Monthly Archives: March 2014

How High’s the Water, Mama?

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We Americans generally take good water for granted because all we have to do is turn on a faucet. Then, almost immediately, clean water flows out into our glasses, pots, sinks, showers, or wherever.

This is not true for the rest of the world.

Each day, women in foreign nations spend 200 million hours carrying water for their families, livestock, and crops. Many travel miles to collect water from filthy ponds or lakes which may be contaminated with waterborne disease. They may have no other options.

Did you know 3.4 million people die each year from water related diseases? This number is larger than all the people killed each year by war and violence. Did you also know one in nine in the world do not have access to clean water? A great majority of these live in South Asia.

Today is World Water Day.

I am a blogger for Gospel For Asia because I believe in their ministry. Preaching the gospel to unreached people is their number one goal which they achieve by sponsoring native missionaries, helping children, radio, and countless other ways.

But they also dig Jesus Wells and provide clean water for whole villages. The water is offered to all and many choose to follow Jesus because of these wells.

Gospel For Asia is praying and believing God to provide the finances for 5,000 Jesus Wells this year. Each one costs $1,000.

So, if you want to know how you can help Gospel For Asia reach their goal, please click here.

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Friday’s Prayers for Prisoners (3/21/2014)

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In the vision, I was walking through the countryside on a beautiful sunny day. The grass was a silky green and the sky was a perfect blue with no clouds in sight. Then, I heard someone say, “Come to our church. We are free in the Spirit.”

I turned toward the voice and what I saw shocked me. It was a dark cave with bars stretching across its opening. A church steeple sat atop the cave. The people stood behind the bars and beckoned me with their hands through the openings between the bars. They repeated over and over, “Come to our church. We are free in the Spirit.” (As told by Roberts Liardon, in the 1990’s)

How could fellow believers be imprisoned and still think they are free in the Spirit?

ANSWER: A large majority of believers accept what preachers, teachers, and others tell them about what the Bible says without ever searching their own Bibles to see if the people are correct. Thus, they are prone to swallow lies and, even outrageous whoppers.

“The greatest hindrance to Christianity is not the opponents of the Bible, but rather, its proponents.” (Charles H. Spurgeon)

Today, I prayed for American prisoners:

Lord, I pray we American believers study and understand the Bible so that we are not ashamed before God and are set free by its truth. (Based on 2 Timothy 2:15 and John 8:32)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3

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Beginning today and ending on March 25, my book, New Wind Blowing, is on sale at Amazon for $.99. You can download it onto your Kindle or any iPad, PC, Mac, iPhone, and other smartphones with Kindle apps.

Amazon book description:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” (Albert Einstein)

Since the 1970’s, we Christians have attempted to overturn the Supreme Court’s Roe versus Wade decision. We have fasted. We have prayed. We have preached and prophesied. We have endorsed politicians and their parties. And then, when that has failed, we have done more of the same. Yet, we have fallen far short of the mark.

Maybe, we’re doing something wrong!

Part I of New Wind Blowing explains my 2008 revelation on abortion and three other issues.

Part II relates further revelations about the background leading up to the 2008 election.

Conclusion states what we Christians should do in light of these revelations.

Maybe we need to change today.

54 Pages     Reg. Price $2.99     Author: Larry Nevenhoven

Available on Amazon for Kindles and Kindle Apps.

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Tuesday’s Prayers for America (3/18/2014)

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In early 1996, I painted a duplex apartment house in Marshalltown, Iowa. It had two bedrooms and housed eleven or twelve Hispanic laborers who worked at the Swift & Company meat packing plant. Language was a barrier between us, but we communicated somewhat with sign language and a few common words. The laborers were fun loving guys and I enjoyed them.

At the time, the Swift & Company meat packing plant had 2,200 employees, approximately 90% were Hispanic. The union at Swift had been removed ten years earlier in a long strike over wages. Swift ended up advertising in rural Mexico areas for employees. Thus, the influx of Hispanics. Wages were in the $9 to $10/hour range, compared to $15 to $20/hour when the plant was unionized.

The work at the meat packing plant was dirty and dangerous. As for native Iowans, few worked at Swift because of the low wages and dismal working conditions. They chose to work elsewhere. So, by default, Mexican immigrants worked at the plant.

All of this sets the stage for my vision.

One day, I turned to look at the men sitting in the kitchen and had a vision. In it, I saw into the future to a time when America’s economy had tanked. Jobs were scarce. Native Americans who had worked at other jobs were laid off and then needed employment. They saw the Hispanic laborers and hated them for taking jobs away from native-born workers. Large crowds formed. These crowds hunted the Hispanics down, hanging some, and shooting others. Riots broke out with Hispanic men, women, and children being killed.

I knew this vision was not just for Marshalltown or Iowa, but was for all of America.

