Monday, August 31, 2015
Tomorrow will be September the 1st. As far as I am concerned that means Pumpkin Spice Everthing will be in full swing. I am determined to ignore the fact that it's still 90 degrees outside and feels like the middle of Summer. It's my birthday month, let the Pumpkin everything begin! Tomorrow, I will sit in front of the air conditioner and pretend it's the cool Autmn breeze while I sip my first Pumpkin Spice Latte and eat apple cider dounuts. God is good.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Today we had a guest preacher. Bro. Dibble who is a missionary to Micronesia and the Pacific Islands. He preached from Psalm 118:24 on the topic of "My Last Day With The Frogs". I really enjoyed his sermon and wished he would have preached more. When David was writing he used the phrase, "This is The Day.." he was celebrating and declaring it was a time of victory. He could have used,"a day" instead of "the day", but by using "a", it would have meant it was not a special day. When he used "the", he was making a statement that made "the"stand out. Bro. Dibble,then started to talk about Joseph and how he was a dreamer. He had big dreams of what God was going to do. His brothers despised him for his dreams and did not treat him right. We must be careful how we react to a dreamer who has big dreams from God. It is better to stand with them and believe with them, even if you can't see it yet yourself. How you respond to a dreamer of big faith in God can determine how your future unfolds. Their faith-filled dreams, may be speaking your future. This was the case with Joseph and his brothers. Later, when the Israelites were in bondage to Egypt, they were praying for God to send a deliverer. He sent them Moses, who was a man who had been out with the sheep. He was the opposite of the Egyptians. He was smelly and had a beard, while Pharaoh was clean shaven. When Moses told him to let the people go, Pharaoh said no and God sent the plagues. When the frog plague came, it was one of their gods and they were not able to kill them. They were everywhere. When Pharaoh had enough, he asked Moses to ask God to get rid of the frogs. Moses asked when and Pharaoh said tomorrow. We all have situations in our life. We get used to it and when God shows up and says, let me take care of it, we say, maybe tomorrow. God is right there, with your answer and because we are so used to how things are, we chose to hold on to it for just one more day. God wants to set you free now. Make up your mind that it's the last day with your "frogs". God can deliver you from your situation. God is good..
Saturday, August 29, 2015
I just came home from celebrating a very sweet little girl's birthday. It was nice to watch the kids having a good time and smiled to myself and gave thanks for the family of God. Earlier today our church had a ladies clothing swap and luncheon. Everyone brought clothes that no longer fit or they didn't need and we went "shopping". It was a lot of fun and I came home with some nice, "new" things. After our delicious lunch, Sis. Dibble, who is a missionary to the Philippines and many other places, spoke to us. She talked about how she likes to collect Sea Glass and the process it goes through to become so beautiful. She then mentioned several ladies in her life who made an impact. She talked about how we all have someone who is watching us and looking to see how we will react to situations. We can be a good example to follow or a, don't do what she did example. On all the tables, there was a smooth stone for each lady present. She told the story about when Jesus wrote in the sand and told the people that whoever was without sin to throw the first stone at the women caught in adultery. None could throw their stone because they were all guilty of something. She told us to write our name on the stone and add "1st stone" to it. We are to put in in a place where we can see it and remember that before we throw our stone at someone in condemnation, we must remember that we too are not without sin. I put my stone on my kitchen window and hope that I can remember that before I cast judgment, take a good look at myself first. Forgiveness is a much better way to go, it truly gives you peace so you can sleep at night. God is good.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Presently there are several different classes taking place at Bethel. Tonight was the first night of the series. We are taking the class being taught by Bro. Walker. His topic is "God's Triumphant Church". It's a very relevant topic for this present day and age. His scriptures were from Romans 8:31,37-39; Exodus 15:1,21;Corinthians 2:14;Colossians 2:9-15, Revelation 17:11-14, Revelation 14:14-16;Revelation 6:1-2, Matthew 16:18 and Psalm 4:7 His goal in this lesson is to 1. Exalt Christ by understanding the purpose of His church. 2. Inspire members of Christ's body to believe for the greatest revival the world has ever known. 3. Understand with continuity and sensitive my purpose within His church. 4. Create deeper intimacy with Jesus, a robust faith for the future, and a greater love for the Church for which Christ gave His own life. God has a purpose for every individual person. A picture was projected on the wall of the Arc De Triomphe. When it was built by Napoleon it was built with the purpose that he would walk through it victorious. Instead he went through it in a casket. Hitler even thought he would march through it in triumph and instead walked through it defeated. All great nations have lost a war and failed. None have maintained great power for long and eventually fell at one time or another. There is only one entity that has survived persecution, has lasted over time and will always be triumphant and that is the Church. The Church is not a building, but a body of believers who are followers of Christ. They are a group of people who are called out and chosen by God. No matter what happens, we, the Church are not to be afraid, we are to stand strong. When we are in the vine of Christ, we are triumphant. I'm looking forward to the rest of these lessons. God is good.