Better is Possible – The Extra Mile


In Matthew 5 Jesus put a challenge before the masses of people around him. He said in verse 41, “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” The Challenge that Jesus gave to the people there was a challenge to do better, to be better, to have a better life, and to have a better world. This challenge was not an easy challenge for the people listening to Jesus just as it is not an easy challenge for us today.

In order to fully understand this challenge it is necessary to understand what was going on during this time in the world.

During the time of the Roman Occupation, a soldier in the army could require/force a man to carry his load for a total of 1 mile. Jesus, the man that Israel thought was coming to free them from the thumb of the Romans, is sitting here telling the men around him to carry the Roman soldiers’ loads for double what they could require of you legally; to go the extra mile.

Jesus requires that we move beyond what is required and what is average.

Giving is an easy area to apply this to. You see, giving is not really about the money. It is about the attitude in which you give. We know that the Bible says to bring our 10% to the store house. That is the demand. The requirement. Giving is what you give that goes beyond the required tithe of 10%.

Jesus requested that the people, when forced to carry a load one mile, gave of themselves beyond the required distance.

Imagine, you are walking down the street and a cop forces you to carry everything in his trunk for one mile because his car broke down. You, being the good civil servant that you are, oblige him and carry his load for one mile. All the while you are cussing him out in your head or thinking bad things about this cop. That is exactly how the people felt about the Romans.

They carried those burdens for exactly one mile, stopped and threw down the load. There! I went 1 mile! I have done my duty!

What if instead of hating the soldier who forced them to carry a load all of the Jews who were forced responded with love and kindness and carried those loads an extra mile? The Roman soldiers would feel very badly and would most likely stop persecuting the Jews so much.

The key to a better life is to go beyond what is required in life and to instead give extra.

Another way to live a better life is to Seek to Excel. 1 Corinthians 14:12 says, “Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.”

Earlier in Corinthians we find this verse, “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.” 1Corinthians 9:24-25 (MSG).

If you want to live a better life don’t be content to be mediocre. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Don’t be a secondary character in your own life! Go the extra mile to make your own life better than it is.
But, in order to have a better life, you must be willing to pay the price.“One of the best things you can do if you’re having a problem is to help solve somebody else’s problem. If you want your dreams to come to pass, help someone else fulfill his or her dreams. Start sowing some seeds so God can bring you a harvest. When we meet other people’s needs, God always meets our needs.” -Joel Osteen

Now, you may say: Joel, I don’t have anything to give. Sure you do! You can give a smile. You can give a hug. You can mow somebody’s lawn. You can bake somebody a cake. You can visit someone in the hospital or in a senior citizens’ center. You can write somebody an encouraging letter. Somebody needs what you have to share. Somebody needs your smile. Somebody needs your love. Somebody needs your friendship.

Are you willing to pay the price for a better life?

Luke 19:17 says, “’Well done!’ the king exclaimed. ‘You are a trustworthy servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be entrusted with more as your reward.’”

Life is full of tests. They happen throughout the day, you could be going through one right now and not even know it. If you don’t learn how to pass those tests God will not promote you. Start by doing what is right in small areas. Not everything has to be big and grand. Sometimes the smallest gestures are the only thing needed.

Lastly, in order for your life to be better you must first believe that the power to make it better is within you.

Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

Power that is at work in WHO?
IN YOU! You have all the power you need with the Holy Spirit inside you as long as you have faith!

My prayer for you reader is that you believe that better is possible in your life, and that you go the extra mile in everything that you do.



John 10:10 (MSB), “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

Hello Friends. After reading my last blog post you might be wondering more about how your life can be better. Throughout this month I will be posting updates on this theme: Better is Possible.

Friend, if I were to ask you what better looks like what would you say? In order for us to move forward with this concept of better we must have a vision or idea of what better looks like.

Take a moment to think about this.

Does better look like:

  • More/better belongings
  • Better family relationships
  • A better job
  • A better car
  • A better house
  • Etc.

