Do Not Lose Hope!

Do not lose hope!

January 8, 2021
From Pastor Dennis:

Today, I am writing to encourage you, child of God, “do not lose hope!”  There is only one way to do that, and it is to keep the faith delivered to us through the Holy Scriptures.  Discard all else, but keep the faith!  In Paul’s letters to Timothy  – 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (NCV) – Paul encouraged Timothy to remember the words spoken over him.  Here is what he said: 18)Timothy, my child, I am giving you a command that agrees with the prophecies that were given about you in the past. I tell you this so you can follow them and fight the good fight. 19)Continue to have faith and do what you know is right. Some people have rejected this, and their faith has been shipwrecked.

God has not changed His mind about you!  He loves you and what He has done and still doing in your life is real.  Agree with Him!  His encouragement to us all is to keep trusting in Him with all of our heart and do not lean upon our own understanding.  Acknowledge Him in all we say and do and He will direct our pathway in life.  The power of darkness is surging in the earth as I write.  But, we can fight the good fight and still win the victories that are important to God and to us!

Continue to live life by faith, not sight!  Do what you know is right according to the manual on faith, the Bible.  There may be many who turn from the way of the Lord in all that is happening in our nation and in our world.  But, this will only cause trouble and disaster to come upon those who abandon the principles of faith as presented in the Word of God the Bible.  Here is a final word…

Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].     (Hebrews 4:14-16 AMP)

May His Grace, Peace, and Love be upon you…in Jesus’ Name!  AMEN
-Pastor Dennis Langford

God Hears the Prayers of the Righteous, so Rest in Him!

 

God Hears the Prayers of the Righteous, so Rest in Him!

I am not a politician! Neither I nor my companion are politicians and do not aspire to serve in any political office.  We are Christians who do our best to follow the teachings of Jesus in the Bible about loving God, loving people, and serving both.

We do have biblically sound convictions about how this nation is governed!  I want to encourage you right now to keep the faith and let go of your doubts.  We asked for the will of God to be done.  He hears the prayers of the righteous, so rest in Him!

Remember, God knows the end from the beginning.  And I am convicted that He works all things together for our good.

 

Hallowed King Family Festival Canceled for 2020

Hallowed King Family Festival Canceled for 2020

To our dear community friends and supporters who have been enjoying and participating in Hallowed King Family Festival each year,  with disappointment we share that this year’s event has been canceled due to the Covid 19 risks.  Because this two-hour event consistently brings together a couple of thousand people, the HKFF plan team (from 4 area churches) made a final decision in late September that we best cancel this year.  We realize that with this many people it would be difficult to stay socially distanced as well as keep all of the many games and activities properly sanitized.

We bless our community with God’s great grace

In our prayers, we are praying for you, your family, and our community to be kept safe during these difficult times.  We look forward to resuming the HKFF in 2021.  In the meantime, let’s keep lifting Jesus higher, sharing the Light of His Gospel, and declaring that Jesus is our Hallowed King!

Freedom Prayer Sheet for September 1, 2020

Tuesday Morning – Freedom Prayer Sheet
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

 

When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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 I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NKJV

 

Prayer for Yourself:

  1. Friend check: how are you handling the change all about us?  Are you struggling?  Are you stressing?  Are you keeping a positive outlook?  These are very difficult times that there seems to be no end in sight.  Be sure you pour God’s Word into your head and heart each day and pray for yourself.  Seek out a friend to be a prayer/share partner.  Don’t try to go it alone!
  2. In Jesus’ darkest, loneliest hour – the Garden of Gethsemane – (Matthew 26:36-46) He went to prayer, and in John 17:1-5, He prayed for Himself for strength to bring Glory to the Father through what He was facing. Look what He did!  He became the Savior of the whole world!  Our prayers are a lifeline to life!  Pray for yourself!

 

Prayer for Your Family:

  1. Pray for your children and grandchildren, by name! Pray for your siblings and for your parents if they are still with you.
  2. Pray for any specific needs of your family members!

 

Prayer for the Church:  the church gathered (Covenant Life Church) and the church dispersed (other houses of Christian worship) here and throughout the world. 

  1. Pray that God will keep the church on the cutting edge of what is happening around it at all times. That we will be awake and alert!
    1. PRAY FOR SPONTANEOUS REVIVAL TO BREAK OUT IN ALL OF AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD!
  2. These days of uncertainty and distress are days of opportunity for the Body of Christ, the Church. Pray that…
    1. We will not miss a single Kingdom opportunity to give a witness for Christ and lend a helping hand
    2. That God will give answers for those asking questions or leveling accusation
    3. For strength and courage to stand firm in the heat of the battle.
    4. The church, (that’s you and me) will always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the reason we have such hope in us!

 

Prayer for our Community of Residence:  Lake Co., Fruitland Park, Florida, and surrounding communities:

  1. Continue to pray for school district administrators, local school faculty, staff, and especially students.
    1. Here are a few of the things at stake with the opening of school for students and workers alike: income, learning, reconnecting with friends students and teachers, the educational journey of students from grade school to post high school education.

