Janet and I attended the funeral service for Pastor Frank Navarro. His family gave him so much honor, especially for the Christian example that he was to all of them. At the end Johnny Dorris shared, concluding a very encouraging and God honoring service.
As I sat there, I gave God thanks that Johnny and Patty Dorris moved to Ontario over 40 years ago and planted the Praise Chapel church. Because, it was at an outreach where Johnny met and witnessed to Frank Navarro who soon after gave his life to Christ. Johnny said, “He never turned back.”
Frank and Renate Navarro went on to plant a church in Hayward, CA., and then in Germany. They have served and been a part of Praise Chapel all these years. The impact of his life upon his Children, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren was amazing to hear as they shared about him. Only now as he is in heaven will he understand the impact of his life.
This is the impact of Win- Build- Send.
One couple responded to plant a church in Ontario, California. One man got saved at an outreach. Generations of people are saved around the world.
Never underestimate what God is doing through your life and ministry. God may have you where you are serving for just that, “1” person or one family. Jesus stopped for one woman at a well and as a result an entire village received him.
Let’s keep at it, always.
The American Thanksgiving Holiday was birthed in 1621
when the Pilgrims celebrated for three days after their first harvest in the New World.
Have you ever thought about how small that group was in 1621? There were 53 Pilgrims and 90 First Americans. Here we are in 2018, over three hundred years later, and millions of people are getting celebrating Thanksgiving. That shows me that God’s plan was so much more far-reaching than they could ever have imagined and it is the tiny “seed” that eventually produces the great harvest.
God’s plan for your life is much more far-reaching than you can “ask or think.”
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20).
The church was birthed with 120 people in the Upper Room. The Azusa Street revival was a few people in Los Angeles. The Praise Chapel movement began with one church in Maywood. Please don’t underestimate what God is doing through your life.
Thousands of people are walking over 2000 miles from Central America to the border of the United States to claim asylum.
Can you imagine the passion in these people to experience the life that we so often take for granted or even complain about? Millions of people around the world would give anything to live in America and to have the freedom and opportunity that we enjoy.
I have coffee once in a while with a friend who is blind. His wife drops him off at Starbucks then I will take him home. Even-though he is blind they still travel all over the world preaching and I have never heard him complain about being blind. Every time I get with him, there is this thankfulness that swells up within me that I can see. I realize how easy it can be to neglect to thank God for something as common as eyesight. Yet, how many blessings, gifts, acts of grace and mercy does God pour out upon my life every day? God always does, exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask or think.
As you spend today with your family and loved ones, We pray that God will do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think. I pray that your time around the dinner table will always be blessed.
Janet and I want to say “Thank You” especially this Thanksgiving Day.
Larry & Janet Neville
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A BIG SHOUT OUT to Praise Chapel Chicago,
Pastors Zac and Altethea Williamson along with their wonderful congregation provided a Thanksgiving Banquet for the homeless and hungry at Praise Chapel in Chicago.
This picture represents the best of humanity—the best of the Church.
“Friday night November 16, we hosted our second annual “Great Banquet” for the hungry and homeless at Praise Chapel Chicago. I (Pastor Zack) snapped this picture as the team of volunteers prepared to selflessly serve those less fortunate.
They not only prepared, but served, prayed for, loved on, laughed with and in a few cases, cried with strangers (that quickly became friends).
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to serve and/or prepare food—all 37 of you! It was because of your love, grace, and sacrifice that many seeds were sown and 20 people responded to the invitation to come to Jesus.”
This is what happens when God’s people commit to the vision and unite in love.” Pastor Zack
Praise Chapel Fellowship is so blessed to partner with such great pastors and congregations as this one in Chicago. Thank You Pastor Zack and Altethea and all who served this Thanksgiving meal with such love.
Larry Neville –
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