Wedding Robe 9 Oct 17

11 Oct

Working Dates: Monday, October 9, 2017 to Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Matthew 22:2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

International Christian Embassy Jerusalem: Don’t miss Israeli night at the Feast of Tabernacles

David Suissa: Bumping Into Voices

Matthew 22:12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless.

Brat: The Wedding Robe is TRUTH. That’s the last thing the Funny Bunnies want! Not real, honest, truth. They want the truth that uses the crowd for cover. [Ref: Tony Robinson]

John 18: 38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

Steve Shultz: In Christ, those of us who have received Jesus, have a robe of righteousness on us. We should walk in agreement with God and all of Heaven—that Heaven has never stopped going after sinners to see them saved.

Romans 2: Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.

Matthew 22:10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Meir Michel Abehsera: On Saturday night, it is quite visible that the guests experience change the moment they enter the house. However, no transmutation will really begin to take place before the food is served. The animation of the voices generates enough warmth to fecundate the most sterile of thought. The multitude of bodies produces more than enough pressure to wring out bothersome ruminations. The heart is jolted by Chasidic chanting. Music, which usually follows, tears all worries apart. But nothing appears more catalyzing than dance, when every remnant of pain – that of dancer and onlookers alike – is shaken off with each change of cadence. The highlight of the celebration, however, will take place in the calm before dawn, when most people have left. By then everyone is weary. Words are few and the movements slow. Silence prevails in spite of the resonance of voices or the fracas of pots being washed. Not even the dissonant chords played by dilettante musicians are able to disrupt the quiescence of the moment. At this stage, incidental noises are put at the service of silence to give it a new depth. Thus nested, thought is given to witness how the passing of time has fulfilled the night’s promises – the cycle of transmutations is virtually completed – and that subsequently, the slowest of metabolism has benefited as well. At any moment, all this abundance of human exchange ignites time, which shoots back far into the past, to redeem it. The past, in turn, redeems the present. Creation has just begun.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Seeing how problems were resolved in the past can offer clues to the solutions which seem intractable in our day.

Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: Pesach and Shavuot denote historic events which had already taken place and had been experienced by the people whom Moses addressed. At the time of the first Sukkot festival, in contrast, the events being celebrated had not taken place yet.

John E. Thomas: Do you remember the last wedding invitation you received? Most come with the request to RSVP, which means “please respond”. The person who sent you the invitation would like to know in advance if you are going to attend their event.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: PLEASE RESPOND

Matthew 22:3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.

John E. Thomas: In a similar way, dreams are invitations from God with “please respond” written on them. We get to do more than just ignore our dreams or feel confused, frustrated or entertained by them—we get to respond to the invitations God is giving us.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Shortly after, he fell asleep in the carriage, and it was revealed to him that he had assumed correctly. The two “men” were the angels Raphael and Gabriel, and his interpretation was also correct.

Brat: [Whew! At least I got THAT one right! Thank you! How’s a girl to know these things?! Now I know. What a relief!]

Pastor John Tolle: We often misinterpret comments. We hear a different way. Sometimes that can be incredibly dangerous. We interpret through our own lenses. Interpret through the Word of God, because the Word will not change!!

Brat: How did you respond?

Rumi: “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”

Holly Watson: The plumbline for testing a prophetic Word is the Word of God. The testimony of Jesus Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy (Revelation 19:10). If it doesn’t sound like Jesus, look like Jesus, and carry the attributes of Jesus; it’s not the Word of the Lord. Every prophetic Word should be measured through the Word of God to discern the spirit behind the Word in which it was given (Hebrews 5:14). It’s crucial that we recognize the true from the false; hold fast to the truth, and let the false fall by the wayside. A personal prophetic Word is most always confirmation to what God has already spoken to us in private. A corporate prophetic Word is confirmed by the company of two or three witnesses (2 Cor. 13:1).

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Here I can say that in many ways the mysteries of the gospel bring alive Christ’s victory over Satan and by praying the rosary we can apply those victories against Satan’s work in the world.

`Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Rebbe Shmelke guessed that these two ‘men’ were actually the angels Raphael and Gabriel. They came down from heaven, to help him complete the blessing properly. After he climbed back in the carriage, he thought to explain what had happened with the phrase we say during the Days of Awe: ”V’hu echad umi yashivenu / When one is alone, who will answer [‘Amen’ to his brachos]?…Vnafsho ivata / but his soul desires [and yearns for someone to answer Amen… Then] vaya’asnorah / one should do something awesome…v’kadosh / and holy” angels of heaven answer Amen to his blessing. (Rosh Hashanah liturgy, based on Job 23:13)

Romans 2: So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?

Jennifer Brownell: God Has Already Chosen. Now It’s Your Turn.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Then, while still holding my arm, he slowly and carefully enunciated the forty-four word asher yatzar blessing!

