Archive | August, 2017

Following 15 Aug 17 (x2)

21 Aug

Working Dates: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 to Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Traci Blackmon: The story matters. And choosing to work toward liberation of any kind requires a commitment to support the narrative of the ones who own the story. The role of the ally is not to lead or to fix. The ally holds the story and amplifies the voice of the storyteller.

Brat: Holy God! Thank You for the encouragement and the reminder that the story matters. I needed to hear that today. I am an ally and I do my best to try and amplify Your voice in the words of our story. And yet every day there is so little engagement from Your people. I love what Traci Blackmon said, “The role of the ally is not to lead or to fix.” Sanctuary, God! Please!

Kaji Douša: Prayer
Maybe we think, O God, that you are sleeping away our salvation. Thank you for sending Jesus to show us better. Amen.

Anna Blake:  To our kind, it’s like a shameless social group where they don’t check your income or marital status.


Marriage Encounter

Yisroel Susskind, Ph.D.: I advise clients to take the time to actively engage in positive daydreams about their marriage. Certainly, it is helpful for my clients to tell me about the positive (and not only the negative) aspects of their marriage. I think that anyone who is helping a couple should ask each spouse to talk about the good things in the marriage, whether from the distant past, or the present. Nonetheless, it is even more powerful for them to create visual images. For clients who have a good marriage, this activity should only enhance the marriage.

Brat prayer (in “Recovering” 13 Aug 17): Help me to lay down what images are not of You. The Funny Bunnies assume the Church I imagine is all made up of religious Pharisees. But my heart sees a whole Church that is beautiful and still has her stained glass windows. She’s cleaned up her insides, which are now reflected on the outsides. It’s probably not here yet, but that’s what I see. Matthew 23 and the Woes to the Pharisees are cleaned up in the version I see in my heart. I don’t think it’s a fantasy. I think that’s the Church You first showed me before they revealed themselves and tried to cover up their shame.

Helen Calder: The seer gift is a prophetic gift and its main focus is on seeing and declaring God’s intended outcome.

Wanda Alger: Through a dream, the Lord is issuing a call to intercessors to stand in the gap for PASTORS in this hour. For there is confusion in the air and an attempt to derail those who have been called and set apart to lead the Body of Christ. It is a time of decision and a time of advance and believers are being called upon to pray for those with the Father’s heart.

Foursquare Church: God Raised the Dead Through Prayer

Yisroel Susskind, Ph.D.: So, in therapy I encourage them to do so, much as a physical therapist encourages a patient to move a painful, damaged limb. “What would you like your marriage to look like?” If you can at least imagine or remember a positive interaction with your spouse, you can generate a longing for improvement, a desire to create good will, and a possible plan of action that might convey a positive feeling to your spouse. Once a couple are so swallowed up by conflict that they cannot experience mutual good will, even in fantasy, there is no energy for positive movement.

Yehezkel Laing: How Are Sistine Chapel and Jewish Temple Connected? You’ll Be Shocked

Brat (in “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): I miss the beauty. I miss getting lost in staring at Your Eternal Flame. I miss the sun coming through the stained glass windows. I miss the sacred embroidery on the kneeling cushions around the communion rail. My head knows that You are not confined to a building, so why this trip down memory lane?

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: (An entire school of psychology – Gestalt therapy – is based on what we perceive as “foreground” and “background.” Sometimes by shifting our perception, we become aware of very important things that were previously only in the “background,” and that can change our lives.)

Anna Blake: No, I’m not looking for a horse. None of my clients are either. Still, I leer. I ogle, tilting my head to the side as my eyes devour photos of sleek horses for sale in other states. And then I pour over the descriptions. Some sound as if they were written by a used-car salesman and some by horse-crazy girls. They are equally reliable. I know better than to take the words literally: Bombproof. Sixteen hands. Schooling fourth level. And the one that makes me go mushy… Needs experienced rider.

Mark D. White: The words He shared with me were about the seasons that will defy logic. That people will experience the undeniable, the undefiable, the unrestrainable and the unexplainable power of God. He spoke these words to me: “The spontaneous move of God is coming.” This will happen even though there is not enough consistent corporate prayer, not enough hunger yet throughout the Church!

Lana Vawser: There is a whole new realm of revelation and supernatural insight opening up to the prophets and they are leading My people into this new level of revelation, strategy and insight of the words of My heart, but the fire must fall upon the prophets before it can be released into the Church. This is a groundbreaking season. This is a season where I am doing something completely new, My Spirit is going to be poured out in ways that no eye has ever seen, nor has ear ever heard, and in preparation for what I am pouring out, room must be made for the new. In My fire that has been released upon the prophets and the prophetic movement, I am RESTORING the revelation and manifestation of living in awe of Me upon the prophets and the Church. Like Isaiah when he had an encounter with Me in My Glory, and he was face down before Me as He saw Me in reverence and awe, I am bringing My prophets into greater encounters like Isaiah, to restore the awe and reverence in places where it has been lost.

Anna Blake: Writing a horse ad is only a temporary silly distraction but who doesn’t need that? Some of us tell the brutal truth and some of us flatter ourselves. (You wouldn’t be the first filly to fudge your stats.) How would your Dreamhorse ad read? At the very least, tell us your registered name.

Monk: But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” (Gen 32:29)

Brat (17 Aug 17): Help Wanted: Holy God, just as You sent Michael to help out Gabriel, so I ask for help, too. We are not in competition with each other. Make room. Make mercy. Thank You in advance for what You will do. I worship You, Jesus.

Susan Michael, ICEJ US Director: Esteem for the Jews, however, can sometimes go too far, putting them on a pedestal and expecting them to be more holy, righteous, or superior than the rest of us. Some Christians have such a romanticized view of Israel they almost expect to see angels on every street corner!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The answer, said Reb Refael, is this. If G-d wants to tell you not to touch a Jewish child, sending an angel will suffice. But if He wants you to “slaughter” another Jew, an angel can’t suffice! G-d Himself needs to come and tell you to do it. If you are going to “slaughter” another Jew, make sure you hear it from G-d Himself.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: He still loves you and knows you love him so don’t feel guilty.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: May it be that one result will be that as we fulfill G‑d’s dream of our living in marital harmony, He will fulfill our dream, and bring the Redemption, where we are promised that we will see “the world filled with the knowledge of G‑d.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: To let Isaac live, the instruction could be communicated via an angel. To let Isaac die, G-d needed to show up Himself.

Mark DeJesus: It’s easy to cover up mistakes or insecurities with “God told me.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Those sisters with rulers certainly got it into the heads of the young Catholics that missing Mass was a mortal sin.

Mark DeJesus: The concept of spiritual fathering can become distorted in this. Leadership is driven to use force, intimidation or manipulation to make things happen.

Anna Blake: Registered name: Shez Gotta Doit Herway   Barn Name: Anna

Lori Suiter: We need to be open to moving in different ways, because what comes naturally is not going to be the way we need to move in this season.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: If it is valid to say that doctrine develops through debate, then the critics of innovation should have their say. They should do so from a position of expertise and authority and should do so respectfully, but if sometimes those critics are media loudmouths, naive newbies or conservative converts, well that’s part of the hurly burly too.

Mark DeJesus: There is little emphasis on working through issues, so people either quietly leave or sit in silent submission with no personal engagement. Instead of empowering the people, they become conditioned to just go with whatever is happening.

Wanda Alger: I believe this is a tool for us personally, as well as corporately. As we are being confronted with a spirit of MOCKERY in this nation, the sound of our JOY and our PRAISES can be powerful in dismantling the attempts of the Accuser to defeat us. Regardless of the mocking voices in media, news, and print, we can lift up a sound of joy and victory knowing that the battle has already been won. When we respond in the spirit like this, the enemy cannot touch us nor can he ever defeat us. Maybe THIS is that SOUND that is being prophesied over the body of Christ in recent days. It is the sound of Joy, Victory, and Praise from sons and daughters who know their King. It is the sound of laughter from his kids who are caught up in His presence rather than the enemy’s pressure.


Double Meaning

Yehezkel Laing: According to Rabbi Blech, the changes were motivated by a desire to co-opt Jewish concepts.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Or to put it more poignantly and humorously, the sages, it seems, by imposing this second meaning are “violating” the very injunction they are trying to convey. They take a simple word in the verse and they “splinter” its meaning to connote divergent interpretations that seem to lack any common streak?

Wanda Alger: I had been processing a situation with a spiritual advisor who began to prod me for further information as to my intentions and motives within a certain relationship. Though he was simply asking for clarity, I began to feel a pressure come upon me as I started to feel cornered and trapped. I began to doubt myself and wonder if maybe I had done something wrong. It was a familiar feeling to me as I had similar experiences in my past where I felt hemmed in and caught in a trap that sought to disqualify me with accusations of wrong-doing. I began to feel those same fears of being caught in doing something displeasing to the Lord. I was so preoccupied by this sudden onslaught of confusion I couldn’t even hear what my advisor was saying until I heard him ask, “So, what do you think the Lord would say about that?”

Kaji Douša: But the Gospel tells us that Jesus slept.

Nate Johnston: There is a sound of awakening that is echoing throughout the earth that is hard to ignore. Like the days of John the Baptist the church are in discovery of their inheritance and are leaving the milk behind and hungrily taking it by force. Heaven is being accessed by sons and daughters that have awoken to the rumbling and shaking of an earth that is crying out for them to be revealed and step into their rightful place. No more will we be the powerless, the defenseless, the broken and battered, the confused and conflicted, the apathetic and complacent, the disunited and scattered. NO! We are sons and daughters of a loving Father, a pure and healthy bride, and we are powerful, and in this hour we arise from the ruins of the wilderness saying “WE ARE HERE, AND THIS IS OUR TIME!” The earth will never be the same because the Kingdom of Heaven is here in US! Revival has come! We are the movement, we are the gates and doors and we say KING OF GLORY COME!!

Lana Vawser: In My fire that I am releasing upon the prophetic movement, those that embrace the fire will move to a whole new level of divine strategy, revelation, insight, wisdom and weightiness in the words that I entrust them with to release and equip My Church with and the nations of the world. A complacency has entered many hearts regarding the words of My heart. There has been a loss of value of the weightiness of My Word that I am releasing to the prophets in this season as the enemy attempts to cause them to fall into these areas of striving and competition. I am shifting gears in the prophetic movement. I am changing the guards.

Christy Johnston: The enemy’s intentions were to silence these daughters, but God has used satan’s very weapons against him. The Father is turning their season of anguish and lies into a FIERCE SOUND of His power and truth surging through them. The enemy’s attempts to silence them have only made their voices LOUDER. Their voices proclaim the name of Jesus as they lift up their battle cries and decree JUSTICE to injustice, TRUTH to lies and FREEDOM to the captives. These daughters are arising with a voice of awakening and they are calling countless others out of the trenches of darkness.

Yehezkel Laing: Another feature matching that of the Jewish Temple is the double level construction. The Western half of the Sistine Chapel, containing the altar and the private area for the Pope and his court, is some six inches higher than the Eastern half. This elevated section corresponds to the Jewish Temple’s Kodesh HaKodashim, the Holy of Holies, where only the High Priest could enter, only once a year, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This is a prohibition against the Jewish people becoming divided. Practically, this is a prohibition against one Jewish court dividing into two and guiding the community in a conflicting fashion, [3] [1] creating division and conflict. [4] [2]

Mark DeJesus: You can see this when there is little appreciation for other churches or ministries. There is a sense that “we have the revelation on this and no one else does. We are the ones who get this.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Then once they take responsibility for themselves they might start taking responsibility for the happiness of others.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: When we do this, i.e. when we pass the test, the test disappears – its purpose having been served – and our formerly deep, hidden connection with G‑d becomes our normative consciousness.

Richard L. Floyd: And this dynamic is something that I firmly believe is an important part of what the church is, a kind of laboratory of love. Too often we betray this aspect when we look for our congregations to be homogeneous enclaves of the like-minded.

Mark DeJesus: Because the emphasis is often on how things look, there can be a legalistic pressure on sin, sanctification and holiness. People are taught in such a way that they always feel they have to do better, perform better or work to be good enough.


Sacrifice of the mass

Yehezkel Laing: “The motive for basing elements of the Sistine Chapel on Solomon’s Temple is the Replacement Theory which is basic Catholic doctrine,” the rabbi told Breaking Israel News.

Revelation 17: 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

Rick Joyner: This was not just about attacking a ritual of communion, but the doctrine behind this ritual changed from what was originally intended. In the doctrine of the sacrifice of the mass, Jesus only died for Adam’s sin. For the remission of personal sin, a believer had to go to a priest who would “offer Christ again” for their personal sins. This is why they taught that the bread and wine of communion was miraculously changed into the literal body and blood of the Lord. This made a human priest the mediator, even though Scripture says that there is only one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (see I Timothy 2:5). As we are also told in Hebrews 9:28, Christ was “offered once for all….”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: However, one of the troublesome things about hearing confessions is how many older Catholics seem to think this is the only sin, and they do not seem able or willing to make the distinction between missing Mass and skipping Mass.

Joyce Meyer: Now, when I say “religion,” I’m not talking about going to church; it’s important for us to go to good churches where the Word of God is taught and we can grow spiritually. I’m talking about a performance mentality that says it’s what we do that determines whether God approves of us or not.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Do You Ever “Slaughter” Another Jew?

BIN Promotions: They Slaughter. We Must Affirm Life!

Rabbi Refael Hakohen Katz: There is a famous question on the story of the Akeida, the binding of Isaac, in Genesis. G-d instructs Abraham to bring up his son Isaac as an offering. Abraham complies. At the last moment, as he is about to slaughter Isaac, The Torah states: “And a heavenly angel of G-d called out to him, and said: Abraham! Abraham!… And he said: ‘Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, nor do anything to him.” At the last moment, Isaac is saved.

Richard L. Floyd: Try a little experiment. Next time you are in coffee hour don’t migrate to a person you love and delight in. Pick out someone who rubs you the wrong way and start a conversation. It might be “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Joyce Meyer: A religious attitude says, “If I just pray more or read the Bible more or do more good things or go to church on a regular basis, then God will be happy with me.” It gets us on a treadmill of feeling obligated to do certain things to please God.

Rick Joyner: As we covered, the Reformers saw any attack on the cross, or any dilution of the message of the cross, as being the work of the antichrist. This was because of the centrality of the cross in the doctrine of salvation through the cross of Jesus alone. Most Reformers viewed “the sacrifice of the mass” as “the abomination of desolation”—or “the abomination that desolates”—because it was the most fundamental attack on the cross of Jesus in the life of the church and individual believers.

Yehezkel Laing: “They believe they are the true descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and that after Jesus, God rejected the Jews and chose them.

Brat: Today the Church is silent.

Mark DeJesus: There is either no accountability structure, or the one that is in place is a small huddle where there is no collaboration or council on issues. There is little room for healthy debate and reasonable discussion over issues.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: He says converts are often troubled by the development of doctrine, and shrewdly points out that the way doctrine develops is not only through quiet, scholarly discussion and prayerful times of discernment, but through theological brawling, the fisticuffs of the faith. I agree.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): It is also possible that he will be sent to one of the nations of the world, or to the inhabitants of a particular city or kingdom, to prepare them and to inform them what they should do or to prevent them [from continuing] the evil which they are doing.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Catholics should be able to get to another Mass somewhere in town though. Very few people have to work from mid afternoon on Saturday right through to early evening on Sunday. But if you do get into that situation your pastor should be able to give you a dispensation from your Mass obligation, and if you want to be with the Lord but just can’t get there for reasons beyond your control.

Yehezkel Laing: “As part of this theory, they wanted to replace Jerusalem with Rome and so they ‘sanctified’ Rome by appropriating elements from Jerusalem.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: He [David Mills] makes a good point that it is one thing to convert to Catholicism and another thing to really see the world as Catholics see it.

Yehezkel Laing: Aug. 16 Editor’s Note: Replacement Theology, while present in some Catholic teachings, is not part of the Church’s official views. In 1965, Pope Paul VI published the Nostra Aetae, a seminal document disavowing many anti-Jewish aspects of Catholic doctrine.

ICEJ USA: Have you sent Jerusalem congratulations?

Brat: Congratulations, O Jerusalem!

Revelation 15:4 Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Pastor John Tolle: To get along with people the King has to be in charge. You can claim Christ and your righteousness all you want, but too many remain silent. For evil to triumph, it takes men to do nothing. Be gracious, not growling. Confront injustice in a just way. We tend to justify our behavior even when it’s not right.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Sometimes we get in to fights with people over idealistic reasons. We “slaughter” people-with our words or actions-and we feel that we are acting on behalf of an angel. We feel angelic about our actions.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): Instead, his mind should constantly be directed upward, bound beneath [G‑d’s] throne [of Glory, striving] to comprehend the holy and pure forms and gazing at the wisdom of the Holy One, blessed be He, in its entirety, [in its manifold manifestations] from the most elevated [spiritual] form until the navel of the earth, appreciating His greatness from them.

Richard L. Floyd: Prayer
We pray, O God, for your unifying Spirit, that we may all flourish in your great laboratory of love, the church.

Pastor Mike Storti: It is written – “Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool” – (Is.66:1). The Lord is the King of heaven and the earth that He created. Heaven is His throne and earth is His footstool of His throne and His Son will rule over the whole earth forever and ever – (Rev.11:15). Solomon’s throne was a type of God’s throne – “And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold…” – (2 Chr.9:18). When Christ shall “sit upon the throne of his glory” – (Mt.25:31), then we which have been saved by Him will have the great privilege of climbing those steps to bow down before Him and kiss His ‘feet’ that were pierced for our salvation. “…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace…” – (Rom.10:15). We have believed His words – “Order my steps in thy Word…” – (Ps.119:133). “…because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” – (I Pet.2:21). We have followed His steps and we shall share in His glory and be kings and priests on the earth. Christ’s throne at the top of six steps show Him as “the high and lofty One” whom God has “highly exalted.” World peace started with the ‘feet’ of Christ – peace with God.[3]



Kaji Douša: So if rest is so holy and if God has rested since the dawn of Creation, then why do I have such a hard time letting Jesus sleep?

Lori Suiter: That’s more than just for me, that’s for everybody right now…

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But that is exactly what we are doing when we allow our people to become splintered. The entire Jewish nation is essentially one single organism. [11] [4] We may number 15 million people, and come from different walks of life, profess extremely different opinions, and behave in opposite ways, but we are essentially like one “super organism.” When I cut off a certain Jew from my life, when I cut myself off from a certain Jewish community, I am in truth cutting off part of my own flesh.

Mark DeJesus: I find that the majority of Christians who have served God for a long enough time have, at some point, been a part of a spiritually toxic environment. Yet I rarely see people walking through any kind of process to heal from those harmful situations. The best that is offered is “the past is the past” or “get over it.” Meanwhile, believers left and right are walking around with spiritual and emotional lacerations that they don’t know how to heal.

Lana Vawser: God is about to shock His people in the most glorious ways about how He speaks in this season. The falsities are falling off. The false ties are being broken. A whole new world of experiencing the way He speaks and the supernatural language of God is going to be awakened, understood in greater ways, and activated in the Body of Christ in ways we have never seen before.

Yisroel Susskind, Ph.D.: Gottman presents a second way in which a couple’s dreams and daydreams enrich and stabilize the marriage. “The happy couple understands that helping each other realize their dreams in one of the goals of marriage.”(Ibid, p.220) That is, a marriage can go deeper than even one in which the couple love each other and are successful at their joint tasks (such as childrearing and livelihood). This profound level is attained when they know and support each other’s dreams, each other’s sense of the meaning of their life.

Brat (in “Recovering” 13 Aug 17): I suppose that every marriage goes through this. We can’t ever go back. But You, God, can bring the fullness of Your kingdom into our relationship now, and make it even moreso than it was. Would You come please? I long and yearn for You so deeply that it hurts. My soul aches for You. And it’s not like we don’t talk everyday. I think our relationship is sound and grounded. It’s just that back then I saw a fuller version of You before all hell broke loose. I saw the best of You even though I was in a dark and tormented church.

Yisroel Susskind, Ph.D.: I suggest you take the time to engage in such positive “daydreams”; enjoy immersing yourself in them and watch for results. This simple act does not suddenly wash away all of the pain in the relationship, but it does “give peace a chance.”

Elijah List: Dreams are Crucial, but so are the Watchmen

Anna Blake: First, I get a glass of wine –a thick Cabernet that practically stains my teeth. And some chocolate with almonds because I know where this is going and I’ll need some energy in a while. Then I push back in my reclining office chair, put my feet up, and pull the hood of my sweatshirt forward until it nearly covers my eyes. In the dim light, the glow of my computer is as welcoming as a campfire.

John A. Nelson: I wonder if a conversation with the people Isaiah dismissed might have gone like the conversation between a priest and a friend’s teenaged daughter. He questioned whether she had a sufficient understanding of communion. She thought for a moment, then pointed to a crucifix. “That looks like Jesus, but it isn’t,” she said. Then pointing to the bread and cup she said, “That doesn’t look like Jesus, but it is.”

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: Similarly, says Shem miShmuel, we know that the date of the coming of the Mashiach is plainly written in the Torah, and yet we can’t find it. According to the Zohar, in the future we will see it clearly in the Torah, even though presently it is hidden from our eyesight. It seems that if we don’t want something badly enough, even though it might be in front of our eyes, we can’t see it.

Martin B. Copenhaver: I suppose it is handy to have a minister in the family when a frog needs a funeral, but in this case I was more member of the congregation than officiant.  And I was struck by how wonderful it is to be part of a family, the church, that shows us from the earliest age how to respond to the awesome presence of death.

Revelation 16:13 Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

[From “Anchored in Christ” 14 Aug 2010]: The sixth angel pours out his bowl on the great river Euphrates [the birthplace of creation], and its water [figuratively] dries up to prepare the way for the kings of the East (Rev 16:12). Negotiations began in the Middle East. This did start happening in the 1970’s. John sees three evil spirits [lies, deception, and illusion] that look like frogs. They come out of the mouth of the dragon [Satan], out of the mouth of the beast [obsession, arrogance, fear, anxiety], and the false prophet [mass media] (v 13) perpetuating the lies, deception and illusions, and feeding the obsessions, arrogance, fears, and anxieties. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty (v 14). 15“Behold, I come like a thief! [Surprise!] Blessed is he who stays awake [alert] and keeps his clothes with him [faithful], so that he may not go naked [discovered] and be shamefully exposed [embarrassed].”

Mark DeJesus: A church is safe when it knows how to deal with problems effectively with love, grace and truth all in play. In a spiritually abusive environment, people are often demonized in embarrassing ways. Relationships are not protected and betrayal takes place.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: Rabbi Adler explained that how a Jewish person looks, behaves and carries himself in front of non-Jews can push the nations closer or farther from Hashem (God) and his teachings.

John A. Nelson: The priest, to his credit, rapidly adjusted his assessment of the young woman and invited her to receive the sacrament.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Community of His friendship: We are the community of the Spirit, friends of notorious sinners like the one who sent us. The Community of the Spirit that brings the shalom of God, the kingdom of God. Because the kingdom is not meat or drink but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Our presence convicts (convinces) the world of righteousness, sin and judgment.   The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen 2 Cor. 13:14 NKJV

Mark D. White: Spontaneous prayer will take place in public places, the power of prayer will hit those of the blood-bought Church, and the overwhelming presence of God will move and the people will plead for knowledge of the living God! The power display is not what we RELEASE, but what we EXPERIENCE.

