Recovering 13 Aug 17

13 Aug

Sunday, August 13, 2017

[3 pages]

John Thomas: I grew up in a non-Christian home where I learned that supernatural things originated from evil sources. The problem was I had a lot of weird things happen to me. I had nightmares, heard voices, saw things that “weren’t there” and grew up fascinated by paranormal activity.

Lovesick Scribe: Recovery is the return to a state once present. What would it look like if the church walked in such a manner that nothing was missing from the body? Participation to recover requires us to be present in His Presence. We must be willing to overcome the powers of darkness and take back what rightfully belongs to us as coheirs in Christ. Recovery starts on a personal scale, but with the heart of the Father, it becomes a corporate mandate, a Kingdom mandate.

John Thomas: “In addition, the God we serve is a God who speaks. He calls Himself the Word, so we can naturally assume He likes to talk! God is relational.”

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): Several times during my work shift, I was overwhelmed with a sense of loneliness. I pushed it away, so that I could concentrate on work and I brought You back into my present moment, God, but we need to talk about this now.

Donny Fuchs: The contemporary false assertion of many religious Zionists, that these gentiles are fulfilling prophecies, is a disgrace. What Torah Jew read prophetic texts through a christological prism? As I’ve noted many times, the authentic Jewish Moshiach will be a man of flesh and blood, and he will not come by misreading Jewish texts and applying them to those who don’t satisfy the criteria, nor will the true redemption actualize itself by such hostile groups strengthening their own skewed beliefs rather than abandoning them, and drawing closer to Hashem. In short, verses from I Kings 8:41-43 were clearly NOT referring to evangelicals who call out in the name of Jesus”

  1. Moreover concerning the stranger that is not of Thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for Thy name’s sake—
  2. for they shall hear of Thy great name, and of Thy mighty hand, and of Thine outstretched arm–when he shall come and pray toward this house;

John Thomas: By far, the most important thing I have learned about dreams is this: When it comes down to it, studying dreams is not about dreams. They are not the answer by themselves. They are about relationship with God. A dream from God will tell us about Him and help us see Him more clearly. We study dreams so we can know the heart of our Father better.

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): I LOVED what the “Lovesick Scribe” wrote about meditation, contemplative prayer, and the supernatural. I never hear talk about meditation and contemplative prayer anymore. Just the mention of the words felt like a balm to my soul.

Lovesick Scribe: This mandate includes repossessing those things stolen and perverted by the devil for his gain, things that originated in the Kingdom of God. The people of God perish for a lack of knowledge when we willingly credit the devil for such things as meditation, contemplative prayer, and the supernatural. His perversion was not the original version.  The enemy is incapable of creating anything. He merely contorts what was God’s all along. It is time to recover it all!

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Returning to the land challenges us to redefine the Torah, making it large-as-life once again. We must move forward to the next stage: Eretz Yisrael, Beit HaMikdash and Moshiach. This will require a willingness from Jews to take their role in the world, guiding the nations through the crises they are facing today. This will require rabbis who are experts in agricultural Judaism, purity laws, Temple laws and laws of commerce. This will require the reappearance of Torah concepts that became fossils, such as ger toshav, a non-Jewish resident in the Land of Israel. This will require rabbis who can relate to non-Jews through something other than a dysfunctional conversion process. This will require a Sanhedrin, and not a Chief Rabbinate.

Vince Amlin: There are so many ways to get care wrong. I’ve shown up to visit a church member only to hear, “What are you doing here?” I’ve assumed I wasn’t needed and been asked, “Why didn’t you reach out?” I’ve also been on the receiving end of care that felt like too much, too little, or just not right.

John Thomas: Your Story is Incredibly Unique

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): It bothers me that Pastor John was planting seeds (again) about a publisher. To me, a publisher without a church just feels like a job. “You gotta sell yourself,” as a patron told a ‘tween’ at the library today. That’s not the You that You showed me when You were courting me, Jesus.

And how would just a publisher unite the Churches?

John Thomas: “Does this interpretation make sense to you? Does it seem to fit?”

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): I know the prophets are saying to be open to change and that the changes would be opposite to what we imagined and may not make sense in the natural [Lana Vawser], but the only thing that makes sense to me is to be IN the Church and the Church would publish our story. It doesn’t feel right any other way.

John Thomas: No matter who you are or what your past looks like, deeper intimacy with Jesus includes some common themes. Your journey and mine look the same in a few key ways.

Vince Amlin: Peter helps. He doesn’t get much credit, but being able to ask for the care he needs is no small feat. All Jesus does is follow his instructions.

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): I miss the beauty. I miss getting lost in staring at Your Eternal Flame. I miss the sun coming through the stained glass windows. I miss the sacred embroidery on the kneeling cushions around the communion rail. My head knows that You are not confined to a building, so why this trip down memory lane?

Jo has often said that our souls need beauty to survive. St Pat’s was physically beautiful.

Lord, I met a side of Your beautiful Self there. I miss that You.

I have no desire to go back to St Pat’s. I long for the You that I met there.

I suppose that every marriage goes through this. We can’t ever go back. But You can bring the fullness of Your kingdom into our relationship now, and make it even moreso than it was. Would You come please? I long and yearn for You so deeply that it hurts. My soul aches for You. And it’s not like we don’t talk everyday. I think our relationship is sound and grounded. It’s just that back then I saw a fuller version of You before all hell broke loose. I saw the best of You even though I was in a dark and tormented church.

John Thomas: When God gets involved in our lives, He does not leave us the same. The supernatural activity we encounter through His Spirit is intended to make us more like Jesus. When we hear His voice, the only appropriate response is to surrender to His will and change our lives so we line up with what He has revealed. Again, we do this not as slaves who are forced or compelled, but it is the response of friends who care for His heart and realize that He is the expert in life. His ideas about how to live will be much better than ours, so we follow Him.

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): Help me to lay down what images are not of You. The Funny Bunnies assume the Church I imagine is all made up of religious Pharisees. But my heart sees a whole Church that is beautiful and still has her stained glass windows. She’s cleaned up her insides, which are now reflected on the outsides. It’s probably not here yet, but that’s what I see. Matthew 23 and the Woes to the Pharisees are cleaned up in the version I see in my heart. I don’t think it’s a fantasy. I think that’s the Church You first showed me before they revealed themselves and tried to cover up their shame.

John Thomas: “For God may speak one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering in their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” (Job 33:14-16 NKJV)

Vince Amlin: Our communities can be places of great care. When we ask for what we need. When we listen to what others tell us. When we forgive each other’s mistakes. There are so many ways to get care right.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: As the Prophets wrote: The temple was and will be a “House of Prayer for all Nations.”

 

Go Get Her 10 Aug 17

12 Aug

Working Dates: Thursday, August 10, 2017 to Saturday, August 12, 2017

[12 pages]

Lance Wallnau: Shocking Update: Jezebel is Out to Take the Voice of the Prophetic

Steve Shultz: I Need Help to Catch Sharks

Brat: Too bad Fr Dwight Longenecker bowed out of the conversation. He and Patheos Catholic are suddenly no longer in my inbox (but not at my request.) Thyatira could be going after Jezebel, but to me the silence and removal of themselves in my orbit look like tolerating her in some odd way.

Rev 2: 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.

The Seer of Lublin: The Talmud states: “The difficulty with which a person sustains himself is like the Splitting of the Red Sea.” Just as the Splitting of the Sea was an unforeseen miracle, so does a person’s sustenance come to him from G-d in a hidden manner.

Psalm 105:18 His feet were hurt with fetters, his neck was put in a collar of iron;

105:19 until what he had said came to pass, the word of the LORD kept testing him.

Anna Blake: Defining training as hard work that will only be learned through harsh struggle makes riding feel like a factory job.

  1. Lee Grady: [Beth] Moore based her message on Jeremiah 12:5: “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?” Without a tinge of self-righteousness or condemnation, Moore lamented the powerless state of the modern Church and called us back to the raw authenticity of New Testament faith.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This is shocking. Following all of the grand achievements of Moses, the Torah chooses to conclude its tribute to Moses by alluding to this episode of breaking the tablets! Granted that Moses was justified in breaking the tablets, but can this be said to embody his greatest achievement? How about his taking the Jews out of Egypt? Molding them into a people? Splitting the Red Sea? Receiving the Torah from G-d and transmitting it to humanity? Shepherding them for forty years in a wilderness?

Lana Vawser: The fire of God that is falling upon ears to hear releasing the divine interrupt of His voice, that is awakening His people to a whole new world of how He speaks is going to bring the most unlikely of DENOMINATIONS together.

  1. Lee Grady: You may ask, “What’s so remarkable about that?” This meeting, held on July 26, was unique because the speaker was a Southern Baptist—and a woman. Yet her message was so convicting and so saturated in the Holy Spirit that people ran to the stage even though she didn’t even invite people to the altar.

Pastor John Tolle: Prayer is not really that hard.  It’s like walking.  We learned how to walk by imitating others around us.  We stumbled and fell a lot but we kept at it and eventually mastered it.  We can do the same with prayer . . . and experience the wonderful results of answered prayer.

Anna Blake: Lift the conversation. Training is easier than that. Humans and horses both learn through positive reinforcement. In the end, good training is simply a collection of positive experiences. That’s the goal of each ride. Warm-up well, ask for a few steps at a time, and reward your horse generously. Be zealous–even ambitious– but have laughter be your music.

  1. Lee Grady: “We are settling for woefully less than what Jesus promised us,” said Moore. “I read my New Testament over and over. I’m not seeing what He promised. I’m unsettled and unsatisfied.”

Jennifer Brownell: Unlike mansplainers, who condescend, belittle and interrupt, Godsplainers listen at least as much as they talk.  Godsplainers assume good intent.  Godsplainers understand when correction is needed, and explain without shaming.  Godsplainers build upon the wisdom you already have. In short, when Godsplainers speak, you know that God is still speaking, because God is speaking through them.

  1. Lee Grady: She added: “I want holy fire!”

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Anna Blake: Let’s assume all is well. Does working a horse make them inherently less “happy?” Well, horses are all individuals. That’s what’s fascinating about them. I’ve known many horses who were unhappy under saddle because of harsh training but also from just being misunderstood.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: There are some interesting places in the Bible like Judges, where the Israelites realize God has withdrawn from them. In Judges 10, it says, “We are really sorry we have been so stupid spiritually. O Lord, please come and rescue us from our enemies.” God says, “You’re worshiping idols, I notice. Cry out to them. See how they do getting you out of the Amalekites and Hittites and the Jebusites and all that.” He speaks cynically to them.

The Rebbe, Reb Heshel: “They have quickly turned aside from the way… they have made a molten image.” (9:12)
Not every transgression causes a Jew to immediately abandon the straight and narrow and completely forfeit his connection to the Jewish people. The sin of idol worship, however, is so elemental and consequential that the very first step in its direction tears the Jew away from everything that is holy. As it states in the Talmud (Hulin): “An apostate who commits idolatry thereby rejects the entire Torah.”

  1. Lee Grady: I don’t know what is more fascinating—that a Baptist challenged Pentecostals to embrace Pentecostal fire or that a woman who is not supposed to preach to men in her own denomination brought male pastors to their knees in repentance.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: We need to examine this entire episode from a deeper vantage point.

  1. Lee Grady: “We’ve lost our tolerance for pain and given ourselves to whining,” [Beth] Moore declared. “We have settled for the spiked Kool-Aid of cool, cultural Christianity. What will make us relevant is not our cool factor. It’s time for leadership to repent.”

Lana Vawser: The voice of God, the divine interruption of His voice is going to even shock the world. Where the world would look at the Church and say certain denominations don’t come together, or don’t like each other, or can’t work together, will be broken down and the voice of God through extraordinary encounters releasing profound revelation, impartation of His love, eyes to see as He sees and healing offences will bring the Church closer into the place of “one body under Jesus Christ.”

Brat: Is this why I lost Fr Dwight Longenecker?

Israel 365: Numbers 30 discusses the laws regarding vows and oaths.  Hashem takes these matters very seriously, and commands that any commitment to do something must be fulfilled.  In fact, violating one’s vows is a sin. This commandment teaches how important it is to be true to one’s word: Hashem expects us to keep our word, just as He keeps His.  Today, we are witness to Hashem’s fulfillment of His promise, made through His prophets, to return His people to the Promised Land.  We hope to see the fulfillment of the rest of the Divine promise, that the People of Israel will live peacefully in the Promised Land, very soon.

Ascent of Safed: “And it will be, because (ekev) you will heed these ordinances and keep them and perform them…” (Deut. 7:12)
There are several interpretations for the word “ekev“; one of them is connected to the exile (galut) and the second one to the redemption (geula). Ekev as in heel, like the heel of the foot. The heel is called “the angel of death in men”, meaning the “dead” part in him. The end of the exile is also called heel — ikvete meshicha. The generation at that time will be the lowest spiritually as well as morally. Spiritual darkness will reign with all its power.

  1. Lee Grady: I’ve heard a lot of excellent preaching over the years. But listening to Beth Moore was uncanny because her sermon was not about her, and it didn’t draw attention to her. There was no swagger. There was no pretense. The sweet dew of Heaven rested on this woman.

Steve Shultz: When we prophesy or when we post prophecies, we are doing VIOLENCE to the kingdom of darkness. In a sense, as I write this, I sense God has “had enough” and he wants MORE VIOLENCE against the devil. He wants us catching SHARKS from the “dark side.”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: Know that the “other side” hovers over the table, as is described in the Zohar (II:154ab) and can gain control over an individual then more than it can at other times.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Someone may be asking, “Well, what’s an idol?” God says, “I cannot dwell with these people …” Do you remember why? It’s earlier in the chapter. “… because they are stiff-necked.” God’s presence doesn’t come down to stiff-necked people. To be stiff-necked and to have an idol is the same thing.

Microsoft Rewards: Sorry about that!

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: Whenever a person succumbs to the temptations of evil, the sin he performs acts as a “prosecutor” against him at the heavenly court.

Pastor John Tolle: More people than I can count have told me that they do not know how to pray.  So, I invite them to come and pray with me.  Some will take me up on the offer and some will find a reason that they cannot make it.  Others will simply keep saying that they don’t know how to pray while doing nothing about it.

Lana Vawser: “When Solomon finished praying, a bolt of lightning out of heaven struck the Whole-Burnt-Offering and sacrifices and the Glory of God filled The Temple. The Glory was so dense that the priests couldn’t get in—God so filled The Temple that there was no room for the priests! When all Israel saw the fire fall from heaven and the Glory of God fill The Temple, they fell on their knees, bowed their heads, and worshiped, thanking God: Yes! God is good! His love never quits!” – 2 Chronicles 7:1-3

Brat: Oh, maybe this is what happened. I feel bad that I lost Fr Dwight. Y’know how the shepherd goes looking for the one sheep that was lost? Well, that’s what this feels like.

  1. Lee Grady: I could hear the Holy Spirit speaking loud and clear through a broken vessel.

Lana Vawser: Yet there were others that seemed to hear and not want to move because the comfort of where they were, had entrapped them so deeply, they felt they didn’t need to ‘come out’. While there were others that were so afraid to move, so they chose to stay. Then there was another group that seemed to not even recognise the invitation. They couldn’t see it or hear it.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This seems strange. Why would they place the broken tablets in the Holy of Holies, when these fragments were a constant reminder of the great moral failure of the Jewish people (2).[1] Why not just disregard them, or deposit them in a safe isolated place?

Lana Vawser: I then had a thought “Lord, what about the others?” I remembered there were those that didn’t run towards the invitation, they didn’t coming running. The Lord spoke to me “Lana, they didn’t hear My call. They didn’t have eyes to see and ears to hear” and there was such a longing in His heart and His eyes. I could feel His love so strongly all around, and He looked at the angelic hosts and He handed them scrolls.

Anna Blake: If work has become a four-letter word to you and your horse, exchange it for another four-letter word –play. Horses taught me the more we blur the line between work and play, the better we all get along. It’s a change in perception.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Moses was teaching the Jewish people the greatest message of Judaism: Truth could be crafted not only from the spiritually perfected life, but also from the broken pieces of the human corrupt and demoralized psyche. The broken tablets, too, possess the light of G-d.

  1. Lee Grady: That’s why people responded so dramatically, even though Moore simply closed her Bible and sat down when she finished her message. Everyone in the room knew they had heard God speak. They hit their knees because the anointing of the Holy Spirit wooed them to surrender pride, complacency and man-made religion.

Lana Vawser: I saw them [angels] fly towards the earth and they were looking for the intercessors. They began releasing these scrolls to the intercessors and each one had strategies on it, but the strategies were for the awakening of the Church. I knew this awakening was already beginning, but this was a whole new level of intercession. I watched as the intercessors began to cry out and began to intercede for those in the body of Christ who were not hearing or seeing, and they were partnering with the Spirit of God to set up divine moments of awakening to His love and His invitation.

  1. Lee Grady: What is baffling about this whole experience is that there are large numbers of Christians today who don’t believe Beth Moore should be preaching to audiences like the one in Orlando. In fact, some fundamentalists have launched attacks on her because she preaches authoritatively from pulpits. One online blogger says Moore “puts the ‘her’ in heresy” simply because men listen to her teaching. It grieves me that this anointed sister in Christ has been subjected to such disrespect.

Lana Vawser: It was then that the knowing came to me that this “water wall” was a threshold. It was the crossing over a threshold from one place into another, and I kept hearing that this threshold had become very “thin”.

  1. Lee Grady: The old argument employed by some conservative fundamentalists is that Paul, in 1 Timothy 2:12, forbids women to preach. They seem to ignore the fact that 1) Paul empowered many women in other locations to speak and that women such as Phoebe, Priscilla, Chloe, Euodia and Syntyche were on his ministry team; 2) that the Bible offers other examples of godly women leaders and prophets; and 3) that Paul’s unique concern in 1 Timothy 2:12 was about women in Ephesus who were “usurping” authority and teaching twisted doctrines.

Brat: I was just talking to Fr Dwight Longenecker about this in “Rooster” 04 Aug 17. [https://wordpress.com/post/truthinus.wordpress.com/988]

Pastor Bruce Zachary: Neighborhood Group Leaders Wanted

Brat: Thank you for the invitation, but are you listening? I am still asking for actual sanctuary. I am grateful that God has sustained me in my car these last ten years, but the Church has canon law to provide for her Anchorites. I’m holding out for the people to honor that.

Quinn G. Caldwell: You could claim that it connects nothing, serves no purpose, helps no one.  But it’s hard to look at it without being reminded forcefully of how weird humans are, how feckless and fickle not only we, but our institutions are, too.  So while Jacob’s ladder connects heaven and earth, and your ladder connects the front yard to the porch roof, maybe The Immovable Ladder is there to connect us to our own brokenness.  Maybe it’s there to remind you of just how foolish you can be, and how trapped you can become.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: We often believe that G-d can be found in our moments of spiritual wholesomeness. But how about in the conflicts which torment our psyches? How about when we are struggling with depression, addiction or confusion? How about when we face despair and pain? How about in very conflict between a godless existence and a G-d-centered existence? We associate “religion” with “religious” moments. But how about our “non-religious” moments?

Anna Blake: It’s depressing but I think some horses trade that hour under saddle for the rest of their life. Kind of like doing the dishes in exchange for a meal, they make a trade. I’m not critical; I like horses being owned and cared for. Some humans live lives of quiet desperation; I suppose horses could do the same.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Lubavitcher Rebbe (in a letter from the summer of 1957) described two ways that a person’s speech can create. When you speak from your brain it connects to the listener’s brain. They may or may not agree with you. Our sages teach that when you speak from your heart, it enters the heart of the other and is guaranteed to make an impact. The second way that our speech can create is taught in the Talmud (Brachot 7b). Every person who has “yirat shamayim” (awe and fear of G-d), his words will be heard and will affect the listener.

Brat: And when I get no readers now on my blog stats counter? Zero. Not even one, where for a long time at least one person read me? And what about the silence from emails? It’s hard to feel heard when I give my best and there is … NOTHING. Yes, I write to give God the glory. No, I don’t write just for myself. I go out of my way to present the conversation fairly as it unfolds while including my own voice, too, because I am also part of this divine conversation. So, where’s the partnership? This divine conversation is a form of prayer, too!

Anna Blake: It’s humans who make training hard work. We’re perfectionists and we like drama. We approach every new thing like a potential problem. A problem getting him in the trailer. A problem to get him over cross-rails. Early on, I had a client who moaned endlessly about her horse’s problem picking up the canter. (Is it obvious who it was that had the problem?) In the meantime, horses begin to hate arena work.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: In the fourth chapter of Tanya, we learn that each person expresses themselves in three ways – thought, speech and action. How do we emulate G-d’s speech and thought?

Anna Blake: It’s about now that a rider could feel like giving up on lessons. You could decide that training and competing are cruel and you don’t want to fight. So, you think about just wandering the property or sticking to ground work or even retirement. But I still don’t think that’s what most horses want.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: You see this in John 17 where Jesus actually says, “Father, give them the glory I had with you before the world began.” Then He says, “For their sakes I sanctify myself,” which means Jesus died so you would see the glory of God. Jesus was the one who stood there and said, “If necessary, blot my name out that theirs might not be.”