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I know my title seems a bit weird,I have a reason for it. It seems lately that every day is a National Day for something. One day it's celebrate the hot dog, or a pancake or you name it, it has a day. Today for instance was National Dog Day. I joined with others and posted in social media about my dog Mozart. He's been with us since he was 7 months old. We can always find an excuse to celebrate something. There is nothing wrong with this. For instance next month is my birthday. I love celebrating birthdays more than Narional This or That Days. Why, you may ask. For me it's fun to give gifts and bring a smile to the face of others. I like to celebrate the life given to a person. National Day is fine and the second it's celebrated, it's forgotten. However the birth of a person is forever recorded and one life can change the course of history forever for many. God is good.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
RJ was talking to us about having a walk with God and hearing his voice. We told him since he was 7 that his walk with God is little steps and as you grow older your walk with him gets bigger. No matter how old you are, your walk with God should never stop growing. This seemed to satisfy him and we moved on to another topic. Yesterday in the morning, we had our normal prayer together. While he and I were in the car he says in a very serious voice that his walk with God was starting. I told him it was great and he said," Yes, I know because when we were praying, I felt a tear come out of my eye and the Holy Ghost was starting to bubble up in me. Oh and you know what! I know what my gift is..it's the gift of knowing what people are going to say". Me: " I'm glad you are starting your walk.." He then interrupts and says," For example, I know you are going to say no to something I'm asking for when you start your words with ummm. I know you are going to say no". God is good.
Monday, August 24, 2015
This past weekend in NJ was the last of our summer adventures. It was a fun packed one and RJ finally got to swim at Lake Absegami. Today, I woke up looking forward to the new school year. We have a little over a week to go and we will use it to transition back into the school routines. Since Ross is at University level, his first day was today. It has been an awesome summer and we are ready for the next season to come. God is good.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Today we attended church in NJ at Solid Rock. I took notes of the service but since I'm in the car, I'm not able to get to them. I will do my best to share Bro Hanscom's sermon on,"Hearing The Voice Of God". He preached about the transfiguration we read about in Mathew. Jesus took several of his disciples with him to the top of a mountain. While they were there Jesus was glowing and Moses and Elijah appeared. When this happened God spoke and told them that Jesus was his beloved son in whom he was well pleased and that they were to hear what he had to say. In our present day and life we have many voices around us. We can be distracted by these voices. We need to stop and listen for the still small voice of God and see what he has to say to us. When you hear his voice it's almost a whisper because he wants you to lean in closely to hear him. He wants to be close to you. God is good.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Today RJ went on an adventure. He went crabbing with his uncle Joe, Noah and Joe Joe. They left early in the morning and came back late in the afternoon. RJ was so excited because he caught 5 of the 33 crabs. Joe cooked the crabs and and we feasted on them for dinner. They were delicious. Tonight we are enjoying a bonfire while we eat roasted marshmallows for desert. God is good.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Today we joined my mother in law and her sisters for a visit to the beach. While we were in the ocean, she decided to sit in the waves and let them roll around her. RJ normally is very timid in the water. He thought what she was doing was super funny and joined her. He lost all fear of the waves and laughed as the waves rolled around him, soaking him in the process. The day with everyone was a really nice one.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Today we said our last goodbye as Lisa headed back home to Texas. Ross dressed up like a nerd to participate in the youth nerd night at church. Bob, RJ and I are headed to NJ for one last summer weekend. When we get back next week it will be time to get back into school mode. It has been a fantastic summer. I'm thankful for every part of it. God is good.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Today we dropped Kala, Samson, Tara and Tally off at the airport. It was hard to say goodbye. We really enjoyed our time with them. Before they left, RJ and Tally really wanted to bake brownies. They did and fantastic job. I will miss having them here. This evening Lisa and I went out for some good ol fashioned Italian food at Baci's. It was very good food. When we got back, the house felt a bit empty without everyone here. This summer has been such a wonderful one. God is good.