February 25, 2021
Greetings Pastors and Spouses, Prayer Partners and Friends;
Last week in our "CLOSING THOUGHTS" segment we wrote about how the Roman Empire had over a period of 300 years, ruled by 10 different emperors, tried to silence the church. They failed and many others have failed since; the Iron Curtain, the Bamboo Curtain, etc. They all have failed and the church has continued to grow around the world. This past year its been the Covid-19 pandemic, but the church still continues to proclaim the gospel and lives continue to be touched. This past week has been another exciting week of lives being touched.
Now let me tell you about what God did this past week.
PLANT CITY, FL - This past Sunday, Beth and I ministered in both morning services at Pleasant Grove Assembly of God (our Florida "home" church) in Plant City, FL (located about 25 miles east of Tampa, FL); pastored by Joe and Christina Zaino. Our cottage (along with about 2 dozen others) is located on the church grounds. We ministered on the subject of marriage, and judging from the response and the comments, God was touching lives. The message revolved around 5 keys (5 C's) to a successful marriage; commitment, communication, compassion, compromise and Christ. After both services there were people who responded to the first altar call to either commit their life to Christ, recommit their life to Christ or to make things right with God. That's always exciting! After the second altar call people responded, desiring to be people who seek Christ first and foremost and also to be the people Christ would want them to be; whether married or single. It was a great morning with a great group of people! We thank God for what He did in the services! We thank you for praying!
BROOKSVILLE, FL - This past Wednesday night (last night), Beth and I finished our 4-week Wednesday night series on the Holy Spirit at Christian Life Assembly of God in Brooksville, FL (located about 45 miles north of Tampa); pastored by John and Fran Hensel. In this service we were asked to minister on the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The previous three Wednesday nights we taught on the gifts of the Holy Spirit found in I Corinthians 12 and 14. On this final Wednesday night our message focused on the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the gateway to the gifts. At the end of the service we prayed for those desiring to be baptized in the the Holy Spirit or to be refilled with the Holy Spirit. It was exciting watching people getting baptized and refilled with the Holy Spirit! Jesus can baptize and refill people with the Holy Spirit even in the middle of a pandemic! Meanwhile others were being refreshed in the Holy Spirit on the other side of the altar. We thank you for praying! God wonderfully poured out His Holy Spirit. It was a great month at a great church with a great group of people!
LAKELAND, FL - This coming Sunday, Beth and I will be ministering at Northside Assembly of God in Lakeland, FL; located about halfway between Orlando and Tampa. We have ministered at Northside many times over the years. Each time God has wonderfully touched lives and we're looking forward to what God is going to do this time! Please join us in praying that God will pour out His Holy Spirit. Last week was great but we need Him again this week!
SCHEDULING - Since last week's emailing we have scheduled services in St. Cloud, FL and Plant City, FL. Please continue to pray the doors will continue to open wherever God would want us to minister.
SCHEDULE - To see our schedule through the end of May 2021 click here.
INFO AFTER CLOSING THOUGHTS - At the very end of the emailing please read the paragraphs about - MINISTRY CAR FUNDRAISER, BILL'S BOOKS, GOODSEARCH and FACEBOOK.
CLOSING THOUGHTS - We used this illustration this past Sunday morning. It would apply to all believers whether they are married or single. A man was asked by his wife to go to the store to get the sauce for the spaghetti she was cooking. He didn't know much about cooking but he kind of knew what he tasted in the spaghetti sauce he had previously eaten. When he got to the store he told the clerk he needed the stuff for spaghetti sauce. The clerk brought him to where the bottles of spaghetti sauce were and handed him a bottle. The man said now bring me to the tomatoes. The clerk said they're already in there. The man said bring me to the garlic. The clerk said it's already in there. As the man mentioned all the ingredients he could think of, the clerk always said, they're already in there. The application was, when we have made a commitment of our life to Christ, everything we need is already in there. It just needs to be nurtured and drawn out. Whether a person is married or single, if you need joy, it's already in there. If you need peace, it's already in there. Whatever you need, it's already in there. Paul wrote, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control..." (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV). Whatever you need, it's already in Jesus and the Holy Spirit! It just needs to be nurtured and drawn out.
Let's agree together in prayer for God to pour out His Holy Spirit this Sunday in Lakeland, FL!
Thank you for being our partners in ministry!
Together in His Service with You,
Bill & Beth
MINISTRY CAR FUNDRAISER - If you would like to donate to our "car fund" using your credit card you can click here. It's simple, safe and secure. If you would prefer to donate using a check - please make the check out to "Fresh Fire Ministries", mark it "car fund", and send it to: Fresh Fire Ministries, P.O. Box 372, Whitewater, WI 53190.
BILL'S BOOKS– Both books I have written, “More Power – Supersizing the Working of the Holy Spirit for Life and Ministry” (a guide to the baptism in the Holy Spirit) and "God's Power Tools for Life and Ministry" (a guide to the gifts of the Holy Spirit) are available through Amazon. People have been ordering them and buying them in our services! The paperback versions are available for $12.99 at Amazon and the eBook versions on Kindle are available for $3.99. You can order either book by clicking here. [The third book, 'Helping Others Receive the Gift' is a compilation with several other authors published in 2008.] If you enjoy the books, go to Amazon and write reviews. The reviews will inspire others to read the books.
GOODSEARCH – Each time you make a search using GoodSearch as your search engine and have selected us as the receiving non-profit organization, we get a donation to our ministry. The easiest way to remember to use GoodSearch as your search engine is to make it your home page. If you are interested, click here. Search for 'Bill Juoni Fresh Fire Ministries', click, and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please feel free to either email us or call us.
FACEBOOK – Each week Beth continues to make new friends on Facebook. If you are new to our emailing and would like to connect with her on Facebook, create an account, and make a friend request to “Beth Ann Murray Juoni”. It's been incredible to see the people she has connected with from across the country and even overseas. We have found former parishioners, pastor friends, evangelist friends and many new friends.
rekindling and fueling the fire