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On the very night that our Lord was betrayed, the night he was led away to be publicly humiliated, beaten, and placed upon a cross to die a slow horrific death for our sins, the very last thing He did before entering the garden of His betrayal was to pray for you and for me. His prayer for us was not for prosperity. It was not for strength, power, for supernatural anointing that He prayed. He did not ask we be given large churches or great wisdom. Christ didn’t even ask the Father that we be holy, sanctified, or righteous. He asked that we would be one; just as He and the Father are one. He had lived a perfect sinless life that He might be the perfect sacrificial lamb and He knew exactly what the next 24 hours held in store for Him. He could have asked the Father for anything but His last request was for us, that we be one.

I believe the unity of the body of Christ was the most important thing on His mind right about then. I have been saved now for 22 years. I have heard a lot of preaching in that time, done a little bit myself, but seldom have I heard from the pulpit, a call for unity within the body of Christ, seldom have I heard a message regarding this last prayer request of our Lord that we, the body of Christ be one, as He and the Father are one so that the world would know the Son was sent by the Father who has loved the world just as He has lived the Son. (John 17:23).

If Jesus thought it so important, maybe we should as well. BE ONE.
~David Brown

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In writing to the church at Corinth, Paul wrote of unity within the body of Christ, declaring we, the church, were all members of one body. “And if one
member suffers, all the members suffer with it, and if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. (1 Co. 12:26 NKJV) Sadly much of the church
is seemingly out of touch with Paul’s words. We have divided the church by national borders, by denomination and doctrine, by cultural barriers and
ethnicity. We have the American church, the Brazilian church, the European church, the Australian church. There is the Baptist Church, the Methodist
Church, the Pentecostal Church, the Full Gospel, and the Evangelical Church, the non-denominational church and the inner-denominational church. We have thriving churches and dying churches, churches with tremendous worship and powerful moves of the Spirit and we have burned out churches, those having come under attack by peoples who would declare themselves to be the enemies of our faith. We have churches whose members live in the country club and churches whose members are dying in poverty. One church celebrates life and living and one church suffers loss and death, going unnoticed as they cry out for help.

Many would say their church can only help out where they are at, but I would doubt Jesus, or Paul, would ever agree with that. Jesus might even go so far as
to ask one day, what did we try to do for our brothers in persecution? Did we suffer with them in prayer as their homes and churches were burned, as their
loved ones were martyred for their faith and ours? Or were we too busy to feel their very real pain and suffer with them?

In the past few weeks in Egypt, over 50 churches have been attacked, with at least 45 burned and destroyed. In the past 7 days, at least 7 Christians were
murdered. Christian businesses and homes have been marked with red paint as targets, many already destroyed. Global persecution of Christians is not new,nor is the “luke-warm” response to such by the remainder of the church who Paul writes is to suffer with them. Persecution increases while much of the church is oblivious to the very real danger many of the family of God are facing. Even here in America, the danger of persecution is rising while much of the American church ignores the threat. The time has come, and passed, to get involved, to take a stand, to intercede and pray, to organize and respond as one body against the atrocities being committed upon members of OUR Christian family. Where is the outrage, where is the righteous indignation against these heinous crimes being committed against innocent people and against the very God whom we serve.

Those who would declare themselves to be the enemies of our faith mock us because they view us as to weak, lacking in courage and in faith to stand
against them. We don’t need to attack, we simply need to determine to stand together, to defend the defenseless, to pray, and to believe our God will
respond as we pray. If we don’t have that faith, we are lost already.

David R. Brown
Warriors of the Word International

Teaching Video and Scripture Book

Teaching Video and Scripture Book

 

We are so pleased to be able to bring to you the first edition of Precision Worship Flags Teaching Video from Vessels of Praise Ministries.

This two DVD set will walk you through the steps to create or enhance your own flag ministry.

We have included a booklet with all the applicable scriptures to each movement. There is also a biblical color meaning list with scriptures in the back of the booklet.

Video 1 includes teaching and introduction from director Susan Rogers and fifteen Beginner Movements. Video two has Intermediate and Advanced Movements. We are working on uploading the movements to YouTube and this web site.

There is no charge for this set as we hope it will continue to bless our Lord as we Worship Together.

If you need more information you can contact me at this site or vesselsofpraise13@gmail.com .

 

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Calling All Men

imagesCA1ACVPW For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for
pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that
exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into
captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all
disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.  (2Co. 10:3-6 NKJ) 

 I believe the time has come for a large number of Christian men to put on their big boy pants and  GROW UP! 

