounds like you had a great week. Glad to see the real you in the real CITN (LOL). Sounds like you had a life changing experience.

Pastor Debye Cool Hair-do.
Just glad to see you both made it back.

peacemaker said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my adopted Mom!!(even though my Brother may not claim me, I know you do.)
Seriously, I hope you are honored to the max...you deserve that and more. You are a beautiful lady, inside and out and proof the aging process can be reversed. I am humbled and honored you even know my name.

Many, many more!!!

Peacemaker

Teezy313 said...

Happy Birthday Momma Swilley!!!!
Are you sure that you're 70..you don't look a day older than 35!!!!

Bish...
Services yesterday were absolutely amazing!! I left church constantly saying "How wonderful is this place..How wonderful is this place..." I am greatful to have a pastor that is so in tune with the Holy Ghost and is so willing to let him move as he well pleases.

Going to Detroit wednesday...prolly be back Sunday night.....I'll try to blog and stream in as much as possible but no promises....

Until I get back...blessings, favor, peace, healing,love, and prosperity to all...whatever your situation is I plead the blood of Jesus over it and that you recognize that no matter what the outcome is...it's ALL God!!!

TEEZY

Anonymous said...

HELLO EVERY ONE, I HAD TO COME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY EVEN THOUGH I WAS UP FOR 12HRS ON SAT NIGHT TO SUNDAY AM ON MY JOB. SOMETHING KEPT SAYING YOU HAVE TO GO BECAUSE BISHOP IS COMING BACK FROM ISRAEL WITH NEW REVELATION AND ANOINTING. I DO NOT LIKE MISSING SUCH MOMENT BECAUSE ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. ABOVE ALL WHILE BISHOP WAS AWAY, I HAD A DREAM ON THE 4TH DAY OF HIS TRIP WHICH WAS INTERESTING AND I NEEDED TO BE IN THE CHURCH ON SUNDAY TO SEE IF THERE IS A CONNECTION TO MY DREAM, SO I CAME SLEEPY AND TIRED BUT THE HOLY GHOST WORE ME UP. WHAT EVER BISHOP EXPERIENCED IN ISRAEL WAS COMING OUT OF HIS MOUTH AND I SAW SOMETHING IN HIM THAT CANNOT BE EXPLAINED ONLY TO SAY TO GOD BE THE GLORY. CITN IS GOING HIGHER AND WE ARE STEPPING OUTSIDE THE BOX. THE HOLY SPIRIT LED US TO OFFER INTERCESSION TO GOD IN VARIOUS NATIVE TONGUES REMINDING ME OF REV 5;9 "YOU ARE WORTHY TO TAKE THE SCROLL AND BREAK ITS SEALS AND OPEN IT. FOR YOU WERE SLAUGHTERED, AND YOUR BLOOD HAS RANSOMED PEOPLE FOR GOD FROM EVERY TRIBE AND LANGUAGE AND PEOPLE AND NATION.' IN THIS VERSE LIES THE HEART OF GOD FOR US SO BISHOP RIDE ON AND GO WHERE THE SPIRIT LEADS YOU FOR WE MUST NOT CALL WHAT GOD HAS CREATED UNCLEAN. THAT IS WHY I LOVE PRAYER For THE NATIONS. EVERY PRAYER SAID ON SUNDAY WAS POWERFUL AND FOR US TO BE A TRUE HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL NATION, WE NEED MORE OF LAST SUNDAY THERE IS NO NEED TO FEAR AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO RESIST GOD. AS GOD IS OPENING THE DOOR OF MINISTRY FOR BISHOP IN OTHER NATIONS SO HE IS TO CITN AS A CHURCH. MAY THE LORD CONTINUE TO OPEN OUR EYES AND MAY HE CONTINUE TO EMPOWER BISHOP AND PASTOR DEBYE WITH BOLDNESS.
LOVE MERCY.

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BISHOP MOTHER, DARLENE SWILLEY. SURELY THE LORD HAS BEEN GOD TO YOU. FROM MY EXPERIENCE AS A REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSE{RN} YOUR LOOKS AT 70 IS GODS MAKING. I SEE MY 70YRS PATIENTS WITH ALL KINDS OF HEALTH ISSUES AND UNABLE TO WALK BUT GOD HAS BEEN RENEWING YOUR YOUTH AS AN EAGLE. I LOVE YOUR WONDERFUL HAIR CUT. I AM A JUNE 14TH BABY AND WILL BE CELEBRATING MY 47TH YRS. JUNE WOMEN ARE STRONG IN THE LORD AND GOD HAS GIVEN US WONDERFUL MINISTRY GIFT. I BLESS YOUR HUSBAND WHO HAS THROUGH GOD, HELPED YOU TO LOOK THE WAY YOU ARE. MANY MORE HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS YEARS, AMEN. LOVE MERCY

clark kent said...

To Momma Swilley;

In the words of a Rod Stewart song I'd like to say;
"You Wear It Well"- Happy Birthday!

Love,
Clark Kent