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The Top of Carmel Withers

The Prophet & Shepherd, Amos, speaks in striking language when he says: The Lord ROARS FROM ZION; Shepherds mourn; the top of Carmel withers. “Roars from Zion” is attention getting, but the top of Carmel withering should cause anyone who attends or is concerned about their Church to stop and dig deeper into it. It did me. I have been digging into this for a week and am challenged deeply by what I found.

“Top of Carmel” was the place of training/learning and sometimes residence of the Prophets of the Old Testament. Many of the Prophets were contemporaries of Elijah himself–many others came after. The “Prophet” was more of a category of calling. The “Office of the Prophet” sums it up–requiring a life long commitment of training, learning, and growing. Interestingly, many of the Prophets of the Old Testament times don’t have any “Books” in the Old Testament. The Prophet was called by God into a special ministry to address and redress the culture of the times. The “Top of Carmel” was a revered place of valued spiritual vitality. The “withering” of the top of Carmel indicates that slow downward vortex of losing the luster of spiritual vitality–the condition Amos addresses by naming geographical neighbors to Israel (Judah in his text) with his main concentration on the “sins” of Israel itself.

When I got to examining Amos’ use of “the top of Carmel withering” I realized he was not talking about a event, but a process. He is addressing the slow degenerative loss of the “Office of the Prophet” in the culture of ministry. By the way, when I write, speak, or refer to the “Office of the Prophet” I am not talking about some cult-like “Fore-teller of the future,” rather, I am talking about the front line, spiritually up-to-date, “FORTH-TELLER.” The modern day Prophet lays it out for God’s people. He/She challenges us with spiritual concept and understanding. Is the modern day Prophet a “perfect person?” No. Used by God? Yes. Does their walk match their talk? Hopefully–but the character of the Prophet is not near as important as the challenge the Prophet brings.

The “top of the Carmel whithers” because the Prophets are not addressing the sins of the culture. “Addressing” the sins is an intentional term. “Address” is different from CONDEMNING. When you (condemn) you take away any space for redemptive change. “Address” is different from JUDGMENT. When you (judge) you are creating a condescending culture of pride. “Addressing” the sins of the culture, like Amos does in chapter one and two of his Old Testament book, gives those who are transgressing the opportunity to realize the sin, repent, and feel true redeeming qualities in their life once again.

“Addressing” the sins of the neighbors (we will look at the “neighbors” in a moment) is only part of the issue with the “withering” of the top of Carmel. The other issue is–what happened to the Prophet that the top of Carmel would wither? It is NOT the Prophet that is absent (today); It is NOT the Office of the Prophet that is absent either; It is the ATTENTIVENESS OF THE PROPHET that is missing. The Prophet is “missing in action” because the modern day Prophets are more concerned with things like:

COLLABERATING WITH THE “CREATIVE TEAM” THAN COLLABERATING WITH GOD.

or:

CREATING A PITHY NEW SERIES THAT WILL “GET THE ENERGY UP” WITH PEOPLE RATHER THAN SEEK THE FLOW AND DIRECTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

or:

FINDING THE RIGHT “BRAND” SO THAT “THE COMMUNITY WILL BE EXCITED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING” RATHER THAN SPENDING TIME ALONE WITH GOD.

The modern Prophet has “withered” the top of Carmel by being more concerned about keeping people happy (and attending) than confronting them with going deeper spiritually. The “pleaser” essentially “withers” the top of Carmel.

Amos addresses the sins of the neighbors and then bears down on the sins of Israel. The parallel is: When Amos addresses the main sins of Damacus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, and Moab, he is addressing the general spirit of sin that has emerged in the culture. When Amos addresses the seven or so sins of the seventh (his beloved people, Israel) he is bringing it into our inner lives.

