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Post Thanksgiving

“Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be UNTO HIM that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” Revelations 5:13

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful, UNTO HIM and bless his name.” Psalms l00:5

My heart is overflowing with praise this morning as I write this weekly letter to my church family and friends. I pray that it will be an encouragement to you to give praise unto Him for all he has done for you as well. Several years ago I ran across something that I have kept in my office and today, I want to share it with you as you read this letter. It is alphabet of personal prayers and it applies to all of us.

  • Abide with us, the Prayer of Companionship, Luke 24:10
  • Bless me, “Bless me also, O my Father”. Individual Prayer, Genesis 27:34
  • Come unto me, “Let your tender mercies come unto me, that I may live.” Psalms 119:77
  • Deliver me, The Prayer of Victory, Psalms 31:15
  • Examine me, A Prayer of Testing, Psalms 26:2
  • Forgiveness, A Prayer of Forgiveness, Psalms 25:18
  • Guide me, The Prayer for leading, “For Thy name sake guide me”, Psalms 31:3
  • Help me, The Prayer for Aid, Matthew 15:25
  • Integrity, A Prayer for Uprightness, “Preserve me” Psalms 25:21
  • Judge me, Prayer for Discretion, Psalms 54:1
  • Keep me, Prayer for Preservation, Psalms 17:8
  • Lead me, Prayer for Direction, Psalms 139: 24
  • Make me, Prayer for Adjustment, Psalms 119: 35
  • Never be Ashamed, A Prayer for Constancy, Psalms 71:1
  • Open my Eyes, The Prayer for Illumination/Revelation, Psalms 119:18
  • Preserve me, A Prayer for Keeping, Psalms 16:1
  • Quicken me, A Prayer Revival, Psalms 119:25
  • Redeem me, Prayer for Release, Psalms 26:11
  • Save me, Prayer for Rescue, Matthew 14:30
  • Teach me, Prayer for Instruction, Psalms 27:11
  • Unite My Heart, The Prayer of Communion, Psalms 74: 11
  • Visit me, A Prayer for Visitation. Psalms 106:4
  • Watch, A Prayer for Prevention, “Set a Watch, O Lord before my lips”, Psalms 141:3
  • Xtremity, Remember me, Psalms 23:42

These prayers remind me of why I am so thankful for His watch care over our lives. They are sometimes just faint utterances; at other times heartfelt petitions and person- al pleas. In other instances they are just humble mutterings but prayers none the less; as well as faith filled earnest appeals to heaven.

On another note, I thank you for your faithfulness to our faithful God. You are on my heart and in my prayers.

America Is No Accident

America Is No Accident

Wow, what a mental ride we have had in the past three years. I have often said that America is God’s idea--that being the case; America is No Accident.

A parallel to America is found in Exodus 3:17 where God speaks to Israel to leave their bondage in Egypt and as they do God leads them across the sea to the Promised Land. “I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt...unto a land that is flowing with milk and honey.” Can you see the similarities between America and Israel? People in both cases sought a land of Freedom; a place where they were free to worship God, a place where they were no longer under an intolerant system where you could not speak your mind for fear of being imprisoned or hanged. They sought for a place where your conscience was not dictated by Monarchs and a system you must oblige or the results would be bow or burn. Not only would this place be a place of freedom, with these factors incorporated into the fabric of the society. There would also be freedom of press, not just propaganda determined by a few. Have you ever considered how wonderful freedom of travel and freedom of equal employment is? Do you know what this spells out for us—FREEDOM FROM, FEAR!!! A place like America could have only been the results of prayer, where a farm boy like Lincoln could rise to the highest office in the nation and go from a log house to the White House.

It was my pleasure to know J.A. Dennis, a wonderful faith preacher, who was a paralegal by profession before he followed the Lord’s call into ministry. He had a profound influence on my life before I came to Heritage. In one of his writings he directs our attention to two verses which cause us to think of the blessing of God on America; blessings which are similar to God’s blessing on His chosen people—Israel.

“Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the nation whose, God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance.” Psalms 33:12

“God has not dealt (this way) with any [other] nation;They have not known [understood, appreciated, heeded, or cherished] His ordinances.” Psalms 147:20

J. A. Dennis was given a word of prophecy, seventy years ago on December 5th, 1952, it begs to question. “Oh, how can I save you if you refuse to be saved? How can I heal you if you refuse to be healed? How can I give you good things that I long to give you when you spurn my gifts for he world’s treasure and the world’s pleasure? Can you not learn from history from My Word and My Son? Why must you go the way of the Israelites....Read, Heed and take Warning....From the men who have gone before.” In one portion of the prophecy he states that God sent His prophet Jonah to warn Nineveh, they heeded the warning and Repented, they cried out to God and He heard their cry and spared the city. This is the only way for God to spare America—for America to repent or perish. God is long-suffering and not willing that any should perish. I have always lived with short accounts when it comes to God; it is the pathway to immediate victories.

Billy Graham once said, “If America does not repent God will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. May God have mercy on America is my prayer, we must do more than only believe, we have to roll up our sleeves and fight the good fight of faith. It is a good fight because it is a fixed fight, We Win!!!

We love you and we stand together, AS ONE.

Decree Over America

Decree Over America

Choice Christian Greetings to our friends, who receive our weekly Heritage letter,

Have you ever noticed that when catastrophe strikes, people respond by the hundreds to the scene of the crisis, wherever it may be? I have watched the volunteers come with everything from water to clothing, Electric Power Companies send their crews rushing to get the power lines up and running again. Every agency comes together to lighten the load of those who have suffered as a result of the catastrophe. In my life I have seen the destructive force of tornadoes and floods, hurricanes with their strong winds and tide surges that have wiped out entire communities. We all have been armchair observers of wars and the casualties of war. I was in Mexico City three days after the 1985 earthquake that killed an estimated 10,000 people. We had a construction team there the morning it struck, and they had been warned, “Get the men together early in the morning and leave the city”. Their stories of that morning still are fresh in my mind. God spared them that day and we are forever grateful.

There is, however, what I think is a greater catastrophe and it is happening all around us. The National Guard is not responding what is happening. It is as though the world at large is blinded to what is taking place and what the root cause really is. You ask what is the tragedy of which I am speaking? How can a catastrophe of this magnitude be overlooked? The catastrophe that I am speaking about is the world has forgotten God. I have often said, “God gives a nation the
kind of leadership it deserves.” Gary Klein has had us repeating with him a declaration that is being used in the noon prayer meetings. I have asked that we would be able to send it out to you in our letter where you can be praying it aloud in your homes, between now and the midterm elections that are coming up next week.

Decree Over America and the Nations:

1. We appeal to heaven for a complete containment of Global Satanic actors and all their operations. We say, “YOUR SORCERIES AND SACRIFICES WILL NOT HELP YOU! YOUR PROTECTION IS REMOVED!

2. We decree and declare that they will not shut down travel, commerce, freedom, or access. We declare that their lies will not succeed, but rather will boomerang back onto them.

3. We decree that the hand of the Destroyer is stayed and immobilized by Jehovah, so that a nuclear disaster will not happen in Ukraine or anywhere else.

4. We decree that the Enemy is denied the ability to start WW3.

5. We declare that there will be, no new health emergency declared, we forbid it!

6. We decree against ALL false flag attacks
•No terror attacks anywhere.
•No airplanes shot down.
•No assassinations anywhere; of popular leadership persons.
•We thwart all uprisings and riots.

7. We declare...No more incidences of deadly gunfire attacks in public places that could be used for the purpose of disarming our citizens and violating our 2nd Amendment.

8. There will be no foreign takeover of our nation!

9. We decree against All manipulations to bring about panic and fear.

10. We decree against all violence and civil war. We release a Spirit of Reconciliation in our land.

11. We decree that all Global satanic actors will not succeed in manipulating the upcoming Israeli elections or our own United States elections! We bind all criminal deception, lies, evil schemes and corruption!

12. We lose justice, righteousness, and truth and decree that these are now being poured out from heaven on the United States and the Nations!

13. We proclaim Amos 5:24, ‘Let Justice roll on like a River and Righteousness like a never-ending stream!

14. We decree that America shall always be a nation that blesses and stands with Israel!

15. We DECLARE AND DECREE THAT, AMERICA SHALL BE SAVED!!! GET OUT AND VOTE NEXT TUESDAY, JUST ONE MAKES A DIFFERENCE... THANK YOU FOR THE PASTOR’S APPRECIATION GIFTS THAT YOU HAVE SO GENEROUSLY GIVEN
TO GAYNELL AND I, WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A PART OF YOUR LIVES.

