Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday Thoughts

Hey bloggers,

Thanks for the discussion on the pics, and on the word that came forth last night (currently 26 comments)...HAPPY BOSS'S DAY, and God bless Joe, the Plumber...






77 comments:

Son of Zadok said...

Surely the miracles are following.

What a world we are entering.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I

AM

THE DOOR

OF

THE SHEEP

JOHN 10:7

DOOR AS A SYMBOL OF ENTRY TO SAFETY

Home in all cultures symbolizes a place of safety. Going in and closing the door behind gives the members of the household security. The outside world with its hate and competition rages with violence and cruelty. At the end of this mad race one get back home and closes the door. You are surrounded by love and protection and care.

In our Bible talks last night we were discussing the saying of Jesus Christ "I AM THE DOOR!!!-- ONE of the example one of the members gave us about when you enter inside the house through the DOOR you find REST AND PEACE is in Psalm 91 Which clearly stated: Those who live in the shadow of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.9-If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling.11-For He orders His angels to protect you wherver you go.---------All of you know Psalm 91 make it one the Psalm you choose to Meditate on each Morning.
Peace and love to you all. Amen!

October 16, 2008 12:34 AM

Yve said...

Bishop, I believe you must always know what is in my heart and my mind ~ cause you blogs are almost always very on point.

Thank you
Yve

Laura said...

Believe In Miracles Or Be The Miracle.
So many times being someones miracle is better than waiting for a miracle.
Give and it shall be givin unto you pressed down shaken together and running over.
The miracle starts when you forget yourself and think of others.
So many times a hug, a word or as simple as giving something material. Can mean so much to those we come in contact with.
I remember one afternoon after a real woman meeting we held in the old building a few of us went out to lunch. The gentleman in front of us didn't have enough money on him and said he had to go to his car to get the rest. One of the ladies I was with paid what he was short. We talked to him and shared a little with him. After he left the waitress came and gave each of us back our money. We asked why and he had paid for all our lunches. I am sure not a one of us was looking for a blessing but all of us wanted to be a blessing.
Miracles are all around.
Being a miracle and putting it into motion brings miracles to you .

Anonymous said...

This is what the Lord gives to me early this Morning, and I believe He wants me to share it with you all.

He said Faith and Vision
Turn your eyes to behold Me. Look away from sordid surroundings, from lack of beauty, from the imperfections in yourselves and those around you. Then you who have the Faith-Vision will see all you could and do desire in Me.
In your unrest behold My calm, My rest. In your impatience, My unfailing patience. In your lack and limitation, My perfection. Looking at Me, and you will grow like Me. Until men say to you that you have been with Jesus. As you grow like Me you will be enable to do the things I do, and greater works than these shall you do because I go unto My Father.

Bishop, while I was writing this prophecy, the TV was on TBN channel. Jesse Duplantis Ministries! TV program comes in. His wife was the one giving the word tonight. Guess on what book in the Bible her Message was? The Book of Matthew 11: 28-30 about how the Gospel Message of Jesus brings rest to us. What a confirmation! OUR GOD IS GREAT!!! SO GREAT! I KNOW! If you let us Praise Him and say AMEN!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Laura a 110%, because I myself am a Miracle to myself and was to late parents, when I was born 46 years ago, one pound and zero ounces.

So literally I owe my life, (please no arguments from any of you, because I say I owe my life to God! Ps. 133:1-3) to the Almighty God for made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you Father, for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning you are still with me! Now that’s the reason why I fell that I owe my life to Him. Not because He says so, because I KNOW SO! SELAH!
I AM A MIRACLE!

Anonymous said...

Today
Make it your Miracle Day!
Of all the days that have ever been and of all the days to
come, today is the one you now have. Though it may not be
perfect, it is here, it is now, and it is the one day that
is available to you.

On this day you live in a world filled with beauty. Take the
opportunity to see and appreciate some of that beauty.

On this day there are precious moments ready to be filled
with joy and meaning. Live today's moments so as to add real
and lasting value to your life and your world.

Spend some time focusing your thoughts on what's right with
this day. Allow yourself to genuinely feel the goodness that
is present right now.
Remind yourself of all that you have to be thankful for on
this day. In the heart of your gratitude, you will touch
today's limitless source of abundance.

Possibility, opportunity, value, goodness, love and
fulfillment are all here and now on this day. Bring them to
life today in your own special way.

Erik said...

So, I click on the Oct 16 Bishop Post on the blog, the pics. Talking to an excellent friend while doing so. The song playing is ELO’s ‘Hold on Tight to Your Dreams’ . As may be evident in my recent writing, this is one of those trips that HS is showing me, me. Most of the time I see myself in how I interact with others, connecting in unique ways, ( oi vey , the stories) but then, there are those trips where I find myself (happily) carved away, spending much time in the mirror. Like this one. Beautiful room, wonderful, but quiet hotel, minimal distractions (wah, wah, wah – just kidding, sort of) .

The ELO song brings me back to high school – ELO, Kansas, Alan Parsons Project, Rachmaninoff, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd (no Pink Floyd on the playlist…hmmm) every morning, before school, reading Ayn Rand ‘Atlas Shrugged’ , ‘Fountainhead’, ‘Anthem’ ‘We The Living’ , several times over, a Richard Bach, trashy detective novels, and of course ‘The Jesus Book’ translation of the New Testament.

