Archive | November, 2013

A World Within a World

28 Nov

Kathryn Hauser’s Special Reflection for Thanksgiving Day 28 November 2013
A World Within a World
“Aslan,” said Lucy through her tears, “could you – will you – do something for these poor Dwarfs?”
“Dearest,” said Aslan, “I will show you both what I can, and what I cannot do.” He came close to the Dwarfs and gave a low growl: low, but it set all the air shaking. But the Dwarfs said to one another, “Hear that? That’s the gang at the other end of the Stable. Trying to frighten us. They do it with a machine of some kind. Don’t take any notice. They won’t take us in again!” (CS Lewis, The Last Battle © 1956, p 747)
If the Church is always afraid of being taken in, then who will go to the priest? God has told us to go to the priest when we have reached His inheritance. (Dt 26:1-2) Well, we’re here and I guess there’s no one left standing. Too much naschen on the Thanksgiving turkey? Were they all turned to pillars of salt (Gen 19:26) from hardening of the spiritual arteries?
Lord Jesus, I did go to the priest who is in office at this time. (Dt 26:3) And the Church only heard the growl. All along I have put the “first of all the fruit of the ground” which I harvested from grounding and anchoring in the land of the parking lots that You gave me (v 2) in which to park and pray, and interwove my experiences with Your living Word into my Reflections. The Church was supposed to take the “basket” (of Reflections) from my hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD our God (Dt 26:4), and the Church did … [sigh] … Nothing.
We have already come into the land that the LORD our God has given us as an inheritance to possess. (Dt 26:1) And we have possessed it and settled in it. (v 1) We have taken some of the first of all the “fruit of the ground.” (v 2) Some of it was good and some of it was pretty figgy. We have put it in a spiritual “basket” just as Jeremiah saw in his vision of the two baskets of figs. (Jeremiah 24) Father said: The LORD our God will choose a place as a dwelling for His name. (Dt 26:2) In order for this to happen, God’s instructions are clear:
Dt 26:3 You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our ancestors to give us.”
The next step is conditional upon our actions: “WHEN the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the LORD our God, (v 4) THEN you shall make this response… (v 5) The priest hasn’t taken the “basket” yet. So what’s to say?
Wandering
Jacob was a wandering Aramean and our ancestor. (v 5) Jews, Christians, and Muslims honor Jacob. We all relate. The company of prophets is supposed to go to the priest who is in office at the time. (It doesn’t say High Priest or somebody elevated to Untouchable status.) And yet we’re all still wandering; moving like a collective mass of amoeba around the mosque at the Dome of the Rock, and the prophets still do … Nothing! They know the details. There is no blind confusion at play here. What are they waiting for? (John 6:26) Just as Jesus promised, we have indeed drunk from His cup. (Mt 20:23)
Vortex of the Four Winds
Lance Wallnau said that there are winds “blowing with such hostility and contempt toward Christians that things are said against believers that would never be said against a Muslim, or Minority.” And I believe that the reason these winds are blowing so hard is because of guilt. No one has confessed. A priest hears the confession. That never took place: Hence the rooster weathercocks on Church steeples…
(Lance): “Ever notice the rooster on the weather vain? It is there because Pope Nicholas Ist decreed in the 9th century that all churches must show the symbol of a Rooster on its dome or steeple, as a symbol of Jesus’ prophecy of Peter’s betrayal (Luke 22:34). It was a reminder that the fixed laws of North, South, East and West will not change or move even when the winds of persecution can cause us to bend with the times.”
For the first time I can ever remember, my Dad asked me this last Monday a question related to religion. (We don’t debate politics or religion, although we do discuss the boneheads in office and the direction their mindless decisions lead us. And please note: Dad does not read my Reflections: https://truthinus.wordpress.com/.) Dad asked me: “The Jews have their Bible and we Christians have ours. Same God. Jesus. And there is this great wedge between us. Why do you think that is?”
I said, “I’ve thought about that a lot. I think it is because of guilt. The Muslims even know Jesus was Messiah and named Him as such in the Quran [Quran, 3:45-47]. Mohammed came five hundred years after Jesus. In their own holy book it talks about (and to) the Jews and confronts their hypocrisy. In our own holy book the Apostles talk about (and to) the Jews and the Christians and confront our hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is not limited to any religion. The Jews knew Jesus was the Messiah and they did nothing to keep Him from being crucified. (This is not an accusation, because we did (and still do) the very same thing!) The Jews have guilt. They knew and did nothing. Today’s Christians have guilt. The religious leaders knew and did nothing to bring mercy back into our cruel world and reveal Christ alive within us. Guilt is a terrible wedge-maker. It builds unfathomably high walls. So, the short answer to your question, Dad, of ‘Why the wedge?’ is (I think) a matter of Guilt.”
Dad’s eyes lit up and he said, “I think you’ve got something there!” I don’t think he’d ever heard a clear answer to that question before, and this answer made sense to him. May some sense come back into the common!
John 6:31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”
6:32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. [See, not bread of guilt, bread of heaven.]

6:33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life [!] to the world.”
Facing the Stable Door
We can ALL leave guilt at the Stable door. Guilt does not give life. The Father gives Life! The Father gives Life, grace, peace, and vision for us to share in mercy. The Stable Door is the same but experienced from different perspectives.
Again from CS Lewis’ The Last Battle:
“It seems, then,” said Tirian, smiling himself, “that the Stable seen from within and the Stable seen from without are two different places.”
“Yes,” said the Lord Digory. “Its inside is bigger than its outside.”
“Yes,” said Queen Lucy. “In our world too, a Stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”
It was the first time she had spoken, and from the thrill in her voice, Tirian now knew why. She was drinking everything in even more deeply than the others. She had been too happy to speak. He wanted to hear her speak again, so he said:
“Of your courtesy, Madam, tell on. Tell me your whole adventure.” (p 744)
Go tell! Glory to You, Father!
Dt 26:10 So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me.” You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God.
Lord, we bring You the “first fruit of the ground” which You have given us. We will not grovel, but set it down before You and we bow down before You.
Dt 26:11 Then you, together with the Levites [priests] and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house.
Depth Perception
Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
“If you ask me,” said Edmund, “it’s like somewhere in the Narnian world. Look at those mountains ahead — …” (p 758)
“And yet they’re not alike,” said Lucy. “They’re different. They have more colours on them and they look further away than I remembered and they’re more…more…oh, I don’t know…”
“More like the real thing,” said the Lord Digory softly.
Suddenly Farsight the Eagle spread his wings, soared thirty or forty feet up into the air, circled round and then alighted on the ground.
“Kings and Queens,” he cried, “we have all been blind. We are only beginning to see where we are. … Narnia is not dead. This is Narnia.”
“But how can it be?” said Peter. “For Aslan told us older ones that we should never return to Narnia, and here we are.”
“Yes” said Eustace. “And we saw it all destroyed and the sun put out.”
“And it’s all so different,” said Lucy.
“The Eagle is right,” said the Lord Digory. “Listen, Peter. When Aslan said you could never go back to Narnia, he meant the Narnia you were thinking of. But that was not the real Narnia. That had a beginning and an end. It was only a shadow or a copy of the real Narnia which has always been here and always will be here: just as our own world. England and all, is only a shadow or copy of something in Aslan’s real world. You need not mourn over Narnia, Lucy. All of the old Narnia that mattered, all the dear creatures, have been drawn into the real Narnia through the Door. And of course it is different; as different as a real thing is from a shadow or as waking life is from a dream.”
His voice stirred everyone like a trumpet as he spoke these words: but when he added under his breath, “It’s all in Plato, all in Plato, bless me, what do they teach them at these schools?” the older ones laughed. It was so exactly like the sort of thing they had heard him say long ago in that other world where his beard was grey instead of golden. He knew why they were laughing and joined in the laugh himself. But very quickly they all became grave again: for, as you know, there is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.
It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different – deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know.
The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more. I can’t describe it any better than that: if ever you get there you will know what I mean.” (p 759-760)
(Me): Ah, the message of the meaning of Incarnation: Everything has more meaning.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Garden is like the Stable
“About half an hour later—or it might have been half a hundred years later, for time there is not like time here—Lucy stood with her dear friend, her oldest Narnian friend, the Faun Tumnus, looking down over the wall of that garden, and seeing all Narnia spread out below. But when you looked down you found that this hill was much higher than you had thought: it sank down with shining cliffs, thousands of feet below them and trees in that lower world looked no bigger than grains of green salt. Then she turned inward again and stood with her back to the wall and looked at the garden.
“I see,” she said at last, thoughtfully. “I see now. This garden is like the stable. It is far bigger inside than it was outside.”
“Of course, Daughter of Eve,” said the Faun. “The further up and the further in you go, the bigger everything gets. The inside is larger than the outside.”
Lucy looked hard at the garden and saw that it was not really a garden but a whole world, with its own rivers and woods and sea and mountains. But they were not strange: she knew them all.
“I see,” she said. “This is still Narnia, and more real and more beautiful than the Narnia down below, just as it was more real and more beautiful than the Narnia outside the stable door! I see . . . world within world, Narnia within Narnia. . . .”
“Yes,” said Mr. Tumnus, “like an onion: except that as you continue to go in and in, each circle is larger than the last.” (p 765)
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
A World within a world.

Thanksgiving Day 28 November 2013 Gospel: John 6:25-35
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
26:1 When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it,

26:2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name.

26:3 You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our ancestors to give us.”

26:4 When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the LORD your God,

26:5 you shall make this response before the LORD your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous.

26:6 When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us,

26:7 we cried to the LORD, the God of our ancestors; the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.

26:8 The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders;

26:9 and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

26:10 So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me.” You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God.

26:11 Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house.

Psalm 100
100:1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.

100:2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing.

100:3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.

100:5 For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Philippians 4:4-9
4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

4:5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.

4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

4:8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

4:9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

John 6:25-35
6:25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”

6:26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.

6:27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

6:28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?”

6:29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

6:30 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?

6:31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”

6:32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.

