Tonight, Tonight…. WOW!!!! A decaying dream of peace envisioned by so many, has been resurrected by the Spirit of the Living God, and manifested in the spirit of all who shared in the GPF event this evening. What we witnessed tonight, is the Kingdom of God. It is tangible, it is here, and it is NOW. The Kingdom of God is at hand. It has always been here, but we tapped into it tonight. Our perception changed and our minds were unveiled to the nowness of the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God to be carried throughout the whole world. We are one people under God. We are the manifestation of the Christ. This world is not governed by world systems, but the world systems are governed by the Kingdom of God. And as we unveil the unity of peace and truly become one, we will see a global harmony the universe has been in travail for since the fall of man.I realized tonight that I was born for such a time is this. There is not mistake of what my destiny and my purpose is. I have seen the Kingdom of God. For this I was born. For this I will proclaim until my last breath here on earth. We are one people under God. Peace to all… Peace…Iris
Nothing To Lose said... I was in the GPF meeting this evening and I would have to say that "in the now" just got a whole new meaning. Awesome meeting. Awesome people. Awesome God.
linda said... BishThank you for having the vision for this house. Tonight's service was awesome!!!! Totally what I perceive heaven to be like. Loved it, loved it, loved itIt challenged me to want to make a difference in this world, more now than ever before, if this world is going to change it will change one family at a timelet there be lightLinda
Laura said... Can I just say OMG!!!Tonight was AWESOME!!!I want to say what I said Wed. said again about tonight.It's a New DayThe Water in the House is going to flood the streets, towns and countries. Living Water lives in each one of us. Let your Living Water Flow. Bishop when you planned the water flowing from the church to the streets ... Well it happened tonight. It may have been bottled but the Living Water flows in each one of us. Everyone Let Your Living Water Flow!!! tracy said... ntl-don't have alot of words on tonight yet. Something definately shifted in the spirit over lil ole Conyers, GA. I can say my favorite part was when all of the faiths reppresented poured the water in the bowl and blessed it in their own faith. I loved the end too when "We Speak to Nations" was sung and everybody seemed to be having such a good time singing it and meaning it. Ya know when you host a good party at your house with all of your closest friends and you look around the room and it means so much to have them all in your home-that is kind of how I felt. Glad to be a part!! More for tomorrow-a few things I have to ponder tonight myself.
Friend4Life said... Just want to say I am here and was there too!!Tonight my family had a good time and wants to do it again. The horn being blown...just came me holy spirit chill bumps!! I have heard it blown before, but tonight was DIFFERENT!!I don't know what to call them; 3 wise men, 3 brothers...anyway, I love how we can come together and pray for peace, love, compassion for 1 and another.Awesome song Pastor Scott & Judah!! ( 1 Family under God)Rocked the House!!Asked husband what he liked. All..favorite was "He lives in You" he wanted us to sing it again.Thanks to the Rev. Moon for starting this Global Peace Festival.And of course...Thanks Bishop and Pastor Debye EVERYTHING!! What a Awesome place to be and serve!!Love,~L.W.~
G8TRGRL said... WOW! What an experience tonight was! I would have to say my reaction still is that of awe...very much a class act on CITN'S part.. great job!!AND to think that it even got in the spirit of my 9 year old (though I would have never thought it as restless as he was at 1 point)-- he asked to lead us in prayer at bedtime and was so specific about peace... in our own family and in the world... sooo stinkin' sweet!PEACEFUL dreams, everyone!
I think my whole life changed tonight. Can't explain it. It just did.