The thing about the “Office of the Prophet” is how CURRENT the ancient (and even the ancient of the ancient) things seem. Here they are in Amos Chapter 1 and 2:

  1. DAMACUS 1:3–“SIN OF EXCESSIVENESS”: Interpreted by the way Amos uses the concept of “threshing.”
  2. GAZA 1:6–“SIN OF POLITICS”: Amos talks about the concept of “deportation.” Inside the idea emerges how corrupt politics is at its core. The modern day Prophets have allowed politics of the Church to control what they say and do. The politics of the world have corrupted everything we do and say.
  3. TYRE 1:9–“SIN OF FAVORITISM OR ‘BACK SCRATCHING'”: “Didn’t remember the covenant of brotherhood” comes from what Amos is describing.
  4. EDOM 1:11–“SIN OF ABUSIVENESS–PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL OR VERBAL”: Amos says, “pursued his brother with the sword” which prophetically describes abuse.
  5. AMMON 1:13–“SIN OF ABORTION”: “Ripped open pregnant women”
  6. MOAB 2:1–“SIN OF CRUCIFYING THE CHARACTER OF OTHERS”: Amos description is the “descretion of the corspe of the King” and burning his bones. Prophetically this addresses how we speak of our leaders–any leader (any where). We need to be very cautious in the use of our words.
  7. ISRAEL 2–“SIN OF IDOLATRY”: The breaking of the first (and greatest) command–“Have no other gods before me” has been broken and not challenged. The Prophet has allowed selfishness to rule the day, and is himself/herself self absorbed as well. The idolatry of selfishness is described 7 ways by Amos–

a. Not keeping the Word of God central in all areas of life. 2:4

b. Lying. Twisting the truth–spinning the truth. 2:4

c. Unteachableness. 2:4

d. Money. Selling out for money. 2:6

e. Sexual impropriety. 2:7

f. Disrespectful and Drunkards. 2:8

g. Pride. 2:9

Let’s knock it off and get with it! BRING BACK THE TOP OF CARMEL–LISTEN FOR THE ROAR OF THE LION OF JUDAH OUT OF ZION. If not now, when?

Much Love,

Marc Royer

DAY 0–OF A 40 DAY COUNT DOWN

Today, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is the day! This is the conclusion of the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen of Prayer.” Deepest appreciation to all of you who involved yourselves in a strategic and disciplined way to be “Watchmen of Prayer,” setting our prayer alarms for 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; 6 PM and praying for repentance of our sins, thankfulness for God’s presence, and our need for God’s help in these times. Let’s do this one final day. (I don’t know what God has for us next, but we have one final day to do this before the “Window” is closed). TODAY ALL DAY LET’S IMPLORE THE “KEYS TO THE KINDGOM OF HEAVEN.” Jesus gave us the “keys.” There are two. One is “binding” and the other is “loosing.” Further, Jesus gave us an extremely powerful spiritual truth–when we invoke the two keys on earth, they are the “key” to having God’s immediate attention. The two keys, binding and loosing, were guaranteed by Jesus to be the “buttons to push.” The way to implement these two keys is to invoke one (binding) and immediately follow up with the other key (loosing). This process is not only necessary, but the only way these powerful spiritual resources work. I invite you to set your prayer alarms this last day of our “Window” and invoke the “KEYS TO THE KINGDOM” over seven important areas. Pray as if God is depending on Christ followers to provide the prayer cover here on earth for Him to work. 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM and 6 PM.1. In a spirit of prayer let’s bind “CONFUSION” and loose “CLARITY.” The enemy brings confusion, God brings clarity. 2. In a spirit of prayer let’s bind “CHAOS” and loose “CALM.” The enemy is the author of any kind of chaos. God always calms the raging sea. 3. In a spirit of prayer let’s bind “UNREST” and loose “UNITY.” (Brace yourself on this one). When we pray for (unity) God is gentle with us, but we have seen all through history God really stoke it up so that people get their eyes of their own selfish desires and unify for a common purpose. 4. In a spirit of prayer let’s bind “SIN” and loose “THE HOLY SPIRIT.” This is a strong one. WATCH OUT, STAND BACK, BE VIGILANT –BELIEVE! 5. In a spirit of prayer let’s bind “LAZINESS” and loose “RENEWAL.” 6. In a spirit of prayer let’s bind “APATHY” and loose “WISDOM.” 7. In a spirit of prayer let’s bind “SELFISHNESS” and loose “YIELDEDNESS.” Seven ideas to invoke the “KEYS TO THE KINGDOM” upon today. This has been an honor. Thank you all again for praying, sharing, and following. Oh…one more thing…she might kill me, so if I’m never heard from again you will know what happened. Today is also Dr. Marceil Royer’s birthday. That’s right, November 3rd each year. We have already voted, so all we will be praying and celebrating all day. God Bless and Much, Much Love to each of you! Marc & Marceil (today’s birthday girl)—humm….I need to get candles for the cake, but I don’t know how to light that many candles in one place without setting off the smoke alarm. Ha!

