Special Alert Update
As we continue to monitor our city and church health conditions, we are taking steps to help protect the well-being of our church body and its partners. In-person services have been suspended until further notice. The church office is closed effective 5pm, March 20th. Join our live stream services at 2pm.
Greetings! As the Apostle Paul spoke peace in a maritime disaster called Eurolcydon, I speak the peace that passes all understanding to you today in lieu of the Cornoavirus pandemic that will forever change our American way of life.
No government agency has the answers you need for all the uncertainties you face right now accept this Jesus whom Paul preached!
When you are baptized in Jesus name and filled with the holyghost and purposing to walk in holiness living you have some precious exceeding promises as a circumcised covenant believer of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.
For example when the ten plagues hit Egypt God protected and guided Israel from the beginning to the end. In the last plague Yahweh instructed Israel to put the blood of a lamb on the door post of their homes as God called for a divine quarantine for the people of God. Anyone could have gotten under this quarentine if they would put the blood on the door post. They would be protected by this frightening plague that struck all of the first bone in the land.
We are the people of the name of Jesus with this kind of protection during this Corona virus attack. It’s time for us to boldly speak the Rehma Word of God into the atmosphere of fear and uncertainties right now. Let me remind you of our precious exceeding promises we have as a a covenant circumcised people in this pandemic
Isaiah 49:16 AMPC
 Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; [O Zion] your walls are continually before Me.
Isaiah 43:1 AMPC
 But now [in spite of past judgments for Israel’s sins], thus says the Lord, He Who created you, O Jacob, and He Who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you [ransomed you by paying a price instead of leaving you captives]; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.
Isaiah 65:23-25 AMPC
 They shall not labor in vain or bring forth [children] for sudden terror or calamity; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.  And it shall be that before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear.  The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy Mount [Zion], says the Lord.
We are a people controlled by the superior love of Calvary and not by our internal and external fears. We are governed at all times by the Word of God.
The Apostle Peter said it well in Acts 4:19-20
Acts 4:19-20 AMPC
 But Peter and John replied to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must decide (judge).  But we [ourselves] cannot help telling what we have seen and heard. So we on one hand must follow the health guidelines laid down by our government. Conversely there will be times we may experience a conflict in obeying Gods word to pray for someone with the coronavirus.
The true people of God are those that are led by the Spirit and his Word according to Romans 8:14. This requires we follow very closely the leadership of the five fold ministry namely the local church pastor. He is the candlestick for the local assembly. He along with the office of the prophet, the Apostle, the teacher and evangelist all will guide the covenant circumcise sheep through this difficult unprecedented crises. We cannot follow the leading of the Spirit without the five fold ministry.
This includes taking directives and mandates from our leadership of the United Pentecostal Church. We have a Presbyter and superintendant. We also have a district board and a national board led by our superintendant David Bernard. We have great leadership to help us in this crisis but we must choose to follow.
1. This means choosing to pay my tithes and offerings online on time and faithfully because of your reverential fear of the word and love of the Lord more than you love your church and pastor.
2. Being accountable for all and any online emergency meetings, cell groups and church services the local church pastor calls for.
3. Being willing to serve in reaching out to emergency services to the saints if the church and city is called into a lock down. Until there is a lock down to be willing to deliver food to saints who cannot leave their homes.
Persecution and hardship of the first century church brought them together in a new way they had not experienced before.
Acts 4:32-34 KJV
 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.  Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
4. Committing to teach a bible study online
5. Be available to participate in any church prayer chains. Take a one or two hour block and come to the church in two’s and three’s with social distancing. If there is a quarentine be will willing to do this in your home. Start a morning prayer partnership with the saints.
6. Start a small group meeting in your home or online
7. Meet with your leaders once a week to go over church vision and family updates
God has always used calamities and hardships to redirect his people to new divine Paradigm shifts that changed the world. So until further instructed we are canceling all public services. We are encouraging you to prepare for a lock down and quarantine that I feel is coming to our city.
• Please make sure you have three weeks of food stocked up.
• Make sure you have medicines available for three weeks
• Visit our church website for daily updates on the coronavirus as it relates to our local church.
