Archive | May, 2017

Behaviors 19 May 17

22 May

Working Dates: Friday, May 19, 2017 to Monday, May 22, 2017

[11 pages]

Friday, May 19, 2017             at 5:44 pm                   Journal: Parked at the Metrolink.

Therapy Goal: God’s kingdom remaining here on earth

The Patient: The Church Leaders

Opposition: The python spirit that is trying to choke out the Truth with dysfunctional behaviors that prevent growth of the children

Jennifer Eivaz: Judgment Against the Python Spirit

Addiction: Riding the Beast (Revelation 17)

Jennifer Eivaz: Long story short, I recognized that my physical issue was actually a spiritual issue and that I was being attacked by a python spirit. This spirit does a lot of evil things, but a few characteristics of this kind of attack against you is to squeeze the life out of you, suffocate you, constrict you, confine you, and to tightly restrict you into a maddening frustration.

Me: I have been experiencing exactly that. This python spirit has actually choked off my air passages, so that I could not breathe at all. And it could not be explained away with allergies, a headcold, or the power of suggestion.

Jennifer Eivaz: Understand that your battle is first a spiritual one before it is a physical one. And for many, your battle is actually a battle with the “gods” of the land (see Ex. 12:12), which require you to receive a clear promise and divine strategy from the Lord to overcome. It’s not just an individual problem, but it’s about where you are located and what is happening spiritually in your city and region.

Anna Blake: Think more awareness and less intellect. If you wonder if a response is a coincidence or that you might have imagined it, then believe it was real. With your limited senses, it’s probably true.

Jo: I am sorry you are having such a battle with a spirit. Especially one that comes in your sleep when you can’t defend. Maybe setting up blocks before you go to sleep.  Sort of snake proofing your whole bio field with God energy that it can’t penetrate. It belongs to Jennifer Eivaz she opened the door for it but giving it life in her writings .  Do not accept it, block it and refute it. Your empathy for her has allowed you to share it. It is her reality not yours. This is not intended for you….Send him back……  Not your monkeys and not your snake.

Lovesick Scribe: I want to encourage you to stand in your Baal-Perazim, the place where the Lord bursts through. Do not be moved from God’s ordained assignment because the enemy is on the move. Remain close to the Lord, always seeking His direction, and pay close attention to where you are standing in battle.  It holds more significance than you think.

Patheos – David Herzog Ministries: What If I told you that if you were in the right place at right time your entire life and destiny within days would totally shift you into your ultimate destiny?

Lance Wallnau: You cannot dispossess a level 10 devil if you’re operating a level 8 identity. You are a winner and not a loser and you have what it takes to do the thing God has called you to do. Let the battles you encounter in “transition” serve you by surfacing the lies you are listening to. Your “state” reveals your internal dialogue. Settle for nothing less than righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost because that is what you have access to. At any moment YOU have the power to shift to “warrior” or “lover” by the power of Gods indwelling Spirit.

Brat: And I journal about this inner dialogue and share the journey by mandate from God. Does that mean that everyone has access to my inner state, but the Church provides no protection for me, or sheltering me in this process of sanctification, even though she used to honor and support her Anchorites in the past? Thyatira may have feet of iron mixed with clay (ref: Paul Keith Davis) and she just keeps doing what she’s doing (Rev 2:25), but Ephesus was told to do what she did at first. (Rev 2:5) I did ask Ephesus early on to connect me with the Catholics, since I couldn’t break the barrier.

Acts 17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus Christ came to interrupt this curse. Evangelon sacrificed for the wrong. The Lamb was sacrificed for the sin of the world. Most cultures expect justice for injustice.

Jennifer Eivaz: “Prophesy to the people, the land, the air, the sea, and all the creatures. Prophesy to everything that looks dead. Prophesy to the next generations.”

Pastor John Tolle: Connect with your Creator. Your identity must be created by the One who created you.

Genesis 50: 19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?

Elijah List: Is America ready for this type of medicine?

Genesis 50: 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Pastor John Tolle: Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers to a Midianite caravan (not the minivan, mind you, but camels and stuff.)

Rabbi YY Jacobson: A mother and a baby camel were lying around, and suddenly the baby camel asked, “mother, may I ask you some questions?”

Richard L. Floyd: “Tried and Found Waiting”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Mother said, “Sure! Why son, is there something bothering you?”

Pastor John Tolle: Joseph’s identity serves God with integrity, even when he was stupid enough to tell his dad and his brother about his dreams.

Anna Blake: Warm up your senses. Tune your eyes to small things. Listen to your surroundings and slow down your perception of time so that you can be fully present. Each of their senses is more acute than ours so we need to start by being sure we are using the marginal senses that we do have to their full potential.

Patheos – David Herzog Ministries: This is the year of Major breakthrough, and Pentecost is the timing and season where he PROMISES to change everything if we just show up to this Open Door of destiny! When the glory comes into your life anything is possible, and everything can happen in a moment! Timing and Location is everything!

Anna Blake: Just to be clear, calming signals are not something humans do to calm horses. It’s the language horses use to calm us. We tend to be too loud and bossy.

Patheos – David Herzog Ministries: Join Me, my wife Stephanie, Lance Wallnau, Mahesh Chavda, Jeramy Nelson, & Steve Swanson on June 1-4 in Phoenix, AZ and see your life Breakthrough into the new season God has for you.

Lance Wallnau: The greatest enemy to the next stage is the lingering doubts and ungodly beliefs the enemy hurls in your face to challenge your true spiritual identity.

Anna Blake: I’ll start with the bad news. For those of us who grew up cantering in the living room and then one day heard the term “natural horsemanship” and thought it meant we could be a horse in a real herd, I have some lousy-bad news:

There will never be a day when a horse looks at a human and thinks they see a horse. Give it up. It was just a sales pitch for something else entirely. You don’t get to be a horse. Sorry.

Pastor John Tolle: The seven sons of Sceva (Acts 19) were doing this. They were like the Psychic Hotline. They charged people to chant over them, but they did it in the name of Jesus. They had no real relationship with Jesus.

Jennifer Eivaz: We read about this spirit in Acts 16:16, “Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.” The spirit of divination referred to in this text is actually a python spirit and historically believed to be the guardian spirit of the oracle of Delphi.

Acts 19: 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?”

Pastor John Tolle: This is a reference to the devil spirit speaking to the seven sons. They were religious. That spirit tore them up.

Acts 19: 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

Pastor John Tolle: The devil saw that they were using a technique. All authority is to believers and not to a technique. Authority is when you are under His authority.

From “Time” on Friday, May 5, 2017: …Ok, Lord, let’s talk. You have me journal as my expression to You. Much of the time I write out my prayers. Since when has anyone ever gotten paid for their journal writing? Usually it is after the person has died and the people have finally recognized the gift that the person offered and their journals put flesh on that person or culture. I’m thinking of pioneer journals of our founding fathers and mothers. They describe what life was like and round out dry facts that science and archeology bring us.

Jennifer Eivaz: Think of how a python snake behaves in the natural and you’ll get the picture. It also fiercely attacks both prayer and the prophetic, both of which are the antithesis of a python spirit because they breathe the life of God into people and places.

Pastor John Tolle: Potiphar threw Joseph into prison and Joseph must have felt that he threw the key away. But the keeper saw Joseph. He saw that Joseph turned stuff for good.

Monk: I have a warden, too.

Brat: People shouldn’t actually get paid to journal, because that would color the authenticity and integrity of their writings. That doesn’t mean they should stay prisoners so that others can later voyeuristically get off on their experience.

Anna Blake: Someone asked me this week, after a particularly communicative session with her horse, “Does it feel as good to them as it does to us?” In my experience, some horses are slow to start. It’s as if they haven’t been listened to for so long that they’ve given up. Others yell hysterically for the same reason. Hold steady to the calm and peacefully persist.

Brat: I SOOOOOOOO understand and “get” this! My mule has been particularly difficult, but I’ve tried to be patient and understanding.

Monk: [Sigh]

Lance Wallnau: This means that you are being called to “transition” into an upgraded identity and assignment. Even the mistakes of the past will serve your new mission because you’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. God is causing all things to work together for you.

Brat: Oh, like Joseph being stupid enough to share his dreams with his dad and brothers. I think the woman in Revelation 12 did the same thing.

Anna Blake: Once it all shakes out and they trust that line of communication, they become chatterboxes, always mumbling a running commentary. Horses constantly interrupt me in lessons to say the exact thing I’m trying to articulate. I’m humbled by their brevity.

Brat: Can I get some sanctuary first? They have a barn to go home to. Dad and I have been stepping over extension cords for several weeks, because the whole southeast side of the house is without electricity. The electrician has to come out and replace the fuse box panel. The electrician canceled the original date when he was scheduled to install it, because he got an assignment to do electrical work at the local fire station and Dad never called him back (that I know of) to follow up. I think Dad felt trumped by the fire department. (But I donno. He doesn’t talk about it. And he won’t call the electrician if I nag. What’s a little inconvenience? For weeks on end? For an entire grid of one side of the house? Oy Vey! Selah. When it first happened, I felt that this was prophetic.)

