House of Prayer 12 July 21

20 Jul

Working Dates for nine days: Monday, July 12, 2021 to Tuesday, July 20, 2021

[32 pages of praying, reflecting, and working through 2 Samuel 7:1-14a and Jeremiah 23:1-6 from the lectionary readings for 8 Pentecost 18 July 21]

Dear Fellow Reader, …

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): A fellow pilgrim and witness, [1]

Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): And then it started. [2]

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): The Gods You Must Carry

Professor: Salvation for Others

When Light Came In (14 July 21): When we leave the abuse the attacks feel so damn personal.

Hosea 13:4 And I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt, and gods besides Me you should not know, and there is no savior but Me.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): You need Him, and you need each other. And when you come through to the other side of this, you’ll better understand why He’s chosen to do it the way He is (or will for those of you who haven’t begun yet).

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): This simply is a fact of life. Just as no one is an island, so is no one free from authority and these guiding influences. This is what arouses Jesus’ compassion for the crowd today: they are like sheep without a shepherd. And he begins teaching them. Of course, they had shepherds, but those false shepherds had led them to seek the real shepherd. [3]

FIRST STORYLINE

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): First, there’s the storyline that is easy. It’s what we read in the papers, see on the internet, and follow on our social media accounts. It’s the rumors, propaganda, and mixed information that daily bombards our senses, yelling at us to look and listen. We don’t even have to try to look. It’s just there. Unfortunately, much of what we are seeing in this storyline is either manipulated, misleading, or a smokescreen for something else. Because of the massive amounts of disinformation and the spirit of deception at work, this storyline has caused confusion, frustration, and even disappointment for many who have wondered if God has even heard our cries for intervention. [4]

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): But they are false shepherds, because they cannot ultimately give what they promise.

Sophia Valentina Buller (7/14/21 at 8:34 pm): CAST OFF SMOKE AND MIRRORS IN JESUS NAME

Hosea 13:15 For though he flourish among the marshes, an east wind shall come, a wind of the Lord, ascending from the desert, and his spring shall dry up, and his fountain shall be parched; he shall plunder the treasure of all coveted vessels.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): This is the deeper meaning of a “vow” (“neder”). We are not only addressing promises or pledges we make about external objects or people. We are also addressing inner promises we make about ourselves and others: The voices inside of you which keep you captive, denying you the opportunity to actualize your full calling. [5]

Pray More Novenas: Mary, Mother of vocations, multiply priestly vocations and fill the earth with religious houses which will be light and warmth for the world, safety in stormy nights. Beg your Son to send us many priests and religious. This we ask of you, O Mother. [6]

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Then there is the whole problem that we have with this metaphor and where we stand in it. One of the hallmarks of our post-modern age is a suspicion of authority. We do not want a shepherd, which is probably why the images of king, lord, and shepherd are so prevalent in the scriptures: even though we don’t want a shepherd, we do still need one.

DISTORTED

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): Over the years, Judaism has come to associate Christianity with the nation of Edom, the children of Esau. Esau is recognized as a descendant of Abraham, but lacking in some ways a connection to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. This is one of the characteristics found within the Church today, a distorted understanding and view of the covenants God made with the nation of Israel.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Mount Zion, where the 144,000 are standing with Christ, is a symbol for the very kingdom of God in heaven. That’s because literal Mount Zion in Jerusalem was the place of Jehovah’s typical throne and temple were once located. Jesus standing upon Mount Zion with 144,000 can only be depicting Christ and his little flock in the kingdom; the very ones whom Jesus assured would be given the kingdom. [7]

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): The Lord showed me that there are many in the body of Christ right now who have faced battles that have brought torment, fear, and foreboding into their lives that they have not seen breakthrough and deliverance from.[8]

Hosea 13:5 I knew you in the desert, in a land of deprivation.

Fr. Richard Rohr (14 July 21): Beatrice Bruteau (1930–2014)[9], one of the great contemplative teachers of the 20th and 21st centuries, offers an unusual metaphor to help us better understand what it means to be “pure of heart,” and maintain a single focus when we “practice the presence of God.” It sounds very much like what we might call “being in the flow”!

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Connection is the key to modern day progress.

Brat: Soul ties are also a connection which can detour progress.  The heart connection has to be pure and in alignment with God first.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): The First Temple, why was it destroyed? Because of idolatry, murder and adultery.

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): I saw these ones who have been in this battle and facing this torment unable to move forward. There was an intense feeling of being ‘stuck’, ‘oppressed’, and not able to gain momentum again. This battle has hindered their intimacy with the Lord deeply and there is a despair that has filled the hearts of these ones as they have cried out “God, I need you to set me free, I can’t take this anymore. I don’t know what else to do to get free.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): When your daughter makes a vow, representing that she feels trapped, there is one remedy. The Torah tells us that her father must “listen to her vow.” He must understand what is going on inside of her heart; he needs to be attuned to the brokenness of this child.

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): We often determine heaven’s response to our prophecies and prayers by what manifests right in front of us. But, the Lord wants to remind us that there are other storylines or “realities” that are taking place concurrently. These storylines are all very real and tangible, and heaven is letting us know that much that has been prophesied and declared over this nation is already taking place! If we don’t see it, we just have to know where to look.

Fr. Richard Rohr (14 July 21): Offering Your Whole Self

2 Samuel 7:6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle.

NOTHING PERSONAL

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): The Second Temple, when they were occupied in studying Torah, doing mitzvahs, and acts of loving-kindness, why was it destroyed?

When Light Came In (14 July 21): “It was never personal… To be personal, they would have had to think of you as an actual person.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): Because there were those who were intolerant of others without cause. Which teaches us that senseless intolerance is equal to idolatry, murder and adultery combined. (Talmud Yoma 9b.)

Brat: What a beast!

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): So smart, yet so stupid.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): In simple terms, it’s much easier to deal with obvious, open failures and repair them. Intolerance, however, comes concealed beneath layers of justifications and self-righteousness. When you don’t believe you’ve done anything wrong, and on the contrary, that you were fighting a holy war, it’s hard to make up for all the damage caused.[10]

Beast out of the Earth: Revelation 13:13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 

Brat: The Internet and movies have shown us this many times.  Our connection devices were modeled after the television (the first beast), which was given a “mouth” to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise authority.  It grew as a beast in a sea of intolerance churning in apathy. (Revelation 13) Then the Internet was given power to give breath to the image of the television so that it could “speak”. (v. 15) They have a symbiotic relationship.

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Internet access has become a vital component of our nation’s infrastructure, just as crucial to our operations and development as roads and bridges. Yet a recent study by Microsoft found that 162 million Americans lack broadband internet – nearly half the U.S. population. With work, school, and even the census moving online, this causes serious problems for people who aren’t able to connect.

Beast out of the Earth: Revelation 13:14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Brat: Have we not seen multiple generations zombied out in front of various screens only to become impervious to senseless intolerance, idolatry, murder and adultery?

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): The enemy was using places of wounding, places of trauma, and brokenness to do all he could to hinder the revelation of the Lord’s goodness and love flowing into their lives in deeper ways. I knew in this encounter that these attacks had caused such fear in the hearts of these ones that it caused them to doubt God’s goodness and love and create confusion in the heart of what was God’s voice and what wasn’t.

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Their gods are like helpless scarecrows in a cucumber field! They cannot speak, and they need to be carried because they cannot walk. – Jeremiah 10:5 (NLT)

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): We repent of these sins too, and ask for Your forgiveness. And if we have been guilty of allowing fear and unbelief to settle in our own hearts and minds, likewise impeding us from moving into all that you have purposed in our lives, we confess that as sin, and ask for Your forgiveness.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): Brush up your inner judge, and never be duped again.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): Because it is embedded so close to the core of our reality, it can attack the core of the human psyche, chochmah, the seminal point of reason.

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you! Put them in fear, O Lord!
Let the nations know that they are but me. (Psalm 9:19-20 ESV)

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): Father, You have never been outwitted by satan and his allies. You always demonstrate the foolishness of those who are wise in their own eyes and who exalt themselves above You. To see this, we need look no further than the Cross. But we see this also at the encounter with Baal at the Red Sea. You showed Yourself wiser and stronger than Your enemies. The gods of this world are idols and have no power. You, Yahweh, are the only true and living God.

2 Samuel 7:11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Don’t be afraid to embrace His process, pilgrim.

Me to Samuel at Nations Ninth of Av (17 July 21 at 7:02 am): I realize these pieces [of daily reflections on the 9th of Av] were written long before they were ever sent to encourage us in our prayer vigil for the healing of the nations.

IDOLATRY

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 July 2011): Firstly, there are the 21 days between 17th Tammuz and 9th Av, the annual three weeks of mourning for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. This time period — in which we find ourselves right now — commemorates sadness and tragedy. It starts on the day that the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the enemy, and ends on the day that the Temple was burned to the ground. These 21 days are represented metaphorically by an egg that was laid by a black hen – a three-week period which brought darkness and gloom to the Jewish people.

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Jeremiah’s diatribe of idolatry emphasizes the idol’s inability to walk or to move beyond the limited space of its locally created context. Thus, the idol has to be carried by its creators.

Mae Jemison: “…A pencil is technology.  Any technology is a tool we use to accomplish a particular task and when one talks about appropriate technology in developing countries, appropriate may mean anything from fire to solar electricity.”

Ezekiel 1:15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

Brat: This reminds me of computerized surveying equipment.  Just a tool, not an idol.  Another angel had measured the walls using human measurement (Revelation 21:17). We’ve progressed from rocks to pencils to computers…

From Samuel (13 July 21 at 11:28 am): Thanks for your email. No, I don’t think the author of “Wolf in the Blind Spot” thought you to be projecting or accusing. As you have said yourself, “We’re all on the same side!” I know the author personally and can assure you that he has been very busy over the past few weeks. I can try and remind him and I will forward your email to him as well. Thanks for taking the time to write! May it be soon that we see all the nations streaming up to the Mountain of God!

STREAMING

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): The importance of the Temple as a “House of Prayer for ALL nations” is beginning to touch our hearts as we realize that we too miss God’s physical, manifest presence here on earth as well. The Jews have not been crying on this day through history just for themselves, rather, they have been crying on behalf of the entire world, because the world didn’t know what it had lost. Now that we are beginning to realize what we are missing, we can repent from our past and look forward and work towards a day when all nations will come “streaming up to Jerusalem” to encounter the God of Israel! May it be soon!

Brat: Just a thought, but what if it were possible to redeem the Internet “beast of the earth” by fulfilling God’s word through “streaming” prayer from Jerusalem?  Maybe it’s already being done, and I just have so few connections.

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): But as critical as connection to the world wide web is, the connections of moral values and ethical principles amidst global diversity are even more critical. Deities with no mobility only keep us truncated. Local devotions that lack the capacity to be transferred into broader contexts foster tribalism.

Jeremiah 23:1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD.

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): Christianity, as well as the nations of the worldhave been jealous over the position of God’s “Chosen people,” not recognizing that God has been using the Jewish people to draw the entire world to Himself. The Church forefathers could not speak peaceably with their Jewish counterparts throughout much of history. But in Genesis 45, when Joseph is finally revealed and reconciled with his brothers it says something very interesting, it says that Joseph “kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers talked with him.”  After the bad history and sibling rivalry, finally the brothers began to talk once again with their long-lost brother! That is what the Nations’ 9th of Av is all about! Reconnecting again with our long-lost brother! Because we were also lost! 

Me to Samuel at Nations Ninth of Av (17 July 21 at 7:02 am): I propose that if the shepherds would listen to the Lord, each other and us in the trenches, then they would see that we in the Remnant are trying to have a conversation and that we are NOT replacing the Jews and their role in leading the nations.  Not all of us are divided into doing our own thing at the expense of others.  Not all of us are claiming our own place in the Covenant promises given to Israel while disputing whether others have a place.  I, myself, have experienced Joseph’s plight and not seen reconciliation with my brothers, but that is not for lack of trying.  I have no place in either the Jewish or Christian camps, but am still going out of my way to press for inclusion, even though I do not experience it myself.  I am holding on to the hem of Christ’s robe as I reach out yet again into this unknown space. 

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (20 July 21): I want to know that you are included, Kathryn!

Rev. Lucy Strandlund (in “O Mortal” 27 June 21): She has tried everything. She has done everything money can buy. She has seen countless doctors and has only grown worse. But something in her still hopes. Despite all she has been through, something in her believes, trusts, even expects that if she simply reaches out and touches the edge of Jesus’ cloak, she will be healed.

Brat: And if she was the Church?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): How do I help her?

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): This doesn’t happen casually. Instead, we must get into the messy trenches of reality with intention. Then and only then can we see what we need to see, hear what we need to hear, feel what we need to feel, and proceed with how we need to proceed.

Ezekiel 1:21 When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

Brat: This reminds me of our cell phones and mobile technology helping us to stay connected when used with respectful intention.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): He often reaches out His hand of love, hope, truth, and grace through His people; His true kindness and compassion coursing through our veins make the difference.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): Which means that with a single unpredictable and unconditional act of one human caring for another, connecting with another, especially another he feels he cannot tolerate, the whole of creation is healed and fulfilled.

Brat (14 July 21 at 6:13 am):  And when a girl has reached back and gets only silence?

[Crickets chirping…]

Charisma (14 July 21): What is the first thing they want to silence?

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): As the people of God, we have been contending for a victory that is life-altering and history-changing. We have not been taking a stand for a man, a party, a cause, or even a nation. We are standing in faith for an overturning of wicked agendas that have played out for generations across the earth. We are praying for good to prevail and evil to be thwarted. We are prophesying for God’s plans to succeed and the devil’s to fail. The mission we are currently engaged in is much higher and grander than anyone realizes. And it’s worth the weight of the burden and the wait for the finale.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 July 21): The return to Zion depends upon our return to our own souls within Torah, and peace and harmony in this world begins with acts of loving-kindness between each of us.

Lance Wallnau (12 July 21): As you line up with the Scriptures and the Lord speaks to you, you’ll start to see things come to pass for which you’ve been interceding. Walk in a rhythm of divine asking. Seek Him morning, noon, and night in alignment with your assignment.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): For some, it is an interchanging journey of pilgrim and witness. In other words, sometimes you’re both. There are moments within the process where the witness becomes the pilgrim for a time, and the pilgrim their witness. There may even be an ebbing and flowing of this throughout the entirety of the journey. It requires confidence in the leadership of the Holy Spirit and trust in each other, which usually isn’t hard because there are mutual love and honor among the three.

Me to Samuel (11 July 21 at 5:05 am): The scriptures have their own voice in my writings, rather than being used as a persuasive club (as others have so often used on me).  This is my listening process…

Isaiah 56:And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord
    to minister to him,
to love the name of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
    and who hold fast to my covenant—

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): Abba, in Your kindness and mercy and grace, would You please use each of us to build the bridge between Jews and Christians?

Jeremiah 23:4 I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): We must know that those words spoken from the mouth of the Lord over the destiny of this nation have been activated in the spirit. Some, if not many, have even been fulfilled. We just don’t see them in our first storyline, yet. There are things happening behind the scenes that are a direct result of the prophetic words spoken and our declarations of victory. We may not see them, but they aren’t any less powerful. Heaven is on the move and our voices have been charging the hosts and tipping the scales in the spirit for a long time.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 July 2011): Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy.

There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal. He would have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy; if the Pope won, they would have to convert or leave.

The Jewish people met and tried to pick a representative, but no one volunteered. Finally, Yankel, the janitor of the shul, an elderly simpleton, said, “If no one else will do it, I will.” However, as the janitor spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, it was agreed that it would be a ‘silent’ debate.

On the chosen day the Pope and Yankel the janitor sat opposite each other.

The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers. Yankel looked back and raised one finger.

Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head. Yankel pointed to the ground where he sat.

The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.

Yankel pulled out an apple.

With that, the Pope stood up and declared that he was beaten, and that the janitor was too clever. The Jews could stay in Italy.

Later the Cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened?

The Pope said, ‘First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me there is still only one G-d common to both our faiths.

‘Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that G-d was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show that G-d was also right here with us.

‘I pulled out the wine and water, to show that G-d absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin.

‘He had beaten me at every move and I could not continue.’

Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask Yankel the janitor how he had won.

‘I haven’t a clue’ said Yankel.

‘First, he said to me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I showed him where to go.

‘Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews and I said to him that we were staying right here.’

‘And then what?’ asked a woman.

‘Who knows?’ said Yankel. ‘He took out his lunch so I took out mine.’[11]

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): But Jesus offers another way: the pursuit of inclusiveness, flexibility, forgiveness, compassion, justice, healing, love, freedom, community, and room at the table for everyone.

Hosea 13:6 When they grazed and were sated, they were sated and their heart became haughty; therefore, they forgot Me.

SHEEPLE

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): In the early days of Jesus’ ministry, He performed some incredible miracles. He opened blind eyes and caused the lame to walk. And yet, He told these people to keep it a secret. Instead of shouting it from the rooftops as proof of His Sonship, He purposely kept it hidden from the public. Why? Because He knew He was not there as a Healer, a Great Teacher, or even a Miracle Worker. His mission was MUCH LARGER. He knew these things had to be hidden for a time until the people were ready for the greater reveal to come.

Isaiah 56:Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”
And let no eunuch complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): Because we are tired of a world that still proclaims that only the strong and the beautiful and the mighty deserve to flourish. [12]

Revelation 7:“Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): Thank You for Jews who are willing to declare, explain, and under-gird that which we sense you calling US all to do; being part of the process of the redemption of Israel.

Revelation 7:Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 

Sophia Valentina Buller (14 July 21): Nowhere in the bible does it say to fellowship with destructive people in the hopes they come to Christ. The bible does say to pray for people including those who abuse us and if we see them in a need, lacking basic provisions, to help them out, but we aren’t to search them out [or] allow lawlessness in our fellowship and congregations. Unrepentant is still unrepentant. Why harm your sheep? Why be harmed?[13]

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): So then, what are sheep? Since we are the sheep in this metaphor that we use for God, we ought to know. You know, don’t you, that there are critics of the church who would call us disciples of Christ, “sheeple.” It’s meant to be a derisive term for the unquestioning following, not so much of Jesus, but of the culture warrior preachers. But in many ways, we act like sheep, we are sheeple. As the Prayer Book says, “like sheep we have gone astray.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 July 21): Machloket: A highly destructive disease that infects a community or society, factionalizing its members and dissolving natural bonds, capable of triggering a state of catastrophe and exile for almost 2,000 years.

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): In 1 Peter we are told that we are “as living stones, [and] are being built up a spiritual house.” A spiritual house implying, a place where God can reside. The problem however is there is a plague in the house called “replacement theology” and “antisemitism.” In the Torah, a house with a plague in it must have the plagued stones removed and the afflicted area re-plastered.

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): Through this amazing passage, the Lord spoke to me that this is where we are in America. Many prophets have used the analogy of Israel and the Red Sea to describe the Church in this season: our backs are to the wall…it appears that the god of this world has outsmarted and overpowered ours, and it looks as though satan has taken over the nation.[14]

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Each of us have these shepherds, and even though we think that we are free, we do in fact serve these shepherds.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): And accordingly, the Rebbe wrote, the ultimate exodus of our entire people is also a personal, intimate liberation for every Jew.

2 Samuel 7:9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): Your glory will be seen among the nations, covering the earth like the waters cover the sea. You will have Your inheritance. You will not be stopped. We align with You now, and decree that Your Kingdom is invading this planet and Your will is being accomplished. We declare this in the name of the Most High God, Jesus. Amen.

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.”

Me to Samuel (11 July 21 at 5:05 am): Ours is NOT a Replacement Theology.  The Jews are the heroes in our story!

Revelation 19:18 so that you may eat the flesh [ego] of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh [ego] of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Besides, let’s face it: if you are honest you have a shepherd of some sort or other. Go ahead, get quiet for a moment: what are those forces and individuals in your life who call the shots? Who is the one who forms your life most fundamentally? It might be a desire for perfect health, to be financially secure, it might be to be successful, desirable, or free. We all have these shepherds, probably many shepherds.

Me to Samuel (11 July 21 at 5:05 am): A shout out to the rabbis!  They said the feast of Moshiach is being served!

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): Thank You for declaring that even the darkest of all fast days — the 9th of Av — will one day become a feast day.

Me to Samuel (11 July 21 at 5:05 am): Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz pleaded with us Christians to join the Jews for the fast of the Nation’s 9th of Av 2021.  What if my writings and prayers are part of the burnt offerings and sacrifices accepted on God’s altar building up to the feast day of the Messiah?  Then all these years of service would have meaning and purpose.  Then the mysterious and illusive Wolf in the blind spot would no longer have any power to dissuade or sabotage the mission.

Matthew 10:34 “Do not suppose that I [Jesus] have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 July 21): Machloket: Hell on earth.

Ryan LeStrange (12 July 21): My Monday Word for You…The Prophetic Warns and Watches!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): Why Warnings Are Ineffective

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): We come here to be reminded, …That the world can try to kill the messengers of peace, but they can’t kill the message itself. That they can murder the prophet and put his head on a platter, but the eternal voice is still crying out in the wilderness, saying prepare the way of the Lord. Prepare the way. God is coming. God is here. Start living like you believe it.

Mark 6:27 Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,

Me to Samuel (11 July 21 at 5:05 am): I’ve had my head served on a platter like John the Baptist so many times that the prophets talked about the “headless bride.”  But Jesus is our Good Shepherd!  Our collective story doesn’t have to stay that way…

Revelation 2:11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Keep in mind, we are not broken open for the sake of exposing blood, guts, muck, and cracks. Instead, it’s to reveal truth and compassion and healing; it is for the purpose of genuine transformation, which God desires for us.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): And maybe it’s the long hot summer, maybe it’s the long hard year, but yes, I am feeling especially tired of the old brutalities. Tired of heads on platters, tired of angry words, tired of cynicism masquerading as wisdom, tired of how easy it is to get caught up in the malice and the fear and to become the very thing I hate.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Meanwhile, views harden, divisions deepen, cynicism abounds, and the ranks of the malcontent and disaffected – those who refuse either to dance or to cry – proliferate.

When Light Came In (16 July 21): We don’t recognize who we’ve become. We’re not even sure who we were before. We can’t figure out what makes us happy, or if we are still capable of happiness. We don’t know what we like or dislike, what activities we enjoy, what to do with free time, or with whom.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (12 July 21): The Body Keeps the Divine Score – The Week With Rabbi YY

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): We acknowledge that fear and unbelief caused an entire generation to miss out on moving into the Promised Land, which is the basis for this historical pattern of tragedy to befall the Jews.

Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): The Talmud concludes that the transgression of senseless hatred is therefore equal to transgressing all three of the cardinal prohibitions. Therefore, our mourning on Tisha B’Av must include mourning for the great spiritual and personal loss of our higher selves; a loss that we are still trying to recover from even today.

When Light Came In (16 July 21): And don’t even get me started on free time. If we don’t immediately fill it with something or get things done it’s like the inside of us is on fire.

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): In addition to their ability as a good neighbor, the sheep is singularly focused on its shepherd. So much so, that the sheep learn the voice of their shepherd, his scent, and even his silhouette upon the sky as the shepherd stands on a hill.  The sheep learn somehow that this one shepherd, in however he calls to them, whether through sight, voice, or smell, is to be utterly trusted – and not only that, but all other shepherds are to be mistrusted, or at least skeptically investigated.

Rev. Anna Shine: Jesus, upon seeing this great crowd had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things (Mk 6:34). I love the Greek word for “to have compassion for.” Splagnizomai. It literally means “to be moved in the inward parts,”[15] which depicts a visceral and physical component to the emotion Jesus feels. There is discomfort, a discomfort that moves a person to action. And that makes sense. Because the translation, “compassion,” means “to suffer with.” Jesus is moved in his innermost being, he feels the suffering with the people he is among, and he acts by beginning to teach them.[16]

SERVICE

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): How can we serve our Jewish brothers and sisters?

2 Samuel 7:4 But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan:

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles; they were stronger than lions.” (2 Samuel 1:23)

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): Your daughter must be able to feel that she has “wings.” If a bird does not know it has wings, I can scream at it for five years to fly, but it will not start flying, it will only sink into more despondency. I need to show my bird that it has “wings.” How do I do that? By loving it, by demonstrating to it how much value, power, and goodness I see in her (or him), and then when she notices her wings, she will not stop flying and soaring. She will embrace the route toward health and a fulfilling life.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): As you travel this way, you will discover how much God values the process; value it as well. And value one another. In doing so, you are expressing your value for Him.

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): Almighty God, we pray that we would not stand against Your will in the future, as we have in the past. So regarding the building of the Third Temple we strongly declare: “Thy will be done, Oh Lord!”

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Bob Dylan, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, wrote many years ago in his song, Gotta Serve Somebody, that you:

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): A heart that refuses to open cannot be healed. A mind that resists new information will not change. And a people who find fault with everything will be satisfied with nothing.

Nations 9th of Av (09 July 21): Please go deep to find any stony places. Expose and reveal the mindsets and beliefs in us that would allow us to behave in a cold, calculating or cruel manner towards our Jewish brethren, or any other person for that matter.

Me to Samuel at Nations Ninth of Av (17 July 21 at 7:02 am): If the 9th of Av is to be transformed from a fast day to a feast day, then inclusion has to be more than tracts, email blasts, and a video here and there.  The actual dialogue has to change for the Messiah’s Kingdom to be revealed.  How will we know who will be there if the Silence continues, even when the intentions and excuses are valid and reasonable?  Everyone is busy.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): We come here to be reminded, that, as hard as it can be out there, or in here, in ourselves, that the God-given truth about life is always the same. 

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): How can we support them and be a blessing to them?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): It sounds great but is often ineffective. Why? Do you think your daughter or son does not want to “snap out” of it? Do you think she is happy being dysfunctional? Do you think she is content being unproductive? Do you think she wants to wake up at 3 PM? Do you think she wants to waste away her life? You think she never thought of the idea of “snapping out of it?” Do you think she is happy being a junkie?

Brat: Are you talking about religious consumers?

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Metaphors like this work the other way, too: they are for us in our daily lives. We are meant to bring the metaphors with us, to carry them, as it were. The ancients who heard this language for God would then go about their business and daily lives and — lo and behold! — they would see a shepherdess – and if they were paying attention, they might think of God. They might see the shepherdess painstakingly caring for her sheep. They might see a wayward sheep being brought back into the fold, perhaps forcefully depending on the waywardness of the sheep, and then they might be brought to the threshold of prayer and repentance over their own wayward ways.

When Light Came In (16 July 21): Basically, after wanting nothing but to get free and be our own person, we’re the last person in the world with whom we want to be alone.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (15 July 21): “The L-rd your G‑d spoke to us at Horeb saying, ‘You have sojourned too long! Turn and travel and arrive at the Amorite mountain and all of its neighbors’….”(Devarim/Deuteronomy 1:6)

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): A PILGRIM is one who journeys, especially long distances, to a holy place for a religious or spiritual purpose; one who embarks on a quest for something conceived of as sacred; a traveler of literal travels or of spiritual and healing journeys.

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): And as they were coming down the mountain, He charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. (Mark 9:9)

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (15 July 21): The verse continues “…at this mountain”, referring to Mount Sinai. Even remaining at Mount Sinai, non-stop sponging up Torah and spiritual growth, is not the ideal. Moshe is telling us it is our responsibility to also make an impact on others, influencing them for the better, especially those different or distant from ourselves. Exclusively focusing on personal self-development will not only prevent a person from advancing, but could even lead to spiritual regression.

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): When we don’t exhort those around us, when we fail to keep and guard those closest to us, we allow each other to become “hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Looking at Christian and Jewish relations over the past 2000 years reminds me of the story of Joseph and his brothers. Joseph, like the nation of Israel, was chosen by his father as a leader amonghis brothers. Because of this the scripture tells us, “his brothers…hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.”

Brat: That was my same experience, too.  My “brothers” could not speak peaceably to me either.  For that reason, I had to shake off the dust from my feet as I walked away… (Matthew 10:13-15) Because of that I have great compassion and empathy for Israel.

SABBATH

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Religious fundamentalism condemns those who don’t follow certain rules and believe what they believe.

Hebrews 9:1 The first promise that was made included rules for worship and a tent for worship here on earth. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 July 21): Machloket: A discordance between personalities, rendering them incapable of seeing eye-to-eye or working together, ostensibly supported by some rational justification, but ultimately driven by ego and self-concern.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): We need each other to practice living in community as though there is another, better way, a more loving way, because we trust that there is, and because we are tired of opening the news headlines to find a world still saturated by violent self-interest.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 July 21): Exile is a state of being that we carry within ourselves. It is sustained by a cause and healed by healing its cause: The exile of the divine soul within each one of us, and the discord that stands between us.

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): What does this mean for the nations?

2 Samuel 7:2 the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.”

Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): Now that the Temple is no longer standing and we are in exile and distanced from G‑d, there is an understandable lack of unity. When Shabbat comes and the Jews are able to renew their connection once again with G‑d, he has even more joy than he did at the time when the Temple was standing. From darkness to light, G‑d especially rejoices in this unity with His people.[17]

Isaiah 56:Blessed is the one who does this—
    the person who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it,
    and keeps their hands from doing any evil.”

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): To look “it” in the eyes, be it grief, pain, brokenness, trauma, illness, disappointment, despair, sadness, anger, fear, deception, or whatever the “it” might be, to put our hands on the matter and begin the hard yet rewarding work of uncovering the truth, is to acknowledge both it’s existence and impact. And the moment we do this is the real moment change starts to happen.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): And that is one really good argument for the necessity of Christian community, of coming together week after week here, to be both supported and chastened by what we discover in Scripture and the liturgy. It’s not something that we can do alone, because alone we are awfully good at only hearing what we want to hear. We need Jesus and we need one another to stay accountable to the totality of the narrative, to bear the sorrow and then to imagine a different way of being.

Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): May this Shabbat Chazon grant us the vision with which to set out on the path of return to G‑d. May we be able to learn His Torah and engage in His mitzvot with love for Him and for our fellow Jews – with a love that knows no bounds, nor needs any other justification than that we are all one people. May we soon experience the 9th of Av as a true holiday for us and for the whole world – an ascent from the Valley of Weeping until the mountain of G‑d in joy and peace.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): The term in Hebrew for father, says the Alter Rebbe, is “av,” which means connection, love, and desire.[6][18] When her father really listens to the trauma underlying the vow, he can help her annul it. How? By being a true father, a loving and connected father.

Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): In addition, “the valley of weeping” can be understood to refer to the 3 weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. Great are the Shabbats during these three weeks above any other of the year, and the Shabbat closest to the 9th of Av more than all. According to the magnitude of G‑d’s pain is the greatness of His joy.

Isaiah 56:For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant—

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Mary Luti (12 July 21): He doesn’t satisfy anyone. Except maybe those who sense that his lack of ambition is the very reason you can trust him. There’s nothing to fear from someone unmoved by star power, who won’t manipulate, shift-shape, hurry up, or slow down to get your approval, to get you to adore.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Atheism and the a-religious may reject the very idea of spiritual truth.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 July 21): “Until we heal the cause of our exile, we remain in exile, even in our own land.” ~The Rebbe

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Sometimes the very thing we long for most is also the thing we most fear; that is to be seen and known. It is a vulnerable place to be, yet we were created for it. We were created to know and be known by God and each other. We were created for genuine relationships; it’s one of His greatest gifts.

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): That is where we must begin.

BIGGER THAN YOURSELF

Center for Action and Contemplation (13 July 21): In this time of great unknowing, how do we expand our sense of self to include love, healing, and forgiveness—not just for ourselves and those like us, but for the entire world?

Lance Wallnau (12 July 21): Recognize that the story is bigger than yourself: You were destined to be alive now, in this year, on this day. There is a pulsating recognition within each of us. We have a sense that God is doing something now and we know we’re meant to be a part of it. Your prayers play a critical role in the harvest of souls. Destiny is not about you, but rather a purpose God has positioned you for that is bigger than yourself. You are entering into and inheriting a six-thousand year labor of prophets, martyrs, reformers and missionaries who came before you.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): And yet, from a point you can extend infinite lines radiating in infinite dimensions.

Isaiah 56:The Sovereign Lord declares—
    he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
“I will gather still others to them
    besides those already gathered.”

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): As we prepare our hearts for this upcoming weekend, I want us to take a moment and think about this upcoming Nations’ 9th of Av event. Over these past 38 emails we have talked quite a bit about the difficult history which has transpired between the Christian and Jewish communities.

BLUEPRINT

Lance Wallnau (12 July 21): What if more of your prayers could get answered when you pray the prayers that God wants you to pray, knowing that they fit into His master blueprint for your life?

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Therefore, the healing journey of the pilgrim and the witness is also a journey of revelation and knowledge. And there is often a prophetic element interlaced within this work, too, meaning the map of your journey may serve as a blueprint for others down the road.

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): With our repentance, would You redeem the 9th of Av, and turn this tragic day of mourning into a day of celebration and anticipation?

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): Because we are tired of a world that silences the truth-tellers, that kills the bearers of good news, that refuses the living bread of God and feasts instead on the corpse of curtailed hope. 

Me to Samuel (in “O Mortal” 27 June 21): According to Chabad.org one of the things that happened on the Ninth of Av was that the spies brought back a bad report to Moses and the assembly (Numbers 13:32).  I say we reverse the curse and stop paying homage to the bad report and honor, instead, the God of All who has been leading our current conversation!  We have been trying to make His house a house of prayer for all nations.  Whose report are you listening to?

[Crickets chirping…]

FLEAS

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Verse of the Day (14 July 21): John 15:10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): Europe used to host flea circuses. How do you train a flea? You put the flea in a large, empty pickle jar. Put the lid on. Shake the jar and tap on the side to stir the fleas up. The stimulus causes them to jump full force. They hit the lid of the jar with tremendous force. Hitting the lid of the jar with such force is painful. After about 30 minutes of this, you can take the lid off the jar and the fleas will not jump out.

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): I believe the Church is currently going through this process of affliction removal. God will not allow His people to continue in the sins of their forefathers. He is currently bringing these plagues to the forefront of the Church. These issues when dealing with the Jewish people have plagued the Church for far too long.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): “To what will I compare the people of this generation?” Jesus asked. “What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other, ‘We played the flute for you, and you didn’t dance. We sang a funeral song and you didn’t cry.’ John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ Yet the Human One came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’” – Luke 7:31-34 (CEB)

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): Would You please establish a new posture and mindset in us? We are broken and undone over the sin of our Church forefathers. We humble ourselves. We repent of the pride and spiritual superiority. Abba, we no longer wish to stand tall in pride.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): They [fleas] react to the impact of hitting the lid and adapt by jumping with less force and are conditioned to jump just shy of hitting the lid. When you take the lid off and give them the opportunity to use their innate potential again and jump far, they continue to jump just shy of the height of the lid as if it were still on.

Center for Action and Contemplation (13 July 21): Join thousands of spiritual seekers from across the world for the final CONSPIRE conference, a global gathering to experience God’s love, grace, and compassion.

2 Samuel 7:5 Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the LORD: Are you the one to build me a house to live in?

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): The work of the pilgrim and the witness is a joint and living work that holds eternal significance. Both are led by the Spirit of God; both are important, and both will forever be changed as a result of this sacred journey.

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): We know You are about to show Yourself strong once again. The earth You created will see the power and glory of its Creator. The people You created will see the beauty, love and salvation of their Redeemer. The spirit of Baal will once again be overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. America shall be saved!

LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL

Paula at Jewish Voice (14 July 21): Please pray for The Lord to send clear voices of true wisdom and guidance that will help us assess locations and groups to which He might send us in the future as we seek out the “Lost Tribes of Israel”

Revelation 7:Then I heard how many people had been marked on the forehead. There were one hundred forty-four thousand, and they came from every tribe of Israel

Nations 9th of Av (11 July 21): They are our long lost brothers and sisters.
You love them, and so may we love whom You love.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): So go ahead and grieve all that has been lost. Dance with joy every time hope is revived. And let your soul be satisfied with nothing less than the outrageous goodness of God.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Trust Him; you’re right where He wants you.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: The fact that the 144,000 have the name of Jehovah and Jesus written upon their foreheads indicates that they have been especially chosen, bought from the earth, as verse three says. The great crowd are not said to have been bought from the earth, nor are they depicted as having the name of God and Christ written on their foreheads. The 144,000 are Jehovah’s very special possession, unlike any other creation.

Jewish Voice (14 July 21): Please prayerfully consider how you can help launch our 10-year initiative to reach the remaining “Lost Tribes of Israel” around the world. We need your support more than ever to help more Jewish people discover the love and hope of the Messiah Jesus.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): People want to help themselves. But they need to believe that they can. There is only one way: When we believe in them that they can. When we believe that they are not broken at their core; when we show them how much we love them and cherish them because we do not see them as “lost causes.” When we connect with them deeply and genuinely, it empowers them to be able to view themselves not as lost souls, but as children of G-d, fragments of infinity, mirrors of heaven, ambassadors of the Divine. Then they realize that they are mightier than all the voices and emotions that attempt to cut them down.

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): In contrast, the God of all creation has no need to be carried, because God is present in all of creation. There is no territory in all creation that lies beyond the network of God’s amazing grace.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): That we can make a thousand mistakes every day, but we can’t change the fact that God still loves us and wants to redeem us.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): No one is ever on cruise control. No matter how righteous, virtuous, or moral you think you are, you’re human and prone to mistakes. It’s programmed into everyone’s spiritual DNA. So, don’t be foolish to think your yetzer hara[that inner impulse]is dead. No—it’s right there inside of you.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): But intolerance of the other lies at the primal genesis of evil, at the point of fissure and subsequent fragmentation that occurred in the earliest stages of creation, as the universe lost contact with the infinite divine light that preceded it.

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): Yahweh is about to expose the evil plans of the god of this world and his allies. He has allowed them to gain ground temporarily in order to expose their deception, anti-Christ ways, leftist ideals and even idiocy. But He will strike in His zeal, power and determination to reap the coming great harvest. God must have a strong America that honors Him in order to accomplish this; and He will have that. Do not doubt this. AMERICA SHALL BE SAVED!

Jehovah’s Witnesses: As Jehovah’s Witnesses know, it was never God’s purpose to perpetually harvest the imaginary departed souls of the dead to populate the heavens – much less does God delight in roasting hapless sinners in hellfire. God has always intended for humans to live forever in peace and happiness on earth and that purpose will be accomplished by two means – one, as mentioned, by resurrecting the dead back to life on earth; and secondly, by preserving a great crowd through the world-ending great tribulation, to establish what the prophecies call the new earth.

Jeremiah 23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): So, who’s the opposition here? On the global, historical scale, the Jewish people encountered seven heathen nations and spent many years wresting the land from them. But in our internal, personal story of “entering the Promised Land,” who’s the bogeyman we’re fighting against?

Pray More Novenas: O Mary, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns strewn across my pathway. Obtain for me the strength to be a true imitator of you. This I ask you, my dear Mother.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): Yet there is a deeper reason: Other sins, even the most heinous sins, are symptoms of flaws in the human person. To repair those flaws, each of us is granted 70 years upon this earth—ten years for each of the seven categories of emotions.

When Light Came In (14 July 21): Don’t believe me? Join a victim support group. You will hear so many similar — even word-for-word — situations, statements, behaviors. It’s like abusers all come from the same assembly line of Conniving Destroyers of All Good Things, Ltd.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: As recorded at John 17:2, in prayer Jesus referred to the “whole number” of believers, whom his Father had given him.  This signifies that there is a specific number who will be associated with Christ.  And Revelation reveals the “whole number” amounts to 144,000. How do we know that number applies to the little flock?

Paula at Jewish Voice (14 July 21): Please pray for Clear and specific direction as to where the Lord of the Harvest is leading us for future Outreaches, so the Kingdom of Light can advance, bring salvation and transform lives and communities

Pray More Novenas: O Mary, conceived without sin, I come to your throne of grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children who call to you under the glorious Aztec title of Guadalupe. Obtain for me a lively faith to do your Son’s holy will always: May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

SECOND STORYLINE

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): But then there’s the second storyline. That’s the reality that is taking place behind the scenes. It includes things that are kept secret, hidden, and unseen by the public eye. It includes things that are taking place, even now, from both good and bad actors, happening behind closed doors, in secret passageways, and in strategic briefings. Whether for our destruction, or for our safety, there are things taking place right now that we don’t even know about. This, too, is playing out in real time with real people.

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): I heard the Holy Spirit say “The enemy has worked hard to MASK your view of ME.” I began to see time and time again in these battles with fear that these ones had, the twisting hand of the enemy lying and moving so sneakily and in such a crafty way to MASK the TRUE revelation of the Lord’s goodness and His love. These lies, these battles, these attacks were coming hard against these ones to hinder the revelation of the Lord’s goodness.

Brat: [Sigh]

Lance Wallnau (12 July 21): In what ways is the Lord calling you to realign your prayer life? What are some strategies you already employ as you seek Him today?

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): We must remove these plagued building blocks within the Church’s foundation and commit to accountability regarding our words and actions concerning the Jewish people. We have walked in arrogance, towards the Jewish people, and towards those on the outside of the Church. Praise God, He has allowed the sins of our past to catch up with us in order that we can repent and change! 

Jehovah’s Witnesses: For one thing, the 7th chapter of Revelation says that the 144,000 are sealed, 12,000 out of the 12 tribes of Israel. Of course, it is not in reference to the literal 12 tribes of Israel, which no longer even existed when Revelation was written, the tribal records having been destroyed when Titus razed Jerusalem in the year 70 C.E.. In Galatians Paul referred to Christ’s congregation as “the Israel of God.” The letter of James is addressed to the “twelve tribes scattered about,” which is in reference to the congregations of Christians that had sprung from the 12 founding apostles. So, the entire kingdom organization is symbolized as spiritual Israel having 12 tribes.

Brat: I’m only listening to you, JW, out of respect and not because I believe your interpretation.  You seem poised to pounce on their blessing and inheritance as God’s chosen people.  Do you think you are God’s frozen chosen because of Finder’s Keepers?  No one has a right to take away their inheritance!  I know that I have heard that the Twelve Tribes are flocking back to Israel even in our day.  DNA testing can prove what tribes the Jews belong to.  This is not just some lofty spiritual reality but a tangible one that is highly significant to an entire people.  Plus, we need them for all of us to walk out the fulfillment of the prophecies.  No one has a monopoly on them!!

Jeremiah 23:5 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

Brat: What if the lost tribes and the 144,000 JEWS (not Christians) are part of the Remnant and the righteous branch of which Jesus is the head?  I know there are sects in the Christian denominations who have monopolized the numbers, but their doctrines don’t make sense.  To me, that is one of the major crimes of Replacement Theology. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Paula at Jewish Voice (14 July 21): Lord, You are the One who opens doors that no man can shut and shuts doors no man can open. We ask You to open doors for effective ministry in the nations. Please speak powerfully to our scouting team regarding Your heart and plans to reach Your people, and show us clearly how You want us to participate with You in that. Our eyes are on You as we seek to do Your will and Yours alone. In Yeshua’s name, AMEN.

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): We commit to standing by Your people from this day forward!

NOTHING PERSONAL AGAIN

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Instead of needing to be carried, the God of all creation is able to carry us … to the farthest, ever-expanding, ever-inclusive regions of God’s ubiquity.

Brat: But nothin’ personal?…

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): That’s right. No one got anything.

When Light Came In (14 July 21): It still feels like a canon shot through us at close range. It really does, I know. But it isn’t personal. They never saw us as persons when they were pretending to love us, they certainly aren’t going to start now.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): The words that come out in the middle of the ache are often the most telling and important. Said another way, our deepest moments of pain usually reveal our truest inner knowing. And while it is often difficult to experience this, real healing calls for it because we must give voice to the truth of our story.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): Think of a geometrical point. A point is indivisible, but not because it is too hard, too big, or too small to cut up. A point simply has no area to be divided. That’s what makes it a point.

Paula at Jewish Voice (14 July 21): Changing circumstances in the countries where we serve require continual adaptation as we follow the Lord’s leading toward accomplishing His purposes. Due to such changes, we are unable to conduct a Medical Outreach this month.

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): I then saw the hand of the Lord go into the hearts of these ones that have struggled deeply with this oppressive torment and foreboding and the hand of the Lord looked like a surgical hand. He went deep into the heart and He exposed a root. When I looked closer it was the root of FEAR.

Brat: Stop projecting what’s not there!  I think the heart surgery that God is working on right now is on the spirit of indifference.  If indifference is a fear of caring, or fear of getting hurt in our vulnerability of being real, then maybe you have a point.  It’s just a convoluted way of getting to the point.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 July 21): Exile is more than a geographical circumstance. Even if every Jew lived comfortably in the Land of Israel, we might all still be in exile. Exile within our own land.

Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Let’s learn this skepticism from these sheep. Let’s submit all those so-called shepherds who would lead us to the test of the Good Shepherd. Do these things and people that we follow offer life and significance, or are they turning us into a product? Are our shepherds leading us to life or to the slaughter?

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): We will either be a voice for the Kingdom or bury our heads in the sand and see no change.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Truest Promise that ever was, may I put my trust in you.

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): I feel like the cloud of witnesses are standing in Heaven interceding over the Church right now saying, “Enough is enough! Rise up, Church!”[19]

Brat: Then make room for us!

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): When Jacob and Esau finally meet, Jacob sent gifts ahead of him to appease his brother Esau. When Esau asks about the gifts, Jacob replies, “These are to find favor in the sight of my lord.” Christianity has been blessed by the faithfulness of the Jewish people to the God of Israel. We have received “spiritual blessings” through them. Esau’s response to Jacob’s blessings are prophetic for the times we live in. Esau replies by saying, “I have enough, my brother.” In Hebrew this phrase is, “Yesh Li Rav, Achi,” which could also be translated as, “I have a Rabbi, my brother.” Perhaps Esau finally recognized the position of his brother Jacob?! But whether he did or didn’t, now is the time for Christianity to recognize the Jewish people as teachers and leaders in the journey towards a full relationship with the God of Israel!

When Light Came In (16 July 21): Nobody makes a new friend by forcing it or having huge expectations of the other person the moment they meet. We deserve to take time to build relationship with ourselves.

Me to Samuel at Nations Ninth of Av (17 July 21 at 7:02 am): Breathing on faith fumes,

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): There is no sin of senseless intolerance listed in Torah. And yet, while the cardinal sins of Torah demanded only 70 years of exile, intolerance is so sinister, so powerful, it can take us almost two thousand years to heal from its wounds.

When Light Came In (14 July 21): The details and timing and audience are chosen carefully, yes. But it isn’t personal. They would literally do this to John or Jane Doe on the street if it was one of them who dared say “no more. Not one more solitary second of this abuse.”

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): We ask for forgiveness for the awful responsibility we bear as Christians for the mistreatment of Your chosen people over the millennia by our Church forefathers.

GIFTS

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): But just as Jacob and Esau reunited in Genesis 33, we are looking forward to a time when Christianity and Judaism come together in harmony and see once again eye to eye. In the Biblical story of Jacob and Esau we read it as if Esau was coming to do battle with Jacob as an adversary. Maybe this was the case. In our modern time, Christianity should still approach the Jewish people ready to do battle, but not with the people of Jacob, rather, with the enemies of Israel.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 July 21): Machloket: A division of opinions, potentially highly productive under conditions of mutual respect and open communication.[20]

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am): We are grateful for the Jews and for all the gifts that our Jewish brethren have shared with us.  May we truly be one grafted family, holding each other in respect, as the Ari would have wanted it as well.

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): We stand in awe at Your restoration of Israel as a nation, and we thank You for their contributions to science, the arts, and more.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 July 2011): The Three Weeks, from a Jewish perspective, are like the Black Hole in modern physics, which is filled with endless light but does not allow it to escape its pull. (A black hole is a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing, including light, can escape its pull.) Our job is to penetrate the black hole and reveal its inner light, the light of Moshiach.

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): So, Church, don’t be bullied and backed into a corner anymore. Arise, shine, for your light has come!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): That is why its antidote must also transcend reason. It must be related to the primordial infinite light itself, a light that knows no bounds. The key to healing humanity is therefore unreasonable.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): I got an email the other day, soliciting donations for a worthy cause.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (11 July 21): A small donation to a worthy cause is appreciated and helps the prayers soar aloft.

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Unfettered capitalism promises the moon and the stars: unrestrained economic freedom for all, including permission for the wealthy to oppress or ignore everyone else.

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.

Pray More Novenas: Dearest Mother of Guadalupe, I beg you for a fortified will to imitate your divine Son’s charity, to always seek the good of others in need. Grant me this, I humbly ask of you.

Church of England (13 July 21): Bishop: Commons vote risks making aid cut ‘permanent’

Vicki Kemper (13 July 21): Radically progressive politics promises bread and roses: justice and equality for all, even if it involves demonizing anyone who doesn’t get with the program.

Hebrews 9:The first part of the tent was called the holy place, and a lampstand, a table, and the sacred loaves of bread were kept there.

Reverend Monsignor Walter R. Rossi (12 July 21): Yet, we have no local parish or diocese of our own to support us.  Instead, we rely on friends who may donate generously to their local Catholic Church each week, but who also understand what it means to give to the National Shrine as an expression of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Jewish Voice (14 July 21): You can help launch the vision God has put on our hearts: to take the Good News to all of the remaining “Lost Tribes of Israel” around the world who have not yet been reached with the hope of our Messiah Jesus. Please pray with us and consider sending a gift today. Thank you!

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): Well, you can imagine the end of the story … By the time I finished being so smart and discretionary with my funds, what happened?

2 Samuel 7:7 Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): No. She is miserable. But she is stuck. She is traumatized. She is emotionally paralyzed. I scream at her: Snap out of it. But she knows not how. In her mind, she is tied down by cords that do not allow her to go free. All she hears in her parents’ message is this: Someone else in this world who does not understand me. She digs deeper into her isolation and pain.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): But it continues with looking to him, to Christ. And then looking to the people around you. This is all that we have to bear the world’s brutality and then to challenge it with our love. We have Jesus, and we have each other. Nothing more. But it is all that we need. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (11 July 21): Anyone familiar with my writing knows that I believe that immediate, unmediated contact with the moment is the clearest path to divine union. Naked, undefended, and nondual presence has the best chance of encountering the Real Presence. I approach the theme of contemplation in a hundred ways, because I know most of us have one hundred levels of resistance, denial, or avoidance. For some reason, in our complicated world, it is very hard to teach simple things. Any “mystery,” by definition, is pregnant with many levels of unfolding and realization. That is especially true of the “tree of life” that is contemplative awareness.

Brat: Would that be personal?

VOWS

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): This is, of course, true not only when it comes to serious debilitating trauma, but also to all “vows” we and our loved ones make in our lives; all the limitations that hold us down, and keep us trapped in anger, frustration, envy, animosity, and anxiety. We need a “father” to love us in the deepest and most powerful way. What that does for us is that it opens us up to the horizons of our true self; it expands our perspectives of who we are and what we are capable of. It is that type of love and trust that empowers us to muster the courage and embark on the journey toward wholesomeness.

Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): We come here and look to each other, to live like we believe it together, to show the world that church is a verb, not a noun, a body, not just a building, and that following Jesus is not about going through the motions, but about living with transformed hearts. It’s about taking a stand for the people who need us the most. About refusing to accept that the world as it is, is good enough. About opting out of the dance of death. 

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): How many of us live in distress and anxiety due to a deep trauma that sits in our bodies? How many of us remain paralyzed by our inner voices of fear, insecurity, and stress? How many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something because we failed at it before? Sometimes we are not even aware of how paralyzed we really are, as it turned into our survival skill and seems so normal.

Nate Johnston (12 July 21): Right now, many of you reading this are feeling this crushing and pressing, but it is awakening a fire within you that will make the enemy wish he had never meddled with you. The PRESS-BACK is already beginning. Eyes are opening. Veils are being removed and the sleepy Church is stirring!

…MORE FLEAS?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): In today’s language, we call it trauma, something in my past which causes me to operate from a profoundly restricted space. Consciously or unconsciously, I am terrified to trust, to let go, to love, to bond, to relax, to embrace, to express myself. I am afraid to just be.  Like the flea, I am held back not by external circumstances, but by my own beliefs about myself and the world I inhabit.

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): However, the Nations’ 9th of Av was not created as a “flog the Christian” day on which we remember and condemn ourselves for the history of the past, instead, it is a day when we from the nations, as Christians, stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and “mourn with those who mourn.” We recognize our past history, but we don’t allow it to paralyze us into inaction when dealing with the Jewish people. We mourn with the Jewish people over the destruction of the Temple because we finally realize what the Temple means to us, as Christians and followers of God, from the nations.

Brat (20 July 21 at 10:24 am): I believe this story relates to what you are saying… I was just driving back from Aliso Ranch and had on the KLOVE radio station.  Lauree, one of the DJ’s, told a story about being grateful for fleas. (No kidding! This really came up!) I knew this wasn’t a coincidence but encouragement from God, somehow.  I had JUST been THANKING God for this impasse that we all seem to be in, because it is in these times when Jesus on the cross (the intersection) becomes most pronounced.  Lauree told the story of two ladies who were in a Nazi concentration camp.  Waaaaaay too many women were crammed into a bunker in inhuman conditions and the area became flea-infested.  The younger of the two sisters told the older one to pray and to THANK God.  Corrie ten Boom (the older sister) didn’t want to thank God for those circumstances where there was nothing to be thankful for.  However, they thanked God anyway.  Later, they realized that the fleas were somehow protecting them, because the guards would leave the ladies alone.  Also, because the guards didn’t want to come near them, they did not search and confiscate a Bible or pages of a Bible, so the women had some scripture to nurture their souls. 

I thank God anyway, that even though the religious leaders either don’t read me or pretend not to and use me anyway (talk about “turning us into a product”!), I know that God is getting out His word and will continue to get it out anyway.  Someday I hope to get to a community who loves me and won’t treat me like the prison guards.  My God is bigger than their behaviors.

MercyMe: “Even If” [https://youtu.be/B6fA35Ved-Y]

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): To be the one who accompanies the pilgrim is to be a WITNESS; it also invites deeper discovery and awakening. God always has a witness for everything He does, and you bear witness to what is taking place in this journey. You are as vital to this process as the pilgrim, just differently. Your life experiences are key to this too. You hold a special place in this process for the pilgrim. God views it as a place of honor, a place of servanthood.

Isaiah 56:to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.

Fr. Richard Rohr (11 July 21): I call contemplation the tree of life that promises access to eternal things (see Genesis 3:22), grows “crops twelve times a year,” and sprouts “leaves that are for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2). It accesses the deep ground of God and the True Self. The contemplative, nondual mind is a tree of continual and constant fruitfulness for the soul and for the world.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): This type of God-designed healing process is usually not easy. We can’t always see what it’s producing while we’re in it, but it is a worthy and necessary process, and it always serves a higher purpose – His purpose.

THIRD STORYLINE

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): Then, there’s the third storyline and reality. That’s the spiritual warfare taking place in the unseen realms of the spirit. It’s the battle between angels and demons, good and evil. It’s here that our prayers, proclamations, and prophecies FIRST take root. It’s in this third reality in the heavenly realms that our prophetic declarations of victory are being determined and released!

Jewish Voice (14 July 21): You can play a key role in reaching the remaining “Lost Tribes of Israel” around the world

Brat (12 July 21 at 8:28 am):  I emailed to Ascent of Safed “Prayer for the Remnant”

Jeremiah 23:3 Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.

Lance Wallnau (12 July 21): What if you are praying and earnestly seeking God, and swinging in all directions—but you are swinging without a strategy?

Brat: What makes you think I don’t have one?

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (11 July 21): I invite you to send your prayer requests for living people. Please provide me, where possible, their Hebrew name and mother’s Hebrew name, by e-mail to prayers@ascentofsafed.com and I will, please G-d, pray on your behalf at the Arizal’s gravesite.

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am PDT): [Prayer:] I thank You for the invitation to pray.  I thank You for the Ari and the wisdom You imparted to him. 

Kenneth Samuel (14 July 21): Lord, in your omnipresent Spirit, may we all find connection … and may we all be connected. Amen.

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am): As a Christian, I pray for all living people.  Our hearts have been broken.  I stand with Your people, God, and for Your land and their land.  I declare before You that we, the Remnant (שְׁאֵרִית hasharid?), are a changed people.  Jesus’ mother’s name was Mary.  Evidently, her Hebrew name would have been Miriam (?).

Pray More Novenas: O most holy Mother, I beg you to obtain for me pardon of all my sins, abundant graces to serve your Son more faithfully from now on, and lastly, the grace to praise Him with you forever in heaven.

2 Samuel 7:1 Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, …

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): Enemies have been defeated, cases have been won, and perpetrators have been brought to justice. Souls have been saved, children have been rescued, and leaders have been activated. These are all things that are happening if you but look past the smokescreens and believe the good news that is there. And for those things that are still being hidden, heaven’s wisdom is directing the steps.

2 Samuel 7:3 Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.”

OBSERVANCE

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (11 July 21): A Good Day to Pray [Time sensitive]

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am): Most Holy God and Father of us all,

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): To be the one who walks this path is to be a PILGRIM; it is an invitation to discovery and awakening on deeper levels. God uses pilgrims to blaze new trails for certain things, and your life experiences often speak to this, although you probably won’t have a full understanding of it beforehand. Not just anyone can accompany you on this journey; they must be handpicked by the Father, so they are.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (11 July 21): A good deed or commitment to increase in mitzvah observance helps too!

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am): [Prayer:] Please accept this mitzvah observance.  You promised that You would accept our prayers and mitzvahs on Your holy mountain and that You would make Your house a house of prayer for all nations.

Isaiah 56:these I will bring to my holy mountain
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.”

Me to Ascent of Safed (12 July 21 at 8:28 am): May this be enough.

Amen.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Usually, the pilgrim later becomes the witness for someone else. In fact, pilgrims make the best witnesses. Conversely, the witness may take a pilgrim’s journey of their own later on if they haven’t already, and because they’ve experienced it first hand, they will know the value of having an honest-to-goodness witness by their side.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (11 July 21): Please send in requests by 9:00 a.m. (Israel) Tuesday July 13.

Brat: I did.  I sent it on Monday, 12 July 21 at 8:28 am

Nations 9th of Av (15 July 21): We look forward to the fulfillment of Yeshua’s proclamation about the Temple becoming “a house of prayer for all nations.”

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): I was then surrounded by a strong sense of miraculous deliverance. The sense was so incredibly strong that deliverance cannot come from your own strength, it cannot come from ‘what you can do’, it comes from the Lord and in the name of Jesus.

Lance Wallnau (13 July 21): The real acts of God in your life are never set up by you. They are always surprising you. But we have a responsibility to be in position for them as they prepare to manifest. There are people that will soon cross your path, who need the benediction of God you can release. Are you ready?

Isaiah 56:1 This is what the Lord says:

“Maintain justice
    and do what is right,
for my salvation is close at hand
    and my righteousness will soon be revealed.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): A WITNESS is a close observer; one who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced; one who furnishes evidence or serves as a sign; one who is to be present at or have personal knowledge of; one who can testify to.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): There is one way to release her from these psychological vows: a father’s love and connection.  

Nations 9th of Av (13 July 21): We pray along with Rabbi Tuly Weisz, from Israel365, and say to You: May You Lord our God, King of the Universe, hear all of our prayers and accept with favor all of our repentance.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): And so, the Baal Shem Tov taught, when the light of any one Jewish soul breaks free, the entire nation is redeemed along with it.[21]

Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): As this repentance took place, I saw the Lord with His surgical hand remove the root of fear out of hearts. There was such a deep sense of the love of God that filled this encounter.

Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): Why? Because it is a moment of unity between G‑d and the Jewish people.

2 Samuel 7:10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly,

NEVER AGAIN!

2 Samuel 7:12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (14 July 21): 800 Years Later: Church of England apologizes for expelling the Jews[22]

Nations 9th of Av (14 July 21): Let us bless them, beginning with making restitution for the sins we have perpetrated against them. And by so doing, we ask that You continue to join us together in unity, Your chosen people, with we who have been graciously grafted in.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Perhaps it seems a paradox to switch from pilgrim to witness and vice versa, but there’s an even more significant discovery to be found within this; it’s entirely necessary to be flexible and focused while on this journey.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 July 21): Because we are spread over the entire globe, with our healing comes the healing of the entire world. With our return from exile, all things will return to their intended place in a grand harmony.

Jehovah’s Witnesses: To be sure, the teaching that only 144,000 go to heaven is one of the Watchtower Society’s most misunderstood and controversial doctrines. People reject the teaching because they are ignorant of Jehovah’s purpose to restore mankind and the earth to Edenic perfection. People do not understand that God intends to resurrect the vast majority of people who have ever lived and died, regardless of whether they were righteous.

Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): We decree that the God of Israel is the God of America, and He will prevail. The gods of this world are demonic idols and will fail.

Nations 9th of Av (11 July 21): Now is the time to recognize that we are no better than our forefathers. The only difference that we can make between us and them is to take a stand where they didn’t and defend the people of God when they didn’t. This is the difference we are making in the world. We will stand for the God of Israel, for His people and for His land, unlike our Church forefathers who sat idly by or actively participated in the persecution and humiliation of the Jewish people. Now is the time for Christianity to declare “Never Again!” We reject the attitudes, theology and mindset of our Church forefathers because we are a changed people!

Brat:  Ya’know?  A lot of the times I feel like a court reporter in this assignment.  I’m not the judge, Jesus is.  I’m not the jury, the Cloud of Witnesses is.  I’m not the accuser of the brethren, Satan is.  I’m not the defendant, since the whole world seems to be on trial in this tribulation.  I just report what I see.  I haven’t seen yet that we are a changed people, but I’ll know it when I see it.

STORYLINES

Wanda Alger (15 July 21): All three of these storylines are happening – now. They are all very real, even if not all are visible. Holy Spirit is calling each of us to dig a little deeper and look a little higher in order to see how heaven has been – and still is – moving swiftly on our behalf! We cannot get fixated on what is right in front of us. We cannot determine the power of our prayers or the veracity of our prophecies by what we see with our natural eyes! Know that there are things in HIDDEN PLACES that are BEING IMPACTED by the word of the Lord! Proclamations concerning the virus, the election, and the dark underworld of trafficking, have all been dramatically shifted because the saints have agreed and stood on the orders given from above.

ONE

Fr. Richard Rohr (14 July 21): “The Lord your God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole soul, and your whole strength.” (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30, 33; Luke 10:27)

Nations 9th of Av (12 July 21): In the midst of everything You call us to do, please help us to walk in love, honor and respect for our Jewish brothers and sisters.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): Naturally, we think of the Jewish people as a conglomerate of many Jews. But the Baal Shem Tov saw the Jewish people as a single, indivisible whole.

2 Samuel 7:8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel;

Nations 9th of Av (11 July 21): May our hearts be broken. After prostrating ourselves before You, may we rise to stand with our Jewish brethren, love them, support them, stand beside them, and serve them, because truly they ARE our family.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): While our stories might look uniquely different in detail, we can see parts of ourselves in each other more than we might realize.

James Goll: Revelation’s Ultimate Purpose: Presenting Jesus to the World

2 Samuel 7:13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): When I love you, when I show you that I believe in you, that I want you, I want to connect to you, I want to be with you, I cherish you, I am crazy over you, it shows my daughter that her worth is infinite; that her value is unwavering and absolute.  Then she discovers the energy and strength to discover that her dignity is more powerful than her trauma, her soul is deeper than her pain, and her life is larger than her challenges. The trauma does not constitute her core existence. She is more powerful than her wounds.

Nations 9th of Av (11 July 21): May the Jewish people find it in their hearts to forgive us and receive us. Abba, may You direct the building of the bridge and mortar us together with love.

Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Don’t be afraid to accompany His process, witness.

2 Samuel 7:14a I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.

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[1] Michelle Holderman (25 January 2019): Pilgrims Who Are On A Healing Journey (Or Soon Will Be), And Witnesses Accompanying Them; This Is For You – The Ragamuffin Saint; (Re)Posted: 09 Jul 2021 04:34 PM PDT

[2] Rabbi Aharon Loschak (14 July 21): Inner Voices and Dumb Choices – Guest Columnists – Parshah (chabad.org)

[3] Rev. Joshua Bowron (22 July 2018): Sheeple, Pentecost 8 (B) – July 18, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[4] Wanda Alger (15 July 21): THINGS ARE NOT AS THEY SEEM – THEY’RE ACTUALLY BETTER! – wandaalger.me

[5] Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): What Do you Do When Your Child Was Abused? | Essay Matos | TheYeshiva.net

[6] Our Lady of Guadalupe novena: Read more at: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/our-lady-of-guadalupe-novena

[7] Jehovah’s Witnesses: #5) Jehovah’s Witnesses and the 144,000 | Jehovah’s Watchman (e-watchman.com)

[8] Lana Vawser (03 January 2021): I HEARD THE LORD SAY “THERE IS A MIRACULOUS DELIVERANCE UPON YOU” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[9] Beatrice Bruteau, What We Can Learn from the East (Crossroad: 1995), 90–92. 

[10] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 July 21): Hidden Cause – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[11] Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 July 2011): Black Eggs & White Cheese | Essay The Three Weeks & Tisha B’Av | TheYeshiva.net

[12] Rev. Phil Hooper (11 July 21): The Hard Stuff: A Sermon – By Another Road

[13] Sophia Valentina Buller (14 July 21): Matthew 18 – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

[14] Dutch Sheets (13 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25788)

[15] [1] https://biblehub.com/greek/4697.htm

[16] Rev. Anna Shine: Proper 11(B): Where Are Our Deserted Places? – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[17] Binyomin Adilman (13 July 21): Based on Tiferet Shlomo of Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk; (First published in B’Ohel Hatzadikim, Devarim 5758)

[18] Rabbi YY Jacobson (08 July 21): [6] Av from the word “avah,” desire, and “ahavah,” love.

[19] Nate Johnston (12 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25782)

[20] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 July 21): Machloket – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[21] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 July 21): All in One – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[22] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (14 July 21): 800 years later: Church of England apologizes for expelling the Jews (israel365news.com)

O Mortal 27 June 21

10 Jul

Working Dates: Fourteen days from Sunday, June 27, 2021 to Saturday, July 10, 2021

[30 pages of praying and working through Ezekiel 2:1-5 and Psalm 123 from the lectionary readings for 6 Pentecost 04 July 21]

Lance Wallnau (05 July 21): What are some daily habits you employ to stay positive and focused in your life?

Brat: I just told you.  What do you think I’m doing?

Kay Lindahl: Most important, as you practice reflection, notice that what you want to say (the ego) matters less than what wants to be said (the soul). Reflective listening is a slowing down, waiting, practicing patience with yourself.

Steve Shultz (26 June 21): Many of our future rewards (or even earthly ones) will be determined by how we chose to spend our TIME (rather than squander it) here on Earth.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): The seven nations that occupied Canaan exist within the human soul. They are the seven raw emotional modalities that every human being must conquer and transform—such as selfishness, anger, impatience and jealousy.[1]

Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): The way that we each step into our Kingdom assignment is through our willingness to reroute, redirect and reposition ourselves wherever and whenever the Holy Spirit asks. That way, we can be a part of what God is about to do. [2]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): But before entering Canaan, the Israelites first had to battle with Midian.

Nations 9th of Av (27 June 21): Continue to break our heart for what breaks Your heart.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): Midian is the place in the human soul where there is no room for another. It is not rational, nor can it be reasoned with.

Ezekiel 2:1 He said to me: O mortal [!], stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you.

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): I am standing for the LION’S ROAR to DROWN OUT the seducing voices of false shepherds and counterfeit leaders.

Nate Johnston (in “Lighting the Gaslighting Jackal” 09 Feb 21): And as our feet were stamping the ground it was sending shockwaves around the world that were awakening the rest of the bride, breaking off shackles, and revealing and exposing what had been under the surface. I saw the counterfeit movements that were suddenly being revealed for what they really were. They were FALSE and appearing as light but they were part of the enemy’s religious agenda to deter the bride from her real post. In my spirit, I heard “Esther will not right for the wrong cause!” This is a moment to know what you are about and for but the raw war cry will make it clear. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “Shadowboxing” 14 June 21): I am afraid that the closer we get to the Light, the more of our shadow we see. Thus, truly holy people are always humble people. Christians would have been done a great service if the shadow had been distinguished from sin. Sin and shadow are not the same. We were so encouraged to avoid sin that many of us instead avoided facing our shadow, and then we ended up “sinning” even worse—while unaware besides! As Paul taught, “The angels of darkness must disguise themselves as angels of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). The persona does not choose to see evil in itself, so it always disguises it as good. The shadow self invariably presents itself as something like prudence, common sense, and justice. It says, “I am doing this for your good,” when it is actually manifesting fear, control, manipulation, or even vengeance. Isn’t it fascinating that the name Lucifer literally means “light bearer”? The evil one always makes darkness look like light—and makes light look like darkness.

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): What’s in Your Heart?

Rev. D. Rebecca Dinovo: There are people who can teach us a different way to approach life, however – people whose lives look nothing like a fairytale – people whose lives are not in any way conventional, but who find deep joy and purpose. You probably know someone who has suffered great loss and whose life did not play out as they had hoped, but still, they find joy and a deeper purpose despite it all. Often, these people have found meaning beyond the expected storylines of their culture and are people of faith. John the Baptist is just one example among many from the Bible, along with the many saints and faithful who offer different scripts – alternatives to the lives prescribed by Hollywood, Disney, social media, or even our cultural traditions. This script is God’s script, and it follows God’s purpose and calling on our lives instead.[3]

When Light Came In (04 July 21): Advice is defined as guidance by someone with experience or authority. What gives that person authority in your experience?

Revelation 2:26 To the one who is victorious and does My will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 July 21): “Torah is meant to bring people together, not divide them apart.”[4]

Steve Shultz (08 July 21): As long as time remains…as long as the righteous and the wicked live on the earth, there will be seen great, NEW contrasts between the righteous and the wicked.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): With unconditional love, irrational hatred is conquered and transformed.

Nations 9th of Av (24 June 21): We like to say that Israel is blind (in part), but did you know that the nations of the world are doubly blind? In Isaiah 60, speaking of Zion, it says, “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” Why must a new light shine out from Zion? Because “darkness shall cover the earth. And deep darkness the people.” The peoples of the world are in darkness and blind to much of what God is doing in the world today. It is up to the people of God to excitedly join in with God’s redemption plan, and as we are diligently faithful to God’s plan, may the light of His glory begin to shine forth from Zion, even as it shines now, within each our hearts!

Brat: I see “light” as enlightenment.

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): God lift us out of the ways of death and lead us all in light everlasting. Amen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 June 21): “The ultimate Revelation will be when we open our eyes to see that everything is here, now.”

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation (04 July 21): Matthew’s Good News: The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): This is explained in works of Chassidut on the verse, “You yearn for the work of Your own hands.” In a certain way, we can say that the Creator yearns for His creations to make His presence tangible in His world.

Rev. D. Rebecca Dinovo: When our lives find their meanings and purposes – not in human storylines, but in God’s storyline – the God who called John the Baptist, the prophets, the saints, and each of us to a life of faith, then we can start to see our lives very differently and adjust to new expectations. We can throw away the scripts and storylines someone handed to us or that we embraced long ago and realize that our lives find their deepest meaning and purpose in something much bigger and greater than ourselves and our individual storylines. And as we root ourselves more deeply in God and God’s Word, we begin to see that our lives have the potential to impact others with the love of God in a much deeper way than we ever imagined.

Wanda Alger (22 June 21): The reason that Truth sets us free (John 8:32) is because it’s SomeONE that does it, not someTHING. If we want “the truth to come out” and be revealed, it can only come through the Spirit of Truth, the third Person of the Trinity. This goes beyond INFORMATION to REVELATION. It is the revelation of HOLY SPIRIT as the source for all that is true and good that will set the captives free. THIS is the Great Reveal that is commencing. [5]

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): And I have to believe that as Jesus looks to us now, to the very ground on which he trod, he would continue to weep, as he did when he looked on Jerusalem in his own days. Jesus knew – and this is even clear in his response to the violence he met in his own life – that the solution to the problems he encountered was never going to be military.

Israel365 (06 July 21): The field hospitals the IDF has maintained for Syrian refugees provide one example of the fact that the Israeli army is the most humanitarian one in the world.

James Finley: Mystic teachers . . . offer trustworthy guidance to people who feel interiorly drawn toward this deeper unitive experience of God’s presence in their life. . . . [6]

Nate Johnston (27 June 21): To the Feelers…

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): Action Command

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): He would count on us.

Alane Haynes (21 June 21): “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in Earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matt. 28:18-20 KJV)

Brat: The end of the world?

Matthew 24:36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): But although I love them and find them endlessly fascinating, here’s the trouble with ghost stories: as compelling as they can be, they are, ultimately, always about death. Death always wins, death always controls the narrative. And as such, ghost stories are about endings—about unfinished business or revenge or longing—and the ghosts we encounter are almost always conditioned permanently by the circumstances of their former life.[7]

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): What about now?

Nations 9th of Av (27 June 21): Father, we confess to You and repent of the antisemitic sins of our Church forefathers that have led to such relentless, horrific, murderous persecutions in Your name.

Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): Being led by the Spirit can sometimes mean making simple or small adjustments that redirect or reroute us to move forward into God’s plans for us. Just as a chiropractor makes small adjustments that realign your entire body, when we are obedient to take those small adjustments from the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves in perfect alignment with Him. And when you are in perfect alignment with the Lord you will see His Kingdom invade absolutely everything you do.

Wanda Alger (in “The Offering” 19 June 21): Heavenly Father is going after His prodigals! He has let them go after the world for their determined time, knowing there would come that divine moment of awakening and return. Knowing the willfulness of His sons and daughters, He has allowed some to go after their flesh to pursue their counterfeit dreams and personal ambitions.[8]

Nations 9th of Av (30 June 21): We repent of the blindness of our religious leaders who did not want to learn Torah with our Jewish friends who brought the Word of God to humanity.

Steve Shultz (08 July 21): More and more you will begin to witness with your own eyes that, primarily, the wicked are living troubled and afflicted lives because they refuse the Savior who would love to rescue them.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): It [intolerance] is the core of all evil. It is what holds the human soul in exile from the garden.

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): For everybody.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Sodom and Gomorrah, along with three other cities, formed a large settlement at the terminus of the Jordan River. It’s a deep valley, and before these cities were overturned, the Jordan branched out into a delta, watering the earth well and sprouting rich, lush greenery. The earth was rich in nutrients as well as precious minerals. All in all, a virtual garden of Eden.

