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Messengers

29 Dec

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 01 After Christmas 29 December 2013
Messengers
What does “prophecy fulfilled” mean? On the surface that seems like a stupid question. Prophecy is fulfilled when events play themselves out on the cosmic chessboard, right? Well, I donno. I tend to see prophecy as fulfilled in the small things rather than in the grandiose, larger-than-life big things. God is hidden in plain sight. (Isa 52:8) I don’t know what I don’t know. What I do know is that prophecy is NOT necessarily fulfilled by man’s obedience in order for it to be fulfilled. It is God’s action ensuring that His word gets fulfilled because He keeps His own Word based on what He has said. Surely, we are His people. Jesus became our Savior (Isa 63:8) in all our distress. (v 9)
Isa 63:8 For He said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely”; and He became their Savior …
Hmmm… “not dealing falsely”? Over the last seven-year cycle we certainly have drawn closer to Jesus and to my knowledge, even in our distress we tried to “not deal falsely.” (v 8) Of course I could be wrong because I honestly don’t know. I look for the best in others and that in itself is my blind spot. Still in all, there has been a whole lot of Doin’ Nothin’ but that’s not the same as “dealing falsely.”
Isa 63:9 in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but His Presence that saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
Yep, we’ve aged through this cycle, gotten old, and He lifted us up to God and to His throne (Rev 12:5) and carried us as in all the days of old, but I’d like to think that we’ve matured through it.
Psalm 148:14 He has raised up a horn for His people, praise for all [!] His faithful, for the people of Israel [and the Church] who are close to Him. Praise the LORD!
For all of us who have been learning the hard lessons of forgiving, blessing, and releasing by leaning heavily into our relationships with Jesus Christ, He has shown us how we are His children who share flesh and blood with Him. (Heb 2:14) We have witnessed how He destroys the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil (v 14) as we each went through the crucible of life in learning the art of “dying” to ourselves. We have personally witnessed in our own beings a new freedom from the slavery of the fear of death. (v 15) Because we have experienced this release from the fear of death, it is clear to us that Jesus did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. (v 16) As far as I know, angels have different bodies than ours which don’t die, so they wouldn’t need to be released from the fear of death. If the messengers are the ones delivering the messages, do they need to be “saved” from the message they are delivering? If angels are light beings then do angels need a merciful and faithful High Priest in the service of God? (v 17) Jesus became flesh and blood like us (and we like Him). Jesus took on the role of High Priest upon Himself. (v 17) He offered His own life as a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. (v 17) He did it on our behalf. CS Lewis explores the atonement concept marvelously:
“When Scripture says that Christ died ‘for’ us, I think the word is usually υπερ (on behalf of), not αντι (instead of). I think the ideas of sacrifice, ransom, championship (over death), substitution et cetera are all images to suggest the reality (not otherwise comprehensible to us) of the atonement. To fix on any one of them as if it contained and limited the truth like a scientific definition would in my opinion be a mistake.” (31 October 1963)
We children of the King know intimately now how Jesus was tested by what He suffered, and we can testify to how He is able to help those who are being tested. (v 18) Our world is being attacked by the spirit of Deprivation, the same spirit which attacked the world in Jesus’ day. This spirit is like a bundled package holding the Seven Deadly Sins with their poisons running like rivers and depositing them into a bottomless sea of Depravity. This spirit of Deprivation leaves an unfillable hole in the soul. Even if it knows justice, righteousness, right and wrong, it doesn’t care. It only runs. So on behalf of the people I speak to it: “Spirit of Deprivation, be gone with you! To the Abyss with you! I say we choose to CELEBRATE life and in choosing to celebrate, we defeat your darkness! We celebrate LIFE! We celebrate God’s very Presence in our midst!”
Since messengers or angels do not “save” but it is God’s very own Presence which saves (Isa 63:9), I wondered some more about this truth and what it means in the context of “prophecy fulfilled,” since in today’s gospel lesson there were three separate angelic visitations to Joseph through the dream realm. (Mt 2:13, 19, 22) The angel didn’t technically “save” the Holy Family, but Joseph’s obedience to the angel’s instructions from God resulted in their being kept safe. In terms of prophecy I think it is a safe bet to say that Joseph and his family didn’t journey to Egypt and back to Israel on the express intention of fulfilling prophecy. I believe it was the community of believers who affirmed that the Holy Family had fulfilled prophecy. Once the community had time to delve deeper into scripture, then they would have been open to the Holy Spirit showing them how prophecy was fulfilled. (v 15, 17, 23) As the community studied the scriptures, they could “see” how God had kept His word. Sometimes His word is kept through obedience of man to God and sometimes His word is kept through another man’s fury (v 16) precisely BECAUSE of another man’s obedience to God. For some odd reason, obedience to God often tends to ignite fury (v 16) in man (especially in men of power.) To be sure, where there is corrupted power there follows God’s righteous indignation. Call it “wrath” if you will. Sophisticated, civilized minds have a hard time wrapping the mind around the idea of God’s wrath. However, I don’t think the civilized mind has difficulty understanding the meaning of righteous indignation. Righteous indignation is rooted in a sense of justice and right and wrong. These concepts are ones the civilized mind can comprehend, where wrath carries the connotation of punitive action and reaction. Again CS Lewis explores the notion of God’s wrath:
“All associations of human passions to God are analogical. The wrath of God: ‘something in God of which the best image in the created world is righteous indignation’. I think it quite a mistake to try to soften the idea of anger by substituting something like disapproval or regret. Even with men real anger is far more likely than cold disapproval to lead to full reconciliation. Hot love, hot wrath. . . .”
In our society (and in the Church today) I have run into much more “cold disapproval” than I have run into real anger. And I am certain this accounts for the non-progress (dead standstill actually!) blocking the path to full reconciliation of the Churches. I have not seen much hot love or hot wrath from the Churches in relation to bridal devotion to Jesus Christ. (Rev 3:16) I have seen hot tempers over issues, but since when did issues become paramount to the covenantal relationship with God Himself? Putting issues before relationship is like getting a divorce over squeezing the toothpaste tube in the “wrong” place. I believe there is one thing that we could do to turn the tides on this inverse thinking and that is by doing what St Matthew spearheaded and actively researched in his day. Matthew studied the old scriptures and was shown by the Holy Spirit how prophecy had been fulfilled in his day; not only the scriptures which proved Jesus the Messiah, but also other scriptures which were fulfilled on the cosmic chessboard (like with Herod slaughtering the Innocents (Mt 2:16) and how that fulfilled the prophecy of Rachel weeping for her children. (v 18)) What St Matthew provided to his community in his day needs to be continued in our day, because more prophecy has been fulfilled. Prophecy fulfilled does not change or alter Jesus’ Messiahship in any way. In fact it supports it! Seeing how prophecy has been fulfilled brings a sense of relief and awe to one’s being. It provides a sense of closure in some way. It’s hard to describe, but it is very real. Recounting God’s gracious deeds (Isa 63:7) is exactly what St Matthew did as he focused his gospel account on how prophecy was fulfilled.
Paul Keith Davis, would you be willing to spearhead this project in our day?
In closing, ‘Prophecy fulfilled’ is all tied up in the incarnate process itself. Again, CS Lewis explains this much better than I could.
“Let us suppose we possess parts of a novel or a symphony. Someone now brings us a newly discovered piece of manuscript and says, ‘This is the missing part of the work. This is the chapter on which the whole plot of the novel really turned. This is the main theme of the symphony’. Our business would be to see whether the new passage, if admitted to the central place which the discoverer claimed for it, did actually illuminate all the parts we had already seen and ‘pull them together’. Nor should we be likely to go very far wrong. The new passage, if spurious, however attractive it looked at the first glance, would become harder and harder to reconcile with the rest of the work the longer we considered the matter. But if it were genuine then at every fresh hearing of the music or every fresh reading of the book, we should find it settling down, making itself more at home and eliciting significance from all sorts of details in the whole work which we had hitherto neglected. Even though the new central chapter or main theme contained great difficulties in itself, we should still think it genuine provided that it continually removed difficulties elsewhere. Something like this we must do with the doctrine of the Incarnation. Here, instead of a symphony or a novel, we have the whole mass of our knowledge. The credibility will depend on the extent to which the doctrine, if accepted, can illuminate and integrate that whole mass. It is much less important that the doctrine itself should be fully comprehensible. We believe that the sun is in the sky at midday in summer not because we can clearly see the sun (in fact, we cannot) but because we can see everything else.”
From Miracles (1947)

01 After Christmas 29 Dec 2013 Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23
Isaiah 63:7-9
63:7 I will recount the gracious deeds of the LORD, the praiseworthy acts of the LORD, because of all that the LORD has done for us, and the great favor to the house of Israel that he has shown them according to his mercy, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

63:8 For he said, “Surely they are my people, children who will not deal falsely”; and he became their savior

63:9 in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

Psalm 148
148:1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights!

148:2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!

148:3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!

148:4 Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.

148:6 He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

148:7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,

148:8 fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!

148:9 Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!

148:10 Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!

148:11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!

148:12 Young men and women alike, old and young together!

148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.

148:14 He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the LORD!

Hebrews 2:10-18
2:10 It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

2:11 For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters,

2:12 saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”

2:13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Here am I and the children whom God has given me.”

2:14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,

2:15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death.

2:16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham.

2:17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people.

2:18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Matthew 2:13-23
2:13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”

2:14 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt,

2:15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”

2:16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men.

2:17 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

2:18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”

2:19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said,

2:20 “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.”

2:21 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel.

2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee.