Blessed and Highly Favored,
Cleddie and GayNell

A Life Of Praise

A Life Of Praise

Hope this letter finds you looking up and that you are living a life of Praise to God. Last Sunday we had an adoption service in the middle of our service. The adoption was different in that we adopted praise into our lives just like David of old did. I think the encouragement of David should be enough to help us buy into the privilege by responding to Gods invitation to praise Him. I have always said, “It is easier to shout out from underneath your burdens than it is to pray out from underneath them.” David understood the power of praise, listen again to his encouragement to Israel in regard to praising God. God has given you a personal invite to praise Him.

Psalm 119:164

“SEVEN TIMES A DAY DO I PRAISE THEE, because of thy, righteous judgment.” The Message Translation gives us even greater insight into this powerful verse. “I’ve been slandered unmercifully by the politicians, but my awe at your words keeps me stable. I’m ecstatic over what you say, like one who strikes it rich. I hate lies—can’t stand them! — but I love what you have revealed. SEVEN TIMES EACH DAY, I STOP AND SHOUT PRAISES FOR THE WAY YOU KEEP EVERYTHING RUNNING RIGHT. For those who love what you reveal, everything fits— no stumbling around in the dark for them. I wait expectantly for your salvation; God, I do what you tell me. My instructions— oh, how much I love them! I follow your directions, abide by your counsel; my life’s an open book before you.”

Aaron and Julie Schilling gives us a good template on how to get this incorporated in your daily life.

7:00 am PRAISE THE LORD...EVERY DAY
9:00 am PRAISE THE LORD...EVERY DAY.
11:00 am PRAISE THE LORD...EVERY DAY.
1:00 pm PRAISE THE LORD...EVERY DAY.
3:00 pm PRAISE THE LORD...EVERY DAY.
5:00 pm PRAISE THE LORD...EVERY DAY.
7:00 pm PRAISE THE LORD...EVERY DAY.

This week for the first time in all our years of ministry, we have two of our people in Hospice Care at the same time. They are both wonderful Christians, one is man and the other is woman. I can say, as a pastor, it is one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. Each of them is filled with are living there last days with Heavenly anticipation. Their families are having long conversations with them in regard to what Heaven is going to be like. It is wonderful to walk into
the home and see the Bible open to some special passage about death and heaven. Yesterday, I visited my friend who is in what the doctors have told him is his last days, yet he speaks of death as though it is a light affliction. Each of them has said their last goodbyes. The first thing they did when I got settled in the room with them was to ask me a question about these verses their Bible was open to. They are found in the book of Philippians chapter One:

22-26 “As long as I’m alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I’d choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that it’s better for me to stick it out here. So, I plan to be around awhile, companion to you as your growth and joy in this life of trusting God continues. You can
start looking forward to a great reunion when I come visit you again. We’ll be praising Christ, enjoying each other.” The Message Translation

I have found it to be comforting to couples like these to mention, “Just think the other half of your soul will be in heaven”. It is a beautiful thing to see people who are truly ready for the graduation day, sharing their faith with any and everyone who will listen. I visited them both on Tuesday of this week and each time I have visited, I have walked away tremendously blessed. One of our men in the church while speaking with the brother said, “I want to think that I would have the faith you have when I come to the place you are in, in life.” I think we should all want this to be our testimony as well.

Have you ever read the verse, “Death and Hell are never full?”

I have been asked many times in life after a great meal, “Would you like some more food or dessert?” My answer is this, “I can chew but I cannot swallow.” I love what Paul said as he spoke directly to death he said, “Oh death where is your sting, Oh grave where is your victory, for the sting of death is swallowed up in victory.” As I have visited my friends and your brothers and sisters in Christ, I have seen death swallowed up in Victory. They have a blessed hope that transcends this life.

Our prayers are with them today as we remember special times we have had with Ray and Holly Willis and Mike and Mary Morrow. Our lives have been enriched by their love for The Lord and their contribution to the Kingdom of God.

I write this with a tear in my heart but with a Resurrection Hope.

Your loving pastor,
Cleddie Keith

“This robe of flesh, I’ll drop and rise to seize the everlasting prize and shout while passing through the air, farewell/farewell sweet hour of prayer.”