Nathan Shaw: Don’t underestimate the power of one strategic connection. Strategic connections can open unexpected doors of opportunity. The residents of Jericho, Samaria and Decapolis were all beyond Israel’s direct influence. In each case, one strategic connection impacted many lives. Strategic connections can bring protection, just ask Rahab and the two spies. Strategic connections can also meet deep heart needs. The Samaritan woman had had five husbands. Her story was one of brokenness and pain. She had a need to be seen, heard and acknowledged.

Quinn G. Caldwell (in “Go Get Her” 10 Aug 17): You could claim that it connects nothing, serves no purpose, helps no one.  But it’s hard to look at it without being reminded forcefully of how weird humans are, how feckless and fickle not only we, but our institutions are, too.  So while Jacob’s ladder connects heaven and earth, and your ladder connects the front yard to the porch roof, maybe The Immovable Ladder is there to connect us to our own brokenness.  Maybe it’s there to remind you of just how foolish you can be, and how trapped you can become.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): For example, the ladder with the angels ascending and descending envisioned by the patriarch Jacob was an allegory for the empires and their subjugation [of his descendants]. Similarly, the creatures Ezekiel saw, the boiling pot and the rod from an almond tree envisioned by Jeremiah, the scroll Ezekiel saw, and the measure seen by Zechariah [were all metaphoric images].

Ezekiel 24:24 Ezekiel will be a sign to you; you will do just as he has done. When this happens, you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.’



Yehezkel Laing: As detailed in the Book of Kings, the measurements of the Heichal, the inner sanctuary of the Temple, are 40.9 meters (134 ft) long, by 13.4 meters (44 ft) wide and 20.7 meters (68 ft) high. These are the exact dimensions of the Sistine Chapel.

Rick Joyner: What does it mean to measure [Revelation 11:1-2] the cross, the temple, or the people who worship in it? Measuring in biblical prophecies is usually more than just getting the dimensions—it is also an evaluation of quality and success in relation to its purpose. This implies that the leadership of the church, which John represents here, were given a rod, or authority, for measuring the church, those who worship in it, and the cross. How would this be fulfilled?

[In “Anchored in Christ” 14 Aug 2010]: In Revelation 11 the message shifts again from a societal perspective in Chapters 8 and 9 back to the Church. On the surface, this chapter appears to make a random switch to measuring God’s temple and His people. It’s actually not random. He’s “sizing up” His people—His children, not those in the “outer court,” those who are the unbelievers. This is a spiritual assessment of His own kids. “Go and measure the temple of God [the Church] and the altar [the heart], and count the worshipers there. 2But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles [the unbelievers]. They will trample on the holy city [the heart where believers live] for 42 months [a relatively short period of time].”

Patheos Catholic: The Ugliness of Charlottesville Exposed

Rick Joyner: Next week we will address what it means to “measure the temple.”

Brat: As Pastor John Tolle quoted: “Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.”

Mark DeJesus: I have also found that when a church does nothing about a problem it should address, that passivity can be incredibly damaging to the church culture.

Kaji Douša: Could it be because there’s always a storm raging somewhere? Could it be that I worry that God will sleep through my own storms and ignore my pleas for help? Might it be all well and good that God rests, but what about when the “waves sweep over” my boat and I fear it will pitch over and take me under? God can rest except when I need my rescue, I feel.

MAGEN DAVID ADOM, Israel’s national Red Cross society: Israel must be prepared for an impending attack while there is still time. Bullets and rockets are already being fired — WE CANNOT DELAY!

Yehezkel Laing: In the Jewish Temple, the Paroket was the curtain separating the rest of the Temple from the Holy of Holies. Correspondingly, the Sistine Chapel features a huge white marble partition grill in a parallel location with seven marble flames on top, mirroring to the seven-branched menorah (which ancient legend suggests is hidden in the Vatican today), or candelabra, that glorified the Jewish sanctuary in Biblical times.

Revelation 1: 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: If doctrine develops through theological pie fights, conservative converts have pies to throw too.

They’ll probably have bad aim, so you’d better duck!

Anna Blake: Comes with two donkeys. And a goat. Some ducks that quit laying. A few dogs and some useless cats. And a small herd of horses, all more uneven than her.

Billy Kangas: The Rage That Got Us Here: Reflections on Charlottesville

Fr Dwight Longenecker: This is also a dimension to some of the convert’s criticisms of certain strands of Catholicism. They’re hard wired to have an enemy and will find one even if there isn’t one.

Helen Calder: Likewise, someone who has a gift of discernment needs the encouragement and perspective that the prophetic ministry and gift brings. When we perceive the enemy at work, for example, the prophetic gift sees past what is currently going on, to God’s intended outcome. And that is a game-changer!



Pastor Gary Dunahoo: What do you do with a message like this? How do you hear it? Consider listening to it again and allowing the Holy Spirit to show you what He is working on in your life. With our world filled with so much anger and hate there is a deep need for followers of God to represent who God is and how He acts. “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8 NIV). The love of God will wreck us to the point we are rinsed of the hatred and bias views that continue to separate us. Our differences were never intended to divide us; our differences were intended to show the creativity of God and the diversity of His nature. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to do a deeper work in our heart in order to fill our world with the character and ministry of Jesus.

Traci Blackmon: The invitation to the ally is always to follow the leadership of those who are at the center of the pain.

MAGEN DAVID ADOM: For three consecutive days, Israelis in the north dealt with gunfire from Syria that landed within Israel’s borders and explosions were reported. At the same time Hamas, in the south, launched rockets into southern Israel. The danger is very real!

Rick Joyner: From the first century, there were continuous assaults and false teachings directed at diluting or even nullifying the power of the cross in the life of the church and that of the individual Christian. It is written that the message of the cross is the power of God (see I Corinthians 1:18), and all the grace, mercy, and power of God are released to His people through the cross of Jesus. The application of the cross is fundamental to the life and health of the church and the individual believer. Certainly this is something that every Christian in a leadership position should constantly measure in order to discern the health of those in their care.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Charlottesville has revealed to all of us what it means to be an unredeemed human being.

Brat: As Pastor John Tolle quoted: “Evil happens when good men do nothing.” I experienced the same thing with Laodicea. Her strongest time of glory in history was in the Revolutionary War. She fought for an ideal. She was shown mercy by God. Now the tables have been flipped. The current mess could be an opportunity that God is laying before all of us to fulfill St Paul’s words from

Romans 11:30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience,

11:31 so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy.

11:32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.

Anna Blake: Classically trained, boss mare skills, and still sits a wicked reining spin. Veteran of all kinds of freestyle; loves to dance. Will tell you how to do it correctly and then stand around breathing until you take her cue. But no exceptions; she won’t let you on without a helmet.

Susan Michael, ICEJ US Director: Bible-believing Christians across America naturally tend to view Israel and the Jewish people through the prism of the Scriptures. The Jews are the “Chosen People” and are to be honored and appreciated as such according to the apostle Paul in Romans 9–11.

Anna Blake: It’s cool enough for a sweatshirt for the night barn check and the season change means mice are starting to move to the house like snowbirds to Tucson. Turns out the cats have all gone vegan or something. Living on a farm isn’t what it used to be.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): The Rambam is implying that it is impossible for man ever to know the absolute truth about a situation. Therefore, the Torah gives us criteria with which to govern our decisions. Though they may not be totally foolproof, they are, nevertheless, applicable to our circumstances. If we follow these criteria and an error does occur, G‑d does not hold man responsible.

Brat: The Church did nothing.

Mark DeJesus: There becomes a spiritual answer for everything that manipulates situations and keeps leaders from saying, “We got it wrong. We thought we heard from God, and we’re processing through what that means now. We’re sorry, and we take full responsibility for it.”

Rick Joyner: Because we have access to God through the blood of Jesus and His propitiation offering on the cross, the ability of the people to apply the cross to their lives is a primary factor determining their ability to worship God with their lives. This is fundamental to the quality of our worship. Worship under the New Covenant is not about devotion to rituals as much as it is a life lived in obedience and abiding in the Lord. In doing so, we glorify the Lord. Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. We must know Him as all three to walk with Him as we are called to.

Brat: And when the Church does NOTHING?

Pastor John Tolle: At least when you’re arguing with God you’re talking. So many people give no response. Many aren’t awake and God wants to take them to another realm.

Wanda Alger: For those who have been truly called to pastor, they carry the love of a spiritual FATHER and spiritual MOTHER. It is THESE pastors and church leaders whom the Lord is calling forth with great power and authority because of the call on His sons and daughters. It is these who carry the love for the next generation who have been willing to lead the way.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: The rabbi noted that God places greater importance on how Jews behave toward one another than on ritual.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: This has been my experience too. We have been Catholics now for 22 years and it has only been within the last few years that my love and appreciation for Mary as Mother has completed the long journey from head to heart. Of course, this journey is made by saying the rosary, and celebrating the Marian feasts with attention and devotion.

Brat: Since Jesus is my Husband, then that makes Mary my Mother-in-Law.

Anna Blake: Even more despondent, I give in and do that thing that a certain sort of person does late at night on the internet. I’m not proud of it. It shows a lack of character and if my mother was alive, she would slap my hand away…

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I’ll tell you what’s happened in Charlottesville this weekend.[5]

It is human beings revealing what lies within. It’s real simple and its been happening since Cain killed his brother Abel.

Rick Joyner: The fundamental truth that our salvation and the grace, mercy, and power of God is dependent on the cross alone is worthy to be measured regularly by church leaders. Under the New Covenant there is not a special class of priests that mediate between God and men—rather, every believer is a priest. These were the most important New Covenant truths recovered by the Reformation. These were based on the truth that all church doctrine must be based on Scripture, not church dogma that had developed so many varied and unbiblical teachings that separated the people from God and elevated an institution to take His place.

Mark DeJesus: A culture of exclusive spirituality: “We have the monopoly on God.”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: There is something else, however, I think we often overlook the fact that Protestantism was born in conflict and it continues to have conflict as part of its genetic code in a way Catholicism does not. I can’t remember any group I belonged to as a Protestant in which the preaching, ethos and atmosphere was not conflict oriented. There was always an enemy. The Catholics were the enemy. The liberals were the enemy. The neo Evangelicals were the enemy. The Muslims were the enemy. You name it–the Protestant is always protesting.

Anna Blake: Breed: Grade, DNA test shows some of everything.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Inasmuch as attaining Divine consciousness, thereby making the world more of a home for G‑d, is the purpose of creation, it follows that moral tests serve a crucial function in bringing creation to its completion and fulfilling the purpose of the soul’s descent into the physical world.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Overall, I like Mills’ analysis, and I agree that conservative critics, for the most part, should have the good manners to listen and learn in their new home.

Anna Blake: Loves trailers, will stand for the right farrier. Will also kick when required but her intolerance for bad manners shouldn’t be confused with stubbornness. Prefers body work and a dirt bath to “a cookie.” No plans to retire. Dreams of hock injections.

Nathan Shaw: Rahab was a prostitute in the Canaanite city of Jericho. Two Israelite men were sent to spy out the land of Canaan. They lodged the night at Rahab’s house. Word got out that the spies were in the city. Rahab hid them in her roof and then aided them to escape undetected. Rahab was a strategic connection for the spies. If it wasn’t for her, they would have been killed. But the spies were also a strategic connection for Rahab. The spies promised protection for Rahab’s family. When Israel attacked Jericho, Rahab and her family were the only inhabitants who were spared. They became part of the nation of Israel.

Brat: I know a little bit about Rahab. We are not saved by what we know. Even Rahab got rescued when the two spies went back for her. My Two Witnesses just circle in their orbit. The rope I threw over the wall is now old and frayed.

Anna Blake: First schooled in Pleasure, Reining, and Trail. Currently a dressage schoolmaster with remarkably poor gaits. Not lame really. Just a bit uneven. Big hooves, good teeth, easy keeper. Not exactly uphill.

Brat: Thank you. See? Just like Rahab!

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): Considering these matters and the like, the Torah states: “The hidden matters are for G‑d, our Lord, but what is revealed is for us and our children” (Deut. 29:28), and “Man sees what is revealed to the eyes, but G‑d sees into the heart” (Samuel I 16:7).

Mark DeJesus: Abusive church environments make it difficult to leave or move on. People are often shunned. Communication gets shut down. They get treated as outcasts. Leaving a church is very difficult to begin with, but abusive environments make it painfully worse.

Anna Blake: A big slow exhale with no need to rush. I’m alone, except for the old dog snoring like someone’s weird uncle. I decide to call it ambiance. One finger goes to one key- D -and the address line auto-fills. It isn’t my first time on this salacious site…

Steve Shultz: If you think about it, it’s nearly impossible to have a divine appointment between you and another person without YOU and THEM hearing God’s voice. Because that is how you both ended up at the right place, standing in the right spot, and at the right time. It felt like your thoughts but in reality…you heard God’s voice tell you to stand right here.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: I would only add this: if development of doctrine emerges from a tug of war, then you need people on both ends of the rope.

Brat: The Church could soooo get a bonus out of this!

Breaking Israel News: Jews Must Be Role Models to Bring Light of Messiah to World: Rabbi

Brat: Church pastors? Jewish rabbis? Either way it could be a win-win, but the only experience I’ve had with Fr Dwight’s rope is the one that’s been hanging down Jericho’s wall for ten years.

Joshua 2: 15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.

Brat: You know the hymn: “A Mighty Fortress is our god.”

Joshua 2: 14 “Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.”

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): This is the nature of [the Torah’s] commandment. [To give an example of a parallel:] We are commanded to render a [legal] judgment based on the testimony of two witnesses. Even though they may testify falsely, since we know them to be acceptable [as witnesses], we presume that they [are telling the truth].

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The Samaritans were despised by the proper Jews–the scribes (of whom the teacher of the law was one) the respectable Sadducees and the Puritanical and legalistic Pharisees. The Samaritans were the grubby peasants who were left behind when all the good people were hauled off to Babylon. They claimed Jewish descent, but the Jews looked down on them as heretics and they looked down on the Jews as followers of a new religion. Think of the clash between Irish Catholics and Northern Irish Protestants. Both Christians, but filled with hatred and suspicion of one another.

Christy Johnston: He has used the voices of those around them as a continual gunfire of doubt, fear, and lies targeted directly at their identity and worth. Many of these daughters have come to believe these lying assaults. They have endured countless blasts and strikes, all in an attempt to keep them silent and in a powerless holding place away from the battleground. These daughters have been the target of the enemy, for within them is a fierce warrior that satan greatly fears, and his strategy has been to withhold them from the battle through his lies.

Mark DeJesus: It exhausts people and leaves them disillusioned. Unfortunately, in a high performance based environment, people become commodities in the goal of growth, success, status and achievement.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Only repentance can solve this problem for repentance is, at its very heart, the simple act of a person taking responsibility for themselves–for their own happiness and by God’s help, the solution to their problems.

Israel 365: The Loss of a Special Soul ✡ “I Will Grant Triumph In Tzion To Yisrael”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Ohr Hachaim explains that the Torah is teaching us that death has another dimension to it. It can be compared to a person who sent his son to a faraway land in order to start a business there. The son settled in that place and over time became very close to many fine people there. After many years, the father summoned the son to return home and the son acceded to his wishes. The son is not lost. Those who had grown to know and love him are no longer able to see him, but the son is not lost. On the contrary, the son is returning home to his father. The thought of those friends going ahead and gouging themselves over the agony of the son’s departure is unjust. Sadness and a melancholy feeling are in order. Gouging is definitely out. Because “Banim a’tem laHashem Elokaichem,” You are children of Hashem your G-d.” At death, the person is returning to the Father. The duration of that person’s visit to this transient world has come to a close. The time has come to return home. Therefore, “Lo tisgo’d’du,” do not cut yourself over a death. Reacting in such a way really contradicts our beliefs.

Anna Blake: It’s been a melancholy week at Infinity Farm. I’d call it the dog days of summer but truth is that it’s been feeling like fall for a few weeks already. It’s getting dark earlier but some days it feels like the sun isn’t even up by noon.

Christy Johnston: I see the breath of life blowing away their fears and suddenly, the war around them becomes small. These daughters begin to rise to their feet, energized with the authority of their Father; they shake off the disorientation and refocus their sights on the true battle at hand. Standing up, their eyes are filled with fire and zeal to take down and overpower the schemes of darkness that have been warring against their lives, their family, and their nations.

Susan Michael, ICEJ US Director: Some Christian supporters are shocked to learn that there are prostitutes, drug addicts, and victims of human trafficking living on the streets of some neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. The Israeli government has clamped down on the “Johns” and the “traffickers” which is helping, but a serious problem remains.

Wanda Alger: I saw in a dream a pastor who was about to lose his mind. He was in a struggle between sanity and insanity, desperate to cling to his life and purpose. I was in a bathroom while I was watching this and my heart began to cry out on his behalf. I felt the Father’s love towards this one whom He had called and my groaning was great. I knew he could not do this alone and his own desperation was coming to a critical point of no return.

Mark DeJesus: You can see this when there is little appreciation for other churches or ministries. There is a sense that “we have the revelation on this and no one else does. We are the ones who get this.”

Joyce Meyer: Having new life in Christ is so amazing because through it, we become the home of God. His Spirit comes to live in us and work with us, bringing restoration and wholeness to every area of our lives. Then, as we learn to follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we can receive everything God has for us and take back what belongs to us!



Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): When the spirit rests upon him, his soul becomes intermingled with the angels called “ishim“, and he will be transformed into a different person and will understand with a knowledge different from what it was previously. He will rise above the level of other wise men, as the prophet, Samuel told Saul: “[The spirit of G‑d will descend upon you] and you shall prophecy with them. And you will be transformed into a different person.” (Samuel I 10:6)

Bobby Haaby: Some hear, some know, some feel, and some see. If it’s a 5000-year-old voice you are waiting to hear, remember that God’s voice to the Prophet Samuel first sounded like his mentor, Eli. God is not limited in how He speaks to us, or who or what He may use to speak to us. If you are stuck in the thought that God’s voice to you is only expressed one way, you may be missing out on discovering new and exciting aspects of the sound of His voice.

Brat: (In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): It bothers me that Pastor John was planting seeds (again) about a publisher. To me, a publisher without a church just feels like a job. “You gotta sell yourself,” as a patron told a ‘tween’ at the library today. That’s not the You that You showed me when You were courting me, Jesus.

Mark DeJesus: Hovering over personal decisions in a person’s life.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Its a sin because you are choosing to put something else before God on the one day he commands you to keep reserved for him. That would be the third commandment.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: “I knew Rabbi Chaim as a miracle worker from many other incidents so I decided to follow him and see how he would find ‘some livelihood’. The family lived in the Misgav Ladach neighborhood of Old Jerusalem, a network of small houses and narrow alleyways and steps.  I watched quietly from behind as Rabbi Chaim went up the steps and through the gate, walked down one street, came to a larger street and turned left. I did not take my eyes off of him for an instant. As he made the second turn, I saw him bend over and lift something from the ground. I ran over and was amazed to see that he had found two Napoleons, (gold coins valued today at about $180 each, a literal fortune then). He then noticed me, turned to me peacefully and said ’Nu, we can go home now, I found some livelihood’.” (Translated from Lekach Tov).

Lana Vawser: In the midst of this fierce feeling of love and Father’s heart of vindication and protection of His children, I could feel such a SIGNIFICANT weighty shift in the atmosphere and it was the shift that was declaring the FIERCE REPAYMENT of God.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): When he is sent [on such a mission], he is given a sign or a wonder [to perform], so that the people will know that G‑d has truly sent him. Not everyone who performs signs or wonders should be accepted as a prophet: only a person who is known to be fit for prophecy beforehand; i.e. his wisdom and his [good] deeds surpass those of all his contemporaries. If he follows the paths of prophecy in holiness, separating himself from worldly matters, and afterwards performs a sign or wonder and states that he was sent by G‑d, it is a mitzvah to listen to him, as the verse states: “Listen to him” (Deut. 18:15).

Brat: And how would just a publisher unite the Churches?

Patheos – WestBow Press: Your Story Could Become Your Published Book

Brat (in “Go Get Her” 10 Aug 17): And when I get no readers now on my blog stats counter? Zero. Not even one, where for a long time at least one person read me? And what about the silence from emails? It’s hard to feel heard when I give my best and there is … NOTHING. Yes, I write to give God the glory. No, I don’t write just for myself. I go out of my way to present the conversation fairly as it unfolds while including my own voice, too, because I am also part of this divine conversation. So, where’s the partnership? This divine conversation is a form of prayer, too!

Revelation 1: 19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Should Converts Shut Up?

Brat (in “Go Get Her” 10 Aug 17): Thank you for the invitation, but are you listening? I am still asking for actual sanctuary. I am grateful that God has sustained me in my car these last ten years, but the Church has canon law to provide for her Anchorites. I’m holding out for the people to honor that.

Christy Johnston: I see a company of daughters who have been stuck and beaten down in the trenches of battle. They have been held back, pushed down and told to stay quiet. They have been overlooked, deemed unworthy and judged. They have been caught in the middle of the crossfire, seemingly trapped in the ditches and constrained by the enemy. The battle has been long and fierce, with the enemy throwing his best at them, and with every strike he has been lying to them and telling them they are worthless and weak – luring them into giving up completely.

Anna Blake: So, I’m sitting in my writing studio with a mouse staring at me from my bookshelf. I wonder if I have fought his ancestors, which makes me spend just a bit too much time considering the big questions: Politics. Religion. Who else would eat the poison before the mouse? Is he too big for a fly swatter? Must I always fumble the Tupperware?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The parable is about racial and religious prejudice. First we have to look at the context. A teacher of the law asked Jesus what he must do. Jesus answers, “Love Your Neighbor.” Being one of those trolls who loves to pick a fight and pick a nit, the teacher of the law says, “Ah, yes, but who is my neighbor?”

Wanda Alger: What King Saul lacked was a love for his own family and children. He lacked the heart of David that was SOLD OUT TO LOVE. The Father’s heart for these is to pray for them to turn back to their First Love. Even as there IS and will CONTINUE TO BE a SEPARATION between those who carry the authority of heaven and those who don’t, we must pray for those who are at this point of decision – for the sake of THEIR CHILDREN.  Even these leaders who are wrongly holding on to power for selfish gain, it is their own family that will reap the consequences of sin and disobedience. If so, the sin will perpetuate for another generation. We can limit this through prayer!

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: Holiness is often called the “head” or intellect. The person who meditates on the greatness of G‑d is bound to arrive at conclusions that boost his faith and understanding of G‑d. However, it is unusual to find a heart that is fully occupied by G‑dliness. We are born with a yetzer hara, an “evil inclination” that resides in the heart, and it is rare for the heart to completely rid itself of the evil and turn to G‑d, choosing the spiritual over the physical.

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Of course, our day-to-day involvement with the physical world – elevating it into holiness by resisting its tendency to drag us into materiality on the one hand and using it as a means toward spiritual ends on the other – also increases and enhances Divine consciousness in the world. The difference however, is that while our routine refinement of reality requires us to summon our spiritual strength and so battle with our animal nature, convincing and cajoling it into Divine service, tests cannot be approached in this way. Rather, they require us to access far deeper powers, those of self-sacrifice and incontestable commitment to G‑d. Essentially, this means tapping the previously mentioned inner sight-consciousness of G‑d that each of us possesses in the merit of Moses’ prayer.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The truth is, that the two interpretations are not only not divergent, they are actually one and the same. They both represent the same truth-one on a concrete, physical level; the other on a deeper, spiritual level.

