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ONE IN THREE

One in Three

1 in 3 people quit attending Church during the COVID pandemic.  Fifty percent (50%) 1 in 2; A full HALF of the folks called “millennials” who consider themselves Christians, don’t attend a church. 

I’m a Baby Boomer, born in 1959.  I was the Pastor of a church/parish all of my adult life.  I am now in the “1 in 3” category.  I love God, follow God, have Jesus in my heart, my personal code in relationship to all relationships is “Do unto others the way you would have do unto you.”  I no longer “belong” to a church.  Instead, I have decided to “BE” the Church. 

Modern day organized religion is as corrupt, if not MORE corrupt, than Jesus observed in the Pharisees of His day.  Most, not all, church leaders make their efforts more on delivery of the “number,” rather than simply following Jesus.  Whether it is their “bragging” rights as to how many people they “ran on Sunday” or the money they are trying to “raise” for whatever new project they can think up to separate you from your resources; their egos have run amuck and their motives are hideously removed from God’s design.  The graphic screens, light shows, smoke machines, “worship teams” that mimic the top Christian song chart, and professionally branded sermon series–should serve as a warning that something is terribly wrong.  The Good News of Christ has been exchanged for egos and entertainment; giveaways and bounce houses; snow cones and state of the art cafes.  Pull your car in, buy a $6 specialty drink, and head in to hear a group that really believes they are the best worship band in their state sing the latest hit worship song, and the hipster pastor come out in jeans, a t-shirt, tennis shoes, a “relevant Bible message”—even if there is a hint of sincerity in your heart, you will eventually ask yourself “WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO GOD’S DESIGN OF WHAT THE CHURCH IS TO BE?”  (The Glorious Church without spot or wrinkle?) Or, in my case: “What the HELL happened to God’s design for what the Church?”  That.Is.It.  Hell happened.  The egos and entertainment have given into the flesh.  Modern church has become a reflection of the modern world.  Yes—I am one of the “1 in 3.”  Now what? 

NOW WHAT? 

If “NOW WHAT” is a sincere question, then I have formulated an answer.  But before I lay it out, I want to be clear:  I am asking you to join me.  I am asking you to clearly become one of the “1 in 3” that has quit the modern church.  If you accept my invitation to become “1 in 3” you will no longer “join a church” or “go to church” or “become a member of a church”—Instead—you have decided to BE THE CHURCH. 

Giving up church, becoming a “1 in 3” means you love God more, not less.

Giving up church, becoming a “1 in 3” means you have decided to invest in spiritual life (God’s, your own, and others), not the propagation of a particular “brand” of organized religion. 

Giving up church, becoming a “1 in 3” means you are seeking to go deeper in God, not satisfied with the modern church’s need to rally you to its particular niche or “thing” it wants to be known for in the community or state. 

Giving up church, becoming a “1 in 3” means you are committing yourself to become a SELF FEEDER and not another lazy church person who sips his/her latte and listens to the latest worship song and take in another 30 minutes of blah, blah, blah, from the guy in jeans and tennis shoes telling you to somehow become “more like Jesus.” 

“BEING THE CHURCH”  is going to be HARD WORK!

Modern church is designed to make you feel dependent on them, NOT DEPENDENT UPON GOD.  Modern church will take the world’s need to make you feel obligated to their case and create a carefully constructed “guilt trip” of neediness.  I was a pastor.  I did it myself.  It worked.  It always has worked.  But the stakes are too high spiritually and time is too short.  It needs to be “called out.”  Christians have to become self-feeders.  We are living at the End of Time.  We have to grow up, develop, go deeper, press in (not just lean in) to the presence of God.  The level of what each of us need spiritually in these days CANNOT be obtained through the light show or smoke machine!  

FELLOWSHIP

The first push back I will get from my idea of inviting you to be part of the 1 in 3 people who have given up on modern church is that Scripture says:  “Forsake NOT the assembling of yourselves together….” Or “I was glad when they said let us go unto the House of the Lord” –and yet we miss completely that whenever “two or more of you is gathered in My Name there I am in midst of them.” 

SO WHEN YOU “GATHER” WITH OTHERS, GATHER IN “JESUS NAME.”  Or in other words, keep Jesus at your center.  Freely share with others what God is doing.  Invite others to share in the love of Jesus in their own life.  Live your own life in such a way people want to share in it. 

Develop relationships with others by treating others the way you want to be treated.  It doesn’t matter if it is your neighbor literally next door, or your neighbor who lives in a foreign country.  Everyone is your (our) neighbor. 

