Friday, August 15, 2008

Hey bloggers,

While I’m taking some time off, I’ve decided to let you continue the conversation without me. I’ve changed the blog settings so that your comments don’t have to be moderated, they’ll just go straight through to the site. I know it’s a little risky to make something with my name on it so vulnerable to cyberspace, but I’m just going to trust that you will respect my site in my absence in the same way that you would respect my house if I weren’t home. Anyway, the just shall live by faith.

When I check in I will still reserve the right to remove a comment if I deem it inappropriate. But now you insomniacs can talk all night long…

I’ll be back when I’m back…

I love you all very, very much!

Bish

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hooray!

Anonymous said...

"A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?"

- Kahlil Gibran

Anonymous said...

Praying and believing that you receive the answers and direction that you need Bishop! We all have to do that from time to time. Been doing some of that recently myself...esp my 20/20 vision!

Everyone...may The Lord Bless & keep you and make His face to shine upon you! Sweet sleep!

Love you all! CJ

Friend4Life said...

~Words of encouragement~

As I was at intercession today praying..I brought my choir book and was praying for our choir, Leaders, Worship, etc. I have verses on it that mean alot to me. This one told me to tell ya, Bishop.

~But they that wait upon the LORD SHALL RENEW their STRENGTH, they SHALL MOUNT up with WINGS as EAGLES, they SHALL RUN and not be weary, they SHALL WALK and not faint.~(Isaiah 40:31)

Lifting ya up in prayer,
L.W.((cyber-hug))Love ya & Bloggers.

Iconoclast said...

Bishop...man you gotta be worn out with all you been doing lately.....I dont blame you.....go get some rest and revival time...or should I say go collapse somewhere.

In the meantime, I am so glad you opened the blog back up.

you have made my fingers very happy.

HAPPY FINGERS!!!
YIPEE !!!

ICLS

Anonymous said...

Can't
wait
'til
Sunday!!!

Iconoclast said...

Night Bish....night Pastor Debye....night Soz...night anons....night CJ....night Kahlil Gibran...night Donald.....night F4L.....night avatar.....night mystic.....night elle.....night erik...night clark Kent....night NTL....night el ojo y la luz......night Izumi/JOY ....night Crownjewel.....night laura....night cliff..... night Larry....night Icono...hey thats me!

Goodnight all,

ICONOBLAST!

Mystic said...

Night kids...have a wonderful night's sleep and Bishop...have a restful, relaxing time of refreshing.

To all the Blog Fam...keep on keepin on! Back soon.

Blessings blog fam!

Anonymous said...

I just feel better knowing other people are up this late!


- PMT

Anonymous said...

HEY BLOGGERS,
MAY THE PEACE OF GOD REST, RULE AND ABIDE WITH YOU ALWAYS!!!!!!
J-FLO

Anonymous said...

HEY BLOGGERS,
MAY THE PEACE OF GOD REST, RULE AND ABIDE WITH YOU ALWAYS!!!!!!
J-FLO

Son of Zadok said...

Come away with me, my beloved...

G8TRGRL said...

... hello Blog family! Good morning!! Rise and shine!!

"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor... would you be mine, could you be mine?"... (a little Mr. Rogers for ya)!

... all I can say is AYITN, AYITN!! LIVE IT!

ttfn

peacemaker said...

Food for thought...

Today, It is important that we remind ourselves…
…that goodness , at the very deepest level of being, is who and what we are.
Because of cultural, societal, and religious influences, we sometimes struggle with that fact.
We have been taught to believe humanity is inherently bad, born in a “fallen” state, and separated from our Creator because of it.
Somewhere along the way, someone told us “we were naked"…and we believed it.
In the story of Adam and Eve, when God asked them, “who told you,you were naked?“, my imagination hears Him following that question with the statement: …”because I never did”.
Our inherent good-ness is because of our inherent God-ness. This infinite goodness is not definable by human intellect. It has no opposite. It is not opposed by infinite “badness”.
Believing this is the true nature of our soul, we instinctively see it as the true nature of everyone’s soul as well.

