Uber Chariot 28 Apr 21

6 May

Working Dates: Nine days from Wednesday, April 28, 2021 to Thursday, May 6, 2021

[39 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from Acts 8:26-40 and Psalm 22:25-31 for 5 Easter 02 May 21]

EVERY MILE MATTERED

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): “A New Kind of Christian Leader – Their Destiny Is Big and Dangerous”[1]

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Put your armor on, we have work to do. God is with us, for us and accomplishes His will through us.[2]

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): DON’T QUIT. Fight for their sakes!

Brat to the Community of Divine Love (05 Apr 21): At this time in my journey, I do not have a home church, although God called me and raised me up out of the Episcopal tradition (like in 1 Samuel 3). I currently express the communal journey through my reflective conversations on my blog, (my Opus Dei – the Work of God) [https://truthinus.wordpress.com], but I really don’t know who is my community (aka tribe). Thankfully, I am in spiritual direction with Dr. Luisa Johnson.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): People meet you—and instantly form an idea of who you are. Their perception may (or may not be) an accurate representation of who you are at your core.

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21): Let us know more about you and your journey – when you have time.

Brat prayer (28 Apr 21): Lord, I don’t know what else to say.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): How am I supposed to respond to your question, God? Simply point out the obvious? Like I did? Because, let’s face it, there is nothing you do not know.

Brat: (Stop stalking my prayers!)

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): This is why the fight at your doorstep has felt unrelenting and tiresome – because what is at stake right now is the destiny of your family, as well as the destiny of nations.[3]

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): Today they suffer. Their agony is what happens when worlds collide. They see their destiny. It’s big and dangerous. A part of them glories in the potential of knowing God intimately and representing Him bravely. They see themselves rebuking kings, tyrants, and warmongers. They see themselves commanding the wealth of the wicked to be handed over to the just.

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): Meditation: Everything Is Passing Away

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): There is a storm coming and it will definitely get the world’s attention. In this storm, there is cleansing, exposure, awakening, unrest and a divine reset. Proverbs 10:24-25 (emphasis mine) says, “The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the storm passes by, the wicked will be no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.”

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): We’re so new together. I’m so new to myself. But this experience is not new to families. People age, have accidents, go through relational ups and downs, get surgeries. They weather the storms together.

Nichole Nordeman: “Every Mile Mattered” [https://youtu.be/nY7HrPIlu-Q]

Prof. Mark Hollabaugh (30 Apr 21): Have you ever been cut off from loved ones and unable to communicate? I love wilderness areas of the West. Many times when I was backpacking in Colorado or Wyoming, I was out of touch with the world for sometimes as much as two weeks. As soon as I returned to modern life, and a telephone or cell signal, there was a phone call to family or friends to let them know I was OK. Despite the beauty all around me, I missed family and friends.

Steve Shultz: Almost like wandering in the desert, the Lord led me through the strangest battles, giving me the “strangest” set of mentors through the years to get me to this point.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): I didn’t think of a clock, but I could see a map of the US with different TIME ZONES. Depending on the time zone you are in, you will read the clock differently. I knew the Lord was saying that not everyone is in the same “time zone.” Not everyone is “reading” the signs of the times in the same way. Then I heard “war zone,” and He began to speak to me about what it means to be in a time of war versus a time of peace. He also reminded me that He himself is a “man of war.”[4]

Acts 8:26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.)

Nichole Nordeman: Spread the map on the table
With the coffee stain
Put your finger on the places
Show me where you’ve been

Rev. David Clifford: At the end of Acts 8:26, which reads, “An angel from the Lord spoke to Philip, ‘At noon, take the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza,’” Luke makes a point, parenthetically, to tell the reader: “This is a desert road.” We don’t know why Luke specified the time of day, but it might indicate that Philip was called to go out in the heat of midday. In any case, this is a tall order for Philip, which seems to come from out of the blue! The text provides no explanation for the angel’s visit. What’s more, there is no indication that Philip questioned the angel about either the message or the assignment—Why he should go? Could he do it a little later in the day when the desert heat is more congenial for travel? Was there an alternative route he could take? Wasn’t there someone else who could go on this errand or at least accompany him? The text doesn’t indicate that Philip raised any objections or asked any questions. It simply says, the angel of the Lord told him to go; “So he did” (v. 27).[1][5]

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): They hear themselves speaking miracles over the hopeless and tormented. Golden ideas, purposes, tactics, and aspirations haunt them like angelic visitations.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Furthermore, we are stepping into a time of unusual miracles and unseen exploits that haven’t even entered into our minds and hearts (Ephesians 3:20). The Bible says in Habakkuk 1:5, “Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” As we position ourselves in agreement and alignment with God’s purposes and plans for our lives and this earth, we are going to experience the greatest demonstration of power and “wonders” manifested as God destroys the devil’s evil plans and plots, right before our eyes.

Steve Shultz: Ask the Lord to show you if that’s the case and ask Him what you should do about it.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Hosting God’s Presence: How to Influence Culture in the Right Order

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): My hope for our near future lies in those who are waking up to this Divine DNA that was there from the start—especially amid the painful experiences of life. We must all move through the universal pattern of Order, Disorder, and Reorder, and we must do it again and again and again.

Brat to Fr. Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21): Thank you for taking the time to send me something in response to my note (in a time of Order).  I have no money to share as a thank you to support your ministry.  All I have are the collective conversations that I write full-time with no compensation. Jesus told us to rise and walk, so we did.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): Your body and your soul fuse together as one. Nothing happens in the soul that is not reflected in the body. And nothing happens in the body that doesn’t deeply affect the soul.[6]

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): It has been terrifying as I’ve awakened daily to the reminders of what alone and invisible felt like, as I’ve helped him with basic living tasks. It’s been strengthening as I’ve chosen trust, gone through the good we share, the fact that this time it is a marriage instead of a pantomime. It’s been humbling as I’ve trusted God for strength, held on to hope, and helped the kids understand this very changed step parent.

Brat: I wake up in the middle of the night and remember how alone I feel in my calling.  These collective conversations that I write are all I have.  Apart from Christ I can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): Which is wondrous.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): “I am the true vine…abide in me as I abide in you…apart from me you can do nothing.” This is not a threat—it is an assurance. Christ is saying there is nothing you can do that is not already part of me, because we are one in love. I have given my life to you. We are connected. You are never alone. In me, no one is ever alone.

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I heard the Lord say “I am bringing the lonely pioneers into tribes. I am bringing the lonely pioneers their tribe.”[7]

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Don’t die before your time. God’s plan is to end like Pastor Mike Hayes teaches: “Full of days,” which means a meaningful life of productivity. Love your family, help build and serve a local church that is taking the gates, make your career your calling, take territory through it—your years won’t be wasted.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Watch as I now fight for My faithful ones, My brave pioneers who have given everything to follow Me. Watch now as I break open the way where the way has seemed shut. Watch as I overturn the bad reports and breathe My justice and favor into trials against them. Watch as I settle the score and open up what looks locked.

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: How do we proclaim the Good News about Jesus when we think there is just too much happening around us and in the world? The answer is never the same and will vary from person to person. Still, the text, the overall message of this Gospel, suggests this simple response: We show up. We show up authentically as ourselves. We love others. We share the Good News with others. We speak and act in ways that support this message of love.[8]

NOMADS

Donna Rigney (April 6, 2021): Sitting alone in my prayer room, I heard Father declare: “I say, ‘No longer will My children be ruled by injustice.’ Injustice is a spirit, just like pride, lust, fear, Jezebel, Ahab…These are all spirits who are assigned to destroy people, lands and My Kingdom. My Church has been assailed by injustice for many years. In droves, people have left the Church, because of the spirit of injustice manifesting through the people in these churches – both through the leaders and the congregants. [9]

Me to Faith Marie Baczko (20 Apr 21): I wanted to take a moment to expound on my subscription request, so that you’d better understand my intentions.  There is a critical spirit that goads periodically to the flock telling the sheep not to just go stalking bloggers to devour their latest words, so as not to spend real time with God to get His own words.  It’s the same pedantic spirit that told us not to go church shopping pre-pandemic.  But this spirit doesn’t look at the heart.  Its only intention is to scold and try to play the upper hand.  This spirit doesn’t consider those of us that are SENT.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “I sent you there to break new ground and prepare the land for what I was about to do there. You didn’t miss it or fail that assignment but you did exactly what I needed you to. But don’t think that I did this without your family in mind…I have been leading you to the place where you will soon put down roots and finally be established. Your pioneering days are not over…soon you will build something that will last generations. Your children are going to walk in the fruit of your obedience and then pioneer and build upon what you have created in these years of blind faith.[10]

Brat: God, please make it so!! [sob]

Steve Shultz: Review your strange training history which God is now using for your benefit. Along with me, I hope you’ll end with just saying, “Wow! Who knew God would use THAT time to prepare me for my ‘NOW.'”

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): Maybe we can all relate to that impulse a little bit. Because on some level, in whatever context we might find ourselves, I think we all hope that we’re going to make a good impression. We hope that our fruitfulness, whatever that means for us—maybe our work or our pastimes or other manifestations of our personal fulfillment—is really going to WOW whoever it is that we think is assessing us. Our family. Our neighbors. Our friends at church. The people on Facebook. Maybe even God. [11]

Nichole Nordeman: It’s history
You can’t rewrite it
You’re not meant to be
Trapped inside it
Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It’s history
But every mile mattered

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): When we examine history, we know that there has scarcely been a time period, community, or country which did not regularly experience war, famine, torture, families separated by death or distance, relentless injustice against which people felt powerless, domestic violence, sexual abuse, imprisonment, natural disasters, disease, even wholesale enslavement, persecution, and genocide. All of these are emotionally traumatic for the human psyche; such memories are held in the body itself—so much so that, in many cases, the mind cannot remember the trauma until years later.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): This Is Why We Fight

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): Their Destiny Is Big and Dangerous

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): A Generation of Digital Nomads

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): To the point that the Great Magid taught, “A small deficiency in the body is a major deficiency in the soul.”

Brat: Often the prophet holds the small deficiency representing the larger group, even if she doesn’t see that she has that deficiency personally.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): DAILY DOSE: Limited License

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): Normal life gets hard.  It challenges survivors of trauma in ways we’d never expect.  Normal emotions trigger, typical life challenges and changes grind us to a halt.  All of Normal asks more than Normal for survivors.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): We have heard the word trauma a lot in the last thirty years or more. I am not sure if it is happening more, or if we finally have a word to describe what has probably always been happening.

Zane (30 Apr 21): GRACE | Standing Together to End Abuse

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): A doctor, the Talmud says, is licensed by G‑d to heal.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): For the dozenth time today I caught the fear and placed it in “now.”

Michael Poffenberger (26 Apr 21): Like many of you, we had no idea how much the challenges of 2020 would force us to change or adapt. Thanks to your support, the CAC has been able to continue the work of reminding more and more people of their inherent belovedness. And, if the tremendous volume of emails and letters we’ve received is any indication, there continues to be a great appreciation and growing need for this to continue to expand.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Many have been asking, “Will we be nomads forever?” because the migratory season has not been as simple or clear as it seemed it would be. “Will we move from place to place forever?”

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): A special note from Fr. Richard: My hope for this community.

Nichole Nordeman: Is that California where your teardrops dried
You drew a circle around Georgia
Can you tell me why

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21): Thank you for reaching out to us. You clearly have a rich spiritual life and love of God. Where are you? Do you live in SOCAL?  

Brat: Thank you for reaching back to me.  Yes, I live in Southern California; in Camarillo (in Ventura County.)

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): There are steps and jumps that don’t make sense; cities, locations, and seasons of saying “yes” that seem to have been in vain. “What did we do that for, Lord?” many have said. “It doesn’t make sense!”

Brat prayer journal (21 Apr 21 – in “Emboldened”): Lord, I don’t really know what You want me to do.  I don’t have peace about what You really want me to say.  I have peace about trying to contact CAC (Richard Rohr), but I have no confidence that they’ll do anything.  I don’t know what to say.  I feel like no matter what I try, I’ll get ambushed again anyway. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): So get a good doctor. Follow his instructions. Respect his divine license.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): And this survivor of abuse in a previous relationship can now exhale. The exhaling comes with jagged sobs, nightmares that process trauma, insecurities, doubt, and daytime conversations with self about what’s *now* and what was the awful then.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Right now, so many pioneers are facing disappointments, red tape, roadblocks and bad reports on every side. “Which way do we go? We have run out of options!” they have said.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): It’s time to turn “good manners” humility into self-confidence we can honestly depend on. A confidence that can lift our horses in a way humility leaves them hanging. [12]

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): THE COMMAND WENT OUT THE FIRST TIME YOU PRAYED[13]

Steve Shultz: She has made it her “cause” to rescue the perishing!

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then I heard the Lord say, “Do not say you are nomads, because I planned your steps and knew exactly where you needed to be for the time I called you there. Each season was a purpose you still do not see yet, but soon you will see how the seasons and scenes connect.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): A cowboy walks into a bar…

Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Thanks to your support and prayers, this Outreach was a resounding success. You helped us bring the Gospel to these Jewish people and their neighbors – many thousands of them! – along with much needed medical care, clean water.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): The first nomadic Believers were Abraham’s group and these were all ENTREPRENEURS—business people, not temple officials or government employees. They had to do CHURCH as a FAMILY before they learned to do church around the Tabernacle of Moses.

Microsoft Services (02 May 21): In the Terms, we’ve added section 15 along with a reference to section 15 at the beginning of the Terms on waiving entitlements that would otherwise be applicable to microenterprises, small enterprises or a not-for-profit organisations under the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC).

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): A few of them will be in pulpits, but more of them will be in politics, business, science, law, entertainment, music, and a thousand other fields of endeavor. They will not introduce subjects; they will introduce eras.

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): Sometimes it appears we are all “interims,” no matter what task we are doing or what title we have. We all walk a great path, with our steps mattering to the greater march of humanity. We can learn how to thank ourselves, in unfinished ways, for the great unfinished of our lives.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): We can trust horses to let us know if we manage to become arrogant asshats, have no fear. And we will always be learning, but in gratitude to all the horses that came before, let’s brag about ourselves, too. Be proud, we are their legacy. Let’s claim the credit we deserve and see what happens next.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.” – Amos 8:11 (NIV)

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): Words of the Prophet

Nichole Nordeman: I see should have beens, could have beens
Written all over your face
Wrong turns, and bridges burned
Things you want to change

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): My love, this true partner of now, has been debilitated, dependent, physically disabled. The concussion and then anesthesia shifted his cognition, his personality. For 8 weeks now, I’ve been alone but loved from within his physical and cognitive confines.

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): I’ve spent my life trying to remind people of their inherent belovedness, and I pray that our work at the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) has played a role in helping you to see, feel, and experience the hope of your own chosenness in God.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Does it really matter what people think of you? Why should you care?

IN THOSE DAYS

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): Jesus said to his disciples, “In those days, after the tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. And the stars will fall from the sky. And the powers in the heavens will be shaken, and they will see ‘the human one coming on the clouds’ with great power and glory. . . . Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Mark 13:24–27, 31)

Brat: Why did you leave out verses 28, 29, and 30 when everything has already been fulfilled?

Mark 13:28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (03 May 21): Our All-Vulnerable God

Mark 13:30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 

Brat: Is this not a testimony to God’s mercy?

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): King David teaches us about man’s vulnerability and his desires, as well as his ability to soar to the heavens and redeem his sins through repentance. While sin is hidden, repentance in David’s eyes must not be clandestine: it should be public.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (30 Apr 21): The public is requested to pray for the wounded as well as the many people who were traumatized by the event. [14]

Rabbi Tuly Weisz (30 Apr 21): Please pray for God’s compassion on the injured and His comfort for the grieving families at this difficult time.

Steve Shultz: None of your trials have been wasted by the Lord. Even the works of darkness that satan threw at you, God is using for your good.

Jewish Journal (03 May 21): DAILY ROUNDUP: Stop Justifying the Deaths of the Meron 45

Fr. Richard Rohr (03 May 21): Very few of us can actually imagine God suffering. I bet almost half the prayers of the Catholic Church begin with “Almighty God” and when you’re “all mighty,” you don’t suffer! And yet if we believe that Jesus reveals the hidden heart of God, we know that God suffers, too. Jesus is continually drawn to the suffering ones and suffers with them. Our English word “pity” doesn’t do justice to the Hebrew concept of the bowel-shaking empathy Jesus felt for the wounded people who came to him.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): The LORD goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war He stirs up His zeal; He cries out, He shouts aloud, He shows Himself mighty against His foes. For a long time I have held my peace; I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor. (Isaiah 42:13-14)

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): God is saying, “I am jealous for the next generation.” They are a generation longing for connection because they are operating as digital nomads in an electronic culture.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): We did not follow the Rules—other peoples’ or our own.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): If religion cannot find a meaning for human suffering, humanity is in major trouble. All healthy religion shows us what to do with our pain. Great religion shows us what to do with the absurd, the tragic, the traumatic, the nonsensical, the unjust. If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): Psalm 51 is David’s public response to his misdeeds. It begins with a glaring title with which David indicts himself right from the start: Natan the prophet came to me after I had gone in to Batsheva (verse 2). In verse 5, he declares that his sin is always with him while he begs the Lord to cleanse him of his iniquity. David is not satisfied with his own personal repentance but he declares that he will teach others the path towards repentance and atonement as well (verse 15). Though he erred, because of his commitment to return and to bring others closer to God, we continue to herald King David as the greatest king of Israel.

Donna Rigney (April 3, 2021): Father explained that this is how our life on Earth could be, if we would just spend more time with Them. We would be in a crossfire of love all the time! He showed me that His children only accomplish their destiny to the degree that they spend time with Him: “Look at Samuel – he abided in My courts day and night. He lingered with Me; he listened to Me giving him clear instructions. Eventually he led all of Israel. He fully accomplished his destiny. The same is true of David, a man with a heart after Mine. From a lowly shepherd, I made him into what I created him to be – the greatest king of Israel.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Jezebel wants to steal their inheritance. The policy-making of ignorant men in high places is making your task harder. We fight because economic meltdown is a possibility. We fight in the Spirit to store up the resources our children need to FINISH what we began. Solomon built David’s house.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): What am I supposed to say about what I see? About beyond what is right in front of me? Do I paint a pretty picture so folx don’t lose hope or get angry? Or do I tell the truth about a system that is guilty as hell, rotten at the core?

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Discernment: The Lord may reveal the true motivation of an individual by bringing to mind a friend or foe from your past. This is a warning or a confirmation of what your gut is saying. If you personally fail in making a good impression, it takes twenty subsequent interactions to alter or reframe someone’s original perception of who you are. Sometimes the initial interaction frames a permanent wrong impression. Spiritual warfare in the area of your interactions with others is essential, as you need particular individuals to help you accomplish your calling and unique purpose. Declare a divine veto on gossip, slander, and negative commentary, which only serve to corrupt the context of the impression you convey.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): Could this be what mythology means by “the sacred wound” and the church describes as “original sin,” which was not something we did, but the effects of something that was done to us? I believe it is.

Brat: Are impressions a sacred wound?  My best friend tells the story of how she met her father for the first time when he came home from World War II.  She was maybe five years old.  She describes how she, in her pure innocence, absorbed his PTSD from his war wounds that he experienced overseas.  I understand her completely.  I think I did the same thing with my mother.  Maybe this is a valid point of calling these “sacred wounds.”  I know we felt them for our parents because of our love for them and our innate compassion we carry inside of us.  Now the process is one of honoring, blessing, and releasing.  Jo did that when she felt a release when she went to Normandy a few years ago.  What a sacred thing she experienced!

Nichole Nordeman: It’s history
You can’t rewrite it
You’re not meant to be
Trapped inside it
Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It’s history
But every mile mattered

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Pioneers, this is when you need to DRINK the most. This is a moment when choosing to lay down in My presence is going to be more fruitful than swinging your sword, and choosing to receive My fire over the temptation to put out fires around you.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Wait, maybe it wasn’t a cowboy. Not a sober one, anyway.

Rick Joyner (13 Apr 21): In Romans 12:21 we are told, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Our divinely powerful weapons are how we do this. We overcome every evil with the good that is the counter to it, as the verse before states: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty given him a drink. By doing this you will heap burning coals on his head.”[15]

Brat (04 May 21): Food for thought: (Going back to Fr. Richard Rohr’s broader point of sacred wounds and holding it up to Lance Wallnau’s discernment candle,) if the “original sin” was not an impression and … “was not something we did, but the effects of something that was done to us” then shouldn’t there still be some form of accountability?  It may free us from the burden of guilt and lets us off the hook from our disobedience to God’s instructions, but there’s still no consequences or an end to them recurring in this worldview.  If we are passive victims of the serpent’s wiles and the effects of the lies that were done to us, then how do we grow up to fight the serpent in this framework?  Even Montessori lenience and tolerance has limits in adulthood.  If sin was the effects of something done to us, then why would there even be a need for repentance?  What would we be repenting from?  No fault, no foul?  I’m not saying we need to peg someone with guilt and shame.  There is no health in scapegoating.  However, we can collectively rise up and say that we’ve had enough and do the right thing, rather than the sideways thing.

Patheos Catholic (03 May 21): Kill the Cat Apologetics

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): This story is being played out before our eyes as political authorities are entering churches across the globe to shut down our worship to God. Looking to accuse us of foul play, I believe Jesus’ response would be the same today as it was back then – we must serve God rather than men. We cannot allow the hardness of men’s hearts or political spirits to stop us from doing good and bringing life to those around us.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Many Christians see the sacrifice of Christ as necessary for the remission of human sins. I don’t. I see the crucifixion as a massive injustice and human failure. It never should have happened. Sadly, that historic bloody lynching has been turned into a transactional requirement for salvation. That is tragedy upon tragedy.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): This past Sunday during corporate worship, the Lord reminded me of how powerful we truly are. Listening to the passionate praises of the people, the Lord let me know… He heard us the first time…

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): Remember I told you this…in the next few years a new kind of Christian leader will appear. They will not fit any present mold. They will be the catalysts. They will usher in the next great awakening.

Brat: Are we not living “In those days, AFTER the tribulation…”?? (Mark 13:24)

AGENTS OF CHANGE

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “I have marked you as My agents of change and breakers for the Church, and I have anointed you as diplomats that will have NO STOPS where I send you! Expect to see good news once again. It has been a long time of only hearing the thumping feet of giants in the land, but now I will remind you who carries the keys of victory!

Lana Vawser (in “Emboldened” 22 Apr 21): In the vision, I saw people who were in deep anguish before the Lord; they were crying out for deliverance from the weight of confusion and despair that was surrounding them. I continued to hear the words, “I just don’t know anymore.” Many of them were feeling so weighed down and taking on this confusion as their own. [16]

Brat: Grrrrrrrr…. This feels like gaslighting! Do you not know how much it hurts to see one’s own prayers in print by someone else when there is no contact to make friendship?

When Light Came In (23 Apr 21): Arguing with a narcissist is like getting arrested.  Everything you say can and will be used against you.

Brat (05 May 21): This is a current topic and came up AGAIN yesterday as Sophia and I were discussing this stress arising once again inside the Church.  We came against it with prayer and post.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): The chaos you see and the turmoil you feel are because the enemies of the cross keep screaming from the sidelines as they are headed to the pit. It is the demons who have lost that are vying for your attention and distracting your gaze. The deliverance you have sought is already underway and the hordes of hell have been forced into submission. Do not let their expulsion divert your direction or their temper tantrums sidetrack your purpose.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): In Paul’s letter to Titus about the qualifications of elders he also lists being pugnacious as a disqualifying characteristic. This is to be prone to arguments, which is also revealing an immaturity that an elder cannot have. The mature and stable can debate with those who have differences without taking it personally and without getting impatient or offended with those who disagree. Those who cannot do this without it deteriorating into an argument are not demonstrating the maturity that one representing Christ as one of His leaders must have. [17] 

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: Our epistle reminds us that if we love one another, God lives in us. God abides in us. There is no secret we can keep from God.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Exposure is coming from Heaven in this hour, and EVERYTHING that has been done in secret will be shouted from the housetops (Luke 12:3). Our prayers are being answered, and as exposure is being realized, the devil is throwing a fit.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): You are also causing the Ekklesia to rise up and stand strong in faith. We are part of a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, regardless of what is thrown its way. We, Your Ekklesia, will declare and act in faith. We will continue to decree against what Hell is attempting to put in place. Faith is rising to oppose its every action. Together with the angel armies, we will defeat the enemy’s plans.

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): Apart from the book of Revelation, Mark 13, along with parallel Gospel passages, is a primary example of apocalyptic literature in the New Testament. It is Jesus’ way of showing that everything is passing away. If we don’t hold this counterpoint in mind, we do one of two things: we take this world far too seriously, or we try to hold on to everything. We think it’s all going to last, but it isn’t. The 21st century, the United States of America, capitalism, our churches and our political parties, and all the rest are passing away. We might recall the Buddhist heart sutra “Gone, gone, entirely gone” when we watch old movies—even celebrities and stars die. We can take this as a morbid lesson, or we can receive it as the truth ahead of time, so we’re not surprised, disappointed, and angry when it happens in our generation.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): It is the Church’s responsibility, not the government’s, schools’ or any other organization’s, to change our environment using the spiritual weapons God has given us. We are no longer going to linger INSIDE of a church building, but we are being launched into this world to bring life, hope and rescue to those trapped in deep darkness.

Nichole Nordeman: Get the box off the top shelf
With the black and white
Snapshots of your old self
In a better light
Ghosts and regrets back again
I can see it in your eyes
Send them home, let ’em go
Don’t you think it’s time

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): Before I could push back and turn the question around on you, God, before I could ask you what it is you see, you pour out your lament, your rage, your grief.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): The Apostle Paul writes about the qualifications for elders in Titus Chapter One, and “outbursts of anger” is one of the disqualifying characteristics for leadership in the church. Rage from those in leadership can do great damage, and this is something most quality organizations will not allow in their leaders or managers. Those who are prone to such a loss of control of their spirit are certainly not mature enough or secure enough to be leaders representing our King. 

Brat: I remember when you went through your raging period a few years ago.  It seemed that no one respected your authority.  I prayed for you and was grateful to God when you came back to yourself again (and I told you so with “Welcome back!”)  You are now anchored.  Glory to God!

Steve Shultz: She willingly and regularly goes into the dark places on Earth and ministers to those greatly affected or caught by the enemy himself.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): Two months ago, my love had his accident. One month ago, he had the surgery. He’s beginning to function as himself again.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): For purposes of this post, the translation could be: “If a man isn’t caring for and cultivating the lives of those closest to him, how will he handle a larger group that have less personal ties of endearment?”

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): In our world, it’s considered good manners to praise the horse on a good day, and for the rider to take the blame if things go sideways. There is nothing worse than watching a horse get punished for a rider’s frustration. So yes, take the blame, but if in this process, as we slouch and mumble about our shortcomings, what does the horse see? We act humble for the humans nearby, as if horses don’t keep us humble without us acting it out.

ETHIOPIA

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): So many pioneer families have stepped out into the unknown in faith and have faced assault upon assault, with barricades and obstructions blocking the promise that they were given to the point where they have wanted to go back to Egypt.

Allan Boesak: For people who face situations like [apartheid in South Africa], the Apocalypse is an exciting, inspiring, and marvelous book. It is a book which, in our sociopolitical situation, is a constant call for conversion and change.

Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Field Update from Ethiopia

Acts 8:27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship

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Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Thank you for blessing so many Jewish people in Fiche, Ethiopia! Earlier in the year, we told you about our upcoming Medical Outreach to Fiche. Our team went to help impoverished Jewish people living on the outskirts of an already rural community.  

Rev. David Clifford: I have often heard sermons preached on Philip’s meeting with the Ethiopian eunuch as a reflection on the importance of our evangelistic work or our treatment of the foreigner. And, of course these things are amply important. However, as the political conflict continues to erupt over our (United States of America) own border with Mexico, it seems as if many in the USA seem to think that we, like Philip, have the answers for the foreigner seeking assistance. [18]

Acts 8:28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): It’s a curious thing, isn’t it?

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

For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant—
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.

Brat: I wept with hope and gratitude when I read this cross-reference! I relate to this so deeply!  God…[sob]

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): You swore justice.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): This is why the red tape has only tightened its grip, the roadblocks seem to have multiplied, and the delays have increased to stop your advancement. This is why the war on your home has hit an all-time high, and you have had to war for peace and clarity on a daily basis, because the enemy sees the breakthrough coming to your family line and the promise over your future. He sees the freedom that has come because of your faith leaps, the new bloodline that has begun, and the anointing that has doubled because of your yes.

FAVOR

Fr. Richard Rohr (01 May 21): Most Christian denominations made the Gospel into what CAC teacher and friend Brian McLaren describes as “an evacuation plan for the next world,” which does not allow us to take the incarnation seriously. The Word became flesh in this world, said yes to this world, to this planet, to this earth, to physicality and sexuality, and to materiality itself! It’s all very good, according to God in Genesis 1. But most people’s association with Apocalypse is to escape this world—not to renew it. For me, the high point of the book of Revelation is in 11:15, when John writes, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ and he shall reign forever and ever.” This is not an evacuation plan for the next world—it is a promise of a new heaven and new earth for this world! [1][19]

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): The Church is changing and here are some things we can expect to see in the “face of the changing Church.”

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): If we can embrace this aspect of God’s nature as a demonstration of His extreme love for His creation, we are then able to consider redemptive actions we can take to defeat these wicked plans. As foundational as our prayers and prophetic proclamations are, it is time to step out of our prayer closets and worship services to engage with our communities at strategic levels. We are citizens of heaven, but we are also citizens here on the earth. God gave us this planet to steward. He invites us to influence, impact, and transform lives and lands around us to show others the glory of His Kingdom. We may be looking forward to “going up,” but He desperately wants to “come down” so that the knowledge of His glory will cover and permeate every living thing – including our cities.

MorningStar Ministries (01 May 21): We’ve Waited Over a Decade for this Event

Martha Spong (03 May 21): In his letter to the Galatians, Paul teaches that if we’re letting ourselves accept the guidance of the Spirit, this is how we’ll be: loving, joyful, at peace, patient, kind, generous, faithful, gentle, and able to control ourselves. His list follows a catalog of behavioral sins in verses 19-21, among them one word that stands out for me: “enmities,” the active hostility to someone or something. It’s a bitter and unremitting state of mind and heart. It’s hatefulness we can’t keep inside. It’s the systemic hate that sustains racism and bigotry and fuels actions – both individual and collective – that harm people and communities and the world.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): In Galatians 5:19-21 we have an even more serious reason why all Christians should not tolerate a lack of self-control in their life whether they are in leadership or not

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I saw many pioneers whose hearts had been deeply hurt in previous seasons from people coming into their lives and to be in relationship with them, but it was soon revealed, that these ones had come into relationship for ‘what they could get’ and what they could receive from the favour that many of these pioneers were walking in.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): However, the above text does not say that those who have done these things will not inherit the kingdom, but those who “practice” them. Our battle with the carnal nature is a desperate and difficult one, and because we are still in this fight it does not mean that we are disqualified from the kingdom. What disqualifies us is when they become our practice, which means that we have surrendered to the old nature and no longer fight it, which no true follower of the Lord will do. We must never stop fighting, and we must take control of what we allow and do in our life.

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): My friend practices random acts of guerilla compassion. She may over-tip the lunch waiter or give her mother’s caretaker a restaurant gift card or clean up an entire picnic area. Her creative acts of appreciation and recognition say a lot about what she might have liked for herself. Just a little nod to remembering that what we do matters is often enough to take us to the next step on the long path.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): The Law of Attraction: Instead of exhausting yourself with people who don’t get what you’re about, draw people who resonate with the vision you carry. Attract ideal prospects. Did you know that was possible? When this happens, you are operating in flow—dancing in rapport with others—and people that are ideal for you are picking up on your presence. These interactions are synchronous events, God’s divine appointments—not a coincidence or a moment left to chance. A series of events and Spirit-led decisions lead to this interaction. When you run into the right person at the right time you are tapping into a field of cause and effect in an unseen realm.

MorningStar Ministries (01 May 21): We’ve waited over a decade for this event. After ten years of prayers, we’re honored to finally offer you an invitation to this Partners Homecoming on June 4 – 5, where we’ll be having the Heritage Tower dedication ceremony.

Genesis 11:Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

Brat: You already have a university and now you need a tower, too?

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Yes, this is the right time, the right moment in history, and the right environment to birth movements. Don’t buy into what you see around you and the news headlines. What God gave you is for THIS HOUR! What you are about to birth and build next is what the enemy is afraid of. He is afraid because it’s been like the collecting of waters, the building of pressure through years of warfare that has brought you to a moment where what you have been carrying has only increased in its potency, and it is going to do some serious damage to the plans of darkness!

Revelation 12:15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): Last week the Lord was showing me many pioneers that are feeling lonely right now, they are building with the Lord and moving into the ‘unchartered territories’ but have been feeling deeply lonely. For some of these pioneers, relationships they have run with before have shifted and changed, and they now feel like they are in the unchartered waters alone. Others have been in uncharted waters for a long time feeling very alone and crying out to the Lord for community of like hearted and like minded people to run and build with.

Quinn G. Caldwell (05 May 21): Checking In

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): David, for his part, fulfilled his role by killing Philistines and getting the prophetic blueprint for the design of the temple. He got the blueprint and he funded the building.

Genesis 11:But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 

Quinn G. Caldwell (05 May 21): As goes Jerusalem, so goes the world – at least in the biblical imagination – so of course when God wants to make a new heaven and a new earth, the transformation starts in J-town. Another way to state that claim is to say that the transformation of the universe will start in religious centers, the places where the worshipers of our God gather to worship.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): Reminded of His attitude towards wickedness and readiness for war with His enemies, I began to search scriptures and ponder this aspect of God’s nature. As peace-loving citizens of a higher Kingdom, we don’t often consider what it means to burn with holy anger or righteous indignation. And yet, if we don’t understand or embrace this aspect of God’s PASSION for His people, I believe our CAPACITY FOR TRUTH WILL BE LIMITED. If we cannot fathom His actions towards those who openly defy His laws, we will be unable to see what’s right in front of our eyes. (Additional scriptures referencing God’s perspective on war: Deuteronomy 32:39-43Jeremiah, 51:20-23, Hosea 10:13-14, Jeremiah 46:10, Ezekiel 7:10-12, Job 5:11-15, Isaiah 36:5, Joel 3:9-10)

Donna Rigney (April 14, 2021): As I sat in the presence of the Lord, I heard Him say, “People’s eyes need to be opened to the truth. Before the great unveiling occurs, I will be sovereignly opening the eyes of My blind children. Where they’ve walked in great darkness, they will soon be seeing the light. Little by little, light will be shown upon areas of deception, and they will see and understand the truth. Where they once believed that lies were the truth, now they will know. Because of My mercy on these blind ones, I am gradually going to shine the light into these dark corners where wickedness has been hiding.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Before, during and after the trail of Officer Derek Chauvin, George Floyd’s murderer, it wasn’t uncommon to hear things like, “George Floyd was the wakeup call we needed.”

Donna Rigney (April 14, 2021): Leaks Are Coming

Ric Guerra (30 Apr 21): Stretch your faith to pray for people who are far away from you in terms of lapsed time or geographical distance. Expect God’s power to bridge the gaps.[20]

Rev. David Clifford: However, if we utilize an incarnation of love interpretive framework, the thing we are abiding within isn’t a literal vine, but the love of Christ. Those who abide in Christ’s love, abide in Christ. For Christ is the vine, and we are the branches. The fruit we bear isn’t more butts in the church pews, but more love in the world. If any Christian is not loving, they are like a branch that is thrown away and withers.

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Romans 12:9)To “abhor” something is to “have a horror of; to detest.” The question is – do we recognize what’s truly evil? Are we rightly discerning the forces at work behind the scenes that are openly defying God? Do we recognize that though God is merciful and compassion, He also burns with holy anger against rebellion and sin?

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I continued to watch as the Lord used these once lonely pioneers as CONNECTORS. The Lord was now using them in great and powerful ways as NETWORKERS and CONNECTORS to BRING THE FAMILY TOGETHER.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): No Sacrifice

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): For all the cowboys in western movies who flap their arms like chickens and jerk that horse’s head sideways with a shank-bit, while stabbing spur rowels into tense flanks, egads, would you give yourself some credit? I’m not saying they’ll start making movies of women standing next to horses and breathing. Affirmative training, working peacefully with horses, will never be as flashy as whip-cracking domination, but the world for horses will only change when we stand and bear witness to our skill and value.

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: Apocalyptic literature is not meant to strike fear in us as much as a radical rearrangement. It’s not the end of the world. It’s the end of worlds—our worlds that we have created.

Nichole Nordeman: But it’s history
It don’t define ya
You’re free to leave
It all behind ya

Revelation 2:28 I will also give that one the morning star. 

MorningStar Ministries (01 May 21): This is a time for our Partners and those who have supported this ministry to celebrate and fellowship with dear friends. Thanks to your faithfulness, MorningStar Ministries is expanding into the many prophetic words spoken over this organization as we continue our mission of equipping the saints. There’s so much we have planned, and we can’t wait to show you.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Instead of hitting snooze, let’s interrogate how white culture habitually turns a tragedy into an opportunity for “us.” Let’s see whose body we crucify for “our” benefit. Let’s also acknowledge how some elements of Christian theology inform this self-serving pattern.

Genesis 11:The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 

Brat: Lord, don’t You see Your word has been fulfilled again?!

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Apr 21): Let’s further distinguish the character of apocalyptic literature from prophetic literature in the Bible. Since the Western mind is literal and analytic, it usually misunderstood both types of literature. We viewed apocalypse as threatening and prophecy as foretelling, and our understanding of both missed the point. Prophecy came to mean predicting things and apocalypse came to mean the final destruction of things—both in the future. We projected everything forward, instead of realizing that these writings were, first of all, present descriptions of reality right now. We did the same thing with heaven and hell. In terms of the actual biblical message of transformation and enlightenment, this approach is largely useless, in my opinion, and often even harmful. They just reinforced our reward/punishment story line which keeps us at an immature level of development.

Genesis 11:Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

Brat: Say what?

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): The bartender asks in a soft voice, “How is that new colt doing?”

Revelation 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: Jesus’ use of apocalyptic language is his way of showing that everything is passing away. God puts us in a world of passing things where everything changes, and nothing remains the same.

Sally A. Howard: We never outgrow the need to be held in steadfast compassionate love. 

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Favor: When you meet someone for the first time, your memory slideshow begins to play. You begin by asking yourself, “Who does this person remind me of?” It is as if you experience a divine form of déjà vu. This serves as a clue to the significance of this individual. When God guides the selection process, a new acquaintance looks at you and they associate you with someone or something positive. That’s when the favor hits. Favor is like a divine covering and makes a powerful first impression.

Brat: When I got a response from Fr. Richard Rohr, I was not convinced I made a favorable impression.  I wondered if one of his paid readers wrote it in his name. He talked about his conversion/other-worldly experience and our belovedness, and then he put in a ploy for a monetary donation.

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Jewish Voice (28 Apr 21): Thank you again for your financial and prayer support. You make all the difference. 

Ryan Johnson (29 Apr 21): The problem is that many think that this mindset is correct, but your mind needs to be broken and freed from the spirit of deception. YOU have value and worth in The Kingdom!

Brat: [Slow exhale…] Does anybody listen?!

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): So, if another voice comes to question My ability, challenge my authority, or reject My methods of warfare – just remember – THE COMMAND WENT OUT THE FIRST TIME YOU PRAYED.

Rev. David Clifford: We sometimes forget the power of the Spirit that is at work in this story from the book of Acts. Sudarshana Devadhar (resident bishop, New England, Conference, United Methodist Church) interprets Luke’s note of the time of day as an indicator of the guidance of the Spirit and Philip’s holy discernment

Acts 8:29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.”

Brat: Like Philip goes Uber?

Nichole Nordeman: Every road and every bend
Every bruise and bitter end
All you squandered, all you spent
It mattered, it mattered
Mercy always finds a way
To wrap your blisters up in grace
Every highway you’d erase
It mattered, it mattered

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): And allow the soul to thrive by taking care of the holy body to which it has tied its destiny.

Rev. David Clifford: Of course, all of this begs the question of how one might interpret the very task of evangelism through the lens of an incarnation of love. I find myself curious about how one might preach the call to evangelism through such a hermeneutical lens. Many people, especially in the younger generations, are tired of having religion and a “holy-than-thou” sharing of the “good news” shoved down their throat. Too often, the modern church has done more harm than good in our evangelical pursuit of sharing what is supposed to be good news to those in the margins of society.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): But I want us to think carefully about whether our personal anxiety about being fruitful enough—which we might interpret at times as being saintly enough, as busy enough, as able enough, as successful enough—obscures what Jesus is really getting at here in this parable of the vine and branches. Because, I would offer, this is not so much a parable about God’s assessment or judgment of individual achievement as it is a parable about connection, about the divinely-perfected integration of heaven and earth.

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: As God transforms us, we transform the world. Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador knew what it meant to be transformed by love; he knew what it meant to be with the people of his country and knew that speaking the truth would likely cause his death; he knew that loving the people of El Salvador meant that his actions and words mattered. He is reported to have said, “If a man knows how to detach from himself and knows how to love, he is a saint; if a man speaks too much about holiness but does not know how to love, he is no saint.” This is how we love.

Rev. Jacqui Lewis: Radical change requires radical love. When we put our own needs second, and join the love revolution, then will we find ourselves in God’s Kingdom. 

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): This next generation among us is beautiful and precious and so sold out to Christ.

FAMILY

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21- echo…): Let us know more about you and your journey – when you have time.

Brat prayer (28 Apr 21): Lord, I don’t know what else to say.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Your home and those family relationships are the most important assets in your life! Don’t treat them poorly; they are the first sanctuary on the way to church.

Brat to the Community of Divine Love (05 Apr 21): (I already told you…) I live with my 89-year-old father. I care for him, so living apart from him is not an option at this time. However, I would still like the conversation to continue, so as to nourish the love I have with you and the Church. I look forward to exploring more with you.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then I saw a vision of these pioneers with their families in a “crossing the red sea” season, and they looked tired. It’s been a season of crossing over and leading the way into new territory, and this journey between the wilderness and the promise has been long.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): There is no doubt about it—family is a higher priority than your church or ministry. It’s the FIRST Mountain.

Mark 6:4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): I remember feeling very special, very chosen, very beloved, and it was my secret. The rest of my family didn’t know what I was knowing—see how my ego was already getting involved? Like the Apostle Paul, I now believe that chosenness is for the sake of letting everybody else know they are chosen, too.

Brat to Fr. Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21): You have a prayer for our community that we would all see our inherent belovedness.  I add to that that there is no way to reach a community if there isn’t one to belong to in this apocalyptic revision and there is no value recognized in the gift (in the time of Disorder). 

Elijah List (26 Apr 21): “Jesus, help”

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Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): When we are thanked, we go on to thank others. Blessings multiply into happy endings; ingratitudes multiply into messes. How to get the appreciation we ourselves want? Appreciate others. How to get the encouragement we ourselves want? Encourage others. The golden rule is truly golden and has many applications. Once we know that what we do matters, we go on to help others recognize the same.

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Apr 21): To change people’s consciousness, we have to find a way to reach their unconscious. That’s where our hearts and our real agendas lie, where our mother wounds, father wounds, and cultural wounds reside. The unconscious is where it all lies stored, and this determines a great deal of what we pay attention to and what we ignore. While it took modern therapy and psychology for us to recognize how true this was, through apocalyptic literature, the Scripture writers were already there. We can’t get to the unconscious logically, literally, or mechanically. We have to fall into it, I’m sorry to say, and usually by suffering, paradox and the effective use of symbols. Until our certitudes and our own little self-written success stories begin to fall apart, we usually won’t touch upon any form of deeper wisdom.

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): If you mess up the order, your banners start falling off the wall.

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): They are a walking paradox. They feel weaker. They feel stronger. They feel disoriented. They feel focused. They feel discombobulated. They feel settled.

Brat: THAT IS SOOOOO TRUE!

Steve Shultz: And I’m so pleased to note that someone closer to my age, along with these young, emerging prophets and evangelists, is happily and strongly promoting the brand new thing God is doing with this next generation.

Dutch Sheets (20 Apr 21): Lord, give us eyes to see what You are doing. Give us ears to hear what You are saying. Give us courageous hearts that stand ready to hold the line for righteousness, justice, and truth. Give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can push back evil, restore divine order, secure peace and see Your Kingdom advance, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Steve Shultz (28 Apr 21): God is saying, “If you’ll take care of your own, I’ll take care of the REST of your concerns.”

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): Brother Jesus, you show up and show us the way to feed those who need feeding. Keep showing us. Amen.

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: But what is love? We could attempt to define it in many ways, and we could provide examples of how we have experienced love, yet it would still not be enough. We could look at our relationships and draw from those, but even then, we would not have a certain definition.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): Relationships are the most valuable treasures we have in this life. How many have been ruined by the lack of self-control? This causes things like outbursts of anger, saying things that cannot be taken back, or doing things that irreparably damage a relationship and sever us from those who would have been great treasures in our life. How has the lack of self-control kept us from promotions or positions we would have otherwise received? We will not know until the Judgment Day just how costly this one thing has been to us, but if this is a problem we have, there is no doubt the cost has been great.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): Lord, our declaration of faith is that You have brought us to an era of Pentecost. What You are about to do, the world has never seen. You are not an indifferent bystander, simply watching over the affairs of men. You are rising up. You will thunder against iniquitous roots that mock You. You will rise against sin and its destruction, against idolatry, and against governments that disdain Your Word. You will judge in fairness. But You will not be mocked and You will not be stopped.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): Time for an Answer

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): As soon as I heard those words, I looked out at the horizon and suddenly I could see the assignments that God had given to these pioneers, and why their assignments had been so heavily contested. Then I heard these words: “This is over territory, inheritance, and legacy!”

Genesis 11:So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Understanding that He will protect us and bless us in our going out and coming in gives us this supernatural boldness to accomplish His mission and assignment for us as we go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel to everyone. He gives us language to use that is understandable to the hearer, and opens the hearts of those who are hardened to listen to life words that produce a life change in them. We are His kids and we were never designed to live broken and apart from Him.

Nate Johnston (26 Apr 21): The enemy has been trying to prevent and hold back the next scene of the play but while it can be delayed, nothing cannot stop what God has been planning to unveil.[21]

FRUIT BASKET

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): This is what the Lord God showed me—a basket of summer fruit. He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” – Amos 8:1-2a (NRSV)

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): God puts us in a world of passing things where everything changes and nothing remains the same. The only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. It’s a hard lesson to learn. It helps us appreciate that everything is a gift. We didn’t create it. We don’t deserve it. It will not last, but while we breathe it in, we can enjoy it, and know that it is another moment of God, another moment of life. People who take this moment seriously take every moment seriously, and those are the people who are ready for heaven. If religion isn’t leading us into an eternal now, an eternal moment, an always-true moment, an always-love moment, then we have not lived the moment at all.[22]

Rev. David Clifford: There is “good news” in these scriptures for this difficult task. The strength and power of love that we so desperately need in our society comes, not from us, but from Christ. For Christ reminds us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart form me you can do nothing…If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15: 5 & 7 NIV). We remain in a Savior that is the true incarnation of God’s love – not one that cuts off all the people we don’t like or that don’t act the way we desire. Christ is a Savior that prunes the hate of the world so that love will blossom and grow. This is the incarnation of love.

Prof. Mark Hollabaugh (29 Apr 21): The vinegrower in this “I am” saying is a master pruner because instead of killing the vine, it bears more fruit. I’m sure if I were to attempt to prune the vine, I’d kill it. Fortunately for us, we can let God do the pruning. What needs pruning in our lives so we can grow and bear much fruit? Are we ready to let the master vinegrower remove the withered branches of our lives?

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): So, for example, in today’s Gospel reading we hear Jesus talking about being the vine and his Father being the vinegrower, and we are the branches who are expected to bear fruit, to bear MUCH fruit, in fact, so that we can glorify God…or else we’ll be burned up and thrown away into the fire. And if we’re accustomed to always thinking that somehow we need to be impressive to be of value, that sounds a little intimidating. like an ultimatum—be fruitful or else!

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: When we abide in God, God abides in us. God abides in our relationships. God transforms. God will allow us to bear fruit. Amen.

Acts 8:30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

Fr. Richard Rohr Meditation: Apocalyptic literature helps us make room for something new by clearing out the old—old ideas, old stories, old ways of thinking, especially if we’ve become overly attached to them.

Rev. David Clifford: I wonder how we might interpret this scripture differently through the lens of an incarnation of love in Philip’s spirit. Could it be that Philip is able to share the good news of the gospel with the Ethiopian eunuch because he was so connected to the love of God through the incarnation of Christ? The preacher of these texts might explore the ways our spirit of love, as connected by Christ, affects and calls us to treat our fellow human beings differently and with more understanding (a play on words from the conversation Philip and the Ethiopian share).

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: It is a slow and transformational relationship between the vine grower and the branches. Just like the Ethiopian eunuch in our first lesson, we will not always understand. We may ask, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” These relationships require honesty and require us to let go of all those parts we think we can hide from the world and God. How many times have we been afraid to ask for help? Or even embarrassed to ask, “Who can guide me?”

Kaitlin Curtice: The next step after naming my trauma—the trauma of assimilation, the trauma of being an Indigenous woman who grew up in the Baptist church, the trauma of a broken family, the trauma of struggling with anxiety, and more—was to learn how to live with the reality of those traumas, because once we name something out loud, it becomes true in a way it wasn’t before. My journey with trauma includes learning to love myself in a more embodied way, continuing therapy, and actually stepping out of toxic church spaces and institutions into a fuller journey with the Christian faith that accepts me as I am.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): My intention of sharing with you is not to get seen on the Daily Meditations or on social media.  I realize you do not respond to every submission.  My intention of sharing, however, is to make a connection, as heretofore everyone I share with reciprocates with more grinding Silence and it is impossible to forge an honest relationship without partnership.  There is no relationship with Apathy.  I am sharing out of a genuine heart cry.  Without a “Boaz” I’m perpetually gleaning the fields…

Acts 8:31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.

Rev. David Clifford: In a similar way, the incarnation of love from 1 John may adjust the ways in which we interpret the lectionary text from the Gospel of John. Similar to the text from Acts, I have often heard sermons preached on this text from John’s Gospel as an elaboration of our call to evangelism. The usual interpretation says that if we are truly united with Christ, we will bear fruit and see the harvest of our work (which is so often translated as church growth).

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): We ARE the Church; it’s not a building with a cross on it. God’s “Church” is equipped and designed to move in power and authority, destroying the works of the evil one (1 John 3:8). The “Greater One,” JESUS, lives inside of us, and the same authority He has, we have.

Revelation 2:26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): That sense of needing to be impressively fruitful can shape how we think about our faith, our relationship with Jesus, and it can affect how we interpret certain passages.

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): If the dead works of religion, compromise, and control are more appealing, then I believe we will miss the pure revival fires of the Lord, who still desires to be Head of His church. The overcomers who hold fast to Jesus in these end times comprise a remnant-Bride who will ultimately receive authority over the nations. (Revelation 2:18-29.)

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): The Authority of Those Who Have Suffered (Center for Action and Contemplation: 2005), MP3 download.

Acts 8:32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth.

Brat: And the Church said nothing…

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): The Lord uses prophetic words, visions, and dreams to encourage us. These manifestations of Holy Spirit help us to see what He is doing. They also provide strategies to help us carry out His will on the earth. He releases them to bring direction and they provide strength against wavering when adversity comes our way.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): It is your FAITH that I respond to and it is your TRUST IN ME that moves My heart. I LOVE answering your prayers and I DELIGHT in manifesting My goodness. The reason for seeming delay to your answers is not because I am hard of hearing. It is not because I am still fighting or struggling to overcome.

Psalm 19:2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

Brat (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): Then why don’t they write me back?  Ellen wrote me back, and she hears me, but friends can only do so much.  Where’s the Church?  Thirteen years of enforced SILENCE is nuts!

Franklin Graham (27 Apr 21): Cancel Culture vs. the Church

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): It is no wonder that Jesus teaches so much about forgiveness, and shares so much healing touch and talk. He does not resort to the usual moral categories, punishment practices, the frequent blame, or the simplistic sin language of most early-stage religious people. That is why he is such a huge spiritual master. Christians almost avoided seeing this by too glibly calling him “God.” He offers everything to us for our own transformation—everything! Not to change others but to change ourselves. Jesus never “cancels” other people or groups.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then I saw, specifically, a 3-year season of contractions and pushing that ended in nothing, and these pioneers were exhausted and wanted to stop pressing in for the promise. I saw the books and manuscripts and songs that had been blocked and held back – the creative solutions that were NEEDED for the season we have been in, but they came under fire and were never birthed.

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): “How long must we wait, O Lord, how long? How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save?”

Acts 8:33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): Remember the power of your declaration and the proclamation of My Word. From the very first time you cried out to me on behalf of this nation, I HEARD YOU. From the very first time you came together in unity of heart and interceded for the governments of men, I HEARD YOU. From the very first time you raised your voice in faith asking for justice, I HEARD YOU.

When Light Came In (30 Apr 21): For me, *together* is still so new, so fragile. But I’ve seen and felt and heard enough love and goodness from this man that I can lean in to hope.

Acts 8:34 The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?”

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): And because people grow and change better inside community than outside, they also developed reinstating rituals of forgiveness and healing for whenever people needed them. Good thing, too, because to this day most Christians still don’t stop sinning cold turkey, even if we try to, even if we want to, or want to want to.

Pastor Steve Dittmar (27 Apr 21): There once was a man who saw what God wanted to do. He saw it so clearly. He knew what God wanted to do. Actually, it was only a speckle of what God wanted to do, but he stared at it so long, it became all that God wanted to do…so begins the journey a man who saw what God wanted to do and the speckle of God. 

Kaitlin Curtice (05 May 21): I am someone who journeys with trauma.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): When your heart is broken, ask Him to mend it.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Accept praise graciously and authentically. Remind yourself to simply say “Thanks, it felt good to get that right.” Being humble doesn’t mean under-valuing yourself.

Ryan Johnson (29 Apr 21): Sadly there are many who believe that if you continue to see themselves as a worthless nobody, then no one will require anything out of them. If you’re someone that no one else needs, someone without value, or any desire to ever accomplish anything; then everyone will always see you as a person of no interest.[23]

Brat: Said by someone in a position of power.  So, I accept your request to “like” your ministry, but you don’t have to “follow” mine?  Just sayn, it’s a very one-sided world I seem to be in, which God sent me into.  All this talk of love and a simple courtesy would go much farther.

Israel365 (29 Apr 21): When David is confronted by the prophet Natan with rebuke (II Samuel 12), he responds with a single word: “Chatati (‘חטאתי’): I have sinned.”

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Is it that we think we’re the only ones who fall short? Is it a poorly kept secret that mistakes happen? We’ve got this backwards. We’re human, we screw up. It’s our nature. Normal. Ordinary. No reason to constantly point out the obvious. It’s dull conversation.

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): A side of them ponders the cost of greatness with fear and trembling. Another side of them exuberantly embraces the cost. They are reaching a tipping point in their misery. One of their worlds is about to be absorbed by the other, ushering in the next great awakening! Why not you?

TRAINING GROUNDS

Acts 8:35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.

Steve Shultz: I would NEVER have believed back then that this training would lead me to the opportunities and destiny that God is opening before me.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz (02 May 21): Kathryn, What are you waiting for?

Ryan LeStrange (26 Apr 21): My Monday Word for You…Breaking Free from Dominating Leadership!

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): There has been a global demonic assignment of delay sent to stop the move of God in the earth, and to stop the movements that pioneers have been carrying from coming into fruition, but right now the waters are breaking!

Acts 8:36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?”

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): A mother called the church not long ago and asked if we would baptize her toddler, who’d been denied baptism in another community because of Rules. The Rules didn’t make much sense to her, or to me, so we arranged to baptize the little one.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): In a vision, I saw waves and rushing river rapids from many different streams, all beginning to collect like headwaters in a basin, and they were swirling but unable to move any further. As I looked closer I saw that there was an obstruction stopping the flow which looked like a dam wall, but the waters were too much for the wall and it was beginning to crack. Then I heard the Lord say, “The waters are about to break!”

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Saint Teresa of Avila once came upon a moving image of the suffering Christ. Falling to her knees, she determined not to rise until Jesus healed her moral carelessness, which she believed was wounding him. Her pious biographers claim she was immediately converted. But Teresa knew better. She wrote, “From that moment on, I began to begin getting better.”

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): By choosing a life of simplicity, service, generosity, and even powerlessness, we can move forward trusting both Love and Mystery. We don’t need to be perfectly certain before taking the next step.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Many have seen new and terrifying giants emerging and standing at the gates to their life’s greatest promises, but this is not a moment to retreat or be intimidated! Giants like to camp around your greatest promotions, but just keep going! Many have been saying at this point, “Do we turn back around? Do we retrace our steps? Did we miss it?” But over the next few months there are going to be some major reminders of your call and major wins to lift you out of defeat.

Brat: Giants? What giants?

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Maybe you think the railbirds are judging every move you make. They can be real folks wearing celebrity-trainer hats, trying to pass by parroting things that sound tough, saying you’ll spoil that horse. They can be imaginary railbirds, who live in your head and are even worse. They sing-song in your ear, “You pansy, are you afraid? Can’t you make him do it? Show him who’s boss.” The imaginary railbirds say the meanest things.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 Apr 21): For when you fear a thing, you open a door for it to enter.

Brat: And Jesus tried to nip even good things in the bud before they could spread by saying to the amazed Pharisees things like, “And surely you will say …” (Luke 4:23)

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): Rules

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): What Do We Do with This Pain?

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Recently, the Lord began speaking to me about pioneers and pioneer families who have been facing impossible obstacles and giants that have been preventing them from advancing.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): Tim compared this to the clash in the Bible when Lucifer rebelled against God. He attempted a coup d’etat and led one-third of Heaven’s angels against the Godhead. Michael and his archangels fought against them and won. As we know, Lucifer and his rebellious angels were then cast out of Heaven.

Brat: And look where they landed!

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Apr 21): Through apocalyptic literature, the Scripture writers were finding a language and set of metaphors that would stir the power of the imagination and shake the unconscious. The Book of Apocalypse or Revelation was written almost entirely in this apocalyptic style, with archetypal symbols of good and evil such as the Heavenly Woman, the Lamb of God, the Mighty Warrior, and the Red Dragon. The genre we are familiar with that comes closest to what Revelation does is science fiction—but please don’t think I’m dismissing the divinely inspired character of the book. The well-known Bible translator Eugene Peterson (1932–2018) understood the symbolic power of the Book of Revelation

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): Be assured that I’ve been overcoming this darkness far longer than you know. Before you uttered your first prayer, I knew what was coming. Before you even understood the battle, I already arranged for the victory. 

Acts 8:38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

Lana Vawser (26 Apr 21): “Drink deeply of the living water of My Spirit and My Word and be filled to overflowing with the revelatory truths of My heart. Many of your lives are about to change as you see the power of My words (Psalm 119:68 – TPT).”

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Many have come to what feels like an impenetrable stop on every side, but this isn’t the end of the story – the hold-up is breaking, the hold-back is breaking, the resistance is wearing down and soon MOVEMENT will come.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): It turns out, I also have Rules about baptism, and we had to suspend those, too. Because we were still in quarantine from the Covid pandemic, the baptism was not via the lovely font under the soaring roof of our sanctuary. Instead, the water was poured into an ordinary bowl of water under an unseasonably sunny sky. Because we were still gathering virtually, the whole congregation could not witness the baptism in person. Instead, one masked representative stood in for everyone. And the toddler splashed his hand in the ordinary bowl of water in the middle of things, which seemed as holy a way to bless the water as the solemn words we had planned.

Brat (04 May 21): Over the last decade the whole world has gotten cosmic baptisms by global fires, floods, blood moons, diminishing icebergs, rising sea levels, rising earth temperatures, regional (Ebola) and global (Coronavirus) pandemics, smart bugs, droughts, political prisoners, slavery, restricting human rights, … (need I go on?)  And Jesus has been with us just as He promised in the Book of Revelation where all these traumas were also described.  These baptisms have been waking us up.  Sophia, Jo, and I believe we are in the middle of another wake-up call right now.

Matt Laney (04 May 21): George Floyd was the wakeup call we needed? Really? Who is “we” in that sentence? A now-famous Black Lives Matter protest sign addresses the issue squarely: “George Floyd isn’t a wakeup call. The same alarm has been ringing since 1619. Y’all just keep hitting snooze.”

Wanda Alger (05 May 21): I quickly realized that though we Americans don’t see tanks on the streets, we are most certainly in a time of war. Because the weapons are unconventional and largely out of sight, we don’t realize the implications of what is taking place. Not only is there chaos at every turn, there have been untold casualties in this war. Ever since the lockdowns began last year, countless people have been dying from man-made tools of war, inciting terror in the hearts of citizens everywhere. If we understand that we are in a war zone, our perceptions of reality and subsequent responses to the crises will vastly differ from those who don’t. More importantly, we cannot say we are in a time of peace when God says we are in a time of war. We cannot simply go on with life as usual when forces of darkness are literally trying to kill us.

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): In the early church, some bishops believed that Christians who sinned post-baptism (especially The Big Sins, like fornication, fraud, apostasy, and murder) were not Christians at all. Baptism made you a new creature, so if you were still sinning like an old creature, clearly it didn’t take. Big Sinners got excommunicated. No way back in.

Franklin Graham (27 Apr 21): When a society embraces godlessness, it results in anarchy. The Lord warned to not embrace a lifestyle of “everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes” (Deuteronomy 12:8, ESV).

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): Here we see that enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, and dissensions are listed with such things as immorality, sorcery, and drunkenness. We are also told that those who practice them will not inherit the kingdom of God. How much more serious could this be? 

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): We’ve already crossed over into this new era, and God’s plans will succeed!

Brat: For the most part, yes, we have crossed over.  But we have not crossed over into the new era in the department of courtesy!  Courtesy is always the last thing to be repaired even if there is reparation in other significant areas.  In past epochs, courtesy wasn’t necessarily ever restored.  Look at Camelot.  God’s plans have already been fulfilled and His word goes forth whether or not anyone reads it.  Jesus is still the Alpha and the Omega.  BUT, the Pete’s and repeats will continue for lack of listening within the leadership, because there is nowhere for the proverbial buck to stop.  There is no accountability even among the apostles.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): Reflecting on trauma has made me think that much of the human race must have suffered from what we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is heartbreaking to imagine, but it gives me much more sympathy for the human person caught in repeated cycles of historical violence.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): Tim said that he feels this coming clash will once again involve Michael and his angel armies. It will also involve the Church, the heirs of God, the joint-heirs with Christ. He stressed that God is saying to His Ekklesia now what He has said so often through the ages: “You have My authority. Take care of this. You’ll win. Stop the takeover and do not fear a clash with the Titans.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): For people who face situations like these, the Apocalypse is an exciting, inspiring, and marvelous book. It is a book which, in our sociopolitical situation, is a constant call for conversion and change. . . . But we shall have to learn to read it differently. . . .

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Pretty soon the bishops realized that a church of the perfect was doomed to extinction. Christians were going to sin, even if they knew they shouldn’t, tried not to, and didn’t want to. So church leaders began thinking of baptism not as a one shot transformation, but as a life-long unfolding, a grace that recreates us over time.

Rev. Dr. Sally Howard: Our God, who poured Herself into the creation of all that exists, is subject to risk, to being fractured and torn, just as we are. . . . The knowledge and experience of God’s solidarity and union with us is profoundly healing and can alter the sequela of trauma so as not to become repetitive and recurrent. God desires closeness to all our experience, naked and raw, in its particularity and commonality. . .

Matt Laney (04 May 21): Only One, Friend and Defender of the Oppressed,

whose Child was pierced with metal by militarized police,

we know that wherever there is a broken body,

wherever there are tears, you are there.[24]

Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: When we abide in God, we invite God into our lives – however messy that may be. When we abide in God, we are empowered to seek our place in this world, loving others, living into the mission of the Church, restoring all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

Acts 8:39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 Apr 21): So if you want to be healthy, put yourself in a healthy space.[25]

Rev. Dr. Sally Howard: By providing the safe dwelling place, God defeats the horror in our lives. God catches up our trauma and weaves any horror-filled participation into an unending relationship of beatific intimacy. When we recognize God in our own narrative, there is no wound so deep that God cannot heal. [1][26]

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): God, give us courage to ask hard questions and the audacity to expect a response. When we pray, we “pinky-swear” to listen and make space for your response so that we might live as a resurrection people called to speak life as love and justice embodied in the world. Amen.