If you are going to be one of the 1 in 3, you no longer allow the modern church to use their “let us be your COMMUNITY” schtick on you.  Don’t “join community”—quit “belonging to a community” SIMPLY “BE” COMMUNITY.  “Being” is not “Doing.”  Being is Being. 

You “belong” to a “small group” because that provides you with community?  That is just a schtick—it is propaganda—it is a trick.  Your small group that you are “comfortable with” is just a clique.  You are a group of people who enjoy hanging out.  Fine.  No problem.  But your clique is not a spiritual group.  It is a clique of people who don’t really want others joining.  Let’s call it out and expose it to the light of God.  “Small group ministry” = “organized cliques.”  Wait. Wait. Wait.  What about the early Church?  Really?  The early Church?  You mean the group of 120 on the Day of Pentecost that were infilled with the Holy Spirit and become over 3000 by the end of the day?  That Church?  Is your “small group” going to be comfortable adding 3000 to it by the end of the day?  DON’T BRING UP THE EARLY CHURCH.  Nothing organized religion is doing today looks anything like the EARLY CHURCH.  Read for yourself….ACTS in the New Testament. 

SELF-FEEDING

Read the Bible.  Start with reading the Bible.  There is a natural flow to the concepts in the Bible.  Even the Old King James version of the Bible has a flow to it—although I wouldn’t recommend that 17th century version unless you read other 17th century material on a daily basis, the original King James version of the Bible is for another time. 

Read the Bible A LOT.  I mean several times a day.  Keep a Bible at your bedside, at your favorite chair, in your car, at work or school, and ON YOUR PERSONAL DEVICE.  It is the Living Word.  Reading the Bible is the number one, most exceptional way for you the hear from God.  Hearing from God personally, is the gateway to everything spiritual.  PLUS—no matter what anyone tells you, you will never experience God until you are completely submersed in the Words of God (Bible).  Don’t allow your main spiritual food to be what someone else says the Bible says—READ IT YOURSELF.  A LOT.  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” II Timothy 3:16-17

While reading the Bible, pause everyone two minutes and ask yourself:  WHAT IS GOD SPEAKING TO ME?  OR: WHAT IS GOD SAYING? 

When God speaks into you, write it down!  Journal it. 

Reflect back on it.

At some point every one, two, or three days….SHARE IT WITH SOMEONE.  Keep it short.  Keep it simple.  Keep it personal:  “Hey, I wanted to let you know, this is what God has been speaking to me through my Bible reading/study.” 

READ—REFLECT—WRITE IT DOWN—SHARE IT.  “SELF-FEEDING.” 

Now, with the laziness gone, and your own personal experience with God back on course, start to pray.  Start with the “The Lord’s Prayer”—slow and steady.  Absorb the concepts:

“Our Father,

In Heaven,

Holy/Hallowed is your name,

Your Kingdom Come,

Your Will Be Done,

On Earth As It Is In Heaven,

Give us Today,

Our Daily Bread,

And Forgive Us Our Sins,

As We Forgive Those Who Have Sinned Against Us,

And Lead Us Not Into Temptation,

But Deliver Us From Evil,

For Yours Is The Kingdom,

The Power,      The Glory      Forever.  Amen.”

Are you living the words to this prayer?  In conscious prayer thought, go over and over the Lord’s Prayer and apply it.  It is hard work.  Are you missing the smoke machine yet?  Isn’t it easier to sip your latte and check out the wardrobe of the worship team than doing this?  Sure.  You bet.  Giving up church is harder than you might think!  Ha!

Next, start making prayer lists.  All kinds of prayer lists.  When you hear something on the news that is troubling, write it down on your prayer list.  When you hear of a need in the life of someone, write it down on your prayer list.  Let your prayer list grow and grow and grow and grow some more.  Keep the item, the name, the situation, on your prayer list for six months and delete it.  If it is an on-going need after the six months put it back on PURPOSEFULLY then—pull it off–so that EVERY prayer list you develop does has your complete thought and heart process in it.  If you keep something on a prayer list too long, it becomes what Jesus called “vain repetition.” 

SHABBAT—A SABBATH—A DEDICATED DAY COMPLETELY OFF PER WEEK

At the very creation of the world, God created a day of rest.  Rest IN Him.  Time with Him.  A whole day dedicated to Him.  A day per week reserved for Him to be spent IN Him.  Thinking about Him, talking with Him, worshipping Him. 

The idea of one entire day per week may take many forms, but we have perverted God’s very intention and design for us (and it—the Sabbath—a day of rest IN Him). 

