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Yesterday was another incredible day of services at The Pentecostal Church.  It will be long remembered as one of the milestones in our church history.  When we are visited by God like this I find it very hard to write in words what happened and what it meant to me personally.  My husband has been under a special anointing here of late and it is just to hard to explain.  So many good things were accomplished in the Holy Ghost.  Nathan has always said, “God can do more in five minutes than I could ever do in a lifetime”.  So true.  When He shows up like He did yesterday….well, WOW!

I want to focus my post today on some incredible people; the musicians of The Pentecostal Church.  Kyle Valenti (electric guitar), Omar Iboa (acoustic guitar), Dominic Ingram (drums, bass), Nathaniel Hurst (drums), Danelle Silveira (keyboard, organ), Luis Lenzi (keys, organ, sax…),  Todd Valenti (keys, organ, bass…), This post is for you all.  I know that on our church web-site it has me listed on staff as the Minister of Music.  I don’t know how true that really is.  I guess someone had to take the title when our church was small. 🙂  Hopefully that will be changed one of these days.  The people that are named above and that I work with week in and week out are some of the most dedicated and talented people on the planet.  If you walk into The Pentecostal Church prayer room on any given service you will find these folks are some of the first to be there, seeking the face of God for that service and for the anointing of the Holy Ghost.  Sunday’s are hard to get into the prayer room before service because of our schedule, but you can feel the prayers of these people when the music begins.  It is not the beat or tempo of the song.  It is not just the excellence in which they play, but it is the anointing of the Holy Ghost that you feel.

Yesterday was no exception.  They gave and gave while the church received blessings. (I wonder how many times we sang, “Freedom”?)  That is okay.  That is our job description and our ministry.  However, after a long while in the altar service, I stopped them all from playing and singing and had them come stand behind the pulpit.  I told the church about how these folks play and sing so we can be in the presence of God to receive.  I asked the church, “However you can make music, do it.  With your voice or with your hands clapping and pray for these people so they can get lost in the spirit for awhile.”  WOW!  The church went to praying, praising and clapping.  Several of the men came to the platform and laid hands on them and the power of God came and blessed.  Our musicians received incredible blessings yesterday.  I am so thankful for what the Lord did for them.

Keep it up guys.  I just wanted to let you all know how thankful I am for you and your talent and dedication.  You are incredible.  Thank you for using your talent to glorify God and be a blessing to His kingdom.  I love and appreciate you more than you know.

P.S.  Danelle, when you read this don’t be discouraged.  I know you and Matt had to miss yesterday but your blessing is coming.  I appreciate and love you too for your dedicated life and talent.  🙂

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Whew!  What a week!  We flew out last Monday to attend “Because of the Times” conference in Alexandria, Louisiana.  There are so many blessings associated with this trip I’m not quite sure I can put into words how grateful I am.  We were going to drive to “Because of the Times” but Nathan received a phone call on the Thursday before we were going to leave on Sunday and the conversation went something like this…”Nathan, I heard that you and Ronda are driving back here to BOTT?…Well, I won’t have that.  You would be exhausted by the time you got here and if the Lord wanted to speak to you (and He will), you would be too tired to receive it.  You get online and get a ticket and fly back here and let me know how much when you get here….”  WOW! Can you say BLESSING!  Of course there is more to that conversation but I don’t have time nor space to put it all here. 🙂  I got the best tickets I could possibly find and we flew.  Thank You! Thank You! Thank You to Bro. Anthony and Bro. Jim for blessing us this way.  Thank you just doesn’t seem quite enough for that kind of blessing, however it comes from deep within my heart.  We flew into Dallas, Texas and rented a car to drive the rest of the way to Alexandria.  It is about 5 hours and since we got in late and our luggage was not on our flight and we had to wait another 2 hours for it to come in, we decided to get a room in Marshall, Texas. My husband asked the desk clerk for a downstairs room so we would not have to take all of our luggage into the elevator and up to an upper level room.  He said, “Sure”.  Then he said, “I don’t have any king size beds downstairs”.  Nathan said, “That’s fine. Two doubles for tonight will do”.  When the clerk handed him the receipt to sign, the balance was 0.00.   Nathan asked, “how much is the room?”  The clerk replied, “I’m giving it to you tonight since I don’t have a king size bed downstairs.”  Nathan said, “You don’t have to do that”.  He said, “I want to. Manager’s privilege.”  So, what was going to cost us $115.00 ended up being free.  WOW!  Can you say BLESSING!  We got to Alexandria Tuesday Afternoon and began to prepare for BOTT. Tuesday Night service was tremendous and I knew we had made the right decision to attend BOTT 2009.  The theme this year was II Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  All I can say is, buy the cd or DVD set and be blessed. One of the messages this week I felt as if the preacher was standing right in front of Nathan and I and preaching solely to us.  I know a lot of people felt that way but that is the wonder of anointed preaching.  It ministers to different people all in one setting. WOW! Can you say BLESSING!  On Wednesday afternoon a minister walked up to my husband and handed him something and said, “You and Ronda go have lunch.”  When we got outside and looked, it was 2 one hundred dollar bills. Wow! Can you say BLESSING! We had a good lunch. 🙂  And then, Nathan turned around and blessed someone else with one of the hundred dollar bills.  That’s how it works isn’t it?  You give and give and then God pours you out a blessing you can’t quite contain.  You then turn around and give some more and then, God just does it all over again.  You cannot out give God! 

