Archive | January, 2018

Splitting of the Sea 29 Jan 18

29 Jan

Working Dates: Friday, January 26, 2018 to Monday, January 29, 2018

[20 pages]

Ben Lim: “We must put a high value on our prayer life, otherwise, we will not step into suddenly moments of miraculous manifestations.”[1]

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “To match couples together is as difficult as the splitting of the sea,” states the Talmud. Marriage is the ability to recognize your true spouse, beneath the layers of “rubble” that may eclipse his or her true dignity and beauty. [2]

Israel 365: Tzfat, The City of Mysticism ✡ “The Rest Of The People Cast Lots”

Anna Blake: Consistency isn’t about drilling the same question, judging right and wrong, punishing or rewarding. Consistency is an ever-evolving mentality that stays present with energy and an openness. It’s rewarding his curiosity with your creativity; a witty repartee of cues and releases that feels like laughter between equals. It’s knowing that he’ll give the best answer if you focus on asking the question in the best way. [3]

Vince Amlin: “Are you sure?” he asked skeptically.

Pastor John Tolle: Spending time with Him is more important than hospitality.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Do You Remember Your Groom? 

Pastor John Tolle: Forgive me before I fail you.

Jo: crying

Enrique Iglesias – Hero [https://youtu.be/koJlIGDImiU]

My prayer: Lord Jesus, be our Hero. You can go where we cannot.

Jodie Hughes: Jesus, Mighty to Save[4]

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Now, when you saw the soul of your future husband in the spiritual realms, you were ecstatic. You were witness to an extraordinary spirit, a towering beacon of light, a great personality. You thought to yourself: “For such a husband, I will do anything; I will be there for him in the deepest possible way; I am ready to ‘split’ for him any day.”

Anna Blake: It can start as simply as asking for longer strides in the walk. Do it with a subtle cue, using just your sit bones in the saddle. If you feel a tiny difference in his stride, good, reward him with an exhale. Then return to his working walk and in a few strides, ask for some shorter strides, again just with sit bones. Feel his response. He’s right there, connected in each stride. That part was almost easy.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Similarly, when you encountered your future bride there in the sublime plane, you were just blown away. What a profound heart! Will I truly have the privilege of building a home with this human being? How will I ever be able to show enough gratitude for the joy of having a relationship with this woman?  Then, you were born. Twenty, 25, 30, 35, 45 years later, you feel an attraction to your spouse, to that soul that you were once so overwhelmed you. You take a look… But you do not recognize him or her. “Him? You want me to respect him?” many a woman says. “He is an obnoxious, egotistical, self-centered man.”

Pastor John Tolle: We’ve been made for fellowship with Him. We’re too busy like Martha in her hospitality. She became angry.

Jodie Hughes: I hear a shout that rumbles—a shout that seems to never end but thunders louder the longer it continues. Within this shout is expectation, anticipation and energized hope that is tangible. It activated, resonated and released a sound that awakened an army across the nations! I looked at faces…multitudes of faces—young, old, children, moms, dads and families all standing together, and they were ready. They were expectant. They broke my heart as I realized what it took for each one to be standing in this moment—but they stood. And together, they were powerful!

Pastor John Tolle: Any woman who’s been mistreated must receive blessing.

Matthew Laney: These days, sabbaticals are a bit less tumultuous, but the pitfalls haven’t changed. For all the blessings sabbaticals bring, they can inspire resentment in the congregation and staff and sometimes less than ideal decisions from those minding the store. Sometimes the first day or week back is a bit bumpy for everyone.

Anna Blake: Eventually, the canter. Instead of a jerk-and-kick canter depart, breathe and relax yourself at the trot. Be still, keep your shoulders back, and feel the landing of each stride. Allow him to stay relaxed and cue in rhythm with his movement, so he can make that transition with balance. Keep your energy in check; you’re asking for a change of gait, not a change of speed. Give him time to understand the difference and reward his effort to understand. Let the canter depart have the steady confidence of a jet plane on the runway.

Pastor John Tolle: Marriages get dull when we quit discovering the one we’re married to. (ref Ph 3:8)

Me: So, I gather you’re assuming that your flock’s marriage to Christ is dull?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “Her?” many a man exclaims. “You expect me to appreciate and honor her? A world-renowned needy and insecure kvetch?”

Brat: Yes, dear. Kvetch and all.

Jodie Hughes: Together They were Powerful

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Many of us fail to recognize in the face and personality of our spouses what we once-upon-a-time saw in their souls.

Jesus: Mary has chosen the better thing. [Lk 10:42]

Matthew Laney: When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron, and said, “Make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” – Exodus 32:1

Jodie Hughes: They come from the caves, they come from the wilderness, they come from the threshing field, they come from the mountain tops; but they come. Each one bears wounds and scars yet as they come, what once was pain is now golden tears…and they gather.

House of Destiny: Together Strong

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Yes, the souls it had encountered in heaven were far greater and loftier than the exhausted humans it saw at its shore. But when the sea observed the life of Joseph it understood that it must not limit its vision to the external appearance of man, often flawed and distorted. It had to gaze deeply into the depths of the human spirit to encounter royalty.

Jodie Hughes: I caught my breath. I whispered His name and I heard the army ROAR: “JESUS! Our Warrior. Our King.” The roar thunders through the nations: “JESUS, mighty to save!”

Matthew Laney: Prayer
God, there is a season, and a time for every matter in the church: a time to step up and a time to step back; a time to grab on and a time to let go; a time to act and a time to wait. Help me, and my pastor, to know the difference. Amen.

Anna Blake: Meanwhile, his rider is anxious for him to do well, so she tells me how she cues him and sometimes steps in to demonstrate it. Meanwhile, the thinking horse becomes what we see as an obedient horse. He goes back to habit along with his rider.

Vicki Kemper: “In the world you will have trouble,” Jesus promised.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Even when Joseph was living with them in Israel, they saw him as an outsider, as a danger to the integrity of the family of Israel. They saw him as a worldly politician dreaming of power and fame. Certainly, when they encountered him in the form of an Egyptian leader, they failed to observe that beyond the mask of a savvy politician lay the soul of pristine nobility.

Anna Blake: The two primary training principles that seem to carry across disciplines are these: You must be consistent. You must change things up.  This is why so many longtime novice riders get stuck. It’s a crazy contradiction so our behaviors go nuts to match.

Pastor John Tolle: God is looking at our attitude.

Me: Oh, you’re talking about the ten horns (attitudes) of the dragon on the maturity scale. I talked about that in “What Is Your Gift Of Martyrdom?” 25 Jan 18 (that I would have shared with you if you’d asked, but it would seem you’ve already read it.)

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “Sorry, but these are not the same people I have observed in the past. These are not the same souls I saw in heaven 2,448 years ago. The souls I saw then were limitless in their depth, splendid in their dignity, glorious in their spirit. They constituted sheer celestial beauty. These people in front of me are grouchy, frustrated, divisive, filled with anger, fear and a negative attitude.”

Jodie Hughes: I see dark clouds part and I hear a voice that thunders and a holy rumble is released. Then, I hear a voice arising that pierces darkness. As I look, I see a bride dressed and ready—wielding a sharp, strong and effective weapon.

Brat (in “What Is Your Gift Of Martyrdom?” 25 Jan 18): I refuse to idolize SUFFERING! God sends in martyrs to people groups to wake them up. God uses their sacrifice to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children. The people then say, “What have we done?”

Charles Shamp: I came and stood under a mountain and this mountain burned with fire to the middle of Heaven. The mountain melted beneath me and the valleys split apart. Fire ran down like water rushing down a slope. I said, “Where have I been taken?” [5]

Shira Schechter: What do you think is the purpose of the elaborate preparations for the giving of the Torah? If the people couldn’t approach the mountain in any case, why did they need to sanctify themselves ahead of time?

Vicki Kemper: We sometimes forget that following Jesus is risky business. We sometimes fail to consider the unsettling ramifications of our acts of mercy, the serious trouble our good deeds might get us into. Even more often, perhaps, we neglect to do justice for fear of what the neighbors will say, out of concern for our reputation, in dread that the church might become—gasp!—controversial.

Brat (in “What Is Your Gift Of Martyrdom?” 25 Jan 18): I remember writing about mock-martyrdom in “Anchored in Christ” (2010). I just went back and looked it up. It’s one of the seven heads of the red dragon in Revelation 12:3 that has ten horns. The seven crowns are the behaviors exhibited by the seven attitudes on a maturity scale.

Pastor John Tolle: If we don’t learn to be adults in Christ in spiritual maturity, we’ll kill each other.

Brat (in “Consider It All Joy” 20 Jan 18): Well with the Cloud of Witnesses watching, doesn’t that mean that I am also leading my flock, too? Doesn’t that mean that I’ll be held accountable to Jesus for the flock that I lead? Even if it seems imaginary because of the dysfunctional silence over these last 10½ years that has left me alone on the battlefield? And yet you are in my flock! Did you try to break the Silence?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: This dual identity that characterized Joseph’s life played itself out in the most powerful way when his master’s wife attempted to seduce him into intimate relations. On the outside, she thought, it would not be very difficult to entice young Joseph into sacrificing moral integrity for the sake of tremendous fun and gratification that would secure him a glorified position in the home of his master.  But, when push came to shove, when Joseph was presented with the test of tests, he displayed heroic courage as he resisted and fled her home. As a result of that act, he ended up in prison for 12 years, without any natural hope of ever being liberated from this hellish prison.

Hebrews 13:Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Brat (in “Consider it all joy…” 20 Jan 18): The line of thought goes back to the Cloud of Witnesses. And they do Nothing, because they cannot give it away that they knew and did nothing. And as yet there has been no one to stand in the gap and say to the Church that the Emperor has no clothes, when John is in prison after he got arrested! (Mk 1:14) The same thing is happening here all over again, and one more time…! All these guys have been able to do is declare the good news “that another one bites the dust”! I cannot answer for anyone! If I did then I would be accused of being the Accuser of the Brethren.

Randal Cutter: Please note that dreams and visions can never contradict the clear words of Scripture. If they do, that is a certain sign that they are not from the Lord. However, they can give us great encouragement about the things God is doing on behalf of his people.

Anna Blake: Or you might want to change things in your training for the very best reason. Maybe you are aware of how hard your horse tries. Aware that he gives you the benefit of the doubt at times you might not entirely deserve it. You see past the surface of obedience, recognize his intelligence, and decide you need to do better because you want to match his kindness. He has inspired you; wonderful.

Vince Amlin: Oops.

Brat (in “What Is Your Gift Of Martyrdom?” 25 Jan 18): Just idolizing suffering doesn’t turn anybody’s heart to God. It’s just mock-martyrdom and that’s a tool Satan uses to counterfeit the genuine. But the counterfeit has no substance and the fruit is a pity party. GENUINE NEED IS NOT A PITY PARTY! Once we count it all as loss the Church is supposed to step in to support the gain, not just keep perpetuating the losses in the name of Christ.

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

Brat (26 Jan 18): It occurs to me today that the “sea” has split between those who do hear me and those who refuse to hear me.

Jodie Hughes: Her Voice is a Mighty Weapon

Brat: The problem is that both sides don’t write me back. They just spew.

Pastor John Tolle: Spending time with Him is more important than hospitality.

Me: Have you learned from Martha and Laodicea?

Anna Blake: Repetition isn’t a bad thing unless we repeat it too much. But that’s kind of how humans do things, left to our own instinct. We turn the key in the ignition switch, happy that the engine roars. Gas. Brakes. Gas. Brakes. We love that control. It’s too bad it doesn’t work the same way in a saddle.

Vicki Kemper: No wonder the locals wanted Jesus to hightail it out of town.

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

Pay

Jodie Hughes: “On every warrior was placed medals for unseen battles fought at great sacrifice. But each face emanated peace and raw excitement I didn’t fully understand.”

Mendel Kalmanson: “Do not hesitate because of these feelings”, the Rebbe responded. “When it comes to doing good, action is what’s most important.”

Pastor John Tolle: You can get anything for a price.

Zechariah 11: 12 I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.

Brat: Well, Zechariah, you got more pay than I did. I guess my cronies didn’t think it best.

Lana Vawser: THE ENEMY IS COMING AGAINST YOUR TIME, BUT GOD IS ABOUT TO RESTORE AND ACCELERATE!!

Anna Blake: Prepare for the day when you think the cue, allowing subtle changes in your body, and letting time slow down. You feel a lift in his supple shoulders, his neck is long and soft. His head is on the vertical, not because you are pulling on the reins, but because when he is forward and relaxed, and that’s his natural head position. On your inhale, he lifts you to a swinging rhythm, your body follows as he glides over the earth. It’s a canter that feels like more air than ground. It feels like being weightless and powerful; the peace inside the eye of a hurricane.

Gale Sheehan: Just like the “eyewall” represents the strongest wind, many times the last step to victory may seem the hardest. Just like a long-distance runner needs to break through the “wall” to receive a “second wind” to finish a race, we will need a spiritual “second wind” in our spiritual races to finish. The “second wind” brings a time of refreshing and renewal. 2018 is a year appointed for the “second wind” from the Lord.[6]

Brat: So, I take it this is code for “keep trying and we’ll never give away our secrets and you can keep living on $150/week in Southern California even though we watch and do nothing.” I’m not blind to the fact that I offended the Old Guard.

Steve Shultz: “Jesus is Taking YOU ‘by the Hand’ – I Promise!”

Mendel Kalmanson: “Though your donation may lack sincerity, I can assure you, the poor man eats with sincerity.” (Words of the Alter Rebbe to a disciple).

Kim Potter: “Running Your Race – with Endurance and Victory”

Anna Blake: Riding more often, repetition, doesn’t make a horse better. If that was true, those old sainted lesson ponies would be in the Olympics.

Pastor John Tolle: Accomplishments don’t qualify us because they were accomplished in the past. They’re not “continuing education units.” Today we’re learning to stay ahead of the curve. When updating ourselves, it becomes a nightmare.

Vicki Kemper: You Will Have Trouble

Ben Lim: Sometimes we step into a suddenly moment, not because we’ve pressed in, but because of the sacrifice that was paid by our fathers and mothers. It’s almost like stepping into a vacuum and being shifted up into glory. All you have to do is show up and things happen. All you have to do is open up your mouth and things shift. Because there’s a sound, movement and frequency inside of you, all you have to do is release it and in Jesus’ name things seem to suddenly happen!

Jason Tanksley: The Holy Ghost wants the Church Back!

Jodie Hughes: And I heard a sound of joy as an army ran into the fields and reaped a mighty harvest. Each field looked vastly different but each field had been made ready. I looked and saw an army weeping, yet they were tears of overcoming joy. Harvest was upon them and God’s family was running HOME! The earth shook and people woke up as if from a dream.

Ben Lim: There is so much more than what meets the eye. Things don’t just happen on the Earth because God wills it. Things happen because His Church and prophets decree it and declare it. Things are established not by accidents nor by coincidences, but because of divine actions that are aligned with Heaven. When you are aligned with the heart of Heaven, you will experience its manifestation here on Earth. Most people will call this a sudden explosion, when in reality, there’s been a shaft ready to ignite…that’s been kept shut for years!

Matthew Laney: The Sinai Sabbatical

Kris Vallotton: Why Miracles Should Be A Part Of Your Normal Life

Narrator: Brat stood at the edge of the sea of glass of the Dysfunctional Silence. She took Zechariah’s staff and hit the glass.

[THUD!]

Zechariah 11:10 Then I took my staff called Favor and broke it, revoking the covenant I had made with all the nations. 11 It was revoked on that day, and so the oppressed of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the Lord.

Ryan LeStrange: My Monday Word for You…Deliverance Key…Divorce the Lie![7]

Brat (in “Exciting!” 22 Jan 18): I understand that the Church is embarrassed by the way she’s behaved, but it’s not right for her to worship the god of Embarrassment and then to bury the idol in the camel’s rucksack of Dysfunctional Silence at the cost of Sanctuary, peace, protection, and Truth.

Genesis 31:34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel’s saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.

Vince Amlin: In my embarrassment about making a mistake, I remember there’s something better than knowing: being known. By Quinn. By God.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch: The service in the Temple and the Sanctuary centered around the principle of refinement – subduing one’s physical nature, which leads to and brings about the transformation of darkness into light. Therefore, one of the services conducted in the Temple was sacrificial offerings.

Matthew Laney: As the people had a wild worship party around their glittering idol, Moses returned, ready to share what he had received while on retreat: ten rules for godly living, the first three of which commend monotheism and condemn idolatry.

Yerinita Curtis- Fuller: Sacrificial Worship!

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: A prolific lecturer on Chasidism once visited the Rebbe to discuss a personal struggle. “Rebbe”, he said, “I don’t know if I have enough “ahavat Yisrael” (love of my fellow Jew) to be doing what I do. Teaching something makes me feel superior to my audiences and I feel like my ego has become inflated as a result of my lectures. Perhaps others are better suited for this work?”.[8]

Vince Amlin: It feels so good to know things. Or to believe I know things. Or to pretend I know things. It gives me a sense of importance. Especially when I know about important things, like God.

Steve Shultz: Now I don’t want to give much away here, but I guarantee that you will be reading through this with great anticipation and thinking, “I can’t wait to see what happens next, and then next…” and so on.

Brat: Grrrrrr….. You watch from afar. (Rev 18:15) That’s all you’ve ever done with me.

Pastor John Tolle: There’s no ability to clear your name.

Me: I know. I’m married to Jesus. It’s His Name that matters. What are the Seven Churches “married” to?

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “Joseph recognized his brothers but they did not recognize him,” says the Bible[11]. When his brothers, the tribes of Israel, descended to Egypt to purchase food, and they encountered their estranged brother who has since risen to become viceroy of the land, he recognized them but they did not recognize him.

Pastor John Tolle: My flesh and your flesh are capable of thinking bad about anybody. There’s a new Pharaoh in town. Even the disciples fought for recognition.

Matthew Laney: Moses was fit to be tied. He dropped his sabbatical report, incinerated the golden bull and made the Israelites eat the ashes. As far as we know, Moses never took another sabbatical.

Zechariah 11:14 Then I broke my second staff called Union, breaking the family bond between Judah and Israel.

15 Then the Lord said to me, “Take again the equipment of a foolish shepherd.

Steve Shultz: We get LOTS of words sent to us by people with no proven track record of being accurate when they prophesy. Some of those profound words by prophetic writers don’t get published because they have not been tested over time and found to be accurate.

Pastor John Tolle (28 Jan 18): The dilemma is: When do you know it’s accurate?

Me: You don’t, until someone takes Pharaoh down. Narks don’t take a Pharaoh down. Someone with genuine authority does. Someone who wants truth and justice to prevail and has the clout to carry weight with the people. Someone the people respect as fair. As a colleague at work said, “It takes decades to build a reputation and twenty seconds to tear it down.” If ours were a relationship built on honesty, trust, and transparency, then there wouldn’t be a new Pharaoh in town.

Anna Blake: Variations

Isn’t it dysfunctional? He asked,

his head cocked. His confidence

steeped in every privilege due

to a certain sort of man, by

accident of birth. The talk of

animals bored him. Wouldn’t it

be better to focus on your own

 

species? He might have meant him.

Clever and righteous, summing up

up the damning evidence like a

closing argument in court, he asked,

Isn’t choosing to live with animals

actually a kind of avoidance

behavior? Yes, I say. Exactly.[9]

Shira Schechter: Jethro is identified as “the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law” (18:1), clearly indicating he is considered a gentile. However, he makes a significant contribution to the system of Torah law that continued as long as the Jewish people had their own court system. Based on this story, how does the Torah envision the relationship between the Children of Israel and the other nations? What made Jethro so respected?