I would say that better looks like Jesus and better in my life is being more Christ like myself.

Psalm 17:15 says, “I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV says, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformedinto the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Friend, THIS is the highest BETTER you can seek to achieve: TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS CHRIST, THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD.

I know, I know, this seems like a daunting task; becoming like Jesus, the only perfect person to ever walk this earth is no easy feat after all. But let me assure you that you do not have to go through this transformation alone. In fact, it is impossible for you to do this by yourself.

This process is a long process of living transformation, meaning that you must be involved and the Holy Spirit must be involved. This does not happen if you sit passively twiddling your thumbs and wishing for change. You must be actively involved, seeking, learning, and changing at every turn.

My question for you, friend, is are you being changed? Are you being transformed into the likeness of Christ every day?

The Message Bible says in 2 Corinthians 2:18, “So we are transfigured  much like the Messiah, our lives GRADUALLY becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.”

How you may ask yourself, do we begin this transformation. Well, here are a few of the steps as I see them in this transformation process.

  • The first part of this transformation happens when God enters your life. When we accept the love of Christ and are born again into God’s family change happens.
  • Change happens again with the Holy Spirit who works within our hearts to change us into the image of Jesus Christ.
  • Change happens again when we decide to take the word of the Lord to heart and let Him change us into his image.

James 1:22-25 NIV says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive  yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

So, How do we change? We change through and because of our decision to accept and do what the word of God says.

Colossians 3:10 says, “And I have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”

And later in verses 12-14 he says “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive and offense. Forgive as quick and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”

Take a look in the mirror.  .  . Do you see your self changing and making decisions?


Or do you demand that everyone else changes.

2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

How wonderful it is when God works in us by His Spirit, bringing to pass changes, helping us make decisions, and removing the ugliness of the self-life and the old life to make way for the new life and new image of Christ in our lives!

Friends, in short I would say seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you.

If you seek the glory of God day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute; if you seek to please God in everything that you do and every decision you make, you cannot help but become more Christ like. Simply seek God first before all else and your life will reflect his will, love, and glory to the world.

Better is Possible! 5 Steps to a better life.

Hello Friends.  Today I want to take time to encourage you that Better is Possible in your life. The Bible says in John 10:10 (MSB), “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

Jesus didn’t come to earth so that we could live our lives the same way every day. Instead, he came so that we could have a better life. A more abundant life. A life of possibilities that never end!

Matthew 13:19-23 (NLT) says, “The good soil represents the hearts of those who truly accept God’s message and produce a huge harvest—thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted.”

Friend, which one do you think God wants for you? 30? Maybe 60? Possibly 100?

This is not the question you should be asking. Jesus said that He came so that we could have more and better life than we ever dreamed we could have! Of course God wants you to produce 100 fold. He wants what is best for you. So, instead of asking which God wants for you (30, 60, or 100) you should be asking: which one do you want for yourself.

Now, let me assure you that it is not wrong for you to want better things for your life. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (VOICE) says, “God is ready to overwhelm you with more blessings than you could ever imagine so that you’ll always be taken care of in every way and you’ll have more than enough to share.”

Beloved if you are ready and willing to hope and strive for the fullness of your potential here are some steps you can take.


First you must believe that better is possible for you. Romans 12:2 NKJ,  “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Throughout their life, a person is told an average of TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THOUSAND times in their life that they can’t do something and this number doesn’t even include the number of times they tell themselves that!

On average it takes TWENTY EIGHT times of hearing yes YOU CAN to change a NO from being embedded in your subconscious mind.

Everything begins inside of you. 

2. You must develop EYES OF FAITH.

Paul says in Ephesians 1:18, NKJV, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” Basically, Paul is saying that the eyes of your heart, of your faith, are opened so that you can see the hope and glory of God’s plan for us.