Lance Wallnau: Your gifts, talents and acquired skills tell you “how” you will do your destiny. This is your slingshot. Your passions, desires and repeated dreams and longings tell you “what” your destiny is calling you toward. That’s your harp. Your talent tells you what you can be best in the world at. This is connecting to DOING. It’s your slingshot. Your passion tells you where your gifts, when applied will give you the most joy. This is connected to your BEING. The harp is the instrument of intimacy with God. Each of us has our own way of communing and connecting with God. Practice, practice, practice with your harp and your slingshot and you will slay your lion of ungodly beliefs, your bear of procrastination and excuse-making, and your giant of fear!

Brat (19 May 17): Lancelot, Rapunzel prays for mercy for Richard the Lionhearted who is stuck in prison.

Joshuah 2:So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”

The dragon sits on Rapunzel’s treasure. The two spies had climbed up her hair using it as a rope and promised to come back to get her, but Joshua forgot to send the spies back. (Josh 6:22) Therefore, Richard sits across the moat in his damp cell.

O woe! [Hand on forehead.]

If you could apply your own teaching to get Richard out of hock, then the present-day story of a future event told in the past would become a sieve that could not bear procrastination or excuses, because the giant of present Truth would be seen as current reality.

Anna Blake: Give him a release by stepping out of his space. Let him know that you heard him, that you understand that he’s feeling anxiety and you respect that. Step back. Look for a release in his jaw and mouth, for soft eyes and a relaxed poll.

Patheos – David Herzog Ministries: There are moments in life when God invites you to respond and be in your Kairos moment being at the right place at the right time.

Anna Blake: Nothing good is learned through fear, so let the anxiety pass before doing more. Let him assimilate what happened. Let time pass. Ask again, but discipline yourself to ask smaller this time.

Patheos – David Herzog Ministries: Here is your “right place at the right time” at Pentecost. We have planned a special event for you with the expectation that God has something life changing and destiny altering in store for you.

Brat: So, are you telling me that you want me to show up to your Pentecost event in Arizona in June, but at the same time you don’t want us to procrastinate and compromise and this is currently May? Nu, meanwhile, I reach out and no one writes me back? I’m still parking and praying in my car for the reconciliation of the Churches, my car is my mobile hermitage, I receive no profits, and meanwhile Patheos Catholic is sending out more promotionals, but nothing personal? More of “Let’s not talk about it”?

Monk: This must be how Jeremiah felt!

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: Although King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon orders his soldiers to treat Jeremiah with respect and consideration, only when the convoy reaches Ramah, about 9 kilometers north of Jerusalem, does the captain release him from his chains. According to rabbinic legend, Jeremiah voluntarily fettered himself to the chains leading the exiles away from Israel in order to demonstrate his complete identification with his people in their sufferings. Such is the characteristic of a true leader. Though mistreated and abused, he still identifies with and cares for his people.

Brat: The beast has misused and abused God’s people.

Monk (in “Dragon” 15 May 17): Rick [Joyner] sees the beast as an economic power. No one can “buy, sell, or trade” without this.

Brat: I’m not arguing that. This latest global cyber attack was borne out of greed, to the point of holding people and companies for ransom. If they didn’t upgrade to protect themselves, they had to pay money to get out of cyber hock. I said I was reaching outside the box deliberately and prophetically to make a connection. That doesn’t mean it’s a far reach. I write and when I share I don’t do it for money. By far the majority of the words in my inbox are from solicitors who want money. They want something from me. I have no credit card. I have no savings. I chose to go financially bankrupt and replace it with the spiritual kingdom. In response, the consumer beast took his rage out on me. I have nothing to give that beast. The cyber beast is the saddle horn that the consumer beast rides. When I share my writings, they just get consumed. They are seen as a commodity to be devoured until the next wave, because the Church says nothing.

Pastor John Tolle: I have an IPhone in my back pocket. When I have a problem, I can’t call my wife, I can’t call Samsung, but I must go into the Apple Store and sit at the genius bar. In your life, you can’t reboot and check in without going to the Manufacturer [God]. The manual [Bible] is substantial and there is life-long learning. We need God in our lives.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Dad, Where Are You?

Anna Blake: The good news is that if we become a slightly more well-mannered version of ourselves and listen in their language, horses will return an in-the-moment relationship so intense, intelligent, and profound, that for the first time in your life, you won’t mind not being a horse.

Rick Joyner: First, the Lord assures us that none can be plucked from His hand. Satan cannot steal what God is protecting, and neither can he put his seal over God’s seal. The important issue is how we abide in God’s protection, and how we avoid taking the devil’s mark of the beast, being sealed as God’s bondservant.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Here is where the Torah reveals the true source of our freedom. How can the slave automatically be freed on the Jubilee year? The answer is: “the children of Israel are servants to ME, they are My servants.” We have only one master, G-d, and any subsequent sale to another master is merely superficial; it’s not a real sale.

Lance Wallnau: Every person is driven by certain needs, namely, a need for significance, variety, connection or certainty. If God gave you a significance drive it is because He designed you to do something significant. The problem is not your drive, the problem is sanctifying your drive so that love has mastered it. You do this by discovering the power of “contribution” – unselfish giving of yourself to meet someone else’s need. If you have a “significance” drive but deny it or fail to sanctify it thru contribution you come off as inauthentic.

Brat: Where to share? Leaders very seldom ever write me back! I don’t get paid for my writings. If I did, it would change the integrity of what I write.

Anna Blake: Donkey calming signals are like horse’s, but longears are smarter and hence, more subtle. Are you good enough for donkeys? There’s one calming signal that donkeys are particularly famous for using. We call it being stubborn, but I think they see it as not giving in to loud-mouth idiots who don’t take time to listen. It certainly doesn’t take a donkey more time to answer. They just resent being hurried.

Brat: I totally relate! It’s a lot like the lifestyle of the Anchoress!

Anna Blake: What would happen if humans adopted that particular donkey calming signal? What if we got stubborn about going slow? Stubborn about listening and not fighting? Stubborn about whispering because we’re predators and lucky that horses even consider partnering with us in the first place.

Monk: Amen.

Brat: Most women need to feel safe above all else. (Honestly, I don’t know how Martin Luther did it with his homies chasing after him!) Men used to enjoy making their women feel safe. It made them feel manly. But if the man doesn’t recognize the woman’s unselfish contribution to their benefit then the significance remains in a holding tank until he wakes up and sees that he’s been standing in a skirt of fig leaves.

Lance Wallnau: People will always put more energy into avoiding what causes them pain than pursuing what fulfills their vision. The gift you need is “self-awareness” – the ability to catch yourself compromising and procrastinating on the tough choices.

Brat: Is your fig skirt itchy?

Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (22 May 17): Brothers and sisters, God has called you to freedom! Hear the call, and do not spoil this gift by using your liberty to engage in what your flesh desires; instead, use it to serve each other as Jesus taught through love. ~ Galatians 5:13 (VOICE)

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But there is a blatant omission here: The one relative who should have been mentioned first. The father.

Brat: Holy Spirit, please protect us from ever allowing ourselves to fall prey to this temptation ever again. For Your Name’s sake and for Your children whom we serve, please save us from ourselves. I bless You and give You great and sincere thanks for Your loving-kindness in not letting us stay the way we are. You change us from the inside out. Replace the addictive behaviors with healthy ones, so that we may work together for the praise of Your glory. Amen.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Torah also omits the mention of mother and sisters. Yet this is understood, for in most cases the mother and sister were being supported by their husbands. They lacked the means to redeem the slave. The Torah also omits the slave’s son. This too can be explained by the fact that usually the father is the one supporting the son, not vice versa.[6] But why is the father not mentioned?

[6] In the case where the son is supporting his father we can assume that if he didn’t help his father out and allowed him to sell himself into slavery he probably won’t redeem him. If he sold him once, he will sell him twice. But a father on the other hand, even if he sat by idly and let his son be sold into slavery, once he sees him in slavery, his fatherly love – which is a lot stronger than a son’s love to his father- is aroused and surely he would make the effort to redeem him. Yet, the Torah chooses not to mention that option.

Lance Wallnau: Your “desires” have been shaped by God – the Holy Spirit “has been at work in you to both will and to do His good pleasure.” Stop questioning your vision and passion and begin to articulate it proclaiming it with absolute 100% certainty! It sets in motion the force of faith and favor to align your steps with divine appointments.

Anna Blake: If quieting your mind is hard for you, consider a yoga or meditation practice. Do it for your horse. If your emotions rule your life, you’re in overwhelm and horses don’t like that. Sure, you can use your horse as a therapist but why would you want to put those feelings of pain and insecurity on him? (Says the woman who literally went for couple’s therapy to talk about her horse.)

Brat: Seewhateyemean?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: We can now appreciate why the Torah leaves the option of the slave redeeming himself for the last, because in his current situation he is incapable of freeing himself. He is powerless.

Anna Blake: First, think of the barn as a foreign country. Then decide what kind of tourist you want to be. You can play the part of a privileged elitist throwing alms to the poor, or a peace-maker negotiating with heads of state.  It’s up to you but you don’t own this place. You are a visitor. Remember your manners.

Brat: Okay.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But we must help him go free. The addict is powerless over his problem, hence his closest family members are commanded to come to his rescue; brothers, uncles, cousins, or any relative.

Anna Blake: First, clean yourself up. Take this part very seriously. No, they don’t care what you wear but clean your mind up. Excuse your emotions, you won’t need them. Same with expectations and plans; horses don’t think about the future. You’re the only part of the interchange you can control, so take your time. Square your shoulders and balance your thoughts. Every time you want to talk, breathe instead. Get comfortable with silence. Learn to love the peace in waiting because it’s real.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But CAN the addict free himself? How can he or she liberate themselves from their addiction, or any other situation which seems to be all-powerful?

