About Us

A Note from Pastor Larry...

Hello, and welcome to Spirit & Truth's website! Carole and I are glad you decided to check in with us and share the many wonderful things we've seen the Lord doing! Periodically we will post news, upcoming events and available new resources. We're excited to announce the release of our new DVD series "Set the Captives Free!" - an integrated approach to spiritual, behavioral and emotional healing.

- Blessings from Larry & Carole

A Little Bit About Us...

In 1972, Larry Arendas founded New Jerusalem Christian Church (NJCC) and served as Senior Pastor for 28 years raising up more than 11 Pastors, ministry teams and many Deacons and Deaconesses. Larry and his wife Carole frequently served as conference speakers and their healing and marriage seminars have been presented across the United States, Canada, England and China. They have served on mission teams in Panama, England, Estonia, Latvia, India, Bangladesh, Honduras, and Canada.

In 2000, Larry and Carole were sent out by NJCC with a charge to equip the Church at large with the foundational ministries the Lord had graciously given NJCC. They incorporated Spirit and Truth Ministries International in 2004.

For 34 years Larry and Carole have brought God’s unconditional love, healing and freedom to His children using the gifts of the Holy Spirit when praying. Their ministry is known for empowering believers to move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help others reach their destiny in God.

Larry earned a BS in engineering, an MBA in marketing and finance and worked with several major firms in management. Carole is a RN and worked in a neo-natal Intensive care unit.

They have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and live near Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Our Mission is to help churches be and do what Jesus intended, specifically:

to get connect to God... lead others to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior;... be a source and model of God's unconditional love;... provide God's foundational minitries to new believers;... grow the local Church by relating in love through differences;... empower everyone to move in their gifts to help others; and... share their gifts and anointings by networking with other Churches.

Our Vision is...

to become the mature bride of Christ by expressing and experiencing the unconditional love of faith of the Father for His children in the power of His Holy Spirit.

Personal Info

  • Phone: 704-728-9200
  • larryarendas@charter.net

Ministries

Healing and Freedom

"Healing Ministry Training" establishes a Healing Team Ministry in the local Church and is recommended before presenting a "Set the Captives Free" seminar to Church members. Intended for the Church staff and those recognized by the Pastoral Staff as having an interest, anointing, or functioning gifts appropriate for this ministry. The 1 day training session is followed by prayer for each member of the Staff and all who will serve in the ministry

"Set the Captives Free" is a seminar that "demystifies" Satan and his demonic attacks, establishing a sound, Scripturally based understanding of the 4 ways our spiritual enemy can influence believers, and how to overcome all of them. The 6 session seminar can be presented in 1 day. (soon to be available on DVD)

"Spiritual Warfare" is a study designed to empower new believers to be victorious in all possible encounters with the enemy! This simple, step-by-step study includes basic definitions, explanations, and includes interactive and corporate prayer opportunities. Study leader should have completed "Set the Captives Free" or "Healing Team Ministry" training.

Marriage

"Becoming One" is a 6 session marriage seminar presenting Godly perspective on marriage. This dynamic, interactive seminar has frequently been described as "life-changing", with countless divorce proceeding canceled as a result of attending "Becoming One".

"Marriage Counseling" by Larry Carole Arendas is available to Pastors, Staff, and key members of leadership. Their model pf a Spirit-led, prayer infused counseling approach has strengthened the Church around the worlds.

ACTivations and Prayer

An ACTivation is experiential empowering of Spirit-filled believers to be truly Spirit-le, using the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help one another. A brief description of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and prayer for their impartation is followed by mutual body ministry!

Prayer

"Intercessory Prayer" is a 2 session teaching following by an actual Intercessory Prayer experience. Both directed and non-directed intercession is discussed and proper relation to the Pastoral Staff is emphasized. Includes forms to record and report prayer results. The objective of this seminar is to equip the local Church with ongoing effective intercessory prayer ministry.

"Hearing from God" helps believers get "in touch" with the Lord while encouraging everyone to become "natural with the supernatural". This sound, Scripturally based understanding of personal prayer empowers Christians to pro-actively seek the Father's will, and to be led by the Holy Spirit in their life.

Contact

If you would like to contact us, please send us a message here. We look forward to hearing from you!

E-Manna

 

"What's on Your Heart, Lord?"

Rhema words received by Pastor Larry as he asks 'What's on Your heart Lord?' Brief comments that convey the sense received with these words will help convey the intent. E-Manna should be considered prayerfully for personal edification and encouragement and not assumed to be always applicable to personal circumstances.