Brat: Are you saying it’s okay that the Church has left me in my car for ten years to do my ministry?

Mark DeJesus: This is a tough one, especially because the church still has a very poverty driven mentality on a lot of financial perspectives. Many still think its okay for people who are in ministry position and give full time hours to it, to live in lack and poverty circumstances.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Catholicism is like a big old country mansion with many rooms, galleries, stables and outhouses. We converts should take a bit more time to wander around and wonder around.

Brat (in “Recovering” 13 Aug 17): Jo has often said that our souls need beauty to survive. St Patrick’s was physically beautiful.

Lord, I met a side of Your beautiful Self there. I miss that You.

I have no desire to go back to St Pat’s. I long for the You that I met there.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself (reconciled us) through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.

Brat: What was Fr Dwight saying about that you need people on both ends of the rope? There’s no relationship if the other party does not respond.

Kaji Douša: The story of Creation tells us that on the seventh day, God rested and Shabbat, or sabbath, was introduced. The Decalogue made it a commandment: Remember the sabbath and keep it holy.

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The Talmud says that “rest” refers to Shiloh, while “inheritance” refers to Jerusalem. Moses, as directed by G‑d, told the Jews that the Tabernacle was only now about to arrive at its appointed destination. The Tabernacle was the center of spiritual life for the Jews, and where it was located determined how and where they would serve G‑d. Only when it had reached its “inheritance” – Jerusalem – would the ultimate service be performed. In the meantime, an interesting progression took place.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: There is something strange about this story. The instruction to bring Isaac as an offering came directly from G-d. [13] G-d Himself told Abraham to offer his son to Him. Why did the reverse stop-order come from an angel and not from G-d?

Exodus 3: 12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: In words of the Maharal: [7] [6] “Every man of wisdom and understanding will be amazed at the relationship of their [the sages] words with the simple meaning of the text, at a depth that is truly awesome. Yet, the man who is a stranger to this wisdom, will wonder at their unlikely reading of the verse, their words seeming implausible to him.”

Anna Blake: After the wine is gone and many pages have been viewed, I doze off to that world where I’m not quite a horse and not quite human.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: So the soul coming downs asks the soul coming up, what is the big deal that they are taking me from all the revelations of heaven? What can a soul accomplish below that cannot be accomplished above? The rising soul explains that in heaven you can only advance through Yosher (a straight line), but below you can advance through Igulim (circles). The descending soul is excited about the extra potential for growth in this world. But what does it find? A world of spiritual darkness where it searches for these Igulim (circles). People chasing after money to make their livelihood, running after the coins that are shaped like circles. And so even this G-dly soul begins to believe that the coins are in fact the Igulim. And then it loses out on all of the particular potential that this world provides for spiritual growth.

Brat: Are you saying “Don’t give up on your day job?”

Mark DeJesus: It shocked me how much this happens, but it does in growing amounts. The thought of being this controlling sounds exhausting, but it is how many leaders attempt to feel safe. They control people.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: There is no clearly defined measurement of how much or how little effort we should expend on making a livelihood. That is a decision each one has to make for themselves. What we do have to etch in our souls is the truth that all our effort and struggle will not help increase our wealth even a dime more than what has been decreed for us from Above.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: If the Jewish people behave well, they can bring the Messianic era quicker, according to Rabbi Elan Adler. But when Jews shame God’s name or even treat each other poorly, they push the Messiah further away.

Mark DeJesus: There is a time where dangerous and toxic people have to be dealt with. But many times, there are just honest disagreements or new paths opening up for people that churches need to recognize. Healthy churches know when its time for someone to move on and honor that transition.

Kaji Douša: Jesus’ words to the anxious disciples in their own “furious storm” are instructively salvific. Rest matters so much that even God does it. But faith means knowing that when we need to be saved: God will calm the lake. 

Revelation 15:And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:

“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: 2 Cor. 5:14-21 “Christ’s love controls (compels, urges us on). Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: What is the bottom line? G-d asks us to exert ourselves to provide an honest living and make a sincere effort, without worry, but with faith in G-d’s guarantee that that we will be blessed by Him and succeed. “Yagasi – matzasi – ta’amin” (Talmud Megila 6b) – “If you expend effort, believe that you will have success”.

Anna Blake: Price: Private treaty, of course.

Mark DeJesus: You cannot have an abusive environment without this because the abusive culture pushes people to give, serve, do and live in performance-based Christianity. As long as people are busy and doing things that serve the success agenda, things are okay. Any emphasis outside of that is frowned upon and given the cold shoulder.

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): It is possible that a person will perform a sign or wonder even though he is not a prophet – rather, the wonder will have [another cause] behind it. [This is because signs and wonders and even divining the future can be performed by sorcery and the like, as explained in ch. 8-10]. It is, nevertheless, a mitzvah to listen to him. Since he is a wise man of stature and fit for prophecy, we accept [his prophecy as true].

Pastor John Tolle: Let me reiterate a very important point that I am not addressing during this series and that is, there is a “future” dynamic to the Kingdom of God when Jesus will establish his kingdom on earth, once and for all…and forever. At that time we will be completely under the rulership of God with no competing powers – world, flesh or devil. But for our purposes right now, Jesus was clear that His Kingdom could be established in our midst as we await His future Kingdom.

Brat: Who said anything about there being competition going on here!? I’ve been asking for sanctuary!

Pastor John Tolle: If you play for fun why keep score?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Be wary, says the Torah! If you are going to cut someone off from your life, you want to hear it from G-d Himself. If not, let it go.

Pastor John Tolle read: Psalm 63

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in the Sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.] This is where Pastor John stopped reading.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: To make a long story short, the Samaritan was the one person Jesus knew the teacher of the law would be bigoted against. That’s why he made the Samaritan the hero of the story. To rub salt in the wounds remember too, a priest and a Levite–two members of the Jewish religious establishment–(and the lawyer’s buddies) passed by and didn’t help the wounded man. The Samaritan did.

Brat: Where is he?

Mark DeJesus: In this setting, there is a heavy emphasis on how things look. It becomes more important that things look OK, rather than authentically doing life as a body with effective vulnerability. We lose value for a healthy heart life.

Lana Vawser: Prophets who continue to tickle ears with words not flowing from My heart will be brought low in this season. Those prophets who steward My heart and what I speak, allowing My fire of conviction, purification and all consuming fire to purge their hearts and their lips, will be exalted into high places to proclaim the pure word of My heart. My fire as it is embraced is birthing a fire of resolve and conviction within them to come deeper into the place of stewardship of My Word.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But there is something strange here, and the question was first pointed out by the 16th century Jewish sage and leader, Rabbi Yehuda Leow (1512-1607), known as the Maharal, [6] [7] chief Rabbi of Prague (who one of the most influential Jewish personalities of his time, and author of major works on Jewish thought.) The Talmud and the Midrash often present various interpretations for one biblical term or verse; but nowhere do we find two interpretations that are completely disconnected. On the simple level, “sisgodedu” means scraping off your skin. Now the Talmud tells us that it also means, “don’t split up into separate groups.” How do these two divergent instructions come together in a single word? Why would the Torah communicate such two disparate ideas in one word-lacerating your body and dividing a community?

Christy Johnston: Hosts of angels march behind and around them as these daughters deflect the bombs of lies, terror, and manipulation and they walk through the battle unharmed – overpowering and disabling the enemy’s weapons of destruction. They are beauty and strength, courage and grace – both fierce and gentle. They have become a force on the earth that is untouchable and unstoppable and they are functioning in the anointing of Esther that is arising and sweeping across the globe right now.

Bill Yount: They have now been divinely positioned to become a firebrand in God’s hand to ignite and explode like dynamite inside the camp of the enemy! This is why the enemy forever has fought against marriages. He feared concerning the godly seed that was about to come upon the earth to do him in. And here they come!

Anna Blake: Oh, my heart. Shouldn’t horse ads have a literary category of their own, something between Crime Fiction and Romance?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: So the message is not so much, “Try to be nice to people who are down on their luck.” Instead the message is, “Love and accept the person you hate the most.”

Brat: That doesn’t mean I have to go back into his lair. Dragon’s nests are hot even when they are sleeping on their troves. They snore fire as they exhale and you watch their ribcage rhythmically go up and down. After Jesus’ resurrection He did not go back to the Pharisees to comfort them. He went back to Peter and the disciples. That doesn’t mean Jesus stopped loving the Pharisees. They just weren’t receptive to receiving Him.

Mark DeJesus: One of the most unhealthy patterns that can envelop is a “don’t say anything negative” kind of environment, where there becomes a militant reaction to problems, pain and disappointment. People then don’t learn how to go through pain in an effective way.

John A. Nelson: Prayer
God, help me avoid putting my trust in idols that cannot lead to wholeness — money, worldly success, shiny objects of all kinds. But anyone or anything you can use to invite me into your life-giving presence — for those, keep a wide open welcome in me. Amen.

Richard L. Floyd: A pastor friend of mine is known to have told his congregation, “If there isn’t somebody here who rubs you the wrong way you need to come around more often.”

Mark DeJesus: People are often punished in shameful and often public ways that crush them.

Wanda Alger: At the same time, there are also pastors and leaders who are at the point of going the way of KING SAUL. They were once called by the Father and graced with gifts to lead. However, due to disappointment, insecurity, fear of man, and pride, these same leaders are now at the brink of no return if they do not turn back and REPENT. Seeing the plight of these leaders in my dream while standing in a bathroom indicated the need for CLEANSING in this hour – a cleansing of hearts and a cleansing of TOXIC WASTE from the past. They must get free! The Lord is cleaning up His church and He is starting with leaders, especially those who have given themselves over to selfish gain.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Filled with all the fullness of God

The love of God is greater far

Than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star,

And reaches to the lowest hell;

The guilty pair, bowed down with care,

God gave His Son to win;

His erring child He reconciled,

And pardoned from his sin.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.

o Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!

o How measureless and strong!

o It shall forevermore endure—

o The saints’ and angels’ song.

Mark D. White: This year of 2017 is the starting of altars being full of people seeking God. From Catholic, Church of Christ, Baptist, Pentecostal etc., spontaneously God is coming uninvited and people will come and see the results of God’s presence. The answers are in the overwhelming presence of a living God. Even in the hymnals-only-churches, repentance will take place and the public display of the glory of God will be seen! In the streets, in the bars, in court rooms, in public schools, and in colleges – the glory of God will, and I say WILL, get people’s attention!

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”   We are…. Carriers of His grace: We approach those who live, think, and talk differently than we do with grace seeing them as ones created in the image of God who need reconciliation. Conduits of His love: We love unconditionally, without judgment as God is love and we are being transformed in his image, it’s his kindness that leads us to repentance, it’s love that opens hearts to truth, speaking truth in love.



Wanda Alger: Because the enemy has no access to the true joy of the Lord, this is a powerful weapon to defeat his attacks. The only thing the enemy can do is MOCK, which is a counterfeit of God’s JOY. When the enemy tries to make fun of you and even curse you, your response can to be LAUGH at his feeble attempts to make you a victim, when in fact, you are a VICTOR!

Mark DeJesus: In these kind of toxic settings, the leadership can become sucked into a “I am right, you are wrong” mentality. People lack the maturity to take a step back and see how to work through issues in a more healthy way. If we win an argument and lose a genuine opportunity to preserve a relationship, we lose.

Lana Vawser: “I am cleansing the prophetic movement. I am cleansing where there has been mixture. I am cleansing where there has been impurity in prophetic words released. I am cleansing where there has been a mixture of striving, flesh and competition contaminating My flow. I am guarding My flock and I am guarding My Bride, and the enemy is attempting in various ways in this season to hinder the prophets, to lure the prophets into temptations, compromises, fleshly feasts and competition, jealousy and striving in order to hinder what I want to release.

Brat: Do you think the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11 could be the priestly/pastor camp and the prophetic camp? Just a thought. Or maybe it is the Jews on one side and the prophets pulling the strings on the other side? Or the Catholics and the Rabbis? The bitch of it is that the Two Witnesses are untouchable, because they can do whatever they want, because if you touch them you get even more than what you dish out. Take the adage, “What comes around, goes around” and amplify it by seven.

Matthew 18: 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Mark D. White: Then I heard a roar and behind me was another tornado coming my way. I was in the same situation of nowhere to hide or seek shelter. But still, the tornado hovered and did no damage to me or the ripe wheat fields. Then a third tornado came and then a fourth, fifth, sixth and a seventh tornado came. Behind the seventh tornado came a blazing raging fire, with a smoke that was easy to see through, and the fire was encompassing. A blazing overwhelming never-ending fire was seen as far as the eye could see. Then, I came to consciousness from being out in the spirit.

Pastor Steve Dittmar: Who knows what may come of the journey we are on?

Mark D. White: Pastors that should not be pastoring will find their calling and destiny. People that should be pastoring or teaching will find their place in the callings of God. This included evangelists, prophets and apostles. The government of God will increase as the winds of God move amongst the earth. What the first wind does not accomplish, the second wind will, and what the second does not accomplish, the third will, and so shall it be with the fourth to the seventh.

Breaking Israel News: Where Is Israel?

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: When Will Messiah Come? It Depends on the Jews

Mark D. White: With each transcending wind there will be changes to the Church, His Body, and His representations. The miraculous will become “common place” with the increase of each wind; so much miraculous will take place that by the seventh wind, He said “raising the dead” will be common place. The glorious triumphant Church will arise!

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: A test –- whether of a person’s commitment to Judaism or of his faith in G‑d’s goodness – is a temporary concealment of the Divine favor that we assume should be shown to those who follow G‑d’s will. Voices from both within and without may mock the sufferer’s naive belief. However, the fact that G‑d’s presence is hidden in these situations simply indicates that He wishes to grace us with a closer, more intense relationship with Him than we are presently able to sustain. In order to preserve our faith in G‑d in the face of situations that test this faith, we have to draw upon deeper levels of commitment than we normally do.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Paul’s letters…Dear So and So…Sincerely. Pay attention to the beginning and endings…the greetings and salutations. This passage we are going to look at is to the Corinthians and after all of Paul’s correction he says this…

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all, Amen. 2 Cor. 13:14 NKJV

Mark D. White: As the fire takes place from this encounter, the Spirit of God told me He will drive people into His presence or out of His presence, or consume them by His presence. The fire had smoke yet it was possible to see through it. This fire is dimensions of His presence that the pure in heart could only see and experience. What we are about to see, not many men have seen, what we are about to hear not many men have heard, but what we are about to experience is of the Lord! The invitation will be to all! (See Joel 2:15-18, 28-32.)

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (“Maimonides”): Therefore, the prophets’ disciples would always have a harp, drum, flute, and lyre [before them when] they were seeking prophecy. This is what is meant by the expression I Samuel 10:5): “They were prophesying” – i.e. following the path of prophecy until they would actually prophecy – as one might say, “So and so aspires to greatness.”

Brat: Pastor John Tolle said that at least when we argue with God then there’s engagement, but with the majority of the Church, there is silence. There is no response!

Traci Blackmon: Did we come all this way to meet no one but ourselves?

Mark DeJesus: The leader’s sins and weaknesses are minimized while the people’s sins and weaknesses are maximized.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: Rabbi Adler, who discusses the notion of Jewish unity, sanctifying and defaming God in his new Yeshiva for the Nations course, “Introduction to Judaism for Non-Jews,” told Breaking Israel News, “It is our job to please God and to be a light unto the world. If we make God look bad, this is a huge worry.”

Wanda Alger: There are many pastors who have been answering the call to lead their flock with integrity of heart and biblical truth. They have been willing to endure the tests and not shrink back. As a result, the enemy is going after them because of the potential to CHANGE THE GENERATIONS.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Mills goes on to say that converts (especially if they have been wounded by the wars in their previous denominations) will be suspicious of change and worried that the Catholic Church will capitulate to the same trouble the mainline churches have fallen into.

Mark DeJesus: Spiritual abuse can begin to shift when the church leadership is willing to admit mistakes and authentically share their own personal journey in redemptive ways.

Mark D. White: John 6:44 says, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; then I will raise him to life on the last day.” It is not a change of culture that is the answer, but a passion of purpose to reach this generation. The only change really required is for us to be more like Jesus in love and power. 1 Corinthians 2:5 says, “…so that your faith would not be based on human wisdom but on God’s power.”

Mark DeJesus: This is the biggest factor when spiritual abuse is taking place. Instead of a culture of honor and respect that is given from both leadership and followers, an authoritarianism exists. Over time, leaders lose their ability to be approachable. There can become a misuse of the verse “touch not God’s anointed,” and the body loses its ability to come and reason together.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman: “We have it in our behavior repertoire to create big applause for God or go the other say and shame God by the way we behave,” said Rabbi Adler.

Richard L. Floyd: In my long ministry I tried to love everybody in the church, but I never entirely succeeded. I knew God loved them even if I couldn’t. But one thing I learned over time was that if I kept trying sometimes, just sometimes, I did learn to love the seemingly unlovable. If, just as Paul admonished, I had patience and could bear with another member for a while, then something in our relationship changed.

Yisroel Susskind, Ph.D.: One of the most respected researchers and writers about marriage is Dr. John Gottman. He says that a couple’s ability to remember the positive moments in their relationship is a primary predictor of whether the marriage will survive. “In a happy marriage, couples tend to look back on their early days fondly…But when a marriage is not going well, history gets rewritten for the worse.”[8]

Susan Michael, ICEJ US Director: Truly, the history of the Jewish people is extraordinary and they have paid a heavy price for this unique calling, but it has also made them a resilient people who have exhibited great courage and strength. There is much to admire in their story.

Mark DeJesus: But this shouldn’t give us carte blanche to use offerings, giving projects and building campaigns in manipulative ways. In some churches, you cannot have a Sunday go by without a majority of talking time being spent on how people need to give more to the latest project.

Brat: [Cough.]

Mark D. White: Around the world, the glory shall cause some to fear and even manifest demons in resistance. But the angels of the Most High God will be seen, and in the next couple of years people will experience the glory of God as unprecedented in history. The lightnings of God will be seen as many miraculous testimonies are shared. In some areas, there will be drought, in other areas rain without explanation. As stated in Romans 8:22, “All of creation is waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God.”

Richard L. Floyd: I am convinced that this change in the relationship was by grace. Perhaps that is what Paul meant when he wrote about “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” That somehow if we hang in there with another member of the body of Christ, even someone we seem to have no natural affinity for, God’s Spirit brings a change of heart in both parties.

Mark D. White: These are exciting days! We are in the days of Elijah! We are in the time to experience Ezekiel 12:23-25, where everything God says will happen and not be delayed. Yes, there will be false teachers, false prophets, and some pastors that will try to lord over God’s heritage. But you have not seen what God has planned for this outpouring of the river of God on this earth. Angels will be seen as history has never recorded; miracles will be documented as hospitals will almost be emptied because of teenagers going from room to room with the Word and power of God healing the sick.

Brat: In the End it’s about God.

[1] [3] רמב”ם הלכות עבודה זרה יב, יג-יד: גדידה ושריטה, אחת היא… על המת, בין שרט בידו בין שרט בכלי, לוקה… ובכלל אזהרה זו, שלא יהו שני בתי דינין בעיר אחת, זה נוהג במנהג, וזה נוהג במנהג אחר, שדבר זה גורם למחלוקת גדולה, וכתוב לא תתגודדו, לא תיעשו אגודות אגודות.

[2] [4] The Talmud in Yevamos 13b and 14a discusses the nature of this prohibition. Abayei maintains that Lo Sisgodedu applies when two different batei dinim (courts) in one city issue conflicting rulings. This makes the one Torah that was received at Sinai appear as “two Torahs” (Rashi ibid.) and causes confusion and discord (Rambam). Rava, however, does not object to different batei denim, even in the same city, issuing contradictory rulings, since it is within the very nature of the Torah that different rulings will be rendered by different schools of thought, as Beis Shamai and Beis Hillel did for many years. In Rava’s opinion, the prohibition of Lo Sisgodedu is meant to discourage one beis din from rendering a split decision.


[3] Reference note:

[4] [11] See Talmud Yerushalmi Nedarim 9:4. Cf. Tanya chapter 32. Derech Mitzvosecha Mitzvas Ahavas Yisroel and references noted there.

[5]

[6] [7] Beer HaGolah p. 44

[7] [6] In his commentary of Gur Aryeh to this verse Deut. 14:1

[8] John Gottman and Nan Silver, The seven principles for making marriage work. P.42

Recovering 13 Aug 17

13 Aug

Sunday, August 13, 2017

[3 pages]

John Thomas: I grew up in a non-Christian home where I learned that supernatural things originated from evil sources. The problem was I had a lot of weird things happen to me. I had nightmares, heard voices, saw things that “weren’t there” and grew up fascinated by paranormal activity.

Lovesick Scribe: Recovery is the return to a state once present. What would it look like if the church walked in such a manner that nothing was missing from the body? Participation to recover requires us to be present in His Presence. We must be willing to overcome the powers of darkness and take back what rightfully belongs to us as coheirs in Christ. Recovery starts on a personal scale, but with the heart of the Father, it becomes a corporate mandate, a Kingdom mandate.

John Thomas: “In addition, the God we serve is a God who speaks. He calls Himself the Word, so we can naturally assume He likes to talk! God is relational.”

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): Several times during my work shift, I was overwhelmed with a sense of loneliness. I pushed it away, so that I could concentrate on work and I brought You back into my present moment, God, but we need to talk about this now.

Donny Fuchs: The contemporary false assertion of many religious Zionists, that these gentiles are fulfilling prophecies, is a disgrace. What Torah Jew read prophetic texts through a christological prism? As I’ve noted many times, the authentic Jewish Moshiach will be a man of flesh and blood, and he will not come by misreading Jewish texts and applying them to those who don’t satisfy the criteria, nor will the true redemption actualize itself by such hostile groups strengthening their own skewed beliefs rather than abandoning them, and drawing closer to Hashem. In short, verses from I Kings 8:41-43 were clearly NOT referring to evangelicals who call out in the name of Jesus”

  1. Moreover concerning the stranger that is not of Thy people Israel, when he shall come out of a far country for Thy name’s sake—
  2. for they shall hear of Thy great name, and of Thy mighty hand, and of Thine outstretched arm–when he shall come and pray toward this house;

John Thomas: By far, the most important thing I have learned about dreams is this: When it comes down to it, studying dreams is not about dreams. They are not the answer by themselves. They are about relationship with God. A dream from God will tell us about Him and help us see Him more clearly. We study dreams so we can know the heart of our Father better.

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): I LOVED what the “Lovesick Scribe” wrote about meditation, contemplative prayer, and the supernatural. I never hear talk about meditation and contemplative prayer anymore. Just the mention of the words felt like a balm to my soul.

Lovesick Scribe: This mandate includes repossessing those things stolen and perverted by the devil for his gain, things that originated in the Kingdom of God. The people of God perish for a lack of knowledge when we willingly credit the devil for such things as meditation, contemplative prayer, and the supernatural. His perversion was not the original version.  The enemy is incapable of creating anything. He merely contorts what was God’s all along. It is time to recover it all!

