Sunday, December 7, 2008

Hey Bloggers,

We're back from Brazil...awesome trip...thanks for your prayers...

I wasn't planning on opening up the blog until tomorrow, but I thought you might want/need to communicate a little, so I decided to go ahead and post something...

Service this morning was amazing...I meant to mention that today is Pearl Harbor Day, and I intended to honor all of our service men and women...but since I didn't do that, let me take this oppornuity to thank all of you who have so given yourselves for the good of our country...

Gonna try to get a little post-international travel nap in before Sacrament Service tonight...

I'll post at least a part of MITN, Chapter X, for tomorrow a little later...

Peace...

28 comments:

Donald said...

Good, goood, gooood!!!!!

Yvonne said...

Welcome back Bishop and Pr. Debye...I enjoyed today so much. What a hopeful and on time message.

I wanted to write out highlights of what you spoke about during Body Builders and I have completed 2 installments on my blog, yveinthenow.blogspot, and it was funny that I spent time on line researching the 4 Christmas pop carols you mentioned and tried to explain in writing what you shared with us/and you talked about it this morning.

Your words and experiences really helps "your people". I am so excited about how CITN and how we are effecting the global community.

I am glad for your safe return. See you tonight!

love, Yvonne

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Bishop and Pastor Debye!


I appreciate you both so much! Your words were so annointed and spoke so deeply to my spirit today that all I can do is cry . . . a good cry . . . a cleansing cry . . . perhaps a 2008 "new beginnings" closure cry (the way Pastor Debye put it), but whatever it is, it feels really good. Thank you!

Love to you both,

A.H.

Ebony said...

Welcome back!! What a wonderful way to spend my 28th birthday! The service today was great! Today's sermon is definitely gonna be a stocking stuffer. And I appreciated the word about speaking a good report and appreciating our blessings. It helped me to keep things in perspective after my checking account had fraudulent activity on it. I was upset for a long time, but I thought, I wasn't hurt, the bank will take care of it, all is well. Hope you've gotten some rest :-)

*off to eat birthday cake*

Anonymous said...

A TIMELY WORD FROM AYITN

THE MARK!

"He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a MARK* on their RIGHT HAND or on their FOREHEADS, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the MARK or the name of the beast**, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666."

(Revelation 13:16-18)

(*Mark: Greek - "charagma" [English – "character"] - a stamp or impress)

(**Beast: Greek - "therion" - a wild, untamed beast; like the old nature)

Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have the MARK OF THE LAMB, not the mark of the beast ("therion" - the old nature) on my forehead (my understanding, wisdom, and thought processes) or in my right hand (my strength, power and authority). I have passed from death unto life! "Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father's name written ON THEIR FOREHEADS" (Revelation 14:1). "And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be ON THEIR FOREHEADS" (Revelation 22:3, 4). The Mark (character) of the Lamb is on my forehead, so I am not limited to think like a natural man with a fallen nature (represented by the number 6 – natural spirit, soul, and body = 666), but I think like a redeemed man with a renewed mind (represented my the number 7). "And these words . . . shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children . . . talk of them while you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a SIGN ON YOUR HAND, and they shall be as FRONTLETS BETWEEN YOUR EYES" (Deuteronomy 6:6-8).


Today I will not allow the mark of secular humanism to be on my forehead or in my hand. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father!


Today I will not allow confidence in the flesh to rule my mind or control my authority. Jesus is the vine; I am the branch. Apart from Him I can do nothing.


Today I will not take on the mark (character) of rebellion, which is as witchcraft.


Today I will not take the mark of idolatry. I will seek the Kingdom FIRST!


Today I will not take the mark of intellectualism that produces atheism. I believe!


Today I will not buy or sell according to the world system, refusing to bear the number of a man. I will bear God's seal today, and today I will live in the now!


Father, give me wisdom and understanding today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Lisa said...

Welcome home! We are leaving for China tommorrow!!!! Please pray for clear weather so we can get to Chicago and our flight can take off. We come home Christmas eve night at 5 and drive the 3 hours home to reunite with our kids. We are needing much favor for this trip!!!
You can follow along on our adoption trip to our son at my blog by following my link on my name!!!! Please leave comments as it gets rough some days and you need family encouragement!!!!
Merry Christmas Everyone! May you all be as blessed as we are and more!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Who all is invited to Body builders? I was under the impresion it was only ordained ministers, but i think some of the people who are bloggers are not ordained, no offense. Is it invitation only, or at your Bishops
discretion, or can we just sshow up?

disciple said...

Hey Bish,

I just saw the video of you in Korea. It looked like 75,000 people to me, and it looked awesome!

Pastor Dennis said...

Bishop & Debye,
It's good to see you back.... - in full force, I might add.

Powerfull service this morning. I remember back when I first really began to "study" the scriptures instead of just reading the surface. I was shocked upon finding who those "wise men" really were. that small bit of information opens up volumes of insight into the ways of God in the earth.

Just a side note. I was also shocked when you sang part of "the end" by the Doors. I thought I was the only one with that song still stuck in their head.
"The blue buuus is callin uuus....."

the worship at the end of the service was so had such a powerful anointing on it I was brought to tears.

