Activ8 – WATCHMEN

watchmen prayer man“O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray to the LORD day and night for the fulfillment of his promises. Take no rest, all you who pray.” Isaiah 62:6, NLT.

There are three words I want to give to you, “Men It’s time!” 

Two decades ago we saw men come together in a movement that was called, Promise Keepers. Tens of thousands of men gathered in stadiums all across America to seek God. Unfortunately that lasted only few years.

God is preparing to Activ8 a new generation of men to be watchmen over His church.

A watchman is a man who has taken the position to be a guard. Not like a prison guard, but someone who is watching over to protect. We guard and protect what is valuable to us.  When an expedition is going into new territory they will send a scout ahead to, scout out the land, this is also a type of a lead watchman.  So, “watchmen” are men who are willing to assume the responsibility to protect, watch over, serve and I would add, to lead.

Isaiah said that God, “Posted watchmen on the walls; they will pray . . .”

God is continually calling His people to prayer. Prayer movements have changed entire nations. God will always respond to prayer. “They will pray to the LORD day and night for fulfillment of his promises.”

I believe that we are living in the time for the fulfillment of the Acts 2 Prophetic Promise:

“In the last days, God said, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy” Acts 2:17-18 NLT. It is important to note Peter is speaking in response to the reaction of the people “seeing and hearing” those who have just been filled with the promised Holy Spirit.

“He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’” Acts 1:4-5 NKJV. The church still needs the same Holy Spirit baptism today. We need watchmen to contend for this prophetic outpouring to be fulfilled in our generation also.

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts’” Zechariah 4:6, NKJV.  The ministry of the church in 2014 is just as dependent upon the work of the Holy Spirit today as it was during Zerubbabel’s time and the time of the Apostles.

I say, “Men, It’s time.”

It is time for “Watchmen” to pray for the fulfillment of His promises.

Here is a good way to start for 2014:
(1.) Activ8 a personal time of prayer and devotion. I suggest in the morning but it can be anytime that works for you and you are committed to.

(2.) Activ8 men regularly to pray together. This would be in addition to any regular prayer you man take part in with your church.watchmen blog

(3.) Activ8 your God called and gifted leadership

“To the elders among you be shepherds of God’s flock, eager to serve, being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5

Saturday January 11, 7am Praise Chapel Rancho Cucamonga will  Activ8, “WATCHMEN 2014.”  A time  Worship, Prayer and Discipleship.  Your welcome to join.

Larry Neville

www.pcrancho.com

 

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By THIS all will know. . .

hands globe sm web“That you are My disciples.” John 13:35

By What?If you have love for one another.” John 13:35.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” John 13:34.

This morning I read a post from Charisma News by Michael Brown, “Shall We Burn One Another at the Stake?”  This is from his book, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire.  Both are worth reading.

Dr. Brown talks about the fighting that has gone on among Christians throughout the centuries. Christians have literally killed each other over doctrine, organizational differences, how to baptize and hundreds of other issues. In his book he talks the current assaults against Spirit Filled believers by a popular pastor.

Here is the question on my heart as I read this:    Is it possible to love one another as Christ loved us?  I think so otherwise He would never have commanded us to lov16172991_se His way.

There are many ways to “Burn One Another at the Stake.”

As a leader of a network of churches and ministries I am continually being called upon to, put out fires between pastors. These are not literal fires like Michael Brown writes about but it is the same spirit seeking to “kill, steal and to destroy”  the testimony of Jesus Christ by bringing division between God’s people.

Jesus rebuked the disciples when they argued over issues. When John wanted to stop someone from casting out demons in the name of Jesus, Jesus said, “Don’t stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you” Luke 9:50. Don’t think that Jesus will not rebuke you also if you harbor attitudes of division toward those who work the works of Christ, even if you do not agree with them.

Well Larry, “You don’t know what they did to me . . .”  In 46 years of ministry I think I have heard enough of that. Don’t come crying to me about who hurt you, talked bad about you or took people from your church. It’s not your church anyway!

My prayer for 2014:

  1. That we would love one another as Jesus loves us.
  2. That we would put others ahead of ourselves.
  3. That we would be the ones to humble ourselves taking the bowl and towel to wash the feet of our fellow workers in Christ.
  4. That we will be willing to lay down our lives, ambitions, self interest, denominationalism and all other “isms” for the sake of loving others as Christ loves us.

Please do not go into 2014 with intentions to, burn one another at the stake.

Larry Neville
Senior leader of Praise Chapel International

www.larry@praisechapel.com

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Christmas is for EVERYONE!

chrsitmas everyoneIt is incredible that there are people who actually believe that Christ did not die for all mankind.

