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Strategy

31 May

Kathryn Hauser’s Special Reflection
For the Feast Day of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
Friday, 31 May 2013
Strategy
On Monday, 27 May 2013 Dutch Sheets talked about opposition from a spirit of religiosity:
“I also heard Holy Spirit say, “Opposition, both from the Church and the world, will increase as we break out of normal. Religious spirits will insist on maintaining old structures and systems, and the kingdom of darkness will react aggressively to the spirit of revival. Don’t be alarmed at this. Stay the course and resist the demonic pressure!”
I took this into prayer to see what the Holy Spirit was saying in the lectionary readings for today’s special Feast Day for the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. I went looking with an expansive heart and a soft eye for strategy because Dutch Sheets had also said,
“Just as the strategy of the Lord for John the Baptist changed when Jesus began His ministry, Holy Spirit is about to speak new plans, ideas, activities and methods to those who are listening.”
I was amazed to “see” there was a strategy there in the lectionary readings just by two women getting together. Who knew that paying a visit could prove to be so powerful?
After the Angel Gabriel had visited Mary (Lk 1:26) and told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of the Most High would overshadow her (v 25), then Mary set out and went with haste (v 39) to visit her relative, Elizabeth, who was six month’s pregnant (v 36) with John the Baptist. So here we have Mary receiving the anointing of the Holy Spirit and then she goes to Elizabeth who is then filled with the Holy Spirit at Mary’s greeting (v 41), and this affects her baby (John) as well. (v 44) Then Mary stays with Elizabeth a few months. (v 56) Strategy: Worship > Share > Abide. This isn’t new. This pattern is consistent throughout life and scripture. I asked God what “plans, ideas, activities and methods” could today’s lectionary passage show us? The Church-as-Institution herself has provided the structure by offering us this lectionary reading. As I read the passage with a soft eye, I noticed that the clues and strategy to defeat religious spirits are in the verbs (action words.)
Plan: Mary set out with haste (v 39) to specific GPS coordinates. Elizabeth was on the map. Mary had purpose and her destination in mind. The journalistic questions present themselves:
WHOM was Mary visiting? Elizabeth (v 40)
WHAT was Mary doing? Visiting, providing companionship and comfort since Elizabeth’s husband was struck mute (v 20) by the same Angel Gabriel who visited Mary six months after that event. (v 26) [Would we call that event a “mutation”? [smile]] Truly, we women go nuts without someone to talk to. Zechariah wasn’t “bad.” He was just infected by a religious spirit and Gabriel shut him up. Still, this affected Elizabeth, and would have affected her baby in her womb as well.
WHERE was Mary going? To a Judean town in the hill country. (v 39)
WHY was she going there? To meet Elizabeth. Mary carried the blessing within her being. Not every divine message is carried by a supernatural angelic being. My NIV Notes say: “Only two angels are identified by name in Scripture: Gabriel (Dan 8:16; 9:21) and Michael (Da 10:13,21; Jude 9; Rev 12:7). God is the God of Enlightenment and the Holy Spirit provides the Light. A torch bearer is not the source of the Light. The torch bearer only carries it. Those who are ready to receive it will leap at it just as John did in the womb. (v 41) Then others are filled with the Holy Spirit as Elizabeth was. (v 41) Joy is contagious and is much more powerful than grumpy old religious spirits.
HOW did Mary visit? She entered Zechariah’s and Elizabeth’s house. (v 40)
So, now that Mary has a reasonable plan, and she has entered the house, we can see the results of her visit.
She entered into relationship with her relative. (v 36) The text says that Elizabeth got greeted; who knows about Zechariah? Mary stayed for about three months (v 56), so maybe it took him awhile to soften up to her charms and sweetness. He might have had some jealousy issues to deal with inside his own soul before he could open his mouth at John’s b’rit-milah (the rite of circumcision and naming.) (v 59) When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, John leapt in her womb. (v 41) This applies to the awakening Church today. On 02 April 2013 Eileen Fisher had prophesied of the Lord and He had said:
“And you will hear a new sound that will go forth, but you will recognize it because of the discernment I have put into your spirit this night. You will recognize the right [trumpet] call with the right note. And you will jump [!], and your spirit will leap [!], with acknowledgement of My Spirit. I am reawakening My generals who have gotten discouraged.”
After Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (v 41) Cynics could mock that there’s no distinction between the feeling of the baby’s movement in the womb and the on-rush of the Holy Spirit. They could say, “So the baby kicked? What’s the big deal?” Well, so does the Paraclete (Holy Spirit). And He’s got a paira cleats that kick some Astroturf! After Elizabeth’s anointing she exclaims with a loud cry! (v 42) This also ties into the present and what Jesus spoke through Eileen Fisher affirming the same thing to us today:
“He said, “I’m shaking them to awakeness, and I’m going to start to put heaviness upon their heart. [Doesn’t that sound like pregnancy?] It will be a heaviness that will be of My presence, to where they will weep at My goodness, as Moses wept, and as I wept over Jerusalem. They will weep, but it will not be unto death, but it will be the weeping that will be unto the new birthing [!] of revival.”
After Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit (v 41) she exclaims a blessing with a loud cry. (v 42) Why? For Mary BELIEVED that there would be FULFILLMENT of what was spoken to her by the Lord. (v 45) And Mary’s response?
Luke 1:46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,

1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
God was personal to her. God looked on her with favor. (v 48) The Mighty One had done great things for her. (v 49) She blessed His holy Name. (v 49) She extolled His enduring mercy. (v 50) She marveled at His strength (v 51), in humbling the proud (v 51), in lifting up the lowly (v 52), in filling the spiritually hungry with good things (v 53), and in sending away the selfish. (v 53) He helps us all in the remembrance of His mercy (v 54) according to His promises to every generation. (v 55) It does take time to remember. It takes time and quiet to reflect and contemplate. And it takes time to share the fruit of what comes out of those divine, intimate, quiet times. God provided for Mary with that too, in that she stayed with Elizabeth for about three months. (v 56) How does this apply to the awakening Church? God has been giving us time to get to know each other on a personal level before the explosion of birthing the revival.
“For there will come forth ONE voice, ONE battle cry, ONE agreement, and ONE provision, and it will be done by My Spirit,” says the Lord your God, in Jesus’ name. Amen.” (Eileen Fisher; emphasis with all CAPS mine.)
The foundation of revival must be grounded in solid, honest, trusting relationships, where reliance on each other’s spiritual gifts has had a chance to be firmly established. We have had this time. Relationships are solid among the leaders. There’s just one that is still waiting to be made real…
The relationship with me.

Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth Friday, 31 May 2013 Gospel: Luke 1:39-57
1 Samuel 2:1-10
2:1 Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in my God. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory.

2:2 “There is no Holy One like the LORD, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

2:3 Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

2:4 The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength.

2:5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.

2:6 The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.

2:7 The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts.

2:8 He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world.

2:9 “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might does one prevail.

2:10 The LORD! His adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king, and exalt the power of his anointed.”

Psalm 113
113:1 Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD; praise the name of the LORD.

113:2 Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore.

113:3 From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised.

113:4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

113:5 Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high,

113:6 who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?

113:7 He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap,

113:8 to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.

113:9 He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD!