Jesus to Lana Vawser: “But My daughter, many of My people for many reasons are not happy with My timing and My way in this season, and I long to show them that what I am doing, and what I am planning and releasing is far better than they could ever imagine. My timing is perfect! My ways are perfect, but many are fighting against My timing and way in this season of acceleration and are moving into the MANUFACTURING ROOM. They are trying to build, extend, promote, work out and strategise that which I am not building, extending, placing favour upon and My heavenly strategy. As the acceleration increases, if the heart is not at rest in trust of Me, and My timing and My way, there will be a continued temptation to MANUFACTURE. Purity does not exist where there is manufacturing. I am cleaning, I am cleansing, I am purifying and I am building, but I am looking for the foundations where I can release the increase. I am looking for the foundations of humility, integrity, and a heart that is surrendered and yielded to Me. I am the King of Glory and I am coming in and coming through My people in this season. I am calling My people into position, to be ready, to have their lamps full of oil and their wicks trimmed. Not looking to borrow oil from others, but to be cultivating the secret place, their intimate place with Me. In this season of acceleration I am calling My people deeper into the secret place. I am calling My people to seek My heart, and to follow the leading of My Spirit and follow the strategy of My heart. For where there is manufacturing I will cause a delay out of My love, a divine frustration, to bring about a cleansing, healing and uprooting of what is causing the heart to move into the place of self promotion, striving, manufacturing and building, so that as My people embrace the fire and allow Me to do what I need to do to prepare them, I can then release more increase upon them and through them that they have ever received and carried. Out of My love there will be a divine delay and a divine frustrating because I want My people to have longevity and to go further than they ever have. I want them to be able to steward the move of My Spirit with sensitivity and not attempt to contain what I am doing in agenda or self-promotion. I do not want a contaminated flow, I want a pure flow, and I am working deeply within the hearts and lives of My people, so that out of the place of rest, and surrender to Me, I will be the one to exalt and add increase.”

 

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev: “As a man chastens his son, so does the L-rd your G-d chasten you.” (8:5)
A father’s heart is heavy when he is forced to strike his son. Similarly, G-d suffers with us when punishment is meted out.

Brat: Man’s silence is not God’s punishment.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: This is particularly true if he has eaten by himself and there are not three to recite Grace together. For the Invitation to Recite Grace drives away the “other side” from there, as is mentioned in the Zohar (III:186b) regarding the incident of the young child.

Brat: So, why can’t Thyatira, Sardis, and Ephesus work together?

Quinn G. Caldwell: You can’t help but shake your head in wonderment and despair when you see it, and maybe that’s exactly the right thing to do before you approach the place where humanity crucified love.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: One of these laws is that of “ mayim acharonim“, “water after [the meal]”. Before reciting grace, the individual is required to rinse his fingertips.

Matthew 27: 24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

Quinn G. Caldwell: Prayer
God, for a ladder that leads nowhere but my own foolishness, I thank you.  For an empty tomb that leads beyond it, I worship you.  Amen.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Rabbi Boruch the tzadik was subjected to a steady stream of curses and insults. But he remained silent, feeling acutely the pain and affront to the Divine Presence in exile.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Don’t Tread On Me

Anna Blake: I’ve never met a horse or rider who’s benefited from domination. I’m not necessarily talking bloody whips and spurs. It could be the force of nagging passive aggressive legs and marginally repressed frustration or anger.

Foursquare Church: Where Does Church Transformation Start?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: We hope and pray to always enjoy the “whole tablets,” but when we encounter the broken ones, we ought not to run from them or become dejected by them; with tenderness we ought to embrace them and bring them into our “holy of holies,” recalling the observation of one of the Rebbe’s, “there is nothing more whole than a broken heart.”

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Rashi explains that the word “ekev” literally means “heel”. It is our job to be careful with all of the mitzvahs, even the easy ones, so that our whole bodies – from head to heel – are serving G-d.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: An idol is anything you require in addition to God to be happy.

Brat: Are you saying, “Silence is golden”?

Israel 365: Salvation Abroad ✡ “If Your Enemy Falls, Do Not Exult”

Matthew 27: 25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

Brat: Holy God! This is exactly what has happened! Your Word is fulfilled!!

Lana Vawser: As the hungry ones ran towards Jesus standing at this water wall threshold I then noticed at Jesus’ feet was a beautiful pool. The Lord smiled and pointed to the pool and said “You must step in, in order to step through” and suddenly I saw as God’s people went to step in, the angels handed them two things. The Word of God and a beautiful gold sparkling flag. Jesus smiled and said “The way to step through, you must step deeper INTO My Word and worship.

Israel 365: An Oath to Defend Israel ✡ “He Shall Not Break His Pledge”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The Imrei Emes of Gur asked, “What can I do to help?” The man admitted that he didn’t know what the Rebbe could do.

  1. Lee Grady: The New Testament is clear that God has called all Christians to be His witnesses, and that both “your sons and your daughters” will prophesy in the last days (Acts 2:17). Our passion should be to see everyone empowered—regardless of race, class, age or gender. If we truly want Pentecost, we should want to see the flame of the Spirit resting on the heads of every person—not just white males over 50.

Brat: Thank you, Sardis! I sincerely mean this!

Revelation 3:Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe: All revelations of G-dliness are dependent on man’s Divine service. This also applies to the revelations of the Era of the Redemption. In that era, it will be revealed that our world is G-d’s dwelling. These revelations will not, however, come about merely as an expression of Divine favor. Instead, they will have been ushered in by “our deeds and our Divine service during the era of exile.” And more particularly, it is the response to the challenges that arise during the era of Ikvesa diMeshicha, which will precipitate Mashiach’s coming.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Broken

Anna Blake: Redefining Work Under Saddle.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Then Moses said to [God], “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” Exodus 33:15-23 (NIV)

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Thankfully, there are two places in the Torah, (once in connection with Avraham and once with Moshe), where G-d actually defines His ‘ways’. In both cases it is clearly inferred that we should emulate only G-d’s positive attributes. Rashi understands the verse “To walk in His ways” to mean that as G-d is merciful, we should also show mercy. As G-d is generous and patient – we emulate these traits. Rashi explains the latter part of the verse “…to cleave to Him” that we also emulate G-d by associating with Jewish sages and Torah teachers.  So every time we find ourselves in a stressful situation it will be helpful to ask ourselves how G-d, or one of His sages or teachers handle this? And act accordingly.

Todd Bentley: I have had an increasing sense and a resounding echo in my heart that it is time to “Harvest the Harvesters” in a greater way! This was a prophetic word Bob Jones received over 40 years ago concerning the great harvest at the end of the age! Bob spoke of over a billion youth saved in a movement. We know there are harvesting and reaping angels described in the Bible (see Matthew 13:41-43, Revelation 14:14-16).

Ernest Hemingway: “The world breaks everyone, and afterwards some are stronger in the broken places.”

Anna Blake: Horses are beings of light. And so are we, remember?

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: When His mercy passes by your guilt, it’s gone! Moses does not want the glory of God for himself; he wants the people to experience this.

Charles Phillips: Amos 3:8 says; “The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” It’s time to hear what the Lord is saying about you and begin to speak it again in the earth realm, rise up at once and possess your inheritance. Many have stayed to long in places of transition because of unbelieving voices (inside and around them) and watched their Spirit dry up inside of themselves. We were once Lions; but the voices of those that fear the new will try to stifle your fire and cause many to sit down and give up on their dreams.  Not this time! You will hear His voice and be as bold as a lion going up at once to claim your promise.

Tanya: From the way this verse is worded, one would think that this command is easy. Yet the Talmud asks, “Is fearing G-d really such an easy thing to do?” For Moses, the answer goes, it was easy. But how does this help the average Jew? Every Jewish soul, without exception, contains an aspect of Moses; with the help of this element, fear of G-d is attainable by all Jews.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: The only other thing you have to remember is the reason the Israelites did get the presence of God was because somebody stood before them when they were sinning and said, “If necessary, blot my name out of the Book of Life.” That’s the reason why God said, “Okay. I will dwell in their midst.” You see, Moses was just a symbol for Someone who really did stand between God and us and say, “God, I want them to have your glory.”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: For by giving it this gift, as is known, the “other side” departs, leaving [the person alone]. In the beginning [of the meal] it is just a guest, but if the individual does not recite Grace with the proper intention and concentration it becomes the host and prosecutes against him. As we said, this is particularly true if one dines by himself, without the [protection offered by the] Invitation to Recite Grace.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: I want to see Your glory. I want my church to see your glory. But most of all, I want there to be such a transforming experience of your glory in my church that we become distinguishable (do you see that word?) so the Conejo Valley cannot avoid the fact that you are real.”

Ohel Torah: When man prays to G-d to fulfill a request of his, he cannot be certain that his prayer will be answered. The decision is entirely “in the hands of G-d.” G-d is free to choose whether or not to fulfill the request. But such doubts do not obtain when a man prays to G-d to inspire him with the fear of G-d. In that case he may be sure that his prayer will be answered.

The Maggid of Mezeritch: A person must fear the sin itself and not merely the punishment it incurs. The situation is analogous to a father who warns his son not to walk around barefoot. The father warns that if the child steps on a thorn, he will have to be brought to a doctor to remove it and the operation will hurt him a lot. The son, because of his youth and limited intelligence, is not afraid of the thorn itself and the possibility that he might step on one; he is merely afraid of its removal. The father, however, truly wants him to avoid the thorn, and sees its removal as a positive remedy if he should so require it. So it is with our avoidance of transgression. Man wishes to avoid punishment, but G-d worries about the sin itself, and sees the punishment as a necessary atonement and correction.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Then they look at him, in a sense, in prayer, and they say, “Lord God, you’re right. You don’t ever have to come down and help us again. This is what we’re going to do. We’re going to smash our idols, and we’re going to serve you. We don’t care if you never help us again. We’re going to do this simply because we owe it to you.” It says they smashed their idols, and they waited. Then the last line is, “And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer,” which is a very interesting passage.

Brat: Did you get Rabbi Leiter’s piece that I forwarded to your secretary?

Anna Blake: You’re partly right. It doesn’t sound like she’s tired but that doesn’t mean she “clearly” thinks the physical work is unnecessary. It’s easy to misread horses by superimposing human thoughts. Perhaps if you are new to riding, she was being patient. She knows more than you, after all. (Mares always do.) Of course, she doesn’t like being pushed to work harder. Why would she?

Jesus: “Many are blinded Lana, but My Spirit and love will bring the invitation before them time and time again, and then they have the freedom to choose to stay where they are or enter in. If they are blinded they cannot choose, so I am pursuing and pursuing and placing the invitation before them till they see.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: What Moses accomplished with breaking the tablets was the demonstration of the truth that the stuff we call holiness can be carved out from the very alienation of a person from G-d. From the very turmoil of his or her psychological and spiritual brokenness, a new holiness can be discovered.

Jesus: “Others are seeing but choosing to remain where they are, but I am a patient God, and I will continue to pursue, but the invitation to enter into MORE is HERE.”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: The collective power of the three individual’s divine souls and the positive energy generated by their camaraderie overcomes the negative power of evil. This occurs, however, only when they consciously join their individual energies together to recite Grace, that is, to focus on the spiritual dimension of the meal rather than simply the sensual pleasure of eating. Hence the power and importance of the Invitation to Recite Grace.

Molly Baskette: Prayer
God, make me an instrument of your nerdness. Where there is boredom, let me sow glee. Where there is snark, let me sow earnestness. Where there is worldsuck, let me sow joy. Amen.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: Rinsing the remains of the meal off the fingertips is seen as “throwing the dog a bone”. Evil possesses no intrinsic power; it derives its power solely by virtue of man’s misdeeds. However, in the present order, it must be present to at least some minimal extent in order for there to be free choice. If evil receives this minimal sustenance, it is satisfied, and, realizing that it has nothing more to expect from this meal, departs.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Do you know what he says? He says, “Anybody else who wants to come find God, come find God.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The owner jumped from excitement. “Can you repeat what you just said?”

Rabbi Tuly Weisz: The gift that keeps on giving

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: How does this relate to Shabbos? When we have a thought it is within us, close and attached to us. Similarly, on Shabbos, when we are in the world of G-d’s thought, we are literally attached to Him.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: In other words, God comes and says, “Get yourself together. Maybe I’ll come; maybe I won’t.” That sounds arbitrary. No! What He is trying to say is, “I want you to want me not for the experience, not for the success, not for the glory bumps on your back. I want you for Me.” In the same way, God says to Moses, “I’m not coming with you.” So he sets up a tabernacle, and that tabernacle is a little tent, and he goes out to it all the time.

Molly Baskette: Perhaps it was a kindness, trying to school me in the affectation of the bored teenager so I could fit in. What they didn’t know: is that the mask becomes the face.

Anna Blake: Stopping at the gate is a clear message from your mare. It isn’t a disobedience. You’re doing what your trainer suggests but your horse gets an opinion, too. A better question might be, “How can I have a better partnership with my mare?”

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Making a commitment to speak kindly and patiently is very important. But G-d’s speech is not only about communicating. It has another quality. It creates. The whole world was created by Divine speech. If we are going to walk in G-d’s ways, we have to use our speech in a way that it also ‘creates.’ How do we do this?

Charles Phillips: So this is a time when the Lord is reminding us that He will revisit and breathe new life into the promise that others through unbelief tried to kill many years ago. We will feel the strength of the Father as we rise up and move into this new season. This is a time of seeing ourselves as the Father sees us and embracing our identity fully. The timidity of the past will melt away when boldness begins to rise again. Genesis 49:9 says; “9 Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?” I pity the enemy that stirs up your praise! Hear the Roar! Rise up and Move!

Lana Vawser: As they crossed over and stepped in, I saw them suddenly “taken up”. Almost like a suction, sucked them up and I looked up and I saw them being taken up into throne room encounters.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Until you’ve seen Jesus saying, “Blot my name out of the Book of Life,” you’re not ready. When the gospel transforms the way you think about yourself, you’re ready. Moses was ready.

Revelation 2:Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Brat: I understand what you’re getting at about standing in the gap even if that means history will not remember you at all, but God wants to issue the tree of Life, not oblivion. Like He said to Sardis, He doesn’t want to blot out the name.

Anna Blake: If you are almost overwhelmed, then good. You’re starting to understand how challenging it is to ride kindly and well. It may take the lifetime of a horse to become a better rider for the next horse. You have no time to lose.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: So let’s “walk in His ways” by ensuring that from the beginning of Shabbos to the very end we emulate His thought by connecting to Him and his Torah in speech and action.

James Goll: Visitation Encounters Happen Today!

Anna Blake: In case it isn’t obvious, beginning to ride is easy enough. Progressing past that entry-level is the hard part. That’s why there are so many long-time novice riders. The reason to hire a trainer and try to push past that point is that horses tolerate us when we ride badly; they routinely save our lives, literally or figuratively, giving us more grace than we deserve. Consider learning better riding skills, like following hands and an independent seat, as a thank-you gift to your horse.

Lana Vawser: Out of this encounter I was left marked with greater fire and conviction that the season of seeing Him like we have never seen Him before is upon us.

Anna Blake: First, make sure you are laughing in your lessons, even if you throw your hands up at the same time. Horses like us when we laugh and it’s an antidote to trying too hard. Take riding seriously but do it with a light heart. Remind yourself that you love your horse. Then trust your horse to tell the truth.

Lana Vawser: A whole new realm of seeing His Glory and stepping into the MORE that has always been ours is upon us. The hungry shall be fed and we are about to be undone by how we SEE Him. The realm of the supernatural is about to explode in a way we have never seen and these new levels of throne room encounters are going to see God’s people that respond receive the impartation of His fire like we have never experienced or received.

 

[1] Rabbi YY Jacobson: On Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, the high priest would not perform the service with his usual golden garments, since gold was remotely reminiscent of the golden calf. Yet in this instance, throughout the entire year, the very symptom of the golden calf – the broken tablets – were stored in the holy of holies! Cf. Ramban and Ritva to Bava Basra ibid; Likkutei Sichos vol 26 Parshas Ki Sisa.

Rooster 4 August 17

6 Aug

Working Dates: Friday, August 4, 2017 to Sunday, August 6, 2017

[8 pages]

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:33 pm                   Journal: Parked on Camino Carillo. Holy God, I can “hear” John weeping! He weeps and weeps because no one is found who is worthy to open the scroll and look inside. (Rev 5:4) Rabbi Shaul Leiter says that the soul of Moses is reincarnated as the Messiah.

(No wonder John is weeping! Where’s David when you need him?)

This morning I left the house around 7:30 am and went to park, pray, and sit with my piece “Readiness?” (I went back again and repeated the process later in the morning a second time.) When I was parked there early before the sun was cresting over the roof of the building on the shady side where I was, three times I heard a rooster crow. Roosters (or any farm animals) are not allowed within the city limits. They are allowed on ranches, which are part of the County, but not within the city limits. I was in the heart of the city and I’ve never heard a rooster here before.

In the past I would have immediately cried out in dread that You, God, were leading me through another Golgotha Friday experience and I would have taken this personally. Today, I observed with the eye and heart of a reporter. I knew You were showing me that this was Peter’s rooster and not mine (this time). I had laid my issue on the altar asking for help from the 24 elders.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The priest visibly trembled. His face changed colors. He tried to stammer a reply, but his teeth were rattling too hard.

Anna Blake: Riding Above Fear

Wendy Alec: Yes, for many of you like Peter, the enemy asked for you that you may be sifted. But we have prayed for you that your faith would not fail (see Luke 22:31-32). The sifting process is almost over and is at an end. And the glory, the victor’s crown, the harvest, incredible harvest, awaits you. All things restored. Nothing lost. Restitution. Restoration. The oil of joy for mourning.

Brat: God, over and over You’ve said (and Isaiah said, too) that the Messiah is from the root of David (not Moses.)

Revelation 5:Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David [!], has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: On the other hand, further in V’etchanan we find the “post-Tisha B’Av” perspective, past the days of mourning, a mini state of redemption. In connection with this, the portion describes the giving of the Torah, an eternal event which has the power to counteract any exile. The portion then moves on to the reading of the Shema prayer, which contains our allegiance to G‑d, our responsibility to G‑d and also the foundation verses for all of the positive and negative commandments. The portion ends with the words “to do today!”, referring to our intention to perform all the commandments, which will ultimately bring us to the reward of the World to Come and the seventh and final millennium, the days of Mashiach!”

Brat: Jesus, our allegiance to God is not in question. I honor what Rabbi Leiter said, “We must each continue to call out and pray against all odds….

James W. Goll: Father, in Jesus name, we call forth the fullness of the Holy Spirit into each of our lives, families and spheres of influence. We want to be burning ones. Send an increase of Your Spirit’s power and manifested presence among us. We welcome the Seven Spirits of God to be activated in our lives as we consecrate our entire being to You. Amen and Amen!

Monk (in “Readiness?” 3 Aug 17): So, where do y’all want the conversation to go, since the core issues still have not been resolved?

Psalm 17:5 My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.

Brat: I realize there are many issues, but I offer my issue on the altar. As God is my witness, I share the journey per His mandate to me. The Church does not offer sanctuary during the sharing, even though the divine conversation will go on forever.

[Pause. Echo arc to Rabbi Leiter: “…the giving of the Torah, an eternal event”…]

Monk: (Even Martin Luther had a fortress to hide in when his Pharisees were after him.)

Brat: Not having real sanctuary (versus the lectures on “God is your sanctuary!” and “Love is all you need!” [The Beatles: https://youtu.be/dsxtImDVMig]) honestly feels like keeping someone on life support, because the family is too selfish to let her go.

Anna Blake: When emotions arise, notice them. Refuse to demonize yourself or your horse. Breathe until the feelings get bored and leave.

Brat: [Exhale.] The intention is noble. It just doesn’t line up with what Jesus said. The Messiah is not from the root of Moses. He is from the root of David. And Peter cut off the high priest servant’s right ear. (Jn 18:10) So, how’s he supposed to hear? Jesus didn’t reach out and reattach the ear. He turned to Peter and commanded him to put away his sword! (v 11)

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Seeing that the other’s distress had rendered him unable to speak, Bagalo continued. “The words were: ‘Shema Yisrael Ado-nai Elokeinu Ado-nai Echad.’ Isn’t that a Jewish prayer?”

Brat: Lord, HELP! One of the elders has to talk to John, so You can get the scroll open! It’s TRUE! Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one! The Jews did it. The Christians did it. Oy Vey! The Christians can’t seem to hear, so how are the Jews supposed to?

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Don’t be afraid; I won’t inform on you,” Bagalo said gently. “Just give me your word of honor that you will be wholehearted in the word of our savior, and you will put aside these Hebrew incantations.”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: This teaches us that as long as a Jew is performing the commandments with all of his strength, he is already in a state of redemption. He is being guided by the Almighty and all of the obstacles to holiness will fall away. May the days of the month of Av be transformed to days of joy and happiness forever.

Edie Bayer: I had an exciting dream recently of horses and riders racing together as a team. I believe that the Lord has revealed a few things about those who are called to be the next generation reformation team!

MorningStar Ministries: Guess Who is Coming to Our Party!