Curiously, one of the five points of Calvinism actually teaches a “limited atonement”—Jesus selectively died for only some in the human race and therefore the rest are necessarily condemned to hell by default. This strange doctrine:

1. Serves only to bring doubt into the hearts of the faithful that they themselves have not been chosen by God for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

2. It also produces smugness in those who are self-assured that they are saved no matter what—a real killer to evangelism.

With such a doctrine, based as it is upon an “unknowable will of God,” who could ever know that they were saved? If the offer of salvation is not extended to all, how can anyone know for sure? And if no one can know for sure, how can anyone believe what he does not know is a certainty?

Faith does not flow from uncertainties but from certainties.

Fortunately, Scripture is abundant with clear statements to the contrary—Christ did die
for all.

From the Book: “God has already Judged America” by Mike Petzer
You can buy this book on Amazon Kindle

 

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A Human Tragedy . . .

Jack Harris (Worker in Iraq) sent this slide presentation to me from Kurdistan in Iraq. He and Dr. Doe (Medical Missionary) are working to help these desperate Civil-War Syrian Refugees who are now in Kurdistan. View this amazing slide presentation.

Our plans are to help build a Medical Facility at this Refugee Camp. Dr. Doe will being in medical staff to service them.

WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW CHRISTIAN CONCERN TO DESPERATE PEOPLE.

You can help  by going to: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/pccmi and clicking on Middle East.

 

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Christians receive 80 lashes . . . .

bibleI was with a few pastors recently who were sharing with me about the problems and “persecutions” they were going through. Then one pastor basically said,  “What am I saying, I am so blessed, we don’t even know what real persecution is like.” Then we began to talk about the persecution Christians are facing in many parts of the world today.

When we read  Acts 9 where Paul was, “Threatening and murdering disciples of the Lord” it is too easy to think of this type of persecution in the past tense. Putting out of our minds that more of our brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering persecution today than in the history of the world.

Today, Friday October 25, 2013 in the world you and I live in: “Iran Gives Christians 80 Lashes for Drinking Communion Wine . . . “ Four Christian men were arrested at a house church and sentenced October 6. Read the full Fox News story here.

In Iran people receive the DEATH PENALTY if they convert to Christianity.

When writing to the churches Paul would say, “Remember my chains”, “For which I am in chains”, “For you had compassion on me in my chains.”  (Colossians 4:18, Philemon 13, Hebrews 10:34)crown

There is hope for those persecuted and those who persecute. Paul said, “I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.  And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities” Acts 22:4 & 26:11.

I believe that Christians blessed with freedom must reach out to the persecuted Christians and help them. How?

  1. Remember them. Paul said, “Remember my chains.” Pray for them. In every service have public prayer for persecuted Christians.
  2. Make a “persecuted Christians” display in your church. Take articles like the one I have linked here and put them on display.
  3. Send letters to our political leaders to put pressure on the governments that persecute Christians.

Today Praise Chapel Missions supports Christian workers in countries where there is persecution. We have a team in “_” country helping Syrian war refugees. Another couple is moving into a restricted country to serve the Lord’s work (We can’t post the name of the couple or the nation). We are helping to sponsor a team from one semi-free nation  to a restricted nation.

We are going to continue to join with international and national workers in these countries to help our brothers and sisters who are facing persecution.

Larry Neville
larry@praisechapel.com

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Jack Hayford: Israel in Target

F-HayfordMany of our friends will be joining Janet and I on a study tour of Israel. I think that if at all possible it is good for any student of the Bible to visit Israel.

Even if you do not have the opportunity to visit Israel, I suggest that you read this blog by Jack Hayford. It is important that all Christ followers understand the role of Israel in God’s purposes today. Pastor Jack gives 8 reason why we must stand with Israel.

http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/standing-with-israel/18721-israel-in-target

 

 

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In Honor of Chuck Smith

Chuck smith sm“Then the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel?” 2 Samuel 3:38.

I am pausing for a few moments from today’s activities to honor Pastor Chuck Smith who went to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this morning. I want to express my condolences, prayers and love to his wife, children extended family and to all the folks who are a part of  Calvary Chapel.

I have been in church all of my life. If I could track all of the people who have had a positive impact upon me, one who would be at the top of the list is Pastor Chuck Smith. I never met him. Was never in a public service that he spoke at. Yet, his life and ministry affected my life and the Christian culture for the past 40 years in such a positive way.

Truly, “A prince and a great man” has gone to his reward today.

Larry Neville

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dominicCan a nation be changed in a day?

What can happen if God’s people work together?