By Thursday Night you are very tired at BOTT but you don’t want to miss anything so you still get there early and anticipate what the Lord might do next.  Well…Royce Wilson preached an incredible message.  Just buy the DVD.  I can’t begin to describe it and what I felt.  At the end of the message Nathan and I walked to the front to pray.  Sis. Vesta Layne Mangun got a hold of me.  When she gets a hold of you, you will probably be there awhile. 🙂  We had the best time in the Holy Ghost.  She prayed, spoke in tongues, prophesied and we even danced a little.  This was another blessing too precious to really put in words. Wow!  Can you say BLESSING! 

We left BOTT refreshed, renewed, lifted up and challenged.

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Friday Evening we met Greg, Monya, Macy and Melody Henry in Dallas at Pappadeaux for dinner.  We had a great time with them.  Macy and Melody are growing up so fast.  They both made the honor roll in school and we are so proud of them. 

After dinner we drove on up to Wichita Falls to be with Gene and Karla for the week-end.  Saturday we relaxed and just enjoyed being with them and Cameron and Chad.  Sunday was an incredible day of worship and the word. The power of God was so strong in both services.  It was incredible.  

We got home last night and I am so thankful to be here.  We got out of Wichita Falls just in time.  I heard that they are iced in today. 😦 

God is good to His people!  I pray you all have a BLESSED week.  He has done marvelous things! 

Wow!  Can you say BLESSING!

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I am in Alexandria, Louisiana for a few days at  Because of the Times.  We are having a great time worshipping and fellowshipping with our friends and fellow ministers.  I will write more about it later, but just let me say that so far it has been great.  The preaching has been above and beyond.  The church is alive and well!

Talk to you in a few days.  Blessings!

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Saturday Night was our church Christmas banquet.  We had a super great time.  It’s been a long time since I’ve laughed that hard. 🙂  We were entertained by, Head in a Box, The Chinleys,  The Singing Nuns,  The Twelve Pains of Christmas, The “Balloon” Ladies and many other things in between.  Then to top it off with a “Touch of Class”,  Luis Lenzi played his saxophone as only he can do. 🙂 Thanks goes to EVERYONE who made this banquet a success:  Decorations, Christina Atkinson.  Sound Techs, Kyle and Todd Valenti.  Entertainment, Teresa Sarria.  Caterer, Elegant Touch.  Desserts, Tena Valenti.  Clean up, Everyone & Omar Iboa :). Thanks again…You guys are awesome. 🙂

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Luke 7: 36-50

“How did he know everything I was thinking?”  That was the question asked to one of the lady’s in our church by the visitor with her today.  He (I don’t know his name) had just said to her a little while ago, “I can make more money in one week, selling drugs, then in a whole month on a regular job, but I have no peace.”  So when he walked into our church today and the pastor began to preach from Luke 7:36-50, he was amazed.  The last verse (50) says this, “And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”  It would have been enough just to be forgiven, but the Lord gave this woman a special gift when He said, “Go in Peace”.  At one point in the sermon my husband stopped and said, “I don’t believe I am just preaching a sermon today.  Someone has come looking for peace.  This is where you find it….”  The man came to the altar and wept and wept before the Lord.  I didn’t know his story until after church, but when I heard it, it touched me deeply.  He has just been out of prison a few days and God allowed him to step into our church and hear the message he needed to hear. We serve such an awesome God and His mercy and grace never cease to amaze me.  God is so willing to forgive.  It doesn’t matter where you have come from, He still wants to forgive and He has plenty of mercy to be given.  His supply is not running low. I am looking forward to what God will do in this man’s life.  Yes!  There is a peace that passes all understanding and I’m thankful for it.