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"Let My Spirit Go!"

The Lord God Almighty issued a similar word to Pharaoh through Moses. Pharaoh, a leader motivated only by his own will, stood in God’s way. God wanted to take His children from a place of servitude into a promised land. God wanted His people to go from a place where their only significance was what they could do in the natural world, to a life where they could achieve their spiritual destiny. We stand in a similar place today in the Church. God wants His children to move from a life limited to what they can accomplish with their natural talents to a Spirit-led life that fulfills their spiritual destiny. Will we hear our God’s cry--- “Let My Spirit go!”, or will we stand guard on the Church we’ve built in our own image and likeness?

Around the world, God has been turning loose His Holy Spirit to bring the supernatural crashing through the limits of our natural realm. In his prophetic book, “Megashift”, Jim Rutz chronicles the sweeping worldwide outbreak of Holy Spirit-inspired empowerment among ordinary Christians. The Lord seems to be by-passing those with restrictive limits and constraining theologies. The recent outbreaks of revivals marked by God’s sovereign moves and healing miracles bear ample evidence that God is choosing to move through ordinary believers and men who do not restrict the flow of the Holy Spirit. Megashift may be our generation’s “writing on the wall”, and if we miss the message being written by God’s finger, we do so at the peril of missing the mark and selling our spiritual birthright for the potage of “order”.

Has our established and routine Sunday Order of Service tied up and imprisoned God’s Holy Spirit? Have we sacrificed Spirit-led experiential spirituality for a more easily contained and controlled “same-old, same-old” orchestrated performance? Will Church leaders have to go through 10 plagues as did Pharaoh before we heed the call, “Let My Spirit go!”?

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: have we not seen the beginning of the 10 plagues in our midst already? Are we half way through the 10? Consider the following 5 realities the Church is experiencing around the world.

What we have seen:

  1. Persecution
  2. Slavery of Christians
  3. Spiritual dryness in an arid land
  4. Works as faith’s only expression
  5. Corrupted and intimidated spiritual leadership

What’s next? What could we see happening in the future as the next 5 plagues are released?

What we may see:

  1. Greater demands on the Church with reduced resources
  2. More plagues (disasters) released on the earth
  3. Civil leaders pursuing and attacking the Church
  4. Impending disaster for people of faith
  5. Divine intervention as the Church becomes dedicated to living for God.

Some of these are taking form even as we watch the nightly news. (The above message, including the warning about the 10 plagues, was first received on Nov. 8, 2007. In obedience to the Lord, I am in the process of writing an article/book which adds the following to the above.)

Greater demands on the Church with reduced resources Society seems to be placing more expectations on the Church for the welfare of its citizens even as Church financial resources are dwindling. In any disaster, the Church responds--- and is criticized for not being more responsive. The world seems to be saying, “Yes you helped, but where are all the other churches? If the Churches would act together, the Government and our taxes wouldn’t have to meet every need”. 

There is irony in this common attitude of those in the world with a secular mindset. They want the Church they are trying to marginalize to relieve them of responsibility for aiding the needy and the survivors of disasters. Many call for Church property to be taxed and question the tax free status granted to the Church. Those who don’t understand the role of the Church and its purpose will try to relegate it to social services. While we are to demonstrate our faith in good works, it is our faith in a loving God that is to be made known--- not the fact that we lower the tax burden by being socially active. Follow the money in this self-centered scenario. The un-churched are angry that the Church isn’t meeting their expectations!

More plagues (disasters) released on earth. No one knows why every event happens, although we may rightly ask if God is trying to get a message to us through events. The Bible is filled with examples of God intervening in the affairs of man to show His love and mercy. When God’s chosen people turned their back on Him and worshiped other gods and idols, He effectively gave them what they wanted. If they didn’t want Him for their God, if they did not want to live in a way God knew was best for them, He released them. They were taken into captivity by another nation and no longer had to live in God’s world. God was a scorned lover! God wanted man to live His way because they loved Him for loving them. He wanted them to grow spiritually, understanding all they were--- and had--- was a result of His love and care. God wants mankind to realize they are loved and should therefore love in return. To love is to be as God, for that is His nature. (1 John 4:8)

The world’s generations are born in ignorance of God’s love for them. Those who know God are to tell of His love and mercy. When we fail to bring the truth and understanding of God, we expose them to the ways of man alone, or more significantly, to our spiritual enemy’s ways.

