Launching Out feels the power


Prophet Carlos Williams speaks to members of Launching Out in the Deep Outreach Ministries Inc. He said he knows what it means to be kept by the power of God.

ELISE GIORDANO/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:20 p.m.

The testimony Prophet Carlos Williams gave about how the power of God kept him from doing serious prison time and healed him from cancer epitomized the substance of the Kept by the Power Conference sponsored by the Launching Out in the Deep Outreach Ministries Inc., which he leads.

Facts

LAUNCHING OUT IN THE DEEP OUTREACH MINISTRIES INC.

* Pastor: Prophet Carlos Williams and Prophetess Evette Williams.

* Location: 111 SE 14th Lane at Zion Temple Zion AME Church.

* Services: Fresh Manna is 3 p.m. Sunday; prophetic intercession prayer is 7 p.m. Monday; new beginners class is 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Bible study, and Friday Night Raw is 7 p.m.

* Phone: 352-575-4712 or 352-575-4854.

On Saturday, Williams presided over the third night of the four-night conference held at Zion Temple AME Zion Church, which featured a sermon by Pastor Wallace Wyatt of Temple of Deliverance Baptist Church in Gainesville.

Williams said he should have been convicted of armed robber and burglary, but he was found not guilty when the photos from a surveillance camera of him allegedly committing the crimes were shown in court only showed a blur of an image that did not reveal a clear picture of the perpetrator.

"When they showed the photos, it wasn't nothing but a big black spot, amen," Williams said. "I was facing 35 years in prison."

Williams said he knows what it means to be kept by the power of God.

"I had cancer two years ago, but I'm still here," Williams said. "No chemo! No medicine! But God!"

During his sermon, Wyatt preached from the third chapter of Acts. His subject was, "I Get Joy When I Think About What He's Done for Me." After announcing the subject of his sermon, Wyatt told parishioners that everyone in the church should have been shouting because it is no doubt the Lord has been good to them.

"Sometimes, we have been in dangerous situations, but it was God who kept us," Wyatt said.

He said there are many people who have spent time in their "secret closet praying to God" after receiving bad reports from doctors. He said God is a healer and a deliverer who will always be in the blessing business.

Wyatt said the scripture describes what took place after the Pentecost, that time when the early followers of Jesus Christ were filled with the Holy Spirit. He said there will never be another Pentecost because the Holy Spirit is already here.

He said when Jesus was resurrected, he promised to send his people a comforter — the Holy Spirit.

"So, the day of Pentecost was a reckoning day," Wyatt said. "The day of Pentecost was the day that the Holy Spirit made its grand entrance."

However, he said the Holy Spirit didn't come to those in the Upper Room until the church got on "one accord." He said churches today need to get on one accord because until they do, there will be no more healing and no more deliverance.

"The church must get on one accord because we are the body of Christ," Wyatt said.

He concluded his sermon by saying those who attend church today should get excited, leap and jump in the air, to praise God just like the lame man did when he was healed by Peter in the name of Jesus Christ.

"When you walk into the church, you ought to walk in leaping and praising God because it was Jesus who woke you up this morning," Wyatt said.

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