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14 Day of 40

Today, Tuesday, October 20, 2020, is 14 days before the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. On this 14th day before this election I would like to invite all of you (just as God challenged me) to be part of the “Watchmen of Prayer” during the 40 Day Window (leading up to the Election Day). We are setting our cell phone alarms as “prayer alarms” for 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; and 6 PM each day using praying this prayer (not word-for-word, but as a template of ideas): “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….”I heard a comedian say about the comedy sketches they are writing that this is an impossible time to try to be funny because it is like our culture is “hopscotching around land mines.” The vitriol (I hope I am using that word in the right context and not just trying to sound intellectual) and hostility in every word that comes out of people’s mouths is outrageous. WE SHOULD BE OUTRAGED. God has to be so disappointed in what we are doing to each other. The system of Government in the United States was formed and forged through layers and years of thought process, study, discussion, writing, and just plain hard work. The three branches of government: The Legislative (Congress) with two distinct bodies–House of Representatives and Senate makes the laws; The Executive branch executes those laws; The Judicial branch verifies the laws through a court process using our Constitution of the United States as the guiding principle. I didn’t start this post by thinking of posting a civics lesson, (but, you know what?)–AMERICANS NEED A CIVICS LESSON! Further, our POLITICIANS ALL NEED A CIVICS LESSON, Pick your favorite candidate (and it doesn’t matter who)–THEY ALL NEED A CIVICS LESSON. You and I just keep listening and picking up their phrases, their tone, and their attitude. Instead of focusing on what the real issues are, every single thing is personal because everything is focused on personal attack with venom, not on what really will help people in their lives. Where are the Christ Followers in this culture? We are the ones who lost our voice and our INFLUENCE because we didn’t read the Bible and understand that: OUR LIVES ARE NOT OUR OWN. Christ followers today are the ones who were given so many chances to make a difference in this cultural cesspool of sin before us, that we have forgotten the “weapons of our warfare are mighty.” HOW DID WE LOSE OUR INFLUENCE (I KNOW WE LIKE TO BE DEFENSIVE SO I WILL NAME A FEW WAYS). 1. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when we start doing “book studies” rather than Bible studies. When you spend your time studying what men say about what God said, rather than reading, studying, and sharing together what God actually said (and is saying), we lose spiritual traction and vitality. We have “watered down the truth that being a Christian and following Christ is hard work.” It is hard work. Jesus said that following Him requires us to “deny yourself, take up your cross, and following me.” How or why did we ever get to the point where we are afraid to tell people the truth about this? We think we are being “accepting” of people when instead we are afraid of actually laying it out for them to decide. We miss the truth of Jesus–(“If I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto me”). Instead of lifting up Jesus, we are lifting up the “version of Jesus” we think is acceptable to people of our culture. Harsh? Maybe. (BUT TRUE). 2. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when we hold secret sins in our personal lives that we either will not or feel like we can not repent and turn from. We neutralize the Holy Spirit by living secret lives of sin and/or behaviors that no one else knows about, yet some how feel like “there is too much at stake” to come clean. I am declaring it right here and right now–COME CLEAN BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE! Repent, turn from your sin. LET GOD LOVE YOU! 3. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when our spiritual leaders spend more time “creating” a worship experience, and then “branding the SERIES” than they do actually listening to the voice of God and spending time with God in prayer. Modern worship is pleasing to the ears and exciting on the eyes–but is missing the spiritual center of bringing people to God. We use words like “exciting worship” and “energy in the room” rather than “I feel God moving deeply in my life.”4. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when we spend our time complaining about what we don’t have rather than express thanks for the blessing we do.5. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when we waste our time on personal pursuits and not investing our the most valuable asset God bestows upon us (Time) into and on pursuing God and His majestic presence in our lives, in our homes, in our communities, in our nations. 6. Christ followers lose the voice and influence of Christ when we live more and more in the pattern of the world. The more you live in the pattern of the world, the more you will become a “friend of the world.” The more you become a friend of the world, you become an enemy of God. Christ followers should love God and love others in such a way that forgiveness and kindness are the “light of the world” and the “salt of the earth.” Instead of being critical, we should be forgiving others quickly and easily. Instead of judging the sins of others we should be kind to everyone. Accepting of sin? NO–but we all know there is a HUGE difference between acceptance of sin and being kind toward others (simply done but toning down the rhetoric and bringing down the attitude a few notches). COME ON. It is not that complex to apply the teachings of Christ to this sinful world. IT HAS TO START WITH ME. God has given me (us) a 40 Day Window of opportunity. An opportunity to pray for repentance, to be thankful, to forgive, to be kind, to intercede for others who haven’t received this level of conviction yet. LET’S BE CHRIST FOLLOWERS WHO RECOVER THE VOICE AND INFLUENCE OF THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST FOR THIS TIME! God Bless and Much Love, Marc & Marceil