2:23 There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”

Message

25 Dec

Kathryn Hauser’s Special Reflection for Christmas Day 25 December 2013
Message
The messenger is not greater than the one who is sending the message in the first place. A message comes from the King, not the runner of the king. The runner just delivers the message. (ie Rev 19:10) So here’s the Message:
Zion: “Your God reigns!” (Isa 52:7)
Peace is within you. (v 7)
Good News is here! (v 7)
Salvation is an internal affair! (v 7)
The return of the LORD to Zion is hidden in plain sight. (v 8)
The Holy Spirit has comforted His people and redeemed Jerusalem. (v 9) Do you know that? I mean, really? This is present day, Now Time, not 3,000 years ago when King David established the Jewish state in Jerusalem. The LORD has already bared His holy arm before the eyes of all the nations. (v 10) Now we will see how all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God (v 10), just as He told us would happen.
In these last days, God has spoken to us by Jesus, His Son, through Whom He appointed as heir of all things, and through Whom He also created worlds. (Heb 1:2) Every time there is another division, there is another world. (ie Luke 12:51) Jesus is the reflection of God’s own glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being. (Heb 1:3) Where there is division, He brings reconciliation. He sustains all things by His powerful Word. (v 3) You know about the power of words. That’s no secret message.
Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High after He made purification for sin. (Heb 1:3) He wasn’t just some angel or glorified being. He was (and is) much superior to angels. (v 4) His name itself, which carries weight with it, is more excellent than any angel’s name. (v 4)
Al Thomas makes an excellent point:
“In those days, the mother had no say in the naming of the child. That was the father’s call, and Mary knew it. So, when Joseph was having doubts concerning Mary’s pregnancy, he also had a dream. After assuring Joseph that this indeed was from the Holy Spirit, the angel instructed him to “call His name Jesus” (Matthew 1:21).
Think about this. First, Joseph was told to go through the embarrassment of having to marry a woman who was already pregnant. Now, he’s told to give the child a name not of his own choosing or from his own ancestry, but a name foreign to him. Joseph, having already been told to do a hard thing, could have thought, “You know, I’ve done more than I can take. I’m at least going to name this child after me…Joseph.”
Can you imagine if he actually did that? It might sound comical, but can you imagine the “name above every other name” being Joseph? Or casting out demons in the name of Joseph? Sounds absurd, right? But Joseph was obedient in everything God instructed him to do. Dear one, 99% obedience is disobedience. Joseph was a man of obedience and righteousness (see Matthew 1:19).”
A Name that carries weight with it is a name to be obeyed. But this obedience is to the Word made flesh, incarnate God-in-man, not merely blind obedience to a name. Satan worshippers are obedient to his name. Jesus is more than a name. He was begotten not made! Born, not fashioned like some stone, metallic, or electronic idol on the speedway. To which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son and today I have begotten you”? (Heb 1:5) Do angels have birthdays? To which of the angels did God ever say, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? (v 5) God employed the angels to herald the message of the firstborn of redemption into the world. (v 6) He says, “Let all God’s angels worship Him!” (v 6) Of the angels God says, “He makes His angels winds and His servants flames of fire.” (v 7)
With all the talk in the spiritual circles lately about whirlwinds, fire, wind, and shakings, aren’t these messengers of the Lord simply confirming that God’s angelic host is assisting us in bringing God’s kingdom to earth just as He promised? Look at the daily progression!
Chuck Pierce: Rend the Heavens 17 Dec 13
“I just saw a whirlwind released from the 3rd Heaven – the highest Heaven where God is seated on the Throne. And that whirlwind is totally encircling the 2nd Heaven. I don’t know what’s going on, but during these 10 days something is breaking!”
Kim Clement: Watch Throughout the Earth 19 Dec 13
“Whatever God dictates in Heaven – if there’s a shaking in Heaven – it manifests on the earth. It manifests through the wind and the atmosphere, the earth. The resources that God has promised are being shaken loose.”
John Mark Pool: Fire, Wind, Shaking – It’s Transformation Time! 20 Dec 13
“God is love, so reconciliation and complete transformation are His focus. When Jesus came to earth and completed His earthly assignment in the flesh and Spirit, God kept His Word of completely transforming all that was lost back to relationship with Him. You can be assured that in a world reeling in a backdrop of turmoil, this is the day for Christians to become the means of reconciling the lost and hurting back to the Father’s heart.
…I asked him who he was and he said, “I am a messenger from the throne of the One you love; I am the Angel of Transformation.”
Neville Johnson: Surviving the Storms Ahead, Part 2 on 23 Dec 13
“The revelation of Jesus, who He is and what He is like is part of the message of the book of Revelation. We tend to see the book of Revelation as a book of judgement and destruction; however we need to understand the motivation behind all these judgements.”
Theresa Phillips: Christmastide of Visitation and Change 23 Dec 13
Jesus says: “Many will start to have dreams and desires to go and work with Me. EXCITEMENT in My houses of worship will increase, for the songs of worship will be lifted up in abundant praise. A radical praise is about to come forth. This sound will shake the timbers. The dancers will dance with all their might. New songs with a new sound will come forth. These will have the sound of victory in them!
…Yes, even on Christmas Day I will send out PROMOTIONS to many who have felt discarded. They will begin to see how valuable they are.”
Dear reader, do you see the progressive, daily swirl as each message of each messenger adds more meaning and depth, building on the one before it as God conveys His intentions?
Psalm 104 describes God’s majesty. God has given His kingdom to Jesus, His Son. Of the angels, God says He sends them with messages and as servants (Heb 1:7), but of the Son, God says, “Your throne is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of Your kingdom. (v 8) Healing is in His scepter. Jesus heals us OF the truth WITH the Truth. (Jn 8:32) Ouch! But He does this with righteousness. He loves righteousness and hates wickedness (Heb 1:9), so God anointed Him with the oil of gladness beyond His companions. (v 9) God created and founded the earth and heavens. (v 10) He remains. (v 11) We wear out. (v 11) We change like clothing. (v 12) But Jesus is the same, and His years will never end. (v 12) He rose from the dead. He cannot die again.
Jesus is more than His legacy. He is the Voice and breath of His Word coming alive within us by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Jn 1:12) This doesn’t happen through force, bloodshed, the will of the flesh, or by the will of man, but through God. (v 13) Since God created the universe and the Holy Spirit is everywhere in the universe, and the Holy Spirit reveals Who Jesus is inside of us, and we take on His character as we get to know Him, then we are one with Him making the universal prayer true: “Shema! –Hear!– Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One!”
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen His glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
Happy Birthday, Jesus! Merry Christmas to man and angels! ~k

Christmas Day Nativity of the Lord Proper III for 25 Dec 13 Gospel: John 1:1-14
Isaiah 52:7-10
52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

52:8 Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the LORD to Zion.

52:9 Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.

52:10 The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

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.

Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)
1:1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets,

1:2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.

1:3 He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

1:4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

1:5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?

1:6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

1:7 Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.”

1:8 But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.

1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

1:10 And, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands;

1:11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing;

1:12 like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end.”

John 1:1-14
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

1:3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being

1:4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

1:7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.

1:8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

1:10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.

1:11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.

1:12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,

1:13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

1:14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

The Conductor

24 Dec

Kathryn Hauser’s Special Reflection for Christmas Eve on 24 Dec 2013
The Conductor
Lord God, we are a people who have been walking in darkness and we have seen Your great Light. (Isa 9:2) Is it not like walking to an evening concert? Upon us Light has already shined (like a spotlight!), to those who live in a land of deep darkness. (v 2) Now we are like the audience waiting for the symphony to begin. The lights are low and the anticipation is high. Father, You have already multiplied the nation (v 3) of believers. You have increased our joy! (v 3)
Rev 14:2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
We rejoice before You as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. (Isa 9:3) We sing a New Song, for we have overcome by the blood of the Lamb, for we did not defile ourselves in this journey. (Rev 14:4) We were His firstfruits. (v 4) We didn’t lie. (v 5) You, God, have broken the yoke of our burdens (Isa 9:4), lifted the bar across our shoulders (v 4), and removed the rod of our oppressor. (v 4) All the boots of the trampling warriors were “burned” as fuel for the spiritual “fire.” (v 5) All the spiritual garments rolled in spiritual ‘blood” have also been “burned” as fuel for the holy fire. (Isa 9:5)
Rev 14:20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and [spiritual] blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.
Lightened from our burdens, we can dance with the Fruit of the [divine] Loom!
Rev 14:18 Still another angel, who had charge of the [spiritual] fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.”
Grapes don’t have to be sour. Some are quite sweet! The same is true for notes. Just like Lance Wallnau said, “Tuning up sounds like CHAOS until the Conductor arrives.” (Facebook, 23 Dec 13) We are here. The baton of the Conductor is poised and in the ready. He has tapped the music stand three times. His arms are raised. He counts out the rhythm to the musicians with his lips: Fear God, love Him, respect Him, and give Him glory! Worship Him! (Rev 14:7) And His arms come down and draw out the first note with purity and tenderness and great Love which swell into the whole concert hall:
Isa 9:6 For a child has been born for us, a Son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders; and He is named:
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
His [!] authority will grow continually (v 7) from now on. There will be endless peace for the throne of David and His kingdom.
Rev 4:6a Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
You, Jesus, will establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness. (Isa 9:7)
Rev 4:6b In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.
God sees. Justice and righteousness will rule from this time onward and forevermore. (Isa 9:7)
Rev 19:7 Let us rejoice and be glad
and give Him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and His bride has made herself ready.
The Zeal of the Lord will do this! (Isa 9:7) How? Tune in to Jesus!
“Do not be afraid!” Jesus told us at the beginning:
Rev 1:17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
“Do not worship another!” we were told in the middle:
Rev 19:10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”
“Do not be afraid!” we are told at the harvest:
Luke 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you Good News of great joy for all the people:
Jesus came in the flesh (v 7), even though there was no room for Him. (v 7) How prophetic! Just like our lives! But shepherds were living in the fields (v 8), keeping watch (v 8) and listening for the symphony to begin. They were keeping watch just as spiritual shepherds keep watch over their flocks today.
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. (v 9) And the same thing happened to today’s spiritual shepherds. And the sign today? (v 12) Jesus is within us to transform us from the inside out. It’s a partnership thing. (There’s your sign!) To proclaim the eternal Gospel (Rev 14:6) we can’t just watch and expect this to be an incarnate journey while remaining spectators. Nor does the mission of reconciliation start with M for might, but with M for meek. Power and authority are on HIS shoulders! (Isa 9:6) I make a point of bringing this up here and now, because every single time the spiritual shepherds and I have reached this juncture in every single learning curve loop and they haven’t known how to pigeon-hole me, they dive into more teachings on power and authority! And it happened again this week. So? The finger gets pointed back to God! Jesus is The Conductor of this symphony, and He has both power and authority. He set them aside to draw forth the music of the musicians. The New Song (Rev 14) of Reconciliation goes forth as our Great Conductor coaxes with His baton! Hark! The symphony has begun!
The turn of events at our intersection in this time-space continuum leads us to the same directives as the angels gave in Jesus’ day. There suddenly appears an angel with the multitude of the heavenly host praising God [!]:
Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom He favors!”
Sound familiar?
Rev 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God [!],
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God [!], 12 saying:
“Amen!
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God [!] for ever and ever.
Amen!”
Back in The Day, the shepherds went to check out Jesus. (Lk 2:16) Then they went out and shared their experiences. (v 17) Do today’s spiritual shepherds do the same? Some. Anyone who hears an authentic story is still amazed. (v 18)
And Mary? She treasures all these words and ponders them in her heart. (v 19) Even the shepherds did finally return (v 20), glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, as it had been told them. (v 20) They reported back the Good News as Mary held Jesus to her chest there in the barn.
This is the same commission for the Church-as-Bride! Show and tell!
Merry Christ to the masses! Yeeeeeeh Haw! ! ! ! ! ! !

