The Grace Gift Giveaway : Brother Colon’s gift

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Pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. . . for It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and BY GIFTS of THE HOLY GHOST distributed according to His will. So with yourselves, Child of God, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up Daddy’s House with your gifts. Hebrews 2:1 , 3b, 4 and 1 Corinthians 14:12

THE GIVER’S CALL

I remember the day The Holy Ghost asked Colon to help me be a “doorkeeper ” in the house of RLOC. Weeks before, Daddy called brother Colon, He showed me how I wasn’t getting the job done as doorkeeper for Daddy .When He showed me, I saw folks were slipping in the door without a greeting from Daddy. Lots of times Daddy would want to show His hospitality and His Mercy and Help to folks and He couldn’t get the job done. It made me sad . But what made me more sad was knowing that the Holy Ghost was even more sad than I could ever be.

See, I would get so interested in all Daddy’s business away from the door that I would neglect the assignment He gave me. That assignment was : “Child, welcome each one as Jesus has welcomed you unto me” So, instead of focusing on Daddy’s plan, I would go from one seat to the another, in everyone’s business, asking them what Daddy was doing. I would start jumping and chatting and spinning around so much that I was no use for Daddy’s purpose.

One day , when I was running from one brother and sister to another , I tripped and fell into a seat next to Colon’s wife, Debbie and my blood sister, Mary.

Both sisters laughed and then smiled at me. Debbie said “are you okay? maybe you better settle down before you get into some trouble.” My sister Mary said “Rest sister”.

At that moment , the Holy Ghost took my face between His hands and had me look straight up to Daddy. I can’t be sure the words I heard. But, I know I heard something like this: “lookie here doorkeeper, I got work to do round here so more folks will see me, I’m fixin to give you a helper”. I sat next to sisters Debbie and Mary for a minute and then went back to my post at the door.

I figured I better get back to Daddy’s assignment for me before I “for sure got into some trouble” . The Holy Ghost followed me. I sensed Him push me away from all distractions until I got to the back door.

Standing at the back door was a tall gruff looking man. I had noticed before that he was at the back door pretty regular. I also noticed that he would smile real big at folks coming through the door. However, somehow, when he looked at me , it seemed that big smile turned quick upside down. . He looked so scary that I asked Daddy if I could punch or tickle him to just see if he would smile at me like he did other folks.

Before I could get an answer from Daddy, the Holy Ghost pointed and spoke to my spirit. “That man”

Right then , I remembered what the Spirit had spoken earlier about ” a helper”
” Really, him? , a doorkeeper in your house? Are you sure? Are you for real Holy Ghost ?” I questioned.

“Im most certainly sure” the Holy Ghost confirmed

” But really I don’t think this big guy likes me. I’m really positively sure he thinks I’m a little weird AND besides that, I don’t think he trusts me. ” I replied .

That dosen’t matter. It’s not about you ! It’s about HIM and I love this man and this man loves and trusts me. He points to Jesus. ” The Holy Ghost spoke to me for Daddy.

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THE GIVER’S GIFT

That same day Brother Colon asked for prayer. I could not hear what he asked Daddy. But, I know that our brother , Pastor Chris, put his hands on Brother Colon and prayed . Both their bodies were shaking with something i think Daddy calls “fervency”. Soon, they stopped shaking and I saw a tear wind down that big gruff man’s face and change everything in its trail. Colon did not wipe it away, He just just kept saying “yes Lord, yes Lord” as our brother Chris prayed. I think that’s when Jesus was praying too and the Holy Ghost was giving Colon the gifts to be a doorkeeper.

Since then, everytime Brother, Pastor Chris, unlocks the door to the church, Colon is a doorkeeper. Together brother Colon and I have kept many doors open. We have kept them opened at church and out of church: , front doors and back doors, bathroom doors, car doors, neighbor doors, kitchen doors, in doors and out doors. And best yet, when folks want prayer , we say “come on lets go over yonder beyond this door to the Mercy seat of Daddy”

I think it might be a total of bout two years that we have been working together as doorkeepers in the Daddy’s house. I am not sure. But, I know for sure that Daddy keeps track of our time.