Why call disasters an “act of God”? Shouldn’t they be called an “act of the enemy”? When massive numbers die without knowing God, isn’t that an act of our spiritual enemy? A loving God gives us opportunities to grow in love by helping those afflicted by disasters. But we should never lose sight of our higher calling: to lead the lost to their spiritual Father. (Look for the release of the complete article/book at a later date.) Action steps

What can we do to obey God’s charge to “Let My Spirit go!”?  1. First, as always, pray and intercede for spiritual leaders. We are commanded to pray for them for a reason, i.e., they are the enemy’s prime targets. 2. Study 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 as a commandment regarding Church worship. Note that God seems to desire the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our times of worship. 3. Respectfully encourage Spirit-filled Pastors to prayerfully consider establishing openness to the Holy Spirit in times of worship. There should be a time of preparation for changing our Church worship culture. Teaching is necessary regarding the proper use of the gifts in worship as well as Pastoral guidelines for maintaining order and orthodox doctrine. For over 30 years our Church had an “open mike” policy where members could bring forth what the Spirit led them to share. In those 30 years, we had to make only two corrections. Remarkable proof of the Spirit’s desire to edify all through everyone. We stand ready to assist any Pastor who wants to let the Spirit of the Lord free! - Blessings, Larry

e-Manna 1

"Pick up your pen and write."

On my birthday I thanked the Lord for the years He has given me and asked how I could bless Him for blessing me. I heard the familiar direction, "Pick up your pen and write", (hereinafter called PUYPAW):

"The length of years as man measures time is but a thought to Me.That which is granted to you in length of years is but a season, your time on earth. Measure the days well by how you have grown in the Spirit, for this is the reason for man's existence and all time granted to him, that he will come to know Me, My love and will. Celebrate the growth. Help others grow spiritually".

The sense I received while writing these words was that we all have a tendency to lose focus on our life's main priority - growing spiritually by knowing God, His love for us and His will. As God's creations, we are spirit, soul and body - or two-thirds spiritual beings. Yet the immediacy of our natural world and the 5 senses we rely on to interpret our environment can blind us to this primary reality: all this shall pass and only the spiritual elements of our lives will matter.

Do whatever you can to grow spiritually. Go beyond developing a relationship with Jesus Christ in salvation. Receive prayer for the baptism of the Holy Spirit which will release the power of the Holy Spirit in your life for growth and helping others. Your life's greatest fulfillment will come when you are using your spiritual gifts to help others.

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Saved? Born again? Get the facts!

A Brief Theology of Salvation

We should understand “salvation” as God’s way for mankind to relate with Him while on earth that prepares us to live with God forever.

In Matthew 9:22, Jesus tells the woman who touched the hem of His garment, “Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you whole." The Greek word for "whole" in this instance is sozo, which is derived from “safe” and means to save, deliver, protect, heal and be whole. Sozo is the root word for soteria, which is translated as “salvation”.

The study of salvation is “soteriology”, a vast study. Our review is a small part of soteriology.

Salvation is the spiritual relationship between God and man established and accomplished by Jesus. Knowing what God is like is an important part of salvation. The following is a listing of what God's nature is.

• God is holy, without sin, pure. He is “all just”. • God considers everyone His “children” in the sense that we all originate with Him. • As a “parent”, God wants His children to get to know Him and experience His love for each of them while alive on earth. • God wants all His children to be with Him in Heaven after they die and leave this world. • God describes His very nature as Love. He is the source and embodiment of love. 1 John 4:8 • For mankind to live in God’s presence, we must learn how to relate in love. • God makes children - not slaves. He gives us the right to make our own decisions among moral options. Our “free will” permits us to choose to act lovingly towards others or to seek our own self centered interests. • God knows all things, even what is our best choice to make at all times. He does not force us to do anything, giving us the opportunity to grow in love. • We should always want to do God’s will, because it is best for us and it comes wrapped in love for us.

Knowing what we are like, our nature, is also essential to understanding Salvation.

• God created us in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). We are created with a body, soul and spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:23). • Our soul (or “heart”), is our mind, emotions and will (our thoughts, feelings and desires). • Our spirit is the part of us most closely resembling God’s Holy Spirit, who moves like the wind, the very breath of God, that which is evidence that Life is present. At one time in our life, our spirit was “dead” or non-functioning, and God brought it to life. (See John 6:63, and Ephesians 2:1, 2:5) Note that our souls were functioning as were our bodies at the time described in Ephesians. The only thing left to be made alive was our spirit.