I just wanted to add a little thing my son did. He drunk the "Holy Water" on the way home. When we came home he was filling it up and was drinking it out of the bottle. Sometimes it is hard to get him to drink water; must be something in that "Holy Water" that is so sweet!! Just thought that was cute.~Shalom~
What we experienced Tue night was reality. Sharing worship of God, including all expressions present, and inviting all others as well, worshiping in Spirit and Truth, together, in Love, is the reality that exists and has always existed. The disengagement among ourselves is fantasy and drama – ‘we don’t want no drama, drama, we don’t want no drama’. Tonight we experienced one unveiling of our Spirit into our physical reality. This is ALWAYS available. What we experienced Tue night is what is normal, at hand, common, usual. It is the regular experience in our reality. We simply, wonderfully unveiled what is always present. This is what surrounds us ALL the time. We changed, repented, our perception tonight (which is always the only separation we have between each other, as the same as between us and God). Remember Paul saw this, in the midst of his own drama and confusion as Paul struggled with his flaws, while simultaneously saw the peace of The Spirit of God in everything. That is what we ALL did Tue. night, in the midst of any personal confusion or doubt we have in ourselves, we put that aside and openly worshipped in Spirit and Truth TOGETHER. We were Free… Yeahhhh, We were Free……… As we sung at the end, We spoke to ourselves, and THEN to nations. Be Free.
WOW, WOW, WOW,...SURELY THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD WAS IN THE HOUSE..From the beginning to the end..there are no words that can really describe what took place & the foundation that was built for things to come...We just got a SMALL taste of what the REAL Kingdom of God really is like! OMG!A shout out to tracy...when all the different faiths starting pouring their water into the one vessel showing the unity of one family under God, the tears starting flowing...that was priceless! Bishop & P.Debye thank you for being obedient to what God has called you to do & leading us to where he wants to take us. This is a NEW DAY!!! If ever a nite, I think HE is smiling done on ALL of us & saying "Well done thy good & faithful servants...Can't wait for tomorrow cause thereAin't no sleeping tonite...Here to Worship & Serve
WHAT DO I THINK?UNISSON TOGETHERNESSHOWSOMEWHOLENESSONE NATION- ONE FAITH- ONE FAMILY- ONE LOVE- UNDER GODI HAVE NEVER FEEL SO PROUD TO BE A CHRISTIAN THE WAY I FELT LAST NIGHT. [THANK YOU BISHOP JIM SWILLEY, FOR TAKING ME [US] TO A BRAND NEW WORLD] with you and your family.ISAIAH 42:16- I WILL LEAD THE BLIND BY WAYS THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN, ALONG UNFAMILIAR PATHS, I WILL GUIDE THEM; I WILL TURN THE DARKNESS INTO LIGHT BEFORE THEM AND MAKE THE ROUGH PLACES SMOOTH. THESE ARE THE THINGS I WILL DO; I WILL NOT FORSAKE THEM.PSALM 2:8 – ASK OF ME, AND I WILL MAKE THE NATIONS YOUR INHERITANCE, THE ENDS OF THE EARTH YOUR POSSESSION.REVELATION 5:9 – AND THEY SANG A NEW SONG: YOU ARE WORTHY TO TAKE THE SCROLL AND TO OPEN ITS SEALS, BECAUSE YOU WERE SLAIN, AND WITH YOUR BLOOD YOU PURCHASED MEN FOR GOD………FROM EVERY TRIBE AND LANGUAGE AND PEOPLE AND NATION.LET US PRAY FOR OUR BISHOP Pr. DEBYE AND FOR US IN THE OF BODY OF CHRIST. FATHER IN THE NAME OF JESUS I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS OVER BISHOP.I PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS OVER Pr. DEBYE.I PLEAD THE BLOOD OVER EACH ONE OF US CITN MEMBERS IN THE NAME OF JESUS.YOUR VOICE OH LORD IS POWERFUL. YOUR VOICE IS FULL OF MAJESTY. YOUR VOICE OH, LORD SHAKETH THE WILDERNESS (Psalm 29:4)HE THAT HATH AN EAR LET HIM HEAR.LET GOD ARISE. LET HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED IN CHURCH IN THE NOW!! (Psaml68:1) HALLELUJAH!!!THANK YOU LORD!THANK YOU BISHOP & PR. DEBYE FOR SHARING YOUR VISIONS WITH US!BISHOP IS THAT YOU IN THE PICTURE WITH THE COAT OF MANY COLORS.GOOD MORNING! BONJOUR!GOOD DAY! BONNE JOURNEE!LA PAIX ET LA JOIE A TOUS!JOY AND PEACE TO YOU ALL!K.D
woke up this morning still in awe of what happened last last. I loved all of the different faiths coming together in the house and just praying together and loving on each other. IT CAN BE DONE, and with excellence I must addLet there be lightLinda
What do I think?I think that for this purpose, for this decisive time in the spiritual evolution of humanity...you were born.I think I have always known that, but last night, I got to witness it. Sheer awe and extreme pride still doesn't really express my feelings about last night. But it's the best I can do for right now.Peace Always,PM