WHERE’S BOAZ?

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Now that I think on it, it wasn’t a cowboy after all. It was a woman. A friend who has a passion for horses. And no, it wasn’t a bar, it was your kitchen, and you made her tea.

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Give me the grace to want to, O God. And to want to want to. And to want to want to want to…

Brat: I admit, the narrative sounds good on paper.

Acts 8:40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Brat to Fr. Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21): Your voice has value in our community.  Mine is not seen as a gift although I am chosen.  Boaz bought Ruth’s freedom in choosing her and the elders bore witness. You yourself don’t have to play the part of Boaz (in the time of Reorder), but you can pass me along to someone in the Church who wants to.

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): Wanting to Want to

Steve Shultz (05 May 21): Please share this with all of your friends…the intelligence in this is out of this world – literally!

Fr. Richard Rohr (29 Apr 21): The spiritual message is really quite simple, although a very hard one for us to learn. It is saying that nothing is permanent. Apocalyptic literature tells us to be prepared for that, so we won’t be shocked or scandalized when someone dies, or something is destroyed. You might learn this truth the moment after you hear of the death of your mother or father, when the rug is pulled out from beneath you. Or, during that moment when you go to the doctor and get a fatal diagnosis and are told you have three months left to live. Or when your house is destroyed by a tornado or flood in seconds. Apocalyptic literature describes such moments and crises. Again, this message is not meant to be heard as a threat, but as a truth that nothing lasts forever. Our great hope is that there will be something we can grasp onto, something that’s eternal, something that’s God. We want the absoluteness of God, the eternity of God, and we can’t fully find it here.

Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): You’d think that confidence was the exact same thing as arrogance, some sort of poison to be avoided. Or like there is some reward for seeing ourselves in a lesser light. Does it tear us down a little bit, contributing to a self-fulfilling prophesy? Do we become a club of false humility? Some of us will only say a nice thing about ourselves, if we disclaim it three times first by listing other faults. I swear, the way we talk about ourselves, it’s amazing our dogs like us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): Prayer means that when your heart bursts with pain, pour it out to Him.

Me to Jo (30 Apr 21): So beautiful and so raw.  I know exactly what you are talking about!! Yesterday I felt whole body pain.  I thought it was my body reacting in pain to the ear biopsy (which they have already told me is NOT cancer. Thank You, God!!).  But my ear hurts terribly and I have no tolerance for any pain.  Ironically, it is the ear that is my most prophetic part!  My mission is to “hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.” 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): And the opposite as well: If there is a problem in the body, its origin is somewhere in the soul.

Me to Jo (30 Apr 21): The pain doesn’t just stay in the ear but escapes EVERYWHERE like the Pinball Wizard into all my arthritic joints.  The pain was unbearable!

The Who: “Pinball Wizard” [https://youtu.be/4AKbUm8GrbM]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): “Doctors are healers.  Doctors are not prophets.  Never give up.”[27]

Luke 4:23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (30 Apr 21): Aviva Spiegel, a resident of Tsfat who was at the event, released an audio in which she described her experience: “Whatever they say in the media that the Haredim (ultra-Orthodox) were pushing and trampling, that they were like animals, hopefully, the media won’t, I want to tell you that when the sirens started blaring, I saw Hatzala workers running, and I saw men pumping chests, giving CPR,” Spiegel said. “What I saw was a nation that was so united. There is the story of death but the real story is the … thousands of people who were davening (praying) for them…Everyone was saying Tehillim (psalms). The heart of the nation is pure. Even though were dealt a huge blow. We were crying out for our brothers and sisters. And this is what brings geula (redemption). We pray for each other, and give tzedaka (charity).”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): So that the two must be healed in tandem. Heal the body by healing the soul—with more mitzvahs, more Torah, more focus on your spiritual growth.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Even now, many have begun to back-peddle on their calling and have reduced their vision because the gates to nations look shut, but I haven’t called My pioneers to operate under the constraints of the natural, but in the realm of the impossible. So believe Me again!

Me to Jo (30 Apr 21): I was trying to tell Sophia yesterday that I wish the rabbis could see that it is not always so that our bodies reflect what is going on in our own souls.  It can be more than inside-out reflection and maybe not that at all.  What about babies born with terrible diseases?  What about their own 45 deaths in the stampede in Meron, Israel, yesterday?  I want to shout to them that with the prophetic, sometimes we carry in our bodies what is going on in our “herd,” even if we don’t necessarily see the greater pain as originating within ourselves.  It’s hard to explain if one hasn’t experienced it.  I think this is a form of uber compassion.  And you are right, I think it ties in with mercy, because we come alongside others, even though we can’t do anything for them.  We pray and let God do for them.  Anything else at that point would be a form of playing god.

Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): No one will be able to buy them off or get them to change the subject. They will operate on a disquieting plane of holiness and consecration. I believe that A.W. Tozer was describing them when he said, “They serve God and mankind from motives too high to be understood by the rank and file of religious retainers who today shuttle in and out of the sanctuary.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): Make your heart His sanctuary, the place where you find Him.

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): The clue to understanding the Apocalypse as protest literature—and at the same time the answer to the question as to why so few scholars understand it in this way—lies, I think, in Revelation 1:9: “I John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance [of suffering].” This is the key. Those who do not know this suffering through oppression, who do not struggle together with God’s people for the sake of the gospel, and who do not feel in their own bodies the meaning of oppression and the freedom and joy of fighting against it shall have grave difficulty understanding this letter from Patmos. . . . It is understanding the comfort and the protest, the prophetic, hopeful song of victory that the church already sings, even in the midst of suffering and fear, destruction, and death.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): The LAST thing the devil wants is exposure of his evil schemes, yet God’s will is being done, just like it is in Heaven, and that means hidden things are coming to light for ALL to see. It’s a time to confess to God the things that we all need to own up to and change the things in our own lives that God is putting His finger on. It’s time to get ready to be MIGHTILY used by Him in this accelerated time we are living in.

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): You Can’t Go Back to “Normal”

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): I confess, though, that even knowing this is true, there are days, especially after the exhaustion and despair of this past year, that I still worry, because, if anything, I feel a lot more like that withered branch in the parable, the one that is all dried up and gnarled, with seemingly no fruit at all. 

Brat: I hear you.  I sobbed at Isaiah 56:3-5.  Is this where I’m supposed to say that I want to grow up to be like the bard of the Nibelungenlied or other epics from the Middle Ages?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): Because never was he given a license to prophesy.

Psalm 22:25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

Brat: I have been! God bless God!

Mary Luti (27 Apr 21): No perfection, instant or otherwise. Just the good news that we’re not done; that grace never runs out; that beginning to begin and wanting to want is not deficiency or failure, but a holy path; and all the way to God is God.

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): Thank You

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): It’s a curious thing, isn’t it?

Brat: I HAVE paid my vows before those who fear Him. All I have are these collective conversations that I write full-time with no compensation. Jesus told us to rise and walk, so we did.

Dutch Sheets (30 Apr 21): We will lock onto covenant promises and inherit new territories. You will not be stymied, blocked, or stopped. You will shake open the way before us. And we will arise, pursue, and recover all, in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): Supernatural Authority and the Fear of the Lord

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “You People ♥” 14 Apr 21): The true and essential work of all religion is to help us recognize and recover the divine image in everything. It is to mirror things correctly, deeply, and fully until all things know who they are. A mirror by its nature reflects impartially, equally, effortlessly, spontaneously, and endlessly. It does not produce the image, nor does it filter the image according to its perceptions or preferences. Authentic mirroring can only call forth what is already there.

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

AUTOREPLY

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (29 Apr 21): It is time for an answer, don’t you think?

From Richard Rohr (27 Apr 21 at 4:07 pm): Automatic reply: A special note from Fr. Richard: My hope for this community.

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): An initial impression is set in just 30 seconds or less.

American Friends (27 Apr 21): Sometimes Seconds Count

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Then the Lord spoke to me, “Do they think the bad reports are a match for My goodness? Do they think that the red tape of man’s kingdoms overrides Mine?”

Donna Rigney (April 14, 2021): “Then the great unveiling will happen, where all will see what has been hiding in the darkness. Pray, before that day of the great unveiling, that many will allow their eyes to be opened so that the shock will not be so great.

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): “As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed.” (Daniel 9:23 NIV)

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): “Come to the oasis. The depth of revelation you will receive will be proportionate to how much you have filled yourself up with Me. This is where My voice needs to be the loudest thing you hear and the rhythm of My heart the only thing that gives you purpose every day.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): And this is a radical shift, even from the Old Testament imagery of Israel as the vine and God as the gardener, because now God has integrated God’s own life into the plant itself, so that it will never have to survive by itself.

Psalm 22:26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): What is a service that is performed within the heart? This could only be speaking of prayer.
Talmud Taanit 2a.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): Christ as the vine, as the one who sustains us directly, replaces the idea of fruitfulness as our offering TO God and replaces it with the idea of fruitfulness as God’s offering to US. 

Fr. Richard Rohr (30 Apr 21): Apocalyptic literature is subversive literature. This is a key point in understanding John’s reasons for writing the book of Revelation in the style that he did.

Brat: I wonder if Posterity will call my writings “apocalyptic and subversive” literature?

Donna Schaper (28 Apr 21): What you do matters. It may be hard to know that in the middle of any given day or meeting or moment. You may leave more than one task unfinished, more than one email waiting for response, more than one goal unaccomplished. Most people do, including the greatest multi-taskers among us. To do is to leave some things undone.

Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): Why would “self-control” be named as a fruit of the Spirit? Isn’t that something we do? We must keep in mind that the Spirit is “the Helper,” not “the Doer.” He has been sent to help us, but not to do what we are responsible for doing. However, He does help us to develop these qualities so they are His fruit in our life.

James Goll (03 May 21): The Feeler – Sensitivity Helps you Act on God’s Voice

Lance Wallnau (27 Apr 21): Become an expert reader of people and you can connect with and motivate anyone. What would happen if you stepped into this divine favor with each new interaction? It could change everything.

Brat: And bring Boaz?

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): People of God, listen. All around you, God’s children are starving because the word of God is being withheld from them. Ask yourself, is it just Rules getting in the way of them being fed? And then consider this. What if you suspended the Rules? Would Christ show up anyway?

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; and all the families of the nations shall worship before Him.

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Our job is to be who we say we are and who God says we are—carriers of the divine image. “My deepest me is God,” as St. Catherine of Genoa said. I can only imagine how differently our lives, families, and nations would look if we trusted the foundational promise of Christian incarnation. When you can see Christ in all things (including yourself!), you will see and live differently.

RevelationMedia (28 Apr 21): Why “The Insanity of God?”

Brat: Actually, St. Catherine of Genoa supposedly often prayed, “O, Divine Madman…”  I so bless her!

Lana Vawser (03 May 21): I began to see the Lord bringing people from near and far into the lives of these pioneers and they became covenant relationships. It was relationship on a level that they had not experienced before. For many of these lonely pioneers they were beginning to experience what it was to live in safe community. To be deeply and genuinely loved by people. To be deeply loved and celebrated in a place of purity.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): It’s no surprise that the Christian logo became a naked, bleeding, suffering man. What do we do with this pain, this sadness, this disappointment, this absurdity? At the end of life, and probably at the beginning of life, too, that is the question. When I led men in rites of passage, this was the biggest question for the largest percentage of those in the middle of life: what do we do with what has already happened to us? How do we keep from the need to blame, to punish, to accuse, to sit on Job’s eternal dung heap and pick at our sores (Job 2:8)? It seems to me that too high a percentage of humanity ends up there.

Nichole Nordeman: Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
It’s history
But every mile mattered
Every mile mattered
Every mile mattered[28]

Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): My Word is final, My blood is complete, and My victory absolute. My ear is not closed and My arm is not short. I do not need, nor ask, for greater numbers to pray or bigger crowds to gather. I do not require louder voices or more passionate pleas. All I have asked is that you BELIEVE!

Psalm 22:28 For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

Sister Greta Ronningen (27 Apr 21): Eastertide blessings – May God’s love surround you.

Dutch Sheets (15 Apr 21): Just as You did with Mary, hover over me until I carry Your presence. I want to radiate the power of Holy Spirit in such strength that lives are changed and Christ is formed in people. Remind us daily, Father, that we are Him here.

Psalm 22:29 To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): This fulfills what the prophet Jeremiah proclaimed, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” and “their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): Wherever your heart is at, whatever it is being, connect that to His Being.[29]

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): God will use His Church to execute supernatural events on this earth

Psalm 22:30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord,

Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): Let’s shake up, destroy and wreak havoc on all the fixed fortifications of Hell. Let’s love and engage these young people. Since we older ones are on the front line, let’s use our position more intentionally and engage culture. Let’s make lots of money to fund the work we turn over to them to finish. We will find and build according to the blueprints God gave us.

Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): Where it has looked like a fruitless three years of pressing forward without seeing any progress, you will soon see what you have been pioneering in the dark! Get ready to feel a surge of fresh creativity where it has been blocked, and a fresh anointing to build and create, write, plant and pioneer the new and unseen blueprints from the Lord’s heart.

Golda Meir (Prime Minister of Israel from 1969-1974): “Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): But if he lifts his hands and declares there’s little hope—that you can ignore.

Nate Johnston: “Don’t Believe the Bad Report! The Waters Are About to Break!”

Eugene Peterson: I read [John’s] Revelation not to get more information but to revive my imagination. “The imagination is our way into the divine Imagination, permitting us to see wholly—as whole and holy—what we perceive as scattered, as order what we perceive as random.” [1][30] St. John uses words the way poets do, recombining them in fresh ways so that old truth is freshly perceived. He takes truth that has been eroded to platitude by careless usage and sets it in motion before us in an “animated and impassioned dance of ideas.” [2][31] . . . Familiarity dulls my perceptions. Hurry scatters my attention. Ambition fogs my intelligence. Selfishness restricts my range. Anxiety robs me of appetite. Envy distracts me from what is good and blessed right before me. And then . . . St. John’s apocalyptic vision brings me to my senses, body and soul. [3][32]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): “Love G‑d and serve Him with all your heart.”
Deuteronomy 11:13.

Kaitlin Curtice (05 May 21): Learning to love myself—my child self, my adult self, my scared self, the courageous self that I keep tucked away a lot of the time—has been the hardest part of my journey with trauma. When we learn to stop blaming our child selves for their trauma, fear, and behaviors, we learn to understand who we are as adults, and we get the chance to become embodied again.[33]

Steve Shultz (28 Apr 21): And while I cannot claim to have fully gotten it right, I’ve certainly worked toward that goal and God HAS taken care of the rest.

Psalm 22:31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that He has done it.

Steve Cleary (02 May 21): Are Children the Door to the Unreached?

BABBLED WISDOM

From Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Your support is what enables this work of sharing the transformative wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition with people all over the world. Thank you for being part of this community. I hope our work has been helpful in your life this year and we are so grateful for your partnership in making it possible.

Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): God is sending us into places where it may not look “safe.” Jesus told His disciples, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be WISE as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). Wisdom is of major importance as we find ourselves going into places that are not only unpredictable, but also dangerous. Yet, God told us that in the day of trouble, He would hide us and protect us (Psalm 18).

Rev. David Clifford: I have heard it said that sometimes the best evangelism strategy is to tell people that you are a Christian and then not be jerk. These particular lectionary readings seem to suggest an even better evangelistic strategy: love people. It really isn’t a new or even radical concept. Yet, it seems to be one of the most difficult things for us to do in our society. As our divisions seem to grow farther and farther apart with more and more violent rhetoric toward one another, it certainly seems that our love for one another is shrinking.

Fr. Richard Rohr (02 May 21): As I wrote in the most recent edition of our biannual literary journal Oneing, this much is all I am equipped to say. This week, let my friends now take it further.

Genesis 11:That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Jennifer Brownell (30 Apr 21): And Christ showed up anyway.

Verse of the Day (29 Apr 21): Job 19:25 I know that my redeemer lives,
    and that in the end he will stand on the earth.

**


[1] Mario Murillo (29 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25418)

[2] Cindy McGill (29 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25417)

[3] Nate Johnston (28 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25414)

[4] Wanda Alger (05 May 21): https://wandaalger.me/2021/05/05/we-are-in-a-war-zone-and-why-it-matters/

[5] Rev. David Clifford: [1] Devadhar, Sudarshana. “May 2, 2021-Fifth Sunday of Easter.” The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2021. Ed. Tanya Linn Bennett. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2020. 67.

[6] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (29 Apr 21): Healing Body and Soul – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[7] Lana Vawser (03 May 21): TO THE LONELY PIONEERS, THE LORD IS BRINGING YOUR TRIBE TO YOU – Lana Vawser Ministries

[8] Rev. Luz Cabrera Montes: How to Love, Easter 5 (B) – May 2, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[9] Donna Rigney (04 May 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25434)

[10] Lance Wallnau (28 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25415)

[11] Rev. Phil Hooper (02 May 21): http://byanotherroad.com/2021/05/02/fruitfulness-a-sermon/

[12] Anna Blake (30 Apr 21): Affirmative Training: A Cowboy Walks Into a Bar… – Anna Blake

[13] Wanda Alger (26 Apr 21): https://wandaalger.me/2021/04/26/the-command-went-out-the-first-time-you-prayed/

[14] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (30 Apr 21): TRAGEDY: At least 44 dead and over 150 injured in stampede at Lag Ba’Omer gathering on Mt. Meron (israel365news.com)

[15] Rick Joyner (13 Apr 21): The Weapons of Kindness and Goodness | MorningStar Ministries

[16] Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25404)

[17] Rick Joyner (27 Apr 21): The Weapon of Self-Control | MorningStar Ministries

[18] Rev. David Clifford: 5th Sunday of Easter(B): Incarnation of Love – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[19] [1] Richard Rohr, In the Footsteps of St. Paul, disc 1 (Franciscan Media: 2015), CD.

[20] Ric Guerra (30 Apr 21): Unconstrained | News + Resources (foursquare.org)

[21] Nate Johnston (26 Apr 21): https://www.facebook.com/nateandchristy/posts/2779452449051695

[22] Adapted from Richard Rohr, “The End of Worlds,” homily, November 15, 2015; and

“A Time of Unveiling,” Four Steps to the Second Coming, Day 1, presentation to Franciscan friars, November 25, 2020, video. Unpublished talk; used with permission.

[23] Ryan Johnson (29 Apr 21): https://www.facebook.com/officialryanjohnsonministries/posts/127224279449645

[24] Matt Laney (04 May 21): -from A Booklet of Uncommon Prayers: Collects for the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and Beyond, by Kenji Kuramitsu

[25] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (28 Apr 21): Thinking Healthy – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[26] Rev. Dr. Sally Howard: [1] Sally A. Howard, “Secure Dwelling and Positive Meaning in the Face of Trauma,” “Trauma,” Oneing, vol. 9, no. 1 (CAC Publishing: 2021), 25–26, 27. 

[27] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 May 21): Limited License – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[28] Songwriters: Ben Glover, Nichole Nordeman, David Garcia, Inconnu Compositeur Auteur

[29] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 May 21): What Is Prayer? – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[30] [1] Wendell Berry, Standing by Words: Essays (North Point Press: 1983), 90. 

[31] [2] Paul S. Minear, review of A Commentary on the Revelation of John, by George Eldon Ladd, Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 26, no. 4 (October 1972), 487.

[32] [3] Eugene H. Peterson, Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination (HarperOne: 1988), xi–xii.

[33] Kaitlin Curtice, “Trauma as a Journeying Partner,” “Trauma,” Oneing, vol. 9, no. 1 (CAC Publishing: 2021), 61–62.

Emboldened 22 Apr 21

27 Apr

Working Dates: Thursday, April 22, 2021 to Monday, April 26, 2021

[25 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from 1 John 3:16-24 and John 10:11-18 for 4 Easter 25 Apr 21]

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): You are so loved and cherished by the Lord. I know because I’ve seen His heart for you! Your transactions with God in prayer are holy; even angels wonder at the intimate relationship you cultivate with your Father! [1] 

Brat prayer journal (21 Apr 21): Lord, I don’t really know what You want me to do.  I don’t have peace about what You really want me to say.  I have peace about trying to contact CAC (Richard Rohr), but I have no confidence that they’ll do anything.  I don’t know what to say.  I feel like no matter what I try, I’ll get ambushed again anyway. 

Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): In the vision, I saw people who were in deep anguish before the Lord; they were crying out for deliverance from the weight of confusion and despair that was surrounding them. I continued to hear the words, “I just don’t know anymore.” Many of them were feeling so weighed down and taking on this confusion as their own. [2]

Brat: Grrrrrrrr…. This feels like gaslighting! Do you not know how much it hurts to see one’s own prayers in print by someone else when there is no contact to make friendship?

When Light Came In (23 Apr 21): Arguing with a narcissist is like getting arrested.  Everything you say can and will be used against you.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): As every biblical principle is being disregarded by many other Christians, I often feel like I’m losing my sanity.

Steve Shultz: We all have been in such an intense attack, but right now, for many of you, that attack has actually increased even though you have continued to pray that it would break off.

Pastor Kate LePard (23 Apr 21): Ruling Savior, we depend on your will to power us through this difficult time of pandemic. Infuse us with the energy to accomplish the tasks set before us. Help us stay connected with others in your flock by creative ways. Amen.

Fr. Richard Rohr (18 Apr 21): The core message of the incarnation of God in Jesus is that the Divine Presence is here, in us and in all of creation, and not only “over there” in some far-off realm. 

1 John 3:16 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us–and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.

Emily Claire Schmitt (19 Apr 21): Hello, Religious Privilege is Good and Here’s Why[3]

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (22 Apr 21): Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): “The next time setting a boundary feels terrifying, remember what it felt like the last time you didn’t.”

Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): Without the perspective of the lighthouse ministry, someone with a beacon ministry could lean towards being permissive—lenient towards sin[4]

Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): Maybe your horse is getting into something he shouldn’t. You don’t need to rush to scold. Give him an amiable cluck to move along. Use your voice to help him be safe. Hold to the hard-won tendency of kindness even as you assert boundaries. Learning finesse isn’t a quick fix for either of you. [5]

Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): I then heard the Lord speak to them, “This confusion is not your own. This is a spirit of witchcraft coming against you to steal the vision, to hinder the birthing, to hinder the movement and to cause such despair to come upon you that you will not move forth into the Promised Land that I have for you by taking hold of that which I have spoken.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): There is a giveaway in all of the apocalyptic sections of the three Synoptic Gospels. In Matthew 24:8, hidden there in the middle of the wars and earthquakes it says, “All this is only the beginning of the birth pangs.” Apocalypse is for the sake of birth not death. Yet most of us have heard this reading as a threat. Apparently, it’s not. Anything that upsets our normalcy is a threat to the ego but in the Big Picture, it really isn’t. In Luke 21, Jesus says right in the middle of the catastrophic description: “Your endurance will win you your souls.” Falling apart is for the sake of renewal, not punishment. Again, such a telling line. In Mark 13, Jesus says “Stay awake” four times in the last paragraph (Mark 13:32–37). In other words, “Learn the lesson that this has to teach you.” It points to everything that we take for granted and says, “Don’t take anything for granted.” An apocalyptic event reframes reality in a radical way by flipping our imagination.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Apr 21): Mitzvah (mits-va): An instruction in life from the Giver of Life.

Rick Joyner (20 Apr 21): There is another aspect to gentleness that is often a magnificent demonstration of noble character—good manners. This is why those who have good manners are called “gentlemen” or “gentle ladies.” Good manners are basically a way that we honor and show respect for others. They have become so rare in these times that when they are seen they can stand out even more as those who are of a different spirit. Since the Lord said that as we treat even the least of His people He will regard it as the way that we treat Him; we should be treating everyone with the highest respect and good manners.[6]

Pastor Kate LePard (19 Apr 21): Hope is possible because wild Easter power creates new life in unexpected places. The world’s ways are upended to make room for the Lord’s dream of all people dancing and leaping and praising God.

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): In a time that the pure and clear prophetic has never been needed more there has been an obvious assignment to shut down voices rising up. Often disguised as wisdom, safe-guarding, and protecting purity (which are all necessary) this imposter spirit wants to shut down the prophetic by causing division, fault-finding/critical spirit, and instead of broadcasting hope – broadcasting opinions and agendas. This causes true voices of hope to shut down and hide. [7]

Me to Faith Marie Baczko (20 Apr 21): I wanted to take a moment to expound on my subscription request, so that you’d better understand my intentions.  There is a critical spirit that goads periodically to the flock telling the sheep not to just go stalking bloggers to devour their latest words, so as not to spend real time with God to get His own words.  It’s the same pedantic spirit that told us not to go church shopping pre-pandemic.  But this spirit doesn’t look at the heart.  Its only intention is to scold and try to play the upper hand.  This spirit doesn’t consider those of us that are SENT.

Bill Yount (12 Sept 2020): I hear the Father saying, “I am breaking the age barrier! Quit saying, “I am getting older.” Christ in you is ageless. Allow His Spirit to quicken your mortal body and soar with the Eagles. And don’t tell Me where I can’t send you this year. Get over yourself and buy some new luggage.” [8]

Rabbi Curt Landry (24 Apr 21): Knowing we need to spend time with God is one thing, but as Believers, do we really understand our need to ABIDE with God?[9]

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): The church that raised me is gaslighting me.

Brat: Me, too.

1 John 3:15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.

Quinn Caldwell (24 Apr 21): Jacob, now renamed Israel, meets his grandsons. There’s been so much crossing and double-crossing in this family, so much bad blood, murder and enslavement and cruelty, multiple generations of inherited trauma. Plenty of sin within each lifetime, as well: no doubt when Joseph approached with his sons, Israel was remembering the cruel trick he once played on his own aged father. No doubt that’s why he had to try to play the player, to avoid getting played himself. I wouldn’t have thought he’d be in a very good position to act as a blesser, but he doesn’t even hesitate.

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Very much the same as what God is building in you but specifically the opposition that comes as a direct result of the noticeable increase you have stepped on and the office/appointment you have before you. The enemy sees the new mantle, your sudden fire and rising authority and has been warring against the appointment with weariness and disappointment. This is where you need wisdom and discernment to know that you aren’t taking on yokes, wrong armor, or people’s stuff, but only what God anoints and mantles you with.

John Edgerton (26 Apr 21): The apostle Peter knew it too. Real authority in the church can belong to anyone. Even you.

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): It is as certain as death and taxes that when you say yes to the Lord, you will face opposition.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): I wish the evangelical church would wake up and realize how many of us there are out there feeling manipulated and abused. This community of wanderers is dealing with grief both privately and collectively. Together we weep, we rage and we try to rebuild what’s left of our shattered spiritual lives. Healing is slow and it’s painful. I’m working hard to separate the true, worthy parts of Christianity from the bullshit. I do hope to return to church someday, but I will never again be gaslighted by an institution that sells out Jesus for political power. [10]

Me to Pastor Jessica Solórzano Owens (in “Benefit of the Doubt” 06 Apr 21): I am touched that you asked for prayer requests.  To respond to that, I first offer this context as a cradle for understanding:

I look to see where the Holy Spirit is leading through our collective voice.  Basically, I track the Arc Speak.

‘Arc Speak’ is a political tool used by those in power (from family members to salesmen to Pharisees to governments) to address issues without having to touch the individuals affected by those issues.

Andrew Towe (23 Apr 21): “I say to you, Arise, and take up your bed, and go your way into your house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” (Mark 2:11-12, emphasis mine) [11]

Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): I’ve been reminded of a time I picked up binoculars, to look at a distant object I’d noticed for three days.
And when I saw it close up, I discovered it was not what I expected!

1 John 3:11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 

Casey Cross: The writing found in 1 John serves as a testimony, a witness, to the truth found in Jesus and inexorably bound to the ways we live out our love for one another. Truth, the writer of 1 John posits, is not an idea to consider, but a response to be lived. We know how to live because we know Jesus. As we follow the way of Jesus, believing Jesus, not just a comfortable proof, we respond with our very lives. The purpose of this truth is not about being right or confirming our biases. The purpose of this truth made manifest in Jesus stirs us to action with and for each other. As we live this love for others, we are emboldened by the truth of Christ. The two go together. We must love one another to know the truth. We must know the truth as expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus to actively love one another.[12]

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): My evangelical church is gaslighting me, but I refuse to fall for it anymore

Kaji Douša (19 Apr 21): On the cross, Jesus couldn’t take it anymore, either! He couldn’t take it, but he did. But, early Sunday morning. He. Got. Up. Somebody almost thought they were gonna get away with walking off with our Jesus.

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): A risen body. An offering of peace. Somehow, it seems, these are connected—two notes of the same song. 

Maren Morris: “The Bones” [https://youtu.be/gvPMVKUI9go]

Brat (24 Apr 21): My friend Sophia Buller went through serious narcissistic abuse from the Church, too, and shared some resources for healing on her blog: Some amazing resources Abba Led me to – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): You have been commissioned by God in the wilderness and now you are coming out of that season with a weighty governmental mantle and call to the nations to see them come to Jesus!

Church of England (21 Apr 21): It also recommends that the new Commission should examine broad questions of how parish life itself could become more inclusive.

1 John 3:17 How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): Caring for the poor, but with conditions

Kaji Douša (19 Apr 21): The lady in green begins her monologue with words that hit in the Year of our Lord 2021: “Somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff.” Something was stolen from her.

Brat: Same here.

Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): The boldness of the church’s hypocrisy is causing me to question the very foundation of my spiritual beliefs. It’s disorienting. Every biblical principle I hold sacred has been disregarded by many other Christians, and I often feel like I’m losing my sanity while the entire house of cards that is my evangelical upbringing collapses around me.

Maren Morris: When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter

Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter

Let it rain ’cause you and I remain the same

When there ain’t a crack in the foundation

Baby, I know any storm we’re facing

Will blow right over while we stay put

The house don’t fall when the bones are good

1 Thessalonians 5:For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “You People ♥” 14 Apr 21): God is not bound by our commonly held presumption that humans are the center of everything. Creation did not actually demand or need Jesus (or us, for that matter) to confer additional sacredness upon it. From the first moment of the Big Bang, nature was revealing the glory and goodness of the Divine Presence; it must be seen as a gratuitous gift. Jesus came to live in its midst, and enjoy life in all its natural variations, and thus be our model and exemplar. Jesus is the gift that honored the gift, we might say.

Pope Francis: Evangelize by Example, Not Pushing Your Faith on Others

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): Jesus came to the earth for a purpose: to seek and save that which was lost (see Luke 19:10). So many of us get confused because we’ve got a lot of evangelists running around saying that Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost. That’s not what the Word says. It says Jesus came to seek and save “that which was lost.” In this verse, Jesus was talking about the authority [!] that Adam lost in the Garden when he sinned.

Revelation 12: 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power
    and the kingdom of our God,
    and the authority [!] of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
    who accuses them before our God day and night,
    has been hurled down.

Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch: To fool the world is one thing,
but to fool yourself is no big deal.

You’re a fool for wanting to fool yourself
—and anyone can fool a fool.

Revelation 16:15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”)

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): It takes one to know one.

​Jesus knows. 

Brat: “It takes one to know one” made me think of Jesus the Thief, and how the rabbis had talked about the fool.

Pastor Kate LePard (21 Apr 21): The saying “walk the talk” demands action, not just words. It’s easier to discuss than to do something about challenges. The writer of this sermon insists God’s love compels us to respond to our neighbor’s needs.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (22 Apr 21): It may seem to some an ordinary light, just another flame. But in truth, you have ignited the darkness of our world and extracted its secret: That it too is light.

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): I believe you are a very special breed of people whose lives are deeper, richer, and more powerful than the world will ever know.

Steve Porter (08 April 21): The wheel within a wheel is a perfect illustration of the relationship we can have with our Lord and Savior. Even though we’ve been given dominion, it shouldn’t be lost on us that we belong to God. The reason the Holy Spirit was sent is so that He can inspire and guide us in everything we do. This is why Paul admonishes us to always walk in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:25). Just like the wheel in Ezekiel’s vision [Ezek. 1:16], we should ensure that we are actively seeking His will and staying in step with His Spirit. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Apr 21): A stroke of brilliance arising from the innermost will of the Creator of all things, left for you to perform on the stage of His world.

Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): Without the insights of the beacon ministry, someone with a lighthouse ministry could become focused on performance—being primarily about “do’s and don’ts”

Ryan LeStrange (19 April 21): My Monday Word for You…The Treasure of the Scribe Anointing!

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): Dear Readers for Fr. Richard Rohr,

Wanda Alger (22 Apr 21): For you have been commissioned and appointed for this very hour of deliverance!
The nations are looking to you. Do not be silent or hold back.
Today is the day to SPEAK, to ACT, to RISE UP and DISPLAY the sovereign power and authority of the Most High God through your witness and testimony![13]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Apr 21): An instance, left in your hands, for the true reality to be exposed as what would otherwise be a trivial object—a dollar bill, a candle, a braided loaf of bread, a black leather strap—is suddenly revealed as a divine revelation.

Brat: Or a letter?

Revelation 1:John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): What is the significance of this resurrected body of his, which has conquered death and yet still bears the marks of torture? This body challenges us, for how can any of us look upon the violence and the degradation imprinted upon his flesh—upon all flesh—and yet proclaim, with hope and without irony, “peace be with you?”

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): We would have done history a great favor if we would have understood apocalyptic literature. It’s not meant to strike fear in us as much as a radical rearrangement. It’s not the end of the world. It’s the end of worlds—our worlds that we have created. In the book of Revelation (also called the Apocalypse, or Revelation to John), John is trying to describe what it feels like when everything falls apart. It’s not a threat. It’s an invitation to depth. It’s what it takes to wake people up to the real, to the lasting, to what matters. It presents the serious reader with a great “What if?”

Pastor Kate LePard (21 Apr 21): The ultimate demonstration of love was Jesus giving up his power and laying down his life for us. Self-sacrificing love is rare. The way of the world is a self-serving life. Followers of Jesus are soaked with the Spirit. We are given hearts of love that thrive on caring for one another.

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): I’ve been away for a while, caring for a loved one after surgery. It’s amazing how loving someone can be both healing and a challenge to growth.

1 John 3:18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Fr. Richard Rohr (19 Apr 21): Everything in creation is the infinite self-emptying of God, and as such has inherent dignity and deserves respect and appreciation.

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): HONORING THE INTERCESSORS

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): We prayed (21 Apr 21): “… And clear the field to be ready for new seed.”

Lillian Daniel (21 Apr 21): What is dead is gone because it has been transformed into something entirely new. So much so that after the resurrection, when Jesus ran into his closest friends, they did not recognize him. They were looking for the living among the dead. They were massaging their memories, clutching to sacred scrapbooks from a pretend past, the kind that grows more perfect the further we are from it. When Jesus actually showed up on the street where they lived, they almost missed him.

Church of England (21 Apr 21): Rather than attempting to erase the past or rewrite history, the report calls for a “healthy revision of memory and history in a way that will provide scope for education and formation”.

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): The disciples’ bodies trembled, though, when he appeared to them and gave them this greeting; they were “startled and terrified” and “disbelieving.” I can’t say I blame them, for how can our limited imaginations possibly begin to picture deathless life? And what do we know of true, embodied peace? How could we begin to recognize it or comprehend it if it appeared in front of us?

Kaji Douša (19 Apr 21): If God can animate the sinews of death?

Maren Morris: We’re in the homestretch of the hard times

We took a hard left, but we’re alright

Yeah, life sure can try to put love through it, but

We built this right, so nothing’s ever gonna move it

1 John 3:19 And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him

Casey Cross: So, “What is truth?” Perhaps the answer my dog would give is, in fact, the answer we find in 1 John. Truth is as we live. Let us live as believers in Jesus and let us love one another in truth and action. As we live in these ways, we abide in the truth that surpasses all understanding. We are freed to love with every fiber of our being, with bold action, and compassionate care.

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): In this particular situation, I’ve been intensively involved in helping them recover. It’s stretched me as I’ve taken on roles I’ve never had: helping an adult with activities of daily living like toiletting, walking, dressing, eating.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 Apr 21): Because this is the essence of every mitzvah: To bind your heart, your mind and your action together into a single wholeness, wrapped up inextricably with the One who spoke and the world came into being.

Christine Valters Paintner (21 Apr 21): One of the fruits of contemplative practice is the remembrance of our wholeness; we are able to see past the divisions we create with our egos and minds and to rediscover the truth that we are all one creation.

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): “Why would anyone listen to me?” 

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): Moment by moment, day by day, in every situation and sometimes at great cost yourselves, you honor the Lord by holding up the arms of those He’s called you to support.

Steve Porter (08 April 21): May we always remember that we have an inner wheel that actually steers our lives without which we would be able to achieve nothing. Becoming a wheel within a wheel requires unusual obedience and costly submission, but produces a life that flows in such sweet harmony that others will pause to reflect how that’s even possible. And though you may appear mysterious or unique, when your life is hidden in His, you will become a sign and a wonder… a fiery wheel manifesting His glory, and fulfilling His end-time purposes as kings, queens and priests. May your Father guide us as overcomers deeper into the very manifest presence of the Lord, where we will live out His plan for our lives and our very destiny. Roll on precious friends… Roll on!  

Faith Marie Baczko (25 March 21): There was a time when I was to share a word from the Lord at a church, but lost my voice. I fervently prayed for God to heal my voice, but he didn’t. Instead, He said to give the word in the voice that I had—that my whisper was to be a sign and a wonder. He said that those who had ears to hear would hear. As it turned out they did hear, and God moved powerfully. How important it is to hear what the Spirit is saying—to understand His movements and hear His warnings. God gives the humble ears to hear, and He gives much time to repent. However, the day does come when He says, I will not pass by any longer!

Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): Recently, the Lord showed me that there are many people within the Body of Christ who have been assaulted by a very intense spirit of confusion as of late. It has caused them to feel like they have been thrown into a haze, and the clarity which the Lord has given now suddenly feels overshadowed by a strong feeling of, “Did God really say that?”

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): The peace of the wounded, resurrected Jesus be with you.

Lovesick Scribe (22 Apr 21): Personally, I do not want to spend my life chasing spirits that are nonexistent and trying to defeat Jezebel or any other fallacious spirit when the devil and every demon has already been defeated by Christ on the cross. We are to follow Christ. We will face trial and tribulation, but as believers we have great peace in knowing that Jesus has overcome the world, including the ruler of this world. (John 16:33) We need not fear or look for the spirits of men and women that are dead and long gone to their eternal destination. What we need to be doing is repenting of sin and having our minds renewed by the Word of God daily.

1 John 3:20 whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): Then I reminded myself what happened the last time I tucked away a boundary in an important relationship. I lost myself, began to withdraw from the relationship, became depressed. None of those feel better than the discomfort of the boundary I just set.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): I don’t sleep through the night anymore. I suffer from near daily panic attacks and almost constant anxiety. The source of my joy, my security and my identity has vanished, leaving me with an angry grief that almost no one in my immediate circle understands. I have relationships that were once life-giving but have turned toxic. I feel manipulated, deceived and abused. And why?

Sanjna Mahtab (21 Apr 21): Be Intentional

Steve Porter (08 April 21): Becoming a wheel within a wheel means letting go of all our aspirations, goals, and desires, and allowing the Holy Spirit to be our guide. This is the true essence of what it means to make Christ our Lord. The word ‘lord’ means owner. So, if He is our owner, then we must stop acting like we’re in charge and allow Him to take charge. 

Brat: Are you listening to what Elizabeth even said?

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): The peace of love’s tender and deathless power be with you.

Steve Shultz: Don’t give up! Help is on the way and the battle will end soon!

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): The Daily Meditations solicits our stories and I’d like to share ours.  You asked for personal stories and not someone else’s.  My ministry is taking my story and seeing how it interweaves into the greater collective voice to see where God is leading us.  It is the greater conversation that I share, but this doesn’t fit into the guidelines and boxes.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 Apr 21): All of Torah is wrapped up in these leather straps and boxes with their finely written parchment scrolls.

Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): “These encounters with Me in the library of Heaven are going to prepare you to host My glory and a move of My Spirit that is like nothing you have ever seen.

Sanjna Mahtab (21 Apr 21): So, be intentional about it and don’t allow any distractions to hinder you. Be intentional with your time. There is no time to waste time. This time is an opportunity and opportune time to prepare well. During the time of this shaking, God is recalibrating you in every way and realigning you and your heart to His pure frequency. [14]

Pastor Kate LePard (19 Apr 21): Risen One, your power shatters our rigid categories. Open us to be channels of your life-surging possibilities, for ourselves and for others. Amen.

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God;

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): Even in relationship with this person I trust, I’ve had to remember the importance of boundaries. Yesterday, they crossed a boundary. Regardless of my compassion, love and dedication to care for them, my healing requires I honor my own boundaries. If they get punctured, I weaken and begin to slip away from myself. That’s the last thing they — or I — need right now.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Apr 21): An opportunity to become eternal in a moment, you, your body, and the artifacts of your world.

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): Don’t sit back and allow those lies of fear, doubt and comparison suck the anointing out of you. Remember Paul’s teaching:

 “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” — 2 Cor. 10:4-5 (NLT)

Lovesick Scribe (22 Apr 21): THERE BE FALLACIOUS SPIRITS HERE

Brat journal (21 Apr 21): Now this afternoon, I think about my assignment to share the journey and I feel tinged with a spiritual slime.  Something tagged me besides discouragement.  I lay it at Your feet, Jesus.  Whatever this is, it is not mine.  It has no legal right to be here.  It is only sent to trip me up and delay me from my next step of sharing.  But I won’t share if something I’ve written doesn’t have Your glow on it.  I ask for fresh words and a clean heart.  How can I ask for justice (the theme of the day) if I don’t know how to proceed?

1 John 3:22 and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): This is where the enemy very directly hits you in the very area God is really adding favor, anointing, conviction, and vision in. He wants to sabotage it by making you second guess yourself, bring in controlling people and measures to taint it, or cause delays and setbacks/closed doors in the places God has promised.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): The church told me that God is a God of justice. He says the poor and the persecuted are blessed and will have a great reward in heaven. However, the term “social justice warrior” is a reviled label in conservative Christian circles.

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): You are the indispensable warriors on the front lines who pay a price daily to cultivate the Presence of the Lord in your homes, churches, and nations. Some of you have taken huge “hits” from the enemy and have not been released to explain why; your assignments are often top secret and cannot be shared.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (22 Apr 21): Every mitzvah shines its particular light into our world. And there will come a time when we will see that light with our eyes.

Steve Porter (08 April 21): As Jesus yielded to the Father’s perfect will, He became willing to roll as an outer wheel being directed by the power of the inner wheel. The inner wheel was the Father who was the divine engine steering Christ’s life. Together they flowed in such perfect harmony that it displayed to all mankind the most beautiful coordination men had ever seen. Prefect unity. Perfect movement. Perfect agreement. [15]

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): As darkness increases on the earth, it sometimes seems to you that you’re on a “night watch” in the Spirit. You know the enemy’s strategy is both to outnumber and surround you in the dark, striking multiple blows. But you are filled with light

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): My latest piece was about Messiah Watch in: You People ♥ 14 Apr 21 | truthinus (wordpress.com)

Fr. Richard Rohr (19 Apr 21): The Whole Is in the Parts

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts we consider less honorable, we treat with greater honor. 
1 Corinthians 12:23

Rev. Kellan Day: Being a sheep also means being a part of a community, a herd. They are safest and happiest as part of a big community of sheep. When one does wander off, it knows it is alone, scared, and in a precarious position. It knows that – out here on this hillside all by itself – it will be an easy and quick dinner for that wolf or other roaming predator. Sometimes, a sheep gets lost, it’s true. But most sheep know to stick together, that their body depends on other bodies forming into one large protective pile. Sheep do not think they should live all alone, independent, and never – ever – reliant upon any other sheep. A life alone would be a sad and crazy life for a sheep. Sheep know that they need other sheep, desperately – because their very lives depend on it. [16]

John Edgerton (26 Apr 21): Whenever the flock would go busting out of the sheepfold to wander into the neighbor’s apple orchard, invariably it was Lucy who was leading the charge. Whenever the guard dogs would sound an alarm over the appearance of coyotes, the flock would look to Lucy for how to find safety. Whatever kind of sway my wife and her shepherd’s crook had over the flock, it paled in comparison to the power of Lucy. As Lucy went, so went the flock.

Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): No wonder I live with crippling anxiety and spiritual trauma. The church that warned me against moral relativism now calls me a heretic when I apply the very principles they taught me to real situations, with real stakes for real people. I don’t know where to turn or whom to trust. Is any of it true? Have I wasted my life on a religion that hurts more than it helps?

Brat: OMG!  Thank you!!  Thank you for your courage in coming forth and saying this!  I have felt the same way and asked the same questions!  Your honesty makes room for me to feel less alone.  I am most grateful!

Church of England (21 Apr 21): Without these changes the Church risks denying and disregarding the gifts of a significant part of the nation, the Taskforce makes clear.

Andrew Towe (23 Apr 21): Will You Welcome Him in the House?

Rev. Kellan Day: We are sheep, in this metaphorical world, because we can’t be anything but sheep. We are not the ruler of our lives, our herds, nor the masters of our destiny. To be a sheep – and at this point it is glaringly obvious – is remarkably similar to being a human. Creatures who need community and who can’t help but follow – since we often have no idea where we are going in the first place.

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): So today I clarified my boundary with them. Yes, I felt a little bad about it, like “what kind of person must I be, asking them for anything right now?? (A healthier person than I’ve ever been, that’s what.)

1 John 3:24 All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): I was rather amazed at how “You People ♥” evolved.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Apr 21): A connection point in time, at which Heaven meets earth and the two embrace.

Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): Perhaps it is more my heart than the Lord’s that I write this, but I feel compelled to write a thank you to the “hidden ones;” the parts of Christ’s Body that are often forgotten. 

Rev. Kellan Day: But, instead, we shall inhabit our metaphor in a simpler manner. We shall imagine where we might find ourselves in this world. And since there are not too many animate options and it seems rather obvious who we’d be, let us imagine ourselves taking on the furry wool of a sheep, nuzzling our noses into the supple earth, and meandering around with our sheep buddies, listening for that one voice who calls us by name.

Me to Faith Marie Baczko (20 Apr 21): You’d also talked about how you’d prayed for God to heal your voice, but he didn’t.  Instead, your whisper was to be a sign and a wonder, and that those who had ears would hear.  Steve Porter also talked about unusual obedience and the costly submission it takes when we listen to the Holy Spirit and BECOME Ezekiel’s wheel within the wheel. I know I am part of that wheel, too.

Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): Yes, you say, but…

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): How did they react? Poorly. Did I want to poo-poo my boundary, tuck it in, apologize for needing this when they are in pain? Yeah, I wanted to.

Brat: I received SILENCE

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): “There are so many better pastors.”

Andrew Towe (23 Apr 21): God is coming back to His house! The answer for the world is still found in His presence and God’s Word. Notice that “He preached the Word unto them.” He was not sugarcoating His message or filtering His teaching. No, He was preaching the Word of God to them, and there was no room because of the number of people that had gathered. The people came because He was in the house. I am believing for every Church leader to throw out their agenda and welcome Him in the house.

John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Rev. Kellan Day: What does this mean, then, to be a sheep?

John Edgerton (26 Apr 21): Shepherding has not changed much since the early church. And the church hasn’t changed that much, either, come to mention it. Churches still look to trusted members to decide which way the church should go and how to navigate danger. Any pastor worth their salt knows that whatever authority they might have in a church, it pales in comparison to the power of example set by a well-respected member.

Pastor Kate LePard (22 Apr 21): The Good Shepherd claims that kind of intimacy with his sheep. The Lord knows us completely and loves us enough to lay down his life for us. Those who are only doing their job don’t have the connection that’s crucial for a deep commitment. A teacher who only loves his paycheck and not the children; a surgeon who only loves her reputation and not her patient; a mayor who only loves his position and not his community. All of them are like a hired hand who won’t protect the sheep from the wolves.

John 10:12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away–and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

Anita Alexander (22 Apr 21): Amidst all of the violent, intimidating pursuits of the enemy, I felt the Lord say, “My people and the cause of the righteous appear to be cornered. It appears that we are hemmed in at the Red Sea and the evil agenda of the antichrist on this earth will wipe out the voice of the righteous. It appears that because unrighteousness is seemingly prevailing, the show is over…But,” God says, “the more they pursue—the further they go—it will be to their utter destruction.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): Pesach Sheini פסח שני

pay-sakh shay-nee

lit.: A second Passover.

A holiday on the Jewish calendar, one month after Passover, when those who failed to bring a Passover offering the first time around could come and do it now.[17]

Nancy Taylor Tate (24 Apr 21): Our ministry is more than words; it is a life from which others can glean. How wonderful it is when we can abide in Him, the Prince of Peace, then minister Him to others so that they may experience His peace through our lives! May someone else want to know Jesus because of the way we live. May those who already know Christ as their Savior become hungry for more of the Lord.[18]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (25 Apr 21): DAILY DOSE: Eating Kosher

Pastor Kate LePard (23 Apr 21): Yet Shepherd was a political role in the world of the Bible. God expected the kings of Israel to shepherd their people but most of them ignored that. What would our world be like if leaders and rulers considered themselves care-taking shepherds? Imagine a campaign with candidates who tried to “out-shepherd” each other.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): This is my process: As the Holy Spirit prompts, I look to see where God is leading the collective conversation amongst His word(s).  I read various sources to harvest and glean and put that into conversations anchored in scriptures that the greater Church follows each week in the lectionary.  This is an unusual ministry that is unique (and seems to be ignored.) I use footnotes and references, so a legalistic spirit cannot shut me down. 

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): I began to cower and listen to these voices, but our faithful God intervened and silenced those voices with one word: “Fight!”

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Take higher ground. PURSUE the secret place. FIGHT for it. It says in Hebrews 4:11 “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest” It can be difficult in pressure but it’s the only place you can get free/clear.

Lovesick Scribe (22 Apr 21): Jezebel is one of many spirits mentioned by ministers in the Charismatic church. Others include Leviathan, python, Ahab, Absalom, Delilah, Judas, Saul, religious and orphan spirits. You can typically find the religious spirit assigned to those who would ask questions of senior leadership and test things against Scripture. It is also interesting to note that the orphan spirit is assigned to those who are viewed in a negative light in questioning authority. What is interesting to me is that as believers in Christ, we should have a response to the accusation of an orphan spirit. Jesus Christ told His disciples that He would not leave them as orphans (John 14:18). This applies to us as well because we have been adopted as coheirs with Christ. I would propose that this is problematic for the claim of the orphan spirit. This is extrabiblical teaching and is refutable. Furthermore, why are we assigning demonic spirits to dead people such as Ahab and Absalom? Other than Judas, there is no mention of their actions being driven by demonic possession. Flesh and sin are being taken out of the equation here.[19]

Lillian Daniel (21 Apr 21): The women get the news when they are looking for Jesus’ body in the empty tomb. “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Why do you look backwards for God’s future?

Tony Robinson (23 Apr 21): With this God, there’s more. Hope for the discouraged; challenge to the smug.

Demontae Edmonds (26 Apr 21): Oftentimes, people will say they are waiting on God for their breakthrough or promise to manifest in their lives. However, 2 Chronicles 16:9 reveals the reverse side of this spiritual coin. We are not only waiting on God, but His Spirit is looking for us. God is desirous of those for whom He can “show Himself strong”! There are some interesting points to notice about this Scripture.[20]

Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): Looking for the middle path between extremes?

Rabbi Curt Landry (24 Apr 21): Spending time with God is great, however, that does not necessarily mean it is a lifestyle. Two friends can visit and spend time with one another over a cup of coffee, but even if they set that time aside every month, things slip through the cracks. God does not desire us to merely go on coffee dates with Him, He desires us to abide with Him—to live with Him in the same room—to see His face the first moment we get up, to encounter Him throughout the day, and for His smile to be the last thing we see each night! In many ways, to abide with God is to enter into a marriage with Him…but few marriages on Earth are as deep, personal, and intimate as this is meant to be.

Nancy Taylor Tate (24 Apr 21): Notice it is through our union with Christ that peace dwells in our lives! Christ IN you, the hope of glory! May we make time to receive from the Lord, so that there will be substance within us to share with others.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): …And even though I am in spiritual direction, I have no pastor or priest.  The hired hand runs away and does not care for the sheep. (John 10:13) Please allow me to share with you anyway.

John 10:13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep.

Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): Sometimes something someone says sticks with you because it’s brilliant. Sometimes it sticks because it’s plain wrong. I was working for a horse rescue a few years ago and a bodyworker came to visit the horses. The bodyworker did noticeably light and sensitive work on banged-up sway back elders and the herd melted in acknowledgment. Shy horses came near. Calming signals were shared and the herd grew silent in that eloquent way that humans never quite manage.

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): Let’s use the weapons of God to destroy our own pride and deceit, to achieve His perfect peace, and to reach others with His Holy Spirit. 

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (22 Apr 21): Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exist in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exists in my life. You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot.

Lovesick Scribe (22 Apr 21): Again, I do not deny the demonic realm. I am merely calling into question our understanding of it and whether we are seeing great liberties taken to exploit this area of ministry with conjecture and speculation unfounded in the Word of God. People are falsely accused of having these spirits for invalid reasons, and this should not be so. When people do not cooperate with leadership, they are assigned a spirit or label rather than addressing flesh, sin, or the unwillingness to disregard the Word of God due to corrupt leadership and false teaching. We need to not only read the Word but believe it and obey it, and if we are taught something and it does not line up with Scripture, we can reject it without concern of hurting feelings or offending others. An improper understanding brings spiritual sickness to where we do not even understand Christ as our Redeemer.

Fr. Richard Rohr (25 Apr 21): Meditation: A Time of Unveiling

Quinn Caldwell (24 Apr 21): Rivalry, lying, trickery, jockeying for parental affection: the families in the Bible make for the soapiest of operas.

John 10:14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

Rev. Kellan Day: And this shepherd is a particularly good shepherd. One who will lay his life down for you. For me? A mere sheep? Yes, for you. This good shepherd will take you on a long and winding journey. And as you follow this shepherd, there may be days where you wonder to yourself: does this shepherd know what she is doing? She seems to be taking us to a far and strange land. Those pastures back there seemed good enough for us – why, oh why, are we traveling again? It is scary out here.

Pastor Kate LePard (23 Apr 21): As a campaign slogan, “Let me be your Shepherd” would not project the image needed to win an election. These days such subtleties are lost in the news and on social media. Strength and power aren’t evoked by that label.

Brat: A few years ago (in 2011) the 405 Freeway in Southern California was closed and the media called it “Carmageddon”.

Fr. Richard Rohr (25 Apr 21): A quick etymology of the word will help: kaluptein is the Greek word for “to cover” and apo means “un,” so apokaluptein means to uncover or unveil. While we primarily use the word “apocalypse” to mean to destroy or threaten, in its original context, apocalypse simply meant to reveal something new. The key is that in order to reveal something new, we have to get the old out of the way.

John 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.

Nancy Taylor Tate (24 Apr 21): My own life was impacted because I felt the presence of God in the life of an elderly lady I knew. I sensed a special relationship she had with the Lord, and it caused me to desire that same kind of relationship. I learned it was available – if I chose to cultivate it!

Bill Yount (12 Sept 2020): I sense the Lord saying, “The older Stars in My Kingdom are going to shine brighter and do greater exploits than ever before!” I sense there is a special anointing coming upon older men and women in the Body of Christ. God is not through using you. Your age is not against you, it is for you. Job 12:12 says, “With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.” You have more wisdom now than ever. With years comes understanding.

Demontae Edmonds (26 Apr 21): Dogs are often described as loyal to their owners. A loyal dog stays by his master’s side, is excited at the sight or sound of the master’s voice, and carefully watches the master’s movements. When we are loyal to God we learn to walk closely with the Lord, hand in hand. We learn to not only obey His voice and leadings but to be excited about them. Obedience no longer becomes burdensome but rather a prized privilege. A loyal dog won’t obey someone else’s voice over its own master. Jesus said, “My sheep know My voice, and the voice of another they will not follow!” (See John 10:27, John 10:5.)

[From “Babe” 1995]:

Old Ewe: We’ve got something here that might be of use to our pig.

SheepSheepSheep: Password! Password!

Old Ewe: Before we gives you anything, wolf, you’ll be making us a solemn promise.

Rex: Yes?

Sheep: Treat us civil!

Old Ewe: Yes, you gotta treat us nice-like.

Rex: I’ll try.

Sheep: No biting!

Old Ewe: That’s right, wolf must avoid biting us sheep at all costs.

Rex: All right. I’ll try that too. I’ll try.

Old Ewe: But the most important of all, you must promise never ever to let this password we be about to give to be used against any sheep anywhere.

Rex: I promise you that; I’ll make sure that the pig knows it too.

Old Ewe: We have the promise!

Sheep: ‘Tis for Babe!

Sheep: It’s for his sake!

Sheep: Maa would’ve wanted it.

Old EweSheepSheepSheep: Baa-ram-ewe. Baa-ram-ewe. To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true. Sheep be true. Baa-ram-ewe.[21]

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

Steve Porter (08 April 21): The reason why many Christians struggle with the lordship of Christ is that they have yet to die to self. If we die to the self, we will approach God much differently. We will come to Him, realizing that as dead people, we know nothing (Eccl. 9:5), and as such, we will allow Him to be our teacher and instructor. When we do this, the Holy Spirit will gladly lead us into all truth so that by that truth, we shall be set free. Scripture teaches that if Christ is in us then we must become dead to ourselves:

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Rom. 8:10)

Church of England (21 Apr 21): They add: “Decades of inaction carry consequences and this inaction must be owned by the whole Church. 

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (22 Apr 21): I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope.

Fr. Richard Rohr (19 Apr 21): Being fully present to the soul of all things allows us to say, “This is good. This is enough. In fact, this is all I need.” We are now situated in the One Loving Gaze that unites all things in universal attraction and appreciation. This is enlightenment and we do not have to sit on a cushion for forty years to recognize and enjoy it. In fact, I can almost guarantee that we will recognize and enjoy it more as we spend more time in the natural world with slow and quiet realization. And then a leap of deep contentment!

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): Since this is not just my opinion or voice, I wonder what elephant is sitting in our collective living room.  My work has been unilaterally dismissed over the course of thirteen years.  That in itself is a testimony of God’s love sending in His prophets by His dogged devotion.  The Good Shepherd has other sheep that do not belong to this fold, but they will listen to His voice. (John 10:16)

Neale Donald Walsch: Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that. You cannot hold onto the old all the while declaring that you want something new. The old will defy the new; the old will deny the new; the old will decry the new. There is only one way to bring in the new. You must make room for it. [1][22]

John 10:16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): Opportunities to do even better. To have two Passovers instead of just one.

Faith Marie Baczko (25 March 21): The Lord is calling for a heart change in His people and not an outward show of piety—a true move of brokenness over sin. Rather than attempting to justify our sin nature, its time to get real with God. For many days I have been hearing the words, rend your hearts and not your garments, and later found it in scripture:[23]

“So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.  Who knows if He will turn and relent, And leave a blessing behind Him.”  Joel 2:13-14

Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): One day your horse will ask (tense poll, jittery hooves) for more steady support when he’s frightened. Reward his vulnerability with a firmer-focused kindness. The elusive middle path, the place of genuine trust, cannot be demanded, only discovered. You’re welcome, (neck stretch, soft eye) says your horse.

Pastor Kate LePard (22 Apr 21): It is good to be known and still loved. There aren’t many people to whom you can reveal your flaws and failures comfortably. It is a gift to have a relationship that is strong enough to bear such honesty.

Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): It takes security in our gifts, along with a Kingdom mindset, to celebrate and embrace those whose ministries are different to ours.

Rabbi Curt Landry (24 Apr 21): Abiding with God is not beyond us, for our God is prepared to help us every step of the way! We can abide with Him DAILY, making it a lifestyle instead of a “coffee date” to catch up. And once abiding with Him becomes that lifestyle, we begin to change—for the better! We begin to take on the characteristics of God. We begin to hear people say, “You are so much like Him!” This is a place of miracles, power, and of course, intimacy…and it is the place God wants us all to be.

Andrew Towe (23 Apr 21): I prophesy, “Delay is broken, and you are moving into your kairos (set time). God’s outpouring will be seen by everyone. Those gathered together said, “We never saw it in this fashion.” Get ready for God to move you out of the confines and limitations of what you have experienced in the past.

Maren Morris: Call it dumb luck, but baby, you and I

Can’t even mess it up, though we both try

No, it don’t always go the way we planned it

But the wolves came and went and we’re still standing

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): The peace that is the inheritance and the destiny of every beloved, broken body be with you. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (20 Apr 21): Because as the world is created and recreated each moment, its details are not yet in place. That is left to us.

Demontae Edmonds (26 Apr 21): When God’s strength shows up in our lives, what was once a struggle becomes a testimony of “overcoming” in our lives. Allow purity to reign in your heart and faith to dominate your life, and watch as the Spirit of God handpicks you to show Himself strong in your life.

Church of England (21 Apr 21): “This is the culture change that is required if the Church is to live up to its mandate of being a body where all the gifts of all its people flourish to the full, for the benefit of the church as a whole, the nation of England and the greater glory of God,” they say.

Rick Joyner (20 Apr 21): It seems like the world was a far gentler and friendlier place when good manners were considered essential behavior. The degrading of manners in America has been in parallel to the way we have allowed God to be removed from our culture, only to be replaced by increasing disrespect and intolerance for others, and has increased into rage and violence.    

Dutch Sheets (20 Apr 21): We decree that the Ekklesia is arising in unity, with shields locked and a sound of victory in our mouths. The gates of Hell will not prevail against us and America shall be saved! We will hold the line and advance the Kingdom.[24]

Fr. Richard Rohr (25 Apr 21): That’s what apocalyptic literature does. It helps us make room for something new by clearing out the old—old ideas, old stories, old ways of thinking—especially if we’ve become overly attached to them. The goal of apocalyptic language, as used in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, is to shake people out of their reliance on conventional wisdom and undercut where we all operate on cruise control.

John 10:17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): I see God’s “Day of Reckoning!” in terms of Him reaching out to His children and them listening and responding.  The Lord has given much time for repentance and divine intervention is impending, but to no avail if there is no one to hear.  In my orbit, the men of Nineveh never rose up. (Mt 12:41) They didn’t care.  I lay down my life to take it up yet again. (John 10:17)

Fr. Richard Rohr (23 Apr 21): Through her Work That Reconnects, teacher Joanna Macy invites us to find a wider sense of identity as unique and integral parts of the living body of Earth and to join with others in service to life.

Brat: So, why didn’t your people write me back?

Rick Joyner (20 Apr 21): Our human tendency is toward dualistic thinking that tends to perceive in extremes. So we can consider one type of behavior to always be kindness or severity that can only be rightly discerned when we consider the setting and the timing. As great a prophet as Elijah was, he was not the Son of God, and Jesus was incredibly gracious to those who attacked and insulted Him in comparison. 

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Your story is changing. Your track history is changing.

Brat: I received still more SILENCE!!

Anita Alexander (22 Apr 21): We are seeing the wicked pursue the cause of the righteous in this hour. We are witnessing the plans of Hell being unleashed upon the earth in this hour, and they continue to pursue those who stand for righteousness with the sole purpose of wiping them out and silencing their voices. But I was thinking, as I meditated upon this passage of Scripture here in Hebrews 29:11, that the Egyptians could have saved their lives if they would have just stopped their pursuit at the Red Sea. Even after witnessing the miracles performed by the Israelite God, they, full of conceit and pride, continued to pursue them anyway.[25]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): Because it is G-d’s universe, not ours. And for G-d, there is no failure.

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (22 Apr 21): Dearest Holy Mother, Most Holy Mary, you undo the knots that suffocate your children. Extend your merciful hands to me. I entrust to You today this knot and all the negative consequences that it provokes in my life.

Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): So, if you have been struggling with weariness, insecurity, or with the style of others’ ministries, receive fresh insight to your heart today.