Pastor Bruce Zachary: The chief priests, scribes, elders and the high priest Caiaphas make up the local political and religious leadership over the Jewish people.  They ruled subject to Roman authority.  It is very clear throughout Scripture that the religious leaders felt threatened by Jesus and His authority.  They did not want Jesus to take their authority and were infuriated that Jesus was attracting their people to His leadership.  Thus, they devise a plan to kill Him. They must use “trickery” because they are walking a tight rope of having the execution approved by the Roman government and a desire to not cause a riot from the people of Israel.

Ashley Cortes: This oil releases a new sound from the mouths who carry it. I see the sound of wisdom and revelation. I see young Daniels emerging. Boldness, Character, and Strength are theirs. Although they are in worldly lands of oppression, they will emerge with heavenly insight and be given supernatural protection from the Lord Himself. They carry governmental orders yet to be released.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: But none of this matters to the dogmatic shroud denier. “It is an obvious forgery!” they bellow.

Marybeth Bishop: But I failed miserably. My roots were growing in tight, twisted circles, pressing against unyielding walls and attempting to feed off of soil that was already sucked dry. Instead of being fed and protected, the cup was suffocating, drowning, and starving me all at once.

Anna Blake: Anxiety is normal on both sides. Pretending it doesn’t exist isn’t the same thing as releasing it. Acknowledge the weird balance of dread and enthusiasm. Forgive each other again. Then know that this process will take some time.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker (reposted by Patheos from 3 March 2016 [!]): Women are not forbidden from preaching because they’re women. They’re excluded because they’re not priests or deacons.

Brat: You’re picking a fight. Drop your sword!

Monk: Or is Patheos picking up the old sword on his behalf?

Brat: Well, God did tell the scribes to bring out the old and the new! (Mt 13:52)

Anna Blake: Your relationship isn’t defined by proximity; it’s defined by trust. If you don’t share confidence on the ground there’s no reason to think it will magically appear when you’re in the saddle.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: As Pope Francis has said, “The door is closed to women’s ordination.” So that would seem to answer the question.

Brat: I said drop it!

Marybeth Bishop: It is not our job to watch the seed.

Anna Blake: Only go as far as the beginning of anxiety and stop there. Release it while it’s still just a flash of an idea.

Edie Bayer: In this dream, I saw several horses with riders, lined up in a row. I got the impression that they are a team, lining up for the start of some type of a horse show or other kind of contest, like the Olympics. I am unable to see the riders faces but with heads bowed, in unison, the riders all make a hand-signal, passing their hands over their heads. It looked like the signal for “cutting off” something, using their hand as a knife or a sword.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “No!” roared the priest. “I prefer to die as a Jew. Enough of this double life. This is the moment of truth.” Now that he had recovered himself, the words were quickly tumbling from his mouth. “I am prepared to die, but as a Jew.”

Anna Blake: Words matter. Negative corrections aren’t effective. Yelling “NO!” is a dead end. It isn’t instructive to horse or human. It’s right up there with yelling “Don’t be afraid!” or “Quit grabbing the reins!” or “Stop running!” Telling yourself or your horse what to not do is like trying to deny reality. Instead, create a new reality by using simple, clean, positive words like “Walk on.” “Breathe.” “Well done.” In other words…

Marybeth Bishop: Seed work is work for the dark. It is growth to be entrusted to soil that I did not make; enriched by the work—the lives, the words, the acts, the deaths—of others who came before, broken down and blended into a rich dark compost; watered from clouds I cannot form; floating in Heavens I cannot reach.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The larger question remains however, “Why may only the ordained clergy preach at Mass?”

Brat: Did you hear something?

Marybeth Bishop: We are all groaning in labor pains, along with the entire earth.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Today we all need to be Josephs.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: In Spain, the king’s advisor learns the meaning of “Hear O Israel.

Pastor Bruce Zachary: “The Plot to Kill the King”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: At moments when he was alone, a heavy sigh would push through his lips…

Rabbi YY Jacobson: See, for example, the extraordinarily dramatic poem by Rabbi Yehudah Halevi (12th century Spain), “Zion will you not seek the welfare of your prisoners?”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: There are some strong arguments now, however, to allow lay people to preach. Firstly, more lay people than ever before are theologically trained. Lots of lay folks have Master’s degrees in theology and above. Should they not be allowed to preach? Furthermore, the quality of preaching by the Catholic clergy is (errmmm) not always of the highest caliber…When you add to this the number of foreign priests we now have who get up to preach and what they say might be wonderful, but no one can understand them, wouldn’t it make sense for qualified lay people to be authorized to preach?

Brat: Hello Kitty! Are you going to pull Excalibur out of the stone?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: In the Anglican Church we had a great group of people called “lay readers”. They were men and women who had received a recognizable level of theological and pastoral training and they were authorized to preach, teach and take occasional services like funerals or morning and evening prayer if required.

Monk: The Anglicans said I was called, but didn’t know what to call me. Can you blame them?

Anna Blake: Think rhythm. All good things for horses happen rhythmically: chewing, walking, breathing. All bad things come with a break in rhythm: bucking, bolting, spooking. Good riding for the horse means rhythm so that’s your first concern.

Garris Elkins: What if all the complicated definitions of a five-fold ministry are really about a function and not a style or system? What if these gifts of the Holy Spirit, with their multiple expressions, actually came down to one simple thing: helping equip and train us to know how to speak the truth in love in our unique life-assignment in culture? I’d like to suggest it is that simple.

Me (from “Meow” 4 Aug 2013 [!]): Well, we’re [spiritually] pregnant ripe right NOW!

Echo: “If it is the Lord, it will come to pass.”

Me: Ok. Push, God! Push! We, ourselves, are no more than spiritual midwives. Lord, I’m sure glad You are doing something, because we humans don’t or can’t. Give birth, God! Kitty Paw to the cats of power.[1] Go Francis! Rock on! Pope Francis seems to be the only one who really “gets” Christ’s mission, so God bless him! He’s got the gift of wisdom. Heaven only knows, it takes wisdom to “herd cats”! The great and mysterious “They” don’t seem to like my “catnip.” They seem to be forever checking it suspiciously for poison. I don’t get it. But we find what we’re looking for even when it’s not there…

Marybeth Bishop: In the meantime we tend the soil. Good soil is deep. Dark. It smells at once rotten and enticing. It is alive with decay. It is our job to be alive with decay, to hold these things deep in our gross hearts. It is our job to provide the dark and quiet inside, to water with tears and sacraments and grace, and allow things to settle and decompose and be loosened and de-clumped. It is our job to groan with labor pains.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Ashamed To Defend Their Home
Why Moses was Denied Entry into the Holy Land

Marybeth Bishop: During a particularly difficult stretch with one of our daughters who has special needs, I threw myself fervently at God. I attempted to bring her closer to God, but only seemed to be making things worse. So as I continued going to Bible study, I began studying the Bible more intensely at home. I scrutinized it. I read every footnote and said my rosaries and novenas.

Anna Blake: Next time, take a few steps. You don’t need to feel like you’re alone on the high dive… ask your ground coach to click on a lead rope and walk beside you and your horse to start. Take baby steps so everyone succeeds. There is no shame in working as a team. Then climb off before you want to.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The meaning of the Mass is encapsulated in the words the priest says as he pours the water and wine into the sacred chalice: “Through the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in Christ’s divinity who humbled himself to share in our humanity.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Water!” the invalid rasped in a whispery voice. The astounded doctors, who had given up the unconscious man for dead, were shocked to hear his voice again. The priest, who had taken his final confession, turned pale. Had a miracle taken place?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Miracles? Nah.

Pastor Bruce Zachary: A cross reference from Luke gives us insight into what was driving the religious leaders: ”And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people” – Luke 22:2. “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” – Proverbs 29:25. The religious leaders fear of man was a byproduct of their resistance to Jesus’ authority.  The Scriptures regularly contrast fearing God (submitting to His authority) with fearing man (1 Samuel 15:24, Luke 12:4-5). When we are driven by the fear of man, we will be resistant to the authority of God.  When we are driven by a healthy fear of God, we will be increasingly less affected by what people say and think about us.

Anna Blake: Think less about whether he’s right or wrong, and more about what your senses are telling you. Practice being less complacent. What are his ears saying? Use all your senses to “listen” to your horse. Soften your visual focus by using peripheral vision to see a wider view of your surroundings. In other words…

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The priest sat frozen, his face registering shock and terror that his secret had been uncovered by the king’s advisor.

Anna Blake: Find a good ground coach. Someone who is calm and breathes well. Then take tiny challenges, one after another. Slow and steady, throw your leg over and sit in the saddle at the mounting block. Breathe and feel your thigh muscles. They might need some air, too. Remember you love your horse and melt what is frozen. Dismount without taking a step and call it a win.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: It is necessary to get away from the utilitarian understanding of the Mass. The Mass is not a pep rally for people to sing songs and hear a speech about how to be nicer people and make the world a better place. The Mass is not just a cheerful fellowship gathering where we all hold hands and try to raise one another’s self esteem. The Mass is not a political rally in which we learn about our particular ideology to change the world. The Mass is not just a religious lecture with bread and wine and it is not an RCIA class with hymns.

Anna Blake: This is the secret: Remember that science says that a horse’s response time is seven times quicker than ours? While they come apart ridiculously fast, they can also come back together quickly, if we ask them to. Humans believe in a snowball effect; if the horse shakes his head or any other small infraction, the inevitable end is a trainwreck.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “An Egyptian man” was the way they described Moses. In other words, Moses allowed them to get the impression that he was Egyptian. Moses did not necessarily tell them he was an Egyptian; he merely didn’t protest their impression of him as such.  [Exodus 2:19]

Anna Blake: It isn’t true. If you take a breath as soon as you feel anxiety in your horse, and he will do the same. Other days, your horse might notice you go tense and blow his breath out so loud that you hear it and take his cue.

Marybeth Bishop: I planted my seed in a clear plastic cup. I wrestled with my faith, observed and observed and observed it, expecting it to burst forth and show me things, and then to grow and give me things. Feed me. Fill my belly and make me feel full and happy and content and pleased, maybe even a little sleepy. Let me chart my progress with pride, to prove I’ve Done It Right.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: He who acknowledged his land, will be buried in the land; he who did not acknowledge his land, will not be buried in the land. Joseph acknowledged the land; Moses did not.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The priest and deacon are ordained and set apart from the laity for this reason: to help incarnate Christ in the world through their own person and through their own vocation. This is why the catechism teaches that one of the ways to objectively know that you have encountered the risen Lord is “in the person of the priest.”

Brat: And what about my vocation? I’m an Anchoress! I have encountered the risen Lord. We had a mystical marriage on 14 May 2008. You’re the priest. Isn’t one of the hallmarks of a marriage to be able to talk about it?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Lay people can’t do that in the same way, and that’s why they are not permitted to preach at Mass.

Brat: What? I’m not asking to do it in the same way, nor am I asking to preach at Mass! I’m asking Jesus to open the scroll! (Rev 5:4) Are you listening to anything I’ve been saying?

Garris Elkins: Reformers are nailing the demands for transformation to the door of our current expression of the Church. These reformers are not the enemy. They are prophets announcing the way forward. Leave the sanctuary of the status quo and bravely go to the front door of your spiritual experience. Read what the reformers have posted. What they are asking us to consider will reveal our future and eventually, it will become the record of our history.

Brat: YES! PLEASE READ!

Marybeth Bishop: Seeds fall. They are scattered. They do not have legs. The seeds? They hope to be buried and drowned and kept in the dark, nourished by the surrounding decay and squirm and scuttle. They bear fruit they do not see. They groan in labor.

Wendy Alec: Beloved, I watched as Jesus picked up the one who was lying weary and completely unable to help themselves. Oh how tenderly He held her and kissed her forehead and gently removed the spear from her heart. Then as her eyes flickered open, although she had so very little strength, she smiled through her tears in relief at the Lover of her soul.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: This is why they are ordained. NOT just to be a social worker in black. Not just to be a theology teacher in a collar. Not just to be a spiritual director or a parish administrator or a fund raiser.

Anna Blake: It’s a partnership; sometimes we carry them and sometimes they carry us. It doesn’t matter who starts it. Just so we all come home safe.

Wendy Alec: And I watched as Jesus placed the tired, wounded-weary one on His steed and she leaned her head on His back as He rode to the front of the battle. And as they rode, they passed angelic hosts with oils and liniments who rode alongside and ministered to the wounded princess’ heart and mind. And slowly she regained her strength. Until by the time they reached the frontline, she was riding the steed herself. Her head held high, brandishing her sword. And Jesus was gone.

Anna Blake: Remember where the two of you started and celebrate your progress. Know there will be setbacks ahead and let this time be precious.

K Albert Little: Did the Reformers, 1,500 years after the founding of Jesus’s Church suddenly come upon something new from God? Did God finally, after 1,500 years, reveal what He really meant when He instituted Holy Communion?

Marybeth Bishop: But when we wait in silence, in stillness, in darkness, the water will slowly seep down and touch our shell, softening it. And the nutrients within the filth seep in through the newly softened shell. We need to let the seeds do their thing, to split open and turn themselves inside out, spewing their guts to go on living larger and farther and more fruitful than one would think possible by looking at the small, hard, smooth, dry thing that was buried.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Now the reason for preaching being reserved to priests and deacons becomes clear. At the Mass the priest and the deacon stand in persona Christi. They represent Christ symbolically and liturgically. One as Christ the priest. The other as Christ the Servant. When they read and preach the gospel therefore they are exercising not only a teaching function, but a liturgical function. They are incarnating Christ the Teacher and Christ the Servant to the people.

Brat: Did you hear the rooster crow?

 

[1] http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323681904578642392007549724.html

Readiness? 03 Aug 17

4 Aug

Working Dates: Thursday, August 3, 2017 to Friday, August 4, 2017

[7 pages]

Pastor Dan Nelson: It’s a fact: people don’t mind scrolling to read an email, as long as it’s relevant and interesting. Make sure your message follows through on the promise in your subject line, and use several short paragraphs if you have a lot to say. When in doubt, challenge yourself to write less and add links that support your topic.

Genesis 32:24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

Susan Harper Barnett: Yahweh is raising up a Company of Covert Operatives.

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

Genesis 32:23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had.

Susan Harper Barnett: Many of you have been in this company for some time now. You have been going on assignment in obedience to Him. You have been going where He said go and doing what He said do. You are not known and have not been acknowledged. Your names and faces are unrecognized publicly even though the impact of your labors are widely displayed. You are part of the Company of Covert Operatives!

Andy Sanders: Just in two miracles of the many that Jesus did, He not only supplied gallons of expensive wine but pounds of fresh fish and bread free of charge. Am I advocating that Jesus misused His authority/power? No. Am I attempting to say that Jesus didn’t depend on help in the natural? Absolutely not! Jesus was/is fully son of man and son of God (see Mark 2:10; Matt. 27:54).  This includes being humbled and having to depend on God in every way, even up to His torturous death. At His death, He may not have asked for money, but He sure asked for something to drink (see John 19:28).

Jo Ellen Stevens: “The outpouring is just that, an outpouring of the overflow of my love for you and yours for me. I miss our deeper times and I have been storing a deeper revelation of who I am but for you to KNOW ME there must be intimacy. There must be a desire to follow me anywhere I go and gaze into what is in My heart for the moments of your life that I have given to you! I long for these days again My love! I am calling My people back to their first love again so that their candle will shine bright in this ever present darkness! Yes, come back and REMEMBER your first works and that work was to LOVE ME, FOCUS ON ME AND BE FULL OF ME! You have been enduring because you have not been drinking at the fountain of living water! Drink again My Love, drink again!”

Brat: Well said!

Romans 9:1 I am speaking the truth in Christ–I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit–

Israel 365: What is your most valued possession?

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Andy Sanders: Why do ministers and ministries ask for money? I guess the real questions are—why not? Is there a better way?

Genesis 32:25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.

Steve Porter: I want Him to be able to trust me with His most troubling secrets. When you have a friend you can trust, or share things with, you feel free to be real with them. You know they are not going to judge you and you know they are going to hear you. Can you be that kind of friend to Jesus? Can you handle it when He’s not upbeat and happy? Can you handle it when He’s brokenhearted and grieved and wants to share those feelings with you?

Chabad.org: Is the world really ready?

Romans 9:2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: However, Rabbi Ariel noted that much of the opposition to the Third Temple comes from within the Jewish People.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: The explanation is that the seven nations are [the earthly manifestations of] the seven evils, i.e. the vessels that broke. Thus, all the holiness [that was originally in them] has left them.

Ryan Johnson: “Will God have to remove you to move with His glory or will He be able to use you in the Emerging of Glory?”

Revelation 1: John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before His throne

Romans 9:3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh.

Brat: Ya’know, Paul, I don’t wish a curse on anybody! They are so painful and so bad! I soooo know what you mean and what you are talking about! I have been accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. I’d say “you wouldn’t believe it!” if I shared my timeline with you, but you really would believe it, because you’ve been through it, too. But God has been faithful!! Woo! Hoo!

Monk: Yeah!

[Crowd cheer]

Psalm 145:21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

Lana Vawser: Today I was able to stop into Washington D.C quickly and was standing looking at the White House and I had a vision. I saw the Lion of Judah on the lawn of the White House. He was poised and looking towards the White House and He opened His mouth and He began to ROAR. As He roared, a roar of such authority, alignment and unlocking, I watched the vision begin to change. As I could still hear the sound of His loud roar, I saw a HUGE timeline in the spirit and as His roar resounded, angelic hosts were being released and they were going along this timeline. They were going SO far back in the history of the United States and I knew instantly what they were doing. The time had arrived, for them to be released to go back and begin to retrieve the spoils.

Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: To be “trad” [traditionalist] is to be rooted and grounded. To be “rad” [radical] is to be free and spirit filled. To be “trad” is Benedict. To be “rad” is Francis. To be “trad” is Gregorian chant. To be “rad” is Taize chant. To be “trad” is incense, lace and solemn grace. To be “rad” is charismatic spirituality and healing grace. To be “trad” is “go and sin no more.” To be “rad” is “neither do I condemn you.”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: But Moses accepted them, thinking that it would be good to absorb them into holiness.

Chabad.org: MOSHIACH,
NOW?

Jo Ellen Stevens: “My heart is broken for you again My love!” Do you not remember when you came after me with all of your heart and the fire that burned deep within? Do you not remember the nights that you stayed awake to just be with me and when you were so excited about anything that I would show you then? It was then that men and women would follow you to drink from the overflow that was in your heart and follow the light that was so bright within you! Can’t you see that this is a key to the outpouring that I want to bring forth in this time?”

Chabad.org: APPROACHING MOSHIACH

JUDAISM’S REAL-WORLD UTOPIA

Andy Sanders: Jesus Didn’t Ask for Money? 

Chabad.org: A NEW ONLINE COURSE FREE AT CHABAD.ORG

Shawn Bolz: Words of knowledge are not about information, they shift foundations…

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: When the Jews, led by Moses, left Egypt, Moses acceded to take along a “mixed multitude” of non-Jews with them. Although his intentions were good, these people had not been fully educated about the ways of Judaism and the path of the Torah, and so they made numerous errors in judgment throughout Israel’s trek in the desert, often drawing the Jewish people into their errors as well.

Ryan Johnson: Listen, only you know whether or not you have embraced an orphan spirit that has developed a lone-ranger mindset. If you have, be encouraged that the Father is calling upon you to repent and position yourself in the order of His purpose that ultimately produces all of His goodness to go before you (Exodus 33:18-23).

Jo Ellen Stevens: “Our relationship has become one where you have learned all the ways in which to manipulate Me into getting what you want, but there is no true love in it! I am wearied with your formulas!” I love you with an everlasting love, but I am asking for your passion again!” The very reason that many of My church’s candles have gone out is because they do not come after me like a love sick bride in waiting anymore!” They are weary in well doing because it has become a drudge to them just like an old married couple who have not continued to stir up their passion for one another!”

Talitha Arnold: God has no hands but ours.

Isaiah 55:5 See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

Ryan Johnson: The Father is looking for sons who are ready to come back so that they may be able to be adorned in the attire of the Father. He is looking for sons, not servants. Those who can take on the identity of the Father that they may reveal the glory. The Emerging Glory is moving about the earth and those who will be obedient will release the goodness of God with fresh oil.

2 Chronicles 16:For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”

Brat: No, LORD! No! Forgive our foolish thing! We can’t take any more war! YOU PROMISED that at the end of the age there would be no more war. You showed us how Your Kingdom would be set up like Camelot and the knights would fight at the Roundtable instead of on their steeds. You said that You would fight with the double-edged sword, the word of Truth.

Revelation 19: 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

Bishop Thomas Grumbleton: Ordinarily, a king would be coming in with his troops, riding on a warhorse, coming to use force to have his way. Instead, Zechariah said, “No more chariots in Ephraim, no more horses in Jerusalem, for this king will do away with them. The warrior’s bow shall be broken when he dictates peace to the nations. This king will reign from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.”[1] [Zechariah 9:9-10]

Revelation 4:6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.

Brat: God sees.

Steve Porter: When was the last time you took the time to ask, “Father, what breaks your heart? What burdens you? How do you see the church? How do you see my family?” Don’t doubt for a moment that He will come and reveal Himself to you when you get close enough to ask.