Love God, Love your neighbor, Love yourself today, because it really is… “all GOoD”.

PM

Anonymous said...

Be it that we all are prepared for whatever the direction taht the Lord bestows on the Bish.

Be it that if we have to make any adjustments, that we take what we need and leave the rest.

NTL

Anonymous said...

taht = that NTL

Anonymous said...

taht = that NTL

"elle" said...

Morning, you guys!

I told you that I'd let ya know about my dad. Got a good report... no change for the worse... cancer still dormant... blood count good. Just the news I wanted to receive on my 46th birthday!

Yep, 8-15 (46 years ago) was the day God blessed this earth with my presence. YOU LUCKY PEOPLE!
Please, no one talk to me about pride going before a fall...
;O I'VE FALLEN & I CAN'T GET UP!
46 feet under, through, over and above! But, I think I like the view from here...

Bish, ditto to what Icon said. I don't know how you do it! You're in my prayers!

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone.
Luv ya!

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL day everyone....even though I'm still peeking thru sleepy eyes!

HAPPY Belated Birthday Elle!Yes, we are blessed that you were born! Thanks for leting us know about your dad! Will keep him in prayer.

Ditto too Bish with Iconoclast and Elle. You've been really busy and need a break that is well deserved!

....thought yall might enjoy and get a chuckle too.

~Be BLESSED today and everyday! Crown Jewel

LOVE Is the most excellent way!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Best Gift

Alan Riley

If you travel in the mountains of North Georgia, you might pass by a church with the unusual name of Dewberry Baptist Church #2. If you drive on a little while longer, you will come upon another church called Dewberry Baptist Church. When I first encountered these two churches years ago, I asked a friend of mine who was the resident Baptist historian for North Georgia about it. His face lit up. "Oh, that's a great story. That church split over a chicken leg."

Well, now I was hooked. I had to hear the rest of the story. It is, as they say, a doozy! It seems that in the mid-1800s a controversy arose in the congregation of Dewberry Baptist Church about the doctrine of predestination. About half of the congregation had strong feelings about pro-predestination and the other half had very strong anti-predestination beliefs. At the height of the controversy, the two chief proponents - or antagonists might be a better description - of the two points of view were sitting across from each other at a covered dish dinner. At some point in the meal the non-predestination ringleader turned to the predestination ringleader and said, "You mean to tell me that before the beginning of time I it was predetermined that I was to eat this drumstick?" "Yes, brother, you were" replied the other.

The non-predestination leader then said, "HA!", threw the chicken leg across the room and walked out. About half of the church walked out with him. They started a new church, but did not want to give up the church name to "those people," so they named their new church Dewberry Baptist Church #2.

Today, many years later, the controversy is long forgotten, and the two churches get along wonderfully.


Have you ever noticed how easy it is for us to allow ourselves to get sidetracked by things that aren't even a blip on the radar in the grand scheme of eternal consequences? We all can tell horror stories that we have either experienced personally or have heard from someone who was there about churches splitting apart over the color of carpet, the shape of the chandeliers, the style of music, the pastor's salary, building programs, or any number of things that in the context of eternity are utterly meaningless.


This is exactly what motivated the Apostle Paul to write one of the most, if not the most beautiful passages in the entire Bible: I Corinthians 13. We know these four paragraphs of Paul's letter as "the love chapter," but many people don't realize the context in which it is placed. The gist of I Corinthians 13 is that if we as followers of Jesus Christ do not have love as our overarching goal, aim and passion, then we are worthless to the world and to the Kingdom.

The Corinthian Church had many problems, and one of them was that people were using the gifts of the Spirit, and tongues in particular as some sort of spiritual merit badge. Those who exercised the gift of tongues felt they were more spiritual than others, which apparently caused other people to seek earnestly after that gift so they, too would be considered spiritual. In chapter 12, Paul states clearly that God gives a variety of spiritual gifts to people so the church can function well. Just as the eye can't say to the hand, "I don't need you" we cannot say that one gift is more important, or spiritual than another.