Christmas Eve Nativity of the Lord Proper I for 24 Dec 13 Gospel: Luke 2:1-20
Isaiah 9:2-7
9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.

9:3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.

9:4 For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

9:5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

9:6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

9:7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

Psalm 96
96:1 O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

96:2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

96:3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.

96:4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.

96:5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

96:6 Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

96:7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

96:8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts.

96:9 Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.

96:10 Say among the nations, “The LORD is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.”

96:11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

96:12 let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

96:13 before the LORD; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.

Titus 2:11-14
2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,

2:12 training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly,

2:13 while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

2:14 He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)
2:1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.

2:2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

2:3 All went to their own towns to be registered.

2:4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.

2:5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

2:6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.

2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

2:8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

2:9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:

2:11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

2:12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”

2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

2:14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

2:15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

2:16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

2:17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;

2:18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

2:19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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22 Dec

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 04 Advent on 22 December 2013
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Prophecy is fulfilled at the powerful, soft, cellular, cosmic, maternal level. Were you expecting something BIG? Signs are signs. Deep and high. (Isa 7:11) Plus signs can be incarnate, words made fleshy within our blood and being.
Kim Clement said, “The perception of the presence of revelation, destiny, God’s angel or promise is NOT ENOUGH. Unless it is encountered, you will simply have a good feeling and then it’s gone.” (Wed, 18 Dec 13)
Encounter is real. Dear reader, do you know that EVERY single time I write a letter or post a message to a prophet or shepherd (which is almost every morning), at some point in that same day after I’ve gotten off the computer, I can actually FEEL it deep in my place of deep knowing (after hope has run its course) that the person will NOT write me back? Every single time! It is the same mechanism a loving mom has for her son and she “knows” when he’s going through a rough time, he’s a thousand miles away, he refuses to call, and she still “knows” what he’s going through in his heart-frequency-vibration. It’s not premonition. Premonition sees glimpses of the future. A woman’s intuition is in the blood. I’m not convinced that intuition is necessarily, automatically connected to deep love, (although it is much more powerful when it is.) This gift of perception is more than just a hunch, because when a woman’s guts are anchored in deep love, her faith moves mountains for her beloved. Her love is as deep as Sheol and as high as heaven. (Isa 7:10) Even as strong as her love is, there is nothing she can do but keep praying for and loving him. She can’t make her son love her. She can’t make him call home and reconnect, but she knows in her heart-guts when he’s going through a rough time.
God, You told Ahaz to ask a sign of the Lord. (Isa 7:11) Well, I did ask You for a sign and I did put You to the test, contrary to Ahaz’s behavior (v 12), which was to do nothing. I tested my gift of Discernment. Was my woman’s intuition the same as the gift of Discernment? I think it’s similar, but different. Lord, I’ve given You my past. And You promised to deliver beforehand through Your prophets in the Holy Scriptures. (Ro 1:2) I’ve given You my present. And You’ve set me apart for the gospel of God. (v 1) I can’t see my future because of the spiritual dust storm. It’s so thick it’s choking me! Israel’s been through this point before, so it’s not surprising that we are in it now. But, Father, You did promise:
Isaiah 7:16 For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings [Fear and Denial] you are in dread will be deserted.
I speak HOLINESS into the land! Jesus, You fought the religious spirits and their kingdoms and overcame with Your own life, so I have no doubt You’ll do the same again. You promised that “dread will be deserted.” At the same time I cry out to You:
Psalm 80:3 Restore us, O God; let Your face shine, that we may be saved. [Again!]

80:4 O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with Your people’s prayers?

80:5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure. [In Rev 18:6 we got a double portion!]
Holy God, please help! Please forgive and heal us at the systemic level. I still can’t even get a pen pal let alone a dialogue going between the Church and the prophets! Please help by Your power according to the Spirit of holiness which raised You from the dead. (Ro 1:4) Please help us to embrace the grace we have already received and connect us to the apostleship needed to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of Your Name (v 5), including us who claim to be Christians. (v 6) I state it again:
My mission is reconciliation!
There is a spiritual whirlwind being released from heaven right now. He has released a holy whirlwind from the Third Heaven (where God’s throne is) and Chuck Pierce has confirmed this. It is cutting through the Third and Second Heavens. (By way of explanation, the Third Heaven is where God’s throne is and the Second Heaven is the level where Satan stands and accuses us. Picture the two heavens like a courtroom scene. Satan is allowed access to the courtroom at the second level, but he doesn’t sit on the Judge’s bench, which is at the third tier.) In my journey I know that the prophets and the Churches have felt terribly wounded and offended by my reports back to God where I have told Him what I have seen (much like the news which Dreamcoat Joseph brought to his dad in Genesis 37:2) and this created quite a stir [wind]. I was in the courtroom, but I am not Satan. I am the court reporter. The Great Irony was that they assumed I was judging them and yet I wasn’t. I was reporting and I was trying (in vain) to correct the mess, so we wouldn’t be doomed to repeat it. Silly me. I was seeking relationship and dialogue. I wanted a conversation. (O, I am a woman!) I have tried to reconcile and failed. That was inevitable, as God has a penchant for giving us Impossible Missions in order to make Himself look good.
Now we are in the last Sunday of the Season of Advent. Advent means: “A coming into place, view or being; arrival.” There is an Arc from one Joseph (Gen 37) to another (Matt 1). The Church-as-conglomerate has treated me both like Dreamcoat Joseph on one hand and like Joseph did with Mary on the other hand:
Matthew 1:19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
So far, no one has fully awakened from “sleep,” (v 24) or done as the angel of the Lord commanded of him. (v 24)
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.
Mother Mary was the young woman the first time around in the cosmic loop for the Jews and she birthed Jesus, Immanuel. The Holy Spirit Himself will have to be the sign this time around for the Gentiles. The Church herself-as-ship is supposed to be the offspring, the son of the Son. (Isa 7:14) This son (Rev 12:5) was already saved by Jesus Immanuel (Mt 1:23), meaning “God with us,” (Isa 7:14) but the son forgot who he was and was snatched up to God and to His throne. (Rev 12:5) Now God is releasing systemic forgiveness and healing from His throne back to us. God has promised that “dread will be deserted” before we know how to refuse. (Isaiah 7:16) Speaking of which: I’ve been trying to reach Bobby Conner for days. He’s like the First Chair violin in the prophetic orchestra. (Rev 14:2-3) I’m in the prompter’s pit giving cues to the dancers off stage to get ready. Everyone’s waiting and Jesus’ baton is raised for the Grand Symphony to begin. But where’s Bobby? The First String tunes up the rest of the orchestra so that all are in tune with the same note.
Lord, bring in Your righteousness for Your own Name’s sake. Begin Your New Song! (Rev 14) Bring in Your rich harmony working together in us and in accord with Your Conductor’s score. Give us all back to ourselves in the purity and holiness of divine covenantal relationship, which we once knew with You. Commence with the Great Awakening! Amen!

04 Advent 22 December 2013 Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25
Isaiah 7:10-16
7:10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying,

7:11 Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.

7:12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.

7:13 Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also?

7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.

7:15 He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.

7:16 For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth

80:2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!

80:3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

80:4 O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

80:5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.

80:6 You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.