Lance Wallnau: We have entered a time when all hell is manifesting to resist and break down the spiritual “reset” over America. Now more than ever the people of God must break out. We seek a move of God and God is seeking a move of His people – to engage the strongholds shaping nations. God wants to break out thru His people. It is time.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This is why there is no mention of the father in the process of redeeming the addict-slave. Had this addict had a father, he would not find himself in his current situation. The reason a child can become such a tragic slave, is because he did not have a presence in his life who taught him about his Divine inner strengths, powers, and majesty. The greatest tragedy, said Chassidic master Rabbi Aharon of Karlin, is when a person forgets that that he is a prince, a child of G-d.

Lance Wallnau: Any time you meet all four needs (significance, certainty, variety, and connection) you will form an addiction – positive or negative. Make your addictions serve you. Become addicted to that which builds your life in the Spirit. Add these two things in particular: “contribution” and “growth” and they will transform your drives into fuel for your quest.

Anna Blake: If he swings his head back toward you, he’s volunteering. It’s what you want; give him the reward that he wants. You resist the desire to hug him and babytalk. Instead, give him his space and exhale. You’re training him to trust himself. He’s been heard. Let him rest in that confidence.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Baby, after thinking, said, “I see. So the [camel] hump is to store water when we are in the desert, the legs are for walking through the desert, and these eye lashes protect my eyes from the desert. If so, what in heaven’s name are we doing here in a cage in the Bronx Zoo?!”

Anna Blake: You’ll need to learn their language. You probably know the swear words: pinned ears, bared teeth, the threat to kick. We can avoid those by listening sooner, to the smaller messages. Calming signals include looking away, narrowing eyes, stretching his neck to rub his nose on his leg or graze when he isn’t hungry.  Signals are as varied as there are unique individuals and there will never be a precise translation.

Jennifer Eivaz: You’ll see and experience the impact of this physically, but its origin is in the spiritual realm. That is until the Church, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, stands in the gap to repent for the iniquity of land, both present and past, which begins the chain reaction in the spiritual realm to “heal the land” (see 2 Chron. 7:14).

Anna Blake: Do I think it feels as good to them as it does to us? No. I think it feels even better. Equality is the ultimate freedom.

Matt Fitzgerald: What are you really like? Freud said the truth of a person is held in tension. One part of us is a murky stew of unacceptable urges and feelings. The other part is the system of subconscious strategies we use to hold the murk at bay. When the tension holds, we present the world and the mirror the best face possible. To make it happen we deny, repress and project the parts of ourselves we can’t accept. It’s exhausting.

Revelation 17: One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show [!] you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters.

Matt Fitzgerald: But God sees straight into your heart. God sees the awful, cringeworthy parts. And She does not say, “What’s wrong with you?” Instead God says, “I know what you have been through. I know what forces bent you. And I see the luster through the murk.” There is brightness set before God like a plate of jewels each time your light fills His eyes.

Issue: I wrote a piece called “Dragon” (reference context is a damsel in distress) and the next day the Elijah List posted another word about the python spirit. (It was well-written.)

Acts 17:23 For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Addictions come in many forms: drugs, alcohol, gambling, nicotine, sexual addictions, food, etc. We become addicts usually due to a profound void, or some major trauma or pressure in life. Sometimes it begins with fun and entertainment, but soon the innocent fun lover has become a slave to his or her addiction.

Acts 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands,

17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: In the words of Rashi: “Shtari Kodem.” G-d says, “My contract precedes your contract.” The divine contract proclaiming that He owns each of us precedes the contract of the slave owner. I may sign a contract with you for my house, but there is one problem: someone else has a previous contract!

Anna Blake: At the same time, be strict not to draw human conclusions. A horse might be giving you welcoming signals but doesn’t mean that he’s a sweetheart or a caregiver or a Zen master. Just let him be a horse.

Brat: O, yeah, I see; a warden is still a warden.

Pastor John Tolle: I don’t wanna open Pandora’s Box from the pulpit. It’s hard to stand here while you interpret through your shades. All of us see through our filters and process through the Bible that is our Truth.

Kim shared with Jo who shared with me: Disconnecting Techniques

  • Time Taking – Taking more than giving back; keep directing back to self
  • Response holding – Holding back authentic responses to what’s happening in social interaction
  • Intellectualizing – Consistently only talking about what we think and believe rather than what we feel and desire
  • Talking endlessly – without coming to a point or conclusion
  • Storytelling – Focusing on events or history of what has happened, rather than on how those events made us feel or what we want as a result of those events
  • Fixing – Consistently offering solutions in response to what others are sharing rather than compassionately listening
  • Bubble bursting – When what is happening in a social interaction reaches a high level of intimacy / intensity – feeling compelled to redirect the focus – or after a profound moment of silence after something deeply intimate has been shared, feeling the need to crack a joke or change the subject to break the silence
  • Dissonance – Going against what is happening by being critical, oppositional or playing confused
  • Aloofness – Remaining distant – choosing not to share until prodded and then acting secretively to draw others in; then remaining vague and aloof

Brat: The Funny Bunnies (and myself included) have done each of these things!

Acts 17:30 While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent

Rabbi YY Jacobson: I may sell my soul to addiction; I may sell my mind, heart, and schedule to addiction. But before all of the addiction began, my soul already belonged to G-d. On my deepest level, I am Divine. I am not an addict. I am a mirror of infinity, a fragment of G-d. My addiction may be powerful but it cannot penetrate to the essence of my being. My being belongs to G-d. There is core self, sacred and wholesome, which is powerful than all my trauma, abuse and addiction.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: Go unto the house of the Rechabites – Jeremiah wishes to demonstrate to the people what true fidelity and loyalty means. He brings the tribe of the Rechabites, descendants of Jethro, into the Temple and offers them wine. They refuse, and explain that they live by a set of laws passed down from generation to generation, including prohibitions against building a houses, sowing seed, planting a vineyard, or drinking a wine. Their behavior offers a subtle rebuke to the wayward people of Israel.

Brat: Lord Jesus, I lift up the Church leaders to You. I thank You that You have been merciful and overlooked the times of our human ignorance. I ask You to forgive our failings. It is true just as You said, that the kings of the earth have committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth have been intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries (Rev 17:2), and so we have done this. On Your fixed day You have said that You will have the world judged by a man whom You have appointed, and God raised You from the dead to give us assurance of this very thing. You did not (and do not) condemn anyone. You do hold Your shepherds accountable. You are judging this spirit and I present it to Your throne in Your courtroom.

Bonnie Jones: Remember, we are releasing the color of Love; the dunamis vibration that shakes and shapes the whole universe. It’s the peace that dwells within the Saints and its presence is God’s glory. You’re the vessel of God’s love that He chose to be the voice and light in the earth in this day. As the harvest is in full swing and we go forth, let us not be jealous about the measure others received. Instead let us be thankful for the greatness of His power in the measure we received.

Anna Blake: How to answer back is simple. You let your body demonstrate calm. You breathe. You balance and wait. You put your emotions on him but in a good way. You let him feel safe.

Brat: The “woman” sitting on the scarlet beast is dressed in the royal colors of purple and scarlet, and glitters with precious stones and pearls. She holds a golden cup in her hand, taking what was intended to be the Eucharist. (Rev 17:3-4) Forgive us for allowing this. Forgive us for prostituting Your gift.

Psalm 66:10 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.

66:11 You brought us into the net; you laid burdens on our backs;

66:12 you let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.

Brat: Hold us to Your chest. We are too far out in this spacious place. Forgive us leaders for abusing our privileged roles and forgetting our first Love, YOU! Forgive our information overload and our stress obsession and self-absorption. It has left us “dead.” Jesus, only You can raise us from the abyss of our own making. Forgive us for not honoring Your sacrificial offering for our redemption. On behalf of the shepherds, I plead mercy at Your Throne.

 

Dragon 15 May 17

18 May

Working Dates: Monday, May 15, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

[16 pages]

Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:44 am                     Journal: Parked by the 101 Freeway. Lord? What do You want?? I’m supposed to pray for my friends.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: …we should try meditating on the other person’s soul, “a portion of G‑d from Above”, which has fallen so low, and we should have compassion for His holy spark.

Pastor John Tolle brought up Job and his friends in his sermon yesterday, too, and raised his eyebrow at Job’s friends, who were quick to give him advice.

I asked for help from the rabbis and Ascent shared DovBer Pinson: “Jewish mystical masters emphasize viewing others in a positive light.”

Thank You, God, for answering my prayer!

The Arc Speak coming off Pastor John’s sermons hits everything I write about except mercy.

DovBer Pinson: It is written, “Let your eyes be in the field that they are reaping” (Ruth 2:9) which is to be explained with the verse, “He who has a good, generous eye will be blessed“. (Proverbs 22:9) The eye denotes wisdom, and in truth “looking” is the lower level of wisdom; as one looks and regards something, he brings blessing into that thing. For when he looks at an object, he knows that object is as nothing before the blessed L-rd – meaning that it is truly naught and nothing except for His divinity which is manifest within it….Without Him it is utterly naught, in keeping with the verse, “…but what are we?” (Ex. 16:7) Through this kind of look and regard, he draws down supernal energy to that object from the divinity of the blessed L-rd. This is the recondite sense of the verse, “He who has a good, generous eye will be blessed“: he brings blessing to that object.