Casey Cross: We seek after truth, but shy away when its double-edge points toward us. And so, truth also means knowing when we have missed the mark. It means admitting when we have relied on our understanding more than the truth lived by Jesus. It means repenting and changing our ways. Loving one another in truth and action means we may need to sit through uncomfortable conversations. We may also need to speak up and create new boundaries with people who have abused our empathy and time. Loving one another does not mean we must serve as someone’s whipping boy. Loving one another also does not mean liking everyone or being everyone’s friend. Loving one another liberates us for autonomy and freedom. We are reborn in the empty tomb and revolutionized by the resurrection of Christ.

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Look at what GOD is doing! We must keep our eyes on Jesus more than the storm, or than any pandemic. What is God doing and saying over you right now?

Tony Robinson (23 Apr 21): There’s more. God gets the last word. Thanks be to God.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): Which means, as the Rebbe Rayatz explained, that in truth there is no such thing as failure. No matter how bad you messed up, no matter how far you’ve fallen, you’ve never lost.

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas (20 Apr 21): Our prayer may be noisy and expressive, or it may be very quiet. It may be the kind of prayer that depends on listening in stillness and silence with complete attention: listening to the crickets as they pulse at night, listening to the rain as it falls, listening to our breath as we breathe God in and breathe God out, listening to the inner voice of love that is always sounding in our heart. 

Lillian Daniel (21 Apr 21): If all you want is a sentimental sign of spring, I’m sure you can find a crocus growing in a graveyard somewhere, but the promise of new life is more than that.

Deborah Perkins (in “Benefit of the Doubt” 06 Apr 21): Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people of Israel did not answer him so much as a word.~1 Kings 18:21

[Crickets chirping…]

Steve Shultz: Do you want to walk in this type of faith, where God leads you into the unknown, where your only choice is to believe Him?

Lillian Daniel (21 Apr 21): New life does not mean more of the same. So why settle for some pre-pandemic nostalgic normalcy for your church, your children, your institutions, your society, your schools, or your street? Why do you look for the living among the dead?

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): I’ve been thinking a lot about bodies this week—about how inseparable our bodies are from our own particular identity and story. I’ve been thinking about bodies that grow and move through the world, gathering experience and wisdom, and other bodies that are broken, bruised and scarred. Bodies that connect, and bodies that retreat from companionship. Bodies that stand tall and hopeful, and bodies that lie low upon the earth, down where the blood cries out from the ground. Bodies that live. And bodies that die and are laid to rest.

Maren Morris: When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter

Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter

Let it rain ’cause you and I remain the same

When there ain’t a crack in the foundation

Baby, I know any storm we’re facing

Will blow right over while we stay put

The house don’t fall when the bones are good

When the bones are good

Pastor Kate LePard (22 Apr 21): The Lord is clear that he has the power to take his life up again. That Easter power reveals God’s triumph over death.

Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): His risen body shows us that the life he offers is about entering into the fray, into the heaving heart of the world and saying: Peace be with you. [26]

Expert Wanderlust (24 Apr 21): [New post] Desolation of a wonderful place, Casa Do Professor in Oliveira de Azemeis / Portugal [https://wp.me/pczFHe-4A]

Brat (in “Benefit of the Doubt” 06 Apr 21): …My sharing then becomes more fodder for your sharing to your platform, while my desolation deepens in the abomination.  I never doubted his prophetic clarity and truth.  My cry along with the anchorites of old is for courtesy.

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Meditation: This Is an Apocalypse

John 10:18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

When Light Came In (23 Apr 21): Remember when I posted that one about the court-ordered communication platform? Guess which of the messages he looked at?

Church of England (21 Apr 21): The taskforce’s work is rooted in Christian theology, they emphasise, flowing “not from identity politics but from our identity in Christ”.

Pastor Will Coleman (19 Apr 21): “I’m not ready for this!”

Pastor Kate LePard (19 Apr 21): The high priest and other religious leaders feel the stirring of a power they don’t control. Stories about resurrection. Rumors of healing. Their crippling hold on the Jewish people is being threatened. They demand to know by what authority these fishermen, Peter and John, work. The Holy Spirit flows from Peter’s mouth as he claims the power named Jesus Christ.

Rick Joyner (20 Apr 21): To be truly gentle does not mean that we become timid mealy-mouthed pushovers. Jesus was not, but boldly stood up to His accusers, calling them hypocrites, until it was time to go to the cross. Then He stood mute before them. Since His exhortation was to learn from Him we, too, must keep in mind that there is a time for peace and a time for war (see Ecclesiastes 3), there is a time to respond to accusations and opposers, and a time not to. Even when it is time to challenge our opposers we must keep in mind that we are sons and daughters of the King, and must conduct ourselves with the dignity of those of His household. 

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Rebuke the wind and waves. This is your offensive stance. Get out the word and bind up what is coming at you. Clear the atmosphere. Tell the opposition to STOP in Jesus name.

Brat prayer journal (21 Apr 21): Holy Spirit, I need Your help and direction.  I keep following Your directions and contacting those You tell me to reach out to, and I STILL receive SILENCE, even though You are the One telling me to reach out.  I am terribly discouraged.  This BS has got to stop!  You know my heart and my intentions.  You said You would hold the brutes accountable.  It’s not about forgiveness at this point.  It’s about courtesy!  More sermons on gentleness and kindness just grind into gaslighting wounds (Rick Joyner).  I can’t take anymore!  There is no one real out there!  And I feel like if I write Richard Rohr, it’ll just be more of the same. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): And for us? For us, there are only opportunities.

Pastor Kate LePard (23 Apr 21): The Lord had said Godself would take over as Good Shepherd. Jesus did so until he was killed. He had promised to take his life up again and did that, too. Who could have expected such resurrection power? Jesus sent disciples to the ends of the earth with the Easter power to claim people for God’s holy flock.

When Light Came In (21 Apr 21): How will it turn out? Who knows? But I feel ready and strong because I cared for me just as much as I care for them.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (20 Apr 21): That is what we accomplish when we do a mitzvah: We connect scattered details into place so that the original meaning and purpose of each thing becomes clear and their divine energy can shine through.

Steve Porter (08 April 21): Ezekiel’s Wheel within the Wheel

Pastor Kate LePard (19 Apr 21): Much of life is about power. Who has it. Where it is used. How it is kept. We live as if there is a limited amount of power in the world. It orders how business, politics, and societies function. We forget about Easter power that can disrupt anything.

Joe Joe Dawson (20 Apr 21): In this season, passive and lukewarm Christianity is finished. God is looking for those with a heart like Shammah’s to stand and fight for whatever field God has called them to. Don’t look at the things God has promised you and count it to be too insignificant to fight for. Future generations may very well be depending on you to stand. Now is the time to stand![27]

Nancy Taylor Tate (24 Apr 21): How the world needs this type of ministry today…not mere doctrine, though important, but the experiential Word of God, written in our hearts, visible to others through our daily lives. May that which is sensed, felt, and seen when others look at us draw them to Christ! And may the benefits of peace be with you and bless you as well!

Quinn Caldwell (24 Apr 21): Turns out, blessings don’t depend on the character or history of the person giving them so much as they do on the God who fulfills them.

Fr. Richard Rohr (25 Apr 21): The most common mistake is to confuse apocalyptic literature with prophetic literature.  They serve very different functions. Apocalyptic writing deconstructs the “taken-for-granted world” by presenting a completely different universe, similar to what a good novel or even a science fiction movie does for us. As the Buddhist heart sutra says it, “Gone, gone, utterly gone, all has passed over to the other side.” It makes room for the reconstruction of a new vision of peace and justice, which is the job of the prophets. Yes, prophets do plenty of deconstruction too, but it is always to make room inside the mind and soul for vision, expansion, hope, and a future inhabited by God and not by fear.

Brat (26 Apr 21 at 7:10 am): Excuse me. Last week I wrote to you and your crew and this week you are writing about apocalyptic literature and a time of unveiling.  I realize you cannot respond to every submission and yet the conversation continues over my head, where it seems that it is being used as a springboard.  In the past I would have been honored, but to me now, this feels like more gaslighting, which I’ve experienced from everyone else, because we never were able to establish a real relationship.  Please don’t use me like everyone else has done.  Please don’t take me for granted!  Put flesh on these bones.

John Edgerton (26 Apr 21): I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:1b-3 (NRSV)

Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): Your once hidden, squashed, silenced, and timid voice is suddenly ROARING from within you and making its way to the surface. You have no agenda, no territory to selfishly protect, and no motives or self-promotion and the earth needs the pure sound of your voice to cut through the noise.

Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): “Don’t move. Don’t give in. Keep standing on what I said and do not entertain doubt or confusion. Stay ferociously focused on what I have said and put your faith in Me and My goodness, and know that I am leading your every step and My supernatural confirmation will continue to crash in and astound you. In the areas where I have spoken, there will be such a great awakening that will take place by My Spirit…such deep demonstrations of My power and the coming of My glory.

Brat: It doesn’t take “supernatural confirmation” for folks to write me back.  It takes courtesy.

Fr. Richard Rohr (26 Apr 21): Our best response is to end our fight with reality-as-it-is. We will benefit from anything that approaches a welcoming prayer—diving into the change positively, preemptively, saying, “Come, what is; teach me your good lessons.” Saying yes to “What is” ironically sets us up for “What if?” Otherwise, we get trapped in the negative past.

Sanjna Mahtab (21 Apr 21): He is looking for those with pure hearts, pure intentions, pure motives, who are aligned purely with the desires of the Father’s heart and with the frequency of His true love. This can only be achieved through the secret place of intimacy with God. It is in this place that you get to know who God is even more, who you are in Him more (your true identity), and a place where He unlocks His mysteries to you at a deeper level.

Me to Fr. Richard Rohr (22 Apr 21): My intention of sharing with you is not to get seen on the Daily Meditations or on social media.  I realize you do not respond to every submission.  My intention of sharing, however, is to make a connection, as heretofore everyone I share with reciprocates with more grinding Silence and it is impossible to forge an honest relationship without partnership.  There is no relationship with Apathy.  I am sharing out of a genuine heart cry.  Without a “Boaz” I’m perpetually gleaning the fields…

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[1] Deborah Perkins (18 Apr 21): HONORING THE INTERCESSORS (hisinscriptions.com)

[2] Lana Vawser (25 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25404)

[3] Emily Claire Schmitt (19 Apr 21): Hello, Religious Privilege is Good and Here’s Why | Emily Claire Schmitt (patheos.com)

[4] Helen Calder (23 Apr 21): Prophetic Ministry: Are You a Beacon or a Lighthouse? (enlivenpublishing.com)

[5] Anna Blake (16 Apr 21): Saying Yes to a Horse When You Mean No – Anna Blake

[6] Rick Joyner (20 Apr 21): The Weapon of Gentleness | MorningStar Ministries

[7] Nate Johnston (22 Apr 21): 9 TYPES OF WARFARE YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW – Nate & Christy: Everyday Revivalists (nateandchristy.co)

[8] Bill Yount (12 Sept 2020): Prophetic Alert: “I Am Breaking the Age Barrier!” – A Word by Bill Yount – Spirit Fuel

[9] Rabbi Curt Landry (24 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25402)

[10] Elizabeth Baker (14 Jan 2021): My Evangelical Church Is Gaslighting Me, But I Refuse To Fall For It Anymore | HuffPost

[11] Andrew Towe (23 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25398)

[12] Casey Cross: 4th Sunday of Easter(B): What is Truth? – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[13] Wanda Alger (22 Apr 21): https://wandaalger.me/2021/04/22/remember-who-you-are-america/

[14] Sanjna Mahtab (21 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25389)

[15] Steve Porter (08 April 21): Steve Porter: “Becoming the Wheel Within a Wheel” (elijahlist.com)

[16] Rev. Kellan Day: To Be a Sheep, Easter 4 (B) – April 25, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[17] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (26 Apr 21): Pesach Sheini – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[18] Nancy Taylor Tate (24 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25403)

[19] Lovesick Scribe (22 Apr 21): There Be Fallacious Spirits Here | (lovesickscribe.com)

[20] Demontae Edmonds (26 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25407)

[21] [From “Babe” 1995]: blob:https://www.facebook.com/c11f2ea5-bcb4-4d7d-8826-3e9957756663

[22] [1] Neale Donald Walsch, Facebook post, July 22, 2014.

[23] Faith Marie Baczko (25 March 21): The Day of Reckoning! – Headstone Ministries

[24] Dutch Sheets and Jane Hamon (20 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25387)

[25] Anita Alexander (22 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25393)

[26] Rev. Phil Hooper (18 Apr 21): This Peaceful Body: A Sermon – By Another Road

[27] Joe Joe Dawson (20 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25388)

You People ♥ 14 Apr 21

19 Apr

Working Dates: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 to Monday, April 19, 2021

[20 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from Acts 3:12-19 for 3 Easter 18 Apr 21]

Messiah Watch

Joe Joe Dawson (12 Apr 21): What Is God Doing?

Amy Sutherland (13 Apr 21): Where Is The Power?

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): No Idea

Wanda Alger (13 Apr 21): “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11 ESV)

Brat Journal (Friday, July 06, 2012): Jo, I can’t take much more weirdness!  Three Times [!] yesterday out of the blue God said, “Messiah Watch.”  I was given no clues for reference.  Again, it was the first thing I thought when I woke up this morning (and I woke up prematurely because Duke [†] was barking at 4:20 am; ah, more noise, ever more noise, and more noise…No sanctuary, some peace, and no quiet.)  I got up, as I understood that God was directing this madness, and did a keyword search: Messiah Watch.  …

Apostle Axel Sippach (17 Apr 21):  To bring reformation. Ready to see transformation. Ready to be part of the Breaking Open of a New Day where the light invades the darkness as the Kingdom of God invades and advances and they take territory for the King.

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): How do we begin to step into a place of accessing Isaiah 22:22? I believe that we have got to come into a place of revelation knowledge. In Luke 11:42-52, Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for all the different things they were doing that were legalistic and religious. [1]

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): A preacher I know once stopped short in the middle of her sermon, head down, silent. After several seconds, she looked up and said softly, “I have no idea what I’m talking about.”

Rev. Carlos de la Torre: “What legacy do you want to leave behind?”

The Rev. Charles Lane Cowen: Prior to ordination, I spent over a decade as a professional theatre artist. I worked as an actor, director, puppet builder/puppeteer, and improviser along with many other roles. Because my work was so varied, when people asked me what I specialized in, I simply said, “I’m a storyteller.”[2]

Brat: I would love to introduce you to Fr. George Daisa and Rev. Bonnie Rose.  They also have had similar experiences as you have had.

Steve Shultz: The stories you are about to read are true and the names have not been changed.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): The message to all of us is how we judge ourselves and others.

Brat (in “Benefit of the Doubt” 06 Apr 21): In our censored world, where does our testimony find sanctuary, where others can see for themselves without fear of retribution and know the depths of God’s love for humanity in a world gaslit in vapors?

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): Maybe it would ring truer if we proclaimed the depth of the riches by silence and sighs as well as talk, talk, talk, talk, talk.

Wanda Alger (13 Apr 21): I can’t help but think about the early disciples and a similar challenge they faced when trying to wake up the people of their nation. The religious leaders of their day were similarly concerned about all the noise they were making and were calling for the whole movement to be silenced. It was a respected Pharisee, Gamaliel, who suggested they leave them alone and let the results up to God.[3]

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): God wants to unlock things to us in the Spirit that no man can open.

Apostle Axel Sippach (17 Apr 21): They are part of the lineage of the great Kingdom men and women who have gone before them who have been part of the Epic Story of all Ages – His-Story!

Joe Joe Dawson (12 Apr 21): In the upcoming season, God is about to unveil His plans for His people and for the nations. If you ever think God is silent or still, you are mistaken! Learn to trust that even when we cannot see or sense what the Lord is up to, He is always up to something. When Scripture tells us not to walk by sight and not to lean on our own understanding it is because what we see or feel in the natural will almost always be a lie.[4]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Apr 21): Worry is humiliating. Trust is dignity.[5]

Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): When a divine interruption takes place, you discover—to your amazement—that God is up to something new! Something you never expected. And you are finding out what is on Heaven’s agenda that was hidden up until now.[6]

Steve Shultz: What God has done in these stories are as real and even as important as most Bible stories. Whatever God does is, by itself, INSPIRED BY GOD.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 Apr 21): Even before I am aware of my thoughts, He has it all worked out. (Psalms 139:4 according to the Targum)

Divine Interruption

Lana Vawser (13 Apr 21): Have you felt a shift lately? I’ve heard the Lord say that it’s a new era, and He’s about to awaken His Church and purify His Bride unlike ever before. If you are ready to learn how to partner with God as He moves in unprecedented ways…

Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): What Is a Divine Interruption?

Amy Sutherland (13 Apr 21): The Lord said to me yesterday many do not walk in the Spirit’s power because they refuse to walk through times of testing.[7]

Me to Amy Sutherland (14 Apr 21): Respectfully, I disagree with the opinion that many refuse to walk in the Spirit’s power through times of testing.  I believe we have been!  However, as in a marriage, it takes two to want a relationship.  The power drain comes from neglect, as revealed in our collective conversation: Benefit of the Doubt 06 Apr 21 | truthinus (wordpress.com).  God’s been doing His best.  It’s man who keeps repeatedly dropping the ball when God gives us chance after chance to repair the damage.  The sacred in the ordinary is overlooked.  Then stalkers take God’s grace for granted when the truth fires become uncomfortable.  Then others come along later and beat us up for not being strong enough.  The Enablers are so bent on their war agendas that there is no room for mercy.  This is not representative of how the five-fold is supposed to work.

Rick Joyner (15 Apr 21): Our goal must be to see with the Lord’s eyes. He does not just see people as they are, but as they are called to be. His words and actions that express His love edify and call us higher. When something is hindering us from growing into what we are called to be, such as sin, love confronts and brings correction, but in a redemptive way for our good.[8]

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): I really believe that this is going to be the year of the open door, and that God is opening up things for us as a Church that we’ve not yet been able to enter into. We’re on the brink of seeing one of the most powerful moves of God, a revolution of His love, in the United States. But here’s the deal. I believe it’s going to come through the people of God. It’s going to come through the saints doing the work of the ministry because God is raising up an army in this season. It’s not just going to be about the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers doing everything while everybody watches. See, the Bible says that those giftings are given to equip the Church for the work of the ministry (see Ephesians 4:11-12).

Steve Shultz: God is using just regular ol’ folks, like you and me, to cast a great shadow on the world – to change people’s lives forever…and you are at the center of His stories!

Doug Addison (16 Apr 21): You don’t have to agree with what the person did; but when you let go of holding it against them, it gets you out of the prison of the pain they caused you. You don’t even have to contact them about it because you might get wounded all over again. Instead, talk to the Lord about it and forgive them in your heart. This will open the heavens over you![9]

Psalm 4:4 When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. Selah

Jennifer LeClaire (15 Apr 21): I was in a house that was unfamiliar to me. It wasn’t a large house, but it was crowded with people—overcrowded.

Brat (in “Benefit of the Doubt” 06 Apr 21): Sophia and I are certain that God is dealing with the Enablers right now.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): The Mishna in Ethics of the Fathers tells us[9][10] to “give every person the benefit of the doubt.” [! – kh] But a more precise translation is that “one should judge the whole person as meritorious.” (“Heve dan es kol haAdam l’kaf zechus.”) Before you judge someone, you need to look at all the factors making up the person. You need to look at “kal haAdam,” at the entire human being, before you give a diagnosis. Never judge somebody without knowing the whole story and the whole person. You may think you understand, but you don’t. [11]

C.S. Lewis (1949): I find that when I think I am asking God to forgive me I am often in reality (unless I watch myself very carefully) asking Him to do something quite different. I am asking Him not to forgive me but to excuse me. But there is all the difference in the world between forgiving and excusing. Forgiveness says “Yes, you have done this thing, but I accept your apology, I will never hold it against you and everything between us two will be exactly as it was before.” But excusing says “I see that you couldn’t help it or didn’t mean it, you weren’t really to blame.”. . . [12]

Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): Sometimes, like Jesus’ conversation with Thomas, our dialogue with Him is uncomfortable. He may gently admonish us. But be assured that in this moment, He is doing a great work. Jesus is adjusting you to the truth of His Word—He is setting you free! Newly found faith is pouring into your heart.

Jennifer Eivaz (15 Apr 21): What happens when you’re the first one to get away??[13]

Professor Dana L. Robert (2019): In most cultures, the idea of friendship is a powerful statement of relational identity. In Batak culture in Indonesia, for example, it is said that the loss of a friend is worse than the loss of one’s mother. Traditional Russian culture assumes it is better to have many friends than much money. In Confucian tradition, friendship is one of the basic relationships that undergirds society. For American Christians, being friends with Jesus tends to be personal. . . . Jesus is my friend. He carries my burdens.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (15 Apr 21): Friend of Ascent and former fighter pilot Professor Shlomo Kalish spoke about a recent tragic event in which a F-16 plane crashed. Due to vertigo, the pilot became confused and was not able to distinguish in which direction he was flying. Professor Kalish explained that at elevated heights and fast speeds, even in the daytime, sea and sky look exactly the same. While it is natural to fly according to sense perception, much of a pilot’s training is to force him to rely on cockpit instruments. The pilots are repeatedly taught, especially in a case of doubt, to rely on the instruments. His conclusion was that each of us are in a similar situation today. Everything and everyone is moving so fast. It is often hard to tell what is up and what is down, what is right and what is wrong, or even where we are going. Our own natural perceptions of Heaven and earth often mislead us. It is imperative for each of us to rely on our “cockpit instruments”- the teachings of our holy Torah. When in doubt, fly by the instruments!

Psalm 4:6 There are many who say, “O that we might see some good! Let the light of your face shine on us, O LORD!”

Fr. Richard Rohr (16 Apr 21): In essence, he [Richard of St. Victor (1110–1173)] said, for God to be good, God can be one (but we always have doubts about a lone monarch). For God to be loving, God has to be two, because love is always a relationship of giving and receiving. The real breakthrough comes when Richard of St. Victor says that for God to be joy-filled and happy, God has to be three. [1][14] Delight comes, he says, from two together enjoying and rejoicing in the same thing at the same time. It is like new parents loving their new child that they cannot stop admiring. The love then flows in an eternal circle instead of back and forth between two. Each of the three takes their part in revving the engine of desire and delight.

Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): So, what is a divine interruption? To interrupt means to break into the course of something…it may be a conversation, an event, or progress. You are in the middle of something when, suddenly, an unexpected interruption takes place! During a “divine interruption,” the one who is interrupting you is God!

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): The moment she was overcome with a searing awareness that she was out of her depth.

Christina Villa (17 Apr 21): I think of this as a non-divine example, a humble illustration for the rest of us, of what Jesus meant about being a servant to be great. How can you be “first” and a “slave” at the same time, “great” and also a “servant”? I don’t know, but as usual, Jesus is right.

Integrated Approach

Elijah List (16 Apr 21): Face it, you’re stuck.

Christina Villa (17 Apr 21): Dear God, help me question all my resentments and remember nobody likes a martyr. Amen.

Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): Sometimes in life it may seem as though we are stuck in a cycle of endless “play and repeat.” We find that Jesus has been waiting for us…expecting us. “Give Me a drink,” He says. And then, in a moment of divine interruption, everything changes. You never knew that on one word from Jesus, the whole of your life could turn. Now, you realize with wonder, He has come for you! Jesus knows you. God loves you. And He has a mission that only you can do.

Psalm 4:3 But know that the LORD has set apart the faithful for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): One of the great rabbis of the last generation offered a magnificent explanation. As it turns out, the origins of what we call today “holistic medicine” and the “integrated approach” are in the Torah.

Apostle Axel Sippach (17 Apr 21): There’s a New Breed arising. I also call them the “Young Guns.” They are radical – armed and dangerous! They come “packing.”

The Magnificent Seven: [https://youtu.be/yulmgTcGLZw]

Brat: There were Seven Churches!!

Jennifer LeClaire (15 Apr 21): I kept on watching. In this congested home full of Christians, people were running to and fro, doing I do not know what. The entire house was buzzing with activity, almost as if they were preparing for something. I could not see the faces of these hectic herds.

Rev. Carlos de la Torre: While no interviewer ever asked Jesus what legacy he wanted to leave behind, the question of legacy — what Jesus sought to leave behind — is an important theme in Jesus’ post-resurrection accounts. Jesus does not seem concerned with what the masses will have to say about him – rather, Jesus is concerned with what his disciples will know and believe, and what they will do in his name.[15] 

Jacqueline Renee Simmons (17 Apr 21): While on the road traveling from one destination to the next, I heard Holy Spirit say, “I am leading you into “uncharted territories that will be open to you where others could not go.” Uncharted” means “unmapped” or “unexplored,” so the expression meaning “to explore a new subject or area” is “enter uncharted territory. He says “trust my leading you with a yes even when you don’t know what direction you’re going. Allow Holy Spirit to chart your course and ferry ⛴you into new places. Rest peacefully knowing that He knows how to lead you off the map of the unknown! Have unshakable faith in this hour. He will lead you with accelerated ease, agility and speed.

Donna Rigney (16 Apr 21): “Church will never return to the way it used to be conducted. My glory will invade those places where I am truly worshiped. Some of those places will be within the walls of the Church and some will be in homes and in other buildings and even on the streets of your cities. I cannot be contained in the walls of the building and won’t be found where other gods are worshiped.

Professor Dana L. Robert (2019): But a cross-cultural perspective on Jesus as friend says a lot about the meaning of community. For friendship always goes both ways. It requires mutuality. It involves give and take. . . . Since Jesus is holding hands with the world, so to speak, then intimacy with Jesus extends far beyond personal needs. To befriend Jesus means carrying in fellowship the responsibilities of friendship that he carried. . . .[16]

Pastor Vanessa Russell (09 Apr 21): [Pray] For Understanding for the conditions of the people in my community.

Amy Sutherland (13 Apr 21): The Gospel has never been weak – but the Church and it’s Body are weak when we do not allow the perfect power-filled Word to test us. We do not have endurance because our faith hasn’t been tested. (James 1:2-4). We settle for comfort, and complain God has not “done” for us. The fruit is immaturity that tastes not the sweetness of the Vine.

Wanda Alger (13 Apr 21): “So in this situation, you should just leave these people to themselves. For if this plan or undertaking originates with men, it will fade away and come to nothing. But if this movement is of God, you won’t be able to stop it. And you might discover that you were fighting God all along!” (Acts 5:38-39 TPT)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Apr 21): To worry is to worship the world, to fall on your knees in dread and grovel before it.

Rick Joyner (13 Apr 21): It is noteworthy that the fruit of The Spirit is singular, not plural. There are not nine fruits of The Spirit, but one, with nine characteristics. They all work together and cannot be separated. For example, our goodness and kindness must be done in love, faith, and patience.… We have been commanded by Jesus to: “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).

Christina Villa (17 Apr 21): I felt excluded and taken for granted: a martyr to everyone else’s good time.

Professor Dana L. Robert (2019): In the context of worldwide community, being friends with Jesus is hard work. For when followers of Jesus walk beside him, he leads them in directions they would rather not go, into neighborhoods they would rather avoid, and to meet other friends of his they might not normally know. As the Scriptures and history show, to be a friend of Jesus means loving others just as he does.

Jewish Voice (16 Apr 21): As God led Jewish Voice to minister to the “Lost Tribes of Israel” in Africa, beginning in 1999, we invited you to partner with us. And you have faithfully stood with us through your giving and prayers. You are changing lives in the name of Jesus and reaching some of the most spiritually neglected communities in the world.[17]

Fr. Richard Rohr (17 Apr 21): Christian mission begins with friendship—not utilitarian friendship, the religious version of network marketing—but genuine friendship, friendship that translates love for neighbors in general into knowing, appreciating, liking, and enjoying this or that neighbor in particular. —Brian McLaren

Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): When a divine interruption takes place, we realize it is not time for business as usual. Instead, it is time to pay attention to what God is doing, for there is “breaking news” from Heaven. God is revealing what He has meant to do all along.

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): Like Samuel, God wants to put an anointing upon us so that when we speak the words of God there is life on them, and those words don’t fall to the ground. They come to pass, and people begin to listen to the Church. This is going to be a year when God restores His voice to the Church. Some of you might say, “How does He restore His voice?” We will have a voice when God restores His supernatural power and begins to release His glory—when the goodness of the Lord is seen.

Key

The Rev. Charles Lane Cowen: As you prepare to preach this or any text, I invite you into an imaginative process that brings the text to life. For me, I have the most fun when I do this with others. It may feel silly, but gather a group of adults, make costumes from things lying around the office, and act this scene out. Through imagination, empathy, and incarnational living of the Scriptures, you may find that their meaning becomes deeper, and they will become part of your physical reality as a baptized member of Christ’s own body.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 Apr 21): Trusting in the One Above doesn’t mean waiting for miracles.[18]

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): …When I got to the end of the meeting, much to my surprise, the Lord told me, “I don’t want you to move in miracles because I want to prove to these people that I am God; I want to confirm My word.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (13 Apr 21): As a Franciscan, I have always been curious about the fruitful friendship between Francis of Assisi and his female companion Clare. They were not lovers, yet they were deeply devoted to one another, built their orders together, and turned to one another for support and wisdom. My friend Mirabai Starr offers a vignette based on tales about Francis and Clare, and shows a mutual friendship built on their shared dedication to Christ

Deacon Brenton Cordeiro: Growing up in a wealthy family in Assisi, Italy, Francis led a life characterized by pride and sin as a young man. While his journey to repentance and conversion unfolded over several stages, a pivotal moment occurred one day while Francis was praying before a crucifix at a run-down church. He heard Christ speak to him from the crucifix: “Francis, go and rebuild my Church.”[19]

Fr. Richard Rohr (16 Apr 21): God as Friendship

Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): The trajectory of your life is about to change.

Pastor Vanessa Russell (09 Apr 21): Please join me as we “BUILD” by praying

Pastor Fah (14 Apr 21): Join us today as we look into the scriptures and receive instruction from the Lord Jesus regarding the purpose of His Church. He said He would build it and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it! As a pastor the Church is my favorite subject, so let’s be renewed and encouraged and allow the Holy Spirit to breathe new life into us as we look to Him together as his beautiful bride. 

Acts 3:14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you,

Jennifer LeClaire (15 Apr 21): The Plumb Line: Prophetic Dream: The Unleashing of Jezebel’s Daughter

Wanda Alger (13 Apr 21): “Blessed is the man (nation) who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalms 1:1-2)

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): He’d always distrusted the glib way religious people—right, left, and center—speak of the Holy, as if they were God’s press secretaries emerging from the briefing room with verbatim notes to report out the divine mind. He had no idea, either, but he’d never heard anyone in church admit it.

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): Luke 11:52 tells us about a key—the key of knowledge. If we are going to operate with the key of David, which is the governmental authority of God, then we need another key, the key of revelation knowledge, to enable us to see into what God the Father is doing and hear what He is saying. That key draws us into greater intimacy with Jesus and empowers us to stand up against not just the demonic principalities and powers, but the religious spirit that still exists in Christian circles. Luke 11:52 says:

“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): Before I can pronounce a person as impure, I need to see the person, not only the problem. Do I know how to recognize the difference between evil and trauma? Between selfishness and fear? Between being bad and being wounded?

Joe Joe Dawson (12 Apr 21): When God unveils what He is doing in our cities and nations, all the world will have to stop and acknowledge the power and presence of God. I truly believe God is about to release a revival and awakening that will be poured out worldwide. In the midst of national calamity or moral decay, God has always used those seasons to raise up reformers out of His remnant. I believe God is raising up champions for the Kingdom of God in this season.

Apostle Axel Sippach (17 Apr 21): They take their place, summoned by the Spirit of God, answering the call, and chosen by the King to participate in the purposes He has for a chosen generation that has been summoned upon the stage of world history for this time.

1 John 3:1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

The Rev. Charles Lane Cowen: Furthermore, Peter names another vital character in this scene: “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors” (Acts 3:13). God not only acts within this story, but the nature of God—which God; whose God—becomes known in this familial description.

Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him.

Amy Sutherland (13 Apr 21): Maturity is not how much you “know”, maturity is how much you yield. Mature sons and daughters yield to the leading of testing and pruning. The Holy Spirt led Jesus into the wilderness to be tested and 40 days later He came out “armed with the Holy Spirit’s power”. Where is the power? It will be given to you to the degree that you yield to the Holy Spirit.

Jewish Voice (16 Apr 21): People don’t care what you know until they know that you care

Pastor Vanessa Russell (09 Apr 21): The last 12 months were difficult for most of us. I run an anti-human-trafficking organization and can’t help noticing that the experiences of everyday people have become similar to the trafficked, homeless and impoverished.[20]

Mirabai Starr (2013): When Francis felt most alone in the world, most persecuted and misunderstood, it was Clare he would turn to for clarity, wisdom, and a love stripped of sentimentality. “All I want is to live as a hermit and love my Lord in secret,” he confessed to her. “And yet I am moved to preach the gospel of holy poverty in the world. What should I do?”[21]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (15 Apr 21): Relax. Trust Him. He runs an entire universe.

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): The moment it struck her that when it comes to the Mystery, neither she nor anyone else on the face of the earth has the faintest clue.

Clare did not equivocate: “God did not call you for yourself alone, but also for the salvation of others.” [2][22]

Staring Look

Community of Divine Love (14 Apr 21): “The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place and time my touch will be felt.” ~FREDERICK BUECHNER

Brat: Since you know that, why didn’t you bother to write me back?

Pastor Vanessa Russell (09 Apr 21): Pray for all who feel alone or forgotten in your community, and ask God to reveal ways to reach out and touch others in this season of isolation. 

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): The moment when she, who’d been nattering away like a person who knows things, was so mortified by her impudence that she couldn’t go on.

Jennifer LeClaire (15 Apr 21): It was as if the Holy Spirit picked me up and transported me in the Spirit to a faraway place, into an event already in progress.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (15 Apr 21): Sometimes you see that things have been taken out of your hands and are following a supernatural order.

Steve Cleary (18 Apr 21): The “Insanity” of God

Brat: [Chew lip.] But, this insane kind of grinding SILENCE for thirteen years from God’s people causes me physical pain.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): Don’t Only Look at the Disease; See the Person

Brat: I do.  Why can’t you?

Mirabai Starr (2013): Toward the end of his life, when the brotherhood had burgeoned so quickly that it threatened to implode, Francis’s physical health mirrored the disease spreading through his community. Wracked by unrelenting pain in his joints and flesh, and nearly blind, the forty-four-year-old ascetic took refuge in a hermitage adjoining the convent of the Poor Clares at San Damiano [where Clare lived and died].

Brat: I know how Francis felt, as I have been experiencing the same pain while I witness my community!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): The verse states: “The Kohen shall look at the affliction on the skin of his flesh… the Kohen shall look at it and make him impure.” Why is the same phrase repeated? The Torah should have said: “The Kohen shall look at the affliction on the skin of his flesh… and make him impure.” Why does it say again, “the Kohen shall look at it?”[3][23]

Charisma (17 Apr 21): Who will rescue the dying man?

Brat: Have you ever wondered if maybe the priests staring at the wounds were the ones making him impure?  After all, even Jesus talked about how the Levites and the Priests looked at the abused man lying in the road and walked around him, so as to not to make themselves impure. (Luke 10:30-32) I have found that someone staring at me can make me feel ashamed and impure, even though I have nothing to be ashamed about.  I know others can feel that way, too.  It’s like feeling over-conscientious when a cop pulls up behind you when you’ve been obeying the law, but you don’t know if they’re out to fulfill their daily quota at your expense, so involuntarily shame rises to your face.  In an opposite scenario, another person may also stare at me, but if they look at me with a soft eye and a heart of compassion, my own heart will reflect their kindness.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): There are two types of educators and teachers. Some just see the rules and the deviations of the rules, but others can just peer into the heart and see a soul.

Acts 3:12 When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?

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Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): She finessed the awkward moment with a joke, finished, and sat down. Afterwards, nobody mentioned it. Except one astute parishioner who told her that when she’d said, “No idea…,” he’d wanted to shout, “Hooray! The truth at last!”

Bible Gateway (16 Apr 21): When did you last consider the Bible’s book of Revelation to be a wellspring of hope? Or have you always seen it as a declaration of judgment amidst confusing imagery? Of all the books of the Bible, Revelation is the one people seem to be the most afraid to study. They describe it in such terms as terrifying, mysterious, apocalyptic, and perplexing. ssed.  Bible Gateway interviewed Margaret Feinberg about her teaching video, Revelation: Extravagant Hope (Zondervan, 2021), part of the Beautiful Word Bible Study Series.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 Apr 21): But when others come with their troubles, telling them they should rejoice in their afflictions can be callous and even cruel.

Psalm 4:2 How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah

Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): He said, “I am removing shame from the generations. I am changing the story you tell from now on!”

Doug Addison (16 Apr 21): There is a better way to go. Speaking and acting out of kindness, compassion and forgiveness will activate your ability to hear God and to love. All these principles are tied together! Most of us know what it means to be kind or to have compassion for someone. But for many people, forgiveness can be mysterious and difficult.

C.S. Lewis (1949): Real forgiveness means looking steadily at the sin, the sin that is left over without any excuse, after all allowances have been made, and seeing it in all its horror, dirt, meanness and malice, and nevertheless being wholly reconciled to the man who has done it.

Donna Rigney (16 Apr 21): “Repentance will be commonplace among My children. Once evil is exposed, many will run into My open arms, fall at My feet and repent for their part in the spread of wickedness in this world. Tears of sorrow will change to tears of rejoicing, as forgiveness is granted immediately and with it great restoration and deliverance.[24]

Wanda Alger (13 Apr 21): Before some folks get knocked off their hi-horse like Saul and get confronted by a voice from heaven (see Acts 9:3-4), perhaps a second look would be in order. For those concerned with all the noise these revolutionaries are making, perhaps we need to heed Gamaliel’s advice. If it’s motivated by human agenda, it will have no power to change anything and will eventually fade away. But, if it is Spirit-inspired and fueled by heaven – nothing will change it, and nothing can stop it. What side of history you’ll stand on, is up to you.

Fr. Richard Rohr (16 Apr 21): When I read Richard of St. Victor, it reminded me of a dilemma I faced when I first started becoming rather well-known. (Forgive me if that sounds arrogant!) There were a lot of people who wanted to get close to me and be my friend. I asked myself, how do I allow all these would-be friends? I realized that the people I really loved with great abandon and freedom were not just people who loved me, but people who also loved what I loved.

Incarnational Understanding

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Apr 21): To trust is to lift up your eyes and stand as tall as the heavens. To live with nothing else but the bond between G‑d above and you below.

Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): From our perspective, this encounter—and what unfolds from it—is unforeseen! And yet when we look back, we can see the signs…a word here, a promise there…that prophetic calling you had long given up on.

Christina Villa (17 Apr 21): But somehow, over the years, I gradually stopped feeling like a servant, even though I was still doing all the same things. No sermon or advice about responsibility from my elders would have worked this magic. It was only doing it, over and over again, year after year, that turned being a “servant” into something I didn’t mind being.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 Apr 21): Keep your trust in G‑d for yourself.

Dutch Sheets (15 Apr 21): Lord, overshadow me with Your presence. Help me, in turn, cast my shadow over those whom You choose. Give me creative ways to do this when there are still areas where social distancing is in effect. Help me not be bashful or intimidated, but give me boldness to speak and act as Holy Spirit guides me.[25]

Wanda Alger (13 Apr 21): If we want our nation to be blessed, we are instructed to avoid the counsel and advice of wicked men. We are not to stand alongside their twisted agendas or godless plans concerning our future. We become guilty by association when we simply go along with their deception. Worse yet, when we refuse to take a stand against their darkened plans, we can come under the same spirit of ridicule and scorn that fuels their agendas. Before long, we are no better than they are when we ridicule and criticize those who are simply pursuing the truth.

Rick Joyner: The material on TV is called “programming” for a reason; it’s designed to program us as we sit passively in our seat. – Douglas Rushkoff  

Israel365 Video Manager (15 Apr 21): On Israel’s 73rd Independence Day, a new video released by the World Mizrachi movement reveals ten living prophecies written in the Bible that are coming true today in 2021.[26]

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): It’s not that we don’t know or can’t say anything true about God. There are things we do know, things we rightly stake our lives on. But they are few. Maybe God-talk would feel more honest if it were equally modest.

Brat (in “Benefit of the Doubt” 06 Apr 21): …My sharing then becomes more fodder for your sharing to your platform, while my desolation deepens in the abomination.  I never doubted his prophetic clarity and truth.  My cry along with the anchorites of old is for courtesy.

Mirabai Starr (2013): There, near to the woman who knew his soul and loved him with a perfect love, and enfolded in the sacred sounds and smells of the creation, Francis composed his ecstatic hymn, “The Canticle of The Sun.”

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

Jerame Nelson: “An Angel Appeared at Starbucks & Handed Me Kingdom Keys!”

Vicki Kemper (18 Apr 21): The Risen Christ is your least favorite, most annoying, always-hungry acquaintance. Do you have anything to eat?

Rev. Carlos de la Torre: While legacies are concerned with how an individual’s past achievements continue to have an echoing effect, covenants are a binding agreement, a pledge that continues to have a tangible effect. Jesus’ covenant is not a brief note in a score, but the final movement that captures the whole work. It is through this covenant that all of humanity is able to hear the sweet sounds of salvation.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

The Rev. Charles Lane Cowen: This incarnational understanding of Holy Scripture certainly informs today’s Gospel reading, and I would argue that it should inform all readings of the Bible. Drawing on my own experiences as a theatre artist and techniques I learned from David Rhoads, Joanna Dewey, and Donald Michie in their book, Mark as Story,[1][27] I often begin the study of any pericope by writing out the characters and the setting. When I begin thinking about these stories in a realized, incarnational way, I often glean new information that not only informs my preaching/teaching but allows me to experience and internalize the Bible in an intimate way.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): Don’t try to win arguments; try to help people.

Doug Addison (16 Apr 21): We need to be careful to stay out of arguments and complaining over politics, religion and differences of opinion. Right now, behind the wheel of your car. Right now, in how you’re acting on social media. Right now, in how you treat your kids. Get the idea?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (15 Apr 21): At this point, let go of the steering wheel. Just do your best at what you have to do
—and stay out of G‑d’s way.

C.S. Lewis (1952): The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. There is so much of Him that millions and millions of ‘little Christs’, all different, will still be too few to express Him fully. He made them all. He invented— as an author invents characters in a novel—all the different men that you and I were intended to be. In that sense our real selves are all waiting for us in Him. It is no good trying to ‘be myself’ without Him. The more I resist Him and try to live on my own, the more I become dominated by my own heredity and upbringing and surroundings and natural desires. In fact what I so proudly call ‘Myself’ becomes merely the meeting place for trains of events which I never started and which I cannot stop. What I call ‘My wishes’ become merely the desires thrown up by my physical organism or pumped into me by other men’s thoughts or even suggested to me by devils. Eggs and alcohol and a good night’s sleep will be the real origins of what I flatter myself by regarding as my own highly personal and discriminating decision to make love to the girl opposite to me in the railway carriage. Propaganda will be the real origin of what I regard as my own personal political ideas. I am not, in my natural state, nearly so much of a person as I like to believe: most of what I call ‘me’ can be very easily explained. It is when I turn to Christ, when I give myself up to His Personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.[28]

In-House Conversation

Pastor Vanessa Russell (09 Apr 21): [Pray] For strength to Be present in my community in this time of trouble.

Brat: My community (aka tribe) totally dissed me, so I seek to see where the Holy Spirit is leading the greater conversation.  That is how I am being present.

Pastor Karl Hester (18 Apr 21): The agents of sadness—sin, death, and the devil as Martin Luther put it—beset us. God knows what seeks after us and protects us as precious and vulnerable sheep. The good shepherd knows his sheep by name, gladly gives his life to deter the wolves, leaves the flock to go after the loner stuck in the wilderness, and returns with gladness and joy when that one has been safely returned.

Brat: I have no pastors or rabbis that honestly “Follow” my blog.  I have one friend who is a prophet that subscribes, but she’s raising two toddlers and doesn’t have time to read it.  It is by God’s grace that I am still alive and sane in this on-going isolation (as addressed in “Benefit of the Doubt”)!  This protection in and of itself is my testimony of Jesus as the Good Shepherd!

Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Benefit of the Doubt” 06 Apr 21): Kathryn, may God give you a glimpse of your reach and your obedience and somewhere give you a sense of your purpose.

Brat: Thank you.

Quin Sherrer with Jamie Buckingham: By inviting God’s abiding presence to overshadow and help us, we can make a difference in the lives of many people. Who knows when you may discover a result of your “shadow ministry” – one that may totally surprise you. You go along doing what you always do. Then boom! Someone tells you how your life impacted him or her, and you had no idea.

Fr. Richard Rohr (18 Apr 21): God is not bound by our commonly held presumption that humans are the center of everything. Creation did not actually demand or need Jesus (or us, for that matter) to confer additional sacredness upon it. From the first moment of the Big Bang, nature was revealing the glory and goodness of the Divine Presence; it must be seen as a gratuitous gift. Jesus came to live in its midst, and enjoy life in all its natural variations, and thus be our model and exemplar. Jesus is the gift that honored the gift, we might say.

Pope Francis: Evangelize by Example, Not Pushing Your Faith on Others

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): Jesus came to the earth for a purpose: to seek and save that which was lost (see Luke 19:10). So many of us get confused because we’ve got a lot of evangelists running around saying that Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost. That’s not what the Word says. It says Jesus came to seek and save “that which was lost.” In this verse, Jesus was talking about the authority [!] that Adam lost in the Garden when he sinned.

Revelation 12: 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power
    and the kingdom of our God,
    and the authority [!] of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
    who accuses them before our God day and night,
    has been hurled down.

Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch: To fool the world is one thing,
but to fool yourself is no big deal.

You’re a fool for wanting to fool yourself
—and anyone can fool a fool.

The Rev. Charles Lane Cowen: Synthesizing this analysis, we see that we have an entirely Jewish cast in a Jewish setting. As theologian Willie James Jennings remarks, “Peter speaks to his people. This is an in-house conversation. We have lost the sense and struggle of this family argument.”[2][29] Utilizing the actor’s tool of imagining how something must feel as we draw upon our own experiences, most of us know what it’s like to be in a family feud. Most of us know what it’s like to be in a church argument. Anyone who has served on a vestry/church council/leadership board, has certainly experienced or can imagine the awkwardness and sometimes pain of disagreement and the effects those have on the community. Likewise, we can imagine the healing that comes from acknowledging our histories and turning toward our communal, life-giving goals.

Jennifer LeClaire (15 Apr 21): It was almost like a college party house where the living room was over capacity but nobody seemed to mind. Everyone was enjoying themselves, but I could not discern the occasion. I wasn’t sure what they were celebrating.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 Apr 21): When things don’t go so well, tell yourself it is all really for the good, and rejoice in however G‑d treats you.

Rick Joyner: The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw

Donna Rigney (16 Apr 21): “My Bible has lost its significance to My children; this is why they are enduring so many problems. My Word warns My children of what the enemy’s plans are; it is a mighty weapon against all his schemes and stops them before they are launched; it is a source of guidance, wisdom and revelation. To be led by My Spirit, away from certain harm, into the path of success, joy, fulfillment and truth – [this] is what meditating on My Word does for My children.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 Apr 21): “For yourself, trust in G-d.  For others, give a hand.”[30]

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): Maybe people would trust it more if it were diffident, if it left some things blank.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): “You are probably wondering,” concluded the Rebbe, “why I waited this long to respond to your remarks on the matter. But my job in life is not to win arguments. My job is to bring Jews closer to the Torah and its mitzvot.”

Pastor Vanessa Russell (09 Apr 21): Now that things are reopening, it’s important that we don’t just “go back to normal.” Instead, let us empathetically recognize that it is not just businesses that need restoration, but also people (Neh. 5). Let us sacrificially give to others, that they might know the hope to which God has called them.

The Rev. Charles Lane Cowen: Let’s explore this method using today’s first lesson from Acts. This pericope has a deeply rooted and horrific history of interpretation that allows Christians to blame Jews for the death of Jesus. This kind of hatred has led to senseless, cruel, and theologically unsound violence against Jews in movements such as the Inquisition and the Holocaust. Preachers/teachers today have an ethical responsibility to condemn such an interpretation, and I believe this method of narrative analysis helps us do that.

Wanda Alger (13 Apr 21): I am certainly not suggesting that every conspiracy claim is true or that every challenge has merit. The ongoing issues require each of us to do our own homework and give prayerful consideration to the facts. But, if we’re going to have any corporate authority against the demonic agendas in our nation, perhaps we need a reminder of the requirements necessary for God’s blessing to fall.

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): Jesus was bringing a rebuke to the religious leaders of His day because they opposed having true relationship with God in the Spirit. They would rather follow legalistic traditions and practices of man than have real relationship with God. They hindered people from seeing and hearing from God. Religious people are not bothered when we read the Word or say a little prayer, but the minute that power starts to show up, or we see an angel, or God gives us a dream or vision, or we begin to take ground in the spirit, that’s when religious people say, “I don’t know if this is of God.”

Acts 3:15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.

The Rev. Charles Lane Cowen: If Jesus establishes a physical reality and relationship between the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels, it follows that this physical reality continues through all Christian witness from the Christian Scriptures, through the history of Christianity, and into our present reality. We who have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection live an incarnational continuation of this story until our own ascension with Christ.

Fr. Richard Rohr (18 Apr 21): The true and essential work of all religion is to help us recognize and recover the divine image in everything. It is to mirror things correctly, deeply, and fully until all things know who they are. A mirror by its nature reflects impartially, equally, effortlessly, spontaneously, and endlessly. It does not produce the image, nor does it filter the image according to its perceptions or preferences. Authentic mirroring can only call forth what is already there.

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

Dutch Sheets (15 Apr 21): Just as You did with Mary, hover over me until I carry Your presence. I want to radiate the power of Holy Spirit in such strength that lives are changed and Christ is formed in people. Remind us daily, Father, that we are Him here.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 Apr 21): It means having confidence in what you are doing right now.

Apostle Axel Sippach (17 Apr 21): Identify them. Love them. Father them. Encourage them. Empower them. Equip them. Send them.

God’s Messiah

Revelation 3:“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): It is as if He is pointing to you and saying, “There’s one who’s faithful. There’s one whom I can anoint. There is one I want to release My keys to who will unlock the doors to the authority and power of Heaven. Will you accept My keys? Will you come and gather them from the deep places of intimacy with Me, and reach out for them on the high places of My Kingdom? Then turn the lock in the door and unleash a revolution that the world longs to see—a revolution of My love?”

Acts 3:16 And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

Pastor Steve Dittmar (13 Apr 21): The name of Jesus is the atmosphere of heaven, the authority of God, and all salvation. “Jesus” means “salvation.” His name is salvation, healing, and deliverance. When we continually offer this sacrifice of praise to God, that is, confessing His name out loud into our lives and circumstances, we do so to the glory of God. The glory of God is in the face of Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:6), and so saying His name, we move into Christ and His glory.

Acts 3:17 “And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.

Elijah List (13 Apr 21): “Jesus, help”

Pastor Steve Dittmar (13 Apr 21): This simple practice of the heart and mouth can change any atmosphere because it is Jesus who saves. Saying His name at home, at work, while driving, in trouble, and at rest brings His kingdom and reign into the atmosphere. This week let’s spend many moments returning our heart and our mouth to God in the sacrifice of praise confessing Jesus name.[31]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 Apr 21): He invests in you and He trusts in you. And you should, too.

Rev. Carlos de la Torre: So, what does this covenant demand of us?

Mirabai Starr (2013): Clare gave up everything to be with Francis, to live as he lived, to see the face of the Divine in the faces of the poor and the oppressed and to love them as he loved them. “Her goal in life,” says Robert Ellsberg about Saint Clare, “was not to be a reflection of Francis but to be, like him, a reflection of Christ.” [1][32]

Acts 3:18 In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.

Brat: God’s Messiah?

Rev. Carlos de la Torre: Jesus’ legacy is his passion, death, and resurrection, and it has fulfilled everything promised in Holy Scripture. Through these acts, God in Christ has opened salvation to all nations, expanding God’s word through the Word made flesh beyond the people of Israel. But Jesus does not simply leave behind a legacy – a long list of accomplishments and accolades – but a covenant – an eternal and limitless promise.

Verse of the Day (16 Apr 21): Romans 13:Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Doug Addison (16 Apr 21): Jesus said that all the Law and the prophets are summed up in the one great commandment of love. Just like Jesus, everything we say and do has to come from a spirit of love. As His followers, we need to be an example to the world in how we act.

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): Prayer

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Wanda Alger (13 Apr 21): There is a God-given passion for truth that is compelling many God-fearing citizens and Spirit-fueled believers to sound an alarm and expose the works of darkness. Just like the early disciples, these radical visionaries are willing to confront the status quo, ask some challenging questions, and rattle the cages of some sacred cows. Can we recognize the zeal of the Lord at work – even if it pushes some buttons? Do we dare take the risk of challenging their cause if, in fact, it’s a work of heaven?

Acts 3:19 Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out

Pastor Vanessa Russell (09 Apr 21): We have learned what it’s like to be isolated, to feel forgotten and to suffer loss of housing, jobs and loved ones. We are humbled and feel much like Nehemiah, weeping at the sight of our burned and broken-down cities (Neh. 1:3-4).

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 Apr 21): Cry with them, pray for them, do everything you can for them—and then you can tell them to trust in G‑d.

Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): God is about to release a love revolution to the Body of Christ. I want to define what it is to have a revolution because I believe that God wants to bring real language to the Body of Christ so that we understand what He’s doing in this hour. I believe we’re about to enter into a heartfelt revelation of love that is greater than God’s power and greater than His gifts.

Rick Joyner (13 Apr 21): So, if we’re growing in the fruit of The Spirit, we will also be growing in goodness and kindness. As we walk abiding in The Lord, we will also go about looking for good to do for others, and always do it in The Spirit of kindness.[33]

A Final Testimony

Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures

Rev. Carlos de la Torre: But before their sojourn, Jesus addresses his disciples and presents them with a final testimony. Jesus tells his disciples that everything written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms has been fulfilled by his passion, death, and resurrection. And now that God’s word has been fulfilled, true repentance and forgiveness can finally be proclaimed to all people. 

Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): From now on, this divine interruption—this “suddenly” from God—will be a part of your testimony. You’ll hear Him say, “I have a new track for you to journey on.
I have a new story for you to tell!”

Mary Luti (14 Apr 21): O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! – Romans 11:33 (NRSV)

Tamara Lowe (16 Apr 21): In short, what I heard during that week of listening was really good news, and much of it has already begun to happen in just the first few months of 2021.

Rev. Carlos de la Torre: In the primordial act of taking bread and wine, blessing, breaking, and sharing, we participate in Jesus’ covenant. It is through this act that we encounter over and over again the risen Jesus. It is through this act that we receive his peace, touch and behold his body, and share a meal with him. The good news is that this sacred pattern did not come to an end when Jesus ascended into heaven – instead, it spread to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Brat Journal from nine years ago (July 10, 2012): At the beginning of this journal entry I had been so confounded by the phrase “Messiah Watch.”  Am I finally “getting it?”  When God told me the phrase “Messiah Watch,” three times in one day was He telling me to watch out for the Churches who are on the watch for a messiah?  Or did it have a more Eucharistic significance?  It is gradually starting to dawn on me that the Messiah through His very life honored, blessed, and released the world into the Father’s arms, so I must honor, bless, and release the Seven Churches in to Christ’s arms.  I am watching The Messiah do this very thing before my eyes.  So I must do as He does.

Apostle Axel Sippach (17 Apr 21): This is what they have been anointed for. And they will fulfill the purposes of God for their generation.

Jewish Voice (16 Apr 21): You help Jewish people come to know their Messiah, Jesus

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 Apr 21): Because you know He has set you on a good path and given you the right ideas.

Denis Edwards: Richard [of St. Victor] sees the self-transcending love of friendship as the high point of human life and argues that such friendship must be found in God. . . . Real friendship is love which goes from the self to the other. . . . Richard’s insight into friendship leads him to suggest that real love does not remain with the two but wants to share love with another. For full love we look for one who can share our love for the beloved. Richard sees the friendship in the Trinity as ecstatically breaking out beyond the two to include a third. . . . There is no sense in which this common [third] friend is loved any less than the other two. In the love of the divine Persons, Richard sees supreme love flowing equally in all directions. [2][34]

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[1] Jerame Nelson (18 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25383)

[2] The Rev. Charles Lane Cowen: 3rd Sunday of Easter(B): Living Scripture – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[3] Wanda Alger (13 Apr 21): IF THIS MOVEMENT IS OF GOD, NOTHING CAN STOP IT! – wandaalger.me

[4] Joe Joe Dawson (12 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25328)

[5] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Apr 21): Stand Tall – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[6] Helen Calder (17 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25381)

[7] Amy Sutherland (13 Apr 21): Where Is The Power? | Ablaze Global Productions

[8] Rick Joyner (15 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies

[9] Doug Addison (16 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25361)

[10] Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): [9] Avos 1:6

[11] Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): Don’t Only Look at the Disease; See the Person | Essay Tazria | TheYeshiva.net

[12] C.S. Lewis (1949): The Weight of Glory: And Other Addresses. Copyright © 1949, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1976, revised 1980 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

[13] Jennifer Eivaz (15 Apr 21): https://www.facebook.com/100044153270115/videos/1149019695614291

[14] [1] Richard of St. Victor, The Trinity, book 3, chapters 14–15. See Richard of St. Victor, trans. Grover A. Zinn (Paulist Press: 1979), 387–389.

[15] Rev. Carlos de la Torre: Legacy, Easter 3 (B) – April 18, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[16] Dana L. Robert, Faithful Friendships: Embracing Diversity in Christian Community (Eerdmans: 2019), 9, 10–11, 12.

[17] God made the way | Jewish Voice

[18] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (13 Apr 21): Confidence – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[19] Deacon Brenton Cordeiro: 5 Things St. Francis Teaches Us About Rebuilding The Church (catholic-link.org)

[20] Pastor Vanessa Russell (09 Apr 21): Build by prayer | News + Resources (foursquare.org)

[21] Mirabai Starr, Saint Francis of Assisi: Brother of Creation (Sounds True: 2013), 74–76.

[22] [2] The Deeds of Blessed Francis and His Companions, chapter 16. See Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3: The Prophet (New City Press: 2001), 468–469.

[23] Rabbi YY Jacobson (15 Apr 21): [3] The question is raised in Toras Kohanim, where a halachic answer is given.

[24] Donna Rigney (16 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25360)

[25] Dutch Sheets & others (15 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25351)

[26] Israel365 Video Manager (15 Apr 21): Independence Day Special: 10 Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled in Israel Today [Watch] (israel365news.com)

[27] The Rev. Charles Lane Cowen: [1] David Rhoads, Joanna Dewey, and Donald Michie, Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel, 2nd ed. (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1999).

[28] C.S. Lewis (1952): Mere Christianity. Copyright © 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1980, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

[29] The Rev. Charles Lane Cowen: [2] Willie James Jennings, Acts, Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2017), 43.

[30] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (14 Apr 21): Trust for Others – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[31] Pastor Steve Dittmar (13 Apr 21): Secret Place – The Sacrifice of Praise; Vol. 17 – Issue 15 – 4/13/21

[32] [1] Robert Ellsberg, All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time (Crossroad: 2002, 1997), 345.

[33] Rick Joyner (13 Apr 21): The Weapons of Kindness and Goodness | MorningStar Ministries

[34] [2] Denis Edwards, The God of Evolution: A Trinitarian Theology (Paulist Press: 1999), 21, 23. 

Benefit of the Doubt 06 Apr 21

13 Apr

Working Dates: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to Tuesday, April 13, 2021

[33 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from John 20:19-31 for 2 Easter on 11 Apr 21]

Just Believe

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Pilgrim’s Chapter 10: Valley of Humiliation

Rev. Andrew Chappell: “Do you believe because you see me? Happy (blessed) are those who don’t see and yet believe” (John 20:29 CEB). These are Jesus’ words, and they round out a story that historically resulted in the term “doubting Thomas”—not to mention a lot of guilt for some growing up in hard-nosed Christian homes. [1]

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Right now, I am bringing them out of exile. I am gathering them from all over the earth where they have been hidden and in waiting for a long season. They have wondered if I had abandoned them or if they would ever be used in the Kingdom because they were never fully accepted as a part of it, but right now they are emerging in the world’s greatest moment of pain and the Church’s hour of desperation.[2]

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): The Lord says that these Believers include even His “forgotten” people: the older generations, the unknowns, the “outsiders,” the seemingly invisible Believers who are often overlooked or dismissed or rejected or discredited. They will all ride together, the great and small who still call upon His name; all will be lifted by these waves to the high places on the earth and delivered to their new assignments.[3]

John 20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

Rev. Andrew Chappell: The story itself is covered in peace. Jesus appears on Easter evening to his disciples and speaks “peace” and “forgiveness.” Of course, Thomas isn’t there. The disciples tell Thomas upon his return that they have seen Jesus. But unless he sees the wounds of Jesus, he will not believe them. Eight days pass and the disciples are in the same spot. Jesus appears and utters “peace” and then looks at Thomas. Jesus shows Thomas the wounds and says, “Believe!” And Thomas believes.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): “A thief also believes.  You have to have trust.”[4]

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. —Ephesians 6:13-17 [ESV]

Wishful

Fr. Richard Rohr (in “The Secret of Redemption on Easter” 04 Apr 21): Jesus became the scapegoat to reveal the universal lie of scapegoating. He became the sinned-against one to reveal the hidden nature of scapegoatingso that we would see how wrong even educated and well-meaning people can be. This is perfectly represented by Pilate and Caiaphas (state and religion), who both find their artificial reasons to condemn him (see John 16:8–11 and Romans 8:3).

John Edgerton (21 Mar 21): But as soon as a legislative hearing is over or a march has disbanded, I take off the collar. I don’t ride the bus wearing it. I don’t go to lunch wearing it. I take it off.

C.S. Lewis (1946 in The Great Divorce): “Then no one can ever reach them?”

Rev. Andrew Chappell: Statements of wish are important in leadership, in parenting, in mentoring, in counseling. They help us to lead from a place of hope and care. What statements of wish have you spoken over someone lately?[5]

Osama Abdallah: The Bible agrees with Islam that Jesus was never crucified.

Brat: I know Jesus as my Husband through mystical marriage and He showed me His wounds.  May Jesus introduce Himself to you and the Holy Spirit show you what He suffered on your behalf.

Osama Abdallah: In the old Aramaic and Hebrew, GOD Almighty was called what-is-equivalent-to-Islam our Rab and Wali.  But that doesn’t make GOD Almighty our actual Father.  This is exactly as Judaism metaphors such as idolatry is equivalent to spiritual adultery.  No Jew is actually married to GOD Almighty to actually commit a personal marriage-adultery against GOD Almighty! 

Brat: Jesus Himself asked me to marry Him.  It was by His invitation.  And God the Father gave His blessing!

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “I am not shutting down church as we have known it, but at the same time, the Church will never be the same way it was ever again. What had to be shaken was shaken. What had to fall and die fell and died, and what hasn’t had My Spirit upon it is right now breathing its last. For I am jealous for My Bride to be the PURE Bride!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (21 Mar 2011): A Torah scroll is the nearest thing Judaism has to a holy object. Still written today as it was thousands of years ago — on parchment, using a quill, by a master-scribe — it is our most cherished possession. We stand in its presence as if it were a king. We dance with it as if it were a bride. We kiss it as if it were a friend. If God forbid, one is damaged beyond repair, we mourn it as if it were a member of the family. [6]

Aelred of Rievaulx: Indeed such great honor, remembrance, praise, and wishes are attached to friends that their lives are considered worthy of praise and their deaths precious. One truth surpasses all these: close to perfection is that level of friendship that consists in the love and knowledge of God, when one who is the friend of another becomes the friend of God, according to the verse of our Savior in the Gospel: “I shall no longer call you servants but friends” [John 15:15]. [7]

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): They Aren’t Rebels – They Are the Rescue Team!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): The Talmud says that before a robber breaks in, he prays that G‑d should help him.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “They will be the brokers of Heaven’s storehouse for this hour. They will be the ones who lead the Church back into My domain and open up the forgotten storehouses of access and authority which they have forgotten existed. They will take the empty-handed and hopeless into My house and put back hammers in the hands of reformers who had theirs stolen, songs back into the mouths of worshipers who were shut down, books and pens into the hands of the scribes, and restore the voice of the Church where she has been silenced and voiceless.