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

80:17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.

80:18 Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.

80:19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Romans 1:1-7
1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

1:2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures,

1:3 the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh

1:4 and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

1:5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name,

1:6 including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

1:7 To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 1:18-25
1:18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

1:19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.

1:20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

1:21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

1:22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

1:23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

1:24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife,

1:25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

What Do You See?

16 Dec

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 03 Advent on 15 December 2013
What Do You See?
Question from my best friend: “Is endless, habitual analyzing what stalled people do when they can’t go forward?”
Matthew 11:7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?
Gee: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Impossible Mission Objective: Reconciliation of the Prophets and the Churches
Task: Your mission, Kathryn, should you choose to accept it, is to get My people to shift from virtual talking to real engagement.
Results so far: Zip. Nada. More firewalls. We went through these spiritual firewalls three years ago in Advent 2010. Now it’s coming around again. The number Two signifies completion of a cycle. So hitting this second firewall is good news in that we’re approaching closure. But we’re still not there yet.
The only comfort is knowing that God is in control! The tension is thick. To my knowledge, though, in physics a line of tension DOES break! The question is, “How will the tension break?” When tension is created by two forces of equal strength (Church and prophets) then the two forces cancel each other out and they maintain their own equilibrium, so nothing changes and the tension is stabilized. So how will this tension line break? It can only come by God’s INTERVENTION!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 8:24 am Me to my best friend:
I loved what you wrote: “I see you struggle and fight to maintain your faith in the mission. Your strength is endless, your willingness to go on fighting and be leaving [believing] is undaunted . God choose you because you are strong and innocent . I remember when I didn’t think and analyze, I just did. When life was just involvement . I worried, I was scared, I was broken- hearted, I was brave, I was resolute, I was wrong and I was soooo right . I wonder- is the endless analyzing habitual? what stalled people do when they can’t go forward?”
This morning when I got on Facebook I saw that the Elijah List had posted Robert Hotchkin’s piece yesterday, and what he’d written had tied in with this coming Sunday’s gospel lesson, so I nabbed the opportunity to write (yet one more time!):
[To the Elijah List on Facebook:] I’ve been praying and meditating this week through Matthew 11. Jesus told the imprisoned John the Baptist (through his friends/disciples)
Matthew 11:6 “And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at Me.”
We are to take no offense at Him. I found the wording surprising. It also follows what Robert Hotchkin prays: “We will be a people who are unoffendable. That no matter how we are treated, we will refuse offense and continue to love.”
I believe there are at least two parts to “bearing fruit worthy of repentance” (Mt 3:8): 1) remaining in sanctified detachment (ie, taking no offense), and 2) Go and Tell. (Mt 11:4) Telling others what we hear and see God doing builds encouragement and community, so that we are not a reed shaken by the wind. (v 7) The ones in the spiritual “storms” of learning how not to take offense need encouragement and to know what God is doing, because inside a storm, the believer only has his own faith to go on. And that can be scary. That can often be very isolating. Isolation causes, germinates, and breeds Doubt. (v 3) In my personal journey I have thrived by asking God to show me how He’s answered my prayers and fulfilled prophecy. And I move forward by trying; not by waiting in stagnation for a pre-conceived answer, but by listening to His leadership while keeping the mission in mind. My mission is reconciliation! ~k
Maybe you’re right. Maybe over-analyzing is a part of trauma. Did I traumatize them? Or is that question egocentric in itself? These people God sent me to seem to be stalled in endless, habitual, analyzing and they can’t go forward, breaking the barrier from virtual to real. Still no engagement from anyone! I even wrote Doug Addison about being present at his event in Ventura on Saturday evening. No reaction. Not even, “Well, good, we’ll start the bonfire before you get here, so by the time we burn you at the stake, you won’t feel a thing from the intense heat! We’ll bring the hotdogs and marshmallows. You just show up. We’ve got plenty of firewood. …” On the energetic front, there are times when I can feel a palpable pillow of grace, openness, nurture, loving-kindness, and welcome. I relish those times! Then I am absolutely assaulted by a spirit of Contempt that is ugly beyond words. And still I am held in this prison of silence while the Church and the prophets do…Nothing! Until both sides confess that God was right, we will be stuck in this loop. It is as simple as that.
I still haven’t written my Reflection for this coming Sunday. I had a few thoughts stay and play in my mind yesterday, but I have no motivation to pick up the pen. I didn’t even journal yesterday! How does one stay motivated when the ones God sent me to don’t care? I get it; God sent me on an Impossible Mission. That’s His M.O. Well, He can have them! They can analyze me, God, this mission, their sins, my cajones, their assumptions on my motivations, their assumptions on God’s goodness, and all the whole mountain of shit. God can have it! It’s too big for me. So Fine! God can have it all! Fine! I let it go! I let it all go……………………….! I am “stalled into motionless hell!” It feels just like you said: hogtied. If I move, the rope tightens. I cannot fight, or run; although I do interject because I cannot shut up. (I wonder if that is a “gift” of being a prophet? Or a woman?)
Maybe that’s the only way for this journey to go from virtual to real?
I join your words: “I get to think what I want. I get to hunger for what i want. I get to set the value point on what is important for me. He can judge but I don’t care. I DON”T CARE! I am awake and I am.”
YES! I AM AWAKE AND I AM! I WANT EMERSION!
I, too, love them. I will take care of them. I will watch over their spirit and Body, but I will take care of me.
Mine, too: “There is no quiet of the tomb where my spirit lives. It smells of life and is dirty, beautiful, dangerous, safe, painful, heart- expanding, warmth; it is amazing and filled with excitement, sometime wanton, sometimes sweet; it is never in bondage, and never, never numb .”
And so it is!
Can you play today? ~k
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Journal:
“What did you go out into the wilderness to look at?” (Mt 11:7)
“What then did you go out to see?” (v 8)
“What then did you go out to see?” (v 9)
How can we see a message of Good News which we cannot “hear”?
‘See [!], I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ (v 10)
I remember from the cobwebs of my brain somewhere that someone said a Seer can prophetically “see” and a Prophet can prophetically “hear.” And the messenger? Irrelevant. It’s the Message that’s important, not the messenger.
O self, what do you “see”? I “see” through hearing. Most often I “hear” the spiritual realm and then put words to it to describe what I “hear” so others can “see” it through my words. No one has laid hands on this and acknowledged this as a gift. Many have wanted to lay hands on me to throttle me, but I have not seen that as a gift! It is much better to celebrate gifts, don’tcha think? Blessed is he who does what the Holy Spirit says!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5 pm Journal: The Old Testament Reading for 03 Advent:
Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus …
“Dry land shall be glad.”
Hmmm…
After the flood rains stopped, Noah sent out a raven. (Gen 8:7) and then later a dove. (v 8) The dove could find no place to rest on dry land so it came back to Noah. (v 9) A week later he sent out the dove again. (v 10) This time the dove returned with a freshly picked olive leaf. (v 11) A week after that Noah sent out the dove and this time it did not return. (v 12) The dry land was glad (Isa 35:1) and the dove got her freedom. That day Noah lost a friend in the dove and gained a paradise. Sometimes when we let Love go it comes back to us more mature, and sometimes it goes on to seek its own life.
I was thinking about this today. In every deep relationship I’ve had in my life, I’ve reached a point where I’ve had to let the other go, not in anger, manipulation, fear, or inverse need, but from a space of genuine release. I let the other go to find their way on their own terms. Sometimes the other came back and sometimes the other didn’t. In the interim there was a type of longing – what’s the word? – missing?, but there was no anguish, because I had released the other in love and my heart was given grace to create open space for the other to choose to stay or choose to go.
Today I choose to respectfully let the prophets and the Churches go. I release you to be you and me to be me. A relationship is real. Our relationship is real. A relationship goes three ways. We have a communication void. Nature abhors a vacuum, so I know that whatever you choose, God will fill the space with His Love and Goodness. I hold out my heart and hands in love. My love never left you. I was honest with you. I was real with you. I was both tickled at times and exasperated by you at other times. By grace, I kept my sense of humor when that’s all I had left, and still I loved you. I love you enough to let you go to choose if you want a relationship with me. My door is open. I’ll leave the Light on for you.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM From Fr David again: subject: RE: You Can Be a Carrier of His Fire!
Let me know if you should ever want to get together for coffee.
Fr. David
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:40 am Me to Fr David: Thank you, Fr David. The desire to get together for coffee is still there. I am also on a mission of reconciliation. So I’m wondering if you’d care to join me at the New Wine House of Prayer to meet Doug Addison on Saturday evening. I’ve never met Doug in person, but his words ring true. Check him out on Facebook. This is from the flyer: …
There are times when we have to shift our awareness, and I think we could all take this sound advice to heart:
“Watch for a change of viewpoint. You will have to do some listening to grasp all that is happening.” (Doug Addison, 12 Dec 13)
Even those who don’t buy into the prophetic can benefit from a change in viewpoint.
In any case, I’ll be there Saturday night, and I extend a hand in invitation for you to join me if you wish. ~k
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM From Fr David; subject: Re: You Can Be a Carrier of His Fire!
Sounds interesting and I hope you find it to be a good expression of how god is speaking to you. Unfortunately, I can not join you on Saturday evening as I have a previous engagement. Do let me know how it goes
Fr David
Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:18 am in an attachment (and again at 10:30 am: God, communication should not be this hard!) I took my piece “Noah and the Dove” and framed it around the question “What do you see?” and sent it to Sandie Freed.
Today: Friday, December 13, 2013 [Another redemptive Golgotha Friday?]
From: Kathryn Hauser
To: Sandie Freed
Declaration: My God, THIS IS REAL!
Dear Sandie Freed:
I send you my weekly Reflections, so I believe you know me through my writings.
I trust your prophetic sight. In an attempt to be on healthy watch and to guard my mission of reconciliation in a balanced, mature way, I am sharing this week with you. You said:
“We are being divinely positioned to obtain unlimited access to hidden mysteries. However, if we are not on guard, unbelief will negate our faith for the supernatural suddenlies and breakthroughs God has planned for each of us.” (“God Is Holding an Open Book”, Elijah List, 12 Dec 13)
Please tell me: ‘What do you see?’ (Mt 11:7) …
Do you see reconciliation here? What do you see?
I see more stagnation.
Can you help? I bless you. Is your way sufficiently prepared before you? (Mt 11:10)
~Kathryn
[Received silence.]
Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:12 am Doug Addison posted a song by Johnny Nash, “I Can See Clearly Now” (1973)
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 6:46 am Yesterday I saw that Doug Addison had posted his December word on Facebook: “New Creative Flow From Heaven” (12 Dec 13)
Dear Doug, You said people got healed by God’s power of the Holy Spirit without anyone laying hands on them. I would like to contribute that there are times (as described in scripture) when it is necessary to lay hands on to acknowledge God’s spiritual gifts in another, so that all may give glory to God and celebrate. Healing itself comes through this public display of laying on of hands; not so much for the individual, but for the people’s sake, and giving back to God in gratitude for what He gave us. In my journey the laying on of hands never took place. As you said, the spiritual gifts could not move freely in churches. Are you open to partnering with God tonight in Ventura and laying hands on me to unleash the movement of the Holy Spirit as God directs? ~k
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:15 am Journal: A life principal for us women is: “The better you make your husband look, the better you look.” Is this another dimension of “take no offense” (Mt 11:6)?
Lord, You are my “Husband” by mystical marriage. I see You trying in every way possible to communicate Your provision and Good News message. You have asked us to do the same. Help me to make You look good through my being as I partner with You into our day. I don’t know what I will see today, but last night I know You started a fresh prayer within me:
“I breathe Love into the rock to shatter it.”
In my mind’s eye I had shifted from visualizing “rolling the stone away” (all the “stones” of every thought, feeling, memory, awareness, and assumption that surfaced) to actually shattering the spiritual “meteorite shower” into dust by blessing it with Love. Lord, You have already provided a “highway” called the Holy Way (Isa 35:8) in this wilderness. You really have prepared the way (Mt 11:10) and all You’ve asked us to do is to remember Your mercy. (Lk 1:54) Help me to be like Mary in her Magnifikat (Lk 1:46-55) as her soul magnified the Lord. (v 46) I know I am a far cry from my sweet Mother-in-Law, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to be like her, or at least have some of her Spirit. I just want to make You look good, Jesus. Help me to step out of Your way so that we all can get on Your Holy Way (Isa 35:8). Amen.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9:30 pm Journal: There was no laying on of hands at Doug’s gathering, but the crowd passed around hugs. Doug has some exciting programs and ministries, especially in loving those who have been hurt by the Church. His word is fresh! I bless him.
Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4:23 am I survived a night of food poisoning from left-overs. I worked on editing the draft of this Reflection for an hour and went back to bed. It didn’t get done.
Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:26 am I slept pretty much for twenty-four hours. Lord, is this how You helped me to step out of Your way?
Matthew 11:6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at Me.”

