First of all, in this hurricane season, I want to speak to your personal storm today...whatever it may be...in Jesus' name. So I release a gift of faith in your behalf, and I say to you PEACE! BE STILL! Put your hand on your monitor screen and connect with me in the spirit realm and in cyberspace...together we are all stronger...we are united...we are one...receive peace now!
Secondly, I want to say thanks for the good comments posted here and on the CITN blog since Sunday (BTW, Jack and Lisa's E.A.C.H. area is up now, so you can send them a good word).
Anyway, I feel your agreement and strength of covenant, and I need for you to keep it coming. Debye's going to have a great and important meeting with the leaders on Saturday, and I'm really looking forward to Sunday...can't wait to see what is going to happen (only one person was signed up to be water baptized Sunday night, so we postponed the baptismal until the October sacrament service), but it's going to be another holy day all day.
Also, this is on a different theme, but I came across a poem that I posted a while back on the CITN site (One On One), and I wanted to share it with you again...just because...
By Joan Wilson
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be a “learner”.
Most of my Christian experience has been learning about Him, trying to copy Him as much as possible, knowing I could never really do that, but making an effort any way.
It has been an uphill, downhill trek.
Now, my experience is somewhat like that of His disciples who met the risen Christ on the road to Emmaus.
They didn't recognize Him in His resurrection life until they sat down and ate with Him.
Their eyes were opened to see Who it was they had been walking and talking with...
The Resurrected Christ!
The promised Messiah.
The New Creation Man.
The perfect blend of God and man.
This is the quality of life seeded in our earth bodies now - the new quality of life created when God raised His Son from death.
We don't really recognize His abiding presence until we stop working to be like Him and just sit down and rest with Him and eat with Him...partaking of new creation food as we experience Him in the only quality of life He has to give us now -Resurrection life!
He died to put an end to a species of humanity that was raw-naked vulnerable to sin and death.
That breed is under a recall order now.
The death of Christ was not a punishment for sin - it was the beginning of the end of
humanity vulnerable to sin.
We have been walking with Him on the road to Emmaus (Emmaus means, “half-way”)...half way to our final destination: The full revelation of Christ resurrected in us!
The revelation of that reality comes as much and as often as we can bear it, without stripping us of the honor of being a person as He is a Person.
The revelation of Christ resurrected in us literally scares the hell out of us and opens our eyes to see He didn't sacrifice Himself just to take us up to heaven.
He brought heaven down to earth
He made heaven His Home in us!
Let's make this weekend something really special.