The pics also remind me of where I was and am. The swing, in the moment of a moment, one piece of the movement. The Cross on a hill, and the three human crosses in the pur, and the stones speaking about the miracles around us. To even begin to share how they all tie back, not for this blog.

Moving in the timelessness, The Now. I think on the idea of the desire to change previous decisions, choices, but then The Holy Spirit says to me, ‘Why do you want to change choices rather than see how the influence of those choices can be changed by your current insight? ‘. I see that it is not about changing what has been, but seeing the broader perspective of seeing more aspects of those choices. It is not about removing choices and events, but expanding the view on what they bring with them.

EVERYTHING works together.

‘That’s what The Man says…Oh, won’t you listen to what The Man says’. ..

So, the pics -- CITN is definitely A Nexus, and with trembling , I say maybe, The Nexus , where all the keys come together. Could it be ? In my heart, I think so, dare to believe so. I have learned how to Love without limits, to be serene when the closest partner attacks, while here.

- Erik ----


These days in the mirror remind me that we raise ourselves from the dead, as we call ourselves and others from gross darkness , actually the river of God flowing , a wellspring in geographic rock, springing forth, drawing the world in, THE Nexus, where every Key is connected. Is it ? It seems so. We actually make the miracle from the rocks (Rockdale) in a place called Conyers. THE ( Not an) Nexus. A Place where masses of energy collide, and produce new thing.

---Collaboration of Erik and Mystic.

Anonymous said...

Hallajuhah!

Well, here's my Floyd vote for the Blog , I may have to change my mind after some more thought though.

Learning to Fly

Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction holding me fast, how
Can I escape this irresistible grasp?

Cant keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, i

Ice is forming on the tips of my wings
Unheeded warnings, I thought I thought of everything
No navigator to guide my way home
Unladened, empty and turned to stone

A soul in tension thats learning to fly
Condition grounded but determined to try
Cant keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, i

Friction lock - set.
Mixture - rich
Propellers - fully forward
Flaps - set - 10 degrees
Engine gauges and suction - check

Mixture set to maximum percent - recheck
Flight instruments...
Altimeters - check both
(garbled word) - on
Navigation lights - on
Strobes - on
(to tower): confirm 3-8-echo ready for departure
(tower): hello again, this is now 129.4
(to tower): 129.4. its to go.
(tower): you may commence your takeoff, winds over 10 knots.
(to tower): 3-8-echo
Easy on the brakes. take it easy. its gonna roll this time.
Just hand the power gradually, and it...

Above the planet on a wing and a prayer,
My grubby halo, a vapor trail in the empty air,
Across the clouds I see my shadow fly
Out of the corner of my watering eye
A dream unthreatened by the morning light
Could blow this soul right through the roof of the night

Theres no sensation to compare with this
Suspended animation, a state of bliss
Cant keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, i

youtube.com/watch?v=xb-Nacm-pKc

"You have noo idea, I'm up here flying with the eagles! Just go back to your chicken coup"

~Jim Swilley

Anonymous said...

Bishop did not write the last entry, it was only the quote that was his. I know theirs some Floyd haters. Ha! Surely each has their own.

Nothing To Lose said...

Laura, I agree.

I am a miracle, looking for a place to happen.

Erik said...

Anon 248 AM --

Thanks for the Floyd lyrics.

I agree. I sorely know of fstsl attractions, I also know of circling skies and suspended animation to fly beyond our space.

Appreciate the quote at the end by Bidhop. and folloe up clarification.

Anonymous said...

About a week or two ago, HS woke me in the middle of the night and simply said "Prayer is not about petition, it's about connection." The exhortation that came forth last night very eloquently put into words what He imparted to me that night. Thank you.

It also has come to me in the past few days that the Word that Bishop Huskins brought to this House last fall is very relevant at this time also. I need to get the CD again, but I remember it was something about "resting in the peace of God".
I decree and declare that I have the unexplainable, undeniable peace that frees my soul, and it is in this state that I properly perceive the miracles and see what and how God wants me to see.

Nothing To Lose said...

A life not lived for others, is a life not lived. Author unknown.

Iris said...

Miracles… They are around us every day, all though there are miracles that seem irrelevant to some, they are miracles just the same, but when our perception is changed, and we hear the silent voices of the miracles proclaiming “He is here!” They become cherished moments by those who experience them.

Miracles allow for a bright future of the world, a future filled of hope and fulfillment. I believe that experiencing a miracle illuminates and remove the shadows of darkness that surround the deep crevices of our lives. Miracles bring light to the knowledge of experience in the past, pride in the accomplishments of the present, and hope for the days to come that are looked upon with dismay.

I believe that miracles open eyes, gateways to the soul, and allow them to fixate on things never seen before. It transforms our sight to see things as they really are. One sight previous to seeing a miracle may only see blobs of color, or a hazy view of what is real. But a miracle seems to give us divine optical surgery so that we can see thing 20/20 in the spirit. In a split second of truly seeing a miracle our eyesight is transformed.