 

Prayer for our Government:  Local, County, State & National:

  1. The President, Congress, Judicial, and all other government offices, and personnel need to remember the Constitution of the United States and how it has prevailed for centuries, in keeping America under the favor and blessing of God. Many Americans may not like it now, but a number of heroes – to many to forget – have given their lives to defending and carrying out the mandates it provides.  We are not in need of any kind of revolution to change our way of life in America as some might feel.   We need a revival from heaven in America that will turn Americans back to God!  During a very dark time of the civil war, President Abraham Lincoln issued this proclamation to the country, calling for a day of fasting and prayer.  He identified the nation’s sin like this:   “We have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious hand which persevered us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us;  and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”    This was true in 1863 when it was first written and it is true today – America has become “too self-sufficient” for God.  We have become too proud to pray to the God that made us.   We are a nation divided.  The traditional motto of the United States of America is Epluribus Unum – “out of many, one.  We are a nation divided that needs to be brought together.  We have gotten to where we are, because we, as a nation, have forgotten God!  Psalm 19:7 declares, “The wicked shall be turned into hell And all the nations that forget God.”  (Psalm 9:17 NKJV).

 

We have been far too tolerant of sin and now we are reaping a harvest of blatant sin that is costing America far more than we can afford to pay.  Diversity, one of the goals of tolerance, has robbed us of real, genuine love for God, and for people.  It is time to draw a line in the sand in our prayers, and stand upon the principles of truth given to us in the eternal Word of God, the Bible!   It is time to rise up in faith and call those things that are not – righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit – as though they were.

 

  1. Pray for our President to sustain under pressure and increase in His favor from both God and man every day.
    1. That he will be firm in his decisions, forward in his leadership, and faithful to his duties. Hold him up in the battle for the soul of America just as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms and Israel prevailed in the battle over the enemy. (Exodus 17:8-16)
  2. That Americans will “wake up” to the takeover attempt of radical, leftist thinking, that intends to change the way of life we have enjoyed from the beginning, in the U.S. of A.
  3. That a spiritual revival of renewal to God will break out in the White House, in the Congress, and in the Supreme Court.
    1. That those who are not praying will begin to pray
    2. That those who are not reading the Bible will begin to read it and act upon its precepts and promises.
    3. That the change will be evident in all of these branches of government
  4. Pray that the election process for our President and other important leaders in this nation will not be sabotaged, undermined, or stolen from the candidate duly elected by the populous of American voters who express their vote. And may Gods will be done in the election of all of the leaders of this nation!
  5. Freedom of expression is under assault in America. Pray that Congress and the Justice Department will break up technology monopolies and aggressively protect our freedom of expression – free speech.

 

Freedom Prayer Sheet Sept. 1, 2020 download

 

Prayer Points for August 18, 2020 Freedom Prayer Group

Tuesday Morning – Freedom Prayer Initiative 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

“Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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 I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now, I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.”

2 Chronicles 7:12-16 NKJV

Prayer for Yourself:

  1. Friend check: how are you handling the change all about us?  Are you struggling?  Are you stressing?  Are you keeping a positive outlook?  These are very difficult times that there seems to be no end in sight.  Be sure you pour God’s Word into your head and heart each day and pray for yourself.  Seek out a friend to be a prayer/share partner.  Don’t try to go it alone!
  2. In Jesus’ darkest, loneliest hour – the Garden of Gethsemane – (Matthew 26:36-46) He went to prayer, and in John 17:1-5, He prayed for Himself for strength to bring Glory to the Father through what He was facing. Look what He did!  He became the Savior of the whole world!  Our prayers are a lifeline to life! 

Prayer for Your Family:

  1. Pray for your children and grandchildren, by name! Pray for your siblings and for your parents if they are still with you.
  2. Pray for any specific needs of your family members! 

Prayer for the Church:  the church gathered (Covenant Life Church) and the church dispersed (other houses of Christian worship) here and throughout the world. 

  1. Pray that God will keep the church on the cutting edge of what is happening around it at all times. That we will be awake and alert!
    1. Revival has come to Seattle Wa., at the very site known as Chop or Chas which was on our TV screens so much recently for something bad. People were singing to God, baptizing those who professed Christ and the Gospel of Jesus was going forth.  While it was not without protest from Satanic cult members present,  also, a revival was obvious in the worship, response, and smiles on the faces of worshippers and those receiving salvation.
    2. PRAY FOR THIS KIND OF SPONTANEOUS REVIVAL TO BREAK OUT IN ALL OF AMERICA!
  2. These days of uncertainty and distress are days of opportunity for the Body of Christ, the Church. Pray that…
    1. We will not miss a single Kingdom opportunity to give a witness for Christ and lend a helping hand
    2. That God will give answers for those asking questions or leveling accusation
    3. For strength and courage to stand firm in the heat of the battle.
    4. The church, (that’s you and me) will always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the reason we have such hope in us!

