For excellent documentation on the rituals, go to Ephesians 5:11 ministry here.
The world's colleges and universities, even Christian ones, cannot possibly teach wisdom, other than the wisdom of the world which will burn up one day. To fear the Lord is to lay up treasures in heaven, which will not burn. Dwayna, there is much wisdom in what you write that can only come from God and your faith in Him who gives understanding (in many things.) Your attitude and demeanor shows godly grace and compassion....not seen very often among women (and men,) college-educated or not. As you continually abide in Christ, He will direct your paths and bring to you more wisdom, knowledge, and understanding as needed in your work and sanctification. You have and are impacting many people, including me. Your example played a part in me seeking to learn how to truly study the Bible. I've done "Bible study" before, mainly following study guides like the Navigators or whatever my Sunday School class would happen to use. I've been in many different denominations over the years and often times their classes or study guides would only focus on their denominations particular nuaces, like "baptism of the Holy Spirit." But there have been times when I have gone long periods without studying or reading the Bible at all. So in March I asked Jay Wegter for suggestions on Bible study and am going from there.TimUSA
Dear Dwayna, I wanted to let you know that I was so blessed speaking with your mother at the table she had set up in Smoky Mountain National Park on Saturday, Sept. 20th, 2008. God is so good!! I had a chance to take some of your literature, and I really appreciate your ministry outreach and the willingness to pray with others I experienced firsthand that day. We sure had a little taste of how Satan is trying to destroy ministries that proclaim the good news, BUT we also had a chance to see how, as Christian sisters, we were able to uplift one another in prayer. [While I was praying at the LTW to the Smokies booth with your mother, a man filled with vitriol was trying to disrupt our prayer.] I really never had such an experience like that...I felt as though Satan was really present and using another person at the park to try and distract us from praying openly that day....Wow, what an eye opener God gave me to keep on my toes for Satan's sly tactics! Keep on keeping on for the Lord...You are doing a great job. God bless you, sister, and keep up God's calling on your life.Joanne PattersonCosby, TN