With this transformed sight of seeing a miracle, the world how it is meant to be seen is revealed; suddenly the world is filled with hope and distinction that was never known before. A world that allows for numerous possibilities that had not presented themselves in times of uncertainty and doubt.

Yes, a small miracle may seems irrelevant to some, but miracles allow for a future filled with hope and fulfillment, a future so beautiful, so clear, and so bright, laid steady in the hands and steady in the hearts those who’s sight is transformed. Yes, this I believe in miracles.

Iris

Water Walker said...

Miracles ~ Einstein states that we can live our lives in two ways. One is that nothing is a miracle or that everything is a miracle.

I chose to live my life as though everything is a miracle. I look for the miraculous daily and some where, some how the Holy Ghost points me to His light(which is God's revealing of the miraculous).

Let me say that He (daddy God) does miracles GREAT! Please allow me to share some miracles that happened this week, even.

On Sunday, I put a request for my church family to pray as I was facing eviction this week. 1st miracle, that request was under the unction of the Holy Spirit. As an intercessor, I never want to make my blogs or prayers about me, but I was in urgent need of an divine answer.

That request was made before service. One awesome that thing that came out was Bishop mentioned it over the pulpit, that many are facing evictions and foreclosures from his cyber-congregation, the church, everywhere he says, as many as 5 reports a day.

That gave our glorious body of Christ (CITN) the opportunity and priviledge to pray and agree.

2nd - When I arrived at church, just into the first song, a usher (who I don't know) who I was familiar only by face, came very close to me and whispered, "Are you okay today", well I hesitated because I had to say a quick pray to the Holy Spirit as to whether I should release what my problem was or not, He answered Yes.

Therefore I answered her, "If I don't get a miracle this week, I am going to lose my home". I very briefly told her the circumstances. She whispered to me, I have a house you can move into if you need a place to go".

I thought, wow Lord, "is this you"? I may have come to church just for this and to worship and to get a word for Bishop and....okay, okay...I am an investor in CITN (there are a lot of reasons I am here, but mainly because this church is my lifeline) and apparently so are many others at the church in the now.

So when I came home, I received many faith full words of encouragement and exhortation on the blog and even a invitation for an email.

Again I prayed, ate dinner, started packing, by faith. A couple of hours later, I contacted this person (name anonymous, because their reward is in heaven) and they offered me their house (which had been on the market for 22 months, almost 700 days, with not 1 contract) to move in, only with the condition that if the house sold I would have to move out.

Obviously that is fair but scary for me, but it was thus far the best offer I could see. I want to tell you, my heart starting racing and I became very quiet as they spoke and I prayered. OMG, I was so excited and maybe a little too emotional.

Is this you Lord, I asked, again? Bishop always says it may not be the first thing that appears to be the answer or the second things, it may very well be the 3rd or 4th thing. So that is what my questioning was all about...

I thought how sweet is their heart to get what being functional as the true body of Christ and having all things in common truly means. The statement to me is that the Holy Spirit had urged them to make me this offer, they just couldn't have a vacant house sitting there not being used and someone in the body was in this emergency.

OMG...but when I went to the realtor's website and saw just how beautiful this house was..I thought...Only you God can do exceedingly, abundantly above what I can hope or imagine. However, I still was worshipping and praying and praising and asking questions of "daddy".

Well we started praying for this person and blessing them as the couple was in agreement with this decision. I shouted and screamed and blessed God and packed joyously for the next 24 hours.

WEll, in that time, we emailed each other and I still prayed...what if?

What if, Lord in all of these days and weeks and months - no contract and then soon as we move, a contract, I asked Him?

But in the meantime, as I looked at this exchange, there was several things taking place.

One, God has caused me to learn how to stand and stand and stand and keep focused on Jesus, and although the very last thing I was prepared to do was to move, God reminded me of one of His sons of great Faith.

"Daddy God" reminded me of Abraham and the sacrifice of Issac. In my spirit, I believe that if I was willing to step way out there on the water, that God would provide a ram in the bush. With trembling, I prepared through packing and seeking refuge and prayers from my church family and natural family (out of state).

I am way to familiar with being at other's mercy and I was really uncomfortable with that reality and really was not trying to go there. This totally was not a place I wanted to go.

But I believe for every dimension or glory in Him, there is that fellowship of suffering, that ultimate sacrifice and another level of trust that needs to take place, in us. My apartment is my refuge and sanctuary where the Lord has provided for my family. So, let me say that I was willing to sacrifice that thing which I loved so much, because I believed that we have to be willing to let go, in the appropriate season.

I said Lord, what is this, so I minister and serve the homeless, do I have to become the homeless to be touched by their infirmity...oh the many questions I asked the Lord.

Anyway, that next evening, we received a call that not one but two contracts were put in on their house. She said, apparently, your prayers were so powerful, that we finally got 2 contracts put in that look like they are going to go through. Yet another miracle!

So, the feelings I had were so ambivalent. I told them, no matter what the outcome, I bless them for their obedience, for their heart and for their love for the body of Christ. Although we go to CITN, I have never met them in the natural. All we needed to know is that you are part of CITN and that you are in need, is what their comment to me.

Now, how cool is this ~is this not the body of Christ being functional. One of the biggest coolest miracles ever, the church having all things in common (Acts 2).

