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Words fail me and tears flow and I’m not even trying to stop them. Bro. James Kilgore & Ima Kilgore have always been in my life for as long as I can remember. I love reading all the posts of what Bro. Kilgore meant to so many people. We all feel like we was his favorite. 😊 It takes someone pretty great to do that.
When I was growing up the Kilgore’s were highly admired and respected in our home. When Bro. Kilgore visited, it was as if The Lord was walking into our home. At one point in my teenage years Bro. Kilgore spoke words into my life that I have carried with me since that night. There have been those simple yet powerful messages that put me in the altar, on my face, asking God to please help me and give me a burden for souls and love for people like Bro. Kilgore. The warm handshake. The gentle hug. The firm, “Sis. Ronda…”(wouldn’t you like to know). 😊
When Bro. Kilgore became our superintendent in the Texas district you can imagine my delight when Sis. Kilgore asked me to be the organist for Ladies conference. I played those years along side Jeanetta Orange on keys. We had some great times. Sis. Kilgore had a certain way she wanted the music for those conferences and we did our best to make it to her liking. Bro. Kilgore asked me to play the organ for him on numerous occasions at camp meeting & conferences and I was always a little nervous but he was a gem to work with. However, (this is just a little funny) one year he had preached a beautiful message on unity and the man that was leading music for that particular service got up and began to sing the Sunday School song, “when we all pull together”. Bro. Kilgore was NOT very happy about that selection and came to me and said, “Ronda! This song is not right”. I quickly told him I sure didn’t choose it and he said, “I don’t care. Change it, now”! Yes sir! I did and did it gladly. We went on to have a wonderful alter service but whew! We laughed about it later but at that moment I wanted to crawl under the organ and I could have killed the man that put me in that position. On another note, I loved how he would go to the pulpit and begin to sing, “What a day that will be”. Won’t it be wonderful there”, “Jesus is the sweetest name I know”, and many other songs like these. Those were the most precious times for me as an organist. I will cherish these memories forever.
I could go on and on with memory after memory of Bro. & Sis. Kilgore, but I’m just one person in a sea of people with memories of great people. What a giant of a man he was. You are missed already, Bro. Kilgore and will be missed until we meet again. Tell Mother & Daddy that I press on in apostolic doctrine and identity and I will meet them in front of the throne, soon!
Rest in Peace my dear Bro. Kilgore.
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This is a picture of Nathan, Danelle and I singing, “Your Presence” at our Christmas Concert. The words caught my attention as soon as I heard the song.
“In the busy Christmas noise, All the light, the bells, the toys, I have found You are the only source of comfort and joy.
Lord, I want Your presence for Christmas. I want Your presence for Christmas. I long to hear Your spirit speaking peace to my heart. Of all the gifts I may receive, there’s only one I really need. And it’s Your presence, Your presence for Christmas.
When this Holiday is through and the year is fresh and new, what will linger are the moments spent, my Lord just worshiping You.
Breathe on me. Breathe on me. I want Your presence, Your presence for Christmas. “
I was thinking about this and how true it is. In all the hustle and bustle of the season if the Lord is not present for our Christmas, it is not at all important. This train of thought brought me to this, wouldn’t it be awesome if Jesus decided to return for us on Christmas 2010? How awesome would that Christmas gift be? Wow! However, He decides to wait, I still want His presence to be present at my Christmas.
Have a very Merry Christmas everybody! Be blessed in the New Year!
You can hear the song, sung by Sisters here: http://youtu.be/E2dK_adVYzQ
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Ok, so it’s been awhile. 🙂 Life has been crazy busy this summer. I’m ready for the kids to go back to school. I know, I don’t have any kids in school myself but somehow I think if yours will go back to school, my life will settle down too.
Since my last post we have flown to Houston for Jared and Jennifer’s wedding. It was simply elegant. Jennifer was a beautiful bride and Jared a handsome groom. I nearly “lost it” when he and Nathaniel walked out onto the platform. Then Nathan leaned over and said, “where did the little boys go”? I made myself stop crying because I knew I couldn’t stop if I got good and started. Oh yes! It was tears of joy and a few of good ol’ nostalgia.
We was able to spend a few hours with Wendell, Linda, Gene and Karla. I’m so glad they came down for the wedding too. It’s always good to be with my family. Love them BUNCHES!!!
We flew home on Saturday, August 1st and then on Sunday, August 2nd, celebrated 5 years of being the pastor of The Pentecostal Church. Wow! Time really does fly! Stephen and Susan Hill and Cherish was with us for this grand occasion. Bro. Hill preached a great message. We had a big church dinner and awesome fellowship with our friends and with our saints.
