Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As we reflect back on 2020, what is going through your mind? The election, China virus, riots, economy and mass confusion spread everywhere we turn! What are we to do? 1Peter 4:12-13 Beloved friends, if life gets extremely difficult, with many tests, don’t be bewildered as though something strange were overwhelming you. Instead, continue to rejoice, for you, in a measure, have shared in the sufferings of the Anointed One so that you can share in the revelation of his glory and celebrate with even greater gladness! We should be prepared for anything the devil tries to put on us. We will have these thing happening in the last days , but we have been made to be the light to the world as examples of how to handle adversity. Paul said in Act 20:24 “But whether I live or die is not important, for I don’t esteem my life as indispensable. It’s more important for me to fulfill my destiny and to finish the ministry my Lord Jesus has assigned to me, which is to faithfully preach the wonderful news of God’s grace. 2Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. I believe all of what we are going through is pulling our world to seek Jesus, he is the only answer. We need to quit waiting on revial and start operating in revial. It started with Jesus , no need to start something new!
We had to cancel all trips, so keep the countries of Cuba, Colombia, and Philippines in your prayers. These pastors are being hit hard with the china virus, economics, and hurricanes. We are in the process of planning some zoom conferences and return visits as soon as we can.
The Encounter’s were very successful this year, with many lives being healed and exchanged into the Lord Jesus. We had new leaders stepping into the calling they were ordained to walk in! So proud of all our leaders this year and we are looking forward to next year. Check out our website for dates
I found myself trying to keep myself on track, but coming up short, then relying on Holy Spirit for everything as He guides and leads! Then Holy Spirit reminds me of the word He gave me in 1982, Romans 9:17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I HAVE RAISED YOU UP, THAT I MAY SHOW MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MAY BE DECLARED IN ALL THE EARTH.” 1Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. We are praising God through it all. China virus came and went with me and Jennifer hasn’t had a problem with any of it. We had an appointment in Dallas with Beth Brickner, head of heart department on November 25. She has been battling fatigue and shortness of breath and come to find out it is congenital defect in her heart, she is getting treatment and we are commanding the hole in her heart to close and she be healed! We will find out the results of the tests done last week in Dallas, and the plan of treatment. Thank you for your prayers during this time, we know God has paid for all healing and we are looking forward to the future and the miracles he has for all of us. Be in agreement with us as we trust in His word! We are excited for the future and how God is going to bless you and us! We would like to thank all that have partnered with us and your blessing be multiplied back 100 fold. So we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Royce & Jennifer
Psalm 42:7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts
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Micah 6:3 O My people, what have I done to you? And in what have I made you weary? Testify against Me!
In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord
Psa 77:1 I poured out my complaint to you, God. I lifted up my voice, shouting out for your help.
Psa 77:2 When I was in deep distress, in my day of trouble, I reached out for you with hands stretched out to heaven. Over and over I kept looking for you, God, but your comforting grace was nowhere to be found.
Psa 77:3 As I thought of you I moaned, “God, where are you?” I’m overwhelmed with despair as I wait for your help to arrive. Pause in his presence
Psa 77:4 I can’t get a wink of sleep until you come and comfort me. Now I’m too burdened to even pray!
Psa 77:5 My mind wandered, thinking of days gone by—the years long since passed.
Psa 77:6 Then I remembered the worship songs I used to sing in the night seasons, and my heart began to fill again with thoughts of you. So my spirit went out once more in search of you.
Psa 77:7 Would you really walk off and leave me forever, my Lord God? Won’t you show me your kind favor, delighting in me again?
Psa 77:8 Has your well of sweet mercy dried up? Will your promises never come true?
Psa 77:9 Have you somehow forgotten to show me love? Are you so angry that you’ve closed your heart of compassion toward me? Pause in his presence
Psa 77:10 Lord, what wounds me most is that it’s somehow my fault that you’ve changed your heart toward me and I no longer see the years of the Mighty One and your right hand of power. FORGIVE YOURSELF
Psa 77:11 Yet I could never forget all your miracles, my God, as I remember all your wonders of old.
Psa 77:12 I ponder all you’ve done, Lord, musing on all your miracles.
Psa 77:13 It’s here in your presence, in your sanctuary, where I learn more of your ways. For holiness is revealed in everything you do. Lord, you’re the one and only, the great and glorious God!
Psa 77:14 Your display of wonders, miracles, and power makes the nations acknowledge you.
Psa 77:15 By your glory-bursts you’ve rescued us over and over. Just ask the sons of Jacob or the sons of Joseph and they will tell you! And all of us, your beloved ones, know that it’s true! Pause in his presence
Psa 77:16 When the many waters of the Red Sea took one look at you, they were afraid and ran away to hide—trembling to its depths!
Psa 77:17 Storm clouds filled with water high in the skies; cloudbursts and thunderclaps announced your approach. Lightning-flashes lit up the landscape.
Psa 77:18 Rolling whirlwinds exploded with sonic booms of thunder, rumbling as the skies shouted out your story with light and sound and wind. Everything on earth shook and trembled as you drew near.
Psa 77:19 Your steps formed a highway through the seas with footprints on a pathway no one even knew was there.
Psa 77:20 You led your people forward by your loving hand, blessed by the leadership of Moses and Aaron.
WHAT ARE YOU THINKING Pro 23:7 for as he thinks in his heart, so is he; Eat and drink, he says to you, but his heart is not with you
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2Th 3:3 But the Lord Yahweh is always faithful to place you on a firm foundation and guard you from the Evil One.
Heb 12:1 Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right of the throne of God.
Heb 12:3 For consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest you be weary and faint in your minds.