1st Day of 40 (OR BASICALLY THE LAST DAY) This has been a “count down” of sorts. Best to go down the blog to the 40th Day and work this way!

Today, Monday, November 2, 2020 is ONE DAY away from the November, 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. If you are reading this statement for the first time, it will be out of context for what I have been doing the last 39 (for a total of 40 days before the election). Even if this is the first time you are hearing about the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen” please join us today! The Window is about to close, but that doesn’t mean we can’t/shouldn’t have as many people as possible join us. Just like the Watchmen on the Wall of the ancient Middle Eastern Cities would stand guard and every three hours give a report of what they were observing on the horizon, we are Watchmen who join together (setting prayer alarms) for 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; 6 PM and praying for repentance of our sins and thankfulness for God’s presence and intervention. In addition, we need to pray for something extra special today AND tomorrow. (Maybe all week)The United States needs a serious, strong, and extensive prayer cover for REACTION to our election. There is nothing partisan, political, or (pleasurable) about speaking in these terms: IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO WINS OR LOSES THE ELECTION(S)–local election; state election; federal election–THERE IS GOING TO BE STRONG REACTION. There will be everything from attitude to evil attitude to unsettled to unrest to looting to loss (and even loss of life). WE NEED GOD’S HELP! We need the Watchmen of Prayer to pray for God’s peace and covering over everyone and every nation. The enemy is the author and master planner of chaos and confusion and he and his minions are on the move. But “greater is He that is in me than he that it is the world.” HERE IS HOW I WOULD BOIL IT DOWN:1. We need to pray for God’s peace and presence in the people’s thinking and process over the next few days. Someone is going to win and someone is going to lose. One issue (of dozens and dozens of issues) is the question: When will we know? The truth is, the way our Presidential Elections are determined via the Constitution of the United States of America is through an “Electoral College” system. (Here goes the civics lesson again. Ha!)–the “Electoral College” was set up by our Founding Fathers to secure the authenticity of the election–not “steal an election.” Officially speaking, it takes two to four to six weeks to certify a Presidential Election. It is actually the press media who set up “exit polls” and determine who is going to win state to state elections the day of or the night of the election. Presidential candidates get caught up in all the hype to the point where one will “concede” the election to the other way before the election is ever certified. In other words, elections are never, and rarely ever “certified” by midnight of Election Day. Now back to praying–WE NEED TO ASK GOD TO HELP US ALL TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH. TAKE A BREATH. WE NEED GOD’S PEACE AND PRESENCE. 2. We need God’s protection. What do we need protected from? Answer: Ourselves! We need to be protected from ourselves. Everyone is on “overdrive.” This year has brought a lot on us, but not too much on us. God has been present every step, every moment, every breath. We need to realize that in the midst of all the drama, God’s will is the most important thing of all. The news is reporting the high end stores on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the Fashion Stores in the Soo Hoo area of New York City, and other locations including all 350 Nordstrom Stores, Tiffany Stores, and Sak’s Fifth Avenue Stores are boarding up doors and windows preparing for the coming unrest (and looting) in the streets. I get it. If I owned one of those stores I would pray for God’s protection and use 3/4 inch plywood over anything that could be broken. But before we start pointing fingers at one side or the other, remember that no matter what side you are on, there is the potential for people to take their opinion way too far and even (over the edge). 3. God is the only one we can depend upon. Please don’t put your faith in a person, no matter how strongly you feel about his/her accomplishments. The danger and destruction comes when we feel so passionately about a certain “side we are on” that we lose our sense of perspective. LET GOD BE GOD AND HELP US DETERMINE OUR DIRECTION. We need Him right now. Vote your conviction. Live in your conviction. BUT LET YOUR “VOICE” BE GOD’S. Instead of “one voice, one vote” let it be–one vote, BUT GOD’S VOICE. The reason we are setting our prayer alarms for 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; 6 PM is to hear GOD’S VOICE. I know the old saying “you can’t pray for stupid.” I hope we understand that we aren’t praying about people’s “reaction to the news.” We are praying for a strong PRAYER COVER for people to (Process) the news. If the PRAYER COVER IS STRONG ENOUGH–which comes by all of us uniting and joining our prayers together, God’s presence will be felt strongly (all around the world)!God Bless and Much Love, Marc & Marceil