Here is the message that Dominic Russo shared at a Praise Chapel Pastor’s meeting September 21, 2013.  This 29 year old missionary/evangelist shares how God gave him a vision of One Nation – One Day for Honduras.

  • 2000 people from the USA
  • Three 747′s of workers and materials
  • 200 doctors and nurses
  • 10,000 pairs of shoes
  • 1 million meals
  • Million Bibles
  • 1/2 million people attended the meetings.

I encourage everyone to listen to this message.

We have the video of Dominic sharing this message with Praise Chapel pastors and leaders. I will send you one free if you want to show it.

Watch this on video or download and share with your church or Bible study.

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Syria and America what is next?

larry40 smI ask that we earnestly pray about the war in Syria.

In my prayer times I feel such a grief over this war. As America increases our involvement we may be headed for major ramifications.  An ancient prophecy from Isaiah 9:11 (note 9:11) “The adversaries of Rezin against him, And spur his enemies on.”  To me we can apply this to the present as,  the adversaries of Damascus will come against President Obama and the USA and it’s allies with their own attacks.

An article in, “The New Yorker” June 19th (yesterday)Axis of Intervention: Why We Shouldn’t Join the War in Syria” by Nicholas Thompson,  backs up what I felt in prayer today. Also, Charisma News posted an article by Michael Brown,Why the US Should Stay Out of Syria,” that lines up with this.

President Obama is reluctantly being sucked into this war.

With all of his power, he will feel totally helpless as he watches America being sucked into this war like a great vacuum. It will be like a black hole to him and to America much darker, hurtful and costly than any regional war in the past. Much more damaging than Vietnam. This will shake America, especially the youth. They have put their faith in Obama just as the 60′s generation  put their faith in Kennedy.  Like Kennedy, against what he wanted he nevertheless opened the way for America to fight in Vietnam.

This week America committed to be more involved in the civil war in Syria.

This civil war is going to cause great cost and hurt to the USA and other nations.  No one wants to be involved in this war. The president does not want to become involved in this war. But, political and other powers we are not aware of may draw America in.

The troubles that America had during the Vietnam war will be small compared to the division, riots that will occur if we become involved further in Syrian Civil War.

My heart breaks for the innocent people caught in this web of power struggles. I have said many times that we must do something. But, the truth be known, what can we do? Of course I don’t know. Apparently neither does anyone else! I know from my personal prayers over this war that America is headed down a very dark and hurtful road. I pray for President Obama because I feel that he does not want America in this war. With all his power, President Obama may be unable to hold back the tide that is sweeping America and other nations into it.

This will be a painful war for America.

Russia and America are already at odds over this war. As we intervene  further into this war hostility may rise between the two nations.  America and England may become divided over this war, hurting the relationships between the two. I don’t believe that Israel and America will agree.

To those who read my posts, I ask that you pray for God’s mercy and grace during this critical time as our national leaders are making decisions about America’s involvement in the war in Syria.

Larry Neville
larry@praisechapel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What about North Korea?

My heart goes out the people of North Korea. I watched the images as North Korea closed the factory that was jointly run with South Korea and 50,000 people lost their jobs. I can’t imagine how those folks feel. They are poor enough making just a little over $100.00 a month.

North Korea Rocket LaunchThe world is watching and listening to North Korea’s threats of nuclear war. It may happen, I ask us all to pray that it does not. They may move with hostility toward the nearby nations, again let’s pray that they do not do that.  It is important that Believers pray for North Korea no matter what they do.

In the aftermath of the Atomic destruction upon Japan and their surrender at the end of WDogulas Mc imageorld War ll, General Douglas MacArthur requested that American churches send Christian missionaries, “Japan is a spiritual vacuum.  Send me 1,000 missionaries.”   General MacArthur also asked U.S. missionary societies to send “Bibles, Bibles and more Bibles.” Unfortunately, General MacArthur’s call for missionaries and Bibles for Japan went largely unheeded.

If North Korea does follow through with their threats of nuclear attacks there is no doubt that in the retaliation they would suffer horribly. There would be a lot of hatred toward them just as there was toward Japan years ago. The question is will the church be any different today?  Will we respond with grace and mercy to a nation that threatens us with war? What if they try to carry out their threats?  Will we do everything that we can to help them in their time of destruction?

The first and most important thing  Christians can do now is to pray for North Korea.

1. Pray that Kim Jong Un will receive wise counsel to guide him toward peace and not war.
2. Pray that they will back away from threats of war.
3. Pray that the opportunities will open for giving relief to the people.
4. Pray that the North Korean people will be free to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Larry Neville

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