Just You Wait

Revelation 13:The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): There is also a biblical principle that what we receive too easily or too fast is usually insignificant. The great messengers of God in Scripture and history were many years and even many decades in the making. The great promises of God likewise require great preparation. [8]

John 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Sick Pilgrim (09 Apr 21): Perhaps the reason Thomas demanded proof before he would believe is because he no longer trusted his ability to believe. He’d been so sure that he could stand by Jesus all the way to the cross, that he could lay down his own life alongside his teacher. His belief in himself had been crushed by grim reality. How could he believe that Jesus had risen from the dead when he’d been so desperately wrong to believe in his own perseverance?[9]

David Brenner: Friendship is one of God’s special gifts to humans. Remarkably, friendship is one of the terms God uses to describe the relationship [God] desires with us. Friendship is therefore no ordinary relationship. [10]

Deborah Perkins (in “The Secret of Redemption on Easter” 04 Apr 21): In weaker moments, I secretly wished that I had a dedicated prayer room, an office, or a truly quiet place with a closed door; a “sanctuary” reserved for times of prayer and prophetic counsel. I blissfully remembered beautiful prayer rooms I visited at conferences and in churches around the world. There was simply no space in our current home to do so! [11]

Brat: My prayer all along for the last thirteen years has been for a closet or hermitage or “sanctuary” where I could pray and anchor.  On some level, are we not all slaves in the quest for sanctuary?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Really? We are slaves? We are not in Israel?

Osama Abdallah: Jesus said Prophets are Servants, Jesus is the Son.  But the Old Testament thoroughly calls Jesus the slave of GOD and who also fears GOD.  Yes indeed, the Islamic Isa (eesa) is the Messiah.  This is his special sonship.  He is also the Lord of his Mansion, which has twelve thrones or fruits. 

Isaiah 50:7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

Rabbi YY Jacobson (21 Mar 2011): The Koran calls Jews a “people of the book”, but this is an understatement. We are a people only because of the book. It is our constitution as a holy nation under the sovereignty of God. It is God’s love letter to the children of Israel. We study it incessantly. We read it in the synagogue each week, completing it in a year. During the long centuries of Jewish exile, it was our ancestors’ memory of the past and hope for the future. It was, said the German poet Heinrich Heine, the “portable homeland” of the Jew.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): Faith is something you may or may not have. But trust is something you do. Hard. [12]

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (06 Apr 21): Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): These people are confusing trust with faith.

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): Impatience is counter to faith in God and leads us astray from His will. This is why to grow in our faith we must also grow in patience. Both faith and patience are required to receive the promises. In Hebrews chapters 3 and 4, rest is equated with the Promised Land. The one thing that Scripture tells us to strive to do is to enter His rest. This doesn’t mean that we just sleep and lay around all the time, but in fact it is a rest that we experience when doing His work. That’s why Jesus promised that if we would take His yoke we would find rest for our souls. You don’t take on a yoke to go to bed, but to do work. 

Brat: And where do I do that?

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): “My people have become lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turn aside [to the seductive places of idolatry] on the mountains. They have gone along [from one sin to another] from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their [own] resting place.

Julian of Norwich: But we cultivate our intention and wait for God. We have faith in his mercy and grace, and trust that he is working within us. In his goodness, he opens the eyes of our understanding and gives us insight. Sometimes we glimpse more, sometimes we see less, depending on what God gives us the ability to receive. Now he elevates us; now he allows us to come tumbling down.

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): Patience is required to stay in the timing of the Lord. Moving in God’s timing is vital for His work. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and is required to be led by the Spirit. Impatience is the fruit of our fallen human nature and will lead us astray. What impatience compels us to do will not be a work of the Spirit. Impatience will lead us away from His will, and often seeks to counter His will. It takes the peace of God and faith in Him to wait for Him. 

Happy

Rev. Andrew Chappell: I think there’s more to this story than just a simple narrative with a moral. In order to better understand, we need to look at the language. The word used for “happy” or “blessed” is from the Greek word makarios, which is also the word used in the beatitudes. Indeed, this word means “happy, blessed, to be envied,” but a more extensive meaning can be shown as the following: describing someone in a position to be envied.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (21 Mar 2011): Don’t Celebrate Ignorance

Israel365 (09 Apr 21): At The Tent Of Meeting

MorningStar Ministries (09 Apr 21): Inner Court | Spontaneous Worship Moment

Charisma (09 Apr 21): Writing the Word in Your Heart

Steve Shultz (10 Apr 21): I love it when authors write prophetic and teaching messages…that you really need to dig into.

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (09 Apr 21): This Weekend: God’s Elevation for Your Life

Aelred of Rievaulx: How happy, how carefree, how joyful you are if you have a friend with whom you may talk as freely as with yourself, to whom you neither fear to confess any fault nor blush at revealing any spiritual progress, to whom you may entrust all the secrets of your heart and confide all your plans. And what is more delightful than so to unite spirit to spirit and so to make one out of two that there is neither fear of boasting nor dread of suspicion? A friend’s correction does not cause pain, and a friend’s praise is not considered flattery.

Whazzup?

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): For all their raving, dancing, and prophesying, Jezebel’s followers cannot initiate a move of God! In a dramatic and even unified effort which includes 12 hours straight of prayer and worship, these self-appointed prophets cannot create fire; “…there was no voice, no one answered, and no one paid attention.” (1 Kings 18:26) [13]

Brat to Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (05 Apr 21): Hello Dr. Robin,

I got a phone message from Pastor Jessica asking me to call her back.  It is now after hours.  In her message she said that you and Dr Christian Harfouche had asked her to call me.  I don’t know in regards to what.  Maybe you could pass along my email to her and we could correspond?

Thank you.

When Light Came In (04 Apr 21): When safe people make mistakes, they make repairs. Apologies without action are an insidious form of gaslighting: it’s not about what happened, it’s about them feeling bad.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): When the word of the Lord comes to you with instructions like those that came to Jeremiah, pray for understanding. As Jeremiah sought God and had dialogue with Him concerning the act of obedience that he had undertaken, the Lord spoke to him and gave him insight into the dynamics of the situation, including the reasons why Jerusalem had found herself besieged by the Babylonians and on the brink of ruin. It is clear from what he heard that the people of Jerusalem had taken God’s goodness, mercy and grace for granted and had become insensitive to Him and to the requirements of a godly life. [14]

Pastor Jessica Solórzano Owens (08 Apr 21): I am reaching out on behalf of Apostles Harfouche to see if you have any prayer requests you would like for us to agree with you on. 

Me to Pastor Jessica (09 Apr 21): I am touched that you asked for prayer requests.  To respond to that, I first offer this context as a cradle for understanding:

I look to see where the Holy Spirit is leading through our collective voice.  Basically, I track the Arc Speak.

‘Arc Speak’ is a political tool used by those in power (from family members to salesmen to Pharisees to governments) to address issues without having to touch the individuals affected by those issues.

Laurie Ditto (2019): The Hell Conspiracy[15]

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): Witchcraft is, of course, prohibited by Biblical mandate.

Revelation 13:It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.

Me to Pastor Jessica (09 Apr 21): The Arc Speak of readers speaking over our heads into the collective conversation continues, and has continued for thirteen years.  It is perpetuated by the religious leaders.  Only honesty can break this curse.  The Truth will set us free.  And only a loving tribe would provide protection from this gaslighting abuse.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): In ourselves we have nothing to offer Him but He has made a way for us to see the truth and put things right. When God gave Jeremiah understanding, it came with a promise of restoration. I believe the Lord is doing such a work of restoration with His people today. Recognize where you have been bound, and let the truth set you free and into the liberty that He’s promised us. There are so many good reasons to be in His Word today and this is one of them. He is bringing you out and taking you through into the new season!

Gethsemane

John 20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Stumbling forward and back, Christian tried to get used to the weight of his new armor. Watchful’s daughters had fitted Christian with a metal suit to prepare him for the next stage of his journey. With one wide step, Christian began tumbling down the hill, and heard the words of Watchful’s daughter echo after him: “It is difficult for anyone to go down to the Valley of Humiliation, and when they do, they must walk alone.”

Rev. Andrew Chappell: “Do you believe because you see me? Blessed (and to be envied) are those who don’t see and yet believe.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): People ask, “How can I have confidence that everything will work out for the best? Perhaps I don’t deserve the best. Perhaps I’ve already messed up so bad, G‑d has given up on me.”

Brat to Jo (06 Apr 21): The gaslighting continues and I don’t know how to stop it.  I see it happening.  I watch it like a mutating cell in a petri dish.  But unlike a petri dish, I am not detached completely from it like a scientist.  To me, it’s personal and it hurts like hell.  I have no one to ride to the trough with.  …  And yet, we’re tethered at the heart.  I too, am so on the verge of disappearing that I’m not confident enough to ride outback alone.  Then again, Jesus never went into situations alone, or at least he tried.  Even in the Garden of Gethsemane he had his best friends with him and asked them to pray with him.

Luke 22:46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Brat: One of the effects that Sophia and I both experience from gaslighting is the onset of sudden and extreme fatigue and sleepiness.  We often have to call each other and pray for one another when these attacks happen.

Jonathan Bernis (10 Apr 21): “…democracy has exhausted itself.”

Brat (in “The Secret of Redemption on Easter” 04 Apr 21): I pray for closure on the old wound.  There never was any closure or recompense, no belonging to a tribe, or sanctuary.  And in this pandemic culture, evidently even freedom of speech is relative.  However, Julian of Norwich knew something about how to navigate these kinds of troubled waters.  God raises up anchorites for such a time as this.

The Elijah List (05 Apr 21): “Where are your papers?”

Matthew Fox (2020): A time of crisis and chaos, the kind that a pandemic brings, is, among other things, a time to call on our ancestors for their deep wisdom. Not just knowledge but true wisdom is needed in a time of death and profound change, for at such times we are beckoned not simply to return to the immediate past, that which we remember fondly as “the normal,” but to reimagine a new future, a renewed humanity, a more just and therefore sustainable culture, and one even filled with joy.[16]

Phiwa Langeni (06 Apr 21): We who read these words are still living and can aim to embody this Easter message and mission: death need not have the final word! While we still have breath in our bodies, let’s strive to be living examples of “what God has done.”

Talitha Arnold (11 Apr 21): The new Christian community wasn’t focused on seeing the Risen Body, but on being the Risen Body, doing what he had done. They didn’t just proclaim God’s resurrection power. They became that power by offering new life to others.

Fr. Richard Rohr (10 Apr 21): You give a piece of yourself to the other.

You see a piece of yourself in the other (usually unconsciously).

This allows the other to do the same in return.

You do not need or demand anything back from them,

Because you know that you are both participating

In a single, Bigger Gazing and Loving—

One that fully satisfies and creates an immense Inner Aliveness.

Deborah Johnson (10 Apr 21): As we have gathered as communities of faith, we continue to be touched by the Holy Spirit in new and different ways. What must it have been like for the early church to navigate a new way of being together and to share peace with one another as individuals as well as a community?

Talitha Arnold (11 Apr 21): Our world needs that resurrection power now more than ever. It also needs the church—my church, your church, all churches—to be an Easter people by giving of ourselves and our possessions. The first Christians knew they were living into God’s new life when no one was in need. That was their plumbline for being the Risen Body of the Risen Christ.

John 20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Censored

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): Honestly I take it as an honor at this point lol I guess my Facebook memories are worth censoring![17]

Fr. Richard Rohr (05 Apr 21): My friend Matthew Fox published a book during the COVID-19 pandemic about Julian of Norwich. I love Julian’s teachings because she focuses on God’s infinite love, goodness, and mercy. Even during the Black Death (bubonic plague) in which perhaps a third [!] of the world’s population died, even during her own near-death experience when she received visions of Jesus’ brutal crucifixion, Julian trusts that “all will be well.”

Brat: Revelation 8 has already been fulfilled.  Notice all of the “Third’s” [!]: I counted thirteen of them in that chapter (not including the third angel).  Since Revelation 8 was fulfilled in Julian of Norwich’s day and again in our day, then why are we revisiting this now?

Facebook Note: We limit how often you can post, comment, or do other things in a given amount of…

Sophia: What I was trying to share…

[Facebook came and blocked the message on top of what Sophia posted… “You Can’t Share Right Now. To prevent any misuse, we limit how often you can do certain things on Facebook.  It looks like you hit one of our limits.”[18]

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): I wait in between posts and each day they allow me to post less than the day before.

Chris Yoon: Watch “I’m getting censored and banned but God says STAND FIRM” on YouTube [https://youtu.be/bARkUDnNvHQ]

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): My question is why would they censor posts like this:

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – Who is forever praised. Amen.”

Revelation 13:People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): A mirror is simple. It has no shape or image of its own. If it did, it would not be able to reflect the image of other things.[19]

Deuteronomy 18:20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”

Me to Sophia Valentina Buller (09 Apr 21): …censoring our speech to these points is maddening!  Lord Jesus, break the muzzling mechanism!  You ARE the WORD and we stand with You!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): Trust is when, in times of trouble, you cleave so unshakably to the heavens, you pull them down to earth.

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): They gave me my facebook memories tab on Facebook. I shared this post someone else shared last year and yet I can’t share it again. I also can’t share anything else again today.

Lana Vawser (06 Apr 21): I have been struck the past few weeks by what the Lord has been showing me about the level of attack that many have been under. I saw this attack that was coming against many was coming almost in a ‘circular’ motion. It was coming from many directions and surrounding them in what seemed like every front. It was leaving these ones feeling confined, pressured and suffocated. It was a level of heaviness that they had not experienced before. As I was watching this take place I then heard the Lord say “I am breaking the clutter”. [20]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): Simplicity is what makes a mirror a mirror.

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (06 Apr 21): My part in this is to bring you into an atmosphere of a Holy Spirit encounter and then feed you through the Word of God and through the presence of the Almighty Holy Spirit everything that you have need of.

Rev. James Liggett: But there is good news here as well—Good News for Thomas, for the disciples, and so for us, the Church. For Christ is risen, and he comes to us. Risen, he comes to the Church—even when the Church continues to huddle in fear behind locked d­oors.[21]

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): I wonder…is Facebook afraid of people having religious beliefs!?!? We don’t live in Communist China or North Korea…

The Elijah List (09 Apr 21): I bet you’re SICK of being banned

Sophia Valentina Buller (12 Apr 21): Fb Censoring Again… I didn’t share anything today[22]

Rev. James Liggett: Virtually everyone “out there” is like Thomas. Virtually every­one “out there” – and that includes our children and grandchildren – depends upon people who already believe to point them toward faith. Virtually everyone “out there” – and that includes our children and grandchildren – depends upon us.

John 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

Deborah Johnson (08 Apr 21): Peace be with you. Jesus said it to his gathered disciples—and to us—three times. The Holy Spirit came upon them and comes upon us. God’s promises have been fulfilled. The Messiah has come! Jesus is the light of the world and that light cannot be overcome.

Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): If I’m getting censored it means that Jesus must be Shining Bright Through me so thank You Jesus keep SHINING BRIGHT 

Nations

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus. We take our text today from Jeremiah 32.

In this chapter we find the prophet Jeremiah imprisoned by Zedekiah, king of Judah, for speaking the word of the Lord to him concerning the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem and the impending captivity of the Israelites. At this point in time, the Babylonians have closed in on the city of Jerusalem and in a short while will take control of it and burn it down.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): WITCHES IN JERUSALEM[23]

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): He stood up, disoriented. Christian had just been encouraged by Watchful and his family that, as a son of the King, he would never walk alone. And yet, Christian found himself clad in heavy armor in a dark valley with no one else in sight.

Fr. Richard Rohr (12 Apr 21): Depth psychologist and author David Benner has been a great source of wisdom and kindness for me over the years. He highlights how modern forms of friendship rarely become the life-giving relationships that our souls desire

Laurie Ditto (2019): The five pains of hell: water, bone marrow, breath, agreement, and the garment.

Nahum 3:all because of the wanton lust of a prostitute,
    alluring, the mistress of sorceries,
who enslaved nations by her prostitution
    and peoples by her witchcraft.

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): If the dead works of religion, compromise, and control are more appealing, then I believe we will miss the pure revival fires of the Lord, who still desires to be Head of His church. The overcomers who hold fast to Jesus in these end times comprise a remnant-Bride who will ultimately receive authority over the nations. (Revelation 2:18-29.)

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): Let no one be found among you who consigns his son or daughter to the fire, or who is an augur, a soothsayer, a diviner, a sorcerer, one who casts spells, or one who consults ghosts or familiar spirits, or one who inquires of the dead. For anyone who does such things is abhorrent to Hashem, and it is because of these abhorrent things that Hashem your God is dispossessing them before you. ~Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Innocent blood has been shed for far too long in the nations, and there has been but a few that have stood to face true evil and given their lives to see it overturned. But My wild ones will not be those who back down – no, they will be like Esther who chose to give her life to see every injustice overturned.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): In discerning the word of the Lord to us today, it is important for us to pay attention to the timings of these events. At the time when Jeremiah received the word of the Lord, he was imprisoned and under the guard of a compromised leader that had allowed the nation to be breached. The land was about to be seized and destroyed by the violent Babylonians, and yet it was at this very time that Jeremiah was instructed to buy a piece of land.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Apr 21): “Do you know why American money is so successful?  Because it says, “In God We Trust.”” ~the Rebbe

Rabbi YY Jacobson (21 Mar 2011): A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance. — Saul Bellow

David Brenner: But this still falls short of the ideals of friendship. The coin of friendship has been continuously devalued by being applied to these lesser forms of relationship. Relationships between acquaintances or associates involve little of the intimacy, trust, commitment and loyalty of real friendships. Friendships may grow out of these more casual relationships but are not the same. Unfortunately, true friendships are also much more rare.

Jonathan Bernis (07 Apr 21): To the Jew first and also to the Nations

Deuteronomy 18:14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so. 

Sorcery = a type of magic in which spiritsespecially evil ones, are used to make things happen

Divination = the skill or act of saying or discovering what will happen in the future

Donna Rigney and Steve Shultz (07 Apr 21): God [is] unveiling great wickedness, including leaders in many areas of influence.

Jennifer LeClaire (08 Apr 21): The Plumb Line: Prophecy: A Season When Kings Go to War

Brat: Just last week I upgraded my Internet router to make it more secure.  If this Arc Speak war is not being done by electronic surveillance, then it must be sorcery.  I didn’t want to believe it from fellow believers, but I can no longer give wolves the benefit of the doubt.

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): We have to do the work. So do they. They are responsible for their healing. They are responsible for their words, actions, choices.

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): And I saw that the assignments were primarily the same for all of these saints of whom the Lord has said, “Trustworthy.” They are to declare the Kingdom of God in everything they do and say, and make the glory of the Lord known in these places of power.

Donné Clement Petruska (12 Apr 21): This will feed your soul today, this will prepare you and equip you and guide you. 

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

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): “In other words, in ancient times there was evidently a link between sexual immorality and witchcraft, two ‘qualities’ or ‘professions’ which were possibly on the fringes of society, but which men needed,” Prof. Bar Ilan wrote. 

Me to Pastor Jessica Owens (09 Apr 21): I would love to work full-time in my anchoress ministry, but until my work is acknowledged, my efforts remain as if they were dormant or hidden and then gaslit for the next wolf to exploit. 

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (11 Apr 21): Dear Lord Jesus, I have specific requests that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that You answer me not only for those requests but also for a greater reliance on You to satisfy the needs and desires that You have given me.

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): God’s challenge to the New Testament Church is the same. Revival tarries when, like the church in Thyatira, the Bride of Christ tolerates Jezebel: compromising herself with sin and yielding her flesh to moves of religious spirits instead of the movements of the Spirit of God. Throughout the Bible, the message is the same: it’s Jesus plus nothing!

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “I have given them an anointing that will be like a clear clarion call to the Bride, calling her back to first love, and it will clear the air from all noise pollution and the chasing of vain desires, and bring the hearts of My people back to Me again. Above all, My wild ones will offend the Church out of her idolatry of her own brands and reputation and cause her heart to return to Me. My wild ones will usher in a move of repentance that will cause those who have veered off course to correct their path, the lukewarm to run to Me, and those who have been chasing buildings and empires will forfeit them like crowns at My feet. They live for one thing and this is to point and lead people to Me…to reveal Me in the earth.

David Brenner: The ancients viewed friendship as the crown of life, the fulfillment of all that is most distinctively human. Moderns all too often assess its value primarily in terms of its usefulness for achieving material ends (friends as business contacts) or minimizing boredom and loneliness (friends as people to kill time with). . . .

Steve Shultz: Friends of the Elijah List, this IS the day and the hour that God is beginning to really perform this word. Make sure you get “in” on this promise through devotion to Christ and seeking first HIS KINGDOM. Right now, if you willfully put GOD FIRST, “ALL THESE THINGS” will be added unto you!

House of Destiny (12 Apr 21): Kim Clement Prophetic Teaching! Dispossess Your Enemies In Order To Possess Your Territory

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Apollyon then rose from the ground and revealed his true form: the roaring red dragon. Flying high above, and swooping down to attack, blow after blow landed. Apollyon and Christian fought for hours, and Christian began to grow weary. Unrelenting, it appeared as though Apollyon would defeat the weary pilgrim. But, when Apollyon made a last attempt to finish Christian off, with one last strong motion, Christian plunged his sword deep beneath Apollyon’s scales.

Donné Clement Petruska: Keep emailing me at Codebreakers@houseofdestiny.org I love to hear from you. 

Brat: Every single time I email you, I hear nothing back.  It was the same with your father, Kim Clement.  My sharing then becomes more fodder for your sharing to your platform, while my desolation deepens in the abomination.  I never doubted his prophetic clarity and truth.  My cry along with the anchorites of old is for courtesy.

Kenneth Samuel (10 Apr 21): Daniel prophesied that the iron-and-clay feet of the man in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream symbolized a divided kingdom that would not hold together. The super strengths and the stagnating weaknesses of that kingdom would eventually prove to be utterly inconsistent, and lead to the kingdom’s demise.

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): As one commentator writes, God is not interested in “divided devotion.” Like an unfaithful spouse, 9th century Israel wanted to keep both their marriage partner and their illicit lover! The Lord has a legitimate claim to the exclusive devotion of His Bride. He will not tolerate lukewarmness any more than He will tolerate Jezebel. (Revelation 2:4 & 2:20.)

Israel365 (07 Apr 21): Never Again

Rev. Andrew Chappell: I believe this is what the author of John is doing for his community; a community struggling with not having been a part of the wave of the first generation. He is sharing a statement of wish. “You are not cursed. You are actually blessed. You are to be envied. Because you have not seen and yet you believe!” And perhaps over time, the reading and rereading of this passage reminded the audience that they were indeed blessed. Perhaps they came to really know that they were blessed.

Brat: I know I’m blessed!  I’m asking for courtesy! Balaam blessed and did not curse.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “When was the last time they boldly came to the throne? Religion has created a minefield of impossible hurdles to get to Me, but I am not like that. It has created a mindset of unworthiness that has stopped people from encountering Me and even longing for Me to make them feel known. To replace encounters, religion has instead made an intellectual idol out of Me and I am removing it from the Church in this season, and My wild ones will overturn those tables and restore My presence again!

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): Hurt people don’t KEEP HURTING people, hurt people help people.

Fr. Richard Rohr (07 Apr 21): With such deep and tender wisdom, is it any wonder that Julian is one of my favorite mystics—and human beings?

Shock Value

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): Preacher Charles H. Spurgeon put it this way in the 1800’s: “How many more dead sermons do you want? How much more drought? How much more sickness? How many more graves for your families? The people of God lacked the courage to answer Elijah, just as many people today lack the courage to either defend their position or to change their minds.”**[24]

Donna Rigney and Steve Shultz (07 Apr 21): A Great Unveiling of Wickedness!

Lana Vawser (06 Apr 21): When He spoke those words I felt immediately that the Lord was breaking this demonic assignment against many that was coming in such a way to bring ‘chaos’ and a sense of high level anxiety that left them feeling like they couldn’t take anymore. This was not a ‘natural realm’ chaos from circumstances, this was a demonic assignment bringing chaos to attempt to steal their vitality, their life, their joy, their clarity and their momentum. The attack was coming to distract them, to attempt to cause ‘mis-alignments’ by putting such pressure on them to cause them to withdraw, give up or lay down the fight of faith in what the Lord had spoken because this battle had been so long. The enemy was attempting to bring such a pressure upon them to steal clarity and cause them to doubt what the Lord has said.

Wanda Alger (10 Apr 21): Whatever storms or darkness may come, I believe they are being steered by the hand of God Almighty. No schemes of the enemy can outmaneuver the will of God! They will serve HIS greater purposes, and will bring all of mankind to the full revelation of His Kingdom. I believe the rains of heaven are about to pour. Get your umbrella. [25]

The Elijah List (11 Apr 21): Change is coming faster than you think

Martha Spong (07 Apr 21): Mark’s Gospel leaves the ending open, puts us in that space, in that feeling, where what’s happened has moved us to a silence accompanied only by our trembling. I’m glad these brave women who left home to follow Jesus had each other in that moment when the shock of grief became fear of the unknown. These three sisters in the struggle ran until they stopped, and one put her arms around the others and found the words: “I know we’re shook, but maybe, maybe, this news is good.”

Donna Rigney and Steve Shultz (07 Apr 21): What will be unveiled will SHOCK many!

Vince Amlin (05 Apr 21): I don’t want her to be unsafe. And I don’t want her to be unloving. But I didn’t have the words. How do I teach a child the great commandment in a world like this?

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. —1 Peter 5:8–11

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): There are many exhortations in Scripture to wait upon the Lord, but I have never found one that says we must hurry. It seems that our biggest problem is waiting. Patience is a crucial element in receiving from God, and is linked here to faith because patience is perhaps the greatest element in real faith and real trust in God. 

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): Today, a narrow window of time remains for the Body of Christ to determine where she stands. If God is God, it is time to stand for righteousness and truth. 

Revelation 2:21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): Trust in G‑d is when your belief changes the way you live.

Scaredy Cat

Rev. James Liggett: The other disciples told Thomas, “We have seen the Lord.” But they were scared; they were hiding behind locked doors; they were only talking to each other. Just a week earlier, Jesus had stood among them—but you couldn’t tell it from them. They sure didn’t act like something wonderful had happened at Easter. So, Thomas didn’t believe them, even though he wanted to. That’s the way it was, and all too often, that’s the way it still is. Thomas was not the problem. Today’s doubting Thomases are not the problem. The problem is the authenticity, the power, and the persuasiveness of the Church. That’s the bad news.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): When asked how identifying as witches helped her cause, she answered, “We are the witches you couldn’t burn. They are trying to burn and bury us. So if they are so scared of us, we will be witches. We call ourselves witches for the same reason we call ourselves sluts. If that is what they call us in order to shame us, we will take the word back and own it, wearing it proudly.”

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): In the midst of tragedy or loss, the Christian life often feels the most lonely. When bearing the weight of sorrow or grief, companionship may seem too far off to be of any help. The “valley of the shadow of death” from Psalm 23 is a common experience in the Christian life. Suffering is all too real for believers. Yet, when our faith is tested, it is our faith that must stand up against the temptation to give in.

Luke 22:45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 

When Light Came In (04 Apr 21): Feeling bad for having to face the consequences. Feeling bad for being caught. Feeling bad for having to work on relationship in a counseling office. Feeling bad because we won’t let them do what they want.

Shira: “We, the sluts, will stand and not let them take us back to the Middle Ages. We are here now and we will come again. You can’t ignore us. You won’t be able to prevent us from existing and loving.”

Matthew Fox (2020): Julian of Norwich [1343–c. 1416] is one of those ancestors calling to us today. After all, she lived her entire life during a raging pandemic. Julian is a stunning thinker, a profound theologian and mystic, a fully awake woman, and a remarkable guide with a mighty vision to share for twenty-first-century seekers. She is a special chaperone for those navigating a time of pandemic. Julian knew a thing or two about “sheltering in place,” because she was an anchoress—that is, someone who, by definition, is literally walled up inside a small space for life. Julian also knew something about fostering a spirituality that can survive the trauma of a pandemic. While others all about her were freaking out about nature gone awry, Julian kept her spiritual and intellectual composure, staying grounded and true to her belief in the goodness of life, creation, and humanity and, in no uncertain terms, inviting others to do the same. . . .

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (06 Apr 21): My invitation to you…

John 20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Christian had to endure this battle alone, just as we are called, even in the throes of loneliness and misery, or pain and suffering, to remain steadfast in our faith. No one else’s faith can endure on your behalf. You must believe, trust, and use the gifts God has given you to fight off the evil one. God never leaves us without help. 

Aelred of Rievaulx: The wise man says, “a friend is medicine for life.” What a striking metaphor! No remedy is more powerful, effective, and distinctive in everything that fills this life than to have someone to share your every loss with compassion and your every gain with congratulation. Hence shoulder to shoulder, according to Paul, friends carry each other’s burdens [Galatians 6:2]. . . .

Rev. James Liggett: This doesn’t mean we are off the hook. It doesn’t mean we have no respon­sibilities and no vocation to service. It doesn’t mean that Jesus will do it all for us, and we can take it easy. But it does mean that we are able to continue–warts and all—in hope and in confidence. It does mean both that we are not alone, and that we do not need to be afraid. Sometimes we fail, as the disciples failed with T­­­­homas. But we don’t stop, and we don’t give up, and we are free to do our best, even if it’s risky. While there is always room for improvement, there is never cause for despair. We continue to struggle forward together, and Jesus continues to be found among us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): Trust is a mighty, heroic bond. Trust changes who you are—and what you deserve.

Striving

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): When we see any Christian who is constantly striving, running from need to need, emergency to emergency, with little peace, we can be sure they have departed from the will of God in their life. Those who walk in His will will have peace, and their faith in God will be demonstrated by their patience.

Brat: Sophia and I are certain that God is dealing with the Enablers right now.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Remove the barricades and the gate-checks, for they aren’t the rebels that they have been seen as. They are, in fact, the rescue team! They didn’t quite fit the mold and they didn’t measure up to the standards of the institution, but they are sons and daughters who know My heart and know My house well. They have been in hiddenness for this very moment to bring HOPE to where many are prophesying hopelessness. They are the ones who have My eyes and see how I see. They know what is to come next. They aren’t swayed by temporary storms, but they are the ones that will point the way to where I am moving and what I am doing.

Brat to Community of Divine Love (05 Apr 21): Several weeks ago (on 16 March 2021), I talked with Pastor Julie Morris and she referred me to your community, as I have always felt drawn to monastic life.  The stone in the shoe is that I don’t fit the institutional mold, as my Discernment Committee found out ten years ago.  In your community Rule, you say, “We strive to see God in all things and in all people.”  I look to see where the Holy Spirit is leading through all this.

[Received SILENCE.]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Apr 21): The thread snaps and your eyes look up to see nothing more than the open sky. Hope is gone. All you can do now is trust the One who has no bounds.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): Jeremiah had a right to inherit the land that he bought, and as kings and priests we too have an inheritance in God that is ours to claim, but too often the claims are not made due to unbelief and disobedience. Now is a time to be alert, because if you do not lift your eyes to see what He sees, you may miss the moment to act decisively. If you are looking for His deliverance, you will see the keys when they appear.

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (06 Apr 21): This is your determined intersection with destiny!

Quinn G. Caldwell (09 Apr 21): But if you assume that women were sometimes in charge, then the meaning seems quite plain: the author was writing to the chosen leader of a group of Christians—what today we might call an “ordained minister” or “called pastor”—and to the members of her congregation.

Me to Pastor Jessica (09 Apr 21): I am an anchoress without a place to anchor.  But until God sees fit to answer that prayer, what would help me and hopefully bless the apostolic women (of which I include us) would be for readers of my blog to click the “FOLLOW” button, so that I’d have a better idea of who reads me. 

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): I feel that many have already received instructions from the Lord for the times to come, but there are issues to be addressed and blockages that need to be removed. As you read this word and look over the Scriptures, pray for understanding and to see the Lord is pointing out to you. Once you’ve got it, hit the reset button by applying the Passover Blood of Jesus Christ, calling on His name, and acknowledging Him as Lord and Savior over all the areas of your captivity, and in whichever areas you feel bound. Look to the Lord to set you free from addictions, habits, attitudes, and compromises. He truly is a Passover Lamb without blemish.

Stories

Rev. Andrew Chappell: Scholars believe that of the four gospels, John was likely written last. And like many of the other writings that make up the Bible, this gospel was written to a specific community. The community of John was likely made up of folks that were second (even third) generation Christians. They didn’t have the experiences of the first generation. They didn’t know Paul or many of the other disciples. They had never met Jesus. All they had to go on were stories.

MorningStar Ministries (05 Apr 21): Reminder: Your Life is Extraordinary

Rev. James Liggett: The heart of the story of doubting Thomas is not about doubt (Thomas’ or anyone else’s), it’s about the call of the Church to witness to the Resurrection. And the biggest piece of good news is not that Thomas comes to faith; the biggest bit of good news is that the Risen Lord still comes to his Church. That good news is for us. We are called to be witnesses to the Resurrection, and our Lord is with us.

John 20:25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

Rev. Andrew Chappell: Thus, it would make sense that this story would (only) find its way into the latest gospel. To a community who struggled with having not seen Jesus and the time of the first generation, the author of John sends an encouraging word. “You think the disciples were blessed because they saw? They aren’t to be envied. YOU are. After all, you have not seen and yet you still believe.”

Rev. James Liggett: At the same time, we can’t let Thomas slip by us without saying something about doubt, real personal, bone-deep doubt as to the truth or value of parts (or all) of this whole religious enterprise. First of all, doubt is always part of the life of faith.

Shirley Seger (06 Apr 21): The alarm is sounding! Heaven and Hell are real. Where will you go?

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Suddenly, the Interpreter’s words came back into Christian’s mind: “For you will meet people who pretend to lead you in the right, and will only lead you into misery.” He immediately recognized the man before him. This was no mere prince, and certainly no mere man—this was the Devil himself! Christian rebuked him strongly, and refused to leave the path to the Celestial City. His commitment was to the King and to the King alone.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “They will be the brokers of Heaven’s storehouse for this hour. They will be the ones who lead the Church back into My domain and open up the forgotten storehouses of access and authority which they have forgotten existed. They will take the empty-handed and hopeless into My house and put back hammers in the hands of reformers who had theirs stolen, songs back into the mouths of worshipers who were shut down, books and pens into the hands of the scribes, and restore the voice of the Church where she has been silenced and voiceless.

Phiwa Langeni (06 Apr 21): Too many of our siblings across time and space died way too early due to 100% preventable injuries and injustices. There are uncountable names, hashtags, thoughts, and prayers flung about for clout that it’s hard to keep up with the people media highlights or the millions of others whose stories we never get to learn.

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Brat prayer again (05 Apr 21): Lord, what would You want me to say?  I’m trying to see how You are leading the collective conversation

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Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Their keys were stolen and it’s time they got them back! And I am using this remnant to remind the Church of what she has settled for in this season. Religion has caused My Church to forget how loved and accepted they are and the permission upon them to do what they have inside of them. But they (the wild ones) will usher in a new season of permission to those who were squashed and crushed under religious red tape and protocol.

Used against

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): After taking a better look at his new armor, it occurred to Christian that his friends were preparing him for battle. Christian met a man, and immediately drew his sword. “You don’t recognize me? Why, I am your prince!” Disguised as a man, the evil Apollyon began his attempt to coerce Christian to leave behind the path to the Celestial City and go home to his family. Using Christian’s greatest fears against him, Apollyon asked him what would happen to his wife and children if he made it to his destination, “What of them?” He asked.

Brat to the Community of Divine Love (05 Apr 21): I live with my 89-year-old father.  I care for him, so living apart from him is not an option at this time.  However, I would still like the conversation to continue, so as to nourish the love I have with you and the Church.  I look forward to exploring more with you.

Rev. James Liggett: It’s the same way now. The temptation is to say that the problem is out there, with all of those unbelievers like Thomas—if they would only shape up and believe better, (preferably to the point of becoming Episcopalians), then things would im­­­­prove immeasurably. It’s easier to do that, to complain about them, than it is to pay careful attention to the less-than-persuasive words and lives of today’s disciples—of those who are called to be witnesses to Jesus. It feels better to call Thomas “doubting” than to call the disciples—or our­selves—“unconvincing”.

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): Jesus was confronted with this question in the Gospels: what about all of the things we have to leave behind? Who will plow the field if I follow you Jesus? Who will bury my father? What will happen to my family? He responded with what seemed like harsh words, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:60)

Brat: So, what are you doing hijacking my correspondence and addressing by Arc Speak into my situation?  Are you not putting yourself in Apollyon’s shoes?

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend: “Unsafe people are “sorry” not sincere.  They may say all the words, and some are taken in by their tears and “sorrow.”  But in reality they are more sorry about getting caught.  They do not change, and the future will be exactly like the past.

Vince Amlin (05 Apr 21): Stranger Danger

Brat: Satan also knows scriptures very well.  However, he does not have God’s mercy controlling his decisions.

Blue Chair Blessing: “Thank You, Lord, that You are in control and I don’t need to fear.  I’ll keep trusting You.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (09 Apr 21): I am convinced that the Gospel offers us a holistic understanding of salvation. If we understand the resurrection as a universal phenomenon, we can see this idea everywhere in Pauline passages, expressed in different ways. Here are some examples: “in that one body he condemned sin” (Romans 8:3); “he experienced death for all humankind” (Hebrews 2:9); he has done suffering and sacrifice “once and for all” (Hebrews 7:27); the embodiment language of Philippians, where Jesus is said to lead us through the “pattern of death” so we can “take our place in the pattern of resurrection” (3:9–12). And of course, this all emerges from Jesus’s major metaphor of the “Reign of God,” a fully collective notion, which many scholars say is just about all that he talks about. Until we start reading the Jesus story through the collective notion that the Christ offers us, I honestly think we miss much of the core message, and read it all in terms of individual salvation, and individual reward and punishment. Society will remain untouched, leaving Christianity little chance of changing the world.

Brat: I offered to the community that I wish to continue the conversation to nourish the love.  You go bury your own dead…

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Their hammers will be mighty, and they will seem ferocious, but it isn’t out of rage but out of righteous conviction to set the record straight and RESCUE & LEAD the Church forward. In fact, I am right now baptizing them afresh with a love for the Church, in all of her expressions and parts, so that they won’t be the demolition team but the bridge-builders. Like Nehemiah, they will grieve that parts of the city are in rubble and they will build and restore what has been broken down.

Rev. James Liggett: And he brings to completion the work that a weak and sinful collection of disciples cannot do alone. Work that we cannot do alone. The good news is that Jesus continues to be with us, that he continues to be for us, and that he continues to speak to us and to his world his words of forgiveness and of peace.

Matthew Fox (2020): Julian’s response to the pandemic, as we know it from her two books, [is] amazingly grounded in a love of life and gratitude. Instead of running from death, she actually prayed to enter into it and it is from that experience of death all around her and meditating on the cruel crucifixion of Christ that she interpreted as a communal, not just a personal event, that her visions arrived. . . .

John 20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (06 Apr 21): Your part is the “get up, girl”—talitha cumi. You have to get up and make up your mind. You’ve heard the Holy Spirit, and now is the time to answer the call of God.

Brat: I did.  And who will answer me?

Julian of Norwich: Throughout the time of my showings, I wished to know what our Beloved meant. More than fifteen years later, the answer came in a spiritual vision. This is what I heard. “Would you like to know our Lord’s meaning in all this? Know it well: love was his meaning. Who revealed this to you? Love. What did he reveal to you? Love. Why did he reveal it to you? For love. Stay with this and you will know more of the same. You will never know anything but love, without end.”

Bill Yount (10 Apr 21): When it came to God’s best for my life, I had to wait longer than I wanted to. I had to learn to out-wait the devil’s best offer first. It’s important for us to wait for that right pitch and then not let it pass by. The best hitters in baseball learn to “wait it out” for that right one.

Cracked

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “They will raise up other builders and teach them to build the new while still honoring what has been built before them. They will seamlessly connect the seasons and the moves of My Spirit and reveal the pathway forward for My pioneers to run in. For many have said, ‘They are against what I have built!’ but I have not raised them to tear down what I have given you to build, but to tear down the enemy’s work and add and increase what you have been building. I have given them an anointing to see the cracks in the foundations and to fix and address them.

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): “How many times have you already failed Him on this journey?” Apollyon shifted his focus. “You are a disgrace to this King of yours!” Since his subtle coercion didn’t work, he attacked Christian with his own sin. But, Christian fought back with the goodness of the King: “Which makes His mercy and forgiveness the sweeter. You are a deceiver that binds your subjects with invisible chains. The King has broken mine and I am free!”

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): Elijah summons the people to him and begins to build an authentic foundation for the altar of God. Noting in prayer that it is at God’s word that he builds, Elijah takes 12 stones, one for each of Israel’s tribes, rebuilds the altar “in His Name,” lays out the sacrifice, and begins to pour pitchers of water on something that he hopes will burn.

Israel365 (in “The Secret of Redemption on Easter” 04 Apr 21): Sincerity In Our Actions

Revelation 21:12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): And the Lord says, “These assignments are for the mountaintops…not just any mountains, but the Seven Mountains of influence: Religion, Government, Media, Family, Education, Arts & Entertainment, Business.” The Lord says, “The Seven Mountains are about to be shaken, but not from the bottom. They’ll be shaken from the top as saints are carried to the tops and ushered into these systems, by the Holy Spirit, to suddenly, surprisingly, unexpectedly influence the people there, who in turn influence cultures, kingdoms, and people worldwide.”

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): There is no looking back when we choose to follow Jesus. Everything must be committed to Him. Our jobs, our families, our finances—everything must be subject to Him and His calling for our lives. The temptation of the Devil often works in this way: he whispers in our ears the lie that if we forsake the things of this world, God will not provide for us. We must not leave the path that the God of the Universe has called us to take in exchange for temporary comforts. 

Rev. James Liggett: It was now up to these witnesses to share the good news. That’s what they were sent to do. And, bless their hearts, their witness to the Resurrection was not even compelling enough to convince Thomas; and Thomas wanted to believe – he was ready to believe.

Fr. Richard Rohr (07 Apr 21): A Sacred Sweetness

Brother Dennis Gibbs (06 Apr 21): “The good news of the resurrected life must move out from the walls of our religious institution and into the world around us.  If we are to have integrity and authenticity beyond the walls of our particular faith tradition, we must be able to bring the good news of resurrection in ways that are vital and relevant for our time. The time is now for us to live our life of faith out front and center, and show the world that the reality of God that we see in the risen life of Christ is alive in us.  This life is for all people regardless religious tradition, denominational stripes, political affiliation, gender identity, race, or who we love and how we love.”

Brat: Then why didn’t the Community write me back?

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “They are My undignified Davids that care more for My presence and My will and My plans than the wise plans of man. They aren’t politically correct or motivated by reputation, but they have only one thing in their sights – and that is worshiping Me and giving Me glory. Can you see them coming? Will you have eyes to see them? Will My Church accept them? Will they keep turning them away?

Rev. James Liggett: There is never authentic faith without doubt; that’s something we all know about. And doubt is not at all a bad thing; it’s a necessary thing. Doubt happens—often in times of crisis and tragedy, sometimes just all by its own self. Faith matures with ups and downs, not in a straight line.

Julian of Norwich: During our lives here on earth, we experience a wondrous mixture of well and woe. We hold inside us both the glory of the Risen Christ and the misery of the Fallen Adam. Christ protects us in our dying and, through his gracious touch, uplifts us and reassures us that all will be well. . . . We are so fragmented, afflicted in our feelings in so many ways, that we hardly know where to turn for comfort. The various pains and transgressions of this life fill our hearts with sorrow and cloud the eyes of our souls.

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people of Israel did not answer him so much as a word.
~1 Kings 18:21

[Crickets chirping…]

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “What they thought was rejection from the mainstream culture was in fact My protection for an upcoming season, and that season is here now. They have been set apart so that they can usher in a move of My holiness and power; a holiness so mighty that it will reveal the thoughts and intentions of men, and reveal who is for Me and who is about building their own kingdom. This is a move of purity that is exposing the double-mindedness, duality, and mixture that has subtly crept into the hearts of Believers and disconnected them from My heart.

Kenneth Samuel (10 Apr 21): The feet and toes you saw were a combination of iron and baked clay … while some parts of it will be as strong as iron, other parts will be as weak as clay. They will not hold together, just as iron and clay do not mix. – Daniel 2:41-43 excerpts (NLT)

Julian of Norwich: The mixture of sorrow and joy is so powerful that we cannot figure out how to handle it all, let alone assess how our fellow spiritual seekers are doing. The diversity of feelings can be overwhelming. And yet, in those moments when we sense the presence of God, we surrender to him, truly willing to be with him, with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength. This holy assent is all that matters. It eclipses all the wicked inclinations inside us—physical and spiritual—that might lead us to miss the mark.[26]

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): Hurt people don’t have to hurt people.  Hurt people love people more.  They become therapists, teachers, doctors, social workers.  Hurt people help people.  Abusers and people who aren’t taking responsibility for their lives hurt people.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): He believes in G‑d, but he doesn’t trust Him to provide him an honest living—and so he steals and murders instead.

C.S. Lewis (1955): What I like about experiences is that it is such an honest thing. You may take any number of wrong turnings; but keep your eyes open and you will not be allowed to go very far before the warning signs appear. You may have deceived yourself, but experience is not trying to deceive you. The universe rings true wherever you fairly test it.[27]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (06 Apr 21): bi-ta-khon: The security that comes out of knowing the Creator of the universe is in love with you.

Israel365 (06 Apr 21): Love Unending; The Eternal Flame

Rev. James Liggett: Anyway, let’s consider one tiny thing about doubt, ours and his, that we can learn from Thomas’ story. Did you notice that Jesus did not come to Thomas while Thomas was on the way to work, or walking the dog, or playing a round of golf, or just thinking things over? Jesus came to Thomas when Thomas was with the disciples, when he was within the fellowship of believ­ers. Thomas was smart; he didn’t believe the disciples, but he did stay with them. He knew that if his doubt were ever to be met, it would be met there—not somewhere else.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “I am using them to raise a new standard for My people. Where there have been foxes that have stolen from My people and their faith for generations, I am restoring faith. Where foxes have come and stolen the revelation of My abiding glory, My signs and wonders, and My healing virtue, they will restore them. They will point the Church back to true north and clear the overheads. They will come with their hammers and chip off the pieces of rock that have been stumbling blocks and not building blocks, hindrances and not stepping stones. They are coming as a sign of the new wine and the beginning of a new era of My Church.

Wake Up

Matthew Fox (2020): Our sister and ancestor Julian is eager not only to speak to us today but to shout at us—albeit in a gentle way—to wake up and to go deep, to face the darkness and to dig down and find goodness, joy and awe. And to go to work to defend Mother Earth and all her creatures, stripping ourselves of racism, sexism, nationalisms, anthropocentrism, sectarianism—anything that interferes with our greatness as human beings. And to connect anew to the sacredness of life.

Brat prayer (05 Apr 21): God, I listened to what You said and did not go back into my journals to see all the times I wrote to Matthew Fox and how many times my outreach was blocked by his secretary.  I listened to You when You tried to let me know to let go of the pain that is still in my heart.  The pain is wrapped in longing that was never completed.  There was never closure.  And here the Arc Speak still continues without directly communicating with me.  I will reach out again despite the pain.  Whatever resurrection is here, You will find the seed and the soil.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): Yes, it’s that simple.

Brat (05 Apr 21): Sophia called and asked if I felt the spirit of gaslighting.  She didn’t know I’d been going through this also.

Shirley Seger (06 Apr 21): The Hell Conspiracy is a somber warning. It records harrowing accounts of souls enduring endless torture and eternal separation from God. It also reveals terrifying secrets of the afterlife in Hell, including…

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): I saw that each of these Believers being swept up had a “Promised Land” inside of them…a place where the seeds of all the promises given to them by God have been planted, have been buried, and which were once watered with their prayers. But for many of them, their Promised Land looks barren now, looks empty, looks like nothing is there, because so many of their promises have been forgotten, overlooked, or misunderstood. But the Lord says that those promises are still there, planted within them…like the seeds that have lain dormant all winter and are about to spring forth into the earth with the spring rains.

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): The most obvious, and perhaps most important, lesson of Israel’s journey was that the first place they were taken, and what was the only path to their Promised Land, was through a place that was the exact opposite of what they had been promised. They were promised a land flowing with milk and honey, and the first place that they were taken there was not even any water!

Brat Journal (in “Covenant Partner” 15 Mar 21): Night before last I laid my head down on my pillow and immediately I felt a holy warmth in my solar plexus.  God was saying, “Hello!” The warmth spread within my torso area and my mouth tasted like warm milk with honey in it.  It felt so loving and nurturing.  I felt safe and cared for.  I felt my muscles relax into God’s embrace. Then I heard God say, “Milk and honey.”  I have never understood the phrase “The Land of Milk and Honey” until that divine encounter.  It was a foretaste of what’s to come.  I cannot imagine it, but now I’ve had an experience of what it could be like from my guts and not my head.  In my natural world, I am lactose intolerant, so my natural instinct would never be to drink milk with honey in it.  I would double over in terrible pain.  This encounter was totally a God thing.  What I appreciated, too, was that there was no tinge of HOPE attached to it, so there can be no disappointment.  There was no “waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Apr 21): A thread of hope is an anchor to the ground, a narrow path you’ve set for destiny to lead you.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “The gates of My affection will suddenly fling wide open for them and they will see Me not as a hard taskmaster, CEO, or head bishop, but as Father and friend, and suddenly every seed and idea inside of them that has been lying dormant will begin to germinate. Suddenly innovation and creativity will spring forth and hope-deferred will lift.

Vince Amlin (05 Apr 21): “No honey, that’s a neighbor.”

Julian of Norwich: Sometimes, however, that sacred sweetness lies deeply buried, and we fall again into blindness, which leads to all kinds of sorrow and tribulation. So we must take comfort in the essential article of our faith that teaches us not to give into our negative impulses, but to draw strength from Christ, who is our defender against all harm. We need to stand up against evil, even if to do so causes discomfort—even pain—and pray for the time when God will once again reveal himself and fill our hearts with the sweetness of his presence. And so we remain in this muddle all the days of our lives. But our Beloved wants us to trust that he is always with us.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): So simple, like a mirror, it reflects whatever form we choose to show it from below.

Demonstrate

Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): After giving the false prophets time to prove their point and summon their (nonexistent) gods, Elijah demonstrates, rather than teaches, how to summon the Living God who answers by fire. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): Try it. Celebrate and the heavens will celebrate with you.

Matt Laney (in “The Secret of Redemption on Easter” 04 Apr 21): Holy ground.

Prof. Mark Tranvik (24 Mar 21): I am a teacher and it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that my job is to tell people things they do not know. But I find my best days in the classroom are the ones where I not only teach but when I am being taught. This happens when students wrestle with an idea and this sparks new insights for the entire class, including me. Those are the times when real learning is taking place.

Brat: Personally speaking, I have to wait longer periods of time lately to get a balance of five-fold ministry voices to show up in my inbox.  Would it continue to be this difficult if I was welcomed into the fold?

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (06 Apr 21): I am inviting you to an encounter that you have never experienced before.

Lana Vawser (06 Apr 21): Mighty deliverance was upon these ones. A mighty move of the hand of God to break the attack. A mighty wave of His Spirit, a great outpouring upon these ones to bring deep refreshment and rejuvenation. Restoration unprecedented. Recompense that had never been experienced before. A deep breath of the wind of His Spirit to bring life, healing and vitality again.

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): I have learned that whenever I receive a promise from God that for a time it will look like I am getting the exact opposite of what I have been promised. This is the place where our faith and patience grow, and the wisdom that will enable us to be good stewards of what we are promised. 

Deborah Johnson (10 Apr 21): There is great comfort in the Spirit’s presence to calm a troubled heart, to enter into conflict as well as accord. To guide how resources will be shared.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): Jeremiah, however, in his imprisonment, receives a word from the Lord that he is about to be approached by his cousin Hanamel with an invitation to buy a piece of land, and that he should purchase it when the moment comes. Shortly after, Jeremiah is indeed visited in the prison by Hanamel, who asks him to buy the land as expected, and Jeremiah agrees to do so as per the Lord’s instruction.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Apr 21): Do you know why American money is so successful?
Because it has written on it, “In G‑d We Trust.”
Not just “Believe.” “Trust.”

Brat: I see what you mean.  We don’t have Caesar’s or Pharoah’s face on our money.  I trust in God and am still waiting for a supportive tribe.

Kenneth Samuel (10 Apr 21): The remarkable diversity of America is one of our greatest strengths. But that diversity becomes a lethal liability when differences are viewed as a license to deny, demonize, and dismiss others.

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): “Hurt people hurt people” is nice, for about 30 seconds. Then it’s an excuse. Because we’re not talking about preschoolers when we say this, we’re talking about adults. And the thing about being an adult is… you have to do some adulting.

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): When condemned by past sins, we must stand firm in the saving power of God’s grace and forgiveness. We will fail daily, but our King extends forgiveness continually. For, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Ps. 103:12) There is no power in condemnation for sins that have already been forgiven. Stand firm in the knowledge of the mercy of God, and Satan’s invisible chains are broken; he cannot overpower you with such lies.

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (06 Apr 21): “Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church, My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.” 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Apr 21): Furthermore, the money even tells you its purpose:
Upon it is written, “E Pluribus Unum.”
The purpose of all your money dealings is to bring unity to the plurality of this universe.

Kenneth Samuel (10 Apr 21): E pluribus unum—“Out of many, one”—is more than just a motto. It must become the prayer and practice of all who value the American experiment.

Wanda Alger (10 Apr 21): Obviously, there’s a lot more here to unpack in terms of symbols and hidden meanings. But, I believe the Lord wants to encourage us by showing us the END of the story/storm. In 1 Kings 8:12, Solomon reminds us that THE LORD DWELLS IN THICK DARKNESS. Rather than any darkness appearing like His “absence” – He is actually IN IT, PREPARING us for the LIGHT TO COME. He is the One riding on the winds and coming to set things right.

Deuteronomy 18:15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 

Chabad.org: Moshiach means that the Torah is for real.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): The Infinite Light from which our world emerges is also simple. So simple, it feels to us as though we have no source at all.

Brat: I keep looking for the sacred in the ordinary.

Pastor Jessica Solórzano Owens (08 Apr 21): I would like to also share the invitation from Apostle Doctor Robin to our upcoming Apostolic Women Conference, April 25 – May 2: apostolicwomen.com

Me to Pastor Jessica (09 Apr 21): Thank you for writing to me!  Please extend a thank you to Dr. Robin for forwarding my message on to you, so that we could correspond.

Quinn G. Caldwell (09 Apr 21): For all the women who from earliest days have led our churches in ways deserving of Jesus-level respect, thank you. Amen.

Me to Pastor Jessica (09 Apr 21): The Holy Spirit is taking us way beyond a conference.  And our collective voice is more potent than one voice in one crib.

Quinn G. Caldwell (09 Apr 21): That still doesn’t tell us who exactly this masterful ancient pastor is. But if we don’t know her, thanks be to God we get to know her daughters: the elect, the called, the ordained, the formidable, the masterful kyriai who lead our churches still today.

Fr. Richard Rohr (08 Apr 21): I believe it is a loss to our Christian heritage that Julian’s mystical teachings have not received more widespread hearing. Matthew Fox points out that she was in many ways ahead of her time. Her voice and writings were sidelined by a patriarchal church and culture unable to hear her nondual message of “oneing” and her celebration of embodiment as an extension of the Incarnation itself. Perhaps we are finally ready to hear Julian’s wisdom today.

Rev. James Liggett: That’s usually the way it is with us. Our doubts are usually met as we stay within the community of faith, as we hang in there doing the sorts of things we would be doing if we weren’t bothered (or overwhelmed) with doubt. It was a good thing, and not a hypocritical thing, for Thomas to stay with the others even when he didn’t believe a single word they said. So it is for us. There’s a very real connection between hanging around this place, and living this life, and the gift of meeting the Lord. That connection isn’t simple, and it isn’t exact, and it isn’t at all predictable, but we can depend on it. He will come to us, through whatever doors we lock, through whatever barriers we build.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Apr 21): Trust transcends hope, as the sky above transcends the earth below.[28]

Brat: In our censored world, where does our testimony find sanctuary, where others can see for themselves without fear of retribution and know the depths of God’s love for humanity in a world gaslit in vapors?

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “And I will move upon those whom man would not choose. I will choose whom I choose, and I will move upon whom I move upon, and I am going to pour out My Spirit upon the most unlikely people in the most unlikely ways. So, get ready to see undeniable fruit from places that would offend the pious and self-righteous, because I have come for all, not for a few, and I will pour out My Spirit upon ALL.

John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”

Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): In this passage it seems clear He was confirming that His people have been corrupted by these mountains, even on these mountains, going from (being led from) one sin to another, and that the corruptors who have influenced them – and us all – from these high places feel no remorse, conviction or guilt, because of the CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD who have lost their rightful, ordained, and divine influence in and over and through these mountaintops.

When Light Came In (04 Apr 21): Sorry without sincerity is toddler behavior and that makes it unsafe in adult relationships. Adult relationships need two adults, and it’s ok to ask for that in every relationship we have.

John 20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (09 Apr 21): Today, we want to pray for something that can be difficult. We want to pray that we have mercy on others. We want us to pray that we will never hold a grudge or refuse forgiveness.  

The Ball was Dropped

Charisma (09 Apr 21): Expect Miracles When You Apply God’s Word

Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. 

Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): The wilderness threw Israel off and caused them to start doubting the Lord. This caused them to lose their patience, and so they turned back to Egypt in their hearts, or to what they had been in bondage to. It does the same for many Christians. Like Israel, the lack of trust in the Lord, and patience for His timing, cause many to spend their lives just going in circles in the wilderness. 

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): With all that was going on, everyone around Jeremiah would have said that the land was worthless and should not be bought. And this is exactly how it would appear to someone without the revelation and insight that comes through the Word and the Spirit of God.

Rev. Andrew Chappell: But is the idea that Thomas’ belief is based on sight a negative thing? After all, the other disciples saw Jesus too and they believed. Why does Thomas get the short end of the stick just because he missed the first party? Every character in this chapter sees Jesus and believes. And then along comes Thomas, who desires the same thing, and Jesus makes an example out of him!

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): Invest in God’s Promises

Sophia (05 Apr 21): … They are listening to only part of the narrative and drawing incorrect conclusions.

Brat: That happened with Jo yesterday.

Sophia: The ball was dropped this morning. They don’t know any other way to be.

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): Hurt people may hurt people ONCE. But after that they, and we, are in charge. *Knowing* they are hurting people — because they’ve heard it from us, someone else, countless others — puts the ball in their court.

Charisma (10 Apr 21): Free Fire From Heaven

Deuteronomy 18:16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.”

Martha Spong (07 Apr 21): Gracious God, we ask for the strength to carry your good news even, especially, when we tremble. Amen.

Rev. Andrew Chappell: Some of the best leaders I’ve known have encouraged people with what I call “statements of wish.” They’re not necessarily statements of fact, but rather a statement painting a desire for the future, a wish. One of my favorite pastors moved to a new church where the congregation had been through it. They’d had some rough times. And she began saying in every worship service benediction, “You are beloved children of God.” Over time, that constant reminder began to make its way into my heart and the hearts of others. I began to really believe that I was beloved, that before anything else, I am loved by God. This statement of wish took hold!

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “They haven’t been given a red-carpet welcome, but they will be clothed in so much glory it will be hard to deny them anymore. The fire of My presence is all around them, and they aren’t here to play games but to carry the torch of revival and establish My Kingdom on the earth.

RevelationMedia (06 Apr 21): When the attacks of the Devil happen in our lives, God has provided what we need to endure. He has given the whole armor of God to those who believe. And, this is not a matter of if he will attack, but when. Be prepared. Be vigilant. Arm yourself with the Word of God, and with trust in God’s promises, knowing that God has given His righteousness and His forgiveness to all who believe in Him. His Holy Spirit dwells in every believer, equipping and strengthening them for all of the battles they may face. Even when we feel most alone, God never leaves us or forsakes us.

Reasons

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): God’s revelation of the reasons behind a negative turn of events is a sign of His mercy and goodness. Once the stumbling stones are identified to us, they can then be removed and the curses broken. We are in a season where we can dream with God from a place of promise and truly recover all, if we are humble and sensitive to what He is speaking and what He is doing.

Revelation 13:It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 

Brat Journal (05 Apr 21): Trying again to reach the … ? Nope.  I don’t know what to do.  I rebuke the spirit of confusion!

Bill Yount (10 Apr 21): I said, “Lord, what is wrong with that kid? His response surprised me. “She’s doing great. She’s not afraid of falling.”[29]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): Belief is not enough—you need trust.

When Light Came In (06 Apr 21): As in, they (and we, too), need to recognize what isn’t working, what is, what isn’t healthy, what is, what isn’t loving, and what is. We don’t get a free pass because we’ve been hurt. In fact, we, as survivors, get called to the witness stands of family court to defend ourselves for living normal, healing lives.

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (06 Apr 21): Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. 

Deuteronomy 18:17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Apr 21): And if that is truly your purpose, then you will rely on the One Creator to provide your needs.

To Account

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (10 Apr 21 at 12:02 pm):  I will be ministering the Word of the Lord for you tomorrow at 11:00 AM CT. Make your plans to join us in person or live at globalrevival.com. Text me back to confirm. -Apostle Harfouche.

Brat (10 Apr 21 at 1:10 pm): I wrote and emailed you and the conversation dropped and stopped. The message is not always about us.  Sometimes God has to hold leadership to account.

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (10 Apr 21 at 1:15 pm):  Thank you! We have received it and have replied.  Hope you can join us online.

Brat (1:19 pm): What did you reply to?

Pastor Jessica Solórzano Owens (10 Apr 21 at 1:15 pm): Thank you for your email and text. We received it and are in prayer with you. 

We noticed someone had tagged you on one of our Ministry Facebook posts asking if you are coming to our Apostolic Women’s Conference. 

Let us know if you need any information. 

Thank you!

Deuteronomy 18:19 I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. 

Lana Vawser (09 Apr 21): Do NOT give up! Stand up and join your YES with His YES afresh, then watch and see God do the rest. You are closer to the manifestation of God’s promise and divine justice than you realise.

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (09 Apr 21): We need God’s mercy so much! Let’s pray that we can be like Jesus in being exceedingly generous with the mercy that we show to others.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (12 Apr 21): Kathryn, may God give you a glimpse of your reach and your obedience and somewhere give you a sense of your purpose.

Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): Father, You alone fully know the times and seasons of the earth. You know the plans that You have for us, to prosper and not to harm us, to give us a hope and a future. Let the eyes and ears of Your people be opened to Your instructions so that they will agree and obey regarding all You have set in motion for their deliverance. Shower Your people with understanding and shine Your light on the stumbling blocks that have caused bondage so that they can be removed. We thank You for freedom! We thank You for liberty! We celebrate You today, Jesus, because You are our Passover Lamb! Take us into our new season! Amen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Apr 21): That is Trust: When you stop suggesting to your Maker how He could rescue you. When you are prepared to be surprised by wonders and open to miracles.

Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “Watch them now, running out of the wilderness, out of hiding, out from behind the facade of other roles that were limiting them and keeping them at bay. Watch now as My wild ones begin to emerge from all walks of life and all streams. I can see the looks in their eyes as they are, right now, standing to their feet. This is worship to them, not a task. This is the life of laid-down lovers, not the objectives of a servant. These are My friends and My Spirit is in them, upon them, for this magnificent hour of the unveiling of the Bride, the great TURNING of hearts, the harvest at hand.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (10 Apr 21): Such utterly free and gratuitous love is the only love that validates, transforms, and changes us at the deepest levels of consciousness. It is what we all desire and what we were created for. Once we allow it for ourselves, we will almost naturally become a conduit of the same for others. In fact, nothing else will attract us anymore or even make much sense.

Rev. James Liggett: But Thomas is here to make us uncomfor­table, not smug. Remember, faith almost always comes to people through the faith of others, through the life and ministry of the Church.

Pastor Jessica Solórzano Owens (10 Apr 21 at 1:44 pm): We replied to the email as well.