My natural family knew of this ordeal and someone very close to me, said after I told her the house offered was not going to happen ~ I will send you the money. ~ Miracles, miracles, miracles. In the natural, you have to know that a shift in the spirit had to take place for this to take place. It is the power of God, by His spirit.

I don't know the entirety of the matter, I just know as a go, in Him ~ in Him I move and breath and have my being.

I know that I am a living epistle written on the hearts of men and sometimes this walking by faith is a real stretch of faith, but I do really know (intimate with) that His ways are different than my ways and His thoughts are high above what I can ever hope or imagine. I am assured that part of this exercise in faith was as much for other parts of the body as it was for me.

In both instances I believe that the Holy Spirit wanted each party to surrender, let Go and trust God and commit to Him, that which we love so much. Beloved He requires our trust and worship and praise, even when it looks like we have nothing. I am so jazzed that when man counted me out, God counted me in...now that will preach.

Part of the miracles, I think is in the expectancy. I believe if you can see it, you can have it.


And sometimes, you can't see it but we have to learn to seek His heart and not His hand, because always, always, His Heart is good towards you and towards me

How Great is Our God! The Steadfast love of God endures Forever. Blessed be the name of the Lord, to God be the Glory for He has done great things...

I pray that someone is encouraged today. God is faithful and He is Good!!!

Water Walker!

Iris said...

Sometimes all it takes is for us to stop and slow down, as Bishop said last night, and notice... God has placed big and small miracles all around us every moment of every day. We are just to busy to notice... But they are here....

When is the last time you took time to smell a flower, or really notice the beauty of a hand painted sunset by the Master

I want to notice it all...
Iris

Izumi/JOY said...

Pic 1 - "You are still with me," not only reminds me of "yet", but also, tranquil; without perceptible waves or currents. Like, Mark 4:39 - And He arose, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still." The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Pic 2 - Hebrews 12:2 - looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith... (for the joy set before them, they leaped)

And

Matthew 13:44 - Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field...

Pic 3 - Isaiah 44:3: For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon your seed, and my blessing upon your offspring.

And

Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord and he delights in his way

And

John 12:32 - And if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

And

Romans, 14:17: For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost

And

Psalms 72:19 - And blessed [be] his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled [with] His glory.

Pic 4 - In the wilderness, talk to the Rock. Numbers 20:8

tracy said...

Wow -I love ya'll- PEACE REIGNS. Speaking of which Peacemaker I wish you would blog about the interchange between God and man that is necessary to obtain peace as you so eloquently explained to me. Water Walker your previous circumstances are a beautiful testimony of a manifestation of miracles. Laura and NTL I wanna jump on that miracle train today too and be someone's miracle. Iris-beautiful! Erik-your blogs have gotten so much praise lately I think I will just leave you out today and keep you humble! J/K Love to all and have a miraculous and peace filled day!

Nothing To Lose said...

tracy,
You and your husband already have many miracles deposited in the lives of many. The miracles of encouragement you both deposited in my family when our son was in the hospital, were not taken lightly by us, but helped us get through the darkest parts. Even that it was your husband that told me and that I received, to take what I need and leave the rest, which is what I needed to hear, that helped me come back to CITN.
You don't have to jump on the miracle train, 'cause you ain't never left...

Iris said...

Tracy - Real humility is a sign of strength, confidence, and courage. We all know that Erik is all that. Keeping him humble will never be a problem...:)

Anonymous said...

How precious how lovely
Are your thoughts oh Lord toward me
How truly amazing
Is the grace that you have shown
Oh majesty I live to see your face

I will search for you
And I will find you
I will find you with all my heart
I will lift my hands to you in worship
And I will worship with all my heart

How gracious relentless
Is the Father's love toward us
Breathtaking the beauty
And the radiance of you
Oh majesty I live to see your face
And be transformed
Into your image

I will search for you
And I will find you
I will find you with all my heart
I will lift my hands to you in worship
And I will worship with all my heart (x 2)

Oh Oh I will worship you with all my heart
Oh Oh I will worshiop you with all my heart

tracy said...

No offense meant Iris, my apologies if I joked out of turn. I meant it actually as a compliment, maybe it didn't come out right. Anyway Blessed day to all. And thanks for the sweet words NTL-David is the real deal. I will definately be keeping him!

Iris said...

No offense taken.... I was also just kidding.... and giving Erik a hard time in return as well...

Have a wonderful day....

Iris

Anonymous said...

We're not in a recession, we're in a restoration of all things.

Out with the bad, in with the good.

Iris said...

AMEN Anno 10:50 AMEN....

Erik said...

Ultimately, our closest partner is ourselves, how we see God and everyone around us. We end up being the strongest ally and sharpest critic, as we push through the only separation - our minds.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to THANK YOU Yve and Crownjewel for your prayers and standing with me in agreement for total deliverence and restoration against the spirit of abuse. Sometimes we need others to help us hold up our arms/hands and remind us that God does not sleep or slumber. He sees the injustice everywhere and He is faithful to provide a way of escape. My scripture of comfort taday: IJohn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Thank you both and anyone else that has felt led by the spirit to pray for my daughter's situation.

Two is better than one and yes, a threefold cord is not easily broken.