Today, I prayed:

Lord, I pray we Americans do not oppress the foreigners in our land, but rather, I pray we show hospitality to them, realizing that some of these strangers may be angels. (Based on Jeremiah 7:6 and Hebrews 13:2)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America. 

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Lord, Help Me Love Democrats (Part 8)

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The first city Israel faced in the Promised Land was Jericho.

The Lord gave His leader, Joshua, unusual instructions for laying siege to the city. Joshua was told to have Israel’s army quietly march around Jericho with seven priests blowing trumpets one time each day for six days. On the seventh day, the warriors and the priests marched seven times around the city and then the warriors shouted.

The walls of Jericho fell down and the city was soon destroyed.

After sacking Jericho, the next step for Israel was Aia fortified city of 12,000 men and women.

Joshua sent scouts to check out Ai. The scouts returned and said: “Ai is a puny, insignificant city compared to Jericho. Just send two or three thousand warriors to attack it.”

Joshua listened to the scouts and sent 3,000 soldiers against Ai. The Israelites were soundly defeated and 36 men were killed.

Now, came the big test for Israel’s new leader, Joshua. What should he do?

After all, Israel had an army of three hundred thousand fighting men. Joshua could have depended solely on Israel’s numerical strength and sent them all against Ai, hoping to crush them.

Or he could have sent a different scouting party to Ai. Maybe the first group of scouts overlooked something.

Joshua chose neither of these options, but instead, he humbled himself in prayer and fasting, seeking the Lord’s answer for Israel’s defeat by Ai. Joshua was determined to do nothing this time until he head the Lord’s voice.

What did the Lord eventually tell Joshua?

Israel has sinned…Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies… (Joshua 7:11-12)

The sin in Israel had to be identified and handled in an extreme manner to ready it for future battles. You see, God hated Israel’s sin and would not be a partner with it.

What can we American Christians learn from this example?

(Continued in Part 9)

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Inside Israel

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Blessings to you with love, dear sisters and brothers.  May you be encouraged and blessed, and may The Lord of Glory be blessed and glorified.

The bus was leaking this morning, the morning of the fast of Esther.  No, it wasn’t leaking gas, as our apartment was earlier this week, but water.  No again, not from the radiator.  I contemplated opening my umbrella, but as everyone else was being very stoic about this, I decided that I would be too. True, the rain was not as heavy INSIDE of the bus as it was outside, and I was blessed that this morning my seat was not wet, as it had been yesterday.  Thank God for the rain!  Even if the weather shift causes the rain to fall in torrential buckets for several days at a time rather then being scattered more evenly throughout the winter and spring, the water is a blessing and we are thankful.

And the storms are DRAMATIC to say the least.

Today is the fast of Esther. Purim is rapidly approaching when Jews everywhere celebrate survival, as a people, against all odds. Although Purim specifically celebrates our survival at the time of Esther, it is symbolic of the ancient and ongoing battle, but the means are still the same today. There are always some raised up “for such a time as this.”

The book of Esther will be read in synagogues, homes, on the bus, and really wherever people gather together, and festive activities will follow.  Around the country, Purim begins this year on Saturday night through Sunday, but in Jerusalem (the walled city), Purim is Sunday night through Monday.  Our shops have been filled with costumes as people, especially children, dress up…traditionally as Queen Esther and Mordachai. However, sadly, more and more super heroes and monsters are replacing the Biblical heroes.

Baskets full of tasty morsels are given out (mishloach manoat – sent portions) as gifts, baskets with sweets, humantasin – or oznaim haman (a 3 pointed filled cookie graphically called “Haman’s ears”), small bottles of wine or grape juice and the like.  It is not my favorite holiday because I see it as having veered away from the focus of God’s great deliverance to a Halloween type party, and that is sad.  But on the fast day I think of Esther being called “for such a time as this,” and each of us being called in our own place and purpose.  Who was she?

I had the great and undeserved privilege last July to share with a large international group of praying ladies, and the topic was “for such a time as this.”  As I prayed through my preparation, I was so struck by God’s timing. He said: “And it shall happen in the last days…” and “the time drew near…” and “The time is not yet…” and “As the time approached…” and  “The time is very near…” and “As you see the time approaching… and “AND IT CAME TO PASS…” and many other exhortations.

I think again of the weather outside.  It is very cold, much colder then we would normally expect at this time of year, nevertheless, the trees are bursting forth with new leaves, as are the flowers, and the spring birds have arrived and built their nests.  They do not consider the weather. They KNOW THEIR TIME.

I was reading Matthew 24 again this morning in my regular reading.  I am so thankful for this “roadmap chapter” that lays out so clearly: “Then…” and “Then…” and “When you see this…”  I find His landmarks very clear. I don’t know what the fuss is sometimes between those who wrestle with prophecy because He told us.