David Suissa: Daily Roundtable: Who’s Afraid of Sara Netanyahu? State of the Union: What to Expect?[10]

Helen Madeline Cobanov: Then I saw God reach down and place His hand on heads. This included heads of government and business, heads of churches and ministries, and heads of families and individuals. As He did this, a shaking took place as He firmly held the heads and turned people around 180 degrees. In that moment, wrong attitudes, wrong decisions and wrong opinions were corrected and made right. Demonic strongholds over these heads were being broken. People were turning from darkness to light and being restored as this Kingdom alignment took place. [11]

Jodie Hughes: I look again and see an army come to attention, immediately ready for war. A great and mighty company, forged in fire and battle ready. They draw their swords and await their command. I too wonder and wait. What will their orders be? I turn to see the warrior bride still standing with her face to Heaven, and I see her raise her weapon once again and anticipation grips my heart as I realize she is about to shout. The command goes out… “CHARGE!”

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Sweepstakes

Journal (in “What Is Your Gift Of Martyrdom?” 25 Jan 18): Father God, PLEASE do something!! The Verse of the Day (Philippians 4:8) was once again hyperlinked. I went back into the full chapter itself to get the pure word and it still came back tainted. My mouse accidentally clicked somewhere on the above verse here in this WORD document and another screen opened to enter me into a Sweepstakes. This is maddening!! We should be able to study and be in the word without constant harassment from the marketing vultures! But now the Word itself is more marketed than ever before. God, PLEASE! CLEAN UP YOUR WORD!! For Your own name’s sake and for the sanity of Your children! Nothing about this is noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy!

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Has Google Censored Jesus?

Vicki Kemper: But Jesus was forever ruffling feathers for eating with the wrong people, enraging officials for healing at the wrong time, attracting the worst kind of attention for empowering the poor. And sometimes he was run out of town for putting the well-being of the marginalized ahead of the economic interests of their oppressors.

Brat: I’ve already counted it all as loss. I have been reaching for the prize, and I’m pretty sure that a hyperlink to a Sweepstakes is NOT what God had in mind! God, take this and flip it to Your righteousness!

Fr Dwight Longenecker: Todd Starnes comments here on the weirdness that the new Google talkback gadget knows who Allah and Buddha are but draws a blank on Jesus.…

Jodie Hughes: I look and see a sea of arms raised across the land from church, to home, to cities and to street corners. A sound like thunder reverberates as with one voice. Intense shouts go out to Heaven. Urgency grips the army and I listen as their cry is many and yet it sounds like one. Some have not used their weapon in a while and they wonder, “Will it still work?” Some were told they should never speak like this, some were bruised by things that should not be, and others were hurt from wrongs they never fully understood. Some felt entrapped or broken from dreams let go…long ago. Yet as they opened wide their mouths, the sound of hearing all the others emboldened them.

Anna Blake: One of the ways that learning and understanding sinks deeper, allowing for breakthrough work with horses, is by re-defining old words and taking that new awareness into the present moment. We might evolve from wanting an obedient horse who answers by rote to wanting an engaged horse who is answering spontaneously. The secret to improving your riding is to give up some desire for control to encourage your horse to be more curious and willing to take a guess. It’s the kind of counter-intuitive idea that feels just like a stone in your boot.

Vicki Kemper: Prayer
Troublemaker Jesus, may our love for the least of these lead us into trouble. May our faithful actions get us thrown out of all the best places.

Outside

Anna Blake: There’s a moment, sometimes at the beginning of a lesson or during a clinic, where I meet a horse for the first time. I might ask him a question, a simple thing like taking a step back and I might ask him with my feet. The horse isn’t sure what I’m asking so he’s thinking about it.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: What is the lesson for each of us? Moshe, our greatest leader and prophet was given this instruction in his role as leader of all the Jewish nation. Therefore, this is guidance for each Jew in his/her personal life. Saving a Jew from a physical threat, and similarly from a spiritual one, is so important that every other activity, even a related activity, even something that is clearly important and timely, has to be halted. What is demanded is that we put ourselves in that person’s place and do whatever is needed to save them and draw them closer.

Dave Armstrong: No Salvation Outside the Church

Vicki Kemper: “Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.” – Matthew 8:34

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “No, I don’t,” said the sea.  “What do you mean you don’t see them? Look, they are standing right in front of you. All two million of them!”

Jodie Hughes: “Look to the HARVEST! I have made the harvest ready. Be not afraid. I AM WITH YOU. Charge! The harvest is ready!”

Charles Shamp: The voices of the people shook the ground as they shouted for joy. I could hear the people say, “Why has this happened? Why has this revival come so that the soul of our country has been shaken?”

Jason Tanksley: The fear of the Lord, settling on the church will produce something outside of the church as well. Those who mocked and rejected the Lord in the past will see the authenticity of what is happening and run to, not from this move of God. The things that turned them off from God will not be found in this glory atmosphere. They will find acceptance from the Father and truth that sets free. It will not tolerate nor, will it condemn, instead, it will set free to the uttermost. Some of these same ones who curse God now will become some of His most bold evangelists. It will permeate gangs and crack houses. The fear of the Lord will hit the church and the glory will flow into the gutters of places that the church would not go before.

Kris Vallotton (27 Jan 18): The truth is, every believer can be a miracle worker or a healer. These aspects of Christian life are not relegated to leaders in the church, or apostles or prophets! Rather, we are all invited into an exciting, empowered, adventurous, miraculous life with Holy Spirit (and that means YOU!) Still not convinced? Then check out this blog.

Brat (27 Jan 18): What am I, chopped onion? You’ve got a mouth! Use it! Talk to Steve Shultz, Christian International, Pastor John Tolle, and Fr Mike Flynn. James and Fr Mike led a healing workshop together at Lighthouse Church in October 2012. We applied what we were taught!

Pastor John Tolle (28 Jan 18): The purpose of the dynamic of Letting Go is to go forward. We cannot have baggage, either good or bad. The good validates us, but weighs us down. The bad is stinky.

Me: Is that Arc Speak to the “chopped onion” in “Splitting of the Sea”, which I have not finished yet and have not shared?

Roger Ford: How you can tell if YOU have a healing gift

Vince Amlin: It feels so good to know things. Or to believe I know things. Or to pretend I know things. It gives me a sense of importance. Especially when I know about important things, like God.

Jason Tanksley: From leader to “lay-person”, I am sharing this with you because I want to encourage and challenge you to cultivate and ready yourself for an atmosphere of glory that shifts how you do ministry. The uncommon will be common. There will be a heightened expectancy of what the Lord is going to do next. The Holy Ghost will move unhindered in church’s yet again! Do you want it? I mean, do you really want it? Ready the hearts and yield to Him, the Holy Ghost wants the church back!

Jodie Hughes: My insides shake with the intensity of her command and immediately as though they are one, the army drops to their knees! Knee after knee, person after person, drops to their knees and prays. It’s a chorus of urgent cries—yet powerfully beautiful—released to Jesus.

Sea

Rabbi YY Jacobson: In a very psychologically insightful interpretation, the Talmud relates[9] that the Jews at the time, horrified and frightened, divided into four groups, each calling for another plan of action. The first group advocated suicide, the second group wanted to surrender to Egypt. A third group pushed for all out war, while a fourth group suggested they begin to pray. Moses rejected all of the groups. He quoted G-d as saying[10], “Speak to the children of Israel and let them move on.”   It was in this climate that the sea was now called upon to fulfill its longstanding obligation. According to Rabbi Aaron of Karlin, at this moment dialogue emerged.  “Why?” asked the sea. “Why should I split”?  “The Jews. They have, at last, arrived,” came the answer. “It is time to fulfill your promise.”  “Who arrived?” asked the sea.  “The Jews. Don’t you see them right in front of you?”

Matthew Laney: Rev. Moses was gone a long time on his Mt. Sinai sabbatical, and the church got impatient. They felt abandoned by him and neglected by God. So Aaron, the associate pastor, made a golden “comfort God” based on the familiar bovine deities they knew from Egypt.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: The Torah is teaching us, through G-d’s instructions to Moshe, that when a Jew has to be saved not only do we have to stop praying and act with all of our ability and strength, this act is so crucially important that G-d had to emphasize this point by saying, “Why do you cry out to me?”.

Brat: To them writing isn’t “action.”

James Goll: It may start out very small, but it can accomplish great things. Jesus said, “For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. And nothing will be impossible for you” (Matt. 17:20). Here is an important key: It is a speech-activated kingdom! [12]

Vicki Kemper: When considering how to most faithfully follow Jesus, perhaps the key question is not whether a particular course of action will cause controversy, but why we’re not already in trouble.

Suffering

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: This week’s portion, Beshalach, relates what happened immediately after the Exodus from Egypt. Standing on the shore of the Red Sea, the Egyptians in pursuit, the Jewish people did not know where to turn. Moshe reassures them – do not worry, G-d will fight for you. Suddenly, at the height of the drama, G-d speaks to Moshe (Shmot 14:15) “Mah tizak elay?” (“Why do you cry out to Me. Speak to the Jewish people and let them move on.”)  Rashi informs us that the verses of the Torah do not give us all the details. After his encouraging words to the people, Moshe began to pray to G-d. In the midst of his prayer, G-d responds “The Jewish people are suffering – this is not the time to pray.”

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Vince Amlin: There’s a whole field dedicated to pretending to know things about God. It’s called theology.

Sign

Charles Shamp: “Others have blessed and prayed for peace and My presence, what you have desired will come to you and your nation. I will fill many with My glory across the earth for that has been their desire, but first a great sign will be seen!”

Randal Cutter: A Sign In The Heavens?

Brat (in “What Is Your Gift Of Martyrdom?” 25 Jan 18): This morning I’ve been thinking a lot about the 7.9 earthquake off the coast of Alaska that happened a few days ago. By Your protection and mercy NOTHING happened. No one was injured and no structures were lost. Even the tsunami warning issued for the Pacific Coast was called off. Instead of one plate bumping and grinding on another tectonic plate, one plate slid under the other. Father? Is this what You are trying to prophetically show us? I don’t ever want to take Your mercy for granted. To me this was a HUGE mercy! Are You trying to tell us that You are slipping one spiritual “plate” under another? Are You moving the tribes into position where they can support one another rather than grind and bump on each other all the time? Are You sending mercy into the “Ring of [Holy Spirit] Fire”? Are You slipping Pharaoh and his SUFFERING under the “sea of glass” to part the Reeds of Arc Speak in this bog [sic] of dysfunctional silence?

Israel 365: Trusting in Hashem ✡ “He Shall Be Like A Bush In The Desert”

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Before the great and terrible day of Hashem comes, I will set portents in the sky and on earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.” Joel 3:3 (The Israel Bible™)

Brat: There aren’t a lot of codes that still need to be broken like when we were trying to break Nazi codes to win that War and free the Jews from the concentration camps. Lord, Your message has been clear: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” BE KIND sums up the Ten Commandments. You have been giving us ample opportunity to be kind to one another.

Shira Schechter: Why do you think God singled out these Ten Commandments to highlight at Mt. Sinai? Does this make them more important than the other things He commands elsewhere in the Torah?

Randal Cutter: I think you would agree that if that same sort of miracle working power were again being poured forth on the earth, it would be worth a sign in the heavens. That is specifically what I believe the Lord intended to communicate on January 16th. Of course, time will tell. If we begin to see more power available to the people of God in answer to their prayers, if we see an uptick in miracles, and even more signs and wonders, we will know that this sign is being validated. In the meantime, it is an encouragement to keep pressing in to the Lord with prayers, petitions, and intercessions. Let’s see what God is up to.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (29 Jan 18): This Wednesday evening, a rare confluence of astronomical events resulting in a “super blue blood moon” for parts of the world will accompany the beginning of an auspicious day of the Hebrew calendar, which is Tu B’Shvat (the 15th day of the month of Shvat), the arboreal New Year.[13]

Randal Cutter: That was a rather extended illustration, but it was necessary so that we understand the field on which we are standing. People who consign all dreams to the realms of the subconscious mind have not done their homework. There is far more to this field of study than most people understand.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: The rabbi cited the Talmud (Sukkah 29a) which states that a lunar eclipse is a bad omen for Israel since the Jewish people bases its calendar in accordance with the lunar cycle. The rabbi noted, however, that this upcoming lunar eclipse will not be visible in Israel.

Helen Madeline Cobanov: I saw angels filling the streets, corridors and homes. The atmosphere and presence of these angels was so thick as they stood shoulder to shoulder—like guards—forming what looked to be a cushioned wall of protection that lined each pathway.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: The Muslim calendar can be described as a bit “unbalanced” since it is entirely based on the lunar cycle. As a result, is not synchronized with the solar seasons. The month-long fast of Ramadan, for example, can fall in the summer when the daytime fast is quite long, or in the winter when the duration of the fast is relatively short.

Helen Madeline Cobanov: “I am righting the wrongs caused by darkness. What satan has intended for evil I will transform in this season of great turnaround. This turnaround will turn heads and jaws will drop in amazement and awe, as people see and hear of My power and love for them.”

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.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Unlike the Islamic calendar, the Jewish calendar is partially dependent on the Sun. Certain Biblical holidays must fall within specific solar seasons such as Passover, which must always be celebrated in the springtime.

Randal Cutter: When Jesus was about to embark on a ministry of presence and power, the veil between heaven and earth opened, the Spirit and power poured forth, and everything changed.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “The moon, representing the feminine, will be conspicuously absent, making them unbalanced, which is a dangerous condition,” Rabbi Fish added.

Helen Madeline Cobanov: Every path was strategically placed as they covered the Earth. As the wave of great turnaround moved throughout the Earth, I saw scrambled paths of confusion, dead-ends and darkness being straightened, lit up and lined by a wall of angels. The paths were narrowed, but covered far greater ground and territory. These paths were lined with pages of Scripture, and people were walking on the Word of God (Ps. 119:105).

Israel 365: There is hope for a tree; If it is cut down it will renew itself;
Its shoots will not cease             ~ Job 14:7 (The Israel Bible™)

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: “Trees are the masculine representation of the moon, appearing in its fullness on Tu B’Shvat since it falls in the middle of the month,” he elaborated. “The holiday is a symbolic meeting of the sun and the moon, the masculine and the feminine, in a balanced manner.”

Israel 365: Trees and Hope ✡ “Its Shoots Will Not Cease”

Start With Prayer

Jodie Hughes: Her command silences all other noise as suddenly, I’m aware it’s quiet and the air itself feels pregnant. The ground, it seems, is listening and has been waiting a long time for this sound. In this moment the sound of one who shouts echoes and resonates across the earth as I watch a multitude awaken.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: This astronomical phenomenon is described by the Prophet Joel as preceding days of judgment.

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Anna Blake: There is a comfort for both horse and rider in familiarity. It is a cue that they have drilled; a known answer exchanged between partners. Like starting church with a hymn or a ball game with the national anthem. It has a comfort we all understand.

Vicki Kemper: Does your church cause such a holy ruckus that your neighbors beg you to leave? Or do they even know you’re there?

Journal (in “Weeding” 28 Jan 18): I parked at Pleasant Valley Park after work and it took me a LONG time to relax. I wanted desperately to crawl into the backseat and curl up with God. I wanted to nest with Him and listen. But all my past experiences with cops blazing my car with their floodlights because of this “SUSPICIOUS” behavior came pummeling into my memories and soul. God kept telling me, “It’s okay. You can go lay down.” Was that God’s voice or my desperate wishful thinking? The cops have been relentless lately. Why would things be any different now?

God: It’s okay. You can get in the backseat and lay down. I’ve got your back. I’m protecting you.

After the third or fourth round I gave in and curled up in the backseat. I tried to relax.

God: Do you trust Me?

It felt like a trick question.

Me: No!

God: You are My bride.

I remembered how back in the beginning of this journey that phrase used to bring me so much comfort. Now I could only give Him a sideways look. I wanted to believe Him. I wanted to feel like I did in our honeymoon. I wanted to trust Him again. But the hurt was getting in the way.

Me: Lord, I need Your help to learn to trust You again. I need Your help to be Your bride. These words and phrases hurt now and only You can take the pain away and rebuild our relationship. What do You want in our relationship?

God: You are My Bride.

Mary’s words came to my heart-mind: “Let it be with me according to Your Word.” [Luke 1:38]

I felt a release of surrender go out from me.

Throughout the night whenever I woke up, God was right there repeating: “You are My Bride.”

I’m still listening. I’m still trying to trust. My trust is fragile. Every gust of wind, every shadow that startles from my peripheral vision, every crow that caws, causes me to flinch.

Ben Lim: Where are the prayer warriors who will toil with agony in the Garden of Gethsemane? Where are the intercessors that will cry sweats of blood with Jesus in declaring, “Father not My will, but Yours?”

Anna Blake: Consider evolving the definition of a new word: Consistency. Being consistent is more than scheduling rides a certain number of times a week. It’s altering the quality of those rides. It’s being aware of each cue, even the ones you didn’t mean to give. As a rider lifts her awareness, it means that engaging his mind becomes more important than giving the stock answer. It’s the act of having a conversation of cues rather than a command to be obeyed. The challenge for a rider to keep a horse interested in the conversation is that takes mental focus. We must stay engaged in each stride if we hope to have a responsive horse.

Jodie Hughes: And then I hear the sweetest, yet most powerful command of all. The Warrior stands and suddenly there is only silence—a holy hush—an anticipation that has built upon the ages waiting for these words. Jesus looks with piercing, furious love at the army as a whole, and yet His gaze saw every person. His eyes looked deep into their souls, with life-giving love, and then Warrior Jesus shouts into all the earth with a command that darkness fears:

Charles Shamp: The Lord would say, “All around you creation is pregnant with desire, but who will give birth to My desires? Who will follow My path, My plan? Who will let Me lead them by the hand? The difficult times of pain throughout the world at this time are simply birth pangs that have come. It is not only around you, but it is within the people. I am arousing My creation from within, shaking out corruption and destruction to bring My desires forth. There has been barrenness in many places, but many are yearning for full deliverance. I am going to shake up everything—turn some nations upside down. There will be natural shakings in the nations, yes a natural earthquake will be felt.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: But why? The mystics explain that Joseph’s depth of morality and holiness was concealed behind the dense facade of an Egyptian statesman. On the outside, Joseph seemed no more than a tremendously handsome young man, charming and charismatic, skilled as a diplomat and politician with endless ambition. It was not easy to realize that beneath these qualities lay a soul on fire with spiritual passion, a kindred spirit for whom the moral legacy of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob remained the epicenter of his life; a heart in love with G-d.  Joseph easily identified the holiness within his brothers. After all, they lived most of their lives as isolated, spiritual shepherds, involved in prayer, meditation and study. Yet these very spiritual brothers lacked the ability to discern the Divine dignity etched in the depth of Joseph’s heart. They never understood who their brother really was.

Anna Blake: In the beginning, training is repetition. We ask for something, the horse tries a few things, and gets a release when he finds the right answer. We cue him, he steps back, and the cue stops. He learns in hindsight and then gives us the right answer when we ask because he likes it when the cue stops. Simple success.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Many of the Chassidic commentaries (from Lavas Aish, quoted in the Torah Supplement of the Hamodia) use an alternative understanding of the first word of the verse “Mah tizak elay?”  “Mah” actually means “what” not “why”. G-d is saying to Moshe, your “what” is shouting at me! The Jewish people are struggling and you are showing your humility by praying? You are making a mistake – act!  Tell them to get moving! The word “what” is a hint to Moshe’s great humility (see Bamidbar 12:3). Later in this parsha, in connection with the manna, Moshe demonstrates his humility when he says to the Jewish people “What are we?”.