Brat (1:49 pm): Thank you.  I got the email, but I still don’t feel heard.  How much prayer and faith does it take to “follow” my blog and nip some of the corporate gaslighting in the bud?

[Received glaring SILENCE…]

Sick Pilgrim (09 Apr 21): Christ meant for us to see him in his followers, especially in those entrusted with leadership in his Church. He also meant for his followers to see him in the marginalized and vulnerable, to reach out to them and lift them up in his name. The scandals plaguing the Church over the last half-century have caused so much damage to the faith of Christians, in part because we can no longer see Christ in each other.

Phiwa Langeni (06 Apr 21): After we’re gone, may the choices we make today persist beyond our deaths as a declaration of “what God has done.”

Bill Yount (10 Apr 21): Suddenly, I was inspired by this fearless little girl and with this thought: If you do anything for the Lord, do it with all your heart and with all your might and don’t be afraid to fail. Failing is forward progress in God’s eyes when we don’t let it stop us.

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (09 Apr 21): Any challenge is an opportunity for a testimony. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the preeminence of the Name of Jesus.

John 20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.

Fr. Richard Rohr (10 Apr 21): To put it another way, what I let God see and accept in me also becomes what I can then see and accept in myself, in my friends, and in everything else. This is “radical grace.” This is why it is crucial to allow God, and at least one other trusted person to see us in our imperfection and even our nakedness, as we are—rather than as we would ideally wish to be. It is also why we must give others this same experience of being looked upon in their imperfection; otherwise, they will never know the essential and transformative mystery of grace.

Deborah Johnson (10 Apr 21): Holy Spirit, open our hearts to the movement of the Spirit in us as individuals as well as collectively in our communities. Amen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): Look up with a smile and let the Infinite Light smile back at you.

Rev. James Liggett: Sometimes, as it must have been with Thomas, what turns out to be the greatest moment of faith doesn’t feel like faith at all; it feels like doubt. Sometimes what turns out to be the greatest moment of faith feels like just hanging on and just showing up; it feels like waiting and going through the motions. But that’s alright; that’s the way it works. That was what Thomas needed to do, and that was all Thomas needed to do.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): And it is available to anybody, at any moment, no matter who they were the moment before.

John 20:31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

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[1] Rev. Andrew Chappell: Sources for language: https://biblehub.com/greek/3107.htm

[2] Nate Johnston (29 Mar 21): “To the Wild Ones: This Is Your Hour!” Published on the Elijah List on 05 Apr 21 by The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25288)

[3] Linda Freeman (06 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25296)

[4] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Apr 21): Belief & Trust – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[5] Rev. Andrew Chappell: 2nd Sunday of Easter(B): Believing in Your People – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[6] Rabbi YY Jacobson (21 Mar 2011): https://www.theyeshiva.net/jewish/929/essay-shmini-dont-celebrate-ignorance

[7] Aelred of Rievaulx: [2] Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship, trans. Lawrence C. Braceland, ed. Marsha L. Dutton (Liturgical Press: 2010), 72–73, 73–74. Italics in original.

[8] Rick Joyner (06 Apr 21): The Weapon of Patience | MorningStar Ministries

[9] Sick Pilgrim (09 Apr 21): Dark Devotional: Seeing Is Believing | guest writer (patheos.com)

[10] David Brenner: [1] David G. Benner, Sacred Companions: The Gift of Spiritual Friendship & Direction (IVP Books: 2002), 61–62.

[11] Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): A LOVE LETTER TO INTERCESSORS (hisinscriptions.com)

[12] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Apr 21): Trust, Not Faith – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[13] Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): JESUS PLUS NOTHING! (hisinscriptions.com)

[14] Rev. Betty King (10 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25318)

[15] Laurie Ditto (2019): The Hell Conspiracy by Laura Ditto, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)

[16] Matthew Fox, Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic—and Beyond (iUniverse: 2020), xvii, xix, xxxviii.

[17] Sophia Valentina Buller (11 Apr 21): Fb Censoring yet again… – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

[18] Sophia Valentina Buller (09 Apr 21): Facebook censorship – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

[19] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (12 Apr 21): Mirror – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[20] Lana Vawser (09 Apr 21): HIS “YES” IS STILL “YES” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[21] Rev. James Liggett: Showing Up, Easter 2 (B) – April 11, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[22] Sophia Valentina Buller (12 Apr 21): Fb Censoring Again… I didn’t share anything today – RoyallyRobed.wordpress.com

[23] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (07 Apr 21): ‘Witch Harlots’ hold Rally in Jerusalem: A direct prophecy from Book of Nahum [Watch] (israel365news.com)

[24] Deborah Perkins (06 Apr 21): Spurgeon.org Library of Sermons

[25] Wanda Alger (10 Apr 21): VISIONS AND DREAMS ABOUT A COMING STORM – GOING DARK TO LIGHT – wandaalger.me

[26] Fr. Richard Rohr (07 Apr 21): The Showings of Julian of Norwich: A New Translation, Mirabai Starr (Hampton Roads: 2013), 142–143.

[27] C.S. Lewis (1955): Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life. Copyright © 1955 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

[28] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Apr 21): Trust over Hope – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[29] Bill Yount (10 Apr 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies

The Secret of Redemption on Easter 04 Apr 21

4 Apr

Working Dates of eleven days: From Thursday, March 25, 2021 into Passover through Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 on through Holy Week and to Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021

[34 pages of reflective dialogue anchored in the lectionary readings from Isaiah 50:4-9a]

Small

C.S. Lewis (1946 in The Great Divorce): “Hell is smaller than one pebble of your earthly world: but it is smaller than one atom of this world, the Real World. Look at yon butterfly. If it swallowed all Hell, Hell would not be big enough to do it any harm or to have any taste…[1]

When Light Came In (27 Mar 21): It’s hard to travel light when we’ve lived trying hard, stocking up, preparing for loss.

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): The power of one ‘little’ deed to affect and transform the world is no longer an article of faith. We all beheld the immense power of one invisible pathogen. How much greater is the holy, transformative energy of good! 

Chris Overstreet (28 Mar 21): How can somebody change? Well, no one has the ability to change themselves. There’s a virus of sin that lives in the heart of every human being that’s been born.

Jeremiah 46:11 “Go up to Gilead and get balm,
    Virgin Daughter Egypt.
But you try many medicines in vain;
    there is no healing for you.

Brat: As evidenced in Brazil right now.  God, help them.  Remove the Pharaoh spirit from their land and replace it with healing, hope, and love.  Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.

Matt Laney (02 Apr 21): Innocent Blood

When Light Came In (27 Mar 21): We have made a habit of carrying everything, all the time. Don’t let anything drop. Don’t forget that painful lesson. Don’t let go of that rage. Don’t drop that armor.

Chris Overstreet (28 Mar 21): And the Bible says that we’ve all sinned fallen short of the glory of God. But there’s one person named Jesus Christ, who paid for your sin. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Put your faith in Jesus, turn from sin, and turn to Jesus. He loves you and has an amazing plan for your life. [2]

Osama Abdallah: “Say: He is God, the One and Only; God, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him. (The Noble Quran, 112:1-4)”

Necessary Deconstruction

Fr. Richard Rohr (21 Mar 21): The role of the prophet is to lead us on an individual and collective level through the necessary deconstruction of what I would call the false self. The prophet’s path is of descent and is never popular or easy. It is about letting go of illusion and toppling false gods. People usually like priests, which is why they are established and comfortable in almost all cultures, but the prophets are almost always killed.

John Edgerton (21 Mar 21): I don’t wear a clerical collar very often. I mostly wear them at the state house, or at Black Lives Matter marches, or at protests. Basically, when I want to be a public embodiment of the moral witness of the church.

Osama Abdallah: Yet, the Jews use metaphors like these.  Islam came to straighten all of this out and to set the record straight that GOD Almighty has no son and no daughter.  Otherwise, why would GOD Almighty torture us to Hell if we were His perfect sons and daughters??  No imperfect being could be an actual son of GOD Almighty (and no being is the son or daughter of GOD Almighty, period!)

C.S. Lewis (1946 in The Great Divorce): [The fictional George MacDonald is speaking.] “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell choose it. Without that self-choice, there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek, find. To those who knock, it is opened.” . . .

Osama Abdallah: “(Both) the Jews and the Christians say: ‘We are sons of God, and his beloved.’ Say: ‘Why then doth He punish you for your sins? Nay, ye are but men,- of the men he hath created: He forgiveth whom He pleaseth, and He punisheth whom He pleaseth: and to God belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between: and unto Him is the final goal (of all).’  (The Noble Quran, 5:18)”

Wanda Alger (31 Mar 21): We’ve been expecting breakthroughs at various points in the journey, and the goalpost continues to move. It’s getting harder to hang on to hope that anything is going to change. Do we take this as a sign of a false word or fleshly dream? Do we assume it’s not His time after all? Or, is it possible that His word is simply being delayed?

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Mar 21): With the mistaken view of God as a Punisher-in-Chief that most Christians seem to hold, we think our own violence is necessary and even good. But there is no such thing as redemptive violence. Violence doesn’t save; it only destroys all parties in both the short and long term. Jesus replaced the myth of redemptive violence with the truth of redemptive suffering. He showed us on the cross how to hold the pain and let it transform us.

Agnes Ebedi (24 Mar 21): Initially, the woman did not realize this, and her eyes were full of panic as she was running swiftly with the fear of being overtaken. Suddenly, she paused, recognizing the strength she possessed, and she made a 180 degree turn. As I looked in utter amazement, she opened her mouth and began to speak the Word of the Lord.

Psalm 31:14 But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 Apr 21): Lord Jesus, forgive me. Forgive me for all the times I forgot you, while you patiently waited for me to remember. Forgive my stubbornness and my smallness, and all the times that I got in the way of the joy that you yearned to nurture within me. Forgive me for all the ways that I have passively accepted a world that still crucifies the vulnerable and disregards the poor and the meek and the hungry, whom you have blessed. Forgive me for my silence when I ought to have spoken; and for my careless words when I ought to have been still. Forgive me for holding you at a distance, for trying to preserve myself from the transformational intensity of your love. Lord Jesus, forgive me.

Worthy

Amy Sutherland (24 Mar 21): This morning I had a powerful vision I pray blesses you. I was praying in the Spirit and I sensed I was in the courts of Heaven. There was a weight on my heart, and I very much felt the accusations of the adversary. I had bound these spirits to the foot of the cross in English, and broke any agreement that they were part of my identity. However, there was still something being prayed through me. As I yielded to the Spirit I went into a vision and saw Jesus’ hand (index finger) writing w o r t h y in His blood over my exposed heart. [3]

Revelation 5:And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”

Osama Abdallah: If you read the the Noble Verses that I presented, you would clearly see “…they altered the words….(5:13)” and “They change the words….(5:41)”, which clearly proves that the Bible according to Islam is corrupted.[4]

Prof. Mark Tranvik (24 Mar 21): Lord Jesus, during this season of Lent we are humbled by the love you show to us, the unlovable. Open our hearts that we may genuinely listen to you and your Word of life. Amen.

The Rev. Jazzy Bostock: I doubt that I can be very much like Jesus, because I doubt my own capacity for forgiveness and love and mercy, all of which Jesus had. I doubt my own motivations, and know my ego gets in the way too much. But perhaps I can be a little bit like Jesus by teaching my wayward heart, again and again, to return to God in prayer. And to keep returning.

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): I am standing for LEADERS who WON’T BACK DOWN because of peer pressure or popular opinion.

Israel365 (18 Mar 21): Four more Enemy Nations want to make Peace with Israel, says Netanyahu

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (in “Covenant Partner” 15 Mar 21): “As you know, we doubled the population in Gush Etzion during those difficult years,” Netanyahu said. “Because I knew how to stand like a fortified wall before these political pressures. This is due to the decades of experience I have with public opinion in the US. In a democracy, this public opinion is the deciding factor.”

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): Since when did our faith rest on what we see and understand in the natural? Since when do we ignore spiritual information by supernatural means simply because our calendars are fixed, our mainstream news is compromised, and public opinion speaks loudest? Are we people of the Spirit or not?[5]

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): We’ve learned that we have the power to overcome and to thrive even amid pain and adversity. Indeed, if ever we were able to relive and internalize our divine redemption from Egypt, to break out of our personal “Egypt” to be joyous and kind and G-dly notwithstanding any challenges, this Passover is that time!

Scott McKnight (05 Oct 2020): Where does one start? Begin by reading the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) and trying to put it into practice—especially with our public interactions. If you take this challenge seriously, you won’t have as much time or energy left for American politics. You will find your burgeoning Kingdom citizenship is a full-time, all-consuming calling. Let all who have hears to hear, listen:

“Seek above all the Kingdom of God and Christ’s kind of justice” (Matt 6:33 my paraphrase).

The Rev. Jazzy Bostock: On first glance, the imperative seems like the original WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) – exhorting listeners to be as Christ-like as possible. And there is good theology naming each of us as little Christs, with the responsibilities that go along with such a title. But I have to wonder: is it actually possible for the same mind to be in us that was in Christ Jesus? I mean, isn’t that what makes Jesus spectacular, and set apart, and Divine—that his mind was different from each of ours?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Tell me an intelligent child is not going to have this question.​

John Edgerton (21 Mar 21): And there are no such answers.

Revelation 5:I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (in “Covenant Partner” 15 Mar 21): Rather, for G‑d to be at home, a temple must be built from the stuff of a world in which G‑d is so hidden that it doesn’t even appear to be a creation.

Brat (19 Mar 21): Ya’know, I was thinking…since the Tower of Babel was abandoned because they couldn’t talk to each other in their common language any more (Genesis 11:9), then couldn’t God be redeeming His temple by these roundtable discussions?  He is so hidden in these dialogues that they don’t even appear to be a creation — to the point where they are taken for granted!

Fr. Richard Rohr (24 Mar 21): What makes the difference between the prophet and the ordinary person is the possession of a heightened and unified awareness of certain aspects of life. Like a poet, he is endowed with sensibility, enthusiasm, and tenderness, and above all, with a way of thinking imaginatively. Prophecy is the product of poetic imagination. Prophecy is poetry, and in poetry everything is possible, [such as] for the trees to celebrate a birthday, and for God to speak to [humans]. The statement “God’s word came to me” was employed by the prophet as a figure of speech, as a poetic image. [1][6]

Matt Laney (02 Apr 21): When I was a seminary student at Andover Newton, the school rented space to Hebrew College. Upon entry, Jewish students were greeted by a ten-foot painting of a Jewish man nailed to a cross. I asked the Andover Newton dean if we could possibly find a less terrorizing, more hospitable image.

Osama Abdallah: Is Jesus Allah Almighty for creating things in the Noble Quran?  And is he better than Prophet Muhammad for being a creator?  And is there a contradiction in the Noble Quran regarding idol gods not being able to create and Jesus Christ?  See the Books that Allah Almighty gave to certain powerful Beings to enable them to possess certain Powers and to do certain Miracles, including limited Creations.

Fr. Richard Rohr (21 Mar 21): Through Jeremiah, God reminded them: “In speaking to your ancestors on the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I gave them no command concerning burnt offering or sacrifice [in the Temple]. This is rather what I commanded them: Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk exactly in the way I command you, so that you may prosper” (Jeremiah 7:22–23).

Matt Laney (02 Apr 21): Thankfully, that painting at Andover Newton was quickly removed and replaced. It was a small thing, but so is an offhand slur, a nail, a thorn.

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens– wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.

Prof. Mark Tranvik (24 Mar 21): In our reading from Isaiah, the prophet speaks in verse 4 of God’s servants as ones who “listen as those who are taught.” In other words, these words underline that we don’t have all the answers— sometimes we simply need to be good listeners to be taught. That is good advice for hearing the Word of God in the Bible. And it also applies to our relationships and the importance of real listening rather than constantly doling out our opinions and supposed good advice.

Fr. Richard Rohr (24 Mar 21): Story from Our Community:
I was raised to be the obedient one. Most often that meant blind obedience. It took me many years to cultivate the integrity to speak my truth to power. I am still a reluctant prophet, often mistrusting my truth. I remain so deeply grateful for new mentors who teach me to listen to my inner voices and who give me some tools to discern the worth of them. —Ann W.

Charisma (23 Mar 21): [Ask A Prophet] Do You Have A Question You Want Answered?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (23 Mar 21): Because if the rebellious child questions, it is because it touches him, it says something to him. Perhaps it even bothers him.

Tony Robinson (23 Mar 21): But then, in a society (and sometimes in churches) where we are often encouraged to appear in complete control and on top of everything, admitting that our souls are parched and that we thirst for God, for a Higher Power, for Holiness, for Jesus, may be considered foolish.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (23 Mar 21): “For which child is our deepest concern?  For the one who has no questions.”[7]

Nate Johnston (23 Mar 21): “I didn’t stir up a radical fire in you just to see it slowly flicker out, and I didn’t give you a love for nations just to see it dashed upon the rocks”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Mar 21): G-d is beyond heaven and earth. We are stuck firmly at the ground floor. A wild beast kicks and screams inside us, forever running us off the path of reason and throwing us back to the ground.

Osama Abdallah: In Arabic also it’s the same.  My name Osama Abdallah, which means Osama slave of Allah (GOD).  Slave is a subject of GOD.  A servant is independent.  A servant provides services.  He/she can quit serving without consequences and can even kick you out of their territory.  But a slave (ABD) is totally OWNED.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): And if the Holy One, blessed be He, had not taken our fathers out of there, we and our children and our children’s children would still be slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt.

Agnes Ebedi (24 Mar 21): I heard the Spirit of God say that His Bride is as a Jehu army arising, and He is expanding our impact to unseat the enemy’s influence from our lives, our families and from entire territories, regions and nations. The fiery attacks against His people and against the pure prophetic word of the Lord shall be defeated. This is the hour of VICTORY!

Amy Sutherland (24 Mar 21): Revelation 12:10 writes that the accuser of our brothers and sisters (the body of Christ) relentlessly accuses us before God day and night. As we grow and mature in our spiritual journey warfare shifts in awareness and intensity, but one thing will remain; the truth of God’s Word. Sometimes we will find ourselves in the courts of Heaven (and not always on the defense) but when your heart is pure and united to Christ’s, you can remain confident you will “win the case”, for the release of redemption is through His very blood. His blood made you worthy to receive this beautiful inheritance- beloved identity in Him to rule and reign with Him.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): How I Received a Rich, Beautiful and Cognitively Disruptive Heritage

Fr. Richard Rohr: A moral imagination is nothing other than the hope of black faith. Such hope trusts that the arc of God’s universe does in fact bend toward justice. —Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas

Lana Vawser (24 Mar 21): I began to see HOUSES and WELLS being pioneered all across the earth. It reminded me of the encounter I had had with the Lord recently where I saw the arks the Lord was establishing through the pioneers for His Glory to come and rest. As I looked at these “HOUSES and WELLS” the Lord spoke:

“Pioneers, pray and fast, lean in and listen, for you are being positioned to HOUSE WELLS OF MY GLORY”

Rosangela Atte (24 Mar 21): From yourdictionary.com:

Synergy means: “The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.”

Arrested

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): At Chabad.org we’ve labored all year to meet the needs of more visitors than ever, to provide each person with nourishing and uplifting food for thought, to supersede anxiety and gloom and achieve a positive and productive mindset.

Brat: You’ve arrested my attention.

Fr. Richard Rohr (24 Mar 21): One of the great scholars of the Jewish scriptures was Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–1972). In his in-depth study of the Hebrew prophets, he included this description of the prophets which is really rather surprising. We often think of prophets as scolds, rather judgmental and cranky, but Heschel reminds us of their essential gifts of creativity and imagination:

The prophet is a poet. His experience is one known to the poets. What the poets know as poetic inspiration, the prophets call divine revelation. . . . The inspiration of the artist is what is meant by “the hand of the Lord which rests upon the prophet.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): So why the “strong hand and outstretched arm?” Just let us walk out of there and return to the freedom that was naturally ours.​

Before Pilate

Matt Laney (02 Apr 21): When Pilate saw that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” Then the people as a whole answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” – Matthew 27:24-25 (NRSV)

Agnes Ebedi (24 Mar 21): “The scepter is the weapon of dominion that shall empower you to overrule and overcome the opposition that has hindered the manifestation of your promises in the last season (see Psalm 110:2). The sword is My Word in your mouth that shall be like fire, and like a hammer that shall smash the rocks in pieces and destroy the barriers to your breakthrough (see Jeremiah 23:29). The scroll is the strength of My Word. The power of your declarations in this hour, of the manifestation of My promise to you, shall strengthen your faith. It shall become like a shield to quench the flaming darts of the wicked one.”

Osama Abdallah: The Glorious Quran declared 1,400 years ago that the Israeli Zionist machine will rule the entire earth with mighty evil and power.  They will reach “Mighty Heights” علوا كبيرا  of evil power and might on earth.

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Mar 21): As Russian philosopher Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote, “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” [1][8] As long as the evil is “over there,” we can change or expel someone else as the contaminating element. We then feel purified and at peace. But it is not the peace of Christ, which “the world cannot give” (see John 14:27).

Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): Have you experienced an injustice recently that left you reeling?[9]

Nate Johnston (23 Mar 21): “I didn’t put a holy discontent upon your life for the norm just so you would never get to see and experience the extraordinary, and I didn’t put a mantle of revival upon you just to see it unused and dormant”

Zechariah 11:17 “Woe to the worthless shepherd,
    who deserts the flock!
May the sword strike his arm and his right eye!
    May his arm be completely withered,
    his right eye totally blinded!”

Osama Abdallah: Was the Islamic ONE-EYE Prophecy foretold before Islam in the Bible’s Zechariah 11:17?  I demonstrated using ample Biblical verses that the ONE-EYED DAJJAL (anti-Christ) was never prophesied in the Bible to be ONE-EYED, nor was this Sign ever given in the Bible to any being.[10]

Fr. Richard Rohr (24 Mar 21): She [Amanda Gorman] begins her poem “The Hill We Climb” by asking in the style of the psalms of lamentation, “When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?” She then references the sign of the reluctant prophet Jonah: “We’ve braved the belly of the beast; we’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Mar 21): There is no greater closeness to G‑d than one small act of the divine performed by your beast inside.

Matt Laney (02 Apr 21): Christians forget that … and much more.

Fr. Richard Rohr (21 Mar 21): I hope we can sympathize with the people of Israel who so often rejected their prophets. It’s scary whenever we’re offered a new synthesis or paradigm, especially for those who are heavily invested in the old. Opposition will rise, just as it rose around Jesus. People inside the status quo usually have much to lose. They don’t necessarily have ill will; it’s just that they’re living in the only world they’ve ever imagined. Perhaps my favorite understanding of prophets is that they’re lovers of spiritual freedom who keep humanity free for God and God free for humanity. It is harder than you think.

Me to Pastor Julie Morris (08 Mar 21): With some maturity, now I can say in truth that having the two vocations side-by-side [Anchoress + Prophet] do complement each other within my soul.  The challenge has been surviving the outside looking in, because no one wants their status quo disrupted when they see no value in it.  The irony is that the outside goes through the same process as the anchoress, even if they don’t recognize it.  Then the prophet puts words to the process.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): And now, G‑d has brought us into His service.

Daniel & Rachel Emerson (in “Covenant Partner” 15 Mar 21): Congratulations! We got you plugged in!

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): But in real life … not so much.

Brat (15 Mar 21): WTF?? What did I do now?  What button did I push to get myself into THIS mess?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Mar 21): “Thank G-d you have a beast inside.  Without one, what would you have to offer?”[11]

Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): Thankfully, this time He wasn’t silent.

Israel365 (18 Mar 21): He Appears In The Cloud

The Rev. Jazzy Bostock: As I’ve travelled through the last pandemic year, logging on to Facebook most mornings to lead morning prayer for my church, I’ve been reminded of the way that regular prayer works its way into my body. Jesus prays often in our gospels. And yet, because it’s usually just one sentence, it hasn’t always been something I’ve focused on. Prayer is central to his ministry. It bookends almost every miracle he performs and guides his interactions. I am not nearly so solid in my own prayer discipline, though I am learning. Tethering myself to a daily practice—to the rhythm of the apostles creed and the prayers, tedious though they may seem in the moment—gives me a sense of regulation. Though this regulation is far from making me as solid and sure as Jesus seems to be, it certainly tethers some of my more wayward leanings.

Nate Johnston (23 Mar 21): For those who followed Jesus into the UNKNOWN.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): But then it seems an integral part of Jewish identity is that jarring dissonance. Because it’s immediately evident in the Passover Seder as well. And, more than any other experience, it’s at the Passover Seder that a Jew establishes identity.​

Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): This is your season for double blessing, restoration and relaunch as you forgive and stay on His path and do not enter the progression of unforgiveness and offense. The Lord is saying “I will restore and guide you to the path of blessing.”

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 Apr 21): Lord Jesus, it may sound strange to say it, but I forgive you, too. I forgive you for not being present in the ways that I needed you to be when I felt so alone. I forgive you for inaugurating a church that at times, in your name, has harmed so many people. I forgive you for creating a world that allows for sin to break people apart, for this mortal life where we seem to lose everyone we love. I forgive you for being so hard to understand at times, and so hard to follow. I forgive you for not being the type of strong and mighty savior that I expected, the kind that would keep me safe. I forgive you for all these things, mostly because I need to let them go, in order to see you properly, in your fullness, and not the incomplete version of you that has been distorted by my own pain and confusion and resentment. I forgive you because I want to know you as you are, not as I wish you were. Lord Jesus, I forgive you.

Denial

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): In a desperate attempt to have integrity by man’s standards, several prominent Charismatic leaders continue to call for prophetic voices and hopeful believers to deny our dreams and visions and renounce our faith for the impossible. Those who still cling to a miraculous breakthrough to come are now being called foolish, fake, or worse yet, totally false. Is this how the Church is preparing for this worldwide miracle of supernatural outpouring?

Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): Injustices impact our lives so strongly because they are unexpected and unfair. It leaves us with the question, “God where are you?”

Osama Abdallah: Trinity Crucified!  100s of verses prove trinity is false.  Jesus healed others only after getting permissions from GOD Almighty.  His wishes were sometimes denied.[12]

Matt Laney (02 Apr 21): Crucifixion was a not only a brutal method of capital punishment favored by the Roman Empire in the first century. Crucifixion was an act of terror. It said, “Stay in line or you will be next.”

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): The Lord says, “Many waters are being troubled. In the midst of the troubling waters, I have a people who will learn how to stand. In the midst of the troubling waters, I have a people who will learn to walk through the waves. In the midst of the troubling waters, I have a people who will begin to rise and not sink. Many troubling waters are around you, but in the midst of it, you will be one who surfs to a new shore.[13]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): If you have no G‑d, or many gods, or never thought about the whole idea of G‑d, then the world is what it is. But once you believe in a benevolent G‑d—meaning that you believe the very essence of reality is essentially good—nothing is the way it is supposed to be.

Chris Tomlin: “God Who Listens” [https://youtu.be/9sqLqR41Ulg]

[Chorus]
I’m not just hoping
I’m not just wishing
I know I’m praying
To a God who listens
I know He hears me
I know He’s living
Yes, I am praying (Yes, I am praying)
To a God who listens
You’re a God who listens

Chaplain Janelle Ibaven (19 Mar 21): Praise God for His goodness, even through difficult circumstances and ones we can’t yet understand.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): A powerful identity, but one that came with a biting dissonance. There were tough questions to be answered.

Isaiah 50:8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.

Brat: The priests, pastors, prophets, and rabbis had turned their collective backs on me in a Great Shun.  This had been going on for a decade or more.

Matt Laney (02 Apr 21): What is the genesis of these hate-filled horrors? The blood curse of Matthew 27:25.

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

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Mar 21): Whenever the “sinner” is excluded, our collective ego is delighted and feels relieved and safe. It works, but only for a while, because it is merely an illusion. Repeatedly believing the lie, that this time we have the true culprit, we become more catatonic, habitually ignorant, and culpable—because, of course, scapegoating never really eliminates evil in the first place.

Matt Laney (02 Apr 21): Jesus, forgive our ignorance and the silence that has allowed hatred to thrive against your family. Your blood is not on them. But their blood is on us.

Brat: I pray for closure on the old wound.  There never was any closure or recompense, no belonging to a tribe, or sanctuary.  And in this pandemic culture, evidently even freedom of speech is relative.  However, Julian of Norwich knew something about how to navigate these kinds of troubled waters.  God raises up anchorites for such a time as this.

Felicia Murrell (2020): And there, in liminal space—the space of sitting with our truths; the place of mystery, the unknown; the place where we let go of our injured expectations to be seen, to be known, to be welcomed—we offer ourselves what we’ve longed to have given to us. We acknowledge our feelings—the power and depth of each one—giving them space to roll through us, to breathe and take on life.

Chris Overstreet (28 Mar 21): Do you need a fresh start?

Steven Aitchison: “People change for two main reasons: either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken.”

When Light Came In (18 Mar 21): The only tweak I’d make to this quote is to add that it’s not the *breaking* of the heart that brings change… it’s the process of healing of it.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): This is the bread of suffering that our fathers ate in the Land of Egypt!

Felicia Murrell (2020): It might feel good, after years of being shackled to scarcity, victimhood, poverty, suspicion, and inferiority, to project onto a scapegoat (holding the system complicit by association) the burden of hundreds of years of pain. We feel righteous. We long for someone else to feel what we feel or, at the very least, to validate that it’s okay for us to feel what we feel. Heavily laden with years and years of collective racial anger, misuse, and abuse, we lumber into liminality with all these feelings, these shackles of oppression.[14]

Church of England (22 Mar 21): The online survey of more than 2,000 adults, also showed that a majority of people want the Church of England to provide a listening ear for those who want to talk about death and dying and help for people to talk about grief.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Suffering? Wait! Isn’t tonight about freedom? Why start with suffering?

Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): “But you were provided an opportunity to share in My sufferings,” He responded gently.

Verse of the Day (26 Mar 21): Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,

When Light Came In (27 Mar 21): And if we happen to put it down for a moment, we feel disoriented, too exposed without the load in our arms, too vulnerable when people can see us instead of this walking mountain of things we hold.

Osama Abdallah: Paul could lift mountains, and Jesus’ disciples raising people from the dead.

Chaplain Janelle Ibaven (19 Mar 21): Palm Sunday highlights how quickly my heart can turn when the process of faith shifts from being safe to being vulnerable. One moment I am declaring His Lordship, and the next He is on trial for my suffering and pain. Holy Week places a mirror in front of me and asks where my source of the goodness and trust lies. Is it in the celebrity? The parade? In the mass of worshipers? Or is it in Christ? In suffering?

More Denials

Richard Rohr (28 Mar 21): Jesus became the scapegoat to reveal the universal lie of scapegoating. He became the sinned-against one to reveal the hidden nature of scapegoatingso that we would see how wrong even educated and well-meaning people can be. This is perfectly represented by Pilate and Caiaphas (state and religion), who both find their artificial reasons to condemn him (see John 16:8–11 and Romans 8:3).

John Edgerton (21 Mar 21): But as soon as a legislative hearing is over or a march has disbanded, I take off the collar. I don’t ride the bus wearing it. I don’t go to lunch wearing it. I take it off.

C.S. Lewis (1946 in The Great Divorce): “Then no one can ever reach them?”

Osama Abdallah: The Bible agrees with Islam that Jesus was never crucified.

Brat: I know Jesus as my Husband through mystical marriage and He showed me His wounds.  May Jesus introduce Himself to you and the Holy Spirit show you what He suffered on your behalf.

Osama Abdallah: In the old Aramaic and Hebrew, GOD Almighty was called what-is-equivalent-to-Islam our Rab and Wali.  But that doesn’t make GOD Almighty our actual Father.  This is exactly as Judaism metaphors such as idolatry is equivalent to spiritual adultery.  No Jew is actually married to GOD Almighty to actually commit a personal marriage-adultery against GOD Almighty! 

Brat: Jesus Himself asked me to marry Him.  It was by His invitation.  And God the Father gave His blessing!

Agnes Ebedi (24 Mar 21): I came out of this vision elated! The Father said to me that this woman represents the Bride of Christ, the Church, and He immediately reminded me of a dream that I had a few weeks ago, where He spoke to me about a Jehu company arising. Jehu was an anointed king in Scripture that defeated Jezebel, someone who attempted to war against God’s people (see 2 Kings 10).

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 Mar 21): Egypt is a place that chains you to who you are, constraining you from growth and change. And Pharaoh is that voice inside that mocks your gambit to escape, saying, “How could you attempt being today something you were not yesterday? Aren’t you good enough just as you are? Don’t you know who you are?”[15]

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Mar 21): The word “scapegoating” originated from an ingenious ritual described in Leviticus 16. According to Jewish law, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest laid hands on an “escaping” goat, placing all the sins of the Jewish people from the previous year onto the animal. Then the goat was beaten with reeds and thorns, driven out into the desert, and the people went home rejoicing. Violence towards the innocent victim was apparently quite effective at temporarily relieving the group’s guilt and shame. The same scapegoating dynamic was at play when European Christians burned supposed heretics at the stake, and when white Americans lynched Black Americans. In fact, the pattern is identical and totally non-rational.

Brat: The tension of Truth was so thick with my Discernment Committee that I joked and asked if I should bring my own firewood to my own stake-burning.  Now I look back on it and see that that was simply verifying the truth that I had spoken to the Church.

Matt Laney (02 Apr 21): When Christians look at a crucifix, we might see the sacrificial love of God. We are less likely to see a lynched Jew. Most of us don’t live in the shadow of the anti-Semitic slur, “Christ-killer,” used to incite violence and terror against Jews from medieval pogroms to the Holocaust to neo-Nazis today.

When Light Came In (18 Mar 21): Why abusers never change: they aren’t open to learning and their hearts are hard.

Osama Abdallah: Paul’s perfect, sinless and infallible pedophiles and thieves (1 Corinthians 2:15).

From Zane at GRACE (18 Mar 21): The Emotional and Psychological Impact of Abuse

Richard Rohr (28 Mar 21): Scapegoating and the Cross

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “Some of you are grabbing hold of the plow, but you’re looking back. When you put your hand to the plow, keep your eyes focused on the field ahead. Many new fields are forming, and if you keep looking back at the field you were in, then you will never see the harvest of the field ahead. I am calling My people to grab hold and move forward into their new field.

Pastor Julie Morris (28 Mar 21): Facing death face-on changes us.

Felicia Murrell (2020): Instead of projecting outward or looking for resolution, we sit with them, breathe through them—allowing them to be as they are within us. We cry the tears our ancestors could not. We feel the fatigue they were not allowed to feel. We give in to the vulnerability that would have cost them their lives—not blaming, not finger-pointing, but honest truth-telling of our dehumanizing, painful history. On the threshold between what was and what will be, we unburden ourselves of our fierce, dogged determination to control the outcome of other people’s opinions of us, and there the alchemy happens.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Our great-grandfather, Abraham, was promised by G‑d that “the fourth generation will return here.” Our fathers, us, our children, and our children’s children—that’s four generations. There’s no way we could have stayed in Egypt any longer than that. G‑d promised.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (20 Mar 21): We the church, along with our Jewish brothers and sisters, take Abraham’s story as our own. We are also blessed, but not for our own sake, and certainly not to draw attention to ourselves. We are blessed in order to be a blessing. May God give us grace, then, to be a conduit of God’s blessing to the world around us.

Fr. Richard Rohr (24 Mar 21): She [Amanda Gorman] transforms the seemingly unjust decree of Exodus 34:7 that God will “visit the iniquities of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation,” no longer holding God responsible for intergenerational trauma. Like the prophets of old, she holds us accountable for our actions: “we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation. . . . Our blunders become their burdens” (emphasis mine).

The Rev. Jazzy Bostock: Paired with the long gospel for Palm Sunday, the sentiment is particularly challenging. In our gospel, Jesus is anointed, breaks bread with his disciples, prays, is betrayed, tried, stripped, mocked, and crucified. And not once in the trials does Jesus raise a hand or give a harsh word to those who are causing him such pain. He is the picture of non-violence, even to the point of a cruel death.

Psalm 31:9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): I am standing for the OVERTHROW OF DEMONIC PRINCIPALITIES and the displacement of wicked rulers.

Brat (20 Mar 21): …Plus, I have been so hurt by the Church in the past!  But I still love them!  Is this more Stockholm Syndrome again? 

John Edgerton (21 Mar 21): I’m afraid that, like Elijah, I’ll be confronted by someone who was hurt by the church. I’m afraid I’ll be confronted by someone demanding I give them some answers about what they ever did to deserve such rotten treatment from the people of God.

Rick Joyner (23 Mar 21): Some say that love is not an emotion. Consider this, how would you feel if your spouse said that they did not feel anything for you, but they loved you by faith? God created emotions because we need them to experience His love and to show love to others. Love is not only an emotion; it is the highest emotion.[16]

Brat: I felt what Jesus must have gone through.  I still feel what the Jews must be going through.

When Light Came In (18 Mar 21): It also explains why we *can* change and heal, and puts us in good company with those who have open minds to learn, read, listen, ask, and grow. Those who have experienced darkness, but refuse to stay there. Who reach again for light, and develop deep empathy and compassion.

Mark 15:39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Osama Abdallah: What does “Son of GOD” really mean in the Bible? 

Pastor Julie Morris (28 Mar 21): It is an amazing conversion story![17]

The Rev. Jazzy Bostock: I think another way to ask that question might be: how much like us is Jesus? How human is the Son of God, exactly? And, if you’re anything like me, it sort of depends on what day you ask. Sometimes, I feel like Jesus was very human. I think of the Syrophoenician woman, for instance, when Jesus compares her to a dog. A very human moment. I think of some of the times he behaved in ways I find unpalatable—perhaps not radical enough, or conforming too closely to the culture of his day. When I read those passages, I am convinced of Jesus’ humanness. But then there are other times like this gospel reading, where, even in the midst of his own betrayal, he implores his disciples to non-violence, when I am convinced that Jesus is very little like me. When I read stories of his healing, or the miracles he performs, I feel like we have little in common, and he moves from on-the-ground human to pie-in-the-sky Divine.

Osama Abdallah: Did you know that Elohim is Allah. The “im” in Hebrew is a majestic plural for GOD Almighty.  The root Word is “Eloh”.  And the more original Jews such as Yemenites and others say Alohim or Alah-im.  And when you yourself pronounce it, you do naturally pronounce it with a double “l”: Allah.  Jews do call Him: Allah-im.  Aramaic-speaking people also call GOD Almighty Allah.  See the following videos for Biblical references and proofs.  Also, pre-Islamic Biblical archeological findings have GOD Almighty as “Allah”.  So the Original Holy Name for GOD Almighty is not Eloh.  It is Allah!  Eloh is a Hebrew dialect, which not all Hebrew speakers use anyway.  Allah had always been the Original and Universal GOD Almighty even before birth of Judaism, and the existence Hebrew.  And Hebrew is a developed language from Phoenician.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Hold on. That was not the deal. Everyone knows that was not the deal.

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): We really need your partnership to help the many millions who are relying on us.

Martha Spong (20 Mar 21): Who is waiting for this faith, this confidence, to ring out in your voice? Prophesy to these bones. Call out so they can hear you and come back from the dead.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Because Torah is our key to liberation. The origin of all darkness in the world is our spiritual bondage—the slavery to our own egos. Torah puts that ego in its place, into the service of a Higher Power.

Philippians 2:6 who, though He [Jesus] was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,

Osama Abdallah: Islam also thoroughly rejects as man-made lies the Trinity and Crucifixion.  Jesus was also thoroughly called slave of GOD in both the OT and NT.[18]

Matt Laney (02 Apr 21): If we acknowledge this hateful speech in Scripture along with all the horrors of this day, pledging to confront and uproot anti-Semitism wherever it is found, perhaps we will have reason to call this Friday “good.”

Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): But did you also know that each injustice you experience is actually an open door and opportunity for transfer and blessing?

Brat: But that does not give leadership the right to take love, mercy and grace for granted so they can get the transfer and blessings at the expense of us grunts!

Osama Abdallah: May Allah Almighty enable you to see the Light and the Truth of Islam.  And may Allah Almighty send His Peace, Mercy and Blessings upon our beloved and blessed Prophet, Teacher and Role Model, Muhammad.  Ameen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): We are slaves. We are still in Egypt. There are hungry and needy amongst us. What happened to the people G‑d took from Egypt to the Promised Land to be His people? ​

Osama Abdallah: Jesus, Egypt, Jews prohibited from ever going to Egypt, but yet, Jesus went to Egypt!

Matthew 2:14 So he [Joseph] got up, took the child [Jesus] and his mother [Mary] during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Osama Abdallah: Egypt in the Bible is hated with extreme bitterness! – False prophecies about Egypt that history proved them to be lies!

Jeremiah 46:24 Daughter Egypt will be put to shame,
    given into the hands of the people of the north.”

Wanda Alger (31 Mar 21): And yet, the longer that time passes…this promise seems delayed.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Now we are here. Next year we will be in the Land of Israel.
Now we are slaves. Next year we will be free.

Philippians 2:7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,

Osama Abdallah: Jesus was also called slave of GOD in the OT many times.  Trinity is a lie from Hell.

C.S. Lewis (1946 in The Great Divorce): “Hell is a state of mind—ye never said a truer word. And every state of mind, left to itself, every shutting up of the creature within the dungeon of its own mind is, in the end, Hell. But Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly.” . . .

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

Wanda Alger (31 Mar 21): As the prophet says in Habakkuk 2:3, For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Even so, it’s hard to wait! Because we begin to wonder. And yet, if we can lean into His word, the breakthrough may be just around the corner. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “A man is not a hero because he is braver than anyone else, but because he is braver ten minutes longer.” Sounds almost biblical.

Agnes Ebedi (24 Mar 21): As she declared the Word of the Lord, it seemed like fiery darts being shot at the enemy. The enemy seemed to have underestimated her as he was in hot pursuit, and he did not see her victory coming. As she turned around and released her words, it completely destroyed the enemy, and I saw him crumble to the ground like a deck of cards.

Fr. Richard Rohr (21 Mar 21): The Path of the Fall

Questions

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): It’s time for the Kingdom of God to be demonstrated with power and authority and every other kingdom to fall. This is what I’m standing for. What about you?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Tell me an intelligent child is not going to have this question.​At this point, if there’s any honesty in your heart, you just have to wake up and ask: For this we were chosen? To wander from land to land, facing again and again genocidal enemies?

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): New Terrain and Lost Sheep

Wanda Alger (31 Mar 21): The Lord’s promise that I am standing on with unwavering faith is that He will execute justice on the works of darkness and deliver this nation from those who oppose Him. He has spoken to His prophets, millions of intercessors, and countless believers across the world that THIS is His time for righteous rulers to come forth and displace the wicked![19]

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

When Light Came In (22 Mar 21): Truth will out. Honor will out. Kindness will out. Love will out. The seeds we plant as we relocate to wholeness will find a way. They will.

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): Considering the extraordinary circumstances and needs of so many, compounded with our individual and collective responsibility to help empower one another, and factoring in the immense blessings inherent in charity to heal the world (and to shield ourselves and our loved ones), we turn to you and ask:

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Why do we thank G‑d for taking us out of Egypt? Didn’t He put us there in the first place?

Fr. Richard Rohr (28 Mar 21): In worshiping Jesus as the scapegoat, Christians should have learned to stop scapegoating, but we didn’t. We are still utterly wrong whenever we create arbitrary victims to avoid our own complicity in evil. It seems it is the most effective diversionary tactic possible. History has shown us that authority itself is not a good guide. Yet for many people, authority soothes their anxiety and relieves their own responsibility to form a mature conscience. We love to follow someone else and let them take the responsibility. It is a universal story line in history and all cultures.

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): Each of us need to take responsibility for how we are led by the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Our flesh will always tend to lean on our own understanding instead of the Spirit within. We can’t become so earthly minded that we’re no heavenly good. If we really want this awakening to the Spirit and prepare for an outpouring, we can start by getting our eyes off of what we see in the natural and start to believe what heaven is revealing. Let’s stop determining our future by what the world keeps telling us and start listening to what the Spirit has already said.

Rick Joyner (23 Mar 21): Love without works is not real, but works without love do not count. This is why the exhortations in Scripture to care for the poor, the needy, and the oppressed is always to individuals, not governments and organizations. Charity that is institutionalized is dehumanizing. Love and charity are meant to be expressed person to person.

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): I am standing for an OUTPOURING OF THE SPIRIT to eradicate all fear of man and every false god of this age.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): It’s as though not only the Seder, but the entire creed of the Jew is a setup to get us to ask a question. More than question—to sense at least a little outrage.

John Edgerton (21 Mar 21): But that doesn’t exempt me from having to face the questions. Being a Christian means representing Christ—the good and the bad.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Say that. Say it clear. What’s with this curve-ball, this “But now…”?​

When Light Came In (22 Mar 21): Life can plant where it usually doesn’t. We can create life in the desert of abuse and neglect. Because, dear one? Life WILL OUT.

Osama Abdallah: The Bible’s own theologians admit that it is badly corrupt and is full of lies.

Wanda Alger (31 Mar 21): In Matthew 24:45-51, Jesus told His followers to be ready for His return. Though they didn’t know the time or hour, they were commissioned to be faithful stewards of His word and occupy until. Referring to the days of Noah, He insinuated that many hearts would grow cold when not seeing the fulfillment of prophetic words (“Rain? What rain!?”) In 2 Peter 3, we are reminded of the power of God’s WORD that overrides circumstances, time tables, and human expectations. Regardless of outer appearances, if God says it, God will do it. Period.

More Questions

The Rev. Jazzy Bostock: Can that same mind really be in us, which was in him? And if we can have such a mind, then what about the heart? What about the spirit? How much like Jesus can we be? [20]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Tell me an intelligent child is not going to have this question.​And this is what has stood for us and for our fathers. For in every generation, they rise against us to exterminate us. But the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand.

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): I am standing for JUSTICE that goes beyond rhetoric and actually FULFILLS THE REQUIREMENTS of the law.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 Apr 21): Lord Jesus, thank you. Thank you for loving me beyond comprehension. I know that your love is why you hang upon the cross, why you choose to lay down your life for your friends, and although I cannot fully understand it, I feel it—its saving, healing power—deep in my soul. Thank you for showing us what it means to live as a human being fully alive, fully in communion with our Father in heaven, fully in partnership with our neighbors and with the web of all creation. Thank you for the outpouring gift of your grace in water and bread and wine and oil; for giving your flesh and your Spirit to us, unworthy as we may be. Thank you for your church, which, at its best, has saved my life and taught me the meaning of community. Thank you for the invitation to live a life caught up in the joy your life, and to love with a heart enraptured by your undying love. Lord Jesus, thank you.

Rick Joyner (23 Mar 21): Even so, love is more than an emotion. Love is not just a noun, but it is also an action verb. Love that is also does. Love is such a powerful emotion that it cannot be contained, but must be expressed. 

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): Your (radical!) reaction needed

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (in “Covenant Partner” 15 Mar 21): I understand you do creative arts.  I write blog conversations based on the weekly lectionary readings built from common threads coming into my inbox.  I listen to where the Holy Spirit is leading us collectively and show it through the conversations.

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): Our collective capacity to sacrifice for the sake of others is extraordinary. We need to forever remember how radically our entire society changed to save lives.

Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): The Path of Blessing after an Injustice

Fr. Richard Rohr (21 Mar 21): In spirituality, there are basically two paths, what I’ve called the path of the fall and the path of the return. The path of return has been the message of the priestly class. True priests talk of religion, communion, love, transcendence, connecting this world with the next, and generally offering a coherent world of meaning. In contrast, the path of the fall is directed and legitimated by the prophets, who teach us how to go into our shadows creatively and how to lose gracefully. They teach us how to let go and let things fall apart without fear.[21]

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): I am standing for FAITH TO ARISE in a people led by fear.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Mar 21): Work with that animal. Teach it. Tame it. Bring it to do good things—with its heart, its guts, with all its earthiness. Let it have even just a sip of Torah’s divine wisdom.

Osama Abdallah: Paul was a rodent from an infestation of rodents.  The plague of tens (10s) of false messiahs and prophets at the time is thoroughly proven. Like the saying goes: “You are a product of your environment”

C.S. Lewis (1946 in The Great Divorce): “Only the Greatest of all can make Himself small enough to enter Hell. For the higher a thing is, the lower it can descend—a man can sympathise with a horse but a horse cannot sympathise with a rat. Only One has descended into Hell.”

Rick Joyner (23 Mar 21): Heidi Baker says, “Love looks like something.” This being said, actions without love do not raise us up, but lower us. As the Apostle Paul wrote:

         “If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 

         “If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing” (I Corinthians 13:2-3).

Osama Abdallah: Also visit: 9/11 was 100% an Israeli Mossad Operation!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): If so, what on earth are we celebrating?

Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): “Well, yes, but I didn’t ask for an attack,” I responded.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): An Ongoing Persecution

Psalm 31:15 My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

Money

Osama Abdallah: The Romans had to fake his crucifixion due to Passover issues

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): Please can you contribute generously to our pre-Passover campaign?

Osama Abdallah: The Almighty Dollar & Power were the Ultimate Reason

Matthew 28:15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Apparently, there is still work to be done.

John Edgerton (21 Mar 21): Maybe you can relate. Maybe you don’t wear your church t-shirt when you go volunteer at the shelter. Maybe you don’t get into a biblical tête-à-tête with the uncle who is sure that he knows exactly who God hates. Maybe you find a way to stay quiet, when speaking up would be the braver thing. Maybe you’re like me—afraid.

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): More than ever before perhaps, we are all in this together, and we all need to strengthen and empower one another!

Osama Abdallah: This Prophecy is a lie! Jesus laid on the floor, got healed, and got up and left.  He was never inside any coffin nor ever got buried.  Also, because 100s of thousands of pilgrims were coming to Jerusalem for the Passover, the Romans had to rush his “crucifixion” and bring him down.  The soldiers were even denied food due to lack of time.

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): And we are trying our very best — and then some! — to accommodate and serve every single one.

When Light Came In (27 Mar 21): The load becomes our comfort. It keeps us from floating away into grief’s nothingness. We don’t know what to do with freedom. But this is not living.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 Mar 21): But Freedom and the Promised Land are not static elements that lie in wait. They are your own achievements which you may create at any moment, in any thing that you do, simply by breaking free from whoever you were the day before.

Osama Abdallah: The Bible’s metaphoric resurrections.

Prof. Mark Tranvik (25 Mar 21): Our reading from Psalm 31 foreshadows the loneliness of Jesus on the cross. He is scorned and rejected. The disciples abandon him. The religious and civil authorities condemn him. The soldiers taunt and torture him. Let’s not forget that we are there, too. We cast him aside and leave him utterly alone. Our sin ultimately kills him. But loneliness and death do not get the final word. God’s steadfast love does. Jesus is raised from the dead. In God’s crazy logic, the empty tomb is not a lonely place but a scene of triumph.

Chris Overstreet (28 Mar 21): Do You Need Strength? 

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 Apr 21): This is the moment in the Christian year when words fail us, when our platitudes turn to dust. What meager phrase is adequate to express what we see, what we feel, what we fear in this place: the first and only time in the history of creation when we face the prospect of being truly, utterly alone in the cosmos? What could we say that would ever be a sufficient offering, a word of consolation to our God as he hangs on the cross?[22]

Osama Abdallah: Indeed, Jesus Christ, the man, is only a Messenger from Allah Almighty, and he was never crucified. 

Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): There are many who have taken hits like this recently and it has left you confused and doubting God’s goodness. But like Joseph in days of old, it is your opportunity to relaunch in an even greater way. It’s about how you choose to walk through it.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): When Moses sought the bones of Joseph to carry them to Israel, as Joseph had made the Children of Israel promise to do, it was Serach who showed him where they had been sunken into the Nile. Which means that for all the days of Egyptian oppression, it was Serach who preserved a tradition of liberation. Just like grandma.

Martha Spong (20 Mar 21): He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” – Ezekiel 37:3 (NRSV)

Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): I quickly said yes! 

Prof. Mark Tranvik (25 Mar 21): We all struggle with loneliness. This has been evident during the pandemic, especially for many of our senior citizens. They often go days without meaningful human contact. The sense of isolation grows and they begin to feel life is without meaning or purpose. It has been heartening to see the way many families and congregations have found ways to reach out to those who are alone with meals, “safe” visits, and words of comfort.

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “‘Comfortable’ is the enemy to the strength that you need… so be careful! I am producing new strength as you expand into the future. I am digging deep in you because you have no idea of the field I’ve been working on in you. And yet, you are limiting Me with (your) vision. You are limiting Me with (your) ideas. You are limiting Me based upon your own knowledge. I’m digging deep because you’re going to dig deeper.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): All this leads into the meat and potatoes of the Haggadah: The wandering Aramean.

Scott McKnight (05 Oct 2020): The Israelites—generation upon generation—would regularly rehearse their history and recite the following words together to remember where they came from—especially once they find themselves prospering in a land abundance: “A wandering Aramean was my father” (Deut 26:5). Rachel Adelman speaks of the effect of this reminder:

“Schooled as “strangers in a land not their own” as descendants of the wandering Aramean, the way we tell our history serves as the basis for a higher ethic, as it says throughout the Torah: “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”. It is precisely the consciousness of being alien (with its concomitant sensitivity to the other) that ironically grants the right to dwell in the land. The short history we recite, again and again—upon recalling the Exodus at Passover and offering the first fruits—reminds us of this tenuous relationship to the land, a contingent gift from God. What raises us to “chosenness” and confers a claim to that gift is the mandate of compassion for the stranger in our midst, and remembering that we were once (and on an existential level, may always be), strangers in a strange land. We are called upon to link living in the land with compassion for and just behavior towards those “strangers” who dwell among us”.[23]

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (24 Mar 21): God is calling YOU. He needs you. He will strengthen you. He will uphold you with the right hand of His righteousness. He will provide for you. You are needed. There has never been a time in human history where our Father has so strongly needed His women.

Martha Spong (20 Mar 21): Back from the Dead

Chris Overstreet (28 Mar 21): Is there anything that you’re holding onto right now where you’re just saying, “I want to control this situation”? Whatever it may be, I want to encourage you to let go and let God be God in your life. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): “If only the Jewish People would keep two Shabbats [inner and outer] as they should be kept, immediately they would be redeemed.” (Shabbat 118a)

Brat: The Jews do keep the Sabbath.  It’s the servants and foreigners who are doing the work. (Ex 20:10)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): “Because they never paid us for working for them,” she explained. “And these are the things they gave us.” [24]

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “My people always hear My voice, and they are always in alignment with Me. But the enemy whispers in your ear and tells you to pick up your old chains and wear them like jewelry. You walk in My authority! Walk with Me now and pull off those chains. I will put them in the fire and they’ll never be picked up again.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): “And when Moses took us out from Egypt,” she continued, “he told us to ask the Egyptians for their silver and gold.”

Fr. Richard Rohr (21 Mar 21): The prophets are disrupters of the social consensus. What everybody is saying, whatever the glib agreement is, prophets say, “it’s not true.” They do this primarily by exposing and toppling what the Hebrew Scriptures called idols, things that are made absolute that are not absolute. The tendency of religion is to absolutize. I’m sure it comes from a deep psychological need for some solid ground to stand on, but the prophets remind us that God is the only absolute. And don’t try to make the institutions of God absolutes either! Jeremiah said, “The Temple, the Temple, the Temple, don’t you get tired of talking about the Temple?” (see Jeremiah 7:4) This was a good Jewish man who surely loved the Temple but recognized that it, too, had become an idol.

Matt Laney (19 Mar 21): It isn’t easy to be on holy ground. We instinctively know that holiness not only brings us face-to-face with God, it also brings us face-to-face with ourselves.

Psalm 31:11 I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.

Rosangela Atte (24 Mar 21): I have used this time of isolation, and trials to refine and purify my remnant and they have come out as pure as gold. Through this refining they have shed the old wine skin and have been set free from everything that hindered them and kept them bound to their old self. Never in the history of humanity there have been so many of my sons and daughters that are walking in the fullness of their destiny and identity in Me on the Earth at the same time. They have all been crying out to be used for My glory, to be carriers of My glory, to manifest My glory.[25]

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “Be watchful these next 10 days because I am coming to wobble your ox cart. When I wobble it, are you going to try to touch it with familiarity to upright something that I am pouring out? These next 10 days I will shake your ox cart, I will shake it, and I will shake it again. Then when you come into a realization that your order is not going into the fullness of the order that I have in store for you, pull aside and let Me reveal to you the new order. When I reveal the new order to you in your spirit and you rise up outside of your might, it will usher in My presence, not only in your life but in your neighborhood, church and office.

Matt Laney (19 Mar 21): Holy ground.

Prof. Mark Tranvik (24 Mar 21): I am a teacher and it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that my job is to tell people things they do not know. But I find my best days in the classroom are the ones where I not only teach but when I am being taught. This happens when students wrestle with an idea and this sparks new insights for the entire class, including me. Those are the times when real learning is taking place.

Brat: Personally speaking, I have to wait longer periods of time lately to get a balance of five-fold ministry voices to show up in my inbox.  Would it continue to be this difficult if I was welcomed into the fold?

Agnes Ebedi (24 Mar 21): I had a second encounter shortly after this to reinforce the word of the Lord about the victory being released. In this encounter, I had a vision of a massive lion. It troubled me in the moment because it did not have the peaceful and strong countenance of the Lion of Judah. As I watched, the lion was in fierce pursuit of a lady dressed in white. I instantly became aware that this lion was the enemy. 1 Peter 5:8 describes the enemy that prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. In this vision the lion looked winded, like he did not have a lot of strength left.

Osama Abdallah: Paul was certainly a product of the plenty of false liars that were roaming around

Sentenced

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Mar 21): So the Torah says: Take that animal of yours. Make it your korban to G-d.

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

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (23 Mar 21): He, too, must leave Egypt, and know of something higher.

Nate Johnston (23 Mar 21): “I didn’t give you dream after dream and sign after sign just to lead you to a dead-end and a closed door. I didn’t start this adventure of faith with no intention to finish it”

Isaiah 50:5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (23 Mar 21): Perhaps he is a good, observant Jew who does good deeds and never sins. But there is no sense of the spirit, of the meaning of life, of transcendence.

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): Spirit-filled believers have, for years, been preaching about the realities of the Holy Spirit and how we need to break free from religious spirits and traditional mindsets in order to embrace things of a higher realm. We have spent years trying to build faith for signs, wonders, and miracles in addition to championing dreams and visions about heavenly realities beyond our own.

Church of England (22 Mar 21): Yellow ribbons have been tied to hedges, trees and railings at the three churches in the benefice of Gloucester City and Hempsted as a sign of support and prayer for all who have been bereaved. A small socially-distanced service will be held in the churchyard of St Swithun’s in Hempsted tomorrow which will be livestreamed to the village Facebook page to mark the day. The churchyard hosts an outdoor ‘memorial cairn’ where more than 100 stones have been placed since All Souls Day in November to remember those who have died.

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): I am standing for KINGDOM AUTHORITY to MANIFEST in governmental structures.

Church of England (22 Mar 21): Rector of Gloucester City and Hempsted, Revd Canon Nikki Arthy, said; “The cairn has become an important focus for grief, reflection and prayer. People have been very creative in finding different ways to mourn during the pandemic, but nevertheless I think there is still a huge amount of unexplored grief. It is really important for the Church to work in partnership with other organisations to help people process this and move forward.”

Martha Spong (20 Mar 21): The preacher’s voice rang through the historic sanctuary, amplified not by a sound system but by the gift of colonial architectural acoustics and the power of his own breath. “Prophesy to these bones,” he cried, and the silent congregation held its breath in response.

Revelation 21:14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Osama Abdallah: The Servants are the Prophets of Israel.  But Jesus is “the Son” because he is the Messiah, the highest Jew and highest Jewish Prophet.  Jesus’ rule is only limited to his Mansion.  Jesus also said that this Mansion is ruled by twelve Thrones (also called them 12 Fruits).  Prophets are Servants, Jesus is the Son (Matthew 21:33-46).  Jesus is only the Lord of the Jews’ Mansion.

Revelation 22:No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (20 Mar 21): The hashtag “#Blessed,” used on social media, too often signifies material prosperity or so-called “humble bragging.” But Abraham and his descendants are blessed not for their own sake, but in order to be a blessing to the whole world. “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed,” says God to Abraham (Genesis 12:3).

Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.

Israel365 (22 Mar 21): Sincerity In Our Actions

Revelation 21:12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 

Lana Vawser (18 Mar 21): I began to see these pioneers in cities all across the world and they were building in obedience to the Lord and staying deep in the secret place and I began to see each of these ‘arks’ that were being built all across the world in different cities were being filled with His Glory.

Revelation 21:13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 

Lana Vawser (18 Mar 21): The Lord spoke “Cities FILLED with My Glory” and the sense surrounded me so strongly of the move of God breaking forth in cities through these pioneering assignments and divine innovations that were seeing His Glory manifesting in cities like never before. There were regional shifts taking place. I could hear the whisper of the Lord “Pay no attention to darkness, let it not take your focus, My Glory will explode brighter than ever. It’s time!”[26]

Osama Abdallah: He is more than a mere Jewish Rasul (Prophet) in this regard.  He is also heir of GOD on earth only.  That’s the limit of his sonship.  Otherwise, it is sun chips! 

Revelation 22:There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

Christy Johnston (23 Mar 21): They are moving to the sound of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who is roaring behind them. They have come to rebuild the ancient ruins, to repair the cities destroyed, to revive and redeem the devastations of many generations.[27]

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

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “When I usher in the new order and judgment rises up for many who would not let go of their order, let them stand in the judgment of barrenness. But you go on in with Me because I am calling the city to rejoice. When I call the new order, the city will rejoice in a way that it has not rejoiced in the last two years. Watch the next 10 days, watch the next 90 days, and then you will see a breaking that your heart has truly longed for.

Apostle Doctor Robin Harfouche (24 Mar 21): Move Apostolic Woman! Move sent one! Make the choice to be the woman God has need of. Hannah was barren. Hannah was fruitless. Hannah was in the House of the Lord and she prayed, as many as you have been doing. She travailed. And the Lord brought through her the Prophet Samuel. He anointed King David. What would have happened if she would have missed her intersection with destiny

Charisma: Now What? Growing Spiritually

Sophia Shenandoah-Collins (28 Mar 21): “The most important spiritual growth doesn’t happen when you’re meditating or on a yoga mat.  It happens in the midst of conflict – when you’re frustrated, angry, or scared and you’re doing the same old thing, and then you suddenly realize that you have a choice to do it differently…”

Chris Overstreet (28 Mar 21): You know, I believe that today is a day to make a choice. It’s the choice to be able to say yes to Jesus. We get to choose to say yes to Jesus every single day. But we’re not serving Jesus in our strength. We’re serving Jesus in His strength. How do we do that? We give up our control.

Felicia Murrell (2020): With transformation comes power. . . . What will we do with our power? What will we call forth? There at the threshold, we decide. Do I wield my power to force control, to shape the narrative and determine what will be and how it will be? Do I allow myself to be honest about humanity’s failings and the abuse of power, seeing the ways in which I too could become like that which I oppose? Can I acknowledge the monster side of my humanity: lament it, forgive it, and let it go, realizing that it may cycle around again? . . .

Chaplain Janelle Ibaven (19 Mar 21): Examine your heart and mind, and confess any instances where you have God on trial in your life.

Crucified

Prof. Mark Tranvik (25 Mar 21): Merciful Lord, you know how we struggle with loneliness. Fill us with the power of the crucified and risen Christ that we might comfort others who feel forgotten and alone. Amen.

Osama Abdallah: There is nothing GODly about him.  He is not our Creator.  With all of his glory and might, he still remains a mere abd (slave) of GOD as all sons of GOD were also called slaves of GOD.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 Apr 21): Forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you. 

Verse of the Day (Easter Sunday, 04 Apr 21): Ephesians 1:In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): Immediately I felt so foolish! Why wish for beautiful things to surround me on earth when the Lord has invited me to worship Him in a heavenly place of beauty and holiness? What is temporal beauty compared to eternal holiness?!  ​

Osama Abdallah: As Muslims, we must be very careful when we comment on the previous Scriptures, because there is always a possibility that there might be Divine Revelations parts in the verses that we might be objecting to.  I know that the many of the disbelievers constantly insult and mock Islam all the time, and even lie on their own Scriptures with their “End of Times Prophecies” lies, -where they hijacked even the Bible with their bigotry, hate and lies, – but still dear brothers and sisters in Islam, we must always be very careful when we deal with previous Scriptures, because as Muslims we do believe that they do contain remnants of Divine Revelations in them.  May Allah Almighty forgive me, and forgive all sincere Muslims, for any and all mistakes and errors that we may have fell into.  Ameen.