03 Advent 15 December 2013 Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11
Isaiah 35:1-10
35:1 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus

35:2 it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.

35:3 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.

35:4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”

35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

35:6 then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;

35:7 the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

35:8 A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.

35:9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.

35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Psalm 146:5-10
146:5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God,

146:6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;

146:7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free;

146:8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.

146:9 The LORD watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

146:10 The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD!

Luke 1:46b-55
1:46b My soul magnifies the Lord,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James 5:7-10
5:7 Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.

5:8 You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.

5:9 Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors!

5:10 As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Matthew 11:2-11
11:2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples

11:3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”

11:4 Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:

11:5 the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.

11:6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

11:7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?

11:8 What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces.

11:9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

11:10 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’

11:11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

All For a Cup of Coffee

8 Dec

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 02 Advent on 08 December 2013
All For a Cup of Coffee
The voice
Matthew 3:3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The VOICE of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.'”
Last Sunday I posted my Reflection, “I Will Seek Your Good” and that very same day this selection for the Verse of the Day arrived in my inbox:
Sunday, December 01, 2013 Bible Gateway’s Verse of the Day:
John 1:1-2, 14 (The Voice translation) –
“This Gospel begins not with Jesus’ birth or John’s baptism but with a deliberate echo of the creation story in Genesis. It takes us back before time began to the moment when God interrupts the silence and speaks the cosmos into existence. Only John’s Gospel names Jesus as the Logos and declares that He existed long before time was measured. This Greek word carries a variety of meanings, all relating to the act of speaking. It could be translated “word,” a thought that comes to expression, message, declaration, reason, or the content of preaching; most are found in various translations. It is clear that John means that logos is declared to all creation. John’s use of logos is unique and has often been rendered as “Word.” While this is a useful translation, even a casual understanding demonstrates that “Word” reflects only part of its meaning. Most readers will interpret “word” as a unit of language—a combination of sounds generally spoken but also written—that carries meaning. To understand what John means, readers need something more than their cultural understanding of “word”; they need a new way of thinking about it. This is why we have chosen to offer another rendering, an interpretive, poetic translation, of what may be one of the most theologically loaded words in Scripture. Since logos essentially refers to the act of speaking or bringing thoughts to expression, we have decided to use the word “voice” [!] to capture that reality. John declares that truth has culminated in the person of Jesus. No single word captures the complete meaning of logos, but “voice” has a number of advantages. First, “voice” manifests the act of speaking. Voice is that which is spoken and that which is heard [!]; it comes on both [!] sides of any communication event [!], bridging the gap between sender and receiver [!].”
[Me: So, why is it that I cannot bridge the communication gap between the prophets and the Churches when we are saying the same things? Ya’ think we have some more prophecy being fulfilled? There were two groups which Jesus and John the B addressed. (Matthew 3:7) So, who warned you? (v 7) Was it not the Holy Spirit Who did (and does) the gut warnings within our beings? The P and S (Pharisees and Sadducees) tried to flee the wrath of God, but Jesus was massively clear about His identity, and John was exceedingly clear about deferring to Him. (v 11) To my knowledge only One can fill the shoes of Messiah, and that is Jesus Christ! That identity is already taken. So what’s left? The voice that testifies to Him! (Rev 22:16) So why is there still talk rumbling on about identity in the prophetic circles? It’s the Message not the messenger that is important! Fellas, getta grip! (Then let it go!)]
BG continues: “John intends that in Jesus God is speaking and revealing Himself to the world. Second, a voice is distinct and personal. We can distinguish people from one another simply by their voices. In John 10 Jesus describes the fact that the sheep hear the voice of the shepherd when he calls and they follow, but they refuse to follow a stranger because they do not know his voice (John 10:1-5). John desires that we know Jesus as the Son of God and believe in Him personally as the Good Shepherd. Third, “voice” is dynamic in that it reflects the robust and powerful activity of a living God. It is historical in that any act of speaking comes to expression and takes place in the real world as a “voice” calling [!-Hello?], demanding a response [!]. It challenges any notion that the Christian faith can be reduced to rules, propositions, or doctrines that can be merely believed or dismissed and not lived out in our lives [!]. Since in Jesus God is speaking and revealing Himself to the world, and since in Jesus we hear the Voice of God, then this new reality changes everything so we, too, must change [!]. In the beginning Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God. This celestial Word remained ever present with the Creator; The Voice took on flesh and became human and chose to live alongside us [!]. We have seen Him, enveloped in undeniable splendor—the one true Son of the Father—evidenced in the perfect balance of grace and truth.”
Me: The Voice really did take on flesh and became human and chose to live alongside us. He did it in Jesus and does it in every one of us who listens to Him because we change from the inside out, too! So, who’s doing the changing in my orbit? If I changed anymore I’d morph and then I wouldn’t be me, and that would corrupt the message. Repentance is about turning around and getting back on God’s balanced, harmonic track.
Journal: Monday, December 02, 2013 at 10:56 am
Who was Jesse?
“Stump of Jesse”
Isaiah 11:1 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
My mission is the reconciliation of the Churches through the prophets as we are all one family. But still there is no personal engagement, only virtual. I’m stumped. Where’s Jesse? (Isa 11:1)
Yesterday, a pastor posted on Twitter (which came up on Facebook):
“When u live consumed with a passion for God’s purposes u won’t wear out.”
The great irony was that I saw one of his followers say: “True. True. True. Always True.”
This SOOOO reminds me of the Dufflepuds in CS Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader where the Duffles ALWAYS agreed with their leader no matter what he said.
And my take on this? Yawn. It’s easy for anyone to keep up their passion and not wear out if all he has around him are Yes Men, who say what he wants to hear. That way they don’t have to listen to and engage (ie, apply!) the repentance message! But talking to him is like cooking an egg in a Teflon pan. It heats up, cooks over-easy, and then slides right off.
I raised an additional ironic eyebrow on the “won’t wear out.” The Israelites’ clothes did not wear out during their forty years in the wilderness (Dt 8:4), nor did their feet swell. (v 4) The Israelites may have had Teflon-like protection, but I suspect their passion really did wear out even though their physical needs were met. If their passion hadn’t worn out, then why would God have had to tell them so many times to be strong and courageous? How many times just in Joshua Chapter 1 did God have to tell them to be strong and courageous? Hmmm… (Joshua 1:6, 7, 9, 18) … that’s four times in one small chapter! And God gives instructions:
Joshua 1: 14 Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle, must cross over ahead [!] of your fellow Israelites. You are to help them [!] 15 until the LORD gives them [the fighting men] rest, as he has done for you, and until [!] they too have taken possession of the land the LORD your God is giving them. After that [!], you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise.”
The ‘Sons of Issachar’ must cross over to engage the Church ahead of their fellow prophets (and ahead of the general Church-at-large.) They are to help the Church until the Lord gives them rest, as He as done for them in their personal journeys, and until they have made peace in this religious land which is so foreign to them. For the land of doctrine and ritual is totally alien to the prophets. But if they really listened and watched, I’m sure they’d be amazed at how they’d see many, many Biblical symbols come to life with much richer meaning.
Each Church has their favorite cause, but not one ever addressed the issues in their own house before tackling an issue to help beyond their borders. They bypassed the home-hearth to pick up the Crusade somewhere else. Then they tried to ride the circuit wave. Yep, passion does go pretty far. At the cost of how many dead bodies? Just so you can protect your cause-gone-idol? So you don’t have to look at the thorn in your own paw?
12:22 pm So, who was Jesse? (Isa 11:1) He was King David’s father. The prophet Samuel was sent to Jesse to select a king for Israel from among his sons. (1 Sam 16:1) Seven of Jesse’s sons paraded in front of Samuel and the Lord chose none of them. (v 10) I imagine it must have been like Prince Charming going around the kingdom trying on the glass slipper until he found Cinderella. In the biblical story, the shepherd boy David was “Cinderella.” He had to be called in from the pasture. Cindy had to crash the party at the front door, — or something —I’m a bit rusty on my fairy tales now that I don’t work with the developmentally disabled population. In any case, I’m feeling stumped. Stump of Jesse! The Holy Spirit passed over seven of Jesse’s sons just as He passed over all seven of the Seven Churches. “The LORD has not chosen these.” (v 10) And yet God wants to reconcile the Churches.
More Stumped
Monday, December 02, 2013 at 6:27 am I posted to Lance Wallnau on Facebook:
Dear Lance,
I’ve been thinking some more about this idea of favor and your question: “Do you understand what it is that favor comes to accomplish?” In my case with the Church and the prophets, FAVOR is supposed to accomplish reconciliation. I have no idea where decisions are being made. I have conveyed the message: The prophets are supposed to go to the priest. (Dt 26:3)
In my special Reflection for Thanksgiving Day (“A World Within a World”) I had written:
“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)”
They do know the details. There is no confusion. So I ask of you, Lance, to please connect Bobby Conner and the ‘Sons of Issachar’ with Fr David Galletly in Thousand Oaks, CA. Fr David has the gift of mercy. You said: “Favor releases divine promotability on your life in the presence of rulers.” Are the spiritual “rulers” thinking of the people? I really don’t know what they’re thinking. You said:
… “In every case favor opened a door to the top and presented a gate where Gods people “sat with their enemies at the gate” and safeguarded their fellow Jews by being present where the decisions were made.”
Are God’s people sitting with their enemies at the gate and safeguarding their fellow Christians by being present where the decisions are being made? If so, are they just gonna keep sitting there? That’s the same old thing they’ve been doing all along: Guarding the tomb. (Mt 27:64) Jesus came as a servant on behalf of the Truth of God. (Rom 15:8) He confirmed the promises given to the patriarchs. (v 8) He came so that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy. (v 9) We are to confess Christ among the Gentiles (v 9) and sing praises to His name! (v 9) How are the Gentiles supposed to rejoice with His people (v 10) if the leaders are still mute and frozen? And Untouchable. John the Baptist told the Pharisees and Sadducees (Mt 3:7):