First, there are not yet enough words to express all that I think about this event so for the most part those thoughts just have to be sent by the Spirit after being properly interpreted from my babblings to the Father.Kudos, pats on the back, praises to mankind and atta-boy/girls are definately in order for all who made this possible but no thanks is more due any person than to Bishop Jim and Pastor Debye. I can only imagine what Father is saying to the kids right now. It would be something like, " WELL DONE MY FAITHFUL CHILDREN, YOU HAVE SHOWN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN TO THE WORLD!!!"We each say the same thing differently to express our love to God and acknowledge what we recieve of God's love to us but what is most important is that we are all acknowledging our belief in the same God as being Father of all the children of the world. Red, Yellow, Black or White; we all are precious in God's sight.When I was six years old singing this song that aknowledges one family under God, somehow my child's mind saw a vision similar to what was seen by many last night in Conyers, Georgia. It is my joy to have seen this day in the world and not just live in the hope that one day I would see it in heaven.To me this is the best example that can be placed before the world that it is God's will for humanity to rise toward the understanding that we are not hopelessly fallen.There is a hope for the world that peace on earth is a real phrase and not just some dreamer's dream. Certainly there was a dream given to humankind but then there are those who take this dream and do what ever they can to translate it into reality.To paraphrase what my soul heard from Pastor Debye last night, these actions will sweep the world when others across the country take the baton and continue to relay this gospel of true peace that comes from God. That is the race that we must run with anticipation of winning.My blessings are added to those of all others, who understand that God is love and intends for humankind to recieve that Love, on behalf of every person who made last night possible by doing what they can do for world peace. As Dr. Moon said last night, this is the very dream of God for all the people of the earth.I will add that it is not just the Dreamer's dream but testify that it has been translated to the desire in the heart of creation. This desire is what all creation waits for in anticipation that humankind will see themselves as true children of the most high God.No matter what any of us call God, what matters the most is that we are all calling God.I believe that God's answer is yes and amen to every person who joins themself to another and with out conscious thought of themself lifts that person to a place of understanding that they are risen from death and despair toward the life and light of a loving God.JB
Salutations ambassadors of peace, I think I glimpsed God at the Global Peace Festival - Interfaith Celebration.I think I'll never look at the number 17, the same way. (Rabbi Mordecai, I'm cyber hugging you.) Bless the breadBless the waterHeal the landLive long and prosper, brothers and sisters.
Amazing service last night! The symbolic pouring out of the water touched my heart. To see so many people of different religions in one place was very moving. Last night brought a whole new meaning to the term diversity! Thank you Bishop and Pastor Debeye for making it possible for the rest of us to be involved in your vision.
I was so blessed to be a part of this vision. Every aspect of the GPF was tuned in to the spirit. I changed and my words are hard to find. There were so many things that resonanted in me: the two mothers,the many faiths, Bishops smile and words,Pastor Debye's fire, my CITN family together, I just am so happy. I feel it was historical, ordered, powerful, mighty, anointed and in perfect timing. Debra M
WOW!! What can I say. the service last night was sooo good. Words can not express what I felt last night and still feeling today.Awesome Awesome AwesomeRhonda
Pastor Scott and Judah, When will the CD be done?word ver...qatcd...
WOW service was amazing!!! I've always thought about world peace. The universe wanted us to have that service.I saw a little baby in the back playing the drums also. I was amazaed about how Many diffrent religons were there. My dad was singing in the Choir!I only need one bottle of holy water for my family.I only need one bottle because one bottle reprsents the power of us. From, Jazmyn
We are now in progress of the next Evolutionary jump. What does all this have to do with you? You ask? Well, you are apart of evolution and your life is becoming more advance and more complex. You, however, determine how advanced and complex. Remember, intelligence flows to conscious minds. How conscious are you of the flow of the Universe? This flow is the flow of your life. You have been placed here; now; for such a time as this to contribute to the advancement of the Universal flow of Love. You are granted Universal intellect and ability to accomplish great things, but you must be aware of it. You must recognize the pull of “gravity” in your life. GPF "pulled" the religions of the world together to create something that never existed before. A new government that rest squarely on Christ's shoulders. If you were there , didnt you feel the pull?