Amber Pierce: I had a vision three years ago. I saw seasoned leaders with large reputations and big anointings standing in a circle holding hands. Each leader had someone of the Millennial Age sitting on their shoulders and they were also holding hands. There was a commitment to the future being made by the younger generations to partner with each other against all odds while honoring and working with the elders.

Pastor John Tolle: Keep trusting. Truth wins out. Raise a child in the way he should go…and (eventually) it’ll win out.

Rick Joyner: We will dig down a bit more on this next week, but do not let a day go by without seeking to abide in the protection of the Lord by growing your trust in Him. Do this by seeking to be the best disciple you can be. Make knowing Him and His ways the top priority of your life. Then apply this knowledge by resolving each day to be a better servant of the Lord, living to do His will.

Brat: Rabbi Leiter talked about the word “laws,” where there are two kinds of laws in this week’s Torah portion. One kind of law is “chukim” and it refers to ALL Torah commandments, even those that do not have apparent reasons to be completed. The other word for law is the general “mitzvoth,” which I understand as doing the right thing, cuz it’s the right thing to do. I’ve been reading the biography of General Vinegar Joe Stilwell and the Army does things like “hazing” and giving absurd commands from superiors to train underlings to do things that don’t make sense. This training is important in the field where one has to take orders without question. But at the same time it must be balanced with gentlemanly manners, comportment, and respect with dignity. I get it that Ephesus was acknowledged for her perseverance and enduring hardships. (Rev 2:3) I really and totally understand the need for Endurance, but why does Pastor John Tolle keep riding the horse of Perseverance? What are his superiors demanding of him? Even the Pony Express changed horses on their delivery routes. Where’s the Mercy?

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: Jeremiah is arrested by the officers and placed on trial as a false prophet. They claim that Jeremiah’s prophecies of destruction and exile contradict the eternal bond between God and His people. However, the elders of Israel come to Jeremiah’s defense. A century earlier, the prophet Micah also spoke against the city at the time of the Assyrian invasion. Rather than feel threatened, the righteous king Hezekiah led the people in repentance, and God helped his people.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Now it would appear that these two ideas are contradictory. Behar connotes a strong sense of self, albeit in holiness, while Bechukotai connotes self-negation. The lesson, however, is that we require both realities.

Brat: Perseverance and Mercy?

Steve k: coaching programs, boot camps, inner circles, and other crap that doesn’t work.

Rob Radosti: One of the easiest ways to fall into defeat and stagnancy is to stay out of your rank – or forget you are on assignment. When you are working together with all of the other ranks, you complete the operation!

Brat (in “Letter” 14 May 17): My divine assignment has been to journal and write about what I have gone through (often writing manuscripts in script fashion, giving expression to the journey using their own words.) I have consistently shared the journey and received silence for ten years now. For the sake of God’s Name and His people, I am convinced that God has had me log this journey, so that it will never, ever be repeated again, and Jesus can bring closure on the beast and the dragon that has worked so hard to silence the Truth.

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

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: We need a strong self-image to engage the world. We must impose our reality on the world, and not let the world impose its reality on us. Secondly, we cannot deceive ourselves by believing that we have to understand each detail in Judaism before living according to Torah. Rather we should fulfill the commandments in a way of “do them first and then you will come to understand”. Through perseverance, we will eventually attain the level where Behar is done in a way of Bechukotai, surmounting the world’s challenges because G‑d commanded it; and Bechukotai is performed in the way of Behar, performing all of G‑d’s commandments with vigor and confidence.

Rabbi Beasley: Jeremiah 22:3  Thus saith the LORD: Execute ye justice and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor; and do no wrong, do no violence, to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

4  For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.

5  But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by Myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.

Root Source: Kathryn, Did You Sign Up as a Liaison Yet?

Me: I keep trying, but the Cyber Bunnies keep their stranglehold on the message.

Brat (in “Truth Be Told 08 May 17”): Forgive us at this crossroad, Father God. Forgive us for making science an idol. On behalf of the people, I fall on my knees and beg You for mercy. We don’t know. And we know that we don’t know.

Daniel 4: 34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.

His dominion is an eternal dominion;
his kingdom endures from generation to generation.

James W. Goll: In the Old Testament, the priests pleaded the needs of the people before the Lord while the prophets pleaded the interests of God before the people. The two roles are combined in what we call “prophetic intercession”—a watchman-intercessor prays back to God an inspiration regarding a human concern that comes from God’s own heart.

Brat (in “Net” 13 May 17): When I know where the conversation is headed, I’m not tense. It’s about the Flow. When we just keep looping, then it gets my sense of purpose. The doubts flood in and I question, “What’s the point? What’s the use?” Then I have to expend energy fighting off doubt. God’s kingdom is supposed to be here and stay here.

Ben Lim: What does the Kingdom look like? What does Heaven on Earth look like? What does it look like for the Bride to be free and fully alive in Christ’s confident love?

Brat (in “Net” 13 May 17): There was no doubt in my mind and heart that the beast was trying to swallow me with the “river” of blockages.

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

Well, this has now happened.

Ben Lim: Unfortunately, the Church has been bound by religion for too long, and for centuries the Church has idolized ritual doings and systematic works, keeping people from truly becoming who God created them to be. With that, creativity has been bound and locked down and even condemned. Expressions of freedom and individualism have been banned and even demonized in some circles. However, all of this is changing! There is an outbreak of creative power coming to the Bride once again!

Brat (in “Letter” 14 May 17): The serpent has already spewed out water like a river to overtake me and sweep me away with the torrent. (Rev 12:15) And those who have obeyed God’s commandments and have held to the testimony of Jesus (v 17) have fought the good fight and their words are in the scripts. It’s the silence that merely gives the dragon more airtime.

C.N.A. Daily News: “Your silent presence, which is more eloquent than a flood of words, your prayers, the daily offering of your sufferings in union with those of Jesus crucified for the salvation of the world, the patient and even joyful acceptance of your condition – all these are a spiritual resource, an asset to every Christian community,” he [Pope Francis] said.

Brat (in “Letter” 14 May 17): Lord, my voice may be quiet on the journal page, but it is loud in my heart: “Do not hold this sin against them!” Give wisdom to the Bagel Boys. Talk to them on their Sabbath. Help them to help us.

Binyomin Aidlman: The Torah wants a Jew to cleave to the source of his life and spiritual vitality during the festival. That is why he must make a distinct and clear-cut statement to this end by leaving his home and setting out on the road to Jerusalem.

Brat: Maybe you could talk to Pastor John Tolle? His sermon was on why people suffer. There seems to be a theme unfolding here.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: What To Do with the ‘Evil Beasts’ & the Ego — Two Opinions: Likutei Sichos Bechukosai

Brat: After dinner I parked and rested. I snuggled with God. He was not talkative. I could feel the cosmic pressure on my blood cells and joints, as the cosmic forces collided. All I could do was sigh. The odometer had clicked over 148,666. I knew things were coming to a head in God’s corner. Man was repeating his loopings. There was nothing I could do but pray for God.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Are You Still the Chosen People?

Root Source: This week, the weekly Torah reading Behar-Bechukotai speaks about the Sabbatical and Jubilee years, laws regulating commerce and the redemption of slaves. It also contains a vivid description of the rewards for observing G‑d’s commandments and the series of punishments that will befall us if we choose to disregard them. The Torah then discusses different types of gifts given to the Temple, and the animal tithe.

Brat: The only thing I would differ with you in commenting on this statement, is the use of the future tense “…will befall us…”. The way I see it, God has already exacted the series of punishments as laid out in the Book of Revelation. This is not future tense, but because this has already taken place (in repeated loopings, I might add), then this is past tense, because it has already befallen us. I don’t know if we see eye to eye on this, but that’s the way I see it. It is what I’ve experienced, and I can only speak for myself in this regard. And for clarification, I do not see God as punishing, the way it is seen as abusive nowadays. A Father holds His children accountable. These days God gets a bad rap for things He did not do.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Rebbe Michel answered that any person who serves G‑d is most certainly blessed for his efforts with all manner of physical and spiritual blessings (as all the commandments are conduits for blessings). Nevertheless, this service has to be done sincerely for G‑d’s sake, with great love, awe and modesty – without even a trace of an ulterior motive, of “serving the Master for the sake of receiving a reward”. If someone is prompted by the thought of gain, he will not be rewarded, because he is motivated by personal benefit. This is the meaning of the words “If you will follow My laws and keep My commandments”: If you serve G‑d properly, as a result, there will be for you a sign, an indicator, viz., the rains will fall at the proper time and the earth will bear fruit. You will see that the blessings come as a result of executing the commandments properly, only for the sake of Heaven. As I heard a young woman recently comment, “It is important to know that G‑d is listening.”

Acts 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands,

17:25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.

Bat: I understand that. But we are not saved by what we know. I am still parking and praying in my car for the reconciliation of the Churches, as I have for the last ten years. When I ask for help, some in my orbit question that my motives may not be pure. I worship You, God!

Anna Blake: Beta Readers, Secrets, and Dead Darlings

Acts 17:30 While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Root Source: In Root Source Tours, we start our tour of the Mount of Olives by going to the Seven Arches Hotel and looking North, South, East and West to get oriented in what is arguably one of the most famous views in the entire world.
Part 1 of several.