John 10:10 (MSB), A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. Joseph had a dream. Dreams are imperative to our lives because if we do not dream then we will never live up to our potential. Joseph dreamed that his family would bow down to him and eventually they did. If Joseph had never dreamed his family might not have sold him and he might never have lived up to his full potential.

If we don’t dream we become stagnant and complacent and content with where we are and growth and change never come.

4.  Dedicate yourself to COMMITMENT TO WORK.

Genesis 2:15 (NKJV), “Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”


Reader, do you think that you are doing as good as you can right now? Whether it be in your finances, marriage, or walk with God?

God put man in the Garden of Eden to work, tend, and keep. Work is a good thing and it is one of God’s ways of blessing us with increase.

5. Have the COURAGE TO ASK.

Matthew 7:7, NKJV, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 21:22, NKJV, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

If you can find the courage to ask for better things in your life and your have the ability to dream and believe that it can happen you will receive it friend.

Better is possible in your life. These are five easy steps you can take to get to better things in this new year. I pray that you find a heart that believes, eyes that see, a heart that dreams, the commitment to work, and the courage to ask.

Tea With Jesus: Philippians 2:1-8

This is a repost from my granddaughter’s blog. I hope you enjoy it.

“If you find any  encouragement from being in the Anointed, if His love brings you some encouragements, if you experience true companionship with the spirit, if His tenderness and mercy fill your heart; then brothers and sisters, here is one thing that would complete my joy—come together as one in mind and spirit and purpose, sharing in the same love. Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. Get beyond yourselves and protecting your own interests; be sincere, and secure your neighbors interests first. In other words, adopt the mindset of Jesus the Anointed. Live with His attitude in your hearts. Remember: though he was in the form of God, He chose not to cling to equality with God; but he poured Himself out to fill a vessel brand new; a servant in form and a man indeed. The very likeness of Humanity, He humbled himself, obedient to death—a merciless death on the cross!” Philippians 2:1-8 (Voice).images-3

While there are several prominent themes that jump out at you in this verse, I will focus only on obedience to the Holy Spirit. My dear readers and friends, do you find any comfort in Jesus? If so, there is a call upon your life. It looks heavy and burdensome, but it is the lightest burden you will ever have to bear. I speak of the burden and call of obedience to the Holy Spirit. I know, obedience is a scary word. A word that most people fear, hate, and even loathe. However, you can have confidence in the fact that obedience to God is never the wrong thing to do. His ways are higher than our ways and his plans are much better than our own plans.

I feel that there are several reasons that people do not like this word, obedience. Most prominently is a sense of entitlement that most people have today. When I say most people I mean most people. I do not just mean millennials. I mean most people of every generation. Specifically though, I feel that most people feel they are entitled to live their lives the way that they want to with no input or direction from any other person. Because of this, we hate to be told what to do. It immediately creates a rift in our minds between us and the person who is ordering us around. If they were once our friends, they aren’t any longer. They are our enemy because they think they are better than me. “Who do they think they are ordering me around?!?! They can’t do that to me!” images-1Unfortunately, this also happens with the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit instructs them to do something, they brush the instruction or feeling off and tell themselves that it wasn’t really the Holy Spirit so that they do not have to feel responsible for anything that happens after that. Jesus was in sync with the Holy Spirit every step of his life. Even when the Holy Spirit called him to die a sinner’s death on the cross, he never for a moment tried to run away from the call. We know that he cried out to his Father to find another way, but when no other way was presented, he went to his death willingly and obediently. Because of that, we owe him a life debt. We belong to Him. Himages-2e is our Lord and Master. So, when start to feel entitled to live our lives the way we want to and not the way He wants us to, we are not being obedient to the Holy Spirit. When we learn to differentiate between the whispers of our enemy that put wood on the fire of entitlement, and the whispers of the Holy Spirit we are able to push off thoughts of entitlement and win a spiritual victory. After enough of those victories, you might find that you cease to hear the whispers of the enemy at all and that you hear the whispers of the Holy Spirit more and more.

