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On The Road Again!

Greetings from Cedar Springs, MI!

Wow!  How fast a month goes!  First thing in the morning "Pilgrim I" is on the road again, heading for Mansfield, OH.  We begin meetings with our great friends at "My House Ministries" Friday evening.  Also, our "Mechanic in Chief," Dave Ensley will be doing a check and repair session on "Pilgrim I."

Next Monday we'll be in the Pittsburgh area for about 10 days.  Please keep us in prayer, and if you are in the PA region and would be interested in attending our meetings, or even better yet, inviting us to serve your church or ministry, give us a shout!

I'll send you an update from Mansfield over the weekend!

Kingdom blessings ~ Larry


My Pics

Hey All,

Please feel free to take a look at my photo album (My Pics).  It's on the bottom right side of the side bar below.  I'm going to be trying hard to keep new pictures updated, especially of upcoming meetings.  I also wish to share my awesome family with you!

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Be blessed ~ Larry


Do You Fear the Prophetic?

Note from Larry: Next Wednesday we begin another ministry phase. We leave Cedar Springs, MI and drive “Pilgrim I” and the “Toad” (our tow-behind car) south towards Mansfield, OH and have meetings with our great friends at “My House Ministries.” We are excited about all of the prospects of being, “On The Road Again!” From Mansfield we make our way into the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please keep us in your prayers, and hopefully we’ll see you some where on “The Road!”

Greetings from Cedar Springs, MI:

How about checking out this passage of Scripture, Acts 16: 6 - 10. Please note verses 9-10, (NLT) “That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.”

Paul and Silas were about to make their way towards Asia on this start of Paul’s Second Missionary Journey. In verse 9 we read that the Holy Spirit forbade them to continue forward in their ministry plans. Instead that night the Lord sent a vision that changed the destiny of the World. The Gospel of the Kingdom of God headed to Greece, and ultimately Europe and into North America, instead of towards Asia. Now don’t ask me why this happened. I have no idea and some might say they know, but… well we won’t go there!

The thing I wish you to see is that Paul’s entire ministry direction and ultimately the ministry direction for the entire known world was changed in a moment, with a vision, with one “prophetic event!” Wow! Now please think about this… Paul did not write this vision out and submit it to a group of elders, he didn’t fast and pray about for days, and as far as I can tell he didn’t even subject this vision too much to Silas or to those traveling with them. Instead the Bible says, “So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once….” Paul, Silas and those traveling with them decided to “participate in a prophetic event” and thus changed the face of the entire new Christian movement!

OK… I have to be the very first to admit that there have been many failures in prophetic ministry. Sadly, I have to also admit that many dear, hungry, God seeking Saints have been hurt by “bad words.” However, I keep hearing, “Do not throw the baby out with the bath water.” We are in the midst of a very “prophetic season.” This “season” is in the very midst of great expansion as the needs of the Holy Sprit’s gifts are greater than ever!

Often people ask Corinne and I, “What do you do?” or, “What are your ministry gifts?” Our first answer is that we are “Revivalists.” I’ve written enough about this subject so that you can hopefully visualize what we’re talking about. We also are church planters, and we consider ourselves encouragers to the Body. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times people have prayed over us telling us that we are a “Dad and Mom to the Body!” However in our meetings the one thing that we do best, possibly the one thing that makes a greater difference than anything else we do in the lives of people, is our prophetic ministry. This past Sunday evening we were in a meeting in the Greater Grand Rapids, MI area. Sunday morning we were greatly blessed as God moved all around us. Then during the Sunday evening meeting the Lord had Corinne and I begin to pray personally over all who desired our “hands on” prayer ministry. It was pretty awesome. The prophetic really began to flow, and not only through us, but through some of the other Saints too. One man recently came from a non- “Spirit” led type of church. He was a little intimidated by the goings on at the morning meeting, and when we began to pray for individuals at the close of the evening meeting it became very obvious that he wasn’t in a hurry to come forward. Towards the end one of the pastors urged this guy to come forward. He did so very reluctantly and you could almost see the fear and uncertainty in his eyes!

