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Remembering the Lord, Who is Great and Glorious: El-Olam – The Everlasting God

Posted by Cheryl Canon on Sep 04, 2016

from Isaiah 40.28-29, 31

“The Lord is the Everlasting God,
The Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of His understanding.
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless
… those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.”

I have found such comfort in these verses lately pondering God’s character as the Everlasting God.  It is unimaginable for us to contemplate possessing everlasting strength and never growing weary.  What kind of commotion would surround such a discovery?  A pill that would promise continual strength without any weakness would certainly set the world on its ear.  Our human strength is so limited regardless of how much we exercise.  Even the best athletes, like we have recently seen in the Olympic games, can look winded at the end of a race, or a swim, or a game of competition.  They  practice, prepare and put themselves through seemingly endless routines, and diets, denying themselves the normal occasions of life.  And for what?  To achieve some level of strength and stamina.  But, for all of that effort, there is always, always a limit and sadly no magic formula. 

How pale our human efforts and accomplishments look compared to God’s endless strength, no matter the level of intensity.  He never, ever has the slightest hint of weakness or weariness or evidence of giving way.  Yet, His Word promises us we can “rest” in His Power and trust that He will supply us with new strength.  And new strength at that!   

Such a Great and Glorious God, to ponder upon … if you are hungry to reacquaint yourself with such a being, I encourage you to ask the Lord for understanding.  Begin at verse 12 of Isaiah 40 and read it to the end.  Do so out loud, allowing yourself to hear the words.  Take your time and let the power of God’s Word resonate in your spirit.  Hear and understand, the Lord is the Everlasting God!   


"Remember the Lord Who Is Great and Glorious" Neh. 4:14

Posted by Bill Moyer on Aug 28, 2016

By Roberta Rader

As I turn my heart to remember the Lord, the first thing that comes to mind is the time when I personally trusted in Jesus, when I saw Him clearly for the first time. Those were days of wonder and thankfulness that have grown into years of knowing Him better.

As we "Come" together in Kansas City, we each bring the remembrances of our first love and our present walk with Jesus with us...reminding ourselves and each other of Who He is!  We come remembering that we are graven on His hands! Isa. 49:16. We come remembering that He is indeed great and glorious! Then our gathering and remembering will resound in worship, thankfulness and love.....and we will be renewed.


Remembering the Lord

Posted by Bill Moyer on Aug 22, 2016

So often when I think about remembering the Lord I think of His great promises and how He has met me in the past. However, I think that He is calling us to remember his Presence. Moses was not satisfied to go into the Promised Land with only God's provision. He would only go if God was with them (Ex 33:15-16). God promises that if I seek His Presence, He will come close. James 4:8. When we take communion we do it in remembrance of Him. It is the continual call to come close.

 

The National Gathering in KC this September is a call to Come and draw near again. To remember His Presence and rest in Him. Even as life swirls around us it is time to come away and allow Him to meet us, to refresh us, to encourage us, to rejuvenate us, and give us the strength we need to go forth as He calls us to his purposes. 


Remember the Lord...

Posted by Bill Moyer on Aug 15, 2016

By Sheila Moyer

I often get bogged down in the cares of the world.  I find myself focusing on circumstances, failures, difficult situations and I feel defeated.  In 1 Samuel 30:6 David was “greatly distressed” because his friends wanted to kill him.  What did David do?  Scripture says, But David encouraged himself in the Lord, his God.”  Another translation says hestrengthened himself in the Lord.”  Several years ago when I first noticed this passage I pondered what encouraging or strengthening myself in the Lord meant.

 For me, it means remembering the Lord:  changing my focus and reminding myself who He is.  He is greater than my failures, my circumstances, the difficulties I face, or even the challenges our nation faces.  He is the King of kings, Lord of lords, savior, healer, deliverer, provider, elder brother, the first-born of all creation.  He is, kind, gentle, loving, patient, full of grace and mercy.  As I begin to remember and declare who He is, my eyes rise above my problems and my challenges and focus on the One who is greater, who is able and who is faithful.  I am encouraged and strengthen to continue because He is good.


Remember the Lord!

Posted by Bill Moyer on Aug 07, 2016

by Art Rader

Three things come to mind when I see these words.

First,

 how much our adult children love to play “remember when,” often at their parents’ expense.

Second, a little prayer I learned to pray which “remembers" not so much the Lord’s hand, what He has done, but “remembers" His face, who He is.

Third, the reminder the Lord gave Moses and the Israelites in Deuteronomy 8:2 and other places in the same book 'to remember how the Lord your God has lead you….”

