Global Christian Ministry Forum International (GCMF Int’l) is a spiritually focused overseeing international presbytery consisting of national leaders from around the world. The presbytery provides oversight and guidance to GCMF national leaders, working in partnership for the cause of Christ. The mission of Global Christian Ministry Forum International is to link with national Christian leaders and network with them to establish effective ministry organizations in various parts of the world, whereby pastors and Christian leaders can be locally equipped, inspired, and motivated for their unique ministry.
Global Christian Ministry Forum International provides ministry credentials to qualified individuals. Ministry credentials are issued in conjunction with a national leaders’ recommendation coupled with accountability and oversight at the national level.
I’m a licensed minister with GCMF and
I’ve also spent many weeks over the years at Christian Retreat with
Kids-A-Fame Camp and
YEX Youth Camp!
Christian Retreat in Bradenton, FL, is certainly…
“an oasis of spiritual refreshment!”
They host conferences, retreats, camping, events, family church, and more…
The facility includes the conference center and church, with hotel style lodging, a cafeteria,
meeting rooms, a gymnasium, a youth center, and outdoor recreation.
As soon as you turn onto Glory Way Boulevard,
you sense the peace that permeates Christian Retreat
located on the banks of the beautiful Manatee River in East Manatee County.
Towering oaks dripping with Spanish moss shade the 110-acre property
that is home to year-round residents, overnight guests, and groups
who use the conference center to host events, meetings and camps.
AMERICAN KIDS: Move out when they’re 18 with the full support of their parents.
ITALIAN KIDS: Move out when they’re 28, having saved enough money for a house,and are two weeks away from getting married….. unless there’s room in the basement for the newlyweds.
AMERICAN KIDS: When their Mom visits them, she brings a Bundt cake, you have coffee, and chat. ITALIAN KIDS: When their Mom visits them, she brings 3 days worth of food, begins to tidy up, dust, do the laundry, and rearrange the furniture.
AMERICAN KIDS: Their dads always call before they come over to visit them, and it’s usually only on special occasions.
ITALIAN KIDS: Are not at all fazed when their dads show up, unannounced, on a Saturday morning at 8:00 am, and start pruning the fruit trees. If there are no fruit trees, he’ll plant some.
AMERICAN KIDS: Always pay retail, and look in the Yellow Pages when they need to have something done.
ITALIAN KIDS: Call their dad or uncle, and ask for another dad’s, or uncle’s, phone number to get it done.
AMERICAN KIDS: Will come over for cake and coffee, and get only cake and coffee. No more. ITALIAN KIDS: Will come over for cake and coffee, and get antipasto, a pasta dish, a choice of two meats, salad, bread, a cannoli, fruit, and espresso.
AMERICAN KIDS: Will greet you with “Hello” or “Hi.” ITALIAN KIDS: Will give you a big hug, a kiss on your cheek, and a pat on your back.
AMERICAN KIDS: Have never seen you cry. ITALIAN KIDS: Cry with you.
AMERICAN KIDS: Eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on soft mushy white bread. ITALIAN KIDS: Eat Genoa Salami and Provolone sandwiches on crusty Italian bread (for breakfast).
Ya Gotta Love Us!!!
Don’t miss out…
Go visit an Italian today!!
Once we meet…
You’ll never be a stranger…
You’re part of our family now, and…
“A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.
What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?
Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
Surely you know, for you were already born!
You have lived so many years!
Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I reserve for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle?
What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a path for the thunderstorm,
to water a land where no one lives,
an uninhabited desert,
to satisfy a desolate wasteland
and make it sprout with grass?
Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?
From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the Heavens
when the waters become hard as stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen?
Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons[c]
or lead out the Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the laws of the Heavens?
Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?
Can you raise your voice to the clouds
and cover yourself with a flood of water?
Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are?’
Who gives the ibis wisdom
or gives the rooster understanding?
Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
Who can tip over the water jars of the Heavens
when the dust becomes hard
and the clods of earth stick together?
Do you hunt the prey for the lioness
and satisfy the hunger of the lions
when they crouch in their dens
or lie in wait in a thicket?
Who provides food for the raven
when its young cry out to God
and wander about for lack of food?”
Oh, stop and ask yourself those questions!!
“When I consider Your Heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of Your Hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth!”
For many years, freedom sat like an unopened present on the shelf of my heart. I looked at it a bit suspiciously. From time to time, I’d pick it up and shake it so I could try to figure out what was inside. But I never had the courage to open it.
Then God said it was time. He placed my hands on that box, helped me untie the ribbon, peel back the paper, and lift the lid.
And here’s what freedom looks like to me this summer:
Being able to laugh out loud.
Friends who accept me as I am, mess and all.
Sitting on the back porch watching fireflies.
Knowing I can make mistakes and then try again.
Grace spread out like a picnic and God handing me a paper plate.
Freedom given is not complete. It’s only when we receive it, enjoy it, give thanks for it that becomes fully ours.
The fourth of July in America is a day for celebrating freedom–please do.
And let’s also celebrate the freedom God has given us every other day too.
Open the gift and enjoy what has always been yours, friend!
Standing on a hillside Where the river meets the sea White crosses without number Line the fields of peace And each one a silent witness Staring back at me Every cross a story Of another place in time Where young men thought it worthy To give their life for mine And for the sake of honor Left their dreams behind And for the price they paid I’m forever in their debt Their memory will not die ‘Cause I will not forget I will stand and hold my head up high I will dedicate my life To the glory of the ones who had to die I will live, live what I believe If for no one else but me To remember That freedom’s never free It was on another hillside Outside the city gates The battle lines were drawn As soldiers took their place The Father watched in silence As a cross was raised With freedom drawing closer He took His final breath He drank our cup of guilt And took the sting from death Heaven’s Finest Soldier Clothed in human flesh And for the price He paid I’m forever in His debt The cross will never die ‘Cause I will not forget I will stand and hold my head up high I will dedicate my life To the glory of the One who had to die I will live, live what I believe If for no one else but me I will remember that Freedom’s Never Free I will walk free I will stay free I will live free I will die free!
“So if the Son sets you free,
you will be free indeed.”
“I will walk in freedom,
for I have devoted myself
to your commandments.”
2 Corinthians 3:17
“Now the Lord is the Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is freedom.”
“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant
and the rule of law under God
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God,
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