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The Barn Regular Update

March 26, 2020

Live-Streamed Barn Worship Tonight!

“Incense and Arrows” live-streamed worship, prayer, and proclamations tonight from The Barn at 7 PM. Join us!

Those of You Who Signed up for the Discipleship Intensive
We need you to send your contact info to the office or to Bruce directly (Bruce@thebarnvineyard.com) if you want to be part of a Zoom small group that will continue this Intensive for three more sessions—probably on a Tuesday or Wednesday night.

Teaching This Sunday

Teaching topic: The Protective Power of Being Led by the Spirit
Instructor: Bruce

Upcoming Sunday Live-Streamed Teachings:

Palm and Resurrection Day Sundays: Bruce
Overcoming Disappointment, by Nina Taylor
Series on Essential Biblical Doctrines, Continued, by Russ Mason

The Barn Regular Update

March 24, 2020

Additional Live-Streamed Worship Coming Up, Starting this Thursday evening, 7 PM!

The Barn will begin to live-stream mid-week worship and prayer times so we can all get re-charged in the Spirit between our Sunday gatherings. Bethany Sheldon and Kaleb Moten will lead our regular Incense and Arrows time this Thursday night starting at 7. Our gathering restriction of ten persons in the room will still be honored so non-essential personnel for the live set are asked to enjoy the worship/prayer times at home. Thursday evening sessions of worship and prayer will be live-streamed through The Barn’s Facebook Live account every week until the crisis ends.

Got Testimonies?

If you experience God moving in amazing ways during this time of crisis, please let us know. Send your written testimonies to info@thebarnvineyard.com and we’ll make sure to get them to the wider church!

Zoom-based Groups Coming!

We are launching next week our new Zoom-based online home groups. More info. coming!

Probable Leading Confirmed—Anoint Your Door Frames!

Several times now in Old Prayer Center prayer sessions, the thought to “anoint the doors of your homes” has come to the minds of prophetic pray-ers. So as a prophetic act, we suggest that you take some anointing oil (or possibly grape juice or wine if you want) and place it on the door frames of the entrances to your home, declaring the power of the blood of Jesus Christ to protect us from the “shadow of death.”

Continue to Proclaim God’s Protection Through Scripture

I suggest that we all continue to proclaim Ps. 91 and other scriptures that speak of God’s protection over His own. Ps. 34 is another excellent psalm to personalize and declare on a regular basis!

Devote Special Prayer to The Barn’s Medical Professionals

We have a number medical professionals (doctors and nurses) who are members of The Barn. They are on the front line of this virus crisis so let’s speak protection and empowerment by the Spirit over them as often as the Spirit brings them to our minds.

Prayer Sessions at the Old Barn Prayer Center are going on—times: 9 AM, Noon, 3 PM, and 7 PM. Please observe social distancing and no more than ten in the large prayer room.

It’s On! We will Live-Stream the April 25th Spiritual Navigation Workshop, taught by Bruce, from The Barn starting at 9 AM and ending at Noon or before. All—from The Barn and from other churches—are invited to dial in to The Barn’s web site live-streaming section.

 

The Barn Regular Update

March 23, 2020

Hi Barn Family,

New Sheltering Guidelines and Attending Church

DE has issued an order for residents to shelter in place. As far as we understand, DE, PA, and MD residents can still attend The Barn to worship and pray together, or to be edified through study or other “religious” means. This is because in PA, churches are considered organizations “essential to life,” so are not “closed” to worship-oriented activity. So we may continue to gather physically day or night at The Barn, but in groups no more than ten and observing the new norm of social distancing. And obviously if you are sick with flu-like symptoms or in a household with someone who is, please do not physically come to The Barn until all your ymptoms are gone for a few days. Those who want to wear masks or gloves are encouraged to do so, but those who do not want to are encouraged not to as well.

Daily Prayer

Prayer “hours” at the old Barn prayer center are 9 AM, Noon, 3 PM, and 7 PM Monday through Friday. Six Barnites showed up this morning for the 9 AM prayer, which ended at 10 AM. We sat more than six feet from each other, and/or we walked and prayed in the worship room at the old Barn.