On The Verge Of A Turn Of Events

On The Verge Of A Turn Of Events

Good morning or whatever time of day you may have found yourself reading our weekly letter, ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength, or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me.’

This week I have had this prompting in my spirit, that the world is on THE VERGE OF A TURN OF EVENTS. In 1st Chronicles 19:1, we can find a story of misunderstood benevolence.

“After David had conquered his enemies and united Israel into one nation, Nahash (king of the Ammonites) died, and his son ascended to the throne. 2 So David sent messengers into Ammonite territory to console Hanun (son of Nahash) about his father’s death. David chose to do this because his father had been merciful to him.” This is a tough one, but we need to remember that David’s grandmother was Ruth from Moab, and that David was red headed like those from Edom. The scripture is vague on this matter, so this may have been an act of politico in that day. This is a “maybe” portion of the scripture, for we do not know for sure where and when Nahash had been merciful to David. This act of mercy is spoken of and even though it is not made clear to us, we can certainly it is the beginning of a turn of events that followed. 3 “But the Ammonite chiefs doubted David’s sincerity.

(Is David really honoring your father by sending you, his sympathies? Surely these messengers are here to spy on your affairs and overthrow your government!)” 4 So Hanun humiliated David’s servants: shaved them, cut their garment hems up to their hips, and sent them away. 5 When David heard what had happened, he sent a message to his humiliated servants:

There is always a story behind the story in the scriptures and this is one of humiliation in the form of ancient hazing.

This is a shameful turn of events. In the ancient world, normally eunuchs are clean-shaven, so this is a deep insult to David and his people.

It was the same as them openly emasculating his peace corp. When this happened, David Sent a Message to his men who carried David’s condolences to Hanun, “Stay at Jericho until your beards grow, and then return to Jerusalem. “Does this remind you of the humiliation of Samson, Remember Delilah found out the secret of his strength, but the Philistines did not think about what would happen when his hair began to grow again. YOU WILL RECALL IT BOUGHT ABOUT A MAJOR TURN OF EVENTS.

6 When Hanun and the Ammonites realized they had made themselves abhorrent to David, they paid a fortune to hire mercenaries from Mesopotamia, Aram-maacah, and Zobah. 7 They hired 32,000 chariots and the king of Maacah and his people (who camped at Medeba). Then the Ammonites gathered together from their cities for the battle.

8 When David heard about Ammon’s preparations, he sent Joab and all of his mighty army. Joab who was a field general, and upon realizing he was outnumbered called on his brother Abishai and they knew what to do to overcome the enemy and that was to fight together. “ONE PUTS A THOUSAND TO FLIGHT AND TWO TEN THOUSAND.”

IT WAS THE TURNING POINT IN THE BATTLE!!!
ONE OF MY FAVORITE STORIES IN THE BIBLE IN REGARD TO A TURNING POINT WAS THE STORY
OF HAMAN IN THE BOOK OF ESTHER.

I want you to remember that Haman who hated God’s people built a platform to hang Esther’s uncle Mordecai on, but God knows just the right moment for a TURNING POINT, and this is a TURNING POINT IF THERE EVER WAS ONE.

You can read this like lines in a play and the play-right was God Himself. King Ahasuerus: Now, my queen, what is your request? I promise that half of my kingdom is not too much to ask! Do not be afraid to ask for whatever you want.

Queen Esther: 7 I do want something. My request is: 8 If I have found favor before you, and if you truly desire to grant my request, would you and Haman join me again tomorrow for another banquet I will prepare? Then I will answer your question.

9 Haman left dinner in high spirits, almost gleeful, but his joy was short lived. As he walked through the king’s gate, he passed by Mordecai. It angered Haman to see the Jew unwilling to stand and, worse still, seemingly unafraid. 10 But he resisted showing his anger right then and there. Instead, he went home and spent time with friends and Zeresh, his wife. 11 Haman spent the evening bragging to them and having lots of sons in his family. He even boasted about his
relationship with the king, talking to his guests about his promotion above all of his fellow nobles and the officials of the king.

Haman: 12 And that is not all! Queen Esther invited me today to dine with her and the king. Just the three of us! And guess what? She is invited me again tomorrow. What do you think about that? 13 But I must be honest; seeing that Jew, Mordecai, as I pass through the gate makes it difficult to celebrate any of my good fortune.

