I'm Not Anti-Semitic nor Lawless!

Before I begin please allow me to give you a little of my family history!  Please think of my last name!  Silverman: Jewish?  Yeppers!  For years church people think that I am special because of my Jewish back ground.  I love to burst their bubble when I tell them that God loves them just as much as me!  lol 

In regards to some background: My paternal Grandfather, son of an Orthodox Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe, was booted out of his family by his father because he married a Gentile woman.  My dad and his brother and sister were raised in Christian churches by their mother.  In those days, they would visit a church and be asked to leave because of their Jewish background. My how times have changed!  I share this info with you because I want you to know that I am no anti-Semitic in the slightest bit!  However, I do understand, at least to a degree, what Christ has done for me and live in a new covenant lifestyle, free from the bondage of law!

Because of my stand on the old covenant Law of Moses, including the "Big Ten" I am often accused of being lawless.  I am not lawless, I just know the truth of the New Covenant Gospel of Jesus Christ that was brought into the Early Church through direct revelation from Christ Himself to Paul.  (See Galatians chapter 1) In other words I believe in and preach the Gospel that Paul preached!  To some that makes me lawless.  But let's check out what Paul had to say about some of this........

Verse 7: "The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death..."

Verses 8-9: " Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God!"

Verse 11: "So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!"

Verses 12-15: "12 Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand."

You see, I fully believe in the above verses of Scripture.  Note my highlights and in so doing, please note that Christ instituted the "New Way" and it was free from the Law which lead to condemnation and death! 

Nope...I'm not Anti-Semitic nor Lawless.  I'm just a follower of Jesus Christ and am so thankful for his finished works that give me life in the New Covenant that God established through Him!

Grace and peace!

Do I Have to Attend Church to be a Christian?

My immediate answer to my title question is: NO!

I'm certain some pastors will not agree with my answer, but Biblical speaking I can find no New Testament (Epistles) admonition that clearly states that it is mandatory for a New Covenant Believer to attend a church service every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. 

However, the New Covenant instills the thought that those of us who are followers of Christ are the Church.  We do not attend church, we are the Church!  See the difference?

Yet, I find great joy in attending church every Sunday morning and ever Wednesday night.  I have to admit that attending our church, New Covenant Fellowship in Inverness, FL is not a difficult thing to do.  I feel that it is a value added to my week and I look forward to gathering with like minded Believers.  I actually gain strength from attending our church Sunday mornings!

Back in the day, I recall us praying every morning before school classes would begin.  Granted they were generic prayers, yet we prayed. We did this in conjunction with the Pledge of Allegiance.  I can recall my dad making certain his car was filled with gas every Saturday morning because you couldn't find a gas station open on Sundays.  The same thing goes with food, no store were open on Sundays.  Some eventually opened at noon, but prior to that good luck on buying a loaf of bread!  The local pastor's associations would meet with school administrators on planning the school schedules.  Never would a school schedule an event for a Wednesday night as it was prayer meeting night for churches all over town! I also remember my parents NEVER locking their car doors.  Matter of fact we never locked our house doors.  None of our family carried house keys because we didn't need them!  So, here is something to think about....Not only do we lock our homes today but we all have alarm systems!  You can say what you want, but life was much simpler 60 years ago and safer too!  Maybe all of the praying we did in school and attending church like we did had a positive effect on society, something that we are lacking today!

So, do we have to attend church to be a Christian?  No!  But....If we do, we will be far better off by it!  One caveat here would be...Do not attend a legalistic, religious church as the harm that will cause you far out weighs any good!  I would suggest that you find a church that totally understand and teaches New Covenant life!  And....If you live within an hours drive of Inverness, FL I could give you a suggestion on which church to attend!  lol

Grace and peace!

Now Its Time For America to Heal!

Last night, November 8, 2016, we Americans elected a new President of the United States.  The results of this morning are: 50% of us are thrilled and 50% of us are angry!  The question that might be asked is, "Is "it" over or has "it" just begun?" The "it" I'm speaking of is the huge divide that is strangling our nation.  To the winning side goes elation, however that elation most likely will be short lived because choosing a new POTUS does not put an end to the division that remains in the hearts of our citizens!