6:33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

6:34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Peace In the Blood

24 Nov

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for Reign of Christ Sunday, 24 November 2013
Peace In the Blood
Ephesus has remembered. (Rev 2:4)
Can you imagine the kind of week I’ve had?
Monday, November 18, 2013 at 8:05 am Journal: What can I pray, God? What prayers would help You bring in Your kingdom? I know, worship You. That’s always. I sense there is something very specific You are wanting me to pray. There is a progression happening in the divine Matrix which I can almost see with my tastebuds. What are You trying to show me? Help me to see.
In a sermon Pastor Gary Dunahoo had said “a disciple is one who tells others what you’ve learned to obey.” Therefore I must say I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and my Reflections bear witness!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 8:43 am Victoria Boyson posted on Facebook: “God showed me that His bride is very pregnant and feels miserable. But in October 2013 our water broke, in November it’s our time to push and travail to give birth to release the GLORY of God into the universe and in December we will see the delivery we’ve been waiting for – BREAKTHROUGH!!!”
(I believe this, too. Victoria, can we be friends?)
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM I posted on my own timeline on Facebook:
When someone states their Truth to another and says, “YOU ARE NOT BIG ENOUGH TO TAKE AWAY MY DREAMS!” is this not one of the meanings of the Reign of Christ? Otherwise life is like what CS Lewis described in The Last Battle where the Dwarves refused to be taken in and forever stood by their motto: “The Dwarves are in for the Dwarves!” The dwarves never did allow light to shine on their lives, even in Aslan’s new country. We are to share in the dream, not take them away or covet them greedily to ourselves. Hello Church? Don’t be like the Dwarves! (Jer 32:2) ~k
Current conversation with God: Ya’know God, I sure am glad today is Reign of Christ Sunday, because I need to know You are reigning. I’m still surviving on about $125 a week, the prophets preach and prophesy but that’s future, I’m still praying a good twelve hours a day in my car, and I have no power to get myself down off my own cross (Lk 23:35), even though I enjoy writing and some seem to depend on my weekly insights and musings. But we still can’t talk about it. From what I can tell we are saying the same things. For some reason we cannot talk together, but only over each others’ heads and not with each other. Is courtesy really a lost Art?
Lord, You’re the only One Who can break through this madness, for neither a mom, nor an angel, nor a superhero, can endure this prolonged madness. You made peace through the Blood of Your cross. (Col 1:20) On Tuesday (19 Nov 13), I wrote Patricia King on Facebook. She had referred to Psalm 18 and had closed with:
“God is on your side and He is devouring the enemy for you.”
(Me to her) “Thank you, Patricia. I needed a reminder that God is devouring the enemy for me. I still feel like I am in some kind of python crush and all I did was share my heart honestly with the Church. I understand that we are crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20), but I also know that Jesus said to the thief on the cross, “Today you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) We have peace in our own blood because Jesus shed His Blood. (Col 1:20) Will the Church ever see that we have a “Mercy Transfusion” through the Holy Spirit? ~Kathryn”
Across this week others hurled words such as “controlling, manipulation, agendized, competition, jealousy, domination, depression, pressured, tormented, suspicion, offense, tempting, …” Need I go on? I’d rather not. It gets old. The words are true for them, and in the past I’d experienced these things myself, so I completely understood. But, the tone was biting and forceful. Jesus said:
Mt 11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.
Jesus made a deliberate choice of non-violence by going to the cross. He brought peace into the violence by His presence. He reconciled to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven. (Col 1:20) Forgiveness reconciles; mercy restores. Jesus is the head of the body, the Church. (v 18) The Church must forgive. It has NOTHING to do with deserving. (Lk 23:41) Violence kills criminals and the innocent alike. Not one person can “save” another. That bunk is all outward projection. We can come alongside one another as Jesus has done with us. THAT we can do. We don’t have to live in terror of God as if He was a god appeased by child sacrifices and virgins, but we can walk hand in hand with God and be the Jesus that others see as we step out of the way of our own ego’s willfulness. If we stand by and just watch, then both the innocent and the criminal get “crucified.” (v 35) If we abdicate to leaders, they’ll demand either extremes of “I’m here to save you!” or “Save yourself as you saved others!” (v 35) If we lean on the military, we get “sour wine.” (v 36) If we just “hang there” then others will deride us. (v 39)
Do you not fear [respect] God? (v 40)
There is an inscription above Him: “This is the King of the Jews.” (v 38)
“If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” (v 33)
If…
If…
Back again to the Place of the Skull. (v 33)
The head is a both a blessing and a curse. It can get us into so much trouble if not reigned in by the heart. And the heart must be reigned in by the head and nurtured in community. The Word of God and the breath of the Holy Spirit combine to bring stability and wholeness out of brokenness. If the balance is not there, then it’s no different than the Dwarves not wanting to be taken in so they keep chanting their motto: “The Dwarves are in for the Dwarves!”
Harken to the thief on the cross:
Luke 23:42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
God’s kingdom is built on dreams. We all have dreams. God gave us the dreams to begin with. The maddening thing is that the Church and the prophets share the same dream, but we can’t talk about it face to face! On the cross the thief remembered. Jesus remembered. And God is still the Arc Spark of paradise between the two to translate remembrance into forward movement.
Luke 23:43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
I think paradise is when head and heart are at peace through the blood of His cross. (Col 1:20) Jesus did what we could not do. That includes the Seven Churches. That includes the Jews. We are all one.
Back toward the beginning of this journey, God had said that redemption would come through the prophets. The good news for this week is that the archetypal Church of “Ephesus” has remembered. (Rev 2:4) The bad news is that they remembered and […sigh…] did nothing. And the prophets knew and said […sigh…] nothing. No matter how hard I tried, I could not connect the two.
Do you not fear God? (v 40)
Repeat: There is an inscription above Him: “This is the King of the Jews.” (v 38) Can I get anybody to hear me? Clearly I’m not a Yenta or a matchmaker. I cannot connect ANYBODY! Aren’t connections one of the gifts of being an Apostle? Well, clearly I’m not! And Jesus said to 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.
Both sides of the Churches and the prophets have tested me beyond endurance. Enough! […Sigh…] I fall at Jesus’ feet and plead mercy. Fear of the Lord penetrates through titles and God sees our devotion. I have served Jesus, the Lion of Judah. He is my King. Since Christ has mercy, why can’t we?
From The Last Battle:
“Then I fell at his feet and thought, Surely this is the hour of death, for the Lion (who is worthy of all honour) will know that I have served Tash all my days and not him. Nevertheless, it is better to see the Lion and die than to be Tisroc of the world and live and not to have seen him. But the Glorious One bent down his golden head and touched my forehead with his tongue and said, ‘Son, thou art welcome.’ But I said, ‘Alas, Lord, I am no son of thine but the servant of Tash.’ He answered, ‘Child, all the service thou has done to Tash, I account as service done to me.’ Then by reason of my great desire for wisdom and understanding, I overcame my fear and questioned the Glorious One and said, ‘Lord, is it then true, as the Ape said, that thou and Tash are one?’ The Lion growled so that the earth shook (but his wrath was not against me) and said, ‘It is false. Not because he and I are one, but because we are opposites – I take to me the services which thou has done to him. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. Therefore, if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath’s sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him. And if any man do a cruelty in my name, then, though he says the name Aslan, it is Tash whom he serves and by Tash his deed is accepted. Dost thou understand, Child?’ I said, ‘Lord, thou knowest how much I understand.’ But I said also (for the truth constrained me), ‘Yet I have been seeking Tash all my days.’ ‘Beloved,’ said the Glorious One, ‘unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek.’
“Then he breathed upon me and took away the trembling from my limbs and caused me to stand upon my feet. And after that, he said not much, but that we should meet again, and I must go further up and further in. Then he turned him about in a storm and flurry of gold and was gone suddenly.
And since then, O Kings and Ladies, I have been wandering to find him and my happiness is so great that it even weakens me like a wound. And this is the marvel of marvels, that he called me Beloved, me who am but as a dog—””
Prayer: O Father, You take my breath away and wordless sobs rain tears down my cheeks. We are Christ’s Beloved! It’s true that “my happiness is so great that it even weakens me like a wound.” Peace by Christ’s blood! Yahweh, Peace be in my blood because of Him! Make peace in my blood. (Col 1:20) Make peace in our blood; make mercy in our blood.
Church, please hear me: be merciful to Jesus Christ Himself as He is our King! He’s still getting a bad rap for things He didn’t do! Did you not hear? All things have been created through Him and for Him (Col 1:16), and before Him are all things and in Him all things are held together. (v 17) That doesn’t mean He gets the blame for our shame. He is the Head of the body of the Church, the beginning, the Alpha, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have FIRST PLACE IN EVERYTHING! (v 18) Hello? We anchor in Him. This means that we submit to Him and not the other way around. “Firstborn from the dead” also means that we’re “second born” from the “dead.” Christ said that the “second death” would not hurt us at all. (Rev 2:11) It is the guilt-ridden who paint the gloomy picture, so drop the bone of guilt! I wonder if the Jews themselves perpetuated violence against heaven by their guilt, and the Church just followed suit. (Sorry, my Jewish friends, but you don’t have a corner on the Guilt Market.) We’re doing the same thing! And the contrail to this zooming fleet traversing the spiritual skies is to gloss over being a hearer of the word in order to get to grace, but in the process of zooming past guilt, we are making it cheap grace. It is just as wrong to wallow in guilt as it is to gloss over it or ignore it.
So knock it off! We can’t have peace until we make peace.
Luke 1:78 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us.
We decrease so Jesus Christ may increase.
So…therefore…when God arranges for a divine appointment, keep it! Don’t just yap on about it! Even favorite holy words and phrases lose their glowy sheen from much use (and abuse). The Holy Spirit will restore its potency upon request. (But we have to ask.) Take, for example, the phrase “Divine Appointment.” This past week I heard the phrase AGAIN about “Divine Appointments.” [O sigh.] I really tried hard not to roll my eyes. I think you’d have been proud of me. I can’t count the number of times where priest and pastor and prophet have used the phrase “Divine Appointment” and I agree and say, “YES! The divine appointment is with YOU!” And then the shepherd looks away and deflects his attention and his heart. It happens every single time! What’s a girl to do? Are they just gonna keep singing “Angels we have heard on high?” and keep the angels up in the air? The prophets are supposed to speak up. They are the ones with the mouths to “Go and tell!” (Lk 2:15)
So go tell what?
Honestly, I was relieved at Doug Addison’s prophetic word for Friday (22 Nov 13):
“New angelic help is here. Things are going to be interesting. Expect new and deeper levels of intimacy.”
Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8:12 am Me to Doug Addison on Facebook:
I am soooo glad to hear that new angelic help is here. I can’t take any more and feel like I’m in a dark channel (probably a spiritual birth canal), but after so many spiritual “still births” and deathly silence from the ones God has sent me to, I need angelic encouragement. “Divine Appointments” only seem to work when we show up with all of our being. Maybe I missed a memo, but I thought that some angels help us to keep our appointments. ~k
What are the Churches and the prophets still believing? What do y’all want from me? I gave you everything I have and still we cannot connect. Can you imagine how this feels like a slap in the face to me after almost seven years of outreach (since 2007) and still no direct heart-to-hand contact with any shepherd in a real relationship? I will not allow the sting to reach my soul again, for I have Christ’s peace in my blood (Col 1:20), but I do acknowledge that this gets really old, being at a stalemate where nobody has the courage to step forward and say, “We love you!” (and mean it) in purity of heart, in graciousness, in forgiveness and mercy, and in gentleness. Courtesy is thanking God for HIS most gracious gift of doing incarnate work through us.
John 6:29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
Courtesy! (Gee, not so common after all.)
Rev 22: 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
We are to come into His courts rejoicing! (Ps 100:4) Be still [at peace], and know that God is God! (Ps 46:10) He is exalted among the nations! (v 10) He is exalted in the earth! (v 10) The Lord of Hosts is with us! (v 11) (Remember the Incarnation? God with us?) He is our refuge. (v 11) Make peace through the Blood of His cross. (Col 1:20) Our job is to show this peace. It’s an incarnate thing. (And, gee, we’re heading into Advent…)
Closing prayer: Father, since You are Most Gracious and a true Gentleman, and Jesus is Your Son and He is the same as You, please help us to also be most courteous. May You be the peace in our blood to show Your tender mercies. Help us to be merciful with ourselves and with each other. Birth Your reigning Kingdom of courteous graciousness, so that all can remember Who You are. Amen.

Reign of Christ Sunday 24 November 2013 Gospel: Luke23:33-43
Jeremiah 23:1-6
23:1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD.

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

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

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

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

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

Luke 1:68-79
1:68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.

1:69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David,

1:70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,

1:71 that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.

1:72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant,

1:73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us

1:74 that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear,

1:75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

1:76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.

1:78 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,

1:79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Psalm 46
46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

46:2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

46:3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah

46:4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

46:5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.

46:6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.

46:7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

46:8 Come, behold the works of the LORD; see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

46:9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”

46:11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Colossians 1:11-20
1:11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully

1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

1:13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,

1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;

1:16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers–all things have been created through him and for him.

1:17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

1:18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.

1:19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,

1:20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Luke 23:33-43
23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.

23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing.

23:35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!”

23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine,

23:37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”

23:38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

23:39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?

23:41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.”