14 Then his wife Zeresh and all of his friends came up with an idea. Zeresh and His Friends: You should make a wood pole 75 feet high! Tomorrow morning, have the king sentence Mordecai to be executed on it. Then you’ll be able to have a good time at the banquet with the king.

(The Persians have a particularly grisly way of humiliating and killing those they hate. A tree is cut down and sharpened to a point at one end. In some cases, the condemned are killed, and their lifeless bodies are impaled on it. Others are hung on the pole as a mode of torture and execution. It is erected in some public place as an example for others, and the 75-foot pole described here is high enough to be seen over most buildings and small trees. Soon birds and insects begin eating away at the dead or dying. Political enemies, criminals, and dissidents often end their lives this way. The threat of public death and humiliation has kept many from disobeying the law, but not Mordecai.)

“Haman thought the idea was brilliant. So, he had the pole made.” The other foot is about to fall in this providential turn of events. This story is too good in that God has No Equal for He has No Adversary. Therefore, you can read the Turning Point for yourself. Esther Chapter 7: “King Ahasuerus and Haman came to dine with Queen Esther; 2 and while they were drinking wine, the king posed his question once again.”

King Ahasuerus: “What is your request, Queen Esther? I’m willing to give you anything you want. Just make your request. Even if it’s half the kingdom you desire, I will make it happen!”

Queen Esther: 3 “If you favor me, my king, and if it pleases you, spare my life. That’s all I’m asking for—that my people and I be spared. That is my wish. 4 There are some, my king, who wish to rid your kingdom of us. For my people and I have been sold, marked for destruction and massacre. Now if the plan were simply to sell our men and women into slavery, I would have kept my mouth closed because that would not have been important enough to disturb you, my king.

Esther’s plea to Ahasuerus echoes the words of Moses to Pharaoh: “Let my people go.”

King Ahasuerus: 5 “Who has targeted your people? Where is this man who dares to do this?” Queen Esther (pointing to Haman): 6 “The man responsible for these actions is wicked Haman. He is vile, and an enemy to my people.”

‘In that moment, Haman’s joy turned to terror before the king and queen. 7 Angered, the king shoved away from the table, left his wine, and walked into the palace garden. But Haman, aware that King Ahasuerus had already sealed his fate, didn’t follow behind. Instead, he pleaded with Queen Esther to spare his life. 8 In desperation, he threw himself onto the couch where Queen Esther was sitting, just as King Ahasuerus walked back from the garden to the place where the
wine and the banquet had been set.” King Ahasuerus: “Haman, will you even violate my queen right here in the palace, where I can see you?

As soon as the king gave the order, the royal eunuchs covered Haman’s face. His fate had been sealed. 9 One of those eunuchs was Harbonah.”

Harbonah: “Look! Haman has prepared a 75-foot pole for execution in his own courtyard. He was hoping to use it to hang Mordecai, the man who spoke up and saved the king.” King Ahasuerus: Well, hang him on it!

10 “So they took Haman and killed him and displayed him on the pole he had made ready for Mordecai. And King Ahasuerus’ anger subsided.” Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury the votes are in, and I believe God is on the verge of showing
His hand. WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF A TURNING POINT I LOVE YOU, I BELIEVE IN YOU, I NEED YOU AND WE WANT YOU, WHEN WE LOOK BACK AT THE EVENTS OF THE LAST FEW MONTHS IN HISTORY WE WILL ONCE AGAIN SEE THAT IT IS HIS STORY.

THIS WEEK MARKS 41 OF THE BEST YEARS IN OUR LIVES THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO

SERVE YOU ANOTHER YEAR,

YOUR LOVING PASTORS,
CLEDDIE AND GAYNELL

Apples

Apples

Have you ever heard that one bad apple can spoil the whole bushel? What? Pray tell can others see in your life? If I was a bushel of apples you would others see in my life? They would only see what was on the top of the bushel. Someone may conclude that I am what can be seen that which is most conspicuous on top. I read once where each mortal man or woman is like barrel of apples, with an outer life and an inner life. When people see your outer life, it is in your
response to the environment, which can be a myriad of reactions from entertainment to money.

Deep in the barrel is where you find your inner life, your character the things that motivate you like, (Why do we do the things we do and who do we do them for?). As a pastor I have had more than one occasion to see what people really are, I have seen the inner bushel of people’s lives. Take a listen to the Word of God on the matter.

