"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
Jennifer S. Cisney, MA, CRT , is the Team Coordinator for the National Crisis Response Team of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She also is Director of AACC’s Christian Crisis Response Training Program. She led AACC’s response in New York City following 9/11 and functions as coordinator for all of AACC’s responses to local and national disasters. She is a member of AACC’s National Crisis Training Team.
Jennifer has served as a coordinator and presenter for the Grief, Crisis, and Disaster track at the AACC 2005 and 2007 World Conferences and the 2006 and 2008 East and West National Conferences and will serve as track leader for the Grief, Crisis and Disaster track at AACC’s 2009 “Grace and Truth” World Conference to be held in September 2009 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. She is also a trained trainer with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation in several courses including, Group Crisis Intervention, Grief Following Trauma, and Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters. Jennifer Cisney has served as faculty for many of AACC’s video-based training curriculum including “Life After Divorce,” “Christian Crisis Response Training,” and “Caring for Teens”. She will be an instructor in the “Care and Counseling for Traumatic Stress” training curriculum currently being jointly produced by “The American Association of Christian Counselors” and “Military Ministries,” a division of Campus Crusade for Christ. This program is scheduled to be released in October 2008.
Jennifer Cisney is a trained therapist and operated a counseling practice in the Charlotte, North Carolina area until August 2006.