No one can touch you like Jesus can.  No one can give you peace you cannot understand.  No one can bind your wounds with nail scarred hands.  No one can touch you like Jesus can.

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Cameron, Karla, Gene, Chad

We flew back to Texas last Thursday to help in the installation services of Gene and Karla Holley (my sister and brother-in-law).  They had been newly elected as pastor to Life Tabernacle in Wichita Falls, Texas.  We had a great time being there with them and the rest of the family.  Friday Night Bro. David Bernard preached a great message about “Knowing Christ” and what the great Name of Jesus means to us.  I so enjoyed getting to spend a few moments with Connie (Bro. Bernard’s wife).  She is so much fun. 🙂 _0000396 Bro. and Sis. David Bernard

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After service, Life Tabernacle put on a reception that was incredible.  They had a professional caterer and decorator come in and do all the work. 🙂  It was beautiful and delicious and then to put the “icing on the cake”, they hired a easy listening band to come and provide beautiful background music.  It was first class! _0000320 The Carving Station_0000322 Fruit and Chocolate_0000325 The Band

Saturday, we just had a family fun day.  Ginger (Keith,my deceased brother’s wife) and his girls, Carmen, Shara and their husbands, Brook and Jimmy and all their kids was able to come up for Friday and Saturday.  It was so great getting to see them all.  I must say that Keith would be absolutely wild over those six grandbabies. 🙂  They are so precious.  Thank you Carmen and Shara for bringing them to Wichita Falls so we could spend a some time with them. 🙂  We missed Ryan!  I really wanted to see him but I understand his work schedule wouldn’t allow him to take off and come.  😦  I also missed Matt and Danelle not being able to be there.  Oh well, maybe next time EVERYBODY will be able to join in the family fun. 🙂  100_3419 The Grand Kids (except Danelle and Ryan) We missed you guys!

DSC_0021 The Great Grand KidsDSC_0040 The whole clan (except Matt, Danelle, Ryan and Brenda (she was sick today).

After we ate lunch and the “Dallas” family had to leave, Wendell, Linda, Gene, Karla, Nathan and I went out to Mother and Daddy’s grave.  I had not ever seen the head stone and wanted to go by there to see it.  They would have been so proud this weekend.  Maybe the Lord allows them to see the good things that happen in our lives. 🙂100_3433

Sunday was a day filled with Glory.  Nathan preached Sunday Morning on “A Worthy Successor”.  WOW!  It really was awesome.  He said that this was a very easy sermon for him to preach about Gene because of his qualities and his love for God and the ministry.  Gene you are a worthy successor.  God has great things in store for Life Tabernacle and Wichita Falls under the leadership of you and Karla. 🙂  Sunday Night Wendell preached another incredible message.  He had a few things that the Lord had told him directly about the new pastor when the church was in the decision process and he shared that with the church.  Then he passed the blessing that Bro. W.R. Holley had given to him when he became pastor of Life Tabernacle, 24 years ago onto Gene.  It was incredible and very emotional.

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We stayed over and extra day, Monday and Linda, Karla and I got to spend time together.  We shopped and laughed.  That’s it!  LOL   100_3421

I’m smiling because you’re my sisters and laughing because you can’t do anything about it. LOL

We had a great time in Texas with family.  Nothing like it.

Congratulations, Gene, Karla, Cameron and Chad!  I’m really glad we got to spend this weekend with you all.  Thanks for everything.

Please tell Julie that the welcome basket was awesome.  Above and beyond!

