Author Karen Moore
In Isaiah 55:8, God says that His ways are not our ways. God has shown Himself to each of us in a whole new way. He has asked us to use his gifts, in His AUTHORITY, for His glory. We can’t let the routines of life sidetrack us from what has been given to us. After this retreat, I feel as though I were brought to heaven and now must return to earth. Going through the motions of normal life after time with the lord seems mundane and boring. The Lord doesn’t want us to be bored but, rather has more in mind for those of us who thought we were past usefulness. He has cleansed us from deep within and revealed things we didn’t know were there. We have been healed. We need to remember that, and not go back to the way things were. We were brought here to be blessed and trained for His service to be witnesses. We’re called to share His love with family, friends, and neighbors.
We have learned that FORGIVENESS is a requirement, not an option. I don’t think that any of us have any unforgiveness in our hearts as we leave here today. Instead, Love and joy are in abundance. Let’s pass on this forgiveness revelation to others as we enter everyday life.
We learned that it’s necessary to SPEAK the word of healing, the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge without fear of looking foolish. His sheep have heard his voice and we will follow Him. We will follow with actions that confirm the word given to us, especially in prophecy, or when he leads us to intercession. Praise God in song and in tongues and Satan can’t get to you. Our spirit knows what the Lord wants of us. Praying in the Spirit is the form of perfect praise. Paul say’s, ‘pray constantly and rejoice, again I say rejoice’. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and never evil more credit than is due. One of the blessings of being in a community of believers is that they can help us discern if we are NOT in the Lord or if we’re hearing from OTHER spirits.
Sharing this time has brought us closer to each other, as well as, the Lord. I now understand the benefit of early Christians living together in community. We’ve become part of each other’s lives, sharing both joy and sadness. We are one in the Spirit!
The Spirit will lead us every step of the way if we let him. He loves a willing and humble heart, like Mother Mary Read the Acts of the Apostles and the letters of Paul to see what the Lord can do when we’re open to the Holy Spirit. We can’t help but be joyful, even in the midst of pain, with the knowledge that He will not take where he will not keep you.
Last, but not least, pray for REVIVAL. Pray for Revival to come to our parishes, our towns, our state, our nation and to the whole world. I for one want to part of the action. I say YES- how about you?
Author Maria Muratore
The Jeremy Camp I Will Follow Tour with Citizen Way and Royce Lovett came to the Catch The Fire Worship Center in Durham. Our St. Michael’s youth group gathered together with Damaris Acevedo and Tommy Kowas. Also joining us were members of St. Bernadette’s, St. Andrew’s, St, Michael’s and St. Joseph’s prayer groups. This was not only a concert but an amazing witness from the artists. Throughout the evening we heard testimonials and Biblical references. We were praising God and having a great time doing it. We were singing and dancing in our seats.
Jeremy Camp has 12 years of accomplishments as a songwriter and recording artist, including four million albums sold, and a GRAMMY nomination. Jeremy describes himself as “a minister who happens to play music as a way to minister.” Over the last year and a half, this ordained minister has experienced a season of artistic growth and musical creativity, evident with his new album, I Will Follow. Jeremy often finds God teaches him through song. The first single off the new record, “He Knows,” is one in which God spoke comfort over Jeremy’s past. As he shares in his book, I Still Believe, Jeremy lost his first wife to cancer at age 21 and in recent years, lost a baby to miscarriage with his wife. There are a lot of people hurting, and they often turn to Jeremy and his music.
Jeremy’s songs reflect years of studying God’s word, in which he gained a foundation from growing up in a pastor’s home and attending Bible college. Ministry for him is a lifestyle, one in which the whole family participates. Jeremy and his wife Adrienne, have two daughters and a son. Just looking at the pictures, you can see how this singer appeals to all ages!
Author Damaris Acevedo
Girls Chat with Christ is a ministry for young girls to come together to share their everyday life experience with each other and to learn who they are in God, how God sees them, and teach them how to build a long lasting relationship with the Him. These chats will offer them a place where they can open up and be themselves without being judged, ‘laugh out loud’ until their bellies hurt and cry when they feel blue. God so wants them to learn to be free in Him and not rely on the earthly world view. Through this ministry, we will read God’s word together, pray, and have various discussions. We will go on a one-day or weekend retreats to spend time with the Lord. We will be mixing up the activities to bring some excitement in our lives but always keep it in safe and with God blessings.
The Girls Chat with Christ ministry met for the first time at the NC Fair on Sunday, October 23rd. This was a great way to meet each of the girls and allow the girls to meet each other and have fun. We went on several rides and shared some food with each other especially the huge turkey legs. Overall we all really enjoyed each other accompany and had tons of laughter and conversations.
As of today, we have 7 girls and 1 girl pending. God has truly handpicked these wonderful and beautiful girls. As I was starting the ministry, God was sending me these girls. He didn’t wait until I had a plan or until I had prepared myself. One girl at Charismatic Prayer Conference met another girl and told her about the ministry. By the end of that day, I had two girls and an outing to the NC Fair. By the end of the week I had three girls and by the end of the month, I had six girls. When God asks you to do something and you say yes, all things will fall into place even when you are not ready. I feel so happy and honor that God has chosen me for this ministry.
I thank you God for the blessings and trusting me with this ministry and with the girls you are sending me.