Rabbi Avraham Dov Auerbach of Avritch (in “RE: Yom Kippur” 04 Oct 17): The answer of the Sages is that regarding the People of Israel it is the fifteenth day, but regarding the nations of the world it is the first day since they did not accept the yoke of Heaven upon themselves on Rosh Hashanah. The meaning of the phrase, “regarding the reckoning of transgressions” is that it refers to the nations of the world for regarding Israel the Blessed Holy One does not regard their transgressions because of His great love for them.

Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: Both Pesach and Shavuot represent a reward to Israel, who had displayed dedication at the Exodus, and who had accepted the yoke of the Torah. These festivals are “for G‑d”, in that they represent justification for G‑d (i.e. they are G‑d’s) who had argued that man was worth creating because Israel would display such a lofty moral level.

Marie Kopp: The first reading today spoke of singing of friends. I tried to write last week of a friend, my Kindred Spirit, my deceased friend Flannery O’Connor, who was a much better Catholic than I. I thought I was failing. Maybe Isaiah, God’s Prophet, did a better job commemorating his friend. Or maybe he turned his friend into a round stick of words and used his friend to bludgeon people. I’m feeling pretty bludgeoned today.

Marc Wymore: Grief Defined: “The pain of mind produced by loss or misfortune, injury, or evils of any kind; sorrow (the sense is pressure or oppression).”

Pastor John Tolle: Do I offer myself as a solution?

Exodus 32:2 Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”

Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: They are a celebration for G‑d, then also. G‑d’s greatest victory, however, was the fact that Israel had recovered from the stain on its soul due to the Golden Calf episode, which first appeared to give the angels a chance to confront G‑d and remind Him that they had voted against the creation of man. The rehabilitation process had been completed right after Yom Kippur, when G‑d had first seen fit to forgive Israel (at the end of Moses’ third forty-day stay on the mountain.)

Me: Please read (30 Sept 17): https://wordpress.com/post/truthinus.wordpress.com/999

Angels among us,

Rabbi YY Jacobson (01 Oct 17): was this meant for me?

Me: YES! O happy day! Is God not GOOD? I had just asked God to whom He wanted me to send my piece “Purpose” and your word came into my inbox. Michael the Archangel was standing next to Jesus and Michael said, “How about that one?” I looked at Jesus and He nodded. All I did was follow through. He’s such a Mensch to bring us into the conversation! Jesus said that God gives good gifts to His children.

Rabbi YY Jacobson (2 Oct 17): But then the Jews betrayed their partnership with the Divine, creating a golden calf and reverting to the a-moral and deprived patterns of Paganism. The Jewish people bid farewell to the moral G-d of ethical monotheism and to the covenant they crafted with the creator of heaven and earth. It is no wonder why. The pressure of such a relationship was too profound, the responsibility too overwhelming, and the discipline too exacting. They would prefer to be slaves in a country that makes decisions for them rather than become truly autonomous and independent human beings, as a “kingdom of princes and a holy nation.” They would rather be nails than hammers. They would rather have somebody to blame for their problems than take responsibility for their own destiny. We cherish independence, but we also fear too much of it.

Exodus 32:4 He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”

Edie Bayer: Ezra received a letter stating he was entitled to steward all the silver and all the gold given by his earthly king to our heavenly King. Additionally, he was given permission to acquire all the gold and silver that he found in Babylon, along with all the freewill offerings, to be used for God’s Kingdom purposes.

Pastor John Tolle: People don’t reveal the wrong inside of them. You hide the lie. They lie to keep covering up the lie. Technology can’t figure out what’s hiding in me.

Exodus 32:7 The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely

Steve Shultz: Instead of running toward the LORD at times of tragedy, they proclaim that God is like a man and they, like Adam and Eve, have to hide themselves from Him. I can hear the Father saying to many of us, “Who TOLD you that you were naked?”

Holly Watson: Tonight while I was sitting with the Lord I began to see a vision of some of the Prophets of God running in fear to secret rooms and hideaways to get away from the threats of the enemy. I saw groups of prophetic people and prophets hiding in secret places because of how they perceived the enemy would come against them if they came out into the open.

Pastor Steve Dittmar: Secret Place – A New Thing Has Begun!

Rabbi YY Jacobson (2 Oct 17): But we can. Because human beings, in stark contrast to G-d, stumble, fall, fail and make mistakes. We are vulnerable to sin, transgression and profanity. We are capable of betraying and abusing. We know how to lie, to ourselves, to our souls, and to our fellow human beings. And then, after we fall, we are capable of utilizing the fall as a springboard for renewal.

Emily-Rose Lewis: Your Testing Is Leading To A Season Of Upgrades

Marc Wymore: Grief is how we get through transitions of life. Some are stuck. God grieves. If you don’t grieve, you get stuck. Unstuck because you got unstuffed

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: In the middle of my walk back from that shul to my office in Ascent, on one of those narrow winding Tsfat streets, a man coming from the opposite direction suddenly stopped me by putting his hand on my forearm. He had a full size knitted yarmulka on his head, but no beard.

Marc Wymore: Say This With Me: Everybody needs a shepherd. bigger, wiser, stronger to take care of us.