Romans 12:9-16b
12:9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;

12:10 Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.

12:11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.

12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;

Luke 1:39-57
1:39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country,

1:40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit

1:42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

1:43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?

1:44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy.

1:45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

1:46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,

1:47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

1:48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

1:49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

1:50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

1:51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

1:52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;

1:53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.

1:54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

1:55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

1:56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

1:57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.

Trinity Question

26 May

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for Trinity Sunday, 26 May 2013
Trinity Question
Do angels bleed?
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Grace

Trinity Sunday 26 May 2013 Gospel: John 16:12-15
Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
8:1 Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?

8:2 On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand;

8:3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out:

8:4 “To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.

8:22 The LORD created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.

8:23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.

8:24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.

8:25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth–

8:26 when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil.

8:27 When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

8:28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,

8:29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

8:30 then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,

8:31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

Psalm 8
8:1 O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

8:2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

8:3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;

8:4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

8:5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

8:6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,

8:7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,

8:8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

8:9 O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Romans 5:1-5
5:1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

5:2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

5:3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

5:4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

5:5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

John 16:12-15
16:12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

16:14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

16:15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Advocate

19 May

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for the Day of Pentecost 19 May 2013
Advocate
John 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.
Lord, I am in this same predicament that You were in with Philip and the disciples, when they said to You, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” (Jn 14:8) The Church-as-Institution may or may not believe me that I had a mystical marriage with You, but they could believe me simply because of the multiple volumes of works I have written.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (v 9)
I have written about my journey and shown what our relationship has been like from my mortal shoes. That’s all I have. I need an advocate.
Advocate definition:
verb (used with object)
1. to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly: He advocated higher salaries for teachers.
noun
2. a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc. (usually followed by of ): an advocate of peace.
3. a person who pleads for or in behalf of another; intercessor.
4. a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law.
There are different kinds of advocates. There are legal advocates who try to uphold the law. They are motivated by a spirit of Justice. There are human rights advocates. They are motivated by Dignity. There are science advocates. They are motivated by finding Answers. And the list goes on:
Advocates for the Arts are motivated by Creativity.
Advocates for Business are motivated by Opportunity.
Advocates for Education are motivated by Learning.
Advocates for Family are motivated by Values.
Advocates for Government are motivated by Provision.
Advocates for the Media are motivated by Information.
Advocates for Religion are motivated by Beliefs.
Most of us go forth with good intentions in our motivations. Somewhere along the way, words of Truth get manipulated by the Facts. The world does not see Truth nor recognize it (Jn 14:17), because they are trying to manipulate it for their own purposes. But for those who know the Truth, the Spirit abides within them. (v 17) Advocates on every frontier can preach and teach “until the cows come home” and we’d have educated cows. I learned that from the Institution. And so did the archetypal Church of Laodicea. (Rev 3) Being in the Know does not produce Hospitality. In fact every single one of the Seven Churches from the Book of Revelation was confronted with this same issue. The Kingpin Issue that set apart the archetypal Seven Churches from the rest of the Church-as-Whole-Bride was that they neglected the Spirit of Hospitality. Hospitality is not just about saying the right words. Pentecost, itself, was not just about the anomaly of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:3) (which sounds like confusing babble out of context.) Lord, when You came down to see the Tower of Babel (Gen 11:5), You saw that humanity could do anything we put our minds to (and voices!) (v 6) And we HAVE!
Genesis 11:7 “Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”
And the spirit of Confusion scattered us. It had a similar affect on the people on The Day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
Confusion precedes understanding. From the humbling position of confusion, we ask questions. God’s first question to us humans was, “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9) We had thousands of years to scatter out over the face of the earth (v 9) (and to outer space.) Some were filled with the “new wine” of Adventure, but I believe that most were led by the Spirit nonetheless, even though the world does not know Him. (Jn 2:17) The Holy Spirit is not an aimless gypsy, although the Spirit does blow as the Wind.
John 3:8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
Rick Joyner, himself, had said in his ‘Word for the Week’ this week that we are not to be “Christian Gypsies” but we are to “Seek the fresh and honor the established.” Right-O! Since God’s first question to us was “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9) I can honor this and I answer in Truth. I’ve been “out here” parking and praying in my car outside of community in “Solitary Confinement,” because of unfair judgments heaved upon me, even though I followed and obeyed what God had told me to do and say. The flashpoint was the fulfillment of Rev 3:16 on 26 January 2011 and the holy fire spread out from there like wildfire. Because of my obedience to God, I’ve been ramrodded by “ten horns” (Rev 17:3) of ten cycles of the Abomination of Desolation (Dan 9:27) with ten different solitude spots over the course of six years where I’ve parked and prayed, all because the shameful Silence was not broken. This was not Man. This was Satan’s influence. (Rev 13:1) We’ve all made mistakes! We’re forgiven! No one likes to admit when s/he has fallen short of one’s potential and glory. But it happens. I bit the green weenie, too! No one is immune. ‘Fess up! Break the Silence! I belong in the House of the Lord, and not parked in a car. (Mk 13:14) This is NOT about “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” God didn’t do this. It is man who has forsaken. So correct the problem.
God’s second question to mankind was “What is this you have done?” (Gen 3:13)
Well, Church? When Jesus spoke to the Seven Churches He did not ask any of them, “What is this you have done?” Why? Because He knew!
Ephesus – Rev 2:2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
Smyrna – Rev 2:9 I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
Pergamum – Rev 2:13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.
Thyatira – Rev 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.
………. and on our end: Rev 2:22 … unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children “dead.” Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.
Sardis – Rev 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
Philadelphia – Rev 3:8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
Laodicea – Rev 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
God gave each of us spiritual and temporal gifts to honor Himself and help us to share the Truth with the world; Truth based on SHOWING God’s hospitality to the world, not ramrodding it down each others’ throats. Is not hospitality one of the reasons God gave the gift of the Holy Scriptures to the Jews in the first place? To show God’s hospitality? Plus the Scriptures help us to remember. (Jn 14:26) Scripture comes from God and is fulfilled by beings (human and other and Himself.) And all give Voice to the Creator! We can build towers (Gen 11:5) to Trivial Pursuit® with all the facts we know. And with our language skills (using the same words, I might add! (Gen 11:1)) we can argue a mule into a pit (cf Ex 21), but words won’t get the animal out. If we throw in a little bit of dirt at a time, the donkey has a chance to eventually walk out of a pit on his own. From my experience, the ones listening to the Holy Spirit are the ones who are not burying their mules (or asses.) (cf Mt 8:22) All along this journey Christ has been telling us not to cover our Assets.
Romans 8:16 It is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
We ARE children of God! And God is a Gentleman! He tries not to come right out and say directly, “I TOLD YOU SO!” That would be rather…ummm…rude. So He allows us the opportunity to search through Scripture with our minds and hearts to discover what, how, when, where, and through whom He has fulfilled His Word and kept His promises. It is in the heart-mind where the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, continues to flame passionately in our defense. Our job is to worship God and share the journey.
John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.
Today we celebrate God’s “Manifested Breakthrough” in what God is doing through all of us, as Mike Bachelder explains:
“Manifested breakthrough is not just God breaking into a situation from one direction, but it is God placing Himself in the very center of what needs to change and then manifesting His power, presence and glory. It truly is, “If God be for us and who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).”
We all need an advocate at some point in our lives to come to our defense. Just as Peter quoted from Joel 2:28-32 to prove that God was fulfilling prophecy and to show how God was keeping His word, so God is showing us today how He has been fulfilling more prophecy and continues keeping His Word. We just have to ask. But that’s hard for mankind to do. [I’m being polite here, gentlemen. Cough.]
“What is this you have done?” (Gen 3:13)
Prayer: Lord, You have given us the capacity to follow through with the leadings and promptings of the Holy Spirit. You have given us hands, feet, hearts, eyes, ears, minds and spiritual gifts to show the world Your compassion. The world really IS “all together in one place.” (Acts 2:1) We are all right here on this Planet, positioned where You have placed us to be! Sweep over Your creation once again. Holy Spirit, please come in the sound of a rushing spiritual “wind” from Heaven. Crush the spirits of Control, Religiosity, Pride, and Hypocrisy once and for all. Bind us to Your holy self. Fill Your entire “House” where we are sitting. (v 2) Bring on Your Forward Movement! Where we have been divided, make us whole. Where we have been doubtful, make us sure. Where we have been fearful, give us peace. Where we have been confused, give us clarity. Where our courage has been lacking, give us humor. Where we have been misled, give us wisdom. Where we have been judged, give us mercy. Draw us into Your grace. Connect us to the abilities You have already given us to speak each others’ heart languages in Truth and Love. (v 4) Unite us in our devotion to You. (v 5) At this sound of Your rushing Wind, may the gathering crowd no longer be bewildered (v 6) but pour out Your fresh Spirit (v 18) and renew the face of the ground. (Ps 104:30)
Psalm 104:31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works—
AMEN!

