Archive | June, 2017

Tactical School 25 June 17

28 Jun

Working Dates: Sunday, June 25, 2017 to Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 1:02 pm                       Journal: Parked by the field under a (messy) jacaranda tree. Okay, Lord, what do You want to say? Abraham has saddled his donkey, cut the wood before the burnt offering trek, and set out to the place in the distance that You have shown him. (Gen 22:3) I notice that Abraham cut the wood BEFORE he set out.

Pastor John Tolle wants us to know our neighbors so we can love on them. He’s bringing in intercessors to pray for his neighborhood, teaching us about prayer-walking, and following the nudges of the Holy Spirit. These are good things. And this donkey still doesn’t have a barn, but I have You, God. And for that I am eternally grateful!

Abraham has the wood and the fire. (v 7) I’m trusting You that You have led the Churches to lay the wood in order. (v 9) Pastor John is Your son on the top of the pile, but You have said not to lay a hand on him. (v 12)

Pastor John Tolle: God is looking for you and I to come to a place where we come to Him; where He is filling us with His purposes.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: What is doctrine and discipline anyway? Doctrine and discipline make distinctions. It is Christ’s church saying, “We believe this and not that. We expect this behavior and reject that behavior.”

Journal: I noticed that when Isaac asked Abraham where the lamb was for the burnt offering, Abraham answered his son using the son’s word in response to his question. God had already told Abraham that he would offer Isaac.

Genesis 22:2…and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.”

Like a good Dad, Abraham listened to his son and used his son’s words in his response, even though God had not said anything about a lamb to Abraham.

Isaac: “The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” (v 7)

It was Isaac who brought up the word “lamb.”

Abraham: “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” (v 8)

After his son is bound and laid on the unlit wood pyre (v 9), Abraham takes his knife out to kill his son. (v 10) But then an angel of the LORD calls to him from heaven. (v 11)

I get the message that I’m not supposed to lay a hand on Pastor John or do anything to him. (v 12) I fear God, since I have not withheld my “son,” and the Churches are my only son. (Rev 12:13) He was snatched up to God and to His throne. (v 5) I have been faithful and truthful with all of them. And the more I share, the more Pastor John cries how we are self-serving, orchestrating, manipulative, and agendized, rather than letting God use us for His agenda.

Lazer Gurkow: When viewed this way, the lesson of Miriam’s well is clear. The Yiddishe mama has a particular role to play in Jewish life. The Torah tells us that the obligation to teach Torah to the child falls primarily on the father.2 The father provides food for Torah thought directly to the child’s mind. The Yiddishe mama nurtures a home environment and a culture that extends the Torah to the child’s heart and facilitates the child’s ability to internalize it, allowing it to flow within the child like water. Thus, Miriam, the preeminent Yiddishe mama, provided the water. [2.Talmud, Kiddushin 30b, based on Deuteronomy 6:7.]

Journal: I was REALLY grateful that Rick Rizo came up to me before the service. He threw his arms around me in a big hug and said, “I THANK GOD for you!” There was genuine appreciation and sincere gratitude in his voice. He also said he liked my red blazer jacket and said the color looks good on me. That greeting was much more substantial than a side-hug and an air kiss toward the cheek with a “Hi, how are you, how’s your week been, it’s been hot, have a blessed day, gotta go, luv, luv…” This greeting from Rick’s heart made me wonder if he had read “Arc! Ark!” that I posted to my blog last night. [1] (The stats show no views at all, so I donno.)

Rick Rizo singled me out, like the Lord had sent him to me. I felt encouraged.

Later Pastor John confessed that the nudge of God was challenging his inner critic, as he dealt with a woman not paying attention on the drive to church, and his patience got tested. Was he arc-speaking that 21 pages tested his patience? Or is a cigar just a cigar?

Vicki Kemper: Why? Because love covers a multitude of sins—not his, but mine; not someone else’s, but ours.

As I reflect on this, I feel like the Lord was holding up both Rick Rizo and Pastor John side-by-side for me to look at. I don’t feel like I’m comparing the two. I feel like there’s some meaning or message I’m supposed to glean as I hold them up.

Shira Schechter: What do you think we can learn from the fact that the priests who prepare the red heifer, a rite of purification, become impure themselves in the process?

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Red Heifer is a divine decree that cannot be comprehended.[2]

Brat: Neither can a woman. Aren’t you glad?

Monday, June 26, 2017                      Verse of the Day

“‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. ~ Leviticus 19:18 (NIV)

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: MICAH 6:1  Hear ye now what the LORD saith: Arise contend thou before the mountains and let the hills hear thy voice.

2  Hear O ye mountains the LORD’S controversy and ye enduring rocks the foundations of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with His people and He will plead with Yisrael.

3  O My people what have I done unto thee? And wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against Me.

4  For I brought thee up out of the land of Mitzrayim and redeemed thee out of the house of bondage and I sent before thee Moshe Aharon and Miriam.

5  O My people remember now what Balak king of Moav devised and what Bilam the son of Beor answered him; from Shittim unto Gilgal that ye may know the righteous acts of the LORD.

To the Church of Pergamum Jesus said: Revelation 2: 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.

Brat: Translation: Balaam blessed and did not curse Israel. (Numbers 22-24) Balaam took his frustration out on his donkey. Balaam got fat off of Balak’s ritual BBQ’s. There is a sexual rush that comes in that. They contain lifeforce. It’s natural. These cycles are no different than what happened between the Funny Bunnies and me. All the while the angel stood between Balaam and his donkey, whom he kept beating.

Numbers 22: 21 Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey and went with the Moabite officials. 22 But God was very angry when he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. Balaam was riding on his donkey, and his two servants were with him. 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, it turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat it to get it back on the road.

24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path through the vineyards, with walls on both sides. 25 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again.

26 Then the angel of the Lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. 27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff. 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?”

29 Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.”

30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?”

“No,” he said.

31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.

32 The angel of the Lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. 33 The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”

34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me. Now if you are displeased, I will go back.”

35 The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.” So Balaam went with Balak’s officials.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: In Nahum’s final prophecy against Nineveh, God addresses Assyria directly. The statement “Behold, I am against thee” testifies that the nations set to fight against Assyria are only the puppets of God, who is ultimately controlling the events. The punishment of uncovering the nakedness of Assyria mirrors the punishment traditionally given to unfaithful spouses (Hosea 2:5). Assyria gained power by “seducing” smaller nations, enticing them into alliances and then breaking their word and enslaving them. Assyria acted unfaithfully and will therefore receive the punishment of the unfaithful. Those who were humiliated by Assyria are now going to witness Assyria’s humiliation.

Lazer Gurkow: The Torah teaches us that G‑d dwells in the heart of the Jew just as much as He dwelled in the Temple. Thus, if we want to know how the Jewish women of old, under the guidance of their Yiddishe mamas, built families and homes, we need to consider their contributions to the building of the Tabernacle.

Journal: Something else that I noticed while I read the Abraham and Isaac passage this morning was that the father and son had thought that God would provide a LAMB. (v 8) The son planted the seed of the idea. BUT God provided a RAM instead; not what they were expecting.

Talk about addressing expectations and agendas!

The one whom you love… (v 1)

Vicki Kemper: In any other situation, I might have tried to tell him how I felt and where I stood. More likely, I would have given him a piece my mind and then closed my heart, writing him off as one of “those people.”

But I couldn’t begin to do that. Why? Because I already loved him. Because I knew well his integrity and held dear his humanity. Because I already loved him, I couldn’t go all judge-y on him.

Brat: In my Mamma Circles, we have a saying: “He’s a prick, but he’s MY prick.” That means we acknowledge he’s difficult, but no one else has the right to degrade him.

Monk: Mamma says…!

Journal: To Abraham’s great credit, he stayed focused on the fact THAT God provided, and not that God didn’t provide a lamb. He was (I imagine) so grateful that God provided anything, so he didn’t have to sacrifice his son, that he didn’t have a critical spirit that said, “God, You didn’t meet my criteria.” I’m sure that never entered his heart-mind. So what if God sent a ram and not a lamb as they expected? His son was spared, they made a sacrifice of what God provided and offered it back to Him. Abraham named that spot “The LORD will provide.” The focus was on the Lord’s provision.

Does my “son” have a critical spirit?

I have been up against this same spirit in every Church going all the way back to the beginning at St Patrick’s. No amount of praying and fasting seems to actually get rid of it. I surrender this to You, Lord. No one can fight this spirit. It keeps people bound, put on their pyres, and they carry their own fire and knives. (Gen 22:6)

This whole culture seems plagued or infiltrated by a critical spirit. Those who flow in joy are at risk of being deflated by critics. And it doesn’t help when leaders deflate the joy by telling us we’re the ones who are agendized, and it feels like we have to take responsibility for their jobs, (when they should be passing us along, rather than telling us what a hard job they have, and in turn they try to pump up, energize, and coach the team that is already battle worn and needs rest.) Lord, turn this around! Bless Pastor John and give him mercy!

Vicki Kemper: Prayer
Great Merciful God, cover my sins with your love, that I might be changed.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Our present situation is seen as an extension of the Roman subjugation, since culturally and legally western civilization shares the values and world-view of ancient Rome.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Lack of spiritual connection leads to the spiritual impurity of the exile.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Think of it like this: if you are playing football you have a set of rules and regulation. There is a rule book. In order to play the game you not only need the rule book, but everybody involved in the game needs to know the rules and agree to abide by them. Both teams agree to the rules. The individual players agree to the rules. The referees and coaches agree to the rules and the audience in the bleachers know and agree to the rules.

Lazer Gurkow: It goes without saying that there are exceptions to most rules, and in some houses the mother takes the lead role in educating the children, and the father takes the lead in nurturing a loving tone in the home. It is also true that most men and women overlap in both areas. But on the whole, the mother’s and father’s roles are distinctive in the Torah: the mother nurtures, and the mitzvah to teach Torah to the next generation rests on the shoulders of the father.

Brat: In our culture, Liberals say the woman’s place is wherever she wants it to be. Traditionalists say the woman’s role is in the home. I’ve been trying to get back into God’s house.

Monk: It takes a thief. (Rev 3:3; Rev 16:15)

Journal: The Churches are supposed to work together so they don’t burn out. They each have gifts to offer towards God’s agenda:

Thyatira has the gift of service.

Sardis has the gift of missions.

Philly has the gift of honesty.

Smyrna has the gift of faith.

Ephesus has the gift of perseverance.

Pergamum has the gift of grace.

Laodicea has the gift of witness.