15th Day of 40

Today, Monday, October 19, 2020, is 15 days from November 3, 2020, the Election Day for the United States. In quick review, we are presently in the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen of Prayer.” During this period of time (and please know it is still not too late to jump in and join us), where we are setting a prayer alarm during the 4 daily “Watches”–9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM and praying repentance and thanksgiving for our country. Please pray from your heart, but if you need a prayer example: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….”If we all join together it helps to push back the clouds of confusion, darkness, disunity, and distraction. The more the better so please share the idea with others if it touches your own heart. I (Marc) really feel like God has given us a “Window” of opportunity to make a real difference in our country. If we were each honest and felt like we could just “say it” I think each of us would admit–we really don’t like everything that is going on right now. Further (and if I were to wade into to it just slightly)–if we were brutally honest, we would admit to ourselves that even the political side we favor doesn’t really make us happy to be associated with it at times. I don’t believe we feel this way because we aren’t suppose to feel “comfortable” with/in political systems. Politics is the striving of the world. James explains to us “you can’t be a friend to the world and a friend of God.” “Anyone who calls himself a friend of the world, chooses to be an enemy of God.” Don’t feel bad when you aren’t comfortable with the man-made systems or organizational systems of this world. We pray and we trust God. Speaking of trust…..if we spend any time at all pondering the question: Do I trust God(?)–we should actually be challenging ourselves at a deeper spiritual level. The real question about trust should be: CAN GOD TRUST ME? Do you realize that everything you have in your life, God has entrusted you with? Your health, your family, your resources, the way you acquire your resources, every breath, every heart beat–is actually God’s trust in you (NOT YOUR TRUST IN GOD). Is God (right) in trusting you? Are you trusting worthy? A little strong for a Monday morning? I know, I know, everyone else is giving you “Monday morning encouragement” and I am giving you a Monday morning kick in the rear! Ha! But the truth is–we have become big babies and have weakened our God given, God inspired, God anointed place and privilege in Christ Jesus. “And they overcame him (the enemy) by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB AND THE WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY, AND THEY LOVED NOT THEIR LIVES UNTO THE DEATH.” (Revelation 12:11) The powerful Scripture of the OVERCOMER. Can God trust me with that? How can we NOT set four prayer alarms today? Fifteen days before an important Election Day and pray for repentance and thanksgiving. GOD CAN TRUST ME because I understand the power (AND RESPONSIBILITY) of using the greatest resource he provides (TIME) to intercede through prayer. God Bless & Much, Much Love, Marc & Marceil