Several years ago I felt that I heard directly from the Lord to no longer speak of  politics.  That may sound like a simple request to some, but it was very difficult for me to do because I love politics.  I would have loved to run for Congress; I think I would have made a great Congressman or Senator!  I loved Political Science in school and I still follow politics very closely.  I certainly have my opinions and this year was no exception!  However, I choose to keep those opinions pretty much to myself, especially on social media and in my church.  I'm sure most of our church members know who I voted for but they never heard me say anything from the pulpit!  Why?  The Lord told me to not do that!  My goal throughout this difficult election process has been to lift up the King of kings and the Lord of lords, period!

So now we are faced with a new President that half of our country hates. Some commentators said last night that with a Congress and Senate and the President of the same party that gridlock will vanish.  I say it won't because that gridlock is still rock solid in the hearts of our citizens! 

Therefore I am encouraging the Church to minister grace like never before during these next four years!  This very well could be the Church's "Finest Hour!"  It will be so if we don't become hard, judgmental and legalistic!  But if we, the Church, share God's true grace with our neighbors, slowly but surely the gridlock will end!  The bottom line Church is to share Christ's love with those who do not see eye to eye with us, or we with them!  Love, God's true love, is the only hope for America!

Here is what Paul says about all of this:

2 Corinthians 5:19-21 (NLT)

19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Do you see that?  The message of the Church is one of "reconciliation!"  There can be no gridlock in a message like that!  Therefore my message to all Democrats and Republicans and even Independents is simple.  Based upon God's unending love for all mankind and the finished works of His Son I say to all, "Come back to God!"  Forget the politics!  Telling people this is a whole lot more fun and I no longer need to swallow anti-acid nightly before bed!

Grace and peace!

Are You Sick? Don't Be Condemned!

First, allow me to say that I DO believe in miracles and the healing power of God!  I have witnessed just too many of them over the years, both in those I have ministered to and myself, to deny them or to say that God no longer heals the sick!  I hope you understand this!

However, as a former charismatic I have witnessed much false teaching over the years that has brought those seeking a miracle for their body into a state of condemnation. Recently someone told a member of our church that the reason people are sick in our church is because there is not enough teaching on healing!  Of course I totally reject this as the message of our church, New Covenant Grace Fellowship in Inverness, FL is totally centered on Christ and His ministry to us; body, soul and spirit! Talk about a harvest field for miracles!  In our church just about anything can and does happen!  However, the one thing that we do reject is any teaching that can lead people into condemnation!  Please remember, anytime we try to apply a law to our lives, whether it is the Old Covenant Law of Moses or a law that we make up our selves that might make us think that we are pleasing God more by following it, the only thing that will eventually follow is condemnation!

Here is one of the most important verses found in the Bible, Romans 8: 1 (NLT): "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.Here is how this verse applies to what I'm writing....If you are presently going through some physical, health issues and you are seeking God for your healing, that is a good thing!  However, if you are trying to fit some type of law into this healing venture then that is a bad thing!  Give up on that Bunkie as it will only lead you into condemnation! 

So you may not be quoting enough healing Bible verses, or you may not be praying enough, you may not have a totally positive confession and the list goes on and on and you still are not healed then ole Mr. Condemnation will soon knock on your door!  If only you were a better Christian then God would heal you!  This thinking and teaching is just pure trash and you must reject it!

You may or may not know of my recent bout of cancer and major surgery to correct it.  That's right, I didn't receive an instant miracle, I had to go the route of medicine.  However, there is not enough room to write of the miracles that I have received in this process.  Here is one: After 12 hours of major surgery I have experienced no pain!  I mean ZERO!  But here is the bottom line, I have not suffered even one minute with that old devil of condemnation!

You may not be the perfect Christian!  You may not be doing everything right in order to receive your healing, but the bottom line is that God does love you, 100% and it's not based on what you do or don't do!  He loves you because he is Love and He cannot do anything else!  So if you are sick and have not been healed yet, give up on the religious laws that some teachers would like to put you under and just embrace the love of God.  Watch and see what will happen!  Condemnation kills, Love heals and brings life.  That my friend is the Gospel of healing within the New Covenant!  It works every time!

One last point....so if you are never physically healed and you die as a result; wow!  Talk about the perfect healing!  More on this subject later!

Grace and peace!


HELP! I Don't Have Enough Faith to Get Healed!!

As I've stated before, I was told that I had cancer in my mouth the first week of January, 2016.  As a result I have gone through full rounds of both chemo therapy and radiation.  As of today, August 25 the tumor is still present, actually growing larger and I have severe mouth sores as a side effect of the treatment plus there is a strong possibility that the cancer has spread to a lymph  node on the other side of my neck.  So here I am..... a preacher that can no longer preach!  (At least with my mouth!) I now await an appointment with a surgeon.