Lord, take these gifts and anoint them for Your glory. Help Your Churches (and Jewish friends) to work together. Each are notes in Your score.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (from “Arc! Ark!” 21 June 17): Why did G-d create multiplicity? Because the deepest unity is the unity found within diversity. If we are all the same, unity is no achievement. The truest unity is achieved when differentiations and demarcations are imposed upon the primordial oneness, and its component parts are each given a distinct role in existence, complementing each other. Like notes in a ballad, each of us represents a unique and distinct note, and together we recreate a cosmic Divine symphony, not by singing the same note, but by expressing our individual note as an indispensable part of the song. Every individual existence is part of a symphonious expression of the singular essence of its Creator. In this world we must achieve unity within diversity.

Yerachmiel Tilles: “The Lubavitcher Rebbe said: tell her that because she wants to marry a gentile there is a Jew in New York that can’t sleep nights.”

Ascent of Safed: A note from the staff of Kabbalah Online in Tzefat

The transcendence of all limitations that will characterize the Era of the Redemption will be all-encompassing. Therefore, all entities will exist on an infinitely higher plane during that era than they exist at present. This will affect both the world at large as well as the realm of Torah. With regard to the world, there will then be a “new heaven and a new earth.” (Isaiah 65:17) With regard to the Torah [the medium through which the world was created – “He gazed into Torah and created the world” (Zohar II, beginning of 161b)], “new [dimensions of the] Torah will emerge from Me” (Vayikra Rabba 13:3).

To the Church of Philadelphia Jesus said: Revelation 3: 11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.

Ascent of Safed: The new dimension of Torah study will in turn lead to an innovation in creation, as well (for “He gazed into Torah and created the world”) bringing about “a new heaven and a new earth.”

Bishop Daniel Flores: The WORD is our most constant and mysterious companion. In some way we come together during these days to celebrate the poverty of the WORD. And this in two principle senses. We rejoice in the poverty assumed by the WORD when he took flesh, and secondly we celebrate that poverty that shows itself both in what we can say and in what we cannot say of Him. For in “trying to say God” we encounter all of these poverties, and more. By his poverty we are made rich. (2 Cor 8,9.)[3]

Brat: The poverty of Jesus the Word was simplicity itself. Personally speaking (and I am taking a risk of sounding like Balaam right now), I bless you that you have sanctuary to house the word. I truly do! If you could see my heart weeping in joy and love and longing, aching to find my tribe, you would know my blessing is genuine and not from bitterness. You have what you have because God gave it to you. However, please, (and this is a big PLEASE!) see the donkey’s angel standing in front of you in the road. May God open your heart to do the right thing and make space for us anointed creative artists. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves. I’ve been sharing God’s word out of the poverty of my heart from His. It seems to go nowhere. However, His Word says that it never returns void.

Isaiah 55:11so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

My head knows that what God and the Word says that is true. My heart knows that going on deferred hope for ten years makes the heart weary.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:56 pm             Journal: Okay, Lord, we intercessors are Your elite Special Ops Force. We have a nursery of officers with gifts, but they seem paralyzed on the battlefield, because they feel enveloped by an enemy flank and cannot draft a written order to the troops to get the Book of Life out of hock on the basis of inadequate data on the terrain given to them. They have the Bible. That is definitely NOT inadequate! It’s the miscommunication that is thwarting advance. The men should be trained for initiative and tactical judgment rather than for the correct solution.[4] Help us to get Abraham’s ram to him.

Marshall: “Move, shoot, and communicate.” (p 124)

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “How will this help?” he was thinking to himself after he put down the phone, “it makes no sense! The girl will just laugh at me!”

Helen Calder: The message of the Gospel is good news. It is not exclusive, it is inclusive. The invitation of salvation is available to every person—but according to Scripture, it requires an RSVP.

Binyomin Adilman: If one should feel overwhelmed or crushed by the evil inclination and feel paralyzed in his divine service, he needs only to look at the tzadik and to remember that he (the tzadik) once was in the same position. He looked to G‑d for help and picked up a little miracle. There is never a need for despair.

Journal: From what I heard in the pews after the sermon, it sounds like the Churches are still doing parallel play in the sandbox.

That critical spirit must be taken down once and for all.

Patricia King: Men Will Arise in Every Sphere

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The rules of the game do not divide. They unify. They unify everyone who wants to play the game. Do the rules of football exclude people who are playing lacrosse? Sure. Do they exclude people who are playing a tuba in an orchestra? They have nothing to do with music.

Monk: So, why does the marching band play at home games?

Brat: [Slow exhale…]

Vicki Kemper: Sister Helen had plenty of opportunities, but the one she constantly chose and re-chose was the path to God’s heart. She believes our desire for God is more important than the path we take. She knows the joy of the chase and the wholeness that comes from perpetual praise.

Journal: So, since I’m riding the wings of an eagle in this desert (Rev 12:14), then show me what I’m really seeing. How can I get this nursery of officers working together? What do the rabbis have to say? I believe the officers know what gifts they have, otherwise they wouldn’t have made it this far. Do they know each others’ gifts, so they can draw upon them? The phrase “Use me, Lord” is most potent when we know the strengths of others on our own team. We all pray. I think they’ve been studying the enemy for so long that they know the enemy better than their friends. (That is one of the tactics of the enemy to make one think that all his friends have become enemies. And to make him so busy that he doesn’t have time to see the simple beauty that God has provided.)

Key Question: Does the Church really want the Book of Life?

If she does, does she want to get it back?

If she wants it, does she know where she lost it? Does she know that she lost it?

What does it mean to her?

What would she offer in leverage to negotiate its return?

Is there neutral ground where letters can be exchanged to negotiate its return?

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Brat: I see. Nothing personal.

Rick Joyner: Of course, a serious question would be, are we a better church because of this? Are we better Christians? Some are. Some are relentlessly in pursuit of God, to know His ways, His voice, and to know the times and His purpose in them. Such are taking every advantage of the abundance of spiritual food available now.

Journal: The angel in Revelation 10 handed the scroll to John of Patmos, who took it and ate it. The voice from heaven had spoken to him once more. (v 8) When John ate it, it made his stomach turn sour yet in his mouth it was as sweet as honey. (v 9)

Vicki Kemper: Our time together had been rich, too. Sequestered from our real lives, infused with inspiration, united in a common task, all our needs supplied, we had fallen in love with one another. It was that Stockholm syndrome kind of love: born of an intense shared experience, our knowledge of each other only an inch wide but a mile deep.

In the readings for next Sunday the Lectionary Barons chose a passage from Jeremiah 28 that (to me) is a directional clue.

Jeremiah 28:7 But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people.

28:8 The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms.

28:9 As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: While we’re thinking about it, why does no one ever call out the hypocrisy of the dissenters. Let’s take the notorious case of politicians who call themselves Catholic, but support abortion.

Brat: I did call out the hypocrisy of the dissenters. They were too busy to listen. The tyranny of stress and the tyranny of boredom are cruel taskmasters. I know some people dream of boredom to relieve the tyranny of stress, but I think peace is allowing the divine Flow to move as it needs to go. Life doesn’t have to be forced. Life is a force waiting for partnership and beckoning stewardship, just as God commanded of us in the Garden in the very beginning. We all have equal rights, but not equal drives and ambitions. Any observer of politics can see that. Nor do we have the same definition of success. Those that can, have the courage to try. Those that can’t, seem to risk ending up wanting to lynch the ones who do. That does not create peace. In truth the Church herself aborted her baby because she lost her focus and anchor, and God really did snatch him up to His throne. (Rev 12:5) And the Yenta Mamma has been looking for her child ever since.

Rick Joyner: Benjamin was also one of only three people in Scripture born in Bethlehem, Jesus and King David being the other two. Bethlehem means “house of bread,” or “place of food.” How much more spiritual food has the church of this time been given over any other church period? Not only do we have some of the most extraordinary teachers of all time, we have more books and teaching series available through different media sources, including the internet and Social Media. There has never been a time like this for spiritual enrichment. The Lord likes to save His best wine for last, but this is certainly more than we could have expected.

And Jesus said in the Gospel Lesson:

Matthew 10:40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me.

10:41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous;

10:42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple — truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

The rabbis are awaiting Elijah the Prophet to pave the way for the return of the Messiah.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Dedication

The Jewish people were subjugated over the course of history by four kingdoms. The final subjugation, immediately preceding the messianic age, is under Rome. Our present exile is seen as an extension of the Roman subjugation, since western civilization shares the values and worldview of ancient Rome.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Instead the world says, “Gee, aren’t they brave? Aren’t they courageous? Aren’t they strong to stand up to the big, nasty old Catholic Church.

Brat: The pope is also seated in Rome (or the Vatican in Rome, rather.) Just sayn…This could be a win-win. Not that he’s the Messiah. Just that he could help get us out of this mess and the glory goes back to Jesus.

Journal: Tactically speaking, it makes sense to welcome a righteous person. Marshall welcomed Stilwell to join the Infantry Staff at Fort Benning’s Officer’s Training School. Marshall and Stilwell were like-minded. They drew from each other’s gifts and those rewards were written down for us to learn from. Is that not the benefit of drawing from the Book of Life?

John of Patmos was a disciple of Jesus. He ate the scroll. He asked for it first. (Rev 10:9) That is one thing the Funny Bunnies seldom did. They took the scroll without asking. I’m also culpable because I gave it. I wanted to believe that the gesture was a form of asking. (Silly me.) In Revelation 10:11, after he eats the scroll, John prophesies again to many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.

Pastor John Tolle also has the potential to get the prophetic word out. And he would walk in the name of a disciple. But if he’s still struggling with a critical spirit then how would he be able to shoot straight?

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The date for the wedding is already set.

Journal: If he’s still seeing the Book of Life as some ethereal tome at the Pearly Gates like a guest book that people sign when they attend weddings, then how is anything learned from that? The Book of Life has to carry more weight in the heart than just a heavenly-after-I-die-and-I’m-a-friend-of-the-Groom’s significance. The Book of Life has substance and tools, wisdom and correction, song and creativity, connections and insights. The Book of Life worships God with us in this life and leaves a legacy. It is a book of LIFE, on life, in life, for life, and to Life. L’Chaim!

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Geesh!

Lazer Gurkow: If we want our children’s hearts to be a Tabernacle for G‑d, we need to invest the ingredients that our Yiddishe mama taught her generation to invest in G‑d’s home. After all, we want our children to know us not only as their mama, but as their Yiddishe mama. We want to know that we gave them what they need to grow up as proud, educated and resolute Jews.5 [5.This essay is based on a talk the Lubavitcher Rebbe gave to counselors in camp in 1957, and a talk given by the Previous Rebbe to Jewish women in Riga in 1934.]

Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm                       Journal: Fr Dwight Longenecker has the weight of the Catholic Church behind him. Their gift is Service. If Fr Dwight and Pastor John paired up, then service and perseverance would have complementary energy. Add to that Smyrna’s faith and the trail is not as steep. Add Philly’s honesty and that anchors faith in this realm. Add Pergamum’s grace and then the team is working on initiative and judgment, just as Kim Clement used to do, rather than from correct solutions. That doesn’t absolve the team from trying, but it relieves the team from the pressure. Sardis can carry the good news beyond the walls of the Church. And Laodicea where it all started? She was a witness. Ultimately the Book of Life will get to her. Right now there is no means to do this, because she’s still too busy to recognize what she has. She’s still part of the Team. I just don’t see a slot for her until she says she wants one. Facebook posts of quaint Anglican sayings doesn’t show much of a change of heart. Every time they do that, I ride the wave of Potential and think they mean it, and then like a disappointed Golden Retriever, my heart sinks and I get mad at myself for falling for it again.

Lubavitcher Rebbe: A person must ponder when the last time was that he honestly thought about Mashiach in a way that was personally meaningful; that all of the above is truly referring to him and not to someone else; that, through Mashiach, the Holy One Blessed Be He is about to take him out of this exile and he himself, with Mashiach, will go to the Land of Israel! Each person should seclude himself to a place where he will be alone and there make a true account.

Brat: [Sigh.] That’s been my point all along. I’ve been asking for a secluded, quiet, safe place to anchor, pray, and write. I’m still in my car after ten years of trying to get the Churches to hear and work together. Jesus knows and the scroll bears witness.

Vicki Kemper: We don’t have to leave the world to develop an undivided heart. We needn’t live behind cloistered walls to become whole. And who says life with God can’t be fun?

Brat: Where’s my tribe?

Bishop Daniel Flores: Trying To Say God: An Address to the Artists

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: In order to regain entry into the realm of pure life, the individual must undergo a purification process, which serves to cure his depression (real or potential) and reorient him back toward the enthusiasm and vitality of holiness.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Doing so will lead us to thoughts of returning to G‑d. Through this we can bring the Final Redemption immediately, since these sincere thoughts will bring us, and the whole world, merit in the eyes of Heaven, and thereby precipitate the Redemption. If we accept upon ourselves to serve as “illuminators”, to lead and to enlighten all of those around us, then through our shining forth with the “candle of the mitzvot and the light of the Torah” (Proverbs 6:23), we will dispel the darkness of exile and bring the light of the Redemption. This must be undertaken with genuine effort and self-sacrifice.

Vicki Kemper: For most of us, “undivided” can sound both boring and scary. We worry about what we might miss if we gave more of our heart to God. It can be hard to imagine a life in which God alone is enough.

Brat: Do you have a barn?

Lazer Gurkow: The Torah tells us that the women contributed to the building of the Tabernacle before the men did. This is consistent with what we mentioned above about the order of Jewish life. The role of the Yiddishe mama begins much earlier than the task of the Yiddishe father. And what did these women contribute?

Journal: I need a tactical plan just as much as the rest of the Special Ops Team. Another advantage that the Catholics have is that they have the pope. He’s a genuine leader. The other Churches say that they have leaders (and call them by big titles), but none of them have proven their salt the way this man has. He’s on our Team. Does he even know it?

“The LORD will provide.” (Gen 22:14)

And I need the freedom to breathe without the Church breathing down my neck and saying that I’m manipulating, self-serving, and self-agendized. I still need sanctuary. Having a need is not a sin. If anything, it drives my prayers toward resolution. The end result should be a win-win.

Vicki Kemper: Under different circumstances, our mutual affection might have been stymied by the details of personal preference and position—politics, theology, insufferable personality tics. But we had back-burnered all that to focus on a craft that required us to be both brave and vulnerable. Day by day, fondness grew alongside respect.

Eliyahu Touger: This is why the divine service of the generation that immediately precedes Mashiach‘s arrival contains a certain dimension of superiority over the divine service accomplished by the Jewish people in previous generations. In addition, the divine service within this generation at the very conclusion of the period of exile has an incomparable advantage.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Because the defilement of death is the source of all others, its purification rite is the most extreme and most mysterious in the entire Torah. As we said, the law of nature indeed decrees that sooner or later everything and everyone will succumb to death. To defy this law is to defy logic, and, therefore, the rite of purification from death hails from a level of existence that defies logic; it is a “statute”, a seemingly arbitrary expression of G‑d’s will, devoid of logical rationale and even contravening logic altogether.

Monk: I’m trying to keep the conversation going and you’re talking death?

Lazer Gurkow: The lesson of Miriam’s well is clear. The Yiddishe mama has a particular role to play in Jewish life.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 6:14 pm             Journal: Okay, Lord, what if the Special Ops Team worked backwards in Matthew 10:40-42? I was one of the little ones (v 42) in the name of Jesus in the name of John of Patmos sent to St Patrick’s Episcopal Church ten years ago. I am a pew pest and Jesus sent me to the leaders.

Monk to Brat: Here, take a sip of cold water.

Brat: Thank you.

Fr Dwight Longenecker was welcomed into the Catholic brotherhood as a righteous (v 41) member in the name of the pope (I assume.) They trace that line back to St Peter who welcomed Jesus who sent him.

James Goll is a seer prophet who is welcomed in the name of a prophet (v 41), Steve Shultz, founder of the Elijah List. For the record, over the years I have contributed to the Welcome. James also has connections to Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries. (Rev 2:28) The company of prophets come in the name of Elijah. The Jews are waiting for Elijah.

Whoever welcomes Pastor John Tolle welcomes Jesus and the Father who sent him. (v 40)

So far there hasn’t been much spirit of Welcome in any camp. Not that it’s not there; it just doesn’t reach me. I’ve had to be more like a Dodge truck: “Ram tough.”

What was that about …

Jeremiah 28:9 As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: When Neither Heaven Nor Earth Can Define a Person

Brat: That’s like what St Patrick’s Church said to me. Fr David said, “You are called. We just don’t know what to call you.”

Eliyahu Touger: May it be G‑d’s will that this occur most speedily; that our present deeds and divine service hasten the time when we will greet our Righteous Mashiach. And then, we will witness the actual fulfillment of the prophecy: “As in the days of your exodus from Egypt, I will show you wonders.”

Brat: Holy God, give us eyes to see the miracles You are bestowing. Soften our hearts to welcome what You send and that it would reinforce the message that You are Good.



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[4] Borrowed from Barbara W. Tuchman, Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 (1970); p 123

Arc! Ark! 24 June 17

24 Jun

Working Dates: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 to Saturday, June 24, 2017

[21 pages]

Tsivya Fox: There Can Be No Prophecy Without Ark of Covenant: Ark Expert [VIDEO] [1]

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Faith, Grace, and Good Works

Tsivya Fox: “And they shall make an ark of acacia-wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.” Exodus 25:10 (The Israel Bible™)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: An email came in the other day which showed some confusion about the role of grace, faith and good works in our salvation.

Tsivya Fox: The Ark of the Covenant is directly responsible for the advent of God’s Word in this world, investigative archaeologist, Biblical Ark expert and author of The A.R.K. Report Harry H. Moskoff declared earlier this month at the inaugural “Prophecy in the News Conference” hosted by Breaking Israel News. “There can be no prophecy without the Holy Ark playing a central role, and there is an intrinsic connection which cannot be denied,” he said.

Brat: The thought runs through my heart-mind wondering if Arc Speak (the unspoken hidden in the spoken) is the food of angels as it carries the Covenant, hidden yet revealed.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The Catholic was worried because a friend said salvation was by grace alone. I think he confused this with the Protestant heresy that salvation is by faith alone. Then the Protestants protest that Catholics think salvation is by good works alone.

Westley Rodderick: That following night a harvesting angel appeared to me, handed me a sickle and I heard it was for the Carolina Harvest. I had this vision of a sweeping wind that came from the most east parts of the Carolinas to the western parts of the United States. Through what the Lord called, “The Carolina Harvest” He caused this sweeping wind that carried the seeds of revival and harvest all over America as far as the West Coast.

Revelation 2:28 I will also give that one the morning star.

Westley Rodderick: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” (John 12:24)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The puzzle can be solved when you remove the word “alone” from the discussion. That little word has caused huge division and dissension and it is not warranted.

Brat: Rick Joyner and Fr Dwight Longenecker are in the Carolinas and they can both be blessed.

Pastor John Tolle: I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.  Jeremiah 31:25

Rick Joyner: The Apostle Paul was asserting that everything Israel went through was a prophetic metaphor, a map for those who live at the end of the age. He was not saying that these events did not literally happen. The two trees in the garden were prophetic metaphors, but that does not mean that the account in Genesis was not literal. They were prophetic events that foreshadowed a coming event or reality.

Westley Rodderick: Later the Lord showed me that there would be a battle over territory of this sudden move but also revealed how we, the Body, can overcome it. Instead of getting caught up over who “owns” what, there will be enough of the harvest to go around for everyone to have a part. Todd Bentley, someone who has been a part of and at the helm of moves of God, has said that it is the political and religious spirits that tend to be the greatest enemy of revival and the moving of God’s Spirit.

Rascal Flats: “Praying for Daylight”:

Ching Co: As I prepared myself for this time, the Holy Spirit began to remind me of how satan and his hordes have taken control over nations and established his strongholds. He has done it through our eye gates, ear gates and mind gates. He accomplished this by using various mediums like the internet, TV, movies, games, various media publications, and even places where people gathered (yes, these are used for the good in many ways, but the Lord was showing me how satan uses these too).

Fr Dwight Longenecker: When was the last time you ever met a priest who was a doctrinal hard liner? When was the last time you met any Catholic at all (apart from some looney Traditionalist extremists) who was bashing people over the head with doctrine? In fact if there is a problem it is just the opposite–that so many Catholics–priests and people both–who are totally wishy washy fluffernutter Catholics.

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Anna Blake: Bit or Bitless? You Won’t Like the Answer.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This is true on a political and sociological level as well. Many believe that worldwide anarchy could lead to worldwide peace. Yet anarchy is never peaceful, because conflict in the world is not the result of the division of our planet into superimposed countries and cultures. Conflict is the result of the truth that there exist inherent differences between peoples and when these differences compete, conflict is born. Therefore, our role as humans is not to deny that there are distinctions, but rather to create those types of borders and boundaries that will foster respect, unity and love within the inherent diversity of mankind.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: In fact, our salvation is accomplished by one of God’s little holy trinities. Grace, faith and works all combine together, and when you think about it, it is all rather neat because it connects with our selves who (because we are created in God’s image) are also little holy trinities. (some more holy than others). Grace connects with our soul or spirit. Faith connects with our mind and intellect. Works connects with our body and actions.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: For the unity of humankind we need one G-d; but for G-d’s unity to be complete we need human diversity, each individual fulfilling his or her role in existence, sharing with others their unique contribution, and learning from others the wisdom they lack on their own.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: We need all three to be working together in unity and harmony.