Heb 12:4 You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
REMEMBER THE DEVIL’S JOB
Joh 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Mat 5:3 “What wealth is offered to you when you feel your spiritual poverty! For there is no charge to enter the realm of heaven’s kingdom.
Mat 5:4 “What delight comes to you when you wait upon the Lord! For you will find what you long for.
Mat 5:5 “What blessing comes to you when gentleness lives in you! For you will inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 “How enriched you are when you crave righteousness! For you will be surrounded with fruitfulness.
Mat 5:7 “How satisfied you are when you demonstrate tender mercy! For tender mercy will be demonstrated to you.
Mat 5:8 “What bliss you experience when your heart is pure! For then your eyes will open to see more and more of God.
Mat 5:9 “How blessed you are when you make peace! For then you will be recognized as a true child of God.
Mat 5:10 “How enriched you are when you bear the wounds of being persecuted for doing what is right! For that is when you experience the realm of heaven’s kingdom.
Mat 5:11 “How ecstatic you can be when people insult and persecute you and speak all kinds of cruel lies about you because of your love for me!
Mat 5:12 So leap for joy—since your heavenly reward is great. For you are being rejected the same way the prophets were before you
Isa 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow weak nor weary? There is no searching of His understanding.
Isa 40:29 He gives power to the weary; and to him with no vigor; He increases strength.
Isa 40:30 Even the young shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall;
Isa 40:31 but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Thanksgiving proclamations were made mostly by church leaders in New England up until 1682, and then by both state and church leaders until after the American Revolution, during the revolutionary period, political influences affected the issuance of Thanksgiving proclamations. Various proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God”.
SO IT’S NOT ABOUT EATING, SHOPPING, AND FOOTBALL?
THANKSGIVING= gratitude; actually grateful language (to God, as an act of worship): – thankfulness, (giving of) thanks (-giving).
Rev 7:11 All the angels were standing in a circle around the throne with the elders and the four living creatures, and they all fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
Rev 7:12 singing: “Amen! Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might belong to our God forever and ever! Amen!
BLESSING= fine speaking, that is, elegance of language;
GLORY=- dignity, glory, honor, praise, worship.
WISDOM= higher or lower, worldly or spiritual: – wisdom.
HONOR=- honor, precious, price
POWER = specifically miraculous power – ability, abundance, meaning, might), power, strength, violence, mighty (wonderful) work.
MIGHT=ability, might, power, strength.
John 4:23-24 From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”
NOT FOR WHAT WE CAN GET, BUT FOR WHO HE IS!
GIVE THANKS THROUGH, NOT FOR, ALL THINGS
Act 16:23 After they were severely beaten, they were thrown into prison and the jailer was commanded to guard them securely.
Act 16:24 So the jailer placed them in the innermost cell of the prison and had their feet bound and chained.
Act 16:25 Paul and Silas, undaunted, prayed in the middle of the night and sang songs of praise to God, while all the other prisoners listened to their worship.
Act 16:26 Suddenly, a great earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. All at once every prison door flung open and the chains of all the prisoners came loose.
Act 16:27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.
Act 16:28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
Act 16:29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
Act 16:30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Act 16:31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
BLESSING COME WHEN WE WALK THROUGH
1Co 15:57 But we thank God for giving us the victory as conquerors through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.
1Co 15:58 So now, beloved ones, stand firm and secure. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We know that we prosper and excel in every season by serving the Lord, because we are assured that our union with the Lord makes our labor productive with fruit that endures.
1Th 5:16-18 Let joy be your continual feast. Make your life a prayer. And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.
REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS!
1Co 11:23 I have handed down to you what came to me by direct revelation from the Lord himself. The same night in which he was handed over, he took bread
1Co 11:24 and gave thanks. Then he distributed it to the disciples and said, “Take it and eat your fill. It is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
1Co 11:25 He did the same with the cup of wine after supper and said, “This cup seals the new covenant with my blood. Drink it—and whenever you drink this, do it to remember me.”
2020 not any different except for media coverage
WILL IT EVER END? WILL GOD EVER BLESS ME? Psa 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Mat 6:25 “This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?
Mat 6:26 “Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they?
Mat 6:27 So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?
Mat 6:28 “And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil,
Mat 6:29 and yet not even Solomon in all his splendor was robed in beauty more than one of these!
Mat 6:30 So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith?
Mat 6:31 “So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
Mat 6:32 For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?
Mat 6:33 “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.
Isaiah 28-31 Don’t you know? Haven’t you been listening? God is the one and only everlasting God, the Creator of all you can see and imagine! He never gets weary or worn out. His intelligence is unlimited; he is never puzzled over what to do! He empowers the feeble and infuses the powerless with increasing strength. Even young people faint and get exhausted; athletic ones may stumble and fall. But those who wait for Lord’s grace will experience divine strength. They will rise up on soaring wings and fly like eagles, run their race without growing weary, and walk through life without giving up.
DON’T LET YOUR MIND WONDER!
2Co 10:5 We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One.
Isa 50:7 “For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
Pro 3:5-10 Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong. Then you will find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for. Glorify God with all your wealth, honoring him with your very best, with every increase that comes to you. Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy!
Heb 6:12 So don’t allow your hearts to grow dull or lose your enthusiasm, but follow the example of those who fully received what God has promised because of their strong faith and patient endurance.
Psa 23:4 Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.
2Pe 3:1 Beloved friends, this is now the second letter I have written to you in which I’ve attempted to stir you up and awaken you to a proper mind-set.
2Pe 3:2 So never forget both the prophecies spoken by the holy prophets of old and the teaching of our Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
Rom 5:1 Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes. This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us.
Rom 5:2 Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!
Rom 5:3 But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance.
Rom 5:4 And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope.
Rom 5:5 And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!
Php 3:14 I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.
Mat 6:34 Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”