Paul talks here about the weapons of our warfare.  The reason he does so, for those who may not quite understand, is because we, the church, are at war and we are battling on many different fronts.  Many of us men have never gotten past our own flesh.  We are so busy battling our own lusts; we often fail to see what is happening right before our eyes.  Many are they who don’t put up much of a fight because they truly love their flesh, they love their sin, and it is just easier to be weak, childish, and selfish than to be a man strong in the Lord. 

Many love their sin and flesh so much they will put their carnal desires before their families, before their children, and even before their wives. Some will even stand by as they watch their own flesh and blood descend into the pits of hell, and they will cater to their flesh rather than step up as the priest and prophet of their home and act to save their children. 

Men, WAKE UP! Our weapons are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, even in our own lives, especially in our own lives, in our homes.  They are mighty in God for casting down arguments, even with our own flesh. They are mighty in God for casting down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, including those things we have exalted above God; the idols we have created in our lives, our careers, our hobbies, our indulgence in drugs, in alcohol, in pornography, and gambling.  Our weapons are mighty in God to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and they are mighty in Christ to bring discipline into our lives when our obedience in Christ is fulfilled. 

Men, we need to take our rightful position in our homes, in the church, and in God’s Kingdom.  This nation and others around the globe are struggling today largely due to men abdicating their roles as heads of the household and forcing women to step up and assume the husband’s responsibilities.  Our lives, our churches, our families are out of alignment with God’s Kingdom.  When one of us determines to give in to our flesh, to give into our lustful desires, when we choose to engage in sinful behavior; drugs, alcohol, gambling, whatever it may be, we show contempt for our wives and our children, and we open our families to the enemy’s attacks. 

Lay aside the childish ways men, grow up and be men. Men of faith, men of courage, men who are strong in the Lord, men of self-discipline and control, men who exhibit the love of Christ in all that you do, and especially in our homes .  Our wives and our children are gifts of God, handle them with care. 

The time is now to put away our childish ways and be the men God created us to be. 

~David R. Brown

 

 

 

 

 

“Let Them Be One”

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23 NIV)

Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John recounts the last recorded prayer of Christ before entering into the Garden of Gethsemane. During this prayer, Christ prayed first for himself that he be glorified by the Father as he had been in the beginning. Secondly, he prayed for his disciples and stated specifically he was not praying for the world but for those whom the Father had given him, those to whom he had spoken the words given to him by the Father. Jesus was speaking of his disciples, those who accepted who he was and that he had been sent of God into the world. His prayer for them was that they be protected by the Father from the evil one.

Lastly, Christ prayed, not for them alone, but for those who would believe in him through their message. This last part of his prayer was for us, for his church, for we are those who believe in him through the message of his disciples, through their words recorded in the Gospels and in their epistles. And his prayer for us? That all of us may be one, just as he and the Father are one. Christ lifted us up to the Father and said, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Our risen savior’s final prayer before giving himself over to betrayal, to humiliation, and to death on the cross, was for us, that we be one. His prayer was not for any particular fellowship, for any particular denomination, nor was it for any particular nation or kingdom of this world, but rather it was for all who would believe in him through the message of his disciples. His prayer was that all of us be one, just as he and the Father are one.

The Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all three distinct and separate entities, filling distinct and separate roles in the life of the believer, and yet all three are one and indivisible. This was our Lord’s prayer for us, his hope for us, his plan and his vision for us, that we be one. In the local church, we can be separate individuals with separate roles and responsibilities. We can be teachers, cooks, deacons, ushers, we csan be housekeepers, elders, pastors, apostles, evangelists, worship leaders, choirs directors, secretaries, committee heads, or missionaries, and still be one, undivided, united in one accord.

Throughout the nations and the kingdoms of the world, we can be Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Assemblies, Foursquare, Church of God, Church of Christ, Church of God in Christ, or independent believers; we can be full gospel, charismatic, evangelical, protestant, or Catholic and yet still we can be one. This was the prayer of Christ for us. And he would not have lifted this request before the Father if this was not in keeping with the Father’s will.

Lastly, for all of you who would read these words and who have faith in Christ to believe, please understand–this prayer was not just for the future believers in Israel or in the middle east. This prayer was not just for the Christians in the nations of Europe and Asia, nor was it just for the those attending the churches of the Americas, of Africa, of Australia, this prayer was for the entire church, for the body of Christ, for the bride of Christ, for every man, woman, and child across this globe who have made the confession of faith that Jesus Christ is Lord, that he is our risen savior who died for our sins and by faith in him and repentance of our sin, we are forgiven.