23:42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

23:43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

The Deep Knowing

17 Nov

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 26 After Pentecost 17 November 2013
The Deep Knowing
Luke 21:13 This will give you an opportunity to testify.
I sat with the gospel lessons for the longest time just holding them in open space before the Lord and waiting for Him to reveal the fresh and the New. My head knows the scriptures but my heart had to catch up to what God was saying. Plus, I had to shut up. My Monkey Mind went through a spell of playing on its own jungle gym and chattering away as if there was no tomorrow. After all Isaiah 65:17 does say,
Isa 65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.
So my Monkey Mind decided to use the opportunity to run down every ally in Memory Lane just to make sure I wouldn’t forget even though God said otherwise. Jesus had said that the end would not follow immediately. (Lk 21:9) Well, I was glad to hear that, as Monkey Mind had to explore under every rock and had much work to do. And St Paul had said:
2 Thes 3:11 For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work.
As I was taking this trip down Memory Lane, the quarterly bulletin from Mount Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara showed up in the mail. In a small section there was a note saying that the monastery was too busy to make monthly retreat days, so they were setting up three-day quarterly retreats. My guts sent up red flares. I wrote the monastery:
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 7:52 AM
Dear Mount Calvary Monastery,
I do so appreciate your quarterly newsletters. Thank you! Congratulations on being able to purchase the property from the Sisters of the Holy Nativity!
In my quiet time with the Lord, I was reflecting on our collective Odyssey. In 2007 my own personal journey had crashed and in my quest to “find myself” again, the Lord had led me to Mount Calvary (pre-fire). In my old life back then I had only known my life through a lens of the Hard Work Ethic, and before I had my mystical marriage in Christ on 14 May 2008, I had only known the concept of Sabbath Rest as a rule (Ex 20:8) and not as a Play Day set apart just for God and me to have play interwoven weekly into my lifestyle.
As I was taking this trip down Memory Lane I vividly remembered being at the old Mount Calvary on the hill and being surprised by two conflicting spirits at war on the grounds: one was a beautiful, peaceful, Serenity; and the other was a crackly energy of tyrannical Busy-ness. At the time I didn’t know the name of this spirit called “Hard Work!” It’s not the same spirit as working in the Divine Flow where much work gets accomplished efficiently by His grace [with our participation]. This Hard Work spirit is grinding and relentless, even punishing, and is driven by feelings of unworthiness, but slaves under the guise of “working hard for the Lord.” I didn’t know about this tyrannical spirit at the time – or maybe better said, my guts knew this spirit, but I didn’t know Rest in the Lord yet, so I had no comparison with which to base and evaluate and name the new I was experiencing.
The reason I bring this up now, is that my guts raised an eyebrow of concern when I read in your newsletter:
“SILENT RETREATS
Our practice requires retreat days. Normally these happen once a month, but they often get lost in the business of things. Instead we have decided to try three days of retreat quarterly.”
If the monastery is too busy being busy for the Lord to make a once-a-month retreat, then it will not take long before a three day quarterly retreat gets wedged out. And it will all happen innocuously and subtly. I confess, I have not been up to your new facility, so I don’t know in person how the community is fairing, and all I have is the spirit of discernment, but I do trust my gift. I offer you my gift and ask you to take it to the Lord and see what He says.
I love you. I love you so much I had to say something.
~Kathryn Hauser
Reflections blog site: https://truthinus.wordpress.com/
[Sigh.]
Does this letter mean I am an idle busybody? (2 Thess 3:11)
I immediately got a boomeranged message from the email server saying, “Relay Access Denied.” So I went on to their website and sent the letter through ‘Contact Us.’
This same gift of discernment in my guts was telling me that nothing would come of this attempt at engagement with the Anglicans without outside intervention. The “Relay Access” has consistently been denied me in this Odyssey. To this day I still have no idea who is sharing what I write with whom, if anything. I catch a lot of “Arc Speak,” a phrase I coined to describe the messages and words of what the leaders are hearing through the Holy Spirit, but I still have no real contact. I am just the Physician’s Assistant (spiritually speaking.) And I am still up against strongholds. Sometimes strongholds can be prayed away from a distance. (Lk 7:1-10) In other cases Jesus had to come in contact with the person. (ie, Lk 8:43-48) And even when He took the little girl by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” (v 54) He also had to say to the crowd He went through, “Stop wailing; she is not dead but asleep!” These words apply to the Church, too. The Church is not “dead” but “asleep.” Stop wailing! [O, do shut up!] The Church is still operating out of the spirit of Hard Work, which feeds right into “That’s the way we’ve always done it!” It boils down to this: St Paul told us not to be idle (2 Thes 3:6-13) and the Church made this her idol. Now I’m also wondering if the Church might have subconsciously further lumped prayer into the Idleness Basket in assuming that prayer which is intimate and solitary could be seen as “Idle” by them and therefore they used this falsehood as reason to affirm a lack of signs and wonders as proof that somehow I wasn’t a prophet. Did you catch that convoluted logic?
Mt 24:24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
As Bobby Conner had said, “God gives the signs and we wonder!” The Church knew my calling was real. But they expected soooooo much:
Haggai 1: 9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.
Twelve hours after I had written Mount Calvary I had journaled one little note in the margin of my paper:
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm Journal: I feel today like God has cinched up a VERY tight corset around my being from my guts to my chest. It’s terribly uncomfortable! He promised it won’t last.
[What was I experiencing? It was oddly familiar, but I couldn’t identify it. Something had happened (or not happened) between 7:52 am and when I made that note at 7:50 pm. I’m not clairvoyant, so I don’t know.]
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Journal: Now I know why I felt like I was wearing a tight corset on Sunday. The spirit of the python has tightened his grip today.
[My head knew the Holy Spirit was leading, but my heart could only feel the crush of the anaconda.]
Friday, November 15, 2013 at 6:50 am I wrote Steve Shultz of the Elijah List regarding a word he’d written two days earlier on “Character vs. Gifting”:
Dear Steve,
You are so interwoven into my prayers that I feel you are like my brother (whom I love very much). I hear your tones and feel your moods. I see your heart and it is beautiful. And I rejoice that our gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Ro 11:29) I took to heart what you wrote Wednesday in “Character vs Gifting.” I breathed and prayed through it for two days. I really didn’t disagree with either the original “Debugging Q & A – Character vs. Gifting” or the official retraction.
I offer you my perspective. You said, “Too many Believers want the recognition in a public forum before they’ve been tested through “tribulation and perseverance” which brings about “proven character” so needful in the Kingdom of God.” There is a Time component in this statement. Time is valuable. God values our Time, and Gifts, and Character. I see maturity in ministry as not necessarily having to do with time in the field, but time with the Lord. I see it as having to do with God’s plan, design, and His execution of it, which is also what you talked about. Because of the nature of my calling, Time is not the primary lens through which I view life. We examine (test) ourselves (2 Corinthians 13: 5) through the lens of God’s holiness under the Blood of Jesus Christ by the Power of the Holy Spirit, (which is also what you said.) It really is similar to your statement in the original “Debugging Q & A” where you were describing the growing of both character AND gifting:
“So, it’s like saying God values Marriage over being Holy. One is not related to the other. Both are clearly true.”
If I may expand from your statement: Through God’s ministry of Grace we bring His holiness into the marriage. When a marriage falls on the rocks, Time is irrelevant in the spiritual schema (not so in the legal system, but that’s a different arena.) Gifts are brought into the marriage. Gifts can be both a blessing and a curse and can be used to either strengthen the marriage or destroy it depending on how they are used, which then draws back to character. Character is the anchor for the gifts, just as God’s character anchors us with our gifts. Using our gifts without anchoring in God’s character sets the stage for bitter jealousies, selfish ambitions, arrogance, and lies against the truth. (James 3:14) This is why it is critical to spend time with the Lord. The gifts are still there. They are irrevocable. (Ro 11:29) Time with the Lord tempers our character and then we can share the gifts in gentleness of wisdom. (James 3:13)
Just as some people enter into marriage too quickly, some leaders enter into public ministry too quickly. (1 Tim 5:22) And, likewise, some public ministry leaders who have been in the field a very long time, are still trying to cover up scandalous shames and sins committed years ago and now there are calluses formed over the sins making the wounds crusty and perpetuating the hurt of multiple parties. (ref “Retraction”)
I agree with you that when a public ministry leader has fallen that mature leaders walk that person back to wholeness and repentance. (Mt 18:17) You said, “This restoration process is normally overseen by a person’s own local fellowship, normally by the pastoral team!” Now, still looking at this through the lens of Marriage, this is like the couple going into Marriage Counseling. Using myself as an example, I can say that the Holy Spirit is like my Marriage Counselor. By mystical marriage, I am married to Jesus. God married us. When I reach a rough spot with Jesus and I can’t hear or understand Him, the Holy Spirit is my Counselor.
Isa 40:13 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
or as His counselor has instructed Him?
The “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1) and the saints who have gone before us are my “local fellowship” and pastoral team.
Wisdom 18:9 For in secret the holy children of good people offered sacrifices,
and with one accord agreed to the divine law,
so that the saints would share alike the same things,
both blessings and dangers;
and already they were singing the praises of the ancestors.
Sure, I honor what the prophets and pastors say. I also listen below what they are saying on the surface. How do I do that? I believe it is one of the benefits from the gift of celibacy. “How’s that?” you may ask. Because celibacy channels the energies back to God and off of self and others. It frees up hearing space to hear God. It frees up heart space to feel God. It focuses devotion on God. In a big way the Catholic Church understands this dynamic better than any other group. If I were to give a homework assignment, I would tell the prophets AND their spouses to go to their local Catholic churches just to interview a priest, so that they could get a clearer understanding of this gift. If I could make a comparison: Celibacy is to Marriage as black Notes on paper are to Music. It is both structure and counterpoint. It makes no less (or more) music than marriage in the traditional sense. It is simply singular devotion to the score and allows for creative improv within the structure. Going outside the structure makes for discordance. The Churches went outside God’s structures and this made for discordance. I ask gently: Why do you think Revelation 17 talks about the Harlot and the Beast, but God does not describe the Woman up against the Dragon in Revelation 12 the same way?
So, Steve, when I write you (or any one else) please know that I’m not just pouring my heart out as some crazed sheep pounding on the religious glass ceiling, like a fly buzzing a window pane. From my point of view the ministry leaders ARE my pastoral team. The restoration process of my own local fellowship will happen when the prophets go into the Church and neutralize the poison of the religious spirit, just as Bob Jones talked about. (12 Nov 13 “Poison Gourds”) So, when and where are the prophets going to gather in agreement in unity for the common purpose of the Church? (ibid.) My intentions are not on “public” ministry (in the traditional sense of the word) but to minister to the ministers as the Lord leads. This also makes the gift of celibacy that much more valuable, because this way the ministers know the message is pure. And Bob Jones did say, “We need to have a more sure word of prophecy being poured out from purified vessels.” (ibid.)