I struggle myself with being obedient to the Holy Spirit daily. It is not images-4easy. I want to encourage you to listen to the whispers of the Holy
Spirit in your life. Blessing will follow obedience and I promise that The Anointed’s way are higher than our ways and his plans are better than our plans. Things don’t always turn out the way you might expect them to, but they will turn out for the best if you head the Holy Spirit.

Until next time

-Courtney Neville

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A Method The Enemy Uses To Divide & Conquer

While writing the book, Collabin’, several things come to mind. Namely, C.S. Lewis’ book The Screwtape Letters. In this book, Lewis gives insight into the methods and strategies the enemy uses to gain a foothold in our lives and to push us farther away from God (this is the Babel strategy from my previous post). For those of you who haven’t read this book, each letter is written by Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, both of whom are demons that serve Satan. Screwtape, a more learned “tempter” uses each letter to explain to his nephew exactly how to tempt, and otherwise pull his “patient” farther away from the “Enemy” (God). The third letter of the book is concerning “daily pinpricks” or “a good settled habit of mutual annoyance”. Screwtape gives his nephew these 4 methods to use to pull his patient farther from God.

the_screwtape_letters_by_mcjade-d773zu01. Keep his thoughts off of the simplest things by turning them to the most spiritual things. Stir up that very useful human characteristic, the ignoring and forgetting of the obvious. Bring him to a place where he can search his soul for an hour without discovering any of the things about himself that are clear to everyone that has ever worked with him.

2. Make sure that his prayers are always very ‘spiritual’; that he is always praying for the state of others’ souls and never for physical problems. By doing this, his attention will be kept on what he believes to be their sins, and with a little push from you, he can be made to believe their sins are any of their actions that he finds irritating or annoying.

3. When two humans have worked together for many years they will usually each have tones of voice and facial expressions which the other will find irritating. Let your patient assume that the other person knows how annoying it is and does it to annoy–If you do your job he will never notice the extreme unlikeliness of the assumption. And, of course, never let him suspect that he has tones and looks which also annoy them.

4. In the workplace, hatred is usually expressed by saying things which would appear quite harmless on paper (the words are not offensive) but in such a voice, or at such a moment, that they are not far short of a slap in the face. Your patient must demand that all of his own words are to be taken at their face value and judged simply on the actual words, while at the same time judging all of their words with the fullest and most over-sensitive interpretation of the tone and the context and the assumed intention. Hence from every quarrel they can both go away convinced, or very nearly convinced, that they are quite innocent. Once this habit is quite firm, you have the delightful situation of a human saying things with the purpose of offending and yet having an injury when offense is taken.

This is just four different ways of one method that the enemy uses against us every day. By causing us to constantly be annoyed with people we are working with, which in turn builds up inside of us until we can no longer work with the other person at all. Be aware. Don’t let the enemy use this strategy against you friend!

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Collabin’: The Connectivity Challenge

Collabin’: Truncated form of collaborating and verb tense of collab.

Example: Yeah man, I’m collabin’ with Will on this video… it’s gonna be sick (

Our world is broken. Division runs rampant through the streets as families and friends and even nations are torn apart. This division affects each and every person alive today because we all know the pain of being separated from our loved ones and friends. We allow things like divorce, anger, hatred, lust, love of money, idolatry, and millions of other things to come between us and those we care about. The root, it can be said, of all division can be traced back to one original disobedience to our Creator. Whether it be “small” or “large”, sin has the power to drive a wedge between people and is the source of all evil and broken relationships.

Come back to the beginning with me. In the beginning, the world and all of its inhabitants were blameless. Adam & Eve lived in perfect harmony and unity with God, collabin’ with Him in the Garden and walking with him in a real and personal way. One day the serpent speaks to Eve and tells her that she can be like God if she eats the fruit of the tree that God told her not to eat from. Eve picks a fruit and takes it to her husband. When Eve explains what the serpent told her, both of them eat the forbidden fruit. Adam & Eve disobeyed the only order that God had given them in order to be like God themselves. Now, Adam & Eve didn’t need to collab’ with God. They now had the knowledge of good and evil just as He did; whatever they did, they could do it alone, without God’s help.