Proverbs 16:31

31 The hoary head (grey head) is a crown of beauty and glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).

Did you notice the, IF? Some have evidently never read this verse and make the mistake of thinking white hair is a badge of maturity.

Hosea 7:9 King James

Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.

Hosea 7:9-10 The Message

8-10 “Ephraim mingles with the pagans, dissipating himself. Ephraim is half-baked. Strangers suck him dry but he doesn’t even notice. His hair has turned gray— he doesn’t notice. Bloated by arrogance,

Hosea 7:9 The Living Bible

9 “Worshiping foreign gods has sapped their strength, but they don’t know it. Ephraim’s hair is turning gray, and he doesn’t even realize how weak and old he is.

As I read the verses in these different translations, I thought about our United States. If America were a barrel of Apples, what would other nations see? I have mentioned how I feel about what is taking place in society and the best was I can describe it, is that it is like I have a hair in my throat. Just Lot was vexed, and I think it is far within the mark when I say, I am also vexed be the filthy conversation and the chosen lifestyles of the wicked.

LET ME TAKE TIME TO SAY,
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU,
TO ALL WHO SHOWED UP IN THE MEETINGS IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS AND SERVED WITH EXCELLENCE OUR GUEST AND FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE TRI STATE WHO JOINED US FOR THESE SPECIAL SERIES OF MEETINGS. YOU MAKE US ALL PROUD TO SERVE WITH YOU IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

I would get in trouble if I did not mention,
Mark your calendars ladies: November the 12th,
The Receptions Event Center, Erlanger, Kentucky
Women’s weekend with Tracy Stewart

Thank you for your continued support of what God has called us to be as a church and do. You are in my prayers. If you have prayer request let us know and we will share them with our intercessors.

Resurrection Power

Resurrection Power

Choice Greetings:
I have a verse on my heart for you today:

Romans 12:12 TPT

“Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing continual joy. Don’t give up in time of trouble but commune with God at all times.”

In the past I have referred to this as a devotional lifestyle. For a few weeks it has been my privilege to share with you my thoughts in regard to my friend the Holy Spirit. As I have revisited these wonderful scriptures which help us to know Him better and recognize He is a person. As I have meditated on this incredible revelation of who He is as the third person of the God Head, my thoughts went to:

Philippians 1:10

“That I may know him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”.

Here is what we know about His resurrection; Jesus was raised after He had been crucified in our place for our sins. To know Him in the power of the resurrection is to know the Holy Spirit who raised Him from the dead. Paul writes this for us to gage where we are spiritually.

Galatians 2:20

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives’ in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Can we say that we also want to know Him, in the Power of His Resurrection? Take a moment to think about what Paul was asking God for. I think Paul realized that he could know the available power that raised Christ from a lifeless state. He knew the resurrection was the message, which could transform people from death to life. He lived in what he knew and demonstrated what he believed as seen in the book of Acts, which Luke records for us. The spirit of the resurrection is
the spirit of life. (Romans 8:11)

Have you ever experienced the resurrection power? If you have, you now know that it was the Holy Spirit that was operating in behalf of the Godhead. I was about 15 when my mother prayed for me when I was delirious with raging fever and boils all over my body. In a moment of time I was set free, from the pain and the fever. It was the Holy Spirit who worked in tandem with the Word of God bringing life into my body. It is with this in mind, I can pray with boldness knowing
that God honors His Word above His Name. I believe that even then the Lord introduced me to the power of the resurrection, which was the Holy Spirit who also incubated the earth in creation and through Him, God worked His wonders. I never have questioned the power of the Lord to heal from that moment on my bed, with my head in my mother’s lap, when the Holy Spirit touched me. Just think about its Jesus went down into death and when He came up from
the grave, He came back with keys to hell and death. He could not have done this if it had not been for the precious Holy Spirit, bringing the Word back to life. Therein He became the Living empowered by the Holy Spirit who is your Friend and mine. Peter should not be left out of this conversation; he has this to say as found in:

1PETER 3:18

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”

It is important for us to recognize the work of the Holy Spirit is to quicken the crucified Christ. Just as he quickens Christ, he quickens the believer. That being the case it is important to welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives to maximize God’s presence and enduement of power.