Rick Joyner: We recently did a cursory study of the “four winds of the earth” and how they unfolded over history. Next, we will cover how the sealing of the bondservants is taking place at this time, and how they will keep from taking “the mark of the beast.”

C.N.A. Daily News: “Jesus will pass close to you in the Blessed Sacrament as a sign of his closeness and love for you,” he [Pope Francis] continued. “Count on the prayers of the Church, which from every corner of the world rises up to heaven for you and with you. God is our Father, and he will never forget you.”

Brat: Holy God, please honor the work You did through Jesus on the Mount of Olives. The Seven Arches and the Seven Churches keep looking.

DovBer Pinson: The opposite is equally true. When a person with an evil, ungenerous eye stares at the object and is impressed by it, thinking, “How lovely [or handsome] that object is,” he makes it a matter of worth by itself. Thus he is a “whisperer who separates away the Divine Friend“. (Proverbs 16:28) This is because, by his regard and stare, that object is cut off from its root-source [!] of energy – divinity. As it is known, such staring forms a “vessel” [a place or situation for bad influence in the world] and as a result, the “evil eye” prevails (May Heaven spare us!). [Likkutei Amarim, citing the Baal Shem Tov]

Anna Blake: As I stepped closer to get some spinach, it sounded like she was doing stand-up comedy but I couldn’t tell who she was talking to. A little boy stood by her side and a man was buzzing around like a hornet, doing a hissing scream-whisper at a little girl backed up against the apple counter.

Monk (in “The Divine Break” 15 May 17): Honestly, I’m looking at all this and wondering how the fox God is going to reconcile any of this. We are all flawed units! God has already fulfilled His word, and Ephesus remembered how far she had fallen. (Rev 2:5) Is she doing the things she did at first? How is that any different than Thyatira where God told her to just keep doing what she was doing and to hold on to what she has? (Rev 2:25) Yes, the Almighty has many messengers! So, how do we communicate through “Let’s not talk about it”? We are supposed to honor God and keep His word.

Anna Blake: I swallowed hard and hesitated. She was thin and pale, maybe four-years-old with her little shoulders flinched up around her ears. The man bent low to get in her face and rage-whispered even deeper. I heard her tiny voice barely squeak her answer, “I didn’t have to then…”

Brat: Excuse me, rabbi. Are you saying the “ungenerous eye” is Thyatira, because she’s been staring at the crucifix? Is this the “whisperer who separates away the Divine Friend”? The Catholic Church has been gazing at the Crucifix for millennia. And Jesus told Thyatira to hold on to what she has until He comes. (Rev 2:25) This answers your question about what we’re staring at, but I’m clueless as to who’s listening. As God’s library page, I can testify that the Seven Churches were told to “hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.” God talked about listening more than looking in regards to the Churches.

Anna Blake: The woman glanced to the side, still talking, as the man lifted the little girl by her upper arms and slammed her against his chest as he stalked away.

C.N.A. Daily News: Jesus knows the meaning of sorrow and pain, he said, because in his passion and death, Christ took all of our suffering upon himself. He will comfort us and give us strength, just like he did for St. Francisco and St. Jacinta and for every saint, he said. “That is the Church’s ministry: the Church asks the Lord to comfort the afflicted like yourselves, and he comforts you, even in ways you cannot see.”

Anna Blake: Most families have an odd relative. It’s an uncle with hairy ears who drinks too much on holidays or a cousin who converted to a strange religion. We are a species of odd ducks and eventually we quack it out.

Rick Joyner: Our relationship with Christ on every level is more than just knowing it, saying it, or claiming it—it must be a reality in our life. It does not do us any good to say we believe in Christ if we do not actually believe in Him. His teachings lay out what His true followers would be like and do. Likewise, to claim to be His bondservant does not do us any good if we do not live the life of a bondservant. Our goal must be more than just understanding the life of a bondservant—our goal must be to live it.

Mary Pezzulo: Where Will the Poor Go?

Amber Pierce: Example: We had a major flight canceled this week on our return to Israel. You could be thinking, “Oh no!” as flights are canceled, people panic, then you realize you are very grateful to not be getting on a plane with mechanical issues. My family spent the day in the airport trying to figure out how we would get to Israel. Not many flights were going to Europe at the time. We found that the earliest flight out of Dallas, TX that could accommodate us was the next morning directly to Rome. We will spend three days in Rome as a family, then travel to Israel on Thursday. I have been telling my husband Daniel for over a year that I feel like “God is calling us to Rome.” I also learned that President Trump will also visit Rome as well as Jerusalem in his upcoming trip in the next week.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: The Sanhedrin recently ruled on the precise boundaries of Jerusalem for the purposes of reinstating the Temple service. This ruling involved mapping specific Biblical references as they apply today. These maps were included in the letter sent to President Trump.

President Trump garnered support from Evangelical Christians and Jews during his campaign by promising to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. His visit Israel next week coincides with the 50th celebration of the unification of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War.

Ben Lim: Knowledge is power. For so long, many people of the earth remained in a blocked-state of darkness in the Medieval Times. These times of darkness were filled with intense witchcraft, idolatry, and other heinous practices. These dark Medieval Times clouded the world until Martin Luther’s Reformation set the captives free! Martin Luther and the great Reformation of the Church was, I believe, the catalytic power of the Renaissance. Do you see the correlation?

Daniel 12:But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

Brat (in “Letter” 14 May 17): Holy God, may the rabbis be able to open the scrolls. One of the elders told John not to weep, because You would open the scroll and its seven seals. (Rev 5:5) My “children” have sealed their lips in “Let’s not talk about it” for all these years. Do not hold their sin against them. (Acts 7:60) On this Mother’s Day, may mercy, peace, and love prevail to get the true and faithful story out to the people, so that the right kind of power gets into the right hands. Amen.

Mary Pezzulo: I wonder where the poor will migrate to if the middle-class Catholics manage to get their own way.

Brat: Lord Jesus, if Thyatira held up the crucifix that she’s staring at, then maybe the dragon would follow Peter off the Mount of Olives, so Peter can finish his assignment, the books would be open, and mercy would be evident to all. But to do that, somebody would have to be listening in addition to God.

Monk: Everyone knows that dragons sit on their treasures!

Pope Francis: “Do not be ashamed of being a precious treasure of the Church.”

1 Peter 3:16 yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame.

Kaji Douša: Several hours with my shero last week taught me something quite different about Psalm 134. As I watched her systematically dismantle the moral justifications officials with a major role in the deportation of immigrants tendered to explain their actions, I learned even more from her fearless ministry.

Root Source: We sign off with a lovely quote from a Root Source student and a beautiful picture of Reviewing the Merchandise in Jerusalem.

Brat: Precisely! Isn’t that what Revelation 13-18 is all about?

Rick Joyner: We see that the beast is an economic power, and his mark is an economic mark that determines if we can “buy, sell, or trade.” This is because economic power is the dominant power at the end of this age. The Lord called the end of the age “the harvest,” which is when all seeds sown in man mature, the good and the evil. So this will be the time when darkness is in full maturity, but also the light.

Brat (in “Letter” 14 May 17): I am writing you in faith, because I had gotten a question regarding Page+Load+Log. I am deliberately and prophetically drawing that from the cyber world into the spiritual world. The “beast” seemed to be confirming that with this latest global cyber attack that was in the news last night. This week Lana Vawser had said, “I am changing the Script.” Since I have been plagued with computer scripts lately, I am reaching outside the box in obedience to the Holy Spirit in hopes of making an honest (as opposed to consumer) connection with the rabbis. I am God’s library page, have a load that is crashing, and have kept the whole log of the journey.

Acts 17:29 Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.

Ben Lim: There is a greater level of freedom for the children of God. God wants to break all boxes and limitations in our mind and imagination. The human imagination is the realm of the spirit.

Julie A. Smith: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this word by Ben Lim who is a Millennial pastor from Koreatown in Los Angeles. Some of our Elijah List team went to a digital marketing conference in San Diego in March, and the Lord spoke to me while there about the Millennial Generation, highlighting their importance. After all, they basically rule the digital airwaves! But what He was saying is that the Millennials have a powerful voice and mandate in their generation and they need to be heard from…now!

Daniel 12:Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

Rob Radosti: A radical army of sons and daughters are arising who will invade the enemy’s camp undercover without thinking twice! The Lord is releasing strategic blue prints and weapons of warfare to His children that will cripple the enemy in his tracks – even bringing down evil empires!

Revelation 18: 23 The light of a lamp
will never shine in you again.
The voice of bridegroom and bride
will never be heard in you again.
Your merchants were the world’s important people.
By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.
24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people,
of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”

Amber Pierce: The vision that I shared above is coming to pass. The Millennial Generation is coming to maturity and will now produce a fruitful harvest! God is releasing a new call over our generation that we are excited to be a part of and we look forward to seeing it mature in this season. I believe that key relationships are strengthening in a way to define covenant as God has ordained it in our time.

Brat (in “Time” 5 May 17): Even if I had the money to save myself, it would not help. Managing money and property is time-consuming. It would take me away from spending time in prayer and enjoying Your company, God, and that is what You’ve called me to do. There are others in the Church who are gifted in managing money and they see God in the flow of it all. I don’t have to do their job. My job is to pray and write and if my time is taken up with these other things, then how can I do what I’m called to do, because the Church doesn’t value or care about what she has?