When humans decide that they are like God, there is a divorce, a separation, that takes place in the supernatural realm that tears apart the relationship between God the Father and his creation.

Adam & Eve “broke-up” with God in favor of knowledge, wisdom, and power for themselves. By promoting our own goals, we forsake God’s goals and the instant that happens, we stop walkin’ and collabin’ with Him.

Come with me now to a later time in the book of Genesis. In chapter 11:1-9 we have a description of the Tower of Babel and the people who were building it. These people were acting to promote themselves among the peoples of the earth when they built their city. They wanted “to make a name for themselves” and to avoid being “scattered”. Here’s the thing, God told Adam earlier in Genesis to “fill the earth”. He meant this order not just for Adam, but for all of the descendants of Adam as well, including the people of Babylon. Now, the people of Babylon were doing the exact opposite of what the Lord had commanded them to do. Instead of filling the earth and going everywhere, they stayed clumped together and started to build a large city and a tall tower. Not wanting to be outdone, other clans would have started “trying to make a name for themselves” by building tall towers and not “filling the earth” as they were commanded to. By acting in disobedience to God’s commands, the people of Babylon were sinning, just like Adam & Eve. Still, though the people of Babylon were acting in sin and were not collabin’ with God, they were collabin’ with each other.

In fact, when God saw sinful man accomplishing things as great as their city and tower, he said, “this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” This is a powerful statement, especially coming from God. There is such power in the human people when we are one race, one tongue, and one purpose. Even though we are a fallen people, cut off from our original position of relationship with God, there is still this potential within us: that “nothing will be impossible” for us. With all that has been accomplished by the human race; all of our wars, confusion, division, etc., we can only begin to imagine what would have happened if God had not intervened at Babylon!

Following this story, we know that God made a plan to stop the progress of their city and tower. God came down and confused their languages. What a strategy! God accomplished his goals without destroying everyone working on the tower! He got the people to where they wouldn’t/couldn’t work together anymore so that the tower and city would never be completed.

Isn’t it amazing what the human race can accomplish when we work together?

For more on this subject, watch for updates from my new book coming soon: Collabin’: The Connectivity Challenge.

Happy Thanksgiving 2015 . . .

belin John LarryThanksgiving in Germany . . . 

As I write this today the American Thanksgiving Day, John McGovern and I are in Germany visiting cities where refugee camps are located. Europe is filled with terror after the attacks at Paris. Belgium has been on lock down where schools, public transporting and all public activities have been ordered to stop. I don’t think this has happened in a Western Nation since World War II. As we travel in Germany we can feel the tension that is rising as this nation is trying to deal with hundreds of thousands of refugees from various Middle East countries.

Why are we here?  

Because, such a movement of millions of people as we are seeing in the world today,a_lam_refugees500x279 the largest migration of refugees since World War II, is a door of opportunity to reach some with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sure there may be some strategies of terrorist groups to take advantage of this to infiltrate the people with their own radicals so there needs to be careful checks by the governments. If the hostile organizations can see opportunity and take advantage of this massive people movement what about the church?

Do we just sit back do nothing? Be afraid? 

Well, I see an opportunity for the church to show the love of God and wonderful message of Jesus Christ to hurting, hungry, homeless, hopeless and desperate people. These people are suffering. They have left their homelands. Their homes have been bombed or taken over by hostile forces. Their livelihood, business and jobs are gone. They have risked their lives and the lives of their loved ones to cross the sea in small dangerous boats. They have walked for hundreds miles carrying what few belongs they could to seek help and a new life of freedom. That is the majority of these refugees.

This may be an opportunity for the church of Jesus Christ to be true Light. To help them to find a new life that includes Jesus Christ as their Savior.

What are we doing? 