Jo Ellen Stevens: The Lord said to me, “My people do not stand at the fence just to watch what I am about to do anymore and so they have become cynics while they have endured. They have become the prodigal’s older brother thinking that they have done it all and that I owe them something for it, like an old married couple who have forgotten what it was like to be in love!”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: Evil can be defined as consciousness not sufficiently oriented toward and focused on G‑d – or, worse, oriented away from or against G‑d. Just as with people, who must undergo a selfish period of childhood in order to develop their sense of self before emerging into the mature, adult world, so must any revelation of Divinity, or any soul, undergo a maturation process before it can descend into the world. Although the soul will mature again during its lifetime as it goes through childhood, etc., this is a second stage of development. Thus, to a certain extent, the character of the individual is already developed during its fetal life.

Russ Walden: This is a time of convergence when the energy and information inherent in My kingdom is determining what happens next in the earth and what happens next even in your life. You are EMPOWERED!

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The prophet Ezekiel describes, in his vision, angels as “standing straight-legged”. (Ezekiel 1:7) Angels stand humbly like a servant waiting the call of their master, whereas man is called “walking” and hence has the Torah laws – called “halachot”, which literally means “walkings”, to guide him through the mixed spiritual-physical nature of this world. Since the person praying has reached the highest spiritual worlds in his meditative state, it is appropriate for him to behave in the manner of the denizens of that world, not strutting around, but humbly standing before his Master.

Genesis 32:29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.

Lana Vawser: I heard the Lord say “Many intercessors will see Michael the Arch Angel in the spirit marking out areas to intercede and decree as he battles the principalities unleashing a new level of victory.”

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: He needs to connect with the angels.

Genesis 32:27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”

Lana Vawser: Intercessors, pay attention to angelic visitations and visions in this season, for new prophetic pathways of intercession will be mapped out to you, as the Lord invites you to see the areas He has assigned Michael the Arch Angel to move into and bring a new level of victory and freedom. Not taking on principalities as the people of God, but agreeing with the decree of God in the areas being “marked and mapped out” and as God’s people pray and decree, angelic hosts went to battle in the agreement of God’s decree bringing the United States into another level of freedom and victory.

Donné Clement Petruska: Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Talitha Arnold: It’s trite, sentimental, overused, and hackneyed. It’s also true.

Russ Walden: It is a day of reformation says the Father.

Isaiah 55:4 See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: The Mixed Multitude thus reflected this idea of premature introduction into holiness. Insecure in their sense of self, they were not ready to abandon it in favor of the truth to which they were being elevated.

Lana Vawser: The sense of the power of prayer surrounded me, the sense of the power of intercession and the shift and turning point that is being ushered into the nation through the prayers of the saints. There was such a strong sense that in this partnership with the Lord to continue to cry out, pray and intercede a whole new level of victory and the unstoppable move of the Holy Spirit would be seen to flood throughout the nation.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: G‑d did not want to accept these unfit converts. [Had they not joined the Jewish people], there would have been no death or exile, as it is written, “[The tablets were the work of G‑d, and the writing was the writing of G‑d,] chiseled on the tablets.” (Ex. 32:16)

Romans 9:4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: True Catholicism is therefore ever ancient and ever new. It is Benedict and Therese–an old man and a little child. It is the wisdom of age and the wisdom of innocence. It is at once a contradiction and a paradoxical complementarity.

Matthew 13:52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Shawn Bolz: When you align with Him, all of a sudden people who are not worthy become worthy to your time.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: Moses, as a leader, should have known that this was the case. But his acceptance of the Mixed Multitude reflected a weakness on his part, an unwarranted tolerance and acceptance of that which is imperfect and unripe, erroneously allowing it to take part in mature, adult life before its time. (Perhaps this over-fascination with the raw, the untamed, and the immature echoes Isaac’s fascination with and preference of Esau over Jacob, as well as modern society’s worship and indulgence of youth at the expense of its reverence and appreciation of the wisdom of age.)

Steve Porter: Many forget the Holy Trinity can be grieved, quenched, and hurt. Will we stop talking long enough to hear the heart of our Father? I’m sure no man can fully understand all His sufferings, and certainly our feeble attempts are very limited, but God takes great delight in those who care enough to ask Him, “How are you doing? What is on your heart right now?” What close intimacy this type of love exchange can offer.

Genesis 32:28 Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.”

Talitha Arnold: Prayer
The eyes of all wait upon you, God. They wait upon us, too. Open our hands and our hearts. Amen.

Matthew 14:19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

Andy Sanders: In modern-day terms, Jesus basically became His own fish and bread soup kitchen that day for the masses. Or, better yet, a glorified fish fry for the entire community. When someone can pull this off, why would they need to ask for an offering after they preach?

Matthew 14:20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.

Monk: See? The disciples were fed, too!

Romans 9:5 to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Matthew 13:48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: This way, Moses reasoned, their unrefined power could be harnessed for holy purposes. Their desire to join the Jewish people seemed to indicate their readiness for this.

Monk: So, where do y’all want the conversation to go, since the core issues still have not been resolved?

Psalm 17:5 My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.

Brat: I realize there are many issues, but I offer my issue on the altar. As God is my witness, I share the journey per His mandate to me. The Church does not offer sanctuary during the sharing, even though the divine conversation will go on forever.

Monk: (Even Martin Luther had a fortress to hide in when his Pharisees were after him.)

Brat: Not having real sanctuary (versus the lectures on “God is your sanctuary!” and “Love is all you need!” [The Beatles: https://youtu.be/dsxtImDVMig]) honestly feels like keeping someone on life support, because the family is too selfish to let her go.

Genesis 32:26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.”

Monk: Holy Jesus, the Church has the means and the ability to provide Sanctuary. There are twenty-four elders around Your throne.

Revelation 4:4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.

Monk: In a healthy family the elders are supposed to shepherd the selfish son to try and bring him back to his senses and break him out of his selfishness. That’s what real men who are being MEN are supposed to do! They have the Truth and a clearer picture of the full story. Please help the elders to restore the birthright to the son, who was snatched up to God and to His Throne. (Rev 12:5)

 

[1] https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/peace-pulpit/no-warhorses-no-more-chariots-no-more-war

Sacramental Conversation 28 July 17

1 Aug

Working Dates: Friday, July 28, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017

To: Rabbi Tuly Weisz <rabbituly@israel365.com>

Yehuda Glick <yglick@knesset.gov.il>

From: Kathryn Hauser, Camarillo, CA

Kindly, please respond.

[Yehuda Glick: Out of Office]

[20 pages]

Rabbi Tuly Weisz: Personal Request-help rebuild the Temple with acts of lovingkindness

Yehudah Glick (Member of the Knesset): Be an Ambassador for Jerusalem – the City of Peace

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Tisha B’Av 2017 – When the People are Ready, The Obstacles Dissolve

Rabbi Avi Baumol: In times of great danger, David yearns to escape to the wilderness. At the end of I Samuel 23, having almost met his demise at the hands of SaulDavid flees to a fortresses in Ein Gedi, located in the Judean desert. The desert is a place of solitude and shelter.  Saul will have great difficulty finding David among the cliffs and caves of the Judean desert. Five hundred years later, Jeremiah yearns for a respite from rebuking the nation of Israel in Jerusalem and he also desires to escape to the desert (Jeremiah 9:1). Over a thousand years later, Simon Bar Kokhba flees to the same mountains, and plans his rebellion against the Roman regime controlling the Land of Israel from there. In ancient times, the wilderness was a place in which to disappear. Today, as a result of God’s blessings, it is filled with life.

Matthew Laney: Don’t run. Don’t hide. Don’t refuse the invitation to be fed and healed by grace.

Brat (27 July 17): Leviticus 16: 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.

Poor goat. Saul chases David into the wilderness. The goat bears witness. “In times of great danger, David yearns to escape to the wilderness.” (Rabbi Avi Baumol) At least there your enemies are familiar. Jeremiah needs a break from rebuking Israel, so he runs to the desert. (Jer 9:1) The goat bears witness. Rebels run to the desert. The goat bears witness. Holy hermits seek the desert. The goat bears witness. Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. The goat bears witness. The priest who escorted the goat into the wilderness (Lev 16:21) is now seeking encouragement. What can the goat do but simply bear witness? (Rev 2:13)

To Pergamum: Revelation 2: 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.

Pastor Steve Dittmar: “By grace we are saved through faith and that not of ourselves” the scriptures teach us. It is how we live, are healed and delivered and prosper. By grace through faith…

Yosef Marcus: Through the above teachings, we can gain insight into the verse “And from the desert a gift” (Num. 21:18). The “desert” is described by Jeremiah (2:6) as a place “where no man goes and no human dwells” – alluding to a sublime spiritual place where human experience cannot venture. However, from this desert comes an unearned gift, indeed an unearnable gift, the Torah, which allows man to access the sublime realities that are inherently beyond him.

Revelation 12: 13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.

Sarah Schneider: Belief in Mashiach’s imminent arrival requires us to accept that a discontinuous shift in reality is not only possible, but likely even though the world appears to be moving in the opposite direction. Nuclear armament threatens the planet’s existence; materialism is rampant; morality is crumbling; Jews are assimilating in numbers approaching the Holocaust; economies are collapsing; terrorism is increasing. How could a generation such as this merit the consummate reward of witnessing the redemption?8[1]

Edie Bayer: “But the [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach, Through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized),…” (1 Timothy 4:1-2 AMPC)

Karen Hardin: Again, remember that past miracles become the soil for future miracles and provision when we remember and restate (offer praise) for what God has done in the past. It becomes like a fertilizer that works into the soil of our hearts that nourishes the seed of promise in impossible situations. Why? Because we remember what He has done in the past and that He can and will do it again. We see this as we read in the book of Psalms as King David “encouraged himself in the Lord” as he looked back and reviewed all the things God had done for him in the past.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Protestants deny this sacramental vision. Even the most Catholic of Protestants–the Anglicans and Lutherans–deny the shocking reality of the sacraments inasmuch as their formal theology lessons the degree of belief in this sacramental efficacy. Protestants from a Calvinist and Anabaptist tradition deny it utterly and scarcely practice the sacraments at all–denying any efficacy and insisting that it is no more than a symbol, and sometimes not even that–saying it is simply a “public witness” to God’s spiritual work in their lives.

Brat (in “Temple” 24 July 17): God raised me up from the bowels of the Church. As a sacramental scribe, I am neither Catholic nor Protestant. I don’t fit or belong to either, but my love is strong and pure for Jesus. I am mandated by God to write and He doesn’t have a denomination. He just says to love and share.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: In this context, the opening exclamation, “Does G‑d have friends in heaven?” means that if one could say that G‑d is not Alone in heaven, then one could argue that He is not everywhere, since He has to “share” the world with other beings, but since this is not so, then He must be everywhere, as the Baal Shem Tov says here.

Brat: Then why did Jesus send His angel to the Seven Churches?

Revelation 22: 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Daniel Baer: Lately I’ve been thinking about Genesis 3:9. Adam and Eve have eaten of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and they are hiding in the Garden, and God asks, “Where are you?” It’s the first question God asks of a human being, and the question does not issue from a place of judgment or suspicion but from a place of care and concern. The man is in danger of losing himself to apathy—the attitude that at its root essentially says, “The world doesn’t really matter. The future doesn’t really matter. I don’t really matter.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The Screen – We love the screen. The tablet, the laptop, the PC, the smartphone, the movie theater and the TV. We become addicted to the artificial image, the pretend story, the entertainment and the juice and jazz of the screen. But the screen screens us from reality. Turn off the screen.

Pastor John Tolle: [Humpf…] TV. Some of you are glued to that kingdom for five hours at a time!

Brat: Lord Jesus, I lift up Geppetto to You. All Pinocchio really wants is to be a boy. Loved. No strings attached.

Genesis 29:15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?”

Brat: A safe, quiet place of sanctuary where I can pray and write.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Both the cotton candy Jesus and the cold cruel Jesus are fictions. They are the kind of religious teacher we would make up if we were creating a religious teacher out of our imagination, and we would do so according to our own personality type and the matrix of our particular personalities.

Lana Vawser: For there will be temptations, opportunities, and situations that will ‘glitter and sparkle’ but the Lord is not breathing on some of them. Some will look like God, others will be temptations attempting to lure the soul and flesh of God’s people and I saw both areas masked in such ‘luring beauty and opportunity’ but they were both NOT being released from the heart and hand of God, but rather an attempt of the enemy to LURE and DERAIL God’s people from the rapid acceleration and positioning of God. Listen to the Spirit of God in every circumstance. Seek the heart of God, ask the Holy Spirit for strategy, for insight, for direction and trust where He is leading. Protect the purity by being like Jesus and be only about the Father’s business, doing only what the Father is doing, going only where the Father is going, staying deeply surrendered and anchored into His heart, living in the secret place of the God most high, the place you are protected and always shielded from harm. (Psalm 91)

Sarah Schneider: 1) The first rule is to give space to the voice of our dissatisfaction. Our Tradition requires that of us: a) Our thrice-daily Amida prayer is a litany of lacks and requests. b) At midnight, tzadikim break their sleep to bewail our fallen state. c) And on one whole day of the year (Tisha b’Av), we sit on the floor and mourn our broken lives, fractured people-hood, and ruined Temple. We step into glass-half-empty consciousness and spend the day embracing its (albeit partial) truth.

Pastor John Tolle: I was discouraged the other day. I was lamenting and I sat in my chair for an hour and told God how unfair it was of all the things that have happened to me in my life.

Doug Addison: I like to think of all the hard times I have experienced in my life as situations that have helped train me. I would not like to experience them again, but how else would I know how to help others unless I made it through myself? The reality is that “God is love” (1 John 4:8), and when you understand this part of His character, then you will not doubt God’s motives. You will realize that He loves you no matter what is happening—even when it looks contrary.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: The Book of Lamentations, referring to Jerusalem, reads: “Her impurity is in her hems,”[4][2] meaning her outskirts. Similarly, the hem of our soul refers to its nether reaches—its unconscious layers—the part of ourselves that we haven’t yet faced, partly because our consciousness hasn’t penetrated there, and partly because we’re ashamed of its coarseness and deny its existence.

Matthew 13:49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous

Anna Blake: And worst of all, there is a huge ration of self-loathing that comes along when a rider admits they’re timid. It takes up as much room in a rider’s heart as the fear does. It’s the self-loathing that hurts the most to hear and see in a client. I’m certain horses feel the same.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: But the beast needs its outlets. It must have opportunities to express its carnal self (for example, through sports, political protest, competitions, dancing or the vicarious emotional catharsis of movies, etc). Otherwise its frustration will lead either to depression or to unpredictable outbursts that leave a lot of messy fallout in their wake.

Alane Haynes: “Redress is not for you to impress, but it will be for My express. Do not strive, do not get in the flesh, this is a time to press, press, press. Press through the veil of the eyes of your flesh. Set aside fleshly or soulish desire, you’ve been purged through the baptism of holy fire. It is now time to come up higher.

Tom Rapsas: Sage Advice From the 14th Dalai Lama: Don’t Be a Jerk

Brat: Stop! In this collective story we still have no place where we can say definitively that ‘The Buck Stops Here!’ There is no one to hold the Churches accountable.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: ‘The Pride of Jacob’ was the name of a famous academy of Torah learning in the Land of Israel, also called ‘Yeshivat Eretz Yisrael’, which lasted from the 6th century until the 12th century CE. It began in Tiberias, the center of Jewish intellectual life from the 2nd-10th centuries CE, under the tutelage of Rabbi Judah Nesiah, grandson of Rabbi Judah the Prince. Tiberias was the last stop of the High Court of Israel, called the ‘Sanhedrin,’ which left Jerusalem after it fell to the Romans in 70 CE. It was the home of the Jerusalem Talmud, the diacritics for Hebrew writing, cantillation and many other Jewish intellectual activities. The academy went through many iterations and locations but maintained a strong, central position in Jewish life and scholarship for close to six hundred years.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: In the month of Av, says one of the oldest texts of Kabbalah, Sefer Yetzira, the sense of listening is up for rectification. In the sin of the spies (Num. 15:25-14:10), the princes returned and derided the Land of Israel. We heard their words and took them to heart without discrimination. And why shouldn’t we? The scouts were the elite of their tribes and, like a rabbinical court, they voiced the majority view (10 vs. 2). Yet G‑d expected more from us. He expected us to listen in with ears of faith and hearts attuned to truth by the lights we absorbed at Sinai.

Rick Joyner: Jesus, the apostles, and the prophets disclosed many other such distinctions in Scripture. Some Bible teachers avoid addressing this because many take this to the extreme, or promote a spiritual elitism, but they are nevertheless clearly biblical. As Peter warned about Paul’s teachings, “the untaught and unstable distort” (see II Peter 3:16). This has happened with many truths, but avoiding them has not proven to be a deterrent. Anyone who actually reads the Bible will discover these truths. If they are not taught about them the right way, they will likely embrace them in a wrong way and take them to extremes. If they are in Scripture, they are there to be understood, and we must address them.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The News – We hear a lot about “fake news”. Most of it is fake inasmuch as it is invariably written with a slant. The editors choose what stories are important and which ones are not. The secular news is always written from a foundation of a secular, atheistic viewpoint. We shouldn’t stick our head in the sand, but on the other hand, we can cut back on the amount of “news” we think we need and be critical of the stuff we do read.

Pastor John Tolle: John Wimber called secular, surface Christians “Cosmetic Christians.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The devil hates reality. He loves the superficial appearance, the whirligig of lies, the smoke of confusion, the shadowplay, the drama, the vanity, pomp and show. He loves to entertain us, confuse us and distract us with a whole range of tricks.

Daniel Baer: We are already in a wonderful reality; we have only to see that we are and that we always have been.

Anna Blake: Sit a little taller and remind yourself that you have a noble goal. To collaborate with another species in equality has been the life’s work of élite equestrians and children from the beginning of time. You have a rich heritage.

Karen Hardin: I knew immediately that this was a word for this hour. Our restoration and ability to move forward is contingent upon our obedient action to write down what the Lord has done and said and to pass it on to our families and to others.

Anna Blake: Short of that, just keep chipping away. Make friends with your instincts. Smile more. Reward yourself for small wins. Breathe. Go slow. Show yourself the kindness that you show your horse. Let him carry you to a better self.

Karen Hardin: This is an important action of obedience and a prophetic act for the future. When we don’t write down the miracles and blessings of God’s provision in our lives, they are easily forgotten. Not only can we forget over time, but then they are not passed down to instill faith in our families. Miracles from our past become the soil of miracles for the future.

Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk: To this end it must be added, the destruction of the Temple was not only a national and physical destruction but also a personal and emotional one. The Talmud (Yoma 9b) explains that the First Temple was destroyed because the Jews had degenerated into widespread violations of the prohibitions against idol worship, sexual sins, and wanton bloodshed. During the time of the Second Temple, in spite of the fact that the nation had completely repented for those three cardinal transgressions, they were nevertheless constantly at odds with one another in an endless cycle of unfounded and senseless hatred.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Don’t Go Around in Circles!

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Why?

Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk: Why? Because it is a moment of unity between G‑d and the Jewish people.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: On Tisha B’Av we mourn the loss of our House of Holy Presence (aka Bet HaMikdash), the heart of our people, that turns us from a throng into a higher order unity called Kenesset Yisrael. Without our holy hub it is hard to contain the ricochet of our clashing extremes that produce the causeless hatred that prevents our inner peace. But what is it, really, that we are missing? It is probably not what most assume. Click below for the secret:

THE TEMPLE FOR WHICH WE (ARE SUPPOSED TO) YEARN[3]

Karen Hardin: When Joshua was leading the Israelites to take the Promised Land and they had experienced a miraculous victory, they were given instructions to create a memorial so it could be remembered by future generations.

The Jerusalem Petition: God signed the Jerusalem Covenant, now it is your turn!

Lana Vawser: As we are now crossing over, rather than contending FOR the ground, we are moving into the place where we have TAKEN the ground, TAKEN the land and are now beginning to STEWARD the NEW.

Anna Blake: Most of all, count your blessings.  Common sense is not a tumor to be cut out.  Common sense isn’t a weakness, just as bravado isn’t courage. Think of it as a training aid. Fear is common sense trying to get your attention. Say thank you.

Yehudah Glick (Member of Knesset): Thank you for signing the Jerusalem Covenant

Laibl Wolf: The secret of the sefira of hod lies in acceptance. It takes a heartfelt thank-you and surrender to the Other to activate submission to the greater wisdom of the Creator.

Anna Blake: Word choice matters. We need to understand each other’s instincts for self-preservation because that’s how both species–horses and humans–will flourish.

Toby Keith: “Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses”: https://youtu.be/o1JOFhfoAD4

Doug Addison: I turned on the news and heard about another mass shooting in a club, followed by a story of what appeared to be brutal retaliation of police officers on an unarmed person. I had mixed emotions of hopelessness and anger. I cried out to God, asking for a solution and I heard the Holy Spirit say, “What would Jesus do?” Jesus told us that the greatest commandment of all time is to love. I have read these verses many times throughout my life, but one day I noticed that there are actually 3 separate types of love mentioned by Jesus.

House of Destiny: Temple Mount under attack! What is the bigger picture?