C.N.A. Daily News: “Today the Virgin Mary asks all of us the same question that, a hundred years ago, she asked the shepherd children: ‘Do you want to offer yourselves to God?’ Their answer – ‘Yes, we do!’ – makes us able to understand and imitate their lives.”

Rob Radosti: “And David inquired at the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them?’ And he answered him, ‘Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.'” (1 Samuel 30:8)

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: In the year 593 BCE, Zedekiah leads a confederation of neighboring states in planning a rebellion against BabylonJeremiah warns them against this folly through a very visual symbol. He walks through the streets, wearing a yoke, normally used to harness oxen while plowing, on his neck. When onlookers asked him about his strange behavior, he answered that this was the Divine message: accept the yoke of Babylon and submit peacefully, and live.

Amber Pierce: Submit to Your Individual Callings…No Matter What!

Brat (in “Net” 13 May 17): The Cloud of Witnesses have certainly been there watching everything. Who is my “Saul”? I don’t know. It’s really a collective archetype of “Saul.” Over and over I’ve had to give up my spirit to Jesus. (Acts 7:59)

Daniel 12:1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered.

Rick Joyner: In the beginning of this study of Revelation, we covered the basics of what a bondservant of Christ is, because Revelation was given to the Lord to give to His bondservants. For this reason, only those who are true bondservants can fully understand Revelation. So, understanding and embracing this calling is crucial. We will review those basics to make the necessary connection to this text.

Brat: I wouldn’t be sending out letters to strangers if the Funny Bunnies would write me back.

Monk: Hold on, Brat. You are both coming at the same coin from different sides.

Brat: Whadduyoumean?

Monk: Rick sees the beast as an economic power. No one can “buy, sell, or trade” without this.

Brat: I’m not arguing that. This latest global cyber attack was borne out of greed, to the point of holding people and companies for ransom. If they didn’t upgrade to protect themselves, they had to pay money to get out of cyber hock. I said I was reaching outside the box deliberately and prophetically to make a connection. That doesn’t mean it’s a far reach. I write and when I share I don’t do it for money. By far the majority of the words in my inbox are from solicitors who want money. They want something from me. I have no credit card. I have no savings. I chose to go financially bankrupt and replace it with the spiritual kingdom. In response, the consumer beast took his rage out on me. I have nothing to give that beast. The cyber beast is the horn that the consumer beast rides. When I share my writings, they just get consumed. They are seen as a commodity to be devoured until the next wave, because the Church says nothing.

Rob Radosti: I saw a special division of soldier sons and daughters arising known as the “Holy Ghost Division.” This Holy Ghost Division would move into the enemy’s camp swiftly and undercover – nearly undetectable. They are not afraid to be caught, because they enter battle with the authority of the Head of principalities and powers Himself – Jesus!

Psalm Psalm 66:8-20
66:8 Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard,

66:9 who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.

66:10 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.

66:11 You brought us into the net; you laid burdens on our backs;

66:12 you let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place.

66:13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will pay you my vows,

66:14 those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.

66:15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fatlings, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah

66:16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me.

66:17 I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue.

66:18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

66:19 But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer.

66:20 Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.

Ben Lim: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1-3)

Binyomin Adilman: One who for some reason has no land can make the pilgrimage and cling to the source of his life and spiritual vitality even without undertaking the actual journey. For his heart is loyal only to the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.

Ben Lim: God is the Creator and He is releasing His Spirit of Creativity to the Church. The Church will not only have creative miracles in supernatural signs and wonders, but we will also have creative miracles in science, medicine, technology, commerce, education, and in every other realm and sphere of society.

Rick Joyner: The word “bondservant” is a nicer way to say “slave.” The bondservant of Christ is the slave of Christ. A slave has nothing of his own, including time, money, resources, and even their family. We become bondservants when we give everything to Him and hold nothing back, as the Lord stated in Luke 14:33: “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

Ben Lim: Intimacy is what leads us to creativity. Intimacy with the Lord is where we gain our ideas. Intimacy with the Lord is where we gain fresh revelations of Heaven. When we are intimate with the Lord, we will create with Him. The Bible calls us co-creators with Christ. We will only be co-heirs and inherit the greater things, if we choose to also be co-creators with Him. The Lord is looking for co-heirs, but more so, for co-creators!

Rick Joyner: Under the Old Covenant, slaves were allowed but servitude was conditional and had an expiration date. If the time came for a slave to be freed but they loved their master and wanted to remain in their service, they could choose to do so. When they did this, they were taken to the doorway of the tent of meeting and were marked by the priest as a permanent slave of their master.

Anna Blake: My jaw tensed as I shot a look at the woman, holding hard eye contact for long seconds. Then I walked toward the checkout, meeting my husband on the way, and keeping my gaze down. I told him that I’d just seen a little girl get grabbed but the voice that came out of my mouth sounded just as tiny as hers.

Ben Lim: Because of the revelation of the Father and the love of Jesus, this Bridegroom paradigm and intimacy is birthing the Church in new ways, forms, shapes, and expressions of her relationship with God. We are looking more like Heaven in all of its vastness and glory. We are moving away from the dead forms of yesterday’s traditions and rituals and we are moving into new molds and matrices of God’s love in today’s generation.

Anna Blake: Your assignment this week is to write something dark or hurtful or embarrassing. Tell a secret or confess to a crime. Be a witness to heartbreaking destruction. Write about it with dispassionate clarity. Use the best words (think tired, write exhausted) and physical descriptions of locations that evoke a feeling. Show the reader what it was like. Be scary like a campfire ghost story. Think about pacing and suspense. Kill your darlings. Remember that whether you write fiction or nonfiction, writing is still an art. Then share your feelings about writing what’s hard to write on our Writing Herd Facebook page. Most of all, keep on writing.

Brat (in “Letter” 14 May 17): Here is the backstory: God promised to hold Eli accountable for his sons’ behavior. (1 Samuel 2) He raised me up among them. I see the Seven Churches as Eli’s sons. I was with each one of them for a time. Then God sent me to the company of prophets. I was among them for “times”, overlapping my time between the Churches and the prophets. Then I reached out to the rabbis for “half a time.” (Daniel 12:7, Revelation 12:14) There is a wall of silence between all of us; a secret; a (cyber?) veil that the Cloud of Witnesses sit behind as they move the chess pieces on the divine chessboard. They service at the entrance to the tent of meeting. (1 Sam 2:22) I am fully aware of how nuts that sounds. I am praying that the power of the holy people has finally been broken and all things will be completed. (Dan 12:7)

Anna Blake: Do I sound dismissive? It isn’t that I don’t have empathy for awkward turkey dinners. Problems are relative. My family kept a filthy secret that some of us barely survived.

Amber Pierce: I had no idea that someone could live in such a state of war, but at the same time be so committed to it. I didn’t know that even after everything that we’ve been through in Israel, that even after seven years, we would still want to be there. I didn’t know that I would one day call Jerusalem home. I never thought that I would say that it’s the most romantic city on earth. I’m still surprised that even with all of the comforts that I can choose to have in Texas, I keep choosing Jerusalem. For all of us this means that we must submit to our individual callings regardless of what our obstacles and discomforts might be!

C.N.A. Daily News: Speaking to all of the sick and suffering present, he [the Pope] said they should not think of themselves just as recipients of charitable solidarity, but know that they are full participants in the Church’s life and mission.

Brat: Do you understand your mission?

Rob Radosti: Just as there are ranks in armies and among angels, there are ranks in the Body of Christ. The purpose of these ranks, however, is not to be greater than another – but to work together to accomplish a specific operation.

Monk: Showing that scripture is fulfilled is a specific operation.

Brat: Jesus did call Himself “the Root of David” and word did go out from Jerusalem, so, therefore, does that not fulfill scripture?

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The Jewish Agency people, though distant from Torah observance, needed no further explanation. With their own eyes, they had witnessed the fulfillment of the Torah’s words!

Anna Blake: I was almost half-done with the manuscript for Stable Relation when I shared it with my first beta reader. He was complimentary. The first chapter was good, he said, but the biggest thing was missing. He was an old friend; he knew the family secret and without revealing it, he thought nothing else made sense.

Kaji Douša: At the end of the meeting, after the debrief and the planning, I returned to the safety of my home. She, however, returned to her sanctuary. And she went on to “minister by night.” For her sanctuary serves as a refuge of last resort for people who cannot bring themselves to be deported. Her sanctuary, you see, is not just a place where people come to sing and debate where their arms should go when they sing. Her sanctuary serves “by night,” too, as sanctuary becomes more than just a word or a space. Sanctuary, for the people of Judson Memorial Church in New York City and so many other places across this country, is an offering, a way of life.

Brat (in “Net” 13 May 17): Where do I find sanctuary to process the journey?

When I got to Jo’s yesterday for our play day, I was tense. Things were crashing in and I saw no forward movement. I was still being obedient in sharing the journey, but hearing nothing back. When we get to these crux points, I tense up, because there’s no way to tell where the collective conversation is going. I don’t know what to pray. Whenever I get to a place where I don’t know what to pray, all I can do is look up: Worship God!

Ben Lim: Every generation has had its own unique way of expressing their love and revelation of God. This generation is a crux and climax of all of her years put together. This generation is an outbreak of a Renaissance that the world has never seen before!