First:  We are visiting with pastors, churches and business people all over Germany who are already reaching out to the refugees or are interested in doing something to help.

Second: As we correlate the information and contacts, we will decide what Praise Chapel Fellowship of Churches can do to respond.

This is not the first time that I have felt the Holy Spirit call me to go to a country and to see what we could do. Jack Harris and I went to Kenya and Ghana Africa years ago with the same heart. Now for over 30 year we have had fruitful ministry in those nations but it started with us going there in response to a feeling that God was calling us. I went to Hong Kong with the same heart and calling years ago. Out of that trip God opened the way to be a part of what He is doing in that region of the world.  Janet and I made a trip to Manila for the purpose of see what we could do. In each of these places and many more, we enjoy fruitful ministry today.  So, we are not just meeting people and going to camps, we are walking in the “good works’ that God has prepared for us.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10, NKJV).

Today, Thanksgiving Day 2015

I am thankful to be in Germany. John McGovern and I miss our families and the wonderful traditional food they will enjoy today. We pray that our family will and each of you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day together with your friends and families.  Hopefully we will find a restaurant here in Berlin, Germany to eat a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner. If not, we can eat some knockwurst with sauerkraut.

There are times in the Kingdom of God when you must GO by faith and see what God might do. That is where we are at today this Thanksgiving Day in Germany. 

Larry Neville


Calling all Boomers . . .

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I believe that the most marginalized group of people in the church today is the Baby Boomer Generation.

I grew up in a pastor’s home, involved in church ministry for all of my life. I began playing music in the services at ten years old. I also led youth ministries and traveled with my brother Mike as an evangelistic team. After Janet and I married, we traveled as a musical/evangelistic team for about seven years and then began pastoring. Later we lived in Asia for twelve years doing church planting. Then we returned to the United States and have been pastoring and church planting since. I lead Praise Chapel, a network of churches and ministries that has grown out of church planting. I work with churches that are  thirty-five years old and some that are just weeks old. We have church planters who are in their twenties and pastors in their sixties.  Why I say all of that is to let you know a little about me so that when I say that I believe the Baby Boomers are the most marginalized group in the Church I am speaking from a very diverse platform.

All the activities of my life have been as I have journeyed through the Baby Boomer generation. I was born in 1949 so that places me at the beginning. I have journeyed with the 77 Million Boomers these years. Like most pastors and leaders, during the past few decades I have aimed to reach and invest in the next generations. The church overall is doing that successfully. We are multiplying churches among the forty and under crowd. But, only during the past few years have I become aware that as we (the church) are empowering the youth we have marginalized the Boomers. As I go to churches I see Boomers who were once involved. They built the churches. They led the worship. They served in every capacity and sacrificed financially. Now I see them sitting in the services and their talents not in demand.

I am for the next generations just as much as anybody. I  invest in them, and release them into ministry. That is not the issue. The challenge is that in doing so, we are overlooking the  77 million Baby Boomers.

Our world may try to “retire” the Boomers or marginalize Boomers to a lifestyle that our parents or grandparents desired when they moved into their mid 50’s and beyond. But, that is not going to happen. Boomers have always charted their own course, from the hippies to Rock and Roll music, the anti-war demonstrations to the technology evolution. There is no stopping the Boomers. Just the size of the Boomer generation means that whatever we do is enormous and affects everyone.

So why are we calling for Boomers?

Because we are entering our next stage of life. Boomers are about to revolutionize the Third Stage of life. We are going into the next years of our lives – reimagining, inventing, creating and seeking. There is a determination to finish what we started. We are goi
ng to continue to make a difference in this world. We have the health, finances, knowledge and passion to change the world and we are going to do it. As Peter Drucker famously remarked, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Put another way, à la Pogo, we have met the leaders, and they are us.(1) Our future is a time of ongoing Bill gateslearning, growth, and challenge.

Watch out! The giant is awakening again. 