“Remember when…” the Lord was our Provision (Jehovah-Jireh) to keep my family when I was without work, the Lord was our Healer (Jehovah-Rophe) to heal my torn rotator cuff, the Lord is always present with us (Jehovah-Shammah).

As we remember the Names of the Lord and thank Him for Who He is, we also remember what He has done and so honor Him as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Yahweh, the great and mighty One!


Remember the Lord

Posted by Karen Stobaugh on Jul 25, 2016

“Put Me in remembrance…” Is.43:26
    Today, I am in the midst of life situations I can’t handle. Like driving with a stick shift, I must change mental gears to get the power and strength to keep going. Making a conscious choice, I recall, recount, rehearse; remembering my God’s faithfulness, His promises, His presence, His saving grace, His ability in the midst of my disability.  I remember that I am in Him; in Him I live and move and have my being.  In remembering I rest in His peace and even discover joy.  The voice that torments me with the demands of what I must do is silenced as I remember His Words,  “I will…” I position myself to receive as He is exalted and honored as the Provider of all I need.
 
    “Do this in remembrance of Me. “ Our Lord knew we followers would need to remember; to remember His completed work on the cross and all the benefits He provided for us. We come to the table worthy, not by our actions or confessions but by the righteousness in which He has clothed us. We come to remember it is all about Him; about who He is and what He has and is doing in our midst.
 
   In the midst of life, then, I remember.   

Preparing for "Come 2016" - Nehemiah 4:13-14 (Part 2)

Posted by Cheryl Canon on Jun 15, 2016

"So ... Behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.  And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, 'Don't be afraid of them. Remember the LORD, Who is Great and Glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!" - Nehemiah 4.13-14 ESV

"And they said, 'Let us rise up and build.' So they strengthen their hands for the good work." - Nehemiah 2.18 ESV

 Join us in meditating on this passage, allowing Holy Spirit to share God’s heart with each of us as we ask to be prepared for, “Come 2016”, our fall National Prayer Gathering, September 15-17.

 To encourage and enrich your asking, we are providing some of the meditations shared from this passage at our recent National Team Retreat: 

  •  - They had strategy for the open places where there was no work.  They were stationed by clans, families and communities.  They gathered together.  To gather you need to see what you have.  They didn’t work inward but, upward.  They joined together to span the broken places.  There tasks were to build and to stand watching and being prepared.  It was a critical time.  They no longer accepted just survival.  It was time to fortify, consolidate, remove weak rubble, streamline and organize assets.  They looked at what they had not what they didn’t have.  They were building, repairing, creating new, and removing the broken.  What for?  Two things:  to break the power in the land and to return to worship.
  • - It was a God given stationing phase to strengthen the gaps.  Clans is plural.  It was families.  It was relational.  The strategy was to pull the families together for a strategic time.
  • - The strategy was to rise and build.  It was inclusiveness, all mattered.  They joined together and were encouraged.
  •  - The key is it looked different in places like our states.  Our states are like the clans.  1. Don’t be afraid. 2. Remember the LORD. 3. Fight (build) Isaiah 61.4, repair/rebuild the breach of generations past.
  • - There are lots of 3’s:  weapons, actions, peoples.  It was a Godly foundation they were building on.  We need to communicate the call of God like Nehemiah.  We need intercessors on the walls.  The battle was words and thoughts.  They can stop you.  God is moving and stirring.  We have to respond and rise.  We need to receive from others.  No independence.
  • - They were well equipped for close range, mid-range and long distance.  Fear will kill.  They fought by standing ready, watchful, observant and attentive.  This is a season of being on duty, of serving.  They were unified and replied with one voice.  

Preparing for "Come 2016" - Nehemiah 4.13-14 (Part 1)

Posted by Cheryl Canon on Jun 08, 2016

"So ... Behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.  And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, 'Don't be afraid of them. Remember the LORD, Who is Great and Glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!" - Nehemiah 4.13-14 ESV

"And they said, 'Let us rise up and build.' So they strengthen their hands for the good work." - Nehemiah 2.18 ESV

Join us in meditating on this passage, allowing Holy Spirit to share God’s heart with each of us as we ask to be prepared for, “Come 2016”, our fall National Prayer Gathering, September 15-17.

To further encourage and enrich your’ asking, we are providing some of the meditations shared from this passage at our recent National Team Retreat: 

This speaks to me of the importance of how much we need each other ... for vision, for encouragement, each has a part.

