Archive for July 23rd, 2007

J.P. Harriman!

Hey All,

some of you may be aware that friends of mine, Brock & Tina Harriman, have been working through the whole adoption process with an orphanage in Rwanda.  I just received some pictures of their new baby boy.

Isn’t he beautiful!  Let’s all rejoice and praise God with the Harriman’s.  The next step is to fly over to Rwanda and pick up their little boy…jp.jpg

New Anointing

Tonight during the Foursquare Convention Pastor Jack Hayford spoke from Psalm 92 beginning with verse 8:

8 But you, O LORD, are exalted forever.

9 For surely your enemies, O LORD,
surely your enemies will perish;
all evildoers will be scattered.

10 You have exalted (raised up) my horn (or influence)  like that of a wild ox(strong)
fine oils have been poured upon me.

11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.

12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

13 planted in the house of the LORD,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,

15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

He spoke about how we need to always be open to a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  That we must live dependently upon His Spirit all the days of our lives.  As we wrapped up our time together each person, or couple, was given the gift of a vial of anointing oil.  We gathered in small groups and anointed and prayed for each other.

I met a couple from the West Coast that just recently moved to Gettysburg, PA because they felt impressed by the Holy Spirit to move East.  We were able to pray for them to be refreshed and for a new depth of relationship to develop between them and the Lord as well as many new relationships to be birthed as they reach out to the new community that they are in.

I was prayed for as well.  Knowing that I am returning home to many decisions that need to be made and action steps that I need to take I asked for wisdom, discernment and boldness to do what needs to be done – no matter how hard.  If you are praying through these entries I would ask that you continue to pray for myself and Kim as we take the steps that need to be taken in our ministry with students at GCC and throughout Northern New England.

The way that the service ended just sealed many things that the Lord has been speaking to me over the past 7 days here in Israel and I am so refreshed and energized as we continue our time here on the tour and at Convention.  There’s lots to do when I get back home and I am charged up and ready to go!

Miraculous Places

Today we started out at convention.  Our tour began at the Pool of Bethesda.  This is the location that Jesus healed a man who had been suffering from an affliction for many years.  Jesus asked a profound question to the man, “Do you want to be healed?”  How many of us, even though there may be suffering in our lives, hold onto the pain because it has become part of our identity?  Rather than seek healing from our pain we hold onto it and remain in the place where we suffer for years.  Jesus asked the man if he really wanted to be well.  That is a challenge to you all as well as myself.  Are there things in our lives that we hold onto rather than seeking healing?  Do you want to be healed?  Ask the Father and He will set you free!

The pools here were very large and quite deep – up to 50 feet in depth and 200 feet wide.  That may have been why the man replied to Jesus that there was no one to help him into the pool when the water stirred.  Because of the depth of the water, those with afflictions may have needed assistance in staying above the surface.

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From the Pool of Bethesda we went on to the Garden Tomb.  Two sites were seen at the Garden Tomb.  Golgatha (or Skull Hill) and the Tomb where Jesus was laid.

Golgatha gets it’s name from the look of the face of the cliff.  To the right in this picture are 2 small caves that look like the eye holes in a skull as well as the small stone that juts out between them forming a nose.  Looks like a “skull hill” to me!

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We then moved on to the Garden Tomb.  The garden were the tomb was located was owned by a very rich man named Joseph of Arimethia.  The tomb was carved out of the stone and was designed to be a family burial tomb.  When Jesus was brought down from the cross Joseph donated his tomb for a burial site for him.  I guess we could say it was only on loan.  The tomb is still empty today!

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Praise God for the resurrection and all that it means for us today!

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We are off to convention again for the evening.  We will be walking the Via Dolorosa tomorrow as well as visiting St. Peter Gallicantu which is the site where Jesus was beaten by the Roman soldiers.  They have built a church on top of this site but some of the original floor exists where the courtyard was.