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Jack and Jill

26 Jan

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 3 After Epiphany 26 January 2014
Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of living water. On the way up Jill commented to Jack that he looked different. His eyes were shining and he had more spring in his step. She asked him what happened.
Jack: “Do you remember that home seminar on The Program I went to last year with Jamal?”
Jill: “Sort of.”
Jack: “Well, we went and I really got a lot out of it! It drastically changed my whole life!”
Jill: “Tell me more.”
Jack: “I enjoy the people. I got the meaning of play back into my life. I mean, we get together every week now. We play volleyball or shoot some hoops. Sometimes we just go for walks. We’re there for each other. When we do talk about work, we try to focus on how we’ve done our best to make a customer’s day. It’s all so much fun! I’ve noticed that that spirit of fun has spread to work and even the grumps are starting to smile more. It’s amazing how choosing to swap an ugly attitude for playfulness can change one’s surroundings!”
Jill: “Wow! All this happened from going to a home seminar on The Program?”
Jack: “Well, we had to work through the steps, but The Program is laid out so it’s easy to apply to your life. I’m planning on hosting an orientation at my house on Tuesday. You wanna come?”
Jill: “Sure.”
Jack and Jill reached the top of the hill and they fetched their pail of living water. When they turned around to head back down, Jack pressed further into the conversation.
Jack: “I really should say that this is such a great Program that you’ll want to bring your calendar and your checkbook. You’ll never forgive yourself if you walk away from this opportunity because you didn’t come prepared.”
Jill: “Hmmmmm…”
Just then an earthquake shook the hill and Jack and Jill came tumbling down. Their living water spilled out and the pail cracked when it rolled and came to a stop against a rock. Once the rumbling stopped Jack scrambled to his feet and gave Jill a hand up. Jill was still shaking long after the earthquake. They walked in silence to their separate cars in the parking lot forgetting their pail behind them.
Jack: “So, I’ll see you Tuesday?”
Jill: “I donno. I’m pretty shaken. I’ll have to get back to you on that.”
Jill sat in her car and prayed while she caught her breath. Her guts were still trembling. It was not only related to the earthquake. She needed time to sort things out. She’d gone down the paths of Pyramid Marketing, Multi-level Marketing, Network Marketing, and Neuromarketing. She’d been a victim of phishing. She had no intention of making disciples of The Program, making converts to The Program, or evangelizing to the world on how great The Program was. She wasn’t out to save the world. She was out to put God first in all things. Jesus had said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt 4:19) He did not say, “I will make you fishers of Programs.” She had seen the Great Light, but she didn’t know who else sat in the region and in the “shadow of death” who had also had the Light dawn on them. (v 16)
When Jesus drove out the money changers from the temple and overturned tables (Jn 2:15) after the wedding at Cana (Jn 2:1-11), He specifically went to the dove handlers,
John 2: 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”
Doves are symbols of peace. Aren’t we supposed to be peacemakers? How do we make peace if we don’t turn things upside down? Real, changing, radical Peace starts with putting God first in all things. Peace starts with making Sabbath play a priority. Sabbath Play puts us back in alignment with God in body, mind, and spirit and gives God the opportunity to integrate us into Himself. The Seven Churches forgot to go play, and Thyatira led the procession. The good news is that the whole Church has been redeemed (including Thyatira). She just has to receive it.
When Jill got home she made herself a cup of tea and picked up Margaret George’s book Mary, Called Magdalene. She started reading where she had left off (p 264):
“When they rose to journey further, it was midafternoon. The lake was still filled with fishing boats, busy with commerce. The cruelty of witnessing others’ everyday life when your own life is destroyed brought fresh tears to Mary. But she walked on, thinking for the first time how sadness would someday visit each of the occupants of those boats; how someday the sparkling sun on the water would be unendurable for each of them.
As they rounded the bend and came upon the site of Seven Springs, they saw many boats bobbing in the water, heard the usual babble of voices exclaiming over nothing—in Mary’s state of mind, fishing grounds and catches and nets were unimportant, as insignificant as the down flying from the thistles by the lake banks.
A loud, blustering man was yelling orders to a fishing boat out in the water. Mary winced; she did not want to hear him; his voice was as unpleasant as the whine of spoiled children on an outing, only louder.
“You fool!” he was shouting. “How many times do I have to tell you, haul the net in so it doesn’t catch on the boat sides! How old are you? Thirty? How can a man who’s lived thirty years already be so dumb?”
“Yes, Father,” said a familiar voice. Mary looked at the man in the boat. It was Peter.
Jesus saw him at the same time. But he made no move of recognition. Instead he stopped walking and stood still and watched.
“Look at that net!” the landside man was saying. “It’s half empty.”
“There were many others out today,” said Peter. “The grounds were crowded.”
“Why did you let the others crowd you out, then? You should have pushed them away. Now come in, and let us count this pitiful catch before the day closes!”
Peter—and Andrew, Mary now saw—began paddling in. Soon they came near the shore; they flung the mooring rope toward their father, who secured the boat to a drilled stone. The men stepped out of the boat, wading in waist-deep water, and beached the boat. Then they began tugging the net after them.
“This is embarrassing,” their father said, inspecting the net like an angry overseer. “You must be the worst fishermen on the lake!”
Peter bristled. “We know what we’re doing!” He indicated the net, moving and bulging with flopping fish. “If you think otherwise, just compare the other catches from these grounds.”
“How can I? They haven’t come in yet.”
“Yes, and you’d criticize us for that, too, if we were still out.” Andrew had finally spoken. “You’d say we were irresponsible, waiting too late to come in.”
“Stop arguing with me!” the man snapped. “I’m fed up with you! First you go off forever, taking some crazy woman into the desert to hear the mad preacher, then you stay on for days and days and days. Anything to avoid work.”
“We didn’t stay to avoid work,” said Peter.
“Well, why did you stay? You never told me.”
Mary was shocked. Peter had never told his father, or anyone else, about Jesus?
“I— I—” Peter shrugged.
Beside her Jesus moved. She saw the white robe from the corner of her eye, and then it had left her and moved onto the path, and then directly in front of Peter, Andrew, and their father.
Jesus threw back his hood. “Peter!” he said in a loud voice, louder than the father’s, deeper, filled with authority.
Peter recognized him with a jolt. Then the horror of knowing Jesus had heard everything flooded his face. “Oh!” he stammered. “Oh. Oh!” He stood rooted.
“Who is this?” his father demanded.
Jesus ignored him. “Simon, called Peter. My rock!” he called to Peter. “Leave this. Come with me, and I will make you a fisher of men.” He indicated the net, still squirming with its fish. “Of men. Follow me. We have other, larger catches awaiting us.”
“Yes!” said Peter, dropping the net and stumbling forward. Joy flooded his face.
“You, too,” said Jesus, pointing at Andrew.
“Master!” cried Andrew, kicking the net aside and coming to Jesus.
“What is this?” their father demanded. “What about the boats? What about this catch?”
“You see to it,” said Peter. “You know so much about it.” He stepped around his father and embraced Jesus.