Then….Monday August 3rd, we packed up and went to Santa Maria for our Western District Camp Meeting! WOW! WOW! and WOW! There will never be the right kind of words in the English language to describe the Camp Meeting. The preaching of some of our district pastors was great. The ministry of Dr. James Hughes and Rev. Brian Kinsey was highly anointed. I wept before the Lord, worshipped, danced, praised, sang….until I couldn’t hardly move. 🙂 Heaven truly kissed earth last week in Santa Maria at the Western District Camp Meeting.
The fellowship at District meetings is always a blessing too. It was good to laugh and talk and laugh and talk with so many of our friends. Oh! And the strawberries were to die for! 🙂
Now we are home. I’m washing loads of laundry and sending loads more to the dry cleaners. My cupboards are bare so I will make a trek to the grocery store today so we don’t starve. 🙂 This coming week-end is our Back to School Bash and Kids Crusade. I will go hand out my invitations tomorrow or Wednesday. We are expecting about 500 kids at this event. Giving away back-packs filled with school supplies and ipods and no telling what else. I am expecting many to receive the Holy Ghost this week-end.
So….when I have another chance, I will set down and post another blog. Until then…
I’m so thankful for the life of blessing that God has given to me.
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A great message was preached today by Nathaniel, “The Very Same Power”. I’m thankful for the power of Christ that lives in me. I am looking forward to the day when that power that raised Christ from the dead also quickens this mortal body and I am changed, in the twinkling of an eye. Keep looking up! Jesus could come at any moment!
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Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I am “addicted” to feeling the presence of the Lord. There is no place I would rather be than in His presence. I love going to church. I love good preaching. I love conferences where I can gather with people of like precious Faith. I LOVE to feel the presence of God. Yesterday was one of those days that was phenomenol. It started in choir practice as we were practicing the song, “When I Speak Your Name”. We were going along singing and making sure all the parts were right and the music together when all of a sudden the Holy Ghost came over me like a MIGHTY wave. I could not help myself, hands went up, tears began to flow and I began to speak in a beautiful unknown tongue. As I worshipped I was oblivious to what was going on with the choir. Then all of sudden, there was no longer singing and I heard the most beautiful worship coming from their voices. Praise and adoration to the one that bears that most beautiful name, Jesus. Even though I have felt the Lord’s presence of late in a powerful way in different services and conference meetings, it’s been awhile since I was taken over by the presence of God in this manner. It is more than wonderful. When we had all finished worshipping I said, “THIS is what makes serving God so beautiful”. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it. We went on into Sunday School and then into our worship service, and as we began to sing that song, the same spirit we had felt in practice began to flow in the congregation. Many were blessed and received what they needed to make it yet another day. I always wonder during times of refreshing like this what eternity will reveal. What did the Lord do in the few minutes that the congregation worshipped Him with all their heart, mind, soul and strenghth. It will be interesting to find out.
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It is raining again! I love it and we need it so desperately here in Sunny California. Winter is our rainy season and it makes the hills so green. Also, this means that it is snowing in the mountains. Do I feel a ski day coming up or what? 🙂
This past weekend has been a busy one. Friday Night, Nathan and I celebrated Valentine’s by going to Monterey and eating at our favorite place, The Chart House. I am never disappointed when I eat there. The food is great, the service good and the scenery spectacular. And, of course I always enjoy being with my Valentine. Then, on Saturday, Greg Henry came in for Sunday Services. Of course we always enjoy having Greg around. Sunday was another great day in the Holy Ghost. I think we had around 15 visitors. It was great! God spoke in a mighty way to so many people through the ministry of Bro. Henry. The rain of the Holy Ghost fell. At the ending of our service, Nathan and I jumped in the car and took off to Modesto. An hour and a half later we pulled up to the Revival Center of Modesto, Pastors Randy Keyes and Todd Johnson. You could feel the excitement as we walked through the doors. This was their Bi-Lingual service. It was great! All the Spanish pastors and their families come together every few months and have church with the mother church (Revival Center). It is a great time of unity, fellowship and blessing. The Hispanic Mass Choir sang as did the local church choir. They both did superb. Nathan preached, “The Devil Hates Water”. He had an interpreter and it was awesome! They had a lot of fun too. 🙂 The rain of the Holy Ghost fell in Modesto as well. After some good food and fellowship with the Keyes and Johnson’s we headed back home. Whew! Tired? Yes, but happy and thankful, not only for the natural rain but for the rain of the Lord’s presence in our church, in our friends church and in my life. 🙂
Here’s a chorus I love:
Let the rain of your presence fall on me, every day that I live, with every breath I breathe. Let the rain of your presence fall on me, everywhere that I go, Lord, let your presence flow. Rain on me.
Love divine, joy unspeakable, overflowing in my soul. This heart of mine is refreshed and at rest in Your presence, in your presence.
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