2nd Day of 40

Today, Sunday, November 1, 2020, is 2 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. Please join me over these next two days in being “Watchmen” of prayer by setting our prayer alarms for the day time “Watches” of 9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM from whatever time zone you live or whether you remembered it was the day you turned your clocks back an hour or not. (Of course, if you are using a cell phone for the alarm, it is already handled for you). Let’s use these 4 times to pray for repentance of sins and thankfulness for God’s presence (like we have each time during this “40 Day Window of the Watchmen” but add something to our prayers today. On this Sunday, with the 40 Day Window closing (and with God beginning to do something new in/through us), let’s unite our prayers in offering up healing for all those who are sick. The news reports this “second surge” being more potent than the first. It may be after all these months the virus is finally making its way completely around our country–but NO MATTER, let’s pray for healing. Specifically, let’s pray for healing that gives God the credit for the healing. No disrespect to the front line workers, or those working on medications and vaccines, or those who have recovered from the virus already–BUT–THERE IS A SERIOUS LACK OF PEOPLE SPEAKING ABOUT THE GOODNESS OF GOD IN THIS PROCESS. It is probably part of our national sin–to take the credit for something that is obviously God, but it is happening again. I actually heard one person who had COVID, and I asked people to pray for healing, say in public “I must be one strong person.” (He actually said “one H… of a strong person”–but I didn’t want to be too dramatic). LET’S BE A LITTLE DRAMATIC FOR A MOMENT: We DESPERATELY need God’s help in combatting this terrible pandemic. How can we, how could we possible risk His favor by asking for His help and intervention, and then not mention Him when He brought healing into our lives (or the life of a loved one)?Then it occurs to me: We do it all the time! (We ignore God’s presence, God’s help, God’s intervention, God’s teaching), and take the “credit” ourselves. In fact we turn God’s presence in our time of trouble into our own prideful opportunities. Every single moment–every single breath–every single day we live are because of God’s mercy and graciousness to us. We need to live it out in our lives–not taking personal pride in accomplishment–but living a gracious life in God’s mercy. In our times of repentance, thankfulness, and healing for the sick these 4 times today, let’s go deeper!God Bless and Much Love, Marc & Marceil