16th Day of 40

Today, Sunday, October 18, 2020, is 16 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day. We are well inside the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen of Prayer” that we launched almost 3 weeks ago. Even though we are closing into two weeks left, it is still time to be involved if you can at all. Here is what we have been doing: We set our prayer alarms for the 4 “Watches” of the day–9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; 6 PM; then we pray repentance of our sins and thankfulness for God’s provision. Finally, we will add different prayer requests we receive. Early on, I have been providing an example of a prayer if necessary. Whatever or however you pray, as long as it is from your heart, it is communication with God. Here is the prayer example if you would like: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….”Yesterday I wrote about something Jesus spoke about strongly: God is not, God will not, God has not EVER sabotaged you! (“If you son asks you for a piece of bread would you give him a stone, or a fish would you give him a snake?”) The context for those questions of Jesus to us is covered with His three important teachings of how we become “friends of God” in our communication. Jesus lets us in on the family secret. (Come on, how many of us don’t want to be “in on” the family secrets? I know I do….) FAMILY SECRETS WHEN IT COMES TO PRAYER: FAMILY SECRET #1–ASK. “Ask and it will be given to you….(further)..For whoever “asks” receives.” Jesus told us that God “already knows what you have need of, even before you ask.” However, even though God knows, there is something about the humility, dependency, and even desperation that touches God at the deepest level. When we “ask” God for something, it shows that we are family to Him.FAMILY SECRET #2–SEEK. “Seek and you will find….(further)….And whoever “seeks” “finds.” Jesus is telling us to “walk the talk.” If you ask God for something, BELIEVE FROM THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD TO THE TIP OF YOUR TOES THAT YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE THAT THING OR THINGS YOU ARE ASKING GOD. We are family, and God is listening. ALWAYS. A typical example of walking it out is if you are praying for rain, then carrying an umbrella around with you. An “anti-example” is if you pray for rain and then complain of the drought, you are showing that you really aren’t family, you are a fraud. You can’t pray about something and complain about it too (and really be “family”). If you complain and claim you “are praying about it” you are practicing fraud. FAMILY SECRET #3–KNOCK. “Knock and the door will be open unto you….(further)…”And to him who knocks, the door will be open unto him.” Jesus is letting us in on something very, very special. God wants us to “create a huge scene” in our (prayer closet) with God. He doesn’t want us to create a spectacle to be seen by people, but in our prayer closet He wants us to knock so loud and so long it has to get His attention. Why? I don’t know, but I do know it is part of the “family secret.” God loves to hear us knock on His door–you and Him–loud and long. The second part of this family secret is–HE WILL ALWAYS OPEN THE DOOR! I hope this helps! God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

17th Day of 40

Today, Saturday, October 17, 2020, is 17 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. I believe these days before the election on November 3, 2020 is a “40 Day Window for the Watchmen of Prayer.” I am challenging everyone to set their prayer alarms for the “check in times of the ancient Watchmen” (the quarters of each day)–at 9 AM; NOON; 3 PM; 6 PM (at whatever time zone you live) and join Marceil and me in a prayer of repentance and thanksgiving. Please add whatever else you are holding on your prayer list as well, but especially a heart felt prayer for our nation during this “Window” of time. I have been posting a suggested prayer model just for your help if necessary: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….”In helping us to understand God’s view of us coming to Him in prayer, Jesus taught us in the Book of Matthew–“If a son asks his father for a piece of bread, would he give him a stone? Or if he asked for a piece of fish, would the father give the son a snake?” (Further)–“If you who are evil in nature know how to give good gifts to those you love, HOW MUCH MORE SO DOES YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN KNOW HOW TO GIVE GOOD GIFTS TO THOSE HE LOVES.” I want to talk about ASKING–SEEKING–KNOCKING in more detail, because it is tied into this context, but I think I will wait until tomorrow, God willing, BUT TODAY LETS CAMP OUT ON TWO OR THREE IDEAS JESUS EMPHASIZES in the quote above. 1. God’s love is deeper, wider, more expansive, more limitless, more unbelievable than we could ever contemplate. God has no limits–and neither does His love for us. If you are a parent, think of your love for your children. If you aren’t parent, think of your love for your own parents or spouse. None of our human examples of love can compare in even the smallest fraction to God’s love for you and me (and everyone we love). This isn’t some attempt at “sweet verse” It is a fact that when we pray, we need to picture in our minds the unconditional love of a Father.2. God would never/could never/will never SABOTAGE US!!! The Devil tries to trick us into believing there are conditions on the when/where/how we approach God. The Devil tries to make us believe about God what we used to believe about our own earthly fathers when they came home from work. At our house, you had to wait until Dad came home, checked the mail on the counter, eat his dinner, and read his paper, before you hit him up for anything you needed, any form of a request, or how you messed up. If you got things out of order–WATCH OUT!!! The thing is–THE LIVING GOD IS NOT LIKE THAT AT ALL. He desires to hear from you, about anything at any time. 3. God is FOR YOU, NOT AGAINST YOU. If there is something “off” in you or “off” about your approach, God will gently and lovingly help you redirect. QUIT BEING SCARED OF HIM. He loves you more than you could ever imagine and has your back more than any other person or thing on earth. BRING IT TO HIM/LAY IT ON HIM. God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