“What, are you taking tomorrow off?” his father said. “We can’t afford it, not now, not with the best fishing days starting—”
“Tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, and beyond that,” said Peter. “I have a new master now.”
Mary was astounded to see Peter standing there so resolute, and all at once. But perhaps he had been waiting for Jesus to reappear and rescue him.
“Come.” Jesus turned and began walking away, and they followed him. The father started bellowing after them.
“Hold your peace, Jonah,” said Jesus.
“How do you know my name?” he yelled.
“I heard it many times from the lips of your sons,” said Jesus.
As soon as they were out of earshot of Jonah, they began talking excitedly. Peter gave a whoop of recognition when he saw Mary, but his greeting died when he saw her tear-stained, ravaged face.
“That bad, eh?” he said, shaking his head.
“Beyond what you could imagine,” said Jesus. “Her family has turned her out.”
“Joel?” Peter’s voice was small with disbelief.
“Yes,” said Jesus. “They thought she was bewitched, or I was possessed.”
“That’s absurd!” said Andrew. “Do they not have eyes? Or understanding?”
“They thought she had forfeited her reputation because she had spent time alone in the desert with you men,” said Jesus.
Peter gave a rueful laugh. “If only they had known…”
“Perhaps they were envisioning what they would have done in a similar situation,” said Mary. Yes, perhaps sanctimonious Eli would have availed himself of vulnerable women, perhaps her own father, perhaps even Joel… Oh, hateful, vile accusations! But why else would those have been their very first thoughts?
“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” said Jesus. He had evidently been thinking the same thing. “Come,” he said, shepherding them forward, toward Capernaum.
They were still not beyond the limits of the fishing grounds when they encountered more boats in a congested area where the fishermen were almost bumping up against one another.
“Everyone fights for those warm currents,” said Peter to Jesus. Jesus, after all, was not a fisherman, nor was he familiar with the intricacies of these grounds. Peter was nervously ebullient, beside himself at his daring rebellion against his father. Now he pressed close to Jesus, talking all the while. Mary could hear little of what he said, nor did she care to. It was very hard to care about anything beyond just staying on her feet and keeping herself from weeping. She kept touching the necklace around her neck.
Suddenly she heard an all-too-familiar voice on the path ahead. It was that unpleasant fisherman Zebedee, the red-faced one who always acted as though he owned the lake. Her initial encounter with his blustering, during her first walk with Joel, had made such an impression on her that she never forgot him. He had some sort of connections in Jerusalem, at the high priest’s, she recalled, and that explained his overbearing manner but did not excuse it.
Oh, not now! Not him! was her first thought. Then her second: Jesus can take care of him.
Zebedee was scolding his sons, who were still out in the boat. Evidently they had not caught anything at all.
Peter turned and grinned at his company, as if to say, You see, you see how well we did!
The men in the boat did not look anything alike. One was burly, broad-faced, and broad-shouldered, and the other so delicate and fine-featured he could be mistaken for a girl.
“Father, we have done our best,” the slight one said, pleading.
“Your best! Your best! Your best is my worst! We own all this” –he swept his wide-sleeved arm out across the water— “and now you fail!”
He didn’t own the lake, no one did, but his conceit told him he did, thought Mary.
“My name rings across the waters!” he said. “All the way from Bethsaida to Susita. From Tiberias to Gergesa. Zebedee of Bethsaida is renowned all the way to Jerusalem!”
“Yes, and I am known also!” the brawny son now trumpeted. “Yes, the name of James is already famous!”
“No, it isn’t, nor is it likely to be!” his father countered.
Once again Jesus detached himself and made his way down to the water, stepping carefully over the rocks that lined the shore.
“Friends,” he said to the men in the boat, “row farther out, and then let down your nets.”
“We’ve fished all night and come back with nothing,” the big one said. “And now the best hours for fishing are over.”
“Row farther out and let down your nets,” Jesus repeated.
Astounded, Zebedee just stared at Jesus.
“Don’t listen to him,” he finally ordered his sons. “You’re right, the hours for fishing are over for today.”
Suddenly the big one snorted and, giving his father a scornful look, turned and began to row the boat out.
Jesus and his companions waited, watching as the boat reached the middle of the lake, paused, and let down its nets. Zebedee approached Jesus to challenge him, but when Jesus did not answer his questions he stalked away and took up his post at the water’s edge.
A shout came from the lake. “The nets! The nets are breaking! Help! Help!” The men were straining to pull in the nets, and they were so full they were about to burst.
“Go!” Zebedee ordered another of his boats out to the rescue. Soon the two boats were making their way back to shore, moving slowly because of the weight of the catch. As they came closer, the vessels started to sink from the burden of the cargo. Zebedee jumped in the water and waded out to help guide the craft onto the pebbled shore. The boats were listing. Inside were nets so full they looked like huge wineskins.
In his glee, Zebedee almost jumped up and down. He was already calculating the profit from this extraordinary catch. “Oh, fine! Oh, fine!”
Jesus stood quietly watching as the father and his sons rejoiced over their good fortune.
“Right onto Caiaphas’s table,” Zebedee said, nodding. “Yes, these will grace the table of the high priest himself! And my name will resound in the highest quarters of Jerusalem!”
“Put our names on the shipment,” the handsome, slight one said. “We are the ones who caught it.”
“No, everything is in my name, the company’s name,” Zebedee said. “As it always is. One catch does not qualify you to claim it.”
“His name should share credit with you. He told us where to go,” said the heavier man, noticing Jesus again. “What is your name, friend?”
“Jesus. Of Nazareth. And yours?”
“I am James,” said the big man.
“I am John,” said his brother.
“You are Boanerges, Sons of Thunder,” said Jesus. “Follow me, you Sons of Thunder, and I will make your names known far beyond these shores. Those who follow me will have names that endure beyond even these times and these years.”
“What about Caiaphas? Are you know to him? Will we be known to him if we switch from Father’s establishment to yours?” ask John.
Jesus laughed. “Caiaphas. When Caiaphas is forgotten, you will be remembered. In truth, Caiaphas will be remembered only because of us.”
“He’s crazy,” said Zebedee. “Look, sons, perhaps I was too harsh. I’ll give you a bigger percentage of the catch from now on. And as for him–”
“Follow me,” said Jesus, “and I will make you fishers of men. No longer will you pull in catches from the lake, but from the villages. And instead of bringing them death, you will bring them life.”
“Don’t listen to him,” ordered Zebedee.
James and John stood for a long moment beside the nets and their boat. James quietly secured the net over the side of the boat and waded ashore.
“I come,” he said.
“And I also,” said John, following his brother.
“Stop!” yelled Zebedee.
Only as Jesus led them away, Zebedee still yelling in the background, did they see the others.
“Simon!” James said. “You are with him, too?”
“Yes,” he said. “But I have a new name. He calls me Peter, as he called you Boanerges, Sons of Thunder.”
“Does he give everyone a new name?” asked James.
“No,” said Peter. “Andrew here and Mary are still waiting for their new names.”
James and John stared. “A woman?” they murmured.
“Yes,” said Jesus. “And there will be others. She is the first.”
“But she is a married woman. Where is her husband? How can he permit her to go free?” John asked.
“In the new Kingdom, everyone will be free,” said Jesus. “No person will own another person. Each person will belong only to God. And this is the beginning of the new Kingdom.”

