The Cross Remains
By Joni Ames
When my daughter texted me the news about the fire at the Cathedral at Notre Dame, I instantly heard in my spirit the title to the movie, “Paris is Burning,” and sensed it was significant to the event.
When I looked up the movie, it was all about the fire of sexual passion in Paris and featured many stories of that lifestyle there.
Along with that, we’ve all heard about recent findings of long time and widespread sexual assaults and abuse in the Catholic Church and the immense damage it’s done to many.
Interestingly, when the fire at Notre Dame was over, the cross had stayed intact. It stood out above the rubble and appeared to be shining amongst the damage and ashes.
I believe it was a sign that God is purging the church and bringing attention back to the importance of the cross, above that of a Church building. I believe it is also a sign to those who have gone through tragedies that the cross of Christ remains above the rubble in their lives.
Our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29)
The Bible often uses fire to symbolize the presence of God, the refining power of the Holy Spirit, and even God’s anger.
Each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. (1 Corinthians 3:13)
There’s a fire of refinement that has come to the Catholic Church and to Paris, as well as the church as a whole. The church is to be about Him and the redeeming power of His cross. There are those within the Church who have remained true to their call and have been praying for this. Revival fires are beginning to burn.
If people use a building meant for Him to dwell in for evil purposes, or allow it to become an idol, He will burn it down. He will not be mocked. The Christian church is not about the building. It’s about the Lord Jesus Christ, His cross, and what He did on that cross for His people.
If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:15)
The season we are currently in is one of great purging. All around us we see that business is not as usual. Many are being brought into accountability for their actions and words, regardless of their station in life. But the cross stands as a reminder that Christ died to redeem us from our sins and transgressions. There’s life and hope that exists after the fires in life.
Easter reminds us of the cross of Jesus Christ and His redeeming power. The cross remains.
Let us focus on the cross of Christ and come to Him anew as we celebrate this Easter weekend. Let us bring to Him those things that should not be in our lives and allow Him to burn it out of our lives. Let us allow Him to purify our hearts, minds, and lips.
(8) "Therefore wait for Me," declares the LORD...For all the earth will be devoured By the fire of My zeal. (9) "For then I will give to the peoples purified lips, That all of them may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder. (Zephaniah 3:8-9)
Let the fire at Notre Dame stand as a sign that the refining fire of the Holy Spirit has come to Paris and to the church as a whole throughout the earth.
There’s much going on throughout the earth that is disturbing. But let us remember the Good News. In the midst of the rubble, the cross of Jesus Christ remains.
Joni’s Updated Spring Schedule 2019
Now to April 18: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
April 19, 7pm; Living Grace City Church and the Clarksburg House of Prayer, 9 Cherry Tree Drive, Nutter Fort, WV. 26301
April 20-21: Easter in WV with daughter & grandkids.
April 22-23: Traveling to Florence AL.
Wed., April 24th, 6:30pm: Grace House, Pastors Eddie & Mikki Lawrence, 1946 Florence Blvd., Florence, AL
Thurs., April 25, 6:00pm: Home of Butch & Lydia Collins, 240 Co Rd 404, Killen, AL 35645
Fri., April 26: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Sat., April 27: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Sun., April 28th, 6:00pm: Grace Community Fellowship, Pastor Tony Darracot, 74 Red Bay Road, Golden, MS
Mon., April 29: Travel to Tulsa
Tues., April 30: Travel to Tulsa
Available to minister during open dates. Contact Joni to schedule.
Wed., May 1, 7:00pm: The Bridge Church, Pastors Orlando & Kim Juarez, 11929 S Memorial Dr., Bixby, OK 74008, thebridgebixby.com/weekends-at-the-bridge/
Thurs., May 2, 6:30pm: Conrady House Church, 4310 Tennessee Ridge Rd.
Fort Smith AR 72916
Fri., May 3-Sat., May 4: Prophetic Conference, Glory River Church, Pastor Marvin Hazel, 220 W. Wilshire, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116 (Details TBA)
Sun., May 5th, 10:45am: Federated Church, Pastors Mark and Linda McCullough, 515 W. Gentry, Checotah, OK 74426
Mon., May 6th, 6 pm: The Glory Barn, Facilitated by Norma Johnson, 6400 se 89, Oklahoma City, OK 73130
Tues., May 7, 6pm: Ladies dinner meeting, facilitated by Kathy Yancy, Oklahoma City, OK.
Wed., May 8: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Thurs., May 9: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Fri., May 10: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Sat., May 11, 6:30pm: Private Mtg.. Godfrey’s group, Olathe, KS
Sun., May 12th, 11:00am: Shekinah Glory Church, Pastor Dan Jensen 10813 E. 23rd St., Independence, MO 64052
Sun., May 12th, 6:00pm: Cutsforth Home Meeting, 12024 Mission Rd., Leawood KS 66209
Mon., May 13, 7 pm: Gardner Brothers Men’s Meeting, Facilitated by Dale Edwards, Connections Community Church, 736 S. Center, Gardner, KS
Tues., May 14: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Wed., May 15th, 10:00am: Private meeting. Anita Hensley’s Intercessor Group, KCMO
Wed., May 15th, 7:00pm - 8:20pm: Life Christian Center, Pastors Bill & Laurie Virgin, 1650 E. Langsford Rd., Lee's summit, MO 64063 www.lifechristin-kc.org
Thurs., May 16, 9am-Noon: Private youth staff training, Facilitated by Nicole Guthrie, Youth Pastor, Hillcrest Covenant Church, Overland Park KS.
Thurs., May 16, 6:30pm: Ladies Mtg., Dale & Tracy Edwards facilitate, KCMO
Fri., May 17th, 6:30pm: Private Mtg., Schonfeldt’s, Overland Park KS
Sat., May 18, 6:00pm: Lawrence Wilson’s group, Harrisonville, MO
Sun., May 19th, 10:00am: Life Church, Pastors Lawrence & Louise Wilson, 421 N. Centennial Blvd., Nevada MO
Sun., May 19th, 6:00 pm: The Church at Pleasant Ridge, Pastor Malachi O'Brian, 22500 E 299th St, Harrisonville, MO 64701
Mon., May 20: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Tues., May 21: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Wed., May 22: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Thurs., May 23: Bogues Hse Church.
Fri., May 24: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Sat., May 25th, 7 p.m.: Spirit Life Ministries, Pastors Jerry & Ruth Wickline hosts A night with Joni Ames, Living Word Outreach Church, 3033 South Hillside, Wichita, Kansas
Sun., May 26th, 10:00am: Kingdom Life Ministries Church, Pastor Scott Miller, 505 S Ridge Rd., Hesston, Kansas, 67062. Website is Hesstonklm.org
May 27-31: Prophetic School. Jubilee Church, Pastors: Dan & Cindy Crevier, 701 N. Mur-len, Olathe, KS. (Details TBA.)
June 1-2: Jubilee Church, Pastors: Dan & Cindy Crevier, 701 N. Mur-len, Olathe, KS. (Details TBA.)
June 3-22: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Sun., June 23rd, 11:00am: Vangard Church, Pastors Samuel & Andrea Tyler, 650 W. Blackstock Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29301 (Exit 21b on I-26)
June 24-30: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Sacramento & Chico CA region. Contact Joni to schedule.
July 1-12: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Sat., July 13th, 1pm: Chico, CA Aglow
July 14-31: Open. Contact Joni to schedule.
Sacramento & Chico CA region. Contact Joni to schedule.
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