My wife and I both felt led and very comfortable to seek medical treatment for this affliction, all of the time believing for a miracle of deliverance from God.  I can't tell you how much prayer I have had during these days!  People all over the world are praying for me.  Last Sunday a young man, the son of one of our members, was visiting our church service.  As he was leaving he came up to me, gave me a huge hug, and said, "Pastor Larry, I want you to know that I pray for you every day."  He had tears in his eyes as he said that!  I was blown away!  I find, often through the grape vine, that I'm on prayer lists all over the country.  I have been anointed with oil, had people with miracle ministries pray for me, had so much laying on of hands that I've had more hair rubbed off and yet the miracle I'm believing for has eluded me.

So, what have I been doing wrong?  How have I failed God?  Why is God angry with me? Or, what lessons is He teaching me through all of this?  These are the traditional questions that old covenant religion has taught us to ask. The fact is that none of these, or any others, really apply to me.  If you are going through a battle of health they don't apply to you either!

I guess I've never asked God, "Lord, why me?"  I have never doubted His love for me and I've never doubted His healing virtue! Over the years of ministry I have experienced and seen just way too much of God healing people, yes, even cancer, to ever doubt that He no longer heals the sick.  Yet, I'm still awaiting "my miracle!" 

Therefore, the religious answer must be, "I don't have enough faith to be healed!"  I must then read more "healing scriptures," quote and confess that I am healed more, command and demand that the devil takes his hands off of me, etc., etc., etc! All of which adds up to just some more charismatic works!  Instead, even in spite of my days of pain and tears and seeming faith failures, I've been pretty much able to enjoy the rest of God!  That has been wonderful!

Here is a bold statement....GOD DOES NOT HEAL THE SICK BASED ONLY ON THEIR FAITH!  The TV Evangelists have taught us that, but friends that is not the truth!

Please go back with me to ancient Egypt.  There we meet two Jewish slaves, Moe and Curly.  They are neighbors and both were present in Goshen when God told Moses that the last of the plagues was about to hit, that being the death angel who was to smite to death the first born of the entire land.  God told Moses, "They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the door frames of the houses where they eat the animal.The animal was the first Passover lamb that each family must slay and eat entirely that night. God told His people by doing this that they would be safe from the death angel. 

Our two neighbors have gone to their families, prepared the meal and applied the blood to their doors.  And they now wait!  During this waiting time Moe is a pillar of faith to his family.  He leads them in prayer and worship knowing that nothing bad will come to his family.  On the other hand, Curly, is falling apart! He is fretting, pacing back and forth hoping that Moses was telling the truth!  If you were to see Curly he sure wouldn't be displaying any faith at all!  What a contrast!

Now the big question....Of these two slaves which one would be experiencing the greater favor with God and be more assured that the Death Angel would miss his house?  Would it be the man of great faith or the man seeming to lack any faith at all?  The answer is simple, both are equally safe and secure because God said, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.Wow!  Do you see it?  This great deliverance was not dependent on the faith of Moe or Curly, it was only dependent upon the blood that was shed!

My Friend, likewise your healing, your miracle is not dependent on what you do or don't do, it is only dependent on the blood that was shed for you 2000 years ago!  Therefore you and I only need to rest!  We rest in the plan of God for our lives!  Here is the deal, even if I am never healed in this life of cancer, I cannot loose because I will forever spend eternity cancer and sickness free.  I am the winner!

So kick religion out of your health situation and enter into the wonderful rest of God, through the finished works of Jesus Christ!  You will never be sorry!

Grace and peace!

So What Happens In A Church When The Pastor Gets Sick and Can't Preach?

So the title of this post is rather long, but the question goes, "What happens in a church when the pastor gets sick and can't preach?" 

In Bible college I was taught that when a pastor can no longer function fully that the church he/she's laboring in is automatically placed into a crisis position.  Therefore if a pastor falls into moral failure, unexpectedly resigns, suddenly passes away or becomes incapacitated via illness, that church is in trouble!  To be honest, in my years of travel, I have actually seen churches get fit this discription.  One church, I recall, was in extended revival type meetings.  They actually were making a tremendous impact on their little, rural town with people traveling from all over the country to attend their nightly meetings.  After a period of several months it was discovered that the evangelist that was doing the nightly ministry had some issues in his past life that were not the best and were not rectified.  The evangelist left and the pastor was blamed for the guy's moral failure.  Several left the church because they felt like the  pastor had failed by not having enough discernment by allowing the evangelist to minister there.  What a mess!