~Kathryn
[Sigh.]
I must confess that I felt dumbfounded when I read this week’s lectionary readings from Isaiah 65:17-25 about how God is about to create new heavens and a new earth (v 17), and that the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. (v 17) From the Institution’s point of view, what’s to remember? Nothing’s coming to their mind anyway. So what’s new? “That’s the way we’ve always done it!” Again, from inside the stronghold there is no forward movement. I heard nothing back from the monastery or the prophets. Does this mean for them, that even the “new wineskin” is just a façade for the old whine? (Mt 9:17) For the New to break through it must come from the outside. I cannot leave the Institution (because God sent me to them.) But the prophets have the capacity to make a collective voice and to engage one receptive Anglican (or Catholic or “Ephesus” or someone (?)) on my behalf. I am a prophetic seer whether or not this has been acknowledged. The Church is oppressed under a vice grip Stronghold and is not going to acknowledge anything. Diddley. Nada. She can’t. She’ll “wake up” later, but she can’t right now. The Good News has to come around the back door. And that’s ok. It is merciful. But waiting at the front doors and knocking and knocking just makes for more bloody knuckles.
And still…
None of this was new news. I’ve shared all this before. I was on the quest for the Fresh. Pretty soon I got tired of chasing my Monkey Mind like a child on the playground and just observed her like a parent on a park bench. To my surprise “Monkey” stopped at a memory rooted at the beginning of this journey. My mom was still alive. We were sitting in the living room, Mom was on the sofa and I was on the love seat. Mom took a deep breath as if trying to breathe in courage. Then she shared a story she’d held on to for a good twenty years without saying anything, about how I had embarrassed her in my college days in front of her friends. I just listened. By this time in my spiritual walk, I had spent enough time listening to Jesus, that I didn’t have the need to prepare my own defense. (Lk 21:14) I didn’t need to be defensive. I felt secure in my relationship with Him now, so I had heart-mind space to face what I couldn’t have faced before. (v 16) And I guess I was safer and more mature now, so that Mom felt the courage she needed in order to finally say something. (v 18)
I said to her, “I’m sorry to have put you in that position! Please forgive me. I couldn’t see then what I see now. I’m so sorry.”
Mom took in another deep breath, this time with racks of relief washing over her like silent sobs and she nodded.
I went over to her, hugged her for a long time, and we both cried. It was a deep and cathartic experience. Peace then wrapped the house like a blanket.
A few months later Mom died. But our relationship didn’t. (v 19) I keep her essence with me in my heart.
I wondered why “Monkey” stopped at this particular memory. What was the common thread from then to today? The contrast between the earlier mind chatter and now suddenly the wonder as “Monkey” stopped and stared at this memory like a gemstone in her hand, was clearly an indicator (sign?) that God was showing me something, and I needed to pay attention. (v 7) Even though this was nothing new, it was a stepping stone leading me in the direction of the New through this spiritual fog and crush.
In a flash of insight I understood. I had done with the Churches what I had done with Mom. I had embarrassed the Churches in front of her friends. Please forgive me. I couldn’t see then what I see now. I am sorry.
Next week’s lectionary Gospel selection takes us to the Place of the Skull. (Lk 23:33)
[Sigh.]
[And meanwhile there was a counter-swirl taking place:]
Bob Jones had said on Tuesday (12 Nov 13):
“Once meal [“a symbol of God’s healing power”] is thrown into the cooking pot [which has death in the stew–2 Kings 4] and the religious spirit dealt with, the Body will heal and come together in corporate love, koinonia.”
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 5:15 am Journal: The wretched thing is, is that I don’t know if they think that I am the poison gourd or the healing meal? The religious spirit is still crushing me! It feels no different than the “python crushes” of before. The big python crush was identified a year ago on 05 November 2012 where Kim Clement and I shared the same vision and I wrote him about that. I also shared “Confer a Kingdom” with Kim on 21 March 13 and with Fr David on 11 April 13. Don’t they get it yet that what we go through is then repeated outwardly like ripples in a pond? Church and society will feel the effects of this crush, too, unless it is nipped in the bud. If the python crush was a year ago and then repeated after Easter and is cycling around again just before Advent all because of inaction, you’d think they’d wake up to the fact that these ‘Petes and Repeats’ are wake up calls to address the real issue! And there’s still no indication that they see me as fiend or friend. (Rev 3: 15 …Oh, that you were either cold or hot; one or the other!)
And to top it all off when I got home last night, there on the corner of the table where I get my mail was an envelope marked:
APOSTOLIC NUNCIATURE
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008, USA
At first I thought it was political junkmail. I almost didn’t open it. Then I did. Inside there was a 3 ¼” x 5” color photograph of Pope Francis. On the back in black ink someone had written “Francesco 13 marzo 2013.” When did I write Pope Francis begging him, “Please get me out of Solitary Confinement!!”? I just looked back in the Timeline. I had written the pope on the first day of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) on 13 Sept 13 and then also incorporated my letter to him into the special Reflection “Atonement Through the Children” for Saturday, September 14, 2013 for both the Feast Day of the Holy Cross AND Yom Kippur. Today it feels like this spirit (not Francis) is mocking me. It’s been two months to the day and still no one (outside my best friend and my Dad) will even touch me, one human being to another. No one will write me just to get to know me. No one will even acknowledge my existence let alone see me as a gift. How’s a girl supposed to live on Appreciation Vapors? I had used the phrase “virtual friends and pray-ers” in my letter “Laodicean spirit” to Jim Goll and Bobby Conner and it is true.
Lord Jesus, You said that You were going to make a new heaven and a new earth. I’m awfully glad that You will be doing that because I cannot take any more!
Lord, take us deeper!
[Sigh.]
On the upshot, there is one thing that I have noticed this week. There is an increase in people being able to identify their own internal place of Deep Knowing and how to distinguish that place from Omen Knowing. These are two distinct places. Omen Knowing comes from the place of superstition. Sometimes it is accurate and sometimes it is not. Often it is fear based. Deep Knowing goes deep into the core, abides with great wisdom, is anchored in relationship with God, and there are times when it feels like it is liquid peace swirling and flowing steadily like lava from this sacred space deep inside one’s self. It flows with love of self and others in relationship with God. The triangle of relationship is balanced. It is honored. It is a place of assured Love that sees the wars and insurrections (Lk 21:9) and yet knows the end will not immediately follow. (v 9) It sees nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom (v 11) and still abides in Love and sees global outreach in times of crisis. Kingdoms and nations do rise to aid those in need and who are humble and willing to receive. (In contrast, there are countries that are too proud to receive assistance.) Deep Knowing sees great typhoons, earthquakes, famines, plagues, portents, and signs from heaven (v 11) and still abides in Love. The Place of Deep Knowing has already experienced the arrest of fears and persecutions because of Christ’s Name (v 12) and has stood before tyrants, kings, and governors (v 12) of minutiae and monsters both, and knows Who matters. The Place of Deep Knowing can testify to Christ’s Great Grace and rises to the opportunity (v 13) because it is already secure in that deep lava-like place of peace and wisdom. It doesn’t have to plan its defense ahead of time (v 14), because it doesn’t come from a core worldview of attack and defend. It comes from a worldview of joy and relationship at its foundation, and will defend her cubs to keep them safe from harm. Those worldviews are different anchor points. This place of security is not necessarily secure in itself, but is secure in relationship with God, so there is no need to prepare a defense in advance. (v 14) It shows up to the Holy Present Moment. And isn’t the whole point: that we show up to grow up?
Just riding the Wave, Lord! Got a surfboard? …
[Sigh.]
I was thinking deeper about all this in relation to the general “they” called Church. The Lectionary Barons selected 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 for the New Testament reading. St Paul warns the early Church against living in idleness, being merely busybodies, and not doing any work. (v 11) Now according to my NIV notes (p 1829), this letter of Paul’s was penned probably in AD 51 or 52. The first persecutions of the Christians took place under Nero in AD 67. Jesus’ prophecy of the destruction of the Temple (Lk 21:6) was fulfilled in AD 70. Scholars estimate that John wrote the Book of Revelation on the Isle of Patmos probably around AD 95. Are you following this rapid progression? Fear of God put a fire where fear of man cannot go. The Church spread. In those last 25 years of the Church (AD 70-95) she clearly already intimately understood Jesus’ words from today’s Gospel lesson. She clearly already intimately understood Paul’s warning against laziness and snoopervision. Then in Revelation Jesus tells the Seven Churches often that He knows their deeds. (Rev 2:2, 2:19, 2:23, 3:1, 3:2, 3:8, 3:15) But I don’t see anywhere, where He is upset with us for being idle. He does say we can rest in the Lord:
Rev 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
Jesus gets upset with us for being lukewarm (3:16) – YES! – but being lukewarm is not the same as idleness. If anything, I see the lukewarm apathy arising out of the Institution’s industry. She was so successful that she didn’t need God. (v 17) So, in essence, the Church ended up taking St Paul’s words to heart and following his command to not live in idleness. (2 Thess 3:6) But, in her eagerness to obey Paul and be an imitator of him, (– twice! — in verses 7 and v 9!), the Church got a double whammy and made Idle an idol. She overcompensated. Did she also make Paul an idol?
Just a question…
Q: Was a lifestyle of prayer then also seen as Idleness and shunned, because it doesn’t look like one is being productive when one is praying, and Paul said that if anyone is unwilling to work then he should not eat? (v 10) Just a thought…
Q: If the recipients of the loving, passionate prayers are still looking for signs and still wondering over the signs and wonders, then who’s looking at God Who is offering the signs and is The Wonder? If the prayers are being answered for the recipients of the prayers, but if the recipients are too busy to notice that the prayers are being answered, does that mean that these are idle prayers? Just a thought…
We are commanded and exhorted in the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thes 3:12) to do our work quietly and to earn our own living. (v 12) How does one earn a living from prayer if it is not seen as a gift to the glory of God and the benefit of others? Just a thought…
I’m not contradicting Paul or Jesus. I’m just wondering…
At the risk of droning, I keep coming back to the fact that God said He is about to create new heavens and a new earth where the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. (Isa 65:17) He admonishes us to be glad and to rejoice forever in what He is creating. (v 18) Jerusalem will be as a joy (v 18) and its people as a delight. (v 18) God Himself will rejoice in Jerusalem and delight in His people. (v 19) No sounds of weeping. (v 19) No cries of distress. (v 19) Life! (v 20) Habitation! (v 21) Fruit! (v 21) No slavery! (v 22) What a concept! God says, “My chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.” (v 22) (I really don’t think He’s talking about Elitism right here!) Our descendants will be blessed! (v 23) Oooohhh…lookie here…!
Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.
That sounds like answers to prayer! Ah, the relationship continues…
The sly wolf, the innocent lamb, the courageous lion, the steadfast ox, the dust-eating serpent shall not hurt or destroy God’s Holy Mountain, says the Lord! (v 25) Is that not cool!?
Lord, honor our prayers on Your Holy Mount! Julian of Norwich (b 1342) wrote a prayer to celebrate the divine flow of grace in the Eucharistic dance through the depths and yearnings of our brokenness. Joy is the last in the sequence of Julian’s Litany. These prayerful building blocks are a standard that has gone before us and brings in a new anointing which is available to us in every season of the Spirit:
1) Simplicity,
2) Confidence,
3) Trust,
4) Hope,
5) Joy!
Ah, I see. We are coming full circle in an Alpha and Omega growth cycle. Hallelujah!