Pastor John Tolle: We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

Rabbi YY Jacobson (2 Oct 17): When G-d gazes at His children encountering the abyss and yet rising from it to inspire them to reach far greater heights, He looks at them and cries out: ‘Mother!’ For it is then that we become, as it were, “mentors” to the Divine, showing Him how darkness can be transformed into light, how imperfection is the beginning of deeper perfection, and how destruction is the commencement of renovation.

Rick Joyner: The devil’s constant tactic to distract us into being overly concerned about what people think of us to a large degree by using false accusations. Embrace each one as the opportunity it is to resist the devil’s temptation, and soon he will flee from you. Until he has been cast down, or fled, don’t waste your trials. Embrace false accusations as the great opportunity they are to be even more resolutely focused on doing the will of the King and pleasing Him in all things.

Romans 2: But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

Holly Watson: After I heard the Lord call His Prophets out of hiding, I heard the Spirit of the Lord say I AM coming with Fire and Glory. The Lord is burning away the chaff in the prophetic movement and refining the pure prophetic Voices to come forth with greater purity. As the precious is separated from the vile the weighty Presence of God and the Shekinah Glory of the Lord will be the trademark of the vessels of purity created for the Master’s use. There won’t be any mistaking the true from the false. The Hand of God will be evident in demonstrations of signs, wonders, and miracles like we’ve never seen! Prophets of God take heart. Come out onto the scene. The Father has your back!

Doug Addison: I asked God why we are seeing such fierce storms, shaking and violence. He told me that it has to do with the negative whirlwind that is alive and active in the hearts of many people right now. It is also delaying revival and closing the heavens for blessings.

Matthew 22:7 The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

Exodus 32:11 But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?

Steve Shultz: Heartaches, earthquakes, famines and pestilences will happen and are happening, but this is not because God is angry at the world or at a Believer. Instead, the Word says that SATAN himself came to steal, kill and destroy. If people are being stolen from, or killed, or their lives are being destroyed, Jesus said this was the doings of satan.

Exodus 32:12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people.

Pastor John Tolle: God didn’t do this as a wake-up call. There have been plenty of wake-up calls. For us, God wants to awaken us beyond our lukewarm, easy, safe.

Revelation 3: 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Marie Kopp: That’s how I felt last Tuesday (Wednesday?) when I spat out some nonsense about grapes and stuff. And then I went to this conference and I realized some more stuff: our conference consisted of wild grapes.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The not so big news is that this sort of thing not only continues, but men of power continue to get away with it.

Kenneth L. Samuel: Liberation Theology is a lens through which God is understood and related to as the Divine Being who sets us free from the sins of every kind of oppression.  This understanding of God is especially vital to persons who have historically and systemically experienced bondage… even bondage that has been sanctioned by the church.

Romans 2: 11 For God does not show favoritism.

Meir Michel Abehsera: As the night advances, our faults change aspect. The deeds that are performed for selfish gain are released from bondage. There is no visible trace of corruption in any of them. This occurs because the night makes us more compassionate on ourselves. Or else it is making us so wise that we can discern some of the workings of redemption. In any event, the fact is that at such times, faults greatly contribute to enriching the atmosphere, while the night kindly obliges by returning the favor with a gift all its own. It broadens the scope of each fault as far as the twilight of Creation. There the fault becomes deed, the instant it re-enters its original mold. You can imagine how much such a moment of good-will can benefit anyone, stranger or friend. What appears to him most improbable will resolve itself in the warmth of companionship. His faults experience a loss of identity. They have become new entities altogether. They are enriching reality. The interaction between each fault and the specific hour of the night, formulates the mode of the celebration at hand.

Rick Joyner: The accuser is cast down! One of the most difficult trials Christians deal with is false accusation. This is why the Lord uses the accuser as one of the primary instruments to challenge and thereby strengthen His people to become overcomers. If we know that God approves of us, then it should not matter what anyone else on earth thinks of us. We will be free of one of the strongest yokes of bondage—the shackle of human expectation and seeking to please men.

Pastor John Tolle: I’m responsible for this Valley. What are you responsible for?

Brat: Stewarding this story to the glory of God.

Meir Michel Abehsera: Shabbat bathes the Jew in a bright and homogenous light which is not necessarily conducive to revelations of individual character. Shabbat is much too full, and therefore permits no contrast. Shabbat is the reservoir, not the conduit. It is contained within specific limits which allow no explosions to occur. Saturday night’s light however, flickers relentlessly. It is a black fire whose pulsating luminescence disturbs and disperses the obtrusive layers that camouflage the soul. The Jew is never more conscious of his mission than during these hours. It is on this night that the world was created and on the very same night that light was made. Now, light is again renewed through our actions. As Shabbat draws to its end, and the obscurity of night begins to cover us with its black mantle, we burn a braided candle, whose variegated and animated flame rekindles the light of Creation.

Marc Wymore: [Psalm 23] VS 4- Yeah, Though I walk Through……….