SUNDAY = FUNDAY has become the theme.  The hipster pastor in his jeans, t-shirt, and tennis shoes, is happy as a clam that you are sipping the $6 latte from his/her café, listening to his hired help, enjoying all the bells and whistles for an hour, and could care less what you do with the rest of your Shabbat, as long as you filled a seat and could count you and yours in his/her brag-(able) statistic, and hopefully pulled out your device and dropped some money into the church account.  So….off we go….to brunch or lunch, to then shop or “catch up” on work or lawn work, as long as we put the hour in first—every one is happy.  Except….I wonder what God thinks about it?  SUNDAY is FUNDAY.  Really? 

I love Israel and try to take people there whenever I can.  The Jewish people generally adhere to a strict Sabbath.  Some are very legalistic about their Sabbath (pronounced Shabbat).  Tour Groups are given the lesson about the Shabbat elevator that will stop at every floor on the way up and the way down so that people won’t violate Shabbat rules by pushing an elevator button.  (This is a current practice in Israel and other places who practice strict Levitical Laws.)  I am NOT advocating for legalism, but I am advocating for Shabbat.  A very Christian and very Biblical day per week that you and your family give to God.  This designated day is God’s Day, not my day, not your day, not your catch-up day, and certainly NOT your FUNDAY.  It would help to avoid the shopping, and even the lawn work.  Rest in God on the day you dedicate to Him.  Doing so will make you BE THE CHURCH.  In doing so you will no longer be just “Doing Church.” 

Finally, listen to some different speakers, teachers, preachers.  A wide variety of them.  Don’t allow just one person to be the main spiritual voice into your life.  No single spiritual leader is prepared enough himself/herself to equip you for what is ahead at the End of Time.  Most contemporary pastors/leaders are not preparing for their duties in such a way they can actually feed you spiritually. Most of the time preachers are more concerned about how to “enhance the graphics” of their content, so that the production of the content is excellent; MUCH, MUCH more than the content itself being designed to feed you spiritually.  “By this time, I want to be clear—I don’t think it is wrong to attend church occasionally, and it can even contribute toward your general spiritual food, but there is NOT ENOUGH NUTRITION to help your spiritual life face what is spiritually ahead of you.  Scripture teaches us we should mature and move beyond spiritual milk and really spend time in the meat of the Word.  That comes from consistent, personal scriptural study.

Church hopping?  Church shuffling?  Who cares?  Just don’t go “Church Shopping.”  Just make sure your main spiritual food is coming from God’s Word into your life.  What you hear from a spiritual leader, Bible teacher, or preacher is dietary supplement. 

FUNCTIONALITY

The Early Church in the Book of Acts after the Day of Pentecost; the General Epistles where the Apostle Paul started a bunch of churches in modern day Turkey and Greece and wrote them instructions in how to “BE the CHURCH” and not “DO CHURCH”; The Pastoral Epistles in the New Testament where the Apostle Paul gave instruction on how to develop a leadership design to manage the ministry of Church—they were functioning as “Being.” 

Today, we are “Doing.”  People are worn out emotionally and spiritually.  The Sheep of “God’s Flock” are starving to death because the modern church wants us all to DO (and doesn’t allow us to “BE”). 

Functionally—BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF SPIRITUALLY.  Answer to the Lord of your Heart because the Kingdom of Heaven is within you!

There is no reason you shouldn’t attend a church once in a while as long as you are there to extract a spiritual nugget.  If you do so (attend a church) make sure you are able to gain at least one good spiritual nugget.  If you can’t or don’t—DON’T EVER GO BACK.  If you can’t get something spiritual out of a modern church–which is called by God to provide people with their spiritual direction, and cover; it has given itself over to the pattern of the world. 

Functionally—if you need a spiritual cover, reach out to me.  Email me at my personal email address:  marcroyer@comcast.net

We will figure this preparation process together.  I don’t know what the future holds or what this is all about exactly.  But I do know—I am one of the 1 in 3.  The best days of our spiritual lives are ahead, not behind—but will NOT involve the modern-day version of the church!

WHAT ABOUT MY CHILDREN AND THEIR SPIRITUAL LIFE?

First, the spiritual lives of your children is a huge responsibility.  Childhood is when most people find Jesus.  Two/thirds of Christian believers today gave their hearts to Christ before the age of 18.  The most important person in leading them to Christ, is the parents. 

Children follow the example of the parent.  Are you prioritizing time with the Lord?  Do you make “Sunday” special – by NOT running around to games, travel sports, etc.  Do you really spend time together slowing down, unplugging, and making the day different than all others? Do they see you reading the Bible?   Do you stop and pray with them over meals, when you pass an accident, or meet an ambulance or fire truck?  Do they see you concerned about others and living a life of God’s love? 