Kris Vallotton: I believe if you want to start stepping into being the world changer you were created to be, then demonstrating the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, including walking in miracles, should become “normal Christianity”!

Anna Blake: The problem is that we want more. More cues, more obedience, more good feelings. Most horses oblige to a point. Then we want bigger progress and get frustrated when he doesn’t keep up. A cue that makes sense to you leaves him blank. Or something changes; the routine gets altered and the two of you lose rhythm. Or the horse is distracted when we ask and we startle him with a correction. Somehow, things come apart. Because they always do.

James Goll: Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You for the measure of faith we each receive, and I am grateful for the opportunity to grow in the fruit of the Spirit called faithfulness. But I want more, Lord!

Release the gift of faith into my life to bring forth miracles for the glory of Christ Jesus’ holy name in the earth. I vow to store up the Word of God in my heart as a way of positioning myself to grow in faith. I want to speak to mountains in Jesus’ name and see them move! I choose to create the culture of faith over fear in Jesus Name!

Casket of Joseph

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The sea refused to part. Notwithstanding the agreement, the sea would not split. The sea claimed it was deceived: The Jews of heaven were not the Jews on earth. The sea had agreed to split before rich spirits; not before impoverished people.  Until… until it saw the casket of Joseph.

Vicki Kemper: Jesus had gone across the Sea of Galilee to a different culture and belief system. Yet even the demons knew Jesus for who he was, and implored him to leave them alone. Instead, for the sake of two Gentiles who had been rejected by their community, Jesus cast the demons out of the people and into a herd of pigs, which then ran off a cliff and drowned in the sea.

Jodie Hughes: Again, I glanced and saw the warrior standing on the mountain, sword raised, and then I saw another. His armor was white and shining and glistened. As He raised His sword the very atmosphere seemed to lean in, anticipating every word.

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Jodie Hughes: As I listen, I realize the weapon she wields is her voice! She is shouting, declaring, decreeing, announcing, urging. Her arms are flailing as if directing the very atmosphere and speaking forth: “On earth as it is in my Father’s house!” It was evident this warrior knew her creator by name and carried the family inheritance. As she speaks, Heaven listens, and nations are awakening as hearts are stirred. As she speaks, I watch the earth transform and receive her words.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Why did the sight of Joseph’s casket compel the sea to flee from its place, making way for the Jews? Says the Midrash, “The sea remembered how Joseph fled from his master’s wife who was seeking to violate him[4]; the sea decided it would flee, too.”

Jodie Hughes: A thunderous roar, that seems to only escalate as many dare to hope, shakes the earth and awakens even those who look like they are dead. As the army charges, I realize their weapons are sharper than any sword I have seen before and their shout is piercing Heaven. Their shout causes me to catch my breath as I ponder: Who is this brave voice I see arising in this hour? Who is she who carries pain as a precious and costly offering to her King? Who can stand in the way of this anointed one? Surely, no weapon formed against this army shall stand. Their weapons speak darkness into light.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: When the sea remembered the story of Joseph, it understood that it had erred.

Kathi Pelton: Since that day, I have had the strongest sense that this was a prophetic picture the Spirit wanted to define for me. As I waited on the Lord, I heard Him speak the words,

“The goose has been tamed!”

What?

Then He went on to say,

“Many of My people have felt like they have been on a ‘wild goose chase’ that kept them chasing the unobtainable but if they will chase after Me I will tame that goose. What they have chased after will suddenly be obtained if they will chase after Me!”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: In a way, Joseph’s casket was whispering this message to the sea: When you gaze at another human being, do not make the same error that others make when they gaze at you. Some simple folks look at you, dear sea, and assume that there is nothing beneath your bed of water. But who better than you knows the truth, that underlying your facade of water, lies an entire exquisite universe!  When the sea encountered Joseph’s presence it understood its mistake. It grasped the truth that the great drama and beauty of human life lie not in our perfection and flawlessness, but rather in the human battle not to surrender to the external forces of darkness, despair and shallowness and to remain loyal to the light, hope and depth etched within. Upon this realization, the sea parted before the Jews.

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Relationship

Rabbi YY Jacobson: A good relationship stems from the understanding that life is a battlefield in which we often stumble and fail and that the beauty and profundity of human life consists not of a continuous stream of light and perfection, but rather of the light that emerges from amidst darkness, of the serenity that emerges from turmoil, and of the harmony that sprouts forth from strife[12].

Pastor John Tolle: Martha wanted things perfect.

Jodie Hughes: And as I stared longer at this army ready for their greatest battle, I saw their swords transform to sickles, rakes and burrows, pitch forks and tools that I’d never seen before, but knew they carried such expertise and mastery of skill. Instead of pain and battle weariness, now I see only joy and reward. On every warrior was placed medals for unseen battles fought at great sacrifice. But each face emanated peace and raw excitement that I didn’t fully understand. These ones were born for this. Yes, together there was a golden glow that rested over them. The glory of the Lord rested well on these.

Nations

Anna Blake: Trust, first defined as not being afraid of falling, grows into the confidence to fly. Consistency is a rider working toward being the best they can be, allowing their horse to do the same.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Or as Eliezar ben Nissan Hakohen put it in Anthem: “Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

Anna Blake: Horses reward us for our uplifted consistency, usually with something a little sweeter than what we expect. Generosity.

Jodie Hughes: “As she speaks, Heaven listens, and nations are awakening as hearts are stirred. As she speaks, I watch the earth transform and receive her words.”

Larry Sparks (in “Higher Standard” 19 Jan 18): “Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under Heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together…” (Acts 2:5-6)

Israel 365: The Source of Peace on Earth ✡ “Pray For The Well-Being Of Yerushalayim”

Rabbi Aaron of Karlin: When G-d cut the initial deal with the sea that it split before the Jewish people, the sea — like any good businessman would do — asked G-d to see one of those “Jews” for whom it would need to change its nature and split its “identity” many years down the line.  When the sea observed the souls of the Jews in heaven, it melted away in joy and ecstasy. Observing the unparalleled greatness and untold depth of a Yiddishe neshamah, of that Divine spark embodying the goodness, holiness, dignity and G-dliness of its Creator, the sea declared to G-d, “If it is for these souls that I need to split, it would be my greatest honor and pleasure. For these souls I’d remain split for 1,000 years. These are my type of guys.”

Pastor John Tolle: There’s some joy in knowing that we’ll all stand before God and we know He’ll be just. And He’s not showing favoritism.

Me: That’s good, because I favor the rabbis. They’re my kind of guys.

Pastor John Tolle: We will be known as we are known. Repentance is on-going.

Me: So is my need for sanctuary.

Pastor John Tolle: Pressing on! This is a new chapter in your life! Let go of the last chapter! You don’t know what’s ahead of you even if you know a lot. There’s always more you don’t know and more growth than you’ve ever made.

Me: I want to grow and learn. I just need sanctuary where I can do it in peace and quiet.

Ben Lim: It was during this ten day period, that the Believers in the Upper Room lessened from 500 to 120! There were many who left because they could not take the heat. Many wanted the blessing but not many were willing to wait. Don’t give up your sudden moments because you’re tired of waiting. Keep waiting, keep pressing in, and continue to count the cost. Don’t give up your moments of miracles for a measly bowl of soup. Continue to prepare yourself for the more of the Lord.

Brat: So sorry, I guess you didn’t get the message that I said 10 ½ years, not “ten days.” Did you ever pass the message along to the bishops? Oh, well, I guess you couldn’t pass along a message that you never got.

Matthew Laney: Sabbaticals are as healthy for pastors as they are for members of the congregation. Sometimes church folk need a sabbatical—a planned time of separation from the church concluding with an intentional return—to maintain an engaged faith and a healthy relationship with the community.

Brat: Why do you make the stipulation that this must include an intentional return? My vow is to Jesus. It’s His job to return, not mine. He promised me sanctuary and that’s a Husband’s job. Let Him do His job!

James Goll: The spiritual gift of faith is not your faith—it is an impartation of a portion of God’s faith. That is why it carries with it such confidence and authority. When God reveals certain facts concerning His will in a circumstance, and you ” just know” it will happen, that is the gift of faith. It is to be much sought after. Such faith is irresistible.

Charles Shamp: It will be a time of great rejoicing for some, but great sorrow for others. Great grace will be needed by the Church during this time to walk in the days ahead. The choice of desire will be handed to nations, sealed for a time and season. Over the past few weeks I have been feeling the earth move under my feet. The ground has felt unsettling to me. As I have been waiting on the Lord, nations flashed before me.

Matthew Laney: In either case, we discover anew that the church is God’s, not ours. We are wanted, but not needed. Loved but not required. When we assume too much ownership, we inevitably turn ourselves into an idol and miss the real thing.

Jodie Hughes: I look one last time and hear the warrior bride shout one last, impassioned command: “Charge, warriors! Charge your weapons! Victory is in sight!”

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Do we have anything in our lives today that could even remotely reflect that unparalleled and stupendous miracle?  Yes, says the Talmud, and it is the miracle of a marriage that works. “To match couples together is as difficult as the splitting of the sea,” states this ancient Jewish text written around 1700 years ago[1].

Journal (in “Weeding” 28 Jan 18): I said how Cynthia had shared about this show she watches [called “Outlander”] and the hero opened a printing press in the 1700’s. Natasha watches the show, too, and knew exactly what I was referencing. I wailed that the folks in the 1700’s knew the importance of writing and the Jaime character printed subversive tracts to get the word out. How is it that in the 1700’s they understood the importance of writing, but in this day and age it has no merit?

James Goll: You Must Choose Today—Fear or Faith?

Pastor John Tolle (28 Jan 18): We’re working on marriage even before we’re married. This is a preparation time for when Jesus brings us the Bride. Is the Bride preparing herself for Jesus? What are you bringing into this heavenly marriage?

Me: The nations, I pray.

 

[1] Ben Lim: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19582

 

[2] Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Two Faces of Your Spouse (Essay): https://www.theyeshiva.net/jewish/829

[3] Anna Blake: https://annablakeblog.com/2018/01/26/repetition-vs-consistency/

 

[4] Jodie Hughes: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19577

[5] Charles Shamp: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19578

[6] Gale Sheehan: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19587

[7] Ryan LeStrange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOu55Id-jZg

[8] (Story and quote from Mendel Kalmanson, Seeds of Wisdom vol 2.)

[9] Anna Blake: https://annablakeblog.com/2018/01/29/photo-challenge-poem-variations/

 

[10] http://roundtable.jewishjournal.com/

[11] Helen Madeline Cobanov: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19589

 

[12] James Goll: https://www.charismamag.com/blogs/a-voice-calling-out/27116-james-goll-you-must-choose-today-mdash-fear-or-faith?utm_source=A%20Voice%20Calling%20Out&utm_medium=email&utm_content=subscriber_id:569845&utm_campaign=Blogger%20-%20James%20W.%20Goll%20-%202018-01-29

[13] Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/101732/kabbalist-suggests-rare-astronomical-confluence-jewish-holiday-bad-omen-arab-nations/#MYkv1LHVjCwZmbTp.99

Exciting! 22 Jan 18

24 Jan

Working Dates: Monday, January 22, 2018 to Wednesday, January 24, 2018

[12 pages]

Webmaster: An exciting weekend: …

Brat: We interrupt this broadcast to jump on the word ‘Exciting’!

Pastor John Tolle (21 Jan 18): I’m excited about taking hold of God! Hopefully you and I can be honest. Until things start coming out, real change doesn’t take place.

Larry Sparks (in “Higher Standard” 19 Jan 18): “Jesus is restoring His vision for His Church. He envisioned a transformational community who prayed, and what they prayed actually happened.”[1]

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Dusk settled over the township, and Rebbe Levi Yitzchak made his way to the local synagogue in order to join the congregation in welcoming Shabbat. Unable to contain the rapture and ecstasy that engulfed him in prayer, he prayed as he always did – with animated gesticulations and the voice of one possessed with a love for G‑d. Having made up their minds about him before they had as much as seen him, the congregants sarcastically marveled: “Now this one is a real expert at making an impression on people!”[2]

Revelation 15:Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.

Rick Joyner: As we are told in Romans 2:4, it is “the kindness of God” that leads us [to] repentance. Who can truly see His kindness and grace and not worship Him? We will be worshiping and thanking Him forever for His mercy and grace. The fear of His wrath may not draw men to Him, but it has certainly driven many to Him. The first Great Awakening was ignited by a sermon by Jonathan Edwards entitled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Many other great revivals were sparked by preaching on the severity of God. It may be better to be drawn than driven, but it is better to be driven than to not come at all.[3]

Revelation 4:6a Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

Brat (in “Higher Standard” 19 Jan 18): The dysfunctional Silence over all these years also makes such a barrier as the sea of glass. And it’s brought up twice in the Book of Revelation. (Rev 4:6 and Rev 15:2)

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

Brat (in “Higher Standard” 19 Jan 18): I share the journey as God tells me to and THEY DON’T WRITE ME BACK!

Pastor John Tolle (in “Open the Gates” 16 Jan 18): Hebrews 13 scares me to death! We who lead will have to answer for the flock we lead. How do I answer for Kathryn? I can’t make your decisions, but how did I lead you?

Brat (in “Consider It All Joy” 20 Jan 18): Well, with the Cloud of Witnesses watching, doesn’t that mean that I am also leading my flock, too? Doesn’t that mean that I’ll be held accountable to Jesus for the flock that I lead? Even if it seems imaginary because of the dysfunctional silence over these last 10½ years that has left me alone on the battlefield? And yet you are in my flock! Did you try to break the Silence?

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: Rashi quotes the Midrash Tanchuma as a source for his commentary on Numbers (21:21): “the leader of the generation is like the entire generation because the leader is equivalent to all”.

Hebrews 13:Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Anna Blake: Silence

Is the horizon reflected in the

pond or is it the water that sets

the sky ablaze? Does the wind move

the branches or is it the leaves

 

that sweep the air along? Is it the

rush of owl wings that calls out

the moon or a muted lunar song that

wakes a wild coyote chorus? Perhaps

 

silence draws close to warn us that

we’re lost, wandering so close to the

Earth’s misty edge that gravity goes

loose, just as the air breathes us in.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The two attendants of Rebbe Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev sensed that something was wrong and begged him to set out in time to reach some other township before Shabbat. But the Rebbe was insistent: he had never traveled on Friday afternoon, and he was not going to relax his principles now.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch: Even though a person knows himself well and realizes his essential humility; understands to what degree he has tainted his soul through improper acts, and comprehends how these acts cause a genuine separation between himself and G‑dliness, nevertheless, a person cannot despair and question, “How can I approach G‑d?” Rather, he has to know that to come close to G‑d is ‘from you,’ dependent upon himself. [4]

Jesse Shamp: I was in prayer recently and I slipped into a vision. The Lord showed me in this vision a heart inside of a body, and I instantly knew the Lord was showing me the heart of the Body of Christ. As I looked at the heart I saw something wrong. There was a dark root in the heart, and the Lord reminded me of a Scripture in Hebrews.

“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.” (Hebrews 12:15)[5]

Lovesick Scribe: The cup of bitterness[6]

Todd Bentley: God wants us to become still and quiet, turn our hearts inward, and use our spiritual eyes. Since the Kingdom of God is within every Believer, entering into the Spirit can happen as quickly as we can turn our hearts to the Lord and allow faith to speak to us through promptings, word impressions, our sanctified imaginations, visions, dreams, and spiritual experience. We are God’s children and He wants to speak to us; it is His will. He will give us heavenly encounters when we access and receive them by faith.[7]

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: There is indeed a time for prayer. In a personal sense it is the highest form of connection to G‑d. However, when action is necessary, prayer is the wrong response. When the sea is waiting to be split, when G‑d demands forward movement, it is no time to stop and worry about personal levels of connectedness. This lesson continues to resound in today’s day and age. There are people in the “streets” who need help; they are waiting for their personal splitting of the sea. [8]

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (22 Jan 18): Rebbe Yechiel Michel of Zlotshov discusses the verse “And G‑d hardened the heart of Pharoah, king of Egypt…and he pursued the Children of Israel. And the Children of Israel went out with a high hand” (Ex. 14:8). Everyone knows that when a person leaves, he leaves with his feet, so why does the verse speak about hands? The Torah is trying to teach us that when a person commits a sin, he is put into kind of exile. Just as the soul is exiled above in heaven, so the body is exiled below. How does one remove oneself from this exile? By praying for strength to return back to the right path. Through returning to G‑d, a person elevates the sparks of holiness that, until then, were hidden away in the physical world. When the Jews left Egypt they had the power of repentance and thus were able to raise the sparks of holiness. Therefore, even though Pharaoh was chasing them, he was powerless against our “high hand” – our “high” strength to elevate the sparks. [9]

Lovesick Scribe: The other side of this is the cup of bitterness that the church has drunk for too long, resulting in spiritual barrenness. Religion is sterile in every sense of the word. There is no intimacy in religion, and a lack of fruit proves it. Those who have been forgiven much love much. When we drink of bitterness, we forsake redemption, and we look for a reckoning.  Jesus does not want bitter water mingled with fresh water. He wants us overflowing with His Living water to where we spill out and offer redemption to others we come in contact, and that only comes with unbroken intimacy with Christ.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: It so happened that over the months before their arrival, this town had been visited by a series of charlatans. These resourceful gentlemen had provided themselves with the retinue of two attendants expected of a visiting tzadik and, through carefully studied theatricals, had managed to dupe the simple folk who lived there. On each occasion, the crooks swiftly slipped away, with even more resources than when they had come. The abused townspeople therefore suspected Rebbe Levi Yitzchak too, and, to make matters worse, one of their number claimed to have once seen the Rabbi of Berditchev, and his memory told him that the newcomer did not resemble him in the slightest. His cronies therefore decided that in the synagogue the next day, on Shabbat, they would call this scoundrel to the Reading of the Torah and then and there abuse him and beat him up so heartily that he would be lucky to get out of their town alive.

Luke 4: 16 He [Jesus] went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Michael Hines (24 Jan 18): “You are reading the Bible all your life,” Eli concluded, “but then you understand now what it means—the Bible talking and what we are finding. This is the way of God.”[10]

Pastor John Tolle (21 Jan 18): Scripture is the most important language of God.

Me (21 Jan 18): I listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying through the lectionary readings. He has been consistent in sticking to them and fulfilling His word. From the lectionary readings for 28 January 2018: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28; compare these passages in light of Laodicea. The right thing to do would be to pass me back to the Anglicans. The first time around they were not able to hear, because they were too busy judging and self-absorbed to enjoy the fruit. There is an accountability issue (Dt 18:19) – and restitution – which you are in a position to help resolve.

Rick Joyner: Some tend to think that God’s emotions and feelings are just like ours, but they are not. Though they may have similarities, they are much higher than ours. When we are told that God is a jealous God, we can interpret as being like human jealousy, which is selfish and self-centered. However, God’s jealousy is higher than ours—it is not so small hearted and selfish. His wrath, anger, and judgments are also not like ours—they are higher. [11]

Lovesick Scribe: I have been thinking about this revelation for quite some time, and what God would have me to say. I truly believe that the bride of Christ is entering a time of purification and cleansing. I say this not to bring condemnation, but to bring truth. The spirit of religion has brought charges against the bride for adultery against her Husband. If we were to be truthful, we all have committed adultery before the Lord at one time or another. Idolatry is consistently linked to adultery in the Old Testament, and idolatry has been prevalent in the body in some capacity. Whatever has our affection has our worship, and that is idolatrous in nature. There is a call to surrender to cleansing and to fidelity.