Westley Rodderick: It is very imperative that we honor what those who came before us have done, but also God is calling us to a new well. There is a fresh outpouring and a wellspring of revival breaking open in the Carolinas and it will sweep from the east to the west bringing about a national revival into America. While some will say in the Carolinas there is an “over-saturation” of churches, conferences, and special meetings, it is a matter of perspective where we can say it is an over-saturation, or it is a rich inheritance of revival, that we have in the land.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Why did G-d create multiplicity? Because the deepest unity is the unity found within diversity. If we are all the same, unity is no achievement. The truest unity is achieved when differentiations and demarcations are imposed upon the primordial oneness, and its component parts are each given a distinct role in existence, complementing each other. Like notes in a ballad, each of us represents a unique and distinct note, and together we recreate a cosmic Divine symphony, not by singing the same note, but by expressing our individual note as an indispensable part of the song. Every individual existence is part of a symphonious expression of the singular essence of its Creator. In this world we must achieve unity within diversity.

Ching Co: He showed me a circle which started as a dot, then it grew into a small circle, and as it moved outwardly, the circle became bigger and bigger. He called it, “The Circle of Influence.”

Brat: Ahhh, dots are like notes.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Think of it like this: doctrine is the score for the music. Take Rachmaninov’s third piano concerto. The notes, the rhythm, the score is all written down. It’s there in black and white.

Anna Blake: Like every bitless bridle is created equal. Like every horse has the same mouth confirmation. Like just for this once, an answer could be cut and dried; black and white. No luck.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: If you want to play that concerto you better read the notes. If you want to conduct that concerto you’d better know the score. If you want to perform that concerto you cannot do so without the printed notes on the page.

But when the pianist walks out on stage, bows and sits down to play the concerto the music soars and sings. The doctrine is forgotten in the experience and thrill of the music.

But the thrill of the music could never have happened without the doctrine.

Westley Rodderick: The harvest to come from the Carolinas will be like no other because the seed sown into the earth will be like no other. I heard the Lord say, “The Carolinas will sow a seed so great that it will have the potential to carry out a nationwide harvest.” We see in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 the power of one seed as it says that Christ died as seed which caused us all to have life and be reconciled. We read in John 12:24 as well that in order to see a harvest a seed must be sown into the earth, but once it goes into the earth a mighty return comes!

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Think of it like this:  You’ve got a car that will take you to your destination. God’s grace is the gas in the tank without which nothing in the car will go. Faith is the belief that the car will get you to your destination. Good works are you getting into the car, putting the key in the ignition, starting her up and driving off.

Brat (in prayer journal “Yenta” 17 June 17): Pastor John Tolle did say that we can have a full tank of gas and just sit in the driveway. Well, Jo and I drove to Santa Barbara and saw where Satan lives. (Rev 2:13) The Holy Spirit showed us the “Church of Satan,” which is evidently being co-habitated by the “Second Baptist Church.” I shared that in “Wild Hare.” That is hardly sitting in the driveway! Please honor our contributions. There is no compromising here, but You are revealing Your word being fulfilled. You have been answering our prayers. I deeply thank You and relish Your faithfulness. Help to further build our trust in You. Thank You for Your peace. We have been dragged before governors and kings because of You, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. (Mt 10:18)

Ching Co: The Holy Spirit explained to me that as a person begins to submit and obey His leading, the power of darkness that surrounds that person, his/her family, the place where he/she lives, city and even country, will begin to dissipate and the light of God will start to be made manifest. The hold and control of the enemy over that person’s sphere will be destroyed, and then it will move outward to the family sphere, and move further to the city sphere and even national sphere.

Friday, November 02, 2012 [!] (in “Bride’s Voice”): “Office For Vocations: Archdiocese of Los Angeles” ~ Below the title they used this quote as their mission statement:

“A vocation …is a lifelong conversation with God. To be faithful…requires that we remain in the conversation. Our fidelity must be mobile because the conversation continues. —Evelyn and James Whitehead”

Harry H. Moskoff: “The Ark is where it all began, where prophecy has its roots. We know from the Torah, the Old Testament, as well as other scriptural sources that the highest levels of prophecy simply cannot be reached unless the Ark is found and revealed. At that point it can act as the proper conduit it was intended to be.”

Brat (in “Can I retire now?” 20 June 17): …I want to retire! I want the young to take over. I’m an anchoress anyway before I am a prophet, because I have to listen before I have something to say. My beef all along has been that there’s just no actual place to anchor here even though I’m surrounded by prophets, kings, and priests. So, I ask for favor from God and man, just as Pastor John Tolle told us to do.

Pastor John Tolle: Throughout the Bible favor was provide to prophets, priests, and kings . . . and to common people like you and me. But make no mistake, favor was not a gift to those who did not follow God.  Instead it was for those who put their complete trust in Him!

Psalm 86:6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication.

86:7 In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.

86:8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.

86:9 All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

86:10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.

86:16 Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant; save the child of your serving girl.

Brat (in “Yenta” 17 June 17): Give the priests and pastors wisdom to break open the story, no longer sitting on their portion, but leading us into the reconciliation of Your promises in the Land. Yentas don’t make the babies in their charges; they only deliver them. YOU are the Creator.

Pastor John Tolle: I am anointed with God’s Holy Spirit “power” to live and do His will.

Brat: Then please talk to Fr Dwight Longenecker (again) and Rick Joyner. Rick is heading out for a cruise to the Mediterranean and Israel.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: How could Jonah even consider that he could flee from God? Doesn’t the Lord’s providence and dominion extend over all the earth? The commentators explain that while Jonah knew that God’s rule extends everywhere, the highest level of spiritual closeness necessary for direct communication and prophecy is only possible in the Holy Land. By leaving Israel, Jonah thought that he had managed to disqualify himself from receiving future prophecies, and that God would have to turn to another prophet to deliver His message.

Brat: What if the Church is the narcissistic spouse and the remnant Bride is the one learning to deal with her in hopes of repairing the covenant?

Victoria Boyson: “Remember they have been lied to and they, too, have been told they are someone they are not. They’ve felt noble in their hatred of you. It’s become their dark purpose and has even come to define what they believe is their existence.

Lanny Swaim: What’s in Store for the Remnant?

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: What can you and I (and the bride and groom!) learn from the parsha about beneficial ways for a bride and groom to behave?

James Goll: I pray you will join me in living the lifestyle of a watchman for the days in which we live. God is still writing the chapters of history, and together we can become the Daniels of our day.

Brat: I have a legitimate calling. The Church (and even the Jews) have laws to protect her Anchorites. Pass me along to the Catholics.

Galatians 4: 21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Doctrine provides the rules for the game, the score of the music, the law of the land.

Westley Rodderick: Honor will be the weapon which defeats and crushes the political spirit.

Pastor John Tolle: In our democratic culture we vote on everything. But in spiritual areas we need people who will lead us where we need to go. You get to where you are going in relationships, the dynamics you have within your life.

Brat: And when a girl rarely gets a response from anyone?

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: Come and see what is written: “And his [Elihu’s] anger flared up against his three friends, because they had found no answer [to Job’s complaints against G‑d], and yet condemned Job [because he continued misconstruing the tragic events which befell him and blamed G‑d].” (Job 32:3) They said words of comfort to Job, but these didn’t ease his mourning. From here we learn that he who goes into a mourner’s house to comfort a mourner should [beforehand] think out the words he will say [so that they should be fitting and appropriate to the mourner being comforted]. After all, Job’s friends all said truthful [and wise] things, but they were not [wise enough to know how] to comfort him. The reason is because to comfort a mourner you have to say things that will make him give thanks [to G‑d] for that which he has.

Westley Rodderick: “Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there. But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, ‘The water is ours.’ So he called the name of the well Esek, because they quarreled with him. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah. And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, ‘For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.'” (Genesis 26:15-22)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Why was St John Fisher–the holy Bishop of Rochester– the only English bishop to stand up to Henry VIII?

Victoria Boyson: “Like a mother, you will feel a supernatural connection to them and want to care for them. As they grow in My strength and their purpose is revealed, you will stand back in awe at what you have done for My Kingdom. The light of My Son will produce great fruitfulness in them and they will transform the world around them. The water of My Word and the light of My Spirit will become their best friends – they will literally become completely brand-new!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: We all come from one source. All of us originate in the “womb” of G-d, so to speak, where we are indeed singular. Before creation, there was only undefined unity. There were no borders, definitions or distinctions. No heaven, no earth and no countries. No teachers and students. No cultures, nations and tribes. All of us were submerged in the singular unity of the Endless Light.

Pastor John Tolle: God said, “You did not choose Me, I chose you. I ordained you to bring forth fruit and your fruit will remain.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: It is easy, with hindsight, to dismiss the other English bishops as cowards and compromisers. However it is not so easy. Consider the circumstances.

Anna Blake: Does anyone agree on bits? No. Is riding bitless the perfect solution? No. I’ve been asked for some bitless information, and I’m not sure I can even do that without talking bits, too. Even then, it’s idle chatter if there is no horse in the conversation.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: First of all, they were in a completely new situation. Europe had been Catholic forever. The idea that a national monarch could and would break permanently with the Pope was simply unthinkable. The situation as it finally unfolded could not have been foreseen. Like everyone in a crisis situation, they thought things would work out to the best.

Anna Blake: It’s just about then that the Amen Choir sings the praises of riding bitless. It feels like they’re claiming the moral high ground, riding without a bit, and the rest of us poor riders using snaffles are no better than dominators with gruesome spade bits. Then bit-users think bitless riders are incapable of anything but trail riding. Sigh.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Secondly, the crisis developed gradually. It began when parliament began to encroach upon the church’s traditional power over all legal matters. Then the matter of the divorce came up. Henry’s affair with Anne Boleyn had lasted five years, so the crisis was not sudden.

Anna Blake: Second, but probably more important, it isn’t up to you to pick which bit (as long as it’s dressage legal) or bitless bridle you use. It’s up to your horse.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Thirdly, the notorious Act of Supremacy of 1534 demanded complete allegiance to the King. However, they cleverly inserted a phrase “insofar as the law of God allows.” This phrase allowed many people who were opposed to Henry’s regime to take the oath of allegiance with their fingers crossed. Fisher and More held out while most everyone else capitulated.