Prophetic Words at The Barn

Prophetic words and encouragements texted to Lynn during yesterday’s live-streamed service at The Barn has been compiled and sent out to all of us. If you didn’t get them and want them, please let Lynn know by text. 302.463.1521

A word received this morning at prayer is that just as the Lord is in the process of rolling out a massive, worldwide outpouring of His Spirit, so the enemy, through this virus, has rolled out a massive, worldwide tactic to confine the church and minimize our “going out” into all the world with the gospel. But just as the spiritual energies of the Israelite army were “confined” and “boxed in” through enforced silence as they marched seven times around Jericho, but then that spiritual power “exploded” through a shout and flattened the city walls, so too, the time of “confinement” of the church will end and the people of God will “explode” out into the world, spreading the kingdom of God as never before on the face of the earth!

Zoom-Based Online Barn Small Groups Getting Set Up

We are in the process of setting up a network of Zoom-based Barn online home groups. If you are a member of The Barn (or took the “intake” steps and are waiting to become an “official” member) and you want lead an online group or be part of one, please text or email Lynn Latshaw (Lynn@thebarnvineyard.com) (302-463-1521). A list of the new online small groups will be sent out to you soon. You will still be able to sign up through our website under community and small groups.

Mid-Week Worship Live-Streamed

There is talk of setting up live-streamed mid-week (Wed. or Thurs. eve.) worship events at The Barn. Stay tuned. Unfortunately we will be observing the ten-person-limit guideline for these events as well, and with worship team people and tech people needed, there will not be many “slots” left over for Barnites to attend these live.

Coming Soon: Is Covid-19 a Revelation Plague—God’s Judgment?
Does the Government Have the Right to “Close” Churches for Public Safety Reasons?

Live-streaming tomorrow!

March 21, 2020

Hey Barn Family,

The PA governor has issued a shelter in place order for PA. However, that does not apply to religious organizations, which are considered life-sustaining and can be open using social distancing CDC norms, including live-stream services with a band. This means that unless this rule changes, we will live-stream every Sunday from 10-Noon and may actually go to a modified schedule of workshops or special meetings using a worship band and perhaps a special speaker—like a monthly Holy Spirit Night and/or a mid-week worship service.

However, there is a “ten-person gathered” rule we will observe so these will have to have no substantial live audience. We are sorry, but we’ll have to limit physical attendance at our live-streaming sessions to worship team personnel, technical support personnel, and Lynn and myself (or another teacher).

So, for tomorrow, go to this page to view our FacebookLive live-streaming. During worship you can text Lynn to forward words you receive to release at the mic. Note: if we receive too many words, we will may not get yours in as we seek the Spirit’s guidance—no different than a normal Sunday morning, really. Bruce’s teaching title is Temporary Inconvenience, Permanent Improvement! He will address our need to stay focused on the vision of God for us all as we move forward in the kingdom through signs, wonders, and miracles.

If you know others whose churches don’t live-stream or use video feeds for their Sunday services, please invite them to be part of the Barn tomorrow.

Blessings—Lynn and Bruce

March 21, 2020

A letter from Bruce

March 19, 2020

Hi Barn Family,

Well, you probably suspected that this particular letter would not be long in coming! I mean of course the letter about continued financial support for The Barn ministry. Yeah, that one…

Our treasurer Michele informed me today that so far we are behind by $8,000 per week for the two weeks we have not gathered at The Barn. Sadly, what we have discovered when we have missed the occasional Sunday meeting in winter is that much of the lost income for that Sunday was permanently gone. What that tells us is that while many of us at The Barn tithe our income regularly—so that physically not attending the Sunday meeting does not reduce giving by our tithers—many Barn members give only when they actually show up on a Sunday morning and slip into the offering basket.  

So this letter is really an appeal to you in this second category. The regular tithers will continue give regularly electronically or by writing checks and sending them to the Barn office.