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Returning to the land challenges us to redefine the Torah, making it large-as-life once again. We must move forward to the next stage: Eretz Yisrael, Beit HaMikdash and Moshiach. This will require a willingness from Jews to take their role in the world, guiding the nations through the crises they are facing today. This will require rabbis who are experts in agricultural Judaism, purity laws, Temple laws and laws of commerce. This will require the reappearance of Torah concepts that became fossils, such as ger toshav, a non-Jewish resident in the Land of Israel. This will require rabbis who can relate to non-Jews through something other than a dysfunctional conversion process. This will require a Sanhedrin, and not a Chief Rabbinate.

Vince Amlin: There are so many ways to get care wrong. I’ve shown up to visit a church member only to hear, “What are you doing here?” I’ve assumed I wasn’t needed and been asked, “Why didn’t you reach out?” I’ve also been on the receiving end of care that felt like too much, too little, or just not right.

John Thomas: Your Story is Incredibly Unique

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): It bothers me that Pastor John was planting seeds (again) about a publisher. To me, a publisher without a church just feels like a job. “You gotta sell yourself,” as a patron told a ‘tween’ at the library today. That’s not the You that You showed me when You were courting me, Jesus.

And how would just a publisher unite the Churches?

John Thomas: “Does this interpretation make sense to you? Does it seem to fit?”

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): I know the prophets are saying to be open to change and that the changes would be opposite to what we imagined and may not make sense in the natural [Lana Vawser], but the only thing that makes sense to me is to be IN the Church and the Church would publish our story. It doesn’t feel right any other way.

John Thomas: No matter who you are or what your past looks like, deeper intimacy with Jesus includes some common themes. Your journey and mine look the same in a few key ways.

Vince Amlin: Peter helps. He doesn’t get much credit, but being able to ask for the care he needs is no small feat. All Jesus does is follow his instructions.

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): I miss the beauty. I miss getting lost in staring at Your Eternal Flame. I miss the sun coming through the stained glass windows. I miss the sacred embroidery on the kneeling cushions around the communion rail. My head knows that You are not confined to a building, so why this trip down memory lane?

Jo has often said that our souls need beauty to survive. St Pat’s was physically beautiful.

Lord, I met a side of Your beautiful Self there. I miss that You.

I have no desire to go back to St Pat’s. I long for the You that I met there.

I suppose that every marriage goes through this. We can’t ever go back. But You can bring the fullness of Your kingdom into our relationship now, and make it even moreso than it was. Would You come please? I long and yearn for You so deeply that it hurts. My soul aches for You. And it’s not like we don’t talk everyday. I think our relationship is sound and grounded. It’s just that back then I saw a fuller version of You before all hell broke loose. I saw the best of You even though I was in a dark and tormented church.

John Thomas: When God gets involved in our lives, He does not leave us the same. The supernatural activity we encounter through His Spirit is intended to make us more like Jesus. When we hear His voice, the only appropriate response is to surrender to His will and change our lives so we line up with what He has revealed. Again, we do this not as slaves who are forced or compelled, but it is the response of friends who care for His heart and realize that He is the expert in life. His ideas about how to live will be much better than ours, so we follow Him.

(In “Missing You” 12 Aug 17): Help me to lay down what images are not of You. The Funny Bunnies assume the Church I imagine is all made up of religious Pharisees. But my heart sees a whole Church that is beautiful and still has her stained glass windows. She’s cleaned up her insides, which are now reflected on the outsides. It’s probably not here yet, but that’s what I see. Matthew 23 and the Woes to the Pharisees are cleaned up in the version I see in my heart. I don’t think it’s a fantasy. I think that’s the Church You first showed me before they revealed themselves and tried to cover up their shame.

John Thomas: “For God may speak one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering in their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” (Job 33:14-16 NKJV)

Vince Amlin: Our communities can be places of great care. When we ask for what we need. When we listen to what others tell us. When we forgive each other’s mistakes. There are so many ways to get care right.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: As the Prophets wrote: The temple was and will be a “House of Prayer for all Nations.”


Go Get Her 10 Aug 17

12 Aug

Working Dates: Thursday, August 10, 2017 to Saturday, August 12, 2017

[12 pages]

Lance Wallnau: Shocking Update: Jezebel is Out to Take the Voice of the Prophetic

Steve Shultz: I Need Help to Catch Sharks

Brat: Too bad Fr Dwight Longenecker bowed out of the conversation. He and Patheos Catholic are suddenly no longer in my inbox (but not at my request.) Thyatira could be going after Jezebel, but to me the silence and removal of themselves in my orbit look like tolerating her in some odd way.

Rev 2: 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.

The Seer of Lublin: The Talmud states: “The difficulty with which a person sustains himself is like the Splitting of the Red Sea.” Just as the Splitting of the Sea was an unforeseen miracle, so does a person’s sustenance come to him from G-d in a hidden manner.

Psalm 105:18 His feet were hurt with fetters, his neck was put in a collar of iron;

105:19 until what he had said came to pass, the word of the LORD kept testing him.

Anna Blake: Defining training as hard work that will only be learned through harsh struggle makes riding feel like a factory job.

  1. Lee Grady: [Beth] Moore based her message on Jeremiah 12:5: “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?” Without a tinge of self-righteousness or condemnation, Moore lamented the powerless state of the modern Church and called us back to the raw authenticity of New Testament faith.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This is shocking. Following all of the grand achievements of Moses, the Torah chooses to conclude its tribute to Moses by alluding to this episode of breaking the tablets! Granted that Moses was justified in breaking the tablets, but can this be said to embody his greatest achievement? How about his taking the Jews out of Egypt? Molding them into a people? Splitting the Red Sea? Receiving the Torah from G-d and transmitting it to humanity? Shepherding them for forty years in a wilderness?

Lana Vawser: The fire of God that is falling upon ears to hear releasing the divine interrupt of His voice, that is awakening His people to a whole new world of how He speaks is going to bring the most unlikely of DENOMINATIONS together.

  1. Lee Grady: You may ask, “What’s so remarkable about that?” This meeting, held on July 26, was unique because the speaker was a Southern Baptist—and a woman. Yet her message was so convicting and so saturated in the Holy Spirit that people ran to the stage even though she didn’t even invite people to the altar.

Pastor John Tolle: Prayer is not really that hard.  It’s like walking.  We learned how to walk by imitating others around us.  We stumbled and fell a lot but we kept at it and eventually mastered it.  We can do the same with prayer . . . and experience the wonderful results of answered prayer.

Anna Blake: Lift the conversation. Training is easier than that. Humans and horses both learn through positive reinforcement. In the end, good training is simply a collection of positive experiences. That’s the goal of each ride. Warm-up well, ask for a few steps at a time, and reward your horse generously. Be zealous–even ambitious– but have laughter be your music.

  1. Lee Grady: “We are settling for woefully less than what Jesus promised us,” said Moore. “I read my New Testament over and over. I’m not seeing what He promised. I’m unsettled and unsatisfied.”

Jennifer Brownell: Unlike mansplainers, who condescend, belittle and interrupt, Godsplainers listen at least as much as they talk.  Godsplainers assume good intent.  Godsplainers understand when correction is needed, and explain without shaming.  Godsplainers build upon the wisdom you already have. In short, when Godsplainers speak, you know that God is still speaking, because God is speaking through them.

  1. Lee Grady: She added: “I want holy fire!”

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Anna Blake: Let’s assume all is well. Does working a horse make them inherently less “happy?” Well, horses are all individuals. That’s what’s fascinating about them. I’ve known many horses who were unhappy under saddle because of harsh training but also from just being misunderstood.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: There are some interesting places in the Bible like Judges, where the Israelites realize God has withdrawn from them. In Judges 10, it says, “We are really sorry we have been so stupid spiritually. O Lord, please come and rescue us from our enemies.” God says, “You’re worshiping idols, I notice. Cry out to them. See how they do getting you out of the Amalekites and Hittites and the Jebusites and all that.” He speaks cynically to them.

The Rebbe, Reb Heshel: “They have quickly turned aside from the way… they have made a molten image.” (9:12)
Not every transgression causes a Jew to immediately abandon the straight and narrow and completely forfeit his connection to the Jewish people. The sin of idol worship, however, is so elemental and consequential that the very first step in its direction tears the Jew away from everything that is holy. As it states in the Talmud (Hulin): “An apostate who commits idolatry thereby rejects the entire Torah.”

  1. Lee Grady: I don’t know what is more fascinating—that a Baptist challenged Pentecostals to embrace Pentecostal fire or that a woman who is not supposed to preach to men in her own denomination brought male pastors to their knees in repentance.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: We need to examine this entire episode from a deeper vantage point.

  1. Lee Grady: “We’ve lost our tolerance for pain and given ourselves to whining,” [Beth] Moore declared. “We have settled for the spiked Kool-Aid of cool, cultural Christianity. What will make us relevant is not our cool factor. It’s time for leadership to repent.”

Lana Vawser: The voice of God, the divine interruption of His voice is going to even shock the world. Where the world would look at the Church and say certain denominations don’t come together, or don’t like each other, or can’t work together, will be broken down and the voice of God through extraordinary encounters releasing profound revelation, impartation of His love, eyes to see as He sees and healing offences will bring the Church closer into the place of “one body under Jesus Christ.”

Brat: Is this why I lost Fr Dwight Longenecker?

Israel 365: Numbers 30 discusses the laws regarding vows and oaths.  Hashem takes these matters very seriously, and commands that any commitment to do something must be fulfilled.  In fact, violating one’s vows is a sin. This commandment teaches how important it is to be true to one’s word: Hashem expects us to keep our word, just as He keeps His.  Today, we are witness to Hashem’s fulfillment of His promise, made through His prophets, to return His people to the Promised Land.  We hope to see the fulfillment of the rest of the Divine promise, that the People of Israel will live peacefully in the Promised Land, very soon.

Ascent of Safed: “And it will be, because (ekev) you will heed these ordinances and keep them and perform them…” (Deut. 7:12)
There are several interpretations for the word “ekev“; one of them is connected to the exile (galut) and the second one to the redemption (geula). Ekev as in heel, like the heel of the foot. The heel is called “the angel of death in men”, meaning the “dead” part in him. The end of the exile is also called heel — ikvete meshicha. The generation at that time will be the lowest spiritually as well as morally. Spiritual darkness will reign with all its power.

  1. Lee Grady: I’ve heard a lot of excellent preaching over the years. But listening to Beth Moore was uncanny because her sermon was not about her, and it didn’t draw attention to her. There was no swagger. There was no pretense. The sweet dew of Heaven rested on this woman.

Steve Shultz: When we prophesy or when we post prophecies, we are doing VIOLENCE to the kingdom of darkness. In a sense, as I write this, I sense God has “had enough” and he wants MORE VIOLENCE against the devil. He wants us catching SHARKS from the “dark side.”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: Know that the “other side” hovers over the table, as is described in the Zohar (II:154ab) and can gain control over an individual then more than it can at other times.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Someone may be asking, “Well, what’s an idol?” God says, “I cannot dwell with these people …” Do you remember why? It’s earlier in the chapter. “… because they are stiff-necked.” God’s presence doesn’t come down to stiff-necked people. To be stiff-necked and to have an idol is the same thing.

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Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: Whenever a person succumbs to the temptations of evil, the sin he performs acts as a “prosecutor” against him at the heavenly court.

Pastor John Tolle: More people than I can count have told me that they do not know how to pray.  So, I invite them to come and pray with me.  Some will take me up on the offer and some will find a reason that they cannot make it.  Others will simply keep saying that they don’t know how to pray while doing nothing about it.

Lana Vawser: “When Solomon finished praying, a bolt of lightning out of heaven struck the Whole-Burnt-Offering and sacrifices and the Glory of God filled The Temple. The Glory was so dense that the priests couldn’t get in—God so filled The Temple that there was no room for the priests! When all Israel saw the fire fall from heaven and the Glory of God fill The Temple, they fell on their knees, bowed their heads, and worshiped, thanking God: Yes! God is good! His love never quits!” – 2 Chronicles 7:1-3

Brat: Oh, maybe this is what happened. I feel bad that I lost Fr Dwight. Y’know how the shepherd goes looking for the one sheep that was lost? Well, that’s what this feels like.

  1. Lee Grady: I could hear the Holy Spirit speaking loud and clear through a broken vessel.

Lana Vawser: Yet there were others that seemed to hear and not want to move because the comfort of where they were, had entrapped them so deeply, they felt they didn’t need to ‘come out’. While there were others that were so afraid to move, so they chose to stay. Then there was another group that seemed to not even recognise the invitation. They couldn’t see it or hear it.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This seems strange. Why would they place the broken tablets in the Holy of Holies, when these fragments were a constant reminder of the great moral failure of the Jewish people (2).[1] Why not just disregard them, or deposit them in a safe isolated place?

Lana Vawser: I then had a thought “Lord, what about the others?” I remembered there were those that didn’t run towards the invitation, they didn’t coming running. The Lord spoke to me “Lana, they didn’t hear My call. They didn’t have eyes to see and ears to hear” and there was such a longing in His heart and His eyes. I could feel His love so strongly all around, and He looked at the angelic hosts and He handed them scrolls.

Anna Blake: If work has become a four-letter word to you and your horse, exchange it for another four-letter word –play. Horses taught me the more we blur the line between work and play, the better we all get along. It’s a change in perception.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Moses was teaching the Jewish people the greatest message of Judaism: Truth could be crafted not only from the spiritually perfected life, but also from the broken pieces of the human corrupt and demoralized psyche. The broken tablets, too, possess the light of G-d.

  1. Lee Grady: That’s why people responded so dramatically, even though Moore simply closed her Bible and sat down when she finished her message. Everyone in the room knew they had heard God speak. They hit their knees because the anointing of the Holy Spirit wooed them to surrender pride, complacency and man-made religion.

Lana Vawser: I saw them [angels] fly towards the earth and they were looking for the intercessors. They began releasing these scrolls to the intercessors and each one had strategies on it, but the strategies were for the awakening of the Church. I knew this awakening was already beginning, but this was a whole new level of intercession. I watched as the intercessors began to cry out and began to intercede for those in the body of Christ who were not hearing or seeing, and they were partnering with the Spirit of God to set up divine moments of awakening to His love and His invitation.

  1. Lee Grady: What is baffling about this whole experience is that there are large numbers of Christians today who don’t believe Beth Moore should be preaching to audiences like the one in Orlando. In fact, some fundamentalists have launched attacks on her because she preaches authoritatively from pulpits. One online blogger says Moore “puts the ‘her’ in heresy” simply because men listen to her teaching. It grieves me that this anointed sister in Christ has been subjected to such disrespect.

Lana Vawser: It was then that the knowing came to me that this “water wall” was a threshold. It was the crossing over a threshold from one place into another, and I kept hearing that this threshold had become very “thin”.

  1. Lee Grady: The old argument employed by some conservative fundamentalists is that Paul, in 1 Timothy 2:12, forbids women to preach. They seem to ignore the fact that 1) Paul empowered many women in other locations to speak and that women such as Phoebe, Priscilla, Chloe, Euodia and Syntyche were on his ministry team; 2) that the Bible offers other examples of godly women leaders and prophets; and 3) that Paul’s unique concern in 1 Timothy 2:12 was about women in Ephesus who were “usurping” authority and teaching twisted doctrines.

Brat: I was just talking to Fr Dwight Longenecker about this in “Rooster” 04 Aug 17. []

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Brat: Thank you for the invitation, but are you listening? I am still asking for actual sanctuary. I am grateful that God has sustained me in my car these last ten years, but the Church has canon law to provide for her Anchorites. I’m holding out for the people to honor that.

Quinn G. Caldwell: You could claim that it connects nothing, serves no purpose, helps no one.  But it’s hard to look at it without being reminded forcefully of how weird humans are, how feckless and fickle not only we, but our institutions are, too.  So while Jacob’s ladder connects heaven and earth, and your ladder connects the front yard to the porch roof, maybe The Immovable Ladder is there to connect us to our own brokenness.  Maybe it’s there to remind you of just how foolish you can be, and how trapped you can become.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: We often believe that G-d can be found in our moments of spiritual wholesomeness. But how about in the conflicts which torment our psyches? How about when we are struggling with depression, addiction or confusion? How about when we face despair and pain? How about in very conflict between a godless existence and a G-d-centered existence? We associate “religion” with “religious” moments. But how about our “non-religious” moments?

Anna Blake: It’s depressing but I think some horses trade that hour under saddle for the rest of their life. Kind of like doing the dishes in exchange for a meal, they make a trade. I’m not critical; I like horses being owned and cared for. Some humans live lives of quiet desperation; I suppose horses could do the same.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Lubavitcher Rebbe (in a letter from the summer of 1957) described two ways that a person’s speech can create. When you speak from your brain it connects to the listener’s brain. They may or may not agree with you. Our sages teach that when you speak from your heart, it enters the heart of the other and is guaranteed to make an impact. The second way that our speech can create is taught in the Talmud (Brachot 7b). Every person who has “yirat shamayim” (awe and fear of G-d), his words will be heard and will affect the listener.

Brat: And when I get no readers now on my blog stats counter? Zero. Not even one, where for a long time at least one person read me? And what about the silence from emails? It’s hard to feel heard when I give my best and there is … NOTHING. Yes, I write to give God the glory. No, I don’t write just for myself. I go out of my way to present the conversation fairly as it unfolds while including my own voice, too, because I am also part of this divine conversation. So, where’s the partnership? This divine conversation is a form of prayer, too!

Anna Blake: It’s humans who make training hard work. We’re perfectionists and we like drama. We approach every new thing like a potential problem. A problem getting him in the trailer. A problem to get him over cross-rails. Early on, I had a client who moaned endlessly about her horse’s problem picking up the canter. (Is it obvious who it was that had the problem?) In the meantime, horses begin to hate arena work.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: In the fourth chapter of Tanya, we learn that each person expresses themselves in three ways – thought, speech and action. How do we emulate G-d’s speech and thought?

Anna Blake: It’s about now that a rider could feel like giving up on lessons. You could decide that training and competing are cruel and you don’t want to fight. So, you think about just wandering the property or sticking to ground work or even retirement. But I still don’t think that’s what most horses want.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: You see this in John 17 where Jesus actually says, “Father, give them the glory I had with you before the world began.” Then He says, “For their sakes I sanctify myself,” which means Jesus died so you would see the glory of God. Jesus was the one who stood there and said, “If necessary, blot my name out that theirs might not be.”

Jesus to Lana Vawser: “But My daughter, many of My people for many reasons are not happy with My timing and My way in this season, and I long to show them that what I am doing, and what I am planning and releasing is far better than they could ever imagine. My timing is perfect! My ways are perfect, but many are fighting against My timing and way in this season of acceleration and are moving into the MANUFACTURING ROOM. They are trying to build, extend, promote, work out and strategise that which I am not building, extending, placing favour upon and My heavenly strategy. As the acceleration increases, if the heart is not at rest in trust of Me, and My timing and My way, there will be a continued temptation to MANUFACTURE. Purity does not exist where there is manufacturing. I am cleaning, I am cleansing, I am purifying and I am building, but I am looking for the foundations where I can release the increase. I am looking for the foundations of humility, integrity, and a heart that is surrendered and yielded to Me. I am the King of Glory and I am coming in and coming through My people in this season. I am calling My people into position, to be ready, to have their lamps full of oil and their wicks trimmed. Not looking to borrow oil from others, but to be cultivating the secret place, their intimate place with Me. In this season of acceleration I am calling My people deeper into the secret place. I am calling My people to seek My heart, and to follow the leading of My Spirit and follow the strategy of My heart. For where there is manufacturing I will cause a delay out of My love, a divine frustration, to bring about a cleansing, healing and uprooting of what is causing the heart to move into the place of self promotion, striving, manufacturing and building, so that as My people embrace the fire and allow Me to do what I need to do to prepare them, I can then release more increase upon them and through them that they have ever received and carried. Out of My love there will be a divine delay and a divine frustrating because I want My people to have longevity and to go further than they ever have. I want them to be able to steward the move of My Spirit with sensitivity and not attempt to contain what I am doing in agenda or self-promotion. I do not want a contaminated flow, I want a pure flow, and I am working deeply within the hearts and lives of My people, so that out of the place of rest, and surrender to Me, I will be the one to exalt and add increase.”


Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev: “As a man chastens his son, so does the L-rd your G-d chasten you.” (8:5)
A father’s heart is heavy when he is forced to strike his son. Similarly, G-d suffers with us when punishment is meted out.

Brat: Man’s silence is not God’s punishment.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: This is particularly true if he has eaten by himself and there are not three to recite Grace together. For the Invitation to Recite Grace drives away the “other side” from there, as is mentioned in the Zohar (III:186b) regarding the incident of the young child.

Brat: So, why can’t Thyatira, Sardis, and Ephesus work together?

Quinn G. Caldwell: You can’t help but shake your head in wonderment and despair when you see it, and maybe that’s exactly the right thing to do before you approach the place where humanity crucified love.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: One of these laws is that of “ mayim acharonim“, “water after [the meal]”. Before reciting grace, the individual is required to rinse his fingertips.

Matthew 27: 24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

Quinn G. Caldwell: Prayer
God, for a ladder that leads nowhere but my own foolishness, I thank you.  For an empty tomb that leads beyond it, I worship you.  Amen.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Rabbi Boruch the tzadik was subjected to a steady stream of curses and insults. But he remained silent, feeling acutely the pain and affront to the Divine Presence in exile.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Don’t Tread On Me

Anna Blake: I’ve never met a horse or rider who’s benefited from domination. I’m not necessarily talking bloody whips and spurs. It could be the force of nagging passive aggressive legs and marginally repressed frustration or anger.

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Rabbi YY Jacobson: We hope and pray to always enjoy the “whole tablets,” but when we encounter the broken ones, we ought not to run from them or become dejected by them; with tenderness we ought to embrace them and bring them into our “holy of holies,” recalling the observation of one of the Rebbe’s, “there is nothing more whole than a broken heart.”

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Rashi explains that the word “ekev” literally means “heel”. It is our job to be careful with all of the mitzvahs, even the easy ones, so that our whole bodies – from head to heel – are serving G-d.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: An idol is anything you require in addition to God to be happy.

Brat: Are you saying, “Silence is golden”?

Israel 365: Salvation Abroad ✡ “If Your Enemy Falls, Do Not Exult”

Matthew 27: 25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

Brat: Holy God! This is exactly what has happened! Your Word is fulfilled!!

Lana Vawser: As the hungry ones ran towards Jesus standing at this water wall threshold I then noticed at Jesus’ feet was a beautiful pool. The Lord smiled and pointed to the pool and said “You must step in, in order to step through” and suddenly I saw as God’s people went to step in, the angels handed them two things. The Word of God and a beautiful gold sparkling flag. Jesus smiled and said “The way to step through, you must step deeper INTO My Word and worship.

Israel 365: An Oath to Defend Israel ✡ “He Shall Not Break His Pledge”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The Imrei Emes of Gur asked, “What can I do to help?” The man admitted that he didn’t know what the Rebbe could do.