3 After Epiphany 26 January 2014 Gospel: Mt 4:12-23
Isaiah 9:1-4
9:1 But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

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.

Psalm 27:1, 4-9
27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

27:4 One thing I asked of the Lord, that I will seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

27:5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent: he will set me high on a rock.

27:6 Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

27:7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!

27:8 “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek.

27:9 Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!

1 Corinthians 1:10-18
1:10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.

1:11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.

1:12 What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.”

1:13 Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius,

1:15 so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name.

1:16 (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)

1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.

1:18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Matthew 4:12-23
4:12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.

4:13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,

4:14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

4:15 “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles

4:16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”

4:17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

4:18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen.

4:19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”

4:20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

4:21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them.

4:22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.


19 Jan

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 2 After Epiphany 19 January 2014
Can’t you hear the Star Trek Intro: “…To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before!”? Even Star Fleet captains have to have someone to lead.
Isaiah 49:3 And He said to me, “You are My servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

49:4 But I said, “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and my reward with my God.”
And I have labored in vain, spent my strength. Is it all for nothing? I have labored for the reconciliation of the Churches and the prophets. I have been praying through Chuck Pierce’s 21-Day Prayer Focus (begun on 10 Jan 14). Verses out of Day 4 were on Jeremiah 29 and said:
Jer 29:8 Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you [! Who, me?] encourage them to have. 9 They are prophesying lies to you in My name. I have not sent them,” declares the LORD.
[Me: Lord! What kind of a word is that?? You’re talking about the people, Your people, to whom You sent me to!]
And later on in the same passage:
Jer 29:19 For they [“your fellow citizens who did not go with you into exile—“ v 16] have not listened to My words,” declares the LORD, “words that I sent to them again [!] and again [!] by My servants the prophets. And you exiles have not listened either [!],” declares the LORD.
[Me: I’m one of Your servants, the prophets. However, we can’t agree on the definition of what a prophet is, but who am I to argue with them? I’ve got my hands full of conversation with You, Lord! And yet You said in today’s lectionary readings:
Isaiah 49:7 Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, “Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”]
I looked back through my Reflections Compilation of all the Reflections I have written over the years. The Lord has given me an “open ear” (Ps 40:6) and I have confronted the brotherhood on the importance of not covering their assets many times. So I did several keyword searches through my volumes of Reflections.
Keyword: Brotherhood
“Lampstands” Reflection for 9 Pentecost on 14 August 2011
“Who’s Narrating?” Reflection for Transfiguration Sunday on 19 Feb 2012
“Sleeping Beauty” Reflection for 5 After Pentecost on 01 July 2012
“Storm Rider” Reflection for 9 After Pentecost on 29 July 2012
“Is Prayer Enough?” Reflection for 18 After Pentecost on 30 Sept 2012
“Austerity Measures?” Reflection for Reign of Christ Sunday on 25 November 2012
“Meow” Reflection for 11 After Pentecost on 04 August 2013
“SpIN” Reflection for 16 After Pentecost on 08 Sept 2013
“Closure” Reflection for 19 After Pentecost on 29 September 2013
“Wormwood” Reflection for 20 After Pentecost on 06 October 2013
“Children of the Resurrection” Reflection for 25 After Pentecost on 10 November 2013
Keyword: Confront
“The Art of Confrontation” for 12 After Pentecost on 4 Sept 2011
“If You Judge, Then Confront” for 4 After Pentecost on 16 June 2013
Keyword: [Don’t] Cover your Assets
“Peace” for the Second Sunday of Easter on 11 April 2010
“Wake Up” for 1 Advent on 28 Nov 2010
“Raise Dem Bones of the Church, God” for 5 Lent on 10 April 2011
“Authority With A Whip” for 3 Lent on 11 March 2012
“Bridegroom” for 16 After Pentecost on 16 Sept 2012
“Baptism of Truth” for the Baptism of the Lord on 13 January 2013
“Baptism Release” for the Baptism of the Lord on 12 January 2014
Does this droning list not prove the verses true from Psalm 40 in today’s lectionary readings?
Psalm 40:7 Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.

40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

40:9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.