Laibl Wolf: By fighting our seeming adversities, the cosmic process of rebalancing invariable results in the rise of even more pressing circumstances that are in truth a corrective mechanism of the Creator. And then war erupts on another front – until we learn the lesson of acceptance. It is more life-enhancing for us to submit our will, not with passive resignation, but in humble acceptance of opportunities as they arise.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: In the face of ongoing Muslim riots surrounding the Temple Mount, several dozen National Religious rabbis sent out a call on Thursday for Jews to ascend to the holiest site in Judaism.

House of Destiny: Jane will be joining the Codebreakers set, as well as Lars Enarson from Jerusalem to provide us the bigger picture, the Biblical perspective, to the rage happening on the streets of Jerusalem. First, comprehend the invisible war in order to understand the visible battle. The Temple Mount is sacred territory, therefore, it is also a target.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: Psalm 56: 2  Be gracious unto me, O God, for man would swallow me up; all the day his fighting oppresseth me.

3  They that lie in wait for me would swallow me up all the day; for they are many that fight against me, O Most High,

4  In the day that I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee.

5  In God–I will praise His word– in God do I trust, I will not be afraid; what can flesh do unto me?

Yosef Marcus: The relationship between the sun and the moon parallels the relationship between G‑d and man on the level of hearing. The divine light is constant and steady like the sun’s; but man, like the moon, is not always a full recipient of that light. He is like a person trying to meet up with a fellow on a roof. He tries one way and finds that it is obstructed; he tries another and finds that he is encumbered by his inadequate gear. He is on the bottom looking up and cannot see the full picture.

Matthew 24: 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: And, of course, one of the most socially sanctioned outlets is to direct its innate aggression toward an enemy (real or imagined) that is trying to harm us. On one hand the enemy poses a threat which legitimizes an aggressive discharge, and on the other hand, it instigates a bonding experience for the group, nation, or even couple that feels besieged. It is well-known (and documented) that a shared enemy exerts a bonding influence upon society. The free-floating aggression of its members gets directed outward, toward the scapegoat, and since the aggression is safely and “honorably” discharged, the people are moved to express their warmth and loyalty to each other.

Brat: Poor goat.

Doug Addison: The second type of love Jesus mentioned is to love your neighbor. He wasn’t talking about just loving the person next door, but learning to show love to others—including those in the car that just cut you off, or those who have different beliefs and values than you. Loving other people means that you are kind, patient and understanding. If everyone would show love, then we would have a world with less war and violent deaths, and even less disease.

Daniel Baer: The challenges facing our country and the world are enormous. I believe any challenge can be met with and overcome with human ingenuity, but the great danger is either the lack of or the unwillingness to exercise foresight. Judas Iscariot did not exercise foresight and, even after the realization of the gravity of his mistake, he lost everything. There is a lesson in this for humankind today. We can hope that we go the way of Paul, whose conversion came not at the end but in the middle of his life; yes, the destruction he caused as persecutor of Christians was real, just as much of the destruction wrought by the human race presently is real, but he turned the situation into one of creation, building, and community. It’s too bad the message of the Book of Revelation is overshadowed by colorful images of the Four Horsemen and Beasts and Dragons. Perhaps the most meaningful single line in that book, found in chapter 21, reads, “The one who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’”

Rick Joyner: Many believe that it is the bride who sits on the throne with the Lord in Revelation 3. This is in contrast to the “great company” that cannot be numbered that stands before the throne in Revelation 7. This is certainly reasonable.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: There is a second ramification we need to consider.   We need to “build up” those who are currently “not wise by human standards, not influential, not of noble birth.”   Why?  Because these are the people that God calls to represent Him in our world!   Rather than beating up the young Moses that makes poor decisions, let’s be the people where others can grow in their faith and if/when they make a mistakes along the way, that we will be honest with them as we build them up-never beating them up.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: My point, now elaborated, is that because of this denial of the sacraments they also deny that art is worthwhile. The most they can do is produce art that is didactic. It must always have a lesson. So I have known Protestant artists who produced very worthy and beautiful artwork, but they always felt they had to attach to it a Biblical caption.

Matthew 13:51 “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.”

Pastor John Tolle: We can parrot scriptures that enflame the dialogue.

Brat: [Downcast eyes. Chew lip.]

Yosef Marcus: On its deepest level, the difference between sight and hearing is the difference between the perception of a true artist and that of an amateur.

Anna Blake: In my experience, hard feelings grow in the dark. Most of us have some time or place that the boogey man threatens us. I won’t say ignore him; there’s usually a spark of truth there. You should be cautious about monsters under the bed (lock the house, be careful in parking lots, and yes, monitor the dangers of riding.) Part of that common sense is an instinct for self-preservation. Like a horse.

Quinn G. Caldwell: Fictional revenge is satisfying. Superhero justice is cathartic. But if Esau had stooped to my calling instead of rising to God’s, the world might never have met its savior.

God: I can’t come through when you have your way.

Jennifer LeClaire: Jonah prophets think their way is better than God’s way.

Baal Shem Tov: Struck with a Sledgehammer During Prayer

Laibl Wolf: To surrender to life’s exigencies does not mean that one meekly turns the other cheek. On the contrary, it means that we engage in life fully, that we ride the rhythms of life and sing to the cosmic winds. Choosing our battles carefully enables us to see the forest as well as the trees. We become open to the signposts that direct our own tentative steps.

Anna Blake: At the same time, it’s incredibly powerful to drag your boogey man out into the daylight. The first time you admit that you’re timid, your voice might quiver a bit but right after that, your heart starts beating again. Your jeans feel like you’ve lost weight. And you have.

Yosef Marcus: But that was not what G‑d had in mind. The people were not to enter the Land on Moses’ level, but rather on Joshua’s level. Like the face of the moon, they would constantly struggle to align themselves with the Divine Light.

Edie Bayer: However, notice in the dream that the horse does not go off the mountain completely – only the rider. God’s word stands forever in heaven!

Pastor John Tolle: We wanna argue with God.

Brat: Personally speaking, I don’t have a problem arguing with God. It’s man that I have a problem arguing with.

Anna Blake: Riders get told to relax because horses can read our emotions. It’s true but humans who listen with their eyes read them, too. It doesn’t matter what you think intellectually, how much experience you have with horses, or what you should have done. Act timid or act with bravado, but you aren’t fooling us, so why not admit it out loud?

Karen Hardin: Why is this action so important? Because it prophetically launches something into the spirit realm and takes the supernatural and pulls it into the natural. It establishes His promise of what He has spoken (see Habakkuk 2:1-3).

Anna Blake The Print Version: Dysfunctional Fetching and an Anniversary

Eeyore: Here ~ we ~ go ~ again…!

Pastor John Tolle: Then I said to myself, “Why is the dog cowering?” He was a rescue dog. Most likely he was beaten. He wasn’t born cowering. He’s like a kid. Kids trust people…[until]…

Anna Blake: Ever think about where courage comes from? It isn’t born of arrogance and success. It’s purchased, one drop at a time, by internal moments of persistence in the face of challenge.

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus perspired drops of blood. His capillaries burst. He had no desire to die! It was agony for Him to say, “Not my will, but Yours, Father!”

Alane Haynes: I hear the Lord say, “Press through the veil of the flesh and the soul, be positioned to receive full measure, in whole. This is a time of pressing through. I have much I am going to do. I am sending the more to you.

Matthew 13:33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

Brat: Three measures of Christians, Jews, and the Company of Prophets, who know the Kingdom of Heaven within their beings. Jesus shared of Himself with each of them.

Rick Joyner: This subject deserves a book, but we can only address it in a cursory way in this study. It is apparent that the “end of the times of the Gentiles” marks the end of this calling, when the bride is complete and this high calling is closed. Because it seems that we are in this time between the sounding of the sixth and seventh angels, we have no time to waste in running this race. This is by far the most important event at the end of the age. When this race has been concluded, we can expect the end of the age to be wrapped up quickly.

Emily C. Heath: If you’re like me, Scripture passages about war and armor are difficult. I don’t like the idea of violence. I don’t want to encourage militaristic ways of looking at the world, and I especially don’t want to perpetuate some idea that Christians need to arm ourselves against others. Every time I read this Scripture, though, I wrestle between these fears and something else: hope.

Yosef Marcus: The true artist works differently. He sees the essence of a scene, he finds its soul and core of being; the details flow from there.

Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber: So, is there hope for us?

Anna Blake: Share your feelings. Notice that the rest of us are just like you and let go of the self-loathing part. Besides, a boogey man doesn’t have a chance in the broad daylight with a bunch of middle-aged women glaring at him.

(In “Rat Again!”) Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:38 am             Journal: Parked at work. I stopped by my first solitude spot on my way here. Once again I saw a rat dart through the drainage hole in the abandoned library patio wall. This rat was smaller than the first one, but still a RAT. The tail was long enough to tell me that it was an adult rat. Just as I uttered the words, “Oh no! Not again!” a huge flock of crows flew silently overhead. I felt a chill crawl up my spine in the summer heat. Lord, this is the second time with a rat here. Two represents closure. Nip this cycle in the bud!

Genesis 29:25 When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”

Pastor John Tolle: You can be caught up in any system.

Baal Shem Tov: “Does G‑d have any friends in heaven? If he is unable to concentrate the first time,” he answered him, “He is struck with a sledgehammer until he is able to concentrate.” (Berachot 33a-34b)

Alane Haynes: “This is not a time to doubt and fear, not the time to stay in the rear. This is the time, listen and hear. I am calling for you to come near. Walk through the door, do not hesitate. I have prepared the table, do not be late. Keep your heart pure and your gaze steady. Come to the table that is being made ready.”

Revelation 19: 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God

Karen Hardin: When God gives us a revelation and we write it down, it becomes our road map. It is important that we go back often to make sure we are on target. When we don’t write it down, we can lose part of that vision/revelation. We are told to keep in our minds and heart what He has said. We are to meditate on the Word and keep it in our heart. How can we do that if we haven’t taken the time to write it down? We then are progressing without a road map.

Brat (in “Rat Again!” 29 July 17): Lord, I need some mercy here! If You want me to complete my assignments, then I need You to step in and help me finish them. And it’s hot! Thank You for the cool breeze! You’ve brought me to a place in the journey again where I need a cool space to sit with You AND to go home and work on the computer to write where this sacramental conversation is going. If You want the looping to stop, then I need Your mercy to step in, so I have the time and space to write it up. Scribes need this. I lay myself at Your feet again and worship You.

Genesis 29:26 Laban said, “This is not done in our country–giving the younger before the firstborn.

Anna Blake: I’m not saying I’m just like that cattle dog. Actually, I’m more like a donkey. But I do take Spam’s point. Don’t live on a loop; life doesn’t work that way. One thing should lead to another and it might be something that you can’t see from [where] you’re standing.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Standing on My Head

Vince Amlin: “Why don’t you try it without something written down,” she suggested.

Anna Blake: Well, words matter. I’m going to go back and do some editing before we continue.

Yosef Marcus: In our divine worship we have these two levels: man reaching out to G‑d and G‑d reaching out to man. In prayer, we reach out to G‑d; we attempt to transcend our material orientation and cleave to the divine reality. Through Torah study, on the other hand, G‑d reaches out to man, and the divine reality is revealed to him without his having to pull himself upward.

Sarah Schneider: 2) The second rule is to know with the certainty of faith that success is truly an option that if Mashiach could come today and we would still be able to fulfill our personal and collective missions, then he will come today, and nothing could hold him back. There is only one reason that Mashiach will not appear this year on Tisha b’Av (or any other “today”), and that is if his arrival would (inadvertently) prevent the actualization of some potential that must occur for Creation’s purpose to succeed. (Mashiach will come. That is not in question. But whether he will come today is based on the factors mentioned.)

Edie Bayer: His authority is a vehicle, to be used by permission with wisdom and discernment, given to those whom He chooses. He may allow others to use it for a season – but eventually, wrong doctrine and lies are the doctrine of demons, and God cannot allow it forever. As my mother always says, “God cannot bless Sin!”

Yosef Marcus: It was this perspective that he wished to impart to his people when he asked G‑d permission to see the Land and thereby bestow that vision upon it. So even after he was told that Joshua would lead them into the Land, he still wished to enter the Land and see it for this purpose. In the end, he was only allowed to see it from afar, which also had a great affect on the people but not the same as if he would have seen it up close.

Sarah Schneider: 4) Rule four is to dance back and forth between the aching (of #1) and the acceptance (of #3), all the while keeping the faith-vision (of #2) as a steady background presence. This is the secret of chashmal5 [[4]]– the kabbalistic technique of embracing paradox by oscillating between contrary truths, which, in this case, are longing and acceptance, though on Tisha b’Av we emphasize the longing (and the pain which prompts it), whereas on Shabbat we emphasize the opposite pole of acceptance.6[[5]]

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: False Religion – Any religion that is contrary to reality is false religion. Any religion that is contrary to common sense is false religion. Any religion that condones hypocrisy and humbug is false religion. Any religion that treats people badly while pretending to love God is false religion. Satan loves false religion more than extreme decadence.

Genesis 29:27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.”

Brat: My Master is Jesus. One cannot serve two masters.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Tom Rapsas: Don’t bully. Don’t belittle. Don’t be petty. Don’t be mean. Don’t yell or shout. Don’t be rude. Control your anger. Be considerate. Be friendly. Be helpful. Be kind. Encourage. Inspire. Treat others as you yourself would want to be treated. Do good. Don’t be a jerk. BE A HUMAN BEING.

Quinn G. Caldwell: Every time I read the story of Jacob and Esau, I’m struck again by how much Jacob. totally. sucks. Like, a lot. Esau, the older brother, is supposed to receive the position of head of the family, plus a special blessing, from their father. Jacob, the younger brother, forces Esau into giving up his birthright by withholding food when he’s starving. Then Jacob tricks their elderly, blind, confused father into giving him the special blessing reserved for elder sons, leaving only a paltry left-over blessing for Esau. These are weighty matters in the world of the story, and Esau is brokenhearted. He vows to kill Jacob.

Pastor John Tolle: There’s a war going on. We can make it political, but if you think that, you lose. You cannot choose two masters. If you choose that realm, you choose to be in charge. It’s not political and religious. Jesus fought with that.

Sarah Schneider: Yet this dance only works if we embrace each viewpoint fully when we stand in its shoes at that moment it becomes the whole truth. Yet like a propeller that spins so fast it appears still, this alternation of perspectives produces a gestalt that jiggles the mind open to higher truths. It is not just a mental exercise, but a spiritual practice.

Doug Addison: The third type of love that Jesus mentioned is to love yourself. Most people miss this one when reading this verse. But it is so important for us to love ourselves. People who don’t understand this suffer from low self-esteem. Then there are others who love themselves too much and lack humility or become prideful. Like everything, there needs to be a balance.

Monk: Lord? Where are You leading?

Yosef Marcus: While the sun seems to know where it is going, the moon does not….

Revelation 12:1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

Yosef Marcus: Among the differences between the sun and the moon is that the light and the path of the sun is constant; it experiences no change. “The sun knows its destination” (Psalms 104:19). The Talmud comments that while the sun seems to know where it is going, the moon does not. Its orbit is irregular and erratic in comparison to the relatively steady cycle of the sun. (Rosh Hashanah 25a)

Pastor John Tolle: Have you asked the Lord to teach you to pray?

Brat (in “Rat Again!” 29 July 17): I need more quality time to sit with You, God, and the two pieces I have going concurrently (“Temple” and “Sacramental Conversation”) and I want to finish them. The Great THEY say I should go about my regular day doing my regular things, but I find that I am getting crunched more and more. I need time and space to do my assignment, but Satan seems to be working overtime in stretching me to the limit. I need to give myself time to grieve Keith’s, Jay’s, and Pat (Clark’s) deaths. I can’t rush that. I still have to go to work. I still have to eat, sleep, and shower. I still need to be there for friends. I still need down time to listen to You, God!

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Our test today is to not be drawn in by voices that claim authority but do not embody the truth of Torah.

Brat: He was talking about the political versus the spiritual kingdoms. In Matthew 6:24 Jesus was comparing the spiritual versus the kingdom of Mammon. I have no resources. I only have the collective story of our journey together over the decades. That’s my dowry.

David Slavin: Know, that all of the sin of Adam, the physical existence, it’s actions and pleasures – all stem from the primordial snake. For through the Sin, they became physical, after being spiritual with an intellectual connection to the wisdom of G‑d. Therefore a wise person who pushes off all lusts and only partakes of the material world his bare necessities [without intention for the pleasures involved], will not be infected by physical impurity, as well as ailments of the physical nature. The only cause of his death stems from the poison of the Snake, that has been transferred down to him from the sin of Adam, not his own shortcomings. Nonetheless, those people who indulge in the pleasures of this world and its lusts add to the poison of the Snake. It’s as if they are renewing within themselves the sin of Adam. Therefore they die their own deaths.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Please HaShem, help us to find our center, both individually and collectively, the place that can hold all the disparate parts of ourselves in grace and joy and peace and love, the place that can hold your mashiach and draw his revelation into the world NOW.

Edie Bayer: There are those who have somehow illegally gotten to this place of prominence. They have entered by another door.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1 ESV).

Brat: I knocked, but they didn’t open the door.

Matthew Laney: Have you ever knocked on someone’s door and hoped they wouldn’t answer? Or called someone and prayed they wouldn’t pick up? Maybe that’s why we like email and texting. We can communicate and hide at the same time.

Yosef Marcus: The amateur is an outsider. The true artist enters inside the scene and conveys that perspective. So when you look at his painting you do not see a reproduction of the external details; you see the life and soul of the scene.

Matthew Laney: Peter had good reason to hide. If Jesus was dead, all Peter had to face was his guilt for being a disaster of a disciple, If Jesus was alive, Peter had to face Jesus.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: Constantly on the run in a very small Israelite kingdom, David does the irrational; he escapes to the Philistine city of Gath (I Samuel 21 11-16). The Philistines were the main enemy of the Israelites at the time, and David himself had slain Goliath who was from the same city. How does David survive when the advisers of the king Achish (also called Abimelech in Psalm 34:1) reveal that this is the same David who killed Philistines by the thousands? David feigns insanity. He dances uncontrollably, foams at the mouth and sputters unintelligible words. His behavior leads the king of Gath to make his famous statement “Do I lack madmen, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence?” (I Samuel 21:26). He lets David free, and David responds to this near-death experience in the best way he knows how; with a psalm of gratitude to the Lord.

Jennifer LeClaire: Let’s pray for the Jonah prophets, showing them the mercy they are trying so hard to withhold from the nation. Let’s stand in the gap for the Jonah prophets who are blinded by their own bitterness. Let’s cry out on behalf of the Jonah prophets, petitioning God to help them step into their true calling, refusing to filter what He is saying through the anger in their own hearts. Let’s move in the opposite spirit of the Jonah prophets and bless those who are cursing our nation.

Yosef Marcus: The teacher, on the other hand, comes from the perspective where the soul of the concept is clear in his mind. He does not need the mathematical evidence to make the point real; it is real to him because he knows its essence. He provides the anecdotes and the details for the student. The idea does not flow from the details but to the details.

Jennifer LeClaire: Jonah prophets are self-centered drama queens.

Pastor John Tolle: Kids are trusting and vulnerable. They put faith in people until that trust is broken.

Brat: I know how they feel.

Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber: How can we be healed?

Anna Blake: Something bad happened. The details don’t need to be repeated for me to understand. It doesn’t matter whose fault it was; whether it was you or your horse. Excuses don’t help and emotions are rarely swayed by logic. Your trust has been broken.

Brat: Yup. Can’t argue that.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: The Torah informs us that these brutish impurities, banished to the outer edge of our psyche are the wild beasts that HaShem is concerned about, that need to be kept in check by, strangely, keeping enemies around until we are ready, really ready, to be done with them.

Daniel Baer: But when a Deeper Voice asks each one of us, “Where are you?” the question conveys a definitive statement: “You do matter, and We need you to turn toward the world, to engage the world, to renew the world.”

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: G‑d wants tzadikim who are honorable in their dealings with the mundane world.

Brat: Yes! This is TRUE!

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: OK, but what I was digging at was something deeper, and that is not so much whether there are some good Protestant artists or whether the Anglicans and Lutherans have sacraments or not, but what constitutes a sacramental world view. Catholics have this. Protestants do not.

Anna Blake: I used to fight the curve ball, not that it did any good. I play the game differently now. When life throws something out in front of me, I chase out a good distance but once I get there, I expect to veer off course and then try to act like it was my idea all along. Call it grace. Sometimes losing direction is just taking an alternate route.

Deuteronomy 1: 23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe. 24 They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshkol and explored it. 25 Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the Lord our God is giving us.”

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: In chapter 3 [of Exodus] we see, “Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.’ ” But when he gets over to the bush … now he thinks it’s his idea by the way … he says, “Oh, I will turn aside from my ordinary routines. I will go look at this strange sight. This is odd, a bush that’s burning.”