Love
Overcomer

Pastor Dennis said...

HEY SOZ!

GOT YOUR MESSAGE, EVERYTHING IS COOL, JUST BUSY, THANKS.

PEACE,
Dennis

Pastor Dennis said...

Great service last night; Just what I needed to hear right NOW. I would say it was what many need to hear.

I didn’t post afterward because of preparing to watch the debate. It is obvious that one of the candidates has a very short fuse, which is not a good characteristic for the President of the most powerful nation in the world; I haven’t voted yet, I’m just sayin…we live in a very, very volatile world right now.

Yes we desperately need peace of mind and spirit, "help us Jesus". According to what I heard in the spirit last night, when THE END has come, the one who is also the beginning will have arrived and then peace will prevail.

“THE END”

you may be on to something Bishop…..

I would like to include an interesting quote from something I read this morning by Hannah Whitall Smith:
If we were planning to take a dangerous voyage, our first question would be what kind of captain we were to have. Our common sense would tell us that if the captain were untrustworthy, no amount of trustworthiness on our part would make our voyage safe. It would be his character and not our own that would be the thing of paramount importance to us.
The vital question of all ages is “What is His name?” The fate of humanity hangs on the answer to this question. Everything in a universe will depend on the sort of creator and ruler who has brought that universe into existence. If the God who created us is a good God, then everything must of necessity be all right for us. But if He is a bad God, a careless God, or an unkind God, then we cannot be sure that anything is right and cannot have peace or comfort anywhere.

[Smith, H. W., Dieter, M. E., & Dieter, H. A. (1986). God is enough (October 16). New York: Random House.]

Keep me in your prayers; in the morning I am meeting with one of the local pastors to discuss this Truth of Universal Reconciliation and its biblical foundation.

Peace,
Dennis

Laura said...

I'm Back

More on being the the miracle...

Anonymous I can some what relate to what you said.
When I was pregnant with my daughter I had problems during my pregnancy. Halloween night I thought I was either going to have her or lose her. When I got to the hospital both her & I were in need of help. Thanks to a room full of doctors & nurses she was born three days later. I on the other hand still needed an operation which was performed three months later. Thanks to the the doctors & nurses being the miracle. We are both alive today.

Another doctor being the miracle...

When I was a little girl my legs turned out and if it wasn't for a doctor shutting down his office and making sure I got the right kind of corrective shoes, I would more than likely not be able to walk today.


Doctors, nurses, firefighters, police officers, teachers & even you can be the miracle.

If we stop looking for what we think is a miracle...
More than likely we'll see the miracles are all around us.

The Lord said what do you have in your hand.

Be the miracle

Iris said...

Love that Laura...

One of my favorite movies is called "A Walk To Remember" The best part was that they were eachothers miracles.

To be someones miracle... What would the world be like if we all had that mindset? Hummmm... a thought to ponder.
Iris

Anonymous said...

When Life Falls Apart

Life can be a game of Jeopardy. With each spin of the calendar, it can be difficult to know what tomorrow will bring. It is very easy to lose focus on what this life is all about. Our goal in life should NOT be to see how much stuff we can buy before we die. Some have a ferocious appetite for spending all they have, and if what they have is not enough they borrow more to feed their habit. Even our government has gone wild spending, and now we find ourselves standing on the brink of national bankruptcy.
Learning to be CONTENT with what you have is the KEY to maintaining good health and a sound mind. We are not of this world, just in it and for a very short period of time. (ref. John 15:18,19) Therefore, we should not act like the rest of the world, focusing all our attention on what we can get; instead we should focus on what we can give. Our life should not be all about spending money, but rather sharing the love of God, the saving grace of Jesus Christ, and the power of His Holy Spirit

THIS IS FOR JOE THE PLUMBER!
And The rest of us All, Who's like Joe The Plumber. May God Bless us All
GOD BLESS YOU

Anonymous said...

the one who got upset, had good reason

linda said...

I love the pic of the 3 with their arms raised in praise. At first glance I thought of the Jesus and the 2 thieves on the cross, but then I looked harder. It could be a reflection on the camera lens but anywho there seems to be a old style vessel that is pouring something out onto the 3 who are have their arms up praising God. Let the rain of your presence fall on me, everywhere that I go, with every breath I breath.

Let it rain

Linda

Anonymous said...

BISHOP

DO WE INTERCESSORY PRAYER TOMORROW?
IF WE DO CAN YOU LET US KNOW! THANK YOU

Laura said...

Hey All

3 times a charm

Do you know what the bigest miracle is?

Standing in faith for someone.

Laura said...

Oops I meant biggest instead of bigest.

Teezy313 said...

Oh Majesty I live to see your face and be transformed...

Great pics Bish!

Blessings to all,

Teezy

Son of Zadok said...

Anon @ 8

"Prayer is not about petition, it's about connection."

Yes, Yes, Yes!

CONNECTION INDEED!

Awesome Testimony !
Water Walker aka Hydro Runner

Pastor Dennis,

I pray that the sweetest anointing from the Lord envelop you tomorrow. I pray that every word from your mouth be filled with peace and power. I release angels to prepare a way for you in the heart of this pastor in the night tonight, and that upon hearing your gospel the scales fall before his eyes and his ears pop open by the power of the Holy Ghost! That a rapid zeal and curiosity would be ignited within him to seek after the Lord concerning these things.