Mt 3:8 Bear fruit worthy of repentance.
Someone on Facebook quoted: “Favor is the affection of God towards you that releases an influence through you so that other people are inclined to like, trust and cooperate w/you.” Well, I truly need the affection of God, because a repentance message has never been a popular one throughout history, and I picked up my camel hair cloak and leather belt (Mt 3:4) from the dry cleaners, so it is fresh. [Tongue in cheek.] ~ kh
So now, I guess my question is, since God passed over seven of Jesse’s sons, and God passed over the Seven Churches, then do Bobby and Fr David form a “branch” (branches) that shall grow out of Jesus’ roots? (Isa 11:1) Jesus is the “shoot” that comes out of the “stump of Jesse” [King David], right? (v 1) The Spirit of the LORD rests upon Jesus (v 2), right? Aren’t they supposed to stand as a signal to the peoples? (v 10)
Isa 11:10 On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.
Lord, are we “on that Day” yet?
A tree is supposed to produce fruit worthy of repentance. (Mt 3:8) Lord, would You please graft the “branches” of the prophets and the Churches into Your healthy Tree of LIFE? So far You’ve done all the work of raising up the “stones” as Children of Abraham (v 9). You told us not to presume (v 9) and yet we have done precisely what You told us NOT to do. (v 9) Lord, PLEASE baptize us with the “fire” of Your Holy Spirit! (v 11)
Me, Lance, and More Camels
Lance Wallnau: “In Hebrew the letters represent both numbers and words. Pretty cool, huh? So a “3” is also the “Gimmel” but it is also the world for CAMEL.” (Posted on 02 Dec 13)
Me to myself: I had made contact. … I had reached out. …
Guardian Angel: Try. That’s all God asks of any of us. All we can do is try.
Still waiting and lumbering like a camel across the desert! …
Is this journey just a mirage?
The Voice: “Stand as a signal” … (Isa 11:10)
Me to Lance on Facebook: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 at 8:22 am
Dear Lance,
You asked in another article: “Do you understand what it is that favor comes to accomplish?”
Trumpet: In my case with the Church and the prophets, FAVOR is supposed to accomplish reconciliation.
You said in this article: “The camel is the cruise ship of the dessert that carries the treasure or resource.”
Trumpet: It was also a camel which carried Rachel’s household idols in the saddlebags. (Gen 31:34) The Church has been sitting on her idols. [Gasp!]
You said: “When the old source dried up God caused the man of God to cross over into a realm outside of the RELIGIOUS SYSTEMS of that day.”
Trumpet: The company of prophets is outside the religious systems of our day. Just like Joshua, we are called to cross over our “Jordan” [fears] ahead of our fellow Christians (Joshua 1:14) and to help them make peace in the old religious land, which is so foreign to them. (v 15) After all, Sandie Freed did speak Truth when she said that the Church does not believe there have been prophets since John the Baptist. So I challenge the prophets to upgrade their identity and confront the lie.
You said: “The “4” for 2014 is the new piece to the puzzle. It’s the word “Dalet” and is a Hebrew word for “door.” It is also a word symbolizing a poor man receiving from a rich man.”
Trumpet: The Church is the “poor man.” (Rev 3:17) The prophets must literally walk through the Church-as-Institution’s doors! This is not a virtual head trip or a prayer day hike! This is REAL! I don’t buy the argument that crossing over the dried up resources of old religious systems (like dancing on a grave?) is a message of reconciliation. That’s a message of avoidance and cowardice. Four times just in Joshua Chapter 1 God told the Israelites to be strong and courageous!
You said: “A Gentile woman and her son will be taken care of along with the Prophet!”
Trumpet: I am a woman of God from the religious camp and have “crossed over” into the prophetic camp. Both camps are God’s domain, so why are the Churches and the prophets still presuming that God will do all the work to raise up “stones” of Abraham (Mt 3:9), when we are called to testify? (Rev 12:11; Rev 22:16) My testimony (Bride’s Voice) is now 1,844 pages [!] long and stands at 1,001,720 (that’s million) words. And it’s still growing. How is the “Tree Shoot” [Jesus], which came out of the stump of Jesse (Isa 11:1), supposed to branch out, when the Church and the prophets are still sitting on their saddlebagged camels? (Remember the strain of the camel through the eye of the needle? (Mt 19:24)) Are they really that comfortable? Or are they brooding? (Mt 3:7)
Trumpet: We all have gifts and the gifts compliment one another. In a previous post I had asked you to connect Fr David Galletly and Bobby Conner. I said that Fr David has the gift of Mercy. Bobby Conner has the gift of Truth. Our gifts and callings are irrevocable. (Ro 11:29) Truth is balanced with mercy. Hello? There’s your “door” – “Dalet” – “poor man receiving from a rich man.”) Have you ever met someone with the gift of Mercy? Now that’s a rich gift! If the brook of resources is dried up, then walk on dry land! (Jos 3:17) But where are they walking to? In more circles? How much courage does it take for Truth to meet Mercy? If Jacob could meet Esau (Gen 33:4) then why can’t the ‘Sons of Issachar’ (company of prophets) meet the priest? ~kh
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 at 5:14 pm My priest left a message on my phone that we should get together for coffee.
And my feelings? Doesn’t a chariot have two wheels? Where are the prophets? For the sake of God’s kingdom and reconciliation, both sides of the Church AND the Prophets must meet at the table. We can’t make His paths straight if we’re on a lopsided chariot with only one wheel.
Matthew 3:3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight [!].'”
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM Jim Goll said in his monthly word: “You Can Be a Carrier of His Fire!”
Live Coals of Fire!
“Here Am I, Send Me!
…During that time, I heard the Lord say to me, “I am coming to see if there is any fire on your altar.” That was a little scary to me. After all, I had written about this and taught it. I had loved it and tried to impart it to others. Now the Lord Himself was saying to me, “I’m going to do a house inspection and see if there is anything more than just talk and revelation and gifts.”
… With holy yearnings, this is my Epistle of Passion written to you!”
James W. Goll
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm Lance Wallnau posted on Facebook: “You Are Confined Only By the Walls You Build Yourself.”
[Me: Oh, really? Is that what Jesus told John the Baptist when JB was thrown in prison? Or did Jesus send him encouragement? (Jn 11:4)
And still the silence of solitary confinement drones on because three cannot connect.]
Lance: “God isn’t looking for you to have SUCCESS, He’s looking for you to have PRE-EMINENCE!
Your challenge is to carve out a unique place in the conversation occurring in your field. You have something original in you – if you just dig deep enough. Let other people compare themselves to each other and struggle over who is king of the hill.”
[Me to myself: And how do I get them talking together when everything in this world seems to be virtual rather than incarnate real?]
Then the following morning I opened my inbox. I had JUST had a discussion last night with Jesus over the word “thief,” because Satan’s job is to steal, kill, and destroy (Jn 10:10), which makes him a thief, but Jesus calls Himself a “thief” in Revelation 16, so I was stumped again. Clearly there’s been a lot of messages that aren’t getting to the intended parties and thievery is afoot. Words are being stolen, just as God said would happen! (Jeremiah 23:29-32) The Lord wasn’t making this virtual to incarnate slope any easier by messin’ with terms.
Rev 16: 15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
Now this verse translation from John showed up in my inbox and this made sense, so I didn’t feel quite so stumped over Jesse-Jesus and terms. Now I was just still stumped over us humans and our lack of being able to come together to reconcile by crossing the great canyon of the Grand Silence.]
Bible Gateway Verse of the Day: John 10:7, 9-10 (The Voice)
So He explained further.
Jesus: I tell you the truth: I am the gate of the sheep. I am the gate; whoever enters through Me will be liberated, will go in and go out, and will find pastures. The thief approaches with malicious intent, looking to steal, slaughter, and destroy; I came to give life with joy and abundance.
Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 8:54 am I sent this email to James Goll as Reply to his monthly word, “You Can Be a Carrier of His Fire!”:
Passion for Christ
Dr Jim, I have not found anything more than just talk and revelation and gifts (Jeremiah 23:16-40 fulfilled). To turn the tides from virtual to incarnate, would you care to join Fr David Galletly and me at the table? ~Kathryn Hauser
Thursday, December 05, 2013 at 8:59 am I forwarded the same to Fr David, so we’d all be “on the same page.” Also, I wanted to convey the message that once prophecy has been fulfilled; forgive, acknowledge, bless and let it go!
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM From Fr David: subject: RE: You Can Be a Carrier of His Fire!
Hi, Kathryn!
How are you?
It’s great to hear from you, and I hope you got my phone message from yesterday.
Call of e-mail back if you are in the area and have time for a cup of coffee.
Fr. David
Clearly Fr David was trying to make a connection. This was one arm. We need two …
But what’s this?…
Oh…
Friday, December 06, 2013 Silence from the prophets. Well, I should say silence on the incarnate level. In the Astros there was plenty of screaming:
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 6:21 AM On the Elijah List: subject: Bob Jones: People Are Issuing False Decrees Against America!
Friday, December 06, 2013 Then I saw this Huffington Post Headline: “Louie Gohmert: Atheists Should Encourage Worship To Protect The Country!”
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM [Later insert: Part of the swirl, nonetheless.] Kim Clement: subject: The Wind, the Fire and the Shift About to Take Place
I looked at these and I saw the energetic swirl. Just because my head knows and my eyes “see,” doesn’t mean I can do anything about it. The head is no comfort. Only Jesus can intervene to make Himself known in a way that people understand. And it’s true; people really should “encourage worship to protect the country”!
I anchored in my covenantal relationship with Jesus Christ and dove into prayer below the swirl.
Friday, December 06, 2013 at 8:23 am I turned my attention to my task at hand (literally) and wrote. Me to Fr David:
Good to hear from you, too, Fr David! I did get your phone message; thank you so much! I am keeping the invitation for coffee in mind. The Wisdom part of my heart knows that someone from the prophet camp should be present at the table with us. I will explain:
God wants to use the prophets to instigate the reconciliation of the Churches. For at least the last year, the prophets have confirmed this vision through their daily and monthly writings. The catch is that I cannot engage them. They remain untouchable. The prophets are mute and detached no matter how clear I am (and the prophets are really hammering the word “clarity” right now.) I’m really glad God is in the miracle business, because this is another Mission Impossible. I know. I’ve tried. Can’t do it. All the more room for God to show off!
I am well. Thank you for asking. I am still parking and praying all day, every day in my car and am heading into my seventh Christmas of doing this. I understand God a bit more now and the humans a whole lot less. What a crazy-mad, mashugana, journey! Other than that I am sane and at peace in my blood.
I should go around singing this chorus about myself in honor of the ‘Sound of Music’ coming back around:
“How do you solve a problem like Maria? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?”
Oy vey! ~k
Friday, December 06, 2013 at ~ 9 am I got on Facebook and saw Lance Wallnau’s post:
“Stop trying to make ends meet and start making endings. What you are called to do is too important to dissipate in trying to fit into other peoples worlds or agendas. It is time you let the world feel the impact of a new idea. [Me: Reconciliation is a terribly old idea.] Originality has boldness in it. Be an original. You’ll find that the clearer you are the more bold you will be. You are authorized to make things happen.”