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More Pics on my flickr page. Go to right column and press “More Pics to Enjoy”. 🙂

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Tonight at Bible Study, my father-in-law (B.J. Hurst) sang the special.  My mother-in-law (Dorothy Hurst) played the keyboard.  I followed along on the organ. 🙂  Dad sang, “No One Cared For Me Like Jesus”.  I just have to say, I hope I can sing and hold my notes like he did tonight when I am 76 years old.  He did an incredible job.  However, that is not what I really want to point out about his singing.  When he finished singing,  there was such an awesome spirit of God that once again came into our service.  I often tell our chorale that we must have the anointing that breaks the yoke.  And, we also have to live a life that backs up what we are singing about if we want God to move when we sing.  I saw it and felt in action tonight.  I don’t know about you, but as for me, there is just something about a saint of God that has lived their life for Christ that is so special.  When they sing, it touches me deeply.  I know some people may think, “well, you were just giving an old man something to do so he would feel good”.  Well…not so.  You see, I know the life that my in-laws have lived.  Dad is a good man.  He has given his life to the work of God and has been ever so faithful.  He is one of the most giving individuals I know.  I just think that when the Lord heard B.J. Hurst singing tonight he was impressed. 🙂  No, not by the good voice but by the faithfulness of one of His servants.  Hence,  the Spirit that came to visit us tonight.  The Lord moved in the miraculous with healings and many, many other blessings.  My! My! My!  I thank God for “old” saints of the cross.  When they sing, teach, preach or testify, I sit up and take notice and I believe that the Lord does too.  He did tonight.  🙂

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Today in our church service we had just finished singing the song, “How Great Is Our God”, and as we worshipped, the presence of the Lord came into the sanctuary so beautifully.  It was as if a strong but gentle breeze came across me.  Just about that time one of the praise team members (Cassandra) turned around to me with awe on her face and tears in her eyes and said, “did you feel that”.  Oh yes! I felt it! “How Great Is Our God”.  Just about that time I happened to see one of our new lady’s (that we baptized during SWBC downtown) and she had both hands raised in worship and was speaking in a beautiful language as the Spirit gave the utterance, giving praise to God.  It was just one of those very special times of worship.  My husband preached an incredible message about grace and I watched as so many received blessings.  Watching the new babes in Christ learning how to receive from God again is so wonderful.  God continues to pour out His spirit on us and I am so thankful.  It won’t be long before we hear the trump of God sound and we will be forever in His presence.  Our work and toil on this earth will be finished.  I look forward to that day.  Services like today make me want to be in that atmosphere for eternity.  I love feeling that “strong yet gentle” breeze of the Holy Ghost.  God Bless!

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We had a great time last night in Delano at the Section 2 Youth Rally.  Brian and Jana Allard was a great host church.  We enjoyed meeting the Sectional Youth Director, Bro. and Sis. Steven McDaniel and enjoyed a good time of fellowship after service with them.  Nathan preached a great message on “Love’s Natural Enemy”.  The presence of God moved in a special way.  It is always good to worship with young people and ministers of like precious faith.

I was also able to visit just a little bit with Sis. Wilson, a lady I have always loved since I was a little girl.  This picture is of her with her two daughters, Paula and Jana, and their two daughters, Sara (Paula’s) and Bryn (Jana’s).  Click on photos to enlarge

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DSC_0213 Brian Allard, Steven McDaniel, Nathan Hurst (after he preached), Gaylen Cantrell, Michael Todd.

DSC_0217 Josh, Candace and Chloe Tredway and Bro. and Sis. Tredway.

DSC_0216 Blake couldn’t take anymore. 🙂  I wonder how many Pentecostal kids have slept on and under the pews. 🙂

Thanks, Section 2 Youth for a good rally. See you all soon.

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God is not a respecter of persons but He is a respecter of principals. He has plans for everyone to accomplish great things. Don’t believe anything other than Jer. 29:11(Amplified Bible)–For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Here are a few principals to help you start today!

1. Work Like it is up to you and pray like it is up to God!  Work hard and pray hard! God wants to help you more than you want His help.

2. Have a concise plan of where and what you want to accomplish. Write it down  in detail. Then write down how you think you will accomplish it.

3. Do 5 things every day that drives you in that direction.

4. ASK for help. Surround yourself with a team of people who share your passion.

5. Contact someone who has already done what you want and ask for them to coach you. Be willing to do what they ask.

6. Align yourself with the authorities in your life.

7. Be grateful for every opportunity that comes your way and give 110% like it is where you already want to be.

8. Take risk. Sometimes when you live on the edge you will fall off but you will miss 100% of the opportunities that you never try! The worst thing that could happen is most likely where you already are.

9. Take serious action today. Don’t wait one more day!

10. Do what you love! Most likely your gift is in someway connected!

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