Amen

Crownjewel said...

Love todays post but that is everyday~especially today!

You are welcome Overcomer! God is able and His arm not too short! I have been there and looking back it is amazing His protection!!! Remember Daniel praying and it took time for the answer to come because there was war in the spiritual realm!

Lotsa love to all!

~maybe a little of what you were saying SOZ below in the devotional. It is humbling and powerful to know that none of my goodness is good enough for God and none of my badness can separate me or (us) from His love~it is thru His love and redeeming grace!!!!!!!!!!

Nothing Can Separate Us


Today's Scripture

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).


Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

God’s love goes way beyond any human love you have ever experienced! People may come and go from your life, but God is always with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Human love may be conditional, but God’s love is supernatural; it’s unconditional, and it knows no limits. There’s nothing you can do to earn His love and nothing you can do to stop His love.

The scripture tells us that His love is patient and kind, His love believes the best in you. His love redeems and restores you. No matter what you’ve been told or what you may think about yourself today, you are His most prized possession. There’s nothing that can separate you from His love! Remember, faith is activated by love. As you allow Him to flood you with His love, your faith will be ignited, and you’ll be empowered to live the abundant life He has for you!

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, thank You for loving me and setting me free. Thank You for working in my life and restoring the broken places. Everything I have I surrender to You. Fill me with Your perfect love. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Afternoon greetings...

Just got back from spending several hours wi Bishop Tommy...he's really awesome, and is doing so well in the Philippines...I'm very proud of him...

Yes, Mercy, there is intercession every Friday at 9...

Enjoying you all today (as I do every day)...

I was just looking at the CITN site, and I think I like the fact that the "Vision" page, and the "What We Believe" page are still "under construction"...maybe those two things are supposed to always be under construction...

Robyn, I know you're waiting for me to get you the information for those two pages, but maybe we should leave them both like they are...the Wind (Blast) blows where it wills...

Just a thought...

Word ver: xqzle

I don't think you can do anything with that one, but it would make a great collection of letters for Scrabble!

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Just looked again, and it actually says "this page is still under DEVELOPMENT"...even better!

dgm2007 said...

lmao.. who the heck is joe.. that was hilarious.. i mean is joe sick pack the same as joe the plumber.. that was so funny last night cant wait to catch the snl recap tonight.. what a trip.. peace and love

Pastor Dennis said...

Thanks SOZ,
Felt the Spirit as I read your Prayer....

Peace

Son of Zadok said...

So most all of you have read the introduction now to The Cloud. Now we've arrived at the work itself. What do we find in the introduction, but a stern warning not to share the contents of this book unless certain the Lord is leading. Curious to be sure, but understandable. However, I believe this is an elite group. I truly believe in this age we are now entering, 700 years after this works original conception, we as a body are entering into a life where once only a very few select were called by the Lord. We have been prepared by revelation from the Lord to enter into this joyous life. Let us walk in our revelation. The chapters in this spiritual classic are set up like small devotionals, and I really am sure you will enjoy them as they give us new thought, privy insight, and encouragement in the Spirit. Anon at 8 today really summed up the reason my wanting to share this work. We are moving from a mindset of petition in prayer to the reality of connection, and that means absolutely everything.

Holy Spirit meet us there. We are changed in your presence and by your word alone

The Cloud of Unknowing said...

FOREWARD

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Whoever you are possessing this book, know that I charge you with a serious responsibility, to which I attach the sternest sanctions that the bonds of love can bear. It does not matter whether this book belongs to you, whether you are keeping it for someone else, whether you are taking it to someone, or borrowing it; you are not to read it, write or speak of it, nor allow another to do so, unless you really believe that it is a person deeply committed to follow Christ perfectly. I have in mind a person who, over and above the good works of the active life, has resolved to follow Christ (as far as humanly possible with God's grace) into the inmost depths of contemplation. Do your best to determine if they are one who has first been faithful for some time to the demands of the active life, for otherwise he will not be prepared to fathom the contents of this book.
Moreover, I charge you with loves authority, is you do give this book to someone else, warn them (as I warn you) to take the time to read it thoroughly. For it is very possible that certain chapters do not stand by themselves but require the explanation given in the other chapters to complete their meaning. I fear lest a person read only some parts and quickly fall into error. To avoid a blunder like this, I beg you and anyone else reading this book, for loves sake, to do as I ask.
As for worldly gossips, flatterers, the scrupulous, talebearers, busybodies, and the hypocritical, I would just as soon they never laid eyes on this book. I had no intention of writing for them and prefer they do not meddle with it. This applies also the the merely curios, educated or not. They may be good people by the standards of the active life, but this book is not suited to their needs.

However, there are some presently engaged in the active life who are being prepared by grace to grasp the message of this book. I am thinking of those who feel the mysterious action of the Spirit in their inmost being stirring them to love, I do not say that they continually feel this stirring , as experienced contemplatives do, but now and again they taste something of contemplative love in the very core of their being. Should such folk read this book, I believe they will be greatly encouraged and reassured.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we should just take out "this page" and just have "Still Under Development".