Awakening to a new time in our lives. A time to face new challenges and new opportunities. To use all of our strength, ability, and resources to make a difference in this world. No generation has had the privileges and opportunities that the boomers have. The challenges facing this world are calling Boomers to a greater cause and purpose than in our entire lifetimes.  It is still our generation. So, Boomers let’s come together and finish this great task of changing our world.  We can leave this planet a better place after our generation so that the generations to come will look back to the Baby Boomer generation as their example of finishing well.

In the Book of Acts, the Apostle Paul refers to King David saying, “We all know David died and was reduced to dust after he served God’s purpose in his generation” (13:36 Voice). 

We are  responsible for our generation.

Yes, we invest in the next generations but there is still our generation. Two-thirds of the Baby Boomers are unchurched. That is over 50 million people. A generation now facing a revolutionary time of change as we enter our Third stage of life. We have the opportunity to compile all of our learning and our skills to change the world again.  We still have our generation to reach with the gospel. The Baby Boomers have at least the next 15 to 20 years to serve our generation. Just as Rocky Balboa said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

All of our lives, the Boomers have been the elephant in the room, the largest generation. Everything we have done has made an impact upon our world, some for good and some not so good.  Now, here we are on the last stretch, headed into the season of life where we can make the most impact upon our world.

We all have to make a choice, are we going to live this season of life for indulgence or impact.

We can enjoy this season of life and all the rewards that come from a lifetime of work and service. I also believe that we can make an impact upon our world. We have more to offer now than we ever have. We have investments to deposit into our grandchildren and those who follow. We have knowledge to spread, good will to share, and a generation of Boomers yet to impact with the gospel.

Bucket list 2What is in your Bucket List?

What have you wanted to do that you have not done?
Where have you wanted to go that you have not gone?
Where have you wanted to serve and make a difference? 

In the Bible Paul wrote,  I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7 Amplified Bible). We know that each of us will come to the end of our race. Paul knew that he would be martyred soon as he wrote this last letter to his spiritual son. So he writes, “I have finished the race.” The Message Bible says it this way, “You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming. “ This paraphrase brings out Paul’s thought, “I have run hard right to the finish.”

Yes, there is a finish line but most of us are not there yet.

I think Paul had the same idea when he wrote, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16, NKJV). I like the Message Bible’s paraphrase of this also,

“Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! ”

I am calling for Boomers come together to complete the work God has given us to do in this Generation.

Larry Neville

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(1) Freedman, Marc (2008-08-26). Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life (p. 198). PublicAffairs. Kindle Edition.

Migrant crisis: People treated ‘like animals’ in Hungary camp . . .

911 Today September 11, as we Americans are remembering our own crisis  let’s not overlook this crisis. 

hungary crowdThe world is watching as hundreds of thousands of families flee the Middle East in the face of war, hunger and extreme suffering.  We watch and see the heart breaking images of families, moms and dads holding children and risking their lives to find hope and refuge. 

We  expect the European governments to open their doors and help these people. Yet, every day it is becoming clear that many countries are not going to not help, and try to stop people for either passing though their countries or seeking for asylum. There are many who think, “Why let themhungary_serbia_migrants into Europe or even America.” 

The church must see this crisis through the eyes of Jesus Christ.  

Jesus clearly commands the church to respond to people in crisis. These are not people standing on a street corner with a sign asking for a hand-out. These families are fleeing for their very survival from inhumane treatment and threats.  People who want a new life and are wiling to sacrifice for that hope and dream. 

We believe in a “new life.” 

We know that their true hope for change and a future is not only going to be found in the prosperous countries of Europe but in the “new life” that only Jesus Christ can offer. 

During any crisis there is a window of opportunity for the gospel. 

When people are in desperate crisis, their lives torn apart and facing uncertainty, they are open to help and to change. They are showing their willingness to risk the unknown. By venturing into hostile situations in hope of a new life. This is an opportunity for the gospel. 

 Let’s offer them help and a new life. 