18th Day of 40

Today, Friday, October 16, 2020, is 18 days before the November 3, 2020 Election Day in the United States. Time marches on, and we are now well past the half way point of what we are calling the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen.” Although we are over half way through it, there is still time to participate, as much as you can. We are setting our alarms for the the ancient “Watches” of the day–9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM; to pray for our nation. Pray from your own heart and your own convictions. The thing we are joining together in is the idea of repentance and thanksgiving. If needed, here is a suggested prayer: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTANCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….” It is Friday, but not “casual Friday” when it comes to the intensity of our prayers. Wear your jeans to work if you want (and you can–Ha!); however, let us never let down or get casual in our spiritual consistency. With 22 days down, and 18 to go in this 40 Day Window of the Watchmen, here are some important principles to learn or re-learn, and then LEAN IN TO:1. Jesus made an eye opening, even shocking statement when He said, “If you break into a strongman’s house (to take stuff), you have to first “bind the strongman.” At first thought, it appears that God is giving us tips on how to become a burglar. (Insert a big smiley face emoji–I didn’t because insert one because I was afraid it would be one of the big ones and be a distraction.) However, the reason Jesus uses this as an example is that He wants us to understand the stakes of the endeavor we face in prayer. First, the Devil is a formidable enemy. Second, what gives the Devil the formidable skills is that he has been around several thousand years and is smart by the design of the Creator. God created him to be an archangel of great beauty and light. After his rebellion he is dark and ugly–but can still appear as an “angel of light.” Second, the illustration of “breaking into his house” is made because Jesus wants to emphasize what you are needing to GET BACK INTO YOUR POSSESSION, is not someone else’s stuff, or the Devil’s stuff–but YOUR OWN STUFF THE ENEMY HAS STOLEN FROM YOU. Jesus is saying the Devil has stolen what is yours–not his. As a matter of fact, the Devil doesn’t have anything. Nothing actually belongs to him. All that the Devil has is what he has stolen. Nothing about the Devil is legitimate. Further, Jesus has given you both the power, authority, and ability to take back what is LEGITIMATELY YOURS. (Read on)2. Jesus said: “BEHOLD: I am giving you the KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. (Here are the two “master keys” so don’t miss the idea)–whatever you BIND on earth (first key) will be BOUND in Heaven, and whatever you LOOSE (second key) will be LOOSED in Heaven.” Binding and Loosing are the “Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth.” The Devil HATES IT that you know this, and HATES IT EVEN MORE IF YOU APPLY IT TO YOUR LIFE. 3. The first key–BINDING–needs to be used on sin. Sin has to be bound before the second key–LOOSING can be utilized. What do we “bind”? WE BIND SIN. Jesus said “First, you bind the strongman.” The “strongman” in our world is the Devil (in application, the spirit of sin). When we pray for repentance of sin during our 40 Day Window of the Watchmen, we are BINDING SIN. Whenever you pray for repentance, you are powerfully invoking one of the two keys to the Kingdom Jesus gave us as a spiritual gift in our lives. Learn to use this key of binding in your daily life, throughout the day. Always remember–SIN AND RIGHTEOUSNESS DON’T CO-EXIST IN THE SAME VESSEL, SITUATION, OR PERSON. The Devil wants you to believe the lie that you can be sinning and God smiling and blessing you at the same time–if this awful thing were true, Jesus wouldn’t have needed to give us the “Keys to the Kingdom.” He gave us binding and loosing, because that is what needs to happen. Sin has to be bound through repentance and turning from the sin. 4. LOOSING. We have to “LOOSE” the power and presence of the Holy Spirit–(Jesus spirit; God’s spirit) into your life, into your home, into your community; into our nation; into our world. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman in that He doesn’t not force Himself onto you or into you. The Holy Spirit comes and enjoins us by our invitation. “Come Holy Spirit I (WE) need you….” is how we invoke this important KEY TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. Binding sin and loosing the Holy Spirit is life changing and direction changing spiritual work! Join together with us as we unleash these powerful and important spiritual tools during the last 18 days of our 40 Day Window of the Watchmen. Our prayer is that you will learn how powerful they are and how you can continue to use them in your life every day!God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