I am completly jazzed by the fact that we will never arrive. I am eternally experiencing greater revelation and evolution and becoming. How awesome is that!

robyn

Anonymous said...

Miracles are as real as the air we breath sustains our life.

Iris at 9:12 am, sometimes noticing the miracle is the miracle.

All of you guys rock today!

It seems to me that more miracles find me than there are that I find. It is amazing how that there are miracles throughout our perception of time that when realized, even thousands of years after the fact, are just as satisfying to the soul as though they occurred today.

JB

Anonymous said...

JB

You rock too.

Avatar said...

I saw bits of an interview with ole Joe today. Interviewer was fascinated to watch the issues of the day filtered through one human being. Reminded me of the power of our testimony...and our God who can turn any big ship on a dime if and when He wants to.

Pics today:
#1--reminiscent of Christina, the swinger leads me to read that the thoughts for "CITN" in the heart and mind of God are as the grains of sand and He is ever with US. It doesn't boggle my mind or spirit to ponder THAT many of His thoughts toward this place...the One Who reminded us Sunday that he bottles tears and our every thought is a prayer is surely including the Christ-within-us thoughts in that number.

Blog version of the politician's rule: for every blog thought posted there are 100 unseen ones that agree. On THIS blog...I'm guessing that number is even higher.

Pics 2&3: JB just posted the way they make me feel.

Love to all y'all.

Erik said...

Tracy,

Funny and thanks, I need all the help I can get to keep humble :). Iris was saying very tongue in cheek that it is not a problem, it is actually a regular challenge.

However, it is a good thing though, 'cause so often people seem to think I need to have my ego in check? Go Figure ?? Well, I guess it is my singular duty then to ensure that I do everything I can to keep my ego up, since it seems no one else does. (He, He). I yam that I yam.

In all fun though, thanks for joining the cast of thousands keeping my ego in check. :) :) :) Apparently, I need that, so the peanut gallery seems to think.

Larry Usher said...

Ok Bishop- had to try!

XQZLE- (X)Cross' Quest- Zero Languishing Ever!

XQZLE- Excuse Larry's Ethereality!

Vibrant pics today, silently "screaming" the message.

Loved the word last night about the "end"- really made me connect some dots and BINGO! Light Be!
Brings me back to the scripture I've been meditating on "...and they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony AND they loved not their lives even unto death." Our "end" is a good thing. THE End is a greater thing. The End is NOW as in Eternity is NOW. Our end brings The End which sweeps us into the eternal now...glimpses of the Glory that is to come(that has ALREADY come by faith).

As the Shepherd has placed us "lost sheep" upon His shoulders, we gain a vantage point while peacefully resting there.

The Lord shared a word with me last night about the sheep- "No mistakes, no accidents, no wasted sheep, all priceless, all needed, all vital." Help others to identify themselves in the beauty of The Creator- we are fearfully( the same root of the reverential, respectful awe of God!) and wonderfully made! Think of this- as we were being made by God, He employed His awesomeness, His deep seated respect of LIFE, His eye-popping WONDER in doing so! Do you think maybe that is why we are like Him!!?? Yeeessss!!!

Blessings and window washing to all!

Larry

word ver.- NECAC "Never Ending Christ's Anointed Church"

Anonymous said...

God bless the peanuts

Erik said...

See what I mean ? :) :) :)

Anonymous said...

God bless the :):):)

Anonymous said...

And God bless erik, 'cause we love him

Anonymous said...

Does the peace and love to all mean
for the candidates that we're not voting for too? Or is it OK to slam them down because we disagree with what they represent?

Erik said...

Yes Virginia, it does mean for ALL, including politicians, even the ones we don't vote for.

Isn't that great... politics and religion, the top 2 items to discuss with anyone !!! All in one blog.

tracy said...

Anon @ 8:12 no need to slam candidates...they are slamming themselves! Erik -I am humbled you acknowledged my comment (haha-like being acknowledged by the Pope) J/K just to go along with your profession to humbleness. For real God wants you to love yourself remember you can only love your neighbor to the extent you love your self. ....Really you made me laugh!Robyn- still under development--ain't that the truth? It would be crazy for CITN to even profess to know things that are still being revealed!! Because we are so NOW!! And Bish..wordvers confuse the crap out of me. Yours was xqzle, which I got_ exquisite love Elohim...never mind you gotta be on drugs to translate that one....

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Hey...just checking in.

Look, don't read anything political into "God bless Joe, the Plumber"...it doesn't mean anything, one way or the other...I beseech you all to keep this place apolitical...

tracy said...

beseechment taken... I still just love Joe, because he is a plumber and everybody eventually needs a plumber.....whether he is a Republican or Democratic plumber.

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Fair enoughc

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

I mean fair enough (where did that "c" come from?)

Anonymous said...

Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s laughing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s laughing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s laughing, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Someone’s singing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s singing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone’s singing, Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!
O Lord, kum ba yah!

tracy said...

On a HUGE serious side note... I give props to the Bishop and the Blogmaster here. I did hear how a very affluent religious figure held his Wednesday night service to watch the debate and obviously supported a particular candidate. I SOOOOO appreciate you (Bishop
) keeping your vote personal and not using your influence to persuade us one way or another. It is the sign of a great leader (father) that leads and lets you decide for yourself....man you must really trust that big God you serve to lead us in the right way!!