  1. Lee Grady: The New Testament is clear that God has called all Christians to be His witnesses, and that both “your sons and your daughters” will prophesy in the last days (Acts 2:17). Our passion should be to see everyone empowered—regardless of race, class, age or gender. If we truly want Pentecost, we should want to see the flame of the Spirit resting on the heads of every person—not just white males over 50.

Brat: Thank you, Sardis! I sincerely mean this!

Revelation 3:Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe: All revelations of G-dliness are dependent on man’s Divine service. This also applies to the revelations of the Era of the Redemption. In that era, it will be revealed that our world is G-d’s dwelling. These revelations will not, however, come about merely as an expression of Divine favor. Instead, they will have been ushered in by “our deeds and our Divine service during the era of exile.” And more particularly, it is the response to the challenges that arise during the era of Ikvesa diMeshicha, which will precipitate Mashiach’s coming.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Broken

Anna Blake: Redefining Work Under Saddle.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Then Moses said to [God], “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the LORD said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Then the LORD said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” Exodus 33:15-23 (NIV)

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Thankfully, there are two places in the Torah, (once in connection with Avraham and once with Moshe), where G-d actually defines His ‘ways’. In both cases it is clearly inferred that we should emulate only G-d’s positive attributes. Rashi understands the verse “To walk in His ways” to mean that as G-d is merciful, we should also show mercy. As G-d is generous and patient – we emulate these traits. Rashi explains the latter part of the verse “…to cleave to Him” that we also emulate G-d by associating with Jewish sages and Torah teachers.  So every time we find ourselves in a stressful situation it will be helpful to ask ourselves how G-d, or one of His sages or teachers handle this? And act accordingly.

Todd Bentley: I have had an increasing sense and a resounding echo in my heart that it is time to “Harvest the Harvesters” in a greater way! This was a prophetic word Bob Jones received over 40 years ago concerning the great harvest at the end of the age! Bob spoke of over a billion youth saved in a movement. We know there are harvesting and reaping angels described in the Bible (see Matthew 13:41-43, Revelation 14:14-16).

Ernest Hemingway: “The world breaks everyone, and afterwards some are stronger in the broken places.”

Anna Blake: Horses are beings of light. And so are we, remember?

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: When His mercy passes by your guilt, it’s gone! Moses does not want the glory of God for himself; he wants the people to experience this.

Charles Phillips: Amos 3:8 says; “The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” It’s time to hear what the Lord is saying about you and begin to speak it again in the earth realm, rise up at once and possess your inheritance. Many have stayed to long in places of transition because of unbelieving voices (inside and around them) and watched their Spirit dry up inside of themselves. We were once Lions; but the voices of those that fear the new will try to stifle your fire and cause many to sit down and give up on their dreams.  Not this time! You will hear His voice and be as bold as a lion going up at once to claim your promise.

Tanya: From the way this verse is worded, one would think that this command is easy. Yet the Talmud asks, “Is fearing G-d really such an easy thing to do?” For Moses, the answer goes, it was easy. But how does this help the average Jew? Every Jewish soul, without exception, contains an aspect of Moses; with the help of this element, fear of G-d is attainable by all Jews.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: The only other thing you have to remember is the reason the Israelites did get the presence of God was because somebody stood before them when they were sinning and said, “If necessary, blot my name out of the Book of Life.” That’s the reason why God said, “Okay. I will dwell in their midst.” You see, Moses was just a symbol for Someone who really did stand between God and us and say, “God, I want them to have your glory.”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: For by giving it this gift, as is known, the “other side” departs, leaving [the person alone]. In the beginning [of the meal] it is just a guest, but if the individual does not recite Grace with the proper intention and concentration it becomes the host and prosecutes against him. As we said, this is particularly true if one dines by himself, without the [protection offered by the] Invitation to Recite Grace.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: I want to see Your glory. I want my church to see your glory. But most of all, I want there to be such a transforming experience of your glory in my church that we become distinguishable (do you see that word?) so the Conejo Valley cannot avoid the fact that you are real.”

Ohel Torah: When man prays to G-d to fulfill a request of his, he cannot be certain that his prayer will be answered. The decision is entirely “in the hands of G-d.” G-d is free to choose whether or not to fulfill the request. But such doubts do not obtain when a man prays to G-d to inspire him with the fear of G-d. In that case he may be sure that his prayer will be answered.

The Maggid of Mezeritch: A person must fear the sin itself and not merely the punishment it incurs. The situation is analogous to a father who warns his son not to walk around barefoot. The father warns that if the child steps on a thorn, he will have to be brought to a doctor to remove it and the operation will hurt him a lot. The son, because of his youth and limited intelligence, is not afraid of the thorn itself and the possibility that he might step on one; he is merely afraid of its removal. The father, however, truly wants him to avoid the thorn, and sees its removal as a positive remedy if he should so require it. So it is with our avoidance of transgression. Man wishes to avoid punishment, but G-d worries about the sin itself, and sees the punishment as a necessary atonement and correction.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Then they look at him, in a sense, in prayer, and they say, “Lord God, you’re right. You don’t ever have to come down and help us again. This is what we’re going to do. We’re going to smash our idols, and we’re going to serve you. We don’t care if you never help us again. We’re going to do this simply because we owe it to you.” It says they smashed their idols, and they waited. Then the last line is, “And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer,” which is a very interesting passage.

Brat: Did you get Rabbi Leiter’s piece that I forwarded to your secretary?

Anna Blake: You’re partly right. It doesn’t sound like she’s tired but that doesn’t mean she “clearly” thinks the physical work is unnecessary. It’s easy to misread horses by superimposing human thoughts. Perhaps if you are new to riding, she was being patient. She knows more than you, after all. (Mares always do.) Of course, she doesn’t like being pushed to work harder. Why would she?

Jesus: “Many are blinded Lana, but My Spirit and love will bring the invitation before them time and time again, and then they have the freedom to choose to stay where they are or enter in. If they are blinded they cannot choose, so I am pursuing and pursuing and placing the invitation before them till they see.”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: What Moses accomplished with breaking the tablets was the demonstration of the truth that the stuff we call holiness can be carved out from the very alienation of a person from G-d. From the very turmoil of his or her psychological and spiritual brokenness, a new holiness can be discovered.

Jesus: “Others are seeing but choosing to remain where they are, but I am a patient God, and I will continue to pursue, but the invitation to enter into MORE is HERE.”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: The collective power of the three individual’s divine souls and the positive energy generated by their camaraderie overcomes the negative power of evil. This occurs, however, only when they consciously join their individual energies together to recite Grace, that is, to focus on the spiritual dimension of the meal rather than simply the sensual pleasure of eating. Hence the power and importance of the Invitation to Recite Grace.

Molly Baskette: Prayer
God, make me an instrument of your nerdness. Where there is boredom, let me sow glee. Where there is snark, let me sow earnestness. Where there is worldsuck, let me sow joy. Amen.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: Rinsing the remains of the meal off the fingertips is seen as “throwing the dog a bone”. Evil possesses no intrinsic power; it derives its power solely by virtue of man’s misdeeds. However, in the present order, it must be present to at least some minimal extent in order for there to be free choice. If evil receives this minimal sustenance, it is satisfied, and, realizing that it has nothing more to expect from this meal, departs.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Do you know what he says? He says, “Anybody else who wants to come find God, come find God.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The owner jumped from excitement. “Can you repeat what you just said?”

Rabbi Tuly Weisz: The gift that keeps on giving

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: How does this relate to Shabbos? When we have a thought it is within us, close and attached to us. Similarly, on Shabbos, when we are in the world of G-d’s thought, we are literally attached to Him.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: In other words, God comes and says, “Get yourself together. Maybe I’ll come; maybe I won’t.” That sounds arbitrary. No! What He is trying to say is, “I want you to want me not for the experience, not for the success, not for the glory bumps on your back. I want you for Me.” In the same way, God says to Moses, “I’m not coming with you.” So he sets up a tabernacle, and that tabernacle is a little tent, and he goes out to it all the time.

Molly Baskette: Perhaps it was a kindness, trying to school me in the affectation of the bored teenager so I could fit in. What they didn’t know: is that the mask becomes the face.

Anna Blake: Stopping at the gate is a clear message from your mare. It isn’t a disobedience. You’re doing what your trainer suggests but your horse gets an opinion, too. A better question might be, “How can I have a better partnership with my mare?”

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Making a commitment to speak kindly and patiently is very important. But G-d’s speech is not only about communicating. It has another quality. It creates. The whole world was created by Divine speech. If we are going to walk in G-d’s ways, we have to use our speech in a way that it also ‘creates.’ How do we do this?

Charles Phillips: So this is a time when the Lord is reminding us that He will revisit and breathe new life into the promise that others through unbelief tried to kill many years ago. We will feel the strength of the Father as we rise up and move into this new season. This is a time of seeing ourselves as the Father sees us and embracing our identity fully. The timidity of the past will melt away when boldness begins to rise again. Genesis 49:9 says; “9 Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?” I pity the enemy that stirs up your praise! Hear the Roar! Rise up and Move!

Lana Vawser: As they crossed over and stepped in, I saw them suddenly “taken up”. Almost like a suction, sucked them up and I looked up and I saw them being taken up into throne room encounters.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Until you’ve seen Jesus saying, “Blot my name out of the Book of Life,” you’re not ready. When the gospel transforms the way you think about yourself, you’re ready. Moses was ready.

Revelation 2:Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Brat: I understand what you’re getting at about standing in the gap even if that means history will not remember you at all, but God wants to issue the tree of Life, not oblivion. Like He said to Sardis, He doesn’t want to blot out the name.

Anna Blake: If you are almost overwhelmed, then good. You’re starting to understand how challenging it is to ride kindly and well. It may take the lifetime of a horse to become a better rider for the next horse. You have no time to lose.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: So let’s “walk in His ways” by ensuring that from the beginning of Shabbos to the very end we emulate His thought by connecting to Him and his Torah in speech and action.

James Goll: Visitation Encounters Happen Today!

Anna Blake: In case it isn’t obvious, beginning to ride is easy enough. Progressing past that entry-level is the hard part. That’s why there are so many long-time novice riders. The reason to hire a trainer and try to push past that point is that horses tolerate us when we ride badly; they routinely save our lives, literally or figuratively, giving us more grace than we deserve. Consider learning better riding skills, like following hands and an independent seat, as a thank-you gift to your horse.

Lana Vawser: Out of this encounter I was left marked with greater fire and conviction that the season of seeing Him like we have never seen Him before is upon us.

Anna Blake: First, make sure you are laughing in your lessons, even if you throw your hands up at the same time. Horses like us when we laugh and it’s an antidote to trying too hard. Take riding seriously but do it with a light heart. Remind yourself that you love your horse. Then trust your horse to tell the truth.

Lana Vawser: A whole new realm of seeing His Glory and stepping into the MORE that has always been ours is upon us. The hungry shall be fed and we are about to be undone by how we SEE Him. The realm of the supernatural is about to explode in a way we have never seen and these new levels of throne room encounters are going to see God’s people that respond receive the impartation of His fire like we have never experienced or received.


[1] Rabbi YY Jacobson: On Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, the high priest would not perform the service with his usual golden garments, since gold was remotely reminiscent of the golden calf. Yet in this instance, throughout the entire year, the very symptom of the golden calf – the broken tablets – were stored in the holy of holies! Cf. Ramban and Ritva to Bava Basra ibid; Likkutei Sichos vol 26 Parshas Ki Sisa.

Rooster 4 August 17

6 Aug

Working Dates: Friday, August 4, 2017 to Sunday, August 6, 2017

[8 pages]

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:33 pm                   Journal: Parked on Camino Carillo. Holy God, I can “hear” John weeping! He weeps and weeps because no one is found who is worthy to open the scroll and look inside. (Rev 5:4) Rabbi Shaul Leiter says that the soul of Moses is reincarnated as the Messiah.

(No wonder John is weeping! Where’s David when you need him?)

This morning I left the house around 7:30 am and went to park, pray, and sit with my piece “Readiness?” (I went back again and repeated the process later in the morning a second time.) When I was parked there early before the sun was cresting over the roof of the building on the shady side where I was, three times I heard a rooster crow. Roosters (or any farm animals) are not allowed within the city limits. They are allowed on ranches, which are part of the County, but not within the city limits. I was in the heart of the city and I’ve never heard a rooster here before.

In the past I would have immediately cried out in dread that You, God, were leading me through another Golgotha Friday experience and I would have taken this personally. Today, I observed with the eye and heart of a reporter. I knew You were showing me that this was Peter’s rooster and not mine (this time). I had laid my issue on the altar asking for help from the 24 elders.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The priest visibly trembled. His face changed colors. He tried to stammer a reply, but his teeth were rattling too hard.

Anna Blake: Riding Above Fear

Wendy Alec: Yes, for many of you like Peter, the enemy asked for you that you may be sifted. But we have prayed for you that your faith would not fail (see Luke 22:31-32). The sifting process is almost over and is at an end. And the glory, the victor’s crown, the harvest, incredible harvest, awaits you. All things restored. Nothing lost. Restitution. Restoration. The oil of joy for mourning.

Brat: God, over and over You’ve said (and Isaiah said, too) that the Messiah is from the root of David (not Moses.)

Revelation 5:Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David [!], has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: On the other hand, further in V’etchanan we find the “post-Tisha B’Av” perspective, past the days of mourning, a mini state of redemption. In connection with this, the portion describes the giving of the Torah, an eternal event which has the power to counteract any exile. The portion then moves on to the reading of the Shema prayer, which contains our allegiance to G‑d, our responsibility to G‑d and also the foundation verses for all of the positive and negative commandments. The portion ends with the words “to do today!”, referring to our intention to perform all the commandments, which will ultimately bring us to the reward of the World to Come and the seventh and final millennium, the days of Mashiach!”

Brat: Jesus, our allegiance to God is not in question. I honor what Rabbi Leiter said, “We must each continue to call out and pray against all odds….

James W. Goll: Father, in Jesus name, we call forth the fullness of the Holy Spirit into each of our lives, families and spheres of influence. We want to be burning ones. Send an increase of Your Spirit’s power and manifested presence among us. We welcome the Seven Spirits of God to be activated in our lives as we consecrate our entire being to You. Amen and Amen!

Monk (in “Readiness?” 3 Aug 17): So, where do y’all want the conversation to go, since the core issues still have not been resolved?

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

Brat: I realize there are many issues, but I offer my issue on the altar. As God is my witness, I share the journey per His mandate to me. The Church does not offer sanctuary during the sharing, even though the divine conversation will go on forever.

[Pause. Echo arc to Rabbi Leiter: “…the giving of the Torah, an eternal event”…]

Monk: (Even Martin Luther had a fortress to hide in when his Pharisees were after him.)

Brat: Not having real sanctuary (versus the lectures on “God is your sanctuary!” and “Love is all you need!” [The Beatles:]) honestly feels like keeping someone on life support, because the family is too selfish to let her go.

Anna Blake: When emotions arise, notice them. Refuse to demonize yourself or your horse. Breathe until the feelings get bored and leave.

Brat: [Exhale.] The intention is noble. It just doesn’t line up with what Jesus said. The Messiah is not from the root of Moses. He is from the root of David. And Peter cut off the high priest servant’s right ear. (Jn 18:10) So, how’s he supposed to hear? Jesus didn’t reach out and reattach the ear. He turned to Peter and commanded him to put away his sword! (v 11)

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Seeing that the other’s distress had rendered him unable to speak, Bagalo continued. “The words were: ‘Shema Yisrael Ado-nai Elokeinu Ado-nai Echad.’ Isn’t that a Jewish prayer?”

Brat: Lord, HELP! One of the elders has to talk to John, so You can get the scroll open! It’s TRUE! Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one! The Jews did it. The Christians did it. Oy Vey! The Christians can’t seem to hear, so how are the Jews supposed to?

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Don’t be afraid; I won’t inform on you,” Bagalo said gently. “Just give me your word of honor that you will be wholehearted in the word of our savior, and you will put aside these Hebrew incantations.”

Rabbi Shaul Leiter: This teaches us that as long as a Jew is performing the commandments with all of his strength, he is already in a state of redemption. He is being guided by the Almighty and all of the obstacles to holiness will fall away. May the days of the month of Av be transformed to days of joy and happiness forever.

Edie Bayer: I had an exciting dream recently of horses and riders racing together as a team. I believe that the Lord has revealed a few things about those who are called to be the next generation reformation team!

MorningStar Ministries: Guess Who is Coming to Our Party!

Pastor Bruce Zachary: The chief priests, scribes, elders and the high priest Caiaphas make up the local political and religious leadership over the Jewish people.  They ruled subject to Roman authority.  It is very clear throughout Scripture that the religious leaders felt threatened by Jesus and His authority.  They did not want Jesus to take their authority and were infuriated that Jesus was attracting their people to His leadership.  Thus, they devise a plan to kill Him. They must use “trickery” because they are walking a tight rope of having the execution approved by the Roman government and a desire to not cause a riot from the people of Israel.

Ashley Cortes: This oil releases a new sound from the mouths who carry it. I see the sound of wisdom and revelation. I see young Daniels emerging. Boldness, Character, and Strength are theirs. Although they are in worldly lands of oppression, they will emerge with heavenly insight and be given supernatural protection from the Lord Himself. They carry governmental orders yet to be released.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: But none of this matters to the dogmatic shroud denier. “It is an obvious forgery!” they bellow.

Marybeth Bishop: But I failed miserably. My roots were growing in tight, twisted circles, pressing against unyielding walls and attempting to feed off of soil that was already sucked dry. Instead of being fed and protected, the cup was suffocating, drowning, and starving me all at once.

Anna Blake: Anxiety is normal on both sides. Pretending it doesn’t exist isn’t the same thing as releasing it. Acknowledge the weird balance of dread and enthusiasm. Forgive each other again. Then know that this process will take some time.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker (reposted by Patheos from 3 March 2016 [!]): Women are not forbidden from preaching because they’re women. They’re excluded because they’re not priests or deacons.

Brat: You’re picking a fight. Drop your sword!

Monk: Or is Patheos picking up the old sword on his behalf?

Brat: Well, God did tell the scribes to bring out the old and the new! (Mt 13:52)

Anna Blake: Your relationship isn’t defined by proximity; it’s defined by trust. If you don’t share confidence on the ground there’s no reason to think it will magically appear when you’re in the saddle.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: As Pope Francis has said, “The door is closed to women’s ordination.” So that would seem to answer the question.

Brat: I said drop it!

Marybeth Bishop: It is not our job to watch the seed.

Anna Blake: Only go as far as the beginning of anxiety and stop there. Release it while it’s still just a flash of an idea.

Edie Bayer: In this dream, I saw several horses with riders, lined up in a row. I got the impression that they are a team, lining up for the start of some type of a horse show or other kind of contest, like the Olympics. I am unable to see the riders faces but with heads bowed, in unison, the riders all make a hand-signal, passing their hands over their heads. It looked like the signal for “cutting off” something, using their hand as a knife or a sword.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “No!” roared the priest. “I prefer to die as a Jew. Enough of this double life. This is the moment of truth.” Now that he had recovered himself, the words were quickly tumbling from his mouth. “I am prepared to die, but as a Jew.”

Anna Blake: Words matter. Negative corrections aren’t effective. Yelling “NO!” is a dead end. It isn’t instructive to horse or human. It’s right up there with yelling “Don’t be afraid!” or “Quit grabbing the reins!” or “Stop running!” Telling yourself or your horse what to not do is like trying to deny reality. Instead, create a new reality by using simple, clean, positive words like “Walk on.” “Breathe.” “Well done.” In other words…

Marybeth Bishop: Seed work is work for the dark. It is growth to be entrusted to soil that I did not make; enriched by the work—the lives, the words, the acts, the deaths—of others who came before, broken down and blended into a rich dark compost; watered from clouds I cannot form; floating in Heavens I cannot reach.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The larger question remains however, “Why may only the ordained clergy preach at Mass?”

Brat: Did you hear something?

Marybeth Bishop: We are all groaning in labor pains, along with the entire earth.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Today we all need to be Josephs.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: In Spain, the king’s advisor learns the meaning of “Hear O Israel.

Pastor Bruce Zachary: “The Plot to Kill the King”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: At moments when he was alone, a heavy sigh would push through his lips…

Rabbi YY Jacobson: See, for example, the extraordinarily dramatic poem by Rabbi Yehudah Halevi (12th century Spain), “Zion will you not seek the welfare of your prisoners?”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: There are some strong arguments now, however, to allow lay people to preach. Firstly, more lay people than ever before are theologically trained. Lots of lay folks have Master’s degrees in theology and above. Should they not be allowed to preach? Furthermore, the quality of preaching by the Catholic clergy is (errmmm) not always of the highest caliber…When you add to this the number of foreign priests we now have who get up to preach and what they say might be wonderful, but no one can understand them, wouldn’t it make sense for qualified lay people to be authorized to preach?

Brat: Hello Kitty! Are you going to pull Excalibur out of the stone?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: In the Anglican Church we had a great group of people called “lay readers”. They were men and women who had received a recognizable level of theological and pastoral training and they were authorized to preach, teach and take occasional services like funerals or morning and evening prayer if required.

Monk: The Anglicans said I was called, but didn’t know what to call me. Can you blame them?

Anna Blake: Think rhythm. All good things for horses happen rhythmically: chewing, walking, breathing. All bad things come with a break in rhythm: bucking, bolting, spooking. Good riding for the horse means rhythm so that’s your first concern.

Garris Elkins: What if all the complicated definitions of a five-fold ministry are really about a function and not a style or system? What if these gifts of the Holy Spirit, with their multiple expressions, actually came down to one simple thing: helping equip and train us to know how to speak the truth in love in our unique life-assignment in culture? I’d like to suggest it is that simple.

Me (from “Meow” 4 Aug 2013 [!]): Well, we’re [spiritually] pregnant ripe right NOW!

Echo: “If it is the Lord, it will come to pass.”

Me: Ok. Push, God! Push! We, ourselves, are no more than spiritual midwives. Lord, I’m sure glad You are doing something, because we humans don’t or can’t. Give birth, God! Kitty Paw to the cats of power.[1] Go Francis! Rock on! Pope Francis seems to be the only one who really “gets” Christ’s mission, so God bless him! He’s got the gift of wisdom. Heaven only knows, it takes wisdom to “herd cats”! The great and mysterious “They” don’t seem to like my “catnip.” They seem to be forever checking it suspiciously for poison. I don’t get it. But we find what we’re looking for even when it’s not there…

Marybeth Bishop: In the meantime we tend the soil. Good soil is deep. Dark. It smells at once rotten and enticing. It is alive with decay. It is our job to be alive with decay, to hold these things deep in our gross hearts. It is our job to provide the dark and quiet inside, to water with tears and sacraments and grace, and allow things to settle and decompose and be loosened and de-clumped. It is our job to groan with labor pains.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Ashamed To Defend Their Home
Why Moses was Denied Entry into the Holy Land

Marybeth Bishop: During a particularly difficult stretch with one of our daughters who has special needs, I threw myself fervently at God. I attempted to bring her closer to God, but only seemed to be making things worse. So as I continued going to Bible study, I began studying the Bible more intensely at home. I scrutinized it. I read every footnote and said my rosaries and novenas.