As Corinne and I began to pray for him, you could see some of the walls begin to topple. Then the prophetic flow for him began. I began to tell him things that the Lord was showing me and how to pray into them, and you could almost sense God descending on this brother! Shortly Corinne began. If you have ever been in any of our meetings you know how she operates….Wow! God completely unloaded this guys wagon of grief and past hurt, and uploaded a whole lot of His peace and well-being. You could see this brother’s skin change to a very radiant color! It was awesome. At the end he told us all that there were some things about his past that even the pastors of the fellowship didn’t know about him, and that he had asked God, “If these guys are real, then let them tell me things about me that no one knows.” Well, that’s exactally what the Lord did! We all got to participate in another “prophetic event” and another life was changed for the better. I love it!

Here’s what one of the pastors emailed to me today, “

We will be praying for you as you travel and praying that the Lord will bring you back to us at the time of His choosing. The Lord used you to open Bro._____ up to receiving ministry. You are the first he ever let speak over him that way, so now he is ready to receive more and grow. We will definitely keep you informed. Again, you refreshed us and it was a blessing to have you here. Looking forward to round 2 soon!”

I underlined the above… I would like to draw your attention to the fact that due to prophetic ministry this brother is now ready to grow more in the Lord!

Yep, yep, yep!!!!! I get so excited about what we do! I love it! There’s never a dull moment when the Holy Spirit is moving and His prophetic voice is going forth.

OK, so here’s the bottom line, please do not fear the prophetic. I wish I could tell you that all of us who minister prophetically are 100% correct. I wish I could say that Corinne and I are 100% accurate in our prophetic ministry! We would hope and pray that our prophetic ministry is 100% correct! However, it most likely isn’t as “we see in part and know in part!” But let us all endeavor to not “throw the baby out with the bath water!”

I may share some more thoughts about this in future blogs. In the meantime, listen to what God’s saying to you. He wants you to know His heart and His wishes for your life!

Kingdom blessings ~ Larry

My website:

www.larrysilverman.com


James 5

Greetings from Cedar Springs, MI

Last night I had a difficult time falling asleep so I was reading the Word of God from my Blackberry.  I was reading the Book of James and felt to spend some time looking over the 5th chapter, especially verses 7-18.  Many today are going through some pretty heavy duty battles.  If this includes you, take  a moment and look over the verses below.  If everything is going well for you, give these verses a read anyway.  You will be blessed as a result, after all it just doesn't get any better than the Word of God!.

Make sure you let me know what you think of my new blog format.  You can comment on this blog by hitting the "comment" button below the blog.

Blessings ~ Larry

my website: www.larrysilverman.com

James 5 (New Living Translation*)

Warning to the Rich
1 Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. 2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. 3 Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment. 4 For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

5 You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and killed innocent people,[a] who do not resist you.[b]

Patience and Endurance
7 Dear brothers and sisters,[c] be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. 8 You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

9 Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!

10 For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.

12 But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.

The Power of Prayer
13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.

16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! 18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.

Restore Wandering Believers
19 My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, 20 you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.

Footnotes:

  1. James 5:6 Or killed the Righteous One.
  2. James 5:6 Or Don’t they resist you? or Doesn’t God oppose you? or Aren’t they now accusing you before God?
  3. James 5:7 Greek brothers; also in 5:9, 10, 12, 19.

*Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.


Keep It Simple!

Greetings from Cedar Springs, MI

Personal note from Larry:  Since arriving in Michigan we've been on a total run!  Stacey, our middle daughter got married this past Saturday.  It was a great time of celebration, our good friends, LeRoy and Lynda Dyke pastors in Greenville, MI performed the wedding ceremony and we met many of  Stacey's husband's family members as well as had a great time with many of our own family.

We still have lots to do, including having Sunday meetings in local churches.  We're also looking forward to a little R & R, which we need badly.  Please keep us in your prayers.  The first weekend of August we're off to Mansfield, OH, then on to the Pittsburgh area.

                                                         Keep It Simple!