Laibl Wolf: Do we really know what is around the corner? Can we really decide in advance whether an occurrence is going to bring benefit or cause harm? Our only realistic alternative is to remain curious and open, to accept the moment as it arises and follow its development. Adopting a stance of natural curiosity and visualizing a positive outcome raises our tolerance for discomfort. The basis of hod allows the creation of a neutral and accepting stance and the manifestation of a more positive disposition.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The sacramental vision of Catholicism simply extends this to baptism, matrimony, ordination, confirmation, confession and anointing of the sick. God comes to us in and through water, oil, fire, the marital kiss, the laying on of hands and more. Sacramentals are the more and in a lesser way we say he comes in and through the statue, the icon, the painting, the scapular, the holy medal, the breviary, the book, the bell, the candle and the cross.

Anna Blake: “Really, is this the whole game? Seems obtuse and repetitive to me.” 

Pastor John Tolle: The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. They observed His life. His life was not normal. He had a habit of prayer. It was not ritual or form. Those don’t come from the soul. They are memory aids. Talk to Him from the depths of your being. The disciples watched Him.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: The Baal Shem Tov taught:
The question still remains. Perhaps this person wants to repeat the verse because he was unable to concentrate the first time, and now he wants to fulfill his obligation and recite it with concentration. Furthermore, why does Rabbi Ze’ira only speak about someone who repeated the Shema Yisrael, and not about any other verse in the Shema prayer, or any other verse, for that matter?

Shema Yisrael: Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One.

Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

Doug Addison: In John 13:34-35 (and again in 15:12-14), Jesus gave His disciples a new command, “…that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” This small command to love has somehow been long overlooked and needs to be put into practice. To love others as God has loved us is the very resurrection power and revelation that will truly transform our lives and change the world.

Pastor John Tolle: John the Baptist taught repentance. If you want blessings, you must allow God to be in charge of your life.

Sarah Schneider: 3) Rule three, is to accept the present circumstance unconditionally, knowing that “everything G‑d does is for good.” (Berachot 60b) Without a doubt, this is the gentlest way that could possibly be devised to bring about a necessary tikun. And the upshot of every tikun is expanded awareness and that (i.e. growing consciousness) is the only true and enduring pleasure. The new increment of awareness that became available in this (imperfect) moment will actually produce more joy, peace and soul-satisfaction, then the blessing for which we yearned.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: This can be understood by comprehending what it means to accept the yoke of heaven. A person should believe that G‑d’s glory fills all worlds, and that there is nothing in which He does not exist. Thus, G‑d’s existence is inherent in all of man’s thoughts, and each and every human thought is a complete spiritual structure on its own. Hence, when an untoward thought arises in one’s mind during prayer, it arises so that he rectifies it and raises it back to its Source. If one does not believe this, then one has not fully accepted the yoke of heaven, for he is placing a limit on G‑d’s existence.

Vince Amlin: “I hate the Prayers of the People,” I confessed to my co-pastor.

Anna Blake: And while we’re being honest, one more bit of sideways truth. However it happened that your trust was damaged, it wasn’t that you lost control of your horse. You never had control. As a recovering Type-A who thought she could steer her horse, and the rest of her life, to brilliant happiness, I feel qualified to say the sooner we get over thinking we can even control our hair, the better we’ll be.

Brat: [Whew!]

K.D. Lang: “Pullin’ Back the Reins” [https://youtu.be/_8M-iqYw6OQ]

Laibl Wolf: Chasidut teaches us that two basic guidelines affect our course in life: The first lies in our gifts – the special qualities that distinguish each of us from the other. The second is the constellation of events around us, over which we have no control. The Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chasidut, teaches us that these are divinely ordained to provide us with the optimal stage upon which to express our life’s role. But we fight these events. We seek to control them through our limited wisdom, although we may in fact be doing ourselves a grave disservice.

Karen Hardin: There are many reading this who have heard the Lord speak to you to, “Write it down.” When we write something down it takes something that was just a thought, and when we commit it to paper it is like bringing it from the supernatural into the natural realm.

Vince Amlin: To be clear, I didn’t hate people’s prayers. I hated leading that part of the service. Each week I’d write what I thought was a decent prayer and work in the joys and concerns folks raised. But it always felt disconnected. My words sounded wooden.

Karen Hardin: As I was praying one morning the Lord led me to this verse, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring My people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 30:2-4)

Vince Amlin: Each week, as the nausea overtakes me, I hope I’m practicing my nonresistance. I hope to be ready when the Spirit speaks in me.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: What is “reality”? Reality is what is. Reality is the way things are in the natural world. Reality is the way we were created. Reality is the destiny God has in store for us. Reality is humble. Reality is down to earth. Reality is simple. Reality is true, beautiful and good.

Vince Amlin: Prayer
Hey there God, uh…um, a little help here?

Pastor John Tolle: I’ve been working with someone who tends to forget they are a child of God. They look in the mirror and think they are not good enough and that God is displeased with them. Because they believe that, they are like a roller coaster: up one minute and in the Valley of Death the next. They believe the lie that God has disowned them.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Self-righteousness – Believing we’re good enough just as we are is not real. God loves us just as we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way

Brat: Have you been talking to Pastor John Tolle?

Anna Blake: Then forgive yourself. We are our own worst enemy and holding a grudge against our own instincts is crazy-making. Show your heart some tolerance and ask your brain to rest. Leave the trash talk to others.

Vince Amlin: The Holy Spirit is a famous supplier of words, especially when we think we have none. She’s always been good to me. But I have to listen. I have to connect.

Sarah Schneider: If, as Tradition maintains, Mashiach is to reflect the spiritual level of the generation, then only an era free of sin and devoted to God should merit redemption. Although our generation does not seem to meet that standard, nevertheless, there is an invisible reservoir of merit and consciousness that grows fuller with each day. And at some critical point, which could be the next person who gives charity, or walks into yeshiva, or apologizes to his neighbor, or chooses the high road…at that critical point…the scale will tip and the whole nature of reality will shift tracks. People will feel compelled from within to seek G‑d and truth and Torah with the same passion that they are now pursuing money, fame and power. At that point the era of mashiach will begin…as a discontinuous shift in our socio-cultural reality.

Vince Amlin: Extemporaneous public prayer. The thought made me want to puke. I know, your ministers do it regularly and with ease. Good for them! I like to have my script in front of me. I want to choose my words carefully, get my thoughts clear, edit and revise. That’s why I write for the Daily Devotional!

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Instead when we read the whole gospel we encounter an authentic, fascinating, well rounded and mysterious person. When we read the whole gospel the unique authenticity of Jesus is what impresses more than almost anything else.

Yosef Marcus: This level will reach its apex in the Messianic era when G‑d promises that the light of the moon will shine like that of the sun. (Isaiah 30:26) Man’s relationship with G‑d will no longer hinge upon his own actions. The divine light will shine without a shield and “they will see with their own eyes as G‑d returns to Zion” (Isaiah 52:8).

Vince Amlin: The next Sunday, as I descended the chancel stairs, I looked around for the closest vessel to hurl into. What stupid things was I about to say? How awkward would my pauses be? Would I find words at all?

Tom Rapsas: This is never truer than when you are in a position of power.

Pastor John Tolle: God, You’re in charge. You are the King-in-Residence in my life.

Edie Bayer: The next generation reformation team is here. They ruthlessly chase truth. Nothing but Jesus will do. Their eyes are closed to falsehood and their ears open only to His voice. Their authority and anointing is so far beyond what we have seen to date! It will be the Church of Acts all over again!

Sarah Schneider: Let the power of our collective longing, visioning (and accepting) this Tisha b’Av tip the scale and initiate the quantum shift into growth-through-joy that is the messianic signature and promise.

Pastor John Tolle: If you wait an hour to respond, then that’s not living by faith. You live by the renewing of your mind. Your mind does not operate on the Spirit’s wavelength.

Tom Rapsas: I’m not sure when I first jotted down the list below and Google was not a big help in determining its origin. The important thing is the simple point it makes. We need to THINK before we speak, text or email. Whether you’re talking to friends or family, chatting with co-workers, or engaging in any exchange with another, you should ask yourself the following questions before you communicate:

T – Is this true?

H – Is this helpful?

I – Is this inspiring?

N – Is this necessary?

K – Is this kind?

Pastor John Tolle: Most Christians don’t ask questions.

Vince Amlin: I also listened harder than I had been and connected more deeply to my neighbors and to God. And stopped hating the Prayers of the People.

Sarah Schneider: The question becomes: How do we hope for Mashiach with certain faith that he REALLY could materialize at any moment, weeping for the sorry state of our reality without him, and yet also find a way to embrace our present moment (despite his no-show) with unconditional acceptance. This becomes the prototype of how to process all of our longings both personal and collective in a way that does not exhaust the heart and produce despair.4 [6]

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus goes to the Father. To return from His mission. He came to disrupt and destroy the works of the devil. To bring order back into the chaos. To do the same thing through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost. Jesus breathed on them. The Spirit was poured out on all believers. There is some confusion. They think the Holy Spirit is only able to save, but not to do great things through us. The Father brings us to Himself. We’re drawn by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convinced us that Jesus is the Messiah and convicted us of our own sinfulness.

Sarah Schneider: The soul of Mashiach has two dimensions. One is the enlightenment that all of creation will enjoy; and one is that there will be an individual (or a couple) that will master mind and master heart this giant planetary-scale project of coordinating all of humanity into a single, smoothly operating organism, that will run as efficiently as a person’s body. According to Kabbala, all of humanity, actually all of creation, is really a single partzuf, a single Adam. In fact, one main feature of messianic consciousness is a greater awareness of our oneness in this regard. The distinguishing feature of this individual (or couple) is that he become the point of entry for the soul of Mashiach. The highest tip of our world contacts the lowest toenails of the hovering soul of Mashiach, and the highest tip of our world is the person Mashiach.

Matthew 13:52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Tom Rapsas: In other words, we need to THINK before we act, consider the repercussions of what we’re doing and saying to the person or people we’re communicating with, regardless of our station in life—and this includes (if you live in America) the highest office holder in our land. What we do, when we are in power, ultimately inspires and encourages those around us to act in kind, for better or for worse.

Anna Blake: Forgive your horse. He responded by instinct; he didn’t betray you or want to hurt you. Forgive him because holding a grudge doesn’t work. Breathe and forgive him again. Feels good, doesn’t it?

Shema Yisrael: Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One.

Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: Thus, the person who repeated the Shema prayer because he had an untoward thought the first time. But had he known that even in that untoward thought he could have found G‑d, he would not have had to repeat the verse. And this is what the Talmud alludes to by being struck with a sledgehammer:1 The thoughts themselves are striking the person like a sledgehammer so that he rectify them and elevate them, so why should he repeat the Shema, which would imply that G‑d could not be found in his first recitation. By doing so, he places a limit on G‑d’s existence, and in the acceptance of the yoke of heaven, which is why he must be silenced.2

Rick Joyner: Revelation 10:4 When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things that the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.”

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: However, sometimes there are thoughts that one must push aside. The question is, then, how is one to know which to push aside and which to elevate? The answer to that is that one should take note if when the untoward thought arises in one’s mind, if a corresponding thought of how to rectify and elevate it arises simultaneously in one’s mind, then one should work with that thought to elevate it. However, if the thought of rectifying and elevating the untoward thought does not arise in one’s mind, then the untoward thought was probably sent to him simply to confuse him and distract him from his prayers. In that case, one may push the thought aside, following the rule, “If someone is pursuing you to kill you, you may kill him first.” (Talmud Berachot 58a)

1 Samuel 24:The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

Lubavitcher Rebbe: “There is a straightforward answer in the last teaching in Pirkei Avot (“Ethics of our Fathers”, a tractate of Mishna). Everything that G-d created in His world He created for the purpose of honoring Him. We are supposed to use everything to honor G-d, by using it to fulfill a commandment or to accomplish some other positive action. This is what we find in the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov – that everything a person sees or hears should be utilized for serving G-d.”

1 Samuel 24:Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

Brat: For ten years I have been asking clergy for a safe place in which to pray and write. That goes beyond all denominations and religions. It arc’s to love.

Anna Blake: You’ve got that. It’s holding to a truth about yourself. And then horses. In the process, keep your love just an inch bigger than your common sense and you’ll be fine.

Brat: Thank you.

Daniel Baer: But isn’t this what we were invited to do all along: to renew ourselves? and in so doing, to renew the world?

Anna Blake: The problem isn’t that we have common sense, it’s that we love horses and aren’t giving them up. Now what?

Karen Hardin: Have you written a memorial of what God has done in your life? Are you passing that on to others? God said, “Write the vision and make it plain so that others can run with it” (see Habakkuk 2:2). Did you know that God has a book of remembrance (see Malachi 3:16-18)? If He does, shouldn’t we?

Brat: I have been writing it. And sharing it. And I get more silence.

Pastor John Tolle: YOU are His angel on this planet for His kingdom!

Revelation 10:Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”

Brat: Who will take the scroll in an honest and upright fashion this time?

[1] 8.Actually the Gemara (Sanhedrin 97a,b) teaches that, surprisingly, these are signs of Mashiach’s immanent arrival, and also serve, in their own backhanded way, to hasten his coming. As the Chofetz Chaim explains, one reason for this lengthy exile is to increase merit to Israel for believing and waiting for such a long time. Yet when it starts having the opposite effect, and people begin to lose faith from the long dark night of exile, G‑d will hasten the redemption for it has stopped serving its purpose. (Chofetz Chaim, Tsipita L’Yeshua.)

[2] [4]טֻמְאָתָהּ בְּשׁוּלֶיה”.”

[3] http://astillsmallvoice.org/holiday-video-downloads/

[4] 5. A word that appears in Ezekiel’s vision and that is built from two paradoxical subroots: chash which means silence, and mal which means speech. Together they produce chashmal (which became the modern Hebrew word for ‘electricity’), an oscillating current that vibrates back and forth between an electric wave then a magnetic wave many times a second and this produces the phenomenon we call electromagnetism (i.e. chashmal).

[5] 6. Like a tennis player that hops from foot to foot and thus stays ever ready for the moment’s call, be it a forehand to the right, or backhand to the left. So the dance (and vibration) of chashmal which happens, ideally, within every moment, readies us to emphasize longing, if that is the task at hand, like on Tisha B’Av, or acceptance, if that is the task at hand, like for example, on Shabbos (where the consciousness of the day is “All your work is done.”

[6] 4.Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Prov. 13:12)

Jesus the (Good) Thief 21 July 17

22 Jul

Friday, July 21, 2017

[10 pages]

Paul E. Hoffman: In the name of the Father, and of the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit.

Benjamin L. Corey: What is ghosting? You might not know the term, but you probably know the action: ghosting is when someone abruptly ends a friendship with limited or no explanation, and when they proceed to quickly disappear from your life.

Anna Blake: My Horse Betrayed Me.

Brat: The Church said I was called, but didn’t know what to call me. Then it felt like she slapped a scarlet letter on me and tossed me out into the wilderness like the escaped goat in Leviticus 16.

Leviticus 16: 21 He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task. 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.

Benjamin L. Corey: The destruction from the practice of Christian Ghosting, quite honestly, is often irreparable.

For those of us who have tried to live out the Christian life while being open to allowing new information to shape and stretch what we believe, the reality is that at one time or another, we have friends who will ghost us.

Anna Blake: In that instant, your horse goes from being your soulmate to guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Slightly less paranoid riders would call his behavior a psychotic break. He became unpredictable. Uncontrollable. Is the term betrayal overly dramatic? He broke your trust.

Benjamin L. Corey: Somehow, someway, too many Christian circles have failed to realize that we don’t have to be in complete agreement to be in a complete relationship.

And so, when theological agreement is not in harmony, there’s always at least one family who feels like some evil magician made their life disappear without notice or even a preemptive “abracadabra” to give us a bit of warning that life is about to change.

Dr. Sandie Freed: Breaking the Demonic Threefold Cord of Jezebel, Athaliah, and Delilah

Anna Blake: The biggest reason to listen to your horse is because you have the awareness equivalency of a blind, deaf, hairless mouse. Horses are prey animals forever; their senses are so much more acute than a human’s that we literally have no idea what’s going on, even if we’re paying attention. Let that sink in.

Benjamin L. Corey: While we can’t control the actions of others, I do think we can do two things:

We can refuse to be the ones who do the ghosting.

And when it happens, we can practice praying, “Forgive them Father, for they don’t have the slightest ‘effing clue as to the damage they’ve done.”

Brat: Lord Jesus, the Church has been the one to do this ghosting to me. Father forgive them. Make a way to heal the breach where there is no way. Thank You for Your merciful intervention. Amen.

Psalm 38: 13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

Rabbi Avi Baumol: Psalm 38 is difficult to read, as it is almost entirely an expression of pain written by an individual suffering physically and spiritually. While his bones have no peace and his sins are too much to bear, his friends stand afar, unable or unwilling to help, and his enemies seek to hurt him. His response? I am deaf and mute: I pretend not to hear their taunts nor do I respond to their calls and “deceits” (verse 13). Instead, he calls out only to the Lord for salvation and deliverance. In the 13th century, Rabbi Menachem Meiri wrote that this psalm refers to the Jews in exile. He commented profoundly: “The psalm refers to our long exile in which our enemies are many and our nemeses ridicule us and sit in their serenity. We are hated and have no recourse but we pray that our salvation and redemption will come soon. Amen.” Eight centuries later, the redemption has begun and the Jewish people are no longer mute.

Psalm 38: All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you.

Lana Vawser: Foreboding Definition: a feeling that something bad will happen; fearful apprehension.

Synonymns: anxiety, fearfulness, disquiet, uneasy. (Google)

Anna Blake: Next week I’ll talk about fear in Part Two: Now I’m afraid.

Lana Vawser: Many have been wrestling with a sense of foreboding concerning the future and change that is coming. This foreboding is NOT from God, it is the enemy trying to stop you from receiving the joy God wants to give you in the revelation of His new plans upon you.

Sheri Rose Shepherd: Fear Only God

MorningStar Ministries: A Letter From Camp

Anna Blake: Then his discomfort got confused with disobedience. Horses just have one way of communicating and it’s with their body. If a generally well-behaved horse nips or tosses his head, don’t think you can “correct” his anxiety with escalation. When we get resistance from a horse, pause and breathe. Then resolve the anxiety while it is small and manageable. Let your horse see you as worthy of his trust.

Simon Brown: THE PARABLES OF JESUS The Shepherd the Thief and The Doorkeeper

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “While the reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” — George Bernard Shaw

Anna Blake: Lucky for you there are some rail-birds ready to dispense training advice. Put a chain over his nose. Run him in the round pen until he gives in. Get a whip and show him who’s boss.

Donna Schaper: Most people can’t stand criticism, much less persecution.  Are the beatitudes a hoax, false news, fake news or alternative facts?

Brat: And the G-20 Summit leaders cannot even sit down at their banquet table without the media sharks creating a feeding frenzy about the Trumps and President Putin collaborating on perceived deceptions!?[1] The press fed the five thousand with loaves and fishes by stirring up gossip. The leaders simply showed up, just as they were supposed to do, just as the disciples did. They are moving forward with their God-given gifts of leadership. If the media goes around looking for things to criticize and then reports back hurt paws for getting their knuckles cracked with the truth, then all we can do is ride the pony to the next rest stop and pray along the way that God will intervene with mercy.

Monk: Oh, but there’s a chain over their noses.

Israel 365: Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am Hashem. ~Leviticus 19:16 (The Israel Bible™)

Anna Blake: Whoa! Slow down. Can we rewind? Tell the lynch mob that you’ve got this. Because if the only response is hindsight punishment, riders are doomed. Here’s a radical thought: How about listening to him in the first place?

Rabbi Avi Baumol: The sages ask why the second Temple was destroyed if there were plenty of people studying the Torah, following God’s commandments and performing acts of kindness for others. They answer that people spoke ill of each other because of baseless hatred. This teaches that such hatred and foul-mouthed behavior is worse than idolatry, sexual infidelity and murder which are the reasons given for the destruction of the first Temple. They then ask, was there no slander or baseless hatred among the people in the first Temple period? Yes there was, but those who lived during the first Temple were open with their hatred, thus their punishment was shorter. During the second Temple, the people hid their feelings, secretly slandering and speaking hate, thus their exile lasted much longer.

Brat: Oh, you mean the ‘scaped goat that was released into the wilderness again? Okay, I think I get it a little better now.

Anna Blake: On top of that, science says that a horse’s response time is seven times quicker than ours; the fastest response time of any common domestic animal. When things come apart, it happens fast. It makes sense because flight – the instinct to sprint away from perceived danger – is the species’ primary defensive behavior.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: What can we do to bring the redemption? The second Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred, a drastic lack of unity between Jews. Now, we must rectify this behavior by creating true unity between Jews. This must begin with each and every one of us identifying ourselves as an integral part of the Jewish people. May there be no “unaffiliated” among us. If you do not already, join a Jewish community or do something to identify yourself as a Jew. Do something nice for another Jewish person – a nice word, some charity, a kindly or favorable thought. DO SOMETHING! Through every Jewish person making an effort, we will shift the balance of the entire world for good, and G‑d will have no choice but to bring the final and true redemption now.

Revelation 3:Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Donna Schaper: Proportion established, there are real people who are meek and hungry and thirsty for justice, real people who are being persecuted, on this block and in Syria, real people who are merciful and try to make peace despite the extraordinary forces against them.  I call them the beautiful people, and today I’ve seen them jump- starting a blessing.  You know what jump-starting is right?  You connect to an external source of power to get yourself going after you have sputtered because you had no power.  Blessings are jump-starters.  They are promises for a tomorrow better than today.