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Today RJ wanted to show everyone his school. After exploring we decided to head to Carlos Bakery for some yummy treats. Later, we had a nice BBQ. It was a simple day, but my favorite one with my family. I will miss them when they leave. God is good.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Today we had a guest speaker, Bro. Guidroz. His subject was, "Keeping The Fire Burning". He preached from Hebrews 12:29. We know that God has supernatural power. He had a fire that comes down from heaven and comes down to earth. In the Old Testment, we read of several instances where fire came from heaven to consume an offering or sacrifice. He showed them his power by using fire. It was his way of letting them know that he was aware of where they were and he was in control. When the Isrealites gave an offering, they also had to keep the fire burning. No matter what happpened, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, the fire had to stay lit. To illustrate this, he lit several candles and had some of our youth come to the front and wave over the flame to make sure it didn't go out. The same fire that fell in the Old Testement, fell from heaven in the New Testement on The Day Of Pentecost. This was now a supernatural power that filled the souls of man. In this present day, when we are filled with his spirit, we need to keep the fire of God burning within us. The greatest refival we have ever know is here and we need to make sure the fire of Christ is burning bright within us. We must pray more and read God's word more. If the fire is burning, we are ready and able,to be a part of the greatest revival. God is good.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Today we all went to The Central Park Zoo. Due to the heat, most of the animals were not very active. We had fun anyway. When we finished looking around the zoo, we ate lunch at one of NYC's many Diners. The food was good and time with family even better. Tomorrow is church and a day of rest. It's been nice seeing family. God is good.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Tonight Bro. Cook taught a lesson on "Overcoming In An Overwhelming World". His main text was taken from John 3:16-18,19 and John 16:33. When Jesus speaks there is peace. He has overcome the world, we can know that it's a done thing. When we stop and look at the earth and creation we are amazed by the beauty of it. God's creation is amazingly detailed. It is very important to stop everything and take time out to really look around us. The world we live in is an artificial world. Everything is man-made, our house, car, bed and clothing. We are like robots in our man-made world. God's creation is therapy for us in times of stress. When we look at the beauty of his creation a sense of peace overwhelms us. We need to take a minute to reflect on God's creation. Our world is literally falling apart things are getting worse. Why are these things happening? When sin entered the world, it came to steal, kill and destroy. God knew that the world needed a savior. He came robed in flesh and walked on this earth to make things right again. Sin is anything that upsets God's plan. He became the plan to redeem us from sin. We tend to blame our problems or situations on others. We need to take responsibility for our own problems and situations. Each person is tempted to blame others. When they do this they are the victim. We can choose instead to be a victor and not a victim. A victor overcomes. We must not let the things of this world cause us to lose focus. In the world we will have tribulation. In God we have peace, he has overcome the world. To be an overcomer in an overwhelming world, we need Jesus. In him, we have perfect peace. God is good.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Today while Ross picked Lisa up from the airport, RJ and I met up with Family that was in the city. We spent the day exploring the Statue of Liberty with Kala, Samson, Tara and Tally. I have never been to the base of the museum inside and it was a real treat. Just seeing RJ and Tally together having fun was so wonderful. We also visited Ellis Island and learned a lot about what people had to go through in an attempt for a better way of life. We have family who came through Ellis Island, so it was a really good way to connect to our heratiage. We are home now and will be heading out soon to watch the meateor showers taking place tonight. God is good.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Today was another day of rest. It rained and poured for most of the day. I took advantage of this and prepared my house for my sister Lisa who will be arriving tomorrow. In the morning the sun will shine and we will be out and about as tourist of NYC with Kala, Tara, Samson and Tally. I like anything that teaches history. Our plan is to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. If I have my information right, my Nonna went to Ellis Island when she came to America from Italy. It will be neat to show RJ something that links him to his his great-grandmother. We will have fun and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. God is good.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Today was a day of catching up on loads of laundry and resting. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the events that took place over the past few days. We are home, but we don't feel the same. Outlook on life is just a bit different. I don't want to lose this. This coming week is going to be a busy one, family is in town and we are super excited to spend time with them. Summer festivities are not over and we are enjoying the summer. God is good.
