Wednesday, January 7, 2009

“I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent.”
-Henry Ward Beecher

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I totally dig this! It's much like our week of prayer so far....I'm saturated in the fermentation process and expect the cork to pop...like champagne.

Carrie

TheCenturion said...

Last night at prayer was amazing. The Holy Spirit was so tangible. Thank you for all who lifted me up. You have know idea how powerful that is. What was the name of the final song sung last night? See you tonight.

Iris said...

All I can say is WOW!!!! Last night was off the chain… From the dance to the prayer… Amazing… His spirit was so tangible.

And yes the fermentation is in it’s final process, and how the wine is going to be superb, the grapes were from the finest vineyard. I feel the pressure rising… Watch out it’s going to blow….

Iris

P Nancy said...

Here's another that I really like-

It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Henry Ward Beecher

It's a WONDERFUL life!!

karl cobos said...

As the new wine is found in a bunch of grapes, and one says: Don't destroy it, FOR THERE'S SOME GOOD (or THERE'S A BLESSING) in it.

God willing I'll be there tonight. Natasha is not feeling very well, any prayers for her strength and physical/financial blessings appreciated...thanks!

gotta go.

Anonymous said...

Bishop thank you for the word today in Bodybuilders!

Your topic this morning about Forgiveness was at point. There was a moment I thought to myself no! He is not going there. Was he there when I started my research on forgiveness?

This Saturday January 10, I am going to be speaking on the subject of forgiveness at Women’s Brunch. In my topic is “Walking in Forgiveness.”

When you started this morning with the topic of forgiveness, I knew that I am doing the right subject. The same questions you were pointed out this morning and what non- forgiveness represent in our physical lives, were the same questions I was asking my husband last night, about when he finally open up himself to forgive his ex-wife. What is the difference with him now, physically mentally and spiritually after he forgives her?

And I went to ask: What is Forgiveness is?
Forgiveness can be a gift that we give to ourselves. (Example: the when we welcome the two mothers here at the GPF Meeting. When both of them explain how they took what happen between their sons and take a stand of forgiveness towards one another.

Forgiveness is the act of untying yourself from thoughts and feelings that bind you the offense committed against you.

Forgiveness – is tried to understand the point of view and the motivation of the person to be forgiven.

Forgive yourself for you role you in the relationship.

What Forgiveness is not ….

Forgiveness is forgetting or pretending it didn’t happen. It did happen; we need to retain the lesson learned without holding the pain.

Forgiveness is not excusing. We excuse a person who is not to blame. We forgive because a wrong was committed.

Forgiveness is NOT reconciliation. We have to make a separate about whether to reconcile with the person we are forgiving or whether to maintain our distance.

The benefits of Forgiveness, when you forgive someone:

The Benefits are:
• Lower blood pressure
• Stress reduction
• Better anger management skills
• Lower heart rate
• Fewer anxiety symptoms
• Lower risk or alcohol substance abuse
• More friendships
• Healthier relationships

For its essence forgiving is not about the people who have hurt us. Forgiveness is about healing ourselves after we have been hurt.
Forgiving and letting go can be very difficult challenges, but it’s even more stressful to hold on to grudges.

kettly

Anonymous said...

And my topic. Not in

kettly

dgm2007 said...

Good sermon. i think its cool that you raise the question...
what is this here to teach me? because the holy spirit will tell you what the lesson is. Earlier today i was at baggage claim. My bag was the first to come out. This random guy said wow your lucky. I said well this always happens i normally get my luggage first. I said jokingly watch your luggage be the last to come out. We had been waiting forever for his bag and it seemed appropriate. :)
he said oh now you've jinxed me. I thought no way i have that much power. The holy spirit said. your words are powerful. All the bags came except his. So I guess i was taught the same lesson today. Very interesting stuff. I find that when you have a thought, i want this, i need such and so and so and let it go, God moves on your behalf or how ever you want to phrase it. Just believe that with god all things are possible and they are its very simple. i don't know how people miss out on this.And the hanger was a miracle, the more you recognize something the more it happens no need to doubt that. I look at our thoughts as prayers. And well God listens to Prayer so the more you talk and talk the less he can do because hes listening. If you shut up and just let it be you allow God to move.. Weird to explain but the talk less say more is what i'm getting at.

Happy New Year
Pastor Debye if your out there thanks for the Prayer. Your words are Powerful!
the facebook group is up to 44 members!

Reign! said...

Very Cool sermon tonight!
Parts of it were reminscent of another one of your classics: The Nexus of Healing & Forgiveness!

P, Debye said...

Merci Beaucoup (sp?) dgm2007

I am so proud of you! Godspeed!

P. Debye

Speaking Spirit said...

On the topic of forgiveness, there is a lot to say. In the psalms, we are told that if we don't regard inquity in our hearts, God will hear us. It is very important for me to know, like Jesus did when He said at Lazarus' tomb, Father, thank you that you always hear me. I need for Father God to always give audience to me and so forgiveness is a luxury I can't afford.

Somehow when we examine ourselves and ask God for a pure heart and clean hands and ask the Lord for forgiveness and just enter into the model pray that the Lord taught us/basic principles apply. Forgive us as we forgive those who trepass against us..is a basic scriptural concept.

To whom much is forgiven much is required...now I know that my flesh is a mess so if God who is Holy can forgive me...I should be able to forgive those around me.

I am not sure about others, but God will not allow me to stay in a unforgiven state towards anyone including myself.

He simply has to much for me to do and I need to be effective for the kingdom of God and since forgiving means "forth giving", I am giving to myself, my community and to the kingdom of God to forthgive cheerfully for God loves a cheerful giver.

So, Kettly, I add my Amen to your forgiveness topic.

Speaking Spirit

Pastor Dennis said...

I'm a fermentin!

Peace,
Dennis

Pamela T. said...

I have known for sometime that forgiveness has been a major component to my healing over the past couple of years. I was writing in my journal on Monday about Self-love, Self-esteem, and self-forgiveness. I was writing through it knowing that I am still working in this area. I hope that you address this in this series. We are so much harder on ourselves than God is. Why do we beat ourselves up? If God forgives the murderer, he forgives us. Not everyone who is reading this has self-love, self-esteem issues, but I know many do. I believe that this is a 3 chord situation that determines our confidence in who we are in the Lord and in the world. Thanks so much about the re-writing grievance part. I have seen part of the series you are referring to and I have it Tivo'ed and have planned to sit down and watch the entire recordings. I did watch the first day, and it was so cool. When I pray for others or with others and am writing prayers I always include forgiveness as a basis and renewing of the mind to release the strongholds and open the receiving of blessings and healing.

And as a start I am saying if my latter is going to be better than my former I have to accept this and be thankful for this for my ex as well. He did the best he could, and I learned some valuable life skill lessons to bring into my future. I learned what I want, what I need, and that God has and will use these difficult situations and experiences to build my character, strengthen my resolve, and help be a blessing to others through the compassion for others who have gone through similar situations. God through this healing process has been preparing me for who he has in chosen for me. Because I know my latter in all situations will be greater than my former and I will have worked through the old ways and know that I am knew and he has created a new better version of me on a daily basis. I will be a blessing to others because of my past; my prayers for others will be deep and spiritually connected that I can know faithfully that God will answer these prayers, because I believe and I had the courage to be honest, forgive, and ask God to heal these areas of my life and turn them around so they will be a blessing to others. I love you guys have an awesome and blessed day. Pamela T.