Paul E. Hoffman: Jesus the Thief [2]

Anna Blake: When I ask riders for the long version of what happened, the story unfolds differently. Maybe he was hard to catch that day, or impatient and a bit barn sour at the gate, or maybe especially girthy during saddling. She got complacent. Small details were ignored for expediency. Some of us are so busy in our own heads that we don’t even notice the small details. The rest of us were taught to plow on ahead no matter what because we can’t let the horse “win.”

Brat: And when the Church is feeling pinched and desperate, then she cries in bravado: “Cheer up! WE KNOW HOW THE STORY ENDS!”

Revelation 16: 15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The innkeeper was stupefied to hear this statement. He asked the stranger to explain why he wandered about in such a disheveled state. And this is the story he was told.

Anna Blake: I italicized instinct for a reason; it’s the important part. Is it fair to ask for obedience above instinct? The short answer is yes, our safety depends on it, but it’s complicated.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Torah teaches that a Jewish person’s essential nature is to oppose sin, so as not to become separated from G-dliness; any sin is really committed by accident. Just as the accidental sinner exiled himself to a City of Refuge, so too, the Jewish people were exiled because of accidental sins.

Paul E. Hoffman: And if you’re not yet quite convinced, consider this afternoon’s Gospel reading from Mathew 25 that comes to its terrible and confusing conclusion with a robbery. So take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten talents. I’m not a particular fan of the direct allegorical interpretation that this “man going on a journey” is supposed to directly correlate with Jesus and that we are the slaves with varying degrees of wisdom around investment strategy. But at the end of the day, you can’t deny that there’s a robbery and we’re the ones left reeling, as one so often is when the robbery is over. For to all those who have more will be given, and they will have an abundance, but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. Hands in the air! This is a stick up. Here we are in the outer darkness of such an event, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Anna Blake: A rider with a greater understanding of her horse’s instincts and needs might feed a flake of hay while tacking up and then actively lead her horse to the arena by keeping a good forward rhythm in her feet. He has food in his stomach and she gets to ride within her time constraints. Best of all, there is no fight before the ride even starts. You can tell its good leadership because everyone “wins.”

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Exile is a state of temporary penitence.

Ana Werner: All too often, when I am facing something hard in life, I just think about getting through it. It’s about the product right, not the process? Wrong. Process isn’t a word a lot of us like, nor is “refinement.” God loves me just as I am in my broken state, but He sees the potential. The process doesn’t scare Him, otherwise He would have long ago turned away from mankind.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: We are part of a process – individually and nationally. Our personal difficulties are connected to the “narrow places” of our national exile. By investing the required effort, step by step, we are being liberated from our personal Egypt – our unhelpful habits and negative inclinations.  By travelling this journey we will eventually reach not only a personal redemption but also the final redemption for our people.

James Goll: Knowings started coming to me that this experience contained a multi-dimensional realm of understanding that would require prayer and time to properly process and steward. There is always at least a three-stage process in handling revelation or words from the Lord in a prophetic vein. These are often referred to as: 1) Revelation, 2) Interpretation and 3) Application. Since it is always important to start the process of interpreting revelation with prayer and with the Word of God, I began to search the scriptures.

Anglicancatholic.org: Sources of Authority. In his Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1594) Richard Hooker emphasizes the relationship between Scripture, Reason, and Tradition.

Paul E. Hoffman: But fortunate for us, we are baptized into the God whose giving knows no ending. But before Christ can give, Christ first must take away. Like I said, Jesus the Thief. So while this may appear to be a Eucharist, first it will be a robbery. Jesus has come to steal away from us all that has the potential to separate us from him and from one another. All that darkness: pride, envy, jealousy, greed. Our laziness and our overwork. In a word, Jesus the Thief has come to rob us of our sin.

Anna Blake: Most of all, no one betrays anyone. The best reason for a rider to study and understand horse behavior is that learning their logic can keep us from a runaway of our own – an emotional runaway.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: And, just as the Torah guarantees that the exiled person will be judged and released, so too, the Almighty will vindicate us and redeem us from this exile with the final and true redemption. This is especially so after so many heartbreaking and difficult years of exile, all of the promises of redemption, and the multitude of positive deeds and repentance performed by the Jewish people during this exile.

Anna Blake: Granted, it’s a little easier to be logical in a discussion over grazing rights than it is in the middle of a dangerous bucking incident, but we have to start small.

Paul E. Hoffman: That just about sums up our sorry state. You can name the outer darkness, and the inner ones, too: addiction, even the subtle kind like addiction to work, over-functioning. Or the other side of darkness – laziness, always looking for the easy way. It can be dark where its lonely, or dark where there are too many people and too many ideas. The Jews got this one right in their compact proverb: Where there is too much, something is missing.   We Lutherans like to call our darkness by its birth name, “sin,” but it’s a word that seems to ring pretty hollow with Post-moderns, so sometimes you just have to spell it out. Name it. Money. Sex. Power.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: We must rectify this behavior by creating true unity between Jews….

Anna Blake: And it doesn’t hurt to acknowledge that, when you look at it this way, horses and humans aren’t that temperamentally well-suited to each other. So it goes; I don’t see either species giving up on each other.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: How to Act in Exile

Ana Werner: “I love you and I am here, but you must know it even when you can’t feel Me. I am not a distant God. I will take care of you, but you must do your part. Praise Me. Press through the pain and worship, and watch what I’ll do through this. I am for you, not against you. The pressing is a refinement of your character. You will see what’s in your heart during this season, and you will see how much you truly need Me. Come, let’s do this together.”

Anna Blake: All of this is to say that when your horse appears to overreact to his surroundings, he isn’t wrong. And adding our over-reaction on top won’t make things better.

Israel 365: The Torah is replete with examples of the sanctity of human life. Judaism emphasizes that all steps must be taken to save a human life. Hashem commands us to act when another human being is in distress and requires assistance. When we see a friend or neighbor struggling, it is forbidden to stand idly by.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “I live in the city of Pest, near which I own several villages, fields and vineyards. Once a large sum of money was stolen from me, and I did not know who the thief was. We had a maid—an orphan—and since we suspected that this was her doing, we took her along to the local authorities. The police there beat her in order to induce her to confess, but she insisted she had stolen nothing, so they sent her home to us. But the harsh treatment that she had endured left its mark. For some days she languished in bed, and then died.

Brat: You live in the city of Pest? I’m a Pew Pest orphaned by the Church! Fancy that! Our stories are so similar!

Paul E. Hoffman: But one of the names by which we rarely refer to him is as Jesus the Thief.

Anna Blake: At the same time, it’s our nature to think we know everything and that our plan is the only thing that matters. It’s a good reminder, even if your horses live on your property with you, that you are only a small part of their experience. They have fully dimensional lives, with emotional ups and downs, that have nothing do to with you at all.

Sylvia Neusch: Who would have thought that a rag tag band of men marching around a city seven times, shouting and blowing trumpets and rams horns, could bring down the walls of the city of Jericho? But, it makes total sense in God’s economy. In Isaiah 55:9, God tells us that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. We must realize that our access to His thoughts and ways will come to the degree we yield to the call of the secret place.

Brat: All along (for ten years now) I’ve been asking for a safe place in which to pray and anchor.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Two weeks later the thief was found. I was stricken by terror. I had suspected an innocent person, and through my doing, this orphan had met her death!

Sylvia Neusch: “The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. The King will pass through before them, the LORD at their head.” – Micah 2:13

Paul E. Hoffman: The Good Shepherd. The Door. Even the Gate of the Sheep. The Dayspring, the Morningstar, the Light of the World. We call Jesus the Lamb of God, the Son of Man, the Savior. In our hymns and in our hearts we hold him as the Vine, the Tree of Life, the Seed that falls into the earth and dies. And with good reason. All these ways of thinking about Jesus come from the Bible – many of them are references that he himself introduces or initiates.

The Archbishop of Canterbury: How can our lives be so embedded in Christ that everything we do, say and think is shaped by the life of Christ within us?

Anna Blake: The words we choose matter, not because they give horses a bad name, but because they damage how we think of horses in our own hearts.

Paul E. Hoffman: That is the call of the baptized people of the Good Shepherd, the Door, the gate of the Sheep. That is the work to which we are called as children of the Dayspring, the Morningstar, the Light of the World. This is the life of a disciple of Jesus the Lamb of God, the Son of Man, the Savior. Jesus the Thief has gathered us in. The new light is streaming. Now is the darkness stolen away. Forever.

Rabbi Chaim (ben Moshe) ibn Attar: Zohar teaches that the purpose of the Israelites’ trek through the desert was to enable the Israelites to seek out isolated sparks of sanctity and to release them from captivity. This required total sanctity, i.e. a combination of the complete sanctity of Israel, the Divine Presence and the holy Torah.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Just our forefathers’ experienced challenges and frustrations, so will we. As their journeys were a process of movement and progress, so it is for each of us. Each journey shares one purpose. Leaving exile and progressing towards the fulfillment of our dreams, with the complete redemption.

James W. Goll: “One God Encounter Changes Everything!”

Donna Schaper: Or are they too good to be true, too wonderful to be real, too pie in the sky to be boots on the ground?   What if your son was murdered or your mother deported?  Are you still blessed, even with a big problem?

Anna Blake: If you want an unthinking partner with limited intelligence, dirt bikes are a good option.  Otherwise, spend more time understanding and less time wishing horses were different. It takes more than a lifetime to understand horses. You don’t have any time to lose.

Sylvia Neusch: There is a great call to step out in bold faith right now. Faith is God’s “love language”, and faith will move the mountains and pesky giants that are illegally on our land right now. Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness (Rom. 4:3), meaning His faith brought him into “right standing” and alignment with God and the promises of God for His life.

Anna Blake: Yes, you could say that I’m making excuses for horses and, not as sympathetic as I should be toward humans who have been hurt and frightened. I just want to suggest that we be a bit more careful about the words we use to describe horse behaviors. We must learn to accept and support each other’s instincts for self-preservation because that’s how both species will flourish.

James Goll: Father, in Jesus name, we call forth the Roar of the Lion of Judah in our lives, families, cities, in church history and society once again. We desire prophetic intercessory encounters in each of our lives. We welcome the sounds of heaven into the earth realm today. We declare that as we release the High Praises of God it will be a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare used to silence the works and power of the evil one in Jesus name. Amen and Amen!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The “journeying” Jews focus on the constant changes in history: the fluctuating trends, the cultural developments, the novel inventions, and the newly discovered wisdom. These Jews are sensitive to the winds of progression, to the alterations in the human climate, and to the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead. They aspire to define Judaism – or a philosophy of life — that would be relevant to the contemporary conversation of humanity in its journey toward its own self-defined “promised land.”

Horse (in “Run, Pony, Run!” 14 July 17): I keep running. I’ve run through fjords and rivers, through creeks and brooks, through mud and bogs, through hell and high waters.

The Promised Land remains in the promises.

[Pant. Pant.]

Hooves pounding the earth.

The blood is dripping worse. But the pain has subsided.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Yet, in their zeal to embrace the future, they often abandon the past. In their passion to remain relevant today, they forfeit the power of yesteryear. In their yearning to capture the individual “your,” they neglect the depth of the “yore.” In their ambition to grow tall, they detach from the roots that have given them their original sap.

The Archbishop of Canterbury: The Community of St Anselm, based at Lambeth Palace, is an opportunity to explore how a life of prayer and spiritual formation can increase our impact as followers of Christ in every sector of society.

Sylvia Neusch: Our faith in God will bring us into alignment with God’s promises as well. Our faith positions us to receive the fulfillment of the promises He has spoken.

The Archbishop of Canterbury: Members spend time praying, studying and serving alongside fellow community members from many different cultures and many different expressions of Christian faith.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong,” Charles Wadsworth once said. The youth, fresh in spirit, creative in ideas, often seeks to chart a new path, to take the road never traveled by. There is something monotonous about traveling in the footsteps of your ancestors, and there is something intoxicating about developing a path you can call your own.

The Archbishop of Canterbury: Apply now to join in 2017/18: http://stanselm.org.uk/nonresident_membership/ #YearInGodsTime

Brat: [Sigh.] After all these years of trying to reach you, I still cannot make you understand that I want to dwell in the house of the Lord forever, and not just one year.

Christine Brooker: THAT MY FRIEND IS A LIFESTYLE.

Brat: Namasté, my friend!

Spirit Fuel: The House You’ve Been Praying For!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: As we know today, their good intentions were met with profound disappointment. On one hand, enlightenment in Europe and socialism in Russia turned against the Jews, and on the other hand, the descendants of the Jews who embraced them have been lost to our people. In their passion to journey ahead, to revolutionize the past, they failed to realize the power of eternity imbedded in their tradition and faith.

James Goll: This Fall 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Great Reformation in Church history. The phrase, “Let Lion Roar” was a statement made by significant church leaders from that period of time.  When the Lion of Judah roared from heaven 500 years ago, it came at a time of great disillusionment and was used to bring forth great hope and new life.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Then there are the “departure” Jews – those who are always looking back to the past, to their point of departure. Their primary focus is on the unchangeable truths of history. Life, in their vision, is not linear, but cyclical. Tradition, ritual, custom, law, faith do not change just because Voltaire gave us Enlightenment, Nietzsche taught us about will, Tocqueville explained to us democracy, Freud uncovered the subconscious, and Barak Obama called for change. “What was good for my great-great grandfather is good for me,” these Jews rooted in tradition exclaim.

Paul E. Hoffman: But there it is. Right there in 1 Thessalonians – the oldest book of the New Testament: chapter 5, verse 2. The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. No doubt some will call “foul” on a technicality. It doesn’t really say Jesus is a thief – it says the day of the Lord is like a thief. But you can’t very well have a day of the Lord without a Lord, now, can you? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it: Jesus the thief.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Yet in their attempt to hold on to the sacred past, they often stifle the ability to utilize and actualize the new energy of today, to discern the voice of G-d not only in the ancient, but also in the present, not only in the world that was, but also in the world that is. In their hope to continue the chain of history by adding their identically matching link, they fail to create space for freshness, for creativity, for authentic self expression. In their genuine zeal to protect the “piano” of Judaism, they scoff at any new composition, failing to realize that the very same piano keys allow for infinite compositions. The word of G-d, articulated in the Torah, can and must serve as a blueprint for the challenges of today, not only for the dialogue of the past.

Brat: Amen!

Paul E. Hoffman: That is the gift that is given to waiting, open hands, hands emptied of all the darkness of which he has robbed us. And into the light we are invited, to the land of the costly cross, yes. But also grave’s shattered door; the land of light where talents are entrusted to us for home and kindred, and to spread the gospel word.

James Goll: Through the exchange of the cross, God gives us garments of praise for the garments of heaviness. He exchanges the dark, the gloomy, and the negative for that which is beautiful, glorious, and uplifting. Praise is a mantle, a type of clothing we put on. We cast off heaviness by entering into the sacrifice of praise. You will look differently, act differently and talk differently when you put on the garment of praise!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: So “Moses wrote their departures according to their journeys … and these were their journeys according to their departures.” The majesty and magic of Jewish history, the Bible is intimating to us, is based on the synthesis between “departures” and “journeys.” The departures – the points of reference that have always defined Judaism – ought to serve as catalysts for the journeys of the future, invigorating growth and inspiring expansiveness. Conversely, the journeys toward new horizons ought to be “according to their departures,” founded and inspired on the timeless values of our faith and our Torah.

Israel 365: The Ultimate Kindness ✡ “Neither Shalt Thou Stand Against The Blood Of Thy Neighbor; I Am Hashem”

Paul E. Hoffman: And in its place, as we gather here with colleagues and friends, leaders and mentors, Jesus holds out an open hand filled with gifts. Way more than talents. A breastplate of hope and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. Jesus is robbing us of all that is dark and reminding us through his living presence in Word and Meal and the gift of one another that the days of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth have been taken away forever. St. Paul proclaims it: We are children of light and children of the day.

 

[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-putin-second-meeting_us_596e840be4b00db3d0f3d45a

[2] http://www.faithformingfaith.com/sermons/jesus-thief/

Fancy That! 18 July 17

19 Jul

Working Dates: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 to Wednesday, July 19, 2017

[12 pages]

Manichaeism = an old religion that breaks everything down into good or evil. It also means “duality,” so if your thinking is Manichean, you see things in black and white.[1]

Father Antonio Spadaro: Together with political Manichaeism, another relevant phenomenon is the passage from original puritan pietism, as expressed in Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, to the “Theology of Prosperity” that is mainly proposed in the media and by millionaire pastors and missionary organizations with strong religious, social and political influence. They proclaim a “Prosperity Gospel” for they believe God desires his followers to be physically healthy, materially rich and personally happy.

Martin B. Copenhaver: Then Jesus told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you.'” – Luke 12:16-20

Matthew Laney (in “Run, Pony, Run!” 14 July 17): Meanwhile, we know dentists cannot put fillings in their own teeth, a hairstylist cannot adequately do his own hair and a surgeon cannot operate on herself. We cannot baptize ourselves or serve ourselves communion, but we still struggle to admit we can only be restored by surrendering to a Presence larger and wiser than ourselves.

Brat: Where’s the barn?

Hooves pounding the earth.

Matthew 13:30 Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'”

Brat (16 July 17): Probably the most poignant thing I heard Pastor John Tolle say this morning in his sermon was in a story he told. He and Rosemary were newbie pastors in San Mateo, CA. The Church Board told him “Our job is to keep you poor, so you’ll pray more.”

[Gasp.]

Lana Vawser: Pure Waters Coming Out of the Shaking Caused By the Haman Spirit!

Brat (in “Rat” 16 July 17): Hmmm…Lord, I lift that up to You. That, too, feels prophetic. “Our job is to keep you poor, so you’ll pray more” feels like a kingpin statement that could unlock the rest of the Churches to bring in their gifts into this conversation. But there is nothing that I (personally) can do or say to stir their hearts. Lead me, God. Pastor John is right when he says that he serves beyond us. (And so do I.) I won’t be able to see how You are knitting the story together until You show me.

Yosef Marcus: In the Second Temple era, however, the sins were not related to the seven negative traits but only to senseless hatred. This was the negativity of Midian, which is not one of the seven nations and is a subtler evil.

(In “Rat” 16 July 17): Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 9:06 am         Journal: Parked at Pleasant Valley Park. I was sitting under a tree on the patio of the old abandoned library with my back to the brick wall. I was talking to God – listening, actually, more than talking – and a quick movement caught the corner of my eye. I moved my head in its direction. At the base of the wall was a hole made for drainage. Sticking out of the small hole was a huge, LONG RAT TAIL! It must have been a foot long! Immediately I thought of Ezekiel 12. I’ve never, ever seen a rat at this solitude spot before, and I spent 3 ½ years here before God launched me. The rat paused for several seconds. One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand…six one thousand. Blink. He was gone…

Fr Dwight Longenecker: As readers of this blog will know, I’ve got plenty of criticisms about my fellow Americans, but we’ve got pluck, guts and a “don’t tread me spit in your eye” attitude that is the best answer to ignorance and arrogance.

Brat (in “Rat” 16 July 17): My “knower” knew this was prophetic. There is a “rat” in my camp. And I cannot touch him, because he is ordained by God.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: How did he get that way? See, his arrogance made it impossible for him to have true leadership. Though he had leadership skills, he didn’t have the ethos; he didn’t have the leadership character. He couldn’t command respect. He needed time in the desert.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: An ignorant person can be educated. An arrogant person can be lowered, but a person who is ignorant and arrogant is unassailable.

Rabbi Curt Landry: What is the warning here?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The problem is that the authors are commenting on something they don’t know about from personal experience. It’s all theory from a few books they’ve read and perhaps a few conversations with fellow intellectuals in some coffee shop in Europe.

Bible Gateway: It’s like being there.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: But there is a reason for Spadaro to create this straw man. He wants to create a scarecrow that is scary. By creating this imaginary creature “the American Catholic Integralist” he has given a label to all the Catholic conservatives he wishes to demonize.

Yosef Marcus: The sin of senseless hatred…is subtler and more difficult to correct….

Ephesians 6: 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: This follows the usual routine of conflict: 1. Generalize about your enemy. 2. Imagine they are organized 3.Create a name for this shadowy group  4. Demonize them 5. Marginalize them 6. Exclude them 7.Get rid of them. 8. Feel good about it.

Lana Vawser: Some generational giants many of you have been fighting are going to die once and for all this week!!!

Brat (in “Rat” 16 July 17): Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm Journal: Lord, if this was Pastor John’s young experience, then how would he know how to pass along a different experience to me? I pray for him and ask for refreshment for him. Show him (and us) how Your kingdom really works. I know he said that the church never provided and ultimately a member of the flock gave him a car (not the board). He doesn’t know the Church to be kind or trustworthy. (And neither do I.) But I believe You are setting us up to show us the card You have up Your sleeve. This is gonna be good. You don’t do anything mediocre. And as he said, “I pastor beyond us.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Fr de Souza has analyzed it brilliantly over at CRUX. His juicy observation about the article is that “It does not rise to the level of mediocrity”

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: He’s a shepherd in the desert. His career has gone nowhere. He doesn’t have a people. He’s a leader of scrub brushes and sheep, so it looks like his whole life is a ruin because he tried to do the right thing. The way the chapter ends, the people of Israel are crying out under their bondage, and Moses’ career is at a total dead end. It looks like he tried to do the right thing, and where did it get him? That’s how the chapter ends. What did we learn?

