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