Anna Blake: Back in the dark ages, I thought I was using a mild snaffle bit. My trainer recommended it but my horse practically did backflips. I learned that if a horse has a low palate, that middle joint can be excruciatingly (nutcracker) painful. These days, more horses seem to prefer three-link or French link snaffles. Yay.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Finally, the English bishops were not to be so naive and cowardly again. After the death of Henry and his son Edward, the Catholic Mary Tudor took the throne. She repealed Henry’s Act of Supremacy and installed faithful Catholic bishops.

Anna Blake: All of these bits are dressage legal with no shanks. Each works slightly differently and remains on the light side, as bits come and go, and are preferable to a more severe bit. I’ve listened and read, year after year, opinions and reviews of how these bits work and who should use them. I have had success and failure with each of them. People can agree that they are mild bits, but after that, horses will still have their own opinion.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: When her sister Elizabeth ascended she restored Henry’s Act of Supremacy in 1558 with an even more draconian regime. The Oath of Supremacy imposed by the Act of Supremacy of 1588 was first imposed on all church officials and clergy. It was a crime not to swear the oath and by 1562 it was made a treasonable offense. Then the oath was extended to members of parliament, and all officials and students at universities.

Wikipedia: The Act also made it a crime to assert the authority of any foreign prince, prelate, or other authority, and was aimed at abolishing the authority of the Pope in England. A third offence was high treason, punishable by death.

Anna Blake: But let’s say you want to try something different –no bit at all. There are rope halters with rings tied into knots on the noseband. It’s “just a halter” but hard on noses if they fit too loosely and slide around. Traditional hackamores have no bit but can have shanks and chain curb straps… A linked snaffle could be kinder.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Hundreds of Oxford fellows stood firm and many dignitaries resigned from office. At that point all but one of the bishops were deposed because they refused the oath. The situation was reversed. Under Henry only Fisher stood firm. Under Elizabeth only one bishop compromised.

Anna Blake: There are side pulls that have a noseband with rings on either side for the reins, like riding with a rope tied to your halter. If you are critical of nosebands on conventional bridles, this is a good choice but remember that this noseband shouldn’t be cranked down either. There are converter nosebands that have loops to attach the reins. Rather than a buckle that you secure loosely, it’s just a slide and the noseband works like a noose if it gets tighter but doesn’t release when you slack the rein.

Wendy T. Behary: “Empathy also creates clarity and a greater awareness of what is real, freeing us from the distorted perceptions imposed by the filters of our schemas. This opens the door to emotional relief from biased beliefs and unnecessary self-defensiveness and clears the path toward personal transformation.” [2] (p 140)

Brat: Are you saying that canon law to acknowledge and protect the Church’s own Anchorites can be dismissed and ignored? Whenever I bring up this legal topic the Great They start crying, “STOP BEING RELIGIOUS!” The Church’s application of her own laws and responsibilities is no different than the ways of our government. How is that being salt and light to the earth?

Victoria Boyson: “Truly, you are the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. I’ve called you to be My ambassadors of HEAVEN! I’ve called you to administrate the power of the heavens. Your light comes from Me, from My home. As you live in ME, your light will be unquenchable and piercingly bright, penetrating the darkness of earth. Yes, you are, indeed, a city set high up on a hill, shining the light of MY HOPE AND GLORY to the world! You were created for this hour, to declare MY GOODNESS and radiate My LIKENESS into the darkness!

Matt Fitzgerald: Until Tenderness is Real

Rabbi Bachya ben Asher: The share of the Levites, the tithe, is called a “salt-like covenant” because it is eternal; just as salt preserves the meat indefinitely, so this type of covenant endures indefinitely.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Doctrine provides the framework, the guidelines and the distinctions necessary for the spiritual life. Doctrine of itself can be dull and dead. It can lead to dull legalism, but understood correctly, doctrine is necessary and without it we are adrift or taken hostage by the dictatorship of relativism.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: During the time of the strife regarding the Chassidim, the Chassidim of Vilna suffered, but nevertheless, continuously attempted to bring peace and did not respond to their tormentors. At one of the meetings of the Chassidim, in the year 1796, a group of great Torah scholars, who were from the younger Chassidim, decided that it was necessary to begin fighting back against their oppressors.  The chossid Reb Meir Refoels, who had for many years worked on keeping the peace, argued against this. This was contrary to the chossid Reb Moshe Meizels who sided with the younger group, and out of great pain from all the suffering, used strong words against his opponent.  Hearing about this, the Alter Rebbe immediately dispatched a messenger to relate to the younger group that although in concept they were right, they must nevertheless act in a positive way and with strong love towards their fellow Jews, even if difficult, which will eventually cause Gd’s name to be glorified.  Later that year, the Alter Rebbe wrote a letter to Reb Moshe Meizels, asking him to publicly ask forgiveness from Reb Meir Refoels, “For chazal say that no peace will come from quarreling, and most troubles are a result of strife which are (mistakenly) thought to be for the sake of heaven, may Hashem protect us from it.”  (reprinted from Lma’an Yishme’u)

Matt Fitzgerald (in “Jonah” 22 June 17): When you pray, how do you begin? I always say, “Dear God…” as if email hadn’t been invented and I was composing a letter. But I don’t write letters any longer. I barely write emails. It’s all text messages. And beginning a text message with “Dear” is like wearing a tuxedo to a picnic. So these days, apart from tender moments with my family, I only say “dear” when I’m talking to God.

Westley Rodderick: Attempting to dig from the previous wells, Isaac found himself in a fight over the well his father once dug. Not once but twice this happened. He called the wells by the name which his father did, honoring what was, but as the political spirit arose he moved on until there was no quarreling. The weapon was not of flesh nor blood but of double honor and dusting off his feet and moving on, just as Jesus said some time later to His disciples.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: Towards the end of the Torah portion is the discussion of tithes. First the tithes that the Jewish people have to give to the Levites and then the 10th portion that the Levites have to give of their share to the preists. These laws are still in effect today. (For more information, either ask your local orthodox rabbi or write to us at Ascent). One of the initial verses says (18/27) “Your gift will be considered as holy as the priestly portions the laity separate from their agricultural produce, the grain from the threshing floor and the produce of the vat (wine and oil), all the laws that apply to their priestly portion apply to yours”. (translation from the Kehot Chumash). The actual translation of the first words of the verses are “And you thought about your gift”. The Rabbis learned a very special teaching from these words, that the knowledge and thoughts of a person can have an impact on something outside of themselves. Maimonides writes it very clearly (Laws of Terumah, 4th chapter, law 16), “If you separated your gift (only) in your mind, and did not say (or do) anything, it is (still) a gift, as the verse says, ‘And you thought about your gift’, with thought alone it will become a gift.”

Rabbi Bachya ben Asher: Salt also represents a fusion of the elements fire and water, for the sun’s power turns seawater into salt. The tithe is similarly a combination of the attributes Mercy and Justice.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Imagine. Imagine there was no Moses, no Aaron, no Sanctuary, no Kohanites, Levites or Israelites, and no religious authorities too. It’s easy if you try. And the Jews would live as one.

Foursquare Church: Leading Outside the Church Walls

Ching Co: I was dumbfounded because I did not understand what all these visions meant. Slowly the Holy Spirit explained to me that what He would teach me would be another kind of spiritual warfare. It would not be a word warfare, nor face-to-face combat, but rather it will be a non-verbal, obedience warfare.

Emily C. Heath: When people and things at a church are just a little too neat and tidy, I get a little curious about that church’s spiritual life. Why? Because no one’s life is neat and tidy, and Christians should be the first ones to admit that.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: And then from the Jews, Korach believed, the holistic energy-flow would travel to all of mankind. “And the world would live as one.”

Pastor John Tolle: Expect great opportunities today because of God’s anointing!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Korach’s message — let us confess — touches a chord in us. There is something about his vision that resonates in our hearts. This is because Korach was dead right (which is why the Torah wants us to know about his ideology.)

Genesis 21:17 And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.

Wendy T. Behary: “Putting yourself in the narcissist’s shoes means trying to sense and genuinely feel his inner world. Specific techniques can help you to do this. For example, when the narcissist begins to address you sharply, you could superimpose the face of a lonely and unloved little boy over that of the grown man before you. As you picture the face of that child, try to imagine his experience: his painful feelings, his sense of defectiveness and shame, his loneliness and emotional emptiness, the impossible but inescapable conditions he had to meet to gain attention, love, or approval – perhaps sometimes confusingly mixed with the message that he was the best, greatest, and most perfect boy in the world. You summon up your empathy and embrace the boy that the man before you cannot bear to consciously feel.” (p 148)

Tsivya Fox: “In fact, all prophetic inspiration actually runs via and between the two Cherubim (angelic figures) that are on top of the cover of the Ark, just like when Moses originally stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle to receive prophecy that issued forth from the Ark.”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: From this we can learn the incredible power of knowledge and thought of each person and our relation to others.

Wendy T. Behary: “Empathy is a capacity to truly understand the experience of another, emotionally, mentally, and sometimes even physically. It doesn’t mean that you necessarily agree with, condone, or support the other person’s feelings and behavior, simply that you understand it in a “felt” way. In an empathetic state, you experience the thoughts, feelings, and sensations of another within your own mind and body. It’s as if you can feel the person’s experience resonating within yourself. You are fully attuned.” (p 137)

Psalm 86:1 Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

86:2 Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God;

86:3 be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long.

Tsivya Fox: Moskoff explained that the word of God would come down from the Cloud of Glory to the Holy of Holies between the Cherubim. From there, prophecy would travel outwards towards the entranceway until it was received there by Moses or further outside to the appropriate prophet.

And there I will meet with thee, and I will speak with thee from above the ark-cover, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of IsraelExodus 25:22

Tsivya Fox: “After all, how could it be that for over 2,700 years the Ark has been buried beneath the Temple Mount (and not under the Dome of the Rock as many believe) with no or extremely limited prophecy in the world, and people have yet to make a correlation between the two? The time for this to happen is now.”

Emily C. Heath: Christians are people who have received grace. We should be people who know at our bedrock that we once were broken badly, and that God loved us and lifted us up.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Doctrine needs to be stated clearly and dogmatically. That’s the whole point. It is like the rule book for the game. It needs to be stated clearly and unambiguously for it to be worth anything at all.