Day of Pentecost 19 May 2013 Gospel: John 14:8-17, 25-27
Acts 2:1-21
2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.

2:2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

2:3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.

2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

2:5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.

2:6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.

2:7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?

2:8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?

2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

2:11 Cretans and Arabs–in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.”

2:12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”

2:13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.

2:15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.

2:16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

2:17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

2:18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

2:19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

2:20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.

2:21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Genesis 11:1-9
11:1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words.

11:2 And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

11:3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar.

11:4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

11:5 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built.

11:6 And the LORD said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.

11:7 Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”

11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.

11:9 Therefore it was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

104:25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.

104:26 There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

104:27 These all look to you to give them their food in due season;

104:28 when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

104:29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.

104:30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.

104:31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works–

104:32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.

104:33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

104:34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.

104:35b Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD!

Romans 8:14-17
8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

8:15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”

8:16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

8:17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ–if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

John 14:8-17, (25-27)
14:8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.

14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.

14:12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.

14:13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14:14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.

14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.

14:17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

14:25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you.

14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

Angel

12 May

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 7 After Easter on 12 May 2013
Angel
The Lord God says to us today: “I have Great Compassion!” (Jeremiah 31:20)
I let the words seep into my soul and drank them in. I let them wash over me and fill me.
Sacred silence.
Holy.
I picked up today’s lectionary readings and I noticed that Revelation 22:16 is written in the past tense:
Rev 22:16 “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
And so it is.
Breathe.
And I remembered what the writer of Hebrews had said:
Hebrews 13:1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
And so it is.
Breathe.
Prayer: Lord, let the Living Waters (Rev 22:17) gush forth through Your Spirit of Hospitality! Amen!

7 After Easter 12 May 2013 Gospel: John 17:20-26
Acts 16:16-34
16:16 One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling.

16:17 While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.”

16:18 She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.

16:19 But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities.

16:20 When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews

16:21 and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.”

16:22 The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods.

16:23 After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely.

16:24 Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

16:26 Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened.

16:27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped.

16:28 But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”

16:29 The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.

16:30 Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

16:31 They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

16:32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.

16:33 At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay.

16:34 He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

Psalm 97
97:1 The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!

97:2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

97:3 Fire goes before him, and consumes his adversaries on every side.

97:4 His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles.

97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.

97:6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.

97:7 All worshipers of images are put to shame, those who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him.

97:8 Zion hears and is glad, and the towns of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O God.

97:9 For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.

97:10 The LORD loves those who hate evil; he guards the lives of his faithful; he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

97:11 Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.

97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21
22:12 “See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work.

22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.

22:16 “It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.

22:20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

John 17:20-26
17:20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word,

17:21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

17:22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one,

17:23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

17:24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

17:25 “Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me.