Luke 24:49

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”

The word endue means to provide with a quality or an ability, a transfuse or to clothe. My desire and prayer for each and every one of us that God would clothe us with the Presence of God in a measure that we can operate in and in so doing bless the world around us. I want to thank you, for joining me in praying for this as well the times demand it. Paul also prayed that he would be able to know Him in the fellowship of His sufferings. What a prayer, in another passage he wrote
his grace is sufficient for us and His strength is made perfect in weakness. I believe he gives a bird’s eye view into the way that the Holy Spirit came, alongside to be with him, in the conflicts he experienced. I pray you will sense his continual presence with you at all times in the good and difficult stretches of the road before you.

HELP US MAKE IT KNOWN THAT LANCE WALNAU WILL BE HERE BEFORE THE MIDTERMS TO RALLY THE CHURCH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 2022

Let’s stand together for change.
Your loving pastor,
Cleddie Keith

The Promise of the Father

The Promise of the Father

Summer Greetings to each of you, who we are very thankful that you have chosen to be a part of our lives,

I want to take the time in this weekly letter to continue our emphasis on God the Holy Spirit. In both the old and new testaments, God’s wish is our Spirit infilling. It actually begins in the book of Numbers 11:29, where we see that Moses wished that God would put His Spirit upon all the people. It is interesting to me the pneuma-phobia ( the fear of the Holy Spirit), when the Bible is full of references to God’s desire to pour out His Spirit upon Israel and His chosen
people, Proverbs 1:22,23. In Isaiah 30: God was grieved because His people would not be covered with His Spirit.

I think an important verse in regard to this subject is found in Zechariah 4:6, God’s source of power is the outpoured Spirit. The book of Acts of the Apostles, it would have not been a creditable book without the Spirits outpouring on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus told the disciples to wait for the Promise of the Father with the assurance that all who obeyed would receive, Acts 5:32. In Luke 24:49 the last promise Jesus gave with instruction was the Spirit would be sent to them. Have you ever considered what Jesus meant when He told the woman at the well, true worshippers will worship Him in Spirit, John 4:23. I especially love and believe what we find in John 14: 16,17; Christ prayed that the Father would send the Spirit.

It is easy when you begin to follow the chain- linked scriptures into an understanding of what God’s ultimate intention is when it comes to the of the Father. Time and again we can see the profound emphasis of the Father, Jesus went so far as to say the Comforter will not come unto you, but if I depart I will send Him unto you, John 17:7. You can see for yourself how rich this subject is with the Word of God.

A very telling question is found in Acts 19:1-6, “Have you received the Holy Ghost?” Paul had a strong desire that the believers in Rome was that they would receive the Holy Ghost, Romans 8:1-16. In 1st Corinthians 12: 1-13, he prayed that believers would have knowledge of God’s gifts of the Spirit. Have you ever prayed that you would have communion with the Holy Spirit, Paul did 2 Corinthians 13:14?

My constant prayer for you is that you would have communion with the Holy Spirit. Did you know that you were redeemed that you might receive the promise of the Father through faith, Galatians 5:23? Not only did Paul speak of the promise of the Father but he admonished the Galatian church to walk in the Spirit, Galatians 5:16 and also to live in the Spirit, Galatians 5:23. It leaves little doubt how important it is to Godhead for individuals to be filled with the Holy Spirit. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians it was through the preaching of Christ to the believers of Ephesus that they would be built into a habitation of the Spirit, you can find this in Ephesians 2:22. Finally both Paul and Peter write that we are chosen and elect of God through the sanctification of the Spirit.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 and 1 Peter 1:2. It is important for all of us to follow on to know the Lord and I think it is equally important to realize that life in the Spirit is available to each of us and that God is no respecter of persons. My personal testimony is that early on in my walk with God I came to know the Holy Spirit a person and not just an influence in my life.

Help us get the message out in regard to the special meetings. If you love our nation and I know you do. If you are concerned about our nation and I know you are.

Coming Events:
Labor Day Celebration- September 4th
School Starts- September 6th
NATHAN MORRIS- September 16th 17th 18th
LANCE WALNAU- September 23rd 24th

HELP US MAKE IT KNOWN THAT LANCE WALNAU WILL BE HERE BEFORE THE MIDTERMS TO RALLY THE CHURCH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 2022

Let’s stand together for change.
Your loving pastor,
Cleddie Keith

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