Going to church with your child and making sure that from the nursery on, that spiritual lessons are taught, is fine.  But it is only to reinforce what you are doing in your daily life.   Volunteering in the children’s department of a church to make sure the Good News of Christ is being taught – the teaching that transforms lives—is another way to ensure that the correct concepts are being taught to children.  If there is a vacation Bible school, go with your kids and help out – or teach the Bible lesson—to assure it is all not just fun and games, but that children are given the opportunity to give their lives to Christ.  Be sure that the content is not just “stories” but real-life young boys and girls who stepped up and obeyed God and served God (Samuel, David, Daniel – were all very young when they stepped up and obeyed – just as examples).

We know that Jesus loves children and knows their hearts:

Matthew 19:14 – Matthew records (also in Mark 10:14 and Luke18:16) “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” 

The responsibility is yours!  Deuteronomy 6:5-6 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  Take these words to heart…Repeat them to your children.  Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up.  Write them down and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”  YOU ARE THEIR TEACHER OF THE GOODNESS OF GOD AND HOW HE SUPPLIES YOUR NEEDS.   Deuteronomy 11:19 “Teach them to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”

Yes, children need the Lord.  And if you can find them a place where YOUR TEACHINGS of Christ are backed up and they are learning and memorizing scriptures—fine.  But it is not the church’s responsibility to teach the children about God– it is yours.

ONE MORE THING—YOU AREN’T OFF THE HOOK WITH YOUR TITHE!

I personally believe that God designed bringing Him the “first fruits” while Adam was in the Garden of Eden.  When Adam walked with God in the “cool of the day” he brought along with him a portion of all he was working on to show and then present to God.  The idea of the offering was God’s design and idea at the very beginning of the world. 

The first fruits always have and always will belong to God.  The modern church has failed in the teaching on tithing (the first 10%).  Tithing is Biblical.  Tithing is God’s design for the world and all of our lives.  However, the tithe is not just to the local church.  The quotation from Malachi chapter 3—“Bring the tithe into the storehouse (qutsar)”  has been used to say the “storehouse” is your local church.    The “storehouse” actually means “eternal purpose” or “heavenly depository” OR—anything that helps God’s purpose.  You need to tithe, you MUST tithe.  Actually.  Literally.  Even people who don’t believe in the Bible or even believe in God should tithe.  It is how God designed the world.  Basically, the first ten percent of your increase belongs to God.  Love God.  Love your neighbor as yourself.  If you help God’s work or help your neighbor, you are tithing with your resources. 

But let’s get really practical.  The first ten percent of my increase belongs to God’s work.  What are the kinds of things are in this category?  I believe modern churches do some good in some lives.  I also believe if a Pastor says they are “called by God” that we should honor their calling.  “Don’t muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain….”  (The Bible says the “ox” has to eat, too.) Giving over and above – let alone tithe, is very important.  There are other ways to give than just to the particular church you attend or choose to become a member.  If your church requires you tithe only to them, then don’t join it.  If they require you only tithe to them to be on their Board of Directors, then you are “paying for your seat of leadership”—That’s entirely up to you, just don’t spiritualize it. 

We spread our tithe around.  There are so many worthy ministries, efforts, and needs worthy of your tithe.  In a simple way to make my point, I will list a few ideas.  THIS IS IN NO WAY A COMPLETE LIST!  This is simply an ideas list for your “first fruits” of ways to invest at least the first ten percent of your increase that will fulfill the Malachi chapter three instruction to “bring all the tithe into the storehouse” and bless others instead of stealing from God.  Some of my ideas on this list are very specific.  I apologize if I embarrass anyone in listing them, but please understand they will represent many, many others (people you will know) who could put to good use God’s first fruits portion of your increase. 