Brat (in “Consider it all joy…” 20 Jan 18): The line of thought goes back to the Cloud of Witnesses. And they do Nothing, because they cannot give it away that they knew and did nothing. And as yet there has been no one to stand in the gap and say to the Church that the Emperor has no clothes, when John is in prison after he got arrested! (Mk 1:14) The same thing is happening here all over again, and one more time…! All these guys have been able to do is declare the good news “that another one bites the dust”! I cannot answer for anyone! If I did then I would be accused of being the Accuser of the Brethren.

Michael Hines (24 Jan 18): Chasing Melchizedek

Lovesick Scribe: Jesus responded to the religious leaders by writing with His finger in the dust of the temple floor. I have heard many speculations as to what Jesus was writing that day on the temple floor, but what I discovered next in the Old Testament painted a picture for me on a different canvas of my understanding, and I saw a prophetic masterpiece crafted for the bride of Christ.

Todd Bentley: If Heaven (the Kingdom of God) is within us, perhaps we should further examine the characteristics of this Kingdom. Scripture clearly defines our Kingdom inheritance: “But if I cast out demons with the finger O God, surely the Kingdom of God has come upon you” (Luke 11:20). According to this verse, the Kingdom of God is casting out devils and setting the captives free. Wherever Jesus went, He told people that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand; wherever Jesus went, God’s Kingdom rule touched earth.

Michael Hines: “You’ve heard of the First Temple?” he asked. “This is Temple Zero.” This small sacred area has been positively dated back almost 4,000 years—to the time of Genesis when the enigmatic Melchizedek was king and priest of the “Most High God” in what was known then as the small hilltop fortress of Salem. Alongside the altar, there are niches carved in the rock for the slaughter of sacrificial animals, a wine press, and an olive press.

Lovesick Scribe: In that moment, the parallel hit me. Jesus, the High priest, was standing in the temple as the woman was set before Him, charged with the sin of adultery. He was not only the High priest, but He was the earthen vessel containing holy water. It was no coincidence that prior to this account, Jesus declares that those who are thirsty should come and drink, and out of them would flow rivers of Living water. (John 7:37-39)

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: “Stand still and see the salvation of G‑d”. You need not fight for the Holy One blessed be He, [for He] will wage war for you, as the verse states: “G‑d will fight for you, and you shall remain silent”. (Ex. 14:14) Come and see, on that night [of the splitting of the Reed Sea] the Holy One blessed be He, gathered all His entourage together to pass judgment on Israel [as to whether they were worthy to be saved]. If it were not for the forefathers who had come first [to pray on behalf of their future children], they would not have been rescued from the judgment. Rebbe Yehuda said that it was the merit of Jacob that stood in favor of Israel as is written, “If it had not been G‑d who was on our side [to save us], let Israel now say.” (Ps. 124:1). That is [a reference to] Grandfather Israel [who prayed for the salvation of his children].

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (22 Jan 18): Imagine that dramatic moment we looked out over the vast sea in front of us with our enemies behind us. Everyone was worried. What could we do? The Zlotshover continues by explaining the verse “And Moses said to the nation…do not be afraid. Stand firm and see G‑d’s salvation.” (ibid. 14:13) Why is the phrase “stand firm” necessary? Wouldn’t it have been enough to just say that they would “see G‑d’s salvation”? The principle is that G‑d’s actions are always done for the good of the Jewish people. While the righteous are able to see immediately that a situation is good, ordinary people do not have the same ability and often perceive events negatively without understanding that everything is ultimately for the good. When the Jewish people were in exile, without the merit of the commandments, they were not sensitive to the fact that G‑d was putting them through all the difficulties for a positive reason. Moses could see what was really happening. Therefore he was saying that they should stand firm and see whether G‑d’s salvation is true or not! Stand firm – don’t do a thing. Wait and see if what I have been telling you is true…that everything G‑d does is for our good.

Michael Hines: This is the place, Eli suggests, where Melchizedek greeted Abraham after the rescue of Lot with “bread and wine” in Genesis 14, and an event to which the New Testament writer refers at length in Hebrews 7. “We’re in the beginning of monotheism,” suggested Eli. We read of Jacob worshipping God by setting up a pillar at Bethel some decades later in Genesis 28. There’s no reason not to believe that Melchizedek was worshipping God in the same way.

Lovesick Scribe: The Lord led me to Numbers 5:16-31. This passage was the test when a woman was suspected of adultery, or if the husband was jealous over the wife while bringing accusations of adultery. When the woman was brought before the High priest, the priest took holy water, also known as living water, into an earthen vessel. He then proceeded to take dust from the floor of the tabernacle, and He placed it into the water. The priest wrote a curse or an oath in a book, and he washed the written curse with the water. The woman then had to drink this cup of bitterness containing the living water, the dust of the floor, and the word curse. Time would tell if she was guilty as she would be left barren. If she were innocent, she would conceive children.

Pastor John Tolle (21 Jan 18): We are clay pots! We’re crackpots!

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: Now this conversation was heard by the teacher who was employed by the innkeeper to tutor his children. The teacher had once met the tzadik, and his heart was instantly kindled with a desire to see him again. If it was true that Rebbe Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev was actually in the neighboring town, how could he not go to visit him?! There was no choice: he would set out at once.

After he had already made some headway, a thought that crossed his mind suddenly stopped him in his tracks: “What on earth am I doing? Tonight is Shabbat! It’s absolutely impossible to walk the whole distance to that town without exceeding the permissible Shabbat limits. How can I keep going and desecrate Shabbat?”

So he stood, giving this objection weighty consideration. He finally decided: “No matter what! If the tzadik is so near, I just have to go ahead and greet him!”

After having gone a little further he stopped again.

“Come now,” he told himself, “you’re acquiring a mitzvah by paying with a sin. Where does it say you’re allowed to desecrate Shabbat in order to be able to earn the mitzvah of paying your respects to your rebbe?”

He stood stock still, thought it through again from all angles, and then decided: “Onward!”

Lovesick Scribe: Jesus did not destroy the Law, but He fulfilled the Law in that moment with this woman. He did not condemn her, but He redeemed her. Jesus has this way of offending our sensibilities. What is deemed unclean and untouchable under the Law is made whole by one touch from Christ. It happened time and again with lepers and a bleeding woman, and He was doing it again. He fulfilled the Law by displaying redemption through another covenant, a better covenant.

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: The Shabbat balances against the whole Torah and one who keeps the Shabbat is considered as though he has kept the whole Torah.

Brat: Jesus is the Lord of my Sabbath.

Mark 2:28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Michael Hines: “How did Jacob worship God? He set up a pillar that said this was the house of God. He anointed it with olive oil, the same things that we have here. So, we have the First Temple built by King Solomon, Second Temple Nehemiah, Zerubbabel … but what was before? Melchizedek. Who was Melchizedek? High priest. So, if you have a high priest, which temple? Temple Zero. But this temple was never destroyed.”

Sandie Freed: Then I had an a-ha moment. I remembered the numerous times I had heard Believers sadly confess, “… surely there’s more to living the blessed life. I have tried everything I know to do and I can’t seem to experience the needed breakthroughs!” (Notice all of times the word “I” was used?) I knew immediately to what they were referring—we should ALL be experiencing the fulfillment of so many of our promises from God! But, now I was beginning to see breakthrough a little differently.[12]

Jennifer Brownell: “Ok, ok,” I’ve heard said (or said myself) in more than one committee discussion about written policies or procedures,  “Can someone volunteer to work on this and bring it back next time? The last thing we want to do is write-by-committee.”

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: “Not so, my son,” the tzadik assured him quietly. “You have not desecrated the Shabbat, because your walking to here can truly be called a life-saving mission. If you had not arrived at this very moment, my life would have been in real danger.”

Revelation 15:And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

Lovesick Scribe: As Jesus bent down to the temple floor, He completed the process found in Numbers 5. The Word made flesh became every element found in the test for adultery, and instead of washing a curse with the water, He brought cleansing by the washing of water with the Word. (Ephesians 5:26) He gave her a cup of redemption instead of a cup of bitterness. In one moment, as she was set before the Lord, she encountered forgiveness from the barrenness of sin, and she was given a chance to be fruitful for His glory.

Pastor John Tolle (21 Jan 18): Are you bolted down? Everything that can be shaken will be shaken.

1 Corinthians 3:You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

Pastor John Tolle (21 Jan 18): The stories I’ll allow God to write.

Brat: I understand that the Church is embarrassed by the way she’s behaved, but it’s not right for her to worship the god of Embarrassment and then to bury the idol in the camel’s rucksack of Dysfunctional Silence at the cost of Sanctuary, peace, protection, and Truth.

Genesis 31:34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel’s saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch: The service in the Temple and the Sanctuary centered around the principle of refinement – subduing one’s physical nature, which leads to and brings about the transformation of darkness into light. Therefore, one of the services conducted in the Temple was sacrificial offerings.

Michael Hines: The archeological record suggests that this ancient altar and sacrificial area was buried in the time of King Hezekiah—the righteous king who removed all alternative places of worship in and around Jerusalem. This small standing stone set up as a pillar to be “the house of God” appears never to have been broken down, just covered up and forgotten. And throughout all the destructions and conquests of Jerusalem that followed, it remained that way for thousands of years. That was until 2010. “I didn’t plan to come here to find something,” Eli admitted with a shrug. “I just did the excavation.”

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: Since the Shabbat rejuvenates the soul, and since the Torah is called a “tree of life”, one can be balanced against the other. This explains the secular world’s fight against the Shabbat – because once you “defeat Shabbat” you defeat the Torah. Indeed the pious waves of immigrants to America from Russia 100 years ago became estranged from the Torah as a direct result of being drawn into the desecration of Shabbat, feeling they had to “fight for their bread” also on that holy day. …delight in everything, delight of the spirit and of the body…

Brat (in “Value?” 18 Jan 18): Meanwhile the Church has a centuries-old tradition of honoring and protecting her Anchorites. So, where’s the Church?

Pastor John Tolle (21 Jan 18): God calls me to shepherd the flock and to live my life as an example. This is scary!

Steve Shultz: God is calling on His people this year to step out in new, bold faith and take greater risks than we have before. The thought of taking “greater risks” can be quite scary and nerve racking…

BUT the Lord of Hosts is with you!

Sheri Rose Shepherd: “Good Morning My Princess” — Break Out of Approval Addiction

Rick Joyner: Jesus said in John 7:17, “If anyone wills to do His will he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.” By this He was asserting that to know the truth begins with the resolve to obey God regardless of our opinions. Those who want to agree with the doctrine first will not know the truth or understand God as He is. Those conditioned by the politically correct mentality cannot comprehend this and will not accept it, which is the veil to knowing the truth. This is the ultimate pride of man exalting his opinions above God’s, and that pride always leads to destruction.

Brat: So why didn’t you pass me along? You knew and did nothing.

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: This, indeed, is G‑d’s message: Now is a time for action. Sequestering oneself in a synagogue, as personally fulfilling as it may be, is not the proper approach. It is necessary to go “out there”, to “journey forth”, and help ensure that the entire world joins in the victorious march through the challenges of the “Sea of Reeds” to the final and complete redemption.

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch: Bringing an offering was not merely a physical act. On the contrary, the participation of the Priests and the Levites with their songs and music demonstrated that the central importance of a sacrifice was spiritual.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The back door burst open….

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch: “G‑d does not come to His creations with excessive demands”, (Avoda Zora 3a) and is revealed to each one according to his potential; as the Midrash declares: “When G‑d approaches a man, he does not demand of him (Infinite) Divine Power, rather, for man to serve G‑d with his own power” (Bamidbar Rabba 12:3) to fully utilize and actualize his own personal potential. Since G‑d asks only according to the potential we possess, there are no obstacles preventing us from reaching the highest level of service.

Brat: In God’s kingdom the servant does not promote him/herself. We are not self-sufficient in that way. We need each other. Otherwise the Kingdom comes off looking like just another sales pitch to the world. Hasn’t the world had enough of that?

Jennifer Brownell: Written-by-committee has a bad rap, no doubt. It brings to mind images of people wandering around piles of words, aimlessly tossing them into the middle, arguing about them, discarding the ones they had chosen originally and then beginning again. The result of writing-by-committee, we insinuate, is as muddled and mediocre as the process.

Brat: The Book of Philemon is an excellent prototype of passing along another servant. Writing-by-committee doesn’t HAVE to be drawn up at the blood bank!

Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: “But Moses said to the people….” (Ex. 14:13)

The Jews were between a rock and a hard place. They were standing without rafts in front of the Sea of Reeds and the Egyptians were breathing down their necks. Four factions developed, each with another plan of action:

“Let us drown ourselves in the sea”;

“Let us surrender and return to Egypt”;

“Let us wage war against them”;

“Let us pray”.

Webmaster: …The Shabbat of Parashat Beshalach is also known as the “Shabbat of Song”

Revelation 15: 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.

Rick Joyner: This is why in the text from Revelation above they sing “The Song of Moses.” This is the song of trusting the works of the Lord and His judgments, which are always righteous and true.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai: “And you shall call to the Shabbat a delight” (Isaiah 58:13). [This means] delight in everything; delight of the spirit and of the body, enjoyment of the higher and lower worlds. And what is the meaning of the words “You shall call to [the Sabbath]“? This means that you have to invite it, as is written, “Called Holy” (Lev. 23:2). This means that you call to it or invite it, just as one would invite a guest into his house.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The next day Rabbi Gedalya was delighted, “A note from G‑d,” he thought. But after this act was repeated a few times, Rabbi Gedalya realized it must be one of his students. He proclaimed, “I decree that the writer of these notes should reveal himself and that we will allot him the respect he deserves.”[13]

Jennifer Brownell: Written By Committee

Yisroel Susskind: His siddur included primarily those prayers which could be traced back to the customs initiated by the Men of the Great Assembly (at the time of Ezra the scribe, ca. 3426/335 BCE (see Pirkei Avot 1:1-2)).[14]

Brat: You mean “Men of the Great Assembly” are like “The Cloud of Witnesses” with me?

Jennifer Brownell: When written-by-committee works, it really works, I guess.  Maybe this can be our encouragement the next time we’re sitting around a committee meeting table, trying to find just the right words. Maybe this can be our reminder that the Holy Spirit can create beauty even from the most inefficient and inelegant of human processes.

Brat: I’ve brought up several times that the Book of Philemon is a perfect prototype for passing others along to places and people where their gifts can be of the most benefit for God’s Kingdom.

To my Discernment Committee: “And the Books Were Opened” 3 September 2010

In my Reflection entitled “SpIN” 08 September 2013

To the Prophets: “Bridging the Prophetic Gap” 15 October 2013

In “Naked Timeline” shared 27 May 2014

In “Bride’s Voice” shared 14 August 2014

In “Wings Again” 18 June 2015

In “Beams” 19 December 2015

In “Steward” 15 June 2016

To Lana Vawser in “For God’s Sake” 04 September 2016

To the rabbis in “Odd Oz” 28 December 2016

In “7th Trumpet” 02 January 2017

Revelation 10:7 But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”

Brat: Does anybody else see what God’s been up to these last seven years? I don’t wanna nag.

Dana Jarvis: Keep Going! God is Sending Some Peculiar Breakthroughs!​​​​​​​

Shmuel-Simcha Treister: Here the Zohar tells us the mental attitude required to obtain the full delight of the Shabbat. It is a frame of mind where one is expecting a delightful guest, and then, once the guest arrives, to enjoy their company. This explains why the holy Ari would literally go out into the fields to greet the Shabbat. This was a physical manifestation of an inner state of mind that enables one to cling to the sanctity of the day. This is also the reason behind the other customs of greeting the Shabbat.

Yisroel Susskind: I have learned about three aspects of bounty. One, materially, is that parashat ha-mon [“the section of the Manna”] offers a blessing for livelihood, especially, but not only, on Tuesday of Parashat Beshalach. Second, spiritually, saying Parashat ha-mon can strengthen our faith and confidence. Third, emotionally, there is benefit in following what stirs you emotionally. When this story began, I did not know that this story would lead me to connections in my family’s personal history. I just felt a passionate stirring that I chose to value.

Pastor John Tolle (21 Jan 18): Doors open when we value them. Prefer others above yourself.

Yisroel Susskind: May it be that our spiritual and emotional connections to Torah and its precious words create a vessel for the ultimate bounty, with the coming of Moshiach, may that be immediately NOW!

Sandie Freed: Bottom line: to negate the finished work of Christ is sin. Yet, to remain empowered to not sin is to receive and continue in grace. Expect grace to chase you down! You may have heard this phrase before—I know I have—but this is the “NOW” time to receive it!

Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested.”

Rick Joyner: As we see in the last sentence, the nations will come to worship the Lord because His judgments have been manifested. It is not random that many false doctrines are being promoted in the church today that demean or even deny the judgments of God. As we see from the pattern of Scripture and history, this is a sure sign that the world is about to experience His judgments. We are told in I Peter 4:17: “For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

Lovesick Scribe: Though we as the church have rightful charges and accusations brought against us, there is redemption when we take our place hidden in Jesus. When we operate in a pure state, our character can keep us where His prophetic declarations desire to take us. He wants us to be known by a different drink. He chooses to offend the religious with redemption, and redemption comes when we hearken to the words, “Go and sin no more”. He wants to purge the bitter waters from our midst, waters that contaminate the pure flow. He wants us fruitful for His glory. He desires us to be faithful and unwavering in our fidelity to Him. May we be found as faithful to Him as He is to us.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: The townsfolk, overhearing, realized that they had suspected an innocent man – and that this time a genuine tzadik was in their midst. They hastily begged his forgiveness.

Jennifer Brownell: Prayer
God, you are our refuge and strength. Ours. Remind us when you call us into communities, and even into committees, that you are calling us to do your sacred work.  Amen.

 

[1] Larry Sparks: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19521

[2] Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/380220

[3] Rick Joyner: The Book of Revelation: The Kindness and Severity of God (16 Jan 2018): https://www.morningstarministries.org/resources/word-week/2018/kindness-and-severity-god-book-revelation#.WmH09DdG3cs

[4] Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch: http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/1750423

[5] Jesse Shamp: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19548

[6] https://lovesickscribe.com/2018/01/22/the-bride-of-christ-is-to-be-known-by-a-different-drink/

[7] Todd Bentley: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19549

[8] Moshe-Yaakov Wisnefsky: http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/379832

[9] Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/380219

[10] Michael Hines: https://us.icej.org/news/commentary/chasing-melchizedek

[11] Rick Joyner: https://www.morningstarministries.org/resources/word-week/2018/trusting-works-lord-book-revelation#.WmkU4TdG3cs

[12] Sandie Freed: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19552

[13] Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/2444216

[14] Yisroel Susskind: http://www.kabbalaonline.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/1744744

Open the Gates 16 Jan 18

16 Jan

Working Dates: Sunday, January 14, 2018 to Tuesday, January 16, 2018

[9 pages]

Tom Hamon: Who Can Be Used to Open the Gates?

1 Corinthians 7:29 I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none,

Rabbi YY Jacobson: What is the first and foremost symptom of bring free? That you learn to confer freedom on others.

Matthew Laney: Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” – Acts 19:1-7

Lana Vawser (13 Jan 18): What was clouded, is now becoming clear! The breakthrough of God is breaking through the cloud that has attempted to hinder your vision and direction. Now watch and see the sunny day of breakthrough clarity being released upon you! Now you will know why the enemy fought so hard to hinder your vision.

Jonah 3:1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying,

Matthew Laney: Holy Spirit Who?