At the end of chapter 12, Paul says, "I will show you a more excellent way." His next paragraph (what we know as Chapter 13) begins with, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal..."

Here is what Paul is saying to you and me in those four brief paragraphs: All of the things that we would use to boast of our spirituality or advance the Kingdom are meaningless and worthless unless love rules our lives and our actions!


Want to be a spiritual giant? Let God's love consume you and guide everything that you do. See the world - and the church - through the eyes of Jesus and with the heart of God the Father. Love others as you are loved.

That is the most excellent way.

tracy said...

OK so Bailey is in a new school and had a bit of an adjustment to make in her behavior so the first week she spends 4 out of 5 days in the "thinking chair". This week she stayed out of the chair all week.....until yesterday. So I go to pick her up and her parapro comes out with the rest of the kids and no Bailey. She proceeds to tell me that Bailey is again in the "thinking chair". Apparently she has a new student in her class and everytime the teacher called his name Bailey bounded out of her seat and yelled something. So I go what is his name and she says "Marco" so you get where I am going with this, everytime they called his name Bailey had to get in her "Polo".......I think she thought it was worth it- when I was attempting to hide my smile she couldn't hide hers either.

Iconoclast said...

That was a great story Crown Jewel....and some good food for thought Peacemaker....happy birthday Elle!!!.....Good word F4L......in the chambers of secrets SOZ....mighty neighborly of ya g8trgrl...Amen NTL..

Here is a little more food for thought concerning the perfection of our God. He is an absolute genius in the way that He makes everything work out.....I get a feeling He is responsible for the creations of this "digital" ager we live in....thing about it; as Ricky Ricardo would say....

Beauty of Mathematics !!!!!!!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 88888 88
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn't it?

And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

Now, take a look at this...

101%

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals 100%?
What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to
GIVE OVER 100%.

How about ACHIEVING 101%?

What equals 100% in life?

Here's a little ma thematical formula that might help
answer these questions:

If:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


If:
H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K
8+1+18+4+23+ 15+18+11 = 98%


And:

K-N-O-W-L-E- D-G-E
11+14+15+23+ 12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%


But:

A-T-T-I-T-U- D-E
1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%



THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:

L-O-V-E-O-F- G-O-D
12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:

While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will
get you there, It's the Love of God that will put you over the top!

Have a nice day & God bless !!

Iconoclast
Iconoblast
Denoclast
Iconorev
Pastoclast
Caldoclast

I know thats enough :)

Sweepea said...

Thank you Bishop for allowing the conversation to continue. We are praying for you and your/our family at CITN. Who knows what God has in store, but whatever it is IT WILL BE GOOD!

Bloggers, pray for this house and our Bishop!

Peace, rest and blessings

"elle" said...

Icon, that was GOOD!!!
STILL hate math, but that was very good!

Anonymous said...

Hey Bish,

Love all the new pics I keep seeing all over the blog.

Son of Zadok said...

Lord today we just take time to thank you. Your so wonderful. Your so much more than we could imagine. You've overwhelmed us with your grace and mercy. Who is your equal in all the universe? Who has loved as you love? In the midst of our trials and our failures, we choose to worship you. Your such a friend to us. Your a Father, a mother, a sister, a brother. Your anything and everything we need and then your things we knew not of. Draw us closer to you. Let us love as you have loved. We want to serve you and be a conduit of your love to all those you bring into our garden Lord. Let us be a blessing upon your heart. We sing together of your great works in our lives. We love you. We know we are nothing without you and thank you for that. We wouldn't want it any other way. Lead us by your hand and guide our thoughts and ways. We turn it all over to you. Give us a repentant heart and so fill us that even our presence is a light to those in darkness. We are so excited about you Father. We are fully persuaded that your will is being done. We fear not, we worry not. All that we have is in your hands and right now we honor you with our hearts. On our lips will continuously be words and songs of praise. We love you....We love you...Our savior and friend. We wait on you and lay it all at your feet. Praises and blessings and glory and honor to our King.

