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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

LIVE BOLDLY  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 23 October 2020

As Pastor of the Harrah Assembly of God I can help but look at the past for this is a Church that was begun out of the Revival in Wapato when Brother Waters and Johnny Manchester were Pastoring and since many where from the White Swan, Brownstown area this Church was started in 1936.  I have been a part of it since 1942 so have seen many people become strong Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God and it has left an impression on me, that affects me even to this day. I have seen the good bad and ugly as people forget how much the Lord loves them. Still today we are seeing people that are not committed to the Lord so they are not committed to the Church and what God is doing to extend blessing upon them. I am what I have learned as I was born on West Wapato Rd and the homes we lived in this area and the experiences we have had that caused me to go into the ministry. I was not just a member, but one that did, along with my wife to minister to others for we knew the blessing of God to our family and the heritage we had. We saw the blessing people enjoyed as they became committed to God our family and the family of God in our area. 
We were involved in Cub Scouts as a Den Master with Den Mothers and Dads. We were Parent and Teachers conferences leaders for several year and on the Board of White Swan School District. Asked to start our Christian School choosing a Board and Secretary in 1980. So we have seen the results of being involved as an Ambassador for the Kingdom of God. 
I want to encourage you all to become involved and enjoying growing in our area for the purpose of building up our community in Christian values that we can share with our community. We are seeing dysfunctional families that need help and that help comes from us as a Church.
I do a lot of reading and studying to make myself aware of what God is doing around our world and in our Northwest I was impressed in our NW Influence Conference Message by: Ted Cederblom Live Boldly
God is challenging each of us to live boldly. 
The God who declared that Gideon was a “mighty warrior” as he was cowering in a wine press, fearful of his enemies – this same God is looking for leaders with faith to step out boldly for him. 
 

Matthew 14:22-33 NIV 

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the 

wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” 

Within this wonderful story is one sentence in particular that carries a powerful prophetic example for each of us at this Northwest Network Conference: 
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Matthew 14:28 
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 
Who would say such a thing? Who would give up the comfort of the boat and actually think he could walk to Jesus on the water? It was crazy! But tell me – doesn’t something stir inside you when you hear this story? Aren’t you tired of sitting in the boat, where you feel the illusion of safety? Does something stir within you to get up out of the boat and onto the water, where Jesus is? 
Like Peter, what bold dream have you asked God for? 
Self-reflection - In what ways are you “playing it safe” in your ministry right now? “Here we are suffering from Coronaviruse since March and streaming on face book, meeting outside 3 weeks and now inside with limited spacing and mask. We are seeing new faces and people struggling with loneliness being alone in homes many times for fear of contacting Covid. We are seeing personal problems that are rocking relationships like never before and we are doing all we can to point them to the author and finisher of our faith. We are seeing our School having to teach from zooming on the internet and all not having assess, so it is presenting compounded problems with students Achieving their Potential. We just heard Pope Francis Wednesday say it is ok for male to marry males and females marry females. We are seeing truth as a lie and a lie as the truth in the fact we do not need cops. So, what do we see Lawlessness to the greatest degree in all areas of life. 
We are seeing people attending this Church fighting not one another but the wages of sins that Satan uses to prevent us from sharing our experience of healing of body, soul and spirit. I am concerned we have a fresh anointing in our lives daily, so we can continue to reverence and worship the Lord in person and corporately as a group of believes that we can have an impact in this area.


I have been a part of the White Swan School Districts Coalition that is concerned with alcohol, drugs, sex, dysfunctionalism, bullying, Absenteeism, and suicide in our area and find not too many involved. It is a group that varies in attendance just like the Church. I tell those attending, we as a Church are interested in the same issues and I know when the way, truth and life is accepted the Lord laid out for us is accepted ,we are going to resist evil and become a blessing to all we meet and be able to pray for our enemies. 
I have been in favor of a Christian emphasis in our High School as I was on the Campus life board with Harry Kwak for 15 years ministering to 23 School in our valley and now Chris Grandberry is leading Campus life in our area and I am involved as much as possible. Young life is doing as much as they can with making sure kids are inspired to serve the Lord under the coroutine of coronavirus. “ 
I don’t believe you came to this conference to play it safe! You are not pastoring in your community and facing the attacks of the enemy in your specific situation to sit comfortably in the boat with other timid souls! 

Peter’s crazy request to walk on water started with a hint of doubt: “...if it’s you...” In the moment Peter still wasn’t even sure it was Jesus. But he was willing to push through his doubts, his conditioning, his history of defeats and uncertainties.

Peter’s request was crazy and impossible. Yet Jesus replies with just one word: Come. 
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Matthew 14:29 
Come. 
Jesus doesn’t belittle Peter, he doesn’t say it is not practical, he doesn’t say calm down, get back where you belong, that’s silly, you’re overthinking this, ask me for something less grandiose... No. Jesus says, “Come.” 
There’s a spiritual truth in this verse that can transform your perspective: Jesus is looking for Peters who are willing to step out in faith, to dream for him, to believe for the impossible! 
Here’s the best part of the story: In the end, Peter falters and sinks! The biblical narrative reveals a comforting truth: God is in the business of using messy and imperfect humans like you and me to do the impossible. 

Oh what I would do to have The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I’m in Onto the crashing waves. To step out of my comfort zone Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is And He’s holding out His hand But the waves are calling out my name 

And they laugh at me Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me Time and time again. “Boy, you’ll never win!” “You’ll never win!” But the voice of truth tells me a different story The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!” 

The voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth 
Casting Crowns
Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes 
To climb out of this boat I'm in
Onto the crashing waves
To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He's holding out His hand
But the waves are calling out my name 
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times 
I've tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy, you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, "Do not be afraid!"
The voice of truth says, "This is for My glory"
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they'd have had the strength to stand
But the giant's calling out my name 
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times 
I've tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again. "Boy you'll never win!"
"You'll never win!"
But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don't seem so high
From on top of them lookin' down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth
 

What bold vision can you dream with God’s help in your situation? If the constraints could be lifted, what dream would you have for your ministry, your town?  “That we can minister to the total family according to age and ability so we can see growth in character and in numerical growth. Also, that we can be Ambassadors in the Kingdom of God that we can be a lighthouse for those that are headed for ship wreck. We need to be a hospital to those wounded by sins diseases so people can become attracted to the fire of the Holy Spirit of God. 

 

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Time to step out of the boat! Jesus is saying, “Come!” Time to live boldly. 

Lyrics, The Voice of Truth Voice of Truth


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