The title question becomes a lot more personal to me as this is exactly what is going on in our church, New Covenant Grace Fellowship in Inverness, FL. I am the Sr. Pastor of our church.  In the last 6 months I've probably only ministered 4 times.  In early January of 2016 I was diagnosed with stage 2 or 3 oral cancer.  My lower, left gum line has a large tumor that seems very resistant to radiation and chemo therapy.  I've had all of my lower teeth pulled and due to mouth sores and the swelling it is very difficult for me to talk.  Eating has also become a chore and as a result of the side effects of the treatment I remain pretty weak and have a very difficult time talking.  So preaching is pretty much out of the question!

My wife, Corinne, is a very capable minister in her own right!  Sometimes I feel that she is far better than me.  She is full of love and it seems revelation just naturally flows through her.  Yet, when cancer hits one in a marriage relationship, it fully hits both partners!  There is so much that I can't do at home any more, and she has taken up the slack.  She even is the main driver now when we have to go places.  For a time I was getting radiation treatments 5 days per week and this lasted 7 weeks.  So, she is under a lot of burden too.  During this time she has ministered several times, but the majority of the pulpit ministry has been done by people in our church.  One of our leaders has taken it upon himself to book the Wednesday night and Sunday morning schedule.  Very often he steps up to the plate and shares his heart as well. 

The result of all of this is....OUR CHURCH IS NOT IN CRISIS!  Actually this has made our church very, very healthy.  Sometimes I'm in awe by some of the things that comes out of our people's mouth!  Me getting sick hasn't hurt our church one little bit!  Actually it has made us strong!  During some pretty dark times in my life, I could feel the support and strength of our people.  It's been a really neat experience.

Here is an important couple of verses that really fit in here: Eph. 4: 11-12 (NLT),

" Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.  Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ."

I've often called these verses, "My Job Description."  Paul emphatically states that a pastor isn't to do all of the ministry, but rather, to equip his/her people to do the work of the ministry.  Therefore I've had to take note of the fact that based upon the results taking place in our church that I've been doing my job rather well! 

Thank you Lord for giving us such a strong church!  Glory!

Grace and peace!

"Larry, What's That In Your Hand?"

The other day someone asked me if I was still preaching in our church.  I had to tell them that since the discovery of oral cancer in me that I've probably not preached more than 4 times in the past 6 months.  I am so blessed to see the people of our church step up and share the wonderful, life-changing stories of grace while I've been unable to.  I have such a wonderful church!  (New Covenant Grace Fellowship in Inverness, FL) I think its rather interesting that a preacher (Me!) is fighting a situation where he can't talk!  Of course I'm getting a lot of the "He's gonna hit us with long sermons when he gets back to preaching" type of jokes! 

Here is my problem....I can't preach or teach but the Lord just keeps pouring on the revelations of New Covenant Grace.  I'm seeing so much lately!  It's like I'm asking the Lord to back off as I can't assimilate it all!

Then, like Moses, I sensed that the Lord asked me, "Larry, What is that in your hand?"  Remember He asked that of Moses when Moses was giving the excuses to the Lord in setting his people free from Egypt?  Moses replied, "It's my rod."  It was that rod that when thrown to the ground turned into a serpent.  As well it was that same rod that when held over the Red Sea the Sea dried up so the Children of Israel could cross over on dry ground.  So when He asked me that question, at first I didn't understand what He was getting at.  A preacher's main tool is communication.  Yes, it's mostly communication that is oral and that is where I am lacking right now as it often hurts me to talk, thus my "favorite tool" cannot be currently used.  However, the Lord was showing me that I can still communicate.  My rod of communication currently is writing!  Therefore, I'm being challenged to throw that rod on the ground and watch what the Lord does with it!

So, during this time of less oral communication, I'm going to be doing everything in my power to share with any who would be interested, written communication and the message is Grace and More Grace!

Once again the Lord is taking my situation and turning my lemons into lemonade! Glory!  I will not be silenced, especially when so many are hungering for the simple truths of New Covenant Grace!

Lol....That's my STORY and I'm sticking to it!

