The River church held Operation Raven for the Spanish community on December 13th. This event was full of happy faces of young and old. People came flooding in as early as 7:30am to stand in line. The River members prepared earnestly expecting for great things to happen. People went out on the street spreading the word. Flyers were made and hand delivered into the homes and lives of many un-churched people. You could see the look of excitement on the children’s faces as they were told about the event. Parents “just couldn’t say no.” I arrived at the church at 7:30am and helped out with the nursery. There were children being dropped off as soon as I arrived, so that their parents could enjoy the service, without worrying about the safety or distractions of their children during the service. Most of the children did not really understand what was happening. A lot of them cried when they were left from their parents, since they were in a strange atmosphere with strange people, but the nursery workers were quick to comfort them and share the joy of Christmas, which is Jesus. Most of the children warmed up and had a blast playing. When it was time for the children to go home, they left with a peace and the love that comes from a touch from God. After the service, as I went to pick up my children, I saw most of the children in the lines picking out their gifts, and they were very excited about their free gift. Also the parents were very happy about their free gift that they received, which came in the sacrifice of others, in selfless love. This experience has been one that I will never forget. Although it was a lot of work, it was well worth the effort, to see the way it touched the lives and families of others.
I’m 24 years old and I attend a church with a pretty big youth ministry. I started watching the Chronicles of Revival tv show on Angel 2 a few weeks before. When I heard Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne preach and saw the freedom he had in the Holy Spirit i was refreshed and encouraged to keep being radically in love with the Holy Spirit. Many things he spoke about was things that the Holy Spirit had revealed to me but I had never heard them from a preacher before… I sometimes thought that i was crazy… I went to the revival meetings in Dix Hills and brought a few of the youth from my church to come along. God touched me and all the ones that went with me EVERY night! We spent over 200 dollars getting to the event but it was worth it and God surely honored it. We all came back on fire to win the state of New Jersey and let the fire of revival rage through our church… Thank you for letting the Holy Spirit have His way in your lives so that He might touch the world. God Bless your ministry and your families.
Dear Dr.’s Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne, We are the Davis family (from Illinois), you prayed for our family in the Sunday Morning service (July 1, 2007). While on vacation in Florida, our initial plans were to go to the theme parks and attend your Sunday Morning service. However, we were so touched and blessed by your service, we ended up coming out every night from Orlando where we were staying. Our children wanted to be in your service on the 4th even though we had plans to attend a celebration in Orlando with them. Even though I (Joel) grew up in the church, I never experienced such wonderful teaching on the fire. As you were speaking about the fire, the Lord showed me you were like a spiritual arsonist. My family has been so touched by this, even though were back home now, we have not missed one of your webcast. Even though I’m not a Pastor yet, we’ve been in the ministry for about 14yrs under other Pastors, but I most definitely want to link up with your ministry to help start some fires. I have one question to ask you. I noticed that many in the meeting were laughing up under the anointing, but I always cry up under the anointing and sometimes for hours. However, the cry is not of sadness or as if I did something wrong, I feel joy, do you know why this is so? Do you have any reading materials that could help explain this? We love you, Adonica & your family and the entire RMI family and we will continue to pray God blessing upon you. PS. We will plan our next vacation in Tampa. PSS. I was going to wait until after camp meeting to send this, but the Lord led me to send it now. Your brother in Christ, Eld. Joel Davis
I am convinced it was there, in that barren place of obscurity, that Paul developed his religion. Noiselessly and alone, he plumbed the unfathomable conundrums of sovereignty, election, decadency, the deity of Christ, the supernatural power of the Resurrection, the Church, and future things.
It turned into a three-year crash course in sound doctrine from which would flow a life of evangelizing, teaching, and writing. More than this, it’s where Paul tossed aside his polished trophies and traded his resum of religious certifications for a colourful relationship with the risen Christ. It was there, without doubt, he concluded “whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than this, I count all things to be loss in view of the exceeding cost of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so I may gain Christ” ( Philippians 3:7–8 ). The same words describe many Christians sitting in churches today.
We are not busy doing all of the wrong things or maybe some ghastly things.
But if the truth were known, we’ll go for miles on smoke, all of the while choking the life-giving spirit inside.
It was one of those films with few words but a giant quantity of emotion.
How he escapes is interesting, but the good news is he’s picked up by a ship and is, at last, returned safely to the now-unfamiliar sector of life as it used to be. And the change inside him led straight to a change in the lives of thousands of people down thru the ages.
Saul, no doubt with blood stains still on his garment from Christians he had tortured, now stood with arms outstretched saying, “I’m here to testify to you that Jesus is the Messiah, God’s Son.” And the folks that heard it were dazzled. The Greek text uses the term from which we get the word euphoric.
They answered with nothing short of glad mystification at the swift reversal of Saul’s life.
Others he had taken into jails, maybe many of them kin and pals. The subsequent statement assures us he did not slow down : “But Saul kept accelerating in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by establishing this Jesus is the Christ” ( Acts 9:22 ).
Not only did Saul evangelise about Christ, he preached with noteworthy ability. The word interpreted establishing comes out of a Greek verb, meaning, “to knit together from many different strands.” Saul’s sermons were elegantly woven together, neatly delivered with compelling logic—all evidence of a talented expositor. Till Saul made his case, most hadn’t made that connection. Before we are going on, let’s pause and remind ourselves, none of these extraordinary events might have been witnessed, or recorded actually, had it not been for Ananias’s bold religion. You could have never thought of that till now. Saul would have stayed blind and shaking had the disciple of Damascus refused to obey and go to Straight Street. All this was set in motion because God exploited the unusual religion of a little-known but unswerving hero. His shaking but loyal obedience modified the destiny of millions, including me and you.