“Stop making ends meet and begin making clear endings. You know you have a clear ending when you have new starts. DO the thing you’ve been afraid to do.”” (Posted 06 Dec 13 at 1:03 am)
Friday, December 06, 2013 at 11:11 am I had logged off the computer and then got back on. (I needed to pray in some courage first.) Then I wrote Lance back on Facebook:
Ok, Lance, I will do the bold thing I’ve been afraid to do. I invite YOU to come have coffee with Fr David Galletly and me. To my knowledge, chariots have two wheels. [Smile!] ~k
[Ended up receiving silence.]
Friday, December 06, 2013 at 3:15 pm Lance posted generally: “True Artists Simplify”
Saturday, December 07, 2013 at 2:10 am Lance posted: [and at 9:23 am I posted my comments. You know how I just can’t shut up…]
“Stars can’t shine without darkness. [Stars also need encouragement before they go out altogether.]

According to 2nd Peter the Morningstar shines at night from within. It is an internal guidance when all around is black. It “rises within you…”
…The term “Morningstar” caught my attention in all this drama. It’s an interesting term used in the book of Revelations chapter 2 to describe those who OVERCOME JEZEBEL. [Excuse me, is there a lie being perpetrated against me that I am perhaps Jezebel incarnate? If that’s the case, that sucks. If it is paranoia on my part because of years of solitary confinement due to preaching the Repentance Message, then I am “beheaded” again, and that sucks.]

“To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery —just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the MORNING STAR.” In Revelations chapter 2, the “morning star” is a reward for overcoming Jezebel.
We expect this “rule” when Jesus returns, but what about till then?

Jezebel is not just a seducing power but a political power. It wants to cut off the prophetic voice [!]. Symbolized in the team that cut off the head and voice of the Prophet John the baptist. [That’s what I have been saying, too!] Herod’s wife (politics) and dancing daughter (seduction) are a team. In Washington DC this spirit is so strong it almost suffocating.

Jezebel is involved with religious control. [I know! That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you! I’ve been trying to break that religious spirit of control for almost seven years now!] She was all about false Baal worship and even confronted Elijah. [There are clearly times when I feel like Elijah, and I have been “confronted” [more like bulldozed and pulverized] by Jezebel several times. There are no polite words for her spirit.] This is a religious political spirit [absolutely true] – and it is even in church today [yes, it is!], whoever there is an overdoing need to control [yes; so, therefore, is it not prudent to enter the ranks where there is an opening?] – and this type of church is on a collision course with a Prophetic Elijah mantled new breed. …” [Good! So, therefore, I make a general All Call to the suffocating silence out there, to tell that worm spirit that I am not Jezebel! Jezebel would not seek your good. So even though the crushing silence continues, and I cannot accomplish engagement of gathering all parties (or even half of them) at the table, I do know that Jesus is LORD. HE drives the chariot! Including chariots with two wheels, one wheel of the Church and one wheel of the Prophets! I will seek your good! And tell that to Rick Joyner, too!]
I got one “like” from a reader, Carolyn Reed.
Sunday, December 08, 2013 at 1:08 am Lance posted:
“In this year of the open door “4” is the word “dalet” or “door.”

Your door may be a step out of a bad relationship. It may be a geographic move to the right place. It may be a new opportunity or meeting with an influential benefactor. Or maybe all of the above. One thing is for sure – BEFORE you react…THINK about the outcome you ultimately want. Act accordingly. …”
Ernest Hemmingway:
Before you act, listen.
Before you react, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Sunday, December 08, 2013 at ~ 6 am Journal: We are supposed to do GOD’S will in order to OVERCOME and I still cannot get even one single prophet to join us for a cup of coffee?! Lord, You said, “…and a little child shall lead them.” (Isa 11:6) For years the prophets have been talking about the youth playing a key role in the global awakening. Will one young prophet join the chariot now? Maybe I should put in an order for hot chocolate instead of coffee.

02 Advent 08 December 2013 Gospel Matthew 3:1-12
Isaiah 11:1-10
11:1 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

11:2 The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

11:3 His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear;

11:4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

11:5 Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

11:6 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.

11:7 The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

11:8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.