40:10 I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
I did NOT OPEN the scroll! (Rev 5:3) I am only written about in the scroll, just as you are. It is Jesus Christ Himself who OPENED the scroll!
Rev 5: 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Anchored in this Truth, I looked back over this week to see where God was leading now.
Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:46 am Me to Fr David Galletly: subject: Bridal Kingdom
Dear Fr David,
I got your phone message. Thank you for calling. My holidays were ok, but a bit dampened because on 14 Dec 13 I got (what I think was) food poisoning. It was bad. I even missed work and I never do that. It laid me out until just before Christmas. Even my best friend said she’d never seen me so sick. It was like my spirit got poisoned, too. I would have welcomed death, but God was merciful.
This mercy leads into the Epiphany message that the bridal Kingdom is here. The Remnant has already gone through the phases of the Call, then the Courtship, and now we are in the stage of Commitment. There is much reconciliation work that must be accomplished before we see the global impact of the Bridal Kingdom, but God has opened the portal. Now His remnant must walk through it.
This leads me to your gracious invitation to meet for coffee. I must wait until someone (a pastor or a prophet) can join us. (God has been clear with me on that point; clear about someone joining us, not so clear on who that is.) How can the prophets and the Churches reconcile if we cannot cross the Silent Divide? I still get the Silent Treatment from the prophets, but I can’t change my divine assignment. My calling directives (“Worship God” and “Share the Journey”) have not changed. My divine assignments, however, have occasionally changed over the course of this journey. My latest assignment has been the reconciliation of the Churches and the prophets. It’s too big for me and I’ve failed miserably, but that is part of the spiritual growth cycle, for then God can show off how awesome He is and man can’t take any credit for it. I’m looking forward to the great things He will do in drawing all things together for His good and His glory. Certainly I have not seen it on the human end. This morning I do feel something in the Spirit realm stirring, so I know God is up’ta sumptin’.
I hope this is a blessed season of enlightenment for you with many Epiphanies. Please give my love to St Patrick’s.
And a special hug for you.
Thank you for sticking with me. ~Kathryn
Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9 am I went to Calvary Nexus and heard Pastor Bruce Zachary preach. We prayed for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (twice). Was that prophetic? Once for the Churches and once for the prophets? In his sermon he said it was not for us to know the times or the seasons. (I, personally, do not share his views. No fault, though. Just a different perspective.)
Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3 pm Journal: At the Camarillo Library. My spirit senses no movement. Lord, lead us! I need to move from here. Where God?
Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM from: David Galletly; subject: Re: Bridal Kingdom
I eagerly await a time when we can get together and I pray for you fervently until then.
Fr David.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 6:26 AM Mario Maxwell on the Elijah List: “God is Sending Supernatural Help”
“God wants you to understand today that you didn’t pray wrong and He’s not refusing you! It’s not your prayer that’s being blocked, it’s your answers! Look at what Daniel 10:12-13 says:
“Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia'” (Daniel 10:12-13, NIV).
The minute you started praying, God heard you! He had already answered, but your answer has been delayed because of the princes of resistance that are assigned to stop the manifestation of what God spoke! Because of the weight of what was about to be revealed, the enemy sent a prince to resist the answer God released!”
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:22 am Me to Mario Maxwell and the General Body on Facebook in comment to Mario’s word:
Since I believe my prayers matter and I believe God released His holy “Fire” of passion (arc to Rev 20:9) on Sunday, and I believe my prayers in my Reflection “Baptism Release” have some influential part in this releasing (, then I proceed in boldness to ask what “princes of resistance” are assigned to stop the manifestation of what God has already spoken of in the Scriptures? The company of prophets know who their “princes of resistance” are. The prophets know, yet they say nothing, because they want to preserve the Brotherhood. Knowing and forgiving anyway makes us greater in the eyes of the Lord. Knowing and forgiving anyway is what friends do. I, too, have called you friends. (Jn 15:15) The continued Silent Treatment from the prophets simply affirms that allegiance to the brotherhood is thicker than allegiance to God. If this were not so, then the prophets would be pressing forward toward the reconciliation of the Churches and the prophets. God’s Bridal Kingdom is already here, but the rest of the world won’t know it until the “prince of resistance” is confronted. Only you boys can do this. Only you can confront one of your own. Please don’t abdicate to the Archangel Michael what obedience to God must do. God desires righteousness, and that means doing the right thing. Confronting one of your own who is the cause of resistance is the most difficult thing in the world to do. It requires courage and great love — and passion for the Lord, which overrides the fear that creates CYA (Covering Your Assets).
Yesterday Chuck Pierce assigned John 14, 15, 16 for Day 5 in the 21-Day Prayer Focus and Jesus speaks profusely of obedience (Jn 14:15, 21, 23, 24; Jn 15:10, 14, 20), and Jesus also spoke about the prince of this world. (Jn 14:30; Jn 15:11) That these passages fell at this time in this Prayer Focus with the tie in to Mario Maxwell bringing up the Book of Daniel and my bringing up the Book of Revelation (Rev 20:9) is all interconnected and is no coincidence. These tie in together making a web as we are all on an incarnate journey. I am not speaking figuratively (Jn 16:25) but am telling you plainly about my Father (v 25) and His Kingdom of righteousness (arc to twelve stars: Rev 12). We are no longer waiting for some future day when we can ask in His Name. (Jn 16:26) I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. (v 26) No, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Jesus and His Kingdom and have believed that I come from God (v 27), and that He is in me and lives with me (Jn 14:17) just as He does in you, too! So, confront the wrongs and make them right. We don’t have to wait for Jesus to come back to clean up His own Kingdom because we couldn’t. What I’m saying is: Make His path straight! (Mt 3:3) I am not saying that Jesus is not coming again. I am saying that we have more love to share SO THAT Jesus in Person will come back into a world which has now learned to love as He taught us to love. The prince of this world has other motives, but my motives are pure:
John 14: 31 but he [the prince of this world] comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
“Come now; let us leave.”
So, come now. Let us leave the former ways of CYA; confront the “prince of resistance,” cling to Jesus our True Vine (Jn 15:1), and let Honesty lead us. The Holy Spirit will be our Comforter. (Jn 15:26) Go forth in Love. ~Kathryn
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 9:05 AM Rick Joyner’s Word of the Week: A Prophetic Worldview – The Great Commission, Part 3
“The Great Commission will be fulfilled. This commission is to make disciples of nations, not just individuals. To do this, we must understand the times.”
[Gee, I think Rick J needs to talk to Pastor Bruce. These individuals influence disciples to the nations. When did I ask Pastor Bruce and Rick J to get together? I think it was around the time when I wrote “Empowerment in Equanimity” for 4 Advent 18 Dec 2011. Then six months later in the Reflection for 3 After Pentecost 17 June 2012 (Birthing on Father’s Day) in “Horn of Oil” I said:
“I soaked up Rick’s words and the Truth in them. I took out the “Horn of Oil” again and spiritually poured it over Rick in blessing. I prayed that Prophet Rick Joyner and Pastor Bruce Zachary would connect. These two men are on the same wavelength and harmonic frequency. God called both of them specifically by name. While it is true that we are all meant to be working for Christ’s Kingdom purposes, it is important that those efforts streamline. Pastors and prophets are meant to augment each other. I found myself back on my knees praying for blessing on both men, and that even though they are on opposite Coasts, they would come together as one. This would benefit the whole. Please pray with me, since God has chosen each by name and they are part of His grand design. Of this I am certain.”
And today in the lectionary readings it says:
Isaiah 49:6 He [God] says, “It is too light a thing that you should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob [the Church] and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM Patricia King sent a video clip: subject: The Ox Anointing
[Me to myself: What is ‘The Ox Anointing’?
Our computer doctor has forbidden me from opening media upon pain of punishment and expulsion from the house because our desktop computer is so old that it cannot handle media and the stuff that comes with it. Therefore, I miss a lot of stuff. Still, I know from my own conversations with God that “ox” represents steadfastness.]
Thursday January 16, 2014 at 3 am Doug Addison Prophetic word of the day
Rest assured God has new opportunities for you to walk through today with angelic help. What might seem small is big to God.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 6:25 AM Me to Jo (my best friend): Subject: Gong!
Dear Jo, What a gift you gave me by sending me to the Healing In America Center in Ojai last night. And you paid for it, too. Thank you soooo much! I’ve never experienced anything like it before. Erin, the leader of the session, started us off with having us envision what we want for 2014, since everyone seems to be talking about 2014 being a turn-around year. She told us not to just write down about that job we’re still seeking, or that home we want, or the same thing that’s been on our list every year at New Year’s for years, because it hasn’t come through from the Universe yet, even though we know it is supposed to, because we’ve seen it with our vision. She said 2013 was a hardship year of hell for everyone. It would seem that no one skated through that year unscathed, based on the groans in the group. So she asked us to look at our hearts, not our heads for what our hearts really want. We wrote it down on a piece of paper. She told us to actually feel what it would be like to have this. She told us to immerse ourselves in imagining what that would be like. Well, I have such a good imagination, that I could do that, and have done that all along in this mission God has had me on. At first I was afraid to go that route again for fear of being hurt again, but I surrendered to this sacred time and space to learn the New. I pictured a loving community around me. There were no judgments. Great hospitality flowed from the community. Hermitage, horse ranch, publishing, nurturing, all flowed together and converged onto and flowed into it like tributaries joining a great sea and flowed out again from the other side of this great sea in the Great Flow. I stayed in my heart. Then she lead us in a visualization where the Great White Light flooded us and grew in us and beyond us, beyond the hills, beyond the ocean, the horizon, the sky, the galaxy, and the cosmos. On and on the Great White Light expanded. She led us softly and rhythmically bathing us in the Great White Light from our chairs to the cosmos and back, holding our vision for 2014 (for me, that being a loving community.)
Then after the visualization she invited us to lie on mats, if we wanted to, and she played a large gong. I’ve never heard anything like it. She didn’t actually “play” it. She had a relationship with it. I don’t know how she evoked the sounds she did, as I had my eyes closed and didn’t watch her, but the sound coursing through my body for 28 minutes [!] did something miraculous to my very blood chemistry I am sure. My very blood was buzzing when we closed for the evening. It is impossible to describe what that gong music is like surging, bathing, stirring, soothing, crushing, building, restoring, holding. So maternal. What a sacred and holy event I got to participate in!
I am so grateful for your gift of sending me, Jo. Thank you. ~k
Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 8:30 am I returned to Patricia King’s email “The Ox Anointing” and forwarded Sandie Freed’s Elijah List word from 15 June 2006 [!] “Get the Anointing Out of the Box”. (Did I confuse ox with box? And aren’t the prophets supposed to lay hands on someone when they recognize a genuine anointing? I know that I’m like a bull in a china shop, but I keep my eyes on Jesus Christ.)
Friday, January 17, 2014 at 3 am Doug Addison’s Prophetic word of the day
Wow, you can really expect some good things to happen today as God gives good gifts.
Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:10 am Journal: And still the prophets will not touch me. They have an unwritten “hands off” policy. But Jesus says in the lectionary readings,
John 1:38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

1:39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. [Prophetic arc on the time is symbolic to today in our Babylon culture.]
Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:30 am I saw that Patricia King had posted on Facebook (at 5:47 am):
“The book in the Bible right after the gospels is called The Book of Acts. Note: it is not The Book of React. How often have we reacted to things that disturbed us and ended up thwarting the purposes of God. Lets focus today on “ACTING” on His Word and “ACTING” in His ways — “ACTING” according to His purposes.

