At the Holiday Inn Alexandria - Carlyle
2460 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, Phone: 703.960.2000
2 minute walk from Eisenhower Ave Metro station
For info/tickets, call Patti: 703.971.3633, Kathleen: 703.451.5737, or Edelmira: 703.266.4850
Cost: $15 - Includes Buffet Breakfast and all tax/gratuities. If you wish to stay at the hotel on Friday night, ask for the CWIA discounted rate (for the breakfast meeting). Bring a friend. Great speakers, fellowship, praise & worship. Men and women are invited. The Lord is waiting for you! There will be a healing service afterwards.
My Beloved Family in Christ, I am writing to you about the Love of Christ, because so many come to me finding it hard to believe that the Lord loves them. Do you have trouble believing that God loves and cares for you? If so, you’re not alone. Many Christians struggle with this issue because they can’t quite picture the Lord, in all His glory and majesty, being interested in individuals like them. Perhaps they feel unworthy of His attention or think He’s too busy governing the entire universe to be concerned about the details of their lives. Whatever the reason for their doubt, they are missing out on the joy of an intimate relationship with the God who loves them and desires to walk with them every day. David wrote the most well-known of all the Psalms describing God’s love for us – Psalm 23. In the very first verse, he identifies the Lord as “My Shepherd”. He’s not merely a shepherd or one of many, but a personal shepherd. This implies a close relationship between the sheep and The Shepherd. The basis for this relationship is found in John 10:11. Jesus identifies Himself as the Good Shepherd, saying, “The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” If we’ve realized our sinful condition, acknowledged Christ’s death on our behalf, and received Him by faith as our Savior, we are His sheep and can be confident of His care for us. At our baptism we became His children, but now as a mature person we must acknowledge by our faith. The rest of Psalm 23 outlines what we can expect from our loving Shepherd. Every verse describes how He demonstrated His tender love for us. First of all, He is a providing Shepherd. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.” God knows exactly what we need because He’s all-knowing. We can trust Him to supply all our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Now, this doesn’t mean He’ll provide them in exactly the way or the time we expect, but we can always know that He will do what’s best for us. Second, the Lord is our guiding Shepherd. “He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice and follow Him (John 10:27).” When I was in Israel, I had many opportunities to observe how shepherds and sheep interact. One evening, two shepherds and their flocks came to the same well. The sheep mingled with each other, until one flock could not be distinguished from the other. However, as one of the shepherds started to walk away, he called out, and his sheep immediately separated from all the others and followed him. That’s exactly how we should respond to our Shepherd. He always leads us the right way, yet so often we are prone to wander. Some times we think another pasture looks greener than the one He’s chosen for us, or perhaps we simply take our eyes off the Shepherd, get lost, and find ourselves in trouble. No matter where or why we stray, our shepherd always comes to find us. He doesn’t beat us with His rod for our disobedience, but simply picks us up and carries us home, rejoicing that we have been found and restored (Luke 15:4-6). The third quality of our Shepherd is that He is our protector. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” All the paths God chooses for our lives are for the purpose of sanctifying us OR making us His righteous. Sometimes this means we must go through dark valleys. However, no matter how difficult or threatening the path seems, there is no need to fear because our Shepherd is always with us. When we keep our eyes on Him, we are able to persevere and come out on the other side displaying a Christ-like character that glorifies Him and benefits us. The Shepherd’s rod and staff are symbols of protection and comfort for the sheep, not a cause for fear… With His staff, he gently guides straying sheep, and His rod is used to protect them from wild animals. Finally, our Shepherd makes preparations for us. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Just as an honored guest in ancient times was welcomed with anointing oil, so Christ invites us to sit down and enjoy fellowship with Him. In the midst of whatever threatens or troubles us, we find refreshment in His presence. AMEN! If you take the time to really read it and study what I wrote in this letter, every time you read Psalm 23, it will speak to you! May God Be Praised! Your Servant In Christ, Stella Davis
UPDATE: This CWIA movie viewing was a tremendous success and many were touched very deeply. Consider continuining the journey and travel with us to Medjugorje in July of 2017. Details to come.
Join us in viewing this life-changing documentary film which follows seven strangers on a journey to Medjugorje, a place of miracles. We encourage all CWIA members to attend.
Synopsis: From the acclaimed director of The Triumph comes a powerful new film that chronicles the incredible journey of 7 strangers who embark across the globe to investigate one of the greatest mysteries of the modern era. Apparition Hill is an emotionally charged "cinematic pilgrimage" to the little-known village of Medugorje nestled along the Croatian-Bosnia-Herzegovina borders. Discover this shared miracle as two atheists, a skeptic, two terminally ill patients, a widower, and a recovering addict learn about life...and what comes after it. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements. Click HERE to view the movie trailer.
Our annual CWIA Catholic Charismatic Conference on August 12-14, 2016 was a huge success! If you missed it or would like to listen again to any or all of the phenomenal talks, order the CD recordings from RonArt Associates by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 703.362.5373. For a brief summary of conference highlights, click HERE.