17:26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Restore to Israel

9 May

Kathryn Hauser’s Special Reflection for Ascension of the Lord, Thursday, 09 May 2013
Restore to Israel
Me, mumbling to myself: I just talked about this in last Sunday’s Reflection for 6 After Easter, “Closing Arguments.” We’re saying the same thing…
On Tuesday, [07 May 2013] Rick Joyner posted his ‘Word for the Week’ in The MorningStar eNewsletter – “A Cord of Three Strands: Scripture, History, and Prophecy – The Great Commission, Part 19. He says,
“This week we will continue to examine the Lord’s Word in Matthew 13:52:
“Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.”
… “The body of Christ has many issues and problems now, but we have the sure word of prophecy that she will come into her fullness before the end of this age. Anyone can see her weaknesses, errors, and even heresies that have crept into some parts. The same three things that have sidetracked and often destroyed many potentially great movements are still operating within much of the body today. I have known many who have fallen into those traps, have gotten out, corrected their course, learned the lessons, and kept on going. They are much stronger because of the experience. How many others could be spared from making the same mistakes if the stories of those who made them could be told, as they are in Scripture, without them being condemned for making mistakes?”
[Me: Rick, we’re saying the same things.]
“The time has come when each new generation does not have to make the same mistakes as the past ones. Scribes are a key to this. Scribes were not only the ones who wrote the decrees for the governing authorities, but they documented history. The proverb has been proven that “those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” This can stop now, but we must have the wisdom to understand the importance of knowing history. The result will be a better understanding of our own times and being better prepared for the future.”
[Me: Yes!]
“The purpose of The MorningStar Journal is to distribute through articles and videos the important messages for our times. In each edition, we try to give a balanced spiritual meal, but also a broadening and deepening perspective from the Scriptures, history, and prophecy. I was shown these as a “cord of three strands” that cannot be easily broken. These three can be seen intertwined throughout the Scriptures and especially in the writings of the prophets. The writers of Scripture often refer to earlier Scripture and then to history as a basis for their prophecies. These three are also found in the lives and writings of the great saints of history and in the high-impact saints of our own times.”
[Me: The lives and writings of the great saints are what I was also talking about in “Closing Arguments,” too. I am also encouraged, because the Church-as-Institution believes in the “cord of three strands” perspective as well. Hooray, we’re finally all on the same page for a change! The difference in the Church’s “cord of three strands” and school of prophets’ three strands, is in the terminology. The Church-as-Institution’s legs of the tripod are “Scripture, Reason, and Tradition,” as articulated by the Anglican theologian, Richard Hooker (b. 1554). Somewhere along the way, something got lost in the translation between the school of prophets’ three cords (Scripture, History, and Prophecy) and the Church-as-Institution’s three legs of the proverbial “milk stool” (Scripture, Tradition, and Reason). I can lay out what I see: Scripture is scripture for both the school of prophets and the Church-as-Institution (despite thousands of various translations and versions; it’s still the Holy Scripture.) Tradition and History blend like maple syrup on waffles. So that leaves Prophecy with the school of prophets and Reason with the Church-as-Institution. If the prophets could reasonably show the fulfillment of prophecy to the Institution, then I would think that both sides would understand each other, rather than continuing in the current rift we have now between the Church and the Prophets.]
Me: Lord Jesus?
Jesus: “Yes?”
Me: The Church really will “come into her fullness before the end of this age,” won’t she?
Jesus: “Yes.”
Me: The special lectionary readings for today talk about this.
Acts 1:6 So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Lord, the apostles whom You had chosen (v 2) saw You present Yourself alive to them by many convincing proofs and speaking about the Kingdom of God. (v 3) They waited as You had ordered them to wait. (v 4) They were baptized in the Holy Spirit just as You said. (v 5) When they asked if it was time for the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel (v 6), You told them it was not for them to know the times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. (v 7) Lord, over the centuries the Church has bore witness to the times and periods, as You broke the seals and opened the scroll of history. (Rev 5:3) Only You were worthy of doing that. (Rev 5:5) That’s how we have Western Civilization. Lord, we have held to the testimony of Jesus; we worship You for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev 19:10) It is by God’s own authority that every generation has seen parts of the “scroll” unfurled and our present generation has seen the Book of Revelation fulfilled. We’ve seen it. We’ve witnessed it. We’ve experienced it. Are we there yet?
Sweet Jesus, I ask You directly: “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Jesus: “Yes.”
Lord, just as the disciples were watching and You were lifted up and a cloud took You out of their sight (Acts 1:9), so You have also returned to many now in their “clouds” of distress and confusion. The two men in white robes (v 10) did say,
Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
So, why does the Church continue standing there and looking up toward heaven? Does she still think that signs are gonna “save” her (Mt 16:4), when You do incarnate work? This non-movement does affect me in a personal way. While the Church-as-collective-body is still standin’ there gaping heavenward, I have been ordered twice – just in the last week – to hand over my driver’s license to cops in two different towns so they could investigate me for parking and praying in my car. They always run background checks and search for outstanding warrants and such. Am I a criminal for praying? Suddenly it would seem to them that this is “suspicious,” (to use a word a cop threw in my face three times,) even though I have been parking and praying in my car since 01 July 2007. I realize we all live in a paranoid society, but if the Church broke her Silent Treatment and showed hospitality to “strangers,” (Heb 13:2) then I wouldn’t be in my car looking strange to the unknowing or unsuspecting, albeit “suspicious.” If I was talking to someone through Bluetooth® technology, or the Parrot®, or Skype®, or through the OnStar® Navigator, no one would be suspicious. But as a praying Christian Mystic, I am talking to THE On-Star, our Morning Star, our Navigator. (Rev 22:16) The world finds that incomprehensible. So where’s the Church?
John 17:25 “Righteous Father, the world does not know You, but I know You; and these know that You have sent me.

17:26 I made Your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which You have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Rick said,
“We have more sources at our disposal today than ever before in history. Anyone can also communicate virtually around the world instantly. Because these are easier does not mean that the real treasures of wisdom and knowledge are any cheaper.”
Lord, we are communicating, but what is being said? You said,
Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
Well, it has been! The gospel has been preached, and preached, and preached, and …
I know that scripture says that when You come You will stand in Zion [the heart] on the Mount of Olives and the whole world will see You. That sounds pretty “In your face” to me, and not “in the clouds.”
Zechariah 14:3-5
3 Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as He fights on a day of battle.
Well, Lord, You have been fighting as on a day of battle. You have been fighting with the sword of Truth. (cf Jn 14:17, Jn 16:13) The Spirit of prophecy has been bearing testimony to You. (Rev 19:10) Lord, You have been fighting against the lies of Satan! (Rev 20:8-9)
Zechariah 14:4 On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.
Lord, haven’t You already done that? Israel is in the East, and she has been “crucified” with her Messiah. The Church split off to form Western Civilization. There has been a Great Valley formed by division between the Jews and the Church. But there really is no distinction now between Israel and the Church. We are supposed to love as You love. But half the religious “mountain” moved north and the other half moved south. The Institution has her all-powerful fingers in the four corners of the earth. (Rev 20:8) Institutions don’t care about what god one serves as long as they keep their power. Lord, You have been standing on the “Mount of Olives” and have been extending Your arms in peace and reconciliation. Why else would the organization My Olive Tree be planting olive trees in Israel?
Zechariah 14:5 You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
Lord, Your “mountain valley” has coursed through both the Church and the Jews by lessons in humility carving the Valley. The Church has fled, but the Jews have stood their ground. But Israel still doesn’t know because the Church won’t talk about it. I have tried. I even send my Reflections to the Jerusalem Prayer Team and Toward Jerusalem Council II. I have reached out to the archetypal Seven Churches, and to some 330 individuals by name since 2008 (not counting repeats, and I’m sure I missed a bunch in the count) and the Silent Treatment continues. That’s an amazing amount of outreach for a natural introvert. What’s a girl to do? There’s no direct communication. Lord, if You want Your People to know, then Your Spirit must blow through the middle of the valley, the Valley of Humility, to get Your word to Your people. For their sake, please come and all the holy ones with You (Zech 14:5) through this “Via Media.”
Rick closed his piece with,
“As Jesus said in the Scripture quoted above [Mt 13:52], the scribes that are disciples of the kingdom of heaven will bring forth from their treasures things both new and old. There is not only a place for both in discipleship, but there is a requirement for both.”
Lord, help us to DO what You have required of us. Help us to talk kindly to each other. But, gee, that would mean we’d have to have a conversation. May our hearts ascend with You in mercy toward each other as we reflect Your face and outstretched arms, and keep our eyes on You, our Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6), as we go carrying “olive branches.” (Gen 8:11) Help us to actually show Your love by the witness of Your Spirit within us as we circulate to Jerusalem, the Church, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8) Come and let the whole world know that everything You have talked about has been fulfilled. (Luke 24:44) This is good news worth sharing.

Ascension of the Lord Thursday, 09 May 2013 Gospel: Luke 24:44-53
Acts 1:1-11
1:1 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning

1:2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.

1:3 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

1:4 While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me;

1:5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”

1:7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.

1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

1:10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.

1:11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Psalm 47
47:1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy.

47:2 For the LORD, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.

47:3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.

47:4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

47:5 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.

47:7 For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.

47:8 God is king over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.

47:9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted.

Psalm 93
93:1 The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength. He has established the world; it shall never be moved;

93:2 your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

93:3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.

93:4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the LORD!

93:5 Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

Ephesians 1:15-23
1:15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason

1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.

1:17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him,

1:18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints,

1:19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.

1:20 God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come.

1:22 And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church,

1:23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Luke 24:44-53
24:44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you–that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”

24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,

24:46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day,

24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

24:48 You are witnesses of these things.

24:49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

24:50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them.

24:51 While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.