Pastor John Tolle: In Christianity we compare ourselves. You’re insulting God. You just have to go for it and step out. No one runs to lose.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter (12 Jan 18): Sometimes you want to influence another person and bring them closer to Judaism, but as far as you can see it is not working. The parsha is teaching us that just as Pharaoh was not initially influenced, nevertheless, little by little, each plague had an effect on his beliefs and actions. The quality of spirituality in the world was much weaker before the giving of the Torah. “And G-d came down on Mount Sinai.” This verse teaches us that when the Torah was given spirituality descended to the world in order to effect the physical. If, over time, even Pharaoh was influenced before the giving of the Torah, how much more so after the Torah was given and G-d and the world are joined, that we will see results from our efforts. When we speak in a warm and friendly manner and most importantly, from the heart, be assured that eventually there will be positive results.

Lillian Daniel: Have you ever noticed that the authors of gratitude books have pretty awesome lives? Their literary little offspring are always saying cute things about God and life that make it into the bestselling gift book. You read about some specially supportive spouse whose real job makes the latest self-help masterpiece possible. Hey, I’d be grateful too. (“And what’s a real job?” I hear you ask. Well, I’d define it as any kind of work that does not involve writing gratitude books.)

Pastor John Tolle (14 Jan 18): I had a meeting this week. Tom Anthony (Calvary Nexus) under Max Lucado, discovered that most people in his church only want warm devotionals every day. My teeth are grinding. That will never make you a powerful Christian. People need to eat the meat of the word and not just the milk.

Lillian Daniel: Apparently, gratitude is now good for our health. The Harvard Mental Health Letter recommends adopting practices like sending thank-you notes, but most of the recommendations are suspiciously solitary endeavors, like meditating, counting your “blessings” and writing in a “gratitude journal.” There’s nothing wrong with any of these things, but if no one else is affected by your gratitude, what difference does it make?

Pastor John Tolle: John Roberts, Justice of the Supreme Court was asked by his son’s middle school to speak at their commencement ceremony. He said, “Write someone a thank you note and mail it the old-fashioned way. Put effort into it. Not an email.”

Jonah 3:5 And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.

Brat: The postcard is coming in the mail, Pastor John. Look for it.

Ryan LeStrange: There are strategic alliances being formed in this hour to prepare the people who will dwell under the canopy. There is a reformation from a ministry building paradigm to a canopy creating people. People are being drawn to places that are not just building typical ministries but contending to raise the canopy of glory and see the destiny of a region manifest.

Lillian Daniel: “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.” – Colossians 4:2

Pastor John Tolle: Anything I say from the word of God is profitable for you. He is changing you from one point of glory to the next point of glory.

Brat (in “Undeliverable” 11 Jan 18): I know that God can. I’m asking for connections among us to pass the baton. And that’s your job! The rabbis said, “Take me off your list.” I understand that to mean that I’m not allowed to connect to the rabbis, but they’re the ones I need to reach.

Lillian Daniel: Let me be frank. Most of my journal entries would not make for appropriate reading material in a tastefully decorated guest bathroom. Sometimes people suffer ingratitude, even rage, for a reason. There are days when no amount of positive post it notes on the bathroom mirror can push that pain away.

Katie Barker: “The anointing does not point to us, but to God who empowers us. We are anointed to transform our area of influence for the advancement of the Kingdom and to bring glory to God.”

Elijah List (15 Jan 18): This Book will make you say “Unbelievable”

Lillian Daniel: You Can Keep Your Cheap Gratitude

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The dictator, the control freak, or the abusive spouse or parent, does not know how give others freedom. He (or she) feels compelled to force others into the mold that he has created for them. Uncomfortable in his own skin, he is afraid that someone will overshadow him, expose his weaknesses, usurp his position or make him feel extra in this world. Outwardly he attempts to appear powerful, but inwardly his power is a symptom of inner misery and confinement.

Psalm 62:9 Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.

Lillian Daniel: Wealthy foundations pour millions into gratitude research, hoping to fix such attitudes. Excuse me for wishing they would put as much research into the causes of such unhappiness, from poverty to injustice. As a follower of Jesus, I worry whenever the people who have the most start lecturing the people who have the least about gratitude.

Psalm 62:11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,

Pastor John Tolle: If you don’t run the race you lose.

1 Corinthians 7:30 …and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions

Matthew Laney: That Paul could size up a church in no time. He took one look at the church in Ephesus and knew they had not received the Holy Spirit. How did he know that?

Psalm 62:5 For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him.

Tom Hamon: But again, a question is posed: Who can ascend to the hill of the Lord? Or who can operate at the gate rightly to truly welcome the King of glory and His Kingdom?

Pastor John Tolle: In August of 1970 I ran a cross-country race in Big Bear. I raced against the Oregon state champion there. I was not known as a long-distance runner. I’d run the course before. If I could get to the top at the turn by the cedar tree, then I could pace myself down the mountain on the other side. My goal was to reach the tree. I won the race because I had the advantage of having run the race before. I didn’t beat him because I ran faster. I beat him because I strategized. I had wisdom. I knew the course.

1 Corinthians 7:31 …and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

Brat journal (in “Imagine” 7 Jan 18): There was a gentleness in those words that he spoke and the blessing that came with it. I wondered, was HE also letting go of me? Is this the first step in what he meant that this may be a day I’ll never forget? Did Ephesus remember so that she could forget?

1 Samuel 3:20 And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the LORD.

Dale Rosborough: In Israel, a re-enactment of this battle took place in Beersheva on October 31 with the Prime Ministers of Israel and Australia there to commemorate the event. A couple of days prior to this, we were driving down the road from our house towards the Sea of Galilee when we met a traffic jam. Up the hill, on the other side of the road, came bicyclists struggling to climb the steep grade. Since there appeared to be a lot of them, we decided that there was nothing left to do but to cheer them on! We began to clap and shout and encourage them to keep going. They seemed to take heart as we did this and began to “high five” us as they passed our car. On and on they came and the line seemed endless. We were even tiring from our clapping and shouting, but we persisted until the last rider struggled up the grade. We later learned that to commemorate the ANZAC ride, there were 120 cyclists riding the circuit where the riders fought and won in Israel. The amazing thing was that it began at the base of our hill on the southern end of the Sea of Galilee! When I researched the spot where they began, it was the very spot where we had begun our journey in Israel and prayed that we would be able to come into the Land in a single day. Later that day, we climbed that very hill to meet with our Landlord about the house we are now in.

Jonah 3:3 So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across.

Matthew 12:41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here.

Brat: The Holy Spirit, which Jesus Himself breathed on the people.

Katie Barker: The Lord has shown me the strong link between intercession for a nation and a move of His Spirit and transformation. The Lord is calling multitudes of people at this time to take their place as watchmen on the wall and intercede for nations He places on their hearts. He has shown me seeds of intercession that have been sown into nations, sometimes over hundreds of years, and the harvest that is coming as people stand and intercede for God’s will to be established in the nations. There is a call from Heaven going out for people of God to partner with Him and intercede for the prophetic words that have been spoken over nations to be established.

Tom Hamon: The answer is given: God says, “I need those who have ‘clean hands’ and ‘a pure heart.'” Here, He is talking about one’s deeds and motives.

Pastor John Tolle: My purpose is not to brag.

Jonah 3:2 “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.”

Katie Barker: “Many others will follow the path they are blazing and will benefit from the work they will do in forging and opening the path. They blaze a path for others as they carry My heart to see others advance. I will use them as a slingshot to catapult others forward. They will use the gifts they have been given in new ways; always with a heart of love and to bring glory to My name. Discernment will be needed in this season to know which open doors are from Me. The enemy will try to use distraction to keep My pioneers from the path I am sending them on.

Tom Hamon: God says, “I need those who have not sullied themselves with the world’s ways and who have a motive of love toward God and His Kingdom purposes first.

Psalm 62:12 …and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work.

Matthew Laney: Were they stressed out and worked up?
Were they irritable and quarrelsome?
Did they talk more than they listened?
Did they think they were responsible for everything?

Pastor John Tolle: The Holy Spirit is dealing with me in last week’s sermon.

Tom Hamon: Those who seek His Kingdom first and not all the other things first like money, power, position, fame, pleasure, etc., and those who are motivated by God’s heart of love and live by His Word.”

Matthew Laney: Did they strive to be excellent and polished over humble and faithful?
Were they fearful and joyless?
Were they dour and sour and no fun to be around?
Was their worship service lacking a pulse?

Brat (in “Undeliverable” 11 Jan 18): I wish you could know my King. He is kind and gracious and listens with piercing accuracy. And He has a sense of humor you seem to have lost in the woods somewhere.

Pastor John Tolle: The Holy Spirit brought me back to last week’s sermon. Somebody has to go ahead of you. You’re welcome to go ahead of me. We are to be motivating each other. Iron sharpens iron.

Brat (in “Prayer for an Epiphany” 03 Jan 18): Where are the priests? Where are the rabbis? They’re supposed to be in the waters of the Jordan carrying the Ark of the Covenant. They’re supposed to have their feet wet and we walk through.

Joshua 3: Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

Brat: …And nothing any of us artists do will change the mindsets, because they don’t see art (or horses, or poetry, or prayer) as valuable. It doesn’t fit in their value base, because their value base is punitive and not mercy-based.

Hebrews 4:For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.

Pastor John Tolle: We, too, have also had the gospel preached to US! This verse really hit me this week. But the message they heard was of no value, because they did not put faith to it.

Lillian Daniel: Thankfully, gratitude combined with prayer is deeper than obsessing over our own well-being and lifting our own moods. We’re supposed to give thanks despite what is happening, not because of it. Gratitude in the Christian tradition is not all about you or what you feel. It’s about giving thanks anyway, and keeping alert to the wellbeing of others.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Who is powerful? He who empowers. Who is free? He who can free others. Who is a leader? He who creates other leaders.

Lana Vawser: Some of the encounters and the revelation the Lord will have experience and release, will be so weighty, so beautiful to bring such a shift in the body of Christ, you must surround yourself with wise counsel and community, stay deep in the Word and remain in the place of humility, close to His heart so the enemy will find no entry point.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: We can understand this on a soul level. The paradym of the Jews and Pharaoh is a hint to the relationship between a Jewish person’s divine soul and his/her evil inclination. Here the message is the opposite. Take no prisoners. Be relentless. Break the power of your evil inclination. If you want to succeed and have a complete victory, you have to eliminate all opposition to holiness. Being easy on ourselves will only bring more trouble. It is only when the army fights with all of their strength does the king open up his storehouses and use all of his resources to help win the battle. Each Jew is given these resources, even in the darkness of the exile, but only when he or she is committed completely to bring their own redemption and hasten the arrival of Moshiach.

Pastor John Tolle: … If I don’t wanna offend you, I wanna be your friend, not have you feel rejected, … The point is not that I’m right. He’s right!

Exodus 9: 27 Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he said to them. “The Lord is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong. 28 Pray to the Lord, for we have had enough thunder and hail. I will let you go; you don’t have to stay any longer.”

Revelation 11:19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within His temple was seen the ark of His covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

1 Samuel 2: 35 I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in My heart and mind. I will firmly establish His priestly house, and they will minister before My anointed one always.

Brat: If there were a way that we could communicate, I would ask for a friend, not a robot.

Exodus 9: 29 Moses replied, “When I have gone out of the city, I will spread out my hands in prayer to the Lord. The thunder will stop and there will be no more hail, so you may know that the earth is the Lord’s. 30 But I know that you and your officials still do not fear the Lord God.”

Matthew Laney: Did they profess love more than they showed it?
Did they ignore their neighbors in need?
Did they fail to confront abuses of power and stand with the marginalized?
Did they sidestep justice issues to avoid being “political”?

Pastor John Tolle: Ephesians 4:22-23 says to put off the old self. This is an intentional decision. Put on the new man in Christ Jesus. Excuses are not faith. God railed on me on that one as I drove to Santa Monica. I’ve made excuses to the pastors I’ve talked to. I’m called to pastor the pastors. I excuse the fact that we’re a small church. I stand in front of you and ask your forgiveness.

Brat: [Heads around me nod their forgiveness. I did, too.]

Exodus 10: 16 Pharaoh quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. 17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the Lord your God to take this deadly plague away from me.”

Lillian Daniel: Prayer
Dear God, thank you for giving me so much more thanksgiving material than myself. Amen.

Exodus 10: 18 Moses then left Pharaoh and prayed to the Lord. 19 And the Lord changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt. 20 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 4:58 pm             Journal: …I throw my hands up. Lead us, God! There’s no foreseeable way to cross this Dead or Red Sea. I ask You for your help and direction. When Erin went through the false alarm missile scare in Hawaii, that showed me all the more that Satan is doing his utmost to terrorize Your people. I know I’m not alone in my heightened sensory sensitivities. This makes terror that much more terrifying. God, put a stop to this! Pharaoh just says the same thing and his advisors and magicians call on the Holy Spirit, too. Show Yourself Greater! Show Yourself Stronger! Pharaoh says, “I’ve sinned,” but will not let the people go. Pharaoh says, “Forgive me,” but will not let the people go. Pharaoh believes You are God and will not let the people go. Eli and sons do the same thing. They know the same words. They pray, too.

But the noise continues to be amplified, so I know that Satan is still manipulating.

Rabbi YY Jacobson said, “Remember that freedom is a gift; use it to free others.”

That word “freedom” seems abused in my orbit. Clean up that word, Lord. Restore it to the purity and vitality that it originally had.

We all know the Bible and we all pray. Jesus said that we would be held accountable to our ACTIONS and Eli and Sons knew what was going down and still they did NOTHING!

Rabbi YY Jacobson: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” Abraham Lincoln said. Ask yourself, do you know how to celebrate the soaring success of your loved ones and constituents? Do you encourage them to spread their wings and maximize their potentials? Can you allow others to shine?

Tom Hamon: It goes on to say that they must not be those who have lifted their soul to an idol or sworn deceitfully. It can’t be those who have made a secret pact with the powers that be to advance or who have chosen to serve other gods or interests in order achieve their goals.

Matthew Laney: Did they not give generously to the ministries of the church?
Did they argue over small matters and ignore the important stuff?
Were they more focused on the church’s survival than on God’s mission in the world?
Were they more full of themselves than of Christ?

Pastor John Tolle: The Lord dealt with me on this. Praying by faith. The Lord said to me, “Most bought into what you said in your sermon last week, but most didn’t go deep.”

Brat: I went deep and I’m not ‘most’.

Jonah 3:4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”

Tom Hamon: These kinds will never be able to operate at the gate for God and see the King of glory come in.

Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Matthew Laney: Were they squeamish or mystified by talk of this so-called “Holy Spirit”?

Verse of the Day (15 Jan 18): [ Dispute Over Whose Children Jesus’ Opponents Are ] To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”    ~ John 8:31-32 (NIV)

Hebrews 13:10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

Brat: Remember Eli and sons?

Tom Hamon: However, those who choose to allow God to clean their hands and purify their hearts can be used powerfully! And the promise to them is that God will release His righteousness to them, He will save and rescue them in every circumstance, and He will bless them continuously.

Dale Rosborough (15 Jan 18): The War Horses Have Been Released!

Anna Blake: Weathered

It’s winter on this tumbleweed prairie.

The sun comes up late and flat yellow,

without warmth. This dusting of snow

will stay on the ground and my hands

will stay stiff in my gloves. I hear

him before he comes into sight. This

 

bay horse trots as effortlessly as

he breathes, a proud cadence, each

pair of feet, front and back, landing

with sharp unison. A crisp clop,

one-two rhythm, perpetual as a

metronome ticking a blunt backbeat,

 

hooves to ground, steam to whiskers.

Holding me frozen in his sway. This

bay horse moves with the icy glide

and flow of a skater covering the

crystal earth with slick purity,

never dreaming of another season.[1]

Hebrews 13: 11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp.

Pastor John Tolle: We remember the word by putting it into action.

Brat: Yes, Ephesus.

Pastor John Tolle: The Lord said to me, “John, you are the Church wherever you are.” Are you with me? I don’t want our church to stay the same. Do not give up on somebody until you see them in a Bible-extreme church as we are.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Pharaoh may set you free physically. But former slaves can become present tyrants. People who were abused often become abusers themselves. It is what they know about life; it is the paradigm they were raised with. They grew up in abuse and slavery, so they continue the cycle with others. The first Mitzvah the Jews had to hear from Moses before even he can go the Pharaoh to let them go free was: One day you will be free. Remember that freedom is a gift; use it to free others.

Pastor John Tolle: Hebrews 13 scares me to death! We who lead will have to answer for the flock we lead. How do I answer for Kathryn? I can’t make your decisions, but how did I lead you?

Matthew Laney: I have worshipped in many churches, from fiery Pentecostal to frozen congregational. All of them showed a surplus of the Spirit in some ways and a deficit in others. Perhaps Paul knew the Ephesian church lacked the Spirit, not because they were especially profane, but simply because they were a church.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Only when one learns to embrace others, not for whom he would like them to be, but for whom they are, then can he begin to embrace himself, not for whom he wishes he was, but for whom he is. When we free those around us, we are freeing ourselves. By accepting them, we learn to accept ourselves.

Pastor John Tolle (14 Jan 18): You saying a simple prayer can turn this nation right side up.

Brat: Thank You, God, for bringing us to this collective point in Your divine story! You are HOLY, Jesus! To paraphrase Rabbi YY Jacobson: he who is powerful, empowers others; he who is free, sets others free; and he who is a leader creates other leaders.

Lord Jesus, please set Ephesus and the Seven Churches free! Direct their steps and lead them in wisdom. The appointed time has grown short. (1 Cor 7:29) The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. (Mk 1:15)

Revelation 4:8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”

Dale Rosborough: For us, the Lord was clearly pointing to the ANZAC rider victory as an important prophetic sign. As I was pondering this, I felt the Lord say, “The war horses have been released”. I felt the rush of angelic war horses being released on the earth to do the Lord’s bidding in this hour.

Revelation 19:14 The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.

Hebrews 13: 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through His own blood.

Tom Hamon: God is saying that what He is looking for is a generation that will seek Him and seek His face so they will know their God and do mighty exploits, and know how to turn the battle at the gates!

Matthew Laney: Prayer
Lord, even if I didn’t know it and don’t always show it, thank you for blessing me with your Spirit. Just for today, don’t let me give cause for Paul, or anyone, to call me out for not representing You. Amen.

Hebrews 13:13 Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore.

Dale Rosborough: This is a day when we will see God coming in great power. Angelic forces have been released in large numbers to bring in the purposes of God. In the words of Tim Sheets, “This time He is coming with more of the Angel Armies. ” In this hour, the odds may seem against us on every side, but the war horses of heaven are here to turn the tide. This is the finest hour to be alive.

Hebrews 13:14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

Revelation 21:I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Jonah 3:10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed His mind about the calamity that He had said He would bring upon them; and He did not do it.

Brat: [I’m watching to see what God will do…]

[1] Anna Blake: “Weathered” [https://annablakeblog.com/2018/01/15/photo-challenge-poem-weathered/%5D

Undeliverable 11 Jan 18

14 Jan

Working Dates: Thursday, January 11, 2018 to Sunday, January 14, 2018

[11 pages]

Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:44 am       I emailed “Imagine” (10 Jan 18) to UCC Daily Devotional

It came back: “Your message wasn’t delivered to dailydevotional@ucc.org because the address couldn’t be found, or is unable to receive mail.”