26 After Pentecost 17 Nov 2013 Gospel: Luke 21:5-19
Isaiah 65:17-25
65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.

65:18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.

65:19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress.

65:20 No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.

65:21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

65:22 They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

65:23 They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the LORD– and their descendants as well.

65:24 Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.

65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent–its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD.

Isaiah 12
12:1 You will say in that day: I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you comforted me.

12:2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.

12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

12:4 And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.

12:5 Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.

12:6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Malachi 4:1-2a
4:1 See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.

4:2a But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.

Psalm 98
98:1 O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.

98:2 The LORD has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.

98:3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

98:4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

98:5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.

98:6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.

98:7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it.

98:8 Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy

98:9 at the presence of the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
3:6 Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us.

3:7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you,

3:8 and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you.

3:9 This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate.

3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.

3:11 For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work.

3:12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

3:13 Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.

Luke 21:5-19
21:5 When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said,

21:6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”

21:7 They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?”

21:8 And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them.

21:9 “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.”

21:10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;

21:11 there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

21:12 “But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name.

21:13 This will give you an opportunity to testify.

21:14 So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance;

21:15 for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.

21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death.

21:17 You will be hated by all because of my name.

21:18 But not a hair of your head will perish.

21:19 By your endurance you will gain your souls.

Children of the Resurrection

10 Nov

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 25 After Pentecost 10 November 2013
Children of the Resurrection
Why do today’s lectionary readings say, according to their heading, that they begin with Haggai 1:15 b, and yet the actual readings start with Haggai 2:1? I looked it up and read farther up in the verses. The entire Book of Haggai is only two chapters long and from what I can tell, covers a time period of less than four months in the life of the people when they returned to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon. Haggai was a prophet and passed along messages from the Lord to the people. Repeatedly the LORD Almighty says to “Give careful thought…”
Haggai 1:5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.
1:7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.
1:13 Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: “I AM with you,” declares the LORD. [Is this not enough reason to give careful thought?]
2:15 “‘Now give careful thought to this from this day on—consider how things were before one stone was laid on another in the LORD’s temple.
2: 18 ‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month [Birthing period?], give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid. Give careful thought:
Yahweh had been very honest with the people:
Haggai 1:9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of My House, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.
Back in Israel’s day that honesty was spoken on Day 1 (Hag 1:1) just as it was spoken again in our day. (I know. I was there on our Day 1.) Twenty-four days later Zerubbabel (governor of Judah (Hag 2:2)) and Joshua (the high priest in 520 BC) and the whole remnant of the people who had just come out of exile in Babylon all […now drum roll, please…]
“OBEYED the voice of the LORD their God
AND the message of the prophet Haggai,
because the LORD their God had sent him.
AND the people feared the LORD.” (Hag 1:12)
[…please, don’t rush past this, dear reader, He’s talking to you…]
[Now read it again. Back up to the honesty part and reread it through “AND the people feared the LORD.” I don’t write just for entertainment. Read it again if necessary.]
[Moving along…]
The Lord assures the people through Haggai that He is with them. (v 13) Then the Spirit stirs the leaders and the people and they begin to work on the House of the Lord. (v 14) This is all terribly exciting! Then within less than a month discouragement sets in. (Hag 1:15-2:1) (Man, it happens fast!) My NIV notes (p 1393) say that the Jews were more to blame for their inactivity in rebuilding the Temple than because of their struggles with neighbors or opponents, and Haggai tried to arouse them from their lethargy. King Darius was supportive of the Jews. The real issue was not one of support, but of internal attitude. Knowing a bit about human behavior, the pattern is consistent: It takes outside pressure to put a fire under the bums of those who have stagnated in order for them to get motivated to finish a project. The real knot in the knickers comes when everyone realizes that no one knows how it’s supposed to look!
Haggai 2:3 Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Is it not in your sight as nothing?
Gadzooks! This is true today! The prophets have vision, but the Church-as-Institution doesn’t acknowledge the Office of the Prophet, so the ones with the vision don’t talk to the ones that need the vision.
Tim Cahill sheds some light:
“…Each age in our past history has bestowed on us its own contribution, as well as its own continuing curse. This intimate combination of contribution and curse then makes up a portion of the patrimony that we receive and pass on to future generations. The men that we Americans call our Founding Fathers, for instance, gave us, enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, a new politics that would go by the name of democracy. But they also bequeathed to us a founding racism that we have found it almost impossible to jettison. The past is not past; it continues to live with us in the present.
“Nothing will come of nothing,” [!] snapped King Lear at his one loving daughter, as if he had just been reading Aristotle. In logic, as in evolution and in all forms of development, nothing can come of nothing [!]; rather, everything has a precedent: something that went before, something from which the phenomenon under study springs and takes its being. The one exception would seem to be the cosmos itself, which appears, whether in ancient theologies or in modern science, to emerge ex nihilo, from nothing [!]. But everything else known to us has a cause, a trigger, a parent, a thing from which it sprang.
When did ego—the personal “I,” the self as we now understand it—come to be? Where do we find its earliest expression? Well, there is certainly ego in the Renaissance artists and, further back, in the self-promotion of a salesman such as Columbus. But nowhere in our earlier history does the force of ego ring so fully and defiantly as in the scene at Worms, where Brother Martin—this “pile of shit,” as he so often called himself—dared to say “No” to the assembled forces of early modern Europe, to the entire panoply of church and state, and to cite his own little conscience (surely a negligible phenomenon to the majority of his listeners) as the reason for his absolute, unnuanced, unhedged rebellion. For this reason, though we can certainly name many of his immediate predecessors, we must pause before the figure of Martin Luther and acknowledge both his astonishing contemporaneity and our, perhaps somewhat uncomfortable, brotherhood with him.
The current inflation of ego in the self-presentation of so many public figures does not, however, erase the startling moral value of what Luther did.
… In the end, the cultural forces that brought about such transformation need not be belittled by evidence that a heightened sense of ego may have led also to a heightened egotism. Egotism, that is, a false or disproportionate value placed on personal, subjective experience and on individual identity, has certainly accompanied a deepening of subjectivity and cheapened it throughout our contemporary world. The current inflation of ego in the self-presentation of so many public figures does not, however, erase the startling moral value of what Luther did, nor can it erase what subsequent men and women of courage have achieved in every hour since then, nor what they continue to achieve in our time. …”
The inflated ego-run-amok and morphing into our current state of institutionalized Egotism has created a Church we no longer recognize. And yet God has commissioned us to rebuild His spiritual Temple. How do we build when we don’t know what it should look like? Ah, but the Spirit reveals as we are working: “Work, for I AM with you, says the LORD of Hosts.” (Hag 2:4) Haggai and the leaders and the remnant were commissioned by God to rebuild the Temple (Hag 1:8), just as the leaders and the remnant are commissioned by God today to rebuild His spiritual Temple. We don’t know what this Temple will look like, but we know it will embody all of God’s own character and qualities. We will know it by His Spirit. So our task is to keep in the Spirit:
Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. [See, not deferred life! It is eternal life and Eternity starts now!]
22 Be merciful [!] to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire [trap, snare, deception]; to others show mercy, mixed with fear [!-both]—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh [spiritually tainted clothing leaves an ugly energetic signature from the secretions of one’s flesh which one can feel/sense when one is “awake.” A child would express this corruption like, “That’s creepy!”].
We know that the latter splendor of God’s House will be greater than the former, according to God’s own words. (Hag 2:9) What the Lectionary Barons left out were the verses which give us instructions on how to move into that “latter splendor” to make it a present-day reality. So, how do we do that? […Drum roll, please…]
Haggai 2:11 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Ask the priests what the law says.”
Huh?
Well, it actually makes sense. The priests know the law. Are they practicing the laws that they preach? Now THAT takes courage! Well, actually it takes more love of relationship with God than with one’s self, and then love does courageous things! However, when love of the law overrides love of God, then there’s idol-worship at hand, (ie making the law the idol, or making one’s self the idol and ignoring the law.) When that happens, then that sets the stage for “the lawless one” in the temple of God.
2 Thes 2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day [“The Day of the Lord”] will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction.
2:4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God.
When this happens it takes Courage (x 3, just as God had to encourage the people three times in Haggai 2:4). It takes courage to face the Abomination of Desolation. (Dan 9:27) Isn’t this Abomination Satan’s job? Isn’t this what he has been trying to do all along? He makes himself the object of worship, takes his seat in the temple of God and declares himself to be God? Paul said the Day of the Lord will not come unless the rebellion comes first. (2 Thes 2:3) Satan is the lawless one and he has been revealed (v 3), has already been destined for destruction (v 3), but I guess the Church didn’t get the memo. They became quickly shaken in mind and alarmed by spirit, word, and letter to the effect that the Day of the Lord is already here. (v2) They cried: Let no one deceive you in any way!!! (v 3) Sound advice. The Church reacted in panic, then rebelled. And God did the same thing to us as He did with the Israelites in Haggai’s day and explains why we received the results that we did:
Haggai 2:17 I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not return to me,’ declares the LORD.
We saw the same thing when we experienced the reality of Rev 16:21 and great “hailstones weighing a talent each” fell from heaven on the people and we cursed God for such creativity for it was the most terrible plague. Hailstones of talent? Well, yes! There has been a great boon in creative talent, but the people just curse God all the more. How do you think that makes the Gift Giver feel when the gift is not acknowledged? What else was God supposed to do? We have free will. What did God say to Haggai? Again, God says, “Give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the Lord’s Temple was laid. Give careful thought:” (Hag 2:18)
“Is there yet any seed left in the barn?” (v 19)
God offered “the vine and the fig tree” [spiritual good and natural good ],
the “pomegranate” [the resurrected life ]
and the “olive tree” [peace and re-connection was offered to the Seven Churches, (cf also with Zechariah 4)]
and until now they have not borne fruit. (Hag 2:19)
Garris Elkins prophesied of the Lord (05 Nov 13) which expressed this truth:
“I see a sorrow in your heart – a sorrow of what could have been. I gave you revival to carry. What I gave you was dropped and broken through human failure and fear. This was not My plan. Why do you think I do not have another wave to break into your midst? I am not asking you to pick up the broken pieces from the past and try to reassemble them and call it “new.” I always bring something new. What is coming is completely new and birthed in My presence.
“I will erase your unbelief, if you place your belief in Me, not in what you have demanded of Me. You have no idea what this wave will look like because it was created in a place outside of human fear and failure. When I move, it will not always be familiar. In that place of unfamiliarity I ask for your trust.
“I am asking you to leave behind a human wondering that is marked with unbelief – wondering if and when I will move again. I am calling you to a place of wonder where you will be like a child unwrapping a gift. My joy will become your joy and wonder.”
In the dark swirling circles that have been breeding fear, failure, and unbelief, cries of “Conspiracy!” rang out as the Church fought hard not to be deceived, especially since the Lord told us not to be deceived! (Lk 21:8) Go deeper:
Isaiah 8: 11 This is what the LORD says to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people:
12 “Do not call conspiracy
everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.
13 The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
he is the one you are to fear,
he is the one you are to dread.
14 He will be a holy place;
for both Israel and Judah he will be
a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
a trap and a snare.
15 Many of them will stumble;
they will fall and be broken,
they will be snared and captured.”
16 Bind up this testimony of warning
and seal up God’s instruction among my disciples.
17 I will wait for the LORD,
who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob.
I will put my trust in him.
18 Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion [the heart].
Both Israel and the Church share a common experience. Out of one collective “lawless one” (2 Thes 2:3) births two to serve the Lord of all the earth. (Zech 4:14) Even with all the ignored opportunities and disappointments, the Church is not the one destined for destruction even though we have behaved lawlessly. The miracle of grace can transform the ugliest dragon. In the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) CS Lewis describes what the Alpha and Omega, death-to-resurrection experience feels like. Eustace Clarence Scrubb, “who almost deserved his name” [first page of the story] was enticed by greed to lay down in a dragon’s lair and fell asleep on top of its treasure trove. Eustace went to sleep as a boy with a bracelet and woke up as a dragon with an armband imbedded into his flesh as his dragon scales overcame him. Later Eustace describes to Edmund what it was like when Aslan [the Christ figure in the form of a Lion in these Chronicles of Narnia stories] removed his dragon skin:
Eustace: “Well, anyway, I looked up and saw the very last thing I expected: a huge lion coming slowly toward me. And one queer thing was that there was no moon last night, but there was moonlight where the lion was. So it came nearer and nearer. I was terribly afraid of it. You may think that, being a dragon, I could have knocked any lion out easily enough. But it wasn’t that kind of fear. I wasn’t afraid of it eating me, I was just afraid of it – if you can understand. Well, it came close up to me and looked straight into my eyes. And I shut my eyes tight. But that wasn’t any good because it told me to follow it.”
“You mean it spoke!”
“I don’t know. Now that you mention it, I don’t think it did. But it told me all the same. And I knew I’d have to do what it told me, so I got up and followed it. And it led me a long way into the mountains. And there was always this moonlight over and round the lion wherever we went. So at last we came to the top of a mountain I’d never seen before and on the top of this mountain there was a garden – trees and fruit and everything. In the middle of it there was a well.
“I knew it was a well because you could see the water bubbling up from the bottom of it: but it was a lot bigger than most wells – like a very big round bath with marble steps going down into it. The water was as clear as anything and I thought if I could get in there and bathe, it would ease the pain in my leg. But the lion told me I must undress first. Mind you I don’t know if he said any words out loud or not.
“I was just going to say that I couldn’t undress because I hadn’t any clothes on when I suddenly thought that dragons are snaky sort of things and snakes can cast their skins. Oh, of course, thought I, that’s what the lion means. So I started scratching myself and my scales began coming off all over the place. And then I scratched a little deeper and, instead of just scales coming off here and there, my whole skin started peeling off beautifully, like it does after an illness, or as if I was a banana. In a minute or two I just stepped out of it. I could see it lying there beside me, looking rather nasty. It was a most lovely feeling. So I started to go down into the well for my bathe.
“But just as I was going to put my feet into the water I looked down and saw that they were all hard and rough and wrinkled and scaly just as they had been before. Oh, that’s all right, said I, it only means I had another smaller suit on underneath the first one, and I’ll have to get out of it too. So I scratched and tore again and this underskin peeled off beautifully and out I stepped and left it lying beside the other one and went down to the well for my bathe.
“Well, exactly the same thing happened again. And I thought to myself, oh dear, how ever many skins have I got to take off? For I was longing to bathe my leg. So I scratched away for the third time and got off a third skin, just like the two others, and stepped out of it. But as soon as I looked at myself in the water I knew it had been no good.
“Then the lion said – but I don’t know if it spoke – ‘You will have to let me undress you.’ I was afraid of his claws, I can tell you, but I was pretty nearly desperate now. So I just lay flat down on my back to let him do it.
“The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart. And when he began pulling the skin off, it hurt worse than anything I’ve ever felt. The only thing that made me able to bear it was just the pleasure of feeling the stuff peel off. You know – if you’ve ever picked the scab off a sore place. It hurts like billy-oh but it is fun to see it coming away.”
“I know exactly what you mean,” said Edmund.
“Well, he peeled the beastly stuff right off – just as I thought I’d done it myself the other three times, only they hadn’t hurt – and there it was, lying on the grass: only ever so much thicker, and darker, and more knobbly-looking than the others had been. And there was I as smooth and soft as a peeled switch and smaller than I had been. Then he caught hold of me – I didn’t like that much for I was very tender underneath now that I’d no skin on – and threw me into the water. It smarted like anything but only for a moment. After that it became perfectly delicious and as soon as I started swimming and splashing I found that all the pain had gone from my arm. And then I saw why. I’d turned into a boy again. You’d think me simply phoney if I told you how I felt about my own arms. I know they’ve no muscle and are pretty mouldy compared with Caspian’s, but I was so glad to see them.
“After a bit the lion took me out and dressed me –- ”
“Dressed you? With his paws?”
“Well, I don’t exactly remember that bit. But he did somehow or other: in new clothes – the same I’ve got on now, as a matter of fact. And then suddenly I was back here. Which is what makes me think it must have been a dream.”
“No, it wasn’t a dream,” said Edmund.
“Why not?”
“Well, there are the clothes, for one thing. And you have been – well, un-dragoned, for another.”
“What do you think it was, then?” asked Eustace.
“I think you’ve seen Aslan,” said Edmund.
“Aslan!” said Eustace. “I’ve heard that name mentioned several times since we joined the Dawn Treader. And I felt – I don’t know what – I hated it. But I was hating everything then. And by the way, I’d like to apologize. I’m afraid I’ve been pretty beastly.”
[Breathe, dear reader…]
Even though the Church has behaved beastly, God has good plans for us. God said, “From this day on I will bless you.” (Hag 2:19) Weren’t those God’s first words when He laid the foundations of the earth and said that it was GOOD? (Gen 1:10) And isn’t God telling us to remember and give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the Lord’s Temple was laid? (v 18) And isn’t blessing based on GOODNESS?
Revelation 20 talks about Satan’s Doom, and (I believe) we are all agreed that Satan is the “lawless one,” right? Even bringing up this topic makes many people jumpy, afraid, and panicky. Ok, steady. Anchor in Jesus Christ. Please read through this next verse slowly and savor it, taking special notice that we are sanctified by the Spirit and through belief in the Truth:
2 Thes 2:13 But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit [!] and through belief in the truth [!].
Rev 20:3 says that Satan was thrown into the Abyss until the thousand years were ended and then he was released for a short time.
Rev 20:2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
And he was. Look at the time frame from a logical point of view:
Lance Wallnau lays it out there in “Realms Collide” (Facebook, 02 Nov 13):
“Imagine the world of tomorrow is not really that far away. Hebrews 6:5 says that believers taste the powers of the age to come. Jude says that “Enoch, seventh from Adam” saw the future and entered into what he saw. Hummm. Enoch 7th from Adam? Check this out…from Adam to Abraham is 2000 years. From Abraham to Jesus is 2000 years. From Jesus to us is 2000 years. Thats a total of 6000 years having transpired. If as Peter says, “a day with the Lord is as 1000 years” we have passed 6 days! The 7th day is the millennium, day of rest. We are crossing over into the 7th day…now! This is the “translation” generation.”
Now please look at the “first fruits” (2 Thes 2:13) of a thousand years ago. A thousand years ago (societally-speaking) we transitioned from the Dark Ages of superstition to the Middle Ages when classical learning in universities changed the heart-mind landscape. Bologna became the first university in Europe to grant degrees in 1088. Ten years later, God raised up St Hildegard of Bingen (1098). The Feudal System blossomed into the Crusades in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries. Fighting for (and in) the name of Christ became literal. The spiritual beauty of this time was that the people intuitively understood the Holy Spirit and the mysterious face of God.
God raised up St Dominic (1170), founder of the Dominicans, The Order of Preachers, and he was a balm during the Medieval Inquisition (1184-1230’s). God raised up St Francis (1182-1226) with his message of liberation by union with Christ. Francis had a mystical marriage with Christ, and also saw an apparition of Him. Francis anchored society as he joyfully shared his spirit of freedom in not being weighed down by possessions. He lived his faith by showing everyone that in being poor, we are indeed rich, because we know that God provides everything we need. Francis was another mystic anchor. He had two seemingly contradictory tendencies in himself [much like I have in myself!]—his great desire for solitude and contemplation struggling with his equally great desire to share the Gospel by word and example. The Gospels themselves were his Rule of Life, and his only thought was the imitation of Our Lord in all things.
Since this was the setting at the end of the first millennium, then it would make sense that when society “woke up,” that was the equivalent of a societal “resurrection.”
Rev 20: 5 (The rest of the “dead” did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.
Shedding the beastly “dragon skin” of the ego-self is the “second death.” They experienced unimaginable grief and the “second death” had no power over them.
Rev 20: 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
So, since the saints of a thousand years ago have been reigning with Christ as priests of God for a millennium, and by going on the understanding that “Resurrection” on this side of the Divide is the grieving and healing cycle of Alpha and Omega, then that would mean that those who have enjoyed the first fruits of the Anchorites since the Crusades have partaken in the “First Resurrection.”
Luke 20:34 Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage”
But there is a further distinction which Jesus lays out:
Luke 20:35 but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age AND in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
This describes the mystical marriage which St Francis and the other Anchorites in history have experienced. We stand on the backs of the saints who went before us. Anchorites are anchored in Christ by mystical marriage with Him and a lifestyle devoted to Him as the One they love, so they neither marry nor are given in marriage. They follow the Burning Bush. (Lk 20:37) Who needs to marry someone else when you’re already married to God and He fills the void? The only thing left to do is to acknowledge and bless!
Luke 20:33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”
And with the Seven Churches? In the resurrection (aka from the grieving and healing cycle perspective) whose “wife” will the woman be? (Rev 12) For the Seven had married her.
Luke 20:36 Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.
And God does say a woman shall compass (not bully) a man:
Jeremiah 31:22 (GW) How long will you wander around, you unfaithful people?
The LORD will create something new on earth:
A woman will protect a man.
And Jesus did address the angels of the Seven Churches. (Rev 2 and 3)
Before Zerubbabel we all (Church and prophets and Israel) have became level ground (Zech 4:7), not by might or power, but by God’s Spirit. (v 6) Now it is our task to bring out the Capstone to shouts of “God bless it! God bless it!” (Zech 4:7) Lord Jesus, YOU are the Capstone! (1 Pet 2:6-8)
Since the Seven Churches cannot spiritually “die” any more (Lk 20:36; Rev 2:11) because they are like angels and are Children of the Resurrection, and the Remnant of devoted believers are like Moses (v 37), then wouldn’t that mean we are among the LIVING?
Luke 20: 20:38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”
Does this not also describe the glory of this “Translation Generation”?