  1.  Look among your neighbors.  Is there a neighbor in need?  Need comes in many forms.  A neighbor in need might even be driving a Lexus, but may have lost their job, or been caught in an issue they didn’t have any control over and be struggling. 
  2. Do you know a single parent, a widow, a single parent with children?  These are all widows and orphans with plenty of need.  Buy some food and leave it on their porch.  Call the school and pay for some fees.  Try to remain anonymous as possible.  Refuse to use the talking track “let me know if you need anything”…..what is someone supposed to do with that?  What is “anything?”  Don’t wait for someone to ask.  BE the Church, don’t DO the church. 
  3. Do you know a custodian?  Give them $20.  Better yet, someone like my friend, R.T., a church custodian.  He makes a fraction (yes a fraction) ministers of the church make, yet he will need a little extra in retirement, too.  Send a person like R.T. some money to put back for his retirement years.  Think about people like R.T. who work physically hard for years for a fraction of the boss.  BE THE CHURCH!  Think about R.T. more than yourself.  J. K. is a great custodian in a school system in Indiana.  A great person, doing a great job in custodial work.  Hand someone like J.K. a note and some cash.  BE THE CHURCH BY BLESSING OTHERS WITH YOUR TITHE.  IT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.  IT IS THE EARLY CHURCH.  IT IS CHRISTIAN LOVE. 
  4. Give your waiter/waitress a larger tip.  UP YOUR GAME.  They aren’t serving you food because they really want to; they serve you food because they have to.  Bless them.  Double and triple your tip.  Don’t leave them a spiritual tract.  Leave them a huge tip. 
  5. Pastor H.H. of Churches of the Heartland, Winamac, Indiana is the type of guy who manages God’s resources with wisdom and discipline.  They operate an orphanage in Africa that is entirely supported by their Churches.  Send him some of your tithe and you will be investing in God’s work is a much greater way then most any Church.
  6. P.H. of Wichita, Kansas, coordinates all kinds of efforts around the world including a Clean Water Initiative in Africa.  Every single penny is tracked.  They have the exact amount to dig and well and provide life for an entire village.  Send some of your tithe to P.H. 
  7. Give some of your tithe to a guy like my friend, M.W.  A long time Pastor that just got torn to pieces for being a great Pastor.  He got out of ministry.  Fortunately, God used a mutual friend to help M.W. start a business.  However, a couple years ago, M.W. was broke, through no fault at all of his own, but the circumstances.  But the people of God need to come around him and pitch in financially and restore the years financially the devil stole from him.  Find a “M.W. and bless them, again and again.  Help restore those in ministry and service we have torn apart. 
  8. Come along side a veteran.  Don’t ask.  BE THE CHURCH. 
  9. Send people on work/witness trips.
  10. A Lady Pastor in Ukraine provides meals for widow ladies who desperately need food.  (I’m leaving out names to be protective). 
  11. Try to avoid all the big organizations.  There are all kinds of corruption and “handling fees” involved in larger organizations.  Know where God’s money is going.  I will help it happen if you need help.  Contact me at marcroyer@comcast.net for many other ideas. 

The Least Used Words In Our Culture Today

“I am sorry.” (Missing words in our culture)–“I messed up.” “I apologize.” “I was wrong.” 1 Samuel 15:23 goes well beyond “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft”–the next concept is: “STUBBORNNESS IS AS WICKED AS IDOLATRY.” “Stubbornness” encompasses our pride and insolence. The level of pride we hide behind when we are deeply insecure and afraid. God’s remedy for our stubbornness is repentance. “I am sorry for what I did.” “I am sorry for what I said.” We talk of God’s love but often forget the basis for our relationship with God starts with our repentance. In the same way, the basis for any relationship we have starts with our ability to break down our stubbornness (that we hold onto so tightly it becomes an idol) and APOLOGIZE TO ONE ANOTHER FROM TIME TO TIME. When Jesus said “settle matters quickly with your adversary,” He explained things can unravel quickly between people when everyone chooses their side. We need to get ahead of issues by quickly and easily apologize to one another. (BUT SINCERELY–NO BLUSTER OR PLEASER ISSUES–just to “fix it”). It has to start individually–and in our family relationships–in our neighborhoods–in our communities. How refreshing it would be to hear it from Leaders. No Leader is perfect. “Hey, I am sorry, I misspoke when I said…….” “I am sorry when I overstated.” OR EVEN: “I was wrong about that.” We need to all take a breath–bring it down a notch. Quit worrying about being sued or being liable. (I know. I know. I know: I AM BEING IDEALISTIC). I have a dream today: Where little boys and little girls would learn from the adults how to apologize, how to forgive one another, how to reset a relationship, and how to start over. PART II–As I was running this concept past Marceil a couple of minutes ago she added to the idea of hearing from our Leaders: “I am sorry, but I am learning and growing.” (Leave it to an Educator! Ha!) Much Love. Marc

THE WORDS YOU USE DO MATTER!