Westley Rodderick: It is not just honor but double honor that will defeat the political spirit.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Of course every pastor knows that one can’t apply doctrine strictly at all times and in all places. Life is too complicated and too sweet to do that. However, without clear doctrine there is no way to do pastoral work at all.

Anna Blake: Now it’s my unfortunate task to remind riders of two things: First, the horse’s bit shouldn’t matter much because we ride with our seats on their backs, not with our hands in their mouths. Because we ride back to front. Because if the horse is forward and balanced, his head will be correct for his confirmation, in a bridle or at liberty in the pasture.

Rick Joyner: Galatians 4:22-26 gives us great example of this principle:

         For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman.

         But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise.

         This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.

         Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.

         But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.

Pope Francis: “Remembrance is essential for faith, as water is for a plant. A plant without water cannot stay alive and bear fruit. Nor can faith, unless it drinks deeply of the memory of all that the Lord has done for us.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: So the use of doctrine? It is the ladder you climb on, but it is the climb which is important. It is the trellis the vine grows on but it is the vine and the wine which matters more. It is the map for your pilgrimage, but it is the pilgrimage and the destination that matters more.

Ching Co: The Holy Spirit told me to observe the contents of all these places. Many of them are geared toward worldly matters dealing with ungodly wealth and power, violence, lust, the demonic and more. Through constant exposure to them, our thoughts and feelings will slowly become affected. If we are not discerning or careful, our hearts will begin to harden and become calloused. Slowly, we will find ourselves not being able to grieve over matters that will grieve God’s heart.

Pastor John Tolle: Here’s our prayer today:  Father God, I honor your WORD today by anointing myself with oil . . .

To be filled with your Spirit’s power . . .

To do the works that Jesus did . . .

To exercise Jesus’ authority over the enemy . . .

To experience God’s presence in my life . . .

Fr Dwight Longenecker: But could you, pray on the pilgrimage, climb the ladder or drink the wine without the structure and form and doctrine?

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: “They descended to the depths alive

Ching Co: Thus began a new chapter in my journey in spiritual warfare. The Holy Spirit impressed to me that it will be a silent obedience warfare. This obedience will be the key to destroying the stronghold that we are targeting.

Rick Joyner: It is understandable if you can’t quite grasp this yet, but I think you will as the other pieces to this picture come together as we will continue with next week.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: So let’s not denigrate doctrine, sneer at the theologians or put down those who insist on clarification when well meaning people muddy the water with their pastoral initiatives.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: Such is the heart of a true prophet. Trapped inside the belly of the large fish, with no hope of escape, Jonah does not despair. Instead, he pours out his heart’s prayer. Though he has run away from God and His mission, Jonah hopes that he will once again become worthy to stand before God in his Holy Temple in Jerusalem, to bring offerings and to pray (verse 10).  This prayer foreshadows the lesson that the Lord later imparts to Jonah. Though man may stumble in sin, he can always pick himself up and try again. “For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again, but the wicked stumble under adversity” (Proverbs 24:16). Even after our biggest failures, God lovingly awaits our return if only we have the will to do so.

Pastor John Tolle: David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.  1 Samuel 30:6

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: The Lubavitcher Rebbe comments that being truly “alive” is possible only by being connected to G-d, through learning His Torah and performing His commandments for His sake, unselfishly.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Doctrine corrects vague sentimentality, Fozzy Bear theology and fluffernutter Catholicism.

Anna Blake: If your horse is still fussy with his head and you think your hands are fine, who’s right?

Wendy T. Behary: “As stated previously, empathy doesn’t necessarily mean agreeing with others or condoning their actions; it simply requires understanding. To this end, we mentally and emotionally conjure up an internal image, story, or bodily sensation that allows us to imagine or feel the experiences or intentions of others. We become emotionally, mentally, and physically engaged in making sense out of what we see and hear, whether it’s a character in a movie, a loved one standing before us, or perhaps even the person in the mirror. This lights a path to meaning and unburdens us of misappropriated responsibility, blame, toxic anger, shame, helplessness, and guilt. We must have access to our vulnerable side in order to take in the pain or joy of another. This is often an impasse for the narcissist.” (p 140)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Doctrine is hard and clear and necessary and beautiful…

…like diamonds.

Pastor John Tolle: What’s next?

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Rabbi Shaul Leiter: We learn how much a person has to guard against negative thoughts which not only harm ourselves but also our surroundings. And how important and influential are our positive thoughts – particularly thinking well of all the significant (and not so significant) others in our lives. Positive thought makes positive action much easier and just the thoughts themselves have a affirmative effect on how we relate to our surroundings.

CNA Daily News (18 June 17): But today, our memories are weakened by our constant activity and business, the Pope pointed out.

Pastor John Tolle: Expect great opportunities today because of God’s anointing!

CNA Daily News (18 June 17): Our lives are such a whirl of people and events that we no longer retain memories. But this leaves us at risk of only living on the surface of things and never going deeper, he [Pope Francis] said, “without the broader vision that reminds us who we are and where we are going.”

Mary Luti: The man born blind got worked over by a bunch of know-it-all theologians. The first thing he saw was disapproval. The first thing he learned was that some people know what can and can’t be known.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: There is one more important point. A positive thought never goes to waste! When we think good about the “others” in our life, the Talmudic teaching (Kedushin 40a) is invoked, that Gd connects a good thought to an action. This mean that Gd guarantees that He will make each positive thought happen. And will reveal the good in the other regardless of how far it is away from their actual existing condition. The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe was famous for the phrase, “Think good and it will be good”!

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: In the conclusion of the description of Edom’s downfall, two mountains shall face off against each other, Mount Zion, the symbol of justice and peace, and Mount Seir, the symbol of Esau’s treachery and greed. When that happens, God’s rule over the world will be complete. The end of this prophecy is reminiscent of other verses in the Bible which foretell the Lord’s dominion over the world in future times, with Zion the seat of His reign. For example, King David writes that “the LORD will reign for ever, thy God, O Zion, unto all generations” (Psalms 146:10). Zechariah prophesies: “and the LORD shall be King over all the earth” (Zechariah 14:9), while Isaiah and Micah envision a time when “many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3, Micah 4:2).

Brat: Do you suppose the two Mounts of Zion and Seir are like the Cherubim standing over the Ark cover and Esau’s treachery and greed is what is keeping the Ark buried?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But why? On the surface, the mutiny seems to be a symptom of good old jealousy, of an unbridled ego craving power and fame.

Anna Blake: If you try a bitless bridle, go slow and be safe. Try it in an arena on a good day, after your horse is warmed up. Some horses will lick and chew and love it right away but the rider will lose confidence. Some horses don’t like pressure on their nose and they lose confidence bitless, preferring the familiarity of a bit. Listen to your horse.

Tsivya Fox: “This plethora of prophecy, both individual and otherwise, unfortunately ended when the Ark was hidden in its secondary chamber, directly underneath the Holy of Holies, where it is to this day,” stated Moskoff.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in the newness of life.

Victoria Boyson: “As though they have been awakened from a deep slumber, they will, in turn, administrate My power to those around them and will consume the darkness that’s encased those with them. Their fruitfulness will spread as the LIFE OF MY LOVE renews their humanity, overwhelming the darkness.

Tsivya Fox: After the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BC and the disappearance of the Ark, the Divine Presence and prophecy left this world. “This is the reason why prophecy stopped,” Moskoff explained. “The Ark was ‘hidden off-site’ and therefore did not have the same power for enabling clear prophecy. This has lasted until today when we no longer have prophecy.”

Brat (21 June 17): How sad for God, as He has been trying to get the good news to His people, and yet his people say that they no longer have prophecy. Today, just as in the time of the First Temple, there are plenty of schools of prophecy. The Arc Speak is hidden off-site, buried in the holiest parts between the cherubim waiting for compassion and passion to resurrect in the hearts of the leaders carrying the Ark.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: If a mourner can be drawn to give thanks for his predicament, then he can come back to viewing reality as it is, orchestrated by a loving G‑d. Mourning is a form of punishment. By accepting the suffering as justified, the mourner himself becomes justified and rectified and is vindicated from the judgment hanging over him. This is the concept of “measure for measure”. As you behave to others, including G‑d, so will those others behave towards you.

Brat: “Mourning is a form of punishment”?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But he was also dead wrong.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: For Job subsequently gave thanks to the Holy One, blessed be He, and accepted upon himself the justice wrought by the Heavenly Court.

Ching Co: REJOICE for God is not punishing you but PURIFYING you to become more and more like JESUS.

Ron Buford: Prayer
Gracious God, Help us to fulfill our role of discovery and action in the billions of ways each of us is uniquely qualified to nurture some aspect of God’s ongoing creation for the limited time we get the chance, and . . . until the Kingdom of this world becomes the Kingdom of God’s design, Amen!

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Anna Blake: If a rider thinks that bitless is necessarily better or easier, sorry. Then this one other detail: Changing bridles doesn’t change a thing about your hands.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Why does a Jew need Moses to teach him the word of G-d and Aaron to perform the service in the Holy Temple in his stead, when he himself possesses a soul that is a spark of the divine flame? Why can’t he realize his relationship with G-d on his own, without teachers, leaders and priests?

Ron Buford: What if sickness, death, tyranny, and injustice remain only because our critical work remains unfinished according to the design in God’s mind?

Anna Blake: When people talk about bits or bitless, there is so much passion and hard-felt opinion and I’ve heard it all from all sides, pro and con. And in my mind, I still see that trainer-who-shall-go-unnamed slamming his fist down and back, while his horse is already inches behind the vertical. The same cruel position is available in a bitless bridle. There is no moral high ground when it comes to aggression against a horse.

Pastor John Tolle: I am anointed with the authority of Jesus to heal the oppressed.

Pope Francis: “This is why the Eucharistic commemoration does us so much good: it is not an abstract, cold and superficial memory, but a living remembrance that comforts us with God’s love.”

Wendy T. Behary: “I know – it’s a tall order. But think about it: If the narcissist is someone who plays a significant role in your life, it may be worthwhile to try to make it work, or to assure yourself that you’ve done all you could before calling it quits. And now that you’ve chosen to peruse the biography and autobiography aisle of your emotional library, rather than the schema-driven fiction aisle, you can better understand the makeup of both the narcissist and yourself and remain judiciously grounded in truth.” (p 147-148)

Ching Co: I found out that there are so many kinds of papers. Some look fragile and gentle in appearance but in reality they are so tough and hard to shred. Some are thick and look so tough, but when they are soaked in water, they become pliable and so easy to shred. People’s natures are also like that – truly we cannot judge them by outward appearances. Those that appear to be soft and gentle could hide a rebellious and hard heart. And those who look tough outwardly can actually possess a very gentle and teachable heart.