25 After Pentecost 10 Nov 2013 Gospel: Luke 20:27-38
Haggai 1:15b-2:9
2:1 In the second year of King Darius, in the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the prophet Haggai, saying:

2:2 Speak now to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, and say,

2:3 Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Is it not in your sight as nothing?

2:4 Yet now take courage, O Zerubbabel, says the LORD; take courage, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; take courage, all you people of the land, says the LORD; work, for I am with you, says the LORD of hosts,

2:5 according to the promise that I made you when you came out of Egypt. My spirit abides among you; do not fear.

2:6 For thus says the LORD of hosts: Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land;

2:7 and I will shake all the nations, so that the treasure of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with splendor, says the LORD of hosts.

2:8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the LORD of hosts.

2:9 The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former, says the LORD of hosts; and in this place I will give prosperity, says the LORD of hosts.

Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21
145:1 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

145:2 Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.

145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.

145:4 One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

145:5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

145:17 The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.

145:18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

145:19 He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.

145:20 The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

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

Psalm 98
98:1 O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.

98:2 The LORD has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.

98:3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

98:4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

98:5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.

98:6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.

98:7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it.

98:8 Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy

98:9 at the presence of the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

Job 19:23-27a
19:23 “O that my words were written down! O that they were inscribed in a book!

19:24 O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock forever!

19:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;

19:26 and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God,

19:27a whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.

Psalm 17:1-9
17:1 Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.

17:2 From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right.

17:3 If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.

17:4 As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.

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

17:6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words.

17:7 Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

17:8 Guard me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,

17:9 from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
2:1 As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters,

2:2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here.

2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction.

2:4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God.

2:5 Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?

2:13 But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

2:14 For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2:15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.

2:16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope,

2:17 comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Luke 20:27-38
20:27 Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him

20:28 and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.

20:29 Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless;

20:30 then the second

20:31 and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless.

20:32 Finally the woman also died.

20:33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”

20:34 Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage;

20:35 but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.

20:36 Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.

20:37 And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

20:38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”

Hurry and Come Down!

8 Nov

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 24 After Pentecost 03 November 2013
Hurry and Come Down!
With all the hype and stress and crowds clamoring nowadays to “see” Jesus (Luke 19:3), it’s no surprise that many are spiritually climbing “trees” to see Him (v 4) because they know He will pass this way. (v 4)
Luke 19:5 When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”

19:6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome Him.
The Spirit of Welcome is warm, inviting, engaging, and generous. (v 8) This was confirmed by Lance Wallnau when he said on Facebook on Saturday (02 Nov 13),
Here are two rules for the remainder of the 2013 Season.

1. Work only with what is trying to happen. Don’t push what isn’t working. The garden produces of itself.

2. Work only with the receptive. You are not sent to everyone in this season.
I have tried working with the receptive, (or who I thought were receptive) but I guess my Golden Retriever optimism got in the way again. I am starting to understand why Jesus prayed to God, “And lead us not into temptation.” (Mt 6:13) Potential is such a PEST! On Friday (01 Nov 13) I posted a special Reflection for All Saints’ Day entitled “Among the Saints.” I had written it from a pure heart and a mature stance. My spiritual eyes were open and I was sharing what the Father had shared with me. And I ended up getting more lectures. These did not feel receptive. I know that I am not sent to everyone, but am I being received by anyone? This week I felt beaten up, like I’d turned the other cheek, (Lk 6:29), and the other, and in the end I had a rubber face. I prayed for those who abused me. (v 28) My Reflections are my “coat” that anyone can take away, and I do not even withhold the “shirt” of my vulnerability. Even though others have taken my goods, I have not asked for them again. (v 30)
I appreciated what Lance Wallnau quoted on Facebook that same afternoon of my All Saints Reflection (01 Nov 13): “Do you love the church enough to keep serving even when it rejects you?”
In an odd juxtaposition, what my heart knows and my eyes see are two different things. I still see wrong-doing and trouble, destruction and violence, strife and contention. (Hab 1:3) As a result the law has become slack and justice never prevails. (v 4) The righteous stand, but are surrounded by wickedness, so judgment comes forth perverted. (v 4) So I stand at my watchpost and station myself on the rampart. (Hab 2:1)
Lord, what will You say to me? (v 1) What will You answer concerning my complaint? (v 1)
Habakkuk 2:2 Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.
Ok, Lord, my pen is ready. Dictate to me and I’ll write it down.
Jesus: Listen My beloved.
To Steve Shultz: You have the gift of Administration. Create and organize a petition acknowledging that Kathryn Hauser is My bride to the Bride.
[Me: Wait! Lord, I’m just supposed to be an observer in this watchtower here! And You bring me into it?
Jesus: Shhhhhh….]
Jesus continues addressing Steve: Gather as many signatures from believers as you can over the course of the next week.
To Rick Joyner: You have the gift of Truth. I have raised you up for such a time as this. Take the petition with signatures of believers to Fr David Galletly. He has the gift of Mercy. Truth is balanced with Mercy.
To Sandie Freed: You have the gift of Discernment. Go with Rick and take as many of the ‘Sons of Issachar’ with you as you need. These are the Days of Elijah! Demonstrate and experience My power in your lives!
To All: Show mercy.
Luke 19:9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this House, because he too is a son of Abraham.

