Walking to say goodby . . .

The last steps to the gravesite seem to be the most difficult. Perhaps because, that is where you say the final goodbye. A few days ago hundreds of people joined together the night before and in the morning to say goodbye to Pastor Tomas Madrigal. 

Pastor Tomas was one of the first Spanish language pastors in Praise Chapel. He was a servant leader who was loved by thousands of grateful people. He was a Pastor, Church Planter, Husband, Dad, Grandad, and so much more. 

To Praise Chapel Christian Fellowship, he was a true leader. His voice, message, and example have stood out for over 35 years. 

A family who truly honored their father and pastor.

I have observed both the family of Pastor Tomas and the congregation, where he was the pastor. They honored him right to this last walk to say goodbye. He was always at church,  always dressed impeccably. They cared for him with pure love and honor.  I  commend the Madrigal family and the church for the example they set for all of us of what Christians and Family love and care is.

I was at their home two days before Pastor Tomas went to his heavenly reward. There in his room, I could sense the love of his family and see the care that they have so faithfully and honorably given to him. Truly an example of how it should be at the end of life. 

“You are an honored prince among us” (Genesis 23:6).

In the Bible, when Abraham’s wife Sara died, and he was purchasing a burial sight for her, the people around said to Abraham, “You are an honored prince among us..” On behalf of Praise Chapel International, I say, Pastor Tomas, you were indeed an honored prince among us. Thank you to the Madrigal family and Praise Chapel Santa Ana for being the Christian example to all of us of how to give honor to a beloved father, pastor, and true Man of God. 

I am grateful to have served alongside this man. We will serve together again in the Kingdom Age. 

Larry Neville

I Continue to Create . . .

“Does an artist paint one picture and then stop? 
Does a musician write one song, plan one note and stop?  
No, they continually create new art and new music. 
Creation is an ongoing work of My Art and My Song.

I Continue to Create

That is why scientist seeking to understand the universe find that it continues to grow and expand. 

I Continue to Create

All eternity will be endless new creations that are beyond the wildest dream of anyone.
Beauty will continue to  be created in ways that beauty has never been envisioned.
Only in eternity, my Bride will join me in this creation.
Together we will create. God and My Creation, together will create New Worlds, New Creations, New Beauty, for All Eternity. 

The Joy of Life is Creating New Life

Together, eternity is about God and My Bride Creating new life.
Forever and forever filling the vast, endless universe with beauty, with love, with life.” 

I can Only Imagine . . .

Larry Neville

Reckless . . .

For years the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about the Prophetic Harvest of Generations. Late last year during a prayer time I wrote :

Something is going to happen in 2020 and beyond. The Harvest of Generations is going to break out. It will be a marked season in Christian history. Just as Azusa Street is a marked revival. It is going to be a year when a move of God sweeps around the world. Grace and mercy are going to flood like rivers of living water to the desperate and needy of the world. Miracles showing God’s love. Many will reject just as they always have. But, the seeds of generations are ready to be harvested before a much more terrible time comes upon the earth, due to human sin and selfishness. Those who long to participate in the Harvest of Souls for God’s kingdom, will rejoice in 2020 as they have the glorious honor of laboring together with Christ Jesus in reaping His Harvest of Generations.

As I am writing this letter to you, I am sitting on the 24th floor of a hotel in Metro Manila, Philippines where we have just concluded an amazing Bible Conference. What started with one church with Pastors Sammy & Noemi Mores and Janet & I, has become an unbelievable harvest that is multiplying rapidly all over the Philippines and in many nations. 
I set aside a few days here in Manila to pray and be alone with the Lord. as I look out these massive glass window at this 20 million people metropolis, with my eyes of FAITH I see the Prophetic Harvest of Generations that is rising over the horizon, just as sure as Elijah saw the rain coming to a drought ridden land.

We are people of FAITH! We are PROPHETIC people of God!

Look with me and see the Harvest that is coming. Believe with me. It is God’s will that you be a part of this great Prophetic End Time Harvest. I believe that God has raised up Praise Chapel for, “Such a time as this.”

This Conference is the FORERUNNER for what I see coming.

It is who we are and what we are about, “Discipleship & Church Planting.” Just as David said to his wife Michal when she accused him of excessiveness, “Ill be yet more reckless than this” (2 Sam 6:22).

I see it and I feel it! Let’s MULTIPLY. Let’s be more RECKLESS for our God. Maybe that is why God said, “David is a man after my own heart.” We love the song: “Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”

 The only answer for this world is the, “RECKLESS LOVE OF GOD.” How does God show that love to a hurting and dying world? Through RECKLESS PEOPLE – who are willing to do whatever it takes to reap the HARVEST. 

The month of June I am asking pastors, small group leaders, youth leaders, worship leaders, ushers, and everyone who is willing to join me for a season of reckless prayer for MULTIPLICATION.

Let’s make June 2019, a “RECKLESS MONTH” of prayer and then join me at the Multiply Conference. 

I know that there are some RECKLESS PEOPLE in Praise Chapel who have enough FAITH to join together to “SEE” the HARVEST of GENERATIONS. I am expecting the Supernatural, the Prophetic, the Apostolic anointing to light a FIRE when we come together. 

Please register as soon as you can so we can be in contact with you via email and/or text over the next 30 or so days, to keep you updated on what we feel the Holy Spirit is saying. 

Larry Neville

The Greatest need in the Church today . . .

If I was with you right now and asked you, “What is the greatest need in the church today?” What would be your answer? Please give that a few moments of thought. 

I have been a part of church all of my life. I have served in church as long as I can remember. I would not trade my life for any other life, I love God’s church. Today I am honored to serve an amazing network and fellowship of pastors.  

So let me share what I feel is the greatest need in the church today. It comes from the Apostle Paul as he writes to the Colossian believers. In Colossians chapter three, after Paul had told them of his love for them, the hope of glory that was in them through Christ and challenged them to, “Set your minds on things above . . . and put to death the works of the flesh .  . .” Then he writes:

“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV).  

The Passion Bible presents the same verses like this, 

“You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. For love is supreme and must flow through each of these virtues. Love becomes the mark of true maturity”

Please allow the words of the Apostle to seep deep into you for just a few moment.

“The elect of God.”
“Dearly loved by God” 
“Robe yourself with the virtues of God”  
“Since you have been divinely chosen to be holy.” 

You were not chosen to be famous, a big name, rich or poor, you were chosen to be “holy.” Then he says, 

“Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others.” 

How many times have you felt, offended? Had a complaint against another brother or sister in the Lord? Whatever part of the Body of Christ that the Holy Spirit has placed you, you can be sure that “offenses” will come. That is a fact and perhaps why Paul is addressing this and telling us the Christ way to respond.

So, here is the greatest need in the church today: Reckless Forgiveness!

“Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them.”

“Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

In all my years of ministry, especially the years that I have been in a stewardship place serving pastors and leaders, the greatest heartache has been when, conditional forgiveness, ruled. When “forgiveness” was simply some empty word that was thrown out like, “I have forgiven them, but . . .”  If this has broken my heart the many times when I have been dragged into some conflict between God’s people, I can only imagine how our, conditional forgiveness, must break the heart of Jesus Christ who forgave us and buried all our sins under His blood. 

Paul clearly describes the depth of what true forgiveness is for an offend-able act in the “family of faith”, “forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ.”

Prayer: Dear Father, I pray for anyone who reads this, that we will come to a new level of forgiveness toward those in the family of faith. That we will forgive one another in the same way that we have been forgiven by you. In that way the “hope of glory” will shine through us to this world. 

Larry Neville