11:9 They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

11:10 On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
72:1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.

72:2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

72:3 May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.

72:4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.

72:5 May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

72:6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.

72:7 In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

72:18 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.

72:19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen.

Romans 15:4-13
15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

15:5 May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus,

15:6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15:7 Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

15:8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,

15:9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name”;

15:10 and again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”;

15:11 and again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him”;

15:12 and again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.”

15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 3:1-12
3:1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,

3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

3:3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'”

3:4 Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

3:5 Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan,

3:6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

3:8 Bear fruit worthy of repentance.

3:9 Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

3:10 Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

I Will Seek Your Good

1 Dec

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 01 Advent on 01 December 2013
I Will Seek Your Good
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Advent means “a coming into place, view, or being; arrival.”
And I learned a new term this week: “Lamed Vov”
I could almost hear the theme song to any script where the good cowboys arrive on the scene to chase out the ghosts of the tumbleweed town.
The Legend of the Thirty-Six
(http://neveshalom.org/html/arts/art_gallery_legend36.htm)
“There are not less than 36 tzaddikim/righteous persons in the world who receive the Shekhinah/the Divine Presence
— Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 97b, Sukkot 45b
“We began to get familiar with them, referring to them in Yiddish as the lamed vov-niks (lamed vov is Hebrew for thirty-six), and seeing them everywhere in the anonymous acts of good people who rise to great acts in difficult circumstances. …
The notion of the thirty-six righteous ones appears in the Talmud, the oral tradition of Judaism, as a teaching of one of the Babylonian rabbis, Abbaye. In Abbaye’s teaching, the world required a minimum of thirty-six righteous individuals in order to exist. There follows an argument: what happens if there are not thirty-six in the world? How will the world be redeemed?
It could be the person we least suspect, because the thirty-six, like all the sustaining notions of the world in the Kabbalah, are hidden. They may appear, they may not appear. If they do appear, they may be known, they may be unknown. In each generation, we look for them everywhere.”
Thirty-six? Lamed Vov?
Hmmmm… [Pardon me while I, a humble Christian, put on my detective’s trenchcoat here in the Hebrew world. That’s better. So…] They are hidden in plain sight. This is a good thing. God’s shekhinah glory could be sullied otherwise. May the “mountain” of the Lord’s House be established as the highest! (Isaiah 2:2) According the ‘Legend of the Thirty-six’ one enlightened human being experienced the Light of God’s glory and turned his back on Him. If the Frozen Chosen are focusing on the one who turned his back, then who has the backs of the other thirty-five? They need support. Lord, move this “mountain” off our tuckus! (Matthew 17:20) There are a minimum of two “mountains” at play here and God’s is supreme!
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek Your good.
Raise Your House above the “hills” of her despair so that all nations may stream to her. (Isa 2:2)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Draw people to Yourself, Lord, so that You may teach us Your ways and that we may walk in Your paths (and not continuing to insist on our own!) Instruct us with Your word (Isa 2:3), and save us from being taught to death! I keep saying I want to be friends! Is the community of prophets just going to keep teaching us to death? (Jeremiah 31:34) And still no one will do anything? Not even be friends? And no one will go to the priest? (Dt 26:3) But there are — what? – some two hundred ‘Sons of Issachar’? We are already in the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give to us (v 3) and all they can do is keep teaching us about it? O, pleeeeeeaassee! God’s Covenant is written in our hearts and minds. (v 33) We know Him deeper as we dialogue and listen.
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Lord, be our discernment to judge rightly and to arbitrate fairly. (Isa 2:4) With Righteousness as our guide may we beat our “swords” of words into plowshares of well-being for all (v 4) and our “spears” of hatred and assumptions into “pruning hooks” (v 4) of truth balanced in mercy. May the nations not lift up swords and armament against each other, but seek equilibrium, so that there is no longer any need to learn the art of war any more. (v 4)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Come! Let us walk in the Light of the LORD! (Isa 2:5)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
As I write this I just realized that the Lamed Vov are also lords of Light, walking in the Light of the LORD. (Isa 2:5) I had never heard of them. The Church doesn’t talk about this. Does she even know? The Lamed Vov-nicks are human beings. There is one powerful individual among the thirty-six, however, who is blinded by the Light, and has lost his way. He has seen the light of God’s Beauty and Glory and turned his back. He is quite blinded by the very Glory and Beauty he saw. And that is sad. God, help us to focus on Your righteousness and not on the blinded one. Put us in right alignment with You and make our hearts pure as we seek Your face, seek Your good for the sake of Your House; nurture our love of You, and help us to obey out of loving devotion to You. Redirect our focus and put our attention back on You. Direct power energy back to Yourself, Father, and off humans (and off demons, too.) Glorify Yourself, God! Make Yourself look good!
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek Your good.
God, we know what time it is (Romans 13:11), for we know with our whole being that You have awakened Father Time from his slumber. We know that now is the moment to awaken from spiritual sleep. (v 11) You have saved us from ourselves and salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers. (v 11)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
We know our individual Dark Night of the Soul is far gone and the collective Day is near. (Ro 13:12) Help us to lay aside all works of selfishness and put on the armor of Light. (v 12)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Help us to live honorably as in the Day, and not living in reveling and drunkenness (Ro 13:13), not in debauchery and taking license to do our own will (v 13), not in quarreling and jealousy with one another (v 13), and not even in “doing good,” but lead us in love and beauty and righteousness, as You are Love and Beauty and Righteousness. Show us what this is, for many have forgotten.
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
May we put You on our being, Lord Jesus Christ! (Ro 13:14) Be our Guide and our Anchor so that we make no provision for self-indulgence and gratifying the inner “beast.” (v 14)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek Your good.
For we don’t know, — neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, — but only You Father, know about that Day and hour (Mt 24:36) when enlightenment will dawn, for matters of the heart are Your domain.
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek Your good.
We are now living as in the days of Noah, and we know to expect the coming of the Son of Man. (Mt 24:37)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Flood us with Your Holy Spirit, for we are now as in the days before Noah’s flood and we are eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, just like until the day Noah entered the ark. (Mt 24:38) The ark was a covenant of Life. L’Chaim!
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
They knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away. (Mt 24:39) So today, we also know nothing, but we sense “sumptin’s up”. Noah’s homies experienced in the physical what we have been experiencing at the psycho-spiritual level. Father, You promised to remember Your covenant and never to wipe out all creation by flood again. (Genesis 9:15) So send Your glory in the “fire” of Your Holy Spirit across the face of the earth. May we see You, Jesus, in each other and may this bear witness to Your coming in our hearts, the coming of the Son of Man within. (Mt 24:39)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Then two will be in the field [see, prophets and preachers? — In the field, not just in the pulpit!] One will be enlighten and one will be left. (Mt 24:40)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Two women will be grinding; (we grind over meals frequently!) and one will be “taken” with Ah! Ha! Understanding and one will be left. (Mt 24:41)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Help us to keep “awake,” for we do not know on what day Your Presence, Your Lordship, is coming. (Mt 24:42) May we stay humble, so that our spirits can remain “awake” and in Your service.
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Each one of us has been on a different part of the growing-up journey into spiritual adulthood. Throughout the cycles, sometimes we have given our egos to the thief (Mt 24:43) in this collective Dark Night of the Soul and sometimes we have taken our egos back. The ego itself is not “bad.” It provides “backbone” to our personalities. In the process of the Holy Spirit sifting the “wheat from the chaff” of our egos, our houses of self-protection were broken into and our vulnerabilities were ransacked. (v 43)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Surrender of the ego-self is necessary in the process of making ourselves ready for the coming of the Son of Man. Even though the head knows this, it still feels unexpected (Mt 24:44) when this surrender experience arrives at its own hour within the soul. The head announces, “Uh, oh…” The head knows, but the heart slides down the chute surprised. The Golden Retriever Optimism says, “Surly God wouldn’t allow this to happen to me!” Obedience says, “Shut up and ride it out. If you die, you die.” (cf Esther 4:16) (It’s such a cheery voice, eh?) And so the banter continues, until the Holy Spirit takes the ox-goads [ל] – Hebrew letter, Lamed, literally meaning ‘ox-goad’] in a vice grip at the cross[ת] – Hebrew letter, Tav, – until we stop struggling and surrender to Him. Just gaze for a moment in awe at this Hebrew letter: [ת] – Tav; it is the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet, literally meaning ‘cross.’] Amazing! We cannot goad (ie cattle prod) God, nor appease Him, nor cross Him for He is grace incarnate; we can love and respect Him like a Bride of the Bridegroom. It’s a relationship! A covenant! We cannot be too good or too bad. So stop fighting Him! Just be real with Him! How else does God bring in fresh Beauty if we’re still hanging on to old ideas?
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.
Jesus has been through all this on the cross before us. Cling to Him. He IS seeking our good for the sake of His House. It is not a surprise to Him. (ref Mt 24:44) We are just following in His footsteps, just like He said we would do. (Mt 20:23)
Psalm 122:9 For the sake of the House of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.

01 Advent 01 December 2013 Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44
Isaiah 2:1-5
2:1 The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2:2 In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.

2:3 Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

2:4 He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

2:5 O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!

Psalm 122
122:1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”

122:2 Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.

122:3 Jerusalem built as a city that is bound firmly together.

122:4 To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

122:5 For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David.

122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.

122:7 Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”

122:8 For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”

122:9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.

Romans 13:11-14
13:11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers;

13:12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;

13:13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.

13:14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Matthew 24:36-44
24:36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

24:37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

24:38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark,

24:39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.

24:40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.

24:41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.

24:42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

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

24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.