-Amen

Anonymous said...

g8trgrl - I woke up this morning thinking the same thing
Peacemaker - I was thinking very similar thoughts earlier

Clearly, we are all connected in the magnificent Body of Christ.

A few days ago, there was a lot of talk about "The Shack". I have not read it, but was doing some web surfing about the author and happened across the author's videos about his life story and his teachings done in early July at a church.

http://www.marinerschurch.org/
theshack/av/index.html#

It's easy to see by watching these videos that I am sure the book is life-changing and phenomenal as it frees souls from the bondage of religion. I can also see many parallels to Bishop in this man that God is using as a vessel to speak the truth.

Namaste - Paul Young and Bishop and everyone else who is connected by and connected to speaking the truth received through your own personal revelation.

Be healed in your soul - experience the fullness of the peace of God that FREES your soul!

Teezy313 said...

Hey guys,

Just checkin in...moved on campus yesterday afternoon...still have yet to meet my new roomate..internet's been down in the dorms so i had to go to the lab to see what was going on...txtd Judah today about his classes and we chatted for a minute about our schedules for thuis semester...other than that not much has been happening on campus.....I start my classes Monday and I am super excited about it!!!

Blessings to all,
Teezy

Son of Zadok said...

Anon at 4:01

Go get "The Shack"

and prepare to Be Blessed!

I'm watching this book change many lives around me in several groups of friends of my mother. It's so funny and mysterious what God is doing with this book. A great move of God is upon us unlike anything we have ever imagined.

Bless you Papa!!!

tracy said...

AGREE w/ SOZ!

Anonymous said...

Tracey, that gave me a smile too. I can not count the times that finding the humor in a name or word got me into a heap of trouble at school (pre seventies).

Peacemaker, you have spoken my heart. Humanity is not nor has ever been in a fallen state and never will be. When we were created, God followed it with an explicative statement that it is good.

I will not believe that there has ever been a change of mind for God and if there has been I prefer to spend an eternity turning on a spit over Dante's flames. For those of you who think that the mind of God was changed, if it was then please just drizzle a little butter on me during my eternal rotiserie, perhaps that will make me a little tastier for those who will be gnashing on me. But wait , if I am burning for ever, when will anyone have time to gnash on me? Oh well, maybe it is time to go back to the drawing board on eternal hell and torment and so forth.

The errors made by those who think otherwise is obvious, God is good and is good for all of eternity.

JB

linda said...

Good afternoon bloggers
Bishop, I pray that your rest and your sleep is SWEET!!

Icon, that math is too coool. I was never good in math so now I am totally impressed.

Tracey, loved your story, if I was in Bailey's shoes I would tell you that my time in the thinking chair was so worth it (smile), oh to be that carefree that I could just jump up at every Marco to yell POLO
See you all ITB
Love
Linda :0)

Anonymous said...

DOCTOR TEEZY 313,
Your past is not pushing you, it is your future pulling you. Don't you ever look back. You just keep on, keep on, keep on moving forward. We all are proud for you as you follow your dream.

NTL

tracy said...

10:42 am anon-just had a chance to read your post and wow. North GA/chicken leg wow-that brought back a story my mom told me about my grandma from North GA. Her name was Vercie and her cousin was Emma Lou(TRULY their names) they were at the Picadilly and apparently grandma asked the lady behind the counter for a chicken wang to which Emma Lou replied Vercie nobody says wang it makes you sound uneducated. So the lady asks Emma Lou what she will have and says I'll have the lag.

Iconoclast said...

Hey everyone.....hold up now....I aint "that" good at math.....the old copy and past magic....

Iconoclast

Laura said...

Bishop your in our prayers.
Thanks for letting us still talk on the blog.

Hey Blogger Buddies
I'm still without car but it's all good.
We all need to keep up the prayer.
Don't relax keep praying. Even though things may be looking greater there is bigger and brighter things to come. Hold Bishop up during this time of connection with the Father. Be his arms and pray him through.
This morning the Father woke me with this word. You've been reaching and praying it's here for you but why do you not take what is promised to you. Look inside the prayer the answer is there for you. Believe when you pray and the miracle will come through.
I'm saying it to you Believe When You Pray And The Miracle You Seek Will Come Through>

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Elle,

I'm happy to hear the good report about your Dad.

