Hello from Ellen!

Today's message comes to you from Ellen Tuttle:

After experiencing such a tremendous response to the Detour event on Saturday, you might expect a let down at Christ's Commission Fellowship's (CCF) Sunday services. But this was not the case! The momentum carried on into all three services. Thank you for your faithful prayers!

2014-12-12 image-1It was exhausting for Phil but also exhilarating to be given this influential platform to speak in person to 25,000 people yesterday. His message will also be seen and heard at CCF's 34 other satellite churches across the Philippines, plus another 12 congregations abroad including Sydney, Singapore, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. Amazing!

Phil continued Dr. Peter Tanchi's 10-week series on Joseph by preaching Gen. 45:1-8. As you know from the Detour series, God sent Joseph on detour after detour in preparation for the work He called him to do in Egypt and Israel and ultimately all nations, emphasizing that God cares more about the development of the dreamer than He cares about the fulfillment of the dream and how what the enemy intends for harm, God uses for good. In these verses, the story culminated with Joseph as supreme power in Egypt seeing his brothers for the first time in twenty years. They had come to beg for help during the great famine. Finally! The chance to get revenge against them for selling him as a slave and letting their father believe he was dead all those years--but NO! Instead of choosing revenge, Joseph's forgiveness of his brothers unleashed the Spirit of God to bring reconciliation and restoration to their family. The power of this message to choose forgiveness over revenge is still essential for all people to understand in order to break down the walls of separation that exist between them and God, and them and others.

The power of this truth was palpable in the room, so at the end of each service, those who wanted breakthroughs in their relationships, especially in their relationship with God, came to the front for prayer and counsel. Listen to this message on Detour

We concluded with dinner at Fetan and Dell Tancongco's home for all the WTB staff. They surprised us with the staff singing Christmas carols at the door and then a big turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pecan pie, along with many other yummy Filipino dishes.

It was hard to say goodbye. We have become quite attached to our Filipino WTB family!

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