Our spirit, once alive and functioning, may do the following: • grow (Luke 1:80 and 2:40) • be rescued from the influence of the soul by reading the Bible (Hebrews 4:12) • identify and follow what God’s Spirit wants done (Romans 8:16) • pray (1 Corinthians 14:14) • serve God (Romans 1:19) • be provoked (Acts 17:16), be fervent (Acts 18:25), be troubled (John 13:21) be grieved(John 11:33), be restless (2 Corinthians 2:13), • be refreshed by the love of Christians (2 Corinthians 7:13), carry or bring God’s grace(Galatians 6;18), be willing (Matthew 26:41) • doesn’t have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39)

When our non-functioning spirits hear the Good News that God loves us they come alive and enable our souls to respond to God’s invitation to live spiritually. (Psalm 119:5)

Our souls were in pretty bad condition when our spirits came alive! We read: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)" - Ephesians 2:1 Also: “…for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,…” - Romans 3:23

And further, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells…” - Romans 7:18a God wants His children to live forever with Him in eternity, but a holy God cannot dwell with sinners or their sin. Something had to be done about sin. Our sin did not catch God by surprise! God created man with a free will, the right to choose between living God’s way or our own way, or to choose right from wrong. God knew our souls had the capacity to sin. Our soul can be governed by natural desires or by God’s Holy Spirit. The naturally-led soul is the one described as not having any good thing in it, a sinner. God made a way for his sinful children to have the sin removed. Because of His great love for us, Jesus made a deal with the Father. Rather than us dying in our sin and separated from God, Jesus died for our sins. It’s as if Jesus said, “Father, my life for theirs.” and the Father said “Done”. That agreement between Father and Son is the new agreement or new covenant that took the place of the old covenant which erased sin by sacrificing animals to God. That is why Jesus is sometimes referred to as the Lamb (sacrificial lamb) of God. The blood Jesus shed on the cross covers sin.

No one can cover or pay for their own sin. You cannot earn God’s approval or work your way into heaven.

“But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses (works) are like filthy rags.” Isaiah 64:6

The only way we can relate with God is by accepting what Jesus did for us. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me”. John 14:6.

Establishing a relationship with God is called becoming “saved”, or being “born again”. We are saved from a lifetime of loss and an eternity separated from our loving heavenly Father. We choose to let our naturally-led soulish nature die so we can be born again or come alive in our spirit. The Scriptures describe how we are to gain eternal life:

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 8-10 In simplicity, salvation, (becoming related to God, or born again), is received by believing or accepting Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died for our sins and rose again. To “accept Jesus” means we acknowledge who He is and what He did for us. He is God, our Lord. He saved us and deserves to be called our Savior. Salvation can also be described as an acknowledgement and reciprocation of love. One might say,“Jesus, You loved me and gave your life for me. I want to love You back and give my life to you.”

The salvation experience has two time dimensions: something happens immediately, and a process is started that ends at the time of our death.

When you “confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus…” you are saved. Please note the tense; you will be saved (past tense). At that moment your spirit came alive or was “saved”!

but we read in Phillipians 2:12b: “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Well, what is it that has to be worked out? It is the salvation of our soul that God says he will work with us to bring about! In theological terms, this process is called“sanctification”. We are invited by God to join with Him in changing our minds, emotions, and will from our sin nature’s control to the control of the Holy Spirit. That is how we make Jesus our Lord after accepting Him as our Savior.

Contrast Scriptural salvation’s terms with the current experience of evangelism which asks people to “ask Jesus into their hearts” as only an emotional response to God’s love.

Scriptural salvation should be based on a recognition of God’s love and a loving response in return.

Scriptural salvation includes commitment to change because our Lord calls for it! In God’s Kingdom, the Lord’s word is law! The Kingdom is not a democracy or a place of anarchy! “But why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46

IN SUMMARY:

Salvation is an event for man’s spirit, and the beginning of a process for the soul. Upon salvation, the Father and Son come to live with the believer. Because our God is One God, the Holy Spirit is also resident with the believer, and can provide the believer with guidance.

The Holy Spirit in us can be released through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit empowering us to use spiritual gifts to help others. God's presence in power to accomplish God's purposes may be called an "anointing" - the same experience shared with our Biblical ancestors!
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