His prayer, that we be brought to complete unity to let the world know he was sent by the Father who loves us even as he loved his only begotten son, was his plan for us. The time has come that we who are the recipients of this prayer, the final prayer of Christ before engaging the agony of the cross, that we make his final prayer our first priority, to become one, unified, in one accord in worship and in service to our King. Our citizenship is not here among the nations of this world but rather it is in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven with our primary allegiance due to the King of kings. And when we battle among ourselves within the local fellowships, or when we battle with one another along denominational lines, or across international borders, our actions are in direct opposition to this prayer and thus to God’s will. The time is now that we become the unified body of Christ, the church of the one true living God.

Lord Jesus, help us to recognize that as the church we are to be a kingdom, a single kingdom, of priests and prophets. We can be distinct and separate within our local fellowships, our denominational structures, and our worldly kingdoms; but we are to be one, united and indivisible in our service to one another, to the world, and to our one true sovereign King, you Lord, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Let us put aside those things that would divide us and hinder us, and let us stand united against the evils of this world and against the fallen enemy of your Kingdom. Help us to fulfill your prayer request that we be brought to complete unity to let the world know you were sent by the Father who has loved us even as he has love you. May we be where you are and may we see your glory. Amen.

David Brown
Warriors of the Word International
www.warriorsoftheword.net

The Golden Rule

One of the most profound statements that Jesus ever made concerning our walk with Him is found in Matthew 7:12. “Therefore all things whatsoever you
would that men should do to you, do even so to them: for this is
the law and the prophets.”  We know it as the Golden Rule.

What if we would love the lost, because someone loved us and wouldn’t give up on us? What if we would put our arm  around the broken, because someone was there when we were broken? What if webecame the eyes to the blind, because someone led us by the hand until we saw  Jesus clearly? You get the idea.

I’m eternally grateful for those that understood where they came from and were willing to walk with me until I could  stand on my own. Our day to day lives should reflect a desire to show others a life that has been radically transformed by Jesus Christ.

The way that is accomplished is not by telling them of Jesus as much as it is by living Jesus to them, never forgetting  the patience and kindness shown us in the journey.

Our responsibility is not to parade our religious attitudes in front of those that are perishing, but rather treat them the way we would want others to treat us as we grow into the stature of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May you be fruitful and multiply in your pursuit of Christ.

Pastor Jeff Cambre
Crossway Church
Walker, LA

“IF”

“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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land. 2Chronicles 7:14 NIV

Seems of late, churches throughout our nation have been throwing this
verse around quite a bit.  There have been sermon series crafted around
it, revival conferences centered around it, prayer vigils called to focus
on it with great anticipation of a tremendous outpouring of the Spirit of
God resulting from such.  To date, I believe there may have been some
goose bump episodes associated with such as these.  But lasting, earth
shaking, monumental revival, nope, haven't heard of any such event.

Primarily, I believe, this is to due to one minor detail; "IF"!  If my
people will humble themselves, if they will pray and seek my face, if they
will turn from their wicked ways, then will God hear and respond.

This nation, the United States of America, the largest, most powerful
Christian nation in the world, a nation where 85% of the population claim
to believe in God the creator of the universe; a nation founded on
Judeo-Christian principles, a nation which celebrates the birth, the life,
the death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a nation having been
blessed more abundantly than any other nation on earth, is also a nation
rumored to be potentially on the verge of economic collapse and very
likely, chaos.  We are a nation whose enemies no longer fear us, more
over, they taunt us even within our own borders and they flaunt their
fervent disrespect for us.

We, in turn, we being the church in America, we internalize within our own
fellowships and denominations, calling for ineffective programs of prayer
and worship, all the while refusing to comply with the "if" factor.

"If" we humble ourselves, "if" we pray and seek His face, "if" we turn
from our wicked ways; then will our God hear and respond.  Have we done
such, one might look to our politics for the answer.

We, being the 85% of Americans who believe in God; we, being the body of
Christ in America; we being the largest voting block in the country who
determine the course of every election; we elect people to govern over us
who have no respect for the word of God.  We elect people to govern over
us who would remove all reference to God from our schools, from our public
and governmental institutions.  We elect those to govern over us who have
no respect for the sanctity of life, who refuse to recognize a national
day of prayer to our God, who refuse to acknowledge our very real
dependence upon this God whom we worship.  We elect people to govern over
us who refuse to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and
furthermore, should they publicly state this confession of faith, we often
fail to consider them to govern at all.  We would choose instead to elect
those who would boast the loudest of their own achievements, factual or
not, and who refuse to acknowledge a dependence upon the God of our
forefathers.  I believe the word of God speaks of one such nation whose
people chose to turn away from this very same God.