Chicken lags are my favorite part of the chicken. I never would have throwed one away even if I had an argument with a dispensationalist.

Icono, gotta say that wuz a revelation about what God can go with obedience + 101%.

I love all of you and will not not be up at 0100 so good night in advance.

Bishop, you are refreshed from the spiritual realm in the heavenlies. What ever you say and do is blessed.

JB

Anonymous said...

Elle,

A Hap Hap Happy Birthday!!! In your eyes and mind spring greater life each and every year.

Laura,

Reading your post right now really is in agreement with some things God is showing me today. If we only knew how close he was. What grace and love is so beside us. How real this Man, how real this God; who so knows and can relate to our life. Who so understands our pains and doubts, our loves and hopes. He is not far from us. He is not some distant god who demands our affections from us. He simply loves without end, until our offering, our very life even, comes up from the heart. The best that the world has touched your life with, those called and those yet to be; He is beside us all, even in us. We awaken to this presence...
Her love surrounds us. We are not called to a religion; we are called into his presence. He is our most cherished company. We don't have to win his love, approval, and forgiveness. Just increase our capacity to accept it.

Softly we sit with you sweet Savior.
Daily we open up our life.
Pour us out into you Spirit.
Hold us close, not letting go.
And if we must pass through by faith;
How much greater there you are.
Rock of ages. Father, Mother, Savior
Unto you, ourselves we free.

Jimmie said...

Bishop,
First of all, I love you more than I can ever say in natural words or deeds and I'm truly praying for you! In the 20 years that I've been with you, the one thing I've always been able to count on is the fact that you absolutely do hear from God. When it comes to things of the Spirit, you bat 1000! I'm glad that you have taught us how to hear from God for ourselves, but for CITN, you are still the voice of God and we need to hear from Him and from you! I believe tomorrow will be an incredibly anointed service and I believe the Holy Spirit will lead you and guide you and the voice of God will be heard, recognized, and acted upon!!

I'm anxious to see what's going to happen next! Let's move forward! We're with you!

With all love, humility, and love,
Your servant, partner, spiritual son and friend,

Pastor Jimmie

Anonymous said...

Jim Earl Swilley. You don't have to be anything more than who you are to us. Who you are is good enough.

"elle" said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes, y'uns! You're special to me. Going over to celebrate with my 'rents' and sissies tomorrow afternoon.

JB, you've been a real blessing to me throughout the whole 'daddy health drama.' I can't even remember if all this started in '05 or '06. But God certainly has answered prayer, and I know you share in my joy. Big mmwahhh for that!

Tracy, Bailey sounds like such a kick ;) The greatest thing about special needs kids is there is absolutely NO pretense. Completely innocent and real...
BTW, my maternal grandmother's name was VADIE. Where did they come up with those??? (in reference to the chicken lag women)

Joe just got home from his races, so I'll chat with you beauties later...

Son of Zadok said...

Anon @ 4:01

I'm viewing one of the talks from Paul Yong that you linked us to earlier.

My soul drinks...

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1: 6-9 (NAS)

Anonymous said...

Less is more.

NTL

Avatar said...

Michael Phelps just won 8 gold medals at the Olympics that began on 8-8-08, 7 world records, and breaking a record that stood for 36 years. New beginning's are in the atmosphere!

Erik said...

Also, Usein Bolt of Jamaica won the 100 meter sprint, settign a world record, and slowing up 3/4 the way , and was still way ahead of the pack. Oh yeah, he just started the distance a year ago. Over each replay, I just though, God, Your creation is so superb. It shows that anything 'outstanding' in the natural, can easily be done , as Mr. Bolt displayed.

God is on it. 20 world records in swimming as well. Go God !!!! the beauty in God's creation, and the pinnacle, Humans. AT our best, we are stunning.

Iconoclast said...