Something about that peace festival made me sleep like a baby last night and that is a feat in itself! Not in any way do I want to take away the impact of last night as a community, a church or a whole-but I would like to share something that happened to David and myself. I have referred here on the blog and with some of our friends an incident that happened in May to our middle daughter. A gang related incident in which her life was threatened for making a derogatory remark about a word that is a gang slur. She didn't even know what the word meant. Anyway- at the end of July the DA called her to testify against the two young boys. She ended up being the main witness and they were both convicted and sentenced. One of the boys broke loose in the courtroom before they could get him cuffed. It was extrememly frightening for all involved and I just remember feeling so bad for his mom and she was so angry at all of us. I have prayed for her and for her son many times since the incident and last night I turn around and she is sitting adjacent to me! She left early and I did not get a chance to speak and don't know if she would have received it anyway, but thought how awesome that we were all in this peace service and that we got to hear the testimony about the forgiveness of the mothers whose sons were involved in the altercation where death was the result. God is just so good and so big and we should just never take it for granted what He can do in the hearts of His people. Hope it is ok that I shared that.
Could this be the beginning of the Bride getting her act cleaned up for the Groom...
Good Morning Blog Family,I have repaired my computer…YEAY! Had a major crash and had to do reformatting and reloading and all. Thank God I now use a back up hard drive and didn’t loose all my stuff as I have in the past.Considering all that has taken place at CITN in the past few days I would like to share with you all a letter written be well known author Hannah Whitall Smith; written in 1880 to a friend. Anyone thinking that our belief is some new idea or “new age” is in need of a little research and study time; and not make rash decisions. I would write to Joel Bean if I had time, for I feel a great spirit of unity with him, and can truly sympathize in his terror of David Updegrapf. But, as you say, if they could only both be broad enough to tolerate one another, or even more, to see the needs for one another, how grand it would be. I am unspeakably thankful to have been brought out into a little of God’s wideness, which embraces all honest reaching out towards Himself. He has spoken to us at sundry times and in divers manners, and it is no wonder if we speak in the same diverse fashion to Him.Did I ever tell you what Jukes says that some who call themselves “brethren” do it because they have none of the toleration of fathers towards the young and the weak, but are full of the arrogant intolerance of the older brother who cannot endure the childish doings of the little ones? I know all about that intolerance, for I once was full of it. But now I see that those who are the furthest along the way will always be the most tolerant, or at least ought to be, just as shepherds are tolerant of their flocks.—To Anna, 4653 Main St., Germantown, Pa., March 14, 1880 Smith, H. W., & Dieter, M. E. (1997). The Christian's secret of a holy life : The unpublished personal writings of Hannah Whitall Smith (October 8). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.Peace, DennisPSHope there will be a web video or DVDs available.
Taste and see that the Lord is good!God is LOVE. The reason for the GPF is LOVE.. We are so blessed to be a part of CITN. The presence of the Living God is real. It was all so beautiful, it was all GOD.
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What can I say? how awesome was last night! To have all of those nations in our house is what this is all about. The Holy Spirit filled the house and fed our souls on all levels. I so truly "get" this and so honored and blessed to have a Bishop with the global vision to lead us on this journey. The loved that poured out last night was amazing what a awesome beginning! and I am so looking forward to being part of CITN and building bridges to get the work done. Thanks Bishop for your insight and leadership. How great is our God!