WORDS DO MATTER. The words of a Christ Follower (a true Christ Follower not a “christian talker”) is always rooted and based in LOVE. (Before we get too “gooey” let me define love): LOVE = KINDNESS. The most basic language of love is seen and heard and displayed in kindness toward one another. EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN BEING A “CHRIST FOLLOWER” at least study His teachings. Please. Please study the teachings of Christ found in the Bible. Start with the section of the Bible called “Matthew.” Go to Chapter 5, Chapter 6, and Chapter 7. The teachings of Christ give us the essence of understanding ourselves, understanding each other, and understanding our circumstances in a new (and richer) way. Sorry about another list, but it is the way to organize this thought in light of what we face in our cultural times. 1. FOCUS ON THE MAIN THING–and LOVE is the main thing! Kindness toward one another changes the world. Granted, being the first one to be kind when everyone else isn’t being kind is like that children’s game where you stand toe to toe, holding hands and leaning back–trusting the other guys isn’t going to let go with no warning thereby dumping you quickly and soundly ON YOUR REAR! 2. KNOW WHO/WHAT YOUR GOD IS YOU ARE SERVING. One thing about serving God: God wants your full and total attention. The first and greatest command: “Have no other gods before me”– “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.” YET, WE HAVE SOME HOW GET DECIEVED INTO IDOL WORSHIP (IDOLATRY) ALL THE TIME. If you are an American, you can see it in our “Americanism.” We pride ourselves in how our country was founded, we make the contention that we are the greatest country on the planet, we stake our claim with “my freedoms”–all the while not really keeping God at our center, but myself (at the center). “Americanism” is a great and grave sin of our day. Further, we somehow skew our our spiritual faith into this “Americanism” so that it all runs together in a flag waving/Bible thumping/Scripture spewing animosity and hostility. The enemy delights in our division, chaos, and distraction. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy and loves it when he can pull Christ Followers into a distracted and disjointed version of Christ’s teachings on loving God AND loving your neighbor as yourself (that is, as long as “my neighbor” is agreeing with me?). 3. EVERYONE NEEDS TO TAKE A BREATH. Next, clear the mechanism of the rhetoric/defensiveness/judgment. Quit defending your position and start listening to one another. If you stop talking and start listening then RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER WILL START TO RETURN. 4. IT IS OF NO IMPORTANCE THAT ANY LISTENS TO A WORD I HAVE TO SAY–what matters is that people listen to what GOD HAS TO SAY!5. When we get so caught up in what is fraudulent, what is corrupt, what is evil, it can become a huge distraction from actually following the teachings of Christ. “My rights” and “My freedoms” end up going in the direction of ME. ME. ME. MY THIS. MY THAT. “Jesus said to his disciple, If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)–ByTheWay: If you are reading this right now, you know that Facebook IS NOT censoring Christian faith. I love to see the Lord’s Prayer in print, but it would be better if you actually prayed it rather than just print it on Facebook trying to be some kind of “martyr for your faith.” Facebook is NOT the enemy. Our “struggle is NOT against flesh and blood….” 6. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO CHANGE YOUR APPROACH. Re-tool and tone it down. Lead your friends and family to tone it down. Jesus said His followers were “salt of the earth” and “light of the world”–NOT THE LOUDEST! Salt and Light come through the kindness we extend to each other. ByThe Way–not the kindness we talk about–but the kindness we ACTUALLY EXTEND. Churches rally congregations all the time in doing this and doing that. We do things to “see the smile come across their face”….Is that the right motive for being kind? Jesus instructed us to “do our acts of kindness NOT TO BE SEEN BY MEN.” What do we do? We have to get a video of people’s reaction of our kindness so we can feel good about ourselves. You know what I mean. We all get caught up in it. (God is watching. I wonder what He thinks when we are “high fiving” each other because of how we all pitched in and are “celebrating”–actually–just bragging on ourselves)? This kind of hypocrisy is so prevalent it is a “fever pitch.” No wonder we don’t realize how we sound when we are doing it. 7. “DO UNTO OTHERS THE WAY YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.” Treat others the way I want to be treated. Think about others the way I want them to think about me. Speak about others behind their backs the way I want them to speak about me behind my back. Any one of these points could change the world as we know it. Thanks for reading all the way through. If there is anything you agree with, please hit the “SHARE” button. Blame me if you want to or have to. Ha! We are a “work in progress” that is certain. However, Jesus gave us plenty of “tools” in His teachings to assist us in having the best skills possible for that same work! YOUR BEST DAYS ON THIS PLANET ARE AHEAD OF YOU! Studying and apply the teachings of Christ–you will see it work! God Bless & Much Love, Marc Royer

“FOLLOW THE MONEY!?”