I really encourage you givers-but-not-tithers to become more focused and faithful with your financial support for The Barn. I can say honestly and without hype that our ministry for the Lord does need what you give. When all of you don’t come physically to The Barn on Sundays and so don’t give, it looks like we now fall behind by about $8,000 per week. That’s a lot. Temporarily we can sustain this amount of loss from some reserves we have, but in time we will have to either lay staff off or in other major ways cut our expenses considerably. We must pay our $9,000 per month mortgage or we will lose the old and new Barns plus 18 acres to the bank.

Let me suggest that you Barn members who typically give to The Barn pretty much only when you come on Sundays do something like this: 1) prayerfully decide how much money you wish to give to the church each month, then 2) divide by 4 and send a check each week to The Barn Vineyard, 3224 Appleton Road, Landenberg, PA 19350, Attention Michele. Or: go online to our website (www.thebarnvineyard.com) and look for PushPay to do the same. Obviously you can give by some other way, but the key is to be both intentional and responsible in giving. If The Barn is your church home, now is the time to step up and continue to give what you gave when you attended on Sundays. If you do, we’ll be able to meet expenses both to house and to expand the kingdom of God.  

And if any of you regular tithers to The Barn are “behind” on your tithes, please consider bringing things up to date.

Thank you, everyone, for your faithfulness.

Blessings—Bruce

March 19, 2020

A letter from Pastor Bruce

March 17, 2020

Greetings Barn Community!

Here is the first of hopefully daily communications to you all at The Barn during this time when we cannot meet together.

Attached is Psalm 91, personalized and interpreted a bit so that we can all declare out loud these powerful protective truths from God’s word. I suggest we proclaim this psalm at least once per day, speaking it as a covering over ourselves, our families, and our church community. Also, don’t forget as led to declare death in Jesus’ name to this coronavirus pestilence. Even as we speak death to cancer cells that seek to cause injury, we have authority over this virus and all that is evil, in Jesus’ name! (Here’s another great declarable verse of scripture—Luke 10:19– “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you!”  I will be writing additional “declarable” verses periodically to add to our arsenal.)

Also, although we may not want to gather physically even in home groups at this point (though your small group is free to gather in a home if you wish of course; groups of under ten are recommended), we are working on getting info to you about how to use Zoom for a virtual small group meeting. Let’s stay in internet contact with each other so we can maintain fellowship even though we are asked not to gather in groups of more than ten.

Although your measure of faith may permit you to ignore the guidelines suggested–or in some cases mandated–at the governmental level, as a church we have chosen to submit to these guidelines in solidarity with our nation’s corporate efforts. Let all of us respect and honor whatever stand each of us takes with regard to this public health crisis. We will continue to update you all concerning our “church guidelines” as they evolve. Right now, we are continuing our live-streamed Sunday morning services, and group meetings at the Barn are limited to no more than ten persons, who should observe behavioral recommendations like no handshakes (or in our case also hugging), social distancing, and of course, no gathering with other if you are symptomatic. If some of us want to wear respiratory masks, that is an option too.

Finally, pray divine protection over all medical personnel at The Barn. They are on the front lines of exposure to COVID-19, and we want them kept safe by the Lord!

Blessings—Bruce

March 17, 2020

A letter from Pastor Bruce

March 14, 2020

Hi Everyone, 

If you are planning to gather tomorrow morning in your small group or worship by yourself or in your family, and you want to join the live-streaming from The Barn starting at 10 AM, here is our tentative schedule: 

  1. We’ll start with praise and worship as usual.  We will give some time for background music in between songs so you can give “words” if the Lord gives them to individuals in your group.
  2. We’ll end worship with Communion. So prepare the elements ahead of time so we can all celebrate the Supper together.
  3. We may have some brief announcements, but maybe not.
  4. I will teach on practical daily ways we can remain in the protective and healing presence of the Lord.
  5. We’ll close with an invitation for us to pray for one another if we’re in families or small groups.

It’s doubtful that the service will last only an hour, as I previously said. Probably a more normal time length, maybe a bit shorter.

If you want to plan a fellowship meal after the service, that would be great.

