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The Locked Up Church

LockedIn my last post I talked about the picture of the church that the Lord gave me from Acts, chapter 16. In that passage, Paul and Silas are in prison, chained up, in the dark. Yet they were praying and singing as if nothing were unusual.

I said that much of the church is in that condition today. We go on praising God every Sunday, yet having no effect on the world the rest of the week. How did we get into this position?

I believe that it’s because we didn’t heed the warning that Christ gave us during His ministry.

“Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.”
Luke 21:34

Here Jesus tells us of three weights that can hinder us from fulfilling our destiny. They are called dissipation, drunkenness, and anxieties. We will never reach our true potential in Christ if we try to run with these hindrances.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Hebrews 12:1

We are warned to throw off the things that hinder. Probably the worst is dissipation. We allow the best parts of our life to be dissipated.

The world has so many distractions these days. Classes we could take, recreational opportunities, athletic events, and entertainment. All of these things, in and of themselves, add to our enjoyment of life. They’re good things.

“Everything is permissible for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me” – but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 Corinthians 6:12

Yes, they are all good things, permissible things, but they’ve become the masters of our lives. They dictate our schedules. They tell us what we can and can’t do for God.

We fill up our time with all these good things. Then, more often than not, God gets the leftovers. Our leftover time, strength, and resources.

What happens when God says, “I want you to take a week to meet together and experience my work of revival in you.”?

“Sorry, that won’t work for me. I have a class on Monday night. Tuesday is my bowling league. Thursday I have to get the kids to their Karate lessons. I just can’t make it out to weekday meetings.”

Where does all the time go? Dissipation. We have allowed the distractions of the world to dissipate the time that should belong to the Lord. Our schedules have become mastered by the good things of the world.

In this way the church has become a prisoner to our permissible things. We are in chains and in the dark. We need to be set free by the power of God.

Question: What will it take to shatter these chains from the church?

© Nick Zaccardi 2014

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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Revival, The Church

 

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Quartermaster Ministries May Newsletter

Dedicated to walking in revival!

April was a busy month

Last month I had a great time in the back woods of New York. I was a part of the leadership team running a convention for Christian high school students. It’s always refreshing to see the passion and enthusiasm that young people have for the things of God. My desire is to see that same zeal for Christ spill over into the lives of adults.

I’ve also been continuing to renew my ministry and my focus in God’s presence. My desire remains to see God’s people move into revival.

God has placed His message in my heart. I am seeking to bring this Word of encouragement to any congregation or group who will invite me. It’s time for God to once again move upon His people through a series of special meetings. I know that this runs counter to our busy society, but the rewards in Christ are tremendous. I’m beginning to see the fruit of this calling.

I am also available for single meetings as well.  If you want more information about having me speak at your church or group, you view my Speaker Page or you can e-mail me at Revzacc@comcast.net .

Prayer for the Ministry

I ask that you stand with me in the place of prayer.

Pray for doors of ministry to open up for us to bring the message of revival to the church.

Pray for us to be effective in the field God has given us.

Pray for the resources and finances to come in so that we can bring God’s Word to places that can’t afford to pay our way to them. Specifically, I have been invited to minister in other countries, but at this time lack the money to get there.

My Books

These are some books that I’ve written. My prayer is that they would be a blessing to you.

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

© Nick Zaccardi 2014

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Newsletters

 

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Quartermaster Ministries – April Newsletter

Dedicated to walking in revival!

A New Life Begins

As many of you know, my church is no longer meeting on Sunday mornings. This means that I have now begun a new season in my life.

I took the month of January to pray, fast, and refocus my direction. I want to make sure that my steps are ordered by the Lord.

In February, I began to actively seek speaking engagements. I’ve contacted some pastors who I’m in relationship with and received a very positive response.

Because of church schedules, being what they are, I will probably begin going to churches around May or June. However, I’m available right now. Please pray for me that the doors of ministry will open up soon in these areas.

The unique message of revival that the Lord has given me is needed in our generation. God wants to prepare His people for a new move of His Spirit.

I’ve added a Speaking Page to the website. It explains the scope of my message, as well as my availability and itinerary.

If you want more information about having me speak at your church or group, you can e-mail me at Revzacc@comcast.net .

Prayer for the Ministry

Now that I’m walking in this new adventure, I’m in need of your help.

The first and greatest need is for you to come alongside us in the spirit, and pray for us. Pray for us to be effective in the field God has given us. Pray for doors of opportunity to open up for us to bring this message of revival to those who are ready to receive. Without the power of the Lord at work in us, we will never accomplish our destiny.

My New Book on Kindle

I have always been an avid hiker. I’ve had some of my best times with the Lord along the trail. As I’ve been out in the wild, meditating on the Word, I’ve received some beautiful thoughts from the Lord. That’s the subject of this book.

It contains nine months of daily devotions for hikers on the trail. Nine months is about how long it takes to walk one of the major long distance trails in the USA.

I want it to be easy for hikers to take it on their Pads or Smartphones. Or they can just print off a few pages at a time and use them on shorter trips.

Check it out on Amazon.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

© Nick Zaccardi 2013

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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Newsletters

 

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