Let us ask ourselves, would a humble people who have prayerfully sought
the face and counsel of God elect one such as these to govern over them? 
Would a people who have turned from selfish and wicked ways choose to
elect a person or persons to govern over them who refuse to do the same? 
Would a people who choose to publicly humble themselves before the God of
their fathers then choose to elect a person or persons to govern over them
who refuses to even acknowledge the sovereignty of their Lord?

Why would any humble God fearing Christian, repentant of sin and seeking
the face and counsel of God, elect to govern over them a person or persons
who are not humble God fearing Christians repentant and seeking after the
face and counsel of God?  Why would God fearing Christians elect someone
who is not a God fearing Christian to govern over them?  The answer is
they would not!

During the history of Judah, whenever a God fearing king ruled over the
nation, the people would experience revival and prosperity.  Whenever a
rebellious king refused to walk in the ways of the Lord, the nation would
falter and decline; until eventually it was no more.  Men have refused to
learn from history and history thus repeats itself.  We, we being the body
of Christ, the church, here in America, we have the power to insure there
is no such repeat here in this nation at this time.  "If" we want revival,
"if" we want a resurgence of prosperity for the nation, we need to humble
ourselves before our God, we need to pray and seek his face, we need to
turn from our wicked ways, and we need to elect those who would do the
same.  We must vote our conscience; voting Biblically and not wordly.  We
must vote Christian, we must do so now.

David R. Brown
Warriors of the Word International, Inc.

 

It’s Game Day Church

by David Brown on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 2:16am

Ok, here is the deal, body of Christ!! In the first century church, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day the continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47 NIV)

I want to be with those kind of people! In prayer once, the Lord said to me, “Where are those who hunger and thirst for my presence, surround yourself with those.” I want to be with those who just don’t think a couple hours of church each week is enough. Where are they who want all that the Lord has for them. Where are those who have compassion for the lost and a passion to care for the widows and the orphans. I want to be among people who get excited about the Lord and what he is doing in our midst. If you are out there, contact me! Our nation is rapidly deteriorating, morality is literally in the toilet, too many churches are simply going through the motions, and we are worried about being “too busy”. I promise you, Satan isn’t complaining about being too busy, truth be told, I’ll bet he is fixing to step it up even more while we are concerned about how to slow down our busy schedules and get more down time. Let’s get some Holy Ghost action going, let’s have more corporate prayer, more corporate worship, more involvement among the body, working together, breaking bread together, teaching, ministry together, more time finding and feeding the lost, and less time feeding our faces. Got prayer, got worship, time to get our game face on and give the devil a run for his money. Contact me, let’s do this!

 

 

 A Spirit of Unity

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father  our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Romans 15:5 NIV)

Here, once again, Paul speaks of unity, a spirit of unity, among the believers; a spirit given of God so that the believers may glorify, as one, our God and Father of Jesus Christ. As in all things, something which is given is to be received, for if not received it is of no value to the one for whom it is intended.  If it is not received it cannot and will not be employed, thus nothing changes for the intended recipient, nor is the purpose for which the item is given ever achieved.

There is within the body of Christ division caused by denominational differences, doctrinal differences, ethnic differences, even differences in worship style; plus pride, fear, and selfish ambition also inhibit the movement of the spirit of unity within the body of Christ.  Thus, what our God, who already gives us endurance and encouragement additionally wants to give to us, this spirit of
unity, may never be received and the unity never achieved.

If we, who are the body of Christ, refuse to put aside that which divides us rather than to accept what God chooses to give to us, what Christ desires for us (John 17:23), than the end result glorifying the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ might well never be achieved.  And one day, we will all have to answer for
that one.

The time is now to Be One.

~David’s Desk~

 

God’s Choice

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by
the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the
sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
2 Thessalonians 2:13(NIV)

We ought always to thank God for all the believers everywhere in every kingdom and nation, for they are all loved of the Most High God.  From the very beginning they were God’s choice to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

We have each one been chosen of God and we are to love one another as Christ loved us, we are to pray for each other, for all the saint of God and give thanks for them.
To do  otherwise is to contradict the word of God, to oppose the word of God, to rebel against the word of God and rebellion is as witchcraft.
We ought then to think before we speak and consider, do the words we are prepared to speak bring unity to the body and thus glorify our Lord or do they bring disunity and thus demean our God?

Unity glorifies our God, disunity glorifies one who is not our God.

Choose this day whom you will serve and speak accordingly.

The time is now for us to Be One.

~David’s Desk~