C.N.A. Daily News: “They lived life, with its share of joy and suffering, as an offering to the Lord. I invite those of you who are sick to live your lives as a gift. Like the shepherd children, tell Our Lady that you want to offer yourselves to God with all your heart,” Pope Francis said May 13.

Anna Blake: I fumed about it. I was having a good time writing funny stories about moving to the country but he was right. It was as if there was a decomposing skeleton in the room and I was arranging flowers to brighten the place up. I started over, dreading the truth that needed telling and not at all confident that I could find the words, even all those years later.

Rick Joyner: Bob Dylan got it right when he wrote the song, “You Gotta Serve Somebody.” Believe it or not, like it or not, everyone on earth is a slave. We are either slaves to sin and evil or we are a slave of Christ. Many are trying to negotiate a deal between the two, but the closer we get to the end of this age, the less people will be able to waver between the two. Right now, we are in the time called “the valley of decision,” and the decision is who we will serve.

Brat (in “Net” 13 May 17): Lord Jesus? You said that the Books would be opened! I am convinced that the journal logs of our collective journey show our faithfulness in Truth! We cannot carry the load. You said we don’t have to! You said Your burden is light. As Your library Page, I am asking You for help to open the books and put a stop to these false scripts that Lana Vawser talked about. The Seven Churches just keep doing what they’re doing, which is what You told them to do. (Thyatira, Rev 2:24-25) On the anniversary of our mystical marriage, please accept my prayer for the elder not to weep and send in the Lion of Judah to open the scroll and its seven seals. (Rev 5:5) I worship You, Jesus, and give You thanks in mercy, like a mother’s love for her children.

James W. Goll: On behalf of someone else, the intercessor takes up a case of justice before a sovereign and entirely righteous God. God is looking for the man or woman who will take up the plea, and He can hardly believe it when no one volunteers to stand in the gap.

Brat (in “Time” 5 May 17): When I do integrate my journals into the collective greater story then usually (after some struggle) we make some headway. In the end of that cycle I still don’t have sanctuary. I bring it up to the collective AGAIN that I need a safe and quiet place to BE. There follows more sermons on FAITH. That is a Catch-22 with no exit loop. Faith must accompany works. Writing is my “works” and I share what You ask me to share, but to the collective they don’t seem to recognize this as faith in action. They can stay far off and removed, not get directly involved, and the priests act like they don’t have to be accountable. They can send out blogs and sermons to “teach us a lesson.” They keep control by default and if I rock the boat, then they come back with more war. But NO ONE steps forward with shock and dismay that one of God’s princesses is still in her car praying for the Churches. They wouldn’t allow one of their own daughters to live like this, but it’s okay for me to live this way indefinitely. And so is Janet Soules. She lives full time in her car! They rationalize it by saying that this is God’s path and His way for our lives and He will take care of us.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Sometimes, Being Close Means Feeling Far

Anna Blake: I had to work up to telling the secret, so I laid a trail of breadcrumbs, intermingling painful scenes from my childhood farm and setting the stage, while practicing writing about the emotions that changed my life’s course. When the time came to write about the final incident, my first draft was only two paragraphs long. It took a month to bleed out the other three thousand words. The chapter title came last: The Worst Thing. That chapter took on a blinding importance to editors and beta readers, even if it was hard to talk about. Just like a family secret.

Brat: For ten years I have shared the journey with the Churches and I get Arc Speak back, but no direct engagement. It feels like a spiritual rape.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Selling Your Integrity, Your Love and Your Soul

Brat: Pastor John Tolle could deliver the message, but that means he would be tested some more when he talked to the Catholics (but then he’s already said that he’s braced for more testing.) He could be like Richard the Lion Hearted and get word to the Catholics that the dragon is holding the woman and her books hostage. The Catholics, in turn, could send out the Knights Templar (or whomever rescues damsels in distress,) and the Lion of Judah would prevail, just as You promised! (Rev 5:5)

  1. Albert Little (The Cordial Catholic): Because, says [Dr. Peter] Kreeft, if what the Church says about the Eucharist is true then God will—because He’s been waiting this whole time. And if the Catholic experience of Christianity is the most authentic and closest experience to what God intended, then He will. And if that little weird wafer, and all the weird little Catholic pieties are really the best way to get to know and be in relationship with Christ, then He will surely draw you in.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The first verse of parashat Bechukotai states, “If you follow my laws….I will give you rain at their correct time.” (Deut. 26:3-4) Why does the Torah emphasize these physical rewards; shouldn’t it focus on spiritual rewards in the afterlife? Rebbe Michel of Zlotshuv is even more astounded and asks, “Why does G‑d promise us anything at all? Are we not supposed to serve the Almighty without the expectation of receiving any reward (see Avot 1:3)? If this is the case, it does not matter what is promised! Any promise only confuses the situation. Isn’t it preferable not to mention any rewards at all, and preclude the need for rabbinic warnings not to serve G‑d with the intention of receiving a reward. Blessings will come on their own to those who deserve them.”

Monk: Lord Jesus, does this picture not fit the description of the elders looking at You who looked like the Lamb who was slain? (Rev 5:6) Does this not describe the crucifix? Must dragons not flee from that?

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

Brat: Are they gonna just keep standing there looking at You?

C.N.A. Daily News: Newly canonized, we take St. Francisco and St. Jacinta as our examples. They were taught by Mary to adore Jesus and this became their strength in suffering. “God’s presence became constant in their lives, as is evident from their insistent prayers for sinners and their desire to remain ever near ‘the hidden Jesus’ in the tabernacle.”

Brat: Pastor John doesn’t have to rescue the damsel with her books. All he has to do is send word to the knights. He’s got friends. And besides, isn’t the pope known for slaying dragons?

Rob Radosti: The Lord is removing the “political ranks” from His divisions, and causing us to work together as a Body again. We, the thriving force of His glory, the Church will overtake and without fail – recover all!

1 Peter 3:15 but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you;

James W. Goll: Jeremiah 27:18 says, “But if they are prophets, and if the word of the Lord is with them, let them now make intercession to the Lord of Hosts.”

C.N.A. Daily News: Entrust your sorrows, sufferings and weariness to Jesus, he [Pope Francis] went on, who is hidden but still present in the Eucharist, just as he is also hidden in the wounds of the sick and suffering. “On the altar, we worship the flesh of Jesus; in these our brothers and sisters, we encounter the wounds of Jesus.”

Rob Radosti: “Join me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. A soldier refrains from entangling himself in civilian affairs, in order to please the One who enlisted him” (2 Timothy 2:3-4).

  1. Albert Little (The Cordial Catholic): Try it, says Kreeft, because what do you have to lose?

Brat: Cordial Catholic, Would you write me back and engage with me if I shared my writings with you? What’s your real email? In this format, I can only be manipulated and constrained to the Facebook Page.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The modern Catholic Church is already in schism, but it is an internal schism, hidden to most people.

Lance Wallnau: “One of the clearest paths of promotion is through excellence.”

Brat: Lance, to paraphrase one of your points, you said that just as Jesus came to us incarnate, that the devil cast out of the second heaven (and how he falls through all four realms—good explanation and teaching on that!) would be incarnate, too. What if the Man-Child End-Time Company [Rev 12] was raised up for the purposes of reaching the redeemed Adam in that incarnate devil? Would not that act of redemption further cast out the devil from that man and throw it into the lake of fire? Then the redeemed Adam’s testimony would be added to the Man-Child’s Company.

Anna Blake: Reflecting

It’s the job of a hero
to stand invincible
dwarfing the sky
and giving us pause,
reflecting the sum of
our inadequacies and hopes
too precious to name.

Could I be that strong,
that resilient, with decades
behind me and a dwindling future?
She holds her ground, with
steady eyes and no apology.

Our nature demands that
we measure ourselves with
cold calculation and doubt,
though the hero makes no claims
against us. Instead, she holds
a space beside her. Step up,
lay down the rest.

Kaji Douša: It is no secret that she is my shero. With puppy-like, sometimes covetous devotion I have followed her and wanted to be a version of her since we first met years ago.

Anna Blake: One beta reader told me that that Worst Thing chapter totally ruined the book. It was too sad and too ugly. With an ironic smile, I thought, yes. I’d certainly edit it out of my life if I could but for me and millions of women, we’ve had to find a way to survive the unthinkable in our lives. I didn’t know where to put this odd duck of a chapter but the chapter would stay. Sometimes the awkward thing no one wants to talk about is the most important part to share.

C.N.A. Daily News: Therefore, “with Mary’s protection,” he concluded, “may we be for our world sentinels of the dawn, contemplating the true face of Jesus the Savior, resplendent at Easter.”

Amber Pierce: Watch for sudden changes in your schedule. What looks like an inconvenience is wrapped up with the call of God. There is a mission on hand for you, even this week! Now the Pierce family will enter Israel via Rome. We pray that all of you will find your divine gate of passage this week! Remember the call of God could be wrapped in a scheduling conflict.

Brat: Wait a sec before you fly off! Are you saying that Richard the Lionhearted will not get the message to the knights or are you saying the cyber bunnies will break out of the box? Either way, the dragon still has the damsel and her books hostage until someone DOES something!