Praying for you today (may you continue to write the Book of Acts…maybe Acts 29 (:-)) Create testimonies for His glory through your love and faith.” [PK]
So I looked up the end of Acts. I didn’t feel like I was ReActing. I’ve been trying to make my own appeals to various “Caesars” all these years. But what Paul wrote I really related to:
Acts 28:19 The Jews objected [as did the Church and the prophets!], so I was compelled to make an appeal to Caesar. I certainly did not intend to bring any charge against my own people [!]. 20 For this reason I have asked to see you [!] and talk with you [!]. It is because of the hope of Israel [!] that I am bound with this chain [of seeking the reconciliation of the Churches and prophets].”
21 They replied, “We have not received any letters from Judea [Church] concerning you, and none of our people who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you. 22 But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect [of the Good [!] News, because the Churches really don’t seem to know that the News is Good!].”
23 They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day [arc to Jn 1:38], and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying [arc to Jn 1:39].
So, it would seem that the Lord is showing us whom He wants to come together, why, where, and how. It is up to Rick Joyner to lead the prophets to make the arrangements of when to meet us on a certain day. God’s great heart of Love for the world (Jn 3:16) has not changed. Let us move forward in the Ox Anointing. We’ve been at this for a total of seven years now. And Bill Burns said on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 in his piece on the Elijah List:
2014 – A Year of Prophetic Alignment and Divine Fulfillment
“A Season of Perfection
Seven is God’s number of perfection, and 2014 has two sevens in the number 14. Two sevens indicate a double portion. The double portion [Church and prophets] will begin with the anointing and will manifest in various blessings in this year.
Generational blessings will come to many this year, because the number 14 belongs to this purpose and this time.”
I may be an ox as I crash-bang my way through the Churches and the prophets in my efforts to reconcile them, but I am a loving ox, I care deeply, and I call for the unity of the brotherhood in Mercy. To do this all parties have to meet together.
Friday, January 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm Patricia King posted on Facebook:
What is the OX anointing? I had a spiritual encounter with this aspect of the 4-faces of God. I share on this video clip. I think many of you might relate to this aspect too (I sure do). Let me know your thoughts:
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:42 am I commented back to Patricia King:
Wish I could open the video. That in itself is prophetic! (cf Rev 5:5) Just personally sharing, I know that God has shown me the ox in my own life to represent steadfastness. That’s what it takes to be the bride of Christ. ~k
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:01 AM (Coincidence on the timing just minutes after I had posted to Patricia? I don’t think so.) Email flyer received from MorningStar Ministries (with a ‘no reply’ address) – [more hands off?]: subject: Join us for Shine 2014: Training Women for Greatness, April 24 – 26! Click for more information or to register!
Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 8:23 AM Me to MorningStar’s journal email address:
There is more substance than showing up for training classes. The Bride says:
Num 7: 7 He gave two carts and four oxen to the Gershonites, as their work required, 8 and he gave four carts and eight oxen to the Merarites, as their work required. They were all under the direction of Ithamar son of Aaron, the priest. 9 But Moses did not give any to the Kohathites, because they were to carry on their shoulders the holy things, for which they were responsible.
~Kathryn Hauser
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10 am Journal: Since 2012 I have been pounding on God’s chest and saying, “Lord, THERE AIN’T NO EIGHTH CHURCH of the Seven Churches!” Today I have a little better understanding! God, PLEASE save us from the god of Thyatira who always has to be “teaching a lesson”! Both parts of Thyatira, the top half and the bottom half, (the bottom half was told to just hold on to what they had (Rev 2:25)), and they simply kept pedantically teaching. (cf Jer 31:34) That’s burden enough! (Rev 2:24)
We are supposed to be under the direction of “Ithamar” (in the line of Daniel (Ezra 8:2)). Today’s Sons of Issachar are supposed to “carry on their shoulders the holy things for which they are responsible.” (Nu 7:9) The Sons of Issachar are represented by the donkey. (Gen 49:14) Truly they have fulfilled their assignment:
Genesis 49:14 “Issachar is a rawboned donkey
lying down among the sheep pens.
15 When he sees how good is his resting place
and how pleasant is his land,
he will bend his shoulder to the burden
and submit to forced labor.
With this unwritten Hands Off policy, how is anybody supposed to “untie” the ox or the donkey? (Lk 13:15-16)

2 After Epiphany 19 January 2014 Gospel: John 1:29-42
Isaiah 49:1-7
49:1 Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.

49:2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away.

49:3 And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

49:4 But I said, “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and my reward with my God.”

49:5 And now the LORD says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my God has become my strength-

49:6 he says, “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

49:7 Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, “Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Psalm 40:1-11
40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

40:2 He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.

40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.

40:4 Happy are those who make the LORD their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods.

40:5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.

40:6 Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.

40:7 Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me.

40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

40:9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.

40:10 I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.

40:11 Do not, O LORD, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,

1:2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,

1:5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind

1:6 just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you

1:7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1:8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1:9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 1:29-42
1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

1:30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’

1:31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.”

1:32 And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.

1:33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

1:34 And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.”

1:35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples,

1:36 and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”

1:37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

1:38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

1:39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

1:40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

1:41 He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed).

1:42 He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

Baptism Release

12 Jan

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for the Feast Day of Baptism of the Lord
on Sunday, 12 January 2014
Baptism Release
What does “Baptism of the Lord” mean for the remnant today? I join Jesus and Bob Hartley in saying, “Stop spreading this “misery Christianity!” John the Baptist would have prevented Jesus from getting baptized and said to Him, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Mt 3:14)
Rule #1 Worship God!
Rule #2 One cannot change her assignment any more than John the Baptist could!
Directives that come with one’s calling do not change, such as “Francis, repair My House,” or when He said to me, “Share the journey,” but divine assignments within the journey do change. Do you believe (and trust) that the Father has sent me on assignment for the reconciliation of the Churches and the prophets? I am a Hope Reformer of His bridal kingdom. And yet this week I was told (again) how I could “fix” my circumstances and my life. I was accused of not trusting enough in God’s grace. I was accused of not fearing or delighting in the Lord enough. I was accused of not giving. I was accused of imaginations. I was accused of not cooperating enough with the Lord. My words were (once again) stolen by other prophets. (Jeremiah 23:30) I asked for forgiveness for my rudeness from another. But the saddest of all was that after more outreach attempts at reconciliation the bridge of trust seemed to collapse at the other end and vanished like in a mist.
But none of that matters. I forgive and release it all. Letting go of the vision, aka, “Death of a Vision” as Chuck Pierce addressed (10 Jan 14) is part of the spiritual stages of development. I may not cry out or lift up my voice to be heard in the street (Isa 42:2) as I post my words electronically but I am deeply anchored in my covenantal relationship with Jesus Christ. If I did not have a healthy self-esteem and if I was not absolutely anchored and girded in Him, I would have wallowed in offense and taken it all personally. But I do not subscribe to “misery Christianity.” My living situation right now (as poor as it is) is merely a reflection of (and on) the Church. The good news is that my priest extended an invitation this week for us to meet for coffee. The maddening news is that I still cannot get the prophets to join us at the table! The former things are supposed to have come to pass. (Isa 42:9) I join the Lord in saying “New things I now declare!” (v 9) Before they spring forth, I have told you of them (v 9), but others didn’t want to listen, because they thought they were too small a thing. (Isa 49:6) I believe what You said, Lord, even though I haven’t seen the righteousness:
Isa 42:6 I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,
I stand in dignity with my feet firmly planted and I shout to the Accuser of the Brethren (Rev 12:10) [not to the people, so you may want to protect your ears as I yell:]
To the Abyss with you Accuser of the Brethren! (Rev 12:10) We humans are forgiven! There’s no room for the accusing goons of Satan’s party. There’s no room for Satan himself. There’s no room for the Jezebel spirit, which is set on dividing us! Expose this, Lord, and bring Truth to light! You goons will NOT come back into God’s House! (Lk 11:24-26) No more! God is HOLY! Our mission is HOLY! I plant my feet on terra firma and say to the Accuser: GET OUT! You are not welcome here and we want no part of you! We don’t want to see you shadow goons ever again! Ever! Be gone! Jesus is here with me! This is His House, not yours! Don’t mess with Him or me! This is my Father’s House, my Father’s world, and my Father’s Kingdom!
Holy God, banish the Accuser to the Abyss NOW! Where there was arrogance before, replace it with Your healing grace. Where there were lies before, replace them with the Truth. Where there were feelings of unworthiness, replace the hole left by the exit of the goons with Mercy. Where there was that godawful spirit of ‘Not Enough’ (ie, not good enough, not faithful enough, didn’t try hard enough, didn’t bleed enough, didn’t suffer enough, yada yada…) I cast it out and pray, Lord God, that You put a lid on the Abyss of that “Legion” so it is never released again! Bathe our souls with Your forgiveness and grace, Lord Jesus!
Sing, everyone! Start singing!
Rev 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“NOW [!] have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
John the Baptist baptized Jesus so now the Holy Spirit baptizes the remnant!
Matt 3:15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.
As Chuck Pierce leads us in a 21-Day Prayer Focus, I asked to the General Assembly yesterday on Facebook:
Are there any Hope Reformers out there among the prophets who are willing to sit down at the table face to face during this 21-Day Prayer Focus for purposes of reconciliation of the Church and the prophets? The Church is ready to meet at the table. We need a prophet to join us. We can’t do it without you. I “know” in my heart that God has groomed one special prophet for this specific assignment. I just don’t know who you are. Please step forward. Thank you. ~Kathryn
No response. How do you think that makes God feel? The Spirit of Baptism is the fullness of God’s bridal Kingdom for the Bridegroom! Jesus was baptized with water and He sent us His baptism of Holy Fire [passion] to be (and bring about) His bridal kingdom into the world. (Lk 3:16) It really is here NOW! It is not something deferred and still yet coming like some faith teaser movie trailer. But who would believe me? Ask Jesus! We are called to be baptized with both water and “fire” [covenantal passion]; passion for what GOD is passionate about!
Prayer: Lord God, release Your baptism to fulfill all righteousness! (Mt 3:15) Amen!