It all started up, (for me), when I heard about the second stimulus check Congress was proposing during the Pandemic. “Let’s get money in the hands of millions of Americans to spend so they can help the economy.” It “kind of” made sense economically the first time when the money came around in April-June at $1200 per person plus extra unemployment pay for folks desperate to pay their bills. I just didn’t do the math. Last time 128,300,000 Americans received $1200 a piece (all this is approximate). If you multiply two numbers together you get around 156 Billion Dollars. It didn’t compute in my head that this was 156 Billion of 2.2 Trillion Dollars given away. (Basically stimulus checks amounted to the POINT TWO of “2.2 Trillion” leaving 2 Trillion Dollars more given out). Speaking only for myself, I think I was too busy trying to find toilet paper than worrying about where the other 2 Trillion Dollars went! Even this time it didn’t compute until President Trump refused to sign the 990 Billion Dollar Bill brought before him because he said, “I’m not signing this unless Americans are given $2000 a piece instead of $600 a piece.” The different news organizations started mentioning different talking tracks on who was getting what. Marceil mentioned something about Pakistan and a special interest group of people getting so much money etc. etc.. I started doing the math. Then I started to follow the money. If the proposal is $600 a piece times the same 130,000,000 people the cost to the government is 78 Billion. Under President Trumps proposal at $2000 a piece brings the price tag in around 260 Billion. There is a bunch of jockeying between the political parties over it, but what is troubling to me is NOT 78 Billion verses 260 Billion–BUT THE REST OF THE MONEY TO EQUAL 990 BILLION!

So I read the thing. EVERY. SINGLE. WORD. They say it is 5563 pages. It is but not the way you and I write a page. It is 5563 pages using that legislative line numbered page–about 125 words a page. Normal writing is 250 to 300 words a page. This second stimulus bill is around 2200-2300 pages if read like a normal book. It is called: “THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 133 CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2021.”

The “talking heads” from the news channels call it the bill “no one has read.” Anyone who says that from here on is not reporting accurately. I read the thing. I even kept some notes. It is difficult to follow because some parts of it has amounts of money. Other parts of it have ideology with no money attachment. Some parts have money and ideology, but no part has any reference to true accountability. The thing that stands out the most is millions and millions of taxpayer dollars are flying into bank accounts all around the world with no real accountability as to where or how the money is spent. For instance the bill allows for $286,000,000 to go to “Family Planning” with the note that it can’t be used to fund abortions, but no other directives.

The only thing we seem to care about is “how much am I going to get?” The bigger question is–“how much is flying out the door when I get what it is I am going to get?” It was/is YOUR MONEY in the first place. The Federal Tax Rate is one tax issue. You pay Federal Taxes, State Taxes, County Taxes, City Taxes, Excise Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, and if you have internet you have three or four other fees and taxes. If you fly you pay five or six other taxes. Close to 30%–40% of every dollar that goes through your hands goes to some kind of tax–and that is if you make less than $60,000 per year. When the Congress of the United States pays out 990 billion dollars with you getting $600 AFTER paying them 30% to 40% of your income, YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED. You might even want to think it over, and even demand some accountability.

The notes I took while reading the 5563 pages looked scattered around after I re-read them. I felt bad about myself until I started looking back over the bill and realized it isn’t me that should feel bad about my notes–the ones who should feel bad ARE THE ONES WHO WROTE IT!

Some hightlights:

I don’t want to “cherry pick” the most outrageous stuff like: the Secretary of the Treasury gets $258,000 in expenses with another $350,000 at his/her disposal that doesn’t look like they even need a receipt to give account. Almost $600,000 the Secretary of the Treasury can spend with no accountability. Almost every department get millions, and tens of millions of dollars to market stuff that is free to people in the first place–like the IRS. It looks to me like the IRS gets $126,963,000 to market itself. Here are some amounts from the Department of Defense (these are amounts that go to the various armed services departments). I left the name off each one just to speed up your reading: 376 Million; 65 Million; 500 Million; 33 Million; 11 Million; 16 Million; 1.5 Billion; 285 Million; 300 Million; 5 Million; 195 Million; 18 Billion; 66 Billion; 17 Billion; 1 Billion; 30 Million; 796 Million.

500 Million to Israel–HOWEVER–we are giving 500 Million to Jordan to procure their borders. (Which they will use to threaten Israel–my opinion).

275 Million to Ukraine for their military to defend against Russia and 453 Million to aid Ukraine. 132.5 Million to aid the Republic of Georgia. 325 Million to Congo. 135 Million to Burma. 3 Billion to Afghanistan.

1.6 Billion to Nuclear Energy; 380 Million for the Mississippi River; 2.5 Billion to the IRS; 341 Million for the FCC; 42 Million for the FDIC; 351 Million for the FTC; 2 Billion to the SEC.