24:52 And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy;

24:53 and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

Closing Arguments

5 May

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 6 After Easter 05 May 2013
Closing Arguments
On the Courthouse steps.
Me to Jesus: Ya’ know, Lord, it is sooo not fair that I have to go in there and defend myself! Everybody knows the defendant should not represent herself/himself in court. This is nuts! Who would do this? I can’t do this! Why won’t You go in there and speak for me? You said You’d send the Advocate! (Jn 14:26)
Jesus quoted John 14:28: You heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.
[Me to myself: What does that mean? Sigh…long, slow exhale…]

Inside the Courtroom.
Bailiff: All rise! THE Honorable Judge presiding.
God: Present your Closing Arguments.
Me […gulp…]: Your Honor, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury,
As you know, and has been stated for the record on 28 April 2013 in my Reflection “Great Grace,” direct communication with the Church and the Prophets has been limited to three direct contacts over the course of almost four years despite my repeated attempts at honest engagement. After sending a reminder to my “flock” that the Reflection “Great Grace” was posted, I got a boomeranged message back in my inbox saying that the email server could not deliver to one address:
Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:
info@morningstarministries.org
Technical details of permanent failure: …
How prophetic. Of the dozen or so in my email “flock,” according to my stats page on my blog site, last Sunday’s Reflection got two “hits,” so I assume that two people read it, even though Morning Star Ministries’ reminder never made it. That being said, however, two days later on Tuesday morning of 30 April 2013, Rick Joyner of Morning Star Ministries sent out his Word for the Week, “Modern Scribes,” and said:
“The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians that not many were wise or strong in this world who were called. However, he did not say there were not any. Paul was of the elite of this world in both learning and wealth. He sacrificed it all for the gospel and considered it a small price to pay.
“In biblical times, a scribe was a position of significant authority in both the Roman Empire and the nation of Israel. Scribes were writers who wrote the decrees of those who were in authority. In Israel, this included the copying of Scripture. It is interesting that Jesus addresses this specific group concerning discipleship in Matthew 13:52:
“Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.”
[Me: I find it amazing that this topic of Scribes arose at this particular time, two days following last Sunday’s Reflection “Great Grace.” Surly the Court agrees that grace is Jesus Christ’s treasure which He brings forth out of the old to make things new.]
Rick J: “We see by this that Jesus was expecting scribes to become disciples of the kingdom, and indeed many did. To this specific group, He exhorts them to bring forth treasure from both the new and the old. This is an important consideration for the Great Commission because it is the only specific group the Lord addresses in relation to becoming disciples of the kingdom.
[Me: Thank you. Since I am of the scribe group and I serve under Jesus Christ, then I am a disciple of the Kingdom. And when God called me on Epiphany Sunday, 06 January 2008 He gave me two directives: 1) Worship God and 2) Share the Journey, so therefore this would mean that sharing what I write would be part of the Great Commission. There also have been many Anchorites of old who were Scribes for the Kingdom. They helped anchor us in Christ, usually during the most nutsy and pivotal times in history.]
Rick J: “Because of technology, we don’t really have scribes today, but the group that would at least loosely connect with them are journalists and writers. The media today does have a great deal of authority in shaping culture and even government policy. Some believe their influence is even greater than that of government. How could our culture be shaped if the modern scribes were to become disciples of the kingdom?
[Me: I write. I journal. Does that make me a “journalist”? Clearly I have no authority with two “hits” to my blog site this week, but that does not mean I am not a disciple of the Kingdom. Nor does it mean I am not a scribe.]
Rick J: “We need to also consider the authority of modern scribes in the church. The influence of the secular media is great and worthy of much discussion, but I am speaking here of the Christian media. The influence of Christian television is substantial worldwide. Videos are huge now and can have substantial influence, as do websites, blogs, and of course, books and radio. The modern pulpit is no longer the wooden stand in our meeting places—it is electronic.
[Me: This is why my friends had encouraged me to set up a blog site in the first place so that my writings would have a forum from which they could be presented, after I had tried the traditional and electronic book publishing routes (and I got nowhere with the publishing Institution.)]
Rick J: “In the first century, the gospel followed the trading routes, which was the communication network of the times. The Reformation had been simmering for centuries, but when the printing press was developed and the Bible was the first thing to come off of it, the Reformation burst into flames all across Europe. Technology and communication networks have been the path the gospel has flowed along from the beginning, and it will be to the end. The important factor is who is using it—the preachers who stand behind the modern pulpit—the modern scribes.
[Me: I so understand! I was raised as a good Lutheran and focused on Reformation Literature when I studied at the University of Vienna. Plus I have my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California Lutheran University, so I probably know a little more than the Average Bear about the Reformation and that communication network. I “see” the overlay in how the old overlaps the new. Just because I can “see” it doesn’t mean I have the power to activate it. That’s the Holy Spirit’s job.]
Rick J: “There are many positives and negatives with this modern pulpit. Certainly we can now reach many more people, and much faster, but what are we reaching them with? There is very little filtering of what is on the Internet, and many people actually believe almost everything they read on the Internet. Much of what is put out could only be called spiritual junk food if we’re being generous. Some are putting poison in what they serve.
[Me: Spiritual junk food? Poison? […Sizzle…] Is he talking to me?]
[Me: How do you think that makes me feel, even though I know this is not true of what I write?
Can you imagine how many hours of surrender prayers I have had to go through to NOT take this personally? I did eventually get there, where the heart sting dissipated, but the wound was there, nonetheless. I had to anchor in my relationship with God and reorient my being and view to the way He sees me, and not to the way the world sees me.]
Rick J: “At the same time, there are few watchmen or shepherds with the international stature needed who will even address many of the most crucial issues of our times. So, as usual, the vacuum is filled by those who are not called, do not have the authority, and often end up doing as much damage as the enemies of the gospel.
[Me: And who would that be? Who are the “enemies of the gospel”? If the love of God is within us, and we live the gospel of Love which Jesus lived, breathed, and taught by modeling, and the enemy is also within us trying to get the upper hand, but that enemy is an outward projection and not authentic, then who is the “enemy of the gospel”? The Truth is within us. Truth is the quest for Integrity on display. Look at all these scriptures on the Spirit of Truth! We have to go through TRUTH and face our lies before we can get to the Father’s holiness. We cannot do that through projection. We do that through a relationship with Jesus. We get to Him through HONESTY:
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the Truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
We need the Holy Spirit to help us face ourselves, to face our projections:
John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
The work of the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of Truth, goes out from the Father and testifies about Jesus. When we allow it, it is the Holy Spirit that does the work in us:
John 15:26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of Truth who goes out from the Father—He will testify about Me.
Do we want this much Truth?
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the Truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.
In the end, it is the Word of Truth that sanctifies us:
John 17:17 Sanctify them by the Truth; Your word is Truth.
If this scribbling mystic [pointing to myself] is filling a vacuum, but I am supposedly “not called” and “do not have the authority,” then more glory to God, because the Holy Spirit does! The River of Life flows from God’s Throne and the Lamb. (Rev 22:1) It’s not about me; it’s about how we love. The fruits of Love bear “fruit” each month and the “leaves” (of the books?) are healing for the nations. (v 2) Where there is healing and intimacy with God, who are we to judge? I rejoice! (John 14:28)
Who is qualified to deem or to judge if someone is or is not “called” when God is the One who does the calling? (Jer 1: 4-5) Our job is to honor the gifts which He has given us.
Who has the “Authority” when those in power with power only have power because it was given to them by God in the first place? (John 19:11)
God’s gifts and His calling are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29) It is the job of the leadership to lead, not to just watch. The “watchmen and the shepherds” are still guarding their flock by “night” (Luke 2:8) and not opening the “Sheep Gate” (John 5:2) and the Church is still lying “paralyzed” by the pool because no one is there to put her into the pool when the waters are stirred up. (v 7) She’s got tons of motivational preachers and speakers to keep the waters stirred up, but when are the people going to be shown how they themselves can access God’s divine presence within themselves? This is a topic for Christian Mystics. Being one myself, I know St John of the Cross’ journey well! My Calling is to the Church-as-Institution and she doesn’t like or understand mystics, no matter how enlightened the modern Institution’s façade may present herself. (I suppose I shouldn’t be all that surprised, since the various Inquisitions sprawl over the centuries from 1184 with the Medieval Inquisitions to the Roman Inquisition, which didn’t end until c. 1860! And even more recently, the Catholic Office of the Devil’s Advocate wasn’t abolished until Pope John Paul II revised the canonization procedures in 1979. It’s all rather amazing, but not surprising.)
But I cannot point at myself, because my ‘I Am’ is on the inside and not an outward projection. I am a Christian Mystic and the Institution has always been terrified of mystics, and yet she has also been fascinated by them. She wants to burn the mystic before the mystic burns her. The moth is drawn to the flame only to singe its wings. In their hearts they say, “After all, the mystic could be subversive like Jesus was, and would disarm the power of the Institution. We are afraid of losing power and control. But no one must ever know that this is so waaaay out-of-control!” It is a dilemma for the Institution, since she is praying, and receiving answers to her own prayers, but then the mysterious “They” don’t want to act on the answers and instructions that God has been giving “them” all along while “they” have been praying. Remember this?
Dorothy: “Don’t you know the Wizard’s going to give you some courage?”
Lion: “I’d be too scared to ask him for it.”
The Church just said on Monday (29 April 13), the day after I posted “Great Grace” that she will have forty more days for God to reorder her path. Does that mean that she’ll have forty more days to bring back the “broom of the Wicked Witch,” and meanwhile I am praying for “fresh horses” to come in, because we can’t even have a conversation? In 3½ years? I realize “we’re not in Kansas any more,” but I am so over-done with these games. It’s always “MORE:” Forty MORE days, forty more years in the wilderness, forty more rainbows, forty more symphonies, forty more mystics, … She’s had so much of MORE! And it’s never enough! And then she abuses the people (and me) by invoking more prayers for PATIENCE whenever she has been called to task, and her Great Bluff has been confronted. But excuse me? It boils down to keeping one’s word. The way I see it, God has been keeping His word; man must be held accountable for his own end of the contract:
John 14:23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
Jn 14:24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
The Institution could not keep Jesus’ words. The Church-as-Conglomerate has absolutely stymied herself in her fear/fascination with mysticism. Other people can “see” the power of the Divine Flow, but the Church is as paralyzed as the cripple Jesus met by the Sheep Gate Pool (John 5:1-9). Jesus’ question to the cripple is as relevant to the Churches today as it was to the cripple:
“Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6)
The Institution-as-sick-man whines:
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way [!], someone else steps down ahead of me.” (v 7)
[Yeah, well, the Institution’s been having HER way for a VERY long time!… Ya’ think I could get away with pushing her in like any good little brat? …All kidding aside…]
There have been lots of Christian preachers who have stirred up the waters. There are tons of inspirational life coaches out there and they have all written powerfully inspirational works, which really do motivate us to rise and walk.
John 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.”
And the Christians do. They take a few steps for a few decades, breathing on the fumes of the latest inspirational speakers and preachers, and glowing from the latest Pentecostal revivals, and then they sit down by the “Pool” again for the next thirty-eight years (v 5), because the Church doesn’t know how to tap into her own mystical roots. She wants someone else to put her “into the pool when the water is stirred up.” (v 7)
All in all, it seems to me that we should be able to somehow learn to work WITH the Holy Spirit to change the vibrational frequency of the “water” itself. By believers working together we would be able to empower ALL people to learn how to access the divine Source, rather than merely motivating this frightened flock. Then everyone could “see” that the waters really have been stirring like a Jacuzzi all along, and it wasn’t as bad as they had anticipated, and it actually feels rather good. Maybe I’m all off on this, but this is my reasoning: Since the sick man in the story doesn’t gain benefit unless the waters are stirred up,
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up…” (John 5:7)
…then why not show the man that the waters are already stirred up and he is a part of that stirring, so it doesn’t matter when he gets in? Jesus did say, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” (v 8) I’ve looked again and again, and the scriptures don’t say where the man walked to. It just says that he walked and that he could now rest (ie Sabbath.)
John 5:9 At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. Now that day was a sabbath.
Maybe he just walked over to the towel rack before having a good soak in the yummy, warm, bubbles. The Church-as-Body collectively needs a good Jacuzzi bath! Oi vey! She’s mashugana with her nutsyness and projecting on to God what was not God’s to begin with! The Church just needs a good bath to let it all go…]
Members of the Jury, I continue on with presenting Rick Joyner’s piece where we left off earlier, and I want to emphasize that this is true:
Rick J: “So what do we do? First, as disciples of Christ, we must learn to receive our instruction from Him. For this reason, we are not just seeking to hear the words of the Lord as much as we are seeking to hear the Word, Himself. He must be our Teacher, and we must know His voice well enough that we will only follow Him. Do we hear His voice in those we are receiving instruction from?
[Me: Excellent question. Do you?
John 14:23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love Me will keep My word, and My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