It's reigning/raining in Conyers again.
hey yall. so i keep reading about last night.. sounds like it was amazing. really excited for tonight... sumthins a happenin.. I think i want to make a Facebook page for the church.. is that okay? ppl on campus and in general think it so cool that i have a bish who blogs and the church comes online. i think a lot of students on Facebook or ppl in general would like to become a fan.. but i figure i should ask first.. if not its cool.. everything seems to be on facebok these days i thought you know whats missing CHURCH IN THE NOW.. excited for tonight.. cheers
Don't know what to "think" yet. "When the Spirit of the Lord moves upon my heart, I will dance as David danced..."Izumi Joy, that is a logical conclusion...V is for...Blessings,Ambassador Larryword ver: IYWKQ- I and Yeshua with Kings and Queens...
I think that last night was perfect....SO electric. The spirit in ITB felt soo good even before the service started. I loved every part of the service. I think everyone that was there started their day today with a fresh outlook on what it really means to love your neighbor as yourself. It doesn't matter what they look like or where they are from or what they believe - we are ONE FAMILY UNDER GOD. Period. Everyone who was apart of the service was amazing and so uniquely special. Extra love for my honey, P. Scott and Judah. I love how you both flow! Awesome things are coming your way... Bishop and Pastor Debye - You two.. I just love you both so much. Thank you for showing us how to love and for always being an example to me. Lindsey Pettite
How was David Phelps?Ain't God Good?
He was good...thanks for asking.Pm
By the way. DBA,You know you got 345 hits on your profile? Inquiring minds must really want to find out something about you!(including me, since I just went there)Peace DudePM
Bishop and Pastor and Debye,OMG!!! Last night was indescrible. To be on the platform to minister with the Nation of Worship and to feel the Spirit up there, it was electric. I thought of two things; first, the Tower of Babel and how God confused the languages because their motives were not pure. I think if they had approached tolerance and reconcilation as was done last night centuries of confusion and division may have never happened. Second, I kept hearing the old hymn, "Bring Your Vessels Not a Few". You probably remember this one that refers to Elisha's ministry to the widow that had nothing but a cruse of oil. Elisha asked her to go to her neighbors and borrow every empty vessel they had and pour out the oil into them. As she did miraculously they were all filled and she sold the oil and her family was provided for. As the water from all the servants of God were poured into that vessel last night I knew that the needs of the family of man will be provided as we trust in the Almighty and walk in His love. Thank you for this opportunity to hear, see and touch these precious people that we may not have been able to rub shoulders with in our everyday lives. We really do Speak to Nations.Much Love,Beth Rehbein
I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.Acts 2:25After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.Acts 4:31the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remainHeb 12:27I look at the world around me and this song rings in my ears. youtube.com/watch?v=8yRdDnrB5kM&feature
PM,Must be the Rutles connection. Did David Phelps do the Star Spangeled Banner with the Zeppelin "Kashmir" riff? I love how he makes the greatest song ever penned sound like an exegesis by Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham.KashmirOh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dreamI am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have beenTo sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seenThey talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealedTalk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my earBut not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clearOh, oh.Oh, I been flying... mama, there aint no denyinIve been flying, aint no denyin, no denyinAll I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the groundAnd my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted landTrying to find, trying to find where Ive been.Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dreamHeed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert streamMy shangri-la beneath the summer moon, I will return againSure as the dust that floats high and true, when movin through kashmir.Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of yearsWith no provision but an open face, along the straits of fearOhh.Ain't God Good?
The power of the MUSIC, the power of the WORD, the power of the UNITYThere was POWER in the house and I want more.Somewhat off subject but - Bishop was right we did get to see the debate in reruns.Did you hear the junior Senator from Illinois refer to himself as “Green behind the ears”?Does that make him a “wet horn”?
Ambassador Larry,V is for valid, valor, vanguard, vantage, variegate, ventilate, vast, venerable & verklempt.
GPF what could be a greater project/vision. I totally agree with the remarks of Peacemaker regarding Bishop Swilley. The time is "NOW" and perceptions are changing...even down here is Florida! I've shared CD's,the web connection of Bishop and the church website, so there is a growing number of Floridians that have joined with the vision.Love Light PeaceLisa
I'm so excited!
Anonymous at 1:04pm -- You posted my heart! How cool is that.Yesterday, I told the cows and trees, "Rejoice, the sons of God are being revealed!"No wisecracks from the peanut gallery, JOHN and Denizen!