3rd Day of 40

Today, Saturday, October 31, 2020, is 3 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. During the 40 days leading up to November 3 I have been challenging you to set prayer alarms for 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM and 6 PM and pray for repentance of sins and thankfulness for God’s presence and our need of Him today in our own lives and the life of our nation. I have called this 40 Day period: the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen.” The specific times are derived from the ancient “Watchmen” who would report every “quarter” of the day–basically 3 hours from the gate area of the huge walls of the City/States. The Old Testament book of Nehemiah lays out how God laid it upon Nehemiah’s heart to rebuild the Walls of his beloved Jerusalem after they laid waste after another captivity. The “captivities” in the Old Testament were always after the people of God got their eyes off of God and on the flesh. When the eyes of the people were on the flesh, it always left them weak and vulnerable to the strength (and then attack) of the enemy. Carefully over time they would repent and God would restore them. Interesting times we live. The United States of America is in a modern version of captivity. It doesn’t take much to realize we are in the situations we are in because we have gotten our eyes off of God and on to the things of the flesh. Hence, it is so important for us to repent and humbly express our thankfulness to God. The “Window” aspect of this idea is NO LITTLE THING. If we don’t get busy and pray for repentance and thanksgiving right here and right now–THINGS CAN GET MUCH, MUCH WORSE. In this world one of the tools of the devil is to falsely make us believe we have “control over our own destiny”–or that: “I am good enough, strong enough, and powerful enough.” TRUTH–WE ARE NOTHING WITH OUT GOD! We have this Window here and now, to wait on God–listen to God–and then execute on the prompting of God. Do you realize how twisted we have made God’s process? Instead of “waiting on God” we expect God to “wait upon us.”Instead of “listening to God” we expect God to “listen to us.” Instead of “executing on what God is prompting me” we expect God to execute on my (our) commands. We don’t come to God with a prayer list as if we are submitting something humbly and respectfully, instead our “prayer list” is actually a “wish list” and God (in our thinking and imagination) is more of a “genie in a bottle” granting me wishes. We need to straighten up our attitude about a lot of things here in America, but it starts with those who follow Christ to understand what it really means to follow Christ and then humbly repent and then teach others about being a true Christ follower. The combination between the COVID pandemic, the election cycle, the hurricanes hitting our shores, the killer hornets and all the other “bowls” from the book of Revelation that are yet to come, should help us to straighten up, wake up, grow up, and (cowboy) up. 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; and 6 PM…it’s a busy Saturday, but let’s put God first and learn some new spiritual disciplines and priorities. God Bless and Much Love, Marc & Marceil

4th Day of 40

Today, Friday, October 30, 2020, is 4 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. I notice a growing sense these last days leading up to Election Day of people wondering what it is going to be like on November 4th and beyond. In a personal conversation I heard someone boil it down to: “Either way it goes, there is going to be an intense public reaction.” “EITHER WAY THE ELECTION GOES” is an important thing for us to consider. Today, Friday, October 30, 2020 lets be “Watchmen of Prayer” just like the ancient “Watchmen” who stood to help fortify they ancient city-states from their enemies–let’s look to the horizon and beyond of 4 days from now and pray in terms of “EITHER WAY THE ELECTION GOES.” Let’s set our prayer alarms for today at 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; 6 PM. Start off by praying for repentance of sins personally and nationally, then express thankfulness to God for His protection and blessing on our lives. Next, let’s pray that people every where can look beyond THIS election–(OR ANY ELECTION) to understand the greater lessons God is teaching us in and through the circumstances of our lives. CONSIDER:1. God is still the Creator of the Universe no matter who thinks they are in charge on earth. 2. God is still the Creator of the Universe no matter who (we elect to be in charge). 3. God is still the Creator of the Universe and is ultimately the one who puts people in charge on earth. 4. God is still the Creator of the Universe and my responsibility is two things: First–I do my part as a citizen, like vote. Second–I dutifully pray and lift up to God the person or people who God puts in charge.5. God is still the Creator of the Universe and uses ALL THINGS for His good. NOTHING IS WASTED. What we see in God raising Jesus from the dead is HIs ability to take something dead and make it alive, hence, anything ugly He can make beautiful. No matter the situation–good or bad–God is still the Creator. 6. God is still the Creator of the Universe. I am just a “steward” (in this 40 days leading up to the election, I am calling it a “Watchmen”) in God’s creation. He is the Creator, we are the creation. STAY IN YOUR LANE! 7. God is still the Creator of the Universe. Don’t get so caught up in the drama of it all! Don’t succumb to the pattern of this world. Don’t be a friend to the devices of the enemy or the attitudes of the flesh. There are so many who believe one man is the savior and the other is the devil. Remember always “our struggle is NOT against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers.” You can’t PUT a name and face on your enemy! Don’t let the environment we are in, pull you into its mold. When you pray during the 4 watches today: DON’T REMIND GOD HE IS THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, BECAUSE HE ALREADY KNOWS IT. Ask God to keep this truth deep in your heart and mind, and then ask God to keep this truth deep in the heart and mind of others. If we all pray together in this way, it will make a difference–a HUGE difference.God Bless and Much Love, Marc & Marceil