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ (in “Purpose of a Dog” 25 Sept 17): Having chosen the church’s treatment of trolls you must first set up the trolls as being misunderstood. Paint a harsh picture of the church’s treatment of trolls. “Trolls eat goats that cross the bridge! Trolls should be excommunicated! Trolls are ugly, foul mouthed beastly creatures! Trolls are mean to goats! Trolls are demonic! Trolls should be excluded!” Once you’ve portrayed the church as harsh and uncaring it is only a short hop to elicit sympathy for the trolls.

Marc Wymore: STUCK- Valleys will get you stuck. 5th most stressful is loss

Lose your money, job, reputation, loved one,

Fr Dwight Longenecker: This is why we support marriage–because it is only within traditional marriage between one man and one woman for life that human sexuality can reach its fulfillment and purpose–and attaining that is the work of a lifetime. That’s why marriage is for life. Any sexual activity outside of marriage will always have an element of predatory and selfish behavior to it.

Brat (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): Then I ask you, for sanctuary where I can continue praying and writing. This is not my career but my vocation. How will the world gain wisdom from our mistakes if the open arms don’t come from you first?

Monk: That was a month ago, so where is the Church?

Romans 2: But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

Marc Wymore: 3 TYPES OF PEOPLE IN VALLEYS 1. NOT STAYING 2. You and ME 3. Valley Dwellers

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Therefore the present pain of the Playboys should be treated not with therapy, but with the treatment our grandmothers used to prescribe when they said about a confused young man, “What he needs is a good woman to marry and settle down.”

Marc Wymore: Valleys are to be walked through not lived in.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles (in “Purpose of a Dog” 25 Sept 17): “My name is Leib Sarah’s,” began the visitor. “It was my privilege to know Rabbi Israel, the Baal Shem Tov, who was admired also by the gentile noblemen. From his mouth I once heard that every Jew should utter the sort of prayer that was first said by King David: ‘Save me, O L‑rd, from blood-guilt.’ But the word used for ‘blood’ (damim) can also be translated as ‘money.’ So my teacher expounded the verse as follows: ‘Save me, so that I should never regard money as my L‑rd…’

Pastor John Tolle: Your barns are too small. (Lk 12:16-21) Whose things will these be when your life is required of you?

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Now to today’s session: It is very important to choose your subject of dissent very carefully. People aren’t interested in money that much. Of course they like to think that the Catholic Church is rolling in cash and that most of it comes from the mafia, but what they are really interested in is sex.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: For Catholics the sexual act is an act of mutual self giving. The man and the woman are both created in God’s image and their complementarity is a beautiful recognition of equal respect and honor. There is no power struggle in this idea of human love. Instead each one lays down their claim to power in loving service to the other.

Brat: I know God told us to multiply and subdue the earth. The Funny Bunnies and I seem to be propagating. Hmmm…I wonder if that’s what God had in mind?

Exodus 32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'”

Marc Wymore: Valleys will expose our greatest fears.

Mary Luti: Prayer 
Give me faith to tiptoe away from dread and fear, O Christ; faith even to promise safety I can’t deliver, trusting that you will.

John Belt: When Jesus said He had to go the Cross, Peter responded saying, “Not You Lord, You don’t have to do that” (Matt. 16:22). “But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.'” (Matt. 16:23)

Rick Joyner: How would you like to be called “Satan” by the Son of God? That may be the most severe rebuke in the Bible, and it was the result of Peter setting his mind on man’s interests instead of God’s. If we are going to be the servants of the King of kings, then no other interests or sympathies can be allowed to compromise our devotion to His interests. We are called to love all men, even lay down our lives for them, but never side with interests that are not aligned with God’s. These constant attacks of the accuser help us to steel this resolve.

Doug Addison: God is now shaking things in your life, family, businesses and churches. He’s doing this to get our attention and cause us to focus on the business of God’s Kingdom and not on the world around us. This is why there is such a great shaking happening everywhere. The shaking is not judgment!

Brat (10 Sept 17): Today Pastor John [Tolle] talked about wisdom being available to the wise person, the foolish person, and the simple (or ignorant) person. What if this priest just didn’t know, because he’s one cog in the institutional machine? (Thank God he had the wisdom to write me back!) What if there are other priests and monks in the institution who are awake and could understand my soul-speak and they simply don’t know I’m here? What if they could benefit from my writings? If that is the case, then there is no ‘religious environment’ taking this mystery (myself) for granted, because they don’t know, because no priest who knows me has passed me along. If I lived among the brotherhood then we could engage and learn each others’ love languages. There are still hermitages and artists’ cottages at monasteries and on church properties. Since I speak the love language of the Book of Revelation and ate the scroll, I am extremely hard-pressed to find people out here who understand my language. That’s why it was painful to run into churches who I thought would understand, but they had only the world’s understanding. In this case there was no knowledge that there was even a mystery present. They didn’t know enough to even formulate questions. And I couldn’t say anything without making it sound like I was puffing myself up. This is the very reason (and scenario) for why we need priests to pass along the called to their superiors. It’s not about exposing each other. It’s about drawing into the fold. That’s where the greater wisdom is.