Sunday, August 09, 2015
I have been sifting through various social media under the hashtag #NAYC15 to see the postings regarding the event. I have enjoyed the posts and relived the most amazing moments that took place. This week was life changing, it was empowering and has set the course for many.Every session was impacting and tools were given. The last night was like something I have never experienced before. I believe we are in the last days and because of what took place at North American Youth Congress in Oklahoma, young people are going to change their world. I have attended this event in years past and they were impacting and amazing. This year was different. This year something supernatural took place that will bring forth the revival we read about happening in the last days. We experienced the former and latter rain being greater. The last night was not the end of a great week, but the beginning of signs that will follow those that believe. This generation of young people has listened to the call, they have answered and things only heard of overseas will now happen on American soil. Will opposition come? Yes. Will persecution come? Yes. Will the Apostolic youth of today rise to the occasion? Yes. Jesus is our Anthem. The Acts 2:38 message is our foundation. The God of Elijah and Elisha is living within us. The mantle of the anointed is upon us and we shall go forth as lights that shatter the darkness. God is good. If you have never been in an Apostolic/Pentecostal environment, it may seem strange to you. This is what took place in the book of Acts we read about in the Bible. If you want to know more you can visit this website to find a place to experiance this for yourself at :www.upci.com/churchlocator Here are some links to video footage taken by some that were in attendance. Please note, not all are of good quality, but you can hear what is taking place and that is what matters. Reports are that this roar may have broken a Guiness Book of World Records for decibles in an closed arena.Lee Stoneking speaking to the crowd This moment,was when it felt like Jesus walked into me. I felt like I was in a bubble.RJ fell asleep in my arms when this happened. Total peace. Rev. Lee Stoneking Speaking- Shout Jesus The last song that was sung by the amazing worship team. Wow. A song written by Anthony Brown
Saturday, August 08, 2015
I don't know how to convey what happened tonight. How do you put into words the supernatural explosion that took place. The roar was like that of a tornado going through the building. The ground vibrated like an earthquake from the intensity. It was so powerful that it put you to your knees. Everyone reacted differently to it, but you could not be in the atmosphere and not respond somehow. We were impacted in a way that will run deep and stay with us. We can not be the same after this night. Stories are going to be heard of exploits and signs and wonders taking place. The stories we hear about overseas are going to happen here in the USA. Jesus walked into us tonight. I don't know how else to describe it. God is good.
Friday, August 07, 2015
The first night of NAYC15 was fantastic, the 2nd night took us all to another level. I believe something transpired in the hearts, minds and souls of every one of us. It was like we had been given an infusion that will cause us to stand tall and strong for Christ in a Godless world. For the Bethel youth group it was a special night because one of our youth who had been seeking the infilling of the God's Spirit for two years, was filled to overflowing last night. Bro. Stan Gleason preached a masterpiece of a sermon. His title was," Is It In You The DNA Of The Oneness Pentecostalism?". He preached from II Kings 13:14-21. He started by asking what we are living for. What would you die for. If it's not something you would die for, then you really are not living for it. He then showed a picture of Mt. Rushmore and talked about how each one did something significant to have their faces there. They are the "DNA" of America. To have the DNA of the oneness Pentecostalism you need four things that you live for. First you need to believe in the ones of God. The second is to have the new birth experience. Thirdly, you need to have an Apostolic Identitiy,without it we don't know whom we are and the world doesn't know either. Fourth, you need to have a mission to go out in all the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. He told us that in the bone is the marrow, in the marrow is the blood and in the blood is the DNA. Just like Elisha had Elijah as a spiritual authority in his life, we need this also in our lives. When we submit, God is able to call you and use you. To active this DNA, start acting like the person God wants you to become. Stop pretending you do not have the power of God in your life. He brought out some arrows and told us to not make the mistake of not beating them to the ground until we have all God has for us. He gave an example of Jesus being the lamb of God that blew my mind. We know from Science that when a lamb is bitten by a snake, it is not harmed. It is the only four legged animal that has the antidote to snake venom in its blood. The more venom, the stronger the blood. When we have the DNA,the blood of Christ within us, we are able to withstand to attack of the enemy. Nothing can harm us! Then, he shared stories of four men of God who had done miracles for Christ. They are the Pentecostal DNA. When he finished this he has four people come to the platform to pray. Bro Bernard was there to represent the Apostolic Doctrine. Bro. Howell for the Gospel to the whole world. Lee Stoneking for apostolic authority and Sis Gleason for our identity as an apostolic. My notes end there because the power of God was so strong all I could do was weep. We took on this mantle and it will stay with us and within us. God is good.