John 14:24 Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word that you hear is not Mine, but is from the Father who sent Me.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, from my boots, receiving the Silent Treatment from the school (like fish) of Prophets for almost four years is not lovingly keeping Jesus’ words. So the absence of conversation and engagement reflects what? Indifference? Callousness? Contempt? Lovelessness? I know my Calling is a gift. I know I have remained true to God’s directives to me to “Worship Him” and “Share the Journey.” I don’t know what the Church-as-Body thinks. I’m not a mind-reader. I don’t even know if this Closing Argument is real because I don’t know if Rick Joyner wrote ‘Modern Scribes’ in reaction to me or if I am making my stance based on a Projection. How would I know, since we don’t talk about it? I can say this: I do have the gift of discernment. I know my love for Jesus is pure. So, therefore, I ask a corollary question: “Who, in a loving relationship, would not talk to their mother for 3 ½ years when they knew she wanted a relationship with her family?”]
Rick J: “Now we have people who can gain large followings on the Internet who could not even lead a home group in a valid church or fellowship. Journalists can presume to have authority in areas they have little or no experience or education in just because they are articulate or good writers.
[Me: “Good” is relative. Jesus asked, “Why do you call Me good?” (Mk 10:18) Good is like beauty. It is in the eyes of the beholder. What is “good” for the Jihad is not “good” for the Christians or Jews (or the Muslims.) Rick, you said as much, in your Prophetic Bulletin on 30 April 2013, which was posted the afternoon of the same day you posted “Modern Scribes” in your Word for the Week. Are not words as good as the spirit behind them?
It is the Holy Spirit Who is bringing down the House. It is the Holy Spirit Who is making the tornado of every institutional house (Rev 21:22). God is the housekeeping Force. And the Holy Spirit is the whisper in the gentle breeze. (1 Kings 19:12) It is time for the PEOPLE to take back the House of the Lord!
Is it a prerequisite of Christian culture that one must lead a home group in what you judge as a “valid” church or fellowship in order to gain something? Is “Authority” the bone you are still chewing on? Leading a small group is a different gifting than writing, and both giftings are not necessarily present in the same person, although they can be. It is not right to assume they must be, just because it is true for you.
Jesus was a good Carpenter, who went on to prepare many “rooms” in His Father’s mansion (Jn 14:2), and then He comes so that we can be with Him where He is. (v 3) Didn’t He also have “little or no experience or education” in being a traveling preacher when He started His ministry? Is not the Contrast itself (such as that of homely Carpenter gone dynamic Preacher) one of the earmarks of a Calling, for the old life is shed and a new life springs forth? (Ro 7:6) Didn’t Nathanael ask what everyone else was thinking: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (Jn 1:46) Jesus didn’t go to seminary. He listened to the Father and did what the Father told Him to do. (Jn 5:19) Jesus loved greatly by listening to the Spirit FIRST. He saw man’s potential through eyes of great love. He knew God’s love for humanity within His Being. This is not mushy love, but practical and devoted love, the same love that we are told to share, (because we little kids wanna grow up to be like our Papa, right?):
1 John 3:17-24
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[17] If a person owns the kinds of things we need to make it in the world but refuses to share with those in need, is it even possible that God’s love lives in him? [18] My little children, don’t just talk about love as an idea or a theory. Make it your true way of life, and live in the pattern of gracious love.
[19-20] There is a sure way for us to know that we belong to the truth. Even though our inner thoughts may condemn us with storms of guilt and constant reminders of our failures, we can know in our hearts that in His presence God Himself is greater than any accusation. He knows all things. [21] My loved ones, if our hearts cannot condemn us, then we can stand with confidence before God. [22] Whatever we may ask, we receive it from Him because we follow His commands and take the path that pleases Him. [23] His command is clear: believe in the name of His Son, Jesus the Anointed, and love one another as He commanded. [24] The one who follows His teaching and walks this path lives in an intimate relationship with God. How do we know that He lives in us? By the gift of His Spirit. (The Voice translation)
Members of the Jury, Rick emphasizes the necessity to recognize true kingdom authority:
Rick J: “Many in the church, or in Christian media, presume that because they are good with words, spoken or written, they have authority. If we are going to be disciples of the kingdom, we must learn to recognize true kingdom authority, and learn when we have it and when we don’t.
[Me: Being good with words is a gift. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to blow in God’s own authority into those words as God sees fit. It is recognizable, and even the Wizard of Oz knew when he’d gone past his limits:
The Wizard (covering up with the curtain): “The Great Oz has spoken. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain….the…Great…er…Oz has spoken.”
Dorothy (pulling aside the curtain and reprimanding): “Who are you?”
The Wizard: (stuttering): “I, I, I am the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz.”
‘True kingdom authority’ must—really and truly—must be recognized [!]. Balaam’s Donkey did! (Num 22-35) And the Donkey said something! So, where are the “Sons of Issachar”? (1 Chron 12:40) And where is the Church?]
Rick J: “We begin by returning to the Lord’s exhortation to scribes who would become disciples of the kingdom of heaven. They were to bring forth treasures—no junk food, but only the best for God’s household.
[Me: Yes, and in today’s lectionary lessons the Spirit brings down the Holy City Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from God. (Rev 21:10) You can’t get any better than that! This IS the best for God’s household. God don’t make junk! What kind of “junk food” is the Church ingesting? I’m eating the Word and applying it to my life and sharing the journey. Has the Church bought into the cultural notion of the “Sin Eater”?
Quote: “A sin-eater is a traditional type of spiritual healer who uses a ritual to cleanse the dying of their sins. The sin-eater absorbs the sins of the people he or she serves and typically works for a fee. As the sins are usually consumed through food and drink, the sin-eater also gains a meal through the transaction. Sin-eaters are often outcasts, as the work may be considered unsavory and is usually thought to lead to an afterlife in hell due to carrying the unabsolved sins of others. The Roman Catholic Church regularly excommunicated sin-eaters when they were more common, not only because of the excessive sins they carried, but also because they infringed upon the territory of priests, who are supposed to administer Last Rites to the dying according to Church Doctrine.
The sin-eater saves the dying not only from hell, but also from wandering the earth as a ghost – thereby performing a service for the living as well. In some traditions, sin-eaters perform their work for the moribund, while in others, the ritual takes place at the funeral. The sin-eater is usually associated with the British Isles, but there are analogous customs in other cultures as well.
A sin-eater typically consumes bread as part of the ritual of taking on the dying person’s sins. He or she may also eat salt or drink water or ale. Sometimes, special breads are baked for the purpose of the sin-eating ritual, perhaps featuring the initials or image of the deceased. The meal is sometimes passed over the dead or dying body or placed on its breast to symbolize its absorption of the person’s sins. The sin-eater may also recite a special prayer.
Some cultures have customs that are similar to sin-eating and may have evolved from more traditional forms of the ritual. Instead of a designated, outcast sin-eater serving a village, for example, the deceased’s nearest relatives may perform the service, as was once traditional in Bavaria and the Balkan Peninsula. In the Netherlands and some parts of England, ritual baked goods were given to the attendants or pallbearers at a funeral. This latter tradition lived on for a time in New York. Today, the custom of the sin-eater has largely died out, though it is often referenced in popular culture.”
By this definition I am not a ‘Sin Eater’ for I earn nothing through my writings, although I’ve “eaten” more than my share of bull from others. Most importantly I eat of the scroll of God’s Word. (Rev 10:10) The archetypal “Church of Pergamum,” however, held to the teaching of Balaam. (Rev 2:14) Balaam was a prophet, (the same Balaam with the talking donkey!) He took a fee for his services (Jude 11), and got fat off of all the BBQ (Num 22-24). The “Bread” the Church has been commanded to eat is the Communion Bread (1 Cor 11:26). We take it in remembrance of HIM. Jesus is the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35), not the loaf of sin to teethe on, since He offered His life as a sacrifice for sin once and for all (Heb 7:27). This Truth has not stopped the Church-as-Institution from cannibalizing Him or each other. The old notion of the “sin eater” is a human construct and not part of God’s Kingdom Treasury. This simply serves as evidence that Rev 2:14 is fulfilled. So, what kind of Kingdom Treasures is the Church bringing forth?]
Rick J: “Then we must bring forth treasures that are both new and old. The scribes of the kingdom of heaven will have deep roots in sound biblical truth, with a historic perspective rooted in honoring fathers and mothers because this is a basic characteristic of the kingdom.
[Me: Old and New. I am a Christian Mystic. Encountering a mystic is both an old and new experience. Mystics run with the ancients and take the tired and make them fresh. Treatment of mystics by the Old Guard is also old, but hardly new. Institutions want to see the change but not BE the Change. So does that mean that when the school of prophets say that they are waiting forty more days while they wait and watch to see what God will do as He reorders their path mean we cannot have a conversation while we wait? Now that would be new! I did not call myself. When Jesus proposed this mystical marriage relationship on 14 May 2008, He asked, “Will you marry Me?” He didn’t ask, “Will you Be Me?” I am not He. I abide in Him and have made my home in Him and He in me. (Jn 14:23) He asked me to be His Bride. He’s asking the Church to rise up and do the same. He called me. I did not ride shotgun at this wedding. He has called many other anchorites to be His “bride:” St Paul, several Catherines, St John of the Cross, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, several Theresas, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, Daniel, John the Baptist, Elijah and Elisha, St Francis, Isaiah, Hildegard von Bingen, Julian of Norwich, … The list is too lengthy to even honor each one on the calendar every day of the year giving them their own individual day of honor. We know them even though they are of old because of the writings they left behind (and the Institutions managed not to destroy.) They were “scribes” as well, (in the sense that their words were written down.) They had “authority” because the Holy Spirit spoke through them, and not just because the Institution said so. The Institution simply confirmed the gift.]
Rick: Also, they will be capable of bold new perspectives of such quality that they, too, are “treasures.”
[Me: Being “capable of bold new perspectives” is not the same thing as having an open heart-mind to receiving the bold new perspectives being offered. Relaxing into intimacy with God of the Sabbath at the Sheep Gate Pool Jacuzzi (Jn 5:2) is part of the Kingdom Treasury experience. Time spent with God frees up our souls to enjoy Him more. The Church-as-Body has already started experiencing a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit as shared on 30 April 13 by Julie Smith, Editor of the Elijah List.
Intro From Julie A. Smith:
“We have truly entered a new season, and many are feeling it – God is shifting us into the new. He is going down deep, and doing a great work in His people. I’ve had friends and acquaintances tell me even this past week they feel God stripping away old things in them to make room for the new. He’s giving us new wineskins to carry the new wine.
On Sunday at church I heard the word “momentum” and it struck me hard. Momentum means “The quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.” God is moving His Church Body in momentum with Him and what He wants to accomplish in this day.”
This is testimony to what the Holy Spirit is doing. Since God is already doing a great work in His people then what is stopping the modern Greatest Commission from commencing? I know that I am part of that. But two clicks to view my blog is not really a commissioning, even when the anointing comes from God Himself. Commissioning comes from the peoples’ recognition of the gift. In my case, I believe the people themselves really do recognize the Gift, but those in Authority [cough] are engrossed with poolside politics and have not honored the “least of them” from among their own kind. (Mk 6:4) And the Church is still waiting for God to reorder her path?
In conclusion, Your Honor and Members of the Jury,
I commend into the Lord’s hands (Lk 23:46) that the prayers of this scribbling mystic [pointing to myself] merit worth in Your esteemed eyes. Jesus said He would send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:26), the Spirit of Truth (v 17) to be with us forever (v 16). As the Father, and Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are my Witnesses, I have remained true to my Calling directives to 1) Worship God and 2) Share the Journey. I cannot convince anyone that my Calling or Journey is true. It just is. Only the Holy Spirit can convince. However, we CAN honor the Spirit within each other. If there is any confusion, James Goll’s resources on the calling, roll, lifestyle, challenges, and ministry of the Prophet are excellent. We can love as God loves. May we keep God’s words and the Holy Spirit will come and make a holy Home in us. For the Court, I close with a statement: Rick Joyner is only one man. Where are the others to rise up? God, You are the Judge. You are NOT a projection. I am not the first scribbling mystic and I suppose I won’t be the last. Let the people decide for themselves if what I write is a “treasure”!