And again I think of Esther.  She found herself where she found herself “for such a time as this.” She was given a choice and could have let God raise someone else up.  After all, she began as an orphan, became a queen, but she did not choose this path herself. She let God choose and she walked it out.  I suspect that she would have walked as faithfully as an unknown servant.

Today I know that is what I want: to let God choose the path and then to faithfully walk it out, looking unto Yeshua, The Author and Finisher of my faith.  I have no faith of my own; it is all His.

And in the midst of the path I find sisters and brothers with encouragement for me. Friends come from afar and oh how they strengthen my hands. May I strengthen theirs. His wonderful body in action.

Today in Israel I watch the seasons.  There were 70 or more rockets fired at Israel last night from Gaza.  British Prime Minister Cameron, visiting Israel, dazzled our Knesset yesterday with such supportive words, very unusual from a European leader or any leader. Yet as I listened to his speech, I heard him calling clearly for the return to the indefensible 1967 borders and division of Jerusalem.  I read God’s Word and see that if we obey the world we disobey God.  How will it play out?  How will we walk in the midst?  Will our eyes behold terrible things and if they do, how will we stand?  More agonizing situations in Ukraine, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, we loose track sometimes of all of the problems.

And my bus leaks.

There is humor in watching the rain fall inside of the bus.  May we all find our full strength in Him to keep walking, faithfully, wherever He puts us and may it be ALL for HIS glory alone.

Thanks for letting me share.  Blessing and peace in His Presence to each of you.  

Lovingly,

your sis J

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Friday’s Prayers for Prisoners (March 14, 2014)

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“Honey, the Lord told me on the way home tonight how blessed I should feel to have a godly husband like you,” said Carol as we slipped into bed at the end of a long weekday.

“That may be true, but I’m going to shoot your mom,” I said looking at the ceiling.

“Sweetheart, what?” she said, her green eyes blinking in unbelief.

“After I shoot her, I might hang her by the neck, and then drop her over a steep cliff.”

“Dear, that’s not like you at all. You wouldn’t hurt anyone, especially my mom.”

“After today, I’ve changed my mind about a lot of things. I just might shoot her right between the eyes.”

We rolled over and fell to sleep.

This conversation actually took place in Glidden, Iowa, when Carol and I stayed at her mom’s five-acre farm. Fern was seventy-eight years old at the time, but don’t go thinking her age caused her to be a weak link in the local farming scene. Nothing could have been further from the truth. If anything, she still resembled a pioneer woman ready to hitch up a Conestoga wagon with a pair of oxen and head over the Rockies to Oregon.

Everything had been great between Fern and me up until that week. Her humor and intelligence made her a joy to be around, but all of the warm fuzzies ended when sweet corn season arrived.

Now, let me set the stage, okay?

The late July temperatures hovered near one hundred degrees with the humidity approaching tropical rainforest levels. No air conditioning. Ten zillion, pesty, ornery farm flies, and two acres of sweet corn. Carol worked for a company in Carroll, Iowa, and I had just finished detasseling for a hybrid seed corn company.

“Larry, would you like to help harvest some sweet corn?” asked Fern one morning.

“Sure, of course,” I said, not foreseeing any problems.

The next four days were an absolute “hell on earth” for me. The heat, humidity, and flies took their toll, but what pushed me over the edge were Fern’s drill sergeant’s tactics.

“Do this. Don’t do that. Be careful. Watch out. Grab this. Let go. It’s not that hot outside. Can’t you go a little faster? What’s wrong with you?”

She counted the number of pints of corn already done on the fourth day.

“We’ve already done one hundred and twenty pints so far, which is a record for me, but I know we can do at least two hundred pints, maybe even more.”

Her eyes gleamed with the possibilities of being listed in the Guinness World Records and the Prairie Farmer. That night I spouted off to Carol about offing her mom.

I crept out of bed early the next morning and tiptoed down to the family room. There I dropped to my knees on the carpet.

“Lord, what’s my problem? Why do I want to shoot a sweet, seventy-eight year old lady?” I prayed.

The Lord spoke to my heart after a long while: “You’ve given up on senior citizens. You think they just want to collect their social security checks and sit on porches, taking it easy until they die. You don’t believe I will use them in a move of My Spirit in America.” Then, He added, “I haven’t given up on them and neither should you. Repent of your attitudes.”

I repented before the Lord that morning.

(An excerpt from The Hunt for Larry Who by Larry Nevenhoven, chapter 28, Glidden.)

The following is my prayer for today:

Lord, I pray for the gray-haired believers in America that You would remember them and use them to proclaim Your power and Your mighty miracles to all people. (Based on Psalm 71:18)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Fridays to fast and pray for prisoners, according to Hebrews 13:3

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