5th Day of 40

Today, October 29, 2020, is 5 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. (Not that you need much of a reminder these days!) The reason I am bringing it up is in case you are reading this for the first time today. Please keep reading. It is NOT too late to jump in. We have been joining together in what I called the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen” during the 40 days leading up to the November 3, 2020 Election Day, praying at the same time (time zone dependent, of course) for national repentance and thankfulness for God’s presence. The times are taken from the ancient “Watches” of the day when the “Watchmen on the Wall” of the ancient cities would give the report of their scouting of the landscape. In our case–9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM. Please join us by setting a prayer alarm as a reminder to come to prayer and then join with others (invite them to join you) in praying for repentance and thankfulness for our nation and for the world. Include in your prayers any needs in the lives of people you know as well.
Several years ago Marceil and I wrote the book, “Problem Solving Prayer.” Marceil handled some commonly asked questions about prayer in the first part of the book and I handled what I believe is God’s direct instruction about how we should pray. We know it as the Lord’s Prayer. We should both recite it and MEAN it when we pray it. The Lord’s Prayer is so rich. It is powerful. I invite you all to pray the Lord’s Prayer TODAY DURING EACH OF THE FOUR WATCHES OF THE DAY. I haven’t mentioned this before, but let’s do it today–together–and see what happens.
In summary–at 9 AM, NOON, 3 PM, and 6 PM let’s all pray the prayer Jesus taught us to pray:
“Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed by your name. Your Kindgom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. Forgive us our sins AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US. Lead us not into temptation (let us not get ourselves stressed out or worked up), but deliver us from evil (or get other people stressed out or worked up). For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. AMEN”
Devout Muslims unroll their prayer mats, face Meca, and pray 5 times a day. Devout Buddhists are constantly in “Zen Zone.” Devout Hindus master daily meditation that lasts for an hour or more. Devout Shintos roll into their mantras through the day. Devout Jews will present themselves to Jehovah through ritual, prayer books, and tradition a few times a day. DEVOUT CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE “PRAYING WITHOUT EVER CEASING”–and the Lord’s Prayer–prayed from your heart should be part of our life of prayer.
Let’s include the Lord’s Prayer all four times today!
God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