Anna Blake: Next time, take a few steps. You don’t need to feel like you’re alone on the high dive… ask your ground coach to click on a lead rope and walk beside you and your horse to start. Take baby steps so everyone succeeds. There is no shame in working as a team. Then climb off before you want to.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The meaning of the Mass is encapsulated in the words the priest says as he pours the water and wine into the sacred chalice: “Through the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in Christ’s divinity who humbled himself to share in our humanity.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Water!” the invalid rasped in a whispery voice. The astounded doctors, who had given up the unconscious man for dead, were shocked to hear his voice again. The priest, who had taken his final confession, turned pale. Had a miracle taken place?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Miracles? Nah.

Pastor Bruce Zachary: A cross reference from Luke gives us insight into what was driving the religious leaders: ”And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people” – Luke 22:2. “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” – Proverbs 29:25. The religious leaders fear of man was a byproduct of their resistance to Jesus’ authority.  The Scriptures regularly contrast fearing God (submitting to His authority) with fearing man (1 Samuel 15:24, Luke 12:4-5). When we are driven by the fear of man, we will be resistant to the authority of God.  When we are driven by a healthy fear of God, we will be increasingly less affected by what people say and think about us.

Anna Blake: Think less about whether he’s right or wrong, and more about what your senses are telling you. Practice being less complacent. What are his ears saying? Use all your senses to “listen” to your horse. Soften your visual focus by using peripheral vision to see a wider view of your surroundings. In other words…

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The priest sat frozen, his face registering shock and terror that his secret had been uncovered by the king’s advisor.

Anna Blake: Find a good ground coach. Someone who is calm and breathes well. Then take tiny challenges, one after another. Slow and steady, throw your leg over and sit in the saddle at the mounting block. Breathe and feel your thigh muscles. They might need some air, too. Remember you love your horse and melt what is frozen. Dismount without taking a step and call it a win.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: It is necessary to get away from the utilitarian understanding of the Mass. The Mass is not a pep rally for people to sing songs and hear a speech about how to be nicer people and make the world a better place. The Mass is not just a cheerful fellowship gathering where we all hold hands and try to raise one another’s self esteem. The Mass is not a political rally in which we learn about our particular ideology to change the world. The Mass is not just a religious lecture with bread and wine and it is not an RCIA class with hymns.

Anna Blake: This is the secret: Remember that science says that a horse’s response time is seven times quicker than ours? While they come apart ridiculously fast, they can also come back together quickly, if we ask them to. Humans believe in a snowball effect; if the horse shakes his head or any other small infraction, the inevitable end is a trainwreck.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “An Egyptian man” was the way they described Moses. In other words, Moses allowed them to get the impression that he was Egyptian. Moses did not necessarily tell them he was an Egyptian; he merely didn’t protest their impression of him as such.  [Exodus 2:19]

Anna Blake: It isn’t true. If you take a breath as soon as you feel anxiety in your horse, and he will do the same. Other days, your horse might notice you go tense and blow his breath out so loud that you hear it and take his cue.

Marybeth Bishop: I planted my seed in a clear plastic cup. I wrestled with my faith, observed and observed and observed it, expecting it to burst forth and show me things, and then to grow and give me things. Feed me. Fill my belly and make me feel full and happy and content and pleased, maybe even a little sleepy. Let me chart my progress with pride, to prove I’ve Done It Right.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: He who acknowledged his land, will be buried in the land; he who did not acknowledge his land, will not be buried in the land. Joseph acknowledged the land; Moses did not.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The priest and deacon are ordained and set apart from the laity for this reason: to help incarnate Christ in the world through their own person and through their own vocation. This is why the catechism teaches that one of the ways to objectively know that you have encountered the risen Lord is “in the person of the priest.”

Brat: And what about my vocation? I’m an Anchoress! I have encountered the risen Lord. We had a mystical marriage on 14 May 2008. You’re the priest. Isn’t one of the hallmarks of a marriage to be able to talk about it?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Lay people can’t do that in the same way, and that’s why they are not permitted to preach at Mass.

Brat: What? I’m not asking to do it in the same way, nor am I asking to preach at Mass! I’m asking Jesus to open the scroll! (Rev 5:4) Are you listening to anything I’ve been saying?

Garris Elkins: Reformers are nailing the demands for transformation to the door of our current expression of the Church. These reformers are not the enemy. They are prophets announcing the way forward. Leave the sanctuary of the status quo and bravely go to the front door of your spiritual experience. Read what the reformers have posted. What they are asking us to consider will reveal our future and eventually, it will become the record of our history.


Marybeth Bishop: Seeds fall. They are scattered. They do not have legs. The seeds? They hope to be buried and drowned and kept in the dark, nourished by the surrounding decay and squirm and scuttle. They bear fruit they do not see. They groan in labor.

Wendy Alec: Beloved, I watched as Jesus picked up the one who was lying weary and completely unable to help themselves. Oh how tenderly He held her and kissed her forehead and gently removed the spear from her heart. Then as her eyes flickered open, although she had so very little strength, she smiled through her tears in relief at the Lover of her soul.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: This is why they are ordained. NOT just to be a social worker in black. Not just to be a theology teacher in a collar. Not just to be a spiritual director or a parish administrator or a fund raiser.

Anna Blake: It’s a partnership; sometimes we carry them and sometimes they carry us. It doesn’t matter who starts it. Just so we all come home safe.

Wendy Alec: And I watched as Jesus placed the tired, wounded-weary one on His steed and she leaned her head on His back as He rode to the front of the battle. And as they rode, they passed angelic hosts with oils and liniments who rode alongside and ministered to the wounded princess’ heart and mind. And slowly she regained her strength. Until by the time they reached the frontline, she was riding the steed herself. Her head held high, brandishing her sword. And Jesus was gone.

Anna Blake: Remember where the two of you started and celebrate your progress. Know there will be setbacks ahead and let this time be precious.

K Albert Little: Did the Reformers, 1,500 years after the founding of Jesus’s Church suddenly come upon something new from God? Did God finally, after 1,500 years, reveal what He really meant when He instituted Holy Communion?

Marybeth Bishop: But when we wait in silence, in stillness, in darkness, the water will slowly seep down and touch our shell, softening it. And the nutrients within the filth seep in through the newly softened shell. We need to let the seeds do their thing, to split open and turn themselves inside out, spewing their guts to go on living larger and farther and more fruitful than one would think possible by looking at the small, hard, smooth, dry thing that was buried.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Now the reason for preaching being reserved to priests and deacons becomes clear. At the Mass the priest and the deacon stand in persona Christi. They represent Christ symbolically and liturgically. One as Christ the priest. The other as Christ the Servant. When they read and preach the gospel therefore they are exercising not only a teaching function, but a liturgical function. They are incarnating Christ the Teacher and Christ the Servant to the people.

Brat: Did you hear the rooster crow?



Readiness? 03 Aug 17

4 Aug

Working Dates: Thursday, August 3, 2017 to Friday, August 4, 2017

[7 pages]

Pastor Dan Nelson: It’s a fact: people don’t mind scrolling to read an email, as long as it’s relevant and interesting. Make sure your message follows through on the promise in your subject line, and use several short paragraphs if you have a lot to say. When in doubt, challenge yourself to write less and add links that support your topic.

Genesis 32:24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.

Susan Harper Barnett: Yahweh is raising up a Company of Covert Operatives.

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

Genesis 32:23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had.

Susan Harper Barnett: Many of you have been in this company for some time now. You have been going on assignment in obedience to Him. You have been going where He said go and doing what He said do. You are not known and have not been acknowledged. Your names and faces are unrecognized publicly even though the impact of your labors are widely displayed. You are part of the Company of Covert Operatives!

Andy Sanders: Just in two miracles of the many that Jesus did, He not only supplied gallons of expensive wine but pounds of fresh fish and bread free of charge. Am I advocating that Jesus misused His authority/power? No. Am I attempting to say that Jesus didn’t depend on help in the natural? Absolutely not! Jesus was/is fully son of man and son of God (see Mark 2:10; Matt. 27:54).  This includes being humbled and having to depend on God in every way, even up to His torturous death. At His death, He may not have asked for money, but He sure asked for something to drink (see John 19:28).

Jo Ellen Stevens: “The outpouring is just that, an outpouring of the overflow of my love for you and yours for me. I miss our deeper times and I have been storing a deeper revelation of who I am but for you to KNOW ME there must be intimacy. There must be a desire to follow me anywhere I go and gaze into what is in My heart for the moments of your life that I have given to you! I long for these days again My love! I am calling My people back to their first love again so that their candle will shine bright in this ever present darkness! Yes, come back and REMEMBER your first works and that work was to LOVE ME, FOCUS ON ME AND BE FULL OF ME! You have been enduring because you have not been drinking at the fountain of living water! Drink again My Love, drink again!”

Brat: Well said!

Romans 9:1 I am speaking the truth in Christ–I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit–

Israel 365: What is your most valued possession?

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Andy Sanders: Why do ministers and ministries ask for money? I guess the real questions are—why not? Is there a better way?

Genesis 32:25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.

Steve Porter: I want Him to be able to trust me with His most troubling secrets. When you have a friend you can trust, or share things with, you feel free to be real with them. You know they are not going to judge you and you know they are going to hear you. Can you be that kind of friend to Jesus? Can you handle it when He’s not upbeat and happy? Can you handle it when He’s brokenhearted and grieved and wants to share those feelings with you? Is the world really ready?

Romans 9:2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: However, Rabbi Ariel noted that much of the opposition to the Third Temple comes from within the Jewish People.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: The explanation is that the seven nations are [the earthly manifestations of] the seven evils, i.e. the vessels that broke. Thus, all the holiness [that was originally in them] has left them.

Ryan Johnson: “Will God have to remove you to move with His glory or will He be able to use you in the Emerging of Glory?”

Revelation 1: John,

To the seven churches in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before His throne

Romans 9:3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh.

Brat: Ya’know, Paul, I don’t wish a curse on anybody! They are so painful and so bad! I soooo know what you mean and what you are talking about! I have been accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. I’d say “you wouldn’t believe it!” if I shared my timeline with you, but you really would believe it, because you’ve been through it, too. But God has been faithful!! Woo! Hoo!

Monk: Yeah!

[Crowd cheer]

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

Lana Vawser: Today I was able to stop into Washington D.C quickly and was standing looking at the White House and I had a vision. I saw the Lion of Judah on the lawn of the White House. He was poised and looking towards the White House and He opened His mouth and He began to ROAR. As He roared, a roar of such authority, alignment and unlocking, I watched the vision begin to change. As I could still hear the sound of His loud roar, I saw a HUGE timeline in the spirit and as His roar resounded, angelic hosts were being released and they were going along this timeline. They were going SO far back in the history of the United States and I knew instantly what they were doing. The time had arrived, for them to be released to go back and begin to retrieve the spoils.

Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: To be “trad” [traditionalist] is to be rooted and grounded. To be “rad” [radical] is to be free and spirit filled. To be “trad” is Benedict. To be “rad” is Francis. To be “trad” is Gregorian chant. To be “rad” is Taize chant. To be “trad” is incense, lace and solemn grace. To be “rad” is charismatic spirituality and healing grace. To be “trad” is “go and sin no more.” To be “rad” is “neither do I condemn you.”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: But Moses accepted them, thinking that it would be good to absorb them into holiness. MOSHIACH,

Jo Ellen Stevens: “My heart is broken for you again My love!” Do you not remember when you came after me with all of your heart and the fire that burned deep within? Do you not remember the nights that you stayed awake to just be with me and when you were so excited about anything that I would show you then? It was then that men and women would follow you to drink from the overflow that was in your heart and follow the light that was so bright within you! Can’t you see that this is a key to the outpouring that I want to bring forth in this time?” APPROACHING MOSHIACH


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Shawn Bolz: Words of knowledge are not about information, they shift foundations…

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: When the Jews, led by Moses, left Egypt, Moses acceded to take along a “mixed multitude” of non-Jews with them. Although his intentions were good, these people had not been fully educated about the ways of Judaism and the path of the Torah, and so they made numerous errors in judgment throughout Israel’s trek in the desert, often drawing the Jewish people into their errors as well.

Ryan Johnson: Listen, only you know whether or not you have embraced an orphan spirit that has developed a lone-ranger mindset. If you have, be encouraged that the Father is calling upon you to repent and position yourself in the order of His purpose that ultimately produces all of His goodness to go before you (Exodus 33:18-23).

Jo Ellen Stevens: “Our relationship has become one where you have learned all the ways in which to manipulate Me into getting what you want, but there is no true love in it! I am wearied with your formulas!” I love you with an everlasting love, but I am asking for your passion again!” The very reason that many of My church’s candles have gone out is because they do not come after me like a love sick bride in waiting anymore!” They are weary in well doing because it has become a drudge to them just like an old married couple who have not continued to stir up their passion for one another!”

Talitha Arnold: God has no hands but ours.

Isaiah 55:5 See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

Ryan Johnson: The Father is looking for sons who are ready to come back so that they may be able to be adorned in the attire of the Father. He is looking for sons, not servants. Those who can take on the identity of the Father that they may reveal the glory. The Emerging Glory is moving about the earth and those who will be obedient will release the goodness of God with fresh oil.

2 Chronicles 16:For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”

Brat: No, LORD! No! Forgive our foolish thing! We can’t take any more war! YOU PROMISED that at the end of the age there would be no more war. You showed us how Your Kingdom would be set up like Camelot and the knights would fight at the Roundtable instead of on their steeds. You said that You would fight with the double-edged sword, the word of Truth.

Revelation 19: 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

Bishop Thomas Grumbleton: Ordinarily, a king would be coming in with his troops, riding on a warhorse, coming to use force to have his way. Instead, Zechariah said, “No more chariots in Ephraim, no more horses in Jerusalem, for this king will do away with them. The warrior’s bow shall be broken when he dictates peace to the nations. This king will reign from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth.”[1] [Zechariah 9:9-10]

Revelation 4:6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.

Brat: God sees.

Steve Porter: When was the last time you took the time to ask, “Father, what breaks your heart? What burdens you? How do you see the church? How do you see my family?” Don’t doubt for a moment that He will come and reveal Himself to you when you get close enough to ask.

Jo Ellen Stevens: The Lord said to me, “My people do not stand at the fence just to watch what I am about to do anymore and so they have become cynics while they have endured. They have become the prodigal’s older brother thinking that they have done it all and that I owe them something for it, like an old married couple who have forgotten what it was like to be in love!”

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: Evil can be defined as consciousness not sufficiently oriented toward and focused on G‑d – or, worse, oriented away from or against G‑d. Just as with people, who must undergo a selfish period of childhood in order to develop their sense of self before emerging into the mature, adult world, so must any revelation of Divinity, or any soul, undergo a maturation process before it can descend into the world. Although the soul will mature again during its lifetime as it goes through childhood, etc., this is a second stage of development. Thus, to a certain extent, the character of the individual is already developed during its fetal life.

Russ Walden: This is a time of convergence when the energy and information inherent in My kingdom is determining what happens next in the earth and what happens next even in your life. You are EMPOWERED!

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: The prophet Ezekiel describes, in his vision, angels as “standing straight-legged”. (Ezekiel 1:7) Angels stand humbly like a servant waiting the call of their master, whereas man is called “walking” and hence has the Torah laws – called “halachot”, which literally means “walkings”, to guide him through the mixed spiritual-physical nature of this world. Since the person praying has reached the highest spiritual worlds in his meditative state, it is appropriate for him to behave in the manner of the denizens of that world, not strutting around, but humbly standing before his Master.

Genesis 32:29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him.

Lana Vawser: I heard the Lord say “Many intercessors will see Michael the Arch Angel in the spirit marking out areas to intercede and decree as he battles the principalities unleashing a new level of victory.”

Simcha-Shmuel Treister: He needs to connect with the angels.

Genesis 32:27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.”

Lana Vawser: Intercessors, pay attention to angelic visitations and visions in this season, for new prophetic pathways of intercession will be mapped out to you, as the Lord invites you to see the areas He has assigned Michael the Arch Angel to move into and bring a new level of victory and freedom. Not taking on principalities as the people of God, but agreeing with the decree of God in the areas being “marked and mapped out” and as God’s people pray and decree, angelic hosts went to battle in the agreement of God’s decree bringing the United States into another level of freedom and victory.

Donné Clement Petruska: Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Talitha Arnold: It’s trite, sentimental, overused, and hackneyed. It’s also true.

Russ Walden: It is a day of reformation says the Father.

Isaiah 55:4 See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: The Mixed Multitude thus reflected this idea of premature introduction into holiness. Insecure in their sense of self, they were not ready to abandon it in favor of the truth to which they were being elevated.

Lana Vawser: The sense of the power of prayer surrounded me, the sense of the power of intercession and the shift and turning point that is being ushered into the nation through the prayers of the saints. There was such a strong sense that in this partnership with the Lord to continue to cry out, pray and intercede a whole new level of victory and the unstoppable move of the Holy Spirit would be seen to flood throughout the nation.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: G‑d did not want to accept these unfit converts. [Had they not joined the Jewish people], there would have been no death or exile, as it is written, “[The tablets were the work of G‑d, and the writing was the writing of G‑d,] chiseled on the tablets.” (Ex. 32:16)

Romans 9:4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: True Catholicism is therefore ever ancient and ever new. It is Benedict and Therese–an old man and a little child. It is the wisdom of age and the wisdom of innocence. It is at once a contradiction and a paradoxical complementarity.

Matthew 13:52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Shawn Bolz: When you align with Him, all of a sudden people who are not worthy become worthy to your time.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: Moses, as a leader, should have known that this was the case. But his acceptance of the Mixed Multitude reflected a weakness on his part, an unwarranted tolerance and acceptance of that which is imperfect and unripe, erroneously allowing it to take part in mature, adult life before its time. (Perhaps this over-fascination with the raw, the untamed, and the immature echoes Isaac’s fascination with and preference of Esau over Jacob, as well as modern society’s worship and indulgence of youth at the expense of its reverence and appreciation of the wisdom of age.)

Steve Porter: Many forget the Holy Trinity can be grieved, quenched, and hurt. Will we stop talking long enough to hear the heart of our Father? I’m sure no man can fully understand all His sufferings, and certainly our feeble attempts are very limited, but God takes great delight in those who care enough to ask Him, “How are you doing? What is on your heart right now?” What close intimacy this type of love exchange can offer.

Genesis 32:28 Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.”

Talitha Arnold: Prayer
The eyes of all wait upon you, God. They wait upon us, too. Open our hands and our hearts. Amen.

Matthew 14:19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

Andy Sanders: In modern-day terms, Jesus basically became His own fish and bread soup kitchen that day for the masses. Or, better yet, a glorified fish fry for the entire community. When someone can pull this off, why would they need to ask for an offering after they preach?

Matthew 14:20 And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.

Monk: See? The disciples were fed, too!

Romans 9:5 to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

Matthew 13:48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: This way, Moses reasoned, their unrefined power could be harnessed for holy purposes. Their desire to join the Jewish people seemed to indicate their readiness for this.

Monk: So, where do y’all want the conversation to go, since the core issues still have not been resolved?

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

Brat: I realize there are many issues, but I offer my issue on the altar. As God is my witness, I share the journey per His mandate to me. The Church does not offer sanctuary during the sharing, even though the divine conversation will go on forever.

Monk: (Even Martin Luther had a fortress to hide in when his Pharisees were after him.)

Brat: Not having real sanctuary (versus the lectures on “God is your sanctuary!” and “Love is all you need!” [The Beatles:]) honestly feels like keeping someone on life support, because the family is too selfish to let her go.

Genesis 32:26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.”

Monk: Holy Jesus, the Church has the means and the ability to provide Sanctuary. There are twenty-four elders around Your throne.

Revelation 4:4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.

Monk: In a healthy family the elders are supposed to shepherd the selfish son to try and bring him back to his senses and break him out of his selfishness. That’s what real men who are being MEN are supposed to do! They have the Truth and a clearer picture of the full story. Please help the elders to restore the birthright to the son, who was snatched up to God and to His Throne. (Rev 12:5)



Sacramental Conversation 28 July 17

1 Aug

Working Dates: Friday, July 28, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017

To: Rabbi Tuly Weisz <>

Yehuda Glick <>

From: Kathryn Hauser, Camarillo, CA

Kindly, please respond.

[Yehuda Glick: Out of Office]

[20 pages]

Rabbi Tuly Weisz: Personal Request-help rebuild the Temple with acts of lovingkindness

Yehudah Glick (Member of the Knesset): Be an Ambassador for Jerusalem – the City of Peace

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Tisha B’Av 2017 – When the People are Ready, The Obstacles Dissolve

Rabbi Avi Baumol: In times of great danger, David yearns to escape to the wilderness. At the end of I Samuel 23, having almost met his demise at the hands of SaulDavid flees to a fortresses in Ein Gedi, located in the Judean desert. The desert is a place of solitude and shelter.  Saul will have great difficulty finding David among the cliffs and caves of the Judean desert. Five hundred years later, Jeremiah yearns for a respite from rebuking the nation of Israel in Jerusalem and he also desires to escape to the desert (Jeremiah 9:1). Over a thousand years later, Simon Bar Kokhba flees to the same mountains, and plans his rebellion against the Roman regime controlling the Land of Israel from there. In ancient times, the wilderness was a place in which to disappear. Today, as a result of God’s blessings, it is filled with life.

Matthew Laney: Don’t run. Don’t hide. Don’t refuse the invitation to be fed and healed by grace.

Brat (27 July 17): Leviticus 16: 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.

Poor goat. Saul chases David into the wilderness. The goat bears witness. “In times of great danger, David yearns to escape to the wilderness.” (Rabbi Avi Baumol) At least there your enemies are familiar. Jeremiah needs a break from rebuking Israel, so he runs to the desert. (Jer 9:1) The goat bears witness. Rebels run to the desert. The goat bears witness. Holy hermits seek the desert. The goat bears witness. Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. The goat bears witness. The priest who escorted the goat into the wilderness (Lev 16:21) is now seeking encouragement. What can the goat do but simply bear witness? (Rev 2:13)

To Pergamum: Revelation 2: 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.

Pastor Steve Dittmar: “By grace we are saved through faith and that not of ourselves” the scriptures teach us. It is how we live, are healed and delivered and prosper. By grace through faith…

Yosef Marcus: Through the above teachings, we can gain insight into the verse “And from the desert a gift” (Num. 21:18). The “desert” is described by Jeremiah (2:6) as a place “where no man goes and no human dwells” – alluding to a sublime spiritual place where human experience cannot venture. However, from this desert comes an unearned gift, indeed an unearnable gift, the Torah, which allows man to access the sublime realities that are inherently beyond him.

Revelation 12: 13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.

Sarah Schneider: Belief in Mashiach’s imminent arrival requires us to accept that a discontinuous shift in reality is not only possible, but likely even though the world appears to be moving in the opposite direction. Nuclear armament threatens the planet’s existence; materialism is rampant; morality is crumbling; Jews are assimilating in numbers approaching the Holocaust; economies are collapsing; terrorism is increasing. How could a generation such as this merit the consummate reward of witnessing the redemption?8[1]

Edie Bayer: “But the [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach, Through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized),…” (1 Timothy 4:1-2 AMPC)

Karen Hardin: Again, remember that past miracles become the soil for future miracles and provision when we remember and restate (offer praise) for what God has done in the past. It becomes like a fertilizer that works into the soil of our hearts that nourishes the seed of promise in impossible situations. Why? Because we remember what He has done in the past and that He can and will do it again. We see this as we read in the book of Psalms as King David “encouraged himself in the Lord” as he looked back and reviewed all the things God had done for him in the past.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Protestants deny this sacramental vision. Even the most Catholic of Protestants–the Anglicans and Lutherans–deny the shocking reality of the sacraments inasmuch as their formal theology lessons the degree of belief in this sacramental efficacy. Protestants from a Calvinist and Anabaptist tradition deny it utterly and scarcely practice the sacraments at all–denying any efficacy and insisting that it is no more than a symbol, and sometimes not even that–saying it is simply a “public witness” to God’s spiritual work in their lives.