The ministry I’m a part of, Praise Chapel went into Iraq 12 years ago at the height of the war not knowing how we could help, but God was with us. Today we have a strong ministry there helping people both spiritually and physically. Thousands of lives are being  changed and touched with the love of Christ because of that step of faith. 

We must step out on faith. 

Praise Chapel’s is sending our representative, Missionary John McGovern is going to Hungary and Germany to connect and determine how we can immediately respond.  John has 36 years of influential international ministry and he will give us a first hand report of what the churches can do. This is a window of opportunity for the gospel of Jesus Christ to reach these desperate people. Jesus is the only hope for the new life they are seeking. We cannot ignore this. The church can unite and show the world our global unity and step in with love and comHungarian_police feed familypassion. 

Helping some is better than helping none.

You can partner in this relief ministry.

Larry Neville

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Sometimes our Hearts need to be broken with grief . . .

syrian brothers drownedHow can our hearts not break when we see an image or hear of such a tragedy as the drowning of young Aylan Kurdi and his brother and mother as the family was fleeing for their lives.  

 100’s of Thousands of people are fleeing into Europe at the risk of their lives

migrantboatThis morning I read the news again about little Aylan Kurdi and the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing into Europe from Syria and other nations suffering from the Middle East Crisis. I must pause and pray. At this moment I feel burdened and brokenhearted for these desperate people whom God loves.  

This is perhaps the largest mass migration of people into Europe in a century. 

This will probably be a short-term phenomena because the European nations will  do something to curb this mass migration.  In one view this migration of Muslim people into Europe will change the face and perhaps major religion of Europe within 20 or so years.

merkel_2622302bChancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said, “the ‘breathtaking’ flow of migrants into German will ‘occupy and change’ the country in the coming years” (BBC News Sept 7).

The BBC News wrote that Germany may be accepting so many refugees  partly because the German population is shrinking because of low birth rates among the native German population so they will not have enough young workers to sustain the entitlements that the German population will receive as they get older. So along with the humanitarian help there are political and long-term economical motives in this also since this migration includes hundreds of thousands of new young potential workers in the country.

Perhaps also the challenge that Chancellor Merkel was referring to when she said, “will occupy and change the country”  will happen in German and other parts of Europe as the population of their nations change especially with the growth of the Muslim religion. 

Nothing has the potential of spreading the Muslim religion into Europe like this mass movement of common people.

In the Bible in the Book of Acts it was persecution that caused the scattering of the first followers of Jesus Christ all over the near-by nations. As a result, the gospel message spread with them (Acts 8:3-4).

This mass migration of Muslim migrants into Europe also posses a great opportunity for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is an opportunity for the church (not only in Europe but around the world)  to show these people the love of Christ through helping them and opening their doors and hearts to them. Nothing shows people the true heart and message of Christianity like love and caring for them in their time of crisis. These people are suffering. They have been hurt and run from their homes by people of their own religion. They are in need. What an opportunity to reach out to them and to help them.

The European Migrants a Crisis or an Opportunity?

refugee dadToday, I  don’t know how we can help, but that does not mean that we should not pray and seek to find ways we can help. Twelve years ago we had no idea how we could do anything to help the Kurdistan people during the war in Iraq. God opened a small of opportunity for our representative Jack Harris to go into Iraq and little by little allowed us to help people who were suffering as a result of war and crisis. Today that work is ongoing and helping thousands of people every day.

I ask you to join with me today to:

  1. Pray for these refugees and migrants fleeing for their lives and going into Europe.
  2. Pray that the Church and Christ Followers in Europe will open their hearts and hospitality to these suffering people.
  3. Pray that God will open ways that we can also help them and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them through showing His love. 

I am reminded of what General Douglas McArthur said as he was working to help restore Japan after the devastation of WWII,  “Send 1,000 missionaries to Japan as soon as possible.  Japan is a spiritual vacuum.” I think the same challenge can be said today about Europe. 

Larry Neville
President Praise Chapel International