And Daddy keeps track of everything that time contains. He sees everything. He sees how we have opened doors and shut doors. He sees how we open the door to let the children of God in and He sees how we chase these children down when they try to sneak out the door. He sees how we find seats and Bibles and coloring sheets for His children so that they may hear and believe Daddy’s goodness and love for them. He sees how we watch over His children to keep every hindrance away from them so they can hear Daddy’s voice.

And He sees how, when the wind of the Holy Ghost blows the door wide open, We stand in awe. And when the wind of nature blows the door open, we quietly shut the door to keep all of Daddy’s goodness inside. . . . to keep all of Daddy’s goodness from escaping.

THE GIVER’s GLORY

One day, not long ago, our brother, Pastor Chris, wasn’t at Daddy’s house to unlock the door .He gave another brother the keys. For a moment, Brother Colon and I wondered if the Holy Ghost went traveling with Pastor. The door didn’t feel the same. Like a peice of the puzzle missing we couldn’t see the picture of the body like before. “It ain’t the same brother” I said to brother Colon.

“What’s different ?” Colon demanded

“Well Pastor aint here silly” I said as I punched him.

“The Lord is Here” he said with a wink.

‘yep” I said . Still thinking bout that puzzle piece being missing I couldn’t help but smile at Colons faithful smile every time I punched him.

“you just keep watch over the door lil sis”Colon scolded

So, even with Pastor on vacation, Like all other Sundays, Colon and I were doorkeepers. Doorkeepers who let folks in and watched for the Holy Ghost to come in.

See, The Holy Ghost is always at RLOC He really doesnt ever need a door or certain folks to dwell in .But there is a way that seems like He walks in the door. . Sometimes He seems to comes in and sit skinny in a seat and sometimes He comes in and sits Big and Fat in everyone’s lap. But no matter what it “feels” like, Daddy’s words taught us that “worship brings the His Presence ” .

So on that day, we decided to worship as all Sundays. Singing things about Daddy to Daddy we would get soo close to Daddy. And when we did, we knew that the Holy Ghost was getting fat in the building.

As I sat down after worship, I looked at my brother Colon. He looked all wide eyed , Kinda like like he saw someone else come in the door . I couldn’t figure it out cause he wasn’t looking at the door but looking straight ahead. When I began to sit down he reached over to grab my shoulder.

“put his picture back up”. He demanded “now”

“what picture ?

” The one of Jesus” he said. Micah overheard Brother Colon and imediatly returned the slide to the last song

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After Micah put Jesus’s picture on the overhead, brother Colon got up from his seat slowly. I am certain that the Holy Ghost was sitting fat on him for he rose very slow and yet very wide eyed. He stood before us and waved his hand to the picture.

“This is not Jesus. Jesus is alive. And He is here , the Head of this church. But this picture reminds us He is here” Brother Colon said very slowly. I think the Holy Ghost was sitting fat on every word. He continued to slowly release words ending each sentence the chorus “Jesus did for us what no man could do. “He told how Jesus gave us life when we were dead. How Jesus died to give us life. How he was lashed and beaten and stripped and mocked and pierced and nailed that we may be healed and comforted and clothed and forgiven and reborn and resurrected to life. Each word seemed to introduce Jesus into the room. Each word seemed to be handed out by the Holy Ghost to magnify the son. It was quiet when Colon stopped speaking.

There were no “Amens” .  There were no handclaps. One by one, brothers and sisters quietly whispered, “thank you Jesus, thank you Lord”. It felt as if Jesus walked from seat to seat touching each brother and sister with the gospel. But it was not Jesus Himself but the Holy Ghost speaking the gospel into every heart.

Since that morning , I am most certain of the Holy Ghost in Colon. And the Holy Ghost is most magnificent when He does the work of glorifying Jesus. Every day He makes Colon look joyful and certain and full of gospel power.

So I don’t ask Daddy anymore “are you sure?” But I say to Daddy “you sure know how to pick em Daddy!!”

And Daddy replies :
Daughter that aint just a Doorkeeper , that’s the possessor of the Door. And the Door is Jesus!