It's almost midnight and we presently are eating dinner as a group at The Spaghetti Factory. Tomorrow in the morning, I will share an outstanding sermon. For now, I will say that the supernatural took place tonight. The hearts of young people were changed forever. For the Bethel Youth Group, the BYG, it was a pivotal night. First I have to say I'm sanctified proud of Shalah for allowing the anointing to flow as she sang tonight. A picture is worth a thousand words and I leave you with a glimps of what took place. God is good.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
How do I describe the first night of NAYC15? The worship team did a great job and were mightly anointed. By the time Bro. Ensey went to preach,there was such a sweet presence of the Lord, that we wanted to linger in it. He preached a dynamic sermon with the title of "More Than A Covenant". His main scriptures were from Deuteronomy 5. He was challenging the youth of this generation to rise up and have more than a covenant relationship with God. In this present day and age, there is pressure to give in to the modern day way of thinking. Everything now is very sensual and humanistic. We must be deeply rooted in our faith and it will sustain us. The theme of this years NAYC is Anthem. A part of having more than a covenant is to be rock solid on the truth of God's word. He is one God! We need to be a mirror of our beliefs. We can't preach God and not share him with everyone. We tend to hide and not speak about Jesus. In this day and age, we are being forced to make clear the line between spiritual authority and legal authority. God's laws are more important than mans laws. We must resolve that we will not bend to the pressure. Truth is not on trial and has not changed. We must make a decision to go beyond having a covenant but to be willing to die for what your believe. Die out to your fleshly desires and want all of God. To give up the things that keep you from putting God first in your life. Make more than a covenant, make a testament to die to self and live a submitted life to Christ. He then did something very unique. The arena had about 20,000 people in attendance. He had us all take communion together. I have never experienced taking Communion with that many people at one time. After we had eaten the bread, there was a unity of weeping and interceding like I have never experienced. After we had the grape juice to represent his blood, the powere of God swept over the entire congregation. It was a cleanings of the heart and mind that took place. I can't even describe it in a adequate way to express what I felt. It was beautiful. RJ was awake the entire time and was really soaking it in. I'm so glad we came and after tonight's service, I am confident that God is going to do the supernatural in a way that will astound many and will be spoken of for years. I believe that God is going to instill in these young people a supernatural anointing that will break the yokes of bondage when they return home. The stories that we are going to hear are going to be a combination of the former and latter days in the Bible. This is the generation that is going to stand firm and shine bright for Christ in a dark world. God is good.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Since we have been back from our trip to TN, we have been in full gear getting ready for NAYC2015. If you do not know what that stands for it is, North American Youth Congress. This years event is expecting over 20,000 young people to come together for a time of worship. Of course there will be lots of fun too. This event takes place every two years. The last one we attended with RJ. While he was in full worship and praise, he recieved the Holy Ghost. He was 5 at the time. Now he is 7 and can't wait to be in the Big Church in Oklahoma. I'm anticipating a taste of heaven here on earth. I have never been in a room filled with that many people praising God at one time. I'm believing that a supernatural transference is going to take place. The present day is the time for the church to arise and stand for truth. God gives the strength and anointing. This week is going to be life changing in many ways. We have an early flight to catch, so I shall say goodnight. God is good.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
The trip back took much longer than expected. We arrived around 4pm, causing us to miss what I heard was a supercharged church service. It's ok, we had great church at the TN camp meeting and in 3 days we will be leaving for North American Youth Congress! We are super excited about it. I miss my mom and hope it's not a whole year until I see her again. We are very glad to be back home. God is good.
Saturday, August 01, 2015
This morning we said our goodbyes and headed back towards home. My plan was to be home by late tonight, but I think that was a bit unrealistic. Along the way, we stopped to take a little detour. Ross has never been inside a cavern, so we took the exit towards the Applachian Caverns in the mountains of TN. They were excited when they started and even more excited when they came back covered with muddy clay. Apparently it was a lot of fun, we even stopped to pan for gemstones. After we finished,we started back on our way. Presently we are somewhere in the mountains of Virginia and God willing we will be home tomorrow. I want to be in time for church, if not, we will have some church in the car along the way. God is good.
Tonight we attended the district camp meeting with my mom. Bro. Mangun preached faith and the power of God fell. It was a healing service and I believe that many good reports will be coming from this night. As we were driving back to the house ( I didn't get lost this time) our path was lit by a beautiful full blue moon. When we got home I attempted to take a picture and it doesn't do it justice, but I'm sharing it with you anyway. Tomorrow, I leave to head back to NY. It's been a good visit and I will miss my mom and David. God is good.