6th Day of 40

Today, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 is 6 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. This is an exciting “Window” of opportunity to not only pray–but experience God’s presence in answer to our prayers. I have been calling the 40 days leading up to November 3, 2020 the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen of Prayer.” My challenge each day is to set your prayer alarm for 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; 6 PM (whatever your time zone) and pray repentance for our sins as a nation and thanksgiving for God’s presence we are able to experience. IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN US IN THIS ENDEAVOR! Pray from your heart. If you have other needs, lift them to God after you pray repentance and thankfulness. Yesterday I mentioned we need to pray, turn it over to God, BUT REMEMBER TO VOTE. I have a story to tell about the first time I voted at 18 years of age, but I am going to wait another day or two. Today, I have another thing to focus on. I want us to consider the surge in COVID cases in our prayers. There are things that are so important for us to consider in light of this harmful and deadly disease. It is important for us to consider how easy Americans have gotten off for so many years. The rest of the world struggles in health related ways and rarely have we had things to deal with that are this deadly. We need to always be thankful for God’s mercy. If we thank God for His provision and protection we are more likely to experience it because our eyes will be tuned and focused to see it. If we become bitter, resentful, or have an attitude about what we have lost, we are more likely to be pulled into the dark pit. KEEP BEING THANKFUL FOR THE LIFE GOD HAS PROVIDED. IT IS ALWAYS THE BETTER WAY!It is important to consider others above yourself. A clear Scriptural imperative is to “love your neighbor as yourself”–“Do unto others the way you would have them do unto you”–“Think of others before yourself”–“Don’t think more highly of yourself than you ought”…..I read people posting that Timothy passage about the End of Times where “people will be LOVERS OF THEMSELVES.” It is so important (right here–and–right now) for us to look at every situation/every step we take and ask ourselves: “WHAT REFLECTS ME PUTTING OTHERS FIRST IN THIS SITUATION OR CIRCUMSTANCE?” If you put others first, you will never error. It is important to consider time is getting short. COVID 19 is another reminder that last Book of the Bible is not just “made up.” (If I get a chance in the next week or so I want to talk about those “murder hornets” they discovered up in Washington ). Is everything “up to date” in your life? Are you “up to date” with God? Are you “up to date” in your relationship with others. It is important for us to be up to date and teach others that NOW is the time to be up to date and stay up to date. Thanks for joining with us in prayer at 9–NOON–3–and 6!God Bless and Much Love, Marc & Marceil

7th Day of 40

Today, Tuesday, October 27, 2020, is 7 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. Last evening at 9: 15 PM Eastern Time, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court! Deepest appreciation to all of you who have been praying for her and her family during this time of confirmation. Those of you who have followed our ministry from the earliest days know how often I have talked of the moment when we finally (PRAYED-IN) a majority on the Supreme Court of Constitution Originalists, who believed their place was to truly be the third branch of our Government who ruled on the Constitutionality of the laws created by the Legislative Branch and Executed by the Executive Branch. There was a time back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s I started taking law courses to research and discover as much as possible about our religious freedom and the Constitution. BTW–I only got about 5 courses in. Deepest respect to my attorney friends–that is hard work! I don’t “think like an attorney” enough to understand or follow legal proceedings. BACK TO THE WORK BEFORE US! We have 7 more days to be “Watchmen on the Wall of Prayer.” Let’s set our prayer alarms and pray like the ancient “Watchmen” would give the report at the top of the hour on the quarters of the day. Set your prayer alarms for 9 AM; NOON: 3 PM; 6 PM. Let’s pray for repentance of our personal and national sins, and for our thankfulness for God’s provision and presence. Further, pray from your heart about what is before us in this election. There are plenty of implications and things to pray for, but let’s turn this election over to God. I believe if God were to be standing before us at this moment He would say to us: “TURN THIS ELECTION OVER TO ME.” We have to “turn it over to God.” Period. WELL…MAY BE ONE MORE THING: Vote. Don’t forget in the middle of all this praying, vote yourself! Those of you who follow these thoughts who are not from the United States, please pray for us. Pray that we will prayerfully turn this election over to God AND we all vote. God Bless and Much Love, Marc & Marceil