Cindy Jacobs: There will be some course corrections, but I do not at this time see a major crash, where it’s going to completely plummet, as long as we continue on the current path. But, if there’s compromise, it will go down, and you will see this directly correlating with what’s happening with our connection with Israel.[1]

1 Samuel 3:2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room;

Jennifer Brownell: Those were, as I mentioned, the dark ages.  Long before we could type and send our thoughts faster, almost, than we could think them. Long before our social media accounts told us who our friends were. Long before everyone hid behind the privacy of anonymity.  Long before no one had to be accountable to those they communicated with, because there was no possibility of having to be in person what they are on the screen.

Cindy Jacobs: After the Reformation, there was a counter reformation, where a lot of the work that had been done was undone. It was a very dark time. Well, the Lord spoke to us that if we are attentive, there will not be another counter reformation. If we don’t evangelize the Millennials with a Biblical worldview, if we don’t speak to their hearts, in a decade, we’re going to see all that we have gained in this time of going into the seven spheres or mountains of authority, start to be undone again. We want to reach the Millennials. We want to listen to the Millennials, and God is going to anoint people to do this and pray. It’s time to pray for the Millennials, and I prayed about that, too.

1 Samuel 3:3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.

Cindy Jacobs: God is preparing a way for nation after nation after nation to be touched through religious freedom with His power, and there’s going to be a connection that will happen even with Israel. Sometimes people say, “Well that could never happen.” It’s going to happen, because the Bible says that it will happen.

1 Samuel 3:11 Then the LORD said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle.

Rick Joyner (9 Jan 18): One warning about the last generation is that they can only hear things that “tickle their ears” or make them feel good (see II Timothy 4:3-4). It is hard to imagine a generation that better fits that description than the one now emerging. They have been conditioned to reject, and even be offended by, anything that challenges the humanistic propaganda they have been fed through education, entertainment, and the media. Previous generations have had their own fits of worldliness and carnality, but never have we seen the kind of…

Michael Lombardo: Over and over again Jesus would say, “…those who have ears to hear, let them hear” (Matthew 11:15, Mark 4:9). Jesus is repeating that same exhortation today through His fivefold ministers. I believe that’s why the angel of awakening was depicted as hovering over cities at night. Many are sleeping, but the angelic hosts and the Spirit of God are sounding a spiritual alarm! [2]

1 Samuel 3:5 …and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.

Brat (in “Prayer for an Epiphany” 03 Jan 18): Where are the priests? Where are the rabbis? They’re supposed to be in the waters of the Jordan carrying the Ark of the Covenant. They’re supposed to have their feet wet and we walk through.

Joshua 3: Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

1 Samuel 3:1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

Cindy Jacobs: “What does God want me to accomplish this year? What is it that I am supposed to possess?”

Brat: Reconciliation of the Seven Churches? The Seven Churches are like Eli and sons (1 Sam 2), and God promised to hold Eli accountable for his neglect.

Pete Garza: These scrolls God is releasing carry the wisdom and blueprints from Heaven for this season. The guard is changing, as are the watchmen on the wall. The new breed is being positioned right now. They will be carriers of God’s presence and full of stamina—filled with passion and reverence for God. It’s a new breed rising—the giant slayers. [3]

Persevere

Cindy Jacobs: Now, not all of these will really touch everyone’s heart as I’m sharing this, but take notes and go over it again, because there will be parts of this that will stand out for you and you’ll say, “This is my part. This is what I need.” It’s a lot of information, but go over it again and again, and believe it, declare and decree it.

1 Samuel 2:29 Why do you scorn My sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for My dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than Me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’

Lana Vawser (in “Imagine” 10 Jan 18): I had a dream recently where the Lord spoke clearly “I am raising up a people of perseverance.”

Brat: Excuse me? In my orbit the Religious have done all the right things, but (and I repeat!) there is no one to whom to pass the baton in this relay race, because the Religious did NOTHING! NO-THING! So, if you’re gonna talk about perseverance, then connect me to people who value my/our contribution to this race. I’m not here for their entertainment and entitlement. I just got through saying it’s about God’s kingdom and not mine!

Rick Joyner: “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. [Rev 14:12]

1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?

Dawn Hill: We as living stones are those who will come to the place of breaking and crushing. We will come as kings and priests, and we will offer up prayers and intercession on behalf of others, bearing the love of Jesus Christ. We will refuse to offer up something that costs us nothing. When we as the house of God choose to honor the Lord and have His heart on the matters that matter, when we accept our call as a living sacrifice, the fire and the glory of God will fall on the altar.

Yehuda Shurpin: Why Are There No More Prophets?[4]

1 Samuel 3:15 Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.

Yehuda Shurpin: The Talmud states, “Prophecy does not come upon a prophet when he is sad or languid.”2 Maimonides (1105-1204) in his Guide for the Perplexed explains that every faculty of a person’s body at times grows weak and at other times is healthy. The “imaginative faculty,” through which the prophet receives prophecy, is no different than the other faculties. Prophets were thus unable to prophesy when they mourned, were angry, or were similarly affected, as can be seen with Jacob when he mourned Joseph’s perceived death. This, Maimonides explains, is the “primary reason” why prophecy ceased during the time of exile. For what could bring a person to sadness more than being in servitude to sinful nations?3 [5]

Brat: Excuse me, your Eminence, but I think that Jeremiah would disagree with you on this one.

Jeremiah 9:Oh, that my head were a spring of water
and my eyes a fountain of tears!
I would weep day and night
for the slain of my people.
Oh, that I had in the desert
a lodging place for travelers,
so that I might leave my people
and go away from them;
for they are all adulterers,
a crowd of unfaithful people.

Brat [hands on ample hips]: I’m still here! And it’s crowded! As my best friend said, “No one’s as alone as when with someone.” I threw down the scarlet cord! I did my assignment! And y’all? You ran!

Victoria Boyson: At an unequaled pace, we will see the hand of the Lord move with us to uncover and restore those who were lost and stolen from us. We will see the Lord do something He has never done before! What He is about to do will astound us. Our heavenly Father will do whatever it takes to get us to where we need to be and who we need to be with. Truly, He’s not just preparing for war. No! He’s preparing us for VICTORY! It’s time to let go of anything that will slow us down or trip us up, because God is building a monumental army. When He says, “GO,” you just say, “YES!”

1 Samuel 3:6 The LORD called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”

Cindy Jacobs: We are to live from the glory down, not from the problems of our life up. In other words, if we’re seated with Him in Heavenly places, and He’s a glorious God, He has all the solutions. He has all the answers. He has everything you need. So when you’re looking at a situation, don’t look at what the current situation says. Don’t look at the problems of it. Seek God from the heavenly, while being seated with Him in heavenly places. Ask Him to give solutions and bring those solutions down into the problem. God is full of wisdom. He’s a Kingdom administrator. He knows how to do everything.

1 Corinthians 6:17 But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Do you realize your value to Him? Do you realize what He gave up for you? Doesn’t it make you want to stop sweating the small stuff, stop worrying about who is criticizing you, stop worrying about whether you’ve put on weight?

Cindy Jacobs: Where has satan closed your gates? Don’t just let life pass you by. Think about where satan has come into those gates. Maybe it’s been friendship gates or family gates. Maybe there are some things that happened in your family and they were really painful. Don’t let satan just win. Say, “No! Satan, you can’t win. You can’t have my family.” It’s time to stand and declare and decree.

1 Samuel 3:13 For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.

Art

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: Historically, many if not most of the most poignant and moving works of inspiration and art have born out of the artist’s sense of depression and melancholy. It is, of course, most noble to be touched by the exile of humanity (and the Divine presence) from its natural abode, but the proper response to this is submission to G‑d’s will in order to rectify the wrong, rather than some form of heroic expression of personal angst.

Brat (9 Jan 18): I feel like I am in danger of great harm. In my experience friendship does the most harm to the Pharaoh spirit. Can we be friends, please?

1 Samuel 2:27 Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Did I not clearly reveal Myself to your ancestor’s family when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh?

Cindy Jacobs: God is moving us into a season where He just does something suddenly for us. Like one day everything’s terrible, and the next day you’re just shocked that everybody loves each other. It’s as if nothing bad ever happened, and you’re just kind of looking around and you’re going, “Wow. Yesterday we were all at each other’s throats and today it’s like it never happened.” You know, God can do that.

Brat: I know that God can. I’m asking for connections among us to pass the baton. And that’s your job! The rabbis said, “Take me off your list.” I understand that to mean that I’m not allowed to connect to the rabbis, but they’re the ones I need to reach.

Rick Joyner (in “Imagine” 10 Jan 18): We must be bold with the truth and not be affected by how our boldness and clarity will offend many today. It will bring accusations and persecution, but this is an honor and glory for all who follow the King. Find one thing Jesus said or did for which He was not attacked. He said that His followers would be treated the same way. He told us to expect the same if we abide in Him and speak His truth. We are told that “all who desire to live Godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (see II Timothy 3:12). Therefore, we should be alarmed if we are not getting accused, slandered, and persecuted. Stand up!

Brat: How very Klingon of you! Kaplah!

Commander Worf: “Today is a good day to die!”

Brat: I wish you could know my King. He is kind and gracious and listens with piercing accuracy. And He has a sense of humor you seem to have lost in the woods somewhere.

Verse of the Day (11 Jan 18): When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? ~ Psalm 118:5-6 (NIV)

Brat (in “Prayer for an Epiphany” 03 Jan 18): …And nothing any of us artists do will change the mindsets, because they don’t see art (or horses, or poetry, or prayer) as valuable. It doesn’t fit in their value base, because their value base is punitive and not mercy-based.

1 Samuel 2: 35 I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in My heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before My anointed one always.

Brat: If there were a way that we could communicate, I would ask for a friend, not a robot.

Jennifer Brownell: But we don’t have to be like this. I know, because I have experienced it. The generous unfolding of one soul to another, piece by authentic piece. The vulnerability that is willing to show us the same face no matter how far apart we may seem.  The same person revealed, whether in written word or face to face conversation.

Brat: If there were a way that we could communicate, I would ask for a hub where our letters could be exchanged and respected, “piece by authentic piece”.

John 1:48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Brat (in “Letting Go” 7 Jan 18): Ernie Towler led us in worship with the song “I Can Only Imagine.” It’s a song about wondering what we’ll do when we meet Jesus face-to-face. My eyes still tear up as I write this. Meeting Jesus was NOT my imagination when He asked me to marry Him! Pastor John said that maybe we needed to let go of our superficiality, RELIGIOUS garbage [and he growled that with a snarl], relationship baggage, sickness, intellect, bragging rights, ‘poor me’ attitudes, entitlements, ‘conditions are hard’, “I don’t deserve…” [Really, it’s endless…]

Pete Garza: I was taken into a vision where I began to see the Lord passing batons to the Bride. These batons weren’t just any batons, but batons clothed with new mantles of His glory. These batons had the appearance of a scroll on one end and a sword on the other. The Lord said that these scrolls were going to be used to bring an increase of His voice and presence here on earth. He is releasing a relentless prophetic generation that are finely tuned to the leading of His voice. They will echo HIS heart, and the sword would be used in this season to bring the correction to the Bride.

Victoria Boyson: When a soldier goes to war, he first gathers with others who have the same purpose. He leaves behind his old life to become a part of something greater – an army prepared for victory! If he enters battle with those who do not have the same passion and goal, he will find himself abandoned on the battlefield and in danger of great harm.

Brat: Precisely! Thank you for saying that! Truly, this is my situation! This is not an exaggeration for dramatic emphasis. Picture is actual size. Hell is not only hot, it is also unbelievably cold.

Victoria Boyson: The Enemy of Familiarity

Pete Garza: What are you magnifying? Do we have a big devil and a little God perception? Just like Joshua, God has promised you a great inheritance. It’s time to take it back! It’s time to recover and restore! It’s time to take back the land that the enemy has stolen from you.

Monk: Did you read “Imagine”? Did you see the focus on the sacred in the ordinary?

MercyMe: I can only imagine
When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing in the sun

Revelation 1:16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and coming out of His mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

Cindy Jacobs: I can’t tell you how many times I could not figure out what to do until I finally just calmed myself inside and said, “God, You know what to do,” and all of the sudden, I had the solution. It was like I suddenly realized that I was seated with Him, talking to the Lord, and He gave me the solution. I knew what to do, and I brought that into the current situation. You can do this when you need wisdom with your children, wisdom with teenagers—praise God! That’s a very interesting time of life, isn’t it? Or whatever it is. If you’re married, you might need wisdom regarding your spouse.

1 Samuel 2: 30 “Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from Me! Those who honor Me I will honor, but those who despise Me will be disdained.

Courage

Johnny Enlow (in “Imagine” 10 Jan 18): I want to take some time to explain this present meta-narrative, because as we do it allows us to position ourselves with the necessary resolve to experience the much-desired breakthrough victories. The taking of “Promised Land” is designed to come only to those who will “be of good courage,” as the Lord repeatedly told Joshua. Perhaps there is an absence of courage in the present Body of Christ, and we must now set our minds to be people of courage.

Pastor John Tolle (10 Jan 18): As Rosemary and I expressed on Sunday, God desires this to be a year of strength, courage and His presence!

Cindy Jacobs: So, this is the beginning of strength coming. There’s humiliation that has happened to some of the Body of Christ. Maybe it happened to you on your job or maybe you’ve been persecuted in another way. Maybe you’re a student and it happened at school. Listen, God is going to cause you to shine. He’s going to take you to the top of the heap. He’s going to show you what to do to be the best of the best. There are spiritual confrontations coming, but God is going to anoint the business leaders. God is going to anoint those who, like Nehemiah, will be able to build walls of culture and change things in every way.

1 Samuel 3:18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the LORD; let him do what seems good to him.”

Brat: If there were a way that we could communicate, I would ask for a hug with words that personally express that I make a positive difference in your ministries, instead of more Silence from Eli and the gang, who’s Arc response was to gather the Generals and to slay more giants (but there’s no way to reach that new breed that Pete Garza was talking about).

Sigh.

Nothing personal.

There’s no way to pass batons without a personal contact (and getting a response), is there?

Aaron’s staff

Cindy Jacobs: Daniel captured Babylon instead of Babylon capturing Daniel. God allowed Daniel to be captured, but then he became head of all the soothsayers. The Lord showed us that as prophets, we are going to go into many, many doors and places in secular society and in governmental places, where there’ll be those who are psychics there, but God is going to give us words that outshine them all through signs, wonders and miracles. We see this in the case of Moses and Pharaoh with the serpents and the rod that Moses threw down.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 6:58 am             Journal: Holy God, I am in awe of You! Thank You for having Dawn Hill write me back yesterday! Knowing that someone is in my corner is actually creating a protection around my spirit and is swallowing up the occult powers that were trying to erode my stamina. Dawn did what was right and holy. She responded with kindness. And all the arm-waving of Rick Joyner scolding us not to seek the approval of man, still does not address the importance and relevance of kindness!

Verse of the Day (10 Jan 18): But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” ~ 1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV)

Cindy Jacobs: God is doing a new thing. As you may know, as we prophesy, we often look for a Biblical connection. Why do we do this? Because the Bible is a book of Hebrew thought. It’s not a book of Western thinking at all. So, if we’re going to understand the Bible, we need to understand the numerology. There are very important things that are hidden keys in Scripture. People can say, “Oh, it’s an occult thing.” No, it’s a Hebrew thing, and if we want to understand what is written in the context of what is written, we need to look at the keys that have been given to us.

Moshe Miller: Then “the staff of Aaron swallowed their staffs”. The staff of Aaron is stated specifically. It swallowed them when it turned back into wood.

Monk (in “Imagine” 7 Jan 18): What if the staff is like the support provided in friendship?

Journal (10 Jan 18): Friendship truly does defeat the Pharaoh spirit! Yesterday, when Dawn Hill wrote me back with such loving-kindness, it’s like she did two things at once: she put a crowbar in the pinhole and plugged the hole at the same time. How can I explain this? The accursed Silence was causing my energy to leak. The leak brought in doubt, fear, shame, and all bad stuff. It hissed like air leaking thru a pinhole. Dawn’s kindness was a crowbar of sweet truth to silence the curse and at the same time put boundaries around this serpent. By email we had met each other as writer to writer on equal ground. Our words were not simply launched into Blogland for general consumption. This seemingly begnin correspondence was the sacred in the ordinary. At the same time her kindness plugged the hole and it couldn’t hiss.

Moshe Miller: Had Aaron’s serpent swallowed the others, it could have been explained as a superior knowledge of occult powers. However, when a dry stick swallowed other dry sticks, this demonstrated that occult powers were not involved. Instead G‑d’s ability to override the laws of nature and the physical world became revealed.

Quinn G. Caldwell: Prayer
Jesus, wherever I encounter you, let it reveal in me substance, humility, and love.  Amen.

Maidservant

Revelation 9:20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.

Pastor Steve Dittmar (in “Imagine” 10 Jan 18): Then Jesus drops the golden bomb of offense and freedom, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: He tried to gain control of himself. Before he could stop crying, his wife ran into the house, bursting with joy. “I found a treasure! I found gold!” she whooped.

Binyomin Adilman: So well did the Jewish people learn their lesson, that by the time they got to the Red Sea and passed through it on dry land, our Sages testify that a simple maid servant reached a level of understanding of divine revelation that even the prophet Ezekiel didn’t reach! (Mechilta 15:3)

Cindy Jacobs: There’s a Revival coming—a revival of a magnitude worldwide that we cannot imagine. There’s a reformation coming, and I want to say something about that. We are in the midst of the Great Awakening now. The Great Awakening worldwide has begun. It’s not going to begin. It has begun, and it’s going to begin in different stages. We have seen great revivals come before like the Welsh Revival and different revivals, but they didn’t last. However, we know with this reformation, there’s going to be a marriage between evangelism and reformation, and we’re going to see nations changed. We’re in the process.

Letters

Fr. Dwight Longenecker (in “Imagine” 10 Jan 18): The Magi: Liberal Myth and Midrash

MercyMe: I can only imagine
yeah

Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky: [Ref. The Letters of Rabbi Akiva: s.v. letter Nun. This is a midrash, and the word “letters” in the title refers to the letters of the alphabet, not to correspondence.] …they rectified their [sin] by atoning for their sin in offering unsolicited incense through Elijah on Mt. Carmel.

Brat: Moshe, or may I call you Wizzy? Are you saying that someone like CS Lewis can write correspondence, but you’re sticking to the letter of the law?

1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.

Brat: Are you saying I’ll not get back correspondence? We already did the ‘Elijah on Mt Carmel’ thing…

Journal (“Letting Go” 7 Jan 18): Pastor John had brought his shredder from home and plugged it in. He set it by the cross. After the sermon we went up to take communion and brought our Connection Cards with us. I’d already counted it all as loss. I didn’t know what else to write down. I’d given my all to Christ over and over. I needed partnership, not more neglect. Whatever. I said a prayer and asked God to take my ALL again. All that I wrote on the Card was my name and checked the box marked “regular” [attendee—but oh, so much more!] I count my name as loss. I’ve got nothing else left but my reputation. Symbolically, I was shredding my connection with Ephesus. I’ve tried to reach them over and over. I gave it all back to God. Pastor John said he’d burn the “sacrifices” in his barbeque this afternoon at home.