Christ For All Nations, and "...all the nations are His inheritance and the ends of the earth His possession. Psalm 2:8Last night-a beautiful melding pot, the Spirit of Peace testifying of Jesus.Today-Yom Kippur, a day of atonement and repentance.My prayer is that the Lord will give growth to what was sown and that more kings of the earth will realize in time that it was Jesus the Christ and no other whose blood was shed for their true peace and atonement.So now , kings, be wise;... Pay homage to the Son...Psalm 2:10-12.We also asked for the nations, and they came.We also speak to nations, "Be free!"
HELLO FAMILY;I ATTENDED AGLOW MEETING ON TUESDAY MORNING OF THE INTER-FAITHSERVICE. THE SPEAKER HAS A DOCTORATE DEGREE ON ISAMIC STUDIES AND SHE SPOKE EXTENSIVELY ON ISLAM. ACCORDING TO HER IT IS VERY HARD TO CONVERT AN ISLAMIC PERSON. THEY HAVE TO SEE THE MANIFESTATION OF THE POWER OF GOD IN OUR LIVES AS CHRISTIANS AND EVEN MIRACLES. SHE SAID THAT THE BEST APPROACH IS TO LOVE THEM AND BE THEIR FRIENDS WHEN PROMPTED WITHOUT COMPROMISING OUR FAITH. IT IS USELESS TO ENGAGE IN AN UNPROFITABLE ARGUMENT WITH THEM.LAST NIGHT I SAW GOD IN THE TESTIMONY OF THE TWO WOMEN, WHOSE SON WAS KILLED BY THE OTHER. I CAN ONLY BELEIVE THAT ONLY GOD CAN BRING THAT RECONCILIATION TO THEM, AND GIVING THEM SUCH A POWERFUL TESTIMONY AND MINISTRY. IT MADE ME TO RELECT ON MY IMMEDIATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE. THAT IS WHERE WE ALL NEED TO START FROM. FORGIVING OUR FAMILY MEMBERS, OUR NEXT DOOR NEIGBORS,GOSSIPING AND NOSY COWORKERS, OUR BOSS, OUR SPOUSES AND EX-SPOUSES, OUR PASTORS AND CHURCH MEMBERS ETC. WHEN WE TRY TO LIVE AS PEACE MAKERS, THE WORLD AROUND US WILL CONFORM TO THAT IMAGE.JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY PRINCE OF PEACE AND HE HAS RELEASED THAT PEACE UPON US. THOSE TWO WOMEN EMBRACED IT AND IT SET THEM FREE FROM HATRED AND ANGER.I WILL NOT SAY THAT I UNDERTOOD ALL THAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT. IT IS GOING TO BE A CONTINOUS REVELATION TO ME AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO GRANT US HIS WISDOM,AND MAY HIS WORD CONTINUE TO BE LIGHT TO OUR PATH AS WE LEAN NOT ON OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.AS AN INTERCESSOR IN THE BODY OF CHRIST, I RELEASE ACTS 16-31 OVER EVERY SOUL PRESENT LAST NIGHT THAT HAS NOT KNOW CHRIST, THAT GOD WILL OPEN THEIR EYES AND GIVE THEM DEVINE ENCOUNTER LEADING THEM TO THE CROSS. THAT THE LOVE OF GOD THEY EXPERIENCED LAST NIGHT AT CITN WILL SET THEM FREE FROM EVERY SPIRIT OF DECEPTION TO THE GLORY OF GOD ALMIGHTY, AMENGOD IS GOOD AND HIS MERCY ENDURES FOR EVER AND TO HIM,ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BE GIVEN TO. LOVE .MERCY ODUAH
Doubleback...you heard it, too!?...Led Zeppelin was in the house!...nothing to lose, I was going to report the SAME THING!; SHO FAR, SHO GOOD!Let your love flowLike a bird on a wingLet your love bind youTo all living things...-Dave Mason...latest AYITN news...There is treasure in you!, and today may the Lord help us in praying the right things. Tomorrow there is talk of a wilderness adventure...see ME there!
