Wake up call

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Last night was our last Catch online Zoom revival meeting for this year, and it truly lit a fire among those in attendance. If you weren’t there, the good news is, we have it on demand as soon as we can figure out how to make it available to you. With each guest we’ve had, from Barry McGuire two weeks ago, to Randy Stonehill last week, to Paul Clark last night, there was a readiness to be voice of Christ to this century’s generations, and especially to the Millennials. We all believe that God is on the move by His Holy Spirit. It’s not going to look like the Jesus Movement of the past, but it’s going to have the same passion, and that’s why those of us who were leaders in that movement are so excited. We’re excited about finding a new audience; we’re excited that the Holy Spirit is alive and well in spite of all the chaotic voices in the world right now, including the church; and that’s why we continue to be excited about focusing on the gospel of welcome — grace turned outward — to everyone everywhere as the message for the age.

Speaking of the Jesus Movement, it was exciting to have a number of support elements from those early years in attendance last night. There were at least three radio people who played the music, a couple record company execs who recorded it and the publisher of CCM magazine (Contemporary Christian Music) that reported about the whole industry. And they were all in support of addressing a new audience.

One of Paul Clark’s stories that resonated with me involves his collection of ancient guitars which he showed us and played. One was a 1926 Martin, the other was a handmade beauty made from wood from a huge California Sequoia that had fallen into a river and stayed trapped under water for over 150 years. Paul pointed out something remarkable about these instruments, that if he picks one up after not playing it for a long time, it sounds dull and dead at first, and he wonders if the wood has lost its ability to resonate the way it once did. And then, every time, after playing it for 20 or 30 minutes, he said the whole guitar actually “wakes up.” The very tone changes as it comes to life.

Is that not a perfect picture of what we all need? We need the Lord to pick us up and start playing until we wake up and resonate anew with the Holy Spirit. That’s just the wake up call we’ve been praying for to ready us to participate in the next move of God among us.

Another thing I wanted to share with you from last night was what Paul called his life verse. It comes from the Book of Revelation, and it is a three-legged stool to build your life on. “And they have defeated him [the devil] by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die” Revelation 12:11.

Three things. The blood of the Lamb, which of course is the good news which covers our sins with the blood of Christ. Our testimony: that living, ongoing testimony that is our own personal story of how we came to experience that forgiveness; and finally, the fact that we are not afraid. We will fight to the finish. We will not give up. We do not love our lives so much that we are worried about losing them. Instead of sitting in fear, loneliness and isolation, we are living fully with abandon. We are living a life worth dying for in the present tense. 

There you have it. The good news, the good news through my story and yours, and the fact that we live with nothing to lose. Doesn’t matter what generation you’re living in, the life of Christ is now.  The adventure is waiting for you to carry the prophetic message forward. Go!

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On Tuesday, December 21, the longest, darkest night of the year, we will be having a Longest Night Service at 6pm Pacific via Zoom. If you are facing this Christmas a little less than merry due to unfulfilled expectations, financial stress, dysfunctional family or the recent loss of a loved one, this service is for you. We will have a time of sharing, encouragement, prayer and comfort with special music provided by Bob Bennett. And if you are merry or just curious, you can come too! Let us help you make it through the longest night of the year.

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4 Responses to Wake up call

  1. I can’t find your personal email address in my database, but I’m assuming you’ll see this response.

    This year (2021) I’ve had numerous surgical “procedures” along with a recent larger scale spinal surgery that revealed far more nerve “compression” than was thought. It’s all related to thousands of hours flying high “G” USAF aircraft during my younger years. That’s a quick explanation for my intermittent involvement in “The Catch.”

    My reason for commenting is to say that I believe your “revival” meetings are very good. I suspect the viewership was less than we all would have preferred, but I believe at some point they will “explode” with so much requested access that you’ll have difficulty with the rapid upgrade of equipment required to handle the large demand for viewing and the interactions that naturally occur after the events. This is my little way of encouraging you to remember what you already know: things happen according to God’s timing; we’re responsible for doing what we believe is our calling, and He is responsible for the rest. Press on… as you always have!

    Stan Lambert
    SVLSATX@GMAIL.COM

  2. Andrew Zwick says:

    From Joe Joe Dawson, “Focus in December” (December 4, 2021)
    … the Lord gave me a clear word for this December: “focus.” … the world is about to become extremely loud—even louder than it has been. There will be many distractions and much noise from the enemy.
    … the Lord has been speaking to me about leaning in to hear Him more clearly for strategies going into 2022. I believe our greatest strategy for the upcoming year is focus. For those willing to develop an undistracted focus, the Lord will give them clarity and wisdom in spite of the chaos of the world around them. If you will keep your gaze set on the Lord in this hour, you will be able to keep moving forward right through the noise.
    So stay focused, know what God has called you to, and enjoy this season! Spend some extra time in prayer. Really lean in to hear what the Lord is saying to you over the next few weeks and stay focused!

    From Katie Barker, “A Time of Detail, Decision & Direction” (December 15, 2021)
    This is a critical time where the Lord is releasing detailed direction for the coming months. It is a time to be intentional about spending time in His presence to receive revelation on the path ahead, and the new doors the Lord is opening and will open in 2022. Strategic decisions will be made by the people of God this month based on the revelation they receive, which will correctly position and align them for the year ahead.
    The enemy will try to bring great distraction and weariness to the people of God to attempt to prevent them from seeking the Lord at this strategic time. So it will be important to use discernment and stand in faith on all the Lord has spoken.
    “This is the hour to step out of the busyness of the time, break off distractions and spend time in My Word and in My presence. It is from this place that My plans for the coming months will be made known and confirmed.”
    There are great shifts ahead for many, and the Lord is positioning His people in this hour.

  3. Toni Petrella says:

    The life of Christ has always been now and each day I always count my blessings and Thank the Lord each day for his saving grace. Well, also did a lot of praying this last week. I am also glad my brother was a huge help with our Mom and Step Dad. I have family in the Mayfield area of Kentucky where the tornado hit but, happy to report that my Mom and Step Dad have full power again as I talked to Mom yesterday. Take care, God Bless, and have a wonderful week.

  4. Andrew Zwick says:

    Mayonnaise

    Mayonnaise is an emulsion of oil, egg yolk, and an acid, either vinegar or lemon juice. An emulsion is a mixture of two or more liquids that are normally immiscible (unmixable or unblendable) owing to liquid-liquid phase separation.

    Without an emulsion you could not have mayonnaise on your sandwich. The egg is the emulsifying agent that joins the oil and vinegar together, at least temporarily. This emulsion requires occasional stirring. Without Jesus you could not have peace. Know Jesus, know peace; No Jesus, no peace. But we must remain in Jesus if we are to continually experience peace and remain in that peace; occasionally stirring up your gift.

    Jesus is the emulsifying agent in our lives. He joins peace to our lives even though peace is foreign and alien to us in our natural state of sin where chaos and confusion reign. So we surrender our lives to Jesus for without Jesus we could not know peace.

    Andrew🔥

    Let’s pray, Lord you are the Prince of Peace and we ask that your peace remain and that we may give that peace away, supernaturally, by the power of the Holy Spirit. And so we surrender our lives to you Lord Jesus and invite you in. Make us your Peacemakers. 🙏

    Ephesians 2:14-15 NIV
    14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,

    Isaiah 9:6-7 NLT (Peacemaker)

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    Isaiah 26:3 ESV

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