Jennifer Brownell: All are called. God has already made God’s choice. The only choice left is ours. Will we choose to make this journey alone, to blunder along with our limited senses and understanding, or will we choose community, companions whose abilities complement ours?  All are called. Maybe the reason the few are so, well, few, is because we haven’t learned yet to travel together, to choose relationship with God and each other over all our other choices.

Rick Joyner: The Greek word translated “glory” in this verse is also sometimes translated “recognition.” Here we see that one of the major destroyers of faith is seeking the glory or recognition of men rather than from God. The Son of God asks how we can believe if we’re seeking the recognition of man rather than God. To serve the King of kings and be His messengers, we must have a single-minded devotion to seek His approval and recognition alone. Any compromise of this will likely lead to compromise in other areas of our life.

Brat: Namasté. So glad you read my piece, “Recognize.” We have a different definition of “recognition.”

Matthew 22:5 But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.

Steve Shultz: It’s really fascinating to see how many Believers who might otherwise share the Gospel about a loving Father and His Son, the Savior of the world—have now “switched” and have begun to proclaim that “God is angry at the World, angry at the Church, and angry at Believers.”

Marc Wymore: LOSS— Grief or Fear

Brat: What did God lose?

Marie Kopp: Isaiah (or his “friend,” but I think that’s just rhetoric) seems like an angry tyrannical father here, whose child grew up and became a brilliant abstract artist rather than a wealthy brain surgeon. I don’t have much patience for tyrannical fathers. Never did.

Doug Addison: Many people have lost their authority in prayer because they are coming into agreement with the accuser of our brothers and sisters (see Revelation 12:10).

John Belt: Peter was a whole-hearted follower of Jesus, very close to the Lord. He was a part of the inner circle of Jesus with James and John. This just goes to show us that anyone can be vulnerable to the tactics of the enemy. Prior to Jesus’ rebuke, Peter had just told Jesus that He was the Chosen One of God. It quickly shifted to what man wanted and was completely contrary to what God had planned. It was the fleshly mind trying to take down that which was of the Spirit. It was the enemy using Peter to appeal to Jesus to preserve Himself and save Himself. You could even say this was a “good, nice and thoughtful” gesture.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The human will is powerful because it is a sharing in God’s power. He gives us the will to choose to do good or choose to do evil, and that will, in and of itself, is a powerful weapon in the spiritual realm. That’s why Satan seeks to enslave us and incapacitate our will through addictions. When our will is joined with God’s will through prayer we literally tap into God’s own power source.

Marie Kopp: These wild grapes, Isaiah, the ones you’re trying to starve out of existence (and certainly out of the Church), they’re moldy and tart and bitter. Sometimes they’re cynical, and the best ones are irreverent. They read Lolita in class and they say vagina and they’re crass as Fuck. And these ones – they’re the ones who hold each other up in their suffering. They walk with each other. They love one another. They bear the suffering, mystically bonded in the Body of Christ, suffering with the other members.

Meir Michel Abehsera: The spiritual forces of darkness have been starving during the entire length of the Shabbat. Therefore, you can only expect that as soon as Shabbat draws to its end, these forces will reach out to devour the defenseless. They lie in wait by the doors of every house of prayer and grabs congregants by the dozen. One bite from the beast, and they are infused with an acute sense of the Saturday night blues.

Doug Addison: These will not look like what we currently see inside of the Church. I have seen glimpses of them in my interactions with Heaven, and I don’t know exactly what it will look like—except it will be strange and geared towards people who the current Church may not accept.

Brat: Okay, fine. But I have no way to reach them. All the Church and the prophets had to do in the first place is pass me respectfully along!

Jennifer Brownell: For many are called but few are chosen.” – Matthew 22:14

Brat: Thanx, but the chosen are frozen. Like a grape Popsicle.

Marie Kopp: I know this because I used to “be” one of those choicest grapes, Isaiah. I toed the line. I “walked the walk.” Or – I thought I did. And I, too, sneered at the wild grapes, the ones who asked me to stretch my brain, to listen to their experience and recognize its validity. Until I realized, one day, that I wanted to be a wild grape. And they were kind enough, forgiving enough, to let me in.

Jennifer Brownell: Prayer
Open our ears, dear God, to your call, ringing brightly around us even now. Amen.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: We find towards the end of the portion that there are two individuals named Enoch. The first was the son of Cain. The Torah tells us that after he was born, his father “built a city and named it Enoch after his son“. (Gen. 4:17) The second is a descendant of Seth, who was born 400 years later. The Torah says about him, “Enoch walked with G‑d, and he was no more, because G‑d had taken him.” (Gen. 5:24)

Romans 2: There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile

Pastor John Tolle: Technology doesn’t worship God.

Brat: So, what you’re saying is that the “city” is Technology. That makes sense. That’s where the Cloud of Witnesses hide.

Revelation 14:20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.

Marie Kopp: It’s hard to write when you’re hugely distracted by really entertaining friends. The type of friends who have all the snark, and more wit than you can ever aspire to possessing.