GPF....What an Amazing experience. So many different people from so many faiths, races, ethnic backgrounds meeting together in harmony to praise One True and Almighty God. The pouring of the (Holy) water from many bowls into One bowl by representatives from many faiths was a terrific symbolism of all faiths and people coming together as one. Talk about tying it all together...WOW!!!!Still absorbing the entire event. So much to take in...so much to pray for...so much to give praise for...so much to give thanks for.One Family under God.Thank you Bishop, Pastor Debye, CITN and all for making that a truly wonderful experience.Peace, Love and Blessings.Ray & JoAnn Muscarello
Judah and Pastor Scott's song was awesome, loved it!Great stage presentation guys!A THANK YOU! to those who helped feed us in the choir, a strengthening to weak knees, and to my breath!...the garlic in the spinach dip helped me sing with more power!It was a great vantage point on the upper riser seeing the whole congregation worshiping to "We Speak To Nations". I thank God for being there with everyone.Oh yeah, it was a nice surprise seeing Pastor Tommy!...it was cool running into him.
Bishop, I told Pastor Debye, but I have to share this with you and the bloggers. I believe it was the Rabbi at the GPF who made the point that there are no coincidences. Just as the forgiving mothers were coming to the stage, I looked across the aisle at woman sitting opposite me, and realized it was Anna, who stood with me at my small wedding 29 years ago. Her mother(Rosa B. Wright) was the pastor of the church Vic attended when I met him, and she subsequently presided at our wedding. I haven't seen or talked to Anna in probably 20 years! There she sat, at CITN, at the GPF, right across the aisle from me!!! I yelled out her name and rushed over to sit beside her. She didn't recognize me at first, then when she did we hugged and kissed and tried not to make a scene. She and her many sisters were like sisters to me all those years ago, and after the service she said one of her other sisters (Shirley Cotton)was also in the audience. None of us knew the others would be there. Anna said it was like "Celie seeing her sister again in the Color Purple", which made me laugh. I told her about your love of that movie. OMG, what a surprise and revelation. Turns out John in the choir invited her, and he used to go to the small Fairburn church her mother started. It's GOT to mean something! THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES
Bishop, the sermon tonight was AMAZING! Thank you for being a GIFT to the Body!
It's no coincidence that the GPF preceded Yom Kippur. All is ordered.
Isaiah 55Invitation to the Thirsty 1 "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. 4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples. 5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor." 6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. 9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed."I believe that God made an everlasting covenant with Church in the Now on last night and that word of the Lord was fulfilled in "hearing" on October 7, 2008 at the GPF, in Conyers, Ga.!VaughEvan
The Tue night celebration really highlighted the Spirit of God that is the foundation of every life. That God is God, however expressed. Everyone was blessed and woven into each other without condition, beautifully as is. God is Love without condition. There was only Truth and Spirit, each perception of The Spirit of God enjoying each other, illuminating pieces in each other that could not be seen except for the diversity in The Light Spectrum of The Spirit present. – That is what incites peace, adjusts the world system pylons , transforming them from trust in the created to trust in The Creator, maintaining the validity of each unique expression of that trust and faith, and blossoming new expressions, God is infinite, as is expression and enjoyment of faith is infinite. The way we connect and share peace is infinite. Peace, Joy, Rightness with God belongs to each one of us, which when we receive it for ourselves, we see every other enjoying it. We know God is in every other, underlying peace between us all.
Bishop Swilley - I am sitting here on my computer reading the anointed comments about the GPF from your congregation - and all sorts of watery stuff keeps pouring out of my eyes. I praise God for the work He is doing in Conyers, in America and across the globe.The Spirit of the Living God was present with us Tuesday. One member of my congregation said he was "breathless" the entire program. Another said the program started with engines running hot and strong and it kept going from one crescendo to another until the finale. God has been preparing you and your lineage for hundreds of years for just this moment. It was beautiful to hear your father say how proud he is of his son. We all long for dad to say, "I am proud of you, my son."We have embarked on a project - working with the Living God - to establish His Kingdom of Heaven on this very Earth. I praise God and thank Him for Bishop and Pastor Swilley. And I thank Him, too, for my beautiful brothers and sister of Church In The Now....for we are truly "One Family under God."Tom Cutts, District DirectorUniversal Peace Federation
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