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"I Am Thankful"
Going to “The Call” in Nashville, TN, in 2007, was a big event in my life. Before some of the young people and I headed there, my sister-in-law, husband and Pastor John decided one Sunday morning to go to a Pentecostal church towards eastern North Carolina. But, what we didn't think about was, that it was fourth of July weekend, so the church service was about America, not about God at all. There was no life, no spirit. It was sad. When we left, we remembered that not far from where we were was a man that has gatherings on Sunday and we might just make it in time to enjoy visiting there. We drove over there, and before we could even get inside, we heard singing and people praising God. Something in me turned a flip, those were “my people”, children of God! The Spirit they had was the same Spirit inside of me; the holy Ghost. It was such a stark difference between the Pentecostal church that we just visited with flags and talking about America to a group of people enjoying God’s spirit in the land of America that God gave them!
The experience I had before visiting “The Call” helped me to be aware and recognize the stark difference there is between people with the Spirit and those without it. One memory from “The Call” that is burned into my mind is walking into that huge stadium where almost every seat was filled with people who wanted God to make a difference in their lives and those around them. I felt armed with my previous experience, you could feel when things were on target and when things were off. It was sad to me, those with the spirit seemed in bondage to certain church sects, to just say that you loved Jesus wasn't enough. One man was cut short on the stage when he spoke in tongues. There was a limit to the freedom of the spirit.
I learned how much freedom that there is in Christ, but that without guidance it can quickly get off. This experience was good for me to see my wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ and I wish so much that we could be together. When we share our testimonies or hugs, we are one, you know you have the same Spirit from Jesus! I am thankful for that! And thankful for the experience of being around a large group of hungry souls, my brothers and sisters.
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