Chuck Pierce: Now those who have only been able to seek out media stories that require embellishment and fabrication find that the truth is worth reporting because it requires no embellishment to be sensational. God has risen in His Bride, and all the earth shall tremble!

Pastor John Tolle: God is not a celestial vending machine. He’s to be engaged in. At the deepest part of your being you and I tremble in His presence.

Romans 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Marc Wymore: For some…. Unrecognizable Never been to church Referenced at a memorial service Foreign language Unfamiliar Off my radar .

Rosary (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): …Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our “death”.

To Thyatira (Rev 2): 23 I will strike her children “dead”. Then all the churches will know that I am He who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The Rosary is a powerful weapon against evil. But have you stopped to figure out why?

Patheos: Marie Kopp remains a Catholic (she thinks…probably), an unmotivated student, aspiring academic, and inept writer. She has a deep love for Platypuses (those majestically nonsensical creatures), is sometimes called Eloise, and usually introduces herself as The Evil Baroness of the State of Denial (because to be a baroness one must be evil, and because Calvin and Hobbes). She has a deep platonic love for the nuances of booze, and can’t wait for the Ohio weather to realize autumn really is preferable to summer (so get your shit together and cool off, dammit). She unreliably blogs at lukewarmstilllong.blogspot.com.

Sheri Rose Shepherd: The Power of Your Prayers – “Good Morning My Princess”

Steve Porter: “And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.” (Luke 7:37-38)

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The fantastically amazing thing about the rosary is that God does this very deep healing work in individual lives and in the world in this most accessible and easy way. No need for long sessions of psychoanalysis or counseling for most people. Instead ordinary men, women and boys and girls can simply pray the rosary. All these good things happen even when they are unaware that these deep aspects of praying the rosary are taking place. It doesn’t matter who–an old peasant woman or a smart college professor, a little child or a busy mom. Billions of Catholics. All can pray the rosary.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: He looked up at me and I stared back at him. Neither of us uttered a sound.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The story about the second Enoch gives us the opposite teaching. Even if it will help a person in attaining his own spiritual perfection, an individual is not allowed to disconnect from the world. A person is created to change the world for the better, not to sit in some ivory tower. We see the result: the Almighty took him. It is easy to conclude that the best thing to do is to severely limit our involvement with the world and then we can be holy. The Torah is teaching that this is not the way.

Revelation 12:She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

Pastor John Tolle: When the knowing is known, we have an opportunity to choose a different path.

Brat (in “Evidence” 14 Sept 17): Are you saying I can’t have sanctuary in this world and have to stay parking and praying in my car indefinitely until a billion people wake up and Jesus comes back AND THEN I can finally have sanctuary because the religious are currently stuck in their boxes and have put me in one too? Because the people in my world do not understand my love language? No wonder the Lamb needs seven horns and eyes!

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (previously titled Our Lady of Victories) reminds us that Christianity is once again facing a dark and violent foe. This time a triumphant cavalry charge be the answer, not simply a pope rallying the faithful.

Shawn Bolz: “Wisdom that Changes the Story”

Marc Wymore: [Psalm 23] vs 4- Yeah though I walk through the valley of the SHADOW..

Shadows are scary

  1. Shadows can’t hurt you. 2. Shadows are bigger than the source

Doug Addison: This next revival will require a lot of finances. Because of the tragedies happening all over the world, we need resources and money for humanitarian purposes. We will also need to finance some of the largest revival meetings we have ever seen.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Building a city and naming it after his son was, for Cain, the completion of repentance. This is the Torah reminding us at the very beginning of our new year that complete repentance involves not only admission and regret but also requires an action that reverses the negative consequences of the sin. Not only did Cain bring a child into the world to replace the soul he took, he built a city also to fill the gap he created. Cain is showing all of mankind the way for all generations. The child’s name, “Enoch”, meaning “dedication” or “education”, hints that he wanted to share his rectification with the world.

Brian Simmons: It will be just like Joshua who spoke to God and the sun stopped in the sky (this was the day the earth stood still). The moon slowed to a halt over the valley of Aijalon. Never before had God “listened” or “harkened” to the voice of a man (Joshua 10:12-14). It was because His man had His Word put into his mouth. The word used for when God “listened” is actually translated 89 times in the Hebrew text as obey. God OBEYED the Word of a man!

Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfat-Safed: The Sukkot festival, then, is first and foremost a “festival for G‑d“, Israel not having contributed any input to merit this festival. We rejoice that G‑d is happy and has seen His judgment proven right.

Romans 2: 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Again silence.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Genesis brings both Enochs to teach us balance between two extremes. On one hand, we must be attached to G‑d and aloof from the world, placing our spiritual needs as our main motivation. On the other, we are required to build the world and settle it without hindering its development. The life of a Jew has to have both directions intertwined, not leaning to only one extreme. It is this combination between elevating ourselves spiritually and at the same time digging in for the sake of the world that we learn from these two individuals called Enoch, which the Torah is teaching all generations to come.