When the Miracle Doesn't Happen

Last Fall I was having a problem with a tooth, my lower last tooth on the left side of my mouth.  The tooth was getting loose.  In consulting with my dentist I was told that most likely the tooth was dead, thus the looseness.  The remedy was to have the tooth pulled and replaced.  So in late November the tooth was extracted. Within a couple of weeks there seemed to be a unnatural swelling and pressure in the gum line where the tooth was.  I've had enough teeth pulled to know what to expect and this seemed strange.  In speaking to my dentist, She told me that when she pulled the tooth she suspected something wrong and suggested a biopsy.  The Wednesday before Christmas I went to an oral surgeon for the biopsy and was told that I would not have any results back until after the New Year due to the Lab being closed for the Holidays.  On January 2 the Oral Surgeon's office called and I was told that I needed to get there right away.  Later that day Corinne and I were told by the Doc that the results came back as Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a form of skin cancer that can grow in the mouth. I was referred to a local oncologist where I was told that the cancer was Stage 2 or a little better, and that I would need several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  In the process, prior to radiation it would be required for all of my lower teeth to be extracted because no major dental work can be done for at least two years after radiation and to reduce the risk of a broken jaw bone the teeth should go.  

What I've stated above is the simple version.  In the midst of all of that there was a lot of pain, both physical and mental.  I had to fight with insurance companies, face many, many delays in treatment as a result. However all of that time, I was expecting a miracle to take place.  As time progressed the left lower side of my mouth was consumed by the tumor.  I had severe pressure, sometimes with uncontrolled bleeding.  I recall eating breakfast at a local restaurant and all of a sudden my mouth began bleeding, running out onto my plate.  I rushed to the men's room and began rinsing with warm water and my mouth finally stopped bleeding.

The truth was, I needed a miracle! Every day I expected to feel something strange in my mouth, and just spit the tumor onto the ground!  I had several pray for me that that would happen.  However, it just didn't happen!  

As I write this, July 13, 2016, the 7 weeks of daily radiation treatment and many rounds of chemotherapy have been completed.  The tumor is probably 85% or better gone, the severe mouth sores which are side effects of both radiation and chemo are about gone.  I have a PET Scan scheduled in a month and we will see where we go from there!  I am still expecting the miracle!  Today very well could be the day that I spit the remaining tumor out!  Why not? Giving up is not the answer, for me or for you!  Keep expecting your miracle my Friend!  No matter what you are going through, keep expecting your miracle.

However,  if the miracle doesn't come, please enter into the place of rest that you can only find through the finished works of Christ on His cross!  Remember He said, "It is finished!"  That means that He is not going to do it for you, He already has!  So you don't have beg, plead or do anything else to see God do something for you!  Early on in this cancer battle Corinne and I came to peace about seeking medical treatment and following the advice of our doctors.  I made it very clear that I didn't want to hear about how many "healing verses" I needed to confess every day!  I didn't want to hear about eating certain diets, drinking certain fluids, etc.  I, actually we, just planned on following the leading of the Holy Spirit, to just rest in God's love through a difficult time in our lives.  The peace we both have is just out of the box!  I have watched many cancer patients over the years work themselves into a frenzy trying to do everything right in order to obtain their miracle.  That is works and it will only lead to condemnation!

In the middle of this battle Corinne and I have peace, lots of it!  Do I want it to end right now?  You've got that right Bubba!  However, we have peace, boat loads of peace!  In all of this we have been able to obtain rest, lots of it!  I've been able to minister to many and it's going to get better and better!

I'm not out of the woods yet!  However, as I look back over the past several months, I see that I have changed.  I'm not the same person, husband, father and pastor that I used to be. I've grown in God's perfect love and acceptance and I look forward to sharing that with many.  Hey, I never want to go through this again!  Yet, it has been a good thing for me to go through!  You may not understand what I just said, but I am seeing the lemonade that God has made out of some lemons.  Isn't that a miracle?  I believe it is! 

So, I will believe that you get your miracle the moment you read this post.  If it doesn't come, I'm standing with you at your Lemonade Stand!  Glory!

Most I know Don't Attend Church!

Here is a truth that most Pastors won't tell you.....YOU DON'T HAVE TO ATTEND CHURCH IN ORDER TO BE A CHRISTIAN!  That's right, God is NOT keeping track of your church attendance!