Baptism of the Lord 12 January 2014 Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17
Isaiah 42:1-9
42:1 Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.

42:2 He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street;

42:3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.

42:4 He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.

42:5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:

42:6 I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,

42:7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.

42:8 I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols.

42:9 See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.

Psalm 29
29:1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.

29:3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.

29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

29:5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

29:7 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.

29:8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

29:9 The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

29:10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

29:11 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!

Acts 10:34-43
10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality,

10:35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

10:36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all.

10:37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced:

10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

10:39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree;

10:40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,

10:41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

10:42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.

10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Matthew 3:13-17
3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.

3:14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

3:15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.

3:16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

3:17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

Rising Star

6 Jan

Kathryn Hauser’s Special Reflection for Epiphany, 06 January 2014
Rising Star
There are those “camels” again! The same “camels” that the prophets have been talking about all last year. 2013 was the Hebrew year of the camel: Gimel (a camel = to be lifted up)
Isaiah 60:6 A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.
Well, I was covered. I don’t know if I was lifted up. We have yet to talk about it. I’m still seeking the reconciliation of the Churches and the prophets. I was called on Epiphany 2008. Happy Anniversary, God! It was right out of the Book of Samuel (Chapter 3).
God: “Kathryn, Kathryn.”
Me: “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” (v 10)
And I listened while He spoke. I needed time to learn how to discern His Voice. I started praying in my car every day after my world fell apart in 2007 and I haven’t stopped since. The Call came on 06 January 2008 and on 14 May 2008 Christ asked me if I would be His bride. Is that strange? I donno. Is the pattern any different than earthly relationships? Call – Courtship – Commitment. Hence, I “see” the Mystery of Christ (Eph 3:4) through the lens of a marriage relationship and for seven years I have tried “to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.” (v 9) Because I view my relationship with God through this lens of marriage, I also “see” the Church as God’s “wife.” And let me assure you: not everyone sees God through this dynamic lens! Talk about “rich variety!”
Ephesians 3:10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Aren’t the ‘heavenly places’ where God snatched up the “male child” –to God and to His throne (Rev 12:5)? And aren’t ‘heavenly places’ also where God’s people gather in unity and agreement?
Matthew 2:10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.
We know that the mystery of the seven stars is the angels of the Seven Churches. (Rev 1:20) So, Lord, am I to understand from Mt 2:10 that the star-angels have stopped colliding with each other?
Jesus: “Yes.”
Are they overwhelmed with joy? I can’t tell. Matthew 2:11 gives us directions:
Mt 2:11 On entering the house, they saw…
I haven’t seen them “entering the House” yet, let alone found out what they “saw.” Now that the star-angels have stopped colliding, it is my prayer with even greater fervor that the Church and the prophets will reconcile and come together, so that they can enter Your House, God, in unity and being of one accord. And this includes how they treat me! Thus far they have been unified in giving me the Silent Treatment. But even in this Silence, there are times when I can feel people’s prayers for me, including prayers of blessing and anointing, which feel like golden warm honey being poured over me; but they are still prayers offered at a distance! Will the prophets not touch me? Come on! Even “Pergamum” can bless and not curse like Balaam did. (Rev 2:14) Blessing alone will not reconcile the Churches and the prophets. There must be a physical coming together in order for the “Great Breakout” to occur, which the prophets have been talking about. Dear God, break this stupid “Untouchable” loop! I am a part of this Great Breakout! Come on, prophets! Are you praying for someone else to do what you are supposed to do: touch? To lay hands on? Isn’t this supposed to be a significant time of the Seer Anointing (“AYIN”)?
Another part of the Great Breakout is perception of language concepts. I am convinced that we have already come through the Great Ordeal. (Rev 7:14) I am also keenly aware that we are not united on this view. I come to You, Lord God, in boldness and confidence through faith in You (Eph 3:12) that You will instigate and fulfill this mad plan of reconciliation of Yours and give us united understanding. I supposed understanding begins with clarification. So, by way of clarification, I must say that I do not “see” the “War of the Kingdoms,” which Chuck Pierce said starts in the third year from now, as the same thing as the Great Tribulation. I see the Kingdom Wars as the intensified battle of Light over darkness in the spiritual realm as the Remnant takes the Good News into the world. This intensification is fueled precisely by the Remnant because she has already been refined by the Holy Spirit’s “fire.” We have just been through a seven-year refining cycle. These trials have caused Great Tribulation on the Remnant-as-Bride, and now is the time to reconcile, so that in unity, boldness, and joy we can bring Light to the earthly kingdoms who really will say, “They’re a different kingdom.” In order for this to break into, through, and out into the world, the Church and the prophets must reconcile in the physical with each other first so as to make that highway a reality.
On this highway shines a star. Through the eyes of my training in Family Systems Dynamics from my master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance, I perceive (Eph 3:4) the Church-as-Remnant as the “wife” of Christ and the Church-as-Male-Child (Rev 12:5) as His “star” which we have observed at its “rising.” (Mt 2:2) Clearly today’s wise men must return “home” by a different route. (v 12) It is the road of loving each other as God has loved us, full of grace, truth, and definitely with a whole lot of mercy. It is a road of hospitality and fellowship. It is a road of peace and forgiveness. It has been paved with repentance. If the Church believes we still have even more great Tribulations to endure, then isn’t her belief creating that which she dreads the most? Lord God, in this season of Epiphany, reverse the tides! The elder in the Book of Revelation would not have said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation,” if we were not to come out of it! Somebody has to have a voice of sanity out there! And not only a voice of sanity, but real skin on his handshake! Rick Joyner, I pass the microphone back to you.

Epiphany 06 January 2014 Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
Isaiah 60:1-6
60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

60:2 For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.

60:3 Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

60:4 Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.

60:5 Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

60:6 A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
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.

72:10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts.

72:11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service.

72:12 For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.

72:13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.

72:14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.

Ephesians 3:1-12
3:1 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles–

3:2 for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you,

3:3 and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words,

3:4 a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ.

3:5 In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:

3:6 that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

3:7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power.

3:8 Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ,

3:9 and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;

3:10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

3:11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,

3:12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

Matthew 2:1-12
2:1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,

2:2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”

2:3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;

2:4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.

2:5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

2:6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”

2:7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared.

2:8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”

2:9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.

