February 29, 2024
Greetings Pastors and Spouses, Prayer Partners and Friends,
It's taken until the final week of February, but it finally feels like Florida should at this time of the year. The temperatures have been in the upper 70's and low 80's and will be for at least the next week. With it being "leap year" we've been blessed with one extra beautiful day.
Regardless of the weather though, in the Lord each day is a beautiful day. The Psalmist said in Psalm 118:24, "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" (NIV).
We rejoice and are glad for all God has been doing this week. Let me tell you where we've been and what God has been doing.
PALM BAY, FL - This past Sunday, Beth and I ministered at Cornerstone Church (Assemblies of God) in Palm Bay, FL (located on the Atlantic Coast of Florida - about 5 miles south of Melbourne, FL); pastored by Steve and Wanda Reeves. This was our third time to minister at Cornerstone. We thank God for what He has done in the past and we thank God for what He did this time. Our message dealt with following the voice of the Holy Spirit. Our text verse was John 10:27. Jesus said, "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me" (NIV). As we navigate the times we are living in, we need to walk in step with the Holy Spirit (and the Holy Spirit will never say or lead in any way that contradicts the Bible! More about this in our CLOSING THOUGHTS). After the first altar call, several responded to either commit their life to Christ, recommit their life to Christ or to make things right with God. After the second altar call people came to the altar desiring to be people who are going to endeavor, with God's help, to walk in step with the Spirit in a closer way. It was a great service with a great multi-cultural church. Thank you for praying!
LAKELAND, FL - This past Wednesday night (last night), Beth and I ministered at Trinity Christian Center (Assemblies of God) in Lakeland, FL (located about 40 miles east of Tampa, FL); pastored by Phil and Valonne Hulzebos. We continued our Wednesday night series of studies dealing with prayer, revival and evangelism during the months of January, February and March. The people were engaged, taking notes and sharing. It was a great evening of studying God's Word together.
LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION - The pastor of the church we were scheduled to be at this coming Sunday called on Monday night and shared that they had a situation come up at the church and they were going to regrettably have to cancel the service. They wanted to reschedule but we didn't have any more Florida openings as of right now.
2024 SCHEDULE - Our 2024 schedule through the middle of May is now posted on our website. You can view it by clicking here.
2024 SCHEDULING - Pastors: if you want to schedule something in 2024, feel free to contact us by sending us an email at: email@example.com or call/text us at: 920.723.1024.
INFO AFTER CLOSING THOUGHTS - At the very end of the emailing please read the paragraphs about - MINISTRY CAR FUNDRAISER, BILL'S BOOKS, and FACEBOOK.
CLOSING THOUGHTS - As we mentioned earlier, our message on Sunday morning dealt with following the leading of the Holy Spirit. A key phrase we often read in the Book of Acts is, "the Spirit said". Contrast that to what the results of a recent Barna survey showed. The survey showed that "less than 10% of church going Christians in America make important decisions based on God's Word and seeking His will. Ninety percent decide on their own intelligence, peer opinion or their own whim and fancy". Hey, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are smarter than we are, know the future better than we do, and know our potential better than we do. The smartest thing we as believers can do is to endeavor to follow the leading of Jesus through the Holy Spirit like the Early Church did in the Book of Acts. As we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, we'll see God use us in amazing ways. We'll see God give us the wisdom we need in the situations we face. We'll see God protect us from making mistakes and from danger. Will we always do it perfectly? No, but we'll endeavor to do it the best we can. And the good news is, God never gives up on us as long as we endeavor to walk in step with His Holy Spirit.
Please join us in praying that God will touch lives week as we minister at Trinity Christian Center in Lakeland, FL on Wednesday night.
Thank you so much 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.
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