True Christianity is based upon our relationship with our loving God and NOT by the things we do or don't do!  I wrote on my Facebook Timeline this morning, "Holiness is not based on what we do or don't do, but rather it is based by who we are!"  God makes us holy and our church attendance really doesn't effect this at all.  Yet, religion makes church attendance almost mandatory! 

Now, before your think that I've really sipped a cog today, please let me say....I LOVE ATTENDING CHURCH!  Now in all fairness, allow me to more properly define that statement.  I should say, "I love attending our church!"  Now this is not based on me being the senior pastor, rather it's based on my understanding of God's grace, our church's teaching on God's grace, and my relationship with God and with His Kids who also attend our church.  Every time our group gathers we have fun!  That's right....we have fun!  I look forward to laughing and even crying with our awesome group.  Often we even go out to eat after the service just so the fellowship and fun can continue!  The motto of our church (New Covenant Grace Fellowship of Inverness, Florida) is, "Our goal is for people to feel better about themselves when they leave than when they arrived!" 

Now to be honest, there are some churches, maybe more than "some," that I wouldn't attend either.  I often tell people if their only choice is a legalistic, very religious church they would be better off staying home than attending.  I certainly would not want my children attending a church like that.  Why teach them a false gospel!  You heard me, legalism and religion equate to a false gospel!  Again, I'm probably not making some pastors very happy right now, but why teach our children something that is not correct and something that they will one day have to unlearn?

Now here is a little test for you.....This is a way to know that you are in the right church or not....Are you constantly taught that you have to do things to become righteous and holy or are you taught that God has made you righteous and holy?  Are you taught to do more, work harder to please God or are you taught to rest, that God is already pleased with you through the finished works of Christ on His cross?  Here is a word of advice...If you are being taught to "do, do, do" then my advice is to "run, run, run!" 

Here is a great verse to back up what I'm saying: Galatians 2:16 (NLT), "Yet we know that a person is made right (righteous) with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law.  And we have believed in Christ Jesus so so that we might be made right (righteous) with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law.  For no one will every be made right with God by obeying the law." Now this is a message that our church teaches all the time.  When people begin understanding this they really do leave our church feeling better about themselves when they leave!  Glory!!

Grace and peace!

Do You Live in a Hard Spiritual Area?

Years ago I was very much involved in the "spiritual warfare movement!"  I won't go into all of the details suffice it to say that spiritual warfare dominated my time and ministry. Since coming into revelations of grace I have since begun learning just how complete Christ's victory at the cross was for us.  When He said, "It is finished" I now believe that He meant what He said!  How about you?

Since coming into revelations of grace, with many more revelations to come, by the way, I've discovered that verses like Colossians 2:14-15 mean a lot: "He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.  In this way, HE DISARMED the spiritual rulers and authorities.  He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross." So if Christ has disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities, why o why does the Church spend so much time fighting against a disarmed, shamed, defeated adversary?

Back in the days of Corinne and I traveling the country, ministering in churches all over the nation, we would often meet pastors for the first time.  Most of our meetings were booked because one pastor knew another pastor and would recommend us to minister in their church.  We would often pull into town the day prior to the meetings beginning, at least we tried!  I recall in the early days when we were first learning how to book meetings that we often would have to drive 12-15 hours and often have meetings that night.  Thankfully we were able to see that change early on!  Glory!  However, we'd pull into a town, hook up our motor home and often have lunch or dinner with our host pastor.  In just about every instance something like these words would soon come from that pastor, "The Lord's shown me that our region is one of the most spiritually dry regions in the country!"  In other words he/she was saying to us, "Brother Larry, Sister Corinne....don't expect too much out of our church as God has shown me that our community is in the midst of the most spiritually dead areas in the country!"  Can you say, "Excuse?"

Corinne and I used to get a pretty good laugh over these pastor encounters.  We had it happen dozens and dozens of times.  We used to ask each other, "It is amazing how many most spiritually dead areas in the country there really were!

Allow me to conclude with more of Paul's words, "You have died with Christ, and he HAS set you free from the spiritual powers of this world." (Colossians 2:20)  I don't know what you think, but I'd have to say that the need for spiritual warfare ended 2000 years ago at the cross!  Therefore, instead of making excuses why nothing is happening in our church, maybe we should just begin to go forward as the spiritual giants that we really are and take the land that we were given!  I think that this is a great idea for today!  What thinkest thou?

Grace and peace!