Tsivya Fox: Moskoff’s proof that the Ark is needed for prophecy is based on the Biblical chronology. As soon as the Ark was returned to its intended location in the Holy of Holies in King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem (approximately 990 BC – 586 BC), prophecy greatly increased in the world – so much so that the Talmud states there were over 1 million prophets at the time of the First Temple period alone and even prophecy “schools” that abounded all over the Holy Land.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: What was the end of the Korach saga?

Rick Joyner: The subject of prophetic metaphors is worthy of a book, and some have been written, but we do not have the time to cover this subject as it deserves in this study. Even so, it is necessary to understand that many of the prophecies of Scripture, especially in Revelation, are metaphors. The twelve tribes of Israel are such a prophetic metaphor.

Pastor John Tolle (in “Can I retire now?” 20 June 17): Are you God’s agent or are you telling God to be your broker for your own purposes? Show me the fruit of that! I’m not getting on with the next thing until something changes in us.

Brat: [Heavy blinking]

Ron Buford: Cat Brains

Wendy T. Behary: “…It’s very difficult to achieve change in your relationship with a narcissist in the absence of leverage. In the preceding scenes, the implication that the relationship could collapse created leverage. …In these relationships, both parties have chosen to stay connected to each other. Leverage is built in when the relationship matters and the narcissist doesn’t want to lose you. Therefore, it isn’t advantageous to create leverage by carelessly or cruelly threatening the narcissist. This would only create ugliness. Instead, create leverage by emphasizing how much the relationship means to you and conveying your fear that it will fall apart if the two of you don’t collaborate on making it better.” (p 160)

Ron Buford: Do we consider that such questions may come from the same ridiculously limited and primitive place as your cat’s?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Korach and his colleagues were swallowed by the earth. The 250 leaders of Israel that joined his mutiny were consumed by a flame. This is a psychological description of what happened to many an idealist who attempted to live by Korach’s mythical unity and by John Lennon’s Imagine and imagination. It occurred to a generation of young passionate and beautiful Americans who worshipped and romanticized unity at the expense of all forms of authority, borders and distinctions.

Revelation 12: 16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: The people of Nineveh fast, wear sackcloth, and sit in dust and ashes, all in the hope that this would bring the Lord to forgive them. What Jonah teaches us, however, is that it is not the external actions that lead to their forgiveness. Instead, what impresses God is the fact that they abandon their evil ways and commit to behave in a righteous and just manner in the future. Without a genuine change of heart, the external behavior remains an empty gesture.

Tsivya Fox: However, the majority of prophetic visions at that time were of a personal nature. They guided the individual towards achieving his or her higher goals in life, rather than providing messages intended for the masses, the people of Israel, or the world at large.

Pastor John Tolle: Take time to anoint yourself and pray a prayer similar to this:  Father, I come to you asking for the Spirit of Wisdom that I need for every area of my life.  You have all the answers I need – answers that I do not have with my own natural reasoning.  Open my understanding in such a way that I may live my daily life for your glory.   I pray this in Jesus’ name!

Ron Buford: What if we are all the dynamic, sophisticated, highly – developed ingredients in the continuous process that is God’s ongoing creation —unfolding before our very eyes?

Rick Joyner: That this account of Sarah and Hagar represent something as major as the two covenants reveals how expansive prophetic metaphors can be. Unfortunately, as Peter wrote, the “unstable and untaught” (see II Peter 3:16) will distort even the Scriptures. Some will always carry such teachings to extremes, using them randomly and with “free association,” or not connecting them properly to the biblical narrative. However, the wrong use of them does not negate their proper use, which is essential to understanding the Books of Daniel, Revelation, and other biblical prophecies.

Wendy T. Behary: “A key aspect of narcissism is attempting to feel visible, but in a maladaptive way. In the absence of feeling “gotten,” narcissists search for approval, primarily in regard to their performance. They fight to receive special entitlements as proof of their success and extraordinariness. They also attempt to maintain absolute control and demand emotional autonomy of themselves, deriving a sense of power from not needing anyone. There is a deep well of shame attached to their quashed but very human longing to be understood, visible, loved, and accepted. Their unmet need for attuned emotional connection and their undeveloped understanding of their own narrative leaves them without access to experiences of empathy with others.” (p 139)

Tony Robinson: That’s the wonderful irony of the old priest Eli’s role in the story of the call of Samuel. Eli is completely necessary to help Samuel hear God’s call to him. Eli is the one who knows the voice that calls, “Samuel, Samuel,” isn’t the wind whistling through the chinks in the temple walls. It’s God.

Ron Buford: Ever notice the way cats can seem to treat their owners as if their owners exist to solely fulfill their cat desires?

Pastor John Tolle: The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Victoria Boyson: “Every step they take toward you with the intent to destroy you will cool the hatred that possesses them. Do not respond to their anger, but reveal to them who they truly are as I give you the words to speak. They think they are coming after you because they hate you, but really I am sending them to you because they are so lost in the emptiness of their stolen heart and the wounds created from living in darkness.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The harsh, competitive reality of earth “swallowed” up much of their young idealism and selflessness. Their passion ascended in the flames of time, as they themselves were absorbed by the self-serving and egocentric demands of planet earth. From beneath the crust of the earth we can still recognize stretched out arms, silently asking the question, what happened to all of the love?

Wendy T. Behary: “While compassion requires this kind of empathetic awareness, or understanding, it goes further. Compassion is a radiating desire to console, comfort, and alleviate the pain and suffering of another. It’s rooted in a deep sense of empathetic sensing where you have captured a clear felt sense of the other person’s experience, followed by sympathy (defined as sorrow in response to your empathetic sensing) for the other person’s misfortune. Compassion is the tendency to move beyond empathy for another person’s aches; it means feeling compelled to extend a kindness, to do something about the person’s pain, to bring relief or healing.” (p 138)

Rabbi YY Jacobson: If you choose unity and “worship” it, you are clinging to one aspect of G-d. Conversely, if you embrace the ethos multiplicity, you are acknowledging another aspect of G-d. Only in the fusion of the two, only in discovering the unity within multiplicity, and the multiplicity within the unity, do you touch the undefined essence of G-d, which transcends and integrates all-ness and oneness, where nothingness and something-ness are one.

Ron Buford: Are we not the same when we ask, “If God is good, then why? … (fill in the blank.) ”

Victoria Boyson: “Beloved, you’ve been told countless things that have made it difficult for you to understand your purpose or how you are to fulfill your mission. You’ve been told how small you are, how wicked and evil your heart is. You’ve been wounded by accusation and slander. Yet, you are not what they say you are. You are powerful, fruitful, kind and self-sacrificing.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: What is written? “And Elihu waited to speak to Job, because they [his other friends] were older than he in days [but not in wisdom].” (Job 32:4)

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The word for “waited” used in this verse is also used in the verse: “Our soul waits for the L-rd; He is our help and our shield“. (Psalms 33:2) Just as that verse indicates a specific form of “waiting” – anticipation of imminent salvation, so our text uses the word “waiting” to describe the effect of Elihu’s words in encouraging him to look forward to better days and his personal salvation. That he succeeded is shown by Job’s response.

Mary Luti: Faith isn’t a body of truths. It’s a kind of perceiving, a way of knowing. It notices God being unorthodox and still believes it is God. Commanded to un-know what it knows, it is frank and stubborn: I was dead, now I live; I was blind, now I see; I was lost, now I’m found.

Wendy T. Behary: “This state of “knowing,” of emotional and mental sensibility, provides much-needed balance when dealing with a narcissist. His ways of behaving and relating have so much power to bring up old, schema-driven beliefs and feelings that can make you doubt the truth about who you are, your worth, and perhaps even your capacity to be in a relationship. You may lose your courage to express your opinions or feel ashamed or less-than if your ideas aren’t as “bold” or “clever” as his. Because empathy allows you to deeply understand who the narcissist is and why he is that way, it’s the perfect antidote, fortifying you to stand your ground, hold him accountable, and not take responsibility for his issues. Best of all, you can show up in interactions with him without the burden of exhausting anger, defensiveness, or submissiveness. You get him. You may even feel badly for him and might even tell him that, but you can do so without giving in and without giving up your rights.” (p 140-141)

Victoria Boyson: “Beloved, you were created for this. This is NOT the hour of your destruction, but the hour you invade the darkness! The heated anger of darkness is seeking the cooling, healing of the power of My presence and you, My friend, are the carrier of My presence!

Tsivya Fox: Biblically, the Ark had many functions, including its main purposes, which were to store the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments as well as an indestructible weapon of war that could fell fortified cities. However, one of the Ark’s lesser known functions was to act as a channel, a type of matrix, between God and man.

Victoria Boyson: “Shine your light now! Let the love of MY HEART flow through you and destroy the kingdoms of darkness. I’ve given you the NATIONS as YOUR INHERITANCE – they are YOUR TREASURE! This treasure will last for eternity and you will no longer be rejected, but overwhelmed by acceptance.

Tsivya Fox: Moskoff noted that now is an auspicious time to teach the importance of the Ark and its connection to prophecy. Taking his cue from the Bible, he explained that before the Messiah comes, prophecy is destined to return to Israel first and then to the whole world through those who merit to receive it.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: For the love that defies borders is short lived. It ascends in the flames of ecstasy and nothing of it remains in the harsh realities of planet earth. Only love and unity that recognizes diversity, borders and categories, will allow heaven and earth to touch lips with each other.

Pastor John Tolle: I am anointed to “do” the “good” works of Jesus Christ.

Ron Buford: What if we are too distracted by life’s catnip and laser lights to contemplate our best supporting role and function in shaping God’s promised positive destiny for earth, humanity, and community —the Kingdom of God?

Mary Luti: The man was ostracized for his candor. Refusing to un-know is a painful stripping away. Mercy received is a burden you can’t unshoulder. Yet you feel so light under the weight; you feel so rich with only Jesus to your name.

Rick Joyner: In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile (see Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11). There are other factors that point to the 144,000 being the “true Jews.” These are those who are Jews according to the Spirit, and this company is composed of both Jews in the natural and Gentiles, who are one in Christ.