Romans 15:7 Therefore,  Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for THE GLORY OF GOD!! (The Doorkeeper Pledge)

Brother Ernie’s Air: Anatomy of a Miracle Part 1: the Nose

Introduction http://vunglaub.com/2014/01/28/brother-ernies-air-an-anatomy-of-a-miracle-introduction/

This is part 1 of a true story of Brother Ernie

A child of God chosen to display Daddy’s glory, one breath at a time.

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As long as my breath is in me and the Spirit of God is in my ..
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my lips will not speak falsehood and my tongue will not utter deceit. For I hold fast to my righteousness and will not let go!”( Job 27 :3, 4, 6a)

I didn’t know Ernie was carrying a set of miracles deep behind his ribs until one day in October. Before that day, I just knew a man whose name was “Ernie”. A man who sat at the round table in the back of the church. That’s how it is in Daddy’s house sometimes. We say “oh I know so and so. . . ” And we toss a person’s name in the air like a balloon. But, if we told the naked truth, we would say that we REALLY don’t know them at all. As a “doorkeeper” in Daddy’s house , I get a little sad when I barely know some folks names . But, I get really excited when I remember that there is one in the house, who really, truly, knows them.

Jesus knows them. He looks on each one of those folks every Sunday. He looks past all the dirt and the ribs , straight past the lungs and heart, to a very deep place. He looks to a place where no doctor or scientist or researcher could go. . . the soul.(1)

Kinda funny to think like that . To think that there are places where no eye sees or tongue tells . Places where no picture has been taken. Kinda funny to think how Jesus knows Ernie so well. He knew every cell, seen and unseen, in Ernie long before He introduced the lump sum to me. He had been sitting near Ernie alot of days before He introduced Ernie to me and. . . me to Ernie.

Jesus handpicked the day He was to introduce Ernie and me. (2) That day was a day in October. That day, I had just left my assignment as “doorkeeper” and I was working at the hospital. And, It was in the hospital that Ernie was brought in for “shortness of breath”.

“Shortness of breath” is a phrase that hospital folks use for breathing that does not sound or look like the original design by Daddy. It sounds more rapid and loud and unnatural than we think it should sound . This is mostly during times when the air is going through the mouth and not the nose. These folks lie in stretchers like little birds in nests with their neck reaching up and their mouths wide open. They look like birds hungry for nothing but the air around them.

I could hear the sound of Ernie’s air as I turned the corner to room 42 in the emergency Room. The sound stopped me. I stood by the door and asked Jesus to introduce me to Ernie. I was afraid that Ernie would not know me and he might be too hungry for air to be bothered by me.

But Ernie was not bothered. And Ernie did not look like the other folks in the hospital . He did not look at all like anybody that I had touched that day. He did not even look like he needed a physician though he sounded like it. Ernie had a vibrant face . And ,most of all , he had a face that talked without using words. It said paragraphs in milliseconds. It was bright , kinda pink, with a leprechaun like smile. Sitting upright in the stretcher , I saw Ernie as a delightful design of Daddy. I saw what Jesus saw for the first time . (3)

Ernie’s eyes spoke boldly “I believe our Daddy wants me out of this place’ . His eyes seemed to sparkle with the proclamation.

An instant agreement came upon me, I said “Ernie , Jesus wants you out of here. This is not the door I should be greeting you through unless its back out. . . eh brother?”

Ernie winked. I considered his wink to be an “AMEN”. Amen means “so be it” or “let it be”. And It does not really have to be spoken. An Amen is agreement with Jesus bout all that Daddy gives.(3)

Folks at church talk alot about agreement. i don’t know much about all of what they mean when they talk. Sometimes these folks start talking in another language that only Daddy knows. .But, I now know one thing for certain, since Jesus introduced me to Ernie. I know that when children agree about what Daddy says all kinds of things happen. When children agree with Daddy, miracles are in the air. Moving in very unlikely patterns.

” ill be back to check on y’all after I am off duty” I said to Ernie and his wife Brenda. I left a room that was so full of Jesus I felt unworthy to return .