Lana Vawser (24 Mar 21): Immediately I was surrounded by the heart of the Lord for these weary pioneers that not only were these new pioneering pathways the Lord was leading them down being wells of encounter with Him and wells of His Spirit to spring up that many would drink from and be refreshed and filled but AS the Pioneers built with the Lord in these new pioneering pathways, they would be REFRESHED by His Spirit in the building and pioneering with Him. [28]

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

John Edgerton (21 Mar 21): This isn’t so much a devotion as a confession. I’m going to do better. Will you join me?

Matthew 20:22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

The Rev. Jazzy Bostock: What I see in myself, as I grapple with the question, is my own flip-flopping. My emotional state controls much of how I see the world. And my emotional state is sometimes swayed by something as simple as a cup of coffee, or a well-placed snack. There’s something about Jesus, in comparison, which feels solid; certain; sure. And how did he get that way?

Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): In weaker moments, I secretly wished that I had a dedicated prayer room, an office, or a truly quiet place with a closed door; a “sanctuary” reserved for times of prayer and prophetic counsel. I blissfully remembered beautiful prayer rooms I visited at conferences and in churches around the world. There was simply no space in our current home to do so! [29]

Brat: My prayer all along for the last thirteen years has been for a closet or hermitage or “sanctuary” where I could pray and anchor.  On some level, are we not all slaves in the quest for sanctuary?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Really? We are slaves? We are not in Israel?

Osama Abdallah: Jesus said Prophets are Servants, Jesus is the Son.  But the Old Testament thoroughly calls Jesus the slave of GOD and who also fears GOD.  Yes indeed, the Islamic Isa (eesa) is the Messiah.  This is his special sonship.  He is also the Lord of his Mansion, which has twelve thrones or fruits. 

Isaiah 50:7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

Brat (20 Mar 21 in “Covenant Partner”): I think I would like to join monastery life VERY, VERY much!  God, if this is also what You want, open the doors!!  I want Your perfect will for my life.  Forgive my lack of confidence in this moment.  Sometimes I feel like I’m in an electronic jail.  I’m afraid I want the monastery too much.  Just because my heart aches with longing for this doesn’t mean it’s necessarily perfect for me.  But the monastery fits the image that came with the beginning of my calling! 

What if this is just more drama and cosmic teasing? 

Nate Johnston (23 Mar 21): I heard the Lord say: “I haven’t led you this way to tease you. I didn’t move you from the familiar path to the pioneer road to disappoint you, or give you false hope”

Rosangela Atte (24 Mar 21): Synchronicities are basically coincidences that are so incredible that leave you stunned! We have all experienced them. Like seeing the same numbers over and over, things happening at the perfect time, meeting someone you were just thinking about, or receiving a phone call from someone you dreamt the night before.

Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): “You asked Me for an encounter,” He reminded me.

Osama Abdallah: Jesus said he had no Divine Will.  Jesus had to seek permission from GOD before performing any Miracle.

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): Should we be surprised that God would begin doing things outside of natural possibilities? If all that we have prophesied about this supernatural outpouring of the Spirit is actually going to happen, shouldn’t we expect our human understanding to be inferior and the natural realm to seem limited?

Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): He ignited my faith through an image I already held in my mind. I often like to light a candle when I pray or study at night, and I had just been thinking to myself that there would certainly be scented candles and soft lighting in any prayer room I created!

Church of England (22 Mar 21): Bells to toll and thousands of candles to be lit for National Day of Reflection

Fr. Richard Rohr: Our theme this year is A Time of Unveiling. We live in a period of great uncertainty and disorder. Even so, it is a time of great opportunity—to awaken to deeper transformation, love, and hope. Amid the widespread need for healing, reality offers us an invitation to depth, to discover what is lasting and what matters.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): In other words, even though “seder” means “order”—and each step of the Seder follows the other in meaningful, logical steps—it’s an order of disorder.

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “I am sending you into some rough territory and rough terrain, for I have lost sheep that I am hunting. You’ve grown comfortable in trying to harness and shepherd the boundaries that I have, but I am hunting for lost sheep. So develop a new cry within you, because you have no idea of the wolves that are on the path. The cry that I put in you will disperse the wolves that have surrounded those that I am intending to bring in. Get ready! You are headed into new terrain!

From brother Shaad: The Logos and Jesus are differentiated in Revelation…..[30]

Revelation 20:4 King James Version (KJV)

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the ; witness of Jesus, and for the word of God…

Revelation 1:2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the

Osama Abdallah: Jazaka Allah Khayr, dear brother Shaad.  I took the liberty to add the emphasis to your text, akhi.  Indeed, the Word of GOD Almighty ENCOMPASSES Jesuss, because he was made/created from it; exactly as Islam declares.

Revelation 12:11 They triumphed over him
    by the blood of the Lamb
    and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
    as to shrink from death.

Osama Abdallah: Paul thoroughly exposed as a liar and charlatan.  Exposed from his own books.

Brat: Poor Paul; he couldn’t rest in life or in death even though he poured out his life for Jesus and His mission.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Mar 21): How does a warm-blooded creature built of meat and bones get close to G-d?

Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): While many people see the throne room as a place of governance, rule, kingship and unapproachable holiness, to the Father the throne room is His prayer room. This is the place where Christ intercedes, saints and angels gather, petitions are made, and decrees are expedited. (See Revelation 4 & 5.)

Amy Sutherland (24 Mar 21): The blood of Jesus closes the case in the courts! The enemy uses his index “pointer” finger to accuse the body, Jesus uses his index finger to authenticate truth over your heart and prophetically point you to the legitimacy of your identity. The enemy lies to intimidate with ‘all that you are not’, while Jesus speaks truth into all that you are.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 Apr 21): Lord Jesus, I love you. Not perfectly. Not as consistently as I might hope to. But I love you. I love you for challenging me to be better; for believing in us, in our potential, these wayward children that you have fashioned out of the dust of the earth. I love you for your tenacity and your gentleness; your courage and your peace. I love you because you have taught me how to be myself, the way you created and intended for me to be. I love you because you were yourself, purely and utterly yourself. And as your life slips away on this day, know that I will carry you with me now, for all the days to come, until death is but a memory, until I see your face again. But for now, Lord Jesus, just know that I love you. And it’s ok to go, if you must. I know you must. 

Philippians 2:8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.

Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): The Lord did not condemn me for my small-mindedness. Instead He asked me if I’d like Him to “show me around” His “prayer room.” 

The Rev. Jazzy Bostock: Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, then, might not be about whether we can become Jesus—that is, not about whether we can change our core personalities—rather, it might be about how we pattern and regulate our lives; what we allow to guide and shape us. For Jesus, prayer was the guiding force of his life. Prayer surrounded and infused all he did. In his last moments of life, he prayed from the cross, for himself and others.

Matthew 20:23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from My cup, but to sit at My right or left is not for Me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

When Light Came In (27 Mar 21): It takes time. But maybe today, we can try setting down one thing — one memory, one resentment, one not-enough, one fear — and see what’s possible.

Lana Vawser (18 Mar 21): “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1-2)

When Light Came In (22 Mar 21): And when they sprout, we’ll squeal with joy and delight. Because the dark cannot win. It is just the soil in which the seeds of our love and life sprout.

Osama Abdallah: One last important point:  Nowhere in the Bible is Jesus ever called “from the Seed of GOD” or “the Seed of GOD”.  We do have “Jesus is from the seed of David” (Psalm 132:10-11, Romans 1:3).  But never from GOD!

Luke 1:35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

Osama Abdallah: Is the metaphoric Son of GOD title supported in the Glorious Quran?  Yes.  Here are several Noble Verses that do support it.  Was even used for both followers of satan and GOD.

Chuck D. Pierce (24 Mar 21): Overcoming Obstacles Like David, Son of Judah!

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 Apr 21): What can we say, now that we have arrived here? 

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): And who says we ate matzah in Egypt? Isn’t this the bread we ate when we were leaving Egypt?

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “Do not keep looking back at that field that once produced, but jump into the field that is ahead and watch this field be cultivated. Many of you have fear that you will not have the strength to plow that new field. The fear is making you confused over how I can infuse you. Let go of the fear of the new! In that new field you will find the treasures that you’re looking for.

Lana Vawser (18 Mar 21): “These new pioneering assignments are nets for the harvest. These ‘never done before’ assignments will see multitudes come to Me. The fish will jump into the boat. My love, My presence, and My good news will draw them. You will be amazed at the harvest that will come in. Get ready, get ready, get ready to see a mighty harvest.”

When Light Came In (22 Mar 21): The seeds we sow as we heal will bring beautiful harvests.  Trust this.

John 12:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

Chabad.org (18 Mar 21): By the Grace of G‑d

Death

Osama Abdallah: So, is Islam the anti-Christ system according to 1john 2:22?  No it isn’t

1 John 2:22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son.

Martha Spong (20 Mar 21): I spent some time lamenting on my couch, hoping vaguely that God would make it better as if by magic. Yet the text tells us there is more to it. Restoration is a combined effort. Prophesy to the bones, says God, and the prophet responds. One day I realized I was not alone. God would bring me back from what felt like the grave, and I would live. The work begins when we speak to each other, and to ourselves.

Psalm 31:12 I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Mar 21): They translate it as “sacrifice” or “offering,” but the Hebrew word korban means none of these. Korban means to get close to G-d.

Fr. Richard Rohr (24 Mar 21): I know not everyone appreciates or even understands poetry. I will admit it needs to be wrestled with sometimes, but I hope poetry can help us learn to appreciate the creative envisioning the prophets undertake through their relationship with God.

Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): Suddenly, the Lord opened up a vision to me. I saw the Father reach beside Him to a place on the right of His throne. He took in His hand what looked at first like an ancient oil candle. On closer inspection, however, I saw that it was actually a clay pot or bowl filled with incense. The prayers of His saints!

The Rev. Jazzy Bostock: Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. And let it be molded by prayer.

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “Many of you have chosen to like vanilla, and many of you have chosen to love chocolate. But I am sending a fire to melt them together, and then I’m adding My own flavors that you know not of. I am a creative God, filled with flavor and creativity. Your choice will be to taste and see the new taste that I am producing.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Mar 21): No aroma is more pleasing to G-d than such a korban, than a human beast roasted and spiced with the divine. With such a korban, all creatures of this world, as well as all the heavenly worlds rise yet higher, and as they rise, a burst of divine light is released into your world.

Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): The Father spoke and said that He, too, loves the “sweet scent” of the prayers of His people, and He held the bowl of incense before Him, savoring it. The delicate sentiment of His heart made me weep: I had never seen such a tenderness on His part concerning our prayers. 

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “Many think My presence is sweet and angelic, but My presence can blast through mountains. My presence can uncover minefields. This is the day of knowing My presence, so your gift that you are nurturing can explode into what I intend it to be.

Journal (in “Covenant Partner” 15 Mar 21): Night before last I laid my head down on my pillow and immediately I felt a holy warmth in my solar plexus.  God was saying, “Hello!” The warmth spread within my torso area and my mouth tasted like warm milk with honey in it.  It felt so loving and nurturing.  I felt safe and cared for.  I felt my muscles relax into God’s embrace. Then I heard God say, “Milk and honey.”  I have never understood the phrase “The Land of Milk and Honey” until that divine encounter.  It was a foretaste of what’s to come.  I cannot imagine it, but now I’ve had an experience of what it could be like from my guts and not my head.  In my natural world, I am lactose intolerant, so my natural instinct would never be to drink milk with honey in it.  I would double over in terrible pain.  This encounter was totally a God thing.  What I appreciated, too, was that there was no tinge of HOPE attached to it, so there can be no disappointment.  There was no “waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): The majority of spiritually hungry believers have been predicting a soon-and-coming spiritual outpouring that will cover the entire earth. This Great Awakening and move of the Spirit has been preached for decades. If this is still true, isn’t it conceivable that God would begin to give us a taste of this before the entire world actually experienced it?

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “Some of you are being pressed greatly, but don’t get weary in the pressing. Stop along your pressing journey and taste the wine that’s being pressed out of you. You have no idea of the sweetness that’s coming out of you. Honey will eventually come out of you. Stop along the journey and taste and see that I am good. I want you to press through until I expand you into a place you’ve never been before.

Fr. Richard Rohr (21 Mar 21): Prophetic Imagination

Rosangela Atte (24 Mar 21): The synchronicity between Heaven and Earth is creating a synergy between Heaven and Earth that has never been seen or experienced before.

Wanda Alger (31 Mar 21): I truly believe that heaven has all the proof needed to render just decisions on the earth. We simply need to stand in agreement with the courts of heaven and declare God’s righteous reign upon the earth (see Luke 18:7-8).

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): Anyone who is hungry, come and eat! Anyone who needs to make a Passover meal, come do it with us!

Jeremiah 31:34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Agnes Ebedi (24 Mar 21): The Opposition Has Been Overturned!

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (in “Covenant Partner” 15 Mar 21): We Christians believe that this new covenant—the new relationship established by God with all of humanity—is sealed at a Passover supper we will remember and celebrate in a few short weeks [nay, even today! -Kh 3/28/21]: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:25).

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): That’s why we come to the Seder. To finish off where the Exodus left off. To participate in our own liberation.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 Apr 21): And then, it is finished.

Jeremiah 31:33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Burial

Lana Vawser (24 Mar 21): “My beauty outweighing the battle, My beauty outweighing the battle” over and over again would these words resound in the atmosphere. The Lord was bringing these weary pioneers into a place of such deep encounter with Him that the beauty of who Jesus is and the beauty of His Majesty and holiness was outweighing the effects of the battle and bringing deep, deep, deep refreshing. They were finding a well of intimacy with Jesus in the beauty of His nature that was outweighing the weariness of the battle.

When Light Came In (27 Mar 21): It will take practice. Perhaps we set down one thing, get used to the shift in sensation. Then maybe a few other things. Learn to move that bit of us in freedom. It takes time to trust that who we are without our pain and stress is truly possible. That we can find our gait without the weight of loss.

Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): “This week, I’m going to take you by eminent domain. Because I live within you, you will take your sphere of influence by eminent domain. Greater am I in you than you are in you. Therefore, I am calling you to yield yourself this week. Yield yourself and take all that I point out in front of you.”[31]

Brat to Chuck D. Pierce (24 Mar 21 at 12:16 pm): Take our sphere by eminent domain into the honey sweetness

Verse of the Day (28 Mar 21): 1 Timothy 2:For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

Osama Abdallah: And we definitely believe that Isa (Jesus) is the Messiah.

Felicia Murrell (2020): In liminal space, I discover a formlessness that blurs the intersection of diversity and unity. The ambitious cry of, “’til all are one!” somehow morphs in liminal space and I realize we all are already one.

Rev. Phil Hooper (02 Apr 21): But is enough. It is, perhaps, all he ever wanted us to say.

Luke 22:19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Empty Tomb

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): The Baal Shem Tov taught: In remembrance lies the secret of redemption. This Passover, tell the story, drink wine, eat matzah, and preserve the disruption. We will all be redeemed.

Josef Aalbue (02 Apr 21): We all want to be remembered—to matter in this life to those we love and serve.

Isaiah 50:9a It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

**


[1] C.S. Lewis (1946 in The Great Divorce): The Great Divorce. Copyright © 1946, C. S Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed 1973 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

[2] Chris Overstreet (28 Mar 21): Do you need a fresh start? – Compassion to Action

[3] Amy Sutherland (24 Mar 21): http://ablazeglobalproductions.com/2021/03/24/a-worthy-heart/

[4] Osama Abdallah: “Son of GOD” conflict in the Bible and Quran. (answering-christianity.com)

[5] Wanda Alger (22 Mar 21): https://wandaalger.me/2021/03/22/are-we-people-of-the-spirit-or-not/

[6] Fr. Richard Rohr (24 Mar 21): [1] Abraham J. Heschel, The Prophets (Harper & Row: 1962), 367–368.

[7] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (23 Mar 21): Inquisitively Challenged – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[8] Richard Rohr (28 Mar 21): [1] Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918–1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, I–II, trans. Thomas P. Whitney (Harper & Row: 1974), 168.

Adapted from Richard Rohr, CONSPIRE 2016: Everything Belongs, sessions 2 and 3 (Center for Action and Contemplation: 2016)

[9] Karen Hardin (23 Mar 21): The Path of Blessing After an Injustice – Karen Hardin

[10] Osama Abdallah: Jesus, Egypt, Jews prohibited to ever go to Egypt, and yet, Jesus went to Egypt! (answering-christianity.com)

[11] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (19 Mar 21): Getting Close – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[12] Osama Abdallah: “Son of GOD” conflict in the Bible and Quran. (answering-christianity.com)

[13] Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25226)

[14] Felicia Murrell (2020): Felicia Murrell, “Transition,” “Liminal Space,” Oneing, vol. 8, no. 1 (CAC Publishing: 2020), 31–32.

[15] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (21 Mar 21): The Inside Story on Passover – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[16] Rick Joyner (23 Mar 21): The Weapon of Love | MorningStar Ministries

[17] Pastor Julie Morris (28 Mar 21): [https://youtu.be/8SuG3CiVoX0] (Sermon on the centurion’s experience begins in the video at 22:12 minutes)

[18] Osama Abdallah: Jesus, Egypt, Jews prohibited to ever go to Egypt, and yet, Jesus went to Egypt! (answering-christianity.com)

[19] Wanda Alger (31 Mar 21): https://wandaalger.me/2021/03/31/prophesy-to-the-delay/

[20] The Rev. Jazzy Bostock: Palm Sunday(B): The Mind of Christ – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[21] Fr. Richard Rohr (21 Mar 21): On the Edge of the Inside — Center for Action and Contemplation (cac.org)

[22] Rev. Phil Hooper (02 Apr 21): http://byanotherroad.com/2021/04/02/parting-words-a-sermon-for-good-friday/

[23] Scott McKnight (05 Oct 2020): A Wandering Aramaean Was Our Father | Jesus Creed | A Blog by Scot McKnight (christianitytoday.com)

[24] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (24 Mar 21): The Passover Seder Is a Disruptive Ritual – On the magnificence and agonizing beauty of the Jewish heritage of freedom – Passover (chabad.org)

[25] Rosangela Atte (24 Mar 21): Synchronicity And Synergy Between Heaven And Earth – A Word by Rosangela Atte – Spirit Fuel

[26] Lana Vawser (18 Mar 21): I HEARD THE LORD SAY “PIONEERS – FROM SUDDEN DELIVERANCE TO COMMISSION” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[27] Christy Johnston (23 Mar 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25218)

[28] Lana Vawser (24 Mar 21): I HEARD THE LORD SPEAKING OVER THE PIONEERS – “THE GREATEST REFRESHMENT YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED BY MY SPIRIT WILL BE FOUND ON THE NEW PIONEERING PATHWAY I AM LEADING YOU INTO” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[29] Deborah Perkins (22 Mar 21): A LOVE LETTER TO INTERCESSORS (hisinscriptions.com)

[30] From www.answering-christianity.com/blog/index.php/topic,2884.msg13839.html#msg13839:

[31] Chuck D. Pierce (21 Mar 21): (Prophetic words spoken by Chuck D. Pierce, LeAnn Squier, Mark Waldrep, Keith Pierce, Suzanne Harrington.)

Covenant Partner 15 Mar 21

23 Mar

Working Dates for the past nine days: Monday, March 15, 2021 to Tuesday, March 23, 2021

[22 pages of reflection anchored in the lectionary readings from Jeremiah 31:31-34 for 5 Lent 21 Mar 21]

Jeremiah 31:29 “In those days people will no longer say,

‘The parents have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: He is bringing finality because it’s time for final chapter of the old land to close off. This is a time of transition into the new land. Just as new wine cannot be put into an old wineskin, the new wine that’s about to pour out requires a new wineskin.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (15 Mar 21): God makes four covenants in the Old Testament with human beings: with Noah (Genesis 9); with Abraham (Genesis 12, 15, 17); with Israel at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19–20); and with David (2 Samuel 7). But here in Jeremiah 31, God speaks of making a “new covenant” with Israel—but not the older covenants such as at Mt. Sinai, which the Israelites broke. This new covenant will be written on hearts instead of on stone tablets. Stone tablets gather dust and moss. Hearts are living organs, and what is written on the heart gives life to the whole body. And this time God will do it all — “I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.”

Psalm 23:    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): Who are you? What has God placed in you that you have yet to discover? Ask him today to show you your potential, and see what amazing things will happen when you do. [1]

Daniel & Rachel Emerson (15 Mar 21): Hello Anchoress

LinkedIn (13 Mar 21): You appeared in 7 searches this week

Kenneth L. Samuel (12 Mar 21): Maybe it’s time that we all recognize the inadequacy of our own self sufficiency and lie down in the green pastures of God’s Blessed Assurance.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (14 Mar 21): The 40 days of Lent allow us to reflect on our own temptations. These can be any attitude, endeavor, object, or person that seeks to gain our ultimate allegiance and motivate our actions instead of God. On our own we cannot say “no” to these idols that deprive us of life. So, the hymn exhorts us to turn to Christ alone. His perfect love and faithfulness strengthen us in trials and nourish us in the deserts of life.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): “The Exodus was incomplete.  We were grabbed and lifted out of there.  Which means we really never left.”[2]

Nate Johnston: Right now God is breaking you out of the cycles in this season. You weren’t created to go AROUND the mountain but UP the mountain.

John 12:29 The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

RevelationMedia (16 Mar 21): Christian learned four spiritual lessons from the Interpreter that expound upon this truth: God will give us knowledge, understanding, and guidance, but we must learn how to discern what is from Him, and what is not.

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21): You fill the earth—from tiny grains of wheat to the mighty thunder—with your presence, and you call us to attend to your will for all creation. Grant weather that prepares the soil for seeds; protect all from violent storms, flooding, and wildfires, and watch over those who work in the fields, providing food for us. On this World Water Day, help us to work for clean water for everyone and to use this precious resource wisely. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

John 12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

Brat: Doesn’t that sound like coming up out of a collective baptism?

For King and Country: “Amen” [https://youtu.be/jThYchneZvw]

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): When we eventually witness the finale to this global drama we’ve been enduring, I believe EVERYONE is going to be shocked and unnerved by the surprise ending. When the revelations break and the truth is told, EVERY individual is going to be humbled and in awe. We are going to realize that each of us has only seen IN PART. The supernatural realities of the Kingdom will be revealed as never before. That which God Himself has been orchestrating from generations past, will cause every knee to bow and acknowledge that He alone has the authority and final call over the affairs of men and the plots of demons.[3]

Nate Johnston: Shake off the lies that you will never move another step and laugh at the failed plans of the enemy!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): She cried out to him, “Woe, what has become of me? I look like the Angel of Death himself! Would you still marry such an ugly person?”

Jeremiah 31:22 How long will you wander,
    unfaithful Daughter Israel?
The Lord will create a new thing on earth—
    the woman will return to the man.”

Brat: If Jesus is the groom and the people are the Bride, and the Christians came back to her Hebrew roots and blessed the Jews, then hasn’t this new thing already happened?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Why Jews, for Millennia, Defined Their Existence by the Egyptian Exodus

Jeremiah 31:32 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt–a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): “If only the Jewish People would keep two Shabbats [inner and outer] as they should be kept, immediately they would be redeemed.” (Shabbat 118a)

Brat: The Jews do keep the Sabbath.  It’s the servants and foreigners who are doing the work. (Ex 20:10)

Revelation 3:I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.

Donna Schaper (16 Mar 21): Simultaneously, I don’t really know what God is giving up for this Lenten season, but I know it is not me. That’s why it was so great to be delivered from these big kinds of thoughts for a small one on the subway.

Nate Johnston: You have felt like a train running at full speed around the same track over and over getting nowhere.

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): You get the idea. We can get into this other rut of distraction to *prove to ourselves* we’re not who they said we are. We solve the internal pain with external effort, while the wounds dig deeper grooves in the road.

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): If you have:

felt spiritually stagnant;

life feels like it’s passing you by when it comes to your spiritual destiny;

feel stuck in your career, relationships, calling, finances, or goals;

struggling with behavioral cycles that are keeping you stuck instead of moving you forward

Rev. Sean A. Ekberg: Jesus talks about this giving up every year during Lent. He reminds us that, “To love one’s life is to lose it, and those that hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Well, JC, I get where you’re coming from but c’mon man…we’ve been giving up so much in the last year that there isn’t much left of us. How then can we preach to congregations concerning ‘giving up’ when we don’t feel like we have much left in our lives?[4]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): Rather, for G‑d to be at home, a temple must be built from the stuff of a world in which G‑d is so hidden that it doesn’t even appear to be a creation.

Brat (19 Mar 21): Ya’know, I was thinking…since the Tower of Babel was abandoned because they couldn’t talk to each other in their common language any more (Genesis 11:9), then couldn’t God be redeeming His temple by these roundtable discussions?  He is so hidden in these dialogues that they don’t even appear to be a creation — to the point where they are taken for granted!

Daniel & Rachel Emerson (15 Mar 21): Congratulations! We got you plugged in!

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): But in real life … not so much.

Brat (15 Mar 21): WTF?? What did I do now?  What button did I push to get myself into THIS mess?

Donna Schaper (16 Mar 21): Deliver us, O God, from philosophical problems we cannot solve and send us some sweet ones we can really enjoy. Amen.

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): It takes a lot to see potential sometimes. It definitely requires imagination. But when people’s lives are so messed up that they can’t see out of their situations, we need to be the ones who can see past their circumstances for them. But before we can do that for others, we need to be able to do it for ourselves.

Deborah Perkins (16 Mar 21): “I am bringing forth My MILITANT WOMEN! I am pulling out of obscurity women who have been hidden for such a time as this. I’m building an UNUSUAL army of WORSHIPING WARRIORS who have fended off such mighty attacks at home that they are UNAFRAID of what’s on the battlefield! The “messes” have prepared them for the masses; the “housework” for the workings of the Household of Faith.[5] 

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): However long it takes, O God, make me new.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Leadership is Synonymous with Sin

Nate Johnston: You have been like a bird in a cage feeling helpless and hopeless, unable to move in any direction.

RevelationMedia (16 Mar 21): Without hope you are in a cage of your own making. The man was old and had lived a lifetime with no hope. The key was in the door, but the man would not use it. He couldn’t see his way of escape, and he had remained in the cage because he focused on his feelings and not the hope that was available to him.

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): The opposite can also happen. We don’t like despair, so we jump into “living.” We sign up for volunteering, take on big projects at work, become the room mom for our kids’ entire school, run for senate, invent a cure for cancer…

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): You need to be a partner in your own Exodus.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (16 Mar 21): In this, at least, David is a model for us. During this Lenten season, may we be quick to confess the sin that weighs us down so that we might walk in the way of the cross with unburdened hearts.

Nate Johnston: There has been a specific assignment raging against you in the past 2 years – to keep you in limbo, in waiting, treading water but never getting anywhere. To keep you fighting, warring, barely surviving and leaving you constantly depleted and exhausted.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): Every day since, we’ve been running from slavery in Egypt.

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): There are times we may look at someone and think they’re crazy, or see a situation and see no solution. We think to ourselves, “There is no possible way to make this happen,” or, “She is definitely out of her mind!” This is human. But to look past the circumstance or reality and see God’s potential, this is supernatural.

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: For those of you who have said yes to God, He is bringing a finality to many things in your life right now. Things are not what they seem to your natural eyes. Ask God to give you His perspective of yourself and every situation and circumstance. What does Heaven say about you and your circumstances right now? Be bold to ask this and then partner with Heaven on what you hear back.

Prism Ministries (11 Mar 21): Tell God today what you’re going to do. Write it down. Take a step of faith. Trust God. You’ll see amazing things happen when you do!

Matt Laney (11 Mar 21): Dear God, who was lost but will be found again and again, may I never stop looking for you.

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.’

Brat: Jesus, that’s what You did in the wilderness.

Brother Dennis Gibbs, CDL (21 Feb 2021): TEMPTED BY GOD

Led into the wilderness

I am,

like Jesus

tempted

in the desert

of my own life

by so many illusions,

seduced with things

that separate me.

I hold fast

The best I can

to you, O God,

yet sometimes

I tremble.

In this desert of my life

there is only one temptation

that need win my soul

that of your truth,

and your love.[6]

Psalm 51:4 Against You, You alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and blameless when You pass judgment.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (16 Mar 21): This psalm is traditionally attributed to David, when the prophet Nathan confronts his sinful behavior (2 Samuel 12). “Have mercy on me, O God!” cries David, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”

Brat: My inbox is absolutely inundated.  I can’t get rid of them!  They keep coming back like an infestation!

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): The Haggadah itself admits: The liberation from Egypt remains incomplete.

Staples (17 Mar 21): Virtually manage all your mail.

Brat: That’s not the point!!

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.

Henri J.M. Nouwen: “There are two extremes to avoid: being extremely absorbed in your own pain and being distracted by so many things that you stay far away from the wound you want to heal.”

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): Ever been riding a bike that gets stuck in a groove in the path? That’s what both the options in this quote are like.

Nate Johnston: Its purpose has been to prevent you from finding your promised land, your promised people, and the fulfillment of what God spoke over you.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The answer is as we have learned. When a person prays and praises his Master and rejoices in his learning Torah and sings his learning out loud in a melodious way, that is the gladness and singing referred to in our text.

When Light Came In (14 Mar 21): I still do this sometimes when I get a text. I’ll even write a few different versions of what I want to say, and try out the tones of voice and think of how those may come across. Then I’ll either wait to respond until I’m feeling stronger, or I’ll tell myself: we all still feel a bit like middle schoolers in grown up bodies sometimes, even the “normal” people with “normal” lives.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (17 Mar 21): Let me know by text what you would prefer.

Prism Ministries (11 Mar 21): If God asked you to a party, would you come? I mean, really… would you? I’m sure you’re saying yes, because that would be the best party ever! But if God asked you to do something, would you do it? Sometimes we feel the gentle nudging of his hand or the slight conviction as we know we’re called to more. But yet we just settle for mediocrity and explain ourselves with excuses.[7]

Jeremiah 31:30 Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter (16 Mar 21): Kathryn, please feed their hunger

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): We’ve noticed many of you have become hungry for more in the prophetic. Recently we talked about PROPHETIC MENTORSHIP that was coming for anyone who wanted to talk with us 1-on-1 concerning their purpose, gifts and function in the world as a believer.

Donna Schaper (16 Mar 21): I want my intimates to remember my birthday. I’m not sure I want God to remember my birthday. God has so much else to do, as I see it. Rainbows. Dawn. Dusk. Thunderstorms. Feeding me and my kids and my friends and the kids and friends of people I don’t know and never will. Accuse me of being one of those Christians who believes God wound the clock and did so with miracles embedded and then stepped away. Think of me as a believer in evolution.

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): If you are not YET a covenant partner that needs/wants to sign up please …

Brat: I marked it as spam and threw it in the trash.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): Because the only way to attain real freedom is to take some responsibility for your own life, with conviction, purpose and meaning.

Nate Johnston: The war has been on your pen, your song, and your creativity.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): Friends, if you are one of these ones that have found yourself in this deep place of discouragement and battle over the commissioning of the Lord in these new assignments and have come to a place of feeling so empty and even doubt over the assignment, I speak to you today, the Lord is re-commissioning you afresh. Position yourself afresh in the secret place with the Lord for this refresh commissioning. The Lord is not only breaking off this attack, He is not only clarifying the vision and the assignment again, He is adding increase to the vision and commission.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): It must be built by creatures who belong in such a world, who struggle with egos that convince them that they themselves are their own creator.

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21): You promise to write your law on our hearts. Guide citizens throughout the world to shape communities that reflect your mercy, justice, and peace, and give them creativity to work for the welfare of all. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Me to Dr. Luisa Johnson (17 Mar 21): I understand you do creative arts.  I write blog conversations based on the weekly lectionary readings built from common threads coming into my inbox.  I listen to where the Holy Spirit is leading us collectively and show it through the conversations.

Dr. Luisa Johnson (22 Mar 21): They’re DEEP!

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): We are worth the time it takes to heal.

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): This will be a collective cleansing and humbling in order to form a more perfect union under the Lordship of Christ. The sovereign right of the Champion of Hosts will overshadow every other claim to ownership. HIS is the only true authority that has the power to change the affairs of men and overcome every scheme of hell.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): And it must be built by means that belong to such a world alone—through a struggle with the sinister darkness, with the lust and the evil within the hearts of those builders, to tame that beast and tie it down again and again.

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): You’ve been granted access to ‘Destroying the Act of Lust & Pornography Offer’

Rabbi YY Jacobson: When Is Sacrifice Foolish? When Is It Noble?

When Light Came In (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): Asking the right — or most helpful — questions is how we get to the core of “how did this happen?” and “how do we prevent it from happening again?”

Journal (10 Mar 21): A spirit of Entitlement ravaged the Church (which ironically had the gift of hospitality!) and turned what was beautiful into a raped pole dancer.

When Light Came In (08 Mar 21): It’s the things they assumed about their own value, power, position, ability to control the world that led to their behaviors.

Brat (21 Mar 21): Vicar Amanda Berg was talking this morning about how Jesus showed us the power of love over the love of power.

Prism Ministries (11 Mar 21): But, do you know what? God has not called us to live behind excuses. He has called us to be great men and women of God who accomplish great things. He does not call us to live in the molds of the past – He destines us for something new.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (16 Mar 21): David knows better. Unconfessed sin is heavy, too heavy to bear. So David makes no excuses for his behavior, but relies on God’s abundant mercy to take his broken heart (verse 17) and create a new heart within him (verse 10).

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): Why didn’t He create a temple for Himself at the very beginning? After all, He designed endless worlds of beings ever-cognizant of him.

Nate Johnston: Its purpose has been to stop you from birthing what you have been stewarding in secret for many many years and has been ripe.

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21): The process that you have been in has not only been making room for the new things but has so been preparing you to be able to steward well what you are called to. It has been intense for many of you. Hang in there! Nothing you have gone through was in vain! You are about to see the fruits of your labor! (Read Psalm 1)

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): We are more than our wounds.

Jeremiah 31:16 This is what the Lord says:

“Restrain your voice from weeping
    and your eyes from tears,
for your work will be rewarded,”
declares the Lord.
    “They will return from the land of the enemy.

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): If you are ALREADY a covenant partner who sows into our ministry of $50 or more I want you schedule a time with us here:

Rabbi YY Jacobson: How Can People Be So Callous in the Face of a Pandemic?

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): Just who are the arbiters who create these ever-expanding blacklists? It’s not the clergy, theologians, or ethicists. We are being reprimanded and our children brainwashed by self-righteous schoolmarms, social media mobs and millions of anonymous Twitter trolls, all with mischief and malice in their hearts and too much time on their hands.

Brat: [Slow exhale…] 

Was that a hissssss…?

Put the snake on a pole?

I was a schoolmarm for nine years; I post a social media blog; my friend Cynthia just shared encouragement from Instagram that may have come from an anonymous Twitter troll to her friend before she shared with me (but I doubt it), and millions of us on unemployment have too much time on our hands, but some of us are finding constructive ways to use it (though it profits us nothing.)

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): WE DON’T GET GOOD COUNSEL

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The joy was represented by the Priest who is always far from strict judgement [because he is rooted in kindness (chesed) the opposite of din]. A Priest should always show himself with a shining face – happier than all the rest of the people – because his crown [literally “ keter“, of priesthood] enables him to.

Hebrews 5:5 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): True conversion, profound change that starts on the inside and is manifested on the outside, takes time. Repentance, like any U-turn, requires a significant slowdown before the change of direction. New life comes in fits and starts, and only after a gestation period.

Brother Dennis Gibbs (08 Feb 21): Each day since has been a surrender to God’s will in my life. There have been starts and stops. Sometimes my ego pokes its head in the door, just to see if I want to go on a little trip. Then I remember what a beloved friend and mentor who died with fifty-two years in recovery once said: “Your ego is not your amigo.” Truer words were never spoken. Each time I decline the invitation for an ego-trip, I get a further glimpse of the freedom that comes only with surrendering my will over to the care of God.[8]

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: Let it go and let Him into those places. God asks us to lay things down when He has something greater to give in return. He has something planned for you already. Before you even get there, He is already there. Obedience is the key for you. You do your part and He will do His. Your action will cause traction.

Pastor Julie Morris: God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of ☩ Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): It was that G‑d took us out of bondage “with a strong hand and an outstretched arm.”

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): And do you want clarity for where to turn?!

Nate Johnston: The war has been on your clarity, your peace of mind, your direction, vision, and movement.

John 12:30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.

Kenneth L. Samuel (12 Mar 21): To be unwilling to place our security in the hands of the Good Shepherd is to forfeit our rest/restoration. And that forfeiture only makes us more susceptible to the ravages of predation.

Psalm 23:The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Me to Pastor Julie Morris (08 Mar 21): However, the world doesn’t see a need for spending that much time with God, and definitely sees no profit in it, unless they’re in the circuit of pimping their schools, coaching, books, and charms.  And yet God sent me into a Church-world where there was no difference between the world and the Church.  Hence the lectionary gospel reading on the moneychangers which is so relevant.

When Light Came In (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): Instead of “why did you stay?” let’s ask “how did they make that your only option?”

Brat: They made it my only option by the unilaterally-enforced Silence.  There was nowhere else to go, just as Peter also experienced that there was nowhere else to go and said as much to Jesus. (John 6:68)

Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 21): Because God provides for His purposes, the most challenging or frustrating places of our lives often involve the mistakes we made. We’ve all done it. A wrong turn, delay, an unwise choice. But God factors in grace for these areas we’ve been blind to or stumbled over.

Brat: Nothing personal. And Jesus continues in His response to Peter by bringing up betrayal. (John 6:70) It wasn’t personal with Pergamum either. Who needs a white stone when you’ve already tripped over one in your blindness?

Chabad U (11 Mar 21): I am for my beloved, and my beloved is…fighting me?

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): Hello [NAME]! 

We wanted to personally thank you so much for following and supporting our School of Ministry Online. It is because of each of you that we able to invest in people through our online ministry and also our growing consulting & coaching business. Between God and your love, we are blown away by this season and we just want to especially thank you. Which is why we wanted to offer some 1-on-1 time with you. (If you want it of course!)

RevelationMedia (16 Mar 21): Be content to wait in patience for the things the King has promised, and don’t be tempted out of the way. Passion demands what it wants, while Patience is willing to enjoy blessings as they come. Christian is implored by the Interpreter to wait on the King and His promises.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): “If you cannot operate on an international level, you cannot be the prime minister of Israel, and to work with public opinion, and work with world leaders. I can do this. I am not a king but I can do this.”

Donna Schaper (16 Mar 21): I have made you; you are my servant; Israel, I will not forget you. – Isaiah 44:21

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): Between ego-driven certainty and humble salvation, Saul spent three days cocooned in darkness. He was stuck until a terrified but obedient disciple named Ananias restored his sight and received him into community. Only then did his new life truly begin.

John 12:26 Whoever serves Me must follow Me, and where I am, there will My servant be also. Whoever serves Me, the Father will honor.

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21):  Give us your truth and wisdom and teach us to follow Jesus. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): Stand fast in this moment of anticipation and know that even in this “dark winter” we have not been alone! Heaven’s armies are backing up the earth realm because of the rising swell of God’s people declaring that HE ALONE is God! The collective cry for justice, truth, and righteous rule reached heaven’s ears a long time ago and they have been drawing closer ever since. The false rulers of this age on their man-made thrones are about to be eradicated and replaced. This dark season is about to be a long-lost memory and but one page in the history books. SPRING is just around the corner and it is heaven’s TIME for NEW LIFE and NEW BEGINNINGS. The season is about to change!

Brat: “…and but one page in the history books” reminds me of the heavenly scroll.

Revelation 5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 

Brent Kercheville: A scroll with writing on both sides pictures a complete message. The whole scroll has writing, even on both sides. Therefore, God’s complete message is ready to be revealed. The image of a scroll with writing on both sides is not unique to the scriptures.[9]

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: Everything is going to be ok! Look how far you have come! Look how much weight that was slowing you down has been removed! Keep advancing forward because you are taking ground on your new territory! You’ve got this and God’s got you! 

Ezekiel 2:Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, 10 which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.

Brent Kercheville: Notice the scroll given to Ezekiel has the same characteristic of having writing on the front and back. Ezekiel also notices that the scroll is full of words of lamentation, mourning, and woe. I think we have an indication of the things we are going to read in the Revelation scroll when we are told that it has writing on both sides. It is a scroll of judgments and woes.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): Recently, I heard the Lord speaking over many “I am re-commissioning you”. When the Lord spoke these words I knew that these ones had had an encounter with the Lord where He had commissioned them into their assignment for the season and what it looked like, and since that encounter where the commission was released, it seems like all hell broke loose against that commissioning word of the Lord over their lives.[10]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): What went wrong?

Rev. Phil Hooper (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): Nostalgia will not save us. It will not save us in the church, it will not save us in this country; it will not save your life or mine. Try as we might (and God knows I often try) we cannot live on memories or longings for what used to be, for the ways things were, even the way things were a year ago. The pre-pandemic world is gone. The “before” time—the time when we did not know all that we know now—that time is gone. We have seen too much now. We can’t go home again.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): “I am here in the heart of Israel with people who are partners in the vision, partners in nostalgia. These are our roots in our land. This is our land,” [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu said. Netanyahu described an understanding he developed after the 1967 war. “I realized that if we didn’t have the political power that comes from the US, they would always be able to push us out. We cannot protect all the parts of our land just through military victories. In the modern world, you can only protect through military victories if you also have victories through statesmanship. And you can only have this if you win over the public opinion.”[11]

Jeremiah 31:17 So there is hope for your descendants,”
declares the Lord.
    “Your children will return to their own land.

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): We must not run home like those who were afraid. Let us, like Gideon, embrace a smaller, but pure and chosen, army. Let’s not worry about preconceived ideas about ministry; let’s go with God, willing to fight with the weapons and strategies He gives us in this season.

Faith Marie Baczko (08 Mar 21): At salvation, God gives us all of Himself but does not necessarily receive all of us! In our own repentance, we are then positioned to repent for the sins of the land, to remove the enemy’s platform and defenses. We can then attack with Holy Ghost bombs of the Word of God, specifically released by the Lord to hit the target, and possessing the power to destroy the strongholds. The enemy cannot attack where the Blood has removed their right to attack!

Nate Johnston: The war has been on the doors that you were meant to open, the paths you were meant to walk on, and the places you were called to occupy.

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): In this tortured exercise in national-abasement, diversity and equity can be achieved only after a bloodbath of America’s moral failings. The intersectional mantra of inclusiveness specializes in excluding those who challenge the premises of an oppressor paradigm. Assigning blame is the first order of business in this new national ethic of purging without absolution. Unlike the 1950s, the catchphrase for this era is not “naming names” but deleting them.

Brat: I often felt “deleted”, stonewalled, and gaslighted.

Elijah List (12 Mar 21): Face it, you’re stuck.

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): When we’re all about our wounds — without moments of sunshine, rest, relief, connection, hobbies — the world narrows. Everything is grief, brokenness, feeling outside of life. The rut drives us farther from life and our own hearts.

Nate Johnston: To keep you in dysfunction, in chaos, and a never-ending rollercoaster of drama that you can’t seem to leave.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): I saw these ones had been through such intense battles over this “commissioning” that they have been left feeling stuck, hopeless, confused, and doubting the commissioning. I could hear the sound of many hearts crying out “Is the commission still the same for this season? Has the assignment changed, Lord?” It was a cry that came from the deep weariness of battle. The commission that they had received from the Lord were specific assignments and what the assignments would look like for the season.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): When G-d sees a physical human being, filled with struggle and anxiety, stretching out his hand to help a person in need or engaging in a mitzvah, G-d turns to the billions of angels filling the heavens, and says: “Have you ever seen anything more beautiful than that (11)[12]?”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): But in those worlds, He cannot be at home. Because there is no place or heaven, or heaven beyond the heavens that can contain an infinite G‑d.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): “As you know, we doubled the population in Gush Etzion during those difficult years,” Netanyahu said. “Because I knew how to stand like a fortified wall before these political pressures. This is due to the decades of experience I have with public opinion in the US. In a democracy, this public opinion is the deciding factor.”

Nate Johnston: Get ready to say goodbye to limits and ceilings, dead ends, being house-bound, broke down, and decommissioned.

Me to Pastor Julie Morris (08 Mar 21): When God called me, I said, “No.”  I didn’t want the job, thank You very much.  I knew what religious leaders did to prophets, and they did to Elijah what they wanted because they didn’t recognize him. (Mt 17:12) Even with the Anchoress part, I had to struggle to wrap my heart/mind around the idea that a church would want to wall me in and I’d have to depend on outsiders to support me.  (Ummm … Trust issues.)  I wasn’t too thrilled about that on top of prophetic abuse.  Plus, I hadn’t met anyone with a dual calling before, so it seemed terribly unfair that I should be yoked with two of them.  I confess that I perfected the Jonah Pout for a while.  So, that discernment process with God took extra time.  But I also needed large chunks of time to be with God “to sit before the immense mystery and presence of God and report back with honesty to the world.” (Love that!)

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21):  We entrust ourselves and all our prayers to you, O faithful God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): Those who oppose allowing Jews to build communities in the Biblical heartland claim that it will create friction with the newly installed Biden administration which is pushing to create an unprecedented “Palestinian” entity inside Israel ethnically cleansed of Jews with its capital in Jerusalem. 

Acts 4:11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): And in the excruciating paradox of that battle, of those earthy hands molding a divine life, there is a home for G‑d. Beyond infinity.

Jeremiah 31:31 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): Netanyahu’s assessment was accurate. After forming a unity government with his opponent based on rotating the PM position with his political rival, Netanyahu supported an initiative for government ministers to issue a declaration of intent to legalize Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. This initiative was continuously blocked by Gantz.

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21): Remember that God can see everything you cannot. He has also heard conversations about you behind your back that you do not know about. God can see all intentions and motives of people that we didn’t catch on our radar. Thank Him for saving you from hinderances that could have been a danger to where you are called to. 

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): God has a very different view of you than you have of yourself. He sees you in a way that no one else can see you. He sees you for who you are, unhidden, transparent, and with all the personality, gifts, and talents that he placed in you from birth. Many times the weight of the world puts layers on our soul. It takes awhile to peel back the layers of the onion, but when we finally do, we are able to see more of what God sees. When we see more of who we really are, we become freer in the realization that God is our source, and we can do anything with Him.

Pastor Julie Morris: Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

When Light Came In (14 Mar 21): Then we get out there in normal life and the simplest things can bring up the fight-flight-freeze-fawn response. Because our abuse was in relationship, these common everyday aspects of relationship feel like Mt. Everest.

Kenneth L. Samuel (12 Mar 21): Lord, when the option to flee is not feasible and the option to fight is not viable, thank you for still being the Strength of my life. Amen.

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21):  Restore the joy of all who need to know your presence: those who are lonely or feel unforgivable, those who need healing of mind, body, or spirit, those who are dying, and all who grieve. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (11 Mar 21): Many of us have had painful experiences of what we thought was “love” in various types of relationships. Superficial affection, self-interest, and even abuse can masquerade as love and make us doubt if such a thing even exists.

When Light Came In (14 Mar 21): Domestic abuse is very similar in its effects to that of being a prisoner of war. It is damaging, dehumanizing, demoralizing, disorienting. It’s not normal life, and it even can erase our memories of normal.

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21): For some of you, God either has or will be cutting off toxic relationships in your life. Trust God because the people He exposes to you and/or removes from your life has absolutely no permission to move forward with you in the next part of your journey. It can be painful for you when God exposes this. Though, God has better relationships, friendships, and Heavenly connections that will walk alongside of you on your journey to help you along. For those of you that have already had this exposure or are about to, I pray that God gives you His strength to bear and overcome what He shows you.

Brat: I pray healthy relationships for Israel, too!  I have seen some breakthrough for them lately.

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): Many churches have lost “soldiers” in ministry in one way or another, and while they may have been talented, good people, maybe God knew they weren’t who we needed in that season. How we do ministry will look different, and we must embrace the changes God asks us to make. His character never changes, but His methods continually do.[13]

Community of Divine Love: Alongsiders are individuals who live in residence with the community in an intentional way as they discern where God may be leading them. They join us in our life of prayer, work, and study in the monastery. Some may join us in ministry outside the monastery in the jails, but it is not a requirement. Our goal is to allow individuals plenty of room in the sacred space of the monastery while giving them a real taste of life in our community.

John 12:27 “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say — ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.

Brat (20 Mar 21): I think I would like to join monastery life VERY, VERY much!  God, if this is also what You want, open the doors!!  I want Your perfect will for my life.  Forgive my lack of confidence in this moment.  Sometimes I feel like I’m in an electronic jail.  I’m afraid I want the monastery too much.  Just because my heart aches with longing for this doesn’t mean it’s necessarily perfect for me.  But the monastery fits the image that came with the beginning of my calling! 

What if this is just more drama and cosmic teasing? 

Is this a sweet nothing You are whispering in my ear?  You will often arrange for someone’s provisional will because of their passion, but that may not be Your perfect will.  How many marriages have You allowed because of a couple’s passion and insistence, but You knew a better way, but they wouldn’t listen?  What if I’m too close to really hear You?  Dad can’t hear me either, and besides, he’s part of my current assignment, so I couldn’t leave him.  We’re supposed to honor our parents!  God, what do You want from me? 

Plus, I have been so hurt by the Church in the past!  But I still love them!  Is this more Stockholm Syndrome again? 

Golly, my emotions are all over the map!  It feels like Fate took a shotgun to my faith!  I need Your help to anchor!  Anchor the Anchoress!!  I’d prayed for a clean heart, which I have now, but a clear conscience doesn’t heal old wounds.  It’s the soul wounds that take longer to heal, and it will take a community to heal them.  So, I just prayed myself in a circle.  God, help!!

Nate Johnston: Prophetic Word: I Heard The Lord Say “The Catch 22 Over You Is Breaking!”

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (11 Mar 21): As we journey toward the cross, we are called to surrender false notions of love and our very selves to the One who is true love.

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): God removed the fearful soldiers from Gideon’s group, but He also removed the ones who drank conventionally (vv. 5-7). He knew Gideon needed those who would be open to new ideas and strategies. God could choose better men than Gideon would have.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (11 Mar 21): Loving God, forgive us for the ways we have hurt or failed to love others. Pour your love into our lives to heal our wounds and free us to truly love you, ourselves, and the world for which you died. Amen.

When Light Came In (15 Mar 21): It feels simpler to be focused on the wounds — they are what our life was, once. It feels simpler to follow distractions, they numb the wounds. But healthy, real life is the wide path of discovery between extremes.

Elijah List (16 Mar 21): My head is spinning

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): Does your purpose seem blurred?

When Light Came In (14 Mar 21): No, it’s not just you. We all feel like we fell off the normal cart.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): I began to see these ones that have been in the thick of the battle over this ‘commissioning’ going into incredibly deep encounters with Jesus. I saw Jesus standing before them and again He was revealing the blueprint strategy. He was again revealing and sharing heaven’s assignment for their lives. As the Lord spoke the haze cleared. As the Lord spoke I heard the sound of an attack against the commissioning, breaking. I knew immediately that the attack that was breaking was the spirit of witchcraft that had come to ‘twist’, ‘manipulate’, and cause a ‘haze and a fog’ over the vision that came in the commission. The Lord was bringing such deep clarity to the commission and the vision that these sons and daughters of God began to stand up straight with a strong countenance of conviction of what the Lord has spoken. The atmosphere then began to surround me with the Lord’s love at such a deep level. I began to feel the atmosphere so thick with His love and the sense of “increase” and “repayment” surrounded me strongly. Jesus smiled and looked at these ones and He spoke “Not only am I commissioning you afresh into the assignment I gave you for this hour, but I am now taking you into greater increase. I am now bringing you into a deeper understanding, a greater expansion and increase of the vision. I am not only confirming the vision again, I am unveiling deeper revelation of the assignment and new areas of increase within the assignment. I am breaking the heavy yoke of the enemy and his assignment over you this day and I am bringing you into the deepest rest in Me that you have known in this assignment that I have commissioned you into in this season. I am bringing forth greater breakthrough, empowerment, and provision within the assignment. You are going to see in so many different ways why the enemy has chased after you regarding this vision.”

Nate Johnston: The war has been on your revelation, your relationship with God, and the secret place where blueprints for break-through are forged.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): We were grabbed and lifted out of there. Which means we really never left.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (14 Mar 21): Mighty God, reveal to us anything seeking to take your rightful place in our lives, and give us the strength and courage to depend on you. Amen.

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): Ask God to open your heart to new ideas in ministry, and to make His desires for you clear.

Kingdom Legacy Life (15 Mar 21): Let’s set up a time to talk! We will schedule a personal 1-on-1 with you to discover how specifically we can assist, train and equip you.

Pastor Julie Morris (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): Hi Kathryn – How about meeting next Tuesday, March 16 at 3:30 in the Mount Cross prayer garden?

Brat (09 Mar 21): sounds great!  Thanks!

Deborah Perkins (16 Mar 21): In a vision, I saw that these women knew how to cut to the chase; I saw them running to specific places around them and UNHOOKING barricades or roadblocks which seemed to have no connection to freedom. Yet what they loosed broke open the way for those coming behind them! 

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Is Belief in the Exodus Story Irrational?

Wanda Alger (in “Pole Dancing Journal” 10 Mar 21): He is preparing us for GOOD WORKS ahead! I pray we can remove these roadblocks so that, together, we can see clearly the path before us and prepare a highway for our God.

Nate Johnston: The legal roadblocks that have been set against you are being torn up and God is opening the way forward.

Rev. Sean A. Ekberg: Our creature comforts have often become roadblocks on the path to Jesus. We rely on bars and restaurants; movies and sporting events; in person worship followed by coffee hour; dates with partners, moments with family…the list goes on and on. With all of these moments simultaneously stripped away, our lives have become seemingly less, somehow—at least on the surface. Loneliness and separation have cost people loss of life in multiple ways, so how can we continue to lose what we don’t have?

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: This process you have been in has been preparing you for the new wineskin. The old wine has run out so stop trying to use it. If you keep trying to use the old wine in the new land, it is not going to work. It’s time for the new wine to flow through you. It’s new. It is nothing that you have been use to in the past. Do not be afraid to taste the new Heavenly wine. Be open minded with God and obey what you are hearing.

Matt Laney (11 Mar 21): Keep watch for that person this Sunday and next Sunday and the one after that—yes, even online. You have a role to play in revealing the presence of God. You can assure someone that love is not lost.

Rev. Sean A. Ekberg: God sacrificed God’s entire human life to save it. Let’s remind people of that.

Pastor Julie Morris: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever.

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: Nothing of the old has permission to go with you into this next part of your life. This includes the way you have been thinking as well as the way you have been doing things. Ask God what you are suppose to lay down in this season right now. There will be a great exchange when you lay things down. The reason why you have to lay things down from one season to the next is because it makes room for what is coming. So, make room for all the things that God wants to release to you and fill you with. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (11 Mar 21): “In your earthly hands molding life in this world, there dwells God.”

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): “For My own sake, for My own sake, I do it, for how should My name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.” (Isaiah 48:11)

Deborah Perkins (16 Mar 21): “They will be signs and wonders of a new generation of believers and warriors who fight on their knees and WIN because of their prolific FAITH in Me and their willingness to do things My way. These are warriors who have been “seasoned” in kitchens, not boot camps. They’ve been trained in the ways of the heart, and their passionate cries to Me have not gone unnoticed. 

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): The fiery darts of the enemy tried to kill the vision, but now in deep encounters with Jesus, you will be recommissioned afresh and move forward carrying HIS FIRE. Stay close to Jesus, stay close to His chest with your ear upon His heart to listen to what is on His heart and walk in His way, for you are about to host a mighty move of God in this assignment that has caused the enemy to tremble. Mighty, victorious one, arise and go forth, commissioned afresh into these new assignments again.

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): “And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around.” -2 Kings 6:17

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): Thank the Lord for His vision, that He sees exactly what is needed and provides the right people and resources for each unique season in ministry.

Brat: It was Pastor Julie Morris who recommended to me the Episcopal monastic ‘Community of Divine Love’.

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): We like to think conversion comes quickly, that transformation is a smooth process, that new life happens like magic, with a burst of Spirit power. This is, after all, how it works in the movies: In one scene our heroine is a wealthy socialite; in the next she’s given all she has to the poor.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): Poverty remains. Evil thrives. We are all still slaves.

Matthew 5:“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): Friend, if that’s you today, I want to encourage you, the Lord showed me that the enemy is TERRIFIED of you walking in this assignment. He is TERRIFIED of you walking out this commissioning in your life and he has come to weary you, intimidate you and discourage you, but take heart. The Lord has seen the battle, He has seen the level of warfare you have endured, He has seen the tears that you have cried and the level of weariness within your heart, and I hear the Lord saying “Get ready, a FRESH ENCOUNTER is upon you where I am RE-COMMISSIONING YOU AFRESH”

John 12:28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21):  Relying on the promises of God, we pray boldly for the church, the world, and all in need. You wash us through and through and remember our sin no more. Make your church a community of forgiveness throughout the world. Give your people courage to forgive; through them, show the world new possibilities. Bless ministries of repentance and reconciliation, and strengthen our commitment and work to be an anti-racist congregation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

RevelationMedia (16 Mar 21): True discernment is summarized by the Interpreter: “Look, do not just see. Listen, and…” “do not just hear,” Christian chimed in. He understood the lesson! 

John 12:33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: How To Fill Your Voids

Brat: I feel like my life experience is a lot like what the Jews have experienced.

Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): Pray that you would have the courage of Gideon and his men, who trusted God enough to go out against a huge army with unconventional weapons and strategies (Judg. 7:16-20).

Pastor Julie Morris: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Vicki Kemper (15 Mar 21): Not So Fast

Sanjna Mahtab (15 Mar 21)​​​​​​​: Trust God and keep advancing forward in the way that God wants. His ways are higher and His thoughts are higher than yours. I pray that you have God’s eyes to see that He is answering your prayers. It is being done in a way you never thought of. Let Him have His way.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (16 Mar 21): Create in us clean hearts, O God. Give us grace to confess our sins to you and to one another, so that we may again rejoice in your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of the People: Gracious God, have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (16 Mar 21): Such a prayer is countercultural in today’s world. We rarely hear a public figure confess sin and ask for forgiveness. Instead, non-apologies go something like this: “Mistakes were made.” “I should have known better.” As if sin is simply a temporary lapse in judgment, a quirk to be passed over quickly.

Deborah Perkins (16 Mar 21): “These women’s skills are needed now on battlefields around the world because traditional warfare – warfare as you’ve known it – is about to end. These creative dreamers are also creative defenders of truth and righteousness, love and hope. They will not stand for the enemy’s ploys because the motivations of their hearts are far greater: they march to the sound of love, not vengeance; reconciliation, not retaliation.

Rev. Sean A. Ekberg: This is where the rubber meets the road, at least for me.

RevelationMedia (16 Mar 21): All of a sudden lights emerged; tiny twinkling fireflies popped up, surrounded Christian, and showed him the way to the House of the Interpreter. He had been walking in deep darkness, and the light provided by the King gave him guidance and direction to find his destination. The Interpreter greeted him at the door: “I’ve been expecting you.”

Psalm 23:  he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): NO ONE has fully understood what God has planned for us. None of us can fathom the depth of His thoughts as He has been writing this story from the beginning of time in anticipation of this moment. This has nothing to do with vindicating man or proving a point. It has everything to do with God vindicating His own name and claiming His rightful place.

Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): I then began to feel the atmosphere get even thicker, and I heard the voice of the Lord and it thundered in the spirit and He said “YOU ARE ABOUT TO HOST A MOVE. YOU ARE ABOUT TO HOST A MOVE”

Me to Pastor Julie Morris (08 Mar 21): With some maturity, now I can say in truth that having the two vocations side-by-side [Anchoress + Prophet] do complement each other within my soul.  The challenge has been surviving the outside looking in, because no one wants their status quo disrupted when they see no value in it.  The irony is that the outside goes through the same process as the anchoress, even if they don’t recognize it.  Then the prophet puts words to the process.

Prayers of the People (21 Mar 21): In the cross of Christ, your name is glorified. We praise you for those who have given us words to worship you. With all those who have died in Christ, bring us into life everlasting. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (15 Mar 21): We Christians believe that this new covenant—the new relationship established by God with all of humanity—is sealed at a Passover supper we will remember and celebrate in a few short weeks: “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:25).

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): That’s why we come to the Seder. To finish off where the Exodus left off. To participate in our own liberation.

Jeremiah 31:33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: In these days, [when the Temple is destroyed, and] we can’t bring sacrifices, one who has sinned and wishes to return to his Master, certainly should have a bitter soul, and be full of remorse and weeping and have a broken spirit. But if this is so – how can he fulfill the requirement to serve G‑d with joy and with song, especially since he doesn’t feel it?

Rick Joyner (16 Mar 21): When I got Covid-19 I resolved to be thankful for the trial. The worse I felt, the more I thanked Him. I did go through three days when I felt worse than I ever had from any flu or sickness, but at the same time those were days filled with such joy because of the presence of The Lord I felt. I truly thought the whole experience was worth it many times over.[14] 

Pastor Julie Morris: It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Savior Jesus Christ. You call your people to cleanse their hearts and prepare with joy for the paschal feast, that, renewed in the gift of baptism, we may come to the fullness of your grace. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): No one can predict how it will unfold. We only know it will. God has been preparing us all along for this epic demarcation in history. Where the enemy is hoping we come to a disastrous BREAKDOWN, the Lord of Hosts is preparing us for a global BREAKTHROUGH. Remain fixed in this hope that redemption draws near and the world as we know it will never be the same. The finale is quickly approaching and the Master of Ceremonies will reveal all.

Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): Seeing What Others Can’t See

When Light Came In (14 Mar 21): It does get better, with time and healing. On the days when that reassurance feels like bullshit, we’ll be here, thinking the same awkward things. We’ll be here for each other.

Journal (15 Mar 21): Night before last I laid my head down on my pillow and immediately I felt a holy warmth in my solar plexus.  God was saying, “Hello!” The warmth spread within my torso area and my mouth tasted like warm milk with honey in it.  It felt so loving and nurturing.  I felt safe and cared for.  I felt my muscles relax into God’s embrace. Then I heard God say, “Milk and honey.”  I have never understood the phrase “The Land of Milk and Honey” until that divine encounter.  It was a foretaste of what’s to come.  I cannot imagine it, but now I’ve had an experience of what it could be like from my guts and not my head.  In my natural world, I am lactose intolerant, so my natural instinct would never be to drink milk with honey in it.  I would double over in terrible pain.  This encounter was totally a God thing.  What I appreciated, too, was that there was no tinge of HOPE attached to it, so there can be no disappointment.  There was no “waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

Jeremiah 31:34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker (15 Mar 21): Gracious God, the new covenant in Jesus’ blood frees us from bondage to sin and death. Write your name on our hearts, so that we may know you and love you more and more as we walk in the way of the cross. Amen.

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[1] Prism Ministries (16 Mar 21): Seeing What Others Can’t See (prismministries.org)

[2] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (16 Mar 21): Incomplete Exodus – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[3] Wanda Alger (17 Mar 21): EVERYONE WILL BE SHOCKED BY THE SURPRISE ENDING – wandaalger.me

[4] Rev. Sean A. Ekberg: 5th Sunday in Lent(B): Sacrifice & Loss – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

[5] Deborah Perkins (16 Mar 21): WATCH FOR GOD’S MILITANT WOMEN! (hisinscriptions.com)

[6] Br. Dennis Gibbs, CDL (21 Feb 2021): Community of Divine Love | Facebook

[7] Prism Ministries (11 Mar 21): Countering Excuses (prismministries.org)

[8] Brother Dennis Gibbs (08 Feb 21): Reflections from a Monk’s Cell — Community of Divine Love (cdlmonks.org)

[9] Brent Kercheville: The Scroll (Revelation 5:1-6) – Revelation Made Clear (thebookofrevelationmadeclear.com)

[10] Lana Vawser (13 Mar 21): I HEARD THE LORD SPEAKING OVER MANY “I AM RE-COMMISSIONING YOU” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[11] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (15 Mar 21): Netanyahu at Site of Messianic Prophecy:: With God’s help, we’ll Protect Israel Eternally (israel365news.com)

[12] Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): 11) See Midrash Rabah on the verse Hayosheves Baganim (Song of Songs).