Brat (in “Temple” 24 July 17): God raised me up from the bowels of the Church. As a sacramental scribe, I am neither Catholic nor Protestant. I don’t fit or belong to either, but my love is strong and pure for Jesus. I am mandated by God to write and He doesn’t have a denomination. He just says to love and share.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: In this context, the opening exclamation, “Does G‑d have friends in heaven?” means that if one could say that G‑d is not Alone in heaven, then one could argue that He is not everywhere, since He has to “share” the world with other beings, but since this is not so, then He must be everywhere, as the Baal Shem Tov says here.

Brat: Then why did Jesus send His angel to the Seven Churches?

Revelation 22: 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Daniel Baer: Lately I’ve been thinking about Genesis 3:9. Adam and Eve have eaten of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and they are hiding in the Garden, and God asks, “Where are you?” It’s the first question God asks of a human being, and the question does not issue from a place of judgment or suspicion but from a place of care and concern. The man is in danger of losing himself to apathy—the attitude that at its root essentially says, “The world doesn’t really matter. The future doesn’t really matter. I don’t really matter.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The Screen – We love the screen. The tablet, the laptop, the PC, the smartphone, the movie theater and the TV. We become addicted to the artificial image, the pretend story, the entertainment and the juice and jazz of the screen. But the screen screens us from reality. Turn off the screen.

Pastor John Tolle: [Humpf…] TV. Some of you are glued to that kingdom for five hours at a time!

Brat: Lord Jesus, I lift up Geppetto to You. All Pinocchio really wants is to be a boy. Loved. No strings attached.

Genesis 29:15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?”

Brat: A safe, quiet place of sanctuary where I can pray and write.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Both the cotton candy Jesus and the cold cruel Jesus are fictions. They are the kind of religious teacher we would make up if we were creating a religious teacher out of our imagination, and we would do so according to our own personality type and the matrix of our particular personalities.

Lana Vawser: For there will be temptations, opportunities, and situations that will ‘glitter and sparkle’ but the Lord is not breathing on some of them. Some will look like God, others will be temptations attempting to lure the soul and flesh of God’s people and I saw both areas masked in such ‘luring beauty and opportunity’ but they were both NOT being released from the heart and hand of God, but rather an attempt of the enemy to LURE and DERAIL God’s people from the rapid acceleration and positioning of God. Listen to the Spirit of God in every circumstance. Seek the heart of God, ask the Holy Spirit for strategy, for insight, for direction and trust where He is leading. Protect the purity by being like Jesus and be only about the Father’s business, doing only what the Father is doing, going only where the Father is going, staying deeply surrendered and anchored into His heart, living in the secret place of the God most high, the place you are protected and always shielded from harm. (Psalm 91)

Sarah Schneider: 1) The first rule is to give space to the voice of our dissatisfaction. Our Tradition requires that of us: a) Our thrice-daily Amida prayer is a litany of lacks and requests. b) At midnight, tzadikim break their sleep to bewail our fallen state. c) And on one whole day of the year (Tisha b’Av), we sit on the floor and mourn our broken lives, fractured people-hood, and ruined Temple. We step into glass-half-empty consciousness and spend the day embracing its (albeit partial) truth.

Pastor John Tolle: I was discouraged the other day. I was lamenting and I sat in my chair for an hour and told God how unfair it was of all the things that have happened to me in my life.

Doug Addison: I like to think of all the hard times I have experienced in my life as situations that have helped train me. I would not like to experience them again, but how else would I know how to help others unless I made it through myself? The reality is that “God is love” (1 John 4:8), and when you understand this part of His character, then you will not doubt God’s motives. You will realize that He loves you no matter what is happening—even when it looks contrary.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: The Book of Lamentations, referring to Jerusalem, reads: “Her impurity is in her hems,”[4][2] meaning her outskirts. Similarly, the hem of our soul refers to its nether reaches—its unconscious layers—the part of ourselves that we haven’t yet faced, partly because our consciousness hasn’t penetrated there, and partly because we’re ashamed of its coarseness and deny its existence.

Matthew 13:49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous

Anna Blake: And worst of all, there is a huge ration of self-loathing that comes along when a rider admits they’re timid. It takes up as much room in a rider’s heart as the fear does. It’s the self-loathing that hurts the most to hear and see in a client. I’m certain horses feel the same.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: But the beast needs its outlets. It must have opportunities to express its carnal self (for example, through sports, political protest, competitions, dancing or the vicarious emotional catharsis of movies, etc). Otherwise its frustration will lead either to depression or to unpredictable outbursts that leave a lot of messy fallout in their wake.

Alane Haynes: “Redress is not for you to impress, but it will be for My express. Do not strive, do not get in the flesh, this is a time to press, press, press. Press through the veil of the eyes of your flesh. Set aside fleshly or soulish desire, you’ve been purged through the baptism of holy fire. It is now time to come up higher.

Tom Rapsas: Sage Advice From the 14th Dalai Lama: Don’t Be a Jerk

Brat: Stop! In this collective story we still have no place where we can say definitively that ‘The Buck Stops Here!’ There is no one to hold the Churches accountable.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: ‘The Pride of Jacob’ was the name of a famous academy of Torah learning in the Land of Israel, also called ‘Yeshivat Eretz Yisrael’, which lasted from the 6th century until the 12th century CE. It began in Tiberias, the center of Jewish intellectual life from the 2nd-10th centuries CE, under the tutelage of Rabbi Judah Nesiah, grandson of Rabbi Judah the Prince. Tiberias was the last stop of the High Court of Israel, called the ‘Sanhedrin,’ which left Jerusalem after it fell to the Romans in 70 CE. It was the home of the Jerusalem Talmud, the diacritics for Hebrew writing, cantillation and many other Jewish intellectual activities. The academy went through many iterations and locations but maintained a strong, central position in Jewish life and scholarship for close to six hundred years.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: In the month of Av, says one of the oldest texts of Kabbalah, Sefer Yetzira, the sense of listening is up for rectification. In the sin of the spies (Num. 15:25-14:10), the princes returned and derided the Land of Israel. We heard their words and took them to heart without discrimination. And why shouldn’t we? The scouts were the elite of their tribes and, like a rabbinical court, they voiced the majority view (10 vs. 2). Yet G‑d expected more from us. He expected us to listen in with ears of faith and hearts attuned to truth by the lights we absorbed at Sinai.

Rick Joyner: Jesus, the apostles, and the prophets disclosed many other such distinctions in Scripture. Some Bible teachers avoid addressing this because many take this to the extreme, or promote a spiritual elitism, but they are nevertheless clearly biblical. As Peter warned about Paul’s teachings, “the untaught and unstable distort” (see II Peter 3:16). This has happened with many truths, but avoiding them has not proven to be a deterrent. Anyone who actually reads the Bible will discover these truths. If they are not taught about them the right way, they will likely embrace them in a wrong way and take them to extremes. If they are in Scripture, they are there to be understood, and we must address them.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The News – We hear a lot about “fake news”. Most of it is fake inasmuch as it is invariably written with a slant. The editors choose what stories are important and which ones are not. The secular news is always written from a foundation of a secular, atheistic viewpoint. We shouldn’t stick our head in the sand, but on the other hand, we can cut back on the amount of “news” we think we need and be critical of the stuff we do read.

Pastor John Tolle: John Wimber called secular, surface Christians “Cosmetic Christians.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The devil hates reality. He loves the superficial appearance, the whirligig of lies, the smoke of confusion, the shadowplay, the drama, the vanity, pomp and show. He loves to entertain us, confuse us and distract us with a whole range of tricks.

Daniel Baer: We are already in a wonderful reality; we have only to see that we are and that we always have been.

Anna Blake: Sit a little taller and remind yourself that you have a noble goal. To collaborate with another species in equality has been the life’s work of élite equestrians and children from the beginning of time. You have a rich heritage.

Karen Hardin: I knew immediately that this was a word for this hour. Our restoration and ability to move forward is contingent upon our obedient action to write down what the Lord has done and said and to pass it on to our families and to others.

Anna Blake: Short of that, just keep chipping away. Make friends with your instincts. Smile more. Reward yourself for small wins. Breathe. Go slow. Show yourself the kindness that you show your horse. Let him carry you to a better self.

Karen Hardin: This is an important action of obedience and a prophetic act for the future. When we don’t write down the miracles and blessings of God’s provision in our lives, they are easily forgotten. Not only can we forget over time, but then they are not passed down to instill faith in our families. Miracles from our past become the soil of miracles for the future.

Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk: To this end it must be added, the destruction of the Temple was not only a national and physical destruction but also a personal and emotional one. The Talmud (Yoma 9b) explains that the First Temple was destroyed because the Jews had degenerated into widespread violations of the prohibitions against idol worship, sexual sins, and wanton bloodshed. During the time of the Second Temple, in spite of the fact that the nation had completely repented for those three cardinal transgressions, they were nevertheless constantly at odds with one another in an endless cycle of unfounded and senseless hatred.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Don’t Go Around in Circles!

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Why?

Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk: Why? Because it is a moment of unity between G‑d and the Jewish people.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: On Tisha B’Av we mourn the loss of our House of Holy Presence (aka Bet HaMikdash), the heart of our people, that turns us from a throng into a higher order unity called Kenesset Yisrael. Without our holy hub it is hard to contain the ricochet of our clashing extremes that produce the causeless hatred that prevents our inner peace. But what is it, really, that we are missing? It is probably not what most assume. Click below for the secret:


Karen Hardin: When Joshua was leading the Israelites to take the Promised Land and they had experienced a miraculous victory, they were given instructions to create a memorial so it could be remembered by future generations.

The Jerusalem Petition: God signed the Jerusalem Covenant, now it is your turn!

Lana Vawser: As we are now crossing over, rather than contending FOR the ground, we are moving into the place where we have TAKEN the ground, TAKEN the land and are now beginning to STEWARD the NEW.

Anna Blake: Most of all, count your blessings.  Common sense is not a tumor to be cut out.  Common sense isn’t a weakness, just as bravado isn’t courage. Think of it as a training aid. Fear is common sense trying to get your attention. Say thank you.

Yehudah Glick (Member of Knesset): Thank you for signing the Jerusalem Covenant

Laibl Wolf: The secret of the sefira of hod lies in acceptance. It takes a heartfelt thank-you and surrender to the Other to activate submission to the greater wisdom of the Creator.

Anna Blake: Word choice matters. We need to understand each other’s instincts for self-preservation because that’s how both species–horses and humans–will flourish.

Toby Keith: “Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses”:

Doug Addison: I turned on the news and heard about another mass shooting in a club, followed by a story of what appeared to be brutal retaliation of police officers on an unarmed person. I had mixed emotions of hopelessness and anger. I cried out to God, asking for a solution and I heard the Holy Spirit say, “What would Jesus do?” Jesus told us that the greatest commandment of all time is to love. I have read these verses many times throughout my life, but one day I noticed that there are actually 3 separate types of love mentioned by Jesus.

House of Destiny: Temple Mount under attack! What is the bigger picture?

Laibl Wolf: By fighting our seeming adversities, the cosmic process of rebalancing invariable results in the rise of even more pressing circumstances that are in truth a corrective mechanism of the Creator. And then war erupts on another front – until we learn the lesson of acceptance. It is more life-enhancing for us to submit our will, not with passive resignation, but in humble acceptance of opportunities as they arise.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: In the face of ongoing Muslim riots surrounding the Temple Mount, several dozen National Religious rabbis sent out a call on Thursday for Jews to ascend to the holiest site in Judaism.

House of Destiny: Jane will be joining the Codebreakers set, as well as Lars Enarson from Jerusalem to provide us the bigger picture, the Biblical perspective, to the rage happening on the streets of Jerusalem. First, comprehend the invisible war in order to understand the visible battle. The Temple Mount is sacred territory, therefore, it is also a target.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: Psalm 56: 2  Be gracious unto me, O God, for man would swallow me up; all the day his fighting oppresseth me.

3  They that lie in wait for me would swallow me up all the day; for they are many that fight against me, O Most High,

4  In the day that I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee.

5  In God–I will praise His word– in God do I trust, I will not be afraid; what can flesh do unto me?

Yosef Marcus: The relationship between the sun and the moon parallels the relationship between G‑d and man on the level of hearing. The divine light is constant and steady like the sun’s; but man, like the moon, is not always a full recipient of that light. He is like a person trying to meet up with a fellow on a roof. He tries one way and finds that it is obstructed; he tries another and finds that he is encumbered by his inadequate gear. He is on the bottom looking up and cannot see the full picture.

Matthew 24: 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: And, of course, one of the most socially sanctioned outlets is to direct its innate aggression toward an enemy (real or imagined) that is trying to harm us. On one hand the enemy poses a threat which legitimizes an aggressive discharge, and on the other hand, it instigates a bonding experience for the group, nation, or even couple that feels besieged. It is well-known (and documented) that a shared enemy exerts a bonding influence upon society. The free-floating aggression of its members gets directed outward, toward the scapegoat, and since the aggression is safely and “honorably” discharged, the people are moved to express their warmth and loyalty to each other.

Brat: Poor goat.

Doug Addison: The second type of love Jesus mentioned is to love your neighbor. He wasn’t talking about just loving the person next door, but learning to show love to others—including those in the car that just cut you off, or those who have different beliefs and values than you. Loving other people means that you are kind, patient and understanding. If everyone would show love, then we would have a world with less war and violent deaths, and even less disease.

Daniel Baer: The challenges facing our country and the world are enormous. I believe any challenge can be met with and overcome with human ingenuity, but the great danger is either the lack of or the unwillingness to exercise foresight. Judas Iscariot did not exercise foresight and, even after the realization of the gravity of his mistake, he lost everything. There is a lesson in this for humankind today. We can hope that we go the way of Paul, whose conversion came not at the end but in the middle of his life; yes, the destruction he caused as persecutor of Christians was real, just as much of the destruction wrought by the human race presently is real, but he turned the situation into one of creation, building, and community. It’s too bad the message of the Book of Revelation is overshadowed by colorful images of the Four Horsemen and Beasts and Dragons. Perhaps the most meaningful single line in that book, found in chapter 21, reads, “The one who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’”

Rick Joyner: Many believe that it is the bride who sits on the throne with the Lord in Revelation 3. This is in contrast to the “great company” that cannot be numbered that stands before the throne in Revelation 7. This is certainly reasonable.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: There is a second ramification we need to consider.   We need to “build up” those who are currently “not wise by human standards, not influential, not of noble birth.”   Why?  Because these are the people that God calls to represent Him in our world!   Rather than beating up the young Moses that makes poor decisions, let’s be the people where others can grow in their faith and if/when they make a mistakes along the way, that we will be honest with them as we build them up-never beating them up.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: My point, now elaborated, is that because of this denial of the sacraments they also deny that art is worthwhile. The most they can do is produce art that is didactic. It must always have a lesson. So I have known Protestant artists who produced very worthy and beautiful artwork, but they always felt they had to attach to it a Biblical caption.

Matthew 13:51 “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.”

Pastor John Tolle: We can parrot scriptures that enflame the dialogue.

Brat: [Downcast eyes. Chew lip.]

Yosef Marcus: On its deepest level, the difference between sight and hearing is the difference between the perception of a true artist and that of an amateur.

Anna Blake: In my experience, hard feelings grow in the dark. Most of us have some time or place that the boogey man threatens us. I won’t say ignore him; there’s usually a spark of truth there. You should be cautious about monsters under the bed (lock the house, be careful in parking lots, and yes, monitor the dangers of riding.) Part of that common sense is an instinct for self-preservation. Like a horse.

Quinn G. Caldwell: Fictional revenge is satisfying. Superhero justice is cathartic. But if Esau had stooped to my calling instead of rising to God’s, the world might never have met its savior.

God: I can’t come through when you have your way.

Jennifer LeClaire: Jonah prophets think their way is better than God’s way.

Baal Shem Tov: Struck with a Sledgehammer During Prayer

Laibl Wolf: To surrender to life’s exigencies does not mean that one meekly turns the other cheek. On the contrary, it means that we engage in life fully, that we ride the rhythms of life and sing to the cosmic winds. Choosing our battles carefully enables us to see the forest as well as the trees. We become open to the signposts that direct our own tentative steps.

Anna Blake: At the same time, it’s incredibly powerful to drag your boogey man out into the daylight. The first time you admit that you’re timid, your voice might quiver a bit but right after that, your heart starts beating again. Your jeans feel like you’ve lost weight. And you have.

Yosef Marcus: But that was not what G‑d had in mind. The people were not to enter the Land on Moses’ level, but rather on Joshua’s level. Like the face of the moon, they would constantly struggle to align themselves with the Divine Light.

Edie Bayer: However, notice in the dream that the horse does not go off the mountain completely – only the rider. God’s word stands forever in heaven!

Pastor John Tolle: We wanna argue with God.

Brat: Personally speaking, I don’t have a problem arguing with God. It’s man that I have a problem arguing with.

Anna Blake: Riders get told to relax because horses can read our emotions. It’s true but humans who listen with their eyes read them, too. It doesn’t matter what you think intellectually, how much experience you have with horses, or what you should have done. Act timid or act with bravado, but you aren’t fooling us, so why not admit it out loud?

Karen Hardin: Why is this action so important? Because it prophetically launches something into the spirit realm and takes the supernatural and pulls it into the natural. It establishes His promise of what He has spoken (see Habakkuk 2:1-3).

Anna Blake The Print Version: Dysfunctional Fetching and an Anniversary

Eeyore: Here ~ we ~ go ~ again…!

Pastor John Tolle: Then I said to myself, “Why is the dog cowering?” He was a rescue dog. Most likely he was beaten. He wasn’t born cowering. He’s like a kid. Kids trust people…[until]…

Anna Blake: Ever think about where courage comes from? It isn’t born of arrogance and success. It’s purchased, one drop at a time, by internal moments of persistence in the face of challenge.

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus perspired drops of blood. His capillaries burst. He had no desire to die! It was agony for Him to say, “Not my will, but Yours, Father!”

Alane Haynes: I hear the Lord say, “Press through the veil of the flesh and the soul, be positioned to receive full measure, in whole. This is a time of pressing through. I have much I am going to do. I am sending the more to you.

Matthew 13:33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

Brat: Three measures of Christians, Jews, and the Company of Prophets, who know the Kingdom of Heaven within their beings. Jesus shared of Himself with each of them.

Rick Joyner: This subject deserves a book, but we can only address it in a cursory way in this study. It is apparent that the “end of the times of the Gentiles” marks the end of this calling, when the bride is complete and this high calling is closed. Because it seems that we are in this time between the sounding of the sixth and seventh angels, we have no time to waste in running this race. This is by far the most important event at the end of the age. When this race has been concluded, we can expect the end of the age to be wrapped up quickly.

Emily C. Heath: If you’re like me, Scripture passages about war and armor are difficult. I don’t like the idea of violence. I don’t want to encourage militaristic ways of looking at the world, and I especially don’t want to perpetuate some idea that Christians need to arm ourselves against others. Every time I read this Scripture, though, I wrestle between these fears and something else: hope.

Yosef Marcus: The true artist works differently. He sees the essence of a scene, he finds its soul and core of being; the details flow from there.

Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber: So, is there hope for us?

Anna Blake: Share your feelings. Notice that the rest of us are just like you and let go of the self-loathing part. Besides, a boogey man doesn’t have a chance in the broad daylight with a bunch of middle-aged women glaring at him.

(In “Rat Again!”) Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:38 am             Journal: Parked at work. I stopped by my first solitude spot on my way here. Once again I saw a rat dart through the drainage hole in the abandoned library patio wall. This rat was smaller than the first one, but still a RAT. The tail was long enough to tell me that it was an adult rat. Just as I uttered the words, “Oh no! Not again!” a huge flock of crows flew silently overhead. I felt a chill crawl up my spine in the summer heat. Lord, this is the second time with a rat here. Two represents closure. Nip this cycle in the bud!

Genesis 29:25 When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”

Pastor John Tolle: You can be caught up in any system.

Baal Shem Tov: “Does G‑d have any friends in heaven? If he is unable to concentrate the first time,” he answered him, “He is struck with a sledgehammer until he is able to concentrate.” (Berachot 33a-34b)

Alane Haynes: “This is not a time to doubt and fear, not the time to stay in the rear. This is the time, listen and hear. I am calling for you to come near. Walk through the door, do not hesitate. I have prepared the table, do not be late. Keep your heart pure and your gaze steady. Come to the table that is being made ready.”

Revelation 19: 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God

Karen Hardin: When God gives us a revelation and we write it down, it becomes our road map. It is important that we go back often to make sure we are on target. When we don’t write it down, we can lose part of that vision/revelation. We are told to keep in our minds and heart what He has said. We are to meditate on the Word and keep it in our heart. How can we do that if we haven’t taken the time to write it down? We then are progressing without a road map.

Brat (in “Rat Again!” 29 July 17): Lord, I need some mercy here! If You want me to complete my assignments, then I need You to step in and help me finish them. And it’s hot! Thank You for the cool breeze! You’ve brought me to a place in the journey again where I need a cool space to sit with You AND to go home and work on the computer to write where this sacramental conversation is going. If You want the looping to stop, then I need Your mercy to step in, so I have the time and space to write it up. Scribes need this. I lay myself at Your feet again and worship You.

Genesis 29:26 Laban said, “This is not done in our country–giving the younger before the firstborn.

Anna Blake: I’m not saying I’m just like that cattle dog. Actually, I’m more like a donkey. But I do take Spam’s point. Don’t live on a loop; life doesn’t work that way. One thing should lead to another and it might be something that you can’t see from [where] you’re standing.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Standing on My Head

Vince Amlin: “Why don’t you try it without something written down,” she suggested.

Anna Blake: Well, words matter. I’m going to go back and do some editing before we continue.

Yosef Marcus: In our divine worship we have these two levels: man reaching out to G‑d and G‑d reaching out to man. In prayer, we reach out to G‑d; we attempt to transcend our material orientation and cleave to the divine reality. Through Torah study, on the other hand, G‑d reaches out to man, and the divine reality is revealed to him without his having to pull himself upward.

Sarah Schneider: 2) The second rule is to know with the certainty of faith that success is truly an option that if Mashiach could come today and we would still be able to fulfill our personal and collective missions, then he will come today, and nothing could hold him back. There is only one reason that Mashiach will not appear this year on Tisha b’Av (or any other “today”), and that is if his arrival would (inadvertently) prevent the actualization of some potential that must occur for Creation’s purpose to succeed. (Mashiach will come. That is not in question. But whether he will come today is based on the factors mentioned.)

Edie Bayer: His authority is a vehicle, to be used by permission with wisdom and discernment, given to those whom He chooses. He may allow others to use it for a season – but eventually, wrong doctrine and lies are the doctrine of demons, and God cannot allow it forever. As my mother always says, “God cannot bless Sin!”