[God nodded to the bailiff.]
Bailiff: All rise! Court is adjourned.

Outside alone on the Courthouse steps I prayed.
Prayer: Holy Spirit of Truth, illuminate the hearts and minds of Your people. Help us to keep Your Word and put it into loving action. Burst open the lines of communication to expose the secrets, which have been buried for so long. From Your great high mountain (Rev 21:10) of evidence bring down from heaven Your illumination into our hearts, where no temple is erected but to You, Lord God Almighty and to the Lamb. (v 22) May Your radiant Truth shine so brightly forever that there is no need for sun or moon to create enlightenment, for Your glory is its light, the Lamb of Truth is its lamp. (v 23) You said, “The righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of the Father.” (Mt 13:43) May the nations walk in humility before You, and the kings of the earth bring their glory of honesty into it. (Rev 21:24) May the gates of Truth never be shut by day—and there be no more night of lies there any more. (v 25) May people bring Truth into Your glory and be the honor of the nations. (v 26) Protect the sanctity of Truth and ensure nothing unclean or deceptive will ever enter Truth’s abode, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those honest before You, God, who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (v 27) Projection is not real, so how can it be part of the authentic Self remaining on into eternity?
Release the bright crystal clear waters of Truth from the River of Life; Your Truth flowing from Your Throne and of the Lamb. (Rev 22:1) Through the middle of the way on either side of the River of Life is the Tree of Life. Anchor us in Your way, Lord: balanced, respectful, honest, reverent, and humorous. Help us to relax into You. We are not all that different from each other. We really do know that spiritual maturity yields the fruit of wisdom. Help us to listen to You. Qamrul A. Khanson, of the United Peace Federation, described what “Fruits of Wisdom” look like:
“Wisdom is a deep understanding of God, His creation, people, things, events, situations, and actions, that empowers people to consistently choose the optimum results with a minimum of time and energy. It is comprehension of what is true or right coupled with optimum judgment about actions.
In Islam, certain qualities are associated with wisdom. These include good manners, humility, chastity, obedience, contentment, patience, mercy, and kindness.”
Bring healing to the Nations, Lord. (Rev 22:2) Restore honor, where nothing accursed will be found any more. Bring honor to Yourself, God, where You and the Lamb sit on Your throne and all servants worship You. (v 3) May we all see Your face in each other and always keep Your name reverently in the forefront of our minds. (v 4) May Your illumination create no more Dark Nights of the Soul, for Your grace is so brilliant within us that there is no need of lights, lamps, flashlights, or sun, for You are our Light, and we will humbly reign forever with You by Your grace. (v 5) Amen.

6 After Easter 05 May 2013 Gospel: John 14:23-29 and John 5:1-9
Acts 16:9-15
16:9 During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

16:10 When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

16:11 We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis,

16:12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.

16:13 On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.

16:14 A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.

16:15 When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.

Psalm 67
67:1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah

67:2 that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.

67:3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

67:4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

67:5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

67:6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.

67:7 May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him.

Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
21:10 And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.

21:22 I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.

21:23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

21:24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.

21:25 Its gates will never be shut by day–and there will be no night there.

21:26 People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.

21:27 But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

22:2 through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

22:3 Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him;

22:4 they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

22:5 And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

John 14:23-29
14:23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

14:24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

14:25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you.

14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.

14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

14:28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.

14:29 And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

John 5:1-9
5:1 After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

5:2 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes.

5:3 In these lay many invalids–blind, lame, and paralyzed.

5:5 One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.

5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

5:7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.”

5:8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.”

5:9 At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. Now that day was a sabbath.