[13] Pastor Roy De La Garza (12 Mar 21): Going with God | News + Resources (foursquare.org)

[14] Rick Joyner (16 Mar 21): The Weapon of Joy | MorningStar Ministries

Pole Dancing Journal 10 Mar 21

13 Mar

Working Dates: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 to Saturday, March 13, 2021

[18 pages of journal, thinking, exploring, listening, processing in the many waters …]

Anchored in the lectionary reading from Numbers 21:4-9 for 4 Lent 14 Mar 21

Pastor Julie Morris (09 Mar 21): Hi Kathryn – How about meeting next Tuesday, March 16 at 3:30 in the Mount Cross prayer garden?

Brat (09 Mar 21): sounds great!  Thanks!

James Goll: How to Respond to Your Feelings

Journal (10 Mar 21): I’m feeling so many emotions, how do I process them?

RevelationMedia (09 Mar 21): Christian had expected his burden to be taken away instantly as he arrived through the gate, but the gatekeeper informed him that this is just the beginning of his journey. Evangelist had promised that at the gate, Christian would be told what to do, not that he would be free of his burden there. So often we too can be impatient with the path of the Christian life.

Numbers 21:4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way.

Journal (10 Mar 21): Edom, according to Wikipedia, was the territory that Esau got.

Wikipedia: “The Hebrew word Edom means “red”, and the Hebrew Bible relates it to the name of its founder, Esau, the elder son of the Hebrew patriarch Isaac, because he was born “red all over”. As a young adult, he sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for “red pottage”. The Tanakh describes the Edomites as descendants of Esau.”

Journal (10 Mar 21): Ironic that I’m back full circle trying to make a connection with the Lutherans again.  The land of my birthright.  What am I circling around?

Bill Yount (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): Where the devil tries to take you out is where the Lord will often send you back with bragging rights saying, “I’m back!”

Anthony Robinson (01 Mar 21): Why? Is it because if we look at the problem head-on, chances are good that we will have to deal with it?

Brat: Since wisemen return home by a different route, and Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis to Catholic doors, then who goes to the Lutheran Church?

Don Hennessey: The question is not if she will go back to him, but rather how it is that many skilled offenders manage to get the woman to stay or come back.

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): It is a homecoming scene. A memory deeper than memory, a familial instinct has drawn him there, to the dwelling place of his Father, to the place where his own story, just beginning to take shape, finds its larger context.[1] 

Pastor Julie Morris (09 Mar 21): Thanks for sharing your blog post. I look forward to hearing about your faith journey and conversation partners.

Prism Ministries (10 Mar 21): Have you ever had something miraculous happen to you? We tend to think of miracles as big things such as supernatural debt cancellation or getting healed from cancer. When these types of big things happen, they are incredible! And we should give God the glory. But too often we forget to remember the everyday miracles that God puts right in front of us.[2]

Faith Marie Baczko (08 Mar 21): God reminded me of this encounter as an indication of the initiation of the move He had begun, and of its significance to this present time. I saw that at the end of 2019, the army of God was released in preparation for what was about to occur in 2020; the clash and warfare that was coming between the light and darkness.[3]

Mary Luti (10 Mar 21): There’s a reason Hell is traditionally depicted as an inferno. The horror of fire is meant to deter us from sinning. To burn forever in flames, who’s not afraid of that?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): Plato argued that the substantive reality around us is only a reflection of a higher truth. Truth, he believed, is the abstraction; ideas are more real than things. Things are particular; truth is universal. The Greek philosopher developed a vision of two worlds: a world of unchanging ideas and a world of changing physical objects. [4]

Prof. Lois Malcolm (in “The Sneeze” 03 Mar 21): In many of our interpersonal and societal conflicts, our need to be right often masks what is actually at work: a need to protect our egos and the interests of the groups that secure them. Regardless of whether we see ourselves as ethically or theologically “correct”—the fact remains. We habitually use the best that secular and religious wisdom has to offer to get what we want. Moreover, we intentionally remain oblivious to the ways our entrenched patterns of perceiving and responding to life keep us from truly understanding the people around us and using what we have to respond to their needs.

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (07 Mar 21): Everything upsets the hard left; everyone is a candidate for cancellation—second chances are always denied, without exception. [5]

Journal (10 Mar 21): Actually, I did try!  I went back several times to St. Patrick’s Episcopal in Thousand Oaks to try and reconcile, but they drove me out, the way all the people tried to drive Jesus out of Nazareth and off a cliff. (Luke 4:29) And the funny thing was, the situation with me was very similar to what Jesus had been talking about regarding Elijah and the widow.

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): We cannot go back to what was, even if we have loved it more than anything, because things have changed, and we have changed, and the world needs something different from us now. 

Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 21): He told Abraham to leave his hometown—alone—but instead Abraham left with Lot and his entire family and entourage. Eventually the herdsmen of Lot and the herdsmen of Abraham were in strife and it caused problems for Abraham.

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): We can get emotionally entangled and snared by the enemy when we feel obligated to compromise our beliefs for the sake of a relationship or association. We must guard our hearts and CUT THE TIES with anything that causes us to miss the grace of God. We can still walk in love towards those who disagree with us, while keeping a clear conscience with the Lord.[6]

Mary Luti (10 Mar 21): “At the end of the age, the angels will come and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire.” – Matthew 13:49-50a (NRSV)

When Light Came In (08 Mar 21): It’s the ways they withheld financial information, the isolating, the manipulation, the intimidating that made it feel impossible to get free.

Brat: That’s exactly what happened to me!!

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): Because although we often focus on the intensely prophetic nature of his actions—turning over the tables, critiquing the economics of the sacrificial system—I think there is also a deep poignancy to be found here. This is a personal moment as much as it is a public one, because we must remember that, for Jesus, this is not just a religious power center, a building filled with strangers whom he wants to knock down a peg or two. It is, as he plainly says, his Father’s house. He has, after much time away, come back home.

Mary Pezzulo (05 Mar 21): It’s been pointed out by many people that they’re not very consistent about cancel culture being a bad thing. Conservative Christians are always canceling things they disapprove of. One commentator on social media put it especially well: Please don’t talk to me about cancel culture. I was a Christian child of the 90s. We stopped listening to Sandy Patty & Amy Grant, stopped watching Disney, & avoided Proctor and Gamble products. Christians perfected cancel culture. They just don’t like it when the tables turn.

Mary Luti (10 Mar 21): It was a world-changing day when humans discovered fire. It’ll be a world-ending day when we’re no longer afraid of it. It’s a soul-damning day when God calls, desperate from a conflagration, and we whistle blithely in the blistering wind.

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): So let’s do it. With some trepidation, perhaps, maybe even a tear or two, but also with hope, and determination, and curiosity, and above all, a trust in the Lord, our Lord, who knows what he is doing, even when that thing seems dramatic and strange and hard to us.

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (07 Mar 21): We are witnessing a cultural sea change where wrong-thinking Americans are rendered castaways. With transgressions aplenty, the guilty are forever unforgiven.

Brat: But I did forgive them and was tried in …

Mary Luti (10 Mar 21): The Fires of Hell

Luke 4:23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

Brat Question (in “My Father’s House” 04 Mar 21): “How would brilliant minds treat a patient with acute Apathy?”

[Received Silence.]

Rite of Holy Baptism:

Question: Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?

Answer: I do.

RevelationMedia (04 Mar 21): iBIBLE Behind-the-Scenes | Seventy Times Seven

Brat: And that distinctly feels like taking my forgiveness for granted.  Can you imagine how that makes Jesus feel to have one of His little ones abused and then taken for granted just as He was?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Mar 21): For it is that emptiness that allows the Infinite to enter.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): When G-d Learned Not to Take His People for Granted

Prism Ministries (10 Mar 21): We miss getting in a car accident by just inches, or, we gain the courage to try something new. Important plans fall into place or a butterfly flutters across our path – these are small miracles that we tend to take for granted. The Bible says that not one sparrow falls without God knowing about it. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” -Matthew 10:29

American Friends of Magen David Adom (11 Mar 21): Sacred Work Not Taken for Granted

Brat (12 Mar 21): Grabbing onto a key thread to show that you’re following the conversation is not necessarily helping our sacred relationship.

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. (2 Corinthians 13:1)

Brat: Oh.  Sorry.

RevelationMedia (09 Mar 21): Dodging the attacks of the demons, Christian took off running again toward the Gate. It is precisely in the moment that Christian saw the Gate that he was under the most persistent and obvious attack from the evil forces. His situation seemed the most hopeless when his goal was in sight.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): Question: Did your life, your marriage, your career, your family, work out the way you dreamt it would?

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): What has been is not always what can continue to be. This is as true for us now as it was then. This is true for you and for me in our own lives, and it is true for us as a community, as a society, as a planet. 

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): The story is told of a famous child psychologist who spent many hours constructing a new driveway at his home. Just after he smoothed the surface of the freshly poured concrete, his small children chased a ball across the driveway, leaving deep footprints. The man yelled after them with a torrent of angry words. His shocked wife said, “You’re a psychologist who’s supposed to love children.”

Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 21): Do you know that your design is actually perfect for your purpose? This means that God was intentional in the way that He knit you together. Potential is determined by design. Your potential is intricately woven into your design and your design is crafted according to your PURPOSE.

Brat: I don’t trust Potential anymore.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): The fuming man shouted, “I love children in the abstract, not in the concrete!”

When Light Came In (11 Mar 21): Our “gut” may need some healing before we can trust it for guidance and decisions. But it’s *never* wrong in alerting us to moments that deserve our attention. Fear, sadness, anxiety, ambivalence, rejection… those are real feelings that can point us to real reasons for them.

David Israel (11 Mar 21): It appears that everybody involved in relations with Israel on the Arab side has been jittery recently.

Rick Joyner (09 Mar 21): As the conditions in the world become more unstable, the anxiety is growing dramatically with almost everyone. The Lord even warned that times were coming when men’s hearts would fail just because of the fear. As His priests and messengers during this time we must be growing in the opposite spirit—the peace, joy, and love that He says His disciples will be known by. 

Brat: I know He said that, but this has not been my experience with His priests.  At what point does “fake it ‘til you make it” integrate into compassionate integrity?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): When G-d sees a physical human being, filled with struggle and anxiety, stretching out his hand to help a person in need or engaging in a mitzvah, G-d turns to the billions of angels filling the heavens, and says: “Have you ever seen anything more beautiful than that (11)[7]?”

Me to Pastor Julie Morris (08 Mar 21): When God called me, I said, “No.”  I didn’t want the job, thank You very much.  I knew what religious leaders did to prophets, and they did to Elijah what they wanted because they didn’t recognize him. (Mt 17:12) Even with the Anchoress part, I had to struggle to wrap my heart/mind around the idea that a church would want to wall me in and I’d have to depend on outsiders to support me.  (Ummm … Trust issues.)  I wasn’t too thrilled about that on top of prophetic abuse.  Plus, I hadn’t met anyone with a dual calling before, so it seemed terribly unfair that I should be yoked with two of them.  I confess that I perfected the Jonah Pout for a while.  So, that discernment process with God took extra time.  But I also needed large chunks of time to be with God ‘to sit before the immense mystery and presence of God and report back with honesty to the world.’ (Love that!)

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (08 Mar 21): Faithful God, thank you that your love sustains us on the long journey of faith. Help us to trust your saving presence and provision, even in the midst of our darkest hours. Amen.

When Light Came In (08 Mar 21): Instead of “why did you stay?” let’s ask “how did they make that your only option?”

Brat: They made it my only option by the unilaterally-enforced Silence.  There was nowhere else to go, just as Peter also experienced that there was nowhere else to go and said as much to Jesus. (John 6:68)

Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 21): Because God provides for His purposes, the most challenging or frustrating places of our lives often involve the mistakes we made. We’ve all done it. A wrong turn, delay, an unwise choice. But God factors in grace for these areas we’ve been blind to or stumbled over.

Brat: Nothing personal. And Jesus continues in His response to Peter by bringing up betrayal. (John 6:70) It wasn’t personal with Pergamum either. Who needs a white stone when you’ve already tripped over one in your blindness?

Chabad U (11 Mar 21): I am for my beloved, and my beloved is…fighting me?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): Our sages knew how to compress profound philosophical ideas in concise and seemingly simple phrases. “G-d promised that He would not enter into the heavenly Jerusalem until he did not enter into the earthly Jerusalem (2)[8].” This was the Rabbis’ way of dismissing the dramatic conclusion of Platonic Idealism.

Revelation 21:I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Israel365 News (11 Mar 21): Israel Turns Away Jordanian Royalty from Temple Mount: Jordan Exacts Vengeance

Jewish Press (11 Mar 21): Jordan Refuses Netanyahu Overflight; His UAE visit was cancelled

Brat: MORE Cancel Culture?

Sophia Valentina Buller (03 Mar 21): “Lord, uncancel culture the Truth!!”

When Light Came In (11 Mar 21): Trusting our gut is the goal, but not always the start of our healing.

Me to Jo regarding my upcoming meeting with Pastor Julie Morris (12 Mar 21): This [meeting] is good, necessary, and nerve-wracking.  I have never had success in my dealings with clergy, so I have to make an anchored decision not to carry old wounds into a new relationship.  I am trying to not be needy in my needs.

Jo (12 Mar 21): It’s always hard to remember to bring the gift and not the shame.

Me: Well said.

When Light Came In (11 Mar 21): We may not be able to trust our intuition with decisions, but we can trust it to know when it’s time to stop and listen to our needs.

Hannah James: Every time a woman listens to her intuition and acts accordingly… she is leading.

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): And yes, we can and we should honor the past for all that it has done for us, for its beautiful gifts, for its lessons, and we can preserve the wisdom of our ancestors and the life-giving pieces of the traditions we have been given, and then… we have to let the rest go.

Journal (10 Mar 21): I let my mind both rest and wander at the outskirts of “Edom,” a red land.  Dad likes to watch Westerns, and the thought came to mind about “Indian givers.”  In my journey, gifts were given and then they tried to take them back or minimize them, but the spiritual gifts of God and His call are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29)

Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 21): You come preprogrammed with all the gifts, talents, aptitudes and abilities necessary to engage your life purpose.

Wikipedia: “Indian giver is a pejorative American expression used to describe a person who gives a “gift” and later wants it back, or who expects something of equivalent worth in return for the item. It is based on cultural misunderstandings that took place between early European settlers and the Indigenous people with whom they traded. Often the Europeans would view an exchange of items as gifting stemming from a sense of entitlement to gifts, believing they owed nothing in return to the Natives who were generous with them, while the Indigenous people saw the exchange as a form of trade or equal exchange, so had differing expectations of their guests. The phrase is still in colloquial use to describe a negative act or shady business dealings. It is a form of disrespect and is offensive to people of indigenous backgrounds.”

Mary Luti (10 Mar 21): Meanwhile, toxic darkness descends in turns around the world, from Australia to Brazil to California. Countless creatures flee towards extinction. Flames siphon life-assuring oxygen from the air. Politicians and profiteers steal indigenous peoples’ agency and place, dignity and livelihood. Unique ecosystems vanish, unrecoverable.

Jewish Journal (06 Mar 21): The Raging of Cancel Culture is a Threat to Us All

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): You can’t go home again, no. Not even Jesus. Not in the exact same way as before. Too much has changed. But also, there is too much that must still be done. No time to wallow in what is lost. Life persists. And so our histories must be reckoned with, not recaptured. 

Journal (10 Mar 21): Speaking of differing expectations, Fr. David was consumed by the word “EXPECTATIONS” to the point where it crippled him and the congregation.

The Rev. Dr. Marshall A. Jolly: Fear of the unknown; fear of the other; fear of failure; fear of death—nothing causes spiritual and emotional paralysis more effectively than fear. It corrodes faith, cuts off our pathways for giving and receiving grace and mercy, and if it is left untreated long enough, it gives way to hatred, recalcitrance, hardness of heart and soul, and leads ultimately to death.

Brat: You are describing much of what happened, and there was nothing that I could do or say to ease their fears.  My love wasn’t enough.  That deterioration happened at all levels. I still had to report what God told me to say. 

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (07 Mar 21): In this tortured exercise in national-abasement, diversity and equity can be achieved only after a bloodbath of America’s moral failings. The intersectional mantra of inclusiveness specializes in excluding those who challenge the premises of an oppressor paradigm. Assigning blame is the first order of business in this new national ethic of purging without absolution. Unlike the 1950s, the catchphrase for this era is not “naming names” but deleting them.

Brat: I often felt “deleted”, stonewalled, and gaslighted.

Faith Marie Baczko (08 Mar 21): We cannot be like the Pharisees and the Sadducees, who could not discern the times and what was right before them. Jesus said to them: “… You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3).

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): Rather than simply looking to the next prophetic revelation for insight, we should start by simply looking at what’s right in front of our eyes. Sometimes we just don’t take a second look to consider that something may be amiss. We have forgotten how to ASK QUESTIONS. Self-discovery is the greatest teacher and we can help one another by simply asking the right questions that might lead us to the truth.

Vicki Kemper (09 Mar 21): Do we lift from the back or bend at the knees? Do we put down our burdens when we get tired, or do we insist on taking them all the way? Do we carry the load all alone, or do we ask for help? Do we go all “they’re not heavy, they’re my sibling” in our best cheerful-martyr voice? Do we keep inviting others to “lean on us,” or do we set healthy boundaries?

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (07 Mar 21): I am afraid it’s much worse than we realized. Our nation is terminally divided, and unlike the Civil War, this time it is not but one single issue that separate us. This is a deeper division, one that transcends even politics. It is a foundational fight, a culture war writ large, a disagreement without end.

Journal (12 Mar 21): That being said, I see Belonging as my birthright, but I have belonged nowhere, for a prophet is not welcome in her own hometown. (Luke 4:24) This was a “foundational fight,” even though the bigger picture brought the best news — that God has already done His work, kept His promises, and fulfilled the prophecies in the Book of Revelation.  Included within my sense of Belonging is sanctuary.  I saw it as sanctuary within the Sanctuary.  The bishop was supposed to give sanctuary as I thought he saw and understood the bigger picture, too.  But instead, I was cut off from the Church for ten years.  As a result, I leaned harder into hearing what the Spirit was saying to the Churches, as well as what the Churches were hearing, which was not always the same thing.  This was ‘a culture war writ large.’ Hence, I’ve had varied conversation partners.  With it brought ‘disagreement without end.’

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): In our personal lives, these two Sanctuaries reflect the two lives most of us must deal with throughout our years. Each of us owns his or her heavenly “Sanctuary,” envisioned atop a summit of spiritual and psychological serenity and representing a vision and dream for a life and marriage aglow with love, passion, and endless joy. This is the ideal home, the ideal family, the ideal marriage. Then we have our earthly Sanctuary, a life often filled with trials, challenges, battles, and setbacks, and yet one in which we attempt to create a space for G-d amidst a tumultuous heart and a stressful life.

When Light Came In (08 Mar 21): It’s the broken and weak social concepts of women and children that led to their thinking it was going to go unnoticed.

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (07 Mar 21): Just who are the arbiters who create these ever-expanding blacklists? It’s not the clergy, theologians, or ethicists. We are being reprimanded and our children brainwashed by self-righteous schoolmarms, social media mobs and millions of anonymous Twitter trolls, all with mischief and malice in their hearts and too much time on their hands.

Brat: [Slow exhale…] 

Was that a hissssss…?

Put the snake on a pole?

I was a schoolmarm for nine years; I post a social media blog; my friend Cynthia just shared encouragement from Instagram that may have come from an anonymous Twitter troll to her friend before she shared with me (but I doubt it), and millions of us on unemployment have too much time on our hands, but some of us are finding constructive ways to use it (though it profits us nothing.)

The Rev. Dr. Marshall A. Jolly: Now, at this point, some of us may be thinking, “Well that was a little harsh, God. Those snakes bit people, and some folks even died!” But we must leaven our reading of Scripture with a bit of theological imagination.

Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 21):

Strife comes with the stuff we added that God didn’t give us…look at Ishmael. Yet, Abraham is our founding father of faith who still succeeded and was called the friend of God!

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): We all have our personal preferences and sacred cows that, unknowingly, become filters in our ability to discern. Whether its our belief in the Rapture, our dislike of a particular leader, or certain doctrinal assumptions, we need to EXAMINE OUR BELIEFS before reaching any final conclusion about a matter. Not all our presumptions apply and some even limit our ability to see a different conclusion.  

When Light Came In (11 Mar 21): Trauma leaves us running, hiding, numbing, or trying to pacify others before caring for ourselves.

Elijah List (12 Mar 21): Spring special: get 2 complimentary keto cookbooks

Numbers 21:5 The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.”

The Rev. Dr. Marshall A. Jolly: If you listen carefully, you’ll catch the level of absurdity underpinning their whining. “There is no food and water,” they moan in one breath, and then, “we detest this miserable food,” they carp in the next breath. In response, God punishes them for their insolence and sedition by sending venomous snakes into the encampment.

When Light Came In (11 Mar 21): Generational dysfunction, systemic injustice or poverty leave us with narrower views of what’s possible.

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): So the question for us today, here, at the edge of whatever awaits us next, is this: What is it that we need to clear out of our lives? What is it that we need to let go of, in order to make space for what will be? What is holding us back from the next chapter in our story, in Trinity’s story, in America’s story, in the human story–what is holding us back from the chapter of the story where we go out once more and meet the world in its pain and its promise and rediscover the beauty and the healing and the freedom that Jesus can offer? What must be put to rest in order to do that? What are we waiting for?

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): God will often offend our minds to get to our hearts. Jesus did it all the time. God may bring us a message of truth through someone we outwardly deem unworthy or even incapable. We must LAY DOWN ANY OFFENSE or fleshly judgment to search deeper for the truth being revealed. Avoid knee-jerk reactions and consider the possibilities!

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (07 Mar 21): To be woke is to be at war with anyone who doesn’t fanatically toe your line.

When Light Came In (11 Mar 21): Compensatory behaviors and addictions distract us from hearing our instincts and internal wisdom.

Hannah James: Every time a woman makes a choice that serves her highest good … she is leading.

RevelationMedia (09 Mar 21): God will never leave us without direction, help, and protection when we ask Him for it. Even when the path seems the most fraught with danger, our King will continually provide for our every need.

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): Any truth must be verified by two or three independent witnesses. This not only brings greater clarity to the matter, but increased integrity in the message. But, this will only happen when we DO OUR HOMEWORK. We can’t just “Google it” anymore – it’s going to take some independent and critical thinking to find the answers.

When Light Came In (08 Mar 21): We need to stop asking what made the victim vulnerable to abuse and start asking how we can create a society that holds abusers accountable.

Me: Amen!

When Light Came In (09 Mar 21): Spoken like one who has a system-changing calling!

Me: [Big grin.] Thank you so much!

Joe Joe Dawson (11 Mar 21): How do we position ourselves so that God can use us and accelerate His purpose for us? I once personally asked the Lord how I could flow with His favor upon my life. As I was praying, the Lord gave me a vision of a bright red funnel. The Lord reminded me of when the oil in a car is changed, the person uses a funnel so that not one drop of the oil is wasted. Many times, oil represents the Holy Spirit and anointing. I believe that the Lord is calling us to create Godly systems and structures in every area of our lives to act as a funnel so that not one drop of the anointing God has given us will go to waste.

Pastor Julie Morris (09 Mar 21) [echo]: Thanks for sharing your blog post. I look forward to hearing about your faith journey and conversation partners.

Hannah James: Every time you do what’s best for you, even when it’s hard, even when it’s painful, even when it means starting all over, you are leading.

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): And you know that old saying, “you can’t go home again”? Well, sometimes you can, technically, but the problem is that either the home has changed so much—or you have—that you feel disoriented, like a stranger wandering into the story that used to be your own, but that doesn’t quite fit anymore. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Mar 21): For six days, as you speak words to others outside of yourself, so the Creator generates a universe in which each creature senses itself to be outside of Him.

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): WE DON’T LIKE THE PACKAGING

Brat: These roundtable discussions are too long?

The Rev. Dr. Marshall A. Jolly: Although there is little hope that this unfamiliar and bizarre tale will make it into the Vacation Bible School curriculum anytime soon, at its heart is a universal truth: there is no venom quite so deadly as fear.

Numbers 21:6 Then the LORD sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): She cried out to him, “Woe, what has become of me? I look like the Angel of Death himself! Would you still marry such an ugly person?”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Mar 21): “If only the Jewish People would keep two Shabbats [inner and outer] as they should be kept, immediately they would be redeemed.” (Shabbat 118a)

Brat: The Jews do keep the Sabbath.  It’s the servants and foreigners who are doing the work. (Ex 20:10)

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): WE DON’T GET GOOD COUNSEL

Lance Wallnau (08 Mar 21): There is no blanket promise in the Bible that all things work together for everyone…but there is a promise of everything working out for those who are seeking to please the Lord and are conscientious about fulfilling His purpose.

Verse of the Day (13 Mar 21): Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (12 Mar 21): God of justice, expose the forces in our lives and world that do not align with your loving purposes. May the light of Christ lead us in your ways. Amen.

Joe Joe Dawson (11 Mar 21): Speed Up

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): I want to share 8 different roadblocks that I believe might be keeping some stuck and unable to see the path ahead. Consider your own process to see if any of these roadblocks might be hampering your own vision for the future.

Charisma (11 Mar 21): The Plumb Line: 8 Signs of Toxic, Dream-Killing Friends

RevelationMedia (09 Mar 21): In order to deter Christian from arriving safely at the Gate, the Supervisors revealed themselves in their true form: as demons. Attempting to attack Christian and to scare him off of the path, they encircled him. He took a fall down the side of a hill, and realized that the Gate was straight ahead! 

Rick Joyner (09 Mar 21): It would be better to have all of the demons opposing us rather than have God oppose us. For this reason, we should fear becoming proud more than we fear any demon. What treasure on earth could be more valuable than the grace of God?[9] 

Prism Ministries (12 Mar 21): Jesus loves us before we change. Jesus loves us if we never change. He invites us to experience the fullness of His love by giving up our sinful desires, but His love remains the same. Is there someone you could love unconditionally today?[10]

Mary Luti (10 Mar 21): Not many of us, apparently. Sinners are hardly an endangered species. It’s Hell that’s in trouble. These days, a lot of Christians just don’t buy it. We can’t believe Jesus wants us to live moral lives based on fear. How could a truly loving God consign us to eternal fire? Hell may exist, we joke, but that doesn’t mean anyone’s there.

Brat: How did we get from unconditional love to Plato’s invention of hell?  Plato lived ~350 years before Jesus Christ was even born!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): It is hard to describe how deeply this idea of Plato impacted Western thought and civilization. For one, it taught that truth can be found only in universalism, not in the particulars of reality. The more universal a culture is the closer to truth it comes. Truth is abstract, perfect, uniform.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (12 Mar 21): Our gospel reading speaks not only of divine love, but also of divine judgment—a topic that many of us would rather ignore. But these two aspects of God’s activity are not as contradictory as they may first appear. Because Jesus embodies God’s love and offers God’s life to a dying world, to reject Jesus is to cut oneself off from the very source of life and remain in the realm of death. This separation from God is what it means to experience judgment.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Mar 21): But on Shabbat, if you will only stop to listen, to perceive and to know, you will discover a universe as it is found within the mind of its Creator.

Hannah James: Every time a woman slows down when everyone is telling her to do more… she is leading.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): Perhaps this is why G-d chose the second, and not the first, Sanctuary as His abode. On the surface, the Sanctuary in heaven is far more beautiful and perfect than the Sanctuary on earth. The truth is, however, that beauty and depth exist in our attempt to introduce a spark of idealism in a spiritual wasteland that a palace built in heaven can never duplicate.

Charisma (12 Mar 21): Are you living a Spirit-filled life?

The Rev. Dr. Marshall A. Jolly: Alas, as every preacher knows, the more familiar a text is, the more difficult it can be to preach on! Sometimes, it seems that everything that can be said about a text already has been said—and by someone who said it better than I can! Nowhere is this more clearly the case than with John 3:16. Martin Luther infamously called this verse, “The Gospel in a nutshell,” and for better or worse, it has been emblazoned on billboards and bumper stickers, sewn into throw pillows and baseball caps, and it has even appeared tattooed into the skin of more than a few actors and athletes.

Prism Ministries (12 Mar 21): What does it mean to have unconditional love and acceptance for others? The world seems to do a good job. The song “Born This Way”, a statement of unconditional acceptance by Lady Gaga rose to the top of the Billboard Music Chart’s #1 spot for several weeks. But as Christians, even though we are called to love others, we seem to have failed miserably. This is evident in the world’s view of us as hypocritical and judgmental, nothing more than a political action group trying to push our agenda.

Prof. Jennifer V. Pietz (12 Mar 21): The good news is that Jesus offers true life freely and equally to all people; the light he shines brings judgment upon all forms of darkness that would rob us of this life. God’s love is too great to allow hatred, violence, selfishness, and divisiveness to go unchecked. Divine judgment of these realities is, in the end, a reflection of divine love.

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): He is preparing us for GOOD WORKS ahead! I pray we can remove these roadblocks so that, together, we can see clearly the path before us and prepare a highway for our God.

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): Nostalgia will not save us. It will not save us in the church, it will not save us in this country; it will not save your life or mine. Try as we might (and God knows I often try) we cannot live on memories or longings for what used to be, for the ways things were, even the way things were a year ago. The pre-pandemic world is gone. The “before” time—the time when we did not know all that we know now—that time is gone. We have seen too much now. We can’t go home again. 

Faith Marie Baczko (08 Mar 21): At salvation, God gives us all of Himself but does not necessarily receive all of us! In our own repentance, we are then positioned to repent for the sins of the land, to remove the enemy’s platform and defenses. We can then attack with Holy Ghost bombs of the Word of God, specifically released by the Lord to hit the target, and possessing the power to destroy the strongholds. The enemy cannot attack where the Blood has removed their right to attack!

RevelationMedia (09 Mar 21): It is important to realize that the powers of evil could not actually prevent Christian from reaching the Gate. They did, however, do their best to scare him off of the path. In the same way, evil powers cannot impede our journey on the Lord’s path, but they can serve to dissuade, tempt, and use fear, doubt, and pride to keep us from pursuing the Lord’s path. The book of James says: …

Hannah James: Every time a woman says no when it’s uncomfortable to do so… she is leading.

Numbers 21:7 The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Faith Marie Baczko (08 Mar 21): God has set His Ekklesia on Earth to be a threat to every crooked, governing system. Sons of God are a Christ-sent apostolic company—an apostolic representation of Christ on Earth. We are supernatural, eternal beings, born again of the Holy Spirit. We are God’s Kingdom enforcers representing His rulership on Earth. Our position is to be seated with Christ, moving and having our being together in Him. We have been made kings and priests before God. Remember, kings rule! As the Ekklesia, we are to be on the offensive, as we have been called to conquer and occupy until He comes. Fraud, theft and deception are apparently the order of the day, and so far they have gotten away with it. However, Scripture says that the thief will have to return seven-fold what has been stolen!

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (in “My Father’s House” 04 Mar 21): Do you know that the only reason the enemy attacks you is to steal the Word? Lay hands on yourself and say, “If I’m going to be just like Jesus, it’s going to be because of the Word. The Word of God is going to change me into His image.” The enemy knows that, and he knows you are well on your way to another realm in the Holy Ghost.[11]

Brat (07 Mar 21): Yes, I know the reason for the attacks is to steal the Word.  And the prophets repeatedly asked Elisha before Elijah’s ascension, “Do you know that…” (2 Kings 2).  A husband and wife who have lovingly looked into each other’s eyes for decades may resemble each other, but they do not become each other.  I do not become Jesus by gazing in His eyes.  Reverence for God is a protective membrane against pride, laying hands on oneself, and self-fulling prophecy, even though you have a reputation for being alive.  Satan is a thief, but Jesus also said He would come as a thief. (Revelation 3:3) It takes a thief to catch a thief. (Revelation 16:15)

Rite of Holy Baptism:

Question: Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces
of wickedness that rebel against God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (10 Mar 21): Sometimes You Got to Be a Thief; How to Deal With Negative Self-Talk[12]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Mar 21): Keep both Shabbats [inner and outer] and you will find yourself redeemed.[13]

Mary Luti (10 Mar 21): Maybe Hell is due for a revival, at least as a bracing metaphor—although even hellfire seems too pale an image for what we deserve, we who disbelieve metaphorical flames while remaining oddly indifferent to real ones.

The Rev. Dr. Marshall A. Jolly: As we continue on our Lenten journey, there may be no more important time for us to take account of the ways in which each of us are afflicted by the venom of fear. Only when the Hebrew people brought that which they feared most into full view, were they made whole.

Numbers 21:8 And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.”

When Light Came In (08 Mar 21): Asking the right — or most helpful — questions is how we get to the core of “how did this happen?” and “how do we prevent it from happening again?”

Journal (10 Mar 21): A spirit of Entitlement ravaged the Church (which ironically had the gift of hospitality!) and turned what was beautiful into a raped pole dancer.

When Light Came In (08 Mar 21): It’s the things they assumed about their own value, power, position, ability to control the world that led to their behaviors.

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): The old mindsets. The old assumptions. The old prejudices. The old fears. The old lies. They don’t serve anymore. We have to be strong enough, together, to figure out how to be the Christians that the world needs now. That’s what we’re here for. That’s what Jesus has driven us out into this present moment to do.

Mary Luti (10 Mar 21): Deliver us, O God, from the fires of Hell.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: For there are no wars in the world and no ruler [of a nation] is uprooted from his place in his kingdom, until the Heavenly Armies and the stars of the other Heavens [except those of Israel], all wage their battles and disputes each with the other. Then these four ofanim [angelic forces] stand over [those below] in the four directions of the physical world.

Revelation 7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 

Brat: We’ve seen this.  And besides, haven’t we been talking about the cancel culture?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Mar 21): “For six days G-d speaks heaven and earth into being.  On the seventh day, He relapses into thought.”[14]

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

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Mar 21): So we stop, pore over the holy, mystical teachings of our masters, contemplate deeply their words, and wrap ourselves in prayer, in communion with the Knower of all Thoughts.

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): We know that we each only see in part, but when’s the last time we took the time to get additional counsel before making a final determination? Growing in maturity means learning from those we might even disagree with, if it means GETTING A LARGER PERSPECTIVE and shoring up our weaknesses. We will become stronger when all the parts are working together towards the same goal.

Rick Joyner (09 Mar 21): Ultimate maturity in Christ is a life that is dead to our own desires and wants, and focused entirely on what The Lord wants to do in us and through us. Jesus told us how to get to this place when He said, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 16:25).

Me to Pastor Julie Morris (08 Mar 21): With some maturity, now I can say in truth that having the two vocations side-by-side [Anchoress + Prophet] do complement each other within my soul.  The challenge has been surviving the outside looking in, because no one wants their status quo disrupted when they see no value in it.  The irony is that the outside goes through the same process as the anchoress, even if they don’t recognize it.  Then the prophet puts words to the process.

When Light Came In (11 Mar 21): Real may not be the *same* as our instincts in the moment, but it’s legitimate and valid and worth exploring.

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

Chabad U (11 Mar 21): It’s a tale as old as time, and here in 2021 it’s not getting any easier, but with the right insights, thoughts, and understanding our relationships can be more stable, meaningful, and fulfilling than ever before.

Mary Pezzulo (05 Mar 21): “Cancel culture” never really existed in the first place. We all belong to cultures, and our cultures cancel certain things they think are inappropriate for their audiences.  That’s unavoidable. The question is whether the judgement you’ve made is a good one.[15]

Mary Luti (10 Mar 21): Even eternity in Hell seems too light a sentence for us who’ve convinced ourselves that firestorms happen only far away, and who don’t mind that things burn as long as it’s not us.

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (07 Mar 21): Not surprisingly, it all comes down to a wall. Not the one imagined for our southern border or that now suddenly surrounds the Capitol. It is a much more unscalable wall, separating Americans from each other and from the founding ideals of their nation.

Daniel Pontious: Hitting the Wall!

Revelation 21:15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.

Rick Joyner (09 Mar 21): A basic characteristic by which we can recognize mature Christians is that they are God-focused instead of self-focused, or world-focused. When troubles come their first reaction is not to think of themselves, but how The Lord wants to use them in this situation. Perhaps the ultimate mature Christian life is defined by Galatians 2:20: “it is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me.” 

Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): Not in your Father’s house, perhaps, but on holy ground, nonetheless. The ground upon which we are standing.

Daniel Pontious: Every Runner who runs in a race starts out really strong in the beginning, but there often comes a point in the race (especially the long ones) where everything in you wants to quit. This spot in the race is called “Hitting the Wall!”

RevelationMedia (09 Mar 21): “Help!” Christian screamed, “Help!” He remembered the wise advice of Help after he pulled him from the swamp: “Help, in some form or another, is never far away.” This humility is key: Christian did not believe that he could avoid or conquer these evil powers all alone. In the same way, we are called to approach God for our every need. If we feel that we are being led astray, or feel that we are under attack, we must call on Him for help.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: These [holy] messengers oppose them so they will have no power over those who study Torah, as it is said “For He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall carry you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone“. (Psalms 91:11-12)

Faith Marie Baczko (08 Mar 21): We are about to see God, again, do unusual signs and wonders that will see the defeat of His enemies. I believe God is now saying, for 2021, that it is time to refocus and it is time to get back in the fight! Intercession for the exposure and uncovering of sin is being answered. Intercession for walls to come down is beginning to bear fruit, and we are beginning to see signs of the enemy’s walls of protection beginning to crumble. God is about to release His mighty and unusual acts on the earth as His people continue to press into prayer. It is time to find your rank and get back into position.

Joe Joe Dawson (11 Mar 21): How can God accelerate you if you have not done your part to position yourself? Do not waste any more time! Whenever God wants to do something new, He positions us for the right reason and season. Positioning is key to the manifestation of the Kingdom. If you want to see the promises of God poured out in your life, make sure you are in position for them to manifest. Understanding the positioning of God is vital for you to fulfill the Kingdom assignments God has for you.

Revelation 7:Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Mar 21): As a bride is whisked away from the rest of the world to be only to her beloved and no one else, so Shabbat carries us out of a mundane life on earth into the arms of the divine.

Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway; clear it of stones; lift up a signal over the peoples. (Isaiah 62:10)

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: That “stone” is “the stone that causes stumbling and a rock that is a stumbling block” (Is. 8:14)whereas the other is called “a tested stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation(Isaiah 28:16)the “Rock of Israel”. These stand one opposed to the other.

Mary Pezzulo (05 Mar 21): The Christians are claiming this is “cancel culture,” and that cancel culture is exclusively a bad thing.

Brat (21 Feb 21): Maybe Pergamum’s ‘white stone’ (Revelation 2:17) is actually redeeming Stephen and Paul (Acts 7) and making room for Stephen Ministries?  I’m convinced the Seven Churches need that kind of deep healing.

But it seems like I keep bringing this up every Lent.

Numbers 21:9 So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

The Rev. Dr. Marshall A. Jolly: In fact, the statue worked so well that it became a kind of cultural icon among the Hebrew people. The statue was passed from one generation to the next until, centuries later, it winds up in the temple in Jerusalem. By then, it had garnered both a name (Nehushtan) and a cult-like following, which prompts King Hezekiah to have it destroyed. (2 Kings 18:4)[16]

Brat: This also fits the Pergamum profile.  Besides, isn’t the serpent on the pole the medical profession’s symbol?

When Light Came In (11 Mar 21): Healing ourselves includes restoration of instincts, intuition and identity. We begin where we are, accept that, and move forward. Little steps in the direction of self-awareness and empowerment. Redemption of the best parts of us.

Chabad U (11 Mar 21): The keys to a happier more meaningful relationship.

Brat: Too bad that every time I’ve written to the rabbis at Ascent, they’ve responded “Remove me from your list,” and all the other rabbis I wrote remained absolutely Silent.  But they lived.  It’s not too far of a stretch to see they could be associated with the Church of Philly (Revelation 3:9) I have always loved them anyway.

Mary Pezzulo (05 Mar 21): And that’s exactly right.

Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (07 Mar 21): What’s even worse is losing sight of what’s on the other side.

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[1] Rev. Phil Hooper (07 Mar 21): Can’t Go Home Again: A Sermon – By Another Road

[2] Prism Ministries (10 Mar 21): Everyday Miracles (prismministries.org)

[3] Faith Marie Baczko (08 Mar 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25141)

[4] Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): https://www.theyeshiva.net/jewish/926/athens-vs-jerusalem

[5] Prof. Thane Rosenbaum (07 Mar 21): The Raging of Cancel Culture is a Threat to Us All (jewishjournal.com)

[6] Wanda Alger (08 Mar 21): ROADBLOCKS TO AWAKENING AND DISCERNING TRUTH – wandaalger.me

[7] Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): 11) See Midrash Rabah on the verse Hayosheves Baganim (Song of Songs).

[8] Rabbi YY Jacobson (28 Feb 11): 2) Talmud Taanis 5a. Zohar Vayikra 15b.

[9] Rick Joyner (09 Mar 21): The Weapon of Peace | MorningStar Ministries

[10] Prism Ministries (12 Mar 21): Unconditional (prismministries.org)

[11] Christian Harfouche (22 June 2016): Soaring Above Your Circumstances | Christian Harfouche Ministries (globalrevival.com)

[12] Rabbi YY Jacobson (10 Mar 21): Sometimes You Got to Be a Thief | Lecture to the South African Community | TheYeshiva.net

[13] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (09 Mar 21): Inner Shabbat – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[14] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (08 Mar 21): Shabbat and the Divine Mind – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[15] Mary Pezzulo (05 Mar 21): Hypocrisy, Dr. Seuss, and the Red Herring of Cancel Culture | Mary Pezzulo (patheos.com)

[16] The Rev. Dr. Marshall A. Jolly: 4th Sunday in Lent(B): God So Loves the World – Modern μετανοια (modernmetanoia.org)

My Father’s House 04 Mar 21

8 Mar

Working Dates: Thursday, March 4, 2021 to Monday, March 8, 2021

[15 pages of conversation anchored in John 2:13-22 from the lectionary readings for 3 Lent 07 Mar 21]

Apostle Doctor Christian Harfouche (22 June 2016): Do you know that the only reason the enemy attacks you is to steal the Word? Lay hands on yourself and say, “If I’m going to be just like Jesus, it’s going to be because of the Word. The Word of God is going to change me into His image.” The enemy knows that, and he knows you are well on your way to another realm in the Holy Ghost.[1]

Brat (07 Mar 21): Yes, I know the reason for the attacks is to steal the Word.  And the prophets repeatedly asked Elisha before Elijah’s ascension, “Do you know that…” (2 Kings 2).  A husband and wife who have lovingly looked into each other’s eyes for decades may resemble each other, but they do not become each other.  I do not become Jesus by gazing in His eyes.  Reverence for God is a protective membrane against pride, laying hands on oneself, and self-fulling prophecy, even though you have a reputation for being alive.  Satan is a thief, but Jesus also said He would come as a thief. (Revelation 3:3) It takes a thief to catch a thief. (Revelation 16:15)

Rite of Holy Baptism:

Question: Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces
of wickedness that rebel against God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Prof. Lois Malcolm (07 Mar 21): How do we follow the Messiah’s lead? By daily claiming the promises made in our baptism. This means daily dying to our false selves and reclaiming our birth into the Messiah’s life. It means continually having our distorted and dysfunctional ways of perceiving and responding to circumstances rewired and transformed.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): Forty days earlier, they stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai, and experienced the greatest moment in history: The only time G-d revealed Himself to an entire nation, giving them a blueprint to heal and sanctify the world. Now, five weeks later, the very same people are enthralled by a golden calf. They are laughing, sacrificing animals, bowing down to it, engaging in adultery all around their new god crafted of the jewelry in their ears. [2]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): “Even more than you love the Torah, you must love the people.”[3]

John 2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Molly Baskette (04 Mar 21): Your people say, “The way of the Lord is not just,” when it is their own way that is not just. When the righteous turn from their righteousness, and commit iniquity, they shall die for it. And when the wicked turn from their wickedness, and do what is lawful and right, they shall live by it. – Ezekiel 33:17-18 (NRSV)

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): How the Golden Calf Benefited the Jews

Rite of Holy Baptism:

Question: Do you renounce the evil powers of this world
which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Lance Wallnau (04 Mar 21): Because of his personal regard, when a lion or a bear came he [David] didn’t say “sorry dad a lion came and killed one of your sheep”. No, instead his response was: “hey, that’s mine, that’s my sheep; touch it and you’re dead!” Something goes off in his head; he’s now not thinking normal; he’s not thinking fear nor the size of the opponent, he’s thinking stewardship and ownership of a sphere assigned to him and he takes it much more serious. He takes you running off with one of his sheep very personally.

John 2:14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): Three times a day, we say in the prayers, “Forgive us father because we have sinned… blessed are you G-d, the gracious one who forgives excessively.” Think about it. I sinned in the morning, I asked forgiveness, G-d says, no problem. A few hours later, I sin again, I apologize again, and G-d says: You got it, my son. A few hours later I sin again, and again, G-d accepts my apology. All is good.

Rite of Holy Baptism:

Parents and Godparents

I present believers who take God’s grace for granted to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

Sophia shared (05 Mar 21): Watch “The Church & The Swamp, one in The Same – Change is coming!” on YouTube [https://youtu.be/mNQPBnk92cw]

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Disturbed: “The Sound of Silence” [https://youtu.be/u9Dg-g7t2l4]

Brat: Have you really listened to the lyrics lately?  It’s very current!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): Listen to the words: “Leave Me alone.” Moses got the message. If He does not leave G-d alone, all would end up well. So Moses does not leave G-d alone. He pleads, prays, and begs for forgiveness. The people repent. G-d forgives the people. We are still here.

Prof. Lois Malcolm (04 Mar 21): Jesus is angry. His father’s house has become a marketplace. This scene in an ancient temple is not unlike one he might also find in our day, where we turn almost every aspect of our lives into a commodity for exchange.

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

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): “And now, if You will forgive their sin, and if not, obliterate me from Your book that you have written.” (Exodus 32:32)

Molly Baskette (04 Mar 21): It’s human nature to want to distance ourselves as much as possible from blame or shame. Ezekiel calls this out when he says the people have projected their guilt onto God.

John 2:15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

Nathan French (27 Feb 21): “The political scene has been overtaken by fake news and information whores; those who prostitute the truth for lies because they love money and power. The love of money, as a root, is being dug out in this season. I am going after everything that is false and revealing, to those who want truth, how to work with Heaven. Companies of people that come against My established truth and attempt to sensor Me, the Lord GOD, have picked a fight with Heaven, and I tell you the truth, I am not going down.” [4]

Steve Shultz (04 Mar 21): I admonish what Nathan [French] shares here: Have faith and pray. Prayer prepares the way. Be ready to move as an individual…

Molly Baskette (04 Mar 21): We wouldn’t know anything about that. I know I’ve never said, “Things are going so badly and this is all your doing, God. You’re the all-powerful one. Get in here!”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 Mar 21): And with that, Moses established forever the relationship between the Torah and the people.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): Throughout all of history, G-d promises, whenever I think of the Jewish people, I will recall the story of the Golden Calf—simply to give Me perspective. It will remind Me not to take them for granted! Not to just assume that Torah comes easy to them. That living a life of nobility, morality, justice, and ethical depth is a no-brainer. No! I will always remember how deeply they fell at that fateful moment and it will remind Me how much to appreciate all of their sacrifices, commitments, mitzvos, and their entire existence as My people.[12][5]

Daniel Emerson​​​​​​​: Do not think that this season you can get by with sacrifice; the breakthrough that God wants to deliver to us comes from simply obedience and trust in his plans. God told David to circle around behind the enemy and wait for a specific element for his marching orders! Listen, wait and obey! 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Mar 21): And He called that silence Shabbat.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:21 am Journal: I woke up in the middle of the night with the Lord talking to me.  Or maybe He was talking to Laodicea and I was listening to what He was saying to them.  He was addressing them as the Great Physician.  In any case, I was left with a question for Prof. Jim Watkins which Steve Shultz and Nathan French confirmed this morning when I saw what the Elijah List was posting today.

Nathan French (27 Feb 21): “God Says: Ready or Not, Here I Come!”

Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer: But maybe the Psalmist puts it better: the law of the LORD is more to be desired than much fine gold, more than much fine gold, sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb.” [6]

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

House of Destiny (05 Mar 21): Analysis: Blinded So That We Can See?

Brat: Sophia was just saying to me recently how Saul (the sinner) was blinded so that Paul (the redeemed) could see. (Acts 22:11)

Prof. Lois Malcolm (04 Mar 21): O God, give us eyes to see that—even amid the insidious ways we commodify ourselves—you still dwell among us in the Messiah’s crucified body, creating life and righteousness wherever death and injustice are at work. Amen.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (05 Mar 21): “Come, let us reach an understanding, —says Hashem. Be your sins like crimson, They can turn snow-white; Be they red as dyed wool, They can become like fleece.” Isaiah 1:18 (The Israel BibleTM)

Shop MorningStar Ministries (03 Mar 21): A Series of Life-Changing Letters

Best Buy (06 Mar 21): Your inbox just got some more deals… The 3-Day Sale is too good to forget about

John 2:16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”

Rev. Josephine Marie Ayers​​​​​​​: Have you ever heard the statement, ‘If you are getting resistance in your life as a Christian, or a minister’, you must be doing something right? Another words, the more the opposition, and the more the devil is trying to upstage, what God is doing in your life, you are automatically assumed to be on the ‘right track’. Yikes! Dangerous thinking![7]

Christian Harfouche (16 June 2016): When you fly a jet that is built to break the sound barrier into a higher level and speed, the closer you get to the sound barrier, the greater the resistance becomes. Things start shaking, and it seems as if you are going the wrong way. This is what happens to you in times of transition. Your mind says, “This thing is going to break up! Don’t push the throttle any more. This thing was not designed for that. It’s going to fall apart!” [8]

Prism Ministries (05 Mar 21): What about the people you encounter? What about the people you lead? Do you see their future potential? Do you see what God is calling them to be? I get so excited when I think about the potential that God placed in people, to change cities, nations, or even just their own families due to the changes that are happening within them.[9]

Rev. Josephine Marie Ayers​​​​​​​: When we get resistance does anyone ever ask the Lord the question, ‘Is there anything I need to learn in all of this God’? If not, we should! Not all pain is from the enemy. We are also free to make choices and cause our own resistance, with bad choices.

Patheos: Divinity and the Learning Jesus

Prof. Lois Malcolm (05 Mar 21): Jesus’ zeal for his father’s house rings through the centuries. In a world increasingly subject to a global market, we are often oblivious to the ways we commodify ourselves and others—even the things of God—in order to secure some advantage. Echoing the prophets and psalmists, Jesus’ speech and actions in this story remind us that he is the Passover that liberates us from the demonic grip of our dehumanizing ways of perceiving and responding to other people.

Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer: Our culture doesn’t talk much about idols, but if we’re honest, all of us can name things that compete for our ultimate allegiance, demand our attention, and suck up our resources: professional sports, alcohol, social media, our investment accounts. These things aren’t bad in and of themselves, but they easily take up more space in our lives than they ought, squeezing out our availability for caring for ourselves (souls and bodies) and our communities. It is as though we have a limited number of portals for connection, and if each of these takes up a port, where do we plug into that nourishing, life-giving flow of God’s love?

RevelationMedia (in “Sneeze” 03 Mar 21): Worldly Wiseman convinced Christian so easily to leave The King’s path. 

Rev. Josephine Marie Ayers​​​​​​​: Is It Always the Devil?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): Moses’ plea can be read two ways. The simple reading is to add a single word: “If you will forgive their sin, good, and if not…”

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): This goes on for decades or more. Three times a day I apologize, even though my last apology was just a few hours or a few minutes earlier. If this would be you apologizing to your wife, at some point she would say: Don’t be a ‘nudnik!’ Stop sinning so much against me so you will not have to apologize. But G-d patiently offers forgiveness, three times a day, for 120 years!

Rev. Josephine Marie Ayers​​​​​​​: Do we pay attention to those Holy Spirit checks in our spirit? Or do we immediately assume the enemy is trying to abort something in our lives. Don’t get me wrong, the devil is known to do that. But we need to discern properly, and not ‘assume’.

Prof. Lois Malcolm (04 Mar 21): We carefully market our spiritual and religious identities. We turn our deepest convictions into brands we buy and sell. We develop innovative strategies for undercutting our competition and increasing our market share in an increasingly cutthroat religious and spiritual marketplace. We compare ourselves based on the amount we can charge for our services.

Rev. Josephine Marie Ayers​​​​​​​: Blood bought, submitted children of GOD, are not at the devil’s mercy, but at God’s. We need not fear moving forward thinking the devil is ALWAYS going to take pot shots at us, or that all the pot shots are from him. 

Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer: During Lent, many Episcopalians begin Sunday liturgies with the Litany of Penitence. The officiant recites each commandment, to which the people respond with a prayer for God’s mercy, implying rightly that they have failed to abide perfectly by these commandments. But maybe the next time you hear them, you’ll remember their deepest purpose isn’t to induce guilt or serve as a litmus test for the true Christians; rather, they guide us into a genuine spirituality that God wants for us and with us: self-transcendence, connection, and belonging.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): And yet here, suddenly, we discover a very different G-d. “On the day I make an accounting, I will bring their sin to account against them.” Or in Rashi’s words: “When I take an accounting of their sins, I will also account a little of this sin with the other sins.” G-d will never let go of this sin. The Jews repented, but He can’t let go. Why?

Martha Spong (06 Mar 21): Striving

Rev. Josephine Marie Ayers​​​​​​​: But I think when we make absolute statements to others, we can possibly lead them astray. Remember we may be the only Bible that people can read! 

Ryan LeStrange (05 Mar 21): Oops!!!!

Christian Harfouche (16 June 2016): The Bible says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. But how many of you know that after faith comes, the devil comes? The devil doesn’t come before faith comes. The devil doesn’t come before the Truth is spoken. The devil always comes after the Truth, because he has nothing to say unless it is in opposition to the Truth!

Sylvia Neusch (06 Mar 21): I see men, women and children coming under a great weight of conviction, and this weight will cause an upward gaze. This is the “ripe harvest.” It is the hearts who have been prepared and are ready and waiting for our proclamation, “Here is your God!”[10]

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (05 Mar 21): “Who is Isaiah speaking of in this verse?” the Midrash asks. “This is the mourners of Zion for whom God will bring great victories against their enemies.” 

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): What was now revealed was the brokenness of the Jewish people—the depth of their struggles. They had a long journey ahead of them. They were not the perfect dreamy spouse, where love, at first sight, translates into a lifelong romance. No! 40 days after their marriage they already had an “affair.” That’s pretty ugly. Some people, we know, are unfaithful in their marriage, but even in our morally depraved society, we are surprised to hear about a betrayal that took place merely five weeks after the wedding, in the middle of the honeymoon. Yet here, merely forty days after the grand marriage between G-d and the Jewish people, they have betrayed Him and engaged in idolatry.

Martha Spong (06 Mar 21): The LORD said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and instructions?” – Exodus 16:28 (NRSV)

Prof. Lois Malcolm (06 Mar 21): O God, permeate every aspect of our daily lives with the truth and love embodied in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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

Nathan French (27 Feb 21): “Hear the sound of many waters. Quickly repent if you have stood against Me, the Lord God Almighty. This dam is about ready to break. I replace every curse with blessing and destroy what the enemy sets up, as I use those chosen based on many factors.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): But you can also read it as it is written:

Whether you forgive them or not, obliterate me.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): Ah! What this brought out more than anything else is how much we ought to appreciate their initial commitment to G-d at Sinai. Seeing how low they fell only demonstrated the tremendous courage and faith the Jewish people professed previously as they said “we will do” and “we will hear” and embraced their destiny as the ambassadors of G-d in this world.

Molly Baskette (04 Mar 21): On the other hand, many of us feel a lot of guilt and shame—about the wrong things. We’re ashamed of our bodies, our abilities or lack thereof, of things other people did to us when we were too young or powerless to stop it. We’re ashamed of our natural desires for food or intimacy or companionship, and ashamed of our need for help even when doing hard things.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): Why? Why would Moses demand not only his physical death, but utter, eternal, spiritual obliteration? Moses, of all people, who certainly was fully cognizant of what this meant!

Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer: Many would suggest that being religious has more to do with external things like institutional affiliation and assent to a set of beliefs, such as our Nicene Creed. Spirituality, on the other hand, is about experiences of self-transcendence, belonging, and connection: spirituality is about relationship.

Rite of Holy Baptism:

Question: Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?

Answer: I do.

RevelationMedia (in “Sneeze” 03 Mar 21): An added complication arises when we, sinful humans, decide to invent our own law in order to try to earn God’s favor. The endeavor to earn love or favor from God will always be fruitless, and will be just as frustrating as when Christian sees the ever-multiplying contradictory commandments coming out of the ground around him, impeding his path up the mountain.

Amy Sutherland (02 Mar 21): It feels helpless, because I can pray for ears to hear and eyes to see but ultimately it is an issue of the persons heart – and that comes down between the person and God only. One of my triggers used to be when I didn’t feel listened to, and well that still doesn’t feel great![11]

Brat: Me, too.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): When they are doing something good, it will remind Me how much I ought to celebrate it and reward them for it, that I should never take their goodness for granted and assume that they could have not chosen any other path.[13][12]

Lance Wallnau (04 Mar 21): What if YOUR DESTINY is connected to what FRUIT you are called to manifest, what TERRITORY you are called to take, or what FOOTPRINT are you called to leave on planet earth…that YOU are anointed, assigned and created to fulfill?

When Light Came In (04 Mar 21): When we start to heal, we break their perfect. We become more whole. We realize what was not only broken, it was evil. And we learn to love what is real, what is honest and life-giving.

Lance Wallnau (04 Mar 21): If you were to take ownership of it, you would put up with a lot less garbage from the devil in that territory. When it’s not yours anything can be going on in that “region” – but when it’s yours it personalizes it for you.

Rev. Josephine Marie Ayers​​​​​​​: But we need to consider NOT giving the devil credit for every form of opposition in our lives. We need to stop and pause for a moment trusting that God will tell us, from whence the opposition comes.  Sometimes people don’t ask God because they have already made up their minds in the direction they want to go. Uh oh!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): G-d, it seems, is telling Moses that He will never forget this sin. Whenever He is going to make an accounting of their sins, this sin will be included in the “package.”

John 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Prof. Lois Malcolm (05 Mar 21): Indeed, Jesus’ body enacts a very different kind of exchange—one that stands in sharp contrast to the ways we turn others and ourselves into commodities measured by our value on a market. In this alternative exchange, we become signs of God’s temple—the Messiah’s body for one another and the rest of the world—precisely when our overflow of resources provides for another’s need, even as their overflow provides for our need.

Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer: Who doesn’t want to taste that sweetness?

Rev. Josephine Marie Ayers​​​​​​​: God will have His way one way or the other. So, if we get ‘hiccups’ in our life, even the devil cannot stop His will.

John 2:18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Mar 21): . . . it was then that the Artist signed His holy name, a stillness within the busy painting, a vacuum in time, a pocket of silence within the polyphony, so that the Infinite Light could kiss the finite world, enter within and grant it life.

Lance Wallnau (06 Mar 21): Is there a truth you need to remember or a lie you need to let go of today?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): Which category do the Jews fit into? Due to the holy ancestors of the Jewish people and their great leaders, it seemed like the acceptance of the Torah by Jews was as natural as water to a fish, a match made in heaven. The Jewish soul is a “Fragment of G-d,”[10][13] and the Jewish DNA was sculptured by Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah. Torah for them is as organic as the piano to Mozart, the paintbrush to Van Gogh.

Rite of Holy Baptism: We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water.
Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation.
Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage
in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus
received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy
Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death
and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

Nashotah House (02 Mar 21): IT’S TIME.
This is THE summer to visit Nashotah.

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UNPARALLELED CONTINUING EDUCATION.

Prof. Jim Watkins (in “Sneeze” 03 Mar 21): I wanted to make sure you saw this advertisement for our summer courses. Let me know if you’re interested, and I can get you more information.

Proverbs 26:1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
    honor is not fitting for a fool.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (05 Mar 21): “SNOW THIS MONTH A HARBINGER OF FAMINE PRECEDING REDEMPTION”[14]

Simcha-Shmuel Treister (in “Sneeze” 03 Mar 21): In the light of the sufferings generated upon the Jewish people in their exile, teshuva would certainly bring the redemption quickly.

Journal (02 Mar 21): But my heart is cracking with ice.  I have a live person that came into my inbox and it is not even about responding to my pieces that I’ve shared with them.  It’s just more recruiting for their agendas. [Courses in summer.] What could I ever send them, more than I already have, that could pique their interest to even care about what I’m sharing?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): Certainly it was out of his love for his people. Because G‑d had told him, “Let me destroy them and I will make you into a great nation.”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (05 Mar 21): Their offspring shall be known among the nations, Their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them shall recognize That they are a stock Hashem has blessed. Isaiah 61:9

Steve Shultz: Are you ready for some good news?

Prof. Lois Malcolm (06 Mar 21): This Jesus continues to be our Tree of Life, in whose death we are reborn to new life. As we remember the truth and love he embodied, and pass it on through act and word, we wear his body, crucified and raised from the dead, for every lost and broken person. Although we frequently stumble, his is the lead we follow. As our Tree of Life, his truth and love permeate every aspect of our everyday lives, whether we are in joy or in sorrow, as the sea overflows into rivers.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (05 Mar 21): “We find in the Midrash that the snow will begin by damaging seeds and young plants,” Rabbi Fish explained. “The snow will grow stronger until the months preceding the Shemittah, continuing until the shemittah itself. This is all so that people will begin to talk about the Moshiach (Messiah) and so they will stop ridiculing the mourners of Zion who are expecting redemption.”

Steve Shultz: We are constantly bombarded with negative news around the clock, but…

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): G-d is “furious,” as it were. He tells Moses:[1] “Now leave Me alone, and My anger will be kindled against them so that I will annihilate them, and I will make you into a great nation.”

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Mar 21): Within each thing there is a Shabbat, a sense of wonder, of knowing that there is something greater, something it will never truly know, and a yearning to receive from there.

Prof. Lois Malcolm (06 Mar 21): Biblical traditions use the image of the Tree of Life to depict God’s Wisdom, evident in all creation and revealed in the Torah (God’s law). Early followers of Jesus drew on these connections to affirm that Jesus was indeed not only the Messiah but also the Word and Wisdom of God, who was with God at the dawn of creation.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Mar 21): “Shabbat is the Creator’s signature upon His masterwork.”

Lana Vawser (01 Mar 21): Recently, I heard the Lord speaking over many in the body of Christ “I am changing the pace to prepare you for the new space! Pay attention to the PACE”[15]

Katie Barker (04 Mar 21): “There is a caution to build to My plan, as I am the master builder. Psalm 127:1 is a significant message for this time. Those who walk in wisdom build on the leading of My Spirit, for unless I build the house, little fruit will come from the build, but as My hand is seen in the building, so too will fruitfulness, increase and advancement come.” [16]

Wanda Alger (04 Mar 21): I believe all the words being spoken about a supernatural wind of the Spirit coming as a sign of God’s presence. Let’s pray for the wind of His spirit to drive out the fog and refresh this land with a mighty outpouring from heaven. Let’s pray that the truth would be fully revealed so that His righteousness can prevail. Let’s encourage each other to get out of the fog, search out the truth, and together, displace the kingdoms of this world with the Kingdom of our God. [17]

Brat (04 Mar 21): Please pardon the boldness of this reply, but with all the brilliant minds at Nashotah House, may I ask a current and relevant question that cannot wait until summer?

Daniel 2:35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): Whatever it may be, what inspires me—and what inspires G-d—is not when things just come easy and smooth. But when we fall on the slopes, and yet we rise again. To quote my new friend from Venezuela, “Let constancy and sacrifice move mountains.” 

Katie Barker (04 Mar 21): The Lord says, “Assignments that are paused will be restarted from a position of closer alignment with My purposes, as My people surrender to the work of My hand in their lives. I will restore and breathe life on dreams and callings that the enemy diverted or derailed. Where there has been stagnation of the greater destiny I have for My people, they will see hindrances and blockages [leave] and advancement come, as they surrender afresh to Me and take up the divine strategy I release to them by My Spirit.