19th Day of 40

Today, Thursday, October 15, 2020, is 19 days before the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. As God spoke to me close to 3 weeks ago about calling people to a “40 Day Window of the Watchmen” I was absolutely sure the whole thing had NOTHING to do with politics, although elections are certainly politically based, but had to do with a spiritual necessity and Biblical imperative: the humility that comes through sincere repentance of sin and the blessing of heartfelt thanksgiving. The idea of setting 4 prayer alarms at what are the “watches” of the ancient “Watchmen” who were responsible to fortify the security of the people inside the city would be a 40 Day effort to establish that repenting of sin and thankfulness to God would and could be proclaimed at 9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; and 6 PM. Let the rest of the world fuss, stew, and argue over the politics–let’s renew our spiritual lives during these remaining 19 days of this 40 Day Window to lead in repentance and thanksgiving. Further by doing this every day–four times a day for 40 days, let’s establish the need to be covering our lives in a prayer of repentance and thanksgiving every day! God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

20th Day of 40

Today, Wednesday, October 14, 2020, is 20 days before the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United Today also marks the half-way point in the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen” where God spoke to my heart to challenge us to set prayer alarms during the four “Watches” of the day: 9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM and join together in a heartfelt prayer for repentance, thanksgiving, and a plea for God to help us, direct us, and unify us as a people. The prayer I have been offering every day as kind of a template to follow is: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….”I had an interesting discussion yesterday with my sixth grade grandson about the time of the “Watches” each day. The “Watch” idea comes from when a people group in order to protect themselves in the time of conquerors would live with in the protection of cities fortified by huge walls with one large gate that raised and lowered on certain times of the day letting people come and go. The walls were large and wide. Some walls were so wide many of the activities of the city were conducted upon them. It is said the walls of ancient Babylon were so wide they could have chariot races around them six chariots deep. In order to further protect themselves, guards were designated around the entire top of the wall whose primary job was to watch any approach to the city. The “Watchmen” were more than guards, police, snipers, intelligence agents, or a security detail. They were “all of the above” plus more. The city below felt safe knowing these highly trained people could and would keep an eye open 24/7 (in shifts of course), able to access any and all approaching danger. The idea of “Watchmen” in the contest of this 40 Day Window is a spiritual exercise in our responsibility for our nation. We have been so blessed, but we have taken many things for granted and become numb to the sin around us. We need to get back up on the wall and be God’s Watchmen again, accessing, crying out, and praying for the approaching armies that would threaten the peace of the city. We are spiritual guards and protectors. We teach and guide from the posts God gives us on the Walls of the City. After some of this lesson, my sixth grade Grandson said, “Grandpa, why don’t you pray at 9 PM; Midnight; 3 AM; and 6 AM too???” (Note, he was making a statement, NOT asking a question…..sarcasm from a sixth grader. Ha! Of course he gets it from his Grandma’s side of the family). However, his teasing question is NOT LOST on me. Think of the prayer cover if we organized ourselves to have a consistent prayer cover 24/7 over our nation–NO LETTING DOWN–EVER. Think of the clouds of darkness that could/would be pushed back and the power and presence of the Lord we would experience all the time! Just thinking…AND praying. God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