To live-stream the service tomorrow, CLICK HERE, or visit our Facebook page

Be blessed as you celebrate Jesus tomorrow! – Bruce

March 14, 2020

A letter from Pastor Bruce

March 13, 2020

Hey Barn Family,
 
We are aware that many of you think it was wisdom to cancel our weekend meetings, and that some feel it was a very wrong move. We affirm your right to hold different opinions. Like all things in America nowadays, even this public health issue has been politicized. It does no practical good to argue the two major positions. If the virus scare is a hoax (hoax is defined as “a falsehood deliberately fabricated to masquerade as the truth”), we will soon know it because the so-called virus and its effects will simply evaporate. But if it is factual and capable of locking down entire nations (such as it has done in Italy), we will do well to slow its spread and to prepare for it as thoroughly as we can.
 
While we never want Satan to gain an advantage over us—and this “plague” must be viewed as from the enemy, not God—in this case we felt that our church leadership mandate (plus our perceived sense of God’s leading) compelled us to act to “protect the flock of God” as much as possible. A helpful analogy would be our practice of cancelling Sunday church because of a snow or ice storm. You could argue that many will survive driving to The Barn in a storm and in fact would make it here easily; so church should not be cancelled because that would give a victory by the enemy. Yet as leaders, if our decision to hold church when roads were dangerous resulted in even one death or serious injury, we would feel that we were irresponsible leaders (and may be held legally liable for negligence).
 
There is a difference between irrational fear (panic where no real threat exists) and rational fear (stepping on a coiled rattlesnake when hiking in the mountains). In the latter case, to take reasonable precautions is just plain smart—even a manifestation of godly wisdom. Proverbs has much to say about a biblical character who lacks wisdom and acts stupidly; he is called “the fool.” No place in the Bible it is positive to be labelled a fool—that is, one who does foolish (unwise) things.  
 
There is also a difference between genuine faith and presumption (human action not based on God’s discerned will). Faith exists where we know God has spoken; presumption exists where humans act when God has not spoken. It is not God’s will to barge on ahead when the Spirit says not to. Acts 16:4-6 gives us two examples of the Holy Spirit expressly forbidding Paul’s apostolic team from moving into certain areas to preach the gospel. Had they disobeyed the Spirit in these cases, they would have been out of God’s will—not a place of safety and provision. Jonah experienced this.
 
In our area, two Vineyards from the greater Philly area have chosen to close their Sunday meetings for two weeks, as their government officials have shut down all public gatherings. For them it was godly wisdom for them to submit to “the powers that be.” My guess is that all nine of our area Vineyards will not hold meetings this Sunday. The Barn will evaluate next week what we will do about next Sunday’s meeting. My fervent hope is that we will meet again then as we do normally and resume all normal church activities.
 
For this Sunday, I have a suggestion. A few of us will work out doing live-streaming of a modified service at The Barn. Starting at 10 AM, we will live-stream worship and a teaching (go to our web site and follow the prompts to live-streaming; we have updated our equipment so quality should be much improved). The service will probably not go for much more than an hour. My suggestion is that we gather in homes in our existing small groups (unless small group hosts decline of course), watch the live-streamed Barn service together, and then minister in prayer to each other plus perhaps enjoy a fellowship meal afterward. This is only a suggestion; if you want to take a personal sabbath and rest on Sunday morning, go for it.
 
I also suggest that we all “live” for a while in Psalm 91. Perhaps memorize portions of it. (I remember a story told by Graham Cooke about how prior to the start of his prophet ministry, God caused him to read nothing else in scripture except Psalm 91. In fact, when he tried to read other scripture, his eyes would blur and he couldn’t see!) Declare (aloud) the truths in that psalm over yourselves, your families, and our church. It’s not an accident that Lynn just recently taught on and led us all into regularly practicing proclamations of biblical truth. Let’s make such proclamations a spiritual habit. (Psalms 37 and 103 are two other great psalms for proclamation!) Life and death is indeed in the power of the tongue, so let’s all use our speech to radiate God’s protective and energizing power into every atmosphere we are part of!
 
Blessings—Bruce

March 13, 2020