Brat: Pastor John IS a shepherd in the desert! He used to be a pastor to pastors. I bet he even pastored you. His career crashed for doing the right thing. Now he’s a leader of scrub brushes and sheep. His career looked like it was at a total dead end. And the people of Israel are still crying out under their bondage.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: Psalm 28:1 [A Psalm] of David. Unto thee, O LORD, do I call; my Rock, be not Thou deaf unto me; lest, if Thou be silent unto me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

Genesis 28:13 And the LORD stood beside him and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring;

Richard L. Floyd: On the other hand I fear that sites like Facebook offer the illusion of friendship without the substance. I have several hundred “friends” on Facebook, but how many are really friends?

BIN Promotion: What does “Zion” mean in Hebrew?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I can tell you from experience that an awful lot of Americans are pretty darned ignorant. This is not to say they are stupid. Its to observe that they just don’t know stuff. They are poorly educated and inexperienced about the rest of the world. For the most part they are ignorant but not arrogant.

Rick Joyner: When I served on an aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy, we were told that there was enough firepower on our ship to destroy all life on earth. In the entire U.S. Navy, there was enough to destroy the world twenty-five times or more. That did not include the Air Force’s capabilities with its nuclear bombers and ballistic missiles. Neither did it include the arsenals of our Cold War adversaries or allies. Winston Churchill lamented that mankind had grown in its destructing capabilities to the point where we could destroy the entire world, but had not grown in the corresponding wisdom or character to handle this power.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: It reminds me of the crusty WW2 veteran who happened to be visiting France. He endured a long tirade from some young liberal about the stupidities and crassness of Americans.

The vet said, “Scuse me. Do you speak German?”

The Frenchman said, “Non.”

The vet said, “You’re welcome.”

Monk: Hah! Good one!

Brat (in “Rat” 16 July 17): Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, God! Come be with me! Please give me wisdom!

Lana Vawser: God is significantly increasing and releasing discernment right now especially in dreams at night. He is growing His people in discernment. He is exposing the hand of the enemy and the ways the enemy has come to steal, kill and destroy in such subtle ways to even make it “seem” like it’s the Lord’s voice.

Brat (17 July 17): I just had a nightmare that I’m still trying to recover from where a long-time friend fell into the bottomless abyss.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: In this verse, King David declares that if the Lord remains silent to his request he will die. The metaphor he uses for death is descent into a pit. Genesis 37 describes the descent of Joseph into a pit at the suggestion of Reuben. The sages explain that though the pit was empty of water, it was filled with snakes and scorpions and, by Jewish law, Joseph would be considered dead because of the extreme danger of the situation. However, the verse says that Reuben was actually saving Joseph from his brothers by throwing him into the pit (verse 21), while the sages criticize Judah for taking Joseph out of the pit and selling him into slavery. Rabbi Chaim Ickovitz explains that living in the Land of Israel, even surrounded by snakes and scorpions, is better than living outside the Land of Israel.

Henry Karlson: Some brothers came to find Abba Anthony to tell him about the visions they were having, and to find out from him if they were true or if they came from the demons. They had a donkey which died on the way. When they reached the place where the old man was, he said to them before they could ask him anything, “How was is that the little donkey died on the way here?” They said, “How do you know about that, Father?” And he told them, “The demons shewed me what happened.” So they said, “That was what we came to question you about, for fear we were being deceived, for we have visions which often turn out to be true.” Thus the old man convinced them, by the example of the donkey, that their visions came from the demons.[1] [2]

Rick Joyner: For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;

and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts. (Revelation 9:19-21)

Father Antonio Spadaro: So, then the Christian roots of a people are never to be understood in an ethnic way. The notions of roots and identity do not have the same content for a Catholic as for a neo-Pagan. Triumphalist, arrogant and vindictive ethnicism is actually the opposite of Christianity. The pope on May 9 in an interview with the French daily La Croix, said: “Yes Europe has Christian roots. Christianity has the duty of watering them, but in a spirit of service as in the washing of feet. The duty of Christianity for Europe is that of service.” And again: “The contribution of Christianity to a culture is that of Christ washing the feet, or the service and the gift of life. There is no room for colonialism.”

To Thyatira: Revelation 2: 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: When Moses killed the Egyptian he was functioning as an Israelite, but he’s thinking like a pagan. He means well, but there’s a pride, there’s an arrogance, and there’s also a temper. He doesn’t have control of his temper. He has, in some ways, the heart of an Israelite, and yet he kills somebody. Now when he realizes the Egyptian has rejected him, and the Israelites have rejected him (they’re not going to follow him; naked power doesn’t win their hearts), he has a choice. He can go to Pharaoh and say what happened. He could make up a story, and Pharaoh would not have become upset, because as I said, that’s just the way royal people acted all the time.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I could tell you stories until the lights go out about the uppity English and their ignorant, arrogant attitudes about America and Americans.

Pastor John Tolle: Devil attacks are courage killers. Be armored of God. If not the devil will sap your courage. Put on the WHOLE armor of God, not just peace.

Ephesians 6: 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pastor John Tolle: Use the armor to encourage yourself in the Lord. In the midst of battle we often get hardened. If someone treats you bad, we harden our hearts. We think the hardness is justified, but the Lord wants to heal our broken hearts.

Rick Joyner: The ultimate answer to all of our troubles is for man to turn back to God. As Revelation reveals, the great troubles coming on the world do not generally cause man to turn to God. Rather, they harden their hearts in rebellion, only increasing the troubles. Even so, the bondservants of the Lord that are being sealed will also have impact, as we will see. We can expect the winds to be released and the devastation to increase at some point, but there will be great lights in the darkness and “cities” of refuge from the devastation that in some cases will be nations of refuge.

(In “Run, Pony, Run” 14 July 17): Hmmm…Thyatira may dash to pieces with her authority, but it is Pergamum who stands before Jesus. He has the double-edged sword. The Word is Truth. Truth must be tempered in mercy, not “turn or burn.” Mercy is what tempers God’s wrath.

“He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.” (Rev 19:15)

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (Mt 5:7)

Anna Blake: I think it’s the best we can hope for from a horse; to find a bit of grace for our loud and rude ways. Perhaps he hopes that one day humans might learn to communicate.

Eric Church: “Kill a Word”: [https://youtu.be/1MH07rieK8w]

If I could kill a word and watch it die
I’d poison “never,” shoot goodbye
Beat “regret” when I felt I had the nerve
Yeah, I’d pound “fear” to a pile of sand
Choke “lonely” out with my bare hands
I’d hang “hate” so that it can’t be heard
If I could only kill a word

I’d take “brokeness” out back
And break “heartbreak,” stand there and laugh
Right in its face while shootin’ it the bird
I’d put “upset” down in its place
I’d squeeze the life out of “disgrace”
Lay “over” under six cold feet of dirt
If I could only kill a word
If I could only kill a word

Give me sticks, give stones
Bend my body, break my bones
Use staff and rod to turn me black and blue
Cause you can’t unhear, you can’t unsay
But if it were up to me to change
I’d turn “lies” and “hate” to “love” and “truth”
If I could only kill a word

I’d knock out “temptation”‘s teeth
I’d sever “evil,” let it bleed
Then light up “wicked,” stand and watch it burn
I’d take “vice” and I’d take “vile”
Tie ’em up there with “hostile”
Hang ’em high and leave ’em for the birds
If I could only kill a word

So give me sticks, give stones
Bend my body, break my bones
Use staff and rod to turn me black and blue
Cause you can’t unhear, you can’t unsay
But if were up to me to change
I’d turn “lies” and “hate” to “love” and “truth”
If I could only kill a word
If I could only kill a word [3]

Revelation 19: 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

[Sigh.]

Rick Joyner: We must not be afraid to stand out from the darkness. This is our time to stand, as the great saints have in every age.

Brat (in “Rat” 16 July 17): I lay this in Your holy grace space, Lord, for You to use to open the reservoir gates. Pastor John admonished us NOT to sit on our reservoirs, but to open the faucets to let the waters of the Holy Spirit flow.

Henry Karlson: This, then, should serve as our example when dealing with mystical experiences. If we have some fantastic vision, some exciting spiritual encounter, we should distrust it. If it is something which continues happening to us, we should seek out a spiritual director, and heed their advice; if there is goodness and truth in what we are receiving, our detached humility will only allow us to receive it better; if there is any deception coming to us, either attached to some real good or creating the illusion of some good, we will not heed it, nor will we be harmed by whatever evil intent lay behind the deception. Truly, humility is the way past prelest [spiritual deception]. “The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life” (Prov. 22:4 RSV).

Brat (in “Rat” 16 July 17): Pastor talked about the “motivational gifts” from Romans 12:4-13. Not all members have the same function. (Neither do Churches, and that tied in with what I was talking about in “Run, Pony, Run!”) The seven motivational gifts are:

  1. Prophecy
  2. Ministry (serving)
  3. Teaching
  4. Exhortation (encouragement, speaking the truth, building up)
  5. Giving
  6. Leading
  7. Mercy

In General Stilwell’s biography, President FDR says, “It’s a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you’re trying to lead—and find no one there.” (p 177) Pastor John is trying to lead. I’m trying to show mercy. But whoever heard of a prophet that shows mercy? O well, I give it to You, God. You’re the One that called me. I didn’t call myself.

(Echo): “Our job is to keep you poor, so you’ll pray more.”

Rick Joyner: So the most important thing we can do to prepare for these times is to:

1) ARISE. Stand up for the truth and never retreat before the darkness.

2) SHINE with His glory.

Father Antonio Spadaro: In this theological vision, natural disasters, dramatic climate change and the global ecological crisis are not only not perceived as an alarm that should lead them to reconsider their dogmas, but they are seen as the complete opposite: signs that confirm their non-allegorical understanding of the final figures of the Book of Revelation and their apocalyptic hope in a “new heaven and a new earth.”

Rick Joyner: We have been in the most precarious place for a long time, with the most destructive conflicts of all time seeming to cascade down upon the world. Then something changed. The trend was toward increasingly devastating conflicts, and though we have had wars since World War II, they were contained and restrained. Could this be anything but the time when the Lord sends His angels to hold back the four winds of the earth until His bondservants are sealed, as told in Revelation 7? If this is true, then the sealing of the bondservants of God is the most important event taking place at this time.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: What does it mean to give your life to Him? It means to stop saying, “I’m the center of the universe.” It means to stop saying, “God, I want everything to go my way. I have an agenda. I have a way in which I think the world ought to go.

BIN Promotions and Israel 365: Murder on the Temple Mount! Please Help!

Brat: What are they doing in the double meaning of things?

Abra Forman: Islamic Waqf’s Sovereignty on Temple Mount Is “Over” [4]

Rabbi Curt Landry: An idolatrous image was placed in the Holy Temple by opposing forces as a brazen act of blasphemy and desecration.

Father Antonio Spadaro: Religion at this point becomes a guarantor of order and a political part would incarnate its needs. The appeal to the apocalypse justifies the power desired by a god or colluded in with a god. And fundamentalism thereby shows itself not to be the product of a religious experience but a poor and abusive perversion of it.

Microsoft Rewards: Kathryn, extra points for wearing a cape…

Patheos: Spiritual Deception, Scapegoats, and When Compliments Become Creepy

Jewish Journal: B.S. detectors at the Temple Mount

Henry Karlson: Humility Protects Us From Spiritual Deception

Fr Dwight Longenecker: In other words, use a scarecrow to create a scapegoat.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: The way of salvation is filled with betrayal, rejection & pain…..but God takes it all and uses it for our good WHEN we love Him with all our heart, mind, soul & strength.

Henry Karlson: Prelest, spiritual deception, is one of the grave dangers, which we consistently encounter on the path of salvation. Insofar as our intellect remains darkened by the stain of sin, we find ourselves pulled in by the siren cries of error. What leads us to sin, what pleasure and good which we see in the sin, is the foundation by which sin deludes us, and then whatever comes in accord with that delusion, is able to reinforce it and lead us further astray. We do not need anything external to ourselves to lead us astray: our intellect, darkened by the stain of sin, is able to take its ignorance as the foundation for its reasoning and come to poor conclusions as a result.

Rabbi Curt Landry: Pray with me: Lord, we decree and declare that this time of the Dire Straits are renamed as the time of Divine Opportunity. Lord we speak protection over all of Israel and we speak protection over our nation. We speak protection over the persecuted Church all over the world. We deny the right of the enemy in the nations to attack the temple of God. We decree and declare, and we intercede for God’s Body of Christ on earth. For God so loved the Church that He gave His only begotten Son. Thank You Lord that in the year of 5777 that there will be no curse and no cause for the Dire Straits to manifest. In Yeshua’s Name…Amen!

Rick Joyner: Our Time to Stand: The Book of Revelation

Lana Vawser: I felt the Lord saying, “Any indecision will hinder the manifestation of Heaven’s vision.” The Lord is asking for His people to stand and DECIDE. Decide that no matter what He does, no matter how He decides to move, “if I perish, I perish” (see Esther 4:16). A resolve that says, “NO MATTER WHAT, I choose to serve You, Lord.” That deep call of surrender and yieldedness is upon the Body of Christ and the nation of Australia.

Genesis 28:14 and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring.

Brat (in “Run, Pony, Run!” 14 July 17): So, what do the Seven Churches have in common?

Perseverance: Ephesus (Rev 2:2) and Thyatira (2:19)

Poverty: Smyrna (Rev 2:9) and Laodicea (Rev 3:17)

Strength: Sardis has the reputation for being strong. (Rev 3:1-2)

Ryan LeStrange: My Monday Word for You…Coming Glory Storms (prophetic word)

[Pant. Pant.]

Hooves pounding the earth.

Philly has little strength but endures patiently. (Rev 3:8)

The sword: Pergamum (Rev 2:12)

Rick Joyner: We must keep in mind that as the times get darker, we are promised the revealing of the Lord’s glory. Ultimately, all of the nations will come to the rising of the Lord’s people, as we see in Isaiah 60:1-3:

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

“For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples, but The Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you.

“The nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

Father Antonio Spadaro: [Pope] Francis radically rejects the idea of activating a Kingdom of God on earth as was at the basis of the Holy Roman Empire and similar political and institutional forms, including at the level of a “party.” Understood this way, the “elected people” would enter a complicated political and religious web that would make them forget they are at the service of the world, placing them in opposition to those who are different, those who do not belong, that is the “enemy.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: When will these people learn that not all conservatives are Wal-Mart shoppers with a gun rack in their pick up?

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: The midwives lied to Pharaoh and God commends them. Why? What’s so interesting is when a human government commands what God forbids or forbids what God commands, we are duty bound to obey God rather than them. Christians have always been strange-looking people to all the political ideologues of the world. Here’s why. In Romans 13, Paul says Christians submit to and respect the governing authorities because behind and above the governing authorities is the authority of God. The state is not a human invention; it’s a divine invention, and God’s authority is behind and above it.

Rick Joyner: This being said, safety is not found in a place, but in a Person. The safest place is in the will of God, regardless of our geographical location. The Lord Himself is our fortress.

Brat (in “Run, Pony, Run” 14 July 17): Jesus bore my stripes and by Him I am healed. (Isa 53:5) What does this have to do with a barn to rest from all the perseverance?

Ephesus?

Thyatira?

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Moses & Jesus triumphed through losing and so will you. Honestly, many times obeying God looks like a death. For some it looks like the end of your career. For others it looks like the end of their love life.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker (in “Run, Pony, Run” 14 July 17): But the real reason to learn about sin is very practical. Sin is whatever we do or do not do which hinders us from entering heaven. Heaven is not the reward for being good. Heaven is the result of becoming good. In other words, heaven is the final destination for people who, through a life of repentance, faith and faith-full good works have become perfected by God’s grace. Heaven is their home. It is where they belong.

Brat: So heavenly-minded that we’re no earthly good?

Where’s the barn where I can perfect the talent that came by God’s grace?

[Pant. Pant.]

Hooves pounding the earth.

Thyatira and Ephesus kiss through the lattice.

Anna Blake: Instead, let the air rest. It’s easier to listen then. Be curious in silence.

Brat: There is no conversation with a leopard.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The article is a classic example of the progressive passive-aggressive tactics. The talk is all about sweetness and light and tolerance and being nice, but while they smile they stab and while they kiss they twist the knife.

Father Antonio Spadaro: Theirs is a prophetic formula: fight the threats to American Christian values and prepare for the imminent justice of an Armageddon, a final showdown between Good and Evil, between God and Satan. In this sense, every process (be it of peace, dialogue, etc.) collapses before the needs of the end, the final battle against the enemy. And the community of believers (faith) becomes a community of combatants (fight). Such a unidirectional reading of the biblical texts can anesthetize consciences or actively support the most atrocious and dramatic portrayals of a world that is living beyond the frontiers of its own “promised land.”

(In “Run, Pony, Run” 14 July 17): The Promised Land remains in the promises.

[Pant. Pant.]

Hooves pounding the earth.

The blood is dripping worse. But the pain has subsided.

Rabbi Curt Landry: “For I am bringing you into proper alignment with your calling and your purpose—because you have asked Me to, I am delivering. Even the enemy did not expect Me to deliver during the days of the Dire Straits, but the enemy’s ways are not My ways. For My ways are higher than those of the enemy’s or the ways of man.

Pastor John Tolle: We are His workmanship. You are a poem, a work of art. His image. His piece of work. You are a piece of work!

[Laughter]

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: If the scenery in your window looks like you’re in a desert; don’t you believe it. God will draw you out, and He will deliver you to make you a deliverer. You are His workmanship; He is preparing you. Believe He can take everything in your life and weave it together to make you someone who can do something for Him. Just because you’re in the middle of the story doesn’t mean you should despair. Think of the One who, when He was in the desert, when He was in the garden, when He was in despair, did not go back but said, “… thy will be done.” Look what God did through Him. What God did with Moses is what He can do with you.

Pastor John Tolle: You are a sculpted piece of work to do good works.

Father Antonio Spadaro: The religious element should never be confused with the political one. Confusing spiritual power with temporal power means subjecting one to the other. An evident aspect of Pope Francis’ geopolitics rests in not giving theological room to the power to impose oneself or to find an internal or external enemy to fight. There is a need to flee the temptation to project divinity on political power that then uses it for its own ends. Francis empties from within the narrative of sectarian millenarianism and dominionism that is preparing the apocalypse and the “final clash.”[2] Underlining mercy as a fundamental attribute of God expresses this radically Christian need.[5]

Brat (in “Rat” 16 July 17): Honestly, we still need an apostle. Pastors were not meant to do an apostle’s job. And neither does a prophet. We need a kind of man where “the buck stops here.” Of the Seven Churches, even if the Seven had the seven motivational gifts doled out among them (and upon reflection that is likely what God did, but I’ll have to go back and look at that some more), we’d still need a real apostle where the buck stops. That’s why God gave Offices. That’s why the pope is the pope. I’m not talking about the guys that are power hungry and call themselves apostles. I’m talking about the ones that come in and get out the rats.

Hmmm…the rat from this morning? God? Whatcha up to?

Rick Joyner: There are judgments of God and the wrath of God that is clear throughout the Scriptures. These seem to be the result of the extraordinary grace and mercy of God being exhausted. However, much of what is blamed on God is man’s doing, not God’s. All the troubles in history and our present are the result of mankind thinking that we could run this world without God. They could probably be more accurately called “the judgments of man.” These are the result of the law of sowing and reaping, and mankind has sown bad seed.

Matthew 13:37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man

Brat (in “Run, Pony, Run!” 14 July 17): My love seeks to find the grace to hear past (and through) the loud and crude ways. Would that one day the humans might learn to communicate without shedding blood. Truth is whinnied in cookies of mercy, but is the mercy heard or just cloaked?

[Pant. Pant.]

Hooves pounding the earth.

Father Antonio Spadaro: This is why Francis is carrying forward a systematic counter-narration with respect to the narrative of fear. There is a need to fight against the manipulation of this season of anxiety and insecurity. Again, Francis is courageous here and gives no theological-political legitimacy to terrorists, avoiding any reduction of Islam to Islamic terrorism. Nor does he give it to those who postulate and want a “holy war” or to build barrier-fences crowned with barbed wire. The only crown that counts for the Christian is the one with thorns that Christ wore on high.[4]

 

[1] https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/Manichean

[2] [1] The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. trans. Benedicta Ward (Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1984), 3.

[3] Writer: ERIC CHURCH, JEFF HYDE, LUKE DICK Copyright: Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. Source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/e/ericchurchlyrics/killawordlyrics.html.

[4] Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/91736/islamic-waqfs-sovereignty-temple-mount-says-government-minister/#Io8xObuY5wOCYteT.99

[5] [2] See A. Aresu, “Pope Francis against the Apocalypse”, in Macrogeo (www.macrogeo.global/analysis/pope-francis-against-the-apocalypse), June 9, 2017.