C.N.A. Daily News: “Thus may we rediscover the young and beautiful face of the Church, which shines forth when she is missionary, welcoming, free, faithful, poor in means and rich in love.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:42 am             Parked at the Thousand Oaks Library. Okay, Lord. New prayer. I can tell by the stagnation in the divine Flow and this developing migraine of mine that Richard the Lionhearted is stuck. Have mercy on him, God. Please intervene on his behalf to break us all out into the freedom and mercy you have waiting to bestow upon all of us. Please send in the cavalry. It doesn’t have to be another Crusade, just loving-kindness in action. The Catholics know they have a Schism, but they may find an answer to their prayers over here unbeknownst to them.

 

“Comely and Delicate” 10 May 17

10 May

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

[4 pages]

Jeremiah 4:2  And wilt swear: ‘As the LORD liveth’ in truth, in justice, and in righteousness; then shall the nations bless themselves by Him, and in Him shall they glory.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: Isaiah’s vision of the redemption is a natural one. As the next verse states, there will be death, and people will still sin. However, the people will dwell safely in their Land. They will live for an entire lifespan (Isa 65:20), build houses and plant fields and vineyards (verse 21), and live without fear of invasion and exile. For this alone, God rejoices with Jerusalem and the people of Israel.

Brat (in “Time” 5 May 17): My point is that Eli and Sons do not know how to extend mercy, because they don’t know what mercy is. They only know how to consume, because they are consumers.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: Isaiah has presented the people’s confession to God that they are impure and unworthy of Divine assistance. He then prays to God in their name not to be angry forever with them. They humbly acknowledge that they are like clay, and that God is their potter. The people hope that since God made Israel, He will not “forsake the work of His own hands” (see Psalms 138:8). Rather, they hope for complete forgiveness, a return to their Land and the rebuilding of the holy cities and holy Temple which became “laid waste” (verses 9-10). This appeal was echoed throughout the generations, and has begun to be answered in our times.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Nebuchadnezzar’s ziggurat, referred to by archaeologists as the Etemenanki, is believed to have been almost 300 feet tall, with a square base measuring 300 feet on each side. It encased the earlier structure, made of sunbaked bricks, inside a 49-foot -thick wall of oven-baked brick.

Marchaé Grair: Worth isn’t some kind of currency exchange of good or bad deeds, where I can try to make up for the things I wasn’t or perhaps will never be.

Brat (in “Time” 5 May 17): Even if I had the money to save myself, it would not help. Managing money and property is time-consuming. It would take me away from spending time in prayer and enjoying Your company, God, and that is what You’ve called me to do. There are others in the Church who are gifted in managing money and they see God in the flow of it all. I don’t have to do their job. My job is to pray and write and if my time is taken up with these other things, then how can I do what I’m called to do, because the Church doesn’t value or care about what she has?

Kenneth L. Samuel: “Yeah . . . right!” I thought to myself sarcastically.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: The inscription confirms the building was a Mesopotamian-style tower and illustrates the seven tiers of the ancient megastructure. Significantly, it also identifies the man behind it, depicted next to the tower – Mesopotamia’s most famous ruler, King Nebuchadnezzar II. Dr. George’s translation of the tablet reveals a detailed account of the tower’s construction by the Babylonian king.

Brat (in “Time” 5 May 17): I keep going back to the priests. The Church already has structures in place to provide for her Anchorites, keep her safe, manage resources, publish books, steward the gifts, keep covenant, and make You happy. She was too busy and agendized to hear. I have no other means myself to get through her drawbridge, moat, cannons, watchtower, guards, spikes, spears, and gargoyles. Help MUST come from the outside. And Israel just sits on her words. They bless her land. I get that. I bless them, too! I just cannot break this nut. All the squirrels in the tree can’t break the nut if they don’t care, or know, or want to care or know. My own people are not moved one iota.

Rick Joyner: In Revelation 7:1-3, the four angels are sent to hold back the “four winds of the earth” until they have sealed the bondservants of God on their foreheads. We see that there will be a time that the “four great winds of the earth” will be in relative abeyance, and so there will be relative peace until the Lord has sealed His bondservants.

Brat: Can’t you just see the lightbulb going off above their heads?

Bible Gateway (08 May 17): Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. ~ Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)

Brat: You were not an outsider.

Kenneth L. Samuel: The cooperation or the competition we bring with us to the work environment sets the context in which we do our jobs.

Monk (in “Truth Be Told” 8 May 17): All God has ever asked of us is to steward His creation.

Bible Gateway (09 May 17): [ Life Through the Spirit ] Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. ~ Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

Nick Vujicic: God wants us to do the right thing, and that includes never letting another person suffer if you can help it. The traveler found by the good Samaritan had been bullied, beaten, and robbed. Jesus didn’t waffle on what He expects us to do if we find someone in that situation. As God’s children, we are expected to help one another. Standing by and watching someone be harassed, pushed around, ridiculed, and marginalized is not Christian behavior, neither is it humane. Most people would not let an animal be mistreated like that, much less a human being.

Brat (in “Thousand Years” 3 May 17): I’m not angry at any one person. I’m trying to see what You want me to pray, God. I just don’t understand this prevalent mindset in this culture that says it’s okay for me to use my car as an office when I get no support for my contribution, as if it means nothing to them, even though they make it sound like they hear me. This stuff is like the priests forking the choicest meat offerings to keep for themselves. (1 Samuel 2:12-15) They don’t have an inheritance (Dt 18:1-2), so they have to take mine? God! Who’s praying for You??!!

James Goll: Let’s Receive Our Inheritance of Prophetic Dreams

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: The comely and delicate one, the daughter of Tzion, will I cut off. (Jeremiah 6:2)

Brat: Awe, gee, thanks, Jeremiah!

Nick Vujicic: The Good Samaritan didn’t just offer a word of encouragement. He interrupted his own journey, treated the wounds of the beaten man, took him to a safe place [!], and made sure he was taken care of until he recovered. The Bible offers no description of the robbery victim, and I think that’s because Jesus wants us to be good Samaritans to anyone in need, whether they are like us or not.

Shirley Seger: In Revelations 3:15, Jesus said to the Laodicean church, “I would rather you be hot or cold, but since you are lukewarm I will vomit you out of My mouth.” This verse always perplexed me until the day I discovered firsthand what it means.

Nick Vujicic: “My lethargy was humbling, to say the least. It was as though I’d become another person. One day, a group of employers and contractors for ‘Attitude is Altitude’ gathered at my house, and I found myself trying to explain my transformation.” (Unstoppable, p 36)

Kenneth L. Samuel: It’s difficult to enter a situation and find fulfillment if within ourselves, we’ve already exited before we even enter.

Bible Gateway (10 May 27): [ Dealing With Sin in the Church ] “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. ~ Matthew 18:15 (NIV)

Brat: I’ve tried, over and over and over…and with all the babbling, I still cannot tell if I have won them over, because I don’t know who’s listening. Even a coma patient can still hear.

Doug Addison: Get ready to receive revelation through dreams, visions and supernatural encounters. The heavens are open right now to hear God like never before.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: In describing the coming invasion, Jeremiah [6:2] describes Zion as “comely and delicate”. Some commentators suggest that Jeremiah is mockingly referring to the women of Jerusalem, whose extravagant tastes and styles contrast with the simple and honest manners of the country dwellers. The commentator Rashi, however, implies that “comely and delicate” describes the Land of Israel itself. Her gentle green hills and rolling pastures provided perfect grounds for shepherds to graze their flocks as described in the next verse.

Brat: Gabriel has a special view and an eye for shepherds.

Jeremiah 6:Shepherds with their flocks will come against her;
they will pitch their tents around her,
each tending his own portion.”

Monk: Excuse me, but hasn’t the Church already been doing that?

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: As the news continues to focus its attention on the scandals evoked by the behavior of Catholic priests, I turned my attention to a mitzvah recorded in the weekly Torah portion of Emor concerning Jewish priests, demonstrating Judaism’s very sobering and realistic approach to the pitfalls of human sexuality.

Archbishop of Canterbury (05 May 17): Praying for peace with Chief Rabbi Mirvis at the Western Wall in Jerusalem today.

Pastor Tom Demaree: We lament over the walls that divide us, even as we continue to segregate ourselves.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Meron is a sleepy mountain village a few miles west of Safed that once a year undergoes a remarkable transformation. Each year on Lag B’Omer, more than 250,000 Jews of all descriptions converge upon it from all parts of the country. The highway is closed and traffic rerouted, as the whole area is covered with tents and vans for miles around. Enormous bonfires are kindled in honor of the shining spiritual light Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai.

Nate Johnston: The Scripture goes on to say that Zerubbabel listened and his spirit was stirred. He began work on the house of the Lord. He was so deeply moved by the Word of the Lord that he took it upon himself to begin to restore the ruins of God’s house.

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: So, the next time you are overtaken by particularly dark cravings, do not fall into despair. Remember, you are no worse than the High Priest of Israel! You, too, may struggle against horrible demons. But, you, too, may still enter into the Holy of Holies.

James Goll: Like our Jewish forerunners and the early church fathers, let’s create a culture where the spirit of revelation not only exists but also flourishes. It’s time to take back our spiritual birthright and be sons and daughters who walk an illumined path by the One Who is the Author of dreams.

Marchaé Grair: Prayer
When I question my worth, I’m thankful that through Jesus Christ, I’ve already been given my answer.

Brat: Do you think that the wild man of the Geresenes (Mark 5) was suffering from worthiness issues and that’s was caused him to go ballistic?

Bumper Sticker to Ephesus: Question Authority

Archbishop of Canterbury: Praying at the Wall in Bethlehem