  • - The NIV uses "Lowest place", even they have significance.
  • They were willing to be vulnerable and release their comforts and to take action.  The Holy Spirit undergirds, we just respond. Nehemiah means comfort, like the Holy Spirit.
  • I saw the need for vigilance.  And the Amplified version, reads "Remember the Lord, (imprint Him on your minds).
  • Remember the Character of God.  The enemy never attacked them.  They were fearful of their threats and fearful of being attacked.
  • Do not be afraid!  Caleb, Joshua (Numbers 14.9) and David (1 Samuel 17.46-47). We need to focus!  And keep our eyes on the LORD.
  • The three weapons mentioned each have different ranges, skills & targets:  sword for close combat, spear for farther reach and the bow for much, much farther.  These can reach three different levels, city, state and nations.
  • I saw resolve, internal decisions, commitment, vigilance in their labors and they stayed ready. 
  • Nehemiah was a man of action and vision.  He has compassion and got God’s heart by beholding the land.  He had passion for vision which was a spring board to obedience.  He had cooperation and skills for gathering.  He looked for others gifting’s and didn’t try to do it along.  He had confidence in hearing, standing, asking and declaring.  This came as God’s word was received and released.  He was courageous. He had sanctified tenacity and refused to compromise or lose hope.  He fought from victory not for it. 

 


O' Canada - G1 Summit

Posted by Cheryl Canon on Nov 25, 2015

 

It was a delight to participate with NHOP – The “National House of Prayer” in Ottawa, Canada for the G1 Summit.  God is doing amazing things in this great country in spite of recent election results.  He is awakening and stirring the hearts of His Church and breathing fresh winds of revival on us all. 

 

Beverley Coad, our ASK North American Continental Director shared what God was showing her concerning the strengthening and joining together of ASK Canada and ASK USA from Ecclesiastes 4.9-12. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There was a real confirmation of God aligning our two nations spiritually.  Rob Parker, NHOP Director, shared he saw God erasing the boundary line between Canada and the USA.  He called for both of our national flags to be tied together as a prophetic symbol indicating what God was doing in our midst.  

 We shared the joy of launching ASK Network Canada and setting in Sue Huston, as their new National Director for ASK Canada.  

Sue being commissioned and prayed for by Beverley Coad, ASK North American Continental Director Stuart and Celia McAlpine, ASK Network International Directors, Cheryl Cannon, ASK USA Director, along with other ASK Leadership.

Sue being prayed over by Robb Parker, Director for NHOP with both flags wrapped around her symbolizing God’s unification accompanied by Fran Parker, Ken and Deb Smid, Bill and Gwen Prankard, Ray and Arlene Borg, Ron and Glenda Schwarz, and other national Canadian leaders. 

NHOP Director, Rob Parker welcoming Stuart McAlpine, ASK Network International Director to share at the opening session of the G1 Summit.

ASK Network workshops were well attended with 45 total participants.

Commissioning new leadership at NHOP and celebrating their 10th year anniversary at their current location.  

 

 

 

 

 

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The National Anthem being sung at the close of the G1 Summit, with All Glory to God!

 

Photos of NHOP facility (left) and parliament buildings with call of NHOP inscribed (right).

 

ASK.USA ASKer’s on our prayer tour of the Canadian Parliament Buildings.

 

Canadian Parliament Centre Block with the Centennial Flame, where we ASKed for the water and fire of the Holy Spirit to be freshly outpoured in this land.

 

 

 


In Loving Memory of Revernd Dr. Graeme D. Coad

Posted by Cheryl Canon on Oct 21, 2015

It was such a privilege to attend Graeme’s memorial service and to share in giving God much glory for a life so well lived.  Graeme and his wife Beverley serve as our North American Continental Directors for ASK Network International.  Graeme will be greatly missed.  

Below is a copy of the memorial service bulletin,

Below is a link to Graeme’s service.  (Simply click on the photo of his grandson playing the guitar and you will be taken to YouTube to view the recording.)

Below is the photo I referred to in my remarks of Graeme kneeling to pray at a leadership gathering.  He truly was one of our founding fathers in many ways. 

“Let your light so shine before men

that they may see your good works,

and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 5.16 

Below is a recent Facebook posting  with photo of the Coad Family

 

The Graeme Coad family recently gathered to remember, celebrate, laugh and cry. We thank each one of you for your love, support and prayers during this time. The extraordinary kindness and caring has overwhelmed and blessed us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

"When the roll is called up yonder...What a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout the victory!"

 


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