What a wonderful day this has been! Good is Good all the time. I have to say all that I have needed and wanted was given. In turn I had opprotunity to give to the needs of others. I have enjoyed many good things today. I have loved and been loved. I have shared a smile with others and others have shared there happiness with me. I have held the sorrow and suffering of some up to the throne of heaven; from where all grace flows; with the satisfying confedence and assurance of the faith of Christ in the power and love of the Father. I have looked at, and experienced all these things with this same assurance that Christ Spoke on earth, God is good and He is good to all.

yes this has been a good day!

Looking forward to tomorrow! CITN YEAY!

Goodnight all,
Icono

Iconoclast said...

I MEANT "GOD IS GOOD"

Avatar said...

Yes we are,Erik! And most interesting Iclast that I previewed this at the exact minute you posted.

Through a series of unusual events I ended up listening to an interview today with Clay Shirkey, author of "Hear Comes Everybody", subtitled The Power of Organizing Without Organizing.

Though not an exact quote, he got my attention with this: great change comes when one mind by one, people decide to change. And he pointed out that one of the most powerful change agents of the 20th century was not putting a man on the moon [requiring government or big business action] but the birth control pill, requiring action by one person at a time that became revolutionary.

another topic:
--Wikipedia, the largest encyclopedia in the world, is created by unmanaged participants. And the surprise has been that people have chosen to share their knowledge instead of keeping it to themselves. The general belief is that people will always look out for themselves. But wiki has shown that there is something deeper. A desire to give and a recognition that we are all enlarged when that is done.

Avatar said...

Bishop, the prayers of the righteousness conscious bloggers and blurkers MUST have availed an avalanche of burning bushes for you to see. It's a challenge to contain the anticipation of hearing the report from your mountain time with the Holy Spirit!!

Teezy313 said...

Bish,
Praying for you to hear from God and soon! Hope the annointing tomorrow is extra special as His Glory fills the House!

NTL,
Thanx! Blessings upon you!

Professor Iconoclast,
I love Algebra 1101 but Kingdom Math 1102 is AWESOME!!!

Blog fam,
Who's up? The wireless on campus is working so I broke out the laptop and I don't plan on stopping till about three hehe!

Teezy

Anonymous said...

1 mind & 1 accord...would love 2 talk (Teezy) but got 2 go 2 bed...c u n a few!

Anonymous said...

SOME MATERIAL MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE.......FOR YOU

Watching these 4 videos take about 12 minutes.

I pray not, that thou take them away from the world, but that thou keep them from evil.

- John 17:15 (WYC)

Skip the first video. It contains some sacrilegious and impious unholy language.

youtube.com/watch?v=8tZlR8xLFb0

youtube.com/watch?v=tblhqgHfVrI

youtube.com/watch?v=SlwzEm6Wb3Q

youtube.com/watch?v=x8d9t5Z0cf8

Anonymous said...

Bishop Swilley,

For today is the day that it all makes sense. Today you will soar and be open. Today the mountain will move. Your mind will be so clear that it will frighten you. You will be filled with so much joy and laughter that tears will stream down your face.Laughing-crying. Today is the day that the tide turns and the money comes and it all comes clear. Every thing in your life has led you to this very day. This day you understand like you have never understood before. For the JOY of the lord is your strength. Not the joy the lord has but the joy OF the lord, the joy IN the lord, the lord IS joy and that is your strength. That, you will always have. Strength comes to you this day. Shout it all out and be full.Glorious,Wonderful, feeling of connection. You have it and it is now.

Laura said...

Bishop
Amen
Believing & Receiving

Anonymous said...

God is good and has established that all creation is good, therefore the Word has made the strongest statement possible that all is good.

Humanity, because of a lack of listening and learning with ears that hear, has asserted that there is something bad about what has been created.

With God all things are possible and as Iconoblast pointed out with the LOVE OF GOD we are performing at 101%.

Looking to listen and learn with hearing ears this morning as God reveals more Love through our anointed and refreshed teacher, Bishop Jim.

No matter what is spoken, it is good because it is given by God.