4.4 Million as a little allowance for former Presidents to draw from.

10 Million to study Hydrocarbons.

8 Billion to the Secretary of Transportation.

1.6 Billion for Cyber Security.

8 Million for Presidential transition.

13 Million to run the White House. 2.5 Million for maintenance on the White House.

14 Million for the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.

26 Million for security of the JFK Center of Arts.

There are many, many more items. (Dozens)

I don’t want to be that person who is poking and pointing and causing trouble. I want to be a problem solver, not a opinionated dramatic idiot. Here is what we need to do:

  1. WE NEED TO CARE ABOUT SOMETHING OTHER THAN JUST ME. “It” needs to be more than just about “how much am I going to get.” “How much” is a distraction. The real issue is: what is it REALLY going to cost me?
  2. WE NEED TO ASK QUESTIONS OF OUR CONGRESS. Letters, emails, social media–whatever you can do, do it.
  3. WE NEED TO DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY ON HOW OUR MONEY IS BEING SPENT. Just because our Treasury Department can print more money, doesn’t mean they should. The Government of a nation exists to manage the population NOT TO CONTROL the population. We need systems in place to help us mange ourselves.
  4. WE NEED TO DEMAND THAT EVERY PERSON; STATE; NATION; we help has to spend the money we give them to purchase American made and American supported products. (Much of the money we give to other nations are being spent to purchase materials from non-allies of America). THIS PRACTICE HAS TO STOP. The Inspector General of the United States has a big job, but an important one. Whatever happens, the best way to help our economy is by using every tax dollar collected to be used for American products and American services. Doing this would help our American economy out in a much broader, grander way than a stimulus check going into my bank account.

Consider going an extra mile in this. Kindly lobby your friends. Don’t shoot off your mouth in partisanship, but relate to people. Join one another in this sojourn of life. We need to help one another. We need to depend on each other, not on a government. The government exists to serve us, not us serve it. Consider writing/emailing your Representative or/and Senator. Keep it simple–SOMETHING LIKE THIS:

Dear Friend, Thank you for serving the people of our District (State). I am writing in grave concern for the future of our nation. The Pandemic has brought to the forefront many things of concern. One of them is the way our tax dollars are spent. I am concerned about how line items in the Millions and Billions of dollars are approved to be spent under the disguise of helping Americans. I would appreciate your effort in holding Departments accountable for the money they are spending. I am an American taxpayer and it is my money. Please review the accountability systems that are in place so that every American Dollar that is spent can be spent to HELP AMERICA–(American jobs; American economy; our American way of life). Please insist on a deep audit of the use of the money spent. Thank you again for your service to America.

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

GOD’S POST-PANDEMIC ORDERS FOR US TO FOLLOW!

Call it what you want, but coming out of this epic Pandemic and trying to rebuild a “Post-Pandemic” life is going to take some work. Nothing will ever return to normal. Because of of this thing called a “new normal” or “post-pandemic” the best Biblical model for us to follow is found in Jeremiah 31: 23-26. God’s phrase: “bring them back from captivity” sums up what it will be like trying to rebuild all the different areas of our lives, and the way each of our lives touch each other.

THE SET UP: (Jeremiah 31:23) “This is what the Lord almighty the God of Israel says: When I bring them back from captivity the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these (WORDS)”…..

The idea of “WORDS” is best defined as “BEHAVIORS.” God is saying–as you rebuild your life in the post-pandemic world apply these three concepts to everything you do; everything you say; and everything related to everything you do or say. (In other words, apply this to everything.)

Here is the exact wording then we will break it down.

THE NEW AND CONSISTENT ATTITUDE: “The Lord Bless You, O Righteous Dwelling, O Sacred Mountain.”

  1. Our new way of life is to adore (revere) God in everything–every word; every action; every attitude; every step; every breath. The main question after everything needs to be: “How did what I just did or what I just said, demonstrate that I adore and revere God in every area of my life?” (Yahweh Yabarekka)

It is time for us to quit talking about it (putting God first). IT IS TIME FOR US TO ACTUALLY START PUTTING GOD FIRST.

2. Our new way of life to totally inhabit doing the right thing; to totally inhabit doing the just thing; to totally inhabit doing the (normal) thing. Doing what is RIGHT, JUST, AND NORMAL. (Sedeq Neweh)

3. Our new way of life is to separate myself from the pattern of the world. “O sacred mountain” is haqquodes har–the holy mountain top.

Three new behaviors/attitudes: Adore God, do what is right–just–normal, and don’t do what the world does.

THE CONCLUSION: “People will live together in Judah and all its towns. Farmers who move their flocks. I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. At this I awoke and looked around my sleep had been pleasant to me.”

The conclusion sums it up for us. We will live TOGETHER WITH OTHERS. Life will go on. God will refresh us. God will quicken our spirits and give us peace in our hearts. THESE DAYS ARE COMING. LOOK OUT–THEY ARE AT HAND!

Much Love, Marc & Marceil

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