Marc Wymore: Valleys are where God is present.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: When one recites a blessing it creates an angel, but the angel isn’t complete unless someone answers ‘Amen’ to the blessing.

Doug Addison: I want you to do a check in your life right now. What is the fruit you are seeing in your life? Are you seeing answered prayers, financial blessings, people coming to the Lord or coming to you to hear His wisdom? Or are you seeing the opposite? If you are experiencing the latter, then there’s a good chance you need to shift your focus to God’s agenda and not complain and argue with others over your cause or opinion.

Brat: Are you saying that it’s okay for the pastors, priests, prophets, and rabbis to sit off in their Empire to serve an Edict from “a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” to feed off what I write but not contribute to the war effort? Obi Wan? Obi Wan? Wherefore art thou Obi Wan Kenobi?

Fr Dwight Longenecker: No. We object to Playboys because we treasure that precious and delicate sacrament called marriage–through which God’s grace is given and new life is created. Its because we love marriage that we hate anything that breaks marriage.

Brat: I have a thousand dollars left to my name (TOTAL – that’s everything!) and it is anticipated that my retirement will be $68 a month. I’m already 56 years old. What am I supposed to live on? I’m in Southern California for crying out loud! This is not complaining. This is reality! This is Truth spoken in faithfulness; a lifestyle of faithfulness, day in and day out full-time for ten years in my car while working part-time at the library. Bah, Pharaoh! Making bricks without straw! I forsook all to follow Jesus. My actions speak louder than your words. The Church took the words and never reciprocated by honoring the vows! There was no response. And all they can do is pull out the wild card of the Accuser? Who’s accusing anybody of anything? This is a matter of honor!

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: But Great happiness prevailed among all the dancers.then, a small delegation of chassidim quickly burst through the doors of the synagogue and approached him, telling him that his daughter appeared to be in her final moments, G‑d forbid, and he must do something.

Rick Joyner: Knowing how crucial it is to have our faith in God and not men, it should never surprise us when we’re faced with false accusations. We should embrace them as an opportunity to reaffirm our encouragement and faith. In fact, the fear of men, or seeking the respect, honor, or recognition of men is probably the biggest trap—and one of the biggest destroyers of faith in God—that we will face as servants of God. Below are a few Scriptures that confirm this.

Monk: We have different definitions of the term “honor”.

Brat: I’m sitting on my inner Klingon. Worf would never have allowed injustice to continue on indefinitely. How’s that for snarky? What did Pastor John Tolle say about responsibility? O, but we can’t talk about it! [Wrist to forehead.] We just quote scriptures? Talk about having a form of godliness but denying its power! (2 Tim 3:5)

Monk: There was no agreement on the definition of terms for “recognize” or “honor”.

Romans 2: God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”

Marc Wymore: Valleys are where we need light.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The rebbe hastened home and entered his daughter’s room. When he perceived how critical the situation was, he immediately stepped out and stood alone. Then the rebbe (who always referred to himself in the third person by his diminutive nickname “Meir’l”) proclaimed:

Bugs Bunny: Ahhhh…doc…Pardon the interruption, rabbi…

Marie Kopp: Isaiah pitied his friend, who tried to nurture those “choicest grapes.” I’d rather have gotten the wild grapes, personally. Does Isaiah realize how boring those “choicest grapes” usually are? Those choicest grapes, sure, they’ll produce a nice, regular pinot noir; but the wild grapes offer something different, something new. The wild grapes can create some lovely wines, Isaiah. Maybe you weren’t supposed to have choicest grapes, traditional wine, groomed and orderly vines.

Romans 2: To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “But now, Master of the Universe, you have made my daughter be critically sick. Now, Meir’l is obligated to accept this tragedy with joy, as it is written, ‘A person is required to bless for something bad that happens to him in the same way as he is required to bless on something good,’1 and the Talmud explains that since the wording of the two blessings are different, it must be that our attitude has to be joyful towards the bad event just as towards the good. So Meir’l accepts his daughter’s illness with joy, as You have commanded.

Romans 2: 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “However, Master of the Universe, there is also an explicit law that we are not supposed to mingle one joy with another . . .”2

Romans 2: 12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.

Brat: If I were held under the canon law, after ten years by now I would have taken my Solemn Profession of Final Vows.

Romans 2: Or do you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

Meir Michel Abehsera: But take heed. Don’t be so readily fooled by such a display of leniency. The diminished light does not indicate some sort of deficiency or weakness. In truth, the reason why the light has dimmed is because it has traveled a distance to gather momentum, before coming back with a force that renews Creation. Kabbala calls such a light “Or Chozer“, “Returning Light”. It comes to wake us up from sleep. It says, “Where were you while I was there in your midst? I was a willing guest and you were such a distracted host.” It is Shabbat speaking. Distance makes it talk; it has divested itself of its clothing of effervescent gold, and donned a humbler robe to travel lightly.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Then he walked on in his direction and I walked in mine.