Anthony Robinson (28 June 21): “For the Lord will comfort Zion, God will comfort all her waste places, and make her wilderness like Eden.” Never give up.

Riley Clemmons: Keep on Hoping [https://youtu.be/ASw-I8s-yzc]

When Light Came In (04 July 21): “You don’t want to be the one who gives up, do you?” No, we don’t want to give up. In fact, we tried to build relationship with our abuser in every way we could, in every way people recommended. We gave everything, including ourselves, our bodies, our self respect. Leaving this investment represents loss on so many levels, you could never understand. We’re not giving *up* now, we’re giving *in* to the truth: we gave ourselves for a lie.

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): The way out of this is forward. But it’s not with rockets. Or shows of might. Or empty phrases. Or the discarding or suffering of bodies.

Israel365 (06 July 21): Despite the bitter slavery the nation suffered at the hand of the Egyptians, the Torah teaches that we must care for all of Hashem’s children, even our persecutors, and not treat them the same way they treated us.

Brian D. McLaren: What if Jesus’ secret message reveals a secret plan? What if he didn’t come to start a new religion—but rather came to start a political, social, religious, artistic, economic, intellectual, and spiritual revolution that would give birth to a new world?

Ezekiel 2:4 The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, “Thus says the Lord GOD.”

Me (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): Each one is listening to their own tune, yet God sent me into the pack to find His symphony through the cacophony. (Can you hear the wolf pack howl?) They talk about going back for the one, leaving no one behind, and remembering the least of these, but it’s just lip service. Showing no flow of conversation out of rare contact with me for fourteen years, – but still trying to stay in the race anyway, – is an act of God.  It is statistically impossible for Silence from leadership with me to be enforced for this long if it were simply an act of nature.  Nature abhors a vacuum, so therefore it must be supernatural. 

Nations 9th of Av (05 July 21): Give us the courage to never be silent again, to do something, no matter what the cost.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (28 June 21): Nevertheless, even as we do this, through our actions we also have to reveal that nature itself is directed by G‑d. We have to work on the premise that if we invest ourselves to the full extent of our ability, G‑d will help us arrive at the necessary goal, even if it presently seems out of reach. Chasidut teaches, “Nature itself is in reality higher than nature.” This is further illustrated by another saying, “Lead a supernatural life, and G‑d will provide the miracles”.[9]

Revelation 12:16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

Brian D. McLaren: What if the core message of Jesus has been unintentionally misunderstood or intentionally distorted? What if many have sincerely valued some aspects of Jesus’ message while missing or even suppressing other, more important dimensions? What if many have carried on a religion that faithfully celebrates Jesus in ritual and art, teaches about Jesus in sermons and books, sings about Jesus in songs and hymns, and theorizes about Jesus in seminaries and classrooms . . . but somewhere along the way missed rich and radical treasures hidden in the essential message of Jesus? . . .

Sophia Buller (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): Why do leaders protect the demons, but don’t protect the flock from those demons?

Me (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): God and I were talking this morning and I realized that KLOVE Christian radio station makes a motto out of Arc Speak in that they encourage listeners to call in and let them know when a song they play touches someone’s heart and changes their day: “The right song at the right time!”  I, myself, am encouraged by their songs.  That is blessed because it is encouraging.  However, when I try and draw in words from others and scripture into a collective dialogue because the elect treat me like I don’t exist, then it’s considered “demonic”?  To me, that sounds no different than Balaam only blessing Israel, which Jesus brings up to Pergamum of the Seven Churches [Rev 2:14]!  Prophecy is supposed to be a balance of truth and love, justice and mercy, but instead of seeing the balance, I see each part compartmentalized in the Church rather than being integrated.  Is it even possible to experience balance outside of community in a holistic sense?

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: I’ve had to nuance my understanding of what it means to find the holy in the interruption. Interruption is not always good in and of itself. What makes interruptions good and holy is that we attend to them knowing what our end, what our goal, is.

Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): Let us make our portion in life the presence of God. Let us not be mastered by the issues, fears or distractions of our times. Rather, let us break the power of satan’s weapons of mass distraction. Let us return full-hearted to God.

Nations 9th of Av (23 June 21): The sins of those who call themselves believers in the God of Israel, make a mockery of Him, when they walk in the ways of the world. We took Jesus, the one who brought us salvation from our selfish ways and turned him into a weapon against the very people from which he came. We turned the name of our blessed Savior into a curse word for the Jewish people. 

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): Jesus rose with a blessing, not a curse on the land where he was murdered.

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): Yes, our Savior was talking about persecution of the Early Church, but is that all he meant? Is it possible that in that moment our Jewish Messiah was telling his Jewish disciples about the perils to come not only to them, but to Israelites down through the ages? In their zeal to do God a favor, the religious leaders of the day made those disciples outcasts from the community. The sad irony is that the spiritual descendants of those same disciples have made the Jewish kindred of our Messiah outcasts from the community for the same reason.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): When human beings will treat one another with love, and respect their differences of opinion, all other ills will surrender before us.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: I think Christians doing a 9th of Av in a Christian way will help lift the Jews up so that we do something that we’ve actually been putting off, something where we have not done our job, which is to BE the kingdom of priests for all the nations, to create the house of prayer for all the nations …[10]

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): And that blessing was more than a good feeling. It was a mandate. A pattern by which the rest of us must live.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (28 June 21): Jericho: ‘High Priests’ train for ‘Tamid’ Temple sacrifice on 17 Tammuz[11]

Andrew Ripp: “Jericho” [https://youtu.be/DANgNI6rqxI]

Brat: Yes, Adam!  I hear you!  We work together to tear down the walls that separate us!

(We are friends on Facebook.)

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (09 July 21): Come together as Jews and Christians to help us serve the nations, to be priests to make this a house of prayer for all people.

Isaiah 56:these I will bring to my holy mountain
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.”

Me to Samuel (10 July 21): Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz pleaded with us Christians to join the Jews for the fast of the Nation’s 9th of Av 2021.  What if my writings and prayers are part of the burnt offerings and sacrifices accepted on God’s altar building up to the feast day of the Messiah?  Then all these years of service would have meaning and purpose.  Then the mysterious and illusive Wolf in the blind spot would no longer have any power to dissuade or sabotage the mission.

Israel365 (06 July 21): The Power of Our Speech

Loretta F. Ross (25 June 21): What Is Tracking Holiness?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): Caring beyond reason.

David Suissa (28 June 21): Daily Roundtable: How Are Jews Standing in Solidarity with Surfside?[12]

CNN (28 June 21): At least nine individuals are dead after the tragic building collapse in the heavily Jewish town of Surfside, Florida. 

Jerusalem Post: Israelis stand in solidarity

Luke 13:Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): I have to remind myself that God, in Christ, came and lived like me so that I can live in God, forever. I have to remind myself that the gospel, not my personal ghosts or demons, but the GOSPEL, will shape the story of who I am, who I am becoming, and it will, by God’s grace, help me continue to thrive and grow within the One whose “righteousness is immortal.” The one who conquers death.

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): Yet we who profess His Name have all too often turned the message “God with us” into an authorization to persecute those we should be embracing and honoring.

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): We must look to the Holy Land. And protect all of God’s people.

Brat to Dr. Luisa Johnson (23 June 21): … I sent a private email to Nations 9th of Av. The subject [in “The Offering”] was addressing the wolves in sheep’s clothing among leadership: The Wolf in the Blind Spot.  In the body of my email, I concluded my note with,

“I know you are busy scholars.  After you have read the piece, I would be interested in knowing:

What are we learning, as God’s people-as-Bride?”

Nations 9th of Av (27 June 21): It is interestingly funny that the moment one calls the Jewish people “blind and ignorant,” they prove themselves to be “blind and arrogant” instead. Christianity in many ways has blinded itself to the hurts, pains and atrocities which the Jewish people have faced through history. The Apostle Paul instructs us in Romans 12, “weep with those who weep.”

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): Once a lady in the community had gotten very bitter in the local church. She had let hatred build up in her heart, and she began to go all over the community spreading slanders and lies about the pastor, and this went on for days. She would gossip to all who would give her their ear. Soon, the Spirit of God began to move powerfully on her, bringing about deep regret, moving her to go to the pastor and apologize. The pastor said, “Oh, yes, I forgive you, but please come with me.”

He took a pillow filled with feathers and led the repentant woman to a windy hillside, where he cut open the feather pillow. The strong, swirling wind took the loose feathers, blowing and scattering them all across the community.

Then the pastor said to the woman, “Now, please go and retrieve each feather.” She exclaimed, “That is impossible! The feathers have gone all over the town! I could never gather them all up.” The pastor answered, “That’s right, and neither can you take back all the lies and allegations you spoke.” [13]

James 4:16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 

Nations 9th of Av (09 July 21): Empower the remnant Church to be watchmen on the walls.
We do believe that You are restoring Israel at this time.

Brat: Pardon me, but you never wrote me back.  You just kept sending more daily devotions.  I respect that, but it did make me sad.  I didn’t know how to interpret the Silence.

Rachel Hackenberg (23 June 21): Escape Plans

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 June 21): As long as we believe there is a place to escape, we cannot be liberated.[14]

Steve Shultz (27 June 21): There are many instructions to the Church on things God asks us to do that are much, MUCH higher on God’s priority list than preaching that Christ could return at any moment and “here’s why!”

Verse of the Day (28 June 21): 2 Peter 3:The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): Skepticism Separates

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): A world of tohu is a world where no two things can work together. A world where the weather is either hot or cold but never warm, where people are either super-friendly or hostile but never just chill, where either I run things or you run things but we can’t cooperate, where I don’t need you and you don’t need me and so no one has any business with the other.[15]

Revelation 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 

Steve Porter (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): Laodicean Christian, awake! Let your heart be stirred. Today is the hour of your visitation. Don’t be enamored of the seemingly religious Fool’s Gold that passes for spiritual nourishment. The risk of being left standing outside the wedding chamber with no oil in your lamp is too great!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Things only got worse from there, until there was no friendship, no camaraderie even with each other. Eventually the people’s treatment of merchants, transients, the homeless, the downtrodden and the needy became heartless and viciously cruel.

Mark 6:5 And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.

Stefani McDade (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): “We’ve talked about idolatry in politics, [but] there’s idolatry to prophets,” [Jeremiah] Johnson says. “Nobody talks about that.” He says he believes “prophets became an idol in the body of Christ,” and while “they obviously have been humbled, the people themselves need to repent of worshiping prophets.”

Me: I don’t disagree with Jeremiah Johnson.  The people DO need to repent of worshiping prophets.  I also need to be heard and understood that God sent me into the viper’s nest to confront the lot of prophets and priests and was treated like I don’t exist; just a gnat on the rat’s ass.

Mark 6:11 If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: May Christ never have to wipe the dirt from his feet in your presence.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Leadership needs to repent.  (Yes, of course!)

Matthew 10:14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): How do we see this among the people of Sodom? Well, they weren’t hospitable. Not only did they not take in guests, they couldn’t even allow others to have guests stay in their home. That’s the central point of the story with Lot, Abraham’s nephew who lived in Sodom. When Lot had some guests over to his home, the people of Sodom staged a protest outside his door and threatened to harm the guests and their host.[16]

Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): Jesus came to give life, and life abundantly.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 July 21): After 33 centuries,
all that’s needed has been done.

The table is set,
the feast of Moshiach is being served
with the Ancient Wine,
the Leviathan and the Wild Ox
—and we are sitting at it.

All that’s left
is for us
to open our eyes.[17]

(Adapter’s Note: I write these words, but I do not understand.
But then, if I understood them, I suppose I would not need to be told to open my eyes.)[18]

“Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14 ESV)

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, 

Brat: Ours is NOT a Replacement Theology.  The Jews are the heroes in our story!

Revelation 19:18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

Lana Vawser (07 July 21): Over the last few weeks I have had a number of encounters in vision and dreams where the Lord has showed me a MAJOR increase of the angelic being released onto the earth and a major increase in angelic activity. I have seen so many angels being sent from the Lord into the nations and to assist His people.[19]

Israel365 (06 July 21): In fact, the Torah emphasizes universal feelings of sympathy and compassion for all, and warns against rejoicing at the downfall of our enemies. It is for this reason that at the Seder meal every Pesach, when the Jewish people celebrate their salvation from the hands of their Egyptian oppressors, they spill symbolic drops of wine from their cups while mentioning the ten plagues, to indicate that their joy is diminished due the suffering caused to their enemies.

Vince Amlin (27 June 21): When he considers the ones he has hurt, the force of judgment hits him at gale force. Impossible to stand against. No way to move forward until it stills. Until he is forgiven.

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): Forgive us, Father, for our arrogance. We do not understand how Your mercy and grace work with our Jewish brethren, but the testimony of history demonstrates that You are not finished with them. Judgment belongs only to You.

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): The old-fashioned way of talking about this dilemma is to contrast works and grace, the way our doing (even of good things) can conflict with our way of being grace-filled people. If you think it is all up to you and you work hard to do good, you are in danger of thinking your works have saved you and not your faith.

Steve Shultz (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): We must NEVER do works to seek God’s love. He pours His love out to us constantly, whether we do good works or not. But as we revel in His love…we should be growing in love and serving others in need.

Me: Who needs our testimony?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): People need to need each other, not only in commerce but in every aspect of life. That’s perhaps the most ignored but vital need of the human being: the need to be needed. Yet deeper—and even more vital—the need to need others.

Elijah List (30 June 21): Better than a facelift? (and natural, too)

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): Thank You for revealing to me the “sins of my Church fathers” that are documented in The LIST[20]. I repent of the sin of the pride of my Church forefathers.

James 4:17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): Behind intolerance hides the most primal sense of ego, a clandestine belief that “I am the only thing that should be.”

Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): I read what you have compiled and their words seem so disjointed (to me).

2 Corinthians 12:7 even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.

Me (30 June 21): And that would be to treat me as if I don’t exist, but using me covertly anyway.

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): Forgive us, for while our mouth says “Never again”, at the same time our passivity and indifference allows the identical sin to continue on and on.

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): Unprepared or unmindful action has become tyrannical. It is divorced from reflection, and after the divorce we all suffer. Whether it is the speed of work, the emails at home and at work and on the subway, or the way “we have become the tools of our tools” as Thoreau said, action is overblown. It has become something that puffs us up while exhausting us.

Lance Wallnau (05 July 21): Pre-play. The brain is a fascinating thing. Under the helmet of hope, you can protect your thoughts from self-sabotage by pre-playing what God wants to do in the future. This is possible by loading up your thought life with times when things went brilliantly. Your imagination is a tool given by God. Use it to rehearse what you believe God wants to do. Mental rehearsal is the discipline of Olympic champions and miracle workers alike. Keep a visual image of what you’re aiming for—the outcome the Bible promises. Do this and watch what happens.

Kay Lindahl: One of the goals that is emphasized in our culture is finding answers—solving problems, answering questions, removing doubt. We want to know who, what, when, where, and why—and we want to know now. When we listen, we are trained to listen for the answers….[21]

Brat: Hmmmm… “The Interview” 06 June 2021?

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): So if every ghost story ever told is really just a question about what it means to die, then the gospel is the answer: that in God, it means nothing, for death itself has died. 

Brat: And when “ghosting” a person?

Mark 6:14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.”

Wanda Alger (22 June 21): Not only is TRUTH being revealed for who HE is, but the FATHER OF LIES will be exposed for who he is. It is not just the false agenda and propaganda that will be unveiled, but the DEMONIC INTERFERENCE that will be unmasked and uncovered for all to see. The deceptive schemes will no longer be camaflauged as lofty philosophical ideas, but as bloodthirsty plots from the gatekeeper of the abyss. That which has been presented as political and societal battles will be clearly seen as the choice between two BEINGS – the Author of TRUTH or the father of LIES – the Giver of Life or the slave driver to Death.

Bobby Conner (May 9, 1998): I was given their names. The names of these two evil twins are “Accusation” and “Suspicion.” Their mission is to attack Christian leadership’s communication. Their goal is to ultimately contaminate our communications, to break down our unity and trust in one another. They seek to hinder our exchange of information and expression of ideas by clouding and confusing our words.

Fr. Richard Rohr (05 July 21): At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, he announces that he is proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God (Mark 1:1). But in the first half of the Gospel, it is the evil spirits who recognize who Jesus is, and Jesus warns them not to reveal his identity (Mark 1:34; 3:11–12). When Peter and the Twelve recognize that Jesus is the Messiah in the eighth chapter, Jesus again admonishes them not to tell anyone (Mark 8:27–30). He tells them that the Messiah must suffer and die, but they don’t understand (Mark 8:31–33; 9:31–32; 10:32–34). When Jesus is finally arrested, they all run away (Mark 14:50–52). In Mark’s Gospel, it is not until the crucifixion that Jesus is recognized (by a Roman soldier!) as the Son of God (Mark 15:39).[22]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): He may give reasons for his disdain, but the reasons are secondary. Stripped to the bone, it is senseless hatred without reason.

Wanda Alger (22 June 21): When people are truly AWAKENED, they will understand and acknowledge that TRUTH is a HE, and not an “it.” The stark difference between these two choices will be made abundantly clear and all doubt will be removed. Not only will minds be changed, but HEARTS WILL BE TURNED and transformed by HE WHO IS – and always will be – THE ONLY TRUTH that LIVES FOREVER.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): The gospel is not a ghost story. 

Curt Landry (26 June 21): Focus on Scripture…

2 Corinthians 12:2 I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven–whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows.

Brat: God called me in 2007.  That was fourteen years ago.  He asked me to be His bride in 2008 in a “mystical marriage.”

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: If we get clear about where it is we’re going, and what it is we’re doing, then we can abide the interruptions, and not let them become distractions. [23]

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): On May 9, 1998, I was given a powerful prophetic experience. I was seeking the Lord for an answer concerning the constant whirl of confusion and mistrust that has been pervasive among leaders in the Body of Christ. There had to be an answer to the breakdown in communications. The Lord permitted me to go into the second heaven, which is where the devil formulates his wicked schemes, and there I was able to observe evil twin demon beings. These beings come from the bowels of satan himself. These twins were not identical but were extremely wicked.

Mark 6:27 Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,

Me (10 July 21): I’ve had my head served on a platter like John the Baptist so many times that the prophets talked about the “headless bride.”  But Jesus is our Good Shepherd!  Our collective story doesn’t have to stay that way…

Nations 9th of Av (09 July 21): Please go deep to find any stony places. Expose and reveal the mindsets and beliefs in us that would allow us to behave in a cold, calculating or cruel manner towards our Jewish brethren, or any other person for that matter.

Christa Elisha: “A Vision of the Headless Bride & the Restoration to Come”[24]

Brat to Dr. Luisa Johnson (23 June 21): The Elijah List’s selection could be confirmation of my piece if we were sharing directly with each other, as both of our pieces address the same issues point for point.  However, this ARC lobbing over the public’s heads is perpetuating the headless bride syndrome.  Nothing personal.  Nothing incarnational.  The only thing “demonic” about this is the pretending that I don’t exist while confirming what I write.  TRUTH is a she, not an “it,” to paraphrase Wanda Alger.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): If this were a ghost story, there would be a note of finality, a sense of loss: the dead girl might appear and disappear, detached from her body, detached from her actual life, frozen forever in the haunted imagination of her family. Death would still maintain its hypnotic power over the narrative.

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): These evil twins [“Accusation” and “Suspicion”] affect what is being said and heard. They cause deception in one’s perception. These bugs infect communication, causing doubt, skepticism, and apprehension; these breed mistrust and distrust, which brings about cynicism. Their goal is to bring about the paralyzation in pessimism. They bring about slander and all types of false allegations and contentious complaints. Our words then become twisted and are used to promote a lack of trust that paralyzes the people of God.

Mark 6:16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”

When Light Came In (04 July 21): Friend, if it shames, judges, or disqualifies your impossibly hard decision to leave abuse, ignore it.

Rachel Hackenberg (23 June 21): I forget sometimes that escape is an option. I dig in my heels. I put my head in the sand. I build up my defenses. All my energy is poured into staking and protecting a claim, when I could be directing that energy (at least some of it) toward an escape plan. Toward a situation that isn’t life or death – it’s just life. Toward a restorative next step. An open window, a back door, a path less taken.

Psalm 123:2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until he has mercy upon us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): This is the meaning of the verse “And He established His agudah upon the earth.”[25] An agudah is a collaboration of individuals, such as a collective, in which everyone works together and no one is complete without the other. This is how G‑d created the world to operate.

Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): We prepare the way by receiving prophetic revelation on what needs to be restored and then becoming instruments in the hand of the Holy Spirit to bring about the restoration of all things, so that Christ can be released from Heaven to return. We make ready a people by transforming every saint into the image and likeness of Jesus so that they can manifest Christ’s full manhood and ministry (Rom. 8:29).

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): We want to leave it in Your hands, and instead be Your instruments of peace and reconciliation.

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): Don’t just stand there, we say, do something. Much of what we do when we are just “doing something” is pointless. Actions without intentions – and action without humility – can fools us into thinking we are “doing something.” Such action is a short-term solution to life’s long term.

2 Corinthians 12:6 But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me,

Lance Wallnau (05 July 21): Record. You would be surprised at how many sacred moments occur in a 24-hour period. You will discover the significance of these experiences by making it a habit to review them at the end of the day. I have a journal that I carry everywhere. I encourage you to get a journal and take time to record these daily miracles as reference experiences for when you’re encountering a new challenge. Too frequently, we miss those God-moments that, whether they seem large or small, are truly sensational.

Matthew West: Do something! [https://youtu.be/b_RjndG0IX8]

Me (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): I had already been “doing something” for seven years when Matthew West published that song in 2014.  I had taken those words to heart.  And I shared the journey.  Every outreach is in my daily log that I’ve kept from 30 January 2012 to today.  That’s ten years!

Lance Wallnau (25 June 21): When you take the time to step back and create a moment’s space, you open up options… you move from a position of reacting to one of responding.

Wanda Alger (02 July 21): I had a dream in 2015 that I knew was a prophetic word about this nation, but I didn’t have any indication as to the timing. The “woman” in this night vision was America. It was obvious that “she” was in trouble and that everyone was trying to save her. When all seemed lost, FIREWORKS erupted as a sign of her redemption.[26]  

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: She has tried everything. She has done everything money can buy. She has seen countless doctors and has only grown worse. But something in her still hopes. Despite all she has been through, something in her believes, trusts, even expects that if she simply reaches out and touches the edge of Jesus’ cloak, she will be healed.

Brat: And if she was the Church?

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): We seem to have a problem dealing with people different from ourselves. Just pick a difference – skin color, ethnicity, nationality, sex, age, political alignment, style of clothing, sports teams, entertainment preferences, or an endless number of other distinctions. You don’t have to think very hard to come up with examples of how such differences separate people, sometimes by walls of awkward silence, sometimes by outbursts of anger, and sometimes by physical violence.

[Crickets chirping…]

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): Because of this strife and debate, many in leadership are driven to solitude and detachment; they detach and disconnect from walking in real unity. When these two evil spirits minister their deception, it brings about a spirit of self-pity and a feeling of being alone. (This makes it seem like no other Christian can be trusted.)

Nations 9th of Av (05 July 21): As Elie Wiesel (may his memory be blessed), a survivor of the Holocaust once said, “What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor but the silence of the bystander.” How did the Church respond during the Holocaust? With deafening silence! The silence of the Church is something we cannot allow to continue! If we really hope to bring lasting change to the world, it begins with changing our own words and actions first. So be vocal and live different!

Ezekiel 2:3 He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 July 21): It is not so much that we need to be taken out of exile.

It is that we must take the exile out of ourselves.[27]

Anthony Robinson (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): The people to whom the prophet spoke had plenty of reason for discouragement, for giving up. They dwelt in exile in a foreign land — strangers in a strange land. Their beloved homeland was now a waste land.

Me: The same can be said for this proverbial written landscape.

Mark 6:15 But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”

Lance Wallnau (05 July 21): Rehearse. Remind yourself of who God is. Look upon the whole of your life and one word about God will stand out—His faithfulness! Replay every victory you’ve ever had before you make a critical decision. Do this on purpose, because if you’re not careful, without a helmet to intercept them, you’ll start replaying the tape of what has gone wrong in the past. If you yield to negative thinking you’ll focus on what went wrong. This will sabotage the results you want to see.

Bobby Conner (07 July 21): God will give grace to bridle the tongue if we are willing to face these foes. One of these demons’ main intentions is to bring about such contamination in communication that all lines of communication shut down. They intensely seek to foster allegations, malicious words, and spiteful slander so that people in leadership will totally separate themselves from one another.

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: Soon, another person emerges from the crowd. She is not there to ask for the healing of another but rather to seek it for herself. There is no one there to advocate for her. No friends to carry her on a mat or lower her through the roof to be seen by Jesus.

Nations 9th of Av (06 July 21): We are reminded of the words of German Pastor Martin Niemöller who once said “First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist…Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): The Unappreciated Gift

Kay Lindahl: Reflective listening distinguishes a response from an answer. It is a practice to get to know your inner voice, and it takes time and patience.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Perhaps you have more background to sustain their meaning, but to me it seems like the musings of a fortune teller… “you are going to meet a tall, dark, stranger…”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): “Acquire yourself a friend!” our sages taught.[28] People ask, “Why use the word acquire? That makes it sound like you have to buy friends. Why not just make friends?”

Kenneth Samuel (29 June 21): I really don’t need to write to you about this ministry of giving for the believers in Jerusalem. I know how eager you are to help. … But I am sending these brothers to be sure you really are ready, and that your money is all collected. – 2 Corinthians 9:1-3 excerpts (NLT)

Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): What is the most valuable yet most unappreciated gift men receive from God? It is not money. It is not even food and housing. The gift we most fail to appreciate is time. Beloved, it is wisdom to number our days (Ps. 90), for we only have a certain allotment of time to fulfill our calling. Yet too many of us are squandering our days with meaningless distractions. Yes, all things are lawful, but not all things are profitable (1 Cor. 6:12).[29]

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: If we know in our bones whose we are, and what it is that we are working for, then we can have the grace to let the interruptions be the work, and not to grow weary.

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: Healing—physical, emotional, societal—takes place in many different ways. To seek healing is to hope for more wholeness, to believe that it is possible. In Christ, we believe such wholeness is not only possible but also desired by the One who created us and loves us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): What we learn from the story of Sodom is that, yes, private ownership on its own can be very evil. It’s commerce that redeems capitalism and makes it good—very good. Just the fact that one person sold and the other bought is good. Because people needing people is good. Being insufficient is good. Good for the world, good for the community and good for the individual.

Revelation 3:17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): What are those commodities? One person may be richly steeped in abstract knowledge but poor in application, while another does not fare well in abstractions but has a knack for putting ideas to work. One has water while the other has bread. One has a fire inside him while the other stays cool. All have in common one thing: They all need one another for their own wholeness.

Brian D. McLaren: What if Jesus had a message that truly could change the world, but we’re prone to miss the point of it? . . .[30]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Self-sufficiency, on the other hand, is a bad deal all around. We all say we want to be perfectly self-sufficient, but we recognize that would be a nightmare. With self-sufficiency, we have all the evil of private ownership with none of the good.

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): How did these things happen? Maybe the answer is in something Jesus said on the night He was betrayed: “These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me. (John 16:1-3 NASB)

Matt Laney (04 July 21): Therefore, if you have ever been condemned by so-called Christians, know this: they were not speaking for God or Jesus. God did not send Jesus to condemn, but to liberate and to save.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): But Sodom did not operate that way. No one would accept anything from anyone else. They said, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours.”

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: Expectations always get in the way. It seems that expectations can even limit the power of God.[31] 

Brat: Father David suffered terribly from Expectations.  I acknowledged, blessed, and released that.

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: Mark tells us explicitly that he was “unable to do miracles” and that he was “appalled by their disbelief.” (Mk 6:5a, 6) 

Nations 9th of Av (09 July 21): We humble ourselves and repent on behalf of past and present atrocities of the blind and unbelieving Church.

Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): There is a transition generation today who are preparing their ark of conformity to the image of Christ so that they can make the transition from old Earth to new Earth. Christ’s prophesied second coming will soon be history just as the prophesied flood is now history. His coming is real and will happen, but it cannot happen until all things are revealed and fulfilled. We cannot hasten His coming just by longing for it, but we can hurry it along by co-laboring with the Holy Spirit in restoring all things.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (28 June 21): How is this done? On the one hand, we have to work according to the rules of reality – not to rely on miracles, using our abilities to the max; we must find logical solutions to even difficult problems, and work systematically to deal with those issues. …

Lance Wallnau (25 June 21): In this particular case, you have to react to avoid a collision, but in so many situations in our life, we need to learn to pause, step back, BREATHE, count to three, and then… hit the person directly under the chin.

No. I am just kidding… Don’t do that.

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): Action has a great public relations agency. People want to be active not passive, engaged not distant; they remember the folk wisdom that “actions speak louder than words.” But action without a prepared mind is dangerous.

Lance Wallnau (25 June 21): Reacting to Flash Battles

Psalm 123:4 Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): But that’s not what the gospel is about, because it’s not what God is about. “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

Matt Laney (04 July 21): Christian freedom is the absence of condemnation.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (03 July 21): I do appreciate your responses and see ever more clearly the “wall of silence” and the plagiarism of God’s Word.

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): Our Jewish Messiah called the spiritual leaders of His day blind guides because they twisted scripture to justify their oppression of others. When He returns, will He berate us for twisting scripture because we believe we are better than our “blind” Jewish neighbors?

Nate Johnston (27 June 21): Are you someone who senses everything and doesn’t know how to separate it from you and the world around you? 

Psalm 123:1 To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): Help us, Father. We ask in the Name of Yeshua.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): Midian sits at the core-essence of every maladaptive human quality. So that, once it is conquered, all the rest of a person’s character is opened to transformation.

Revelation 3:21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: This was one of the first things that was said to me when I started my first year of Contextual Education at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Atlanta, a parish where more than three-quarters of the congregation lives with a chronic mental illness.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): And as those who must go on living in death’s midst, while the ones whom we love are lost to the valley of shadows, we often find ourselves living as a people haunted—haunted by memories, by regrets, by the words said or left unsaid, the deeds done or left undone. Our grief prowls in the night, whispering rumors of our own annihilation. 

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): Who would do such things? Even hearing of them grates on the sensibilities of good people. Being considerate of the disabled is something decent people do. In fact, it’s something God takes seriously:

“You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:14 NKJV) But what if God’s command concerns not only the physically blind, but the spiritually blind as well?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): Even if all your complaints about your spouse are well-founded and valid—show her your love, nevertheless. Show her unconditional love.[32]

Me (29 June 21): You could be talking about the Bride of Christ.  The process of listening for the conversation IS an act of love, even if the conversation is disjointed or non-existent.  God is still true to His word. Is listening through the ruckus all that different than listening to an autistic child filtered through a loving heart?

Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): The issue for us is not about things, but discerning those things that keep us from God. The pleasures of this world can become intoxicating, numbing our discernment and our capacity to see clearly. Yet if we are truly seeking the Lord, setting apart time each day for Him, then our hold on life will be clear-minded.

Matthew 24:38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 

Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): Evangelicals and Pentecostals have been declaring for years that the next thing on God’s agenda is the second coming of Christ. Like Noah proclaiming for a hundred years that there was a flood coming, one of these days they will be right. He will come! However, if Noah had preached about the flood but had not, at the same time, prepared the ark so he and his family could be the transition generation, they would not have been prepared to make the transition from the old world to the new. [33]

Matthew 24:37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): Jesus didn’t just disappear. He wasn’t just sucked into the clouds. No. He had a plan. He had a people. He had an intervener – the Holy Spirit. He had teachings his followers would remember.

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: “The interruptions are the work.”

Matthew 24:40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 

Steve Shultz (27 June 21): I’ve seen too many generations come and go and still that ministry of predicting the rapture is a bit devoid of the Power of the Gospel.

Matthew 24:41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

James Finley: [The mystics] are assuming several things, that first of all, there’s the dignity, and the reality, and the complexities of the human experience. . . . They’re always assuming that these are real life people living a real life. So, in that sense, it’s a deep respect for the dignity and gift of the human experience.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): But when G‑d made the earth, He did so with wisdom, so that all the world functions in a way of tikkun—the diametric opposite of Sodom’s isolationism. The world is made so that each region must receive its needs from some other region. Indeed, that is what trade is all about—that each land both receives from others and gives to others.

Israel365 (06 July 21): The State of Israel has also demonstrated great sympathy towards its military enemies and towards the civilian populations of neighboring countries, despite their hostility.

Christa Elisha (08 July 21): “Even now, My shining ones are rising, carrying the realms of My Kingdom. In their mouths are the keys over regions. As they open their mouths, they will open up destiny doors, and they will seal demonic gateways that have infiltrated this country.[34]

Matthew 24:42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 

Brat: Did you not read the above poem?  The rabbi said the feast of Moshiach is being served!

Kay Lindahl: The practice of listening for the questions—for what wants to be said next—deepens your relationship to your inner voice, your soul, and enhances full self-expression.

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): Father, I confess to You and repent of my own spiritual pride that has kept me blind. I must acknowledge that I am blind also so that You can allow me to see. Father, please heal my blind eyes. Please take the scales off my eyes. Please allow me to “see” the sins of my Church forefathers that I have been blind to.

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Steve Porter (29 June 21): As the spirit of Laodicea attempts to “blind” the eyes of the Body of Christ, Abba Father is busy preparing a Bride for His Son. The Bride is “buying gold tried by fire” – His divine nature. As we allow the “fire” to burn away our sin, we are conformed into the image of His Son. His nature changes our nature and others will say, “Who is this that comes out of the wilderness, leaning on her lover?” (Song of Solomon 8:5).

Brat to Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Barley Loaf” Letter 25 June 21): …Where God leads from here, I don’t know.  All I know is that it is important to make our process known.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Ultimately, it’s our interpersonal needs and the commerce between us that bind all of humanity together as a single, healthy organism. What’s a healthy organism? A counter-entropic entity united by circulation of energy. And that is what makes a healthy human world as well: A world where people add value to life by discovering how much they need one another.

Me (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): I believe part of the problem is that the prophetic community doesn’t recognize that my type of prophetic gift belongs in the caboose.  I’m not often out in front with the forerunner breaking brush.  I’m usually with my writing pad; waiting and listening to see where the amoeba is maneuvering under the winds of the Holy Spirit; much like a reporter catches an event (although deeper than that analogy).  And a reporter doesn’t (usually) create the event in order to have something to report.  If I were operating under the sanctuary of a bishop, then this perspective would be understood and protected.

Nations 9th of Av (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): We also confess and repent of our own spiritual ignorance and arrogance that has led us into any thoughts of Replacement Theology or antisemitism.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): But now it makes sense. People are friends and stay friends because they need one another. A married couple evolves over many years into a single being because they learn to need one another. Even with all the love in the world, they are only truly bonded when they find a need for one another in their hearts.

Ezekiel 2:2 And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me.

Steve Shultz (26 June 21): For us, however, we find ourselves having to trust God for timing. We have to trust God for what HE MEANS when He says, “Behold, I come quickly” – when it seems things are happening at a snail’s pace.

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: It would have been imperceptible to anyone but Jesus. It could have been entirely ignored. A silent miracle, one more thing amongst the works of Jesus that, as St. John says, would fill more volumes than the world could contain. (John 21:25, KJV) But Jesus stops, not because Jesus is offended by a perceived theft of power, but because Jesus wants to encounter this woman. Because, the Lord knows, the interruptions are the work.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (23 June 21): I am seeing more and more what you are saying about this mode of ignoring you and speaking forth themes that you bring up.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): But wait, it’s true that the Torah states that “the needy will never disappear from the earth.”[35] But the Torah also states that “there will be no needy person amongst you . . . because G‑d will bless you . . . when you will listen to His voice . . .”[36]

Kaji Douša (06 July 21): Jesus wouldn’t just disappear.

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: Good or bad, right or wrong, convenient or not—The interruptions are the work.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): Yes, I see the pattern.  What makes it hard is these comments from others tend to be vague, out of whatever context, and show no flow of conversation. 

Me (29 June 21): That is the issue.  The religious are still politicians in their skill set.  They have to be vague to reach their greater audience.  God told the Seven Churches to hear (and we have to listen in order to hear.  Even deaf people listen.) 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Certainly there were many detestable sins in Sodom and her daughter cities. But it all began with a need not to need anyone.

Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): A Land of Idols

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 June 21): We often take ourselves too seriously, believing in ourselves rather than in God. Often, our actions do not come from a place of prayer and listening to God, but from what we want to do. Look at the pitiably little fruit of 2,000 years of Christianity, with the systems of injustice in which we have been totally complicit! So much of it has been our thing, our power. God has communicated in a million ways that “I am your power,” but we do not believe and trust what we cannot see or prove. Instead, we bow down to lesser kings (like institutions, nations, wars, ideologies, etc.) that we can see, even when they serve us quite poorly. Thus the entire history of the necessary tension between charism (“authenticity”) and institution (“concretization”) is set in motion. It will become the framework for most religious and spiritual journeys.[37]

Nations 9th of Av (27 June 21): The 9th of Av is one of the most solemn and mournful days of the Jewish year. It marks the destruction of both the first and second Temples, the day the Jews were expelled from England and Spain, the start of the crusades, and many other tragedies. For the Jewish community, this day is one of fasting and prayer.

Curt Landry (26 June 21): As Believers, some of the most important tools involved in our decision making should begin with these two questions: “Is it biblical?” and “Does it align with God’s character?”[38]

Revelation 6:1 I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.

Nations 9th of Av (23 June 21): It must have hurt the heart of God, to see His own children—the people in the Church—fighting, persecuting and murdering each other during the Medieval era. Every man is created in the image of God and yet war, violence, and passion seem to run strong within the veins of humanity. Power-hungry, Blood-thirsty, Immoral, Brutish Savages have risen up in every generation, some unfortunately, even within the Church.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): The gospel is not a ghost story because a ghost story is conditioned by the parameters of death, and the gospel, in contrast, is defined by existence, by life’s eternal victory over the forces that seek to diminish or nullify it. 

Dutch Sheets with Greg Hood (in “The Offering” 19 June 21): Father, bring the Body of Christ together to release what is needed to accomplish this, especially leaders. Then, we ask You to birth the harvest. Bring forth the evangelists…bold, faith-filled, Spirit-empowered evangelists that will cover this entire nation. And do this in other nations as well. We ask for all of this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Fr. Richard Rohr (27 June 21): To be honest, I would say a lot of things differently now. Back then, I was a young, enthusiastic believer, surrounded by hope and easy joy. These are the beginning words of an evangelist, and I am happy I said them. Now I am older, chastened by failures, rejections, human suffering, study, and the sophistications and nuances of experience. Do I now know more or less? Were these words adequate, or am I saying it better now? I am really not sure and needn’t be. Over the next two weeks, my Daily Meditations editorial team and I will share some of these early words with you. Some of them we’ve updated, and some we’ve left the same. Here is how I began those talks, all those years ago: …

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): These ghosts are stuck in one place, or focused on delivering a single message, or mired in grief over how they died. Their reference point is always looking backwards, towards who they once were, towards what used to be, because they are dead, and live no longer. So ghost stories can be thrilling, but they are not consoling. They possess little in the way of hope.

Revelation 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): But how can an unbounded irrationality be conquered?

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: After a year of pandemic, heated political divides, isolation, and unrest, we are hungry for healing within our bodies, our tired souls, and our communities. To follow Christ is to know and to be encouraged that God desires this healing. God desires fullness of life, peace, and wholeness. [39]

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): And although the gospel does indeed contain wondrous and mysterious occurrences, it is a declaration of what is fundamentally real, of what God has done about death’s hold over us.

John Belt (04 July 21): Seek the Things of Heaven – There’s Always More![40]

Me (in “Rolling Barley Loaf” 29 June 21): I bless others who come in the name of the Lord.  I have yet to experience that reciprocated to myself in any real way. God’s mandate to me to “Share the journey” did not come with reciprocal instructions.  I have no control over how others receive the word.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): And it must be that way, the Rebbe wrote, because every person, every created being, indeed even the Creator and Manager of the universe, at times in some way must act not only as a provider but also as a recipient.[41] Neither role is less important than the other. It’s that dynamic that makes a beautiful world.[42]

Bobby Haaby (01 July 21): I love mentoring prophetic people. A healthy prophetic person is not afraid of a controlling religious environment. In fact, they do their best work there. They run to the challenge because they understand that their role is to impart a love for mystery. Fear hates mystery, this is why a sure sign of an emerging, healthy prophetic person or culture is seen not just in an accurate gifting, but when fear of the unknown gives way to the discovery of peace and beauty in the God of mystery.[43]

Rev. D. Rebecca Dinovo: Maya Angelou once said, “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Few of us will live fairytale lives. But we have a choice about how we will ultimately define our lives when we follow God’s storyline, and the grace, joy, and purpose it brings. Thanks be to God.

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “Barley Loaf” Letter 25 June 21): As the wise Joan Chittister points out, “Spiritual direction, ‘holy friendship,’ can be found in every great spiritual tradition. But the purpose is not to attach us to someone wiser than ourselves—the guru, the great guide, the spiritual master, the bodhisattva, the saint. The purpose of spiritual direction is to enable us to become holy ourselves.” [2][44]

Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): In this hour, God is looking for those who will listen for and obey His specific instructions. My friends, I encourage you to spend extra time in prayer and in the Word of God. Leaning in to hear from the Lord is so critical right now. If we want to see the powerful move of God that I know is coming, and be a part of it, then we must reroute!

Brat (27 June 21 at 6:59 am): I sought out Bill Hamon’s Facebook page and to my amazement there was an option to share a post to his page (publicly.)  So, I posted to him:

“I am convinced that our collective story will make no progress until our words become flesh.  They must be translated from just spirit.  It is a theme that is heavy on God’s heart, too.  God is bringing this theme and variation to the forefront for everyone to take a deep look at.  Integrity is serious business with God.”

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): So why do we continue to act like spiritually blind people? And why do we continue to place stumbling blocks (figurative and literal) before those who don’t see things the same way we do? Isn’t this what the history of Christian-Jewish relations teaches us?

Brat (27 June 21) And I shared the same message with Dr. Luisa Johnson (24 June 21) AND with Nations 9th of Av (25 June 21)

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): So I have to remind myself, as much as I love those old ghost stories, not to live my life as if it is one. Not to be consumed by the past. Not to be conditioned by regret. Not to wander the earth like a lonely spirit, repeating the same old tired patterns. Not to entomb myself in the deadening effects of rage, apathy, and selfishness.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): And its only cure is in unbridled acts of kindness, in opening your heart to the other guy regardless of how different and distant the other guy may be.

Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): As I followed the leading of the Holy Spirit, I began to reposition and redirect different things in those areas. Then the favor and blessing of the Lord suddenly began to flow in the areas where things had been stagnant or unfruitful. There were also several things that were not producing fruit that were comparable to the amount of time and effort I was giving them. I shifted my focus and energy to several different areas that I felt the Lord was highlighting and immediately started seeing results. This is when I knew this word was not just for me but for every person in the Body of Christ in this season.

Matthew 24:39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): Would You please use The LIST like a “jackhammer” to break up the cement-like places found in my own heart? Would You please use The LIST as an instrument to bring about deep, heartfelt repentance in me?

Wanda Alger (in “The Offering” 19 June 21): The Father has known the heart of each of His sons and daughters. He alone has known the path they must take in order to find their way home. Trust Him in this and determine to rejoice with the prodigals about to return. Rather than focusing on all they have squandered, fix your eyes on the Father’s amazing grace. What has been lost in the natural will be a faint memory as the goodness of a lavish Father is about to be poured out on His entire household. Prepare, for a great celebration is about to commence!

Me to Nations 9th of Av (22 June 21): [echo…] What are we learning, as God’s people-as-Bride?”

Kay Lindahl: Reflective listening is also about listening for the questions. We are constantly pulled away from our innermost self and encouraged to look for answers instead of listening for the questions. Rainer Maria Rilke’s [1875–1926] advice to the young poet was “Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” [1][45]

Steve Shultz (26 June 21): In an odd way, at least to me, God subjected the human race to a “time span,” where the Father knows on what dates of which year and at what time everything is wrapped up. So as the Lord “fathers” us from Heaven, He already knows what will happen and when.

Anthony Robinson (28 June 21): Our times are such we may be tempted to give up. To give up on a nation so deeply polarized and divided. To give up on a democracy so vulnerable to manipulation of fear and by falsehood. To give on the hope of being and building a beloved community when bruised by acts and words of cruelty and callousness.

Fr. Richard Rohr (27 June 21): These talks led me to my own journey of faith—and around much of the world—talking till I grew tired of my own voice, meeting countless Christians and communities, seeing sights and knowing sorrows that further changed me. My faith journey eventually led me to leave my beloved New Jerusalem lay community in Cincinnati for a new venture in New Mexico that later became the Center for Action and Contemplation.[46]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 June 21): The ultimate liberation will be when we open our eyes to see that everything is here, now.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (27 June 21): Just getting to your email this glorious Sunday morning. Your compilation does seem to show a pattern. I want to go over it carefully a bit later and get back to you…

Me to Dr. Luisa: Thanks for touching base and letting me know you are going to go through “Barley Loaf” carefully. [ref. Judges 7:13] It is very validating that you see a pattern that the compilation was showing.  I am grateful.

The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: This kind of attention to interruption only worked at Holy Comforter because we knew in our bones that the mission of that parish was to be beloved community for those who were cast to the margins of our society, and anything we did, any interruption we attended to would be in service of that mission.

Nations 9th of Av (23 June 21): We did not come to the knowledge of the God of Israel in order to curse or condemn any man, we were saved so that we might show the world the power of God through a transformed life. This is what the Church missed during the Middle ages, choosing to persecute the innocent, rather than change themselves. In order to move forward, we must understand the blood that is on the Churches hands, ask for forgiveness, and live a life that is “worthy of repentance,” demonstrating that the grace of God is enough for us as well.

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): Is that a story that you can tell, that you can live by? Are you able to lay down that which has haunted you, that which has held you back, that which has died, so that the One who lives might resurrect it?

Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 June 21): As long as we search for G‑d by abandoning the world He has made, we can never truly find Him.

Psalm 123:3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.

Nations 9th of Av (26 June 21): May I weep over the things that cause You to weep, and may it be Your tears that slide down my cheeks. May the repentance in me result in deep changes in how I think, how I believe, and how I behave towards the Jewish people.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): One who is full of himself leaves no room for anyone else. He despises another person simply for the space that other person consumes.[47]

Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): We do not want to be guilty of the failure of the generation to which Isaiah gave the prophetic indictment, “…None saith, Restore” (Isa. 42:22 KJV). None of the leaders of that time were believing for and working toward bringing restoration to God’s people and the nation of Israel. No one had a vision for restoration. Though none were saying restore, yet God declared, “I will restore…” (Joel 2:25).

Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): So no, the gospel is not a ghost story. And neither is your life, not now, not ever. You and I are alive; the ones whom we love and see no longer will be alive again; and God’s eternal life is welling up within us whenever we give ourselves over to it. It is as strong and true and mysterious and deep as the mountains.

Verse of the Day (03 July 21): Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
    but sin condemns any people.

Matt Laney (04 July 21): Holy Liberator, condemnation is our mistake, not yours. Saving us from our mistakes is your business, not ours. Hallelujah!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): Then there is the Chassidic commentary on the language of our sages, “Our service is needed above.” He has so chosen, after all, to rely on us small creatures to do His mitzvahs and thereby complete His creation.

Ryan LeStrange (05 July 21): My Monday Word for You…The Prophetic Tongue is an Instrument of Healing!

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: So how do we need to reach out for this healing? What stories do we need to tell? Do we need to ask for help, for rest, for prayer, for companionship, for an advocate? For what and where do you desire healing, and how might you seek it?

Nations 9th of Av (04 July 21): Our prayer of heartfelt repentance is that not one Jewish person will ever again ask the question, “Why didn’t the Christians help us?”

Amen.

Brat: We’ve been trying!!

Bobby Haaby (01 July 21): It’s time to reshape the narrative and uncover the lie; mystery and the Unseen Realm were never designed to create fear and limitation. They were created by God as a place of exhilaration and peaceful adventure and discovery.

Nations 9th of Av (09 July 21): The Nations’ 9th of Av is all about waking people up to the reality of what God is doing in the world today. He’s bringing Jews and Christians together to mourn over the destruction of Jerusalem and to weep over broken relationships. Something cannot hurt if someone doesn’t care. The hurts of the past are prodding us to come together and heal hearts.

Chabad.org: What Happened on the 9th of Av?[48]

Me to Samuel (10 July 21): According to Chabad.org one of the things that happened on the Nineth of Av was that the spies brought back a bad report to Moses and the assembly (Numbers 13:32).  I say we reverse the curse and stop paying homage to the bad report and honor, instead, the God of All who has been leading our current conversation!  We have been trying to make His house a house of prayer for all nations.  Whose report are you listening to?

[Crickets chirping…]

From Samuel at Nations 9th of Av (02 July 21 at 8:06 am): Many blessings and thanks for reaching out!

Fr. Richard Rohr (1973): … We begin a great adventure. We begin something new. The promise is upon us. God will give us something new. All we have to come with is hunger. We have to come expecting and wanting something more than we already have now. We get what we expect from God. When we have new ears to hear with, God can speak a new word to us. When we no longer expect anything new or anything more from God, for all practical purposes, we do not really believe in God. God now wants to speak something new to us.

Revelation 3:22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Nations 9th of Av (30 June 21): We pray that we will honor Jewish communities around the world, that we will respect them, stand with them in times of distress, and do our utmost to serve them to share the Light of the Torah to the nations.

Fr. Richard Rohr (1973): When we have an understanding of the great themes of Scripture, the whole book from Genesis to Revelation, we see it as communicating a divine pattern to humanity. One basic message is finally communicated to all Spirit-filled people who enter this faith dialogue with the Scriptures. The message of “Good News” is this: You are loved. You are unique. You are free. You are on the way. You are going somewhere. Your life has meaning. That is all grounded in the experience and the knowledge and the reality of the unconditional love of God. This is what we mean by being “saved.”[49]

From Samuel at Nations 9th of Av (01 July 21): I forwarded your email to the author who wrote the email “Wolf in the Blind Spot.” I’m not sure if you’ve heard back but I wanted to let you know that we are grateful for your interest and for taking the time to write to us! I hope you are doing well!

Me: The scriptures have their own voice in my writings, rather than being used as a persuasive club (as others have so often used on me).  This is my listening process…

But I still feel like a lone voice crying in the wilderness.

Audre Lorde: “When we speak, we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed.  But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it’s better to speak.”

When Light Came In (07 July 21): Speak… softly whispered prayers. Speak… in writing. Speak… to your counselor, your inner circle, your support group. Speak boundaries. Speak forgiveness. Speak grief. Speak hope. Speak restoration.

Speak, dear one.

Me (08 July 21): This reminder couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you so much! I’ve been doing all this sharing, speaking, writing, praying, but it feels like it’s always outbound. I needed that reminder to break the thread of doubt that was starting to weave itself like a macramé basket.

Ellen (08 July 21): I hear you on that! Your voice matters, keep it up!

Nations 9th of Av (07 July 21): We thank You that there have been those Christians in history who have spoken out on behalf of Your chosen people.

Me to Samuel (02 July 21 at 7:51 am): Thank you, Samuel, for forwarding my email on to the author who wrote “Wolf in the Blind Spot.”  I never did hear anything back directly, although I continue to get daily words and published prayers that speak to confirm that word.  My heart is warm with appreciation and gratitude that you took the time and effort to reach back to me.  That act of kindness is rare in my orbit.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): “A world without needs is a world without kindness.  In a perfect world, everyone will need everyone.”

Nations 9th of Av (03 July 21): Truly the revelation of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is an awesome gift You have given. Your prophet Isaiah identifies Him as Immanuel: God With Us (Isaiah 7:14). The redemption of all Israel and the world through Him is the greatest message of life.

Rev. Lucy Strandlund: What relief she must have felt, not only to be healed physically but to be seen and encouraged by Jesus. There had been no one to ask for healing for her. She felt she had to acquire her healing by making as little commotion as possible. By stopping and inviting her to tell her story, Jesus encourages the woman to see that not only is she worthy of healing but also that she offers the crowd a witness of deep faith, persistence, and courage. And with his words, Jesus himself becomes her advocate.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): This truth is so universal, it extends to the ultimate extreme: Even when it comes to the Creator and Director of the Universe Himself, the Torah tells us, figuratively speaking, that He too is also sometimes a recipient, and not just a provider.[50]

Nations 9th of Av (07 July 21): We ask that the examples of those gone on before us, speaking out on behalf of the Jewish people will serve as an inspiration to us to do the same, to stand by Your chosen people, shoulder to shoulder, in our time and in these days.

From Samuel at Nations 9th of Av (02 July 21 at 8:06 am): I’m glad to hear you are enjoying our email campaign. I’m sorry to hear that you never got a response back from the author but I personally know that they are very busy right now. I’m trying to get better at giving people the time they deserve…meaning, if you took the time of day to write then I should take some time to respond. As Rabbi Carlebach used to say, “Never give anyone less than a dollar or 5 minutes of your time.”

Ezekiel 2:5 Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

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[1] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 July 21): Midian – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[2] Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25722)

[3] Rev. D. Rebecca Dinovo: New Narratives, Pentecost 7 (B) – July 11, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[4] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 July 21): https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/5176031/jewish/The-Torah-Litmus-Test

[5] Wanda Alger (22 June 21): NOW IS YOUR TIME! – wandaalger.me

[6] [1] James Finley with Kirsten Oates, “Turning to Thomas Merton,” February 24, 2020, in Turning to the Mystics, season 1 (Center for Action and Contemplation: 2020), podcast, MP3 audio. 

[7] Rev. Phil Hooper (27 June 21): Ghost Stories: A Sermon – By Another Road

[8] Wanda Alger (17 June 21): THE FATHER WILL GET HIS REWARD – wandaalger.me

[9] Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (28 June 21): Lots Beyond Intellect – The rational and the supra-rational come together in the Land of Israel. – Ascent Lights (kabbalaonline.org)

[10] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: [https://youtu.be/lYlrH7MC32o]

[11] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (28 June 21): 17th of Tammuz : Priests train for ‘Tamid’ sacrifice offering for 3rd Temple service [Watch] (israel365news.com)

[12] David Suissa (28 June 21): How Are Jews Standing in Solidarity with Surfside? – THE DAILY ROUNDTABLE (jewishjournal.com)

[13] Bobby Conner (07 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25758)

[14] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 June 21): All Here Now – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[15] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): The Isolationists of Sodom and Gomorrah – Parshah Focus – Parshah (chabad.org)

[16] Genesis 19:4–9

[17] Sefer HaSichot 5752, p. 165.

[18] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 July 21): Open Eyes – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[19] Lana Vawser (07 July 21): MAJOR INCREASE OF ANGELIC ASSISTANCE – Lana Vawser Ministries

[20] The List: Store | Nations’ 9th of Av (9-av.com)

[21] Kay Lindahl, The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice (Skylight Paths Publishing: 2002), 110, 112. 

[22] Fr. Richard Rohr (05 July 21): Mark’s Good News: A Secret Message — Center for Action and Contemplation (cac.org)

[23] The Rev. Canon Lee Curtis: Proper 8(B): Work on the Way – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[24] Christa Elisha (23 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25689)

[25] Amos 9:6

[26] Wanda Alger (02 July 21): MIRACULOUS FIREWORKS OF GOLDEN GLORY – wandaalger.me

[27] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 July 21): Inner Exile – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[28] Avot 1:6

[29] Francis Frangipane (03 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25750)

[30] Brian D. McLaren, The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth That Could Change Everything, (Thomas Nelson: 2006), 3–4.

[31] Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: Proper 9(B): Expectations Get in the Way – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[32] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 June 21): Unconditional Love – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[33] Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25721)

[34] Christa Elisha (08 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25760)

[35] Deuteronomy 15:11

[36] Deuteronomy 15:4

[37] Fr. Richard Rohr (30 June 21): Adapted from Richard Rohr and Joseph Martos, The Great Themes of Scripture: Old Testament (St. Anthony Messenger Press: 1987), 46, 47, 49; and 

“Joshua to Kings: The Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary,” The Great Themes of Scripture, tape 5 (St. Anthony Messenger Tapes: 1973).

[38] Curt Landry (26 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25719)

[39] Rev. Lucy Strandlund: Expectant Hope, Pentecost 5 (B) – June 27, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[40] John Belt (04 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25751)

[41] Avodah tzorech Gavoah (“work is a need of the High One”). The gamut of opinions and explanations of this concept is presented at length by Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz in his Shnei Luchot Habrit (“Shelah ha-Kadosh”), Sha’ar ha-Gadol.

[42] Igrot Kodesh, vol. 13, p. 234. Cited and discussed by Philip Wexler in Social Vision (Herder & Herder, 2019), p. 114.

[43] Bobby Haaby (01 July 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25742)

[44] [2] Joan D. ChittisterCalled to Question: A Spiritual Memoir (Sheed and Ward: 2004), 112. 

[45] [1] Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, trans. M. D. Herter Norton, rev. ed. 
(W. W. Norton and Company: 1954), 35.

[46] Adapted from Richard Rohr and Joseph Martos, The Great Themes of Scripture: Old Testament (St. Anthony Messenger Press: 1987), v, vi;

[47] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 June 21): Intolerance – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[48] Chabad.org: What Happened on the Ninth of Av? – Tisha B’Av and the 3 Weeks (chabad.org)

[49] “The Call: Introduction to the Word,” The Great Themes of Scripture, tape 1 (St. Anthony Messenger Tapes: 1973).

[50] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 July 21): A Needy World – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

Rolling Barley Loaf 29 June 21

3 Jul

Working Dates: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 to Friday, July 2, 2021

[12 pages]

Dear Dr. Luisa,

Thank you for your feedback.  I am processing your comments through the lens of the lectionary readings for this Sunday.  The Lectionary Barons of the Churches select these readings in their three-year cycles.  They were already established long before I started praying through them this week.  I find it amazing how they speak to our current discussion.

It may seem odd and possibly uncomfortable, but I took the note you wrote and laid it out as I would a word I am trying to listen deeply to and through.  The scriptures have their own voice, rather than being used as a persuasive club (as others have so often used on me).  This is my listening process…

[Anchored in the lectionary readings for this week from 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 and Mark 6:1-13 for 6 Pentecost]

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Hello Kathryn,

2 Corinthians 12:2 I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven–whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows.

Me (in “O Mortal” 27 June 21): God called me in 2007.  That was fourteen years ago.  He asked me to be His bride in 2008 in a “mystical marriage.”

2 Corinthians 12:3 And I know that such a person–whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows—

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 June 21): We do not know.[1]

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Yes, I see the pattern.  What makes it hard is these comments from others tend to be vague, out of whatever context, and show no flow of conversation. 

Me (29 June 21): That is the issue.  The religious are still politicians in their skill set.  They have to be vague to reach their greater audience.  God told the Seven Churches to hear (and we have to listen in order to hear.  Even deaf people listen.) 

Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): Each of us must be willing to reroute different things in our lives to get into alignment with what God has for us in this season. In order to do this we must lean in and hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to each of us![2]

Wanda Alger (30 June 21): We need to remain steadfast in prayer as more and more demonic agendas over our nation come into the light. We need to pray for those on the frontlines of this battle who go into literal doors of darkness and underground caverns of death. With God on our side and heaven backing us up, there’s nothing that can withstand the victories to come![3]

Sophia Buller (29 June 21): Why do leaders protect the demons, but don’t protect the flock from those demons?

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): O soften our hearts of stone, soften them for Your suffering and for the suffering of Your people!

Rev. Phil Hooper (in “The Interview” 06 June 21): Where are you? It is the question God has been asking every day since that breezy evening in Eden, since that point in time, for reasons we may never fully understand, when it became possible for us to estrange ourselves from God’s loving embrace. It is the question that underlies the record all of God’s fierce and wild emotions in the Old Testament—[4]

Me (29 June 21): Each one is listening to their own tune, yet God sent me into the pack to find His symphony through the cacophony. (Can you hear the wolf pack howl?) They talk about going back for the one, leaving no one behind, and remembering the least of these, but it’s just lip service. Showing no flow of conversation out of rare contact with me for fourteen years, – but still trying to stay in the race anyway, – is an act of God.  It is statistically impossible for Silence from leadership with me to be enforced for this long if it were simply an act of nature.  Nature abhors a vacuum, so therefore it must be supernatural. 

Steve Porter (29 June 21): They sing songs about the Lord instead of becoming themselves “a new song.” There is no spontaneous prophetic flow, no move of God. They have substituted the tickling of the ears – misleading information and inadequate, inappropriate encouragement – for the true, divine, deeper revelation. The emphasis is on intellectualism (the rationale of reasoning), rather than purity of heart and mind – doing rather than being. [5]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 June 21): But then came a time when there were no prophets to provide due warning. And rare was the man who had the power of mind to intentionally sin. The suffering that occurred then, since the time of the Second Temple, cannot be called punishment. Instead it is called “tikun”—healing, repair. Souls of past generations returned to this world to be repaired by standing firm despite great challenge and tribulation.

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “The Offering” 19 June 20): No matter the religion or denomination in which we are raised, our spirituality still comes through the first filter of our own life experience. We must begin to be honest about this instead of pretending that any of us are formed exclusively by the Scriptures or our church Tradition. There is no such thing as an entirely unbiased position. The best we can do is own and be honest about our own filters. God allows us to trust our own experience. Then Scripture and Tradition hopefully keep our personal experiences both critical and compassionate. These three components—Scripture, Tradition, and experience—make up the three wheels of what we at the CAC call the learning “tricycle” of spiritual growth.

Me: Excluding Reason?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 June 21): But simply because the human mind cannot know a thing, does that mean this thing cannot exist? Because we cannot give a reason, is there then no reason?

Me (29 June 21): God and I were talking this morning and I realized that KLOVE Christian radio station makes a motto out of Arc Speak in that they encourage listeners to call in and let them know when a song they play touches someone’s heart and changes their day: “The right song at the right time!”  I, myself, am encouraged by their songs.  That is blessed because it is encouraging.  However, when I try and draw in words from others and scripture into a collective dialogue because the elect treat me like I don’t exist, then it’s considered “demonic”?  To me, that sounds no different than Balaam only blessing Israel, which Jesus brings up to Pergamum of the Seven Churches!  Prophecy is supposed to be a balance of truth and love, justice and mercy, but instead of seeing the balance, I see each part compartmentalized in the Church rather than being integrated.  Is it even possible to experience balance outside of community in a holistic sense?

Anthony Robinson (28 June 21): The people to whom the prophet spoke had plenty of reason for discouragement, for giving up. They dwelt in exile in a foreign land — strangers in a strange land. Their beloved homeland was now a waste land.

Me: The same can be said for this proverbial written landscape.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Perhaps you have more background to sustain their meaning, but to me it seems like the musings of a fortune teller… “you are going to meet a tall, dark, stranger…”

Wanda Alger (30 June 21): PROPHETIC DREAM: THE HOUSE OF SECRETS

Me (29 June 21): And this came into my inbox last night…

Lana Vawser (28 June 21): For the Lord showed me that many have been distracted in this season by heavy weights of the heart, pain, grief, trauma and disappointment, but at the feet of Jesus, He is untangling the heart from these things, bringing deep healing and deep refreshing deliverance. … [6]

Daniel 5:27 Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): Forgive the blindness of our deep self-righteousness. We are guilty that the ancient words chiseled in stone still have the power to insult.

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: As it turns out, no one really forgets who you were. Our identities are a unique combination of who we were, who we are, and who we might be. Each decision we make, each interaction we have continues to shape the people that we will be. The best people can hold each of those aspects of us lightly. They can see the past, the present, and the potential together without judging who you might be based on who you once were.[7]

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Dear Lord, triumphant Jesus, have mercy on us all and help us discern our individual Calling/path in order to follow You.

Me (29 June 21): I believe part of the problem is that the prophetic community doesn’t recognize that my type of prophetic gift belongs in the caboose.  I’m not often out in front with the forerunner breaking brush.  I’m usually with my writing pad; waiting and listening to see where the amoeba is maneuvering under the winds of the Holy Spirit; much like a reporter catches an event (although deeper than that analogy).  And a reporter doesn’t (usually) create the event in order to have something to report.  If I were operating under the sanctuary of a bishop, then this perspective would be understood and protected.

Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): Jesus declared that the world would not believe and be one to Christ until the saints are one with one another in Christ (John 17:20-23). The greatest harvest ever recorded in Church history will happen when this unity takes place. Apostle Paul declared by divine revelation that all fivefold ministers must continue ministering to the saints until every member of the Body of Christ is fully functioning in their membership ministry (Eph. 4:13).[8]

Me: Nice words if they were implemented, but nothing’s been personal, even with you.

Lana Vawser (28 June 21): This time, when the Lord spoke the word “EXPAND”, it came with a stronger weight, it came with a greater sense of imminency of increase. I heard the Holy Spirit say “It’s time to REARRANGE for the NEW PAGE”. God is about to “write something new” within your midst. I saw the revealing of a greater clarity of the WRITTEN VISION of His heart into your midst, starting this week. It is imperative that you make room for what God is writing and releasing. There is a “new page” that God is leading many of you onto, and if you do not partner with the Holy Spirit in the decluttering, rearranging process, it will hinder the process and the flow.

Me (29 June 21): And when I emphasized that the Arc Speak also comes in over PRIVATE communiqués like the snooping of the spies sheltered by Rahab in Jericho (Joshua 2), then that point is ignored and dismissed as insignificant and not worthy of mentioning.  So, I …

2 Corinthians 12:4 was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat.

Me (30 June 21): Which was precisely what happened!!  It’s one thing for Arc Speak to come over the radio, advertisements, sermons, and poetry, but when it targets private letters and writings, then there is nowhere to turn because of reprisals and labels of mental illness swimming in conspiracy theories.  It’s enough to piss off a saint!

Elijah List (29 June 21): Help us give the church its voice

Me (30 June 21): And when we inevitably cycle around again to reach that apex one more time, someone usually whips out the novena of ‘Mary, the Untier of Knots’ [Prayer to Our Lady Undoer of Knots | Untie the Knots of the Family (yourprayernow.com)].  No disrespect to Mary intended.  The knots only get loosened but not undone, because God enforces His provisional will when people choose to ignore His perfect will to be done.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 June 21): There were people who understood what they were doing and did it anyways—for there is no punishment without conscious intent.

Me (29 June 21): And while we’re on the topic, I didn’t realize “mortal” was in this current reading, and it was part of the title of my last piece, “O, Mortal,” which I am still working on. (I don’t usually have two pieces going at once.) “Mortal” and “son of man” seem to be favorite phrases of late that keep coming up.  Needless to say, I have heard things from heaven that are not to be told and am not permitted to repeat, even if I had the ability and capacity to describe them.

Wanda Alger (30 June 21): In a recent dream I, along with some others, were led into a huge dark mansion filled with many wicked secrets. The Man in Charge had invited us there to go explore and uncover what had been hidden for many years. We knew this was dangerous and that there were dark forces aligned against us. …

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 June 21): The sages taught that all our exile is due to the sin of senseless, unwarranted hatred.

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: …And, of course, those expectations can be really limiting and isolating: the “crazy” bastard son of Mary will always be “crazy” and unworthy of any reverence. 

Wanda Alger (30 June 21): … But, we knew it was time to bring the light to this darkness and expose hidden agendas from generations past. We were even shown how the angelic host were waiting and watching to join us in this massive assignment.

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 June 21): Like the Israelites, we will find that the desert is not all desert. The way to the Promised Land leads to life even in the midst of the desert. When we least expect it, there is an oasis. As the Scriptures promise, God will make the desert bloom (Isaiah 35:1).

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): Yeshua once said to a Samaritian woman in the Gospel of John, chapter 4, “salvation is of the Jews.” If salvation was of the Jews back then, has something suddenly changed? I had a friend who was once told by a mutual Jewish friend something along the lines of, “Jesus is the best thing that ever happened for the nations.” The message of Yeshua has literally brought the entire world into the knowledge of the God of Israel.

2 Corinthians 12:5 On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 June 21): The journey of Exodus, the journey that Israel walked, is an image of the journey made by every person who sets out to seek the Divine Presence. Israel is, as it were, humanity personified, and so what happened to Israel is what happens to everyone who sets out on the journey of faith. Christianity must recognize itself as an inclusive religion from the very beginning, and honor its roots in Judaism.

Nations 9th of Av (27 June 21): We also confess and repent of our own spiritual ignorance and arrogance that has led us into any thoughts of Replacement Theology or antisemitism.

Steve Porter (29 June 21): As the spirit of Laodicea attempts to “blind” the eyes of the Body of Christ, Abba Father is busy preparing a Bride for His Son. The Bride is “buying gold tried by fire” – His divine nature. As we allow the “fire” to burn away our sin, we are conformed into the image of His Son. His nature changes our nature and others will say, “Who is this that comes out of the wilderness, leaning on her lover?” (Song of Solomon 8:5).

2 Corinthians 12:6 But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me,

Job 31:6 let God weigh me with honest scales, that He may know my integrity.

Israel365 (28 June 21): Returning to God Physically and Spiritually

Steve Shultz: We will never be saved, nor can we be saved by righteous acts…nevertheless, God desires that we become fruitful and full of many righteous acts that are performed as worship to God.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): I read what you have compiled and their words seem so disjointed (to me).

2 Corinthians 12:7 even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.

Me (30 June 21): And that would be to treat me as if I don’t exist, but using me covertly anyway.

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): Forgive us, for while our mouth says “Never again”, at the same time our passivity and indifference allows the identical sin to continue on and on.

Israel365 (28 June 21): Hashem, help us to see if any of our actions lead us to repeatedly contradict Your Word and help us to turn our hearts back to You once and for all!

2 Corinthians 12:8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me,

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Examen one’s own heart in light of the Truth of the Holy Spirit. (Absolutely and in an on-going way…)

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): Our love for You is so often only like a smoldering wick, and only Your grace keeps the little flame alive.

2 Corinthians 12:9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): I too am looking forward to seeing what God’s barley loaf may do rolling into the camp of the Midianites.

Donna Schaper (26 June 21): O God, when action threatens to get in the way of grace, permit us conscientious objection to joining its military. Amen.

Steve Porter (29 June 21): Being Spirit-led has given way to a controlling religious structure that “denies the power.” Bereft of God’s transformative power, it substitutes only a shallow form of religion, dispensing a creature-developed mindset.

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): How often we pray “Hallowed be Your Name”, and pray a formal prayer only, while our hearts are divided. Your law warns about misusing Your Name, but we can so easily take it lightly.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 June 21): There were prophets who warned the people—for there is no punishment without warning.

Jamie Rohrbaugh (30 June 21): Prophetic Word: Your Harvest Will Drop from the Air[9]

Stefani McDade (21 June 21): And to be candid, he [Jeremiah Johnson] says, “Whether you want to call it a temptation” or not, “that’s what sells.” [10]

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: And, of course, Jesus breaks each of those expectations. This isn’t even the first time. The last interaction Jesus had with his family was only three chapters earlier. They came to bring him home because he had stepped so far out of his expected role that the people were calling him crazy, and the religious folks were equating him with the embodiment of temptation itself. 

Wanda Alger (30 June 21): The Lord showed me this House of Secrets as containing the dark agendas of the enemy over our nation. Not only did Holy Spirit reveal some specific clues as to the enemy’s schemes and plots throughout the dream, He gave the assurance that HE was the one who had drawn us there giving us both ACCESS and AUTHORITY over these works of darkness. Where the workers of darkness want us to believe we have no control or power over their plans, the Lord assures us that He has given us the needed authority to defeat and overcome the witchcraft that is at work in high places.

Stefani McDade (21 June 21): ‘How Could All the Prophets Be Wrong About Trump?’

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): Salvation is of the Jews

2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

Israel365 (30 June 21): What Must Be Done?

Mark 6:1-13

Mark 6:1 He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 June 21): From a letter:

Kenneth Samuel (29 June 21): I really don’t need to write to you about this ministry of giving for the believers in Jerusalem. I know how eager you are to help. … But I am sending these brothers to be sure you really are ready, and that your money is all collected. – 2 Corinthians 9:1-3 excerpts (NLT)

Me: What was that about fortune tellers?

Stefani McDade (21 June 21): [Jeremiah] Johnson also worries many believers have lost sight of the primary role prophetic ministry is meant to have: not to predict the future or forecast elections, but to point people to Christ.

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): Have mercy on us who have lost our fear of God and have forgotten that You are a consuming Flame.

Revelation 6:6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): I spent some time looking up references to barley in Scripture…

Me: If the four living creatures are archetypes of prophetic celebrities, then could this be talking about their daily wage?

Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): Preach More on the Truths That Produce God’s Purpose

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Barley – the bread of life.  Something to sustain us.  Something common and not seen as “powerful”.  Yet, in God’s hands it is multiplied and vital to God’s purpose.

Me: Then in that context, I could be wrong.

Ruth 1:22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (01 July 21): When Structures Are Crumbling, What’s the Message?

Mark 6:2 On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands!

Wade E. Taylor (in “The Offering” 19 June 21): As we sing and worship in harmony, we are lifted into a manifestation of the Lord’s presence. As the Lord releases His presence in our midst and quickens us, our faith will build and we will be brought up into a higher order of divine purpose and function.

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Me (29 June 21): There seems to be offense that I cannot make the conversation flow.  But the miracle is not noticed that there has rarely been any reciprocal contact between me and the constituents and yet the Holy Spirit is still leading the pack.  The ordinary is so sacred it’s not noticed.

Mark 6:4 Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 June 21): Even if all your complaints about your spouse are well-founded and valid—show her your love, nevertheless. Show her unconditional love.[11]

Me (29 June 21): You could be talking about the Bride of Christ.  The process of listening for the conversation IS an act of love, even if the conversation is disjointed or non-existent.  God is still true to His word. Is listening through the ruckus all that different than listening to an autistic child filtered through a loving heart?

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: That is a gift. It is a rare gift. 

Nations 9th of Av (27 June 21): In the name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!
The Time to Favor Zion has come! Blessed be The Name of The Lord!

Matthew 21:The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Me: I bless others who come in the name of the Lord.  I have yet to experience that reciprocated to myself in any real way. God’s mandate to me to “Share the journey” did not come with reciprocal instructions.  I have no control over how others receive the word.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 June 21): When each one of us will start with unwarranted, unconditional love in our own domain, from there it will spread to all else that we do, and from there to the entire world, speedily in our days, amen.

Matthew 23:39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Lana Vawser (28 June 21): I heard the Lord say “beware of the bait” and I saw a fishing rod with a hook on the end. On the end of this hook were things that “sparkled” and “shined”, they were things that weren’t necessarily “bad” things, but I knew in my spirit they were ‘good’ things that the enemy was using to bring before the eyes of many to distract them from the pathway of the Lord in this season. They “sparkled” and “shined” with a voice of an “easier way” because many that are walking are pioneering trails that are against the ‘grain’ and the temptation to leave this pathway and follow the things that were “sparkling” and “shiny” to an “easier way”, but it was not the way of the Lord for this season. As I watched this taking place in the vision I heard the words “Just because it’s good, doesn’t mean it’s GOD”. Again, I was surrounded by the importance of this season to make sure alignments, assignments and where we place our YES is in the places directed by the Lord.

Steve Porter (29 June 21): Laodicean Christian, awake! Let your heart be stirred. Today is the hour of your visitation. Don’t be enamored of the seemingly religious Fool’s Gold that passes for spiritual nourishment. The risk of being left standing outside the wedding chamber with no oil in your lamp is too great!

Mark 6:5 And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): Forgive our indifference against the wounds these ongoing insults cut into the hearts of Your people.

Matthew West: Do something! [https://youtu.be/b_RjndG0IX8]

Me (01 July 21): I had already been “doing something” for seven years when Matthew West published that song in 2014.  I had taken those words to heart.  And I shared the journey.  Every outreach is in my daily log that I’ve kept from 30 January 2012 to today.  That’s ten years!

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): In Judges 7 (and in Mark 8) barley has the power to transform.

Me: According to one article[12], barley signifies truth, which does have the power to transform.

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): We do not see how serious Your judgment is, and that we are responsible to warn our neighbor.

Exodus 9:31 (The flax and barley were destroyed, since the barley had headed and the flax was in bloom. 32 The wheat and spelt, however, were not destroyed, because they ripen later.)

Me: Rahab hid the spies under the flax [exterior truth[13]] (Joshua 2:6), and the kingsmen ran off; the barley of (interior) Truth was flattened by thunder and hail from the prophets calling down heaven.  But they did not damage the oil (anointing) or the wine (covenant[14]).

Steve Shultz (27 June 21): Jesus declared that the world would not believe and be won to Christ until the saints are one with one another in Christ (John 17:20-23). The greatest harvest ever recorded in Church history will happen when this unity takes place.

Mark 6:6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching.

Nations 9th of Av (28 June 21): Holy, eternal, almighty God,
Please forgive us when we are unwilling to fight for Your Honor, which in fact our privilege.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Chewing on that loaf…and avoiding the leaven of the Pharisees (I hope!) I am here to be a conduit of God’s sustenance, although certainly below God and the Scripture.  Yes, we need a community of fellow humans.  Glad to be in it with you, dear Kathryn.

Me: Prayers for community mean little if there is no community who sees value in the work.  It’s a matter of respect.

Verse of the Day (29 June 21): Psalm 138:The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever—
    do not abandon the works of your hands.

Steve Shultz (29 June 21): We must NEVER do works to seek God’s love. He pours His love out to us constantly, whether we do good works or not. But as we revel in His love…we should be growing in love and serving others in need.

Me: Who needs our testimony?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 June 21): One thing we do know: We know that we are witnessing something beyond our ability at present to understand.

Mark 6:7 He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: The only people who seem to be left out of this work are the people who let their assumptions get in the way of God’s work. Whether they are relatives, friends, neighbors, scholars, pastors or leaders, they are left out of the redemptive story of God’s Kingdom when they try to relegate God to the narrow confines of their expectations.  

Brat (in “O Mortal” 27 June 21): Father David suffered terribly from Expectations.  I acknowledged, blessed, and released that even when I was still at St. Patrick’s.

Mark 6:8 He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts;

Me: And that’s what I did when God told me it was time to leave there.

Steve Porter (29 June 21): We’ll not be frantically searching for something to wear, but rather, through our “faithful acts” of “supping with Him,” and by answering His “knocks” on the door of our spirit, we will be “ready” and waiting as His stunningly-adorned, mature Bride.

Mark 6:9 but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: I wonder how God is calling you to hold your expectations lightly in order to see transformation in your own life. I wonder what expectations you have for your life that might need to be let go of in order to live a new life. I wonder how your congregation might hold expectations, assumptions, traditions, and customs lightly enough to witness Christ walking just beyond our sight. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 June 21): Only then, once we leave behind forever these dark clouds, will we fathom and truly see that all the darkness was truly a profound form of light.

Mark 6:10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place.

Kay Lindahl: First, take a few breaths before responding to a situation, question, or comment. In those few seconds, ask yourself what wants to happen next. Then wait for your inner voice to respond. Remember that you are not listening for the answer; you are listening for a response, for your true wisdom to reveal itself.[15]

Stefani McDade (21 June 21): “We’ve talked about idolatry in politics, [but] there’s idolatry to prophets,” [Jeremiah] Johnson says. “Nobody talks about that.” He says he believes “prophets became an idol in the body of Christ,” and while “they obviously have been humbled, the people themselves need to repent of worshiping prophets.”

Me: I don’t disagree with Jeremiah Johnson.  The people DO need to repent of worshiping prophets.  I also need to be heard and understood that God sent me into the viper’s nest to confront the lot of prophets and priests and was treated like I don’t exist; just a gnat on the rat’s ass.

Mark 6:11 If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”

Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: May Christ never have to wipe the dirt from his feet in your presence.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (28 June 21): Leadership needs to repent.  (Yes, of course!)

Mark 6:12 So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent.

Wanda Alger (30 June 21): Now, more than ever, we need to stay humble before the Lord and rid our hearts and minds against any rebellion. Because rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23) we will have no authority over the devil if we harbor bitterness or unforgiveness towards others. But, for those who surrender and submit to the authority of the Lord, there is supernatural protection and power to overcome any and every scheme of the devil.

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 June 21): We all have to turn to God and let ourselves be led on this faith journey. We have to be willing to experience the Exodus in our own lives, to let God take us from captivity to freedom, from Egypt to Canaan, not fully knowing how to cross the huge desert between the two.

Israel365 (28 June 21): “But if you search there for Hashem your God, you will find Him.”, “In the end, you will return to Hashem your God and obey Him.”, “He will not forget the covenant which He made on oath with your fathers.”, “It has been clearly demonstrated to you that Hashem alone is God; there is none beside Him.”

Mark 6:13 They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 June 21): Or perhaps it simply means that we should be a little more humble, since we are not the ones who made this world. We must wait, and when all the drama is done, then we will know with the knowledge of the Author Himself.

Stefani McDade (21 June 21): And as more leaders join this growing remnant, [Jeremiah] Johnson believes the charismatic community will regain its vision. “The Spirit of God is humbling the prophetic movement across the board,” Johnson says. “And clearly, God is calling on his people to turn back to him.”

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[1] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 June 21): Beyond Punishment & Repair – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[2] Joe Joe Dawson (27 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25722)

[3] Wanda Alger (30 June 21): PROPHETIC DREAM: THE HOUSE OF SECRETS – wandaalger.me

[4] Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): Where are you?: A Sermon – By Another Road

[5] Steve Porter (29 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25729)

[6] Lana Vawser (28 June 21): I HEARD THE LORD SAY “EXPAND, FOCUS, HONE” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[7] Rev. Patrick Faulhaber: Proper 9(B): Expectations Get in the Way – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[8] Bishop Bill Hamon (27 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25721)

[9] Jamie Rohrbaugh (30 June 21): Prophetic Word: Your Harvest Will Drop from the Air – A Word by Jamie Rohrbaugh – Spirit Fuel

[10] Stefani McDade (21 June 21): https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2021/july-august/trump-prophets-election-jeremiah-johnson-reckoning-charisma.html?share=EBCFxWD5FhVQCN5Pe9yIysO8DQjUVOGJ

[11] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 June 21): Unconditional Love – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[12] Spiritual Meaning of Barley (biblemeanings.info)

[13] Spiritual Meaning of Flax (biblemeanings.info)

[14] What the Bible says about Wine , Symbolism of (bibletools.org)

[15] Kay Lindahl, The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice (Skylight Paths Publishing: 2002), 110, 112. 

The Offering 19 June 21

22 Jun

Working Dates: Saturday, June 19, 2021 through Father’s Day on Sunday, June 20, 2021 and on to Tuesday, June 22, 2021

[24 pages of reflective processing anchored in Genesis 40 as our collective story continues…]

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (my spiritual director) (in “Shadowboxing” 14 June 21): …I hope this clarifies some of the confusion, and has helped you to understand a little bit more of my side of the story.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (16 June 21 at 8:16 am): Oh, absolutely! This helps a lot to clarify your challenging dilemma; yet I do believe our living loving God is guiding you (especially through his Word). Personally, I find it painful to read what the others post since they do ignore and “bury” you with words. I also notice that they do not interact with each other either. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (20 June 20): “The most precious blessings are deeply buried in the darkest caverns of life.”

Joe Joe Dawson (17 June 21): As you become a voice and God elevates your level of influence, you will need to find voices to speak into your life that you can trust. Find those who are full of character and integrity that have walked with the Lord through many seasons and give them a voice in your life. Each of us needs other voices to give us wisdom, pray for us, and help us on our journey toward our destiny. You will not complete your purpose or have the impact God has called you to have if you do not seek out and listen to the right godly voices. [1]

Sara Whitten (19 June 21): Corporately… God is bringing back to UNITY those sheep that have gone off in a different direction. Just like a shepherd throws his rod to redirect veering sheep in a way that hurts no one in the flock, redirection will send prodigals home. [2]

Nations 9th of Av (21 June 21): Perhaps the greatest need for repentance in the Church stems from the Us vs. Them syndrome. In the Us vs Them syndrome, We (the Us) call for repentance from sins that We don’t personally practice. What kind of repentance is that?

Genesis 40:1 Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. 

Joe Joe Dawson (17 June 21): I was in a time of prayer recently when the Lord began to speak to me about becoming a voice. I believe this word was not just for me but for many in the Body of Christ in this hour. As the Lord spoke to me about becoming a voice, He revealed to me that our voice is not just about our words, but about the influence God has given each of us.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): Events that happened in the desert are archetypes and paradigms for what is happening in our day to day lives. In this week’s Torah reading, Chukat, once again the Jewish people rebel against G‑d and Moshe and, as punishment, G-d sends poisonous snakes to bite them. The people begged Moshe to pray for them, saying,”We sinned…pray to G‑d that He remove the snake from us”, (Bamidbar/Numbers 21:7) which Moshe did. Rashi explains on this verse that one of the lessons here is that when asked to forgive, do not be cruel, forgive.

Genesis 40: 4bAfter they had been in custody for some time, each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Shadowboxing” 14 June 21): So, I stay listening at the bottom of the fishbowl.  Sometimes I do bury myself in the gravel and don’t share my thoughts.  Other times I share my thoughts and the Pharisees bare their teeth and bite back hard.  I know they read me, but refuse to directly engage.  They “get off” on seeing their words in the scripts, but remain hiding behind their positions.  I recognize that that is what they do, but I have never found a way to break that cowardice. 

Nations 9th of Av (21 June 21): Can anyone join me in saying “Ouch!”

Wanda Alger (17 June 21): And yet, He has known their time is coming to an end. Knowing their journey would take them to the bottom, He has allowed the painful process to complete its work. Wanting them to be fully convinced of the destructive nature of the flesh, He has given them latitude in their rebellion. Not wanting them to ever return to their wasted wishes and senseless wanderings, He has given them the needed time for the moment of full awakening to Love. Wanting their hearts more than their submission, He has been drawing them back, slowly but surely.[3]

Kaylie Hollins (19 June 20): I believe the church is experiencing “AN HOUR OF DARKNESS” An hour of death to all that hinders. This moment should not be wasted or missed! The Lord wants His church to fully embrace the dying of the old life, so once it has finished its work, He can lift us up in glory at the appointed hour!

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Shadowboxing” 14 June 21): For fourteen years they have ostracized me.  It is inconceivable for another person to imagine that kind of pain for that long. 

Lance Wallnau (15 June 21): I’ve discovered a quote along these lines that is positively life-transforming:

“There are many irritations which we experience which we can and should remove. A squeaky door can be oiled; an angry neighbor can be appeased; and a personal habit can be changed. There are other irritations, however, which are beyond our power to correct or remove. These irresolvable irritations provide the basis for a significant process which God intends to take place within each of our lives.” –Research in Principles of Life Basic Seminar Textbook

Brat: Like a certain brat in your orbit?

Kaylie Hollins (19 June 20): We see through the history of the bible where a prophet or a mighty man of God needed to die in some way, be hidden for a time, to then be fully awakened and lifted up in God’s glory.

Fr. Richard Rohr (18 June 21): True spirituality, that which invites us to ever deeper levels of transformation and love, does not insist on “staying positive” all the time, but on “staying true” to the journey. Drawing on the wisdom of both the Sufi mystical tradition in which she was raised as well as the teachings of Jung and other scholars, author and dreamwork specialist Toko-pa Turner writes about how facing our shadows will benefit us individually and collectively, even as it makes us uncomfortable:

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (20 June 20): Our greatest blessings were uttered not by Moses, not by David, not even by G‑d Himself.

They were uttered by a wicked sorcerer, hired to curse.

The most brilliant diamonds hide in the deepest bowels of the earth;
the most intense blessings in the darkest caverns of life.[4]

J.R.R. Tolkein (The Hobbit) –

Gollum: We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses! Wicked, tricksy, false!

Smeagol: No. Not Master.

Gollum: Yes, precious. False! They will cheat you, hurt you. Lie!

Smeagol: Master’s my friend!

Gollum: You don’t have any friends! Nobody likes you!

Smeagol: Not listening… I’m not listening…

Gollum: You’re a liar. And a thief.

Smeagol: No.

Gollum: [with relish] Murderer!

Smeagol: [miserable] Go away.

Gollum: “Go away?” [laughs cruelly]

Smeagol: [begins to cry] I hate you. I hate you!

Gollum: Where would you be without me?! Gollum! Gollum! I saved us! It was me. We survived because of me!

Smeagol: [stops crying] Not anymore.

Gollum: [puzzled] What did you say?

Smeagol: Master looks after us now. We don’t need you.

Gollum: What?

Smeagol: Leave now, and never come back.

Gollum: [hisses] No!

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.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (22 June 21): DAILY DOSE: Sneaky Blessings[5]

Nate Johnston (17 June 21): Let me pray for you – Trauma i curse you and command you to leave every person reading this. You are a violation and must go from every space and recess of their lives. Church trauma is not your future… you are free in Jesus name![6]

When Light Came In (20 June 21): …to all who struggle to believe a “Father” God could ever be good

Lana Vawser (20 June 21): I heard the Lord say this will be a week of UNTANGLING for many.

Genesis 40:Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 4a The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Shadowboxing” 14 June 21): This is my dilemma from not having a supportive tribe.  A basic human need is to have conversation, so without one I have taken it to the lectionary to see where God is leading through the (non)conversation to the greater whole.  If I didn’t do this, I would have died years ago.

2 Corinthians 6:9 as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see–we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed;

Steve Shultz (20 June 20): In this time of transition for many, we are hearing this happening more and more.

Toko-pa Turner: What if [negative emotions] have something essential to communicate to us and each other, and the real problem is the misguided attitude that negative feelings make us less evolved and need fixing? In the same way that we hold others at an arm’s length when they are too different from us, we avoid the inner encounter with otherness, excluding anything that doesn’t fit the image we’ve been building of ourselves.[7]

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): How can we apply this to ourselves? The Lubavitcher Rebbe explains that in human relations, there are three levels of forgiveness:

1) Forgiveness that protects the offender from punishment. A person may pray for the person who harmed him or her, but only in order to prevent any punishment being meted out to the offender.

2) Forgiveness not only for the offending act, but for the person who caused the harm. I forgive you and do not bear a grudge. I am erasing the memory.

3) The forgiveness is so heartfelt that the sin is totally uprooted. In this case, the relationship is totally restored to its former positive state. I forgive you. It is like the negative event never happened in the first place.

Toko-pa Turner: ‘Negative emotions’ don’t cease to exist because we ignore them. They just find other ways to express themselves. Sometimes we lash out inappropriately, having confusing crying fits, or feel protractedly numb. Most commonly, we slip into depression and anxiety. . . .

Genesis 40:When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”

Gal Einai Institute (18 June 21): The flip side of pride is sadness and despondency. The primary remedy for these maladies too is marriage: “Two are better than one…For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falls, and has not another to lift him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

Lana Vawser (13 June 21): I could feel the invitation right now from the heart of God to draw close and be still before Him, to LISTEN to the leading of the Holy Spirit, to hear and see the changes and adjustments that the Lord is making. As you lean in and as you draw close to Jesus, listening to what the Holy Spirit says you are being prepared for what is before you.

Genesis 40:“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

Karen Hardin (“The Interview” 06 June 21): The woman in the dream thought she was doing good. She didn’t realize she was deceived and being used. 

Brat: Instead of the woman being a person, couldn’t she also be the Church?  A eunuch with a pen has a right to ask that question as she’s not “getting off” on the topic like a horny beast.

When Light Came In (01 June 21): We do the best we can in each moment, and it’s our right to get to do the best we can with what we’re given.

Lana Vawser (20 June 21): This will be a week that many who feel like they have “lost themselves” or “don’t recognise themselves” (in a negative sense) because of the depth of hardship, trial, trauma, grief and battle they have faced, to finding themselves and the “song” within their heart again, in the place of encountering the kindness of Jesus. The song of mourning and sadness, will be shifted to a song of celebration in Him.

Nate Johnston (17 June 21): In the second dream, I was in a church service where people were bringing random items they were carrying and placed them on the stage. Then I invited people to come up if they wanted prayer and as I praying for people crazy healing started taking place especially of emotions and wounds. It felt like the balm of gilead and the oil of gladness were working to bring people to health in their minds and emotions. PTSD was being healed.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): Concerning the matter of the snakes, the verse says, Moshe prayed “for the sake of the people” (Ibid.). Not only did Moses pray for their lives (that the punishment of the snakes cease), he prayed for their sake, for the people, like the rebellion never happened at all. This is a demonstration of Moses’ complete love of the Jewish people. Even their worst behavior had no effect on his love. He achieved the third and highest level of forgiveness. Moshe’s manner of forgiving was not cruel, as Rashi writes, “Don’t be cruel, and forgive.” (Ibid.). Moshe was not satisfied with just preventing fatalities, he also completely loved and wished well for those same people who rose up against him. Moshe is an example for all of us.

Revelation 15:and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:

“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
    Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
    King of the nations.

Wade E. Taylor: As we sing and worship in harmony, we are lifted into a manifestation of the Lord’s presence. As the Lord releases His presence in our midst and quickens us, our faith will build and we will be brought up into a higher order of divine purpose and function.

Lana Vawser (20 June 21): This will be a week for many of being untangled from “old things” and “old alignments”.[8]

Nations 9th of Av (21 June 21): Continue Your work in me regarding the removing of belief systems and thoughts that are not from You.

Kaylie Hollins (19 June 20): During the darkest hours of Jesus’ life were moments of betrayal, abandonment, torment, abuse, and mockery by His enemies, and even His closest friends. Then He died, left to hang dead on a cross. Many thought He was gone, and beyond return. They believed the story of Jesus’ life and legacy was over. The promises of God spoken of and through Jesus, were dead and buried. But little did they know, this moment of darkness and death was CRUCIAL for God’s power to be displayed through the life of Jesus. There was no short cuts, DEALTH WAS NECESSARY for God’s miracle working power to be displayed. A moment of pain, death, and darkness was all to prepare Jesus for THE GREATEST AWAKENING ever seen before![9]

Wanda Alger (17 June 21): Not only are prodigals returning to families of origin; rebels are emerging from unexpected places to find their place in the Father’s house. He is about to welcome many who once set themselves against His house, for their awakening to truth will be dramatic and deep. Seeing the dark side of their follies, these prodigals are awakening to a higher Truth and running for divine cover. Once strangers to realms of the Kingdom, these new converts will come with open hearts and inquisitive minds. Many will be surprised to see whom the Father has been working on and waiting for. Some once thought enemies will have a seat at the family table and it will bring the Father great joy.

Nations 9th of Av (21 June 21): May we learn even more of how to see our brothers and sisters as walking on a journey, rather than standing in “this box” or “that group”. May we stop separating ourselves and exalting ourselves over anyone and everyone.

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): Many of us feel that we have become stronger warriors for it. Yet battling for truth and righteousness in the Name of the Lord is only part of Christ’s mandate to the church in Ephesus. The more important portion is abiding in God’s love. [10] 

Larry Ward: The bridge of mercy lies deep within us and among us, however well it is hidden by clouds of conflict, cruelty, and hatred. . . . [But] it seems that as a culture we take great pride in our capacity to be unmerciful. . . .[11]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (18 June 21): Self-sacrifice doesn’t mean jumping off a bridge.
Self-sacrifice means surrendering the self.

It means that instead of saying, “I need…”
you ask, “Where and for what am I needed?”

Wherever a sincere, good deed is done, that self-sacrifice breathes within it.

Without it, nothing really changes. With it, everything changes.[12]

Nate Johnston (17 June 21): This spoke to me that we are in a time of exchanging what we have been carrying, baggage, bondages, painful memories, loss, and the trauma that has caused these. As we take them to the altar God is going to exchange them for joy and beauty for ashes!

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): The mystery of Christ which was hidden in previous ages is being revealed through the voice of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us!

Lana Vawser (20 June 21): A week of being delivered from things that have kept you bound, continually trying to trip you up and suffocate.

Log note (18 June 21): Facebook used to provide spaces at the top of the feed for people to write publicly to one another.  It had a little prompt box that said something like, “Say something…”  I seldom see those prompt boxes anymore. I looked for one and there is not one, so I scrolled down and found a poster that said: “To the extent that we have been rescued, that is the extent we will be grateful.”

Brat: So, I shared…

Lauren Daigle: Rescue https://youtu.be/gYR0xP1j4PY

Brat: But wait!  There’s more! …

Me to Pastor Francis Anfuso on Facebook (18 June 21 at 7:30 am): Dear Sir,

We are friends on Facebook.  I heard your latest essay on KLOVE radio yesterday on how God holds His leaders accountable.  In our collective conversation, the same message has resurfaced.  This morning, my friend Sophia, also reminded me that when God tells us to do something, we must follow through in order for breakthrough to occur. That was also a point that you brought up in your piece.  In addition, I took this as a confirmation for myself that I had to make contact with you.  Therefore, I am taking an extra step to share my piece with you, even though I could assume that you may have gotten it into your “feed” already because we are friends.  Our story is important and must not be overlooked or taken for granted.  Rescue has many shades, and God is my confidence in speaking up.  This relates “To the extent that we have been rescued, that is the extent we will be grateful.”

May the Holy Spirit blast wide open what has tried for so long to remain in the shadows. Amen.

Here is “Shadowboxing” 14 June 21: https://truthinus.wordpress.com/2021/06/17/shadowboxing-14-june-21/

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. ~Kathryn Hauser

[Note: I went back and looked the next day (and for the next five days after that) after I had shared with this pastor…]

Brat (22 June 21): I RECEIVED SILENCE!! — AS IF I SAID NOTHING AND DON’T EXIST!!

GOD ALMIGHTY, I WORSHIP YOU ANYWAY!!

Crowder: “Good God, Almighty!” [https://youtu.be/6TzECToPYIk]

Sara Whitten (19 June 21): Corporately… Creative worship – especially music – is going to be bring breakthrough and revival.

Kaylie Hollins (19 June 20): If you feel like the smallest in the world right now, and your circumstances seem impossible to break free from, JUST REMEMBER who the Lord is, and do not forget His promises. For He is about to breathe on you in a NEW WAY to cause you to grow into the strongest tree in your garden.

Pastor Francis Anfuso post on his Facebook (21 June 21): MONEYBALL AND MISFIT TOYS – Do you feel inadequate and insufficient? Don’t despair! They can be helpful qualities when seen from God’s perspective. In “Moneyball,” a movie about the surprisingly successful 2002 Oakland A’s baseball team, the term “an island of misfit toys” is used to describe undervalued players the Oakland A’s could have purchased for their team. I couldn’t help but think that’s how many of us in the Body of Christ see ourselves: unseen and undervalued. We write ourselves off because of misfit dimensions in our lives, not realizing that these deficiencies are the very thing that keep us dependent upon God and make us fully usable to Him. If we will trust Him, they can even become the backdrop for our ultimate transformation. God’s Word promises, “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” (Isaiah 40:29, NLT)

Brat: Talk about a blind spot!  Oy!!

Nations 9th of Av (21 June 21): [echo] Can anyone join me in saying “Ouch!”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): The Midrash teaches something revolutionary. It says that G‑d, in His own way, performs himself all the deeds He commands us. We put on tefillin, He puts on tefillin. We do kindness, He does kindness. Did you ever see a person sin and immediately, on the spot, a bolt of lightning strikes them dead? Just as we see every day that G‑d forgives us with His unbounded mercy, He also expects us to completely forgive one another when we feel we have been wronged. Even more and much less tangible, when we consider how great and kind G‑d is, that He constantly is restoring His relationship with us – no matter how insensitively we act – we are also supposed to be inspired to reciprocate with a feeling of wanting to improve and grow our relationship with Him, to return to G‑d. True, this tremendously powerful return to G‑d goes against nature, against the natural trend of life, it bends the limits of Creation. It is almost, out of this world! This in turn will be an impetus for G‑d to also defy the world’s trend and take us out of this difficult exile and bring Mashiach – may it be NOW!

Toko-pa Turner: Most of us have been raised to be moral, good, and agreeable, putting all of our ‘unacceptable’ qualities in what Robert Bly calls “The Long Black Bag” we drag behind us, or what Jung termed the personal “Shadow.” The Shadow is the place where everything we have forgotten, denied, rejected, or not yet discovered goes to live. [My emphasis—Richard Rohr] But when we try to live up to the impossible image of a spiritually enlightened, knowledgeable, selfless, patient, forgiving, easy-going, supportive, generous superhuman, the dark side of our nature just gains in power. . . .

Nations 9th of Av (20 June 21): This passage describes the shepherds as acting like wolves, intent on destroying the sheep rather than protecting and nurturing them. That may be what Jesus and the apostles had in mind when they warned us about wolves coming among the flock disguised as sheep (Matthew 7:15, 10:16; Luke 10:3; Acts 20:29).

Nate Johnston (17 June 21): God is bringing people into wholeness who have experienced this high-level trauma, severing ties and shutting doors and trigger points, reversing its effects, and giving you a fresh wind.

When Light Came In (20 June 21): Sending love to all whose concept of father was crushed by someone with that title.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): HOW CAN WE PRAY FOR OUR ENEMIES’ WELLBEING?

Ryan LeStrange (18 June 21): What if THE LID CAME OFF???

Toko-pa Turner: You always have the choice to turn away or to look for redemption in the shadows. Sometimes turning away is exactly what you need in the moment, especially if you’re tired from toiling down in there. Trust that whatever you decide is the right decision. Also know that if the issue being presented has roots, it will still be there when you’re ready to look at it. . . .

Genesis 40:So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (20 June 20): No matter the religion or denomination in which we are raised, our spirituality still comes through the first filter of our own life experience. We must begin to be honest about this instead of pretending that any of us are formed exclusively by the Scriptures or our church Tradition. There is no such thing as an entirely unbiased position. The best we can do is own and be honest about our own filters. God allows us to trust our own experience. Then Scripture and Tradition hopefully keep our personal experiences both critical and compassionate. These three components—Scripture, Tradition, and experience—make up the three wheels of what we at the CAC call the learning “tricycle” of spiritual growth. [1][13]

Brat: Here’s to raising the cup to all three!

Kaylie Hollins (19 June 20): I was reminded of all the moments of creation where God creates new life in darkness— A baby in the womb, a seed in the ground, And in the beginning, God said “let there be light” and light was birthed OUT OF DARKNESS. The most beautiful things are formed in a place of darkness, and in hiddenness.

Fr. Richard Rohr (21 June 21): Tend only to the birth in you and you will find all goodness and all consolation, all delight, all being and all truth. Reject it and you reject all goodness and blessing. What comes to you in this birth brings with it pure being and blessing. But what you seek or love outside of this birth will come to nothing, no matter what you will or where you will it. —Meister Eckhart, Sermon on Matthew 2:2

Joe Joe Dawson (17 June 21): You may never actually stand in front of the people God has placed in your realm of influence and preach to them or teach them directly, but “your voice” may be the way you carry yourself and how you live your life. Your lifestyle and character can be much louder than your voice or your words when you are called to impact people.

Lana Vawser (14 June 21): I champion you “all in” friend of God, as you obey in His leading and His way and move into your greatest day with Him.[14]

Sara Whitten (19 June 21): Individually… There’s a “placing on Jesus’ shoulders” the things that we have strained in vain to shoulder ourselves.

Karen Hardin (19 June 21): Reminder: Kathryn, look around you. Who have you aligned with?

Brat to the Center for Action and Contemplation (17 June 21 at 7:36 am): The conversation continues with… “Shadowboxing”

From CAC (17 June 21 at 7:37 am): Thank you for contacting the Center for Action and Contemplation!

This email is confirming we’ve received your message, ““Shadowboxing””. 

Our team will do our best to respond to your email as soon as possible. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Joe Joe Dawson (17 June 21): I don’t care who you are, where you are or what you do for a living, God has called you to impact those around you. You have a voice! You may look around you and think you have no influence but you do! Never underestimate how God may use you as a voice in other people’s lives to advance His Kingdom. If you are a Believer, you are called to make an impact. Never discredit what or who God has placed in front of you. God will use you to influence the atmosphere and people around you. You may be the only chance some have to encounter God. Let the Lord use you as a voice to draw people to Himself!

Nations 9th of Av (21 June 21): Personally Father, I give you permission to show me, in Your timing, what Your Word has to say about replacement theology. I ask You for revelation, to know Your truth and Your heart.

Wade E. Taylor: The nations of this world are dramatically influenced by principalities and powers – the rulers of darkness who are seated in the heavenlies and adversely affect the atmosphere in which we live. Their purpose is to produce spiritual darkness and, as much as possible, impede those who seek any level of spirituality.

Fr. Richard Rohr (20 June 20): It helps when we can verify that at least some holy people and orthodox teachers (Tradition) and some solid Scripture also validate our own experiences. Such affirmation makes us more confident that we are in the force field of the Holy Spirit and participating in God’s sacred work in this world.

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): May you be consumed with a burning desire for Jesus as you seek to know Him and make Him known. May the love of God so fill your heart that you become known as a radical follower of the Bridegroom, forever marked by experiential encounters with the living Word of God – Christ Himself – your true First Love!

American Friends of Magen David Adom (20 June 20): Father saved by his Children

Sara Whitten (19 June 21): Corporately… There is a restoration of law and order coming in such a way that God is “policing” perversions of justice or things that have come in the way of His words. There’s a special anointing on those stepping up into positions in many sectors of the marketplace and government that will enable them to “hold the line” for the Lord.

Nations 9th of Av (21 June 21): Help us to ask the better question of how we each individually can make the world a better place by bringing true change to our own thoughts and actions in order to be aligned with Your will.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 June 21): “Some blessings are so big… you need to grow bigger to catch them.”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): The Ra’shash, Rabbi Shmuel Strahsuhn, was one the leading sages of Vilna and a wealthy man. He maintained a special free loan fund which was available to all the residents of Vilna. Once, a simple Jew, a baker, who had borrowed money from the Ra’shash, arrived at his home with the funds in hand to repay his loan. He was admitted into the Ra’shash’s study where the Rabbi was engrossed as usual in his learning. He accepted the money from the baker, nodded his head in recognition and placed the bills between the pages of the Tractate that he was studying, without interrupting his learning.

Matt Laney (19 June 21): Whoa, Jesus!

Jesus said: “Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.” – Luke 6:24-25 (NRSV)

(Satire alert.)

Wade E. Taylor: Affecting Atmospheres

Fr. Richard Rohr (20 June 20): If we try to use “only Scripture” as a source of spiritual wisdom, we get stuck, because many passages give very conflicting and even opposite images of God. I believe that Jesus only quoted those Scriptures that he could validate by his own inner experience. At the same time, if we humans trust only our own experiences, we will be trapped in subjective moods and personal preferences.

Vicki Kemper (21 June 21): Powerlessness will leave you gasping for breath and grasping at straws. Some days will feel like a roller coaster ride, others like a train wreck.

Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
    11 there is no one who understands;
    there is no one who seeks God.

Doug Addison (in “Lighting the Gaslighting Jackal” 08 Feb 21): The Lord is saying it is time to forget all the disappointments and press on towards what is ahead. We all have the work of the Kingdom to do, and the plan of the enemy is to distract you from this. The Lord is releasing plans and strategies for you, personally, and for cities and nations.[15]

XP Media for James Goll (10 Feb 21): Everyone is Prophetic

Brat: But the gaslighting physically hurts my body, mind, and spirit.  My spirit is still held inside the skin of my body, and no amount of affirmations will correct the bad behavior of others to make them stop.  The warlords are choosing sin over mercy.  This sinning creates an actual pressure (ie, oppression) that I feel on my skin.  It feels like my whole body is in a pressure cooker.  It is incredibly painful!  And it happens every single time a spiritual leader (or multiple leaders?) has a clear opportunity to do the right thing and they deliberately choose not to do it, but instead sabotage the opportunity.  The perps read, hear, understand, and still refuse to be loving and reach back to me and physically pull me back into the fold as Jesus would do.  They opt for power and control over kindness, mercy, and compassion.

When Light Came In (10 Feb 21): By the time our instincts were screaming for help, we began to recognize the toxic patterns, and learned what rights we had, we’d likely lost our confidence, energy, self esteem and personal power through the thousands of aggressions they perpetrated against us.

Deborah Perkins (09 Feb 21): The church’s current spiritual condition is not much different.

Victor I. Vieth and Pete Singer (2019): The heavy physical, emotional, and relational toll of abuse is widely accepted, but the spiritual impact of abuse has often been overlooked.[16]

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): Several months later, when the Ra’shash was reviewing the ledgers of the Fund, he came across a delinquent loan; the baker’s. He called the baker in and requested payment of the loan, but the baker demurred, insisting that the loan had been repaid months before. …

[Brat: Did you see that recollection from last February?], …

Lana Vawser (20 June 21): Some who have been running and carried on “adrenaline” for months, will be transitioned by the hand of God, into being carried in anointing in a powerful way.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): … But the Ra’shash, who was as meticulous a businessman as he was a scholar, only saw that in his ledger the loan was still outstanding.

Matt Laney (19 June 21): Whoa, Jesus. What do you have against happy, wealthy people? This is America for God’s sake!

Sara Whitten (19 June 21): Corporately… God is working through the marketplace, bringing “staffs” of people together to better accomplish assignments for Him.

Kaylie Hollins (19 June 20): King David endured a long season of death and hiddenness. Then the Lord lifted him up at the right time to live the abundant life he was created for. But the season of death, hiddenness and suffering was necessary to prepare his character for God’s abundance.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): After several attempts to obtain repayment of the loan, he finally brought the baker to a Beis Din (Rabbinic Tribunal) to adjudicate the case. The baker, having no evidence of repayment, and going against the reputation of one of the greatest sages of Vilna, was ordered to pay the amount of the loan to the Rabbi. The humiliation he suffered was horrible. People stopped buying baked goods in his bakery and he was soon forced to leave Vilna for a distant town, hoping to rebuild his life. Even his son, a promising young scholar in his own right, was forced to leave his studies in Vilna, and found it all but impossible to find an appropriate wife.

Vicki Kemper (21 June 21): Powerlessness will chew you up, spit you out, and then come back for what little is left of you.

Nate Johnston (17 June 21): I saw a threshold in the spirit and the church were almost in the crossover but trauma had caused them to lay down in defeat and this was the enemy’s plan all along – to disable them before a critical moment of breakthrough.

When Light Came In (20 June 21): …to men who’ve grown up having to create fathering from scratch after their own father’s poor choices

Larry Ward: We need the experience of what I call deep mercy. Mercy lies in our mindful actions of thinking, speech, and behaviors toward ourselves and one another. We may not seem as if we are capable of collective deep mercy, as expressed in acts that restore a sense of shared humanity with one another. Yet these acts of mercy are not absent; in fact, they are the invisible web that sustains living connection and progress in human history. We have survived as a species by crossing its bridge again and again. . . .

Hank Kunneman (22 June 21): The Lord says: “Listen, there shall be a great noise and men shall ask, ‘What is this? What is that noise?’ Then there will be a disruption, and then there will be truth that will be revealed across the skies, the airwaves, and they will not be able to stop it or silence it because this is the hour that truth must reign. Truth must have a voice. And My light—the revolution of light that I have declared, that I have brought upon this nation and the nations of the earth—shall outweigh the darkness.[17]

Matt Laney (19 June 21): Are you a socialist, Jesus? All this hoopla about abandoning material possessions, common ownership, the meek inheriting the earth, doling out free food and free health care. Are you angling for a radical redistribution of wealth? Millions of decent people will lose their jobs and then where will we be?

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): Less than a year passed. The Ra’shash was reviewing the same Tractate that he had been learning when the baker came to repay his loan. A packet of bills dropped down on the table. It took only a moment for the Ra’shash to realize what had happened, and what he had, inadvertently, caused. Immediately he rose, and summoned his coach to take him to the distant town where the baker now lived. It was a full day’s journey, but the Ra’shash was intent on righting his misdeed. He urged the driver on, and finally they found the town and the home of the exiled baker.

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski (in “The Interview” 06 June 21): Call me bitter if you want to—that’s fair. Count me among the angry, the cynical, the offended, the hardened. But count me also among the friends of God. For I have seen Him in rare form. I have felt His exhale, laid in His shadow, squinted to read the message He wrote for me in the grout: “I’m sad too.”

Martha Spong (18 June 21): Soul Friends

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): Hope that you will join us and bring a friend!

Fr. Richard Rohr (21 June 21): A Midwife for the Soul

Alane Haynes (21 June 21): We are in a clash of kingdoms and it is time to render violence to every false mindset, every high thing and every lie of the devil that keeps you from faith in the finished work of Christ, so that all that you do is from the place of rest – His finished work. In that place of rest we realize He is with us and we hear His voice giving us the meat that we need to carry us from assignment to assignment, moving in victory in Him and through Him![18]

Wade E. Taylor: The enemy of our “redemptive purpose and ministry calling” has been successful in the fact that we have sought to push into the future any effectiveness that we may presently have. He attempts to convince us that we are not worthy of such – but maybe some time in the future we will be. Thus, we say, “Someday I will have power and authority.”

Vicki Kemper (21 June 21): Powerlessness can be existential or circumstantial, trivial or life-threatening, imagined or all-too-real.

John-Paul & Annie Diddens (20 June 21): Saints Peter and Paul, please pray for us and help us obtain the strength to stand up for what is right and good.

Margaret Guenther: As a people, we are not comfortable with waiting. We see it as wasted time and try to avoid it, or at least fill it with trivial busyness. We value action for its own sake. . . . It is hard to trust in the slow work of God. So the model of pregnancy and birth is a helpful one. . . . There are times when waiting is inevitable, ordained, and fruitful.[19]

Wanda Alger (17 June 21): But, guard your hearts. You who have been faithfully following the Father’s words and serving without compromise, guard your hearts lest you embrace the spirit of the older brother who was filled with jealousy at the return of his derelict sibling. Guard your heart lest you rob your Father of His just reward of restoration and transformation. Even now, religious zealots are pointing fingers at those whom heaven is giving favor and access.  In both the Church and the public square, the spirit of the older brother is poisoning the well with arrows of accusation. Politicians and preachers alike are falling prey to this sin of the heart that resents the Father’s mercy and disdains those He chooses to celebrate. Do not allow the Father’s grace to be infected with jealousy and pride. Rejoice in these whom the Spirit has been drawing for the Father is determined to bring all His prodigals home.

Steve Cleary (20 June 20): A “Happy” Father’s Day?

Matt Laney (19 June 21): Jesus, how we wish this was satire!

Nations 9th of Av (20 June 21): The Wolf in the Blind Spot

Steve Shultz (20 June 20): Cutting off old soul ties can be very hard…but sometimes God requires this of us…to cut our losses and move on.

Verse of the Day (in “The Interview” 06 June 21): Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Brat: I did forgive.  Did you?  I wouldn’t have been able to open their emails if I hadn’t forgiven them.  But it takes two to want a relationship.  Gaslighting is not a healthy soul tie.

Nations 9th of Av (20 June 21): We have seen how the tongue can have the power of death, inciting the historical mistreatment of the Jews, and today, still inciting the flames of antisemitism.

Toko-pa Turner: If not addressed in a person’s life, these issues can harden into ideologies which are then passed down through the generations. When you add to this equation a loud or charismatic leader, movements like Nazism will be born from the corroborative fear of otherness. Nazism was fomented on the notion of a ‘pure race’ and, capitalizing on people’s unintegrated shadows, convincing a nation to murder millions of people who were the unfortunate bearers of this shadow projection. We think of Nazis as evil, but the truth is we all have the potential for this kind of evil, which is ultimately the act of turning away from the suffering of others and ourselves.

Vicki Kemper (21 June 21): Powerlessness is exhausting. It affects every single thing.

Nations 9th of Av (20 June 21): The scariest thing about these wolves in sheep’s clothing is that they are hard to distinguish from genuine sheep. In fact, sometimes it takes the distance of several generations to recognize the harm done by those who, even unintentionally, lead God’s people down harmful paths. The evil fruit of their words and works becomes apparent only after centuries of division, strife, sorrow, and injury have wrought havoc among those who should be companions in seeking the full manifestation of our Redeemer’s Kingdom.

Margaret Guenther: As a spiritual midwife, the director’s task is to pay attention, to listen to what is not being said—or to what is being said but minimized. . . .

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 June 21): This blessing, if truly a great one, will not surrender its cover easily. You will need a composure that demonstrates you meant every word you said. You will need to hold your ground like a mountain against the sea. You will need to surprise yourself with your own resolve.[20]

Wade E. Taylor: To do this, it is necessary that He move beyond the limitations of our limited faith and ability, through direct intervention. Therefore, at this present time, there are those within the Church whom the Lord is moving upon to intercede and pray that He will be able to “break out” of these limiting hindrances that are within us, in order to move through us in intervention to accomplish His present day purposes.

Margaret Guenther: Spiritual direction is not a crisis ministry, even though the initial impulse to seek out a director may arise from a sense of urgent personal need. The midwife of the spirit is not an expert called in for the dramatic moments, either a crisis caused by pathology or the final, exciting moment of birth. Like a midwife, she works with the whole person and is present throughout the whole process. She “has time”—unlike the tightly scheduled physician who is concerned with specifics, complaints, and pathology. Or, for that matter, unlike the tightly scheduled parish clergy, who are concerned with program, administration, and liturgy. Instead she offers support through every stage and waits with the birthgiver when “nothing is happening.” Of course, there are no times when nothing is happening. Spiritual growth can be gradual and hidden; the director-midwife can discern or at least trust that something is indeed “happening.”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): The baker’s surprise at seeing the sage quickly turned to dismay as the Ra’shash explained to him how he had found the money from the loan and wished now to beg his forgiveness. “I would gladly forgive you”, sighed the baker, “but what good will it do me now? I’m ruined, and I’ve lost everything. Not only my business, but also my reputation in the community. No matter where I go, the I am haunted by the fact that I dared to stand up to the Ra’shash in Beis Din. How will it help me to forgive you?”

Nations 9th of Av (20 June 21): But the tongue also has the power of life, and today we use our tongues to repent, and ask for forgiveness for the damage our Church forefathers’ words have wreaked. We pray that You would use the power of our words of confession to break the enduring curse they have had throughout history on Your people.

Fr. Richard Rohr (21 June 21): The role of the “midwife” to the soul is a powerful metaphor for the ministry of spiritual direction. Drawing on Meister Eckhart’s text, Margaret Guenther writes about the comfort and guidance that good directors can offer those who are “giving birth to the soul.”

Sara Whitten (19 June 21): Individually… God is drawing attention to the places where the enemy has kept you “collared” in unnecessary conversations and things that you’ve given your mental energy to; unnecessary battles being fought, and areas where you’ve gained ground but are now struggling with again. God is reminding you of His words which free you from these things. He’s inviting you to police those thoughts and breeched boundaries and enforce His order again.

Genesis 40: 12 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 

Reverend Betty King (16 June 21): If necessary, separate yourself for a time so you can recover your own anointing and connection with the Holy Spirit. When you have done this, then you will be able to partner authentically with those who also carry the anointing and God’s authority, whether old or young. [21]

Nate Johnston (17 June 21): Since the last dream I had 3 days ago, I have praying into this because I knew this was something God is doing right now globally right now so I asked what we can do be healed of trauma and He said these simple words “Hang your trauma on the tree and walk away”

Lance Wallnau (in “Uber Chariot” 28 Apr 21): It’s a curious thing, isn’t it?

Isaiah 56:Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”
And let no eunuch complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

Genesis 40: 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”

Kaylie Hollins (19 June 20): Joseph experienced betrayal, and abandonment by His brothers. He was accused of doing wrong by the kings wife. He was sent to prison (a place of hiddenness and death) so the Lord could shine through him in a greater way. I wonder, would he have been the second most powerful man in Egypt next to Pharaoh, where his presence and office caused Israel to leave Canaan and settle in Egypt, without first enduring the time of death and hiddenness?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 June 21): DAILY DOSE: Liberate Your Blessings

Nations 9th of Av (20 June 21): Some of the harshest words of rebuke in the Bible are God’s rebuke of the shepherds of His people who abuse their positions of authority. This has been an issue from ancient times, as we see in this word from Ezekiel: “Behold, I am against the shepherds and I will demand My flock from their hand. I will dismiss them from tending the flock. The shepherds will no longer feed themselves. I will rescue My sheep from their mouth, so they will not be food for them.”  (Ezekiel 34:10 TLV)

John-Paul & Annie Diddens (20 June 21): St. Peter, you witnessed our Savior brutally crucified, and then later you suffered a similar death. We know this must have been terrifying. Today, we see many attacks on our faith. Please pray for us to not turn away from Christ. Pray that we will have greater faith and greater courage to defend our Faith. 

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Shadowboxing” 14 June 21): In the end, there is no one with the authority to hold anyone accountable.  There is nowhere for the proverbial buck to stop.  There is no closure, so that another door can open because the bishops sit ensconced, protected, and removed.  In their minds nothing happened, so nothing gets done.  There is nothing to do and thereby evil happens when good men do nothing.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): The Ra’shash, understanding the baker’s position, countered with another offer. “I can make a public apology. I will go before the entire congregation of Vilna and admit my mistake. Thus you will be exonerated!”

Elijah List (22 June 21): I never thought I’d have to write a letter like this…

Jeannette A. Bakke: Jesus taught and offered direction to his disciples and others before and after the resurrection. In each case, he spoke to their personal situation within the framework of God’s faithfulness and invited them to recognize God’s loving presence and availability to guide and bless. . . .[22]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (22 June 21): Due to the limitations of your reality, some of your best friends can enter only incognito.

Kaylie Hollins (19 June 20): The other painting on scrap paper was of a plant pot upside down on the ground, and there was a beautiful flower growing out of the water holes at the bottom. After painting this, I stood back and looked; the Lord said again, “THE UPSIDE DOWN KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.”

Kaji Douša (22 June 21): May it be clear who God putting in your life to show you a new way and send you in great joy. Amen.

Wanda Alger (17 June 21): Heavenly Father is going after His prodigals! He has let them go after the world for their determined time, knowing there would come that divine moment of awakening and return. Knowing the willfulness of His sons and daughters, He has allowed some to go after their flesh to pursue their counterfeit dreams and personal ambitions.

Fr. Richard Rohr (20 June 20): Christians have always relied on wise individuals to companion them in the process of coming to know who God is for them and who they are in God. As my friend Tilden Edwards, founder of the Shalem Institute writes, “We yearn for a soul-friend with whom we can share our desire for the Holy One and with whom we can try to identify and embrace the hints of divine Presence and invitation in our lives.” [2][23] Such soul-friends are sometimes called “spiritual directors,” the subject of this week’s meditations.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): “No, that won’t help either”, insisted the baker. Everybody will just think that the Ra’shash, with his tremendous piety, is forgiving me. Nobody will really believe that it is true.”

Nate Johnston (17 June 21): You will suddenly feel the momentum and unction to move forward where you felt stuck and without options. You will suddenly see the x on the map you couldn’t see before.

Genesis 40: 16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread. 17 In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (18 June 21): We cannot simply remove the shadow all at once. It takes wisdom, courage, and forbearance for our shadows to reveal themselves to us so they can be faced and dealt with gently, compassionately, and firmly.

Wade E. Taylor: Demons are disembodied spirits [Brat: like “birds”?], who Jesus said are to be “cast out.” Principalities are fallen angels and they cannot be cast “out” – as they were never “in.” But they can be defeated through “replacement,” whereby the strength of these principalities that are entrenched in the heavens is weakened and replaced with our strength.

Nations 9th of Av (21 June 21): Father, I give You permission to continue the process of teaching me Your plans and purposes for Israel and the Jews. I give You permission to identify additional aspects of “Replacement” of the Jews or of Israel, that exists within my heart.

Fr. Richard Rohr (20 June 20): Jesus and Paul clearly use and build on their own Jewish Scriptures and Tradition, yet they both courageously interpret them through the lens of their own unique personal experience of God. This is undeniable! We would do well to follow their examples. I will admit that the experiences we have of God—and of our own lives and desires—can be confusing and sometimes even contradictory to one another. This is why it is so helpful to have someone to walk with us as we uncover the deeper meaning of our experiences and what they might reveal to us about God and ourselves.

Kaylie Hollins (19 June 20): When the things in your life seem dead and buried, Just REMEMBER WHO HE IS. God is good at removing the things in our lives that hinder us, so we can be fully alive in Christ.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): The Ra’shash realized that the baker was correct. What could he do to right the misdeed he had done? How could he demonstrate beyond any doubt, that he indeed wronged the baker and was doing teshuva (repentance) for it? After a number of heart-aching minutes he knew that he had found the solution.

Sara Whitten (19 June 21): Individually… Gentle redirections are happening. God is gently redirecting and positioning people according to His purposes. You may find yourself “pulled” from where you were heading, but don’t take it as a setback! Take it as a “steering” from the Lord, setting you on a new course. Be flexible.

Nate Johnston (17 June 21): If you have even feeling lost of confused of which way to go you will have clarity and see true north again. This is the church’s course correction from the enemy’s diversions and back into the main game.

Nations 9th of Av (20 June 21): The vantage point of centuries helps us recognize the painful legacy we have inherited from our Church forefathers. Yes, they did many commendable things, but for some reason, many of them preached and acted in ways that brought harm to the Jewish people and division between Christians and Jews. Perhaps they had spiritual blind spots that kept them from understanding the connection we have with the Jewish heart of Israel (Romans 3:1-2, 9:1-5, 10:1-2). We do not know, and we cannot condemn our forefathers, for we ourselves have our own blind spots. Yet we can act on what we now know and seek to correct the wrongs of the past. In fact, this is our responsibility as disciples of Israel’s Messiah.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): “Sir”, he said, addressing the baker. “I propose the following. You have a son, and I have a daughter. Let’s unite them in marriage, and I will cover all the costs. Let it be a sign that I was in the wrong and that you were in no way deserving of the unmerciful treatment you received!”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (22 June 21): These are the events optimists call “blessings in disguise.”

Sara Whitten (19 June 21): Corporately… There is an emphasis on cooperating with and coming beside one another in unity, in order to reduce strain and bear one another’s burdens.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): It took only moments for the two fathers to reach an agreement. The wedding that was held later that month, was a celebration which created peace and goodwill between all the citizens of Vilna. It was long remembered as one of the most joyous celebrations that the Jews of Vilna had ever experienced.[24]

Verse of the Day (19 June 21): Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

Gal Einai Institute (18 June 21): The state of our marriage reflects our psychological balance and health.

Inner Practitioner (13 June 21): “The more you know who you are, the less they can successfully project who they are onto you.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (22 June 21): Jesus as Spiritual Director

Kate Johnson (21 June 21): This quote by Henri Nouwen illustrates for me the difference between “charity” and “solidarity”, though in this he uses the words “pity” vs “compassion”. One is done at a distance, and the other is participatory. “Compassion means to become close to the one who suffers. But we can come close to another person only when we are willing to become vulnerable ourselves. A compassionate person says: “I am your brother; I am your sister; I am human, fragile, and mortal, just like you. I am not scandalized by your tears, nor afraid of your pain. I, too, have wept. I, too, have felt pain.” We can be with the other only when the other ceases to be “other” and becomes like us. This, perhaps, is the main reason that we sometimes find it easier to show pity than compassion. The suffering person calls us to become aware of our own suffering. How can I respond to someone’s loneliness unless I am in touch with my own experience of loneliness? How can I be close to handicapped people when I refuse to acknowledge my own handicaps? How can I be with the poor when I am unwilling to confess my own poverty?”

Gal Einai Institute (18 June 21): Why these two? As we know from the teachings of many tzaddikim, true progress in serving God, in all aspects of our life (prayer, learning, etc.) results in an increased love of the Jewish people and a more caring attitude toward others. Metaphysical and spiritual pursuits can lead a person to fall into the self-deception of imagined progress. However, when one is married and has children, these real-world individuals provide us with a true and accurate reflection of our own condition. The first arena for fulfillment of the mitzvah to “love your neighbor as yourself” is found between husband and wife (from there, the love radiates outward to additional circles). Clearly, family life is the most significant litmus test for the level of a person’s service of God. It is difficult to deceive one’s spouse or children. Family dynamics serve as a testing ground that can validate the work we think we have done on our character.[25]

Ryan LeStrange (20 June 21): God used Moses as a powerful deliverer.

But it was Moses’ mother, Jochebed, who protected, labored,

and interceded for him.

The destiny of a nation was inside of a mother—a person who was unknown and seemingly insignificant.

Dutch Sheets with Greg Hood (22 June 21): Dream Interpretation

Genesis 40: 18 “This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days. 19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”

Revelation 19:20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 

Dutch Sheets with Greg Hood (22 June 21): In a recent dream sent to me by my friend, Greg Hood, he and I were at a lake shaped like America, about to go fishing. An angel appeared and told us we could not fish just yet. He told us to travel to a certain place and partner on an important assignment with 2 leaders: a charismatic Baptist pastor and a Word of Faith teacher/prophet. (Greg is a prophet/apostle.)[26]

Ryan LeStrange (22 June 21): Avoid an EMOTIONAL SHUTDOWN!

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.

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): In the same way, those who allow the Lord to burn and purge that which has become idolatrous in their lives, no matter how insignificant, will see increasing breakthroughs and personal victories. The burning is a precursor to the glory!

Matt Laney (19 June 21): Be careful, Jesus. That’s mighty inflammatory talk. I’d hate to see any harm come to you. Best to keep your politics out of the pulpit. Why not stick to spiritual matters and leave economics to the experts? If you alienate the rich, who’s going to fund your ministry?

Dutch Sheets with Greg Hood (22 June 21): The “ticks,” I believe, are a play on words – poli-tics/ticks. The election process, influenced by the corruption, drained the life from many Believers, causing them to disengage and give up (“lie down”). This is stunting their growth and development. If this isn’t checked, it will affect them permanently.

Romans 3:12 All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
    not even one.”

Gal Einai Institute (18 June 21): Thus, there is a certain depth in marriage counseling that is lacking in individual counseling similar to the depth in laws of monetary transactions in relation to laws of kashrut. This is the result of the necessity of finding the golden path that truly balances between the will and needs of two different souls and bringing them to a true state of complementing one another—the true rectification of each.

John-Paul & Annie Diddens (20 June 21): Dear St. Peter and St. Paul, you faced opposition, hatred, and violence—all because you believed in Christ. 

Matt Laney (19 June 21): Get a grip, Jesus. Maybe you need to take some time off. Set some realistic goals. Learn to thread the needle. This pie-in-the-sky, commonwealth-of-God business could only happen by divine grace and a total overhaul of the human heart. Good luck with that.

Sincerely reluctant to be yours,

All of us.

Joe Joe Dawson (17 June 21): You have a voice and you have influence—use it for the Kingdom of God. The Lord is looking for those who will pour into those around them; offering discernment, wisdom and guidance that only someone walking with Him can offer others.

Nate Johnston (17 June 21): Trauma tried to ground you and make you heart sick so you wouldn’t go anywhere or take you off course. But right now God is changing your track and putting your trajectory back on course.

Dutch Sheets with Greg Hood (22 June 21): Father, we refuse to allow hope-deferred and discouragement to cripple the growth of Your people into their true identity – the army You intend them to be. Yes, we are Your people, the sheep of Your pasture; but we are also to grow into a mighty Ekklesia, moving in the authority of Lion-King Jesus, releasing His roar. You said You would roar out of Zion! (see Joel 3:16)

Nations 9th of Av (20 June 21): And as we repent we ask that You would fill our mouths with words of healing and comfort. Redeem the words of the past by pouring out Your spirit in these days, raising up legions of men and women who might speak words that overwhelm the destructive “eloquence” of the past with new, life-giving eloquent words that are truly apples of gold in settings of silver. Words that will bless the Jewish people, the nation of Israel, and in so doing, also bless the nations of earth.

Ryan LeStrange (22 June 21): My Monday Word for You…The Value of Difficult Conversations!

Fr. Richard Rohr (19 June 21): I invite you to spend some time today contemplating a personal or collective shadow, perhaps even journaling about it or speaking with a trusted friend. Accessing the “deep mercy” that Ward describes only comes about when we have allowed our shadow to come to the surface, faced it fully, and chosen a path of healing and justice for all people.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Shadowboxing” 14 June 21): This week a theme on boundaries has arisen.  One of my boundaries within my divine assignment has been that I stay listening to those in the upper religious echelon with the Pharisees.  I don’t have to buy into their jargon or hype, but I do have to listen. 

Matthew 23:“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): I listen to a wide variety (of prophets, pastors, bishops, rabbis, Pentecostals, Charismatics, Catholics, the marginalized, and the respected) with my ear trying to discern a common thread.  If one doesn’t exist, then I show that, too.

Sometimes group therapy falls apart.

Quinn Caldwell (20 June 20): I’m listening. Amen.

Nate Johnston (17 June 21): But right now and throughout the rest of the year, God is picking the church up from the battlefield floor and showing her how to live and thrive in a world in crisis and show us how to be effective in it.[27]

Genesis 40: 20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 

Facebook (22 June 21): Today is Diane Jardine Bruce’s birthday.

Brat: Happy birthday, bishop!

Genesis 40: 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— 22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.

Wade E. Taylor: Many have noticed that the Lord is not moving in our country as He is in other nations. This is because they have a greater tendency to believe in the supernatural and what the Lord has said, and then act on it in simple faith. We know just enough to hinder our faith and ability to respond as the Lord desires. The Word says:

 “…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” (Luke 12:48)

Dutch Sheets with Greg Hood (22 June 21): Father, bring the Body of Christ together to release what is needed to accomplish this, especially leaders. Then, we ask You to birth the harvest. Bring forth the evangelists…bold, faith-filled, Spirit-empowered evangelists that will cover this entire nation. And do this in other nations as well. We ask for all of this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Wanda Alger (17 June 21): The Father has known the heart of each of His sons and daughters. He alone has known the path they must take in order to find their way home. Trust Him in this and determine to rejoice with the prodigals about to return. Rather than focusing on all they have squandered, fix your eyes on the Father’s amazing grace. What has been lost in the natural will be a faint memory as the goodness of a lavish Father is about to be poured out on His entire household. Prepare, for a great celebration is about to commence!

Gal Einai Institute (18 June 21): As we conclude this short thought, a tip: According to the Zohar, the litmus test of our character traits is our ability to accept criticism and opposition. Does bitush (harsh but loving criticism) from outside cause us to close up within ourselves and blame everyone but ourselves? Or does it remove our impure husks, make us shine and motivating us to illuminate the world even more? A person’s choice of how to accept the reflection-rectification-balance dynamic with his spouse, whether he chooses to see her as a “helpmate” aiding his development or to see her as “fighting against him” is lies at the basis of marital harmony. Choosing the former option transforms the litmus test of marriage into a blissful state of rectification.

Brat in an Irish Brogue: Well now, the saints preserve us!  As the group’s unofficial Yenta, I think the Christians and the Jews deserve each other!  Glory to God!

Wanda Alger (17 June 21): The time of their homecoming is just around the corner! Those who have believed a lie are soon to awaken to the truth! Many prodigals are now coming to the end of themselves and realizing the emptiness of their ways. The Father has been joyfully anticipating this time when those He has held in His heart will soon be held in His embrace! This is His reward – to see those destined for great things, return home to claim their rightful place and goodly inheritance. This is His joy and His crown – to see His prodigals fully redeemed and walking in their true identity.

Wade E. Taylor: May each of us look past our seeming limitations and perceived reasons as to why we cannot be used by the Lord….then, as an over-comer, rise above them and in simple faith, respond and say as Mary of old:

“…Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word…” (Luke 1:38)

Fr. Richard Rohr (22 June 21): In Scripture we observe Jesus always listening for the voice of his Abba—in relationship to his disciples, other individuals, small groups, and crowds. Present-day spiritual directors attempt to function in the same way by listening to the Holy Spirit and responding to directees and others out of prayerful attentiveness to God.

Sophia Valentina Buller (22 June 21): I don’t know why but this is something Abba Spoke to me this morning. 2 words, “trauma bond”. I believe this is something Abba’s Dealing With in multiple areas of life.[28]

Rabbi Shira Schechter (20 June 21): What follows is a display of God’s will triumphing over man’s intentions as He thwarts Balaam’s every move. Finally, the portion ends with the Children of Israel, oblivious to God’s recent salvation, sinning and being punished with a plague. Only the actions of the quick-thinking Phineas are enough to stop God’s wrath.

Wade E. Taylor: Because of our inabilities, weaknesses, and limitations, a “greater glory” will be given to the Lord – for it can be clearly seen by others that we are incapable of that which the Lord is enabling us to accomplish.

Larry Ward: Mercy’s bridge is kept alive by the energies of deep justice flowing back and forth, the truth of suffering beyond the constrictions of the law. It is the justice of our precious bodies being respected and loved concretely as divinely human.

Dutch Sheets with Greg Hood (22 June 21): The oil and wind obviously represent Holy Spirit. He must blow on these individuals, delivering and healing them from the blood-sucking, political fiasco that occurred. This will be facilitated by different streams of the Body of Christ working together, and by the different Ephesians 4 gifts of Christ – apostle, prophet, pastor and teacher – working together. The evangelism gift was released AFTER the healing.

Sara Whitten (19 June 21): Individually… Just like fishing with a rod, this is not about a mass production (like commercial fishing with nets); it is not a quick process. It’s about stopping for the “one.” Just like Jesus had divine appointments for a specific person out of masses of people, there is a “going after the one” that is important right now.

Genesis 40: 23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

When Light Came In (20 June 21): I see you. I hold this space with you. You’re in my heart today.

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[1] Joe Joe Dawson (17 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25667)

[2] Sara Whitten (19 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25673)

[3] Wanda Alger (17 June 21): THE FATHER WILL GET HIS REWARD – wandaalger.me

[4] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (20 June 20): Bilaam – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[5] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (22 June 21): Sneaky Blessings – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[6] Nate Johnston (17 June 21): THE LORD SHOWED ME THAT HE WAS BREAKING THE TRAUMA YOU HAVE BEEN CARRYING SINCE 2020 & GIVING YOU A FRESH WIND – Nate & Christy: Everyday Revivalists (nateandchristy.co)

[7] Toko-pa Turner, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home (Her Own Room Press: 2017), 106–107, 127.

[8] Lana Vawser (20 June 21): A WEEK OF UNTANGLING FOR MANY – Lana Vawser Ministries

[9] Kaylie Hollins (19 June 20): Blog Feed – Kaylie Hollins

[10] Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): THE MASTER WAITS FOR LOVE (hisinscriptions.com)

[11] Larry Ward, America’s Racial Karma: An Invitation to Heal (Parallax Press: 2020), 95, 96–97. 

[12] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (18 June 21): One Thing That Changes Everything – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[13] Fr. Richard Rohr (20 June 20): [1] I am grateful to spiritual director Rev. Carolyn Metzler for this helpful “tricycle” analogy, a dynamic improvement upon the traditional Wesleyan “quadrilateral,” or four-legged stool of Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason. I hesitate to give reason a full wheel on our model—at this point in history it entirely takes over! Instead, I try to use Scripture, Tradition, and Experience in self-critical and “rational” ways. It took me a long time to come to that hopefully helpful principle. (No offense to dear John Wesley.)

[14] Lana Vawser (14 June 21): I HEARD THE LORD SAY “YOUR OBEDIENCE TO MY WAY IS CATAPULTING YOU INTO YOUR GREATEST DAY” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[15] Doug Addison (08 Feb 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#24988)

[16] Victor I. Vieth and Pete Singer (2019): Wounded Souls: The Spiritual Impact of Abuse — GRACE (netgrace.org)

[17] Hank Kunneman (22 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25684)

[18] Alane Haynes (21 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25677)

[19] Margaret Guenther, Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction (Cowley Publications: 1992), 85, 90, 91, 92–93. 

[20] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 June 21): Liberate Your Blessings – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[21] Reverend Betty King (16 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25660)

[22] Jeannette A. Bakke, Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual Direction (Baker Books: 2000), 178–179, 181. 

[23] Fr. Richard Rohr (20 June 20): [2] Tilden Edwards, Spiritual Director, Spiritual Companion: Guide to Tending the Soul (Paulist Press: 2001), 2.

[24] Rabbi Shaul Leiter (17 June 21): (Nishmat Chayim Chassidic Stories. www.nishmas.org)

[25] Gal Einai Institute (18 June 21): Marriage: The Litmus Test – GalEinai – Revealing the Torah’s Inner Dimension

[26] Dutch Sheets with Greg Hood (22 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25683)

[27] Nate Johnston (17 June 21): THE LORD SHOWED ME THAT HE WAS BREAKING THE TRAUMA YOU HAVE BEEN CARRYING SINCE 2020 & GIVING YOU A FRESH WIND – Nate & Christy: Everyday Revivalists (nateandchristy.co)

[28] Sophia Valentina Buller (22 June 21): A topic Abba Put on my heart today 💞💞💞 – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

Shadowboxing 14 June 21

17 Jun

Working Dates: Monday, June 14, 2021 to Thursday, June 17, 2021

[15 pages of praying and working through Job 38:1-11 and 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 from the lectionary readings for 4 Pentecost 20 June 21]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 June 21): A core teaching of the Rebbe:

You must know that you are in this world with a divine mission.[1]

Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 June 21): Re: “The Interview”

Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:

Nathan Shaw (13 June 21): Let Me Set Your Boundaries

Chuck Pierce (14 June 21): “You are hanging between two trapezes. You have not lost your way; you’re just between two places. You won’t always be.[2]

2 Corinthians 6:3 We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,

When Light Came In (11 June 21): As we learn with boundaries, so we learn with mindset shifts.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 June 21): Maybe it is just me but I find it difficult to read this blog because each person is just posting “their thing” and not in a conversation with you.  Am I missing something? It leaves me with confusion and I have a sense here that your thoughts are buried somewhere. Help me understand?

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21 at 11:10 am): What you say is true!  Each person is just posting “their thing” and not in a conversation with me, even when they try to make it “personal”. 

Jeremiah 5:30 “A horrible and shocking thing
    has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy lies,
    the priests rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
    But what will you do in the end?

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): This is my dilemma from not having a supportive tribe.  A basic human need is to have conversation, so without one I have taken it to the lectionary to see where God is leading through the (non)conversation to the greater whole.  If I didn’t do this, I would have died years ago.

2 Corinthians 6:9 as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see–we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed;

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): This week a theme on boundaries has arisen.  One of my boundaries within my divine assignment has been that I stay listening to those in the upper religious echelon with the Pharisees.  I don’t have to buy into their jargon or hype, but I do have to listen. 

Matthew 23:“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): I listen to a wide variety (prophets, pastors, bishops, rabbis, Pentecostals, Charismatics, Catholics, the marginalized, and the respected) with my ear trying to discern a common thread.  If one doesn’t exist, then I show that, too.

Sometimes group therapy falls apart.

Chuck Pierce (14 June 21): “I have the perfect place for you and I always have. I have known for all eternity where you will be next, and I knew that you would have this hard time getting there. I am strengthening you in this in-between time even though you don’t feel it or sense it. In a while, you will soon have a direction.

Job 38:4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.

Fr. Richard Rohr (15 June 21): In many ways, it’s been a constant dilemma of the church. It seems to want to live in perfect light. It does not like the shadowland called Earth. We see in Christian history the Roman Church unable and unwilling to see its own huge shadow, Martin Luther’s abhorrence of his own shadow, the Swiss Reformers trying to outlaw darkness, the Puritans trying to repress shadow, typical believers afraid of their shadow, and fundamentalists preoccupied with Satan “out there.” All of us, it seems, are trying to avoid the mystery in human life, instead of learning how to carry it patiently, as Jesus did.

Lance Wallnau (15 June 21): I encourage you to look at this idea of transforming irritations into opportunities to grow before you discard the issue or summarily assume that it is something the devil sent. It could be God’s gift in your life.

2 Corinthians 6:2 For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

Reverend Betty King (16 June 21): Many in England, and all over the world, are able to testify that over the last few months we have seen tremendous breakthroughs and breakouts of the Holy Spirit. What is happening is truly incredible. [3]

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): G. Campbell Morgan, who preached at Westminster Chapel, London in the early 1900’s, expressed it best: “He who woos the Bride can never have his heart satisfied with a servant. Activity in the King’s business will not make up for neglect of the King… The Master waits for love.” [4]

Mark 4:38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

Wanda Alger (14 June 21): Today, we have an opportunity to tip the scales in our own nation. Though we must always pursue the great commission in bringing people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, we must also champion the gospel of the Kingdom. It is the gospel of the Kingdom that will ultimately demonstrate to the world that the message of Christ is not just getting a ticket into heaven, but an authority from heaven that transforms every created thing on the earth. Nations are waiting for the Ekklesia of God to rise up and lead the way. [5]

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): I sense so strongly that the Lord is urging us not to lose our focus, but to keep our gaze on Him through diligent study of His Word, so that the PURE VOICE of the Lord may be released at this time. Knowing the Word always precedes being a voice!

Mark 4:39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): God had sent me into the viper’s den and no matter how much I squirm, I cannot convince God to change that perimeter.  I have found no way to reach them personally.  I usually start with the secretary and they may (or may not) pass along a message, but there is no relationship with the upper crust, even with the opportunities presented by Facebook.

2 Corinthians 6:4 but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): Trauma is inflicted not only through one-time events like accidents or death, but also through long-term, sustained difficulties such as pandemics or ongoing persecution. God is breaking past traumas off His Body and sending us out to heal the nations.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): For fourteen years they have ostracized me.  It is inconceivable for another person to imagine that kind of pain for that long. 

Lance Wallnau (15 June 21): I’ve discovered a quote along these lines that is positively life-transforming:

“There are many irritations which we experience which we can and should remove. A squeaky door can be oiled; an angry neighbor can be appeased; and a personal habit can be changed. There are other irritations, however, which are beyond our power to correct or remove. These irresolvable irritations provide the basis for a significant process which God intends to take place within each of our lives.” –Research in Principles of Life Basic Seminar Textbook

Brat: Like a certain brat in your orbit?

Job 38:2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

Brat: Fr. Richard Rohr talks this week about the shadow self

2 Corinthians 6:8 in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;

Fr. Richard Rohr (14 June 21): We all identify with our persona/mask so strongly when we are young that we become masters of denial and learn to eliminate or hide anything that doesn’t support it. Neither our persona nor our shadow is evil in itself; they just allow us to do evil and not recognize it as such. Our shadow self makes us all into hypocrites on some level. Hypocrite is a Greek word that simply means “actor,” someone playing a role rather than being “real.” We are all in one kind of closet or another and are even encouraged by society to play such roles. Usually everybody else can see our shadow, so it is crucial that we learn what everybody else knows about us—except us!

Nate Johnston (in “The Interview” 06 June 21): “This is where I make the wise look foolish and I elevate the unlearned David’s who said yes when the wise went into hiding and appointed themselves judges and executioners. This is where I flip the play and the transfer the lead charge from Saul to David who will not be afraid to worship me in public and call evil, evil. The false narratives of the hour are going to be shown as fiction and lies and the world will see it.

Reverend Betty King (16 June 21): Be careful to recognize that these are not things that can be fixed simply by gathering anointed people around you. This is personal. No membership of any group can make up for right-standing with God. Trying to bring together something which looks like God is in it, when He is not, will really only hinder what He is doing and where He wants His Church to go. Remember that those who stand at the summit are crucial for what is to come and for those who are to follow. The Lord is looking for elders at the gate who will permit transformation because they themselves are rightly aligned with Him.

Lana Vawser (13 June 21): As I was watching in numerous visions and dreams the changes and adjustments the Lord was making, I began to see “alignments” and “mechanics” changing. The Lord is shifting some out of alignments and into new alignments. The Lord is shifting and changing the “mechanics” of how you have done things before or how you have operated. It is not that you were doing anything wrong, or that previous alignments or mechanics of how things or you operated, it is simply, you are in the crossover into the place of a greater commission and partnering with His Spirit.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): It truly is a miracle that God Himself has kept me alive through this by

2 Corinthians 6:7 truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;

Chuck Pierce (14 June 21): “The best thing you can do right now is to stay in contact with Me and in My Word. My call for you is that you will go here for a little while and there for a little while. With that call, there will be between times while I am transitioning you or getting you ready for the next thing. This will be your life. So learn to relax between times. Don’t compare yourself to others. Rest in stillness. As each new thing reveals itself, you will know and you will know your role. You will revisit some places in your past and you will continue to be a part of some things, but don’t be surprised when there are endings to your connection with groups.”

Brat to Bonnie Treloar (in “The Interview” 06 June 21): Since your objective is to help people distinguish Bible truths verses the teachings from the Church that misrepresent God, and yet you also belong to a Church, from inside that worldview, how can you tell if you are misrepresenting God?  That is every religion’s dilemma, the nature of pride and the power in the captivity of denial.  I can speak the truth, but only God can change hearts.  This is God’s turf.

Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): Real fathers will…Correct you in love.

Steve Shultz (14 June 21): Have you noticed their words are getting bolder and bolder?

When Light Came In (11 June 21): Boundaries tell other people what is loving and acceptable to us. They don’t — and can’t — change the other person.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 June 21): Got it, thanks!

Fr. Richard Rohr (14 June 21): The gift of shadowboxing is in the seeing of the shadow and its games in ourselves, which takes away most of the shadow’s hidden power. No wonder that Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582) said that the mansion of true self-knowledge was the necessary first mansion on the spiritual journey. Socrates said the same thing, “Know yourself!”

Job 38:3 Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

Nathan Shaw (13 June 21): God wants us to believe that He really is who He says He is (Hebrews 11:6). There’s no way around it—He has to challenge our unbelief. He draws us in by gently asking, “What can you believe for?” The question seems safe and innocent but it really only touches the surface of the issue. Once we have answered this question He probes even deeper, “What are your greatest dreams and desires?” Unbelief is the invisible antagonist that stands directly between us and the fulfillment of our greatest dreams and desires. God consistently probes and challenges us until we feel we have reached our limits. But even then He is not satisfied and ups the ante by simply saying, “Let Me set your boundaries.” It’s the big question: Will we believe Him for the fulfillment of His vision for our lives—a vision that is much bigger than our own. We were never created to live in a restrictive box. In fact, we are hard wired to live outside the confinement of possibility. On the other side of unbelief is a life of adventure and discovery.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 June 21): And that if any mountain should stand in your way,
Or any ocean block your path,
Or any quagmire detain you from reaching your goal—

Lana Vawser (13 June 21): I heard the Lord say:

“You will hear a NEW SOUND in the QUIET”

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): So, I stay listening at the bottom of the fishbowl.  Sometimes I do bury myself in the gravel and don’t share my thoughts.  Other times I share my thoughts and the Pharisees bare their teeth and bite back hard.  I know they read me, but refuse to directly engage.  They “get off” on seeing their words in the scripts, but remain hiding behind their positions.  I recognize that that is what they do, but I have never found a way to break that cowardice. 

2 Corinthians 6:12 There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours [theirs].

Reverend Betty King (16 June 21): Don’t try to pre-empt the Holy Spirit or decide for Him where your focus ought to be. Practice the spiritual disciplines of self-control and patience, and allow Him to give you clear guidance on how to launch out into the new things to come. Keep shedding the loads and keep climbing higher.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): So, I won’t risk reaching out in kindness again when that pattern of mercy has shown itself to be painful and ineffective because they really don’t care (as evidenced by the indifference of the Jehovah Witness.)

Chuck Pierce (14 June 21): “You really can trust Me with this. Wherever I position you, even if the place is where you presently are, will be for the new. Let go of all fears or concerns or speculations about where your new will be. This will be right for you. You will be at peace.

Lance Wallnau (15 June 21): Favor in relationships: We have been given a promise that once a man’s ways please the Lord, the Lord causes even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7). You might see that God literally changes the relationship you have with someone once you humble yourself. As you become more flexible and gentle, or perhaps open to reproof, willing to learn, listen, or ask better questions, you begin to find favor in otherwise strained relationships.

When Light Came In (13 June 21): We stayed hoping they would change, heal, love us. We left and it became a whole new nightmare.

If you’re in this boat today — the one where the more responsible, loving, protective and honest you get, the more they double down on you — you are my people. I honor your strength, determination, and courage.

Onward, brave one.

Steve Shultz: That’s because our day requires it…that we stand boldly in the face of the enemy.

Mark 4:37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped.

Katie Barker (14 June 21): I heard the Lord say, “Many of My front line warriors, intercessors, prophets, Kingdom builders and advancers have been under intensified attacks this year. The enemy has been relentless in his attempt to bring roadblocks, hindrances and weariness to these ones in their continued stand to see My plans and purposes come to pass. The flames of the battle have continued to intensify, but My faithful ones have continued to stand and push forward. They have spiritual eyes to see the battle and they know the territory and promise that awaits them, as they know I am faithful to bring to pass all I have spoken.

Job 38:9 when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band,

Fr. Richard Rohr (14 June 21): I am afraid that the closer we get to the Light, the more of our shadow we see. Thus, truly holy people are always humble people. Christians would have been done a great service if the shadow had been distinguished from sin. Sin and shadow are not the same. We were so encouraged to avoid sin that many of us instead avoided facing our shadow, and then we ended up “sinning” even worse—while unaware besides! As Paul taught, “The angels of darkness must disguise themselves as angels of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). The persona does not choose to see evil in itself, so it always disguises it as good. The shadow self invariably presents itself as something like prudence, common sense, and justice. It says, “I am doing this for your good,” when it is actually manifesting fear, control, manipulation, or even vengeance. Isn’t it fascinating that the name Lucifer literally means “light bearer”? The evil one always makes darkness look like light—and makes light look like darkness.

Amy Sutherland (15 June 21): When you give yourself over to prayer, supernatural answers manifest. Many have ‘prayed’, but it’s time to pray again![6]

Pastor Steve Dittmar (15 June 21): The Lord calls His Annas and Simeons to receive and bless what God has begun before others can see. The Lord needs His Annas and Simeons to prophesy salvation, calling beauty out of ashes, joy out of mourning, and praises instead of depression. The Lord needs us.[7]

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): Those who take time to welcome the Father of Compassion into their own areas of loss or pain will find that they, in turn, become comforters themselves.

When Light Came In (11 June 21): I knew, and it gave me courage. After, my daughter told me it gave her courage, too.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (15 June 21): Great things are not what is demanded from our generation. The previous generations did all that for us. We need only do the small things—but in a more difficult time.[8]

Lana Vawser (14 June 21): There is another shaking coming where it will be revealed where “allegiances” lie. There is another shaking coming that will bring a separation between those who follow in His way and those who are trying to fit Jesus into their agenda.

2 Corinthians 6:1 As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (17 June 21): Humility doesn’t mean thinking how low you are.

Humility means realizing how wonderful all these other people are.[9]

Fr. Richard Rohr (15 June 21): All God appears to want from us is honesty and humility. There is no other way to read Jesus’ stories of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32) or the tax collector and the Pharisee (Luke 18:9–14). In each story, the one who did wrong ends up being right—simply because he is honest and humble about it. The one who is formally right ends up being terribly wrong because he is proud about his own performance. How have we been able to miss that important point? I suspect it is because the ego wants to think well of itself and deny any shadow material. Only the soul knows we grow best in the shadowlands.

Job 38:7 when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): Worldly thinking reduces ministry to nothing more than titles and programs. Even ministry can become idolatry when our hearts find fulfillment in what we do rather than who we are.

Donna Rigney (03 June 21): Riding as one, so close together, without Him saying a word, I knew His thoughts: He wanted all the glory at our revival prayer meetings/services, by us leaving the platform for Him and Father, while Holy Spirit worshiped through the congregation. The people who gathered were the choir and the singers. There was to be no performance in this new move of God that would steal any attention or glory from Father and Jesus. As one, we would worship Them and keep our gaze fixed on Them and no one else.[10]

Fr. Richard Rohr (15 June 21): There are no perfect structures or perfect people. There is only the struggle to get there. It is Christ’s passion (patior in Latin, or the “suffering of reality”) that will save the world, when we are willing to join him in the pattern. “Your patient endurance will win you your lives,” writes Luke (21:19). Redemptive suffering instead of redemptive violence is the Jesus way. Patience comes from our attempts to hold together an always-mixed reality, not from expecting or demanding a perfect reality. That only makes us resentful and judgmental, which is what has characterized much of Christian history. Grateful people emerge in a world rightly defined, where even shadows are no surprise, but, in fact, opportunity for compassion and forgiveness. 

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): From the git-go I was never asking for perfection, but for sanctuary.  The very word, then, became a mockery among them.  I was asking for a place to belong.  I listened and heard them; they eventually heard me, but wouldn’t include me on a real level.  The conversation continues like word volleys across the divide.  Like the merchants in Revelation 18, they stand far off behind the protection of their soapbox and pulpit and the Good Ol’ Boys Club…

2 Corinthians 6:10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Archbishop of Canterbury (14 June 21): Jesus told us to love God, love our neighbour and love our enemy. That’s our responsibility – to love.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (15 June 21): For us, a simple change of habit to be a better person, or a quiet act of restraint to avoid something ugly—these are significant sacrifices that tip the world towards good.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): Even when they confirm a word that I’ve shared, they will not come to me personally to tell me and include me in the flow and cycle of a natural conversation.  That would mean confessing that there had ever been misconduct.

Reverend Betty King (16 June 21): Don’t look back to what you’ve left behind but look upwards and forwards to God. Abraham left his father’s house to go to a land that God was yet to show him, but when he did, God blessed him and increased him (Isaiah 51:2).

Lana Vawser (13 June 21): This is a time to be ferocious in your obedience to the Lord and choose HIS VOICE FIRST. The voice of the enemy or the voice of ‘man’s wisdom’ may come loudly, but this is a time of testing to CHOOSE His voice first, bowing not to other voices because of intimidation or comfort, but being willing to boldly follow Jesus and follow His ways, knowing that it is His voice as you have tested it and He has confirmed His direction and leading to you, that you step out and follow, WITHOUT apology. Do not apologise for the voice of the Lord in your life and His leading, follow boldly.

2 Corinthians 6:11 We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): In the end, there is no one with the authority to hold anyone accountable.  There is nowhere for the proverbial buck to stop.  There is no closure, so that another door can open because the bishops sit ensconced, protected, and removed.  In their minds nothing happened, so nothing gets done.  There is nothing to do and thereby evil happens when good men do nothing.

Job 38:8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb?—

Katie Barker (14 June 21): Rise up in faith for this is a demarcation time, a time where the Lord is shifting the battle and setting the boundary line of your territory – the line over which the enemy may not cross. The fruit of this demarcation time will continue to unfold and increase in the months to come.[11]

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (15 June 21): I hope this clarifies some of the confusion, and has helped you to understand a little bit more of my side of the story.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (16 June 21 at 8:16 am): Oh, absolutely! This helps a lot to clarify your challenging dilemma; yet I do believe our living loving God is guiding you (especially through his Word). Personally, I find it painful to read what the others post since they do ignore and “bury” you with words. I also notice that they do not interact with each other either. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 June 21): That all that exists and ever existed depends upon your fulfillment of that mission.

Brat: What??  That sounds arrogant!  I have no control over other people’s choices.  God is the focus and Jesus is the voice I listen to!  He is the mission fulfiller.  All glory goes to Him.  I am an instrument for His use, not a rubber band to be snapped.

Steve Shultz (14 June 21): I’m sure enjoying the BOLD words and revelation coming from God’s prophetic voices.

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): The shift is subtle, but dangerous: left unchecked, ministry itself becomes idolatry. The roots of idolatry and spiritual adultery include pride, selfishness, and unbelief.

Lana Vawser (13 June 21): As I have journeyed with the Lord over the past few weeks and continue to, the Lord has been speaking very clearly about this time of transition and it is VERY important right now to PAY ATTENTION to what the Lord is saying and to not be distracted. God is making some changes and adjustments in your life and through your life and the Lord showed me it has a lot to do with the new pioneering assignments and the move of His Spirit.[12]

Nathan Shaw (13 June 21): When God delivered the Israelites from the bondage of slavery in Egypt it was only a partial deliverance. The reason is simple: God delivers us not only out of something but also into something—in the case of the Israelites, out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Even before they came near the Promised Land God declared: “I will set your boundaries from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River, for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you” (Exodus 23:31 NET). As I read this awesome promise I heard God speak directly to me: “Let Me set your boundaries.”[13]

Job 38:5 Who determined its measurements–surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?

Kathi Pelton (14 June 21): The circumstances before you may mock you with their size and their strength but as you stand before them, postured in the fear of the Lord, covered by the shadow of the Almighty, and holding whatever “weapon” you are familiar with (it may just be a prayer or a Scripture or just your “mustard seed of faith” as your stone) … you are assured victory. By His strength and His power and in His name you are about to slay a giant![14]

Me to Bonnie Treloar (in “The Interview” 06 June 21 at 9:27 am): Prayer, to me, is the basis of my communication and relationship with Jesus.  It’s like a husband-and-wife relationship.  It should be open: from whom no secrets are hid.  My relationship with Him is not a set of Rules before I can relate.  That’s putting “the cart before the horse.”  The rules are supposed to come after the relationship is established, so there are parameters to work within the love.  I think that’s why the Ten Commandments start at the top to love God before He ever lays out the rules.  Are people still afraid of God’s fire (Deuteronomy 5:5)?  He reminds the people of His love that brought them out of the land of Egypt and the slavery they’d suffered.

Deuteronomy 5:(At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

When Light Came In (01 June 21): Others may disagree with staying that extra year. Others may frown on trying – again – in counseling. They may judge us when we pack up and leave. They may scrutinize our methods of getting free.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (15 June 21): In a maddening, rushed world, small battles make mighty victories. Try and you will see.

Katie Barker (14 June 21): “Let your hope arise, for this demarcation time will usher in the beginning of a new season. The ‘new’ that you will walk in will not be the same as the past, as you will occupy new territory. Some will be hesitant to take hold of My word that this is a demarcation time, as they fear rising up in ‘false’ hope, but now is the time to trust My voice and stand in faith for the demarcation time at hand. Stand against the lies and tactics of the enemy and instead immerse yourselves in My Word, strengthening and building your faith.”

John Edgerton (in “The Interview” 06 June 21): It is only when Aaron tells the people that God sees their misery that belief becomes worship. It is only when Aaron tells the people that God is concerned about them that they become God’s people. The mere existence of God is not enough to count as good news to a people in deep distress. But a God who sees their misery and is concerned for them? That is a God worthy of worship.

Psalm 20:9 Give victory to the king, O LORD; answer us when we call.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 June 21): Immediately, the walls of exile of the entire world crumble to the ground.

Chabad.org (13 June 21): Mazel tov to the entire world!

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): Godly ministers emerging in this time of separation and delineation are those who are consumed with passion for their Bridegroom, devoting themselves first to the priestly duty of wholehearted worship. Any other service they perform is done on assignment from the King!

Nathan Shaw (13 June 21): When God sets our boundaries He takes many things into consideration. His perspective is much larger and infinitely more detailed than ours. When He set the boundaries for the nation of Israel He was looking hundreds and even thousands of years into the future. When each generation walks in destiny it sets things up for subsequent generations to walk in theirs. But make no mistake, God takes intricate interest in each generation as if they were the only one. God sets boundaries for each person, ministry, church, nation and generation. When we allow God to set our boundaries the boundaries challenge our unbelief, awaken our faith, determine our warfare, and change our future.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 June 21): Know that you are on a mission from the Creator of heaven and earth.

Job 38:6 On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone

Katie Barker (14 June 21): The Lord continued, “The battle over the destinies of individuals and regions has been intense. The battle intensifies on the edge of breakthrough. Many are at the cusp of breakthrough, the cusp of the new territory and land they will occupy, and the cusp of a complete change in situation. Now is the time to stand in faith on all I have spoken, and to break off the lies of the enemy that say the shift will not come. Now is the time to wage war with the promise I have given you.

Nathan Shaw (13 June 21): Faith lies dormant until the seed of God’s promise lands on it. Faith is childlike trust in God’s absolute goodness and absolute faithfulness. When God promises something He fully intends to fulfill His promise. Faith isn’t a passive thing, it lives and breathes. It has an energy all of its own. Hebrews chapter 11 describes a litany of men and women who did great exploits and overcame against the odds. Everything they accomplished was done by faith. The generation that came out of Egypt made one fatal mistake: They didn’t respond to God’s voice with faith (Hebrews 4:2). Faith and possibility are awakened when we hear God’s voice. When we allow God to set our boundaries, the boundaries that limit our faith are removed.

Katie Barker (14 June 21): The Lord said, “A fatal blow is coming to the enemy’s plans on the back of strategic, supernatural keys of revelation which I am releasing to My people at this time. As My faithful ones spend time in My presence, specific and strategic revelation on the keys to overcome the enemy will be released. As these keys are used, hindrances and strongholds will be broken and swift justice and advancement will come.

Lance Wallnau (15 June 21): There are times when we are responsible for creating our own irritations. Are there areas in your life where you are doing the opposite of what you know is wisest and best? Sometimes a simple course correction is all we need.

Wanda Alger (14 June 21): There are those who believe that any focus on the political sphere or issues in the public square have no place within the great commission. Believing that the gospel of salvation should be the priority for every believer, some in the Church avoid, and even criticize those who speak out on, governmental affairs. And yet, even Jesus called His followers to pursue a greater message than just salvation. His goal was not just to save men’s souls but transform entire nations.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (in “The Interview” 06 June 21): “FEEDING THE DOG!”

Brat: I see you read “Crumbs.”  Too bad you refused to directly acknowledge and engage with me.  If you had, maybe you could have connected me with my tribe and I’d have been protected, loved, and respected by my readers.  But your silence fed the shark fest.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 June 21): When will a rebbe know his people truly have digested all he poured into them?

Kathi Pelton (14 June 21): There is about to be a “changing of the guard” in many positions of authority—in businesses, spheres of influence, governments and even in the Body of Christ. It is the posture of surrender and dependence on the Lord that will promote those who seem unqualified to hold these positions.

Israel365 News (14 June 21): New Prime Minister Bennett Calls on Israel: Don’t make same mistakes that destroyed Temple

Nathan Shaw (13 June 21): Israel went from the confinement of slavery in Egypt to the vastness of opportunity in the Promised Land. In-between was a season of transition that radically redefined their boundaries. We are in a similar season of transition. God spoke to Israel and said, “I will set your boundaries.” The declaration was certain, but they still had to let Him do it. Eventually Israel occupied the Promised Land. Likewise, after much testing, David ruled over the nations. God is trumpeting the same message to us today. He says, “Let Me define your territory. Let Me define the measure of your authority. Let Me set your boundaries. And above all else, trust Me, for I am trustworthy, and I keep My promises.”

Steve Shultz: It’s a great honor to come alongside many who are standing boldly, in faith, with God’s words and promises over our lives and our nation.

Wanda Alger (14 June 21): Acknowledging that the gospel of salvation is the first step towards redemption, he [Os Hillman] calls believers to a bigger vision that encompasses, not just the message of the cross, but resurrection power that can transform entire cities, states, and even nations. The biggest difference between these two gospels is that salvation is focused on individuals, where the Kingdom is focused on peoples and systems. Salvation is the launching pad for demonstrating the power of Christ in every part of our culture – including politics, entertainment, and media. Not only can people be radically transformed – so can entire governments, cultures, and administrations. The supremacy of Christ and the authority of heaven should be the most powerful force on the earth!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 June 21): And if so, it is absurd that any of His creations should stand in the way of the mission for which He has created you.

Sylvia W. Hamilton shared a photo on Facebook (15 June 21): Nick Vujicic with no leg, no hand, led Hungarian President Janos Ader to Jesus.

Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): In the wake of one of the longest and most widespread times of difficulty we’ve ever known, the Lord is raising up an army of healers and deliverers who have accessed the Father’s compassion for their own healing and are now being sent out to release that same compassion to others.

Fr. Richard Rohr (14 June 21): Holy or whole individuals, the ones we call “saints,” are precisely the ones who have no “I” to protect or project. Their “I” is in conscious union with the “I AM” of God, and that is more than enough. Divine union overrides any need for self-hatred or self-adoration. Such people do not need to be perfectly right, and they know they cannot be anyway, so they just try to be in right relationship. In other words, they try to be loving—above all else. Love holds us tightly and safely and always. Such people have met the enemy and know that the major enemy is “me” (to borrow from the comic strip character Pogo). But they do not hate the “me” either, they just see through and beyond “me.” Shadow work literally “saves us from ourselves” (our false selves), which is the foundational meaning of salvation to begin with.

Lance Wallnau (in “The Interview” 06 June 21): Communication involves a sender and a receiver. If you are sending accurate content but the “feeling” is off, your message is compromised by the feeling you mixed into it. I have often sent the wrong message when in fact, I was simply not paying attention to the tone of my voice and physical expression at the moment I sent it.

Brat: And it takes two to WANT to clarify and make things right.  That, too, is part of communication.  So far this assignment of “Share the Journey” has been one-sided since 2008, because I have no tribe.  That’s fourteen years!

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): Deep listening is an antidote to isolation. Nothing feels better than being seen, heard, and loved for who we are. In fact, this is one of the primary purposes of church.

Lance Wallnau (15 June 21): Personal transformation: One of those processes is that the irritant is actually sent to refine or shape us. For instance, there might be a person who is overbearing or rude or irritating. God has them in our life—not for the purpose of us getting away from them—but for the purpose of us maturing in our own fruit of the spirit. This is so that we can, in a sense, outgrow the immaturity of where we were before we met the irritant.

Katie Barker (14 June 21): The Lord said, “I have heard the persistent cries of My people and I am coming to bring swift justice. Recompense and restoration will be seen. This is a demarcation time – a time where a line will be drawn and a shift seen in the battle as My just verdict is released. The demarcation line is a battle line or boundary line where the enemy will no longer be allowed access. The demarcation time will see territory given back to My people. My justice will bring an overturning of the enemy’s plans.”

Job 38:10 and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors,

Brat: But none of that will happen without accountability.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (16 June 21): Sigh. Lord have mercy on the church and on us. 

Nathan Shaw (13 June 21): It’s always helpful if we are engaged in the right warfare. Many people waste so much energy fighting battles that God never asked them to fight. At the tower of Babel all nations rebelled against God (Genesis 11:1-9). Israel could have fought against any nation and they would have been fighting God’s enemies. However, Israel didn’t choose her enemies, God did. Israel’s enemies were the nations occupying the territory that was specifically assigned to her. God’s boundaries were clear: “From the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert to the River” (Exodus 23:31). He had determined the boundaries of the nation before the Israelites even saw the land. When we know God’s boundaries we can devote ourselves to the right warfare and stop fighting unnecessary battles.

When Light Came In (11 June 21): Same with mindset shifts. When we find ourselves in a toxic situation with a family member or coparent, we can shift our mindset. We can go from target to agent, victim to survivor.

Lance Wallnau (15 June 21): First of all, how does God help us grow? He helps us to grow by giving us challenges that are beyond our skill set. Sometimes we would love to pray away, prophesy away or rebuke away these challenges, but God actually sent them to accomplish a purpose.

Katie Barker (14 June 21): “The key is in the revelation, so it is important for My people to be intentional in spending time seeking Me to receive the keys. The enemy will try to bring distraction to stop My people from seeking Me, and will try to bring doubt on what they do hear, but now is the time to break off distraction and confusion and to boldly step out with the strategies I release.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 June 21): It could only be that these are not obstacles. Rather, they are a vital element of your mission, designed to lift you higher, and yet higher.

Steve Shultz: Believe me…God is going to reward you for your boldness in Him…and His promises are coming to pass.

Lana Vawser (14 June 21): The Glory and revealing of His Majesty that is going to fall in places where room is being made for the Lord to do what He wants to do and obedience to follow wherever He is leading and however it looks, is going to leave you facedown as His Shekinah Glory manifests. There is a “facedown” wave coming that will catapult the people of God into deeper realms of revelation of His holiness and Majesty and will bring down the ‘self exaltation’ of man’

Job 38:11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?

When Light Came In (11 June 21): Our mindsets may not change the circumstance, but they change our sense of strength in those circumstances.

Lance Wallnau (15 June 21): Suddenly, that former irritant has become for you the opportunity—like the potter’s wheel—to be made into a more beautiful vessel.

Nathan Shaw (13 June 21): If we occupy the territory that God has set apart for us our future will be vastly different than if we simply occupy our immediate setting. Once the boundaries have been set, the battle of faith begins. The battle is custom designed to enlarge us internally. Slaves could not occupy the Promised Land, conquerors could. David lived as a fugitive, often hiding in caves and eventually seeking refuge in a foreign nation. David’s predicament limited him severely, but ultimately God’s boundaries determined his future. Those boundaries were enlarged three times. Firstly, he became king of the single tribe of Judah (2 Samuel 2:1-7). Secondly, he became king of all Israel (2 Samuel 5:1-10). Thirdly, he conquered the surrounding nations (2 Samuel 8:1-14). God set the boundaries. David trusted God’s goodness and God’s word.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (16 June 21): Seeking the “ears to hear” always.

Lana Vawser (14 June 21): What you are going to see God do through your obedience in this hour will leave you FACEDOWN in awe and wonder of our Glorious King. This move of His Spirit upon us will reveal JESUS AS KING!!!!!! His Majesty and Holiness REVEALED!![15]

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[1] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 June 21): The Possible Mission – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[2] Chuck Pierce (14 June 21): https://www.facebook.com/chuckdpierce/posts/348019423358371

[3] Reverend Betty King (16 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25660)

[4] Deborah Perkins (15 June 21): THE MASTER WAITS FOR LOVE (hisinscriptions.com)

[5] Wanda Alger (14 June 21): WHY NOT JUST PREACH THE GOSPEL? – wandaalger.me

[6] Amy Sutherland (15 June 21): PRAY AGAIN 🕊🔥 | Ablaze Global Productions

[7] Pastor Steve Dittmar (15 June 21): Secret Place – Where are My Annas and Simeons?; Vol. 17 – Issue 24 – 6/15/21

[8] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (15 June 21): Small Things – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[9] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (17 June 21): Real Humility – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[10] Donna Rigney (15 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25654)

[11] Katie Barker (14 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25648)

[12] Lana Vawser (13 June 21): I HEARD THE LORD SAY “I AM MAKING SOME CHANGES AND ADJUSTMENTS” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[13] Nathan Shaw (13 June 21): Let Me Set Your Boundaries | Nathan Shaw (heartofdavidministries.org)

[14] Kathi Pelton (14 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25649)

[15] Lana Vawser (14 June 21): I HEARD THE LORD SAY “YOUR OBEDIENCE TO MY WAY IS CATAPULTING YOU INTO YOUR GREATEST DAY” – Lana Vawser Ministries

The Interview 06 June 21

13 Jun

Working Dates: Sunday, June 6, 2021 to Sunday, June 13, 2021

[25 pages of praying and working through Psalm 20 from the lectionary readings for 3 Pentecost (Proper 6) 13 June 21]

WHO?

Faith Marie Baczko (08 June 21): During a recent time of intercession, I was moved by the Holy Spirit, and with my face turned toward Heaven, I cried out three times, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” [1]

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): Where are you present in my life, God? And where is my neighbor, where is the stranger I forgot to welcome, where is the enemy whom I was taught to fear? Where is the deep, tender heart of the blessed earth, where is the hidden paradise, the love hidden in plain sight? How do I press my soul down into its embrace? Where are you? [2] 

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: I am God’s downstairs neighbor, banging on the ceiling with a broomstick. I show up at His door every day. Sometimes with songs, sometimes with curses. Sometimes apologies, gifts, questions, demands. Sometimes I use my key under the mat to let myself in. Other times, I sulk outside until He opens the door to me Himself.[3]

Faith Marie Baczko (08 June 21): I was surprised by the intensity of the way in which I spoke, but was even more surprised when I heard God immediately answer, “Where is Elisha?” That stopped me in my tracks and caused me to think about Elisha.

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): And what if we also said each day, Here I am. Here I am, Lord. Here is my face, seeking your face. Here is my voice, speaking your unutterable name on my breath. Here is my body, and here is my mind, and here is my heart; may your Spirit mold them into vessels of your love. You don’t have to search or grieve for me any longer. Hineini. Here I am.

Bonnie Treloar (07 June 21): At John 4:24 it says “those worshipping him must worship with spirit and truth”.  One basic Bible truth that we enjoy sharing with neighbors is that God has a personal name.  At Isaiah 42:5 he introduces himself as “Jehovah”.  It’s very important when praying to make sure that we pray to Jehovah through Jesus (John 14:6).  Praying to Jesus is a very common practice today.  However, when Jesus was on earth he taught us to pray only to his father, Jehovah.  If you would like more information on that please let me know. 

Bob Thompson (10 June 21): Help for Prayer

Me to Bonnie Treloar (08 June 21): We are to pray only to the Father, as Jesus taught us.  And since Jesus is the Son and a member of the Trinity, then I know I can pray to Him and the Father will hear me.

John 14:Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): There was one intercessor in the dream standing with me in prayer. They represented the many intercessors faithfully standing in prayer. There was just one witch, but she represented both men and women, who have been deceived and are using manipulation and witchcraft against the saints…even as they themselves believe they are standing for Christ. [4] 

Brat: [Slow exhale…]

HOW?

Elena Barnabé: “Grandma, how do you deal with pain?”[5]

“With your hands, dear. When you do it with your mind, the pain hardens even more.”

Brat: I write with my hands…

Rachel Hackenberg (09 June 21): Chasing Donkeys

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): Where are you? It is the question God has been asking every day since that breezy evening in Eden, since that point in time, for reasons we may never fully understand, when it became possible for us to estrange ourselves from God’s loving embrace. It is the question that underlies the record all of God’s fierce and wild emotions in the Old Testament—

Lance Wallnau (09 June 21): How you FEEL about YOU is going to affect how you treat others. The way you respond to others is directly affected by your state of mind and how you feel about yourself.

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): Kathryn, in a dream, the Lord said, “Pray for the Witch!”

Brat: You call me by name, but you don’t know me. 

Isaiah 45:4 For the sake of Jacob my servant, of Israel my chosen, I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor, though you do not acknowledge me.

Brat: You have my web address; so, what?

Norton (11 June 21): We’re monitoring the dark web for your personal information

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.

Amy Sutherland (11 June 21): Have you died today?

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): I hear the Lord saying “There is coming an hour of reckoning for the righteous. I have seen the extreme assault that the enemy has raged against them in this past year. I have seen the spirit of assassination that has come to steal every promise til they run from their purpose. I have seen the words from the enemy’s camp in the mouths of believers sent like arrows to take out the pure of heart and leave them bloodied in the battlefield. [6]

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: I have had cancer three times now, and I have barely passed thirty. There are times when I wonder what I must have done to deserve such a story. I fear sometimes that when I die and meet with God, that He will say I disappointed Him, or offended Him, or failed Him. Maybe He’ll say I just never learned the lesson, or that I wasn’t grateful enough. But one thing I know for sure is this: He can never say that He did not know me.

Jennifer LeClaire (11 June 21): The Plumb Line: What We Can Learn from Prophetic Division

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): “There has been an injustice! There has been an injustice and it must be rectified! There is a reckoning moment coming! I have seen the storm that has come to divide the church and I have seen those who have succumbed to its sly charms and seductive word twists that allow unclean spirits to take the pulpit and put demonic agendas in the mouths of my generals. But no more! There is a reckoning! There is a reckoning!”

Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): Real fathers will…Rebuke the devourer off of your life!

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): As I continued to pray, she became enraged.

Me to Bonnie Treloar (06 June 21 at 9:27 am): Still, this is a common reaction of people who have been afraid of my voice in the past.  Even my priest had not wanted me to lay hands on and pray for people when they came up to the communion rail for prayer.  It hurt me deeply.  I don’t understand people’s reactions when I have an open relationship with Jesus and can talk to Him about anything.

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation (09 June 21): Incarnational, Queer Love

Me to Bonnie Treloar (06 June 21 at 9:27 am): I guess that’s part of your training.  I am trying to be thoughtful and considerate and giving you grace space to grow where the Holy Spirit is leading you.

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): “This is an hour of vindication and overturning and I am turning around what has looked unfavourable for the faithful and an injustice to the righteous. I am overturning the demonic bully tactics that has come through difficult situations working out not in your favor, but they will be overturned! I am going to clear up what has given you a bad name and what has caused your last season to look like failure. Many have said “I did not expect to land here and like this. I didn’t imagine this would be the outcome of years of faithful pursuit” – but you have not seen the last turn, and the sudden shift that causes the tide against you to work for you. Watch for my reckoning!”

Michael Bernard Kelly: So what is happening? Firstly, some element of this ‘addiction’ is probably inevitable in our yearning and longing, for the taste of ecstasy, however it comes, is so delicious, so overwhelming. Of course we seek it again and again! [7]

Xavier Dagba: If you want to know how trustworthy someone is, pay attention to how they handle shame.  If they can navigate it and take ownership of it without projecting it onto others, there you have your answer.

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): And still, God is asking us that question. Still, God is waiting for us to reveal ourselves, to step forward and to offer the response that Adam and Eve never quite could, the response that a true relationship requires. The word for that response, in Biblical Hebrew is hineini

Hineini. Here I am. 

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: I have called Him a cheat and a liar, and I meant it. I have told Him I wanted to die, and I meant it. Tears have become the only prayer I know. Prayers roll over my nostrils and drip down my forearms. They fall to the ground as I reach for Him. These are the prayers I repeat night and day; sunrise, sunset.

When Light Came In (06 June 21): “Experiencing shame [or any other “dark” emotion] without deflecting, without projecting it onto others, and without closing one’s heart, is a huge sign of emotional maturity and integrity.” – @xavier.dagba

Elena Barnabé: This way she doesn’t have to send pain anymore to show it.

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): It is intended to stop our prayers and make us focus soley on the attack against us. It tries to force us to take our hands off the wheel in other areas of prayer.   

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): “Expect what has been held up to come. Expect multiple deliveries. Expect what you have forgotten about and laid to rest for I am not done with them yet! The wheels are turning. They have not stopped turning! What has looked stagnant and dead in the water in the natural is not in reality because I am not finished with the things you think are finished and what you have called as final are not.

Ezekiel 10:The Lord said to the man clothed in linen, “Go in among the wheels beneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim and scatter them over the city.” And as I watched, he went in.

When Light Came In (06 June 21): So then I’d watch. What do they do with embarrassment? How do they handle their own mistakes? What’s their reaction to loss or disappointment or that careless remark someone made to them at work?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 June 21): When the student wriggles and squirms and exclaims in exasperation, “If so, what am I doing here where I am? If so, why are any of us here? If so, this is a tight shell, a tiny cell! How long can we stay this way?!”[8]

Wanda Alger (09 June 21): It’s time to stop asking, “How long?” and start positioning yourself to GO IN and TAKE THE LAND!

Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): Real fathers will…Heal your heart, not destroy it.

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): “The delays, holding up of time, and the waiting have caused many to feel stuck but I will deliver, and I will right the road bumps in the journey against you. You have been wound up tight and have hit a wall but you will soon feel the release as the held up and pent up promise begins to unwind itself and manifest”

Jennifer Eivez (07 June 21): God will put a Saul in your life to teach you how to not treat people when He promotes you.

Rachel Hackenberg (09 June 21): Saul comes to Samuel’s town in search of donkeys. It’s been an over-the-hills-and-through-the-woods kind of adventure for Saul, chasing his father’s lost donkeys through the hilly lands west of the Jordan River. Completely out of luck, Saul’s servant suggests they pay a local prophet for insight into the lost donkeys’ location.

Elijah List (07 June 21): What Would We Do Without These Amazing Prophets?

Revelation 2:14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 June 21): A rebbe connects all the people to render them one harmonious whole.

Fr. Richard Rohr (11 June 21): The goal of our sexual longing is universal love, which is to say union with God, ourselves, and What Is. We came from union and all of our longing is a movement back toward union. The experiences of sexuality can help us glimpse and taste this unity and bring us to what I call the “Gate of the Temple,” but they do not by themselves carry us through the doors.

Ezekiel 10:Then the glory of the Lord rose from above the cherubim and moved to the threshold of the temple. The cloud filled the temple, and the court was full of the radiance of the glory of the Lord.

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): I have seen the giants that have been positioned on every door, gate, and access point to the promise i have given them to occupy

Fr. Richard Rohr (07 June 21): God’s way of loving is the only licensed teacher of human sexuality. God’s passion created ours. If we are afraid of our sexuality, we are afraid of God.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 June 21): The head interconnects all the limbs and organs of the body rendering them all extensions of a single organism. [9]

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): The woman in the dream thought she was doing good. She didn’t realize she was deceived and being used. 

Brat: Instead of the woman being a person, couldn’t she also be the Church?  A eunuch with a pen has a right to ask that question as she’s not “getting off” on the topic like a horny beast.

When Light Came In (01 June 21): We do the best we can in each moment, and it’s our right to get to do the best we can with what we’re given.

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: If an explanation would help, He would write me one—I know it. But maybe an explanation would only start an argument between us—and I don’t want to argue with God. I want to lay in a hammock with Him and trace the veins in His arms.

Mihee Kim-Kort: Queer spirituality is truly embodied, and rooted in flesh-and-blood bodies, bodies that are surprising and show up as icons and words. It is also rooted in the body of Christ, in God-with-Us, in the continuous blurring of transcendence and immanence.

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): “And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language”? – Acts 2:8 (NRSV)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 June 21): When you make spiritual matters the focus of your life.

Michael Bernard Kelly: In every era and in every part of life there is a tendency for us to focus on ‘experiences,’ ecstatic ‘thrills’. . . . This tendency is especially marked in sexuality and spirituality, where the tastes are so intoxicating, fleeting and profound. These tastes are essential; they are seeds, glimpses of that fullness to which we are called. However, they are not the Journey itself, not transformation, not mystical union, not enlightenment. They set us on the road—perhaps they are even glimpses of the destination—but we have not yet arrived. Indeed we have hardly set out! If we become addicted to simply seeking more and more ‘experiences,’ whether sexual or spiritual, we never will arrive. We all know this tendency in sexuality, but the seduction in spirituality can be more subtle, more compelling and more soul destroying.

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: Call me cursed, call me lost, call me scorned. But that’s not all.

Lance Wallnau (in “Crumbs” 25 May 21): Alter The Altar, Break The Curse

Isaiah 6:6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.

Brat: Truly the coal was live and I reached out!

RevelationMedia (25 May 21 at 8:30 am – auto response): Thank you for contacting RevelationMedia. Although we may not be able to answer every email, we do read each and every one. 

Brat: So, you read it and consume it just like all the rest and the energy pools in a buffer of no-man’s land [like the threshold to the temple?], but the nations get the very crumbs you talk about as I share these blogs through my Facebook posts.  Truly the global mission field receives the crumbs.  We are now on the cross that Jesus called us to take up.  We have not profited or gained the whole world.  What shall the Church give in return for her soul? (Matthew 16:24-26)

John 3:11 “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The way of the Master is clear now, even to those who were previously blind and could not see. Will you see?

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (09 June 21): “FEEDING THE DOG!”

Brat: I see you read “Crumbs.”  Too bad you refused to directly acknowledge and engage with me.  If you had, maybe you could have connected me with my tribe and I’d have been protected, loved, and respected by my readers.  But your silence fed the shark fest.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 June 21): When will a rebbe know his people truly have digested all he poured into them?

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): This is the change of the guard and the moment I call forth my hidden warriors to spearhead this movement of reckoning to exact due justice and turn the tide of nations. You will see them emerge. Many are timid and afraid but with hot coals on their lips they will roar with courage and speak up with a burning like the earth has not seen in decades. They are my burning ones and my Samuels. Priests and establishers of the new wineskin. They will set the record straight, clear the way, and set the standard. This is the army of my reckoning

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): Please note, I do not believe all who are practicing witchcraft are as this woman. Some know very well what they are doing and are intent on evil.

Brat: Where your attention goes, energy flows.

Christine Vales (10 June 21): Everywhere we look this month, we see the Lord focusing on our vision. Why is He so adamant about where we put our eyes? “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then, if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness…” (Matt. 6:22-23). He knows our gaze will either lead to worship or idolatry.[10]

Ezekiel 17:24 All the trees of the field shall know that I am the LORD. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the LORD have spoken; I will accomplish it.

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): She had endured abuse, and now fought on the side of what she believed were those being abused. Only her woundedness caused her to view things through the filter of her own past. The problem was, it wasn’t accurate.

Brat: How do you know my truth? My relationship with God?  My growth or regressions?  What makes you privy to my journey beyond what I share?  You never even wrote me back or took the time to actually get to know me.

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: Call me bitter if you want to—that’s fair. Count me among the angry, the cynical, the offended, the hardened. But count me also among the friends of God. For I have seen Him in rare form. I have felt His exhale, laid in His shadow, squinted to read the message He wrote for me in the grout: “I’m sad too.”

Verse of the Day (10 June 21): Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Brat: I did forgive.  Did you?  I wouldn’t have been able to open their emails if I hadn’t forgiven them.  But it takes two to want a relationship.  Gaslighting is not a healthy soul tie.

Christy Johnston (09 June 21): The world cannot buy them and the enemy cannot lure them, for the approval and recognition of man has been seared from their desires, they run to the sound of my voice alone. My reformers already feel a rising fire in their spirits, they feel the coals burning for I have set them ablaze. They sense the call, and they are ready to respond. The time is now, my beloved warriors, rise up. Take back what belongs to you. Replenish what was mine all along. Restore the earth with your voice that echoes mine. Redeem the lost. The time is now. Go. Go into every corner of the earth, go where I send you. Go unafraid and go with My courage.

Tina Villa (07 June 21): The Bible is full of people who don’t know what to believe, who change their minds, who start and stop believing. When you read the Bible with your mind not made up, you find real people in there – people you can learn from. But you have to read their stories without your mind made up, or else all you’ll learn is what you already think you know.

Lance Wallnau (09 June 21): Communication involves a sender and a receiver. If you are sending accurate content but the “feeling” is off, your message is compromised by the feeling you mixed into it. I have often sent the wrong message when in fact, I was simply not paying attention to the tone of my voice and physical expression at the moment I sent it.

Brat: And it takes two to WANT to clarify and make things right.  That, too, is part of communication.  So far this assignment of “Share the Journey” has been one-sided since 2008, because I have no tribe.  That’s fourteen years!

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): Deep listening is an antidote to isolation. Nothing feels better than being seen, heard, and loved for who we are. In fact, this is one of the primary purposes of church.

Anna Blake (11 June 21): Remember it’s never about tearing down a rider or being critical of a horse. Any railbird idiot can complain; this is about learning to see details without judgment or correction.[11]

WHAT?

Rachel Hackenberg (09 June 21): And so it is that Saul and Samuel cross paths – Saul looking for a man who can tell him about donkeys, Samuel looking for a man God has chosen to be king.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 June 21): A rebbe is to the Jewish People as a head is to the body.

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: I look hard for the answers to the prayers that I didn’t pray. I look for the mercy-bread that He promised to bake fresh for me each morning. The Israelites called it manna, which means “what is it?”

Bob Thompson (10 June 21): God, thank you today that you are not only still speaking, you’re still listening. Even when I don’t know what to say. Amen.

When Light Came In (01 June 21): YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM to decide what needs to happen now, tomorrow, next week. You know what you need.

And we believe in you.

Brat: THANK YOU!!  I needed that!

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): One of these blessings is that, at least for me, I have been deepening in my relationships. Having real and long conversations with people I love around the world. I talk daily – sometimes for hours – with people. And this didn’t happen before. In fact, I almost never talked on the phone socially prior to the pandemic. (At least not since middle school.)

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): I hope and pray that you have known and continue to know that kind of love in your life, whether from a parent, another family member, a partner, or a friend. I hope and I pray that that’s the sort of persistent, active, reconciling love we are practicing in our common life here at Trinity.

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): Is this your church? If so, give thanks. If not, ask questions.

Brat (07 June 21):  Since the conversations I write are deep and intelligent, then where are the Jesuits in this conversation?[12]

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation (08 June 21): Biblical Erotic Poetry

Revelation 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. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.

Brat: And there are STILL no places or people where my work is welcome.

Donné Clement Petruska (07 June 21): KIM CLEMENT PROPHECY – “YOUR ENEMY HAS TRIED TO SUFFOCATE YOU…GOD WILL DELIVER YOU!”

Lance Wallnau (09 June 21): This kind of mixed messaging happens to us more than you think. Are there times when you have spoken to a family member or colleague with good intentions, but your “feeling tone” was in ALL CAPS? For this reason, “Self Awareness” is one of the fundamental skills of an emotionally intelligent person.

Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): Real fathers will…Give you an inheritance, not expect one from you!

Brat: Well, we’ve talked about shark bait and all that.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (10 June 21): But the Jewish people are a people of innate faith, heirs to great men and women of faith all the way back to Abraham.

Psalm 20:1 The LORD answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!

Bob Thompson (10 June 21): “I don’t really know what to pray for; I’m so confused.” Let’s talk to God together anyway.

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: That’s the same question I’m asking—again, and again. There’s mercy here somewhere—but what is it? What is it? What is it?

When Light Came In (06 June 21): Maybe in part because when people are facing their own storms they aren’t focusing on me or us. I can quietly observe from nearby. In the beginning when we’re so tender, being a bystander allows a sense of safety that interaction doesn’t.

Bob Thompson (10 June 21): More often than not, whether we admit it or not, “we do not know how to pray as we ought.” Our prayers seem selfish or rambling. Will God stay on the other end of the line if I don’t get to the point or it’s all about me?

Me to Bonnie Treloar (08 June 21): In the chapter on prayer, I found the questions themselves led me to doubt my relationship with God and my prayer life for a moment, as “God has requirements for prayer.” (p. 38)[13] My head knows that in the way of a relationship, for it to be lasting and solid, there are requirements and responsibilities, but I felt it somewhat intimidating to see my relationship with God itemized in talking points, such as:

JW: “How can we make sure that Jehovah will listen to our prayers?”

Me to Bonnie Treloar (08 June 21): Really? Doesn’t a wife want to be heard by her husband?  How can she make sure that he does listen?

To me, that sounds manipulative from that perspective.

When the basis of the relationship is founded in love, then both sides (husband and wife, God and man) would listen to each other out of respect.

And this applies to the greater vision as well, as this is a corporate call: Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 June 21): But he can’t get us to drink the water. To take ownership of the vision he has given us.

Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): Real fathers will…Challenge you to go farther and higher than they ever have or will!

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): “Get ready to see many giants fall one by one, then many at a time. I am going to embarrass them and make them look ridiculous! Giants that have been untouched by the church are going to be opposed and removed. The hidden giants that have been wreaking havoc in secret are coming to the light and you will see my angel of reckoning which displays itself in great power and majesty and the fear of the Lord. You are going to be surprised at how many principalities fall in this next season. You will be shocked at what is revealed and what I reveal through the smoke of the present battles in nations. There is a revealing in my reckoning. There is reformation in my reckoning. There is a reset. There is rescue. Get ready bride!”

Christine Vales (10 June 21): The Lord highlights our right hand and its index finger, which is actually connected with our vision. How so? When we point our finger at something, we are directing one’s attention and focus in that direction. The Jews have a beautiful wedding tradition underscoring this point. The bride wears her wedding band on her right index finger which directs her gaze to her bridegroom. How much more does the Bride of Christ need that reminder…to fix her gaze on her heavenly Bridegroom, Yeshua.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 June 21): When will the teacher know his pupils have absorbed the lesson?

Me to Bonnie Treloar (06 June 21 at 9:27 am): I started looking at the PDF book you sent me, and then I was overcome with sadness as I remembered how you’d been so very cautious and not wanting to pray with me when I’d reached out.  You’d said that maybe next Saturday we could pray together.  There were prayer rules and guidelines to be met.

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): I had other peeks into her life where she had been attacked and humiliated because of the rigid rules under which she had been raised that had made her “different.”

Bonnie Treloar (07 June 21): Thank you for your candid email.  I’m sorry to hear I made you sad by declining your offer to pray.  This was not my intent.  I know some religious groups do that.  But, as Jehovah’s Witnesses we do not.  We do appreciate the importance of prayer and actually view it as a pivotal part of our worship and vital for having a close relationship with God. 

Me to Bonnie Treloar (08 June 21): I also believe that we do not need to be anxious about how we pray and rules to follow when we pray.  When I am listening, the Holy Spirit will guide me into all Truth (John 16:13).

WHERE?

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): What if we said each day, Where are you? 

Wanda Alger (09 June 21): There are some seats in the front row that are waiting for YOU! [14]

Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): The fathers and mothers coming up and arising are receiving this impartation from their Daddy in Heaven! He has given them His heart, His mind and His abilities to raise up and send out an entire generation of world changers who, as they go forth, will not be a reflection of themselves, their earthly parents or their peers…instead, they will be a reflection of their Father in Heaven![15]

Me to Bonnie Treloar (06 June 21 at 9:27 am): Prayer, to me, is the basis of my communication and relationship with Jesus.  It’s like a husband-and-wife relationship.  It should be open: from whom no secrets are hid.  My relationship with Him is not a set of Rules before I can relate.  That’s putting “the cart before the horse.”  The rules are supposed to come after the relationship is established, so there are parameters to work within the love.  I think that’s why the Ten Commandments start at the top to love God before He ever lays out the rules.  Are people still afraid of God’s fire (Deuteronomy 5:5)?  He reminds the people of His love that brought them out of the land of Egypt and the slavery they’d suffered.

Deuteronomy 5:(At that time I stood between the Lord and you to declare to you the word of the Lord, because you were afraid of the fire and did not go up the mountain.) And he said:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

When Light Came In (01 June 21): Others may disagree with staying that extra year. Others may frown on trying – again – in counseling. They may judge us when we pack up and leave. They may scrutinize our methods of getting free.

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): “They will lift up their voices in the streets and shake men to their bones, and shower mercy on the repentant and broken of heart. They will not mince their words or be politically correct but they will speak MY language not the language of devils. They will raise up the rods like the days of old and deliver my people from Egypt. Deliverers arise! I will show myself in power through them and display my glory like days of old and the spiritually dead will weep from grief and run back to my embrace. Great fear will strike the church and cause her to choose between lukewarm and red hot and they will choose me again! This is the hour of the reckoning!”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 June 21): Korach was right.

All the people stood at Mount Sinai and received the Torah—the highest form of prophecy.

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): We are now in the season of Pentecost, which reminds us that when the church was born, they were together. They were worshiping. And they were seen. And heard. And cared for. They didn’t just talk; they revealed who they were, and they were loved and understood. They learned from and about each other. All facilitated by the Holy Spirit.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 June 21): Yes, it is true that we are all holy. But we need that holiness to shine. And to shine, you need to be plugged into a source of power.

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): Which to me means that in these moments of intense isolation, when we have these opportunities of connection, we are actually receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. We are experiencing God.

Bob Thompson (10 June 21): Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. – Romans 8:26 (NRSV)

Psalm 20:7 Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the LORD our God.

John 14:Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Tina Villa (07 June 21): Does God Get Mad?

Donna Schaper (11 June 21): Post-secularism is the new “thing.” It follows the spiritual-but-not-religious movement, which followed religion. It is something like doing tarot cards or reading your fortune or discussing your horoscope or drumming, while saying you hate organized religion.

Ryan LeStrange (07 June 21): My Monday Word for You…The Spirit of Religion Builds Bombs Instead of Bridges!

Psalm 20:8 They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.

Rachel Hackenberg (09 June 21): Someone else has the urge to shout, “Forget the donkeys already – this is bigger than donkeys!”

When Light Came In (01 June 21): It doesn’t matter. This is not their life, it is ours. It is our family’s. It is our children’s. *We* alone have responsibility for the choices we make, and we alone have the strength to do what might cause others to faint.

Steve Shultz: The book of Malachi speaks of the season we are moving into:

Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

Lana Vawser (09 June 21): “At this also my heart trembles and leaps out of its place. Keep listening to the thunder of His voice and the rumbling that comes from His mouth. Under the whole Heaven He lets it go, and His lightning to the corners of the earth. After it His voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard. God thunders wondrously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend.” (Job 37:1-5 ESV)

Ezekiel 10:Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court. 

Christy Johnston (09 June 21): I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart and say, “here come the reformers. They are preparing the way.” I saw a vision of an army gathering upon the horizon, like storm clouds beginning to form. They have felt the call arising within their spirits and they are moving in unison to bring the healing rains of Jesus to the Nations. They will march into every realm of society and like relentless lightning from a thunderstorm, they will strike down upon enemy garrisons.[16]

Rachel Hackenberg (09 June 21): I already know, God, that I’m not going to track every wandering donkey today. I hate to let even one of them go. If different expectations are possible, please interrupt me to let me know.

Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): Real fathers will…Heal your wounds but not coddle you.

When Light Came In (09 June 21): I *knew* from training and advocacy that it’s true, but this week it actually happened to me.

Steve Shultz: God has no intention of striking the earth with a curse at this time, which means HE has this plan, for this time, instead – to restore the HEARTS of the FATHERS to the CHILDREN and the HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN TO THEIR FATHERS!

Israel365 (09 June 21): See the Bible Come to Life!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (10 June 21): To bring the wisdom of their souls into their minds, their hearts, and their everyday actions.

Wanda Alger (09 June 21): Gird up your loins and get closer to the action so your target is clear and your arrows of prayer and prophetic decrees are spot on. It will take more risks, but as you are obedient to the Lord’s call, the wind of heaven will back you up.

Paula with Jewish Voice (09 June 21): You Prayed, and the Lord Answered!

Jehovah Witness: Some people have been taught to repeat certain prayers word for word. But is that how God wants us to pray to him? Read Matthew 6:7, and then discuss this question:

 ̇ How can you avoid saying “the same things over and over again” in your prayers? [17]

Brat: Are you saying that you don’t see how bringing awareness and meaning into the present moment while saying the Lord’s Prayer has any value?

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (08 June 21): Prayer is not about sending requests into the sky. It’s about allowing God to make us more like Jesus Christ.

Bob Thompson (10 June 21): Myths about prayer seem to abound and rebound. One myth is that the Rev’s prayers have more effect. Another is that God needs explicit instructions from us in prayer. If we don’t know, say the right thing, how will God know what to do?

WHY?

Psalm 20:2 May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.

Israel365 News (11 June 21): In a shocking opening to the Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast held yesterday at the Friends of Zion Museum, Rabbi Tuly Weisz removed his kippah, calling for action, not prayer.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 June 21): With every individual G‑d made a covenant, promising, “You will be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation for Me.”

Revelation 1:and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Ryan LeStrange (10 June 21): I AM SHOCKED!!!! (We didn’t expect this…)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 June 21): DAILY DOSE: Korach Was Right

All of the community, every one of them is holy. G‑d is within them. So why do you elevate yourselves above the assembly of G‑d? (Numbers 16:3)[18]

Verse of the Day (06 June 21): Ephesians 3:17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (09 June 21): Let us compare a house filled with Torah scrolls to a person who is filled with Torah, a Torah scholar. This person might think that he (or she) is complete, and no further effort is required. In particular, using their emotions to arouse great love for the Almighty, or to be in awe and fear of Him, are not mandatory. The Torah scholar is already filled with Torah. They are complete! However, from Moshe’s response we learn that even a “house filled with Torah scrolls” still needs a mezuzah. A mezuzah has two Torah paragraphs, the Shema and Vehaya. In the paragraph beginning with the word Shema, it speaks about arousing love for G-d. In the paragraph beginning Vehaya it speaks about arousing fear and awe.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 June 21): If so, Korach said, we’re all the same.

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): As this group of committed intercessors has grown, so has the warfare. Over the last few months, Kim [Potter] and I have both experienced some very bizarre attacks against us physically, financially and emotionally. And they just keep coming.

Lance Wallnau (09 June 21): This month I want to send you a gift that will help you grow your understanding of who God specifically created you to be. These helpful resources will renew your spirit! The first is my teaching entitled “Divine Appointments,” and the second is called “You Are Authorized.” I want to send you these two resources in appreciation for your gift of any amount. If you can give $150 or more, I will send you these two teachings along with the first module of my Level 10 Living program entitled, “Your Ultimate Life Strategy.” I will also include our Level 10 Devotional. These are my gifts to you in appreciation of your generous support that enables us to speak hope, health, and life to a world in need.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 June 21): Why did Korach make his argument only after the incident with the spies?

Brat: Great question!

Wanda Alger (09 June 21): They were called the “children” of Israel for a reason. They had very little faith for what God was going to do (see Ephesians 4:14-15). The whole purpose of their painful process of deliverance was to prepare them with great faith and boldness to enter the Promised Land. They were supposed to be learning the ways of God just as much as the words of God. Unfortunately, only two of the twelve spies learned their lessons in captivity and were ready to go in and take out the strongmen.

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.

Jewish Press (07 June 21): Korach? Sinkhole Swallows Cars in Jerusalem

Israel365 News (08 June 21): Enormous Sinkhole Swallows Jerusalem Lot During Reading Story of Korah

Rabbi Simcha-Shmuel Treister: To comfort a mourner you should say words that will lead him to thank G-d for what he has.

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): I’m not going to “bright side” the tragedy of the past 15 months, but I will say this: there have been some blessings in this season.

Jehovah Witness: “Each day, you might think of one specific blessing in your life and then thank Jehovah for that blessing. Do this every day for a week, and you will have prayed about seven different topics without repeating yourself.”

Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): Real fathers will…Align you with the heart of God!

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): Where are you? We have been formed in many different understandings of the nature of God’s love, but I hope, when you hear that question, you can hear, not the threatening yell of a vengeful authority figure, but that of a loving parent, that note of sadness and worry, the voice of one who knows that, yes, something has gone terribly wrong but is nonetheless fervently seeking you out, seeking a way to save you, looking for you in every shadowy corner, under every weeping branch where you might be cowering, seeking you and refusing to abandon you to the despair of your hiding place.

Brat: Grrrrr…

Cowering? Despair?  Hiding place? You? Your?

Is this language any different than the pharmaceutical commercials that tell us to take ownership of THEIR symptoms and illnesses and treatments?

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): “This is where I make the wise look foolish and I elevate the unlearned David’s who said yes when the wise went into hiding and appointed themselves judges and executioners. This is where I flip the play and the transfer the lead charge from Saul to David who will not be afraid to worship me in public and call evil, evil. The false narratives of the hour are going to be shown as fiction and lies and the world will see it.

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): Standing in front of her as I continued to pray, she insisted again she was not a witch. I then understood that she honestly had no clue that she was under the control of the demonic and that her manipulation and word curses were indeed witchcraft.

Brat: Jesus is both the Lion AND the Lamb.  This harassment stops here and now!

When Light Came In (09 June 21): “Often our healing is gradual, behind the scenes.  But every once in a while … BOOM!  And just like that, a part of you returns.  Even better than ever.”

Lana Vawser (09 June 21): Recently, the Lord showed me that many daughters of God have experienced an attack on their voice. There has been a spirit of intimidation, fear, confusion, physical infirmity and blockages coming against their voice and what they are called to ‘herald,’ but the Lord is saying, “TODAY, this attack is beginning to BREAK in My name.”

When Light Came In (06 June 21): We see who people are when they face things that shake their comfort and control.

Psalm 20:3 May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah

When Light Came In (09 June 21): Just 18 months ago, I remember fearing that I was never going to get that back — that ability to remember details and people, a once-upon-a-time strength.

Brat (09 June 21): Jo and I were just talking at the barn yesterday about Charlie Chaplain and I couldn’t remember the name of the character he constructed during much of his career.

Lance Wallnau (09 June 21): Charlie Chaplain was no theologian, but he was a genius of sorts. He played a lovable tramp in all his silent films. There is something he saw in the lowliest of men that resonated with the dignity of their Creator. You may be made of dust and shall return to dust – but there is dignity in your dust. You are not the same person you once were. The power of the Holy Spirit has infused you with new life and a new nature.

Brat (09 June 21): I know I am a new creation in Christ Jesus.  I am just fed up with Pergamum’s diet of “food” sacrificed to idols (Rev 2:14). Jo’s and my conversation was private and yet a religious guru “divines” the topic?  I may not be able to stop the behavior, but I can make it publicly known that this practice has consequences.  I am not your burnt sacrifice.  And Stephen is not your white stone, either. (Rev 2:17)

Steve Cleary (06 June 21): My Very First Film: Stephen’s Test of Faith

Acts 7:57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

Bob Thompson (10 June 21): Paul says we have help – not only for the times we know we don’t know, but for the times when we think we do. The Holy Spirit knows that among our weaknesses is a felt need to educate God.

Rachel Hackenberg (09 June 21): Mismatched expectations like these are frequent gems in comedy … but can be lumps of coal in life. It’s good for a chuckle that Saul believes he has found a donkey diviner in Samuel, while Samuel believes he has found a people diviner in Saul. It’s less funny when friends or lovers or colleagues get the wires of their expectations crossed.

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: Call me chosen, blessed, sought-after. Call me the one who God whispers his secrets to. I am the one whose belly is filled with loaves of mercy that were hidden for me.

When Light Came In (09 June 21): Don’t give up on the parts of you that you miss. Don’t ever give up. We really can heal in deep ways, even after seasons of feeling lost in the process.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (10 June 21): So the job of Moses in every generation is not to feed them faith, but to ensure they digest the faith they already have.[19]

Brat: Agreed.

Bob Thompson (10 June 21): Words, the Apostle Paul says, are not even essential to prayer. Not for us, and not for the Holy Spirit. The Spirit knows the “will of God” (Romans 8:27) and translates our prayers accordingly. God knows what we say and is attuned to our wordless sighs.

Brat: Speaking of sighs, this confirms what we recently went through in showing the consequences of our choices (or lack thereof) …

1 Thessalonians 5:12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): She admonished my admonishment!  Unshakeable, you say?

[Sigh.]

When Light Came In (16 May 21): I believe you.

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21):

Every life tells a story. The Bible is a book about people’s choices and the consequences of those choices. Each one of us is a walking book of instruction that serves the universe as either a warning or an encouragement.

Acts 6:15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Lana Vawser (09 June 21): It was a miraculous, beautiful place of hiddenness; a deep, deep place of encounter with Him where they could learn more than ever before, by His Spirit and in His Word. At the same time, it was a place where they were being released into the new arenas, on assignment, to walk out with the Holy Spirit what He was teaching, imparting and releasing to them, all at the same time.

When Light Came In (09 June 21): It shocked the heck out of me! Then made me stop and smile, then giggle, then squeal, thank God, dance and cry tears of joy. (Then smile again as all that tumbled out of me.)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 June 21): Yet it’s only then that his investment pays off. That, indeed, is the essence of everything.

Christy Johnston (09 June 21): What is it He wants you to speak? What is it He is calling you to do?

When Light Came In (01 June 21): “Freedom.  Freedom is your right.  You have the right to stand up for yourself, every time.  If you choose not to, at times, in order to protect yourself, you had the right to do that, too.  You get to choose.”

Wanda Alger (09 June 21): Some of you are called to get engaged at a whole new level. You have been given authority from heaven to act on His Word and demonstrate the Kingdom by getting off the sidelines and into the game. Whether it’s getting involved in the Public Square, attending town hall meetings, running for office, leading small groups, or speaking up among friends and family, it’s time to move to the frontlines.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 June 21): And for that, you need a Moses and an Aaron and all the tzadikim. To lift you to a whole new level where you can shine.

John Edgerton (08 June 21): Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. – Exodus 4:29-31 (NIV)

WHEN?

Faith Marie Baczko (08 June 21): There is an appointed generation who is about to be taken to the next level, who will receive the mantle of Elijah and move out in the strength and power of God to become history makers. God is now asking, “Where are My devoted Elishas who are ready to receive Elijah’s mantle and become the generation that does great exploits in My name as he did?” Are you one?

Ezekiel 17:22 Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.

Israel365 News (11 June 21): Arson Suspected in Massive Forest Fires Around Jerusalem, Samaria

Deuteronomy 5:The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (10 June 21): Until every cell of a Jew is saturated with the deepest wisdom of the soul.

Mark 4:30 He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?

Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): Real fathers will…Turn on the light when you’re walking around in the dark!

Karen Hardin (05 June 21): Yes, we need to be wise and bind the spirit of witchcraft. But even more let’s not forget, we need to pray for those who have been deceived and are walking as instruments of darkness, but don’t realize it.

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): “I am going to deliver my people from every trap that has been spread before them and every pit that has been dug for their demise and I am bringing FULL CIRCLE RECOMPENSE to those who have been battered and assaulted in this season. The words will fall off them and in the place of daggers I will place rubies and jewels that will testify of my goodness where the enemy said “They must never walk again! They must never get up from this prison!” But even right now I am delivering them. Even right now I am breaking down doors of iron and doors of bronze. I am causing every legal trap and hurdle to be removed and they will move forward. They will not be stuck in that place of constant torture and mental torment again! The war on homes and livelihoods is coming to an end because reckoning is here!”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 June 21): Because through that incident, we learned something: That living a spiritual life in the desert is nice, but only when the goal is to bring it down to action on the ground.

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): Deep listening, as one piece put it, is “listening to learn.”

Elena Barnabé: Yes, yes. Our hands are the antennas of our soul. When you move them by sewing, cooking, painting, touching the earth or sinking it into the earth, they send signals of caring to the deepest part of you and your soul calms down.

Mark 4:31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 June 21): Because in physical activity there is no higher and lower. What makes a tzadik like Moses or Aaron so far beyond everyone else when they do the same actions?

Elena Barnabé: “With your hands, grandma?”

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): We are talking. And we’re talking deeply. Sharing more than we usually would. Moving past trying to put on a cheerful take and into more intimacy and vulnerability.

Deuteronomy 5:1 Moses summoned all Israel and said:

Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. 

Elena Barnabé: “Are hands really that important?”

Psalm 20:4 May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 June 21): Some people see spirituality as the focus of life. Others say we’re here to get things done.

But there really is no contradiction.

Ezekiel 17:23 On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): I wonder what it would look like if we could each step out from our hiding places, the ones we’ve run to, the ones we’ve built up around ourselves, and step a little bit closer to one another, a little bit closer to that place where God stretches a hand out to us in the twilight, and I wonder if we might let that question and that answer, that call and response, guide the shape our lives. 

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): And with this deep talking, so many of us have also been practicing deep listening, too.

When Light Came In (06 June 21): As we heal from our trauma and begin practicing trust, little by little, that principle has guided me.

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): What is deep listening?

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): God is calling to you, and there isn’t anything to be afraid of now.

Psalm 20:5 May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.

Lana Vawser (09 June 21): Then His voice surrounded me: “Simultaneous birthing…Expect to see the birthing of My Spirit in many areas as you learn and move in the new assignments with Me. I am not only restoring your voice, but amplifying My voice through you into new realms of favor.”

Elena Barnabé: “Yes, my girl. Thinking of babies: they get to know the world thanks to their touches. When you look at the hands of older people, they tell more about their lives than any other part of the body. Everything that is made by hand, so is said, is made with the heart because it really is like this: hands and heart are connected. Masseuses know this: When they touch another person’s body with their hands, they create a deep connection. Thinking of lovers: When their hands touch, they love each other in the most sublime way.”

When Light Came In (09 June 21): Friends, our best attributes COME BACK. Not just in theory, but for real.

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): What a blessing it is, in our lives, to experience the kind of love that seeks us out and doesn’t abandon us to ourselves; the kind of love that sees past the fears and the frustrations of our petty, wounded hearts, the kind of love that looks at us unflinchingly and simply says, “it’s been a long day; come back inside.” 

RESURRECTIONS

Amy Sutherland (11 June 21): In the world of the Spirit, dreams are fulfilled through dying to them in the natural world and giving the Spirit precedence in your life. When I graduated Bible college many years ago, the Lord told me to “die to your dreams and visions so I can resurrect them”. And there began my journey as a young woman of dying to myself to learn how to allow Christ to live through me, and one of my founding messages I share often.[20]

Elena Barnabé: “My hands grandma… how long haven’t I used them like that!”

When Light Came In (06 June 21): Are we looking for perfect? No. We’re looking for openness, willingness to take responsibility for their actions, and healthy enough sense of self to weather life’s ups and downs. That’s a safe place to inhabit relationship.

Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the LORD will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 June 21): The rebbe can teach. He can guide. He can inspire.

Me to Bonnie Treloar (06 June 21 at 9:27 am): Yesterday, we’d talked about speaking the truth in love. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 June 21): That was the role of Moses and Aaron, and it is the job of every tzadik that bears their spirit in every generation

Me to Bonnie Treloar (06 June 21 at 9:27 am): I know I have an annoying habit of quoting other people, but this one is particularly apropos:

Wanda Alger (03 June 21): If you herald the truth at the expense of loving others, you will become RELIGIOUS. If you love others at the cost of truth, you will become CARNAL. It’s only when we pursue the TRUTH COMPELLED BY LOVE that the fullness of heaven can be revealed.

Nate Johnston (10 June 21): This is my reckoning for those who have waited and not given up. The war has been on the delivery because in the delivery it is not just the breakthrough many have been after but also the new mission blueprints, insight to what is coming, and keys that will open what has been concealed. The enemy is afraid of the church receiving them because they will rise up in faith and not cower to the lies and taunts of the giants in the land and raise a battlecry the world has not yet heard from my bride – but it is coming!”

Elena Barnabé: “Move them, my girl, start creating with them and everything in you will move. The pain will not pass away. But it will be the best masterpiece. And it won’t hurt anymore. Because you managed to embroider your essence.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 June 21): “If so, why are my eyes blind to seeing this truth that envelops me? Why are my ears deaf to the symphony in which I myself play? How could the world remain so cold? How could any corner of this world remain the way it is?”

Christine Vales (10 June 21): Quick fixes and idols in our lives enslave us. Once idols are exposed and destroyed, we can redirect our eyes and hearts to worship the One, True and Living God.

Me to Bonnie Treloar (06 June 21 at 9:27 am): I believe the fullness of heaven that God wants His people to remember is that our relationship with Him is important and nothing should interfere with it.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 June 21): To guide each holy soul to find its connection to the infinite light of the One Above, and to fan the flames of their fire.

Me to Bonnie Treloar (08 June 21): Thank you for writing me back.  I looked at [the Jehovah Witness’ book/tract] Lesson 15 on Jesus.  It says that Jesus was “resurrected in spirit.”  The inference was that His body was not also resurrected.  The omission was also subtly reinforced throughout the rest of the chapter.  I don’t know if the writers intended that.

Bonnie Treloar (08 June 21 at 9:53 am): I am happy to know you had a chance to look at the book.  In regards to Jesus’ resurrection there are an abundance of scriptures that show that he would not be resurrected with his flesh and blood to heaven (1 Peter 3:18; Acts 13:34; 1 Corinthians 15:45; 2 Corinthians 5:16).  I have attached an article entitled “After Jesus’ Resurrection, Was His Body Flesh or Spirit?”  Please take a look at the article for a more detailed discussion of this topic.  

https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/jesus-body/

Brat: God help!

Verse of the Day (09 June 21): Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Lana Vawser (09 June 21): “In these deep encounters with My majesty and holiness—and in the awakening of Who it is that is speaking to you—I am releasing upon you a BOLDNESS that you have not yet walked in. It is a boldness to NOT BOW to culture. It is a boldness to consecrate yourselves in greater ways from the impurity of self-promotion and pride within My Church. It is boldness to speak My wisdom WITHOUT APOLOGY, yet dripping in love.[21]

Me to Bonnie Treloar (09 June 21): I cannot defend my Jesus.  I am convinced that He rose bodily from the dead.  I feel the scriptures you shared plant a skewed seed to twist what He went through and that is unfair to Him.  Jesus Himself will have to share His experience with you.  I cannot change your way of thinking or the premises of your religion.

When Light Came In (01 June 21): You are doing the best you can. No matter what anyone thinks of your choices, there are GOOD reasons you choose them.

Me to Bonnie Treloar (08 June 21): I know in my own life that I talk about my personal “resurrections” and they have been in the spiritual sense, as we live in a decaying world, but I cannot apply my human understanding to Jesus’ own resurrected life.  He now lives in a world of perfection that I can only imagine.  As you said in our first conversation, there will be no more death at some point.  Even though I cannot imagine this, however, it doesn’t mean that I don’t believe.

John Edgerton (08 June 21): Needing something from God doesn’t make your faith deficient. Being in deep need is what makes your faith more than mere belief.

Revelation 21:And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 June 21): And when the people are one, then G‑d who is one can dwell amongst them.

Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: I see mercy in the dusty sunlight that outlines the trees, in my mother’s crooked hands, in the blanket my friend left for me, in the harmony of the wind chimes. It’s not the mercy that I asked for, but it is mercy nonetheless. And I learn a new prayer: thank you. It’s a prayer I don’t mean yet, but will repeat until I do.

Mark 4:32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): Perhaps this small conversation is the one God has been waiting to have with us for our entire life. Perhaps all God ever wanted was to find us, to bring us home, not back to the beginning, not back to Eden, for we know too much now, we are grown now, but back to our true home, which is within God’s very own heart.

Psalm 92:13 They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God.

John Edgerton (08 June 21): Where are the places of misery in your life? What are those parts of your spirit being broken by the world? Turn to God, holding those broken places in your hands before you like precious offerings to God. Because they are precious to God, the God who already knows your misery and is concerned for you.

Me to Bonnie Treloar (08 June 21): When I hold this verse gently before Jehovah, it feels like how the Israelites were at Mount Sinai.  They were His people and God was with them and was their God.  It feels to me like this is God’s heart to bring us all full circle back to the Burning Bush (even though that was at Mount Horeb).  Relationship is at the heart of the Word made flesh.

Deuteronomy 5:The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. It was not with our ancestors that the Lord made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 June 21): Actions count, but you need them to shine.

Kaji Douša (06 June 21): And what happens when we listen deeply is that we come to understand someone better.

Revelation 21:‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Me to Bonnie Treloar (08 June 21): To get to this point, I think we have to “take off our shoes” for we are on holy ground.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 June 21): As much as a rebbe can do for the people, the people can do something even greater for their rebbe.[22]

Amy Sutherland (11 June 21): When you allow the life of Christ flow through you, Heaven and earth align to see His love and powerful works readily flow through you. You will be in sync with the Lord’s plans and purposes and divine alignment will become the standard as you walk in the footsteps of the Resurrected King who has gone before you.

Lana Vawser (09 June 21): It is boldness to speak what I am speaking and what’s on My heart with conviction and fire. It is the boldness to not bow to fear or the fear of man, but to speak My truth. It is the boldness to stand and allow Me to release My voice through you in creativity—in a new and fresh way. It is a boldness to stand, unafraid of the enemy, recognizing your authority in Me and speaking what is on My heart; a boldness that at times will cause you to feel like you are going against the grain.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 June 21): When will Moses know he has succeeded?

Bonnie Treloar (08 June 21): Many like yourself have a love for the Bible, for almighty God, and for his son, Jesus.  Our objective is to help people distinguish Bible truths verses teachings from the church that misrepresent God. I would be happy to answer any other questions that you might have.  

Brat to Bonnie Treloar (09 June 21): Since your objective is to help people distinguish Bible truths verses the teachings from the Church that misrepresent God, and yet you also belong to a Church, from inside that worldview, how can you tell if you are misrepresenting God?  That is every religion’s dilemma, the nature of pride and the power in the captivity of denial.  I can speak the truth, but only God can change hearts.  This is God’s turf.

Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): Real fathers will…Correct you in love.

Brat to Bonnie Treloar (09 June 21): I had engaged with you out of purity of heart and a sincere desire for connection and to build a friendship, but I do not see the love in this proselytizing.  I do not wish to continue our Saturday morning conversations.

Bonnie Treloar (09 June 21 at 8:58 am): Thank you for your honesty and time.  Take care!

Christy Johnston (09 June 21): A new wave of history-making reformation is upon us, as drastic and as transformational as the one Martin Luther began. With his 95 theses nailed to the door, I see these reformers nailing The Truth of Jesus to every door of society. From the indoctrination camps of universities and even high schools to the highest realms of government, God’s reformers are not seeking revival in the pews of the Church alone, but they are decidedly confronting the strongholds of captivity in thought and in materiality. They are actively rebuilding the foundations of God’s Word into every mountain of influence, tearing down the opposing arguments and idols of the enemy as they do. I believe the Father is calling His reformers to contend for long-lasting & significant Godly change across every realm of civilization. They are building up the Mountain of the Lord in preparation for Jesus’s return. Divine reformation.

John Edgerton (08 June 21): It is only when Aaron tells the people that God sees their misery that belief becomes worship. It is only when Aaron tells the people that God is concerned about them that they become God’s people. The mere existence of God is not enough to count as good news to a people in deep distress. But a God who sees their misery and is concerned for them? That is a God worthy of worship.

Psalm 20:9 Give victory to the king, O LORD; answer us when we call.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 June 21): Immediately, the walls of exile of the entire world crumble to the ground.

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[1] Faith Marie Baczko (08 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25622)

[2] Rev. Phil Hooper (06 June 21): Where are you?: A Sermon – By Another Road

[3] Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski: https://www.facebook.com/alane.haynes/posts/4598558526826317

[4] Karen Hardin (05 June 21): In a Dream the Lord said, “Pray for the Witch.” – Karen Hardin

[5] Elena Barnabé: Shared by Contemplative Monk on 03 June 2021: Facebook

[6] Nate Johnston (10 June 21): GIANTS ARE ABOUT TO LOOK RIDICULOUS – THERE IS A RECKONING COMING! – Nate & Christy: Everyday Revivalists (nateandchristy.co)

[7] Michael Bernard Kelly, Seduced by Grace: Contemporary Spirituality, Gay Experience, and Christian Faith (Clouds of Magellan: 2007), 10–12.

[8] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 June 21): Ultimate Knowledge – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[9] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 June 21): Head and Body – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[10] Christine Vales (10 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25634)

[11] Anna Blake (11 June 21): Homeschooling Your Horsemanship – Anna Blake

[12] Brat share (07 June 21): [Crumbs 25 May 21 | truthinus (wordpress.com)]

[13] Jehovah Witness: Enjoy Life Forever: An Interactive Bible Course (p. 38)

[14] Wanda Alger (09 June 21): IT’S TIME TO MOVE UP FRONT! – wandaalger.me

[15] Daniel Pontious (06 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25612)

[16] Christy Johnston (09 June 21): Here come the REFORMERS! – Nate & Christy: Everyday Revivalists (nateandchristy.co)

[17] Jehovah Witness: Enjoy Life Forever: An Interactive Bible Course (p. 40)

[18] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 June 21): Korach Was Right – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[19] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (10 June 21): Shepherd of Faith – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[20] Amy Sutherland (11 June 21): HAVE YOU DIED TODAY? | Ablaze Global Productions

[21] Lana Vawser (09 June 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25627)

[22] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 June 21): Kickback – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

Crumbs 25 May 21

4 Jun

Working Dates: Eleven days from Tuesday, May 25, 2021 to Friday, June 4, 2021

[36 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from Isaiah 6:1-8 and John 3:1-17 for Trinity Sunday 30 May 21

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): Your prayers are being heard! Your songs, books, letters, decrees, documents, and artistic creations are all being seen and heard by Jesus and the Father! [1]

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The curtain slowly rises as the music plays, with the promise of an unforgettable evening ahead.

CALL STORY

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21):  What in blazes is going on?  Am I going through a personal version of what Israel is facing right now?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 May 21): “Wherever there are two truths, Torah finds the third way.  Torah reveals the essence of all things.”

Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): In the Temple in Jerusalem was a seven-branched menorah.

Psalm 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Then He moves to the forefront of the stage, where His majestic presence fills that sacred space. When He stops moving the audience shudders. With just a look He makes the company tremble. He’s turning His head now, beautifully dressed in a long, shimmering, white robe with a wide, golden sash. Every tongue is silent and a sense of awe fills the theater as His presence and the train of His garment fill the hall. [2]

Revelation 1:12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): In the liturgy, the Spirit guides us into all truth.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): God is making room for you

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): As God makes a way where there seems to be no way, corrupt leaders will be replaced with God-fearing leaders who won’t back down or be intimidated.

Isaiah 6:2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): In short, we are here, friends, not because liturgy is just a nice ritual to enact on a Sunday morning, but because liturgy at its most fundamental is the very pattern of the Holy Spirit’s movement through creation, and we are being carried aloft on the Spirit’s wings, learning, day by day, how to fly heavenward. [3] 

Lana Vawser (17 May 21): I knew in that moment in the dream that the Lord was speaking about the unprecedented miracles and demonstrations of the Lord’s power. The atmosphere in this dream resounded loudly, that if God doesn’t show up, then the impossibilities don’t move. There is nothing in man’s strength that can be done to shift the impossibility.[4]

Vicki Kemper (30 May 21): In my “call story,” there is no temple filled with the hem of God’s robe. There are no six-winged seraphs, no over-the-top drama.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Have you found it difficult to move on from a past season?
Or, perhaps you feel as though there is some unfinished business.[5]

When Light Came In (22 May 21): Closure is not a moment.  It’s a mindset and intention.  It’s deciding that we are done with their narrative and we’re writing our own now.

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): The tension of this season is that we aren’t meant to disengage, just engage differently than we did. We must find the flow of the Spirit or we will keep being depleted. 

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): While these are noble intentions, you must be aware of the risk involved and, like Moses, hedge your bets. “Do not bring me to a test” we say in the morning prayers, and while you may be spiritually gifted with incredible transformational capabilities, sometimes, it’s best to be humble and stick with something safe.[6]

Anna Blake (28 May 21): If you feel sorry for the horse’s simple mind and inability to multi-task, researchers now say that multitasking drops human productivity by 40%, and can make tuning out distractions harder, and for some, can actually impair cognitive ability. Does that mean multi-tasking makes humans less trainable?

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): Even the Dogs Get the Crumbs

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): In March, the General Accounting Office, a US government watchdog agency, issued a report showing that USAID did not fully comply with vetting procedures for primary recipients in the years 2015-2019 and that some of the funding may have reached terrorist organizations.[7]

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 May 21): Note that Jesus reserves his most damning and dualistic statements for matters of economic justice where power is most resistant: “You cannot serve both God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24); “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24); or the clear dichotomy in Matthew 25 between sheep (who feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned) and goats (who don’t). The context is important. Jesus’ foundational and even dualistic bias is always against false power and in favor of the powerless. Unfortunately, Christians have managed to avoid most of what Jesus taught so unequivocally and with dualistic clarity: nonviolence, sharing of resources, simplicity, loving our enemies.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): REPORT: US State Dept admits Hamas may use “Humanitarian” funds for buying rockets against Israel

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): It’s time to separate ways from what has been poking holes in your fuel tank and slowly robbing your joy and hope. The wrong connections and man made relationships are only part of the problem. You need your people.

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): When you are desperate for healing—and even when you don’t feel desperate but you sure would love to be healed…no matter where you fall in that spectrum, you are to come BOLDLY to God!

Isaiah 6:3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Yehudah Glick (26 May 21): Israel has witnessed so many miracles in the past year.

Defeating the Coronavirus

Defeating the Hamas

Time to praise Hashem

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Let’s hurry inside, as they are already turning down the lights. I don’t want you to stumble to our front row seats in the dark! Can you hear the orchestra already tuning up? Everyone is quiet, anxiously waiting for the beginning…

MENTORS

John 3:1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): And that is the work of Aaron the Kohen, the priest of kindness and love

Helen Calder (25 May 21): And just as an umbilical cord connects an unborn baby to its life support system, we may be nurtured and fed spiritually through a ministry, or mentors for a period.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): In chapter seven of the Gospel of Mark, we read the account of Jesus traveling to the region of Tyre and Sidon. There, He entered a house while attempting to hide from the people. A woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit immediately came to Him and fell at His feet. She was a Gentile, and begged Jesus to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” (Mark 7:27, ESV)

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): “It’s Time for You to Act!”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): Israel Adhering to Torah Law in Biblically Mandated Gaza War

Matt Laney (04 June 21): Holy War Isn’t

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): What does that even mean?

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): It’s the feeling of always being depleted, tired, and like your fuel is always empty in the tank. It’s the feeling of still carrying the after effects of a long season of survival and not seeing the promise. 

Helen Calder (25 May 21): But when God calls us to move on, it is time to pull up the tent pegs of the past and let those cords go.
For new things are up ahead—our Father has more for us!

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): On May 10, terrorist organizations began firing rockets at Israel, targeting urban centers. When the ceasefire began eleven days later, approximately 4,360 rockets had been fired at Israel. The Iron Dome succeeded in intercepting more than 90% of the projectiles but the attacks from Gaza killed a total of 13. The IDF responded, targeting military targets and giving advance warnings when civilians were endangered. Nonetheless, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry reported that 232 people were killed in Gaza, including 61 children and 36 women, and more than 1,600 injured. 

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): What?

Isaiah 6:4 The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): DAILY DOSE: Ignite Every Flame

Amy Sutherland (03 June 21): Do not dismiss that which you do not understand, for that is how you become spiritually deaf and blind. Instead, pray that the Holy Spirit would open your mind to understand Him and the Scriptures. “He supernaturally unlocked their understanding to receive the revelation of the Scriptures,”
Luke 24:45 TPT

Dutch Sheets (31 May 21): Many prophets are saying that there is a fresh move of Holy Spirit coming. As I have mentioned before, it is going to begin with the young. We all will be needed, even we older ones, so don’t think about sitting back and getting out of the way. The young ones will need our wisdom. Therefore, start pouring in the oil and make sure you are indeed a “new” wineskin.

John 3:4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?”

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): One more time?

Helen Calder (25 May 21): God often uses ministries, leaders, and ministry relationships, to birth and grow new things in our lives

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 May 21): “Find someone.  Make that someone into your mentor.”[8]

Brat (25 May 21 at 10:29 am): All of Israel can be my mentor:

Zechariah 8:23 “Thus saith the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days it shall come to pass that ten men out of all the languages of the nations shall take hold, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, “We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’”

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Journey forward with a leader or mentor who can speak into your life

Kathi Pelton (29 May 21): We pray for exposure of hidden things but that will only happen as light is brought into the darkness. It’s time to come out of the caves!

Lillian Daniel (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): “For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed.” – Luke 8:17a (NRSV)

Brat: Then allow me to lay out what I see as if this were a group therapy session.

Fr. Richard Rohr (20 May 21): In time Viktor Frankl and Edith Eger developed a friendship and he mentored her as she became a therapist, specializing in treating those suffering from PTSD. At one point, Dr. Eger was invited to return to teach in Germany, where she spent time at both a former mountain retreat of the Nazis, and the labor camp where she was held. Here she reflects on her choice to forgive Reality by forgiving herself:

Brat: Lord, will You do the same for me as You are also helping Israel?

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): If I feel that I’m able to possibly find spirituality somewhere, but it carries an inherent risk, should I go for the kill, or play it safe?

Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): I believe I shared with you that I had a Call in 1990s to help people who had generational ties and severe PTSD and dissociation from horrific abuse in cult groups. Jesus showed up in amazing, gentle and miraculous ways to set them free. I gave ten years of my life at some cost to my health and my family, but in obedience to our Lord, it was my honor and privilege. All to say that yes, there are cult groups out there. But this “prophecy” needs discernment. 

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): God is dealing with the demonic lies and disillusionment that has sent many into their spiritual graves. Those who once carried fire now carry bitterness and revenge, and those who once flowed in wisdom and discernment now gush out criticism and judgement and pain. God is pouring his oil on you and addressing the hardships few know you walked through and standing you back to your feet. 

Wanda Alger (20 May 21): Notice the two responses to the fear of the Lord. For those who oppose Him, the Fear of the Lord will bring judgment, but for those who obey the Lord, it will produce an encounter of His glory. This same prayer produces both. I also believe this dream indicates the supernatural healing that will come to those who have been traumatized by these works of darkness. But, this isn’t the end of the lesson. The dream continued as it revealed the goal of this demonstration of Kingdom authority:

Helen Calder (25 May 21): And I believe there is such a power of the Spirit at this time—even at this moment—that bands are simply dissolving.

When Light Came In (22 May 21): Closure is process. It is intention. It’s who we are becoming. And it’s how we let the light in.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): That is us, the Jewish people.

John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

INNER PROGRAMMING

House of Destiny (28 May 21): God’s Divine Opposites; Love & Holiness

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): It was a period of time where the assault on these areas had been relentless causing a deterioration and a tearing and people were not flourishing to the degree they were before. 

Kathi Pelton (29 May 21): We often think too small regarding our light or our influence within such a dark atmosphere around the world. As we’ve watched Israel be attacked by Hamas, India come under such a deadly siege of the COVID virus, Lebanon in a financial crisis that is unheard of, and pastors being arrested in our neighboring nation, Canada—we can easily become intimidated by the darkness.[9]

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): Impossible situations that looked beyond repair are going to be suddenly back on the operating table and God is going to restore what was taken. 

Molly Baskette (27 May 21): This is how we are before God sometimes. Struggling and trying to do it on our own and failing miserably, and making ourselves miserable, and finally coming before God with all kinds of rationalizations and proofs and evidence of our exertions, and God just says, “Hush! Rest.” And wraps us up in Her great warm limbs, the big spoon to our little spoon.

John 3:7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): This reply from Jesus may have seemed harsh to a mother in need. However, playing along with the allegory (or riddle), she agreed with Him and answered, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” (Mark 7:28)

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): Let’s assume you feel completely unworthy to come to God boldly to ask for healing, either because you’re convinced you caused your own sickness, or maybe it’s just that you don’t feel worthy in any way to be BOLD toward God after the way you’ve sinned or neglected GOD.

Isaiah 6:5 And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

Pastor Karri L. Anderson (24 May 21): In this dramatic and awe-inspiring vision in the temple, the prophet Isaiah senses that he has violated a taboo by presuming to speak with unclean lips. “Woe is me”, he says, “I am lost.” He believes that he is unworthy to stand in the presence of the holy, but in a vision a seraph comes and touches his mouth with a live coal telling him that now his guilt has departed and his sin is blotted out. How often do we too feel as if we have said something or done something which is disappointing to God and feel we are separated from God’s love. But God comes with surprising mercy and grace to welcome into God’s presence once again and commissions us to like Isaiah to be emissaries of God’s love. Through Jesus Christ, we have come to know God’s unconditional forgiveness, blotting out our sin so that we may know and live in boundless hope.

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): God is repairing the connections/relationships and synergies that he ordained for you and restoring what was lost. 

John 3:9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): A report by the media watchdog site CAMERA noted that there had been no reporting on the self-damage inflicted by Hamas.[10]

Molly Baskette (27 May 21): God, next time, can you help me skip the self-inflicted independent-minded misery, and get straight to the embrace?

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): I mean that’s a perfect time to use boldness. This Scripture below means that you should be so bold, that even if you’ve sinned recently, or maybe you’ve helped create this sickness, you should still come BOLDLY to God ANYWAY!

Romans 8:13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (26 May 21): This connection between G‑d and the Jewish people will ultimately be very much for our benefit and defense. Nevertheless, the fact that the Nations hate us now is sadly only a reflection of our declining spiritual status. If we would each work on our Divine service, enlivening our spiritual life by studying, praying and observing the commandments with greater intention, every Jew according to his or her level, this would directly protect us from danger. Unbeknownst to the Nations, it is only our low spiritual level that makes us vulnerable.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): Hamas’ tactic of using civilians as human shields contravenes international law and constitutes a war crime, a fact admitted by the United Nations.

Fr. Richard Rohr (17 May 21): Reporting on the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust, the Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) used the phrase “the banality of evil.” It is a shocking phrase to many because it flies in the face of our idea that evil is demonic, monstrous, and villainous, something that everybody immediately recognizes as grotesque and terrible. Arendt’s phrase actually helps explain how the Holocaust or Shoah (catastrophe) could happen. Somehow evil became commonplace.

Lori Deschene: We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves we can love.

Rev. Kathleen Walker: We are living in a time in which truth-telling is as critical as ever. The Spirit of Truth is a gift that has been given to every Christian disciple. The Advocate continues to live and dwell among us, and yet many of us act as though we do not recognize the Advocate and we do not know the Savior.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): When a “soul-tie” from a past season is operating, it can work as an underlying code. It’s like inner programming!

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): It was a time of the greatest assassination attempts, betrayals, word assault, and mind warfare that had caused a sudden extraction of hope and life that there was before. Maybe you have even said “I feel empty on every front” 

Kenneth L. Samuel (29 May 21): The quality of life I want to live requires a certain foolishness.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): With this attitude, you can fool yourself into thinking that you’re immune to the spiritual risks lurking in certain parts of the neighborhood. “Nah, I can be friends with them, because I will be a positive influence on them, and I will make our interactions into something incredibly meaningful. I can watch this movie and cull spiritual life lessons from it without getting distracted by the indecency,” you say.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (03 June 21): Theword nefilim comes from the Hebrew word nafal, “to fall.” One interpretation (Rashi ibid. Talmud Nidah 61a & Yoma 67b) was that these nefilim were originally angels who “fell” from Heaven to dwell among humans at the time of Enoch, 235 years after the creation of the world. They were extremely powerful angels who came to the physical world in that corrupt era before the Flood as a Heavenly attempt to prove that temptation and evil could be resisted. Unfortunately, and all part of the Divine plan, these Heavenly beings fell further into spiritual corruption than their mortal neighbors, and eventually led rebellions against G‑d. Of course the Jewish nation understood that G‑d was above and beyond all normal barriers and obstacles. However, these nefilim angels seemed to be a real threat.

When Light Came In (19 May 21): Working together at times (trauma can teach) apart at times (we outgrow our teachers).

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Psalm 119:126 says, “It is time for the Lord to act, for they have broken Your law.” While we understand a sovereign move from Heaven is eminent, there is also an urgency for action, not just from Heaven, but from God’s Church. When the Lord “acts” He uses His people, His Church, to occupy, take ground and be positioned in places where decisions are being made and change happens.[11]

LITURGY

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): Is my predicament all that different than what Israel is going through right now?

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): ‘Deep calls to deep,’ the Psalmist says, ‘at the thunder of your cataracts; all your waves and your billows have gone over me.’

Helen Calder (25 May 21): This is because deep within, we are still tracking with the old!
How? We have a tent peg located in the past.
It may have been right and good once, but now, it is time to release it!

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Fearless Forward Motion Is Needed

Lance Wallnau (17 May 21): Strongholds are like fortresses that must be torn down one brick at a time. Every thought that hits you needs to be countered by another thought! Lies need to be answered with TRUTH. You need a proclamation in your mouth—there is an “IT IS WRITTEN!” for every battle. These truths need to be meditated upon and literally grafted into your soul.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): And we are here, deep under the waves of liturgy, treading among the shafts light in these baptismal waters because we somehow know, under the ebb and flow of the prayers and the silences, that there is TRUTH here, a truth that is deeper than our institutional stumbles, a truth deeper than our human failings. A pattern of living, revealed in the ancient pattern of the liturgy: a pattern that contains a truth you will not find anywhere else, nowhere else in the world except within the enactment of this living Word. In the liturgy, unbroken in its offering since the time of the apostles, are the tools that teach us how to live out our daily life as God meant it to be lived. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 May 21): The body will be your wick. The mitzvahs you do, the Torah you learn, they will be your fuel. A teacher will appear to reignite your flame.

John 3:2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Another voice bellows out from the far, dark corner of the stage: “Do we see ourselves as the servant He was when He walked the earth? Even today He is our example.”

Matthew Distefano (04 April 2019): Christianity Shouldn’t Be This Exhausting[12]

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): Phantom physical symptoms and adrenal fatigue have been crashing those who were once feeling on top of their game but God is right now breathing the breathe of life back into them. 

S.C. Lourie (28 May 21): It’s amazing to me, how different the world around you looks when you are tired or should I write overtired. It’s fascinating how all the colours turn to grey and all the weather turns to rain. Tiredness/exhaustion has a way of distorting our vision as we tend to home into the details that loom over our heads the most. And so what I now try to suggest to myself when I find myself in that same kind of frame of mind is, is the way I am seeing my life right now really the most accurate retelling of all the details around me, or do I just need to rest and recuperate first? Feelings are currencies of energy impacted by so many variables. I have learned in my latter years that honouring them is not the same as letting them determine the vision or lens I am looking out to the world through. They are meant to have their place in the vision but not be my vision’s manager. It has offered me so much peace and resilience to lean on this truth time and time again.

Fr. Adam Bucko (05 Apr 2021): Growing up in Poland, I was shaped by many stories of World War II that I heard over and over again as a kid. . . . I believe these stories of [Fr. Maximilian Kolbe (1894–1941) and others] offer us a way out. A way out of the logic that our world operates on. A logic that lives inside of us and governs so many of our basic drives. A logic that led to the war these stories described and, also, in some ways, is responsible for many of the heartbreaking things we are witnessing today. Personal things and societal things. [13]

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): This tactic includes launching rockets in close proximity to civilians or from civilian structures. Hamas also digs terrorist tunnels under civilian structures. When the IDF destroys these tunnels, these sections that are distant from the point at which the IDF attacks them can collapse, causing civilian casualties. Neutralizing these threats to Israeli citizens can only be entirely achieved through a devastating air campaign or a ground incursion that endangers IDF soldiers. The IDF has chosen to address these threats through precision methods that, although they are not 100% effective in preventing civilian deaths, are remarkably successful.

Brat: This is amazingly like what I’ve experienced in my prayer life.  We intercessors launched a devastating air campaign to neutralize the “Prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and ground incursions to expose the works of darkness.  But schemers also dug terrorist tunnels under “civilian” structures (those that don’t know yet within the religious sea) and New Age movements.  The problem is, this is extremely dangerous and exhausting.  Only God’s angelic host can protect as our “Iron Dome”.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Peter chuckles and shakes his head: “I see that I’m a prophet without honor at this table. Maybe you’ve forgotten all the prophecies I’ve given, as they’ve already come to pass. In fact, I have them all written down in this very scroll as I love to boost my ‘accuracy’ record. Of course, I do this to give glory to me…I mean to God.” He covers his embarrassment with a laugh.

When Light Came In (28 May 21): What if you’ve grown more than you realize?

Wanda Alger (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): I saw the water level rising so fast in the basement of the church that I had to grab others to get out. It came pouring in from the bottom floor, a wall of water that was rising up from the earth, moving at a speed that was unnatural. It came up the steps and we had to quickly leave the building before going under. I had been in the LIBRARY studying my journals and books and had to leave them behind.

Brat: And in reality, I work in a library and have shared my journals and books.  At other times my journals and books were deliberately not shared publicly (ie, left behind) when they were meant to be private, but they were hijacked anyway.  This is the third time we’ve had to collectively cycle through this same scenario with different prophets who can’t resist camping on the “library” and “scrolls” theme.  To me, the undercurrent of energy is one of provocation, because the theme and variations have been a trigger for me in the past.  When one plays with explosives, one can expect an explosion.  Thankfully, God has His hand on my shoulder to anchor me.  It may not seem like it, but I’ve had to curb my sharing and at times even stop journaling altogether and lean into praying in tongues in order to deter familiar spirits from camping on my journals, thoughts and prayers.  Who’s ever heard of such a thing?

2 Kings 9:32 He looked up at the window and called out, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked down at him. 

Rick Joyner (25 May 21): Many great books have been written on how to resist the devil, and we do not have the space here to address this as it deserves, but it is something we should accept as a calling. We should have vision and excitement about these battles because there can be no victory without a battle.[14]  

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): Although it seems that what happens in the nations goes unchecked sometimes, God has established a cyclical Kingdom communications system that involves not only prayer, but also angelic activity through messengers sent to serve those who will inherit the Kingdom. (Hebrews 1:14.) Do not discount the activity of the angelic in this hour! Nothing is going unnoticed.

Lance Wallnau (17 May 21): When the Apostle Paul said that we “wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers,” what did he mean? Ephesians 6:12 makes something very clear. Paul did not believe his warfare was a battle with people, political institutions, or even personal circumstance. Our warfare, like his, is an intense, personal, and close wrestling match with disembodied spirits.

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): Often we too are stuck in familiar arguments, predictable conflicts and entrenched positions. Christ’s presence shatters all that, renders it null and void. The old has passed away; there is, in Christ, a new creation. In Christ, God is doing a new thing.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): With a great burst of love He proclaims, “Behold, I make all things new!” He continues walking that lonely road to the place of the skull.

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): A comedian could call that a blockhead, nu?

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): Last night I dreamt of a series of networks like brain synapses or muscle tissue that were reconnecting after what looked like there was some kind of tearing, breaking, or trauma… In the dream as I saw this I said “The breath of life is here! He is making all things new!”[15]

When Light Came In (22 May 21): Closure is health. It’s boundaries, practiced well, screwed up, revisited. It’s missing what was familiar, but reminding ourselves recovery will be familiar, too, one day. It’s tears. It’s holding our wounded hearts, whispering “keep going, you’re not alone.” It’s shattering and picking up pieces and standing up again.

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): It’s like this, for example: If after not behaving very well, you come SO BOLDLY to God, EXPECTING HIM to heal you, your friends who know all your failings JUST MIGHT “diss” you by saying, “Well, that takes a lot of BOLDNESS AFTER WHAT YOU’VE DONE!”

When Light Came In (25 May 21): Nothing in us will heal when we despise it, shame it, or try to banish it.

Lance Wallnau (02 June 21): A stronghold authorizes a demon to come in through cycles in the life of the family, to steal and destroy. One member needs to rise up and do what should have been done earlier—the agreement established with hell must be broken. The blessing breakdown has nothing to do with you, yet you are the one God anointed to fix it!

Dr. Edith Eva Eger (2017): [Frankl] is speaking to me. He is speaking for me. . . . I read this, which is at the very heart of Frankl’s teaching: Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. [1][16] Each moment is a choice. No matter how frustrating or boring or constraining or painful or oppressive our experience, we can always choose how we respond. And I finally begin to understand that I, too, have a choice. This realization will change my life.

Isaiah 6:7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.”

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): And that same Spirit of truth, that same Spirit that swept over the waters at creation, that same Spirit that descended at Jesus’ baptism and at your own, that same Spirit is still calling out to you, still guiding you, still animating THIS community and THIS liturgy, still saying YES: God desires for you to be close, God desires for you to take your proper place in creation, God desires you to live in fullness, God desires you.

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

Anna Blake (21 May 21): Are people watching you stand around with a halter? Good. Cock a hip and puff your belly out. Have the courage to be patient right out in plain view. It’ll drive them nuts. 

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): But I’ve been told that people think I’m nuts.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 May 21): Defy the lie. As the world denies the existence of its Maker, for these precious minutes you can choose to do the opposite: To deny the existence of anything in the world other than the meaning you are giving it right now.[17]

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): EXACTLY!

Kenneth L. Samuel (29 May 21): And I think about truths that are more wondrous than even the best of what I could ever imagine. Like the truth of unjust suffering being redemptive, and the truth of the universal being embedded in the specific, and the truth of the denied stone becoming the cornerstone.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 May 21): Find yourself someone you can rely on for advice and counsel. Someone who understands you and whom you can trust and respect. If that person turns you down, insist and persist.

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): The words may have shut doors on you and backed you into a corner but it didn’t close out your future – so now there is a new beginning for those who been under criticism and verbal assault. 

Donna Rigney (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): “Daughter, you will see Me act very soon and very swiftly. Nothing escapes My all-seeing eyes; wickedness cannot hide from Me. My glory, outpoured, is the reward for the righteous who steadfastly believed and obeyed during this onslaught of evil. Just as My judgment will shower down on the unrighteous exposing all their wickedness, My glory will pour out upon My righteous remnant and they will rejoice!”

Brat to Donna Rigney (27 May 21 5:48 am): I trust your voice and it carries weight in our collective conversation.

[Received silence…]

Steve Porter (29 May 21): You can hear the audience quietly weeping all over the great auditorium.

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 May 21): History shows that we will almost always compromise or completely avoid the Gospel issues of justice, power, money, and inclusion. Only a small number of Christians have learned the contemplative response to these same social evils, but the number is growing. More and more individuals are finally learning the artful balance of practicing clear-headed critique and open-door compassion—at the same time!  These are people who recognize the human need for restitution, making amends, and full public accountability, and the divine capacity for forgiveness and patience. If either are sacrificed, we do not have the full Gospel. Yes, it is still a small minority who know how to do both, but they are the hope of the world.

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Small Groups Have Great Influence

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (26 May 21): Moshe took the issue to another plane. How well the Jews do or do not perform their Divine service becomes irrelevant. The sanctity of G‑d’s Name becomes paramount. This is the essence of the prayer that we chant, every time the holy Ark is opened.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): I must pause here to note that although Jesus was born in a stable where sacrificial temple animals were raised, and was wrapped in swaddling clothes, and found lying in a manger, it didn’t make Him any less a King. Although He washed dirty feet, rode on a donkey and suffered a criminal’s death, He was and still is the conquering King, the risen Lord. He is now judge and jury. All power is within His grasp. There is no one higher than He!

Vicki Kemper (30 May 21): On this day and every day, the Great Mystery, whose preferred pronouns are sometimes plural, invites our full participation in an epic story, asking, “Whom shall I send?”

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek: Our readings for this day, for instance, from Psalm 29 and Isaiah illustrate the compelling power of God’s voice, able both to create and destroy creation all at once, and able to convince the most unsuspecting of us to assent, indeed, proclaim with vigor, “Here I am, send me!” The voice can call us to return to the myriad problems of terra firma and risk being a prophet, pointing out all the ways in which we, as God’s people, just have lost our way and need to, at least, reform our behavior, if not full-out repent and begin again. People, understandably, do not like to hear the prophetic voice, which explains why Jonah tried to get as far away from Nineveh as possible.[18]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): That every soul should burn its own flame, and not a single one should remain dark or dim.

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 May 21): We sometimes think that affirming oneness means refraining from taking a stand on issues of importance. Instead, clear-headed dualistic thinking must precede any further movement into nondual responses, especially about issues that people want to avoid. We cannot make a nonstop flight to nondual thinking or we just get fuzzy thinking. First, we must use our well-trained and good mind, and then find our response in a holistic (body, mind, soul, and heart) response. This is at the heart of mature spirituality, and one of the most common confusions. Many assert justice by naming the problem in stark relief and “prophetically” staying right there. Others speak too quickly of love, forgiveness, and communion before they have themselves hung for a while in the “tragic gap,” as Parker Palmer calls it.

RevelationMedia (25 May 21): This message is an AUTO RESPONSE to your email inquiry.

Brat: The Auto Response IS the “tragic gap.”

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): As I watched from my seat, a divine being appeared in front of us. It seemed that he had flown upward from a dark void beneath to approach Christ at His seat. 

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.”

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): When the angelic being approached, I heard the Spirit announce that he was a “sentinel.” The sentinel was dressed in white and seemed (in form) to be like a young man; a messenger of some kind. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (31 May 21): Foundational hope demands a foundational belief in a world that is still and always unfolding to something better. This is the virtue of hope. Personally, I have found that it is almost impossible to heal individuals over the long haul, if the whole cosmic arc is not also a trajectory toward the good.

Rick Joyner (25 May 21): Peter ends this exhortation with the fact that the trials are going to come to an end, and the Lord will use them to “perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” Basic to following the King is to trust Him to use all that we go through for this high purpose. So, let us have more faith in God to lead us to the victory than we do in the devil to lead us to defeat. 

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): Nonetheless, the Torah does allow, and even mandate war under certain circumstances. According to most opinions, the current conflict is defined as milchemet mitzvah, a necessary defensive battle for Jewish existence in the boundaries of Israel. Such a war does not require the approval of a Sanhedrin nor does it require a king. The Rambam rules that there are no exemptions in such a war and even “a bride from under her wedding canopy” must participate. 

Greg Wark (19 May 21): In this two-part series called The Beasts and The Bride I will bring you to the 12th and 13th chapter of the book of Revelation, and show you how the beasts written about by the apostle John are alive and functioning in the very day that we live. It is no surprise to any of us that we live in perilous times. In such times we must have a 360° view of how we are to respond and conduct our lives. And the enemy isn’t just somewhere out there, but the enemy is also flourishing within the body of Christ today.

Brat (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): In my last spiritual direction session, Dr. Luisa [Johnson] pointed out how often the prophets use the word “enemy.”  It becomes part of our dialogue and therefore also a reflection on me.  Can we ease up on the obsession with battling the Enemy?  The enemy’s not the one who is supposed to be getting glorified in our dialogues.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Jesus stands there alone, His eyes filled with love. He speaks not a word in His defense, nor does He grandstand, boasting of His power or piety.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (26 May 21): The Lubavitcher Rebbe differentiates between “enemies” and “haters”. An “enemy” is one who fights against others and sees them as his or her opponent. Many times this animosity is a reaction to suspicions felt or perhaps a desire to protect oneself. The second category, “haters”, is much worse. Hatred is something that flows from the core of a person. Not only does this type of person fight his or her opponents, he or she constantly seeks to annoy and whenever possible, damage their enemies. We see this clearly from another verse where these two types are again mentioned as a punishment for the Jews: “Your enemies will defeat you, and your haters will tyrannize you”  ( Bamidbar /Numbers 26:17). Tyranny can sometimes be worse than outright defeat.

Matthew 24:30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Then a low voice demands, “Prophesy who hit You…are You not the son of God…a King? Isn’t that what You’ve said?”

Brat (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): Meanwhile, I kept sharing the journey.  And the Church didn’t care.  They’d still take pot shots: “Who hit you, prophet?” (Mt 26:68)

Fr. Richard Rohr (31 May 21): If our God is both incarnate and implanted, both Christ and Holy Spirit, then an unfolding inner dynamism in all creation is not only certain, but also moving in a positive direction. A divine goal is always before us, waiting to be unveiled. The strong death wishes, mass shootings, suicides, and the high amount of emotional struggle we experience in our world today is surely, in part, a result of our major failure to provide Western civilization with a positive and hopeful understanding of our own “good news.” And the good news must be social and cosmic, and not just about “me.”

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The music again deeply touches the hearts of the people as smoke fills the stage. Lights beam from different angles. Moments later, Jesus is carrying a Cross that digs deep into His wounded back. He falls, His knees torn and bleeding, injured by the sharp stones in the road. Each time He lifts the Cross to carry it farther, the weight of the Cross digs deeper into His back and neck and drives the crown of sharp thorns deeper into His skull.

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): As I revisited this encounter, I felt so strongly that Father wanted to encourage those who are interceding for nations, churches, cities, and individuals today.

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): “Jesus puts us,” a wise teacher once said to me, “where we all want to be and where we all don’t want to be: in the presence of God.”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (26 May 21): Why are the people who hate the Jews also considered haters of G‑d, and why is it important to me? This is because each of us, the Jewish people, are known as G‑d’s people, “The chosen of the nations”  ( Shemot /Exodus 19:5). For this reason, anyone who hurts the Jews is making G‑d his or her enemy.

Rabbi Yehuda Shurpin (01 June 21): When discussing this sensitive and often painful topic, we need to bear in mind that every situation is different. There are many kinds and levels of abuse, and different people can cope with and tolerate different situations and relationships. Nevertheless, we will try to give some perspective and general halachic guidelines.[19]

David Suissa Podcast: When Haters Hide the Lovers

Vicki Kemper (30 May 21): Who Will Go for Them?

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): You. 

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): OK? Got it?

Noel Niemann (31 May 21): Still God continues to create. We come into this world naked and are not ashamed. Far too many of us, however, grow believing voices telling us to be something different than who we are. The opposite of love is not hating, but getting control. It’s impossible to have both love and control working simultaneously in a relationship. God creates us in love, and we are called to love one another.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 May 21): G‑d speaks to the soul of a Jew:

You have light. Powerful light. It is hidden within you.

I have light. Infinite light. It is hidden in my Torah.

So let us make a deal.

You will make the light of my Torah your light. Then the light of your soul will become My light. And then there will be no place left in the world for anything but light.[20]

Revelation 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 

Vicki Kemper (30 May 21): “I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.”

THE CORE ISSUE

Lana Vawser (17 May 21): Recently, I had a dream and I was sitting across the table from a prophet and we were having a discussion of the season we are in.

Wanda Alger (02 June 21): The first Jezebel was called out by Jehu, the Israelite king, but it was the eunuchs that threw her to her death. Where many mighty men have challenged the authority of this lingering principality and spoken of her demise, it is the women of valor who have been given rights to destroy the devil’s lair and vanquish Jezebel’s reign over the nations. Being castrated of their God-given authority to speak for the King, these prophetic women of valor will take their place and be silent no more.[21]

Pastor Dan Makokha (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): God has set you and your ministry aside. Remember: You are at your best when you just be yourself!

Brat: My point is that when one belongs to a tribe, where one truly belongs and their style of being is welcomed, then there is grace for the seasons of waiting at the windows for opportunities, and grace for the shallow waters of boredom; there’s grace for the rapids of uncertainties and grace for adobe walls and making mud bricks without straw; there’s grace for the times of insight and growth, and grace for eunuchs pushing limits and confronting lies; and there is extra grace for the painful baptisms that life throws at us when we’re empaths and feel EVERYTHING to the point where mercy is questioned and feels like a curse rather than a gift.  When one belongs to a caring tribe, then there is grace to just BE rather than always preaching on being.

Rev. Dr. Lori Walke, JD: Isaiah’s experience of God, the vision that we read about beginning in chapter 6, is one of those attempts at expressing faith. Some experiences of God were so clear and intense that the prophets try to share them in ways that the reader is invited to see and feel it, too. The prophet Isaiah manages to capture the unimaginable expansiveness and power of God using all of his senses. Whatever happened to Isaiah was a holistic event, felt spiritually and physically. We read of experiences like this from other prophets, including Jeremiah 15:16, where Jeremiah says he “found” and “ate” God’s words, and they became a “joy and delight of my heart.”[22]

Brat: Years ago, when I was praying at Seacliff, I asked and took the scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it.

Revelation 10:So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but ‘in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’” 10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour.

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): I asked the Lord what this particular scroll pertained to; what was its subject? 

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): We have overfed the American audience with Christian content, yet starved the mission field.

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): I believed the sentinel to be a high-ranking angel over that nation, just as there are angels over the churches in Revelation. (Revelation 1:20.) He represented that nation’s interests before our King, and could transmit messages back to the nation as the Lord desired. (Daniel 4:1323; see also Revelation 2:1,8,12,183:1,7,14.) 

Dutch Sheets (31 May 21): Some congregations changed and embraced the new converts, some would not.[23]

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): Imagine a missionary or mission organization being able to go to a single source and browse Christian content in the language they serve in, then access that content for free!

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Soul ties, like tent cords and pegs, can run deep.
On that day the power of God came upon me, I felt that He severed a hidden “umbilical cord”. This was from the 16 years my husband and I served a mission organization.
We believed it was a life calling—but instead, it was a chapter that suddenly closed in 2004.

Pastor Scott Kegel (29 May 21): Also, I know that a few local churches have had antagonistic folks showing up intentionally trying pick verbal fights to capture on film. If that does happen our best approach is not to engage. We pray this won’t be an issue but wanted to give you a heads up in case it does.

Anna Blake (21 May 21): It’s easy to get a conditioned response from an animal. All it takes is a treat or some light intimidation. Like we haven’t all teased an animal with food. Like all of us haven’t gone along with a bully just to keep the peace. You want something different. You know that it takes more than a shared breath to make a connection. You know that creating anxiety, positive or negative, may get a quicker answer but that isn’t the same thing as trust. 

When Light Came In (25 May 21): And there is nothing we’ve done to cope with trauma or abuse — or the recovery process — that is novel or surprising to the human race.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The stage fills with smoke and quickly transforms into a scene in Pilate’s palace.

Rick Joyner (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): I do believe that all sickness comes from the devil, and that we can open ourselves to it by disobedience. Some of the things the Lord said to the afflicted affirm this. I caught Covid because I had been hypocritical in telling people how important it was for people to wash their hands, and after a time I became careless about this myself. I repented, and knew the Lord had forgiven me, but I also knew that I had to go through what I had opened myself up to with my hypocrisy and disobedience.  

Brat: I find this prophetic, because you washed your hands of me the way Pilate washed his hands of Jesus when I reached out to you, and yet you preached for years on how evil happens when good men do nothing.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Pilate washes his hands in a bowl and slowly dries them, then throws the towel on the floor as the light dims in the great hall.

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Lawlessness is defeated when the Church arises & takes her place

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): The Torah requires that an attempt at reconciliation be made before a battle is initiated. 

Wanda Alger (17 May 21): Until there are altars of prayer, worship and dedication to the Lordship of Christ in EVERY sphere of influence in our culture, the rising altars of the spirit of anti-Christ will OUTNUMBER US. This is why this is an urgent hour. The “judgments” standing at the door of this nation will only have power if we stand back and do nothing. James puts it fairly clearly: “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17 ESV). The OPPORTUNITY before us is historic. We are about to be a part of the greatest move of God the world has ever seen – but ONLY if we respond rightly to His initiatives and invitations.[24]

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): Where we have grown comfortable and self-congratulatory, break in upon us O Lord with your new creation and fresh urgency. Amen.

K. Albert Little (20 May 21): Church Splits Driving Evangelicals to Catholic Church[25]

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): The sentinel angel had come from the nation of Italy bearing this scroll. In a sense, he was one of heaven’s “reporters.”

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): It’s pretty easy for Christians, and maybe especially liberal Protestants, to say, “Look at those uptight, narrow-minded religious legalists. Thank God, we’re not like them! Thank God, we know that human needs like hunger, healing, or help in crisis are more important than religious ritual or observance.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (17 May 21): As both Thomas Aquinas and C.S. Lewis taught, for evil to succeed, it must disguise itself as good, which is apparently much easier to do than we imagine. [2][26] What previous generations called “the devil” is still quite active, though disguised in the banality of evil. The devil isn’t going to appear in red with horns and a tail and entice us to follow him. When Paul talks about the devil, he uses words like “powers,” “principalities,” and “thrones” (see Colossians 1:16). These are almost certainly his premodern words for what we would now call corporations, institutions, nation-states, ideologies of supremacy, and organizations that demand our full allegiance and thus become idolatrous—not just “too big to fail,” but even too big to be criticized. Suddenly, the medieval notion of devils comes very close to home.

Wanda Alger (20 May 21): Revisiting this dream now 5 years later with much more information on the horrific global realities at work, it has much greater significance. This is not just a symbolic picture of a Jezebel principality, but the specific reference to the ongoing Satanic Ritual Abuse against our children that has been taking place all around the globe – for decades. The outright brainwashing of an entire generation has taken place and the spiritual fathers and mothers have not been prepared for this assault.[27]

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): The devil may have power to shift minds with his lies and manipulation, but he DOES NOT HAVE AUTHORITY—WE DO!

When Light Came In (25 May 21): The only thing that may be wholly novel in this moment is the idea that loving ourselves is the path to healing. If hate could bring good things, how’d we end up so broken by their abusive words and actions?

Jennifer LeClaire (in “You People ♥”14 Apr 21): The Plumb Line: Prophetic Dream: The Unleashing of Jezebel’s Daughter

Fr. Adam Bucko (05 Apr 2021): This logic can best be described by what philosopher Hegel [1770–1831] called the “master-slave dialectic.” Applied to our societal history, it tells us that, when left to ourselves, we often organize our lives according to the principle of domination. . . .

John 3:6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Inner Practitioner @MindTendencies2 (17 Oct 2020): Trauma teaches you to close your heart and armor up.  Healing teaches you to open your heart and boundary up.

Wanda Alger (20 May 21): Thankfully, the Holy Spirit has given us a weapon. It is not just the righteous prayers of the faithful; it is the manifested FEAR OF THE LORD that will totally disable and disempower these demonic entities. But, not only must we prophesy this fear of the Lord – we must operate in it ourselves. Principalities and powers recognize the difference between prayers that are words versus those that are lived. The true Fear of the Lord is born of radical obedience when one encounters His holiness, His righteousness, and His glory.  It becomes a life-force and when one prays from this posture, the enemy cannot stand and cannot take any more ground (Joshua 4:24 ESV).

Lillian Daniel (31 May 21): Admit it. Pride is a powerful force that deserves our spiritual attention. Sometimes we take too little pride in ourselves. Other times we take too much. Either way, pride has power and it can still trip us up.

Pastor John Klawiter (20 May 21): Holy Advocate, testify on our behalf when our pride gets in the way of the relationships you are looking to foster in our lives. Thank you for your persistence to lead us to your truth. Amen.

Angela Greenig (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): Zechariah 10:3-5 (NIV) is such a powerful promise from the Lord, and I believe this is a word the Father is releasing over us right now:

“My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; for the Lord Almighty will care for His flock, the people of Judah, and make them like a proud horse in battle. From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler. Together they will be like warriors in battle trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets. They will fight because the Lord is with them, and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.”

Brat: We’re not tolerating Jezebel.

2 Kings 9:33 “Throw her down!” Jehu said. So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered the wall and the horses as they trampled her underfoot.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): Jesus was obviously taken by her response as He answered, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” (Mark 7:29)

Anna Blake (28 May 21): The rider is fighting for control and as always, horses ask just one question. “Am I safe?”[28] 

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): When the Church is mobilized into action, knowing the authority of Jesus residing inside of us, God backs us up in the places He sends us to take ground and make decisions according to His plans and purposes, thus bringing things back into alignment and overturning destructive decisions.

Lana Vawser (17 May 21): “Delay has screamed and stolen from their lives, but NOW I am marking the ground with flourishing and blossoming life. The move of My mighty hand bringing forth mighty miracles in creative ways will cause the ground to FLOURISH again and angelic hosts will guard these places standing alongside My people with their hearts full of faith in who I am and My faithfulness, that what I have spoken will not be delayed or stolen again.”

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): God’s eyes go back and forth throughout the earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to Him (see 2 Chron. 16:9). He’s looking for people who will take the charge and TAKE BACK WHAT HAS BEEN STOLEN. His power is unlimited, and His plans are sure.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (31 May 21): Many believe that truth is the domain of great minds, that the greater one’s intellect, the closer one can come to truth.[29]

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): It’s the kind of statement that creates a moment of truth: what is God doing right now? What does God require of me, of us, right at this moment? We are in the presence of the living Christ; what now?

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The audience is still holding their collective breath, dreading what will come next.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): This riddle references that Jesus came first to the Jew and then to the Gentile.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (31 May 21): But if a truth is truly truth, it is to be found everywhere. For truth is that which knows no bounds.

John 3:10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

Dutch Sheets (31 May 21): With the next new move of God, we will need a strong mix of wisdom and revelation (His fresh Word). He never asks us to completely abandon what He did yesterday, and certainly not to forget what He taught us. He does, however, add a freshness to it. Jesus had great depth of wisdom and knowledge, yet, He was always listening in the moment for what Father was saying.

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): Perhaps God has similar questions for me: “Hello, you who are made of stardust and mud? Why haven’t you checked in with me? Where are you rushing off to? How is your breath? How is your flesh? Who has your attention? When will you start embracing heaven?”

TERMS

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): When you approach a town to attack it, you shall offer it terms of peace. Deuteronomy 20:10

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (20 May 21): Torah is a way of peace between all opposites, a light to discover the truth within all that G‑d has made. An absolute oneness beyond all binaries.​

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Small groups that are intentional in prayer, receiving strategies and taking action will be used by God to shift cities, counties, school districts and neighborhoods, and as they multiply and mobilize, change will happen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (31 May 21): The same truth that the genius perceives in his world of intellectual abstraction is found in the simple world of the child, where every thought can be touched and seen.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): What a lowly place the Lord chose to lead from.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 May 21): My light is in your hand. Your light is in my hand.
When you take care of my light, I take care of yours.
-Midrash

When Light Came In (19 May 21): Trauma and healing, the dark and light wrapped in us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 May 21): If they had asked Moses, what would he have said?

John 3:14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): Peace is an ideal in Judaism and the culmination of the redemption process is a condition in which all human conflict will be settled by God, as described by Isaiah.

Thus He will judge among the nations And arbitrate for the many peoples, And they shall beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks: Nation shall not take up Sword against nation; They shall never again know war. Isaiah 2:4

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 May 21): And so now, when they were to enter the land themselves, as mortal beings with mortal powers, to conquer the land, plow the land, sow and harvest from the land by their own hands—

Lance Wallnau (17 May 21): A stronghold is something that exerts an influence or leverage over the thought patterns that play in your mind. They produce a harvest of consequences.[30]

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): It is easy, in other words, to be smug about our open-mindedness, and to congratulate ourselves on our more flexible and magnanimous – and certainly not hidebound – faith.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): This week, I spoke with a ministry that has had great success broadcasting Christian content into the Middle East. But they are facing two challenges: first, there is a shortage of Christian content available; and second, the cost to hire a broker to acquire more content is very expensive.

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): But even when the apostles contribute, there is still nowhere for the proverbial buck to stop.  All the apostles really want is for their agendas to be promoted.  Even when they read me, they don’t see any need to come back to ‘the least of these’ as they walk over me to climb their ladder.  Ya’know, angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man (or son of man = prophet) …

John 1:50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree [= vulnerable]. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): I could not discern in the vision which Hebrew letter I was looking at, but I knew that it represented one person, or one person’s story. 

Psalm 29:1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): Before we ended our call with our friends who are broadcasting into the Middle East, my promise to them was to provide lots of quality content and to provide it for FREE. They are already airing The Pilgrim’s Progress, and are now looking at the other films we have licensed. As the western slang goes, “This is a no-brainer!”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): In the same interview, he also justified targeting Israeli civilians while refusing the option of negotiating with Israel.

Anna Blake (21 May 21): Is it a refusal? That’s a harsh word. Maybe he just wants a minute. We humans always want immediate perfection in our horses, but that’s not happening. Can we manage to say good boy, just because he’s thinking? Listening without fixing is the big thing right now. Acknowledge his choice and let that stand. Assume he is right. It takes courage to let a horse have autonomy. Besides the conversation doesn’t end when one of you wanders off. It isn’t a problem, it’s an invitation.[31]

Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): This meant that when Jesus read the more general scroll, He was also reading about individual lives through each letter. It was as if each letter became a “gateway” or portal through which He looked down into people’s lives to see or understand what was happening with them. 

When Light Came In (22 May 21): Closure from trauma is not a point of resolution, like the end of a school year or closing paragraph of an essay. It’s more like the procedure for ending a debate or repairing a car. It’s steps we take *away* from what breaks us, what keeps us bound. Steps we take *toward* what frees us, toward increased safety and sanity for ourselves, our children, our future.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): The tongue of flame, and the wind, and the dove, and the water, and the bread, and the blood, and the unbroken song, and the unbroken prayer and the unbreakable bond: in the liturgy these things are present, they are given.

John 3:15 that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): Where are all the disciples? Where are those who had loved and worshiped Him?

Len Halvorson (12 May 21): Perhaps several generations after Peter and his community, the First Letter of John is written to believers, but now ones whose witness seems to be threatened by division. Throughout the letter those considered as the faithful among these believers will be called by the endearing terms of “Beloved,” and “little children,” but in today’s verses the main descriptor is “you who believe.” The author speaks of a serious ministry and purpose in the face of those who might be a threat to the central confession of the Christian witness: “I write… so that you may know that you have eternal life.” This proclamation will sustain and guard a beloved faith community in the midst of threats from those around them. We have eternal life. You have eternal life. And that life has been given to us in the gift of the Risen Jesus and in the continuing witness of faith to the good news of the Resurrection.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): And then, there is commitment and responsibility

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 June 21): You have to take ownership of your mission in life, making informed decisions and sticking to them—decisions that come from you as you are here in this world, with all the uncertainty and hazard that this world carries with it.

Because real change is always an inside job.

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 May 21): While we have the language of philosophy, psychology, modern science, and sociology to describe the truth of universal interconnectedness, the mystics first described it based on their own experience. In this meditation, African American mystic and scholar Howard Thurman (1899‒1981) reminds us of how our love for God is one with our love for our neighbor.

Rev. Kathleen Walker: In many churches and dioceses in The Episcopal Church, we have been given a charge by the presiding bishop to work toward becoming Beloved Community. The Beloved Community is the place where God-loving people have been trying to arrive since Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. From time to time, it seems to be in view, but somehow, humanity falls short of the goal, steps backward, and then lurches forward again toward the destination. Social injustice and racial inequity keep us all from getting to the Promised Land.[32]

Brat to the Episcopal Church’s Facebook page (24 May 21 at 9:10 am): Speaking of truth-telling…I share “Going Up” with the Church [Going Up 12 May 21 | truthinus (wordpress.com)

[Received SILENCE…]

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): I share all of this with you because I sometimes observe that, if we talk about the Holy Spirit at all in our church, we don’t tend to talk about the Spirit in connection to our experience of liturgy. Maybe it’s because we are so often focused on the Father and the Son, or maybe it’s because we think that too much talk about the Spirit might open the door to a level of exuberance to which we Episcopalians are not generally accustomed. 

John 3:12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?

Nate Johnston (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): Daily reconcile your heart challenges, hurts, frustrations, and disappointments.

Brat: I get it; more dying to self… There’s perpetual descension into Dante’s Inferno, but where’s the ascension into a loving community?  Dante never got to marry Beatrice.  He was exiled forever.

John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): Got it? You MUST be so bold when you approach God for healing that your detractors might even accuse you of being RIDICULOUSLY BOLD after all you just did.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 May 21): Before your soul descended to this world it burned with a passionate flame of love to merge within the divine, infinite light of G‑d.[33]

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Right now, God’s grace is here to help you pull up tent pegs of regret, envy, and disappointment. You can be free from the negative effects of past relationships.

Brat: Who would have ever thought that the Church herself would cause so much grief over sharing the Gospel with her when Jesus Himself gave us the Great Commission after His sacrifice?

Verse of the Day (02 June 21): Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): They can see His devotion and can’t help but weep at such a sacrifice. Who are they to deserve such unselfish and humble service from the very King of the universe Himself? In this moment, they have a new-found revelation that while their feet are clean, their hearts have been transformed by the power of His love.

THE POWER TO CHOOSE

Anna Blake (21 May 21): By now the horse has probably stretched his neck a bit, walked an arc or two. Quiet calming signals without hurry. He might be getting a bit curious about you continuing to listen and still not fixing. You’ve got him right where you want him now. Horses need some space and quiet before they speak up. Consider this time investing in your horse’s trust. Besides, only listening for the answer we want is the best way to miss another message.

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 May 21): The test to which Plotinus puts us, however, is very searching. To be in unity with the Spirit is to be in unity with one’s fellow people. Not to be in unity with one’s fellow people is thereby not to be in unity with the Spirit. The pragmatic test of one’s unity with the Spirit is found in the unity with one’s fellow people. We see what this means when we are involved in the experience of a broken relationship. When I have lost harmony with another, my whole life is thrown out of tune. God tends to be remote and far away when a desert and sea appear between me and another. I draw close to God as I draw close to my fellow people. The great incentive remains ever alert; I cannot be at peace without God, and I cannot be truly aware of God if I am not at peace with my fellow people.

Lance Wallnau (17 May 21): One of the things I’ve noticed is that when I am in warfare, I don’t feel like myself. I feel disconnected, awkward, and inauthentic. I’m not myself and I don’t even like who is showing up. Do you ever feel like this? It’s like you’re someone else. Something is trying to take over your thought process. Remember: the battle zone is in your thought life. The secret is to catch the enemy when he attempts to slip into your thought life like the serpent in the garden. Don’t let the thought take hold.

When Light Came In (19 May 21): To me, the armor of trauma, as we pursue healing, doesn’t just one day come off. It *changes* from clunky, thick, heavy and impenetrable to skin-like. If we were to simply take off our armor and replace it with boundaries, that would leave us exposed when we’re still tender, deeply wounded. (Maybe that’s part of why we sometimes resist letting the trauma go, we fear it’s asking us to do this?)

Noel Niemann (31 May 21): God saw humans and sees us just as we are. God knows us because what God created was very good, and, therefore, was without shame. Suddenly, it all changed. The original vision was gone and now humans saw themselves to be unacceptable in God’s sight. Labels replaced acceptance. Self-image became more powerful than genuineness. Anxiety entered the creation as self-determination became more important than God’s words. The serpent’s promise was true; creation was as powerful as the creator, but without God’s love. Creation was broken; sin had entered the garden.

Fr. Richard Rohr (19 May 21): When we are no longer able to change a situation . . . we are challenged to change ourselves.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): While I’m not surprised to hear of their needs, I remain extremely frustrated, nonetheless. In America, we produce new Christian movies every month! Why isn’t this content (for the most part) reaching the mission field?

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): Bringing back into alignment God’s plan and purpose and His power and favor backs His will. Prayer is the MOST important action needed as God divinely instructs His people with timing, wisdom and plans to advance His Kingdom and set in order the things that are out of order.

When Light Came In (22 May 21): Closure is lifestyle. It’s moment by moment, breath by breath, choice by choice. It’s lining up our lives with what is true, loving, and honest. It’s withdrawing attention from what takes us from that pursuit.

Viktor E. Frankl (1959): We who lived in concentration camps can remember the people who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. . . .[34]

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): I thought of the account above with the Gentile woman. Herein lies the problem:

Anna Blake (21 May 21): Humans are just like horses, some of us nervously blurt out an answer without thinking and some of us freeze up trying to reason it carefully. We doubt ourselves. It isn’t a question of giving the right answer for either of you. It’s about listening to calming signals and staying in the conversation. Stand and wait. Any horse will tell you that humans are too result oriented. The problem with tunnel vision on a task is that we are focusing only on the one response we want. It’s like putting blinders on our ears. We’re not just limiting the conversation; we’re diminishing his confidence. 

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): In America, we have this unstated agenda that our content goes to Americans first. Why? Because they have money. The mission field receives the crumbs.

Lance Wallnau (30 May 21): The devil is trying to rob you and your children of God’s inheritance. He does this by working to get you to compromise and bow your knee to unbelief, apathy, fear, lust, addiction, and depression. Don’t let him succeed. Put up a FIGHT!

Fr. Richard Rohr (17 May 21): We must first convict evil in its glorified organizational form. When we idolize and refuse to hold such collective realities accountable, they usually become demonic in some way. We normally cannot see it until it is too late. [3][35]

Donna Rigney (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): “Veils of deception will be ripped off of My children’s eyes in this time of great reckoning. Yes, a time of great reckoning is upon this world. For the wicked deeds and gross injustice that I have seen perpetrated – there is going to be a price to pay.[36]

Brat to Donna Rigney (27 May 21 5:48 am): We got the news that the bad boys of leadership will be held accountable.  Now where do we share where it can’t be buried again and covered up by those same bad boys?

[Received silence…]

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Rev. Kathleen Walker: Our faith in God gives us three magnificent gifts. God promises us the gift of eternal life if we will believe and follow. At funerals, you will often hear it said, “Though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Jesus gives us the gift of love. He modeled love and urged us to love each other as he loves us. Beyond human love and intimacy, Jesus gave us agape love, unconditional love that can only come from God. The Holy Spirit then descended to forever tie us to the love of God and the presence of the Lord. The advocate came to encourage us to devoutly and unapologetically speak the truth to a world desperately in need of truth-telling. The truth is we are all divinely created in the image of God. People of color have an equal right to live in the world without fear of loss of life at the hands of those who have a perception that they are less than equal. If we are ever to get to the Beloved Community, we must reckon with the sin of racism and eradicate it from our lands. This pandemic tears at the fabric of the world God calls us to. Let us embrace the Advocate, and with great courage proclaim the good news that God is love and that we all have an invitation to share in the beauty and wonder of God’s enormous capacity to hold us close.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The lights go out once again as the music fades. The curtain falls, and the audience can’t wait to see what happens next. Those in the crowd ponder the actions of the humble Master as the curtain slowly lifts to reveal a new scene.

THE MISSION FIELD

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): Is There a Limit to What We Can Make Holy?

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): This may be difficult to hear, but it is absolutely true. Few moviemakers or distributors really want to discuss it. Sadly, we have overfed the American audience with Christian content, yet starved the mission field. I understand that without the funding from Americans, moviemakers would not be able to make movies, but why do we put so little emphasis on providing content in the languages of the mission field?

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): We are “open,” but are we open to that?

John 3:8 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): This promise is fulfilled in the Pentecost account recorded in the Book of Acts, when the disciples were transformed by wind and flame from somewhat hapless followers of a beloved teacher into the undaunted, fervent agents of Christ’s mission on earth. And it was not just the Son of God, but the ongoing work of the Spirit of God that drew them into the lives THEY were intended to live—it was the Spirit that animated their mortal bones and caused them to prophesy and to see visions and to dream dreams. It was the Spirit that sustained their dedication far beyond the typically fickle, faltering enthusiasm we tend to give even the most worthy causes of this world.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): Each of us is a flame. One flame burns softly. Another burns with a roar. Until seven branches are filled with millions of distinct, unique flames.

All are drawn upwards, all yearning to reunite with their Beloved above.[37]

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): I do believe that film producers are more than willing to license their films for the mission field, but no one is really asking!

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): I prefer to be the one asking questions, please and thank you.

Pastor John Klawiter (20 May 21): Do you ever let anyone help you? It can be tempting to refuse help—and think we can do everything on our own. There’s some stubbornness to this or perhaps a deeply ingrained belief that asking for help is a weakness.

Brat to Donna Rigney (27 May 21 5:48 am): Subject: Reckoning Help

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): Maybe I should focus on answering them.

When Light Came In (28 May 21): Maybe we changed a relationship, closed the door on a toxic relationship, or opened it to a new and healthy one. Or we opened to a new friendship, discovered it wasn’t so good, and got out quicker than we would have in the past.

Lance Wallnau (30 May 21): In this way God uses our warfare to do something that totally frustrates the enemy. It makes us stronger! This connects us to the lineage of overcomers described by the writer of Hebrews who said: “Out of weakness they became strong!” (see Hebrews 11:34).

When Light Came In (28 May 21): I believe we have.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): One by one these faithful overcomers are given their great rewards…the nameless and faceless, those who have always hidden behind the Cross and have given Him all the glory; those who never used people to build their ministry but used their ministry to bless the people. They completed their earthly assignments to the best of their ability and remained faithful to the end. These mighty warriors who followed the way of the Master and served, loved, and honored those around them are exalted and given great responsibility.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): To what lengths do we go with our transformative efforts?

When Light Came In (28 May 21): Look for it. Ask a friend to help you see it. The growth is very much there, dear one.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Loyalty, love, and service are qualities that create a deep connection

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): There is good news, though. Since its inception, RevelationMedia has been committed to securing quality Christian content for the mission field. We did this with our flagship film, The Pilgrim’s Progress, and we have since licensed over 50 hours of additional content. We are in the process of licensing even more! Our desire is to work in no fewer than 100 languages. This means that we can reach over 90% of the world’s population with Christian content in the first or second languages of the people. We are already working in 25 of these languages, and we are looking to consistently add more.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 June 21): But at the end of the day, spending your life mission like a salaried employee following instructions is not going to change the world.

Rev. Kathleen Walker: Jesus, before he was taken to the cross, called his followers “friends” and released all from the second-class role of servant, thus creating a pathway for a society that is equitable. Additionally, we are all equal and Jesus wanted that message delivered to the world so that we might love one another.

Martha Spong (18 May 21): In other seasons of the church’s life they serve on search committees, or organize mission studies, or make sure the Sunday School doesn’t run out of crayons. They put their gifts and skills to work for the good of the whole when the idea people have moved on to the next project. We rely on their spreadsheets and phone trees and care for others.

Rick Joyner (18 May 21): The Holy Spirit is the Helper, and all of the gifts of the Spirit are for helping others. The ministry of “helps” is actually the foundation of all ministry. We tend to think of this as doing the menial tasks, but that is far from all that this ministry is. First, for those who do all that they do as unto the Lord, there are no menial tasks. When a person is drowning, what do they yell? “Help!” Those who respond and help those in desperation are also walking in the ministry of helps. 

Martha Spong (18 May 21): We rely on them just as Paul relied on Titus.

Rick Joyner (18 May 21): Both Stephen and Philip were ordained as deacons to serve tables. Yet, they became two of the most powerful ministries in the Book of Acts. Getting to know the nature of the Holy Spirit as the Helper is the path to being trusted with His power.

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Relationships form bonds and are a crucial part of our lives

Wanda Alger (02 June 21): Not only will these women of valor be honored and celebrated for their place at the King’s table, some will rise up as mothers over nations to bring deliverance and healing to the land. They will be esteemed for their wisdom, counsel, and courageous actions against those who threaten the King’s domain. Theirs will be the mark of Deborah, the prophetess, who foreshadows the kind of mothers that will be called to lead the charge and deliver nations.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 May 21): Go out into the world and you will see: He created a world in which He can achieve anything He desires in any way He pleases.

And not only that, but He can do it through you.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): God desires you so much, in fact, that God has made a home within you; God has fed you with his own flesh; God’s holy breath is on your breath as you offer up these ancient and eternal prayers week after week.

Pastor Karri L. Anderson (26 May 21): But even in the midst of struggle, hope can flourish when we claim the Spirit’s witness to us, that whatever comes, we are still God’s children—we are never alone. Though we tend to think of hope as a personal experience, the truth is hope cannot survive in isolation. Hope needs community. People need each other for hope to thrive. It is through others, joined together as God’s chosen ones, that the Spirit of God continues to come to us and breathes life into hope.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): We don’t have to let the mission field receive only the crumbs. While the primary focus of RevelationMedia is to produce iBIBLE, our secondary goal is providing additional quality Christian content to America and to the global missions community. It is our hope that by the grace of God, the mission field will get so much more than crumbs!

Brat (25 May 21 at 8:30 am): I willingly share mine with you for the global missions community also: “Going Up” 12 May 21 [Going Up 12 May 21 | truthinus (wordpress.com)] ~Kathryn Hauser

[I have shared many times with them and even got a live response once.]

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): “Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf.”

Rev. Kathleen Walker: Let us pray: Most Gracious God, we are very grateful for the gifts that you give us, and in particular, we are grateful for the gift of the Advocate, the truth-teller. Give us courage to tell our truths, Lord Christ, that will lead to a world filled with justice and love. Amen.

“COME!”

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Hear God say, “Come, be with Me. Let My love and power dissolve every tie to a past season.”

RevelationMedia (25 May 21 at 8:30 am – auto response): WE VALUE YOUR PRAYERS – We are grateful for continued prayers for Steve and the ministry of RevelationMedia.com.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): But be assured that the Spirit IS here, in candlelight and in quiet gesture and in the swelling note of song, the Spirit is here in the silence of your prayers and in the outstretching of your hand towards Christ’s body, and we should be encouraged, emboldened even, to name God’s dynamic presence in our liturgy, and to say to the world, to our neighbors and our friends and those who have fallen away from faith: COME, see what is TRUE. COME, see what the shape of love is. COME, see how God teaches us to embody, in this liturgical gathering—in this school of the Holy Spirit—the essential vision of a sanctified life: gratitude, praise, confession, lamentation, reconciliation, offering, receiving, communion, contemplation, joy. COME, and see, and live.

Vicki Kemper (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): Into the Cloud

Acts 1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): Look up believer! Look up and watch – listen – for the coming of the Lord. Do not wait to GO UP – for He is COMING DOWN! Heaven is coming to earth and the glory of God will be revealed as HIS STORY unfolds before us.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (13 May 21): We beseech you, Lord Jesus,

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 May 21): Come, Lord Jesus, come

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): Where Are You?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 May 21): Then it entered a body, a creature of sinews and bones. So that here it would learn the ultimate meaning of love.

Julian of Norwich: “And our good Lord answered to all the questions and doubts which I could raise, saying most comfortingly: I may make all things well, and I can make all things well, and I shall make all things well, and I will make all things well; and you will see yourself that every kind of thing will be well. When he says, ‘I may’, I understand this to apply to the Father; and when he says ‘I can’, I understand it for the Son; and when he says, ‘I will’, I understand it for the Holy spirit; and when he says, ‘I shall”, I understand it for the unity of the blessed Trinity, three persons and one truth; and when he says, ‘You will see yourself’, I understand it for the union of all men who will be saved in the blessed Trinity. And in these five words God wishes us to be enclosed in rest and peace.”[1][38]

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): Grant peace when there are no answers, God, and bless the questions that search for peace.

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): We ought not be timid or bashful about this. Because one thing I know is that there are countless people—some of whom you probably know quite well—who are desperately longing for the type of life we seek and strive for here. A Spirit-driven, Christ-shaped, liturgically-enriched life. There is no greater gift that we can give than to invite others into the practice of their truest, most beautiful humanity. 

Steve Porter (29 May 21): JESUS, King of kings and Lord of lords, is present! This same Jesus is the risen Lord, no longer limited to an earthly body. He now sits on a golden throne ready to award the faithful on Earth. The ‘Great Reward’ assembly is finally here. The marriage supper of the Lamb is upon us and His Bride has made herself ready.

Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Rev. Betty King (in “Going Up” 12 May 21): Many things in the Body of Christ today are in the hands of stewards, who are working with what is there because it’s available; but in order for the inheritance that is being built today to last and fulfill its purpose, sons need to be raised up. It is not enough only to be blessed in the present, because the future must be secured. Abraham feels this in his core and brings it before God.

Brat: God, I’ve written the reverend before.  Writing directly doesn’t get me to my welcoming tribe and even if I were to bring it up, I’d be accused of manipulating to get what I want.  None of that occurred with Paul and Onesimus.  Lord, You said that there were many rooms in Your house.  There is a place for me where my legacy, our story, has merit and value to set things right and I am loved for just being me.

Wanda Alger (02 June 21): It is time to recognize this company of women and call them forth. Their humble disposition has kept them hidden, and yet, it is the very selfless nature of their heart that is desperately needed in the battles of this age. The enemy has no hold and hell has no authority over those who walk in humility and purity of purpose. They are the ones religion would deem weak and inferior, but heaven calls them highly favored and worthy of their due. As the first shall become last and the last shall become first, heaven now issues the charge for women of valor to come forward. Your time is now and victory is assured.

S.C. Lourie (28 May 21): So, my darling, I just wanted to share that with you, as I ponder on my daughters and how much they are growing right now in front of me. It does so much good for our souls and bodies if we learn to rest our tired eyes rather than define our lives by what we see through them. I am sure you have experienced the power of a nap, or a weekend off from all the stress, or a vacation away from all the intensity – the world can feel new again. It’s not that anything in particular changes around us, it’s just that we get into a space of mind where we can notice bright and new details. The horizon expands because our vision does.

Tony Robinson (26 May 21): Is that happening in our churches? Is there that sense of gospel urgency?

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): This is Spirit-driven, Spirit-led work.

Israel365 (25 May 21): Hashem brings splendor following darkness

John 3:17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Rachel Hackenberg (28 May 21): Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; God does whatever God pleases. … The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth has been given to human beings. – Psalm 115:2-3 & 16 (NRSV)

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): If there was ever a time for God’s Church to ACT, it’s NOW!

Steve Cleary (23 May 21): Thank you for your prayers and support. Together, we are helping to fulfill the Great Commission in making disciples of every nation!

Cindy McGill (25 May 21): “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘ALL authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me. THEREFORE GO and make DISCIPLES of ALL nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:18-19 emphasis mine)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 June 21): DAILY DOSE: Ask Before You Talk

Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 

Brat: Hello, love!  Did you get what I shared?

RevelationMedia (25 May 21 at 8:30 am – auto response): INQUIRIES – We are generally able to respond to specific inquiries within 3 -5 business days.

Brat: It’s been eleven so far…

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 June 21): DAILY DOSE: Informed Decisions

RevelationMedia (25 May 21 at 8:30 am – auto response): RE: Even the Dogs Get the Crumbs

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (03 June 21): What did these spies say to cause such doubt in G‑d’s abilities? They spoke of having seen the nefilim in Israel (Bamidbar/Numbers 13:33). Who were the nefilim that they instilled such panic?

Matt Laney (04 June 21): Last month, 230 people were killed by Israeli airstrikes. 65 of the dead are children. Meanwhile, Hamas rocket fire killed 12 people, including 2 children. In light of those atrocities, verses like the above – in which God ordains seizing inhabited land and doing harm to the inhabitants – make me nauseous.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 June 21): The spies were sent to view first-hand the lay of the land, its beauty and its weaknesses, so that it could be transformed into a holy land.

Matt Laney (04 June 21): The journey into the Promised Land of true beloved community is long and hard and so worthwhile. It will take generations of courageous acknowledgement, seeking forgiveness and reparations to bring peace to the Holy Land, to American land, and to the world God relentlessly loves.

Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 May 21): Why then does Jesus tell stories that show harsh judgment, casting the rejected into “outer darkness” and “eternal punishment,” especially in Matthew’s Gospel (see Matthew 25:46)? This seems to undo all the mercy and forgiveness Jesus demonstrates in the rest of his life and teaching. Let me explain how I see it.

Lance Wallnau (02 June 21): Are you experiencing a breakdown in your life? It could be a divorce or violence or poverty, any number of hardships. Perhaps you are thinking: “I didn’t do anything to deserve this. Why is this trying to get on me? It was supposed to be my harvest time!”

Maybe God has a bigger harvest in mind.

House of Destiny (02 June 21): Trusting God’s Timing

Helen Calder (25 May 21): In addition to this, those of us who are intercessors labor in prayer. We may travail to bring God’s purposes to birth.
If you are a prayer warrior, you will know your ministry creates a close, heartfelt bond.

When Light Came In (19 May 21): We don’t just take it off. The armor changes around us instead. *We* change it. We pound out this part which no longer serves us, that part which now pinches our growing self. We stretch the armor in our toughest times of healing – metal stretches with enough heat.

Wanda Alger (02 June 21): There is a new breed of women rising on the earth. A new company of women bravehearts are emerging who carry an authority not given by man, but gained through personal victories. These women have already been tested by the pharisees of religion and been confronted by the seductions of the snake. They have already faced the powers of the age and have overcome. Most have remained unseen by the masses because they never sought the spotlight. They have been quietly exercising their spiritual muscle in the secret place and overcoming devils with an audience of One. Yet, they have been recognized by the hosts of heaven, for they have demonstrated not only strength of soul and purity of heart, but a distinguishing characteristic more commonly given to the warriors of old: VALOR.

Lance Wallnau (30 May 21): As a Believer, you are not under the dominion of darkness (Ephesians 6:12). God created man in His image and in His likeness and gave him a territory called a garden. In that sphere of influence man was in charge. He had authority over the snake. God has put you in the garden of your life. He wants you to be free to flourish, create, and expand dominion. God made you in His image and wants your mind free to see, sense, discern, and judge.

Dutch Sheets (31 May 21): As spiritual wineskins, holding the wine of Holy Spirit, God needs to refresh us as well so that we can be used in each new move of His Spirit. When the new wine of revival comes, it will stretch us; we will need fresh faith, giftings, and insights. The Lord will even ask us to do things in new ways.

Quinn Caldwell (in “Emboldened” 22 Apr 21): Turns out, blessings don’t depend on the character or history of the person giving them so much as they do on the God who fulfills them.

Fr. Richard Rohr (25 Apr 21): The most common mistake is to confuse apocalyptic literature with prophetic literature.  They serve very different functions. Apocalyptic writing deconstructs the “taken-for-granted world” by presenting a completely different universe, similar to what a good novel or even a science fiction movie does for us. As the Buddhist heart sutra says it, “Gone, gone, utterly gone, all has passed over to the other side.” It makes room for the reconstruction of a new vision of peace and justice, which is the job of the prophets. Yes, prophets do plenty of deconstruction too, but it is always to make room inside the mind and soul for vision, expansion, hope, and a future inhabited by God and not by fear.

Brat (26 Apr 21 at 7:10 am): Excuse me. Last week I wrote to you and your crew and this week you are writing about apocalyptic literature and a time of unveiling.  I realize you cannot respond to every submission and yet the conversation continues over my head, where it seems that it is being used as a springboard.  In the past I would have been honored, but to me now, this feels like more gaslighting, which I’ve experienced from everyone else, because we never were able to establish a real relationship.  Please don’t use me like everyone else has done.  Please don’t take me for granted!  Put flesh on these bones.

Nate Johnston (26 May 21): Just like the valley of dry bones – we are about to see the 4 winds come and restore and reconstruct tissue and flesh. We are going to see every tearing point, BREAKING point restored and people who have been taken out restored and standing to their feet. 

Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): In the liturgy, these tired bones–yours and mine–can live. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 May 21): And here you will learn that even a creature of meat and bones can yearn for the infinite light. Because, in truth, there is nothing outside that light.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The orchestra plays on, enveloping the audience in a beautiful atmosphere. Everyone sits in holy silence during this sacred moment. The lights are slowly dimmed. The orchestra is silent. No one moves. The scenes on the stage has imparted a revelation of new life and what it’s like to live according to His presence. Some audience members are still weeping. Some laugh with delight.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 May 21): That these laws of nature, they are nothing but G‑d’s miracles in disguise, doing His will and concealing themselves within a weave of endless patterns.[39]

Helen Calder (25 May 21): Verbally release any personal responsibility you bore (including towards the fulfillment of a prophetic word). By faith, hand the outcomes over to God.

When Light Came In (28 May 21): Our healing may feel like we’re going in circles, like chaotic scribbling. Then we tilt it, look from the side, start to see the scribbles from new angles, and realize they’re outlines of our growth.

Steve Shultz (27 May 21): It means that you can, should, and MUST be BOLD in your approach to seeking God for healing. Here’s a better picture…

Lance Wallnau (02 June 21): It takes tremendous courage to believe in your own voice and to be faithful to put it out there for others to hear. But when you are true to the one thing that you alone were created for, you tap into the inner strength that confirms that you’re doing the right thing—even if no one around you understands.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): As Jesus gathers these dear, faithful saints into His loving embrace, the narrator offers these final words: “The wedding is about to begin!”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (03 June 21): May each and every one of us succeed in fulfilling our mission, to make all aspects of our lives, including the smallest material details, vehicles for holiness, and may this lead to the immediate redemption.

Lance Wallnau (02 June 21): Alter The Altar, Break The Curse

Isaiah 6:6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.

Brat: Truly the coal was live and I reached out!

RevelationMedia (25 May 21 at 8:30 am – auto response): Thank you for contacting RevelationMedia. Although we may not be able to answer every email, we do read each and every one. 

Brat: So, you read it and consume it just like all the rest and the energy pools in a buffer of no-man’s land, but the nations get the very crumbs you talk about as I share these blogs through my Facebook posts.  Truly the global mission field receives the crumbs.  We are now on the cross that Jesus called us to take up.  We have not profited or gained the whole world.  What shall the Church give in return for her soul? (Matthew 16:24-26)

John 3:11 “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony.

Steve Porter (29 May 21): The way of the Master is clear now, even to those who were previously blind and could not see. Will you see?

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[1] Deborah Perkins (30 May 21): THE SENTINEL AND THE SCROLL (hisinscriptions.com)

[2] Steve Porter (29 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25569)

[3] Rev. Phil Hooper (23 May 21): School of the Spirit: A Sermon – By Another Road

[4] Lana Vawser (17 May 21): UNEXPECTED, UNUSUAL CREATIVE MIRACLES  – Lana Vawser Ministries

[5] Helen Calder (25 May 21): Tent Pegs: 5 Keys to Cut Soul Ties from Past Seasons (enlivenpublishing.com)

[6] Rabbi Aharon Loschak (26 May 21): Is There a Limit to What We Can Make Holy? – Guest Columnists – Parshah (chabad.org)

[7] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): REPORT: US State Dept admits Hamas may use “Humanitarian” funds for buying rockets against Israel (israel365news.com)

[8] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 May 21): Mentors – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[9] Kathi Pelton (29 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25570)

[10] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (25 May 21): Media ignores report that more Gazans were killed by Hamas rockets than by the IDF (israel365news.com)

[11] Cindy McGill (25 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25552)

[12] Matthew Distefano (04 April 2019): Christianity Shouldn’t Be This Exhausting | Matthew Distefano (patheos.com)

[13] [2] Adam Bucko, “Love in Times of Hate,” homily, April 5, 2021, Patheos.com,  

[14] Rick Joyner (25 May 21): The Path to Victory, Part 4 | MorningStar Ministries

[15] Nate Johnston (26 May 21): THIS IS A SEASON OF REWIRING, RECONNECTING, & REFRESHING. THE BREATH OF LIFE IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW! – Nate & Christy: Everyday Revivalists (nateandchristy.co)

[16] [1] Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (Beacon Press: 1959, 2006), 66.

[17] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 May 21): Defy the Lie – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[18] Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek: You Will See Yourself, Trinity Sunday (B) – May 30, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[19] Yehuda Shurpin (01 June 21): Must One Honor Abusive Parents? – Mitzvahs & Traditions (chabad.org)

[20] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 May 21): My Light Is Your Light – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[21] Wanda Alger (02 June 21): IT IS THE WOMEN OF VALOR WHO WILL VANQUISH JEZEBEL – wandaalger.me

[22] Rev. Dr. Lori Walke, JD: Trinity Sunday(B): Speaking of the Trinity – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[23] Dutch Sheets (31 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25578)

[24] Wanda Alger (17 May 21): IT’S TIME TO LEAD THE WAY, NOT LEAVE THE PLANET – wandaalger.me

[25] K. Albert Little (20 May 21): Church Splits Are Driving Evangelicals to Catholicism | K. Albert Little (patheos.com)

[26] [2] Aquinas describes the devil’s deception through evil “that has a semblance of good” in his meditation on the Lord’s Prayer. See The Three Greatest Prayers: Commentaries on the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Apostles’ Creed, based on trans. by Laurence Shapcote (Sophia Institute Press: 1990), 152. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters (1942) offers numerous examples of the ways evil presents itself as desirable. 

[27] Wanda Alger (20 May 21): HEAVEN’S WEAPON AGAINST SATANIC TERROR AND ABUSE – wandaalger.me

[28] Anna Blake (28 May 21): Why Horses Don’t Multi-task – Anna Blake

[29] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (31 May 21): Truth For All – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[30] Lance Wallnau (30 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25572)

[31] Anna Blake (21 May 21): The Best Horse Conversations Start With “No” – Anna Blake

[32] Rev. Kathleen Walker: The Advocate, Day of Pentecost (B) – May 23, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[33] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 May 21): Nothing That Doesn’t Burn – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[34] Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (Beacon Press: 1959, 2006), 65–67, 112. Note: Minor edits made to incorporate gender-inclusive language.

[35] [3] Richard Rohr, What Do We Do with Evil? The World, the Flesh, and the Devil (CAC Publishing: 2019), 50, 51. 

[36] Donna Rigney: The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25510)

[37] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (27 May 21): Ignite Every Flame – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[38] [1] Julian of Norwich: Showings (Translated by Edmund College, James Walsh, Paulist Press, New York: 1978) p. 229.

[39] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (30 May 21): Impossible – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

Going Up 12 May 21

23 May

Working Dates: Twelve days from Wednesday, May 12, 2021 to Sunday, May 23, 2021

[35 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from Acts 1:1-11 and Psalm 47 and Psalm 93 for the Feast Day of the Ascension on 13 May 2021]

ASSIGNMENT

Helen Calder (15 May 21): As messengers, angels are sent by God on assignment, coming with power to act in a certain way for a specific purpose: “Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure” (Psalm 103:20-21 NKJV).

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21): Your Life Message is a clear theme running throughout your entire life.

Zechariah 2:1 Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. 

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): This is your assignment and this is the tension you are living in – you weren’t called to dream and birth according to the climate around you but according to the kingdom inside you.

Acts 1:3 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

Elijah List (09 May 21): Impact the Kingdom with Your Story This Year.

Rev. James Liggett: It’s sometimes easy to forget that God will bring in the Kingdom; we won’t. And, even worse, we also find it very easy to begin supporting what we think is a good improvement in the world (for Christian reasons) but end up holding on to the improvement and forgetting the Christian part of it altogether. Of course, the best way to tell whether the cause or the Christianity is more important is by looking at how we treat people who don’t agree with our improvement.[1]

Anna Blake (14 May 21): If that isn’t enough, we are self-critical. We think others are judgmental, but if we weren’t so self-critical it wouldn’t matter. Nuno Oliviera once referred to riders as poète maudit, “cursed poets” of the art, which makes perfect sense during one of those dark nights of thinking too much. We can’t find an answer and we can’t quit. We seek perfection and fall short. If we stumble into perfection, it reveals itself to be a stiff dead thing, an idea that limits your options. It’s enough to make you cut your ear off. Have you underestimated the need for a sense of humor?[2]

Zechariah 2:I asked, “Where are you going?”

He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.”

Revelation 21:16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 

Brat: A comedian could call that a blockhead, nu?

Verse of the Day (13 May 21): Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Steve Shultz (14 May 21): Have you felt stuck in rut…and like you’re not moving forward?

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): Your backlog of unfulfilled dreams and ventures that haven’t been launched aren’t a sign of barrenness but that you are about to have a multiplied harvest.

Patheos: When We Fail Our Children

House of Destiny: Failing Doesn’t Make You A Failure (Part 2)

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): If we want spiritual authority in regional or national fields, we must first be faithful in our own fields of influence. Starting in our homes and then impacting our local churches and communities, our faith must bear fruit and demonstrate the results of powerful and effectual intercession. This successful track record will validate our authority and strengthen our boldness.

Acts 1:7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.

Nathan Shaw (08 May 21): “I say then, have they [Israel] stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.” (Romans 11:11)

David Parsons (15 May 21): Ever since the Trump administration forged the Abraham Accords between Israel and four Sunni Arab states (United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco), the regional momentum towards peace has been growing, leaving the Palestinians isolated and under pressure – including from Arab leaders – to finally start coming to terms with Israel. Even Israeli Arab members of the Knesset were joining in, as the Ra’am party was poised to break a long-standing political taboo by joining a coalition government as an outside partner.[3] 

Nathan Shaw (08 May 21): This is just the beginning. The Middle East winds that God spoke to me about are Holy Spirit winds. As these winds blow, nations will be radically re-orientated and realigned. The miracle of Pentecost that has reverberated around the world will boomerang back to the Middle East and Jerusalem. The results will be so startling that some will even struggle to believe it is actually happening. It will be exactly as the prophet Isaiah declared long ago:

“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.'” (Isaiah 19:23-25)

Fr. Richard Rohr (12 May 21): Lie down in the Fire
See and taste the Flowing
Godhead through thy being;
Feel the Holy Spirit
Moving and compelling
Thee within the Flowing
Fire and Light of God.
Mechthild of Magdeburg, The Flowing Light of the Godhead 6.29 

FIRE AND WIND

Joe Joe Dawson (14 May 21): The Whirlwind

Nathan Shaw (08 May 21): God often speaks to me just before I wake, and recently, I woke with a simple phrase in my spirit: “Middle East winds, Holy Spirit winds”—6 words to be precise. At face value the phrase didn’t seem like an earth-shattering revelation. And yet, contained within these six words is a revelation of profound heavenly and geopolitical change soon to take place.

Jewish Press (10 May 21): The War on Jerusalem Begins

Israel365 (11 May 21): Jerusalem is in Peril!

American Friends (10 May 21): ROCKETS STRIKE JERUSALEM TODAY!

Jewish Press (10 May 21): Rockets Fired on Jerusalem

Israel365 News (09 May 21): Ramadan Violence Raging All Over Israel But Focused on Jerusalem

Jewish Press (10 May 21): Temple Mount on Fire

Dr. Jurgen Buhler (11 May 21): ICEJ stands with Israel against Palestinian violence over Jerusalem

Jewish Press (10 May 21): Jews Blocked from Temple Mount

AIPAC (11 May 21): ACTION NEEDED: Israel Under Fire

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (11 May 21): Al Aqsa Mosque Engulfed in Flames: ‘Zecharia’s prophecy before 3rd Temple’ [Watch] [4]

Zechariah 2:And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’

Helen Calder (15 May 21): Elisha was aware of the angelic armies and fiery chariots in the hillside, but they weren’t his point of focus. His confidence was in God. These stories of Scripture remind us that angels are to stay in our peripheral vision. In other words, we know they are there; we may even perceive them, and those of us who are discerners know that angels have a distinct, identifiable presence. But they are not our main point of focus, for our eyes are fixed on Jesus.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): HIS FAITH WAS NOT IN THE WEAPONS OF HIS WARFARE, BUT IN HIS GOD (1 Sam 17:40). Using a sling and some stones were far from the conventional weapons of the day. Not only did David reject Saul’s armor, he used tools that were seemingly useless to anyone else. Even so, his faith did not rely on the strength of his weapons, but in the strength of his God.

Acts 1:4 While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me;

Brat: But I’ve been told that people think I’m nuts.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 May 21): Defy the lie. As the world denies the existence of its Maker, for these precious minutes you can choose to do the opposite: To deny the existence of anything in the world other than the meaning you are giving it right now.[5]

Revelation 21:17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick. 

Gerald M. Steinberg (11 May 21): Another “Perfect Storm” in Jerusalem[6]

Rick Joyner (11 May 21): I once read that the only creature that loves a storm is the eagle. The reason is they have learned that if you approach a storm at the right angle it will carry them higher. In aviation “angle” can also be a term for “attitude.” This is what we must do in the stormy times—approach the storms with the right attitude and they will carry us higher.[7] 

Amy Sutherland (13 May 21): The Holy Spirit is bringing a greater level of conviction right now. There is a divine invitation to come up higher, and as you look away from the subtle hindrances and set your gaze ahead you will see the Lord’s hand reaching for yours. He is drawing your heart and affection upward and helping your footsteps reach the next step, trust His leadership.[8]

Anna Blake (14 May 21): Then head for the horizon and expect a bumpy ride. It isn’t fair to you or your horse to take one moment out of context to beat yourself up. It serves no purpose to fight the inevitable. You can’t quit and you can’t be perfect, but you can accept your humanity with a smile for your horse. You are on the long ride, and in the perfect place. The rest will come in time, so

Take a deep seat and a faraway look.

Dovid Margolin (12 May 21): There was once a time when the Land of Israel seemed far away. Not anymore. Updates come by the minute—the dull thud of rockets, the piercing sound of Red Alerts and the cries of mothers and children running for their lives—emerging from our computers and phones as if it’s all happening next door. We see our friends and relatives in their shelters. We can FaceTime with them as they settle in, and in that moment exchange jokes or tears from across oceans. We can instantly know the number of missiles fired at civilians, see their place of impact, the fires, the burn marks. All of it, as if we’re there.[9]

Nathan Shaw (08 May 21): This wind was a reversal of that which had happened at the tower of Babel in Genesis 11. In that incident, God confused the language of a rebellious and united people and scattered them “over the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:9). At Pentecost, the dividing walls created by diverse languages and geographic locations were removed. Exactly as Jesus had already predicted, this Holy Spirit wind progressed from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Let’s not forget, however, that this wind first blew in Jerusalem, which is in the Middle East.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

CONVERGENCE

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (11 May 21): Arab violence continued through Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) and culminated on Monday night in what can only be described as a pitched battle on the Temple Mount. At one point, fireworks thrown by Arabs ignited a large tree standing adjacent to the Aqsa Mosque, presenting the answer to Jewish prayers based on a prophecy by Zechariah that the Temple which was destroyed by fire will be rebuilt in fire. 

Brat: What in blazes is going on?  Am I going through a personal version of what Israel is facing right now?

Gerald M. Steinberg (11 May 21): The combination of violence and the “eviction” narrative became headline stories in the international media, and governmental officials, including in the Biden Administration, issued the standard calls for restraint by all sides.

Joe Joe Dawson (14 May 21): The public figures were all passionately sharing their collective opinions about the political realm, the culture and their vision for America. I could tell that some of the people speaking from the platform were reading from scripts or were being told what to say by someone standing next to them whispering in their ear.

Zechariah 2:I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me.

David Parsons (15 May 21): For the record, tensions indeed were building in Jerusalem over recent weeks until a convergence of events brought them to a boiling point. Small groups of Arab and Jewish agitators were facing off almost daily at the site of the disputed homes in Sheikh Jarrah – nothing new there. But this time the dueling protests came as Muslims were observing the month of Ramadan, a time when Islamic passions and prejudices can easily be stirred against Israel and the Jewish people – especially over Jerusalem. A number of Jerusalem Arab youths then began slapping Orthodox Jews walking through the Old City and posting video clips of the humiliating slaps on TikTok. A group of far-right Jews responded by accosting Arabs on Jaffa Road one evening last week, forcing Israeli police to repel them with anti-riot gear. Meanwhile, the police also barricaded the entrance to Damascus Gate, where Palestinians were congregating to stage their own attacks. Palestinian leaders cried foul at Israel and incited their people to even more violence. 

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): You may say, “But who will go?” I hear the Lord responding, “We will go together,” because it is the power of the Holy Spirit through God’s holy Word that gives us the strength and courage that we need.

Pastor Dan Makokha (07 May 21): Ask the Lord for courage to humbly be yourself in situations where you feel uncomfortable.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): As soon as I got outside, I saw all the people from the Church gathered together to the side of the building. They were standing on a small hill to my left on a huge ROCK. The entire hillside was one big rock that they were standing on – looking up. Something had caught their attention and they were looking together at what was taking place. Something was coming, something was shifting, and they were watching and waiting.

Vicki Kemper (13 May 21): Into the Cloud

Acts 1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): Look up believer! Look up and watch – listen – for the coming of the Lord. Do not wait to GO UP – for He is COMING DOWN! Heaven is coming to earth and the glory of God will be revealed as HIS STORY unfolds before us.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (13 May 21): We beseech you, Lord Jesus,

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 May 21): Come, Lord Jesus, come

SYSTEMIC ISSUES

Lillian Daniel (15 May 21): “For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed.” – Luke 8:17a (NRSV)

Brat: Then allow me to lay out what I see as if this were a group therapy session.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 May 21): Every society has that which bonds it: A common ancestry and a system of lineage. Or a common language, or common borders, or governing body. Usually, it is a combination of several factors that mold a mass of people into a single whole.[10]

Elijah List (12 May 21): A Place Where You Can “Say Your Piece”

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 10 am        I emailed my (private journal) piece “Private Reserve” 07 May 21 to my spiritual director, Dr. Luisa Johnson

And that afternoon…

Monday, May 10, 2021at 4:03 pm     Wanda Alger emailed “LEARNING TO WAR LIKE A KING”

Then the next day…

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 8:10 am    Nate Johnston emailed “To those trying to write their future in an UNKNOWN season…”

Brat: It wouldn’t hurt if we were all friends outside this forum and had an honest relationship.  Facebook friends fall in and out.  These friends addressed everything I wrote about IN PRIVATE on their public platforms.  Where is the love?  Kindness? Gentleness? Mercy?  The fruits of the Spirit which are preached about and hammered upon?  When I bring up mercy then I’m accused of tolerating my giants, but the lack of human contact makes these leaders Giants themselves and unapproachable.  There is a problem with the system.  It is a systemic problem.  “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?” (Rev 13:4) Jesus was the Good Shepherd who went back for the one.

Rev. James Liggett: One way we try to get out of this pinch can cause just as much trouble. That way is saying that it’s the Church’s job to fix the world so there will be no conflicts between our faith and our culture for us to worry about. So, from time to time, we rear back and try to change everything within reach so we can be both righteous and of the world at the same time. Now, on one level, this is really, really good. We must engage the world, and we should try very hard to make things better—things like institutions, systems, people, and ourselves. We need to do this; our faith demands it. But we need to avoid getting confused about what that means. And we get confused easily.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): *I released this powerful dream and prophetic word in 2015 foretelling the time when the Church as we have known it, from its very foundations, would be washed away. All the systems of man, including the religious system, would crumble and make way for something totally new! The Church of our past is about to be FLOODED by God’s Spirit and what “once was” will be no more. As long as we’re standing on The Rock – it will be glorious![11]

Me (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): The Holy Spirit keeps leading me through the blueprint of the Seven Churches in Rev 2-3.  The word is fulfilled, but we keep repeating the cycles over and over because the Churches don’t listen.

When Light Came In (18 May 21): Mental and emotional healing from abuse is a series of cycles. It’s sensing, strategy and self-reflection, over and over and over.

Me (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): I love the Church, but I can’t love a narcissist, and the Church allowed herself to become a narcissist.  I think that’s why I’m having such a hard time rising to try and fight for yet another conversation with a monastery when I had already laid myself out there at first contact.

I’ll anchor where I’m welcome.  So far, nowhere has presented itself as welcoming.

When Light Came In (18 May 21): It’s this part when we get googling his narcissistic traits, considering the childhood wounds she must have faced that lead to the…

No. Stop. It’s not about what made him abusive. It’s not our job to diagnose her dysfunction. It doesn’t matter *why* they’re manipulative, controlling, aggressive and intimidating. What matters is what that created *in us,* what we’re going to do about it, and whether we believe we are worth more.

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): Fall out of love with the persona and reputation you had in your last season. Trying to uphold an old image will only cause you to wrestle where He is taking you.[12]

Rabbi Curt Landry (12 May 21): The enemy is after your blessing on the trading floors of Heaven. He wants you to exchange your blessings for curses. He is using your emotions against you, tempting you to make decisions based on feelings rather than faith. He is sowing division, not only in your relationships but also within your soul… Right now, in this hour, the enemy is using a fixed mindset to come against a faith mindset. What does this mean?[13]

Brat: Is my predicament all that different than what Israel is going through right now?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 May 21): DAILY DOSE: Ahavat Yisrael. The mitzvah to care for another Jew as though this Jew were you.

Fr. Richard Rohr (16 May 21): The Divine Mind transforms all human suffering by identifying completely with the human predicament and standing in full solidarity with it from beginning to end. This is the real meaning of the crucifixion. The cross is not just a singular event. It’s a statement from God that reality has a cruciform pattern. Jesus was killed in a collision of cross-purposes, conflicting interests, and half-truths, caught between the demands of an empire and the religious establishment of his day. The cross was the price Jesus paid for living in a “mixed” world, which is both human and divine, simultaneously broken and utterly whole.

Deborah Perkins (09 May 21): I will not only show you how to solve complex situations with people on the outside, but I will show you how to connect the dots on the inside, so that you can see what I have been doing in the background all along. I have never stopped working on your behalf! I have never stopped moving the pieces together so that they can be assembled correctly. I have not forgotten you and I will not leave you until the puzzles of your lives are finished!”[14]

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): I don’t see the future.  By the time words come into my inbox from someone else, they’ve already heard and written it.  I look to see how various sources come together.  (Converge?  There’s that word again.)  I look to see how the dots connect.  That in itself is not unusual.  Most people try to make sense by connecting the dots.  Isn’t that how we got the constellations in the night sky?

Fr. Richard Rohr (11 May 21): Elizabeth prayed that God would make her soul his heaven. In doing so, she recognized the heart of the mystery: that heaven is not just a place we go after we die, it is a state into which we are invited now.

Psalm 47:1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy.

Nathan Shaw (08 May 21): Great things are happening in Israel. Research by the Caspari Center (in a report published on October 7, 2019) indicated that over the last 20 years, the number of Messianic Believers there has doubled or even tripled! [15]

Psalm 47:2 For the LORD, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): The “why” is a relentlessly compassionate Father, whose heart is always set on restoration…and He is asking you to partner with Him and trust that His ways are higher than ours. His promise is to not leave you or forsake you, but to surround you with angels and lead you into victory. He makes us like His royal horses for battle, and again, it is our unity with the Lord and each other that will trample down the attacks of the enemy.

Brat: In my last spiritual direction session, Dr. Luisa pointed out how often the prophets use the word “enemy.”  It becomes part of our dialogue and therefore also a reflection on me.  Can we ease up on the obsession with battling the Enemy?  The enemy’s not the one who is supposed to be getting glorified in our dialogues.

When Light Came In (18 May 21): “Why they are the way they are is not the point.  How their choices affected you, and healing from them is the point.”

S.C. Lourie (07 May 21): How do you define it nowadays?

Me (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): If the Church were a horse, I’d take the cue and step away.  If I were the horse, I’d break through the corral fence like Enzo did in Carpinteria.

Anna Blake (14 May 21): Advice? Take a Deep Seat and a Faraway Look…

Dovid Margolin (12 May 21): For all the downsides of the powerful technology that has become a part of our lives, the barrage of images and information forces us to see clearly what our brethren in Israel are living through at this very moment. It’s not the news and it’s not politics; it’s our brothers’ and sisters’ lives at stake. We know we cannot just look away, just go about our day and pretend everything is OK, because we can feel that a part of us is there, in the Holy Land.

Psalm 93:3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): Rejoice in the floods that are coming! Rejoice in the walls that are crumbling! Rejoice in THE ROCK of our salvation, for He is MAKING ROOM for a new HABITATION and dwelling place of His Presence that cannot be contained in any one building! It will not look like anything we have known before. We will HEAR IT before we SEE it. Listen for the sound. Listen for the sound of praises breaking forth like many waters!

Revelation 12:16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): Given that truth (of not quenching the Spirit), as evidenced by my history of pained outreach, I am not going to push the river.  We may be celebrating the Feast Day of the Ascension coming up next Thursday on 13 May 21, but maybe my personal ascension is supposed to follow a different tributary.  Laodicea was rich and thought she didn’t need a thing.  I also reached out to Thyatira who keeps doing what she’s doing (Rev 2:19), which is more and more.  She doesn’t get any other burdens placed on her.

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): Don’t be stuck in the old thing trying to make it look like the new thing.

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21): There is something special that happens as we make Christ Lord over our lives. You’ve likely been told, “Your history becomes HIS STORY.” Well, in a very real sense God actually does tell the world something about Himself through us—we reflect His character and nature. If you want a great story, keep close to the Author and yearn for an audacious demonstration of His calling.

Psalm 93:4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the LORD!

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): Psalm 74:13-14 (NIV) decrees: “It was You who split open the sea by Your power; You broke the heads of the monsters in the waters. It was You who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.”

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): I saw the water level rising so fast in the basement of the church that I had to grab others to get out. It came pouring in from the bottom floor, a wall of water that was rising up from the earth, moving at a speed that was unnatural. It came up the steps and we had to quickly leave the building before going under. I had been in the LIBRARY studying my journals and books and had to leave them behind.

Brat: And in reality, I work in a library and have shared my journals and books.  At other times my journals and books were deliberately not shared publicly (ie, left behind) when they were meant to be private, but they were hijacked anyway.  This is the third time we’ve had to collectively cycle through this same scenario with different prophets who can’t resist camping on the “library” and “scrolls” theme.  To me, the undercurrent of energy is one of provocation, because the theme and variations have been a trigger for me in the past.  When one plays with explosives, one can expect an explosion.  Thankfully, God has His hand on my shoulder to anchor me.  It may not seem like it, but I’ve had to curb my sharing and at times even stop journaling altogether and lean into praying in tongues in order to deter familiar spirits from camping on my journals, thoughts and prayers.  Who’s ever heard of such a thing?

2 Kings 9:32 He looked up at the window and called out, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked down at him. 

Kenneth L. Samuel (14 May 21): In a real sense, the departure of Jesus meant a certain death to the life of the disciples themselves. It’s impossible to love the life of someone without having a part of you die when they die.

Luke 20:36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): It’s time for pages of hour notebooks and journals to meet the light of day and be written for the world to see. 

Donna Rigney: “Veils of deception will be ripped off of My children’s eyes in this time of great reckoning. Yes, a time of great reckoning is upon this world. For the wicked deeds and gross injustice that I have seen perpetrated – there is going to be a price to pay.[16]

Steve Shultz: She operates in so much love and humility that God can trust her with important and even sobering words, because there is no guile or unrighteous judgment in her heart and soul.

Fr. Richard Rohr (16 May 21): This is the fully resurrected life, the only way to be happy, free, loving, and therefore “saved.” In effect, Jesus was saying, “If I can trust it, you can too.” We are indeed saved by the cross—more than we realize. The people who hold the contradictions and resolve them in themselves are the saviors of the world. They are the only real agents of transformation, reconciliation, and newness.

Rev. James Liggett: And we get confused when we forget that the Lord doesn’t call us to be powerful or effective as the world sees power and effectiveness. The Lord calls us to be faithful—to live his life, to follow his steps. After all, of the twelve disciples, Judas was the most effective one at using both money and the powers-that-be to get what he wanted. So, trying to fix the world, while an important thing to do, isn’t really the pearl we need.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): Before we can approach any giant in our life or pray for any kind of deliverance, we must start in worship and adoration. It will not be our skill or intellect that will take down the giants, but the anointing that comes from a life that is daily dedicated to God’s presence.

Brat: And this is what I do day in and day out every day: Worship God and share the journey…

Steve Shultz: What you’re doing right now, you may not even know the significant impact of…but let the Lord continually lead you…He will cause you to build a legacy for yourself and others!

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): HE WAS VICTORIOUS IN PRIVATE (1 Sam 17:34-37). David was fully prepared to face the Philistine giant because he had already faced his own giants – and won. Size didn’t matter. The victories in his own back yard established his faith and confidence that was now unshakable.

You said that and I had said:

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): I’m naming this piece “Private Reserve” because the Lord led me to this passage of scripture from 1 Thessalonians 5 this morning.  It was not meant for public consumption.  My heart is still wrestling with the monastery, community, and Luisa’s advice.  I realize I have a hard time making friends, but the Holy Spirit has always brought in the people I’ve needed at the right time.  It should not be this hard to make friends with a monastery. 

1 Thessalonians 5:12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 

Brat: She admonished my admonishment!  Unshakeable, you say?

[Sigh.]

When Light Came In (16 May 21): I believe you.

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21):

Every life tells a story. The Bible is a book about people’s choices and the consequences of those choices. Each one of us is a walking book of instruction that serves the universe as either a warning or an encouragement.

Pastor Dan Makokha (07 May 21): God has gifted us all differently, individually and ministry-wise. We are at our best when we operate within God’s call on our lives. David knew this as a kid; when his mentor asked him to put on the armor (therefore, to be like the mentor in battle), David refrained.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): DAVID WAS A WORSHIPER FIRST (1 Sam 16:14-23). When David was brought before King Saul to relieve him of his demons, David had already demonstrated a life worship. The anointing upon his life had power to bring deliverance to the demonically-oppressed king.

Meryl Bailey (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): In the world of therapy, Bruce Perry states that we are made for love and connection. The theology that encourages disconnection from the ultimate source of love is, I believe, sinful in itself. We need to be in the gaze not the glare of our gracious God.

Me: That’s what I was talking about: Do they even think of Jesus when they treat me as if I don’t exist, or with contempt because I don’t fit their mold?  I can’t hold up anymore under the gaze of their scrutiny.  The more They keep bringing up the giants in our lives that we have to perpetually fight, the more I keep turning back to Jesus.  They say to expose the system and I do what God asks of me and there’s no acknowledgement.  It’s never enough.  It’s not God’s glare that is abusive.

Elijah List (16 May 21): Stop Letting “Them” Push You Around

Brat: Seewhateyemean?  It’s never enough!

When Light Came In (16 May 21): There is no substitute for being heard … and believed.

Acts 1:10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.

Israel365 News (12 May 21): Hamas With Ultimatum to Israel: Leave Temple Mount or 100 times more rockets will fly[17]

Donna Rigney: “Daughter, you will see Me act very soon and very swiftly. Nothing escapes My all-seeing eyes; wickedness cannot hide from Me. My glory, outpoured, is the reward for the righteous who steadfastly believed and obeyed during this onslaught of evil. Just as My judgment will shower down on the unrighteous exposing all their wickedness, My glory will pour out upon My righteous remnant and they will rejoice!”

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21): The Story You Are Telling

Acts 1:1 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning

Brat: I also had shared the divine download with religious leaders that Jesus gave me back in the beginning of my mystical marriage.

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: There is even a term—“bridal mysticism”—for the many mystics (both female and male) whose experience of profound love of God was so deep and all-encompassing that it led to a spiritual sense of being “married” to God. Carl McColman

Luke 20:35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 

Brat: Doesn’t that also describe the spiritual “eunuch”?  My blog is the fruit of my intimate relationship with God and I believe it is also the target of much warfare.

Steve Shultz (15 May 21): God has unlimited time, energy, wisdom, and unlimited encounters with YOU – not to mention the limitless battalions of angels and heavenly hosts from Heaven’s armies that have been sent to help you.

Alane Haynes (14 May 21): “Things are not as they seem on the surface, but for those with eyes of faith and sensitivity to My Spirit, the signs of My movement are known. As you do what is set before you, the way will become clear. I will part the waters as you step forward; I will bring the resources, and I will anoint you as I appoint you. For I AM the author and the finisher. All that you have been through is being turned to your good and My purposes, for My ways are higher, as are My thoughts. Stay in faith, the occasion is prepared to serve you! Watch as I open up doors before you to bring you into the land which I am giving you.”[18]

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): “The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.'” (Joshua 11:6 NIV)

David Parsons (15 May 21): As usual, one of the first casualties of war is truth. 

Verse of the Day (19 May 21): James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

Rev. Betty King (16 May 21): In the process of recovery and restoration, there will always be something we must do to activate supernatural breakthrough. God will give us instructions that we need to obey. This is not something we can just bypass. Grace does not mean being passive. Rather, grace is God’s divine “enabling” that enables us to partner with Him for what seems impossible; and the journey to fulfillment involves taking certain steps that mark our transition out of the past and into the future. [19]

Brat: I’d asked my spiritual director to ‘follow’ my blog.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 May 21 at 8:35 am): I just went to my blog and it does not show any new “Follow” subscribers.

(Three consumers are not a tribe.)

I very much want the dialogue to continue.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 May 21): We discuss and debate and share and challenge and discuss yet more.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 May 21 at 12:29): Yes, I could read the Blog but could not find the way to designate myself as a follower? Do I need to create a Log In and have an account? That would be my next guess….

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 May 21 at 6:08 pm): I have not heard of having to create a login account.  When I scroll over the right-hand corner, a “FOLLOW” prompt usually shows up and I click on it to subscribe to that person’s blog.

Dear God, please heal these issues.  Things are not supposed to be this difficult!  Please help.  Amen.

Steve Shultz (15 May 21): At the age of 65, I am only now beginning to realize the magnitude of the HELP – HELP WITH ANGELS – that God has given to each of us.

Helen Calder (15 May 21): From the moment you prayed and called upon God, He set angelic orders in motion, to break open the way before you. Even your ineloquent groaning has moved Him to act (Exodus 2:24, 1 Samuel 1:13-15). So today, no matter how many enemies are stacked against you, your Father wants you to know that He has heard your prayer and angels are present in response to your words!

Brat: Holy God, out of reverence for You I lay this “coincidence” at Your feet and trust You to clear up this mess.  It hurts to send You a prayer one night and the next morning to see it camped upon by the Elijah List.  So, I ask You to use it for Your glory. 

Helen Calder (15 May 21): The Aramean army surrounded the city of Dothan. They were after one person—the prophet Elisha. It was “a great army” with chariots, horses and armed men. When his servant became fearful, Elisha prayed, “Lord, open his eyes.” At this, the servant saw a heavenly army. Fiery, angelic hosts, chariots and horses surrounded them. Not only were the angels more numerous than the enemy army, they were positioned higher—upon the mountain![20]

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): So I say this to you today: Saddle up, and let’s get ready to ride! If not you, then who will go? And if not now, then when do we stand up and take back what belongs to us? Or will we sit back and witness, in the years to come, more chaos and mayhem than we could have ever imagined?

Brat: This witness is what Pergamum has been doing all along and Laodicea camps on it!

Donna Rigney: “Many shall have their sins exposed for all to see, and they will be held to account for all of them. It is beginning and behind the scenes much has already come to light. None will escape My justice and the judgment their sins deserve. Only repentance will lessen their sentence and exonerate any. Excuses will not help any, but true, sincere repentance will bring a lighter sentence.

Matt Laney (16 May 21): The Parable of the French Fry

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 May 21): We Jews are a diverse people. We speak many languages. We live in every part of the world. We have different cultures, foods, political views.

Zechariah 2:While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him 

Fr. Richard Rohr (13 May 21): The soul who deeply desires to remain in Christ’s holy company, and is sincerely grateful for the intimacy with him that is possible, and finds herself truly in love with this Lord who does so much for us—is the soul whom I consider to be most evolved. —St. Teresa of Ávila, The Book of Her Life

Acts 1:5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (11 May 21):  And I Myself—declares Hashem—will be a wall of fire all around it, and I will be a glory inside it. Zechariah 2:9 (The Israel BibleTM)

BIGGER PICTURE

Fr. Richard Rohr (10 May 21): If we could glimpse the panoramic view of the biblical revelation and the Big Picture of which we are a part, we’d see how God is forever evolving human consciousness, making us ever more ready for God. The Hebrew prophets and many Catholic and Sufi mystics used words like espousal, marriage, or bride and groom to describe this phenomenon. That’s what the prophet Isaiah (61:10, 62:5), many of the Psalms, the school of Paul (Ephesians 5:25–32), and the Book of Revelation (19:7–8, 21:2) mean by “preparing a bride to be ready for her husband.” It has nothing to do with gender and everything to do with the human soul that is being gradually readied so that espousal and full partnership with the Divine are the final result. It’s all moving toward a marriage between God and creation. Note that such salvation is a social and cosmic concept, and not just about isolated individuals “going to heaven.” The church was meant to bring this corporate salvation to conscious and visible possibility.

David Parsons (15 May 21): Yet the current conflict must be viewed in a much wider context. 

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): HIS TARGET WAS SPECIFIC (1 Sam 17:49). David knew that the target was critical. As he declared the word of the Lord to this towering enemy, he put his faith in the supernatural power of his God and thrust that faith towards Goliath’s head. Aiming where it mattered most, David hit the target and brought the enemy down.

Rev. James Liggett: By the way, have you ever noticed that nobody ever really nails us on this? Instead of trying to establish God’s disapproval for the waltz or bingo, those people could really hit home if they responded to our self-righteous lack of lists with another question. What if they said, “O.K., have your martini and go to the dance—but before you do, tell me how your faith does affect your life; show me how it makes a difference”? That’s the grit for us oysters. The truth is, we might be glad more folks haven’t thought of that.

Me (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): I am pretty good about riding Dad’s rhythms and not fighting them.  I have a lot of mercy for Dad, even though the house is barren, the trees are gone, no garden to speak of, threadbare carpets, and there is no beauty.  Still, God gives me some grace to be here and not go nuts.  Our relationship just reflects the bigger picture with the Church and my not feeling heard or appreciated.  I have grace with my Dad but that only stays with our immediate relationship and doesn’t excuse the Church’s neglect in her responsibility.  In an orderly world, someone who recognized I had a gift would pass me along to someone else in the organization who could plug me in where my services would be of use to the greater community. 

Then they would come back to include me.  They wouldn’t just keep using me.

Steve Shultz: Do you want to have a lasting legacy…for others to receive from?

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): The discontent and dissatisfaction you are feeling is only telling you that you are breaking new ground. 

When Light Came In (18 May 21): Self-reflection: how effective were we? Did we get sucked back in to the old patterns or were we able to try something new? What could I try next time? What makes this still an issue for me?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 May 21): Denied nurture, the lie withers and vanishes. Your world sheds its pernicious tactics. And it discovers that it is a divine, beautiful garden after all.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): The Lord is showing us what is to come from heaven’s perspective. This is not a crisis, but an answer to prayer! This is not a problem, but a promise! There is no need for fear or worry, for the kingdom of heaven is coming to invade the kingdoms of the earth and all that is temporal, seen and bound to the earth is going to crumble and MAKE ROOM for the kingdom of God to manifest.

Me (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): Even Paul tried to make space for Onesimus (in Philemon).  Ironically, the Church has dementia in that she doesn’t remember what she did and doesn’t care.  The Seven Churches are tied with Ephesus (remember) and Laodicea (apathy) like bookends.  I’ve tried to go back and make amends several times with the changing of each guard, but each return was met with a worse blow than the time before.  It made me wonder if lies and gossip had stoked the fires each time from each predecessor making me into a monster that I never was.  Why else would the Church behave so beastly–consistently?

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): Is it possible that we have become so desensitized to what has happened in the past few years that we have forgotten, or even dismissed, the laws established by God’s men and women that were left as a blueprint for us to follow? Unfortunately, I believe we have.

Donna Rigney: “For the righteous, the opposite will happen. There will be exaltation, honor and promotions given. Justice demands I act soon. Too many are suffering at the hands of the wicked.

Joe Joe Dawson (14 May 21): Then the Lord spoke to me in the dream and said, “There are some liars, manipulators, and deceptive people among them. But there are some that are simply saying and doing what they believe is best because of their lack of knowledge.”[21]

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): As we pray and intercede concerning the giants we face, both personal and corporate, the Lord will give specific targets for the specific strongholds. It isn’t necessarily “more” prayer that will assure success, but prayer that is specifically aimed at the lies of the enemy and source of attacks. Effective intercession requires specific targets that are accurate and measurable.

Clarity At Home: “It’s so empowering to say “this isn’t serving me” and walk away in peace.”

Jewish Press (10 May 21): Biden Sides with Muslim Terrorists

David Parsons (15 May 21): Trapped by the push for peace, the Palestinians initially tried to escape by calling for elections – their first in sixteen years. But when Fatah realized they would likely lose to Hamas, Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas called off the elections (while falsely blaming the delay on Israel). This led to growing discontent at home, and Palestinian officials figured the only other way out was to play the Jerusalem card – something they are experts at doing. For 100 years now, Palestinian leaders have repeatedly fed their people and the entire Muslim world the lie that Israel is endangering the al-Aqsa mosque. And sadly, this false accusation always seems to find an audience. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 May 21): The world is a lie. At the point we occupy in the grand story of things, the world lies that it is a beast with no master.

Me (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): I said the Emperor has no clothes so that made me the villain?

Nathan Shaw (08 May 21): It’s well known that the highest levels of jealousy commonly operate between those who are more closely related. God will use Semitic nations that are in close proximity to Israel to provoke her to jealousy.

Israel365 News (12 May 21): Israeli Jewish-Arab City of Lod Spirals Into Apocalyptic Warzone [Watch][22]

David Parsons (15 May 21): Then came the last Friday of Ramadan – decreed ‘Al-Quds Day’ by Iran’s late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to provoke jihad for Jerusalem. Right on cue, Palestinians stashed piles of rocks in the al-Aqsa mosque at the south end of the Temple Mount for use in stoning Jews praying at the Western Wall down below. Israeli forces intervened, the rock-throwers retreated into the mosque, and the standoff escalated from there over the weekend. 

David Suissa (12 May 21): Daily Roundtable: What’s Next for Israel: De-escalation or War?[23]

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): David’s example should stir us to consider how we approach the giants in our lives and in this nation. If we are to be effective in prayer, we must daily practice His presence. We must continually fill ourselves with the word of the Lord and know who we are. As we overcome our own battles, we will be entrusted with greater authority that can impact nations. It is not the size of the giants that matter, but the size of our faith that will be determined by our daily walk as sons and daughters of the King.

Psalm 47:8 God is king over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.

Michael Van Vlymen (15 May 21): “Lord, let Your angels minister to me and my household openly to bless us, help us, encourage us, protect us and fulfill Your will for our lives. Let them provoke us to righteousness that we might glorify Your name. Let this be done according to Your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”[24]

Steve Shultz (15 May 21): The Lord also reminded me of something He had told me previously – that angels are assigned as we say “yes” to Him.

CULTURED

Psalm 47:9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 May 21): The love Jews have for one another as though we are a single being.
Because in truth we are.[25]

Dovid Margolin (12 May 21): On the Shavuot following Israel’s miraculous victory in 1967, the Rebbe pointed out the resemblance between the Jewish people’s historic unity at Sinai three millennia ago and the moving images of Jews approaching the Western Wall for the first time in decades. All of a sudden, all differences fell away. No longer were we religious Jews and secular ones. We did not approach the hallowed stones as archeologists or tourists but as Jews, one human with one heart.

Psalm 93:1 The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength. He has established the world; it shall never be moved;

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21): Let’s build a culture where each person explores and expresses their Life Message. No two are alike.

Rev. James Liggett: From time to time, we need to ask whether we have become so totally caught up in our culture, become so totally of the world, that we have to work hard to discover if we are different, and how we are different, and what it might look like for us to be different, and whether it’s worth the effort, and the cost, to be different.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): HE DID NOT BATTLE AS CULTURE DICTATED (1 Sam 17:50). It says that “…there was no sword in the hand of David.” Where protocol expected a warrior to take a sword into battle, David took his staff, sling, and 5 stones. This giant was first taken down by the stone but was then killed with his own sword. David used the enemy’s weapons against him. In a powerful prophetic act, David killed the giant with his own sword, decapitating and forever silencing the voice of the enemy.

You said that and I had said:

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): Now I’m in a practical car that by its very design is not conducive to sitting and writing.  I have a bench seat in the back, but I cannot curl up in God’s lap back there.  The cops have not once harassed me in the GMC Terrain.  I am a respectable citizen, but feel empty in this voided and “canceled” culture.  And now (ironically, since lockdown?) the State has passed the “Right to Rest” law, where people have the right to rest on public lands and not be disturbed.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (12 May 21): I learned about the power of God that would not let me be in the presence of oppression and injustice, and the hope and light I was called to share and experience through the journey. I am still learning to trust the wisdom and revelation that has been given to me. Gratitude is my daily prayer.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): As we stand together, our eyes need to be focused on what is UNSEEN, not on what is seen. We are to fix our eyes on Jesus and the kingdom of heaven to know what lies ahead. Are we watching together? Are we listening together? Are we STANDING together?

Verse of the Day (22 May 21): Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Fr. Richard Rohr (16 May 21): These “saviors” exist in every period of time and in every faith tradition. At times they exist even with no “faith” at all, beyond a consciously held belief that solidarity with all of life is, in fact, the meaning of life. For whatever reason, such people agree to share the fate of God for the life of the world now. These people feel called and agree to not hide from the shadow side of things or the rejected group, but in fact draw close to the pain of the world and allow it to radically change their perspective. They agree to embrace the imperfection and even the injustices of our world, allowing these situations to change them from the inside out, which is the only way things are changed anyway.

Anna Blake (14 May 21): “Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

Journal: Meanwhile, I kept sharing the journey.  And the Church didn’t care.  They’d still take pot shots: “Who hit you, prophet?” (Mt 26:68)

David Parsons (15 May 21): The Rockets of Rejection: The Latest Palestinian War Against Israel in Context

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 May 21): Because this is ultimately the reason the world was granted permission to lie: So that you will stand firm and declare the highest truth out of the brazen defiance of your soul.

Brat: Jesus is the one I cling to.  The Silence of rejection and manipulation from the leaders still hurts …

Felicia Murrell: Silence

If you’re silent,
you can hear the forest breathe,
the holy hush of the tree’s limb.

“Silence,” said Thomas Merton, “is God’s first language”:
the way it soaks into your skin,
surrounds you,
blanketing you like the forest’s breath.

Silence:
The cadence of the land at rest,
the body asleep,
the heart awake.

Silence:
The deep rhythmic breathing of a mind slowed down,
an ocean still,
wet dew clinging to grass blade.

Silence:
The sacred song trapped in a bird’s breast before its first
            chirp,
the still of night across a desert landscape
wrapped in a bone-aching chill
before the sun rises to scorch its parched earth.

Silence:
The lusty gaze of onlookers staring at the negro on the
            lynching tree,
neck snapped,
life ended,
feet dangling,
back and forth,
back and forth.

Silenced:
Hands up, don’t shoot!
Body thrumming with a heady sense of power.
Hands in pocket,
resting pose, knees embedded into a man’s neck.

Silence, please.
I. Can’t. Breathe.

Silenced.[26]

CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): This is not just about America; all nations are being affected greatly by the onslaught of the enemy, bringing division, destruction, lies and despair. We must pray and fast and seek God, getting girded up, battle-ready, for what’s ahead. We must go into this as one, and come out as one. We go in as a team, and we come out stronger than ever before!

Kaji Douša (06 May 21): The temple didn’t turn into a marketplace without a series of failures taking place first. Leaders failed their people. They doubled down. They surely lied. They enriched themselves with the selling of bodies in the place of worship in the name of “sacrifice.”

Rabbi Tuly Weisz (10 May 21): Jerusalem Attacked. Hundreds Injured. Terrified Children.

David Parsons (15 May 21): And concerning the al-Aqsa mosque, it was Palestinian rioters and rock-throwers who desecrated the mosque (yet again) by amassing stones there for pre-calculated use against Jewish worshippers and Israeli police, and then by seeking refuge in the mosque to evade arrest for their blatantly criminal behavior. 

Dr. Luisa Johnson shared (Thu, May 13, 2021 at 8:56 AM): Bishop Calls Death of Joe Biden’s Wife, Children ‘Satanic Sacrifice’ – Newsweek [https://apple.news/AzVDXawIqRnqJwfX4X_uUmw]

     This cannot be good for the prophetic community in general. I am curious what you think?

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 May 21): Thank you for passing this along to me.  My friend Sophia has talked about QAnon, but she’s never talked about this kind of stuff being a satanic sacrifice [in this context].  You are right, this is not good for the prophetic community.

Joe Joe Dawson (14 May 21): I also believe that God has not yet fully released exactly what He is about to do in America with His prophets. The Lord is giving us glimpses into the wind He will blow across this nation, and He is about to move across the land like never before.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (14 May 21): IDF Tricks Hamas; Destroys Underground Terror Complex in Massive Operation[27]

Brat: Lord, will You do the same for me as You are also helping Israel?

Dr. Luisa Johnson (13 May 21): I believe I shared with you that I had a Call in 1990s to help people who had generational ties and severe PTSD and dissociation from horrific abuse in cult groups. Jesus showed up in amazing, gentle and miraculous ways to set them free. I gave ten years of my life at some cost to my health and my family, but in obedience to our Lord, it was my honor and privilege. All to say that yes, there are cult groups out there. But this “prophecy” needs discernment. 

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 May 21): I’m not quick to debunk every conspiracy theory I hear, but neither am I want to give Satan air time.  We are protected and covered by the Blood of Jesus.  His sacrifice was sufficient for all.  From my perspective the archetype of Pergamum (Rev 2:12-17) fits the profile of these occult practices.

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.

Steve Shultz (15 May 21): God is “deadly” serious against satan and HE is fighting on our behalf…sending us LOTS of angelic help.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): Every battle is different. Where one battle may require a particular weapon and approach, another battle may necessitate something else. We must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and not assume the battle plan. God’s purposes are higher than ours and we must face these giants from heaven’s perspective and not our own.

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): Honestly, I have no energy left within me to even try to forge a relationship with anyone anymore.  Am I bitter?  Yes.  God forgive me.  Even Naomi had a Ruth and Ruth had a Boaz and their baby brought Naomi out of her bitterness.

When Light Came In (18 May 21): It’s that last one that is a slippery slope. It’s in the self-reflection that we get tired of it being our job to do so much work to heal from someone else’s bad behavior. We want to find some larger reason for having to do this work, to have compassion for the other person’s wounds so we don’t become the bitter, angry people they say we are.

Psalm 93:2 Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.

Hank Kunneman (May 4, 2021): I hear the Spirit of the Lord say, “I am the God that takes away the old to establish the new, and this is what I am in the process of doing. Do not think for a moment,” says the living God, “that I am not working or that I have been silent. I’ve allowed Hell to make it appear as though they have won and they are winning, and they have been wringing their hands, they have been celebrating,” but God says, “great fear is even in the very bowels of Hell and those who are co-operating with evil. Why are they afraid? It is because of what I am in the process of doing and what I will do – that I will bring an Independence Day to this nation. I will deliver it. I will set it free.” [28]

When Light Came In (16 May 21): Y’all, it’s time. It’s time for survivors to meet each other (even by zoom) and see the faces of our sisters who’ve lived through hell for years, decades, a lifetime. Women who are rediscovering themselves (or discovering for the first time), and are tired of this evil. Tired of spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, financial, sexual, and coparenting abuse.

INSTRUCTIONS

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 May 21): Real life, Torah life, is about who you are now, where the core of your soul lies at this very moment.

Acts 1:2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): Real friends would acknowledge my work in the Lord.  Do they even think of how their behaviors make Jesus feel?  He goes through with me what I go through, so what affects me, affects Him.

Alane Haynes (14 May 21): This led to Saul meeting with the prophet Samuel, being presented to leaders at a banquet as the next king, and receiving instructions that led to his being appointed and anointed.

Rev. Betty King (16 May 21): God is calling the Body of Christ into His full counsel and to apply what He is saying. There is a pattern of things that He wants us to understand. Abraham’s life was shaken by war in Genesis 14, then he came a time of dialogue and instruction, and eventually he came into his promise. In Matthew 28, years later, the ground outside a Jesus’ tomb was shaken, the disciples were given instructions to meet a resurrected Jesus in Galilee, and eventually the promised Holy Spirit was given. After the shaking comes the instruction, then the outpouring. Get ready, for the best is yet to come.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): We are all facing giants of some kind. Whether they be in our nation, our communities, or our own families, we must all learn how to take down the demonically-driven giants and strongholds that defy the work of God in our lives. David is a well-known warrior in the Old Testament who took down a giant. In reading his story again, I found some interesting traits that should characterize a successful giant slayer:

Israel365 News (12 May 21): In Unprecedented Operation: Israel simultaneously Assassinates Top Gaza Terror Masterminds [Watch][29]

Acts 1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 May 21): “Every day, the words of the Torah must be new to you.” (Sifri, Rashi.)

Zechariah 2:and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. 

Steve Shultz (08 May 21): God has great vision for the Middle East and His beloved Israel…let’s be lifting them up in our prayers right now.

Tessa Bielecki: May nothing hinder us from begging God for this intimate friendship. We need ardent desire and what Teresa calls “holy daring.” She chides us for being content with so little. God wants to give us absolutely everything. Why do we settle for less?

Rev. Betty King (16 May 21): Protecting the Sacrifice

Christian Women for Israel (14 May 21): Protecting the Apple of His Eye

Steve Shultz (08 May 21): The Middle East is always on God’s heart…after all, the apple of His eye is there!

Zechariah 2:For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—

IDOLS

Anna Blake (14 May 21): Are you having a “dark night of the soul” with your horse? If you have not gotten to the point of thinking you have the wrong horse, you’re just skimming the surface. Sure, sometimes we truly get the wrong horse, but usually, the horse is pointing out our shortcomings. He isn’t being divisive about it and it isn’t the least bit mystical. It’s just the sort of thing that comes up in casual conversation with a twelve-hundred-pound flight animal. Building a relationship with a horse is not easy or quick. The challenges rise up like sheer cliffs. One minute you’re at the top looking down and a minute later you might be at the bottom looking up and you have no idea what happened. Most of it feels nebulous, you make vague guesses and get contradictory information. You would love to just have one hard, fast, work-every-time rule. There isn’t one.

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): It is time for us to annihilate the darkness by penetrating it with the light within us. Can you hear it, the call to action? I hear it so clearly in my spirit, and can envision a gate being pulled back in preparation to release war horses into battle, like the battle horses from Zechariah 10:3. God has placed a call in our spirits to rise up as His chosen warriors, to boldly enter the battle like war horses – trained and prepared to take back the land in Jesus’ name!

Helen Calder (15 May 21): God specifically commanded kings not to accumulate horses (Deuteronomy 17:16). This means Solomon was in ignorance of God’s commands; at worst, he was in outright disobedience to God’s word.

Revelation 14:20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.

Len Halvorson (13 May 21): God of grace, we believe. Help our unbelief. Continue to claim and call us as your own. Amen.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): The water that is rising is the presence of the God and the working of the Holy Spirit to cleanse, renew and restore. The power of the Holy Spirit has been working at the FOUNDATIONS of people’s lives and the underlying motives, thoughts and intentions of people’s hearts to transform them into kingdom mindsets. The Lord has been transforming the church from the bottom up. All that has been built on man’s efforts and ideas is giving way to something greater. All that is of the earth, short-lived and lacking power, is giving way to that which is eternal and everlasting. It is causing the man-made walls of achievement, pride, and reputation to FALL and COLLAPSE.

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): But the hardest part is that there’s no sense of support.  In this well, like the pits of the former Twin Towers, the waters just recycle.  There’s no community to care, because in this version of cold hell, one is expected to do everything for oneself, including to save oneself, love oneself, honor oneself, congratulate oneself, pray for oneself, encourage oneself, support oneself, find the Door of Reclamation oneself, manage oneself, promote oneself, die to oneself, all while abiding in Christ.

Anna Blake (07 May 21): The horse must behave so we begin making small adjustments. We don’t pick a fight, we just correct him for not standing still, we back him up, we jiggle a rope. Now we’ve trained him to jig. You can tell because it’s what he’s doing. We crowd into his space and then demand he get out of our space. He tries to figure out what we want. Stand still, we say, as we cue him to move. He pauses and we watch closely so we can pounce when he moves again. As if training was a process of elimination, we tell him he’s wrong until he quits trying. Nothing harsh has happened but there’s no opportunity for brilliance because we’ve dumbed him down, his eyes in soul-killing, unreliable surrender. [30]

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): Don’t fight the new thing and call it warfare – it’s change and growth and the increase you are looking for.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): HE CARRIED HIS OWN ANOINTING (1 Sam 17:38-39). David knew who he was – and who he wasn’t. Though offered the armor of the king himself, he recognized his unique anointing and rejected taking on another’s reputation and mantle. With the zeal of the Lord in his heart, he stayed true to himself and how God had trained him.

Bruno Ierullo: Nowadays, there is nothing wrong with anointing someone with oil. Our only concern should be that the purpose of the anointing is according to Scripture. The anointing shouldn’t be seen as a magic potion. The oil has no special value in itself, unless the supernatural Presence comes on the oil. Only God can anoint a person for a specific purpose. If we use the oil, it is just a symbol of what God is doing. We have seen all kinds of supernatural activity—oil being released from Bibles, through people’s hands, etc.[31]

Brat: Pastor John was big on having us anoint ourselves, but no leadership ever passed us up the food chain for blessing in community where our gifts could benefit all.  The feeding frenzy stayed in-house.  Sometimes he would even use the word “commissioning,” but then we were sent into his agenda when that was not God’s assignment for me.

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): Daily reconcile your heart challenges, hurts, frustrations, and disappointments.

Brat: I get it; more dying to self… There’s perpetual descension into Dante’s Inferno, but where’s the ascension into a loving community?  Dante never got to marry Beatrice.  He was exiled forever.

Patheos: Is Pope Francis Blocking Women’s Progress?

Luke 20:34 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): Though we can learn from others who have been successful in battle, we must avoid the temptation to be like someone else. We must own our journey and the unique way in which God has prepared, equipped, and anointed us. That’s where our greatest strength will lie.

Lance Wallnau (in “Uber Chariot” 28 Apr 21): It’s a curious thing, isn’t it?

Isaiah 56:Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”
And let no eunuch complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant—
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.

Tessa Bielecki: Spousal prayer does not make God the divine rival of a human spouse. Human love prefigures divine love. Spiritual matrimony with God may be the goal of our human longings. Is this our real desire when we marry another human person? In the deepest relationships, lovers do not turn each other into idols, but recognize one another as icons, leading them through their love into the very bosom of the Godhead. . . .[32]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 May 21): Goals are not life. Goals inspire life. But they are not life.

Vicki Kemper (13 May 21): We are, many of us, goal-setting people. We set our sights on what we hope to achieve. When difficulties arise or obstacles appear, we think all is lost.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): The LIBARARY represents those things we have held onto from our past that have become idols. This will be the first thing to go! Even our own stories and memories that we try to hold onto can keep us tied to this realm and limit our ability to receive fresh revelation about HIS WORLD and HIS STORY. He is challenging us to LET GO of that which we are trying to hang onto in order to receive a fresh impartation of HIS WORDS and HIS PLANS that were laid before time even began. He has scrolls in heaven written with our story, our destiny, and our purpose that have been held for these days (Psalm 139:16). He has books already written with every day of our life etched by heaven’s pen, waiting to be fulfilled. The coming FLOOD of His Presence will make room for these stories – HIS STORIES – to be read, told, and manifested on the earth through us, his sons and daughters.

Donna Rigney: The Righteous Will Be Honored

Steve Shultz: “It’s About Time Somebody Came Up with This”

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): In the absence of order, chaos erupts; which is what we have been seeing over the past year. When authority is placed into the wrong hands, disorder soon follows. It not only weakens a government, it weakens the faith of the people.

Psalm 47:3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.

Gordon Barnes (11 May 21): I’m feeling quite alone and isolated in this moment. This afternoon I challenged a soapbox preacher in my town (Newcastle under Lyme UK) becauthe was preach its in, hell, damnation etc 😏I asked him, strait out, yes or no…does God love me…He said no and that I will go to hell 🙄I don’t really believe him but I would like some reassurance please…which tells you how weak my faith is I suppose.

Brat (13 May 21): Gordon Barnes, I am soooo very sorry that you had to experience such abuse and rejection from a spiritual leader!  I feel protective righteous indignation on your behalf!  I wish you could feel my hug for you and feel my hot tears breaking this injustice!  He preached a lie.  God loves you deeply and part of the incarnation is that Jesus goes through what you go through and in love we go through it with you, too.  Lies do no prevail; God’s loving truth does!  Leaders who say otherwise are creating hell on earth and that is their eternal reward already given to them as they choose it. They have no right to force their hell on anyone else. Your faith is far from weak.  You are VERY strong!  You reached out in community for encouragement and support.  It is those wielding their positions of authority and power that are once again dashing others to pieces like pottery (Rev 2:27). It is their Christian fiction, not ours.

Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.”

Elijah List (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): Do you love Christian Fiction?

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): The mindsets, patterns and methods we have become so familiar with through the years are about to drastically change.  The kingdom of heaven is going to invade the kingdoms of the world and the Church of the future is going to look very different than the Church of the past….

TRADITION

Anna Blake (14 May 21): It’s a tradition in our species to consider unseen things, bigger than us, spiritual. Is working with a horse anything less than a personal crusade? It starts inside, the quiet action of believing in yourself, before your horse feels it, and long before others see it. Just a thimble of faith to start.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 May 21): Tradition is not life. Tradition preserves life. But it does not give life.

Tessa Bielecki: Spousal prayer lies at the very heart of the Christian mystical tradition. . . .

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (12 May 21): When I was a small child growing up in a tradition that doesn’t ordain women, in my young mind I figured that the best I could do was to be a good person. Little did I know that being a good person was just the beginning of the journey of saying yes to Jesus.

Steve Shultz (15 May 21): Notice that we must say “yes” or God does not have our agreement!

Dr. Luisa Johnson (13 May 21): Praying for us; and for God to provide a solid, safe, hospitable community. 

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (14 May 21): I stand with you in prayer for a solid, safe, and hospitable community.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 May 21): For if it is not about the moment now, then it is not your life. And if it is not your life, then what is?

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21): Your Life Message involves a cause you care about.

Zechariah 2:“Come, Zion! Escape, you who live in Daughter Babylon!” 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 May 21): Which means that Torah must not be about tradition. It cannot be grounded on a memory of the past. Those are important, truly vital. But a Torah life cannot be built upon them.

Vicki Kemper (13 May 21): But experience tells us that transformation happens in the obstacles and how we handle them. Tradition tells us that God is in the cloud itself.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): We are inundated with books on warfare, tools for prayer, and guidelines for deliverance. In the end, it is our faith that overcomes the world. We must never confuse any prayer method or strategy with our confidence in God’s Word or will. Where prayers are a vehicle of deliverance, it is our faith that is the fuel.

Hank Kunneman (May 4, 2021): “So,” the Lord says, “the days are not prolonged, they are in process. Get ready for you will see My Hand and you will say, ‘Look at what the Lord has done!'”

CONSEQUENCES

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 May 21): The Jewish people are unique in that they have only a single nucleus—and it is none of the above.

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): Be ok with mess and unreconciled pieces for a while. 

Vicki Kemper (13 May 21): When I think I’ve hit a dead end, remind me that is where you do your best work.

Hank Kunneman (May 4, 2021): “And those that have been in strife – when they see the truth, when they see the evidence and when they see the good, they will put their swords down and a unity shall come among My people in the Church, but it shall come even upon this nation that great healing shall be brought forth.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): At a time when being “warriors” is very popular in prayer circles, we must never forget that we are sons and daughters first. We were not created to live on the battlefield, but in the palace. Though we will face giants and use various weapons of warfare, our identity must be secured as those who rule and reign with our Heavenly Father.

Psalm 47:4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

Rick Joyner (11 May 21): I do believe that all sickness comes from the devil, and that we can open ourselves to it by disobedience. Some of the things the Lord said to the afflicted affirm this. I caught Covid because I had been hypocritical in telling people how important it was for people to wash their hands, and after a time I became careless about this myself. I repented, and knew the Lord had forgiven me, but I also knew that I had to go through what I had opened myself up to with my hypocrisy and disobedience.  

Brat: I find this prophetic, because you washed your hands of me the way Pilate washed his hands of Jesus when I reached out to you, and yet you preached for years on how evil happens when good men do nothing.

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!”

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): The warfare and resistance is just the enemy scared that you have never been closer to the bullseye in your life. 

Brat: Hmmmmm… “a single nucleus” like what the rabbi was talking about?

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): HE WAS NOT EASILY INTIMIDATED (1 Sam 17:44-47). Even though the voice of the enemy shouted in his ears, David was unmoved. He did not confront this giant ill-prepared. He went in with the full knowledge of what he was facing and ran towards the enemy without hesitation.

Zechariah 2:“Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,” declares the Lord, “for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,” declares the Lord.

Nathan Shaw (08 May 21): Wind played a significant role in the ancient world of the Middle East. Ancient Assyrian and Babylonian civilizations determined orientation by the direction of the four principal winds. In fact, in the Assyro-Babylonian language the word used to name a wind was also used to describe the direction from which it came.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): The enemy will be relentless, and we must be prepared to face the constant threats and accusations. If we have filled our hearts and minds with God’s word before the battle, it will be God’s word that pours out of our mouths when we face that battle. Our courage comes from knowing God’s voice and the words He speaks. We then become conduits of heaven, issuing the decrees and purposes of the reigning King.

Psalm 47:7 For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.

Nathan Shaw (08 May 21): So here it is in summary: A heavenly wind grabbed the attention of 120 Believers, somehow got on the inside of them, and radically changed their direction. They went from sitting in one place (Acts 2:2) to boldly declaring the wonderful works of God to devout Jews gathered from every nation!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 May 21): But when a Jew’s mind is absorbed within Torah, it is the same Torah within which another Jew is absorbed. And another Jew. And yet another.

Psalm 47:5 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21): Do you know your personal brand?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 May 21): The power to transcend labels and identify with every Jew in the world.

Rev. James Liggett: (Sidebar—when Jesus says “world” here, He’s not talking about the created order—rocks and trees and bunnies and things like that; instead, he’s talking about human society organized as it sees best to promote its own purposes. Jesus is talking about business as usual; he is talking about the society, the culture, the various human institutions—the world in that sense—doing what it usually does.)

Brat: Have you been praying through Revelation 2:20-23 and the tolerance quotient?

Pastor Dan Makokha (07 May 21): Think about times you’ve tried to act like someone else, rather than yourself, in ministry. Repent, and ask God to help you be content in who He’s designed you to be.

Wanda Alger (10 May 21): HIS IDENTITY WAS NOT IN BEING A WARRIOR, BUT A SON (1 Sam 17:54, 58). Before David took the head of Goliath to the king, it says he “…put his armor in his tent.” It appears he left his weapons and implements behind when going to the palace for his reward. He did not concern himself with being presented as a warrior, but merely as “… the son of your servant, Jesse.”

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): God? Has the Church also gone through trauma?  She won’t even acknowledge that we’ve survived the Great Tribulation. 

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): Zechariah 10:3-5 (NIV) is such a powerful promise from the Lord, and I believe this is a word the Father is releasing over us right now:

“My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; for the Lord Almighty will care for His flock, the people of Judah, and make them like a proud horse in battle. From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler. Together they will be like warriors in battle trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets. They will fight because the Lord is with them, and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.”

Brat: We’re not tolerating Jezebel.

2 Kings 9:33 “Throw her down!” Jehu said. So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered the wall and the horses as they trampled her underfoot.

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21): Great brands have a CLEAR IDENTITY in the minds of people. It comes out of their Life Message. Think of your brain as an art gallery. A great historic personality owns a certain room or wall where they exhibit who they are in an image or sound bite, captured in a few descriptive words. Your “brand” is actually your Life Message. It is the story of who you became as a result of the choices you made and the uniqueness of your individual design.

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): What kinds of things do You speak to my heart and mind?  You gave me a calling that is unique and I’ve never seen anything like it from anyone else.  I guess they’d call me a trailblazer.

Angela Greenig (10 May 21): Saddle Up and Get Ready to Ride!

Brat: I can’t be in two places at once: a eunuch at the window pushing Jezebel out, and with Jehu and his cavalry trampling her underfoot.

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): You aren’t creatively blocked like you think nor have you lost your anointing, you just can’t run on the fuel you used to. 

Anna Blake (14 May 21): Well, not exactly. Breathing works every single time, but we don’t believe it.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 May 21): Life is here in this moment now. To be alive, every moment must be a moment that never happened before.

Pastor Dan Makokha (07 May 21): God has set you and your ministry aside. Remember: You are at your best when you just be yourself!

Brat: My point is that when one belongs to a tribe, where one truly belongs and their style of being is welcomed, then there is grace for the seasons of waiting at the windows for opportunities, and grace for the shallow waters of boredom; there’s grace for the rapids of uncertainties and grace for adobe walls and making mud bricks without straw; there’s grace for the times of insight and growth, and grace for eunuchs pushing limits and confronting lies; and there is extra grace for the painful baptisms that life throws at us when we’re empaths and feel EVERYTHING to the point where mercy is questioned and feels like a curse rather than a gift.  When one belongs to a caring tribe, then there is grace to just BE rather than always preaching on being.

Verse of the Day (23 May 21): Romans 15:Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

When Light Came In (16 May 21): You ARE NOT alone, I promise you. I just spent a weekend with 500+ of us. You are in the company of badass warrior women across the country and world. And we *all* believe you.

Brat (17 May 21): Gasp.

Shutter.

Slow exhale like fish bubbles through snot and tears.

Yes.

Gulp.

Jagged breaths.

We are not alone.  We are the remnant like salmon swimming upstream …

Ryan Stevenson: “When We Fall Apart” [https://youtu.be/xUPgzd3nwMo]

When Light Came In (17 May 21): Yes! It’s such a deep physical response when someone actually *believes* us. And I just heard that song for the first time last week. It is really good!

Rev. James Liggett: And Jesus says this about his disciples: that the world has hated them because they are not of the world. This hatred is to be the fate, indeed it is to be one real, distinguishing mark, of all who follow Jesus. Disciples are to stand out because they don’t really fit in.

Rev. Betty King (16 May 21): …I believe that in this season, God is looking for a shift within the Church from the care-taking mentality to true ownership.

Verse of the Day (18 May 21): Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

STEWARDSHIP

Acts 1:11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Kenneth L. Samuel (14 May 21): Jesus said that only upon his departure, would the Spirit come. Parting comes with such great sorrow. But in Christ, every ending is a new beginning. Earthly tabernacles can never constrain the life of the Spirit.

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21): Your Life Message will make full use of your particular gift cluster.

Rev. James Liggett: So, how do we do this? How do we live faithfully and honestly, rationally, prudently, and with integrity, in the midst of a world that is really quite far from the Kingdom? How do we do this without being trivial, without being silly, and without minimizing either the depth of the tension between the Gospel and the world or the importance of our response? You may have some ideas already. Taking this challenge seriously amounts to some of the most important pearl-making work the church has on its agenda. It’s really the question of how we are to live.

Journal (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): But even when the apostles contribute, there is still nowhere for the proverbial buck to stop.  All the apostles really want is for their agendas to be promoted.  Even when they read me, they don’t see any need to come back to ‘the least of these’ as they walk over me to climb their ladder.  Ya’know, angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man (or son of man = prophet) …

John 1:50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (13 May 21): Spiritual teacher and psychologist John Welwood has written extensively about intimate human relationships as a “path of conscious love.” To engage deeply with another, we must allow the spontaneous nature of passion to bloom within us. He writes, “Since our very being is open to begin with, it naturally resonates and wants to connect with what is greater than ourselves—the vastness of life itself. Passion is the feeling of life wanting to connect with life. . . . Unconditional passion has no agenda. It is like the freely radiating energy of the sun.” [1][33] Though we may need to be careful about where we direct our life-force in our everyday lives, we needn’t hold back any passion we experience for divine life itself! Passion is essential to our relationship with God.  

Elijah List (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): You Will Not Be Censored for Speaking the Truth

Me: How is it that they know to put this subject line in my email box at this exact time?  Once or twice or three times would be a coincidence, but daily Arc Speak for a decade??  They touch the issue without touching me in order to solicit my subscription to their service?  It’s more gaslighting at my expense.  More “angels ascending and descending” on their ladders…

Anna Blake (07 May 21): How many times do we approach a horse with the goal of manipulating his behavior? Some of us flat-out want total control. We bark orders and destroy the brilliance of a young horse when we could get a dirt bike and be happier. But not you. You want a partnership (as long as you lead.)

Jennifer Brownell (08 May 21): We are still pack animals, we humans. And we still have the capacity to be surprised by the strange friends that the Holy Spirit puts in our path.

When Light Came In (07 May 21): Sometimes we have to muscle through the fatigue as we’re getting safe, but when we’re out and safe, have done our job with documenting, responding, reading, therapy… and the system is not responding, give your heart a rest.

Me: Ah, thank you, Ellen!  I needed that!

1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (06 May 21): I wonder if the timing of their move may work well with your present living circumstances. In the mean time, it may be possible for you to attend their ‘gatherings’ and get a good sense of these people and whether there is a Call for you to join them in some manner. Yes, interesting….

Me: I donno…energetically I feel flat around them and from them.  I feel no creative spark.

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit. 

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): Find your tribe God is sending you – there will be an unusual synergy.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 May 21): Where is the playwright within the play? Within the lead actor? Behind a rock?

She has invested her entire being within her play. She is present in every detail.

And yet the playwright is nowhere to be found.

Wanda Alger (13 May 21): Believers are being called to stand on The Rock of our salvation. This Rock is not inside a church building! The Rock is a Person who loves to take people outside their comfort zones and into broad places where He can move and reveal Himself. We are called to stand together – not just inside the walls of our weekly gathering places, but to stand together OUTSIDE our structures and programs to stand with others in our community. The Church is not a building, but a PEOPLE.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 May 21): DAILY DOSE: Untraditional Life

Nate Johnston (11 May 21): The new thing is your forte, the never before seen thing is your baby, and those crazy expressions, topics, themes, and language is what you have been given to broadcast to the world. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (12 May 21): Richard here: When we get to the more mature stages of mystical union everything becomes a metaphor for the divine, and we grab for metaphors to make concrete the mystery that is now in everything and everywhere!

Psalm 47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 May 21): All that bonds us is Torah. Nothing else has proven capable of holding us together for more than a generation or two. Nothing else, other than the same Torah that first forged us as a nation.

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21): Your story lives on in eternity.

Matt Laney (16 May 21): Faithful stewardship, as I understand it, encourages the reverse. It’s about giving to the church and other places we care about, first, and structuring the rest of life around that. I’m still working on that.

Rev. Betty King (16 May 21): Many things in the Body of Christ today are in the hands of stewards, who are working with what is there because it’s available; but in order for the inheritance that is being built today to last and fulfill its purpose, sons need to be raised up. It is not enough only to be blessed in the present, because the future must be secured. Abraham feels this in his core and brings it before God.

Brat: God, I’ve written the reverend before.  Writing directly doesn’t get me to my welcoming tribe and even if I were to bring it up, I’d be accused of manipulating to get what I want.  None of that occurred with Paul and Onesimus.  Lord, You said that there were many rooms in Your house.  There is a place for me where my legacy, our story, has merit and value to set things right and I am loved for just being me.

When Light Came In (18 May 21): Sensing something is wrong: that comment, that dynamic, that relationship, that response in ourselves that tells us we’re not ok right now.

Lance Wallnau (11 May 21): When you are doing what God has called you to do, you no longer become an echo shaped by the culture, your past, or the influence of other people. You become an authentic voice.

Anna Blake (07 May 21): I like to think this particular horse was special. He wasn’t, it was just his luck to show up when I was able to listen better. No pretend connections or claims of artificial partnership. I was receptive to his intelligence. Instead of a trainer and a horse, we became explorers.

Psalm 93:5 Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 May 21): So too, this world is meant to be G-d’s home. Torah is light. Shine it bright and heal the world.[34]

Rev. Betty King (16 May 21): Contending for the future through a fresh dialogue with God.

MORE GRACE

S.C. Lourie (in “Private Reserve” 07 May 21): How too can you love the soil your life is presently planted in?

Deborah Perkins (09 May 21): I believe the Lord wants to encourage us again that there will be a glorious day when all DOES fit; all the pieces ARE in the right places; order IS restored and the fullness of what He intends for our lives is revealed! 

1 Thessalonians 5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Fr. Richard Rohr (07 May 21): Those who “gaze upon” the crucified Jesus (John 19:37) long enough—with contemplative eyes—are always healed at deep levels of pain, unforgiveness, aggression, and victimhood. It demands no theological education at all, just an “inner exchange” by receiving the image within and offering one’s soul back in safe return.

Rev. Betty King (16 May 21): Father, in this hour and season, draw us into the dialogues that will secure the inheritance You have planned. Bring us into the exchanges that You will value and credit to our accounts. Give us the maturity to know that our pasts do not limit our futures, and to walk in Your full counsel. Help us to take the steps to transition into the new and come into Your promises! In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 May 21): Until all of us become one in mind, soul and body, within one grand conversation of an endless Torah.

Verse of the Day (20 May 21): Romans 15:May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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[1] Rev. James Liggett: Pearls and Grit, Easter 7 (B) – May 16, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[2] Anna Blake (14 May 21): Advice? Take a Deep Seat and a Faraway Look… – Anna Blake

[3] David Parsons (15 May 21): Rockets of Rejection: The latest Palestinian war against Israel in context – ICEJ USA Branch

[4] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (11 May 21): Fire on Temple Mount: Zecharia’s prophecy signaling 3rd Temple construction [Watch] (israel365news.com)

[5] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 May 21): Defy the Lie – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[6] Gerald M. Steinberg (11 May 21): Another “Perfect Storm” in Jerusalem (jewishjournal.com)

[7] Rick Joyner (11 May 21): The Path to Victory, Part 2 | MorningStar Ministries

[8] Amy Sutherland (13 May 21): Ablaze Global Productions

[9] Dovid Margolin (12 May 21): With Our Unity, We Can Help Our Brethren in Israel – Insight & Commentary (chabad.org)

[10] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 May 21): Jewish Nucleus – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[11] Wanda Alger (13 May 21): PROPHETIC DREAM: THE CHURCH WILL BE FLOODED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD – wandaalger.me

[12] FOR THE PIONEERS IN A UNKNOWN LANDSCAPE & THE BUILDERS WRITING THIER FUTURE – Nate & Christy: Everyday Revivalists (nateandchristy.co)

[13] Rabbi Curt Landry (12 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25481)

[14] Deborah Perkins (09 May 21): I HEAR THE LORD SAYING: “I AM SOLVING THE PUZZLE OF YOUR LIFE!” (hisinscriptions.com)

[15] Nathan Shaw (08 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25462)

[16] Donna Rigney: The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25510)

[17] Hamas with ultimatum to Israel: Leave Temple Mount or 100 times more rockets will fly (israel365news.com)

[18] Alane Haynes (14 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25502)

[19] Rev. Betty King (16 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25506)

[20] Helen Calder (15 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25504)

[21] Joe Joe Dawson (14 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25503)

[22] Israeli Jewish-Arab city of Lod spirals into apocalyptic warzone [Watch] (israel365news.com)

[23] David Suissa (12 May 21): What’s Next for Israel: De-escalation or War? – THE DAILY ROUNDTABLE (jewishjournal.com)

[24] Michael Van Vlymen (15 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25505)

[25] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 May 21): Ahavat Yisrael – אהבת ישראל – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[26] Felicia Murrell, “Silence,” “Trauma,” Oneing, vol. 9, no. 1 (CAC Publishing: 2021), 19–20

[27] IDF tricks Hamas; destroys underground terror complex in massive operation (israel365news.com)

[28] Hank Kunneman (May 4, 2021): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies

[29] Israel assassinates top Gaza terror masterminds [Watch] (israel365news.com)

[30] Anna Blake (07 May 21): https://annablake.com/2021/05/07/take-a-cue-from-your-horse/

[31] Bruno Ierullo with Heidi Baker (09 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25463)

[32] Tessa Bielecki, Holy Daring: The Earthy Mysticism of St. Teresa, the Wild Woman of Avila, 2nd ed. (Adam Kadmon Books: 2016), 43, 44, 57, 59.

[33] [1] John Welwood, Journey of the Heart: The Path of Conscious Love (HarperPerennial: 1996), 60. 

[34] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 May 21): Illumination – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

Uber Chariot 28 Apr 21

6 May

Working Dates: Nine days from Wednesday, April 28, 2021 to Thursday, May 6, 2021

[39 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from Acts 8:26-40 and Psalm 22:25-31 for 5 Easter 02 May 21]

EVERY MILE MATTERED

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): “A New Kind of Christian Leader – Their Destiny Is Big and Dangerous”[1]

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Put your armor on, we have work to do. God is with us, for us and accomplishes His will through us.[2]

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): DON’T QUIT. Fight for their sakes!

Brat to the Community of Divine Love (05 Apr 21): At this time in my journey, I do not have a home church, although God called me and raised me up out of the Episcopal tradition (like in 1 Samuel 3). I currently express the communal journey through my reflective conversations on my blog, (my Opus Dei – the Work of God) [https://truthinus.wordpress.com], but I really don’t know who is my community (aka tribe). Thankfully, I am in spiritual direction with Dr. Luisa Johnson.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): People meet you—and instantly form an idea of who you are. Their perception may (or may not be) an accurate representation of who you are at your core.

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21): Let us know more about you and your journey – when you have time.

Brat prayer (28 Apr 21): Lord, I don’t know what else to say.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): How am I supposed to respond to your question, God? Simply point out the obvious? Like I did? Because, let’s face it, there is nothing you do not know.

Brat: (Stop stalking my prayers!)

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): This is why the fight at your doorstep has felt unrelenting and tiresome – because what is at stake right now is the destiny of your family, as well as the destiny of nations.[3]

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): Today they suffer. Their agony is what happens when worlds collide. They see their destiny. It’s big and dangerous. A part of them glories in the potential of knowing God intimately and representing Him bravely. They see themselves rebuking kings, tyrants, and warmongers. They see themselves commanding the wealth of the wicked to be handed over to the just.

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): Meditation: Everything Is Passing Away

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): There is a storm coming and it will definitely get the world’s attention. In this storm, there is cleansing, exposure, awakening, unrest and a divine reset. Proverbs 10:24-25 (emphasis mine) says, “The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the storm passes by, the wicked will be no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.”

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): We’re so new together. I’m so new to myself. But this experience is not new to families. People age, have accidents, go through relational ups and downs, get surgeries. They weather the storms together.

Nichole Nordeman: “Every Mile Mattered” [https://youtu.be/nY7HrPIlu-Q]

Prof. Mark Hollabaugh (30 Apr 21): Have you ever been cut off from loved ones and unable to communicate? I love wilderness areas of the West. Many times when I was backpacking in Colorado or Wyoming, I was out of touch with the world for sometimes as much as two weeks. As soon as I returned to modern life, and a telephone or cell signal, there was a phone call to family or friends to let them know I was OK. Despite the beauty all around me, I missed family and friends.

Steve Shultz: Almost like wandering in the desert, the Lord led me through the strangest battles, giving me the “strangest” set of mentors through the years to get me to this point.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): I didn’t think of a clock, but I could see a map of the US with different TIME ZONES. Depending on the time zone you are in, you will read the clock differently. I knew the Lord was saying that not everyone is in the same “time zone.” Not everyone is “reading” the signs of the times in the same way. Then I heard “war zone,” and He began to speak to me about what it means to be in a time of war versus a time of peace. He also reminded me that He himself is a “man of war.”[4]

Acts 8:26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.)

Nichole Nordeman: Spread the map on the table
With the coffee stain
Put your finger on the places
Show me where you’ve been

Rev. David Clifford: At the end of Acts 8:26, which reads, “An angel from the Lord spoke to Philip, ‘At noon, take the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza,’” Luke makes a point, parenthetically, to tell the reader: “This is a desert road.” We don’t know why Luke specified the time of day, but it might indicate that Philip was called to go out in the heat of midday. In any case, this is a tall order for Philip, which seems to come from out of the blue! The text provides no explanation for the angel’s visit. What’s more, there is no indication that Philip questioned the angel about either the message or the assignment—Why he should go? Could he do it a little later in the day when the desert heat is more congenial for travel? Was there an alternative route he could take? Wasn’t there someone else who could go on this errand or at least accompany him? The text doesn’t indicate that Philip raised any objections or asked any questions. It simply says, the angel of the Lord told him to go; “So he did” (v. 27).[1][5]

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): They hear themselves speaking miracles over the hopeless and tormented. Golden ideas, purposes, tactics, and aspirations haunt them like angelic visitations.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Furthermore, we are stepping into a time of unusual miracles and unseen exploits that haven’t even entered into our minds and hearts (Ephesians 3:20). The Bible says in Habakkuk 1:5, “Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” As we position ourselves in agreement and alignment with God’s purposes and plans for our lives and this earth, we are going to experience the greatest demonstration of power and “wonders” manifested as God destroys the devil’s evil plans and plots, right before our eyes.

Steve Shultz: Ask the Lord to show you if that’s the case and ask Him what you should do about it.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Hosting God’s Presence: How to Influence Culture in the Right Order

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): My hope for our near future lies in those who are waking up to this Divine DNA that was there from the start—especially amid the painful experiences of life. We must all move through the universal pattern of Order, Disorder, and Reorder, and we must do it again and again and again.

Brat to Fr. Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21): Thank you for taking the time to send me something in response to my note (in a time of Order).  I have no money to share as a thank you to support your ministry.  All I have are the collective conversations that I write full-time with no compensation. Jesus told us to rise and walk, so we did.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): Your body and your soul fuse together as one. Nothing happens in the soul that is not reflected in the body. And nothing happens in the body that doesn’t deeply affect the soul.[6]

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): It has been terrifying as I’ve awakened daily to the reminders of what alone and invisible felt like, as I’ve helped him with basic living tasks. It’s been strengthening as I’ve chosen trust, gone through the good we share, the fact that this time it is a marriage instead of a pantomime. It’s been humbling as I’ve trusted God for strength, held on to hope, and helped the kids understand this very changed step parent.

Brat: I wake up in the middle of the night and remember how alone I feel in my calling.  These collective conversations that I write are all I have.  Apart from Christ I can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): Which is wondrous.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): “I am the true vine…abide in me as I abide in you…apart from me you can do nothing.” This is not a threat—it is an assurance. Christ is saying there is nothing you can do that is not already part of me, because we are one in love. I have given my life to you. We are connected. You are never alone. In me, no one is ever alone.

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I heard the Lord say “I am bringing the lonely pioneers into tribes. I am bringing the lonely pioneers their tribe.”[7]

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Don’t die before your time. God’s plan is to end like Pastor Mike Hayes teaches: “Full of days,” which means a meaningful life of productivity. Love your family, help build and serve a local church that is taking the gates, make your career your calling, take territory through it—your years won’t be wasted.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Watch as I now fight for My faithful ones, My brave pioneers who have given everything to follow Me. Watch now as I break open the way where the way has seemed shut. Watch as I overturn the bad reports and breathe My justice and favor into trials against them. Watch as I settle the score and open up what looks locked.

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: How do we proclaim the Good News about Jesus when we think there is just too much happening around us and in the world? The answer is never the same and will vary from person to person. Still, the text, the overall message of this Gospel, suggests this simple response: We show up. We show up authentically as ourselves. We love others. We share the Good News with others. We speak and act in ways that support this message of love.[8]

NOMADS

Donna Rigney (April 6, 2021): Sitting alone in my prayer room, I heard Father declare: “I say, ‘No longer will My children be ruled by injustice.’ Injustice is a spirit, just like pride, lust, fear, Jezebel, Ahab…These are all spirits who are assigned to destroy people, lands and My Kingdom. My Church has been assailed by injustice for many years. In droves, people have left the Church, because of the spirit of injustice manifesting through the people in these churches – both through the leaders and the congregants. [9]

Me to Faith Marie Baczko (20 Apr 21): I wanted to take a moment to expound on my subscription request, so that you’d better understand my intentions.  There is a critical spirit that goads periodically to the flock telling the sheep not to just go stalking bloggers to devour their latest words, so as not to spend real time with God to get His own words.  It’s the same pedantic spirit that told us not to go church shopping pre-pandemic.  But this spirit doesn’t look at the heart.  Its only intention is to scold and try to play the upper hand.  This spirit doesn’t consider those of us that are SENT.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “I sent you there to break new ground and prepare the land for what I was about to do there. You didn’t miss it or fail that assignment but you did exactly what I needed you to. But don’t think that I did this without your family in mind…I have been leading you to the place where you will soon put down roots and finally be established. Your pioneering days are not over…soon you will build something that will last generations. Your children are going to walk in the fruit of your obedience and then pioneer and build upon what you have created in these years of blind faith.[10]

Brat: God, please make it so!! [sob]

Steve Shultz: Review your strange training history which God is now using for your benefit. Along with me, I hope you’ll end with just saying, “Wow! Who knew God would use THAT time to prepare me for my ‘NOW.'”

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): Maybe we can all relate to that impulse a little bit. Because on some level, in whatever context we might find ourselves, I think we all hope that we’re going to make a good impression. We hope that our fruitfulness, whatever that means for us—maybe our work or our pastimes or other manifestations of our personal fulfillment—is really going to WOW whoever it is that we think is assessing us. Our family. Our neighbors. Our friends at church. The people on Facebook. Maybe even God. [11]

Nichole Nordeman: It’s history
You can’t rewrite it
You’re not meant to be
Trapped inside it
Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It’s history
But every mile mattered

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): When we examine history, we know that there has scarcely been a time period, community, or country which did not regularly experience war, famine, torture, families separated by death or distance, relentless injustice against which people felt powerless, domestic violence, sexual abuse, imprisonment, natural disasters, disease, even wholesale enslavement, persecution, and genocide. All of these are emotionally traumatic for the human psyche; such memories are held in the body itself—so much so that, in many cases, the mind cannot remember the trauma until years later.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): This Is Why We Fight

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): Their Destiny Is Big and Dangerous

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): A Generation of Digital Nomads

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): To the point that the Great Magid taught, “A small deficiency in the body is a major deficiency in the soul.”

Brat: Often the prophet holds the small deficiency representing the larger group, even if she doesn’t see that she has that deficiency personally.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): DAILY DOSE: Limited License

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): Normal life gets hard.  It challenges survivors of trauma in ways we’d never expect.  Normal emotions trigger, typical life challenges and changes grind us to a halt.  All of Normal asks more than Normal for survivors.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): We have heard the word trauma a lot in the last thirty years or more. I am not sure if it is happening more, or if we finally have a word to describe what has probably always been happening.

Zane (30 Apr 21): GRACE | Standing Together to End Abuse

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): A doctor, the Talmud says, is licensed by G‑d to heal.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): For the dozenth time today I caught the fear and placed it in “now.”

Michael Poffenberger (26 Apr 21): Like many of you, we had no idea how much the challenges of 2020 would force us to change or adapt. Thanks to your support, the CAC has been able to continue the work of reminding more and more people of their inherent belovedness. And, if the tremendous volume of emails and letters we’ve received is any indication, there continues to be a great appreciation and growing need for this to continue to expand.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Many have been asking, “Will we be nomads forever?” because the migratory season has not been as simple or clear as it seemed it would be. “Will we move from place to place forever?”

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): A special note from Fr. Richard: My hope for this community.

Nichole Nordeman: Is that California where your teardrops dried
You drew a circle around Georgia
Can you tell me why

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21): Thank you for reaching out to us. You clearly have a rich spiritual life and love of God. Where are you? Do you live in SOCAL?  

Brat: Thank you for reaching back to me.  Yes, I live in Southern California; in Camarillo (in Ventura County.)

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): There are steps and jumps that don’t make sense; cities, locations, and seasons of saying “yes” that seem to have been in vain. “What did we do that for, Lord?” many have said. “It doesn’t make sense!”

Brat prayer journal (21 Apr 21 – in “Emboldened”): Lord, I don’t really know what You want me to do.  I don’t have peace about what You really want me to say.  I have peace about trying to contact CAC (Richard Rohr), but I have no confidence that they’ll do anything.  I don’t know what to say.  I feel like no matter what I try, I’ll get ambushed again anyway. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): So get a good doctor. Follow his instructions. Respect his divine license.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): And this survivor of abuse in a previous relationship can now exhale. The exhaling comes with jagged sobs, nightmares that process trauma, insecurities, doubt, and daytime conversations with self about what’s *now* and what was the awful then.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Right now, so many pioneers are facing disappointments, red tape, roadblocks and bad reports on every side. “Which way do we go? We have run out of options!” they have said.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): It’s time to turn “good manners” humility into self-confidence we can honestly depend on. A confidence that can lift our horses in a way humility leaves them hanging. [12]

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): THE COMMAND WENT OUT THE FIRST TIME YOU PRAYED[13]

Steve Shultz: She has made it her “cause” to rescue the perishing!

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then I heard the Lord say, “Do not say you are nomads, because I planned your steps and knew exactly where you needed to be for the time I called you there. Each season was a purpose you still do not see yet, but soon you will see how the seasons and scenes connect.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): A cowboy walks into a bar…

Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Thanks to your support and prayers, this Outreach was a resounding success. You helped us bring the Gospel to these Jewish people and their neighbors – many thousands of them! – along with much needed medical care, clean water.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): The first nomadic Believers were Abraham’s group and these were all ENTREPRENEURS—business people, not temple officials or government employees. They had to do CHURCH as a FAMILY before they learned to do church around the Tabernacle of Moses.

Microsoft Services (02 May 21): In the Terms, we’ve added section 15 along with a reference to section 15 at the beginning of the Terms on waiving entitlements that would otherwise be applicable to microenterprises, small enterprises or a not-for-profit organisations under the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC).

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): A few of them will be in pulpits, but more of them will be in politics, business, science, law, entertainment, music, and a thousand other fields of endeavor. They will not introduce subjects; they will introduce eras.

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): Sometimes it appears we are all “interims,” no matter what task we are doing or what title we have. We all walk a great path, with our steps mattering to the greater march of humanity. We can learn how to thank ourselves, in unfinished ways, for the great unfinished of our lives.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): We can trust horses to let us know if we manage to become arrogant asshats, have no fear. And we will always be learning, but in gratitude to all the horses that came before, let’s brag about ourselves, too. Be proud, we are their legacy. Let’s claim the credit we deserve and see what happens next.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.” – Amos 8:11 (NIV)

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): Words of the Prophet

Nichole Nordeman: I see should have beens, could have beens
Written all over your face
Wrong turns, and bridges burned
Things you want to change

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): My love, this true partner of now, has been debilitated, dependent, physically disabled. The concussion and then anesthesia shifted his cognition, his personality. For 8 weeks now, I’ve been alone but loved from within his physical and cognitive confines.

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): I’ve spent my life trying to remind people of their inherent belovedness, and I pray that our work at the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) has played a role in helping you to see, feel, and experience the hope of your own chosenness in God.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Does it really matter what people think of you? Why should you care?

IN THOSE DAYS

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): Jesus said to his disciples, “In those days, after the tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. And the stars will fall from the sky. And the powers in the heavens will be shaken, and they will see ‘the human one coming on the clouds’ with great power and glory. . . . Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Mark 13:24–27, 31)

Brat: Why did you leave out verses 28, 29, and 30 when everything has already been fulfilled?

Mark 13:28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (03 May 21): Our All-Vulnerable God

Mark 13:30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 

Brat: Is this not a testimony to God’s mercy?

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): King David teaches us about man’s vulnerability and his desires, as well as his ability to soar to the heavens and redeem his sins through repentance. While sin is hidden, repentance in David’s eyes must not be clandestine: it should be public.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (30 Apr 21): The public is requested to pray for the wounded as well as the many people who were traumatized by the event. [14]

Rabbi Tuly Weisz (30 Apr 21): Please pray for God’s compassion on the injured and His comfort for the grieving families at this difficult time.

Steve Shultz: None of your trials have been wasted by the Lord. Even the works of darkness that satan threw at you, God is using for your good.

Jewish Journal (03 May 21): DAILY ROUNDUP: Stop Justifying the Deaths of the Meron 45

Fr. Richard Rohr (03 May 21): Very few of us can actually imagine God suffering. I bet almost half the prayers of the Catholic Church begin with “Almighty God” and when you’re “all mighty,” you don’t suffer! And yet if we believe that Jesus reveals the hidden heart of God, we know that God suffers, too. Jesus is continually drawn to the suffering ones and suffers with them. Our English word “pity” doesn’t do justice to the Hebrew concept of the bowel-shaking empathy Jesus felt for the wounded people who came to him.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): The LORD goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war He stirs up His zeal; He cries out, He shouts aloud, He shows Himself mighty against His foes. For a long time I have held my peace; I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor. (Isaiah 42:13-14)

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): God is saying, “I am jealous for the next generation.” They are a generation longing for connection because they are operating as digital nomads in an electronic culture.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): We did not follow the Rules—other peoples’ or our own.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): If religion cannot find a meaning for human suffering, humanity is in major trouble. All healthy religion shows us what to do with our pain. Great religion shows us what to do with the absurd, the tragic, the traumatic, the nonsensical, the unjust. If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): Psalm 51 is David’s public response to his misdeeds. It begins with a glaring title with which David indicts himself right from the start: Natan the prophet came to me after I had gone in to Batsheva (verse 2). In verse 5, he declares that his sin is always with him while he begs the Lord to cleanse him of his iniquity. David is not satisfied with his own personal repentance but he declares that he will teach others the path towards repentance and atonement as well (verse 15). Though he erred, because of his commitment to return and to bring others closer to God, we continue to herald King David as the greatest king of Israel.

Donna Rigney (April 3, 2021): Father explained that this is how our life on Earth could be, if we would just spend more time with Them. We would be in a crossfire of love all the time! He showed me that His children only accomplish their destiny to the degree that they spend time with Him: “Look at Samuel – he abided in My courts day and night. He lingered with Me; he listened to Me giving him clear instructions. Eventually he led all of Israel. He fully accomplished his destiny. The same is true of David, a man with a heart after Mine. From a lowly shepherd, I made him into what I created him to be – the greatest king of Israel.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Jezebel wants to steal their inheritance. The policy-making of ignorant men in high places is making your task harder. We fight because economic meltdown is a possibility. We fight in the Spirit to store up the resources our children need to FINISH what we began. Solomon built David’s house.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): What am I supposed to say about what I see? About beyond what is right in front of me? Do I paint a pretty picture so folx don’t lose hope or get angry? Or do I tell the truth about a system that is guilty as hell, rotten at the core?

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Discernment: The Lord may reveal the true motivation of an individual by bringing to mind a friend or foe from your past. This is a warning or a confirmation of what your gut is saying. If you personally fail in making a good impression, it takes twenty subsequent interactions to alter or reframe someone’s original perception of who you are. Sometimes the initial interaction frames a permanent wrong impression. Spiritual warfare in the area of your interactions with others is essential, as you need particular individuals to help you accomplish your calling and unique purpose. Declare a divine veto on gossip, slander, and negative commentary, which only serve to corrupt the context of the impression you convey.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): Could this be what mythology means by “the sacred wound” and the church describes as “original sin,” which was not something we did, but the effects of something that was done to us? I believe it is.

Brat: Are impressions a sacred wound?  My best friend tells the story of how she met her father for the first time when he came home from World War II.  She was maybe five years old.  She describes how she, in her pure innocence, absorbed his PTSD from his war wounds that he experienced overseas.  I understand her completely.  I think I did the same thing with my mother.  Maybe this is a valid point of calling these “sacred wounds.”  I know we felt them for our parents because of our love for them and our innate compassion we carry inside of us.  Now the process is one of honoring, blessing, and releasing.  Jo did that when she felt a release when she went to Normandy a few years ago.  What a sacred thing she experienced!

Nichole Nordeman: It’s history
You can’t rewrite it
You’re not meant to be
Trapped inside it
Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It’s history
But every mile mattered

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Pioneers, this is when you need to DRINK the most. This is a moment when choosing to lay down in My presence is going to be more fruitful than swinging your sword, and choosing to receive My fire over the temptation to put out fires around you.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Wait, maybe it wasn’t a cowboy. Not a sober one, anyway.

Rick Joyner (13 Apr 21): In Romans 12:21 we are told, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Our divinely powerful weapons are how we do this. We overcome every evil with the good that is the counter to it, as the verse before states: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty given him a drink. By doing this you will heap burning coals on his head.”[15]

Brat (04 May 21): Food for thought: (Going back to Fr. Richard Rohr’s broader point of sacred wounds and holding it up to Lance Wallnau’s discernment candle,) if the “original sin” was not an impression and … “was not something we did, but the effects of something that was done to us” then shouldn’t there still be some form of accountability?  It may free us from the burden of guilt and lets us off the hook from our disobedience to God’s instructions, but there’s still no consequences or an end to them recurring in this worldview.  If we are passive victims of the serpent’s wiles and the effects of the lies that were done to us, then how do we grow up to fight the serpent in this framework?  Even Montessori lenience and tolerance has limits in adulthood.  If sin was the effects of something done to us, then why would there even be a need for repentance?  What would we be repenting from?  No fault, no foul?  I’m not saying we need to peg someone with guilt and shame.  There is no health in scapegoating.  However, we can collectively rise up and say that we’ve had enough and do the right thing, rather than the sideways thing.

Patheos Catholic (03 May 21): Kill the Cat Apologetics

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): This story is being played out before our eyes as political authorities are entering churches across the globe to shut down our worship to God. Looking to accuse us of foul play, I believe Jesus’ response would be the same today as it was back then – we must serve God rather than men. We cannot allow the hardness of men’s hearts or political spirits to stop us from doing good and bringing life to those around us.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Many Christians see the sacrifice of Christ as necessary for the remission of human sins. I don’t. I see the crucifixion as a massive injustice and human failure. It never should have happened. Sadly, that historic bloody lynching has been turned into a transactional requirement for salvation. That is tragedy upon tragedy.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): This past Sunday during corporate worship, the Lord reminded me of how powerful we truly are. Listening to the passionate praises of the people, the Lord let me know… He heard us the first time…

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): Remember I told you this…in the next few years a new kind of Christian leader will appear. They will not fit any present mold. They will be the catalysts. They will usher in the next great awakening.

Brat: Are we not living “In those days, AFTER the tribulation…”?? (Mark 13:24)

AGENTS OF CHANGE

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “I have marked you as My agents of change and breakers for the Church, and I have anointed you as diplomats that will have NO STOPS where I send you! Expect to see good news once again. It has been a long time of only hearing the thumping feet of giants in the land, but now I will remind you who carries the keys of victory!

Lana Vawser (in “Emboldened” 22 Apr 21): In the vision, I saw people who were in deep anguish before the Lord; they were crying out for deliverance from the weight of confusion and despair that was surrounding them. I continued to hear the words, “I just don’t know anymore.” Many of them were feeling so weighed down and taking on this confusion as their own. [16]

Brat: Grrrrrrrr…. This feels like gaslighting! Do you not know how much it hurts to see one’s own prayers in print by someone else when there is no contact to make friendship?

When Light Came In (23 Apr 21): Arguing with a narcissist is like getting arrested.  Everything you say can and will be used against you.

Brat (05 May 21): This is a current topic and came up AGAIN yesterday as Sophia and I were discussing this stress arising once again inside the Church.  We came against it with prayer and post.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): The chaos you see and the turmoil you feel are because the enemies of the cross keep screaming from the sidelines as they are headed to the pit. It is the demons who have lost that are vying for your attention and distracting your gaze. The deliverance you have sought is already underway and the hordes of hell have been forced into submission. Do not let their expulsion divert your direction or their temper tantrums sidetrack your purpose.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): In Paul’s letter to Titus about the qualifications of elders he also lists being pugnacious as a disqualifying characteristic. This is to be prone to arguments, which is also revealing an immaturity that an elder cannot have. The mature and stable can debate with those who have differences without taking it personally and without getting impatient or offended with those who disagree. Those who cannot do this without it deteriorating into an argument are not demonstrating the maturity that one representing Christ as one of His leaders must have. [17] 

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: Our epistle reminds us that if we love one another, God lives in us. God abides in us. There is no secret we can keep from God.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Exposure is coming from Heaven in this hour, and EVERYTHING that has been done in secret will be shouted from the housetops (Luke 12:3). Our prayers are being answered, and as exposure is being realized, the devil is throwing a fit.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): You are also causing the Ekklesia to rise up and stand strong in faith. We are part of a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, regardless of what is thrown its way. We, Your Ekklesia, will declare and act in faith. We will continue to decree against what Hell is attempting to put in place. Faith is rising to oppose its every action. Together with the angel armies, we will defeat the enemy’s plans.

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): Apart from the book of Revelation, Mark 13, along with parallel Gospel passages, is a primary example of apocalyptic literature in the New Testament. It is Jesus’ way of showing that everything is passing away. If we don’t hold this counterpoint in mind, we do one of two things: we take this world far too seriously, or we try to hold on to everything. We think it’s all going to last, but it isn’t. The 21st century, the United States of America, capitalism, our churches and our political parties, and all the rest are passing away. We might recall the Buddhist heart sutra “Gone, gone, entirely gone” when we watch old movies—even celebrities and stars die. We can take this as a morbid lesson, or we can receive it as the truth ahead of time, so we’re not surprised, disappointed, and angry when it happens in our generation.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): It is the Church’s responsibility, not the government’s, schools’ or any other organization’s, to change our environment using the spiritual weapons God has given us. We are no longer going to linger INSIDE of a church building, but we are being launched into this world to bring life, hope and rescue to those trapped in deep darkness.

Nichole Nordeman: Get the box off the top shelf
With the black and white
Snapshots of your old self
In a better light
Ghosts and regrets back again
I can see it in your eyes
Send them home, let ’em go
Don’t you think it’s time

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): Before I could push back and turn the question around on you, God, before I could ask you what it is you see, you pour out your lament, your rage, your grief.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): The Apostle Paul writes about the qualifications for elders in Titus Chapter One, and “outbursts of anger” is one of the disqualifying characteristics for leadership in the church. Rage from those in leadership can do great damage, and this is something most quality organizations will not allow in their leaders or managers. Those who are prone to such a loss of control of their spirit are certainly not mature enough or secure enough to be leaders representing our King. 

Brat: I remember when you went through your raging period a few years ago.  It seemed that no one respected your authority.  I prayed for you and was grateful to God when you came back to yourself again (and I told you so with “Welcome back!”)  You are now anchored.  Glory to God!

Steve Shultz: She willingly and regularly goes into the dark places on Earth and ministers to those greatly affected or caught by the enemy himself.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): Two months ago, my love had his accident. One month ago, he had the surgery. He’s beginning to function as himself again.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): For purposes of this post, the translation could be: “If a man isn’t caring for and cultivating the lives of those closest to him, how will he handle a larger group that have less personal ties of endearment?”

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): In our world, it’s considered good manners to praise the horse on a good day, and for the rider to take the blame if things go sideways. There is nothing worse than watching a horse get punished for a rider’s frustration. So yes, take the blame, but if in this process, as we slouch and mumble about our shortcomings, what does the horse see? We act humble for the humans nearby, as if horses don’t keep us humble without us acting it out.

ETHIOPIA

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): So many pioneer families have stepped out into the unknown in faith and have faced assault upon assault, with barricades and obstructions blocking the promise that they were given to the point where they have wanted to go back to Egypt.

Allan Boesak: For people who face situations like [apartheid in South Africa], the Apocalypse is an exciting, inspiring, and marvelous book. It is a book which, in our sociopolitical situation, is a constant call for conversion and change.

Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Field Update from Ethiopia

Acts 8:27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Twice per year, we pause the Daily Meditations to ask for your support. If you have been impacted by the CAC’s programs (including these Daily Meditations) and are financially able, please consider donating.

Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Thank you for blessing so many Jewish people in Fiche, Ethiopia! Earlier in the year, we told you about our upcoming Medical Outreach to Fiche. Our team went to help impoverished Jewish people living on the outskirts of an already rural community.  

Rev. David Clifford: I have often heard sermons preached on Philip’s meeting with the Ethiopian eunuch as a reflection on the importance of our evangelistic work or our treatment of the foreigner. And, of course these things are amply important. However, as the political conflict continues to erupt over our (United States of America) own border with Mexico, it seems as if many in the USA seem to think that we, like Philip, have the answers for the foreigner seeking assistance. [18]

Acts 8:28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): It’s a curious thing, isn’t it?

Isaiah 56:Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”
And let no eunuch complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant—
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.

Brat: I wept with hope and gratitude when I read this cross-reference! I relate to this so deeply!  God…[sob]

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): You swore justice.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): This is why the red tape has only tightened its grip, the roadblocks seem to have multiplied, and the delays have increased to stop your advancement. This is why the war on your home has hit an all-time high, and you have had to war for peace and clarity on a daily basis, because the enemy sees the breakthrough coming to your family line and the promise over your future. He sees the freedom that has come because of your faith leaps, the new bloodline that has begun, and the anointing that has doubled because of your yes.

FAVOR

Fr. Richard Rohr (01 May 21): Most Christian denominations made the Gospel into what CAC teacher and friend Brian McLaren describes as “an evacuation plan for the next world,” which does not allow us to take the incarnation seriously. The Word became flesh in this world, said yes to this world, to this planet, to this earth, to physicality and sexuality, and to materiality itself! It’s all very good, according to God in Genesis 1. But most people’s association with Apocalypse is to escape this world—not to renew it. For me, the high point of the book of Revelation is in 11:15, when John writes, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ and he shall reign forever and ever.” This is not an evacuation plan for the next world—it is a promise of a new heaven and new earth for this world! [1][19]

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): The Church is changing and here are some things we can expect to see in the “face of the changing Church.”

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): If we can embrace this aspect of God’s nature as a demonstration of His extreme love for His creation, we are then able to consider redemptive actions we can take to defeat these wicked plans. As foundational as our prayers and prophetic proclamations are, it is time to step out of our prayer closets and worship services to engage with our communities at strategic levels. We are citizens of heaven, but we are also citizens here on the earth. God gave us this planet to steward. He invites us to influence, impact, and transform lives and lands around us to show others the glory of His Kingdom. We may be looking forward to “going up,” but He desperately wants to “come down” so that the knowledge of His glory will cover and permeate every living thing – including our cities.

MorningStar Ministries (01 May 21): We’ve Waited Over a Decade for this Event

Martha Spong (03 May 21): In his letter to the Galatians, Paul teaches that if we’re letting ourselves accept the guidance of the Spirit, this is how we’ll be: loving, joyful, at peace, patient, kind, generous, faithful, gentle, and able to control ourselves. His list follows a catalog of behavioral sins in verses 19-21, among them one word that stands out for me: “enmities,” the active hostility to someone or something. It’s a bitter and unremitting state of mind and heart. It’s hatefulness we can’t keep inside. It’s the systemic hate that sustains racism and bigotry and fuels actions – both individual and collective – that harm people and communities and the world.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): In Galatians 5:19-21 we have an even more serious reason why all Christians should not tolerate a lack of self-control in their life whether they are in leadership or not

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I saw many pioneers whose hearts had been deeply hurt in previous seasons from people coming into their lives and to be in relationship with them, but it was soon revealed, that these ones had come into relationship for ‘what they could get’ and what they could receive from the favour that many of these pioneers were walking in.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): However, the above text does not say that those who have done these things will not inherit the kingdom, but those who “practice” them. Our battle with the carnal nature is a desperate and difficult one, and because we are still in this fight it does not mean that we are disqualified from the kingdom. What disqualifies us is when they become our practice, which means that we have surrendered to the old nature and no longer fight it, which no true follower of the Lord will do. We must never stop fighting, and we must take control of what we allow and do in our life.

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): My friend practices random acts of guerilla compassion. She may over-tip the lunch waiter or give her mother’s caretaker a restaurant gift card or clean up an entire picnic area. Her creative acts of appreciation and recognition say a lot about what she might have liked for herself. Just a little nod to remembering that what we do matters is often enough to take us to the next step on the long path.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): The Law of Attraction: Instead of exhausting yourself with people who don’t get what you’re about, draw people who resonate with the vision you carry. Attract ideal prospects. Did you know that was possible? When this happens, you are operating in flow—dancing in rapport with others—and people that are ideal for you are picking up on your presence. These interactions are synchronous events, God’s divine appointments—not a coincidence or a moment left to chance. A series of events and Spirit-led decisions lead to this interaction. When you run into the right person at the right time you are tapping into a field of cause and effect in an unseen realm.

MorningStar Ministries (01 May 21): We’ve waited over a decade for this event. After ten years of prayers, we’re honored to finally offer you an invitation to this Partners Homecoming on June 4 – 5, where we’ll be having the Heritage Tower dedication ceremony.

Genesis 11:Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

Brat: You already have a university and now you need a tower, too?

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Yes, this is the right time, the right moment in history, and the right environment to birth movements. Don’t buy into what you see around you and the news headlines. What God gave you is for THIS HOUR! What you are about to birth and build next is what the enemy is afraid of. He is afraid because it’s been like the collecting of waters, the building of pressure through years of warfare that has brought you to a moment where what you have been carrying has only increased in its potency, and it is going to do some serious damage to the plans of darkness!

Revelation 12:15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): Last week the Lord was showing me many pioneers that are feeling lonely right now, they are building with the Lord and moving into the ‘unchartered territories’ but have been feeling deeply lonely. For some of these pioneers, relationships they have run with before have shifted and changed, and they now feel like they are in the unchartered waters alone. Others have been in uncharted waters for a long time feeling very alone and crying out to the Lord for community of like hearted and like minded people to run and build with.

Quinn G. Caldwell (05 May 21): Checking In

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): David, for his part, fulfilled his role by killing Philistines and getting the prophetic blueprint for the design of the temple. He got the blueprint and he funded the building.

Genesis 11:But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 

Quinn G. Caldwell (05 May 21): As goes Jerusalem, so goes the world – at least in the biblical imagination – so of course when God wants to make a new heaven and a new earth, the transformation starts in J-town. Another way to state that claim is to say that the transformation of the universe will start in religious centers, the places where the worshipers of our God gather to worship.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): Reminded of His attitude towards wickedness and readiness for war with His enemies, I began to search scriptures and ponder this aspect of God’s nature. As peace-loving citizens of a higher Kingdom, we don’t often consider what it means to burn with holy anger or righteous indignation. And yet, if we don’t understand or embrace this aspect of God’s PASSION for His people, I believe our CAPACITY FOR TRUTH WILL BE LIMITED. If we cannot fathom His actions towards those who openly defy His laws, we will be unable to see what’s right in front of our eyes. (Additional scriptures referencing God’s perspective on war: Deuteronomy 32:39-43Jeremiah, 51:20-23, Hosea 10:13-14, Jeremiah 46:10, Ezekiel 7:10-12, Job 5:11-15, Isaiah 36:5, Joel 3:9-10)

Donna Rigney (April 14, 2021): As I sat in the presence of the Lord, I heard Him say, “People’s eyes need to be opened to the truth. Before the great unveiling occurs, I will be sovereignly opening the eyes of My blind children. Where they’ve walked in great darkness, they will soon be seeing the light. Little by little, light will be shown upon areas of deception, and they will see and understand the truth. Where they once believed that lies were the truth, now they will know. Because of My mercy on these blind ones, I am gradually going to shine the light into these dark corners where wickedness has been hiding.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Before, during and after the trail of Officer Derek Chauvin, George Floyd’s murderer, it wasn’t uncommon to hear things like, “George Floyd was the wakeup call we needed.”

Donna Rigney (April 14, 2021): Leaks Are Coming

Ric Guerra (30 Apr 21): Stretch your faith to pray for people who are far away from you in terms of lapsed time or geographical distance. Expect God’s power to bridge the gaps.[20]

Rev. David Clifford: However, if we utilize an incarnation of love interpretive framework, the thing we are abiding within isn’t a literal vine, but the love of Christ. Those who abide in Christ’s love, abide in Christ. For Christ is the vine, and we are the branches. The fruit we bear isn’t more butts in the church pews, but more love in the world. If any Christian is not loving, they are like a branch that is thrown away and withers.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Romans 12:9)To “abhor” something is to “have a horror of; to detest.” The question is – do we recognize what’s truly evil? Are we rightly discerning the forces at work behind the scenes that are openly defying God? Do we recognize that though God is merciful and compassion, He also burns with holy anger against rebellion and sin?

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I continued to watch as the Lord used these once lonely pioneers as CONNECTORS. The Lord was now using them in great and powerful ways as NETWORKERS and CONNECTORS to BRING THE FAMILY TOGETHER.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): No Sacrifice

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): For all the cowboys in western movies who flap their arms like chickens and jerk that horse’s head sideways with a shank-bit, while stabbing spur rowels into tense flanks, egads, would you give yourself some credit? I’m not saying they’ll start making movies of women standing next to horses and breathing. Affirmative training, working peacefully with horses, will never be as flashy as whip-cracking domination, but the world for horses will only change when we stand and bear witness to our skill and value.

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: Apocalyptic literature is not meant to strike fear in us as much as a radical rearrangement. It’s not the end of the world. It’s the end of worlds—our worlds that we have created.

Nichole Nordeman: But it’s history
It don’t define ya
You’re free to leave
It all behind ya

Revelation 2:28 I will also give that one the morning star. 

MorningStar Ministries (01 May 21): This is a time for our Partners and those who have supported this ministry to celebrate and fellowship with dear friends. Thanks to your faithfulness, MorningStar Ministries is expanding into the many prophetic words spoken over this organization as we continue our mission of equipping the saints. There’s so much we have planned, and we can’t wait to show you.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Instead of hitting snooze, let’s interrogate how white culture habitually turns a tragedy into an opportunity for “us.” Let’s see whose body we crucify for “our” benefit. Let’s also acknowledge how some elements of Christian theology inform this self-serving pattern.

Genesis 11:The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 

Brat: Lord, don’t You see Your word has been fulfilled again?!

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Apr 21): Let’s further distinguish the character of apocalyptic literature from prophetic literature in the Bible. Since the Western mind is literal and analytic, it usually misunderstood both types of literature. We viewed apocalypse as threatening and prophecy as foretelling, and our understanding of both missed the point. Prophecy came to mean predicting things and apocalypse came to mean the final destruction of things—both in the future. We projected everything forward, instead of realizing that these writings were, first of all, present descriptions of reality right now. We did the same thing with heaven and hell. In terms of the actual biblical message of transformation and enlightenment, this approach is largely useless, in my opinion, and often even harmful. They just reinforced our reward/punishment story line which keeps us at an immature level of development.

Genesis 11:Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

Brat: Say what?

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): The bartender asks in a soft voice, “How is that new colt doing?”

Revelation 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: Jesus’ use of apocalyptic language is his way of showing that everything is passing away. God puts us in a world of passing things where everything changes, and nothing remains the same.

Sally A. Howard: We never outgrow the need to be held in steadfast compassionate love. 

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Favor: When you meet someone for the first time, your memory slideshow begins to play. You begin by asking yourself, “Who does this person remind me of?” It is as if you experience a divine form of déjà vu. This serves as a clue to the significance of this individual. When God guides the selection process, a new acquaintance looks at you and they associate you with someone or something positive. That’s when the favor hits. Favor is like a divine covering and makes a powerful first impression.

Brat: When I got a response from Fr. Richard Rohr, I was not convinced I made a favorable impression.  I wondered if one of his paid readers wrote it in his name. He talked about his conversion/other-worldly experience and our belovedness, and then he put in a ploy for a monetary donation.

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: Twice a year we pause the Daily Meditations to ask for your support. If you’ve been impacted by these Meditations, please consider donating. Any amount is appreciated, as we are committed to keeping these messages free and accessible to all.

Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Thank you again for your financial and prayer support. You make all the difference. 

Ryan Johnson (29 Apr 21): The problem is that many think that this mindset is correct, but your mind needs to be broken and freed from the spirit of deception. YOU have value and worth in The Kingdom!

Brat: [Slow exhale…] Does anybody listen?!

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): So, if another voice comes to question My ability, challenge my authority, or reject My methods of warfare – just remember – THE COMMAND WENT OUT THE FIRST TIME YOU PRAYED.

Rev. David Clifford: We sometimes forget the power of the Spirit that is at work in this story from the book of Acts. Sudarshana Devadhar (resident bishop, New England, Conference, United Methodist Church) interprets Luke’s note of the time of day as an indicator of the guidance of the Spirit and Philip’s holy discernment

Acts 8:29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.”

Brat: Like Philip goes Uber?

Nichole Nordeman: Every road and every bend
Every bruise and bitter end
All you squandered, all you spent
It mattered, it mattered
Mercy always finds a way
To wrap your blisters up in grace
Every highway you’d erase
It mattered, it mattered

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): And allow the soul to thrive by taking care of the holy body to which it has tied its destiny.

Rev. David Clifford: Of course, all of this begs the question of how one might interpret the very task of evangelism through the lens of an incarnation of love. I find myself curious about how one might preach the call to evangelism through such a hermeneutical lens. Many people, especially in the younger generations, are tired of having religion and a “holy-than-thou” sharing of the “good news” shoved down their throat. Too often, the modern church has done more harm than good in our evangelical pursuit of sharing what is supposed to be good news to those in the margins of society.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): But I want us to think carefully about whether our personal anxiety about being fruitful enough—which we might interpret at times as being saintly enough, as busy enough, as able enough, as successful enough—obscures what Jesus is really getting at here in this parable of the vine and branches. Because, I would offer, this is not so much a parable about God’s assessment or judgment of individual achievement as it is a parable about connection, about the divinely-perfected integration of heaven and earth.

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: As God transforms us, we transform the world. Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador knew what it meant to be transformed by love; he knew what it meant to be with the people of his country and knew that speaking the truth would likely cause his death; he knew that loving the people of El Salvador meant that his actions and words mattered. He is reported to have said, “If a man knows how to detach from himself and knows how to love, he is a saint; if a man speaks too much about holiness but does not know how to love, he is no saint.” This is how we love.

Rev. Jacqui Lewis: Radical change requires radical love. When we put our own needs second, and join the love revolution, then will we find ourselves in God’s Kingdom. 

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): This next generation among us is beautiful and precious and so sold out to Christ.

FAMILY

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21- echo…): Let us know more about you and your journey – when you have time.

Brat prayer (28 Apr 21): Lord, I don’t know what else to say.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Your home and those family relationships are the most important assets in your life! Don’t treat them poorly; they are the first sanctuary on the way to church.

Brat to the Community of Divine Love (05 Apr 21): (I already told you…) I live with my 89-year-old father. I care for him, so living apart from him is not an option at this time. However, I would still like the conversation to continue, so as to nourish the love I have with you and the Church. I look forward to exploring more with you.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then I saw a vision of these pioneers with their families in a “crossing the red sea” season, and they looked tired. It’s been a season of crossing over and leading the way into new territory, and this journey between the wilderness and the promise has been long.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): There is no doubt about it—family is a higher priority than your church or ministry. It’s the FIRST Mountain.

Mark 6:4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): I remember feeling very special, very chosen, very beloved, and it was my secret. The rest of my family didn’t know what I was knowing—see how my ego was already getting involved? Like the Apostle Paul, I now believe that chosenness is for the sake of letting everybody else know they are chosen, too.

Brat to Fr. Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21): You have a prayer for our community that we would all see our inherent belovedness.  I add to that that there is no way to reach a community if there isn’t one to belong to in this apocalyptic revision and there is no value recognized in the gift (in the time of Disorder). 

Elijah List (26 Apr 21): “Jesus, help”

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Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): When we are thanked, we go on to thank others. Blessings multiply into happy endings; ingratitudes multiply into messes. How to get the appreciation we ourselves want? Appreciate others. How to get the encouragement we ourselves want? Encourage others. The golden rule is truly golden and has many applications. Once we know that what we do matters, we go on to help others recognize the same.

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Apr 21): To change people’s consciousness, we have to find a way to reach their unconscious. That’s where our hearts and our real agendas lie, where our mother wounds, father wounds, and cultural wounds reside. The unconscious is where it all lies stored, and this determines a great deal of what we pay attention to and what we ignore. While it took modern therapy and psychology for us to recognize how true this was, through apocalyptic literature, the Scripture writers were already there. We can’t get to the unconscious logically, literally, or mechanically. We have to fall into it, I’m sorry to say, and usually by suffering, paradox and the effective use of symbols. Until our certitudes and our own little self-written success stories begin to fall apart, we usually won’t touch upon any form of deeper wisdom.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): If you mess up the order, your banners start falling off the wall.

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): They are a walking paradox. They feel weaker. They feel stronger. They feel disoriented. They feel focused. They feel discombobulated. They feel settled.

Brat: THAT IS SOOOOO TRUE!

Steve Shultz: And I’m so pleased to note that someone closer to my age, along with these young, emerging prophets and evangelists, is happily and strongly promoting the brand new thing God is doing with this next generation.

Dutch Sheets (20 Apr 21): Lord, give us eyes to see what You are doing. Give us ears to hear what You are saying. Give us courageous hearts that stand ready to hold the line for righteousness, justice, and truth. Give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can push back evil, restore divine order, secure peace and see Your Kingdom advance, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Steve Shultz (28 Apr 21): God is saying, “If you’ll take care of your own, I’ll take care of the REST of your concerns.”

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): Brother Jesus, you show up and show us the way to feed those who need feeding. Keep showing us. Amen.

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: But what is love? We could attempt to define it in many ways, and we could provide examples of how we have experienced love, yet it would still not be enough. We could look at our relationships and draw from those, but even then, we would not have a certain definition.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): Relationships are the most valuable treasures we have in this life. How many have been ruined by the lack of self-control? This causes things like outbursts of anger, saying things that cannot be taken back, or doing things that irreparably damage a relationship and sever us from those who would have been great treasures in our life. How has the lack of self-control kept us from promotions or positions we would have otherwise received? We will not know until the Judgment Day just how costly this one thing has been to us, but if this is a problem we have, there is no doubt the cost has been great.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): Lord, our declaration of faith is that You have brought us to an era of Pentecost. What You are about to do, the world has never seen. You are not an indifferent bystander, simply watching over the affairs of men. You are rising up. You will thunder against iniquitous roots that mock You. You will rise against sin and its destruction, against idolatry, and against governments that disdain Your Word. You will judge in fairness. But You will not be mocked and You will not be stopped.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): Time for an Answer

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): As soon as I heard those words, I looked out at the horizon and suddenly I could see the assignments that God had given to these pioneers, and why their assignments had been so heavily contested. Then I heard these words: “This is over territory, inheritance, and legacy!”

Genesis 11:So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Understanding that He will protect us and bless us in our going out and coming in gives us this supernatural boldness to accomplish His mission and assignment for us as we go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel to everyone. He gives us language to use that is understandable to the hearer, and opens the hearts of those who are hardened to listen to life words that produce a life change in them. We are His kids and we were never designed to live broken and apart from Him.

Nate Johnston (26 Apr 21): The enemy has been trying to prevent and hold back the next scene of the play but while it can be delayed, nothing cannot stop what God has been planning to unveil.[21]

FRUIT BASKET

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): This is what the Lord God showed me—a basket of summer fruit. He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” – Amos 8:1-2a (NRSV)

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): God puts us in a world of passing things where everything changes and nothing remains the same. The only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. It’s a hard lesson to learn. It helps us appreciate that everything is a gift. We didn’t create it. We don’t deserve it. It will not last, but while we breathe it in, we can enjoy it, and know that it is another moment of God, another moment of life. People who take this moment seriously take every moment seriously, and those are the people who are ready for heaven. If religion isn’t leading us into an eternal now, an eternal moment, an always-true moment, an always-love moment, then we have not lived the moment at all.[22]

Rev. David Clifford: There is “good news” in these scriptures for this difficult task. The strength and power of love that we so desperately need in our society comes, not from us, but from Christ. For Christ reminds us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart form me you can do nothing…If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15: 5 & 7 NIV). We remain in a Savior that is the true incarnation of God’s love – not one that cuts off all the people we don’t like or that don’t act the way we desire. Christ is a Savior that prunes the hate of the world so that love will blossom and grow. This is the incarnation of love.

Prof. Mark Hollabaugh (29 Apr 21): The vinegrower in this “I am” saying is a master pruner because instead of killing the vine, it bears more fruit. I’m sure if I were to attempt to prune the vine, I’d kill it. Fortunately for us, we can let God do the pruning. What needs pruning in our lives so we can grow and bear much fruit? Are we ready to let the master vinegrower remove the withered branches of our lives?

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): So, for example, in today’s Gospel reading we hear Jesus talking about being the vine and his Father being the vinegrower, and we are the branches who are expected to bear fruit, to bear MUCH fruit, in fact, so that we can glorify God…or else we’ll be burned up and thrown away into the fire. And if we’re accustomed to always thinking that somehow we need to be impressive to be of value, that sounds a little intimidating. like an ultimatum—be fruitful or else!

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: When we abide in God, God abides in us. God abides in our relationships. God transforms. God will allow us to bear fruit. Amen.

Acts 8:30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: Apocalyptic literature helps us make room for something new by clearing out the old—old ideas, old stories, old ways of thinking, especially if we’ve become overly attached to them.

Rev. David Clifford: I wonder how we might interpret this scripture differently through the lens of an incarnation of love in Philip’s spirit. Could it be that Philip is able to share the good news of the gospel with the Ethiopian eunuch because he was so connected to the love of God through the incarnation of Christ? The preacher of these texts might explore the ways our spirit of love, as connected by Christ, affects and calls us to treat our fellow human beings differently and with more understanding (a play on words from the conversation Philip and the Ethiopian share).

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: It is a slow and transformational relationship between the vine grower and the branches. Just like the Ethiopian eunuch in our first lesson, we will not always understand. We may ask, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” These relationships require honesty and require us to let go of all those parts we think we can hide from the world and God. How many times have we been afraid to ask for help? Or even embarrassed to ask, “Who can guide me?”

Kaitlin Curtice: The next step after naming my trauma—the trauma of assimilation, the trauma of being an Indigenous woman who grew up in the Baptist church, the trauma of a broken family, the trauma of struggling with anxiety, and more—was to learn how to live with the reality of those traumas, because once we name something out loud, it becomes true in a way it wasn’t before. My journey with trauma includes learning to love myself in a more embodied way, continuing therapy, and actually stepping out of toxic church spaces and institutions into a fuller journey with the Christian faith that accepts me as I am.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): My intention of sharing with you is not to get seen on the Daily Meditations or on social media.  I realize you do not respond to every submission.  My intention of sharing, however, is to make a connection, as heretofore everyone I share with reciprocates with more grinding Silence and it is impossible to forge an honest relationship without partnership.  There is no relationship with Apathy.  I am sharing out of a genuine heart cry.  Without a “Boaz” I’m perpetually gleaning the fields…

Acts 8:31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.

Rev. David Clifford: In a similar way, the incarnation of love from 1 John may adjust the ways in which we interpret the lectionary text from the Gospel of John. Similar to the text from Acts, I have often heard sermons preached on this text from John’s Gospel as an elaboration of our call to evangelism. The usual interpretation says that if we are truly united with Christ, we will bear fruit and see the harvest of our work (which is so often translated as church growth).

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): We ARE the Church; it’s not a building with a cross on it. God’s “Church” is equipped and designed to move in power and authority, destroying the works of the evil one (1 John 3:8). The “Greater One,” JESUS, lives inside of us, and the same authority He has, we have.

Revelation 2:26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): That sense of needing to be impressively fruitful can shape how we think about our faith, our relationship with Jesus, and it can affect how we interpret certain passages.

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): If the dead works of religion, compromise, and control are more appealing, then I believe we will miss the pure revival fires of the Lord, who still desires to be Head of His church. The overcomers who hold fast to Jesus in these end times comprise a remnant-Bride who will ultimately receive authority over the nations. (Revelation 2:18-29.)

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): The Authority of Those Who Have Suffered (Center for Action and Contemplation: 2005), MP3 download.

Acts 8:32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth.

Brat: And the Church said nothing…

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): The Lord uses prophetic words, visions, and dreams to encourage us. These manifestations of Holy Spirit help us to see what He is doing. They also provide strategies to help us carry out His will on the earth. He releases them to bring direction and they provide strength against wavering when adversity comes our way.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): It is your FAITH that I respond to and it is your TRUST IN ME that moves My heart. I LOVE answering your prayers and I DELIGHT in manifesting My goodness. The reason for seeming delay to your answers is not because I am hard of hearing. It is not because I am still fighting or struggling to overcome.

Psalm 19:2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

Brat (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): Then why don’t they write me back?  Ellen wrote me back, and she hears me, but friends can only do so much.  Where’s the Church?  Thirteen years of enforced SILENCE is nuts!

Franklin Graham (27 Apr 21): Cancel Culture vs. the Church

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): It is no wonder that Jesus teaches so much about forgiveness, and shares so much healing touch and talk. He does not resort to the usual moral categories, punishment practices, the frequent blame, or the simplistic sin language of most early-stage religious people. That is why he is such a huge spiritual master. Christians almost avoided seeing this by too glibly calling him “God.” He offers everything to us for our own transformation—everything! Not to change others but to change ourselves. Jesus never “cancels” other people or groups.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then I saw, specifically, a 3-year season of contractions and pushing that ended in nothing, and these pioneers were exhausted and wanted to stop pressing in for the promise. I saw the books and manuscripts and songs that had been blocked and held back – the creative solutions that were NEEDED for the season we have been in, but they came under fire and were never birthed.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): “How long must we wait, O Lord, how long? How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save?”

Acts 8:33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): Remember the power of your declaration and the proclamation of My Word. From the very first time you cried out to me on behalf of this nation, I HEARD YOU. From the very first time you came together in unity of heart and interceded for the governments of men, I HEARD YOU. From the very first time you raised your voice in faith asking for justice, I HEARD YOU.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): For me, *together* is still so new, so fragile. But I’ve seen and felt and heard enough love and goodness from this man that I can lean in to hope.

Acts 8:34 The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?”

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): And because people grow and change better inside community than outside, they also developed reinstating rituals of forgiveness and healing for whenever people needed them. Good thing, too, because to this day most Christians still don’t stop sinning cold turkey, even if we try to, even if we want to, or want to want to.

Pastor Steve Dittmar (27 Apr 21): There once was a man who saw what God wanted to do. He saw it so clearly. He knew what God wanted to do. Actually, it was only a speckle of what God wanted to do, but he stared at it so long, it became all that God wanted to do…so begins the journey a man who saw what God wanted to do and the speckle of God. 

Kaitlin Curtice (05 May 21): I am someone who journeys with trauma.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): When your heart is broken, ask Him to mend it.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Accept praise graciously and authentically. Remind yourself to simply say “Thanks, it felt good to get that right.” Being humble doesn’t mean under-valuing yourself.

Ryan Johnson (29 Apr 21): Sadly there are many who believe that if you continue to see themselves as a worthless nobody, then no one will require anything out of them. If you’re someone that no one else needs, someone without value, or any desire to ever accomplish anything; then everyone will always see you as a person of no interest.[23]

Brat: Said by someone in a position of power.  So, I accept your request to “like” your ministry, but you don’t have to “follow” mine?  Just sayn, it’s a very one-sided world I seem to be in, which God sent me into.  All this talk of love and a simple courtesy would go much farther.

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): When David is confronted by the prophet Natan with rebuke (II Samuel 12), he responds with a single word: “Chatati (‘חטאתי’): I have sinned.”

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Is it that we think we’re the only ones who fall short? Is it a poorly kept secret that mistakes happen? We’ve got this backwards. We’re human, we screw up. It’s our nature. Normal. Ordinary. No reason to constantly point out the obvious. It’s dull conversation.

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): A side of them ponders the cost of greatness with fear and trembling. Another side of them exuberantly embraces the cost. They are reaching a tipping point in their misery. One of their worlds is about to be absorbed by the other, ushering in the next great awakening! Why not you?

TRAINING GROUNDS

Acts 8:35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.

Steve Shultz: I would NEVER have believed back then that this training would lead me to the opportunities and destiny that God is opening before me.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz (02 May 21): Kathryn, What are you waiting for?

Ryan LeStrange (26 Apr 21): My Monday Word for You…Breaking Free from Dominating Leadership!

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): There has been a global demonic assignment of delay sent to stop the move of God in the earth, and to stop the movements that pioneers have been carrying from coming into fruition, but right now the waters are breaking!

Acts 8:36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?”

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): A mother called the church not long ago and asked if we would baptize her toddler, who’d been denied baptism in another community because of Rules. The Rules didn’t make much sense to her, or to me, so we arranged to baptize the little one.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): In a vision, I saw waves and rushing river rapids from many different streams, all beginning to collect like headwaters in a basin, and they were swirling but unable to move any further. As I looked closer I saw that there was an obstruction stopping the flow which looked like a dam wall, but the waters were too much for the wall and it was beginning to crack. Then I heard the Lord say, “The waters are about to break!”

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Saint Teresa of Avila once came upon a moving image of the suffering Christ. Falling to her knees, she determined not to rise until Jesus healed her moral carelessness, which she believed was wounding him. Her pious biographers claim she was immediately converted. But Teresa knew better. She wrote, “From that moment on, I began to begin getting better.”

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): By choosing a life of simplicity, service, generosity, and even powerlessness, we can move forward trusting both Love and Mystery. We don’t need to be perfectly certain before taking the next step.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Many have seen new and terrifying giants emerging and standing at the gates to their life’s greatest promises, but this is not a moment to retreat or be intimidated! Giants like to camp around your greatest promotions, but just keep going! Many have been saying at this point, “Do we turn back around? Do we retrace our steps? Did we miss it?” But over the next few months there are going to be some major reminders of your call and major wins to lift you out of defeat.

Brat: Giants? What giants?

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Maybe you think the railbirds are judging every move you make. They can be real folks wearing celebrity-trainer hats, trying to pass by parroting things that sound tough, saying you’ll spoil that horse. They can be imaginary railbirds, who live in your head and are even worse. They sing-song in your ear, “You pansy, are you afraid? Can’t you make him do it? Show him who’s boss.” The imaginary railbirds say the meanest things.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 Apr 21): For when you fear a thing, you open a door for it to enter.

Brat: And Jesus tried to nip even good things in the bud before they could spread by saying to the amazed Pharisees things like, “And surely you will say …” (Luke 4:23)

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): Rules

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): What Do We Do with This Pain?

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Recently, the Lord began speaking to me about pioneers and pioneer families who have been facing impossible obstacles and giants that have been preventing them from advancing.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): Tim compared this to the clash in the Bible when Lucifer rebelled against God. He attempted a coup d’etat and led one-third of Heaven’s angels against the Godhead. Michael and his archangels fought against them and won. As we know, Lucifer and his rebellious angels were then cast out of Heaven.

Brat: And look where they landed!

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Apr 21): Through apocalyptic literature, the Scripture writers were finding a language and set of metaphors that would stir the power of the imagination and shake the unconscious. The Book of Apocalypse or Revelation was written almost entirely in this apocalyptic style, with archetypal symbols of good and evil such as the Heavenly Woman, the Lamb of God, the Mighty Warrior, and the Red Dragon. The genre we are familiar with that comes closest to what Revelation does is science fiction—but please don’t think I’m dismissing the divinely inspired character of the book. The well-known Bible translator Eugene Peterson (1932–2018) understood the symbolic power of the Book of Revelation

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): Be assured that I’ve been overcoming this darkness far longer than you know. Before you uttered your first prayer, I knew what was coming. Before you even understood the battle, I already arranged for the victory. 

Acts 8:38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

Lana Vawser (26 Apr 21): “Drink deeply of the living water of My Spirit and My Word and be filled to overflowing with the revelatory truths of My heart. Many of your lives are about to change as you see the power of My words (Psalm 119:68 – TPT).”

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Many have come to what feels like an impenetrable stop on every side, but this isn’t the end of the story – the hold-up is breaking, the hold-back is breaking, the resistance is wearing down and soon MOVEMENT will come.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): It turns out, I also have Rules about baptism, and we had to suspend those, too. Because we were still in quarantine from the Covid pandemic, the baptism was not via the lovely font under the soaring roof of our sanctuary. Instead, the water was poured into an ordinary bowl of water under an unseasonably sunny sky. Because we were still gathering virtually, the whole congregation could not witness the baptism in person. Instead, one masked representative stood in for everyone. And the toddler splashed his hand in the ordinary bowl of water in the middle of things, which seemed as holy a way to bless the water as the solemn words we had planned.

Brat (04 May 21): Over the last decade the whole world has gotten cosmic baptisms by global fires, floods, blood moons, diminishing icebergs, rising sea levels, rising earth temperatures, regional (Ebola) and global (Coronavirus) pandemics, smart bugs, droughts, political prisoners, slavery, restricting human rights, … (need I go on?)  And Jesus has been with us just as He promised in the Book of Revelation where all these traumas were also described.  These baptisms have been waking us up.  Sophia, Jo, and I believe we are in the middle of another wake-up call right now.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): George Floyd was the wakeup call we needed? Really? Who is “we” in that sentence? A now-famous Black Lives Matter protest sign addresses the issue squarely: “George Floyd isn’t a wakeup call. The same alarm has been ringing since 1619. Y’all just keep hitting snooze.”

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): I quickly realized that though we Americans don’t see tanks on the streets, we are most certainly in a time of war. Because the weapons are unconventional and largely out of sight, we don’t realize the implications of what is taking place. Not only is there chaos at every turn, there have been untold casualties in this war. Ever since the lockdowns began last year, countless people have been dying from man-made tools of war, inciting terror in the hearts of citizens everywhere. If we understand that we are in a war zone, our perceptions of reality and subsequent responses to the crises will vastly differ from those who don’t. More importantly, we cannot say we are in a time of peace when God says we are in a time of war. We cannot simply go on with life as usual when forces of darkness are literally trying to kill us.

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): In the early church, some bishops believed that Christians who sinned post-baptism (especially The Big Sins, like fornication, fraud, apostasy, and murder) were not Christians at all. Baptism made you a new creature, so if you were still sinning like an old creature, clearly it didn’t take. Big Sinners got excommunicated. No way back in.

Franklin Graham (27 Apr 21): When a society embraces godlessness, it results in anarchy. The Lord warned to not embrace a lifestyle of “everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes” (Deuteronomy 12:8, ESV).

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): Here we see that enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, and dissensions are listed with such things as immorality, sorcery, and drunkenness. We are also told that those who practice them will not inherit the kingdom of God. How much more serious could this be? 

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): We’ve already crossed over into this new era, and God’s plans will succeed!

Brat: For the most part, yes, we have crossed over.  But we have not crossed over into the new era in the department of courtesy!  Courtesy is always the last thing to be repaired even if there is reparation in other significant areas.  In past epochs, courtesy wasn’t necessarily ever restored.  Look at Camelot.  God’s plans have already been fulfilled and His word goes forth whether or not anyone reads it.  Jesus is still the Alpha and the Omega.  BUT, the Pete’s and repeats will continue for lack of listening within the leadership, because there is nowhere for the proverbial buck to stop.  There is no accountability even among the apostles.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): Reflecting on trauma has made me think that much of the human race must have suffered from what we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is heartbreaking to imagine, but it gives me much more sympathy for the human person caught in repeated cycles of historical violence.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): Tim said that he feels this coming clash will once again involve Michael and his angel armies. It will also involve the Church, the heirs of God, the joint-heirs with Christ. He stressed that God is saying to His Ekklesia now what He has said so often through the ages: “You have My authority. Take care of this. You’ll win. Stop the takeover and do not fear a clash with the Titans.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): For people who face situations like these, the Apocalypse is an exciting, inspiring, and marvelous book. It is a book which, in our sociopolitical situation, is a constant call for conversion and change. . . . But we shall have to learn to read it differently. . . .

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Pretty soon the bishops realized that a church of the perfect was doomed to extinction. Christians were going to sin, even if they knew they shouldn’t, tried not to, and didn’t want to. So church leaders began thinking of baptism not as a one shot transformation, but as a life-long unfolding, a grace that recreates us over time.

Rev. Dr. Sally Howard: Our God, who poured Herself into the creation of all that exists, is subject to risk, to being fractured and torn, just as we are. . . . The knowledge and experience of God’s solidarity and union with us is profoundly healing and can alter the sequela of trauma so as not to become repetitive and recurrent. God desires closeness to all our experience, naked and raw, in its particularity and commonality. . .

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Only One, Friend and Defender of the Oppressed,

whose Child was pierced with metal by militarized police,

we know that wherever there is a broken body,

wherever there are tears, you are there.[24]

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: When we abide in God, we invite God into our lives – however messy that may be. When we abide in God, we are empowered to seek our place in this world, loving others, living into the mission of the Church, restoring all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

Acts 8:39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 Apr 21): So if you want to be healthy, put yourself in a healthy space.[25]

Rev. Dr. Sally Howard: By providing the safe dwelling place, God defeats the horror in our lives. God catches up our trauma and weaves any horror-filled participation into an unending relationship of beatific intimacy. When we recognize God in our own narrative, there is no wound so deep that God cannot heal. [1][26]

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): God, give us courage to ask hard questions and the audacity to expect a response. When we pray, we “pinky-swear” to listen and make space for your response so that we might live as a resurrection people called to speak life as love and justice embodied in the world. Amen.

WHERE’S BOAZ?

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Now that I think on it, it wasn’t a cowboy after all. It was a woman. A friend who has a passion for horses. And no, it wasn’t a bar, it was your kitchen, and you made her tea.

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Give me the grace to want to, O God. And to want to want to. And to want to want to want to…

Brat: I admit, the narrative sounds good on paper.

Acts 8:40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Brat to Fr. Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21): Your voice has value in our community.  Mine is not seen as a gift although I am chosen.  Boaz bought Ruth’s freedom in choosing her and the elders bore witness. You yourself don’t have to play the part of Boaz (in the time of Reorder), but you can pass me along to someone in the Church who wants to.

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Wanting to Want to

Steve Shultz (05 May 21): Please share this with all of your friends…the intelligence in this is out of this world – literally!

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): The spiritual message is really quite simple, although a very hard one for us to learn. It is saying that nothing is permanent. Apocalyptic literature tells us to be prepared for that, so we won’t be shocked or scandalized when someone dies, or something is destroyed. You might learn this truth the moment after you hear of the death of your mother or father, when the rug is pulled out from beneath you. Or, during that moment when you go to the doctor and get a fatal diagnosis and are told you have three months left to live. Or when your house is destroyed by a tornado or flood in seconds. Apocalyptic literature describes such moments and crises. Again, this message is not meant to be heard as a threat, but as a truth that nothing lasts forever. Our great hope is that there will be something we can grasp onto, something that’s eternal, something that’s God. We want the absoluteness of God, the eternity of God, and we can’t fully find it here.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): You’d think that confidence was the exact same thing as arrogance, some sort of poison to be avoided. Or like there is some reward for seeing ourselves in a lesser light. Does it tear us down a little bit, contributing to a self-fulfilling prophesy? Do we become a club of false humility? Some of us will only say a nice thing about ourselves, if we disclaim it three times first by listing other faults. I swear, the way we talk about ourselves, it’s amazing our dogs like us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): Prayer means that when your heart bursts with pain, pour it out to Him.

Me to Jo (30 Apr 21): So beautiful and so raw.  I know exactly what you are talking about!! Yesterday I felt whole body pain.  I thought it was my body reacting in pain to the ear biopsy (which they have already told me is NOT cancer. Thank You, God!!).  But my ear hurts terribly and I have no tolerance for any pain.  Ironically, it is the ear that is my most prophetic part!  My mission is to “hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.” 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): And the opposite as well: If there is a problem in the body, its origin is somewhere in the soul.

Me to Jo (30 Apr 21): The pain doesn’t just stay in the ear but escapes EVERYWHERE like the Pinball Wizard into all my arthritic joints.  The pain was unbearable!

The Who: “Pinball Wizard” [https://youtu.be/4AKbUm8GrbM]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): “Doctors are healers.  Doctors are not prophets.  Never give up.”[27]

Luke 4:23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (30 Apr 21): Aviva Spiegel, a resident of Tsfat who was at the event, released an audio in which she described her experience: “Whatever they say in the media that the Haredim (ultra-Orthodox) were pushing and trampling, that they were like animals, hopefully, the media won’t, I want to tell you that when the sirens started blaring, I saw Hatzala workers running, and I saw men pumping chests, giving CPR,” Spiegel said. “What I saw was a nation that was so united. There is the story of death but the real story is the … thousands of people who were davening (praying) for them…Everyone was saying Tehillim (psalms). The heart of the nation is pure. Even though were dealt a huge blow. We were crying out for our brothers and sisters. And this is what brings geula (redemption). We pray for each other, and give tzedaka (charity).”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): So that the two must be healed in tandem. Heal the body by healing the soul—with more mitzvahs, more Torah, more focus on your spiritual growth.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Even now, many have begun to back-peddle on their calling and have reduced their vision because the gates to nations look shut, but I haven’t called My pioneers to operate under the constraints of the natural, but in the realm of the impossible. So believe Me again!

Me to Jo (30 Apr 21): I was trying to tell Sophia yesterday that I wish the rabbis could see that it is not always so that our bodies reflect what is going on in our own souls.  It can be more than inside-out reflection and maybe not that at all.  What about babies born with terrible diseases?  What about their own 45 deaths in the stampede in Meron, Israel, yesterday?  I want to shout to them that with the prophetic, sometimes we carry in our bodies what is going on in our “herd,” even if we don’t necessarily see the greater pain as originating within ourselves.  It’s hard to explain if one hasn’t experienced it.  I think this is a form of uber compassion.  And you are right, I think it ties in with mercy, because we come alongside others, even though we can’t do anything for them.  We pray and let God do for them.  Anything else at that point would be a form of playing god.

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): No one will be able to buy them off or get them to change the subject. They will operate on a disquieting plane of holiness and consecration. I believe that A.W. Tozer was describing them when he said, “They serve God and mankind from motives too high to be understood by the rank and file of religious retainers who today shuttle in and out of the sanctuary.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): Make your heart His sanctuary, the place where you find Him.

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): The clue to understanding the Apocalypse as protest literature—and at the same time the answer to the question as to why so few scholars understand it in this way—lies, I think, in Revelation 1:9: “I John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance [of suffering].” This is the key. Those who do not know this suffering through oppression, who do not struggle together with God’s people for the sake of the gospel, and who do not feel in their own bodies the meaning of oppression and the freedom and joy of fighting against it shall have grave difficulty understanding this letter from Patmos. . . . It is understanding the comfort and the protest, the prophetic, hopeful song of victory that the church already sings, even in the midst of suffering and fear, destruction, and death.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): The LAST thing the devil wants is exposure of his evil schemes, yet God’s will is being done, just like it is in Heaven, and that means hidden things are coming to light for ALL to see. It’s a time to confess to God the things that we all need to own up to and change the things in our own lives that God is putting His finger on. It’s time to get ready to be MIGHTILY used by Him in this accelerated time we are living in.

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): You Can’t Go Back to “Normal”

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): I confess, though, that even knowing this is true, there are days, especially after the exhaustion and despair of this past year, that I still worry, because, if anything, I feel a lot more like that withered branch in the parable, the one that is all dried up and gnarled, with seemingly no fruit at all. 

Brat: I hear you.  I sobbed at Isaiah 56:3-5.  Is this where I’m supposed to say that I want to grow up to be like the bard of the Nibelungenlied or other epics from the Middle Ages?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): Because never was he given a license to prophesy.

Psalm 22:25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

Brat: I have been! God bless God!

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): No perfection, instant or otherwise. Just the good news that we’re not done; that grace never runs out; that beginning to begin and wanting to want is not deficiency or failure, but a holy path; and all the way to God is God.

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): Thank You

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): It’s a curious thing, isn’t it?

Brat: I HAVE paid my vows before those who fear Him. All I have are these collective conversations that I write full-time with no compensation. Jesus told us to rise and walk, so we did.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): We will lock onto covenant promises and inherit new territories. You will not be stymied, blocked, or stopped. You will shake open the way before us. And we will arise, pursue, and recover all, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Supernatural Authority and the Fear of the Lord

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “You People ♥” 14 Apr 21): The true and essential work of all religion is to help us recognize and recover the divine image in everything. It is to mirror things correctly, deeply, and fully until all things know who they are. A mirror by its nature reflects impartially, equally, effortlessly, spontaneously, and endlessly. It does not produce the image, nor does it filter the image according to its perceptions or preferences. Authentic mirroring can only call forth what is already there.

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.

AUTOREPLY

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): It is time for an answer, don’t you think?

From Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21 at 4:07 pm): Automatic reply: A special note from Fr. Richard: My hope for this community.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): An initial impression is set in just 30 seconds or less.

American Friends (27 Apr 21): Sometimes Seconds Count

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then the Lord spoke to me, “Do they think the bad reports are a match for My goodness? Do they think that the red tape of man’s kingdoms overrides Mine?”

Donna Rigney (April 14, 2021): “Then the great unveiling will happen, where all will see what has been hiding in the darkness. Pray, before that day of the great unveiling, that many will allow their eyes to be opened so that the shock will not be so great.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): “As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed.” (Daniel 9:23 NIV)

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Come to the oasis. The depth of revelation you will receive will be proportionate to how much you have filled yourself up with Me. This is where My voice needs to be the loudest thing you hear and the rhythm of My heart the only thing that gives you purpose every day.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): And this is a radical shift, even from the Old Testament imagery of Israel as the vine and God as the gardener, because now God has integrated God’s own life into the plant itself, so that it will never have to survive by itself.

Psalm 22:26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): What is a service that is performed within the heart? This could only be speaking of prayer.
Talmud Taanit 2a.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): Christ as the vine, as the one who sustains us directly, replaces the idea of fruitfulness as our offering TO God and replaces it with the idea of fruitfulness as God’s offering to US. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): Apocalyptic literature is subversive literature. This is a key point in understanding John’s reasons for writing the book of Revelation in the style that he did.

Brat: I wonder if Posterity will call my writings “apocalyptic and subversive” literature?

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): What you do matters. It may be hard to know that in the middle of any given day or meeting or moment. You may leave more than one task unfinished, more than one email waiting for response, more than one goal unaccomplished. Most people do, including the greatest multi-taskers among us. To do is to leave some things undone.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): Why would “self-control” be named as a fruit of the Spirit? Isn’t that something we do? We must keep in mind that the Spirit is “the Helper,” not “the Doer.” He has been sent to help us, but not to do what we are responsible for doing. However, He does help us to develop these qualities so they are His fruit in our life.

James Goll (03 May 21): The Feeler – Sensitivity Helps you Act on God’s Voice

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Become an expert reader of people and you can connect with and motivate anyone. What would happen if you stepped into this divine favor with each new interaction? It could change everything.

Brat: And bring Boaz?

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): People of God, listen. All around you, God’s children are starving because the word of God is being withheld from them. Ask yourself, is it just Rules getting in the way of them being fed? And then consider this. What if you suspended the Rules? Would Christ show up anyway?

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before Him.

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Our job is to be who we say we are and who God says we are—carriers of the divine image. “My deepest me is God,” as St. Catherine of Genoa said. I can only imagine how differently our lives, families, and nations would look if we trusted the foundational promise of Christian incarnation. When you can see Christ in all things (including yourself!), you will see and live differently.

RevelationMedia (28 Apr 21): Why “The Insanity of God?”

Brat: Actually, St. Catherine of Genoa supposedly often prayed, “O, Divine Madman…”  I so bless her!

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I began to see the Lord bringing people from near and far into the lives of these pioneers and they became covenant relationships. It was relationship on a level that they had not experienced before. For many of these lonely pioneers they were beginning to experience what it was to live in safe community. To be deeply and genuinely loved by people. To be deeply loved and celebrated in a place of purity.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): It’s no surprise that the Christian logo became a naked, bleeding, suffering man. What do we do with this pain, this sadness, this disappointment, this absurdity? At the end of life, and probably at the beginning of life, too, that is the question. When I led men in rites of passage, this was the biggest question for the largest percentage of those in the middle of life: what do we do with what has already happened to us? How do we keep from the need to blame, to punish, to accuse, to sit on Job’s eternal dung heap and pick at our sores (Job 2:8)? It seems to me that too high a percentage of humanity ends up there.

Nichole Nordeman: Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It’s history
But every mile mattered
Every mile mattered
Every mile mattered[28]

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): My Word is final, My blood is complete, and My victory absolute. My ear is not closed and My arm is not short. I do not need, nor ask, for greater numbers to pray or bigger crowds to gather. I do not require louder voices or more passionate pleas. All I have asked is that you BELIEVE!

Psalm 22:28 For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21): Eastertide blessings – May God’s love surround you.

Dutch Sheets (15 Apr 21): Just as You did with Mary, hover over me until I carry Your presence. I want to radiate the power of Holy Spirit in such strength that lives are changed and Christ is formed in people. Remind us daily, Father, that we are Him here.

Psalm 22:29 To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): This fulfills what the prophet Jeremiah proclaimed, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” and “their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): Wherever your heart is at, whatever it is being, connect that to His Being.[29]

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): God will use His Church to execute supernatural events on this earth

Psalm 22:30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord,

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Let’s shake up, destroy and wreak havoc on all the fixed fortifications of Hell. Let’s love and engage these young people. Since we older ones are on the front line, let’s use our position more intentionally and engage culture. Let’s make lots of money to fund the work we turn over to them to finish. We will find and build according to the blueprints God gave us.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Where it has looked like a fruitless three years of pressing forward without seeing any progress, you will soon see what you have been pioneering in the dark! Get ready to feel a surge of fresh creativity where it has been blocked, and a fresh anointing to build and create, write, plant and pioneer the new and unseen blueprints from the Lord’s heart.

Golda Meir (Prime Minister of Israel from 1969-1974): “Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): But if he lifts his hands and declares there’s little hope—that you can ignore.

Nate Johnston: “Don’t Believe the Bad Report! The Waters Are About to Break!”

Eugene Peterson: I read [John’s] Revelation not to get more information but to revive my imagination. “The imagination is our way into the divine Imagination, permitting us to see wholly—as whole and holy—what we perceive as scattered, as order what we perceive as random.” [1][30] St. John uses words the way poets do, recombining them in fresh ways so that old truth is freshly perceived. He takes truth that has been eroded to platitude by careless usage and sets it in motion before us in an “animated and impassioned dance of ideas.” [2][31] . . . Familiarity dulls my perceptions. Hurry scatters my attention. Ambition fogs my intelligence. Selfishness restricts my range. Anxiety robs me of appetite. Envy distracts me from what is good and blessed right before me. And then . . . St. John’s apocalyptic vision brings me to my senses, body and soul. [3][32]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): “Love G‑d and serve Him with all your heart.”
Deuteronomy 11:13.

Kaitlin Curtice (05 May 21): Learning to love myself—my child self, my adult self, my scared self, the courageous self that I keep tucked away a lot of the time—has been the hardest part of my journey with trauma. When we learn to stop blaming our child selves for their trauma, fear, and behaviors, we learn to understand who we are as adults, and we get the chance to become embodied again.[33]

Steve Shultz (28 Apr 21): And while I cannot claim to have fully gotten it right, I’ve certainly worked toward that goal and God HAS taken care of the rest.

Psalm 22:31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that He has done it.

Steve Cleary (02 May 21): Are Children the Door to the Unreached?

BABBLED WISDOM

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Your support is what enables this work of sharing the transformative wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition with people all over the world. Thank you for being part of this community. I hope our work has been helpful in your life this year and we are so grateful for your partnership in making it possible.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): God is sending us into places where it may not look “safe.” Jesus told His disciples, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be WISE as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Wisdom is of major importance as we find ourselves going into places that are not only unpredictable, but also dangerous. Yet, God told us that in the day of trouble, He would hide us and protect us (Psalm 18).

Rev. David Clifford: I have heard it said that sometimes the best evangelism strategy is to tell people that you are a Christian and then not be jerk. These particular lectionary readings seem to suggest an even better evangelistic strategy: love people. It really isn’t a new or even radical concept. Yet, it seems to be one of the most difficult things for us to do in our society. As our divisions seem to grow farther and farther apart with more and more violent rhetoric toward one another, it certainly seems that our love for one another is shrinking.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): As I wrote in the most recent edition of our biannual literary journal Oneing, this much is all I am equipped to say. This week, let my friends now take it further.

Genesis 11:That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): And Christ showed up anyway.

Verse of the Day (29 Apr 21): Job 19:25 I know that my redeemer lives,
    and that in the end he will stand on the earth.

**


[1] Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25418)

[2] Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25417)

[3] Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25414)

[4] Wanda Alger (05 May 21): https://wandaalger.me/2021/05/05/we-are-in-a-war-zone-and-why-it-matters/

[5] Rev. David Clifford: [1] Devadhar, Sudarshana. “May 2, 2021-Fifth Sunday of Easter.” The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2021. Ed. Tanya Linn Bennett. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2020. 67.

[6] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): Healing Body and Soul – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[7] Lana Vawser (03 May 21): TO THE LONELY PIONEERS, THE LORD IS BRINGING YOUR TRIBE TO YOU – Lana Vawser Ministries

[8] Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: How to Love, Easter 5 (B) – May 2, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[9] Donna Rigney (04 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25434)

[10] Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25415)

[11] Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): http://byanotherroad.com/2021/05/02/fruitfulness-a-sermon/

[12] Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Affirmative Training: A Cowboy Walks Into a Bar… – Anna Blake

[13] Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): https://wandaalger.me/2021/04/26/the-command-went-out-the-first-time-you-prayed/

[14] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (30 Apr 21): TRAGEDY: At least 44 dead and over 150 injured in stampede at Lag Ba’Omer gathering on Mt. Meron (israel365news.com)

[15] Rick Joyner (13 Apr 21): The Weapons of Kindness and Goodness | MorningStar Ministries

[16] Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25404)

[17] Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): The Weapon of Self-Control | MorningStar Ministries

[18] Rev. David Clifford: 5th Sunday of Easter(B): Incarnation of Love – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[19] [1] Richard Rohr, In the Footsteps of St. Paul, disc 1 (Franciscan Media: 2015), CD.

[20] Ric Guerra (30 Apr 21): Unconstrained | News + Resources (foursquare.org)

[21] Nate Johnston (26 Apr 21): https://www.facebook.com/nateandchristy/posts/2779452449051695

[22] Adapted from Richard Rohr, “The End of Worlds,” homily, November 15, 2015; and

“A Time of Unveiling,” Four Steps to the Second Coming, Day 1, presentation to Franciscan friars, November 25, 2020, video. Unpublished talk; used with permission.

[23] Ryan Johnson (29 Apr 21): https://www.facebook.com/officialryanjohnsonministries/posts/127224279449645

[24] Matt Laney (04 May 21): -from A Booklet of Uncommon Prayers: Collects for the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and Beyond, by Kenji Kuramitsu

[25] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 Apr 21): Thinking Healthy – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[26] Rev. Dr. Sally Howard: [1] Sally A. Howard, “Secure Dwelling and Positive Meaning in the Face of Trauma,” “Trauma,” Oneing, vol. 9, no. 1 (CAC Publishing: 2021), 25–26, 27. 

[27] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): Limited License – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[28] Songwriters: Ben Glover, Nichole Nordeman, David Garcia, Inconnu Compositeur Auteur

[29] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): What Is Prayer? – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[30] [1] Wendell Berry, Standing by Words: Essays (North Point Press: 1983), 90. 

[31] [2] Paul S. Minear, review of A Commentary on the Revelation of John, by George Eldon Ladd, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 26, no. 4 (October 1972), 487.

[32] [3] Eugene H. Peterson, Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination (HarperOne: 1988), xi–xii.

[33] Kaitlin Curtice, “Trauma as a Journeying Partner,” “Trauma,” Oneing, vol. 9, no. 1 (CAC Publishing: 2021), 61–62.

Emboldened 22 Apr 21

27 Apr

Working Dates: Thursday, April 22, 2021 to Monday, April 26, 2021

[25 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from 1 John 3:16-24 and John 10:11-18 for 4 Easter 25 Apr 21]

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): You are so loved and cherished by the Lord. I know because I’ve seen His heart for you! Your transactions with God in prayer are holy; even angels wonder at the intimate relationship you cultivate with your Father! [1] 

Brat prayer journal (21 Apr 21): Lord, I don’t really know what You want me to do.  I don’t have peace about what You really want me to say.  I have peace about trying to contact CAC (Richard Rohr), but I have no confidence that they’ll do anything.  I don’t know what to say.  I feel like no matter what I try, I’ll get ambushed again anyway. 

Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): In the vision, I saw people who were in deep anguish before the Lord; they were crying out for deliverance from the weight of confusion and despair that was surrounding them. I continued to hear the words, “I just don’t know anymore.” Many of them were feeling so weighed down and taking on this confusion as their own. [2]

Brat: Grrrrrrrr…. This feels like gaslighting! Do you not know how much it hurts to see one’s own prayers in print by someone else when there is no contact to make friendship?

When Light Came In (23 Apr 21): Arguing with a narcissist is like getting arrested.  Everything you say can and will be used against you.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): As every biblical principle is being disregarded by many other Christians, I often feel like I’m losing my sanity.

Steve Shultz: We all have been in such an intense attack, but right now, for many of you, that attack has actually increased even though you have continued to pray that it would break off.

Pastor Kate LePard (23 Apr 21): Ruling Savior, we depend on your will to power us through this difficult time of pandemic. Infuse us with the energy to accomplish the tasks set before us. Help us stay connected with others in your flock by creative ways. Amen.

Fr. Richard Rohr (18 Apr 21): The core message of the incarnation of God in Jesus is that the Divine Presence is here, in us and in all of creation, and not only “over there” in some far-off realm. 

1 John 3:16 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us–and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.

Emily Claire Schmitt (19 Apr 21): Hello, Religious Privilege is Good and Here’s Why[3]

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (22 Apr 21): Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): “The next time setting a boundary feels terrifying, remember what it felt like the last time you didn’t.”

Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): Without the perspective of the lighthouse ministry, someone with a beacon ministry could lean towards being permissive—lenient towards sin[4]

Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): Maybe your horse is getting into something he shouldn’t. You don’t need to rush to scold. Give him an amiable cluck to move along. Use your voice to help him be safe. Hold to the hard-won tendency of kindness even as you assert boundaries. Learning finesse isn’t a quick fix for either of you. [5]

Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): I then heard the Lord speak to them, “This confusion is not your own. This is a spirit of witchcraft coming against you to steal the vision, to hinder the birthing, to hinder the movement and to cause such despair to come upon you that you will not move forth into the Promised Land that I have for you by taking hold of that which I have spoken.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): There is a giveaway in all of the apocalyptic sections of the three Synoptic Gospels. In Matthew 24:8, hidden there in the middle of the wars and earthquakes it says, “All this is only the beginning of the birth pangs.” Apocalypse is for the sake of birth not death. Yet most of us have heard this reading as a threat. Apparently, it’s not. Anything that upsets our normalcy is a threat to the ego but in the Big Picture, it really isn’t. In Luke 21, Jesus says right in the middle of the catastrophic description: “Your endurance will win you your souls.” Falling apart is for the sake of renewal, not punishment. Again, such a telling line. In Mark 13, Jesus says “Stay awake” four times in the last paragraph (Mark 13:32–37). In other words, “Learn the lesson that this has to teach you.” It points to everything that we take for granted and says, “Don’t take anything for granted.” An apocalyptic event reframes reality in a radical way by flipping our imagination.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Apr 21): Mitzvah (mits-va): An instruction in life from the Giver of Life.

Rick Joyner (20 Apr 21): There is another aspect to gentleness that is often a magnificent demonstration of noble character—good manners. This is why those who have good manners are called “gentlemen” or “gentle ladies.” Good manners are basically a way that we honor and show respect for others. They have become so rare in these times that when they are seen they can stand out even more as those who are of a different spirit. Since the Lord said that as we treat even the least of His people He will regard it as the way that we treat Him; we should be treating everyone with the highest respect and good manners.[6]

Pastor Kate LePard (19 Apr 21): Hope is possible because wild Easter power creates new life in unexpected places. The world’s ways are upended to make room for the Lord’s dream of all people dancing and leaping and praising God.

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): In a time that the pure and clear prophetic has never been needed more there has been an obvious assignment to shut down voices rising up. Often disguised as wisdom, safe-guarding, and protecting purity (which are all necessary) this imposter spirit wants to shut down the prophetic by causing division, fault-finding/critical spirit, and instead of broadcasting hope – broadcasting opinions and agendas. This causes true voices of hope to shut down and hide. [7]

Me to Faith Marie Baczko (20 Apr 21): I wanted to take a moment to expound on my subscription request, so that you’d better understand my intentions.  There is a critical spirit that goads periodically to the flock telling the sheep not to just go stalking bloggers to devour their latest words, so as not to spend real time with God to get His own words.  It’s the same pedantic spirit that told us not to go church shopping pre-pandemic.  But this spirit doesn’t look at the heart.  Its only intention is to scold and try to play the upper hand.  This spirit doesn’t consider those of us that are SENT.

Bill Yount (12 Sept 2020): I hear the Father saying, “I am breaking the age barrier! Quit saying, “I am getting older.” Christ in you is ageless. Allow His Spirit to quicken your mortal body and soar with the Eagles. And don’t tell Me where I can’t send you this year. Get over yourself and buy some new luggage.” [8]

Rabbi Curt Landry (24 Apr 21): Knowing we need to spend time with God is one thing, but as Believers, do we really understand our need to ABIDE with God?[9]

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): The church that raised me is gaslighting me.

Brat: Me, too.

1 John 3:15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.

Quinn Caldwell (24 Apr 21): Jacob, now renamed Israel, meets his grandsons. There’s been so much crossing and double-crossing in this family, so much bad blood, murder and enslavement and cruelty, multiple generations of inherited trauma. Plenty of sin within each lifetime, as well: no doubt when Joseph approached with his sons, Israel was remembering the cruel trick he once played on his own aged father. No doubt that’s why he had to try to play the player, to avoid getting played himself. I wouldn’t have thought he’d be in a very good position to act as a blesser, but he doesn’t even hesitate.

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Very much the same as what God is building in you but specifically the opposition that comes as a direct result of the noticeable increase you have stepped on and the office/appointment you have before you. The enemy sees the new mantle, your sudden fire and rising authority and has been warring against the appointment with weariness and disappointment. This is where you need wisdom and discernment to know that you aren’t taking on yokes, wrong armor, or people’s stuff, but only what God anoints and mantles you with.

John Edgerton (26 Apr 21): The apostle Peter knew it too. Real authority in the church can belong to anyone. Even you.

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): It is as certain as death and taxes that when you say yes to the Lord, you will face opposition.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): I wish the evangelical church would wake up and realize how many of us there are out there feeling manipulated and abused. This community of wanderers is dealing with grief both privately and collectively. Together we weep, we rage and we try to rebuild what’s left of our shattered spiritual lives. Healing is slow and it’s painful. I’m working hard to separate the true, worthy parts of Christianity from the bullshit. I do hope to return to church someday, but I will never again be gaslighted by an institution that sells out Jesus for political power. [10]

Me to Pastor Jessica Solórzano Owens (in “Benefit of the Doubt” 06 Apr 21): I am touched that you asked for prayer requests.  To respond to that, I first offer this context as a cradle for understanding:

I look to see where the Holy Spirit is leading through our collective voice.  Basically, I track the Arc Speak.

‘Arc Speak’ is a political tool used by those in power (from family members to salesmen to Pharisees to governments) to address issues without having to touch the individuals affected by those issues.

Andrew Towe (23 Apr 21): “I say to you, Arise, and take up your bed, and go your way into your house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” (Mark 2:11-12, emphasis mine) [11]

Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): I’ve been reminded of a time I picked up binoculars, to look at a distant object I’d noticed for three days.
And when I saw it close up, I discovered it was not what I expected!

1 John 3:11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 

Casey Cross: The writing found in 1 John serves as a testimony, a witness, to the truth found in Jesus and inexorably bound to the ways we live out our love for one another. Truth, the writer of 1 John posits, is not an idea to consider, but a response to be lived. We know how to live because we know Jesus. As we follow the way of Jesus, believing Jesus, not just a comfortable proof, we respond with our very lives. The purpose of this truth is not about being right or confirming our biases. The purpose of this truth made manifest in Jesus stirs us to action with and for each other. As we live this love for others, we are emboldened by the truth of Christ. The two go together. We must love one another to know the truth. We must know the truth as expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus to actively love one another.[12]

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): My evangelical church is gaslighting me, but I refuse to fall for it anymore

Kaji Douša (19 Apr 21): On the cross, Jesus couldn’t take it anymore, either! He couldn’t take it, but he did. But, early Sunday morning. He. Got. Up. Somebody almost thought they were gonna get away with walking off with our Jesus.

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): A risen body. An offering of peace. Somehow, it seems, these are connected—two notes of the same song. 

Maren Morris: “The Bones” [https://youtu.be/gvPMVKUI9go]

Brat (24 Apr 21): My friend Sophia Buller went through serious narcissistic abuse from the Church, too, and shared some resources for healing on her blog: Some amazing resources Abba Led me to – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): You have been commissioned by God in the wilderness and now you are coming out of that season with a weighty governmental mantle and call to the nations to see them come to Jesus!

Church of England (21 Apr 21): It also recommends that the new Commission should examine broad questions of how parish life itself could become more inclusive.

1 John 3:17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): Caring for the poor, but with conditions

Kaji Douša (19 Apr 21): The lady in green begins her monologue with words that hit in the Year of our Lord 2021: “Somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff.” Something was stolen from her.

Brat: Same here.

Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): The boldness of the church’s hypocrisy is causing me to question the very foundation of my spiritual beliefs. It’s disorienting. Every biblical principle I hold sacred has been disregarded by many other Christians, and I often feel like I’m losing my sanity while the entire house of cards that is my evangelical upbringing collapses around me.

Maren Morris: When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter

Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter

Let it rain ’cause you and I remain the same

When there ain’t a crack in the foundation

Baby, I know any storm we’re facing

Will blow right over while we stay put

The house don’t fall when the bones are good

1 Thessalonians 5:For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “You People ♥” 14 Apr 21): God is not bound by our commonly held presumption that humans are the center of everything. Creation did not actually demand or need Jesus (or us, for that matter) to confer additional sacredness upon it. From the first moment of the Big Bang, nature was revealing the glory and goodness of the Divine Presence; it must be seen as a gratuitous gift. Jesus came to live in its midst, and enjoy life in all its natural variations, and thus be our model and exemplar. Jesus is the gift that honored the gift, we might say.

Pope Francis: Evangelize by Example, Not Pushing Your Faith on Others

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): Jesus came to the earth for a purpose: to seek and save that which was lost (see Luke 19:10). So many of us get confused because we’ve got a lot of evangelists running around saying that Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost. That’s not what the Word says. It says Jesus came to seek and save “that which was lost.” In this verse, Jesus was talking about the authority [!] that Adam lost in the Garden when he sinned.

Revelation 12: 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power
    and the kingdom of our God,
    and the authority [!] of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
    who accuses them before our God day and night,
    has been hurled down.

Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch: To fool the world is one thing,
but to fool yourself is no big deal.

You’re a fool for wanting to fool yourself
—and anyone can fool a fool.

Revelation 16:15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”)

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): It takes one to know one.

​Jesus knows. 

Brat: “It takes one to know one” made me think of Jesus the Thief, and how the rabbis had talked about the fool.

Pastor Kate LePard (21 Apr 21): The saying “walk the talk” demands action, not just words. It’s easier to discuss than to do something about challenges. The writer of this sermon insists God’s love compels us to respond to our neighbor’s needs.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (22 Apr 21): It may seem to some an ordinary light, just another flame. But in truth, you have ignited the darkness of our world and extracted its secret: That it too is light.

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): I believe you are a very special breed of people whose lives are deeper, richer, and more powerful than the world will ever know.

Steve Porter (08 April 21): The wheel within a wheel is a perfect illustration of the relationship we can have with our Lord and Savior. Even though we’ve been given dominion, it shouldn’t be lost on us that we belong to God. The reason the Holy Spirit was sent is so that He can inspire and guide us in everything we do. This is why Paul admonishes us to always walk in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:25). Just like the wheel in Ezekiel’s vision [Ezek. 1:16], we should ensure that we are actively seeking His will and staying in step with His Spirit. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Apr 21): A stroke of brilliance arising from the innermost will of the Creator of all things, left for you to perform on the stage of His world.

Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): Without the insights of the beacon ministry, someone with a lighthouse ministry could become focused on performance—being primarily about “do’s and don’ts”

Ryan LeStrange (19 April 21): My Monday Word for You…The Treasure of the Scribe Anointing!

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): Dear Readers for Fr. Richard Rohr,

Wanda Alger (22 Apr 21): For you have been commissioned and appointed for this very hour of deliverance!
The nations are looking to you. Do not be silent or hold back.
Today is the day to SPEAK, to ACT, to RISE UP and DISPLAY the sovereign power and authority of the Most High God through your witness and testimony![13]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Apr 21): An instance, left in your hands, for the true reality to be exposed as what would otherwise be a trivial object—a dollar bill, a candle, a braided loaf of bread, a black leather strap—is suddenly revealed as a divine revelation.

Brat: Or a letter?

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, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): What is the significance of this resurrected body of his, which has conquered death and yet still bears the marks of torture? This body challenges us, for how can any of us look upon the violence and the degradation imprinted upon his flesh—upon all flesh—and yet proclaim, with hope and without irony, “peace be with you?”

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): We would have done history a great favor if we would have understood apocalyptic literature. It’s not meant to strike fear in us as much as a radical rearrangement. It’s not the end of the world. It’s the end of worlds—our worlds that we have created. In the book of Revelation (also called the Apocalypse, or Revelation to John), John is trying to describe what it feels like when everything falls apart. It’s not a threat. It’s an invitation to depth. It’s what it takes to wake people up to the real, to the lasting, to what matters. It presents the serious reader with a great “What if?”

Pastor Kate LePard (21 Apr 21): The ultimate demonstration of love was Jesus giving up his power and laying down his life for us. Self-sacrificing love is rare. The way of the world is a self-serving life. Followers of Jesus are soaked with the Spirit. We are given hearts of love that thrive on caring for one another.

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): I’ve been away for a while, caring for a loved one after surgery. It’s amazing how loving someone can be both healing and a challenge to growth.

1 John 3:18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Fr. Richard Rohr (19 Apr 21): Everything in creation is the infinite self-emptying of God, and as such has inherent dignity and deserves respect and appreciation.

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): HONORING THE INTERCESSORS

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): We prayed (21 Apr 21): “… And clear the field to be ready for new seed.”

Lillian Daniel (21 Apr 21): What is dead is gone because it has been transformed into something entirely new. So much so that after the resurrection, when Jesus ran into his closest friends, they did not recognize him. They were looking for the living among the dead. They were massaging their memories, clutching to sacred scrapbooks from a pretend past, the kind that grows more perfect the further we are from it. When Jesus actually showed up on the street where they lived, they almost missed him.

Church of England (21 Apr 21): Rather than attempting to erase the past or rewrite history, the report calls for a “healthy revision of memory and history in a way that will provide scope for education and formation”.

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): The disciples’ bodies trembled, though, when he appeared to them and gave them this greeting; they were “startled and terrified” and “disbelieving.” I can’t say I blame them, for how can our limited imaginations possibly begin to picture deathless life? And what do we know of true, embodied peace? How could we begin to recognize it or comprehend it if it appeared in front of us?

Kaji Douša (19 Apr 21): If God can animate the sinews of death?

Maren Morris: We’re in the homestretch of the hard times

We took a hard left, but we’re alright

Yeah, life sure can try to put love through it, but

We built this right, so nothing’s ever gonna move it

1 John 3:19 And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him

Casey Cross: So, “What is truth?” Perhaps the answer my dog would give is, in fact, the answer we find in 1 John. Truth is as we live. Let us live as believers in Jesus and let us love one another in truth and action. As we live in these ways, we abide in the truth that surpasses all understanding. We are freed to love with every fiber of our being, with bold action, and compassionate care.

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): In this particular situation, I’ve been intensively involved in helping them recover. It’s stretched me as I’ve taken on roles I’ve never had: helping an adult with activities of daily living like toiletting, walking, dressing, eating.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 Apr 21): Because this is the essence of every mitzvah: To bind your heart, your mind and your action together into a single wholeness, wrapped up inextricably with the One who spoke and the world came into being.

Christine Valters Paintner (21 Apr 21): One of the fruits of contemplative practice is the remembrance of our wholeness; we are able to see past the divisions we create with our egos and minds and to rediscover the truth that we are all one creation.

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): “Why would anyone listen to me?” 

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): Moment by moment, day by day, in every situation and sometimes at great cost yourselves, you honor the Lord by holding up the arms of those He’s called you to support.

Steve Porter (08 April 21): May we always remember that we have an inner wheel that actually steers our lives without which we would be able to achieve nothing. Becoming a wheel within a wheel requires unusual obedience and costly submission, but produces a life that flows in such sweet harmony that others will pause to reflect how that’s even possible. And though you may appear mysterious or unique, when your life is hidden in His, you will become a sign and a wonder… a fiery wheel manifesting His glory, and fulfilling His end-time purposes as kings, queens and priests. May your Father guide us as overcomers deeper into the very manifest presence of the Lord, where we will live out His plan for our lives and our very destiny. Roll on precious friends… Roll on!  

Faith Marie Baczko (25 March 21): There was a time when I was to share a word from the Lord at a church, but lost my voice. I fervently prayed for God to heal my voice, but he didn’t. Instead, He said to give the word in the voice that I had—that my whisper was to be a sign and a wonder. He said that those who had ears to hear would hear. As it turned out they did hear, and God moved powerfully. How important it is to hear what the Spirit is saying—to understand His movements and hear His warnings. God gives the humble ears to hear, and He gives much time to repent. However, the day does come when He says, I will not pass by any longer!

Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): Recently, the Lord showed me that there are many people within the Body of Christ who have been assaulted by a very intense spirit of confusion as of late. It has caused them to feel like they have been thrown into a haze, and the clarity which the Lord has given now suddenly feels overshadowed by a strong feeling of, “Did God really say that?”

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): The peace of the wounded, resurrected Jesus be with you.

Lovesick Scribe (22 Apr 21): Personally, I do not want to spend my life chasing spirits that are nonexistent and trying to defeat Jezebel or any other fallacious spirit when the devil and every demon has already been defeated by Christ on the cross. We are to follow Christ. We will face trial and tribulation, but as believers we have great peace in knowing that Jesus has overcome the world, including the ruler of this world. (John 16:33) We need not fear or look for the spirits of men and women that are dead and long gone to their eternal destination. What we need to be doing is repenting of sin and having our minds renewed by the Word of God daily.

1 John 3:20 whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): Then I reminded myself what happened the last time I tucked away a boundary in an important relationship. I lost myself, began to withdraw from the relationship, became depressed. None of those feel better than the discomfort of the boundary I just set.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): I don’t sleep through the night anymore. I suffer from near daily panic attacks and almost constant anxiety. The source of my joy, my security and my identity has vanished, leaving me with an angry grief that almost no one in my immediate circle understands. I have relationships that were once life-giving but have turned toxic. I feel manipulated, deceived and abused. And why?

Sanjna Mahtab (21 Apr 21): Be Intentional

Steve Porter (08 April 21): Becoming a wheel within a wheel means letting go of all our aspirations, goals, and desires, and allowing the Holy Spirit to be our guide. This is the true essence of what it means to make Christ our Lord. The word ‘lord’ means owner. So, if He is our owner, then we must stop acting like we’re in charge and allow Him to take charge. 

Brat: Are you listening to what Elizabeth even said?

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): The peace of love’s tender and deathless power be with you.

Steve Shultz: Don’t give up! Help is on the way and the battle will end soon!

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): The Daily Meditations solicits our stories and I’d like to share ours.  You asked for personal stories and not someone else’s.  My ministry is taking my story and seeing how it interweaves into the greater collective voice to see where God is leading us.  It is the greater conversation that I share, but this doesn’t fit into the guidelines and boxes.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 Apr 21): All of Torah is wrapped up in these leather straps and boxes with their finely written parchment scrolls.

Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): “These encounters with Me in the library of Heaven are going to prepare you to host My glory and a move of My Spirit that is like nothing you have ever seen.

Sanjna Mahtab (21 Apr 21): So, be intentional about it and don’t allow any distractions to hinder you. Be intentional with your time. There is no time to waste time. This time is an opportunity and opportune time to prepare well. During the time of this shaking, God is recalibrating you in every way and realigning you and your heart to His pure frequency. [14]

Pastor Kate LePard (19 Apr 21): Risen One, your power shatters our rigid categories. Open us to be channels of your life-surging possibilities, for ourselves and for others. Amen.

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God;

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): Even in relationship with this person I trust, I’ve had to remember the importance of boundaries. Yesterday, they crossed a boundary. Regardless of my compassion, love and dedication to care for them, my healing requires I honor my own boundaries. If they get punctured, I weaken and begin to slip away from myself. That’s the last thing they — or I — need right now.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Apr 21): An opportunity to become eternal in a moment, you, your body, and the artifacts of your world.

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): Don’t sit back and allow those lies of fear, doubt and comparison suck the anointing out of you. Remember Paul’s teaching:

 “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” — 2 Cor. 10:4-5 (NLT)

Lovesick Scribe (22 Apr 21): THERE BE FALLACIOUS SPIRITS HERE

Brat journal (21 Apr 21): Now this afternoon, I think about my assignment to share the journey and I feel tinged with a spiritual slime.  Something tagged me besides discouragement.  I lay it at Your feet, Jesus.  Whatever this is, it is not mine.  It has no legal right to be here.  It is only sent to trip me up and delay me from my next step of sharing.  But I won’t share if something I’ve written doesn’t have Your glow on it.  I ask for fresh words and a clean heart.  How can I ask for justice (the theme of the day) if I don’t know how to proceed?

1 John 3:22 and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): This is where the enemy very directly hits you in the very area God is really adding favor, anointing, conviction, and vision in. He wants to sabotage it by making you second guess yourself, bring in controlling people and measures to taint it, or cause delays and setbacks/closed doors in the places God has promised.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): The church told me that God is a God of justice. He says the poor and the persecuted are blessed and will have a great reward in heaven. However, the term “social justice warrior” is a reviled label in conservative Christian circles.

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): You are the indispensable warriors on the front lines who pay a price daily to cultivate the Presence of the Lord in your homes, churches, and nations. Some of you have taken huge “hits” from the enemy and have not been released to explain why; your assignments are often top secret and cannot be shared.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (22 Apr 21): Every mitzvah shines its particular light into our world. And there will come a time when we will see that light with our eyes.

Steve Porter (08 April 21): As Jesus yielded to the Father’s perfect will, He became willing to roll as an outer wheel being directed by the power of the inner wheel. The inner wheel was the Father who was the divine engine steering Christ’s life. Together they flowed in such perfect harmony that it displayed to all mankind the most beautiful coordination men had ever seen. Prefect unity. Perfect movement. Perfect agreement. [15]

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): As darkness increases on the earth, it sometimes seems to you that you’re on a “night watch” in the Spirit. You know the enemy’s strategy is both to outnumber and surround you in the dark, striking multiple blows. But you are filled with light

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): My latest piece was about Messiah Watch in: You People ♥ 14 Apr 21 | truthinus (wordpress.com)

Fr. Richard Rohr (19 Apr 21): The Whole Is in the Parts

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts we consider less honorable, we treat with greater honor. 
1 Corinthians 12:23

Rev. Kellan Day: Being a sheep also means being a part of a community, a herd. They are safest and happiest as part of a big community of sheep. When one does wander off, it knows it is alone, scared, and in a precarious position. It knows that – out here on this hillside all by itself – it will be an easy and quick dinner for that wolf or other roaming predator. Sometimes, a sheep gets lost, it’s true. But most sheep know to stick together, that their body depends on other bodies forming into one large protective pile. Sheep do not think they should live all alone, independent, and never – ever – reliant upon any other sheep. A life alone would be a sad and crazy life for a sheep. Sheep know that they need other sheep, desperately – because their very lives depend on it. [16]

John Edgerton (26 Apr 21): Whenever the flock would go busting out of the sheepfold to wander into the neighbor’s apple orchard, invariably it was Lucy who was leading the charge. Whenever the guard dogs would sound an alarm over the appearance of coyotes, the flock would look to Lucy for how to find safety. Whatever kind of sway my wife and her shepherd’s crook had over the flock, it paled in comparison to the power of Lucy. As Lucy went, so went the flock.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): No wonder I live with crippling anxiety and spiritual trauma. The church that warned me against moral relativism now calls me a heretic when I apply the very principles they taught me to real situations, with real stakes for real people. I don’t know where to turn or whom to trust. Is any of it true? Have I wasted my life on a religion that hurts more than it helps?

Brat: OMG!  Thank you!!  Thank you for your courage in coming forth and saying this!  I have felt the same way and asked the same questions!  Your honesty makes room for me to feel less alone.  I am most grateful!

Church of England (21 Apr 21): Without these changes the Church risks denying and disregarding the gifts of a significant part of the nation, the Taskforce makes clear.

Andrew Towe (23 Apr 21): Will You Welcome Him in the House?

Rev. Kellan Day: We are sheep, in this metaphorical world, because we can’t be anything but sheep. We are not the ruler of our lives, our herds, nor the masters of our destiny. To be a sheep – and at this point it is glaringly obvious – is remarkably similar to being a human. Creatures who need community and who can’t help but follow – since we often have no idea where we are going in the first place.

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): So today I clarified my boundary with them. Yes, I felt a little bad about it, like “what kind of person must I be, asking them for anything right now?? (A healthier person than I’ve ever been, that’s what.)

1 John 3:24 All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): I was rather amazed at how “You People ♥” evolved.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Apr 21): A connection point in time, at which Heaven meets earth and the two embrace.

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): Perhaps it is more my heart than the Lord’s that I write this, but I feel compelled to write a thank you to the “hidden ones;” the parts of Christ’s Body that are often forgotten. 

Rev. Kellan Day: But, instead, we shall inhabit our metaphor in a simpler manner. We shall imagine where we might find ourselves in this world. And since there are not too many animate options and it seems rather obvious who we’d be, let us imagine ourselves taking on the furry wool of a sheep, nuzzling our noses into the supple earth, and meandering around with our sheep buddies, listening for that one voice who calls us by name.

Me to Faith Marie Baczko (20 Apr 21): You’d also talked about how you’d prayed for God to heal your voice, but he didn’t.  Instead, your whisper was to be a sign and a wonder, and that those who had ears would hear.  Steve Porter also talked about unusual obedience and the costly submission it takes when we listen to the Holy Spirit and BECOME Ezekiel’s wheel within the wheel. I know I am part of that wheel, too.

Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): Yes, you say, but…

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): How did they react? Poorly. Did I want to poo-poo my boundary, tuck it in, apologize for needing this when they are in pain? Yeah, I wanted to.

Brat: I received SILENCE

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): “There are so many better pastors.”

Andrew Towe (23 Apr 21): God is coming back to His house! The answer for the world is still found in His presence and God’s Word. Notice that “He preached the Word unto them.” He was not sugarcoating His message or filtering His teaching. No, He was preaching the Word of God to them, and there was no room because of the number of people that had gathered. The people came because He was in the house. I am believing for every Church leader to throw out their agenda and welcome Him in the house.

John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Rev. Kellan Day: What does this mean, then, to be a sheep?

John Edgerton (26 Apr 21): Shepherding has not changed much since the early church. And the church hasn’t changed that much, either, come to mention it. Churches still look to trusted members to decide which way the church should go and how to navigate danger. Any pastor worth their salt knows that whatever authority they might have in a church, it pales in comparison to the power of example set by a well-respected member.

Pastor Kate LePard (22 Apr 21): The Good Shepherd claims that kind of intimacy with his sheep. The Lord knows us completely and loves us enough to lay down his life for us. Those who are only doing their job don’t have the connection that’s crucial for a deep commitment. A teacher who only loves his paycheck and not the children; a surgeon who only loves her reputation and not her patient; a mayor who only loves his position and not his community. All of them are like a hired hand who won’t protect the sheep from the wolves.

John 10:12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away–and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

Anita Alexander (22 Apr 21): Amidst all of the violent, intimidating pursuits of the enemy, I felt the Lord say, “My people and the cause of the righteous appear to be cornered. It appears that we are hemmed in at the Red Sea and the evil agenda of the antichrist on this earth will wipe out the voice of the righteous. It appears that because unrighteousness is seemingly prevailing, the show is over…But,” God says, “the more they pursue—the further they go—it will be to their utter destruction.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): Pesach Sheini פסח שני

pay-sakh shay-nee

lit.: A second Passover.

A holiday on the Jewish calendar, one month after Passover, when those who failed to bring a Passover offering the first time around could come and do it now.[17]

Nancy Taylor Tate (24 Apr 21): Our ministry is more than words; it is a life from which others can glean. How wonderful it is when we can abide in Him, the Prince of Peace, then minister Him to others so that they may experience His peace through our lives! May someone else want to know Jesus because of the way we live. May those who already know Christ as their Savior become hungry for more of the Lord.[18]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (25 Apr 21): DAILY DOSE: Eating Kosher

Pastor Kate LePard (23 Apr 21): Yet Shepherd was a political role in the world of the Bible. God expected the kings of Israel to shepherd their people but most of them ignored that. What would our world be like if leaders and rulers considered themselves care-taking shepherds? Imagine a campaign with candidates who tried to “out-shepherd” each other.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): This is my process: As the Holy Spirit prompts, I look to see where God is leading the collective conversation amongst His word(s).  I read various sources to harvest and glean and put that into conversations anchored in scriptures that the greater Church follows each week in the lectionary.  This is an unusual ministry that is unique (and seems to be ignored.) I use footnotes and references, so a legalistic spirit cannot shut me down. 

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): I began to cower and listen to these voices, but our faithful God intervened and silenced those voices with one word: “Fight!”

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Take higher ground. PURSUE the secret place. FIGHT for it. It says in Hebrews 4:11 “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest” It can be difficult in pressure but it’s the only place you can get free/clear.

Lovesick Scribe (22 Apr 21): Jezebel is one of many spirits mentioned by ministers in the Charismatic church. Others include Leviathan, python, Ahab, Absalom, Delilah, Judas, Saul, religious and orphan spirits. You can typically find the religious spirit assigned to those who would ask questions of senior leadership and test things against Scripture. It is also interesting to note that the orphan spirit is assigned to those who are viewed in a negative light in questioning authority. What is interesting to me is that as believers in Christ, we should have a response to the accusation of an orphan spirit. Jesus Christ told His disciples that He would not leave them as orphans (John 14:18). This applies to us as well because we have been adopted as coheirs with Christ. I would propose that this is problematic for the claim of the orphan spirit. This is extrabiblical teaching and is refutable. Furthermore, why are we assigning demonic spirits to dead people such as Ahab and Absalom? Other than Judas, there is no mention of their actions being driven by demonic possession. Flesh and sin are being taken out of the equation here.[19]

Lillian Daniel (21 Apr 21): The women get the news when they are looking for Jesus’ body in the empty tomb. “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Why do you look backwards for God’s future?

Tony Robinson (23 Apr 21): With this God, there’s more. Hope for the discouraged; challenge to the smug.

Demontae Edmonds (26 Apr 21): Oftentimes, people will say they are waiting on God for their breakthrough or promise to manifest in their lives. However, 2 Chronicles 16:9 reveals the reverse side of this spiritual coin. We are not only waiting on God, but His Spirit is looking for us. God is desirous of those for whom He can “show Himself strong”! There are some interesting points to notice about this Scripture.[20]

Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): Looking for the middle path between extremes?

Rabbi Curt Landry (24 Apr 21): Spending time with God is great, however, that does not necessarily mean it is a lifestyle. Two friends can visit and spend time with one another over a cup of coffee, but even if they set that time aside every month, things slip through the cracks. God does not desire us to merely go on coffee dates with Him, He desires us to abide with Him—to live with Him in the same room—to see His face the first moment we get up, to encounter Him throughout the day, and for His smile to be the last thing we see each night! In many ways, to abide with God is to enter into a marriage with Him…but few marriages on Earth are as deep, personal, and intimate as this is meant to be.

Nancy Taylor Tate (24 Apr 21): Notice it is through our union with Christ that peace dwells in our lives! Christ IN you, the hope of glory! May we make time to receive from the Lord, so that there will be substance within us to share with others.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): …And even though I am in spiritual direction, I have no pastor or priest.  The hired hand runs away and does not care for the sheep. (John 10:13) Please allow me to share with you anyway.

John 10:13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep.

Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): Sometimes something someone says sticks with you because it’s brilliant. Sometimes it sticks because it’s plain wrong. I was working for a horse rescue a few years ago and a bodyworker came to visit the horses. The bodyworker did noticeably light and sensitive work on banged-up sway back elders and the herd melted in acknowledgment. Shy horses came near. Calming signals were shared and the herd grew silent in that eloquent way that humans never quite manage.

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): Let’s use the weapons of God to destroy our own pride and deceit, to achieve His perfect peace, and to reach others with His Holy Spirit. 

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (22 Apr 21): Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exist in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life. You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.

Lovesick Scribe (22 Apr 21): Again, I do not deny the demonic realm. I am merely calling into question our understanding of it and whether we are seeing great liberties taken to exploit this area of ministry with conjecture and speculation unfounded in the Word of God. People are falsely accused of having these spirits for invalid reasons, and this should not be so. When people do not cooperate with leadership, they are assigned a spirit or label rather than addressing flesh, sin, or the unwillingness to disregard the Word of God due to corrupt leadership and false teaching. We need to not only read the Word but believe it and obey it, and if we are taught something and it does not line up with Scripture, we can reject it without concern of hurting feelings or offending others. An improper understanding brings spiritual sickness to where we do not even understand Christ as our Redeemer.

Fr. Richard Rohr (25 Apr 21): Meditation: A Time of Unveiling

Quinn Caldwell (24 Apr 21): Rivalry, lying, trickery, jockeying for parental affection: the families in the Bible make for the soapiest of operas.

John 10:14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

Rev. Kellan Day: And this shepherd is a particularly good shepherd. One who will lay his life down for you. For me? A mere sheep? Yes, for you. This good shepherd will take you on a long and winding journey. And as you follow this shepherd, there may be days where you wonder to yourself: does this shepherd know what she is doing? She seems to be taking us to a far and strange land. Those pastures back there seemed good enough for us – why, oh why, are we traveling again? It is scary out here.

Pastor Kate LePard (23 Apr 21): As a campaign slogan, “Let me be your Shepherd” would not project the image needed to win an election. These days such subtleties are lost in the news and on social media. Strength and power aren’t evoked by that label.

Brat: A few years ago (in 2011) the 405 Freeway in Southern California was closed and the media called it “Carmageddon”.

Fr. Richard Rohr (25 Apr 21): A quick etymology of the word will help: kaluptein is the Greek word for “to cover” and apo means “un,” so apokaluptein means to uncover or unveil. While we primarily use the word “apocalypse” to mean to destroy or threaten, in its original context, apocalypse simply meant to reveal something new. The key is that in order to reveal something new, we have to get the old out of the way.

John 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.

Nancy Taylor Tate (24 Apr 21): My own life was impacted because I felt the presence of God in the life of an elderly lady I knew. I sensed a special relationship she had with the Lord, and it caused me to desire that same kind of relationship. I learned it was available – if I chose to cultivate it!

Bill Yount (12 Sept 2020): I sense the Lord saying, “The older Stars in My Kingdom are going to shine brighter and do greater exploits than ever before!” I sense there is a special anointing coming upon older men and women in the Body of Christ. God is not through using you. Your age is not against you, it is for you. Job 12:12 says, “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.” You have more wisdom now than ever. With years comes understanding.

Demontae Edmonds (26 Apr 21): Dogs are often described as loyal to their owners. A loyal dog stays by his master’s side, is excited at the sight or sound of the master’s voice, and carefully watches the master’s movements. When we are loyal to God we learn to walk closely with the Lord, hand in hand. We learn to not only obey His voice and leadings but to be excited about them. Obedience no longer becomes burdensome but rather a prized privilege. A loyal dog won’t obey someone else’s voice over its own master. Jesus said, “My sheep know My voice, and the voice of another they will not follow!” (See John 10:27, John 10:5.)

[From “Babe” 1995]:

Old Ewe: We’ve got something here that might be of use to our pig.

SheepSheepSheep: Password! Password!

Old Ewe: Before we gives you anything, wolf, you’ll be making us a solemn promise.

Rex: Yes?

Sheep: Treat us civil!

Old Ewe: Yes, you gotta treat us nice-like.

Rex: I’ll try.

Sheep: No biting!

Old Ewe: That’s right, wolf must avoid biting us sheep at all costs.

Rex: All right. I’ll try that too. I’ll try.

Old Ewe: But the most important of all, you must promise never ever to let this password we be about to give to be used against any sheep anywhere.

Rex: I promise you that; I’ll make sure that the pig knows it too.

Old Ewe: We have the promise!

Sheep: ‘Tis for Babe!

Sheep: It’s for his sake!

Sheep: Maa would’ve wanted it.

Old EweSheepSheepSheep: Baa-ram-ewe. Baa-ram-ewe. To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true. Sheep be true. Baa-ram-ewe.[21]

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Steve Porter (08 April 21): The reason why many Christians struggle with the lordship of Christ is that they have yet to die to self. If we die to the self, we will approach God much differently. We will come to Him, realizing that as dead people, we know nothing (Eccl. 9:5), and as such, we will allow Him to be our teacher and instructor. When we do this, the Holy Spirit will gladly lead us into all truth so that by that truth, we shall be set free. Scripture teaches that if Christ is in us then we must become dead to ourselves:

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Rom. 8:10)

Church of England (21 Apr 21): They add: “Decades of inaction carry consequences and this inaction must be owned by the whole Church. 

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (22 Apr 21): I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope.

Fr. Richard Rohr (19 Apr 21): Being fully present to the soul of all things allows us to say, “This is good. This is enough. In fact, this is all I need.” We are now situated in the One Loving Gaze that unites all things in universal attraction and appreciation. This is enlightenment and we do not have to sit on a cushion for forty years to recognize and enjoy it. In fact, I can almost guarantee that we will recognize and enjoy it more as we spend more time in the natural world with slow and quiet realization. And then a leap of deep contentment!

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): Since this is not just my opinion or voice, I wonder what elephant is sitting in our collective living room.  My work has been unilaterally dismissed over the course of thirteen years.  That in itself is a testimony of God’s love sending in His prophets by His dogged devotion.  The Good Shepherd has other sheep that do not belong to this fold, but they will listen to His voice. (John 10:16)

Neale Donald Walsch: Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that. You cannot hold onto the old all the while declaring that you want something new. The old will defy the new; the old will deny the new; the old will decry the new. There is only one way to bring in the new. You must make room for it. [1][22]

John 10:16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): Opportunities to do even better. To have two Passovers instead of just one.

Faith Marie Baczko (25 March 21): The Lord is calling for a heart change in His people and not an outward show of piety—a true move of brokenness over sin. Rather than attempting to justify our sin nature, its time to get real with God. For many days I have been hearing the words, rend your hearts and not your garments, and later found it in scripture:[23]

“So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.  Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him.”  Joel 2:13-14

Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): One day your horse will ask (tense poll, jittery hooves) for more steady support when he’s frightened. Reward his vulnerability with a firmer-focused kindness. The elusive middle path, the place of genuine trust, cannot be demanded, only discovered. You’re welcome, (neck stretch, soft eye) says your horse.

Pastor Kate LePard (22 Apr 21): It is good to be known and still loved. There aren’t many people to whom you can reveal your flaws and failures comfortably. It is a gift to have a relationship that is strong enough to bear such honesty.

Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): It takes security in our gifts, along with a Kingdom mindset, to celebrate and embrace those whose ministries are different to ours.

Rabbi Curt Landry (24 Apr 21): Abiding with God is not beyond us, for our God is prepared to help us every step of the way! We can abide with Him DAILY, making it a lifestyle instead of a “coffee date” to catch up. And once abiding with Him becomes that lifestyle, we begin to change—for the better! We begin to take on the characteristics of God. We begin to hear people say, “You are so much like Him!” This is a place of miracles, power, and of course, intimacy…and it is the place God wants us all to be.

Andrew Towe (23 Apr 21): I prophesy, “Delay is broken, and you are moving into your kairos (set time). God’s outpouring will be seen by everyone. Those gathered together said, “We never saw it in this fashion.” Get ready for God to move you out of the confines and limitations of what you have experienced in the past.

Maren Morris: Call it dumb luck, but baby, you and I

Can’t even mess it up, though we both try

No, it don’t always go the way we planned it

But the wolves came and went and we’re still standing

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): The peace that is the inheritance and the destiny of every beloved, broken body be with you. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (20 Apr 21): Because as the world is created and recreated each moment, its details are not yet in place. That is left to us.

Demontae Edmonds (26 Apr 21): When God’s strength shows up in our lives, what was once a struggle becomes a testimony of “overcoming” in our lives. Allow purity to reign in your heart and faith to dominate your life, and watch as the Spirit of God handpicks you to show Himself strong in your life.

Church of England (21 Apr 21): “This is the culture change that is required if the Church is to live up to its mandate of being a body where all the gifts of all its people flourish to the full, for the benefit of the church as a whole, the nation of England and the greater glory of God,” they say.

Rick Joyner (20 Apr 21): It seems like the world was a far gentler and friendlier place when good manners were considered essential behavior. The degrading of manners in America has been in parallel to the way we have allowed God to be removed from our culture, only to be replaced by increasing disrespect and intolerance for others, and has increased into rage and violence.    

Dutch Sheets (20 Apr 21): We decree that the Ekklesia is arising in unity, with shields locked and a sound of victory in our mouths. The gates of Hell will not prevail against us and America shall be saved! We will hold the line and advance the Kingdom.[24]

Fr. Richard Rohr (25 Apr 21): That’s what apocalyptic literature does. It helps us make room for something new by clearing out the old—old ideas, old stories, old ways of thinking—especially if we’ve become overly attached to them. The goal of apocalyptic language, as used in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, is to shake people out of their reliance on conventional wisdom and undercut where we all operate on cruise control.

John 10:17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): I see God’s “Day of Reckoning!” in terms of Him reaching out to His children and them listening and responding.  The Lord has given much time for repentance and divine intervention is impending, but to no avail if there is no one to hear.  In my orbit, the men of Nineveh never rose up. (Mt 12:41) They didn’t care.  I lay down my life to take it up yet again. (John 10:17)

Fr. Richard Rohr (23 Apr 21): Through her Work That Reconnects, teacher Joanna Macy invites us to find a wider sense of identity as unique and integral parts of the living body of Earth and to join with others in service to life.

Brat: So, why didn’t your people write me back?

Rick Joyner (20 Apr 21): Our human tendency is toward dualistic thinking that tends to perceive in extremes. So we can consider one type of behavior to always be kindness or severity that can only be rightly discerned when we consider the setting and the timing. As great a prophet as Elijah was, he was not the Son of God, and Jesus was incredibly gracious to those who attacked and insulted Him in comparison. 

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Your story is changing. Your track history is changing.

Brat: I received still more SILENCE!!

Anita Alexander (22 Apr 21): We are seeing the wicked pursue the cause of the righteous in this hour. We are witnessing the plans of Hell being unleashed upon the earth in this hour, and they continue to pursue those who stand for righteousness with the sole purpose of wiping them out and silencing their voices. But I was thinking, as I meditated upon this passage of Scripture here in Hebrews 29:11, that the Egyptians could have saved their lives if they would have just stopped their pursuit at the Red Sea. Even after witnessing the miracles performed by the Israelite God, they, full of conceit and pride, continued to pursue them anyway.[25]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): Because it is G-d’s universe, not ours. And for G-d, there is no failure.

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (22 Apr 21): Dearest Holy Mother, Most Holy Mary, you undo the knots that suffocate your children. Extend your merciful hands to me. I entrust to You today this knot and all the negative consequences that it provokes in my life.

Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): So, if you have been struggling with weariness, insecurity, or with the style of others’ ministries, receive fresh insight to your heart today.

Casey Cross: We seek after truth, but shy away when its double-edge points toward us. And so, truth also means knowing when we have missed the mark. It means admitting when we have relied on our understanding more than the truth lived by Jesus. It means repenting and changing our ways. Loving one another in truth and action means we may need to sit through uncomfortable conversations. We may also need to speak up and create new boundaries with people who have abused our empathy and time. Loving one another does not mean we must serve as someone’s whipping boy. Loving one another also does not mean liking everyone or being everyone’s friend. Loving one another liberates us for autonomy and freedom. We are reborn in the empty tomb and revolutionized by the resurrection of Christ.

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Look at what GOD is doing! We must keep our eyes on Jesus more than the storm, or than any pandemic. What is God doing and saying over you right now?

Tony Robinson (23 Apr 21): There’s more. God gets the last word. Thanks be to God.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): Which means, as the Rebbe Rayatz explained, that in truth there is no such thing as failure. No matter how bad you messed up, no matter how far you’ve fallen, you’ve never lost.

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas (20 Apr 21): Our prayer may be noisy and expressive, or it may be very quiet. It may be the kind of prayer that depends on listening in stillness and silence with complete attention: listening to the crickets as they pulse at night, listening to the rain as it falls, listening to our breath as we breathe God in and breathe God out, listening to the inner voice of love that is always sounding in our heart. 

Lillian Daniel (21 Apr 21): If all you want is a sentimental sign of spring, I’m sure you can find a crocus growing in a graveyard somewhere, but the promise of new life is more than that.

Deborah Perkins (in “Benefit of the Doubt” 06 Apr 21): Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people of Israel did not answer him so much as a word.~1 Kings 18:21

[Crickets chirping…]

Steve Shultz: Do you want to walk in this type of faith, where God leads you into the unknown, where your only choice is to believe Him?

Lillian Daniel (21 Apr 21): New life does not mean more of the same. So why settle for some pre-pandemic nostalgic normalcy for your church, your children, your institutions, your society, your schools, or your street? Why do you look for the living among the dead?

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): I’ve been thinking a lot about bodies this week—about how inseparable our bodies are from our own particular identity and story. I’ve been thinking about bodies that grow and move through the world, gathering experience and wisdom, and other bodies that are broken, bruised and scarred. Bodies that connect, and bodies that retreat from companionship. Bodies that stand tall and hopeful, and bodies that lie low upon the earth, down where the blood cries out from the ground. Bodies that live. And bodies that die and are laid to rest.

Maren Morris: When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter

Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter

Let it rain ’cause you and I remain the same

When there ain’t a crack in the foundation

Baby, I know any storm we’re facing

Will blow right over while we stay put

The house don’t fall when the bones are good

When the bones are good

Pastor Kate LePard (22 Apr 21): The Lord is clear that he has the power to take his life up again. That Easter power reveals God’s triumph over death.

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): His risen body shows us that the life he offers is about entering into the fray, into the heaving heart of the world and saying: Peace be with you. [26]

Expert Wanderlust (24 Apr 21): [New post] Desolation of a wonderful place, Casa Do Professor in Oliveira de Azemeis / Portugal [https://wp.me/pczFHe-4A]

Brat (in “Benefit of the Doubt” 06 Apr 21): …My sharing then becomes more fodder for your sharing to your platform, while my desolation deepens in the abomination.  I never doubted his prophetic clarity and truth.  My cry along with the anchorites of old is for courtesy.

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Meditation: This Is an Apocalypse

John 10:18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

When Light Came In (23 Apr 21): Remember when I posted that one about the court-ordered communication platform? Guess which of the messages he looked at?

Church of England (21 Apr 21): The taskforce’s work is rooted in Christian theology, they emphasise, flowing “not from identity politics but from our identity in Christ”.

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): “I’m not ready for this!”

Pastor Kate LePard (19 Apr 21): The high priest and other religious leaders feel the stirring of a power they don’t control. Stories about resurrection. Rumors of healing. Their crippling hold on the Jewish people is being threatened. They demand to know by what authority these fishermen, Peter and John, work. The Holy Spirit flows from Peter’s mouth as he claims the power named Jesus Christ.

Rick Joyner (20 Apr 21): To be truly gentle does not mean that we become timid mealy-mouthed pushovers. Jesus was not, but boldly stood up to His accusers, calling them hypocrites, until it was time to go to the cross. Then He stood mute before them. Since His exhortation was to learn from Him we, too, must keep in mind that there is a time for peace and a time for war (see Ecclesiastes 3), there is a time to respond to accusations and opposers, and a time not to. Even when it is time to challenge our opposers we must keep in mind that we are sons and daughters of the King, and must conduct ourselves with the dignity of those of His household. 

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Rebuke the wind and waves. This is your offensive stance. Get out the word and bind up what is coming at you. Clear the atmosphere. Tell the opposition to STOP in Jesus name.

Brat prayer journal (21 Apr 21): Holy Spirit, I need Your help and direction.  I keep following Your directions and contacting those You tell me to reach out to, and I STILL receive SILENCE, even though You are the One telling me to reach out.  I am terribly discouraged.  This BS has got to stop!  You know my heart and my intentions.  You said You would hold the brutes accountable.  It’s not about forgiveness at this point.  It’s about courtesy!  More sermons on gentleness and kindness just grind into gaslighting wounds (Rick Joyner).  I can’t take anymore!  There is no one real out there!  And I feel like if I write Richard Rohr, it’ll just be more of the same. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): And for us? For us, there are only opportunities.

Pastor Kate LePard (23 Apr 21): The Lord had said Godself would take over as Good Shepherd. Jesus did so until he was killed. He had promised to take his life up again and did that, too. Who could have expected such resurrection power? Jesus sent disciples to the ends of the earth with the Easter power to claim people for God’s holy flock.

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): How will it turn out? Who knows? But I feel ready and strong because I cared for me just as much as I care for them.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (20 Apr 21): That is what we accomplish when we do a mitzvah: We connect scattered details into place so that the original meaning and purpose of each thing becomes clear and their divine energy can shine through.

Steve Porter (08 April 21): Ezekiel’s Wheel within the Wheel

Pastor Kate LePard (19 Apr 21): Much of life is about power. Who has it. Where it is used. How it is kept. We live as if there is a limited amount of power in the world. It orders how business, politics, and societies function. We forget about Easter power that can disrupt anything.

Joe Joe Dawson (20 Apr 21): In this season, passive and lukewarm Christianity is finished. God is looking for those with a heart like Shammah’s to stand and fight for whatever field God has called them to. Don’t look at the things God has promised you and count it to be too insignificant to fight for. Future generations may very well be depending on you to stand. Now is the time to stand![27]

Nancy Taylor Tate (24 Apr 21): How the world needs this type of ministry today…not mere doctrine, though important, but the experiential Word of God, written in our hearts, visible to others through our daily lives. May that which is sensed, felt, and seen when others look at us draw them to Christ! And may the benefits of peace be with you and bless you as well!

Quinn Caldwell (24 Apr 21): Turns out, blessings don’t depend on the character or history of the person giving them so much as they do on the God who fulfills them.

Fr. Richard Rohr (25 Apr 21): The most common mistake is to confuse apocalyptic literature with prophetic literature.  They serve very different functions. Apocalyptic writing deconstructs the “taken-for-granted world” by presenting a completely different universe, similar to what a good novel or even a science fiction movie does for us. As the Buddhist heart sutra says it, “Gone, gone, utterly gone, all has passed over to the other side.” It makes room for the reconstruction of a new vision of peace and justice, which is the job of the prophets. Yes, prophets do plenty of deconstruction too, but it is always to make room inside the mind and soul for vision, expansion, hope, and a future inhabited by God and not by fear.

Brat (26 Apr 21 at 7:10 am): Excuse me. Last week I wrote to you and your crew and this week you are writing about apocalyptic literature and a time of unveiling.  I realize you cannot respond to every submission and yet the conversation continues over my head, where it seems that it is being used as a springboard.  In the past I would have been honored, but to me now, this feels like more gaslighting, which I’ve experienced from everyone else, because we never were able to establish a real relationship.  Please don’t use me like everyone else has done.  Please don’t take me for granted!  Put flesh on these bones.

John Edgerton (26 Apr 21): I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:1b-3 (NRSV)

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Your once hidden, squashed, silenced, and timid voice is suddenly ROARING from within you and making its way to the surface. You have no agenda, no territory to selfishly protect, and no motives or self-promotion and the earth needs the pure sound of your voice to cut through the noise.

Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): “Don’t move. Don’t give in. Keep standing on what I said and do not entertain doubt or confusion. Stay ferociously focused on what I have said and put your faith in Me and My goodness, and know that I am leading your every step and My supernatural confirmation will continue to crash in and astound you. In the areas where I have spoken, there will be such a great awakening that will take place by My Spirit…such deep demonstrations of My power and the coming of My glory.

Brat: It doesn’t take “supernatural confirmation” for folks to write me back.  It takes courtesy.

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Our best response is to end our fight with reality-as-it-is. We will benefit from anything that approaches a welcoming prayer—diving into the change positively, preemptively, saying, “Come, what is; teach me your good lessons.” Saying yes to “What is” ironically sets us up for “What if?” Otherwise, we get trapped in the negative past.

Sanjna Mahtab (21 Apr 21): He is looking for those with pure hearts, pure intentions, pure motives, who are aligned purely with the desires of the Father’s heart and with the frequency of His true love. This can only be achieved through the secret place of intimacy with God. It is in this place that you get to know who God is even more, who you are in Him more (your true identity), and a place where He unlocks His mysteries to you at a deeper level.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): My intention of sharing with you is not to get seen on the Daily Meditations or on social media.  I realize you do not respond to every submission.  My intention of sharing, however, is to make a connection, as heretofore everyone I share with reciprocates with more grinding Silence and it is impossible to forge an honest relationship without partnership.  There is no relationship with Apathy.  I am sharing out of a genuine heart cry.  Without a “Boaz” I’m perpetually gleaning the fields…

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[1] Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): HONORING THE INTERCESSORS (hisinscriptions.com)

[2] Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25404)

[3] Emily Claire Schmitt (19 Apr 21): Hello, Religious Privilege is Good and Here’s Why | Emily Claire Schmitt (patheos.com)

[4] Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): Prophetic Ministry: Are You a Beacon or a Lighthouse? (enlivenpublishing.com)

[5] Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): Saying Yes to a Horse When You Mean No – Anna Blake

[6] Rick Joyner (20 Apr 21): The Weapon of Gentleness | MorningStar Ministries

[7] Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): 9 TYPES OF WARFARE YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW – Nate & Christy: Everyday Revivalists (nateandchristy.co)

[8] Bill Yount (12 Sept 2020): Prophetic Alert: “I Am Breaking the Age Barrier!” – A Word by Bill Yount – Spirit Fuel

[9] Rabbi Curt Landry (24 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25402)

[10] Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): My Evangelical Church Is Gaslighting Me, But I Refuse To Fall For It Anymore | HuffPost

[11] Andrew Towe (23 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25398)

[12] Casey Cross: 4th Sunday of Easter(B): What is Truth? – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[13] Wanda Alger (22 Apr 21): https://wandaalger.me/2021/04/22/remember-who-you-are-america/

[14] Sanjna Mahtab (21 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25389)

[15] Steve Porter (08 April 21): Steve Porter: “Becoming the Wheel Within a Wheel” (elijahlist.com)

[16] Rev. Kellan Day: To Be a Sheep, Easter 4 (B) – April 25, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[17] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): Pesach Sheini – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[18] Nancy Taylor Tate (24 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25403)

[19] Lovesick Scribe (22 Apr 21): There Be Fallacious Spirits Here | (lovesickscribe.com)

[20] Demontae Edmonds (26 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25407)

[21] [From “Babe” 1995]: blob:https://www.facebook.com/c11f2ea5-bcb4-4d7d-8826-3e9957756663

[22] [1] Neale Donald Walsch, Facebook post, July 22, 2014.

[23] Faith Marie Baczko (25 March 21): The Day of Reckoning! – Headstone Ministries

[24] Dutch Sheets and Jane Hamon (20 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25387)

[25] Anita Alexander (22 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25393)

[26] Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): This Peaceful Body: A Sermon – By Another Road

[27] Joe Joe Dawson (20 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25388)