• Follow all of the health recommendations and take this season very serious but without the pancic, worry and anxieties that the public is demonstrating.
Philippians 4:6-7 AMPC
 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ( definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.  And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Here is one last verse on our exceeding precious promises for the covenant people facing the coronavirus.
Acts 3:25-26 KJV
 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.  Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
UPCI World Headquarters is providing support and resources to missionaries, churches, and constituents through its various ministries during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time there are unexpected needs among our North American and global missionaries that we can help defray. We also have opportunities to provide assistance to our churches and families.
Children’s Ministries has resources for children’s services at home. Here is a respected source by Apostolic UPCI Children’s Evangelist Justin Hamby: www.facebook.com/rokministries. There are many services to see and share with our children! Children’s sermons by several children’s evangelists will soon be available to view and download at https://upcichildrensministries.org/
Assistance to Evangelists and North American Missionaries
North American Missions is working hard to support two of our most vulnerable ministries during this crisis: North American Missionaries and Enrolled Evangelists. We are partnering with Ladies Ministries to make emergency funds available immediately to each of these groups. Please go to the link below to find out how you may help or apply for emergency funding.
The safety and care of our constituents and missionaries globally and on deputation amid the pandemic is one of our top priorities. We ask you to join us in prayer globally for our leaders and members for God’s protection and guidance. We have taken the following steps:
- To be good stewards, Global Missions has canceled all deputational services for the next two weeks except for online services in a desire to protect our missionary family as well as our faithful church members. Our directors are offering facilities where the missionaries can stay during this time. We will reevaluate our strategy on March 30, 2020.
- Short-term missionary personnel have been asked to postpone travel to the field for the next two weeks, and we will reevaluate on March 30, 2020.
- Our missionary force overseas has been encouraged in the past to have an emergency plan for food and finances. We have written to all and made additional finances available as needed so that they are prepared. We have also informed them that if any feel it expedient to return to North America we will facilitate this.
- All activities around the world are being postponed according to the directives of the respective governments.
- We have encouraged the worldwide leadership to take advantage of this opportunity to minister to their nations using means that will not endanger the health of those involved. This is an open door for us to minister to those who are looking to God in this crisis.
Division of Publications
- This difficult season underscores the importance of discipleship within the home. We encourage individuals to make their homes a center for nourishing spiritual growth. Pentecostal Publishing House (PPH) has released a free family devotional so parents can guide their children in a time of Bible reflection and spiritual conversation, available at www.pentecostalpublishing.com/response.
- With school closures and changes to church schedules, families may also benefit from Apostolic reading resources. As such, Pentecostal Publishing House (PPH) is providing free ebooks for children and significant discounts on select ebooks for adults.
- Since churches may need to transition to a nonconventional way of having service, meeting as small groups may be an effective means of moving forward. A special discount program has been made available for church accounts and personal accounts within Discipleship Central, a new web portal with all Apostolic video content for discipleship within the home and for church leaders to facilitate ministry through small groups.
- These unique circumstances may have a distinct impact on individuals with special needs. With schools and churches changing their schedules, some may have difficulty coping with the disruptions. Anyone so affected can connect with ABLE Ministry, a network of support for Accepting, Believing, Loving, and Embracing individuals and families affected by disabilities. You can find this group by searching “ABLE Ministry UPCI” on Facebook.
This is a great time to get together with family devotions. God knows what is going on! This could be a time of revival in your home. Due to state regulations, many ladies’ conferences have been cancelled. Some of the ladies are requesting that their registration not be refunded but be used as a seed offering for Mothers Memorial. What a great idea! “If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.” (See Psalm 90:9–10.) God’s got this!
During the pandemic, UPCI Youth Ministries is working to keep our apostolic youth and young adults connected to godly resources. Rather than allowing this time to be spent idle, they are promoting many great resources through social media. By utilizing Facebook live and Instagram, they will encourage students and youth workers about resources that are readily available. Youth and young adults can take advantage of InsideOut, YM podcasts, special online teaching and preaching messages, and they can engage in the YM reading challenge.