21st Day of 40

Today, Tuesday, October 13, 2020 is 21 days before the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. We are three weeks from the day and 19 days into the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen.” There can be no letting up (or letting down now). Hopefully these 40 days help us develop new insight, new habits, and new approaches to lifting up the world around us instead of allowing that dreaded feeling of helplessness and despair crash into our spirits. Here is what the challenge continues to be: Set a prayer alarm for the 4 “Watches” of the day–9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM; and pray a prayer of repentance and thanksgiving similar to this: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….”Use this prayer or your own prayer. The most important thing is to pray from your heart. Something I have been thinking about lately (especially the specifics by which I have been centering in upon the confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee of Judge Amy Barret for the United States Supreme Court), and that is, there may be good people who might DISAGREE with me on this whole matter and might be praying just as hard in the opposite way. So I thought I would take on this matter and ask everyone to prayerfully consider some important matters in the area of agreement and disagreement. HOW TO PRAY AND “AGREE AS TOUCHING” ALTHOUGH WE LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY WHERE WE CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES1. The most important principle in all of Christian teaching is LOVE. Loving one another means we can speak, write, challenge, and appeal to others, but it most be free from the judgment of, and condemnation of, those with whom we disagree. Center and focus your notions (your own narrative) on what your point is, NOT on what your point “isn’t.”2. Respect and reverence for God DOES NOT LEAVE OUT respect and reverence for ALL OF GOD’S CREATION. You can’t love God and hate anything at the same time. 3. When it comes to relating to others, you MUST, MUST, MUST—Agree upon what you AGREE UPON, and then only discuss your agreement. If you apply the old adage: “We just agree to disagree” all you will ever do is talk about what you disagree. Don’t live that way! Seek always to find agreement. People in any free society live and thrive based upon their agreements, NOT their disagreements. Just assume you aren’t changing each other’s minds. Let God do the changing of each other’s attitudes, outlooks, and opinions. You and I need to be in agreement. 4. How do we “PRAY TOGETHER IN AGREEMENT?” The answer is simple–when you are asked to “pray together with someone” find the thing they are saying and camp out/center in upon that thing in the prayer you can agree spiritually with, and pray about and on that thing. 5. Most importantly–let’s not make a habit of praying those general prayers that “never offend anyone,” but pray specifically for the very details that exist in life. If we pray more specifically, we will see God work, God move, and God make more specific changes in situations and individuals. If we pray more specifically we will be able to clearly see the direction we should be praying and then pray “directionally” as well as “specifically.” This helps in not displaying our prayer lives into some abyss of confusion caused by the spirit of condemnation that slips into our attitudes in a society where the world has become more carnal and corrupt. I hope this helps. My heart is for Christians to be as bold in love and prayer as they are in their attitudes and opinions. (Obviously, this includes a personal challenge to myself. Ha!)God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

22nd Day of 40

Today, Monday, October 12, 2020, is 22 days from the November 3, 2020, Election Day in the United States. God willing, today, Judge Amy Coney Barret will give her opening statement to the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senates, and thereby begin the often arduous journey to become the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States of America. What is the importance of Judge Barret being confirmed? She is a Constitutional purest who believes cases that come before the court are not laws to be judged upon by her own intellect, but should be discerned if the law before her meets the criteria of being a legitimate reflection of the original document of the Constitution of the United States of America. Further, right now the Supreme Court is equally divided–four verses four people. Four of the current members believe in only using the Constitution as their guide in determining a case and the other four believe in a “cultural” type adaptation of the Constitution. They believe the Constitution is more of a suggestion and the way we live as a culture is more of the call of law. Judge Barret’s presence would bring the Supreme Court balance back into the purest line of thought for first time in almost 75 years. THERE IS PLENTY TO PRAY ABOUT FOR THE NEXT 22 DAYS AND BEYOND. We need to pray that she gets affirmed by the Senate of the United States in the next 22 days before the who whole election gets decided so there is no doubt about her confirmation. This whole subject is part of why we are joining together in the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen.” During the 4 watches of the day–9 AM; Noon; 3 PM; 6 PM, let’s pray a prayer something like this: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….” As we pray, let’s include Judge Barret in our prayers–for wisdom; for clarity; for protection; for favor; and for her testimony of faith in Christ be light and salt into the lives of others. We are living in the days that could make a real difference for years to come. The vigor by which we pray during this time of confirmation will determine if we are able to push back the clouds of darkness and see some serious and long term turning from our past sins as a nation. Could God do this with out us praying? YES, HE COULD. GOD DOESN’T NEED US. Will He change the course we are on, if we don’t pray? In my opinion–no He won’t. Why would He change anything if we don’t care enough or aren’t disciplined enough to use the tools He already gave us to see change come about in our lives? WE HAVE THIS SYSTEM HE PROVIDED AT OUR DISPOSAL (Praying, listening, Jesus at the Right Hand of the Father Interceding, and His Spirit directing us)–why don’t we use it? Why don’t we put aside our laziness, distractions, and selfishness, and GET BUSY WITH IT (“IT = PRAYER”). I know this is a strong challenge, but these are desperate times. Times like this only come around once or twice in a life time. NOW IS THAT TIME! Now is a “Window” and we are the “Watchmen.” God help us!God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil

23rd Day of 40

Today, Sunday, October 11, 2020, is 23 days before the November 3, 2020 Election Day in the United States. The 40 days leading up to November 3 is designated as “The 40 Day Window of the Watchmen,” as a very special prayer event. If this is the first time you have heard of it, please join us. We set our prayer alarms at 9 AM; Noon: 3 PM; and 6 PM and pray a prayer similar to this: “FATHER, WE DECLARE OUR REPENTENCE OF OUR SINS; WE EXALT YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS; WE EXPRESS OUR THANKFULNESS; WE LIFT OUR NATION BEFORE….PLEASE:FORGIVE US,UNIFY US,HELP US,DIRECT US,HUMBLE US,HEAL US,REVIVE US,RENEW US….”You don’t have to pray this prayer, just pray to God from your heart. The basic idea is that of repentance and thanksgiving. I was thinking over the last few days about how aging changes how you look at things. When I was a young adult I would always be trying to “out-think” and “out-talk” other people in conversations. I can’t remember exactly when (over the years) it didn’t matter any longer. I know what it was replaced with…..self-honesty AND accurate information. Fortunately we live in a day and age where we have a personal assistant to carry around that will keep us both honest AND accurate. I call my personal assistant “Dr. Google” (Ha!). I have heard people defend some of the most outrageous, untrue, and boastful things their “side” has proclaimed, just because their “side” proclaimed it, regardless of the honesty and accuracy of the thing that was stated. This behavior/habit/practice of defending your point of view or your side of an argument no matter the honesty or accuracy puts you on a direction that leads no where (really, really quickly). Eventually, the only thing you are holding on to is your own pride (because neither honesty or accuracy is on your side). It’s time. Jesus said, “the Kingdom of the Heaven is with in you.” (Meaning your heart). The ultimate preparation for the “Kingdom of Heaven” being in you is for the inside of your heart to be committed to an honest and accurate environment.We need to ALWAYS SEEK TO BE HONEST WITH GOD, WITH OURSELVES, AND WITH OTHERS, regardless of what the truth is or what I have to do to be an instrument of God’s honesty in my life. I may need to ask forgiveness and be forgiven or ask someone else to forgive me and be forgiven. HONESTY. I may need to change a long held opinion about someone or something. It could even make you uncomfortable to do so. It could be painful to be honest with yourself. There is no easy passage, however, the end result of Jesus’ promise–THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS WITH IN YOU–is definitely worth it!We need to ALWAYS SEEK TO BE ACCURATE WITH GOD, WITH OURSELVES, AND WITH OTHERS. You can never develop spiritually if you aren’t accurate with your information. The other day I heard something from history being dropped into a debate (literally the Vice Presidential debate) the information being used was 75% accurate but the framing of the mostly accurate information was used completely out of context. It reminded me that you might be accurate about your tidbit of information, but if the context in which you are using your tidbit is manufactured or made up–then the entire thing you are saying is WRONG AND NOT ACCURATE. Just because you have information (or just a “factoid”), doesn’t mean you can wield your little factoid like a weapon against others. Further, accuracy is as much about your attitude as it is about the accuracy of your little tidbit. HONESTY AND ACCURACY. These are absolutely essential all the time but especially during the “40 Day Window of the Watchmen.” God Bless & Much Love, Marc & Marceil