Iris said...

I second that Tracy!

Nothing To Lose said...

Lord, we sure am glad You love us how you love us. We can only love You how we love you, because that's
all we have, and yet You are OK with that. And Bish and Pastor Debye, we love you and that's the just the way it is. Miracles, peace and love to us all.

Nothing To Lose said...

are not am

Son of Zadok said...

"No mistakes, no accidents, no wasted sheep, all priceless, all needed, all vital."

"Never Ending Christ's Anointed Church"

"Exquisite Love Elohim"

Larry ,Tracy , critically beautiful

Anon @ 8:12, great question! Maybe the bottom line is, here you won't find either religion or politics.

Just Life..

Were informed and interested. We'll pray and participate. We'll make our votes happily for both candidates, and no matter who gets elected we'll know it was already finished 2000 years ago. And what was accomplished?

Out of darkness light shall be shining, is He Who shines in our hearts, with a view to the illumination of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Now we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the transcendence of the power may be of God and not of us.

2 Cor. 4: 6-7 .clnt

No vessel, no man or nation on this earth, is to earthen that it does not contain this treasure, which is Christ. And that is how we see ourselves and all humankind.
God does not see you where you are, He only sees that which He is working in you, and He is the one doing it. What peace!

That makes it all just total serenity, for those who believe.

When they came together of one mind, and one accord, of one heart, and came before the people and the entire powers and governments and councils of the earth; they gathered into their courts and bowed their knees together in Christ, through the love of this glorious gospel. That's a brilliant light shining through some hearts. This is the treasure in every vessel.

Miracles are Everywhere...

And Erik,

Their is a big difference between humbleness and pride, and between pride and glory.

The Church is His Body the fullness of Him who fills everything, everywhere, with himself.

Eph 1:2-3

The fullness of Him?

He is glorious!

Synonyms:

august, beautiful, bright, brilliant, celebrated, dazzling, delightful, distinguished, effulgent, elevated, eminent, enjoyable, esteemed, exalted, excellent, famed, famous, fine, gorgeous, grand, gratifying, great, heavenly, heroic, honored, illustrious, immortal, magnificent, majestic, marvelous, memorable, noble, notable, noted, pleasurable, preeminent, radiant, remarkable, renowned, resplendent, shining, splendid, sublime, superb, time-honored, triumphant, venerable, well-known, wonderful

Hide it under a bushel, NO !!

I'm gonna let is shine,
let it shine, let it shine, let is shiiiiiine....

As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.

1 John 2:27 -nas

That glorious God is in each of you, you have the whole package; filling you with His life, and character, and nature, in His presence.

Yes worship Him, sing and speak songs to Him, but by all means, get quiet and sit still in His presence.

"Peace, be still."

Yes, Izumi/Joy!, Yes

"The only thing we can do with self effort is prolong the work of God in our life."

~Gary Sigler

Erik said...

SOZ.

Amen to every bit, His/Her glory shines in every place, heart, and mind EVER created. yes and Amen.

Brother, at some point in this creation, we have got to meet. It will be fun, here.

Son of Zadok said...

I know we will have fun.

Big Smile here.

I'm sure I'll visit CITN before too much longer, God willing. Save me a seat in row 3 or 4 their. I have family in Kennesaw. But I'm shooting for Bonnaroo in Manchester TN in June, whadya think?

Donald? You in? Haha...

And Erik, many times I like to highlight something someone says here or re-type it because it's life to me when I read it. I may say Hey Larry:

"They overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony"

That's It!!

And I am literally overcoming by believing and confessing!

Now is this anything that causes one to puff themselves up in carnal pride for carrying the word? God forbid! So much the opposite, it only confirms and glorifies Christ and His work in us! What an awesome God we serve. The five fold ministry is not to make "saints", or "idols" out of men, or life-lines where we find God. Some for Paul , some from Apollos, some from this church or label , some from that. But its purpose is to point us to God for the equipping of the saints! EACH ONE! to do the work of the ministry! The Source is literally your only hope for you to truly have any real source at all. For their is no source , but The Source! That'll preach...in the pulpit and on the streets.

Son of Zadok said...

I wonder if CITN and some other groups could come together and represent the GPF with a booth at Bonnaroo?

That would destroy some works...

ver: loszbsxq

That's a wild one, anyone want to try and tackle it?

Son of Zadok said...

My God, I bet Bonnaroo would even want us to have church!

We could have a water pouring ceremony, and wash the peoples feet and minister to them! Then praise Him underneath the stars all weekend long.

Donald said...

Bonnaroo?
Wow, I don't know if you really want me to meet you there to help share the gospel.
I have a few years on me but I still like to get into the action wherever I go.
I'm a-feared that I might get caught up in the goings-on there and you would end up saying something along the lines of, "Hey Donald, no doubt 40 years of doing situps has been beneficial and you're not in bad shape for a man of your age, but don't you think you would have a more effective testimony if you would put that beer down and put your clothes back on?"

Anonymous said...

And God, thank you that donald would rather live in the unseen, than the seen.

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

All right, people, that's enough...next topic...