2:10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

2:11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

2:12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Anchoress Adrift

5 Jan

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 02 After Christmas 05 January 2014
Anchoress Adrift
Pure Light is recognizable. Or is it?
John 1:9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
Pure light, true light? Honest light?
Jesus came into the world, and He was the Light, yet the world did not know Him. (v 10) He came to what was His own and His own people did not accept Him. (v 11) Is a flower not truly beautiful when (and because) the brain recognizes what it is seeing? It is the beholder who sees and recognizes Beauty and not the flower. The flower just IS.
CS Lewis: “We want so much more—something the books on aesthetics take little notice of. But the poets and the mythologies know all about it. We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” (From The Weight of Glory, 1949)
Lord, I don’t understand when You said, “Wisdom praises herself, and tells of her glory in the midst of her people.” (Sirach 24:1) Wisdom, like beauty, is illusive and is in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it? Sometimes I understand and other times I don’t. I do understand how Wisdom came forth from Your mouth (v 3), how she speaks to the assembly of the Most High (v 2), and her voice covered the earth like a mist. (v 3) I understand how Wisdom dwelt in the highest heavens and her throne was in a “pillar of cloud.” (v 4) There are times when I have felt her aloneness as she “compassed the vault of heaven and traversed the depths of the abyss.” (v 5) Sometimes I understand how she has “held sway” over every people and nations. (v 6) And sometimes I just feel like fainting as I sway, because wisdom feels so far away! Sometimes I have ah-ha moments where wisdom and understanding unite in anchored enlightenment, and I have sought a resting place (v 7) repeatedly, but in whose territory should I abide? (v 7) I am an Anchoress adrift. Look at my week. I’d say, “‘Nothin’ to write home about,’ but where’s ‘home’?” I am still actively seeking the reconciliation of the Churches and the prophets. And until that happens I will continue to have no home.
On Monday (30 Dec 13) I shared my Reflections blog with the highest Episcopal bishop in the United States (after having started from the bottom up in sharing with others first):
Dear Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori,
The directives I received with my calling in 2008 are to 1) Worship God and to 2) Share the Journey. My spiritual Reflections fulfill these directives and I share them with you. ~Kathryn Hauser
Reflections blog site:
[I received silence. I realize it was the Christmas/New Year’s crush.]
On Tuesday (31 Dec 13) I shared it with Lance Wallnau on Facebook and added a prayer:
“…Please pray that our God of Breakthru will break through the glass ceiling this time. I am open to a different “door” (idea) if you have a suggestion. Somehow in this impossible mission the “house of my harvest” has to get the Gooood News. ~k”
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm The Elijah List posted directly on Facebook:
“For most of you reading this…. the BREAKTHROUGHS you began to see in 2013…no matter HOW SMALL they seemed (or how huge they were)… are only a small foretaste…a small deposit by HOLY SPIRIT guaranteeing the inheritance you are about to walk in…in 2014 and beyond.
Begin to praise HIM for the deposit and it’s corresponding guarantee for you…that you have received in the breakthrough year of 2013…as “Breakthrough” is about to become, “BREAKOUT!!””
On Wednesday (01 Jan 14) Lance Wallnau said of the Lord:
Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 11:42 pm Lance Wallnau posted on Facebook:
ONE BIG word for this year…is..”NEW”…..there is something new even in the feel of if. Those things God spoke in the past that you gave up on are going to come back into your thought stream relentlessly….because its time to do them, When that happens it will be – new.
Heaven is going to wrap up some previous cycles and bring closure to the stops and resistance of the past. He will gather it in his fist and link much of it into the new thing He is doing.
Thursday, January 02, 2014 at 6:40 am Me to Lance:
Key phrase: “…because its time to DO THEM [!], When that happens it will be – new.”
Yep, absolutely true. The Bride-as-Remnant has come out of the Ordeal. (Rev 7:14) The world won’t know that until we practice what we’ve learned. Now THAT will be new!
Sirach 24:7 Among all these I sought a resting place; in whose territory should I abide?

24:8 “Then the Creator of all things gave me a command, and my Creator chose the place for my tent. He said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob [the Church], and in Israel receive your inheritance.’
24:12 I took root in an honored people, in the portion of the Lord, His heritage.
Thursday, January 02, 2014 at 10:35 am Steve Shultz shared a word from a Facebook Friend
Steve Shultz: One of my FB friends sent this in. I don’t know if Jason originated this statement or borrowed it but it’s quite good and VERY BALANCED!
Steve Shultz
Jason Morse
“Prophets do not remove my responsibility to hear from God. My responsibility to hear from God does not remove my need for Prophets!”
[Me: Absolutely TRUE! Anchored statement! ~k (Friday, January 03, 2014 at 5:53 am)]
Friday, January 03, 2014 at 6 am (exactly) Me to Joey LeTourneau through the Elijah List on Facebook:
“Dear Joey, In your word you said, “We don’t need a title or recognition from others.”[ ] This statement is true in its naked form. However, how does a wife feel if she is never acknowledged for her contribution to the family? Isn’t acknowledgment of the good the next step in internalizing the fullness of God’s goodness? Beauty isn’t as much in the object we behold as in the eye of the beholder viewing what is deemed beautiful. ~k”
Friday, January 03, 2014 at 9 pm (exactly) Rick Joyner posted on Facebook:
The ability to receive correction is essential to walking in truth. – Rick Joyner
Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 5:56 am Me to Rick Joyner via the Elijah List on Facebook (for they had posted Rick’s word on FB)
Dear Rick, you said: “Please also consider that as your peace and joy in the Lord becomes more pronounced, you will be asked more often what is the source of this. I Peter 3:15 tells us to, “sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you.” Your peace and joy will result in many salvations as these times unfold. Rehearse now how you will answer those who ask about the Source of your hope, your peace, and your joy.”
Just clarifying: So, are you saying that when we are at peace and joy in the Lord, we are in an anchored space to prepare our praises ahead of time? And when Jesus told us not to worry about what to say or how to say it (Mt 10:19), –for the Holy Spirit would be speaking through us (v 20) when we went before “governors and kings” to witness to them and to the Gentiles (v 18), –then that Peace now becomes the wisdom that gives us discernment as to when to rehearse and when not to prepare a defense? I just wanted to clarify since St Peter and Jesus gave different instructions (ie, rehearse, not rehearse) and readers may not understand why they gave seemingly contradictory advice. The spiritual energy of the crowds they were speaking to shaped what they said in the sense to either have freedom of speech “to give an account for the hope that is in you” or to completely step out of the way and let the Holy Spirit have free rein to steer the ship. Before “kings” is a hostile environment where being around a receptive person who wants to know is a completely different setting, energetically speaking. Therefore sometimes we are free to rehearse and other times we must be über-surrendered to the Holy Spirit to lead us through the spiritual landmines.
Happy New Year! ~k
Saturday, January 04, 2014 at 3:31 pm Rick Joyner posted generally on Facebook:
Truth is not given to us so that we can know, but so that we can become. When the fresh truths we perceive cease to change us, we have departed from the way. – Rick Joyner
Sunday January 5, 2014 at 3 am Doug Addison’s Prophetic word of the day: [THANK YOU!]
“The Heavens are opening quickly today. No laboring needed, just step into the flow of the Holy Spirit & watch what God does.” [Yipee! I’m trusting You, Lord!]
Sunday, January 05, 2014 at 6:05 am The Elijah List had posted Chuck Pierce’s word (“You Have Been Catapulted Into the Three Years Ahead!” 04 Jan 14) on Facebook, so I wrote him:
Dear Chuck, the Door (daleth) to reconciliation of the Churches and Prophets would be opened if we could meet face to face. I extend the invitation to you. You are welcome to come visit me in Camarillo, CA before or after your Prophetic Voice Conference in Pasadena. Or you are welcome to come now, rather than wait until the end of the month. I am opening a door of opportunity to you. ~k
So, here we are in the Present. Sigh. God, what’s a girl to do?
Lord Jesus, Your wisdom did enter the soul of Your servant, (Wisdom of Solomon 10:16), and I withstood “dread kings,” (v 16) while I wondered at their signs. YOU, God, have been marvelous and have given us many clear road markers, signs, wonders, and man made a mockery of them. Wisdom is supposed to open the mouths of those who were mute (v 21) and make the tongues of infants speak clearly. (v 21) I’m still waiting. I trust You, Lord, that You’ll make good on Your word. If an Anchoress falls in the forest and there’s no one to hear, does she make a sound? You said that You send out Your command to the earth and Your word runs swiftly. (Ps 147:15) And still I wait. Seven years of praying in my car. You are clear, Lord. Man is deaf and mute, hearing but never understanding, seeing but never perceiving. (Isa 6:8-10) How can we talk about what we cannot perceive and understand? What one perceives as beautiful another understands as a threat.
I know I’m a gifted writer. I tried to bypass perceptions and misunderstandings by going to the readership. (Much like Northern Ireland’s negotiations!) I tried the traditional publishing route. I tried the self-publishing route. When all that failed I asked God why He allowed this and He told me He was using me as an example to show others that (wo)man cannot “save” (her)himself. This is especially poignant in this divided self-reliant culture where the children of the Hard Work Ethic are those who work to save themselves from a fate worse than death: unworthiness [gasp!], and the children of Entitlement gorge themselves on the gifts of others and fill themselves greedily at another’s expense (for all that hard work has to be channeled somewhere!) And I know that I cannot cross that divide between the two. And the great irony is that there are publishers among both the Churches and the Prophets. Neither side has yet to budge. Neither side has yet to come alongside me and meet me face to face. I know I’ve kicked some serious religious butt. Have they forgiven me? I donno. We don’t talk about it. And I need all three of us to sit down at the table to talk. But then, I’m supposedly not supposed to express any neediness because that is a sign of weakness. Oy! What a tangled web we weave! God, only You my Creator, can give the command and choose the place for my “tent.” (Sirach 24:8) You promised You would spread Your “tent” over me:
Rev 7:15 And so they stand
before the throne of God
and worship Him in His temple
day and night.
The One who sits on the throne
will spread His tent [!]
over them.
I’m trusting You for tangible and real sanctuary.
Lord, I have done as You said:
Sirach 24:10 In the holy tent I ministered before Him, and so I was established in Zion.
I have kept to the two directives You gave me with my calling to 1) Worship God and 2) Share the journey.
You said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob [the Church], and in Israel receive your inheritance.’ (v 8) I did. And we did. And I’m still in my car. Is this really the inheritance You were talking about? Did You not say there was a real remnant of believers out there, believers who are like Jesus with skin on? Are there not believers who are comfortable in their new skin? Did You not say that the Church-as-Bride was the Holy City, the New Jerusalem? (Rev 21:2) Did You not say:
Sirach 24:11 Thus in the beloved city he gave me a resting place, and in Jerusalem was my domain.
The holy remnant is an honored people, rooted in a portion of the Lord, His heritage. (v 12) It is my desire to also root in them. (v 12) You promised:
Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in Him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit;