JB

Anonymous said...

That to which has never been done.

NTL

Water Walker said...

Bishop, I was concerned and began to pray on Friday when it looked like the blog was temporarily shut down. I know how much you love this blog and your bloggers as well as your congregation. I ask for your forgiveness in not praying as often as I can although I do intercede for you a lot and this ministry.

Although the Lord has lead me into different ministries which he is perfecting through me, you are my spiritual father, you are my pastor and you are my Bishop. The spirit that God has given you is AMAAAAAZING! I have friends in other states who I send your AYITN to and sometimes your daily entries from your blog and they are so blown away. God has given you the nations and I personally am very proud to belong to this the most awesome church in the universe.

Yes the Lord has given us the nations for our inheritance and we can dream Bishop, because of the visionary you and Pr. Debye are. You have washed me in the word for years no I hear your voice in my head when I need to instantly get a word ~ your voice delivers it.

You are a voice crying in the wilderness and because of this ministry, you have no idea of the courage and strength I have with a "I can" attitude.

It is God himself who will shake everything that shall be shaken. But I know in my knower that the CITN will stand. It is built on solid ground and though the winds may blow, we will not brake.

You have to worship him, you need to worship him, because you know what we can't obtain in the natural we can worship it into our lives.

I speak peace to you Bishop, wholeness to every part of your body, your spirit, your body and your soul, that no weapon formed against you (or CITN) shall prosper, that you are the head only and never the tail, that God encompasses the righteous with favor as with a shield, that as you continue to bind truth and mercy around your neck you will have favor with God and man, that He who began a good work in you is well able to perform it until the day of the Lord, that you are loved, your are blessed, you are whole, you have the ability to get wealth, that God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants. It is in Him that you move and breath and have your being, it is not by might nor by power but by His spirit that CITN goes to the other side to see the salvation of the Lord.

And for all of you bloggers who love this ministry, ask God for a witty invention, a God idea, a fund raiser, write a grant, ask for a stakeholder in the community to bless this mimistry financially and be a doer of the word and not a hearer only. Faith without works are dead being alone.

Eternal love,
Water Walker

Izumi/JOY said...

Bish,

Wednesday night, you said that whenever you've renovated your home, you've searched for possible treasures hidden in its foundation.

Wouldn't it be cool if God said the answer was you.

peacemaker said...

JB...
I can feel the passion and conviction in your writing. Obviously, this revelation is very close to your heart right now. I, too, intuit the non-separation between man and his creator. From the first life on this planet some 600+million years ago, to the emergence of man over a million years ago, until now, the Whole has been manifest in Its parts. What a magnificent, energetic Creator who added just the right amount of elements to the Universe, gave them the ability to intelligently bond to create galaxies bursting at the seams with stars, planets, and eventually...us. I know this is a very rudimentary description of such a profound, multidimensional process, but you get the idea.
The Divine Principle, this great mystery we call God, has been not only present, but interwoven in all of creation from the beginning(if there really was a beginning). Created in His image and likeness, we are blessed with a beautiful thing called consciousness which allows us the awareness of our experiences and interactions with the Creative process itself and our place in the evolutionary chain to this point and many stages to come.
God is not static. He/She/It is pure energy and love; manifested out to the physical from the kingdom within, ever creating the worlds we experience through our consciousness. How could this be anything but GOOD? How could the Whole and It’s parts have ever been aliens to one another? According to Paul, it only happened because someone convinced us that was the case. Like I said before, someone told us we were “naked” and we believed it. However, I sense a collective mental renewing happening as never before. People from all walks of life, transcending all belief systems, are awakening to their true God nature within. The knowledge of God is truly covering the earth as the waters cover the deep. This knowledge is pure and it is good; undiluted by and particular doctrine man has created.
I believe God created man in Its image and likeness. The problem is, we’ve been trying to return the favor ever since.

Peace,
PM

karl cobos said...

Hey everyone.

Bishop, if you're listening, I've been-a-prayin! You will hear what you need to hear and see what you need to see.

Enter in to the glory of your Lord this morning and rest!

