Monthly Archives: June 2016

Thursday’s Prayers for America (June 30, 2016)

“I will never quit…If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates…I am never out of the fight.” (Philosophy of the U.S. Navy SEALs)

I am never out of the fight.

Although the quote relates specifically to the US Navy SEALs, it also could describe senior citizens, even a seventy-year old guy like me.

Yes, our knees may be creaky, our backs may be temperamental, our energy may be equal to that of a twenty-year old cat on a rainy day, and so forth and so on. And it’s possible some of us may end up using canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, or even lie totally paralyzed on beds. But yet, as long as we can open our mouths or think thoughts, we can pray. And because of that —

We are never out of the fight.

I believe with all my heart that the Lord is searching for groups of senior citizens who believe they are never out of the fight until their hearts stop beating and who are willing to turn their backs on their pasts and devote themselves to prayer.

(Excerpt from Unhinged Geezer by Larry Nevenhoven,  ©2015, Amazon eBook)

My prayer today:

Lord, pour out Your Spirit on senior citizens so that we set our hope in You and continue in supplications and prayers night and day for America. (Based on 1 Timothy 5:5)

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

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

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Tuesday’s Prayers for the One New Man (June 28, 2016)

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In 539 BC, Daniel read Jeremiah’s prophecy and realized that it was about time for the seventy years of the desolation of Jerusalem to be completed.

Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. (Daniel 9:3)

Did other people, besides Daniel, realize the seventy years were almost complete?

My guess is that many people realized Jeremiah’s prophecy was about to be fulfilled because the Hebrews studied scriptures, but my guess is also that they just accepted it as a fact and did nothing.

Thus, it was Daniel who put his revelation and faith into action so that the Father’s will would be done on earth as it was in heaven. He was then rewarded with a visit by Gabriel and a powerful revelation.

I can’t promise you an angelic visit or a revelation for fasting and praying for the one new man to come forth, but who knows, it might.

My prayer today:

Lord, I’m putting You in remembrance so that we can contend together as a team to bring forth the one new man in this season on Your divine calendar. (Based on Isaiah 43:26)

Join with me on Tuesday’s to pray and fast for the one new man to finally come forth in the Body of Christ.

…that he might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace (Ephesians 2:15)

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Donald or Hillary Versus the Kings of Judah (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a new prophetic teaching series using Youtube videos as the media vehicle rather than writing on a WordPress blog. So far, the learning curve is a lot more than I expected, but then again, we old dogs still may be able to learn new tricks after all.

 

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Thursday’s Prayers for America (June 23, 2016)

How prepared are we Americans for calamities and terrorists’ attacks?

Probably about the same as the ones Jesus described in His passage about the return of the Son of Man —

“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:26-29)

We American believers do not have to live a “business as usual” life and then be caught by terrible surprises. We are sons of light and sons of the day. We are not supposed to be destined for wrath, but for His salvation.

My prayer today:

Lord, awaken us American believers out of our spiritual indifference so that we are alert, sober-minded, self-controlled, calm, wise, and prepared for the days ahead. (Based on 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Amplified)

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

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

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Tuesday’s Prayers for One New Man (June 21, 2016)

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Will Christ return this year during the Fall Feasts? Or next year? Or the year after? Or five years from now? Or ten years? Or twenty? I don’t know, but I do believe we are living in an important time period on God’s calendar. So, we need to be in tune with His will and His purposes now.

My prayer today:

Lord, I pray that You will unite all things in heaven and all things on earth in You preparing us for the one new man to come forth in the Body of Christ. (Based on Ephesians 1:10)

Join with me on Tuesday’s to pray and fast for the one new man to finally come forth in the Body of Christ.

…that he might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace (Ephesians 2:15)

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Father’s Day Tribute to Dad

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“Roy, where’s your shadow?” the Massey Harris farm tractor salesman asked Dad.

With the salesman’s words, I received a nickname, which stayed with me for quite a few years. I was Dad’s shadow, his tag along little boy who traveled with him when he drove his truck to town, a neighbor’s place, Uncle Bob’s farm, the Haldane Elevator, or wherever.