19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
Me: That was the Lord’s message. Short. Swift. Deliverable. (Hab 2:2)
The next day:
I sat for a long time wondering why God singled out these specific people. Then I realized they are the strong prayer warriors and leaders of the Restored Kingdom. My calling must be acknowledged and the signatures from the believing prophets and readers would provide that acknowledgement, which the church and I could not do on our own. Rick Joyner is the chief leader of the ‘Sons of Issachar.’ The Sons intimately know the spiritual growth cycle from experience. Sandie understands how the present-day Church got stuck in an assumption that claims there are no modern-day prophets. She has the gift of Discernment to cut through lies and deception. I believe Fr David has wanted to move forward all along, but maybe his own higher-ups had him hamstrung in a way I am not aware of. I don’t know this for sure, but that is what I suspect. His is a political world I don’t understand. The ones God specifically called would understand.
There really IS a vision for the appointed time. (Hab 2:3) It has tarried and tarried (v 3), because the proud insisted on having their own way. (v 4) These courageous leaders God mentioned by name have lived by their faith. (v 4) God really is looking up and saying, “Hurry and come down; for I must stay at your House today.” (Lk 19:5) God’s House is ready. (Mt 18:15-20) Many have been grumbling that He has gone to be the Guest of one who is a sinner (v 7), but they’re just grumbling and pointing fingers, which is what they always do. Mercy and restitution are not part of the grumbler’s repertoire the way it is with a “sinner.” Sinners know they’re sinners. It’s the arrogant who are in denial and don’t care because they’re too busy preaching about others being sinners. They already think they have a compass and claim they are not lost, because they already know the way! The authentic person (aka “sinner”) knows he’s clueless and cannot save himself let alone anyone else! The sinner relies on Jesus to show him the way.
Now we are all collectively entering “Jericho” and passing through it. (Lk 19:1) We’ve already walked around the spiritual walls of Jericho six times. (Joshua 6:3) There are Seven Churches and there are seven special priests in Joshua’s company:
Joshua 6:4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
Truth and Mercy will carry the Ark of the Covenant forward as the priests march in front of it, and the walls of division will collapse and everyone will go straight in. Now is the time to rebuild the structures from the foundations up. At construction sites, the ground is graded and leveled according to the Architect’s specifications. Spiritually speaking, everyone’s been “leveled” so let’s call it square. (Rev 21:16)
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Afterword note to Readers: Sunday, November 03, 2013 at 8:14 am I just tried to log on to my blog site to post my Reflection and I got this message:
The webpage at https://truthinus.wordpress.com/wp-login.php might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.
So I guess I’ll just post it on Facebook. Lance did say, “Don’t push what isn’t working.” There truly IS some serious spiritual warfare goin’ down right now. I’m mandated by God to “Share the Journey” and the computer has literally blacked out already three times this morning, and I cannot log on to my blog site to post my Reflection. I cannot fight this spiritual or electronic Goon, but I will post and obey God in all of what I must say and do.

24 After Pentecost 03 November 2013 Gospel: Luke 19:1-10
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
1:1 The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.

1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?

1:3 Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.

1:4 So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails. The wicked surround the righteous– therefore judgment comes forth perverted.

2:1 I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint.

2:2 Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.

2:3 For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.

2:4 Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith.

Psalm 119:137-144
119:137 You are righteous, O LORD, and your judgments are right.

119:138 You have appointed your decrees in righteousness and in all faithfulness.

119:139 My zeal consumes me because my foes forget your words.

119:140 Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.

119:141 I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.

119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is the truth.

119:143 Trouble and anguish have come upon me, but your commandments are my delight.

119:144 Your decrees are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.

Isaiah 1:10-18
1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

1:11 What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.

1:12 When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more;

1:13 bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation– I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.

1:14 Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.

1:15 When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

1:16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil,

1:17 learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

1:18 Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

Psalm 32:1-7
32:1 Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

32:2 Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

32:3 While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.

32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah

32:6 Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.

32:7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah

2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:3 We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of everyone of you for one another is increasing.

1:4 Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring.

1:11 To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith,

1:12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke 19:1-10
19:1 He entered Jericho and was passing through it.

19:2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich.

19:3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature.

19:4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way.

19:5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.”

19:6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.

19:7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.”

19:8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.”

19:9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham.