For the safety of our employees at World Headquarters, our contracted cleaning service has been conducting enhanced sanitation of the building nightly. Additionally, each weekend the building is being treated with a fogging system that applies an antiseptic treatment to all surfaces. We have canceled tours of the building, restricted other visits, and required a fourteen-day quarantine for anyone who has traveled internationally. Some employees can work from home, and special arrangements are being made for those who may be at elevated risk. We are not conducting meetings of more than ten people, and we are emphasizing the guidelines for social distancing and hygiene. We are following all guidelines from governmental and health authorities.
Additional Resources for Local Churches
We have previously posted several resources that UPCI ministers can download from upciministers.com. We are also posting ideas on Forward, the new Facebook group for UPCI-credentialed ministers. Two new additions on Forward are:
- “Drive-In Church” in partnership with a local radio station, Madisonville, KY, Pastor Robbie Knox
- Free online coaching for media strategies and small groups from the First Church/Motion staff of Pearland, TX, Pastor Ken Gurley. For more information or to get your questions answered, email firstname.lastname@example.org and asked to be linked to the weekly Zoom call or Live Stream.
Sincerely in Christ,
David K. Bernard
THE GREATEST TIME OF PREPARATION AND PURIFICATION IS UPON THE CHURCH RIGHT NOW!!!
For over a year the Lord has been speaking to me about the fear of the Lord being restored to the Church and the Church returning to the first love – Jesus.
As we have seen in the entering into 2020 we have entered into a year where everything that can be shaken, is being shaken. We are now seeing tremendous shaking taking place with the coronavirus and things changing rapidly. As I have sought the Lord over the last few months He has been speaking to me about the shaking we are in now exposing and bringing down idols in the Church.
Right now, we are seeing the plans of the enemy at work with the coronavirus but what the enemy meant for harm, the Lord is using for good. (Genesis 50:20) The HAND OF THE LORD is bringing about a shaking in the Church. The hand of the Lord is bringing about a shaking to shake the impurity out of the Church and the place where affection and devotion to other things besides Jesus is being exposed and the heart of the Father is calling the Church into a place of beautiful, glorious, repentance.
There is a SELAH MOMENT upon the Church right now and this is a SERIOUS moment. It is a time to really be seeking the Lord and inviting the Spirit of God to examine hearts and lives in the light of His presence (Psalm 139:23-24).
Friends, things are NOT going to remain the same within the Church once this battle is over. The hand of the Lord is rearranging and He is setting the stage for a mighty move of His Spirit and the fear of the Lord being restored to the Church.
THE IDOL OF MINISTRY
The Lord showed me that in this shaking that is taking place right now in the earth, and in the Church, with conferences being cancelled, churches having to suspend meetings or change the way things are done, the Lord out of HIS LOVE is exposing idols and one of these idols He showed me was ministry. Any areas where MINISTRY has become an idol. The fire of God is upon the Church right now and He is examining hearts and convicting hearts where ministry has become a false god and He is shaking that and exposing it, so the Church can be ALIGNED for the greatest move of the Spirit of God that we have ever seen.
This is the time where the Lord is shaking self promotion, He is shaking off pride, this is where the Lord is bringing such an intense shaking out of His love to position the body of Christ in the place of humility, to take her place in this Isaiah 60 time.
The Lord showed me that in this time there will be a divine reconnecting, realigning, restoring and healing that will take place in families. The Lord is using this time to bring healing and right positioning and alignment within families and the IMPORTANCE of family AS the Church and IN Church. I heard the Lord say “Can you hear the sound of tears in homes?” – as I listened in closely, I heard the tears of forgiveness, healing, restoration and revival in homes. I continued to hear the words “It’s time to get your houses in order”. The Lord also showed me that there will be a time of deep reconnection not only between spouses, but with CHILDREN. The Lord showed me where there has been a disconnect or connection hindered and/or lost, the Lord is going to bring DEEP healing in this time.
This is the moment in this SELAH where the Lord is inviting the people of God back onto the altar.
“There I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable and perfect.” (NASB)
This SELAH MOMENT is to be taken seriously. This is a time to fast and pray and to seek the Lord and be deep in His Word and allow the refiners fire to come and to purge and purify. THIS is the moment to position ourselves in preparation for what is to come. This is the time where the Lord is shaking agendas, He is shaking control, He is shaking off complacency and He is inviting His people deeper into the place of fresh surrender. This is a very important moment of REFINING and ALIGNING.
The Lord showed me that those who have eyes to see and ears to hear are going to be positioned in this time to move with Him empowered by His Spirit in this new era unlike anything they have ever seen before.
DO NOT WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN
The other day as I was sitting with the Lord I suddenly heard a song playing in my head “Walk like an Egyptian” which I hadn’t heard since I was a child. I then heard the Lord speaking over the Church “DO NOT WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN”. Instantly I knew the Lord was speaking about not walking in ways of the world (Romans 12:2) and this is a shaking that is bringing forth a purification upon the Church to walk in HOLINESS.
I heard the Lord say “This is the mighty purging that is taking place and will continue to remove the WORLD from the Church. This is the time for My plumbline words to go forth and bring My people back to the main thing: ME!!!! I am bringing people to their end in their own means, wisdom and pride, so that in repentance they may turn and move into the time of the greatest realm of knowing Me, knowing My ways and walking in My wisdom. This shaking is bringing the Church out of man made wisdom, pride and being dazzled with themselves or their own wisdom and being positioned to see ME high and lifted up and knowing and understanding My ways.”
The Lord in this time is dealing with sin, He’s dealing with compromise, He’s dealing with complacency and familiarity with Him, out of His love, to position the Church to move into the time of the greatest demonstration of His Majesty, His holiness and His power in the nations that is UNPRECEDENTED.
This moment right now is a moment to get ready, it’s a moment to get serious and prepare. It’s a time to make sure that we have enough oil in our lamps. (Matthew 25)
This is a time of embracing His fire and to YIELD to Him completely! This is a time of repentance. (Hebrews 12:29)
“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD.” (Malachi 3:3)
A GREAT AND MIGHTY DAY OF TREMBLING IS UPON US AS THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS RESTORED
Last week as I sat with the Lord and I could see and hear all the fear in the atmosphere, the Lord said to me “Lana, listen closely, can you hear the sound of reformation? Can you hear the sound of the trembling awe?”
I said “YES Lord I do”
“It’s time for Isaiah 6! It’s time for Isaiah 6!”
He spoke again “Reformation is upon the Church. Things will not stay the same, this is where everything changes. This is where I am taking man off of thrones, this is where I am dealing with pride and inviting my people into the place of humility before Me. This is the place where the Church is positioned to see Me like they have never seen Me before. Ready or not, here I come. It has arrived and I am longing for My Bride to make herself ready. I am about to step in. I am about to step in with My Glory revealed in the Church and the earth that has NEVER been seen. But up to this point the idols in the Church have had My people misaligned, so I am calling My people back to Me. Back to the first love. Back to the place of “NOTHING BUT JESUS”
“I am coming! I am coming as the King of Glory! Ready or not here I come! Church, get ready! Nations are going to TREMBLE not in unholy fear, but the awe and wonder of who I am and My power being demonstrated across the earth. The shaking must come to prepare and set the stage. My people, will you be found ready? I love you My Church and I shake, correct and convict because of My love for you. Those that have eyes to see and ears to hear will SEE that this is the moment to get right with Me and allow Me to prepare and purify for the revealing of My nature and power in the earth”
“So wake up, you living gateways! Lift up your heads, you ageless doors of destiny! Welcome the King of Glory, for He is about to come through you. You ask, “Who is this Glory-King?” The Lord armed and ready for battle, the Mighty One, invincible in every way! So wake up, you living gateways and rejoice! Fling wide, you ageless doors of destiny! For where He comes; the King of Glory is ready to come in.” (Psalm 24:7-9 – The Passion Translation)
Friends, this SELAH moment is an incredible time to pause and prepare for what is to come. To allow the Holy Spirit to do what He needs to do within us. The Spirit of God will continue to position and prepare but right now, the Lord is inviting us as His people to decide “Are we all in with what He is doing no matter how it looks or what it costs? Or are we not?”
A company of burning hearts, burning with devotion for their FIRST LOVE are arising in the earth. This is where the true ecclesia is being forged and formed.