 

Prayer for our Community of Residence:  Lake Co., Fruitland Park, Florida, and surrounding communities:

  1. Pray for school faculty, staff, and students as schools reopen for the business of educating our children.  A special prayer is being held today (Sunday, August 16, at 7 PM at all Lake and Sumter County schools for the opening of the school year.  Please go to the school nearest you and pray with other believers gathered there.

 

Prayer for our Government:  Local, County, State & National:

  1. The United States Congress through the COVID 19 crisis, has been passing some monumental, financial legislation to help the nation through the crisis.
    1. Here are some valid questions:
      1. Where is this money coming from?
      2. Are we passing debt on to our children and grandchildren – even generations beyond them – in this legislation?
  • Assuming this money comes from the tax base of the U.S.A., are there expectations of raising taxes or, recouping the money in some other way?
  1. Pray for wisdom along with genuine compassion to prevail among legislators in deliberating over expenditures during this unprecedented season of crisis.
  1. Pray for our President to sustain under pressure and increase in His favor from both God and man every day.
    1. That he will be firm in his decisions, forward in his leadership and faithful to his duties
  2. That Americans will “wake up” to the takeover attempt of a radical, leftist thinking movement, that intends to change the way of life we have enjoyed from the beginning, in the U.S. of A.
  3. That a spiritual revival of renewal to God will break out in the White House in the Congress and in the Supreme Court.
    1. That those who are not praying will begin to pray
    2. That those who are not reading the Bible will begin to read it and act upon its precepts and promises.
    3. That the change will be evident in all of these branches of government

If God Seems Far Away, Who Moved?

Meditation for March 24, 2020

“If God seems far away, who moved?”

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8 NKJV)

It is a good time now (as it is always) to seek after the Lord through reading the Bible and praying to Him in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ! Drawing close, and staying close to God provides overcoming strength to keep on “keeping on!”

As a young man, my developmental years were spent in a church with my family that was a “country church”. There were a lot of good people in the church body and more good people in the community where I lived. Many of those people, in addition to my family, spoke into my life and helped me grow in my personal faith. One such person was a man by the name of John Tharp. Brother Tharp was not a typical “worshipper” in the church where I grew up, but, he was a very profound thinker. I do not know who originated the statement, “If God seems far away, who moved”, but, it was Brother John Tharp that impressed it upon me. A dear sister from my church created a poster with that message on it and the poster was placed in a shadow box. As far as I know – over 50 years later – it is still there to remind worshippers of the need to seek after God in order to stay close to Him.

Some messages are enduring for a reason. As Christian believers, our faith is the most precious treasure we have on this earth. If God seems far away from you today, you can find Him in the Scriptures. Faith comes from reading and obeying the Word of God. Faith encourages us to pray, engaging the journey of faith for the glory of the Name of our God and of his Son, Jesus Christ.

It is my hope that a voice from my past – that of Brother John Tharp – will give you newfound inspiration and courage to face your day with God. Most importantly, I want God to come near to you today. I believe He will as you read His Word given to all of us, and as you pray to Him about your needs in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ.

COVID-19 How Covenant Life Cog is Responding

COVID-19 Warnings and information

From the CDC website

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CDC Instructions concerning COVID-19 Virus

Covenant Life CoG’ Response  to the Virus

  1. Pray for God’s intervention on behalf of the world’s population.  We are standing on Psalms 91 for God’s protection.
  2. We are adhering to the President’s instructions for gathering of groups of people of more than 10. Because of these preventative measures laid out by the President, we will not have regular church services through April 12, 2020.
  3. We will be live-streaming the pastor and a few of the worship team on Sunday mornings at 10 AM on Facebook Live.   Covenant Life CoG Facebook  
  4. We are standing in faith for all of us to get through this test by faith and see God move in our midst.
  5. Any changes to this schedule will be posted both here and on our Facebook page.

Psalm 91  (TPT)

Safe and Secure

91 When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai,
you are hidden in the strength of God Most High.
He’s the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me,
the only God for me, and my great confidence.
He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy,
and he will protect you from false accusation
and any deadly curse.
His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you.
You can run under his covering of majesty and hide.
His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.
You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night
nor have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you.
Don’t fear a thing!
Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you,
nor will the powers of evil launched against you.
Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed,
you will remain unscathed and unharmed.
you will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment,
for they will be paid back for what they have done!
9–10 When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High,
our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm.
How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?
11 God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go,
defending you from all harm.
12 If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you
and keep you from stumbling.
13 You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness,
trampling every one of them beneath your feet!
14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
“Because you have delighted in me as my great lover,
I will greatly protect you.
I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face.
15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray,
and you will find and feel my presence
even in your time of pressure and trouble.
I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.
16 You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you.
For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”