Peace on earth,
Dennis

Anonymous said...

disciple, where can you find the video?

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Hey Donald...I assume you are referring to the service this morning...and, yes, all day today was good...very good!

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Thanks, Yvonne...I checked it out on your blog and left a message...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Love right backatcha, A.H.

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EBONY!

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Lisa, you are blessed when you go out, and blessed when you come in...

And as you bind mercy and truth around your neck, you will have favor with God and man...

All will be well...the Lord perfects that which concerns you!

Yvonne said...

I am not sure who is asking the question or what the motive is, but I am going to assume it is out of a heart of love and authentic curiosity.

Let me say, that a heap see and a few know.

Many people at CITN know me by the flesh (or they think) but they don't know who I am in the spirit. Just like folks saw Jesus and didn't know he was the savior, the Mesiah, the Lord of lords and the King of kings, I am sure that many who see my flesh don't realize that I am an ordained minister. It is important that I know God has ordained me but I also don't anyone to believe me to be presumptous or out of order or in rebellion because you;ll are my church family and I don't want to offend anyone.

That being said, please allow me to say the following...

Whether you know it or not, you are ordained to do what God has you to do in your sphere of influence and you are mandated to minister, at least to your family, your co-workers, your neighbors and whether you do it or not is your decision. I chose to walk in the fullness that God has for me.

Now Bishop is a pastor to pastors therefore my attendance at Body Builders is to be ministered to on a deepr level than I receive in a traditional service.

I serve in different ministries outside of the church and when I came to the church over 8 years ago and told only a few folks over my tenure "my membership at CITN" that I was married to a pastor for over a decade and I have spearheaded several ministries in the church where we served.

I presently serve as a executive director for a homeless ministry that has been in existence for almost a 10 years, so without reading my entire ministry resume, the most important thing I will say is that THE HOLY SPIRIT ORDAINED ME to attend this summit of ministers and ordained pastors.

The spirit of God Himself ordained me for service so I know that Bishop accepts that ordination and my attendence at Body builders is good with me and the holy ghost and I am being lead by Him.

I did ask Him (daddy God) to go and didn't go until he released me to go. Let me also say that Bishop and the other ministers always receive me. Now concerning your attendence, check it with the Ghost, He knows because He has ordained CITN, BITN, Body Builders and every ministry in the church and He is well able to complete that which He has begun.

So, I am not sure why you asked, anon, but I just thought I would answer why I was there, so there was no misunderstanding.

One day I would love to share with you what happened when the Holy Spirit ordained me ~ He is a consuming fire.

love, Yvonne

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Anon@7:33...the term "by invitation only" is misleading, and I have asked the staff not to use it when advertising BB...

Technically, it is for ordained ministers, but if someone is involved in some from of ministry and really wants to come, I don't prevent them...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Anon@7:33...the term "by invitation only" is misleading, and I have asked the staff not to use it when advertising BB...

Technically, it is for ordained ministers, but if someone is involved in some from of ministry and really wants to come, I don't prevent them...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Didn't mean to hit that twice...my bad...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Thanks, Disciple...I thought it was pretty cool...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Thanks, P. Dennis...hope you're feeling better...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

Anon@11:08, go to www.globalpeacefestival.com...it's in the upper right hand corner...if you watch the whole thing you'll see me twice, and my dad a couple of times...

Bishop Jim Swilley said...

No, I mean www.globalpeacefestival.org...

Pastor Dennis said...

Thanks Bishop,
I am doing fine now, But I have been at my mom's again for a few days. she fell again and hit her head on the door facing this time. She is OK though, thank God for sending angels to break her fall, she could have been much worse. Pray for her. She does not want to come and live with us so I try to come and see her and check on things as often as I can. she has a housekeeper and a nurse that come by through the week also.

we watched CITN together today, she loves it, and Debye and you.

Many of my own health problems are inherited from the things she is having so much trouble with now.

Peace,
Dennis

Yve said...

thanks Bishop for clearing that up. Just one word from Bish brings clarity and understanding.

Thanks for blogging and yes I do need to change the moderation setting. I thought the re-cap may be interesting to me because, well frankly I never thought of all of the every day life lessons that was being taught. I just know that It's a wonderful life is my favorite too. I just got a hold of it a couple of years ago and the story line blessed me so much.

It is true that folks really do relate to movies, songs and televsion. I am glad I am a student or disciple of your teachings.

Yve

vaughn said...

Pr. Dennis, thanks for your comments on the previous blog. I hope all is well with your family.

love, Yvonne

Anonymous said...

Yvonne- I offer my sincerest apology. I was 100% curious. I am just not ordained by any one ministry and I was curious, that is all. That was a good testimoney of your service for the kingdom though. God Bless you.

Yvonne said...

Anon, no apology necessary. The only way you know is to ask and you are not the first one, but I just didn't want anyone to think that I was overstepping my boundaries, (though I walk in the spirit) and that I truly was being lead by the spirit.

To sit under Bishop is a blessing and a priviledge. I know he is just a man, however he does have a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and revelation.

God Bless and Goodwill and Peace,
In His love, Yvonne