19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

Among the Saints

1 Nov

Kathryn Hauser’s Special Reflection for All Saints Day, Friday 01 November 2013
Among the Saints
Daniel saw the four winds of heaven stirring up the great [spiritual] “sea.” (Dan 7:21) Four terrifying (v 15), great (v 3, 17) “beasts,” each different from one another (v 3) rise up out of this “sea.” (v 3) They are not new. What makes them terrifying is when they rise all at the same time. They are four distinct and beastly attitudes:
1) Arrogance
2) Denial
3) Religiosity and
4) Contempt
The way to “fight” attitudes is with BE-Attitudes.
First: Duck! [Pray]
Then: Look up!
Luke 6:20 Then He LOOKED UP at His disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor [in spirit = humble], for yours is the kingdom of God.
Then: Attitude shift
The humble get the Kingdom of God. (v 20)
The spiritually “hungry” for God’s Word get fulfilled. (v 21)
The weepers laugh. (v 21) I remembered Bill Yount’s encouragement from two weeks ago on laughter in his piece “I Cried Out To God, ‘What Are You Doing to Me?’ He Said….” Bill was talking about how God can use pain in our lives to stretch our spiritual muscles. I had never seen this verse in light of the maturity growth cycle before, and appreciated the truth of the insight. The purity of the insight and its Truth made me laugh with joy!:
Bill: “I now believe pain can be an ingredient of laughter. I promise if you are now in pain that is beyond words, there will be a time when you will laugh again, and even drown in God’s laughter. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.” Luke 6:21”
The scorned who have been faithful and have been rejected BECAUSE they have been faithful (v 22), then get to rejoice (v 23).
Gee, there’s nothing in here about bravery. Jesus warns about the woeful consequences for following beastly attitudes. (v 24-26) And He tries to draw in those that will listen (but who will listen?)
Luke 6:27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you
Do you have any idea how hard it is to find someone who will listen when they have a beastly attitude? Doing “good” (in whatever works for that other person and has meaning to him/her) is the only way I know of that breaks through an enemy’s heart defenses. And I don’t mean “Do-Gooders”! Oy! I mean getting into the other person’s skin with compassion and seeing the world through his eyes, and then doing something good from his perspective. This is not easy to do and requires getting out of our own skin to do it. This also means we must be comfortable in our own skin in order to come back into it, so that we can anchor in Christ and not get lured away by the head rush of adrenaline that comes from “doing good.” If we don’t anchor every time, we open a door for Arrogance.
Arrogance is already “rich” and has received its consolation. (v 24)
Denial is forever “hungry,” because it can’t see what it already has. It just laughs at everyone else (v 25), because from their view everyone’s a sap and a fool (except the one in denial, of course.) There’s no room for appreciation of another or of seeing the value of the gift of another person or even of Life.
Religiosity pays homage to a puppet religion that hears only what it wants to hear, because it keeps itself insulated with people who speak well of it. (v 26)
Contempt curses and abuses. (v 27)
None of these Goons place value on the individual, just as Rick Joyner discusses in his excellent current Word for the Week, using historical cases to show the rise of these Goons, who had these beastly attitudes and wore human faces. And we are seeing the Four Beasts displayed on the cosmic stage today. And amplified! CS Lewis explains how this dynamic works with grace-filled eloquence:
“Though Christian charity sounds a very cold thing to people whose heads are full of sentimentality, and though it is quite distinct from affection, yet it leads to affection. The difference between a Christian and a worldly man is not that the worldly man has only affections or ‘likings’ and the Christian has only ‘charity’. The worldly man treats certain people kindly because he ‘likes’ them: the Christian, trying to treat every one kindly, finds himself liking more and more people as he goes on—including people he could not even have imagined him- self liking at the beginning.
This same spiritual law works terribly in the opposite direction. The Germans, perhaps, at first ill-treated the Jews because they hated them: afterwards they hated them much more because they had ill-treated them. The more cruel you are, the more you will hate; and the more you hate, the more cruel you will become — and so on in a vicious circle for ever.
Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”
The Four Beasts and the “Little Horn”
As I pondered these special lectionary readings for today, I wondered why the Lectionary Barons selected the verses they did for All Saints’ Day. Obviously, it is God’s timing. I wasn’t questioning that part of it. I questioned why they omitted Daniel 7:4-14. In those ten verses Daniel describes each of the four “beasts” in detail and the “little horn” (v 8), how the Ancient of Days took His seat (v 9), how the court was seated and the books were opened (v 10), and how the boastful words of the “little horn” were what did him in:
Dan 7:11 “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast [attitude] was slain and its [surreal] body destroyed and thrown into the [Refiner’s] blazing fire.”
Ya’ think the Lectionary Barons omitted this because they only wanted people to speak well of them? (v 26) Just a thought… However, it does fulfill prophecy again. (Rev 22:19) And they did already receive the truth concerning all this in the disclosure of the interpretation on the matter. (Dan 7:16) But…! Lookie here…!
Daniel 7:18 But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever–forever and ever.
I love God’s insistence! Even though the four “beasts” rise out of the spiritual “sea” and no breakthrough seems imminent or possible, God insists that the holy ones will receive and possess the Kingdom! Forever! Forever and ever! Yeeee Haw! This is so cool! God IS AMONG the saints! (v 18)
In Daniel’s vision, the Lion with eagle’s wings was the only one who kept his head:
Dan 7:4 “The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle [think of Icarus, who flew to the sun with wings of wax]. I watched until its wings were torn off [confronted with the Truth] and it was lifted from the ground [humility] so that it stood on two feet like a human being [dignity], and the mind of a human was given to it. [The heart-mind is common sense, logic, and has been tempered with compassion.]
The Bear is one-sided:
Dan 7:5 “And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides [one-sided perspective], and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth [it is never satisfied]. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’
(Proverbs 30:15 “The leech has two daughters.
‘Give! Give!’ they cry.
“There are three [!] things that are never satisfied,
four that never say, ‘Enough!’:
16 the grave, the barren womb,
land, which is never satisfied with water,
and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’)
A real-life example is how the Nazis devoured the Jews and all who did not agree with their one-sided views were annihilated. We still have Neo-Nazis today in growing numbers.
The Leopard drives his people away:
Dan 7:6 “After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard [fast]. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. [Using their “wings” of power and influence and sheer force, Dictators drive their people to become refugees in foreign lands. The people have no other choice.] This beast had four heads [not limited to one country], and it was given authority to rule [and rule they do! Even under the pretenses of being “elected,” whether or not there is anyone left in their country to rule, because they surround themselves with only the words they want to hear! Gee, sound familiar??]
Where the Leopard drives his people away, the Industrial beast is driven:
Dan 7:7 “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth [Industrial; picture a locomotive]; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. [A driven life is one that is driven from the inside out, like an addict, and abdicates one’s own choices to another, while still working hard at working hard. Making the Puritan Work Ethic into an idol creates its own “beast.”]
I had written about the ten horns from the perspective of the Book of Revelation in my manuscript “Anchored in Christ” (released to the Church on 14 August 2010). To breathe in some sanity, I had said (in my thick, dense style back then):
“The woman (in Revelation 12) is [spiritually] pregnant. She gives new life, much as St Paul talks about spiritually birthing the community at Galatia (“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” (Gal 4:19 NIV) The woman cries out in pain just as she is about to give birth (v 2). New life is a painful process. New life wrestles with old fears.
Revelation 12:3-4a
3Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.
Then another sign appears in heaven (not the heavens): Notice it is a sign and not an angel or a creation of God. It is an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. It is a picture of an exaggeration of fear. José Stevens, PhD , author of Transforming Your Dragons, uses the word “dragon” to describe the inner demons we all wrestle with. There are seven (heads):
1) Arrogance
2) Self-depreciation
3) Greed
4) Self-destruction
5) Impatience
6) [Mock] martyrdom
7) Stubbornness
The seven heads of the red dragon in Rev 12:3 have ten horns. The ten horns are the main lies which fear perpetuates. Again, drawing from José Stevens:
1) Fear is created by the illusion of separateness.
2) Fear is the illusion of the absence of love.
3) Fear is ignorance.
4) Fear is self-made.
5) Fear is a blinder to vision.
6) Fear twists and distorts reality.
7) Fear is painful and supports all suffering.
8) Fear, if indulged, breeds more of itself.
9) Fear limits experience and paralyzes.
10) Fear begets unhappiness.
The seven crowns are the behaviors exhibited by the seven attitudes on a maturity scale from infant to adult as laid out by Dr. Stevens:
1) Arrogant behavior: Infant=biggest gorilla, Toddler=petty bureaucrat, Child=high status, Adolescent=shy, Adult=philosophical arrogance
2) Self-depreciative behavior: Infant=cringing, savage, Toddler=pawn, Child=phobic about age and appearance, Adolescent=social misfit, misunderstood, Adult=low confidence
3) Impatient behavior: Infant=ruthless gratification, Toddler=bigoted irritability, Child=fast track haste, Adolescent=impatience at self and system, Adult=visionary impatience
4) [Mock] Martyrdom behavior: Infant=extreme victim, Toddler=social sheep and pawns, Child=controls with money, Adolescent=political martyr, Adult=mild victimization
5) Greed behavior: Infant=ruthless savage survivalism, Toddler=addiction and local corruption, Child=hoarding, amassing, and flouting, Adolescent=jealousy and hunger for love, Adult=spiritual materialism
6) Self-destructive behavior: Infant=criminal insanity, Toddler=wanting to get caught; gangs, Child=short life in the fast lane, Adolescent=suicide, Adult=self-sabotage
7) Stubborn behavior: Infant=autism (a.) and catatonia (b.), [as in the meaning of perseveration; (for clarification of terms, see below)], Toddler=skinheads, reactionaries; the far right, Child=‘good old boys;’ the Mafia, Adolescent=radical leftists, rebels, Adult=self-defeat; internal rigidity
a. Autism defined: “n. A pervasive developmental disorder characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication, by an extremely limited range of activities and interests, and often by the presence of repetitive, stereotyped behaviors”
b. Catatonia defined: “n. A syndrome seen most frequently in schizophrenia, characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor, sometimes alternating with great excitement and confusion.”
All that was penned 3½ years ago! Gee, and see what happens while yer’ thinkin’??
Dan 7:8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them [!] [Do you see how both God and the devil are at work among us?]; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. [Doesn’t this remind you of Obama? Just sayin’…] This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.
I asked the Holy Spirit for Interpretation.
Dan 7:21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people [taking away our freedoms under the guise of “safety”] and defeating them,
Dan 7:22 until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor [!] of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came [!] when they possessed the kingdom. [Finally!]
Dan 7:23 “He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms [It certainly IS different!!] and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it [And it certainly HAS!].
Dan 7:24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. [Good ol’ USA] After them another king will arise [and he did!], different from the earlier ones [and he truly has been different from the earlier presidents]; he will subdue three kings. [Hasn’t Obama already done that?]
Dan 7:25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress His holy people [Just ask Rick Joyner about how Obama has successfully done this,] and try to change the set times and the laws [Again, Rick Joyner has written well and articulately (and I believe accurately) on this. ] The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time. [Wouldn’t you say 3½ years since “Anchored in Christ” was released to the Church on 14 August 2010 qualifies as a time, times, and half a time?]
What is it We Support?
This is a valid question we must answer for ourselves as Rick Joyner points out. We, The People, have abdicated our choices to “Robin Hood.” But Robin Hood did not see value in individuals, but only looked at the interests of the collective. Are we bees? Or Star Trek “Borg”?
Proverbs 30:7 “Two things I ask of you, LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
I don’t normally plug in entire pieces from someone else into my own Reflections (although I have been known to use chunks of it), but this Word of the Week by Rick Joyner tied in so amazingly snug with this week’s lectionary readings, that I had to show it:
Rick Joyner’s Word for the Week – “Marxism’s Deadly Fruit” – Tue, Oct 29, 2013
It is fitting that the color adopted by Marxism is red [!]. There has been no ideology in history that has caused more bloodshed of its own people than Marxism. This is because of one core precept of Marxism as stated by Karl Marx in The Capitalist: “the individual has no value.” [!] Without any religious or moral basis other than the interests of the collective [!], it became not only acceptable, but a duty to kill as many as necessary to bring about total subjugation to the collective. [!] This was the basic validation for Lenin’s purges.
Stalin took it to the next obvious level through the wholesale murder and starvation of over thirty million of his own people. This was also the validation of Mao’s murder of tens of millions of Chinese citizens in the Cultural Revolution. In the span of just forty years, over 110 million people were confirmed killed by Marxist purges, and the true number is likely much higher. Because individuals have no value [!], this was not even considered a crime, or evil, under Marxism.
Marx’s cohort, Friedrich Engels, rationalized this wholesale murder by formulating the doctrine of how life expands by death. He used the illustration of the barley seed, which germinates at its own death to produce many new plants. He wrote, “out of this dynamic process of dying the energy is released to expand and produce many more entities of the same kind.” So the mass murder of millions was justified.
Marx and Engels had their dark and perverted philosophy bolstered by the release of Origin of Species by their contemporary Charles Darwin. Darwin’s theory further reduced the value of the individual, making man just another animal species that happened to be a little more evolved.
Darwin’s law of “the survival of the fittest,” made it a natural process for the killing of the weak by the strong, or in the case of Marxism, those in power [!]. It was even promoted as an obligation [!—cf driven] so that the species would not be corrupted by weakness. This became a key component in Marxist doctrine and was also adopted by the “National Socialist Party”—the Nazis. The Nazis were also socialists who believed that the individual existed for the state, not the other way around [!].
As we covered before, most socialists don’t know the basics of what they support, just as [!] many Christians do not have more than a superficial understanding of the basics of their own faith. Even so, at the root [!] of these evil ideologies, there is a group that fully understands and will implement these basic principles when they can. This is how you find things like the death panels that slipped into legislation like The Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare.
It is likely that those who put these death panels into this legislation did not know what they were doing, but Marxists in America have targeted the taking over of healthcare as the crown jewel [!], the consummation of their strategy for subjugating America since the 1930’s, when they also set about to systematically take over the media and education in America. These strategies and tactics were widely published by those who set about to make it happen, and just like in Tsarist Russia, ignored by all but a few [!].
Of course, you can read the entire Affordable Health Care Act and not find a single paragraph titled “Death Panels.” However, they are actually a core principle sown throughout the entire bill, thus someone who was involved in crafting this bill knew what they were doing [!]. There is no way that this law can be implemented without setting up panels of bureaucrats who will decide who gets treatment and who does not—or who lives and who dies. Like it or not, that is a death panel, and if this legislation is fully implemented in the U.S., the worst tyranny imaginable will soon follow.
Marxism is all about the collective and is based on the fundamental principle that the individual has “no value.” [!] Therefore, under Marxism, it does not matter what happens to individuals—it’s all about control [!]. As the progressives determined when they set about to subjugate the healthcare system, there are few things that can control the masses like healthcare.
We can argue that there are many Western nations now that have nationalized healthcare, and many people like the system. Everyone I’ve talked to in those countries loved the system—until they had to use it. Even so, there are certainly many who have sought to develop a national healthcare system that had the best of intentions. It is likely that most who are involved in this effort have good intentions. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” [!] is a proverb with a lot of truth to it.
There are also good elements in the Affordable Health Care Act, and there are many things that needed correction in the private healthcare system that had evolved. You could say the same thing about many of the intentions of the Bolsheviks. Rat poison can be 98% good food, and the gates of hell can be 98% good, but that other 2% will kill you.
It does not have to happen. We can still change our direction so that we do not end up where we are headed.”
My Prayer
Lord! On this day, All Saints’ Day, on behalf of all the saints, I implore Your MERCY! I ask You to give judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High and to make NOW be the time for the saints to take over the kingdom! (Dan 7:22) If there are “Death Panels,” (as seems likely to be) then I speak into existence a “LIFE PANEL”! You promised that the court was seated and the books were opened! (Dan 7:10)
I declare: I do not want Obamacare (or Robin Hood), just because Obama says we can have either freedom or security. I choose both! I choose the whole divine package: CHOICE, LIFE, FREEDOM, SAFETY, WELL-BEING, HOLINESS, for I rely on You, Lord, to bring forth what YOU value. You have given us infinite dignity to govern ourselves rightly as we keep our eyes on You, God. Having someone else govern (control) for us while taking away our rights under the platitudes of “It’s for your own good” is NOT for our Good, and neither is it for Your Goodness either, Lord! I stand in dignity with the Lion Remnant (ref v 4) who has heart-minds of honesty, Truth, compassion, and integrity. Enough! Enough, I say! Lord, gather the court to be held! (v 26) Set Your kingdom right. Just as Revelation 17 has played itself out in the spiritual realm, so has Daniel 7 played itself out today and run its course in the political realm. Calling All Saints!!
But the Court will Sit
[Is that all it does is just sit? Isn’t that what we’ve been doing? Just sitting? Oh, I see, God takes his power away…]
Dan 7:26 “‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey Him.’
Dan 7:28 “This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself.”
Conclusion
It is possible to keep a matter to oneself and still be kind to others. This is the art of Diplomacy. The key is knowing what to share and when by following the Lord’s leadership.
Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
For some reason the Church and prophets in my corner of the world still cannot talk about all this. I thought that’s what friends do. If we were enemies (v 27) I’d still love them and do good to those who hate me (v 27), but I don’t see the saints as enemies, so isn’t it all good? From my point of view it’s the communication gap that’s been the beastly fly in the ointment.

All Saints Day Friday, 01 November 2013 Gospel: Luke 6:20-31
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
7:1 In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream:

7:2 I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up the great sea,

7:3 and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.

7:15 As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me.

7:16 I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the interpretation of the matter:

7:17 “As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out of the earth.

7:18 But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever–forever and ever.”

Psalm 149
149:1 Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

149:2 Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.

149:3 Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.

149:4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory.

149:5 Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their couches.

149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands,

149:7 to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples,

149:8 to bind their kings with fetters and their nobles with chains of iron,

149:9 to execute on them the judgment decreed. This is glory for all his faithful ones. Praise the LORD!

Ephesians 1:11-23
1:11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will,

1:12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.

1:13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;

1:14 this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

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 6:20-31
6:20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

6:21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

6:22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.

6:23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

6:24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

6:25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.

6:26 “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

6:27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

6:29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.

6:30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.

6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.