I felt unworthy because, truth be told , about four hours before I met Ernie, I had been whining and complaining to Daddy about His other children. I was tattle- tailing on them , telling how they were relying on another brother to give them what only Daddy gives. I even called that very brother on the phone and said” these folks are asking you to do what only Daddy can do for them and I think it is all wrong”

This good brother said to me ” what are you gonna do , sister, tuck your tail and run again”. That made me more mad and I hung up the phone.

I then cried and cried and told Daddy that I didn’t think my church was giving Daddy the glory He was due. And “if they ain’t doing that then they ain’t no church!!! They are just a ‘club house in a tree’ and nobody can get in and nobody on the inside can see out !!” I said.

After all the hot air from my phone call and prayer settled as dew on my dashboard, I stomped on into work. “Im just going on to work ” were my last words to Daddy. I kinda felt like Peter who decided to go fishing because it all wasn’t making much sense anymore.(5)

When I returned to Ernie’s room, I stood at the door and remembered my start of the day and still felt unworthy to enter. I stood motionless behind the open door asking Daddy if it was okay to go in. I was distracted by the sound of Ernie’s breathing. It wheezed and coughed and gasped..Suddenly, I saw Daddy’s intended design, I saw how the mouth is set for praise and the nose is set for air. Suddenly Daddy showed me, As unnatural as is Ernie’s breathing so unnatural was my speaking earlier in the day!! Ernie should breathe air through His nose, And I should praise through my mouth. God we need a Physician!!.

“There she is Ernie” Ernie’s wife peered around the door. “We are right here. Did you forget where you were going” she chuckled

I entered into the room. Ernie was getting a “breathing treatment”. This is where a medicine is mixed with the air so when one inhales it opens the lungs so they can get the oxygen needed. So Ernie’s wife, Brenda, talked. Brenda talked vibrantly, like Ernie but not as much with her eyes as with her whole being. From face to fingertips , she spoke more in motion than with words . It was as if every word she chose was moving. Like breezes of grace , a gentle enthusiastic grace.

So, when I timidly said “can we pray together?” she seemed to swoop softly across the stretcher to take my hand in expectant agreement.

I looked at Ernie. I looked at Brenda. I looked at our hands. Suddenly the air halted. I could hear each of us breathing. My own breath irregular ” Daddy I need a breathing treatment Jesus just say the word and your servant will be healed” my soul prayed quietly (6) . And I waited.

Suddenly, I saw Jesus looking upon Ernie with compassion ready to touch and heal. I saw Him delighting over Brenda. I saw Him ready to heal my lips. I prayed. Then Brenda prayed. The breeze, a the very warm summer breeze blew . Ernie could breathe a little easier. The room was very warm. The faces very moist.

Then , in natural timing, like a chorus of a song, Ernie’s “Amen” was spoken. It came out of his mouth as air went in his nose. It repeated itself , Layers of “amen” one upon another until Brenda and I shouted with Ernie “Amen!! Amen”. All of us moving now like children saying “yippie Daddy we have recieved”.

When our hands released, Ernie began breathing slowly and softly through his nose. Suddenly Ernie said his first sentence to me “This is the church!”. He spoke.

“Yep. Honey the Holy spirit was definitely here.” Brenda cheered. She did not know Ernie’s words were riding on the wind of the Spirit. Riding on the wind of the Spirit to restore my broken soul.

“This IS the Church”

A sweet silence again halted everything in the room. you could hear breath. Breathing Rhythmic and natural . Mouths declaring praise. I suddenly knew that I could not run from this church , This church. . . .it would chase me down.

“Yep,”. I winked.

And the spirit and the Bride said “Amen”(7)

  1. John 2:24-25 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man; for he knew what was in man.
  2. Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation.
  3. 2 Corinthians 5:14,16 for the love of Christ controls us , because we have concluded this that one has died for all , therefore all have died. . so , From now on , therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh.
  4. 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us
  5. John 21:3 Simon Peter said to them , “I am going fishing,” They said to him, “we will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
  6. Luke 7:1-10. Jesus healing the Centurions’s servant ” And Jesus went with them. when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, “Lord do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof. Therefore FI did not presume to come to you But say the word and let my servant be healed. “
  7. Revelation 22:17 The spirit and the bride say, “come.” Let anyone who hears this say “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life”.