Marie Kopp: Wild grapes are the people I stayed with this weekend, the ones who are non-binary and bisexual and Jewish and so very kind, who work in non-profits bringing food to the hungry, who offered me sanctuary in their home. The wild grapes are the individuals with depression and crimson hair, disabled and perhaps frightening, who listen and love when I’m a mess because family and exams and exhaustion, OH MY. They’re the 60-something African American Ph.D woman with whom I taught English to refugees this summer, who’d mastered the professional eye-roll like no one else alive. The ones who drank tequila with me on a sidewalk in Pittsburgh when the bar kicked us out, who gave me my first cigarette and long ago taught me to question the indoctrination-koolaid with a chick-lit novel about fashion and Aquinas. Who sat with me during this journey, dispelling the Crusade-glorifying brainwashing of my childhood, who’ve taught me the power and the pain of pacifism.

Pastor John Tolle: We forget we are Agents of God. We cannot remain inactive: not with religious persuasion (ie, ISIS), but “Change me, O God!”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: The insidious serpent of jihadist terror will not be defeated by diplomacy, bland words of peace or by more police and security precautions.

Pastor John Tolle: Debate is politically charged. It has no value. Evil is inside the human heart and will perpetrate evil on people. Debate won’t solve evil. We don’t focus on internal things.

Jennifer Brownell: Many are called, Jesus teaches, but few are chosen.  This seems hard, and exclusionary, not like the Jesus we love to love. Recently, though, I’ve learned that the Greek word translated “many” could be translated “all” and that knowledge changes this passage for me.

Marie Kopp: Isaiah, if God made all of creation, and all of it made Him glad, and He declared all of it good. . . did He not also create the wild grapes? Do they not bring Him equal delight (somehow, as though God’s delight can be measured — just an ounce from the platypus, that odd creature, but a pound and a half of delight from the unicorn, the dumb white horse with the stick on its head)? If the people of Judah are His cherished plant, the choicest vine . . . well, I think he loves us wild grapes just as much. We offer a lot more creativity to the whole wine fermentation process, I’m pretty sure.

Jennifer Brownell: The wild creatures are always at the pond, but it takes both my eyes and my friend’s ears to locate them. All are called. Today let us choose to go forward, arm in arm, ready to be one another’s eyes and ears and hands and hearts.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Therefore the sexual act does mean something, and your reduction of the sexual act to a physical instinct like an itch or a hunger is in itself a predatory act because you are intentionally reducing your beautiful humanity (and that of your partner) to the behavior of beasts.

Brat: Have you ever met a Platypus? Talk to Marie Kopp!

Doug Addison: “October Prophetic Word: What We Need to Do to Stop This Angry Whirlwind”

Fr Dwight Longenecker: This is true enough, but whether we like it or not, sex always has a dimension of power, and if women think it is only men who exert power they should look in the mirror again. As a pastor I deal with marriage breakdown and I can tell you that women can be just as manipulative, scheming and nasty as men when it comes to the sex-power game. They just use different tools.

Brat: I thought we were talking about Platypussies.

Fr Harvey Nicolaitan, SJ: Remember your most effective tool in this campaign is to appeal to the heart. This means appeal to the emotions. People don’t want to be troubled by facts. They want their heart strings tugged. Portray the trolls as nice people–sometimes flawed–(and let him without sin cast the first stone!) but deserving of equal rights and dignity.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Master of the Universe! You commanded us to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, so Meir’l blew. You commanded us to fast on Yom Kippur, so Meir’l fasted. You commanded us to live in a sukkah on the festival of Sukkot, so Meir’l lived in a sukkah. You commanded us to be joyous on Simchat Torah, so Meir’l is joyous.

Meir Michel Abehsera: It is precisely in such an atmosphere of anticipation – namely, that we could at any moment be taken unaware by something already known – that past faults can be corrected. If folly so treacherously intrudes inside us, to have us commit an error, it is perfectly sensible, therefore, to utilize such means which would take the intruder by surprise. What better scheme is there than to confront the faults during moments that seem so uncertain as to confound them? Being that a fault is, on the whole, of an accidental nature, it is logical that it be exposed to an atmosphere that suits its character. Saturday night’s incomplete light makes it an ideal host. No judgment is passed.

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Christian sexual morality is more subtle than that. I can’t speak for the Puritans, but I can explain that Catholic sexual morality is based on the innate dignity of each human being and the mutual respect that is required for true love to prosper. In other words, we’re talking about power when we talk about sex.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: I listened just as carefully and responded a hearty Amen.

Exodus 32:14 And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: At that moment, they cried out from the room that the sick young woman had broken into a heavy sweat. Before their eyes, her condition began visibly to improve.

Chuck Pierce: “And I would say to you this night, this is a day of fulfillment. For many have prayed, others have travailed, others have decreed, and I say to you, you have gathered to restore and bring to fulfillment that which has been sent up into Heaven, and now I’m beginning to pour out. I say, this night fulfills and this night begins,” saith the Lord. “I say this will be the beginning of that which causes a nation to Awaken again.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Amein!

 

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