2020 Lift Cruise
Greetings Family, we are so excited about our 2020 cruise and you confirming that you want to be on our first cruise ever as a family of faith.
The Carnival Sensation definitely has options for you, families and singles alike: This ship features a resort-style pool and waterslide options galore. (Three, to be exact.) Parents if you’re looking for places for the kids, there’s the age-appropriate, always-awesome Camp Ocean, Circle “C” and Club O2. If you’re looking for a place away from the kids, this cruise ship features our adult-only oasis Serenity, plus Spa Carnival... not to mention adult recreation, coffee bar and the pretty-much magical Alchemy Bar. And if you’re looking for something for the whole family to do together Carnival Sensation features Playlist Productions. These performances feature get-up-n-dance-worthy songs everybody knows… brought to life, live on stage, in ways you’ve never experienced before.
There’s amazing restaurants, signature steak house and burgers, designed by Guy Furi himself, being served up at Guy’s Burger Joint. And let’s not forget Seuss at Sea, featuring Dr. Seuss’s unforgettable characters in a variety of fun across the ship, including interactive story time and a parade. Then there is the 24-hour room service if you want to relax and order whatever your desire.
Please see the details below for you to officially sign up and make your first deposit.
Cruise Date: April 6, 2020 (spring break)
Type: The Western Caribbean
Two Stops: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Length: 5 days Monday Through Saturday.
Day Port of Call Arrival & Itinerary: Time Depart Time Mon Miami, FL 03:30 PM and Return Sat. Miami, FL 08:00 AM
As of July anyone wanting a Regular Cabin, Balcony or Suite will need to reserve separately with agent, pay the deposit and then carnival will add them into the group once the deposit is secured. Due date for deposit was in June so prices have increase!
• Interior cabin $604.52 per person based on double occupancy
• Ocean view cabin $674.52 per person based on double occupancy
• For families needing pricing on passenger 3,4,5 they will have to pay the current rate based on when they berth the cabin(s). All kids after the first two adults 3rd and 4th young person in the cabin the rates will be lower.
The First Initial Deposit Date is NOW!
The primary payer for the cabin needs to fill out the attached credit card authorization form & provide the zip code on the card. Then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org & the number to call to confirm is 510-717-9899.
Please list the names & date of birth of every occupant for your cabin that would be helpful to the agent. Important note in order to berth the individual cabins within the group & issue individual booking numbers each occupant in the cabin must be at a balance of $150 before booking number is issued.
• Monthly minimum payment for Interior $75 per person
• Monthly minimum payment for Ocean View $85 per person
*Tentative monthly due date is the 10th of each month, if you choose to pay bi-weekly versus monthly that is also fine.
Cabin Expense Break Down:
Interior cabin $604.52 per person based on double occupancy (this covers cruise rate of $365, non-commissionable fees of $119 & port taxes/fees in the amount of $112)
Ocean view cabin $674.52 per person based on double occupancy (this covers cruise rate of $435, non-commissionable fees of $119 & port taxes/fees in the amount of $120.52)
A couple weeks ago, I met a man with an interesting tattoo written across his bicep, though not in your typical tattoo green. “But if not,” I read aloud. When I asked what his tattoo meant, the man told me the phrase was from the Bible.
This is the story the tattooed man told me:
King Nebuchadnezzar II reigned over Babylon from 605 BC- 562 BC. He conquered Judah and the city of Jerusalem, taking young Jewish men of noble or royal birth as captives. The book of Daniel tells the survival and incredible faith of four Jewish captives: Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
In Daniel 3, Nebuchadnezzar decided to build an enormous 90-foot tall golden statue in modern day Iraq. He gathered all the important people in his empire and commanded them to fall down and worship the statue whenever they heard music. Soon, the beautiful melody of horns, harps, and pipes spread throughout the area. In response, people fell on their faces, hands outstretched in worship.
To Nebuchadnezzar’s fury, a report was brought to his attention. Three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, refused to bend their knee and worship the gold statue. In a rage, the king commanded that the trio appear before him. “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not worship the golden image I have set up? When you hear the sound of music, fall down and worship the image that I have made. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And what god will deliver you out of my hands?”
The three men replied without hesitating, “O King, we don’t need to answer you. Our God is able to deliver us from the burning fire, and he will deliver us from your hand. But if not, we will still not bow down and worship the statue.”
Much faith and courage is crammed into those three tiny words, “But if not.” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew the Sovereign Lord had the ability to rescue them from the king. They had no doubt in God’s powerful might. But if God decided not to rescue them, they still possessed the courage and the faith to stand in their convictions.
I asked myself, when my prayers are answered with “But if not,” will I still continue to trust in God?
King Nebuchadnezzar grew so angry his face became mottled from rage. He ordered the fire to be stoked to seven times its usual heat. The extreme temperature of the flames killed the soldiers throwing in the faithful trio. The king looked into the fire and, to his utter surprise, saw four men walking around the furnace instead of three. The fourth man, he claimed, looked like the son of the gods.
He called out the three men. Not only did God protect them from a fiery death, but from the smell of smoke as well. King Nebuchadnezzar praised God, blessing the Lord who saved his faithful servants.
After the tattooed man finished his story, I noticed that “But if not” is spelled with eight letters, the same amount of letters in the word “faithful.” The trio’s faithfulness caused a prideful king to praise the Almighty name of the Lord of Hosts.
The modern soldier is well trained and equipped in the art of waging war. By the time he (or, in this day and age, she) is ready to face battle, many long hours will have been spent in basic training. He will have been prepared physically and mentally to deal with the rigors of spiritual combat. The soldier will know how to identify the enemy and his tactics. Every man must renew his mind and be transformed into the man God created him to be!
Paul urged Timothy to do just that: “This charge I commit unto you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on you, that you by them might war a good warfare; holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck” (I Tim. 1:18-19).
Too many, especially in this age, failed to take these words seriously. Growing tired and lethargic, no longer putting forth the required effort, they allowed their faith to become smashed like a ship pounded by waves. Battle fatigue set in and they became as casualties of war. Never forget that in Christ we are more than conquerors!
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
After we have put on the armor of God, Paul’s final instruction to us is to “[pray] always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Eph. 6:18). This is the final thing we must do in the battle against all our enemies. We must draw close to God in persevering, fervent prayer, asking for more of His Spirit, His help and His protection—along with the strength, desire and determination needed to fight each and every battle. We need to continually pray for all of God’s people and the ministry. Keep God the main thing in every aspect of life, prupose and family!
Mighty Men of Valor
Every true Christian faces the same three enemies. These mighty foes are in league against us. They are crafty, cunning and lurking about, ready to attack at every opportunity. They seek to confuse and overwhelm us and wear us down. Their ultimate goal is to murder us, to take away eternal life.
These three enemies are SELF, SOCIETY and SATAN. We will have to battle them for the rest of our physical lives. Every ounce of energy and effort must be put forth to gain victory over them.
Fight The Good Fight of Faith
The shield of faith is the faith of Jesus Christ, which we can have within us (Gal. 2:20; Rev. 14:12; Phil. 3:9)—not just our own human, physical faith, which will wax and ebb. Faith is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). And it is this faith—Christ’s faith within us—that enables us to conquer and overcome. We will have full assurance in the promises from God. We will have total belief that what He says He will do, He does.
This faith will see us through the many trials and temptations that Satan throws in our path. This shield of faith provides the cover we need. It is a defensive weapon that grows ever larger and stronger with diligent use, eventually covering our entire body.