My nickname carried with it unique benefits because Dad was a softie. I could always squeeze a dime out of his billfold. Ten cents may not seem like a fortune today, but it was enough to buy an ice-cold Nehi Cream Soda and a Baby Ruth at Donaldson’s Grocery Store in Haldane, Illinois, or a Pepsi and a handful of peanuts at Gentry’s Farm Implement in Polo.

As his shadow, I watched Dad climb Gene Bolen’s and Matt DeWall’s silos up to the top each year so a new crop of corn silage could be stored in them. He was the fearless neighborhood Spiderman, unafraid of heights. I also stood nearby when Dad helped Lawrence Zumdahl, Walter Paul, and Doc Link with their farm projects. Dad always found time to help neighbors and drink a cup of coffee at their kitchen tables afterward.

“Black, please, no cream or sugar,” he answered when asked how he drank his coffee.

 

Dad put his shadow to work for the first time at six years of age. I drove an Allis Chalmers WD tractor, which pulled the hayfork loaded with bales into the barn. It was an easy task. All I had to do was pay attention and push in the hand clutch when he waved at me.

But as youngsters often do, my mind wandered here and there, causing me to stop early a few too many times. Dad then laid down the law.

“From now on, you watch me. If you don’t see me waving at you, keep going, even if you end up in the apple orchard. Do you understand?”

The firmness of his voice alerted me to the importance of obeying his commandments.

All went well for a few hours until Mom showed up and talked with Dad while he worked. The hayfork load of bales moved upward and into the barn. I continued driving the tractor, waiting for his wave, but he continued talking with Mom. I drove past all of my earlier stopping points and headed for the orchard. He finally waved and I stopped.

He ran toward me with a red face and held his faded green hat in a huge hand.

“Sonny, I am so mad…but it’s not your fault…it’s mine. But I’m so mad! You pulled the door out of the back of the barn with the hayforks. I’m so mad, but it’s not your fault. Honest, Sonny, it’s not your fault!”

He stood there next to the tractor tire, shifting his weight from one foot to the other in his anger, yet careful not to hurt my feelings. He helped me off the tractor and gave me a hug. All was well between Dad and his shadow, even though his barn door needed repairs right away.

This is how Dad always treated me because he loved his little shadow.

(Excerpt from my memoir,  The Hunt for Larry Who, by Larry Nevenhoven, ©2014, Amazon eBook)

The last words I spoke to Dad were said at the Freeport Nursing Home on May 1, 2010, the evening before he died: “Dad, you’re the greatest father in the whole world. I love you.”

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Thursday’s Prayers for America (6/16/2016)

The maturity level of most American believers is so shallow that if one describes 911 or Katrina as possible judgments of the Lord, we become offended and are quick to lash out with out tongues. “How dare you say something like that! Who do you think you are? A prophet? If so, you’re a false one,” we shout in unison.

The tumult continues until the person who has voiced such ridiculous beliefs is cowed back into his little box or his reputation shredded to pieces. This is what happened to Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson when they voiced their beliefs about 911.

What does the Bible state?

Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city unless the Lord has done it? (Amos 3:6)

We believers declare the Lord as the sovereign King over America, but when a 911 or a Katrina occurs, we quickly wrestle the divine scepter out of His grasp and place it in the hands of someone else.

But why do we assume the Lord, who is also our Judge, would not chastise America? Didn’t He use enemies and calamities to chastise Israel all throughout the Old Testament? Shouldn’t we expect to be treated the same as God’s chosen people?

Our immaturity resembles that of Jerusalem and Judah when Jeremiah prophesied to them −

Thus says, the Lord: “When men fall, do they rise again? If one turns away, does he not return? Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return. I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle. Even the stork in the heavens knows her times, and the turtledove, swallow, and crane keep the time of their coming, but My people know not the judgment of the Lord.” (Jeremiah 8:4-7)

Maybe it’s time for us to grow up before it’s too late.

(Excerpt from Common Sense 2016 by Larry Nevenhoven, ©2016, Amazon eBook)

My prayer today:

Lord, reveal our hearts to us American believers and show us what we have done or failed to do that has contributed to the problems in our nation today.

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

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

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