A week ago yesterday, Sunday July, 8, a Grand Rapids, MI police officer responded to a domestic violence call.  He was ambushed, shot and killed by a demonized husband.  This past Friday thousands of Grand Rapids citizens lined the streets of the funeral procession, and with American flags in their hands, and many crying like babies, the Citizens of Grand Rapids honored a Fallen Hero.  The local news stations carried the funeral live, and police officers from all over the Nation as well as even a few from other nations came and gave final respect for their struck down Brother.  It was a very impressive day!  I kept thinking how America seems to be changing.  It seems that there is a rush on to get back to the days when things just seemed a whole lot more simple.  For instance, in law enforcement, the local cop on the beat was a great friend to everyone in the neighborhood he patrolled.  He knew everyone by name, and they him.  Every small child was told, "If you ever get lost, find the nearest police officer."

Within the ranks of the Church, we have been in a conceptial season of largeness.  Along with mega size hamburgs, fries and sodas, have come the super sized, mega churches with a program to fit every consumer's need.  It's said that some Chinese church planters, visiting America were asked about their reflections on the American Church.  Their response was, "It's amazing how much American churches can do without the Holy Spirit!"  I don't know if this is true or not, but I have to say.... It could be true!

However like the citizens of Grand Rapids, it seems that people within the Church are slowing down, seeing the need for reflection on life at a much more simplified pace.

Our ministry seems to go forward in cycles.  On a yearly basis the Holy Spirit gives us new direction to share with the Church of America.  Certainly revival is the key to everything.  However, the Lord is showing us many small keys that help unlock the looming door of revival.  We're in that place right now, and it reminds me of a spring winding up for it's eventual release.  In a couple of weeks we'll be "on the road again!"  Man... I can't wait!  I'm crying out to God for some much needed rest and relaxation, yet within me, anticipation is building towards the day when "Pilgrim I" is on the road to Ohio and our first set of meetings for the season.

Our message is.... "Keep It Simple!"  Here's just a very little of what the Holy Spirit is showing us:  Acts 3: 21, (NLT) "For Jesus must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through his holy prophets."  Restoration is another word for revival.  God is preparing His Church for one of the greatest times of Her existence and Corinne and I wish to be right in the middle of the whole thing.  Our message is one of preparation.  The Church is about to be restored.  That means She will be brought back to what She looked like for the first 100 years of Her existence.  To be honest, only one word can describe the Church of the 1st Century....Simple!

I'll be sharing a whole lot more about this in future blogs as I wish to keep this one as short as possible.  However, just one more thought here....  We're seeing that the Church should look like a healthy Christian family.  Note the key word here, "healthy!"  So from our years of education and experience in the counseling areas of ministry, we wish to help the Saints come into much more health within their families, thus bringing a new solid health back into the local churches. 

We've got lots to share with you, and are eager to get the word out.  If you would be interested in hosting us in your church or ministry for some meetings, give a shout.  Also, some wish to know how to help support our travels to the small churches of America.  I've added a PayPal link to this blog, it's located on the bottom right of the sidebar.

I'll be sharing much more with you on this subject in future blogs.  In the meantime... Just KEEP IT SIMPLE SAINTS!

Blessings ~ Larry

my web site: www.larrysilverman.com


07/07/07

Greetings from Cedar Springs, MI

Corinne and I arrived here last weekend, and have been swamped in catching up with family and friends.  I might share some more of this on a later blog.  However, today I just wish to take note of the date, July 7, 2007.

All over the world, people are seeking God for revival.  We're not able to get too much Christian TV in the RV park we're stayin, however a friend of mine just called about "The Call" in Nashville.  He said it was pretty neat to see all of those people crying out to God for revival in America.

All I can say is a hearty, "AMEN!

Corinne and I add our prayers to all of you, around America, and the world, that are praying for revival.  So be it Lord!  Today might be a grand day to reflect on revival.  If you get a few minutes check out, "Revival Voices of the Past," on our website: www.larrysilverman.com  Especially take note of Duncan Campbell speaking of the revival in the Hebridies Islands in the 1950's!

In closing this short blog, please read the following: Isaiah 64: 1-4,  "Oh, that you would burst from the heavens and come down!  How the mountains would quake in your presence!  As fire causes wood to burn and water to boil, your coming would amke the nations tremble.  Then your enemies would learn the reason for your fame!  When you came down long ago, you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations, and how the mountains quaked!  For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him!" 

To this all I can say is Lord... Amen!

Kingdom blessings,

Larry