Wendy T. Behary: “Shared human experiences are opportunities for new wisdom, and wisdom provides a gateway to freedom from false beliefs, distractions, and self-defeating behaviors. Once our mental vision is clear, we can see and sense the strengths and struggles others experience. When this clarity and attendant empathy emerge in a relationship, people become mirrors for one another. We all thrive on being an accurate representation of ourselves reflected and held in the mind and heart of a significant other, even when we don’t share the same point of view. We all want to feel understood – not judged, ignored, or belittled – for who we are and how we experience and respond to the world, even if it may seem silly sometimes. This is what builds a foundation that’s strong enough to withstand the weighty and painful triggers that we always face in our most important relationships.” ( p 145-146)

Pastor John Tolle: Followers of the Lord Jesus Christ have the Spirit of Wisdom available to them.  It is accessible from God for the asking.  (James 1:5)  It is important to note that the Spirit of Wisdom we are talking about is not human wisdom.  It transcends mankind’s abilities, natural giftings, learned skills, acquired knowledge and so on.  Nothing about the Spirit of Wisdom is human . . . except for its use of the human being as the instrument for its operation.  More than ever before, we need the Spirit of Wisdom.

CNA Daily News (18 June 17): Corpus Christi reminds us that in the midst of our lives the Lord comes to meet us “with a loving ‘fragility,’ which is the Eucharist,” the Pope said June 18.

Ching Co: From this, I learned that God’s Church is similar. Separately we may not look attractive, but with each person together in the hands of our Heavenly Potter, we can be transformed into a beautiful vessel useful for His Kingdom. My appreciation for the individual uniqueness and the beauty of allowing God to place us where we fit in the Body of Christ became stronger. To me, the most important lesson I learned from this exercise was the symbolic and prophetic meaning of these elements. God has indeed used my simple, ordinary and mundane training in this area to teach me wonderful, spiritual truths.

Tsivya Fox: There are many levels of prophecy and Divine inspiration. “Because, today, there seems to be an increase of claims from people who appear to have prophetic abilities, this may be a sign that prophecy will indeed return to the world,” suggested Moskoff. “This will ultimately be confirmed with the arrival of Elijah the Prophet, whose mission is to announce the coming of the Messiah, restore peace between father and son as well as between tribe and tribe, and also to bring back the missing Temple vessels, including the Ark itself.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: G-d can’t be defined by unity or by multiplicity. Just as He transcends plurality, He also transcends unity. Therefore, it is only through the fusion of unity and multiplicity-through a place which transcends both of them-that we can connect to the true undefined essence of G-d.

Pope Francis (in “Can I retire now?” 20 June 17): “Now, in experiencing this Eucharist, let us adore and thank the Lord for this greatest of gifts: the living memorial of his love, that makes us one body and leads us to unity.”

Pastor John Tolle: I am anointed with God’s presence. 

Mary Luti: Prayer
Here’s what I know: Your upending mercies are everywhere; even I have received them.

Wendy T. Behary: “By communicating with integrity and self-disclosure, you offer valuable gifts to those you interact with. Sharing yourself and your inner strength and wisdom in this way will also help you bolster your self-worth – and help the narcissist in your life to do the same, healing the insecure and damaged child within. This further opens the door to the possibility of positive change in your relationship. Each gift is associated with a specific form of artful communication. As you model these seven arts, the narcissist in your life can, potentially, become a more effective communicator, closing the circle and allowing you to become the beneficiary of these same gifts. Of course, there are countless arts of communication, each with a complement of gifts embedded within, but for our purposes, the following seven are the most relevant:

  1. The art of mutual respect is an expression of the gift of generosity.
  2. The art of self-disclosure is an expression of the gift of courage.
  3. The art of discernment is an expression of the gift of truth.
  4. The art of collaboration is an expression of the gift of shared effort.
  5. The art of anticipating clashes is an expression of the gift of foresight.
  6. The art of apology is an expression of the gift of responsibility.
  7. The art of reflective listening is an expression of the gift of balance.

Pope Francis: “In the Bread of Life, the Lord comes to us, making himself a humble meal that lovingly heals our memory, wounded by life’s frantic pace of life. The Eucharist is the memorial of God’s love.”

Tsivya Fox: Moskoff believes that the increase in prophetic experiences may be proof that the Ark will soon be revealed. “God willing, since the highest level of prophecy and the Ark are reliant upon each other, we are working to find its exact location,” said Moskoff. “Each small step in this regard is very significant in its own right. I believe that the increase of people having small prophetic moments might indicate a signal that the time for the Ark to come back into a revealed state is approaching.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: And it goes one step deeper. Since G-d has no image, the only way a world filled with images can grasp His unity is by diverse images integrating, for each of them captures a part of the truth, none of them captures it all. Together we recreate the oneness.

CNA Daily News (18 June 17): In this way we can be strengthened, just as the memory of the Lord’s deeds guided and strengthened God’s people when they were in the desert. Remembering everything that the Lord has done for us is the foundation of our own “personal history of salvation,” he [the Pope] said.

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: This is not easy to do because a mourner feels agonized and tormented and is full of pain and suffering. As a result, one must strengthen his feeling of self-worth and praise his ability to accept pain and suffering with love.

Emily C. Heath: Until we are a church full of people that can tell the stories of our rock bottoms without shame, we will never be a church that truly can share God’s grace.

Anna Blake: Rather than conversations about which bit is kinder, I would rather see people actually make the effort to learn kind contact with a good trainer. It’s the most subtle and challenging work a rider can take on, learning to maintain a neutral seat and working in balance with a horse. Learning to quiet our instinct to control the last four inches of a horse’s nose and instead ride the entire horse, relaxed and forward. There is simply nothing more important.

CNA Daily News (18 June 17): “Memory is important,” he [Pope Francis] went on, “because it allows us to dwell in love, to be mindful, never forgetting who it is who loves us and whom we are called to love in return.”

Anna Blake: Contact is like holding hands with someone you are so comfortable with, that there’s overlap where they begin and you end.   Good contact is moving forward through space without gravity or dependence on anything more concrete than the flow of movement that is oneness.

Pastor John Tolle: I thank you for your Spirit’s anointing, in Jesus’ name.


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[2] Wendy T. Behary, LCSW: Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed. (New Harbinger Publications, 2013)

Look! 07 June 17

7 Jun


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

[2 pages]

Pastor John Tolle: We’ve become religious.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: The root of the Hebrew word for compassion, ‘rakhamim’ (רחמים), is also the same root of the word ‘rekhem'(רחם) which means womb. The connection between these two ideas is that a mother has innate compassion for her children, the fruit of her womb, as it says in Isaiah 49:15 “can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?” Ezekiel teaches that when the Lord returns the captivity of Jacob, He will shower them with mercy and compassion, comparable to the natural compassion a mother has for her child.

Pastor John Tolle: God is gonna set you up. There’s a purpose to the living God in your life. If you’re hungry for Him to do it, you become an agent of the living God, not for your glory but for His.

Brat (in “Pentecost” 04 June 17): …(Hmmm… “purpose”…I’ve been talking to God all week about this and asking Him to show me if I’m making an impact. Am I making a difference in my sphere of influence? Sometimes I really wonder about my lunar orbit.)

Anna Blake: “Writing is the art of molding our voices to say just the exact thing we mean, with honesty, vulnerability, and hopefully a little humor. Take your writing seriously. Whether the world ever reads us or not, it’s past time that we give our own words the respect they deserve.”

Brat (from “Dragon” on 15 May 17): Lord Jesus, if Thyatira held up the crucifix that she’s been 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.

Brat: Let’s keep talking,

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: I believe Laodecea and the four horsemen should be considered.

Me (30 May 17): Woo! Hoo! Yes! Ride dem ponies!

The Traveling Wilburys: “Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line” []

Fr. Dwight Longenecker (in “Vocation” 30 May 17): This is what I call “faux poverty”–fake poverty–when people who could do otherwise affect poverty or simplicity in order to display it to others. Then when they call others out for their hypocrisy its a bit rich.

Angel to Laodicea: Revelation 3: 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

Brat (in “Protector?” 18 Mar 17): Lord, please give wisdom to the elders in how to lead us back to Your feet. There’s a reason why You only washed the disciples’ feet. They would evangelize the world one step at a time. Give the elders wisdom to show John how to open the door for Peter.

Steve Shultz: I’m not sure if you’ve noticed it yet, but today’s prophets are getting much more specific, much more accurate, and much more profound in what they are seeing.

Acts 3:When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: May we contact you by phone about our emergency fund-raising campaign?

Brat: The pope says he’s in line with Peter. Look at them!

(In “Wild Bull” 18 Apr 17) Revelation 17:1 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. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

(In “Vocation” 30 May 17): Acts 3: Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

Rabbi Nathan Schapira: A simple stroll in the Land of Israel is compared to receiving atonement on the Altar.



4 Jun

Ascent of Safed: The Good of the Land “Israel: A Step Up”

Israel 365: We Want to Hear From YOU! ✡ “Brought Their Offering Before the Altar”

Rabbi Nathan Schapira: A simple stroll in the Land of Israel is compared to receiving atonement on the Altar.

Richard L. Floyd: For example, it is the Spirit that makes our meal of bread and cup more than a remembrance of a crucified Jesus, but a celebration of the living Christ still present among us. It is the Spirit who makes Jesus our contemporary.

Brat (from “Dragon” on 15 May 17): Lord Jesus, if Thyatira held up the crucifix that she’s been 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.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: (Ezekiel 28:3) Behold thou art wiser than Daniel! there is no secret that they can hide from thee!

Brat (in “Vocation” 30 May 17): Satan doesn’t really have secrets (Rev 2:24) – deep or otherwise. He just knows how to manipulate and distract to get our eyes off seeking God. Thyatira is vulnerable, because she doesn’t know how to ask open-ended questions. If she wants deep answers, she’ll have to learn from the Jews how to ask better questions.

Rabbi Yaakov Beasley: (Ezekiel 29:3) speak and say: Thus saith the Lord GOD: behold I am against thee Paroh King of Mitzrayim the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers that hath said: My river is mine own and I have made it for myself.

Richard L. Floyd: God’s Spirit was there at the beginning and has never ceased God’s work of enlivening and inspiring. This same Spirit “spoke through the prophets.” And still speaks through men and women today.

Wanda Alger: There are generational mantles lying around that need to be picked up. They are the calls and gifts of God that have been nurtured through time in YOUR family, waiting for you and your descendants to complete. We are all on the same mission and each generation must do their part in fulfilling God’s assignment.

Brat: Thyatira knows this. The religious Churches call this “Vocation.”

Monk [in a stage whisper]: (That’s not a vacation!)

Brat: Although honoring the Sabbath would be a good start!

Meir Kay: A Wise Lesson in Empathy. With billions of us humans on earth it’s incredible to see how we are all connected and similar in many ways. At the same time we are all individuals with our own opinions, thoughts and values. Perhaps if we took a moment to step into the other person’s shoes we will see where that person is coming from and by doing so it will make all the difference.