Molly Baskette (04 Mar 21): In the meantime, if we could just feel proper shame for the proper things—the good we have failed to do and the harm we have done, our pride and pettiness and selfishness and temper—we might be able to let shame do its best work, and free us to do better.

Danielle Dixon (in “Sneeze” 03 Mar 21): In another place in scripture, it says I will come in and share a meal together as friends. If we open the door.

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

Brat: And if all it ever ends up being is more Word Salad?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): At this, Moses shuddered with his entire being.

Nate Johnston: PROPHETIC DECLARATION OVER YOU: YOU ARE COMING OUT OF WORD-WARFARE & GETTING BACK THE UPPER HAND!

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Brat: Another one of my birthdays pulverized for a cause?

Molly Baskette (04 Mar 21): The Right Kind of Shame

Rite of Holy Baptism:

Question: Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you
from the love of God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Katie Barker (04 Mar 21): “Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.” (Isaiah 61:7 ESV)

John 2:19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Molly Baskette (04 Mar 21): We will all die someday. But as Ezekiel reminds us: when we do harmful things, or fail to do good, it robs us of life-force sooner than it might. And turning from temper or transgression will give us a larger and more beautiful life than we’ve ever imagined.

Prof. Lois Malcolm (05 Mar 21): Dear Jesus, we are grateful that through your crucified body, you transform our commodifying exchanges into generative relationships that deepen our connection with you and with one another. Amen.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): If not for him, G‑d could not destroy the Jewish people. After all, G‑d had promised their forefathers that their descendants would become a great nation.

Nathan French (27 Feb 21): “You shall be the partakers in this third great awakening! Live like you know Heaven is at hand.”

Christian Harfouche (22 June 2016): John [the Baptist] preached it. He taught it. He believed it. Notice John had never wondered whether or not Jesus was the Messiah until he was thrown in jail. Before, John had said, “I must decrease that He might increase.” Then, when he was in jail and the circumstance that was going to decrease him came, he began to wonder whether or not he had heard God right.

Wanda Alger (04 Mar 21): We cannot afford to simply hunker down while this toxic poison continues to infect every area of our culture. We must be intentional by avoiding propaganda, searching out the truth, and refreshing ourselves in God’s presence. We must be willing to confront the ugliness of sin while staying clothed in righteousness. Our worship in Spirit and in truth can help shift the atmosphere and inspire others to come out of the fog. As we pursue that which is good and true, we will receive the necessary boldness to pierce through the deception and neutralize this poison.

John 2:20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?”

When Light Came In (04 Mar 21): In dysfunctional, abusive relationships, we can’t grow up. We stay small, immature, powerless.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 Mar 21): And now, Moses had to decide: Are the people here to keep the Torah, or is the Torah here to liberate the souls of the people?

Rite of Holy Baptism: Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ
and renew our own baptismal covenant.

Kaylie Hollins (01 Mar 21): “In fact, it was our diseases he bore, our pains from which he suffered; yet we regarded him as punished, stricken and afflicted by God. But he was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises* we are healed. We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way; yet ADONAI laid on him the guilt of all of us.” Yesha ‘yahu (Isaiah) 53:4-6 CJB

Rite of Holy Baptism: Will you who witness these vows do all in your
power to support these persons in their life in Christ?

Brat prayer (04 Mar 21): Lord Jesus, for YEARS, decades, I’ve been praying for my Church, Your Church.  I have been praying for the Church long before You ever called me, since I was a tiny child.  I know You have heard every prayer.  You are the Lover of Souls.  I worship You and give You praise and glory for You are worthy to break the seal on every stony heart.  I ask that You break the Apathy.  How would brilliant minds treat a patient with acute Apathy? I ask that this time Your Holy Spirit takes the question and invades every forlorn and calloused place to plough this rocky field.  Stir their hearts this time to listen to the question and take it to heart.  Stir their hearts to take the question seriously and apply collective effort to praying through it and answering it.  Stir their hearts to work with me directly and follow though with the stirrings led by Your hand.  Protect the question from being dismissed.  Put Your holy oil on it to anoint the question so that it glides into spheres and realms it hasn’t had access to before.  Shine Your radiance on it, so that it shines the brilliance of Your truth to awaken dead hearts.  Breathe Your fresh life into the question to stir Your surgical precision of conviction as opposed to guilt, so that the healing process of making wrongs right can finally begin.

Molly Baskette (04 Mar 21): God, mute the shame that doesn’t serve, and turn up the volume on the shame that, acknowledged, will bring me back alive again.

Lana Vawser (05 Mar 21): I then heard the Lord say, “These scribes are scribing that which I am speaking and revealing, and they are marked by My divine strategy that will bring HEALING. The words of My heart and mouth, which will go out through what I have them scribe, will bring HEALING to individuals, families, communities, cities, and nations. These ones have lived deep in My heart, they live in the library of Heaven, listening to what I am saying and seeing—what I have written for what is to come… They have been stewarding these words with purity and humility and now it is time for their release.[18]

John 2:21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): If so, it was his existence that made possible the destruction of his own people.

Prof. Lois Malcolm (04 Mar 21): Amid all this, Jesus’ zealous rage indicts us. It reminds us that his body is our only temple, a body crucified by religious and political powers, and the economies of exchange that sustained them. Wherever sin, pain, and death haunt us, and the promise of resurrection brings new life—that is where God dwells among us.

Kaylie Hollins (01 Mar 21): This is one of the greatest of all truths:
OUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN OVER HIS WOUNDS![19]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): Repulsed and horrified, Moses exclaimed, “Such a creature I cannot be! Please! Obliterate me as though I never was!” This is a Jewish leader. There cannot be anything of him that is not love for his people.

Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer: That is the One before whom we should have no other gods. The LORD is eager to encounter us and put our finitude and weakness in the eternal context of liberating love.

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

Nathan French (27 Feb 21): “No one is perfect and I am gracious, but I am not leaving My throne. It’s not over. This battle has just begun and I will always seek to minimize causalities. There are reasons I wait for timing. Because I live outside of time, I see what affect [that] moving too soon could have. I use delay and I operate with the desired end in mind.

Lana Vawser (05 Mar 21): “The enemy tried to take you out, but he failed. Now the enemy will be paid back for coming against you, through the marvelous miracles, salvations, harvest and move of My Spirit that will be birthed through that which I will have you scribe.”

When Light Came In (04 Mar 21): It doesn’t work if we grow up, become stronger, more open, more assertive and grounded. Abusers don’t want grown ups, they want what’s controllable, what *appears* grown up, but is stunted. Then they can show off their shiny partner, play the role of upstanding leader.

Lance Wallnau (04 Mar 21): So … what do YOU think? Any examples in your life that come to mind?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (05 Mar 21): “Love G-d. Love Torah. But first love the people.”

Brat: I beg your pardon? Our first love is supposed to be for God, so as to not have any gods before Him.  How easy is it to turn people into gods, even unintentionally?  I believe that is why we are supposed to listen twice as much as we talk.  When we love Him first, then we have more love to extend to others and ourselves.  Jesus is the only One I know of who was able to live that way.

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.

Christian Harfouche (16 June 2016): In other words, the devil is not a creative being. He doesn’t have a thing to say. He can only take the Truth and twist it. Therefore, until the Truth is spoken, the devil is silent. You don’t hear the devil talking in the Garden of Eden before God said, “Don’t eat of the fruit of the tree.” You don’t hear him tempting man before God said, “The day you eat of it, you will surely die.” But once God had said, “You will surely die,” the devil said, “You will not die.” 10

Brat: Hmmmm.  Death by gaslighting.

Revelation 10:7 But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): And now go, lead the people to [the place] of which I have spoken to you. Behold My angel will go before you. But on the day I make an accounting, I will bring their sin to account against them.

Brat Question (04 Mar 21): “How would brilliant minds treat a patient with acute Apathy?”

[Received Silence.]

Rite of Holy Baptism:

Question: Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?

Answer: I do.

RevelationMedia (04 Mar 21): iBIBLE Behind-the-Scenes | Seventy Times Seven

Brat: And that distinctly feels like taking my forgiveness for granted.  Can you imagine how that makes Jesus feel to have one of His little ones abused and then taken for granted just as He was?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (07 Mar 21): For it is that emptiness that allows the Infinite to enter.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): When G-d Learned Not to Take His People for Granted

John 2:22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

**


[1] Christian Harfouche (22 June 2016): Soaring Above Your Circumstances | Christian Harfouche Ministries (globalrevival.com)

[2] Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): How the Golden Calf Benefited the Jews | Essay Ki Sisa | TheYeshiva.net

[3] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (04 Mar 21): The Ultimate Love of Moses – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[4] Nathan French (27 Feb 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25124); posted 04 Mar 21

[5] Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): [12] This may be the deeper meaning in Rashi as well. That at every future sin and punishment G-d will recall the story of the Calf to put the sin into perspective and context.

[6] Rev. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer: The Law, Lent 3 (B) – March 7, 2021 – The Episcopal Church

[7] Rev. Josephine Marie Ayers​​​​​​​: Is It Always The Devil?? (flamesoffireministriesinc.blogspot.com)

[8] Christian Harfouche (16 June 2016): Penetrating the Barrier | Christian Harfouche Ministries (globalrevival.com)

[9] Prism Ministries (05 Mar 21): Seeing People For Who They Are Becoming (prismministries.org)

[10] Sylvia Neusch (06 Mar 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25136)

[11] Amy Sutherland (02 Mar 21): http://ablazeglobalproductions.com/2021/03/02/the-will-of-the-heart/

[12] Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): [13] In the Tanya, chapter 15, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the Alter Rebbe, explains this way the strange Talmudic statement (Chagiga 9b), that “he who serves G-d” refers to one who revises his studies 101 times, while “he who serves Him not” refers to one who revises his studies only 100 times. It seems strange that this 101st revision should outweigh all the previous hundred, and should earn the student the designation of “he who serves G-d?” Why?
Says the Tanya, because in those Talmudic days, it was customary to review each lesson one hundred times. Thus, to review one hundred times did not require any unique effort; it was second nature. Only the 101st revision, which required effort beyond the student’s custom, could gain him the appellation of “he who serves G-d.”
The Talmud illustrates this by the analogy of the market of the donkey drivers. The drivers would charge one zuz for ten parsi (Persian miles) but demanded two zuz for driving 11 parsi. This does not make sense. You do not charge 100 dollars for ten miles, and 200 dollars for 11 miles!
The answer is because that one extra mile was outside the comfort zone of the donkey. Therefore, this 101st revision, which is beyond the normal practice to which the student has been accustomed since his childhood, is equivalent to all the previous one hundred revisions combined, in fact, its quality surpasses them in its greater strength and power, so that it is only this one extra revision which entitles the student to be called “he who serves G-d.”

[13] Rabbi YY Jacobson (04 Mar 21): [10] Tanya ch. 2

[14] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (05 Mar 21): Mystic Rabbi Reveals Prophecy: “Snow This Month a Harbinger of Famine Preceding Redemption” (israel365news.com)

[15] Lana Vawser (01 Mar 21): I HEARD THE LORD SPEAKING OVER MANY “I AM CHANGING THE PACE TO PREPARE YOU FOR THE NEW SPACE! PAY ATTENTION TO THE PACE!”” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[16] Katie Barker (04 Mar 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25123)

[17] Wanda Alger (04 Mar 21): COME OUT OF THE FOG! – wandaalger.me

[18] Lana Vawser (05 Mar 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25128)

[19] Kaylie Hollins (01 Mar 21): YOUR NAME IS WRITTEN OVER HIS WOUNDS – Kaylie Hollins

The Sneeze 3 Mar 21

3 Mar

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

[12 pages anchored in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 from the lectionary readings for 3 Lent 07 Mar 21]

Tina Villa (03 Mar 21): Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. You alone are holy, you alone would drive a muscle car in the slow lane, and wave at the rest of us passing you. Amen.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister (03 Mar 21): Traveling Blues

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): Christian hesitantly placed his foot on the golden pathway created by Worldly Wiseman. The new path seemed much easier than the path that Evangelist had instructed him to follow. Worldly Wiseman advised Christian that he would find a way to get rid of his burden if he followed this path to the end. In the city Morality where Legality Hill stood, Christian would find a giant mountain, studded with commandments. There, at that mountain, his burden would be lifted—at least that’s what he thought.

Lana Vawser (01 Mar 21): The Lord whispered again: “I will forge within these ones in the development room with Me what is needed for the journey ahead. Deliverance will take place in the development room with Me as I free these ones from burdens, expectations, and weights that they have lived under and carried that are not from Me. I am stretching out many of their broken and crippled wings and from this deep place with Me they will then come out ready to fly higher and further than they have ever flown with Me, soaring into all that I have for them.” [1]

Nate Johnston: IT’S TIME TO ASCEND ABOVE THE SNAKE-LINE!

Amanda Grace (25 Feb 21): “And,” says the Spirit of the Lord this day, “the captain of the army of the Lord of Hosts has been dispatched, along with the warring angels, to do just that – war and cut the serpent that has intertwined itself around the feet and the wings of the eagle, attempting to squeeze and constrict it until there is no life left.[2]

Rick Joyner (02 Mar 21): It’s noteworthy that The Lord uses the title “Lord of hosts,” or “Lord of armies” more than any other title, but in Romans 16:20 we’re told that “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under our feet.” Don’t ever lose your peace. God’s peace is one of the most powerful weapons we have.[3]

Prism Ministries (03 Mar 21): Jesus said, “In this life, you will have trouble. But take heart! For I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Jesus knew that we would encounter disappointments. He knew we would encounter troubles, fears, and doubts. But he says, “Take heart!” because He has already overcome this life. And as we choose to believe this fact, we choose to live in the place He has called us to a place that’s not free from sorrow, but where we know and live in a place of victory. In spite of trouble, in spite of doubt, God is there with us. We will encounter hurt. We will encounter disappointments. And that is okay. But God didn’t create us to live there. He created us to overcome, to rise above those circumstances, and let His light shine through us, in spite of it all.[4]

Nate Johnston (27 Feb 21): Right now God is declaring a “No access zone” around you and your enemies will no longer have any entry point into your life. [5] 

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): Struggling under the increasing weight of his burden, Christian saw that the mountain was too steep to climb. Legality’s voice thundered from the top of the mountain. He refused to take away Christian’s burden until Christian climbed to meet him at the top. In order to reach the top, he needed to obey every commandment without missing any. “Don’t Move!” “Obey the Rules.” “Walk.” “Don’t Question My Authority.” The laws continued to pop up around Christian.

Change.org: Fraternity hazing

Mark Wilson (01 Mar 21): Companions on the Journey

Nate Johnston (27 Feb 21): Where you have wanted to give up your purpose and hide, had doors blocked, answers delayed, and your name dragged through the mud – God is justifying you and vindicating you! 

Prof. Lois Malcolm (03 Mar 21): In many of our interpersonal and societal conflicts, our need to be right often masks what is actually at work: a need to protect our egos and the interests of the groups that secure them. Regardless of whether we see ourselves as ethically or theologically “correct”—the fact remains. We habitually use the best that secular and religious wisdom has to offer to get what we want. Moreover, we intentionally remain oblivious to the ways our entrenched patterns of perceiving and responding to life keep us from truly understanding the people around us and using what we have to respond to their needs.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (14 Feb 2011): The Soul of Addiction: The Golden Calf You and I Construct[6]

1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Nate Johnston (27 Feb 21): He is revealing hearts and showing you the people who have been speaking against you to trip you up, usurp you, and speak demonically into your life. 

Jennifer Eivaz (03 Mar 21): When you do not use your prophetic words, you give Satan grounds to steal them from you.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (14 Feb 2011): By failing to understand the underpinning virtues of idol worship we are unintentionally engaging in just that: idol worship.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (03 Mar 21):

You are what God made you to be:

created in Christ Jesus for good works,

chosen as holy and beloved,

freed to serve your neighbor.

God bless you that you may be a blessing,

in the name of the holy and life-giving Trinity.

(Sundays and Seasons)

Brat (03 Mar 21): Thank you.  This is Relevant, but nothing personal: truthinus | Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary (wordpress.com)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 Mar 21): When his people broke the deal and incurred divine wrath by worshipping a calf of gold, Moses told G‑d:

“Forgive them. And if You do not, erase me from Your book that You have written.”

Meaning:

“I know You want to forgive them. You love them no matter what. You loved them before, when they had all but abandoned You in Egypt. And You love them now as well.”

Amanda Grace (25 Feb 21): “However,” says the Lord, “I have given the command from My throne, and I have dispatched the captain and the warring angels in this hour to lead you in this battle as they cut, in pieces, the serpent from the eagle. For I, the Lord, have taken mercy on the eagle for the sake of My children – a remnant crying out, repenting, seeking My face; a remnant crying out in the wilderness saying, ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord in this hour!’

Prof. Lois Malcolm (03 Mar 21): Amidst all this, the message of a crucified Messiah upends our carefully constructed worlds. Neither irrational nor impotent, the “word of the cross” reminds us that there may be truer ways of perceiving our circumstances and more just ways of using our agency for the welfare of others.

Brat (03 Mar 21): Then please write me back and engage directly with me.  Thank you. truthinus | Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary (wordpress.com)

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): We are the players in that drama, the cosmic matchmakers. With our every action, we have the power to marry our mundane world to the Infinite and Unknowable.

Brat: So please, pray for a healthy, real, and divine connection for me with the Church, so that we may be a blessing to you.  Know any awake Lutherans?

Mark Wilson (01 Mar 21): “There is nothing Catholic that does not stem from the Jewish roots of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. It is what Our God, the only God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God Who sent His Son into the world, has given – to the Jewish People and to us, both Jew and Gentile, who would, by faith and baptism, be grafted and regrafted onto the Root which is Israel (Romans 11:11-24). And the only reason we can be grafted onto the Root is because that which Our Lord gave the Jewish People as a promise of redemption was fulfilled – after 1,500 years of the Mosaic Law – in the once-for-all sacrifice of the true Lamb of God, the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ.” (cf. Leviticus chapter 16, especially vv. 29-34; also 1 Corinthians 5:7, 1 Peter 2:4, Hebrews 9:8-14). — Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God Mother of Israel’s Hope.org (October 11, 2019)[7]

Nate Johnston (27 Feb 21): He is giving you discernment to see the areas you have cast your pearls and given information and opened doors to the wrong people and alignments.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (14 Feb 2011): We all experience in our daily lives various impulses and urges directed toward certain people or particular things.

Proverbs 26:A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
    and a rod for the backs of fools!

Bill Yount (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): Where the devil tries to take you out is where the Lord will often send you back with bragging rights saying, “I’m back!”

Anthony Robinson (01 Mar 21): Why? Is it because if we look at the problem head-on, chances are good that we will have to deal with it?

Brat: Since wisemen return home by a different route, and Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis to Catholic doors, then who goes to the Lutheran Church?

Charlie Shamp (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): I then woke up crying from the encounter and could still feel as though I was holding the hammer and the nail.

Elizabeth Scalia (March 29, 2018): The rabbi so imbued with Truth that it pours forth from him along with his very blood as he teaches from the height of his torments: “Father, forgive them…”

Wanda Alger (01 Mar 21): “And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.” (Isaiah 58:12)

Nathan French (in “Appraisal” 27 Feb 21): “Freedom was not free for Me. Yet My gifts are without repentance.[8]

Brat: So, what does sanctuary (or lack of it) have to do with it?

1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

Rabbi YY Jacobson (14 Feb 2011): Are you infatuated with a particular person? Are you starving for attention, compliments and approval? Do you crave nicotine, alcohol or weed? Are you obsessed with an unceasing urge for physical intimacy? Are you in love with food? Do you enjoy dominating and controlling other people’s lives?

Proverbs 26:Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
    an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

Nate Johnston (27 Feb 21): You will know how to live like an eagle and lead others to the same place of safety and protection God led you to that broke you out of the silent prison you were in. 

Kaji Douša (02 Mar 21): The “personal risk” I mention might include seeking—with or without receiving it—witness protection. It could mean running, begging, for the funds needed to increase security protocols for themselves or their families. It could mean losing friends and family who do not understand the reasoning behind their brave stances.

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (02 Mar 21): “There is no way to peace along the way of safety. For peace must be dared. It is the great venture. It can never be made safe. Peace is the opposite of security … peace means to give oneself altogether to the law of God. … Battles are won, not with weapons, but with God. They are won where the way leads to the cross.”        –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Brat to the bishop (02 Mar 21): Bishop, here is my offering of dared peace: Relevant 01 Mar 21 | truthinus (wordpress.com)

Kaji Douša (02 Mar 21): Fearless Women

Prof. Lois Malcolm (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): What guarantees our safety, health, and flourishing, even amidst diseases, disasters, and interpersonal or societal conflicts? The Ten Commandments, which Jesus concisely summarized with two great commands: Love the Lord your God with the totality of your being, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Psalm 19:2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

Brat: Then why don’t they write me back?  Ellen wrote me back, and she hears me, but friends can only do so much.  Where’s the Church?  Thirteen years of enforced SILENCE is nuts!

Nate Johnston (27 Feb 21): The control, manipulation, and queen bee syndrome that has kept you on the sidelines is being dealt with. God is shattering their insecure words and jealousy and restoring what was lost, delayed, and held back. 

Lana Vawser (01 Mar 21): The Lord also spoke to me “I want to quiet the noise, and I want to quiet the voices. For many have been too influenced by other voices and I am bringing them into this development room to hear My voice again and to hear that which I am speaking over them and what I am calling them to in this new era. There has also been a constant barrage of the enemy’s voice within their life that has wearied them greatly and in the development room with Me, I am going to bring them into a place of great refreshment and great revelation that will cause them to come back to life in the areas where weariness has almost suffocated them.”

1 Corinthians 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.

Kaji Douša (02 Mar 21): Instead? Focus on the fruits. For the One far more powerful than any of them blesses the fruits of your living love.

Prof. Lois Malcolm (02 Mar 21): God’s wisdom surrounds us—from the skies above to the earth beneath our feet. As day and night turn into each other, the very passing of time conveys truth without words or voice. Nothing can hide from the shining and heat of the sun.

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): An added complication arises when we, sinful humans, decide to invent our own law in order to try to earn God’s favor. The endeavor to earn love or favor from God will always be fruitless, and will be just as frustrating as when Christian sees the ever-multiplying contradictory commandments coming out of the ground around him, impeding his path up the mountain.

Amy Sutherland (02 Mar 21): It feels helpless, because I can pray for ears to hear and eyes to see but ultimately it is an issue of the persons heart – and that comes down between the person and God only. One of my triggers used to be when I didn’t feel listened to, and well that still doesn’t feel great![9]

Brat: Me, too.

When Light Came In (01 Mar 21): Anyone else need to deal with everyday words your abuser made into monsters?

Prism Ministries (03 Mar 21): Every day is filled with the ups and downs of life – the excitements, the disappointments, the adventures, and the times that aren’t as exciting. What we choose to do, and how we respond to these situations indicates the type of people we are on the inside.

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): Christian’s first response when Evangelist convicted him of his sin was to say, “It wasn’t my fault!” How often do we, when confronted with our sin, blame others instead of taking responsibility? 

Kaji Douša (02 Mar 21): I wonder about this.

Nate Johnston (27 Feb 21): You have been lost in the storm, fighting the wrong fight, fighting fire with fire, but now you will clearly see the smoke and mirrors that were set to distract you and you will disengage. 

Proverbs 26:Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
    or you yourself will be just like him.

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): “I can’t do the work for you!” shouted Legality. This is precisely where the difference between a religion driven by morality and the truth of the Christian faith lies: we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, not by our own works. It is, simply put, because Jesus did the work for us that we are saved. 

Taylor Marshall (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): Jewish ethnicity in itself does not save. The Old Covenant is no longer salvific. Nevertheless, the Jewish people continue as a sign to the Gentiles, and Gentiles should revere the Jewish people as kinsmen of Christ. After all, is it not the case that Catholics worship a Jewish Rabbi as the very Son of God and identify Him as the Jewish Messiah? The faith and flesh of Israel are integral to the humanity of the Redeemer. Catholics also show great veneration for the Jewish maiden, Mary the Mother of the Messiah and extol her as the Queen of Heaven. The original Apostles, from which every Catholic bishop succeeds, were Jewish. Jewish authors wrote every book of the Catholic Bible, with the exception of the Gospel of Saint Luke and the Book of Acts. The liturgy of the Mass derives from the prayers of the Jewish synagogue and temple. We teach our children the Hebrew stories about Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Esther, and Daniel. We employ Hebrew words in our liturgy: “Amen” and “Alleluia.” The vestments, incense, candles, processions, jubilees, and many of the priestly customs likewise derive from Jewish practice. …

When Light Came In (01 Mar 21): For me it’s the word “we.” Small, unassuming word, big trauma and disregard.

Kaji Douša (02 Mar 21): Perhaps the question we should ask isn’t: How are they not afraid?

Danielle Dixon (28 Feb 21): “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20

1 Corinthians 1:22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (2 Mar 21): Did a High Court Ruling Open Back Door For Christians to Become Israeli Citizens?[10]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 Mar 21): Without compassion, the sages say, our world could not stand. Because with compassion comes forgiveness, and only a world that is allowed to stumble can stand on its own feet.

Prof. Lois Malcolm (03 Mar 21): O God, transform our wisdom and power with the truth and righteousness of your Child Jesus, the crucified Messiah. Amen.

1 Corinthians 1:23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 Mar 21): “Only when you are allowed to stumble can you stand on your own two feet.”

Simcha-Shmuel Treister (03 Mar 21): Rabbi Yossi said, “How blocked are all the roads and paths [leading to teshuva] for all the sons of exile. They have not been left an opening [to quicken the redemption], and if so they will be in exile as they were in each and every generation. They want neither to suffer the yoke of the exile, nor [to wait for] its reward. They abandoned the laws of the Torah and assimilated with the other nations.”

Amanda Grace (25 Feb 21): “And a way I shall make,” says the Lord of Hosts. “For as in the book of Esther, there was a sudden change of events as a brave few I had chosen within the Kingdom for such a time as this – [they] submitted and listened to their Father in Heaven and petitioned the king, exposing the plots of the wicked Haman, of Lucifer, [with] another attempt to destroy the Jews so the seed of My son Jesus Christ would not come forth.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): When you find the Infinite, where will you put it?

In your broken vessel?
It will not stay.

In a new whole one?
It will not fit. [11]

Lance Wallnau (01 Mar 21): Do you have a dream that others don’t understand?

When Light Came In (28 Feb 21): “People can still hold space for your experience while they hold space for their own.”

Lana Vawser (01 Mar 21): The Lord showed me that He is leading many into a time of ‘pulling back’ but it is not ‘decrease’, it is to move into the development room with Him, deep into the secret place to be prepared for the ‘new space’.

Rick Joyner (02 Mar 21): Consider how the creation exists under the present disorder and chaos caused by the fall of man. Virtually every creature lives in constant fear of being attacked and eaten by another creature. Man is threatened by them, and they are threatened by man. You can’t watch a nature program about any animal and not be touched by the constant battle they all have to survive another day. This is man’s doing and man has to fix it. It cannot be fixed until “The Son of Man,” Jesus, who is called “the last Adam,” returns to begin “the restoration of all things.”

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): But quickly, Christian realized his error and tearfully repents. He acknowledged that, “It’s no one’s fault but my own, and I’m sorry.” Evangelist encouraged Christian that with repentance such as this, The King will always forgive.

Amy Sutherland (02 Mar 21): There is a weight to our words, to our choices, to our will. Destiny is hinged on obedience, like dominos many other lives are affected by just the slightest of our choices. Sometimes lives swing in the balance of an unknown eternity on these hinges. (And the Bible says even the “elect” will fall away).

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 Mar 21): As the world came into being, so did compassion. It may be the most vital element in our world—because it allows everything to keep chugging along while so loosely strung together, enduring so perfectly in its imperfection.

Taylor Marshall (in “Relevant” 01 Mar 21): …Many Jews who visit a Catholic Mass often comment that it all seems so very Jewish. The reason for this is that the Catholic Church grew out of the Judaism of its original Rabbi and High Priest, Jesus the Messiah[12]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 Mar 21): “Only a human heart can contain the Infinite, for only a human heart can be at once both broken and whole.”

Revelation 5:I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

Lance Wallnau (01 Mar 21): In the book of Psalms, King David wrote: “…All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalms 139:16) God put you here for a reason and placed unique giftings and longings within you, but that doesn’t mean others will have a sense of your call or know how to propel you forward.

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): We will also fail daily in our pursuit of God’s path. We are called to live holy, set apart lives as Christians, which is not an easy task! But, our sins will always be forgiven if we turn to The King with repentance. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 Mar 21): A real world is one whose creatures can pass or can fail, or blunder about until they eventually beat their path to the truth.

Danielle Dixon (28 Feb 21): Listen to the sound in the spirit we are being called into a deeper intimacy with the Godhead. We are being invited to dine at the Lord’s table.  

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 Mar 21): “What has occurred since then? That you have given them your Torah. So that it’s only this book, your Torah, that stands in the way.”

“And if so, I want no part in such a book.”

Kaji Douša (02 Mar 21): I cannot speak to their motivations, though I applaud them.

Yosef Marcus: The reason for all these descents was so that divinity can be experienced and revealed even in a state of lowliness, i.e. in a physical world where the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil has been eaten and a Golden Calf has been worshipped. In addition, the divine service that follows a descent is of a much greater intensity than that of the perfectly righteous.

When Light Came In (01 Mar 21): “We” made him important and entitled, and made me tired and isolated.

Kaji Douša (02 Mar 21): I have been reading quite a bit about “fearless women.” When women step forward, at great personal risk, to share stories that are critical to the nation’s self-awareness, they are often described as “fearless.”

Prof. Lois Malcolm (02 Mar 21): Resonating with this wisdom in creation, God’s law and commandments explicitly teach us how to dwell in the sanity God would have for us. Enlightening us, they call us to return to our true selves. Sweeter than honey and more to be desired than gold, they transform our childish reactions into judicious responses. Their wholesome lucidity grounds our ephemeral lives in what remains for eternity.

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): Evangelist used this as an opportunity to instruct Christian about his missteps. Christian had rejected the instructions that The King sent to him, and brought the frustration and difficulty of his confrontation with Legality upon himself. If he had stayed on the path toward the Celestial City, though the path would have been difficult, Christian would have been walking in line with the law of God. Evangelist pointed out that this misstep, though forgiven because of the grace of The King, still served to reveal that Christian’s deceiver accomplished two things: 

Prof. Jim Watkins (02 Mar 21): I wanted to make sure you saw this advertisement for our summer courses. Let me know if you’re interested, and I can get you more information.

Proverbs 26:1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
    honor is not fitting for a fool.

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): Worldly Wiseman convinced Christian so easily to leave The King’s path. 

Simcha-Shmuel Treister (03 Mar 21): In the light of the sufferings generated upon the Jewish people in their exile, teshuva would certainly bring the redemption quickly.

Journal (02 Mar 21): But my heart is cracking with ice.  I have a live person that came into my inbox and it is not even about responding to my pieces that I’ve shared with them.  It’s just more recruiting for their agendas.  What could I ever send them, more than I already have, that could pique their interest to even care about what I’m sharing?

Danielle Dixon (28 Feb 21): In another place in scripture, it says I will come in and share a meal together as friends. If we open the door.

Brat: And if all it ever ends up being is more Word Salad?

Nate Johnston: PROPHETIC DECLARATION OVER YOU: YOU ARE COMING OUT OF WORD-WARFARE & GETTING BACK THE UPPER HAND!

Danielle Dixon (28 Feb 21): Who will answer the call?

1 Corinthians 1:24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Yosef Marcus: “Before Adam and Eve sinned, they were able to hear a voice from Above [and withstand its intense revelation]. They were endowed with the higher wisdom and stood erect with heavenly radiance and knew no fear. When they sinned, they could not stand even before an earthly voice.” (Zohar I:52b; see also Zohar 1:126b:193b, et al.)

Nate Johnston (27 Feb 21): Watch now as God takes you above the snake-line where nothing can bite you and poison you anymore. 

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 Mar 21): A world of perfection—a world that follows precisely every dictate from Above—is like a fetus that has never left its womb. In what way is it a world? In what way is it real?

Prof. Lois Malcolm (02 Mar 21): As we meditate on God’s wisdom in creation and law, we find ourselves grounded in truth. We can acknowledge the shame we would rather hide. And we can stand up to those who would dominate us and keep us from clarity.

When Light Came In (01 Mar 21): “We” was like a death sentence to me, for years after I left the abuse. I think it was just two years ago that I realized I wanted “we” to mean something connected and loving. Through tears, counseling, and time it’s become a word that means I’m not alone.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (03 Mar 21): “And such a world,” says its Creator, “is worth My compassion and My forgiveness.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson (14 Feb 2011): The Torah’s war against the creation of the golden calf is central to our mission in life. It symbolizes our daily relentless effort of turning our attention from the false carriers of value to the true carriers of value.

Yosef Marcus: We see this idea of the “purpose” of sin in the case of the sin of the Golden Calf. The Talmud states that “the only reason Israel made the Calf was to provide a way out for penitents.” (Avoda Zara 4b) As Rashi (ad loc.) comments:

“The Israelites were strong and in control of their inclinations. Their inclinations should not have been able to overpower them. But it was a decree of the King in order to provide a way out for penitents. If the sinner will say, “I cannot repent for I will not be accepted”, we say to him, “Go out and learn from the affair with the Calf in which [the Israelites] denied [G‑d’s existence] yet their repentance was accepted.” (Sefer Hasichot 5752 2:429-31) [Despite the above, the sin is considered a sin, since ultimately free-choice is never taken away. G‑d may have pushed them to the edge, but it was they who took the last and critical step. Thus the Israelites were in need of forgiveness.]

Nate Johnston (27 Feb 21): Forgive those that have spoken words over you. Bless those who persecute you. Stay out of chatter and talking about people. Live a worship lifestyle and non-reactionary to the enemy. Take communion often – the blood speaks a better word! Put your war boots on as a fight-back! Refuse to lay down – get out of bed and rebuke what is coming at you. Remember where you are seated and live from that place. 

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): Difficulty in the Christian life is not to be avoided. It is pleasing to God when we follow Him, even when it is hard to do so. So follow Him. Stay on the narrow path, trusting that when you fail, you will be forgiven in Christ. 

Prof. Lois Malcolm (02 Mar 21): Permeate our lives with your wisdom, O God. Ground us in the clarity of your truth and just ways. Amen.

Wade E. Taylor: Under the Law, righteous living was required, but man was incapable of this and utterly failed. In the New Covenant the ability to live a righteous life was given:[13]

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new Spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and [you will] keep My judgments, and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27, King James Version)

Danielle Dixon (28 Feb 21): The table always represents communication with mankind. Wood prophetic representing humanity. 

Kaji Douša (02 Mar 21): God has spoken. God has commanded. And we are mandated to fear God before anyone else. The fear of God is meant to pivot, immediately, to the love of God. To the reception of the mercy of God. To the gratitude for the intervention of God. To trusting God’s ultimate power over any human’s temporal power—whatever pain that temporal power could wield.

Steve Shultz: I learned something about the man, Wade. He so regarded his Lord that while we were praying one day, as he was praying for me to the Lord, he accidentally “sneezed,” and without missing a beat he quickly added, “Excuse me, Lord!”

Amy Sutherland (02 Mar 21): Then I think of Jesus, He gave His life! Crucified to win our souls and ultimately our hearts. There is no greater display of love… and I can only help but think how His heart must feel, to be TRUTH Himself and yet not be listened to. Knowing He shed His blood and made a way, the complete and perfect pathway to eternity! But it doesn’t end there, He also extended provision to live an unchained life here on earth.

Steve Shultz: I have never forgotten that.

RevelationMedia (02 Mar 21): Worldly Wiseman made it seem like the difficulty of the journey on The King’s path was something to be avoided. 

Proverbs 26:Answer a fool according to his folly,
    or he will be wise in his own eyes.

Amy Sutherland (02 Mar 21): If you’re preacher, a house mom, a student, a king – it doesn’t matter how much you have or how little. You will be judged the same. Your heart and your will belong to you, with it what will you do? Who and what will you choose?

Steve Shultz: Though I’m sure the Lord did not need to excuse him, Wade carried an honor for the Lord that is hard to put into words.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (02 Mar 21): This was the response for which G-d was waiting, for which He chose Moses to begin with. So it was that then, through Moses, G‑d wrote forgiveness into His book.

And so must we.

1 Corinthians 1:25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

**


[1] Lana Vawser (01 Mar 21): I HEARD THE LORD SPEAKING OVER MANY “I AM CHANGING THE PACE TO PREPARE YOU FOR THE NEW SPACE! PAY ATTENTION TO THE PACE!”” – Lana Vawser Ministries

[2] Amanda Grace (25 Feb 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25113 on 02 Mar 21)

[3] Rick Joyner (02 Mar 21): The Healers | publications.morningstarministries.org

[4] Prism Ministries (03 Mar 21): Overcoming Disappointment (prismministries.org)

[5] Nate Johnston (27 Feb 21): PROPHETIC DECLARATION OVER YOU: YOU ARE COMING OUT OF WORD-WARFARE & GETTING BACK THE UPPER HAND! – Nate & Christy: Everyday Revivalists (nateandchristy.co)

[6] Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Soul of Addiction | TheYeshiva.net

[7] Mark Wilson (01 Mar 21): Companions on the Journey: Lenten Meditations Week 3 | Mark Wilson (patheos.com)

[8] Nathan French (26 Feb 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25095)

[9] Amy Sutherland (02 Mar 21): http://ablazeglobalproductions.com/2021/03/02/the-will-of-the-heart/

[10] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (2 Mar 21): Did a High Court Ruling Open Back Door For Christians to Become Israeli Citizens? (israel365news.com)

[11] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 Mar 21): Broken & Whole – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[12] Taylor Marshall -The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity (The Origins of Catholicism Book 1); Companions on the Journey: Lenten Meditations Week 3 | Mark Wilson (patheos.com)

[13] Wade E. Taylor [†] (republished 03 Mar 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25115)

Relevant 01 Mar 21

2 Mar

Working Dates: Monday, March 1, 2021 to Tuesday, March 2, 2021

[12 pages anchored in Psalm 19 from the lectionary readings for 3 Lent 07 Mar 21]

Steve Shultz: Let me ask you this: Do you have a story to tell?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: All the cosmos came to be because G‑d chose to invest His very essence into a great drama: the drama of a lowly world becoming the home of an infinite G‑d. A marriage of opposites, the fusion of finite and infinite, light and darkness, heaven and earth.

Prism Ministries (01 Mar 21): Do you feel like God’s prized possession? If you have not yet received a revelation of His love for you, why not ask Him. He wants nothing more than for us to know and experience His love!

Roy H. Schoeman: I also had the mistaken belief that the Catholic Faith was “anti-Semitic” and denigrated Jews and Judaism. Nothing could be further from the truth. What greater honor could be accorded Judaism than to say that it is the religion of God Himself, and when God became Man, He became a Jew? What greater honor could be accorded to the Jewish race than to say that they alone, among all the peoples of the earth, are related by blood to the incarnate God? Or that it was from their race that came the only perfect human creature, the Blessed Virgin Mary? Even as the most fervent, enthusiastic Jew, I never could have ascribed a glory to Judaism comparable to that assigned it by the Catholic Faith.[1]

Psalm 19:1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 Mar 21): When you find the Infinite, where will you put it?

In your broken vessel?
It will not stay.

In a new whole one?
It will not fit. [2]

Lance Wallnau (01 Mar 21): Do you have a dream that others don’t understand?

When Light Came In (28 Feb 21): “People can still hold space for your experience while they hold space for their own.”

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: “Dissolving differences” is something we all ought to get behind.

Pope Saint John Paul II (April 14, 1986): “The Jewish religion is not ‘extrinsic’ to us, but in a certain way is ‘intrinsic’ to our own religion. With Judaism, therefore, we have a relationship which we do not have with any other religion. You are our dearly beloved brothers, and in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers.”[3] 

Prof. Lois Malcolm (01 Mar 21): What guarantees our safety, health, and flourishing, even amidst diseases, disasters, and interpersonal or societal conflicts? The Ten Commandments, which Jesus concisely summarized with two great commands: Love the Lord your God with the totality of your being, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Psalm 19:2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

Brat: Then why don’t they write me back?  Ellen wrote me back, and she hears me, but friends can only do so much.  Where’s the Church?  Thirteen years of enforced SILENCE is nuts!

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: People often say to “put aside your differences and just get along.” That’s sound advice, but there needs to be something or someone that acts as the Great Equalizer to put those differences to bed. If you’re arguing with your spouse, each one digging in their heels, who’s going to make the first move? Who’s going to compromise? Why should you? Why should they?[4]

Steve Shultz: Your story, your testimony, is so vitally important for others to hear that it could save someone’s life! Oh yes, your story could bring someone to salvation, bring healing and break strongholds off of others.

Taylor Marshall: Jewish ethnicity in itself does not save. The Old Covenant is no longer salvific. Nevertheless, the Jewish people continue as a sign to the Gentiles, and Gentiles should revere the Jewish people as kinsmen of Christ. After all, is it not the case that Catholics worship a Jewish Rabbi as the very Son of God and identify Him as the Jewish Messiah? The faith and flesh of Israel are integral to the humanity of the Redeemer. Catholics also show great veneration for the Jewish maiden, Mary the Mother of the Messiah and extol her as the Queen of Heaven. The original Apostles, from which every Catholic bishop succeeds, were Jewish. Jewish authors wrote every book of the Catholic Bible, with the exception of the Gospel of Saint Luke and the Book of Acts. The liturgy of the Mass derives from the prayers of the Jewish synagogue and temple. We teach our children the Hebrew stories about Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Esther, and Daniel. We employ Hebrew words in our liturgy: “Amen” and “Alleluia.” The vestments, incense, candles, processions, jubilees, and many of the priestly customs likewise derive from Jewish practice. Many Jews who visit a Catholic Mass often comment that it all seems so very Jewish. The reason for this is that the Catholic Church grew out of the Judaism of its original Rabbi and High Priest, Jesus the Messiah[5]

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 Mar 21): “Only a human heart can contain the Infinite, for only a human heart can be at once both broken and whole.”

Revelation 5:I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

Lance Wallnau (01 Mar 21): In the book of Psalms, King David wrote: “…All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalms 139:16) God put you here for a reason and placed unique giftings and longings within you, but that doesn’t mean others will have a sense of your call or know how to propel you forward.

Ryan LeStrange (01 Mar 21): My Monday Word for You…Two Demonic Entry Points!

Prism Ministries (01 Mar 21): Have you ever felt worthless? I spent much of my teenage years feeling this way. If someone had asked me if I felt worthless, I probably would have said no, but deep down inside, I really didn’t like myself. I felt like I had nothing to offer. This manifested itself in depression, cutting, and other destructive behaviors.[6]

Lance Wallnau (01 Mar 21): If someone tries to silence your hope or deny your progress in the course of pursuing your dream, maybe that person isn’t your friend.

Angry Staff Officer (September 2, 2019): It is not enough to sit back and say “Antisemitism is wrong.” We cannot merely be passive bystanders. It is incumbent upon Christians – and Catholics, especially – to fight it where it appears. The priests and clergy who opposed the Nazis and then died in the death camps demand this of us. We must fight the dog whistles, the slurs, and the other small acts that lead towards reshaping the narrative.[7]

Elaine Rice (in “Appraisal” 27 Feb 21): As I was sitting in my favorite chair I heard, “It’s time to budge on the grudge.”

Anthony Robinson (01 Mar 21): Lent is a good time to come clean about the things that are the real sources of pain and death in our lives and relationships, and to ask God’s help to be delivered from them. Grudges we carry and refuse to release, addictions we don’t admit, anger we’ve allowed to eat away at us, sin we have failed to own. We may point to, even treat, the symptoms—fatigue, irritability, deadness in relationships—but avoid looking at the source of the pain.

Lance Wallnau (01 Mar 21): When a dream comes from God, it will seem outrageous to more than a few people. You’ll have to overcome some naysayers to achieve it. That’s okay.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: Imagine fire and water. Individually, both are wonderful. Fire warms our homes and cooks our food, while water quenches our thirst and yields all botanical growth. But when these two come together, it’s always a sorry ending. Either the fire consumes the water, or the water douses the fire. They simply don’t get along.

Bill Yount (01 Mar 21): [God said]: “Son, when your heart stopped on that hospital table, I put some stuff in you, because you were out of the way.” [8]

Verse of the Day (01 Mar 21): Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 Mar 21): Let the heart be broken in bitterness for its confines. Let it be whole in the joy of a boundless soul.

Lance Wallnau (01 Mar 21): Did you catch that? You are authorized to make things happen. What is the vision, dream or desire you have pushed to the back of your mind? There is a treasure in that dream—pursue it!

Ryan LeStrange (01 Mar 21): As it says in scripture, the devil is constantly seeking whom he may devour. Although there are many more than two, there are definitely two quick ways the devil can get involved in your life. One demonic entry point is through ignorance. People try to just ignore the devil but what you don’t know can cause you spiritual harm.

Wanda Alger (01 Mar 21): The Church at large has yet to comprehend the dark and demonic nature of spiritual warfare and how real our metaphors are. We know the power that’s in the blood because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. It not only atoned for our sins, but gave us spiritual power to defeat all the works of darkness. Knowing this, Lucifer and his hordes have sought to seize their own power by taking and shedding innocent blood to gain occultic control within the world’s systems. Much of the darkness we are now experiencing is due to these demonic powers at work through the shedding of innocent blood, not only through abortion, but even more sinister and wicked means.[9]

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: Let’s return to the metaphor of two people with strong personalities who can’t seem to get along. Have you ever seen two such people face a crisis together? Say they’re on a fishing trip and see someone drowning at sea. Or, if we want to get dark and nefarious for a moment, when they’re faced with a common enemy (did someone say the word “realpolitik?”).

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

Luther Seminary: God Pause devotions are written months before they are published. Writers reflect on Revised Common Lectionary texts and the church season. If you seek resources that address current events, visit the Faith+Lead Learning Lab.

Angry Staff Officer (September 2, 2019): How we go forward in that world will be a measure of our humanity.

Bill Yount (01 Mar 21): Whispers from my darkest nights

Charlie Shamp (22 Jan 21): Last night I had a vivid dream in which I was brought to a door of a church. It seemed like a very important place where revival had happened in the past. The door was closed tightly with a padlock keeping the door locked. It seemed that the door had not been opened for a very long time. Interestingly enough, the door was crystal clear. It was clear, like glass, but it couldn’t be broken. You could see clearly inside that the glory of God was there. It was thick in this church.[10]

The Rev. Canon Brien Koehler: The season of self-examination, repentance, and resolve is upon us again; and Lenten rules are being formed with energy and purpose all across the Church. Self-examination is one of the marks of a solid Lenten rule, and guides to self-examination are abundant. Some pose questions based on the Ten Commandments. Others use a framework built on the Seven Deadly Sins. And there are still more variations in devotional books that have proven useful for generations, if not centuries.[11]

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,

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (in “Appraisal” 27 Feb 21): How can I not worry? I care too much not to!

Brat: What’s that hissing sound?  Are your pipes leaking?  To me, that feels like gaslighting to “Divine Madness,” which I just posted.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 Mar 21): The broken shards of the first tablets are stored in the ark together with the whole ones. —Talmud Bava Batra 14b.

Brat: Arc Speak operates in the same way.

Foursquare Family Moment (26 Feb 21): One thing I have learned being a student of the Word and working among different cultures is that context is very important to understanding. Recently, the Lord reminded me again of the importance of the context of my conversation with Him. He is my Father. When I truly come to understand with whom I am speaking, it changes the way that I pray. He is above all, knows me as His child, and is attentive to what I need—and He is good.[12]

Anthony Robinson (01 Mar 21): Sometimes we go to great lengths to avoid actually looking at what is causing pain, even death, in our own lives and communities.

Bill Yount (01 Mar 21): When I am afraid, I have learned to say, “I’m excited!”

Psalm 19:5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: How could this be?

Bill Yount (01 Mar 21): All my past scars are releasing a sweet anointing.

When Light Came In (15 Feb 21): Be gentle with your scars.

David Scherer (in “Appraisal” 27 Feb 21): I finally gave up “my life” that I had built for myself.

I let go like you asked.

And you completely ruined “my life.”

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: We all know people like this, too. Think of two friends who are strong-headed and extremely opinionated. It could very well be that on their own, each one in his or her circle of influence is an absolute rock star, a paragon of human success. But put those two in a room together to decide even the most basic of things such as which topping to order on the pizza, and boom! —it’s chaos, and you have to work overtime just to prevent fists from flying.

Wanda Alger (26 Feb 21): “According to their deeds, so will He repay, wrath to His adversaries, repayment to His enemies; to the coastlands He will render repayment. So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; for He will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives.” (Isaiah 59:17-19)

Psalm 19:6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

Bill Yount (01 Mar 21): Where the devil tries to take you out is where the Lord will often send you back with bragging rights saying, “I’m back!”

Anthony Robinson (01 Mar 21): Why? Is it because if we look at the problem head-on, chances are good that we will have to deal with it?

Brat: Since wisemen return home by a different route, and Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis to Catholic doors, then who goes to the Lutheran Church?

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: Are they bad people? Of course not. They’re actually each terrific—apart. Together, it’s a hot mess.

Danielle Dixon (28 Feb 21): This is a Psalm 23 moment in time where we will not receive the anointing we need to fulfil our mandates without dining at the Lord’s table.

1 Corinthians 11:27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 

John-Paul and Annie Diddens (in “Appraisal” 27 Feb 21): So, help me to see Your good and gracious purpose in all my trials. Help me to see Your blessings in every day and help me to love You more.

Brat: The Funny Bunnies read me.  They hear me.  They just don’t see me as a human being.

Luc Niebergall: Extremely Honest Post

Anthony Robinson (01 Mar 21): They were to look at the source of the pain and death.

Lance Wallnau (01 Mar 21): Throughout Scripture we see the enemy’s attempts to derail God’s people. Nehemiah’s critics thought he was on an ego trip, wrongly perceiving he was manipulating the prophets to speak well of him, and only out to serve himself. Paul’s critics called him a madman, a fool and a babbler. Christ’s adversaries said that He was controlled by a devil.

Danielle Dixon (28 Feb 21): We don’t need to bring anything; the table is prepared. The Lord doesn’t want us to wait until the time is right or we have a traumatic situation to deal with. We need to dine daily to be able to receive the heavenly grace needed for this present hour. 

Prism Ministries (01 Mar 21): “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” -Matthew 6:26

Elaine Tavolacci (27 Feb 21): Guard Your Anointing[13]

1 Corinthians 11:30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 

Shabtai Teicher: Often a person finds it hard to control himself. One may decide to go on a diet, but find himself violating it. This comes from the lower, subsidiary parts of the self rebelling and taking command in place of listening to the mind. The general principle is that repentance really fixes. One who repents automatically usurps the rebels and puts them in their place. He will merit to Divine honor resting upon him that no one will even question him. (Likutei Moharan 6)

Nathan French (in “Appraisal” 27 Feb 21): “Freedom was not free for Me. Yet My gifts are without repentance.[14]

Brat: So, what does sanctuary (or lack of it) have to do with it?

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: Unfortunately, fights do happen, and it’s always ugly, messy, and regrettable. Ironically, more often than not, it’s the people we most love with whom we frequently fight.

Wanda Alger (01 Mar 21): In a prophetic dream, this was illustrated very specifically concerning the dark underworld that is seducing and terrorizing our young.  But, thanks be to God, the Lord has given His solution! Even as we plead the blood of Jesus over our land and renounce the enemy’s hold, it is the Fear of the Lord that is going to totally immobilize and remove the powers of wickedness. As we stand in the gap for this next generation and declare the Lordship of Christ, heaven is going to move in with a supernatural move of His glory that will bring the Fear of the Lord upon this land. Not only will His enemies be judged, but those who have been victimized and wounded will receive supernatural healing and refreshment.

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

John-Paul and Annie Deddens (in “Appraisal” 27 Feb 21): Let’s pray today that we will desire to follow God’s will in our lives even if it comes at a cost.

Ryan LeStrange (01 Mar 21): The other demonic entry point is through rebellion or willingly cooperating with the enemy. This can look like God calling you to do something, and you don’t do it. What you don’t do can cost you just as much as what you do do. When you shut these two doors, the power of God will set you free!

Marilyn Pagán-Banks (27 Feb 21): But not worrying is hard!

Brat: What if ‘counting the cost’ is also an appraisal of the sacrifice?

Wanda Alger (01 Mar 21): “They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.” (Psalm 106:37-38)

Brat: The same thing happened in the Holocaust.

Angry Staff Officer (September 2, 2019): Someday, soon, we will live in a world without living witnesses to one of the greatest atrocities in history.

The Rev. Canon Brien Koehler: And finally, think for a moment about the other witnesses to your life—the witnesses who are not part of the great Communion of Saints, but rather are those (often outside of the Christian family) who see you day in and day out and reach conclusions about you and your Christian faith based on what they see. What do such witnesses see when they look upon us?

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: You all know what I’m talking about. Be it your spouse, parents, children, siblings, or close friends, arguments, fights, or differences of opinion happen—and you don’t like it.

1 Corinthians 11:31 But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. 

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: This, then, is the secret of forbidden mixtures in Judaism—spiritual “energies” that do not go well together.

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

Prof. Lois Malcolm (01 Mar 21): These commands create the conditions for trustworthy relationships; they make clear that genuine love never compromises truth or justice. They free us to rebuff all false gods incapable of generating life within and among us—including the gods of wealth, fame, and power, and any human or creaturely thing that we allow to consume our energy and suck up our attention. Moreover, by rejecting any action that would violate the sacrosanct dignity of human beings, they keep us from turning others into a means for our ends, just as they call us to resist anyone who would turn us into a means for their ends.

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

Cheryl Amabile: May we respond in an ongoing chorus of prayer until this vision becomes a full-blown reality.

When Light Came In (28 Feb 21): But this time is different. I’m starting to trust, with each small interaction, that he means what he says, he wants connection with me, he trusts me, and is interested in my life.

Anthony Robinson (01 Mar 21): But when we look directly at the source of pain in our lives and take responsibility for action, a wondrous thing can happen. That source of pain may become a source of healing.

Brat (01 Mar 21): Dear God Pause, the endnote at the bottom of your daily words in the email version says that the daily reflections are written months before they are published.  However, they are very current with our daily dialogue in truthinus | Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary (wordpress.com)

Is there some way to make a live contact to make loving our neighbor real and relevant in a person-to-person way and not as a means for their ends, as I addressed in the piece I posted yesterday?

Psalm 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

Foursquare Family Moment (26 Feb 21): This understanding sets me free to pray in the way that Jesus showed us, which is not only about making our petitions known—because they already are—but also about aligning ourselves with Him so that His kingdom comes, and His will is done, in and through our lives.

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

Prof. Lois Malcolm (01 Mar 21): O God, help us recognize the false gods in our lives so that we can respect and care for others with the same love that enables us to respect and care for ourselves. Amen.

Angry Staff Officer (September 2, 2019): The Holocaust did not just suddenly “happen.” It occurred through small acts of hate and discrimination over many years before it actually exploded into violence. Society allowed it to happen and turned a blind eye from the atrocities. It occurred in a nominally Christian culture.

Wanda Alger (01 Mar 21): The principalities and powers at work in our nation are not just after our leaders. They are after our children. This next generation is being hounded by the enemy.

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: What happened in the Temple was a far greater union, a “dissolving of differences.” The magnificent power of the heightened spiritual energy was able to unite the warring elements of wool and linen so that they were no longer at odds at all.

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

Brat (in “Appraisal” 27 Feb 21): Holy God, I write my pieces and the gaslighting continues.  I’m not saying he’s gaslighting me.  I’m still hurting from the wounds at the house of my friends.  What I’m saying is that I extend my love to the rabbis and pray for You to help me to bless them and help them, as the testimony is for the Churches, like I said in “Divine Madness”.  I haven’t asked to be right or wrong.  I’ve kept to Your bigger reality, but the differences have not dissolved.  The gaslighting still continues after I post, write, pray, or journal, as if it was no different than the Nazi gas ovens.  I can get no one to really hear me and step up with real action to intervene, any more than the Jews could make the Nazis stop killing them without the allies intervening.  I honestly don’t think I have any allies.  After thirteen years of priests and prophets dissing me as if I don’t exist but using what I write as their springboard, why should I think any differently?  I will not entertain hope at the expense of my own sickness.  All I see is more exploitation of my gifts.  But this is supposed to be a time of celebration!  You are King and on the throne no matter what antics and tools they employ.  You are still God no matter what.

Elizabeth Scalia (March 29, 2018): The rabbi, whose Goodness continually inspires intrinsically-lovely-but-flawed humanity to submit to his creative hand and be carved and smoothed by whatever means he chooses—including the most confounding of tools, his cross—that they too might become Good. [15]

When Light Came In (26 Feb 21): “Acceptance is letting go of wishing our abuser will ever respond like a healthy, normal person.”

Angry Staff Officer (September 2, 2019): The Holocaust is a dark stain on the soul of Christianity and must never be allowed to happen again.

Quinn G. Caldwell (28 Feb 21): If a guy shows up where you live and says, “I met God … or maybe an angelic messenger, it’s not totally clear which, ha ha, but it was definitely some sort of heavenly being, you know? Anyway, they told me I should move here and live with you guys.” Do you let that guy in?

Charisma (01 Mar 21): Toxic masculinity…is it, though?

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.

Charlie Shamp (22 Jan 21): I looked to my right and there was a man wildly rocking back and forth and weeping uncontrollably. I immediately recognized it was Lou Engle. When he saw me, he came over and hugged me and said, “You made it!” I looked at him and asked, “Where are we, Lou? What is this place?” Suddenly I knew we were standing in front of the door that Duncan Campbell had spoken of in his sermon “When God Stepped Down from Heaven.”

Charisma (01 Mar 21): Have You Entertained Angels Unaware?

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 Mar 21): This is the secret that the human being holds over the angels: Only the human heart can be broken and whole at once.

1 Corinthians 11:28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 

Amy Sutherland (01 Mar 21): The paradox of love and suffering. In love Christ suffered for us, and He still suffers for our love. Our hearts may suffer long on this side of Heaven but we become like Him and know Him in this mysterious realm. Some of us have more prolonged aches than others, and many times we ask, “not this cup, please”. The cup of long suffering. But for love, for union with Him. [16]

1 Corinthians 11:29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 

Rabbi Aharon Loschak: It’s a mess.

1 Corinthians 11:33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together. 

Cheryl Amabile: As we wait in hope for a manifestation of God’s justice in America, He has also continued to envision us for a move of His Spirit that will be a tremendous mercy to this generation.

Charlie Shamp (22 Jan 21): Lou looked at me and smiled and said, “You see it? You can hear it. This is the door of hope and it’s about to open.” Then he started crying again and he said, “Charlie, you didn’t lose hope for America. We’re going to live in the days of Awe of God in this country. We’ve been chosen by God to be door-keepers of awakening!”

When Light Came In (28 Feb 21): I’m starting to believe. I’m choosing to believe in this safe relationship.

Wanda Alger (01 Mar 21): It’s time for these demonic warlords to fall. It is “we the people” who have been given this responsibility to pray and take a righteous stand that will signal the floodgates of heaven. It is we the people who must lift our voices to overturn the destructive agendas in our land and render the schemes of the devil null and void. It is we the people who must step in the gap and rebuild the ancient foundations in the months and years to come. It is up to us to establish a habitation of His presence for all peoples and all nations. 

Elizabeth Scalia (March 29, 2018): On the hill at Golgotha, what the first-century Jews saw is what is before our eyes, still: the rabbi on the cross, an immortal Beauty meant to save the world.

Lance Wallnau (01 Mar 21): What you are called to do is too important to fit into other people’s worlds or agendas. It is time you let the world feel the impact of a new idea. Originality has boldness in it. Be an original. You’ll find that the clearer you are the bolder you will be. You are authorized to make things happen.”

Charlie Shamp (22 Jan 21): He then handed me a nail and a hammer and said, “Stand here and continue to pray with me. When the door opens they will come and we must pierce every ear before they go through the door. Only those who are marked at the doorpost will enter in. This is the revival of the Bride.”

Exodus 21:“But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.

Cheryl Amabile: Pray that the Lord would awaken His people and cause us to be wholly given to Him as bondslaves (Exodus 21:1-6, Romans 1:1).

Brat: The wolves will never stop eavesdropping with their ears to the door.  They can pierce their ears to the doorposts all they want since Jesus told each of the Seven Churches to hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.  It’s not the listening in that is my complaint.  It is the gaslighting from the hearing.  That’s abuse.  Even at the very end of the Book of Revelation, Jesus never says the abuse will stop.  The holy will keep being holy.  The schmucks will keep being schmucks.  The vile, the right, the wrong, will keep at it no matter what. (Rev 22:11) Each character in the drama keeps playing their part.  Even John on Patmos is like the MC to the end of the book.  The MC is not the bridegroom, but the best man.

Ryan LeStrange (01 Mar 21): WOW! I didn’t expect this…

Lance Wallnau (01 Mar 21): Opposition is sure to come. Be ready for it! Don’t let obstacles others throw in your path keep you from moving forward.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: We are the players in that drama, the cosmic matchmakers. With our every action, we have the power to marry our mundane world to the Infinite and Unknowable.

Brat: So please, pray for a healthy, real, and divine connection for me with the Church, so that we may be a blessing to you.  Know any awake Lutherans?

Elizabeth Scalia (March 29, 2018): In the hands of a skilled builder-maker, what is raw and imperfect can be still become useful, valued, and eventually prized. Perhaps only a rabbi who understood that, and had been trained to find and select the right materials for the right project, could ever have chosen a rock as rough and thick as Peter upon which to build his church.

Charlie Shamp (22 Jan 21): I then woke up crying from the encounter and could still feel as though I was holding the hammer and the nail.

Elizabeth Scalia (March 29, 2018): The rabbi so imbued with Truth that it pours forth from him along with his very blood as he teaches from the height of his torments: “Father, forgive them…”

Wanda Alger (01 Mar 21): “And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.” (Isaiah 58:12)

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

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[1] Roy H. Schoeman: Ignatius Insight Interview (July 12, 2004); Companions on the Journey: Lenten Meditations Week 3 | Mark Wilson (patheos.com)

[2] Rabbi Tzvi Freeman (01 Mar 21): Broken & Whole – Daily Dose of Wisdom (chabad.org)

[3] Pope Saint John Paul II, Speech at the Great Synagogue (April 14, 1986): Companions on the Journey: Lenten Meditations Week 3 | Mark Wilson (patheos.com)

[4] Rabbi Aharon Loschak: The Enemy of Your Enemy – Guest Columnists – Parshah (chabad.org)

[5] Taylor Marshall -The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity (The Origins of Catholicism Book 1); Companions on the Journey: Lenten Meditations Week 3 | Mark Wilson (patheos.com)

[6] Prism Ministries (01 Mar 21): You Are Valuable! (prismministries.org)

[7] Angry Staff Officer (September 2, 2019): How Will We Remember the Holocaust after those who Lived it are Gone? With the Atheists in the Foxholes; Companions on the Journey: Lenten Meditations Week 3 | Mark Wilson (patheos.com)

[8] Bill Yount (01 Mar 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25101)

[9] Wanda Alger (01 Mar 21): WE THE PEOPLE MUST BREAK JEZEBEL’S SPELL – wandaalger.me

[10] Charlie Shamp (22 Jan 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25100)

[11] The Rev. Canon Brien Koehler: Praying the Parables in Lent — Nashotah House Chapter (nashotahchapter.com)

[12] Foursquare Family Moment (26 Feb 21): Getting in line | News + Resources (foursquare.org)

[13] Elaine Tavolacci (27 Feb 21): https://www.facebook.com/ElaineTavolacci/posts/10218845411712410

[14] Nathan French (26 Feb 21): The ElijahList – Prophetic Words and Prophecies (#25095)

[15] Elizabeth Scalia, Lessons from the Rabbi on the Cross (March 29, 2018) Word on Fire; Companions on the Journey: Lenten Meditations Week 3 | Mark Wilson (patheos.com)

[16] Amy Sutherland (01 Mar 21): But for Love, I will drink this cup | Ablaze Global Productions