Jennifer Brownell: For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” Let such people understand that what we say by letter when absent, we will also do when present. – 2 Corinthians 10:10-11

Told

1 Samuel 3:17 Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.”

Brat (in “The Gift” 12 Jan 18): They’ve talked a lot recently about “Acceleration” and I, too, want to get on with our story to bring closure. They want to get on with the story by forgetting all and leaving the past behind:

Philippians 3: 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Brat: But God promised there would be accountability and closure with Eli and Sons:

1 Samuel 3:12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.

Cindy Jacobs: There are gates that satan wants to shut—gates of relationship, gates that will slam in your face—and satan will say to you, “You’re never going to have a good relationship with your family. You’re not going to have good times. The things that have happened have caused irreparable damage.” No, that is not true because it’s not God’s will, and God created your family. He meant it to be good. Don’t give up your battle. Now maybe it won’t come about in 2018, but don’t give up the battle. God will turn it. Begin to shift to fully embrace the truth that God is calling you to be an overcomer. I challenge you to take this truth and run with it.

Brat: ANOTHER YEAR?! [Sigh] How does this bring closure and accountability? Do you live on less than $150/week while the Apostolic Counsel of Prophetic Elders spies behind your back and justifies their behavior for ten years because it’s in the Bible?

[Breathe…]

1 Samuel 2: 36 Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before Him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread and plead, “Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat.”’”

Brat: One can make a quick jaunt to Whole Foods Market and drop $150 in groceries in one bag. Does this look fair to you? It does fulfill the religious spirit of the law.

Blessing

Pastor John Tolle: “I speak blessing to you. Cut off the things that have held you back. May the Holy Spirit give you strength in His Presence and you take hold from the hand of God.”

Brat journal (in “Imagine” 7 Jan 18): There was a gentleness in those words that he spoke and the blessing that came with it. I wondered, was HE also letting go of me? Is this the first step in what he meant that this may be a day I’ll never forget? Did Ephesus remember so that she could forget?

1 Samuel 3:20 And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the LORD.

Cindy Jacobs: On the Hebrew calendar, 2018 is the year 5778 and, if we see the pictorial emphasis from this, 5778 forms a gate. In fact, this gate can look kind of like a bridal canopy. So, as I was asking the Lord what is going to happen in 2018, I felt the Holy Spirit saying, “It’s the year to possess the gates of your future.”

DovBer Pinson: We sense Elokim in our lives when we feel guided and we sense purpose; we are aware of Havaya in our lives when we feel as if something miraculous and extraordinary has occurred to us.

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles: When the Alter Rebbe was told all that had transpired, he immediately said, “Don’t think that I made a miracle, or even that when I told him that G‑d would prosper him, that I was divinely inspired. It was simple logic. We are taught that G‑d Almighty does not require of anyone more than he is capable of, not even in the slightest. When I saw that this Jew was totally unable to withstand the misfortune that had come upon him, I already knew with certainty that G‑d was arranging his salvation.”

MercyMe: I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By Your side

Cindy Jacobs: Salvation came to the earth suddenly when Jesus was born, and you know that Moses came as a liberator seemingly suddenly after all those years of captivity. God spoke after hundreds of years of being silent. The suddenlies will come in your life, and that should give you hope in the midst of all your problems that suddenlies are coming.

MercyMe: I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When Your face
Is before me

 

[1] Cindy Jacobs: “ACPE: Word of the Lord for 2018” http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19499%5D

[2] Michael Lombardo: “Time to Run with Your Heavenly Assignments!”

http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19470

[3] Pete Garza: “A Vision of the Scroll and the Sword: A Prophetic Word for 2018” http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19500

[4] Yehuda Shurpin: Why Are There No More Prophets?

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/3898883/jewish/Why-Are-There-No-More-Prophets.htm#utm_medium=email&utm_source=1_chabad.org_magazine_en&utm_campaign=en&utm_content=content

[5] Yehuda Shurpin: 2.Talmud, Shabbat 30b.; 3.Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed 2:36.

Reboot 31 Dec 17

1 Jan

Working Dates: Sunday, December 31, 2017 to Monday, January 1, 2018

[15 pages]

Brat (in “The Wreck” 28 Dec 17): We have made a wreck of Your masterpiece, God. Please forgive us. We need a reboot and a fresh start.

Foursquare Church (31 Dec 17): 21 Days of Prayer + Fasting Starts Tomorrow

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Reuben’s Fasting 

Pastor John Tolle (31 Dec 17): Restart 2018

Pastor Gary Dunahoo (sermon on 31 Dec 17): What do you need to leave in 2017? January 1st represents a new beginning, a time to “move on” from some things, but it is also a time to “move INTO” the “more” God has in store. It’s time to leave distracting things behind. Let 2018 be an incredible start to a fresh future!

Dawn Hill: What are you petitioning God for in this new year? Are you desiring to go into the land promised to you by the Lord? Whatever you are taking to the Lord in prayer, refuse to advance without His presence and intimate fellowship with Him. Refuse to view other people as a structure to build your own platform. Value the relationships God has cultivated in your life. Give honor to them without idolizing them, all the while maintaining that deep personal relationship with Christ, giving thanks to Him in everything.[1]

Wendy Alec: “Like Joseph, Your ‘Suddenly Time of Destiny’ is Coming”

Brat: I take that as a blessing for myself.

David Lebo: Do you want to live on the East Side of the Jordan or do you want to cross over and live in the vast oceans of God – the Promised Land – that the Lord your God has given you? It’s your inheritance! It’s up to you whether you want to receive it or not, enjoy it or not, and whether or not you want to spend it in this lifetime. The choice is yours![2]

Steve Shultz: I sure want ALL God has for me and my family…and I bet you do too!

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: We can talk once you’re willing to admit we both are placing a bet, we are wagering our lives on our faith assumptions, because science can’t tell you whether there’s a God or whether there isn’t. Science can’t tell you these things-faith does! What Paul is getting at, and what the Bible is communicating is that there are arguments. There are rational belief structures. There’s a matrix of these faith assumptions underneath you, and everybody, no matter what you say about where you stand about Christianity, you have a belief system. You have a matrix of these things. You have arguments you’re basing your life on.

Talitha Arnold: I Had Planned

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Pretensions literally means high things that ultimately are our pride; pretension means self-will.

Tom Demaree (28 Dec 17): “It’s not personal, it’s just _________.” [3]

How many times have I filled in that blank to justify my own selfish interests! I hope to never do so again, because I want my life to be relational, not transactional. And I’m convinced our lives were Sovereignly mapped out for intersections of relationship, first with God, then with each other.

And, by His providence, you just happen to be part of a small army of friends who have personally intersected with us. Like I said, it’s all personal.

Steve Shultz: Please read this slowly and carefully. No speed reading allowed, deal? Soak this in…

Tom Demaree (28 Dec 17): Blessed are the peacemakers

The moral fabric of America isn’t just frayed, it’s threadbare. In these “perilous times,” I’m not gonna pay attention to all the polarizing chatter espousing a counterfeit “unity” based on common offense or false outrage. Instead, I’m gonna be a peacemaker. How about you?

Leah D. Schade (in “Robin Hood” 22 Dec 17): Mary ponders.

Pastor John Tolle (17 Dec 17): Let Him break some of the old. It’s not paranormal.

Repeat: “God wants to do something new in me.”

Lovesick Scribe: As I meditated on some things swirling in the prophetic climate right now involving this very thing, the words counterfeited counterfeit came to me. According to Merriam-Webster, counterfeit is “something made in imitation of something else with intent to deceive.” The only things counterfeited are things of value. This is why the devil counterfeits the prophetic with such things as psychics, necromancers, horoscopes, tarot cards, astroprojection, etc. He understands the value of authentic prophetic ministry and the office of a genuine prophet, and when the body of Christ shies away from the spirit of prophecy, he is glad to oblige the longing of people to experience the supernatural, even if it [is] a perversion of the real deal.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: “Look closely,” Hi said.

Jennifer LeClaire: Plagiarizing is akin to lying and stealing. Leviticus 19:11 (MEV) warns, “You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, or lie one to another.” Prophetic pirates who shoplift prophetic words from the internet are dealing falsely, and that’s one step toward false prophethood. We don’t need Robin Hoods in the prophetic. [4]

Brat: Please see “Robin Hood” 22 Dec 17 [https://truthinus.wordpress.com/]

Steve Shultz: I’m one who likes it straight, even if it’s weird theology—well not weird, but sort’a strange—at least to me!

Rebecca Bratten Weiss: It wasn’t the only thing I had to forget about, after all. Just one episode out of many. Like detectives on a crime case in classic murder fiction, you develop a sort of gallows humor about such incidents, maybe because it’s a little shocking to people, when you laugh at inappropriate things. Shocking people is a way to maintain power, after all. And humor is how you cope, which is why social justice warriors laugh extra loud when playing Cards Against Humanity. [5]

Steve Shultz: HILARIOUS GIVING?

Wendy Alec: “And so it is with so many of you, beloved. Your suddenly awaits you—your heavenly intersection of timing. Your ‘Pharaoh’ and destiny will suddenly intersect and oh what rejoicing you will have! Oh, hold on beloved. Hold on beloved. Hold on to Me.

Steve Shultz: Are you like me in this?

Dawn Hill: It was a simple love note from God that no other relationship would compare to the relationship I have with Christ. The favor of man pales in comparison to His favor. He wanted to remind me that on the way through doors He opened to stay connected to Him. He is not the doorman or a hired servant. He is not my meal ticket to success and notoriety. He is my Bridegroom, ushering me across the threshold and into His anointing upon my life, and I am His bride, longing to return glory to Him, no matter the cost.

Brat prayer (in “The Wreck” 28 Dec 17): God, please give us wisdom and direction in how to proceed. I need a safe mentor with whom I can work. I don’t trust any of the ones I have in my immediate orbit. Maybe the Webmaster could point me in the right direction. That would be greatly appreciated!

Thank You for Your help, God.

Ever faithful,

Your servant,

Kathryn

Wendy Alec: “Love, Your Abba Father.”

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

Dawn Hill: I love talking to Abba, and I love spending time with Jesus. His Presence is priceless. Since I came to know Christ, I have had some wonderful talks with the Father, and I have had some gut wrenching moments of correction. When we talk, it is a dialogue. I am not speaking to the air or to an imaginary friend, but I am conversing with I AM. He has a way of melting my heart like wax with one word.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: The first thing God comes after are arguments. A lot of modern people don’t want to hear this, but let me just explain what that means. The Bible tells us everybody has faith. One of the things that’s so irritating for a thoughtful Christian when talking to people who don’t believe Christianity is they say, “If you could prove God to me, I could believe, but you can’t.”

Pastor John Tolle: In choosing God, we choose to give up my ownership rights.

Bill Lackie: When you care more about being righteous than you care about being right you will begin to see divine connections between you and others in the Body of Christ grow deeper. The Scripture is clear to MARK those who cause division among you. Sometimes, division is just a strong, different opinion voiced openly, causing confusion and double-mindedness. This kind of division is dangerous and will kill the passion and compassion of the Lord. With this division it will be easy to be more interested in being right than righteous. The strong desires being heard, right and dominant, often come from roots of insecurity. If you truly know your righteous position in the Lord, your security will be strong and you will easily reach out to connect with genuine love to others with differing opinions.

Talitha Arnold: King David had great plans, but God had other plans. The one thing he wanted most—building the Temple—he had to leave for his son Solomon.

Revelation 21:22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

Matthew 5:Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

Steve Shultz: I want both!

Breaking Israel News (28 Dec 17): Also speaking at the event was His Beatitude Theophilos III. In addition, the event was attended by heads of various churches in Israel, senior members of the community, and representatives of the Israeli government.

Joanna Penn Cooper: I have always struggled with the Beatitudes. “Blessed are _______ for they will ______.” Fill in the blank. I can’t help but sigh, “really?” and “when?”

“Blessed are they who mourn,

for they will be comforted”

When?

“Rejoice and be glad;

your reward will be great in heaven.”

That has never comforted me. What about now? What about this life? Does it not matter? Will we feel any relief during our days in waiting for the coming?

“Your reward will be great in heaven.”

Frankly, I don’t care. I don’t want or need a big heavenly reward. I want and need earthly relief.[6]

Wendy Alec: None of us, until we reach Heaven, will know or understand the seasons Joseph must have gone through. Imagine, he was promised that his gift of dream interpretation would be remembered and mentioned before Pharaoh, but then that promise was forgotten. He had to continue on with no idea how long he would stay confined in captivity. This was already after he had been thrown into the pit by his brothers. His multicolored coat was a gift from his father, signifying the incredible and huge destiny on his life—his God-given and ordained mantle.[7]

David Lebo: We do not have to go to Heaven to possess the Promised Land. The Promised Land is for the here and now, in this lifetime; to be experienced and to be a reality in our lives. We can experience all that God has for us. We need to go for God’s best and live on the “West Side”! In looking at the Tabernacle of Moses, the entrance always faced toward the east. You would have to head west if you wanted to make your way into the deeper chambers of the tabernacle. The Most Holy Place, where God’s glory dwelt, was always on the west side of the tabernacle. That’s where God is calling us to come to today!

Brat prayer (in “The Wreck” 28 Dec 17): God, would You please talk to the Webmaster? Would You please help him to help me to help us? Our collective story of this journey with the Churches, the prophets, and the rabbis must be preserved. This includes my early journals, which are not typed up.

Any other mystic writer with this volume of evidence would be sheltered in a monastery.

Dawn Hill: It was because of Moses’ connection to God, his relationship with the Lord, that he was privy to the glory of God. He refused to go into the promise without His presence. He understood that His presence set them apart from everyone else. I want to tell you it is His presence which sets you apart from others. It is not the platform nor the advancement that sets you apart. It is His presence.

Brat: I thought a monastery was like army barracks for intercessors. I met the Burning Bush at the Order of Julian of Norwich in Wisconsin. You can see their website here: https://www.orderofjulian.org/

Steve Shultz: “God SHOWED Me This. I was Stunned!”[8]

Rebecca Bratten Weiss: Fake news, he said.

And suddenly the full scope of that overworked Trumpian phrase, and all its implications, became clear to me. Maybe I was a little slow to make the connection, but once I saw it, I realized the bigger picture it entailed. I’d been looking at the “fake news” phenomenon only as a typical fascist governmental crackdown on journalists, or as a philistine disregard for letters, learning, and evidence. To insist on accuracy is to be a “liberal elite,” I’ve found. Even if one is dirt poor.

Brat: Did you read “Robin Hood” 22 Dec 17? Is it “Fake News” when looking at potential?

Steve Shultz: That’s what God calls a cheerful giver…a giver with “hilarious generosity.”

Wendy Alec: “And so, he continued day by day overlooked—seemingly passed over. Such hope that had arisen in his heart was deferred, left to the day-to-day, living with unfulfilled destiny in his heart and the passion of My promises burning in his bones.

Pastor John Tolle: If you’re open about Christianity, you are marginalized. You’re a dingbat in many people’s perspectives.

Brat: I noticed. Are you helping?

Pastor John Tolle: My plan is to help you take hold.

Brat: I welcome your help!

Wendy Alec: Your “Pharaoh” and Destiny Will Intersect

Dawn Hill: As I thanked God for future connections and for open doors in this coming year, the Holy Spirit whispered something ever so gently yet ever so weighty to me, and I began to weep. He said, “I am the greatest connection you will ever have”. When He said this to me, I knew He was not talking about connections in the sense of climbing the ladder of success, but it was a reminder to not forsake intimacy with Him.

Monk: May I clarify? The mystical marriage connection is not the same as accepting Jesus as one’s Lord and Savior. Our initially accepting Christ is His outreach to us. The mystical marriage is our reaching back in life commitment to Him, like in a marriage. The first is a courtship. The second is the “I Do.” The priest officiates.

Brat: A general in the Army doesn’t promote himself. A private can’t claim to be a sergeant to get a promotion. The commander must notice those coming up in the ranks and position them according to their strengths and how their gifts will best benefit the company toward success of the greater mission.

Pastor John Tolle: Their excuse is that they have no margin. They’re too busy.

Dawn Hill: I do not want to advance while abandoning my relationship with God. His glory comes at a cost, and it is worth it. Every time. Make it your cry that you will not advance without His presence and you will know Him even more deeply as you go from glory to glory. He is your greatest connection.

Bill Lackie: General Patton was strong, loud, ordering and unyielding. General Eisenhower was a communicator, a friend, a relational leader, he involved teams and built impact and strength through people joining their strengths together. General Patton, was a leader who was independent, not needing others to help make his decisions, always plowing forward with boldness. General Eisenhower valued the purpose of each person, soldier and leader. He would communicate joining people who were in their position releasing their gifting and thereby building a strong, effective army.

Monk: I hear you. The ‘Mission Man’ did not hear Him.

Pastor John Tolle (31 Dec 17): There was a study done at Princeton University. Business Management students were assigned an URGENT project. Professors set up those students with persons experiencing crisis needs and the homeless. Students failed to show compassion.

Brat: Here is an except from “The Mission Man” 29 Dec 17, which exemplifies that Princeton study from my recent personal experience:

[Parked at Pleasant Valley Park at dark] …This time with his latest round with one of the seven or ten beasts he bullies with, I let it hit God’s armor. That doesn’t mean I ignored his comment to forget it. I ignored it not to give it power.

Now a cop was doing the circuit with searchlights even in the trees.

Luke 2: 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

Just like Mary, I noticed. I treasured all these things in my heart. (Lk 2:51)

I went back into prayer.

Then I opened my eyes and suddenly there was a man standing under the streetlight with a binder in his hand facing me in my car, and he was writing stuff down and flipping pages back and forth. It was alarming to see a man standing in front of my car. I tried to breathe and calm my nerves. When I was calmer, I got out of my car and walked over to him and asked what he was doing. He said he was with The Mission. He said they are a 501(c)3 non-profit and they go door-to-door collecting donations for the homeless to get them help.

Mission Man: The donations are tax deductible. Obviously you’re sleeping in your car, so you won’t be giving a donation.

Me: No, I won’t, but I will pray for you.

Mission Man: It can’t hurt.

He stuck his pen in his mouth again as he flipped some more pages in his binder. I got in my car and drove home.

There was no heart. I got no sense that Jesus was the leader of his Rescue Mission.

There’s no way to make anyone see beyond the shell of the car. There’s no way to make anyone see the value of my contribution to the Churches. Just like Bob, all they see is the shell. Just like in “The Wreck” dream, the insides are shelved and neatly complartmentalized, but piled with clean gravel.

We need a miracle! Help, God!

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: For example, I need to be obedient to police officers. Why? It’s part of what it means to be a citizen of a city. The police officer asks me to do something, and I should obey because the police officer has rights over me. It’s all part of the social contract. It’s all part of what it means when I decide to live in a place like Southern California.   The police officer cannot tell you who to marry unless you’re Katie Laubscher. At that point the police officer is making a suggestion. The police officer says, “I want you to marry my sister-in-law, or I’m going to give you a ticket.” He can’t do that. His authority has limitations.

Bible Gateway Verse of the Day (31 Dec 17): This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. ~ Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 (NIV)

David Lebo: “Are You Ready to Cross Over?”

Tom Demaree (28 Dec 17): Blessed are the peacemakers, 

For they shall be called sons of God.

–Jesus

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador (1980): “It helps now and then, to step back and take the long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

Brat [drumming fingers]: And I still need sanctuary. Since the kingdom is beyond my efforts, then why won’t the Church offer sanctuary while the work is still being done? Why do they still refuse to listen after 10½ years? Is it something I said?

David Lebo: “Do not believe a bad report!” says the Lord God Almighty. “Satan himself will try to spread lies among the camp, spread rumors and false-hoods, to discourage God’s people from going further in their walk with God and from going deeper. The others spread a bad report about the Promised Land. They said the people are too big, too strong, and the land devours those living in it. It was all lies!”

Pastor John Tolle: A pastor friend had to live what he preached, so he took up sailing. He sailed with non-Christians. His prayer was, “Let them see Jesus in me.” It took ten years for one guy to come to Jesus. He said, “I had to cut out a lot, so that I could touch others.”