Yosef Marcus: It was this perspective that he wished to impart to his people when he asked G‑d permission to see the Land and thereby bestow that vision upon it. So even after he was told that Joshua would lead them into the Land, he still wished to enter the Land and see it for this purpose. In the end, he was only allowed to see it from afar, which also had a great affect on the people but not the same as if he would have seen it up close.

Sarah Schneider: 4) Rule four is to dance back and forth between the aching (of #1) and the acceptance (of #3), all the while keeping the faith-vision (of #2) as a steady background presence. This is the secret of chashmal5 [[4]]– the kabbalistic technique of embracing paradox by oscillating between contrary truths, which, in this case, are longing and acceptance, though on Tisha b’Av we emphasize the longing (and the pain which prompts it), whereas on Shabbat we emphasize the opposite pole of acceptance.6[[5]]

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: False Religion – Any religion that is contrary to reality is false religion. Any religion that is contrary to common sense is false religion. Any religion that condones hypocrisy and humbug is false religion. Any religion that treats people badly while pretending to love God is false religion. Satan loves false religion more than extreme decadence.

Genesis 29:27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.”

Brat: My Master is Jesus. One cannot serve two masters.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Tom Rapsas: Don’t bully. Don’t belittle. Don’t be petty. Don’t be mean. Don’t yell or shout. Don’t be rude. Control your anger. Be considerate. Be friendly. Be helpful. Be kind. Encourage. Inspire. Treat others as you yourself would want to be treated. Do good. Don’t be a jerk. BE A HUMAN BEING.

Quinn G. Caldwell: Every time I read the story of Jacob and Esau, I’m struck again by how much Jacob. totally. sucks. Like, a lot. Esau, the older brother, is supposed to receive the position of head of the family, plus a special blessing, from their father. Jacob, the younger brother, forces Esau into giving up his birthright by withholding food when he’s starving. Then Jacob tricks their elderly, blind, confused father into giving him the special blessing reserved for elder sons, leaving only a paltry left-over blessing for Esau. These are weighty matters in the world of the story, and Esau is brokenhearted. He vows to kill Jacob.

Pastor John Tolle: There’s a war going on. We can make it political, but if you think that, you lose. You cannot choose two masters. If you choose that realm, you choose to be in charge. It’s not political and religious. Jesus fought with that.

Sarah Schneider: Yet this dance only works if we embrace each viewpoint fully when we stand in its shoes at that moment it becomes the whole truth. Yet like a propeller that spins so fast it appears still, this alternation of perspectives produces a gestalt that jiggles the mind open to higher truths. It is not just a mental exercise, but a spiritual practice.

Doug Addison: The third type of love that Jesus mentioned is to love yourself. Most people miss this one when reading this verse. But it is so important for us to love ourselves. People who don’t understand this suffer from low self-esteem. Then there are others who love themselves too much and lack humility or become prideful. Like everything, there needs to be a balance.

Monk: Lord? Where are You leading?

Yosef Marcus: While the sun seems to know where it is going, the moon does not….

Revelation 12:1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

Yosef Marcus: Among the differences between the sun and the moon is that the light and the path of the sun is constant; it experiences no change. “The sun knows its destination” (Psalms 104:19). The Talmud comments that while the sun seems to know where it is going, the moon does not. Its orbit is irregular and erratic in comparison to the relatively steady cycle of the sun. (Rosh Hashanah 25a)

Pastor John Tolle: Have you asked the Lord to teach you to pray?

Brat (in “Rat Again!” 29 July 17): I need more quality time to sit with You, God, and the two pieces I have going concurrently (“Temple” and “Sacramental Conversation”) and I want to finish them. The Great THEY say I should go about my regular day doing my regular things, but I find that I am getting crunched more and more. I need time and space to do my assignment, but Satan seems to be working overtime in stretching me to the limit. I need to give myself time to grieve Keith’s, Jay’s, and Pat (Clark’s) deaths. I can’t rush that. I still have to go to work. I still have to eat, sleep, and shower. I still need to be there for friends. I still need down time to listen to You, God!

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Our test today is to not be drawn in by voices that claim authority but do not embody the truth of Torah.

Brat: He was talking about the political versus the spiritual kingdoms. In Matthew 6:24 Jesus was comparing the spiritual versus the kingdom of Mammon. I have no resources. I only have the collective story of our journey together over the decades. That’s my dowry.

David Slavin: Know, that all of the sin of Adam, the physical existence, it’s actions and pleasures – all stem from the primordial snake. For through the Sin, they became physical, after being spiritual with an intellectual connection to the wisdom of G‑d. Therefore a wise person who pushes off all lusts and only partakes of the material world his bare necessities [without intention for the pleasures involved], will not be infected by physical impurity, as well as ailments of the physical nature. The only cause of his death stems from the poison of the Snake, that has been transferred down to him from the sin of Adam, not his own shortcomings. Nonetheless, those people who indulge in the pleasures of this world and its lusts add to the poison of the Snake. It’s as if they are renewing within themselves the sin of Adam. Therefore they die their own deaths.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Please HaShem, help us to find our center, both individually and collectively, the place that can hold all the disparate parts of ourselves in grace and joy and peace and love, the place that can hold your mashiach and draw his revelation into the world NOW.

Edie Bayer: There are those who have somehow illegally gotten to this place of prominence. They have entered by another door.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1 ESV).

Brat: I knocked, but they didn’t open the door.

Matthew Laney: Have you ever knocked on someone’s door and hoped they wouldn’t answer? Or called someone and prayed they wouldn’t pick up? Maybe that’s why we like email and texting. We can communicate and hide at the same time.

Yosef Marcus: The amateur is an outsider. The true artist enters inside the scene and conveys that perspective. So when you look at his painting you do not see a reproduction of the external details; you see the life and soul of the scene.

Matthew Laney: Peter had good reason to hide. If Jesus was dead, all Peter had to face was his guilt for being a disaster of a disciple, If Jesus was alive, Peter had to face Jesus.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: Constantly on the run in a very small Israelite kingdom, David does the irrational; he escapes to the Philistine city of Gath (I Samuel 21 11-16). The Philistines were the main enemy of the Israelites at the time, and David himself had slain Goliath who was from the same city. How does David survive when the advisers of the king Achish (also called Abimelech in Psalm 34:1) reveal that this is the same David who killed Philistines by the thousands? David feigns insanity. He dances uncontrollably, foams at the mouth and sputters unintelligible words. His behavior leads the king of Gath to make his famous statement “Do I lack madmen, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence?” (I Samuel 21:26). He lets David free, and David responds to this near-death experience in the best way he knows how; with a psalm of gratitude to the Lord.

Jennifer LeClaire: Let’s pray for the Jonah prophets, showing them the mercy they are trying so hard to withhold from the nation. Let’s stand in the gap for the Jonah prophets who are blinded by their own bitterness. Let’s cry out on behalf of the Jonah prophets, petitioning God to help them step into their true calling, refusing to filter what He is saying through the anger in their own hearts. Let’s move in the opposite spirit of the Jonah prophets and bless those who are cursing our nation.

Yosef Marcus: The teacher, on the other hand, comes from the perspective where the soul of the concept is clear in his mind. He does not need the mathematical evidence to make the point real; it is real to him because he knows its essence. He provides the anecdotes and the details for the student. The idea does not flow from the details but to the details.

Jennifer LeClaire: Jonah prophets are self-centered drama queens.

Pastor John Tolle: Kids are trusting and vulnerable. They put faith in people until that trust is broken.

Brat: I know how they feel.

Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber: How can we be healed?

Anna Blake: Something bad happened. The details don’t need to be repeated for me to understand. It doesn’t matter whose fault it was; whether it was you or your horse. Excuses don’t help and emotions are rarely swayed by logic. Your trust has been broken.

Brat: Yup. Can’t argue that.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: The Torah informs us that these brutish impurities, banished to the outer edge of our psyche are the wild beasts that HaShem is concerned about, that need to be kept in check by, strangely, keeping enemies around until we are ready, really ready, to be done with them.

Daniel Baer: But when a Deeper Voice asks each one of us, “Where are you?” the question conveys a definitive statement: “You do matter, and We need you to turn toward the world, to engage the world, to renew the world.”

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: G‑d wants tzadikim who are honorable in their dealings with the mundane world.

Brat: Yes! This is TRUE!

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: OK, but what I was digging at was something deeper, and that is not so much whether there are some good Protestant artists or whether the Anglicans and Lutherans have sacraments or not, but what constitutes a sacramental world view. Catholics have this. Protestants do not.

Anna Blake: I used to fight the curve ball, not that it did any good. I play the game differently now. When life throws something out in front of me, I chase out a good distance but once I get there, I expect to veer off course and then try to act like it was my idea all along. Call it grace. Sometimes losing direction is just taking an alternate route.

Deuteronomy 1: 23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe. 24 They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshkol and explored it. 25 Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the Lord our God is giving us.”

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: In chapter 3 [of Exodus] we see, “Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.’ ” But when he gets over to the bush … now he thinks it’s his idea by the way … he says, “Oh, I will turn aside from my ordinary routines. I will go look at this strange sight. This is odd, a bush that’s burning.”

Laibl Wolf: Do we really know what is around the corner? Can we really decide in advance whether an occurrence is going to bring benefit or cause harm? Our only realistic alternative is to remain curious and open, to accept the moment as it arises and follow its development. Adopting a stance of natural curiosity and visualizing a positive outcome raises our tolerance for discomfort. The basis of hod allows the creation of a neutral and accepting stance and the manifestation of a more positive disposition.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The sacramental vision of Catholicism simply extends this to baptism, matrimony, ordination, confirmation, confession and anointing of the sick. God comes to us in and through water, oil, fire, the marital kiss, the laying on of hands and more. Sacramentals are the more and in a lesser way we say he comes in and through the statue, the icon, the painting, the scapular, the holy medal, the breviary, the book, the bell, the candle and the cross.

Anna Blake: “Really, is this the whole game? Seems obtuse and repetitive to me.” 

Pastor John Tolle: The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. They observed His life. His life was not normal. He had a habit of prayer. It was not ritual or form. Those don’t come from the soul. They are memory aids. Talk to Him from the depths of your being. The disciples watched Him.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: The Baal Shem Tov taught:
The question still remains. Perhaps this person wants to repeat the verse because he was unable to concentrate the first time, and now he wants to fulfill his obligation and recite it with concentration. Furthermore, why does Rabbi Ze’ira only speak about someone who repeated the Shema Yisrael, and not about any other verse in the Shema prayer, or any other verse, for that matter?

Shema Yisrael: Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One.

Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

Doug Addison: In John 13:34-35 (and again in 15:12-14), Jesus gave His disciples a new command, “…that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” This small command to love has somehow been long overlooked and needs to be put into practice. To love others as God has loved us is the very resurrection power and revelation that will truly transform our lives and change the world.

Pastor John Tolle: John the Baptist taught repentance. If you want blessings, you must allow God to be in charge of your life.

Sarah Schneider: 3) Rule three, is to accept the present circumstance unconditionally, knowing that “everything G‑d does is for good.” (Berachot 60b) Without a doubt, this is the gentlest way that could possibly be devised to bring about a necessary tikun. And the upshot of every tikun is expanded awareness and that (i.e. growing consciousness) is the only true and enduring pleasure. The new increment of awareness that became available in this (imperfect) moment will actually produce more joy, peace and soul-satisfaction, then the blessing for which we yearned.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: This can be understood by comprehending what it means to accept the yoke of heaven. A person should believe that G‑d’s glory fills all worlds, and that there is nothing in which He does not exist. Thus, G‑d’s existence is inherent in all of man’s thoughts, and each and every human thought is a complete spiritual structure on its own. Hence, when an untoward thought arises in one’s mind during prayer, it arises so that he rectifies it and raises it back to its Source. If one does not believe this, then one has not fully accepted the yoke of heaven, for he is placing a limit on G‑d’s existence.

Vince Amlin: “I hate the Prayers of the People,” I confessed to my co-pastor.

Anna Blake: And while we’re being honest, one more bit of sideways truth. However it happened that your trust was damaged, it wasn’t that you lost control of your horse. You never had control. As a recovering Type-A who thought she could steer her horse, and the rest of her life, to brilliant happiness, I feel qualified to say the sooner we get over thinking we can even control our hair, the better we’ll be.

Brat: [Whew!]

K.D. Lang: “Pullin’ Back the Reins” []

Laibl Wolf: Chasidut teaches us that two basic guidelines affect our course in life: The first lies in our gifts – the special qualities that distinguish each of us from the other. The second is the constellation of events around us, over which we have no control. The Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chasidut, teaches us that these are divinely ordained to provide us with the optimal stage upon which to express our life’s role. But we fight these events. We seek to control them through our limited wisdom, although we may in fact be doing ourselves a grave disservice.

Karen Hardin: There are many reading this who have heard the Lord speak to you to, “Write it down.” When we write something down it takes something that was just a thought, and when we commit it to paper it is like bringing it from the supernatural into the natural realm.

Vince Amlin: To be clear, I didn’t hate people’s prayers. I hated leading that part of the service. Each week I’d write what I thought was a decent prayer and work in the joys and concerns folks raised. But it always felt disconnected. My words sounded wooden.

Karen Hardin: As I was praying one morning the Lord led me to this verse, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring My people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 30:2-4)

Vince Amlin: Each week, as the nausea overtakes me, I hope I’m practicing my nonresistance. I hope to be ready when the Spirit speaks in me.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: What is “reality”? Reality is what is. Reality is the way things are in the natural world. Reality is the way we were created. Reality is the destiny God has in store for us. Reality is humble. Reality is down to earth. Reality is simple. Reality is true, beautiful and good.

Vince Amlin: Prayer
Hey there God, uh…um, a little help here?

Pastor John Tolle: I’ve been working with someone who tends to forget they are a child of God. They look in the mirror and think they are not good enough and that God is displeased with them. Because they believe that, they are like a roller coaster: up one minute and in the Valley of Death the next. They believe the lie that God has disowned them.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Self-righteousness – Believing we’re good enough just as we are is not real. God loves us just as we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way

Brat: Have you been talking to Pastor John Tolle?

Anna Blake: Then forgive yourself. We are our own worst enemy and holding a grudge against our own instincts is crazy-making. Show your heart some tolerance and ask your brain to rest. Leave the trash talk to others.

Vince Amlin: The Holy Spirit is a famous supplier of words, especially when we think we have none. She’s always been good to me. But I have to listen. I have to connect.

Sarah Schneider: If, as Tradition maintains, Mashiach is to reflect the spiritual level of the generation, then only an era free of sin and devoted to God should merit redemption. Although our generation does not seem to meet that standard, nevertheless, there is an invisible reservoir of merit and consciousness that grows fuller with each day. And at some critical point, which could be the next person who gives charity, or walks into yeshiva, or apologizes to his neighbor, or chooses the high road…at that critical point…the scale will tip and the whole nature of reality will shift tracks. People will feel compelled from within to seek G‑d and truth and Torah with the same passion that they are now pursuing money, fame and power. At that point the era of mashiach will begin…as a discontinuous shift in our socio-cultural reality.

Vince Amlin: Extemporaneous public prayer. The thought made me want to puke. I know, your ministers do it regularly and with ease. Good for them! I like to have my script in front of me. I want to choose my words carefully, get my thoughts clear, edit and revise. That’s why I write for the Daily Devotional!

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Instead when we read the whole gospel we encounter an authentic, fascinating, well rounded and mysterious person. When we read the whole gospel the unique authenticity of Jesus is what impresses more than almost anything else.

Yosef Marcus: This level will reach its apex in the Messianic era when G‑d promises that the light of the moon will shine like that of the sun. (Isaiah 30:26) Man’s relationship with G‑d will no longer hinge upon his own actions. The divine light will shine without a shield and “they will see with their own eyes as G‑d returns to Zion” (Isaiah 52:8).

Vince Amlin: The next Sunday, as I descended the chancel stairs, I looked around for the closest vessel to hurl into. What stupid things was I about to say? How awkward would my pauses be? Would I find words at all?

Tom Rapsas: This is never truer than when you are in a position of power.

Pastor John Tolle: God, You’re in charge. You are the King-in-Residence in my life.

Edie Bayer: The next generation reformation team is here. They ruthlessly chase truth. Nothing but Jesus will do. Their eyes are closed to falsehood and their ears open only to His voice. Their authority and anointing is so far beyond what we have seen to date! It will be the Church of Acts all over again!

Sarah Schneider: Let the power of our collective longing, visioning (and accepting) this Tisha b’Av tip the scale and initiate the quantum shift into growth-through-joy that is the messianic signature and promise.

Pastor John Tolle: If you wait an hour to respond, then that’s not living by faith. You live by the renewing of your mind. Your mind does not operate on the Spirit’s wavelength.

Tom Rapsas: I’m not sure when I first jotted down the list below and Google was not a big help in determining its origin. The important thing is the simple point it makes. We need to THINK before we speak, text or email. Whether you’re talking to friends or family, chatting with co-workers, or engaging in any exchange with another, you should ask yourself the following questions before you communicate:

T – Is this true?

H – Is this helpful?

I – Is this inspiring?

N – Is this necessary?

K – Is this kind?

Pastor John Tolle: Most Christians don’t ask questions.

Vince Amlin: I also listened harder than I had been and connected more deeply to my neighbors and to God. And stopped hating the Prayers of the People.

Sarah Schneider: The question becomes: How do we hope for Mashiach with certain faith that he REALLY could materialize at any moment, weeping for the sorry state of our reality without him, and yet also find a way to embrace our present moment (despite his no-show) with unconditional acceptance. This becomes the prototype of how to process all of our longings both personal and collective in a way that does not exhaust the heart and produce despair.4 [6]

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus goes to the Father. To return from His mission. He came to disrupt and destroy the works of the devil. To bring order back into the chaos. To do the same thing through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost. Jesus breathed on them. The Spirit was poured out on all believers. There is some confusion. They think the Holy Spirit is only able to save, but not to do great things through us. The Father brings us to Himself. We’re drawn by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convinced us that Jesus is the Messiah and convicted us of our own sinfulness.

Sarah Schneider: The soul of Mashiach has two dimensions. One is the enlightenment that all of creation will enjoy; and one is that there will be an individual (or a couple) that will master mind and master heart this giant planetary-scale project of coordinating all of humanity into a single, smoothly operating organism, that will run as efficiently as a person’s body. According to Kabbala, all of humanity, actually all of creation, is really a single partzuf, a single Adam. In fact, one main feature of messianic consciousness is a greater awareness of our oneness in this regard. The distinguishing feature of this individual (or couple) is that he become the point of entry for the soul of Mashiach. The highest tip of our world contacts the lowest toenails of the hovering soul of Mashiach, and the highest tip of our world is the person Mashiach.

Matthew 13:52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Tom Rapsas: In other words, we need to THINK before we act, consider the repercussions of what we’re doing and saying to the person or people we’re communicating with, regardless of our station in life—and this includes (if you live in America) the highest office holder in our land. What we do, when we are in power, ultimately inspires and encourages those around us to act in kind, for better or for worse.

Anna Blake: Forgive your horse. He responded by instinct; he didn’t betray you or want to hurt you. Forgive him because holding a grudge doesn’t work. Breathe and forgive him again. Feels good, doesn’t it?

Shema Yisrael: Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One.

Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: Thus, the person who repeated the Shema prayer because he had an untoward thought the first time. But had he known that even in that untoward thought he could have found G‑d, he would not have had to repeat the verse. And this is what the Talmud alludes to by being struck with a sledgehammer:1 The thoughts themselves are striking the person like a sledgehammer so that he rectify them and elevate them, so why should he repeat the Shema, which would imply that G‑d could not be found in his first recitation. By doing so, he places a limit on G‑d’s existence, and in the acceptance of the yoke of heaven, which is why he must be silenced.2

Rick Joyner: Revelation 10:4 When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things that the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.”

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: However, sometimes there are thoughts that one must push aside. The question is, then, how is one to know which to push aside and which to elevate? The answer to that is that one should take note if when the untoward thought arises in one’s mind, if a corresponding thought of how to rectify and elevate it arises simultaneously in one’s mind, then one should work with that thought to elevate it. However, if the thought of rectifying and elevating the untoward thought does not arise in one’s mind, then the untoward thought was probably sent to him simply to confuse him and distract him from his prayers. In that case, one may push the thought aside, following the rule, “If someone is pursuing you to kill you, you may kill him first.” (Talmud Berachot 58a)

1 Samuel 24:The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

Lubavitcher Rebbe: “There is a straightforward answer in the last teaching in Pirkei Avot (“Ethics of our Fathers”, a tractate of Mishna). Everything that G-d created in His world He created for the purpose of honoring Him. We are supposed to use everything to honor G-d, by using it to fulfill a commandment or to accomplish some other positive action. This is what we find in the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov – that everything a person sees or hears should be utilized for serving G-d.”

1 Samuel 24:Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

Brat: For ten years I have been asking clergy for a safe place in which to pray and write. That goes beyond all denominations and religions. It arc’s to love.

Anna Blake: You’ve got that. It’s holding to a truth about yourself. And then horses. In the process, keep your love just an inch bigger than your common sense and you’ll be fine.

Brat: Thank you.

Daniel Baer: But isn’t this what we were invited to do all along: to renew ourselves? and in so doing, to renew the world?

Anna Blake: The problem isn’t that we have common sense, it’s that we love horses and aren’t giving them up. Now what?

Karen Hardin: Have you written a memorial of what God has done in your life? Are you passing that on to others? God said, “Write the vision and make it plain so that others can run with it” (see Habakkuk 2:2). Did you know that God has a book of remembrance (see Malachi 3:16-18)? If He does, shouldn’t we?

Brat: I have been writing it. And sharing it. And I get more silence.

Pastor John Tolle: YOU are His angel on this planet for His kingdom!

Revelation 10:Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”

Brat: Who will take the scroll in an honest and upright fashion this time?

[1] 8.Actually the Gemara (Sanhedrin 97a,b) teaches that, surprisingly, these are signs of Mashiach’s immanent arrival, and also serve, in their own backhanded way, to hasten his coming. As the Chofetz Chaim explains, one reason for this lengthy exile is to increase merit to Israel for believing and waiting for such a long time. Yet when it starts having the opposite effect, and people begin to lose faith from the long dark night of exile, G‑d will hasten the redemption for it has stopped serving its purpose. (Chofetz Chaim, Tsipita L’Yeshua.)

[2] [4]טֻמְאָתָהּ בְּשׁוּלֶיה”.”


[4] 5. A word that appears in Ezekiel’s vision and that is built from two paradoxical subroots: chash which means silence, and mal which means speech. Together they produce chashmal (which became the modern Hebrew word for ‘electricity’), an oscillating current that vibrates back and forth between an electric wave then a magnetic wave many times a second and this produces the phenomenon we call electromagnetism (i.e. chashmal).

[5] 6. Like a tennis player that hops from foot to foot and thus stays ever ready for the moment’s call, be it a forehand to the right, or backhand to the left. So the dance (and vibration) of chashmal which happens, ideally, within every moment, readies us to emphasize longing, if that is the task at hand, like on Tisha B’Av, or acceptance, if that is the task at hand, like for example, on Shabbos (where the consciousness of the day is “All your work is done.”

[6] 4.Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Prov. 13:12)