8th Day of 40

Today, Monday, October 26, 2020, is 8 days from November 3, 2020, the Election Day in the United States. It has been 50 to 60 days ago God started speaking to my heart about the meaning and importance of “40” in Scripture. As we closed in on 40 days before this year’s Election Day, I had a spiritual quickening that this 40 days was a “Window” of opportunity for us to tune in and really pray for God’s presence and direction. All of it in the shadow of the importance of repentance. The final concept was that of the “Watchmen” from ancient times. The “Watchmen on the Wall” would observe the horizon with vision and perception and every quarter of the day starting at 9 AM, then NOON, then 3 PM, then 6 PM, give the observation verbally. There were no TV cameras or internet so you had to send someone from your family or neighborhood to the Gate of the City to hear the report of what was happening in the outside world. The “40 DAY WINDOW OF THE WATCHMEN OF PRAYER” came out of that month of prayer/thought/study. Facebook (and my blog on a tab of my website tcrg.org) have been my “Platforms” to challenge everyone who would listen and heed the call to set your prayer alarms at 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; and 6 PM and pray repentance and thankfulness to God and our need for His presence and direction in our lives and the life of our nation. Eight days are left to join in. I am heartfelt in my appreciation for all of you who have joined and shared in this 40 Day Window of the Watchmen. When I heard this idea I knew it wasn’t something you could “brand and sell” like so many ideas Pastors use and implement today. As the days have unfolded we have watched the different dynamics play out and those dynamics are compelling! Today (or as I understand it)–TONIGHT, with 8 days left could be one of those “WINDOW MOMENTS.” It was reported that tonight could be the vote on Judge Barret’s confirmation by the United States Senate to be the next Supreme Court Justice. I am encouraging, challenging, pleading, (begging) you to set your prayer alarms for 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; and 6 PM to pray intensely for/on this vote for tonight (or when ever it could happen, but it needs to happen sometime in the next 8 days), because this is the Window of opportunity for the clear majority of the Supreme Court Justices to be returned to “Constitutional Originalists.” “Originalists” in that they seek for the laws of our land in the United States to be interpreted through the vision of of what the Constitution actually SAYS and not the idea of interpreting the Constitution through the vision of “what the Founding Fathers meant if they lived today.” (A far-reaching and far-fetched approach to our 3 branch system of government). The truth is, none of us know how Judge Barret, when she is confirmed as Justice Barret will rule on any case pending on the schedule (docket) of cases that have gone through the lower courts and are reaching the Supreme Court. The belief is if you confirm a “Constitutional Originalist” to the Supreme Court–AND–you have a majority of Justices who are “Originalists” then (because the appointment and confirmation is a life time term) you can (over time) create an environment of law and order through the process created and prayed over by our Founding Fathers more in line with the freedoms, respectfulness, honor, and love the United States of America was created. The true importance of the moment of Judge Barret’s confirmation is not whether they will over turn this case or that case–the true importance is that we will be able to finally be able to REPENT AND ASK GOD’S FORGIVENESS because during our “Watch” (get it, we have ALWAYS BEEN “Watchmen on the Wall”)–during our “Watch” be weren’t keeping an eye on the things the enemy was using to use against us. The “interpretation” of when life begins is a good example. Generally speaking a “Constitutional Originalist” believes the Constitution of the United States PROTECTS a baby in its mother’s womb because the baby is a baby (a protected life) NOT a mass of cells thrown together that is less than the life carrying the baby. I want this to be thoughtful and prayerful, not ugly and judgmental–we need to ask God’s forgiveness every day for the 62,000,000 babies who have been aborted since the early 1970’s. We need to repent and intercede for those who don’t realize the level of sin and the outrage it is to God. Next up–I really don’t know, and don’t know anyone who can/could really predict how “Constitutional Originalists” will interpret the law of the land known as “Obama Care.” In the political circles around the United States Senate they know there is a challenge to Obama Care coming up before the United States Supreme Court and in their hearings, the Senators have been asking Judge Barret where she stands on it. The Supreme Court will make a ruling as to whether the Health Care Reform Act enacted under President Obama’s administration is Constitutional or not. I DON’T KNOW–REALLY DON’T KNOW. I do believe we need to pray for the Justices of the Supreme Court during their process of review of the law. It is important to many people for many reasons. The Apostle Paul encourages us to “pray without ceasing” and it is clear why we should always be in an attitude of prayer–BECAUSE THERE ARE A BOAT LOAD OF THINGS TO PRAY!!! Today is a very important day!God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil