Wedding Robe 9 Oct 17

11 Oct

Working Dates: Monday, October 9, 2017 to Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Matthew 22:2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem: Don’t miss Israeli night at the Feast of Tabernacles

David Suissa: Bumping Into Voices

Matthew 22:12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless.

Brat: The Wedding Robe is TRUTH. That’s the last thing the Funny Bunnies want! Not real, honest, truth. They want the truth that uses the crowd for cover. [Ref: Tony Robinson]

John 18: 38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

Steve Shultz: In Christ, those of us who have received Jesus, have a robe of righteousness on us. We should walk in agreement with God and all of Heaven—that Heaven has never stopped going after sinners to see them saved.

Romans 2: Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.

Matthew 22:10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Meir Michel Abehsera: On Saturday night, it is quite visible that the guests experience change the moment they enter the house. However, no transmutation will really begin to take place before the food is served. The animation of the voices generates enough warmth to fecundate the most sterile of thought. The multitude of bodies produces more than enough pressure to wring out bothersome ruminations. The heart is jolted by Chasidic chanting. Music, which usually follows, tears all worries apart. But nothing appears more catalyzing than dance, when every remnant of pain – that of dancer and onlookers alike – is shaken off with each change of cadence. The highlight of the celebration, however, will take place in the calm before dawn, when most people have left. By then everyone is weary. Words are few and the movements slow. Silence prevails in spite of the resonance of voices or the fracas of pots being washed. Not even the dissonant chords played by dilettante musicians are able to disrupt the quiescence of the moment. At this stage, incidental noises are put at the service of silence to give it a new depth. Thus nested, thought is given to witness how the passing of time has fulfilled the night’s promises – the cycle of transmutations is virtually completed – and that subsequently, the slowest of metabolism has benefited as well. At any moment, all this abundance of human exchange ignites time, which shoots back far into the past, to redeem it. The past, in turn, redeems the present. Creation has just begun.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Seeing how problems were resolved in the past can offer clues to the solutions which seem intractable in our day.

Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: Pesach and Shavuot denote historic events which had already taken place and had been experienced by the people whom Moses addressed. At the time of the first Sukkot festival, in contrast, the events being celebrated had not taken place yet.

John E. Thomas: Do you remember the last wedding invitation you received? Most come with the request to RSVP, which means “please respond”. The person who sent you the invitation would like to know in advance if you are going to attend their event.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: PLEASE RESPOND

Matthew 22:3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.

John E. Thomas: In a similar way, dreams are invitations from God with “please respond” written on them. We get to do more than just ignore our dreams or feel confused, frustrated or entertained by them—we get to respond to the invitations God is giving us.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Shortly after, he fell asleep in the carriage, and it was revealed to him that he had assumed correctly. The two “men” were the angels Raphael and Gabriel, and his interpretation was also correct.

Brat: [Whew! At least I got THAT one right! Thank you! How’s a girl to know these things?! Now I know. What a relief!]

Pastor John Tolle: We often misinterpret comments. We hear a different way. Sometimes that can be incredibly dangerous. We interpret through our own lenses. Interpret through the Word of God, because the Word will not change!!

Brat: How did you respond?

Rumi: “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”

Holly Watson: The plumbline for testing a prophetic Word is the Word of God. The testimony of Jesus Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy (Revelation 19:10). If it doesn’t sound like Jesus, look like Jesus, and carry the attributes of Jesus; it’s not the Word of the Lord. Every prophetic Word should be measured through the Word of God to discern the spirit behind the Word in which it was given (Hebrews 5:14). It’s crucial that we recognize the true from the false; hold fast to the truth, and let the false fall by the wayside. A personal prophetic Word is most always confirmation to what God has already spoken to us in private. A corporate prophetic Word is confirmed by the company of two or three witnesses (2 Cor. 13:1).

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Here I can say that in many ways the mysteries of the gospel bring alive Christ’s victory over Satan and by praying the rosary we can apply those victories against Satan’s work in the world.

`Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Rebbe Shmelke guessed that these two ‘men’ were actually the angels Raphael and Gabriel. They came down from heaven, to help him complete the blessing properly. After he climbed back in the carriage, he thought to explain what had happened with the phrase we say during the Days of Awe: ”V’hu echad umi yashivenu / When one is alone, who will answer [‘Amen’ to his brachos]?…Vnafsho ivata / but his soul desires [and yearns for someone to answer Amen… Then] vaya’asnorah / one should do something awesome…v’kadosh / and holy” angels of heaven answer Amen to his blessing. (Rosh Hashanah liturgy, based on Job 23:13)

Romans 2: So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?

Jennifer Brownell: God Has Already Chosen. Now It’s Your Turn.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Then, while still holding my arm, he slowly and carefully enunciated the forty-four word asher yatzar blessing!

Rabbi Avraham Dov Auerbach of Avritch (in “RE: Yom Kippur” 04 Oct 17): The answer of the Sages is that regarding the People of Israel it is the fifteenth day, but regarding the nations of the world it is the first day since they did not accept the yoke of Heaven upon themselves on Rosh Hashanah. The meaning of the phrase, “regarding the reckoning of transgressions” is that it refers to the nations of the world for regarding Israel the Blessed Holy One does not regard their transgressions because of His great love for them.

Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: Both Pesach and Shavuot represent a reward to Israel, who had displayed dedication at the Exodus, and who had accepted the yoke of the Torah. These festivals are “for G‑d”, in that they represent justification for G‑d (i.e. they are G‑d’s) who had argued that man was worth creating because Israel would display such a lofty moral level.

Marie Kopp: The first reading today spoke of singing of friends. I tried to write last week of a friend, my Kindred Spirit, my deceased friend Flannery O’Connor, who was a much better Catholic than I. I thought I was failing. Maybe Isaiah, God’s Prophet, did a better job commemorating his friend. Or maybe he turned his friend into a round stick of words and used his friend to bludgeon people. I’m feeling pretty bludgeoned today.

Marc Wymore: Grief Defined: “The pain of mind produced by loss or misfortune, injury, or evils of any kind; sorrow (the sense is pressure or oppression).”

Pastor John Tolle: Do I offer myself as a solution?

Exodus 32:2 Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”

Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: They are a celebration for G‑d, then also. G‑d’s greatest victory, however, was the fact that Israel had recovered from the stain on its soul due to the Golden Calf episode, which first appeared to give the angels a chance to confront G‑d and remind Him that they had voted against the creation of man. The rehabilitation process had been completed right after Yom Kippur, when G‑d had first seen fit to forgive Israel (at the end of Moses’ third forty-day stay on the mountain.)

Me: Please read (30 Sept 17): https://wordpress.com/post/truthinus.wordpress.com/999

Angels among us,

Rabbi YY Jacobson (01 Oct 17): was this meant for me?

Me: YES! O happy day! Is God not GOOD? I had just asked God to whom He wanted me to send my piece “Purpose” and your word came into my inbox. Michael the Archangel was standing next to Jesus and Michael said, “How about that one?” I looked at Jesus and He nodded. All I did was follow through. He’s such a Mensch to bring us into the conversation! Jesus said that God gives good gifts to His children.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (2 Oct 17): But then the Jews betrayed their partnership with the Divine, creating a golden calf and reverting to the a-moral and deprived patterns of Paganism. The Jewish people bid farewell to the moral G-d of ethical monotheism and to the covenant they crafted with the creator of heaven and earth. It is no wonder why. The pressure of such a relationship was too profound, the responsibility too overwhelming, and the discipline too exacting. They would prefer to be slaves in a country that makes decisions for them rather than become truly autonomous and independent human beings, as a “kingdom of princes and a holy nation.” They would rather be nails than hammers. They would rather have somebody to blame for their problems than take responsibility for their own destiny. We cherish independence, but we also fear too much of it.

Exodus 32:4 He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”

Edie Bayer: Ezra received a letter stating he was entitled to steward all the silver and all the gold given by his earthly king to our heavenly King. Additionally, he was given permission to acquire all the gold and silver that he found in Babylon, along with all the freewill offerings, to be used for God’s Kingdom purposes.

Pastor John Tolle: People don’t reveal the wrong inside of them. You hide the lie. They lie to keep covering up the lie. Technology can’t figure out what’s hiding in me.

Exodus 32:7 The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely

Steve Shultz: Instead of running toward the LORD at times of tragedy, they proclaim that God is like a man and they, like Adam and Eve, have to hide themselves from Him. I can hear the Father saying to many of us, “Who TOLD you that you were naked?”

Holly Watson: Tonight while I was sitting with the Lord I began to see a vision of some of the Prophets of God running in fear to secret rooms and hideaways to get away from the threats of the enemy. I saw groups of prophetic people and prophets hiding in secret places because of how they perceived the enemy would come against them if they came out into the open.

Pastor Steve Dittmar: Secret Place – A New Thing Has Begun!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (2 Oct 17): But we can. Because human beings, in stark contrast to G-d, stumble, fall, fail and make mistakes. We are vulnerable to sin, transgression and profanity. We are capable of betraying and abusing. We know how to lie, to ourselves, to our souls, and to our fellow human beings. And then, after we fall, we are capable of utilizing the fall as a springboard for renewal.

Emily-Rose Lewis: Your Testing Is Leading To A Season Of Upgrades

Marc Wymore: Grief is how we get through transitions of life. Some are stuck. God grieves. If you don’t grieve, you get stuck. Unstuck because you got unstuffed

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: In the middle of my walk back from that shul to my office in Ascent, on one of those narrow winding Tsfat streets, a man coming from the opposite direction suddenly stopped me by putting his hand on my forearm. He had a full size knitted yarmulka on his head, but no beard.

Marc Wymore: Say This With Me: Everybody needs a shepherd. bigger, wiser, stronger to take care of us.

Pastor John Tolle: We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

Rabbi YY Jacobson (2 Oct 17): When G-d gazes at His children encountering the abyss and yet rising from it to inspire them to reach far greater heights, He looks at them and cries out: ‘Mother!’ For it is then that we become, as it were, “mentors” to the Divine, showing Him how darkness can be transformed into light, how imperfection is the beginning of deeper perfection, and how destruction is the commencement of renovation.

Rick Joyner: The devil’s constant tactic to distract us into being overly concerned about what people think of us to a large degree by using false accusations. Embrace each one as the opportunity it is to resist the devil’s temptation, and soon he will flee from you. Until he has been cast down, or fled, don’t waste your trials. Embrace false accusations as the great opportunity they are to be even more resolutely focused on doing the will of the King and pleasing Him in all things.

Romans 2: But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

Holly Watson: After I heard the Lord call His Prophets out of hiding, I heard the Spirit of the Lord say I AM coming with Fire and Glory. The Lord is burning away the chaff in the prophetic movement and refining the pure prophetic Voices to come forth with greater purity. As the precious is separated from the vile the weighty Presence of God and the Shekinah Glory of the Lord will be the trademark of the vessels of purity created for the Master’s use. There won’t be any mistaking the true from the false. The Hand of God will be evident in demonstrations of signs, wonders, and miracles like we’ve never seen! Prophets of God take heart. Come out onto the scene. The Father has your back!

Doug Addison: I asked God why we are seeing such fierce storms, shaking and violence. He told me that it has to do with the negative whirlwind that is alive and active in the hearts of many people right now. It is also delaying revival and closing the heavens for blessings.

Matthew 22:7 The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

Exodus 32:11 But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?

Steve Shultz: Heartaches, earthquakes, famines and pestilences will happen and are happening, but this is not because God is angry at the world or at a Believer. Instead, the Word says that SATAN himself came to steal, kill and destroy. If people are being stolen from, or killed, or their lives are being destroyed, Jesus said this was the doings of satan.

Exodus 32:12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people.

Pastor John Tolle: God didn’t do this as a wake-up call. There have been plenty of wake-up calls. For us, God wants to awaken us beyond our lukewarm, easy, safe.

Revelation 3: 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Marie Kopp: That’s how I felt last Tuesday (Wednesday?) when I spat out some nonsense about grapes and stuff. And then I went to this conference and I realized some more stuff: our conference consisted of wild grapes.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The not so big news is that this sort of thing not only continues, but men of power continue to get away with it.

Kenneth L. Samuel: Liberation Theology is a lens through which God is understood and related to as the Divine Being who sets us free from the sins of every kind of oppression.  This understanding of God is especially vital to persons who have historically and systemically experienced bondage… even bondage that has been sanctioned by the church.

Romans 2: 11 For God does not show favoritism.

Meir Michel Abehsera: As the night advances, our faults change aspect. The deeds that are performed for selfish gain are released from bondage. There is no visible trace of corruption in any of them. This occurs because the night makes us more compassionate on ourselves. Or else it is making us so wise that we can discern some of the workings of redemption. In any event, the fact is that at such times, faults greatly contribute to enriching the atmosphere, while the night kindly obliges by returning the favor with a gift all its own. It broadens the scope of each fault as far as the twilight of Creation. There the fault becomes deed, the instant it re-enters its original mold. You can imagine how much such a moment of good-will can benefit anyone, stranger or friend. What appears to him most improbable will resolve itself in the warmth of companionship. His faults experience a loss of identity. They have become new entities altogether. They are enriching reality. The interaction between each fault and the specific hour of the night, formulates the mode of the celebration at hand.

Rick Joyner: The accuser is cast down! One of the most difficult trials Christians deal with is false accusation. This is why the Lord uses the accuser as one of the primary instruments to challenge and thereby strengthen His people to become overcomers. If we know that God approves of us, then it should not matter what anyone else on earth thinks of us. We will be free of one of the strongest yokes of bondage—the shackle of human expectation and seeking to please men.

Pastor John Tolle: I’m responsible for this Valley. What are you responsible for?

Brat: Stewarding this story to the glory of God.

Meir Michel Abehsera: Shabbat bathes the Jew in a bright and homogenous light which is not necessarily conducive to revelations of individual character. Shabbat is much too full, and therefore permits no contrast. Shabbat is the reservoir, not the conduit. It is contained within specific limits which allow no explosions to occur. Saturday night’s light however, flickers relentlessly. It is a black fire whose pulsating luminescence disturbs and disperses the obtrusive layers that camouflage the soul. The Jew is never more conscious of his mission than during these hours. It is on this night that the world was created and on the very same night that light was made. Now, light is again renewed through our actions. As Shabbat draws to its end, and the obscurity of night begins to cover us with its black mantle, we burn a braided candle, whose variegated and animated flame rekindles the light of Creation.

Marc Wymore: [Psalm 23] VS 4- Yeah, Though I walk Through……….

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ (in “Purpose of a Dog” 25 Sept 17): Having chosen the church’s treatment of trolls you must first set up the trolls as being misunderstood. Paint a harsh picture of the church’s treatment of trolls. “Trolls eat goats that cross the bridge! Trolls should be excommunicated! Trolls are ugly, foul mouthed beastly creatures! Trolls are mean to goats! Trolls are demonic! Trolls should be excluded!” Once you’ve portrayed the church as harsh and uncaring it is only a short hop to elicit sympathy for the trolls.

Marc Wymore: STUCK- Valleys will get you stuck. 5th most stressful is loss

Lose your money, job, reputation, loved one,

Fr Dwight Longenecker: This is why we support marriage–because it is only within traditional marriage between one man and one woman for life that human sexuality can reach its fulfillment and purpose–and attaining that is the work of a lifetime. That’s why marriage is for life. Any sexual activity outside of marriage will always have an element of predatory and selfish behavior to it.

Brat (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): Then I ask you, for sanctuary where I can continue praying and writing. This is not my career but my vocation. How will the world gain wisdom from our mistakes if the open arms don’t come from you first?

Monk: That was a month ago, so where is the Church?

Romans 2: But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

Marc Wymore: 3 TYPES OF PEOPLE IN VALLEYS 1. NOT STAYING 2. You and ME 3. Valley Dwellers

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Therefore the present pain of the Playboys should be treated not with therapy, but with the treatment our grandmothers used to prescribe when they said about a confused young man, “What he needs is a good woman to marry and settle down.”

Marc Wymore: Valleys are to be walked through not lived in.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (in “Purpose of a Dog” 25 Sept 17): “My name is Leib Sarah’s,” began the visitor. “It was my privilege to know Rabbi Israel, the Baal Shem Tov, who was admired also by the gentile noblemen. From his mouth I once heard that every Jew should utter the sort of prayer that was first said by King David: ‘Save me, O L‑rd, from blood-guilt.’ But the word used for ‘blood’ (damim) can also be translated as ‘money.’ So my teacher expounded the verse as follows: ‘Save me, so that I should never regard money as my L‑rd…’

Pastor John Tolle: Your barns are too small. (Lk 12:16-21) Whose things will these be when your life is required of you?

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Now to today’s session: It is very important to choose your subject of dissent very carefully. People aren’t interested in money that much. Of course they like to think that the Catholic Church is rolling in cash and that most of it comes from the mafia, but what they are really interested in is sex.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: For Catholics the sexual act is an act of mutual self giving. The man and the woman are both created in God’s image and their complementarity is a beautiful recognition of equal respect and honor. There is no power struggle in this idea of human love. Instead each one lays down their claim to power in loving service to the other.

Brat: I know God told us to multiply and subdue the earth. The Funny Bunnies and I seem to be propagating. Hmmm…I wonder if that’s what God had in mind?

Exodus 32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'”

Marc Wymore: Valleys will expose our greatest fears.

Mary Luti: Prayer 
Give me faith to tiptoe away from dread and fear, O Christ; faith even to promise safety I can’t deliver, trusting that you will.

John Belt: When Jesus said He had to go the Cross, Peter responded saying, “Not You Lord, You don’t have to do that” (Matt. 16:22). “But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.'” (Matt. 16:23)

Rick Joyner: How would you like to be called “Satan” by the Son of God? That may be the most severe rebuke in the Bible, and it was the result of Peter setting his mind on man’s interests instead of God’s. If we are going to be the servants of the King of kings, then no other interests or sympathies can be allowed to compromise our devotion to His interests. We are called to love all men, even lay down our lives for them, but never side with interests that are not aligned with God’s. These constant attacks of the accuser help us to steel this resolve.

Doug Addison: God is now shaking things in your life, family, businesses and churches. He’s doing this to get our attention and cause us to focus on the business of God’s Kingdom and not on the world around us. This is why there is such a great shaking happening everywhere. The shaking is not judgment!

Brat (10 Sept 17): Today Pastor John [Tolle] talked about wisdom being available to the wise person, the foolish person, and the simple (or ignorant) person. What if this priest just didn’t know, because he’s one cog in the institutional machine? (Thank God he had the wisdom to write me back!) What if there are other priests and monks in the institution who are awake and could understand my soul-speak and they simply don’t know I’m here? What if they could benefit from my writings? If that is the case, then there is no ‘religious environment’ taking this mystery (myself) for granted, because they don’t know, because no priest who knows me has passed me along. If I lived among the brotherhood then we could engage and learn each others’ love languages. There are still hermitages and artists’ cottages at monasteries and on church properties. Since I speak the love language of the Book of Revelation and ate the scroll, I am extremely hard-pressed to find people out here who understand my language. That’s why it was painful to run into churches who I thought would understand, but they had only the world’s understanding. In this case there was no knowledge that there was even a mystery present. They didn’t know enough to even formulate questions. And I couldn’t say anything without making it sound like I was puffing myself up. This is the very reason (and scenario) for why we need priests to pass along the called to their superiors. It’s not about exposing each other. It’s about drawing into the fold. That’s where the greater wisdom is.

Jennifer Brownell: All are called. God has already made God’s choice. The only choice left is ours. Will we choose to make this journey alone, to blunder along with our limited senses and understanding, or will we choose community, companions whose abilities complement ours?  All are called. Maybe the reason the few are so, well, few, is because we haven’t learned yet to travel together, to choose relationship with God and each other over all our other choices.

Rick Joyner: The Greek word translated “glory” in this verse is also sometimes translated “recognition.” Here we see that one of the major destroyers of faith is seeking the glory or recognition of men rather than from God. The Son of God asks how we can believe if we’re seeking the recognition of man rather than God. To serve the King of kings and be His messengers, we must have a single-minded devotion to seek His approval and recognition alone. Any compromise of this will likely lead to compromise in other areas of our life.

Brat: Namasté. So glad you read my piece, “Recognize.” We have a different definition of “recognition.”

Matthew 22:5 But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.

Steve Shultz: It’s really fascinating to see how many Believers who might otherwise share the Gospel about a loving Father and His Son, the Savior of the world—have now “switched” and have begun to proclaim that “God is angry at the World, angry at the Church, and angry at Believers.”

Marc Wymore: LOSS— Grief or Fear

Brat: What did God lose?

Marie Kopp: Isaiah (or his “friend,” but I think that’s just rhetoric) seems like an angry tyrannical father here, whose child grew up and became a brilliant abstract artist rather than a wealthy brain surgeon. I don’t have much patience for tyrannical fathers. Never did.

Doug Addison: Many people have lost their authority in prayer because they are coming into agreement with the accuser of our brothers and sisters (see Revelation 12:10).

John Belt: Peter was a whole-hearted follower of Jesus, very close to the Lord. He was a part of the inner circle of Jesus with James and John. This just goes to show us that anyone can be vulnerable to the tactics of the enemy. Prior to Jesus’ rebuke, Peter had just told Jesus that He was the Chosen One of God. It quickly shifted to what man wanted and was completely contrary to what God had planned. It was the fleshly mind trying to take down that which was of the Spirit. It was the enemy using Peter to appeal to Jesus to preserve Himself and save Himself. You could even say this was a “good, nice and thoughtful” gesture.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The human will is powerful because it is a sharing in God’s power. He gives us the will to choose to do good or choose to do evil, and that will, in and of itself, is a powerful weapon in the spiritual realm. That’s why Satan seeks to enslave us and incapacitate our will through addictions. When our will is joined with God’s will through prayer we literally tap into God’s own power source.

Marie Kopp: These wild grapes, Isaiah, the ones you’re trying to starve out of existence (and certainly out of the Church), they’re moldy and tart and bitter. Sometimes they’re cynical, and the best ones are irreverent. They read Lolita in class and they say vagina and they’re crass as Fuck. And these ones – they’re the ones who hold each other up in their suffering. They walk with each other. They love one another. They bear the suffering, mystically bonded in the Body of Christ, suffering with the other members.

Meir Michel Abehsera: The spiritual forces of darkness have been starving during the entire length of the Shabbat. Therefore, you can only expect that as soon as Shabbat draws to its end, these forces will reach out to devour the defenseless. They lie in wait by the doors of every house of prayer and grabs congregants by the dozen. One bite from the beast, and they are infused with an acute sense of the Saturday night blues.

Doug Addison: These will not look like what we currently see inside of the Church. I have seen glimpses of them in my interactions with Heaven, and I don’t know exactly what it will look like—except it will be strange and geared towards people who the current Church may not accept.

Brat: Okay, fine. But I have no way to reach them. All the Church and the prophets had to do in the first place is pass me respectfully along!

Jennifer Brownell: For many are called but few are chosen.” – Matthew 22:14

Brat: Thanx, but the chosen are frozen. Like a grape Popsicle.

Marie Kopp: I know this because I used to “be” one of those choicest grapes, Isaiah. I toed the line. I “walked the walk.” Or – I thought I did. And I, too, sneered at the wild grapes, the ones who asked me to stretch my brain, to listen to their experience and recognize its validity. Until I realized, one day, that I wanted to be a wild grape. And they were kind enough, forgiving enough, to let me in.

Jennifer Brownell: Prayer
Open our ears, dear God, to your call, ringing brightly around us even now. Amen.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: We find towards the end of the portion that there are two individuals named Enoch. The first was the son of Cain. The Torah tells us that after he was born, his father “built a city and named it Enoch after his son“. (Gen. 4:17) The second is a descendant of Seth, who was born 400 years later. The Torah says about him, “Enoch walked with G‑d, and he was no more, because G‑d had taken him.” (Gen. 5:24)

Romans 2: There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile

Pastor John Tolle: Technology doesn’t worship God.

Brat: So, what you’re saying is that the “city” is Technology. That makes sense. That’s where the Cloud of Witnesses hide.

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.

Marie Kopp: It’s hard to write when you’re hugely distracted by really entertaining friends. The type of friends who have all the snark, and more wit than you can ever aspire to possessing.

Chuck Pierce: Now those who have only been able to seek out media stories that require embellishment and fabrication find that the truth is worth reporting because it requires no embellishment to be sensational. God has risen in His Bride, and all the earth shall tremble!

Pastor John Tolle: God is not a celestial vending machine. He’s to be engaged in. At the deepest part of your being you and I tremble in His presence.

Romans 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Marc Wymore: For some…. Unrecognizable Never been to church Referenced at a memorial service Foreign language Unfamiliar Off my radar .

Rosary (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): …Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our “death”.

To Thyatira (Rev 2): 23 I will strike her children “dead”. Then all the churches will know that I am He who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The Rosary is a powerful weapon against evil. But have you stopped to figure out why?

Patheos: Marie Kopp remains a Catholic (she thinks…probably), an unmotivated student, aspiring academic, and inept writer. She has a deep love for Platypuses (those majestically nonsensical creatures), is sometimes called Eloise, and usually introduces herself as The Evil Baroness of the State of Denial (because to be a baroness one must be evil, and because Calvin and Hobbes). She has a deep platonic love for the nuances of booze, and can’t wait for the Ohio weather to realize autumn really is preferable to summer (so get your shit together and cool off, dammit). She unreliably blogs at lukewarmstilllong.blogspot.com.

Sheri Rose Shepherd: The Power of Your Prayers – “Good Morning My Princess”

Steve Porter: “And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.” (Luke 7:37-38)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The fantastically amazing thing about the rosary is that God does this very deep healing work in individual lives and in the world in this most accessible and easy way. No need for long sessions of psychoanalysis or counseling for most people. Instead ordinary men, women and boys and girls can simply pray the rosary. All these good things happen even when they are unaware that these deep aspects of praying the rosary are taking place. It doesn’t matter who–an old peasant woman or a smart college professor, a little child or a busy mom. Billions of Catholics. All can pray the rosary.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: He looked up at me and I stared back at him. Neither of us uttered a sound.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The story about the second Enoch gives us the opposite teaching. Even if it will help a person in attaining his own spiritual perfection, an individual is not allowed to disconnect from the world. A person is created to change the world for the better, not to sit in some ivory tower. We see the result: the Almighty took him. It is easy to conclude that the best thing to do is to severely limit our involvement with the world and then we can be holy. The Torah is teaching that this is not the way.

Revelation 12:She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

Pastor John Tolle: When the knowing is known, we have an opportunity to choose a different path.

Brat (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): Are you saying I can’t have sanctuary in this world and have to stay parking and praying in my car indefinitely until a billion people wake up and Jesus comes back AND THEN I can finally have sanctuary because the religious are currently stuck in their boxes and have put me in one too? Because the people in my world do not understand my love language? No wonder the Lamb needs seven horns and eyes!

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (previously titled Our Lady of Victories) reminds us that Christianity is once again facing a dark and violent foe. This time a triumphant cavalry charge be the answer, not simply a pope rallying the faithful.

Shawn Bolz: “Wisdom that Changes the Story”

Marc Wymore: [Psalm 23] vs 4- Yeah though I walk through the valley of the SHADOW..

Shadows are scary

  1. Shadows can’t hurt you. 2. Shadows are bigger than the source

Doug Addison: This next revival will require a lot of finances. Because of the tragedies happening all over the world, we need resources and money for humanitarian purposes. We will also need to finance some of the largest revival meetings we have ever seen.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Building a city and naming it after his son was, for Cain, the completion of repentance. This is the Torah reminding us at the very beginning of our new year that complete repentance involves not only admission and regret but also requires an action that reverses the negative consequences of the sin. Not only did Cain bring a child into the world to replace the soul he took, he built a city also to fill the gap he created. Cain is showing all of mankind the way for all generations. The child’s name, “Enoch”, meaning “dedication” or “education”, hints that he wanted to share his rectification with the world.

Brian Simmons: It will be just like Joshua who spoke to God and the sun stopped in the sky (this was the day the earth stood still). The moon slowed to a halt over the valley of Aijalon. Never before had God “listened” or “harkened” to the voice of a man (Joshua 10:12-14). It was because His man had His Word put into his mouth. The word used for when God “listened” is actually translated 89 times in the Hebrew text as obey. God OBEYED the Word of a man!

Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: The Sukkot festival, then, is first and foremost a “festival for G‑d“, Israel not having contributed any input to merit this festival. We rejoice that G‑d is happy and has seen His judgment proven right.

Romans 2: 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Again silence.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Genesis brings both Enochs to teach us balance between two extremes. On one hand, we must be attached to G‑d and aloof from the world, placing our spiritual needs as our main motivation. On the other, we are required to build the world and settle it without hindering its development. The life of a Jew has to have both directions intertwined, not leaning to only one extreme. It is this combination between elevating ourselves spiritually and at the same time digging in for the sake of the world that we learn from these two individuals called Enoch, which the Torah is teaching all generations to come.

Marc Wymore: Valleys are where God is present.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: When one recites a blessing it creates an angel, but the angel isn’t complete unless someone answers ‘Amen’ to the blessing.

Doug Addison: I want you to do a check in your life right now. What is the fruit you are seeing in your life? Are you seeing answered prayers, financial blessings, people coming to the Lord or coming to you to hear His wisdom? Or are you seeing the opposite? If you are experiencing the latter, then there’s a good chance you need to shift your focus to God’s agenda and not complain and argue with others over your cause or opinion.

Brat: Are you saying that it’s okay for the pastors, priests, prophets, and rabbis to sit off in their Empire to serve an Edict from “a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” to feed off what I write but not contribute to the war effort? Obi Wan? Obi Wan? Wherefore art thou Obi Wan Kenobi?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: No. We object to Playboys because we treasure that precious and delicate sacrament called marriage–through which God’s grace is given and new life is created. Its because we love marriage that we hate anything that breaks marriage.

Brat: I have a thousand dollars left to my name (TOTAL – that’s everything!) and it is anticipated that my retirement will be $68 a month. I’m already 56 years old. What am I supposed to live on? I’m in Southern California for crying out loud! This is not complaining. This is reality! This is Truth spoken in faithfulness; a lifestyle of faithfulness, day in and day out full-time for ten years in my car while working part-time at the library. Bah, Pharaoh! Making bricks without straw! I forsook all to follow Jesus. My actions speak louder than your words. The Church took the words and never reciprocated by honoring the vows! There was no response. And all they can do is pull out the wild card of the Accuser? Who’s accusing anybody of anything? This is a matter of honor!

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: But Great happiness prevailed among all the dancers.then, a small delegation of chassidim quickly burst through the doors of the synagogue and approached him, telling him that his daughter appeared to be in her final moments, G‑d forbid, and he must do something.

Rick Joyner: Knowing how crucial it is to have our faith in God and not men, it should never surprise us when we’re faced with false accusations. We should embrace them as an opportunity to reaffirm our encouragement and faith. In fact, the fear of men, or seeking the respect, honor, or recognition of men is probably the biggest trap—and one of the biggest destroyers of faith in God—that we will face as servants of God. Below are a few Scriptures that confirm this.

Monk: We have different definitions of the term “honor”.

Brat: I’m sitting on my inner Klingon. Worf would never have allowed injustice to continue on indefinitely. How’s that for snarky? What did Pastor John Tolle say about responsibility? O, but we can’t talk about it! [Wrist to forehead.] We just quote scriptures? Talk about having a form of godliness but denying its power! (2 Tim 3:5)

Monk: There was no agreement on the definition of terms for “recognize” or “honor”.

Romans 2: God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”

Marc Wymore: Valleys are where we need light.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The rebbe hastened home and entered his daughter’s room. When he perceived how critical the situation was, he immediately stepped out and stood alone. Then the rebbe (who always referred to himself in the third person by his diminutive nickname “Meir’l”) proclaimed:

Bugs Bunny: Ahhhh…doc…Pardon the interruption, rabbi…

Marie Kopp: Isaiah pitied his friend, who tried to nurture those “choicest grapes.” I’d rather have gotten the wild grapes, personally. Does Isaiah realize how boring those “choicest grapes” usually are? Those choicest grapes, sure, they’ll produce a nice, regular pinot noir; but the wild grapes offer something different, something new. The wild grapes can create some lovely wines, Isaiah. Maybe you weren’t supposed to have choicest grapes, traditional wine, groomed and orderly vines.

Romans 2: To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “But now, Master of the Universe, you have made my daughter be critically sick. Now, Meir’l is obligated to accept this tragedy with joy, as it is written, ‘A person is required to bless for something bad that happens to him in the same way as he is required to bless on something good,’1 and the Talmud explains that since the wording of the two blessings are different, it must be that our attitude has to be joyful towards the bad event just as towards the good. So Meir’l accepts his daughter’s illness with joy, as You have commanded.

Romans 2: 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “However, Master of the Universe, there is also an explicit law that we are not supposed to mingle one joy with another . . .”2

Romans 2: 12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.

Brat: If I were held under the canon law, after ten years by now I would have taken my Solemn Profession of Final Vows.

Romans 2: Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

Meir Michel Abehsera: But take heed. Don’t be so readily fooled by such a display of leniency. The diminished light does not indicate some sort of deficiency or weakness. In truth, the reason why the light has dimmed is because it has traveled a distance to gather momentum, before coming back with a force that renews Creation. Kabbala calls such a light “Or Chozer“, “Returning Light”. It comes to wake us up from sleep. It says, “Where were you while I was there in your midst? I was a willing guest and you were such a distracted host.” It is Shabbat speaking. Distance makes it talk; it has divested itself of its clothing of effervescent gold, and donned a humbler robe to travel lightly.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Then he walked on in his direction and I walked in mine.

Marie Kopp: Wild grapes are the people I stayed with this weekend, the ones who are non-binary and bisexual and Jewish and so very kind, who work in non-profits bringing food to the hungry, who offered me sanctuary in their home. The wild grapes are the individuals with depression and crimson hair, disabled and perhaps frightening, who listen and love when I’m a mess because family and exams and exhaustion, OH MY. They’re the 60-something African American Ph.D woman with whom I taught English to refugees this summer, who’d mastered the professional eye-roll like no one else alive. The ones who drank tequila with me on a sidewalk in Pittsburgh when the bar kicked us out, who gave me my first cigarette and long ago taught me to question the indoctrination-koolaid with a chick-lit novel about fashion and Aquinas. Who sat with me during this journey, dispelling the Crusade-glorifying brainwashing of my childhood, who’ve taught me the power and the pain of pacifism.

Pastor John Tolle: We forget we are Agents of God. We cannot remain inactive: not with religious persuasion (ie, ISIS), but “Change me, O God!”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The insidious serpent of jihadist terror will not be defeated by diplomacy, bland words of peace or by more police and security precautions.

Pastor John Tolle: Debate is politically charged. It has no value. Evil is inside the human heart and will perpetrate evil on people. Debate won’t solve evil. We don’t focus on internal things.

Jennifer Brownell: Many are called, Jesus teaches, but few are chosen.  This seems hard, and exclusionary, not like the Jesus we love to love. Recently, though, I’ve learned that the Greek word translated “many” could be translated “all” and that knowledge changes this passage for me.

Marie Kopp: Isaiah, if God made all of creation, and all of it made Him glad, and He declared all of it good. . . did He not also create the wild grapes? Do they not bring Him equal delight (somehow, as though God’s delight can be measured — just an ounce from the platypus, that odd creature, but a pound and a half of delight from the unicorn, the dumb white horse with the stick on its head)? If the people of Judah are His cherished plant, the choicest vine . . . well, I think he loves us wild grapes just as much. We offer a lot more creativity to the whole wine fermentation process, I’m pretty sure.

Jennifer Brownell: The wild creatures are always at the pond, but it takes both my eyes and my friend’s ears to locate them. All are called. Today let us choose to go forward, arm in arm, ready to be one another’s eyes and ears and hands and hearts.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Therefore the sexual act does mean something, and your reduction of the sexual act to a physical instinct like an itch or a hunger is in itself a predatory act because you are intentionally reducing your beautiful humanity (and that of your partner) to the behavior of beasts.

Brat: Have you ever met a Platypus? Talk to Marie Kopp!

Doug Addison: “October Prophetic Word: What We Need to Do to Stop This Angry Whirlwind”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: This is true enough, but whether we like it or not, sex always has a dimension of power, and if women think it is only men who exert power they should look in the mirror again. As a pastor I deal with marriage breakdown and I can tell you that women can be just as manipulative, scheming and nasty as men when it comes to the sex-power game. They just use different tools.

Brat: I thought we were talking about Platypussies.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Remember your most effective tool in this campaign is to appeal to the heart. This means appeal to the emotions. People don’t want to be troubled by facts. They want their heart strings tugged. Portray the trolls as nice people–sometimes flawed–(and let him without sin cast the first stone!) but deserving of equal rights and dignity.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Master of the Universe! You commanded us to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, so Meir’l blew. You commanded us to fast on Yom Kippur, so Meir’l fasted. You commanded us to live in a sukkah on the festival of Sukkot, so Meir’l lived in a sukkah. You commanded us to be joyous on Simchat Torah, so Meir’l is joyous.

Meir Michel Abehsera: It is precisely in such an atmosphere of anticipation – namely, that we could at any moment be taken unaware by something already known – that past faults can be corrected. If folly so treacherously intrudes inside us, to have us commit an error, it is perfectly sensible, therefore, to utilize such means which would take the intruder by surprise. What better scheme is there than to confront the faults during moments that seem so uncertain as to confound them? Being that a fault is, on the whole, of an accidental nature, it is logical that it be exposed to an atmosphere that suits its character. Saturday night’s incomplete light makes it an ideal host. No judgment is passed.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Christian sexual morality is more subtle than that. I can’t speak for the Puritans, but I can explain that Catholic sexual morality is based on the innate dignity of each human being and the mutual respect that is required for true love to prosper. In other words, we’re talking about power when we talk about sex.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: I listened just as carefully and responded a hearty Amen.

Exodus 32:14 And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: At that moment, they cried out from the room that the sick young woman had broken into a heavy sweat. Before their eyes, her condition began visibly to improve.

Chuck Pierce: “And I would say to you this night, this is a day of fulfillment. For many have prayed, others have travailed, others have decreed, and I say to you, you have gathered to restore and bring to fulfillment that which has been sent up into Heaven, and now I’m beginning to pour out. I say, this night fulfills and this night begins,” saith the Lord. “I say this will be the beginning of that which causes a nation to Awaken again.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Amein!

 

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Recognize 06 Oct 17

8 Oct

Working Dates: Friday, October 6, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017

[14 pages]

Elastic

Brat (in “A Man Had Two Sons” 01 Oct 17): Help us, Lord, to make this a win-win to get our story to Your people. To do this I need a benefactor. Will anyone step in to help Thyatira?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “For all the days of the water drawing,” recalled Rabbi Joshua ben Chanania in the Talmud, “our eyes saw no sleep.” The Talmud further declares: “One who did not see the joy of the water-drawing celebrations, has not seen joy in his life.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker (5 Nov 2015): It’s all full of enthusiastic and optimistic language about how Lutherans and Catholics are all starting to agree after 500 years.

Rick Joyner: It is noteworthy in this Scripture that the devil seeks to devour the child when He is born, which happened when Christ was born. This also reveals a basic strategy of the devil. With almost every work that is born of God, there will be an onslaught and attempt to destroy it while it is still young and vulnerable. We should be prepared for this anytime we are used to start anything new.

Matthew 21:40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

Samantha Lee-Wiraatmaja: I am breaking the mold of human wisdom. My people are going to begin to find that the way things used to work just don’t work anymore. They are beginning to feel the frustration of futility in the things they’ve understood up to this point. The things they’ve known, which have brought them great success in the past, just aren’t going to work anymore.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: “Good God!” she exclaimed, “I don’t want to be a Catholic! What on earth do we want unity with them for?”

Brat (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): Excuse me, but sanctuary is a basic need. You have sanctuary. Why can’t I? So I’m not Catholic. I’m not a groupie, but that never bothered you before.

Tony Robinson: In Exodus, God’s people are warned about following the crowd, about “following a majority in wrong-doing.” What I’m talking about isn’t just following the crowd; it’s using the crowd for cover.

Sid Roth: Revealing the Ancient Paradigm

Wanda Alger: From the beginning of time, I have shown the power of My Presence to displace and overcome every foe and enemy that would come against you. I have given you the template for seeing the enemy not only defeated, but routed and utterly removed from your midst. For I do not call you to fight. I never have. I already fought for you and the battle has already been won. All I’ve ever asked of you – is to stand. Stand in My Presence and see the deliverance I have already won for you (Joshua 23:10; 2 Chronicles 20:17; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Ephesians 6:11).

Psalm 19:3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;

Samantha Lee-Wiraatmaja: “Run to Me, seek Me. I hold the mysteries of the universe and I want to make them known to you, one layer at a time. I don’t just mean spiritual mysteries, but also blueprints in science, art, business, parenting, and every other area of life. Depend wholly on Me in all areas of your life, big and small.

Psalm 19:4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The language of these ecumenical documents is always very elastic. The participants efforts to agree are laudable. We all want church unity, but too often they seem to be straining at gnats and swallowing camels.

Psalm19:5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Speaking up

Tony Robinson: Constructive criticism is completely legitimate and absolutely necessary. But do it like grown-ups. Say, “This is what I think.” Don’t say, “Many people are thinking.” Be accountable.

Brat (in “The Purpose of a Dog” 25 Sept 17): Honestly, Rick [Joyner], I could have sworn that back in the day the edict of SILENCE was issued forth from your domain and that was meant to punish me for speaking up. That edict caused me more fear than if you’d been straight with me from the beginning. I could be wrong, as mystics are not always right. I forgive you and Steve Shultz, the Funny Bunnies, and myself for misplaced assumptions and burdens.

Kaji Douša (in “RE: Yom Kippur” 4 Oct 17): Shackles can come off but God’s love clings forever. But are we taking off the shackles, here in America? Or do they just shift form?

Brat (in “A Man Had Two Sons” 01 Oct 17): There is no foreseeable way of reaching Thyatira. Fr Dwight [Longenecker] stepped sideways, just as Rick Joyner stepped sideways. God wants the reconciliation of the Churches!

Matthew 21:46 They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

Pastor John Tolle: The people not well known, common people, understood and knew how to advise in how to move forward. They spoke to one another and not to the king. Do you realize God wants to give you wisdom? You see a bigger picture.

Tony Robinson: “You shall not follow a majority in wrongdoing . . . you shall not side with the majority so as to pervert justice.” – Exodus 23: 2

Charles Phillips: We are in a time where the strife that has possessed this land is being confronted by the Lord of Hosts. Sons and Daughters have risen up with a “sound” in their mouth and a “fire” in their heart that will shake the enemy to its core. What was carried outwardly in the Old Covenant is now possessed inwardly in the New. We are the Trumpets and Fiery Torches that will bring an end to strife in this land. It is not in our ability to create big speeches and endless debating that will deliver us from this enemy. It is in our ability to MANifest the Kingdom of God in the earth. “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power” 1 Cor. 2:4

Psalm 80:7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Anna Blake: Are horses who we really hate? Why is it so important for us to label each other victors or victims? Is it possible for our intellect and heart to rise above our predator instinct?

Inas Younis: The irony is that the personality of an abuser is really nothing but the alibi of a man who has not yet fully formed. The charismatic spiritual abuser is larger than life because this is only way he can compensate himself for his own un-lived life.

Katie Barker: I felt so much expectation on what is in store for the people of God. I also felt a greater call to intercession for the nations as well as an invitation from the Lord to “ask for the nations” for it is His desire for us to ask Him for that which He has placed on our heart.

Psalm 19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;

Joyce Meyer: What Happens When We Start Believing for Supernatural Favor?

Amber Picota: God is moving them into the harvest field as influential harvesters, and He has favored them just as highly as seasoned ministers. This is not due to anything they’ve done, and no amount of prayer and fasting buys you favor. This is just the divine choice of God in this season.

Wanda Alger: Know that as you seek this place of My Presence, everything else will come into alignment and submission to the Father’s will and purpose. My Presence in and through you will shift atmospheres and bring supernatural transformation to everything around you. When you war in My Presence you only need stand. It is there you will find victory; it is there My glory will be seen.

Rick Joyner: The next great event is that Michael, the angel assigned in Scripture for the protection and purposes of Israel, goes to war with the devil and his messengers. Michael and his forces prevail until the dragon and his messengers are cast out of heaven and thrown down to the earth.

Revelation 12:Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: You remember Chesterton’s observation, “When two paths begin to diverge the gap between them always widens.”

Alane Haynes: Let Holy Spirit show you if there is anything in your heart taking precedence over God (your Isaac), and take an act of faith to pierce that dragon! His Kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!

Rick Joyner: (Revelation 12:1-2). This is generally accepted to represent Israel, which gave birth to the Messiah and was then immediately assaulted by the powers of this world. They have been under this assault and threat of destruction since.

Anna Blake: I notice it’s as hard to stand up to bullying as it ever was.

Inas Younis: The sooner we learn the signs to recognize spiritual abusers around us and support victims in whichever way they need, the sooner we focus on the messages of faith and spirituality that will sustain us.

Rick Joyner: The Best of MorningStar

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “While lying in a coma I saw a sort of courtroom, and the mood of the judges was frighteningly somber. Then, an old man stood up. He had a large, squarish white beard and piercing blue eyes, yet his face was welcoming and somehow reassuring. He announced to the court that he would assume responsibility for me.”

Donna Schaper: Like that boss, I have lots of morning glories.  A new non-blooming strain has shown up in my garden, right alongside the blue and pink and purple and tri-color beauties.  I pull the non-bloomers off their stakes in the summer, leaving the colorful to dine and twine.

Samantha Lee-Wiraatmaja: “I am about to release a bumper crop of harvest across the earth. My Church needs to ask My Holy Spirit for wisdom to steward this bumper crop. Many are praying for revival and calling out for reformation, but not many are ready for it when it comes. Is My Church prepared to handle the outpouring of My glory? Are My people ready for the floodgates to be opened? Are you prepared to have your world and everything you’ve known to be turned upside-down, inside-out? That’s what the wave of My glory will do. Have you counted the cost? Do you truly want this?

Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!

 

War

Jennifer LeClaire: The Plumb Line: A Spiritual Warfare Battle Plan for Victory

Amber Picota: “God is Raising Up Uncommon Leaders in Uncommon Places”

Anna Blake: Making War on Horses: Is it Leadership?

Inas Younis: Spiritual abusers leverage religion as a way of securing personal power over our consciousness. They use God as the basis for their claims against our will, and use the community’s needs as a claim against our rights.

Joey LeTourneau: This is a famous moment in the gospels that I wonder if it’s time we dive into again; and by dive I mean literally so. Right now, we’re watching a swirl of deception, division, hatred, fear and accusation be gulped down by the glass in the world, fueling a war of words we don’t need to be engaged in—at least not like this. We don’t need to choose a side and point at the other. Evil doesn’t choose sides, it tries to lie its way into both. And the world is thirsty right now, so much so that they are going to the well and drinking what the enemy is offering. What if we met them there and gave them something different to drink?

Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Creativity is a shapechanger. One moment it takes this form, the next that. It is like a dazzling spirit who appears to us all, yet is hard to describe for no one agrees on what they saw in that brilliant flash. Are the wielding of pigments and canvas, or paint chips and wallpaper, evidence of its existence? How about pen and paper, flower borders on the garden path, building a university? Yes. Touching with love the leaves of a plant, pulling down “the big deal,” tying off the loom, finding one’s voice, loving someone well? Yes. Catching the hot body of the newborn, raising a child to adulthood, helping raise a nation from its knees? Yes. Tending to a marriage like the orchard it is, digging for psychic gold, finding the shapely word, sewing a blue curtain? All are of the creative life. All these things are from the Wild Woman, the Rio Abajo Rio, the river beneath the river, which flows and flows into our lives. (p 298) [1]

 

Give

Anna Blake: Humans are born predators. We make war but we are also capable of great acts of heart. How we deal with horses, dogs, and even children give us a chance to ask ourselves the hard questions.

Alane Haynes: ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE GOD YOUR ISAAC?

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Matthew 26: 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.

Donna Schaper: Hardness of heart is a spiritual matter in love relationships, divorces, between siblings – and in the garden.  Often mid-summer I make a mistake that turns up just about now, right before the first snow.  I pull out the morning glories that didn’t produce, like a cruel boss does when she fires a worker who gets behind on his numbers.  One grower in Florida made this point quite well to me, as we stood in his tomato field. “Sure, Reverend, I could pay these workers more per bushel.  But have you any idea how many stand right behind them, willing to pick the tomatoes for what I pay?”

Psalm 19:12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.

 

Show biz

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: A fourth universally accepted method of expressing love is by means of an embrace. A “big fat hug,” when it is authentic and not just for show biz, demonstrates a solid and profound bond existing between the two people embracing each other.

Brat (in “RE: Yom Kippur” 4 Oct 17): I know what you are talking about. I just got one of those show biz hugs at church on Sunday. From the beginning of my calling, I write and the priests and pastors preach on what I’ve written, but they don’t have to give anything in return. They just suck off the energy. Vamp. Going back ten years (and many attempts at escape), these are upstanding citizens of society. But when all is said and done, this is still a type of religious porn, while fulfilling the prophecies in the Book of Revelation. (“Gee, a ‘twofer’ deal,” croaked the toad.) I KNOW that I’m loved by God! I don’t know that they know that they are loved by God. God didn’t put me in this cell. Man did. It’s not my lack of faith or courage. It’s their wielding of their authority. I pick my authority up in Jesus’ name and His promise that goes with it, and I ask for help to break this network. It’s only my word against theirs. They literally did NOTHING. Look, don’t touch. They can look digitally by remote. They can listen in while I pray. What crime is there in that? They’re the men in the pants. I’m just the nutcase mystic who sounds paranoid, right? But, there’s a kernel of truth inside every package of Crackerjacks. Even Satan and the demons know the truth.

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

Inas Younis: Both good and evil are made of truth. But good cannot tolerate any degree of falsehood and survive, while evil cannot survive without being disguised by some truth

Brat: There’s no accountability. For them there is no need. God will save me.

Psalm 19:13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Amber Picota: We are seeing unlikely ministers who don’t look, talk or act like professional preachers, who are literally just doing the work and sharing the Gospel in places that typical church-folk might be too scared to go. They are moving in power without a big flashy show, without any dramatic flair. They just do the stuff.

Isaiah 5:4 What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

 

Imprisonment

Inas Younis: A religious imposter is someone who has no identity independent of the perception of others and feels that he is a victim of their expectations, which he must fulfill to secure the attention and praise that has become his addiction and fix.

Pastor John Tolle (in “RE: Yom Kippur” 4 Oct 17): A wise thing is to understand how much you are loved by God. It will fill your bones. God is not a God wanting to pounce on you. Legalism is accepted or rejected based on performance. You’ll never measure up, because we’ve been corrupted. We’ve taken the cyanide of spiritual malaise. We’ve been poisoned!

Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Clearly creativity emanates from something that rises, rolls, surges, and spills into us rather than from something that just stands there hoping that we might, however circuitously, find our way to it. In that sense we can never “lose” our creativity. It is always there, filling us or else colliding with whatever obstacles are placed in its path. If it finds no inlet to us, it backs up, gathers energy, and rams forward again till it breaks through. The only ways we can avoid its insistent energy are to continuously mount barriers against it, or to allow it to be poisoned by destructive negativity and negligence. (p 300)

LinkedIn: Why boredom is good for you.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés: When a river is tainted, everything begins to die off because everything is dependent on everything else. In an actual river the sedge at the water’s edge goes brown starving for oxygen, the pollens can find no cribs among its roots for water lilies, willows will not grow catkins, newts find no mates, and mayflies will not hatch. Therefore the fish will not jump, birds will not dive down, and the wolves and other creatures that come to refresh themselves move on or else die from drinking bad water or eating prey that has eaten the dying plants near the water. (p 300)

Donna Schaper: Hardness of Heart

Matthew 21:44 The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”

Inas Younis: Hypocrisy is a common human deformity. We all take some measures to avoid negative scrutiny. We have all been hypocritical at various points in our lives. But this is often done innocently, out of weakness or insecurity, and is not premeditated.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Since Wild Woman is Rio Abajo Rio, the river beneath the river, when she flows into us, we flow. If the aperture from her to us is blocked, we are blocked. If her currents are toxified by our own negative inner complexes or by the environ of persons around us, the delicate processes that craft our ideas are polluted also. Then we are like a dying river. This is not a slight thing, to be ignored. The loss of clear creative flow constitutes a psychological and spiritual crisis. (p 300)

Kaji Douša: Many would have interpreted his imprisonment as a sign of defeat. Certainly the state would have preferred this. Why else do we lock people away but to get them under control?

Brat: The warden stood at the door with his face close to the window looking at the child porn star. He saw her back as she crouched on the floor in the corner, kneeling at the foot of the cross. We are both imprisoned, even though he’s on the other side of the door.

Matthew 21:45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: In other words, “Let’s celebrate full communion while we do not have full communion.”

Wanda Alger: Come to the secret place and learn to know My manifest, tangible Presence for yourself. Pray in the Spirit and ask of Me to draw your spirit to mine. This cannot be accomplished through discipline, but rather out of desperate desire for relationship with Me. It is your heart I long for, not your routines or religious practices. I truly long to be WITH you – in power.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: My other grumble about this sort of thing is that the language, in an attempt to be diplomatic and find points of agreement is invariably ambiguous, vague and deliberately confusing, and where it is not all this it is contradictory and illogical.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: You need to “build a platform”.

Inas Younis: An imposter or spiritual abuser, on the other hand, is intensely and methodically dedicated to the cultivation of an image, a disguise, a false personality — not necessarily to perhaps conceal their true selves from others but worse, to control them.

Sheri Rose Shepherd: Run to Win – “Good Morning My Princess”

Anne Janssens: Some of you may find yourselves on your knees for an extended period of time while you wait for your gift to mature. You may have to bury your heads between your knees like Elijah did and wait for the first glimpse of the promise. Don’t give up! KEEP PUSHING until it’s BIRTHED!

Inas Younis: Invocations to patience and reminders that your trust should have been with God and not with this or that person, only lays blame on the victim and shames them for what you are implicitly suggesting is their stupidity.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: They’re like the Anglicans.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson (in “RE: Yom Kippur” 4 Oct 17): There are two forms of love — reciprocal love and unconditional love. The first is directed to the face of the beloved one; the second is directed to the back of the beloved.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: In order to find “points of convergence” the dialogue masters find minor points of agreement, pump them up and then deflate the larger and more important points of disagreement that remain.

Wanda Alger: Do not allow the voices in your head to have sway and get you to engage in a war that’s over. The seeming battle is a smokescreen – an illusion of power and control that uses deception to manipulate and coerce a reaction. What you see in the natural realm – the turmoil, chaos, and confusion – is the acting-out of a vanquished foe that will never relent in his attempts to bring you down. He wants you to engage him. He wants to get you sidetracked with warfare tactics and battle plans. He wants you to fight, knowing he’s already lost. Don’t fall for it. My plan was already accomplished at the cross and the same resurrection power that brought me back from the grave is alive and well in you. It is this power that I call you to stand in as you face the ongoing assaults and attacks.

Brat: Yes, the war was won on the spiritual front. I, personally, won’t know the reality of this until I have actual sanctuary. You can remove the warden from the window, but that does not place me in a safe house and out of the cell. You have sanctuary, why can’t I?

Psalm 19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;

Wanda Alger: “In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity he redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old” (Isaiah 63:9 ESV). 

Isaiah 5:5 And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.

 

Test

Rick Joyner (in “The Purpose of a Dog” 25 Sept 17): Of course, this begins with us having faith in Him and freedom from fear. These are both things that we grow in. In II Corinthians 13:5 we are told to “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith.” How do we test ourselves this way? There are ways that we evaluate our spiritual growth, and there are ways that we evaluate relationships. These do not need to be complicated, but if we really care about something we will do this.

Brat: Then you must have cared a lot.

Inas Younis: Spiritual abusers will convince you that this is just a pop quiz from God, so sharpen your pencils and remember what you have learned from them. And, if they become really desperate, they will download the file on “conspiracy theories” that they have already programmed into your previously fragile psyche.

Brat: It wasn’t fragile until the warlords chipped away at it like waterboarding an inmate.

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Isaiah 5:2 He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

Donna Schaper: When I look at the morning glory stakes in October, after the first frost, I see nothing left but the twine of the vine.  And that twine is often beautiful, symmetrically attached to its stake, circle by circle.  In October I get a good look at my summer mistake.  Some stakes are barren.    I had become a formulaic gardener, one who privileges bloom over shape, like a baseball fan who only likes home runs.  Plus, who knows when a new strain of morning glory is going to erupt from the genetic modifications clearly afoot?  What about next year or two years from now?  What hardness of heart cost me the patience of love?

Isaiah 5:5 And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.

Inas Younis: They will confuse you by blurring the lines between your garden variety hypocrite (which they will claim you are) to the charlatan spiritual abuser that you suspect them of being, so that you will not be able to be critical for fear that you will appear hypocritical.

Lana Vawser: “Write it all down and you will go deeper than you have ever been.”

Kaji Douša: But some of Paul’s most powerful words were written in jail cells.

Brat (02 Oct 17): God, help!! THIS IS EXACTLY what I was journaling yesterday and I did not share it with anybody! I feel like I wanna break every one of the Ten Commandments to wrestle out of these chains like Samson chained to the temple pillar, but I worship You, God! If we’re going down, we’re all going down together. I am not here as their Playboy entertainment where the Cloud of Witnesses can look but not touch, just like a pornography addict. Anchor me in Your Kingdom peace! Give me wisdom from Above!

Matthew 26: 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Elijah List: When We Fell, the Land Fell With Us

Matt Fitzgerald: Prayer
Dear Lord, thank you for using us. Amen.

Inas Younis: Victims are entitled to a normal human response and do not have to feign piety and patience for the benefit of our communal redemption. When an injustice is inflicted, the advice to deal with it like a saint, to absorb the pain and pretend that it has made us into a better person instead of a bitter one, is often the very thing that leads grown men to atone for their emotional deprivation through the emotional manipulation of others.

Brat (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): Then I ask you, for sanctuary where I can continue praying and writing. This is not my career but my vocation. How will the world gain wisdom from our mistakes if the open arms don’t come from you first?

Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;

Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Some say the creative life is in ideas, some say it is in doing. It seems in most instances to be in a simple being. It is not virtuosity, although that is very fine in itself. It is the love of something, having so much love for something—whether a person, a word, an image, an idea, the land, or humanity—that all that can be done with the overflow is to create. It is not a matter of wanting to, not a singular act of will; one solely must. (p 298-299)

Wanda Alger: My Presence has always been the secret weapon of My people. Throughout biblical history, the greatest victories came because of My Presence, not because of man’s skills at warfare. It was My Presence that freed My people from Egypt and led them through the wilderness. It was My Presence that parted the waters of the Jordan enabling them to claim their inheritance. It was My Presence that defeated the armies that came against Jehoshaphat as they faced the enemy with shouts of victory. It was My Presence that fell in the Upper Room and empowered the saints to do what was humanly impossible. It is My Presence that opens prison doors, breaks off chains, and delivers a nation.

Inas Younis: Or, when we discover that our hero, mentor, teacher, Imam, or the pillar of our community is a fraud, a charlatan — an imposter.

Monk: Thank You, God, for another “son” in righteous Islam who can stand up and speak the Truth!

Psalm 19:9 the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

 

Suspect

Inas Younis: And, they will not be interrupted by those who suspect their motives, because their status as spiritual giants silences and casts doubts into the hearts of those who can question them. Even when they are exposed, they will invoke high minded ideals, like radical mercy, and caution you against becoming judgmental or jealous.

Samantha Lee-Wiraatmaja: “My children, let go of your need to understand everything. Let go of your dependence on ten-step plans and tried-and-true strategies. Let go of the weight of trying to figure it out on your own, and come to Me. Many of you have grown weary, frustrated, and discouraged. It seems like one closed door after another, one failed attempt upon failed attempt. Be encouraged. That is My mercy at work in your life. In My mercy, I Am.”

Brat (26 Sept 17): Rick, I noticed I did not get your Word of the Week in my inbox. I take that as a “chassé off to the side”. I still read you.

Matthew: 21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

Matt Fitzgerald: We organized a protest in front of Moody’s president’s office. A pragmatic friend of mine said, “Why? You’re never going to change their minds. What do you think will happen?” I didn’t have an answer.

Pastor John Tolle (in “RE: Yom Kippur” 4 Oct 17): Pastors, if you don’t read you won’t lead. We can learn from books written from an experiential standpoint. Be aware that a person’s experience is not infallible.

Talitha Arnold: Both God and Samson kept that covenant. Samson had the strength and cleverness to protect Israel for 20 years. Then he fell passionately in love with a woman who was in bed (so to speak) with the Philistines. As people in love sometimes do, Samson told Delilah his secrets.  And as lovers sometimes do, she betrayed him and told the Philistines. They shaved his head as he slept in her lap.

Brat (in “Split the Baby” 01 Oct 17): Well, we’ll see what God says. King Solomon ordered a sword to cut the living baby in half (1 Ki 3:24-25) and the real mother showed her true colors and integrity. (v 26) Out of love for the baby she let him go.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: But let’s cut to the chase. The man is dead. The question remains– is Hugh Hefner in hell?

Matt Fitzgerald: But even as we marched my friend’s question lingered. I’ve always been suspicious of the self-righteous warmth protesting fuels. I felt out of place and I thought, “What am I doing here?” That feeling intensified when a young man stepped toward me with a confused look on his face. “What are you doing here?”

 

Relativism

Journal (in “It’s Relative” 05 Oct 17): …As I worked [at the library] I checked in with God and the universal sadness came in clearly. I thought it was because of the massacre in Las Vegas. That was on top. Then I followed the thread and down at the bottom was the all-too-familiar Universal Sadness that I get every single time I share something special, honest, and vulnerable, and I get nothing back. It’s not just Nothing. When it’s Nothing sitting inside the bubble of grace and hope and buoyed by optimism, then there’s light surrounding it. It doesn’t sink to the Nothing in the Pit. It sinks to the Pit and changes into a dark, gooey color dripping with heavy sadness when my work is read and they make a deliberate choice to do Nothing.

Well, God, I’ve never seen this spiritual distinction and coloring so clearly with the Nothing before. That’s amazing. So, now what good does it do me to have this information? So what? So, now I know they made a choice (again) to do Nothing.

There must be forward movement somewhere! Where??

I suspect the Nothing is from UCC.org. I hope the rabbis will send some directional clues. But maybe not. Has Sukkot (Feast of Booths) started yet?

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (6 Oct 17): Don’t miss the Feast of Tabernacles celebration LIVE from the Dead Sea today!

Inas Younis: When we are confronted with visual or psychological contradictions to what we believe to be true, our mind’s automatic response is to recalibrate its moral compass in the direction of moral relativism. We have no choice but to conclude that appearances are not a sufficient indication of truth and goodness.

Wanda Alger: Perhaps you underestimate the supernatural power of Victory and the miraculous wonders that are available in My Presence? I call you to remember the testimonies of times past where the power of My Presence did what no army, no government, and no strategic plan could ever do. My goodness is the essence of My Presence and it is this reality that I long for the world to see, to know, and to experience.

Tony Robinson: So if you’re aren’t so sure that a self-proclaimed moral majority or someone that claims to speak for a majority is seeing clearly and acting justly, stand up and speak out. Speak for yourself. By speaking honestly and humbly for yourself, you just may — here’s a strange thing — end up speaking for more than yourself.

Inas Younis: I feel that the damage done by charlatans is often further exacerbated by well-meaning leaders who advise the victims to bear the matter with patience, as opposed to giving them the license to have a normal healthy emotional reaction. Feeding them the same spiritual language that they heard their abuser preach on countless occasions is counterproductive.

Psalm 19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Amber Picota (7 Oct 17): The truth is that grace will meet you anywhere, in any pit of the most vile sin. But thank You Jesus, grace will not leave you where it finds you. Grace will transform people’s lives, if we’ll stop packaging it with caution tape.

Brat: It still holds no one accountable.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés: Creating one thing at a certain point in the river feeds those who come to the river, feeds creatures far downstream, yet others in the deep. Creativity is not a solitary movement. That is its power. Whatever is touched by it, whoever hears it, sees it, senses it, knows it, is fed. That is why beholding someone else’s creative word, image, idea fills us up, inspires us to our own creative work. A single creative act has the potential to feed a continent. One creative act can cause a torrent to break through stone. (p 299)

Wanda Alger: I am calling out to My prayer warriors and leaders who have been faithfully praying in the midst of battle. I have seen your perseverance and your resolve for breakthrough. I know your heart to please Me and stand for what is true and right.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: If people object to your position you can say in all truthfulness, “But I am a priest in good standing!” You can honestly say, “I affirm everything the church teaches!” If you are a religious you can say, “My superior approves of me!” You can challenge your critics to show where in any statement you have ever departed from the church’s teachings. They will fail because you never depart from church teachings.

Wanda Alger: But, I see the weariness. I see the fatigue and feel the weight you carry in your hearts and in your prayers. Though there may be seasons of warfare, you were not created to live there. I want to show you a better way. There is no glory in battle. The glory I long to display is best poured out in the reality of My goodness.  It is time to step out of your warfare mentality and into My Presence reality.

 

Council

Samantha Lee-Wiraatmaja: “This is My doing. This is a holy discontent that, if they allow, will draw them deeper into the mystery of My Being. The deeper they dive, the more they will begin to operate in My wisdom instead of human wisdom. Human wisdom and understanding is just not going to cut it in what I’m about to do. The new things I have planned will completely shatter paradigms of the past. It’s not going to work if My people try to fit My new move into old patterns of thinking, old paradigms of understanding, and old ways of doing things.”

Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’?

Katie Barker: At the end of the springboard, I saw golden levels or steps. I saw the people of God launch forward off the springboard and land on higher levels. The golden levels represented upgrades in the spirit. The people were launching into higher assignments and the next steps in their destiny. I was surprised by how high some of the levels were. They were so much larger than a normal step. The people of God were stepping into a time of huge increase. With this increase in assignments, authority in the spirit, anointing and areas of influence, also came an increase in accountability and responsibility to steward the increase well. I also had a knowing that some nations would also launch forward this coming year into a time of huge increase, harvest and launching into the destiny over their nation.

Matt Fitzgerald: He broke into a gigantic smile. “The timing is amazing. This is amazing.”

Tony Robinson: I know one congregation where their practice is, “If you have a complaint or concern, we (the congregation’s elected and called leaders) want to hear about it. If you allow your name to go with your concern, we will bring it to the Church Council, discuss it and get back to you. If you won’t allow your name to be used, we will listen but do nothing further.” That’s a congregation inviting people to be responsible adults.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan SJ: I am very flattered to contribute to this blog, and will be sharing with you some of the secrets of successful communication in the Catholic Church. Unlike other political institutions, the Catholic Church has a very strict set of doctrines, beliefs and moral teachings. This makes dissent within the Catholic Church a very tricky business indeed, but it can be done if you follow my simple rules and stick to them.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: The Talmud then relates the story of one particular juggler during these Sukkos celebrations. This was no ordinary Jew. This was Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel (circa 10 BCE-70 CE), who held the title of head of the Sanhedrin (High Court), known as the “Nassi” (the prince of the Jewish people). A direct descendant of King David, he was the spiritual leader of the nation. During these all-night celebrating on Sukkos, Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel juggled. He kindled eight portable bonfires and juggled them, without dropping even one, and without them ever touching each other.

Isaiah 5:3 And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard.

 

Forgive

Israel365: A Binyaminite ran from the battlefield and reached Shiloh the same day; his clothes were rent and there was earth on his head. ~ I Samuel 4:12 (The Israel Bible™)

Rabbi Avraham Dov Auerbach of Avritch: A Delivery to All the Nations

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The attempts to find points of convergence must be balanced with a clear understanding of the truth. We must agree on the truth, not agree on some vague re-formulation of “belief statements.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson (in “A Man Had Two Sons” 01 Oct 17): “But you offer forgiveness, so that we might learn to fear you,” King David says. G-d forgives. He never asks us to be perfect, only to be accountable. He asks of us to meet Him half way. He tells each of us on Yom Kippur: I want to make this work for YOU. I want you to live the most meaningful, beautiful, successful, powerful and happy life you can. I yearn for you to help Me make your life the ultimate success story.

Inas Younis: Spiritual abusers mutilate our perceptions so that the only way to recover and not feel vulnerable is to either never trust anyone again or, to trust everyone by embracing the idea that all are worthy of forgiveness no matter how evil.

Pastor John Tolle: The Sons of Issachar joined with David and knew what Israel should do.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I hate to be a party pooper, but like the ecumenical talks with the Anglicans, it seems to me that we are further apart than ever before on some very key issues and that on these issues which are so divisive we are on ever widening tangents.

Samantha Lee-Wiraatmaja: “I am breaking the mold of human wisdom, and it is going to require that My people are totally dependent on Me. I am doing this new thing so that My people would walk so closely with My Spirit. Without faith it is impossible to do the work that pleases Me. Sometimes, My wisdom seems simple and unassuming compared to the world’s cutting-edge strategies. But remember, sometimes the most profound truths are found in simplicity. I use the weak and foolish things to confound those who are wise in the world.”

Brat: What’s so hard about providing Sanctuary, especially when words of love have been professed? Was that all a lie? Just for show? Have you even been listening?

 

[1] Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman; Rider, 1992

The Purpose of a Dog 25 Sept 17

30 Sep

Working Dates: Monday, September 25, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017

[27 pages]

 

Communication

Wikiwisdom: Communication is the most common purpose of a dog’s tail. The way the animal carries its tail gives insight into its emotional state. A high, rigid, quickly moving tail means the dog is dominant and aggressive, while a low tail means the dog is fearful or unsure.

Pastor John Tolle: The wisdom of man is that we may think we know, but have we pursued?

Monk (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): I guess it must have been the Basset eyes that got him.

Exodus 17:4 So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.”

Alane Haynes: I heard the Lord say that there are many gates in the time ahead that the Body of Christ will need to press through…some individually and some corporately. There will be baptisms of fire where the breath of God will blow upon everything in us that is unholy. This is not necessarily the gross sins that we think of as unholy, but every mindset and structure in us that will keep us from manifesting His Kingdom on the earth. The breath and fire of God will remove those things.

Pastor John Tolle: I have an Achilles heal injury (probably from all those years I played sports.) I have to go to the physical therapist two times a week.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: May you and yours be sealed for a good and sweet new year

George: Dialogue must be a good thing.

Betty: Why is that?

George: It helps two people who disagree to come together.

Brat: Pardon me, George and Betty, for crashing into your conversation, but my inner Golden Retriever must jump in and say hello!

[Pant, pant, wag, wag]

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George: Truth? Well, that is discovered as you dialogue, surely.

Betty: And stop calling me Shirley.

George: Seriously.

Brat: We have so much to learn, Shirley!

Monk: Do you think Laverne would join us?

Annie Williams: I feel a little grandiose saying my life is necessary for anyone’s benefit, but the truth is, all of our lives are necessary to another.

Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz): The Sages say that repentance preceded the creation of the world, which means that repentance transports a person above and beyond the realities of the created world, with its order of time, forming, as it were, a new creation. And since Yom Kippur is the day of Divine pardon and forgiveness, it is the revelation of a Supreme Essence that transcends the limits of the whole world.

 

Dialogue purpose

George: But surely dialogue is in the Bible. Paul dialogued with people in Athens. Peter dialogued with the Pharisees. Jesus dialogued with people!

Betty: They preached. Its different. They believed there was a truth and that they had to proclaim it and explain it.

Brat: Gabriel was also a messenger who knew there was ‘a truth’ (using Betty’s phrase) and he had to proclaim and explain it. (Dan 8:16, Dan 9:23; Lk1)

 

What would Peter do?

Mary Pezzulo: If you obey every Catholic teaching that meshes with Right-wing sensibility but assume that every teaching that meshes with the Left isn’t equally binding or vice versa, you’re a Protestant. Ditto if you think that aesthetics, important as they are, make a Mass invalid and that a Church who allows the Novus Ordo has committed an error. Same if you think that any scholar on earth, no matter how many times he’s read Saint Thomas, knows more about Church teaching than the Holy Ghost Who speaks through Peter’s successor. Also if you cheer when the Church speaks against the sins of your neighbor but claim she’s mistaken when she reminds you of yours. Especially if you applaud when she denounces your neighbor’s sins but claim she is in error when she speaks for mercy. [1]

Brat (4 Sept 17 to Fr Toribio Gutierrez): I’m listening. The keys of the kingdom of heaven are supposed to get to PETER. (Mt 16:19) Isn’t that why the apostolic succession is still honored in the Catholic Church?

 

Trellis

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Why Doesn’t the Pope Answer His Critics? [2]

Brian Shankman, AIPAC: Your urgent reply is needed

Henry Karlson: The old man said to them, ‘If he is not edified by my silence, he will not be edified by my speech.’[3]

Brat: It is not beyond reason to believe that God is bequeathing another one of His most precious gifts to another beloved disciple, but how would Francis know if nobody tells him? Jesus had said, “Repair My house.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The vine is the faith–the encounter with Christ–the real experience and adventure of living the Christian life. The trellis is the doctrinal and moral propositions that support the vine, but the trellis, being a dead thing needs constant maintenance and repair if it is to support the vine.

Brat: Dialogue is not always about convincing another over “I’m right and you’re wrong.” Sometimes it is a tool to reveal a higher purpose. And sometimes dialogue enfleshes the words to put meat on them to make them come alive. It’s a scaffolding for the bones upon which the Holy Spirit can breathe to raise dem bones.

 

Messenger

Alane Haynes: Come to the gate and enter in, I will remove the man of sin. The fire of My presence will burn away all unholy and you will say, the Great I AM has brought me here. Come up higher, do not fear, the Great I AM is calling you near.

Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin: Rabbi Yehuda [offers a different interpretation. Instead of atoning “for” you meaning on your behalf, he takes the literal interpretation “atone “on” you” as meaning literally on the source of your soul which will receive a Divine influx of abundance and purity from Imma/bina] saying, “A song of ascent. Out of the depths [of teshuva] I have cried to You, G‑d.” (Psalms 130:1) We have learned that when G‑d created the world, He wanted to create man. He took counsel in the Torah [since the very purpose of creating man was so he would fulfill the Torah commands]. She said before Him: You wish to create this man, but he will sin before you. he will anger You and, if You react to him according to his deeds, the world will not survive before You, and certainly not man. He said to her, “Is it for no reason that I am called “E-l, merciful and gracious long-suffering”? (Ex. 34:6) [attributes sins of Mercy that G‑d generates to “cover” (related to the Hebrew ‘kaper/atone) over man’s faults and cleanse him of his sins].

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “The doors of repentance are not locked even in the face of an apostate,” Rabbi Leib continued. “I have heard from my teachers that even when one pokes about in the ashes, one can light upon a spark of fire…”

 

Goats

Hemant Mehta: The 62 writers say very clearly in their document that they’re not suggesting the Pope is wrong… but only because he was so vague in his writing. That’s why they want clarification on these issues.

62 Catholic Scholars: … Our correction is indeed required by fidelity to infallible papal teachings which are incompatible with certain of Your Holiness’s statements.

Daniel 8: The goat became very great, but at the height of its power the large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Although all of us possess the full array of soul-faculties alluded to by the four priestly garments, these garments also allude to four types of people, each of which chiefly manifests one of these soul-faculties:

The headgear (keter and chochma) alludes to creative, inventive types.

The sash (bina) alludes to intellectual, analytic types.

The tunic (emotions) alludes to emotional types.

The trousers (malchut) allude to industrious types, whose chief interest lies in palpable accomplishment, driving the world to its ultimate rectification.

All four types of people must learn to perform their pursuits with faith in God.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Having chosen the church’s treatment of trolls you must first set up the trolls as being misunderstood. Paint a harsh picture of the church’s treatment of trolls. “Trolls eat goats that cross the bridge! Trolls should be excommunicated! Trolls are ugly, foul mouthed beastly creatures! Trolls are mean to goats! Trolls are demonic! Trolls should be excluded!” Once you’ve portrayed the church as harsh and uncaring it is only a short hop to elicit sympathy for the trolls.

Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin: Ms. Hauser, we’re trying to get a hold of you before Yom Kippur!

Anna Blake: First, you didn’t create the circling back idea and you don’t get all the blame. It’s somehow become common knowledge in riding. Forget it. It’s a lousy tactic unless it’s your goal to fry your horse’s brain.

 

Conflict

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: This image of being a courageous pioneer and a reformer will serve you well when the conflict begins–and this will be the topic of session number three.

Brat: What do you mean, “When the conflict begins”? I thought it already had. Where’s Ephesus when you need her?

[Sigh. O drama.] I’m really trying to be kind to my troll here. Maybe Fr Nic could put him in his next book.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: In my little book (which has been endorsed by an Archbishop and a Cardinal!) I talk about trolls under the bridge and I call for the church to change her harsh attitude to trolls. So let us use the fairy tale example of trolls to illustrate how to handle the first stages of your dissent.

Brat: PLEASE don’t feed the Leviathan trolling under the bridge!

Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin: There is an age-old Jewish custom to bet’n Lekach, or “ask for honey cake,” before Yom Kippur. In case it was decreed upon us On High to become needy of the benevolence of others during the upcoming year, we pray that we need ask for nothing more than the sweet honey cake graciously granted us by our friends.

 

Starry Quarrel

Exodus 17:2 The people quarreled with Moses, and said, “Give us water to drink.” Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?”

Joey LeTourneau: The John 4 section of the Passion Translation is titled: “A Thirsty Savior.” When I look at the world and where it’s at right now, I think we have a very thirsty Savior. The well is where Jesus met someone who was supposed to be off limits but instead He became satisfied by the turning of her heart towards His. It wouldn’t have happened at the synagogue. It wouldn’t have happened in one of His gatherings, because she likely wouldn’t have come due to her shame. Rather, our thirsty Savior met her on her level, yet didn’t compromise the message either. He loved her so well in Spirit and in truth while upgrading the kind of water she was drinking.

Anne Marie Molster: “‘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. 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.'” Revelation 22:16-17 NIV

Luke 1:19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.

Betty: Well, if I’m right and there is such a thing as revealed truth, then dialogue is not just a dialogue between you and me, but between you, me and the revealed truth.

George: But what if I disagree with what you call the revealed truth?

Betty: Then your argument isn’t really with me. Its with the one who revealed the truth.

Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “By the sanction of the Almighty, and by the sanction of the congregation, we declare it permissible to pray together with those who have sinned . . .” The squire paled at the words spoken by this white-clothed man with the singular face. And meanwhile, down the road, the eight local villagers waited in shul, huddled together in frozen dread. Who could tell what calamity this odd stranger was about to bring down upon their heads?

Brat: But Surely, (and all kidding aside for the moment), since ‘special revelation’ is where God reveals stuff to human beings that we wouldn’t necessarily figure out by ourselves just by observing, then the argument would be with GOD and not the messenger of God who revealed the Truth.

Anne Marie Molster: After journaling all that was immediately spoken to my spirit, I began to research Scripture that involved the many stars I envisioned. I was in absolute awe to see the Scripture of Daniel before me. Not only has Daniel been highlighted numerous times to me over the past two months, but the numbers of the Scripture were in alignment. God so often speaks to me in numbers and confirms them with Scripture.

Daniel 8: 10 It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them.

Anne Marie Molster: “For those who step willingly, reaching to the heavens to take hold of My light, I will bless abundantly in the days to come. You have felt the grip of the evil one, the one who has tried to steal from you, kill what you carry and destroy all hopes of completing what you were created to do with Me. I have crushed him beneath My feet. You will now tread over the head of your enemy.

Betty: Well, we might dialogue about the revealed truth and how we might learn more about it in order to believe it and submit to it.

Gidon Ariel: Kathryn, How Can Jews Teach the New Testament?

As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12

George: But what if I don’t want to believe and submit to the “revealed truth” as you put it?

Daniel 8: 12 Because of rebellion, the Lord’s people and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.

BeRahamim LeHayyim: It’s all about return, and returning the womb of your Supernal Imma/Mother. There you were safely nourished, surrounded by waters of unconditional kindness. There you had sacred dialogue with educating angels on high. And it is to there that we seek to return to cleanse us of our mis-takes and misdeeds. There we should intend yearly (from Elul until Yom Kippur), monthly (the day before Rosh Chodesh), weekly (Friday), daily (before retiring for the night), and any moment possible. “Repent one day before you die,” truly. For we have been given the opportunity in this world to fix and to heal. Blessings on your efforts to reach this target.

Brat: They’re high all right. I’m down here.

Hemant Mehta: The Pope said the Church should love those people just as much as everyone else. And that’s what these 62 Catholics are angry about to the point of calling the Pope’s statement heretical.

Pastor John Tolle: Religious leaders wanted to kill. Religion doesn’t care about people. Religion doesn’t build the Kingdom. Religious legalism is not what Jesus was all about.

Hemant Mehta: The Pope did something nice… and they’re furious. If that doesn’t tell you the problem with the Catholic Church, I don’t know what does.

62 Catholic Scholars: … We issue this correction, rather, to protect our fellow Catholics — and those outside the Church, from whom the key of knowledge must not be taken away… — hoping to prevent the further spread of doctrines which tend of themselves to the profaning of all the sacraments and the subversion of the Law of God.

Lana Vawser: “PSALM 18 is KEY right now!!! Meditate upon the KEY of PSALM 18”

 

Questions

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: However, in saying this, once you have affirmed the church’s teachings you may remind your audience that the church’s doctrine develops over time according to different circumstances. Its good to use slavery as an example. Do not trouble your audience with the fact that the Catholic Church has historically spoken out against slavery. Instead, let them assume that the Catholic Church always supported slavery and point out that we no longer are. In addition to the “development of doctrine” idea, it is also good to spend some time talking about how important it is that the church “receives” the teaching and if the church (you don’t need to define ‘church’–they should assume it means ‘the people’) doesn’t receive the teaching then it is up to question. But leave it there. You mustn’t push that sort of thing too far.

Brat: Hold the phone (or media), Fr Nic. Ephesus DID receive the teaching! And the questions go round and round like the washing machine spin cycle…They technically received the words, but there’s no way of knowing if they received the words into their hearts. Who am I to judge? That’s God’s job. But then that was Pope Francis’ point, too. You can lead a troll to water but you can’t make him drink.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Never talk about what trolls actually do. Gloss over the fact that they kidnap baby goats and eat them for dinner. Don’t talk about the way they scare and bully everyone who crosses the bridge. If their bad behavior comes up say its not for you to judge. If anyone does persist in telling you how nasty trolls are scold them for judging and tell them Jesus would never judge the trolls.

Richard Chess (25 Sept 17): Questions for the One Who Waits[4]

Revelation 6:10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”

Wanda Alger: I inquire of the Lord as to why they weep and He says they cry for the sons and daughters. Just as the prophets of old wept for the children of Israel who forsook their God, so are the fathers and mothers now weeping for the sons and daughters who have forgotten the ancient paths and mingled with Babylon. There is weeping in the night for those who have forgotten the hope for which they were born and the purpose for which they were created.

Richard Chess: The questions that follow, with occasional responses, are inspired by the experience of waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Inspired, too, by the questions of who is waiting and waiting for whom.

How long have you been waiting?

I wait and I wait.

How long will you wait?

I will wait and wait.

How do you pass the time while you are waiting?

I watch time.

Would you like an estimate of how long your wait will be?

Do you want me to believe? Do you want me to believe my wait will, one day, one decade, one millennium, come to an end? I am strong. I will not succumb to your seduction. I will not be a believer. I will wait. I wait.

Daniel 8: 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, “How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled—the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, the surrender of the sanctuary and the trampling underfoot of the Lord’s people?”

Alane Haynes: It’s time to enter through the gate, do not let your thoughts anticipate and cause you to delay and wait. The time is short and creation is groaning. Can you not hear the sound of their moaning?

Anna Blake: Meanwhile, you’re still in detention. Take stock in this hindsight moment. Can you tell when your ego kicked in? Can you tell when you went from creating safety and security for your horse to starting a war that you had to win? It’s a good question. The line between these extremes is small, especially once you’ve stopped breathing.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: The Baal Shem is quoted as having once asked, “How can we have the audacity to imagine that if we pray, G‑d is going to change the order of Creation and accede to our requests?” He answered that each person gets a stream of blessings from heaven; a person’s negative actions can cause those blessings to be reduced or blocked. When a person prays from the depth of his soul, digging deep, opening himself up, something changes in the person himself (!), altering him entirely. The Heavenly Court can then remove those blockages. The decrees that caused the blessings to be cut off no longer apply because, through prayer, that person has been transformed into someone else.

Matthew 21:23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”

Ashley Cortes: This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it! There’s been an executive order that has been signed. A contract that has been issued. Kingdom legal justice that has just been administered! The Lord says, Do you not see it? I AM making a way for you in the desert, a highway for you in the wilderness. MY EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION has just taken effect. It’s a fact, not a process and those that do not submit to My plans and My will will suffer repercussions. I gather MY SHEEP. I TURN AWAY from the OPPRESSOR, those who walk in rebellion and lead MY people astray. I have camped around My house because of the army, because of him who passes by, because of him who rules without understanding, No more shall an oppressor pass through them, For now I have seen with My eyes. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Your time has come. Your King is coming to you (Zech 9:8).

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The crowd of Torah scholars stood around them, shocked and terrified. The man gritted himself and stretched open his mouth as wide as he could. R. Moshe de Leon swiftly removed from the folds of his robe a jar of rose honey, and leveled a spoonful of it on the blindfolded man’s tongue. “May your sins depart and your crimes be atoned,” he recited loudly.

 

Forgiveness

Alane Haynes:  I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment [was] white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne [was like] the fiery flame, [and] his wheels [as] burning fire. [Dan 7:9 KJV]

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Confess all your sins,” he intoned. “Acknowledge G‑d’s majesty sincerely and wholeheartedly; say ‘Shema Yisrael…echad’; and accept this death in atonement for all of your sins and having rebelled against your Creator and angering Him your whole life.”

Rick Joyner: The message of the Gospel is about a Person, not just concepts and principles. It is also about His overcoming death. The devil controls men by fear, and the ultimate fear is the fear of death. If the fear of death is broken, then all the other yokes of fear will be easy to break. These yokes must be broken for a person to come under the Lordship of Jesus. If fear is controlling us, then fear is still our lord in place of Christ. So the purpose of our message is to compel men to believe in the Lord and live by faith in Him in place of the controlling fear.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The Jew sprang up from his seat, and did exactly as the master had commanded him, the whole time crying bitter and powerful sobs. His obvious sincerity affected everyone present.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Here a patriarch and prophet, there a virgin and mystic. Here a scholar and pastor there a missionary and martyr. Then we discover that the different saints–beginning from such different starting places in time, personalities, historical circumstances and cultural backgrounds–draw closer to one another as they draw closer to Christ.

Brat: Honestly, Rick, I could have sworn that back in the day the edict of SILENCE was issued forth from your domain and that was meant to punish me for speaking up. That edict caused me more fear than if you’d been straight with me from the beginning. I could be wrong, as mystics are not always right. I forgive you and Steve Shultz, the Funny Bunnies, and myself for misplaced assumptions and burdens.

Steve Shultz: Lately MY STATEMENT is, “God is the most personal friend I’ve ever had. With HIM every answer in prayer HE GIVES IS PERSONAL!”

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: The logic is counterintuitive. People who offer forgiveness are less feared, not more feared. If I know that you are the “forgiving type,” I fear you less, not more. What then does King David mean “But you offer forgiveness, so that we might learn to fear you?”

Edie Bayer: Once the works of darkness have been exposed in our own lives, and we realize that we have a demonic stronghold, we can admit our involvement with the enemy, repent of it, and ask God for another plan.  God will give it to us!  Ask Him for His God plan! Yield to this plan!  Follow it to a “T”, because He knows the end from the beginning, and He knows how it will all end up – with you as the overcoming conqueror (Romans 8:37)!

Rick Joyner: Of course, this begins with us having faith in Him and freedom from fear. These are both things that we grow in. In II Corinthians 13:5 we are told to “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith.” How do we test ourselves this way? There are ways that we evaluate our spiritual growth, and there are ways that we evaluate relationships. These do not need to be complicated, but if we really care about something we will do this.

Brat: Then you must have cared a lot.

Anna Blake: Most of the time we throw our horses at something scary, pummel them with cues, and yell, “Brace yourself, Baby!” To be abundantly clear, that’s why you’re in detention.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: As soon as he tasted the honey and realized what had happened, the man screamed in pain and outrage. “Rebbe, Master, what did you do to me? Why didn’t you kill me? Why did you deceive me? Destroy my body just as you promised, in honor of our Creator, the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He. I can’t bear my evilness any longer; why should I live? And I haven’t suffered at all—not a blow, not a wound, not even a drop of blood. Please! Do it to me.”

Avraham Sutton: There is an important custom before Kol Nidre for everyone to forgive everyone else for whatever wrongs they may have committed against us. When one forgives everyone else, then G-d can forgive him as well. Lack of forgiveness prevents one from getting close to G-d.

Anne Marie Molster: “You are each to bring Heaven to Earth. One at a time I shall release you. You will be taken up upon a path that only I can send you on. At first, you will not understand the direction I have chosen, because the timing does not always align with your plans. Go forth in the expectancy that I will bring all things to pass that I have promised you. It must be done in the alignment that I have arranged, so that all things are brought together for your good and the good of the Kingdom.

Brat (from “Feathers” 18 Sept 17)): Lord Jesus, as I bury my head in Your chest and hear the sound of angel wings flapping rhythmically close by, please give me the wisdom to stomp on unrealistic and erroneous expectations.

Expectations suck.

[As I … I… spit out …[thp] … feathers.]

Anna Blake: Back to the beginning. Horses need a moment to think. It doesn’t mean they’re refusing. Have a little faith. Ask politely.

 

Elders – chassé

Exodus 17:5 The LORD said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.

Pastor John Tolle: The Sons of Issachar had the kind of wisdom to advise their countrymen. God’s people had to be of benefit to a larger group of people. They do not often value the Word, accountability, etc. God’s concerned about you. Deeply concerned about YOU!

Joey LeTourneau: I’ll never forget reading Rick Joyner’s “The Final Quest” some twenty years ago and one of the wise truths that always stood out is that truth without grace is a lie. Truth without grace is what lures us into a war of “sides.” Before we know it, we find ourselves in a civil war within the Church across from other slightly different beliefs or denominations than our own. Or we find ourselves in a world war, our mercy-less applications of truth widening the chasm between Jesus and the world while we end up pointing side to side.

George: But wouldn’t dialogue help you to see that things are not really that simple?

Betty: I think the truth is simple, but not easy.

Exodus 17:7 He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarreled and tested the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”

Betty: Good question. I would then wonder what the point of the dialogue is.

George: It is to wrestle with the reality that this dogmatic revealed truth you’re talking about is not quite so black and white as you like to think. There are many grey areas.

Betty: You wouldn’t have grey if there were no black and white.

Alane Haynes: The first part of the vision was all in shades of blue. The atmosphere was a cerulean blue, luminous, thick and pulsing, as if it had substance. There were a multitude of people worshiping, thousands. These were another shade of blue, a darker blue – nearly royal blue in tint. As we worshiped, there was a portal opened and angels began descending. They were a very light iridescent blue in color. They were about the same size as the people, and had many wings. They seemed to be dancing above us, then they began interacting with us in a graceful way, ascending and descending. They seemed to be putting things into our hands, then they would fly up through the portal again, returning with more to give us.

Brat: God is trying to answer our prayers; Rick, would you please chassé off to the side just a step?

“The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.” (Rev 11:18)

Rick Joyner: What we do not know is how long this will take to unfold or be completed.

Brat: Seriously, what more are you expecting God to fulfill? He already spoke out of the cloud and the Israelites got scared. He spoke out of the mountain and they sent Moses to talk to Him, cuz they couldn’t handle God’s awesomeness. God spoke out of the cloud over His own Son, and some were terrified (Mt 17), and some entered the cloud itself and were afraid.

Luke 9:34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

Anna Blake: Now your brain is running like a rat on a wheel, it’s personal, so you circle him one more time pulling your inside rein to the exact degree that he is pulling to the outside, with your seat planted and both legs kicking up a frenzy, along with a tap of the whip. And did I mention you are pulling on the reins during your kicking fit? You’re just trying to get him straight, but he has so much tension and resistance from your conflicting cues that now that he can’t take a step.

Wanda Alger: Join with the cloud of witnesses and cry out for the children of God to set themselves apart so as to display the SPLENDOR OF HIS HOLINESS. “I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes” (Ezekiel 36:21).  

 

The Plumb Line – I still read you

James Goll: Amos had never expected to hear God’s voice, and he had not anticipated becoming a prophet. However, he obeyed his prophetic calling, and he applied himself to learning what he needed to know to be faithful to that calling. He is best known for making public a word about how God was setting a “plumb line” in the nation of Israel to measure the truth and righteousness of the people and their rulers. The Spirit of God gave him this vision:

The Plumb Line of the Word of the Lord

The Lord was standing by a wall made using a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. The Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”

And I said, “A plumb line.”

Then the Lord said, “See, I am putting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel. I will forgive them no more” (Amos. 7:7-8).

Edie Bayer: Shake, Rattle and Expose!

Anna Blake: One calm circle-back might do the trick, but just one. More than that and the circle-back, intended as a way of correcting an evasion, becomes a way for the horse to evade the war of cues, now bigger than the original task ever was. It trains some horses to frantically circle when they get confused. It becomes a hysterical calming signal intended for you; he’s forgotten the obstacle and is evading your over-cueing now. You’ve changed the subject from the original question to letting him know that you’re a scary, warlike leader.

Brat (18 Sept 17): The pastors have the oil for anointing and the priests have the wine. Eli and Sons (1 Sam 2) have suffered the most from terrible covetousness!!

Pastor John Tolle: The Church is consumer-driven! We ask what we can get from God and not how we can serve Him.

Matthew 18:33 Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?

Pastor John Tolle: In Romans it says to whomever you yield, it is to that servant whom you serve.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: [Pope Francis] is the servant of the servants of God, and so he is our servant, too. This includes being a shepherd and answering sincere, well-meaning questions: just as Jesus did when He explained the parables (difficult to understand) to His disciples, but not to the more skeptical masses. If he answered to no one but God, that would render silly and irrelevant the famous rebukes of the pope by St. Dominic, St. Francis, St. Catherine, and indeed, the Church as a whole, in the case of Pope John XXII and the Beatific Vision.

Daniel 8:Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: No. Something is wrong because it distorts or destroys something that is beautiful, good and true. Evil is nothing positive and good. It is always a good thing broken or twisted or destroyed. I explore this theme further in my book Praying the Rosary for Spiritual Warfare.

Rick Joyner (26 Sept 17): The powers of this age have never treated the Lord’s messengers, or even His Son, with the respect they are due. The proclamation of the Gospel of His kingdom will stir the anti-God forces like nothing has since Jesus walked the earth. It is to be expected, as all things must be revealed for what they are, and this anointed word going forth will reveal where everyone on earth stands.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: But now that evil has been separated from the good, ‘Satan’ has lost that portion [of divine beneficence] that was granted [to it] via the good [of the “luminous shell”]. It follows that ‘Satan’ has been tricked and has suffered a great loss. On the contrary, a situation that was originally complete [for him] is now the opposite. For, [as the verse paraphrased above continues:][G‑d] will surely reward you”, meaning that the goodness [of the “luminous shell”] connects to and completes the holy soul of the person, while ‘Satan’ loses this good altogether.

Philippians 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

2:11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: “But you offer forgiveness, so that we might learn to fear you,” King David says. G-d forgives. He never asks us to be perfect, only to be accountable. He asks of us to meet Him half way. He tells each of us on Yom Kippur: I want to make this work for YOU. I want you to live the most meaningful, beautiful, successful, powerful and happy life you can. I yearn for you to help Me make your life the ultimate success story.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: This illustrates the tremendous power of repentance.

Brat (26 Sept 17): Rick, I noticed I did not get your Word of the Week in my inbox. I take that as a “chassé off to the side”. I still read you.

Matthew: 21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: Seize the opportunities offered to elevate your soul.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Chabad explains that the word for “depths” should be “me’amukim” – literally “from the depths”. The Psalmist’s use of the word “ma’amakim” – literally “from those who make depth” – infers action, like someone digging even deeper into his soul, past all of the facades, to a place of inner eternal truth. If you want to guarantee that your call is going to be heard, it must come from this place. The Ten Days of Repentance give us the ability to reach the deepest depths of our soul.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: It could be that someone raises the point that the church condemns trollish actions. If they push you to affirm this teaching and say that you also condemn trollish behaviors just deflect the question and say, “The Church’s teaching on trollish behavior is very clear.” Others might say to you, “But what if the trolls don’t want to come up from under the bridge and turn from their wicked goat eating ways?”

Anna Blake: Some horses won’t go forward at all, preferring to stand and brace for the punishment to come. It can feel like disobedience, but a horse shutting down is a calming signal. It’s your horse saying, “I’m no threat to you; you don’t have to yell.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: He decided to discuss repentance with Rabbi Moshe de Leon, but without committing himself.

 

Vocation

Joey LeTourneau: “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true Worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” (John 4:23)

Hemant Mehta: It’s somewhat entertaining to watch this happen because, while the legalese of dogma is certainly important to True Believers™, think about what this argument is over: Should the Catholic Church reach out and welcome people who have been divorced, but found love, got remarried, and want to be members in good standing? Or, to put it another way, if people broke their wedding vows, even for very legitimate reasons, do they deserve a second chance? [5]

Bishop Gerald Wilkerson (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): But there is one more hunger that I want to note. This is a powerful hunger, one that is highly dangerous, one that each of us is exposed to and reminded of every time we come to the altar. You and I are exposed to the hunger of God. And that terrifies us. God is, in the imageries of many stories, the Hound of Heaven, the Stalker, the Shepherd, the Seeker, who for some reason which escapes us, is madly in love with us and is hungry for our companionship. You are not choosing a career here today. You are rather responding to the mysterious call of God to oneness with Him. You are responding to God’s hunger for you. Let him love you![6]

Anna Blake: Escape the Death Spiral: Asking For a Step

Brat: Then I ask you, dear bishop, for sanctuary where I can continue praying and writing. This is not my career but my vocation. How will the world gain wisdom from our mistakes if the open arms don’t come from you first?

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: This is a very good career move because once you have won justice for the trolls you can go on to another group who you have decided is persecuted by the church and start all over again.

Brat: [Sigh.] No wonder the Church is persecuted. She can’t hear.

Anna Blake: Wait, I forgot the most important part. What makes it a death spiral isn’t the circle or his refusal. It’s you. It’s your nagging request that gets louder and bigger and faster and never stops. It’s the overlapping use of flailing cues that become a rant that accelerates and obliterates your connection with your horse, as if the goal or obstacle is a matter of life or death.

Brat: Well, it is!

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “However, if his words are commendable to Your people, listen to them, though he is only one witness. Our Sages have taught us that while the testimony of a single witness is not sufficient to obligate a person, it is sufficient for a vow to be taken. And, You have made a vow to our forefathers….”

George: I think dialogue is an excellent way for two people who disagree to make progress.

Betty: What exactly do you mean by “progress,” George?

Pastor John Tolle (in “Chess Move” 21 Sept 17): Pray for wisdom for me in how to lead you as a Christian. I have pastured [pastored] for over forty years and I have reached a wall with Crosstown Church.

Betty: I think it can be a useful exercise to get people to understand one another and where they’re coming from. that can’t be a bad thing.

George: It’s certainly better than two sides just hurling hatred and bigotry back and forth.

Brat (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): My head knows that biblically the Where always leads back to Jerusalem. I wonder what God is up to? Is God trying to bring the Vatican and Jerusalem together? I saw a picture once of Pope Francis and the Chief Rabbi praying together at the Wailing Wall and that picture has come to my mind many times lately. Just wondering. I donno. I lay it before You, God, in sacred grace space. May You have room to move, breathe, and do what You need and want to do. Keep talking, O Wise One. I’m listening. May others be open to listening, too.

Betty: Agreed, but is just understanding the other person’s point of view enough? Are you suggesting that everyone’s point of view is equally valid just because it is their point of view?

Pastor John Tolle: Since you are praying for me, I will pray for you. What can I pray for you that you need wisdom in?

Brat: My orbit is the Seven Churches. There is a “lost” contingent in the Catholic camp. Our story must get to them. Pastor John, you’d asked for prayers for God to mobilize us. I ask for prayers of wisdom in how to reach them. I’ve reached a wall myself. I bless your connections.

Monk: I gather you mean “lost” because they don’t know you’re here?

Brat: Precisely. Jesus knew He was in the Temple. It was His parents who went off and left Him behind cuz they didn’t know, and then they couldn’t find Him. (Lk 2:43) “Lost” is relative.

Monk: Yeah, I know what you mean. Family is always the last to “get” it.

Bill Johnson: “But They Both Heard From God”

Anne Marie Molster: “There will be a change in direction for the many who are already moving amongst the nations. It is time that they are heard by those they have not yet been able to reach. They will have a new sound that will call out to those who have been lost. Many will come to them broken and afraid. The light drawing them in will cast out the darkness that has surrounded them. Their lives will have a miraculous turnaround, leaving others in awe of My goodness.

The Israel Bible Promotion: Shalom from Jerusalem,

The most sacred part of the Temple in Jerusalem was the “Holy of Holies”, the innermost room where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Entrance to this sacred room was strictly forbidden with only one exception. One person, the high priest, would enter the room once a year on the Day of Atonement. What did he do?

Brat: Zechariah was the one who argued with Gabriel, and Gabriel zipped his lips until Zech proclaimed the truth and praised God (Lk 1:64)

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The eight garments worn year-round by the high priest atone for eight specific aberrations of attitude or behavior.

Brat (in “The Issue” 19 Sept 17): The angel blows the trumpet for Jesus.

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” (Lk 9:20)

“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah (Rev 11:15)

Rick Joyner (in “The Issue” 19 Sept 17): “Our God Reigns”—this is the preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom. Even though much from this prophecy has yet to be fulfilled, according to the unfolding timeline, we are coming to the time for this last message to go forth across the earth.

Brat: Excuse me? What more are you expecting God to fulfill?

The Lord Almighty has taken His great power and already has begun to reign. (Rev 11:17)

The nations are already angry. (Rev 11:18) We see this on the nightly news.

God’s wrath has come. (v 18) So has His mercy!

Don’t you think He’s trying to say something with North Korea trying to destroy the earth, the global firestorms raging, hail in midsummer, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, José, and now Maria, and a 7.1 earthquake in Mexico just today (19 Sept 17)?

Anna Blake: The worst part: You might not have noticed that you cued this pig-fight but you are the one having a runaway. Not your horse. Stop. Consider yourself in detention. Let your horse breathe.

Rick Joyner: As we see in a number of biblical prophecies, the temple of God on earth, the church, is a parallel to the temple of God in heaven. Here we see that when this temple in heaven is open, first there are flashes of lightning. These speak of revelation, especially revelation that reveals what is hidden in darkness. Then thunder, which is a prophetic metaphor for the voice of the Lord. The earthquake speaks of shaking everything that can be shaken, which we are told of in Hebrews 12.

 

Community

Kenneth L. Samuel (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): Prayer
Lord, the church may have left the building, but use me to help the world understand how vital it still is for human community. Amen.

Brat: Jesus? What would Mary do?

[Basset eyes imploring heaven.]

Rick Joyner: As covered, the seventh angel represents the final message to go forth. When this one sounds, there are “loud voices in heaven,” which speaks of the power of this message being so great and elevated that it is heard throughout heaven, or the entire spiritual realm. It is probable that not only will every nation and village hear the Gospel of the kingdom, but every living soul will hear this powerful message.

Brat: You’ve got the pipes for it. Go for it.

Pastor John Tolle: I have 45 years (total) of pastoral experience! If you expect me to keep leading the way I used to, you must understand that I WON’T! We need wisdom in how to live life fulfilled to overflowing.

Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin: Can we count on you?

Anna Blake: He avoided it, so you circle, pushing him right back. But then you give the outside rein (or lead rope) a hard pull for good measure. It’s asking a little louder and a little faster the second time, hoping that you can push him through, but he braces his ribs in response to your sharp heel, planted and pressing, not all that far from his kidneys. His hind end skitters to the side.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Of course you realize the real situation is far more complicated, but by stating the church teaching your hearer is satisfied that you hold to an orthodox position. You can then move on to more important matters.

Edie Bayer: Who could ask for anything more?

Brat (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): Excuse me, but sanctuary is a basic need. You have sanctuary. Why can’t I? So I’m not Catholic. I’m not a groupie, but that never bothered you before.

Mary Pezzulo: I have nothing against my Protestant brothers and sisters, by the way, and I pray that we will someday all be one as Christ is One with the Father. But I’ve got to call a spade a spade.

Monk: Thanks, I have a shovel.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: One of the exciting things about being a Catholic dissident is that you get lots of publicity for your books. By rocking the boat you will get lots of headlines, and those headlines generate book sales and speaking engagements. It is true that you may not be very popular with some Catholics, but they are the rigid, Pharisaical ones, and if you don’t win their approval don’t worry. By alienating them you will have won many more followers. They are exactly the sort of Catholics the majority of people can’t stand. For every rigid, legalistic type you lose you will gain a dozen, level headed, big hearted followers. Those who appreciate you may not be Catholics in a formal sense, but they are good people who only want a world of justice, kindness and equality for all.

Brat: Parking and praying during the day, sleeping at my 85-year-old dad’s house at night, and sharing the journey through this pig-fight only to get continued SILENCE, does not match the vision God gave me for living in a respected community and being a valued contributor.

Anna Blake: You may only ask for one thing at a time. Then you wait for an answer. Count to ten, more than once if you need to. It will feel way too slow but that’s because you’re used to cueing runaways. After he answers, reward him. If the answer was not the one you wanted, then re-phrase the question. Not louder. Not quicker. Ask for something simple that you can both agree on. Cut the task into tiny bite-sized pieces.

Brat: I asked them to pass me along.

Monk: I guess they gossiped.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: It is like the child who can never please their parent. Whatever he does, it is never enough, and every mistake is highlighted. At some point, such children give up completely. “If I have no hope of ever getting it right, why try? If I will always be criticized, why bother?” The child, in a mixture of cynicism, rebellion, pain, and despair, just severs the relationship.

 

 

Sanctuary

Revelation 11:19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

Rick Joyner (26 Sept 17): The great hailstorm speaks of the destruction of all that is not in a proper shelter. There is one great shelter that can protect us from anything—being in the will of the Lord. Those protected from the destruction will be those who have sought first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, esteeming His will and purposes above their own desires. These will have nothing to fear from anything that is coming on the earth.

Daniel 8: 11 It set itself up to be as great as the commander of the army of the Lord; it took away the daily sacrifice from the Lord, and his sanctuary was thrown down.

Brat (in “Evidence 14 Sept 17”): Since the four living creatures, the elders, and the Two Witnesses read what I write, then why can I not get sanctuary to pray and write in safety? I’ve been asking, seeking, and praying in my car for ten years now.

Mount Calvary Monastery: Come visit for a respite

Fr Dwight Longenecker: For my part, I’m determined more than ever not to be flustered by the stormy seas. I’m going to strive to be local and to do what I can with what I have where I am–to pray more, to try to overcome my faults and work harder to love God and my neighbor.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: These four realms of evil are all alluded to in the vision of Ezekiel: “I saw, and behold, there was (1) a stormy wind coming from the north, (2) a great cloud, and (3) a flashing fire, and (4) a luminescence surrounding it….” (Ezekiel 1:4)

Mount Calvary Monastery: Rates:  $120 per night, per person.
Clergy/Student/Associate rate: $90 per night, per person.

Brat (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): Oooowie. Oooooooowie! [Tears.] I worship You, Jesus! More bakery window! My nose that is pressed up against the glass cannot take anymore! I’m supposed to live with You and not just retreat on You, God!

Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin: Atonement ON You

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “My name is Leib Sarah’s,” began the visitor. “It was my privilege to know Rabbi Israel, the Baal Shem Tov, who was admired also by the gentile noblemen. From his mouth I once heard that every Jew should utter the sort of prayer that was first said by King David: ‘Save me, O L‑rd, from blood-guilt.’ But the word used for ‘blood’ (damim) can also be translated as ‘money.’ So my teacher expounded the verse as follows: ‘Save me, so that I should never regard money as my L‑rd…’

Pastor John Tolle: Your barns are too small. (Lk 12:16-21) Whose things will these be when your life is required of you?

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Now to today’s session: It is very important to choose your subject of dissent very carefully. People aren’t interested in money that much. Of course they like to think that the Catholic Church is rolling in cash and that most of it comes from the mafia, but what they are really interested in is sex.

James Goll: God’s plumb line is all-important, not only for aligning crooked human life with His perfect uprightness, but also for discerning His voice in the first place. Amid all the noise of the world, we need to be able to distinguish God’s voice clearly. God wants you to know what He is saying, even if you never need to wear a prophet’s mantle in public.

Exodus 17:6 I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Pastor John Tolle: I see way too much religion in us and we must cast out the religious spirit and raise up our fellowship. It’s not about what I think about.

Brat: Bottom line (from “Feathers” 18 Sept 17): It’s the leadership who never acknowledged the gift, because they put CYA above God. No one can promote him/herself in the Kingdom of God and you both know it. Please don’t push covetousness (or self-pity) off on to me when they don’t belong to me. No one held Eli and company accountable. It’s as simple and basic as that.

Matthew 21:26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: The plain meaning of “Azazel” is a cliff; the goat sent to Azazel was thrown off a desert cliff to its death. (See Rashi on Lev. 16:8-10)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: If St Faustina’s vision is correct I hope he saw true love and said “I’m sorry. I accept your love. Let me go now and serve my time and be purified.”

Matthew 21:25 Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: Now we really have to go into our hearts and mend our mistakes, fix our wrongs and resolve to live a purer and holier future.

Ashley Cortes: Indeed, I have sought you out. Indeed, I AM delivering you from all the places you were scattered on that dark, cloudy day. Rulers with iron fists and void of understanding crushed down on you. They cursed you from the darkness, masquerading as light. Religion’s crafty spin caused you to believe lies that I never spoke over you. You strived and grasped in the darkness without My grace. Rulers who were ignorant of my WORD and MY SPIRIT misled you. They taught you from their own souls and rallied you for their own kingdoms. Politics, arguments, and social counterfeits were their banners. As I heard the cries of the Hebrews, so I have heard your cries. There are no political agendas in MY Church. My Church, My Bride will be a House of Prayer. A House of Repentance. A House of Purity. A House of Intimacy, with Me, her GROOM. My Bride will be Holy as I AM HOLY.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Marriage is a delicate and difficult gift. It breaks easily. It requires a lifetime of dedication, hard work and self sacrifice. A good marriage is a rare, beautiful and eternal incarnation of love in which both persons are treasured.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: When evil shares the “luminous shell” with good, it can more easily seduce man into sin, since it does not have to entice him into an explicit prohibition – only into using a neutral aspect of reality for egotistic purposes.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: In sacramental marriage we experience the divine graces that give us a ladder to heaven. Marriage expresses the love God has for us. He is the bridegroom. We are the bride. Marriage is therefore a sacred, God given joy and the sexual act seals it and makes it complete. The sexual act is therefore, sacramental.

Marty Cassady: “There was an angelic presence from the start of the service Sunday morning. The sounds that were released were piercing into the heavens in such an incredible way that heaven had to respond!!   But at the point Chuck was getting ready to step up to do the message, a huge force hit the Tabernacle. I saw the heavens open and an enormous host of angels sweep from the highest heaven down through the second heaven and hit the Tabernacle.  I could not count but I believe there were hundreds or thousands, and the force was such that everyone felt it.  It was a host that I have never seen before and they had such authority and glory on them they had no need of weapons.  I saw no weapons!!  As they came through the second heaven it was as if the second heaven had been hit with a bomb and they swept through that place with no force of opposition.  No force in the second heaven could take them on. The second heaven was left smoking and the atmosphere of heaven was tangible in the Tabernacle!!” 

Matthew 21:27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Wanda Alger: I HEAR THE CRIES OF THE ANCIENTS, the saints of old who are a part of the cloud of witnesses to this day. I am awakened in the night by their cries and my spirit weeps. Throughout the night my spirit is overcome with weeping and a deep grief within for the lost ones. I know it is not my own grief, yet I sense the invitation to embrace this call to join with the ancients of old who are watching and interceding for the promise of The Father to be fulfilled.

Vicki Kemper: I Will Pray When You Cannot

(From “Anchored in Christ,” Aug 2010): The covenant is His promise to us that He loves us, and it’s our promise to Him that we love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

We love and hurt for our children.

Wanda Alger: Heaven is weeping FOR LOVE. It is the Father’s love that calls His sons and daughters to forsake the ways of Babylon and set themselves apart, for HE KNOWS the POWER OF HOLINESS to utterly defeat the enemy and inherit our promise.

Dave Armstrong: Is Pope Francis Wrong? Thoughts on the “Filial Correction” [7]

Anna Blake: Ask for one step. Reward him, pause, and ask for another. Go slow and don’t interrupt the conversation. Mounted or on the ground, do you and your horse have this skill? Walk, halt, walk? You won’t need your hands for this. He should listen to your seat if you’re riding and your feet if you’re on the ground. This is fundamental; you should be asking for halts and walk-offs in your warm-up.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: So, for example, to be a successful Catholic dissident you should totally and completely affirm that remarriage after divorce is impossible. However, you can also affirm that a pastoral approach should be taken and that in certain circumstances and according to particular motivations and intentions of the persons involved a remarriage after divorce might be the best option…for the sake of the children. (Always weave in something about ‘for the sake of the children’ if you can)

Betty: But given our discussion, what would the point of dialogue be? If the point is for both of us to understand the revealed truth better, that would be okay, but I sense that is not your purpose. So what is your purpose?

George: To convince you that I’m right and you’re wrong.

Betty: That’s what I thought all along.

Alane Haynes: Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he [is] like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit [as] a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. [Mal 3:1-3 KJV]

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: Purifying the Holy of Holies?

Pastor John Tolle: By addressing the issue he had the hope that was in him.

TIB Promotion: The Holy of Holies

Fr Dwight Longenecker: But when I stopped to examine the devotion I came to understand that this was simply a working out of a couple of verses in the New Testament. The first was Simeon’s prophecy to Mary that “a sword will pierce your own heart also” (Lk. 2:35) the second is those mysterious words of St Paul, “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” (Col. 1:24)

Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz): The very notion of pardon and atonement contains a conception of reality that transcends the bounds of common rationality.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi: The teshuva we do throughout the year is suspended until Yom Kippur, when the light from the level of Holy of Holies cleanses the blemishes in the soul. Since each of the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur corresponds to another aspect of the soul, if one devotes oneself thoroughly to teshuva in these days, the purification one experiences on Yom Kippur is complete and all judgments are sweetened.

 

Caesar

Rick Joyner: Last week we covered how the basis of this Gospel is the King Himself. We are not just proclaiming the coming of a new system, but we are proclaiming the coming of the Lord Jesus Himself. This is crucial to keep in mind. If the coming kingdom gets reduced to a system, or just principles, then we fall far short of the message. We can have the best form of government, but we can still have bad government if good people are not in it. The Lord builds on people, not just systems or principles. The method He demonstrated from the time He walked the earth is to not just seek to change people’s behavior, but to change hearts so that people do the right thing for the right reason. As the historian Will Durant observed, “Caesar sought to change men by changing institutions, but Jesus changed institutions by changing men.”

Ashley Cortes: The Just are Released: The Emancipation Proclamation

Brat (in “Basset Eyes” 23 Sept 17): King Jesus, please take these words beyond lip-service. Release my “son” from Your throne (Rev 12:5) to uproot Caesar from his. Amen.

Chuck D. Pierce: When she shared it, I immediately thought of Exodus 1:8 which says, “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph.”

Eagles: New Kid in Town [https://youtu.be/d-sTlJZLsWk]

Pastor John Tolle: Many think I am just lying in the backyard eating grapes. I take a lot of time talking with people, but I can’t talk about it. And that’s okay.

Anna Blake: Lead with peaceful persistence: Not aggressive. Not conceding. Not emotional.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: In the second session we looked at the importance of having a positive media presence. I outlined how important it is to cultivate positive relationships with media personnel, the importance of building up a strong and positive media presence and how vital it is to present yourself not as a dissident or a rebel, but as a “brave pioneer” or a “reformer.” Most people will perceive the Catholic Church as a crusty, corrupt, hidebound institution locked in a medieval world of the Spanish Inquisition, slavery and witch hunts. Reformers and brave pioneers always go down well because most of the people already assume that the Catholic Church is in vital need of reform.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: He removed his tallit in a flash, and ran as fast as he could in the direction of the mansion, with his white skullcap on his head and his white kittel billowing in the wind. He knocked on the heavy door, opened it without waiting for a response, and found himself confronting the squire. For a few long, long moments they stood in silence face to face, the tzaddik and the apostate. The latter’s first thought was to summon one of his henchmen to seize the uninvited intruder and hurl him into the dungeon in the backyard. But the luminous countenance and the penetrating eyes of the tzaddik softened his heart.

Pastor John Tolle: Our purpose is to say our body has a lot of power in your life. We are the steward/policemen of our body.

Edie Bayer: He is using you as a natural tool impacting the spiritual – an arrow from His quiver with which He has targeted a specific area in the spiritual realm.  I believe demonic strongholds have always been on His radar, but now they are dead-center of His target range…and God always gets what He wants!  Remember, He laughs at His enemies.

Brat: Such as The Proper Care and Feeding of Trolls?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I once read an interview with Hugh Hefner in which his sophisticated facade dropped for a moment and he revealed that he was a lonely child with a distant, un affectionate mother. If I remember the interview correctly he had a stuffed bunny to keep him company. So go figure. Analyze that one.

Pastor John Tolle (24 Sept 17): I had a terrible dream last night! I was awake with fitful wrestlings until I got up! It had a demonic source and a terminal conclusion. But I had a choice to make. I prayed to get a grip on that nasty dream.

Elijah List: Dreams are Crucial, but so are the Watchmen

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: At the climax of the Ne’ilah service, when the congregation was about to utter together the words “Shema Yisrael,” the paritz leaned forward until his head was deep inside the Holy Ark, embraced the Torah scrolls that stood there, and in a mighty voice that petrified those present, cried out: “Hear, O Israel, the L‑rd our G‑d, the L‑rd is One!” He then stood up straight, and began to declare with all his might: “The L‑rd is G‑d!” With each repetition his voice grew louder. Finally, as he cried it out for the seventh time, his soul flew from his body.

Rebekah Faubion: “I had this crazy dream: all night I was dreaming about churches. In the dream there had been a new tax levied against church land and buildings, so churches were shutting down because they couldn’t afford to stay open. Being on the web became vital.” 

Chuck D. Pierce: Let’s start praying that the Church gets protected to stop any government intervention like in the days of Constantine.

James Goll: In the final analysis, developing discernment is not so much about knowing the future as it is about bringing the kingdom of God to bear on the time and place in which you live. The gospel of John begins with the words, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us … full of grace and truth” (John 1:14), referring to the coming of Jesus Christ to earth. In a very real way, you and I bring God’s Word to dwell in the midst of the world as we remain sensitive to the flow of His Spirit. Through our relationship with God, we receive revelation. And as we bring that revelation to the world around us, we incarnate His Word in our very ordinary lives—just as Amos did.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: A few seconds later, his soul departed to its eternal reward. It is said—and some even saw in a dream—that he indeed merited to study Torah in the heavenly academy with his beloved teacher.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: So it is with these two. St Jerome–the cave dweller and patron of all bookish types who retreat to their cave and don’t like to be disturbed: St Jerome–the patron saint of curmudgeons and scholars. St Jerome was a noted controversialist and unwilling to compromise with the spirit of the age.

Anna Blake: Taking one step at a time toward an obstacle, pausing, and rewarding each try, will get the job done in a fraction of the time that jerking and kicking your horse in circles takes. The result will be fewer ulcers and greater partnership.

 

Coffee

Edie Bayer: So, here is the bottom line in this New Year and new season:  You WILL be out of your comfort zone.  You WILL be used of the Lord.  You WILL be meeting head to head with powers of darkness, and taking them out!  You WILL be turning the world upside down (see Acts 17:6)!

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ (in “Chess Move” 21 Sept 17): I hope you will stay with me in these little lessons in effective communications. In the days ahead we will discuss how to cultivate a popular image as a priest and what to do when conflict arises. [8]

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/09/introducing-fr-harvey-latte-sj.html#qRC2rKjbHxX8zjP1.99; an ingenious, brilliant, and clever move by Fr Dwight Longenecker, worthy of the best chessmaster. Namasté.

Quinn G. Caldwell: Footnote

James Goll: ‘Do Not Despise Small Beginnings’—Receiving Revelation From God

Brat: Thanks for the cup of latte, Fr Harvey.

Journal (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): Sitting in coffee shops–turned–Thomas Aquinas College for the sake of the mission to discuss relevant church and political issues of our day as a reasonable means “to be fair, sensible, just and having a sound mind” feels the same as what I just went through this week. I had just confessed to both Jo and Alice that when I told God about my panic over doing a fast from the computer, because then I couldn’t see where the collective conversation was going (or so I rationalized), then God asked if I was putting the words of the Seven Thunders above Him? I still break out in tears at the thought of having put anything above God! I felt SOOOOO bad! I didn’t realize I had made my assignment my god. I was mortified!! I asked God to forgive me! Thankfully God forgave me and had mercy!

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The rabbi put a hand on his shoulder and did his best to calm him. “Dear friend,” he began gently, “don’t panic and don’t be agitated. G‑d desires the change of heart of the wicked, not their death. Your return and repentance have been accepted on high. Now you have to live a new life of purity and righteousness.”

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Remember your most effective tool in this campaign is to appeal to the heart. This means appeal to the emotions. People don’t want to be troubled by facts. They want their heart strings tugged. Portray the trolls as nice people–sometimes flawed–(and let him without sin cast the first stone!) but deserving of equal rights and dignity.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: The “shadow”, or lack of light, is the active side of evil, the obstruction of holy light, and “death” is the result or expression of this evil, i.e. being cut off from holiness, the source of life. Thus it is written, “The feet [of a forbidden woman] descend unto death.” (Proverbs 5:5)

Brat (28 Sept 17): This grind and pressure is unbearable. I feel like the goat that was thrown into the sea. Jesus, You took this for us. Please establish Your Kingdom on earth. Take Satan out of it. It’s not about us. It’s about You.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: This is why ‘Satan’ rejoices. He sees that he has now been fortified [by this additional measure of energy from the “luminous shell”], and he accepts it with full consciousness. But he is a fool and makes a [fatal] mistake, for on the contrary, “he will be heaping coals on his own head” (Proverbs 25:22), meaning that evil was initially intermixed with good in the “luminous shell” and he had a strong foothold. Supernal holiness was forced to grant beneficence to the good with which this evil shared [the “luminous shell”]. This is the mystical significance of Israel’s exiles amongst the idolaters.

Brat (29 Sept 17): Thank you, boys.

Anna Blake: In dressage, we are constantly returning to the fundamentals and refining them. They are the foundation of good riding and when trained with patience and reward, horses count on the connection and comfort found in these simple conversations. Isn’t this the place to learn the finesse to ask more complicated questions? Isn’t that the confidence you want to take forward to bigger challenges?

 

Thirsty

Joey LeTourneau: How do we extend grace without compromising its transformational nature? How do we stay anchored to truth while making sure our love is unconditional? Only a daily, moment-by-moment surrendered relationship to the Spirit of Truth Himself can teach or show us how. There are no black and white directions or design; there is just a path to a well of water marked by our thirsty Savior’s footprints.

Anna Blake: It always seems like we ask for too much or too little. We’re too loud and our horse is reactive. We are too confusing and our horse is shut down. It can feel frustrating when you are trying to do right, but sorry, what you think doesn’t matter. It’s just you talking to yourself.

Pastor John Tolle: Trying to talk and work through things is the dynamic that I can see in his mind and will as he is wrestling with what this says.

Anna Blake: Talk to your horse instead. Use your body to give clear cues. Practice them in calm situations. Celebrate fundamental connection but more than that, commit yourself to being a leader who never gives up that profound connection with her horse in favor of a silly external distraction. Like a letter on an arena rail or a horse trailer.

Joey LeTourneau: Only the Spirit can teach us how to apply the truth like a healing, redemptive sword in the most gentle and still powerful of ways. That’s what reaches down into us when we drink living water. That’s what the world is thirsty for and waiting for us to learn how to serve them.

Rick Joyner: It is also at this time that the reward of the faithful begins. For those who stand boldly for the Lord and the Gospel in these times, it will be one of the greatest honors for all eternity. This will be the time of the ultimate battle between light and darkness, good and evil, and therefore the time when it will take the greatest courage and faith to stand. This is when some of the greatest saints of all time will be proven. This is why the Lord said that “the last shall be first,” and He has saved His best wine for last. Do not waste this greatest of privileges.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: Do not let the Ten Days of Repentance pass without taking advantage of this closeness to G‑d.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: A Tale of Two Bank Managers: The Essence of Yom Kippur

Matthew 21:31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: From that moment on, the Jew was a completely different person. He spent all of his time in the study hall, totally attached to R. Moshe de Leon, drinking thirstily as much of his master’s teachings as he could. He prayed and repented, and studied day and night, eating very little and hardly speaking to anyone.

Daniel 8: 14 He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be reconsecrated.”

Brat: If Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement and it falls on Friday, 29 September 2017, and we count backwards 2,300 days, then on what day did this rebellion start?

Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz): This revelation, which transcends and cuts through the boundaries of the world, is the essence of this day, and its power is defined in the words of the Sages as “the very day itself atones”. (Yoma 87a)

Vicki Kemper: Like Night and Day

Pastor John Tolle: We are in a heap of trouble in America! What are you going to do about it?

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Your reply is, “It is up to us to go down beneath the bridge with the trolls and meet them where they are. Why should we wish to impose our values and lifestyle on them? Instead we accept them just as they are and affirm them, for they too are God’s creatures.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: I wish to bless you and your loved ones with your most awesome year yet; a year filled with ​blessings of life, vigor, health, love, peace and joy, and to continue to serve as a Divine Ambassador for light, hope and promise.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: A deep sigh broke forth from the depths of the broken man’s heart. No man there could stand unmoved, and they all wept with him. Throughout all the prayers of the evening, and from dawn of the next day right until nightfall, the paritz stood in prayer, humbled and contrite. And as his sobs shook his whole body as he recited the confession, the other nine shuddered with him.

Rahmiel-Hayyim Drizin: When mankind repents from their iniquities, the Divine judgments are subdued and sweetened.

Daniel 9:21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.

George: So why dialogue?

Rick Joyner: There is a general consensus that these twenty-four elders are a council of the greatest souls to have walked with God on the earth. Others believe they are the spiritual “sons of Zadok” who are given the highest duty in heaven—to minister to the Lord Himself. Regardless, they are no doubt of the highest rank in heaven. Even so, when the Lamb comes into their presence, or they even hear the message of His kingdom, they fall on their faces before Him. This King, who will become so personal with us that He lives in us and is always with us, is the most exalted One there will ever be in heaven and earth. The wise bow the knee to Him now.

 

 

Tears

Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz): The commentary on the verse “I, alone, am He who wipes away your transgression for My sake” (Isaiah 43:25) places the words “I, alone” on a higher level than the “I” with which the Ten Commandments begin. (Exodus 20:2)

Brat: Holy God, I believe what You have been telling me. I feel Your tears. Bless You, Holy Spirit! May my prayers bring You comfort. May we all hear Your Messiah’s shofar in this season. Forgive us all and restore Your living Word in our hearts.

Doug Addison: God has captured your prayers and tears in a scroll or book of remembrance and these books are now being reconciled in Heaven. God has not forgotten your requests nor the things that He has promised you.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson: If I’m Never Enough, I Give Up

Daniel 9: 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:

Anna Blake: It began with a word so small and unspoken

that it waited in a bitter slick at the back

of your tongue, held in check, afraid to trespass

the air. The rest of the words trickled down the

back of your throat, left dangling with other threads

 

of hard yearning and cold disappointment, caught

suspended between fear and lust for a scream. Soon

even whisper is too much. So little air can pass

that a sigh turns to a gasp, a strangle self-inflicted

but denied until it bloats the body, stifling light

 

and intention. So bound by muzzles of our own making,

blue tints to our lips and the water in our eyes floods

over the parched skin covering dehydrated bones. We are

not dead, just feigning life. Suffering will never nourish.

your blood. A feast of tears and angst is a hollow meal.

Let your ragged gasp bray out, hack and spit those

stale words to the earth to be cleaned. Suffering is

not a sacrament to be lifted up for worship. Avert your

eyes instead to the blunt beauty of clouds galloping

shadows over the mesa, warming crevices with new growth.

 

Tail Wag: Did you hear that? “Suffering is not a sacrament to be lifted up for worship”!

[1] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/steelmagnificat/2017/09/call-catholic-pope/#DVhuu3UdFTgvFL2F.99

[2] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/09/doesnt-pope-answer-critics.html#bkr4ZvEy5uz4LBY8.99

[3] [2] The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. trans. Benedicta Ward (Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1984), 81.

[4] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/goodletters/2017/09/questions-one-waits/#VFlzTTBTuDVF61OJ.99

[5] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/09/24/62-catholic-scholars-and-clergy-accuse-pope-francis-of-propagating-heresy/#OhdXueROQvrerVaZ.99

[6] Excerpts from Bishop Gerald Wilkerson’s homily delivered at Brother Angelus Echeverry’s ordination to the priesthood; Valyermo Chronicle #253 Summer 2017, St Andrew’s Abbey, p 12-13

[7] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2017/09/pope-wrong-position-formal-correction.html#8AUuiTMMFc6oOK1D.99

[8] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/09/introducing-fr-harvey-latte-sj.html#qRC2rKjbHxX8zjP1.99; an ingenious, brilliant, and clever move by Fr Dwight Longenecker, worthy of the best chessmaster. Namasté.

Evidence 14 Sept 17

17 Sep

Working Dates: Sunday, September 10, 2017 through Holy Cross Day, Thursday, September 14, 2017 and into Sunday, September 17, 2017

[22 pages]

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:54 am             Journal: Parked at my first solitude spot. All evening yesterday God kept saying, “This’ll pass” and “It’ll be okay.” I took great comfort from that. Then when I was parked at the end of the day I had the thought: “What did the Funny Bunnies do (or not do) that would cause God to have to encourage me because they couldn’t follow through?” Then God said again with conviction, “It’ll be okay!” Several times in the night I woke up and God kept repeating the same thing every time. He was reassuring me doggedly, relentlessly.

There was more glaring SILENCE in my inbox this morning. Thankfully, the stress did pass. God was right in that it IS going to be okay. And I was also right that the Funny Bunnies did nothing. No word from Fr Dwight. But God keeps reassuring me that it’ll be okay. (The waves of self-doubt are merciless at times!)

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: The great journey Mary set out upon with the Yes of the Annunciation, followed by years of silence, years of reflection, years of growth in the ordinariness of daily family life, until the moment when Jesus leaves his home to begin his mission. And there the silence only deepens, her concerns only heighten, her search for understanding always trying to hold itself open to faith and belief in the message Gabriel brought to her.

Brat: I feel like the proverbial fly bumping up against the glass and there is no way out no matter what I try, abstain from, say, refrain from, do, create, withhold, write, or pray.

Anita Alexander: Now you find yourself transitioning from one place to the next. From one level to the next, from one season to the next, and it can be the most testing time for your faith because in transition your vision can be attacked. You aren’t where you were, but you aren’t where you want to be. The tension in this place and stage of giving birth is intense and there is such a temptation to let go to ease the tension. There is a temptation to yield to thoughts such as, “It’s not working. God isn’t with me. I have missed it! Did God really say this…?” Let’s forget the enemy for a moment. Also our own heart can be our greatest enemy with loud thoughts such as, “I can’t do this, and I don’t think I want to do it!”

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: And was it not precisely to bring his radiant glory into our darkest night that Jesus chose her to bear him into our midst?

Brat: After work yesterday I went to St Julie Billiart’s behind the Newbury Park Library. I’ve never gone there before. Their energy had been too crispy, harsh, rigid, and religious. They had been unbending and unyielding. On the surface they did all the right things, just as St Patrick’s did, but the spirit on the inside…well, you know the story of the Woes to the Pharisees (Matthew 23). I don’t need to repeat them.

Rick Joyner: Spiritual authority is founded on love. Jesus felt compassion for the sheep without a shepherd and He became their Shepherd. Jesus felt compassion for those living in darkness and He became their teacher. Principles can be helpful, but only if they lead us to relationship. The messages reduced to just principles become cold, hard, and bureaucratic institutions that may have a form of godliness but have lost the true power of transformation.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: The reason Peter and Paul were such effective witnesses for Christ is because they knew Jesus, the Person. They loved, appreciated and trusted Jesus, the Person.[1]

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: We are grateful that Jesus shares the dazzling, sun-like glory of his resurrection with us in all the many ways he does so, including the moon-like glory of Mary![2]

Abbot Damien Toilolo: They realized that God, as Bishop Robert Barron writes, is a God, “who comes after us with a reckless abandon, breaking open his own heart in love in order to include us in the rhythm of his own life. God died in order that we might be his friends.” (The Strangest Way). This is who we are to God. This is the Jesus whom Saints Peter and Paul died for; .a personal God, who wants our friendship, who wants only to draw us deeper and closer to Himself.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: To believe wholeheartedly, even blindly, to continually confirm her belief, each time though with perhaps more and growing pain and difficulty.

Brat (journal 10 Sept 17): Yesterday I was too late to get in through the main doors for the mass [at St Julie’s], but I was able to sit in the chapel connected to the main building. I was also too late for the homily, but I stayed through the Eucharist (but didn’t partake to respect their traditions.) The priest said a prayer of reconciliation that rang in my soul. I stayed and prayed for an hour in the chapel after most left. A beautiful rugged, buff man with dark sunglasses stayed and prayed, too. I felt like we were special ops rangers for God, cuz we stayed when the chapel is really only open Monday through Friday 9 am – 9 pm. The church was all locked up by now and we were there at the cross.

Matthew 23: 13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. [14] 

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: Perseverance in belief even to the cross— this is her greatness. And it is here she enters fully into our own lives as a model for reflection, perseverance, trust, and handing all things over to God and his plan.

Brat (journal 10 Sept 17): I finally left the chapel when a homeless guy’s dog kept barking in the parking lot. It, too, was relentless, but on the side of hell. The bark echoed off the buildings and penetrated inside the chapel. He couldn’t shut up his dog. (Or when he yelled at his dog to shut up, he made as much noise as his dog and the dog ignored him.) I couldn’t concentrate, so I left. As I walked out I looked at the praying man. He had a serene smile on his face. His eyes were closed (from what I could tell through the dark glasses) and his hands were open on his lap in supplication and praise. It was a most beautiful sight.

I didn’t realize until I was getting dressed this morning that the words I’d said in “Can We Get This Sealed?” were prophetic about standing with my nose pressed against the bakery window. The chapel is connected to the main sanctuary and folks can see and hear what’s going on by a large window.

I wonder if this is kinda what Julian of Norwich went through.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: It was Mary who gave Jesus, the eternal word of God, his humanity — he had his very manhood from her.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: Mary followed Jesus in reflective and bare faith. Even for Mary her relationship with her son was never less than the complex relationship of a mother to a child.

Brat: I am watching and listening, Lord. Lead us all in Your path for reconciliation for us.

Steve Porter: “She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said.” (Luke 10:39)

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm             Journal: Parked by the field. In “Can We Get This Sealed?” I had posted a prayer. I asked God to open the doors that He wanted open and to close the doors that are supposed to be closed in order for His Kingdom to enter in.

Twice Pastor John Tolle said in his sermon this morning, “I’ll open the door a little…”

Anita Alexander: The head of her heart’s desire was crowning, and she collapsed and was distressed before the Lord. Her prayer was, “This pain, this sorrow, is too much to bare, I can’t go on.” Eli, the high priest, found her in this place and thought she was drunk. So is the same in childbirth, some women in labor may look or act drunk. When their body is engaging in this miraculous delivery, they can say and do things they wouldn’t normally say or do, and Hannah I believe was in that place. She wasn’t pretending, even in the presence of the high priest. No, her journey had gone beyond her inhibitions and self-preservation. She was giving birth. We know the story’s outcome – that day she received the ability to conceive as in that same year she brought forth Samuel, who’s name means “heard by God”.

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: I had been distracted. There was a lot on my mind. The latest addition and last straw was my presumption of someone else’s incompetence. I was certain, absolutely positive, that they weren’t doing their job, and my kids were the ones suffering the consequences for it. I was going to see their sorry dawdling carcass with my own eyes, prove it, demand that the situation be rectified. I don’t mind so much when someone slights me; I’m kind of a jerk, so it’s not a surprise. But when you mess with my kids–

And I walked, full stride, into a glass wall.[3]

Pastor John Tolle: “Today is Grandparent’s Day. Aging can whallup you. God’s not done with anybody. We can’t live the same way we used to. Some of us have hit the wall. For you and me to have a vibrant life we need wisdom. Learn from the mistakes I’ve made, so that you don’t repeat them. To learn and gain wisdom to live outside of our mistakes takes humility and repentance. I’m wrong and I want to know how You, Lord, want to direct.”

Brat: It occurred to me yesterday that if I had had a child, say, when I was twenty and that kid had a kid when she was twenty, then I would be a grandma to her sixteen-year-old! Oy! Sobering thought! I feel tired, achy, and arthritic just thinking about it!

Wayland Henderson: The Year to See and Destroy the Wall that Divides Us

Genesis 50:15 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?”

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: “From your heart?” I read these words lying on my hotel bed, an ice pack on my tush.

Crap. From your heart. How can I do that? I can make a decision not to act catty or seek revenge. I can, to another’s face, pretend to be kind. Maybe take some deep breaths, yoga or something, so I don’t walk into walls. But….I still feel anger in my heart. How can I possibly control what’s in there? The heart wants what the heart wants, and all that?

I ask google to find Bible verses that mention heart, hoping for a clue. I should have known better.

MT 6:21—For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

You suck, google.

I don’t want my treasure in other people. I’m an INTROVERT, for Pete’s sake. My treasure is my own family and books and maybe some chocolate or wine and, oh yeah, of course Jesus. He probably should have been first. I blame the blooming headache behind the blackening bridge of my nose for my forgetfulness.

Genesis 50:16 So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died,

50:17 ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

Pastor John Tolle: “To be a public leader, even in this room, is beyond anyone’s ability. We don’t expose one another. That’s why we need each other.”

Anita Alexander: Know that in your transition, you are being “heard by God”. As Hannah wept before the Lord at Shiloh, the Lord heard her and sent Eli to prophesy into her barren womb. I believe we are in a Hannah season. I feel this word is a timeline word for you Hannahs out there. This word is time-lining your journey to let you know you are now at Shiloh, where, in your transitional prayers of desperation and distress, the Lord “has heard you” and you are moving into breakthrough and harvest.

Brat: Thank you. Pastor John already did prophesy into my barren womb.

Pastor John Tolle: All my and your mistakes are by your self-will. How you respond to victimization or the problems foisted upon you is…

Genesis 50:20 Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as He is doing today.

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: We strive for goodness in this world, where the Divine light is veiled…

and you will return to G‑d your L-rd…

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: How do I forgive someone from my heart, when my heart still stings and I find it hard to respect them?

Pastor John Tolle: God is looking to give us understanding.

Israel 365: Passing the Torch ✡ “It Is You Who Shall Go With This People Into The Land”

Be strong and resolute, for it is you who shall go
with this people into the land that Hashem swore
to their fathers to give them, and it is you
who shall apportion it to them. ~ Deuteronomy 31:7 (The Israel Bible™)

Abbot Damien Toilolo: If we are more worried about our image and reputation than how we treat the people in our lives, then we need to examine our relationship with the Lord.

Lillian Daniel: Next time you hear a familiar Bible story, ask questions of the writer like these:  Why this name, the dreamer?  Why this setting, a pit? Why this activity, stripping him of his robe? Why tell us that his father gave him, and only him, that robe?

Israel 365: The above verse is taken from this week’s Torah portion. In Synagogues all around the world during the Shabbat services, a specific portion from the Torah is read aloud. This week, a double portion called Nitzavim-Vayelech will be read. These portions tell of Moses passing the torch onto Joshua. He tells the people that Joshua will lead them into the land of Israel and offers Joshua words of encouragement. God does the same. Also in the portion, God tells Moses to record a song that the Children of Israel will learn, so they never forget that any suffering they experience is the result of their own actions. Moses addresses Joshua in front of all the people, telling him to be strong and courageous, for God will be with him as He leads the nation. God will not forsake him or the people, and He will give them the land to inherit.

Revelation 15:3 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.

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: Oh, Peter. I love Peter. He asked the question that prompted this parable in the first place. He was rash, and didn’t always think things through. He is, in fact, the Satan stand-in in the notorious “Get behind, me, Satan.” He didn’t have Paul’s pedigree, but he had a fisherman’s cred: he was there, early, ready to work. Smelly maybe, and a little loud. Perhaps not full of grace, but fillable. He caught up eventually, though sometimes a few steps behind the younger and more nimble. I imagine if there had been glass walls in ancient Palestine, Peter might have introduced himself to a few of them nose-first. I have to wonder at what point Peter took the Lord’s words, turned them over, and realized that it was just crazy. It didn’t make sense. I wonder if it was before or after God took it one step crazier, and instead of forgiving the debt, paid it himself and didn’t even make us cut up the charge card.

Wayland Henderson: God is about to open our eyes to not just “see” what divides us in the Body, but also receive the grace to die to the mindsets that keep us apart. Messiah is our peace, which means He brings the ability for us to be healed and mended within ourselves so we can be unified with Him and each other.

Genesis 50:19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The final irony, of course, is that this state of affairs enshrines the Pope as far more of a monarchical figure than ever before. Furthermore, the authority of such a pope will be increasingly subjective, unpredictable, ambiguous and oppressive. Not having consensus (because everybody believes something whatever he wants) such a pope will resort to arbitrary decrees and despotic pronouncements.

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: And this is when the thing that has been flicking the back of my brain finally comes to the front. The witty and erudite Mary Pezzulo wrote a piece in November of last year that discussed some pretty ugly reactions she overheard to an endearing commercial that featured a friendship between a priest and a rabbi. The whole thing is worth your time, but the part that stayed with me is this:

The enemy of the Christian is never a human being.

Wayland Henderson: If the coming outpouring of God’s Spirit is to pour out upon all flesh and cause the multi-colored, multi-ethnic diversity of His Body to move together, then division is an important tactic of satan to discern in this hour.

Brat: In “Can We Get This Sealed?” I had said:

“I keep asking for a mystic community with whom I can engage, one where I can have sanctuary to write. And Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter says I would be stronger if there was none. He believes I would be stronger if I didn’t have one, because if I were to live in an established religious environment then this mystery would be taken for granted.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: “To the contrary!” the Rebbe responded. “By being part of the creation of a Jewish environment where there is none, they will become stronger Jews. In fact they will be stronger than if they were to live within an established religious environment which could be taken for granted.”[4]

Brat: I don’t know if that is true nowadays. It was Truth a few years ago, but I cannot stand in agreement with that today. Of course, since I am standing at the bakery window with my nose pressed to the glass, I am not the best candidate to state an opinion. I come with a bias. They have sanctuary in there. I am standing out here.”

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: What is the reason for this difference?

Pastor John Tolle: Your and my opinions won’t work, but the Word of God will always work.

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: So back to the original question—how do I forgive someone from my heart, when my heart still stings and I find it hard to respect them?

I still don’t really know, but I know it’s my job to keep trying. Instead of feeding that devil-child of anger and resentment, hugging it tight, singing it songs, replaying a grotesque patty-cake of other people’s sins, I need to at least acknowledge that my enemy is not actually the human who has done me wrong. It never, ever is.

Yosef Marcus (This idea bears particular relevance on Rosh Hashanah. The Midrash relates: When the celestial angels gather before Hakadosh Boruch Hu to say, When is Rosh Hashanah?…Hakadosh Baruch Hu says to them, Why do you ask me? Let you and I go to the earthly court [and ask them]. Devarim Rabba 2:14.)

Pastor John Tolle: What evidence do you see that people desperately need biblical wisdom?

Monk: Where else would you get wisdom but from heaven?

Brat: First of all, I have seen scores of people pouring into little chapels to pray. They pour out their hearts. They don’t just sit for ten minutes in obligatory penance, but pray with Jesus for an hour, just as Jesus asked His disciples to do. The people themselves are showing that this mystery is no longer taken for granted (or assuming this is something that only the priest does for us.)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Then there is the general direction this move is taking the church–to a kind of big tent Catholicism which is increasingly similar to Anglicanism. In this version of the faith there is room for everybody and no one must be excluded at all for whatever reason. Every opinion will be tolerated just as long as you stay within the tent everything will be alright. Local bishops will do what they think best. Local priests will do what they think best. Every Catholic will do what they think best.

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: Briefly, it may be explained as follows. This world is created through the attribute of kindness, as in the verse: “the world is built of kindness” (Psalms 89:3) whereas the spiritual world is created through gevura, severity.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: For Saints Peter and Paul, Jesus was not a distant God, but a real, living, breathing, loving Person. It’s this personal experience/relationship with Jesus that had the greatest impact in their lives and on the world.

Brat (4 Sept 17 to Fr Toribio Gutierrez): I’m listening. The keys of the kingdom of heaven are supposed to get to PETER. (Mt 16:19) Isn’t that why the apostolic succession is still honored in the Catholic Church?

Wayland Henderson: Binding and loosing are legal terms used to unlock and lock, forbid or to allow, or to make legal or illegal. The Blood of Yeshua satisfied the enmity between us and God, as well as each other, and made the wall that divides us illegal in the government of the Kingdom! It is in union with His death that we find the grace to break division and enmity between us and walk in unity as His one new man.

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Brat (10 Sept 17): I was at the mass at St Julie’s yesterday observing with my nose pressed against the window when the priest prayed for reconciliation.

Matthew 16: 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven [!]; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Brat: See? Heaven. The keys of the kingdom of heaven. All the Seven Churches keep saying, “I’m right! I’m right!” and jumping up and down like little kids, then stealing the crowns of others and tackling them for a touchdown all in the name of JESUS! Can’t we learn from the wisdom of the rabbis?

Yosef Marcus: [With respect to this quotation: ] The Talmud (Bava Metzia 59b) recounts the following story: Rabbi Eliezer, who had failed to convince the other sages of his view on a particular law, began causing miraculous events, but the sages were not impressed.

Pastor John Tolle: I have a reputation for being balanced. What ends up happening is that in teaching the Word of God it doesn’t get disseminated. Add to that the historical context and you get snake-handlers and holy rollers. It gives some less-informed or fearful a hesitancy to seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Brat: This is very much like the seers in Pharaoh’s camp who could also turn their sticks into snakes. (Ex 7:11)

Yosef Marcus: He caused the walls of the study hall to bend, whereupon Rabbi Yehoshua berated the walls and said: “What business is it of yours that Torah scholars are vying in halachic matters?” The walls did not fall in out of respect for Rabbi Yehoshua nor did they revert to their original position out of respect for Rabbi Eliezer.

Exodus 7:he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on “Egypt” and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.

Brat: I thought divisions were like military companies, special ops forces and the like.

Helen Calder: ‘But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: …to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits…But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.’ (1 Cor 12:7-11, NKJV)

Yosef Marcus: Finally a heavenly voice rang out and said that the halacha followed Rabbi Eliezer, whereupon Rabbi Yehoshua stood up and said: “The Torah is not in heaven. We do not pay attention to a heavenly voice, for You have already written in Your Torah ‘according to the majority shall the matter be decided.'”

Revelation 11:8 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.

Brat: Ya’know, there really ARE Two Witnesses: the Church and the Jews.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: For Catholics the person at the top will be the Pope and one will be able to do or say or believe most anything as long as he remains loyal to the top man.

Yosef Marcus: Rabbi Nassan once met Elijah the prophet and asked him what the Holy One was doing as Rabbi Yehoshua spoke. He answered: He was laughing and saying, “My children have been victorious over me, my children have been victorious over me.” …the soul of man stems from the essence of G‑d which is beyond even kodesh [sacred]

Pastor John Tolle: “They may have incredible interest in God, but they want God to side with them.”

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Our awareness of our unity and equivalence must not be allowed to blur the distinctions between us. We must be sensitive to the needs of our fellow man. Furthermore, although we might be spiritually or materially superior to someone else in some way, we must not therefore think that our task is to elevate this person to our level and only then help him. We must first descend to his level and help him in a way that he can appreciate.

Pastor John Tolle: We can learn by observing.

Steve Porter: “Where have you put him?” He asked them. They told Him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much He loved him!” (John 11:34-36)

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: This is why the Torah lists the various divisions of the Jewish people, even though the term “all of you” itself implies all types and categories of Jews. Even as we experience ourselves as part of one collective body, we must still be aware of our differences, what others lack, and how we can help them.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I do not intend to criticize Pope Francis in particular, but to point out a general trend within current Catholic practice in which we tiptoe around the genuine divisions in our church in order to maintain unity. Unity of form without unity of doctrine however, is the hallmark of the Church of England, and as uncomfortable as it may be, distinctions need to be made, definitions decided and doctrine determined and defended.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: We can read all the books and commentaries about Jesus. We can study all the ancient Greek and Latin manuscripts, but if Jesus is not a real, live Person to us, then we are only kidding our self. Then we’ve deceived our self and have fallen in love with a lifestyle and not a Person. It’s easy for Christian people to do that, including us monks—to fall in love with a lifestyle.

Loretta F. Ross: Our ancestors here in this country and abroad occupied themselves with the hard labor of making a living, raising children, educating themselves, and creating beauty. They argued and hurt each other. They struggled and often like my grandmother, regardless of the suffering they experienced, didn’t want to cause any more trouble than what they had already endured.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The women, not tainted by the sin of the Golden Calf, are thus on a superior spiritual level than the men.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Does this sometimes cause division? I’m afraid it does and I am reminded of Jesus saying, ““Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.” (Matthew 10:34)

Abbot Damien Toilolo: We love monastic life, we love lectio, we love silence, we love prayer, we love liturgy, we love doing good things. But do we love Jesus? We say, of course we do. That’s why we do all these things in the first place.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: But when he rose from the dead and won his victory over death, he shared his glory and his brightness with her — as he wants to do also with us.

Anita Alexander: The Lord showed me as we are in transition, that the enemy is “showing up”, knocking on God’s people’s door, and desiring access to a foothold. The Lord is saying, “Test the spirits. For you will know them by their fruit.” You will know the voice or the person by which the spirit is operating by their fruit (1 John 4 and Matthew 7). Is the fruit confusion, fear, anxiety, depression, despair? Is it intimidation, control, contention, strife or division? If so, DON’T ANSWER THE DOOR! The enemy is seeking to kill, steal and destroy you in this threshold season of NEW BEGINNINGS, BREAKTHROUGH and HARVEST.

Rick Joyner: In this same way, the ultimate declaration of the Gospel of the kingdom will come from the King through His people. Therefore, our goal is to not just hear the words of the Lord, but to hear the Word Himself. This is personal, and it is about relationship. Again, it is not just learning “kingdom principles” as so many have tried to present the Gospel of the kingdom. Rather, it is seeing the King and learning to see with His eyes, hear with His ears, and understand with His heart. This will always reduce down to loving Him and loving one another, to relationship with Him and with each other.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: DEAR FRIENDS, WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM? WHO IS Christ to you? How we answer this question will determine how we live our lives. It will determine the values we hold, and how we treat others.

Exodus 7:1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet.

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The Zohar describes our forefather Aaron as the right arm of the Jewish nation.

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: A man should not say, ‘When I come to that world, I will then beg mercy of the King and return before Him’ for ‘there is neither deed nor design, neither knowledge nor wisdom in She’ol‘1.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) Rather, one should strive in this world…for once one leaves this world to be judged by the strong judgment of Purgatory — there is neither method nor wisdom to escape from judgment…” (Zohar)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: One of the roles of the pope is to define and defend doctrine. The answer to the pope’s question, “Who Am I to Judge?” Therefore might be, “You are the Pope. That’s what popes do.” I realize of course, that the context of Pope Francis’ famous quip was about a homosexual person who was “sincerely seeking God” and in that context the quote is harmless. I use it, however, to make the larger point that if a pope does not define and defend both the doctrine and moral teaching of the church then he is not doing one of the things popes do. The same applies, by extension to all bishops and priests.

Rick Joyner: We briefly covered before how the first mention of something in Scripture was usually a profound revelation of its purpose, and let us again consider the first mention of God’s house in Scripture. This occurred when Jacob had a dream of the messengers of God ascending and descending on a ladder that reached into heaven. That is a basic revelation of what God’s house, the church, is called to be—the place of access to heaven. The messengers of God that we are all called to be ascend into the heavenly realm and then descend, bringing back evidence of heaven’s reality and its authority over the earth.

Journal (in “Please Ease the Squeeze!” 12 Sept 17): Parked in front of Jo’s house. …Bob was gone to his meeting and Jo left for hers at 6:10 pm. I lay on the couch and prayed in the relative quiet with the TV off. Any and all swirling energies I rounded up and threw to God’s throne. Then I remembered Rabbi Shneersohn who said, “For in the world to come, the Divine radiance is revealed in a manner that can be apprehended by creatures.” I thought about the four living creatures. I reached into my chest and pulled out a long thread and extended my arm upward as far as it would go. An angel took my thread from my chest and pulled it up farther and into God’s throne.

I felt lighter. I saw bubbles around me. Not a lot, but several. My writings were in one bubble that was labeled “son.” It floated upward. The SILENCE has kept my “son” at God’s throne all these years. Instead of the four living creatures standing around unilaterally as I normally picture them, now they shifted into staircase positions like a spiral.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: And it is here that Mary transcends her own loving motherhood, moving beyond a maternal understanding, to a belief in her son, to acceptance of the Mystery that is Jesus: to be the one who truly believes in God’s mysterious actions in her life.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: What I find curious is that latitudinarianism seems to have become the new orthodoxy not only within the Anglican Church, but now also within the Catholic Church. The sign of this is the current distrust and dislike of doctrine amongst many Catholics. Doctrine is thought to be divisive so we must downplay doctrine or, at best give it lip service. Interestingly, this distrust of doctrine extends to a distrust of moral teaching also.

Brat: Secondly in the presentation of the mystery, as Rabbi Leiter said, we are to bring our “first fruits” to the Temple.

Vince Amlin: Prayer
Loving Parent, may I under-promise and you over-deliver on the fruits of the Spirit in me today.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Rather, one who begins something positive should complete it. Especially with an adult, we have to make sure they stay on the path. This is what it means when we read that we must bring the “first fruits” all the way to the holy Temple. We should take responsibility for them and complete their education so they can sustain their Jewish life independently.

Brat: The Christian life is the same way. This brings me to the third piece of evidence. Ten years ago (Fall 2007) Fr Philip Edwards, OSB, wrote a book review in the Valyermo Chronicle on Rabbi Neusner’s book A Rabbi Talks With Jesus. Fr Philip felt this rabbi took no heed of the supranatural affirmative word of miracle, made no room for comparative conversation, and said this Torah scholar took offense with the ‘you have heard it said but I say unto you’ sort of talk. Compassionately speaking, I can relate to the rabbi. I have experienced this same thing among many Christians. Her right to be right was taken for granted.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Without a trellis a vine would simply grow across the ground and never bear much fruit. A trellis is a dead thing, but it supports the vine and allows it to reach the sun and grow and bear fruit. The trellis needs to be maintained. When it rots the wood must be cut out and replaced. The trellis might be expanded and developed to support the growing vine, but the trellis itself is not alive and does not bear fruit.

The doctrine of the church is like the trellis. The most important thing is the health of the vine and the harvest of much good fruit. [5]

Rick Joyner: A friend of mine, Robin McMillan, had a great insight about this when he said, “Most of the messages that have claimed to be the Gospel of the kingdom have really been about how to control people and get them to behave the way we think they should. Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom by demonstrating it and its power over all of the conditions on the earth.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: There will be some workers in the vineyard who focus on trellis maintenance, they should not be neglected for without them the vine dies.

Brat: But God has been working on the heart of the priesthood for the last ten years. The people bring their soul and intention into the words they speak and pray now. The priests mean the words they offer at the altar now, where ten years ago it was just rote memorization and stifling back yawns. Priests started doing their own lectio divina with their prayer books and the Holy Spirit began speaking to them through their own words and offerings.

Pastor John Tolle: I’m often asked to meet with people and they tell me what they think. I take it. That doesn’t mean I don’t think about it.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: She lived her life fully in grace and acceptance, and in pondering her son’s life in her heart, she sets the pattern for our way to her Son.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: Pictures of Mary often show her standing on the moon, and I like that image because it says something about Mary’s connection with Jesus.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: During a farbrengen (Chassidic gathering) attended by college professors and university students, the Rebbe remarked, “The Hebrew word for “life” is “chayim” which literally means “lives” in the plural.. This comes to teach us an important truth. We are not truly alive until we think and care about others.”

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: Only at Pentecost did she begin to fully understand all those things she had so long stored in her heart. She had been asked to accept all things, which she did; to rejoice in God’s will, which she did.

Pastor John Tolle: In a recent article that was penned, the author said the Body of Christ is severely malnourished. We’ve given baby food. ‘Thy word have I hidden in my heart’. I am desperate for wisdom!

Bishop Gerald Wilkerson: But there is one more hunger that I want to note. This is a powerful hunger, one that is highly dangerous, one that each of us is exposed to and reminded of every time we come to the altar. You and I are exposed to the hunger of God. And that terrifies us. God is, in the imageries of many stories, the Hound of Heaven, the Stalker, the Shepherd, the Seeker, who for some reason which escapes us, is madly in love with us and is hungry for our companionship. You are not choosing a career here today. You are rather responding to the mysterious call of God to oneness with Him. You are responding to God’s hunger for you. Let him love you![6]

Brat: Then I ask you, dear bishop, for sanctuary where I can continue praying and writing. This is not my career but my vocation. How will the world gain wisdom from our mistakes if the open arms don’t come from you first?

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: She was asked never to lose heart, nor to fall behind, to inwardly accompany her son on his journey, wherever it led, to no matter what dark place; all this she did and this is her simple and ordinary greatness.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The unity we share is not only based in the papacy as an institution. It is based in the doctrine and moral teaching we all share. We should therefore also remember St Paul’s instructions, “So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15) In his instructions to the Bishop Titus, St Paul outlines the qualifications for bishops: “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:9)

Brat: As I wrote you in “Can We Get This Sealed?”: Trust is a spiritual issue and is not the same as forgiveness. Trust and forgiveness are in different camps. Forgiveness is for one’s own health and well-being. Trust is imparted to those who have earned it. Pastor [x] may “read me” (technically speaking) but he doesn’t hear me on the deep compassionate bone level. He gets the Arc Speak words like all the rest of the Funny Bunnies, but I have yet to see that translated into priestly action. Maybe he can’t, because he’s called to be a pastor and not an ordained priest. (Yeah, yeah, I know God has called us all to be kings and priests…) I’m just sayn that there is a distinction between a pastor and a priest. Both make sacrifices, but I think the priest goes through a different process. It’s hard to describe. The Catholics seem to understand this. Maybe the priests are supposed to take on Juan Diego’s role in the Guadalupe story this time instead of the peasant going to the bishop who asks Juan for a sign.

Monk: The company of prophets said that an astronomical alignment called “The Revelation 12 Sign” (referring to Rev 12:1-5) will be occurring on 23 September 2017. I found a sane article on the subject.[7]

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The process was like going on a dig at Cadbury Hill Fort and finding a few traces of King Arthur.

Brat: Somehow I KNEW the Funny Bunnies would make it into your orbit! Cadbury Bunnies to the rescue!

Fr. Dwight Longenecker (from “Rooster” 4 Aug 17): There are some strong arguments now, however, to allow lay people to preach. Firstly, more lay people than ever before are theologically trained. Lots of lay folks have Master’s degrees in theology and above. Should they not be allowed to preach? Furthermore, the quality of preaching by the Catholic clergy is (errmmm) not always of the highest caliber…When you add to this the number of foreign priests we now have who get up to preach and what they say might be wonderful, but no one can understand them, wouldn’t it make sense for qualified lay people to be authorized to preach?

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

Wayland Henderson: At the introduction of each letter to the seven churches in the book of Revelations, Yeshua is described in a different fashion which includes how He is manifesting to that Church. He comes to the Church at Pergamum as “He who has the sharp sword with two edges” (Revelation 2:12). If the Pergamum Church did not overcome the stumbling block of the doctrine Balaam (compromise and worship of idols) and the Nicolaitans (suppression of laity coming into maturity), then He would fight them with the sword of His mouth! Apostolic hubs are increasing out of God’s desire to see His Body mature and remove compromise.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: We know, of course, that Mary is his mother, and we have all those classical Madonna and child paintings in our minds. But it was at a very different moment that Mary became our mother.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: Do we imitate Jesus’ compassion and forgiveness and understanding? Or do we just quote what He said in the scriptures?

Marybeth Chuey Bishop: Does this make my heart feel suddenly happy and light? Nope. Are all the feelings of resentment and anger going to dissipate? It’s highly unlikely. Should I keep putting my children in the same situations, to be hurt again? Hell no. Forgiveness and masochism are not the same.

Rick Joyner: This is not to reduce the kingdom to emotions, as many consider love to be just an emotion—it is much more. There are many types of love in Scripture, but we can be assured that God’s love is full of both grace and truth. God’s love is not based on our religious performance, but on His love for His Son who purchased us with His life. This is why and how our approach to God is through the blood of Jesus. This is like how the priests would never enter the presence of the Lord, represented by the Ark of the Covenant, except with the blood.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: Mature love, on the other hand, seeks to give. It gives of itself, meaning self-sacrifice— just like Jesus, “who although He existed in the form of God, did not deem equality with God something to be grasped, but rather emptied himself.”

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: We generally assume that “the beloved disciple” was the writer of the Gospel, John, but each of us is also one of his beloved disciples.

Brat (in “Flower Bouquet” 13 Sept 17): I thought to myself: How is it possible that all these priests, pastors, rabbis, and prophets can be talking about the King and His Kingdom and yet we still aren’t coming together? Then I realized that we have the Who right, but we don’t have the Where right.

Loretta F. Ross: How does the knowledge of your beginning and end free you up for radical, selfgiving service here now? Where do you come from, where are you going? Jesus’ conviction of the immediately accessible power of the Father in his own hands set him free to endure extreme hardship and suffering in service to a greater good, even to a death, which gives of all things, life!

Brat: My head knows that biblically the Where always leads back to Jerusalem. I wonder what God is up to? Is God trying to bring the Vatican and Jerusalem together? I saw a picture once of Pope Francis and the Chief Rabbi praying together at the Wailing Wall and that picture has come to my mind many times lately. Just wondering. I donno. I lay it before You, God, in sacred grace space. May You have room to move, breathe, and do what You need and want to do. Keep talking, O Wise One. I’m listening. May others be open to listening, too.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: But she is still our mother, and she is praying that we also navigate that difficult journey of life, that we let Jesus triumph over our enemies and our self-destructive tendencies, that we let him free us from all that holds us captive so that we too can stand in his light and shine with his glory.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: When our love for Christ is mature, we are willing to empty our self for His sake. We are prepared to suffer for His sake like saints Peter and Paul and other great saints, who gave their blood for Jesus—not for a principle or an idea—but for a Person.

Brat: The fourth piece of evidence ties in with wisdom and sanctuary. I know Rabbi Leiter said the mystery would be taken for granted if I lived in a mystic community, but this last week I tried sharing with a priest. He asked me not to write again. He said he didn’t understand a word I said. I don’t know if that was because English wasn’t his first language or if it was because he didn’t understand the multiple layers of symbolism and scriptures that I use to express my understanding of what God is saying. Maybe he doesn’t understand the love language of the Book of Revelation.

Pastor John Tolle: My weakness is that I don’t know how to express everything.

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: In this world, on the other hand, Divinity cannot be apprehended. For its light is a higher light; it is not adapted in a manner that would allow the creatures of this world to apprehend it. This light is called sovev kol almin, a light that “surrounds” the world because it cannot be absorbed by it. In the language of Kabbala: ‘ohr makif‘, the surrounding light, one that transcends any rules or boundaries.

Brat (10 Sept 17): Today Pastor John talked about wisdom being available to the wise person, the foolish person, and the simple (or ignorant) person. What if this priest just didn’t know, because he’s one cog in the institutional machine? (Thank God he had the wisdom to write me back!) What if there are other priests and monks in the institution who are awake and could understand my soul-speak and they simply don’t know I’m here? What if they could benefit from my writings? If that is the case, then there is no ‘religious environment’ taking this mystery (myself) for granted, because they don’t know, because no priest who knows me has passed me along. If I lived among the brotherhood then we could engage and learn each others’ love languages. There are still hermitages and artists’ cottages at monasteries and on church properties. Since I speak the love language of the Book of Revelation and ate the scroll, I am extremely hard-pressed to find people out here who understand my language. That’s why it was painful to run into churches who I thought would understand, but they had only the world’s understanding. In this case there was no knowledge that there was even a mystery present. They didn’t know enough to even formulate questions. And I couldn’t say anything without making it sound like I was puffing myself up. This is the very reason (and scenario) for why we need priests to pass along the called to their superiors. It’s not about exposing each other. It’s about drawing into the fold. That’s where the greater wisdom is.

Wayland Henderson: Prophetically, He is bringing us from dreams, visions and parables, to being fully awake and speaking to God face-to-face! When one passes through the wall of chiydah, it forms the word “echad” which is to be one or in union with God. The Lord, our God, is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). The language barrier that has resulted from God’s people being asleep is about to be removed as they become awakened and come into face-to-face encounters in the Holy of Holies.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: But then maybe I am being too alarmist over what is, of course, just a little adjustment of canon law.[8]

Pastor John Tolle: My dilemma as a pastor is that very few people are willing to contend. Our first default is to the “I” and when that happens we leave the Great Commission to last.

Brat: However…there are times…

Pastor John Tolle: “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” [Mt 6:33]

Matt Laney: Winning, or “victory” as the Bible puts it, is God’s domain. True victory, which is divine love conquering evil and death, is not God’s goal, it is God’s nature. Therefore, the purpose of this life is not success but surrender. The ego loathes surrender because it looks like losing. However, according to our faith, the only real loss is to be without God. The only victory is communion with God.

Pastor John Tolle: I can’t get us unstuck from our inward ways

Bob Thompson: The psalmist knew tears and thirst and enemies and taunting, but on that day he chose to write a song of trust that we still read thousands of years later.  On that day – a bad day, a frustrating day, a day of disappointment and discouragement – the psalmist declared defiantly, “I will yet praise God,” even before anything changed.  I will do that too.

Rosemary Tolle: Pray we get unstuck from an inward focus to an outward focus.

Brat (10 Sept 17): Pastor John Tolle recalled the story today where God told Aaron to throw down his staff before Pharaoh and it became a serpent. Pharaoh’s seers were able to do the same thing.

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Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: [The Talmud relates the following incident: R’ Yosef son of R’ Yehoshua son of Levi once took ill and fell into a coma. When he returned, his father asked him, “What did you see?” He replied, “I saw a backward world. The lofty ones are below and the lowly ones are above.” His father said to him, “My son, you have seen a clear world.” That is, what appears in this world to be lofty is often revealed to be lowly in the world of clarity.]

Pastor John Tolle: The fruit is that we are not breaking through. But Jesus Christ came to build His Church!

Loretta F. Ross: When I turn to the media, I see many of us telling each other how to act, how to speak, and sometimes shaming, or blaming each other. I can imagine little soap boxes scattered across the globe with people standing on them teaching, ranting, and preaching. I include myself in this group.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: From the moment of the Annunciation to the moment of her death Mary’s destiny was shaped by her son: from the initial grief and misunderstanding that seems to step in between herself and Joseph; in the difficult journey to Bethlehem; the birth and danger of cold and poverty; the flight in fear from Herod and its attendant exile, the loss of a child in a crowded city, and parental confusion worry, relief and concern on finding him, and above all the ordinary, daily life at Nazareth.

Loretta F. Ross: I am struck by the way the Gospel of John describes Jesus. In contrast to [Franciscan scientist theologian, Ilia] Delio’s claim of our ignorance of our source and connection to something that precedes us, sustains us, and gives us identity and purpose in this world, John tells us that Jesus knows where he belongs.

Jesus knew the Father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God and was returning to God.   John 13: 3

These words introduce the account of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet and telling them that stooping low as a servant is how they are to treat each other. This willingness to humble oneself to the most lowly and intimate tasks, even to hold and wash away somebody else’s grime and stink, is what Jesus expects of his followers.

Such bold, radical humility is made possible by Jesus’ awareness of who he was in relation to God, his root and source, and where he was going – returning to his Father.[9]

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: Mary is not frequently mentioned in the gospels that tell of Christ’s public life, but we certainly gather from the few incidents recorded, that her presence is always near—whether at that festive beginning of his ministry as bringer of the New Wine at Cana when her role as intercessor already begins, or when she searches for him as he preaches, as he incurs both cries of wonder and cries of disdain as he goes from town to town, or until at last she stands at the foot of his cross, and is named the mother of us all.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: The Church has always understood this passage as Jesus entrusting Mary to all Christians and all of us to her.

Loretta F. Ross: And we are figuring this out by trial and error. We attack, hurt, and blame each other. Some buy influence and favor. Some impose their view by force, others make art, music, or poetry. It is a rowdy free for all, a frightening and amazing time in the development of humankind.

Rick Joyner: This week, we will elaborate more on the proclamation of the Gospel of the kingdom referred to in Revelation 11:15-17 as the “seventh trumpet,” or message, to go forth.

Bishop Gerald Wilkerson (in “Can We Get This Sealed?” 8 Sept 17): “We are not members of a personal cult but members of the Body of Christ. What we must discover once again (and over and over again throughout our lives) is passion – a profound and overwhelming desire to touch people’s lives with the person of Jesus Christ. Our burning passion and thirst must be for this mission. The very essence of leadership is that you have a vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. Sometimes we too easily settle for the common, the ordinary, those things that are only superficially related to the mission of Jesus Christ. We have to know who we are and what we are about, and never lose sight of Jesus who is the center and moving force of our existence.”

Brat (in “Can We Get This Sealed?” 8 Sept 17): I am fully aware that my pen can be a sharp scalpel and leave pastors dancing at their pulpits while grabbing their jewels. That is not my desire nor is it what I seek. Instead of grabbing the knife to slay Isaac on the altar, I reached out to Fr Dwight Longenecker. Priests are not just confessors, but they have unique and needed roles. They are not just pastors applying methods. I leaned into Fr Dwight’s calling (at the bidding of the Holy Spirit.) And I looked at this reasonably:

Methods are methods.

Hmmm … coffee shop discussions. (All good.)

Writing. (Also good if one has the patience for it.)

Discussions and writing are both valid forms of expression and engagement.

Vince Amlin: This fig tree wears fig tree jewelry – a fig tree necklace…on the outside of the shirt. It has a fig tree bumper sticker on its car. It’s a fig tree swallowing the word “Darwin.” It listens to fig tree music exclusively. Because other music has so many non-fig-tree themes. It’s that kind of fig tree. And the only thing it’s missing, is any figs. At. All.

Brat: The spiritual issue that was caught up to God and to His throne is that I do not trust [x] pastor. Trust is a spiritual issue.

Helen Calder: THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF DISCERNMENT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT-GIVEN ABILITY TO PERCEIVE WHETHER AN ATMOSPHERE, WORD OR ACTION IS SOURCED IN GOD, A PERSON OR SOMETHING DEMONIC.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Is Pope Francis Selling the Family Silver?

Vince Amlin: Now there’s nothing wrong with fig tree jewelry, and some of the music is…not terrible. But Jesus’ stories suggest, if we’re going to advertise our figgy-ness, we better bring the fruit.

Brat: Okay, fine. Quite figgy! So, we just keep talking about listening…

Rick Joyner: As we also covered, Jesus is Jacob’s ladder, as He declared in His discourse with Nathaniel. Growing in kingdom authority is not just learning the principles and methods of the kingdom—it is growing up in all things into Christ, the King. We only have true spiritual authority to the degree that we abide in the King. As we abide in Him, we learn His ways—not just what He is doing, but why.

Brat: Since the four living creatures, the elders, and the Two Witnesses read what I write then why can I not get sanctuary to pray and write in safety? I’ve been asking, seeking, and praying in my car for ten years now.

Lillian Daniel: God is the great artistic creator, whose handiwork is everywhere. But it’s in the details that you really see the author’s care.  Someone really wanted these stories to come alive. Let them.

Brat: These conversations that the Holy Spirit pulls together are acts of love. It requires extensive listening to track where the Holy Spirit is moving.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: When Jesus was dying on the cross, one of his last acts was to entrust Mary to his beloved disciple, and him to her. “Behold your mother.” “Behold your son.” He was bequeathing one of his most precious gifts to his beloved disciple.

Brat: It is not beyond reason to believe that God is bequeathing another one of His most precious gifts to another beloved disciple, but how would Francis know if nobody tells him? Jesus had said, “Repair My house.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Nevertheless, Pope Francis is clearly putting forward what he thinks is a better version of the papacy. Downgrading the papal dignity and shifting power and decision making to the local bishops’ conferences could be a good thing, but it could also be disastrous. One of the great strengths of the Catholic religion is its unity and universality, and the concentration of a certain amount of power in the Vatican is one of the things that helps hold it all together. In a world that is increasingly divisive and fragmented this is actually a virtue not a deficit. If the decentralization continues we may well find a church that is even more fragmented and divided than it already is.

[Brat: Excuse me, but sanctuary is a basic need. You have sanctuary. Why can’t I?]

Dr Taylor Marshall: The Popes of the 20th century explicitly teach that whether we modify Socialism in the shape of “Moderate Socialism,” or “Christian Socialism,” or “Theistic Socialism,” it still doesn’t fit into Catholic teaching. Socialism is not Christian and never will be Christian.

Brat: So, you’re saying that offering me the charity of sanctuary is a form of socialism and therefore you cannot do it? There’s no recognition that God has sent a gift?

Pastor John Tolle: Let the Spirit bear witness!

Brat: Yes! Clearly I can’t, so the Holy Spirit must!

Rabbi M.M. Shneersohn: For in the world to come, the Divine radiance is revealed in a manner that can be apprehended by creatures. The soul is thus able to take pleasure in an awareness of the Divine. However, the soul is only privy to a filtered and veiled level of light, since a direct and unadorned light would not be palatable to a finite creature such as the soul. Thus the world to come is seen as a world of gevura–restriction and filtering. The degree of revelation in the world to come is called mimalei kol almin, a light that fills the worlds, and in the language of Kabbala: ‘ ohrpnimi‘, a light that enters and adapts to its recipient.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: Some Christians feel that we Catholic and Orthodox Christians give too much importance to Mary, but this image of sun and moon helps us see it in perspective.

Loretta F. Ross: We struggle to communicate with each other. We are fractured and split off from a common core of shared meaning and purpose. We are all talking at once. We are waking up, coming to terms with formerly unexamined assumptions, learning, welcoming, and also resisting the light of consciousness. Who has the power to claim the authority and right to identify reality and define what is true? We are jostling for position to name what is normative and to declare where we came from and where we are going.

Doug Addison: Let me encourage you though: Jesus spoke of this very season we are in. People have been expecting the Second Coming of Christ, but that cannot happen without the Billion Soul Harvest happening first. Let me show you in the Bible.

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” (Matthew 24:6-8 NIV)

Brat: Is there not one Nicodemus in the crowd? Is there not one “awake” Pharisee?

Doug Addison: On Christmas Day 2016, I heard God say to me that something new was being conceived in the spirit. It is now September, 9 months later, and the baby that represents this new move of God is going to be birthed. September is also the time of the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement, and God is releasing something new in this season. It is not the Second Coming of Christ in the way we might think.

Yes, Jesus is coming again, but first it is in a revival.

Brat: Are you saying I can’t have sanctuary in this world and have to stay parking and praying in my car indefinitely until a billion people wake up and Jesus comes back AND THEN I can finally have sanctuary because the religious are currently stuck in their boxes and have put me in one too? Because the people in my world do not understand my love language? No wonder the Lamb needs seven horns and eyes!

Revelation 5:6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Dr. Taylor Marshall: Popes have taught clearly that “Christian” and “Socialist” are mutually exclusive

Got questions.org: What are the seven pillars of wisdom in Proverbs 9:1?

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: A few personal thoughts about her: It is pretty much a given that in reflecting on Mary every statement we make about her is really a statement about Jesus.

Anita Alexander: I believe many in the Body of Christ right now are in a place of birthing desires, promises, harvests and mandates. The birthing stage we are in right now is that of transition. For those of you who know anything about natural childbirth, know that transition is the stage where the baby’s head is crowning, the end is near, but it can also be the stage where the mother delivering feels she can no longer go on. She is breathless and tired from the hours of exertion and pushing.

Brat: Thank you for the encouragement. We’ll have to see what Jesus says to direct the four living creatures, elders, and the Two Witnesses, because they are controlling this story’s progression.

Pastor John Tolle: We as pastors, how are we mobilizing? The fruit reveals something different than what we experience. Where is the Body taking the arguments? The Holy Spirit wants to energize the limited. The Disciples were called into their culture. I am looking for the Body to rise. To mobilize in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Exodus 14:19 The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Catholic Socialism. Whatzat?

Dr. Taylor Marshall: Can you be a Christian and a Socialist? The Popes Say No

Got questions.org: Answer: Proverbs 9:1 states, “Wisdom has built her house; / she has set up its seven pillars.” This is obviously a symbolic description, since wisdom is personified. What are these “seven pillars” that wisdom has erected?

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: [After the revelation of the Torah,] He came down to dwell among them [in the Tabernacle – in Hebrew, “ Mishkan“, from whence we get the word “ Shechinah“], as is referred to in the verse: “And they will make Me a Tabernacle [‘Mishkan‘] and I will dwell [in Hebrew, ‘shachanti‘] among them“. (Ex. 25:8) [And in order to prepare them for this] the Holy One Blessed be He wished to rectify them [spiritually] so they would be like the angels in the spiritual world [by arranging the camp according to four main flags]. He caused the Clouds of Glory to hover over them and the Shechina to proceed before them; this is the meaning of the verse: “And G‑d went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire.”(Ex. 13:21)

Journal (8 Sept 17): Is this not the same issue with the “kings” of today? The Seven Thunders have modeled this for us. Some day we will owe them a debt of gratitude for going where angels fear to tread.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: But I would also add that everything we say about Mary is also a statement about how we are to relate to Jesus. In a sense, her life becomes the model, or template, of how we both accept and struggle with the experience of Jesus on own journey to a life in God: our reflection on Our Lady highlights the way we need to encounter Jesus in our own lives and pondering the role of Jesus in our hearts, understanding how God unfolds before us in time and space and spirit.

Brat (8 Sept 17): Now … I see Mary’s face as she looks benevolently at her children. No wonder her face is tilted downward.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: Jesus’ life is enfolded by the silent nearness and pondering of his mother.

Rosary: …Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our “death”.

To Thyatira (Rev 2): 23 I will strike her children “dead”. Then all the churches will know that I am He who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

Steve Porter: “And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.” (Luke 7:37-38)

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: Christianity without the sight of Mary would be like the earth without its moon!

Bonnie Jones: “Get ready for your light to shine,” says the Lord. “Get ready for the embers to burn. For out of the ashes of a dying fire new life begins. There’s a new day on the horizon where the light of man will burn brightly. There will be no doubt in the mind of mankind that it is Me flowing forth from My children. There is power and life, resurrection life, beyond man’s understanding. There is great delight toward My children who walk in remembrance of Me.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: There is no question that Jesus is our “sun of justice” — he is our savior, our teacher, our healer, our rescuer — the super-hero that leaps into the middle of the mess we’ve made of our lives and our world with his machete of truth to hack the fetters, his belt of weapons to defeat everything that’s trying to destroy us, his tools to set things straight and his kit of healing medicines to salve our wounds. He is our sun, and the sun is more than a million times larger than our little earth and its little moon put together.

Daneen Bottler: This new move of God, this glory fire awakening that God is doing in the earth, is something we have never known before. The Lord is bringing us into new understanding and encounters with His nature. Our minds and mindsets need to be renewed by the Spirit. The culture of the day has begun to influence the way many see, think and feel, and the Lord is recalibrating us to see, think and feel as He does, and to bring us back to our first love. He wants to remind us of who we are, who He is, and the mission of seeing the earth filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord and being completely reconciled to His heart.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: And even though sun and moon seem an equal pair from our perspective, we know that that is because the moon is so much closer to us.

Got questions.org: Many explanations exist regarding the seven pillars of wisdom in this passage. One idea is that, since the number seven often expresses completeness in Scripture, the passage communicates that the application of wisdom results in a complete, orderly, well-furnished house, one that lacks nothing.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: And we also know that all the light from the moon is reflected sun-light, so that when the angle of the sun varies, we see more or less of the moon.

In a similar way we can say that Mary’s glory is the reflection of Christ’s glory.

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: [And He did more good for them in that] three holy siblings walked amongst them. Who were they? They were Moses, Aaron and Miriam. In their merit G‑d gave Israel presents from the spiritual realms [the Manna, the Clouds of Glory, and the well of Miriam, which nourished and prepared them physically as well as spiritually, enabling them to absorb the Torah]. The clouds of glory did not depart as long as Aaron was alive. This is as has been explained that Aaron was the right arm [representing chesed] of Israel. It is also hinted at by the verse: “And the Canaanite king Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel had come through Atarim, and he fought Israel. (Num. 21:1)

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: Sometimes in our dark and lonely nights, it is only that reflected light that brings us comfort and calms our fears, but that moonlight ultimately comes from the sun.

Got questions.org: Some commentators see the seven pillars as describing a traditional banquet pavilion. Understood this way, Wisdom’s call in Proverbs 9:5 is perfectly fitting: “Come, eat my food / and drink the wine I have mixed.”

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: As we know, a “mixed multitude” of gentiles left Egypt together with the Jews. Moses converted these converts to Judaism on his own, without consulting G‑d on this. Oral tradition tells us that this multitude was in fact not ready for this spiritual leap, and caused much trouble during the forty-year trek in the desert. Specifically, we see here that they did not make the change from worldly/self-oriented consciousness to divine consciousness.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: Immature love wants to get things, just like children. They want things for themselves, to have things their own way. They want to have ‘dibs’ or first choice at everything: from desserts, to clothes, to cars, to places at banquets, to status. Immature love doesn’t like to share. It is exclusive and selfish. It seeks only to stroke and feed the ego.

Loretta F. Ross: The idolatrous worship of our individuality has severed us from the strength and power of our origins and our awareness of our connection with all that is. When I am focused on myself exclusively, I become the sun around which I orbit. I forfeit the power and freedom of my intimate union with all that is and all that is becoming.

Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB: As many scriptural writers have commented, it sometimes seems that the strongest part of the relationship between Mary and Jesus lies in her meditative silence: a silence in search of understanding, a silence of acceptance; silence of the heart in attempting to understand her child: the bearing of a burden of seeing a child grow and develop only in order to outgrow the everyday relationship one has built up, to allow the child to go on his own way.

Brother Ben Harrison, MC: O monk, O prisoner, O lonely lover — as you look out from your cell in the middle of a moonlit night, as you feel the faint warmth of the lunar light that calms you like a mother’s lullaby, thank God for earth, moon, sun and stars — and for the vast silent sea of love which is their home and ours.

Got questions.org: In considering these interpretive options, it is most likely that “her house” and “seven pillars” both refer to a home that is in proper order, with the use of “seven” emphasizing its completeness and all-sufficiency. The following verses continue to describe other aspects of wisdom personified as a woman. She prepares a meal and invites people to attend to gain wisdom: “Leave your simple ways and you will live; / walk in the way of insight” (Proverbs 9:6). Wisdom has much to offer, and she invites everyone to come share her satisfying feast.

Matt Laney: So the next time you find yourself dining at Christ’s table, don’t complain about the tasteless bread or too small cup of juice, wishing you could have it your way. Instead, humbly and joyfully take your seat. Savor the smells, sights, tastes and words of God’s victory. Celebrate that love wins.

Abbot Damien Toilolo: The Eucharist we are about to receive is a sign of that singular love of God, that desire of Jesus to be one with us, living in us and transforming us to be more and more like Himself.

 

[1] Valyermo Chronicle #253 Summer 2017, St Andrew’s Abbey

[2] Valyermo Chronicle #253 Summer 2017, St Andrew’s Abbey

[3] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sickpilgrim/2017/09/dark-devotional-thats-wrong-baby/#OBl12fKcblJsVZRZ.99

[4] (All the stories are from Seeds of Wisdom v.2 by Mendel Kalmanson)

[5] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/09/the-latitude-attitude.html#MA02GmuE04p0P2EZ.99

[6] Excerpts from Bishop Gerald Wilkerson’s homily delivered at Brother Angelus Echeverry’s ordination to the priesthood; Valyermo Chronicle #253 Summer 2017, St Andrew’s Abbey, p 12-13

[7] http://www.unsealed.org/2017/01/the-revelation-12-sign-compendium.html

[8] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/09/pope-francis-selling-family-silver.html#WG432MTIvvXEytoL.99

[9] Loretta F. Ross: Origins and Destination, the Summer, 2017 issue of Holy Ground of The Sanctuary Foundation for Prayer

Following 15 Aug 17 (x2)

21 Aug

Working Dates: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 to Sunday, August 20, 2017

[27 pages]

Traci Blackmon: The story matters. And choosing to work toward liberation of any kind requires a commitment to support the narrative of the ones who own the story. The role of the ally is not to lead or to fix. The ally holds the story and amplifies the voice of the storyteller.

Brat: Holy God! Thank You for the encouragement and the reminder that the story matters. I needed to hear that today. I am an ally and I do my best to try and amplify Your voice in the words of our story. And yet every day there is so little engagement from Your people. I love what Traci Blackmon said, “The role of the ally is not to lead or to fix.” Sanctuary, God! Please!

Kaji Douša: Prayer
Maybe we think, O God, that you are sleeping away our salvation. Thank you for sending Jesus to show us better. Amen.

Anna Blake: Dreamhorse.com.  To our kind, it’s like a shameless social group where they don’t check your income or marital status.

 

Marriage Encounter

Yisroel Susskind, Ph.D.: I advise clients to take the time to actively engage in positive daydreams about their marriage. Certainly, it is helpful for my clients to tell me about the positive (and not only the negative) aspects of their marriage. I think that anyone who is helping a couple should ask each spouse to talk about the good things in the marriage, whether from the distant past, or the present. Nonetheless, it is even more powerful for them to create visual images. For clients who have a good marriage, this activity should only enhance the marriage.

Brat prayer (in “Recovering” 13 Aug 17): Help me to lay down what images are not of You. The Funny Bunnies assume the Church I imagine is all made up of religious Pharisees. But my heart sees a whole Church that is beautiful and still has her stained glass windows. She’s cleaned up her insides, which are now reflected on the outsides. It’s probably not here yet, but that’s what I see. Matthew 23 and the Woes to the Pharisees are cleaned up in the version I see in my heart. I don’t think it’s a fantasy. I think that’s the Church You first showed me before they revealed themselves and tried to cover up their shame.

Helen Calder: The seer gift is a prophetic gift and its main focus is on seeing and declaring God’s intended outcome.

Wanda Alger: Through a dream, the Lord is issuing a call to intercessors to stand in the gap for PASTORS in this hour. For there is confusion in the air and an attempt to derail those who have been called and set apart to lead the Body of Christ. It is a time of decision and a time of advance and believers are being called upon to pray for those with the Father’s heart.

Foursquare Church: God Raised the Dead Through Prayer

Yisroel Susskind, Ph.D.: So, in therapy I encourage them to do so, much as a physical therapist encourages a patient to move a painful, damaged limb. “What would you like your marriage to look like?” If you can at least imagine or remember a positive interaction with your spouse, you can generate a longing for improvement, a desire to create good will, and a possible plan of action that might convey a positive feeling to your spouse. Once a couple are so swallowed up by conflict that they cannot experience mutual good will, even in fantasy, there is no energy for positive movement.

Yehezkel Laing: How Are Sistine Chapel and Jewish Temple Connected? You’ll Be Shocked

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

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: (An entire school of psychology – Gestalt therapy – is based on what we perceive as “foreground” and “background.” Sometimes by shifting our perception, we become aware of very important things that were previously only in the “background,” and that can change our lives.)

Anna Blake: No, I’m not looking for a horse. None of my clients are either. Still, I leer. I ogle, tilting my head to the side as my eyes devour photos of sleek horses for sale in other states. And then I pour over the descriptions. Some sound as if they were written by a used-car salesman and some by horse-crazy girls. They are equally reliable. I know better than to take the words literally: Bombproof. Sixteen hands. Schooling fourth level. And the one that makes me go mushy… Needs experienced rider.

Mark D. White: The words He shared with me were about the seasons that will defy logic. That people will experience the undeniable, the undefiable, the unrestrainable and the unexplainable power of God. He spoke these words to me: “The spontaneous move of God is coming.” This will happen even though there is not enough consistent corporate prayer, not enough hunger yet throughout the Church!

Lana Vawser: There is a whole new realm of revelation and supernatural insight opening up to the prophets and they are leading My people into this new level of revelation, strategy and insight of the words of My heart, but the fire must fall upon the prophets before it can be released into the Church. This is a groundbreaking season. This is a season where I am doing something completely new, My Spirit is going to be poured out in ways that no eye has ever seen, nor has ear ever heard, and in preparation for what I am pouring out, room must be made for the new. In My fire that has been released upon the prophets and the prophetic movement, I am RESTORING the revelation and manifestation of living in awe of Me upon the prophets and the Church. Like Isaiah when he had an encounter with Me in My Glory, and he was face down before Me as He saw Me in reverence and awe, I am bringing My prophets into greater encounters like Isaiah, to restore the awe and reverence in places where it has been lost.

Anna Blake: Writing a horse ad is only a temporary silly distraction but who doesn’t need that? Some of us tell the brutal truth and some of us flatter ourselves. (You wouldn’t be the first filly to fudge your stats.) How would your Dreamhorse ad read? At the very least, tell us your registered name.

Monk: But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” (Gen 32:29)

Brat (17 Aug 17): Help Wanted: Holy God, just as You sent Michael to help out Gabriel, so I ask for help, too. We are not in competition with each other. Make room. Make mercy. Thank You in advance for what You will do. I worship You, Jesus.

Susan Michael, ICEJ US Director: Esteem for the Jews, however, can sometimes go too far, putting them on a pedestal and expecting them to be more holy, righteous, or superior than the rest of us. Some Christians have such a romanticized view of Israel they almost expect to see angels on every street corner!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The answer, said Reb Refael, is this. If G-d wants to tell you not to touch a Jewish child, sending an angel will suffice. But if He wants you to “slaughter” another Jew, an angel can’t suffice! G-d Himself needs to come and tell you to do it. If you are going to “slaughter” another Jew, make sure you hear it from G-d Himself.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: He still loves you and knows you love him so don’t feel guilty.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: May it be that one result will be that as we fulfill G‑d’s dream of our living in marital harmony, He will fulfill our dream, and bring the Redemption, where we are promised that we will see “the world filled with the knowledge of G‑d.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: To let Isaac live, the instruction could be communicated via an angel. To let Isaac die, G-d needed to show up Himself.

Mark DeJesus: It’s easy to cover up mistakes or insecurities with “God told me.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Those sisters with rulers certainly got it into the heads of the young Catholics that missing Mass was a mortal sin.

Mark DeJesus: The concept of spiritual fathering can become distorted in this. Leadership is driven to use force, intimidation or manipulation to make things happen.

Anna Blake: Registered name: Shez Gotta Doit Herway   Barn Name: Anna

Lori Suiter: We need to be open to moving in different ways, because what comes naturally is not going to be the way we need to move in this season.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: If it is valid to say that doctrine develops through debate, then the critics of innovation should have their say. They should do so from a position of expertise and authority and should do so respectfully, but if sometimes those critics are media loudmouths, naive newbies or conservative converts, well that’s part of the hurly burly too.

Mark DeJesus: There is little emphasis on working through issues, so people either quietly leave or sit in silent submission with no personal engagement. Instead of empowering the people, they become conditioned to just go with whatever is happening.

Wanda Alger: I believe this is a tool for us personally, as well as corporately. As we are being confronted with a spirit of MOCKERY in this nation, the sound of our JOY and our PRAISES can be powerful in dismantling the attempts of the Accuser to defeat us. Regardless of the mocking voices in media, news, and print, we can lift up a sound of joy and victory knowing that the battle has already been won. When we respond in the spirit like this, the enemy cannot touch us nor can he ever defeat us. Maybe THIS is that SOUND that is being prophesied over the body of Christ in recent days. It is the sound of Joy, Victory, and Praise from sons and daughters who know their King. It is the sound of laughter from his kids who are caught up in His presence rather than the enemy’s pressure.

 

Double Meaning

Yehezkel Laing: According to Rabbi Blech, the changes were motivated by a desire to co-opt Jewish concepts.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Or to put it more poignantly and humorously, the sages, it seems, by imposing this second meaning are “violating” the very injunction they are trying to convey. They take a simple word in the verse and they “splinter” its meaning to connote divergent interpretations that seem to lack any common streak?

Wanda Alger: I had been processing a situation with a spiritual advisor who began to prod me for further information as to my intentions and motives within a certain relationship. Though he was simply asking for clarity, I began to feel a pressure come upon me as I started to feel cornered and trapped. I began to doubt myself and wonder if maybe I had done something wrong. It was a familiar feeling to me as I had similar experiences in my past where I felt hemmed in and caught in a trap that sought to disqualify me with accusations of wrong-doing. I began to feel those same fears of being caught in doing something displeasing to the Lord. I was so preoccupied by this sudden onslaught of confusion I couldn’t even hear what my advisor was saying until I heard him ask, “So, what do you think the Lord would say about that?”

Kaji Douša: But the Gospel tells us that Jesus slept.

Nate Johnston: There is a sound of awakening that is echoing throughout the earth that is hard to ignore. Like the days of John the Baptist the church are in discovery of their inheritance and are leaving the milk behind and hungrily taking it by force. Heaven is being accessed by sons and daughters that have awoken to the rumbling and shaking of an earth that is crying out for them to be revealed and step into their rightful place. No more will we be the powerless, the defenseless, the broken and battered, the confused and conflicted, the apathetic and complacent, the disunited and scattered. NO! We are sons and daughters of a loving Father, a pure and healthy bride, and we are powerful, and in this hour we arise from the ruins of the wilderness saying “WE ARE HERE, AND THIS IS OUR TIME!” The earth will never be the same because the Kingdom of Heaven is here in US! Revival has come! We are the movement, we are the gates and doors and we say KING OF GLORY COME!!

Lana Vawser: In My fire that I am releasing upon the prophetic movement, those that embrace the fire will move to a whole new level of divine strategy, revelation, insight, wisdom and weightiness in the words that I entrust them with to release and equip My Church with and the nations of the world. A complacency has entered many hearts regarding the words of My heart. There has been a loss of value of the weightiness of My Word that I am releasing to the prophets in this season as the enemy attempts to cause them to fall into these areas of striving and competition. I am shifting gears in the prophetic movement. I am changing the guards.

Christy Johnston: The enemy’s intentions were to silence these daughters, but God has used satan’s very weapons against him. The Father is turning their season of anguish and lies into a FIERCE SOUND of His power and truth surging through them. The enemy’s attempts to silence them have only made their voices LOUDER. Their voices proclaim the name of Jesus as they lift up their battle cries and decree JUSTICE to injustice, TRUTH to lies and FREEDOM to the captives. These daughters are arising with a voice of awakening and they are calling countless others out of the trenches of darkness.

Yehezkel Laing: Another feature matching that of the Jewish Temple is the double level construction. The Western half of the Sistine Chapel, containing the altar and the private area for the Pope and his court, is some six inches higher than the Eastern half. This elevated section corresponds to the Jewish Temple’s Kodesh HaKodashim, the Holy of Holies, where only the High Priest could enter, only once a year, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This is a prohibition against the Jewish people becoming divided. Practically, this is a prohibition against one Jewish court dividing into two and guiding the community in a conflicting fashion, [3] [1] creating division and conflict. [4] [2]

Mark DeJesus: You can see this when there is little appreciation for other churches or ministries. There is a sense that “we have the revelation on this and no one else does. We are the ones who get this.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Then once they take responsibility for themselves they might start taking responsibility for the happiness of others.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: When we do this, i.e. when we pass the test, the test disappears – its purpose having been served – and our formerly deep, hidden connection with G‑d becomes our normative consciousness.

Richard L. Floyd: And this dynamic is something that I firmly believe is an important part of what the church is, a kind of laboratory of love. Too often we betray this aspect when we look for our congregations to be homogeneous enclaves of the like-minded.

Mark DeJesus: Because the emphasis is often on how things look, there can be a legalistic pressure on sin, sanctification and holiness. People are taught in such a way that they always feel they have to do better, perform better or work to be good enough.

 

Sacrifice of the mass

Yehezkel Laing: “The motive for basing elements of the Sistine Chapel on Solomon’s Temple is the Replacement Theory which is basic Catholic doctrine,” the rabbi told Breaking Israel News.

Revelation 17: 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

Rick Joyner: This was not just about attacking a ritual of communion, but the doctrine behind this ritual changed from what was originally intended. In the doctrine of the sacrifice of the mass, Jesus only died for Adam’s sin. For the remission of personal sin, a believer had to go to a priest who would “offer Christ again” for their personal sins. This is why they taught that the bread and wine of communion was miraculously changed into the literal body and blood of the Lord. This made a human priest the mediator, even though Scripture says that there is only one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (see I Timothy 2:5). As we are also told in Hebrews 9:28, Christ was “offered once for all….”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: However, one of the troublesome things about hearing confessions is how many older Catholics seem to think this is the only sin, and they do not seem able or willing to make the distinction between missing Mass and skipping Mass.

Joyce Meyer: Now, when I say “religion,” I’m not talking about going to church; it’s important for us to go to good churches where the Word of God is taught and we can grow spiritually. I’m talking about a performance mentality that says it’s what we do that determines whether God approves of us or not.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Do You Ever “Slaughter” Another Jew?

BIN Promotions: They Slaughter. We Must Affirm Life!

Rabbi Refael Hakohen Katz: There is a famous question on the story of the Akeida, the binding of Isaac, in Genesis. G-d instructs Abraham to bring up his son Isaac as an offering. Abraham complies. At the last moment, as he is about to slaughter Isaac, The Torah states: “And a heavenly angel of G-d called out to him, and said: Abraham! Abraham!… And he said: ‘Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, nor do anything to him.” At the last moment, Isaac is saved.

Richard L. Floyd: Try a little experiment. Next time you are in coffee hour don’t migrate to a person you love and delight in. Pick out someone who rubs you the wrong way and start a conversation. It might be “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Joyce Meyer: A religious attitude says, “If I just pray more or read the Bible more or do more good things or go to church on a regular basis, then God will be happy with me.” It gets us on a treadmill of feeling obligated to do certain things to please God.

Rick Joyner: As we covered, the Reformers saw any attack on the cross, or any dilution of the message of the cross, as being the work of the antichrist. This was because of the centrality of the cross in the doctrine of salvation through the cross of Jesus alone. Most Reformers viewed “the sacrifice of the mass” as “the abomination of desolation”—or “the abomination that desolates”—because it was the most fundamental attack on the cross of Jesus in the life of the church and individual believers.

Yehezkel Laing: “They believe they are the true descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and that after Jesus, God rejected the Jews and chose them.

Brat: Today the Church is silent.

Mark DeJesus: There is either no accountability structure, or the one that is in place is a small huddle where there is no collaboration or council on issues. There is little room for healthy debate and reasonable discussion over issues.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: He says converts are often troubled by the development of doctrine, and shrewdly points out that the way doctrine develops is not only through quiet, scholarly discussion and prayerful times of discernment, but through theological brawling, the fisticuffs of the faith. I agree.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): It is also possible that he will be sent to one of the nations of the world, or to the inhabitants of a particular city or kingdom, to prepare them and to inform them what they should do or to prevent them [from continuing] the evil which they are doing.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Catholics should be able to get to another Mass somewhere in town though. Very few people have to work from mid afternoon on Saturday right through to early evening on Sunday. But if you do get into that situation your pastor should be able to give you a dispensation from your Mass obligation, and if you want to be with the Lord but just can’t get there for reasons beyond your control.

Yehezkel Laing: “As part of this theory, they wanted to replace Jerusalem with Rome and so they ‘sanctified’ Rome by appropriating elements from Jerusalem.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: He [David Mills] makes a good point that it is one thing to convert to Catholicism and another thing to really see the world as Catholics see it.

Yehezkel Laing: Aug. 16 Editor’s Note: Replacement Theology, while present in some Catholic teachings, is not part of the Church’s official views. In 1965, Pope Paul VI published the Nostra Aetae, a seminal document disavowing many anti-Jewish aspects of Catholic doctrine.

ICEJ USA: Have you sent Jerusalem congratulations?

Brat: Congratulations, O Jerusalem!

Revelation 15:4 Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Pastor John Tolle: To get along with people the King has to be in charge. You can claim Christ and your righteousness all you want, but too many remain silent. For evil to triumph, it takes men to do nothing. Be gracious, not growling. Confront injustice in a just way. We tend to justify our behavior even when it’s not right.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Sometimes we get in to fights with people over idealistic reasons. We “slaughter” people-with our words or actions-and we feel that we are acting on behalf of an angel. We feel angelic about our actions.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): Instead, his mind should constantly be directed upward, bound beneath [G‑d’s] throne [of Glory, striving] to comprehend the holy and pure forms and gazing at the wisdom of the Holy One, blessed be He, in its entirety, [in its manifold manifestations] from the most elevated [spiritual] form until the navel of the earth, appreciating His greatness from them.

Richard L. Floyd: Prayer
We pray, O God, for your unifying Spirit, that we may all flourish in your great laboratory of love, the church.

Pastor Mike Storti: It is written – “Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool” – (Is.66:1). The Lord is the King of heaven and the earth that He created. Heaven is His throne and earth is His footstool of His throne and His Son will rule over the whole earth forever and ever – (Rev.11:15). Solomon’s throne was a type of God’s throne – “And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold…” – (2 Chr.9:18). When Christ shall “sit upon the throne of his glory” – (Mt.25:31), then we which have been saved by Him will have the great privilege of climbing those steps to bow down before Him and kiss His ‘feet’ that were pierced for our salvation. “…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace…” – (Rom.10:15). We have believed His words – “Order my steps in thy Word…” – (Ps.119:133). “…because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” – (I Pet.2:21). We have followed His steps and we shall share in His glory and be kings and priests on the earth. Christ’s throne at the top of six steps show Him as “the high and lofty One” whom God has “highly exalted.” World peace started with the ‘feet’ of Christ – peace with God.[3]

 

Splintered

Kaji Douša: So if rest is so holy and if God has rested since the dawn of Creation, then why do I have such a hard time letting Jesus sleep?

Lori Suiter: That’s more than just for me, that’s for everybody right now…

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But that is exactly what we are doing when we allow our people to become splintered. The entire Jewish nation is essentially one single organism. [11] [4] We may number 15 million people, and come from different walks of life, profess extremely different opinions, and behave in opposite ways, but we are essentially like one “super organism.” When I cut off a certain Jew from my life, when I cut myself off from a certain Jewish community, I am in truth cutting off part of my own flesh.

Mark DeJesus: I find that the majority of Christians who have served God for a long enough time have, at some point, been a part of a spiritually toxic environment. Yet I rarely see people walking through any kind of process to heal from those harmful situations. The best that is offered is “the past is the past” or “get over it.” Meanwhile, believers left and right are walking around with spiritual and emotional lacerations that they don’t know how to heal.

Lana Vawser: God is about to shock His people in the most glorious ways about how He speaks in this season. The falsities are falling off. The false ties are being broken. A whole new world of experiencing the way He speaks and the supernatural language of God is going to be awakened, understood in greater ways, and activated in the Body of Christ in ways we have never seen before.

Yisroel Susskind, Ph.D.: Gottman presents a second way in which a couple’s dreams and daydreams enrich and stabilize the marriage. “The happy couple understands that helping each other realize their dreams in one of the goals of marriage.”(Ibid, p.220) That is, a marriage can go deeper than even one in which the couple love each other and are successful at their joint tasks (such as childrearing and livelihood). This profound level is attained when they know and support each other’s dreams, each other’s sense of the meaning of their life.

Brat (in “Recovering” 13 Aug 17): I suppose that every marriage goes through this. We can’t ever go back. But You, God, can bring the fullness of Your kingdom into our relationship now, and make it even moreso than it was. Would You come please? I long and yearn for You so deeply that it hurts. My soul aches for You. And it’s not like we don’t talk everyday. I think our relationship is sound and grounded. It’s just that back then I saw a fuller version of You before all hell broke loose. I saw the best of You even though I was in a dark and tormented church.

Yisroel Susskind, Ph.D.: I suggest you take the time to engage in such positive “daydreams”; enjoy immersing yourself in them and watch for results. This simple act does not suddenly wash away all of the pain in the relationship, but it does “give peace a chance.”

Elijah List: Dreams are Crucial, but so are the Watchmen

Anna Blake: First, I get a glass of wine –a thick Cabernet that practically stains my teeth. And some chocolate with almonds because I know where this is going and I’ll need some energy in a while. Then I push back in my reclining office chair, put my feet up, and pull the hood of my sweatshirt forward until it nearly covers my eyes. In the dim light, the glow of my computer is as welcoming as a campfire.

John A. Nelson: I wonder if a conversation with the people Isaiah dismissed might have gone like the conversation between a priest and a friend’s teenaged daughter. He questioned whether she had a sufficient understanding of communion. She thought for a moment, then pointed to a crucifix. “That looks like Jesus, but it isn’t,” she said. Then pointing to the bread and cup she said, “That doesn’t look like Jesus, but it is.”

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: Similarly, says Shem miShmuel, we know that the date of the coming of the Mashiach is plainly written in the Torah, and yet we can’t find it. According to the Zohar, in the future we will see it clearly in the Torah, even though presently it is hidden from our eyesight. It seems that if we don’t want something badly enough, even though it might be in front of our eyes, we can’t see it.

Martin B. Copenhaver: I suppose it is handy to have a minister in the family when a frog needs a funeral, but in this case I was more member of the congregation than officiant.  And I was struck by how wonderful it is to be part of a family, the church, that shows us from the earliest age how to respond to the awesome presence of death.

Revelation 16:13 Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

[From “Anchored in Christ” 14 Aug 2010]: The sixth angel pours out his bowl on the great river Euphrates [the birthplace of creation], and its water [figuratively] dries up to prepare the way for the kings of the East (Rev 16:12). Negotiations began in the Middle East. This did start happening in the 1970’s. John sees three evil spirits [lies, deception, and illusion] that look like frogs. They come out of the mouth of the dragon [Satan], out of the mouth of the beast [obsession, arrogance, fear, anxiety], and the false prophet [mass media] (v 13) perpetuating the lies, deception and illusions, and feeding the obsessions, arrogance, fears, and anxieties. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty (v 14). 15“Behold, I come like a thief! [Surprise!] Blessed is he who stays awake [alert] and keeps his clothes with him [faithful], so that he may not go naked [discovered] and be shamefully exposed [embarrassed].”

Mark DeJesus: A church is safe when it knows how to deal with problems effectively with love, grace and truth all in play. In a spiritually abusive environment, people are often demonized in embarrassing ways. Relationships are not protected and betrayal takes place.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: Rabbi Adler explained that how a Jewish person looks, behaves and carries himself in front of non-Jews can push the nations closer or farther from Hashem (God) and his teachings.

John A. Nelson: The priest, to his credit, rapidly adjusted his assessment of the young woman and invited her to receive the sacrament.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Community of His friendship: We are the community of the Spirit, friends of notorious sinners like the one who sent us. The Community of the Spirit that brings the shalom of God, the kingdom of God. Because the kingdom is not meat or drink but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Our presence convicts (convinces) the world of righteousness, sin and judgment.   The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen 2 Cor. 13:14 NKJV

Mark D. White: Spontaneous prayer will take place in public places, the power of prayer will hit those of the blood-bought Church, and the overwhelming presence of God will move and the people will plead for knowledge of the living God! The power display is not what we RELEASE, but what we EXPERIENCE.

Nathan Shaw: Don’t underestimate the power of one strategic connection. Strategic connections can open unexpected doors of opportunity. The residents of Jericho, Samaria and Decapolis were all beyond Israel’s direct influence. In each case, one strategic connection impacted many lives. Strategic connections can bring protection, just ask Rahab and the two spies. Strategic connections can also meet deep heart needs. The Samaritan woman had had five husbands. Her story was one of brokenness and pain. She had a need to be seen, heard and acknowledged.

Quinn G. Caldwell (in “Go Get Her” 10 Aug 17): You could claim that it connects nothing, serves no purpose, helps no one.  But it’s hard to look at it without being reminded forcefully of how weird humans are, how feckless and fickle not only we, but our institutions are, too.  So while Jacob’s ladder connects heaven and earth, and your ladder connects the front yard to the porch roof, maybe The Immovable Ladder is there to connect us to our own brokenness.  Maybe it’s there to remind you of just how foolish you can be, and how trapped you can become.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): For example, the ladder with the angels ascending and descending envisioned by the patriarch Jacob was an allegory for the empires and their subjugation [of his descendants]. Similarly, the creatures Ezekiel saw, the boiling pot and the rod from an almond tree envisioned by Jeremiah, the scroll Ezekiel saw, and the measure seen by Zechariah [were all metaphoric images].

Ezekiel 24:24 Ezekiel will be a sign to you; you will do just as he has done. When this happens, you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.’

 

Measure

Yehezkel Laing: As detailed in the Book of Kings, the measurements of the Heichal, the inner sanctuary of the Temple, are 40.9 meters (134 ft) long, by 13.4 meters (44 ft) wide and 20.7 meters (68 ft) high. These are the exact dimensions of the Sistine Chapel.

Rick Joyner: What does it mean to measure [Revelation 11:1-2] the cross, the temple, or the people who worship in it? Measuring in biblical prophecies is usually more than just getting the dimensions—it is also an evaluation of quality and success in relation to its purpose. This implies that the leadership of the church, which John represents here, were given a rod, or authority, for measuring the church, those who worship in it, and the cross. How would this be fulfilled?

[In “Anchored in Christ” 14 Aug 2010]: In Revelation 11 the message shifts again from a societal perspective in Chapters 8 and 9 back to the Church. On the surface, this chapter appears to make a random switch to measuring God’s temple and His people. It’s actually not random. He’s “sizing up” His people—His children, not those in the “outer court,” those who are the unbelievers. This is a spiritual assessment of His own kids. “Go and measure the temple of God [the Church] and the altar [the heart], and count the worshipers there. 2But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles [the unbelievers]. They will trample on the holy city [the heart where believers live] for 42 months [a relatively short period of time].”

Patheos Catholic: The Ugliness of Charlottesville Exposed

Rick Joyner: Next week we will address what it means to “measure the temple.”

Brat: As Pastor John Tolle quoted: “Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.”

Mark DeJesus: I have also found that when a church does nothing about a problem it should address, that passivity can be incredibly damaging to the church culture.

Kaji Douša: Could it be because there’s always a storm raging somewhere? Could it be that I worry that God will sleep through my own storms and ignore my pleas for help? Might it be all well and good that God rests, but what about when the “waves sweep over” my boat and I fear it will pitch over and take me under? God can rest except when I need my rescue, I feel.

MAGEN DAVID ADOM, Israel’s national Red Cross society: Israel must be prepared for an impending attack while there is still time. Bullets and rockets are already being fired — WE CANNOT DELAY!

Yehezkel Laing: In the Jewish Temple, the Paroket was the curtain separating the rest of the Temple from the Holy of Holies. Correspondingly, the Sistine Chapel features a huge white marble partition grill in a parallel location with seven marble flames on top, mirroring to the seven-branched menorah (which ancient legend suggests is hidden in the Vatican today), or candelabra, that glorified the Jewish sanctuary in Biblical times.

Revelation 1: 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: If doctrine develops through theological pie fights, conservative converts have pies to throw too.

They’ll probably have bad aim, so you’d better duck!

Anna Blake: Comes with two donkeys. And a goat. Some ducks that quit laying. A few dogs and some useless cats. And a small herd of horses, all more uneven than her.

Billy Kangas: The Rage That Got Us Here: Reflections on Charlottesville

Fr Dwight Longenecker: This is also a dimension to some of the convert’s criticisms of certain strands of Catholicism. They’re hard wired to have an enemy and will find one even if there isn’t one.

Helen Calder: Likewise, someone who has a gift of discernment needs the encouragement and perspective that the prophetic ministry and gift brings. When we perceive the enemy at work, for example, the prophetic gift sees past what is currently going on, to God’s intended outcome. And that is a game-changer!

 

Leaders

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: What do you do with a message like this? How do you hear it? Consider listening to it again and allowing the Holy Spirit to show you what He is working on in your life. With our world filled with so much anger and hate there is a deep need for followers of God to represent who God is and how He acts. “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8 NIV). The love of God will wreck us to the point we are rinsed of the hatred and bias views that continue to separate us. Our differences were never intended to divide us; our differences were intended to show the creativity of God and the diversity of His nature. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to do a deeper work in our heart in order to fill our world with the character and ministry of Jesus.

Traci Blackmon: The invitation to the ally is always to follow the leadership of those who are at the center of the pain.

MAGEN DAVID ADOM: For three consecutive days, Israelis in the north dealt with gunfire from Syria that landed within Israel’s borders and explosions were reported. At the same time Hamas, in the south, launched rockets into southern Israel. The danger is very real!

Rick Joyner: From the first century, there were continuous assaults and false teachings directed at diluting or even nullifying the power of the cross in the life of the church and that of the individual Christian. It is written that the message of the cross is the power of God (see I Corinthians 1:18), and all the grace, mercy, and power of God are released to His people through the cross of Jesus. The application of the cross is fundamental to the life and health of the church and the individual believer. Certainly this is something that every Christian in a leadership position should constantly measure in order to discern the health of those in their care.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Charlottesville has revealed to all of us what it means to be an unredeemed human being.

Brat: As Pastor John Tolle quoted: “Evil happens when good men do nothing.” I experienced the same thing with Laodicea. Her strongest time of glory in history was in the Revolutionary War. She fought for an ideal. She was shown mercy by God. Now the tables have been flipped. The current mess could be an opportunity that God is laying before all of us to fulfill St Paul’s words from

Romans 11:30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience,

11:31 so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy.

11:32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

Anna Blake: Classically trained, boss mare skills, and still sits a wicked reining spin. Veteran of all kinds of freestyle; loves to dance. Will tell you how to do it correctly and then stand around breathing until you take her cue. But no exceptions; she won’t let you on without a helmet.

Susan Michael, ICEJ US Director: Bible-believing Christians across America naturally tend to view Israel and the Jewish people through the prism of the Scriptures. The Jews are the “Chosen People” and are to be honored and appreciated as such according to the apostle Paul in Romans 9–11.

Anna Blake: It’s cool enough for a sweatshirt for the night barn check and the season change means mice are starting to move to the house like snowbirds to Tucson. Turns out the cats have all gone vegan or something. Living on a farm isn’t what it used to be.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): The Rambam is implying that it is impossible for man ever to know the absolute truth about a situation. Therefore, the Torah gives us criteria with which to govern our decisions. Though they may not be totally foolproof, they are, nevertheless, applicable to our circumstances. If we follow these criteria and an error does occur, G‑d does not hold man responsible.

Brat: The Church did nothing.

Mark DeJesus: There becomes a spiritual answer for everything that manipulates situations and keeps leaders from saying, “We got it wrong. We thought we heard from God, and we’re processing through what that means now. We’re sorry, and we take full responsibility for it.”

Rick Joyner: Because we have access to God through the blood of Jesus and His propitiation offering on the cross, the ability of the people to apply the cross to their lives is a primary factor determining their ability to worship God with their lives. This is fundamental to the quality of our worship. Worship under the New Covenant is not about devotion to rituals as much as it is a life lived in obedience and abiding in the Lord. In doing so, we glorify the Lord. Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. We must know Him as all three to walk with Him as we are called to.

Brat: And when the Church does NOTHING?

Pastor John Tolle: At least when you’re arguing with God you’re talking. So many people give no response. Many aren’t awake and God wants to take them to another realm.

Wanda Alger: For those who have been truly called to pastor, they carry the love of a spiritual FATHER and spiritual MOTHER. It is THESE pastors and church leaders whom the Lord is calling forth with great power and authority because of the call on His sons and daughters. It is these who carry the love for the next generation who have been willing to lead the way.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: The rabbi noted that God places greater importance on how Jews behave toward one another than on ritual.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: This has been my experience too. We have been Catholics now for 22 years and it has only been within the last few years that my love and appreciation for Mary as Mother has completed the long journey from head to heart. Of course, this journey is made by saying the rosary, and celebrating the Marian feasts with attention and devotion.

Brat: Since Jesus is my Husband, then that makes Mary my Mother-in-Law.

Anna Blake: Even more despondent, I give in and do that thing that a certain sort of person does late at night on the internet. I’m not proud of it. It shows a lack of character and if my mother was alive, she would slap my hand away…

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I’ll tell you what’s happened in Charlottesville this weekend.[5]

It is human beings revealing what lies within. It’s real simple and its been happening since Cain killed his brother Abel.

Rick Joyner: The fundamental truth that our salvation and the grace, mercy, and power of God is dependent on the cross alone is worthy to be measured regularly by church leaders. Under the New Covenant there is not a special class of priests that mediate between God and men—rather, every believer is a priest. These were the most important New Covenant truths recovered by the Reformation. These were based on the truth that all church doctrine must be based on Scripture, not church dogma that had developed so many varied and unbiblical teachings that separated the people from God and elevated an institution to take His place.

Mark DeJesus: A culture of exclusive spirituality: “We have the monopoly on God.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: There is something else, however, I think we often overlook the fact that Protestantism was born in conflict and it continues to have conflict as part of its genetic code in a way Catholicism does not. I can’t remember any group I belonged to as a Protestant in which the preaching, ethos and atmosphere was not conflict oriented. There was always an enemy. The Catholics were the enemy. The liberals were the enemy. The neo Evangelicals were the enemy. The Muslims were the enemy. You name it–the Protestant is always protesting.

Anna Blake: Breed: Grade, DNA test shows some of everything.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Inasmuch as attaining Divine consciousness, thereby making the world more of a home for G‑d, is the purpose of creation, it follows that moral tests serve a crucial function in bringing creation to its completion and fulfilling the purpose of the soul’s descent into the physical world.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Overall, I like Mills’ analysis, and I agree that conservative critics, for the most part, should have the good manners to listen and learn in their new home.

Anna Blake: Loves trailers, will stand for the right farrier. Will also kick when required but her intolerance for bad manners shouldn’t be confused with stubbornness. Prefers body work and a dirt bath to “a cookie.” No plans to retire. Dreams of hock injections.

Nathan Shaw: Rahab was a prostitute in the Canaanite city of Jericho. Two Israelite men were sent to spy out the land of Canaan. They lodged the night at Rahab’s house. Word got out that the spies were in the city. Rahab hid them in her roof and then aided them to escape undetected. Rahab was a strategic connection for the spies. If it wasn’t for her, they would have been killed. But the spies were also a strategic connection for Rahab. The spies promised protection for Rahab’s family. When Israel attacked Jericho, Rahab and her family were the only inhabitants who were spared. They became part of the nation of Israel.

Brat: I know a little bit about Rahab. We are not saved by what we know. Even Rahab got rescued when the two spies went back for her. My Two Witnesses just circle in their orbit. The rope I threw over the wall is now old and frayed.

Anna Blake: First schooled in Pleasure, Reining, and Trail. Currently a dressage schoolmaster with remarkably poor gaits. Not lame really. Just a bit uneven. Big hooves, good teeth, easy keeper. Not exactly uphill.

Brat: Thank you. See? Just like Rahab!

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): Considering these matters and the like, the Torah states: “The hidden matters are for G‑d, our Lord, but what is revealed is for us and our children” (Deut. 29:28), and “Man sees what is revealed to the eyes, but G‑d sees into the heart” (Samuel I 16:7).

Mark DeJesus: Abusive church environments make it difficult to leave or move on. People are often shunned. Communication gets shut down. They get treated as outcasts. Leaving a church is very difficult to begin with, but abusive environments make it painfully worse.

Anna Blake: A big slow exhale with no need to rush. I’m alone, except for the old dog snoring like someone’s weird uncle. I decide to call it ambiance. One finger goes to one key- D -and the address line auto-fills. It isn’t my first time on this salacious site…

Steve Shultz: If you think about it, it’s nearly impossible to have a divine appointment between you and another person without YOU and THEM hearing God’s voice. Because that is how you both ended up at the right place, standing in the right spot, and at the right time. It felt like your thoughts but in reality…you heard God’s voice tell you to stand right here.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I would only add this: if development of doctrine emerges from a tug of war, then you need people on both ends of the rope.

Brat: The Church could soooo get a bonus out of this!

Breaking Israel News: Jews Must Be Role Models to Bring Light of Messiah to World: Rabbi

Brat: Church pastors? Jewish rabbis? Either way it could be a win-win, but the only experience I’ve had with Fr Dwight’s rope is the one that’s been hanging down Jericho’s wall for ten years.

Joshua 2: 15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.

Brat: You know the hymn: “A Mighty Fortress is our god.”

Joshua 2: 14 “Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.”

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): This is the nature of [the Torah’s] commandment. [To give an example of a parallel:] We are commanded to render a [legal] judgment based on the testimony of two witnesses. Even though they may testify falsely, since we know them to be acceptable [as witnesses], we presume that they [are telling the truth].

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The Samaritans were despised by the proper Jews–the scribes (of whom the teacher of the law was one) the respectable Sadducees and the Puritanical and legalistic Pharisees. The Samaritans were the grubby peasants who were left behind when all the good people were hauled off to Babylon. They claimed Jewish descent, but the Jews looked down on them as heretics and they looked down on the Jews as followers of a new religion. Think of the clash between Irish Catholics and Northern Irish Protestants. Both Christians, but filled with hatred and suspicion of one another.

Christy Johnston: He has used the voices of those around them as a continual gunfire of doubt, fear, and lies targeted directly at their identity and worth. Many of these daughters have come to believe these lying assaults. They have endured countless blasts and strikes, all in an attempt to keep them silent and in a powerless holding place away from the battleground. These daughters have been the target of the enemy, for within them is a fierce warrior that satan greatly fears, and his strategy has been to withhold them from the battle through his lies.

Mark DeJesus: It exhausts people and leaves them disillusioned. Unfortunately, in a high performance based environment, people become commodities in the goal of growth, success, status and achievement.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Only repentance can solve this problem for repentance is, at its very heart, the simple act of a person taking responsibility for themselves–for their own happiness and by God’s help, the solution to their problems.

Israel 365: The Loss of a Special Soul ✡ “I Will Grant Triumph In Tzion To Yisrael”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Ohr Hachaim explains that the Torah is teaching us that death has another dimension to it. It can be compared to a person who sent his son to a faraway land in order to start a business there. The son settled in that place and over time became very close to many fine people there. After many years, the father summoned the son to return home and the son acceded to his wishes. The son is not lost. Those who had grown to know and love him are no longer able to see him, but the son is not lost. On the contrary, the son is returning home to his father. The thought of those friends going ahead and gouging themselves over the agony of the son’s departure is unjust. Sadness and a melancholy feeling are in order. Gouging is definitely out. Because “Banim a’tem laHashem Elokaichem,” You are children of Hashem your G-d.” At death, the person is returning to the Father. The duration of that person’s visit to this transient world has come to a close. The time has come to return home. Therefore, “Lo tisgo’d’du,” do not cut yourself over a death. Reacting in such a way really contradicts our beliefs.

Anna Blake: It’s been a melancholy week at Infinity Farm. I’d call it the dog days of summer but truth is that it’s been feeling like fall for a few weeks already. It’s getting dark earlier but some days it feels like the sun isn’t even up by noon.

Christy Johnston: I see the breath of life blowing away their fears and suddenly, the war around them becomes small. These daughters begin to rise to their feet, energized with the authority of their Father; they shake off the disorientation and refocus their sights on the true battle at hand. Standing up, their eyes are filled with fire and zeal to take down and overpower the schemes of darkness that have been warring against their lives, their family, and their nations.

Susan Michael, ICEJ US Director: Some Christian supporters are shocked to learn that there are prostitutes, drug addicts, and victims of human trafficking living on the streets of some neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. The Israeli government has clamped down on the “Johns” and the “traffickers” which is helping, but a serious problem remains.

Wanda Alger: I saw in a dream a pastor who was about to lose his mind. He was in a struggle between sanity and insanity, desperate to cling to his life and purpose. I was in a bathroom while I was watching this and my heart began to cry out on his behalf. I felt the Father’s love towards this one whom He had called and my groaning was great. I knew he could not do this alone and his own desperation was coming to a critical point of no return.

Mark DeJesus: You can see this when there is little appreciation for other churches or ministries. There is a sense that “we have the revelation on this and no one else does. We are the ones who get this.”

Joyce Meyer: Having new life in Christ is so amazing because through it, we become the home of God. His Spirit comes to live in us and work with us, bringing restoration and wholeness to every area of our lives. Then, as we learn to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we can receive everything God has for us and take back what belongs to us!

 

Samuel

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): When the spirit rests upon him, his soul becomes intermingled with the angels called “ishim“, and he will be transformed into a different person and will understand with a knowledge different from what it was previously. He will rise above the level of other wise men, as the prophet, Samuel told Saul: “[The spirit of G‑d will descend upon you] and you shall prophecy with them. And you will be transformed into a different person.” (Samuel I 10:6)

Bobby Haaby: Some hear, some know, some feel, and some see. If it’s a 5000-year-old voice you are waiting to hear, remember that God’s voice to the Prophet Samuel first sounded like his mentor, Eli. God is not limited in how He speaks to us, or who or what He may use to speak to us. If you are stuck in the thought that God’s voice to you is only expressed one way, you may be missing out on discovering new and exciting aspects of the sound of His voice.

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

Mark DeJesus: Hovering over personal decisions in a person’s life.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Its a sin because you are choosing to put something else before God on the one day he commands you to keep reserved for him. That would be the third commandment.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: “I knew Rabbi Chaim as a miracle worker from many other incidents so I decided to follow him and see how he would find ‘some livelihood’. The family lived in the Misgav Ladach neighborhood of Old Jerusalem, a network of small houses and narrow alleyways and steps.  I watched quietly from behind as Rabbi Chaim went up the steps and through the gate, walked down one street, came to a larger street and turned left. I did not take my eyes off of him for an instant. As he made the second turn, I saw him bend over and lift something from the ground. I ran over and was amazed to see that he had found two Napoleons, (gold coins valued today at about $180 each, a literal fortune then). He then noticed me, turned to me peacefully and said ’Nu, we can go home now, I found some livelihood’.” (Translated from Lekach Tov).

Lana Vawser: In the midst of this fierce feeling of love and Father’s heart of vindication and protection of His children, I could feel such a SIGNIFICANT weighty shift in the atmosphere and it was the shift that was declaring the FIERCE REPAYMENT of God.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): When he is sent [on such a mission], he is given a sign or a wonder [to perform], so that the people will know that G‑d has truly sent him. Not everyone who performs signs or wonders should be accepted as a prophet: only a person who is known to be fit for prophecy beforehand; i.e. his wisdom and his [good] deeds surpass those of all his contemporaries. If he follows the paths of prophecy in holiness, separating himself from worldly matters, and afterwards performs a sign or wonder and states that he was sent by G‑d, it is a mitzvah to listen to him, as the verse states: “Listen to him” (Deut. 18:15).

Brat: And how would just a publisher unite the Churches?

Patheos – WestBow Press: Your Story Could Become Your Published Book

Brat (in “Go Get Her” 10 Aug 17): And when I get no readers now on my blog stats counter? Zero. Not even one, where for a long time at least one person read me? And what about the silence from emails? It’s hard to feel heard when I give my best and there is … NOTHING. Yes, I write to give God the glory. No, I don’t write just for myself. I go out of my way to present the conversation fairly as it unfolds while including my own voice, too, because I am also part of this divine conversation. So, where’s the partnership? This divine conversation is a form of prayer, too!

Revelation 1: 19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Should Converts Shut Up?

Brat (in “Go Get Her” 10 Aug 17): Thank you for the invitation, but are you listening? I am still asking for actual sanctuary. I am grateful that God has sustained me in my car these last ten years, but the Church has canon law to provide for her Anchorites. I’m holding out for the people to honor that.

Christy Johnston: I see a company of daughters who have been stuck and beaten down in the trenches of battle. They have been held back, pushed down and told to stay quiet. They have been overlooked, deemed unworthy and judged. They have been caught in the middle of the crossfire, seemingly trapped in the ditches and constrained by the enemy. The battle has been long and fierce, with the enemy throwing his best at them, and with every strike he has been lying to them and telling them they are worthless and weak – luring them into giving up completely.

Anna Blake: So, I’m sitting in my writing studio with a mouse staring at me from my bookshelf. I wonder if I have fought his ancestors, which makes me spend just a bit too much time considering the big questions: Politics. Religion. Who else would eat the poison before the mouse? Is he too big for a fly swatter? Must I always fumble the Tupperware?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The parable is about racial and religious prejudice. First we have to look at the context. A teacher of the law asked Jesus what he must do. Jesus answers, “Love Your Neighbor.” Being one of those trolls who loves to pick a fight and pick a nit, the teacher of the law says, “Ah, yes, but who is my neighbor?”

Wanda Alger: What King Saul lacked was a love for his own family and children. He lacked the heart of David that was SOLD OUT TO LOVE. The Father’s heart for these is to pray for them to turn back to their First Love. Even as there IS and will CONTINUE TO BE a SEPARATION between those who carry the authority of heaven and those who don’t, we must pray for those who are at this point of decision – for the sake of THEIR CHILDREN.  Even these leaders who are wrongly holding on to power for selfish gain, it is their own family that will reap the consequences of sin and disobedience. If so, the sin will perpetuate for another generation. We can limit this through prayer!

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: Holiness is often called the “head” or intellect. The person who meditates on the greatness of G‑d is bound to arrive at conclusions that boost his faith and understanding of G‑d. However, it is unusual to find a heart that is fully occupied by G‑dliness. We are born with a yetzer hara, an “evil inclination” that resides in the heart, and it is rare for the heart to completely rid itself of the evil and turn to G‑d, choosing the spiritual over the physical.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Of course, our day-to-day involvement with the physical world – elevating it into holiness by resisting its tendency to drag us into materiality on the one hand and using it as a means toward spiritual ends on the other – also increases and enhances Divine consciousness in the world. The difference however, is that while our routine refinement of reality requires us to summon our spiritual strength and so battle with our animal nature, convincing and cajoling it into Divine service, tests cannot be approached in this way. Rather, they require us to access far deeper powers, those of self-sacrifice and incontestable commitment to G‑d. Essentially, this means tapping the previously mentioned inner sight-consciousness of G‑d that each of us possesses in the merit of Moses’ prayer.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The truth is, that the two interpretations are not only not divergent, they are actually one and the same. They both represent the same truth-one on a concrete, physical level; the other on a deeper, spiritual level.

Brat: Are you saying it’s okay that the Church has left me in my car for ten years to do my ministry?

Mark DeJesus: This is a tough one, especially because the church still has a very poverty driven mentality on a lot of financial perspectives. Many still think its okay for people who are in ministry position and give full time hours to it, to live in lack and poverty circumstances.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Catholicism is like a big old country mansion with many rooms, galleries, stables and outhouses. We converts should take a bit more time to wander around and wonder around.

Brat (in “Recovering” 13 Aug 17): Jo has often said that our souls need beauty to survive. St Patrick’s was physically beautiful.

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

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

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself (reconciled us) through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.

Brat: What was Fr Dwight saying about that you need people on both ends of the rope? There’s no relationship if the other party does not respond.

Kaji Douša: The story of Creation tells us that on the seventh day, God rested and Shabbat, or sabbath, was introduced. The Decalogue made it a commandment: Remember the sabbath and keep it holy.

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The Talmud says that “rest” refers to Shiloh, while “inheritance” refers to Jerusalem. Moses, as directed by G‑d, told the Jews that the Tabernacle was only now about to arrive at its appointed destination. The Tabernacle was the center of spiritual life for the Jews, and where it was located determined how and where they would serve G‑d. Only when it had reached its “inheritance” – Jerusalem – would the ultimate service be performed. In the meantime, an interesting progression took place.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: There is something strange about this story. The instruction to bring Isaac as an offering came directly from G-d. [13] G-d Himself told Abraham to offer his son to Him. Why did the reverse stop-order come from an angel and not from G-d?

Exodus 3: 12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: In words of the Maharal: [7] [6] “Every man of wisdom and understanding will be amazed at the relationship of their [the sages] words with the simple meaning of the text, at a depth that is truly awesome. Yet, the man who is a stranger to this wisdom, will wonder at their unlikely reading of the verse, their words seeming implausible to him.”

Anna Blake: After the wine is gone and many pages have been viewed, I doze off to that world where I’m not quite a horse and not quite human.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: So the soul coming downs asks the soul coming up, what is the big deal that they are taking me from all the revelations of heaven? What can a soul accomplish below that cannot be accomplished above? The rising soul explains that in heaven you can only advance through Yosher (a straight line), but below you can advance through Igulim (circles). The descending soul is excited about the extra potential for growth in this world. But what does it find? A world of spiritual darkness where it searches for these Igulim (circles). People chasing after money to make their livelihood, running after the coins that are shaped like circles. And so even this G-dly soul begins to believe that the coins are in fact the Igulim. And then it loses out on all of the particular potential that this world provides for spiritual growth.

Brat: Are you saying “Don’t give up on your day job?”

Mark DeJesus: It shocked me how much this happens, but it does in growing amounts. The thought of being this controlling sounds exhausting, but it is how many leaders attempt to feel safe. They control people.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: There is no clearly defined measurement of how much or how little effort we should expend on making a livelihood. That is a decision each one has to make for themselves. What we do have to etch in our souls is the truth that all our effort and struggle will not help increase our wealth even a dime more than what has been decreed for us from Above.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: If the Jewish people behave well, they can bring the Messianic era quicker, according to Rabbi Elan Adler. But when Jews shame God’s name or even treat each other poorly, they push the Messiah further away.

Mark DeJesus: There is a time where dangerous and toxic people have to be dealt with. But many times, there are just honest disagreements or new paths opening up for people that churches need to recognize. Healthy churches know when its time for someone to move on and honor that transition.

Kaji Douša: Jesus’ words to the anxious disciples in their own “furious storm” are instructively salvific. Rest matters so much that even God does it. But faith means knowing that when we need to be saved: God will calm the lake. 

Revelation 15:And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God 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.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: 2 Cor. 5:14-21 “Christ’s love controls (compels, urges us on). Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: What is the bottom line? G-d asks us to exert ourselves to provide an honest living and make a sincere effort, without worry, but with faith in G-d’s guarantee that that we will be blessed by Him and succeed. “Yagasi – matzasi – ta’amin” (Talmud Megila 6b) – “If you expend effort, believe that you will have success”.

Anna Blake: Price: Private treaty, of course.

Mark DeJesus: You cannot have an abusive environment without this because the abusive culture pushes people to give, serve, do and live in performance-based Christianity. As long as people are busy and doing things that serve the success agenda, things are okay. Any emphasis outside of that is frowned upon and given the cold shoulder.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): It is possible that a person will perform a sign or wonder even though he is not a prophet – rather, the wonder will have [another cause] behind it. [This is because signs and wonders and even divining the future can be performed by sorcery and the like, as explained in ch. 8-10]. It is, nevertheless, a mitzvah to listen to him. Since he is a wise man of stature and fit for prophecy, we accept [his prophecy as true].

Pastor John Tolle: Let me reiterate a very important point that I am not addressing during this series and that is, there is a “future” dynamic to the Kingdom of God when Jesus will establish his kingdom on earth, once and for all…and forever. At that time we will be completely under the rulership of God with no competing powers – world, flesh or devil. But for our purposes right now, Jesus was clear that His Kingdom could be established in our midst as we await His future Kingdom.

Brat: Who said anything about there being competition going on here!? I’ve been asking for sanctuary!

Pastor John Tolle: If you play for fun why keep score?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Be wary, says the Torah! If you are going to cut someone off from your life, you want to hear it from G-d Himself. If not, let it go.

Pastor John Tolle read: Psalm 63

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in the Sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.] This is where Pastor John stopped reading.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: To make a long story short, the Samaritan was the one person Jesus knew the teacher of the law would be bigoted against. That’s why he made the Samaritan the hero of the story. To rub salt in the wounds remember too, a priest and a Levite–two members of the Jewish religious establishment–(and the lawyer’s buddies) passed by and didn’t help the wounded man. The Samaritan did.

Brat: Where is he?

Mark DeJesus: In this setting, there is a heavy emphasis on how things look. It becomes more important that things look OK, rather than authentically doing life as a body with effective vulnerability. We lose value for a healthy heart life.

Lana Vawser: Prophets who continue to tickle ears with words not flowing from My heart will be brought low in this season. Those prophets who steward My heart and what I speak, allowing My fire of conviction, purification and all consuming fire to purge their hearts and their lips, will be exalted into high places to proclaim the pure word of My heart. My fire as it is embraced is birthing a fire of resolve and conviction within them to come deeper into the place of stewardship of My Word.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But there is something strange here, and the question was first pointed out by the 16th century Jewish sage and leader, Rabbi Yehuda Leow (1512-1607), known as the Maharal, [6] [7] chief Rabbi of Prague (who one of the most influential Jewish personalities of his time, and author of major works on Jewish thought.) The Talmud and the Midrash often present various interpretations for one biblical term or verse; but nowhere do we find two interpretations that are completely disconnected. On the simple level, “sisgodedu” means scraping off your skin. Now the Talmud tells us that it also means, “don’t split up into separate groups.” How do these two divergent instructions come together in a single word? Why would the Torah communicate such two disparate ideas in one word-lacerating your body and dividing a community?

Christy Johnston: Hosts of angels march behind and around them as these daughters deflect the bombs of lies, terror, and manipulation and they walk through the battle unharmed – overpowering and disabling the enemy’s weapons of destruction. They are beauty and strength, courage and grace – both fierce and gentle. They have become a force on the earth that is untouchable and unstoppable and they are functioning in the anointing of Esther that is arising and sweeping across the globe right now.

Bill Yount: They have now been divinely positioned to become a firebrand in God’s hand to ignite and explode like dynamite inside the camp of the enemy! This is why the enemy forever has fought against marriages. He feared concerning the godly seed that was about to come upon the earth to do him in. And here they come!

Anna Blake: Oh, my heart. Shouldn’t horse ads have a literary category of their own, something between Crime Fiction and Romance?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: So the message is not so much, “Try to be nice to people who are down on their luck.” Instead the message is, “Love and accept the person you hate the most.”

Brat: That doesn’t mean I have to go back into his lair. Dragon’s nests are hot even when they are sleeping on their troves. They snore fire as they exhale and you watch their ribcage rhythmically go up and down. After Jesus’ resurrection He did not go back to the Pharisees to comfort them. He went back to Peter and the disciples. That doesn’t mean Jesus stopped loving the Pharisees. They just weren’t receptive to receiving Him.

Mark DeJesus: One of the most unhealthy patterns that can envelop is a “don’t say anything negative” kind of environment, where there becomes a militant reaction to problems, pain and disappointment. People then don’t learn how to go through pain in an effective way.

John A. Nelson: Prayer
God, help me avoid putting my trust in idols that cannot lead to wholeness — money, worldly success, shiny objects of all kinds. But anyone or anything you can use to invite me into your life-giving presence — for those, keep a wide open welcome in me. Amen.

Richard L. Floyd: A pastor friend of mine is known to have told his congregation, “If there isn’t somebody here who rubs you the wrong way you need to come around more often.”

Mark DeJesus: People are often punished in shameful and often public ways that crush them.

Wanda Alger: At the same time, there are also pastors and leaders who are at the point of going the way of KING SAUL. They were once called by the Father and graced with gifts to lead. However, due to disappointment, insecurity, fear of man, and pride, these same leaders are now at the brink of no return if they do not turn back and REPENT. Seeing the plight of these leaders in my dream while standing in a bathroom indicated the need for CLEANSING in this hour – a cleansing of hearts and a cleansing of TOXIC WASTE from the past. They must get free! The Lord is cleaning up His church and He is starting with leaders, especially those who have given themselves over to selfish gain.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Filled with all the fullness of God

The love of God is greater far

Than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star,

And reaches to the lowest hell;

The guilty pair, bowed down with care,

God gave His Son to win;

His erring child He reconciled,

And pardoned from his sin.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.

o Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!

o How measureless and strong!

o It shall forevermore endure—

o The saints’ and angels’ song.

Mark D. White: This year of 2017 is the starting of altars being full of people seeking God. From Catholic, Church of Christ, Baptist, Pentecostal etc., spontaneously God is coming uninvited and people will come and see the results of God’s presence. The answers are in the overwhelming presence of a living God. Even in the hymnals-only-churches, repentance will take place and the public display of the glory of God will be seen! In the streets, in the bars, in court rooms, in public schools, and in colleges – the glory of God will, and I say WILL, get people’s attention!

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”   We are…. Carriers of His grace: We approach those who live, think, and talk differently than we do with grace seeing them as ones created in the image of God who need reconciliation. Conduits of His love: We love unconditionally, without judgment as God is love and we are being transformed in his image, it’s his kindness that leads us to repentance, it’s love that opens hearts to truth, speaking truth in love.

 

Testing

Wanda Alger: Because the enemy has no access to the true joy of the Lord, this is a powerful weapon to defeat his attacks. The only thing the enemy can do is MOCK, which is a counterfeit of God’s JOY. When the enemy tries to make fun of you and even curse you, your response can to be LAUGH at his feeble attempts to make you a victim, when in fact, you are a VICTOR!

Mark DeJesus: In these kind of toxic settings, the leadership can become sucked into a “I am right, you are wrong” mentality. People lack the maturity to take a step back and see how to work through issues in a more healthy way. If we win an argument and lose a genuine opportunity to preserve a relationship, we lose.

Lana Vawser: “I am cleansing the prophetic movement. I am cleansing where there has been mixture. I am cleansing where there has been impurity in prophetic words released. I am cleansing where there has been a mixture of striving, flesh and competition contaminating My flow. I am guarding My flock and I am guarding My Bride, and the enemy is attempting in various ways in this season to hinder the prophets, to lure the prophets into temptations, compromises, fleshly feasts and competition, jealousy and striving in order to hinder what I want to release.

Brat: Do you think the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11 could be the priestly/pastor camp and the prophetic camp? Just a thought. Or maybe it is the Jews on one side and the prophets pulling the strings on the other side? Or the Catholics and the Rabbis? The bitch of it is that the Two Witnesses are untouchable, because they can do whatever they want, because if you touch them you get even more than what you dish out. Take the adage, “What comes around, goes around” and amplify it by seven.

Matthew 18: 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Mark D. White: Then I heard a roar and behind me was another tornado coming my way. I was in the same situation of nowhere to hide or seek shelter. But still, the tornado hovered and did no damage to me or the ripe wheat fields. Then a third tornado came and then a fourth, fifth, sixth and a seventh tornado came. Behind the seventh tornado came a blazing raging fire, with a smoke that was easy to see through, and the fire was encompassing. A blazing overwhelming never-ending fire was seen as far as the eye could see. Then, I came to consciousness from being out in the spirit.

Pastor Steve Dittmar: Who knows what may come of the journey we are on?

Mark D. White: Pastors that should not be pastoring will find their calling and destiny. People that should be pastoring or teaching will find their place in the callings of God. This included evangelists, prophets and apostles. The government of God will increase as the winds of God move amongst the earth. What the first wind does not accomplish, the second wind will, and what the second does not accomplish, the third will, and so shall it be with the fourth to the seventh.

Breaking Israel News: Where Is Israel?

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: When Will Messiah Come? It Depends on the Jews

Mark D. White: With each transcending wind there will be changes to the Church, His Body, and His representations. The miraculous will become “common place” with the increase of each wind; so much miraculous will take place that by the seventh wind, He said “raising the dead” will be common place. The glorious triumphant Church will arise!

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: A test –- whether of a person’s commitment to Judaism or of his faith in G‑d’s goodness – is a temporary concealment of the Divine favor that we assume should be shown to those who follow G‑d’s will. Voices from both within and without may mock the sufferer’s naive belief. However, the fact that G‑d’s presence is hidden in these situations simply indicates that He wishes to grace us with a closer, more intense relationship with Him than we are presently able to sustain. In order to preserve our faith in G‑d in the face of situations that test this faith, we have to draw upon deeper levels of commitment than we normally do.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Paul’s letters…Dear So and So…Sincerely. Pay attention to the beginning and endings…the greetings and salutations. This passage we are going to look at is to the Corinthians and after all of Paul’s correction he says this…

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all, Amen. 2 Cor. 13:14 NKJV

Mark D. White: As the fire takes place from this encounter, the Spirit of God told me He will drive people into His presence or out of His presence, or consume them by His presence. The fire had smoke yet it was possible to see through it. This fire is dimensions of His presence that the pure in heart could only see and experience. What we are about to see, not many men have seen, what we are about to hear not many men have heard, but what we are about to experience is of the Lord! The invitation will be to all! (See Joel 2:15-18, 28-32.)

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): Therefore, the prophets’ disciples would always have a harp, drum, flute, and lyre [before them when] they were seeking prophecy. This is what is meant by the expression I Samuel 10:5): “They were prophesying” – i.e. following the path of prophecy until they would actually prophecy – as one might say, “So and so aspires to greatness.”

Brat: Pastor John Tolle said that at least when we argue with God then there’s engagement, but with the majority of the Church, there is silence. There is no response!

Traci Blackmon: Did we come all this way to meet no one but ourselves?

Mark DeJesus: The leader’s sins and weaknesses are minimized while the people’s sins and weaknesses are maximized.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: Rabbi Adler, who discusses the notion of Jewish unity, sanctifying and defaming God in his new Yeshiva for the Nations course, “Introduction to Judaism for Non-Jews,” told Breaking Israel News, “It is our job to please God and to be a light unto the world. If we make God look bad, this is a huge worry.”

Wanda Alger: There are many pastors who have been answering the call to lead their flock with integrity of heart and biblical truth. They have been willing to endure the tests and not shrink back. As a result, the enemy is going after them because of the potential to CHANGE THE GENERATIONS.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Mills goes on to say that converts (especially if they have been wounded by the wars in their previous denominations) will be suspicious of change and worried that the Catholic Church will capitulate to the same trouble the mainline churches have fallen into.

Mark DeJesus: Spiritual abuse can begin to shift when the church leadership is willing to admit mistakes and authentically share their own personal journey in redemptive ways.

Mark D. White: John 6:44 says, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; then I will raise him to life on the last day.” It is not a change of culture that is the answer, but a passion of purpose to reach this generation. The only change really required is for us to be more like Jesus in love and power. 1 Corinthians 2:5 says, “…so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.”

Mark DeJesus: This is the biggest factor when spiritual abuse is taking place. Instead of a culture of honor and respect that is given from both leadership and followers, an authoritarianism exists. Over time, leaders lose their ability to be approachable. There can become a misuse of the verse “touch not God’s anointed,” and the body loses its ability to come and reason together.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: “We have it in our behavior repertoire to create big applause for God or go the other say and shame God by the way we behave,” said Rabbi Adler.

Richard L. Floyd: In my long ministry I tried to love everybody in the church, but I never entirely succeeded. I knew God loved them even if I couldn’t. But one thing I learned over time was that if I kept trying sometimes, just sometimes, I did learn to love the seemingly unlovable. If, just as Paul admonished, I had patience and could bear with another member for a while, then something in our relationship changed.

Yisroel Susskind, Ph.D.: One of the most respected researchers and writers about marriage is Dr. John Gottman. He says that a couple’s ability to remember the positive moments in their relationship is a primary predictor of whether the marriage will survive. “In a happy marriage, couples tend to look back on their early days fondly…But when a marriage is not going well, history gets rewritten for the worse.”[8]

Susan Michael, ICEJ US Director: Truly, the history of the Jewish people is extraordinary and they have paid a heavy price for this unique calling, but it has also made them a resilient people who have exhibited great courage and strength. There is much to admire in their story.

Mark DeJesus: But this shouldn’t give us carte blanche to use offerings, giving projects and building campaigns in manipulative ways. In some churches, you cannot have a Sunday go by without a majority of talking time being spent on how people need to give more to the latest project.

Brat: [Cough.]

Mark D. White: Around the world, the glory shall cause some to fear and even manifest demons in resistance. But the angels of the Most High God will be seen, and in the next couple of years people will experience the glory of God as unprecedented in history. The lightnings of God will be seen as many miraculous testimonies are shared. In some areas, there will be drought, in other areas rain without explanation. As stated in Romans 8:22, “All of creation is waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God.”

Richard L. Floyd: I am convinced that this change in the relationship was by grace. Perhaps that is what Paul meant when he wrote about “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” That somehow if we hang in there with another member of the body of Christ, even someone we seem to have no natural affinity for, God’s Spirit brings a change of heart in both parties.

Mark D. White: These are exciting days! We are in the days of Elijah! We are in the time to experience Ezekiel 12:23-25, where everything God says will happen and not be delayed. Yes, there will be false teachers, false prophets, and some pastors that will try to lord over God’s heritage. But you have not seen what God has planned for this outpouring of the river of God on this earth. Angels will be seen as history has never recorded; miracles will be documented as hospitals will almost be emptied because of teenagers going from room to room with the Word and power of God healing the sick.

Brat: In the End it’s about God.

[1] [3] רמב”ם הלכות עבודה זרה יב, יג-יד: גדידה ושריטה, אחת היא… על המת, בין שרט בידו בין שרט בכלי, לוקה… ובכלל אזהרה זו, שלא יהו שני בתי דינין בעיר אחת, זה נוהג במנהג, וזה נוהג במנהג אחר, שדבר זה גורם למחלוקת גדולה, וכתוב לא תתגודדו, לא תיעשו אגודות אגודות.

[2] [4] The Talmud in Yevamos 13b and 14a discusses the nature of this prohibition. Abayei maintains that Lo Sisgodedu applies when two different batei dinim (courts) in one city issue conflicting rulings. This makes the one Torah that was received at Sinai appear as “two Torahs” (Rashi ibid.) and causes confusion and discord (Rambam). Rava, however, does not object to different batei denim, even in the same city, issuing contradictory rulings, since it is within the very nature of the Torah that different rulings will be rendered by different schools of thought, as Beis Shamai and Beis Hillel did for many years. In Rava’s opinion, the prohibition of Lo Sisgodedu is meant to discourage one beis din from rendering a split decision.

 

[3] Reference note: http://www.biblewatchman.com/footstool.htm

[4] [11] See Talmud Yerushalmi Nedarim 9:4. Cf. Tanya chapter 32. Derech Mitzvosecha Mitzvas Ahavas Yisroel and references noted there.

[5] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2017/08/what-happened-in-charlottesville.html#hbHobXFKcetd1uJL.99

[6] [7] Beer HaGolah p. 44

[7] [6] In his commentary of Gur Aryeh to this verse Deut. 14:1

[8] John Gottman and Nan Silver, The seven principles for making marriage work. P.42

Recovering 13 Aug 17

13 Aug

Sunday, August 13, 2017

[3 pages]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Thomas: Your Story is Incredibly Unique

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

And how would just a publisher unite the Churches?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Go Get Her 10 Aug 17

12 Aug

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

[12 pages]

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

Steve Shultz: I Need Help to Catch Sharks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bible Gateway: Weekly Brief: How to Avoid Email Anxiety; more news…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brat: Is this why I lost Fr Dwight Longenecker?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Microsoft Rewards: Sorry about that!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Bruce Zachary: Neighborhood Group Leaders Wanted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Don’t Tread On Me

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

Foursquare Church: Where Does Church Transformation Start?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Broken

Anna Blake: Redefining Work Under Saddle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rabbi Tuly Weisz: The gift that keeps on giving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Goll: Visitation Encounters Happen Today!

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

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

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

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

 

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