Brat: I understand what you are saying. This was ten years to reach non-Christians. But God sent me to the Churches, just as God sent Samuel to Eli and Sons! Aren’t they already supposed to be Christians? The bigger assignment is the reconciliation of the Churches!

Monk: I guess they didn’t get the intended mercy message. There were no Cliff Notes for the good news. Sorry, Pastor John Tolle and Jennifer LeClaire.

Jennifer LeClaire: While I know all too well that God speaks to many different prophetic voices about the exact same word, Scripture or theme, I am convinced prophetic plagiarists are acting like high-schoolers who didn’t have time to read their literature assignment and are depending on Cliff Notes instead.

Brat: That may be true, but you’ll have to talk to Pastor John Tolle about that. He can explain better than I about how the Holy Spirit can cut through and use people that are anointed. Listeners may hear what the Spirit is saying; even words the preacher himself never actually said. Pastor John shares a story where a teenage kid thanked him for reminding him to honor his parents, so that he would have a long life. Pastor told us that he had never actually said that in this particular sermon. He used this as an example of God getting through to do what God needs to do, using us, sometimes in spite of ourselves, and going beyond us. God reaches people where they’re at and uses people for His purposes. If that means the preacher has to step aside for the Holy Spirit to blaze on through, then so be it.

Steve Shultz: EVEN though no one had ever shown me this in my life—it was strange to hear what I’m going to show you!

Edie Bayer: We must remember that this is not our camel.  It is not about us, or even for us.  Rather, it is solely on loan, given to us to steward, for Kingdom purposes. This camel, this ‘ship of the desert’, has been given to His body to bear cargo and fruit for the ages.

Lana Vawser: I had a vision this morning of Jesus breathing upon the canvas He is painting in lives in 2018, and things that were disappointing, discouraging and challenging for many in their lives and especially in 2017 and they didn’t turn around, I saw the breath of Jesus in the new painting He is painting bringing forth turnarounds and suddenly’s. Even as I write this, the worship song playing in the background, Kristene Dimarco is decreeing “Just watch what He does” and that’s exactly what I felt in this vision. Just watch what He does.

Bill Lackie: Leadership, by basic definition, means someone who will take responsibility for themselves, their vision and others whom God gives them. The Scripture says that without vision the people will perish (Prov. 29:18). “Without vision” in the original language means, “A people who are unrestrained.” So to be without vision means that you will walk around aimlessly with no direction, boundaries or restraint. Walking in leadership requires each leader to take responsibility for their process and how it affects others.

Tom Demaree (28 Dec 17): Mandate

To PROCLAIM, through on-site prayer for each Representative from all 435 U. S. Congressional Districts, a nationwide Intercessory Appeal to Heaven on November 5th, 2018, in one united chorus. 8     

Brat: Too bad we have to wait almost another year.

Steve Shultz: OK, let’s get to it and not mince words! I want to show you what God showed me…

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador: “We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning . . . an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

Pastor John Tolle: Remember that God has called you to ONE THING. (Phil 3:13)

Brat: I am doing it!

Wendy Alec: “For your suddenly time of destiny will not evade you. It is on its way. It is coming. It is coming and all of Heaven rejoices—rejoices! And I will do things in a day that you have waited for years to manifest. And you shall lift up your head and your eyes to Me, the great Lover of your soul.”

Talitha Arnold: I had planned to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord. . . and I made preparations for building.” – 1 Chronicles 28:1-10

Steve Shultz: Here was my problem. I was always taught that God loves EVERYONE—saint or sinner! Come to find out, HE DOES!

Talitha Arnold: “We plant the seeds that one day will grow,” Romero continued. “We lay foundations that will need further development.

David Lebo: “Church of the living God: Are you living on the east side or are you ready to cross over the Jordan River and live on the west side? Are you ready to enter a land with fountains, springs and brooks, with wheat, barley, vines and fig trees, a land of olive oil and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing?”

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Notice He doesn’t say “how” to do this. What is this describing? It’s describing what Romans 7 says so well. There are aspects of my life I don’t want to do but I do them anyway AND there are other things I don’t do that I do want to do…..”oh wretched man that I am!” This text is saying that because of Christ we get to determine which competing commitment/reality wins! I want to use two words to describe what I see in this text: implicit and explicit.

Rebecca Bratten Weiss: The same people who like to talk about FAKE NEWS like to tell us, as women, that we should be docile and submissive. But, having just celebrated the season of Advent, hearing the stories leading up to the birth of Jesus, I have a vision before me of another way to be. It’s not just a choice between helpless rage and helpless submission. The scriptures that tell of the coming of the Messiah give promise of a Prince of Peace who brings justice to the oppressed.

Talitha Arnold: “We may never see the end results,” [Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador] concluded, “but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen.”

Steve Shultz: So then, why does the Word of God claim that “God loves a cheerful giver?” Does He love cheerful givers EVEN MORE?

Breaking Israel News (28 Dec 17): The President concluded by expressing his hope that the new year will bring peace and quiet, security, and prosperity to Israel and all the region. [9]

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: This week’s Torah portion, Vayechi, begins (Bereshit 47:28) “And Jacob lived….” No one should forget how important the gift of life is. We sit in our insulated realities and search for something to take us out. The Torah is the answer.

David Lebo: Don’t settle for anything less! It is your complete inheritance as a son or a daughter of the Most High God. You are a descendant of Abraham. You are a descendant of Isaac. You are a descendant of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. You are a child of the Most High God. Christ died and left you something and that something is the fulfillment of every Word that God has ever spoken concerning His children from Genesis to Revelation!

Brat (in “Reply” 28 Dec 17): It’s the rabbis that have come through!

Linda and I realized with awe that a divine conversation is “a world without end.”

Luke 2:34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed

Boy, Jesus sure was opposed! How I relate to that! How confusing it must have been to Mary to hear that her son was destined for the falling… Usually a blessing says that someone is destined for greatness, but that’s not what Simeon said. The blessing was more for Israel than for Jesus. “…The falling and the rising of many in Israel.” Jesus was a sign that was opposed…

Luke 2:35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed–and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Mary’s inner thoughts were also revealed as she interacted with Jesus, the family, the disciples, being there at the foot of the cross, and then with the disciples after His resurrection.

Jesus was sent to us as a light for revelation. For the Jews He was sent so that the inner thoughts would be revealed. It would seem that the tables have now been flipped. Pastor Gary Dunahoo was talking about how uncomfortable the shepherds felt because they were in such a bright light. Their inner thoughts have been revealed. And now the Jews are getting the revelation! That’s a divine reversal!

Wow! It’s amazing how the Holy Spirit works! And Jesus remains at the center of it all! Just as God promised!

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that historical Christians and people who’ve studied the Bible have seen Jesus carry out His Kingly office in the hearts of His people. This text of scripture is an interesting description of how Jesus approaches the human heart. What does it say? Listen to [2 Corinthians 10:] vv3-5 in the Message paraphrase:

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (Message)

Anna Blake: Maybe we are all just too full of un-cried tears. Or maybe we take things too personally. What if we all drown in justified tears? There’s a term for it: Compassion Fatigue. It’s an emotional and physical burden created by the trauma of helping others in distress. It’s a huge issue for caregivers like vets, rescue groups, and some trainers, but what about you? Have you become a victim of your emotions?[10]

Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Saint vs. the Leader: Boots on the Ground

Tom Demaree (28 Dec 17): Map

To PAVE the way toward a nationwide proclamation of prayer on Monday, November 5th, the eve of the Midterm Elections, we believe God has called our team to prayerwalk every single Congressional District in boots-on-the-ground obedience, rallying local pastors as we go.

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

Steve Shultz: Well, does He?

Edie Bayer: I believe that the body of Christ, as a whole, has been in a desert place, learning the ropes of reigning.  We have literally been “TRAINING for REIGNING”.  We have all been in training, being raised up in righteousness, each of us in a different position to make a complete body.  Each of us has had our homework to do, our assignments to fulfill, and our boots on the ground in different areas.

Bill Lackie: The Church of Jesus Christ will become the source of revival and will heal divisions in the United States. Let go and let God! With an attitude of friendship, care and connecting…there will be a UNITY that will arise to a high level of necessary fullness. We need unity! Without it, the networking hand-to-hand and heart-to-heart will not be possible. Unity is what is needed for the oil of anointing from Jesus Christ, the Head, to pass down through the Body of Christ. This unity is not something that can be found in the world or its system. Be willing to be righteous rather than right!

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: Explicit—specific and visible Paul says Jesus comes as King and besieges your heart the way a king would besiege his capitol that has now fallen under enemy hands. There are divine weapons being shot at you in arguments and pretensions, Jesus is using spiritual weaponry. This is what Jesus does to the human heart. He comes as a conquering King, but His work is not a violent work in the sense of being physically violent, or it’s not a coercive violence. Jesus is the conquering King who seeks to win your heart by getting you to fall in love with Him.

Bill Lackie: The result of passion on the rise within you is that you have enough for yourself and for others whom God has connected you to. This giving of passion is compassion. This year, compassion will be at an all-time high washing over the Body of Christ. Acts of kindness, genuine love and true mercy will enlarge the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven. Supernatural healings of the soul, body and relationships will be our portion. Believe the Word of the Lord and you will prosper…believe the Word of the Lord and you will be established!

Pastor Bruce Zachary (sermon 31 Dec 17): Netanyahu: Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem [12.14.17 Radio New Zealand] Palestinians must “get to grips with” the reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital in order to move towards peace, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.

Mr. Netanyahu spoke as protests continued in the Muslim and Arab world at US President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital. The prime minister said Jerusalem had been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and had “never been the capital of any other people”. “You can read it in a very fine book – it’s called the Bible,” he said. “You can read it after the Bible. You can hear it in the history of Jewish communities throughout our diaspora… Where else is the capital of Israel, but in Jerusalem?”

Trump’s Jerusalem declaration sparks talk of 3rd Temple [12.14.17 United Temple Movement] While Muslims jeer, Israelis cheer President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, prompting Jewish religious activists to suggest building the Third Temple is closer to reality than ever before. “What he did … was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” said Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality. He added, “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.” Fried sees Trump’s role similar to the one played by Cyrus, the Persian king who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple. “There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God),” Fried declared.

Breaking Israel News (28 Dec 17): “We wish to express our gratitude for the positive action that you have taken to help promote the true integrity of this Holy City, and the well-being of all our peoples. We are also aware of your support for both pilgrims and the local faithful to be able to venerate the shrines and to worship freely.” He added, “We take this opportunity to recommit ourselves to working to ensure that this unique character of Jerusalem is maintained.”

David Lebo: It is also “Secret Place Living” at its best. The closer you get to God, the greater the fulfillment of the Word of God is in your life. Don’t settle for anything less than one hundred percent fulfillment of the Word of God in your life. Don’t settle for less!

Steve Shultz: So what’s the truth?

Breaking Israel News (28 Dec 17): “A meeting with the heads of the Christian communities is always important to me, but when we face troubled times it becomes even more important,” began President Rivlin. “In the past years, our region has known so much bloodshed, so much pain, so much suffering. During this dark period, no community has been persecuted more than the Christians, in all countries around us. I pray together with all of you for their wellbeing. In Israel we understand what it means to be attacked, to be persecuted just because of our faith and we are heartbroken to see the suffering.”

David Lebo: The contract has been signed by Jesus Christ, Himself, with His Blood which He shed on the Cross at Calvary. He now needs that contract or covenant signed with another signature, and it has to be symbolically signed in your blood which is representative of your entire life and your entire being – everything that you are! If you’ll be willing to give Him that, He’ll give you all that He is. It is one hundred-fold blessing and fruitfulness of the Kingdom of God!

Steve Shultz: Let me ask you this…

Tom Demaree (28 Dec 17): Just as an artist combines reds and blues to create royal hues of purple, we believe when We the People come together under the Master’s Hand in genuine unity, we transcend the earthly realm of political party-demarcation and step into the majesty of God’s Kingdom. Here, He exhorts us to pray for one another as a “first of all” priority, especially for those He has empowered with governmental authority. And so…

How you can help?

Steve Shultz: Can I be honest?

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: When you read Psalm 119, you’ll see, for example, the psalmist is talking about “thy law.” He calls the Word of God, the Bible, “Thy precepts, thy commands. I meditate on them. I love them.” He knows they’re words of the King. He knows he has to obey them, but look at what he says. He says, “They give me insight. They make me great.” There’s one place where he says, “I pant after your commands.” What’s going on here? His heart has been captured. A big difference between a Christian and a moral person, Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3, is you know you’re really a Christian when the law is written on your heart, not just on your conscience, when you find in your inmost self the law of God is sweet. In Psalm 1, it tells you the mark of a godly person. It doesn’t say a godly person prays day and night, though hopefully he or she will. It doesn’t say a godly person witnesses on the street corners day and night, though, of course, I hope he or she will. It doesn’t say that person goes to church every time the doors are open, though I hope he or she will attend church regularly. You can do all that out of fear. You can do all that without a heart that has been captured by the King, with your thoughts not captive, just your will. What does it say in Psalm 1? It says,

But His delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2

Bill Lackie: I saw angels of the Lord going behind many in the Body of Christ and calling them into leadership for the Kingdom’s purpose. Heaven’s purpose will be empowered by God’s messengers, His angels releasing God’s authority, over this new remnant of leadership destined to lead His Church. Angels will accompany this new leadership to release authority, power and demonstration in this day and hour. Angels will guide and lead the Body of Christ into divine confrontation with the powers of darkness to overcome and establish the last day Church and to usher in the greater works of the Kingdom of Heaven before the return of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.

Breaking Israel News (28 Dec 17): The President stressed, “We are meeting today in Jerusalem, our beloved and holy city. Like you, I see my role, and the role of the State of Israel, as guardians of this city. As guardians our sovereignty over Jerusalem will never compromise the freedom of worship and religion for all believers. And today I repeat in the clearest way – the State of Israel is deeply committed to ensure the religious rights of worship and activity, of all communities of faith in Jerusalem, and throughout Israel. Today, I personally restate this commitment to the Christian churches under your leadership.”

Isaiah 62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn, and her salvation like a burning torch.

Bill Lackie: This year, there will be many who will rise to a new place of responsibility, expanding the leadership base in the Body of Christ, creating a broad stable base of leadership worldwide. It is necessary for this leadership to arise in this hour as God is causing His army, Joel’s Army, to stand tall and firm and bringing stability to His Church. At first, there will be some shock, but this uncertainty will fade away quickly. This new army of leadership will be integrated into the foundation of the base of leadership for the Body of Christ worldwide.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: In the middle of the Torah reading, just before blessing his sons, Jacob says something incredibly dramatic: “Join together and I will tell you what will happen at the end of days” (Bereshit 49:1). Think about this. If each of us would even try to reveal to our children all of the secrets we have garnered in our lifetimes, what a different world it would be. The Shelah writes that in order for Jacob to reveal the date of Mashiach to his children, he instructed them, “Join together”, because it is impossible for the reality of the days of Mashiach to come about while there is unwarranted hatred.

Talitha Arnold: Prayer
Help us step back and take the long view, O God. Thank you for the seeds you’ve helped us plant this year, the foundations you’ve enabled us to lay. Give us the wisdom to let go of other things. Like King David and Archbishop Romero, remind us that we are called to be workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. Amen.

Breaking Israel News (28 Dec 17): Minister of the Interior Arie Deri said, “At the end of this passing year, we received a present from US President Trump, recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Jerusalem will continue to be a city of peace for all those of faith, in which all can pray in freedom and equality.”

Brat: Peace in Jerusalem is connected to prayer battlegrounds over here.

Tom Demaree: This battleground is spiritual, not political. Yet, in an utterly non-partisan way, we believe God has chosen the acrimonious arena of politics for “such a time as this,” to demonstrate His merciful healing in response to the genuine repentance of His people. 7  (See 435-District Schedule)

Breaking Israel News (28 Dec 17): Speaking on behalf of the Christian communities, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III noted that the eyes of the world were focused on Jerusalem and spoke of the importance of the city as “a symbol of peace”. He went on to thank the President for his commitment to the well-being of the different communities of the city.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: People want peace, they want to connect with Jesus, they want to walk by a riverside and see the beauty of the Grand Canyon, and they want God to be real to them but they want to handle their lives. He never does that without demolishing arguments. People don’t want to have to change the way they think, but God will always come in by demolishing arguments. He will show you there’s a rational basis for what the Bible teaches. There’s a reason for the hope. Christianity is full of truth-claims. They’ll make you think. There’s no way to get His peace without Him capturing your heart. On the other hand, there are pretensions. Underneath all the intellectual objections to the Kingship of Christ are moral objections.

Rabbi YY Jacobson: Reuben too, learns from his errors, fixes them and discovers deeper and greater horizons of truth. But at the end of the equation, Reuben is a great, moral spirit; Judah is a king. The difference? Reuben sees his spiritual work as the epicenter of his universe; Judah knows that the bottom line of life is not who you are, but how your decisions and behavior affect the fate of other people. For Reuben, even at his highest moments, the zenith of life consists of man’s confrontation with his own tension and darkness. Judah, in contrast, even at his lowest moments, knows that life in its ultimate expression is about touching and embracing the pulse of the other.[11]

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: He doesn’t just read it, he meditates on it, he chews on it. He gets the sweetness out of it. He loves to see it because he senses the more he takes it in, the more he’s becoming something great. It says in verse 5 of 2 Corinthians 10 (don’t forget Paul is talking about we. He’s part of the army, but he’s talking Jesus’ campaign), “With these weapons of divine power, we demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” There are two things: arguments and pretensions. The word arguments means rational belief structures.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Jacob focused on this because it pointed to a specific negative trait that he saw in his children, that of slanderous speech, expressed in all of the arguments that they had between them. Just as the first exile came about because of the arguments between Joseph and his brothers, so also the destruction of the Holy Temple and this final exile came about through unwarranted hatred among Jews. The only way to prepare ourselves for the redemption is to train ourselves to love our fellow Jew.

Dr. Jurgen Buhler, ICEJ President: Your voice of love to Israel

Steve Shultz: Bottom line: Do you want to be “only loved” or do you want God to BOTH “love” you AND “delight in you?”

David Lebo: “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15). It’s where the Kingdom of God has now become the Kingdom in the earth. Heaven is coming down! Heaven is coming down into the earth realm. It’s Jacob’s ladder! It’s “Secret Place” living! It’s a “New Jerusalem”. It is the one hundred percent fulfillment of the Word of God in the Believer’s life.

Brat: In closing, I pray that our conversation continues…

 

[1] http://lovesickscribe.com/

[2] David Lebo: http://www.elijahlist.com/words/textonly.html?ID=19429

[3] pentecostwalk.org

[4] https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/68746-beware-presumptuous-prophetic-pirates-who-parrot-and-plagiarize-words

[5] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/suspendedinherjar/2017/12/gospel-christ-means-culture-silences-women/#UvAWDpgsKimp0Xav.99

[6] Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sickpilgrim/2017/12/dark-devotional-blessed-_____________/#56paUwAJioVSVYJK.99

[7] http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19427

[8] http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=19437

[9] https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/100085/president-rivlin-emphasizes-israels-commitment-christian-leaders-secular-new-year/#/

[10] https://annablakeblog.com/2017/12/29/eoy-pl-life-death-and-tears/

[11] Rabbi YY Jacobson: The Saint vs. the Leader: Boots on the Ground; Reuben and Judah: A Psychological Profile; 29 Dec 17; theyeshiva.net