1:14 this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of His glory.
Father, You commanded Jeremiah to say (and I join him):
“Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel.” (Jer 31:7)
You commanded Jeremiah to say to the coastlands (and I join him):
“He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.” (v 10)
Lord, You have already ransomed Jacob [the Church] (v 11) and You have already redeemed the Church (and me) from hands too strong for us. (v 11) You have already declared Your Word to Jacob [the Church] and given Your statutes and ordinances to Israel. (Ps 147:19) You have not dealt this way with any other nation for they do not know Your ordinances! (v 20) Praise the LORD! (v 20) The holy remnant believes You and has taken You into their lives. Since the Bride-as-Remnant has come out of the Ordeal (Rev 7:14) and we are made of Your atomic light, and we are carriers of Your Light, and bearers of the enLIGHTenment we have found in You (Jn 1:12), then are we not as stars, the seven stars of the Seven Churches? (Rev 1:20) When all is said and done the truth is in us.

02 After Christmas 05 January 2014 Gospel: John 1:1-18
Jeremiah 31:7-14
31:7 For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O LORD, your people, the remnant of Israel.”

31:8 See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.

31:9 With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

31:10 Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.”

31:11 For the LORD has ransomed Jacob, and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him.

31:12 They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall become like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again.

31:13 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.

31:14 I will give the priests their fill of fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty, says the LORD.

Sirach 24:1-12
24:1 Wisdom praises herself, and tells of her glory in the midst of her people.

24:2 In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth, and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory:

24:3 “I came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and covered the earth like a mist.

24:4 I dwelt in the highest heavens, and my throne was in a pillar of cloud.

24:5 Alone I compassed the vault of heaven and traversed the depths of the abyss.

24:6 Over waves of the sea, over all the earth, and over every people and nation I have held sway.”

24:7 Among all these I sought a resting place; in whose territory should I abide?

24:8 “Then the Creator of all things gave me a command, and my Creator chose the place for my tent. He said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob, and in Israel receive your inheritance.’

24:9 Before the ages, in the beginning, he created me, and for all the ages I shall not cease to be.

24:10 In the holy tent I ministered before him, and so I was established in Zion.

24:11 Thus in the beloved city he gave me a resting place, and in Jerusalem was my domain.

24:12 I took root in an honored people, in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.

Psalm 147:12-20
147:12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!

147:13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.

147:14 He grants peace within your borders; he fills you with the finest of wheat.

147:15 He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.

147:16 He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.

147:17 He hurls down hail like crumbs– who can stand before his cold?

147:18 He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.

147:19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel.

147:20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the LORD!

Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21
10:15 A holy people and blameless race wisdom delivered from a nation of oppressors,

10:16 She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord, and withstood dread kings with wonders and signs.

10:17 She gave to holy people the reward of their labors; she guided them along a marvelous way, and became a shelter to them by day, and a starry flame through the night.

10:18 She brought them over the Red Sea, and led them through deep waters;

10:19 but she drowned their enemies, and cast them up from the depth of the sea.

10:20 Therefore the righteous plundered the ungodly; they sang hymns, O Lord, to your holy name, and praised with one accord your defending hand;

20:21 for wisdom opened the mouths of those who were mute, and made the tongues of infants speak clearly.

Ephesians 1:3-14
1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

1:4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.

1:5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will,

1:6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

1:8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight

1:9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ,

1:10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

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

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

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

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

John 1:(1-9), 10-18
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.

1:15 (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'”)

1:16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

1:17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

1:18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

Blessing Through His Name

1 Jan

Kathryn Hauser’s Special Reflection for the Feast Day of
Holy Name of Jesus 01 January 2014
Blessing Through His Name
Has our world forgotten that God’s Name is HOLY? Lord Jesus, heal Your Holy Name!
Repeat: Lord Jesus, heal Your Holy Name!
Since we are heirs through God (Gal 4:7), children through the Spirit of His Son in our hearts (v 6) and we have been commissioned by God to have dominion over His works (Ps 8:6), then is it not a sin to just “make do” with what He has given us in order to celebrate creation? Is it not more honorable to seek quality over quantity? We already know the devastation which greed creates when it is left unbridled. Is it not more honorable to engage and see what things have taken place, which the Lord has made known to us? (Lk 2:15) Is it not more honorable to be amazed and to return to God glorifying and praising Him for all we have seen and heard (v 20), rather than just kvetching or navel-gazing? Treasuring and pondering words in our hearts is the first step. (v 19) Then the shepherds returned. (v 20) Repentance and returning are anchored in the Name of the Lord. The spiritual shepherds following in the footsteps of Aaron and his sons (Nu 6:23) are supposed to put God’s name on the people and He will bless them. (v 27) Lord, on behalf of the shepherds, I bless the people with Your Name! May we glorify You, Jesus! “Circumcise” the works of our hands and all that is holy and set apart unto You, where You have dominion over our lives, hearts, hands, thoughts, and mouths, so that You get all the glory for what You have been doing through us.
Bring in reconciliation of the Churches through blessing the Holy Name of Jesus! Bring in the reconciliation of the planet through blessing the Holy Name of Jesus! Bring in the reconciliation of Israel back to God through blessing the Holy Name of Jesus! Lord, You promised!
Ezekiel 38:16 You will advance against My people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am proved holy [!] through you before their eyes.
Ezekiel 38: 23 And so I will show My greatness and My holiness [!], and I will make Myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’
Ezekiel 39:7 “I will make known My holy Name [!] among My people Israel. I will no longer let My holy Name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One [!] in Israel. 8 It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD. This is the day I have spoken of.
Ezekiel 39:25 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for My holy name [!].
Ezekiel 39:27 When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy [!] through them in the sight of many nations.
Ezekiel 39:29 I will no longer hide My face from them, for I will pour out My Spirit [!] on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD.”
Come, Lord! You are welcome here!

Holy Name of Jesus 01 January 2014 Gospel: Luke 2:15-21
Numbers 6:22-27
6:22 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying:

6:23 Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the Israelites: You shall say to them,

6:24 The LORD bless you and keep you;

6:25 the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

6:26 the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

6:27 So they shall put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Galatians 4:4-7
4:4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

4:5 in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.

4:6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

4:7 So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Philippians 2:5-11
2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,

2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,

2:8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.

2:9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,

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

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

Luke 2:15-21
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.

2:21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.