Guys...really need a prayer of agreement for my wife Natasha. She has a very high profile meetings Tomorrow and Tuesday in Atlanta, but she is not feeling well...pray the Lord give her strength in body/mind and peace...and of course wonderful favor.
These meetings include;
Shirley Franklin-mayor of Atlanta, US secretary of Commerce, megaTv, TV Azteca, President of Guatemala, President of El Salvador, President of Columbia, President of Andean Development, VP of Continental Airlines, Publisher of National Geographic and a few others. She will be interpreting in Spanish.
Thank you all.

See you guys in worship...or God bless all of you streamers, may the glory of the Lord fill your place!

Love,
Karl Cobos

karl cobos said...

Bishop,
God has given you a SOUND MIND.

May you receive renewal and restoration to mind and soul...neither be confounded or depressed, for you will not be put to shame. Today may you be far from oppression or any dark thing that tries to come against your mind.

Walk in the light of the glory of the Lord and it will shine into every remote corner of your mind and bring revelation, clarity and understanding concerning your circumstances. ARISE...and shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you!

--taken from AYITN today.

Love ya!

Izumi/JOY said...

When my kids lived at home it was routine for me to stand at the front door, blessing them as they sprinted to the bus stop.

One morning was particularly harried.

It was picture day, curling iron wouldn't cooperate, outfits didn't match, wrong brand of cereal; there were several tests scheduled. The list was long.

My youngest brushed past me on her way out. With the teaspoon of grace I had left, I said, "Great is your peace - undisturbed is your countenance!"

No response.

The bus doors opened & she turned. Smiling, she waved & yelled, "COMPOSURE, Mom!"

If I'd never heard you say these words, Bish, I may have never seeded them into the future.

Sanctuary much!

Anonymous said...

PM,

You read me very well and that is miraculous because like all persons who blog I try to keep it brief and in doing so find that what has been said from my paradigm is easily interpreted a different way by those who can not read minds.

There are probably more than a couple of my views that need clarification but for sake of time and space I will address two here for now.

First, the thought you interjected when you said (if there really was a beginning) is central to what it means to me when I repeat themes such as what we have known from before the beginning. There is very strong evidence that suggests what exists now, always has but in different forms and concentrations. The same elements of which we are comprised have been in existence since there has been anything such as elements. Actually these same elements pass into and out of our bodies indefinitely as long as there is a body. There is a guiding consciousness that accumulates as increased intelligence within the confines of our stored intelligence but is not confined by that storehouse. It strongly appears to be separate from the elements themselves and most likely abides eternally without beginning or end along with the Divine Principle. That part of who we are is what I believe has been expressed by others as the spirit of a person. That spirit has much information that is not easily remembered or perceived if you will by the intellectual mind. We can gain much insight and Godly wisdom by heeding that spirit when it is insistent in our decision making activity. I am not sure if that spirit is the same as the Holy Spirit or simply coexistent with it.

Second, the term static may not be a good choice of words for many who see it as motionless but for me it represents stored potential as pure energy that has not been utilized. In the fire service we referred to static pressure as being potential water under pressure waiting to be called on. Electricians see static pressure expressed as voltage potential that has not yet been converted to amperage and made subject to resistance. If not tempered by other understandings of that term, one who only sees static from the mindset of an electrician or fire hydraulics engineer could perceive that if you said God is not static then you are also saying that God has no power left to be called upon.

As Bishop mentioned this morning it is easy to misunderstand what is going on without good communication both from the sender and receiver. It is equally important to understand that if either the sender or receiver has a hidden agenda to hurt the other in someway that communication can be manipulated for that purpose. That is why today’s word from God through Bishop was so important to the CITN congregation and also what was conveyed to Bishop through each of the people who spoke as investors today as being a word from God to Bishop from the congregation. Today was a much more blessed communication that Bishop realized at the time but he will soon get a marvelous blessing from both the sending and receiving today.

PM, you are dear to my heart and our convictions concerning the powerful love of God are the same now, always have been and always will be.

JB